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ASG plans to create new goals
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After a recent grilling by Palomar’s governing board member, Associated Student Government (ASG) members have plans to reconstruct their image and goals to be more visible to Palomar College’s student body. ASG President Jennifer Gonzalez said her main goal is to “fix ASG’s rep”, but she is still working on specific plans on how to do so.
Palomar Professor Gregg Baker has been inducted into the Silver Circle • Page 2
Maintaining ASG’s minutes Exit Exams will now be mandatory for graduating college seniors • Page 5
Female golfer Sadye Busby leads her team with talent and charisma • Page 11
UPCOMING EVENTS Auditions for “The Philadelphia Story,” 1 p.m. Sept. 30 @ Performing Arts Complex Studio Theatre Free HIV testing, 1 p.m. Oct. 2 @ HC building “Annual Arboretum Spring Plant Sale,” 8 a.m. Oct. 3 @ Student Union flagpole Concert Hour: Lawn Chair Prophets, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3 @ D-10 Breast Cancer Awareness Event, 11 a.m. Oct. 15 @ Student Union Quad Fall 2014 CSU application filing, Oct. 1 - Nov. 30
President of the Palomar Governing Board, Nancy Chadwick (left), and Palomar College President Robert P. Deegan cut the ribbon, officially opening the newly remodeled Howard Brubeck Theatre at Palomar College. After two years of construction, the red-ribbon was cut to open the new Howard Brubeck Theatre on Friday Sept. 20 Publicity Coordinator for the Performing Arts Department, Randy Hoffman, explained the significance of the event saying, “this ceremony spoke to the importance of school and the performing arts in Palomar.” • Lucas Spenser/The Telescope
Help available for struggling students PAIGE HARVEY THE TELESCOPE
Palomar College’s Summer Bridge program gives students the option to retake placement tests so they can complete prerequisite courses faster. Summer Bridge provides free assistance to help students
improve their skills in math and English as a second language. The program is available to new, continuing, and returning Palomar students. The main hub for the summer bridge program will be the new Teaching & Learning Center (TLC). To be eligible for the program students must have
already completed an application for admission to Palomar, taken the assessment test at least once, and completed the Summer Bridge application, according to Cynthia Anfinson, a math professor involved in the program. The non-credit courses are offered to help students who are unsatisfied with their original
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At a Sept. 10 meeting, Palomar Governing Board Member Paul McNamara quizzed Gonzalez on the group’s lack of posted meeting minutes for the last semester. He explained he had been looking for the minutes online and was unable to locate them. “Our minutes, as of now, are not online. We have been getting very backed up. We are in the process of hiring a new secretary,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez said that last semester, the ASG had an issue with turnover in the secretary position, which caused the delay in recording of minutes. The ASG hopes to be completely caught up on updating their minutes by the end of this month. Gonzalez said she has been working diligently to create a back-up plan in case the secretary is absent or unable to document minutes for a meeting.
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Upholstery program helps library save money LLOYD BRAVO THE TELESCOPE
Library Department Chair Linda Morrow teamed up with the upholstery program to refurbish two floors of the library’s furniture while saving Palomar College $24,000. Morrow’s idea came from the display of reupholstered chairs in the library the upholstery program sent to the Del Mar fair for a competition. Most were awarded first place blue ribbons. “The display was up, and then we looked
at our furniture and we thought...yes maybe they can help us with [the library],” Morrow said. Morrow’s initial thought was for students in the upholstery program to come up with ideas and send some fabric for paid upholsters to work on the chairs. “But they just took the [idea] and said ‘this would be a great project for the students,’” Morrow said. Eric Duvall, of the upholstery program said he was asked to take on the task to refurbish the old tattered and torn chairs in the library. Duvall and his staff came up
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Humberto Alvarez stops to view two miniature car seats that are part of the Restored Furniture display at the Palomar College library. • Stephen Davis/Telescope
2 • NEWS
Monday, September 30, 2013
New chair appointed to fundraising group HEATHER RANDALL THE TELESCOPE
A group that raises money for student scholarships and textbooks has a new leader who wants to expand, officials said recently. The Palomar College President’s Associates welcomed new chairman David Engblom at their quarterly meeting on Sept. 19. Marc McGuire has served as chairman of the President’s Associates for the past four years. After expressing his gratitude to the group for their hard work, McGuire welcomed Engblom. McGuire said he is confident in Engblom’s ability to continue to lead the group in its growth efforts for Palomar students and the community. “I’m really looking forward to Dave taking over. Dave’s really plugged into the local community very well,” McGuire said. Many Palomar College students are the recipients of programs such as textbook assistance and scholarships that are made possible by money raised by the members of the President’s Associates. Members consist of local business professionals who make a minimum contribution of $1,000 to the Palomar College Foundation. San Diego native Engblom has worked in San Marcos for the last 10 years. He has been the branch manager of Pac Trust Bank in San Marcos for three years. Englblom said he hopes to create a more interactive attitude among members. He said it hasn’t always been a priority to participate so much as it is just to meet the $1,000 donation requirement. He feels if members simply focus on writing a check, they are missing out on opportunities within the group to network together.
“One of the things I like about the President’s Associates is that we encourage the business-tobusiness opportunities within the group,” Engblom said. At a recent meeting of the Associates, Interim Dean of Mathematics and the Natural Health Sciences Department Daniel Sourbeer talked about the impacts of some of the group’s money. He talked about his department qualifying for another five year Bridges of the Future Grant that the Foundation has been involved in since 2001. This current renewal of the grant will run from 2013 through 2018. It is a collaborative grant between Cal State San Marcos, Palomar, and Mira Costa College targeted towards creating a “pipeline to a PhD.” “Our share is about $100,000 per year from the grant, and it targets under represented students with talent in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines,” Sourbeer said. Sourbeer said one goal of the grant is to get students so immersed in their programs they begin to look at themselves as scientists while they’re completing their studies. The grant money provides students with the extra financial support they need to focus on their studies, instead of having to work at unrelated, part-time jobs. Engblom is optimistic about helping to lead the President’s Associates to reach their fundraising goals. These goals will insure that the foundation will continue to have money available to contribute to helping students attain jobs and scholarships. HRANDALL@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
Palomar Professor Gregg Baker talks to his television class on Sept. 17 in the Digital Broadcast Arts program at Palomar College. He was recently inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle. • Francois Swart/Telescope
Palomar professor inducted into national Silver Circle KYLE ROSA THE TELESCOPE
Palomar College Professor Gregg Baker was inducted into the illustrious Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) earlier this month. According to nataspsw.org, this award is given to individuals who have worked in the television industry for at least 25 years and have made a major contribution to Pacific Southwest Television. The NATAS established the Silver Circle in 1983, and currently has 250 members. “It was an honor to be among such a distinguished group of people,” Baker said in reference to the other six Silver Circle inductees. Palomar College’s Chair of Media Studies, Pat Hahn, referred to the television industry by saying “It’s about loyalty and lifetime friendships.” Hahn went on to add most people see television as a large entity when in reality, it is actually a small world.
This is especially true for Baker who has been in the industry for 33 years and has been friends with Hahn for 30. After Baker graduated from the University of Arizona-Tuscon, he began his career as a production assistant for a news and entertainment television series called PM Magazine. He worked his way up the ranks and eventually accepted a San Diego- based position as the producer of a medical segment called “Staying Healthy,” where he stayed for 16 years. Hahn met his current colleague, Baker, when Baker did a write-up about Hahn’s daughter and her diabetes case. One year later Hahn decided to ask Baker to co-produce a show on Lifetime called “Living with Diabetes.” They became friends and the show became a success and aired on CNBC. Baker went on to do freelance work in Southern California for companies such as NCB and produced other segments including
“To Your Health” before deciding to make a change. Hahn had been teaching classes at Palomar College and suggested Baker give teaching a try. After one year, Baker was hooked and decided to get his master’s degree to teach full time. It has been 13 years, and Baker expressed his love for teaching as if it was his first year all over again. Now he oversees Palomar’s broadcast department, which has won several Emmys and oversees the student-produced show, “North County News.” Both Baker and Hahn described the television industry in the same manner --- a place where people are able to develop lifelong friendships and work with colleagues in a number of facets. Baker concluded his acceptance speech at the Lomas Santa Fe County Club recently by making a joke. “I’m looking forward to the next adventure with Pat, just as long as its not multi-level marketing,” he said. KROSA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
Clubs gain momentum, potential members after Club Rush ZANDALEE ARCINIEGA THE TELESCOPE
Zimri Moreida (right) of the Office of Student Affairs gave out a free slice of pizza to student Alexandria Pulido (left) on Sept. 18. • Xenia Spatacean/Telescope
As part of Club Rush, student-run organizations gathered in Palomar’s Student Union recently to recruit members. Twenty clubs and organizations were in attendance, including The WELL College Ministry Club, Fire Club and Child Development Club. Each club attracted students by selling candy, chips or other food before signing them up as potential members. The Sept. 18 event was hosted by the Inter-Club Council (ICC), a council of the Associated Student Government (ASG), which is in charge of helping clubs network with each other and the ASG. Some clubs members said they were extremely pleased with the turnout. The Palomar Child Development Club had 50 people show up to its first meeting, and was still looking to add more members. When asked what the club is about, Vice
President Alyson Ohlerich said, “it’s about making a difference one child at a time, and it’s also about fundraising for multiple charities.” Ohlerich explained the money from the candy sold at the event goes toward purchasing school supplies, such as backpacks, and setting up book drives for children. Another club making waves at the event was The WELL College Ministry Club. They were attracting passersby by questioning what they thought hope meant. 18 year-old student Levi Repik said he was planning on attending one of WELL’s events over the weekend after passing by their table. Repik said he liked Club Rush a lot. “It makes me feel more involved,” he added. His friend, 18 year-old Sean Abbott, said he liked that the event catered to various topics, but couldn’t find anything that appealed to him. “So far I haven’t really seen anything
that’s my interest,” Abbott said. The Palomar College Fire Club was also in attendance. Their main purpose at Club Rush this semester was signing people up for the upcoming Blood Drive Week starting Sept. 23, they said. “We choose to sponsor the blood drive because, as future public servants, we’re looking to give back to the community,” Salazar said. Even though the Fire Club was there to register people for the blood drive, many students also wanted to know more about joining the club. The club’s roster had 90 people officially signed up at that point. According to Student Activities Coordinator Lindsay Kretchman, being part of a club benefits students in many ways: they can network with different people from all walks of life, and their participation in clubs increases their chances of being accepted to their university of choice. ZARCINIEGA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
OPINION • 3
Recent campus protest was insensitive JENNIFER FASULO THE TELESCOPE
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Freedom of speech is a right we are guaranteed as Americans, a right we should take advantage of. There is a fine line, however, between utilizing your right to express your opinion and forcing it onto others. Recently, a pro-life organization known as Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (SAH) in association with the Human Life Alliance visited our Palomar campus. Usually, this would seem nowhere out of the ordinary, as we often have organizations at our school. This, however, was very different. The Human Life Alliance crossed a line that left me not only enraged but unable to eat my lunch. As a journalist, a political science student and simply an American, the First Amendment to our Constitution is one that greatly affects my life. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are two of many rights that I believe make our country great, but is there a line one can cross? Yes, and the SAH crossed that when they came onto our campus. As I walked out of the MD building with intentions of grabbing something to eat in the Student Union, I was handed a large, newspaper style pamphlet, which was folded in half. I was not informed of its content from the girl who handed it to me or from any information on the front of it. As I continued my journey, it suddenly became clear what the topic of discussion was, painfully clear. My eyes were met with two incredibly graphic images at a prolife booth. The images were of very large and real photos of abortions being performed. The pamphlet I had been handed accompanied
Mary Rose, 24, a volunteer with the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, stands with anti-abortion literature on campus near the Student Union on Sept. 9. • Paul A Francis Jr./Telescope
those images. What enraged me about this specific protest was the way its organizers tried to make their point. I did not ask to see these photos or to learn about their pro-life views, nor was I asked. It seemed to me more of a manipulation tactic than an expression of freedom. Not only did I lose my appetite, I felt as though I had been violated. More important than what my eyes saw was other eyes may have seen these too. Palomar College is a public campus. We have a day care center on school grounds and students bring their children to school. I’d be willing to bet those organizers don’t show their young children these photos for the same
reasons they probably don’t let their young children watch R-rated movies. Supporters of the booth and its actions may argue their photos are no different than the graphic images we see in many television shows and movies. Well, they are very different. The Motion Picture Association and Federal Communications Commission make sure of that. The reason we have rating systems for broadcast television and motion pictures is to do exactly what the SAH did not, which is warn you about what you’re going to see and deem it appropriate or not. Solicitors are no stranger to our campus, and before this, I never
had a problem with them. Yeah, they can be annoying, but at least the reason for their annoyance is them asking if we “have a second” to hear about one cause or another. These organizations or individuals will then usually talk your ear off with facts, statistics and well thought out pleas to get you to agree with them or to sign their petition. What SAH did was feed us their opinion by force, which comes off unprofessional and completely unnecessary. Freedom of speech is meant to share your opinions and say what you’d like, not to be forced on others who are given no choice of their own. JFASULO@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
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The ASG should focus on reconnecting with students “Students serving students” is Palomar’s Associated Student Government’s (ASG) motto; however, it doesn’t seem to be the one they operate by. But what else is new? With new leadership, we thought maybe this year the ASG would be different. A new school year should inspire members to hit the ground running to new beginnings. We thought it would start a wave of change on campus for the better, making their presence known to those they are supposed to serve, the students of Palomar. Instead, this group has fallen back into old habits, remaining a virtually unknown student government serving an already apathetic student body. This leaves most students saying, “the ASG who?” During ASG elections last spring, roughly 100 of over 30,000 Palomar College students voted, showing one of the lowest voter turnouts in Palomar College
history. How’s that for outreach? Really, the members of the ASG are more concerned with the planning of an upcoming retreat they will be attending than reaching out to fellow students. We can’t recall the last time the ASG did something to truly impact our campus and benefit students. Granted, the ASG oversees an educational program called the Goals Responsibility Attitude Determination (GRAD), which is meant to help students focus on education. However, most students aren’t even aware the program exists, so it is not being utilized to its fullest potential. Fact is, the ASG receives a lot of funding each year, and has a bank account many groups and clubs on campus can’t even fathom. Most of it is never put to good use. It’s to the point where ASG’s bank account is outright excessive. Last year, the ASG had received $300,000 to spend on events, student advocacy and other expenditures.
According to an article published by The Telescope in March 2013, just 7.5 percent of that had been spent. In addition, the ASG has three funding accounts to spend on specific events and causes: Fund 71, Fund 72 and Fund 73. The same article stated that not all funds from Fund 71 and 72 were spent during the 2011-2012 school year. This allowed a rollover amount of about $200,000 between the two accounts. That amount is much too high to be considered surplus left over from them being proactive for the students of Palomar. The ASG was projecting to have a rollover fund of about $90,000 into the 2013-2014 budget for Fund 71. The ASG is well within its means to make some great beneficial things possible. It’s obviously not an issue of monetary means, it’s a matter of putting heads together and
generating good ideas which will better the experience of students on Palomar’s campus. We believe the ASG should make themselves more accessible and more transparent in order to be the functioning, full-serving student group they are supposed to be. They should streamline exactly what it is they want to do and what they want to be to this campus. We understand the apathy on campus is hard to overcome. One way to get students involved could be to incorporate promoting school sports. San Diego State’s ASG, for example, hands out free t-shirts and promotes the school football team while encouraging students to go to games and support. By doing this, they are getting students involved while sponsoring and supporting school activities. We feel optimistic that ASG will make an effort to start a change. EDITOR@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
4 • OPINION
Monday, September 30, 2013
The American prison system is overpopulated CHASE VERNON THE TELESCOPE
The United States makes up only five percent of the world’s population, yet accounts for over a quarter of its prisoners. U.S. prisons are in a state of nightmarish overcrowding, and it’s more than financially and morally wrong – it’s solvable. With over a million inmates added to the prison system, the amount of people serving time in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled in recent decades. With such a vast population of prisoners to house, feed and supervise, it’s not surprising that last year’s budget request for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) totaled $6.9 billion. The average, low-security prisoner incurs $25,000 in costs annually. By current figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that’s enough to feed a family of four for over a year and a half. There are better places to put our hard-earned dollars than into the inefficiencies of the prison system. Education, healthcare and the $17 trillion U.S. debt quickly comes to mind. But what inefficiencies are we talking about? Today, the central issue lies with drug sentencing laws. According to an August report by the BOP, nearly 50 percent of federal prisoners are behind bars for drug offenses. The majority of these prisoners are non-violent offenders who, due
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to the immense overload of the prison system, will not receive the help they need. The National Institutes of Health states that about half of federal and state prisoners can be defined as drug abusers, yet fewer than 20 percent receive the necessary treatment to break their addictions. The impact? A vicious cycle of chronic drug users who complete their sentence, only to return to
prison in a matter of months having committed a crime to support their unbroken addiction. The lack of opportunity for inmates to prepare for a life outside prison is not limited to drug offenders; tens of thousands of prisoners and parolees are reincarcerated annually within mere years of their release. Not only does this cost taxpayers, but it condemns
inmates to a revolving door of imprisonment. In a country known for ethical treatment of all, this is not acceptable. True, not all such inmates can benefit from therapeutic guidance. More than a handful, such as the habitually violent, are hardly deserving of the chance. However, with overwhelmed prisons resorting to such measures as triple-bunking or the cutting
of visitation hours, it’s clear that a definitive solution to overcrowding needs to be found - for both the prisons and the inmates who reside in them. To worsen the matter, inmates aren’t the only ones affected. Prison staff also suffer the effects of overcrowding with a steady increase in the average staff-to-inmate ratio. Compounded with longer working hours and a heavier workload, stress among prison employees is at a high. Fortunately, the problems of overcrowding haven’t gone completely unrecognized. In an August speech, Attorney General Eric Holder outlined a plan to alleviate overcrowding with a focus on reforming drug sentencing laws. “We need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter and rehabilitate — not merely to convict, warehouse and forget,” Holder said. Getting Americans out of prison and back into a productive capacity needs to be a top priority for a country still recovering from the Great Recession. This could be accomplished by reducing prison sentences for non-violent inmates, then utilizing the saved funds to improve prison rehabilitation programs. “One nation, behind bars,” reads a recent headline in an article by The Economist. Let’s not let it become that way. CVERNON@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
Price of community college is unfair to students CAROLYNE CORELIS THE TELESCOPE
The rising cost of an education at the community college level alienates students who want to learn but do not have the financial means to pay those costs. Enrollment fees for Palomar College are at an all-time high of $46 a unit, including a once-asemester health center fee and the cost of books. Let’s not forget the parking fee, which is now at $40. If you are a full-time student with 12 units (if not more) the cost of your semester is past $600, not including textbooks, food, gas and time lost that you could be working. Yes, as students we are saving a lot of money by going to Palomar College instead of a Cal State or a UC school. We are lucky enough at Palomar to have access to professors who teach at the same level as those 4-year universities. Our education here at Palomar is the same caliber but it is still out of reach for some students, and not free like it was a generation ago. For those who need assistance paying for school, financial aid is an umbrella that can only help so many.
Some students, however, might be ineligible for financial aid for a variety of reasons out of their control. While financial aid is convenient, students should also realize the money they are being given is not free. Unless a student qualifies for a Pell Grant, most financial aid is in the form of a low-interest loan. As a society, we have the responsibility to control the amount of debt we will eventually face. The California Master Plan created the network of universities in 1960. The top eighth percentile ranked high school graduates were guaranteed acceptance into a University of California school, the top third were admitted into the California State University system and the rest admitted to local community colleges. Community colleges provide an education to people in our society who need it the most. Our parents’ generation, if they resided in California, enjoyed the benefits of a sophisticated, affordable higher education system, which provided a highlytrained and well-educated workforce, arguably contributing to the economic success of the state
of California. In 1960, the Educational Governing Body committed to a tuition-free education for any California resident. Naturally, there were fees such as cost of dormitories, books and other school expenses.
Graduation caps made out of 100 dollar bills. Illustration by Rick Nease/MCT Campus
Fast forward and compare a virtually tuition-free education of the 1960s to today where the average cost of community college is minimum $1,200 a year Californiacolleges.edu reported the average cost of tuition at a
University of California school is roughly $13,000, while the cost at a California State University is $6,600. An education at a university is an expensive investment in the future of any student and with current unemployment rates, they are showing increasingly poor returns. The rising cost of a quality education is what makes community colleges so attractive to the majority of the population. Community colleges were designed to be an open door to education for any student capable of benefiting from instruction. If a student is working to provide for a family and pay for rent, food and expenses, the cost of an education dips into an already tight budget. How do we distinguish any student capable of benefiting from instruction with any student capable of paying tuition? These lines have blurred over the years with increasing cost of living and cost of education. Looking at the numbers, the cost of community colleges is significantly more affordable than a UC or State University. If the community colleges of California were designed to provide
education to any willing and able person who resides in California, raising the prices of tuition to account for the deficit in the state’s coffers does not further the goal of educating the California citizens who wish to become educated. By raising the cost of the only education affordable to those with the lowest income, our educational system is failing. Those who can afford and have the means to educate themselves will continue to do so, while citizens who occupy the lower rung of the socio-economic scale will be forced to choose between an education or paying their rent. Palomar students can make a difference. If you would like to promote change, write letters to the California Department of Education (1430 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814) or the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (1102 Q Street, Suite 4554, Sacramento, CA 95811). Brice W. Harris is the Chancellor for the California Community Colleges, and can be reached at (916) 332-4005. Call him. Harass him. I know I will be annoying him. Let him know we think the cost of community colleges is too high. CCORELIS@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
OPINION • 5
Students should not be subject to an exit exam PAIGE HARVEY THE TELESCOPE
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As if graduating wasn’t enough, hold on to your caps. As of this fall, 700 institutions, both U.S. and international, including some of the Cal State systems, have implemented a new college exit exam that will take place at the end of the academic year. Taking a college level exit exam should be elected by the student, not mandated by the school. According Robert Keeley, Director of the Council for Aid to Education, the exam will measure analysis, problem solving, writing, quantitative reasoning and reading. The exit exam is called Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+), and aims to provide a more equitable way to compare the intellectual achievements of graduates of different schools. The exam would make more sense if it focused on your area of study, as testing in math is unreasonable for an English major. As a journalism major, I assume no standardized exit exam will test me on how many stories I can edit in an allotted time period, how often I check news sources and social media updates, how to understand the truth behind media or the importance of multimedia and how it’s shaping this industry. The exam will serve a similar role to the admission exam some graduate schools rely on as a main evaluation for their applicants. But, are all graduating English majors
going to remember everything they learned four plus years ago in a math class while trying to fulfill their transfer requirements? Probably not. Nowadays it is almost impossible to walk into any business and apply for a job. Everything is done via Internet applications, personality tests, email resumes, etc. Having a degree should determine whether you were better qualified than the person before or after you. If another applicant has the same degree as you but higher test scores, they would probably get the position over you. Sending out scores to potential employers will make it harder for college graduates to find a job in their field if they failed a portion of the test that they only took courses in to fulfill transfer or district requirements. Inaugurating this exam may fracture a college student’s desire to pursue a career in their field, based on his/her results. There is a lot riding on college students in their last semester. Adding this additional stress is not going to encourage more students to completely finish their degree. Standardized tests cannot measure traits that are key factors to any job, such as persistence, motivation and creativity. An exit exam can only measure a small fraction of what makes your education meaningful, so taking a test is pointless if it shows nothing about your actual proficiency. PHARVEY@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
Internet streaming is a cheaper alternative to TV ROSE MIRIAM BABAIRZ THE TELESCOPE
Cable television is now a thing of the past, and Internet streaming is taking the forefront. Recent statistics show there are more people switching from watching cable television to Internet streaming on websites such as Netflix, Hulu and Megashare. It’s less expensive and more convenient. Who would want to pay a hundred dollars for a bunch of channels they don’t watch, when they can watch their favorite show online for free or much less payment any time they want? DVR is just not cutting it anymore. In an April 2012 article from The Blaze, author Liz Klimas wrote that between 2008 and 2011, there are more than three million people who cancelled cable television subscriptions in favor of online streaming. The report also shows compared to 2011, there are 50 percent fewer customers who signed up for cable television. In a May 24 article in Huffington Post, according to the technology research firm in the International Data Corporation (IDC), nearly 85 percent of people who own Apple TV or Roku still subscribe to cable or satellite television. Analysts explain it all boils down to content. “You can’t replicate what you get from paid TV cobbling together Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime,” said Greg Ireland, Research Manager of the Multiscreen:
Video project at IDC on the same article. He added that some sports and other live events are not yet streamed. In reference to what Ireland said, today, there are apps for everything. Some of these sports and live events can now be downloaded to your phone or iPad. Also, some television shows can now be watched on the cable channel’s website. For example, some online streaming websites, such as Netflix, do not allow you to watch your favorite show’s current episode. However, if you go to that show’s channel website, you can watch up to date episodes on your laptop. There are also some streaming websites such as Megashare, which allow you watch up-to-date episodes of some of your favorite shows. An article written in May by Dan Rayburn stated cable television will not be replaced by online streaming because of the video quality from the Internet. It is not about quality, it is about convenience. It will only be a matter of time until almost all consumers will switch to watching shows via the Internet. Maybe not all consumers have high speed internet at home, but with today’s economy and the upkeep of having a basic cable television, not to mention the technology’s abundance of resources, consumers will eventually resort to what is convenient for them and what will benefit them the most. RBABIARZ@THETELESCOPE.COM
Interest rates are too high on student loans CESAR LOYA THE TELESCOPE
Earlier this year, a law keeping interest rates for student loans low was not renewed. This is terrible news for students everywhere. As a result of non-renewal, there was a spike of more than 6 percent in interest rates this summer. New legislation was passed by Congress. As reported by National Public Radio (NPR), students will continue to pay the retroactive interest rate of roughly 3.9 percent for this school year. However, there’s a catch. Interest rates hereafter will be tied to the 10year Treasury note. This is both fair and upsetting. A treasury note is a marketable security, similar to stock, which reflects the value of the U.S. government in private sector measurements. If the country’s economy improves, the interest rate will rise. If our country’s economy plummets, the interest rate would also fall. The compromise is bittersweet because it does not make things easier for students in the long term. The real problem here is the cost of education. The high interest rates are a symptom of the problem, rather. Unless we lower the cost of education, we will only catalyze the need for student loans. Lenders are looking
for profits where interest can provide them, and students have become the scapegoat. If Uncle Sam does well, he’s going to expect a heavier payback. If Uncle Sam does worse, you might very well be unemployed. Both outlooks pinch the pockets of the modern-day college student. It’s clear the government is set on providing financing to educate the future. Just as clear, it’s not going to be as fiscally generous as it once was. Realistically, students will pay more interest than ever before. Interest rates are a problem because many students are underemployed following graduation. When there isn’t an income that can compensate for the cost of living plus a reasonable surplus, there isn’t discretionary spending for student loans. Even more dismal, the more you borrow, the faster interest adds. The startling part is, it is not going to get better. Highlighted in a policy paper from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, barely half of college graduates are in occupations requiring bachelor’s degrees or more. Whereas we used to find job security and promising careers after college graduation, modern times are placing young professionals in less desirable jobs.
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Someone with a degree in psychology may have actually become a therapist two decades ago. Today, the same person is more likely to find an hourly position in retail. The assembly line is moving backward. Because we have more college graduates than jobs requiring a college degree, we have what professionals call an academic inflation.
The only light at the end of this tunnel is that interest will be capped at 8.25 percent for undergraduates; this is part of the fine print in the same piece of legislation. As students, we are going to have to work twice as hard to establish an education, but will be rewarded only a fraction of the income earned by previous generations. The better days are behind us. Expect a more
compartmentalized life with less home-buyers and more renters. According to non-profit organization American Student Assistance, 20 million Americans will go to college this year. Of those, 12 million will take on a loan. One dirty secret for all of us is, unlike other debt, a student cannot claim bankruptcy on a student loan. CLOYA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
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Monday, September 30, 2013
Opening night at the Howard Brubeck Theatre
Kenneth Bell, a faculty member of Palomar College, rehearses on Sept. 19, the night before the grand opening of the new Performing Arts Complex on campus. • Yolanda Granados/Telescope
Palomar dance professor Jo Ellen Handelsman performs a traditional Middle Eastern dance at the faculty show “Over the Top” on Sept. 20.• Paul Francis Jr. /Telescope
David Chase and Mary Jaeb, professors of music, perform using slapstick and pies at the opening night on Sept. 20. • Paul Francis Jr/ Telescope
Professor Michael Mufson reads excerpts from ‘Waiting for Godot’ on Sept.20.• Paul Francis Jr /Telescope
Terry Sprague video tapes the dance being performed by modern dance instructor Sadie Weinberg and Alison Dietterle Smith on Sept.20. • Paul Francis Jr / Telescope
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the telescope VIDEO GAME REVIEW
“Nothing Was The Same” Runtime: 59 minutes
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Drake’s back with third album MARISSA MILLOY
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GTA 5 was worth the wait GTA V Rated M for Mature
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With $1 billion in sales just three days after release, Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 5 is contending to be the game of the year. With the detailed graphics and realistic storyline, it’s not hard to see why. GTA 5 was released on Sept. 17 to Xbox and Playstation consoles, adding its 15th game to the series. Even though there are 15 ways to play in this series, stealing cars and punching helpless pedestrians walking down the street never gets old. GTA fans have been waiting painfully for this installment to come out since its announcment back in 2011. As the hype built for fans, the pressure was on Rockstar games to perfect a game that had so many fans waiting. According to IGN.com, GTA has set a record for being the fastest grossing entertainment property to date in the fields of video games and movies. Even the game’s creator, Rockstar Games, was baffled when it hit $300 million in the first day. The real surprise would come three days later.
Gamers from all over the country lined up at midnight to get their hands on this jewel of entertainment. The collectors edition, priced at $150, was sold out at most game retail stores prior to the games release. The standard price is around $60. It is worth the money. Fast cars, shady characters and absolute chaos are what define any GTA game. This game does not fall short to its past standards; in fact, it even enhances them. New cars and guns leaving San Andreas for the taking. The sprawling metropolis of Los Santos is truly a sight to see. The designers wanted the city to look and feel like Southern California with iconic places such as the Hollywood Hills and Universal Studios. They didn’t miss a beat. From the desert to the sandy beaches, the designers did a great job creating the world we “virtually” live in. Going through the missions and learning about the characters feels like playing a movie. The gaming experience has jumped to a whole new level. The biggest change in this game from the past ones in the series is you now control three main characters instead of one. As you start the game, you control the character Michael as he and his crew perform a daring robbery. This heist acts as a tutorial,
allowing the player to get a feel for the game by taking out police officers and guards. Completing missions brings in money for the character. Progressing in the game allows players to buy better weapons and vehicle upgrades. Of course, if you don’t want to follow the storyline, GTA’s iconic free play option is still there. Steal an expensive car from a high-class neighborhood and lead the police in a high speed chase, or go on a shooting rampage at Muscle Beach using pedestrians as shields. The cities of Los Santos and San Andreas are at your disposal. With such a big game, it does have its share of flaws. While playing, I encountered a couple minor bugs and graphic glitches. These problems could be easily fixed, however, by a patch in the software. The fact that you can do pretty much anything is always a crowd drawer. Combined with the perfect execution of the game, fans have been left in awe. If you enjoyed any past GTA games, this one will not disappoint. This game is a 5 out of 5 in my book; it is the best GTA game I have ever played. For the multiplayer online review, visit our website Thetelescope.com. DGAGLIO@THE-TELSECOPE.COM
Drake returns with his third album “Nothing Was The Same.” I would give this album 4/5 stars. He started from the bottom, and now he’s here. One of the most anticipated albums of 2013 is undoubtedly hip-hop heavyweight Drake’s “Nothing Was The Same,” which dropped Sept. 24. After the success of his 2012 sophomore album “Take Care,” which snagged him his first Grammy, he’s not settling just yet. “On a mission tryna shift the culture,” Drake sounds off in the sixminute intro titled “Tuscan Leather,” and really that’s just what he’s done since his debut in 2009. While Jay Z and Kanye boast opulence and decadence, Drake’s theme has always been a bit different. His signature style has created a sort of counter-culture to rap, shifting the norms of how hip-hop functions linguistically, which is what has solidified his place in the hiphop scene. He has coined the ability to reminisce, inspire, and convey emotion simultaneously. Just don’t mistake emotion for lack of bravado. “Worst Behavior” is the transition from trying to make it to achieving superstardom. All he ever really wanted was to love and be loved in return. In a rough tone he exclaims, “motha----as never loved us.” Now that he’s reached success, the people that doubted him in the beginning are the ones trying to be around him since he is somebody now. The overall tone of “Nothing” is slightly darker than anything we’ve heard from him before. Drake croons over moody low-key beats
through the album’s entirety, with the exception of ‘Started From The Bottom’. The album is a Drake solo, with just one very notable appearance. “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2” features Jay Z, which is the only rap collaboration on the album. The hook, sung by Timbaland, pays homage to the legendary Wu-TangClan and their classic hit C.R.E.A.M. ‘You know it’s real when you are who you think you are,’ Drizzy raps in the last line of the first verse, showing he is fully self-aware of his reality and what he’s become. Most songs are about the things that keep Drake authentic. Whether it’s about the strained relationships in his personal life, still trying to cope with fame, or finally having it all and still not being content, addressing vulnerability and his deepest insecurities have become his strong suit. While I still long for the Drizzy Drake from his ‘So Far Gone’ mixtape, I can’t help but admire his growth as an artist. NWTS exposes the much more raw Drake that was missed on “Take Care”. Either “Own It” or “Wu-Tang Forever,” the two songs that left me feeling lukewarm, should have been chopped for “Girls Love Beyonce,” an R&B/Rap remix of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” which was released earlier this summer, but unfortunately didn’t make the final cut for the album. Nothing Was The Same has variety, executed transitions and lyrics which will be quoted for years to come. Whether you are trying move on from heartbreak or celebrating your success, Drake songs cater to a multitude of emotions. MMILLOY@THE-TELSCOPE.COM
Fashion Spotlight: You don’t know Jack CHRISTINE FORONDA THE TELESCOPE
Dressed in an indigo-blue suit with visible stitching on the lapel, a diagonally striped red tie to add contrast and laced black dress shoes to enhance class, Dr. Jack Kahn looks quite dapper in his attire for work Many students on campus express themselves through fashion and personal style, and numerous articles have been done on those who stand out. However, we should not overlook the Palomar faculty and staff who can also be as stylish and as fashionable. How would you describe your fashion sense?
Kahn described his style as being “traditional yet modern” and “fun yet professional.” “I want to convey seriousness but also appear down-to-earth and approachable,” Kahn said. “I like something kind of unexpected and edgy; like quirky and off enough but not too much.” What influences your sense of style? “I never aspired to look like anyone,” Kahn said. However, Kahn admits that his wife is the one with the most fashion sense and plays a prominent part when he shops for clothes. He also mentioned that his new job as dean and the fact that he
wants to “start out fresh” influences his choice of what kinds of suits he wears. Where do you shop? “Mostly Banana Republic and Macy’s,” Kahn said. He describes himself as “frugal” but occasionally shops somewhere as pricey as Brooks Brothers as well. What’s your favorite piece of clothing or accessory? Kahn said that he owns several shirts and ties but “socks are the most fun.” He said he owns a pair of socks with robots on them and another pair sporting witches. In your opinion, what makes a person stylish or fashionable?
“It depends on how a person carries themselves,” Kahn said. “Cultures view the way you dress and fashion changes all the time so [the way you carry yourself] is important.” He also explained that to him “uniqueness” plays a factor on who he sees as fashionable. Do you think fashion is important? “Yes. The way you present yourself is important,” Kahn said. “It is the message you want to convey about yourself and your culture.” He added, “You can’t not express yourself.” CFORONDA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
Dr. Jack Kahn poses on campus for the photographer on Sept. 19. • Macie Guzman/Telescope
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Monday, September 30, 2013
Planetarium provides family-friendly entertainment RALPH CHAPOCO THE TELESCOPE
A land encased in ice, a terrain covered with fire and an environment more rugged than the Grand Canyon are just a few of the images the audience got to witness in the documentary “Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun.” This documentary, shown recently at Palomar College’s Planetarium, explores the discovery of planets and stars far beyond our solar system. The graphics and special effects grab the attention of the audience. The views and descriptions of the planets make this documentary compelling. The audience was stricken by a world where volcanoes erupt every few seconds, a sky bright with different colors and land masses made entirely of frozen water. “I liked it a lot... I liked that it showed the inside of all of the
different planets that we are learning about and how we can learn more about the planets,” said 7-year-old audience member Lauren Brandt. Planetarium Director Mark Lane said the planetarium likes to rotate its feature presentations to ensure a new and exciting experience for everyone. “We show it as long as people want to see it, so what happens is, when the attendance numbers start to drop off, then we start looking to change it,” Lane said. He added the new feature documentary, “STARS: The Powerhouses of the Universe” is set to begin on Sept. 20, and will detail stars in the universe. The Palomar Planetarium opens its doors every Friday evening for two productions; one is the feature documentary and the other is a staple of any planetarium. For those not interested in seeing the documentary the planetarium offers, “The Sky Tonight” is a live narration of the different visible
Planetarium guests watch the sunset at the Planetarium’s Friday night public show on Aug. 30.• Francois Swart/ Telescope
constellations. Planetarium staff will describe the constellations that are visible in this hemisphere and discuss the myths and legends surrounding each of them.
Afterward, guests can view the constellations and the moon live via the 8-inch telescope on the patio. When asked why the planetarium is so popular, planetarium staff
member Mike Vergara responded by saying, ”It’s a new frontier, it’s exciting…I think it’s just the adventurous spirit.” RCHAPOCO@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
Alpenstock is a tantalizing look at social change CHRISTOPHER BULLOCK THE TELESCOPE
When a person thinks of social activism, one doesn’t think of a an axe-wielding accountant, or an adventurous housewife. Enter “Alpenstock”, a work by French playwright Rémi de Vos, brought to the American shore from France. During Concert Hour on Sept. 12, Palomar students and the community were treated to a 50-minute display
of slapstick humor, tongue-in-cheek seduction and humorous yet tasteful acts of violence. Based in Eastern Europe, Grete (Christina Wenning) and Fritz (John Polak) play a traditional ‘50s era couple who are staunch nationalists. When Grete buys detergent at the “international market,” it draws attention to Josip (Marcos Martinez), a Balkan Transylvanian Carpathian who seeks to have Grete to himself. This sets off a chain of events that are part thought-provoking, part
hilarious, and part “close your eyes children, this is for adults only.” The actors did an exemplary job on absorbing the character’s personalities and bringing them to life. Wenning’s portrayal of the unassuming housewife was very amusing, and Polak did a dry, yet convincing view of the everyday husband. Martinez’s role as the seductive Josip had me blushing at points and rolling in laughter the next. The live music, performed by Joao
Vincent Lewis, matched the drama and humor within every scene. Lewis, a multi-instrumentalist, used the keyboards, guitar and bass for the right amount of passion, ferocity and expression for each part of the play. Director Michael Mufson said his goal for the play was to use stereotypes to force people to pay attention to the message at hand. To see whether the audience felt the same way, he invited them to participate in a discussion after the performance. There was a lot
of dialogue between the actors and the audience; some of it heated, but for the mose part engaging and productive. Mufson said, “The play is meant to be a critique of nationalism,” and added that nationalism “tends to drive a mentality that creates stereotypes and dehumanizes people who are not of your nationality.” As far as future plans for the play, Mufson said, “we’re looking to tour this around the world.” CBULLOCK@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
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Campus Students get reinvigorated club helps about the U.S. Constitution veterans SUSAN WHALEY THE TELESCOPE
ROSE MIRIAM BABIARZ THE TELESCOPE
In addition to the Veteran Services program, Palomar student veterans have another organization available to them and their families, according to officials. A student club called the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) acts as a support system for student veterans on campus. It was established in 2008 to help the veteran students on active duty and reserve, as well as their dependents. According to the organization’s President Andres Garcia, one of his goals for student veterans “is to get them focused on their college (education), their career and their future.” Garcia, who also used to be a former Master Gunnery Sergeant, said many veteran students lack a permanent place to live and are in need of child care. He added that a lot of them also need assistance with their disabilities. In an interview, Garcia said it is one of the SVO’s main goals to help students with these problems. By having contacts in different veteran centers and administrations, he should be able to, if not help them directly, point them to the right people. Garcia said he wants to help veterans “with some of their needs, which are met through various organizations that are not on the campus”. An example is helping them getting a place to stay or connecting them to organizations that provide service dogs. He mentioned he will be trying to get in contact with veteran representatives from different companies and whenever there is a job fair going on, he will encourage students to participate. During a recent club meeting, Garcia said even though it is not a guaranteed hire, getting in contact with representatives from different companies can be beneficial. With student veterans coming from different states, Garcia said he wanted the SVO to also be a place where veteran students could meet and also socialize with other clubs. Garcia plans for the SVO to have a softball game on campus with other clubs on Oct. 18. Students also shared reasons why they made the choice to become members of the SVO. Nate Thorson, a former military police in the U.S. Navy, said he joined the SVO because it is a place where he can meet fellow veterans. Former SVO President Don Moore said he joined because he felt there is no adequate presence of veterans on campus. For more information on Student Veterans Organization, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or check their Facebook page: Palomar Student Veteran Organization. RBABIARZ@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
Celebrating Constitution Day at Palomar College meant free lunch for 300 students. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA), the Financial Aid Office and various other clubs set up their booths in front of the cafeteria on Sept. 17, in recognition of Constitution Day. “You guys are our future, whether you like it or not,” history professor Melinda Cole Klein said as she asked students walking by to play a game of Constitution Jeopardy.
Jane Stiles, Financial Assistant Specialist, said the financial aid office sponsored the entire event. When the free hamburgers and chips ran out, the crowd of students disappeared. Since 2004, celebrating Constitution Day has become mandatory for any college that receives federal funding. Lindsay Kretchman, from the OSA, said the requirements for celebrating Constitution Day were slipped into a spending bill. We have to recognize Constitution Day in order to receive federal financial aid or “we
could risk not getting any aid,” Kretchman said. Andy Garcia, the president of the Veteran Services Organization, said it is important to know our history. When he looks up at the American flag he knows “that thing means something,” Garcia said. MEChA club member Maylin Caldwell looks takes a proactive stance about Constitution Day. “I take it as a day to educate,” Caldwell said. The MEChA booth focused on the history and importance of the 14th Amendment, which gives
citizenship to “all persons born and naturalized in the United States,” according to The Library of Congress. History professor Bill Jahnel, while wearing his patriotic bow tie mentioned the government is currently debating using the 14th Amendment to allow the raising of the debt ceiling in the United States, which was thought to be dry since the Civil War. “Things we don’t think are important become important all over again,” Jahnel said. SWHALEY@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
(Top Left) Associate Professor of History Matthew Estes reacts to a student’s correct answer at Constitution Jeopardy during Palomar College observance of Constitution Day. (Bottom Left) Maylin Caldwell (left), Judicial Advocate for the M.E.Ch.A. club, talks with students Travis Schoening (center) and John Hiatt concerning activities the club is engaged in. (Right) Professor Bill Jahnel hosts Constitution Jeopardy during Constitution Day activities on Sept. 17. • Photos by Stephen Davis/ Telescope
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with a proposal to help the library. By using fabric donated to the upholstery program, and employing students in Duvall’s class as the labor force, students received credit for a semester-long assignment. “Every Thursday we would go to the class room and put everything together...it was a full job,” Duvall said. The multi-semester-long project only has one month left to meet the anticipated deadline of completing
the project. It’s taken three semesters, beginning fall of 2012, to fix and reupholster the 90 pieces of furniture. “Not only did they reupholster the fabric but they cleaned and refurbished the wood,” Morrow said. Slowing the progress was the lack of help from the school with transporting the chairs from the Palomar library to the upholstery program at the Escondido center.
However, it was just a minor setback as Duvall pushed through. “We rented trucks in and asked volunteers to bring the chairs back and forth,” he said. Duvall said he is so proud of his students’ work that he is hopeful other departments will take notice of the massive project the upholstery students completed, and how productive their work has been for the entirety of Palomar. “We hope others will see that we can save [Palomar] a lot of money
instead of just counting on tax dollars like most schools,” Duvall said. A hope Duvall and Morrow have in common is for this to act as a stepping stone for other departments to lend a hand when needed to absorb cost around the campus in the future. “This is a fantastic resource that we didn’t know was available, and other departments should know about it,” Morrow said.
their placement exams they took after completing the program, she said. Summer Bridge was launched in 2010. The program’s first two summers offered math tutoring in the form of workshops called Math Jams. A “jam” is what each session is called. Each math jam or math session is a three-week session of tutoring over the summer. By the third year, additional workshops focusing on ESL were introduced as well. Officials expect to add an English component to the program by 2014. The English Jam will be available for students who placed into English 10 on their placement test. “Many students, but not all
who enroll, move on to taking the placement test again, but this past summer there were some students who ended up taking the summer course just for review,” Anfinson said. The ESL portion of the program is offered to students who have been placed into ESL 55 or ESL 101. The math portion is now open to students who have placed into Math 15 to Math 135. Summer Bridge is divided up into three-week long courses. All sessions are held Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each week, the student will also have one hour of counseling to help them understand transfer requirements, study skills, time management skills, and other college success tips.
Anfinson said, it takes a full commitment from the students, there is a lot packed into three weeks. Anfinson said she noticed confidence improves in her students after they complete their workshops. When they retake their assessment exams the second time, they’re much more prepared to earn a higher score. “Ultimately, the goal of the program is to give students more practice to place higher on the placement test,” Anfinson said. More information and Summer 2014 applications can be found at palomar.edu/summerbridge.
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placement results in math, ESL or English. Throughout the course, each student will receive the oneon-one assistance to learn, relearn, or review the concepts that are on the assessment. “The first summer (of the program’s launch), there were only 25 students enrolled. This past summer we had over 90 students go through the program,” Anfinson said. The program works, she added. Over half of the students, 66.3 percent, who were enrolled for the math tested into a higher level course after completing the summer bridge program. In an ESL course, 80 percent scored higher, and 75 percent of the ESL 101 students scored higher on
10 • NEWS
Monday, September 30, 2013
Palomar student builds schools in native homeland, South Sudan
Thomas Nyang at Palomar College, San Marcos campus • Lucy Wheeler/Telescope
Thomas Nyang (front row, left) and Chuck DuVivier (front row, right) in Purbor Village, South Sudan, February 2010 / Photo Courtesy of Thomas Nyang
States, Nyang and his family attained their U.S. citizenship, and now reside in Escondido. Nyang works as a security guard and is completing his general education requirements at Palomar’s Escondido and San Marcos campuses. “Education is a power,” Nyang said. Nyang has been a Palomar student since 2010. It is his goal to transfer to Cal State San Marcos and complete a liberal arts bachelor’s degree so that he can return to his native village in South Sudan to build more schools; he’s already built two in the villages of Jarweng and Torkeil. Nyang did not have the luxury of attending school growing up, or as an adult, because of the war. Having to work to support his family, he said. Having spent his childhood and early adulthood being shuffled around between South Sudan,
Between attending classes, a Palomar student is dedicating himself to building schools and stability in his native South Sudan for the next generation of children and adults. Thomas Nyang, 53, of the Jarweng village in South Sudan came to the United States in 1994 with his wife, children and a nephew, to begin a new life in the United States. “I’ve dedicated my life, and the time I’m here right now to help my people back in the village; especially young children,” he said. The people of South Sudan suffered religious persecution, enslavement and mass murder at the hands of the Northern Sudanese, engulfing the entire nation in a civil war lasting 22 years, between 1983 through 2005. Upon arriving in the United
Ethiopia and Kenya, depending on where was most stable at the time, Nyang said he was never sure of how each day would end, or what would happen in the future. Prior to arriving in the United States, Nyang and his family were living in a refugee camp called Ifo in Kenya. In 1994, Nyang and his family applied for relocation to the United States through the International Rescue Committee, (IRC) and were able to meet the requirements, which allowed them to relocate as a family to the United States. In 2009, Nyang partnered with a representative of the Encinitas Rotary Chapter, Chuck DuVivier, and founded the non-profit organization, New Solutions Community Resource Center. DuVivier is a retired real estate investor who has been active in outreach with Rotary for many years. DuVivier explained the unorthodox process of
communicating between the individuals on the ground in the village building the school, and the investors in the United States. The first school built was named the Jarweng Promise School, because the progress was dependent upon the Sudanese communicating their progress via photographs to acquire funding. “They would send us pictures of them collecting wood for the structure of the building, and then we sent them more money. And then they sent us pictures of the roofing materials arriving in a canoe,” DuVivier said. In the final stages of construction, DuVivier decided to deliver the rest of the funding personally, and go visit the school himself. DuVivier flew to South Sudan, and provided not only the rest of the funds, but also supplies and assistance with hiring teachers and getting the school running. After
seeing the success of the Jarweng Promise School, the Encinitas Rotary chapter decided to fund a second school in the Torkeil village. One of Nyang’s main goals with his schools is to provide the opportunity for the students to learn English. Nyang’s face lights up when he speaks about seeing the progress of the construction being completed by hand. Those who suffered through the war understand how important education is to their future. The first schools Nyang built were made out of wood and mud. Nyang wants his next schools to be more sophisticated and more stable so that he can begin to create opportunities to train teachers, and pay them enough money to provide for their families. “I wanted to build a foundation to give people hope,” Nyang said.
During the organization’s twoand-a-half-hour meeting, ASG members appointed new senators, delegates and discussed leadership conferences and retreats. However, they didn’t emphasize any plans for the student body.
more flyers around specifying where their room is…people would know more.” Some students, such as James Glenn, a 27-year-old kinesiology major, didn’t even know that the ASG existed. “Actually, [this is] the first time I heard that they pertained to clubs or [college] prices…I didn’t even know about the ASG, now I’m somewhat aware they exist.” Jose Gonzalez, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering major and student who works in the Club Hub, said he is concerned about ASG’s transparency. “If the club members have to ask ASG for money for their clubs, they should also be telling us what they’re using it for,” he said, adding that “they could have a speech in the cafeteria area once a month, tell us who they are, and what they do.”
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Palomar President Robert Deegan showed his support for Gonzalez and the ASG following McNamara’s questions. “We’ll work with the ASG to assist in getting their minutes online. I’m sure we can find support on the campus in fashion, to help with this,” Deegan said.
ASG to focus on students Gonzalez said the ASG needs to focus on helping students. She mentioned future negotiations with the Bookstore Committee on lowering the cost of books and the continuation of the Goals Responsibility Attitude Determination (GRAD) program, to help students focus on education. The group is also working on plans for ASG-sponsored internships for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) students.
Working on outreach Another goal for the ASG is to connect more with students. Along with the still-vacant secretary position, members said they have struggled to update their website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. When students around campus were asked about whether they knew what the ASG did for them, responses were mixed. Gabrielle Gilbert, a 19-yearold sophomore, said “I know that they provide mentors for new students and people who are new to community college.” She added, “Maybe if they put
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Golf team captain is driven to succeed CHRISTINE FORONDA THE TELESCOPE
Sadye Busby’s love for her family and passion for her sport drives her to excel as a female golfer for Palomar College. Busby was named the first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Athlete of the week of the 2013-2014 season. Originally born and raised in Orange County, Busby came from a family of two sisters and two brothers who all love to play golf. Busby said her father was the one who got her involved in golf when she was 7 years old and 13 years later, Busby said she loves the sport more than she ever has. “Golf is who I am. It’s part of what I do,” she said. Busby is in her third year at Palomar College, majoring in business and plays for the college’s women’s golf team as co-captain. According to Busby, she loves that golf is a very individualized sport where she can rely on her own hard work. She also said being part of a team is very important to her. “What’s so great about the [golf] program here is that the team aspect is better than any sports team I’ve ever been a part of,” Busby explained. “All of us – we play for each other. There’s a huge strive for each and every one of us to play our best not just for ourselves but for the team.” Busby mentioned that her older sister, Cora Busby, helped establish Captain Sadye Busby of Palomar College Woman’s Golf team, practices her swings before a match at the St. Mark Golf Club. •Yolanda Granados/Telescope
the golf program at Palomar five years ago and helped “put it on the map”. Her sister was the Southern California Regional Champion when she was at school, and Busby met her current coach, Mark Eldridge, through her sister. Busby described Eldridge as a “great man” and an “unbelievable coach.”
Sadye Busby laughs at practice on Sept.20.•Yolanda Granados/Telescope
“He has taught me a level of respect and integrity that I am so grateful for,” Busby said. Eldridge said Busby is one of the hardest working players on the team and is having the best season of any golfer in California. “She motivates our team with her work ethic, encouragement and other captain duties that she shares with co-captain Vanessa Honnes. She is very supportive of all 11 of her teammates
regardless of varying skill levels; she is a true team player,” Eldridge said. According to Busby, what motivates and inspires her is the love and support of the people around her. She also believes her talent was a blessing God gave her, not just for something to enjoy or make a living doing. “I hope to one day be able to have my name known well enough that I can spread the love of the game, the way I live my life under God and just how much family means,” Busby said. “I want people to know that that’s where I’m coming from.” When asked about her future aspirations and goals, Busby said that as a child she dreamed about being the best golfer ever. “I want to be the best female golfer of all time,” Busby said. “I know it’s a huge task to take on but I’m willing to put in the work. Whatever God has planned for me, He has a plan for me but I’m going to do my best everyday to get there.” Eldridge commented he does not doubt that Busby will be highly sought after by 4- year universities after the fall season. “I feel fortunate that Sadye is participating for Palomar College,” Eldridge added. “She wants another team state championship as well as the state individual title. She’s very driven.” CFORONDA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
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Palomar defenders David Atoe (No. 10) and Javante O’Roy (No. 29) tackle Riverside’s Anthony Knight during action at Wilson Stadium in Escondido on Sept. 14. • Stephen Davis/Telescope
Facing a Palomar legend
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Tom Craft and his Riverside City College Tigers shut out the Comets 41- 0 on Sept.14 Craft is known as a legend at Palomar for his coaching career from 1983 until 1997. While at Palomar he coached 7 all-American quarterbacks. No other junior college coach has produced so many. Coach Joe Early said to the press that the game was a “test.” Versus RCC Palomar was unable to mount any type of offense against a swarming defense. Palomar failed to put up any points during their second home game of the year at Wilson Stadium in Escondido. By the end of the night, the RCC
defense sacked Lamb five times, picking him off three times. They limited Lamb to seven completions on 23 attempts for 87 yards. In the second quarter Palomar’s defense was able to hold their own until a little more than 2 minutes left in the first half when RCC’s quarterback Scyler Howard connected with Harold Mobley on a 3 yard pass for a touchdown. Before the game Palomar Head Coach Joe Early highlighted that in order for his team to win, they needed to control turnovers, not hurt themselves with penalties, be sound on special teams and not give up the big plays. Palomar’s defense was however able to limit big passing plays; because the longest passing play was for the 20 yards. But they weren’t able to contain Howard
completely. He would finish the night with 191 passing yards, 75 yards on the ground and throwing for two touchdowns. “We made that quarterback look like an All-American. We’d have him tackled for a loss and we couldn’t hold on to him,” Coach Early said. “We just didn’t execute as well as we should’ve, Palomar wide receiver Anthony Mount said after the game. Coach Early ended his press conference by saying, “You know that they are facing some adversity. If they come out and respond and have a good week of practice, then we’re giving ourselves as opportunity and to me, that’s growth.” APLACIDE@THE-TELESCOPE.COM RCHAPOCO@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
Upcoming Palomar Home Games Oct. 1: Women’s Soccer vs. San Diego Community College 3:15 P.M. @ Minkoff Field Oct. 2: Men’s/Women’s Water Polo vs. Southwestern Women 2:00 P.M./Men 3:30 P.M. @ Wallace Memorial Pool Oct. 8: Women’s Soccer vs. Southwestern 3:15 P.M. @ Minkoff Field Oct. 9: Men’s/Women’s Water Polo vs. Grossmont Women 2:00 P.M./Men 3:30 P.M @ Wallace Memorial Pool Oct. 11: Women’s Volleyball vs. Imperial Valley 5:00 P.M. @ The Dome Oct. 12: Men’s Basketball Tournament vs. San Diego Charter/Los Angeles Harbor 11:00 A.M. @ The Dome Oct. 15: Men’s Soccer vs. San Diego Community College 3:15 P.M. @ Minkoff Field Oct. 16: Wrestling vs. Santa Ana 7:30 P.M. @ The Dome
Palomar quarterback Ryan Lamb leaps away from the tackle of Riverside’s Jonah Moi on Sept. 14 •Stephen Davis/Telescope