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Palomar College’s Independent Newspaper

WHAT’S INSIDE

Vol. 67, No. 2 • Monday, September 16, 2013

1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos, Calif.

Group shocks with abortion photos SUSAN WHALEY CHRISTINE FORONDA THE TELESCOPE

“I’m Batman... or am I?” • Page 4

Construction is complete and the theater is ready to open • Page 7

Palomar’s football team won their first game of the season with a record breaking play • Page 11

UPCOMING EVENTS Club Rush, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18 @ Student Union Campus clean-up, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 19 @ Student Union

To the shock of some students and staff, the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (SAH) came to Palomar College to spread antiabortion awareness to students on Sept. 9 and 10. The SAH put up images in the Student Union of a 9-week-old aborted fetus and a bloody head of a baby, while passing out pamphlets to students with articles explaining what abortion is and its history. While some objected to the graphic images, college officials said Palomar is a public campus and adheres to freedom of speech. According to Marilyn Lunde, staff assistant of the Office of Student Affairs, the SAH have been coming to campus for several years and always check in and fill out the proper paperwork. President Bob Deegan said at the Sept. 10 Governing Board meeting, “What we have to remember is that there is free speech on a college campus. Even if it’s objectionable free speech, it is still free speech.” Kristina Garva, at the SAH booth, said the images were necessary to make their point. “I think [student reactions] are valid,” Garva said. “The images are violent and they are graphic. But abortion as a procedure is violent and graphic and bloody. It is important for everybody to see images of injustice.” Palomar students and faculty also shared their reactions to the abortion literature and images presented by the SAH in the Student Union. “There was an immediate an impassioned reaction on campus from those who found the demonstration objectionable,” said Devon Smith, assistant professor of sociology. “While few would deny the demonstrators’ right to

Sept. 9 | Palomar College Students Nagina Amir and Alli Yoshi react to the Pro Life Volunteers abortion images near the cafeteria. • Yolanda Granados/Telescope free speech, many disagree with those pictures were “hardcore.” someone who really wants it. their tactics, which rely on fearAmong all the negative feedback, When asked about rape victims, mongering and the distribution of there were students who did not Garva responded, “Abortion will not medical misinformation.” have strong reactions to the abortion un-rape a woman,” and the unborn Smith said she believes the focus images. child should not be penalized. should be educating women and “It doesn’t really bother me; I President Deegan said he plans men about sexuality and sexual just think people can do whatever to meet with those who are offended reproduction to make informed they want,” said 20-year-old Ryan by the SAH. However, he expects decisions “that will be in their Aguirre. them to return next year. individual best interest.” But 18-year-old Criminal Justice “Often, what these groups want “Members of the campus major Toni Buelna said, “People is for you to throw them off campus. community have reached out to shouldn’t [get] abortions. If they Then they will sue you and they Planned Parenthood, who will be don’t want a baby, then don’t have will win; and that helps fund their coming to campus soon to distribute unprotected sex.” efforts. Over the years you learn you information about reproductive Garva said she believes can’t do that,” Deegan said. health,” Smith said. adoption is an alternate method to Professor Susan Miller said she unexpected pregnancies. The SAH contacted the organization and website recommends abstinence as To see more images, visit thewants them to come on campus the the best abortion prevention. telescope.com next time SAH does. According to Garva, there are 2 SWHALEY@THE-TELESCOPE.COM 23-year-old business major Alex million families looking to adopt, CFORONDA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM Glenn said being aware is okay, but and it is better to give the baby to

“Over the Top” faculty performance, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 @ Howard Brubeck Theatre

Employees receive pay raise

Blood Drive Week, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept 23-27 @ behind the NS building

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PAIGE HARVEY

HIV testing 9 a.m. Sept. 20 @ Health Services Center

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Sept. 11 | Palomar student and U.S. Marine veteran, Camilo Osuna assists in placing U.S. flags in observance of 9-11. Stephen Davis/Telescope

Palomar College professors will receive a raise for the first time in five years, according to labor union negotiators. Due to budget cuts over the last several years, many faculty and staff had abandoned the idea of getting a raise. But after negotiations, Palomar faculty will receive a raise retroactive to July 1. The increase totals 3 percent,

with 1.57 percent funded by the state and 1.43 percent funded by the district. The 1.43 percent will effect all classified employees, not just faculty. The pay raises will cost the district approximately $1 million, according to union leaders. “It is primarily to restore pay levels,” said Linda Amor of the Business Administration department, in an email update. The contract deal includes two more elements. One is an option

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2 • NEWS

Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

Toy drive accepting donations JOSHUA RAY THE TELESCOPE

Sept. 9 | Jamba Juice employee Alejandra Hernandez-Ramirez takes payment from a customer at the Palomar College Jamba Juice bar. Stephen Davis/Telescope

Jamba Juice opens on campus DANIEL GAGLIO CLIFF IRELAND THE TELESCOPE

Bringing its smoothies and juice blends to Palomar College, Jamba Juice officially began serving its first customers on Aug. 28, 2013. Jamba Juice, which first opened in 1990 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., now has 774 domestic and 35 international locations with total revenues of $228.8 million, according to their 2012 Fiscal Year Financial results. Setting up in the Student Union building next to Java City, the addition of Jamba Juice has brought another healthier alternative food choice for students, faculty and staff on campus. The franchise, which is owned by Philadelphia-based Aramark, will be a scaled down version of a normal size Jamba Juice store, serving a select menu. One reason for this, according to Assistant Food Service Director Madison O’Hayer, is available space. “It’s pretty much a limited menu based on our store size and

pretty much our capacity of storage,” he said. O’Hayer explained some of the most popular drinks were predetermined by Jamba Juice executives themselves and Food Service Director Diane Lach added that breakfast items and sandwiches are offered as well. To help Aramark make the decision to bring Jamba Juice to the school, the corporation enlisted the assistance of an outside company to conduct surveys that would help in that determination. “We do major surveying that we spend major money on to do surveying on our customers,” Lach said. According to Lach, this took place a few years ago and those results helped bring Jamba Juice to the campus. Jamba Juice seems to be well received by the students so far. “I used to work at Jamba Juice, now I can feed my addiction on campus,” English major Dayna Giehl said. Criminal Justice major Zuri Ventura said, “I usually only go in the summer, but it’s awesome that

there is one close.” Because this is a franchise, Aramark themselves took care of all the interviewing and training of the employees, which according to O’Hayer, is 60 percent to 70 percent students. To help prepare for the opening, O’Hayer explained he and two other staff members spent two weeks training at another Jamba Juice location in the middle of June. They learned Jamba Juice culture and worked various shifts to learn all angles of the business. Right before opening, the complete staff spent eight hours of hands-on training at the Palomar location, learning everything from equipment maintenance, cash register operation and making classic and signature smoothies and sandwiches. Hours of operation for Jamba Juice will be Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and closed on weekends. DGAGLIO@THE-TELESCOPE.COM CIRELAND@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

Palomar College’s Phi Theta Kappa is working closely with the Promises To Kids organization to make a difference in the lives of children in local areas. Phi Theta Kappa’s chapter, Alpha Omega Rho, is doing their part by promoting a donation drive which runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30. Donations of toys and books are welcome and club members will place boxes in Club Hub, Room SU19. People will also be able to donate in booths during the club’s events. “Our chapter firmly believes that, member or not, college students have an enormous ability to influence the public when they work together,” Club President Shauna Kearn said in an email. “This is an easy way for busy students to support foster children without straining their already busy

Club Rush to be held September 18 THE TELESCOPE

The Inter-Club Council invites you to the Club Rush event set for Sept. 18. This is a chance to meet and interact with others who share similar interests. Over 13 participating clubs will be present at the event. Club Rush takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Student Union quad. This event is held every semester to allow Palomar students to get involved with campus clubs. This student-run event will also coincide with Campus Wide Day, a fundraising event for clubs which may hold bake sales or sell school items.

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Campus clean-ups are set to start again Sept. 19 as part of a campus-wide recycling program. Mission 2B Clean and Green is a project put on by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and the clubs of Palomar College, which

have been promoting a well maintained, litter-free campus for the past four years. Student Activities Coordinator Lindsay Kretchman said, “This project is a good opportunity for clubs to get involved locally by cleaning the environment we are all in every day. It is also a great opportunity for

fundraising for the clubs.” There is one event per month corresponding with this project. Palomar’s OSA approved clubs to break into teams of three to five people and participate in these events to bring awareness to students. It also allows them to earn points to turn into prize money for their club.

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JORDAN GREENE

schedules. Donating to this drive could bring joy to a child. There’s nothing better than that.” Phi Theta Kappa is a club on campus which aims to “to assist in the success of their peers as well as improve the quality of life for those in their community,” according to the club’s website. According to the organization’s website, promises2kids.org, P2K is a nonprofit organization which helps the children of San Diego County by bringing a sense of peace to those who don’t receive the comforts they deserve. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa’s Alpha Omega Rho Chapter and other projects they participate in throughout the semester, visit http://clubs.palomar. edu/phithetakappa or email ptkpalomar@gmail.com.

Another event the OSA sponsors is Project P, where a group of student volunteers clean up the area around the P on the hillside behind Palomar. This event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 25. For a full list of events for this and next semester, visit www. palomar.edu/studentactivities. JGREENE@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

Discounted food, drinks and games will be available to students with a student activity card. “I think it’s really important for students to attend events such as Club Rush and get involved with extracurricular activities,” said Lindsay Kretchman, Palomar Student Activities Coordinator. “Any extracurricular activity can be listed on transfer applications and used as references when applying or interviewing for a job.” To find additional information about the various clubs on campus visit: www.palomar.edu/ studentactivities. ZARCINIEGA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

Corrections A photo published on August 26 in the Sports section incorrectly identified football reciever Josh Harris as his brother Justin Harris. We apologize for the error.


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Ben is Batman History will repeat JENNIFER FASULO THE TELESCOPE

Since the release of Actor Ben Affleck’s casting as the caped crusader, the question on everyone’s lips has been: can Affleck play Batman? That answer, is yes. During the 2013 Comic Con, Warner Bros. announced Batman would be joining Superman in an upcoming film to be titled either Batman vs. Superman or Superman vs. Batman. Henry Cavill will be returning as the Man of Steel, with Affleck playing Batman. Reactions to the casting are mixed, but four simple reasons prove the decision is the right one.

1. A mature, classic Batman

Since his first appearance in Detective Comics back in 1939, Batman has been an iconic character in the comic book world and in pop culture. After the success of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy and the praise of Christian Bales’ performance as Batman, fans are concerned Affleck will not live up to the standard. He will. Traditionally, by the time Superman and Batman cross paths, we’re dealing with an older, mature, more experienced Bruce Wayne, much in contrary to Bale’s “Dark Knight.” From his more mature look to his age, to his experience, this makes Affleck a perfect candidate because he embodies that very trait this Batman needs.

2. Daredevil is irrelevant

One of the bigger arguments over why Affleck apparently cannot and should not play Batman is his acting past. My answer to that? Let it go. Sure, he played “Daredevil,”

another comic book superhero, and yeah, he bombed, but the whole movie did. In this case we’re dealing with director Zac Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan, and an Affleck who has grown and won a second Academy Award since. We cannot base his ability to play Batman off an overall failed attempt at a “Daredevil” movie. Let us not forget the similar reaction to the casting of “Broke Back Mountain” star Heath Ledger as The Joker. People had the same reaction of disbelief and yet Ledger’s performance turned out to be legendary.

3. A perfect Bruce Wayne

Opponents claim Affleck simply lacks the quality that is Batman. How? Not only does Affleck perfectly fit the role of Bruce Wayne, an integral part of the character, but he’s a good actor. He’s a comic book fan and his previous and upcoming roles prove that he can play hero (Argo), he can play wealthy (Runner, Runner) and he can play action (The Town).

4. An ideal contrast

Affleck provides the perfect contrast to Henry Cavill. Superman and Batman are infamous for their conflict. Yes, they eventually mend their differences enough to fight alongside each other, but even in the Justice League, the two keep their distance. The movie title has a “vs” in it, confirming that the two heroes will be reviving their classic feud. Affleck is the perfect foil to Cavill’s young, buff, rough around the edges Superman. JFASULO@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

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The choice has been made, and there is no turning Baffleck now. After the announcement that Ben Affleck is going to take on the iconic role of Bruce Wayne, Facebook and Twitter exploded in response, mostly with negative feedback. A petition was signed by 75,000 unhappy fans to get Affleck off the next Batman movie, to be released Summer 2015. Can Affleck fill this iconic role with an essence of duality which exists between action superhero Batman and wealthy and mysterious Bruce Wayne? Ben Affleck will be a more mature version of Batman, which is needed for the upcoming sequel to Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” but there are other options in the world of actors. James Purefoy is a versatile choice. His experience ranges from films such as “Resident Evil” (sci-fi action) and “A Knight’s Tale” (chivalrous and humble) to television series such as “Rome” (powerful). Having a not-sowell-known actor is the best way to capture the true image of the Batman because he is not tainted by typecasting. “Daredevil” came to theaters in 2003 and was not received well by movie goers or comic book fans. Affleck was unsuccessful as a Marvel superhero, and now he is taking the role of another masked protagonist from DC Comics. Affleck’s past films do matter because we have already seen him fail as a popular comic book character. Affleck’s image is established as Daredevil, and now Batman fans are supposed to wipe their memories clean to place him

Having a high paid and even talented actor as a cultural icon is not always better.

as the face, or chin, of Batman. Affleck also lacks the qualities of both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Critically-acclaimed movies such as “The Town” and “Argo” are set in modern times and are not a basis to claim that Affleck will suffice as a legendary superhero. “The Town” has action, and “Argo” has intensity, but there are no movies (besides “Daredevil”) that Affleck performs in a world of fantasy. Batman is a pop culture image millions of film fans and comics fans will carry with them through the Zack Snyder era. Having a high paid and even talented actor as a cultural icon is not always better. Henry Cavill, who played Superman in “Man of Steel,” will be sharing the screen with A-list celebrity Affleck. This is not an ideal pair for two superheroes leading the way toward the Justice League movies because Affleck’s flat, yet prettyboy performance will not contrast well with sturdy Cavill. Fans are crossing their bat wings across the globe that Affleck will prevail. If not, Clark Kent might have to travel around the earth so fast that he is able to go back in time to get a better Batman. SWHALEY@THE-TELESCOPE.COM


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Electronic cigarettes: the solution Parking isn’t a to the smoking ban on campus RACHEL KEENEY THE TELESCOPE

Sept. 11 | Palomar student Charles Zittle, architecture major, would rather smoke a real cigarette, but on campus he smokes e-cigs. Paul A Francis Jr / Telescope

Electronic cigarettes are in no way harmful to bystanders, as they do not emit any harmful toxins into the air. Smoking ‘e-cigs’ on the Palomar College campus should be permitted. On-campus smoking has often been a difficult action to suppress. With many students failing to adhere to Palomar’s nonsmoking rule, the new alternative to the smoking ban should be e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes, an alternative to tobacco cigarettes, have risen in popularity over the course of the summer. With their emissions being that of an odorless vapor, this smoking alternative has created a loophole for the smoking Palomar student. The oils used to fuel the cigarette still contain a small dosage of nicotine, according to the FDA. E-cigarettes fully comply with the Palomar policy of no tobacco. They show no insubordination toward the campus ban. In the summer of 2011, the Palomar College Governing Board adopted Board Policy 3750, making Palomar College a smoke-

free/tobacco-free campus. There are plenty of signs placed around campus reminding students that Palomar College is a smoke-free campus, but some students disregard the policy. However, with the rising popularity of e-cigarettes, students have a new way to adhere to the policy without having to cease their habit. Vapor cigarettes do not contain tobacco, only nicotine. There has been no set law or bill made to restrict smokers with such products to smoke as they please, wherever they please. E-cigarettes technically yield to the Palomar tobaccofree initiative, but still emit an apparent smoke, which could make certain peers uncomfortable in their surroundings. E-cigarettes also offer a healthier alternative to regular tobacco cigarettes. It is difficult to say whether or not these cigarettes will be accepted by the Governing Board as an acceptable product to partake of on campus. Until then, there is no reason to stop e-cigs from making their appearance on campus. RKEENEY@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

NSA takes away basic right to privacy CHASE VERNON THE TELESCOPE

If 1984 was the year Big Brother took up residence over Orwellian Great Britain, than let it be said 2013 was the year Americans decided whether or not to let The Man Behind the Curtain into their homes. In collections data on thousands of emails of innocent Americans, the National Security Agency (NSA) committed a blatant trespass of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, the defining American right which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be supported by court-sanctioned probable cause. In light of the recent declassification of 2011 findings by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, or FISA court), it was revealed the NSA gathered data on over 50,000 emails annually for three consecutive years between innocent Americans with no link to foreign threats. This information is protected under Fourth Amendment privacies and FISA law and is fully deserving of the rights of the American institution. Not only is this unlawful, it is morally wrong. It sparked widespread controversy among American citizens concerned with the breach of their rights of privacy. In effort to respond to the growing controversy, the NSA stated the interception and collection of domestic emails was strictly unintentional due to the difficulty of separating target

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data, or communications between Americans and foreigners, from domestic data. However, the court – as well as the writer of this article – were quick to agree this is no excuse. Why would an agency with an estimated $10 billion budget not have the resources or ability to distinguish the emails of a terrorist from Jane Doe sending out wedding invitations? And why, upon realizing they had vast information on American citizens, would they

store it from 2008, when Congress expanded the agency’s capabilities, until 2011? More troubling still is the issue of NSA programs such as the recently uncovered XKeyscore, brought to light by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The NSA recently confirmed the existence of the software, which is capable of viewing nearly anyone’s Internet search history, metadata and email/chat content without a

court warrant. Can an agency with such omnipotent capabilities be trusted to use it ethically and for the good of the American people? In a report by Judge John D. Bates, then serving Chief Judge under the FISC, the NSA knowingly misled the court in regards to its activities on three separate occasions between 2008 and 2011. It goes without saying that for an organization such as the NSA to exist, deceptions such as these are not acceptable. Admittedly, in an age of increasingly global, online communication, it’s difficult to contend that the NSA (or its program for collecting data directly from major Internet service providers, PRISM) do not play a role in safeguarding Americans from threats. In a June statement to Congress regarding U.S. surveillance programs, Keith B. Alexander, head of the NSA as well as U.S. Cyber Command, stated the utilization of both PRISM and the NSA’s upstream data collection systems were crucial to thwarting over 50 potential terrorist threats across the world since 9/11. Though the actual number of prevented threats is debatable, on at least one level, intelligence organizations such as NSA have their place in defending U.S. citizens. For full article, visit The-Telescope. com. CVERNON@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

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There are many things the students attending Palomar College should be complaining about, but one of them is not parking. Paying $40 may seem like a lot of money, but when compared to some of the other basic fees required to attend Palomar, it really is not. Tuition alone costs $46 a unit, so if a student takes a one-unit class, they’ve already paid more than their parking permit. Realistically, how many people are just taking a one-unit class? The rising costs don’t end there. Once the class is paid for, books have to be bought; and if it is a lab, the lab fees have to be paid. Books are becoming cheaper because of E-books, rentals and used book sales. Any of those versions of text books could be close to or even over the price of a parking permit. If you need more than one book, then the total price is now definitely more than the price of the permit.

If a student takes a oneunit class, they’ve already paid more than the permit costs. How many students bring their lunch to school? Most students do not, and what could $40 really get you? Eight $5 Subway sandwiches. Eight sandwiches are not going to last for the entire semester. Not to mention that price is without drinks. An average student would spend more than $40 a semester on food alone. Even buying small snacks and cups of coffee at a convenience store add up over the length of one semester. Another major complaint about the parking is that there are not enough spaces available. Lack of spaces cause a problem when the if you wait until the last minute to get to class or is afraid of walking far distances. The problem is there are not enough spaces close to the campus. If you consider all the parking lots nearby as well as spots on the streets in the neighborhood, then there are more than plenty. No one likes to pay for something that they are not physically going to own, be entertained by or can look back upon as a fond memory. If you think about it, the experience and education students get from Palomar’s staff is worth more in the end than that $40. Also, consider that at San Diego State this year, the fee for a day time only parking permit is $135. Cal State San Marcos, which is only 3.5 miles down the road, parking fee this semester is $338. Now that’s something to complain about.


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Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

FALL TV PREVIEW PREVIEW BY LLOYD BRAVO | PHOTOS VIA GOOGLE IMAGES

Top TV Comedies

Top TV Dramas 1. The Walking Dead, 9 p.m. Sundays on AMC The dead keep walking as the living try and survive the horrors of their post apocalyptic world. Even the confines of an abandoned prison can not contain the hoards of “walkers” trying to get inside. Finances and business meetings seem trivial compared to starvation, shelter and most of the “human” race trying to eat you alive. Premieres Oct. 13 on AMC. 2. Breaking Bad, Sundays on AMC 3. Elementary, Premieres Sept. 26 on CBS 4. Grimm, Premieres Oct. 25 on NBC 5. Doctor Who, Premieres Nov. 23 on BBC

1. How I Met Your Mother, 8 p.m. Mondays on CBS It took eight seasons to put a face on Ted Mosby’s wife, and the ninth will finally concluded his story. With the last season taking place entirely on the weekend of Robin and Barney’s wedding, the final season will surely leave fans with closure and tears. Premieres Sept. 23 on CBS. 2. Parks and Receration, Premieres Sept. 26 on NBC 3. Modern Family, Premieres Sept. 25 on ABC 4. It’s Alwyas Sunny in Philidelphia, Wednesdays on FXX 5. Community, Mid-Season premieres mid-season on NBC

Most anticipated new TV show 1. Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 8 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC It is easy to say that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be the most anticipated show of the fall. The show is based in the universe of Marvel’s superhero films including “Iron Man” and “The Avengers”. However, the show revolves around Agent Coulson, a minor character in the films, now the central point in the upcoming series. The shows premise is focused on normal agents, with no particualr powers, but having extraordinary adventures. Since it is based in the Marvel universe, it is safe to say that a few superheros and villians from Marvel’s lore will make an appearance in some fashion. Even more interesting is how this show will connect to the films in the Marvel universe. Joss Whedon will produce and direct the pilot, meaning a lot of care will go into this project. Premieres Sept.24 on ABC


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Renovations complete on Howard Brubeck Theater CHASE VERNON THE TELESCOPE

Nearly two years after breaking ground, the reconstruction of Palomar College’s Howard Brubeck Theater is now complete. The multi-million dollar renovations were financed by Proposition M, the voter-approved 2006 resolution to allocate $694 million to revamp and maintain Palomar College’s San Marcos campus. Heather Murray, Box Office Manager for the Performing Arts Department, said the rebuilt theater will be vastly improved over its predecessor, built in 1978, which suffered many issues including substandard acoustics and water infiltration. Murray recalled initial planning meetings from six years ago in which she and other theater officials were asked by architects for a dream list of renovations for the theater – the majority of which they were able to deliver. “We really got 80 percent of our dream list. We got a beautiful building that works,” Murray said. Chief among the changes on this list were revisions to the original seating arrangement, which consisted of 389 seats, 19-inchwide seats which were considered cramped. Many seats on the left and rightmost edges suffered from poor sightlines, while viewers in the first row sat with their knees nearly touching the stage. These issues were addressed by improving the seat layout, reducing the total seats to 261 to allow for wider, more comfortable seats and aisles. Furthermore, revisions were made to the incline of the seat rows to give members of the audience a

Sept. 9 | Grand opening of the Howard Burbeck theater will be Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. on the San Marcos Campus. Yolando Golandos/ Telescope

less interrupted view over those in front of them. Finally, the lower level of seats was raised slightly, providing the viewers in those rows with a more direct line of sight to the performers. “The relationship between the performance and the audience will be much closer,” said Randy Hoffman, the publicity and programs coordinator for the performing arts department. “It was like there was a wall between the audience and the stage… Now, the performance comes to you directly,” Hoffman said

of the theater renovations. Changes were also made to the orchestra pit, which Hoffman described as “just scary.” The original pit consisted of six hinged panels, each weighing several hundred pounds and requiring several hours and multiple people to bring up or down. According to Jim Cooper, the theater’s shop foreman and lighting designer, the new orchestra pit has been built around a lift system designed by Canadian company Gala. The new lift operates via

spiraling, stainless steel columns and an electric drive train, and can be raised or lowered in about a minute, according to Cooper. Other updates to the theater incorporate state-of-the-art lighting, orchestra shells and a modern fly system. In addition to the renovations of the theater itself, the Performing Arts complex benefited from a wide array of new learning and working spaces. These spaces include an expanded costume shop and storage, added studio theater, two

dance studios and large courtyard, as well as extra classroom space for performing arts courses. “(It) looks like a professional theater now… This is nothing like what it used to be,” Hoffman said. “This is all thanks to our voters saying yes,” added Murray, “and we appreciate it.” For more information on the theater and its upcoming schedule, visit www2.palomar.edu/ performingarts/, or contact the box office at 760-744-1150. CVERNON@THE-TELECOPE.COM

Gallery hosts first exhibit of the semester ZANDALEE ARCINIEGA THE TELESCOPE

If you have ever wondered what happens to your couch after you dispose of it, the current exhibit showcased in the Boehm Gallery will show you. “Very Comfortable”, by artists Tim Murdoch and Heidi Kayser, kicked off the fall semester at the Boehm Gallery when it opened Aug. 26. The exhibit features various deconstructed couches, allowing the public to see what becomes of their used couches after they have been disposed. The two artists filled the gallery with pieces varying from springs to fabric and laid them out for the public to view. After being contacted by Ingram Ober, Director of the Boehm Gallery, to do an exhibition, Murdoch brainstormed ideas. “I had this idea in the back of my head a while back to do a Craigslist free sculpture,” Murdoch said.

“Then I thought this was a perfect opportunity to do that. So I started looking through Craigslist.” The sculpting and installation artists ended up obtaining a dozen couches in two days. After transporting the couches to the Boehm Gallery, they began to deconstruct them and create their vision. Kayser had previously worked on a project involving furniture and was motivated to continue on further with it. “I was inspired to work with the furniture just because I’m thinking about it as a body itself.” Kayser said she hopes the attendees will leave being “conscious of what they put in their body.” The beauty of art is it can be interpreted in various different ways. Palomar Art Student Alex Leon, who is fairly new to the art world, was walking through the exhibit, figuring out what each piece meant to him. According to Leon, “You don’t need to know about art to appreciate

[the exhibit].” The exhibit will run through Oct. 7 and is open to the public, free of charge. For more information, visit www. palomar.edu/art/boehmgallery.html. ZARCINIEGA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

Aug. 26 | Artists Heidi Frazier and Tim Murdock pose in front of their art installation from the ‘Very Comfortable’ exhibit at the Boehm Gallery. Lucy Wheeler/Telescope

Aug. 26 | Students from Professor Peter Phillips’ Art 102 course take notes on the ‘Very Comfortable’ exhibit currently on display at the Boehm Gallery. Stephen Davis/Telescope


8 • A&E

Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

Will Ben Affleck make a good Batman?

The ‘Spectacular Now’: So Normal It’s Good RALPH CHAPOCO THE TELESCOPE

“The whole point of (acting) is to take the rold the director gives you. If he does a bad job, it’s probably a poor director’s job because Ben Affleck has done pretty good stuff in the past.” EMMALINE HARVEY, 20, THEATER MAJOR

“I think (Affleck) has grown as an actor since Daredevil. It could go either way.” JULIO IBARRA, 19, EMT MAJOR

“I personally don’t want Ben Affleck to be Batman... I see Christian Bale as Batman. I don’t think, after Daredevil, (Affleck) will be able to pull it off.” MARINA MOROZOVA, 21, SPECIAL EDUCATION MAJOR

The “Spectacular Now” proves that a low-budget and clichéd film can still be a powerful and moving piece of cinema. The film lacks all the telltale signs of a signature blockbuster movie; there are no big name movie stars and the movie lacks any form of special effects. However, the movie more than makes up for it by the special connection the lead actors have and the picturesque setting of Athens, Ga. Sutter Keely, played by Miles Teller, lives the perfect life and is the very symbol of the Peter Pan Syndrome; he lives for the moment, thinks nothing of the future, and fights with everything he has to keep it that way. After one of his many drinking binges, he wakes up one morning on a stranger’s lawn with no idea how he got there. Enter Aimee Finecky, played by Shailene Woodley. Aimee is Sutter’s polar opposite: shy, bookish, smart; it is Amy who helps Sutter through his morning predicament. As the plot progresses it becomes clear the two are a match made in high school heaven. With the couple heading in two completely different directions and fate barreling down on them the biggest question of the movie remains; what will they decide to do with their relationship and what consequences will it have for the both of them? The characters establish the essence of the film. Miles and Shailene portray their respective characters perfectly; Miles’ constant

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use of the word “dude and “awesome” and his easygoing demeanor makes him easily identifiable as the highschool goof off. Shailene’s noticeable slouch, lack of eye contact, and use of the word “like” reflects the shy, bookworm that Aimee is. The online chemistry is unmistakable. The little quirks the characters have are uncanny; a sideways glance, a small frown, and uncomfortable laugh are so flawlessly delivered that it appears natural and carefree. The setting is another big plus and makes the film believable. A forest setting with a waterfall in the background gives the impression of a small, no-name town that anyone could live in. In a second scene at a bar. the oak chairs and the antique bar table provides the scene with a lonely and dark look; a great fit for

Sutter as he reflects on losing Aimee to college. The fact the film has no special effects and lacks big name actors makes it even more relevant to us. In some sense, we are all Sutter and Amy. The film also reflects us in another important way, the transition from childhood to adulthood. Sutter detests growing up and wishes with every fiber of his being that he can remain a child. He has to go through a series of events to finally shake him out of his fantasy. It begs (and answers) the question; what lengths will each of us go to keep from having to face adulthood and what was it in our lives that finally pushed us to deal with our futures. RCHAPOCO@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

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to opt out of benefits and receive a yearly rebate. The second is that retirees who qualify for life-long benefits will keep the same levels as when they first retired. Teresa Laughlin, Palomar Faculty Federation’s lead negotiator, said in email, “In the next couple of weeks we will give a thorough accounting of the changes in the contract.” Laughlin said the district was initially not interested in giving any raise above the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), but the union persisted. “It has been five years since we had any pay increase, so this does not make up for the loss of purchasing power due to the effect of inflation, but it is a start,” Laughlin added. The Palomar Faculty Federation

(PFF) and the Council of Classified Employees (CCE) members said it struggled to achieve the outcome of the negotiations. It had been a rough period for most faculty and staff, with inflation over the past five years reaching almost 13 percent and not receiving any pay raises. “It takes a while for the payroll department to implement the negotiated raise,” Laughlin said. Faculty will see the raise in their checks in the November paycheck, and will receive a retroactive check in December. “It’s about time, with the economy shooting back up. The professors are doing work, so it’s rewarding them,” said Palomar Student Chorus Nylander. PHARVEY@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

ASG appoints new ICC chair ROSE MIRIAM BABIARZ THE TELESCOPE

A new Inter-Club Council (ICC) Chair was appointed during the Associated Student Government (ASG) meeting recently. Originally from Tehran, Iran, the new ICC Chairperson Shovan Vatandoust has been a student at Palomar since 2006. In 2009, Vatandoust joined the ASG as a delegate. He said he wanted to be part of the the ASG because it involved helping students. He also said he was great at speaking, which is why he made the decision to join. While Vatandoust enjoyed being part of the ASG, he stated there was a downside to being a delegate because he was not allowed to be in a committee or vote. Eventually in 2010, Vatandoust was appointed as an ASG Senator as well as an ICC representative, helping him become more involved with school. He was able to track all the clubs Palomar offers and get them involved in school activities and events. Vatandoust also helped a lot of clubs get started, including the Nutrition Club and the Black Student Alliance. According to Maylin Caldwell, ICC Representative and one of Vatandoust’s close friends, Vatandoust showed genuine desire to be active in the Palomar Campus and community. “He maintains a positive attitude no matter what the circumstance,” Caldwell said. When asked about his reasons for wanting to be ICC Chair, Vatandoust said this would be his last time serving the ASG; he would like to commit himself more to learning how to properly run a student organization. “When I transfer to a university and talk to the ASG there, I will know what my responsibilities are and how to run a successful

Aug. 25 | New ICC chairperson Shovan Vatandoust sits in the Inter-Club Council. • Niko Holt/Telescope

meeting,” Vatandoust said. According to Caldwell, as the new ICC chair, Vatandoust has already shown during their first ICC meeting that he was more than capable of handling his assigned duties. She also said she had approached him with issues such as club paperwork and event ideas regarding ICC, and every time he was not only excited to assist her but even introduced her to people who can help her. Vatandoust wants to create a bond between the ICC, the ASG and the student body. He hopes to have more events such as Club Rush in order to help students learn more about the different clubs in Palomar and encourage them to join. In the words of his friend Caldwell, Vatandoust is a great professional, acitivist and friend who expresses true concern for those who are around him and refuses to give up. With that in mind, Vatandoust’s advice to Palomar students is to “get along with each other.”

Palomar steps up for Veterans CHRISTOPHER BULLOCK THE TELESCOPE

President Deegan hops into the trenches with the school’s veterans to assist them in their educational journey. With one simple conference call, veteran students of Palomar College can now feel more secure in the school’s efforts to make their transition from life in the trenches, to life in the scholastic world, much easier. During an Aug. 13 board meeting, Palomar President Robert Deegan outlined a plan to join more than 200 community and major colleges nationwide in implementing the “Eight Keys To Success: Supporting Veterans, Military and Military Families on Campus,” a set of concrete steps implemented by the U.S. Administration, Department of Education and Department of Veteran Affairs. These keys are a set of steps institutions of higher learning can take to ensure the success of veterans and current service members, according to ed.gov. With a student population of more than 3,000 returning service members enrolled on campus (and around 1,700 who are receiving GI benefits), Palomar College has one of the highest enrollment rates of service members in California. When asked why he chose to volunteer the campus, Deegan referenced a conference call he was invited to by the Chancellor of California Community Colleges, Dr. Brice Harris. “During the call, Dr. Harris asked how many of us would be willing to help in this cause,” Deegan said.

Sept. 11 | Brianna Bingen, 24, and Jeffrey Leigh, 30, enjoy the Veterans Lounge, where vetrans can relax, work on homework and use the lab. Carolyne Corelis/Telescope

“And considering the number of veterans we have on campus, it was an obvious no-brainer. “We want to do everything we can to ensure that these veterans have a place where they can learn, succeed and move on to bigger and better things,” he added. The school has already taken these steps to heart, with a veteransonly lounge located by the cafeteria, where they can connect with other veterans and get specified counseling. The school also has its Veterans Affairs office in the AA building, which will be relocating to the DSL building once the Humanities Building project is complete, dedicating more space for the lounge and Affairs office. According to Palomar Spokeswoman Laura Gropen, Palomar is prepared to go the extra mile to make sure veterans feel their needs are being met. “We want to create a ‘one-stop shop’ for our veterans to have easy access to everything they need,” Gropen said.

With these steps in place, school officials will work on creating a culture of open communication between the campus and its veteran students to ensure they have proper support; including an alert system for veterans who need academic, career and financial support. Ryan Williams, a veteran and a technician in the Veteran’s Services Department is anxious to spread the word about the Eight Keys of Success and see the program continue to grow. “We’ve already implemented most of these steps already, and feel these steps should be the standard for all schools. In doing this, I feel that this will put us on the forefront of veterans programs not just in California, but possibly nationwide,” Williams said. For more information on the ���8 Keys of Success,” read the blog posted by the White House at the following address: http://www.ed.gov/ blog/2013/08/8-keys-to-successsupporting-veterans-military-andmilitary-families-on-campus/. CBULLOCK@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

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10 • NEWS

Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

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Positive outlook for upcoming fiscal year HEATHER RANDALL THE TELESCOPE

Palomar officials hope a voter-approved tax hike will help make ends meet for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Administrators warn of tight budgets, despite a surplus of $13.6 million in reserve; labor unions maintain college officials are being stingy. The General Fund Operating Budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year is approximately $1.5 million in expenditures, and $1.2 in revenue. With spending expected to exceed money coming in, officials project to be about $3.4 million in debt. The debt will be covered by drawing upon the college’s $13.6 million cash reserve. The state has allocated an additional $3.2 million in apportionment funding. The additional funds will be used for employee raises and to cover mid-year funding cuts to Palomar by the state due to California’s budget crisis. Teresa Laughlin, lead negotiator for the Palomar Faculty Federation said she believes the surplus of cash saved to begin this fall semester is excessive. “The ending fund balance of $13.6 million is almost three times the state mandated reserve that the district is obligated to hold,” she said in an email statement. While officials are pleased about the restorative moneys Proposition 30 is generating, there is uncertainty about the future, since Proposition 30 serves only as a temporary bandaid of sorts. The sales tax portion of the funds will expire in 2016, and the income tax for those earning over $250,000 per year, will end in 2018. Although the economy continues to improve, and property taxes are increasing, it is unclear what will fill the void when Proposition 30 expires. In the face of concerns about how to compensate in the future, this fall semester opened with 181 new class sections for students, and 21 new

faculty were hired to meet the state’s Faculty Obligation Number. Berta Cuaron, vice president of Instructional Services said she is content knowing that services such as lab hours and tutoring which were previously being cut back, will become more readily available to students, beginning this semester. “We’re pleased that we’re back in the position to put our students back in the classroom,” Cuaron said. Students can expect their tuition cost of $46 per unit to stay as is for the coming year as well. The cost per unit has steadily increased over the past years, and students have mixed reactions when it comes to the cost of their tuition. “All I hear is that it keeps going up,” Casey Howley, 19 year old biology major said. Ohio native and business major Shauna Kearns, 32, said she disagrees with those who are dissatisfied with California’s $46 per unit fee. “Tuition here is crazy cheap. In Ohio, a community college unit costs about $120,” she said. Compared to the national average, California’s cost per unit is among the least expensive option for a community college education. Students may be surprised to learn that when they write their tuition check to Palomar College, that money is not kept by the school -- instead, it goes to the state -Palomar, and all other community colleges receive funding back from the state based on how many full time equivalent students (FTES) are enrolled. “Palomar does a great job of allocating the funds it gets from the state to ensure that we provide the services that we need,” Ron Perez, Vice President of Finance said. The community college’s funding structure is much more akin to the K-12, as opposed to state universities such as Cal State University San Marcos and San Diego State University. HRANDALL@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

September 4 | Palomar art professor Doug Durrant discusses composition with first semester art students Blake Stintsman and Conrad Harper. Lucas Spenser/The Telescope.

Art professor celebrates 42 years

DANIEL GAGLIO THE TELESCOPE

A Palomar professor celebrates his 42nd year this September, making him the longest lasting instructor at Palomar College. George Durrant has been with Palomar since 1971, making him the most senior professor at the college. He has committed himself to his school and his students, never once doubting his ability to teach. This cowboy-looking art professor is not shy to show his wild western side. Even his mustache is something out of a John Wayne film. Durrant considers art to be more than just a hobby. He said he feels it is a lifestyle choice reflecting one’s self. “When you’re an artist you’re never off duty,” Durrant said. “Everything you see is generated in an artistic way.” His students regard him as not your typical art teacher. His lectures include life lessons and

guest speakers to help motivate his students into pursuing their goals. Michelle Escamilla, a 25-yearold graphic design major, said “Mr. Durrant is a very professional teacher who is all about the connection and experiences he has with his students.” Durrant has a professional life beyond teaching at Palomar. His art has been featured in many exhibitions and museums across the western United States. He has also worked on advertisement art in the fields of agriculture and aviation. Durrant is very proud of his students, most of whom have gone on to pursue a variety of careers from motion pictures to graphic design. Liza Lou, a former student, has been featured in over 50 exhibitions and has earned a spot for some of her work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. While many changes have affected Palomar since 1971, Durrant said he finds nothing but

positive additions to the campus. As the number of art students continues to increase over the years, Durrant continues to maintain his steadfast dedication to each of them. “I still give time to the individual student. There’s just more students to relate to and work with now,” he said. One of the biggest challenges he has faced during his 42 years at Palomar is the boom of technology. As the digital arts world continues to modernize and change, Durrant said he is committed to keeping up with the developments. He sees the advances as stepping stones that will bring new ideas to the world of design. But one thing will never change. “There is a thing called Palomar pride, and it will always be alive and strong within me,” Durrant said. “It comes from all the great students and faculty that make Palomar dynamic and great.” DGAGLIO@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

Health Services to host Blood Drive at the end of the month CHRISTINE FORONDA THE TELESCOPE

Sponsored by the Palomar College Health Services and the Fire Club, Blood Drive Week is coming to campus Sept. 23 to Sept. 27. The bloodmobile will be located by the NS building and the blood drive will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. According to the American Red Cross, the need for blood is high. Each year in the United States, more than four million people will require blood transfusions for various cases such as being involved in an accident, aneurysms, organ transplants, and as treatment for cancer. Since blood cannot be manufactured, it can only be given by volunteer donors. Lenka Schanka from Health

Services said she encourages students, staff and Palomar College community members to donate, but with a few requirements. “For donors, there is a minimum age of 17 years old, they have to weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health,” Schanka said. According to Schanka, one week prior to the blood drive, sign-up sheets will be available at the Student Union, in the Health Center (HC building) or online at www.redcrossblood.org with the code PalomarSM. “I think it is important to do something good for your community,” Schanka said “Whether it is helping someone in need by giving patient care or donating blood. It’s one of the reasons that it’s really personal because you’re giving your blood to someone who really needs it.” In addition, Schanka said all participants will receive a complimentary Padres ticket and

a free haircut from Sport Clips at participating locations. The blood drive is also open to everyone and not just members of Palomar College. Visitors are welcome to donate as long as they obtain a parking permit from Campus Police and park in the student parking lots, Schanka said. They are also planning a blood drive for the first time at the Escondido campus. It is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 29-30. “We are excited to extend this partnership to our other campus,” she added. For more information about Blood Drive Week on campus, contact Health Services at 760744-1150 ext. 2380. For general information on donating blood, call the American Red Cross Blood Services Southern California Region at 1-800-843-2949 extension 7066 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. CFORONDA@THE-TELESCOPE.COM


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Coach anticipates water polo season STEPHEN KECK THE TELESCOPE

Sept. 7 | Palomar wide reciever 26 Damon Nolan carves up the El Camino defense at Escondido High School. • Paul A. Francis Jr./ Telescope

Palomar defeats El Camino 31-14 ARMOND PLACIDE THE TELESCOPE

The Palomar Comets trampled El Camino 31-14 in Wilson Stadium. The atmosphere was exciting with the stands overflowed with 2,200 spectators. In front of a home crowd of 2,200 spectators during its first game Sept. 7, Palomar’s football team beat El Camino 31-14. The team racked up a total of 427 yards, contributed by Quarterback Ryan Lamb and players Brett Hays, Anthony Mount, Jermaine Carter, Justin Harris and Javante O’Roy. In the season opener, the Comets never trailed El Camino. The first touchdown was by Lamb on a pass to Carter just 2 minutes into the game. Lamb ended with 247 yards along with

three passing touch downs and two sacks. Lamb made 17 of the 34 passes he threw and only gave up one interception. “I have seen a maturity in Lamb during the summer,” Head Coach Joe Early said. “This is his year.” The highlight of the game was the 101-yard interception for a touchdown from Javante O’Roy, who showed off his defensive awareness. The return set a new record for Palomar College, beating Tevin McCaskill’s record of 98 yards from 2009. “I knew someone had to make a play soon, and they came my way,” O’Roy said “The interception gave us the momentum back. I felt that as a whole defense earned and executed on that play.” Coach Joe Early and his ten

team coordinators used the Stanford offensive set with the 1 and 2 running back toward the victory. Even though he didn’t score, the freshman sensation Justin Harris demonstrated how swift he is by gaining 105 yards total during the game. Coach Early said before the game opener that he has set high goals for the season. “I would like to win conference and state,” Early said. Unfortunately, Tight End Justin Garcia suffered a painful knee injury during the game and it’s looking doubtful he will be on the field the rest of the season. APLACIDE@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

Comets kick off season JAVIER PEREZ THE TELESCOPE

Sept. 3 | Palomar’s Brianna Boretto eyes the ball as a Saddleback defender attempts to cut off a play at Minkoff Field. • Stephen Davis/Telescope

Palomar Women’s and Men’s Soccer teams took the field on Sept. 3 with enthusiasm for the upcoming season, but were unable to get positive results. The women’s team took on Saddleback College at home at Minkoff Field, losing 3-2. The Comets took an early lead and were in high spirits at the half, but Saddleback managed to seize the game with a close goal during the last minutes of the second half. “We have a very talented team, we just need to be able to last the whole game,” Women’s Head Coach Hector Hernandez said. The team will be looking to Kaitlyn Crone, Courtney Wilcox and goalkeeper Jill Mullen to take on leadership roles and help the team in the upcoming games, Crone said. The men’s team faced Moorpark College, losing 2-0. The Comets had numerous chances to score, but were unable to capitalize. JPEREZ@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

A year into his role as head coach of Palomar’s men’s water polo team, Coach Chad Aronen said he is consumed by the sport. “I really am thinking of water polo all the time,” he said, adding he spends his time off the pool deck thinking of new plays and practice drills, as well as dealing with logistics of the team. Aronen took over in August 2012 and coached the team to a 21-7 record. To kick off the start of his second season, the first home game is at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 against San Diego Mesa. With his goal to “provide the best opportunity for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level in the sport,” Aronen said he hopes to cultivate talented athletes who take advantage of the opportunity. “Seize the day. Many of my junior college athletes fail to understand that this, right now, is their time to shine as a college athlete,” Aronen said. “The best physical shape most of us were ever in was during college athletics.” He previously was coach of the Poway Valley Water Polo Club, as well as the Poway High School’s Swim and Dive coach and Girl’s Water Polo coach. “I feel Chad was the right guy to replace me as coach of the team,” said Bryan Boynton, former Comets head coach. He added that he believes Aronen is the most qualified for the position. Appreciating his new gained position as the head coach, Aronen stays humble by giving regards to the former coach expressing, “BB (Boynton) was and is a great coach. I hold him in very high regard and frequently consult him on various water polo and coaching topics. He has not been forgotten or in any way underappreciated.” In the end Aronen’s ultimate goal is to put Palomar on the

“Community College map” and “bring home titles.” But that plan is not without obstacles. Aronen said he thinks eligibility is a student athlete’s biggest struggle. “Nothing is worse than expecting to have a specific team member return only to hear that they failed to take care of business in the classroom... It is their first time in life where they can ditch a class and won’t receive detention.” After keeping the team whole, his next job is to focus on winning,

Sept. 5 | Palomar water polo coach Chad Arnon outside of a practice at the Wallace Memorial Pool. • Lucy Wheeler/Telescope

especially against the biggest rivals. With Grossmont being the leading rival of the men’s team, Aronen recommended Palomar fans mark their calendars for 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 to support the Comets against Grossmont at Palomar’s Wallace Memorial Pool. SKECK@THE-TELESCOPE.COM


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Athletes inducted to 2nd Palomar Hall of Fame

Aug. 24, 2013 / Hall of Fame Inductees: Scott Oxandaboure (Golf 2000-01), Aaron Gaeir (Wrestling 1988-89), Tony Lynds (Coach/ Athletic Director 1967-99), Tyrone Davis (Basketball 1975-77), Karrie Schott (Softball 1997-98), Bill Jaroncyk (Football/Baseball 1964-65), Dr. Nan Haugen (Coach 1974-2004), Augrista Belford (Softball 1995-96), Cami Allen (Softball 1989-90) / St Mark Golf Club, San Marcos / Hall of Fame Induction Banquet: Janet Fry/Telescope

Women’s volleyball starts 2013 winning JAZMINE LEONING PAIGE HARVEY THE TELESCOPE

Sept. 4 | Palomar middle blocker Maci Leno scores a point against San Bernadino Valley College in The Dome •Xenia Spatacean/Telescope

Palomar women’s volleyball team dominated in the home opener and first game of the season against San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) in The Dome. After winning their first scrimmage against in four games against St. Katherine College, the Comets swept SBVC in three consecutive sets (25-9, 25-9, 25-17) for the win. Having no knowledge of how SBVC would play until game day, Head Coach Karl Seiler was satisfied with the team’s performance. “I was not sure what to expect from the other team, but the girls came out firing,” he said. Libero Jelisa Navarette executed numerous wicked serves that went unanswered by the opposition. This season’s team is relatively

young with just five sophomores and nine freshman. Seiler said the team had immediate camaraderie from the start. “The girls are really coming together. From day one the team really clicked,” he said. Returning sophomore Kristi Mankhey said the team has come together and established several goals they would like to achieve for the season. “We sit down and talk a lot as a team and what we want out of it (season). Like during matches we play small games of five until we get to 25,” Mankhey said. Last season, women’s volleyball went 10-12 overall and 7-5 in conference play, according to the Palomar Athletics website. The next home game is at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 against Grossmont in The Dome. JLEONING@THE-TELESCOPE.COM PHARVEY@THE-TELESCOPE.COM


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