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By John Scafetta THE TELESCOPE

John Woods has done it all. He was a successful high school and community college coach, a hall of fame wrestler and the athletic director at Palomar College for the past 21 years. Effective Aug. 31, 2007, Woods will no longer be the face of Comet athletics, following the Nov. 22 announcement of his retirement. "After 37 years, I JOHN WOODS think you look to do other things," Woods said. "I have no intention of not working, that's just not my nature. I think I need a change and SEE CHALLENGE, PAGE 8

ASG works for sDlokefree ca01pus By Robert Grimmick • THE TELESCOPE

Palomar College may be a step closer to banning smoking after the Associated Student Government passed a resolution in favor of making the school smoke-free. The resolution came after a survey of students showed that the majority would support a ban or support prohibiting smoking anywhere on school grounds, including satellite campuses. Of the 676 students surveyed, 60 percent favored a completely smoke-free campus, and 60 percent said they would like to see smoking in parking lots only. Michelle Eichelberger, vice president of the ASG, said many students chose both the smoke-free and parking lot options on the survey, causing the • SEE SMOKE-FREE, PAGE 3


Woodworking students Brockway Clark and Bonnie Armstrong look at toy alligators created by the toy making class Nov. 18 in front of the T building. The alligators, along with about 400 other hand crafted wooden toys will be distributed as gifts to child-care agencies for the Christmas season.

All around the workshop, Santa's little helpers gathered to celebrate the hundreds of wooden toys they had built for the children of North County. "Santa's workshop got so busy he had to open up a branch down here," said Bonnie Armstrong, one of the helpers. Santa's helpers, students from Palomar's toy-making class, displayed about 400 toys in front of one of the woodworking buildings Nov. 18, before shipping the wooden helicopters, dogs, alligators and other toys to children in need, said Charlie Bierman of the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association. "The toys are a wonderful way to give back to the community," said Chris Feddersohn, one of Palomar's woodworking instructors. The handmade toys are given to the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association to be distributed to child-care agencies such as SEE SANTA, PAGE 5

College group helps needy families EDP&S girls •w•y Th11nksgiring me•ls to P•lom•r students By Jason Dunn THE TELESCOPE

About 200 families had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year thanks to the efforts of Extended Opportunities Programs and Services. Anel Gonzalez of EOP&S, who helped coordinate the food drive, said she didn't know exactly how much food was collected. "I know we fed over 1,000 people and we had about 200 families that came," she said. EOP&S holds the food drive every year for Thanksgiving. "The food goes to EOP&S students and their families who sign up," Gonzalez said. She said EOP&S supports the students on campus who are the worst off financially. To qualify for EOP&S bene-

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fits, students must have zero expected family contribution, a measure calculated by the state to determine how much the student can pay toward his or her education. To gather the food, Gonzalez and her staff appealed to supermarkets for gift cards and applied for Operation Gobble, a program where the U.S. Marines give turkeys out for charity. They also collected donations from Palomar faculty and staff members. "Most of it was from the support on C!llllpus," Gonzalez said. She said about $2,000 was collected from the Palomar community. "The foundation gave us $500 right off the bat," she said. Gonzalez said they also asked clubs on campus to donate food. "Even the students got involved," she said. Gonzalez said an inventory was taken JENNIFER BAUER I THE TELESCOPE of all the food donated, and the money Nicole Perez receives a pie along with the rest of the EOP&S Thanksgiving basket meal on Nov. 20 • SEE TURKEY, PAGE 5 inside the EOP&S building.



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Palomar IN BRIEF

Student art for sale at Palomar Palomar College's semi-annual student glass, pottery and photography sale will take place Dec. 7-9 at the San Marcos Campus. The sale will take place outside the Howard Brubeck Theatre. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A presale open only to students, faculty and staff members will be held Dec. 6 from 3 to 9 p.m. Items for sale include hand-blown glass vases, dishes, planters, plates, platters, wind chimes, stoneware, jewelry, bowls, jugs, goblets and other decorative items. Proceeds will benefit Palomar art students and the Art Department. For information, call the Art Department at (760) 744-1150, ext. 2302.

children in the families of EOP&S students. Gonzalez said the gift giving will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Center with a Santa, games, music and a toy for every child. Gonzalez said she is also trying to get the Palomar College Chamber Singers to perform that day. The chamber singers performed at last years toy drive where Gonzalez said about 110 children received toys. She said in 2004 there were about 180 children. "Hopefully this year we'll get a good turnout," she said.

Ubrary accepting food for fines

The Library is holding its annual Food For Fines program. The Library Circulation Department will forgive all late fines for a donation of non-perishable food. Donations are being accepted at the San Marcos Campus and Escondido Center through Dec. 22. Fees for lost or unreturned materials will not be forgiven. "The canned or boxed food and sundries will go to the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services food pantry for students at Palomar who are in need of assistance," said Peggy Richardson, library supervisor. "There is a great need during the holiday season for canned goods." The EOP&S pantry is a supply of food Donations for a Christmas toy drive are being accepted by Extended kept on hand for students in dire circumstances. The request food, students must Opportunities, Programs and Services. EOP&S is accepting toys and monetary file a form with EOP&S. Besides non-perishable food, other donations for toys until Dec. 15. The Christmas toy drive is an annual EOP&S items such as shampoo are accepted. Library staff members said they will event. Toys can be donated at the EOP&S office near the north end of the San assist anyone who would like to drop off food for the pantry during library hours. Marcos Campus. Anel Gonzalez, one of the organizers Students who do not owe fines can also from EOP&S, said the drive is a collabo- donate food. Donations can be given at the circularation with members of the Palomar College Police Department, who are col- tion desk on the second floor ofthe library. For Information, call (760) 744-1150, ext. lecting toys from the community. The toys will be distributed Dec. 15 to 2612.

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• Artist Lecture Glass artists and brothers Einer and Jamex de Ia Torre will give a lecture at 5 p.m. in D-10. Admission is free.

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• Free Film Series "The Motorcycle Diaries," a film based on a true story about Che Guevara on a road trip through South America, will screen at 6:30 p.m. in P-32.

• Jazz concert The Palomar Jazz Ensemble perform with jazz pianist Mike Wolford at 8 p.m. in the Howard Brubeck Theatre. Admission is $8 for students and $1 2 for the general public.

• "Pinks" director visits Palomar Stephen Pullin, director of the TV show "Pinks," will give a presentation at 6 p.m. in the Governing Board Room.

• Governing board meeting Palomar College's governing board will have its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. in the Governing Board Room. The meetings are open to the public.

• Campus Explorations An open forum to conclude this semester's Campus Explorations will be held at 2 p.m. in ES-19. Admission is free.

• Palomar Concert Band The Palomar Concert Band perform at 8 p.m. in the Howard Brubeck Theatre. Admission'is $8 for students and $12 for the general public.

• Associated Student Government meeting The ASG will have its weekly meeting at 1 p.m. in SU·18. The meetings are open to the public.

• Palomar Women's Chorus perform Carols and music of the holiday season are performed by the Palomar Women's Chorus at 8 p.m. in 0·10. Admission is $5 at the door.

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Guest speaker talks about Venetian environmental issues By Jason Dunn THE TELESCOPE

In an effort to inspire students about career possibilities, the Earth Science Department hosted a guest speaker for a free presentation Nov. 21 Alberto Zirino, a consultant for the Venice Water Authority, spoke to an audience of students about the environmental situation in Venice, Italy and about mechanical floodgates that have been constructed to help control the water level. "We're always on the lookout for people who can come and give presentations to our students," said Patty Deen, chairwoman of the Earth Science Department. "Guest speakers are a really good way to see what careers are available." Zirino works as a consultant on what he said is a $3 million per year project centered around three mechanical floodgates that can help control the water level in Venice by blocking the Venice lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. "This was the proposed mechanism to prevent flooding in Venice," Zirino said during the speech. "Unfortunately, this makes for the worst maintenance problems you can imagine." Zirino's presentation included summaries from many scientific studies about the

approximately four instructors who had offered students extra credit for attending the presentation and that she had offered her earth science students extra credit to attend. Oceanography student Patrick D'Agostino said he attended the presentation to get extra credit. "I learned a lot," D'Agostino said. "I had no idea that Venice was in that predicament." D'Agostino said he might attend the next presentation the Earth Science Department has organized and that he likes having the opportunity to go to such presentations. "It gives students a more indepth perspective on things," he said. Palomar geography professor Slobodan Blazic attended the presentation and said it was interesting to hear a scientist speak. SUI ISCAII I THE TELESCOPE Blazic said the presentation Alberto Zirino consultant for the Venice Water Authority talks about floodgates that help control the water level in connected oceanography, geogVenice, Italy on Nov. 21 in Room ES-19. Zirino was invited by the Earth Science Department to speak on the subject. raphy and many other sciZirino said the Venice lagoon ences. ecosystem around the Venice gates," he said. Zirino said the gates were is about 1 meter deep and 550 Zirino said he hoped he gave lagoon and studies about the environmental impact of the costly, but no viable alternative square kilometers in area, an the audience good information floodgates. has been proposed. area about 10 times that of San about Venice that might clear "There's no reason to suspect Zirino also spoke about the Diego Bay. He said given its up misconceptions about the that moderate gate closure damage rising water is doing to area and depth it is relatively city, such as the idea that Venice will imminently disapwould cause adverse affects," Venice's buildings. He showed thinner than a sheet of paper. pear. "It's big and flat," he said. Zirino said. He said he consid- a study that used old paintings Most of the students in the "I hope they were updated on ered moderate gate closure to to determine the city's water be about 50 continuous days. levels from hundreds of years audience were earning extra many of the things you hear "Th at doesn't keep people ago and compared them to credit for various earth science about Venice," he said after the courses. Deen said she knew of event. from protesting about the today's levels.




Aviation program takes flight at Palomar By Kurt Lightfoot THE TELESCOPE

Students can now earn a bachelor's degree in Aviation Management on Palomar's San Marcos Campus. Palomar students began earning the degrees in August. The program is offered through a partnership with Southern Illinois University. SID's curriculum includes classes in airport planning, airline and airport management, general aviation operations, fiscal aspects of aviation management and aviation industry career development. The curriculum is intended to prepare students for a variety of job possibilities including aviation marketing, aircraft dispatcher and flight operations manager. Palomar aeronautical sciences professor Jerry Houser helped bring the program to Palomar. "The program draws aviation students from our program at Palomar College, Miramar College, and the military," Houser said. "This allows us to offer twoyear degree programs in aviation at Palomar and our students can stay on campus and complete a four-year degree." SIU offers upper division course work, and Palomar offers lower division and associate degree course work. The SIU program also grants lower division credit for professional military experience and training. All students who started in August had completed their lower division requirements at Palomar or elsewhere to qualify for the program. Mary Brauer is the SIU program adviser. "We started with 18 students in August and expect 25 to 30 students by the start of the spring semester," Brauer said. She has relocated to Palomar's San Marcos Campus. "We are one of the very few offering a


Student Mike Sattari (left} and instructor Jerry Houser (right} work through a wind correction problem during an aeronautical science class Nov. 6. Sattari and other students can now earn a bachelor's degree in Aviation Management through a partnership with Southern Illinois University.

B.S. in aviation management in San Diego County," Brauer said. "One of the big draws is that we offer only the major course work. All the general ed. and A.A. course work is transferred from two-year colleges where students' expenses are less than at a four-year college." SIU has been offering the program in the San Diego area since 1976, first at the Naval Air Station North Island, and then at Miramar Naval Air Station. When the Miramar site was transferred to the Marines, the program centralized again at the Naval Air Station. After 9/11, the Naval Air Station would

not allow civilians on campus because · of security concerns. "Our reaction was - 'how can we make the program more convenient to our students?'" Houser said. "So we invited SIU to use Palomar's campus. There are two main benefits for Palomar- it's a convenience to our students and we can attract more students to our two-year programs." Two associates degree programs in aeronautical science are offered at Palomar - aircraft commercial pilot and aviation operations and management. Both Palomar programs qualify students for the SIU program.

The SIU program starts a new fiveweek class every six weeks, and runs throughout the year. Each five-week class is held every other weekend, Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Houser can be reached at jhouser@palomar.~du or at (760) 7441150 ext. 2518. Brauer can be reached at or at 760-744-4600. Information on the SIU/Palomar program can be found on Palomar's Web site at and SID's Web site at

• SMOKE-FREE: Survey shows students divided about smoke-free campus CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

double 60 percent figure. Fiftyfive percent of those surveyed favored penalties for violating a smoking ban. Ei.chelberger said the

the campus clean," said Steven Green, a smoker who did not participate in the survey. Green added that there were not enough ashtrays on campus for smokers to use. Eichelberger said many colleges are moving-toward more restrictive smoking policies. "We're not trailblazers on this," she said, adding that San Diego Mesa College has recently adopted a plan to become smoke-free. In addition to colleges, many cities are considering bans or restrictions on smoking. Solana Beach became the first city to ban smoking on its beaches in 2003, and many others have followed. The San Diego City Council designated parks and beaches as no-smoking areas in June. But a ban on smoking at The survey found 24 percent of smokers Palomar is still an open issue. were in favor a com- Whether further restrictions plete ban, and 42 per- on smoking will become policy cent favored allowing is up to the school administrasmoking in parking lots tion. only. About two-thirds of Eichelberger said enforcethose surveyed said they ment of any policy will be an consider cigarette litter a ongoing issue, but said that the students at Palomar had serious problem. "It's important to keep made their opinions clear.

administration at Palomar would like to see designated smoking areas instead of a complete ban. She said one option being considered is to move smokers into sheltered areas to keep the smoke contained, but such a policy could be difficult to enforce. "We can't even get people to walk from the Student Union to the tree," she said, referring to the current smoking policy. California state law prohibits smoking within 20 #feet of the entrance or exit of a public building or window. ichelberger said the law is enforced at

H11zy numb111 A multiple-choice survey by the Associated Student Government recently found that a majority of students favor completely banning cigarette smoking on campus - and a majority opposed the idea as well.

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The members of the Associated Student Government haven't listened to the student voice, even after they asked for it. In May, the ASG asked students to vote on whether the ASG could change its name to the Associated Student Organization. The students voted no. Despite this, the ASG Web site refers to the group as the ASO and the minutes and agendas of the ASG's meetings have "Associated StUdent Organization" printed across the top. They also have "Students Serving Students" printed at the top. If they're serving students, they should pay attention to what the students voted for. Last semester's ASG members wanted to call themselves the ASO. They had already been informally calling themselves that for several months. Other campus groups started calling them that too, and some still do. The ASG did the right thing by putting the required constitutional amendment before the students. By ignoring the results, they are acting against the very purpose for which the ASG exists - representing students. Ignoring election results opposes the fundamental principal on which ~emocratic governments are based rule by majority. If the majority of students had voted for the change, would the ASG not have enacted it? Many of the current senators were not in theASG during the May election, but the president and vice president were both elected at the same time students voted down the proposed name change. These student leaders need to ch1tnge the formats of their agendas and minutes, and the content of their Web site. The ASG needs to stop referring to itself as the ASO. The ASG evidently hasn't learned one of the basic principles of democratic governance - election results are absolute, and must be absolutely followed.

Campus should not be smoke-free Smokers should be accommodated at Palomar College and their right to smoke respected. A campaign is underway at Palomar to evaluate and perhaps further restrict smoking at the San Marcos Campus and the Escondido Center. While this campaign may lead to more stringent conditions for smokers, two of the proposed options - a complete smoking ban and smoking in parking lots only - are unfair to smokers and should not be implemented. Having designated smoking areas is the best option. These areas should be convenient for smokers to reach from their classes. Perhaps the lawn in front of the Student Center could be a designated area as well as the garden area between Building B and Lot 11. A system of enforcement would also have to be implemented to ensure smokers follow the rules. The police on campus should be required to fine anyone caught smoking outside designated areas. Without enforcement, any new regulations would pe meaningless. Outlawing smoking entirely or relegating it to the parking lots is too extreme. The effects of secondhand smoke need to be considered in deciding a smoking policy for Palomar, but so do the rights of the many students who choose to smoke.

Monday, Dec. 4, 2006

Volume 60, No. 11

FOCUSED ON PALOMAR The Telescope is published weekly on Mondays, except weeks containing holidays or exams. Signed opinions are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily r epresent those of the entire newspaper staff, Palomar faculty and staff or the governing board. HOW TO REACH US ADDRESS THE TELESCOPE, PALOMAR COLLEGE, 1140 WEST MISSION ROAD, SAN MARCOS, CA 92069 NEWSROOM ROOM TCB-1

Enlisted men offered cash bonuses, promise of free land; state militias also used

Warof1812 President James Monroe calls up state militias

1950, Korean War Draft, men, ages 18.5-35,called for about two-year terms

1861-65, Civil War Confederacy: White males ages 18-25 serve three years; Union: Able-bodied males, ages 20-45; both sides allowed paid substitutes

1898, Spanish American War All males, ages 18-45, subject to military duty


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Reserve Forces Act; eight-year reserve obligation for draftees, enlisted in case of war or national emergency

1965·73 Opposition to Vietnam War leads to large protests against draft

Though the military draft has met with protest and dissent since the Civil War, millions have served when they were called. A history of mandatory military enlistment in the United States:

1969 Lottery for selecting men replaces drafting according to age Draft ends 1973

1980-present Volunteer military; men, ages 18-26 must register


Draft would be futile Despite the strain of fighting in Iraq and Mghanistan, the armed services met their 2006 recruiting goals. Though Rangel complains minorities and lower-income families bear most ofthe burden of war, Pentagon data tell a different story, concludes a Heritage Foundation report issued in October. San Jose Mercury News Editorial "Wartime recruits" who enlisted in 2003MCT NEWS SERVICE 2005 "came primarily from middle-class Nobody really wants to bring back the areas," wrote Tim Kane. Only 13.7 percent of draft. Generals don't want unwilling con- recruits come from families in the bottom 20 scripts in place of volunteers. Republican and percent of the population in earnings. The Democratic leaders see the idea as political poor are much less likely to pass qualifying poison. Even Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New tests for enlistment. York, who said he'll introduce a draft bill in Among new recruits., whites and blacks are the new Congress, voted against his own draft represented in rough proportion to their share bill in 2003; it went down in a 402-2 vote. of the population. Yet, bringing back the draft- or threaten"With regard to income, education, race, ing to bring back the draft - is again on the and regional background, the all-volunteer radar screen. force ls representative of our nation,". Kane On CBS's "Face the Nation" earlier last wrote. Furthermore, recruit quality as measmonth, Rangel said he's serious about com- ured by high school diplomas and test scores pelling Americans to serve for "a couple of "is increasing as the war in Iraq continues." years" in the military or in a civilian job that On a practical level, universal service would be a massive boondoggle. Rangel's 2003 draft protects national security. . "This president and this administration bill called for inducting all young people 18 to would never have invaded Iraq ... if indeed we 26 years old living in the United States - cithad a draft and members of Congress and the izens or not -for two years. administration thought that their kids from Even if the plan were scaled back to include their communities would be placed in harm's only 18- and 19-year-old citizens, the governway," said Rangel, a Korean War veteran. ment would spend billions of dollars to screen, . The logic seems to be instead of a highly train, house and pay millions of people. To do trained, very effective military, create a short- what? The armed services have no use for term, ineffective military that can't be used. most of them. Either they would displace current workers It's certainly true that some young Americans are volunteering for the risks of or they would be assigned to jobs that have military service while others enjoy all the been left unfilled because they're not worth opportunities an affluent society provides paying much for. while bearing no burden at all. In running for office, Congress members Some proponents of universal service have volunteered to make critical decisions, dream of bringing back the shared sacrifice of such as when to vote funds for military operaearlier eras. But no conscription plan can do tions and when to say "no." Talk of the draft is that. It's a different time, a different struggle a distraction from their responsibility to and a military with different needs. decide how to use the military we've got.

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1948 Draft reinstated after military population drops; men, 19-26, drafted for 12 months






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• St. Clare's Home County of San Diego Child Welfare Services, Social Advocates of Youth San Diego and the ~ Marine Corps / Community Services at Camp Pendleton, · Bierman said. This marks the eighth year Palomar's class. Students make toys throughout the year, but during the holidays the woodworkers association tends to receive more requests for toys, Bierman said. The Urban Forestry Program takes dead trees and trees that would normally be thrown in landfills and gives the wood to Palomar's Woodworking Department, Feddersohn said. Feddersohn said each toy is unique because it is handmade and many of the toys are created from rare wood. He said some of the wood the department receives is not for sale anywhere else and some of the trees are only found in San Diego. This year, the toy-making class built 10 different toy models, many with moving parts and each model with a team leader to supervise construction. Mike Armstrong, the team

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leader for the helicopter toy, had the most elaborate of the moving pull-toys because there were 25 parts. His wife, Bonnie Armstrong, worked with him on the helicopters and said making the toy required every skill she had learned in the class. Bonnie Armstrong said she enjoys making the toys not just for her grandchildren but for other children who need them as well. "Although you can't see the child's face, you know you are doing something good," she said. Mike Armstrong said his father used to own a toy making business and that is how he became interested in the toy class. Mike Armstrong said he enjoys making the toys because it helps the children


u s e their imagination instead of technology. Bierman said the wooden toys are a special gift to the children. "They have people's hearts in these toys," he said. After the toys are made, they are placed in storage, then distributed to the agencies as needed, Feddersohn said. Bierman said the demand for the class's toys is great. "They are given away faster than we can put them in storage," he said. "There is so much need out there." Many of Santa's helpers were already dreaming up next year's toy, with talk of smaller toys and more pull-toys.

donated was then used to buy what was lacking. She said organizers took advantage of a promotion at Food 4 Less where spending $25 on food allowed shoppers to buy a turkey for $4. She said the promotion was limited to one turkey per customer and food was divided amongst organizers who stood in line individually to purchase the $4 turkeys. "This year everybody that signed up on the list received their turkey," Gonzalez said. She said they were also able to give food to people who had not signed up and came asking when the food was given away. "Everybody got mashed potatoes, stuffing, a turkey or a gift card for a turkey," Gonzalez said. She added that they also received desserts, vegetables, corn, green beans and cranberry sauce. Many families received a gift

card for a turkey or for some other kind of meat, Gonzalez said. She said the families who received the food were from several different cultures, some of which don't eat turkey. "We really expected the turkeys to go because they were big turkeys, but people wanted the gift cards," Gonzalez said. She said some people got an idea of American culture and told the story of a student who was surprised at the idea of making mashed potatoes from a box. The food was distributed Nov. 20-22. Gonzalez said it was rewarding to give out the baskets. Diana Ornelas is a student worker in EOP&S who helped with the food drive. "They were all just really happy that they got something," she said. "I don't think they were expecting so much."

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Group collects toys for orphans of tsunami By Kim Gatto TKE TELESCOPE

A group on campus is sending toys, food and money to tsunami victims in Nam Kern, Thailand. Toys for Thailand is made up of volunteers from Palomar College and community members. The goal of Toys for Thailand is to raise $50,000 to give to orphans who were traumatized by the tsunami. The hope is to give them a sense of normalcy. Toys for Thailand is accepting donations to deliver in May 2007 on its third trip to Thailand since the 2004 tsunami in Asia. This year, through the Palomar College Foundation, the group has set up two fundraising programs. One of the programs sells holiday donation gift cards that can be purchased for a minimum of $10 per card. The cards feature pictures of Thai children whose lives have been drastically affected by the tsunami. The cards can also be viewed online at www. palomar.ed u/toys Maria Miller, of the Counseling Department, is organizing the program. "We buy them art supplies



and other basic things that really make a big difference," Miller said. "We reach the places where other bigger organizations don't get to." The volunteers who travel to N am Kern to deliver the toys and other goods pay for their travel expenses, and Thai Airways provides them with free shipping for the toys. Miller has been on previous trips and has met some of the children. "Many of the children are scared of the water still, so we took them all to an aquarium to slowly conquer their fears," Miller said. She said the children were happy to get the toys. "It was amazing to see how excited and grateful these kids got over a pair of shoes to play soccer with, it is like we are Santa Claus," she added. Taste of Thailand is another fundraising project that the Toys for Thailand team is conducting. The group will hold a fundraiser and dinner event Feb. 10, 2007, at Seaside Church in Cardiff, to help the tsunami orphans in Nam Kern and other abandoned children in the area. "This is a very special and unique event, which will give

those involved a little taste of Thai culture," Miller said. The event costs $20 and includes Thai entertainment such as music, fortune-telling monks, cooking demonstrations and foot massages. "There will be various dishes," Miller said. "We are trying to get Tommy Tang, a famous Thai chief from L.A."

There will also be a silent auction and themed raffles at the event. Students can contribute to the event. "They can either create themed baskets or donate items for the silent auction that will take place at the event," Miller said. Students can also help by selling tickets to the Taste of

Thailand event. Checks for donations can be made out to Palomar College Foundation, Toys for Thailand, 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos 92069. For information on either of these events, e-mail Miller at or call her at (760) 744-1150 ext. 2188.

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the department needs a change. It's always healthy to have new people, new ideas and new energy into a program. I think it's time." Following the Spring 2007 semester, Woods will replace Felix Rogers as the new commissioner of the Pacific Coast Conference, the day after Woods' retirement from Palomar. "It's an opportunity that came forward and I'm actually retiring a little early to secure that position," Woods said. "I've been in athletics 52 years - since I was eight. If you're not interested in retiring, why not do something you really like?" Woods, 59, said he has been eyeing the position for several years. He said he discussed the situation with his family and after Rogers announced his retirement, he came to the decision. Woods will oversee the athletic competition at nine community colleges, including Palomar, while working with conference officials as the conference commissioner. In 1986, Woods was named Palomar's athletic director and his tenure saw the Comets bring home 16 state titles in wrestling, football and softball. Among his achievements, Woods has been renowned for high student retention, high transfer rates of athletes to four-year universities and the establishment of counseling and tutoring programs and study halls for athletes. He was recognized for his work two years ago, earning the 2004-2005 California Community College Athletic Director of the year, voted on by the state's 102 community college athletic directors. "It was cool," Woods said with a grin. "When the president of the association called me and said that I was being named the athletic director of the year, I said 'Call me back and tell me you were just kidding.' And I swear that's exactly how I felt." Vice President of Student Services Joe Madrigal said Woods is modest about his success.

"John is very low key," Madrigal said. "He doesn't like to be in the limelight." Woods arrived at Palomar in 1973. He said he wanted to succeed as the coach of the wrestling team. In his 16 seasons at the helm, the team earned a record of 173-19-3 with five team titles and produced 58 community college All-Americans. Woods said he saw Palomar as a stepping-stone into NCAA Division-! coaching. "The UCLA job opened up, I was interviewed and made it to the top three, but it was awarded to another coach," Woods said. "I was so happy here at what I was doing, I wasn't willing to take the risk of that next step (when another job opened up), because even though it looked attractive, the grass isn't always greener. I've had such great kids and such great experiences - I decided I was going to stay." Woods attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and was a threetime All-American wrestler, earning the NCAA college division national championship in his weight class in 1969. He was also NCAADivision-1 national runner-up in 1969, and an NCAA college division national runner-up in 1968. Upon completion of his college career, he was inducted into the NCAA Division-! Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1998, the NCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999 and the California Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2000. "It was quite moving," Woods said of his induction into the NCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame. "But to be honest with you, the California Hall of Fame was more exciting. It was an honor and a privilege any time you're recognized and inducted into a hall of fame. But to be inducted in that group (the first class ever) was even more special." Though Woods was at the top of the proverbial coaching ladder in 1986, he decided it was time to try something new. "I just needed a new challenge," Woods said about his then new position as athletic director. "When I decided to stay at the community college

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Athletics director John Woods looks over papers in his office. Woods will retire Aug. 31, 2007 after 34 years at Palomar College. He said the department is ready for a change and he looks forward to his new position as commissioner of the Pacific Coast Conference.

level it seemed that we had done all we could do. People were trying to beat me, more than I was trying to beat them. I've said this to many coaches - 'You need to know when to get out.' I've seen too many coaches stay in it too long. I saw myself turning more into a philosopher than a coach." Woods said he is thankful for the decision he made and now will look to carry his work ethic over as the PCC commissioner.

"I'm not the smartest guy around," Woods said. "I don't work smarter, I work harder. I think that helped me in athletics and whatever I accomplished. I care more about the academics than the athletics. I always did." The Athletic Department will soon begin its search for Woods' successor. "My hope is that it will be someone better than I am, that brings in better ideas and takes

it to the new level and continues on what we have built," Woods said. "I'm confident that will happen." Despite deciding to leave Palomar, Woods said there are things he will miss. "I think I'll miss the kids," Woods said. "Even though I'm removed and second level, I still get to know a lot of the kids. I get to know a number of them and I'm going to miss watching them compete."

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From painting to glass blowing, art has been a main theme m Palomar Professor Ray Warner's life. "I went into school as a sculptor and came out as a print maker," Warner said. While he was painting in the 1960s using a special technique of colored lights, Warner became interested in glasswork. Some friends wanted him to make a window for their front door. Soon, more friends began to make the requests and a business was born. In 197 4 Warner began teaching Design and Stained glass as an adjunct professor at Palomar. "I think he is an inspiring teacher," said student Claire Murray. "He inspired me to learn glass fusing." Murray, who is in her second semester for the class, uses fusing to melt several pieces of glass together. "This class encourages creativity and expression through art," Murray said. Every year Warner's class takes a trip to tour architect/artist James Hubble's studio. The Cedar Fire in 2003 destroyed part of his house near Julian, so Hubble asked for volunteers from Warner's class to help

restore his damaged win- he gets to teach. dows. "I have people that are 70 Student at the time, years old and people that Karen Warner, was one of are 18 years old," Warner the volunteers and now his said. "The class kind of wife. runs like a family because "She had no idea what she there is such a wide-range was volunteering for," of folks." Warner said. "She's been "If they didn't want to do this stuff! wouldn't be here. with me ever since." On the car I owe my exisrides up to tence to them," J u l i a n , "The tl•ss kind olrunl he said. Warner said Karen got to Jikl•l•mi/y bet•UII that teaching know Ray on lhell iiiUth • wide a more percan also be a 111nge ollolk1." challenge. "It's sonallevel. "It was a _ Ray Warner like working on STAINED &LASS PROFESSOR 20 projects," great way to find out more Warner added. about him," "He's very Karen said. mellow and open about Coincidentally she had what kind of projects stujust broken off her engage- dents can work on," said ment and when Ray saw student Sunny Datko. that her ring was gone, he Datko makes jewelry out of asked her out. dichroic glass in Warner's "I thought, wow," Karen Stained Glass II class. "He's pretty resourceful," said. "This is the person I am supposed to be with for Datko said. "A number of times I was stuck and he the rest of my life." Karen Warner specializes helped me." Warner said teaching at in fusing glass. She often works with Ray selling Palomar has been the opportunity of his lifetime. pieces for commission. Although he and his wife "I call it: paid to play," sell glasswork on the side, Warner said. Warner said teaching is Murray said that he what he enjoys most. shows patience with stuWarner said he likes dents of all abilities. Warner said that when teaching at the community college level because of the one section of the art wide range of students that - department is in need of

supplies they share with the other. This makes for good class interaction within the department, Warner added. "Palomar's great because they have the equipment," Warner said. After teaching the class for more than 30 years, Warner has seen many changes. The class is branching out by the use of several different techniques such as slumping and fusing. With the hot glass out in the furnace and the cold glass for windows, Warner said they are expanding into the warm area. "There are new tools that allow you to do different things that you could never do before," Warner said. When he's not teaching or working with glass, Warner loves to garden. Coming from a long line of organic farmers, Warner is carrying on the tradition. He takes care of his father who is 103 years old. Warner has made several pieces for his father using glass blowing as well as window making. "It's hard to beat the windows," said Ray's father Earl Warner. He said that he thinks Ray's glass work is excellent. Warner also enjoys surfing with his wife.

"I spent all my life getting afternoon work, so I could surf m the morning," Warner said. "I go whenever there is waves." "His patience is as deep as the ocean that he loves so much," Karen said. "It's just endless." Warner likes putting together glass in a window to have it work as well as say something. "I like the idea of the color therapy," Warner said. "With glass, there is a lot of things that it won't do," Warner said. Warner said students who don't know this, try things and actually pull them off. "It's very inspiring," Warner said. Warner has placed m first second and third numerous times at the Art Glass Association of Southern California The annual show is one of the few art glass associations left in the country. He also recently displayed work in an exhibition at Spanish Village in Balboa Park. Warner will be featured in the Annual Art and Photography Faculty Exhibition at the Boehm Gallery until Dec. 14. There he will be showing a portrait of his wife's dog in glass that Warner made.




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Thl tio , , This girl is taking close to 20 units and holds down a job while doing well in school. She knows what she wants in life and already has the plan on how she is going to get there. She owns an electronic organizer so fill up one of her few free days with a gift certificate to a spa to teach her how to relax. Want to get on her good side, why not get her a gift card from the Palomar bookstore? Giving the gift of education will make the go-getter very happy. Keep her awake in the mornings with a brand new espresso maker and just like every person on this list, the go-getter also loves the hottest new cell phones like the Mortola Pebble.

The Diva This girl is very moody at times for no apparent reason, and at other times she is sweeter than sugar. She must be the first to own the latest trend and spends more than she can afford. She speaks her mind and feels she is the gift to the world, but is very sensitive to what other people say to her. A visit to Victoria's Secret for some lingerie would be a great gift for the Diva. She would go crazy for a pair of Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses accompanying a gift certificate to her favorite designer store at the mall. Don't forget her favorite thing in the world: shoes. Just-don't lose the receipt, she may not like your choice of footwear you have choosen for her.

T eBookworm This girl always has her head in a book and is dedicated to education with a total disregard for fashion. The quiet girl who doesn't like to speak but often rambles when recommending a book. She owns more books than shoes and shirts combined and her idea of an adventure is cuddling up in a blanket and reading a mystery while alone in her house. A comfy robe and pair of slippers to match could keep her warm while her nose is in the book you got her from Barnes and Noble. Not sure what book to get, no sweat, for the bookwarm any book is a good book.

This is the girl who gets up at 5 a.m. to start her beauty regimen for the day. She always smells good and is constantly checking her make-up. She freaks out if she gets a pimple or blemish. She knows the latest fashion trends and believes society needs a fashion police. One gift that never gets old for the girly-girl on your list is Bath and Body Works. They have all the lotions and body care sets she needs to keep her beautiful. This is the girl that appreciates jewerly so if money is not an issue, then a Zales diamond necklace would be perfect gift.

s.Sporty She is always wearing some sort athletic clothing and she hits the gym every day. Gym memberships don't come cheap. You could use one too, so why not join and offer to pay three months of her gym membership. You both will benifit. Speaking of the gym, her iPod sure could use a few more songs, so consider getting her a gift card to iTunes so she can update her playlist for her workout routine. She loves her body and treats it like a temple she drinks protein shakes and follows the food pyramid recommendations. Jamba Juice has blenders and juicers for sale, so she can stay healthly at home.

Is. Outdoors She loves Mother Nature and is always ready for a weekend camping trip. She is involved in cleaning up the earth and feels strong about protecting the earth's natural resources. This girl is very down to earth and natural she avoids any chemicals. "You Grow Girl" is a great book dedicated to DIY gardening with tips and even recipes for the herbs and veggies you grow. Yoga classes are all around and she :vould love a few lessons to get her started. Don't forget a new yoga mat for home practice. Hempania has all natural hemp purses for Miss Mother Nature. If you want to get in her good graces, impress her with a gift for her dog. Buy Fido a new dog bowl or get her a new leash for when she jogs.

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e? He is faithful and devoted; to his sports team of course. He has stood you up for a game he just couldn't miss. And for that you would've dumped him, but his faithfulness showed potential. He owns a variety of gear which shows his team spirit and why not get him the thing he just hasn't been able to afford - a jersey of his favorite team with his name on the back. When he sees a guy wearing the rival team shirt he gets angry so make sure he has all the latest gear from every team he likes.

G This guy is very laid back and likable. He is a guy's guy and a gentleman when he is with his girl. He is big on honoring commitments and very reliable. He is the glue that hold his inner circle together. He is a trend setter, he always knows what is in and what is not. He is never seen with dirty sneakers, and he smells really good all the time so he could always use a new box of his favorite cologne. Also, just so he can stay sharp on his Scarface referances, give him the special edition DVD, even if he already owns the old one. If you want to give him a cellular phone, Motorola's Q.

A smart guy who knows what he wants, and is willing to work hard to get there. He works two jobs and is a full time student and he probably lives at home to save money. Consider getting the self starter a new supscription to his favorite newspaper, The Wall Street Journal. This guy likes to stay inside during his free time to get a head start on next weeks homework, so get him an iHome - a device that connects the iPod and turns it into a home stereo system. This gift is the perfect compliement to his iPod that you bought him last year that he hasn't used because he never goes outside. He was probably voted most likely to succeed in his high school so help him achieve that goal- if you can afford it- and get him a new Apple Powerbook.

This guy is all about outdoor living, and goes out to the desert and on camping trips every time he can. He owns an ATV and uses it to the fullest. So to put your mind at ease, a new helmet is a good idea. He is very road savvy and has a strong sense of direction. But just to make sure he returns home to you, a new GPS system always looks good on his Jeep dashboard. He loves the small of the great outdoors and might even enjoy hunting. He enjoys spending time in the wilderness and would give up modem commodities in a heartbeat to be outdoors, so stop by Big 5 and pick him up a new pair of binoculars. A new tent would also go a long way, plus you two could share it on those cold nights in the mountains .

â&#x20AC;˘ This is the ultimate video game connisour. He stays awake until 5 a.m. if that is how long it takes him to get to next level. He probably already owns the X-Box 360, Nintendo Wii or the Playstation 3, so just buy him a game or two. He might as well be in another universe when he is in the game zone so a mini fridge to put next to his television would be extra helpful. He is the guy who will sleep outside of a store to get the latest game release before anyone else, so a new sleeping bag would keep him out of the cold and you out of the doghouse.

This is the guy who is at his computer day in and day out. He is very intelligent and fit's the stereotype of a nerd, he has the glasses the unkempt hair and the one size to small wardrobe. He knows everything there is to know about computers and the latest gadget so get him a new subscription to his favorite tech magazine. He is sweet and sensitive, and he is a great friend, but their isn't a bone in his body with a sense of style so it is your job to spruce up his wardrobe. To save some cash, stop by Old Navy and pick him up some new vintage t-shirts and a couple pairs of jeans. Don't forget a new pair of shoes, those New Balance from the seventh grade just aren't cutting it anymore. Don't forget the orginal version of Star Wars, where Han shoots first. Only a true geek PHOTOILLUSTUTIOI IY JARED LIISFOID I THE TELESCOPE



Play left audience waiting for more er to the audience's surprise, the actors came back out to take their bows. The play was over. The latest Palomar play, There's nothing worse than a "Waiting for Lefty'' should have cliflhanger, going to the movies been titled "Waiting for and sitting on the edge of your Something." ''Waiting for Lefty" seat waiting for something to didn't really seem like a play, but happen, then the credits come on more or less a skit. the screen. It was performed in Maybe there the Howard Brubeck ;: i! 'Waiting For Lefty' will be a "Waiting Theatre from Nov. 10- ;; for Lefty 2," then 19 and was written by we won't have to iOJT OFFIVE ST~r<S: Clifford Odets and a= f ' worry about Joe directed by Francis DIRECTED BY: FRANCIS and Edna or any GERCKE Gercke. of the other char''Waiting for Lefty'' acters , but for was a play about the now, the ending is Great Depression and left up to the how it affected the comimagination. monman. It was performed in different segments · audience giVmg members a glimpse of each character's struggles. After watching couples argue because of money, lay-offs, and other tough issues, it really gave the audience a sense of sympathy for the working class characters. When the working class finally joined together to do something about these problems, they yelled, "Strike! Strike! Strike!" The lights soon went off signaling that the scene was about to change;




Despite the fact that "Waiting for Lefty" was only 30 minutes long, it was a brilliant play. All of the actors did an excellent job and they performed with a lot of emotion. The costumes the characters wore and the stage props definitely took us back to the 1930s and it was easy to identify between the blue collared and the white collared. One interesting aspect of ''Waiting for Lefty" was that some of the working-class characters would stand in the audience and loudly comment to the other characters about the scene that was unfolding. It sounded like the stage characters' thoughts and being spoken out loud. It was a unique twist that brought more attitude to the perfOrmance. Before "Waiting for Lefty'' started, a group of seven people called the "Union Folk Singers," sang and played guitar while the audience took their seats. "Union Folk Singers" were another clever element to setting the scene for tha rest of the play. They played short songs throughout "Waiting for Lefty'' and also during the end of the play. ''Waiting for LeftY" teaches how the common man fights against capitalism. It was fascinating to go back in time and see the lives of people coping with the Great Depression. PHOTOS BY JOHN GILL I THE TUESCOP£ ''Waiting for Lefty" was an interesting and strong play, (Above) Dr. Barnes played by Frances Regal, acts with Dr. Benjamin played by but something was missing. Rachel Crain in 'Waiting for Lefty' directed by Francis Gercke. There should have been more. (Left) Miller played by Sal Framondi, was in the play about the Great Depression.

Playstation 3 gives big quality for a bigger price By Billy O'Keefe



features will reveal themselves as time goes on. The Playstation Store _ Sony's answer to the Xbox Live Marketplace _is similarly polished, resembling the iTunes Music Store in how it presents demos, multimedia and downloadable games and eschewing an unnecessary points system in favor of dollars and cents. The online suite includes centralized support for friends lists, instant messaging, voice chat and more. Sony has pledged not to charge for online play, though time will tell whet~er this promise holds up.

To Sony's credit, that $599 gets you a lot of system. Price: $599/$499 (20 GB) The higher-end PS3 includes a 60 GB hard drive, SD Available: Now (if you're lucky) and Memory Stick slots, digital!AV/HDMI outputs, four Sony's Playstation 3 will force you to use your mind, USB ports ana built-in Wi-Fi. The system is a beast, but body and whatever courage you have to engage the the power supply is encased inside, making it less clumenemy in ways you never imagined possible. And that's sy to set up than, say, the Xbox 360. The slot-loading drive supports Blu-Ray, DVD, PS2 and PS1 discs just to get into the line to buy one. Impervious to learning from past (though you'd be wise to fully test the latter two before giving your PS2 to the mistakes, Sony has once again refined i! Playstation 3 little brother). The thermal-activated the art of how to screw up a console jE power/eject buttons functional like any launch. As scarce as the Playstation 2 • You wouldn't know it to look at it, but the PS3's SIXpower/eject, but their slick execution AXIS controller is not just a PS2 controller without was in 2000, the PS3 promises to be ! only adds to the 5!stem's sophisticated wires. It's also, sadly, a PS2 controller without rumble even harder to find. Not only is ~ (OUT OF fl'IE STARS) allure. demand higher _ the industry hasn't -· . support. Sony's spin machine claims the SIXAXIS can't exactly suffered in the last six years _ !E The $499 model is comparable in support both rumble and the new tilt capabilities, which quality, but does not include built-in is its very rudimentary answer for Nintendo's Wii but Sony appears to have failed to :1 WiFi or memory card readers and Remote (which does support rumble). In any event, the meet its already-bleak target of 400,000 North American units at comes with a 20 GB hard drive. That rumble is missed, and the lack of motors robs the conlaunch by as much as half or more. Unless you have an kind of storage doesn't go as far here as it does on the troller of any serious weight. The surprising lightness eBay account and $3,000 lying around, you might have 360 _ "NBA 07's" save file, for instance, demands a initially makes the SIXAXIS feel cheap, but that feeling to make like the Cubs and wait until next year. whopping 3 GB all by itself_ but the drive is upgrade- fades with time. And between the guide button, lack of able should yotl. opt for this model (or have no choice). Remember when $599 seemed expensive? wires and the excellent new L2/R2 triggers, we gain as much as we lose.






As much as the 360's dashboard has matured over the last year in terms of functionality, it remains a continuYou might want it right now, but even the Playstation al reminder of just how lousy Microsoft is at designing 3 isn't worth three grand. The PS3 has a white-hot an organized interface. future ahead of it, but a vast majority of its launch lineThe PS3, by contrast, is as sleek on the inside up is either on the Xbox 360 (EA Sports/Activision as it is on the outside. Sony's menu system for the Games), awesome but similar enough to an Xbox 360 Playstation Portable was a primer on how to present a game ("Ridge Racer 7"), or solid but unspectacular multi-tool system _ video, music, pictures, Web and of ("Genji: Day of the Blade," "Untold Legends: Dark course games _in a way that neither skimped nor over- Kingdom"). The exceptional exception, by a wide marwhelmed, and the PS3 pretty much lifts it with great gin, is the first-person shooter "Resistance: Fall of success. Compared to the 360's candy-coated mess of Man," but even a game as incredible as this isn't worth styles, the PS3 makes it easy to tap into features you · dropping starving to play early. The PS3 is a breeze to know and don't know lie within. Given Sony's appetite recommend at $599, but with so few games of note surfor system updates _ the PSP has "enjoyed" more than facing between now and the new year, you're smart to its share in the last couple years _ it's a safe bet more wait until you can get it for that price.



Faculty shows art at annual exhibit By Colleen Paroli THE TEUSCOPE

The Boehm Gallery will be hosting the Annual Art and Photography Faculty Exhibition from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14. Twenty-five art teachers from Palomar are participating in the event. Entries in the art exhibit will include computer generated art, oil, watercolors, ceramics, sculptors, glassblowing, jewelry making, stained glass, pen/charcoal drawings, 2-D and 3-D design. "It is a wonderful time to see what the Art Department is about," said Viki Cole, director of the Boehm Gallery. "This is a good opportunity for students to see an art teacher's work and if they're inspired they'll take their class," Cole said. "My paintings come from my background and legacy," said Palomar art teacher Doug Durrant. Durrant will be showing three oil paintings of landscapes and buildings which come from his series of 10 years called, "El Mundo Antigua: In the Old World." "I never left my roots in the west," said Durrant who grew up in Durango, Colo. and traveled through eastern Mexico to study art. In Mexico, Durrant studied landscapes and buildings. He said Italians who saw his art thought an Italian painted them. "The architecture in Mexico is similar to Italy," Durrant said. He started painting when he was in third grade and prefers working with oil, watercolors, and drawing in basic charcoal. He said he draws from real life from over the years of his life in rodeo, car rae-

ing and the land. Art teacher Mike Steirnagle will be displaying two figurative oil paintings. One painting titled, "Julienne Chef and Ralph," includes his beloved dog Ralph. Ralph was Steirnagle's golden retriever who died last April. His other painting is titled, "Prescott Waiter." He said students like different kinds of art and hopes his art can draw them ln.

"Art is like music, you have to learn the musical instrument before you can make music. In art you have to learn to use the tools first and then the craft will come through naturally like second nature," said Steirnagle who has been teaching at Palomar for 17 years. Steirnagle was originally a traditional artist. His past art expertise includes drawing for children's books and album covers. Kitty Meek, a commercial art teacher, will be displaying an art exhibit that is unique. On a small table covered by a white cloth are placed a mirror with dirt, human hair formed into the shape of a fetus and a porcelain doll. "I want viewers to bring in their own history when they see my exhibit," Meek said. Everyone will see something different, they will bring in their own dialogue she said. The opening reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Boehm Gallery. The gallery is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

(Above} Jay Yonn's canvas print, 'Tree' hangs at the Annual Art and Photography Facuity Exhibition at. the Boehm Gallery. (Left} Ken Joudrey's painting called 'Love in the Ruins' will hang at the Boehm Gallery until Dec. 14.


Electro Acoustic plays to .the beat of a different dru01 By Hannah Starr THE TELESCOPE

There may have been reports of strange and unidentified noises coming from the Performance Lab on the night of Nov. 21. Scraping sounds, the off canter boom of a bass drum, and the tearing of metal. The casual passerby may have thought the noise was because of a construction project going on inside, but it was actually the sound of a new wave in music. The Palomar Performing Arts Program, under the direction of Music Professor Ellen Weller, hosted the Electro Acoustic Music Experience. Electro Acoustic music is an ambient form of music where soundscapers, as they are called, attempt to build, improvise and sample various clips to build a fabric of sound. There is no definable melody to the songs and the rhythm is constantly changed and manipulated. Electro Acoustic music is not for the faint of heart or the closed-minded listener. The sounds scattered and the volume changed frequently into screeching registers. The music being produced sounded less like structured songs and more like the sound of a traffic jam. Weller said the response to Electro Acoustic music varies. "Some people don't recognize it as music," Weller said. "You have to come at it with an open mind." "Music Experience" is an accurate description of the performance. It was an experience of a musical genre rarely heard. The sounds woven throughout the pieces were of sounds I had never associated with music. Often times, the music sounded disorganized and dissident. Palomar student Abby Bruce said she found the music too strange for her taste. "Feels like they are on LSD," Bruce


Palomar Music Professor, Ellen Weller hosted and played at the Electro Acoustic Music Experience. In the performance, soundscapers manipulate, improvise and sample various clips to make the sound.

said. "It just very random and trippy." Palomar students such as music major Daniel Medvedev enjoyed the odd experience. "It's an interesting trip if you close your eyes," Medvedev said. "You see encounters of the third kind and you hear the sound of machinery." Each musician utilizes different instru-

ments to build their soundscapes, ranging from the mundane to the odd. Soundscaper Marcelo Radulovich incorporated an instrument called a Hurdy Gurdy, an ancient European string instrument that is a primitive version of a violin and piano. It produces a medium pitched droning tone as the crank on the side of the instrument is turned. When

filtered though a microphone it mimics the sound of metal scraping against metal. Each musician had his or her own unique sound depending on the key favored and the instruments that were _incorporated. Soundscaper Hans Fjellestad began his set with a long, highpitched note that shook the building and compelled audience members to cup their hands over their ears. He continued the set after a few agonizing minutes and jumped back and forth between a keyboard and effects box producing screeching, grinding and beeping sounds. After a brief intermission, Radulovich and Weller took the stage for an improvisation together. Weller played a number of instrunients including a wooden flute and a piccolo. She then played a series of quick scales and trills on her flute making the notes flutter and reverberate through the room. _ At the end of the performances all the musicians gathered to create one last improvisation together. Weller took center stage on flute and played animatedly; sometimes speaking through ¡her flute and at one point removing the mouthpiece all together and blowing through the instrument like it was a trumpet. At the end of the piece, the musicians recieved a hearty round of applause from the audience as they smiled and shook hands, congratulating each other and enjoying the aftermath of musical creativity. Although Electro Acoustic music is not something the audience's ears can handle that often, they can respect the innovative spirit of the genre. Over time, elements of this new anQ. radical sound could find their way into popular music and bring about a new music.



Taking ·the slow road· to Escondido "I had to go to the source," Clapton said in an interview with Katie Couric The journey to North County and the on CBS. That source happened to be Cale's collaboration of two musical greats hometown in Valley Center. makes "The Road to Escondido," by Eric Clapton traveled down the "Road to Clapton and J.J. Cale, an album to Escondido" in order to make his dream remember. In 2004, Clapton, who has taken into a reality. The album cover features Cale holdhome 18 Grammy awards and is a triple ing an old wooden sign with Rock & Roll Hall-of"Escondido" Farner, invited Cale to ! Eric Clapton and JJ Cale on it while perform at a three-day i 'The Road To Escondido' Clapton sits music festival called a: on the end of Crossroads. 8 an old broken At the concert, down truck (OUT Of Fl'tio Sl4RS) Clapton expressed his strumming interest in making an an acoustic album with Cale. guitar. Clapton wanted to capture the unique This old- fashioned feel sets the tone sound of Cale that he has used in past for the first track. ' songs. Some of Clapton's older hits, "Danger" flows smoothly over the such as "Mter Midnight" and "Cocaine" blues rhythm and the repeating chorus. were originally written by Cale. Emotion filled solo's break out several Cale accepted the offer to produce an times during the head bobbing song. album that Clapton would play. Wasting no time, Cale began writing "Danger" sets the tone for the whole · songs as well as dusting off a few old album, which combines sounds of blues, folk and country. ones. The second song, "Heads in Georgia" . Clapton did not want to take the credit for an album where Cale wrote 11 of keeps with a very distinct blues feel. the 14 songs, and soon he asked Cale to Cale's rough voice shadows Clapton's as sing as well. With some encouragement they sing, "Well, my head's in Georgia, by Clapton, Cale decided to accept the but my feet is California bound" tying nicely into the "Road to Escondido" offer. theme. "Eric and I have known each other for The tragic death of Clapton's 4-yeara long time and it was a great experience to finally make a record together," old son inspired him to write the hit Cale said. "He's a great musician and it song "Tears in Heaven" in 1992. was a pleasure to work so closely on Fourteen years later, Clapton has three daughters. Inspired by the value of this project with him." Cale, who is known for staying out of their lives, he wrote, "Three Little the spotlight, was not about to go to Girls," which is Track 10 on the album. London to make the album and Clapton The song sounds light-hearted yet is deep in meaning. knew this. · By lan Clark



The only flaw of this album comes when several songs change the album's laid-back style to an up-beat, hard-todefine sound. The songs, which are dispersed sporadically throughout the album, disrupt the flow and are a test of one's patience to not press the skip button. "Missing Person," "Dead End Road" and "Anyway the Wind Blows" are the three that fall into this category. If

these songs were left out, the album would have a definite blues/folk sound. Instead,, these songs combine country music with a fiddle, which pulls the listener off the old porch swing and into the middle of a square dance. The last song "Ride the River" is a great ending to an even greater album as the two artists harmoniously sing about riding the river oflife and leaving their worries behind.




Spike and Mike do it again with sick and twisted humor By Robert Grimmick THE TELESCOPE

La Jolla has a secret. Amidst the luxury cars., expensive clothes, and high-class restaurants, the beautiful coastal community has been harboring hundreds of casuallydressed college kids every weekend for the past month. And they're here to watch, get this, cartoons! Over its 16 year run, Spike and Mike's Sick and '1\v:isted Festival of Animation has gained notoriety as the home of raunchy animated shorts. It's also marked the beginning of many successful animator's careers - the creators of "South Park," "Beavis and Butthead," "Happy Tree Friends," and "The PowerpuffGirls" all had premieres at the festival. The annual fe~tival begins at the San Diego Comi-Con, and then continues to tour the country. The 2006 tour began at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. This year's lineup differs little from previous years. Long-time favorites such as "No Neck Joe" and "Happy Tree Friends" compliment more than a dozen new entries. The newcomers vary widely in animation styles, ranging from the completely hand drawn to computer animated to stop-motion animation. But be warned, this isn't for the faint of heart. So, with all the -graphic sexual content, gratuitous violence, and occasional sexism, is this thing really worth seeing? The answer is an emphatic yes - provided you're over 18 and are not easily offended. While there are plenty of cheap thrills to be had in this year's selections, the creativity of these films is at least equally as appealing. One film, "Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006," seamlessly blends the aesthetics of a beat-em-up video game, with dozens of pop culture references. As two anime-styled protagonists casually stomp out wave after wave of enemies, they gain a number of outrageous "power-ups." At one

point, the text "You are entering a world of pain!" flashes on the screen just before John Goodman's character from "The Big Lebowski" shows up. Another entry, entitled "One D," imagines a one-dimensional universe. For most of the nearly five minute film the world is comprised of shapeless thin lines. Towards the end, a character remarks that 2D animation is "just a fad" after watching a mutated mouse prance around on screen. Other pieces featured elaborate animation, ludicrous song-and-dance routines, and bizarre moral lessons. And there's plenty of tasteless, politically insensitive humor to go around as well. "Roybertito's," which debuted at last year's Comi-con, was among the most wellreceived. It's a spoof of those cheaply produced late-night ads you see for Mexican restaurants, and it's so absurd you can't help but break out in laughter. "Cox & Combers" tells the story of an evermore masculine George Washington. Starting at just over six feet tall and eventually becoming as tall as a mountain, the Founding Father is said to have invented cocaine and watched British children drown with a smile on his face. Again, the absurdity of this film sent the entire room ablaze with raucous laughter. The beauty of this festival is its complete rejection of the ordinary. For just a couple of hours, you can check your sense of political correctness at the door, make as much noise as you want, and revel in. the senseless violence, graphic sexuality, and outlandish humor that make this festival great. Though its La Jolla run is now over, Spike and Mike's Sick and '1\v:isted Festival of Animation can be seen at locations in West Hollywood, Pasadena, and Santa Monica over the coming month or two. Visit for dates and theater locations. And if you don't like what you see, just ignore it. After all, they're only cartoons.



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Palomar finishes fourth in Thanksgiving Tournament After a 98-95 loss to Barstow Nov.18, the Palomar Men's Basketball team headed into the annual Thanksgiving Tournament at the Dome with high hopes. The Comets finished the Tournament with a 1-2 record, which was good enough for 4th place. The lone win on Nov. 24 was in stunning fashion as Tyler Davidson tipped the ball in with 1.2 seconds left in their opening game. Palomar won the game 92-90 over Pasadena City College. Nedal Tartir led the Comets with 21 points while knocking down all five of his three point attempts. E .J. Ross also chipped in 16 points and grabbed six rebounds. The inside presence of Uros Vukovich was a factor as he blocked five shots. Adrian Lopez and Marco Yuzawa each had seven assists. Following their first round victory, Palomar dropped their second round game to Mt. Sac, losing 96-86, due in large part to the 36 points poured on by Mt. Sac's Rishawn Norwood. Norwood also had 10 rebounds. Norwood, who has already signed with Nebraska, overcame strong outing from Ross and Matt Reffner. Ross paced the Comets with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Reffner had 17 points, all in the second half. In their third and final round game, the Comets had a furious comeback fall just short, when .they were defeated 86-80 to visiting Southwestern College. The loss gave the Comets the honors of fourth place in the tournament. Trailing by double digits most of the game, Chase Greep pulled the


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Lorenzen, Smiley honored as All-Americans Palomar quarterback Tyler Lorenzen was named a first team AllAmerican and offensive tackle Una Smiley received second team AllAmerican. Lorenzen, a transfer from Iowa State, led the nation in total yards while throwing for 26 touchdowns. Smiley, a left guard from Honolulu, Hawaii, was a premier force on the Comets offensive line.

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On the ·sidelines with a Comet trainer By Doreen Schulz THE TELESCOPE

A simple, unobtrusive door swings open. A scent of menthol is in the air and an ice machine reverberates inside the room. Athletes stand in line and talk about the last soccer game. Two football players get red and white tape wrapped around their ankles. After a while, the people are gone and only the rattle of the ice machine echoes through the room. This scene plays itself out every day in the Palomar College training room while athletic trainers Dennis Greenhill and Flecicia Heise provide medical services to student athletes. The job of a professional trainer involves multiple tasks and responsibilities. "It is important that people understand what we're doing," Greenhill said. "We are not personal trainers; we are athletic trainers whose responsibility is to support the athletes with our medical knowledge." For the trainers, every day is . filled with new assignments and challenges. The day may start with making ice for treating injuries, assigning student trainers to duties, refilling medical supplies, as well as checking the schedule of athletic teams. The schedule shows which teams are practicing and which are competing. Palomar College trainers must have a bachelor's degree as an athletic trainer, which includes three years of work experience, Greenhill said. They must also have a certificate by the National Athletic Trainers Association. In addition to their paperwork


Palomar athletic trainer Flecicia Heise works on Comet basketball player E.J. Ross' left leg in preparation for the next game.

duties during the morning, students come into the training room to receive treatment for their injured backs, shoulders, ankles or knees. In the training room Greenhill and Heise, receive support from six student trainers. Greenhill said that during the fall semester, trainers treat about 45 student athletes per day. Student trainer Eduardo Jimenez said he enjoys working with the trairi.ers in a professional environment where he learns something new every day. He learns how to treat back pain, shoulder problems, or pulled muscles, and he can use that knowledge in his other job as a personal trainer.

Heise said that only 5 percent of their daily work is taping and applYing ice bags, which makes their work even more difficult because it distracts them from treating injured athletes. Greenhill explained that in every sport the athletes use different parts of their body, so it is not unusual for football players to have ankle, wrists, and shoulder injuries. Basketball players mostly suffer knee injuries, and tennis players commonly suffer elbow problems. The trainers treat knee or ankle injuries with ice. For shoulder injuries or pulled muscles, they use electrodes or ultrasound, Greenhill said. Most of the injuries are not seri-

ous to the point that the trainers have to call a doctor or an ambulance, Greenhill said. If an athlete becomes unconscious ·or suffers heat injuries, Heise and Greenhill will call for a doctor, but it rarely occurs, they said. Wednesday is the busiest day for the trainers because most of the teams compete. Besides their responsibility to accommodate the Palomar teams, they help the competing teams as well. It is possible that they have to deal with as many as eight games on any given day. · Palomar quarterback Tyler Lorenzen said the trainers at Palomar do a great job with the resources given to them. Before Lorenzen came to Palomar, he

played football at Iowa State University, where the athletic trainers had more opportunities, more advanced equipment, and more trainers to help athletes than they have at Palomar College. In addition to taping · ankles and offering medical help, trainers have to advise the student athletes. Heise and Greenhill listen to them and try to help them psychologically as well as physically. Heise said it doesn't matter if the problems are physical or mental; they try to help as much as they can. '"Ib give athletes a feeling of safety and security is also part of our job," Heise said. "We have to trust each other if we want to work successfully together." The job as an athletic trainer has many challenges for Heise and Greenhill. They have to be ready for all sporting events, which often includes the weekends. It's not uncommon that Heise and Greenhill work between 45 and 50 hours per week during the fall semester. Another challenge for the trainers is logistics. The training room is close to the tennis courts, the football field and the Dome. Greenhill and Heise are responsible for providing water and medical services to all teams during practices and games. However, the trainers have only one cart to do their jobs. With the new soccer field on the far end of the campus, the trainers have to figure out how to handle this. With the soccer fieid open, they have a hard time transporting all the necessary equipment up to field for practices and games, but are doing the best with what they have.

Comet football team deserves a place to call The electrifying atmosphere team throughout the season, I that surrounds a college foot- · have witnessed the Comets ball game at a school's campus · average a meager 200 fans per is truly irreplaceable. Every home game at Escondido's Saturday, fans, students and Wilson Stadium. Though that players are given the opportu- number might appear high for a nity to come together and rep- community college sporting resent their school as event, in reality, Comet a collective group. away games see a fan Even if that school base that triples and happens to be a comsometimes quadruples munity college, this that. Aside from the fact luxury should not be z that most students don't taken away. Yet, 6 even live in San Marcos, Palomar College has ..... what student wants to go failed to take the necessary completely out of his way to steps in creating a football catch a game? Sadly, not many. field, and now must find com- . For an athletic department mon ground between raising that has done so ~uch good for its money and finding a place for student athletes, they have failed the Comets to call home. with fans. With the college finishThrough its history, the ing construction in late October Palomar football team has been on Minkoff Field, (the new soccer a squad built on a prominence, field that many students still which has produced three don't know exists) Palomar has National Championships, now created an open door to addicountless Division-! standouts tional revenue with many North and current and past NFL County amateur and club teams players. Despite the storied using the facilities. Palomar has tradition, the team ended its also launched the production of a 2006 campaign, once again as new baseball field that will be the only team on campus forced located behind Lot. 9. to play home games somewhere With the exception of both other than the Palomar. the men's and women's soccer The Comets now dwell at teams, the Palomar baseball Escondido High School, after pre- team already has a practical viously calling both San Marcos home field in Meyers field, yet and Mission Hills high school's the college once again looked their home. The dilemma is that past the football program. The Athletic Department needs they currently play outside of San Marcos, which weakens the to establish a plan to strengthen prospect of Palomar students and the Comets' fan base by building fans attending home games. a home for the college's most profIn covering the Comet football itable sport. A new football field

would not only do wonders for the Palomar/San Marcos community, it would also bring funding in the form of ticket sales, boosters, merchandise and concessions. On average, a roster of 100 players at the community college lever will round-up about $400,000 in subsidies from local property taxes and the state's general fund. Along with this annual revenue, the Athletic Department would not only have the freedom to support other teams on campus, but also contribute to other areas of the school. The financial issue that has appeared in past talks regarding a new field has a quite simple solution. Palomar already has a practice football field located near the school's entrance . . If the Athletic Department and Palomar have the ability to finance new fields for both the soccer and baseball teams, there must be enough room to scrounge together sufficient funds to, if not construct a stadium, update the practice field. In the renovation, the installation of bleachers, a press box and an artificial surface to replace the rugged grass on the practice field would make the grounds playable. By doing so, the Comets would have a viable place to play home games, along with the opportunity for fans in San Marcos to watch the Comets on the Palomar campus. In October of the 2005 season, the college did initiate a campaign aptly titled "The Comet



The Palomar football practice field, located at the school's entrance, would be a practical sight for Oomet home games, following major renovations.

Campaign," in the hope of rais- making the games, which would ing money to make those instal- strengthen the school's morale. lations to the practice field. The The fans, the community, the stuoriginal goal to make those dents and foremost, the players modifications was $810,330, deserve a place on campus to be but since the goal was put in supported. Instead of tip-toeing place, talks of a new stadium around this important issue, the have since faded away. college and the Athletic If the Palomar campus was to Department must come together have a field, more students and to develop a plan to bring the fans would have an easier time Comets back home.




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The Palomar Football team ended the 2006 campaign playing arguably its best football of the season. Coming off consecutive losing seasons, the Comets (6-5, 4-1 in the Mission Conference American Division) rallied to keep its playoff hopes alive, succeeding in three must-win games to close out the season. The Co-Champions of the Mission Conference American Division embarked on their first playoff game in more than two years. But to their dismay, they were seeded against the No.1 ranked team in the country, Saddleback College. Palomar played the Gauchos tough in a match that doubled as the National Bowl, but lost the game 30-28 on a failed 2point conversion with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Comets opened the season strong with two convincing victories over West LA and LA Harbor, before falling into a three game losing streak. "We got off to a quick start," said Head Coach Joe Early. "We came back to win our division and the three straight wins to end the season spoke volumes about our team." Palomar suffered all five losses of the season by margins of 7, 6, 4, 3 and 2 points. The Comets' offense dominated the entire season, averaging a conference best 41.2 points per game. They were led by first team All-American Quarterback Tyler Lorenzen, who was also the Mission

Conference American Division Player of the Year and Cooffensive Player of the Game in the National Bowl. A transfer from Iowa State, Lorenzen led the nation in total yards with 3,352, while racking up 23 total touchdowns, with eight of those coming on the ground. Early said that Lorenzen has been in transfer talks with the University of Connecticut and the University of Houston. Along. with Lorenzen, San Diego State transfer wide receiver Tobias Shanks (731 yards, nine touchdowns ), offensive tackle Una Smiley (also a second team AllAmerican), Montana transfer Michael Wright wide receivers Marques Parker (466 yards and four touchdowns) and Tyler Fenton (420 yards, five touchdowns) and running back Donnell Fulford, all were named as first-team all-conference selections. Fulford (103 carries, 479 yards 11 touchdowns) was especially crucial to the Comets' success after replacing sophomore Billy Hibdon in Week 3, following a seasonending knee injury. Coach Early was selected Co-Coach of the Year, alongside Mt. SAC's Bob Jastrab. Early said that the award is a true testament to his coaching staff. Along with •Lorenzen, the Comets wil1 lose second team all-conference sophomores, guard Steven Kolone, offensive tackle Tony Faasoa, defensive tackle Zach Hamideh, outside linebacker Jesse Jones, strong safety Derrick McMahen, and free safety Trent Barker. "We need to pick up where we left off this season," Early said of looking ahead to next

season. "With some key recruits and a place to call home, we'll be alright."

Men's Soccer By John Scafetta THE TELESCOPE

The Palomar men's soccer team finished the 2006 season breathing down the necks of the defending Pacific Coast Conference Champion San Diego City Knights. The Comets and Head Coach Carlos Hernandez where eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight year, gathering an overall record of 11-8-3 and a conference mark of 6-3-1 (second in the PCC). "I was pleased with the way it turned out in the end," Hernandez said. "We made a comeback at the end of the season and we matured as a team, which showed with the results at the end of the season." Palomar finished 13th in the South Region, just short of the top 12 teams in the region who punch a playoff ticket. "At the beginning of the season we were making mental mistakes," Hernandez said. "We played some pretty good competition. I looked at everyone else's schedule, and we, by far, had the toughest schedule of any team in Southern California." The Comets were led by freshman standout Valentin Diaz, who was second in the conference with 12 goals, while also being honored with the title of PCC player of the year. Among his other accolades this season, Diaz was named PCC


Defenseman Dante Brooks will be one of five key players not returning next sea-

Athlete of the Week for Nov. 6 and completed the first hattrick ever at Minkoff Field, the new home of the Comets. "He's a kid that, when he reaches his full potential, he is going to be a very good soccer player," Hernandez said. "This year he kind of got baptized into big-time soccer, and once he got confidence and the players got comfortable with him, I thought he was awesome. I have high expectations for him next year." Along with having the best play in the conference, the PCC also honored Hernandez as the conference's coach of the year. "Every time you get recognized by your peers it's an

honor, especially when your team comes in second place," Hernandez said. "It just shows that my peers notice the work that we're doing and when you surround yourself with good kids - they're ones that make you look good." Palomar was also directed by midfielder Paco Felix with six goals, and another stellar season defensively from team captain Dante Brooks. The Comets will lose four key sophomores next season, including Brooks who is looking to transfer to Hawaii Pacific. Hernandez said Thomas Ortiz, David King and Goalie Julio Ruiz will be taking a trip to Dominican University

in San Francisco with hopes of transferring. As for next season, the Comets have a solid foundation returning in Diaz and Felix, but Hernandez knows that Palomar must make adjustments to become an elite team. "We need to start training earlier, especially on the physical conditioning part," Hernandez said. "There are a lot of things I need to improve on as a coach and I think we need to work on the individual skills and give the new recruits an opportunity to succeed."


Soccer By John Sca fetta THE TELESCOPE

After a sluggish start to the 2006 season, Co-Head Coaches Kim Cowan and Holland Hanson's women's soccer team strung together two separate four-game winning streaks, to manage an overall record of 10-10-2 (8-5-1, fourth in conference ). The Comets were lead by Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year, Felicia Velte. Velte shined the whole season, knocking in 24 goals (fifth best in the state) and dis-tributing 12 assists. With 60 points, Velte was ranked No. 3 in the state imd No.1 in the PCC. Another key offensive threat for Palomar was last season's PCC Player of the Year, Judy Barragan (an all-team selection), who returned strong with 19 goals and nine assists. The Comets will lose five sophomores next season including Barragan and firstteam selection Stephanie Morton, but will have the advantage of returning 10 freshman, including Velte.

Wrestling By Eric Bennett THE TELESCOPE

As the Palomar wrestling team's season winds down , Head Coach Byron Campbell said there has been some ups and downs, but the Comets now must bring some intensity. "It's been an interesting

year, we started off really strong," Campbell said. "We hit a flat point around Halloween time, since then competition has been tough." Palomar did in fact have some things working for them this fall season. Stand out Glen Shaw (165pounds) went undefeated most of the season , reaching 20 consecutive victories before finally bowing out to two NCAA Division-! wrestlers at the Fullerton Tournament. Shaw was ranked number one in the state. Campbell also mentioned 157 -pound Stuart Cole and 149-pound Joe Barajas as some of his other key players. Campbell said Southern Oregon University has shown interest in Shaw. With the Comets main force not returning next season, Campbell said he will look to slow things down in the beginning of the season and take the process a little more gradually. The Comets will also have the luxury of experienced players next year, such as current red shirt sophomore Luis Mercado.


llolleyball By Eric Bennett THE TELESCOPE

After a frustrating start to the season the Comets came together and finished strong, with a record of 9-14 (7-5 in conference). Women's volleyball Head Coach Karl Seiler said he was happy with the way the season turned out after an slow start to the season. Seiler said that they suffered some tough losses in the middle of the season, but that they made a decision as a team to put the first half of the season behind them and finish strong. "From that time, to the end of the season, I was really proud of the effort that they put," Seiler said. "They could have quit at any time, because we were struggling all year. But they kept fighting hard." Seiler said his key players were sophomore setter Sierra Clark (Pacific Coast Conference first team selection), freshman middle blocker Jessica Parks (second team


Comet midfielder Felicia Velte received the honor of Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year, after her 24 goal season.


Comet Ethan Hall (top) wrestles Moorpark's Vlad Kochev in a match Hall won 13-12. The Comets were ranked No.4 in the state.

selection), sophomore middle blocker Niccole Deneke and freshman outside hitter Jessica Reed (both honorable mentions). As for next season Seiler will have 12 girls potentially returning. Seiler said he only knows of two or three players who will be potential transfers , which include Nicole Deneke and Sierra Clark.

Kraig Lofstedt, another key player in the Comet's success, is a sophomore and will not be returning next season. With postseason success in sight, Boynton said not much needs to be changed and all the returning Comets must do is maintain. 'We have to make sure we stay in shape," Boynton said. "We have to make sure these guys are . ready to put games away and handle games under pressure."


Women's Mlater Polo

By Anthony Schwartz


Water Polo

By Anthony Schwartz


The Palomar men's water polo team went 21 and seven in their 2006 campaign, wrapping up a Pacific Coast Conference title in the process. The Palomar men's water polo team went 21 and seven in their 2006 campaign, wrapping up a Pacific Coast Conference title in the process. Regular season success didn't transfer over into the Pacific Coast Conference Tournament, as Palomar failed to advance into the postseason. "Well I think overall we had a great season going 21 and seven, which is the best record Palomar has ever had," said Head Coach Brain Boynton. "Unfortunately we lost the conference championship, which we could have easily won." Despite the dissapointment, Boynton said he is looking forward to next fall. "There's nothing we can really do about it now, but prepare for next season and make another run again," Boynton said. In a season in which the Comets had so much promise, Boynton said he still looks at the strides made. "We have a great team that played together and there weren't any individuals," Boynton said. "They understand what it takes to win and they'll win next year." Freshmen Sean Moser and Brandon loveless were standouts for the Comets this season and will be returning next year.

The Palomar women's water polo team went 13-15 this season and, like the men's squad, saw their year cut short in a close loss in the Pacific Coast Conference Tournament. "We had a great year that could have been better," said Head Coach Kelly Falcone. "I wish we had gotten into postseason play. It was really close losing to Mesa in the championship game by one goal. Had we beat them I know we would have done really well so it was kind of a bummer." Regardless of the disappointment, Falcone said she was impressed by the wills of her players. "This is a really good group of girls," Falcone said. "They're really hard working. Overall it was a very good season." Goalie Kiera Kenney made noise in her freshman year breaking the school's saves record, while playing in only 19 of28 games. "A huge positive was just the strength of the entire team," Falcone said. "In a game if we scored seven goals, it was likely that seven different people scored. I think all of them played up to their potential." Next year the Comets will look to Keely O'Neill and Maeghen Golden, along with Kenney, for leadership. "I expect all my girls to swim (in the off-season)," Falcone said. "I'll be looking to get some key incoming freshman along with our freshman returning."

Cross Country By Roy AI varez THI TELESCOPE

The Palomar Comets' Men's Cross Country team took 4th place at their conference meet, Oct. 27, at Morley Field in San Diego. In doing so, they qualified for the regional tournament. Regionals were Nov. 3 in Antelope Valley. The roster included Michael DeStefano, Shumaker, Chris Trevor Mikhail, Dominic Zabell, and Pablo Escalera. The Top Runner and Most Valuable Player award went to Freshman Michael DeStefano. As a freshman, DeStefano will be back next year to help the Comets improve on this year's regional run. Trevor Shumaker won the "Coach's Award," which was voted on by his fellow teammates and coaches. â&#x20AC;˘ "They were a very hardworking, enjoyable group," Head Coach Hugh Gerhardt said. "They got along great. Everyone had a great time this year." The outlook for next year's team looks to be a positive one. Gerhardt believes that his team can be contenders even beyond the Regional Tournament next season. "Next year's squad should be very strong," Gerhardt said. "They are already working out more than any group I've ever had. And it's not even time for pre-season training yet." The Palomar Women's Cross Country season ended early, due to only having four runners, which, by many, was not considered a team. Even though they weren't recognized as a team by others, May Wong, Heather Wright, Sharlene Lucina, and Beatriz Fuentes believed that they were a team. Led by Gerhardt, the Comets endured a grueling, but very exciting year. "All the girls got along really great, and everyone pulled for each other," Gerhardt said. The "Coach's Award" went to Heather Wright.



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Felicia Velte has never let anything stand in her way. After dealing with the hardships of having a distant father, it was a childhood friend who opened a door that would lead her to the thing she is most passionate about today. Velte, 18, has called San Diego home her whole life and was a standout at Poway High. She was inspired to start playing soccer not by her father or mother, but by her then-best friend Catie nearly 10 years ago. Catie convinced Velte to play on her team that her father was coaching. "When I first started playing I was a little scared because I had never played before," Velte said. "I was nervous that I wouldn't be any good and all the other girls had been playing for at least a year." But she would prove herself wrong, scoring a goal in her first game. Since her debut, her enthusiasm for soccer has remained a constant. Velte said her first coach (Catie's father) taught her everything she knows and gave her the confidence to give 100 percent effort each time she is on the field. Catie also made soccer an unforgettable experience early on for Velte. "I will never forget the first game and the best years of soccer would have been my first years with my best friend," Velte said. "She really helped me out and it's a lot more fun when you have a best friend at your side." It would take more then a childhood best friend to keep Velte playing strong for all the years to follow. That's where Velte's father became her inspiration.

after knocking in 24 goals "H fifth most in the state. Velte, as a h a been in freshman, proved this season she Guam since I has experience and is a leader was two," Velte both on and off the field for the said. "I have seen Comets. him maybe twice "Felicia is a great leader for the my whole life." team on the field," said teammate Velte's father C.J Mackenzie. "She encourages used to play socus to do better, and picks us up when we are down." cer and is now a marathon runner, "Felicia is a leader," who is very pasComets goalkeeper Kailyn Servis said. sionate about what he does, Velte said. That drive has "She takes control of inspired her on the field. team when we fall apart and she "My relationship with my father is not very strong, but he never gives up. She is a great has always encouraged me to person off the field, she is so stay strong and play hard and do friendly and is fun to be around." Velte doesn't just do it all herwhat I love," Velte said. "Soccer is what I love." self, but has been a team player, Last year Velte played in a by getting her teammates club team and attended Miramar involved. College, but decided to transfer "Felicia is definitely a star playto Palomar mainly because she er on and off the field, she has the had a good · experience playing ability to score a lot of goals but with Co-Head Coach Kim also the ability to create opportuCowan. She said she under- nities for other teammates," stands her coaching style. Cowan said. "She motivates the Once Velte started playing soc- r€st of the team to raise their cer at the collegiate level, she game, raise their energy level and noticed the transition from high intensity to beat teams. school soccer wasn't quite what "Regardless of how well she is she expected. playing she is always focused and "The level is another step high- passionate. There is a definite er, a lot more intensity, a little love for the game in her." bit more pressure especially if Velte is hoping Palomar will be you want to move to the next a stepping stone for her academlevel. But I felt the same way in ic goal. She has said she is planhigh school you have to play with ning to attend Cal State San heart and intensity no matter Marcos and majoring in Human what, but I do feel Palomar is the Development. next level." "I love kids, and I love being Felicia was awarded for her around kids, that seems like the excellent play this season, being best option for me." Velte said. named the Pacific Coast "Soccer is my passion and I don't Conference Player of the Year, plan on ever not playing soccer."

The Telescope 60.11  

The Telescope 60.11 The Telescope Newspaper / Volume 60 / Issue 11 / Dec. 04, 2006 /

The Telescope 60.11  

The Telescope 60.11 The Telescope Newspaper / Volume 60 / Issue 11 / Dec. 04, 2006 /