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Palomar College, San Marcos, Calif. Monday auG. 23, 2010 Vol. 64, No. 1

Time to Transfer sara burbidge the telescope

Despite budget difficulties, most California State Universities have opened up admissions for Spring 2011 applicants for a short period of time. For some this might mean no more waiting around until Fall 2011 to begin a new school year. Qualified students who wish to apply to the CSU Spring 2011 term may fill out an online application between Aug. 1 and midnight of Aug. 31. However, whether students get approved to enroll is contingent upon the passing of a funding proposal by the California State Legislature. “That is setting them up for failure if the money won’t be there, but on the other hand it is fair to at least let them apply,” said Anthony Gonzales, who hopes to transfer to Cal State Long Beach in Fall 2011. As a business major, Gonzales added that California’s immediate problem was to find money for funding education and that as many people as possible should be in school. In 2009, the California budget was cut by over $584 million and spring applications were not accepted at CSU campuses. Upwards of 35,000 students were unable to enroll, according to an article published last July on the California State University website. The news came as a shock

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For the first time in Palomar history, students now have the option to rent textbooks at half the cost of buying them, according to school officials. The rental program is run by Illinois based Follett Higher Education Group (FHEG), which manages the Palomar bookstore. The program started July 19 and will continue throughout the 2010-2011 school year. Rent-A-Text was launched in 2009 and has since saved students throughout the country up to $2 million in book costs, according to FHEG Director of Operations, Brian Rehme. Students can save up to 50 percent on new and used text books, in all study areas. Students have the same freedom renting as they do buying a new book. “The program allows highlighting all within the normal wear and tear associated with coursework,” Rehme said. Students rent textbooks by signing a contact and using a credit card as collateral. Students must be at

to students already facing rising costs of tuition, teacher furloughs, impacted majors and higher GPA qualifications. Palomar Transfer Center Assistant Dagmar Royer said this seems to be a budget-by-budget decision, and she doesn’t recall many CSU schools putting a freeze on enrollment prior to the current situation. A statewide freeze is unusual, she said. Acceptable application requirements differ from school to school and are very specific. For example, according to the San Diego State University website, the university will only accept upper-division transfer applications from students coming from local community colleges for the Spring 2011 semester. Schools will be looking for students who have not only completed the “Golden 4” general education requirements in oral communications, written communication,critical thinking and math/quantitative reasoning with “C” or higher but students must also maintain a certain GPA and complete additional courses required for any major that is impacted. According to Royer, student merit and completion of courses alone does not qualify a student. Now many state universities serve qualified students who are in their service area before admitting students outside of their service area. North County students

least 18 years old. Rented texts are to be returned to the bookstores at the end of the semester. If books are not returned, students are charged a 7 percent re-shelving fee plus 75 percent of the actual cost. “Not all books are offered to be rented because some are older, and new editions are more likely to get put on the list,” San Marcos bookstore textbook assistant, Leon Springer said. He added that Follett will continue to add books throughout the semester. “I tried to rent two books and both were not available; so I ended up buying one new turn to books page


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‘10 days to pay’ pays off debts melina fickas the telescope

Palomar is $1.5 million in debt because of students who have never paid for their classes, according to President Robert Deegan, which is why the new “10 Days to Pay” rule has been implemented this semester. Starting this semester, Palomar students must pay for their classes in full within 10 days of registering or they will be dropped from the class. The new rule was proposed last spring because it was recommended by an auditor. Seven percent of students who attend classes do not pay for their classes in full before the end of the semester, according to Deegan. “We are trying to reduce the money owed,” Deegan said. “We are carrying debt that’s not being paid.” Students have mixed reactions to the new rule. Of 10 students Robert Deegan interviewed earlier Palomar President this month, many had not heard of the new rule, including student Ian Scott who will be attending Palomar for the first time this fall. “That sounds harsh. Especially to new students who don’t really know what’s going on,” Scott said. Eddie Tubbs, Career Center Coordinator, countered that students need Ian Scott to be accountable Student and to help Palomar keep running on a daily basis. “If I had an apartment and I didn’t pay my rent or utilities, I would be kicked out,” Tubbs said. “It’s the same with students and their classes.” Students having to pay in full will lessen the amount of students who sign up for classes but never attend, according to Deegan. Many students have already seen the benefits of this for the fall semester. “I actually like it because the past year getting classes is really hard. The rest of us have to crash because of the people holding onto classes they don’t Ally D’Orazio need,” student Ally D’Orazio said. Student While this can be a good point toward the new rule, students who procrastinated getting their financial aid are hindered by the rule. Student Raquel Sanchez said because she forgot to enroll in financial aid turn to ten days page




Discover Palomar

Campus Calendar Monday, August 23

• Discover Palomar at 10 a.m. in

front of the Student Union

Tuesday, August 24

• Discover Palomar at 10 a.m. in front of the Student Union

Wednesday, August 25

• Hoop It Up at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Quad • ASG Meeting at 1 p.m. in SU201

Thursday, August 26

• Grab ‘N’ Go at 9 a.m. on the

Palomar College students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to stop by the Student Union Quad Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 to check out Discover Palomar, the Office of Student Affairs first event of the Fall 2010 semester. “The Office of Student Affairs/Student Activities Office will be promoting the scheduled campus activities, student activity card and ways to get involved on campus,” Lindsay Koch, Palomar Student Affairs Coordinator said. Discover Palomar will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Close to 30 booths will be set up by Palomar clubs and departments, including the Financial Aid Office, the Wellness and Fitness Center, the Associated Student Government, Black Student Union, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Fitness Center. Community banks, restaurants and charities, such as the American Cancer Society will also be present offering information and coupons for their respected companies. For more information contact Koch directly at 760-744-1150, ext. 7509 or check out the Office of Student Affairs activity calendar online at

Student Union balcony

• Plant Classification Lecture at 10 a.m. in Room NS-258 in the Natural Sciences Building

Monday, August 30

• Movie Monday at 1 p.m. Room

SU-204 in the Student Union; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Free with Student Activity card

Hoop it Up Palomar College’s Student Activities Office has new activities lined up for students during the 2010 fall and spring semesters. One example, Hoop It Up, a set of hourlong basketball games ranging from one-onone games to 3-point shooting contests. It set to start at 11 a.m. Aug. 23, in the Student Union Quad. “I will change up the games, depending on how they go,” Student Activities Coordinator Lindsay Koch said. “Games will be 10 minute rounds/brackets so that students can swing in to participate.” Signup sheets for Hoop It Up are available in the Student Activities Office and tables will be set up in the Student Union Quad. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 760-744-1150, ext. 7509.

phy professor. The GIS program is part of Palomar College’s Archaeology department, which offers an Associates Degree in GIS, Certificate of Proficiency or a Certificate of Achievement. Contact the Cheung at 760744-1150, ext. 3652 for more information on the GIS programs.

Know your plants

Parking citations will be issued to anyone who parks on campus without a valid parking permit starting Aug. 23. Contact Campus Police at 760-744-1150, ext. 2289 for more information.

and lectures for free public consumption. Armstrong advised he would also, “explore how plant names have changed over time because of DNA changes and studies and updated modern technology.” Armstrong taught at Palomar for 38 years before retiring in 2003 and currently is a consulting botanist and life sciences liaison for the Palomar College Arboretum. Anyone interested in attending this lecture can contact Armstrong via email at or by contacting the Palomar College Arboretum at 760-7441150, ext. 2133. Armstrong’s website is

College Counterterrorism

GIS awarded grant The Palomar College Governing Board accepted a $413,000 grant for the Geographic Information Science program, at the Aug. 10 board meeting. The grant, received from The National Sciences Foundation, will be used toward upgrading the GIS facilities and technology, according to Wing Cheung, Palomar College assistant geogra-

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Saturday, August 28

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Retired Palomar College biology professor Wayne Armstrong has invited all students, staff and community members to attend his first-ever Palomar plant classification lecture at 10 a.m.Aug. 28, in Room NS-258 in the Natural Sciences Building. Sponsored by the Friends of the Palomar College Arboretum, Armstrong will use slide shows to discuss how plants are classified, with particular emphasis on flowering plants and their origin. “Flowering plants are a passion of mine and a major theme in my large website called Wayne’s Word,” Armstrong said. Armstrong’s’ Natural History site contains informative articles, slide shows, trivia questions

Palomar College’s Paramedic Class 36 students and instructors traveled to Alabama from May 23 through May 28 to participate in a training course taught by the Department of Homeland Security. Jeff Pachek of the Carlsbad Fire Department and Corey Costa of Cal Fire accompanied the students and participated in TERT (Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE incidents), described as a course to help students identify terrorist threats and potential targets with hands-on training and seminars. The training is designed to expand participants’ knowledge on chemical, biological, radiological and explosive hazards. A highlight of the training was the opportunity to practice in COBRATF (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, and Radiological Training Facility), a state-of-the art facility and the only chemical training facility in the world of this kind. All Palomar students and instructors who attended received the COBRA Pin for completion. Contact Palomar paramedic instructor Pete Ordille at 760-744-1150, ext. 8161 for more information on the Emergency Medical Education program.

Tuesday, August 31

• Last day to file CSU Transfer

Arboretum gets touch-ups

applications Inter-Club Council meeting at 12:30 p.m. in Room SU-204

Students who enjoy nature and taking a break from the buzz of the central port of campus may notice a change when they walk the paths of the Palomar Arboretum this fall. Local Boy Scout and Palomar student Daniel Coles, 18, has recently completed refurbishing and repainting 22 of the arboretum benches. Coles decided to take on the project as a part of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout training. Honored at a July 13 Governing Board meeting, he will receive a certificate of appreciation from Palomar College. Coles spent about three months planning and organizing the project and the hands-on time refurbishing the benches took him about six weeks and 240 hours of labor. Coles was able to fundraise $300 as part of project and received materials donations from Palomar and Lowe’s. A Boy Scout since he was 7-years-old, Coles started as a Tiger scout. The project fulfilled requirements for the Eagle Scout rank utilizing skills he had learned throughout his time in the scouts such as scout motto:“Be prepared,”running a project, managing people and safety protocol. Through his scoutmaster, Palomar history professor Emeritus Pat Archer, Coles learned the benches were in disrepair. Archer, who had previously served on the arboretum board, also informed Coles that his sons had installed two of the arboretum benches in the ‘70s, which made the project more personal. Once the project was completed Coles put together a presentation summarizing the project management skills he learned and detailing his time dealing with the Palomar police, administration and facilities department.The project was completed last fall and he applied for Eagle Scout rank in January. Coles is enrolled in Emergency Medical Education classes at Palomar and aspires to take the Fire Technology program in the future. Contact the arboretum’s staff at 760-744-1150, ext. 2133 for more information on ways to help beautify it.

Wednesday, September 1

• ASG Meeting at 1 p.m. in SU-


Thursday, September 2

• Grab ‘N’ Go at 9 a.m. on the

Student Union balcony

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Early enrollment for new students shafts the returning ones dan mccarthy The Telescope

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Doug Williams holds a flag in support of gay marriage in front of city hall in San Francisco, California, Thursday, March 5, 2009. Thousands of supporters for and against Proposition 8 turned out as the California Supreme Court listens to arguments on the Proposition 8 overturn.

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A victory for humanity’s progress When Federal Judge Vaugh Walker struck down Proposition 8 on Aug. 4, he did more than knock down a controversial law that passed by the skin of its teeth — he gave a much needed refutation to the politics of hate and fear from the bench. Like any other narrow segment of the population, Palomar has a vibrant and productive gay and lesbian community. They are our classmates, friends, professors and colleagues who deserve the same constitutional treatment and protection that all Americans enjoy. Prop. 8’s supporters still maintain that gay marriage is a moral wrong and can therefore not qualify as a civil right. They take umbrage with gays getting married because it conflicts with their religious beliefs and offends them, for in their presence, unrepentant sinners are marrying in holy matrimony. However, adulterers, liars, cheaters, murderers and thieves are more than welcome to tie the knot; and no one sheds a tear at America’s

staggering divorce rate, which decidedly undermines the “sacred” institution of marriage. “Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and the formation of families is central to the Creator’s plan for His children,” said a statement from The Church of Latter Day Saints, the Mormon Church. If the formation of families was of concern, religious activists would have acted long ago to prevent sterile men and women from marrying, since they fail to execute the wishes of Almighty God. The principle rationale for Christianity’s condemnation of gay marriage — and that religion gets singled out because its members were the largest group supporting Prop. 8 — comes from Leviticus 18:22, which states, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Of course, so is shellfish. “Everything in the waters that has not fins and scales is detestable to you,” reads Leviticus 11:12. Red Lobster, however, receives no such hatred, and neither do employees of the

seafood chain. The Chargers can play on football Sundays, because we, as a society, do not believe that working on the Sabbath or touching the skin of dead pig is a crime, as the Old Testament also states. As with those similarly ludicrous laws, barring gay and lesbian couples from affirming their mutual love through marriage should, and in many cases does, cock questioning eyebrows. Plain and simple, we do not buy a great deal of the laws from thousands of years ago because society has evolved. Here too, society must show maturity to examine a social issue with the gravest of implications beyond the vitriolic shouts of the closed-minded and intolerant among us. True to his duties, Judge Walker looked beyond the oppression of the (only barely, as Prop. 8 passed with 52 percent of the vote) majority and protected gay and lesbians’ infringed rights. We applaud his judicial courage and implore the next appellate court to uphold his ruling.

Focused on Palomar

Volume 64 Number 1

Monday AUG. 23, 2010 Editor In Chief | Dan Mccarthy news Editor | kelley foyt campus beat | melissa caston Opinion Editor | yVONNE lanot arts & culture Editor | melina fickas in depth editor| belinda callin sports editor | matthew slagle Online & Copy Editor | Eric Walker

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The Telescope is published 11 times per semester. Opinions expressed in the newspaper are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent those of the entire newspaper staff, Palomar faculty and staff members or the governing board trustees.

There are two events in a college student’s life that start with the high hopes of self-satisfying adventure and result in either the warming afterglow of success or great disappointment. One is semester course selection. The other is sex.With the latter, however, newcomers lack institutional preference. Palomar currently offers new students early enrollment over current students, which invariably ends up pushing other students farther along on their paths to associate degrees or transfers out of classes they need, while letting newer students, likely just figuring out what “IGETC” stands for (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, by the way) or if the pizza at the cafeteria is any good, to take their pick of the class litter. The long and short of it is this: new students have more options than current students, period. Palomar is remiss to ignore that its returning student body has put in a solid amount of hours to knock off their course requirements, and needs to get first dibs on classes that might only show up on the schedule once or twice. New students can pick and choose if they want to take English 100 this semester or Biology 101 — or opt to take both, along with History 102 and Political Science 101. The veteran Palomar student has likely knocked out those courses and needs History 106 or Poli Sci

110, which has decidedly fewer meeting times than its more basic counterpart. Even if a new student tries to crash a course instead, there’s no guarantee that he or she can get that add code and stay on track to transfer. For current students, one course can be the lynchpin between successfully transferring in the fall or sticking around for another invigorating semester sporting red and black. It’s quite apparent where this is going. To truly aid its student body and achieve its core mission — getting students transferred to four-year universities or allowing them to walk across the graduation stage with an associate diploma in hand — Palomar needs to revise the current early-enrollment system to give the existing student body an edge in course selection. However, since there’s no such thing as a free lunch, early enrollment should apply only to those who have proved themselves as sufficiently studious and applicative — i.e., students on the Dean’s List or with or above a certain grade point average. Doing this will shift enrollment favor to those who have both earned and need it to move on from Palomar and succeed elsewhere. In due time, the new students will get their turn. Remember: they’re freshmen, the first year is supposed to be hard.

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Oil spill response lackluster BP and media out, nature left to deal with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill loghan call The Telescope

Today marks the 125th day of the gulf oil spill. Apologies for interrupting the ongoing coverage of Lindsay Lohan, but I figured you might want an update on the worst oil spill in the history of petroleum. Apparently, we, as a human race, have deemed this disaster as less than important. Compared to the relief efforts of hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake, our donations look about as feeble as the sea life struggling to stay alive in the giant oil spill we left them in.  In the first eight days after each event, Katrina donations topped $580 million, Haiti stood at $560 million. And the gulf? Donation totals crawled to $4 million. Doing the math for you, that’s less than 1 percent in comparison.  But let’s be honest. This was the British Petroleum Company’s fault, a disaster caused by man. Those who caused it should be fully responsible for spending whatever it takes to clean it up, right? But with BP’s interest waning, I bet some extra money would be a warm welcome to those affected. According to the National Incident Command, 50 percent of the 4.9 million barrels of oil have been cleaned up. This means the remaining half is left to “naturally” degrade. This problem is far from over and the effects will be felt for years to come.   In the face of such a disaster, when there are so many raw emo-


Workers skim a patch of the weathered-down oil by hand into a plastic bag. This oil patch was found near the boat ramp at Ken Combs Pier on Thursday, July 1, 2010, in Gulfport, Miss. tions and anger, one would think BP would have its tail between its legs trying to restore order. That they’re already publicly talking about the possibility of drilling in nearby areas sometime in the future isn’t very reassuring. With the estimated 2.4 million barrels of oil slowly starting to degrade into our ocean and its sea life, BP’s new CEO, Robert Dudley, is already calling for scaling back the

Rest in peace, noble cedar

Well, they did it. Palomar College has cut down a sixty-year-old cedar tree to add one space to parking lot 12 and not everyone involved is convinced it had to go. The removal of the tree is part of an ongoing project to add parking on campus. The Master Plan 2022 outlines several projects to increase parking throughout the college, most of which involve the unnecessary chopping down of large, well-established trees. None of the expansions happen by way of repainting the existing parking lots or building a parking garage, as most other colleges have done. “I chopped down one tree, I am doing no harm,” said the Once-Ler to the Lorax at the beginning of Dr. Seuss’s fatalistic book. Wake up Palomar, one tall and beautiful tree has been unceremoniously chopped down and carted off

successful round trip flights to the moon. Thinking about what we could do in the time it will take for the oil to naturally degrade is just downright depressing. At this time no one is exactly clear how long the degrading process will take or what the lasting effects will be on the seafood industry and those whose jobs depend on it for income.

Perhaps if we decided that the cleanup was just as important as the stoppage we would have some answers. A job that was started and completed half-assed is now left to the ocean and sea life to consume. There is no timetable for nature. All we can do is hope that nature forgives us.   Nothing like rolling the dice. Thanks, BP.

But Palomar has in its sights on The decision makers at Palomar yet another target: the Child Devel- need to get smart about the parkopment Center. ing problem and pause before they The CDC is host to over twenty damage even one more inch of the fully grown trees, some of which are unique and valuable surroundings the only specimen of their kind in we have. There is still hope for the environNorth County and vital to Palomar’s reputation with other botanical col- ment and trees of Palomar College lections. Yet instead of preserving as long as the CDC still stands. and featuring them, the administraFor those wishing to have their tion has decided to tear them out as voices heard, the Palomar ESO has well. plans to petition the dangerously Yes Palomar needs a few extra limited decisions of the Palomar parking spaces, but at what cost? College Once-Lers and protect the in a tractor to save the college a few What price are we willing to pay for unique environment at Palomar Cola larger parking lot? lege before it’s too late. bucks. During the Spring 2010 semester Claudia Quilesfogel-Esparza, co-president of Palomar Environmental Student Organization (ESO) spoke with Facilities director Mike Ellis about the future of this particular tree. Ellis replied that they had plans to relocate the tree to the arboretum. The arboretum has plenty of room to house this majestic old tree and the ESO, satisfied with this answer, did not pursue the issue. An anonymous source said that Ellis changed his mind due to the cost of relocating the tree. The cost of relocating the 60 year-old oxygen rich, shade producing, sight-to-see was too much to pay when compared to the benefit of having one extra parking space? I hope the student who parks there really appreciates the fact that one more piece of our failing environment gave of itself to make belinda callin | THE TELESCOPE way for their one little, pollution emitting, disposable car. Tony Rangel drove the tree off in a tractor the first week of summer semester. The tree stood in Parking Lot 12 for almost 60 years.

60-year-old tree put down for a parking space Belinda Callin The Telescope

cleanup. Officials are going to be satisfied with letting the remaining oil degrade. But then again, what can we expect after it took them 86 days to contain the spill? Wondering what else could be done in that time, a couple of quick Google searches gave me some interesting options. 86 days is enough time to take two trips around the world in a cargo ship or have twelve


|arts & culture kelley foyt The Telescope

Space Invader landed first. Other international artists were quick to follow him in a flurry of spray paint and stencils, creating one of the most incredible art exhibits of 2010. The “Viva la Revolucion” exhibit is displayed both inside the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s gallery as well as on the walls of the streets downtown, which is only appropriate for the controversial artists. Twenty artists from all over the world are linked together based off of how their work addresses urban issues. Not all of the artists

work on street canvases. ground following, exhibit review Major kudos to MCASD and the audiences for being one of the first are what made the museums to bridge the exhibit so unique. As gap between the two each piece popped up genres; art displayed around the city, blogin galleries and art disgers, tweeters and Faplayed on the streets are cebookers tracked the now synthesized. artists’ progress. Viva la Revolucion MCASD The outdoor exhibit The indoor galis phenomenal. Never lery, while slightly less has a collection of art impressive than the out of four stars been so in-your-face. outdoor work, is still Each artist has an exastounding. The $10 tremely distinctive style, which is admission is a steal. evident in their respective works. My only disappointment came Even without a signature, a view- from Banksy. Information was er should be able to distinguish available prior to the exhibit’s which artist created which piece. opening on which artists would Urban art has a huge under- be participating, but museum


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coordinators left out the fact that not all artists would be working on the streets. Banksy is best known for his satirical grafitti, not his prints, so it’s natural to assume that he would be taking over one of San Diego’s walls. However, the city’s buildings were left bare of Banksy’s strong political statements. Instead, the gallery simply hosts a room of Banksy’s prints, which hardly compare to the larger-than life-sculpture by Swoon (another artist) which is located just one room over. The exhibit opened over the summer and runs through Jan. 2, 2010. For more information, visit

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Urban artists took over the city streets for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego exhibition “Viva la Revolucion.” Shepard Fairey’s piece (shown above) is located next to the Urban Outfitters in Hillcrest. Os Gemeos has work on the walls of Horton Plaza (background photo). Space Invader has numerous pieces throughout the city, one of which is shown in the Exhibit Review box above. Twenty artists participated in the exhibit, which is both indoors and outdoors.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING What: Silent Movie Night When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Balboa Park, Spreckels Organ Pavilion Cost: Free Info:

Wed., August 25 Who: Chris Issak What: Rock When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Humphreys Cost: $ 97 Info: 619-224-3577

Sunday, August 29

Event: American Carnage Tour: Slayer, Megadeath What: Metal When: 7 p.m. Where: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Cost: $22-75 Info:

Thursday, Sept. 2

Who: Green Day and AFI What: Alternative When: 7 p.m. Where: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Cost: $20-85 Info:

Through three years of revolving band members, two Palomar students were able to stick together and fulfill their musical aspirations. Dylan Kebow and Cory Ulz, both 18, have been in their band, The Seized, since the summer of 2007. Before The Seized, Kebow was in another band, which is how the two first met. “Cory and I got along fine from the start,” Kebow said. “It’s just that two people didn’t make a band, so we kept having a bunch of other people come in, some of them worked, most of them didn’t. But the two of us were able to stick together.” With Ulz doing vocals and playing guitar and Kebow being able to jump from vocals, bass and drums, the two recorded a CD with five songs. “We drove down to Temecula for five days,” Ulz said. “It was undeniably hot and we sat in the back of a music shop and paid $20 an hour to record. We thought it would only take a few days, but it didn’t. But we were able to record with just the two of us.” In order to keep a unique sound, they said they channel their emotions when writing songs. “It feels like a lot of my songs are, on the surface, catchy and like pop because that’s the kind of music I listen to,” Ulz said. “But once you get down to the lyrics it’s all depressing and sad songs. One of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written was when I was pissed off and it’s a

Friday, Sept. 3

Who: Melissa Etheridge What: Rock/Pop When: 8 p.m. Where: Copley Symphony Hall Cost: $49-117 Info: 619-235-0804

Sat. Sept.

Event: Ray LaMontagne & David Gray What: Alt. Rock When: 7 p.m. Where: Harrah’s Rincon Open Sky Theater Cost: $53-138 Info: 1-800-745-3000

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Created on the surf-beaten beaches of San Diego in the mid 1980s, the traditional California Burrito is a one-fisted meal, wrapping carne asada, salsa fresca, french fries, cheese and guacamole in an abnormally large tortilla. As key element of the local food scene, it is a public service to wade through the scads of “(insert prefix)bertos” taco shops, hole-in-the-wall establishments and restaurants favored by cash-strapped college students, and lay a crown to the tastiest, most delectable iteration of San Diego’s favorite junk food: the Califor-

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Cory Ulz (left) and Dylan Kebow (right) rehearse a new song in Kebow’s garage. The creative process normally begins with a riff by Ulz and then Kebow will come in with a beat, according to Kebow. song called ‘Revenge.’” Kebow said he also lets his feelings take over while he writes. “When I get upset, that’s how I channel it, I write lyrics,” Kebow said. The band mates like to have fun with their music. “We try and keep it simple to the

best of our abilities,” Kebow said. “That makes it catchier and more relatable. We just try and have music that’s fun, something that people actually enjoy listening to.” The Seized is a big part of their lives, both know that being a rock star is not their main goal. “We’ve both realized that it’s

unlikely that we’re going to get super rich and famous,” Kebow said. “This is all for fun. It’s cool to get our names out there and play around and have people hear our stuff. It’s just cool that people enjoy our music.” To check out The Seized, log onto Facebook and search for the band.

In the gangsta rap genre is an even smaller breakdown into regional sub-types, with Southern California owning the most enduring and popular: Gangsta Funk, commonly abbreviated “G-Funk.” Content is first, last and seemingly always a hedonistic exploration of exactly how many ho’s, rides, guns, drugs and paper stacks (money, in hip hop parlance) one can accumulate at any given time, by whatever illegal means conceived. Poignancy has no place here, and

deep lyrics, social commentary (save for a general disdain for law enforcement) and most types of introspection are quickly shown the door in a hail of bullets. Even with tracks lacking the aggressive tempo (Can’t C Me) of most gangsta rap songs and opting for GFunk’s classic laid back, P-Funk (a type of 70s funk typified by George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic Collective) sampled beat, they retain their “party-interrupted-by-gunfire” qualities. G-Funk has since faded from the hip-hop mainstream, ceding that ground to the Auto-Tuned, buffoon-

inhabited scene of modern rap music, but its heyday defined over half a decade of chart-topping music and left an imprint on the genre and American pop culture that lasts to this day. -DM

nia Burrito. a substitute for legitimately appetizLolita’s Taco Shop came as the ing carne asada stuffed haphazardly most recommended burrito spot in it. That’s it. No variety of flavor, from both personal nothing to make it contacts and online What: Lolita’s Taco Shop “pop” in your mouth ratings. But this was — just dairy, meat Where: Bonita hardly the California and bread every bite. Price: $4.95 with tax Burrito’s finest hour I applaud the consisRating: 2/5 Burritos — or finest recipe, for tency; though biting that matter. into consistently subThe chief culprit in my dining par burrito gets old, fast. disappointment was missing comCertainly, this is not a failure of ponents. I found no salsa fresca, no execution — that’s the way Lolita’s guacamole and no seasoning on the does it. carne asada. Instead, my tortilla had In an interview with Happy Hour stringy cheese, slightly runny sour Magazine in late 2009, Juan Farcream, way too many potatoes and fan, son of owner Joaquin Farfan this bland meat I can only assume is noted,“A real California Burrito has

carne asada, fries, sour cream and cheese. Not with guacamole or pico de gallo.” Well, a real California Burrito is simply bland. Typically I would give praise to a burrito of large size, as was the case at Lolita’s, but herein lay a doubleedged sword of having a large burrito (good) whose lack of flavor prolongs the dining experience seemingly without end (very bad). The only saving grace was Lolita’s red colored hot sauce, which added just enough kick to the otherwise unremarkable experience. It did not, however, redeem the burrito, as it served only to mask the major flavor deficiencies.

Da Very Best of G-Funk: • Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg • Nuthin But a G Thang by Dr. Dre • Real Muthaphukkin G’s by Easy-E • Regulators by Warren G • Can’t C Me by 2Pac • Don’t Bite the Phunk by Kokane • Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.

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quickly enough, she was not able to get into any classes and now has to crash them all. There are many students who are exempt from having to Raquel Sanchez pay within 10 Student days. Exemptions apply to students who receive financial aid, the Board of Governers fee waiver and veteran students, according to Deegan. Deegan said he encourages students to apply for financial aid or the BOG if they feel like they will have trouble paying for their classes. “This will provide an opportunity for students who want those classes,” Deegan said. For more information on the new rule or financial aid, visit

and one used one,” Palomar business administration major, Danny Teel said. He said he wouldn’t be renting next semester because students can sell their books later. The San Marcos and Escondido campus bookstores are the only two offering the program in store. Students who attend one of the seven other campuses can go online to the Palomar website to take advantage of the Rent-A-Text program online, and then pick up at the San Marcos or Escondido campuses. Palomar business major Adam Hansler said, “I’m an online student, so it will be easier for me to rent online and just pick up my book; hopefully they are available.” For more information, contact the San Marcos bookstore by calling 760744-1150, ext. 220 or the Escondido location at 760-432-0624. Students can also go online to and search for Palomar.

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who live north of Highway 56 are given less priority for SDSU admission. The same goes for students living south of the 56 who want to transfer to Cal State San Marcos. Although Palomar’s Counseling Center and Transfer Center book appointments up to seven days in advance, since Spring 2011 applications are due during the first week of the semester, Royer said they are committed to helping as many students as possible. ‘We are being told if the budget doesn’t go through and the student is qualified, they can hold onto their application for fall or get a refund,” Royner said. A bill in the works will make transferring for some students easier as early as Fall 2011. The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (S.B. 1440)

unanimously, and the bill awaits a full floor vote. If it passes, it will mandate that students who complete the transfer requirements will receive an associate degree. Students will be guaranteed transfer with junior status at their new school. New schools would not be allowed to require additional transfer courses after a student’s transfer to that school. For Palomar student Dustin Risko, who said he plans on transferring within the next two years, the bill will not affect him. However, he said it could help other students who might try harder if they had a better chance of getting in. The Fall 2011 application will be available online Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, and the Transfer Center will offer workshops this semester.

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Left, Palomar architecture students submitted the above rendering of a solar powered, rain collecting water feature to the Valecitos Water District. The design will be constructed by Oct. 16 in time for the water district’s open house featuring the redesigned landscape. Above, landscape garden at the Vallecitos Water District main building in San Marcos, Calif. ___________________________________________

“Water is valuable and we shouldn’t let it slip through our fingers.” ___________________________________________

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Golden hand sends green message Water district selects students’ design for display Belinda Callin The Telescope

Palomar students from the Environmental Architecture and Design class participated and competed in a community water conservation project this summer to design an ecofriendly landscape for the employee and customer outdoor waiting area of the Vallecitos Water District main building. “The goal of this project was

to visually explain to customers that it is possible to have a lush and beautiful garden that is low water and drought resistant,” according to Lisa Urabe, Conservation Supervisor for the water district. While visiting the site the students tested the soil and separated the area into sections. After being divided into five teams, the students began their work.

“At first we just felt like students trying to get our work done,” said Brianna Ruland, who was on one of the winning teams. “We didn’t even think this was really going to happen.” The students then had to prepare their ideas for presentation to the water district’s conservation board. From there two groups were selected to present their finished ideas to the board of directors. “This project was like a real bid for a job,” said Jerimiah Ames, a general contractor who is working toward an architecture degree. “This project was great for the hands on interaction with the customer.”

Out of the five groups, two were selected and will be incorporated into the landscape. Ruland, Ames and Jeanette Bonavries worked together to create one of the designs that will be featured during the 55th anniversary open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct.16. Their design features a rocky riverbed flowing only when it rains, and a rain-collecting solar-powered water feature that will pour water out of a spout into the palm of a golden hand. “The idea of a golden hand symbolizes the idea that water is valuable and we shouldn’t let it slip through our fingers,” Ruland said. As requested by the water district board of directors, Pal-

omar’s art department will cast Ames’ hand for the feature. Ames said he liked Ruland’s idea of the golden hand because it could send a message to the customers passing by who are paying their water bill that they shouldn’t waste water. Two cascading water features, designed by another group from the class, will also be on display during the open house. “I am blessed with students who are really hard workers, they rolled up their sleeves and stuck with it through the summer,” said Sandra Andre, a certified green building professional and instructor of the Environmental Architecture and Design class.

College Life: Five ways to spend and save money Tamera Muniz Mct CAMPUS

Among the many wonderful things you may learn in college, there’s one thing you may learn the hard way: money management. As a recent college graduate, there are many money saving tips I wish I’d known before

heading to college. College students have enough to worry about: studying for tests, paying for tuition, making it to class on time and having fun. How and where you spend your money is probably the last thing on your mind. College is an expensive investment. There isn’t much you can

do to control those expenses, but there are ways to control your personal spending. Check out these five tips to help reduce those costs and help you avoid eating Ramen noodles every day of the week.

1. Track your spending

The best thing you can do is track exactly where your money goes. Make a list of all mandatory expenses, such as rent, utilities, school supplies and groceries. Once you know where your money is going, it’s easier to establish a budget. Make sure you budget a bit for fun or you’ll fall off your budget as easily as you’d fall off a diet. Just stick to your plan and form good spending habits early.

2. Avoid credit cards

Although having a credit card may sound like a good idea, don’t be fooled. Credit cards are one of the biggest problem areas for college students. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BYTHERESA DOFFING | MCT CAMPUS They may seem like free and

easy money to a poor college kid, but the money you borrow must be paid back with a steep interest rate and hidden fees. Fortunately, recent federal legislation makes it far more difficult for students to obtain credit cards without an adult co-signer, but it’s still possible to get into trouble. If you must get a card, make sure to sign up for one with a low interest rate that won’t balloon after the introductory period. And make sure you pay the balance off every month.

3. Save, save, save! Then splurge

If you’re really itching to buy that brand new iPod but just don’t have the funds, be smart and save up your pennies. Charging such extras to a credit card provides instant gratification, but then you’ll pay extra in interest every month. Why not save that extra money, wait, and get the iPod a month or two from now?

4. Eat cheap and smart

Eating out may seem like less

work than cooking at home, but you’ll have to work much harder to pay restaurant prices than for groceries. If you plan meals before you go to the store, you won’t buy things you don’t need. Doesn’t a $4 plate of spaghetti sound much tastier than a $10 plate from a restaurant, not to mention the price of a drink and tip?

5. Borrow or buy used textbooks

This is one tip almost every college student has probably heard. We’ve all heard horror stories about the dreadful cost of books. If you can’t borrow textbooks, buy used from websites like, or or consider buying an international edition. One of the best-kept secrets is that the international edition of a textbook will usually be significantly cheaper than the U.S. edition. When you’re done, sell them back online to other college bargain shoppers and get back much more than you would from the bookstore.

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Palomar women’s golf hits the links And loses star player for the year due to personal issues Melissa caston The Telescope

With only one returning player from the 2009 Southern California Conference championship team, Palomar’s women’s golf squad has their out for them this season. Despite a roster short on experience and depth, they still hope to remain competitive in the Southern California regional’s and the state tournament. The Comets ended their prior two seasons placing third in the CCCAA State Championships and capturing the Southern California Community College Women’s Regional title in 2009. Losing a handful of players to four-year universities — three to San Diego State University and two to California State University San Mar-

cos — makes performing at their pre- and have fun doing it.” “Winning will vious high level more difficult. take care of itself as it always has,” Sophomore Kayla Sotelo is the Eldridge said. only familiar face for Head Coach Eldridge and the lady Comets Mark Eldridge. continue to look for women players to Palomar will notably miss the add to the team this season. Anyone 2009 Comet interested in tryGolfer of the Year, ing out can conBeth Sellers, due tact him directly to personal issues. at (760) 744-1150, “Beth is focusext. 2469. ing on academics The Comets this semester and make their 2010 we hope to get — Mark Eldridge debut at the her back for next Woman’s Golf Coach South Coast Classeason,” Eldridge sic at noon on said. Aug. 29. It is hosted by Santa BarbaEldridge added that he hopes ra City College at the Buenaventura picking up freshman, MacKinzie Golf Club in Ventura. Kline, a formerly ranked California For more information on the brian Tierney | THE TELESCOPE Junior champion, will in part offset Comets Golf team and, go online to the team’s transition. However, his Palomar golfer Kristen Darlan replaces the flag at Reidy Creek Golf Course during a summer goals for this season are “to improve w.html. practice.

Winning will take care of itself as it always has.

Coming back for seconds with more ammo Sophomores look to lead team to state championships for second straight year. MATTHEW SLAGLE The Telescope

Forget the one-game-at-a-time attitude most teams employ, the women’s water polo team is practicing to make it to the Southern California Championships for the second year in a row. “Our goal is that we train for the end of the year, we are training in order to get into Southern California Championships,” said Coach Kelley Falcone. “Our goal is to get into So Cal this year and we would love to make it to state.” The team is losing its two leading scorers from last year but still keeping experienced players, she added. “We will absolutely miss them deb hellmen | THE TELESCOPE however, I had a very young team last Freshman Kimberly Walters prepares to throw the ball battling against a defender, during year -- all freshman except for two summer practices on Aug. 12.

sophomores so we will have a very heavy sophomore team, which is awesome for leadership and has definitely shown in our summer training,” Falcone said. SophmoreColetteReidagreed,“so far we played really well (together), there is chemestry there (with all the girls)”. But the team will not be happy just making it to the tournament, they want to improve on last year’s success, the highest seeding — Kelley Falcone they have received in the Head Coach past few years was the fifth seed and improving on that is one of their biggest goals Falcone Center). The abundance of sophomore said. The team’s first game is 2 p.m. talent gives the team the leadership Sept. 2 against Miramar in the Walneeded to make it to state. “This year we have 10 returning lace Memorial Pool. sophomores,” Falcone said .”We will be a very strong team this year.” Leading the charge to championships will be sophomore captains Colette Reid and Sally Aster along with freshman Danny King (Carlsbad) and Kimberly Walters (Valley

Our goal is to get into SoCal this year and ... make it to state.

Jumping into the new season... Clothes and all


After rebuilding last year with a roster of all freshmen, men’s water polo is poised to have a successful 2010 season. Despite losing last years top two scorers, Coach Brian Boynton returns with nearly the entire team, while getting two impact freshman in Kevin Reichel (Fallbrook) and Cody Moffat (Chaparral). Anchoring the team are five returning sophomores: Mitch Tenney, P.J. Worthington, Sven Alwerud, Aaron Moser and Cooper Durette. Coach Boynton said he “expects a lot of good things out of.” Their biggest matchup will be against conference rival Grossmont which, unlike Palomar, lost most of its players this year. “Grossmont is always a major

player in our conference and they win it every year except this year. We plan on taking it to them,” Boynton said. The goal for the team this year is simple, Boynton said. He wants to win conference and possibly state titles, adding that he thinks he has the talent to do so. “I’ve been doing this long enough I know the talent we got,” he said. “I know the ability we have and I am looking forward to putting the talents and the abilities to good use.” Sophomore Mitch Tenney agreeded, “we’re going to be new and improved, like the next version of last year’s [team]”. The team will start its season on Sept. 8 against Miramar at 2 p.m. To see the 2010 roster and the complete Deb Hellman | THE TELESCOPE schedule visit Sophomore Sean Moore hams it up for the camera as he jumps into the pool fully clothed. At the start of a 3,000-yard pool workout. waterpolo-m/default.html.



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Football Preview 2010: The Redemption JARRED POWELL The Telescope

Nate Ong can’t sleep. He’s had dreams on the wrong side of a “Nightmare on Elm Street” the entire offseason. Night after night, the Palomar football player tossed and turned like a kid who just watched the classic horror movie after his parents told him not to. In his off-season dreams, Freddy Kruger was played by the Mt. Sac Antonio defense. Last fall, that same defense harassed Ong, Palomar’s returning starting quarterback, into five interceptions in a humbling 27-2 season-ending defeat at the hands of the eventual national champions. The Comets finished with a 10-3 record and ranked eighth in the nation by Motivated by defeat, Ong remade himself. He only rested two days before starting a regimen consisting of lifting weights and studying film. In short, he became a student of the game. “I’ve added 15 pounds of muscle and I studied tapes from every game we played last year to make sure last year’s ending doesn’t happen to us again,” Ong said. He needs to show his development and toughness this season as one of the few returning Comets who saw significant play last year. Ong, along with halfback Tyrese Jones and receivers and return specialists Mikey Head and Javon Reynolds, are the only returners from the offense. It’s not just the Palomar quarterback making adjustments, coach Joe Early brought in four new assistant coaches – Palomar alums – to complete an objective they missed by one game last season. “Our goal is to win the conference championship and make the playoffs every year,” Early said. “That will never change while we’re here.” The conference was also realigned. Mt. SAC and Pasadena City have joined the Southern Conference with Fullerton, Saddleback, and Grossmont. Adding those two teams easily makes this conference tougher than last season and arguably, the strongest in the nation amongst junior colleges according to Palomar will open its season on Sept. 4, when the team plays Southwestern at 6 p.m. at Wilson Stadium. In addition, the Comets play at perennial powerhouse El Camino and Cerritos, their post season rival of the last two years, in their first four games of the season. “The key to this season will be staying healthy,” Early said. “Players get dinged up during the year.That comes with the territory but as tough as things will be in our conference if we can stave any serious injuries we should be fine.” Rebuilding is a continuous process at the junior college ranks but this year, Palomar is replacing three – quarters of their starters from last season. “We have a good and exciting group as far as the energy and work ethic, it’s just we have a young group,” Early said. “We have to eliminate bad habits and establish good habits, which comes from learning the system and how we run things here and transition from period to period.”

SPORTS ON DECK Friday, August 27 Men’s Soccer

Long Beach 2 p.m. Minkoff Field

Sunday, August 29 Woman’s Golf

South Coast Classic (Day 1) Noon Buenaventura GC, Ventura

Tuesday, August 31 Woman’s Soccer Chaffey 3 p.m. Minkoff Field

Wedensday, Sept. 1 Women’s Volleyball

at San Bernardino Valley 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4 Football

Left: Palomar quarterback Nate Ong hands the ball off to transfer running back Nick Ricciardulli during 11-on-11 drills in summer practices. Above: Coaches drill offensive players (red and yellow jerseys) during practice. Below: QBs Tynan Murray (17) and Ong (2) work with receivers during practice on Aug. 16. Photo illustration by deb hellman | THE TELESCOPE

Southwestern 6 p.m. Wilson Stadium, Escondido H.S.

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