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FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS EDUCATION PROTESTS
Palomar students march on state capitol to protest budget cuts and fee hikes IAN HANNER THE TELESCOPE
REPORTING FROM SACRAMENTO
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Work moves forward despite Indian concerns
Contested Fallbrook construction site. • Ebony Avery/Telescope
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ARTIFACTS FIRST FOUND NEAR ROAD TO FALLBROOK SITE
NEW TECH BUILDING OPENS NEWS / New space to house automotive and other technology programs considered vital to college future, admin says.
Tweets detailing student protester’s efforts poured out of the capitol March 5.
90 students flying out tomorrow, 60 on the bus now, and that’s just from PCC. Don’t let anyone tell you we’re not engaged. #marchinmarch @mary-menville 12:07 Pm Very awesome- thousands of us rallying for education at Capitol bldg - felt like opening credits of Invader Zim. #INVASION #MarchinMarch @Kesterrambles 1:10 Pm I commend students, faculty, workers at #MarchInMarch Protests in #Sacramento. I am proud to always vote agnst cuts. @LELANDYEE CALIf. state senator 1:10 Pm
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A judge denied a Native American group’s request to stop construction at a Palomar satellite campus last week. The Vista court said work could FEB. 22 could continue on Horse Ranch MEMBERS OF LUISENO Creek Road after a temporary reTRIBE START CAMPING straining order was filed concernOUT NEAR SITE, BLOCKing the construction of a road over ING CONSTRUCTION what has been discovered to be an FEB. 28 Native American burial ground. The construction of Horse JUDGE DENIES REQUEST BY LUISENOS TO Ranch Creek Road, a road that will STOP CONSTRUCTION eventually lead to a Palomar College education center in Fallbrook, SOURCE: TELESCOPE has reportedly uncovered human remains and artifacts that are believed to be part of a Native American village called Tom-Kav.
Five thousand students -- including 28 from Palomar College -- descended on the state capitol on March 5 to tell legislators they wouldn’t accept further cuts to the education budget. Organized by the Associated Student Government, Palomar’s students traveled on a bus for a 26 hour journey to Sacramento and back at no direct cost to participants. The ASG paid the bill. In the past, ASG members have flown north to take part in similar events; this was the first time they had paid to bring outside students along on the trip. “I went on this trip because school budgets and financial There are many aid [have been cut] and the state is takstudents that need ing the funds away (the state’s) support from colleges and universities,” said Jeand that money -sus Gaspar, a 21-yearold psychology major I’m one of them. from Palomar who JESUS GASPAR • STUDENT attended the march. “There are many students that need their support and that money--I’m one of them. Taking this away is not a good idea because it makes me fall behind.” “It’s important because students will see on a state level how the ASG goes and represents students,” said Evelyn Lucero, president of Palomar’s ASG. Starting with Palomar’s arrival at 6 a.m., charter buses gradually brought in students to Southside Park in Sacramento. At about 10 a.m., the crowd stepped off along 6th Street and ended after moving down the Capitol Mall. The student activists, who were met by a small turnout of Occupy protesters, cited tuition hikes and class cuts among other reasons for their growing discontentment with the educational system. Though students from a diverse range of conditions were present, the overall consensus was that the reason for the protest was a failure on the part of the government to prioritize higher education.
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BULLYING STOPS HERE LIFE / Palomar admin takes a serious stance on bullies. We find out what the consequences are.
SPORTS / We sit down with star WR Nigel Westbrooks to discuss his future.
2 • NEWS THIS WEEK IN IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT BY JOEL RAMOS
ASG removes student senator The Associated Student Government voted last week to remove a student senator from his post. At the Feb. 29 ASG meeting, the board voted 2 to 5 against the ratification of Sen. Armando Telles. Telles was enrolled in only 6 units, but an ASG senator must be enrolled in 7 units to serve on the board, which caused his suspension from the ASG. At the Feb. 29 meeting Telles’ ratification was a motion on the agenda brought fourth during the meeting’s Board Appointments section. “He has a tendency of trying to do everything on his own without going through the necessary paperwork,” Sen. Rocky Brady said during open discussion. “I really don’t think that he deserves a spot at this table,” Brady added. ASG President Evelyn Lucero recused herself to speak to the board about Telles during the open discussion. She described two separate events where Telles made mistakes that affected ASG. In one instance, she said “miscommunication and misinformation to the administration” caused the ASG to come close to losing their invitation to attend Palomar’s annual fund-raising Gala last November. She added that during a second event, the African-American history event, there was a similar problem. “I was getting calls everyday that Sen. Telles didn’t have paperwork, and he was not organizing the event right,” she told the board. “I got these complaints from all of you. I just want you to think about that when you make your decision and vote.” In an interview after the meeting Telles said the comments made by Sen. Brady and President Lucero were irrelevant to the motion at hand and should have been addressed outside of the meeting beforehand, not used to influence board members’ votes. “(I think) they should have ratified me under condition that I undergo some form of training or perhaps leadership development,” Telles said. “They took (a) capital punishment approach to discipline.”
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR STUDENT GOVERNMENT. ASG MEMBERS SPEND YOUR MONEY AND REPRESENT YOU ON CAMPUS. IT’S YOUR JOB TO KEEP THEM HONEST AND TELL THEM YOUR NEEDS.
PRESIDENT Evelyn Lucero email@example.com 760-744-1150 x3766 SENATOR Rocky Brady firstname.lastname@example.org 760-744-1150 x2605 Visit the student government executives in their offices on the ground floor of the student union. Attend their weekly board meetings every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in SU-204.
Monday, March 12, 2012 UC BUDGET PROTESTS
REPORT FROM INVESTIGTION OF PEPPER SPRAY INCIDENT BLOCKED
PALOMAR NEWS IN BRIEF
Students protesters demonstrate on Nov. 21, 2011 at UC Davis. MCT Campus
Sally Dean conducts the Palomar Chamber Singers at Mission Hills High School on March 4. • Brian Korec/Telescope
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS CAREER DAY
LOS ANGELES TIMES
An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the release of a University of California investigatory report about the controversial pepper spraying of UC Davis student protesters by campus police in November. The matter is scheduled to return to court March 16 for a hearing on whether the temporary restraining order should be dropped or a permanent injunction granted. Tuesday’s ruling came at the request of the UC police union, which wants to make sure the report does not reveal information it believes should remain confidential, including the names of UC Davis campus police officers and personnel information garnered from interviews with them. Union attorney John Bakhit said that he was not seeking to block the entire report, which was written by a task force headed by former California state Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso with help from a security consulting firm headed by former Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton. But Bakhit said he wanted UC to follow state law that restricts the public release of some police personnel information, similar to restrictions on releasing a patient’s hospital records. He described Judge Evelio Grillo’s ruling as “the right thing in the interest of caution.” The report originally was scheduled to be released Tuesday online and at an afternoon public forum at UC Davis. However, administrators canceled those plans Monday after learning of the police union’s request for the restraining order. Reynoso said in a statement Monday that he would keep pushing for the report’s quick release in its original form and that he was disappointed by the police union’s legal action. Dianne Klein, a UC spokeswoman, described the ruling as putting the university “in a holding pattern.” Last month, UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper sprayed or allegedly roughed up by campus police in the Nov. 18 incident filed a federal lawsuit against campus administrators and police, claiming their civil rights were violated. A video showing an officer spraying the seated demonstrators at close range triggered national outrage and debate about police tactics against Occupy movement protests.
The Graphic Communications Department is set to host the 15th annual Career Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 14. The department has invited speakers and industry experts in multimedia, web and print. Each industry will have speaker talking for one hour simultaneously in the Multi-Disciplinary Building and in rooms MD-119, MD-133 and MD-135, according to a flier on the event. Former Palomar student Josh Allard, who represents NAS Productions will be one of 12 speakers on the theme Bypassing Hollywood… for the Independent Filmmaker at 11 a.m. in MD-119. Guest speakers Ashley Garner and Victoria Jones, from the San Diego Women’s History Museum, will speak on promoting nonprofits in honor of Women’s History Month. Promoter Vanessa Allen, from Active Network, is scheduled to speak on the theme of Results-driven Online Marketing. Allen will demonstrate how Active Network succeeds with the use of the web. For additional information, visit http://www2.palomar.edu/graphics or 760-744-1150 ext. 2452.
FITNESS AND WELLNESS CENTER OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS The Fitness and Wellness Center, located on Palomar’s main campus in San Marcos, effectively attempts to lower the membership costs for all students and faculty. Exclusive prices are for those students in the nursing program as well as all staff at Palomar. Every member of the gym is entitled to three free visits per year. Members may also invite guests and first time users for three complimentary visits, promoting socialization among students.
EXPANSION OF LOTS 3 & 5 Palomar’s Facilities Department will be expanding Parking Lots 3 and 5 on the San Marcos campus, but the expansion may not be happening as soon as the department had originally planned. The project, originally slated to occur over this summer, will add about 200 more spaces to student parking. Both lots must be closed to accomplish grading and paving, giving reason for facilities to push the project to a time when classes will be at a minimum, or not in session at all. The original goal of the project was for the grading to be done at the end of this semester and have both lots completed by the beginning of Fall 2012. The project most likely will have to be pushed, because official plans will probably not be approved in time for both lots to be completed for fall classes. At this point, facilities are aiming to complete the project during winter break of Fall 2012.
BUSINESS FORUM TO BE HELD IN SU BUILDING The ASG unanimously approved the use of the Student Union for the Palomar Foundation’s Fourth Annual Business Forum. The event is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 11. Foundation Coordinator Pam Grasso requested the Student Union be unoccupied from 5 p.m. May 10 until 5 p.m. on May 11 to allow for setup and cleanup. Last year there were celebrities like Ben Stein who spoke at the forum. “It’s good for community members to come on to the Palomar Campus and see what the college is all about,” Grasso said. Tickets for the forum will cost $45 per seat in advance and $60 at the door. According to Grasso, 30 tickets will be set aside for students and will be given out free of charge. For more information contact Grasso at (760) 744-1150 ext. 2732 or email@example.com.
NEWS • 3
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New technology building makes debut NATALIE SOLDOFF
Associate Professor Steve Bertram spoke during the opening of the new ITC building in Lot 12 of the San Marcos Campus, on March 2. The photograph he held with pride shows a newspaper clipping of his father at the ribbon cutting of the original ITC building in 1964. Prof. Bertram was involved with what seems to be becomming a family tradition. • Allyson Watson/Telescope
Palomar’s IT department, but celebrated those who played a pivotal role in the department history. Bertram made sure to pay tribute to Larry Bertram, his father, who attended the event and worked at Palomar when the IT department was first created in 1967. Steve Bertram presented a newspaper article of his father at the grand opening of the original
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Veterans returning from service face the difficult task of assimilating to life as a civilian. For Palomar students Jose Martinez and Serena Reib, that task is further complicated by the added pressures of being a student. Adjusting to the a regimen of studying, exams and work books is quite different from that of military life but Martinez and Reib said Palomar staff help with the transition. “Palomar is the best kept secret in San Diego for veterans,” Reib said. For one thing, Palomar’s Veterans Center, located in the Student Services Center, has a lot of programs and opportunities designed to help out these veteran students. “The Veteran Center is really helpful, they even have a tutor and a veteran’s lounge. And they speak the same language as me: military language,” Martinez said. The resource center isn’t the only resource. “[The professors at Palomar] respect me as a veteran, and I seek them for personal stuff as well. There’s a deep trust,” Martinez said. The training and discipline Reib gained serving as a captain in the Marines have helped her make the transition from the service to the classroom, she said. “Veteran students have a discipline. There’s a mission, it’s the
class and you don’t have a choice but to accomplish that mission,” she explained. While serving “we had to do the most impossible tasks with little-to-no resources and as a student it’s almost a piece of cake. Everything is right there for you, you just need to use it.” Some transitions from the combat world to the student world aren’t so smooth. For Martinez, who served as an Army Ranger for six years in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, adjusting to the rigors of school wasn’t such a simple task. “You can’t focus. You can’t concentrate. Mentally you’re still traumatized and have such a lack of sleep. Sitting in class you cannot focus. You’re going to struggle,” he said. According to Marinez it was more than just re-learning how to study and finish assignments. “I had to not only rehab my mind, but my body and heart… because to be honest my heart wasn’t over here. I left my soul in uniform.” Even with all the help made available by the campus, these students said they can still hit some turbulence. “Sometimes students can be rude and immature to me, but I know it’s the time I’ve served fighting for our country that allows them the ability to do that,” Martinez said.
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IT building. The article will hang in the new shop as a reminder of the department’s history. Bertram also presented a memorial plaque in honor of Mark Coppedge, an automotive technology professor who died suddenly last semester. “Mark was passionate about working at Palomar and passionate about this building,” Bertram
said. “This plaque will be displayed with pride in the new shop to remember one of Palomar’s finest.” The ceremony emphasized the importance that the new building will play not only in student’s futures, but also in the region’s economic future. “When we think about the economic conditions of the state, we
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4 • OPINION SPEAK OUT
Monday, March 12, 2012 EDUCATION
How are the high gas prices affecting your life? “They haven’t affected me too much yet because they haven’t been going on for too long, but if they continue I’ll have to drive less.”
Colleges need more career training based education If California offers more occupational based learning programs, our state will be able to avoid the large gaps in employment that are looming ahead as the baby boomer generation age
- Rick Cobb
“My boyfriend just got in an accident so he doesn’t have a car, so I have to drive down there to see him. And I haven’t seen him in three days because I can’t pay everyday to go down there. It’s only 15 miles, but it adds up going down there and back” - Sarah Michell
“Its makes it harder to get places. I might start asking other people for rides or carpooling, or take the bus.” - Katie Adams
Dental Assistant student Sonia Hinojaosa prepares her exposed x-ray film for development on Nov 21, 2011. Hinojaosa and other students in the Dental Radiography class performed full mouth x-rays on mock-patients as a part of an exam. • Dan Chambers/ Telescope
“People don’t want to drive you (around) because of the higher gas prices, or you have to give them gas money.” - Jamisha Washington
“It’s just adding to the cost of us having to pay for books and tuition, things that we need. Having to pay a lot for gas on top of that just isn’t good.” - Taralyn Hemphill
“They suck! Gas takes about half of my paycheck.” - Matt Mancuso
There are not enough learning experiences in the education system now in California. The California educational system needs to offer more oncampus occupation experiences courses for students. Aside from the high demand for science technology, math and engineering classes, students need more vocational courses. Courses that not only educate, but also train students and prepare them for jobs at various levels. Californians need community colleges that provide more hands-on training in jobs such as dental hygienists, medical laboratory technicians, carpenters and plumbers, to list a few. According to Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Survey, a deteriorating infrastructure in areas like public education have added to the difficulties of recruiting the best workforce, finding housing and educating children to become tomorrow’s workforce.
The best way to help the career seekers is to show them how to work. School administrators have to collaborate more with business officials to find what businesses are hiring, instead of just cutting courses blindly. Properly training the younger workforce is vital for the future of California. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report of employment outlook for occupational employment projections to 2016, as the Baby Boom generation ages, the segment of that population ages 55 years and older is expected to increase by 20 million. This change to the U.S. population means the Baby Boom generation will retire and job opportunities will open for new employees. Seven out of 10 new job openings will come from replacing existing workers, according to Stephen Levy, director for the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy. Due to the recession in the first decade of the 20th Century, an enormous number of employees lost their jobs.
In December 2006, school teachers and bus drivers were reported to have 14,000 layoffs, and over 15,000 in January 2010. California has one of the worst unemployment rate at 11.2 percent, with only Nevada being worse at 13 percent in December 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some Californians have gone back to school to receive certification for certain employment. Even then it is hard to find a career to make a comfortable living. If school administrators really want students to succeed, they must bring major marketing and advertising specialists and try to bring mayors and city council members to the campus to talk to students. Palomar staff should host focus groups, go to local business organizations and find out what is happening off campus. After all, it is their job to help students find jobs. email@example.com @gio_nieto
OPINION • 5
VOICES OF REASON
the telescope Focused On Palomar Monday, March 12, 2012 Vol. 65, No. 14 Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
MATTHEW SLAGLE editor in chief & PAGE DESIGNER
Seeing a counselor will keep you on track Don’t get stuck having to put extra time toward your college degree, meeting with a counselor is the key to ensure a successful college career
KAITY BERGQUIST MANAGING EDITOR & PAGE DESIGNER IAN HANNER NEWS EDITOR JOEL RAMOS NEWS EDITOR GIO NIETO OPINION EDITOR KELLI MILLER LIFE EDITOR COLLEEN PETERS SPORTS EDITOR & COPY EDitoR DAVID LEONARD DESIGN EDITOR & INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT NATALIE SOLDOFF PAGE DESIGNER DEB HELLMAN PHOTO EDITOR BRIAN KOREC ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR ERIN HIRO ADVISER KIIGAN SNAER BUSINESS MANAGER STAFF WRITERS April Testerman, Cyndi Lundeberg, Danielle Taylor, Emma Maliszewski, Jessica Brooks, Jacqueline Coble, Lexy Perez, Michael Astorino, Mike Peterson, Peter Behr, Shaun Kahmann & Stephen Keck
A graduating class wait to receive their diplomas at a university commencement ceremony. • Photo courtesy of U.S. News and World Report University Directory
Jessica Brooks The Telescope
If I would have spoken to a counselor early on in my college career, I wouldn’t be back at Palomar after graduating from a four-year school. Here I am, still attending classes although I have officially earned my bachelor’s degree and celebrated those achievements with family and friends. Speaking with a
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counselor does not take much effort or time, and in turn, can make the biggest turn in your educational voyage. I graduated from Palomar and transferred to Cal State San Bernardino to work toward receiving my bachelor’s degree in mass communications. Despite my many educational achievements, I failed to seek any type of professional help prior to graduating last year.
I followed the recommended course sheet, enrolling and passing the specified classes required to achieve my degree. I qualified to walk in graduation yet did not schedule the recommended appointment with a counselor to perform a graduation check. I quickly learned that I lacked just a few units needed to receive that diploma in the mail. So here I am, back at Palomar taking that last class writing for the campus newspaper - while trying to get a job in
j o u r nalism. Don’t let this happen to you. L e a r n from me: Don’t procrastinate when seeking help in graduating or transferring to a four-year university or you will prolonging your stay at Palomar. The district requirements have set guidelines for students to follow to transfer or graduate. Competence in courses such as American history or California government, health, mathematics and multicultural course are demanded to receive an associate’s degree of any sort. Students must meet general education requirements such as; science, humanities, English, social and behavioral sciences as well as
sociology and psychology. The importance of planning an education plot at a college level is vital. Students have to follow guidelines that are necessary to achieve higher learning. Enrolling and passing classes is a responsibility that acquires much attention, every step has to be carefully addressed. Students have to consider what their educational goals are early on in their college career so they can craft an educational plan. Counselors can help by giving recommendations and tips. Students should not procrastinate when it comes to searching professional help especially when planning for the future. The counselors at Palomar are busy so book your appointment as soon as you can. The counseling advice is particularly crucial at graduating time. Schools reside in different districts that have varied recommendations for students in terms of graduating and transferring. When deadlines are not met, students do not advance to graduation nor successfully transfer at a quick rate. The most productive way to understand the specific deadlines for Palomar College is to speak with counselors and professors regularly to be aware of the necessary steps to getting a degree. Start by visiting the website at palomar.edu/counseling/ so you don’t end up back here like I am. email@example.com
BY KAITY BERGQUIST & COLLEEN PETERS
Accidents happen, take responsibility We don’t know who among us hasn’t sat in the parking lot for what seems like hours waiting for a parking spot. We all know the pain, but it is something that most of us have learned to cope with. But, the thing is, we don’t search and search for a parking spot with the expectation that while we are in class our car is going to be vandalized. Yet somehow, it still happens. We think that some Palomar students have forgotten the Golden Rule; “Do unto others as you wish to be done to you.” It’s a basic concept of reciprocity. You don’t want your car hit, so don’t hit someone else’s car. It’s a really simple concept, so why do people have a problem following it? The parking lot is an inherently frustrating place to spend half of the morning. Usually, by the time a parking spot is found, we’re frustrated and exhausted. Sometimes we’re even running late and need to head into class. But, there is no excuse for hitting someone’s car and pretending that it didn’t happen. We think that people hate taking responsibility for their own actions. Sometimes hitting a car is an accident. Things happen. If you do hit a car, it’s not just a good idea, but also the law to leave a note. In the state of California, if you hit a car an flee the scene without so much as a note, the punishment is no more than one year in prison, and a fine of no less than $1,000 and up to $10,000, according to deadlyroads.com. Is saving face worth $1,000? With cameras in nearly every parking lot, the likelihood of getting caught increases with every camera that is installed. It’s not the easiest thing to do, it’s embarrassing to admit what you have done wrong, but the owner of the car you hit will have much more respect for you than if you just hit and run. Wouldn’t you like to go to sleep at night with a clean conscience in knowing that you did the best you could do to make amends? We hope that if you ever do hit a car, that it’s an accident and not on purpose. If it is an accident, you need to understand that these things happen. They’re not fun, but taking responsibility saves you from feeling guilty and helps out the owner of the car. We’ve said it a million times in our column (okay, that’s a total exaggeration): we’re college, students, we need to start acting like it. Life is frustrating enough, why make it more difficult? firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com @KaityBergquist @colleen_teresa
6 • LIFE
Monday, March 12, 2012
LIFE, LOVE & LIP GLOSS
BULLYING ON CAMPUS
BY KELLI MILLER
the madness behind the ‘stache Living with four guys has been quite the experience. Not only have I picked up on a whole new vocabulary but I can now shot gun a beer and spit out useless football facts on demand (my mother would be so proud). Most of the time I try to tune the boys out because a girl can really only handle so much, but lately it’s been getting harder to avoid them and their newly acquired hobby of growing facial hair. Meaning Mustache March is now in full effect. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of being introduced to this hairy celebration, I envy you. But just to keep you in the loop, Mustache March is a month-long movement where guys put down their razors and grow a sleazy ‘stache. It’s not just guys who are sporting ‘staches either, the mustache trend seems to have rubbed off on the ladies too. Mustache apparel, accessories and tattoos are popping up all over websites like etsy.com and pinterest.com featuring shirts, jewelry, party favors, stationary and much more. I’ve even attended a themed ‘stache bash party where the guys showed off their creatively grown ‘staches and the girls sported colorful, glittery fake ones. As hot as the trend is right now, it’s almost as if it emerged over night. So me being the nosy girl that I am, I wanted to find out a little bit more about all this mustache madness. So naturally I googled it. There are dozens of websites and Facebook profiles promoting Mustache March as a fun way to compete with their buddies to see who can out grow who or come up with the sleaziest ‘stache. Even Palomar’s own baseball team has joined the craze to not shave their upper lips for the entire month of March. Although, I will never fully understand the inter-workings of the male brain and what they consider fun, I have to appreciate the creativity. Some organizations have even jumped on the bandwagon. The Follicle Freedom Foundation is putting the facial hair to good use. According to mustachemarch.com, the group is raising money for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, the group opted out of the traditional fundraising practices and came up with a creative way to have fun and raise money. “Our goal is threefold. Revive a once-glorious grooming practice, humiliate ourselves in the process, and raise some cash for a worthy cause.” The group adds “next, we bring back the cape.” KMILLER@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
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THOUGH RARE AT PALOMAR, BULLYING HAS CONSEQUENCES JACQUELINE COBLE THE TELESCOPE
Palomar Student Caitlin Aubuchon said she once witnessed someone in the Student Union being bullied during Halloween of 2010. The man was handing out pixie sticks in costume to all the students, and one woman took it upon herself to grab not one but several. She said he was nice and allowed her to do so, but afterwards when he sat down to eat that same woman started throwing the pixie sticks at him and laughing. “I felt so bad because I kind of let it happen. I really regret not saying anything to stop it,” Aubuchon said. “But that girl was friends with one of my friends, and I was afraid to start anything because I didn’t want to start drama.” While the issue of bullying has not been a major problem at Palomar College, the episode shows that it still occurs. Sherry Titus, the director of the Office of Student Affairs, explained that part of her job is to take a look at student behavior and to investigate all accounts of misconduct reported to her. “We take all incidents very seriously,” Titus said. “But, bullying alone I’ve only had a handful, because for the most part many cases are not reported.” Director of the Disability Resource Center Rob Haines said he believes that a reason why bullying often goes unreported could have something to do with the issue of self-esteem. “A lot of people put up with it, maybe because they don’t know what the procedure is and there is also the assumption that if you report bullying it makes you seem weak,” Haines said. Titus and Haines also both expressed concerns that maybe the term bullying has not been clearly defined. “In handling student conduct, I do my best to show that bullying, even at the lowest levels, is not acceptable behavior and the faculty helps to reinforce that idea,” Titus said. While the classroom can be a place of learning and interacting with different people, it can set the stage for drama that one might not think prevails on a college campus. “It’s usually petty things like name-calling (and) not so much violent lashing out as we have seen time and time again in the media,” Titus said. Students also have a right to due process, which Titus explained is a short-term suspension. “If I am unable to meet with the student right at that second they are removed from campus,” Ti-
tus said. “(They) arrange to meet with me the next day so that they can give their account of what happened. It is very important I find out the truth because the consequences of being kicked out of school can be life changing.” If the behavior continues, the student is suspended, Titus said. She emphasizes that it is also something that the staff tries to avoid, because they understand that the students are here for an education. “It has worked so far, the students are very good at following the directions I have given them,” Titus said. “We want to make sure that campus is safe by handling these incidents immediately and nipping them in the butt so that they do not lead to something greater.” As a result, for the most part bullying is not seen as a big problem on campus. “In grade school and high school, everyone wanted to be uniform and not be seen as the outcast,” student Carol Colclasure said. “In college, most have found themselves. They don’t need to be a part of a particular clique to feel important,” Palomar is a commuter school, so not too many people stay around campus unless they are waiting for another class or involved in some other activity. “Nobody really has to be here,” Haines said. “You don’t have to deal or interact with people that you don’t want to so there is not as many bullying reports as you would think.” The biggest reason Titus said she believes bullying isn’t a major issue is because how open and diverse Palomar already is. There are a number of forums available to promote discussion as well as clubs, almost 30, she said that offer students a variety of things from hobbies like dancing to advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning Alliance (LGBTQA). “Across the state, Palomar is known as the most supportive in meeting student needs,” Titus said. “Bullying only occurs when people are afraid of someone else or something different, but we offer a lot of programs to students that invite diversity and tolerance.” Since witnessing the candy throwing bully in the Student Union, Aubuchon has been an active member of the LGBTQA. Part of the priorities as a club is to raise awareness about things like bullying. Through some of their events and forums, people are able to come together and share their stories to promote anti-bullying. JCOBLE@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
HOW TO REPORT A BULLYING INCIDENT ON CAMPUS: 1. FIRST OF ALL, DON’T BE AFRAID TO REPORT IT 2. TALK TO SHERRY TITUS, DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS 3. TITUS WILL HAVE A PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE REPORTER TO HEAR HIS/HER SIDE OF THE STORY 4. STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS, AKA SHORT TERM SUSPENSION 5. IF TITUS DOES NOT HAVE TIME TO MEET AT THAT EXACT MOMENT, SHE WILL SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE NEXT DAY. IN THE MEANTIME, THE STUDENT WILL BE REMOVED FROM CAMPUS 6. IF THE BEHAVIOR CONTINUES, THE STUDENT WILL BE SUSPENDED (THOUGH THIS IS SOMETHING THE STAFF TRIES TO AVOID)
LIFE • 7
the telescope St. Patrick’s Day: What to do
St. Patrick’s Day: What to make
CELEBRATING GREEN lexy perez the telescope
North County is anticipating the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with parties from San Marcos to downtown San Diego.
San Marcos’s very own Jumping Turtle will host a St. Patty’s Day bash at 8:30 p.m. March 17 at 1660 Capalina Road. For $8, visitors can enjoy drink specials such as green beer all day and night. Three bands will also be ready to rock out, including Symbolic, Froghead and hard rock band, Trailerpark Rockstar, according to thejumpingturtle.com.
Downtown San Diego is also ready to kick off their fan favorite celebration. The street event called Shamrock runs from 2 p.m. until midnight on March 17, according to sandiego.org. For $3545, visitors can receive food and drink specials from restaurants and nightclubs in the Gaslamp quarter against a backdrop of live entertainment. Irish band favorites such as The Young Dubliners, Irish Punk Rock
The Guinness Cupcake
and Irish Rock will perform on the Field Irish Stage. At Fifth Avenue and F Street Shamrock will introduce a new electronica stage where San Diego and Los Angeles DJs and over 25 Irish River Dancers will perform next to a re-created 150-foot Irish pub. Originally from the East Coast, Palomar student Calvin Gilliam said he plans to be there for the first time this year. “I will most likely celebrate downtown San Diego with my friend,” Gilliam said. “We are going to go clubbing.”
R. O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Steakhouse According to dguides.com, R. O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Steakhouse, located on Grand Avenue in Escondido, will host a celebration offering drinks and Irish food favorites such as corned beef and cabbage. Live music will also be performed the entire week. “I’m just going to hang out with my friends and see where the night takes us. If there’s a rockin’ party, we will probably go,” said student Erica Windham. firstname.lastname@example.org
CYNDI LUNDEBERG THE TELESCOPE
Getting into the spirit of St. Patty’s Day might not require a drink, so put down the Irish whiskey and cheers with a cupcake. Irish or not, the Guinness Cupcake is a chocolaty, sweet delicacy that will make everyone want to celebrate the holiday. This dessert is a sure hit with any beer lover. The thick stout beer adds richness to the treat as well as extra flavor. This recipe is super simple, which leads to a moist light, perfect for St. Patty’s Day treat!
What you’ll need:
• 2 cups Guinness • 4 sticks unsalted butter • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder • 4 cups flour • 4 cups sugar • 1 table spoon baking soda • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt • 4 large eggs • 1 1/3 cups sour cream • 2 cups whipping cream • 1 pound chocolate chips
What to do:
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place liners in a cupcake pan. Bring 2 cups of Guinness and 2 cups of butter to a simmer on the stove, add in the cocoa powder and whisk until texture is smooth Next whisk the flour, baking soda and 1 ½ teaspoons of salt in a large bowl. Using an-
The Guinness Cupcake. • Deb Hellman/Telescope
other bowl beat the eggs, sour cream and add in the Guinness, butter and chocolate mixture. Then add the flour and mix together. Using a rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Lastly, fill the cupcake bins ¾ of the way full. Bake the cakes for about 35 to 40 minutes. For the icing bring the cream to a simmer in a saucepan. Then remove the cream from heat and add chocolate chips and whisk until completely smooth. Refrigerate it for about 2 hours until the icing is spreadable. Ice the cupcakes evenly and enjoy! CLUNDEBERG@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
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8 • NEWS
Monday, March 12, 2012 MARCH IN MARCH
Calif. Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to a contingent of protesters gathering at the state capitol building to speak out against budget cuts and fee hikes for attendees of public colleges and universities. • Ian Hanner/Telescope
ANATOMY of a PROTEST 26 hours. 480 miles. 28 voices for change. ROAD to UNREST MONDAY
10 p.m. Depart Palomar on chartered bus
MARCHING on the CAPITOL A quick 34-minute march landed the group of 5,000 statewide protesters on the steps of the state capitol.
March begins at Southside Park near downtown
Police accompany march up shuttered 5th street
Protesters stop on capitol steps
6 a.m. Arrive at Southside Park in Sacramento; discuss tactics for protest
10:30 a.m. Start march down 6th, ending on capitol mall
4 p.m. Reboard bus and head south
12 a.m. Arrive at Palomar
WHY DID YOU MARCH?
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Electrical Engineering Age: 21
Ecology Age: 19
Psychology Age: 21
“[I came on the trip] so our tuition doesn’t increase in the next few years. We have to fight against this.”
“There are many students that need their support and that money -I’m one of them.”
English Writing Age: 36
Computer Network Admin. Age: 18
“I went on the trip because I believe that education shouldn’t be stressful for students.”
“I went to the March in March ... to fight for a better future and a better tomorrow.”
“I feel we’re at an age where personal finance really starts to take hold of your life.”
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“I’ve been in the United States for a month and I’m studying at a public university,” said Valentina Lopez, a student of Cal State Fullerton. “I realized that some people cannot afford the tuition for a public university here and I consider that unfair. Education is the key in this society. If you compare the costs, a public university here costs the same as a private university in Columbia. Things aren’t perfect in Columbia, but there are some programs in place to help people afford school. “[Before coming to the US] I studied at a public university in France and it’s much cheaper there. It’s like 200 euros for the whole year,“ Lopez said. Flanking the crowd on all sides were organizers in shirts bearing the words “Peace Keeper” whom were tasked with ensuring the tone of the event remained peaceful. Other than a brief tense moment when self-identified anarchists with home made riot shields were being questioned by police, the overall conduct of the event remained respectful and free of violent action. It was at the foot of the Capitol Building that students gave ear to various keynote speakers including Kevin Feliciano, president of the Student Senate of California Community Colleges. According to Feliciano, the march was to show that students will not idly accept further slashes to education spending. Following Feliciano and several other speakers, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom took to the podium to address a crowd he described as rightfully disenfranchised. “You’re here today because our words are not matching our actions here at the state capitol,” Newsom said. Newsom talked about the necessity of California to produce welleducated citizens to compete with
other countries that have educational systems increasing in quality. “They understand the value of education,” Newsom said. “That’s the world we created and that’s the world we’re competing with right now.” Newsom wasn’t the only speaker of notoriety: Van Jones, former adviser to the Obama White House and founding president of the Rebuild the Dream organization, spoke to students about the current state of budget prioritization. “[California’s educational system] should be the best in the world,” Jones said. “We have the most diverse population. We’ve got Hollywood, we’ve got Silicon Valley, we’ve got the Bay Area, we’ve got the agricultural region. “We should be the best, strongest economy in the world but we’re throwing it in the garbage can because we don’t want to do right by young people and that’s wrong.” Jones said he remains hopeful that simple measures could be taken to remedy the situation. “The most important thing we should do is pass this “millionaires tax,” Jones said. “The millionaires and billionaires in California should be willing to pay California back. We created a situation and a context for them to do well. And now, when you do well in a state, you should do well by that state and pay the state back by being willing to pay higher taxes for our young people.” After the keynote speakers were done, the majority of activists dispersed, but a contingent of protesters stayed behind at the capitol building on behalf of the Occupy movement. After several hours of a sit-in inside the capitol building, nearly 70 protesters were arrested and escorted out. IHANNER@THE-TELESCOPE.COM @IAN_HANNER
NEWS • 9
Coping with the mischief of internet trolls John Timpane
The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA
As long as there have been bridges, trolls have hidden beneath them. Same for the Internet. As long as there have been message boards, discussion groups, and comment strings, there have been “trolls” -- people who, under cover of Web anonymity, post bullying, lewd, or off-point comments, disrupting and demeaning the whole enterprise. Some comment strings are moderated, so trolls can be blocked and deleted _ but most of cyberspace is, in the words of one anonymous wit, “free range for idiots.” Just one example, to stand for many, from a Harry Potter site: “ENOUGH already with all this Harry Potter (expletive)! What sort of LOSERS think this stuff is cool??? I swear, the little (indelicate term) should be carved up with rusty scythes and his remains poured into a cement mixer. I am so sick and tired of hearing about Harry (extreme epithet) (other extreme epithet) POTTER!” It’s been a problem for years. Julie Spira, an expert on Web etiquette and author of the book “Netiquette,” said, “It started with some of the early usenet groups, where some of the first ‘flame wars’ broke out among users.” Some sites _ newspapers and entertainment venues _ are so encrusted with trolls, like malign barnacles, that comment threads become all but useless. Jolie O’Dell, a reporter for the tech-business blog VentureBeat, said: “I don’t read comments anymore. I’ve learned there’s nothing anyone’s going to say that’s going to meet me at a professional level of discourse.” Julia Hobsbawm, who runs the British media, analysis, and networking business Electronic Intelligence, said comment strings are “fertile ground for those who prefer to vent spleen rather than offer rigorous, fair, and balanced argument.” Spira said: “There’s no doubt that anonymity has turned the World Wide Web into the Wild Wild West.” People are looking for solutions. Some, like Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, media columnist for Washington Times Communities, have called for an end to anonymity. “And you should have seen the trollery after I did,” she said from San Diego. “It was jaw-dropping.”
She said she values the First Amendment, “but any venue with a public responsibility, such as a newspaper, a media site, anything with public money behind it _ no place for anonymity there.” The past five years have seen the rise of what O’Dell calls “a new breed of employee called the ‘community manager,’ a big part of whose job is policing commentary, allowing for freedom of speech, but deleting profanities, offensive things, trollery.” More and more venues are hiring community managers because they see their reputations tied to the quality of their online communities. Where is the comment the smartest and best behaved? Much-copied moderated websites include the Huffington Post and ABCnews.com. Papers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Wall Street Journal do not moderate comments, but other papers, such as the Boston Globe and the San Diego Union-Tribune, do. Trollery has inspired much experiment. Chris Satullo, a former Philadelphia Inquirer editor who is executive director of news and public dialogue for Philadelphia radio station WHYY, was a main force behind NewsWorks, the station’s news site. NewsWorks has an admirably wellthought-out and explicit policy about comments, based on that of NPR.org. When comments are removed, the producer of the page announces the move and explains why it was made. Satullo said it seems to work fairly well. Spira and O’Dell praise the discussion platform Quora. “They’ve tied your reputation to how smart and substantive your comments are,” said O’Dell. Spira likes how sites such as Quora “give users a stake in making the site work. Users are invested in the community and want to keep it clean and authentic.” Hobsbawm said that mere “peer pressure is often insufficient to self-regulate abusive comment strings,” but she, too, likes media platforms that tie quality to attention. Web-lovers are leery of all this policing and pressuring. But courtesy expert Spira said, “All of us can only gain if, when we comment, we stay on topic, show respect and provide a new perspective on the subject that other users might find interesting.” (c) 2012 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Veterans deal with the problems of everyday life
The event that has become central to the controversy occurred on Feb. 22, when construction workers reportedly began pushing dirt over the site of the remains as early as 6:30 a.m., according to tribe members who heard the bulldozing. Because of these actions, the judge had denied the temporary restraining order. The judge felt that the burying of the remains had taken away the urgency of the situation, according to Merri Keifer-Lopez, a member of the Luiseño Indians legal team who was involved in the hearing. “Extraordinary measures couldn’t be done to stop anything because they already did it,” said Merri Keifer-Lopez. “They’ve already done the harm.” Mel Vernon, chair of the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Indians, described this particular event as a “shameful act” and “an intentional, aggressive, violent move” by Palomar College and the construction workers on-site that was committed without concern to the spiritual sensitivity of the site. Laura Gropen, a spokes-
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Besides having lived completely different lives, students who’ve served come back to school a little more mature than those fresh out of high school. “It’s hard; there’s a barrier, a kind of language barrier. They just cannot relate to the things you’ve seen, done and experienced so it makes it hard sometimes,” he said. But both students are on track to achieving their goals. Reib is current serving as the radio manager at Palomar College’s radio station, KKSM and hopes to get a career in radio in the future. Martinez is now working at a San Diego-based media company as the company’s first camera and assistant editor. email@example.com
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woman for Palomar College, declined to comment on the events because it is district policy to not issue statements about active or ongoing lawsuits. Along with the temporary restraining order, the tribes also filed for a preliminary injunction that would last until March 19. This would stop the construction until the full results of the medical examination of the remains becomes available. They are also currently investigating other legal avenues, according to Keifer-Lopez. The Bands of Luiseño Indians have accepted an invitation extended by Palomar President Robert Deegan to discuss the events and requested the date of March 12 to hold the discussion, according to Merri KeiferLopez. The Tom-Kav village and burial site is part of the Luiseño creation story and culturally significant to the tribes, according to savetomkav.wordpress.com, a website set up by the Bands of Luiseño Indians. MPETERSON@THE-TELESCOPE.COM
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10 • TECHNOLOGY
Monday, March 12, 2012
Closing the ‘book: Some users have had it with Facebook Matt Huston
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ MCT CAMPUS
The world’s most popular website started in a college dorm room, and for some users it stops there, too. Though Facebook currently claims a tenth of the world’s population in monthly users, many in its original demographic _ young adults _ have attempted, sometimes successfully, to go against the grain. Call it Facebook fatigue, social network sickness, sensory overload: It’s not unusual for college-age users to call it quits. At least for a little while. Colleen Andrews, 24, a graphic designer from Far Hills, N.J., was spurred by a breakup: “I didn’t want to be tempted to look at his profile,” she said. She dumped her own Facebook profile in September. Laura Amatulli, a senior at the College of New Jersey, has given up the site for Lent four times. Dan Granados, 17, of Levittown, Pa., stopped using his account a few weeks ago. For him, it’s a personal challenge. “I just decided to deactivate it, see how long I could go,” he said. The social network, along with competitors like Twitter and the recently launched Google-plus, is ingrained in the everyday lives of students and young professionals who came of age as social networking was on the rise. But Facebook, with a huge initial public offering expected this spring, looms largest. Those who quit Facebook give a variety of reasons: superficial connections, inappropriate posts, distraction from work or other activities. Stepping away from the constant data feed can be a relief, they say. According to Zizi Papacharissi, head of
the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the reason people leave Facebook is tied to the reason they start using it in the first place. They are “balancing social opportunity with risk,” she said. Those who give it up are the ones who decide that the costs outweigh the benefits. “Maybe it’s taking up too much time, maybe it’s taking up too much effort,” Papacharissi said. Another complaint is oversharing. The average number of Facebook friends per user is 245, according to a Pew Research Center sample. But these connections don’t always amount to information that users actually want to pay attention to. “I’d say there was a good 200 people that I either didn’t know very well or didn’t know at all,” Granados said. Derek Snyder, 20, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, said he was unhappy with the amount of drinking photos
Now I lay me down to sleep, with my iPad Bill Ward
Star Tribune/MCT CAMPUS
A recent survey found that iPad owners use their tablets in the bedroom more than anywhere else. If the folks who fit that pattern are any indication, it’s not even remotely about any risque business. “It’s just a lot easier to get cozy in bed with the iPad,” said Joe Alvarado of Minneapolis. Do tell. “It’s really convenient for searching the Web, reading newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, all that stuff.” Mari Beth Ross of Hugo, Minn., said she “will do some shopping, catch up with people through social media and catch up on the news. I find myself winding down using it.” Alvarado and Ross fit in with the 68 percent of respondents who told pollsters from the interactive marketing agency Rosetta that the bedroom got
and other posts he deemed inappropriate. He prefers Twitter: “No pictures, easier to use, nobody talking drama on you or anybody else.” The pull of Facebook, however, is not always easy to escape. So prevalent is the site among young people, some ex-users face personal temptation and even complaints from their friends. “People get angry at you,” said Cara O’Keeney, 22, a College of New Jersey senior. She deactivated her account in September and said her friends are still sending her text messages about it. Papacharissi stressed that Facebook is a real domain for friendship. “You want to think of Facebook as just a different place where people interact,” she said. “Just like you go with your friends to the bar or to the movies ... Facebook is just another place.” This is O’Keeney’s second hiatus from
Facebook, and she plans to reactivate her account in March, around the time of spring break. She recalls the inconveniences from the first time around. If she wanted to send a friend a quick message, she used e-mail. “I felt sort of in the Dark Ages when I had to do that,” she said. Admitting the possibility that they might go back, former Facebook users cited the desire to keep in touch with graduating friends, meet new roommates, and maintain a social connection that they started to take for granted. “When I got rid of Facebook, I found myself wanting to reactivate almost immediately after I got rid of it ... I found myself really needing a social outlet,” O’Keeney said. Andrews said Twitter, her current outlet of choice, had started to take up her time in ways Facebook used to. “It became second nature to click the Facebook thing on my phone,” she said, attesting to the automatic behavior that several ex-users described. Not every young person frequents bars, and not everyone will stay glued to Facebook. Some might even ditch it all together. But the social media giant is undoubtedly here to stay, Papacharissi said. Colleges and universities themselves are on Facebook these days. “It is more and more difficult for people to leave Facebook because it’s become very much a social institution,” she said. “A service like Facebook will continue to the point of ubiquity. It will be like social wallpaper.”
more regular tablet usage than any other space, indoors or out. The living room was second at 63 percent, with “on the go” at 45 percent. The Rosetta respondents strongly preferred reading publications on a tablet rather than a computer screen or smartphone. So do Alvarado and Ross, who agreed that lugging a laptop into bed had proven entirely too unwieldy. Convenience is a factor, as well. “It’s sitting in the charger right on my nightstand,” Alvarado said, “so it’s easy to flip open that cover and go at it.” Ross’ iPad “sits on my bed stand. It doesn’t really move around the house.” Ross said it hasn’t prompted her to head to the boudoir earlier than she used to, but admitted that all of that Web activity and interactivity “sometimes keeps me up too late.”
‘Hunger Games’ could open at $100 million, surveys suggest
Los Angeles Times/MCT campus
“The Hunger Games” is poised to slaughter the box office competition with an opening that could surpass $100 million. On Thursday, Lionsgate’s adaptation of the bestselling book came onto “tracking,” the survey data used by Hollywood executives to measure pre-release interest, and the numbers are massive. People who have seen the numbers but were not authorized to discuss them publicly said the film, which debuts March 23, could have a domestic opening weekend of close to, and possibly more than, $100 million. More consumers rate “The Hunger Games” as their first choice film to see than any movie coming out in the next four weeks. Typically, the movies that get the highest “first choice” ratings are ones closest to their release dates. Currently, the three biggest companies that provide tracking data are estimating that “Hunger Games” will open to between $70 million and $90 million.
However, Lionsgate still has to roll out most of its marketing for “Hunger Games,” which stars Jennifer Lawrence. If ads on TV, print and the Internet along with billboards and publicity help to increase interest in the film, it could end up opening to more than $100 million, several people who saw the data said. While “Hunger Games” is being compared to “Twilight” by many people, because both are based on book series that are tremendously popular with teenagers, Lionsgate’s upcoming film has one key advantage: While the four “Twilight” films have generated their nearly $1.1 billion in domestic box office primarily from women, surveys show that men are interested in “The Hunger Games” as well. Females, particularly those younger than 25, are the most excited for “Hunger Games,” but more men over and under 25 also rate the film as their top choice than any other film opening in the next four weeks. Already, “The Hunger Games” has broken the record for most first-day sales from online ticketing service Fandango.
SPORTS • 11
Shooting the breeze with WR Nigel Westbrooks
Westbrooks talking to The Telescope Editor-In-Chief on March 5. • Brian Korec/Telescope
Discussion included playing at Palomar, transferring to a four-year college and the potential to play in the NFL. matthew slagle the telescope
After being a standout receiver at Mission Hills for two years Nigel Westbrooks came to Palomar with one goal in mind, to play Divsion-I football. After two years with the Comets, 91 catches, almost 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns, he is a semester away from achieving his goal, playing in D-I at the University of Nevada-Reno on a full ride scholarship. Go back to your senior year of high school at Mission Hills, were you recruited out of high school? Talk about how you ended up at Palomar. I was a qualifier for D-2, I was getting looks from D-1; I had most of the Pac-10 come to see me. Then they would look at my transcripts and it would be over at that point. Then toward the end of the year, coach started bringing in D-2 schools. I really didn’t even want to go to a D-2 because I though I was better than that. Then a coach from Palomar called me and asked ‘who is talking to you, who do you have offers from?’ I said I have a bunch of offers from D-2 schools and he was like ‘promise me right now you won’t commit to a D-1AA or a D-2 school and I will make sure you go D-1 from here (Palomar).’ As a student athlete community colleges get a bad rep. Talk about your experience here and would you recommend athletes come here. Definitely. It is a second opportunity and a good chance to
start from scratch, because once you graduate and whatever has happened you have your eligibility, you will be the same as a freshman out of high school (academically). You can be a 20-year-old doing dumb things and get into a JC and get another opportunity. What are your expectations going into Nevada. They have high expectations for me that I am supposed to be coming and competing for the No. 1 spot. I got to go in there and work as hard as I know I’m supposed to and let everything take care if itself. They graduated four of their seniors and their No. 1 guy is going to the league and was in the Combine... When you bring in a JC guy, they really bring them in to make an immediate impact because they want a more mature guy to fill in. Lets talk about the NFL a little bit... realistically what are your goals going into the NFL. Earlier in my life, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, I just wanted to go to college and play football for free. But now I am starting to realize the NFL is a real serious option and that’s a dream you always dream about, so there is no reason not to explore it... It’s a viable option... If the NFL didn’t work out I would play in the CFL (Canadian Football League), I’ll play any professional football that will pay me.
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Westbrooks goes out for a pass against Southwestern Community College on Sept. 3, 2011. In that game he had six receptions for 61 yards and two touchdowns. • Deb Hellman/Telescope
Westbooks’ stats with the Comets Year GP Rec Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G 2010 8 39 458 11.7 1 52 57.2 2011 11 52 729 14.0 11 47 66.3 2008-2010 Mission Hills HS Varsity All-Avocado League All-North County To listen to the entire interview visit: tsne.ws/ w8EU5v
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Monday, March 12, 2012
TRACK AND FIELD
Half the size, twice the motivation Coach Jennifer Williams believes this batch of women hold the talent to claim victories in both state and regional meets
KELLI MILLER The Telescope
With a team only half the size of last year’s, Palomar women’s track and field team is starting the spring season off on the right foot. According to Coach Jennifer Williams last year’s team finished second at the Conference Championship and had 33 student athletes. This season the number has been cut in half, leaving only 15 women to make up the 2012 track and field team. “We don’t have as many returning because of grades, marriages, just some really random reasons,” Williams said. “I wish we had more numbers, but we have Top: Palomar field athlete Deanna Doss throws the hammer during practice on March 5 at Cal State San Marcos. Doss placed first in hammer on Feb. 24 at the SBVC good talent.” Conference Preview with a distance of 130.11.• Deb Hellman/Telescope Below: Palomar hurdler Katie Dever practices for the 100m intermediate and 400m low hurdles on The lack of athletes hasn’t affected the March 5 at Cal State San Marcos’ track. • Deb Hellman/Telescope team yet, the women placed second at the Conference Preview on Feb. 24 in San Bernardino. “We were so close, we were only behind visit the-telescope.com and by two points,” returning thrower Deanna see how the WOMEN did at the Doss said. “At first I wasn’t too sure about this season, but after our first meet we were all UCSD San diego challenge kind of like ‘whoa, we can compete.” on march 10. With coming so close to Conference Champions last year, Williams says she still aims to take the title. Because of the small team size, her goal has shifted to take as many athletes Colleges and four year universities. Among to regional and state meets and qualify for as those is Southwestern College out of much as she can. Chula Vista, Calif., who came from be “I think we can do just as good as we did hind last year at Conference and won. According to the women and Williams, the long-time rival is the team to beat this spring. “They’re a very strong team, so there’s a lot of competition when you go out there and race a Southwestern girl,” Bouvatte said. It’s fun to see everyone in Williams also added that because of the size of the team, the women have formed a their own world, but still tight, close bond. They are not only supportive of one another, but motivate their teamacknowledging their teammates to the best they can. “The chemistry is pretty strong between mates. the ladies,” Williams said. “At our last meet, Jennifer Williams • TEAM COACH our jumper was jumping while our distance runner was cheering her on as she was running around the track. It’s fun to see everyone in their own world, but still acknowledglast year; we had a lot more people on the ing their teammates.” team, but we didn’t have quality, we just had So far Williams says she is pleased with the numbers,” returning long distance run- the performance of the women. The team ner Kate Bouvatte said. “This year the girls on as a whole is very excited for what’s to come our team are good and motivated, and I think this season. we can go really far as a team. We definitely “I think we’re going to surprise a lot of can place in conference again.” people,” Bouvatte said. This season Palomar will compete against Southern California Community firstname.lastname@example.org
SPORTS ON DECK
Tues., March 13
Tues., March 13
Wed., March 14
Sat., March 17
Imperial Valley 2 p.m. Myers Field
Victor Valley 2 p.m. Palomar
Southwestern 3 p.m. Palomar
Long Beach CC 10 a.m. Palomar