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Clockwise from top left to right: Professor John Stoessinger, Professor Farideh Rahmani, a group in attendance of a session, a map from Rahmani’s presentation, and Professor Rangeeta Basu April 17 during Political Economy Days. • Photos by Kaity Bergquist, David Krueger and Cliff Ireland/Telescope



Dean to retire after 38-year career


Emma Maliszewski

After five years with no pay raises, a group of Palomar faculty members is working with the district to make changes. The Palomar Faculty Federation (PFF) is in negotiations with the Palomar Community College District for compensation and benefits for faculty. According to PFF lead negotiator Teresa Laughlin, no faculty or staff have received raises in the past five years because of budget cuts. Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is one of PFF’s bigger issues. COLA is defined as a raise in salary when the economic inflation calls for higher incomes. This is dependent on the state budget - the PFF has proposed to the district that if the State budget includes a cost of living adjustment, then and only then would it be applied to faculty and staff salary schedules.


Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean, Judy Cater has seen Palomar’s campus and the city of San Marcos change dramatically during her nearly fourdecade career. Now, after 38 years, Cater is ready to retire in June and said, “It has been extraordinary to see all of the changes.” Cater may be an interim dean, but her career at Palomar has proven to be anything but temporary. She started at Palomar as a replacement for a librarian on a yearlong sabbatical in September of 1975. Since then, she said she “never found a good reason to leave.” Cater was offered a fulltime position in the library where she spent the first 34 years of her career at Palomar. Judy Cater. • Melinda Finn “I was hired at Palomar a year after I graduated from Simmons College in Boston, where I got my master’s degree in Library Science,” Cater said. Cater was offered the job as the Dean of Social and Behavior Sciences in August of 2009, which she accepted conditionally. “I decided that when the permanent job was open that I really didn’t want to stay as long as the college had a right to expect me to,” Cater said. She agreed to be a temporary dean until they could find a worthy candidate for the job. “I’ve been an interim dean for four years. My position isn’t permanent, but the position that I’m filling is going to be filled by a permanent dean,” Cater said. A nationwide search is underway to find a permanent Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences. According to Cater, Palomar is hiring 18 new faculty members for next year, with six new hires in Cater’s division. “The permanent position opened in the late fall, so it seemed like a good time for me to retire,” Cater said.



“Moreover, the PFF proposed a formula to distribute any growth funds, (actually we suggested the same formula that the district and PFF agreed to in a previous contract). The district rejected both of these ideas; instead they offered to come back to the table to negotiate any new funds including COLA,” Laughlin said in an email update. “Everybody on this campus has been waiting for it to come. We are wanting COLA so badly because we really need it,” Governing Board President Nancy Chadwick said. She explained that it’s still a waitand-see situation because they don’t know if the state will allow Palomar to get COLA. “The inflation over the past five years has been about 13 percent and we’ve not had any kind of increase in pay,” Laughlin said. “COLA is minimal really, we need more than that, but our contention is that is should be passed through without any delay.” The 13-percent increase is measured by the Consumer Price Index and reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The college is expected to receive $3.2 million from the state in the next fiscal year to the General Fund. “They’re worried about uncertainties and they don’t want to get into a situation where they don’t have cash, but they’re fine. I imagine that when push comes to shove we will

COLA: COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT NO RAISES IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS FOR FACULTYBUT THERE WAS A 15 PERCENT INCREASE IN INFLATION get COLA, that’s my guess,” Laughlin said. “It’s been five years without an increase in pay, so it’s kind of necessary.” The District and the PFF met Feb. 11, Feb. 27 and March 11 to work through issues, including changes to the academic calendar, leaves, course maximums, compensation and benefits. Laughlin said these were very productive meetings. She reported in an email update March 14 they had approved part-time faculty benefits for another year. The next meeting between the two parties was scheduled for April 25, but may be pushed to May 9, Laughlin said. “It was a rough five years and things are on the mend, things are getting better, and in our opinion, in terms of the PFF, we think the faculty has worked really hard to keep classes open and to add more people into classes,” Laughlin said. “It’s a good faith gesture on the part

Teresa Laughlin. • Telescope File Photo

of the administration to let COLA pass through and figure out how to do growth later.” The District and the PFF have decided if they don’t come to a compromise by Oct. 1, the funds will be distributed according to a previous agreement.

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Monday, April 22, 2013



Media professionals coming to North County colleges

This week, Palomar College, MiraCosta College and California State University San Marcoss officials will be hosting a series of talks guided by media professionals from all over San Diego County. Media and Communication Days will take place April 23-25. Palomar will be hosting speakers throughout the third day in room SSC-1 and MD-157. Organizers


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The student-run organization “Active Minds” hosted Love on a Leash for National Stress-Out Day April 16. Active Minds formed last December as part of an effort to “take the stigma away from mental health problems,” said faculty adviser Karan Huskey. Love on a Leash is a program that is sponsored by the Rancho Coastal Humane Society as part of its “Pet Assisted Therapy” program. “Animals have a calming effect on us,” Professor John Van Zante said. “They help to lower our blood pressure and promote learning.” Van Zante is the spokesman for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Active Minds is currently seeking members. According to Philip Burbidge, one of the group’s two presidents, there are currently about 15 to 20 students who participate in the group, but only four to five dedicated members. The Associated Student Government gave $1000 to the club

for the event. Burbidge, who is candid about his own mental health issues, says the group is very important to Palomar students. “It took me a long time to get the help I needed,” Burbidge said. “I don’t want other students to have to have the same experiences I had. I want it to be easier for them.” Active Minds helps to provide a place for students to talk about these problems. “If someone breaks a leg or gets cancer, we are sympathetic; we try to help them. But when they have a mental illness, we tell them to get over it,” Huskey said about how people generally react to certain issues. Active Minds seeks to help end this view of mental health issues. Active Minds will host “Send Silence Packing” on Sept. 12. About “1,200 college students commit suicide every year,” Huskey said. “Send Silence Packing will bring 1,200 backpacks to Palomar College to represent these students.” The group’s next meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. May 1 in MD 155-C. All are welcome.

from all three schools were able to get $3,000 to pay for the speakers’ fees from the North County Higher Education Alliance. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone wanting to attend the events on any campus is encouraged to visit the respective campus Police Department and obtain a parking permit. APRIL TESTERMAN

SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 25 AT PALOMAR 9:30 -10:30 a.m. // Print and Online Journalism panel // SSC-1 // #macprintandonline Theme: Changes in Journalism Panelists: Logan Jenkins, UT San Diego Tom Mallory, UT San Diego Will Carless, Voice of San Diego Deanne Goodman, Patch 11 a.m. - noon // Broadcast Journalism panel // SSC-1 // #macbroadcast Theme: Changes in Broadcast Panelists: JW August, KGTV Marin Austin Fox 40 Sacramento Shally Zomorodi, Fox 5 Morning News 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. // Magazines // SSC-1 // #macmagazine Theme: Changes in Magazine Speaker: Erin Chambers Smith, Editor of San Diego Magazine 2 p.m. // Keynote: Los Angeles Times reporters Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives discuss the reporting that earned them a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service // MD-157// #macPulitzer TOP LEFT: Sidney, a Corgi with Love on a Leash, does tricks for a treat as part of National Stress-Out Day. TOP RIGHT: Fergal O’Doherty, a professor at Palomar, poses with Rhubarb, a young service dog in training for Love on a Leash. BOTTOM: Lyn Berry hangs out with Nohea, her service dog from Love on a Leash as part of a National Stress-Out Day event held by the Active Minds group on Tuesday, April 16. • Photos by Gary West/Telescope

3 – 4 p.m. // Keynote reception // MD-157 4 to 5 p.m. // Cinema panel // P32 // #maccinema Theme: Changes in Cinema Speakers: Devin Scott, Film Director Ken Kebow, Kebow Communications Sheilina Shaw, Casting Director



Construction trucks at Minkoff Field for renovations April 16. The field will be closed until May 15. • Kaity Bergquist/Telescope


Minkoff Field closed until May 15





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Construction on the soccer field can be seen from parking lot nine for the replacement of the synthetic-turf playing surface. Chris Miller, the director of facilities, said that the grand total of the project is at about $911,373 depending on any unforeseen issues. No Prop M money has been used for the replacement project and the money is coming from the local re-development funds. Miller explained, “Project con-

sists of demolition of the existing synthetic turf carpet and infill...” The replacement includes the new geotextile fabric, field drainage system and porous stone base. Miller also explained that Field Turf Installation Crew provides the turf and infill. The contract award date was March 7, the insurance of notice to proceed was March 15, and the ended of the project is slated to be May 15. LLOYD BRAVO

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Congress reinstates tuition assistance SCOTT ROBERSON the telescope

Staff members with their JACC awards April 13 in Sacramento. • Peter Ashue/Telescope

JOURNALISM STUDENTS EARN STATEWIDE AWARDS Palomar College’s journalism students earned 20 awards at a state-wide community college journalism convention this month, including the coveted Pacesetter award, which was received by only four schools. The Journalism Association of Community Colleges organization hosted its annual state convention April 11-14 at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento. Over 41 schools were in attendance with about 500 delegates total. Eleven representatives and two advisers from the Telescope, the college’s newspaper, and Impact, the college’s magazine, attended the convention, participating in competitions, workshops, critiques and networking. Impact took first place in Magazine Design/Layout by the staff, Magazine Cover Design by former students David Leonard and Kiigan Snaer, and Magazine Illustration by Snaer, with a third place for Magazine News Feature by Leonard and Impact Editorin-chief Hannah Villaruel, fourth place for Magazine Profile Article

by writer Shaun Kahmann, and second place for Magazine Opinion Story by Kahmann. The Telescope received General Excellence for both print and online. It also won first place for Front Page Layout, Informational Graphic and Enterprise News Story/Series, with a third place Editorial and second place for Sports Game Story by Matthew Slagle. In the on-the-spot competitions, The Telescope Editor-inChief Kaity Bergquist won first place for Bring-in Ad, second place for News Judgment/Layout Tabloid, and the People’s Choice Award for News Judgment/Layout Tabloid. Opinion Editor Marissa Milloy won a meritorious award for the new Twitter competition. Staff writer Heather Randall won an honorable mention for Feature Photo and staff writer Nicole Gibbs won first place for the Feature Story category. The Pacesetter award is determined by a tallying of points from all awards won by the school. This was the first time since 2006 that Palomar won the award.

A budget cut at the federal level gave local veterans three weeks of worry until it was reinstated, according to military officials. The United States federal budget introduced its new sequestration budget on March 1, in which spending was reduced by $85.4 billion. Of the many programs cut, the tuition assistance program for active duty servicemen and women were among them. Palomar currently hosts 191 active duty servicemen and women participating in the tuition assistance program this semester. After a three-week hiatus, in which the tuition assistance was suspended, effects upon Palomar’s campus were minimal. The sequestration cuts temporarily stalled the efforts of Palomar Veteran Services’ attempt to bridge the gap between active duty and full-time students, but they were unable to do so as commands no longer felt it was a necessity. “We were hosting a Warrior to Scholar event in which we were having active duty members from Camp Pendleton receive Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) orders to visit the campus. We

planned a tour of the campus and have our veterans hold a panel to talk about their experiences at Palomar, but it got cancelled due to the program being cut,” said Veterans Service Technician Ryan Williams. According to Veterans Service Technician Jessica Horn, any tuition assistance that had been approved prior to the cut would have been honored for this semester; however, any applications undergoing the pending process would be automatically denied. Large sequestration budget cuts to the Department of Defense have resulted in many programs being adjusted or altogether terminated. The end of the tuition assistance program sparked a loud uproar from active duty personnel, veterans and lawmakers. This led Congress and the Pentagon to take immediate action to restore the program. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) went as far as sending a letter to the Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressing her concerns of future repercussions that may be a result of the suspension. “I am deeply concerned about the recent decision by the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps to suspend the tuition assistance program. While I recognize the

sequestration is forcing the Department of Defense to make difficult budgetary decisions, I believe that denying educational opportunities to our service members is the wrong way to find savings, and I fear this decision will inhibit the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps from developing the highly skilled forces they need to succeed in this current environment,” Sen. Hagan wrote in the letter. On March 21, Congress approved new legislation reinstating this program; however, there was not a timeline provided to announce when the funds would be available. Military officials were still evaluating what the new budget bill required and the areas in which additional cuts, to fund the tuition assistance, from where they would come. Fortunately, tuition assistance was made available for active duty personnel April 12, per the Joint Education Center (JEC) on Camp Pendleton. Many active duty service members and veterans were unaware of the reinstatement of tuition assistance, and among those who did, few knew the funds were once again available for continuation during the 2013 fiscal year.


Career Center hosting job expo next month Cliff Ireland the telescope

Twenty potential employers will be at Palomar College Career Center’s Annual Job Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 in the Student Union. To get ready for the job expo, the Career Center has put together a series of workshops on basic preparations and follow-up techniques for getting a job.

Career Center Coordinator Pippa Pierce said she recommends students bring copies of resumes and portfolios, if appropriate. She also forewarned that a potential interview with any one of these companies can start from the moment you introduce yourself. “That’s why I push to prepare, because it (job expo) is an interview of sorts,” Pierce said. “As soon as you put your hand out, the in-

terview begins.” Sidewalk posters will soon be placed around the campus that will list some of the participating companies. Along with those names, the complete schedule of the Job Expo Success Series can also be found on the Career Center’s website at www.palomar. edu/counseling/careercenter/ or by calling 760-744-1150 ext. 2194.



Monday, April 22, 2013 GENDER INEQUALITY

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ADDRESS THE TELESCOPE PALOMAR COLLEGE 1140 W. MISSION ROAD, SAN MARCOS, CA 92069 PHONE / 760-891-7865 NEWSROOM / MD-228 website/ facebook/ search “the telescope” twitter/ @telescopenews EMAIL/ editor@THE-TELESCOPE.COM AD EMAIL/ ADS@THE-TELESCOPE.COM THE TELESCOPE WELCOMES ALL LETTERS TO THE Editor. Letters must be typewritten, under 300 words and include the author’s first and last names, major and phone number. Phone numbers will not be published. Letters should be emailed to The Telescope reserves the right to edit letters for space and grammatical errors and not to print lewd or libelous letters. Letters must be received one week prior to the newspaper’s publication to be considered for inclusion. The Telescope is published 8 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.


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Protesters on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio.· Thomas Ondrey/The Plain Dealer

It’s time to end ‘Rape Culture’

Kaity Bergquist The Telescope


e live in a society that cultivates, encourages and even glorifies rape. This cannot be allowed to go on. It’s a phenomenon known as “rape culture.” Marshall University Women’s Center defines rape culture as “ environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture.” Miss Representation is a organization that works hard to change the representations of women in the media. Social Media and Communications Director of the organization, Imran Siddiquee, recently gave a talk to journalism students about the effects of rape culture using the example of the Steubenville, Ohio trial that was incited by an incident in August 2012. The trial was held after two teenage boys were accused of raping a teenage girl at a party where all party goers were drunk, including the young woman. The whole incident was filmed, and the footage was

clear enough evidence to make In addition, the coverage the case seem open and shut. made the trial seem like an But Siddiquee pointed inconvenience for the boys. out that multiple major news More accurately, the girl is organizations focused their seen as a hinderance to what the stories and coverage on the boys boys could have accomplished. and how the situation affected This is one of the most them. frightening things I’ve ever There were mentions of heard. The media has so little how the boys were star football regard for females that the players and could have had thought of males facing any sort promising careers in front of of penalty or even jail time for them. raping a female The media is seen as pity seemed to only for the males. be humanizing Of course, a the males while “The oppression of women major problem minimizing the the people is the oppression of isbehind female. the L o g i c a l l y, media. humanity.” it’s not natural M i s s IMRAN SIDDIQUEE for us to Representation sympathize reports that with the rapist. women hold So why would only three any media percent of the outlet want to humanize a rapist, major positions in mass media. making the viewer almost feel Siddiquee called it the sorry for him? It doesn’t make “male gaze.” All people have sense. to see the world through the This kind of coverage is heterosexual male eyes. Males disturbing because the stories do control the news, gaming and not concern themselves with the entertainment industries. impact on the female - she may The portrayals of women have also had a promising career in the U.S. media is one of the in front of her, but because of most shameful things in this this incident, she may not be country. The hypersexualiztion able to achieve those goals. and objectification is enough to

make anyone cringe. One of the worst examples is the video game “Grand Theft Auto.” The male characters in the game are rewarded for the rape or murder of women in the game. If men are being taught that doing this is okay in a game, it’s logical that they will think it’s okay in real life. Most men won’t go out and rape someone just because of a video game, but the seeds have been planted. The solution to making sure we aren’t characterized as a rape culture is standing up for what we know is right. Don’t be a bystander. If something is going on that isn’t right, do something about it. The only way there will ever be change is if someone stands up and says, “this isn’t right.” Rape is not a joke. Rape is not something to be taken lightly. Rape is not something that should be glorified or given rewards for. It’s truly sickening. “The oppression of women is the oppression of humanity,” Siddiquee said. This has to end.

The curse of our era strikes in Boston The Kansas City Star/MCTCampus

The deadly and despicable

bombing attacks near the Boston Marathon’s finish line turned the crowd’s cries of joy into cries of terror in mere seconds. Again, Americans now will place their trust in authorities to resolutely piece together who did it, why they did it and what can be done to try to prevent similar incidents. Again, Americans’ fears will be ratcheted up about safety at large public events and spaces, fears that must be met with realistic deterrents so the events can go on. And again, Americans will pay tribute to the bravery of

dedicated emergency personnel who ran toward the coordinated explosions on Monday, quickly moving the wounded to ambulances and care. A free society leaves us open to harm. It’s up to Homeland Security, police and other security personnel to bring the perpetrators to justice. Americans will grieve with Boston, for the dead, and for the dozens wounded. President Barack Obama spoke for all Americans Monday, stating, “We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.” Chaos after the bombing created a fire storm of

speculation about suspects who targeted innocent people in a high profile event on Patriots’ Day. The aftermath brought out the best in many people. Boston residents opened their homes to runners from around the nation and the world. The attack on an American sporting institution will undoubtedly lead to changes at next year’s Boston Marathon, a sad reality that follows every major tragedy as society attempts to lessen risks based on past experiences. However, runners from across the country who train all year to get to Boston likely will not be

deterred. The men and women who operate the charities that raise $10 million a year through the marathon will not be deterred. The elected officials and law enforcement officials in Boston will not be deterred from protecting the tradition of the marathon. All will do their best to make sure the sowers of evil and destruction don’t succeed, and the 118th Boston Marathon goes off as scheduled on April 21, 2014. Americans will be watching and pulling for that outcome as one of the best ways to stand united against cowardly attacks.


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Palomar should be held responsible for students’ safety in the parking lots Illustration by Carolyne Corelis/The Telescope

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he parking lots on the San Marcos campus are unsafe, many Palomar students have experienced firsthand the reckless disregard for parking lot safety shown by drivers. Since my first day at Palomar, I’ve noticed students coming within feet, sometimes inches of being hit by cars that were speeding through the parking lot. One day while walking to class, I had just began using a cross walk when a small, green, coupe turned right in front of me, narrowly missing my toes. When I glanced up the aisle to get a better look at the driver, I realized he’d already put the

car in reverse, he had driven the wrong way (against traffic). Some may not consider the lots at Palomar College to be a dangerous place, but when your life is put at risk just so somebody can get a great spot, or get somewhere faster - you may begin to see things differently. Statistics show approximately 16-32 percent of parking lot accidents are fatal. Insurance companies like State Farm have been warning drivers for years that parking lots are one of the most dangerous places due to “complacency in both pedestrians and drivers,” and warns both parties should be more alert. The company has also been cited for noting that

approximately 21 percent of all accidents occur in parking lots. There are a plethora of statistics on parking lot safety, but the ones I located on injuries and fatalities interested me the most. In a recent study published by John Stark of the University at Albany, it is written that pedestrians will tend to focus on what is directly in front of them while walking, and 1-in-5 pedestrian-related parking lot accidents result in “incapacitating injuries” or in other words: cripple, damage, disable, maim or paralyze. Although campus police patrols and makes its presence visible in the parking areas, there are still far too many close calls. However, campus police

could not be reached for comment on statistics regarding driver-pedestrian related accidents. National figures speak volumes about the absentmindedness that occurs, and the students I spoke with seemed to agree. Andrea Bashe shared her solution; “I tend to park as close to the buildings as possible to avoid other drivers, that helps.” She also noted that it’s not easy keeping an eye open for pedestrians when you’re also looking out for cars and open parking spaces. Further safety measures are clearly needed; whether it’s installing surveillance cameras to deter speedsters, installing reflectors, more speed-bumps or

tall signs that point out pathways to the drivers, something needs to be done. Palomar could even completely relocate pathways alongside the lots to the opposite side of the road all together. We all have places to be - and nobody wants to drive in circles, but respecting each other and keeping the campus and its parking lots safe is much more important. Until school officials take action and implement measures to ensure your safety, you may want to remember the words you probably heard as a kid: “Always be sure to look both ways before crossing the street.”


Earning a degree online won’t prepare you for the workforce

Illustration by Kirk Lyttle/MCTCampus

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hile some students may see online classes as a convenient way to get a degree, online-only classes force students into an education that is not beneficial to them. Proprietary schools are educational programs online that are run by private businesses and are increasingly becoming the predominate way for students to earn their degrees. Students need to work for their education. Retaining information from a teacher’s lecture is a more valuable learning experience than classes online. Especially courses such as nursing and medical work, where students would normally have to complete lab hours that give them hands-on experience. Courses such as biology and chemistry labs give in-

class students a way to learn and practice skills needed for their field. Successful nurses and surgeons are not made without practice and experience and are not going to be taking impersonal classes online. While at the surface this may sound endearing to students who are searching for a sure-fire way to make it in the job market, these programs are not be as beneficial as they seem. Online schools like Kaplan College, University of Phoenix, and UEI on the surface seem like a good way for students to get an education. The classes are all online so many think that they can do classwork on their own time in between having a job, hobbies and a family. The schools claim that they are flexible and can make it possible for students to fit school into a busy

schedule. But a student’s course load and education should not be something that is just squeezed in or put on the back burner. In an article from July 2012 in CNN Money, it stated 54 percent of for-profit students end up dropping out without a degree. Many students can’t stay focused or they procrastinate their studies if they are not sitting in a classroom having a teacher take attendance and teach them. Faculty and staff on college campuses form a bond with their students. But proprietary schools don’t have that personal relationship; students care only about making money. Getting a degree at an online-only school can cost more than getting a degree at a community college or even a four-year institution. At University of Pheonix, it costs students anywhere

from $300-$500. The article from CNN Money states that for-profit schools cost 20 percent more than public schoolsand those schools don’t even have the normal fees of on campus safety, faculty expenses, and student services. Instead, the schools spend most of the billions of dollars that they make toward marketing and recruiting instead of on actual instruction. Getting a degree from an online-only school will not benefit students but will only give them an impersonal education that will not give them the skills they need to be able to make it in the workforce today. The work isn’t as challenging and the skills learned aren’t as beneficial to students who are trying to get a job.

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Monday, April 22, 2013



Ebert’s death ends an era Lloyd Bravo The Telescope

Professor James Hebert’s Advanced Pattern Making/Fashion class meets March 12 to prepare for the show. • Cliff Ireland/Telescope

MODA mixes modern trends with retro tunes Cliff Ireland The Telescope

Old style music plus new style clothes, equals this year’s Palomar College Fashion Merchandise and Design’s Fashion Show. Over 30 models will be strutting down the stage to the music of the Beatles for the annual Moda Fashion show set to take place at 7 p.m. May 3 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The show is a semester-long project by Palomar College’s Fashion Show Presentation Class. This group of students will take care of the entire production process to include every-

thing from model selection to the final choreography and all the details in between. Over 200 different clothing designs will be seen on the catwalk and all were in the minds of students from either Palomar College or local high schools. Now, their designs will have a chance to be viewed by the biggest crowd to ever attend the Moda Fashion Show, as the producers are expecting 1,000 attendees this year. Although the inspiration behind the show itself is from the Beatle’s music, it doesn’t necessarily mean the clothing lines were motivated from the music as well. “The source of inspiration

among us is pretty varied,” Sara Nimori, Chair of MODA Modeling Committee and one of the designers said. “Mine was as trivial as Neapolitan ice cream.” More information can be found by visiting the Palomar College Fashion Department website at http://www. or by calling 760-744-1150 ext. 2349. You can also follow this year’s fashion show on facebook at modashow2013. Tickets can be purchased at either the Palomar College box office or the Escondido California Center of the Arts box office.

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Technology is one of the key factors for constantly keeping our pulse on Hollywood, but it was Roger Ebert with his passionate mind, sharp tongue and golden thumb that made film fun to talk about. Ebert was more than a man with an affinity for films, he was a journalist and critic who would meticulously deconstruct movies on many aspects that the general audience didn’t see. In 1965, Ebert started as a film critic at the Chicago SunTimes, but in 1975 gained traction when he hosted a weekly television show devoted to reviewing films called, “Sneak Previews.” Joined by co-host Gene Siskel, who worked at the competing Chicago Tribune and would later be revealed to have been Ebert's rival, the two left the show, moving to a show produced by Disney, famously named, “Siskel and Ebert at the Movies.” The tyranny and tirade on films by both Siskel and Ebert were similar to that of Caesar and his Colosseum of gladiators. However, the cinema was the Colosseum and the films were the gladiators fighting for approval and patiently waiting for a thumbs up or thumbs down. Thumbs up would mean life and good box office revenue and thumbs down would mean death and a financial flop. When the name 'Roger Ebert'

Roger Ebert in 2003. • Lionel Hahn/ Abaca Press/MCTCampus

is spoken, the images coined are movie critic, reviewer and connoisseur, but he was more than pointing out the flaws in others' art. Ebert also co-wrote screenplays with Russ Meyer, their first being, “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” which was critically panned. Ebert was also an author with an extensive library, most regarding films. However, most importantly, Ebert won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1975. Ebert always spoke with authority and intensity, and never worried about offending his own critics. On April 4, Ebert passed away at the age of 70, losing his decade-long battle with cancer. However, his impact on film and criticism will not easily be forgotten. Roger Ebert will be with us at the movies before the curtain falls until that screen fades to black and the credits start rolling.

Spring Performances!

April 26 - May 5

May 1

May 3,4

Inherit the Wind

Palomar Brass Ensemble Blazing in the Brass

Palomar Symphony Orchestra; Palomar Chamber Singers; Palomar Chorale The Search for Meaning

Throughout the ages, brass instruments have exemplified strength, commitment and timeless stature. All three will be present for this performance as this fine ensemble tours classic and contemporary repertoire.

Three premier Palomar performance groups join forces for a fourcourse serving of music exploring life’s larger questions. The Chamber Singers are featured in the world premiere of our own Madelyn Byrne’s Rain; the Chorale joins the Orchestra to present selections from Haydn’s The Creation; and the PSO anchors the program with the world premiere of Robert Weller’s Lao Tzu: Readings from the Te-Tao Ching for Narrator and Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”.

by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee “Bursting with vitality…Literature of the stage!” says the New York Times of this fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial (which resulted in a conviction of a high school teacher for presenting Darwin’s theory of evolution to a science class). According to Lawrence, “We used the teaching of evolution as a parable, a metaphor for any kind of mind control[...] It’s not about science versus religion. It’s about the right to think.” Directed by John Polak

Friday, Saturday 8pm; Sunday, 2pm; Thursday, 4pm D10 Performance Lab, Palomar College, San Marcos Campus $12 General, $10 Seniors and Staff, $8 Students Open Seating

Directed by Paul Kurokawa

Wednesday, 8pm; 02 Performance Studio, Palomar College, San Marcos Campus $12 General, $10 Seniors and Staff, $8 Students

Directed by Ellen Weller and Sally Husch Dean

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Palomar presents ‘Inherit the Wind’ running from April 26 to May 5 Theory of Evolution, "Inherit the Wind" is more about something broader than that, according to director John Polak. The major theme of the play is the right to think, Polak said, "What's happening in the play is fundamentalism." Polak said he was inspired to do this play because states Palomar actor Tamaz Bolkvadze, playing the role of Reverend J. Brown, damns his own daughter for defending like Texas the accused. Actress Morgan Phillips, playing the role of Brady, steps in to control the situation as the townsand Tennespeople look on during the rehearsal of “Inherit the Wind” April 15. • Phyllis Celmer/Telescope see are currently teachRose Miriam Babiarz there are two major sets: the ing Creationism in schools. The Telescope According to Polak, the play courtroom and the town. According to director John posses the question of whether The Performing Arts Depart- Polak, the setting of the play faith and reason or religion and ment will be performing, "In- is not the year 1925, but rather science are compatible. herit the Wind," a story based on something that could have hap"It is a critique against conforthe Scopes Monkey Trial running pened yesterday or something mity," Polak said. that might happen tomorrow. The play talks about if we are from April 26 to May 5. While the setting of the play free to think outside of any sysThe play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee was writ- is similar to that of the Scopes tem that would constrain our ten in 1955. "Monkey" Trial in a sense that it ability to think. The story takes place in the talked about a teacher who was Furthermore, Polak said they fictional city of Hillsboro, where accused of teaching Darwin's updated the play by adding a live

band and doing a lot of editing to the script. One of Polak's goals is to make "Inherit the Wind" pertinent to now. The main characters, the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney both said they can identify with the characters they play. Palomar student Tami O'Connell, who plays a news reporter from Baltimore, said they modernized the play a little bit from the first time she performed it in the 1980s. Palomar student Morgan Phillips plays the prosecuting attorney, Matthew Harrison Brady, and said playing a public speaker is easier than the religious aspect of the role. Chrissy Wemming is playing the role of defense attorney, Hannah Drummond, she said, "She really brings an interesting perspective in the play. It will be fun to be a part of." This is the first play Polak has directed for Palomar's Performing Arts Department. He hopes the play would have a direct effect on the audience. "Not necessarily make them think about evolution but rather about an institution, control or even conformity," Polak said. Tickets cost $8 for students and can be purchased at www2. box-office/.

Palomar student Myra Zamora plays high school student Melinda as she is questioned about her beliefs on evolution. • Phyllis Celmer/Telescope

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Monday, April 22, 2013

movie review

album review

‘Evil Dead’ lets down cult-classic fans Kid Cudi release is a more mature album Emma Maliszewski The Telescope

The 1981 cult-classic horror film, “The Evil Dead,” has been resurrected by its original producers in the highly anticipated remake that continues to dominate at the box office. I’ve never been a fan of scary movies -- at least I always assumed considering I’ve always been too chicken to open my eyes. However, when I heard the remake was co-written by original director Sam Raimi and produced by Raimi and "The Evil Dead" producer Robert Tapert, I knew that it was worth checking out. Raimi is remaking the movie that put him on the map and was shot on a 16mm camera in the woods of Tennessee for about $350,000. The low-budget, unpolished film was a hit with cult movie enthusiasts and the film has been embraced for its gore and black humor. For this new version, the production value has increased tremendously, and so have the special effects and shock values, making this version much more terrifying than the first. So if you’re a scary movie snob looking for outright gore, "The Evil Dead" will definitely not disappoint. The plot features Mia, a woman struggling with sobriety while with her brother and friends in a remote family cabin in the woods. Upon entering the house the group of friends discover that something is not right. There is an overwhelming smell of decaying flesh, as the

“Evil Dead” Rating: R Runtime: 91 minutes

««««« group discovers that beneath the house is a room littered with animal carcasses and suspicious sacrificial supplies. In this room, they find an ancient book called the book of dead. With the book, they summon an evil spirit that takes over Mia’s body and bloodletting begins. This contemporary rendition is not as comedic as the original, but it still manages to be entertaining because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. “Evil Dead" followed that familiar horror format, where the African American character dies first, and the blonde dies soon after. Like most horror movies the characters do some aggravating things, like the opposite of what any sane person would do. I found myself yelling things like, what are you doing, don’t do that, don’t go out there, kill her, and what an idiot at the screen on many occasions. Fans of the cult classic have not embraced this latest rendition, which received a 63 percent rating as opposed to the 98 percent rating of the original, according to Overall, I’d say Evil Dead is entertaining and worth seeing, but doesn’t live up to the hype created by fans of the cult classic. @emmahhhh

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Always pushing the envelope, Kid Cudi has broken the genre mold once again, continuously unafraid to try new things. His third and latest solo LP project, Indicud, is a prime example of this, a real shot in the dark. This new album probably won’t win new Cudi listeners over and any fans of Man on the Moon I and II may not be impressed. However the Kid Cudi stans (super fans) will dig it. Indicud isn’t a production masterpiece, in fact, solid production is what it lacks most. Consider, though, that Cudi took on every aspect of this project from production to song writing, which isn’t a normal practice for most artists today. You have to respect his independence and acknowledge the fact that he is exercising the fullest extent of what it means to be an artist. Although, he still has much to learn behind the sound boards. The LP has its hits and misses, but overall it is different and new. You can’t discredit him for originality. At times I wanted to press fast forward, many of the songs are long, drawn out, and underproduced, but all have their own weird sounds and arrangements. Some even described it as Pink Floyd meets Jimi Hendrix. Since his initial debut in 2008, Cudi sounds more experienced lyrically, and a lot more sober than previous albums. He has since found sobriety, and the days

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“Indicud” Runtime: 70 minutes

««««« of paranoid, strung out, dark and twisted musings on MOTM I&II are behind him. The great thing about Cudi is that his lyrics are always based on real-life experiences. The album opener, "The Resurrection of Scott Mescudi" is completely instrumental and makes only one statement in the outro, “Once you realize you can do anything, you’re free.” Just the right statement for the album and where he is currently. Some of the standouts on the album are songs like "King Wiz-

ard" and"Immortal." "King Wizard" is a much louder bravado, unheard from Cudi before. More confident, waving a middle finger to the doubters and haters, if you will. Cudi proves he is the supreme ruler to his gang of misfit followers. Overall, the album’s creativity and experimental sounds outshine the production value. Indicud appears to be more of a creative outlet above anything. I firmly believe that Kid Cudi is saving his best for the highly anticipated addition to the Man on the Moon Trilogy, projected to be out sometime in 2014, which I have no doubt will live up to the hype.

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There is a committee to find Cater’s replacement consisting of people who will be working the closest with the new dean. “It’s a very faculty driven hiring process at the first level, then the vice president and president of the college participate on the second level,” Cater said. While she’s not involved in directly choosing her own successor, Cater does get to contribute to the process once the decision is made. “One of the best things I get to do as a dean is once the decision is made on who gets hired, I get to make the phone call and I get to offer them the job. That’s a lot of fun,” Cater said. Currently, the position oversees the Academic Technology Resources Center, American Indian Studies Department, Behavioral Sciences Department, Child Development Center, Child Development Department, Library/ Media Center, Economics, History and Political Sciences Department, Multicultural Studies Department, Health, Kinesiology and Recreation Department and the Tutoring Center. “It’s a lot of people and it’s a lot of students. I have a wonderful division secretary; I have great department chairs, academic department assistants in each of the areas and program coordinators,” Cater said. According to Cater, deans are responsible for a number of academic departments as well as other collateral functions and departments to supervise, and a dependable faculty is crucial. “You can’t do a job like this if you can’t rely on the people who are managing things on a day-by-day basis. We have fantastic people who do that for us,” Cater said. “I know for every one issue that I have to address, there’s probably been another 10 that have been taken care of at the level before me; that’s how it works.” Cater worked with Patricia Dixon who had this to say about her exiting colleague, “A receptive posture, creativity, and honesty are key elements that characterized Dean Cater’s relationship with the American Indian Studies Department. She supported our dual role of providing comprehensive curriculum, including Native Languages, and our outreach to the tribal governments and their communities. Her integrity and receptiveness were such that if she had to say no to us, it was believable and hence acceptable.” The job isn’t all putting out fires, but it does come with its share of daily challenges. “It changes everyday. Sometimes we deal with distraught students who have issues, sometimes it’s just listening and hearing out a concern about an issue in a classroom or issue with a faculty member,” Cater said. Most days involve dealing with mundane everyday tasks and transferring information from the top to the bottom. “We do a lot of planning, a

lot of communication working with our vice president and senior administrators and then communicating to the folks that report to us- the department chairs the programmers and coordinators. It’s taking information up moving information forward,” Cater said. Cater is also focused on responding to the changes in public education and the ongoing changes on Palomar’s campus. “Right now, the college is moving into a new strategic planning cycle, so we have a lot of meetings right now relating to that. Accessibility, repeatability and student success; if you name it, we deal with it,” Cater said. Cater’s career at Palomar is so significant it has lasted the lifespan of a library. In the late 70s and early 80s, Cater worked as a librarian during the development of Palomar’s current library, and she is now involved in the planning for

a new library. During her nearly four decades at Palomar, Cater has been a part of numerous projects that have moved the college forward. Lately, Cater has been working on building a new child development center, a place that for her holds a lot of good memories. “My two daughters who were born while I was at Palomar are both alums of the Palomar Childhood Development Center. It’s very exciting for me to be involved with that facility now on a different level as opposed to being a parent there, and to help those very talented and creative people design a new center for another generation of kids,” Cater said. Not only has Cater witnessed dramatic changes at Palomar, she’s seen the entire city of San Marcos develop right before her eyes. “I’ve seen the campus and

the city of San Marcos changed significantly over the years. I don’t even think there was a McDonald’s in town when I started here,” Cater said. “When my friend drove me up for my first interview, she drove me up from San Diego and we got to about Rancho Bernardo and I thought: this seems like the end of the world, and we’re not even there yet.” Cater is now anticipating a new change in her life- retirement. She plans on going to England immediately after retiring to see her newborn grandson, whose parents live across the world. “Beyond that, I’m looking forward to some downtime to relax and then explore other options,” Cater said. She also plans to stay close to Palomar staff and maintain a presence on campus. “I do expect to stay involved in the college at some level, either working with the founda-

tion or the president’s associates to support the fundraising that they do that helps enhance the services that we can provide to our students,” Cater said. During her many years at Palomar, Cater developed an everlasting camaraderie with the other deans, who have expressed that they are not happy to see her go. “In education we are always looking for ‘best practices.’ Dean Judy Cater sets the standard as the golden example of ‘best practices’ in how to be a librarian, how to be a professor, how to be a faculty senator, how to be a faculty union representative, how to be a department chair and how to be a dean. And for me, she has been an irreplaceable colleague, mentor and friend,” said Mark Vernoy, assistant superintendent and vice president of student services.


Monday, April 22, 2013

nfl draft

NFL mock draft 1 scott roberson the telescope

The 2013 NFL draft is set to be held from April 25 through April 27. Apart from the beginning of free agency, the draft offers the main form of entertainment for football fanatics until the beginning of the preseason in August. This draft looks to be different than past versions. For the most part, quarterbacks are the most polarizing figures in football, especially in the draft, as struggling teams use high picks on field gen-


Arizona Cardinals Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma The Cardinals acquired Carson Palmer. Now they need to protect the veteran QB.


Miami Dolphins Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU Dolphins look to add talent in the secondary to counteract division rival Patriots’ offense.


Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tenn.

Mike Williams leaves and the Steelers replace him with speedster Patterson.


St. Louis Rams Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama The departure of Steven Jackson hurt the Rams, but Lacy is a very promising prospect.

erals whom they hope can turn their franchise around. This year, though, many draft analysts project only one quarterback to be taken in the first round. Instead, there is an abundance of NFL-caliber talent at the offensive and defensive line positions. Although the stock of draft-eligible quarterbacks is low, it would not be a surprising scenario to see many taken before they were projected. This is one sport junkie’s take on how the first round of the NFL draft will unfold on April 25.


Buffalo Bills Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse This would be the first surprise pick of the draft, as the Bills look to find a franchise quarterback.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jesse Williams, DL, Alabama The NFL factory that is the University of Alabama provides another first-round draft pick.


Dallas Cowboys Chance Warmack, G, Alabama Cowboys inability to protect Tony Romo have ended all postseason aspirations.


Minnesota Vikings Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia What better way to fill the gap of Percy Harvin than to draft Austin, a Harvin prototype.

Kansas City Chiefs

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Although the Chiefs have many needs, the ability to protect the passer must be their top priority.


Philadelphia Eagles Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia In Chip Kelly’s first year as head coach, he looks to find his franchise quarterback.


New York Jets Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU Jets have many needs, especially quarterback, but coach Rex Ryan sticks to what he knows.


Carolina Panthers Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

The Panthers need an interior defensive lineman and draft an elite one here.


New York Giants D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama The SEC provides another first-round talent as the Giants select Fluker to protect Eli Manning’s blindside.


Indianapolis Colts Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M The Colts select Moore to help struggling defense.


Jacksonville Jaguars Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon As the NFL continues to be a pass-happy league, there is always a need for elite pass rushers. The Jaguars get one here.


Detroit Lions Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan The Lions have a franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford. They have to protect him now.


Tennessee Titans Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC Titans hope they have found their franchise QB in Jake Locker, but got to protect him.


New Orleans Saints Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia Natural ability override character questions with the Saints.


Chicago Bears Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC Williams provides immediate impact and depth in the defensive front seven of the Bears.


Minnesota Vikings Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame Vikings draft heisman runner up hoping his talents weren’t imaginary as well.


Houston Texans Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Eifert offers premier passcatching ability for the position and will offer coverage relief for Andre Johnson.


New England Patriots Robert Woods, WR, USC Wes Welker leaves and sign injury prone Danny Amendola. Woods provides another option.


San Francisco 49ers Matt Elam, SS, Florida Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson left San Francisco for Tampa Bay, leaving the 49ers thin at the position.


Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida With the addition of QB Matt Flynn via trade, the Raiders look to improve their defensive front seven.


Cleveland Browns

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama Milliner is by far the best corner prospect in the 2013 class, he will compliment Joe Haden.


San Diego Chargers Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Louisiana St.

The Chargers could use help on the offensive line, but have needs on D.


St. Louis Rams Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas Rams struggled against the pass in 2012. Vaccaro becomes their umbrella in coverage in


Cincinnati Bengals Desmond Trufant, CB, Wash. The Bengals draft Trufant to provide depth in secondary.


Green Bay Packers Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse The Packers have perhaps the best QB in the league, yet they struggle to protect him.


Denver Broncos Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU Following the Elvis Dumervil debacle, Broncos draft pass rusher to fill void opposite of Von Miller.


Atlanta Falcons D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston Following the release Dunta Robinson, the Falcons select Hayden to improve the defensive secondary.


Baltimore Ravens Kennan Allen, WR, Cal. Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Flacco lost one of his favorite targets. Ravens attempt to provide another weapon.


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Men’s golf team looks toward its regionals rose miriam babiarz the telescope

Womens tennis match against San Diego Mesa College March 7 at Palomar College tennis courts. •Carolyne Corelis/Telescope

Team remains strong with fewer players carolyne Corelis the telescope

The women’s tennis team remains on top after dominating the 2013 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and remains optimistic for the Ojai regional and state conference, said Coach Ronnie Mancao. Despite starting the season with only six women on the team when the standard is eight, every team member has performed admirably. Mancao said he is “very pleased” with how the team has performed. He added the season is not over yet and the team still has to prepare for the Ojai tournament where the team will be meeting teams from the Northwest and Desert conferences.

“Grossmont is our rival and we beat them twice this year. Our undefeated record goes 22-0 over the last two and a half years,” Mancao said. Jennifer Schiff, 19, said, “Winning the conference this year was a very big deal considering that we only had six players. We had a very strong team this year, and hopefully it will be the same next year.” Some of the highlights from the recent tournament includes the performance by thirdranked Katie Stowe, who defeated the first and the secondranked singles players and won the singles conference. The two higher ranked Palomar tennis players who placed above her normally would have played against other schools, but Stowe had to beat those

players to win the championship. Another highlight was Palomar’s ability to secure the victory in conference doubles. Remy Litrell, 19, said; “My partner Karleyne Ishima-Oien and I won conference doubles. It was a lot of fun; she is like an older sister to me.” Mancao pointed out IshimaOien as a player to watch. Ishima-Oien is the only sophomore on the team. Two years ago she was the All-American in doubles; she stayed out last year and came back this year. Remy Litrell and Jennifer Schiff both encourage anyone with an interest in tennis to try out for next year’s team.

With a chance to compete in a tournament and two players in the top 10 in the conference, Palomar men’s golf coach Mark Halda said he has a positive outlook for the team. Coach Halda said the men’s team still has a fighting chance to make it to the Southern California Regional Tournament. After placing seventh in the eight-team tournament on April 10, hosted by Rancho Santiago College at El Prado GC in Chino, Calif., the team still managed to hold onto third place in the Orange Empire Conference. In the beginning of the season, the team’s goal was to take the Southern California Regionals. Coach Halda said as long as members continue to maintain and stay in the top three, they have a very good chance of doing just that. Coach Halda also said the team is improving. As it stands right now, the team has two top players in the conference. Sophomore Jordan Asper currently ranks as the No. 1 player in the conference, while freshman Nick Bellstrom ranks at No. 9.

“Both of the guys are playing really well,” Coach Halda said. According to Coach Halda, the team can only bring six players out of 10 to compete in a match. He said they have to find a way for the other four players to score 75 or better to be able to compete. Some of the guys shoot 70 to 79, so Halda said they are getting close to having two of the team’s remaining four men reaching the point where they could compete successfully. There are still four matches left before the regional tournament, which, according to Halda, means there are still 28 match points available. There are a total of seven points available in each match. Right now, the people who are in first place are just seven match points ahead. “We have to start playing better,” Halda said. Coach Halda said he has a positive outlook for the team, and Bellstrom said he feels confident that they are doing well. Now that they still have a chance to win the Southern California regionals, Halda said it’s only a matter of the team bringing the best six players to compete in a match.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Motorcycle racing

Motorcyclists race into a turn May 30 on the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. •Courtesy of Austin Harness

Palomar students aim to raise racing awareness


Motorcycle racing does not usually share the spotlight with major sports such as basketball and football. However, for a team of Palomar students, racing is on the top of the list. “It’s a passion, not a hobby,” said motorcycle racer and Palomar student Austin Harness. Unlike many students who ride motorcycles to school, 24-year-old Austin races them along with two other Palomar students at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, Calif. about once a month aboard his 2012 Honda CBR 600rr. He got his start racing about two years ago through SemperRide, an advanced training and riding program for the U.S. Marines. He is now sponsored by RevMoto Industries, a local business whose owner put together a racing team specifically for Marines and veterans. Austin and his team, consisting of Palomar students Anthony Harness and Johnny Semroska, want

to bring awareness to other motorcycle riders about the danger of racing on Palomar Mountain. “I used to ride Palomar Mountai all the time, and it’s so dangerous,” Harness said. “I’ve seen guys die out there, and I’ve actually helped with life flights. It’s just not the place to get practice going fast.” Harness added that riders choose Palomar Mountain as their racing spot because of the way the road curves. He said most riders do not prefer to ride in a straight line and racing down the winding mountain road provides more of a thrill. Austin said instead of using public roads and highways for street racing, the riders should look for other ways to get the thrills of going fast without bringing the extreme danger to themselves and those around them. “The thing about the track is there are no obstacles like gravel or kids running across the road; it’s just you, the desert and the other racers, so it’s just a better environment than [Palomar Mountain].”

There are accidents around Palomar Mountain roads every year, many of which are the result of unsafe riding habits. Riders take turns as fast as they can manage without regard for drivers or other motorcyclists on the road. Motorcycles can hit cars, cars can hit motorcycles and motorcycles can slide out from under the rider if it is too far slanted. It is more difficult to see a motorcycle than a car; motorcycle riders always need to be aware of their surroundings, especially when riding between lanes doing 20 mph over the speed limit on a crowded freeway. “Experience and skill are two different things,” he added, stating even those who ride the same roads for five years may not possess a lot of skill with the bike. He said the way to gain skill is by going to a track and working with someone who has been racing for a long time to learn how to gain better control of the motorcycle. Austin has been riding motorcycles since he was in high school, and used to think riding

Anthony Harness (left) stands with brother Austin Harness (right) Nov. 11, 2012.• Courtesy of Austin Harness

around turns as fast as possible was a joy and something to do whenever possible. Now that he has racing experience in a safe environment, he wants to make it known to other motorcycle riders that there are safer alternatives

to racing on the street. Students interested in learning more about racing or riding safely can contact Austin Harness at JGREENE@THE-TELESCOPE.COM


Freshman softball player drives team’s success LLoyd Bravo THE TELESCOPE

Carlie Daniel has become a surprising factor on Palomar’s softball team, as her ability to pitch and hit has helped her make an impact in her first year as a Comet. The 18-year-old freshman has a .328 ERA with a batting average of .506 so far this season. Daniel has helped the Comets lead the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with a 9-3 conference record and 21-8 overall. Head Coach Lacey Craft has been impressed with Daniel saying, “Carlie is a big contributor to this year’s team. She has helped us on both sides of the ball.” Daniel has been playing softball for 13 years and contributes her passion to her family. “My family got me interested... and I guess it was only natural I start playing myself.” As a stand out at San Marcos High School, Coach Craft knew

she had something special with Daniel in regards to hitting, but it wasn’t until Daniel told Craft she pitched as well as hit, that the head coach really got excited. “We really needed some depth in the circle, so I was excited to hear she had pitched, ” Craft said, adding that Daniel is currently 10-3 with six complete games on the mound. Although Daniel had an outstanding high school career, the transition to college softball can present its own challenges. “Playing in college is very different because you travel farther and play more games during the week,” Daniel said. “The competition is better, and we also practice a lot more and longer.” According to her stats, she has exceeded expectations and became a key reason for Palomar’s current success. “The reason for my current success would probably be the amount I practice on and off the field, as well as believing I can do

it,” Daniel said. It is also Daniel’s ability to control her emotions during a game that makes her a key player on the field. “Carlie is a special athlete. She has the ability to stay extremely relaxed throughout the game, which allows her natural ability to come through,” Coach Craft said. Sophomore Jasmine Vogel has also noticed Daniel’s “cool” demeanor on the field. “She doesn’t get nervous; she’s great in clutch situations,” Vogel said. It can be difficult to figure out future plans as an 18-year-old, which is why Daniel is keeping it simple for the moment. “I am just working toward getting my AA.” However, her biggest goal is to earn a scholarship to a four-year university. Regardless of her future plans, Daniel said she has the determination and focus to succeed in anything she encounters with influence and support form those who

Palomar softball pitcher Carlie Daniel poses April 16 before an away game at Palomar’s softball field. •Gary West/Telescope

are closest to her. “My biggest influences would probably be my family,” she said. “They push me to be better and

want me to succeed in school so I can continue on to a university.”

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