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the telescope Palomar College’s Independent Newspaper Vol. 66, No. 1 • Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 1140 W. Mission Rd, San Marcos, Calif.


Jonathan Downey at the studio. • Courtesy the Radio Department

Recent Palomar graduate dies of heart attack IAN HANNER THE TELESCOPE



Palomar’s Athletic Department has existed since the opening of the school, but the best athletes from the program have never had the chance to be recognized - until now. Palomar Athletic Director Scott Cathcart announced in July that Palomar would have an Athletic Hall of Fame. The inaugural class featured 15 inductees, and the induction was held Aug. 25 at the Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista. “We have a tremendous intercollegiate athletic tradition at Palomar College that dates back to 1946 when the college first opened,” Cathcart said. “It’s time that we recognize the best of the best.” Among the inductees were Tom Dempsey, a former NFL kicker who played for 11 years, Ana Marie Salazar, who went on to be a key player in the Clinton Administration after swimming at Palomar, and John Fairchild, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Other inductees are Jon Stanley, Ted Repa, Randy Johnson, Mike Burgher, and Karilyn Pipes-Neilson. Though there were 15 former student-athletes being honored this year, Cathcart said the classes will be around six or seven after this year. “The circumstances call for it; we need to get caught up,” Cathcart said. “We can’t get caught up in one year, but we’re sure trying.”


Former KKSM radio student Jonathan Downey, 22, died June 30, while at the music festival Mayhem Fest in San Bernardino with his brother. Downey, who graduated in the Spring 2012 semester with two associate degrees in Radio and Television, and University Studies, suffered a fatal heart attack while at the heavy metal show. He had been working for several years in both the Palomar radio and television departments. Downey had co-hosted the KKSM radio shows “Starting Lineup” and “Late Start,” in addition to his own personal broadcast, “Downey Fresh.” The latter show played heavy rock and metal chosen by Downey, who was known as J.D. to his friends. “J.D. loved that type of music,” said Zeb Navarro, the station’s general manager. “That was his type of music; the kind that would be played at Mayhem Fest.” In addition to his on-air roles, Downey served as the first social media director, bolstering KKSM’s online presence. On the day of Downey’s death, an impromptu memorial service was held on the 50-yard line of Mt. Carmel High School where he played football and wrestled. Downey was the school’s only state champion in wrestling. According to radio classmate, Serena Reib, even on short notice, the memorial service had at least 100 people in attendance. On July 7, an official memorial service was held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway. According to Navarro, the service was packed with friends of Downey’s. Navarro said the service overflowed and was standing room only. “He’s gonna be missed. We’ve lost a huge talent. Not only was he a film editor, camera man, radio personality, but first and foremost he was a teacher. If you didn’t understand the assignment, he was always there with his big, giant grin to help you out.”


This photo from a 1993 issue of The Telescope shows Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Kim Ward, who won 68 games and struck out 793 batters as a Palomar pitcher. • File Photo/Telescope


New ASG pres. anticipates change KAITY BERGQUIST THE TELESCOPE

ASG Pres. Johnathan Farmer • Courtesy photo

He’s a business major, has a job and a kid, but most importantly, he’s got a passion for the students of Palomar College. He is the new Associated Student Government President, Johnathan Farmer. Despite running unopposed at the end of the spring 2012 semester, Farmer’s presidency has a promising start. One of the first things he tells students is that he has a lot of ideas for them. “I want the student body to know that we brought the resources to them,” he said, reflecting on what he wants out of a term that’s barely started. Already, Farmer and Vice President Angel Jimenez have been reaching out to the student body. The pair held two sessions over the summer where they set up a booth and talked to students, answered questions and spread awareness of

TURN TO PAGE 7 FOR A PROFILE ON NEW ASG VICE PRESIDENT ANGEL JIMENEZ the ASG. Jimenez said that no other ASG members had done anything like that over the summer, as most focused on starting over during the fall term. Not Farmer. He jumped into things right away, she said. One of his immediate and most important goals is raising awareness about textbook options. He said he finds the current prices for textbooks on campus absurd, and plans to do as much as he can to inform students of other resources. “We want to really push websites that offer other options,” he said.



School hosts police training on campus Colleen peters The Telescope

Palomar College hosted local law enforcement this summer for a training that involved a mock gunman on campus. On July 17 and 18, officers from area agencies gathered at the college to train in scenarios that mirrored a realistic shooting. Agencies taking part included: Oceanside, Escondido and Carlsbad Police Departments, California Highway Patrol, Border Patrol and Palomar College police, among others. The purpose of the training is to teach Palomar College police and other law enforcement officers how to respond and render aid during a shooting on a campus. Though there has only been one shooting on a college campus in San Diego and no schools have been threatened, Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Barnett stressed that a shooting could happen in a populated area, and that the training was an important part of being prepared. “This is as live as we can make it without having an actual incident,” sheriff’s Capt. Mike Barnett said of the training at Palomar. “So when they have to encounter this situation in the real world, they’ll be ready.” ASG President Johnathan Farmer and Vice President Angel Jimenez participated in the drill as hostages. Farmer said the mock-gunman deserved an Oscar for his performance. “The police officer who posed as the shooter definitely did a good job,” Farmer said. “When it came time to act like it was live, he was very serious.” The training also allowed officers from different agencies to learn to work together. In a real situation officers would have to enter the scene right away when they got there. It wouldn’t matter what agency they were with. At the conclusion of the training, Farmer said he was impressed with what he saw from the officers. “I felt that they were about as thorough as anybody could possibly be. I feel very safe.” @colleen_teresa

Monday, August 27, 2012 PALOMAR NEWS-IN-BRIEF

Palomar administrator tapped to serve on state board kaity bergquist the telescope

Local law enforcement officers participate in a mock hostage situation on July 17-18 at the San Marcos campus. Officers pictured prepare to breach and clear a room of threats. • Courtesy of Melinda Finn

Palomar TV partners with city of San Marcos COLLEEN PETERS THE TELESCOPE

Palomar College’s television station began a partnership this summer with the city of San Marcos to provide its programming to a larger audience. The partnership, which launched in May, allows PCTV more viewing hours. In return, PCTV will assist the city by filming San Marcos-specific programming, such as city council meetings. Previously, PCTV was aired on two outlets– Cox Cable and Time Warner– as a part of an agreement with the San Diego County Office of Education. As a part of the viewing arrangement, PCTV programming aired from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m., which were not optimal viewing hours for most people. PCTV Producer Bill Wisneski said the new agreement would provide 24-hour access, giving the station new opportunities for programming. One of those opportunities, he said, was eventual live programming created by the classes using the PCTV studio. Palomar and PCTV have been interested in working with nearby cities for a few years. About five years ago, the station had worked with Escondido on a similar project, Wisneski said. The pairing required Palomar to deliver tapes to the Escondido station. Eventually it became too difficult to constantly transport the tapes. Wisneski said he hopes that eventually the station will be able to partner with other local cities. “This could provide a model for future partnerships.” Among the shows the station will be producing for the city is a documentary series about the history of San Marcos. It will also be producing a series highlighting important things currently happening throughout the city.

Accrediting Commission: Palomar College passes Midterm Report

Palomar official Mollie Smith has been appointed to serve on the the Board of Directors of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE) as vice president for the San Diego region. Smith has been the college’s Director of Occupational and Noncredit Programs since 2001. Her accomplishments at Palomar include directing the 100 employees in the occupational, apprenticeship and non-credit education programs. She is a strong advocate for affordable higher education. She has also worked on the Carl Perkins funding program and the STEM grant. According to its website, the mission of the CCCAOE is “to provide leadership for occupational education and economic development professionals involved in workforce development and the enhancement of California’s position within a global economy.”

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An accreditation commission gave Palomar a good grade for a report it filed this summer, school officials said recently. Palomar’s accreditation midterm report was accepted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges at its June 6-8 meeting. The commission regulates all community colleges to make sure they are providing a valuable education to students. The approval was announced to Palomar’s staff in an employee-wide notice from college President Robert Deegan sent July 9. Deegan said the commission recognized that the college had fulfilled the 11 recommendations given to them in a 2009 evaluation. The next evaluation will occur in Spring 2015. Among the commission’s recommendations was improving the college’s mission statement, developing a strategic plan, modifying the budget development process so that it places priority on the strategic plan and working on student learning objectives. “While we are excited that the midterm report has been accepted, we are all aware that accreditation is an ongoing process,” Deegan said in the notice. “We will continue to work diligently, reassessing our planning, evaluation, and resource allocation decision making, as well as our student learning outcomes and assessments.” @kaitybergquist

Palomar student Allison Gaba uses the new card option on the daily parking machine on Aug. 21 in lot 12. • Jassamyn Payne/Telescope

BookRenter holds contest for students kaity bergquist the telescope

A company called BookRenter recently announced its “Back to School Free Textbooks Contest” where students can win a year’s supply of free textbook rentals, up to $1,000. To enter the contest, participants have to “like” BookRenter on Facebook and submit their name, email address and college using the “Back to School Free Textbooks Contest” Facebook app. All students who enter the contest get a $5 off coupon toward their next rental on BookRenter. Ten winners will be selected, and the deadline to enter is Sept. 30. Students may only enter once at


the telescope OUR VIEWPOINT



BIRTH CONTROL: Best decision the president has made


the telescope Focused On Palomar

WHAT WE THINK In the past, Palomar ASG actions have been questionable. With a new president and vice president, our expectations are high.

Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 Vol. 66, No. 1 Palomar College, San Marcos, Calif.


April testerman the telescope

Dear Associated Student Government, As the new semester begins, we want to welcome you back and talk about this upcoming year. We know there have been some issues with and within the ASG in the past, but we are optimistic about President Johnathan Farmer and Vice President Angel Jimenez’s goals for the upcoming semester. We believe that everyone deserves a clean slate, especially at the start of a new school year. Here are some things that we would like to congratulate you on and others we would plead for you to continue to work on. 1. Thank you for being available. All too often, we feel distant from those in power and even feel like they don’t care. But both of you have stepped out and made yourselves available to students right from the get-go. Please don’t ever get so wrapped up in your own problems that you forget about us, the students, who should be your main focus. 2. Thank you for helping us save money. These are desperate times for the average student, and you know as well as anyone that we can’t afford books that sometimes cost more than $200. Some of us work part-time jobs in between class just to pay rent - there is no way we can afford to spend that kind of money at Palomar’s bookstore. Thank you for directing us toward websites that can help us save a ton. Thank you for planning things like an upcoming Scholarship Day so that we can get as much help as we can. 3. Please fight for us. Whatever you can do to help alleviate the class/budget cuts, the parking situation, the construction problems, whatever is in your power, do whatever you can to make sure that we don’t get screwed over by the college administration. 4. Please help us to be more involved. Student apathy is a major problem on campus. Help us become more aware of the things we can do on campus to get involved and make a difference. Motivate us, make us want to be the change on campus. Give us a passion to want to a part of the ASG and vote in the elections. Make the ASG bigger and better than ever before. We believe that you have the motivation and passion to make it happen.


Photo Illustration by Brian Korec/Telescope

Obama’s birth control measure is definitely one of the best decisions he has made as our president. On Feb. 10, President Obama finally made a decision enabling women to receive contraceptive coverage directly through their health insurance provider without having to go through their employers, religious or not. Coverage is provided whether or not a women chooses to use it. I think this is crucial to women’s rights and the overall well-being of our country. While religious institutions are concerned that this is a violation of our First Amendment rights, I think these institutions should think again. Many women employed by these institutions, whether her employers like to think so or not, are having premarital sex. When some of these women get pregnant outside of marriage, some will consider abortion over having the child due to the fear of criticism. Abortion is a morbid sin according to the beliefs of some religious institutions, something I wholeheartedly agree with. These women are already choosing to have sex, so providing birth control to women will help our society reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies. I am not just limiting it to religious institutions. Think of all of the low-income families and women who cannot afford birth control. These women will have children who they can’t necessarily provide for and therefore will rely

heavily on government aid. However, the initial argument between Republicans and Democrats was that this measure was a violation of our First Amendment rights, more specifically freedom of religion. Birth control was to be provided by all insurance companies, something that religious institutions were against. Now, these religious institutions, don’t necessarily have to provide this care, but an individual can go to her insurance company directly if she wants it. College students are arguably the most in need of this measure. Many of us don’t have careers that provide great insurance coverage or even the money to pay for contraceptives by ourselves. This measure will help immensely. While in college, for most students, having kids is the last thing on our minds. If anything, the birth control measure gives us a choice. The choice of when and if to have children. Many times a woman who gets pregnant while in school has to drop out because she has to devote all her time to a newborn and not school; it inhibits her from obtaining a degree and going on to earn a good living. I think that birth control being covered by insurance companies will save our country money. I believe it will, over time, lower the number of women on welfare because they will only be providing for themselves and not a child they weren’t intending to have. @AprilTesterman

Letter to the editor: Vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 34 The May 8 editorial by Jessica Brooks arguing for retention of the Death Penalty (DP) and against State Sen. Lori Hancock’s bill to replace DP with life without parole ignores several facts regarding DP in general and for California in particular. Even for those who support DP on moral grounds, students in community colleges like Palomar should oppose its practice because it is enormously expensive (taking funds away from all levels of education) and does not make us safer. It is true, as Brooks states that “there are 714 people on death row, yet, California has only executed 13 people since 1976.” What she fails to mention is that the state of California has spent over $4 billion on DP since then ( That’s over $300 million per executed murderer. Is that absurd or what? It costs 20 times as much to prosecute a murderer for capital punishment as it does for life without parole. This is because of the extra precaution necessary to prevent execution of an innocent person. (Since [reinstating] DP there have been more that 140 exonerations from Death Row). She is wrong to claim that the cost is $48k/ year to house an inmate on Death Row. The cost is three times that because Death Row inmates are housed one to a cell and require extra security. The average DP inmate spends 20 years in prison before execution because of the extra ap-

peals and the difficulty in finding lawyers willing to take up what are usually lost causes. Should we speed up the process? Besides risking executing an innocent person, making appeals go faster would require hiring 228 more attorneys, extra judges and courtrooms. None of these come cheap. In 2010 California spent $58 million reviewing DP cases. Repealing DP will save $130 million/year according to That savings could be used to put more police on the streets and prosecuting crimes. Right now 46 percent of homicides and 58 percent of rapes go unsolved. When police chiefs are asked “What interferes with effective law enforcement” a plurality (20 percent) say “insufficient resources,” the least (2 percent) say “insufficient use of the death penalty.” Capital punishment does not work as a deterrent (in fact, DP states have higher homicide rates) and it does not, as Brooks states “reward” killers. Spending one’s life in prison and working to contribute to the victim’s family is not only severe punishment but puts restitution where it is needed. In November, Californians have the opportunity to vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 34, replacing the expensive and ineffective DP with the safer and more effective life without parole. It’s a no brainer. William Leslie Adjunct Professor, Philosophy


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4 • LIFE

Monday, August 27, 2012


Palomar offers students ways to get involved KAITY BERGQUIST The Telescope

Beginning college (or coming to a new college) can be a daunting experience. Most new Palomar students may want to only focus on classwork and not get involved in anything until settled in. But here are some simple ways to get involved and feel more of a part of the Palomar community.

1. Get a Student Activity card

At only $15 per semester, the benefits of the card far outweigh the cost. Whether it’s discounts on Sprinter and movie passes, or free food at various on-campus activities, it’s an easy way to save lots of money.

2. Join a club

Palomar hosts about 30 clubs of various nature. Clubs are centered around majors, cultures, religion, activities, and interests, and Student Activities Coordinator Lindsay Kretchman said that you don’t have commit all your time to a club to be involved. “I think some students tend to think clubs are for the people who have a lot of spare time, but being a part of a club is still valuable at any rate that you can participate,” she said. “Maybe they can be the person who mans the booth at one of the events for a couple of hours.”

3. Join the Student Government

Students have a huge opportunitiy to make a difference on campus by joining the Associated Student Government, and even just voting in the elections. The first ASG meeting of the semester will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 22 in SU-204. All students, faculty and employees are always welcome to the meetings, which are held every Wednesday throughout the semester. Students can also get involved by simply participating in student elections. “Voting on campus is huge because we don’t get very much voter turnout - even though we have a ton of students,” Kretchman said.

4. Use the computer lab

Kretchman said that most students don’t know that there is a computer lab in SU-28 available for students with 10 free printouts a day. A student activity card is required to use the lab. In additional, the Office of Student Affairs host various events throughout the semester. “Even getting involved can mean showing up at one of these events,” Kretchman said. “This is what these events are for: networking and learning a little bit more about what’s going on that day. @Kaitybergquist

UPCOMING STUDENT ACTIVITIES 8/27: Movie Monday 1 to 3:30 p.m. in SU-204 9/6: CAMPUS CLEAN-UP 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M. IN THE QUAD 9/10: Hoop it up 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the quad 9/12: Grab and Go 10 a.m. to noon in the quad 9/12: Coffee night 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the MD buiding 9/19: Club Rush 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the quad 9/25 & 9/26: Club Hub Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in SU-19 9/27: CALIFORNIA INDIAN DAY 12:30 P.M. TO 3 P.M. IN MD-157/ COURTYARD

Student Activities Coordinator Lindsay Kretchman directs a student during Discover Palomar on Aug. 21 at the Student Union Quad. • Brian Korec/Telescope

LIFE • 5

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A NEW WAY TO MAKE RUNNING RAD Colleen Peters The Telescope

I have played sports since I was 3. I played various sports throughout life including two years of college volleyball. It has been my passion leading into an eventual career as a sports writer. It’s safe to say I have never had as much fun exercising as I did when I ran in the Color Me Rad 5K on August 11. Since I stopped playing volleyball competitively five years ago, I haven’t wanted to

exercise much. It’s a burnout that a lot of us experience. Occasionally I will have my moments where I tell myself that I am going to start again, but playing sports was fun and I think running on a treadmill is boring. Even as a committed athlete, I would train sometimes twice a day for 5 days a week, but was never interested in running on a treadmill. I always needed to be doing something entertaining. When I heard about a run where participants would be dressed completely in white and covered in dyed cornstarch, resulting in a vivid rainbow of accomplishment, I was sold. I first learned about the run through Pinterest. The run I heard about was the Color Run, and I somehow stumbled upon Color Me Rad. Same idea, different company. Color Me Rad had a closer run date in San Diego than the Color Run, but I made a mental note to sign up for both runs. Soon, Color Me Rad was coming up and I had completely forgotten. My friend and I signed up, without thinking, about four days before the run. I hadn’t trained. In fact, I hadn’t run a significant distance in about a year (I probably shouldn’t admit that). Because of this, my main goal going into the run was to have fun. I wanted to run as much as possible, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to run an entire 5K. However, when the run started, my ideas quickly vanished. The areas where they throw the color, the color stations, were at the end of the race. The Color Me Rad we site says, “Instead of running from something, run for something.” That is exactly what happens. I didn’t want to run, but I

Photos courtesy of Colleen Peters/ Telescope

wanted to get to the color, so I ran most of the way. It was a means to an end. My only complaint with the run was when it came time to run through the color stations. As we went through the stations, there were two options, run through the middle and don’t get much color, or run through the outside and be completely covered in color. We wanted to run on the outside, that meant standing in a line. Kind of defeated the purpose. At the end of the race, the company puts on a massive color celebration. It rains color as everyone throws a packet of cornstarch into the air. The raining color is like the

frosting on the cake. If I didn’t think I had enough color, the “color bomb” at the end was just enough. Color Me Rad was everything I thought it would be and more. I signed up for the Color Run in November based on my experience with Color Me Rad.This experience is something I recommend to everyone who asks. It combines fun with exercise. If there were more workouts like this, I think more people would be excited to exercise. @Colleen_Tersea


Inside the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival Emma Maliszewski The telescope

Tens of thousands of festival goers gathered in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Aug. 10-12, for the three-day long Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

This annual event, now in its fifth year, not only delivered an eclectic mix of headliners including Beck, Foo Fighters, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Metallica, and Stevie Wonder, but also showcased art installations, craft beer, California wine, and gourmet

Concert goers on Aug. 11 in Golden Gate Park. •Emma Maliszewski/ Telescope

food. The event drew attendees from all over the country, both casual fans and hardcore festival fanatics. A group of music fans from southern California said they made the long drive up because, “this is the last big music event on the West Coast before school starts, this is our way of saying good-bye to summer.” The attractions were organized into different, “lands,” that divided the venue and featured an element of the festival. There was a beer land for beer lovers, wine land for wine connoisseurs, and choco land for chocoholics. Aside from the main stages, the festival also featured sponsored tents that were reminiscent of night clubs and even hosted a comedy stage. “There is something for everybody, and this festival is truly one of a kind,” said festival attendee and San Francisco local Elizabeth Cruz. Outside Lands featured local cuisine from the greater part of the bay area. “People are saying it’s the only gourmet music festival ever,” said Cruz as she waited in line 20 minutes for sweet potato tater tots

with blueberry BBQ sauce. When asked if it was worth the wait she replied, “totally.” Day one of the festival featured Neil Young, Beck, Foo Fighters, Justice and newcomers Tennis and Of Monsters and Men. Festival goer Cameron Bowman described Foo Fighter’s set as, “a big giant, dancing, singing, love fest.” Day two saw star-studded set from Metallica, Passion Pit and Norah Jones. “Metallica might seem like a strange addition to the lineup, with so many electronic and indie bands, but Metallica is from San Francisco and the fireworks at the end were the highlight of the day” said festival attendee and Metallica fan Stevie J. The third day brought the highly anticipated festival finale with performances by Stevie Wonder, Jack White and Skrillex. Strenuous walking aside, the hardest aspect to weather during Outside Lands, was the weather. When concert goers began their journeys west to Golden Gate park, from almost anywhere else in the city, they were delighted to see clear and sunny skies. How-

ever, once the shuttle drove into the fog that started about 2 miles before the park, it became obvious that San Francisco’s infamously gray atmosphere would be hanging around indefinitely. Despite the cool weather, vibes were mellow and spirits were high, and San Francisco lived up to its “anything goes,” reputation. Respect for the park’s environment was also adamantly promoted during the event with featured programs like Eco Lands set up to educate people on Outside Land’s mission of sustainability. Festival creators addressed guests with words of wisdom from the Outside Lands guide: “There are very few rules, but please respect this wonderful place we’ve been granted to use for this event, and leave nothing but footprints; take nothing but memories.” There will be no shortage of good memories for all who participated in the festival’s fifth year. A milestone that proves Outside Lands is being embraced as a West Coast music festival staple much like Coachella, only colder. @EMMAHHH

6 • NEWS

Monday, August 27, 2012


Cal State thaws admission freeze for nonresidents Carla Rivera Los Angeles Times

The California State University system is embroiled in a controversy over plans to admit higher-paying out-of-state and international students to its undergraduate and graduate programs next spring while barring California residents because of state funding cuts. The issue has become so heated that department leaders on some campuses are saying that rather than turn away Californians, they will not accept any students into their programs. “I don’t want to come across as xenophobic,” Maria Nieto, a professor of biology at Cal State East Bay who coordinates her department’s graduate studies, said Thursday. “Diversity from the international community is always welcome. ... But you do not run a program in the Cal State system and exclude California residents from the application pool to bring in out-of-state folks. It’s not right.” Cal State announced earlier that it would freeze spring 2013 enrollment on most of its 23 campuses to address $750 million in funding cuts in the 2011-12 fiscal year and position itself for a $250 million cut next year if voters reject a November tax measure supported by Gov. Jerry Brown. Under the plan, 10 campuses will accept new students for the term, but enrollment would be limited to a few hundred community college transfer students and select other exceptions. Cal State’s campuses typically receive 70,000 applications in the spring, and 16,000 students enroll. But now campus leaders are reporting that Chancellor Charles B. Reed told them nonresident undergraduate and graduate students were exempt from the freeze because they pay higher fees; California residents are subsidized by the state. Palomar students said recently they feel the move is unfair. “It looks like the university is interested in income rather than education,” said Christopher Villalpando, a computer engineering major.

UC Davis students students occupy an administration building on campus. University students throughout the state were protesting rising tuition costs • Paul Kitagaki Jr./MCTCampus

Added biology major Jordan Ramrotch: “I think it’s ridiculous. I moved from Pennsylvania and it was hard enough getting residency here. You should get the benefits of going

to school in California.” California graduate students, for example, will pay $7,356 for the 2012-13 academic year, while nonresidents will pay an additional $372 per semester unit _ or about $4,464 for 12 units _ in addition to regular tuition. “We need to make appropriate enrollment cuts and that, unfortunately, has to be California residents,” Cal State spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said Thursday. “If a campus has a program with the capacity to bring in students who are not subsidized and who are paying for the entirety of instruction, they could ... bring in additional revenue that could go to benefit state residents.” Most of that capacity is at the graduate level, Uhlenkamp said. He said he was unsure which campuses planned to accept nonresidents and could not estimate the number of students who would be involved. Systemwide, slightly more than 300 nonresident students enrolled in the spring 2011 term, he said. The typical spring enrollment in Cal State East Bay’s graduate biology program is eight to 12 students, most of them California residents, Nieto said. But the policy, she said, sets a bad precedent. “If the rationale is that you’re getting surplus money from nonresident students, then what’s to preclude the administration from expanding that to the fall and winter and summer terms?” David Allison, president of the Cal State Student Association, agreed. “I do buy the fact that because of budget cuts, a lot of tough decisions have to be made,” said Allison, 22, a senior at Cal State San Bernardino. “But all organizations have a mission statement and, in tough times, that’s what that the mission statement is for. “The mission of Cal State is accessibility and affordability. ... I find it troubling that students who are not California residents are being given priority.” The Telescope Staff Writers Hannah Villaruel and Hayley Elwood contributed to this report.


End-of-summer bargains dovetail with back-to-school sales Lauren Davidson

disappears, Shelton said. Summer apparel: Look for clearance and coupons, especially from Old Navy, Nautica, French Connection, Dickies and Converse, which had their best sales last August. Also jump on any remaining swimwear you find, as most retailers will be aggressive about moving it. Running shoes might especially go on sale, Shelton said. Also look for: Fitness equipment or accessories, gym memberships, Caribbean cruises, grills.

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Back-to-school sales rule in August, but you’ll also see summer clearance on clothing and outdoor gear.


Clothing, supplies: When it comes to saving money, bundling is your best bet. Groupon, for example, has already begun to offer backpack deals and supply bundles. And some online retailers will run sales you can combine with an extra coupon code and free shipping. “We see this a lot with clothing, especially the brands the kids like,” said Brent Shelton, a spokesman with consumer site Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale offered their best discounts of the year last August. Laptops and more: Retailers like Amazon, Microsoft and Sony will probably offer laptop bundles in August, when higherend models might be paired with an Xbox, PlayStation or gift card, says Lindsay Sakraida, features editor at “Amazon sometimes will even offer both a console and a gift card,” she said. “For some of the lower-end computers, you can still get something bundled with it, maybe a printer, which isn’t as exciting, but is very useful.” For Palomar students said dur-


Best Buy customer Tim Perkins checks out the new Kindle Fire tablet on Nov. 21, 2011. • Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times/MCT

ing the first day of class that they don’t have the time to look search for bargains. “I just go to the mall, look for sales and hope I get lucky,” said Palomar Student Zach Beissel, a 19-year-old biology major. While 22-year-old Briana Rodriguez, a Palomar student majoring in nursing, said she favors drug stores for school supplies and never procrastinates. “I don’t last minute shop,” she said. “If you do then there are no

supplies left.” For bigger items, Apple is offering a special for students through Sept. 21: 5 to 8 percent off depending on which Mac you choose, plus a $100 gift card. “Last year’s model of the Macbook Air is the best in terms of discount _ still very new technology,” Sakraida said. Dorm furniture: There’s one standout when it comes to pricing on college furniture. “Almost across the board, WalMart the past two years has of-

fered the lowest prices on things like futons (and) compact computer desks,” Sakraida said. “You really can outfit an entire first apartment for your college student for pretty cheap.”


Outdoor gear: The summer air lures folks outdoors for golf, cycling, camping and fishing, and retailers will begin running sales to shove related inventory out the door before the warm weather

Patio furniture: Deeper discounts are coming this fall. Kindle Fire: Rumors about the new model abound, which means you can either wait for the latest technology to come out or for the current version’s price ($199) to decrease. “We’re predicting that the original could drop to as low as $169,” Sakriada said. iPhones, accessories: The iPhone 5 is expected to debut this fall, and many are anticipating a different dock connector. If you’re considering an upgrade, hold off on buying any more accessories _ they might not fit the 5. If you’re looking for an older model, wait for the release of the iPhone 5 to drive down prices. Telescope Staff Writers Anna Maria Petrov and Emily Yelsits contributed to this report.

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“He was a big guy and when he walked in the room, he just absorbed all the energy and he would always be quick with the hug,” Reib added. “As a matter of fact, at his memorial service, that’s one of the things his mom asked everyone to do. Just turn to the person next to you whether you knew them or not and just give them a hug. It was a very poignant moment.” Downey was also heavily involved with Palomar College Television (PCTV) , working in

several capacities of film production. Pat Hahn, director of PCTV said he believes Downey’s death marks a significant loss of talent. “He was the kind of guy that if you ever needed help, he would be there to lend a hand,” Hahn said. “We’ll miss him.” The Radio and Television departments plans on displaying an enlarged photo of Downey at both department’s buildings. @ianhanner

Farmer’s goal is to let students know that there are resources available to combat the rising costs of education, and he wants to ensure that students have access to them, whether it’s cheaper textbooks or scholarship opportunities. He simply wants students to not be pushed away by costs so they can take an active role in their education. Farmer has a lot to say about student apathy, a problem often faced by presidents before him. For example, only 107 of over 30,000 students voted in the spring election that put Farmer in office. During the election, both

Farmer and Jimenez ran unopposed. “I hated it,” Farmer bluntly said. “What, am I going to debate with myself?”Still, he took an active role in his campaigning and wanted students to know he was running. Farmer said he was still determined to introduce himself to students during the election, though he cringed every time he was asked about his opponent and had to say there wasn’t one. Personally, Farmer is a business major who has been doing mortgages for over eight years. He’s also a single dad to a sevenyear-old daughter who just start-

ed third grade. He hopes to transfer to USD next fall, and wants to be involved in something on campus. He is not sure if he’ll join the student government there. He is mostly concerned with focusing on Palomar for now. Farmer said he believes things will change at Palomar, boldly stating that it starts with him. “If our administration works out, there will be a lot more people interested in running for office,” Farmer said. “I would be delighted to see that we were able to leave the ASG stronger than when we came in.”


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New Associated Student Government Vice President Angel Jimenez is one busy woman. Besides being the vice president, she’s a region senator, on the advocacy committee, on the council equity and diversity committee, on the faculty senate and the temporary Inter-Club Council chairman. Oh, and she’s the student representative for the Standard Equity Access and Practices Committee of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. Not to mention the fact that she’s a wife, mother and student and has a part-time job. “Time management is something that I’m really familiar with,” Jimenez said. “I haven’t found myself overwhelmed yet.” Jimenez came to Palomar in 2009 after being out of school for 17 years. Knowing that she wanted to get involved in something on campus, she joined a club and then started following the ASG on Facebook. She eventually joined the ASG as a senator and was appointed as the ICC chairperson. In Nov. 2011, though, she sud-

denly resigned from the ASG and her position at the ICC and withdrew from all of her classes because of a conflict with members of club. “I decided at that time it would probably be best for me to step back for a little while...and make a decision,” Jimenez said. “What made me decide to come back was that the call of service was a little bit louder.”When she came back to Palomar, she said she was a little apprehensive about the reaction she might get, but had an overwhelming positive response. “It made me feel like I still had a

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job to be done, and I’m going to go ahead and go full on, and answer the call,” she said. She then ran unopposed for vice president in the spring alongside President Johnathan Farmer. Both Jimenez and Farmer started interacting with students right away by setting up a booth in the quad twice over the summer where students could ask questions and learn more about the ASG.Another way Jimenez has been reaching out to students is through the ASG’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. “You can’t ask anybody to work harder than she does,” Farmer said. “She is very loved and respected.” Jimenez said she is very thankful for the amount of support she’s had from her family and friends here at Palomar. She is an English writing major and is planning to transfer to an undetermined school. Wherever she goes, she plans to be involved and may even try her hand at being a student government president. “I’m not an ordinary student,” Jimenez said. “I’m totally involved and I have a purpose.” @kaitybergquist

Construction continues on the Humanities Building, expected to be done in 2013, located next to the Multidisciplinary Building on Aug. 15. • Brian Korec/Telescope


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Athletic Hall of Fame has been in the works since Cathcart took the position of Athletic Director in 2009 During the planning processes of the Hall of Fame, the committee left room in the qualifications for former Palomar athletes who weren’t stars. “Not everybody in the Hall of Fame has to be a star athlete - could be a contributor to the athletic program, could be a coach, could be someone who was in our athletic program and achieved something that we would like to be recogniz-

able beyond their years at Palomar College,” Cathcart said. He started planning an Athletic Hall of Fame when he became Athletic Director in 2007. A committee was formed in 2010 to get the hall started, and it featured Ray Lucia as the chair. Other members included Don Adair, Scott Free, Palomar golf coach Mark Eldridge, Palomar softball manager Lacey Craft, Sports Information Director Tom Saxe,

Patti Waterman, Tony Lynds and Cathcart as a non-voting member. By the spring of 2010, the qualifications and criteria, called the “charter,” were completed. Nominees for the inaugural class were voted on and finalized in the spring of 2011. Planning for the ceremony filled the rest of the year. The Palomar College Foundation and Foundation Coordinator Pam Grasso played integral roles

in the planning of the inauguration ceremony. “It’s the greatest thing that ever happened,” Cathcart said. “(Grasso) did all the stuff that I really needed help with.” The plaques will be displayed in the foyer of the Dome for now. When the athletic department is expanded in the Master Plan, Cathcart said they will plan for a permanent home for the Hall of Fame.

Not all of the honorees were able to attend the ceremony, but Cathcart said the process of tracking all of them down was part of the fun. “It’s met with a lot of goodwill and genuine, really warm feelings from people that we wouldn’t have talked to otherwise,” he said. “We’re proud of it, and it’s time for us to single out the very best.”

A SELECTION OF THE INAUGURAL CLASS Courtesy of the Palomar Athletic Department



A slugging third-baseman out of Vista High, Liz Mueller posted a career batting average of .412, leading Coach Mark Eldridge’s 1981 and 1982 teams to respective 36-4 and 26-8 season records, including a perfect 31-0 Mission Conference mark. In track and field, the versatile Muller broke the National Community College javelin record at 173-3 and won the state community college title with a winning toss of 169-10, setting a meet record that stood for 10 years. Moving on to San Diego State, she finished seventh in the javelin in the1983 TAC National Championships and set an SDSU record of 178-3 that still stands after 29 years. In her postSDSU career, she qualified for the TAC Nationals and U.S. Olympic Trials between 1986 and 1988 before beginning a coaching career at Escondido High School.

A product of Banning, California High School, Kevin Swayne starred on a 1992 Comet team that went 10-1 and was ranked sixth in the nation by the J.C. Grid-Wire on the 1993 team, which went 11-0 and was the consensus National Champion. In his sophomore year, he caught 80 passes (No.3 all-time), including 13 for 139 yards and a touchdown in the Comets 27-25 championship-game win over City College of San Francisco. At Wayne State University in Nebraska, Swayne set a school record with 21 receptions (No. 3 all-time in NCAA Division II) for 236 yards against Drake. Originally signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears, he played in the Arena League, the short-lived XFL, back to the Arena League and finally three highly successful seasons with the NFL’s New York Jets from 2001 through 2003.



A J.C. Grid-Wire first-team All-American, Thom Kaumeyer led rugged Comet defenses in 1985 and 1986. He accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Oregon, where he earned All-Pac 10 and Academic All-Pac 10 honors with a team-high 101 tackles as a senior. Initially drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the sixth round in 1989, he spent four successful NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants. He returned to Palomar to begin his coaching career and became the Comets head coach in 1994, guiding the team to a 7-4 record and a 49-28 victory over Grossmont College in the San Diego Community College Bowl. Kaumeyer’s coaching career has included respective stints with a pro team in Japan, the Atlanta Falcons, San Diego State, Tulane, Kentucky, the Jacksonville Jaguars and University of Hawaii.

A member of two United States Olympic teams (Los Angeles, 1984 and Seoul, 1988), Tom Petranoff was a two-time World Record holder in the javelin throw. Under Coaches Doc Marrin and Mark Eldridge, Petranoff helped the Comets win the 1977 state championship. That summer, his toss of 261-3 won the event at the USA-USSR Junior Dual Meet in Richmond, Virginia. He placed second in the state meet as a sophomore in 1978 and 1980 and placed fourth in the U.S. Olympic Trials. By 1982, he was ranked ninth in the world with a personal best of 290 feet. He surpassed 300 feet five times. On May 13, 1983, he shocked the track and field community with a world-record throw of 327-2. His astonishing performance resulted in the IAAF changing the length, weight and balance of the javelin.



Recognized as the first great softball player of the Coach Mark Eldridge era, Dana Tanaka was a virtually unhittable pitcher in her years at Palomar College. In the fledgling years of the sport on the community college level in California, she came out of Vista High School to compile earned run averages of 0.21 in 1980 and 0.09 in 1981. Her two-year career ERA of 0.13 remains an all-time Palomar College record. Behind her pitching, the Comets went 24-5, including a 17-1 mark to win the Mission Conference title in 1980 and 38-4, including a perfect 18-0 championship Mission Conference slate in 1981. Tanaka’s pitching was the key factor in back-to-back third-place finishes for the Comets in the Southern California Regionals. She accepted a scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she had outstanding junior and senior seasons.

An Escondido High School grad who was the Comets ball boy in football while his father Mack served as head coach, Mark Wiebe became Palomar’s most accomplished golfer. In his freshman season of 1977, Wiebe shot a then-school record 66 and won both the State Community College and California Amateur Championships. He accepted an athletic scholarship to San Jose State after that tremendous freshman year and was an All-American as a junior in 1979 before turning professional in 1980. He joined the PGA Tour in 1983, playing 22 years on the circuit. Wiebe won the AnheuserBusch Classic in 1985, Hardee’s Golf Classic in 1986 and brought home more than $4 million in winnings on the PGA Tour. After becoming eligible by turning 50 in September 2007, he moved on to the PGA Champions Tour.

Softball, Track & Field – 1980-82

Football – 1985-87

Softball – 1979-81

Football – 1992-94

Track & Field – 1976-78

Golf – 1976-77



Outstanding Comet swimmer under Coach Patti Waterman, Ana Maria Salazar swam lead on the school-record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay team. A graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School, she served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy in support of counter drug programs in the United States and more than 20 other countries. Salazar played a key role in developing a $1.3 billion support package for Colombia, signed into law by President Clinton in 2000. Recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Hispanic Americans in the United States, she serves on the Council on Foreign Relations and is one of the foremost experts in international law and national security regarding Latin America.

A powerful 6-foot-8 front-liner, John Fairchild led coach Joe Brennan’s 1962-63 Comets to a 25-6 record, a conference title and a berth in the State Community College Final Eight at Fresno. There, the Comets were eliminated by defending champion City College of San Francisco in an epic match-up. Fairchild averaged 21.4 points and 13.5 rebounds as a sophomore, went on to set four school records and made first-team All-American at BYU. He played on the Los Angeles Lakers 1965-66 team, which lost to the Boston Celtics, 95-93, in game seven of the NBA finals. His Laker teammates included Hall-ofFamers Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. Fairchild also played for three different teams in the American Basketball Association.

Swimming – 1981-83

Basketball – 1961-63

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