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Gov. Jerry Brown, left, talks to the media and thanks supporters of Proposition 30 after casting his ballot at his precinct at Oakland Fire Station 6 in Oakland, Nov. 6. • Laura A. Oda/Oakland Tribune/MCT


The passage this month of the education funding Proposition 30 is allowing Palomar to maintain the 20122013 budget and add classes instead of cutting them. If Prop. 30 had not passed, Palomar would have seen cuts of $6.5 million mid-year, forcing Palomar to cut hundreds of classes for the Spring 2013 semester. “Today, we are moving forward,” Palomar College President Robert Deegan at the forum. “We are back on track.” Deegan hosted an all-campus forum the day after the election to discuss the college’s finances and let students know the administration can now add 150 classes next semester. Vice President of Instruction and Assistant Superintendent Berta Cuaron said she is “delighted” that voters saw the urgency in Prop. 30. “It is time for the California Legislature to fix its fiscal woes, not postpone them, and commit to an educational system for K-12, community colleges and four-year institutions,” Cuaron told the audience. “We can move forward at Palomar College with more classes in Spring 2013 to support the educational and career goals of our students.” According to Faculty Senate member and Economics professor Teresa Laughlin, Prop 30’s passage means that there will be $210 million for the community college system to serve 20,000 additional students. She added that in order to have a successful economy we need to invest in our country’s education system. For students, the passage of Prop. 30 means that classes won’t be cut, which for some, is crucial. “I voted [for] Prop. 30 because I didn’t want to see the school lose even more money,” said Steven Reynolds, a film studies major. President Deegan also said that the administration is focusing on the 2013 summer program, and hope to have it almost back to what it was four years ago, but didn’t elaborate.





Incumbent Nancy Chadwick took the most votes and challengers John Halcon and Nancy Ann Hensch came in second and third respectively in the voting results for three spots on Palomar’s Governing Board Nov. 6. Chadwick took 19 percent of the vote, Halcon had 17 percent, and Hensch had 16 percent of all the precienct votes. Incumbant Rose Marie Dishman took fourth, challenger Roberto Rodriguez took fifth and incumbent Darrell McMullen came in last. The elections pitted the three incumbents, Chadwick, McMullen and Dishman, against the challengers Halcon, Hensch, and Rodriguez. The challengers were endorsed and promoted by the Palomar Faculty Federation. The new Governing Board members will be sworn onto the board Dec. 11. The first results of Palomar’s Governing Board election Nov. 6 had Chadwick in the lead, followed by Halcon and Dishman, who was overtaken late that night by Hensch. “I think everyone is glad [the election] is over because there was too much mudslinging,” Dishman said. “It wasn’t a very positive election.” Soon after the first results came out, supporters of the challengers said they were not surprised by these results. “These are early mail in ballots, and we didn’t start distributing our cam-

Palomar Governing Board challengers Roberto Rodriguez (left), John Halcon (center) and a supporter check the election returns on Nov. 6 soon after the polls closed. • Peter Ahsue/Telescope

paign material until October,” said Professor Daniel Finkenthal, the challengers’ campaign manager. “I’m always optimistic,” Halcon said. “I won’t lose an sleep over this. I won’t know the final results until tomorrow and I’m not gong to stay up until 4 a.m. to hear something I can hear at 8 a.m.” Hensch, a Special Education teacher at Carlsbad High School, was more anxious about the situation. “I’m optimistic. I’ve resigned that if this is meant to be, it’s meant to be,” she said. “If not, oh well. My classroom may suffer tomorrow morning though.” College President Robert Deegan

said that he believed no matter who was on the board, they would work for the best interests of the students. “I think everyone will work well together. I’m optimistic about that…I’m expecting their good faith efforts, and I pledge to work with them as hard as possible to ensure our students receive the best community college education possible,” Deegan said. The challengers attended a Palomar Faculty Federation party at Finkenthal’s house in San Marcos on election night.




The Associated Student Government came under fire recently when a student group called the Coalition for Democratic Education sent out an email claiming that the ASG had approved a parking pass fee increase. The ASG said it is discussing the need for an increase, but doesn’t have the power to enact one. Only the Governing Board has that power. The email was sent to The Telescope and ASG members in the form of a press release. The email began by explaining that a silent protest by the Coalition occurred during the Oct. 17 ASG meeting. The email said more than 60 students participated and most wore gags over

their mouths that read, “No vote, no voice.” The ASG said there were not that many people there. In continuation of that theme, the Coalition claimed the ASG approved a 25 percent parking fee increase. They pointed to documents from a Student Services Planning Council Meeting on May 9 that said “ASG reported that the students are well aware of California’s economic problems and therefore they have approved this (parking) increase.” The original proposal was that student parking pass would go from $40 to $50 per semester starting in Spring 2013, but ASG officials said that the soonest it would be implemented is Summer 2013. Former ASG member Tylor Ellard was the one who brought the report to

the SSPC meeting and said he did not say the ASG had approved the increase and that what he said must have been misinterpreted. Current ASG President Johnathan Farmer said the ASG has no power to make a decision as big as approving a parking permit fee increase. As soon as Farmer got the email, he said he replied to the Coalition and CC’ed the members and advisers of the ASG and invited the Coalition to attend the ASG meeting the next day because discussion of the parking fee increase was already on the agenda. Farmer said the agenda went out the Friday before the meeting and the timing of the email was a complete coincidence.


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Monday, November 19, 2012



Annual campaign raises money for Palomar students

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Some Palomar students will soon have access to a large sum of money raised to help with necessary school costs. At the beginning of October, the Palomar College Foundation kicked off its six-week campaign for Student Success. The goal of the campaign was to raise money for student services such as textbooks, scholarships and educational grants for the campus. Members of the Foundation are hopeful that they will reach a $250,000 goal by the end of the drive. “We are really pleased with the response and the work our volunteers have done,” the Foundation’s Executive Director Richard Talmo said. “We are very encouraged with the donor support and large gifts we have received. We hope to make the campaign an annual event growing to a million raised a year.” At the beginning of the campaign, the Foundation received a matched gift of $60,000 from the Shiley Foundation. Later into the campaign, the ISSA Foundation donated a matching gift of $60,000. While according to Talmo, volunteer cold calling was not as effective as hoped, the bulk of the donations received came from board members contacting their friends and family as well as alumni donations. But the past weeks have brought in $150,000 and the members are expecting more than $200,000. Many student and faculty volunteers helped with the campaign calls and donated to the cause. While the large sum raised by the Foundation is encouraging to the students and faculty of Palomar, the uncertainty of the recent election put a damper on the excitement. The Foundation members expressed their anxiety over the prospect of Proposition 30

not passing, and what it could mean for the funds that they had raised. Since Foundation members went on the record, Prop. 30 passed on the Nov. 6 ballot in California. Members were unable to be reached for further comments. “We are waiting to see the effects of Prop. 30,” Talmo said. The Foundation had been planning on holding a second early campaign in April if the vote had gone the other way. “The Foundation is keeping their focus on where [the raised] money should go,” Talmo said. If Prop. 30 hadn’t passed, the community college system in California would have seen further budget cuts of about $6 billion. This would translate to about $7 million dollars in lost funding given to Palomar from the state. Since the Palomar Board of Governors had previously vowed not to layoff faculty, it seemed the students would face further cuts. If Prop. 30 failing would have been a crisis, its passage means crisis averted. At an All-Campus Forum held by Palomar President Robert Deegan on Nov. 7, the day after the vote, Deegan announced that Palomar would now be looking to add approximately 150 class sections to the 2013-14 school year in addition to hiring 12 more full-time faculty to fill the school’s Faculty Obligation Number. According to Talmo, with the burden of uncertainty attached to Prop. 30 alleviated, the Foundation should be able to focus on supplying help to students rather than preparing for further cuts. Talmo said that the Campaign for Student Success will be continue to be an annual campaign to help students. For more information, visit SDAVISON@THE-TELESCOPE.COM IHANNER@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

We hope to make the campaign an annual event growing to a million dollars raised a year. Richard Talmo • Executive Director


hires new manager

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person to finish out the rounds of the tournament. Dewi Hokett, director of the debate team, said regarding her students, “It gives me chills to see the potential we have for this team.” Setting their sights on this upcoming year, they have already been involved with a number of events. At the warm-up debate on Sept. 28, they received only Superior and Excellent reviews. The team got to argue in a realworld setting on Oct. 2, debating if upcoming Measure P is good for Escondido. They got to fill Escondido City Hall and talk to citizens and not just a moderator. Measure P would change Escondido to a charter city, giving local government more power. The purpose was not to persuade to one side or the other, but to shine light on all aspects of the proposal. “It was awesome for both sides because this is not the style of debate that we generally do. It’s a lot faster, there is a lot more jargon and we do issues that are on a more national level,” said Desiree Otillio, a new member on the debate team this year. The debate team is more accustomed to short debates against other schools in a competition environment than real world debates. Chang said, “It was a very high pressure experience. It was good to get out there and get our faces shone and practicing.” Hokett closed by saying “When you get a bunch of people in a room passionately discussing an idea, you see the potential of the future generation. If you give them the right rubric to think and carry themselves like adults, then you have empowered in such a way.”

Palomar College Television and Radio is now under the control of recently-hired manager Jim Odom. Odom, who served an over 20-year-long enlistment in the Air Force Armed Forces Radio and Television Broadcast division, is no stranger to the technical demands of his new job. However, being the first person to occupy his position in years, his performance could set a precedent for followers. “Going into Armed Forces Radio and Television helped me a lot,” Odom said. “I did a lot of news radio and production; there was always something new to do.” The Florida native’s service spanned across the Pacific, from Korea to the Philippines to Japan. According to Odom, he learned many of his necessary job skills while serving abroad. Odom said in the past his Air Force job required him to interview world-renowned figures including Vice President Walter Mondale and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger. During his military service Odom obtained rank of Master Sergeant (E-7) and was able to complete a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Butler University in Indianapolis, where he taught for 17 years. Teaching with the radio and television program at Butler since 1995, Odom said the transition to a smaller community college program was no step down. “As far as the program at Palomar goes, even among four-year universities, this is one of the best I’ve seen,” Odom said. The Radio and Television departments were both lavished with awards last semester including Best Audio Documentary for KKSM from the Broadcast Education Association. For its part, the television station won five Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and received over 42 individual student awards. “It is one of the few places students can receive DJ experience over a licensed FCC radio station, all while receiving college credit,” Odom said. A location close to the ocean and the sunny weather were both factors that contributed to his decision to accept the job at Palomar. “I guess I’ll have to become a Chargers fan now,” Odom said. Bill Wisneski, who was involved in his hiring process, said he felt strongly about the new hire. “I like working with him,” Wisneski said. “We’re extremely busy and it’s good to have someone we can count on. According to Wisneski, Odom’s well-rounded background, including military experience, travels and teaching experience, as well as his personality make, him a perfect fit for the job.

Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 Color Guard, (left-right) Cpl. Taylor, Sgt. Weiss, Sgt. Castillo, and Cpl. Pineda, stand at their post during the Veterans Day observation ceremony on Nov. 8 at Palomar College. For the full story go to • Peter Ahsue/Telescope


Debate wins awards

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Palomar’s award-winning speech and debate team is looking to keep the success from last season going this season. With 84 individual trophies, 40 team trophies and 10 sweepstakes wins, the team has its work cut out for it with new challenges this semester. In the spring semester, Palomar placed second in the nation for debate and fourth place overall at the Phi Rho Pi national tournament in Chicago. The team had success overseas when members won the IDEA Debate Tournament at Xi’an Jiaoting University and Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2007 and 2010. “We’ve been through a lot of training, especially over summer.” said Li-Ren Chang, a returning member to the debate team. “ We would practice from noon to sundown, even on days we didn’t have classes. We have some of the best coaches in Southern California, especially for a community college.” In the 2011-2012 season, the team earned some of the most prestigious awards available. Palomar’s debate team was the only community college out of 162 teams to make it to the end of the tournament. The team brought in 11 gold medals, four silver and seven bronze. Other individuals won personal awards. Jordan Menard won three top awards, including the Jim Wyman Parliamentary Debate Award, the Collins-Tabor Individual Events Award and the Keeling-Fricker Overall Award. This made him the top overall speaker in California. His partner, Saxon Metzger, at 16 years old became the youngest ever


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Hurricane Sandy will affect all taxpayers


BRIAN KOREC PHOTO EDITOR MATTHEW SLAGLE TELESCOPE TV DIRECTOR ERIN HIRO ADVISER MIKE COE BUSINESS MANAGER STAFF WRITERS HaYley Elwood, Cameron Hoskins, Conner Jones, Marissa Milloy, Scott Morton, OliWia Persson, Anna Maria Petrov, Scott Roberson, Jonathan Stroud, Sydney Davison, Cynthia Green, Brittany Habeck, Pat Hartley, Diana Laine, Katherine Scordo, Nick Shumate, Diana Valdez, Susan Hamidy PHOTOGRAPHERS Peter Ahsue, Chelsea Boothe, Mike Bricke, Joseph Canter, Guillermo Escamilla, Michelle Fields, Daniel Garcia, Anthony Guerrero, Rebecka Hebb, Sebastian Humphreys, Lisa Marlett, Jassamyn Payne, Quang Pham, Albina Rasmussen, David Santillan, Alex Semel, Andrew Serrano, Michelle Skoglund, Andrew Szikla, Jill Thudium, Robert Trousas 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.


Snow fell on a community in New York, where more than 100 homes burned. Temperatures below freezing delayed the cleanup effort even further.• Carolyn Cole/MCT Campus

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To many, California is a country unto itself, separated from the rest of the United States by several factors, none of which is more important than weather. The temptation to shut ourselves off from the rest of the world is almost irresistible. However, as enticing as this practice might be, Mother Nature has a beautiful way of reminding us that we aren’t as immune as we always want to believe. The most recent example of this is Hurricane Sandy. For those of you who haven’t turned on your television, been on the Internet or have just been sleeping for the last two weeks, Hurricane Sandy is the storm that hit the northeastern coast of the country. It has killed close to 200 peo-

ple in both the United States and the Caribbean, forced thousands to evacuate from their homes, and left over 1 million homes and businesses across the nation without electricity. As sad as these gray statistics might be, it still doesn’t disguise the fact that it is all too easy to distance ourselves from such tragedies happening 3,000 miles away. Despite the physical gap between us on the West Coast and those affected by Hurricane Sandy in the east, there are still a variety of reasons that we all should care about the storm’s backlash. Not the least of which are Sandy’s effect on the economy. Officials estimate that government relief aid will cost several billion dollars, all of which come directly the taxpayer (a.k.a. you). On top of this, it’s already been

estimated that between $30-50 billion has been lost in terms of business activity all along the East Coast, with increased loses expected over time. Over 16,000 flights were cancelled across the country as airports shut down due to the storm, and tourism is also bound to suffer this holiday season as several popular destinations have been significantly damaged. All of this only puts further strain on a nation-wide economy (the same economy you, too live and function in) still struggling to recover. Along with this, there is a strong feeling among leaders and experts that Hurricane Sandy, due to its widespread devastation, can be seen as a practice run for the “Big One.” Just as us in the West are well aware of our long-overdue “mega” earthquake, east too is

waiting for a “mega” hurricane, which, when it did strike, would cause damage across the East Coast. Sandy gives the entire country a way to test our emergency systems, such as evacuation services, healthcare and rebuilding and cleaning programs, so that when our mega-disasters hit, we can be better prepared. Lastly, Hurricane Sandy reminds us of the divided issue of climate control. Several scientists say that the size, scale and speed of Hurricane Sandy is only further proof that greenhouse gas emissions are tampering with nature’s course. Regardless if you agree with them or not, there’s no denying just how much more potent their arguments are when we see such disasters as Sandy. ZPHELPS@THE-TELESCOPE.COM


‘No Smoking’ policy proving ineffective SCOTT ROBERSON the telescope

At Palomar College, the enforcement of the no tobacco policy has become nothing more than a joke. On July 12, 2011, Palomar College became a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus, and after educating students for a year, campus police are now able to enforce this policy. According to Public Information Officer Laura Gropen, the college has spent 10 years and approximately $6,000 to implement this policy. Although this amount of time and money has been invested, in my opinion, it has been for nothing. Palomar smokers are not discreetly hiding in the Arboretum, nor are they smoking beneath the football field’s bleachers. In fact, smokers are not making an effort

to hide it at all, having turned the tus; however, the lack of authority front of the campus library into exercised thus far will not get the their own unofficial designated job done. Palomar needs to be fair but firm. smoking area. Titus, to date, has You would be hard only had three stupressed to find a student or a member dents referred to of staff and facher office and ulty that was not held meetings with aware of this, two. Both yet Palomar’s students strategy to deter this activity said they is to post signs understand all over camthe policy pus as if smokers and agree to didn’t know the not smoke on policy. wcampus. They Students also claimed to Courtesy of smoke on share this incampus knowing the regulations. formation with their friends. I find this amusing considerStudent Affairs Director Sherry Titus explained that their efforts ing this policy is well-known and were to deter smokers from doing signs are posted everywhere. In so on campus, not to start a war addition, as I write this article, between those individuals and there are nearly a dozen students smoking outside the library. campus police. The plan of action is obviI find myself agreeing with Ti-

ously not working. Am I saying we as students, staff and faculty need to grab our pitchforks and torches? No. But would it be too much to ask to post a person of authority in the area to deter smokers? Campus Police have no issue with writing students parking citations. Why can’t citations be issued to violators of the smoking policy as well? Most students of Palomar College are adults, and they should conduct themselves as adults. I do believe they should be given one chance if they are caught smoking. However, repeat offenders need more than a stern talking to. Community service, citation and/or suspension would open the eyes of these students. If Palomar College does not take a stand on this policy, then there is a possibility students may walk over other school policies as well. SROBERSON@THE-TELESCOPE.COM

4 • LIFE

Monday, November 19, 2012


Palomar students share plans for Thanksgiving holiday Anna Maria Petrov The Telescope

Palomar students said they will gather with family and friends to cook turkey, eat pumpkin pie and participate in local charities in honor of Thanksgiving Day. Some students plan to give back this holiday season by volunteering or donating to local food banks that help the homeless and families in need. “I will be collecting canned food goods to give back,” Palomar student Natalie Mahin said. There are also some Palomar students who will donate their time to local churches. Palomar student Brittany Peishel said, “we like to donate canned foods

to our church.” Student Neftaly Martinez said, “I probably will be doing fundraisers for my church on Sunday.” Palomar’s nursing program will also participate in donating canned foods to the local food bank, said nursing student Jennifer Moore. There are many opportunities to volunteer this Thanksgiving, including the 19th annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner, Nov. 22 from 12-2 p.m. at Life Christian Church in Vista. The event will feature live entertainment and will distribute backpacks filled with toiletries and hygiene products. Also on Thanksgiving Day is the 7th annual Oceanside Turkey Trot, a 5k run/walk that

encourages its participants to, “move your feet, before you eat.” Thanksgiving is also a time for students to spend time with their families and loved ones. Palomar student Ronina Ortega said, “I will stay home and spend time with the family. We always cook dinner together.” Student Giovini Casas said, “I am going to go visit my family in Mexico.” Watching football before dinner is another popular Thanksgiving tradition. “I am hanging out with my mom, dad, and fiance, having a great Thanksgiving and watching some football,” Peishel said.

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movie review

Denzel Washington gives outstanding performance in ‘Flight’ ««««« 4 out of 5 stars

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Robert Zemeckis’ latest film “Flight” provides its audience with the thrill of action, the emotional spectrum of a drama and the laughs of a comedy. Denzel Washington gives an outstanding performance as Whip Whitman, a pilot who crash-lands an air craft with minimal deaths— but here’s the catch: a toxicology report after the crash reports that Whitman was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of the crash. If you’re a Denzel fan, you should definitely check this movie out if not for the plot, for the acting. No other actor could have played Whip Whitman the way Washington does. Though his character is initially seen as a hero, his addiction begins to seriously

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November 29 Sonic Sampler Cutting edge technology shapes student compositions from the Electronic Music Lab. Directed by Madelyn Byrne

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affect his life. The plane crash, a seemingly hard event to simulate, was perfectly created within and outside of the aircraft, adding to the overall believability of the situation. It may be hard to fathom such a tragedy ending with such few deaths, but through Washington’s acting, along with Whitman’s flight crew, the scene was very realistic. Ultimately, I recommend this film to anyone who loves Denzel and is looking for a deep plot. This movie is rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequences, so only adults should attend this movie. @apriltesterman

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The Masque: An Evening of Baroque Entertainments

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Thrill to a multi-sensory rethinking of the 17th century Masque (a cultural spectacle combining ballet and theatre with instrumental and choral music.) Music from Bach, Handel, Lully, Purcell, Vivaldi, and text from Moliere will be featured.

Palomar’s Day Band and Night Band swing the holidays with classic and contemporary big band arrangements. Special guests The Spectrum Singers, directed by Janet Hammer, will top the tree with the outstanding vocal panache that has made them the talk of the county. Don’t miss it!

Directed by Ellen Weller with Michael Mufson, Molly Faulkner and Sally Husch-Dean

Directed by Paul Kurokawa and Bob Weller

Friday, Saturday, 8pm O2 Performance Studio, Palomar College, San Marcos campus $12 General, $10 Seniors and Staff, $8 Students

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Sonic Sampler showcases students’ passion for music Hayley Elwood The Telescope

With a mix of two different genres of music laced with cutting-edge technology, Palomar’s Sonic Sampler concert aims to showcase the talents of students in the Electronic Music Ensemble. The performance will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29 in the D-10 performance lab on campus. Seating is open and admission is $5. Sonic Sampler is an annual concert directed by Associate Professor Madelyn Byrne and features students from her lab class playing electronic and acoustic musical compositions. “Sonic Sampler is a way for my students to showcase their hard work and dedication to composing,” Byrne said. Much like the Electro Acoustic Music Festival held at the beginning of the month, Sonic Sampler will feature similar styles of music,

but will feature students instead of industry professionals. One of the similarities is the influence of American composer John Cage’s work. Cage would have been 100 this year and was known as a father of electronic music, but also composed acoustic compositions as well. “Students are influenced by Cage’s work,” Byrne said. “They’re learning from Cage and other composers, and a lot of the technology they’re working with was used by Cage. He started applying this kind of technology to music.” One of these students is Jonathan Franco. Franco, 21, is a biomedical engineering and sound engineering double major who works as an assistant in the music laboratory. Franco will perform an electronic composition live during the concert. “It’s a technical house song,”

Franco said. “It’s synthesizer based and the sound will get bigger and greater as the song goes on. It’s upbeat and uplifting with snares and claps in there. Anything that I can sample I’ll throw in there and anything that I can use to loop, I consider to be art.” The technical, electronic elements of some of the pieces featured in Sonic Sampler will draw connections to popular genres of today like dubstep, but Franco hopes audience members will have a greater appreciation for electronic music after watching the show. “I think electronic music can be more beautiful than people imagine,” he said. “There’s a whole electronic world outside of dubstep that people haven’t seen.” Sonic Sampler will also feature acoustic performances, like one from Palomar music major Rose Banuelos. Banuelos, 35, is eager to show her work as a composer and

performer. “Everything I do is for purpose,” Banuelos said. “I want to continue to fulfill that lifelong purpose with my music.” Her philosophy on life came from overcoming juvenile epilepsy as well as a personal loss. A close friend’s death from the same illness caused Banuelos to become more proactive in music. She got into songwriting and signing after writing a poem for one of her former ER doctors who she cites as a mentor in her life. “It was around Thanksgiving, so I gave her a letter with words from my heart and she encouraged me to write a song from it,” Banuelos said. Her piece entitled “Thankful” is an acoustic composition, which features Banuelos singing, playing the ukulele, and using her hands to drum on a box. The song’s meaning is appro-

priate for the upcoming holiday season. “I had an idea to write a Thanksgiving song,” Banuelos said. “Everyone who’s gone through something is thankful for that one person in their life who has been there for them, and that’s the message I want to convey with my piece.” Banuelos, like Franco, said she hopes audience members walk away with an appreciation for the different types of music performed. “I would hope that the audience would be able to be influenced by all artists,” she said. “We all hope they walk away humming and whistling the melodies so that parts of us are in their minds.” To purchase tickets for Sonic Sampler, visit or order over the phone at 760-744-1150, ext. 2453.

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Palomar hosts ‘The Masque’ Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 Syndey Davison The Telescope

Many say that three is a crowd, but in regards to the upcoming Palomar production, “The Masque,” three might be the perfect amount for this cultural spectacle. “The Masque” is a baroquestyle production that features three tiers of the Palomar Art department showcasing music, dancing and singing, for two performances on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Each department is working together for this collaboration of symphony music, choral singing, dance and preforming arts. It will feature elaborate stage designs and costumes, as well as an allegory for the audience, organizers said. “The Art department thrives on collaboration; we believe the students need to know how to collaborate and work together,” said Dr. Ellen Weller, the symphony director at Palomar and one of the many directors of The Masque. Co-director Michael Mufson, faculty adviser of the Theater Arts program, is in charge of the theater aspect of the play and has chosen the play ‘Tartuffe” byMolière. “‘Tartuffe’ is a parody of today’s corporations as the monarchy,”

Mufson said. Molière’s play was written in the 17th century. The highly comedic production centers on the pious and hypocritical character of Tartuffe. Tartuffe becomes an imposter in the house of Orgon, manipulating him and his mother for their money and property as the rest of the household tries to unmask the conman. Mufson’s cast of seven has focused on select scenes that will explain the core of the story as well as highlight the farce of the glorification of the monarchy that will parody today’s corporations. The music is a large part of the production, and Weller said she has put much thought and effort into bringing the sound of the 18th-Century Baroque into the modern-day performance. “The idea is the sound of the Baroque era historically recontextualized into the 20th Century,” Weller said. According to Weller, the orchestra is taking music from the Baroque era that had originally been written to be played on older violins and modernized the sound with newer instruments such as clarinets and trumpets. It also will bring in some older pieces such as the harpsichord, which was a commonly used in-

strument during the Baroque-era. The symphony consists of 45 students, faculty and amateurs who will be performing the music of Vivaldi, Lully, Handel, Purcell and Bach. The music selections highlight the other aspects of the production, including the performance of Tartuffe and the dancing. Weller said she has has made sure the musical selection is authentic and really drives the overall theme of the production. “We are looking at the spectacles of the past and the same inequities are still present and getting worse,” Weller said. Another aspect of The Masque highlights the beauty of dance and ballet with co- director Molly Faulkner’s interpretation of the era’s style of dance to the authentic symphony music. Faulkner, a dance professor, worked on highlighting the more cynical look of corporate feudalism and corporate America. Along with starting the show with an explanation of the Baroque Masque, Faulkner is directing two dances in the performance to the work of Vivaldi and Lully. The dances, with the help of the costumes and props, stay true to the authentic Baroque style while also highlighting the allegory of today’s corporate problems.

“The Masque” When: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Where: o-2 performance studio tickets: $12 general admission, $10 staff and seniors, $8 students

Faulkner is focused on highlighting today’s two-party, democratic system and partisan politics featured in Vivaldi’s, ‘Winter’ and works to show the pomp and frivolity of the big businesses by the use of rolling desk chairs in the “Lully” number. All the elements are woven together to produce a show that will be truly spectacular. “It has come together as a full integration of performances and everyone is part of the central core. It has been a fun and satisfying performance,” Faulkner said. Both performances will be at 8 p.m. in the O2 performance studio at the San Marcos campus. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and staff, and $8 for students. To buy tickets, visit

Palomar College students Robert Sisson and Caitlyn Rieve rehearse in preparation for a performance on Palomar Campus on Nov. 14. • Sebastian Humphreys/ Telescope

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Palomar’s ‘Cider House Rules’ is confusing Jonathan Stroud The Telescope

Palomar’s Performing Arts rendition of “Cider House Rules: Part One” featured confusing scenes and too much emphasis on a weak supporting cast. Based on the novel by John Irving, the story follows orphan Homer Wells, played by Mark

Zweifach. After many failed adoptions, Homer chooses to follow in the steps of the orphanage caretaker, Dr. Larch, and begins to learn and participate in his secret life. The play touches on many controversial topics including abortion, rape and incest. Director Francis Gercke demonstrates these issues with tact while showing the struggles of the characters,

giving a strong emotional connection to the troubled characters. Actors were tasked with narrating their own character’s actions and thoughts, as if it was read from a book. This made for a fresh concept, but when applied, the actors tended to poorly differentiate their lines from their narration, which lead to lost dialog and other important story elements. Set design was near-to-none, using only a handful of props and wooden benches, leaving it to audience members’ imagination to fully depict the environment. The simplicity of the set caused con-

fusion during scene changes, as there was no underlying narration dictating if the scene was a flashback or just a change of scenery. As each actor changed characters with the scene, their clothes stayed the same, which only added to the confusion. Zweifach, as Wells, carried the play on his shoulders. With his well-spoken lines and subtle face gestures, he successfully captured the essence of his character and drew in the audience with his performance. Other notable performances include Morgan Phillips as Dr.

Larch and the comical tandem of nurses played by Elaine Litton and Rekeya Harris. Lack of chemistry between the actors plagued the first half of the play, including a few technical miscues with props. After intermission, the cast returned to the stage to deliver a cleaner performance. It is an entertaining, comical, sad and heartwarming story, and students should attend. Due to the adult themed nature of the play it is not suitable for children.






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Students sell work to raise money for art department Sydney Davison The Telescope

Students will have the chance to buy handmade art and gifts by local artists on campus to support Palomar’s Art department. On Nov. 28-30, the department will hold its student art sale and silent auction in the courtyard in front of the D Building. The show is an opportunity for the art students to sell the projects they have been working on this past semester. “The show is a great place for the students to pick up any type of presents, and a great chance for the Art department to show the diversity and the creativity of the student,” said Ingram Ober, Palomar art professor and Boehm Gallery director. Twenty percent of the funds generated from the art sold will be donated to the Art depart-

ment while the rest will go to the students. About 50 or more students who are currently enrolled at Palomar will be showing their work. In the past, the sale has brought in thousands of dollars over the week. The members of the Art department are hopeful the sale will bring in a large amount of funds for the student artists and the department. “The size and the scope of the work is impressive, and in the past it has always been really successful,” Ober said. The art will display a wide range of media and talents. The sale will feature ceramics, glass, pottery, woodworking and some paintings. “As a department, we are really proud of the work our students produce,” Ober said.

Jonathan Koranda working during a glass blowing class at Palomar College Nov. 15. • Alex Semel /Telescope




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Nestor Venegas was at the party, saying he was representing the Coalition for Democratic Education, which was formed to give students more control over Palomar’s student government. He said the group backed the three challengers in this election. “We felt that the past governing board was not working in our best interests. We worked hard to put in place three candidates that we felt would represent the interests of students.” Mark Evilsizer, trustee on the Governing Board, said the results of the election were bittersweet. “I’m sorry to see the incum-

bents fare poorly. I thought that all three of them were outstanding individuals,” he said. “They always had the college and students’ best interests at heart.” The campaign has been divisive with the three incumbents pitted against the challengers and the labor unions. Colorful mailers targeted the incumbents, with the most notable being McMullen, who came in last in the election. He was accused of co-founding a sex doll company with his son. The documents connected with the founding of the company said that McMullen was the accountant for the

company and not a cofounder. For some faculty, the mailers went to far. A day before the election, PFF member and former leader Monica Brannick sent an email requesting the PFF to terminate her membership. “I do not agree with the PFF’s political opinions and endorsements,” Brannick said in the email. “And I don’t agree with the tactics being used to unseat the incumbents of the Governing Board members.” Finkenthal commented on her email on election night. “She’s entitled to her opinions;


this is America,” Finkenthal said on election night. “She doesn’t understand the current political climate on campus because she’s been on sabbatical, so maybe when she gets back she’ll understand better.” For their part, the incumbents accused the challengers of ignoring the voters when they snubbed a debate at Palomar College last month. Only the trustees attended an All-Candidates Forum Oct. 23, which was planned by Palomar spokesperson Laura Gropen and co-hosted by the Palomar Faculty Senate and the Associated Student Government. Greg Larson,


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tion members should communicate with the ASG. “They’re getting students’ attention, but at no point in time has anyone approached the ASG about these issues,” Vice President Angel Jimenez said. Senator Joe Hilliard said that the Coalition’s interpretation of the situation was wrong. “I think it’s been misconstrued,” he said. “They have examined and proved that this did not occur.” Jimenez and Thorp attended the Coalitions’ next official meeting, but according to Farmer, only adviser Daniel Finkenthal was there. Farmer said Thorp would look into the parking fee increase policy, but there is no surety that the fee increase will even move forward. “It’s hard for us to fight something that’s not even definitive,” he said.

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He also compiled a list of every mention of a possible parking fee increase from ASG agendas since February. Nowhere in any of the mentions does it say that the ASG approved a parking fee increase. The only mention close to what the Coalition claimed was in the May 2 minutes, where it said “(Brady/Torres) moves to say that the ASG doesn’t like to see fee increases, but understands the necessity of a small increase.” At the Oct. 24 ASG meeting, no members of the Coalition attended. However, ASG members discussed the email and what their response should be. They also discussed the silent protest and said they didn’t understand what Coalition members were protesting. “We have to deal with what’s in front of us,” Senator Dale Thorp said. “We as students don’t want a parking fee increase. The Coalition is not student-led.” Another ASG senator said the coali-

president of the Palomar Faculty Senate, said the challengers didn’t respond to the invitation, even though they were contacted by mail and telephone. Finkenthal said the challengers didn’t get notified in time for them to attend and they wouldn’t have been treated fairly because it was an administration-sponsored event.

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Comets drop final home game to Santa Ana, finish season 2-4, 4-6

LEFT: Palomar College quarterback Ryan Lamb (13) throws a pass during a game against Santa Ana College on Nov. 3 at Escondido High School’s Wilson Stadium. • Sebastian Humphreys/Telescope RIGHT: Palomar College football player Tyler Moore (37) catches a pass during warm ups on Nov. 3 at Escondido High School’s Wilson Stadium. • Sebastian Humphreys/Telescope ABOVE: Palomar College runningback Austin Dennis (23) breaks free for a long run and touchdown during a game against Santa Ana College on Nov. 3 at Escondido High School’s Wilson Stadium. • Sebastian Humphreys/Telescope

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