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ground. Governing Board Trustee John E. Marquez said the Humanities Building, which will be demolished over the next few months, was his “house” in 1962. “I started my professional career here in this building (H Building),” Marquez said. “It was here at the college where I gained the experience for politics.” One problem that will soon face students is that they will have to adapt to the new pathways designated for foot traffic to get around the construction zone, which is right in the middle of the campus. Once fences go up, signs will be posted around campus telling people where to go to

The Contra Costa Community College District Governing Board has lost an “ideal” member of its team. District Governing Board President Sheila Grilli, 75, died on Aug. 31. Grilli represented Ward 3, which includes most of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Pacheco. District Chancellor Helen Benjamin said, “I really enjoyed working with her. She was an ideal board member who always put the students’ needs first.” Grilli Grilli was first elected to the district board in 1998, District and was serving her fourth Governing consecutive term of office. Board presGrilli is only the third ident dies member to represent Ward 3 after longsince the district was founded term illness in 1948. Other Ward 3 repre- on Aug. 31. sentatives included founding Leaves lastdistrict board trustee George ing legacy. Gordon, for whom the district office in Martinez is named, and Eugene Ross, for whom the District Office boardroom is named. “(The district board members’) prayers and sympathies are with the Grilli family and friends,” board Vice President John Marquez said. “Sheila was a feisty “I really advocate for students enjoyed and she knew what was best for students.” working Students and their futures were always on with her. Grilli’s mind, Marquez She was an said. After Grilli earned ideal board her associate of arts degree at Diablo member who Valley College, she always put attended UC Berkeley, where she graduated the students’ with a bachelor of arts needs first.” degree in English and journalism. Helen Benjamin, She then went on district chancellor to San Francisco State, where she earned her general secondary teaching credential. Shortly thereafter she taught at Clayton Valley High School. She also studied for her master’s degree in English at Cal State-Hayward and taught writing there for four years. During her 15 years as a district board trustee, Grilli was a supporter of the commu-

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The Associated Students Union, with leftover funds from last year, will soon have more than $60,000 under their control to use for student activities and benefits. “We don’t know exactly how much money the fee will generate because, just like tuition, students have until the end of the semester to pay the fee,” ASU President Ysrael Condori said. The student activity fee was XAssociated implemented in Student Union early 2012 and raises $60,000. charges each enrolled student XFunding is $5 that goes planned to toward studentbased activities go to departments, scholar- and perks. ships. “The decision for the fee XASU donates was made by the $15,000 to the district a little more than a year book rental ago,” Condori program. said. The fee generated $46,600 last year. Even though money was spent on numerous activities, almost $35,000 rolled over into the current year’s budget. Students are allowed to opt out of paying the fee, but the cutoff date for applying for the waiver was Aug. 27. Any students who did not opt out must now pay the $5 fee before being allowed to register for classes next semester, Condori said. “As much as we try to advertise the fact that students can opt out of the fee, a lot of them just end up paying it,” he said. Director of External Affairs Kirsten Kwon said that with such a large sum of money at their disposal, the ASU now looks forward to using it to benefit students, the people who generated the money in the first place. “It is my goal to use the money for the students to make their education better,” Kwon said, “It is essentially their money and we’re just giving it back to them in

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Ceremonial event — (left to right) President Denise Noldon, Vice President Tammeil Gilkerson, Director of Admissions and Records Catherine Fites, Athletic Director John Wade, Director of Business Services Mariles Magalong and Interim Dean of Student Services Vicki Ferguson dig up dirt during the Campus Center Groundbreaking Ceremony in front of the vacant Humanaties Building on Sept. 4.

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The college Campus Center Groundbreaking Ceremony was held in front of the vacant Humanities Building on Sept. 4. During the groundbreaking ceremony, classified staff and district officials shared words with the audience and finished with groups of staff and officials using shovels to break

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oday marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center that left 2,996 dead in New York City in 2001. At 8:46 a.m., terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the northern World Trade Center tower. A second plane crashed into the southern tower just 15 minutes later. People around the world stood in awe and terror as the two buildings burned and collapsed to the ground. Now, the One World Trade Center sits nearly complete as their replacement and the U.S. seems to have recovered from the atrocity. But has it really? More than a decade has passed and the country still occupies the countries it invaded to eradicate terrorism and make the world a safer place. An estimated 6,668 American lives have been lost in the current war effort — which is not very “safe.” In 2011 President Obama announced, “Justice has been served,” after Osama Bin Laden was killed. If the war on terror was started for “justice,” then why is the U.S. still involved, in spite of the fact that its chief objective was met two years? According to the National Priorities Project, the U.S. has spent just under $1.5 trillion on wars in the Middle East since 2001. This last year the U.S. spent more on defense than China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan and France combined. It is painfully obvious that the war was not only started to reach justice, but to expand U.S. interests and influence in the Middle East. On the surface it would seem that the 12-year-old wounds have healed. But with acts of terror just as common now than they were in 2001, America has not come close to making the world a more peaceful place. The country has become the thing it sought to destroy.

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exico is being dominated by various drug cartels capable of carrying out their sinister agendas in hundreds of cities across the United States. The citizens of that country have been subjected to years of violence, corrupt governments and a deteriorating education system. Illegal drugs are being distributed by cartels in the United States, such as marijuana and methamphetamine. These are imported illegally by the largest cartels, Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. The legalization of these drugs would be a severe blow to the most dangerous and prolific criminal organization the western hemisphere has ever seen. American citizens can help by voting to legalize these drugs. The Mexican government has dissolved into nothing more than a puppet, fighting a “war on drugs” that it cannot win. The current status of Mexico as a nation is worse than it was during the Mexican War of Independence. Los Zetas, the dominant cartel smuggling drugs, weapons and people into the U.S., has taken control of Mexico in only a little more than a decade. Los Zetas was created by the Gulf Cartel to act as its enforcers. Thirty-one exspecial-forces soldiers with training comparable to that of U.S.Marines, became the Gulf Cartel’s most feared weapon. These ex- military car-

This corridor is the center of most violence in the country, which would allow direct access into the United States interstate highway system. Victims turning to Mexican President Pena Nieto are told that there is nothing that can be done. tel soldiers are tactically trained as remorseless killing Usually the authorities are conspiring with Los Zetas, machines. as well as other major cartels The escalating drug war such as Sinaloa and between the Sinaloa New Juarez. Cartel and Los Zetas The current presiwill continue to instill American dent, a member of terror into the lives of the Institutional those who experience citizens Revolutionary Party, the “drug war” first hand. United States can help has been accused of corruption and ignorcitizens need to realing election budgets by ize that Los Zetas poses a more realistic by voting sending prepaid cards to citizens in order to threat to National to legal- gain votes. Security than AlDrug legalization Qaeda. would force Mexican Even the recent ize these cartels to undergo radiarrests of Los Zetas cal change and would leader Miguel drugs. not send the U.S. into Trevino Morales a drug-fueled frenzy as (Z-40) and Alberto Carrillo Fuentes, also known many believe. This would also loosen the as, “Ugly Betty,” head of the stranglehold the drug cartels New Juarez Cartel, by the have on Mexican society. Mexican Navy means noth“The War on Drugs” that ing. Mexico has been fighting for The citizens of these almost a decade has deterioturbulent border cities bear rated into a civil war fueled witness to the thousands of by the U.S. appetite for illicit deaths carried out mercisubstances. American drug lessly by cartels, mainly in users are the fuel as well as northern Mexico. Since 2004, Los Zetas has the retardant to this problem. Unlike our Mexican brothbeen at war with the Sinaloa Cartel and its leader Joaquin ers who are exposed to the civil war in their country, we “El Chapo” Guzman for the have a choice. control of drug and human trafficking along the border. Lorenzo Morotti is the The area in between editorial cartoonist of The Sinaloa, the northwestern Advocate. Contact him at Mexican coast, and Los lmorotti.theadvocate@gmail. Zetas, the eastern coast, com. cartels remains disputed.

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Could another tragedy like the Sept. 11 attacks happen again?

“Yeah, we’re in the middle of a war. Just because it is not on our front door does not mean it is not happening to us.”

“I think so. I feel like there are some people who are inspired to do (similar actions) because they agree with what those people (did).”

“Yeah, because there is a lot of (tension) going on with Syria, and other countries see us in a negative light. Even U.S. citizens think badly of us.”

“Yeah definitely. As long as people exist there is always going to be conflict involved, especially with other nations who have similar capabilities as a nation.”

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“It can happen again if Congress does not resolve problems with Syria.” Rosa Alonco psychology

“If the government does not take measures to resolve the problems it faces with other countries, it will happen again.” Casey Dadat

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ASU sponsors free HIV testing Free HIV testing will be provided to students from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the quad on Sept. 17. The procedure is free, confidential and quick and easy. Testing is provided through the Berkeley Builds Capacity project, which is a collaboration between the Berkeley Free Clinic and the University Health Services of UC Berkeley. For more information, contact the Associated Student Union at 510-235-7800, ext. 4243.

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Fundraiser held at Moose Lodge A fundraiser to support Joey Camacho will be at the Moose Lodge in San Pablo on Saturday. Joey is the 3-year-old son of Kelly Ramos and Joseph Camacho, both Contra Costa College employees. Joey was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Family, friends, and supporters are welcome to attend for support. For more information, contact the ASU at 510-235-7800, ext. 4243.

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Microsoft Word class to be held Contra Costa College will host a workshop Thursday on using the basics of Microsoft Word software in the Library. Attendees will learn how to use bullets, number lists, insert images and how to format a research paper or other documents. The workshop is open to the public, for more information call the Library reference desk at 510235-7800, ext. 4450.

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Empower Me Tour hits college The United Negro College Fund will be hosting the Empower Me Tour event from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at CCC on Saturday. The event will be filled with workshops, visits by celebrities and more activities. The event is free for high school and college students. For more information contact counselor Kenyetta Tribble at 510-235-7800, ext. 4584.

get from one side of the college to the other, Buildings and Grounds Manager Bruce King said. “We have plans in the blueprints for temporary paths for students and faculty,” King said. There will be two main ways for students walking from either end of the campus to get to their destination. The first path travel between the Student Services Plaza and the Computer Technology Building. It will go across the footbridge and along a walkway behind the Humanities Building, King said. The other walkway will go from the Student Services Plaza, across the footbridge to the parking lots that lead to the physical education complex, and then back across the car bridge to Library Drive, which will lead students to the other side of the college, he said. “There is no planning to obstruct car routes as of yet, beyond what we are doing with Lot 9,” he said. Lot 9, located near Buildings and Grounds, is under construction to make it more accessible for students once new portables housing the Bookstore are in place in that parking lot. Police Services has stationed police aides in the parking lot to help drivers with the change in driving direction through it. The Bookstore will be moved to a portable that will be placed in Lot 9 during the Campus Center construction. Subway will operate out of a food truck and a student dining area will be set up next to it. Due to the relocation of the Bookstore, it will be closed from Oct. 3-8. “It took a lot of work to get where we are today,” President Denise Noldon said during the groundbreaking. “We are setting the stage with the combined effort

Walking paths during construction Students walking from the Student Services Center Plaza will have to follow one of the two paths to reach the other side of the campus.

and vision that will symbolize a new era for the college.” The construction in Lot 9 has made it difficult to find parking at other places around campus. “Lot 9 was a nice place to park since it is so close to (buildings) and is usually very well lit in the evenings,” English professor Eichner-Lynch said. “Lot 10 may have parking, but it is still pretty scary at night.” English assistant professor Heather Roth agrees. The loss of parking in Lot 9 has made Roth have to park farther from college buildings in Lot. 10. “I do like the solar panels and the light they emit, but at night it still feels disturbing to park down there,” Roth said. “Especially for us female professors who have

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another form.” Condori said, “We’ve used some of the funds for Club Rush and Welcome Week at the beginning of the year and we’re planning some new events coming up later this semester such as the fall festival we will be doing later in October.” Realizing that raising so much money could really benefit the student population, Condori and his team searched for ways for students to take control of the money and benefit the campus at the same time. “We have set aside $10,000 for scholarships,” Condori said “four of them were for Middle College High School students: two $500 and two $1,000 scholarships, with the other $7,000 in varying amounts to be given to college students who apply.” In an attempt to empower campus clubs, organizations, programs and departments, the ASU has set up the Grant for Support, which allows student-based organizations and even college departments to apply for some of the

money generated. “We’re also doing the Grant for Support, which is a process that any student club, organization or college program and departments can apply for up to $3,500 to support their cause,” Condori said. “Last year we did this and plenty of people applied, but we did not have a cap on it, so we gave out money depending on what we felt the organization needed and what we could afford.” The ASU will be allocating an additional $10,000 at the end of October to the same cause, he said. The current acting ASU coordinator Erika Greene said, “There are a lot of departments that can use the money.” “The application was emailed to all of the departments but any student organizations that did not receive the email can come to student life for the applications,” Greene said. The ASU has donated $15,000 to the Bookstore to make renting books more affordable to students, Bookstore lead Darris Crear said.

Thursday, Sept. 5: A student was harassed by an unknown individual while walking to class. Friday, Sept. 6: A non-student transient male adult was found sleeping in the weeds near the Bus Transfer Center. The male appeared under the influence of alchohol and he was not able to stand up on his own. He was transported to the hospital by American Medical Response. — Mike Thomas

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nity college mission to provide affordable and quality educational opportunities for students and the local community. She worked on the passage of the 2002 and 2006 Measure A bonds, which have modernized the district campuses and helped prepare students at all three district campuses — CCC, DVC and Los Medanos College — with updated, modern facilities. Grilli was a bookstore owner in Martinez and active in community work in that city. She served as treasurer of the Muir Heritage Land Trust, secretary of Woodbridge Children’s Centers, and secretary of St. Catherine’s Pastoral Council. She was also active in the UC Berkeley Alumni Association and in the revitalization of downtown Martinez. In adherence to California Education Code 5091, district trustees will decide within 60 days whether an election will take place or a provisional appointment will be made to fill Grilli’s vacant seat.

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he said. “(Beforehand) I didn’t know how much the student voice meant.” His plans for outreach include word-ofmouth in class by informed board members to fellow students, increased presence of physical and electronic notifications and overall clarity, making sure that meeting times and locations are clearly displayed on fliers, emails and the ASU Facebook page. His team has the utmost faith in his capacity to lead and to achieve the goals of the board. This includes working with local businesses for the benefit of students, working within the district to make decisions with student input, regular attendance and the reporting back of local city council meetings and increased political involvement in general. Acting ASU coordinator Erika Greene believes Condori will make a great president based on his presence, ability to think outside of the box and his ability as a student to “ask the questions advisers may not think to ask.” “He is focused; he takes time to listen to what’s being presented,” Greene said. “(He) makes his opinion on issues known, no matter if he agrees or disagrees.” ADVERTISEMENT

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Student Services buildings is set to start in November. Radiology major Maritess Secapure said, “I wasn’t aware there was going to be such a big construction project taking place on campus. If professors have to share parking with us (students), a lot of us (students) are going to probably have to come to school even earlier so we aren’t late to class.” Completion of the new Student Activities Center is scheduled for fall 2016, but it could be pushed back if any construction delays occur. Lathrop Construction Associates, Inc. was awarded the contract to build the new Student Center for $50 million.

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functional board with emphasis on meeting student needs through shared governance. “Shared governance is participation from all constituents in the college to reach the best decisions possible,” Condori said. He said the concept is to include students, in college governance, who compare and contrast ideas alongside administrators and faculty. “It is a matter of communication; it’s about making an informed decision,” he said. Q LECTURE Twenty-year-old Condori completed high school in Peru and came to California in 2010, registering for fall classes at Contra Costa College mere days after his arrival. He was not familiar with shared governance when he first arrived on campus, but became well acquainted The Teaching and Learning with the concept after joining the ASU in Round Table event will be held on October 2011. Tuesday in LA-100. After two years of experience and much The event will include speakers dedication as treasurer, he was elected president talking about controversial topics. last April when he ran unopposed. The event is free for high school Now as president, Condori is gearing to and college students. For more increase student involvement in shared goverinformation, contact history pro- nance so that the student voice can be heard. fessor Manu Ampim at 510-235“We have more say than we think we have,” 7800, ext. 4351.

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to walk to our cars parked in Lot 10.” Roth said an added challenge to finding parking on campus is that now she has to compete with students for parking spots on campus where students normally park, since Lot 9 is closed down for the foreseeable future. For the next five weeks Lot 9 will be an active construction zone. The area will contain heavy equipment, trucks and barricades blocking off the construction area. Seven disabled parking spaces will remain available in Lot 9. Parking there will be unavailable to staff during the duration of the construction, Senior Dean of Instruction Donna Floyd said The 102,200 square-foot demolition of the Humanities and the

“He’s diligent and hardworking,” Kwon, director of external affairs, said. “He gets things done on time; I never have to remind him of anything.” Condori is not only adept for the position, he is also very humble, she said. Students are welcome to address concerns and bring any questions they may have to ASU board meetings and Inter-Club Council meetings, where senators will make sure all questions are answered and complete comprehension of the matter at hand is achieved. ASU board meetings take place every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in AA-145 and ICC meetings are every Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. in AA-135. The minutes and agendas from each week’s meetings will be posted on the door of the Student Life Center, AA-109, on the day following the meeting. Students are welcome to stop by AA-109 any time during hours of operation. The room will be open Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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Certificate now offered for film By Brian Boyle STAFF WRITER

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Contra Costa College is offering a new certificate of achievement in digital film production, thanks in part to the improved media art computer lab in A-1. The digital film production program is a 15-unit course of study, which will earn students a certificate of achievement in digital film production. Students in the program are taking courses including Screenplay and Scriptwriting, and Digital Film Editing. The program will teach students to use their vision to create original and engaging film projects. Students will also receive training in video camera operation, digital editing and sound recording. Having the certificate will pave the way for students to seeking careers as directors, editors, sound mixers, and web producers. This certificate will prove useful in helping students get entry level jobs in the film and media

industry, or in transferring to fouryear universities which offer digital media degrees, such as San Francisco State or USC. Students in the program will also begin building an online portfolio that they can carry with them once they finish the program. They will have a resumĂŠ, which already has multiple completed works in it. The remodeled media arts lab is loaded with new computers and software. The Adobe Creative Cloud gives students access to programs such as Photoshop and Premiere Pro. The licensing deal the college has also keeps these programs up-to-date at all times, allowing students to work with the same cutting edge technology film professionals use every day. Students can gain access to a whole software suite, which normally would cost $49 per month, just by taking these classes. Media and communication arts professor Ellen Seidler said, “I’m excited. We can finally teach students real world skills, instead of

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Attentive gaze — Film major Michelle Adams listens to the professor Ellen Seidler during the Digital Film Production class on Friday in A-1. relying on outdated technology (as in the past).� The classes offered at CCC give students an introduction to the growing digital film industry, she said. It also serves to introduce students to job opportunities that most people are unaware of. “Every major company uses this stuff. Even PG&E has an in-house film production team,� Seidler said.

Though the last day to add fullterm classes has passed, students should keep the program in mind, Seidler said. Psychology major Zach Meahan said it was extremely easy to add the class. He did not have to deal with the same struggle to find a seat that is present in so many classes every semester. The program appeals to a wide variety of students. Ka Tong, a

CCC business major from Hong Kong who lives in Castro Valley, said he plans on earning his certificate to bolster his resumĂŠ to help him find a job when he leaves CCC. Mildred Mosley, a sociology major from Oakland, said, “I hope it helps me tell my story.â€? Four out of the five classes required for the certificate are being offered this semester.

Associated Students Union looks to fill seats Members wanted to occupy open positions for campus senators

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The Associated Students Union is now recruiting new members to fill numerous available board positions. Positions offered include president of the clubs, treasurer, secretary, director of shared governance, and director of training and recruitment. The recruiting process is now taking place at the ASU Office, located in AA-109. ASU President Ysrael Condori describes the ASU as “a self-governing board,� made up of students. The ASU’s goal is to represent student inter-

ests on campus. bers.� ASU Vice President Luanna Waters There are a few requirements to said, “(The ASU) becoming a board allows for the voice “Currently, there are member. and perspective of To begin the proCCC students to be cess, one must fill four people ending heard.� out an application in Currently, the probation and on their AA-109. ASU has three offiIn order to qualiway to become ASU cial board members: fy, a student must be board members.� Condori, Waters, enrolled in at least and Director of six units at CCC, and Luanna Waters, External Affairs maintain a minimum ASU vice president Kirsten Kwon. 2.0 GPA. Waters said, If a student quali“Currently, there are fies, there is a 30-day four people ending probation and on probationary period. During the probatheir way to become ASU board mem- tionary period, members will receive

training. Applicants are also required to attend all of the ASU’s meetings that occur during their probation. Students of any major are encouraged to join. The six-unit requirement means both full-time and part-time students are eligible for membership and ASU participation. Waters said, “I would encourage CCC students to join the ASU because they can bring in their own ideas.� This is Waters’ first term as vice president of the ASU. She said she is excited about being able to help students, as well as affect the surrounding community.

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Serving up smiles — Culinary arts student Alfredo Rodriguez serves salmon shells to a patron during the Culinary Cook-Off Competition on Aug. 29 at the Three Seasons Restaurant.

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‘Cook-Off’ competition excites campus palette

While basting the barbecue sliders with their house-made barbecue sauce, STAFF WRITER DreamChasers team member Joseph jarmenta.theadvocate@gmail.com Robertson said, “It’s a comfort food. Culinary arts students hosted an in-house Something you can grab and go. We all competition to raise funds for the fall semes- pitched in and came up with the idea togethter’s food budget at the Three Seasons er.� Restaurant, a full service restaurant located “I think (all the students) did a good job. I’m proud of all of them,� culinary arts in AA-239, on Aug. 27. Students from CCC’s culinary arts depart- department Chairperson Nader Sharkes. “I ment formed teams and competed against hope what they get out of this (experience) is each other. that their food is done in proper procedure, For $5, patrons were given the oppor- the food tastes good, and above all else they tunity to sample gourmet dishes from the work as a team.� six competing teams and Liberal, Applied then vote for their choice Health, Vocational ““I think (all the stuEducation and Athletics for first place. The Three Seasons dents) did a good job. Division Dean Susan Lee was pulsing with excitewas there to show her I’m proud of all of ment as patrons, faculty support for the culinary and students alike, were program. them.� “Every year culinary abuzz with culinary chatter and critiques of the keeps getting better and Nader Sharkes, culinary arts department Chairperson dishes they were sambetter. It was excellent,� pling. she said. “Everything I’ve had After having a couis really good,� Los Medanos College secre- ple hours to sample the food, the patrons tary Mary Long said. cast their votes for their favorite dish. “I don’t know who I’m going to vote for DreamChasers took top prize with their yet.� re-imagining of a pulled pork sandwich, The team DreamChasers took first place a saucy cousin of a the southern po’ boy, at this semester’s Culinary Cook-Off with its replacing pork with corned beef basted with gourmet interpretation of a southern classic. homemade barbecue sauce and then smothPatron Camara Lindsey said, “(I) just ered in swiss cheese and grilled peppers. have to say the barbecue sliders burst with Team Seared Salmon took second prize so many different flavors. They had to really with its seared salmon with herbs and cream sauce. In third place was Team Salmon put their skills to work.� Culinary arts student Raynesha Johnson, Confit. said, “This semester we had a choice The Three Seasons Restaurant is now between salmon and corned beef. We went open for business Tuesdays through with corned beef.� Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. By Jesse Armenta

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SPORTS

Late game weariness hurts team

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HITTING PAYDIRT

By Jamah Butler STAFF WRITER

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After tying the game 1-1 with 32 minutes left in the first half, the women’s soccer team had a meltdown allowing four straight goals losing 5-1 at home to Lassen College (1-0) Tuesday on the Soccer Field. The tie-breaking goal from Cougar midfielder Janet Garcia came seven minutes later and the Comets never recovered. The women’s soccer team will be back in action Friday at Monterey Peninsula College at 4 p.m. The Cougars struck first at the beginning of the first half and maintained a stronghold on the ball not allowing Contra Costa College (0-1) to effectively reach its side of the field to create scoring opportunities. “There was a lack of communication between us,” sophomore midfielder Laura Hurtado said. She was responsible for the team’s only goal and suffered a slight ScoreBoard leg injury in the first half, but returned shortly thereafter. Cougars 5 The team’s sluggishness Comets 1 was also seen on the defensive side with a lack of posNext game: session control and turnovers. Friday at Sophomore keeper Jasmine Monterey Escobar was responsible for Peninsula 10 saves, but was unable to College, 4 remain consistent after Lassen p.m. College began its scoring barrage. By halftime the Comets were down 3-1 being outshot 6-3 by the Cougars. Turnovers throughout the game also went against CCC ’s favor. The second half featured much of the same miscommunication and lack of production offensively as the Comets seemed to wear down as the game went on. ”It was like our offense was hitting a brick wall,” women’s soccer coach Nikki Ferguson said. Fatigue, mentally and physically, set in during the second half and although the Comets had more opportunities to score, they failed to tally another goal. The defense also struggled in the second half giving up two more goals with the last one coming with four minutes left in the game. A positive aspect that can be taken from Tuesday’s game was the team’s resiliency. The Comets made five shot attempts in the second half as opposed to three in the first. “There was no quitting. We played hard for 90 minutes,” coach Ferguson said. He also said the emphasis heading into practice now would be conditioning and being able to keep up with the better teams for an entire game. “Talent and knowledge mean nothing if our team cannot stay in shape,” Ferguson said. Aside from getting in tip-top shape, the focus will be to finish. Although CCC retained possession of the of the ball for extensive periods of time in the second half it did not create goals for the squad.

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Touchdown play — Comet wide receiver Larry Cornish smashes through Owl defensive back Garret Hutnick to score a touchdown during their game against Foothill College at Comet Stadium on Saturday.

DEFENSE HOLDS ONTO LEAD how they will come out of a situation like that.” The Comets erased the 15-point deficit and brought the score to a one-point difference, with two touchdown passes from quarterback Malik Watson, ending the By Mike Thomas half down 21-20. SPORTS EDITOR In the second half, CCC’s defense shut mthomas.theadvocate@gmail.com out Foothill’s offense by stopping its runDown by 15 points in the first half, ning attack and sacking its quarterback. the football team roared back and beat For the game Watson passed for 332 Foothill College 35-28 Saturday at Comet yards with three touchdowns. Watson said he made many mistakes Stadium in the opener for both teams. Contra Costa College (1-0) played the in the first half and he was not getting the Owls (0-1) last year for its first game, ball to his receivers on time. “There were a couple of times where and was blown out 33-13. CCC’s next game will be Saturday at (the receivers) were wide open and I missed them,” he said about the first half. De Anza College in Cupertino. The score was 7-6 “I caught up to the after CCC answered speed in the second “Our offensive line half and we started to back with freshman running back Marshon stepped up today with play better.” Despite fumbling Ardoin’s touchdown, four new starters at in the first half, sophobut 13 seconds later CCC’s defense gave more running back those positions.” Davonte Sapp-Lynch up a 76-yard TD run turned it around in the by Foothill running Alonzo Carter, third quarter, giving back Sameula Fanua football coach in the first quarter. the Comets a 28-21 After another Owl lead with his 6-yard touchdown, the Comet defense held up rushing touchdown. CCC’s defense forced a fumble by against the Owls offense keeping their Fanua, which allowed another passing score to 21 points in the first half. “I was thinking, (is the defense) going touchdown from Watson to Sapp-Lynch, to stay together and come out of this?” increasing the lead to 35-21. Sapp-Lynch rushed for a 100 yards football coach Alonzo Carter said of the 15-point deficit. “You just want to see with a rushing and a passing touchdown.

Football team wins first game of season

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The Comet sophomore said Foothill played physical football with them, and the team knew it could adjust after its rocky start. “I’m thinking hold onto the rock and come in harder in the second half,” he said. “It messed with my mind a little bit but you have to have a short-term memory after making a turnover.” The Comet defense gave up a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but held onto the lead beating the Owls and securing a victory in their first game of the season. Sophomore defensive lineman Lavaka Maile got to the quarterback twice. The team had four sacks in the game. The Comets netted 463 total yards on offense, with credit going to the Comets’ new offensive linemen, who did not allow a sack during the contest. Watson said his offensive linemen deserve all the credit for his success in the game. Carter said, “Our offensive line stepped up today with four new starters at those positions.”

Comets score late, win 2nd game, 1-0

HARD SAVE

possible allowed the ScoreBoard Comets to play as a team and move the Comets 1 ball quickly and flu- Beavers 0 idly up the field. ARC had a few Next game: By Lorenzo Morotti solid scoring chancFriday at EDITORIAL CARTOONIST es during the second Fresno City lmorotti.theadvocate@gmail.com half but could not College, 2 A stellar defensive line held long enough finish. p.m. for the midfield to feed forward Bryan The Beavers Randall, who scored the winning goal dur- attempted the scoring the tense 1-0 game against American ing tactic of moving the ball up the wings River College on the soccer field Friday. of the field in order to cross it into the goal “(The) backline we played with today box, attempting for a striker to header in a was the best it’s been all season,” Contra goal past the keeper. Costa College (2-1 overall) defender Brad However, this was not the case for the Allman said. Beavers. An excellent Comet defense conThe Comets, without a dominant mid- stantly got in between the ball and the goal field, lacked possession poaching tactics of ARC. “The score today of the ball for the majority “We were the better of the first half, putting a highly reflects how we lot of pressure on the five- team (today) by keep- played,” men’s soccer man Comet backline. coach Rudy Zeller said. ing momentum and CCC’s defensive strat“We were the better playing cautiously in team (today) by keeping egy enabled the squad to maintain form and play the second half. It was momentum and playing a man-to-man backline cautiously in the second a team victory.” with few gaps, not allowhalf. It was a team vicing the Beavers’ midfield tory.” After many wasted to filter the ball into scorRudy Zeller, men’s soccer coach ing position. chances, the game’s only Keeping most of their goal came in the 80th players behind the ball forced the Comets to minute of play. communicate as a team or concede a goal. A Comet counter attack allowed midARC (2-1-1) retained possession for most fielder Klebber Machodo to filter a ball past of the game and had numerous chances on ARC defenders to Bryan Randall in the goal goal, but could not score. box. The Beavers could not best the Comet Randall cut to the right and shot the ball defense. into the right corner of the net past Beaver CCC had only one shot on goal during keeper Joe Rivera to seal the Comet home the first half, which was a 30-yard free kick, victory. grazing the top goal post. “We came together as a team in the secThe flow of the game changed during the ond half,” Randall said. second 45 minutes of the contest. “Good communication let us slow the CCC began to move together as a team. game down and retain possession. If we The midfield and the Comet offense did well continue to play like we did today, we can to apply pressure, forcing turnovers, allow- keep up a winning streak.” ing for more offensive possessions. The Comets play at Fresno City College Slowing the game down as much as at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Beavers’ dam breaks during final minutes

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Defending the ball — Comet keeper Gustavo Rojas grabs the ball from Beaver midfielder Ryan Campbell during their game against American River College at the Soccer Field on Sept. 6.


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FOCUS

In flight — Two Berkeley residents perform Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial BrasArte: World Dance Center in Berkeley on Sept. 1. More than 1,000 people art, during the San Francisco Bay Area Brazilian Day Festival held outside the attended the festival that pays homage to Brazil’s independence day.

Celebration of Brazil’s

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All smiles — Berkeley residents Willy Lizarraga (right) and Marguerite Casillas Mass gathering — More than 1,000 people attended the San Francisco Bay dance during the San Francisco Bay Area Brazilian Day Festival held outside the Area Brazilian Day Festival, which took place in front of the BrasArte: World BrasArte: World Dance Center in Berkeley on Sept. 1. Dance Center in Berkeley on Sept. 1.

Dancing as one — Oakland residents Priscilla Alfaro and Stacey Jackson (front) dance the samba, a Brazilian dance, during the San Francisco Bay Area Brazilian Day Festival held outside the BrasArte: World Dance Center in Berkeley on Sept. 1.


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