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Lunch is served page 3 ASCC candidates are announced pages 6-7 Student is an eyewitness to Japan’s tragedy page 8 Hands Across America passes through Chaffey Page 9 Kurtis Watch Page 10

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ASCC candidates vie for student votes KELLY BOwEN


Richard Berlo (left) and Eddie Sanchez (right) both presented are running for ASCC Presidency. Both were able to tell students their plans of action and why they should choose them as their Associated Student president. ALYSSA rIGOLI

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welve candidates for student government presented election statements during a candidate forum March 30 in the quad. Each candidate was given two minutes to speak to students and explain their goals if voted into their office. Eddie Sanchez is running for re-election as Associated Student president. “It is up to us to seize the moment,” he said. “I have no intention of delivering broken promises.” Running against Sanchez is Richard Berlo, president of the Civics Club. In Berlo’s speech, he said, “To be president requires political knowledge.” Berlo backed up his claim with the information that he regularly attends

Rancho Cucamonga city council meetings. “We have a lot of people who don’t know who we are,” he said, “and that is what I want to change.” One of the candidates who spoke was Anthony Grimm, pre-med major, running for senator. An advocate for tolerance at Chaffey, Grimm was the former vice president of the Gay Straight Alliance Club. “I’m trying to bring my compassion to ASCC,” Grimm said. “I am here to serve you.” Also running for senator positions are Justine Buelna, Eric Crowder, Aliza Nawaz, Rebekah Oliva, Linda Olmos, and Freddie Sanchez. Among the other candidates are Omar Palmerin, 20, a music business major

running for commissioner of Activities, and Sean Taitt, running for commissioner of Interclub Council. Running for vice president is current ASCC Senator Charmaine Goodwin. “I want to take on a bigger role… [and] …I will fulfill and surpass all the requirements of the office,” Goodwin said. Voting began Thursday on the Fontana campus and continues Monday, April 4 on the Chino campus. Voting for the main Rancho campus will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 5-7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Lounge. For complete candidate coverage, including faculty and staff of the year hopefuls, see pages 6-7.

Calendar |April 4, 2011 Campus Crime watch • • • • • •

March. 14 - Hit and run property damage only. March. 14 - Grand theft of money/labor/property. March. 16 - Vandalism: Damage other’s property March. 18 - Disorderly Conduct: alcohol March. 18 - Bribe public officer/ etc March. 29 - Disruptive presence advisory about a former Chaffey employee —As reported by Campus Police

Graduating The graduating class of 2011 is invited to the annual Chaffey College GradFest, scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Campus Center East Quad. Graduates attending the event will be able to purchase their announcements, cap and gown, diploma frames, class rings, and more all in one place. Take advantage of special discounts from participating vendors, receive free refreshments, and be entered into door prize drawings. OBED ESPINDOLA

Earth Science Students race hand-built solar toy cars outside the science building on Wednesday, March 30. Coffee Night ASCC will once again hold its popular coffee night series. Join your student leaders for coffee and light refreshments from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Chino on Tuesday, April 5. Spring transfer Fair The Transfer Center will hold its Spring Transfer Fair on Thursday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rancho Cucamonga Campus Sports Center. Many college and university reps will be on hand to discuss their institutions, programs and admission requirements. For more information, contact the Transfer Center at (909)652-6233. An Earth Day Celebration Family Day at the Wignall Museum will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A free event for Chaffey College students, staff, faculty, community members and their families will celebrate Earth Day. Family Day is open to all ages and is meant to introduce families to arts and sciences and features hands-on activities.

Cornfield of Dreams The Chaffey Theater will present “Cornfield of Dreams,” the corniest play this side of Mississippi, on Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m.. and noon. Fun for the entire family. Tickets are $5 at the box office Health Awareness Day Health Awareness Day will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on the promenade by the AD building. teddy Bear Hugs for Kids Help bring a smile to the face of a child at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. Bring a new stuffed animal (with the tags still attached) from April 1 to the April 15 to the following locations: AD-109, SSA-104, SSA-211, FNLC Lobby, BEB- 101,BEB207, Chino Multidisciplinar Success Center, and student activities. Teddy Bears will be delivered the week of Easter. Blood Drive and marrow Screening A blood drive and marrow screening will be held on Tuesday, April 12. The Bloodmobile will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact Sadie Anderson at (909)652-6331 for further information.

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Chaffey College Bookstore It’s a Spring cleaning sale at the Chaffey Bookstore, with up to 75-percent off on selected merchandise from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 4-7. Sales merchandise will be available in front of the Bookstore at the Rancho campus and inside the Chino and Fontana Bookstores. Animal right’s Club Animal Right’s club get together on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. in SS-106. The goal of this club is to discuss and question the ethical issue of animal rights, in a peaceful, open minded way. Drug/ Alcohol Awareness Day Drug/Alcohol Awareness day will be held on Wednesday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stress management Awareness Day Stress Management Awareness day will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m on the promenade by the AD building. Chaffey Car Show The third annual Chaffey College Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in parking lot 18 at the Rancho campus. Paul Newman’s Ford powered VW bug will be on display.

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Campus News | April 4, 2011

Honors program gains new members SArA GODING



Dean Lori E. Waite and student veteran Jerry Squyres at VRC open house.

Veterans Resource Center dedicated to fallen soldier DONALD KLINE


he Veterans Resource Center Recently held an open house March 17 to dedicate the center in memory of U.S. Army Private First Class Joel K. Brattain who was killed in action on March 13, 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. PFC Brattain is the Nephew of Lori E. Waite, the Dean of Counseling and Matriculation. The memorial was done by the staff at the center and was a complete surprise to Dean Waite when presenter Jerry Squyres a center staff member and Environmental Engineering Major, pulled the cover off the plaque that dedicates the center. Dean Waite was presented with a certificate commemorating the event. A

portrait of PFC Brattain done by Pamela Hein from her “Faces of the fallen” series hangs inside the center alongside a certificate of the event. Guest speaker Dianna Lee who is the field representative to Janice Rutherford, the Supervisor for the Second District of San Bernardino County spoke of the importance and significance of having a center for veterans entering civilian and student life. Among the guests attending were Dean Michael Dinielli, Jim Moffatt and Bill Hanlon from the American Legion, Sean Taitte from the Civics Club,Gregory Creel of the Multidisciplinary Success Center, Linda Umberg from the California Department of Veterans Affairs and Laura Rhodes from Administration.

he Honors Program welcomed its newest members with pizza and certificates. There are currently about 650 students enrolled in the Honors Program with 84 newcomers. Leona Fisher, Director of the Honors Program spoke about the benefits of joining. “The biggest benefit, practically speaking, is the access to our transfer agreements,” Fisher said. The transfer agreements give students priority consideration with participating colleges such as Cal State Fullerton, San Diego State, Chapman University, Pitzer College and more. Other program benefits include smaller classes, opportunities to publish original work in honors journals, and scholarships and internships. For students to complete the program and receive honors notation on their transcripts, participants must be enrolled in a minimum of two semesters at

Chaffey, maintain a GPA of 3.20 or higher, complete 54 hours of college or community service, complete 18 semester units in honors classes and complete an associate degree or fulfillment of admissions requirements to a four-year institution. “Saree Costa, a CIS major, recently won a statewide award at a conference at UCI and won $500,” Fisher said. Patricia Richardson, art history major and participant of the honors program, is performing her community service hours through the Claremont Museum of Art. Due to lack of funding the museum, which was formally located at the Lemon Packing House, was forced to close in 2008. The dedicated volunteers and Board of Directors have established a “museum without walls.” Richardson shared the opportunities for students to help with events and art projects and to become trained as docents. Students who are interested in joining the Honors Program can visit the office located at SSA122.

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he kids from the Child Development Center stepped out onto the art scene. The Young Artists Series showcased at the Wignall Museum from March 15-18. The exhibition featured contemporary art in mixed media created by the children, students and faculty of Chaffey. A silent auction was held Friday, March 18, to raise money for supplies. The auction raised $750 that will be split between the Child Development Center and the Wignall Museum. Birgit Monks, director of Child Development Center, said, “It’s been a great success. We took field trips over there so all the kids had an opportunity to see their work up in the museum.” This was the first time the center had worked together with the museum to highlight the children’s talents. Graphic design students outlined distinctive alphabet letters for the children to decorate. The student artists and faculty of the Chaffey Art Organization produced portraits of the children from the center with charcoal, pencil and various other medias. “The little kids have been really excited to see their work and their portraits,” Judy Nguyen, nursing major, said. The Child Development Center is a subsidized program funded by the state that provides parents with low cost day care while they finish their education or training. Children ages 18 months to kindergarten are taught language arts, math, science and social studies at the center. It is an educational program that follows state guidelines to prepare the students for kindergarten with hands-on learning activities. “I like the program, it’s really nice,” Sienna Lynch, liberal arts major, said. More than 100 kids participated in the event. The children created many exclusive pieces including handmade postcards, greeting cards, collages and abstract sculptures. They also designed t-shirts and canvas bags with the exhibit’s logo and an individual, artistic touch. “I helped them paint the tote bags,” Minh Vo, art major said. “They didn’t want to stop working. They were having so much fun. I also helped them with the Post-it show in the Center of the Arts so there’s this synergy going on between the two shows.” In the center of the museum, the children constructed a papier-mâché deer and painted an aquatic work of art. “We did the under the sea fish mural. They loved it,” Bob Hurton, art major, said. “They have their own ideas about what art is and it turned out great. I think it’s great that they can express themselves like that.” The mural was assembled on butcher paper, which the kids created by painting the bottom of their feet and walking on it. The colorful imprints from all their feet


became the bodies of the various fish and one monster truck. The finished project was then laid across the floor and covered with Plexiglas making a window to the underwater world. Evalyn Savatore, age three, said “I didn’t even know how to make fish.” The Child Development Center plans to do more events with the museum similar to the Young Artists Series in the future.


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Election 2011 | April 4, 2011

Candidates for President As the current ASCC President, I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to all sorts of student organizations that have helped me see the many diverse facets of assistance programs available to all Chaffey students. My goal as President has been to help students become fully aware of those available resources, and most importantly how to assist each other to have the best possible educational experience here at Chaffey. In seeking my reelection, I feel it’s my past years experience that will assist the students in transitioning through this economic recession, and ultimately help us all achieve our goals.

I promise to promote civic awareness throughout all Chaffey campuses and to engage all people to bolster high social capital at Chaffey. I promise to break down all political jargon so everybody understands the policies and procedures brought to the attention of the student government. I will do my best to represent all veterans and students to the best of my ability. I will listen to all suggestions brought to my attention and engage our student government with what has been brought to me during my term in office.

Richard Berlo

Eddie Sanchez Running for: President

Running for: President

Candidates for Commissioners

Candidate for Vice President I, Charmaine Goodwin, am running to fulfill the candidacy of ASCC Vice President. I currently hold a position as a senator and it is my quest to continue helping all of the students of Chaffey College. I am ready to take on a bigger role in representing the student body. My main goal is to inform students about the various events and resources that are located around campus. As a chosen candidate, I will fulfill and surpass all of my required duties in the position of Vice President.

Charmaine Goodwin Running for: Vice President

Justine Buelna

Running for: Senator

Aliza Nawaz

Running for: Senator

Omar Madriz Palmerin

Sean Taitt

Running for: Commissioner of Activities

Running for: Commissioner of Inter Club Council

As your current Senator of ASCC, I am thankful for those students who have supported me in the past election. I would like to continue to hold my position in office because I want to keep understanding student’s desires and making their voices heard. As a current member, I have faced many obstacles in the past, but I learned something new from each and have had an overall great experience. I believe that my past experience, leadership skills, and devotion make me a positive role model for our student body.

. My name is Aliza Nawaz. I am a young student who is majoring in Political Science and is a member of the Muslim Student Association and the Civics Club. I am an honors student with a high GPA. There is a strong desire in me to assist our community and have your voices heard. I would like to have a more active role within our school and therefore I am running for Senator. As a member of the ASCC I hope to represent diversity and a medium for encouragement and participation amongst pupils and the student government. Vote for me.

Currently as a senator of the Associated Students of Chaffey College (ASCC), I have learned that in this organization commitment is the key to success. The new role for the 2011-2012 academic year I would like to hold in this organization is the position of Commissioner of Activities. My goal as Commissioner of Activities would be to coordinate events for the college, serve as a voting member in the Campus Council, and have the student body of Chaffey College get involved with activities created and sponsored by ASCC and Chaffey clubs.

If you election me as your Commissioner of Inter-Club Council, I pledge to you my fellow students that I will encourage and increase civic awareness of opportunities, programs, and services of our wonderful college. I pledge to encourage clubs to work together to bring awareness of issues that affect us all as students as well as issues that each and every club feels passionate about. I pledge to increase engagement between elected student officers and students. My mission will always be to listen and work as hard as I can to offer guidance and support to you.

Candidates for Senate

Eric Crowder

Running for: Senator

Anthony Grimm

Being a member of the DPS Running I know well the importance of having somewhere to turn to when in need; ergo, I have devoted my life to humanitarian work. I have helped in the fight against ignorance as the former VP of the Chaffey GSA club and have headed up various charity drives here on campus that benefit our community. I am a pre-med major and am currently enrolled in the Honors Program. If elected, I hope to bring my drive, leadership skills and strong personal passion for improving the lives of others to the ASCC and you the student.

I am currently a senator of the Associated Students of Chaffey College (ASCC), and I am proud to say that I have learned a great deal of things being involved on campus. I believe that it is essential to the growth of aspiring students to take advantage of every resource available to them. As student senator, I will represent ASCC with the utmost integrity. My goal is to provide each and every student with the knowledge of different resources that Chaffey has to offer which includes various activities, scholarships, book grants, and student clubs.

Freddie Sanchez Running for: Senator

As a returning Senator, I, Linda Olmos, want to continue making a difference, challenging others and being part of a great motivating team. This experience has allowed me to reach out to my peers and inform them of the exciting and important news going on at Chaffey College. I love knowing that we are making a change and encouraging others to do the same. Improving the quality of a students experience is my number one goal and I will continue advocating for my peers. I believe that my current role in ASCC will allow me become a better Senator for next year.

Linda Olmos

Running for: Senator

I care about the students and their success at Chaffey College. I believe that their time at Chaffey should be an enjoyable journey. That is what education precisely is a journey, but due to the misfortune the education budget has encountered, education now seems like a struggle. I believe that being a senator in ASCC I can be the voice for the students who are working to achieve their dreams through an education at Chaffey College. I feel that we all need to come together as a student body and stand up for the education we rightfully deserve. We cannot hope for change; we have to make it happen.

for: Senator

My intentions are to help the students at Chaffey College in any way that the position allows. The recent recession created many difficulties in the way to a higher education, and if voted as a representative, I will work hard to support actions that will be in the interest and welfare of the student body to overcome such obstacles.

Rebekah Oliva Running for: Senator

All candidate statements appear in their original form as written by the candidates themselves.



Election 2011 | April 5, 2010

Nominees for Faculty of the Year

Deckard Hodge

I’m not the best teacher at Chaffey, nor even the best one in the best one in the English Department. I gratefully accept this nomination on behalf of all teachers who strive to improve each day and who are passionate about helping students create a better life for themselves.

Mohammad Tavakoli

Kelly Ford is full-time faculty member for the Theater Arts Department. In addition to teaching, Ford is a director, choreographer and actress. “My students are so talented, motivated and commitment to the craft of acting. It is a delight to come to work because of my student’s enthusiasm. I am truly honored, grateful and blessed to be nominated. I want to thank my students from the

Kelly Ford

Mohammad Tavakoli has been at Chaffey for 20 years. He works in the math and engineering departments and also teaches physics. “I am grateful for the opportunity that Chaffey has been giving me. I have been trying to give back. I enjoy teaching and learning.”

Nominees for Staff of the Year Laura Rodes

David Schlanger has been the Student Career Specialist at the Global Career Center for the past two years and an employee of Chaffey College for over five years. As a Chaffey College alum, David is dedicated to serving students and enhancing the success of their college experience and future careers.

I began my journey at Chaffey in 1998 when I decided to return to school. That decision was life changing. Chaffey is my “other” family in the sense that I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I’ve been in Admissions for 8 years and when I was appointed Veteran Services, I never knew the changes this program would have on me personally. Veterans have sacrificed so much to maintain our freedom that I’m proud to call myself a veteran certifying official. Chaffey has really raised the bar on behalf of all service members, veterans and their families and I’m honored to be associated with these changes. I hope to enjoy many more years here at Chaffey College.

David Schlanger

Jason Cranmer

I began as a student at Chaffey College and recently completed my BS at University of LaVerne. My position in Student Activities for the last seven years as Program Assistant gives me the opportunity to explore my passion for students in need. I have the benefit of being in a leadership role to serve, work, and assist in many ways while seeing the students succeed in their educational goals.

My position in Admissions and Records has allowed me to interact with and assist the many wonderful students and staff here at Chaffey the past four years. It has been a very rewarding experience to work here at the Chino Campus and witness its phenomenal growth the past few years. I want to take this opportunity to offer encouragement and support to our students during these challenging times.

Julia Penigar

Polls will be open for the 2011 ASCC elections at: Fontana: march 31, 9 a.m. - noon Chino: April 4, 9 a.m. - noon rancho: April 5-7, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m at the Student Activities Lounge


Features | April 4, 2011

Former student’s eye-witness report of Japan’s disaster



ori Kosuge graduated in the summer of 1993 and returned to Japan in August 1993. Kosuge is an artist whose specialty is a Japanese art form called paper-cutting. The following is Kosuge’s personal account of the aftermath of the 9.0 earthquake which struck on March 11. March 18 It has been one week since the earthquake in Northeast Japan. The total of the dead and missing are increasing day by day. Survivors are under tough conditions; shortage of food, electricity and especially dependable information. Ironically today’s technology is useless in such a disaster. Cell phones cannot be charged. I saw many people waiting in line in front of a phone booth. The computer is also useless. The electricity is out of order due to the accident at the nuclear power plant. The people try to find missing persons by searching the names on the bulletin boards. The victims collect firewood

from their own collapsed houses. Snow continues to fall. I used to live in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo, and my family still lives there. Chiba is away from the focus, but they saw cracks, and water coming out through the pavement because they live on reclamation land. My parents feel seasick because of the many aftershocks. They feel shaking even when no earth quakes have happened. This symptom is happening to many people. My sister lives close to a gas plant and saw many explosions. My sister’s name is Yuka Kondo. She has a nine month-old daughter who cries every day. The child wants go out but it’s too dangerous to go outside. “It was just like a movie but it isn’t,” Yuka said. “I felt the heat and sway. This is a reality.” The government asked for donations and volunteers, not only in Japan, but also from all over the world. People who live away from the focus donate money and visit there to help. The rescue troops have come from all over the world, and of course from the USA. The victims are very

thankful for all the help. On the other hand they are very distrustful towards the Japanese government. The information, especially about the nuclear plant, came too slow and they don’t trust. Tokyo Electric Company seems to hide the facts. “We have no idea what information to trust,” one of the victims said. The company carried out a “planned blackout” and batteries were sold out at every store. I live in Fukuoka, in Southwest Japan. I was asked by my family and friends to send them some batteries and candles, but I see signs at the stores with the words “sold out” for the batteries. It may take many years to recover. March 29 It has been two weeks since the earthquake in Japan. The deaths and those missing is over 16,000 as of March 29. Nothing is in order and all still seems to be in confusion. Radioactivity was found in the water in the Tokyo area. Fukushima prefecture is where the nuclear power plant faces the Pacific

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Ocean, so the fishing industry will be damaged soon. On the other hand tons of crops and seafood have already been wasted due to radioactivity. The local industry is agriculture and fishing; no one wants their products The victims and survivors are still waiting for food, water, medicine and electricity. They are hypersensitive of radioactive pollution…water, crops and marine products and of course they can’t drink tap water. Water companies work day and night to supply clean water, not only for the focus, but also everywhere else. Even those who have nothing to with the damage started buying out groceries and say, “Just in case.” It makes serious shortage of supplies to the victims. We call it “rumor damage” due to information through the internet; it blows things up. At least the victims want to remove the debris, but even a piece of a dish is private property. It will take four to five years just to remove the debris. They are not yet ready to recover their hometown. Follow Nori’s stories online at www.

Features | April 4, 2011

Give students a hand

Hands Across America is here to help SArA GODING


ash your hands and grab a stranger. It’s time to raise money for scholarships. Budget cuts and tuition increases have made it difficult for students to complete their higher educational goals. Scholarships help to alleviate the cost of textbooks, equipment, uniforms, gas and other supplies necessary to succeed in college. This spring marks the 25th anniversary of Hands Across America. In 1986 more than six million Americans joined hands to raise awareness for the hungry and homeless. While most college students are fortunate enough to have a home, they do have a reputation for being hungry. California Community Colleges, the largest network of higher education in the nation, have teamed up to raise money for student scholarships. Inspired by the contributions generated by Hands Across America, the California Community Colleges have planned Hands Across California. On April 17, many of the 112 California Community Colleges will join hands in an effort to raise $100 million to create a permanent scholarship fund, including Chaffey College. Chaffey is located on the North Los Angeles leg of the route that travels over 1,500 miles from north of Sacramento down to San Diego. Participants from Chaffey will link up with students from Victor Valley College and Mt. Sac. The North Los Angeles leg spans 158.9 miles from Victor Valley College to Oxnard College. California Community Colleges offer more than 175 associate degree and certificate programs on top of vocational and technical training. According to the Hands Across California website, 80 percent of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical technicians are trained at community colleges. Additionally, 70 percent of nurses receive their certification from community colleges. Students that earn a degree or certificate from a community college see an 86-percent increase in annual wages within three years. Individuals are not the only ones who benefit from a more educated workforce. For every dollar that California invests to get students in and through college, the states economy receives a three-dollar net return on its investment. A rise in education and training directly relates to worker productivity and increases production possibilities. In May 2008, The Bernard Osher Foundation donated $50 million to support the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment, which awards financial support to thousands of students

each year. The Bernard Osher Foundation has announced that on top of the initial investment donated in 2008, it will match 50 cents on every dollar raised for community colleges until June 2011. The goal is $100 million. Everyone is invited to participate. George Lopez, Quincy Jones, Antonio Vilaraigosa, Lily Tomlin, Ben Vereen, Mark Harmon and Hootie and the Blowfish are a few of the celebrities coming out to support this event. Visit to sign up and reserve a spot in line. JImmY PurCELL

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Opinion | April 4, 2011

Japan forgotten in the midst of its tragedy KurtIS FrOSt



t has been less than one month since the earthquake/tsunami tragedy hit Japan on March 11, and the media is already starting to lose interest. It should be clear to everyone that even though the media is drifting away from this topic, people should still be concerned and sending support in whatever means necessary. It is understandable for large media sources such as CNN, Fox, ABC, Google and Yahoo would focus on Libya at the moment. There is no reason why articles

like, “Why Jersey Shore Has Lost Its Mojo” and “First Dancing With The Stars Contestant Eliminated” should be placed before any information about the tragedy in Japan. Seriously, f*^% you! The Japanese National Police Agency has officially confirmed 11,362 deaths, 2,872 injured and 16,290 people missing. This is a country trying to put itself back together full of families torn apart and destroyed. Nobody should care more about television shows than the lives of fellow human beings. The information about this tragedy and how everyone can help should

be first and foremost until help is no longer needed. Just as bad, almost all coverage given about Japan only has to do with the idea of how this affects America. Honestly, we can cross that bridge when and if we get to it. As of now let’s focus on Japan. If you are interested in donating and helping Japan through this crisis please contact American Red Cross, GlobalGiving, Save the Children, Salvation Army, AmeriCares, Convoy of Hope, International Medical Corps, Shelter Box or any other organization aiding Japan.

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Arts & Entertainment | April 4, 2011

Too pretty to be serious, too timid to be fun JOSHuA HICKEN


ince the end of World War II, filmmakers have sought a cinematic recipe that could combine sex, hallucinations and steam-assisted nazi zombies without actually exciting moviegoers. Where all others have failed, writer/director Zack Snyder has successfully ended this search with Sucker Punch. Sucker Punch follows the trials of Babydoll, a vaguely Victorian archetype for social injustice who has been betrayed by her vaguely villainous stepfather. Within the film’s first 15 minutes, Villainous Stepfather imprisons Babydoll in a vaguely pre-war mental institution for accidentally killing her sister during a domestic dispute, for which the development is a little vague. The syncretic prologue seems forgivable. It sets up Sucker Punch as a fairy tale, the kind of story that’s no stranger to borrowing elements and styles piecemeal. Unfortunately the ensuing plot is plagued with unrepentant wallowing. Deeply injuring the protagonist at the

beginning of a story leaves the storyteller with two basic ways to proceed: move backward to impress and explain the injury, or move forward to show what the good guy or gal does with his or her conflict. Like most film-maker’s Snyder uses Sucker Punch to move forward in Babydoll’s story, but with a fatal flaw. Like Pan’s Labyrinth, Sucker Punch delves into deeper levels of fantasy as the heroine delves into conquering her plight. However unlike Pan’s Labyrinth, Snyder’s story doesn’t revisit the reality of Babydoll’s suffering until the movie’s climax. Every step Babydoll takes away from her reality also takes the audience away from their reason for caring about her. Babydoll’s fantasy trades her sanitarium for a brothel, a corrupt orderly for a pseudopimp, and the looming threat of lobotomy for the looming threat of forced sex. The horrors of Babydoll’s fantasy should be just as engaging as those of her reality, but Snyder whittles them into pale imitations, presumably so his film could meet its PG13 rating. Sucker Punch’s fantasy imagery and

themes are both sexual and violent, but too mildly so to do justice to Babydoll’s true struggle. For over an hour the audience is made to watch the heroine and her female sidekicks battle the likes of dragons and clockwork national socialists. Coming off of that high, the actually chilling climax doesn’t move watchers to sympathy so much as it moves them to wonder why the rest of the film isn’t as gritty. Maybe the tale’s sheepishness is supposed to reflect Babydoll’s innocence, but all but tween girls will feel they’ve been robbed of their own.



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Sports | April 4, 2011

Panther swim and diving team walk on water SEVANNY CAmPOS


hroughout the 2011 season the Panther swim and diving team is making an impact on spring sports. Starting off the season with an excellent performance at the Annual Waterman Pentathlon the men’s team proved their ability by placing fifth overall. The women began their season by placing second at the Waterman Pantathlon. This would only be the beginning for the lady Panthers as they placed second out of 16 teams in a Mt. SAC Invitational as well as the Chaffey Invitational. While already having an impressive season the ladies added to their accomplishments on March 29 by beating fellow conference teams Mt. SAC and Los Angeles Trade Tech. The Panthers achieved 213 points compared to Mt. SAC’s 154 and LATT’s 21. The Panthers next swim meet will be the Pasadena Invitational at Pasadena City College on April 8-9 beginning at 9 a.m.


Maynard Hearns looks out over the water.


In the 500-yard-free event Lady Panther Samantha Shiomoto traded the lead with Mt. SAC swimmer Melissa Pryor throughout the race but Shiomoto pulled ahead in the last lap to bring home victory.


Swimmers from different schools plunge into the water at Chaffey, hoping to gain the lead from the start.

Panthers stop Roadrunners DANIEL ZALDIVAr



Nicole De Rossi is prepared for anything in the Panther’s softball victory over The Rio Hondo Roadrunners.


he girl’s softball team gained a solid victory in a Foothill Conference game against Rio Hondo Community College on March 30. The 80-degree heat didn’t seem to faze the girls as they came out swinging and got an early lead in the first three innings. Freshman Vivian Young went 3-4 with a double at the plate while fellow freshman Dana Betancourt also had multiple hits as she went 2-3 with two singles. “I think we had the game under control the whole time,” Head Coach Jimmy Rodriguez said. “But we had a mental letdown in that last inning and they scored two runs and against good teams that’s not going to happen.” Chaffey narrowly defeated the Rio


Swimmers wait for race to begin.

Hondo Roadrunners in their last meeting on March 2 by a final score of 5-4. Freshman Evelyn Espinoza made sure this was not going to be as close as the previous game. Espinoza pitched a complete game and struck out six Roadrunners in the process. “I felt good,” Espinoza said. “I felt really good. My defense helped me out and they got me through the game.” Espinoza is the only active pitcher on the team at this point in the season, as fellow pitcher freshman Kimberly Lessnick is inactive due to injury. Rodriguez feels his team can still do well with one pitcher. “We can’t wait for her [Lessnick] to get back,” Rodriguez said. “We’re going to ride her [Espinoza] the rest of the year. When our other pitcher got hurt she had to step it up, and she has.” Chaffey will next host the first place Antelope Valley Marauders on Wednesday, April 6 at 3 p.m. “I can’t wait to play Antelope Valley again because I want to bring it,” Espinoza said.

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