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May 2, 2011
Volume 21. Issue 14
inside Three shattered cups of tea Graduation is right around the corner page 3 A soldier’s story from Iraq page 6-7 Student Invitational displays student artwork page 8-9 A few last words from the Editor-in-Chief Page 10 Kurtis watch Page 13
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tudents taking general education courses are required to read a book every year chosen by the faculty. While any faculty member is allowed to nominate a book, votes are taken to narrow down the choices and eventually students select the final College Book in a “Battle of the Books.” In the 2009-2010, that book was Three Cups of Tea, an inspirational story about Greg Mortenson, a mountain climber who was injured during a climb to the K2 summit and as a result was brought back to health by leaders of village in Central Asia. He wanted to honor his saviors by building the village a school and in the process found a new calling in life. “While the story itself was not well written, it had a wonderful message of an ordinary man and his ability to make a change in the world,” said English professor Deckard Hodge, who heads Chaffey’s College Book committee. However on April 16, the CBS News magazine 60 Minutes presented an
investigation on Mortenson’s book and its veracity. One of the people who spoke out against Mortenson was the author of yet another former College Book, Jon Krakauer. Krakauer’s Into the Wild was the College Book in 2008-2009. “What Greg has done is incredible,” Krakauer said. “He built schools in areas that desperately needed them. However, he is putting that in jeopardy by exaggerating the truth.” The financial reports from the Central Asia Institute, (CAI) the non-profit organization Mortenson founded to build the schools, claimed that more than 141 schools have been built. But, according to the 60 Minutes investigation and Krakauer, just 30 are up and running. Hodge said that Mortenson did not write the book. “He was interviewed by David Oliver Relin, and it was Relin’s job to make the book readable,” Hodge said. “So what may have taken place over a year instead takes place in one trip.” In Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson says the Taliban allegedly detained him during one of his trips to Pakistan. 60 Minutes
found three of his alleged captors and they all claimed Mortenson was their friend and an honored guest. However in an interview on OutsideOnline, Mortenson tells his own version of the story as well as his response to the 60 Minutes investigation. He admitted that while his captors may not have been Taliban, he was detained against his will for about a week. Mortenson also defended his travel and expense budget that 60 Minutes charged was fully paid for out of CAI funds. “I have to see my kids. Charter flights made it easier,” he said. “However, since January I have totally paid for my own travel.” Since the report on 60 Minutes aired, the state of Montana has been investigating CAI and its handling of money. Mortenson agrees there are some shady areas in his finances and has hired accounting and attorney firms to straighten out the accounts. “I was never really convinced by the book,” psychology major Anna Barba said. “None of my classmates were either.”
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Cinco De Mayo Lunch and Learn Join the One Book One College Committee on Thursday, May 5 at the Chaffey College Chino Community Center for a Cinco De Mayo Lunch and Learn. Lunch, catered by the Chaffey’s Hotel and Food Service Management department, will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. for $5. A Latino Literature lecture, led by professor Leona Fisher, will begin at 12:30 p.m. This is the final event in the college's year-long celebration of Sandra Cisnero's book The House on Mango Street. Women in Islam The Muslim Students Association Club is hosting “Women in Islam; Oppressed or Liberated?” Lecture on Wednesday, May 4 at 4:30 p.m. in HS-127.
Katharine Lowen joined the dancers during “Family Day at the WIG, an Earth Day Celebration” on April 16. Fast Track Courses Due to the current budget situation, students are finding it takes longer to graduate or transfer. But they can reach their educational and career goal more quickly by getting on the Fast Track. With over 70 courses to choose from, students can select the classes that meet their academic goals and complete college in less time. For more information visit www. chaffey.edu/fasttrack. Spring Choral Concert The choral department will present Ellington and all that Jazz: A Vocal tribute to the Duke on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Requiem and Renewal on Sunday May 15 at 3 p.m. The concerts will be held at the Chaffey College Theater. Tickets are available at the box office for $14. For more information call 909-652-6067.
Resumé Writing Workshop The Global Career Center will hold a Resumé Writing Workshop, Thursday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. Come learn how to write and format a resumé. Find out what employers are looking for and how you can make the best impression. To sign up, call the GCC at 909-652-6511.
Annual Student Photo Show The annual photo exhibition features the best work created by photo students during the academic year. The work is juried by artists and art professionals from respected Southern California institutions such as Cal Arts, UCLA/Art Center and other organizations. The exhibition is mounted and displayed at Montclair Plaza from Monday, May 2 to Sunday, May 8.
Transfer Center Annual Recognition Reception The Transfer Center will hold its Annual Recognition Reception honoring our transfer students on Wednesday, May 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sports Center. All students accepted for transfer are invited. If you are transferring for the academic year, please contact the Transfer Center at 909-652-6233 to be included in the ceremony.
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Grad Fest: A one-stop shopping experience JESSICA RUBIO
he student activities quad was recently overwhelmed with Grad Fest activities for all students. Grad Fest takes place every semester to allow students to shop for all their graduation needs and build excitement for graduation. “It feels good to graduate. I’m in the Radiology program and it feels good to have all that hard work pay off,” Levi Torres, radiology, major said. Grad Fest was held on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It was a full day event for students to enjoy food and prizes, as well as purchase their graduation reminders, caps and gowns, class rings, and all other graduation necessities. “I’m excited to graduate. I finally get to go,” Drew Kveche, liberal arts and sciences major, said enthusiastically. Universities were also represented throughout the quad to show students what they had to offer and the options they have after finishing up their schooling. Universities included Brandman University, University of Redlands, University of Photography, and California Baptist University. Student activities and the transfer center were also present to talk to students and offer advice. Graduating students had the opportunity to join the Alumni Association and help future students and to keep connected with the school. Free samples and coupons were given
by Rock a Billy Deli and Grill, Cold Stone Creamery, Honest Tea, Mustache Mike’s Italian Ice and Buca Di Beppo. There were even massages offered to take the stress off of graduating students.
Chaffey student store models lining up to walk the runway.
Newly designed apparel debuts ERIC BALTAZAR
n April 20 Chaffey had its 2011 Grad fest. Not only did the event celebrate prospective graduates, but the college presented a fashion show to display all the new garments available to college students and alumni. Chaffey College’s bookstore Merchandise Buyer, Josh Lowe, has made it his mission to invigorate the students at Chaffey by adding new stylish clothing while still keeping the classics. “We recently expanded our clothing department and have added over 20 new styles in a wide variety of colors,” Lowe said. “We have focused on more fashion forward garments to add variety to the basics.” Among the people involved was Nancy Penavides who coordinated the fashion event. She is an alumni of the Fashion Merchandising program offered at Chaffey College. Her goal was to show the new line in a way that would appeal to a variety of students. “We haven’t sold, as much as we have wanted to sell,” Penavides said. Many students do not know where the profit from The Chaffey College Bookstore goes. “[It] is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,” said Lowe. “All of the money spent with us stays on campus.”
A fashion show entertained students and showed off all the new designs and styles of apparel being offered on campus. Prize drawings gave students a chance to win big prizes, such as a stay at A Loft
According to Lowe, what this means to students is that the campus offers cost saving programs such as our Low Price Guarantee, textbook rentals (with the help of ASCC), e-books, significantly discounted computer software, recycling programs, and employment to more student workers than any other department on campus. “We also proudly donate tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and sponsor such organizations as the Chaffey College Foundation, One Book One College, Athletics, the commencement ceremony, the Faculty Senate, the Classified Senate, the Welcome Back event, Halloween festivities, and many others,” Lowe said. The new line, along with the classic line, fits many diverse styles that are sure to please any taste in fashion. Some designs included neon T-Hoodies available in four colors. Also, there is a variety of clothing, such as hats and T-shirts, with the classic panther paw that gives a vintage look to any student wanting to show off their style. There is something for everyone. The only way to see everything is to go visit The Chaffey College Bookstore or visit www.book.chaffey.edu and see all the new and classic merchandise. Prices for the garments vary from $9.99 to $37.99, which makes it available for everybody.
Hotels, gift baskets filled with candy, and Chaffey memorabilia. Grad Fest gave students a taste of what graduation will have to offer and brought some excitement to students on campus.
May 26 Commencement
Valedictorians will lead graduates at ceremony
s the semester comes to an end, another group of graduates get to throw their caps in the air as their last goodbye to Chaffey. This semester’s graduation will be held on Thursday, May 26. The ceremony will take place in the stadium at 7 p.m. Keynote speaker at the ceremony will be Jack Scott, chancellor of California community Colleges. Two valedictorians were chosen for their hard work and exceptionally high grades that rank them above all others. For the fall 2010 semester, the valedictorian will be Jacob Casdorph and the spring candidate is Nahgam Dahi. Both will have the opportunity to give a speech to the graduating class. The two valedictorians will be the last of the pack of students to enter the stadium and will be seated with the platform party alongside the dignitaries. Graduates will be led into the ceremony by Teresa Hull, health sciences dean and Terry Giugni, Dean of the Chino Campus.
The Commencement Committee will consist of 24 people. The two readers for the ceremony will be Laura Hope, Dean of Instructional Support, and Ricardo Diaz, Coordinator for opening doors and a Chaffey counselor. Dr. Sherrie Guerrero, vice president of instruction, and Tim Arner, center instruction specialist will serve as the two marshalls at the ceremony. Faculty members that were as chosen faculty of the year will lead the staff members of the year into the ceremony. Student Body President Eddie Sanchez will also be seated on the platform and will give a speech to the graduates. Chaffey’s Alumni Association will help provide the grand finale. The Bookstore and Student Activities will provide the reception, which will have a jazz band and food for students and their families and friends. Graduation ceremony is open to the public and has no assigned seating. The ceremony will end the 2011 semester and open a new chapter to those who are leaving.
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Math lab Spring photo show winners on display adds hours, WINNERS subtracts I stress JULES EBE
he Christians at Chaffey Club are sponsoring extended hours in the Math Lab beginning Monday, May 16 to Monday, 23 in the Physical Science building, room 120. This will enable students to prepare for finals. “We want students to have a place to study,” Moses Estrada, a member of Christians at Chaffey Club, said. “Students usually have to go to other places outside the campus to find a place to study.” Students will not only have a place to study, but also the help of some instructors. The lab will be staffed with volunteer instructors from the math department. To date, volunteers include Tim Arner, Joanne August, Medina Cheatle, John Fay and Alif Wardak. “All we did to get the math instructors to volunteer was to ask them,” Estrada said. Also volunteering will be student tutors. Snacks and drinks will be provided by the Christians at Chaffey Club. The hours will be: Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
n honor of a commitment to utilize photography as a creative medium, the Chaffey College Photo Show will be on display this month at Montclair Plaza. The event, organized by Ardon Alger and the photography faculty, features the best work by photo students during the spring semester. Categories include Beginner, Advanced, Portfolio, Digital, and Commercial. Works were juried by art professional Lisa Anne Auerbach, an award-winning published artist living in Los Angeles and a full-time assistant professor at Pomona College. The exhibition will be mounted and shown at the Montclair Plaza from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 8. For additional information or opening reception times, contact the Photo Department at 909-652-6083.
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Beginner Ryan Goodwin Michelle Menes Ted Naves
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Honorable Mention Nicole Rubis Andres Vargas Emily Aliaway
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Advanced Gina Nicol Rachel Parks David Alekhuogie
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Honorable Mention Philip Watson Danika Romero Nicole Mejia Mora Douk
Faculty OKs salary agreement ALYSSA RIGOLI
the Chaffey College Faculty Association (CCFA) have ratified a new contract, with a 63.2 percent approval from 125 members. The voting that took place April 12-13. The contract changes were proposed in response to the recent budgetary problems. Changes include a slight raise in pay, starting as high as an approximate $5,000 salary increase. English Professor Dr. Jonathon Ausubel has high hopes for this contract change. “All the negotiators are hoping that it will have a positive effect, including me,” he said. The adjunct faculty, who make up at least half of the work force, aren’t without their benefits, as well. With the ratification of the contract, adjuncts will receive another dollar per hour and can serve on CCFA committees. Dr. Ausubel stated that the contract “ensures long-term stability for the district and students.”
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Commercial Justin De Andrade Gina Nicol Erin Chavez
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Digital Russel Bock Miya Hershkovitz Lynda Hamilton
Honorable Mention Amanda Perez Gina Nicol
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Portfolio Alyssa Martinez Cherie Savore Olivia Manchego
Honorable Mention David Alekhuogie
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‘She 4 Me’ builds conﬁdence KAREN YORK
n April 23 at the Chino campus, a group of nearly 150 girls between the ages of 8 and 18 along with their mentors came together for the fourth annual She 4 Me conference, planned by Chaffey College’s Economic Development and Community Education departments. The event began with breakfast at 8 a.m. and continued until 3 p.m. The girls were separated into groups and taken to eight different workshops where they were encouraged by speakers to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and
math. It was an opportunity for them to be enriched and enlightened. During the lunch portion, keynote speaker Mary Ann Melleby delivered a speech titled, “I Have Confidence.” Melleby instructed the girls to have confidence and set goals for themselves. Either a Chaffey College Ambassador or a volunteer led each group from workshop to workshop and booth to booth. All the while, attendees got to collect prizes and learn about things that were both fascinating and informative. A few of the workshops the girls attended included Entomology, a lecture on
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structor. The young women and their mentors ended the day by taking part in a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses. Vanessa Hua, a mentor, thought She 4 Me was a great source of education for girls. “What a paradigm for girls who know nothing else than what they have been exposed to. [It was an] amazing event to introduce topics to girls who need to know about [such things as] breast cancer awareness, teen dating and career opportunities,” Hua said.
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Soldier faces challenges adapting to civilian life MACKENZIE ENGLISH
t’s April 2011, and Omar Rodriguez has been back from the war in Iraq for a little more than six months. He’s behind the wheel of his big dark blue pickup truck, cruising down a fairly busy stretch of road in Rancho Cucamonga. As odd as it might sound, driving in California has been one of Rodriguez’ greatest frustrations as he gets used to civilian life. “When we were in Iraq, we owned the road. It was our road. We got to do what we wanted with it. Coming back here and saying, ‘Well, it’s not my road anymore and I can’t just do whatever I want,’ it’s hard. It kind of sounds crazy to the non-soldiers that haven’t been over there, but it’s hard to explain,” Rodriguez said. Navigating traffic in California is unsettling for Rodriguez because in Iraq, stopping, even slowing down, could be deadly. Soldiers not on the move are sitting ducks, wide open to insurgent’s attacks. “You don’t stop for anything,” Rodriguez said. “I guess when the first wave went through they pulled the trucks, where they would send little kids out in the middle of the road so that the convoys would stop and not hit them. Well, it worked a couple of times. And then it came down the chain of command that ‘you don’t stop for anything, even including little kids,’ which is really sad. But it was our lives or theirs, and I guess a few little kids got mowed over.” Rodriguez found out he was headed to Iraq in the fall of 2007. He had been married for just four months to his longtime friend, Michelle. Rodriguez’ 74-man section of the 151st Field Artillery Division specialized in tracking mortar and rocket fire. Its mission was to use its radar equipment to help secure several bases in Iraq. Rodriguez had one of the more dangerous assignments: driving through the Iraqi countryside to deliver truckloads of supplies to radar stations. “The convoys at first were real scary. They were pretty much a huge adrenaline rush,” said Rodriguez. Rodriguez vividly recalls the long drive from Kuwait up to and past Baghdad, to Camp Anaconda. “Everybody was on the edge of their seat and there was garbage everywhere. And at Fort McCoy they said ‘They’ll make a bomb out of garbage and just leave it on the road.’ Well, if we stopped for every single piece of garbage, we’d be stopping about every 10 feet,” Rodriguez said. “So we didn’t know if we were going to get hit….there was a lot of uncertainty there.” That uncertainty would remain throughout what Rodriguez estimates were some 90 convoy trips he took over his one year in Iraq. Despite the constant threat, the convoy trips actually became exciting. “It’s kind of hard to explain, going out and almost having the possibility of being
blown up. But it was such a big adrenaline rush. You kind of looked forward to the next convoy, and you know it was something to do.” When they were running convoys, Rodriguez and his Army buddies listened to a lot of music. “Lots of George Thoroughgood,” Rodriguez said. They also watched a lot of movies on their computer DVD players. “You’d trade movies with your buddies. And I bet I watched more movies in that one year than I did in the previous five years. For some reason we really liked the war movies, even though we were at war.” Rodriguez said U.S. troops shared a strong sense of prupose during his time in Iraq. They were there to avenge the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Rodriguez came home in September. “I was actually the first one off the bus. You know everybody was quiet until I stepped off of the bus, and then everybody just started cheering, and it was overwhelming. It brought tears to my eyes,” he said. “My wife found me and jumped into my arms. It was a great feeling…the best feeling that I have ever had.” All of the excitement about finally coming home quickly gave way to boredom. “You kind of have adrenaline running through you the whole time, so you know a year of adrenaline rushes,” Rodriguez said. “Then you’ve got to quit it cold turkey. It just kind of bums you out, and I think that’s why a lot of soldiers that come back [have] depression. It’s not so much that they miss the war, it’s that they miss the adrenaline rushes.” Rodriguez said he pulled himself out of it by getting off the couch and going back to school. He also focused on rebuilding his relationship with his wife. Rodriguez was also surprised that he brought home a heightened state of alert that made some everyday things difficult. “I didn’t use to be this way, but...I get nervous when I’m in crowds now.” he said. “When I got back, my wife and I decided to go to Disneyland, and we just had to leave. There were too many people and I just didn’t like it. You’re constantly on the watch for threats. Constantly.” And then there was the driving. Rodriguez has repeatedly found himself on the lookout for homemade bombs along California roadways. Rodriguez is going to school now, using military money to become a master electrician. Sitting in the quad area, Rodriguez said he remains uncomfortable in crowds. Rodriguez said he’s proud of what he did in Iraq and that he has come taking a lot less for granted. Iraq, he said, is never far from his thoughts. “It crosses my mind at least one or twice every two, three hours. It’s part of me permanently.” he said. “I’ve accepted that I’m going to be…it’s going to be in my head every single day.”
Something free is coming this way JIMMY PURCELL
t is a cliché that nothing in life is free and students should know that better than anyone. Tuition prices are going up, gas prices are going up, and you practically need a payment plan to go to a movie theater. It has gotten to the point where the words “discount” and “free” feel like myths. But on May 7 students will be able to enjoy a day where “free” is not just a theme. It’s a state of mind. It’s Free Comic Book Day. Since 2002 the international event known as Free Comic Book Day has rewarded the public with free comics on the first Saturday of every May. Cucamonga’s local comic book store, 4 Color Fantasies, is among the thousands of shops participating in this event. Comic book aficionado and Economics major Tom Driver had this to say about the festival. “4 Color has the biggest FCBD [Free Comic Book Day] celebration I’ve ever even heard of, and if huge name comics creators, food, cosplayers, and prizes don’t do anything for you, I am personally at a loss for what will” What if you don’t like comics?
This excuse does not apply to FCBD. While the comic creators might not interest you, they will be selling and raffling some pretty cool stuff. How about the free food? Every student should be lined up down the block for the free food. How about the cosplayers? For clarification, cosplayers is the term used for fans dressed up as some of their favorite characters. Every year there is a handful of Star Wars Storm Troopers wondering about, along with other fan favorites. You don’t have to read comics to enjoy free food and photos with Darth Vader. The owners of 4 Color Fantasies, Chris Brady and Nat Ieamwongnukul, intend to make this festival bigger than previous years. After all, it’s their store’s fifth anniversary, adding yet another reason to come to this party. So make sure your calendars know this important information. Free Comic Book Day is May 7th, from 11a.m. to 4p.m. It is at 4 Color Fantasies, which is located on the West side of Archibald avenue., just North of Baseline. The biggest party of this community is about to go down and it’s completely free.
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Former student’s account of disaster in Japan, part 4
NORI KOSUGE VIRGINIA LUCERO
y family, especially my sister Yuka and my 10-month-old niece Saki, were about to move to where I live. Yet they just bought a new house last year and they figured that nowhere is safe today. They still have aftershocks, which perhaps will last more than a year. I think these aftershocks are too strong to call them aftershocks. My parents still feel seasick as I mentioned in my earlier post. I still don’t see certain kinds of batteries and portable radios. Sometimes I still see sold out signs for bottled water on vending machines. Water has been sent to the victims. Stores keep announcing not to buy out anything. Although our government says “It is alright,” I have no idea what is alright. I keep asking myself, “What is it all for?”
shelters all over the country. I hear that some had moved to Fukuoka, where I live. I hope they have bright futures and everything will be alright for them.
Nori Kosuge, former student and writer of the ‘Japan’ articles, currently lives in Fukuoka.
“Although our government says ‘It is alright,’ I have no idea what is alright.” The victims of the earthquake have made a fresh start in reconstruction. The focus (epicenter) has to be sealed so the residents there must move out. They criticized the government and Tokyo Electric Company because their reaction was too slow. Donations and volunteers have come, not only from Japan, but from all over the world; however money from Tokyo Electric Company was angrily refused. We have started to think of living without nuclear power plants in the future. Tons of debris must be cleaned, yet they have no idea what to do. A scholar has said that the debris will reach Hawaii next year and reach the US west coast in about three years. Tokyo Disneyland was reopened at the beginning of April. School children from the focus began the new school year at
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Nine student artists honored
he Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art is currently hosting the Student Invitational 2011. An artist reception was on April 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. During the reception people had a chance to examine the artists’ creations. On April 26 at 5 p.m. students had the opportunity to talk to the artists at the panel discussion. Nine students were chosen to have their artwork displayed at the Wignall. The Students Invitational features the work of Donald Dreyer, Chris Hackworth, Rachel Hurton, Evert Munguia, Jaime Munoz, Rachel Alexis Parks, Jessica Pavone, Nicole Rodriguez and Cherie Savoie. The students who were chosen to show their artwork applied in the fall semester. There were over 35 applicants; each had to submit a proposal and 15 pieces to be judged by a panel. For the Student Invitational the Wignall displayed painting, sculptures, and photography. “I like the photography piece because it tells a story. Some of the things in the background of the photos help to move the story along,” David Day, mechanic engineering major, said about the photography pieces done by artist Chris Hackworth. The museum will be showing the exhibit of the artists’ work until Thursday, May 26.
Jaime Munoz stands in front of his artwork that is on display for the Student Invitational 2011 at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.
Jamie Munoz painted three pieces for the Student Invitational in display in the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. This artwork is titled “Photoshop.”
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Rachel Alexis Park’s photographic installation titled “it’s fucking...”
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Clay sculptures of females and males created by Chris Hackworth were spread around Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.
Don Dreyer created a HD video where images appear in time to music for the exhibit.
Jamie Munoz pieces’ (above) had many intricate and details within them.
Nicole Rodriguez painted ﬁve untitled pieces of art for the Student Invitational 2011. She focused many of her paintings on color.
Student Invitational prompts panel discussion AUBREY COLLINS
ine talented art students sat in front of an audience of about 50 people on Tuesday, April 26, answering the audience’s questions about their journey this semester as they prepared their work for Student Invitational 2011. From the anxiety of applying for the honors program to the hard work and discipline of creating a masterpiece and finally seeing it all come to an end, the art students shared their triumphs, struggles and emotions through the whole process. “It took a lot of courage to apply. Once I was accepted I was shocked. My life has been kind of involved in this and nothing else. It was a very good experience,” said
chaffeybreeze.com | May 2, 2011 Chris Hackworth. “Submission was nerve wracking. It was a lot of hard work. I freaked out towards the end because I didn’t think I was going to finish,” Rachel Alexis Parks said. Each work of art is unique and different from the others. The artists showed their individual creativity through their pieces. “I felt destined to make my project...I felt like I was supposed to make it,” Jessica Pavone said. “I always start with a really vague idea, and I have no control over where that idea goes,” Evert Munguia said. These artists wanted to portray different messages through their art, and each student went about creating their work in a different way. “I try to make the colors represent the tones,” Don Dreyer said. Dreyer pursued music before discovering his love for art. He listens to music as an inspiration while working on his art. “I would like for people, two days later, after they’ve seen the show, when they’re like washing dishes, to think ‘hmm, I wonder what that piece is about?’” Munguia said.
The students bonded over the semester and learned from one another and inspired each other through their art. Art encourages individuality and is open to any kind of interpretation. “We all use our emotions to create what we want. I think it can be both creative and healing, and not just subjective to
those terms. It can be anything,” Nicole Rodriquez said. “Whether you like it or not, it’s going to filter into you,” Munguia said. The exhibit will be on display in the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art through Thursday, May 26.
Anna Nuno and David Day view the Student Invitational 2011 art exhibit in the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Referee Program helps battle smog DONALD KLINE
utomotive technology students have a unique program that lets them get hands-on experience and get paid for it. The program is called the Air Quality and Technician Training Program, more commonly known as the Smog Referee Program. The program is operated by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and is contracted through the California Department of Consumer Affairs – Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). However the Smog Referee Program is not completely open to the public. Drivers have to be referred to the program, which requires that the driver’s vehicle: • Be eligible for a repair cost waiver. • •
Has been converted to run on electricity. Is a specially constructed car or kit.
The driver feels the previous smog test or repairs had been done improperly and caused the vehicle to fail inspection.
Vehicles that have had their engines changed or have been issued noise citations by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) can also be tested—after the proper repairs to the vehicle have been made. The Smog Referee Program is run by Robert Gonzalez, with assistance from students in the Automotive Technician program, and one student from San Bernardino Valley College. There is no cost for the smog test itself, but the certificate for the test costs $8.20. The cost for a noise test is $108. Students interested in vehicles should take advantage of the Smog Referee Program to learn more about automotive technology. More information on the program can be found at www.foundationcc.org.
Robert Gonzalez runs the smog referee program on campus and works with the auto tech students.
Autotech major Donovan Kaver works part time in the Smog Referee Program, which hires auto tech students to get hands-on experience.
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From the desk of the Editor-in-Chief:
A little love from me to you
ook everybody! It’s a meaningless fluff piece by the Editor-in-Chief. My advisor will be so proud/ annoyed. For all of you who have faithfully read our paper: I barely believe you exist. I have been on staff at The Breeze for the last two years, and I still have a hard time reading it cover to cover. This may be caused by my short attention span. More likely, it is because I am so close to so many of our writers. I can actually hear their voices in my head. This is terrifying at times. God help me. For all of you who have not faithfully read our paper: You should start. To the faculty and staff: Thank you for all of the support you have given me over the last several semesters. Your guidance turned me around from being a smug, potty-mouthed, generally unkempt young adult into a smug, potty-mouthed, generally unkempt young adult with little bit of direction. Thank you for putting up with me. Please keep putting up with me. To the students of Chaffey: Things suck. Yep. They do. Stay tough. Try to remember that the employees of the Chaffey do not benefit from student unhappiness. There is no evidence that proves otherwise. I’ve checked.
If you ever had a problem with my way of doing things, I’m sorry. But only a little. If you ever read an opinion article and felt the need to shout at one of our writers, keep it coming. As a matter of fact, write a letter. I heard talk of emails, but never got them. If you got upset with a single person’s views, and tried to set us all straight, you should learn how newspapers work. To my staff: I love you guys. Working with people so amazing can and should inspire jealousy. The past two semesters were full of me being spoiled by people of all ages doing an amazing job. I really feel that I have lucked out more than the editors before me. Likely more than future editors will. I have been surrounded by the best grouping of people ever assembled. We have a classroom mom. We have delightfully enthusiastic gay community. We even have a girl who knows more about football than all of the guys. All of the people I have met along the way deserve (but are not going to get) an entire article about them. From a wonderful mom who can beat up anybody, to a beautiful annoying girl who thinks she is too fat, they are all great. From a pair of giants, to a former photo editor who cannot stop being amazing, they are unstoppably cool. To all of you, including Lemon, Brighteyes, Chuckles, Questions, Mo’ Money, Wheels, Dr. Strange, Obey, and all of my close friends who I also see outside of the paper, I can only say thank you. Special thanks to: Andrea, Jimmy, Erica, Justin, Angie, Carlos, Daniel, Dr. Shannon, Dr. Guerrero, Kay Peek, the Alumni Association, the ASCC, the Global Career Center and everybody else who ever helped me find stories.You helped me be super lazy. Eskew, you rock. Doug, you rock the most. Let’s all go grab a beer. If you can’t make it, I’ll see you around.
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Does a student stand a chance when treated unfairly by an instructor? RIKIE BIANE
lance through the Student Handbook or the Schedule of Classes and there is plenty of information on Student “Do’s and Don’ts” but little to none about an instructor code of conduct. What happens when you find yourself at the mercy of an unstable instructor or an instructor who decides to hold you to a different standard than the rest of the class? What can a student do if they know they earned a better grade than they were given? Or if a teacher intentionally grades their paper using a different criteria than the rest of the class? Do these types of teachers exist? The answer is yes, they do. Thankfully, they are the exception and not the rule, but that is of little comfort when you find yourself in their class and they, for whatever reason, have singled you out. I have never signed up for a class anticipating or planning on having a problem with my instructor. Every instructor is different, some are very strict and others are more tolerant. Some give a ton of homework and others not so much. Some give very difficult tests and others tell you exactly what the test will cover and if you study, you are sure to get a decent grade. What you count on and take for granted is that they will treat everyone in the class fairly and equally. I found myself in a class that had a very difficult instructor. The class work assigned was confusing and there were significant discrepancies between the sample formatting the teacher gave and the printed instructions regarding the sample formatting. Many students tried asking for clarification, but the usual response was, “Check the sample and instructions given in the syllabus.” Most students were afraid to speak up, but I wanted an A in the class and the only way I could see to do that was to get answers to the questions I had about the assignments. Many of the students were grateful to me because they had similar questions. The teacher however, was not happy and decided to make an example of me. I have a 4.0 average, and have maintained it for my last three semesters. My GPA will play a major factor in whether or not I get awarded any scholarships. I felt that this teacher purposely and unfairly, damaged by GPA. How did she do this? Our midterm assignment accounted for 1/3 (100 points) of our overall grade for the class. I was unclear as to the correct format to use for the midterm assignment. The syllabus clearly stated that the penalty for incorrect formatting was a 5 point deduction. I turned in my midterm and waited for my grade. Finally, with only two weeks left in the semester the teacher gave me my grade. A complete zero. She said I had not followed the correct formatting and had decided that instead of the normal 5-point deduction, I would
receive a 100-point deduction. I had an A in the class, but there was no way for me to recover from a complete zero on the midterm. The teacher had me over a barrel and she knew it. I spoke with her about her decision to give me a complete zero and I told her that this would affect my chance at scholarships. She was unmoved. I did all the extra credit that was available and scored 100-percent on the final. It was to no avail. I received a “B” for this class. I tried to accept the unfair blow to my
grade, but it rankled me. I filed a Student Grievance and waited to see what would occur. You never hear about them so I was completely in the dark with what to expect. Did the college administration take them seriously? I am happy to say that here at Chaffey, a student’s voice matters. They take the complaint seriously and are fair to both sides. I was able to show that I was held to a different standard than the rest of the class and that was unwarranted. The teacher agreed that I was entitled to 50 percent
credit for the midterm. I accepted and my grade for the course will be changed from a B to the true grade I earned in the class, which was an A. To my fellow students: if you feel you have honestly been discriminated against by a teacher, speak up and tell someone. We all work hard for our grades and it’s good to know that Chaffey College realizes it too — and is there to make sure that students are treated fairly. Two thumbs up for Chaffey!
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his is the last article I can write while on staff for The Breeze. I would like to say this has been a great experience, and I would like to thank everyone who has supported and opposed me over the past two years; you have all made it a lot of fun. But since this is my last article, I thought I would give you enough random opinions to last through next semester. 1. All politics suck. Let’s just be fair. Every side has its dirty sides, so that means you shouldn’t stay to one side regardless. Always pick the lesser of four or more evils.
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2. Too much pot makes you boring. Pot makes everything seem good, even when things are not good. Stop smoking pot and start complaining. 3. Listen to local music. Some of the great music can be found locally in the dive bars, the run down clubs and crap traps. Remember, you aren’t an independent music fan if you spend $50 to see Arcade Fire. 4. Vote for Colbert/J.Biafra in 2012. I know it will never happen, but if you hate everyone running for president, you might as well vote for the dream team. Steven Colbert with Jello Biafra. Let’s change the country (maybe for good, maybe for bad). 5. Glenn Beck is insane. I know there are a lot of crazy people, but I see no one more dangerous to the world than Glenn Beck. (Why oh why can’t that chalkboard fall over on his crazy ass.) 6. Gay rights is an issue of civil rights. As a country, we should not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, age or sexual goddamn preference. So shut the hell up and let the land of the free be the land of the free for everyone. 7. Keep working towards your
educational (and other) dreams. I know school can be tough. When your classes get cut or you do not get into the school of your choice, do not give up. This journey is not meant to be an easy one, but nothing worth having comes easy.
If you have any complaints about my last random opinions, please send complaints to The Breeze office located on campus, because I won’t be there anymore. (Seriously, the last two years writing for The Breeze have been a blast.)
cigarette butts on the ground, making the campus look worse and making it seem like people are just lazy. “I think it is good we have ashtrays and smoking areas, but people seem to not care where they put out their butts here. I admit I do it occasionally but not on purpose all the time. I try to smoke at the right time in the right place,” said Brandon Delgado, undecided major. There are constantly cigarettes left right next to ashtrays and all through the hallways and in the grass. If the smokers all took the initiative to put their cigarette butts in the ashtrays, it could possibly result in less tension and complaints from the people who do not smoke. Let’s face it: Few people want to see cigarette butts on the campus floor.
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here is always talk of smoking on campus, good and bad. Smokers like to smoke and people who don’t seem to frequently strongly disapprove of it. There are ashtrays all over the campus and designated smoking areas, but for some reason all over campus there are still cigarette butts lying in places that they should not be. This gives people who don’t smoke just one more reason to complain about the people who do. We all know that smoking is unhealthy, but it is still legal and that gives people a right to choose whether they would like to smoke or not. This does not give reason to the people who constantly leave their
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Panthers start series strong
Head softball coach Jimmy Rodriguez holds a plaque of authenticity next to Chaffey’s new athletics acquisition – Dodger Stadium seats.
Dodger Stadium lives at Chaffey DANNY ZALDIVAR
Julio Espinoza celebrates his incredible slide into home plate in the home game victory over San Bernardino Valley College on April 26. SEVANNY CAMPOS
s the end of the regular season approached, the Chaffey Panthers faced conference rivals and defending champs San Bernardino Valley College on April 26 The Panthers, currently ranked No. 2 in the Foothill Conference, needed to win a series of three games against the No. 3 Wolverines to secure a number two spot in the playoffs. Knowing this, the teams began the game with a fast pace. However trash talk spoken mainly on the San Bernardino side of the field, and several errors from both teams made it difficult to put numbers on the scoreboard. The Wolverines scored first in the second inning with an RBI that allowed first-baseman Josh Mendoza to come home. Not to be outdone at the bottom of the second, the Panthers placed numbers on the board by scoring two RBI’s, allowing outfielder Tim Helton and outfielder and catcher Julio Espinoza to come home. In the third and fourth innings the game became only more intense and heated. The Wolverines scored and the Panthers did not. Wes Cottier, freshman center, scored in the third inning, while freshman outfielder Ryan Boeger scored in the fourth inning, bringing the Wolverines’ score to 3-2. The teams seemed to hit a stalemate in the fifth inning, but Chaffey again scored twice in the sixth inning, giving a run each to Espinoza and Tim Helton, and a 4-3 lead
to Chaffey. However, the lead did not last long; San Bernardino Valley scored three times in the seventh inning with no outs. After changing pitchers, Jeremy Perez for Carlos Fuentes, Chaffey got the three outs they needed and scored at the bottom of the seventh, bringing the score to 6-5. The Panthers entered the eighth inning determined to win the first game in the series. After striking out three hitters, Chaffey was once again at bat. They scored an astounding five runs in the eighth inning. The first run was an RBI that gave a run to Bobby Oatman. Due to errors by the Wolverines, Chaffey catcher Jake Romanski and Anderson also gained runs. Two more runs by infielder Chris Truitt and Espinoza allowed the Panthers to take a 10-6 lead. The San Bernardino Valley Wolverines struck out at the top of the ninth, and all the Panthers ran onto the field to celebrate a hard-earned victory. “We battled and got down early, but we battled back and we won.” said sophomore pitcher Jake Romanski. The winning pitcher for this game was Fuentes. Big hitters for this game included Matt Anderson, who went two for two with a single and a double as well as two runs scored, and Espinoza, who went three for four with two singles and a double, as well as three runs scored. The Panthers have to win one more game in this series to qualify for the number two spot in the playoffs.
he Chaffey softball team plays with a group of Dodgers. Los Angeles Dodgers seats, that is. If you have ever gone and taken in one of the Lady Panther softball games, you may have seen or even sat in some older seats located directly behind home plate. These are not just any old seats; they come from a long line of sports history. On the week of Oct. 20, 2005, the Dodgers organization revealed they would be renovating their entire stadium in a series of phases. The main component in the planned renovation was the replacement of every seat throughout the 53-year-old stadium. Organizations typically replace their seats about every 10 years. In Los Angeles’ case the seating hadn’t been replaced in over 30 years. As a gift to their fans, the Dodgers made it possible to purchase the old seats, which served Dodger Stadium from 1974 to 2005. Head softball Coach Jimmy Rodriguez, who has been a Dodger fan for many years,
immediately seized the opportunity to have a piece of sports history. “I think I have about over 30 seats in total,” Rodriguez said. “I kept a few of them for myself and the rest of them I donated to the field so they can be installed for the fans.” Most of the seats are red, which is in correlation with the Chaffey school colors. The seats came with a plaque of authenticity that has yet to be installed on the field. “Most people, when they come to the games, do not know that these are Dodger stadium seats because the plaque is not posted up on the wall,” Rodriguez said. “I really hope the plaque can be installed so that the fans can know that these aren’t just any regular old seats.” So the next time you feel like going to a Dodger game but don’t want to pay for tickets, parking, or $40 worth of gas, swing by one of the Lady Panther softball games and take a seat on a piece of sports history. Editor’s Note: Softball team begins playoffs May 7-8.
Panther Swim/Dive team receives honors SEVANNY CAMPOS
he swim and dive team completed the regular season with an impressive record of 7-0 during the dual meet season. The team received many honors as freshman Katherine Realyvasquez was named Diver of the Year. Coaches Jennifer Moon and Jim Dopf were named Coaches of the Year. Not to be outdone, the women’s team gained a victory over rival Mt. SAC by 120 points to win the 2011 South Coast Conference Championship at Cerritos College. The Panther women had second place finishes by freshman Samantha Shiomoto, who competed in a 100-yard butterfly, sophomore Karen Romo, who competed in a 100-yard backstroke, and sophomore Jamie Castillo, who
participated in the 100-yard breaststroke. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Karen Romo, sophomore Ashley Dorrego, sophomore Sarah Baker, and Shiomoto also placed second with a time of 4:46.89. The men’s swim team also did well in the South Coast Conference Championship as they placed sixth with a total of 275 points. Notable athletes on the men’s team are Ryan Molina, fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:07.03), Logan Tanner, fifth in the 100 freestyle (47.89) and Nick Stark, 7th in the 200 breaststroke. The next competition for the Panthers will be the state championship at East Los Angeles College. Editor’s Note: The swim and dive team competed in the state championship from April 28-30.