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Panthers make run at state finals Chaffey Hustlin’ Panthers win two nail-biters, advance ROBERT SCHMITT The 2013-’14 version of the Men’s Panther Basketball team had high expectations to live up to from last year’s team. The 2012-’13 team won the Foothill Conference and finished as the runner up to Mt. SAC in the state finals. The only returning starter from last year’s team is one Adom Jacko (pronounced Autumn). Chaffey’s run to return to the state finals and to improve on last year’s second place finish began by placing in the top two of the Foothill Conference. The Panthers were last year’s conference winners and were in a good position to make it backto-back conference titles for the first time since the 2004-’05 and 2005-’06 seasons. A conference showdown between San Bernardino Valley College on Feb. 19, in which Chaffey lost 68-56, meant Chaffey had to settle for a second place finish in the Foothill Conference. This guaranteed them a trip to postseason. After the tough loss to SBVC, Coach Jeff Klein said, “We need to improve on our toughness down the stretch.” Point Guard Julian Nichols shared the same sentiment when he said, “We have to make better decisions in the last eight minutes.” Both coach and player foresaw the importance of winning close games come playoff time. ...story continued on page 7.
One Book, One College Program brings to life the art of veterans BREE PETERSON Adom Jacko dunks the ball in Chaffey’s home game against San Diego City College on March 1.
Lady Panthers’ season comes to a finish ROBERT SCHMITT After a sensational, come from behind victory against No. 11 Irvine Valley College on March 1, the Lady Panthers fell to No. 3 seed L.A. Valley in the third round on March 5. Irvine Valley suited up eight players, all playing extensive minutes. Chaffey clearly wanted to take advantage of this by forcing an uptempo game. They got one, but it was not to their advantage in the first half. The Panthers forced 20 turnovers in the
first half and two players, Taylor Casey and Breanna Turner, played all 20 minutes for IVC. However, seven Chaffey players combined to go 0-12 from the three point line. For a team that averages 33 points a game from behind the arc, it was devastating. “I think it had a lot to do with it being our first playoff game and having a lot of jitters that we needed to get out,” Moore said of the poor shooting. The combination of poor shooting and defensive mishaps put the Panthers in a 12-
25 hole with 6:40 left in the first half when coach Plunkett called a time-out. Plunkett drew up a play that got Windom open for an easy basket, shifting momentum. Chaffey was not ready to abandon their strategy for the second half, nor were they ready for their season to be done just yet. They kept up the intense pressure that forced so many turnovers in the first half and forced another 22 in the second. ...story continued on page 7.
The One Book, One college program is hosting an art exhibit called The Art of War on March 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, in the CAA Student Gallery. There will be spoken word, art and music from the veterans of Chaffey College and Mil-Tree. Mil-Tree, the foundation that helped bring the documentary “Generation of War” to life, is partnering with the One Book, One College program to heal veterans through the arts. The foundation is based in Joshua Tree. “It’s very important to welcome our veterans home more profoundly. I feel strongly about this,” the founder of the organization, Cheryl Montelle, said. For more information, visit Mil-Tree’s Facebook page at facebook.com/Mil-Tree.
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Phillip Parks the “Spontaneous Jackpot Mascot” dances during a time-out at Chaffey’s home game against Pasadena City College on March 5.
Tuesday, March 11
Spring Break Reminder: there will be no classes the week of March 17. All campuses and offices will remain open, but the library and success centers will be closed until March 23. Have an enjoyable and safe vacation!
Wednesday, April 2nd
Career Expo Explore Chaffey’s cutting edge programs of study and network with accomplished professors and students currently vested in these programs, including: technology, nursing (RN, LVN & CNA), dental assisting, gerontology, pharmacy and radiological technology. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the north side of the MACC
Wednesday, March 12 Sociology Club Film Screening The Sociology Student Club presents 9500 Liberty, a film about contemporary immigration issues in the US. 2:30 p.m. in BE-101 The Art of War Art exhibition, spoken word, and music from the veterans of Chaffey College and Mil-Tree Rancho Campus. 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the CAA Student Gallery
Thursday, March 13 ASCC Election Petition Deadline Get involved and run for student government for the 2014 - ‘15 academic year. Submit petitions by noon to Student Activities. Food Pantry Student Activities and ASCC will again offer a food pantry. If you’re able to donate food to your fellow students, Student Activities is accepting donations of non-perishable items and grocery store gift cards. The second distribution will be at the Rancho Campus beginning at 1 p.m. (while supplies last).
March 24-30 Monday. March 24 ASCC Scholarship Deadline Applications for the ASCC scholarships are due by 2 p.m. in Student Activities. For more information on submission call 909-652-6590.
Wednesday, March 26 ASCC Candidate Forum Come listen to the candidates running for student government for the 2014 - ’15 academic year Free Speech Quad at 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 27 Student Elections at Fontana Campus Vote for your incoming student government for the 2014 - ’15 academic year and your 2013 - ’14 Faculty/ Staff of the Year in FNAC Student Lounge from 9 a.m noon.
The Associated Students of Chaffey College campus council continues to work hard serving the students.
Elections for the 2014-2015 ASCC will begin in March. Those interested in running should stop by the Student Activities office for more information.
Feb. 24 –– Stay on campus W/O consent Feb. 25 –– Outside warrant/ misdemeanor Feb. 25 –– VC - Revoked/ Suspended License Feb. 26 –– Petty theft: Building/ Vehicle/ etc. Feb. 26 –– Possess nitrous oxide Feb. 26 –– Outside warrant/ misdemeanor Feb. 27 –– Arson: inhabited structure/ property Feb. 28 –– Indecent exposure; disorder conduct; alcohol March 3 –– Petty Theft: building/ vehicle/ etc. March 4 –– Burglary March 4 –– Grand Theft of money/Labor/ property March 5 –– Battery on person
Reminder, ASCC is offering $100,000 worth of scholarships. The deadline for all scholarships is on Monday, March 24 at 2 p.m. in the Office of Student Activities. Chino or Fontana campus students should communicate with Student Activities for more information on submitting your scholarships.
In the Feb. 24 issue of the Breeze, there was a misunderstanding with the number off Chaffey Police has on staff. While the article stated that there are 50 Chaffey Police officers, fact is, there are only 8 officers. It must be clear that 50 is a number Chaffey can call on from the Sheriff’s Department in Rancho Cucamonga.
On Monday, March 10, students who are taking session two of Fast Track are welcome to apply for the Emergency Book Grant. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 909-6526590.
The Breeze regrets the error.
Smoothie Contest Do you make a delicious smoothie? If so, enter the smoothie contest, rev up your blenders and let the fun begin! The top two winners will receive a Jamba Juice card and bragging rights. Smoothies will be judged on taste, nutrition, and creativity. Sign up by emailing email@example.com by March 28.
Ongoing Job Readiness Academy Trouble finding a job? Job Readiness Academy can help. Facilitated by Career Counselor Wendy Whitney, the Job Readiness Academy consists of a group of students who are committed to a brief series of learning about the entire job search process. Meetings for the second Spring 2014 session will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 25, March 27, April 1, and April 3. Each meeting will have a different focus as follows: • Job searching and professional networking (3/25) • Resume/cover letter writing and soft skills (3/27) • Interviewing skills (4/1) • Find that job! (4/3) Interested students must commit to the entire four-part series. Contact the Career Center at (909) 652-6511 to sign up.
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Proposed tech fee discussed
Student stabs Pizza with the Presidents lunch answers students’ teacher with screwdriver questions about $8 fee to be voted on April 1-3
SADIE GRIBBON Students seemed wary as they waited to hear about the proposed technology fee to be voted on during the student election in April. At this semester’s Rancho Cucamonga campus Pizza with the Presidents on March 5 in Student Activities, the college and ASCC presidents discussed a possible tech fee for students. Last fall, President and Superintendent Dr. Henry Shannon proposed a tech fee to be enacted by the fall semester of 2014. The cost would be a flat fee of $8 per semester and $5 for students enrolled in summer courses. The technology funds would go toward speeding up and expanding student Wi-Fi, establishing student emails, creating a student help desk, and developing a new mobile app for students. “It’s going to be interesting to see where technology takes us,” Shannon said as he talked about his excitement for advances that could be made for the student body. The panel seemed very excited about the possibility of a mobile app for Chaffey that would contain helpful features, such as viewing student schedules, checking grades, and registering and paying for classes — all from a mobile device. It was obvious that there was concern about where the funds would really be going. “The funds from the tech fee will only
During the Pizza with the Presidents at the Rancho Cucamonga campus on March 5, ASCC President Kevin Coduto and Superintendant/President Dr. Henry Shannon discuss a proposed technology fee that will be on the April ASCC ballot.
be for the students,” one of the panel members said after a student expressed concern that the funds may be used for buying faculty new pieces of technology. Students opposed to the fee would be able to opt out and receive a refund from the cashier.
Anyone with questions about the tech fee can contact an ASCC officer or Dr. Shannon. Voting on the tech fee and will be held in connection with ASCC election between April 1-3.
Women’s Herstory Panel talks gender inequality AARON THORTON
A crowd of students and staff seemed shocked to learn of the amount of sexism that remains today, as three instructors lectured on the current state of women. The lectures were part of a celebration of women’s history on March 5 in Student Activities. The event was moderated by ASCC Vice President Carlotta Bohon. Psychology instructor Nicole Babari, art history instructor Denise Johnson and associate sociology professor Julie Song offered powerful words and engaging slides that illustrated the current state of women. The three touched on a number of topics, but their three main points included workplace equality, sexism and women’s lack of power. The panel made reference to statistics and readings from the Shriver report, initiated by Maria Shriver. Song’s speech was based on income inequality and the glass ceiling. For every dollar a man makes, a woman makes about 70 cents and that amount drops in the case of minority women. Song also talked about maternity leave. The U.S. is one of a few developed nations that does not have any legislation mandating paid leave for women who temporarily leave the workforce to give birth. “We must rethink gender roles and fight harder for maternity leave in the U.S,” Song said. In her lecture, Johnson focused on sexism in the workplace and in the media. She pointed out how women on TV are portrayed to be more successful than they actually are. Johnson added that society tries to control women with legislation that restricts
Psychology instructor Nicole Babari, art history instructor Denise Johnson and associate sociology professor Julie Song discuss issues at the Women’s Herstory Panel.
access to birth control and abortion. “We need to stop controlling women’s bodies,” Johnson said Barbari educated the crowd on the locus of control, a theory that states that the way people perceive control will dictate how they act. She pointed out how women at an early age are taught to keep their mouths shut, which takes away their power when they are young. “Girls begin to learn their place in the world at an early age through many sources, such as emphasized gender stereotypes, reinforced coherence to gender roles, and sexist media messages,” she said. “Additionally, instead of rewarding and valuing the women in the workforce and the women caring for our youth (which often go hand-in-hand), women, especially lowincome women, more often are punished for their efforts. These factors lead to the feelings of oppression and powerlessness that women so often struggle with.”
Barbari also pointed out how this loss of control can lead to mental illness in women. “Women… are more likely to internalize feelings of powerlessness and a reduced perception of control,” she said. “These feelings make this group particularly vulnerable to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Changes in policies, such as increased earnings, flexible work schedules and paid maternity leave, are likely to increase a sense of control and value for women.” After the lectures, the floor was opened for audience questions. The three women as well as Vice President Carlotta were applauded for their roles in the event. “I feel there were things even I didn’t know,” Bohon said “It was not that this is Women’s History month but women making history. We’ve come a long way but we still have so much more to do.” Boston Market provided food for the event.
An educator was left stabbed and wounded after a violent altercation with a student on the Rancho Cucamonga campus. On Feb. 5, Dr. Brandon Bernstein was teaching his History of Rock class while a student was being somewhat disruptive, entering and leaving the class multiple times to go to the restroom. “I didn’t think much of it,” Bernstein said. “I am usually pretty oblivious to who is coming in and out of the class because there are so many students.” Students had seen the suspicious woman come back in, but this time sneaking up behind Bernstein putting one finger up to her lips commanding that the students stay quiet. The students cooperated with the suspicious student because they had assumed that she was a friend of Bernstein’s and was simply playing a joke. That was, until she took Dr. Bernstein’s Taylor acoustic guitar and ran. “I wasn’t thinking, I just started running,” he said. “It was one of my proudest moments in the last few months when I actually caught up to her.” Once he did catch up, he held her arms so she couldn’t take a swing. By then, the student threw the guitar and started kicking, cursing, and spitting in Bernstein’s face. There were some bystanders but none of them wanted to get involved even though Bernstein was clearly in trouble. Instead, the bystanders called 911 as they were instructed. “She was extremely irrational and I could smell the alcohol as I was trying to restrain her from attacking me,” he said. “When I tried to turn her around, so she could stop kicking me, her right hand came loose and that’s when she stabbed me.” Not only did this student stab Bernstein in the thigh with a screwdriver, she also attempted to stab him in the chest, telling him she wanted to kill him. Bernstein dodged the chest stab and that was when she got away again. By the time she got down to Wargin Hall, Bernstein had just about caught up and the police were there. “The police did a really good job of handling the situation,” he said. “If there’s anything to be learned from this, it is that the Chaffey campus needs better security at night.” Bernstein emphasized that there are too many little holes in the school where danger may lurk, and there is not enough lighting on the Campus. “Every student should not walk alone, especially if they have night classes,” Bernstein said. Bernstein also teaches and works with prisoners and is troubled by how incarceration rates have risen so steeply, considering how minor most prisoners’ offenses are. He is still debating whether or not to press charges and would instead prefer to talk to this student before he does something so permanent as sending her to jail. The student was put under arrest that night and, as of now, is suspended from Chaffey College.
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10 years later, living the dream JOSHUA ARNAO We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney No matter how much effort is exerted, all things must move forward. Ten years ago Kanye West released his “College Dropout” album. In commemorating the release, many popular news sources such as The Washington Post, MTV and The Huffington Post have written pieces discussing the relevance of the album on music and pop culture today. No one saw how popular West would become. Before all the controversy, elaborate magazine covers and the millions of dollars came “The College Dropout.” Much like that album, Chaffey is a debut of sorts for many into the “real” world. A world no longer shaped by parents. A world waiting to be shaped and defined by the actions and choices made right now. No one wants to be a failure. Success is sweet and desirable but also time consuming and hard to achieve. The first steps on
the path toward success always begin with a dream. Daring to dream isn’t lost to the student body, as the preparations for the future begin the answer to the question: “Where will I be?” “I hope to be working in a preschool or a daycare in 10 years,” Terrance Gresham, child development major, said. “The great child development courses are equipping
high school to college seems easier at the community college level.” Another trait that fares well for future success is positivity. The decision to better one’s self is only the beginning and it is almost certain that things will get tough. The way those obstacles are viewed can have a huge impact on what the future holds. “I will be taking pictures for Low Rider Magazine,” Jose Morales, photography major, said. “Chaffey is preparing me by giving me new insights and techniques to better my photos.” “With my ADN working as a nurse in a neonatal unit,” Amber Gottuso, nursing student, said when asked about her dream. “Hopefully by then I will be back in school working on BSN as well.” Detailing the best course for IllUSTRATION BY KIRK MCCONNELL success is key. Gottuso works full-time in the real estate business and attends school part me for the future, a future that will hopetime. She is also a part-time mother, so fully include a house, a wife and kids.” Recognizing and acknowledging imme- attention to detail and pursuit of the most diate, individual needs is also important. effective course of action is of the utmost Transition can be difficult and understand- importance. The future has a funny way of sneaking the best way to do it should not be ing up faster than expected, but with the overlooked. “In 10 years I hope to be working in amount of handwork and planning being Public Relations,” Sierra Parker, commu- displayed on campus wherever that “here” nication studies, said. “The transition from is it looks promising.
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Sneakerheads’ spendy shoes shine Jordan Brand, Nikes, and Adidas are among the largest companies that feed the sneakerhead addiction. Jordan Brand profited as much as $80 million last year according to Forbes.com. The Retro sneakers that Jordan Brand are most famous for have been on every sneakerhead’s to buy list. The rarer the shoe, the higher the demand, the higher the demand, the more expensive the price. Sneaker release dates are highly anticipated, with so many sneakerheads that haven’t been able to get their shoes have caused riots. The release of the Galaxy Foamposite (cx) by Nike, (an outer space themed shoe with an ode to the solar system as its design) was the cause of a riot in a IllUSTRATION BY CJ CALDWELL Footlocker store in a Florida mall in 2012. Footlocker canceled its rea sharp attention to detail, design and an extensive knowledge on sneaker release lease and only exacerbated the tension. Over 200 members of law enforcement dates and shoe care. “One way to clean shoes man. That’s were sent to break up the riot. However, with a tooth brush, a cup of soap and hot since then, sneaker companies have found rag, ‘still had to scrub jays with a tooth- ways to keep peace and issue raffle tickets brush,’” said Wright, as he jokingly quotes which are available as a first-come-firstthe song “Worst” from the artist Drake. serve without having to stand in long lines. Professional athletes, musicians, even “Yo outfit is whack if your kicks ain’t clean, and it’s all about the colorway. Col- the fictional character Marty Mcfly from orway is a big thing man. On top of that it’s the movie “Back to the Future” have their just the design; there is different designs in own signature sneakers. Sneakers are not only named specially, but they are also every shoe.” Sneakerheads are shoe connoisseurs. designed after many unusually random They collect sneakers and also trade and things. There are Nikes named after The Simpresell them.
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the suspense, much to do with the direction by Jaume Collet-Serra. The scenes in which Bill tries to ferret out the villain are quiet and understated, adding a level of intensity that’s reminiscent of Hitchcock. On top of all that, the film looks good. It’s shot and edited like an action thriller, but the overall aesthetic of the film is glossy and slick. Whether it be a sea of hands or a hole in the wall, Collet-Serra does a fine job in providing the visual reveals that audiences are able to catch along with Bill. Hell, even the fight scenes look good, despite feeling forced. If only the script had maybe one more re-read. There are signs throughout “NonStop” that might suggest the writers had not thought things through completely. Here’s an example: there’s a scene early on in which Bill asks a trusted pair (or are they?) to look at live security footage while he texts the mysterious culprit. It’s a clever set-up, only to be followed with inconvenient turbulence right after he sends his text. “Non-Stop” also is troubled with its decision to end like an action film, ditching much of the mystery in favor of a spectacle, which is a shame, because the red-herrings until that moment are actually pretty well played. COPYRIGHT SILVER PICTURES. COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES Suspicion actually jumps from character to Liam Neeson in “Non-Stop” provides another committed performance for a light thriller. character. But by the time audiences know of the villain and the motivation for hijacking, all the investment built towards the mystery is deflated. If “Non-Stop” didn’t have Neeson in the main role, this film probably would not have to provide enough gravitas and pathos to the character. HANAJUN CHUNG been as fun. It felt like watching “North by Even a damn monologue during a time-sensitive situaNorthwest” set in a plane, only not as good. The action is If there’s one thing a mystery-thriller should do well it tion works. If there’s any reason why “Non-Stop” usurped well-directed, but mostly misplaced in a film that relies is to provide the overall reveal to the plot’s central ques- “The Lego Movie” it’s most likely because of Neeson. heavily on answering a few key questions well. AdmitAs audiences follow Bill onto the plane, the film uses tion in a reasonable, satisfying fashion. “Non-Stop’s” mystedly, the reveal of the villain is interesting, but everything tery is actually simple: the flight’s air marshal Bill (Liam his perspective to get things started properly. We see char- that followed was troublesome to prevent “Non-Stop” Neeson) is asked for a $150 million ransom or a person on acters and faces early on, starting from the parking lot, all from a smooth landing. the plane dies every 20 minutes. That premise offers a pre- the way to the actual seat of the plane. It’s a good choice to This a shame, because the entirety of “Non-Stop” is dicament that’s ripe for question and suspense: Who is the follow the suspicious perspective of an air marshal, adding generally a lot of fun, but loses its consideration when the culprit? Will the marshal succeed? Is it the captain? Is it a to the fact that said suspicion is going to be needed later film thinks it’s having fun. passenger? Is it Bill? What’s going to happen to the plane? when Bill finally receives those secret and cryptic mesWhen “Non-Stop” starts asking questions, the film gen- sages from the villain. The Good: Liam Neeson. Jaume Collet-Serra’s direcIt’s a good place to be as an audience because they know uinely engages. When the answers start falling into place, tion. one wonders why the marshal didn’t just strap on a para- as much as the hero and can participate in the mystery. The Bad: Small, dumb elements sprinkled throughout. Add to the fact that Bill is actually a flawed individual, chute and jump. Unsatisfying ending. Neeson’s marshal still captivates, something audiences therefore creating internal (grief and alcoholism) and exThe Weird: Liam Neeson was more threatening as a toy should expect based on Neeson’s recent work in action ternal (he becomes TSA’s prime suspect) roadblocks that cop in “The Lego Movie.” (“Unknown,” “Taken,” “A-Team”). While the character makes this scenario all the more difficult. Again, Neeson is a barf bag full of cliches — disgraced, alcoholic and totally sells it. Overall: C+ For most of the 106-minute runtime, the film sustains widowed ex-cop with a dead daughter — Neeson is able
‘Non-Stop’ loses altitude in finale
Academy Awards significantly improves with Ellen NESHA DICKSON TV personality Ellen DeGeneres emerged on a stage adorned of crystal bead drapes, life-sized Oscar statues, and dimly lit, stand-alone light fixtures to host the 86th annual Academy Awards — better known as “The Oscars.” DeGeneres returned to the Oscar stage after previously hosting seven years ago, and expectations were high for her to make this year’s Oscars a memorable one. She wasted no time breaking the ice as she proceeded to “roast” several members of the audience, making it one of the most entertaining Oscar openers to date. Actress Jennifer Lawrence was no stranger to the jokes as DeGeneres candidly recalled her infamous trip and fall at last year’s Oscars, as well as announced to millions of viewers that Lawrence also tripped out of her limo at this year’s Oscars. Liza Minnelli endured a brutal, yet hilarious underhanded comment from DeGeneres about being the best female Liza Minnelli impersonator ever. Of course, DeGeneres could not leave the stage without one final send off directed towards the Oscar panel — “Possibility No. 1: ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture.
Possibility No. 2: You’re all racists. And now please welcome our first white presenter, Anne Hathaway.” Actor and musician Jared Leto received the first golden statue of the night for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Rayon in “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” Later in the show, actress Lupita Nyong’o took home the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.” Nyong’o’s acceptance speech was both heartfelt and encouraging showing a slight nostalgic resemblance to the emotion felt when Halle Berry took home the Oscar for Best Actress in 2002 — the first AfricanAmerican woman to do so. Nyong’o received a standing ovation as she walked up the stage to accept her first golden statue, validating the fact that this award was more than well-deserved. As award shows go, the Academy Awards is, at times, stereotyped as a stuffy and dull event that is geared towards an older demographic. That being said, DeGeneres was nothing short of masterful at not only keeping the evening entertaining, but also encouraging the use of Twitter to commemorate the evening. This certainly appealed to the younger crowd, making
them feel a part of the event by way of social media. During one of her segments, DeGeneres approached actress Meryl Streep to take a selfie with her, in hopes of getting the most re-tweeted photo on Twitter. The selfie notion sparked an instant phenomenon, as other actors such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto, Julia Roberts, and Bradley Cooper jumped in to join the photo. The Oscar selfie received so much attention in such a short amount of time, that Twitter actually experienced technical difficulties throughout the remainder of the evening. The Oscar selfie went on to be known as the “photo that broke Twitter.” A host of outstanding performances took place at this year’s Oscars including “Happy” performed by Pharrell from the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack. Pharell’s song was definitely one of the more upbeat performances that had actresses Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams excited to dance with Pharrel himself. Other performances included “Ordinary Love,” performed by U2 from the “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” soundtrack, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” performed by P!nk to pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz” and
“Let it Go,” performed by Idina Menzel from the “Frozen” soundtrack. “Frozen” took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and “Let it Go” won for Best Original Song. Perhaps one the most memorable moments from the Oscars was when DeGeneres ordered pizza for the esteemed actors present in the first and second rows. She later passed around Pharrell’s famous mountain hat to collect money for the pizza delivery man. It does not get more humbling than seeing Brad Pitt taking a huge bite of a slice of pepperoni pizza off of a paper at the Academy Awards. The relaxed atmosphere of this year’s Oscars made it increasingly enjoyable to watch. The biggest shock of the evening in regard to awards were the winners for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Actress Cate Blanchett took home the Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s film “Blue Jasmine,” beating out heavy hitters, Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County” and Sandra Bullock for “Gravity.” At the end of it all, the Oscar ceremony proved not to be racist, awarding the Best Picture award to “12 Years a Slave.”
March 10, 2014 ...women’s basketball continued
Mary Windom dribbles the ball in Chaffey’s home game against Irvine Valley, March 1.
That’s about all that was the same between the two halves. Casey was held to just four points, and Windom finally got a three pointer just three and a half minutes into the second half, the first of six for the Panthers. The two teams battled neck-and-neck with the lead switching back and forth with under three minutes left in the game. With 31 seconds left, Turner got a layup to put IVC up 66-65, and Plunkett called a timeout. Plunkett once again drew up a play that found Windom wide open near the Chaffey bench for a three to take the lead. The shot clanked off the front of the rim and bounced all the way to the top of the key right to Windom. Windom, without thinking, fired again and this time hit the three pointer, giving Chaffey a 68-66 advantage with 25 seconds left. The crowd erupted as IVC frantically inbounded the ball and Windom intercepted a pass at half court that she took all the way in for an uncontested lay-up to put away the game for good. “I’m so proud of her,” Moore said. “Two years ago, she wouldn’t have come back
for that steal. I’m proud that she wants it that bad.” Windom got yet another steal the following possession, which gave Chaffey the 72-66 victory. In Chaffey’s third round regional they ran into the No. 3-seed LA Valley. LA Valley had won their previous 14 games before the March 5 road game for the Lady Panthers. Chaffey lost the game 79-70, ending their successful season. The Lady Panthers finished with a 22-8 record and a second place finish in the Foothill Conference. Mary Windom (14.8), Angelica Guardado (12.8), and Shannon Moore (12.2) were the three leading scorers. Angelica Guardado will be the only returning player of the three come next season.
...men’s basketball continued Chaffey’s first playoff game came a little over a week after the loss to SBVC. They played the No. 13-seed San Diego City College in a home game on March 1. The teams looked like mirror images of each other. Both teams used four guards that spread the floor and love to shoot threes. These teams were so similar, in fact, that in the two previous meetings between them this season, the point differential was only three. The difference between the seemingly identical teams? “They don’t have an Adom Jacko,” point guard Julian Nichols said. What a huge difference. The 6′ 8″ sophomore from Alta Loma had a monster game. Jacko missed two shots all night. He went 9-10 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line for a total of 21 points. Foul trouble early on caused the Panthers to look to their bench for unlikely contributions that were just as important as Jacko’s. Devyn Sampson’s foul trouble might have been the most troubling for Coach Jeff Klein. Sampson started off hot, matching SDCC’s 3-point shooting with a pair of his own and 13 points for the game that was second only to Jacko. Godfrey Freeman might have logged the most important minutes of the game, when Jacko got his fourth foul with eight minutes left in the game, with the score 6260 in Chaffey’s favor. Freeman went 3-3 and had two free throws for 8 points and four hard fought rebounds in the 6 minutes Jacko was off the floor. The mixed effort of Chaffey’s bench did not go unnoticed by their brothers who often get more of the spotlight. “Those guys won us the game,” Nichols said as Jacko nodded in agreement. When Jacko checked back in the game with about two and a half minutes left, the opportunity for SDCC to take control of the game had passed. On the very first possession, Jacko slammed the door on the game with a ferocious slam dunk off of a lob from Nichols. The Hustlin’ Panthers won the game by a score of 80-76, the game was even closer than the four-point victory shows. The third round regional final pitted the No. 4 seed Chaffey Panthers against the No. 12 ranked Lancers of Pasadena City College. Winner of the March 5 match-up at the Chaffey Sports Arena gets a trip to
the Southern Regional Final Four. This was the first meeting between these two teams, but they did have a common opponent to gauge how this game might go. In the second round of the regional, PCC played Saddleback Community College, the No. 5 seed of the tournament. Pasadena went on the road and won a close road game 53-49. Earlier this year, Chaffey played Saddleback in the Fullerton Tournament and were handed their worst loss of the season 51-67. Sampson started off hot once again in this game, matching Taj Spencer for PCC who had 12 of his team’s first 14 points. Sampson had 13 of his team leading 19 points in the first half. In Chaffey’s two playoff games, Sampson has shot a ridiculous 66 percent from three. “I like to get everyone involved,” said Sampson, “but coach told me I needed to shoot more.” PCC was down 54-47 with 12:30 left in the second half. “There was a few times we could have put them away but didn’t,” Nichols said. PCC rattled off a 10-2 run and took the lead at the eight minute mark, 56-57. In Chaffey’s first playoff game it was the bench that ultimately won Chaffey the game. This time around it was the starting five that put the game away down the stretch when the bench faltered. Jacko produced many “oohs” and “ahhs” as he and Nichol’s two-man game began to take over down the stretch. Jacko had 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Between the four starters — John Gilliam, Jacko, Nichols, and Sampson — they 36 of Chaffey’s 45 second half points. With 1:25 left Chaffey was up only four, 69-65. Chaffey decided not to waste clock as John Gilliam drove to the basket and got fouled leaving 25 seconds of shot clock that could have been wasted. He made his two free throws and put Chaffey up 71-65. Gilliam continued on to make five more free throws in the last minute, including a 1-and-1 to put Chaffey up by 9 in the last minute. This is the kind of toughness Coach Klein had in mind the last time Chaffey lost against SBVC. No. 8 Cerritos College played spoiler to the No. 1 seed in the tournament in Antelope Valley on the same night. Chaffey hosted Cerritos College Saturday March 8. A win Saturday sets up a possible grudge match game between San Bernardino Valley College in the State Championship round.
If Chaffey takes game 3 on March 8, then expect the Hustlin’ Panthers to play the State Champions @ Cerritos. Time to be determined
March 10, 2014
Panther baseball dedicates season to injured teammate DYLAN BARNES On Feb. 26 in a game against L.A. Harbor, Chaffey sophomore pitcher Brendan Hornung was struck in the right temple by a line drive. He was rushed to the hospital immediately for tests. Hornung, a product of Corona Santiago, had suffered a fractured skull, and was rushed into emergency brain surgery to save his life. The surgery went well, and Hornung is now on the road to recovery. Teammates have shown nonstop support for their friend and teammate, as many of them have visited Hornung in the hospital to help boost his moral. “I know you aren’t going to be able to have me playing defense behind you for the rest of the season, but know that every swing I take, every ball I field, and every throw I make is for you,” said teammate Jake Gallaway. The team will wear red wrist bands with Hornung’s No. 32 on them for the remainder of the season. The Panthers took the field on March 4 for the first time since the incident. They hosted San Bernardino Valley, as they looked to improve on their 2-0 record in conference play. Freshman Merrick Patito got the start for the Panthers. Patito was coming off of Chaffey’s best pitching performance of the year. Against Victor Valley on Feb. 22, Patito went 8 innings, giving up no runs and struck out eight. He had given up just one earned run all season in 20 innings before March 4, but surrendered a home run to the first batter of the game, SBVC leadoff man Jason Wilcoxson. Chaffey was able to get on the board in the 2nd inning. A single by Mason Shifflet, one of his two hits on the day, got it going. Back-to-back walks for Isaiah Delsi and Andrew Dorado then loaded the bases. With Trevor Williams at the plate, Shiflett scored on a pass ball to give the Panthers their first run. Williams then drove a ball to right field, deep enough to allow Delsi to tag up and score, giving Chaffey the lead, 2-1. The lead was short lived, however. In the top half of the 4th SBVC was able to tack on two more runs off Patito, jumping ahead 3-2. The long ball hurt the Panthers again in the 5th when A.J. David hit a two-run homer to right. Kevin Riley scored on a Tyler Schoenfeld single with two out in the bottom of the 5th. With one run already in, Chaffey went to the bullpen for relief. Mark Lesinski was brought in to end the threat, but gave up a two-run double to left before getting out of it. Despite adding on a run in the 9th, the deficit was too much to overcome as the Panthers fell to SBVC by a final score of 8-4. According to Williams, the freak injury to Hornung put things into perspective. “We play a game that’s supposed to be fun and when a freak accident like that happens it kind of just makes me take a step back,” he said. “To see Hornung go through that and know that he’s not going to be able to play the rest of the year is depressing,” said Williams. However, knowing that Hornung is getting better and better each day sheds relief to the team and gives the players some peace of mind. “I go out there and I play for him,” Williams added. “I wish he could be there with us. It can get pretty hard to keep focus and get your work done, but as I see him get better it brings some peace and allows me to go out there and play.”
Merrick Patito pitches to A.J. David who hits a two-run home run in the 5th inning in the Panthers home loss against San Bernardino Valley College on March 4.
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