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no. 6 December 7, 2009 vol.44
SCROOGE Cabriillo stages a new
MR. BRIAN KING
How close Cabrillo’s President was to heading over the hill
take on an old classic
The Lady Seahawks’ season ends in the playoffs
Pyramid scheme or legit job opportunity?
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The Cabrillo Voice December 7, 2009
Zach Stoloff Editor-in-Chief
Laura Copeland Copy Editor
Stephen Richter Online Editor
Claire Le Gall Photo Editor
Daniel Wootan KSCO Radio Editor
3... Multi-level marketing... brittnii london
4... The school of anarchism... daniel wootan
5... Cabrillo budget cuts... brian gassmann
6... Brian King’s job flirtations... voice staff
7... Bill Gates’ gift to Cabrillo... mathew mcdowell
8... Cabrillo’s Thanksgiving... brian gassmann
9... Staff Landscaper Karla Newberry... kelly keiley
10&11... Meet the Voice staff
12... Cabrillo Events... Scrooge & student art
13... Concerts in town... Nickatina & Ice Cube
14... Football weight training... nick nollenberger
15... Women’s soccer... zach stoloff
16... The Twilight phenomenon... dueling opinions
17... The Skinny... allan r. bettger
18... Historical dates... stephen richter
19... Opinions and cartoons
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December 7, 2009
Vector marketing: the ultimate pyramid scheme WE’VE ALL GOTTEN THAT TEMPTING JOB OFFER RIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, BUT HERE’S WHAT IT’S LIKE FIRSTHAND AND WHY YOU SHOULD STEER CLEAR | by brittnii london
t’s rare to apply for a job and get an interview for the following day—especially when the position pays $16.75 an hour. But it is the holiday season, so I thought maybe they really needed the help. My mom once told me that if it’s too good to be true, than it probably is, and that’s what happens when you apply to Vector, a nationwide company that specializes in hiring youth as junior apprentices and marketing them as sales representatives. Vector makes you feel important — like you’re about to do something life-changing — when in fact you’re only selling Cutco kitchen knives and silverware. I found an ad on Craigslist that gave no description of the work, only a description of the type of applicant they were looking for: any eager body that needed employment desperately enough, someone young and ambitious with “good people skills”— no experience necessary. I arrived at the building well-dressed, with the notepad and pen they’d recommended I bring, for an interview they’d set up just 15 minutes after I called to inquire about employment.
The place didn’t have a sign posted on the outside of the building like the other offices did, and inside was a room that looked as if it had just been moved into, vacant except for the awkwardly placed posters slapped onto walls. Hopeful teens sat in chairs, eager for a chance at what Vector billed as a dream job. I got uneasy looks from all eyes in the room; as far as they knew, I was the competition. They hadn’t yet realized we were all going to get the job. I scanned the sign-in sheet. Half the names were familiar. A few minutes passed and out came Marco, the interviewer, wearing an expensive-looking suit and shiny Italian leather shoes. But his appearance didn’t match his dress—he sweat heavily, his eyes were enlarged as if chemically induced, and he had an unkempt five o’clock shadow. He stared deeply into my eyes when he introduced himself, as if that’s what all honest people are supposed to do. Instead, it just made me feel uncomfort-
able and slightly unnerved. He looked over my application briefly before asking me to return to the waiting room for a group interview. He’d base his decision on how well we answered questions and interacted with each other, he said. The fine print: “Vector offers base pay, per appointment [emphasis theirs], whether or not the customer purchases. In order to qualify for the base pay, each appointment must be a one-on-one presentation. … [and] the prospective customer must be at least 25 years of age [and employed].” That may seem like a reasonable goal to achieve, but how long before you run out of 25-and-older prospects? If Vector specializes in hiring kids right out of high school and in their first years of college, than what age group does a person of that age usually socialize with? Marco reassured me that Vector will always have referrals for its employees. But since Vector specializes in in-home appointments, employees must first go through rigorous three-day training and pay a $147 deposit for sample knives. Marco
reassured us, of course, that it’s OK if we did not get a chance to return the knives. It seems as if Vector has the meaning of job backwards—a company is supposed to pay its employees, not the other way around. Vector may at first sound like the ideal job for unskilled teens and twentysomethings with limited time, but it’s really a prospect better suited for housewives and soccer moms—not a struggling college student who has rent to meet and bills to pay, who needs consistent and guaranteed hours, especially during the holiday season. I give two thumbs down to Vector. Spend your time looking for a job with guaranteed pay instead of “maybe” pay. Note from the editor: I also sold Cutco knives and found the experience unrewarding. However, to be fair I would like to mention that the merchandise was excellent and the training was helpful in obtaining sales work. Brittnii London can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Photo by Combo Cookware
December 7, 2009
Earn your BA: Bachelor’s in Anarcho-studies ‘SKOOL’ FINDS INTELLECTUAL FOUNDATION IN 19TH-CENTURY SPAIN | by daniel wootan
ree Skool Santa Cruz is open to anyone who wants to learn more about surrealism or hoop dancing—or want to learn French, but can’t afford the extra three units. The organization’s Web site, santacruz. freeskool.org, boasts that “a central aspect of [the] project is the refusal of the set roles of pupil, instructor, organizer, and the taking back of [one’s] capacity to learn.” FreeSkool encourages its students to “joyfully tear down the world … and create something wonderful in its place.” Students can learn to spin poi—a form of dancing involving twirling balls suspended on strings—or explore the “insurgent” photo class, where students create “deeply inciteful, meaningfully political, and dis-
La Escuela Moderna was an open temple of free expression, exchange of information, and antiauthoritarianism.
turbingly provocative images.” Staying true to a decentralized mentality, classrooms can be homes, cafes, industrial wastelands, and county parks. The “free” in FreeSkool hints at the organization’s commitment to a decentralized, non-hierarchal method of sharing knowledge, information, and skills in communities around the world—at no cost, unless teachers ask for a donation to pay for supplies. FreeSkool Santa Cruz has no private sponsorships to ensure the motives of the sschool cannot be swayed. “We try to keep FreeSkool firmly fixed in a gift economy and outside of the stream of commerce,” organizers write on their Web site. “Your material assistance helps us make FreeSkool happen.” The origins of their ideals are found in 20th-century Spanish anarchism—specifically, the philosophy of Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia of Catalunya, a province in northeastern Spain. Ferrer was exiled to Paris in the 1880s for supporting anarchist and socialist revolts in Catalunya against the fascists from Madrid. He returned to Barcelona to open his school in 1901. La Escuela Moderna was an open temple of free expression, exchange of informa-
Anti-fascist protesters in Barcelona fly a banner written in Catalan. English transation: “Fight Fascism, Anarchy”
below: A woman flies the CNT flag
photo cortesy of defenestrator.org
tion, and anti-authoritarianism—until Ferrer’s arrest in 1906 for suspicion of acting against the government. Ferrer’s ideas gained popularity in the U.S. in the decades following his execution by firing squad in October 1909 (without a trial). New York City opened the first U.S. FreeSkool in 1911, calling it the Ferrer Colony and Modern School. Meanwhile, Spain slogged through a long
civil war, and fascist oppression under General Francisco Franco Bahamonde. Even today, there is evidence of the conflict in graffiti that reads, “Catalunya es no en Espanya.” Today, Ferrer’s spirit lives on Sunday morning walks at classes like Intro To Wild Mushroom Foraging. The class is taught by a person with 15 years experience and knowledge of fungi that grow in the area. Students should bring a container to collect mushrooms and perhaps a pair of iri-
“Many of the ‘rules’ for good writing and good sex are the same.” —FreeSkool catalog
descent 3-D glasses for the walk home. In the afternoon, classes like Build A Bike Wheel, and Sharp Metal Objects are in session. Aspiring writers can go to Writing Down The Bones, to learn how “many of the ‘rules’
for good writing and good sex are the same. Keep your hand moving, lose control, and don’t think.” If you care for some fun exercise, join the Sunday soccer sessions, or Contact Improv Dancing on Tuesdays. Sc.fs.org reminds soccer players to “please discard all traces of macho competiveness before joining the game.” They meet at San Lorenzo Park when the field is dry enough. Free Skool Santa Cruz is one of many Free Skools around the world operating within the loose framework of traditions left by Francisco Ferrer and his contemporaries. Sc.fs.org invites all of you to be “part of a collective effort to create an autonomous, mutual-support network” in a “direct challenge to institutional control and the commodification of learning.” The class catalog for winter 2009 is online at santacruz.freeskool.org, and paper copies are available at Saturn Cafe in downtown Santa Cruz and SubRosa (703 Pacific Ave). Anyone can be a teacher at Free Skool Santa Cruz. If you have skills or knowledge you would like to share, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 7, 2009
Student programs slashed
CABRILLO REACTS TO LACK OF FUNDS FLOWING FROM STATE. PRESIDENT BRIAN KING IS TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING THIS WEEK AMONG STAFF AND STUDENTS | by brian gassmann
abrillo students who are disabled, who are parents, who are veterans and who fall below the poverty line will suffer the worst in the latest round of budget cuts. Cabrillo president Brian King has asked students to show up on Wednesday for a town hall meeting about the cuts that could stagger some of those most at risk of not completing college. King said in his message that there will be a “review the categorical reduction recommendations and also a comprehensive update of the overall budget picture.” Categorical programs are where the state provides money that has to go to a specific purpose. The state gives money for the school to spend on students who need academic support, have health conditions or are low on funds. Programs such as Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)and
Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) are two of the categorical programs that are threatened with cuts. “We try to keep everybody informed on what’s going on and the budget has been such an ongoing challenge,” King said. “Last year we had five town hall meetings, so we are due for one now.” Stephanie Stainback, the head of Cabrillo’s Classified Employee Union, said students will feel the crunch in the com-
‘It’s hard — really hard — for all of us to go through this.’
ing year—and that it’s important for them to stay active and up-to-date on the budget issues.
“It’s hard — really hard — for all of us to go through this,” Stainback said. “The classified staff is going to lose the equivalent of 10 full-time positions, and even though it’s difficult to watch it happen, it feels good to see that there are actions being taken in lessening the blow to students.” Reabsorbing some laid-off employees — and giving them jobs in other areas around campus that need the help — might be possible, Stainback said. She also said that most students will recognize the cuts in the 2010-2011 school year through more centralized services and the reduced hours of access to services and facilities. “There’s nothing we can do,” Stainback said. “The cuts are going to happen whether we like it or not. It’s a difficult process in deciding how to budget our available funds, but there is an active ef-
fort in both communication and organization to make it as easy as possible.” Many of the categorical programs at Cabrillo have already felt the pressure through diminished funding. The Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement Center (MESA) has faced severe cuts. Kacee Beams, former student senate president, resigned over her inability to stay impartial toward the program, given the help MESA afforded her to advance academically. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Cabrillo’s new recital hall (VAPA 5101) from noon to 2 pm. King said the focus will be on categorical recommendations and the budget, which goes into effect July 2010. Brian Gassmann can be reached at email@example.com.
Brian Gassmann (left) asks Brian King about the new budget
Photo by Claire Le Gall
December 7, 2009
Brian King still a Seahawk
PRESIDENT OF CABRILLO COLLEGE ABORTS PLANS TO GO OVER THE HILL | by alison maupin and andrew chapman T he president of Cabrillo College, Brian King, isn’t going anywhere—for now. After a distracting month of rumors that King was leaving for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, King announced Nov. 25 that he will be staying at Cabrillo. King met with staff and apologized, assuring everyone he’s happy to be in Santa Cruz. He acknowledged that “wondering what’s going to happen in these tough budget times is distracting.” A recruiter persuaded King to apply at De Anza after the college’s former chancellor, Martha Kanter, left her post to become undersecretary to the U.S. Department of Education. De Anza is larger and has a “good reputation, like Cabrillo,” King said. King began preparing to leave Cabrillo after being chosen as a finalist for the De Anza position, which he interviewed for Oct. 30. He told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that he’d put off the application process and initially turned down the position because he was “content with Cabrillo.” In the three weeks that followed, King saw enough in Santa Cruz to change his mind. De Anza’s location over the hill made the switch unappealing. King decided to withdraw before Thanksgiving.
‘There’s just no better place to live than here.’ —King
“Think about where we get to live,” King said. “We’re half a mile to a sandy beach and half a mile to a redwood forest. There’s just no better place to live than here.” But some felt abandoned, especially considering King has contemplated leaving in the past. Two years ago King considered returning to his home state, Missouri, as the president of Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in Springfield. Internet trolls grumble impotently on the Sentinel forum. “Hillbilly Crash Helmet” called King a “flip-flopper,” urging him to “go away[,] sonny boy. Santa Cruz doesn’t love you.” Family concerns prompted the King family to consider returning to their elderly parents and various connections in Missouri, according to the Valley Post. Then, as
Photo by Claire Le Gall
now, King chose to stay in Santa Cruz with his wife and two daughters, 8 and 10. This was good news for the Board of Trustees, who won’t have to spend the holidays looking for King’s replacement.
Through the President’s eyes
On the protests at UCSC: “I think it’s
unfortunate that the protests were destructive. The point could’ve been made without doing, probably, $100,000 dollars in damage. That doesn’t seem very productive when there’s already too little money to clean up and replace the damaged equipment. I don’t think [that] was the most ef-
fective protest. But I understand the passion.” On the fee hikes at Cabrillo: “I think it’s tragic that fees have gone up so much. I understand the frustration of students.” About 4+ year AA degrees: “We talk every day about what we can do to shorten that time for students who want to come and achieve their goal.” The silver lining: “At Cabrillo, we are really excited about some innovative grants that we’ve received: HSI grant, Digital Bridge Academy, basic skills program” On management at Cabrillo: “In education [there are] many different groups involved, in order to be effective you have to do a lot of listening. At Cabrillo, we do an outstanding job of involving people at all levels of the college in decision-making. As a result, we are able to avoid some of the headaches.” Why King loves it here: “Focusing on students has always been the number-one goal. That’s very powerful, being able to serve as president of a college where the faculty and staff is so focused on students. We have the support the community here, The community loves Cabrillo and gives very generously to Cabrillo.” Advise for students: “ We need to help students understand that attending fulltime is really important. With all the economic stress students feel like they need to work more. Its harder to attend full-time, but anything we can do to encourage students to take a full-time load and go through the whole financial aid process… The closer you can be to a full-time student, the relationship between successfully completing goes way up. I don’t blame students, there’s a lot of economic pressure, but we need to reinforce and give students incentives to attend full-time.” On students applying to federal financial aid: “More than half of students qualify for a BOG waiver, but way fewer than half of all students are applying for financial aid and receiving it. California actually has a fairly low percentage of CC students who receive federal financial aid, because they qualify for the BOG waiver and stop. They don’t apply for federal aid—and in many instances, they would qualify for that aid. Giving strong incentives to complete the federal financial aid process makes a lot of sense.” The writers of this story can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 7, 2009
Gates helps build the “bridge” to success CABRILLO’S DIGITAL BRIDGE ACADEMY RECEIVES $2.7 MILLION FROM BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION GRANT by mathew mcdowell
abrillo College’s Digital Bridge Academy (DBA) will receive a $2.6 million academic grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation next year. The much-needed funding, as proposed in November’s Cabrillo College governing board agenda, will go toward a massive expansion of the DBA, more than tripling its size. Diego James Navarro, who now serves as the program’s director, founded the program on the Watsonville campus in 2003. The DBA focuses on increasing the success rate of students who might otherwise struggle in a college environment. Since its
beginning, the DBA has seen great success with not only with students’ performance during the program but also their continued success after they’ve graduated. The theory behind the DBA is that grouping students together to pass through the learning environment as a unit — with a community of tutors and counselors — will aide student success. The DBA groups students into “cohorts,” groups of full-time students enrolled in the same classes. Members of the cohorts develop relationships with the other students and support one another during their
enrollment. Full-time students perform better than part-timers, DBA organizers say—and students are more successful in completing educational goals when they have active outside support in the form of counselors, tutors and close-knit learning communities. Because of the Gates Foundation grant, the DBA will expand to ten cohorts and additional supportive staff in fall 2010. The grant also paves the way for other funding opportunities because it gives visibility and credibility to the program. The original DBA consisted of just one
cohort and supporting staff. This fall there are three cohorts, and the spring semester will have five. During a time of budget cuts and fiscal woes, this Gates Foundation grant will create a sense of normalcy for at least the people enrolled within the DBA. Although none of the funds may be used for anything other than DBA programs, more students can enroll in the program and access their resources, lifting the burden off the general educational support staff. Mathew Mcdowell can be reached at email@example.com. Photo by Claire Le Gall
December 7, 2009
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STUDENTS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CABRILLO’S THANKSGIVING DINNER | by brian gassmann D
owntown Capitola’s palm trees are lined with lights, the tourists have all but vanished, and food donation barrels have started to appear across campus, once again the holidays have hit Santa Cruz like an El Niño swell. As the season takes firm grasp on our minds and nerves, it’s hard not to be swept away in the blur of lights and bright sales ads. Many this year are for the first time taking preemptive steps in saving cash and surviving the holidays on a budget. For others it’s nothing new in the year-long struggle they face in affording a home, family, and education. The economic woes of our county are paralleled by that of the entire countries, and it’s seen on our campus as well as in our own homes. Cabrillo hosted a night for students and their families in the cafeteria early Thanksgiving week to provide a chance at a traditional meal and experience for some that may otherwise not have had the opportunity. Festive tablecloths held down by heap-
ing portions of steaming hot mashed potatoes and stuffing while students gorged on their favorite holiday foods. The volunteers and workers at Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville are seeing a need for help this year like never before. Currently they provide meals for 60,000 people monthly and do so through private donations, food drives, and through offerings placed in their food barrels across the county. This is as much as a 30 percent increase from last year. Second Harvest CEO Willy McCrae said that not only is it important to help those in need, but also to teach the proper dietary habits and the nutritional values behind eating right. Thus setting a long term goal of keeping them nourished in the future by knowing how to eat right and cheap. Some students are coming up with ways to get around the usual bank account crunching tradition of gift shopping. Ross Adam, 23, says that making custom hip bags out of recycled billboard material is helping him out financially.
“There’s just no way that I could afford to buy as many gifts for friends and family as I have in years past,” he said. “It’s just perfect timing that I start getting good at my bagmaking techniques, and everybody I know starts asking for them around this time of the year, I’ve got pretty much every one of my gift recipients covered, I think.” Others may have to come up with similarly clever gift-giving ideas, while some have chosen to focus on the spiritual side of the season. Frank Crutchfield
‘It’s nice to be with family this time of year, you know?’
of Aptos says he was just at the mall to spot good deals for things that he needs around the house, but as far as gift giving goes, he’s not dipping into his wallet. “My wife and I visit relatives every year
on the holidays, this year we’re not going for Thanksgiving, so we can afford to go for Christmas and New Year’s,” Crutchfield said. “It’s just nice to be around family this time of the year, you know? We’re all in similar situations and nobody can afford to do much of anything, so having company to compare your issues with is pretty good. It may sound cheesy, but it makes me happy that at least we’ve got each other.” Many this year have been pushed by budget into realizing why the holidays are important in the first place. It’s not all about material possessions, we’re often told—and for more people than ever before, it’s now become a reality. Spending money on family and friends has evolved into spending something more precious, something that money really can’t buy time. Brian Gassmann can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
December 7, 2009
Overlooked Cabrillo landscaper rakes muck CAMPUS LANDSCAPER KARLA NEWBERRY PLANS TO LEAVE CABRILLO SOON, BUT NOT WITHOUT LEAVING A PIECE OF HER MIND AS WELL | by kelly keiley
ou may have seen Karla Newberry cutting up trees or blowing leaves around Cabrillo College’s campus, but you may not have considered the details she contributes to the maintenance of the college’s landscape. Newberry, 61, is the only female among a group of six grounds maintenance workers who landscape roughly 30 acres of Cabrillo’s campus. Newberry has spent the past 20 years as a landscaper and is currently finishing up her sixth, and possibly final, year at Cabrillo. Newberry describes her role as a landscaper as being “like [that of] a mother.” Each morning she arrives at seven and must first observe the environment or weather, and then assess how to prioritize her tasks. “Like a spoke on a wheel,” her day heads in several directions until 3:30 p.m. It may surprise you to learn that Newberry is a grandmother if you’ve witnessed her at work, but the flexibility that a grandmother must adopt is apparent in her daily
Photo by Claire LeGall
tasks. Newberry explained that her daily list of tasks is prioritized for her—by the weather, which she says dictates her job on
a daily basis. The weather in Aptos can be as temperamental as a child; one day it might be sunny, another it might rain. Newberry knows better than to dig up soil after a rainstorm, the soil would only be ruined. Her job is more than simply pulling weeds or watering flowers, she helps manage an ecosystem at Cabrillo. Newberry, who describes her job as “nature-oriented,” credits her success as a landscaper to being intuitive. Cabrillo’s campus would not hold nearly as many plants if it weren’t for the cooperative relationship between the Cabrillo landscapers and the Horticulture Department. There “is no budget for plants” at Cabrill, Newberry said, and the majority of those seen on campus have been brought from home, had been propagated, or had been donated by the Horticulture dept. Lisa Mary McAndrews has taught in the horticulture department for 29 years and is currently teaching three plant identification courses. McAndrews is well acquainted with Newberry and has been greatly involved in making extra or free plants available to landscape management on a regular basis to use wherever they wish to enhance the landscape. McAndrews praised Newberry when asked her opinion of Newberry’s job performance, noting that “Karla shines like a glowing star as a person who really has taken up the offer of free plants and has enhanced our campus in a way many people don’t recognize.” Landscape management is the term that McAndrews prefers to use when describing Newberry’s role at Cabrillo. She argues that it requires a large amount of effort to work with an eco system that is constantly changing and affected by various factors such as climate, drought, or animals. McAndrews has worked with the landscapers at Cabrillo, students, parents and even the Local Calif. Landscape Contractors Association to improve at least three formal areas of Cabrillo’s campus. On the lower campus shrubs, trees, and vines were installed near the Children’s Center and Sesnon House. Between the Old Theater and the 100 Building on the upper campus, the Local Calif. Landscape Contractors Association helped the landscapers and McAndrews and her students beautify Cabrillo’s landscape. On the campus of a typical community college, people usually see roughly 50 varieties of plants. Cabrillo students may take for granted the array of plants around campus; according to McAndrews you “never see the diversity of plants we have on campus.” McAndrews said that because of the original landscape and Karla’s help there
are over 125 varieties of plants on campus, including salvia and lavender. Newberry would like to leave her job at Cabrillo after this year despite the enjoyment she finds in her job. It may not be obvious, but her body is beginning to hurt after 20 years in landscaping. She’s also been discouraged by what she describes as a “total disconnect between employee and management.” After an alleged verbal assault from a coworker, Newberry went to the Cabrillo Classified Employee Union to file a grievance by procedure—but suddenly was treated as a problem herself. Joe Nugent, director of Maintenance and Operations, twice failed to appear to a meeting regarding her grievance. Nugent was unavailable for comment, but Michael Bellew, Head Groundskeeper, did return with a call for comment. However, he failed to answer even the simplest of questions or to divulge any information regarding issues involving his staff. Bellew offered no help but to suggest contacting Nugent for an interview. Newberry has a number of ideas about what she will do after she leaves Cabrillo. She wishes to help develop skill building and self-confidence in adolescents and has already begun by teaching Life Lab in the classrooms of her grandchildren. Newberry said that she is also very involved in her orthodox church in Ben Lomond, “despite [her] potty mouth.” Newberry and her husband of 42 years have a few hobbies that they are able to enjoy at their own home, which lies on nine acres of land. Her husband is an active beekeeper and the couple enjoys making bio-diesel fuel at home together. Newberry plans to keep busy by landscaping her own home and might even offer her services for hire as a home landscaper once she leaves Cabrillo. McAndrews will “definitely be sad to see Karla go because she’s created a garden atmosphere.” McAndrews believes there is a difference between a landscape and a garden. The diversity of plants on campus provides fragrance and an ambiance people want to be around. They’re not just plants—they make a statement about Cabrillo. Kelly Keiley can be reached at email@example.com.
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December 7, 2009
Students show off artwork at Cabrillo Gallery
The Gamer Guy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by kyle matthews
by georgina renteria Welcome to a land of glossy dreams pasted on paper, of wires shaped into a great pink octopus—a land of acrylics and gouaches colored in hues of fires, roses and sunrises. Children smile forever in gelatin-silver prints, and walnut-andmetal tables are suspended from a wire. This land is not a faraway one. In fact, it’s on campus and admission is free of charge. The Student 4 Exhibition runs through Dec. 11 at Cabrillo Gallery. A variety of art forms and mediums are on display at the exhibit — charcoal, chalk, pen and ink, and graphite — as well as ceramic and stoneware sculptures and exotic copper, brass and silver jewelry. It’s hard not to notice “Birth of Bowie,” a piece by Sarah Lesher that depicts the celebrity as a child still attached to his nude mother’s umbilical cord. Heather Thompson’s sweet-eyed ceramic puppy is a stark contrast, gazing at gallery-goers from the center of the room, next to a pink-and-white wire octopus that hangs from the ceiling. “Spiritual Enlightenment,” a black and white gelatin-silver print by Cristina Wagonblast, portrays a guru-like man in front of the silhouette of a car. Elle Warehall’s “Hopper” captures a
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Dalmation jumping frantically in the middle of suburbia as a seemingly clueless elderly woman looks on. Strikingly large acrylic paintings — covered in quiet pastels and bold brights — line the far end wall of the gallery. Watercolor paintings decorate the white walls deeper inside the gallery.
One is of a James Dean lookalike, as painted by Erick Martinez. The exhibit runs through Dec. 11. Theater: Cabrillo Gallery, Library Room 1002 Times: Mon through Fri, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mon through Tues 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Yule” not want to miss this classic by brittnii london
“Bah, humbug!” will soon ring out in the Crocker Theater, as Cabrillo Stage hosts its first-ever winter play, “Scrooge,” the musical. “This play is not going to be the conventional Scrooge,” said Zendrix Llado, who plays a puppeteer in the production. “We are really taking advantage of the fact that it’s a musical.” Opening on Dec. 18, the play is directed by Andrew Ceglio and stars Cabrillo Theater teacher Joseph Ribeiro as the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge. The local production is nothing like the traditional tale, in which four spirits confront a greedy man and warn him that his soul will be burdened by heavy chains for eternity if he does not change his ways. After all four ghosts make their visit, Scrooge than realizes that his material items do not mean as much to him as the lives of others, forcing him to make a much-needed change. “There is so much symbolism in this play,” said Asha Kancherlapalli, who’s also involved in the production. “It makes it enjoyable on an intellectual level as well as
visual. It’s my first musical since I was fourteen, so a I am thrilled to be doing it.” The play takes the audience through a range emotions—excitement, suspense, fear—and a suspension of disbelief will come easily, Kancherlapalli said.
“This play is not going to be the conventional Scrooge.”
“Working on the Scrooge production made me realize how many morals and everyday situations the play reflects in reality, [especially compared] to the actual Scrooge movie, where the main value of the story is possessions,” she said. “In this production it was more about caring for others that was important.” Scrooge viewers will perhaps leave the auditorium feeling enlightened this holiday season, as they realize that life does not revolve around materialism—that we all need to take time to just enjoy, love, and ap-
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preciate the people and family we all have in our lives. The play premieres Dec. 18 and runs through Jan. 3. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and with a 2 p.m. matinée. Tickets are available at cabrillostage.com.
Record-breaking preorders have made GameStop dub “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” the “most anticipated game of the decade.” It’s no secret that Infinity Ward’s sequel to its 2007 hit, “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” is a first-person shooter definitely worth your time. Set five years after the events of the first “Modern Warfare,” the game puts you into the boots of several U.S. Army Rangers and international counter terrorists. Campaign-mode locations include Rio de Janeiro, Russia and Washington, D.C. The graphics don’t appear to have improved much, but they’re still great. Infinity Ward gives great attention to detail in its gaming environments, making the game feel realistic without sacrificing the fun. Using predator drones to blast unsuspecting enemies from high overhead is especially enjoyable, as was splattering blood across the screen when I was injured—it made me more panicky and alert. A likely draw for fans of the previous title is the game’s multiplayer mode. Much of it feels the same, except with new rewards for kill streaks, including predator controls and requests for helicopter support. PC gamers may be upset by the absence of dedicated servers this time around. Instead, they’ll have to play with a maximum of 18 players in games that can’t feature user-created content, similar to the console version of multiplayer. Another big controversy with “Modern Warfare 2” is the infamous “No Russian” level, where the player is an undercover CIA agent joining four terrorists in a Moscow airport massacre. Before starting campaign mode, the players are given the option of skipping this level with no faults against them — but even those players who don’t skip it still aren’t required to kill any civilians. A deeper understanding of the story is the only potential gain here. Remember, the point of this level isn’t to purposely draw controversy; instead, it’s meant to better display the harsh realities of war. My only other real complaint about “Modern Warfare 2” is that I still have to play campaign mode by myself. (Co-op is available is special-ops mode.) Shooter fans should grab this one right away—I’d even recommend it as a rental to bored action fans who need something new in their sad, lonely lives. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” is rated M for Mature and available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
December 7, 2009
Shows Around Town
Catalyst will be “rollin’ with a Pisces” with Nickatina by nicole miceli
Andre Adams, a “rap cat with the BOSS apparel” better known as Andre Nickatina, will perform at the Catalyst at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. The San Francisco rapper is perhaps best known for his ability to spit a bold gangster rap with a sophisticated twist, evident in hits like “Jungle” and “Conversation with the Devil.” Nickatina has been rapping since 1992. He released two albums, “The New Jim Jones” and “I Hate You With a Passion,” as Dre Dog. After the success of these two
creator of his own record label, Fillmoe Coleman Records. All but two of Nickatina’s 16 performances at the Catalyst in the last three years have sold out. “Tickets sell out anywhere from one day to one week in advance,” said Eddy Dees, a house manager and talent buyer at the Catalyst. “The music fans are in their teens and twenties and by far are SF Bay Area rap fans. Not a lot of their favorite artists tour through Santa Cruz, so when they have a chance to see them, they buy tickets fast.” The Catalyst continues to book Nickatina for his ability to sell tickets and draw a crowd of all ages. “No other act has done more business at the Catalyst during that same time period,” Dees said. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $26 in advance and $29 at the door.
‘The San Francisco rapper is perhaps best known for his ability to spit a bold gangster rap with a sophisticated twist.’
underground rap albums, he changed his name to Andre Nickatina in 1998. The name change “was for the better,” Nickatina said to Strivin Magazine, and ex-
plained that he raps because he feels that he is talented enough to do so, not for the fame or popularity.
Nickatina is one of the most successful rappers from the Bay Area, known not only for his clever rhymes but also for being the
Ice Cube goes Hollywood: Gangsta Rap made him do it by rawb mccrea
“AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted” is back, and it’s going to be playing in Santa Cruz on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Ice Cube—the stage name for artist O’Shea Jackson—will be playing at the Catalyst on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The hardcore gangsta rapper is perhaps best known for his stint with the legendary rap group N.W.A.(Niggaz With Attitude), alongside Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella in the late 1980s and the Westside Connection in the mid-90s. Cube pursued a solo career after failing to be compensated properly for writing most of the lyrics for N.W.A.’s platinum-selling “Straight Outta Compton.” In the early 90s, Ice Cube released four full-length albums, “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted,” “Death Certificate,” “The Predator” and “Lethal Injection” and an EP “Kill at Will,” all of which were released between 1990 and 1993. His most successful album to date is “The Predator” which has gone Multi-Platinum (2,000,000 or more
units). Ice Cube’s biggest comeback album was “Laugh Now, Cry Later” (2006) after spending the past six years working on
movie projects. The gangster rapper— turned actor/producer and Disney actor— is plugging in the microphone once again.
Ice Cube has released eight solo fulllengths to date—one EP and five compilations. His latest album, “Raw Footage,” released in August of 2008, is available on Ice Cube’s Web site (IceCube.com), where visitors can also download his theme song for the Oakland Raiders, titled “Raider Nation.” Throughout the years Ice Cube has slowed down when it has come to music, but on average has appeared in two movies a year. His most notable films are the “Friday” series, the” Barbershop” series and “Boyz N the Hood.” According to ESPN Online, Ice Cube will be making a documentary about the Oakland Raiders and the football team’s ties to the Los Angeles rap scene. The documentary is a part of ESPN’s 30for-30 film series, “Straight Outta L.A.,” due for release in 2010. The Catalyst doors open at 7 p.m., the show show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets run $35 in advance and $40 at the door. At the time of press there was not yet word on an opener for the show.
December 7, 2009
Ryan Saucedo carries the ball.
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Hawks go back to work THE CABRILLO FOOTBALL TEAM BEGINS LONG OFF-SEASON BY HITTING THE WEIGHT ROOM | by nick nollenberger I t has not even been a month since the Cabrillo football team’s 2009 season concluded, but returning players are already hard at work. Weight training began Oct. 30, marking the beginning of a grueling offseason. It’s an exciting time for many Cabrillo players—and an opportunity to get bigger, faster, and stronger. Although the Saturday Night Lights seem an eternity away, hard work during the off-season wins games in the fall. For second-year players who saw minimal time as freshmen or grey-shirt sophomores in 2009, now is the time to show coaches what they’re made of when
the cameras are off. Cabrillo’s most notable graduates are starting quarterback Ian McGinnis, receiver Nick Johnson, safety Anthony Bendana, defensive linemen Julius Sosaia and Bryce Ridgway, and linebacker T.J. Swedelius. With countless starters moving on, there are big opportunities for other players. Santa Cruz High School graduate and CCSwinning quarterback Gino Delucchi returns for his second year as he looks to take the reigns of the starting quarterback position. Delucchi started the last few games of 2009 when then-starting quarterback Ian McGinnis suffered a concussion. Deluc-
chi showed Seahawks fans a little taste of what’s to come in 2010 season. Second-year players held the team afloat in 2009 with a stingy physical defense. Next year the defense will be younger—but only time will tell their talents. The offense might be catalyst if running-back Byron Newman returns and the young receivers can develop this off-season. Cabrillo players will break from lifting for a month or so, leaving players to practice on their own. Receivers and quarterbacks will plan running routes without the coaches’ supervision to get their timing down for games. The team will hit the
field in the spring with no pads to regain knowledge of the playbook and get in some football-related drills. They are then issued another break in the summer before heading back to the field in late July, this time with full pads. For a sport that is 95-percent practice the off-season is huge, and for a young team to grow it needs to happen now. Football is perfected off the field, not on it. From December to late August, the Cabrillo Seahawks will be looking to set the tone for the coming season. Nick Nollenberger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 7, 2009
Lady Hawks lose to Santa Rosa Cabrillo College’s women’s squad ends a successfull soccer season in the first round of the CCC playoffs | by zach stoloff
he Cabrillo College Seahawks women’s soccer team met their season’s end Saturday, Nov. 21 in a first round California Community College league playoff exit. Playing the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs, the Hawks lost 0-7. Going into the CCC playoffs as the 13th seed, Cabrillo looked to take the north section bracket, but were thwarted early by
Santa Rosa, led by 2009 2009 NSCAA Junior College National Coach of the Year Emiria Salzmann. Despite ultimately coming up short of a conference or state championship, the Lady Hawks season was still a successful one. The squad suffered a couple lopsided losses early in the season to Ventura and Fresno, respectively, but kept the faith in their abil-
ities. Despite their early season struggles, Cabrillo was able to turn around their season with a six game winning streak through October into early November which put them into position to qualify for the playoffs. The Hawks were led by midfielders Amanda Bruce, Maria Esquivas, and Christian Ruiz, all sophomores, who were hon-
ored at a team awards banquet on the evening of Dec. 4. Much like the men’s team, the women’s squad was also fairly young, returning 18 freshmen to next year’s team. Head coach Michael Arzabal could not be reached for a quote. Zach Stoloff can be reached at email@example.com Photo by Alex Baranda
A scene from the Nov. 21 matchup with Santa Rosa
December 7. 2009
‘TWILIGHT’: Why you shouldn’t care
ONE REPORTER TAKES A LOOK AT THE MOVIE THAT’S RESPONSIBLE FOR STARTING THE CRAZE THAT GRIPS THE NATION’S YOUTH—AND SOME OF THEIR PARENTS TOO | by samuel witmer
pale vampire falls in love with a human and they run together to escape the “bad guys.” With the help of bad acting and poor special effects, the film adaptation of the four-book “Twilight” series explores this story in more depth, and it’s about as interesting as it sounds: not at all. The washed-out film style paints the vampire and his lover as extraordinarily pale and fragile, yet the vampire has super strength. Within the first 10 minutes of the mov-
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Even as tears run down her face, her expression remains unchanged.
ie, the characters are deep in the plot. The female lead, Bella (Kristen Stewart), looks as though she hasn’t had anything to eat or drink in weeks, and she acts accordingly. She looks into the eyes of the vampire (Robert Pattinson’s), and with a voice devoid
New Moon takes one small step
TWEENS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF NEW FILM IN VAMPIRE FRANCHISE by buddy emmons
wilight” has captivated international film audiences—and disappointed them. I enjoyed reading each book in Stephenie Meyer’s series as well as seeing my favorite characters on the big screen. My only complaint — which my fellow avid “Twilight” readers share — is that the characters couldn’t seem to embody the degree of emotions represented in the book. The book’s underlying theme through out the series was that love will conquer all. Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella
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of emotion she tells him that she loves him. The special effects add to the overall disinteresting film. The vampire,
(Kristen Stewert) didn’t come close to portraying this theme of love in either the latest “Twilight” film or its prequel. The two main characters have a bond that can’t be broken by any force in the world—including death itself. But the actors’ awkward body language ruins any attempt at making the bond seem convincing. The first film was the largest-grossing ever directed by a woman—but director Cathy Hardwicke was fired from directing the sequels for allegedly being “difficult” and “Irrational.” The sequel, “New Moon,” was directed by Chris Weitz and came to theaters Nov. 20, anticipated by almost every teenage girl in America—or so it seemed when I tried seeing the film and was bombarded by giggles and tweets at every glimpse of Jacob’s (Taylor Launtner’s) half-naked body. But this boy-crazed fan base is the only thing fueling the enormous amount of money coming in from the box office. The muchanticipated male star was another acting disappointment to fans and viewers alike. “New Moon” isn’t Meyer’s best book out of the four. It mainly serves to remind readers of the overwhelming power of Bella and Edward’s love. The best is yet to come with the last two books, “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn.” Buddy Emmons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
known in human form as Edward Cullen, shines in the daylight—literally. As he steps in to the light to show his lover,
Bella, his true side, he sparkles like someone sprayed him down with glue and then sneezed glitter all over his body. Edward also uses his super powers to run and jump at superhuman levels, achieved with a too-obvious attached wire and green screen. As he runs through the forest, the effect makes the scene look like a “Tom and Jerry” cartoon, with Edward’s legs in a blurred circle. Special effects aside, a movie’s true success lies in the acting. Like a bad soap opera, Edward speaks throughout the film as though his every word were a matter of life and death. Bella doesn’t do much better—even as tears run down her face, her expression remains unchanged. The movie has quickly become a worldwide sensation. But I have neither read the books nor watched the sequel, and I don’t plan to do either, based on the quality of the first film. It seems the famous saying that “love is blind” has been proven accurate once again—to love this movie, you would have to be. Samuel Witmer can be reached at email@example.com
December 7, 2009
Simple, easy, and cheap EASY-FREE TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP YOU AND YOUR WALLET OUT OF A FINANCIAL FUNK | by allan bettger E veryone knows there are hundreds of ways to save money—changing the way we drive, where we eat, how we use credit cards, and our habits around the house. But there is still more to do. Some of these penny-pinching procedures may seem a little extreme, but face it—so is the economy. When it comes to food and personal habits, a few suggestions can save a couple bucks. How many times a week do you grab a bite to eat after classes or before work? Try and plan next time, how long you are going to be away from home and maybe make it a point to back a classic bagged lunch. Many college students tend to spend anywhere between 10 to 15 dollars a week on a quick meal to fit in between their schedule. Buying 10 dollars’ worth of bread, peanut butter, and a jar of jelly will last nearly a month depending on your schedule. Now cooking for home is an act that many would consider nearly impossible and a nightmare to say the least, but there are so many easy meals out there that are both quick and delicious.
With this food, if you have a pan, you can have a delicious meal.
For example, the classic macaroni and cheese meal: water, milk, and butter are the only ingredients that you need to provide in order to have a delicious meal. With most brands of “mac n’ cheese,” the cheese mixture is readymade. Another easy meal is pancakes or waffles—if you have a pan, you can have a de-
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licious meal. The brand of mixture that I use to make my pancakes and waffles with is called “Krusteaz,” perhaps the easiest breakfast on the planet next to cold cereal. It’s literally a simple case of “just add water.” Add water to the measured amount of mixture and pour the batter into your pan or waffle-iron. With a prep time under two minutes, this is probably my favorite way to start my day. The last food tip I have is one that I used to hate doing when I was younger but now I think it’s one of the best ways to save your hard earned money. Generic brand foods in grocery stores like Safeway are often much lower in their price but equal in quality. Some consumers argue that you get what you pay for, but in fact many generic products come out of the same production factories where some of the name brand items are produced. Buying a couple generic products every time you shop will save you a couple bucks at the register. Nearing the end of the semester, most college students are getting rid of their textbooks and needing to buy ones for new classes. Selling back your books to the campus bookstore might get you only 50 percent of what your book is worth—even if
it’s nearly fresh out of the wrapping. Many online booksellers like half.com can help you sell your books, and often times for more than the campus bookstore will offer you. Another technique is print out flyers of the classes you took and list the books that you are selling. There are many places both on and off campus where you can place flyers and advertise the books you are selling. Perhaps the most obvious transportation is car-pooling. In most cars, a minimum of four people can get to school for the price of one. Pretty good deal if you ask me. Another thing to help save money in the long run is keeping up on car maintenance. Frequently checking the oil can save you thousands of dollars in the case where your engine is blown or something like that. Another habit is to fill your tires to the proper pounds per square inch (PSI). Having lower filled tires causes more friction and lowers your mileage by about two or three miles per gallon. Other easy tips are to avoid stop-and-go traffic, shop around for lowest gas prices, and avoid using the air conditioning and heating in you car as much as possible. As far as the entertainment section of your life goes, well, there are still tips and ideas for that too. If you watch a lot of mov-
ies and DVDs, subscribing to an online video rental, such as Netflix, can save you not only rental and membership fees but also money on the gas you would be spending to go to the video store. Another idea is to subscribe to Pandora, an online radio station that plays music that you want it to play. It’s free and it’s a great way to discover other bands similar to the ones you may already enjoy. If you are looking for a good time to spend with your friends, host a barbeque or potluck. Organize board games and card games, or ask everyone to bring their favorite movie and then you can all vote on which one you all want to watch. These suggestions may sound simple, but it’s up to you to make them fun and enjoyable—regardless of the fact that they are incredibly cheap. Allan Bettger can be reached at mr_ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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December 7, 2009
Lessons from Pearl Harbor
A VETERAN REFLECTS ON HIS CHILDHOOD VISIT TO PEARL HARBOR AND LEARNS THAT HISTORY IS BOUND TO REPEAT ITSELF | by stephen richter “December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy” An eleven-year-old boy and his father stare down at the remains of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1981. We stood next to a family of Japanese tourists. Their son was my age and I wondered how it must have felt being them — being there — at a site so charged with emotion and all that it represented. Later, they sat three seats down from me as we watched a video in the memorial’s viewing room. I remember feeling angry at them. Their son smiled at me and I didn’t smile back. “Gomen nasai,” he said. I didn’t understand Japanese when I was eleven. It meant nothing to me. In October 1993, I learned how it felt to be a U.S. Marine, standing next to a Japanese family at the Hiroshima Peace Park in
Japan. Although I hadn’t been alive for the atomic bombing, I still felt very sorry and somewhat responsible for that place and what it represented. I apologized to the family I was standing next to. The grandmother had surely been alive when it happened. “Gomen nasai,” I said. I bowed to her and left. I was leaving Japan for good that day. “September 11th, 2001—a 21st-century day of infamy” I remember watching CNN every day for a week after Sept. 11, until I couldn’t stand it anymore. I remember looking at the footage from Iraq and Afghanistan and feeling angry. December 7th, 2009 Either years into the war on terror, we are just a few years shy of the Soviet Union’s record 10-year occupation of Afghanistan. In the fall of 1993 I studied the doctrine
of guerilla warfare at the JWTC (Jungle Warfare Training Center) in Okinawa, Japan, in the northern training area below the prefecture of Nago. We took a class on the mistakes the U.S.S.R. made during their decade-long occupation of Afghanistan. “That is why the Russians got their asses
“That is why the Russians got their asses handed to them in Kabul.”
handed to them in Kabul,” Sgt. Samoa told us. “That is why the United States will never do something as asinine as try to occupy a
country like that for any extended period of time — not after what we learned from Vietnam, and definitely not in my beloved Marine Corps.” We all laughed. Psychologists say that one of the most difficult crimes for a victim to recover from is home invasion. Ghandi once said that an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. As a veteran, a father, an American and a citizen of the global community, I can only hope that on Dec. 7, 2009, we can pause for a moment of silence to respect those who have been lost, on all those infamous days in human history. Whether we were there or not, we are all responsible — in one way or another —for what comes next. For all those who have lost their loved ones at the hands of their fellow man: Gomen, Gomen nasai ...
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December 7, 2009
Adversarial approach to gang violence is misguided THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS PEACE IS LISTENING
aniel Onesto is currently the only person on trial for the October stabbing death of sixteen-year-old Santa Cruz High School student, Tyler Tenorio. This article was intended to be a profile of Daniel Onesto, the person; an attempt to look beyond the ominously hazy looking mug shots printed on so much grey newsprint as evidence that the police are protecting us. I ended up seeing how rare it is for people to stay levelheaded when dealing with theses issues. Instead everything is seen as white and black, or rather red and blue. Tyler’s Tenorio’s death sparked interest and discussion about safety in Santa Cruz, like a match struck in a kitchen with a gas leak and closed windows. Why was Tyler’s death different than other murders, such as the killing of a young man outside his home in Watsonville, in September? In the eyes of much of the public it was different because the man killed a month earlier was a known gang member. There was little notice of this killing for this reason, despite the fact that even law enforcement said he had made positive steps to separate himself from gang life. This discord of the public’s feelings toward nearly identical crimes, based on who the victim is, points to a dangerous form of group think that is all too prevalent in our
| by daniel wootan
society: that those that do wrong, deserve bad will to come their way, and that members of certain groups cease to be seen as individuals. This dynamic brings to mind my father’s experience in The Vietnam War. Throughout, he struggled to see the Vietnamese people he met as anything other than individuals. He could see not in abstract terms of the United States Army and Vietcong when he looked in the eyes of people he met walking through villages and cities-- when they weren’t busy killing each other. This made it impossible to hate them; to see them as nothing more than a cog in an enemy airship. The gas leak in my analogy above, are the slowly developing, sometimes imperceptible, conditions that lead people down paths of hardship and violence. Often, children are born into situations with an older sibling or parent (whom naturally, they idolize) is in a gang. However, other recipes are subtle, such as having no supervision or connection with family, because everyone is working to survive in California. The government’s consistent under funding of helpful programs, like hiring more counselors in public schools is a huge part of the problem. The public accepts cuts to these jobs un-
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der the justification that it will save money in this year’s budget. In reality, cutting these programs launches people out into society with the feeling that there is no one who will listen to them. This cycle leads millions into the legal system for much of their lives, at huge costs to the Government. Not to mention the havoc these vibes wreak on the health of our collective consciousness. A society that does not listen with care to the grievances of all its members is doomed to find no solutions. Stan Rushworth, a Native American Literature professor has some experience with being called a healer by some. “I didn’t do anything,” he said in regard to a story of a woman who was able to walk after a ‘healing’ session with him, “all I did was listened to her.” Viewing someone badly simply because they are linked to a certain group, makes them less likely to reach out to that society for help. Instead, people gravitate towards those that value and listen to them, even if they happen to be gang members. If our society had better venues for those on the fringes to feel heard the tendedancy for guilt by association would be much harder to arrive at. Many of these elements are present in the case of Daniel Onesto. The police seem narrowly interested in
putting a member of a gang behind bars. They have lost sight of the responsibility to get the facts correct because of the effect the trial will have on Onesto-- an individual life. But, regardless of the verdict on Onesto, the truth is, that up to nine suspects seen at the crime are still at large, and only one of them has been identified. Despite this, the police will likely try to claim that Daniel Onesto going to jail for this crime is a victory against gang violence. This is not to say he is innocent, but based on my research, I feel that the saying, “show me your friends, and I’ll show you where you will be in two years,” fit both Tenorio and Onesto. The inability to see each person as an individual in any situation brings about hostility. In the most dire situations, human must remember that “why “is often more important to making the future better than “what” or “who;” that we must always make a sincere effort to at least acknowledge the motives, rationales, and circumstances of those who live a different reality. Only by asking why, instead of what, and sincerely listening to the answers we receive, can we hope to improve the future for all of us. Please send all comments, and hatemail to email@example.com.
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December 7, 2009
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Ongoing Faculty Senate meets @ 3 p.m. in the Sesnon House (every other Tuesday) Student Senate meets @ 3 p.m. in SAC East, Room 225 (Tuesdays) Inter-club Council meets @ 3 p.m. in SAC East, Room 225 (Wednesdays) Bhakti Yoga Club meets on the lawn between the library and SAC buildings every Monday from 3-5 p.m. Bhakti Yoga Club hosts free cooking classes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Nov.16—Dec. 11 Student Exhibition 4 in the Cabrillo Gallery (Room 1002). Free admission. Dec. 10 Cabrillo’s Orchestra presents “Mozart’s Concertante” in the Music Recital Hall (VAPA 5100). Tickets @ the door are $7 general, $6 seniors and students. Dec. 11—13 Cabrillo Winter Dance Concert in the Crocker Theatre (VAPA 4150). Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 3 p.m. Tickets available @ 479-6331. General admission $12, students and seniors $10, student activity cardholders $8. Dec. 11 Cabrillo Chamber/Strings Ensemble in the Music Recital Hall (VAPA 5100). Tickets @ the door are $7 general, $6 seniors and students. Dec. 12 Women’s Basketball vs. Cerro Coso @ 7 p.m. Winter Festival of Bands featuring the Cabrillo Symphonic Winds in the Music Recital Hall (VAPA 5100) @ 7:30 p.m. Tickets @ the door are $7 general, $6 seniors and students. Cantiamo! presents “Concert for a Winter’s Eve” @ Holy Cross Church (126 High Street, Santa Cruz) @ 8 p.m. Tickets available @ 479-6331 or cantiamo. org. $20 general, $18 seniors and students. Dec. 14 Theatre Arts Department Actors’ Showcase in the Black Box Theatre (VAPA 4141) @ 7 p.m. Donations @ the door. Westside Community Folk Song/Gospel Choir Winter Concert in the Music Recital Hall (VAPA 5100) @ 8 p.m. Donations @ the door. Dec. 15 Cabrillo Piano Ensemble presents “Monster Piano Recital—Music for Multiple Pianos” in the Music Recital Hall (VAPA 5100) @ 7:30 p.m. Tickets @ the door are $6 each. Dec. 17—Jan. 3 Cabrillo Stage and Professional Musical Theatre presents “Scrooge” in the Crocker Theater (VAPA 4150). Showtimes and tickets available @ cabrillostage.com. Dec. 17 Cabrillo Classical Guitar Ensemble in the Music Recital Hall (VAPA 5100) @ 7 p.m. Donations @ the door. Dec. 18 Cabrillo Latin Music Ensembles Concert in the Music Recital Hall (VAPA 5100) @ 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 general, $6 seniors and students. Dec. 30 Women’s Basketball vs. Skyline @ 5:30 p.m. Image courtesy of xomba.com