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n this month’s issue the team here at the Collegiate Review has chosen to focus on the military. CSN has a large military personnel and veteran population that we would like to honor. On behalf of everyone here, I would like to personally thank all of you for your service. One of the pieces in this issue interviews a few of the students here at CSN that have returned from Iraq. It discusses what it is like to transition from surviving a war zone to living functionally in American home life. Our feature story in this issue is from our personal interview with the author of New York Times best selling book Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill. Other things to check

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Dr. Michael Richards Named CSN President The CSN Angel Program

Letter From Outgoing Student Body President

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Sarah Bennett Editor in Chief

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BLACKWATER: Getting Away With Murder!

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out in this issue are the Did You Know section, the Honors list, and an investigative story into the validity of wikipedia. com. In closing, I have enjoyed being the Editor in Chief of the Collegiate Review this semester. It has been a great experience. This, however, is my last issue due to personal circumstances. Any future communications or questions you may have would be best directed to our faculty advisor, Arnold Bell. He may be reached at arnold. bell@csn.edu.

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Arta-Palooza!

by CAITLIN SALADINO Staff Writer

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ccording to dictionary.com, the definition of art is the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. At the recent Artapalooza event at CSN’s Henderson campus, art was truly represented in a way that exceeded everyone’s expectations. Former student government member, Richard Guillian, presented the idea for Artapalooza to Student Government about four months ago and they ended up sponsoring the event. Guillian says that his inspiration for Artapalooza came from his interest in the First Friday event that takes place on the first Friday of each month downtown in the arts district of Las Vegas. After asking more about First Friday, he discovered that it is difficult to get in as an artist because the cost to have a space at the event is very expensive. Being a student artist himself, Guillian wanted to do something school-based that everyone could afford to get involved in. Guillian decided to make the spaces free to the artists to make

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sure that anyone who wanted to showcase their work could do so. The event originated and was completed by Guillian and was self motivated. Even though Guillian is a student artist, he chose not to show his artwork. He said, “This is for the students. It’s theirs, not mine. I feel better seeing all these people happy.” Artapalooza would not have been possible without the dedication of several people including Penny McCollum, the Chief Campus Administrator at Henderson.

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She says the idea of Artapalooza was “to showcase community artists as well as student artwork” so the students of CSN could become exposed to the community artists of both Las Vegas and Henderson. At the event there were roughly thirty different booths that showcased the work of artists from First Friday, the Henderson Community and the College of Southern Nevada. Being that this was the first year for Artapalooza, the turnout was much better than anyone could have predicted. May 2008

Another key individual who made Artapalooza possible is CSN graphic arts student. Belem Miranda. Miranda was responsible for advertising and the logo design for the Artapalooza event. Her logo design was printed onto several banners that were placed around the campuses and was shown off during the event on T-shirts worn by those who contributed to the planning of Artapalooza. Miranda plans on attending the College of Southern Nevada for two more years and then work towards her life goal of owning a graphic design company. There were many different types of art represented at this first event including canvas paintings, hand blown glass art, and even graffiti art. Carrie Jones and Todd Benjamin were two artists who brought their canvas artwork to the Artapalooza event. Both Jones and Benjamin showcased their artwork, which they say is painted in “no set technique.” Benjamin has a style similar to Monet and he says that he enjoys painting landscapes. From far away, many of his landscape paintings look as though they are enlarged photographs on canvas, but in fact they are painted by hand. Jones stated that Artapalooza was “doing really good” and she was especially impressed that there were “a lot of talented people” May 2008

there. Both Jones and Benjamin commented that the event was a success for them “especially since it was free to the artists” and that they will definitely return to another Artapalooza event in the future. Some artists who came to Artapalooza were very talented and incredibly young. An A-Tech High School student, Lida Kilchenko, brought several of her paintings to Artapalooza, each of which was painted in oil pastels. Originally from Russia, Kilchenko loves to paint different characteristics of the human form. Many of her paintings highlight the eyes and face of people from several different cultures. For such a young person, her work and love for art is truly inspirational. One of the most interesting art forms at Artapalooza was actually being created during the event. Before the artists arrived, a white wall was propped up in one area of the Artapalooza location. When the event began, several graffiti artists came prepared with masks and several vibrant colors of spray paint. Before long, the white wall had transformed into a colorful canvas of collaborative effort created by many graffiti artists from the Las Vegas valley. It has been rumored that the white wall painted at the event will be donated to the college and College of Southern Nevada

displayed permanently at the Henderson campus. Other artists in attendance brought collections of polished stone beads, iron sculptures, and hand painted terracotta pots. Although the event was originally intended for visual artists, the art of music was also present at Artapalooza. To keep the night alive, each student government senator picked their favorite local band to perform at Artapalooza. Some of the artists brought guitars to their booths and sang songs to attract visitors to their artwork. All in all, the event was incredibly successful and put out a great image for our school. The positive feedback from those who participated and attended Artapalooza provide reasons to continue with this event in the future. It has been planned that Artapalooza will be an annual if not biannual event here at CSN. The Artapalooza event hopefully will be a part of the College of Southern Nevada for years to come.

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Dr. Michael Richards Named CSN President

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Michael D. Richards was unanimously selected today as the president of the College of Southern Nevada. Richards will assume the presidency immediately at an annual salary of $210,000. The four-year contract includes a $12,000 annual housing allowance, an $8,000 annual automobile allowance, and use of a $5,000 annual host account. The search for a new president started in September 2007 with an initial pool of more

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than 50 candidates. Three finalists were selected for campus tours and further interviews last week. At the conclusion of those interviews, both an advisory and regent committee unanimously recommended Richards for the position. About Dr. Michael D. Richards
Dr. Michael Richards has been the interim president of the College of Southern Nevada since August 2007. Prior to that appointment, he served as the vice president for academic affairs at CSN.

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Previously, he spent 23 years at Southern Utah University, most recently as provost. While at SUU, he also held the positions of vice president for planning and technology, and vice president for university affairs. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from universities in Utah, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Denver.

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The CSN Angel Program by ABRIANA FOSTER Freelance Reporter

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he angel sat on the cloud in a sky rich with life considering the fact that people giving to other people is not focused on enough. There are good people in the world who do not realize that even though they have contributed only a small portion to a project, they have made a big difference in the final outcome. The angel dedicated herself to the task of coming to Earth among people who work night and day to bring happiness to other people’s lives. She found a group of people from different professions that combined their efforts under one entity and encouraged other people to experience the joy of granting another person a moment that he or she will treasure forever. There are educational communities where it is fundamental to gain, interpret, and give back knowledge. However, an unwritten rule becomes known when students enter as freshmen and teachers become professors – in order to survive the real world, a sense of unity is a must. The college has changed its name from the Community College of Southern Nevada to the College of Southern Nevada, and yet, all of the people involved have realized that they all exist on the same plane,

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“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” – Robert F. Kennedy the same level of morality, and that they share the common belief that we are all connected to one another. The College of Southern Nevada Angel Program, directed by Paul Herrle, a psychology professor for CSN, symbolizes the true meaning of a community. The CSN Angel program has two purposes: to bring the faculty, students, and staff together, and to give gifts to those in need. What is the College of Southern Nevada Angel Program? The CSN Angel Program is a program where students of CSN who are experiencing economic hardship, can receive gifts for their children for the Holiday season. How did the CSN Angel program begin? The director, Paul Herrle, approached several of his colleagues at the College of Southern Nevada, Cheyenne Campus, with an idea from Southwestern College, in San Diego County, that was very successful. Paul Herrle understood the program’s purposes and was able to utilize them because he had participated in the program in the same way as the Angels do for the program at CSN. The Dean of Student Affairs, Cip Chavez; the Interim Associate Dean of Recruitment, Retention, and Tutoring, Laura Weed;

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and the Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Chuck Masoka coordinated with Mr. Herrle to begin the program. Could the program be extended to the Henderson and West Charleston campuses? Now enters Laura Cortez, the Specialist of Career Services and Re-entry, from the West Charleston campus. With Ms. Cortez’s help and determination, the program began to root itself at the West Charleston campus. When spoken to, Mr. Herrle, Mr. Chavez, Ms. Weed, and Ms. Cortez all contributed to the Angel Program for the same reasons – to bring the College of Southern Nevada families together, to practice the true spirit of Christmas and giving, and to provide a better life for those who may be having a hard time. What did each person add to the CSN Angel Program project? Mr. Cip Chavez offered administrative support and allowed the use of his office for the temporary headquarters. Ms. Laura Weed produced a list of students and set deadlines, while Ms. Laura Cortez collected information forms and presents for students. How can a student become a participant in the program? The student must be a member of either the May 2008

Retention and Reentry Services or the TRIO Program. Who is eligible for the TRIO Program? The student must be a U.S. student or a qualified resident, who meets federal income guidelines and has a parent or parents who did not graduate from a four year college or university, or who has a documented physical or learning disability. The student must also take at least six semester credits and have a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. For more information, please call 702-651-4441. The Angel Program begins in late October and ends with the distributing of gifts during final exam week in December. Last year, there were at least 117 children in the program, and over 400 gifts were delivered. Also, at least 112 faculty and staff members participated in

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the CSN Angel Program. Some of the gifts that were given by the Angel Program included but were not limited to; trees, ornaments, bicycles, and various types of clothing. In addition, the Classified Council held bake sales to raise money for the Angel Program and gave Albertson’s gift cards to all participants. Here is your chance to make a difference that will last for a lifetime. The goal of the CSN Angel Program is to get “bigger and better” and will be achieved by people just like you who want to bring a smile to people’s faces and a chance to make the world a better place. If a staff or faculty member is interested in making wishes come true by donating time or money, please contact Paul Herrle at Paul.Herrle@csn.edu.

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All of these people are beautiful in the fact that they are all selfless. There are good people in the world and this is evident by the dedicated individuals that were mentioned. A community exists where people are most comfortable and where they can show their true character without fear or disappointment. The College of Southern Nevada Angel Program will always be successful and remembered because of the good principles and devoted people who served this purpose. The participants of the CSN Angel Program has created a ripple among the College of Southern Nevada foundation and will bring a united spirit to all individuals at CSN.

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BLACKWATER:

Getting Away With by ROBBY KEISIC Staff Writer

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he day is September 16, 2007. A U.S. convoy rolls the wrong direction through the heavily populated Nissour Square in Baghdad, Iraq. Like usual, the Iraqi police work hurriedly to clear an intersection of cars so as to allow the fourhumvee convoy to pass. The attempt is futile. While running a family errand, Ahmed, a twenty-year-old medical student at the top of his class, and his mother Mohasin, an accomplished physician herself, are unable to react quickly enough to the polices’ orders and their white sedan travels into the intersection and crosses the path of the convoy. Ahmed is shot dead in the driver’s seat. His mother clings to his lifeless body as the sedan creeps closer to the humvees. An Iraqi police officer attempts to pull her to safety while frantically waving the convoy to cease fire. In-

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stead, the U.S. convoy firebombs the sedan. Intense flames engulf the car, melting Mohasin to the body of her dead son. Fifteen minutes of hellfire ensues. Iraqi civilians are indiscriminately dropped as the convoy sprays a barrage of bullets into the nowfrenzied crowd. Most are picked off as they flee the scene; men, women and children all wear targets on their backs. When the dust finally settles, seventeen Iraqis are murdered and dozens more wounded. Investigations were carried out by the F.B.I., the Pentagon, and the Iraqi government. The results were conclusive calling the massacre College of Southern Nevada

unprovoked and unjustified. However, judgment day never came. Oddly enough, despite the mounting evidence, the strong arm of the law never fell upon the men who rattled Nissour Square that September day. As it turned out, this clan was not the U.S. Marines, nor the Army, nor any branch of the U.S. military might. Rather, they were operatives of Blackwater, an American “private security firm,” a firm which secretly operates in Iraq with no oversight and a proverbial license to kill. Jeremy Scahill, an awardwinning investigative journalist and frequent contributor to the Nation magazine and correspondent for CONTINUES FROM PAGE 14

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Democracy Now!, spoke at the 21st Sociological Forum held at the Henderson CSN campus on April 9th. Scahill has reported extensively from Iraq on private military contractors and has authored the book Blackwater: the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. To a packed house, the articulate Scahill chronicled how the mercenaries’, specifically Blackwater’s, horrid conduct has effectively turned Iraq into a “wild west” redux, and how the lack of oversight and accountability of mercenary soldiers is nothing short of disastrous to the U.S. mission of liberating Iraq. It all began in March 2003. Under the guise of “private security contractors,” the Bush administration began hiring mercenaries by the tens of thousands to operate alongside U.S. troops in Iraq. In the midst of the mercenary bonanza, the elite Blackwater, headquartered in North Carolina, was offered a lucrative contract to protect U.S. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer for the duration of his stint in Baghdad. Bremer didn’t die and so rewarded Blackwater in June of 2004 with the signing of Order 17.

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“Order 17,” says Scahill, “immunizes Blackwater and other contractors from prosecution for any potential crimes committed in Iraq.” In short, the edict put the law into the hands of the mercenaries; no military court-martial, no Iraqi law, not even the American judicial system could police their actions. The effects of Order 17 came fast and hard on the civilians of this war torn country. Blackwater grew increasingly aware of their impunity. And so, they went about their usual business of molesting the streets of Iraq. In 2004, Robert Fisk, a British journalist covering the war in Iraq, wrote, “Blackwater’s thugs with guns now push and punch Iraqis who get in their way.” He continued, “Baghdad is alive with mysterious Westerners draped with hardware, shouting and abusing Iraqis in the street, drinking heavily in the city’s poorly defended hotels. They have become, for ordinary Iraqis, the image of everything that is wrong with the West. We like to call them ‘contractors’, but there is a disturbing increase in reports that mercenaries are shooting down innocent Iraqis.” Lest there be any confusion, these “thugs” are trained as Navy Seals, Delta Force, Green Berets, et. al. Blackwater’s execs pride themselves on their recruitment efforts—only hiring the cream of the crop. Scahill says of the organization as a whole, “Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the ‘global war on terror,’ with its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and twenty thousand troops at the ready . . . its forces are capable of overthrowing governments.”

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In theory, then, these should be extremely calculated and wellbehaved professionals. In reality, they’re not. And a half a world away, tension continues to breed as the promise of freedom and reconstruction has long been broken by the deafening rips of mercenary fire. Iraqis aren’t the only ones up in arms over the fact that mercenaries have free reign to kill at whim. Scahill exclaims, “The U.S. military is increasingly outraged by the conduct of these forces. Blackwater is destroying any trust and good relations the U.S. troops have worked to build with the Iraqis. And our troops see Blackwater responsible for blow back attacks against them.” In other words, to the Iraqis, an American is an American. That is, if an American mercenary shoots down an Iraqi civilian, the Iraqis will lash back and May 2008

shoot down the next American they see. Often times, though, this next American is a soldier of the U.S. military, deployed in Iraq with good intentions, not to bully and kill civilians. Outsourcing our war to mercenaries has other grave implications. Blackwater pays their mercenaries upwards of a $1,000 per day, with their average mercenary earning double what top U.S. military generals earn. Not only does this disgust the military, but it also begs the question: are these mercenaries proud to be in Iraq fighting for their country, or are they in Iraq for the money? If money is the motivating factor, which it would be difficult to argue otherwise, then a looming threat exists to democracy world-wide. In Scahill’s Blackwater, he briefs a conversation in which the most controversial question of impunity arises. Dennis Kucinich, the once presidential hopeful, questions Shay Assad, a Pentagon director who is responsible for the acquisition of contractors: KUCINICH: Do you know what the statute of limitation is for murder in

the United States? ASSAD: No, I don’t, Mr. Congressman. KUCINICH: There isn’t—there isn’t one. Now, if someone connected with a private contracting company was involved in the murder of a civilian, would the Department be ready to recommend their prosecution? ASSAD: Sir, I’m just not qualified to answer that question. KUCINICH: “Wow . . . Think about what that means. These private contractors can get away with murder.” To this day, they have been getting away with just that. The bloodshed in Nissour Square was no isolated incident, and as war crimes involving Blackwater’s thugs are surfacing like clockwork, still not one prosecution has been sought. What is most alarming though, is the fact that the mercenary industry is a bipartisan entity; “Bush has been the best president in the history of this country for the war industry, but these [mercenary] companies are going to play a major role no matter who’s in office,” says Scahill. They have locked in their profits and will continue to conduct

business as they see fit with total disregard to human rights. Scahill brings Blackwater to a close with the ominous words President Eisenhower prophesied decades ago. In 1961, Eisenhower warned, “The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

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Demystifying Wikipedia by JAZMIN BROOKS & RENATA FOLLMANN Staff Writers

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ikipedia.org is becoming a growing source of controversy within the academic setting. The general stance is one of teachers vs. students, where one is reluctant to admit Wikipedia’s usefulness and the other sees it as a convenient research tool. In order to test both ends of the argument we have conducted a three-week study in which we tested the security, editing, and content controls within the website. We also conducted personal interviews with a variety of professors and students as to their individual experience and opinions of the website. To test the security, editing, and content controls of the website we chose three random topics to work with: Lake Mead, College of Southern Nevada, and The Catcher in the Rye. Lake Mead’s page within Wikipedia was open to general editing. We made three frivolous changes to the text and checked the link over the next few hours to see how long it took to be corrected. Within 24 hours the link was reverted to its original content. Lake Mead offers many types of recreation to locals and visitors. Boating, while naked, is the most popular. Additional activities include 18 COLLEGIATE|Review

fishing, water skiing, swimming, and relaxing in the sun. There are several marinas on the lake that rent luxury houseboats, while naked: Forever Resorts and Seven Crowns. with other smaller ones that rent small boats. The area also has many coves with rocky cliffs and sandy beaches to explore. There are several small to medium-sized islands in the lake area depending on the water level. In addition, the Alan Bible Visitor Center has a small cactus garden of plants native to the Mojave Desert. At the bottom of the lake is a B-29 Superfortress that crashed while performing secret experiments, while naked. It has been acknowledged that one of the then classified instruments on board used to take atmosphere measurements was called “Suntracker.” The College of Southern Nevada’s page within Wikipedia was also open to general editing. This time we added content to the link that was not as obvious to the average eye. We added two false statements masked as factual information about the college. These mistakes were caught and rectified within a 24-hour period. The college also has the most diverse student body, serving half the state’s minority population along

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with more than 700 international students from more than 60 countries. In fall 2007, 44.8 percent of students were Caucasian, 20.8 percent Hispanic, 10.8 percent Asian and 10.1 percent African American. CSN students have the highest GPA in the state of Nevada. Nationally the college enrolls students from 48 states in more than 3,000 classes each semester. The college is a member of the Scenic West Athletic Conference and a Division I member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. CSN also boasts the National Junior College 2003 World Series Champion men’s baseball team. Unfortunately CSN’s baseball team is ranked the worst in this season. The Catcher in the Rye page was open to general editing and five changes were made. These changes were smaller and subtler than the previous examples and would have only been noticeable to those who had read the book. Of the five changes made, over a two-week time span, two of them were never caught. For the three remaining modifications, one was reversed within 24 hours, another took a week to be edited back, and the last took just under two weeks to rectify. May 2008

OPINIONS The novel covers 72 hours in the life of Holden Caulfield, a tall, skinny, anxious and depressed teenager who academically flunked out of Pencey Prep, a boarding school. Holden Caulfield is the protagonist and narrator of the story. Holden is twenty-two when he tells the story, but was ten years old when the events took place. His narration begins with his expulsion (for academic failure) from a school called Pencey Prep. He is intelligent and sensitive, but Holden narrates unbearably. Antithetically, the significance of Sally and Holden’s relationship at the end of the story could be construed as the very sinew that ties the meaning of Holden’s journey to the reader. It is in this exchange between the siblings in the park that Holden realizes he is, in fact, the

catcher and he then understands that his feelings of hopeless inadequacy and displacement in his world are no longer valid, but that he truly has a purpose. Our research uncovered a massive flaw in the content controls of pages within Wikipedia that were open to general editing. These pages should be approached with diligent caution as we have found much of the information could be altered and untrue. Look for symbols at the top of the links warning users of possible misleading information. However, there is good news for all you Wikipedia lovers: Wikipedia is meticulously working to secure and protect the content of their pages. On the top right corner of the pages that are secure there will be a lock of varying colors depending on the level of protection.

FULL PROTECTION disables editing for everyone except administrators. SEMI-PROTECTION disables editing for accounts that are not auto-confirmed. CREATION PROTECTION prevents a previously deleted page from being recreated. MOVE PROTECTION protects the page solely from moves. PERMANENT PROTECTION automatic, permanent protection that limits editing. FEATURED ARTICLES articles considered the best in Wikipedia, as determined by Wikipedia’s editors.

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An Open Letter From Outgoing ASCSN Student Body President “I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for a great year...”

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ello students, this will be the last column I publish as your Student Body President. The ASCSN elections have taken place and you have chosen my replacement, David Waterhouse. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for a great year and recap a few of the things that have been accomplished by the 2007-2008 ASCSN Student Government. Our goal this year was to break ground on developing a true student life here at the college. To accomplish this we established 5 goals that we thought would promote student involvement, and address vital issues that we face as students. Below are our five goals and the current status of each of them.

Book Exchange Program

The book exchange program has been created and will be launched at the end of the semester. It will provide an online bulletin board that operates similar to Craigslist that will connect students together to buy and sell books. You will be able to sell your books for more, and buy them for less than you would if you go through the bookstore.

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Recycling Program

Intramural Sports

The ASCSN Student Government recently approved $25,500 to fund the beginnings of a CSN Recycling Program. Currently this program will be implemented by the college, so please let administration know that you are in support of the Recycling Program and stop by Student Government to find out what you can do to help.

Over the summer ASCSN worked intensely on developing an Intramural Sports program here at the college. Last fall, for the first time in the history of the college, intramural sports were started here at CSN. The program has had great success through the Spring semester and we look forward to seeing the Intramural Sports program grow through the semesters to come. Of course, the main issue that has defined our year has been the budget cuts. Brought about by an uncertain fiscal climate in Nevada, the college has had to face severe cuts which have scaled back our ability to implement our initial goals. Again I want to thank you for making this an incredible year for me. I have learned so much from the experience and from all of you. Stay classy CSN!

Student Union Areas

ASCSN has worked hard this year to establish game room areas that students can use to socialize and enjoy themselves while on campus. Currently we are in the last phases of the contract to bring this in and the game rooms should be installed within the next month or two.

Food Services

We have worked hard this year to enhance the food services here at the college. We have been successful in bringing in additional vending machines that offer refrigerated food that is accessible 24 hours a day, is low cost, and offers healthy food options.

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BEAUTY & HEALTH Be As Natural As You Can Be by OLGA VIZCARRA Staff Writers

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veryone is talking about global warming, Recycling etc., but how many of you are actually doing anything about it? You may be recycling, taking shorter showers or saving energy, but how can you apply it to your wardrobe, makeup, and hair products? Lucky for us there are tons of brands that have gone green.

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arte, a cosmetic company, launched four new sparkling lip-glosses that contain natural ingredients and are a dual dose of beauty and treatment. The lip-gloss rejuvenates your lips and the colors give you a youthful pout.

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AC cosmetics, though it’s products are not organic, shares its commitment to the environment through the Back to MAC Program. MAC ! clientele can recycle six MAC containers and bring them back to the MAC counters in return for a free lipstick in the color of their choice. The only lipsticks you can’t receive are the Viva Glam lipsticks. 100% of this collections sale is provided for organizations that help people living with HIV/AIDS. How great is that? You can help keep the environment clean and you get a free lipstick! Now that’s really Eco-Chic. !

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nother Great product that I love and urge men and women to buy are oil blotting sheets. They’re not just any oil blotting sheets they’re Boscia. Blotting cheats are used to absorb all the oil from your face to prevent breakouts. It’s preservative free and keeps your face breakout free!

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ow, if you love to style your hair you’re going to love using these eco-friendly products. Ojon is! a great lightweight styling cream. It gives volume, body, texture, shine and it smoothens and strengthens the hair. The hair is protected from humidity that causes frizz, which men and women tend to have problems with, and lets the volume stay in all day. It protects hair from UV damage and it is also alcohol-free. It’s perfect for any ! hair-type.

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’GACI and Forever 21 are also taking part of this wonderful organic frenzy. Some of the Graphic Tees they make are made out of 100% cotton or hemp. You can practically rock any trend from almost any store you walk into, because there are so many designers going green. When you hear the word Organic, don’t feel like you have to limit yourself. Don’t

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think that because its organic it’s boring or that it won’t be fashionable, or won’t work, or taste well. Although, organic fashion products may be on the pricey side and you might not be able to purchase these items, instead of giving up or passing it by, do your research. Find out what stores carry organic products. Recycle your clothes maybe now would be a great opportunity to bring out your inner “fashionista.”

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ake out those old ripped jeans and make a skirt out of them. Better yet, donate your clothes or sell them to thrift stores. College students this is a great way to earn some extra cash for a rainy day. Don’t sit back and wait for someone to save the world. It took one man, Al Gore, and his determination to save this planet. Celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo Dicaprio, Hayden Panettiere, Tyra Banks, Cameron Diaz, and many other celebrities are taking part of this movement. Write to your senator if they don’t listen to you concerns or situate yourself in becoming a future senator. Teach your kids the importance of our planet, help save the bees, plant a tree, carpool, ride your bike, use a sports water bottle instead of plastic bottles. Caring about the environment shouldn’t be “just another problem.” It !

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Fast Meals Under 20 Minutes by MARI ARELLANO Staff Writers

Incredible Beef Burgers

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or those students who tired the recipes from last issue, here are a few more recipes to enjoy. The Incredible Beef Burgers are much more flavorful than the ordinary hamburgers and take ground beef out of the “not that again” category. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 14 minutes Serves 6

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin, sliced 1/2-inch thick 1 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 20 ounce can pineapple chunks 3/4 cup water 1/4 cup vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup thinly sliced onion 1 green pepper, cut in thin strips 2 cups hot cooked rice

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Directions

1 medium size onion chopped (1 cup)

1 tablespoon chopped green onions,

1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons butter or

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon pepper

tops only

margarine

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon Worcester shire sauce few

1 ½ pounds lean ground beef

drops liquid red pepper seasoning

1 egg slightly beaten, add vegetable oil

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fter you and your family have enjoyed a nice dinner, why not prepare a nice Banana split pudding for 6 to 8 people? Ingredients

1. Sauté onion and green onion in butter or margarine until limp and golden in a large skillet. Add dry mustard, salt, pepper, Worcester shire and red-pepper seasoning. 2. Add beef and eggs mix well; use hands if necessary. 3. For each hamburger patty, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Add patties and cook over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until done. 4. Add any condiments you like on your burger.

Everyone Enjoy!

3 cups cold milk 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix 1 medium firm banana, sliced 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapples, drained 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup • 1/4 cup chopped pecans • additional sliced strawberries and bananas (if desired) • • • • • •

Directions 1. In a bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes.

2. Add banana, strawberries and pineapple and serve in

Sweet and Sour Pork

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or those that like sweet and sour chicken, here’s another recipe; Sweet and Sour Pork. •

Ingredients

Bonus Recipe

a bowl(s).

Directions

3. Dollop with whipped topping.

1. Cut pork slices into strips until smooth. Add corne about 3 inches long and to pork mixture. 1/2 to 1 inch wide. Sauté 4. Cook over low heat, stirpork strips in hot oil over ring constantly, until mixmedium heat until lightly ture is thickened and bubbrown. bly. Add pineapple chunks, 2. Drain pineapples and onion and a green pepper. blend juice with 3/4 cup 5. Cover and simmer sweet of water, vinegar, soy sauce, and sour pork for 10 minbrown sugar, salt and pour utes, or until vegetables are over pork in skillet. Cover tender, and serve with rice. and simmer 1 hour, or until meat is tender. Sweet and sour pork recipe 3. In a cup, stir cornstarch serves 4 to 6. and 2 tablespoons water

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4. Drizzle with chocolate syrup; sprinkle with pecans. 5. Top with strawberries and bananas.

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PROFILES Age 34 years old

Originally From Huntsville, Ontario

Major

Business

Ambitions

Vanessa Montgomery

• Finish school • Take a vacation • Keep my son in a good school

Tips to other Students

“Come early to park, read the syllabus for each class and ask questions.”

Age

19 years old

Originally From Las Vegas

Major

Culinary Arts Management

Achievements

• National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member • Dean’s List • Harrah’s First Generation Scholarship Recipient

Ambitions

To open my own fine dining restaurant

Tips to other Students

“Come early to park, read the syllabus for each class and ask questions.”

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The Videography Department at CSN by EDUARDO BULLER Staff Writer

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y eyes changed completely when I saw my daughter editing footage on her Mac with iMovie many years ago, the firewire port’s invention meant that digital desktop movie making was about to take off… I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to teach film grammar through this exciting new medium.” – says John Marsh, head of the Videography Department. He was offered the position eight years ago. The Videography Major didn’t see the light until three years after John Marsh came to develop the program. Several classes for the major were in place when he arrived at CSN. The next year, many more classes were added, and the program was approved. By the third year, the program was implemented and running. Since then, the Videography Department has grown so much that it needed

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its own Telecommunications building, which was completed in 2004. The Videography Department is thriving on equipment so students can get a

cuts have affected the department by hindering the technical support and by making the repairs of equipment less affordable, we are always evolving along with the changing technology and it is all thanks to government grants like Perkins”, says John. The classes go from Video 1, which teaches film grammar, to more complicated classes, like Video 2, which teaches you production procedures and actually lets you shoot a group movie in a professional studio environment using real movie procedures. You can always check out equipment for your own productions and projects; and that just makes this the best school hands-on education on how ev- for Videography in Nevada. erything works. “Since technology changes, several classes were For more information; then added and several changed contact over the next couple more years Professor John Marsh so that program is what it is toat (702) 651-2616 day. Even though the budget

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