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CONTENTS news Sports (Or Lack Thereof) At CSN: Part II ------------------ page 7 Michelle Obama Speaks At CSN------------------------------page 9

features CSN Employee Indicted ---------------------------------------page 12 How safe are you at CSN?------------------------------------page 14

opinions My Job Sucks: Join A Union---------------------------------page 18 Voting: The Key to Positive-----------------------------------page 19

fashion & beauty Mysteries of Frangrance-------------------------------page 24

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Sports (Or Lack Thereof) at CSN: Part II

by AMBER OSCAR Staff Writer

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his article is a continuation of last issue’s Sports (or Lack Thereof ) at CSN. The discussion of our school’s lack of collegiate sports remains a controversial topic among our students and administration. Perhaps one of our school’s biggest sports enthusiasts, Coach Tim Chambers, agrees that there is a lack of school sports as well as school spirit. As Coach Chambers puts it: “There is none.” If there were any, it would be simple to suspect that more spirit and support would be focused on such a skillful team as the Coyote Baseball team. Coach Tim Chambers, a renowned and respected coach of champion players, has helped his team collect numerous recognitions, such as the 2003 NJNovember 2008

CAA National Championships. Regarding the 2003 National Championship, Chambers points out that “In Nevada there are four college institutions with athletics: UNLV, UNR, WN, and us [CSN]. In the history of all four, there have only been three national champions: one for UNLV basketball and golf, and us [CSN].” However, even while remembering such happenings, the coach remains humble, claiming that regardless of the awards, “It’s about the players.” Given that Chambers is not only the coach of the Coyotes, but also the sports director for College of Southern Nevada

CSN, the issue of adding more collegiate sports influences his outlook. “There always have been money issues with athletics,” states Chambers. Acknowledging the need for more collegiate sports at CSN, Chambers places no blame on the administration. “The administration has been great,” says Chambers. “I’m not down on the school about it…. It’s more of the state and the financial state they are in right now.” As the sports director at CSN, Chambers freely expresses his desire to add to the CSN sponsored teams, such as the addition of women’s volleyball. He

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also recognizes that our school is currently not in adherence with requirements of Title IX, an Educational Amendment passed in 1972, which mandates sex equality, offered throughout educational athletics. Chambers refers to how there are uneven representations offered by each sport at CSN (softball and baseball). For example, there are 45 players on the 2008 CSN Coyote Baseball Fall Roster, compared to 20 players on the 2008 CSN Coyote Softball Roster. An additional women’s sport would be necessary to even the opportunities for both men and women at CSN. Not only would the addition of another school sport help the school adhere to the requirements of Title IX and possibly evoke more school spirit, but it would also be an educational choice for many hopeful athletes. 81% of student athletes graduate from CSN. Comparatively, as explained by Laura Yavitz of the CSN Institutional Research department, “Out of 2396 degree-seeking students who started college at CSN in Fall 2001, by December 2007

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206 students (8.6%) graduated from CSN and another 651 students (27.2%) transferred to other schools.” The most obvious restriction for adding collegiate sports teams is not due to the administration, but due to the conflicting and strict budget structured by the state. Pushing such a proposition seems pointless if our current sports teams cannot even receive reliable financial support. Enforcing student fees seems to be the prime choice the body would have to make in order to subsidize additional sport teams. Of course, the current students who choose to support such a proposal would most likely not see the bounty from their charity. However, their support would grandfather in a generous possibility for future students. The support of students now would represent a seed that has the possibility of growing into something much bigger. Just as the thousands of students who rallied together to drop the “C” from CCSN only one year ago, students now could add to that independence and take declaring their school as one that deserves much more recognition to the next level. How can we push for more sports? According to Chambers “the number one answer is student fees.” Drawing reason from such examples as other members of the Scenic West Athletic

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Conference, like the Colorado Northwestern Community College which has a student population of roughly 1,361 (493 full time and 868 part time) and 6 school sport activities receiving aid through student fees (ranging from $2.40 per credit), the surcharge of a small student fee seems to be the realistic answer. Requiring a small fee from each student in exchange for unlimited home game access seems reasonable, as long as our school can produce admirable teams for students to draw pride from. Such a task would be up to those like Coach Tim Chambers, who will be receiving accreditation for the ABCA/Diamond Sports Company NJCAA Division 1 Region 18 Coach of the Year in January.

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by T. ROPELATO Staff Writer

Michelle Obama Speaks At CSN

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ne day before the historical U.S. election, the Cheyenne campus of CSN was graced with a surprise visit from Michelle Obama, wife of now President Elect Barack Obama. Refusing to let a roaring jet overhead deter soon-to-be First Lady, Michelle Obama focused on the importance of the youth vote, and summarized key points of her husband’s plans for healthcare, student loans and middle class-tax breaks. The crowd (estimated by officials at around 1,700) wrapped around the southeast corner of the school and was plastered with stickers, flyers, yardsigns, buttons handshakes and temporary tattoos. People were greeted with a healthy mix of 70’s funk and soul, heartland country, a sprinkle of familyfriendly hip-hop and a few new wave alternative hits for good measure. The small army of supporters was a diverse one, including blacks, whites; young,

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old; I even saw a du-rag standing next to a cowboy hat. The police presence around crowd was just as diversified. The North Las Vegas Police mobile command center’s communication towers were taller than any of the news vans. There were cops in green, cops in black, cops in tan and suited secret service scattered everywhere. Two snipers with binoculars kept a hawk eye view from the rooftop. A giant anti-riot tank sat quietly parked behind the school, a stark contrast to the cute CSN police segways, which were poised around the crowd. The chants of “yes we can” spread through the crowd like a Vegas flash flood as Mrs. Obama took the stage. The College of Southern Nevada

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cheers were so loud they almost drowned out the Bruce Springsteen pounding through the speakers. “We understand the challenges of student loans because we’ve been there” Obama declared, pointing out that her and her husband were just able to pay off their loans in recent years. While stating, “young people are at the core of this campaign.” She also was careful to point out that “we’re also proud of our not so young folks, you cannot forget the not so young folks.” Jokingly saying there is “nothing like the grip of an 80-year-old who wants a picture.”

This was an interesting campaign stump in an even more interesting election. We as students should feel honored that our humble little school, in the midst of the urban desert, was deemed an important enough place to spread a message in a very important election. This election that will go down history and hopefully prove to everyone that sometimes the people can make a difference.

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FEATURES

CSN Employee Indicted by grand jury; charged with Felony theft by T. ROPELATO Staff Writer

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fter a year of investigations said the serial numbers did not to the charges and court is set for and a series of raids by match those of the school’s. March 23. the Nevada Attorney • William Gilbert, Associate Gilbert was hired by CSN in 1997 General’s Office, William (Bob) Vice President of Facilities Man- and worked on many of CSN’s Gilbert and three other College agement, is facing 13 counts of successful construction projects, of Southern Nevada employees felony theft and four counts of including the new telecomm have been indicted by a grand misconduct as a public officer. building. He has been praised by jury. Authorities have brought • Thad Skinner, Construction some higher-ups as someone who over 30 counts, ranging from Manager, is charged with ten would get the job done on time felony theft to obtaining money counts of being principal to theft and under budget. Two former under false pretenses. (for allegedly helping transport CSN Presidents are defending Last year Las Vegas Sun reporter CSN purchased materials from Gilbert’s character. Richard Christina Littlefield broke the Home Depot to Gilbert’s home). Carpenter and Ron Remington story which prompted both wrote letters “ Attorney General says college an investigation of Vice saying Gilbert would President of Facilities official’s house was “built on the backs of often use his Management, Bob Gilhouse for repair and Nevada taxpayers” bert, for allegedly giving maintenance on CSN away top dollar school contracts equipment because of the schools to companies in exchange for • Matthew Goins, Facilities lack of shop space. The school work on his million dollar Mt. Manager, is charged with three does not comment on ongoing Charleston home. The indict- count of being principal to theft criminal cases. ments also allege Gilbert used and two counts of obtaining This isn’t Gilbert’s first time school purchased materials and money under false pretenses. in front of a judge. In 1991 he equipment for construction on • George Casal, Building was convicted of embezzling his house (lumber, chain hoist, Construction Inspector, is also money from an Indian Tribalman lift, paint sprayer, door han- charged with two counts of ob- Organization. Gilbert pled dles and locks and thousands of taining money under false pre- guilty and was sentenced to three dollars in cinderblock). Gilbert tenses (for supposedly working months in prison and three years initially told Sun reporters the at Gilbert’s home while on the probation. He was also ordered equipment was his and a subse- clock at CSN). to pay $18,705 restitution to quent CSN Police investigation • All men have pled not guilty the Chemehuevi Indian tribe

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of Havasu Lake, California, According to Sun reports. Last year Gilbert was paid his $147,204 yearly salary while on administrative leave, granted by president Carpenter (at Gilberts request), for time to work on proving his innocence. As of now Gilbert and the others are all currently on paid leave from CSN. Meanwhile, architect Sherri Payne is making $131,254 a year as ‘acting’ Associate Vice President of Facilities Management. On Monday Oct. 27, the Attorney General’s Office filed a civil complaint, seeking forfeiture of Gilbert’s sprawling property. Located off Kyle Canyon Rd. at the base of Mt Charleston, the estate at 9045 Barr Ave. boasts an 8,200 square-foot home and a 2,500 square-foot guest house. The property also includes a tennis court, lighted basketball court, storage containers and stables. The complaint wants 100 percent of the property, a $1.3 million taxable value according to county records, forfeited to the state. In an Attorney General press release, Chief Criminal Deputy Attorney General Conrad Hafen stated, “Based on the evidence presented to the grand jury, it appears CSN has lost thousands of dollars in materials and equipment and Gilbert’s house was built at Nevada taxpayers’ expense.” Investigators from the Attorney General Office testified that a large amount of materials used on Gilberts residence were the

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same materials used in CSN construction projects. In an interesting note, at the end of the indictments, making a point to stay on the record, a juror told deputy Attorney General Conrad Hafen, “With the principal charges, we were recommending President Carpenter be included if that’s possible.” Hafen responded, “Okay. All right. Appreciate that.” And proceedings were concluded.

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How safe are you at CSN? by OLGA VIZCARRA Staff Writer Photos Taken By: Maya Arellano

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pril 20, 1999. Most people remember the horrifying tragedy that took place in Arizona, nine years ago. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold brutally massacred eleven of their classmates and two teachers, a total of thirteen deaths. Who would’ve thought that eight years later in the same week another shooting was about to occur? April 16, 2007 SeungHui Cho shot and killed 33 people at Virginia Tech. Cho was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder in middle school and received therapy. The Virginia Tech incident was one of the worst massacres in US history. But the question here is, how safe are you at your campus? How is your security trained to take on such incidents? To gain better insight, I recently interviewed Chief Seda about the daily challenges of providing security at CSN. Q: Can you tell us what sort of security services your department provides to the college community? Chief Seda: Three years ago, we embarked on implementing the CSN Security and Public Safety Initiative. The spirit and intent of our plan was designed to pre-position highly trained public safety personnel throughout our campuses. Our officers provide two distinct services. First, they serve as ambassadors for the college. Secondly, they are our first responders who are

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responsible for the safety and security of our community. We’ve taken a two-prong approach to security and public safety at CSN. The CSN Department of Public Safety and Police Services is comprised of sworn Nevada P.O.S.T (Police Officer Standard and Testing) certified police officers and we also have contract security guards (non-sworn security officers). Our Police Officers provide those traditional police services such as patrol, crime prevention, investigations and enforcement. Our Security Officers provide those traditional security services such as opening and closing classrooms, providing information, escorts and responding to health related calls for service. This combination of personnel (both sworn and non-

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sworn) allows us the flexibility to deploy our public safety officers in a way that best maximizes our resources. Q: With a student population of approximately 40,000, spread across three campuses at a considerable distance apart, what are your main concerns for the safety of our students? Chief Seda: The message I would like to get out to our community is that our campuses are safe. Could things be improved? YES. People need to know that we are the third largest community college in the country and, in many ways, similar to a small town. We have many of the same problems as a small community. Theft is a real concern for me. We are all stakeholders in CSN. We need to become partners in providing

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security and public safety for our community. The first step toward that goal is to take personal responsibility for our own security. Far too many incident reports have come across my desk where citizens have left their personal property unsecured and in plain sight. These incidents are often crimes of opportunity. Many of these thefts could have been avoided if people would have taken the extra few seconds to secure their property out of sight. Q: Unfortunately, there have been numerous campus shootings across America. If a shooting occurs at CSN, what should students and faculty do in this particular case? Chief Seda: The best advice I can give anyone for surviving an active shooter situation if shots are fired on campus is to take direct responsibility for your personal safety and security and think about the following: Figure Out: First, you must figure out the situation. If you hear something that sounds like gun shots, react immediately. Figure out what is happening and put your action plan together. Don’t waste time. Get Out: Determine if it is safe to get out and immediately leave the area. Get out fast. You can significantly reduce your risk and exposure to serious injury if you leave the area. Once you get out call the police.

found your spot to hide out, you’ll want to keep out the shooter. Block the door, turn off the lights, silence your cell phone and be quiet. Spread out: If you are in a room with others, spread out. Quietly talk about what you’ll do if the shooter enters. Take out: If you determine there is no other option than to take out the shooter, then you must be prepared to do whatever is necessary to neutralize the threat. Lastly, please take a moment to review the multi-colored “CSN Emergency Action Plan” that has been posted throughout the campuses. This informative pamphlet contains important information, telephone numbers and procedures that can be helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Q: Crime is on the rise nationwide. Should our evening students be concerned when walking through our parking lots or around the campus? Chief Seda: As I stated earlier, everyone should take a personal interest in their own

security and safety. We (all of us) need to be vigilant. Know the telephone number to the security office on your campus. If someone does not feel safe or would like to have an escort to their vehicle, please call the respective security office on your campus and we will provide an escort to your vehicle. Q: Are CSN police officers still on duty during and after night classes? Chief Seda: No. The CSN Security and Public Safety Initiative was designed to be implemented over a five-year period. We are into the third year of our plan and we are not fully staffed. We can’t provide 24 hour coverage at this time. We provide limited police coverage based on personnel scheduling. I am working closely with the college administration each year to evaluate the fiscal limits that we must work within and determine if it is possible to hire additional officers. Public safety continues to remain a top priority for our President. Q: In case a police officer isn’t in sight during an emergency, whether it’s a school threat or you’re out in the parking lot by

Call Out: If are able to safely get out of the area, call the police. If it is not practical or feasible to safely leave the area, attempt to call out to police when you can do so safely. Hide out: In some cases, you may not be able to get out. Then you must find a place to hide out. Keep out: Once you’ve CONTINUES PAGE 16

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yourself at night, what would you recommend students to carry to protect themselves and/or do? Chief Seda: I would caution anyone who decides to carry any personal protection device. Obey the law and be a good witness. If you are confronted by an assailant, in some situations, it would be better to comply with a suspect’s demands than to challenge. You have no way of knowing the suspect’s determination to carry through their intent to harm you. Property crimes are not worth the risk. Anything that is stolen can be replaced. Again, be vigilant and trust your instinct.

ten-month process to complete. Q: With a broad population of students I’m sure there have been tons of reports. What is one of the most outrageous incidents ever reported to your station? How does your department deal with it? Chief Seda: The most memorable (funny)

In case of an emergency within the campus, what number can the CSN Police Department be reached at? Cheyenne Campus Security: 651-4055 West Charleston Campus Security: 651-5613 Henderson Campus Security: 651-3113 CSN Police Administrative Offices: 6512677

Q: Let’s talk a little bit about your police men. How do you become a CSN police officer? How long is their training? Chief Seda: Becoming a CSN police officer is a huge task to take on. Our officers must complete the same rigorous testing process as any other police officer in the state of Nevada. Before they are selected to attend the police academy, they must pass a written exam, extensive personal history and employment history background check, physical fitness examination, a written and oral psychological exam and police oral board. Once hired, they are then sent to attend our academy, the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy. It is a five month military style police academy. It does not end there. Once they report to the campus, they must successfully complete our three month Field Training Program. They will be mentored by several police supervisors and officers on a daily basis to ensure compliance and understanding of all the applicable rules, regulations, laws and procedures are applied correctly. It is approximately a

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are they detained? How long are they detained? If someone is arrested on campus, they are immediately removed and taken to the appropriate city jail. That is usually the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC). We do not have a holding cell on any CSN campus. The length of their stay at the jail is determined by the offense and presiding judge who will hear the case.

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call I responded to here at CSN was a report of two people engaged in “deep kissing.” It was on the Cheyenne campus midday. It was a hot summer day and love was in the air. Upon arriving to the location, I found two people embraced and engaged in “deep passionate kissing.” After introducing myself and a few awkward seconds later, I determined that one of the individuals was a CSN instructor. Her friend recently returned from the Middle East after serving a tour in Iraq and he wanted to surprise her. They were very happy to see each other. She decided to take the rest of the day off.

threats on such campuses, one’s to think if they’re safe from their classmates. Most people think, “Well, that’s not going to happen at my school.” Other students from previous incidents most likely thought the same thing yet they found themselves in that predicament. The best way to be safe during school hours is to pay attention to your surroundings. Make an exit plan with some friends as to where you’ll meet and what exit you’ll use. How many of you actually read the multicolored document pertaining to emergency procedures sitting in your classrooms?

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OPINIONS My Job Sucks: Join a Union

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his may come as some shock to readers, but surprisingly, the company you work for has completely conflicting interests with you. In their book, Working For Wages: The Roots of Insurgency, Martin Glaberman and Seymour Faber explain a simple fact about employers. The unstated goal of business is to maximize profits and to minimize loss. This is why businesses pay their employees a fingernail-sized fraction of the profits they create. This is also why people get laid off during recessions. Instead of taking a small hit during short recessions and keeping their staff, they fire them and rehire new people during more prosperous times. People, speaking generally, hate their jobs. More so than in the past, college students especially, are forced to work longer hours for smaller pay. How many students at CSN have to work two or more jobs just to get by? This is a societal problem that hurts those taking a full class load and working a full-time job, but it benefits the companies they are working for. So what is the solution to this conflict of interest? What is the solution to exploitation of labor, this degradation of the working class? What is the solution to, as Tim Connolly, a former CSN student put it, “My job sucking so very badly”? Join a union! Unions are the reason child labor is only a sad chapter in history and not a fact of contemporary life.

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Unions can be thanked for the 8-hour workday, the concept of the two-day weekend, the minimum wage law, and the crazy idea of being able to keep your job if you’re sick and can’t go to work for a few days. Union workers make higher wages than non-union workers, and, due to union protection, they cannot be fired on a whim like the average working stiff. Why then, according to Bill Moyers of PBS, are less than 8% of American workers in unions? Why, like a battered spouse, do Americans refuse to leave their unhealthy relationship with the bourgeoisie and align themselves with a union? Back in the day, union members were punished in blatant and obvious ways. During strikes, they had hoses turned on them. During the Haymarket Riot of 1886, the police were called in to break up a strike and injuries on both sides ensued. Now, the attack on union membership is a lot like jazz. It’s subtle and largely unnoticed by the masses. Today, there are differing levels of poverty and exploitation for the wage working classes. With some making slightly larger amounts of money than others, they consider themselves closer to the bourgeoisie than the proletariat. This is a false perception, and as Michael Yates points out in “Rising from the Ashes? Labor in the Age of Global Capitalism,” this leads to the working class being largely separated. With some wage workers thinking they are

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better than others, uniting becomes increasingly difficult. Workers that are in the same pay grade (Wal-Mart employees for instance) are forced to sit through long trash-talking sessions about unions. Unions are not allowed to attend these meetings to deliver their opposing views. Finally, as Michael Parenti points out in his book Make-Believe Media, the news media largely ignores any victories for unions. In addition, they, in fictional television dramas and sitcoms, portray unions as corrupt and union leaders as Tony Soprano type mobsters. Parenti says that there is nothing wrong with showing corruption in unions, but corruption is concentrated in less than 1% of all local unions. However, corruption is the sole portrayal seen on television. Despite what has been said about unions in Wal-Mart propaganda sessions and in television, they are the cure to the cancer of poverty and exploitation. Uniting against oppression is what this country is supposed to be all about. Don’t allow yourself to be indoctrinated against the solution for your social angst. Do not let the following lyrics ring true: “I work all day and work all night, but my bank account only got 9.95. I make millions of dollars, just not for me. It all goes to the bourgeoisie.”

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Voting: The Key to Positive by ABRIANA FOSTER Staff Writers

tend school at CSN. Also, many of the students who were polled attend “The country endures another campus or are concurrently enrolled in a state university. The the consequences of outcome of the survey is reflected those who do not vote.” below. Party Affiliation -Anonymous Republican: 8 Democrat: 17 Libertarian / Other third parties: 1 he year two thousand marked Non-Partisan: 15 the end of the peaceful and economically sound country known as Gender the United States. What followed Male: 18 was a leadership that has brought Female: 23 about a six year war, an unrecoverable drop in the Dow on Wall Whether the individual is voting or Street, a larger division between the not two major parties, and an enormous Voting: 37 unemployment rate, especially in Not Voting: 4 Southern Nevada. Eight years is too long for an individual, who left a Ethnicity path of destruction in his previous African-American: 4 term, to have served in a country Hispanic: 12 that is based on civil liberties and Multiracial: 3 a system of checks and balances. Euro-American: 14 Thousands have died in the present Asían: 2 Iraq War and many more will die if Other: 6 the war continues. Two thousand and eight is the year that every perAge son who has reached voting age and 18-30: 24 who is able to vote should. The time 31-43: 13 to bring positive change to America 44 and up: 3 is and can only be now. Not given / Not applicable: A poll was recently taken at the Col1 lege of Southern Nevada’s Cheyenne Reviewing the Republican campus to illustrate the fact that Platform young people do vote. Keep in mind Recently, the Republican that this poll only reflects a small Party has been criticized for its percentage of the students that at-

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stance on the Iraq War, and for our current president, George W. Bush. However, people often forget about the contributions that the Republican Party has made to American society as a whole. The No Child Left Behind Act, which was passed on January 8, 2002, was established to help improve the level of student achievement, build stronger schools, and produce a higher number of certified teachers across the United States. The No Child Left Behind Act had also been established to help improve the overall curriculum standards of primary and secondary education. (State of Illinois NCLB Home Page, www.isbe.state.il.us) The Republican Party can also be credited for the tax cuts that began in 2001. The tax cut programs of 2001 and 2003 were designed to stimulate the economy by having consumers purchase more goods and contribute money to society. Some of the tax relief efforts included increased child tax credits, eliminating the marriage tax penalty, and eventually removing the federal death tax. (Savannah Now, savannah.activote.com) Now that the Republican Party has been examined, the Democratic Party will be analyzed. Opening the Doorway to Democratic Views The Democratic Party has been held in a more favorable light within the past eight years. The Democratic Party, also known as

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the “the party of the people,” has held leaders who are more familiar to the general public such as President William “Bill” Clinton; Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House; and Harry Reid, the current Majority Leader in the Senate. The Democratic Party is usually associated with encouraging teenagers to vote and participate in all elections, whether they are local or general elections. (Wikipedia, Democratic Party Page) The Democratic Party has also been very supportive of laws that encourage individual privacy. The U.S.A. Patriot Act of 2006 is a controversial act because it allows the federal government to come into a citizen’s home based on what can be called “terrorism hearsay” – meaning an individual claims another citizen is a terrorist and the government invades their privacy based on sketchy information. Since

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the U.S.A. Patriot Act violated Third Amendment rights and individual civil liberties, the Democratic Party protested against the passing of this act. Now that the Democratic Party has been analyzed, third parties will be evaluated. Highlighting the Middle Ground: The Third Party Stance Third parties are notorious for taking votes from both the Democratic and Republican Parties. However, third parties focus on issues that the two major parties often forget or do not know. For instance, the Libertarian Party believes in making social security and welfare information more private. In general, third parties provide another voting alternative for voters who connect with both major parties, yet, want to explore special interests that the two major parties may not provide. Now that third parties have been evaluated, nonpartisanship will

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be considered. Neutral Territory: Nonpartisan Voting as a Possible Choice Voting is a privilege that has been fought for and has been instituted to allow all people regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion, and other discriminating factors, to participate and be dedicated to preserving for future generations to come. Nonpartisanship refers to a voting stance where the voter does not declare his or herself as a member of the Democrat, Republican, or third party system. Choosing to be nonpartisan is more favorable than not voting at all. Party affiliations should not interfere with a voter’s judgment. If a candidate that is Republican is running for a position where a Democrat is presumed to be more beneficial, it is acceptable to vote for him or her if he or she is a person of great character and fulfills the needs of the people through the position. Vote in every election. Send letters to representatives that support positive causes. Fight budget cuts. Protest unfair initiatives. Any method used to help improve society is better than remaining silent and not voting. If people do not vote, and choices are made that are costly to them and to their communities, then they should know that it will be too late to have a voice and that any issue they do have will be ignored because they refused to utilize a very powerful privilege.

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n March of 1960, John Lee Hooker, a Blues legend whose name everyone should know, released a single titled, “No Shoes.” A sulking and simple declaration of poverty, Hooker repeats, “No food on my table. No shoes on my feet.” If the economy continues in the direction it is going, “No Shoes” will become more than just an illegally downloaded favorite on a Blues collector’s iPod. It will become, sadly, our reality. As Wall Street money men watch the Dow Jones fall, and scream like thirteen-year-old girls at a Hannah Montana concert, the proletariat (the wage working classes) blow a prophetic kiss goodbye to their 401Ks, their

No Shoes hard earned savings accounts and their ability to put food on the table and shoes on their feet. As college students chow down on Top Ramen, switch from classy beers to Pabst Blue Ribbon, and chew on nicotine gum to quell the withdrawal of their now too expensive habit, they must ask themselves a few very important questions: “How did we get here? Who did this, and how bad is this going to get?” Both the right and the left (or more appropriately: the right and the little-less-right-thanthe-other-guys) in government decided it would be a dandy idea to deregulate the banking and mortgage industries.

Promising the tasty fruits of “Free Market,” President Bush and former Texas Senator Phil Gramm (also McCain’s former top economic adviser) passed legislation that took away the government’s right to regulate the formerly mentioned industries. Deregulating mortgage companies and banks is a lot like leaving your 7-year-old A.D.D child alone in a room filled with finger paints. It gets messy. Unfortunately, in this case, the finger paints are the lives of American citizens. These banks loaned money to people whom they knew would be unable to keep up with mortgage payments. It was a win-win situation for them. Banks were now able, without pesky government law and supervision, to lend to anyone. If they agreed to give a mortgage to a family that couldn’t afford the interest rates and payments, they would simply evict said family from their home and sell the same house again to another family. This all took place because of and during the housing boom. So where one family was kicked out, another family was ready to move in. However, when enough people stop paying their mortgage due to rising

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prices of food and gas, and constantly decreasing wages, banks become, very suddenly, afraid to give anyone money. They went from loaning anyone money to lending no one money. This leads to the credit crisis that is currently tanking the economy. What was the government’s solution to this crisis? They gave a helping hand to the same banks that caused the problem, and gave a 700 billion dollar bailout package to Wall Street. 700 billion dollars, to put it simply, is a quite a bit of money. How much money would that have equaled for each struggling family, homeowner or college student if it had been given to them instead? How much food on the table and how many shoes on our feet would that buy? If the goal is to stimulate the economy, one must ask themselves why the

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this country that owns over 50% of the wealth. This economic crisis, according to CNN, is just beginning. With a government that is willing to take our money, but not willing to give any in return, there is no doubt as to who will be hit by this the worst. It will be the working class, not this winter, with no food g i v e n on the table and no shoes on straight to the consumers, to the their feet. people. It is because of the ageold, half-baked, and bourgeoisserving fear of socialism. As far as the government is concerned, giving money to businesses is okay. Giving money to actual people is Communism. The citizens that have been wronged by these industries, the people screwed over by high gas prices and low wages, the people that have been beaten down by the predatory lending of payday and student loans, cannot be helped because it wouldn’t benefit the top 10% of

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BEAUTY & FASHION Mysteries of Fragrance by OLGA VIZCARRA Staff Writer

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comes in a small bottle and it’s hy does this perfume intended to be blotted not slathsmell better on her/ ered on. One or two drops keeps him than on me? This is the sort you scented for 8 to 12 hours. of question that haunts you as • Eau de parfum: A popuyou step into any beauty and lar formula. It usually comes as fragrance department. Women a spray and contains 15 to 18 in tailored suits approach you, percent perfume oil. It lasts about extending their wrists for you to 6 to 8 hours. get a whiff of the new vanilla and • Eau de toilette: Way less mango scent. It may be that many expensive and less concentrated of you think you can never master than eau de parfum. It contains 4 the mysteries of fragrance. to 10 percent perfume oil. Most likely to always be in a spray News flash: You can enjoy whatbottle. Recommended for those ever perfume you like without a who like a lighter dose. degree in chemistry. Finding your • Cologne: It lessens the scent, however, is not so simple. strength of the dose through the To help clear the confusion I offer addition of a liquid. It’s available you a guide that will make you in men’s or women’s scents; also understand and choose like a pro. available in a spray or a splash. • Essential Oils: Drawn Learning the Lingo: from small parts of a plant or As long as the bottle says perfume water; they are pure oils. No or cologne you pick it up without synthetic fragrance and is less even considering what you just concentrated from alcohol or purchased. vegetable oil. • Solid Perfume: Created by • Perfume: Is the longestwax and perfume oil; solid scents lasting (and most expensive) form smell stronger. of fragrance. The largest percentFinding a Scent age of perfume oil is about 20 to Shopping for the perfect fra25 percent perfume. It usually

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grance is like searching for the perfect relationship. The more time you give yourself to find one, the more likely you’ll end up with a long-lasting match. • What you like or not sure: If you’re not sure what you like, try smelling the samples in magazines. You can smell without feeling pressure to buy it afterwards or check out a book at your local library for scent guides. If you already know what certain family scents you like, let’s say sweet, go for it and ask the saleswoman/man to show you the newest ones. • Testing 1, 2, 3: Test about two on each arm. It’s plain and simple: test a fragrance on your skin, not on a sample sheet. Locate it 5 inches away from the skin and wand your hand in the air to let it simmer. Walk around for 30 minutes and come back for a decision. Reaction times take, well, time. • Sniff: Carry a small bag of coffee beans or sniff your sleeve. This will help clear your scent receptors. • Fragrances won’t smell the same: Most people go to the store trying to sniff down the scent their boss had on the day before. But when they come across it, it smells way different. Well that’s because everyone has their own body chemistry. Body chemistry affects the different notes on your skin giving you a totally different reaction and scent. November 2008

Take Notes: What are notes? Perfume notes, to be exact, are like the notes in a song; they all play their part. • Top (or head) notes: The first smell that hits your scent receptors when you apply the fragrance. They are usually lighter aromas that evaporate quickly. Their scent usually lingers for between 5 to 30 minutes. • Middle (or heart) notes: This defines the personality of the fragrance. They kick in after the head notes and usually contain rich florals--even though the fragrance is not considered from the floral family. These compounds tend to be less readily vaporized. • Base (or bottom) notes: These are the long-lasting ingredients, which stabilize the fragrance and give it the extending factor. Base notes help slow down the evaporation rate of the lighter notes, giving it the holding power. Common base notes include oak moss, patchouli, woods, musk and vanilla. • Dry-Down: Notes that linger after the fragrance has settled on your skin. The drydown is also the official aroma of the fragrance because it mixes in with your skin’s natural scent.

the fragrance. If your perfume, essential oil etc., comes with a body wash or lotion use them as a base for your fragrance. • Scented bath and body products: Chemists agree that bath oils tend to be the most collective and long-lasting on the skin. • Favorite not available: Make your own by mixing a few drops of eau de parfum or eau de toilette into an unscented cream. Take this guide and head to the department stores. Show off your knowledge of Fragrance 101. What the hey -- why not throw in a white lie and say you have a degree in chemistry? You’ll know more than the saleswomen/men themselves.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Dracula; A New Musical

by CAITLIN SALADINO Staff Writer Photos Taken By: Maya Arellano

ily Promise assists homeless families in making the transition from homelessness to stability and independence. This is a wonderful cause that most everyone involved in Dracula was happy to be supporting.

it needs to be heard.” From there, Dracula took off. After discussing that they wanted to make this a reality and have it benefit a great local organization, CSN’s Horn Theater was chosen as the location for the performance.

The event started with a silent auction before the performance and ended with a meet and greet opportunity with cast members, orchestral musicians, dancers, and director, Carmen Yurich. “I think it was pretty much what I envisioned [from the beginning].”, Carmen said, “Communication was a huge key. Having people volunteer their time when they’re also involved in shows, we had to juggle schedules. I think it’s important for the Las Vegas community as an arts culture racula- A New Musical, reThis version of the classic tale first to show what’s possible and what cently performed at the Cheycame to life last October as a joint talent we have here.” Through the enne campus’s Horn Theater was a effort between Carmen Yurich, the performance of Dracula, Yurich unique production that attracted show’s director, and Bruce Ew- and all those involved were able to audiences for an organization that ing, the producer. Each month at accomplish just that. What made helps those in town. As a benefit the Liberace Museum, an event this production unique is its cast project, the proceeds from Dracula known as Composer Showcase al- members and orchestra members. went to Family Promise of Las Velows composers to share their work Although it was a challenge to cregas. Formerly Interfaith Hospitaliwith other professionals in the Las ate a production under these cirty Network, Family Promise works Vegas area. At a meeting of Com- cumstances, the cast and orchestra, with homeless families in Las Veposer Showcase last fall, Yurich composed of performers from the gas and religious organizations said, “Richard Oberacker pulled Las Vegas area, added an element who provide them with shelter, two songs [from Dracula], and I of local talent to the overall experimeals and support services. Famtold him this music is beautiful, ence. The cast members currently

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for Cirque Du Soleil’s KA at the MGM Grand, Oberacker was the composer, co-lyricist, co-author, and conductor for this production. Dracula also included elements of dance, acrobatics, and contortionist performed by artists from various productions of the Las Vegas Strip. The addition of movement on stage added a way to tell the story of Dracula through dance, instead of simply words and song.

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all together. I lost my voice 2 days ago, so that was a huge challenge to actually try to sing through it and get through [the performance].” The cast members and all those that worked on Dracula were more than generous to donate their time and talents for such a From the very beginning of the pergreat cause. From the event, Family formance, it was easy to sense the Promise was able to collect money feeling of eminent danger as Dracthat will go to helping more homeula emerges into the story. Dracula less families in the Las Vegas Valleaves his “mighty fortress cut into ley reach their potential indepenthe side of a cliff ” to begin praying on those he chooses as his vic- Although some hurdles were over- dence. Overall, the production of tims. Ian Jon Bourg, Dracula him- come to make Dracula possible, Dracula was a huge success in the self, said “who doesn’t want to play none was more frustrating than the way that it showcased various pera vampire, and the vampire. You hurdle that no one could control. forming arts and helped in raising can’t really go wrong with that” It Just days before the performance, money for worthy organization. is clear that each cast member en- several cast members became ill joyed their role and were dedicated and lost their voices. This enough to create time in their busy was a challenge that reschedules for their involvement in sulted in director Carthis production. men Yurich showing his versatility as an Dracula was a performance like no actor by playing other which included the format the part of an ill of a theatrical reading, play and cast member last musical. Unlike most productions, minute. Neverthe orchestral pit of live musicians theless, he was was not below the actors, but in- able to fill the stead built right into the stage and role with confithe production itself. Actors were dence and help at times in the same place as the to pull off the permusicians, using the pit as a way formance without to approach the stage. The music, any problems. Cast under the direction of Richard member Janien ValenOberacker, was hauntingly beau- tine, who played the role of tiful. Currently the music director Lucy said, “I think we pulled it perform at shows on the Strip such as Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian, Mamma Mia! at the Mandalay Bay, Cirque du Soleil’s KA at the MGM, and Jubilee! at Bally’s.

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