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The Connection The student voice of Cosumnes River College since 1970

Volume 59, Issue 1

Students voice concerns over district court’s Prop 8 decision

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Semester begins with anniversary celebration

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Budget woes continue to affect campus Johny Garcia Connection Staff

Jennifer Parsons Special to The Connection The current state of Proposition 8 has college students talking about the future of gay marriage. Proposition 8 was approved by 52.3 percent of California voters in November 2008, which eliminated the right of samesex couples to marry, according to the Statement of Vote released by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8 on Aug. 4, calling it unconstitutional. According to his ruling, Proposition 8 violated the equal protection and due process rights of gays and lesbians. In 20 interviews at Cosumnes River College, the majority of students said they agreed with the judge’s ruling. “I think by definition of democracy and freedom for all, everyone should have the same rights to marry whomever they want,” said Alan Valencia, 21, an architecture major. Nina Brown, a 22-year old transfer student, disagreed. “If this is a democratic society, then the government is ruled by the people,” Brown said. “One person shouldn’t be able to overrule the majority.” The proposition has been appealed, and same-sex marriages will not resume until December, according to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

September 16, 2010

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Cosumnes River College President Deborah Travis spoke on the steps of the fountain area during the opening event for the yearlong celebration of CRC’s 40th anniversary. An hour before, Travis spoke at the dedication ceremony of the science building, on Sept, 1.

Students and staff members have been forced to either adapt or be left behind due to recent budget cuts. With the state budget at a standstill, students are struggling to cope with the problems that have risen as a result. “I was dropped from my mom’s health insurance last semester because I couldn’t get into all of my classes,” said Lupinder Atwal, a 20-year-old computer sciences major. “When I first started going here almost any teacher would add students from the waitlist, but now things are different.” Students have said waitlists have become more prevalent. “I was stuck on the waitlist for every class this semester and didn’t get into some of those classes,” said Michael Tang, a 22year-old sociology major. Students have said the budget cuts have also affected their transfer plans. “Since I can’t get into biology or chemistry I won’t be able to transfer when I want to,” said Tyler Huber, a 19-year-old biological sciences major. Staff members said they’ve been affected by budget cuts. “Dozens of classes have been cut from part-time teachers,” said Jason Newman, a full-time history professor and the Faculty Union President. “In particular, part timers in P.E. (Physical Education) have experienced disproportionate, unfortunate, and severe reductions.” Professors are encountering new >> BUDGET, page 8

Fee payment Cafeteria sales drop due to lack of awareness policy arouses student anxiety Varsha Narayan Connection Staff

Carlo Dela Cruz Connection Staff Changes to Cosumnes River College’s fee payment policy have been creating problems for students, including those who are trying to enroll in classes. The newest criteria for paying for classes became effective during the 2010 summer ssession. After the beginning of a semester, all students are required to pay for their classes in full on the same day they were enrolled, according to the official press release on CRC’s website. Failure to do so would result in an email notice stating that the payment was not received as well as automatically being dropped from an intended class. If a student was dropped from their unpaid class, they woudln’t be able to reenroll but would still be required to immediately pay. Crystal Woycheshin, a 24-year-old English major, said the policy should be extended. >> PAYMENT, page 8

With the recent completion of the renovated science building, Cosumnes River College students and faculty alike await the status of both the bookstore and cafeteria. While construction on both of the facilities continues, students and faculty have voiced their concerns. The purpose of the construction in the cafeteria is to expand the space to provide more seating for students and a bigger kitchen to accommodate more students, said Cafeteria Manager Jeff Caponera. Caponera noticed a drop in sales ever since construction began, which he said is due to the cafeteria’s temporary relocation on the second floor of the Community & Athletics Center. “The fact that there are people who don’t know where we’re located has really affected sales”, Caponera said. There are limited signs posted around campus directing students to the new location. The school is doing what they can to direct students to the new location, but there is only so much they can do, Caponera said.

Cynthia Mach | The Connection

Students gather on Sept. 14 in the cafeteria, which was relocated to the Community & Athletics Center last semester to accomodate construction. The school is also beginning to use “The new location of the cafeteria is social networking sites, such as Facebook a major inconvenience,” said 19-year-old and Twitter to inform students about ren- Marisa Moralez, an undecided major. ovations, Caponera said. “I hope they speed up construction Students who are aware of the reloca- and finish it faster because it’s just so out >> CONSTRUCTION, page 8 tion find it to be an inconvenience.


Opinion

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Dwindling funds are unappreciated The brunt of the storm that is a student’s semester life has been endured. The first few weeks of the term have passed, allowing classes to settle, lines to shorten and schedules to become near routine. It’s nearly easy to forget that, less than month ago, hundreds of students were scrambling to find a single class to add to their likely empty schedules. Or that our Admissions and Records building, as well as the Counseling Center, had lines snaked outside their doors. If you were sensible enough to be at the top of a waitlist, or applied before the 25-student class cap was filled, thereby enabling you to enroll, be appreciative of the position that you are in. Do not waste your opportunity. There were hundreds, mayAT A GLANCE be thousands, of students that weren’t as quick, and are now The Issue: Many students sitting at home twiddling their are not taking advantage thumbs or looking for temporary of the resources that are work to pass the time. offered to them. Understand that a solid education, a foundation to build Our View: Students should capitalize on the upon, is now more important sources that are available than ever. Competition is increasingly more fierce, while the to avoid complications. number of spots on class rosters are dwindling. Agree? Disagree? Send comments to It’s no mystery that the state connect@crc.losrios.edu is facing a budgetary dilemma that seemingly gets worse with each passing day, and as a result, the Los Rios campuses have been forced to cut 800 classes district-wide. In a downtrodden economy, this is to be expected. Thankfully, our administrators have been savvy enough to manage their funds in a way that we have a monetary reserve to tap into, so much that our campus has managed to hire a number of new professors. Not to mention the additional projects that have continued to progress while community colleges, unlike us, have been forced to cut a substantial amount of programs. However, that reserve will most certainly not last. So when you’re walking around campus, dismissing or remaining ignorant to the myriad of resources that are available to you, take a look at yourself in the mirror and question your motivation to be here. Because there is a fair chance that, down the road, those resources may no longer exist. Your favorite professor might lose their job because, despite their competence, our district may no longer have the funds to support them. We implore you to engage yourself to this campus and be grateful for your current situation. Make your collegiate experience worthwhile, because if you don’t, someone else will.

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September 16, 2010

Facebook abusers cross the line Kelsey Simpson Connection Staff Facebook, the most amazing thing since sliced bread, has some of the most irritating users on the planet, hands down. Now, for someone who goes on Facebook whenever internet is available, I feel as though something should be said to those users who do the dumbest and most useless things. Because, more often than not, it bugs the crap out of everyone. First off, have you ever received 30 Farmville requests from the same person? I know I have. Seriously guys, I don’t know how to tell you this without hurting your feelings or anything, but I could care less about your farm. Nor do I care about your mafia, your pets or any other Facebook application I never took the time to become “addicted” to. Then there’s the matter of those personality quizzes. I’m personally guilty of taking a few “Harry Potter” related ones, but other than that, I just “like” a lot of stuff. I tend to stray away from finding out what my soul’s inner animal is or what the color of my eyes actually means according to some bored teenage girl. Can you possibly find something more useful for your time? Do you ever read someone’s status and just wonder why? There are some people who simply love to describe every aspect of their life in great detail. “I went to the market today and saw a really cute puppy! Then I bought some apples and went to WalMart and got a movie and now I’m home.” I don’t understand why this is important. I know

Facebook is supposed to be all about you, but come on guys, come up with some better material for your status. Say something cool, not lame that won’t get any comments. And of course, we don’t want to forget those statuses that make us feel a little sad. There are some people that simply bait for sympathy, and I really hope I’m not the only one who wants them to stop. “Kevin is sad today” is not something I’m going to immeDo you ever diately respond to by saying read someone’s “are you okay, Kevin? How can status and just I help?” wonder why? Not just because I don’t There are some care that much, but because people who there are better ways to vent simply love to and be comforted then by describe every means of Facebook. And we just can’t forget aspect of their those who are incapable of life in great using spell check. It’s difficult detail. to imagine our generation of teenagers having a full keyboard and not being able to spell out words anymore. What will this world come to?! I can tolerate it in text-form, but on Facebook? Oh no, no, no. I won’t speak to you if you ask me something like this: “wAt r U dO!Ng 2d@y?” Really? Is it seriously that difficult to spell five words out correctly? I’m pretty sure you put more effort into spelling it this way. Ah, the pleasures Facebook brings us always has to have strings attached. It’s a shame America’s youth is so irritating.

Mudslinging becomes personal Jackie Tse Connection Staff There is nothing grand about a video that has been circulating the internet. A local Republican Party district in Minnesota posted a video on their website that has offended many Democrats as well as fellow Republicans with its content. The video starts with Tom Jones’ “She’s a Lady,” while showing pictures of beautiful Republican women. Then halfway into the 5 minute video, Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” plays while showing unflattering pictures of female Democratic celebrities and politicians. This video was inappropriate on many different levels. The message that the Republican Party is sending is that women have to rely purely on their physical appearance, rather than what they have to offer intellectually, to get high-ranking jobs or be successful. The Republicans are being sexist for implying such a message in the video. The belief that looks, not your experience and expertise, will get you to places is such a shame. Grown, mature adults making videos and sending such a message rather than focusing on more pressing political matters is very bothersome.

While many Democrats have demanded an apology from the Republican Party for posting such a tasteless video on the internet, the Republicans have been on the defensive said the Democrats “need to learn to have a sense of humor.” I have yet to find the humor. There is a fine line between a joke and an insult. A joke would be two friends making fun of each other, and an insult is opposing political parties making a disparaging remark about the other, and in this case a video. What I’m wondering is why didn’t they show a picture of Natalie Portman in the video? She is a Democrat, and in my opinion, I think she is gorgeous. There’s also Alyssa Milano, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Anniston just to name a few. They are all Democrats. Why just show pictures of unflattering Democrats, and Rosie O’Donnell.  The Republicans should apologize to the Democrats for this classless act. The GOP is taking away the bigger picture here and which is what you have done as a party. Instead of making a video that has absolutely nothing to do with politics to put down an opposing party, they should have gone at it in a better way by pointing out the Dems previous track records in the political realm.  

Two-year schools unfairly bashed Raynisha Taltoan Connection Staff It seems there are a lot of misconceptions about those who attend community college. Some say we only attend because we are graded on a lower scale, or we did not get accepted into our choice schools, something along those lines. All reasons gravitate toward the fact that attending community college would not qualify us as one of the elite future wise. After reading an article on Time magazine’s website by Joel Stein stating, “I went to a better college than you did. That does not make me a better person than you. It does, however, make me smarter, more knowledgeable, more curious and more ambitious. So, in a lot of ways, better.” I was really bothered by this. In many ways, Joel Stein feels he is more superior because he went to a better school. When I started thinking about it, I did not understand what made him better. Would this still be true comparing the slacker that goes to Yale, attends class everyday but never does any work? As opposed to a person that goes to their average community college, exceeds the amount of units needed and excels in all programs of study. There is really no way to measure ambition or the standard that makes him feel so self-entitled.

In no way am I saying a person who attends schools like Harvard or Yale has not accomplished anything, but I am saying it does not make them better. No one is looking at the circumstances or the reasoning behind going to what school. I will say that community college is a lot less expensive, but I do feel I am getting an adequate learning experience in all my classes. Also most students’ first two years in college are spent doing general education, which is another major reason why so many students attend a community college, to get the same learning experience that is also required for a more reasonable price. Not all people who attend community college are going to be as qualified as someone who attended the most prestigious state or private college, but I do not necessarily agree they should be considered of lesser value. It depends on the person and how they apply themselves. The effort and hard work they put in and how driven they are to succeed to be considered the best or the “elite.” Simply assuming people that attend community college did not get into their choice schools or are going because of a lower grading scale is ridiculous. People who have these beliefs should try attending a community college before submitting their argument.


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Americans hide behind the first amendment Maria Zavala Connection Staff Americans are hypocrites, evil and prejudice. Muslims are terrorists that hate America and hijack planes. The truth of the matter is that Americans and Muslims not all fit into these categories. Stereotypes hurt because outsiders make assumptions as to what people believe in, how they act or how they live based on experiences they have had with people from certain groups.    An American might read this and say “Hey, I’m not evil.” The same way Muslims denounced the events and actions that took place on 9/11.    But let’s separate truth from assumptions those that hijack planes and fly them into federal buildings are Muslim radicals that use terror tactics.  There is a bold line between Muslim radicals and law-abiding Muslims who

practice Islam free from terror.   Islamophobia derives from these misconceptions. There is such a phobia towards anything non-Christians that even candidates for presidency have to pass the “Christianity test.” Because of Obama’s name resemblance with Osama many were quick to assume President Barack Obama’s religious preferences and/or his affiliations. Now nine years from 9/11 the construction of a Muslim community center was proposed near ground zero. An instant debate has awoken bringing issues of freedom of religion and rights of eminent domain and private property to the surface of political debates and recent protests.  What I don’t understand is why we are feeding into the stereotype of hypocriticalMuslim-hating Americans that said radicals have about us? If Osama bin Laden says America has waged war on Islam, the opposition toward

this project would only feed their anger towards us.  After 9/11 former President George W. Bush tried to persecute an ideology bringing war into the Middle East. Our There is a bold “primary goal” was line between to take down and Muslim radicals rebuild a governand law-abiding ment to mirror our democracy Muslims who own practice Islam with a voting sysfree from terror. tem, a constitution Islamophobia and freedom. But now when derives we as a nation have from these the opportunity of misconceptions. showing them how it’s done we turn our backs towards our own constitution. What would our founding fathers think of the mass protests against freedom of religion, one of the basic freedoms they fought for

with the constitution?   It is hypocritical that America has pride itself on its freedoms. It has been a land where many fleeing religious persecutions have sought peace to practice what they believe in.   Am I right to conclude that we are letting radicals position us against our own? We have already gone through this process of accusations without merit against those who were on our side but we thought enemies. We locked them up into internment camps because we felt secure. We took precious time away from them and everything else they had worked hard to gain. But because of our phobia we destroyed them. They were Japanese-Americans. Islamophobia has been like a somewhat dormant giant and now awakens to devour those who believe such radical ideas. But be careful of such radical ideology after all it is radical ideology that has brought us to this point.

Most movie remakes fall short of the originals Carlo Dela Cruz Connection Staff Although film remakes in recent cinema can be good, they can still fall victim for not being as well done or as interesting as their original reference piece. While many films throughout history have been remade, the saturation of new revisions has been an increasingly common trend ever since the early-2000s. While most are commercially successful, they were also not critically appreciated unlike their originals. Some of them were even universally panned. The remake to British horror film, “The Wicker Man” was heavily ridiculed to the point that it was awarded multiple times by the annual show dedicated to bad cinema, known as the “Golden Raspberry Awards.” Another example was the horror classic, “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” Remade this year, it received negative criticism for falling into the same conventions that were

existent in many of the franchise’s entries with no apparent change. The biggest problem for remakes is the treatment of their source material from the original film. They must be consistent and alike to their predecessors to indicate that the latest iteration is similar to what it originally was. Remakes, though, cannot act exactly be like the original or else it’s merely a carbon copy. What makes remakes work is that they stay true to the original concept while providing something new or interesting. Effort is put into remakes to make an effective transition to either a new generation or a different speaking country while not alienating the fan base or the films it is based on. Despite the many inferior remakes, there were also some lauded gems. Martin Scorsese directed “The Departed,” which was an American adaptation to the Hong Kong crime film “Internal Affairs.” The ensemble heist film “Ocean’s 11”

was remade in 2001 which later spawned a generally favorable trilogy starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Batman has gone through multiple iterations including the recent hits by director Christopher The biggest Nolan. Nolan’s problem for second film in his remakes is the series “The Dark treatment of Knight” made top their source 10 lists from mulmaterial from tiple high profile the original film. critics. Actor Heath They must be Ledger who died consistent and before the release alike to their of The Dark Knight predecessors. was awarded posthumously for best supporting actor in the 2008 Academy Awards. Similar to “The Departed,” some upcoming movies are remakes from popular foreign films. Two of them are from Sweden adapted for massive release.

One is the vampire thriller “Let Me In” based on both the Swedish iteration and the book titled “Let The Right One In.” Another is “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” dated for release in 2011, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Remakes from other countries have the problem of dialogue being lost in translation. Depending on the film, screenwriters might have to change or simplify the script to accommodate a larger audience but they shouldn’t desecrate the meaning of the dialogue originally provided. Like any other film, the production is very important. If a director or any other major member of a film crew is doing a bad job, then there is the possibility of a horrible result during theatrical release. Everyone has a responsibility to make an effective remake. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with remakes in general but it’s all about treatment and respect of the source.  At the end, it’s about the execution to figure out if it’s actually good or bad.

Possible solutions to alleviate campus pressure Tracy Gilkerson Connection Staff

What a mess! There are four Cosumnes River College Campus Police Officers directing traffic at the Bruceville Road entrance. There are multiple traffic jams between the driving students and community buses. Students wait in line at the Hawk’s Nest Bookstore for several minutes for the much- needed supplies to hear that they are not available yet. A counselor is stationed in the hallway, outside of the regular offices, directing students, assisting in quick questions and offering temporary solutions. Most impor-

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“Went online and got them at halfoff.com.” Ed Nightingale, 40 Digital Media

tantly, the Financial Aid Office is backed up with students lined up from their door, across the lobby, to the adjacent wall and down the hall. Basically everyone is running to get what they can. The students’ college dream has turned into everyone’s nightmare. Here are the problems: the budget cuts. Alone, there were about 800 sections cut from the Los Rios District. Then, there is the economy. Everyone is encouraged to return to school, an increase of students. For the finale, we have the cap on class size: an average of 25 students. Is it any wonder?  Not just the subjects that concern a major, but for some, to maintain a student’s

FAFSA/ Financial Aid. Before we cast the blame on the administration, let us support the professors that are willing to take a stand and say, “as long as the seats are available, welcome.” Here are some possible solutions: maybe the college could get the buses to unload students at the steps.  Give those defying professors first choice. If they want the extra students, give them the auditorium classrooms. The Financial Aid Office needs to open more stalls. If this is not possible, then schedule appointments. Schedule 15 minutes for each person that way students are in and out of the office in less time. With the new construction, find

them their own building! Lessen the congestion. Not just for safety reasons, but confidentiality. There is a myth: education is free. As everyone can see, we all pay the price. Here is a novel idea, beginning next semester, the state campuses need to invite the Lawmakers of California down to the campuses. Exhibit and demonstrate how the educators of our state make do with what they have, and how much they do it for. Maybe, instead of raising taxes and giving themselves a raise, they will not only discover their error before the next budget, but find the desperately needed funds and wake us up from this nightmare. 

How did you get you get your textbooks?

“eBay and it’s a lot cheaper on there.” Heather Kahler, 25 Biology

“Most of my books I bought online on Chegg.com, you can rent the books for a semester and then return them.” Khalid Saddique, 26 Business Finance

“I’m using ones on reserve from the library.” Yesenia Cervantes, 18 Optomology


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Outside hitter Nikita Schenck (4) and middle blocker Hayley Arellano (7) block after a spike attempt by a middle blocker from West Hills College during the first set.

Women’s volleyball soars at invitational Jarrad Hicks, Branden Wiens and Tracy Gilkerson Connection Staff Tension mounted in the gymnasium with the anticipation of a win as the Cosumnes River College Lady Hawks Volleyball team prepared to battle in the 2010 CRC Classic on Sept. 10. The CRC Hawks began the tournament with a punch as they claimed victory in the first set against the West Hills Falcons with a 25-13. The Falcons, stung from the first set, attempted to claim the lead in the second set by scoring 27-25. However, the Hawks quickly recoiled and reclaimed the lead in the third set with 25-18. “Hitting was there and we are disciplined on defense, “ said Hawks middle hitter Domanique Coranado. Winning three out of the four sets played, the Hawks ended the first match of the tournament on a high note. “Cheers help and bring us together. It is not like serving,” Coronado said. “In serving, there is just you and the ball.” The Hawks were not able to

bask in the victory from the first match long as they were shot down in the second match. CRC lost to Merced College 25-23, 25-19, 28-26 in what turned out to be a second match. T h e e v e n l y - “We’re m a t c h e d constantly teams battled learning and t h r o u g h getting better. three tightly All the girls do c o n t e s t e d a good job of s e t s being scrappy u l t i m a t e l y and leaving r e s u l t i n g everything we in Merced have on the pulling out court.” each game in route to Jessica taking the Scalzitti Outside Hitter making the match in straight sets. Head Coach Minet Gunther said that “too many unforced errors” by her team lead to the loss. “We made a lot of inexperience errors and we have a lot of freshman,” said Gunther. “They had a little more experience than us and it showed in the end.” But even though sophomore outside hitter Jessica Scalzitti said she knew her team needs to “learn how to play at a quicker pace,” she

also she was confident her team would never quit. “We’re constantly learning and getting better,” Scalzitti said. “All the girls do a good job of being scrappy and leaving everything we have on the court. We’re never going to give up.” Heading into the final match of the evening, the Hawks were even, with one match won, and one lost. Their opponents in the final match were the Los Mendanos Mustangs. The Hawks successfully won the first set with a commanding vigor, aggressively outplaying the Mustangs 21-16. After going down in the second set, 17-9, the Hawks began to push back, and scored 12 points in the same timeframe that the Mustangs were able to score three, eventually finishing the set 25-20, once again the Hawks taking victory. Beginning the final set, the Hawks took the lead, and never looked back winning 25-18. In a very exciting set, victory was all but certain from the outset. “Overall the tournament went well,” said Gunther. “We’re improving every time we step out here.”

Nor-Cal champs start season strong Alena Slater Connection Staff The women’s soccer team won the season opener against DeAnza College on Aug. 31. Coming into the season, the returning Northern California Champions introduced a brand new team featuring only five returning players.

The Hawks came out strong in the first half with a goal from center forward Christina Gomez, followed up by another goal from center forward Jeannette Solorzano. “We did pretty good being our first game and coming together with a new group of girls,” said sophomore team captain Erika Anguiano. The second half of the game

Gomez scored a third goal for The Hawks to beat DeAnza’s single and final goal of the game. “Christina did outstanding, apart from her goals, she was a big reason we dominated the game,” said women’s soccer coach Cesar Plasencia. “When it’s all said and done we’ll be right there amongst the best in the state.”

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Outside hitter Emma Franco, right, passes the ball towards setter Annalysa Pimental in the final set against Los Medanos College on Sept. 10.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Opponent

Location

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Siskiyous Tournament Ohlone San Joaquin Diablo Valley

Siskiyous CRC Delta CRC

9/17 - TBA 9/22 - 6:30 p.m. 9/29 - 6:30 p.m. 10/1 - 6:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER Opponent Cerritos Los Medanos Diablo Valley San Joaquin Delta Sierra College

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CRC Pittsburg Pleasant Hill CRC Santa Rosa

9/18 - 7 p.m. 9/21 - 3:30 p.m. 9/24 - 3:30 p.m. 9/28 - 3:30 p.m. 10/6 - 6:30 p.m.


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Lady Hawks’ hat trick comes up short in draw Troy Davis Connection Staff The Cosumnes River College Lady Hawks soccer team fought for a 3-3 draw in their second game of the season against the Solano College Lady Falcons. The game was fast-paced from beginning to end. Lapses in communication put the Lady Falcons in position to score, but the fight put up by the Lady Hawks on the field (also known as a pitch in soccer), made sure they maintained the lead or kept the Lady Falcons even with them for most of the game. Led by freshman Melissa Gomez whose hat trick, or three goals in one game, filled up the box score. After conceding a goal in the first five minutes of the game, the Lady Hawks settled down and played their game for the rest of the first half. However, defensive mistakes were made at crucial moments allowing the Lady Falcons to tie the game up on two separate occasions late into the second half, leading to a tied score. The CRC squad showed up without their leading scorer and Captain, Christina Gomez, who sat out injured, proving that they could compete without their leader. With the first half ending with a score of 1-1, the Hawks started the second half aggressively. With a slip move, Gomez brought the Hawks up 2-1. The Lady Falcons faught for the lead, but could only muster up a goal to tie the game each time. After the game was tied at 2-2, the

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Midfielder Nichole Rivera, (4), pushes her way past a San Mateo midfielder to set up an opportunity for a shot on goal. Hawks continully passed the ball to Gomez, who scored her third goal of the night, a hat trick. It looked like the Hawks had secured a victory for sure with only four minutes left to play when a miss communication by the defense on a cross-goal pass that caused the Hawks to lose the lead once again. The last four minutes of the game was a test of wills between both teams that would

finish with a draw. In a post-game interview with Falcon’s Captain’s Erika Anguiano and Madelyn Zehnder, they shared their excitement about the team’s trip to Southern California and the teams play in the game. Anguiano said, “With this weeks trip to LA, this game was a test of our will to compete.� “We played hard today and this week’s trip we will be playing some talented teams.

It was good to know where we are headed,� Zehnder said. The close score kept the game full of exitement through both halves, which left the Lady Hawks feeling good about their performance. “We played team soccer today. It was nice to score a hat trick, but my teammates passes put me in good positions to score goals,� said Melissa Gomez.

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Student athletes have turned to technology in hopes of being recruited into better university athletic programs. Some students, according to an article published in the Sacramento Bee, are creating their own websites or using promotional websites to showcase their athletic ability. However, in most cases, owning and running a website isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t free. It costs quite a bit to create it, and, in many cases, there is a monthly or yearly fee attached to maintaining it. Another method student athletes utilize are online recruitment websites. Students can build a profile on these sites, which provides the service of connecting the athlete to universities and college coaches who are looking to recruit. Most of these websites offer only a basic profile for free. Having priority listings, professionally edited videos, homepage advertisement and other major tools in online recruitment can cost up to $1500. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand the need for it and I understand why it is, but the ones you pay money for, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily like,â&#x20AC;? said Cosumnes River College Assistant Sports Director Jenne Calamar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want everyone to think that you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it. There is a fit for everyone.â&#x20AC;? Nikita Schenck, 18, a psychology major who plays volleyball here at CRC, had considered online recruitment services.

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She was contacted and pressured by a woman from the site she had given her basic information to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She called me saying that I needed to pay $1500 to get my profile started and have coaches come see me,â&#x20AC;? Schenck said. Schenck said she declined, fearful that it might have been a scam. There are many free solutions to being recruited into high-rated, athletic schools. All of the services being offered by these websites are services that coaches of each sport can offer for free to transfer students finishing their two-year stay at CRC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think our coaches do very well moving their players on,â&#x20AC;? Calamar said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our players do move on.â&#x20AC;? Calamar said student athletes should use their coaches as their biggest resource for recruitment. Coaches are equipped with the true statistics of the players and are knowledgeable of what level they play at. That, combined with knowing the right fit for the athlete and the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectations, are the best tools a student can use when getting ready to transfer. Given the current economic standing of the country, it has been difficult for coaches to fly out to scout for players at games. Online services can sometimes bridge the financial gap and offer be more convenient for school scouts. For some students, online recruitment services could be the best method they have to get noticed but in most cases the athlete will be charged for it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want somebody getting rich off my dreams.â&#x20AC;? Calamar said


Features

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September 16, 2010

Photographer plays phantom at weddings to catch moments Branden Wiens Connection Staff

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Famous wedding photographer Denis Reggie shared many of his techniques learned from his career in a portfolio presentation Sept. 8 at the Recital Hall. After, he held a question and answer session where he gave the audience advice. what he views is his specific task for each wedding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mission as a photojournalist is to ensure no one knows Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking a photograph,â&#x20AC;? Reggie said of his style. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A wedding photojournalist should be content with the reality of the situation, and quietly document the day without the subject being aware of the photographerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence.â&#x20AC;? He said this was to ensure that the true emotion was captured organically,

Fallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s textbook drawing showed more hopeful participants than before Cynthia Mach Connection Staff With fingers crossed and hearts racing, the annual textbook drawing was held in the Cosumnes River College quad area on Wednesday. Students were randomly chosen to win a gift card to the Hawkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bookstore with a full amount of $250 dollars each, and of those 26 winners, one winner would be chosen to be featured on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s facebook page. Requirements were plain and simple. You had to be a CRC student and enrolled in at least 9 units. First lucky winner Shivangna Prakash said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was shocked, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expecting to get my name drawn because I was last to put my name in.â&#x20AC;? Many students were disappointed that their names were not drawn, but there is always another chance since CRC hosts this event twice every school year. Host Kenneth Cooper said he was very excited about the outcome of the event, seeing that many students stepped up to enter the drawing with hopes of winning the prize. Cooper said he enjoyed knowing that the CRC school foundation puts aside funds to help with the textbook drawing, because the money will go towards CRC student educational needs. Getting free money from the school is a very rare chance, but many students pass up the chance because it is not likely that they would be chosen since there is a lot of students attending CRC. Overall the event was a pure success, and with many textbook supporters donating funds to the school, everyone was able to have a winning chance.

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rather than in a staged manner, and alluded to himself as a spoon that catches all the action, rather than a fork that prods people into posing. At the end of the presentation, there was a brief question and answer segment, which was tremendously popular among those in attendance, with many getting advice on how to improve their own photographs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The event was very informative, and inspiring,â&#x20AC;? said Will Paraoan, a 29-year-

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old photography major, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned some new techniques, and a new way to listen to the client.â&#x20AC;? Several CRC faculty attended the event, mostly from the photography department, including Professor Patty Felkner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the event was hugely successful,â&#x20AC;? said Felkner, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We usually have around six weeks to advertise this before it takes place, and this time we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that.â&#x20AC;?

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Imagine being at a wedding, the usual bits are there, the minister, the guests, and usually the photographer, capturing each glorious moment. However, if that photographer is Denis Reggie, you likely wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even notice he is there at all. As a part of Canonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Explorers of Lightâ&#x20AC;? series, a series that highlights professional photographers who use Canon equipment as their primary tools, Reggie, a famed wedding â&#x20AC;&#x153;photojournalist,â&#x20AC;? as he calls himself, spoke to a near-packed crowd at the Cosumnes River College Performing Arts Center on Sept. 8. Reggie displayed a good-sized portfolio of his work, and spent considerable time talking about his photographs and how he composed them. A notable example of his work is the cover photograph of Ted Kennedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s posthumous memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Compass.â&#x20AC;? Reggie began the presentation by very clearly outlining what type of photography he did at the weddings, and the specific types of clients he works for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I must know where they itch, so I may scratch,â&#x20AC;? Reggie said of his clients. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are the types of people that expect me to follow their lead, rather than they following mine.â&#x20AC;? As he went through the various photographs, he elaborated more on

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Sacramento showcases off its local talent at Second Saturday Jarrad Hicks Connection Staff Second Saturday in midtown Sacramento has turned into a monthly collection of art, music and live shows. And while all the walking can feel as if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a marathon, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great range of options for college students to check out. For the 21-year-old and up group, there were plenty of bars packed to the patio. But what about those people who might not want to go to a bar or may not be able to get in? For all lovers of comic books and quick laughs, cartoon artists: like Brad Diller of Reno, were showing their own original strips and drawing sketches of people live out in front of Big Brother Comics on J Street near 19th Street. However, the winner for the most jaw-dropping show of the night was across the street, showcasing a display of an entirely different form of art. If I told you a woman was hula hooping on J Street near 19th Street, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound so shocking or impressive. But combine hula hooping with fire and all of sudden, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spectacle. Drawing cheers and gasps from the crowd as the sun began to set, she hooped from her waist to her arms and neck, the fire seemingly crawling on her body. Kings on L street was an interesting place for all the Sacramento hoops fans in town. The place was illuminated by colorful pieces of art ranging from replications of the team logo to paintings of players in action like 2009-2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans. For those who dropped in, they had a chance to meet the Kingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; forward Francisco Garcia or some of the Sacramento Kingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dance team. A bonus for those who came in was a complimentary ticket to one of the Kingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home preseason games at ARCO Arena, so long as you bought a preseason ticket first. But of course, it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be Second Saturday without art. And since many local artists donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to pay commission or have enough money to get their work in to galleries, many got creative by taking their art to the street. On 20th street, between J and K, was where the ma-

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The Newsstand Art Project was on display downtown at the monthly Sacramento Second Saturday artwalk event on Sept. 11, showcasing a new and artistic approach on how to make news more interesting. jority of people gravitated. A gathering of young people onlookers to see, photograph and even purchase. were commonly seen hanging out on the steps out front The biggest party of the night goes to the band of of many of the restaurants and shops, a live band keep- drummers keeping the southeast corner of J and 22nd ing many of those in front of Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza bobbing their Streets dancing, literally. heads. A group of about 15 drummers, playing everything Across the street, a few of the cheerleaders from from conga and bass drums to cowbells, entertained a the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football mixed crowd of young and old. League were out to meet folks and promote the upcomWith people pouring in, jaywalking to cross the ing season, while artists like Josh Odom, better known as streets and party with total strangers, this was definitely â&#x20AC;&#x153;Medal 4,â&#x20AC;? lined the streets with their own original art for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t missâ&#x20AC;? spot of Second Saturday.

First semester survival guide Cory Fong Connection Staff

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your first semester. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re scrambling around campus. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crowded, and there are lines everywhere. Everything is so new. Everything is different. This is your first day of college. Here at the Connection, we have composed our own list of advice to welcome you to our campus. â&#x20AC;˘First, calm down, relax and realize that it is perfectly okay if you have no idea what you want to do with your life. â&#x20AC;˘Take classes youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unfamiliar with, or get your general education out of the way, and maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stumble on something that tickles your fancy. â&#x20AC;˘Manage your time effectively. Take the time to review your notes, text and reflect on them. Most importantly, though, make sure you have time to en-

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News

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September 16, 2010

Proposition 8: reactions mixed as decision is heard Continued from page 1

Despite being stuck in the court system, many CRC students said it’s only a matter of time before gay marriage is legalized in California. “I don’t think the appeals will work,” said Andrew Duclos, 18, a history and religious studies major. “California is pretty liberal and isn’t too against changing with the times.” One student wasn’t so certain. “It probably won’t pass because of

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church and state,” said Appria Negrete, a licensed vocational nurse major. “They should be separate, but they’re not.” Those interviewed at CRC had different opinions regarding whether or not other states will follow in California’s footsteps. “Trends always follow everywhere,” said Cecilia Cueva, 45, a visitor to the campus. “One city or country does one thing and everyone else follows.” The decision’s trend of crossing of state lines will take time, said Muhammad Bustaman, a 24-year-old computer engineering major. “Conservative states will probably take a little longer, but the more liberallyminded states will quickly pick it up,” said Bustaman. At least one student said without federal intervention, gay marriage in all 50 states will be far down the road. “I hope it gets to the federal level and the government makes it legal, so nobody has to wait for every single state to modernize,” Valencia said. “For each state to do so would take hundreds of years.”

Budget: part-time faculty struggle amidst changes Continued from page 1

struggles. Linda Sneed, a part-time English professor, said she never had to worry about job security until recently. “Summer classes used to be primarily taught by part timers, but now things are getting competitive and weird at the same time,” Sneed said. Professors said part-time teachers have felt more changes than full-time teachers. Part-time teachers aren’t guaranteed and obliged to teach a certain number of classes like full-time teachers are, Sneed said. “Before, us part timers could anticipate and even count on a full load of classes, but now we can’t take anything for granted,” Sneed said. Teachers said full-time teachers now have more responsibilities. “With reduction in part timers at CRC, the workload of the full-time faculty outside of their classes has increased,” Newman said. Staff members said departments are

unable to help students as much as previously did. Emily Barkley, who has been a staff member in the Transfer Center since 2006, said the Transfer Center’s hours of operation have been cut. “Help from students is now limited: only federal work-study students can be hired,” Barkley said. The Transfer Center was unable to pay for the Spring College Tour by itself, Barkley said. The tour provides students with an opportunity to interact with and explore a 4-year university, such as the University of California, Merced or the University of Pacific. Unless funding is increased, California colleges will continue to experience changes. “Republican leadership of California has failed consistently to provide sufficient funding for California community colleges,” Newman said.

Cynthia Mach | The Connection

Students are still able to access the Hawks Nest on Aug. 27 without too much hinderance although some have found the construction distracting.

Construction: library status distracting, but manageable Continued from page 1

of my way now,” Moralez said. “I have to go through a door and up the stairs of a complete different building now and it’s just annoying.” The cafeteria is expected to be completed by Summer 2011, Caponera said. Renovations are also underway for the Hawks Nest, the campus bookstore. Unlike the cafeteria renovations, construction on the bookstore is able to accommodate all the same services with no distractions, said Hawks Nest Manager, Maria Hyde. Current renovations are actually the second phase of a two-phase project that was partially completed five years ago, said

Hyde. “We hope to provide a textbook reservation service and more rental textbooks for students,” Hyde said. “The completion of the project will provide more access and services to the students.” While Hyde said construction is going smoothly and doesn’t cause much distraction, some students find it distracting. “It is distracting because it’s been like that for a while it doesn’t seem like they’re working on it,” said 18-year-old Sabrina Prasad, an undecided major. Bookstore renovations are going smoothly and are expected to be completed by April 2011, Hyde said.

Payment: streamlining attempt triggers financial headaches Continued from page 1

“It’s unfair that some people cannot pay for classes until they receive their upcoming pay or financial aid,” Woycheshin said. “It’s emotionally stressful for students who have to deal with it and maybe endure the struggle of dropping classes.” Woycheshin said more people are trying to get into classes. Students on a waiting list will likely be able to get in if someone enrolled cannot pay on time. The policy reform was created to provide a more streamlined access for students wanting to enroll and prevent them from misinterpreting the policy, according to the press release. Automotive technology major David Cameron, 18, said the policy is not sympathetic of students with jobs. “Some people might be awaiting their weekly pay and if they have to pay too soon,

it’s going to be bad for them,” Cameron said. “Ultimately, they would either have to enroll and pay for their classes early or even borrow money at the last minute.” Cameron said that financial aid students could also be affected by the policy forcing them to make wiser decisions and sacrifices. Melissa Jarquin, an 18-year-old sonography major, is waiting to enroll in a class and is currently employed, but was a bit worried if her work status changes and the policy got in the way. “Although it’s a bit easy to pay when having a job but if something happened, there is a certain challenge,” Jarquin said. “I hope in the future that they would change the policy to accommodate everyone especially those who might not be able to pay immediately.”

>> News Brief

Cynthia Mach | The Connection

Students line up outside the Admissions and Records building on Aug. 27 in hopes of enrolling in their classes before the add deadline.

A Sacramento City College student was shot and killed during Second Saturday, a popular Midtown Sacramento art walk event, on Sept. 11. The student, Victor Hugo Perez Zavala, a 24-year-old sociology and international relations major, was an innocent bystander caught in the midst of a crossfire that broke out during the event, according to Sacramento Police. The shooting took place shortly after midnight on J Street between 19 and 18 streets.

Zavala, who would have turned 25 on Sept. 21, is survived by his six younger siblings and his parents. A candlelight vigil was held in Zavala’s honor on Sept.14, where more than 100 people gathered in remembrance, according to an article in the Sacramento Bee. Story compiled from articles on The Sacramento Bee and Sac City Express.


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