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The Connection The student voice of Cosumnes River College since 1970

Volume 57, Issue 3

March 10, 2011

BUDGET CUTS Campus prepares for the outcome of proposed June election Branden Wiens & Cory Fong Connection staff California community colleges are preparing to brunt the impact of the harshest cuts the institution has endured since the inception of the California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, due to the faltering state economy. As a part of his budget proposal released in January, Gov. Jerry Brown called for the cut of $400 million from the general fund for community colleges within the state. Voting on the budget has been delayed as Gov. Brown attempts to negotiate with Republicans reluctant to approve it. In the last few months, parent groups, teachers, law enforcement officials and other interests groups have called for a temporary fiveyear extension of higher sales, vehicle and income taxes established

two years ago, to weather the impact of California’s sunken economy. The extension would be subject of a special election to be held in June, but the election itself requires a two-thirds majority vote in both the state assembly and senate before California voters can choose. The Cosumnes River College Workload Committee outlined three specific scenarios the district could potentially face. If the June tax package fails, and Proposition 98 – legislation that guarantees funding to K-14 schools – is suspended, then the LRCCD could potentially lose roughly 20,000 students – roughly 3,600 from CRC. This is the worst-case scenario, according to a document from the CRC Workload Committee.

See BUDGET, Page 8

Study indicates correlation between Colleges prepare for blood pressure and education level impacted classes Dorian Love Connection staff

Tracy Gilkerson Connection staff Cosumnes River College students majoring in health and human services, social sciences, criminal justice, health sciences and psychology will discover that transferring to California State University, Sacramento isn’t as easy as it used to be. These classes will be harder to get into, with higher expectations. On March 1, 2011, a committee of professors from CSU, Sacramento, was in CRC’s library room 111 for an open forum arena. The panel spoke about higher education, enrollment and laid out a plan because there are an excessive amount of students that are heading towards these fields of study and CSUS’s staff is unable to accommodate the students given the state’s budget crisis. This was one of the three community meetings where See PSYCHOLOGY, Page 8

Does having a higher education decrease your chances of getting high blood pressure? According to a study published by BioMed Central Public Health on Feb. 28, the answer is yes. The study followed roughly 4,000 people for three decades. Those followed were people whose education went when beyond a college degree. The study found that those who did had a lower blood pressure by several points, according to an article published by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The study further found that even when factors such as smoking, drinking, obesity and hypertension medicine are considered, the data exhibited similar results. There is some truth to the study’s findings, said Michelle Barkley, a Cosumnes River College campus nurse. “Those who have a college education have more doors opened,” said Barkley. ”There is a peace of mind for those insured because they don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.”

Barkley pointed out the connection between education, money and health insurance, or lack thereof, as influences. “Health insurance plays a big role,” said Barkley. “People may not have as many resources to tap into, which can increase a person to stress and added stressors can cause high blood pressure” Paula Parnacott, 24, a sociology major, agreed with this assessment. “I think it could be true because those without education could be more stressed about money,“ Parnacott said. “They may not get what they need.” Lauren Bane, 22, public relations major said regular exposure to pressure situations could help in the future. “I think college students deal with stress better because later in life they know how to deal with pressure because they know what it takes,” Bane said. Dynisha Perkins, a 20-yearold nursing major disagreed with the study’s findings. “I think it’s bogus,” Perkins said. “It’s not true just because of a statement; I think high blood pressure is more about lifestyle.”

Barkley supported Perkins’ statement, stating that blood pressure encompasses a number of factors that need to be considered, such as habits, lifestyle and genetics. “Some people are more prone to develop high blood pressure due to family genetics,” said Barkley. “Some are predisposed to having it.” Having high blood pressure raises your risk for heart disease and stroke. These are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Protection. It’s increasingly important to remember that high blood pressure can affect anyone at some point, whether it’s family, friends or personal, Barkley said. Although high blood pressure presents risks, there are ways to prevent it, specifically being conscious of actions, Barkley said. Getting information about it and practicing healthy behaviors are steps people can take to limit chances, said Barkley. “Look into ways for some type of health insurance and create a work plan with a doctor.”

Abroad program discussed by faculty Stephan Starnes Connection staff

Studying abroad is something that many students dream of doing. Getting to learn in a new, foreign environment can be exciting, thought provoking and educational. Cosumnes River College communications studies Professor Daniel DuBray explained in an e-mail exchange the many benefits of studying abroad. “We spent six weeks in Southern Spain, Granada and six weeks in Central Spain, Madrid, the metropolitan city,” DuBray said. “It was a wonderful contrast between traditional Spanish culture and the modern Spanish culture and lifestyle.” To enrich student learning, DuBray said that students were required to enroll in a Life and Culture of Spain course, which included required field trips to different landmarks, events and historical areas in Spain. See ABROAD, Page 8



March 10, 2011


Change the educational mentality­, start at the top As a society, America has grown lazy. Instead of reading books, most students seem to be checking their status on social networking sites or browsing the internet for obnoxious videos in their free time. At one point, America was leading the world in terms of education. Now, U.S. students rank 14 in reading, 17 in science and 25 in mathematics in the world, according to a 2010 study performed by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development. And although many point the finger to students first, it all starts at the top of the educational food chain and trickles down. As a country, we value education less than others do. We’re ranked 46 in the world in terms of the percentage of our gross domestic product, the total amount of goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a year’s time, that we spend on education, according to This means that although we are clearly falling behind in the educational race, we still allow funding to dwindle down. Colleges and universities have to merely “get by” with the money they’re given. Nowadays, many news stories are about how teachers and classes will have to be slashed in upcoming months. The low funding that higher educational systems are currently receiving means fewer seminars and guest speakers for students to learn from. Professors who still have jobs are forced to stretch themselves thin over even more students, with even less free time to talk to them. As the emphasis, based on monetary availability, shifts away from out of class activities, students begin to only focus on passing tests, as opposed to genuinely learning and absorbing the material. Students will pass the test by any means necessary, cutting corners whenever possible. Instead of reading an entire book for class, a student can hop online to read other students’ essays and visit sites that provide “notes” on just about any book. Many visit websites to determine which teachers grade the easiest and avoid putting in any true college work. Others are too lazy to even write out their own work, and turn to plagiarism in hopes of a passing grade. Plagiarism is so prevalent that programs have been created whose sole purpose is to check for authenticity and catch cheaters. College students in America are nowhere near as grateful for their education as students are in other countries. Students often show up late with sagged pants, only to doodle in their notebooks and text in class, rather than paying attention. There seems to be a cultural tendency to undershoot the importance of education. As a nation, we need to believe that we can do better, and, more importantly, that we are better than where we currently stand. It starts at the top of the hierarchy. The United States needs to show their belief in education through increased funding. Once this happens, universities will have the capacity to hire more professors who will be able to challenge students outside of the classroom. Then, the idea that education is important will trickle all the way down to the students’ level. If this is done then students around the country will step up to the challenge and fall into a self-fulfilling prophecy, except this time the prophecy will be good.

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Weed­: a gateway to a healthier life Adam Hally Connection Staff What are the chances you know somebody who grows marijuana? As one of the most widely talked about substances in today’s culture, marijuana just became a little more available. WeGrow is one of 40 marijuana stores and dispenseries in the Sacramento area. Recent studies have found that smoking marijuana can help reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s disease, lung cancer, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, brain cancer, multiple sclerosis, and opiate dependency. One of the main criticisms of medicinal marijuana, or marijuana in general even, is that smoking is the method of consumption, though that isn’t always true. Regardless of how you take it, marijuana can have great health benefits for users, and that’s always a good thing. It’s strange though, because marijuana has no proven adverse health effects. Lately, people are changing their views. The views on marijuana have become more relaxed since California’s use of medicinal marijuana in 1996.

Stores like weGrow only help the cause, and in February of 2009 the U.S. Federal Drug Enforcement Agency stated they would stop all raids of state-level head shops and dispensaries. Things are looking up for marijuana advocates. Whether you’re for it or not, marijuana is definitely going to be around for quite a while. I don’t know why it was a big deal in the first place. Marijuana has been around for thousands of years, and used medicinally by people around the globe. It’s obviously helping. Furthermore, any stoner would add that marijuana makes everything better, especially movies, music and food. It even makes you a more cautious driver. What sounds bad about that? Everyone is too uptight about things these days. I heard that stress-related deaths are third in the country only to cancer and heart disease. Look at the bigger picture; everybody is in a rush all the time, and for what? We all complain about our jobs and relationships, and how busy we are. Relax, take a break and sit down for a few minutes. You owe it to yourself and not anyone else. Smoking marijuana enables you to do that. Perhaps it is a gateway drug—a gateway to a healthier life.

Sexism still dominates the sports world Johny Garcia Connection Staff Many people would like to believe that sexism is slowly but surely dying. Unfortunately, a recent incident at a wrestling tournament in Iowa is making people question this theory. During a high school wrestling tournament in Iowa, 16-year-old Joel Northrup, refused to wrestle a girl and chose to forfeit the match instead. “As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner,” Northrup said in a video on Many applaud the boy’s decision, saying it was courteous and respectful, but I see his actions as the complete opposite, sexist and unsportsmanlike. Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines sportsmanship as, “conduct (as fairness, respect for one’s opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport.” To go further, sportsmanship means treating any opponents in sports as equals and showing respect whether one wins or loses. When Northrup decided that wrestling a girl was wrong, he mentally decided that he was better than her in one way or another. He was stuck in the old, sexist mentality that women are not as good as men. If he truly respected her and viewed her as an equal, then the match would have went on as it was scheduled to. Not only did Northrup act in an

unsportsmanlike manner, but he also robbed the 14-year-old girl Cassy Herkelman, of her big moment. Here is a girl who is trying to win a match in a tournament full of boys. One by one she beats them, making it through the tournament. Then, with all eyes on her, she is denied the chance to win honorably. She is handed the win, not earning it through her skill, but instead by someone taking pity on her. And to top it all off, the boy’s coach told CNN reporters that he was understanding of the boy’s decision to forfeit the match. Coaches should be showing their players how to play the sport the right way, not enforcing sexism. Joel Northrup wanted to do the right thing, and that goal of his shouldn’t be overlooked. He probably didn’t mean to do this out of hate. However, since underlying sexist beliefs clouded his reasoning, he unknowingly made the wrong decision. Are we used to seeing women and men play against each other in the same sport? For the most part, no. But that doesn’t mean men and women shouldn’t play sports together. If we are ignorant like Northrup, then we will allow sexism and other unneeded ways of thinking to stick around in society. But if we want the change to happen, we need to put the wheels in motion. It’s like Sir Isaac Newton said, “An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an external force.


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‘Glee’ breaks Hot 100 record, fairness questioned Stephan Starnes Connection Staff


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“Glee” is a hit show that has not only brought in the ratings, but has taken the Billboard Hot 100 charts by storm. In a season and a half, the show has produced 113 Top 100 songs. It’s quite an accomplishment; they’ve beaten out huge acts such as Elvis Presley (108 entries) and The Beatles (71 entries). The main argument against this being fair is that they aren’t original enough because of the fact that they don’t write their own songs. I say that the argument is invalid, and that it’s completely fair for them to be ranked among the greats on the Billboard Charts, just like anyone else. The talented people who make up the cast record multiple songs a week for episodes, and each episode is essentially one big music video. Isn’t that what artists do—record songs and make music videos? Are they original songs? No. They will be having original songs for the Regionals episode, though. They aren’t the first artists to ever chart with song covers. Just look at Ike and Tina Turner covering Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary.” Both versions of the song have been given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Besides, it isn’t as if they’re copying artists exactly. Take “Glee’s” “Umbrella/Singin’ in the Rain” for example. An older song was merged with a more current one and the two were mashed together and brought lyrics that many people may not have been exposed to, while making them current to the new generation. And like other artists, the cast of “Glee” has gone out and performed at concerts. They even sang the National Anthem during a game in third game of the World Series.

The actors do have musical ability of their own. A number of the cast, including Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) and Matthew Morrison

There is a new phenomenon sweeping television sets and it is the series “Glee.” This show has surpassed Elvis on the Billboard Charts for

wasted. It is like having a gourmet chef cooking for a restaurant like McDonald’s. This isn’t fair to the people who remember what the genuine music sounds like and still have the records or 8-track tapes of the music. It isn’t about being genuine; it is about the initiative of being original. “How Do I Live” had two different versions. The original version was released by LeAnn Rimes, and Trisha Yearwood released a version shortly after. Does anyone remember the cinema flick, “The Bodyguard?” Whitney Houston sang “I Will Always Love You” on the soundtrack and did the video. It is a beautiful song, but it didn’t have an impact on me because she was using her vocal strength without emotional attachment to the song. This is not her first attempt to pull a rabbit out of a magic hat. When Houston began singing, she came out with a number one hit, “Greatest Love of All.” Needless to say, George Benson previously released it in the 1970s. There is an ingenious side in the idea of covering songs. Only CEO’s would have thought to sit behind a desk, collecting an enormous amount of money for practically doing nothing. In some aspects, I would consider this legalized plagiarism. Before I can actually acknowledge that these performers have any real Billboard Top 100 Chart songs, they must prove to me that they first have an honest to goodness song worthy of the standing. It must be their own, not a remake. From my understanding, they are getting prepared to do just that and I can’t wait to see how they fare in the world of originality.

(Will Schuester), have Broadway backgrounds. Those who don’t were asked to prove their musical ability in the audition process. One actor in particular has a story behind him. Newcomer Darren Criss was previously known for writing music and starring in the viral hit “A Very Potter Musical.” On his first episode of “Glee” he sang Katy Perry’s song “Teenage Dream.” His version of the song became the fastest selling “Glee” song, breaking that record. After “Teenage Dream” aired on Glee, even Katy Perry tweeted about how she liked “Glee’s” version of the song. If the original artist likes the cover, why can’t they be ranked together? I can’t wait to hear more of the songs that will likely bring their record number higher.

Katy Perry influences men Stephan Starnes Connection Staff The definition of masculinity is changing, and Katy Perry is a major figurehead in the evolving definition. No longer do men have to be the strong, emotionless beings of the past. One prominent example comes from the rising star that is Glee’s Darren Criss. Criss had to come out as a straight male; many people believed him to be gay. He grew up in the San Francisco theatre scene, so he has a very pro-gay rights mentality. This just shows that he’s secure with himself, and stands up for what’s right, as men should. On his first episode of Glee, he sang Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” to Chris Colfer’s gay character, Kurt Hummel. This sent a message to men everywhere. Gay teens understood that it’s okay for them to have crushes and act on them; straight men learned that if they’re secure with themselves, they have no reason not to be supportive of gays. This isn’t the only example of Katy Perry influencing men. If

you go onto you YouTube, there are plenty of aspiring bands and musicians covering Perry’s hit songs. Boyce Avenue is a popular band on YouTube that often take female songs and add a sweet, touch to them. They took Perry’s sexual lyrics “let you put your hands on me, in my skin tight jeans, be your teenage dream tonight,” and reworded it to “let you rest your head on me if that’s what you need, be your teenage dream tonight.” The less sexual lyrics that Boyce Avenue addedto their cover made it even more masculine than if they covered it straight. Men can be sweet and loving too. Popular YouTube musician Tyler Ward got together with Alex Goot, also of YouTube, and covered “Firework,” also by Perry. Their video has nearly 2 million views. Ward and Goot weren’t bothered by the fact that guys don’t usually get together to sing female songs. They had fun, and made a beautiful song, and that’s all that should matter. Is masculinity changing? Yes, and for the better thanks to Katy Perry’s boundary-crossing music.

having the most songs on the Hot 100 making a record. Elvis has 108, but the cast from “Glee” has 113. Here is the problem with comparing the two—“Glee’s” artists have taken previously recorded songs, spun their own spiel to it and re-released them as new hits. This is not originality; it is regurgitating music and calling it your own. That is not to say that there isn’t talent amongst these upcoming stars, because they can sing. I am saying that this process stymies the idealism of creativity. Here is music that has been released; it’s a hit, and a few years later, another person placing his or her own interpretation of the music. The beat hasn’t changed. It’s just a new face. It is still the same old song with the same tune. I don’t like to see real talent

Game advertising mishaps Carlo Dela Cruz Connection Staff There needs to be new ways to advertise video games in the mainstream industry, instead of the recent controversial stunts that have occurred. Video game promotions would usually include spots in print publications as well as trailers on television. If a store like GameStop gets involved with a game, then there is the opportunity to present preorder bonuses in commercials. In some cases, shocking video game ads would include sexual and violent content, with the intent of boosting sales. Though the ads from the past are questionable, they do not rival the modern unconventional creations that have occurred. Most recently, there was an instance where approx. 10,000 red balloons were released in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference to help promote publisher THQ’s speculative future first person shooter “Homefront.” Although the balloons are considered biodegradable, it still created a nuisance for

the citizens. A majority landed in the city’s waters. With the damage done, it could actually hurt THQ. There are many ways that Homefront could have been promoted. They could have detailed preorder offers on television, created a small web series based on the game, or performing a surreal scenario involving elements from the game. Visceral Games had controversies in the past. Their stunts include the faux church protesters for “Dante’s Inferno” and “Dead Space 2’s” television campaign where mothers watch violent footage of the game in disgust. To help sell Epic Games’ first person shooter “Bulletstorm,” a small mini game parodying shooters such as “Call of Duty” was made with positive reception. The “Halo” series engaged fans to participate in multiple alternate reality games since its release. Those are great examples to help build anticipation and garner high sales before the release of a game, without stirring up trouble with the public.


Who should be #1 on the 99 most desireable women list?

Tierra Edwards, 21 Social Science

“Marilyn Monroe”

Daryeus Howard, 20 Physical Theraphy


Brandon Igiesias, 19 Aeronantical Engineering

“Kristen Stewart”

Shane Sardinia, 19 Engineering

“Corinne Bailey Rae”

Grigori Tasci, 33 Undecided

“Jennifer Lopez”

Cesar Flores, 24 Fire Tech

“Taylor Swift” Compiled by Daniel Newport and Adam Hally. Photographed by Osay Ogbebor and Adam Hally



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CRC Journal wants students’ literary and artistic talent Varsha Narayan Connection Staff The Cosumnes River Journal showcases dozens of student works every year, and this year marks the journal’s five-year anniversary. 

 The CRC journal is about showcasing student talent. “Professor’s Lisa Abraham, Constance Carter, Lesley Gale, Dennis Hock, Jamey Nye and I all had ideas of what a literary publication for CRC should look like,” said English Professor Heather Hutcheson, who is also a coordinator for the journal. “We wanted it to be an artful journal designed to promote emerging and established writers side by side.”

The journal not only showcases the talents of writers, but also artists. While the journal is focused on the literary works of students, the art is also very important. “The Journal is an excellent opportunity for hands-on learning. I know I learned the most about publishing from the nine years I edited a local poetry journal and by sending out my own work.” said Hutcheson. Students have the opportunity to gain experience in publishing and editing. “We want students to have the opportunity to learn more about submitting and publishing,” said Hutcheson. “We provide a venue for people to share their words. We also want interested students to help with the selection process.”
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all types of literary works, everything from poetry, to short stories, to mini essays. The mini essays have a specific theme every year. This year’s theme is Carpe Diem. “What always fascinates the selection committee members is how the art and writing serendipitously work together every year,” said Hutcheson. While the journal grows stronger every year, the commitment to showcasing the talent of CRC students remains the same. “We have maintained our commitment to showcasing CRC artists, writers, photographers, painter, etc. and we have extended our reach,” Hutcheson said. “In fact, we have been able to attract a diverse range of writers throughout the years.” Thanks to Professor Emmanuel Sigauke, the Journal has reached an international audience, having published writers from around the globe. The journal is currently seeking new talent for the fifth anniversary edition. The March 18 deadline is quickly approaching, so make sure to get your submissions in soon.

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ video sends creative message Joe Conradsen Connection Staff The highly anticipated music video for Lady Gaga’s “Born this way” is finally here, and it is as creative as it is visually appealing. The opening scene brings the audience into a science fiction universe where the stars sparkle with pounds of glitter and Lady Gaga seems most at home in her alien galaxy. The video is full of pop culture references and imagery. The imagery can be linked to popular movies, secret societies, her fans and numerous subcultures. With so much going on, it is hard to pick out Gaga’s main idea, or even what message she is trying to get accross. Similar to Lady Gaga’s previous videos, the “Born This Way” video was very ambiguous and didn’t illustrate a clear purpose. It was first very hard to take this seriously because it seemed that she just took icons and threw them in her video. But, this is intentional; she is trying to leave her targeted audience as ambiguous as possible so it will reach more people. The video opens up with an upside down pink triangle. This can mean numerous things. The upside down pink triangle was first used by the Nazis to mark homosexual males, an inverted triangle has been used as a gay rights symbol, the symbol can also mean woman and also ties into the illuminati. I believe that this symbol is meant to convey all of these possible messages. With one symbol Gaga mentions an oppressor, gay rights, a mother and mind control. With such a powerful opening scene the viewers can trust that everything in the video is

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Stephen Starnes Connection Staff Students around campus are growing more and more curious about a student who is frequently seen running around campus, jumping over things and running along walls. He has been known by many as “Ninja Kid”, due to his active presence, but he is none other than 20-year-old math major Khalil Ibrahim. Ibrahim is actually seen working out, using a discipline known as Parkour. “Parkour is a French word, and it means the art of movement,” Ibrahim said. “It’s considered another type of martial arts, but it doesn’t correlate with violence. It’s just about getting around faster from point A to point B in a fast and efficient way.” Parkour uses a variation of jumps, runs and rolls to get to your destination, and everyone brings their own style to it, Ibrahim said.   Parkour is not to be confused with its offshoot, freerunning.

“The difference is that free running has flips and more moves for showing off,” Ibrahim said. “Parkour is mainly just getting around. You need to keep your momentum, and flips and stuff decrease your momentum.” Ibrahim isn’t bothered by debates about parkour versus freerunning, and actively uses both styles of what he calls his workout. He had always been fascinated with martial arts, and what he calls “ninja stuff,” and had been a big fan of Jackie Chan growing up. “In high school I started weight training,” he said. “I couldn’t get into it, and one day before I started college I was on Google and I came across the video game Mirror’s Edge and I saw some parkour/freerunning stuff and simply said ‘wow!’” Ibrahim has stuck with his routines since then, practicing and improving his methods, and plans to stick with it. “It’s a lifelong term type of thing,” he said. “I consider it natural now.” And for Ibrahim, working out has been a lifelong

process. He said that he was always afraid of being overweight, and that being so active makes him feel “less heavy.” He does more than just work out though; he doesn’t eat fast food and tries to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. “When people get to college, their habits change and they become independent,” he said. “My independence is about being healthy.” As for people watching him while he runs about campus, he is no longer bothered and just ignores the stares. “I was bothered when I first started around campus,” he said. “But I got used to it. I get really weird people coming up to me. If I have to run away from something, I can.” As a parting message, he wanted people to know a bit more about himself. “I’m a very open minded person. I never was before, and now I’m looking at life different,” he said. “You have one life, so enjoy it. Don’t regret not doing something. A lot of older people regret not doing what I’m doing, so I’m enjoying it while I’m young.”

Porn addiction causes uneccesary Planned Parenthood strain within healthy relationships Services come to CRC Stephen Starnes Connection Staff In a world where pornography can be found just a few clicks away on a computer, the amounts people are exposed to have increased. Blogger John Buckingham is one person who has come forward recently with a pornography addiction, and was featured in a CNN blog article. He admitted to his addiction, saying that it started when he was 12-years-old, hoping that when he got married it would go away. After the first four months of marriage, Buckingham returned to the world of porn. Buckingham’s wife didn’t take the news of her husband’s porn addiction too well. “She was devastated,” he said in his post. “All the love, and trust and intimacy we had worked so hard to build for the last four months was called into question and our marriage was shaken to its very core.” Buckingham’s wife, Rachel, said that his addiction made her feel unattractive. After such an article, the question of how pornography affects relationships has been brought to light. Searching for students to ask about such a controversial topic didn’t come easy, as most did not want to vocalize their thoughts. Of the few who did, the reactions varied.

Rachel Alvarez, a 30-year-old student working on getting her general education requirements, thought porn was beneficial. “I think it’s healthy for relationships,” Alvarez said. “It helps the couple be more comfortable and try new things.” Dominique Brown, 19, liberal studies, believes that porn is a major issue in relationships. Brown said that he and his partner share the view of porn being “a slap in the face.” “Spouses need and require attention, love and affection,” Brown said. “Whenever you bring other people into the marriage, online or not, it always causes strife and bitterness.” Caitlin Haynes, 20, a psychology major, has dealt with boyfriends with porn addictions in the past. She said that her boyfriend’s room used to be littered with porn DVDs and he would try and make her watch porn with him. “Guys are allowed to watch porn,” Haynes said. “But it should be something they do on their own time.” She did say that seeing porn under her boyfriend’s mattress, and in his DVD player when she would go to put a movie in made her feel insecure and angry. “I’ll say this,” Haynes finished with, “A girl that’s looking for a nice guy won’t pick someone who watches porn all the time.”

Theresa Moore Connection Staff Health care is the one issue in our world that seems to be without sufficient care or consideration. As a result, our future mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, wives, husbands and children are dying from incurable diseases, sexually transmitted disease’s, and serious health problems that they could have prevented if they only were educated about the health and wellness of the body. Cosumnes River College has a Planned Parenthood center on campus that provides health care services and resources to our students. Wheather you have health insurance or not there is help available. The Planned Parenthood services are available on Monday- 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Although, Health Services are open Mon-Thur 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4

p.m. located in OPS 126. For more information call (916) 691-7584. The services that are available are: Birth Control (Pill & Depo), Emergency Contraception (plan-b, and The morning after pill), Testing and counseling for STD’s, pregnancy testing and counseling, HIV testing and counseling, and Breast Cancer Screening. No Invasive check-ups, Abortions or Abortion pills available in this clinic. Most Sexual Health Education and Health resources are available for no cost. most services and workshops are also free. However, there is a service charge for TB skin testing. “The goal of Health services is prevention, the maintenance of health, the reduction of risk factors which result in injury and disease.” said Michelle Barkley, College Nurse, CRC Health services.



March 10, 2011

CRC’s football stadium lacks a football team Dorian Love Connection Staff

It’s no secret that Cosumnes River College doesn’t have a football team. However, the reason still remains unclear. Both American River College and Sacramento City College have football teams, but it’s been decades since CRC played a football game. CRC had a football team from 1971 to 1978, according to CRC’s physical education and athletics department website. All that remains now is an empty stadium. And, according to some people, the empty stadium is all that will continue to remain. “The state is broke,” said Coach Travis Parker, who has been coaching at CRC for 38 years. “We’re dropping classes, so why would we bring in a football team?” Liz Belyea, Dean of Physical Education and Athletics, agreed with Parker. “I don’t see a football team here in the near future,” said Belyea. “The economy is horrible right now and having a football team would be too expensive.” Students disagreed. “I think CRC should have one too because other Los Rios districts have one,” said Mike Xiong, 21, a mathematics major. Danielle Lovato, a 19-year-old kinesiology major, agreed with the claim. “It’ll bring in more money because people would pay to watch,” Lovato said. “It’s an American favorite.” And although an accident did happen on the field, it wasn’t the reason for bringing the sport to a halting stop, said Parker, who was coaching at CRC when the incident occurred.

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Cosumnes River College’s football field, located behind the softball field, has not been played on by CRC since 1978. “A CRC football player was paralyzed as a result of playing football,” Parker said. The player was hurt when making a tackle. “Arthur Ayers, 20, made a tackle on September 18, 1976, which resulted in a broken neck and permanent spinal cord injury,” according to an article written in 1977 by Judy Rinehimer, a public information officer at the time. But the accident wasn’t the reason for

football disappearing from CRC. Instead, in 1978 it was dropped due to a lack of players. In order to bring football back, CRC would need players as well as coaches with free time, Parker said. When CRC had a football team, “many of the assistant coaches couldn’t devote their time because they were also head coaches of other sports,” Parker said. “In order to do football correctly, you have

to have a head football coach and three assistant coaches.” CRC eventually halted the sport and players were forced to go elsewhere to play. “ARC and Sac city were on a losing streak before the players at CRC went over there to play football,” Parker said. “But two years later, in 1981, those colleges went undefeated. “If CRC started a football team now it wouldn’t be good.”

Kings’ move could crumble local economy Johny Garcia Connection Staff At this point, the Sacramento Kings’ future is uncertain to say the least. The Maloof family, the owners of the Kings, said the National Basketball Association has been visited by groups interested in moving the Kings to Anaheim, Calif. and Las Vegas, Nev., according to the Sacramento Bee. People at Cosumnes River College voiced their opinions about the possible move. “I think it’s going to make Sacramento go to crap, economically,” said Wayne Howze, a 21-year-old Sacramento Kings fan. “The unemployment rate will be even higher than before and we’ll be in an even bigger hole.” The Power Balance Pavilion, the Kings’ stadium, which was formerly known as Arco Arena, currently employs 150 full-time employees and over 1,000 part-time employees, according to In 2008, when the Supersonics left Seattle to become the Oaklahoma City Thunder, Seattle

felt economic repercussions. Seattle’s annual unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One year after the loss, Seattle’s annual unemployment rate rose to 8.7 percent. Tom Mayenknecht, former vice president of the Vancouver Grizzlies franchise, said a city losing an NBA team would feel “direct economic impacts,” according to ABC news. “Losing 41 home game nights of the Sacramento Kings would have a big impact on the city, simply because there isn’t an immediate replacement,” Mayenknecht said. Students agreed with Mayenknecht. “I definitely see businesses suffering,” said Justine Esquivel, a 24-year-old art major. “A lot of revenue for the city will be lost.” Wai Man Chan, 23, accounting major, said Sacramento would lose more than just jobs if the Kings left Sacramento. “In terms of basketball, a lot of people will lose pride in their city,” Chan said. “The people that have watched

the game before will still have that memory.” Although the Kings’ possible move from Sacramento would be immense, it’s not the first major sports team to abandon the state’s capital in recent years. In 2009, Sacramento lost the Heatwave, a basketball team part of the American Basketball Association, and the Knights, a soccer team that is now part of the United Soccer League, according to the Folsom Telegraph. Both teams moved to Folsom, Calif. Moreover, in 2009, Sacramento lost the Monarchs, who were part of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Esquivel said the Kings might be the next team to move since “they haven’t been able to sell games” until threatening to leave town. “Just with them threatening to leave, now is when they’re starting to sellout games and getting more support,” Esquivel said. From 2007 to 2010, the King’s total home game attendance per year dropped from 709,997 to 543,416, according to ESPN. Students said the loss of the Kings would be sad, but endurable. “It’s kind of sad if they go, and disappointing,” Esquivel said. “There’s definitely going to be a downfall to it, but I don’t think it’s anything we can’t come out of.”

NFL debating over possible season change Daniel Newport Connection Staff Since 1978, the National Football League has had four preseason games and 16 regular-season games. Now, NFL owners want to extend the regular season by two games and cut the preseason in half. Currently, the NFL team owners and the players are in talks with a mediator in order to come to an agreement over many issues, one of which is the decision to extend the regular season. A leading incentive for the 18-game season is revenue. Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, said that the change would essentially give season-ticket holders more bang for their buck. “The whole idea is that, for the same pricing, you’re getting nine regular season [home] games and one preseason [home] game,” Kraft told USA reporter Gary Mi-

hoces. NFL players disagree with Kraft. “Eighteen games, they way it’s being proposed, is completely unacceptable,” said Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, according to “I see more and more players get injured every season.” Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward said he agreed with Fujita. “No player wants to play 18 games,” Ward told the Associated Press. “You’re not thinking about the players’ safety if you’re trying to add two games.” According to an AP Knowledge Network poll, fans weren’t very supportive of the possible change. Out of 1,125 adults polled, only “27 percent strongly favor or somewhat favor adding two regular-season games and dropping two preseason games.” Students at Cosumnes River College had mixed feelings about the possible schedule change.

Gino Munson, 32, an auto mechanics major, said the longer season “would give those teams who need one more shot at the playoffs” a better chance. Another student said the preseason games should be kept because they’re important for rookies. The original setup was designed to “give rookies more games to show their potential,” said Fred Tolentino, 20, a criminal justice major. Some students sides with the NFL players, saying the extra two games would be too risky for players. “Players already get injured throughout the year,” said Darren Jones, a 20-year-old business association major. “So if you add two games right before the playoffs start, it’s going to have a bad effect on them.” Audry Porte, a 22-year-old undecided major, said overall the NFL would benefit from the extra two games, and that they “should go with this new one.” “I think it’s going to be good for the league,” Porte said.


March 10, 2011


Hawks fly high against Merced, win big 10-4 Johny Garcia Connection Staff It never rained. Cosumnes River College’s home baseball game against Merced Junior College was played in perfect weather. With about 60 people in the sunny weather, the hometown Hawks were too much for the Blue Devils to handle, ending with a score of 10-4 in CRC’s favor on March 3. The game got off to a slow start. In the first two innings, neither team was able to score a run. Then, during the third inning of play, CRC put on a show. After quickly shutting out Merced with a ground out and two strikeouts, center fielder Colby Brenner scored the first run of the game with a home run. With the bases loaded, CRC’s infielder Ryan Ramirez was hit by a pitch, bringing home infielder Jeff Boulware. Due to a mistake by Merced, pitcher Josh McMahon was able to score. Then, with their teammate’s helping hits, outfielder Brain Murphy and catcher Shawn Wheeler scored. The third inning would end after two unearned runs were scored by pitcher and outfielder Colby Wilmer and outfielder Matt Gualco with a score of 8-0. McMahon said Brenner’s home run pumped up his entire team. “Colby started off with a home run and it just boosted our confidence,” McMahon said. “It was contagious.” Entering the fourth inning, Merced was down by eight runs. However, they immediately responded with runs of their own. After stealing third base, outfielder Craig Beevers was brought home by infielder Tynan Pedretti’s hit, making it 8-1. Then, after catcher Christopher DeDeaux hit a double with the bases loaded, three Blue Devils scored, making the score 8-4. The next run wouldn’t come until the bottom of the sixth inning. After a hit by CRC’s Murphy, Brenner slid home but didn’t make it in time. With runners on second and third base, Merced walked McMahon to load up the bases. Then, with two outs, Wheeler brought home Boulware, making the score 9-4.

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Sophomore pitcher Josh McMahon (23) helps his team stop Merced Junior College. The Blue Devils wouldn’t score any runs until the top of the fourth inning, when they would score their only runs of the game. In the seventh and eighth innings, Merced’s first three batters were either tagged out at first base or struck out. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Murphy slid home to score a run, hurting himself in the process. “Sliding home, I had gotten both of my feet under me, but I’m all good now,” Murphy said after getting his leg looked at by a team medic.

Lady Hawks fall short to Ohlone at home Carlo Dela Cruz Connection Staff

The Cosumnes River College Lady Hawks softball team endured a landslide defeat from a match against the visiting Ohlone College Lady Renegades on Saturday. From the first match in a double header, both teams fought in a partially cloudy field with about a dozen of attendees from each team cheering on. Even with some small breaks, the Lady Hawks were unable to withstand the outgoing efforts against the visiting team. The Renegades ended the first match with a strong 10-1 victory. The Renegades would gain the lead into the first inning as they scored early. CRC attempted to resist the momentum and more consistent offensive play Ohlone delivered. It would continue when the Hawks were at bat as the strong defense Ohlone held made CRC’s chances to score very slim. The opportunities would be swiftly swept away as the Hawks received a consistent amount of outs. “We made some very crucial errors that did affect our play very m u c h ,” said

CRC head coach Kristy Schroeder after the game. “Mentally, we were not in our zone, which was the biggest issue.” Ohlone’s domination would continue throughout the whole game, especially during the third inning. CRC’s defense would be tested to its limits as Ohlone loaded the bases multiple times. The ongoing pressure from the Renegades would give them a five-point lead over the Hawks. Up until the fifth inning, Ohlone would be garnering a consistent amount of runs until CRC gained a small bit of momentum. Lady Hawks second baseman Andrea Holtzclaw was able to run home to earn the team the first point of the game in the fourth inning. Short stop Kourtni McCall got the next and final run for CRC towards the end of the fifth inning. Their efforts though were not enough to help them succeed. “We hit the ball pretty well but not as early as we could have,” Schroeder said. “Hopefully the momentum can help us bounce back in the next game.”

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Sophomore pitcher Morgan Hayes gets tagged on out by Ohlone College.

With the score at 10-4 in the final inning, Merced’s first three batters were once again either tagged out at first base or struck out, ending the game. Head Coach Tony Bloomfield said CRC won because his team “made all the plays and their guys didn’t.” “We attacked their guys pretty good,” Bloomfield said. “You do that on our level and you win a lot of games.”



Abroad: professors recall former study abroad experience Continued from Page 1

“It is a wonderful opportunity to actually touch, smell, hear and see the places that you are reading about in your studies,” DuBray said. “Feelings become attached to what you are learning.” CRC humanities Professor Kim Codella added via e-mail that students get to “become a part of the cities they live in and get a real sense of what life is like outside the United States.” It wasn’t all based on the curriculum and environment, though. There are social aspects that are not the same as being on campus. “Another benefit is the relationships that you gain with the other students and the professors,” DuBray said. “As you spend much time together out of the classroom, you get to know each other more and make connections that are closer and more unique than that which may occur when studying on campus.” DuBray said that the Los Rios Community College District Study Abroad program, which is affiliated with the American Institute of Foreign Studies, is one of the most economical programs out there. “With its affiliation with the AIFS, which has the experience, staffing, resources, facilities, and living arrangements in place, the program has much to offer at a very affordable price compared to other

study abroad programs in my view,” DuBray said. The maximum cost for the Fall 2011 program, which goes to London, ranges from $11,656 to $16,342 plus normal course fees, depending on housing and extra options that are selected when signing up, according to the CRC website. There are financial aid and scholarship opportunities available for the program, but students are still responsible for some fees. DuBray called the LRCCD program “economical and affordable in comparison to other programs.” DuBray recommends the program to students and looks forward to future trips. “I hope to be able to teach in the LRCCD Study Abroad program again in future years,” DuBray said. “It was a marvelous and rich experience.” Codella added that he also gained from his trip. “This was a valuable experience for me as a professor,” Codella said. “I was able to see many things I had taught about, but had not seen in person.” For more information on the Fall 2011 trip to London, visit the CRC website, or drop by the study abroad office located in VPA 100.

March 10, 2011

Psychology: panel reviews potential classes impacted Continued from Page 1

CRC’s faculty, students, and community would discover the plans in the future for the students planning to attend CSUS. “We have an impact on the school system,” Ed Mills, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at CSUS said. He defined the term “impacted” as having more students than what the college has resources and faculty for. “The impact began this fall,” Mills said, but it wouldn’t begin to show until the 2012 semesters. Professor Hugh Wilson from the criminal justice programs said that these programs are some of the best of the state and they should remain so. CSUS’s representatives proposed and intend to cushion the impact is not only to raise the standards to get into these programs. These programs are the most in-demand for the students right now, the group stressed to the audience. CSUS officials were discussing having additional courses and units for these degrees. There were also suggestions about having pre-majors in these types of fields just to meet the criteria, ranking the students to get into these classes and, the students could only registered twice before

they were out of the programs entirely. This means that if a student failed, or withdrew from a course twice they would be ineligible to declare any of these programs as a major. Some of these programs are suggesting a 3.0 or 3.5 GPA as a mandatory requirement to transfer instead of a 2.0 GPA. If this CSUS’s panel decides on this plan, it will be presented before the Chancellor’s Office of the Los Rios College District next month. One of the greatest concerns of the programs right now is overcrowding. “There is a ratio of 36 students to one professor in these classrooms,” Bruce Behman, Professor and Chair of Psychology, said. “There are others where it is 42 to one ratio.” This could not accommodate all of these students to give them the adequate education and time with a professor that the students need, Behman continued. Every speaker emphasized the length of time it would take to get into these programs and the impacted state discussed today didn’t mean that the student would get into the university, but not the program. “And that is a very big distinction.” Mills said.

Budget: ballot measure failure may lead to draconian budget cuts Continued from Page 1

Alternatively, if the tax package fails and Prop. 98 is funded at a minimum, then roughly 13,000 students will be lost – roughly 2,300 from CRC. A slightly less disastrous scenario outlined by the CRC Workload Committee document. Finally, if the tax package is approved, then that number drops to roughly 7,600 total – roughly 1,300 from CRC. This being the best-case scenario, according to the LRCCD Workload Committee document. “In each scenario, we’re going to lose students no matter what,” said CRC Faculty Union President, and history professor Jason Newman, “Even if the June tax package is approved, we’ll still lose a number of students based on cuts to the system already. If the tax package fails, if Prop. 98 is kept at a basic minimum, we’ll lose more people.” Whitney Yamamura, vice president of instruction & student learning, indicated that students are on path towards difficult times. “Obviously, in addition to the cuts already being proposed, if the June tax package is not extended and Proposition 98 is suspended, CRC students will have a much harder time getting classes because we would be forced to cut even more than what we have already cut,” Yamamura said. “It’s hard to watch our main focus, which is educating all who want to learn, slip away.” As reported in a previous Connection article, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, a non-partisan organization dedicated to fiscal and policy analysis for the state’s legislature, has proposed that California community college soften the blow of the cuts by raising enrollment fees from $26 to $36 – of which Gov. Brown has approved. If the situation becomes increasingly dire, the LAO suggested raising the fees even higher. In the past, the LRCCD has responded to tough budget times by cutting the

amount of classes offered by its campuses, most of which are staffed by adjunct, or part-time, faculty, Newman said. Further, situations have occurred when the campus finds that part-timers have been cut before full-time instructors see any reduction in their work, Newman added. Newman, as CRC faculty union president, intends on combating such actions. “Protecting jobs of professors is the most important duty I have,” Newman said. “Preservation of part-timer employment is vital to the mission of Cosumnes River College. We need to protect everybody.” CRC psychology professor Bud Hannan, suggested that despite the ailments the district has faced in the past, and will face in the future, administration has been effective in keeping the various campuses afloat. “With respect to the district, I very much appreciate our district and union leadership,” Hannan said. “I feel that we are having to whether the perfect storm, and I wouldn’t prefer a different crew.“ Newman supported this assessment, citing the reserves LRCCD has had at its disposal. “There are three years of reserves, and we’re just now tapping into it,” Newman said. Newman suggested that those concerned attend the protest at the state capital on March 14, where students and faculty will advocate for the educational institutions. “Students and supporters will voice their concerns about the need to keep community colleges accessible and affordable for the state’s working people,” Newman said. “That’s what the march is all about. I predict a higher turnout. The issues of funding and education are more pressing than they were a year ago.”


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Bus seating is limited so contact the Student Development Office as soon as possible.

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The Connection Vol. 57 Issue 3 03/10/2011  
The Connection Vol. 57 Issue 3 03/10/2011  

This is the third issue for the spring 2011 semester of the Cosumnes River College newspaper The Connection.