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Volume 57, Issue 6

May 5, 2011

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Latin American students honored at event

Carlo Dela Cruz | The Connection

Keynote speaker Deborah Ortiz gives her address at the “Honrando a Nuestros Estudiantes” event held in honor of the achievements of Latin American students in the Los Rios Community College District. Branden Wiens Connection Staff

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Celia Esposito-Noy opens the Honrando a Nuestros Estudiantes event at the Cosumnes River College Recital Hall on April 29, 2011

On April 29, 2011 the second annual “Hondrando a Nuestros Estudiantes,” or “Honoring Our Students” ceremony was held in the recital hall of Cosumnes River College. The event’s purpose was to honor the achievements of Latino/Chicano students in the Los Rios Community College District. The event was opened by a multimedia presentation that gave statistics on the population Latinos and Chicanos within the State of California, with data coming from the recent 2010 census. This served as a way to put

the achievements of the students in sharp perspective. “Latinos are the largest nonwhite population in Sacramento,” said Rick Ramirez, transfer center director at American River College. “We’re seeing higher K-12 enrollments, but the representation of Latinos and Chicanos in higher education isn’t as great.” Ramirez and Carmen Villanueva of Sacramento City College shared hosting duties for the ceremony. Villanueva also translated parts of the ceremony into Spanish for the audience. Following the multimedia presentation was a welcoming message from CRC President

Deborah Travis. “We honor you as student scholars, as student leaders,” said Travis. “You have accomplished so much. We are so proud of you.” A keynote address was given by former Calif. state senator Deborah Ortiz, during which she acknowledged issues for Latin Americans within the state. “We stand at a time in history where, though Chicanos and Latinos are 40 percent of the state population, we aren’t 40 percent of the college population,” Ortiz said. The main part of the evening was the formal announcement of the students, and Ramirez See HONOR, Page 12

>> Did you know? 18.7 percent of students at CRC identify as Hispanic 42 percent of students are first-generation college students 37.6 percent of California’s population is Hispanic California’s population rose 10 percent over the last 10 years, while the Hispanic population rose 27 percent. - Information compiled by Branden Wiens from crc.losrios.edu and 2010.census.gov

Bin Laden assassinated over College community weekend; students, faculty react prepares for the fall Branden Wiens Connection Staff

The assassination of Osama bin Laden by United States Special Forces on May 2, 2011 has prompted mixed reactions among the international community as a whole, as well as students at Cosumnes River College, and conspiracy theories abound about his death. “I think he was dead a long time ago,” sad Matvey Voishchev, a 20-year old automotive mechanics technician major at CRC, “Obama came out with it now to boost his reelection campaign.” A common theme that could be agreed upon was the idea

that there will be another terrorist leader. “They will find another leader,” said Ray Aminy, a 20-year-old health administration major. “People will join al-Qaida because they liked him and what he stood for. Killing him won’t solve the problem.” Aminy said. Voishchev agreed. “Though bin Laden died, I’m pretty sure there are 10 more to take his place.” A major question looming is whether or not there will be any retaliatory strikes. “I don’t think they’ll retaliate,” said Dale Schumacher, a 33-year old business major, “I think that security will be heightened for a time, but after that it will be

business as usual.” Also, many wonder, now that bin Laden is dead, what now for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? “There’s a misperception that now that he’s dead the war’s over,” said international relations professor Martin Morales. “In a nutshell no, it’s not over, and realistically it’s going to last a little bit longer. I think that what they’re going to do is adhere to the 2014 pullout.” In addition, President Barack Obama announced on May 4, 2011 that photographs of bin Laden’s body would not be released. “ “There can be a greater call for it,” said Morales, “but realistically See OSAMA, Page 12

Carlo Dela Cruz Connection Staff

With Cosumnes River College nearing this year’s fall semester, students faculty expressed concern as well as their plans to prepare for changes to be in effect. Announced during the spring 2011 semester, all future full semesters would require students attending to pay a total of $36 per unit as opposed to the original $26. Other changes include the danger of some faculty members being unable to return for the next semester. “As an adjunct faculty, I do not have tenure like many of the full time faculty at CRC, so I have

to plan for a reduced teaching assignment or the possibility I may not be assigned any classes in the fall,” said Radio, TV, and Film Production instructor Lauren Wagner who expressed concern over the future semesters. “Like everyone else, we are feeling the stress too and we are trying to come up with the best plan to keep services for students.” Wagner advised her students in getting ready to enroll for the fall semester before it’s too late. Wagner also suggested her students to have multiple backup plans just in case if one misfires. “If you find that the English class you needed is full, find another class that will

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May 5, 2011

EDITORIAL

Embrace higher education while you can Too often do many of us find ourselves passively floating through life. We ignore or neglect to notice moments that should be seized with youthful exuberance. These moments pass us by, and we wave them on in a state of inattentive complacence. On occasion, this state of being evolves into a habit. We begin to treat each situation in a similar manner without realizing what it is we’re doing or what it is we’re missing out on. We’ll enroll in a course, show up and leave without ever really interacting with our peers or the instructor. Sometimes days, weeks or months later, we begin to understand the gravity of our actions, or inaction. We become obsessed and dwell on the moment. It’s a sentiment that possesses many students as we reflect on the semester. We’re filled with regret, and a feeling of longing for something that could have been consumes us. I should have tried harder. I should have cared more. I should have paid greater attention. These thoughts linger, and our mind rarely lets them leave us completely. It’s a mental affliction brought on by our own apathy or indecision, and it often plagues us long after its inception. It’s important to remember that opportunity is fleeting and second chances are seldom afforded to us. As such, we must remain vigilant. Every interaction, every endeavor and every opportunity has significance and must be treated with the care and respect they deserve. Speak to your peers and your instructor. Strive to understand who they are and what they believe. Grow to respect them and care for them. Compare their values to your own and assess them with patient analysis, as it can only enhance your collegiate experience. Our minds are in a perpetual state of infancy—it is growing constantly. It requires regular nourishment and stimulation, and if we allow its development to be stunted by remorse, we may miss out. If we learn to appreciate that every instance of life is another chance to learn and better ourselves, we all stand to benefit. If we allow these questions of regret to haunt our every thought, they fester and create a seed of doubt that will grow and continually distract us from the present. As the end of the semester draws nearer and the feeling of dread that finals instill settles and takes root in the minds of students, the prospect of summer can leave us restless and prone to forgetfulness. The season promises relaxation and vacation—it provides an escape from the stress and rigor of student life. It becomes easier to discard what troubled our mind only weeks ago. But at this time of the year, it is essential to our well-being that we remain engaged in the months and years ahead, especially amidst the constant barrage of budgetary woes dominating our student news. Remember what you felt you did wrong and prepare yourself to return to the summer or fall semester with renewed perspective. Pursue your education with vigor and a sense of gratefulness for the opportunity you have.

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Teen pregnancy is not entertainment Unique Pierre-Cody Connection Staff

The stars of “16 and Pregnant,” as well as “Teen Mom” and “Teen Mom 2” are a topic we love to rant and rave about. The hit television show gets 3.64 million viewers. Like it or not, these shows set an example for young girls in both positive and negative ways. To start with the “What some of negative, teen these little girls are not pregnancy has thinking about is that the gone up from 5 second you get pregnant, percent to 11.9 percent with even without being in the a 70 percent spotlight, it comes with chance of them responsibility in itself. “ dropping out of high school, since “16 and Pregnant” first aired, according to waldenu.edu. Over 10 shows including “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Are we there yet?” and “Gigantic” have all addressed teen pregnancy trying to undo all the damage MTV has done. MTV’s motivation for the show may not have been to get teens thinking that having babies might get you 15 minutes of fame, but weak minded teens might pick that up from the show.

Most teens with common sense understand that they are just highlighting teen girls that are in an unfortunate situation who can make it through by an inch of help from their parents. The ones getting help from their parents are the ones who are going to work, going to school and have their own apartment. Some girls realize that those teens don’t go out and at that point they either get on birth control or don’t have sex. What some of these little girls are not thinking about is that the second you get pregnant, even without being in the spotlight, it comes with responsibility in itself. Being in the spotlight multiplies that responsibility. Every little thing you do, such as getting into a backyard fight, will get you in the worst possible trouble, because everybody knows judges like to make an example out of celebrities. A “Teen Mom 2” star was arrested after fighting a girl over her on-again, off-again boyfriend. The fight started by the teen’s friends pushing her into the other girl as other friends sat around and recorded what was going on. The “Teen Mom 2” star fought the girl and the video was put on YouTube and headlined as “Teen Mom star beats girls ass.” The video was then shown on TMZ, along with her mug shots. Not only are things like that happing in the public eye, for every girl to see and mimic but four of this young girl’s friends are proven to be pregnant as well. MTV needs to draw the line.

Bin Laden’s death is no cause for joy Stephan Starnes Connection Staff

The death of Osama bin Laden has brought about many emotions from the world, and the biggest emotion to be shown is happiness. While bin Laden’s death might bring some form of closure to family members “The war is not over and of those who we’ve still lost people. His died on Sept. death hasn’t stopped the ter11, overt rorists and it will not end the happiness, war. His death won’t heal all and celebrathe hurt people hurt by the tory events tragic events of Sept. 11.” should not be taking place. This is wrong. Martin Luther King Jr. had a great idea behind not celebrating death in one of his sermons. “Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence and toughness multiples toughness in a descending spiral of destruction,” he said. Yes, Osama was a terrorist and he caused a lot of huge problems for the world. But what will celebrating his death do? It would only lead to more hatred towards us. And the fact is, it’s our fault Osama was as big of a problem as he became. We helped to build up the Afghani people

when we needed their help against the Russians, and then we turned around and left them to figure things out on their own when we had what we needed from them. Osama had reason to be mad at us, look at what we did to him. We did to them what has been done to them many times, and they had nothing else to do. “Do unto others” comes to mind, when realizing what America did. How can we hate that which we created? We did not know how crazy he would get and that we would be attacked, but it should have been expected that people would not be happy with us for abandoning them. To continue to show hatred will only force people to hate us back. The death of this one man does not matter when there is a bigger picture to look at. The war is not over and we’ve still lost people. His death hasn’t stopped the terrorists and it will not end the war. His death won’t heal all the hurt people hurt by the tragic events of Sept. 11. His death is a victory for us, but isn’t one to be celebrated. If your father were a murderer, you wouldn’t want his death to be celebrated, even if he did do something bad. You need to respect others as if you were in their position. As a nation, we were hurt by bin Laden’s actions, but it does not mean that we should continue to hurt others in retaliation for the actions that he was involved in.


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Celebrating different ethnicities has consequences Celebrating different races promotes unity David Obisanya Connection Staff There are those who claim that reminding us of our differences is what divides us as a nation. There are even those who would go so far as to call it racist because you’re exalting one ethnicity above another. These arguments are ridiculous. Celebrating our differences doesn’t divide us—it encourages people of all walks of life to not only remember their own heritage, but to appreciate others. By participating in these celebrations we are given a deeper understanding of cultures and become better informed about the differences that make up our society. Dedicating days, weeks and months specifically to one race is one of the greatest tools we can use to better understand and unite people of various backgrounds. When we celebrate an ethnicity we invite others to partake in the history and culture of that ethnicity. This brings a better understanding of that ethnicity’s history and ultimately a greater appreciation for that ethnicity. The celebrations promote our differences, no one’s denying that, but simply walking outside your door and seeing someone with different clothes and a different skin color is a reminder. If anything, it’s ignoring our many differences that promotes segregation because segregation and racism are grounded in ignorance. We should use these celebrations to inform people about the different ethnicities and dispel the stereotypical views of many ethnic groups that have been discriminated against for decades. To deny the beauty and necessity of these celebrations is

to deny the existence of the many differences that separate us today. It would require us to forfeit our culture and our heritage, and partake in a bland, colorless and ignorant society. These celebrations are reminders of the contributions

made to our society and our world by the different ethnicities. They’re meant to teach tolerance and a moral responsibility to respect and value the cultures that have helped to shape our world. These celebrations are a wonderful way to empower minorities and educate those who’ve been spotlighted throughout history. If anything, it’s racist to not want these ethnicities recognized. Celebrating ethnic contributions and cultures promotes equality and harmony. Months and days dedicated to ethnicities is a reminder that is necessary and beneficial to our society. It brings understanding, empowerment and unification. Cultural appreciation days, weeks and months shouldn’t just be a one-time event, but rather a year round celebration of the various cultures that would otherwise remain exclusive to an individual and his or her ethnic background.

Separating the races keeps racism an issue Johny Garcia Connection Staff Cultural celebration months seem honorable at first glance. The goals are to appreciate how diverse of a country we are, which is honorable to say the

least. These months often break down stereotypes, teach people something they didn’t know about a specific group of people and promote cultural pride. Unfortunately, they are not equal, and sometimes not present, for a majority of the world’s cultures. The first problem with these months is equality, in terms of how popular they are. Most of us can ramble off a few cultural months involved with celebration, such as Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month—but what about the other months dedicated to celebration? There is a Polish American Heritage Month, Caribbean American Heritage Month and even an Irish-American History Month. Unfortunately, throughout my entire educational experience I have never had a school celebrate these other cultural months. We always celebrated the popular ones, but the other months weren’t

even mentioned. This even happens here at Cosumnes River College. I remember a poster for Black History Month hanging from the library building but no similar treatment for Jewish American History Month. Not mentioning cultural months is one issue, but not having months for some cultures is an entirely bigger issue. There are people who don’t fit into these broad, “popular” categories. By not having a month for them we are telling them that their cultures aren’t important and aren’t worth celebrating. Cultural months are dedicated to understanding one another and working to end ignorance. The way these cultural celebrations currently take place, this goal is impossible. Lets just say that we decided to create a month for every culture to go along with the other popular cultural months we currently have. Even by trying to level the playing field, we would fail as a society because there are only twelve months in a year with far more cultures in the world. Instead of picking and choosing what groups are worth celebrating, which is what we’re currently doing, we should combine them all into a single cultural diversity month. This would not only keep the current goal but also fix the current problem: inequality. By making this change, every culture would receive its own fair share of celebration. Granted, this process might take years if they’re only occurring once a year, but it would ensure that no one feels left out. We should definitely celebrate our differences. However, we should also notice when we’re treating others unfairly. Lets keep the goal but change the problem— have one “Multicultural Month.”

Designated smoking zones The lesser of two evils: pot Alyssa Novak Connection Staff Cosumnes River College stated that on April 1 they would be implementing a new rule regarding the smoking on campus. This new rule designated specific areas to smokers to prevent non-smokers from walking around a smoke-filled campus. However, this rule is not being enforced as it should be. As a smoker, I was told before April 1 that I would have to start smoking in the grass by the automotive and technology buildings. Since this rule was supposed to take effect, I have not been asked to move, nor have I seen signs stating where the smoking areas are. Also, there are still ashtrays lining the walkways of the campus, with no sign stating it is a non-smoking area. Now, as I walk around campus I feel as though there are more smokers lining the walkways than before. This newly formed rule was put into place in order to prevent those who choose not to smoke from being subjected to the

second-hand smoke. I do not see this being upheld by CRC and I believe that this needs chang. There needs to be signs or maps showing where these areas are. You cannot assume students will know where they can and cannot smoke on campus without giving them some sort of direction. Smokers will smoke where an ashtray is available and think that it is okay to do so. Therefore, the ashtrays need to be taken out and moved into these areas along with signs designating it a smoking area. CRC needs to be more helpful in directing students to these areas and faculty needs to do their part in enforcing this rule. Allowing smokers to continue to pollute the campus with secondhand smoke is ridiculous. This needs to be handled so that the students who do not wish to allow the smoke to enter their body in any way are not forced to do so. CRC needs to take an active role in this situation if they wish to see any change in the smoking habits of the students in attendance.

Joe Conradsen Connection Staff As finals are coming up the heat is being turned on for college students. And as the stress is turned up, students are looking for relief, turning to smoking and drinking. I’m not condoning smoking or drinking, and both are detrimental to your physical and mental health. What does harmful actually mean? Harmful will describe how each substance affects mental and physical health. How many of us, in our ongoing quest to understand our world, have asked this question: “What’s worse? To smoke weed or drink alcohol?” I hear it all the time: “Yeah I smoke, at least I don’t drink.” Or “I don’t know why weed is still illegal when alcohol isn’t.” After many years of clinical trials and research this reporter has arrived at a very hazy conclusion. In terms of which one is the most harmful; weed is definitely on lower levels when compared to alcohol. One of the most prominent arguments is that you cannot

overdose while smoking weed. This is not true; however, the overdose is not as harmful as other substances. When overdosing on that “Shticky Icky Icky,” one might find themselves very sleepy and proceed to sleep wherever necessary. Not much is needed for one under the influence; a comfy bed, a hardwood floor. Or even the dog bed on your kitchen floor, don’t worry, Spot wont mind. Overdosing on alcohol means you are actively poisoning your body. You can kill yourself. The body deals with it by vomiting, and if it can’t vomit then you need to have your stomach pumped. Alcohol can lead to a serious impairment of judgment that can result in a multitude of life changing decisions. Alcohol can also lead to a physical addiction that will end up playing a huge factor in that individual’s life. Alcohol not only affects the mind in a very negative way, but it can also hurt the body and lead to the failure of several main organs. It is healthiest to find an outlet, which does not include a controlled substance to relieve stress. But, if you must, weed is definitely the lesser of two evils.

HAWK TALK

What does Osama’s death mean to the United States?

Randy Vang, 20 Kinesiology “Now we can feel a little bit safer. It gives us some breathing room.”

Charles Brooke, 20 Contstruction management “They got what they wanted. It destroyed our economic system and made us spend billions of dollars. But America is sill on top. We just have to recover.”

Teresa Martinez, 21 Biology “It’s a big jump, this has been the main goal since Sept. 11. I disagree about Americans celebrating his death the way they did.”

Gerry Boudreaux, 66 Photography “It’s closure to the events from Sept. 11. There might be more peace, or retaliation from the other side. It’s a volatile issue like a dog, cat and people fight.” Compiled by Alyssa Novak Photos by Raynisha Taltoan


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CRC weathers 40-years of change Daniel Newport Connection Staff

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A lot has changed from the 70’s. From the Bee Gees, The Flock of Seagulls, and to Nirvana, American culture has developed in a kaleidoscope of variety. A huge green movement sparked in the ‘70s, and causing more people to become more environmentally friendly, carrying on through the ‘80s and ‘90s and really paralleling our focus today with green cars, buildings, and other appliances. Ronald Reagan was Governor of California from ‘70 to ‘74, focusing on issues such as cutting funding for the University of California, the hot topic of the era, and welfare reform, according to the National Governors’ Association. Right after Reagan, our current governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr., or Jerry Brown, held office into ‘82. Beginning office in ‘98, Gray Davis made historical cuts in funding to community colleges’, topping at nearly $215 million. These cuts devastated numerous colleges, “the 2.9 million students who depend on us are going to suffer even more now” states the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Over the decades, college students, whether University of California, state or community colleges, have had to face challenges from many angles. Former California Senator Albert Rodda, coincidentally a former student of Sacramento

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City College, wrote the paper titled “Tuition: Considerations of Interest to Democratic Legislators” on imposing tuition for the University of California. “The community colleges, under the law, must accept all students with a high school diploma and all who are 18 years of age or over who can benefit from an education. This is the open-door policy and, of course, the law imposes the non-tuition principle on the community colleges” exhorted Rodda in 1970. Likewise, students at universities in the ‘70s were conducting protests to the induction of tuition in the UC system, and community college was, free. In 1998, according to the Los Angeles Times, resident and tuition fees were $2,304, nonresident was $9,684, and room and board was $5,020. In 2011, UC Davis states that just its tuition fees are $12,796, a far cry from the 70’s. Costs have definitely become tougher and tougher on the student of today. According to a graph from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, gas was approximately 60 cents per gallon in ‘79, in ‘91 approximately $1.20, and the graph ends in 2009 with above 350 cents.

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Fanfare for the common man Travis Parker named everyday hero.

Cory Fong Connection Staff Over 60 students, faculty, family and friends joined in celebration of kinesiology professor Travis Parker’s receiving of the American Federation of Teachers 2011 Higher Education “Everyday Hero” award at the Cosumnes River College Recital Hall, on Thursday, April 28. Parker received the award for his “inspiring others, going above and beyond the call of duty and serving the community” through the establishment and his dedication to the Alpha Academy, an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young African-American men, according to the AFT’s website. The reception – jointly hosted by the CRC President’s Office, the Academic Senate and the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers – included colleagues, friends and acquaintances illustrating the many contributions and achievements Parker accomplished. “He has been instrumental in the success of so many students – young students, college students, athletes, colleagues, friends, family – that it really is a privilege to publicly acknowledge Travis this evening,” CRC President Debbie Travis said following a brief foreword from CRC Campus Life Coordinator Winnie Moore LaNier. CRC Academic President Marjorie Duffy further described the characteristics Parker embodied, which ultimately led to his winning of the award among 350 other nominees nationwide. “He is a person you can count on and a person who contributes; a person who is a hero to many of us for the way that he impacts our lives,” Duffy said. Dennis Smith, secretary treasurer of the California Federation of Teachers and fellow professor, union member and friend of Parker’s for a number of years, followed in showing a video of Parker’s acceptance speech at the AFT Conference in Philadelphia, where he received the award. After Smith, a brief poem magnifying the importance and definition of everyday heroism was delivered by Elizabeth Smoot, a woman whose life had been impacted by Parker’s presence in the community. Co-founder of the Alpha Academy John Taylor seemed the highlight of the event as his portion received many laughs and much clapping. He emphasized the importance of maintaining the legacy established by Parker and his colleagues.

“We need to solidify and institutionalize the legacy that Travis has created,” Taylor said. For this to happen, CRC and its partnership with the Alpha Academy needs to be sustained long after he, Parker and their colleagues are gone, Taylor said. Faculty Union President and history professor Jason Newman added to the reception in his recitation of a congratulatory letter sent to Parker from Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento). “I commend you for co-founding the Alpha Academy, and your help to guide these young Cory Fong | Connection Staff men and prepare them for Kinesiology professor Travis Parker speaks at the issues they may face,” a reception in his honor, where he awarded Matsui said.” three students with scholarships at the The event concluded Cosumnes River College Recital Hall, on April in climactic performance, 29. fitting with the overall theme of everyday hero, as Parker joined his Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers in their delivery of the Victorian poem “Invictus,” authored by William Ernest Henley. “It matters not how strait the gate; how charged with punishments the scroll,” they recited. “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

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David Obisanya Connection Staff “Love is, or is not”. These words have become the slogan of True life Stories’ purpose and power in its open and honest discussion of love and all of its various forms and pitfalls. “Love is something we all deal with, and we all have problems with. It becomes a question mark in people’s minds a lot”, said writer and director of the play Frank Condon when asked about what inspired him to write the play, “that’s why love is, or is not.” A fusion of comedy and sobriety, the drama presents 5 real-life stories of love, interwoven together at times to present a more powerful piece of theatre intended to reveal to the audience what love is, and what it’s not. The play opens with each character reminiscing on their first love and than moves into their first date, and even goes so far as to discuss their personal sexual encounters. The stories take a dramatic turn however towards the end of the play diving deeper and deeper into the more horrific side of love. Each story sheds light upon the dangerous forms of love leaving no stone unturned, from stories of insanity to rape to suicide with each story revealing a moral lesson for the audience of acceptance, understanding, and what true love is. “I was hoping to just spread the

subject out so that I could find a number of different colors of love I mean all different aspects”, said Frank Condon, “its mainly love, and as many elements and facets of love, and the opposite.” Spencer Tregilgas, Kaila Prestridge and Russell Dow delivered unforgettable performances as they poured their heart and soul into their characters. Steve Coleman brought some much needed laughs to the performance, and Ken Chang who stepped in for Stephanie Khang was surprisingly convincing as a lesbian lover, though at times there seemed to be a disconnect between he and his character in part due to the fact that the story wasn’t his personal story. Possibly the most powerful moment of the play came when the 27 year-old theatre arts major, Spencer Tregilgas, began quoting 1 Corinthians 13:4 as it was used to encourage and inspire the actors in their darkest and most desperate time of need. It was at this time that the actors really shined each delivering stellar performances as they re-lived the most devastating and emotional times of their lives. As Spencer Tregilgas put it, “uncomfortability makes for good theatre”. By allowing us into the personal lives of the actors the message of what love is and is not, is that much more powerful, and can impact the audience on a much more deeper and more intimate level than fiction ever could.

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Summer movie preview: comics, wizards, and Pooh.

‘Gears’ 3 beta shows potential Carlo Dela Cruz Connection Staff

Carlo Dela Cruz Connection Staff With summer approaching, some of the most anticipated films of the year are being prepared for release, including sequels and numerous comic book adaptations. A majority of films being released this summer are based on comic books. Marvel Comics continues their “X-Men” series with prequel ‘First Class’ detailing the friendship and animosity between mutants Prof. Charles Xavier and Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr and decades before the first film. First Class is dated for June 3. In preparation for Marvel’s upcoming “The Avengers” crossover film in 2012, the last two characters to complete the heroic ensemble with both “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” are in queue. After years of delays, Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” is now released to complete part three of ‘The Avengers’. With Chris Hemsworth in his first starring role, the exiled ‘Thor’ must redeem himself and assemble a team of other heroes before an ancient race terrorizes the Earth. The forth and final Avengers character Captain America also gets his own film subtitled ‘The First Avenger’ on July 22. Taking place during World War II, protagonist Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) gets involved in a secret government super-soldier program that turns him into the patriotic superhero. DC Comics also has a film adaptation for the Green Lantern arriving June 17 starring Ryan Reynolds. As Hal Jordan, he becomes the first human from Earth to be chosen as a member for the intergalactic Green Lantern force and must prove the guardians his worth. Big budgeted sequels like Disney Pixar’s “Cars,” Warner Bros. “The Hangover,” and Paramount Picture’s “Kung Fu Panda” and reboots including Lionsgate’s “Conan the Barbarian” and Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” are other major aspects of this year’s summer movies. Johnny Depp reprises his popular role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a forth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie arriving May 20. ‘On Stranger Tides’ has Sparrow and love interest Angelica (played by Penelope Cruz) finding the Fountain of Youth before the legendary pirate Blackbeard gets to it first.

Michael Bay’s “Transformers” series is coming to a close with the third and final film ‘Dark of the Moon’ involving the final battle between the Autobots and Decepticons. Another final conflict is looming for Harry Potter against the antagonistic Voldemort in the second part of the series’ final entry “The Deathly Hallows.” There are also some original films on the horizon. Controversial filmmaker Lars von Trier continues his experimental films with “Melancholia” set for release in May 26. Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg play as distant sisters trying to restore their relationship as well as deal with death before a large planet destroys the Earth. Director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg team up for the science fiction film “Super 8” on June 10. Set in late 1970s Ohio, it details the events involving a town’s folk and the escape of a mysterious force. “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau puts Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde to the wild west against extraterrestrials in “Cowboys vs. Aliens” aiming for July 29. If you are going to watch some films this upcoming summer, these are great recommendations but these are just a small sample of what films are coming in the season.

“Gears of War” developer Epic Games and publisher Microsoft is preparing for the release of the series’ third and final outing. To help benefit the series’ renowned multiplayer mode, a public testing build initiated. “Gears of War 3” is the first game in the cover-based third-person shooter series to have a pre-release beta to help test and iron out any bugs that can possibly plague the multiplayer. This also gives participants to try out the nuances special to Gears of War 3 including weapons and levels before its release on Sept. 24. This beta initiated late April and is scheduled to conclude on May 15. The beta includes three levels and three game modes (two new to Gears of War 3) for everyone to fight against each other with. ‘Capture the leader’ has teams protect a randomly chosen character defined as the leader for a round. The teams are also tasked to capture and hold an enemy leader hostage for a set amount of time. Each of the levels utilizes these three modes well. The symmetry gives equal opportunity for both teams getting absolutely brutal kills as well as grabbing extra, more powerful weapons. It doesn’t mean that a player’s default weapon set is weak. The series’ very notable ‘Lancer’ assault returns with its vicious chainsaw attachment or now with a bayonet. The destructive shotgun also makes a return with the newly added more brutal double-barreled shotgun. A cool aspect of the beta includes unlockables where every player can get new character models as well as new executions for particular weapons. Some of these rewards can be used in the retail release but only can be unlocked through the beta. In terms of gameplay, Gears of War 3 has the raw feel of the first game with the second outing’s refined balances. When fighting up close against someone with a shotgun, the intensity is prevalent and the danger of death is always on high levels. Taking cover to cover at an instant while being gunned down feels amazing and getting the kill is exhilarating. Being a beta, there are things that can be fixed to help the overall experience including annoying glitches and some situations where a point blank shotgun hit being unable to register. The benefit is that players can send this information to Epic Games directly. The Gears of War 3 beta is a great first hands-on experience for everyone anticipating the shooter.

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Ex-football player to enter the hall of fame Unique Pierre-Cody Connection Staff Many people at Cosumnes River College know Daimon Shelton as the equipment manager. However, before he started working at CRC he played in the NFL as a fullback for nine years. Now, he will be an inductee for the 2012 California community college football hall of fame. In high school, Shelton’s size drew attention from the football coaches. “I was pretty big for my age so the coach at the time saw me walking around campus and asked me to come out,” Shelton said. After playing running back in high school, he transferred to Fresno City College. Unfortunately, Shelton would lose both of his parents in the same year and take a year off. “I just kind of gave up on everything,” Shelton said. “I quit going to school, just really didn’t have a care for life after that.” After losing his scholarship, his coach from Fresno City started coaching for Sacramento State and offered Shelton a scholarship. “It was definitely a blessing that he ended up there,” Shelton said. “I didn’t have any other options of continuing school or football.” Then, In April of 1997 came the NFL draft. 23-year-old Daimon Shelton’s name was called to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round, as a fullback. “It was a transition for me that was pretty tough, you know, going from a glorified

position to a non-glorified position,” Shelton said. Shelton said he most loved playing in Jacksonville, calling his top moment “bittersweet” because that was the closest he ever made it to the “If you work hard Super Bowl, playoffs and put everything the with only two into a dream there losses. Then is no way that you they lost to can fail.” the Tennessee Titans in Daimon Shelton the AFC Equipment Manager championship 33-14 . A f t e r playing in the league for nine years, for the Buffalo Bills , Jacksonvile Jaguars and the Chicago Bears, Shelton had to retire due to injuries. “I still miss the game but I thank god for the years he gave me,” Shelton said. With an opening at CRC in P.E. and Athletics and a strong suggestion from his old coach, Shelton came to CRC to be the equipment manager. Shelton is now going into the California community college football hall of fame. “When I got the call I did my research and there are some pretty big names on that roster,” Shelton said. “It’s definitely an honor.” It is statistically unlikely for a player to make it to the NFL, but Shelton believes that with determination anything is possible. “Step out in faith, work hard and prove what they say is wrong,” Shelton said. “If you work hard and put everything into a dream there is no way that you can fail.”

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Jeanne Calamar teaches adapted physical education, motor development and adapted aquatics. Johny Garcia Connection Staff After teaching for 22 years, Cosumnes River College’s assitant athletic director will be taking home the “adapted physical educator of the year” award.

“I feel very blessed and honored to have won,” said Jeanne Calamar about her award. Calamar said a teacher “wouldn’t let her leave her office” until she agreed to look into teaching APE. “Teaching APE is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love it,” Calamar said.

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Athletic department feels the budget cuts Johny Garcia Connection Staff Playing basketball at Cosumnes River College, 19-year-old Orion Kidd has experienced the budget cuts first-hand. Kidd said one day he had a “weird feeling” about his ankle, and since he didn’t have an ankle brace at the time he wanted to get it wrapped with athletic tape just to be safe. “I went into the trainer’s office and I was like, ‘excuse me ma’am, can I please have my ankles taped?’ And they told me no,” Kidd said. “They said no because we’re out of season and they said because we don’t have enough tape. “That same day I twisted my ankle and I was out for a week.” Cosumnes River College’s athletic department has not been immune to the budget cuts. Over the past few years, cost containment procedures have been implemented district-wide to athletic departments, said Liz Belyea, CRC’s athletic director. “One of the cost containment procedures was to limit the amount of games they play,” Belyea said.

Each sport’s season length was cut by 15 percent, said Jeanne Calamar, CRC’s assistant athletic director. The volleyball season has been cut by three playing dates, the baseball season by eight games and the basketball season by four games. “We’ve gotten quite a few games cut from our schedule,” said women’s basketball head coach Coral Sage during an interview before the basketball season. “We can’t go to as many tournaments in the preseason and we lose a little more preseason games. We used to go to a final four for a state tournament, this year it’s only the top two teams in the north and the top two teams in the south.” But a shorter season does have its advantages. “I think for a lot of the athletes that have been working really hard and doing lots of games it’s kind of nice for them to be able to study a little bit more,” Belyea said. And studying is important for the athletes because they can only play on a junior college’s sport team for two years, Kidd said. “You can’t take it on your own pace, you have to take a certain amount of units,” Kidd said.

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“Last semester I took 19 units.” Kidd also mentioned that “certain things like no priority registration for athletes hurts them.” “I’m on time with all my stuff, I’m trying “I think that our district my hardest, but then again has been really my enrollment date’s too frugal in saving money late so I can’t get into so at this point we’re anything,” Kidd said. But, for the most not feeling the effects part, collegiate athletes as hard as maybe some are able to overcome other colleges.” these obstacles. “The graduation Liz Belyea success rate for studentAthletic Director athletes who began college in 2003 is 79 percent,” according to a study published in 2010 by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Although CRC’s athletes are facing challenges, they may be in a better situation than athletes at other colleges. “I think that our district again has been really frugal in saving money so at this point we’re not feeling the effects as hard as maybe some other colleges,” Belyea said. “But we don’t know what the future will hold.”

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Kristy Schroeder’s cardio kick-boxing class starts off with a ten minute warmup. There is a pre-test in the beginning of the course and a post-test at the end of the course so students can see if they’ve gained flexibility or endurance, Schroeder said.

Student athlete passes away Varsha Narayan Connection Staff A 22-year-old former Cosumnes River College baseball player died after falling off a balcony and hitting his head at a house party in Davis on April 17. Scott Heinig was a star baseball player at CRC and then went on to play for University of California Davis where he was team captain. He graduated from the UC Davis with a bachelors degree in economics. Heinig was attending a house party in celebration of “Picnic Day” in Davis. Picnic Day started as an open house for the University, but has become a weekend of non-stop partying among college students.

Heinig was respected by his peers because of his tremendous athletic ability and personality. “Scott was elected team captain his senior season, which speaks to how well respected he was by his teammates and to his work ethic and positive attitude,” head coach Rex Peters said in a release from the university. Heinig was respected by all the coaches he played for and impressed them with his skill and loyalty to the sport. “He came to play for us at CRC even though he had options to attend four-year schools,” said Heinigs’ CRC baseball coach Tony Bloomfield in an interview with the Davis Enterprise. “He was the ultimate player and the best teammate.”

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Campus outreach program continues to hurt Daniel Newport Connection staff The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, or EOP&S, has already been feeling the effects of the “all-cuts mentality” of the state of California. The EOP&S program, coordinated by Kathy F. Degn, is an academic support program that helps students “who have the potential to be successful but just need a little extra help to ensure the likelyhood of that happening,” Degn said. The program offers its students top priority registration, academic advising, transfer information, and a list of other services

that bolster a student’s ability to be successful. The typical person in the program is a full time student, and most, but not all, are at a basic skills level of English or math, or both. Another common factor is that “a lot of them are the first one in their family to go to college,” said Degn. Degn, who was an EOP&S student herself when she was in college, knows the many benefits this program can offer, but “this is our second year of operating at a 40 percent reduction in funds, and basically what that equates to is $400,000 a year,” Degn said. As a byproduct of that, the

EOP&S is serving 400 less students a year. All community colleges in California have this program, and each of these campuses will not be able to support 400 students. According to the California Community College Registry there are a total of 110 community colleges in the state. Degn said the effects of this on the students are the effects on the family. The book service they provide, although not generally stressed, by paying for a part or for some books provided a big help to students financially, which is now reduced due to funding. Flora Tolentino, 22, sociology

major, said that cuts to the book program were one of her main concerns, “that was one of the concerns I had, because I couldn’t get all the books I wanted, so it had to come out of pocket.” “We used to do a lot of tutoring one on one, and we have pretty much had to eliminate that,” Degn said. The program used to be able to admit students in the middle of the year, so if a student did decide to come back to college with help, they could enroll. But now they must wait till the next year to enroll if they decide to, so students would have to be denied enrollment, with the help they would need.

Alex Foy, 23, Construction Management major, and a former recipient of the program has felt the repercussions of the cuts not allowing the program to admit students. “EOP&S had my back, I wouldn’t say anything bad about the program, I wish I could get back [in],” said Foy. Yet when asked about the funding cuts Foy offered a positive response, showing that the resilience of the program, and the services it offers are still unaffected by the cuts. “With me it wasn’t really about the funding,” Foy said. “For me I needed the inspiration to keep me going.”

Vice President Yamamura: ‘we face unpleasant choices’ Branden Wiens Connection staff As students prepare to wrap up the spring semester, the summer and fall semesters loom. Many students opt to take summer courses to quicken the transfer process and lighten their course load for the fall and spring. However, with the budget cuts seeming inevitable, administrators are forced to assess and determine the least essential of course offerings. As a result, summer courses

are facing a 20 percent reduction. “Although the state budget is far from finalized, the college still needed to plan for summer and fall classes,” said Whitney Yamamura, vice president of Instruction and Student Learning at Cosumnes River College in an e-mail. “Summer offerings are smaller than the fall and spring semesters, so the deeper percentage reductions in summer account for half of our planned reductions.” Yamamura expressed the need for the cuts to take place.

“The state has reduced our funding. Even after the reduction in course offerings, we still serve more students than the state will fund,” Yamamura said. “We face unpleasant choices.” In addition, not cutting into the summer term would mean harsher cuts in the fall 2011, and spring 2012 semesters, times when the majority of students take their classes, said Yamamura. The cuts will have a direct impact on students that take summer courses, but for those that do not, the cuts aren’t as critical.

“I’d rather see summer cuts, than deep cuts in the fall,” said Chris Gallenstein, a 21-year-old game design major. “I’d rather see summer cuts because they don’t affect me as much, as I don’t take many of my classes then.” However, some students aren’t as happy with the cuts. “The cuts will eventually create a bottleneck for certain key classes,” said Jonathan Phillips, a 20-year-old biology major. “They’ll slow everyone down, and keep me personally, as well as other students, from reaching their

goals in a timely manner.” Yamamura said that courses are being cut as evenly as possible across the board, but core classes are trying to be kept. “We have essentially cut classes from every department, but we are doing what we can to keep as many of the classes that students need to fill-core transfer, career and technical education,” Yamamura said. Whatever the reason, the cuts are not an ideal and pleasant scenario for students, faculty or administration, Philips said.


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Students is ESL courses at greater risk from cuts Dorian Love Connection staff When enrollment begins, students can often select from an array of classes. However, for students who are taking English as a Second Language many options are limited. California’s economic slump has forced many state universities and community colleges to reduce their classes. Professor Sandra Carter, who teaches ESL, said budget cuts would have the biggest impact on immigrant students. “The budget cuts are serious for everyone, but ESL students will suffer the most,” Carter said.

ESL students cannot take classes like science or history until they complete their ESL classes. In the past programs, such as “Adult Education,” helped student’s who could not get into a college ESL class. But, along with ESL, it has been reduced for the last two years, said Carter. Carter said ESL students would not be able to keep up with the curriculum if they can’t understand the language.These students cannot take another class because understanding English is essential to their success. When ESL classes are cut, there is no other outlet option for these students. “Cutting ESL classes refuses

and denies immigrant students of their rights,” Carter said. “What’s even worse is that congressional leaders are the ones cutting these programs, yet they want immigrants to learn English.” Many ESL students expressed the benefits of the courses. “When I first came here, I didn’t speak good English,” said Janet Orozco, 25, a nutrition major. “I would not speak to people because I did not know the language.” Orozco, who is from Mexico, has been attending Cosumnes River College for four years. “I have taken ESL classes in reading, speaking and writing,” said Orozco.

Orozco said her experience in this country took some adjusting. “It’s a lot different both culturally and environmentally,” Orozco said. Much like Orozco, many ESL students have to overcome challenges of transitioning into a culture different from their own. “It was not easy for me,” said Usman Ahmad, 25, an automotive major from Pakistan. “We don’t communicate the English language over there; we speak our own language.” Ahmad credits ESL classes for helping him gain confidence in communicating with English speakers.

“I feel comfortable speaking with native speakers,” said Ahmad. “I can go outside and talk with people.” Orozco and Ahmad agreed that the ESL classes have contributed to their growth. “Before I would have my wife translate for me,” said Ahmad jokingly. “Now, I have a lot of confidence when I am taking with people.” Both Orozco and Ahmad expressed their concerns over the budget cuts. “People from all over the world come here,” said Orozco. “If we cut programs that are beneficial to immigrants it will be harder for us and them to assimilate.”

Graduates and administrators prepare for ceremony Osay Ogbebor Connection staff Cosumnes River College’s stadium is going to be filled with family members, faculties and administrators congratulating this year’s graduate for their dedicated completion of collegiate work, on May 18. The 535 students that will be participating at the event will have their picture taken and an opportunity to shake the chancellor and president’s hand on stage as a reader announces their name to the audience. Once the graduates are able to move the orange tassel on their

cap from right to left it will indicate the transition from being a candidate for an associate’s degree to a graduate. Peggy Ursin outreach specialist and graduation coordinator wanted to say a message to the people that will be walking on stage. Be proud of your accomplishment and your job is literally to pay it forward she said. “For every person that graduates from here I think owe it to mentor to others and be available to help them to get a college education.” Crystal Prabo, a 21-year-old, nursing major, who is transfer-

ring to Sacramento State in the fall, will be wearing her navy blue cap and gown and participating at the graduation ceremony. While at CRC she completed her Associates in Science degree in biological science with prenursing and her Associate in Arts degree in liberal arts with concentration of science. “I feel really accomplished and I’m really proud of myself because I’m learning two degrees which took me two years,” said Prabo. “I worked really hard and at this state I can look back and look at all the hard work I did and feel good about it.” All students expecting to

graduate must complete a petition for graduation in the admissions and records office and counseling center by the date published in the academic calendar. Students may graduate at the end of the fall and spring semester or summer sessions. This year, Chancellor of Los Rios Community College District Brice Harris, will join the President Debbie Travis and a representative from the Board of Trustees on stage as they will have a chance to say a greeting. The faculty members will be wearing their full traditional regalia while they escort the graduates to the stadium.

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Afterwards, snacks and drinks will be served to the guests at the reception hosted by the college’s foundation. Catherine Lopez-Aguado, a 24-year-old, who’ll be receiving her A.S. degree in veterinary technology will be taking her state license exams after graduation wanted to tell the students that are still in the process of graduating to continue doing their best. Any student at CRC who is interested may attend the ceremony on May 18 at 7 p.m. located on the stadium. There is no admission required and there will be free parking as well.

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and Villanueva presented the students, and shared a personal quote prepared by each, some were in English, many were not. In all, 76 students were honored, including Victor Hugo Perez Zavala, who was not in attendance. Zavala, a SCC student, was fatally shot on Sept. 11, 2010 at the Second Saturday event in downtown Sacramento. During the ceremony, members of is family were presented with a plaque that commemorated his achievement.

Following the ceremony, those honored met with their families. “It meant a lot to me because I was able to show my family my accomplishment,” said Isabel Garcia, a student at American River College. “I’m the first generation to go to college. CRC graduate Jesse Rodriguez shared Garcia’s sentiments. “It’s something to be proud of,” said Rodriguez. “It’s an honor to represent our culture and go against the odds.”

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the pictures likely will inflame passions or tensions against the US, and that will or might result in a response that we don’t want. That’s a better policy. You don’t want that kind of response over a picture.” Bin Laden is most famous for being the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

that claimed nearly 3,000 lives. The hunt for him concluded close to ten years after the event. “I’m kind of disappointed that it took that long,” said Joseph Taden, a 22-year-old mechanical engineering major. “Considering how much manpower we had, the fact that it took 10 years is alarming.”

Despite the length of time it took, it may have proved the extent of American determination, Morales said. “It confirms American resolve in a way,” said Morales. “America says it’s going to do something, it does something, at least it used to, and is doing so again.”

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