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Volume 152, Issue 2

September 7 - September 21, 2011

Transfer faster with new degree

Veterans lose break pay, G.I. bill changes By Esther Harris

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Recent changes to the Post 9/11 Veterans Assistance Improvement Act have forced roughly 1,300 student veterans at City College to adapt to bill revisions such as the elimination of break pay and the increase of enrolled minimum units required to be eligible for benefits. “My September check is about $1000 when normally it would be $2400,” said Aundray Rogers, behavioral science major at City College and single father of three. “I had to take out loans to supplement the loss of funds,” Rogers served six years in the army while pursuing his education. With slashed break pay and an increase from 7 to 12 enrolled unit requirement, he said it is far more difficult to balance school and raise his kids aged 13, 8, and 5. “I went into to the military straight up for college. They should go back to full benefits so we don’t have to scramble,” he said. Cutting break pay means funds will be available only when school is in session. All housing and other allow-



California’s last ditch money saving “trigger” may soon be pulled due to the poorly recovering economy - putting into use fine print in California’s budget plan to bail out the cash strapped California Community College system. On August 22, 2011, California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott and California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed held a telephone press conference regarding possible increases in tuition fees, to be made in the midst of the 20112012 academic year. Chancellor Reed explained: “Just last week the Department of Finance and the State Controller’s office reported that revenue

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Community colleges statewide are now offering a new type of associate degree designed to help students streamline the transfer process to a California State University baccalaureate program, but not without a making some skeptics along the way. Last September the transfer degree was signed into state legislation as the Student Transfer Achievement Act. All community colleges are governed by state law and were required to offer the transfer degree for 20112012 school years. Majors must be state approved and follow the framework outline by the transfer degree curriculum. “Every community college would create a transfer degree of no more than 60 units,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott said in a press conference Aug. 22. “It would have the exact kind of general education requirements that’s true of the California State University.” When the requirements are met a student may then transfer to a CSU, where only 60 units

collections were down about 9%. That’s a trigger for the Community Colleges, CSUs, and UCs that says in December, if the state doesn’t collect a certain amount of revenue, somebody in Finance is going to pull that trigger…” Chancellor Scott went on to state “We (Community Colleges) will take a 102 million dollar cut if both the trigger cuts are pulled and the problem is that the state…decided… if that happens, they’re going to raise our tuition from $36 a unit to $46 a unit in mid year.” Instead of paying $540 for a 15-unit course load per semester ($1,080 annually), students would be paying $690 a single semester ($1,380 per year). This is a make or break situation for many BUDGET CUTS: !"#$%& INFORGRAPHIC BY CLARIVEL FONG AND ANNA SHORIAK / PHOTOS COUTRESY OF MCT

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Remember our photo story from last issue? See our video interview with rape survivor Jessica “Jane Doe” Gonzales from the Aug. 6, 2011 march in Dolores Park.

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more are needed to earn a bachelor degree. The purpose of the new degree is to make the transfer process clearer and easier for students. However, the degree doesn’t meet the transfer requirements for the University of California. Last year around 2.7 million students enrolled at community colleges across California and 400,000 students at the California state schools. With a staggeringly high volume of students, adopting the transfer degree has increased the workload for an already burdened administrative staff. “We’re all kind of learning,” City College articulation officer Deanna Abma said, saying that the transfer degree is still a work in progress. Abma was one of the administrative staff racing all summer to make the degree available for students by the start

of fall semester. They developed two new majors for an associate arts degree eligible for transfer, psychology and speech communications. A major in physics is still pending. As the economic hard times drag on, the transfer degree will help save money for the student and the state. Students will be able to join the work force sooner, meeting the increasing demand for educated workers and become taxpaying citizens, said Scott. Scott projects the new degree will help 40,000 community college students and 14,000 CSU students clear-cut the path to a bachelor degree each year, saving the state over $160 million annually. The transfer degree is making some big promises, but not everyone is buying it. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said Karen Saginor, president of

the academic senate. One concern is the degree guarantees admission to a CSU with a bachelors program in the desired major, but it doesn’t guarantee admission into a CSU of the student’s choice. It won’t even guarantee the student is admitted to the major’s program of study. Impacted majors are a huge problem at the CSUs and Sagnior worries about the false hope the transfer degree may pose to students. “The CSU may say ‘yes we guarantee you a seat,’” Sagnior said, “but we don’t have enough space.” The transfer degree might not get a student into a school of his or her choice or into an impacted major, but it will give students a 0.1 grade point bump, said Terri Eden, articulation officer for San Jose State and SF State. It may not seem like much, but Eden

said it could be the deciding factor for admittance. Especially with impacted majors requiring a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. “It has a little way to go before things get worked out,” Eden said, referring to the kinks in the transfer process. “The faculty has been working on this a lot. There has been a lot of collaboration with the academic faculty.” Another positive aspect of the transfer degree is students won’t duplicate credit, said Eden. The path is clearer and students will know what their credits are worth. Its heart wrenching, Eden added, when a student comes to a CSU with a regular associate degree and receives only 40 transferable credits. Up until now, an associate degree didn’t help or hurt you in the transfer process, said Lawrence Demato, department

chair and counselor of the City College transfer center. A student could graduate with an associate degree but those credits earned wouldn’t necessarily transfer over to a CSU. And vice versa, a student only following the transfer requirements wouldn’t earn an associate degree and therefore would not graduate from City College. “The requirement for associate degree is not in line for transfer requirements,” said Demato. “This transfer degree will help remedy that problem.” Already five or six students have come to Demato interested in the transfer degree, he said, especially psychology. Even though the transfer degree eliminates certain local requirements needed for the ordinary associate degree, sections G and H, it does increase math and English levels. email:


San Francisco’s ex-District 2 Supervisor and mayoral hopeful, Michela Alioto-Pier, speaks about the changes upgrades around the city for people with disabilities at the Potrero Hill Mayoral Debate on Aug. 30, 2011 in San Francisco.

Mayoral candidates tackle City College issues Michela Alioto-Pier

San Francisco’s 2011 Mayoral race is a crowded one this year, with many major candidates on the ballot. The Guardsman will be interviewing a new candidate each issue in order to get to the heart of issues concerning you, our City College readers. By Valerie Demicheva THE GUARDSMAN

Michela Alioto-Pier is nationally recognized, and locally grown. Her grandfather is former San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto. At age 17, President Ronald Reagan appointed her to the National Council on Disabilities Advisory Board. After a skiing accident left her unable to walk, she decided on a life of public service. Michela Alioto-Pier was appointed to represent District 2 on the Board of Supervisors in January 2004 by Mayor Gavin Newsom. Since becoming a Supervisor, she’s has championed issues such as women’s rights, the

economy, and the environment. Michela lives with her husband Tom and their three children in the Cow Hollow neighborhood. *



What is it like being a female politician in San Francisco? It’s really hard, you can’t imagine. People are so patronizing. I’ve never felt that whole “I’m woman, hear me roar” thing. People can be so vulgar. You know, 51% of the voters in this City are women, and we shouldn’t expect all of them to act like men in order to be successful in their careers. If elected, what will you do to elevate the status of women in San Francisco? This is an issue I’ve been

working on, namely with a charter amendment. The amendment made it possible for women on the Board to attend meetings and vote via teleconference if they’re having complications in pregnancy or are in childbirth. The Board of Supervisors didn’t have a maternity leave policy, and I got nailed for that. The press nailed me because I missed a few committee meetings, but they never mentioned that I was there for every single Board meeting, sitting there with my 52-inch pregnant waist. They never mentioned that I was actually in a meeting when I went into labor. Women will never be able to reach the highest echelons if they’re not allowed to go for careers in politics in their 20’s, just like men.

What role can CCSF play in revitalizing the City’s economy? City College can be a pathway for education in the developing sectors in our City. The biotech tech credit I sponsored has attracted over 70 biotech companies to San Francisco. Nothing should stop us from getting biotech companies to invest in City College. Also, culinary and hospitality education could dovetail with City College. We have some of the best chefs in Napa who would be happy to help us create a branch culinary school through City College. In the recent budget passed by Mayor Lee, only $250,000 of the $2.1 dollars requested by CCSF was approved. CCSF continues to need aid from the City in order

to pay for basic utilities and keep its classes open. If elected mayor, what kind of monetary commitment will you make to CCSF? Education is an honest-togod investment in our City. Our education is the engine behind job growth and job creation. We shouldn’t be a 4-cylinder engine. We should be an 8-cylinder engine, or a 16-cylinder engine. We need to invest in our youth! Make sure to check out next issue where Valerie will sit down with another mayoral candidate to tackle issues important to you, our City College readers.



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Government pulls rug out from under student veterans G.I. BILL: !"#$%&'(%!"#)&%*+,(

ances will be canceled when school is on break (Dec-Jan, MayAugust). Monthly benefits will be prorated accordingly and the remainder of the entitlement previously offered for break pay will be distributed only during time of future enrollment. Like Rogers, student and veteran Bobby Hollingsworth said he feels betrayed by the revisions. By eliminating break pay, he said he would be living in his van if it weren’t for family and friends who have given him a place to live. “Some of them [veterans] quit their jobs with the promise of money for our education. Then the money dried up,” Hollingsworth said. “They cut our funding, they promised something and took it away. They pulled the rug out from under us.” Hollingsworth and Rogers agreed that the prevelance of PTSD is hinders most vets’ ability to be successful in school and said the increased mandatory unit enrollement requirements would make it even tougher to get through school. Rogers said it’s nearly impossible to focus in class. Without a tape recorder he couldn’t get through a semester and the added pressure of having to take 12 units limits his chances for success.

“My cognitive skills are all bad,” said Rogers, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Psychologically my thinking process is jacked.” Although Rogers is in therapy and coping with the effects of PTSD, he still has trouble with his classes. Coping with being in school after living a life of being shot at

“The main reason I’m joining the air force is to complete my education in a stable, comfortable environment,” said Nathan Carlos of San Francisco, 21. “All of my tech school is paid for and I can take classes towards my BA at the same time.” Also on the ever-changing bill are adjustments that will positively effect many student veterans.

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by enemy combatants is just part of adjusting back into civilian life, Hollingsworth said. But, he said, the transition isn’t easy. “They are treating us like kids...I’ve been shot at by men who wanted to kill me. I’ve seen death and corruption and now I have a teacher telling me they’ll dock me points if I’m late.” !"#$%&''$"()$)*+#$%#,#-.) Despite the negative reactions to the changes of the GI Bill, many other students still see the educational benefits of serving in the military to be worth the potential danger, time and emotional costs.

According to the United States Department of Government Affairs, National Guard veterans are now eligible to receive benefits. This encompasses forty-thousand students nationwide. Students are now permitted reimbursement for multiple licence or certification tests and National exams whereas in the past only one test was paid for. Additionally, National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Association and Public Health Service veterans, two smaller divisions of the armed forces, are now considered qualified for financial aid by the

federal government and are now allowed to transfer entitlements to their dependents. Future revisions to the GI Bill, effective October 1, 2011, will allow veterans to apply their educational funds towards noncollege decree fees at public institutions, and will be granted $83 per month for books and supplies. City College itself also offers a wide array of student veteran services. Rogers said the Veterans Outreach Program is by far one of the greatest programs this city could offer. “We have a nice community here [Veterans Center]. We comfort each other,” Rogers said. “It’s easier talking veteran to veteran. We don’t do well in society.” The program offers psychological and social work services, VA health care enrollment on site and an extensive knowledge basis of information regarding health care and other VA benefits. “If we’re having a bad day we go over to the outreach center, talk through our problems,” Rogers said, identifying City College as one of the only schools in the nation that offers such a vast array of veteran support. “It is a model for the future of veterans services,” said Rogers.


TRACKING CHANGES TO THE G.I. BILL PAYMENTS BEFORE While attending school, veterans were paid during the summer break between school semesters, as well as during the winter break. They receive separate payments for housing.

PAYMENTS NOW Vets are now not paid for housing during summer or winter breaks. Those enrolled in summer school are paid, but have to meet a minimum requirement of enrolled units to be eligible.

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student’s pusuing their education. “I’m not sure what I’ll do if this happens!” exclaimed first year, almost full time student Vanessa Bell. “Right now, I work, go to school, and take care of my family. I did not qualify for financial aid so I paid out of pocket for my classes and textbooks. If this happens, I might have to drop out of school altogether, and focus on my job.” Chancellor Scott echoed Vanessa’s frustrations saying, “I think this is a tragedy for students and it’s certainly a tragedy for the State of California, who desperately needs more trained personnel.” When asked about how this could potentially effect our different departments, John Rizzo, president of the City College Board of Trustees, responded “We don’t know, we will know before our meeting at the end of September.” There is a silver lining on this tarnished cloud: the STAR Act or the Student Transfer Agreement Reform Act. The STAR act was signed into law in September 2010, as a school-wide system that enables Community Colleg-

es to create a transfer degree with the same general education requirements of a California State University. After a student completes 60 units in Community College, only 60 credits more will be required after transferring to CSU. Chancellor Scott endorsed the STAR act saying “…we realize that in expediting the degrees between these two large institutions, we think that we will be able to serve 40,000 additional Community College students and about 14,000 CSU students. This means that students are going to save time and money, enter the workforce more quickly, and become tax paying citizens. We’re very pleased about that.”


MAXIMUM PAYMENT The amount of educational benefits a veteran can receive to attend private and foreign schools has a new cap of $17,500 per academic year .

SCHOOL CHOICE Previously education benefits were only applicable towards public and private universities. Starting Oct. 1 vets can choose to have the benefits go towards vocational schools and apprenticeships.

Board of Trustees to add parcel tax on November ballot By Ryan Ariel Simon THE GUARDSMAN

A resolution to place a parcel tax on the November 2012 ballot authored by Board of Trustees President John Rizzo and Trustee Chris Jackson passed unanimously at the Aug. 25 board meeting. The resolution directed the trustees to have a full plan ready by October 2011. Over four years the tax would raise $8 million per year for City College, the idea being that “after four years we hope the economy improves,” Rizzo said, adding however, “It’s not going to be any kind of silver bullet.” Which parts of City College would receive the funds has not yet been determined, though it may end up in the district’s general fund, Rizzo said. The Aug. 25 resolution directs the trustees to form a committee to decide what the tax will fund, along with the final amount of the tax to be collected from San Francisco property owners.

“People representing every constituency will have input,” said Phyllis McGuire, Interim Vice Chancellor for Policy & Research. The committee will be made up of local union representatives, students, administrators, and faculty, who will draft the plan together, she said. While the parcel tax is just a temporary measure to help soften the recession’s blow to the district, the statewide oil extraction tax would be much better, and a real solution for California community colleges, said board president Rizzo. Activists are currently gathering signatures to put the oil tax, dubbed Proposition 1481, on the November 2012 ballot, which the board also unanimously passed on August 25, joining the ranks of many who are endorsing the initiative. According to data recovered from a survey of 1,500 potential San Francisco voters, the parcel tax would narrowly receive the two-thirds majority needed for its passage. email:

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SFUSD’s new efforts to boost grad rate Board of Trustees hopes

Career and Technical Education program to help high schoolers By Peter Hernandez THE GUARDSMAN

City College’s Academy Pathways program has increased from 100 to over 300 students this semester through one of the largest dual-enrollment Career and Technical Education programs in the state for high school seniors. Heading one of the largest dual-enrollment Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the country, Suzanne Korey, director of CTE at City College has teamed up with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to dismiss high schools’ claims that their seniors are victims of “senioritis” (where seniors become notoriously lazy in their final year of school), or that graduation statistics are not on their side. Over the summer semester, Korey hired a counselor to find prospective students for the program and help bridge the gap between City College and SFUSD. “I had a student from Ida B. Wells [High School] studying Fire Science, and I could see it in his eyes – he was hungry for these classes,” Korey said. The program makes use of 31 courses that explore fields from fire science to law. The ultimate intent of the program, Korey said, is to make dualenrollment a requirement of vocationally-trained high school students. “Recent studies have shown that students dually enrolled have higher persistence rates and greater

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chances of staying in school,” said Laurie Scolari, dean of outreach and recruitment at City College. Seventy percent of SFUSD graduates enroll in post-secondary education. Korey’s program intends to increase that rate, which slashes City College enrollment fees for CTE courses and ensures students that their credits will transfer to a university. “The best thing about it is that it gets students introduced to college. It gets them interested,” Board of Trustees President John Rizzo said. “It makes for higher success rates among high school students.” Last semester, City College’s dual-enrollment CTE program was funded through the Irvine Grant and the program enrolled more than 100 students. The recent dramatic increase in enrollment has been both encouraging and frustrating. “There seems to be a generational gap,” said Korey, noting the youth’s deteriorating interest in post-graduate education. “My upbringing in a middle-class family made me have college on my mind since I was young. I knew I was going to college – it was my passion.” Chancellor Don Griffin wants the CTE program’s enrollment to increase to 400 or more by next semester. Korey said that nearly 95 percent of the duallyenrolled students graduate the CTE program, and presumably graduate high school as well. “We want out students to answer questions like, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I want to do?’” email:

Corrections from vol. 152, Issue 1 - The front page photo from last issue was credited to YouTube user TheOneNonly457, but failed to credit the user’s full name, Monte’ Debruce. While surrounded by an angry crowd and police with drawn firearms, Monte’ shot an amazing video capturing the death of Kenneth Harding jr. - The “SlutWalk” rally photo story left out an attribution to photographer Alisa Orozco. The Guardsman apologizes for failing to credit her very first and very well done photo-story. - A headline for an article on the music festival “Outside Lands” inaccurately claimed Wye Oak was from the Bay Area, Wye Oak is a Baltimore based band. - A headline referring to the new Dean of Castro campus, Ms. Bob, as being “ordained” to the position has been repeatedly pointed out to us as inaccurate due to the word “ordained” meaning to be brought into the priesthood. The Guardsman regrets to inform would-be correctors that the word “ordained” actually does have meaning outside of religions appointment, and in fact means simply being appointed to a position. email:

to strike black gold

Oil extracion fee is a longshot that is worth backing, says Board of Trustees “The master plan is dead,” said Scott Lay, president of the California Community College League, Proposition 1481, the “Oil referring to the Donahoe Higher Extraction Fee to Rescue Higher Education Act signed into CaliEducation,” was unanimously fornia law in the 1960s guaranteeendorsed by the City College ing affordable higher education to Board of Trustees at their open all Californian residents. session Aug. 25. “The idea that ‘everybody Prop 1481 proposes a 15 can go to community college’ has percent fee on crude oil extracted changed to ‘OK, you really need in California, and is estimated to to pay,’”Jeffrey Fang said. “This generate approximately $3 billion proposition is designed to really annually for California education, restore the ‘dead master plan’.” 48percent of which will go directIf this initiative succeeds, “It ly to community colleges. Funds will be an unprecedented grasswill be used to lower student fees, roots restore initiaclass tive,” Dr. cuts, and Rodger “…This proposition is rehire Scott profesdesigned to really restore voiced to sors laid the ‘dead master plan’.” the board off in the of trustees. budget also !"#$%&'#()*$+#&&(,&--*.(/0'1 He crisis. said that So, it’s going what to take does more than the college’s endorsethis mean specifically for City ment to have a chance. College? “Let’s be very clear about this, “It means a couple of millions it’s an uphill climb,” said Fang. of dollars, at least, for our colleg“We are still in the signature es!” said an enthusiastic Jeffrey collecting process.The Bay Area Fang, the Student Trustee who goal is 100,000 signatures and the authored the resolution. Fang said deadline is September 30.” he submitted the short notice add Fang emphasized that young to the agenda, because “it’s the voter participation is paramount student’s voice speaking up.” for the effort to be successful. The importance of this propo“Right now we really need sition is being stressed not only volunteers to spread out and get because it affects students directthose signatures” Fang said. All ly, but also because it has the eligible volunteers are welcomed. potential to change the future of City College Board of TrustCalifornia’s education. ees joins California Community Students are all too familCollege Association Board CCA/ iar with the rising fees. Over the CTA, Student Senate for Califorpast 4 years, community college nia Community Colleges, Ameristudent fees have risen 38.5 can Federation of Teachers and percent, potentially facing more many others in endorsing Prop increases up to 77 percent. The 1481. current situation of the budget for education is astounding. By Darren Girard THE GUARDSMAN


OPINIONS Editorial

As the race for a new mayor of San Francisco heats up, you’re going to see identity politics come into play in a big way. John Avalos is a mayoral candidate that plays to the devisive group knows as the “progressive” camp. The progressives are supposed to represent everything uber-liberal about SF: calls for full benefits to the homeless, rent control-or-death and the kind of love for social services that make Tea Party folks shiver in their colonial-era britches. Though it sounds thoughtful on the surface, lately the term progressive has been used in name only: hipsters like holding signs and chanting “solidarity” in marches - they don’t show up at board meetings or do silly things like “vote.” Creating a progressive identity lets people feel like they contribute to City politics while not actively participating in the active process of government. This kind of hipster-baiting is only the tip of the iceberg. The Lee Family Association, founded in San Francisco’s early days to help new Chinese immigrants acclimate to a new country, is set to influence a huge swath of the

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Being unconventially social in SF

city’s Asian voters into voting for Ed Lee this next election cycle. With the Asian population of the city at 33%, that has the potential to swing the mayor’s race in a major way. On the big-business friendly end, Michela Alioto-Pier is a native San Franciscan with roots in the much maligned Marina district. The Marina folks are cab friendly, bus adverse and homeownership friendly. And even though her roots in San Francisco warms her to many natives, her Marina values are ultimately subruban and downtown friendly - a position that could reverse years of progress in making San Francisco greener and renterfriendly. The ties that bind all of these candidates are the way that they try to attach themselves to a role or stereotype in order to sell themselves. It can be easy to vote for someone based on a gut reaction to what they seem like on the surface, but do yourself a favor and actually make an effort to get to know the policies and positions of the people who will have power over the future of San Francisco. email:

By Esther Harris THE GUARDSMAN

What a beautiful and eclectic mix of maniacs that we have here at City College. Women with penises, men with vaginas, 14-year-old super geniuses, old people with far too many questions, and a special shout out to my new friends at the VA centerthe battered veterans. In the end each one of us is just trying to find our little niche in this world. With over 100,000 students at City College it’s easy to get lost in the crowds. So you’re new here and you don’t have any friends. Here’s what you do: Quit your job at the Internet start-up company. Stop revolving your life around the web. I’m no Facebook hater, but for god sake there has to be a healthy balance between real life and online social networking. Working in the restaurant industry is an easy way to get a life. No, you cant compete with the over qualified college graduates applying for the open serving position you found on Craigslist but corporations like Chevy’s or

Landry’s always seem to be hiring and the interview process is quick. Let them believe you are the empty vessel they want you to be; conform to their Walt Disney business model bull shit and you’re a shoe-in. Inevitably you will lose a part of your soul and likely succumb to alcoholism and drug use, but corporation employees throw the best parties. Do the Disney bit, then head to North Beach to apply for a fine dining position. It’s always easier to find a job when you have a job. Or... get a gay best friend. It will change your life. Can’t find one? Then you don’t live in San Francisco. The gay community in San Francisco is one of the most colorful cultures we have. In my personal experience I have found Castro to be most welcoming whether you’re a freak, a boring introvert, a spineless moron, or just normal. Everyone gets down. My queer counterparts changed my borderline anti-social life into something genuinely interesting. Under their discretion, I recently purchased my very first pair of six inch pumps.

Call me vain but nothing will make you feel more wildly outlandish and social than a pair of cherry red pumps. Guy or girl respectively. When all else fails, try picking up a drug habit. Every drug comes with the guaranteed camaraderie of fellow users. I would recommend caffeine (after all we are a school newspaper). Coffee is a relatively healthy addiction and cafes are filled with relatively healthy addicts that are hyped up and good for conversation. Heavier drugs may offer a stronger bond. This rang clear to me after seeing a junkie couple shooting up in SOMA one day while staring longingly into each others eyes. The connection was undoubtedly true and for a second I irrationally respected their life style choices. Then one of them pulled down his pants and took a poop on the side walk and I stopped thinking about it. That’s my two sense on the social subject. For all my readers, this is Esther Harris, keep your guard up. email:

Loyal fans need to leave their aggression on the field By Emily Barr THE GUARDSMAN

Tens of thousands of people retreat to stadiums each day seeking out what a professional sports match can provide for them: the camaraderie of an entire city cheering for one team and one outcome. Sports stadiums have been safe havens for those who want to cheer, jest, eat, drink, and enjoy with no inhibitions. But now it seems the days of leaving all of your aggression on the field are over. Some ‘dedicated’ fans are leaving passive spectating behind, and have turned toward criminal assault to express their devotion. It raises one major question: what’s being done about it? On March 31st, a 42 year old San Francisco Giants fan named Bryan Stow was severely beaten outside the LA Dodgers stadium after a game, and currently remains in serious condition. He and his two friends were followed from the stadium into a dimly lit parking lot and assaulted by two Dodgers fans after the season opening game in LA (Shelburne). More recently on the night of August 20th, fans were shot and stabbed outside Candlestick Park following a 49ers vs. Raiders game. Multiple fights in the parking lot of the stadium were also captured on video from the same night. Although these are only two incidents of violence occurring outside a stadium in the state, there is an evident pattern.

If the areas around the two arenas were properly lit and staffed with security personnel or equipment, the violence from both nights could have been prevented. It’s true that tensions run high when rival teams face each other, but it seems to have reached a critical point where tempers snap and people get hurt. Bruised egos aside, fans are being critically injured and physically assaulted to the brink of death. Shootings, stabbings and beatings are shockingly common in and especially around sports stadiums during and after games. In at least one bay area stadium, alerting security to the site of a brawl is as easy as texting ‘SECURITY’ on your phone. However, this high tech safety measure only contains and eliminates the violence after it has already begun, it doesn’t prevent it from happening in the first place. Some actions are being taken to at least try to quell outbursts inside the stadium. Cutting off the sale of beer after a certain number of innings or quarters and screening the personal belongings of fans entering into the stadium can go a long way to prevent passions from getting too high with fans. However, because it is more common for acts of violence to occur outside the stadium, installing proper security cameras and illuminating areas around the venue are methods which need to be given more serious consideration. Time and again, a few angered


fans have ignored the fact that committing a crime in a stadium means being subject to tens of thousands of witness accounts, and they have taken their aggression out on fans of teams they

oppose. The sports team in essence has become a cover for committing a crime; defending a team, a name, or a city has gone too far. We need to remember what it means to be sportsman-

like, and as loyal fans reach out and try to quell the anger we see around us. email:


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TOP: San Francisco Police line the sidewalks in response to a protest against BART Police, which saw protestors marching up and down Market Street and in BART Stations on Aug. 29, 2011 in San Francisco. FAR RIGHT: One of the leaders of a protest against BART Police is arrested, prompting a public outcry among other protestors inside the Embarcadero BART Station on Aug. 29, 2011 in San Francisco. RIGHT: Rafael Kadaris (left) and Kayla Baltazar (right) listen a speech by the leaders of a protest against BART Police, which saw protestors marching up and down Market Street and in BART Stations on Aug. 29, 2011 in San Francisco. ABOVE: A member of civil disobedience group Anonymous stares down passing San !"#$%&'%() *(+&%,) (-.%,"') /0"&$1) #) 2"(3,'3) (-) 34,) 50+6) 7) -#3#+) '4((3&$1) (-) 84#"+,') 9&++) by BART Police on Aug. 29, 2011 on Market Street in San Francisco. The protestors marched up and down on Market Street and in BART Stations.

Last month downtown B rallying points for weekly p to the killing of Charles Hil officer, which escalated aft canceled cell phone service ground stations thwarting w plans to disrupt BART servic On the night of July 4 Ch reported to BART dispatch a man, wobbling around the C station carrying an open co When two BART police o they said Hill was holding a bottle. In a partial video of th by BART police, two officers and onto the platform. One of frame. Hill is never seen i officer visible was identified Citizen as James A. Crowel putting on black gloves and confrontation he steps back,

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Last month downtown BART stations were rallying points for weekly protests in response to the killing of Charles Hill by a BART Police officer, which escalated after BART officials canceled cell phone service to certain underground stations thwarting would-be protesters’ plans to disrupt BART service. On the night of July 4 Charles Hill, 45, was reported to BART dispatch as a drunken white man, wobbling around the Civic Center BART station carrying an open container of alcohol. When two BART police officers responded, they said Hill was holding a knife and a broken bottle. In a partial video of the incident released by BART police, two officers stepout of a train and onto the platform. One officer walks out of frame. Hill is never seen in the footage. The officer visible was identified by the Bay City Citizen as James A. Crowell. He stands there putting on black gloves and after a 25 second confrontation he steps back, pulls his gun and

fires three shots. The video ends, and the rest is unclear. Hill was shot in the chest and died at San Francisco General Hospital. BART police said Hill was threatening the officers with a knife and threw a bottle at them. Hill was a known transient. He struggled with alcohol and mental health issues. “Charles Hill was homeless,” Dr. Rupa Marya said during a recent protest on Aug. 29. “I’d seen him several times on the streets and at the hospital.” Marya is a local doctor interning at UCSF and said Hill was a former patient. Society has blind spots, she said, that allow people like Hill to fall through the cracks. At the protest Marya demanded that BART police be held accountable and to ask BART to disband their police force and retrain them. The protests began on Aug. 11 on the BART platforms in the Civic Center station. Panicking, BART officials canceled cell phone service,

effectively ending the protest. Free speech activist were enraged. The infamous Internet group known for their “hacktivism,” Anonymous, got involved and collaborating with No Justice No Bart began having weekly protest on Mondays during rush hour. BART spokesman Linton Johnson in a press conference repeatedly said he loved free speech and wanted the protesters’ message to be heard. He went on to say though that free speech isn’t allowed in BART stations beyond the fare gates. Johnson cited a 1969 Supreme Court ruling that in effect made free speech illegal in narrow circumstances involving public safety. The protests have had mixed public reactions with the largest complaints coming from BART riders trying to commute during the protests. Riders have complained about closed stations, late trains and finding alternative transportation. In recent protests, police officers and


members of the media have far outnumbered the protesters, raising concerns to its legitimacy. However, BART police have killed under suspicious circumstances and people want an answer. Jean Pauline, 89, and her husband, Tom Brown, 70, Oakland residents, came to the recent rally at the Civic Center to protest the BART police. “We‘re here to protest all the killings,” said Pauline. She and Brown want the BART police to be disarmed. Pauline is an avid activist and has seen her share of protests. She attended the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. and protested in the anti-Franco rallies of the 1930s. She has seen a lot of change over the years, but doesn’t think society is much better. “It’s much worse today than it was during the Depression,” said Pauline. email:


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A snail rides with commuters on the escalator handrail exiting a BART station. A flare of sunlight and a downtown skyscraper takes the screen when the escalator reaches the top, instilling a sense of optimism and perseverance. The one-minute film starring the snail, “Ascend,” directed by Jacqueline Medina Argote, is one of 11 inspiring films[a] and broadcast segments selected for this year’s first Festival of Moving Image at the Roxie Theater. “It’s a really good-feeling one minute,” said Rachel Hart, the operations director at Roxie Theater. The festival kicks off September 19 with works from City College’s cinema department and closes September 20 with a “best-of ” screening of Identity TV programs and motion graphics from the Broadcast Entertainment Media Arts department. IDTV is a half hour magazine-format program made by broadcast students and aired on channel 27. In a powerful documentary during the cinema night, “Art Inside Out,” visits the art program at the California School for the Blind where students are unburdened by visual art history. “I think if you can’t see you can’t judge,” said Patricia Warren, director of “Art Inside Out.” “You can engage in the process of making art without making comparisons. Your disability becomes an ability.” Other films are more heartwrenching, like “Open Window,” directed by Sophie Taggart, in which a one year-old son has a tragic accident, polarizing the family. There is even an anime film titled “In the Park,” directed by Num Dorsakun, that depicts students studying in a park who save the world. One film explores the dynamics of cross-cultural assimilation,

using local shots of Chinatown and peering into many unseen and secret places. Sabrina Wong directed “Grandpa,” in which she follows her grandfather with the intent of familiarizing herself

dynamic yet subtle as the film’s central character moves around the house, exploring the different acoustics of sound and the cyclical nature of escapism. The second day of the festival

cious 92-year old Bayview-based homeless-rights activist named Elouise Westbrook. “It’s great, as students, to be able to engage with professionals in their field, and also to explore

with her family history and background. “I know many students at City College are immigrants,” said Sabrina Wong, director of Grandpa, a reflection on her nonEnglish-speaking Chinatown immigrant grandfather. “The topic of language was brought up in the film. I think it’s an important tool to succeed--there is a new work environment that is difficult and it’s important to adapt.” Tom Ellis’ “Sortie” abstractly deconstructs French composer Erik Satie’s “Gnossiennes” series reflecting on a mood captured in one continuous shot with live, on-set music. “The music flowed with the mise-en-scène,” said Ellis. “I never really considered my film without on-set music.” The live music, performed by a pianist, cellist and violinist, is

will screen a 90-minute magazine-style program featuring a wide range of works drawn from four years of the Broadcast Electronic Media Arts department. This marks the first time the BEMA department has ever screened their works in an eclectic format for the public. The program vignettes four to five minute segments from the IDTV program, a studentmade program from the BEMA department, with interjections of motion graphics or bumpers that promote the department or television programs. IDTV, which is aired on City College’s television channel, EATV, explores topics like sustainable practices on a Marin farm, an artist that makes use of recycled materials, and a tena-

the field of broadcasting,” said Mark Castillo, writer and student email: producer for IDTV. The diverse program also features music segments that have featured musical acts by City College students in a Burlesque jazz The First Annual Festival of standards band Moving Image called MegaRoxie Theater Flame and a 3117 16th St. San Francisco, CA 14-person September 19 - Cinema Works Chinese 7:00pm & 9:00pm orchestra. September 20 - Broadcast EnterThe tainment Media BEMA Arts Works department 7:00pm & 9:00pm is noted for its $6.50 Students $10.00 General far-ranging use Admission of talents used from concept to execution. The students

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make use of field and in-studio production to make programs that explore subjects on campus and around the city. “What we want is for students to understand that you can do it. It can be done,” said Castillo. “You !"#$$%& '#$()$*+& ,-& ./0+& 1231& *)//& +2,*& 31& 12$& might have a great 4,5)$& 62$312$#& 3+& '3#1& ,-& 12)+& 7$3#+& 88!9& 9)/0& idea, but how to Festival “Remount” on Sept. 19 and 20 in San execute it is really Francisco. the big experience.” !"#$%&'()*+,),*) Roxie The festival is also noted for its venue, Roxie Theater, where City College will have its first offcampus film festival. “I’m excited for the festival, partly because sharing my film has been a growing experience,” said Wong. Roxie Theater, a non-profit organization that screens mostly independent films, is one of the last independently owned theaters in San Francisco and works with local, independent filmmakers and film organizations. “Part of our mission is to expand education and working with City College felt like a natural fit,” said Hart.


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!"#$%&'$()*+,)-$*)$%,.$/)&0*+,1$+$2%*)$/,34,5$*%/,&(,6*(,7%*(1&/18 By Rachael Garcia & Lulu Orizco THE GUARDSMAN

The Fringe Festival returns for its 20th consecutive year in downtown San Francisco, running from September 7-18 at the EXIT Theater and selected satellite stages. Fringe Festivals are hosted all over the world and present short theater or staged art pieces with an open-genre emphasis, low ticket price and many one-hour or less performances. The San Francisco festival keeps to its “fringe” tradition with special ardor — small and large theater companies are selected to perform via the SF Fringe lottery, which “supports artists of all genres and experiences,” according to festival guide booklet. Pure luck gets a theater company a slot in the festival, allowing a huge variety of performance styles to make it to the spotlight. To further support the artists, ticket prices are affordable, so patrons can see many shows. All of the box office proceeds go directly to the performers. “The Fringe Festival gives performers the opportunity to do their own thing; it’s a place where first time and long term professionals work for years perfecting their craft” EXIT Theatre Publicist Gary Carr said. With over 44 shows in 12 days the festival features monologues, original plays, improv, a wide variety of musicals, dance and the wildly unexpected. The schedule is stacked in slots each night or day and patrons may attend as many as nine performances in a single day. The San Francisco Fringe organizers also provide a space and platform for theater companies who perform in the streets for anyone who shows up. This year a non-traditional free performance in a dumpster

at an unspecific location near faculty, acted and directed the Once at the festival, make good for five shows for $40, the EXIT Theatre will introduce play “Blessings” which got into sure to check out the “Execution the festival also encourages the “the newest trend of 21st century the top ten best shows in the San of Nancy Drew in Waco Texas,” community to volunteer at the living... the High End Dumpster Francisco Fringe in 2009. by a San Francisco local produc- festival which allows patrons home” to anyone who happens to This year, City College tion company who is Fringing to be part of the events and see stumble upon it, according to the students are participating in the for the seventh time, and 2010 performances for free. program guide. festival box office, as volunteers festival winner for Best Musical The full 12-day festival sched“Elite Waste” by Oakland’s and as actors. Revue, “Joe’s Cafe” which returns ule and volunteering information Gregory Kloeh performs Saturday Simon Warner is acting in to San Francisco from New York. is at and Sunday, “but exact location “Attachments,” which include “The Fringe Festival is a place depends on where they can park “FIT” and “ON A BENCH,” a where you get to see things that email: it (the dumpster) each day,” said two-part play which focuses on won’t be done anywhere else; its email: rgarcia@the Carr in an email. the unusual inhabitants of the wide-open and uncensored,” Carr The festival brings local and City of Angels and the City that proclaims. non-local performers to one of Never Sleeps. While tickets are the four EXIT Theatre stages in “The theater department has a usually $10 or the Tenderloin District. While lot of work on our hands putting less at the the majority of theater compa- on our own productions for the door, and nies are San Francisco-based, school, but the students usually frequent Fringe Festival Los Angeles, Oakland, New York participate at Fringe,” Wilk said. fringer September 7-18 and Missouri are also repreIn 2002, former students passWednesday through Sunday, 7pm-10:30pm sented. One of the free shows, premiered their production at es Exit Theatre, Exit Stage Left/Studio/Cafe: 156 “The Madogs of Diego” is travel- the festival, “The Rape Poems,” are Eddy St ling from Mauritius, an island in which they created from Frances Exit on Taylor: 277 Taylor St the middle of the Indian Ocean. Driscoll’s book entitled “Rape 50 Mason Social House: 50 Mason st (between City College’s Theater Arts Poems.” The play went on to the Eddy & Turk) Department is excited about the Edinburgh Fringe that same year. Five Point Art House: 72 Tehama St (off Howard upcoming festival. @ 2nd) “It’s a cheap way 415-673-3847 to see plays that are No ticket exceeds $10: up and running,” Director and Scenic Designer John Wilk said. “It’s a great resource for people to get their work out there and see the audience’s reaction to it,” he added. Wilk himself has directed 30 plays, three of which have appeared at The Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, from which the Fringe Festival was derived. He brought “Redwood Curtain,” “Metamorphosis” and “Savage Love” to the Scottish art festival, the world’s VALERIE AYALA / THE GUARDSMAN largest, which runs for four weeks in August. !"#$%&'()*'%+,'%-*)./0+1)2$%)(%+,'%3*124'%3'$+15"67%,'6.%12%+,'%891+%:,'"+*'7%;;%'<-+#%$'"+$%"="1+%+)%&'%>66'.%&#% Susan Jackson, attendees on Sep. 3, 2011 in San Francisco. The curtains are scheduled to rise on Sep. 7 and drop twelve days later on Sep. 18. theatre department


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The Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema is a free five-day festival showcasing the works of local filmmakers with live musical performances and awards for the best films. Opening night on Wednesday August 31 at the Old Clam House was packed with spectators, forcing some of the audience to sit on the floor. With the dim lighting in place, the mood exuded an artistic and trendy feel as both young and mature adults gathered to catch a glimpse of the movie screen. Amy Anton, a Bernal Heights resident, described the atmosphere as “fun and intimate with a crowd that was very engaging and wellinformed.” As the live band performed, the laughter among the audience was audible as they anticipated the first BRYCE YUKIO ADOLPHSON / THE GUARDSMAN film on the opening day of a movie?"2%3*"201$0"2$%4"+,'*%"+%+,'%@6.%A6"<%B)/$'%+)%&'%-"*+"C'%12%+,1$%#'"*D$%E'*2"6%B'14,+$% filled weekend at the Bernal Heights Film Festival on August 31st, in San Francisco. Outdoor Cinema.

The location of this roving outdoor cinema varies depending on the day and time of each unique screening. During the “Film Crawl” on Friday night, films were shown outdoors and under the stars at Precita Park while others were simultaneously being shown at coffee shops, the library and a yoga studio along Cortland Avenue. The co-organizers of the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, Leslie Lombre and Anne Batmale, started the event in 2004. In the beginning they had a difficult time gathering enough films. Now, over 100 films were submitted. “We both started eight years ago basically trying to showcase local filmmakers,” Lombre said. “In Bernal, there are a lot of film makers and artists” This year, City College is represented by filmmaker Patricia Warren and her film, “Art Inside Out.” The film was made on campus and showcases paintings and other art work by students at the California School for the Blind. email:

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City College women’s soccer only needed one goal in the second half to receive the school’s first victory on their new field. Sophomore defensemen Gail Bassett was in the right place as she headed a ball from a corner kick from Tera Piserchio in the 69th minute to defeat San Diego Mesa, 1-0 on Aug 29. Rams head coach Gabe Saucedo said he wanted to play tougher teams this season to prepare themselves for another long year. City College tied NCAA Division II San Francisco State in an exhibition scrimmage on Aug 25 and knew that Mesa was going to be a challenge as well. “This game was a test very much like San Francisco State was,” Saucedo said. “I saw San Diego Mesa play against a good team in Foothill (College) so I knew they were tough, in shape and physical, so it was a test to see where we were at.” City College’s aggresive style of play showed early when Bassett had a chance to take the lead with a header in the first half but missed. Soon after, defensemen Jasmin Palencia’s shot was blocked by the Olympian’s goalie. For the game the Rams outshot their opponents 18-7. In the second half, Bassett scored her goal, making herself the first City College athlete to score on their new field. It was her first goal of the season after scoring three goals last year with Cal State East Bay.


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“During practice we rehearsed that play a lot so I was just determined to get there and get in the air,” Bassett said. “Fortunately it worked out because I got a really nice ball to hit.” That was all the Rams needed to secure the win. “Our girls stepped up and we

played well at times during the game but there is some obviously some things we need to work on, “ Saucedo said. Being early in the season, Saucedo said his team would need to improve on their conditioning. “Conditioning is always important, it is how we win

games,” he said “The last 10-15 minutes of the game is really important and I thought we pushed really hard and we were a little fitter against SF State. There were some players that were sucking air a little bit and we will continue to push them in practice and work on fitness.”

The Rams will face the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs in their next matchup Sept. 9. Kickoff will be at 1:30 p.m.


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Men’s soccer falls in season opener By Lucas Almeida City College men's soccer had great memories from last year's season against Merritt College with a 5-0 win. At this year’s season opener though, things went differently. On a cold, foggy afternoon, Merritt shut out the Rams, 1-0 in their opening game of the season on Aug. 26. The Thunderbirds started the game playing a consistent, offensive brand of soccer that made for more clear chances of scoring in the first half. 16 minutes in Merritt sophomore forward Prince Bere received a pass in the 18-yard box

and shot strongly on the post, scaring off City College goalkeeper Kevin Gonzales. The game was very nervous and tense with hard tackles coming from both sides. Penalized with a red card late in the first half, the Rams had a difficult time attacking and reorganizing their defense with one less player. In the 55th minute, Bere put the ball in the back of the net for the only goal of the game. City College argued with the referee, asking for an offsides after Ram's goalkeeper Kevin Gonzalez couldn’t do anything to save the quick play as the Thunderbirds took the 1-0 lead. That was all the Thunderbirds needed to get their first win of the

season. Rams head coach Adam Lucarelli was not so happy about losing their season opening game at home, but he still has great expectations for this year's season. "I think it will get better," Lucarelli said. "I expect that we're gonna be good, but soccer is that way. Sometimes you don’t get the result but I think we're going to have a good season." The Rams look to their next home match Sept. 9, when they will face College of Marin. Kickoff is at 4 p.m.



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The difference between professional and intercollegiate sports can be shown in the rules, the strategy of play and most importantly the heart of the athlete. Watching a college basketball game in March compared to an NBA game, professional players apparently have forgotten how to play defense. They are probably thinking about that new Italian sports car they want to buy. I have always preferred intercollegiate athletics over professional but now I have found the truth. Collegiate athletes don’t put on their jerseys for the love of the game, all they think about is how much money can they make. I love California but I wouldn’t mind living in South Beach for a semester. There is nice weather, great beaches and outstanding Cuban sandwiches. For football players at the University of Miami though, that is not enough. According to an article in mid-August on Yahoo Sports, University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro provided thousands of impermissible benefits to over 70 Miami student athletes from 2002-2010. Benefits included cash, paid trips

to expensive restaurants, travel and even prostitution. 16 current Miami football players were linked to Shapiro and will sit out their first game. I feel like an actual slap on the wrist would be more painful than that penalty. Athletes want to take that risk to make that extra money but it is shown that if you cheat you will get caught. There is nothing wrong with following the rules. Look at Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton. After winning a national championship he opted to go pro and received a four-year $22 million contract guaranteed. All he had to do was follow the rules. Here at City College you would not go directly to the NFL or NBA but breaking the rules would have consequences to get to that next step to a four-year university. Keeping proper focus on goals is also just as important as following the rules. Rams football head coach George Rush said it is important to concentrate on football but it should not be your top priority.

“You really try to emphasize to them that we didn’t build this college to play football. At the end of the day this is an academic institution,” he said. “Their first priority should be their family, their church, their school work and then football.” As I watch student athletes, they have to realize that they are not professionals. You have to work hard to get the benefits and they don’t come easily. Blood, sweat and tears might be an overused description but I have more respect for the athlete that put time into a university and received that big contract from his hard work and dedication. As legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said,“Good things take time, as they should. We shouldn’t expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome.”


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City College women’s volleyball team finished last year with a 16-12(7-3) record, failing to make the playoffs. This year’s team however is looking to put last years woes behind them. Head Coach Saga Vae is heading into another season and said his team is much improved in all areas, especially on defense. Sophomore Crystal Lee, who was first team all conference last year, talked about this years team compared to last year. “Skill and strength wise we are a better team then last year,” she said. “The team coming together will basically determine how well we do.” Team chemistry is an extremely important aspect in a good team and Lee feels confident in her teams development from what she has seen since the preseason began. “Since summer we picked up some new girls and have been improving,” Lee said. “We did really well for our first time playing together.” Freshman Roschelle Buenaflor, from Burton High School, talked about the first couple of games she has experienced in her college career. “It’s not as hard as I thought it would be,” she said. “The competitiveness is where you see the difference, but after awhile you get used to it.” City College had gone 4-1 so far in the preseason heading into The Golden Gate Classic held at

The Wellness Center on Sept. 3. The Classic consisted of two opponents for the Rams with their first match defeating Feather River College, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-11. Sophomore Romona Vae

controlled the net with her blocks and kills while Lee and Sophomore Nicole Yap, a transfer from San Francisco State, displayed some textbook outside hitting. They handled their second match quite easily sweeping

Laney College 25-15, 25-13, 25-5. Coach Vae talked about his teams success after the Classic.. “As a team we played consistently, not letting our mistakes get us down,” he said. “After the tough schedule we had this week

we went 6-1 playing some of the top ranked teams in the country.” The team has one more preseason tournament at San Jose City College Sept. 23-24 before conference play begins at Ohlone College on Sept. 28. email:


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Last December, City College’s football team walked off the field after falling in their last game of the season. The season ended with only one loss but that loss came in the biggest game of them all: the state championship. "It doesn’t bother me losing sometimes if you play your best but we went down to the state championship game and for a half played as poorly as we played for the entire season,” said head coach George Rush. That was last season. One year later, the Rams return to the field with fresh faces. Only two key players are returning on offense. Running back Bobby Brown ended the season for City College with only 103 yards rushing but wide receiver Daniel McKinney finished last year second on the team in both receptions and yards. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive backs Blair Wishom and Iosia Iosia along with defensive tackle Steve Hill will all be returning for the Rams. Last year, City College finished No. 1 in

Northern California in scoring defense. Along with the returning sophomores, new players step onto the field and their head coach is very excited about his 2011 recruiting class. “We have a great recruiting class and some really good young players,” Rush said. “We are grey shirting some for the future as well. I’m really excited about it.” With Steele Jantz departing this season to play for Iowa State University, the quarterback job is in the hands of Jantz’s younger brother Broughan, who was a grey shirt last year. “Broughan will start opening day,” Rush said. Three other freshmen quarterbacks will back up Jantz and Rush made it clear that there is depth at the quarterback position. If its not going well the team can have some faster answers to fix the problem,” he said Broughan Jantz attended Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, Calif where he threw for over 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns while only getting intercepted three times in his senior season. During his grey shirt season at City College,

Jantz stood on the sidelines taking in as much as he could and kept his eyes on his brother, Steele. “Just from watching him I picked up a lot,” Broughan Jantz said. “I felt like he did a great job because he was calm and that’s something I want to be like. He didn’t play with emotion. If something bad happens he doesn’t put himself in a bad position because of it.” The Rams schedule will feature the same opponents as last year where the team will have to play San Joaquin Delta College, Butte College and College of San Mateo, away from San Francisco. Rush said it doesn’t matter who they play, they just need to be focused. Everyone is good in August. “I don’t really care. You have to play them [regardless where it is],” he said. “The biggest issue is when you get there. You have to focus on what your challenges are and stay on point. If you do that then we’ll be great.” The Rams will play their first game at College of the Sequois, where they dismantled the Giants in last year’s opening game, 51-7. email:


The Guardsman Vol. 152 Issue 2  

The second issue of The Guardsman for the Fall 2011 semester. The edition includes an interview with mayoral candidate Michela Alioto-Pier,...