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The Mesa Press Volume 55, Issue 8

vThe Independent Student Publication of San Diego Mesa College v September 25, 2012




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A look at ASG Senate candidates

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Cable out as Internet takes over

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an Diego Mesa College held Constitution Day 2012 presented by the Social Sciences Department and the office of Student Affairs in LRC Room 435 from Sept. 17-21. It is established under law, Title 36, sponsored by Senator Robert Bird in 2004, that all academic institutions receiving federal funding take the time to commemorate this event, formerly Citizenship day, now Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. An introduction was given by Jonathon W. McLeod, History Professor and Chair of the Social Sciences department. “The purpose is to commemorate the formation and signing on Sept. 17, 1787 of the constitution and to recognize all who by coming of age or naturalization have become citizens,” said McLeod. The ramifications of Citizens United are endless; this ruling may also trickle down to affect city election. “Even local offices are costing more and more,” said McLeod. Keynote speaker Glenn C. Smith, Professor at Cal Western School of Law, took to the podium. The central theme of Smith’s speech was the defects of Citizens United, a non-profit organization. A 2010 ruling of the Supreme Court allows for corporations to contribute money to political campaigning out of their own treasuries. Smith pointed out that Citizens United downplays the significance of corporation and

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Snooze offers fun brunch options


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Mesa trampled versus Glendale

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he fall semester Chancellor’s Forum – focusing on upcoming budgetary issues – was held at San Diego Mesa College on Monday Sept. 17 in room G-101. San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll addressed Mesa College’s staff and faculty with updates for the SDCCD on construction, budget cuts, course section cuts and possible solutions. A new round of state budget cuts that are set to begin next year will result in even fewer class sections being available. Up to 700 classes sections were considered to be at risk by community college administrators during the 2012-2013 academic year. Classes that are not part of a degree program are one of the targets for cuts by state legislators. “The state is entirely convinced that community colleges would be better off if there were certain things they didn’t do, and there is great pressure for community colleges not to offer as many avocational or recreational classes,” Carroll said. One means by which the state is evaluating colleges in terms of budget cuts is by using an accreditation system of Student Learning Outcomes assessments. Through this, community colleges in California needed to create a set of SLOs for their departments and assess that the students within those programs were successfully meeting these goals. Mesa College is currently on track to completing the SLOs and assessments by their due date next month. “We are at 100 percent of Student Learning Outcomes in our courses, and 97 percent assessed. I think [there are] 16 or less [left] to be assessed…The faculty have done an incredible job with this,” Mesa College President Pamela Luster said during the forum. Carroll also discussed Proposition 30 and

San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll spoke during the Chancellor’s forum on Monday, Sept. 17 at Mesa College. Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief

how it will benefit California’s community colleges and the SDCCD if it is receives enough votes during the election on Nov. 6. If Prop 30 passes during the upcoming election, there will be a 0.25 percent increase in sales tax for the next four years, as well as a seven year personal income tax increase on individuals earning more than $250,000 a year. The revenue generated from Prop 30 taxes would translate to the SDCCD receiving $5.6 million in deferral buy-down and an additional $1.7 million for Full-Time Equivalent Students, which is equal to about 150 course sections being added back into the overall class load. If Prop 30 does not pass and the slated classes reductions do occur, instead of cutting 700 course sections immediately, the SDDCD would instead spread the class section cuts over the course three semesters.

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Mesa’s Animal Health Tech program holds orientation

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Guns ablazing in ‘Resident Evil’

Chancellor’s forum brings light to current issues

an Diego Mesa College’s Allied Health Programs held an orientation for the Animal Health Technician Program on Saturday Sept. 15 in the P-300. Allied Health is one of the three departments within the School of Health Sciences and Public Service - the Animal Health Services being one of six programs offered by Allied Health for Mesa students. The animal health technician program is a vocational education program that teaches students to become registered veterinary technicians. The program takes two years to complete, not including the prerequisites of basic biology and chemistry. The program is made up of a two to three unit lecture and one to two unit labs per semester. The labs are hands on learning with animals living in the facility. Program Director Peggy Fischer said the labs are “a whole new dimension on things,” giving students the opportunity to work with many different types of live animals such as goats, guinea pigs and even an owl. The matriculation rate ranges from 85 to 95 percent of students becoming state board certified. According to Fischer, most graduates

go on to work in either small, private animal health clinics or specialty health clinics focusing on one particular type of animal. Coral Vera, 29, a first time student in the animal health technician program, hopes to first become a registered vet technician and eventually become a veterinarian. “The orientation was an opportunity and advantage to know what to expect as an indi-

vidual working in this field,” said Vera. Students often go into the Animal Health Technician program because of a love for and desire to work with animals. “I want to work with animals and the program seemed like a good fit,” said Alma Gomez, 21, who is also new to the program. She added that “orientation answered all my questions and was really helpful.”

The Allied Health Building is home to many different medical facilities, including dental and radiologic labs.

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The Word: What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you since you started school?

“I got three parking tickets in a week.”

“I totaled my car.”

“Parking. It’s so insane.”

Ian Ralph, 21 Humanities

Alex Cortez, 21 Undecided

Shervin Haghgouy, 20 Engineering

“I’ve stolen lots of people’s parking spots from them.” Rachel Watkins, 20 Communications

“I had a test in the first week.” Michael Sanders, 21 Psychology

Cable TV loses to online viewing alternatives JAY GARCIA Opinion Editor


t’s hard to imagine a world without cable companies since watching TV is America’s favorite past time. College students should know that in the post-PC era there is no need for cable companies when they have access to the Internet. That being said, don’t confuse watching TV with having instant access to watch whatever you choose, whenever you’d like. The TV is a mediator between the cable companies and your content. In San Diego, there are plenty of monopolies that are eager to nickel and dime their customers. The ever popular Cox Enterprises Inc. and Time Warner

Inc. service most of San Diego for its Internet and cable needs. Customers tend to end up paying around $100 or more for basic Internet and certain amount of channels. This is simply ridiculous and it’s baffling that San Diegans are paying these astronomical prices for content that should be paid for by the cable companies, in essence they should be paying us to watch their content. That’s where Gen Y, which are those individuals that were born after the 1980s who are getting smart and accessing their content wherever they want, not just at home on a big TV screen. Times have changed and so has the way customers access their content. There’s no longer a need to wait at home to catch a show because now shows are on

demand and can be watched at anytime and anywhere, with the use of your smart phone, tablet, or computer. The Internet is different from any other thing we have encountered, it’s something we don’t necessarily comprehend, but we go with it anyway. That’s where online services like Netflix and Hulu come into play – they allow us to pay a monthly fee and in turn give us a plethora of online shows and films to watch an unlimited number of times. Both of these services cost around $7.99 a month, that is minimal in terms of what you are getting. Comparing that to over $100 for cable each month, the savings are worth it alone. Another competitor that’s been slowly trying to gain a per-

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centage of TV viewers is Apple TV. This little device is almost like a cable box but plays with your Apple products in a jovial manner. Apple TV is trying to eliminate the clutter you have at home on your shelf by allowing you purchase or rent movies and TV shows a week before they are released. You also have certain corporations like CNN, HBO Go, CW and The Walt Disney Co. who provide free access to their content on the go via smart phone or tablet. CNN even goes as far as to let you watch live broadcast while HBO Go allows you to watch every series they’ve ever had and current ones. Time Warner Inc. has finally given in and allows those with smart phones and tablets sign on

to their applications and watch every channel they currently pay for on the go. So with amenities like this it’s hard to visualize how the cable companies will evolve in five years. There is no need for the consumer to succumb to the vice grip that these cable companies have us cave under. The consumer ends up winning all around by having the ability to watch the shows they’d like where they want and on whichever device they choose. Once we manage to break down the monopolies then – and only then – can Gen Y pave the future for what’s to come. Until then we must fight back and cut out cable from our lives and watch the savings grow.

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Odious film regresses social principles


ontroversy arose when a recent violent protest in the Middle East caused the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The anti-Muslim short film “Innocence of Muslims” sparked the protest. The amateur film depicts the sacred religious figure Muhammad as an idiotic pedophiliac. Being that visual representations of Muhammad are forbidden, this film (from its conception) was a deliberate attack of blasphemy and hate towards the Islamic religion. This brings into question of to which extent can the First Amendment be used to rationalize one’s opinion until it just becomes pure exploitation. Acts that deface religions, or others in general, should not be tolerated. Inalienable rights given by the U.S. Constitution should be treasured and valued rather than be used to degrade and demoralize others of different ideals, especially if it pertains to a sacred stature such as religion. It is quite arrogant to disregard other values and beliefs just because they’re different. All are entitled to their religious beliefs and practices, and these beliefs and practices should be respected. Most religions have a common ideal or purpose: to provide its followers with inner peace, salvation, and enlightenment to guide them

through the day and on to the next. Religion provides faith (which the most important value of a religion) to those willing to believe and accept its practices. With that in mind, to attack a religion is pitiful, disgraceful, and un-American. The populous is very diverse across the nation, and even more so worldwide, so therefore there will be different radical ideals. But rather than to disprove or dispute other religions, or even trying to convert others, let these religions be in peace, so that those following will be have a peace of mind. It’s no secret that there are still people that hold prejudicial views, not only of religion, but also of race and even wealth. It’s prominent globally. People are too focused on what is different to see the similarities and the common goal between practices. This is exemplified by the finger-pointing and childish bickering as of late between the Democratic and Republican parties. Let’s set differences aside and concentrate on what’s important, which is the betterment of the country and society as a whole, ridding of detrimental views and standards. 4 There is no justification in defiling a religion or its figures or ideals, or anyone for that matter. Actions of that nature stem from pure ignorance and stupidity.

It’s no secret that there are still people that hold prejudicial views, not only of religion, but also of race and even wealth.

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Upcoming ASG senate elections occur this month KYLA BROWN Staff Writer


t’s the beginning of fall semester, and for five students that means one thing: Associated Student Government elections. A special election will be held online at the Student Web Services website beginning Sept. 24 at 7 a.m. through midnight on Sept. 26. Elected positions up for grabs this semester include positions in the Senate. Senators serve as a direct link between the students and the ASG. Senators are required to attend two ASG meetings per week where they voice the concerns of the student body on everything from parking issues to budget cuts. “The candidates have to have 100 signatures and 33 percent of the vote in order to be elected,” said ASG Vice President Martin Pollak. Constituents may vote for as many candidates as they deem worthy. The five candidates that are running for office include Robert Arca, Erik Interiano, Jaime Parades Talavera, Francisco Zamudio and Fernando Jimenez.

Voting Information Voting Dates: Sept. 24 - Sept. 26 Where: Vote online at the Student Web Services website, mesaasvote

Candidate: Robert Arca Major: Sports Administration

Candidate: Erik Interiano, 20 Major: Mechanical Engineering

What do you do for fun? “Sports. My favorite sports are soccer, basketball, and martial arts. I was an athlete myself for the first half of my life, and then the second half I’ve been a coach. I’ve had several volunteer positions on the management side of sports. I’ve been a coach, a division director, and right now I am the vice president of the School of the Madeleine Athletic Club.”

What do you do for fun? “I like to play soccer and I also like playing the guitar but more than anything I like helping out in the community. For example, this summer I worked with a volunteer group that took a group of kids to a museum and taught them a little bit about culture and how important education is. I like teaching kids and being a part of the community.”

What is your campaign platform? “I think that student participation is critical for colleges. I think that with all the changes right now with the state budget and all the economic and financial problems more than ever we the students need to be alert and ready to protect our rights because unfortunately to some extent we are an easy prey for government officials when they feel that they need to cut services and find ways to balance budgets. They traditionally look in two places – parks and recreation and colleges.” What would you like to change at Mesa? “[Higher AS] Membership. I would like to see a huge change for the better in terms of the numbers of student participation. Not in just student government, but in all clubs in general. I think that the opportunity is here not only to learn academics but also many other aspects and activities that go along with a professional career. [We can do this through] membership drives in front of the cafeteria, the football stadium, or at a play.”

What is your campaign platform? “Right now, the biggest issue is that a lot of classes are being cut. I’ve had to crash a chemistry class, both lab and lecture. I was one of the lucky ones that were able to get into it. With the student population behind me we might be able to change that. We need to bring awareness about the budget cuts that are happening to our school. We can do this though meetings. We can also use a soapbox to let people stand up and talk about what’s going on. We [ASG] are also putting together a newsletter for the ASG website bringing awareness about budget cuts and state propositions.” What would you like to change at Mesa? “A lot of people violate the no-smoking rule here at Mesa. I am in the army reserve right now as an information technology specialist. In the army, we have designated smoking areas with a canister to put the cigarette butts in. If the area is dirty, people that smoke have to pick it up, not the people that do not smoke.”

Candidate: Jaime Paredes Talavera, 24 Candidate: Francisco Zamudio, 19 Major: History Major: Computer Science

Candidate: Fernando Jimenez, 19 Major: Business Administration

What do you do for fun? “I like to read, especially when it has to do with society. I also like to surf at Tourmaline Beach in PB. It’s a long board beach, more of a ‘60’s California style. It’s a nice crowd. I like to ask questions and get engaged in anything I can take part in. I’m passionate about architecture, especially older buildings and monuments.

What do you do for fun? “I usually just hang out with my friends and family. I have a big family and we live within walking distance of each other so there is always something to do. We do a lot of cookouts.”

What is your campaign platform? “From what I’ve seen, I would like to see more participation from the students in the government [and realize the] potential of students in the decision making process. I think that the amount of participation in student government is not the amount that we would like to have. If we had more people, we could have more potential for change.” What would you like to change at Mesa? “I would like to get students more involved in academia. I don’t want Mesa to just be a passing ground they have to go through to get where they want to be. I want them to connect with the campus a little more and to learn to love the places and to see that Mesa is more than just an institution. I would also like learning to happen not only in the classroom but also outside the classroom. I would like another parking structure. It doesn’t make sense that we have to pay for a parking permit when we cannot find parking.”

What do you do for fun? “I like to go out to the city. I love Balboa Park and just enjoying nature. I like to bike out where I live in Chula Vista.” What is your platform? “I am running to be a voice of the students. I want to be an activist. I’m trying to get students motivated and encouraged about Mesa like I am. I want to encourage more of a bond between teachers and students, and make Mesa more accessible for students next semester. I want to hear concerns of students and take those concerns to ASG.” What do you want to see change at Mesa? “I want to change the overall amount of school spirit at Mesa. There should be more unity on campus, and I want people to be proud to say they go to Mesa or are a transfer student from Mesa. This is a great school, the people are really nice. College is about getting know other people and yourself and networking and we all need a little help now and then, so I would like to make that more accessible.”

All photos by Kyla Brown, staff photographer

What is your campaign platform? “I want to help out students. I know that a lot of students want to ask for help but they’re just too shy, so I was thinking about working with ASG and conducting a survey where they could list their problems. That way it would be easier to know what is wrong. I feel like students should know more about financial aid and scholarships. It’s not hard to get scholarships; you just have to know about them. We could have events here at school in front of the cafeteria to raise awareness about scholarships, financial aid and even possible employers. We also need to raise awareness about people here on campus targeting students and offering jobs that are really just pyramid schemes.” What would you like to change at Mesa? “I asked my friends what I should do as Senator and they said they really want a trash can or an ash tray in the smoking section. There is nowhere for them to put their cigarettes out, it’s not even a real smoking section. A trash can isn’t that much to ask for.”

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Fans ‘wub’ sequel to Borderlands JOE LLORIN Features Editor


s the game’s famed robotic character repeatedly asked sarcastically, “Wow, you’re not dead?,” the developers behind 2010’s RPG-esque first person shooter “Borderlands” cemented their answer as a big “hell no” with the Sept. 18 release of its sequel “Borderlands 2.” If you thought that with the destruction of the Vault at the end of the first “Borderlands” put any rumors of the Vault’s existence to rest, you are dead wrong. Apparently, the Vault does exist and once again, your main purpose in the game is to unravel its truth. However, first you must clear the names of the characters of the first game, whose accomplishments were robbed by a man called Handsome Jack, the leader of Hyperion Corporation, the largest, most successful weapons dealer in all of Pandora, the game’s fictional setting. Just like its predecessor, “Borderlands 2” puts gamers in charge of one of four characters, referred to as Vault Hunters in the game. Each character comes with their own set of badassery in the form of special abilities, making the choice anything but easy. There’s Axton, whose handy autoturret serves as his backup in battle, Maya, whose magical prowess allows her to send enemies into different dimensions with the flick of her wrist,

Salvador, who is able to wield two weapons at once and Zero, whose deceit allows him to create a duplicate of himself to draw enemies away so he can wreak havoc from behind. The game’s mechanics were also fine tuned, making the game flow a lot easier than the previous title. From sniping a bandit from across the map to mowing down your enemies in your trusty machine gun runner, killing an enemy in a “Borderlands” game has never felt smoother. Many improvements were made to the game, including the addition of a mini-map as opposed to a compass, the ability for players to check their inventory with

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f you’ve ever been part of a wedding, you would know just how stressful it can be. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fischer, and Lizzy Caplan, “Bachelorette” is a prime example of what not to do at a bachelorette party. While most movies are released in theaters before being available to rent, this movie does the exact opposite. Bachelorette was released on iTunes for rent on Aug. 10 prior to its release in select theaters on Sept. 7. Regan (played by Dunst) is asked to be the maid of honor at Becky’s (Wilson) wedding. Alongside Katie (Fischer) and Gena (Caplan), the “b-faces” are reunited once again. That’s not to say they’re happy for Becky. Regan is furious at the thought of her “fat friend” getting married before

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Killers’ renew 80s nostalgic rock



fter a long four-year hiatus during which each member went on to work solo, The Killers are back with their fourth studio album “Battle Born.” The Killers have finally produced the sound they were so eager to do since their debut LP “Hot Fuss”; an accumulation of their previous work to create a more polished, refined and modernized rock album. One will not find sounds similar to “Mr. Brightside” or “When You Were Young” lead tracks but more songs comparable to “All These Things that I’ve Done,” or “A Dustland Fairytale.” Influences from Bruce Springsteen and heartland rock can be heard in nearly all tracks on the album. “Battle Born” has a grand manner and emits so much energy that one can just hear their desire and passion to perform in huge venues with live audiences. The album starts with “Flesh and Bone” and takes a rather strange dive if only considering the intro. This failed expectation of perhaps playing their older style also happens on “A Matter of Time.” The lead single “Runaways” definitely sets the tone for the entire course of the album. “From Here on Out” is perhaps the most classic country rock song and least Killers expected song but has a nice charm and following lead guitar.

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Nearly each track can be described as having a gradual buildup followed by a grand chorus with Brandon Flowers and a plethora of vocals with dominating lead guitar. The best tracks including these elements would be “The Way It Was” and “Deadlines and Commitments” for catchy melodies that don’t control the track but flow along with it. This might not be a favorite amongst those who loved the rock-poppy feel of their debut album “Hot Fuss”, but those with an ear for a slightly older genre of music with a Killers’ twist who also enjoyed “Day & Age” and “Sam’s Town”.

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‘Bachelorette’ not much of a party MARK GRIDLEY Staff Writer

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her. What starts out as a pleasant bachelorette party turns into a nightmare. All hell breaks loose as catastrophe strikes just hours before the big day. These events lead up to a mess of alcohol, cocaine, relationship drama, and plenty of crude and profane humor. If any comparisons are to be made, think of “Bachelorette” as a female rendition of “The Hangover.” For example, instead of a missing groom, we get a destroyed wedding dress. However, “Bachelorette” may be better written and acted than its male counterpart. Perhaps a better comparison would be to the 2011 comedy smash hit “Bridesmaids.” Both include hilarious female casts, but, “…cocaine addiction isn’t the same as food poisoning in a bridal shop,” as noted by businessreader. com. Much was expected out of this dark comedy, but it may have turned out to be a bit of a letdown. There are very few laughout-loud opportunities, but the abundant amount of “Oh my God, holy crap!” moments make up for it. Kirsten Dunst gives a great performance and Lizzy Caplan delivers an emotional scene incredibly well, but Isla Fischer is the obvious scene-stealer. The best part is that viewers don’t even need to see it in theaters. For only $6.99, you can enjoy this chaotic feature in the comfort of your own home, right on your computer screen.

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‘Retribution’ punishes fans of the series CURTIS MANLAPIG Sports Editor


lice is back in the fifth installment of the popular zombie franchise “Resident Evil: Retribution”, and to continue with the theme of its predecessors, she is the human’s last hope to save the world from the living dead. Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, must once again fight through vast adversity to save Earth. The film begins where the last one left off– a slow motion, rewinding flashback to the Arcadia under attack by Umbrella Corporation. The film then cuts to a suburban home where Alice lives a normal life and then suddenly chaos ensues and Alice must find a way out of what seems to be the beginning of the zombie apocalypse caused by the T-virus outbreak. Or so one may think. Alice then wakes up in a room and finds herself in an Umbrella Corporation base surrounded by rooms resembling major cities across the world that simulate the event of a T-virus outbreak. The rest of the film follows Alice as she and a few friends attempt to escape and resume her role as the world’s heroine. Many of the fight scenes involved impressive choreography but lacked originality. A tendency to stay in one room during fight scenes made it predictable as to what was going to happen with the one way in, one way out setup. The storyline at times can be a bit confusing. If unaware of the movies’ main plot, many references to previous films would make it difficult to understand the plot. Although past characters, such as Jill Valentine, played by Sienna Guillory, and Rain Ocampo, portrayed by Michelle Rodriguez, returned, the story remains basically the same with one common goal and

the story mainly revolving around Alice. Not all was bad with the new “Resident Evil”. There were enhanced mutated zomibes that provided a “David vs.. Goliath” feel to the film. The choreography of the fight scenes remain nerve racking, with Alice doing back flips and then proceeding to hit a zombie in the face with a metal chain. “Resident Evil: Retribution” did not have great acting, a clear storyline and had an ending that may leave its fans with just one more film in the zombie horror franchise.

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Mind, Body Snooze makes breakfast worth and Spirit waking up at first alarm for NICOLE ZUELKE Staff Writer


e’ve all heard of yoga and it’s no longer confused with the word and delicious treat yogurt. Just because it’s a household word, it doesn’t mean that we actually understand what it’s all about. First off and foremost, yoga is not a religion nor does it require you to change your beliefs to practice it. “Yoga is too comprehensive to reduce to any one thing- it’s like a skyscraper with many floors and numerous rooms at each level” from “Yoga For Dummies” by George Feuerstein and Larry Payne. Contrary to popular belief, originating in India about 5000 years ago, yoga is not a fad or a new age invention that is going to burn out. The word “yoga” means “union” or “integration.” It is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline. It first seeks to unite mind and body, which people are prone to mistakenly separate chronically. We tend to get so consumed by our minds and thoughts that we no longer feel our feet on the ground or remember driving home from work. If we allow our minds to continue to live in the past or “mind-projected future,” whether it be worry about approaching exams, bills to pay or the anxiousness toward that vacation you’re going to take, living in your mind is potentially very detrimental. How can we give our full attention to the now when we are only here physically but not mentally? Through yoga, you will be fully equipped to deal with a situation when physically in front of it. In other words, when you build up anxiety and stress over something that is going to happen in the future, you create an “energy leak” in the present, taking away from the peace and lightness of the now. This does not mean don’t study for your exams and put off your homework until an hour before it’s due. Know what must be done and when to do it. Simply avoid obsessive and compulsive thoughts over it. The same goes for trapping negative and harmful thoughts within our minds. Holding onto them can actually cause physical aches and pains and in a worst case scenario– diseases over an extended period of time. Through a conscious connection of mind, body and spirit, people will function at their highest vibrations and their lives will be rich with love, joy and a sense of ease and acceptance with all that is done. The yogic postures are a good start; it allows you to have that time with yourself to reconnect to your physical being. They will calm the mind, ease stress and tension, create focus and charge the mind and body with delicious energy! Remember each and every one of us is a very small part to a much bigger whole, and through unity with ourselves and others, we can all live in abiding peacefulness.

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LAUREN J. MAPP Editor-in-Chief


n a world where brunch options are as readily available as condoms from an RA in a dormitory, San Diego is home to many a spot worth stopping in on a weekend morning – or afternoon as the case may be. One such spot, Snooze – located in Hillcrest at 3940 Fifth Ave. – has been a smash hit ever since it opened, and is certain to take the pancake as one of the best brunches in the city. Though there is often a wait for a table during prime dining hours, one will not regret the decision to check this spot out. Highlighted with vintage-style 70s décor and high vaulted ceilings, the restaurant has a feeling of openness with an atmosphere that is perfect for recovering from a late night. After a long week of dealing with the stresses of school and work, one of the best ways to recover is by sipping on a tasty adult beverage. Snooze’s cocktail list is plentiful, and each option is sure to brighten your day. A combination of watermelon juice, St. Germaine elderflower liquor and champagne make the watermelon cooler a bright pink substitute for the classic mimosa. Craft brews are on tap for those who like to preface their breakfast with a healthy serving of hops. One cannot live on breakfast drinks alone, and so for your other nutrition needs Snooze is happy to oblige with a diverse menu with everything from French toast to BLTs. Due to its proximity to Mexico, San Diego has a multitude of places to grab authentic Mexican or south of the borderinspired foods. If you’re at Snooze and craving salsa and black beans, then try the huevos ranchero. Three eggs in your preferred style, corn or flour tortillas, black beans, avocado and pico di gallo are combined in this dish, and it passes as a healthy and balanced yet filling meal. Aside from classic flavors like plain buttermilk, blueberry and chocolate chip, there is an ever evolving pancake selection to choose from – including a special pancake that changes daily. For a pancake that is Snooze tested and Elvis Presley approved, go for the Graceland. The King would have loved

Customers can choose their three favorite pancake flavors on one convenient plate. Featured in this photo [from left to right] are the sweet potato pancake with chopped pecans; the Graceland pancake with bananas, a creamy peanut butter sauce and bacon; and the donut pancake with a maple glaze. Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief

this hunk a hunk a burning love, which is embedded with soft banana slices, slathered with a creamy peanut butter sauce and garnished with bacon. Is it a potential heart attack waiting to happen? Quite possibly. Should that deter you from ordering it? Absolutely not. If that doesn’t do it for you, you’ll definitely feel your temperature rising after devouring this bad boy: the sweet potato pancake. Topped with chopped pecans, caramel and ginger butter, it brings a great Southern staple to the breakfast table. Next up: it’s a pancake! Nope. It’s a donut? Not really, it’s actually an insane fusion of the two. The “Coffee and Donuts” starts with a traditional buttermilk pancake batter, then it’s drizzled with a maple syrup glaze, paired with a shot of espresso cream and pecans, completed with a cutout in the middle to continue the illusion. When you are inevitably unable to choose between their tempting, pancake vixens, then you can pick the three that sound most appealing to you for a pancake flight. Meal customization is highly encouraged at Snooze – the pancake trio is one great example of this, but another is the mix and match eggs benedict. The Bella! Bella! Benny has a little Italian oomph with its balsamic glaze, arugula and prosciutto atop slices of ciabatta

bread. A cream cheese hollandaise finishes the benedict, and the combination of sweettart glaze, fresh greens and rich sauce may inspire you to jump up and do your happy dance to the tunes streaming through the restaurant. Even the classic Benedict with ham and poached egg has a special twist to make it uniquely snoozetastic. It’s topped with a smoked cheddar hollandaise that will bring you to tears as you lap up the last drop like a cat drinking cream from a saucer. Breakfast sandwiches are usually just a flavorless way to scarf down breakfast in a few easy bites, at least that is what fast food joints like McDonald’s have led consumers to believe. Snooze’s retaliation to this is to serve theirs on a pretzel bun with eggs, sausage patty, cheddar cheese, a side of smoked cheddar hollandaise sauce and a hash brown. Don’t like breakfast sausage? This sandwich tastes even better with bacon. Since every group of brunch goers has that one friend or picky great aunt that doesn’t like breakfast fare, there are lunch options available for the less egg and sausage-inclined. Whether you go for one of the breakfast items or a burger, Snooze is sure not to disappoint you.

The mix and match eggs Benedict lets you diversify your breakfast meal at Snooze. Featured here is a traditional-style Ham Benedict III with smoked cheddar hollandaise sauce [left] and the Bella! Bella! Benny with prociutto, arugala and balsamic glaze [right]. Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief

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“We will have to make these reductions…if Prop 30 does not pass. However, we do not want to do that all at once. It would be destabilizing to our students if all of a sudden in the spring semester we cut over 700 class sections,” said Carroll. The district-hiring freeze – during which new faculty members are only hired when deemed absolutely necessary – would continue without Prop 30 funds

as another means to cushion the impact of budget cuts. “We do not have an expense problem, we have a revenue problem. That revenue problem that we have is passing down reductions to all of the community college districts, which is reducing the number of students that can be served,” said Bonnie Ann Dowd, Executive Vice Chancellor of Business and Technology Services.

Bonnie Ann Dowd, Executive Vice Chancellor of Business and Technology Services, explains the possible election outcomes if Proposition 30 passes or fails. If it passes, Dowd says that it will help to alleviate the budget crunch that community colleges are currently facing. Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief

Crime Report Compiled by Ashley Mann

September 10 •Hit and Run Non-Injury Report Occurred at H100 on Mesa College Drive; Vehicle was damaged near the loading docks/rp on cell. September 18 •Occurred at Mesa College on Mesa College Drive; Subject rp believes someone is following her to class/she knows person and has not made any contact with subject.

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union influence on elected officials, reasoning that this ruling is a “logic that defies pragmatism.” Smith went on to opine that this ruling opened the doors for an insidious political process that could welcome corruption, but furthermore that it is going to be very difficult to distinguish how much this is going to sway elections.

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Now corporations have access into the political arena and may arise as active political players, if they so choose. “What about the employees that are working for those corporations? Couldn’t they potentially as well be influenced into their peculiar salaries if they do not follow the ideology of the corporation,” said Mesa College student Melanie Stuart.

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out being vulnerable to attack, the ability to create a custom controller scheme, and Borderlands 2’s piece de resistance– finally being able to customize the game’s characters with a variety of head models and costume color schemes, making multiplayer mode a unique experience each time it’s played. However, there are several qualms with the game. For those who aren’t familiar with Borderlands and its “feel,” players can easily be discouraged by how strong the game’s beginning enemies are. Because the game is technically a first person shooter, new players will make the mistake of running and gunning, but with the game’s RPG element, players will have to adjust to playing tactically, which can be a turnoff, considering the world of FPS games is ruled by the fast paced “Call of Duty”

and “Battlefield” series. With all the of the game’s new features, such as being able to do more than one quest at a time, players will find “Borderlands 2” more complicated compared to the simplicity of the first game. All in all, “Borderlands 2” is an instant classic, providing that funny-version-ofa-serious-FPS feel that made the game’s predecessor such a success. It’s true that too much of a good thing can be bad, but “Borderlands 2” just barely stays behind that line, pushing the limit with its set of new features and additions, while wowing fans of the series with its improvements and tune-ups. Even if you haven’t played the first game, it won’t be long until you fall in “wub” with “Borderlands 2.”

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Lack of defense leads to men’s downfall PATRICK BALTHROP Staff Writer


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he San Diego Mesa College Men’s soccer team took the field on Sept. 19 against Orange Coast College with the final score being 6-1 in favor of OCC. Mesa Soccer is part of the Pacific Coast Conference and has earned three PCC championship honors since 2000. Such success in this conference has merited a greater expectation for the team to have a winning season. With only three sophomores on the team and the rest being freshmen, Mesa was expected to have some growing pains as their young players get adjusted to competing at the college level. Coach Abdelghani Toumi expects his players to show progress throughout the season and get more adjusted to the differences of college soccer. When asked about the difference between this years team and teams he has coached in the past, Coach Toumi said, “ For this particular team, most players are freshman and are inexpe-

rienced with high level soccer.” The coach, however, still seemed optimistic about the remainder of the season. “Many of them possess the technical qualities to help them improve and advance their game with more hands on practice,” Toumi said. It was evident early in the game that Mesa was a young team playing for only the sixth time together. Orange Coast College controlled the tempo of the game from the beginning, and they did not wait long to score the first goal of the game. The ball spent much of its time at the feet of the OCC players as they dominated time of possession in the contest. Mesa fell behind 4-0 in the first half, however, gave a great effort in the second half. It wasn’t until late in the game when Mesa was able to put one shot into the goal for their only score of the game. Freshman forward Joe Garcia was able to slide the ball past the goalkeeper to avoid getting shut out.

When asked about the way the start of the season has gone for the team, Garcia said, “It hasn’t gone as well as we thought it would but once we get our first win we will start to play as well as we know we are capable of.” The players, as well as coaches know that they are a youthful team that still needs to work hard to improve and win games. Although the season has not begun all that well for the men’s soccer team, the team’s goals remain the same as when this season started. “Our long term goal is to make the playoffs and compete regionally to expose players to scouting opportunities, “ Toumi said. It is still early in the season and the Olympians will surely continue their strides to get better as a team and start accumulating wins. The next home game is Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.

Lady Olympians soccer team nails nine into the net CAROLINA SOLIS Features Editor


an Diego Mesa College women’s soccer team defeated Imperial Valley College on Sept. 14 with a final score of 9-0 under the lights of Merril Douglas Stadium. In the first half, the lady Olympians and IVC Arabs fought head to head to control the ball ending the first half in favor of the Olympians 1-0. “We started out rough in the beginning, it was one nothing at half…we were getting a little frantic inside the 18, final third scoring. Second half we came out and calmed it down a lot and connected a lot of passes and relaxed on the ball and that’s when we got our good outcome,” Captain Sydney Blackman said. Throughout the game, the defense moved together in a diamond shape holding up its boundary and shutting out the Arabs. Head coach Todd Curran commented on the biggest difference between the first and second half. “The biggest difference is that we settled the ball and we played the feet and we knocked the ball around rather than trying to force the ball. There’s too many times where we think we can fit a ball into space and through the ball over the top of the defense and it just doesn’t work. You have to play the feet. So once we started to play the feet, knocking the ball around and creating space because of the power ball movement, the girls did well and started to finish the ball [into the net],” Curran said. At the 11th minute in the second half, freshman Bianca Murrojo, Criminal Justice major, began the scoring. After it bounced off of another’s play-

er’s chest, Murrojo struck the ball with the intention of passing it to the left side of the field, and ended up curving the ball into the top left corner of the net. Murrojo dedicated the goal to her father in Afghanistan. “It bounced off her chest and I tried to cross it... since my dad is not here he told me to score. He is in Afghanistan so he told me that every game I play I should dedicate myself to play really good for him. I wish he were here to watch it but at

least they recorded it so I can just send it to him,” Murrojo said. A total of 6 freshmen players scored by the end of the game; Veronica Ramirez, Alejandra Gomez, Bianca Murrojo, Ana Murillo, Hannah Jackson, and Katelyn Griffith. Briana Stone and the defense held down their side of the field while the offense was unrelenting. At approximately the 24th minute, midfielder Veronica Perez took a shot that bounced off the top post and

back onto the field, landed near Veronica Ramirez and was shot in for the 4th goal of the game. Although a team of mostly freshmen, sophomore captain Tiffany Ysassi said, “ in the beginning it was kind of challenging just because there was a lot of new people, a lot of new talent. It was just hard to figure out who was working with who and what was going on with each other. As the games progressed, we finally started clicking its getting a lot better from out first game we

worked really hard out first game and the second game we were kind of off but now we‘re starting to enter a flow and we’re figuring each other out so it has its obstacles and its offsets but we’re doing really well and I’m excited to see what we have in store.” With a seasoned head coach on staff and motivated team players, Mesa women’s soccer team season looks promising. The next home game is against Southwestern College on Tuesday Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

Top scorers of the night (from left to right) #4 Veronica Ramirez, #13 Alejandra Gomez, #12 Bianca Murrojo, #19 Hannah Jackson #6 Ana Murillo, and #8 Katelyn Griffith. Carolina Solis/The Mesa Press

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Mistakes costly for Olympians in close loss to Glendale Jimmy Spillane Staff Writer


he San Diego Mesa College Olympians lost to Glendale College 3119 on Saturday Sept. 15 at MerrillDouglas stadium.Glendale rushed out to an early lead behind a field goal and a touchdown. Mesa made their first sustained drive of the night in the middle of the 2nd quarter. Long runs by running back Erik Herrera and a completion to tight end Franci Robledo-Yanez were keys to the Olympians scoring drive. The touchdown brought the score to 10-6 as Mesa failed the point after attempt. The Mesa defense came up with a momentum swinging play in the waning moments of the 2nd quarter with an interception by cornerback Shamir Lipscomb. The Olympians then drove the ball deep into Glendale territory with solid runs by Steven Okidi. On 2nd and goal quarterback Joe Kennedy found wide receiver Cruz Navarro in the end zone to give Mesa a 12-10 lead going into halftime. Penalties were aplenty during the game especially in the 3rd quarter. Mesa had a significant gain on a punt return negated by a holding call. The same trend of sloppy play can be said for their next few

series, which put an end to positive drives. Unfortunately for Mesa, Glendale’s running back Colin Keoshian began to play well. Keoshian rumbled for 88 yards for a Glendale touchdown to give them a 17-12 lead in the middle of the third quarter. A botched punt to go with another costly penalty against Mesa gave Glendale excellent field position at the Olympians 22-yard line. In what was the biggest play of the night for Mesa, cornerback Nick Herring intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown. However the score was reversed when Mesa was called for a block in the back. The Olympians were flagged 15 times for 136 yards. Head Coach Henry Browne said of the penalties, “it comes down to decision making as it happens at every level of football. Hidden yardage really adds up and hurts our momentum, we had plenty of chances it’s just we need to make better choices.” At the end of the third quarter it remained 17-12 Glendale. As the fourth quarter opened up another mistake by the Olympians gave Glendale the upper hand. A fumbled

punt return by cornerback Jeremy Hutchinson inside Mesa’s 20 yard line put the Olympians at a disadvantage. This time the defense was unable to cause a turnover as Glendale scored again. The touchdown increased the lead to 24-12. The Olympians although down, continued to fight back admirably. Quarterback Joe Kennedy found wide receiver Jay Waddell for a 40 yard gain down to the Glendale 1 yard line. Mesa then proceeded to score on an end around by running back Steven Okidi making it 24-19. Colin Keoshian who was a thorn in the side for Mesa all night. Keoshian continued his impressive night by picking up continuous first downs including a fourth down conversion in the fourth quarter. He then ultimately put the game out of reach with his 3rd touchdown of the night. Coach Browne gave the talented running back his due, ” that guy was just too good that day; the key is to eliminate the big runs, if we did that we would have controlled this game.” Although the Mesa Olympians lost the game to Glendale and are 1-2 the fu-

ture for this team looks bright. Two of the team’s standout players are quarterback Joe Kennedy and running back Steven Okidi. Although only a freshman, Kennedy manages the game well and plays mistake free football. Coach Browne states, “Joe has played well and he will do nothing but get better.” The man he hands the ball off to also receives high praise from Coach Browne. “Steven was an 1100 yard rusher for us before he got injured with a lateral meniscus. He is a hard runner, shows great determination and is a great leader.” Quarterback Joe Kennedy sees progress and setbacks with this team. “We as a team improved since our last loss to Grossmont. There are still too many mental errors, we need to be sharper.” His running back Steven Okidi feels the same,” I feel we can always do better, we need more intensity, fire and anger” With these two players leading the way, Mesa football is in good hands and will look to achieve a successful season. Mesa’s next home game is Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.

Mesa Olympians kicker Matt Mitchell kicks off to the Glendale Community College Vaqueros. M.A. Damron/Special to The Mesa Press

Mesa Olympians quarterback Joe Kennedy surveys the field during warm-up drills before a 31-19 loss to the Glendale Community College Vaqueros. M.A. Damron/Special to The Mesa Press

Glendale Community College running back Collin Keoshian up ends defensive back Jordan Porto. M.A. Damron/Special to The Mesa Press

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