The Mesa Press Volume 53, Issue 3
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March 9, 2010
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Olympian Bode Miller wins big
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Sports Former Mesa professor Liz Hamilton spoke at the Rosa Parks Transit Center unveiling ceremony Feb. 25.
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Rosa Parks Transit Center dedicated Mesa College celebrates life and legacy of civil rights leader
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What do you know about love, sex, and relationships? RASHAD MUHAMMAD The Mesa Press
After the dramatic life of high school, men and women think that life couldn’t get any more complicated. Actor, artist, and filmmaker Chris “Kazi” Rolle, helped offer a different perspective to this belief. During the last weeks of Black History Month, he hosted a number of social events. One of the events included members of Mesa as well as those from the community. This highly insightful forum addressed the aspects of “Sex, Love, and Relationships.” Kazi didn’t give a three-hour speech to 100 men and women. Instead, his responsibility was to direct and manage consistent dialogue between members of a diverse group. The workshop was an intense, and at times, controversial discussion between people of different races, genders, and ages. In order to effectively approach the topics addressed, the womew were asked to sit on the right side of the room, and the men on the left. After contemporary jazz instrumentals helped to create a more amiable atmosphere, Kazi asked the women about the standards society places on them, and subsequently, men were asked the same. Women’s responses typically accused men of holding double standards and men’s responses generally denied such allegations. After both groups addressed some mistakes made by their respective gender, the discussion moved toward the topic of sex. During this segment students were asked “When did you learn about sex?” “Are hook-ups OK?” and “Does size
really matter?” Men and women began to approach the area of taboo. ASG President Mason Walker was in attendance during the two day seminar. Walker was asked how the workshop approached the subject of sex. “On Friday there was a part when we talked about ‘injaculation’ as opposed to ejaculation and I thought that was a pretty powerful concept,” said Walker. “You often only hear things in Cosmopolitan or Maxim about learning sexual things since it’s kind of taboo to speak about in public, so I thought it was pretty fascinating that we talked about this openly on campus.” Black Studies Professor Starla Lewis was among the many women who addressed the topic of sex. “You can put a condom on your penis, but you can’t put a condom on your emotions,” said Lewis. Elaborating on this statement, she discussed the postsex anguish women face and how it also applies to men. Throughout the sex segment of the workshop, she confronted the biological, psychological and physiological aspects of sexual intercourse. After deliberating the topic of sex, the definition of “love” was debated. Another professor attending the workshop was Thekima D. Mayasa. She defined love as “unconditional boundless acceptance.” Many students and community members used their own personal experiences to help define their personal meaning of the word while some members admitted to never being “in love.”
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The idea of “Settling versus Compromising” was proposed as a limitation of love, denouncing it of its unlimited boundaries. The older generation mainly discussed what it meant to settle for someone while contesting the younger generation’s version of “compromising.” Trust and loyalty were the most discussed in reference to the extent of love. Mesa student Vairee Mapp gave her view of the highly buzzed forum. “My favorite part of the workshop was being able to ask men questions that I always wanted answers to,” Mape said. “Their advice will hopefully help me in future relationships. This has changed my view on relationships and guys in general.” During an interview, Walker stated what he learned during this seminar. “Huge disparities between men and women are trust and communication,” said Walker. “In order to be in a successful relationship, we have to trust ourselves before we can trust others. Men have to talk about their emotions and women have to be more concise.” Rolle had the most high-profiled position in the room, but during this social event, he was as ordinary as the person sitting across from him. In this workshop, everyone equally exchanged their opinions and experiences regardless of religion, race, or age. This experience showed that dialogue amongst students, teachers, and members of communities is necessary to effectively deal with issues involving society.
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Influential Mesa students featured at Rosa Parks Transit Center
JENNIFER KARNAN The Mesa Press
he Feb. 25 unveiling ceremony of the new Rosa Parks Transit Center at Mesa’s east entrance was a success. Students and faculty gathered around the bus stop to hear commemorative speeches and a performance by the Mesa College Vocal Ensemble. There are pictures of Rosa Parks on display at the MTS bus stop and there is also a large photo featuring 12 influential Mesa students. These students were chosen to represent the Mesa College student body because of their accomplishments, leadership and ability to overcome adversity. The students featured in the project are Jamaal “Mason” Walker, Miguel Murillo, Patty Garegnani, Carlos Garbiras, Lindsay Tarr, Bihawa Nimaga, Hermes Castro, Yama Khuu, Daiva Seputiene, Nina Moua, Brande Faris and Sebastian Law. One of the featured speakers at the unveiling was Hermes Castro, a geology major. Castro is said to be the first paraplegic to explore the continent of Antarctica. He once
L a s t semester, he was still in a wheel chair but he is now proudly walking a b o u t campus. “ I ’ m t r u l y honored to be part of this project,” s a i d C a s t r o . “Education i s everything a n d Mason Walker watches the Rosa Parks Transit Center memorial ceremony. coming competed in triathlons but was hit by Daniel Dreifuss/Mesa Press from poverty a drunken driver while biking to work and really coming up in the world, and was paralyzed from the waist refusing to take a back seat, standing down. Fundraisers for Castro’s trip up for my beliefs. It’s truly an took place on campus at Mesa with honor.” the help of student organizations Patty Garegnani was a fashion and SDCCD President Rita Cepeda. design major at Mesa and is a former Castro tirelessly worked through fashion club president. During years of physical therapy with the her time at Mesa, she was heavily hope of walking again and being able involved with multiple student to once more compete in triathlons. organizations. She has recently
become a mother and has taken time off to be with her daughter. Garegnani plans to return to Mesa to get her certification in fashion design before starting her own business from home. “I was really happy to be a part of this,” Garegnani said. “It means a lot to me. And the day this picture was taken, I realized I was pregnant, so I’ll always have that memory tied to this experience.” Miguel Murillo, an ethnic studies major with a minor in women’s studies, was one of the featured speakers at the unveiling ceremony. Rosa Parks made significant headway in both subjects and her legacy is close to Murillo’s heart. He is passionate about his chosen path and is proud to be involved with this project at Mesa. “A lasting impression I have about being here is that you can be yourself and still achieve what you want to,” said Murillo. “You don’t have to transform or change for anyone.” The 12 students have been immortalized in the bus stop photo for the impact they have had on their fellow students and to inspire future Mesa students.
Transit center and memorial for Rosa Parks complete
CHRIS ROSARIO The Mesa Press
The Rosa Parks Transit Center, a memorial to the civil rights legend and on-campus bus stop, was unveiled Feb. 25 at the new east gateway entrance to Mesa College. Named the western branch of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development in 1993, Mesa College is the first campus on the West Coast to dedicate a public art project to Parks. The Rosa Parks Transit Center along with the new parking structure, police station, Allied Health Building and east entry realignment mark the completion of the East Campus Improvement Project and the revitalization of Mesa. “This is a monumental moment for Mesa College and our district,” said ASG President Mason Walker. Standing between the parking structure and Allied Health Building, the covered bus stop is bordered by highlights of Parks’ involvement in the civil rights movement, dedications to project contributors and a life size portrait featuring 12 current and former students. “We represent the diversity and unity of the students of Mesa College,” said student Miguel Murillo, pictured farthest left in the portrait.
Adjacent to the bus stop are terra cotta colored, curved cement walls and a rose vessel embracing a rose inlay in the pavement. The walls read “Quiet Strength” and offer a space to reflect on the potency of Parks’ character. Standing within the reflection area, the Mesa College Vocal Ensemble sang, “Rosa sat so Martin could walk… Martin walked so Barack could run” as part of the ceremony. Parks sparked a yearlong boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama bus system when she refused to surrender her seat to a white male passenger and was subsequently arrested in 1955. Martin Luther King Jr. led this famous boycott causing the social revolution of the civil rights movement. The quiet form of revolution Parks embodied combined with a movement toward green public transportation represents the past and future of Mesa College explained San Diego Mesa College President Rita Cepeda. Parks first visited Mesa in 1992 coinciding with her 79th birthday on Feb. 5 thanks to a $10,000 contribution from former Mesa Professor Liz Hamilton. She returned in 1995 to speak to more than 2,200 school children from all over San Diego County. A memorial was considered soon after Parks’ death in October of 2005. Three
years later public artists Mario Lara, Nina Karavasiles and diversity expert Gerda GovineItuarte were awarded the chance to design the project. Proposition S, passed Nov. 5, 2008, provided the $150,000 for the project. Bus Route 44 began utilizing the stop Feb. 28.
Above: Mesa professor Starla Lewis a tends the Rosa Parks transit center dedication. Left: A rose and an invitation for the dedication. Daniel Dreifuss/Mesa Press
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Debating their way to the top
DANIELLE BRIGGS The Mesa Press
The Speech and Debate team is one of Mesa’s most successful teams, as they have consistently ranked top 20 in the nation for the past three years. The team, who ranks fifth in the nation among community colleges and fourteenth in the nation among both two-year and four-year institutions, competed in a tournament held at Point Loma Nazarene University Feb. 5-7. “We refer to this competition as the ‘blood bath,’” said Kim Gerhardt, the team’s coach. “It is extremely competitive. There are 80 teams, and having one team that broke into the quarter finals says a lot.” Speech and debate provides students with better public speaking skills and offers them the chance to face that fear of public speaking. Team member Case Griffiths, who has been on the team for three semesters and debates at the junior level, said he was drawn to the team to do simply just that. “I was shy and wanted to do something that was outside of my comfort zone,” Griffiths said. “I wanted to challenge myself to do something uncomfortable.” Griffiths, a communications major, also notes being on the team serves as the next stepping stone to his career in public speaking. “Being a part of this team has made me a better speaker, better at communicating my thoughts, and strengthened my ability to connect with people,” said Griffiths. The team uses parliamentary debating and compete in separate teams consisting of two people, in which one person is appointed the prime minister. There is a constant preparation process involved in arranging this style of debate.
The Speech and Debate team at the Southwestern Invitational. Photo courtesy of Case Griffiths
“I become familiar with the way debate is structured,” Griffiths said. “Seventy percent of debating is knowing how to set up an argument, being fair and balanced with the opposition, and entertaining ideas while still maintaining opposition.” In a typical policy debate, general techniques include finding holes in the opposition’s arguments and exploiting that in the debate. “I try to let my passion come across so I can connect with the audience,” Griffiths said. “Most of the subjects are controversial and I use feelings to convey what I am talking about. It is important to be knowledgeable of subjects and know why you are arguing them.” The Speech and Debate team also offers another style of
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debate, known as platform speaking. This style is different because it does not involve argumentation, but consists of informative and impromptu speaking. “We refer to these speaking events as Individual Events,” Gerhardt said. “There are three categories in individual events: informative speaking, impromptu speaking, and an oral interpretation of a literature piece where speakers are acting and becoming the character.” Kelvin Crosby, who is in his second semester on the team, competes in this style of speaking. “I don’t debate, but still participate in the same competitions,” Crosby said. “I give informative speeches and act out literature pieces, which are fit into 10 minute frames. For these, I use my body motions to connect with the audience and gain their attention.” Individual events differ from debate not only by the style of speaking, but also by the number of people on a team. “I am a one-man team,” Crosby said. “I give speeches on my own that I prepared myself. I spend 30 minutes a day going over speeches, practice characterizing, and do exercises to help open my mouth wider, as I have a hard time opening my mouth.” Crosby, who is blind and partially deaf, got involved with the team for his love of speaking and his desire to become a motivational speaker. The team is preparing to compete in Internationals held in Berlin on Mar. 13 through 20, as well as Nationals in April. “I think one thing that sets us apart is we are the most realistic team on the circuit and uphold the spirit of parliamentary debate,” Griffiths said.
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“Computer is not working.”
What is the worst excuse you gave your professor for not turning in something?
“I wasn’t going to be in “My dog trashed my “Bought the wrong text class that day so I didn’t homework binder all over book.” do it.” the backyard, it’s true.”
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Shelly Keene Psychology
Renee Lewin Psychology
“What are you talking about, I turned it in.”
Ean Greene Social Science
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There’s no denying that Mesa campus is quite diverse when it comes to student personalities roaming around campus, or sitting in class. Then again, community colleges never fail to have an array of out of the ordinary students who manage to stick out from the simply “come-to-schoolthen-go-home” ones. These students can either be the most fascinating characters you’ve met all semester or quickly be classified into one of the many “student stereotypes.”
The Sleep Deprived Zombie
Many can identify with this guy- usually seen sleeping in his car, in the library, in the cafeteria, or in the back of the classroom. This poor guy stays up all night cramming for an exam, and with just his luck finds himself waking up from a mere two hours of sleep only to find he missed the exam entirely.
Other wise known as the “teachers pet.” In reality, the teacher may find this student annoying and sometimes creepy, however this student never fails to raise a hand and drag a lecture longer than it should be. This student is usually easy to spot- sitting in the front row, the only one laughing at the teachers jokes, reminding the professor to collect the homework, and probably pushing for the exam to be moved up to a sooner date.
This student you probably rarely recognize, but you see their infamous pot leaf cartoon character doodles all over your desks in class. They will usually creep in about ten minutes later than everyone else and grab a seat either on the side aisles or closest to the door.
The few times this student participates in class discussions are when the topic of “legalizing marijuana” comes up.
The Party Animal
This student usually walks into class already talking about the “insane rager” they attended over the weekend. We could be talking about answers to the final exam, and this guy can’t stop yapping about his keg-stands. This student never fails to spend over an hour explaining in full detail his partying escapades in an elevated voice. Give this guy a microphone and he will keep talking until spring break.
Campus Parking with Attitude
This student comes in many different personalities. Most of the time you find them in their car vigorously hunting for parking: cutting people off, stalking students by the stairs, and stealing your parking spot. Upon turning into Mesa College, this student already has their game-face on, ready to take on the routine parking craze.
Nicotine fits have never been so elevated. This student looks like they’re having withdrawals the last 10 minutes of class. Halfway through class, this student is already pondering how much time it will take them to smoke a cig, grab some coffee, and make it to their next class on time.
Finally, someone has to sit back and enjoy the show. Those awkward moments during “The Office” when employees are staring into the camera with facial expressions that explain everything they just witnessed...yeah, that’s what we do.
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Dear Todd Vance: The real John Tyree DANIELLE BRIGGS The Mesa Press
The recently released film, Dear John, is inspired by the life of a current Mesa student and his story of finding romance during a leave from the Army. Todd Vance, 28, is Nicholas Sparks’ cousin, the author of Dear John. Vance said Sparks based the novel-turned-film on Vance’s life while serving in the United States Army. “There are a few things he [Sparks] changed to make the story more interesting, but it is a pretty accurate depiction of what really happened,” said Vance. The film is set in South Carolina where John is on leave from the Army, meets a girl, and falls in love. The two are inseparable and continue dating and writing letters to each other, though he deploys back to Germany and she goes back to school. “I came home on leave for two weeks and met a girl on the beach,” said Vance. “We spent every minute together and wrote to each other after I left.” Vance, a San Diego native, enlisted with the Army in 1999, where he served as a Squad Leader in the Army Infantry as well as the 3rd Striker Brigade. Prior to Sept. 11, he had four months left on his contract, but re-enlisted and served in the war that ensued. “We flew to Kuwait, and then the striker unit drove to northern Iraq,” said Vance. While the romance follows Vance’s life more closely, the combat scenes are portrayed quite differently. “In the movie, John is in the Special Forces, which I
was not,” Vance said. “He is also shot twice in the back. I was never shot, but pieces of metal flew into my back after a grenade explosion.” In the film, while he is in combat, John learns that his dad is dying, and is sent back home to be with him, which is similar to the events in Vance’s life. “My stepdad had a cyst behind his pancreas and had surgery to have it removed,” he said. “He passed from complications with the surgery.” While this happens when John is in combat, Vance says it actually happened when he was on his two-week leave in San Diego, when he initially met his girlfriend. The movie also shows John being broken up with in a final letter his girlfriend sends him telling him she’s engaged to someone else. “My girlfriend never cheated on me,” said Vance. ‘We stayed together the whole time.” Vance was let out of the Army in 2005 and came back home to San Diego, where he returned to his girlfriend, though they broke up after his homecoming. “Being away from each other was really tough, and it created a lot of tension,” he said. “I also had a lot to deal with and it didn’t make the relationship work.” At the end of the movie, John and his ex-girlfriend reunite after he comes back home, but similar to real life, the couple did not stay together in the movie. “After the movie came out, we started talking again, but we’re just friends,” concluded Vance.
“I came home on leave for two weeks and met a girl on the beach.”
Todd Vance: student at Mesa College and Army veteran whose love story inspired the movie Dear John. Daniel Dreifuss/Mesa Press
The San Diego Coffee Grind ANDREW FERGIN The Mesa Press
watching the waves crash. Newbreak is an excellent choice for those who just want to relax and drink some coffee.
ired of the eerie sense of déjà vu upon entering the nearest neighborhood Starbucks? Use this guide to support local coffee shops and find your new favorite study spot. The following are some of San Diego’s finest independently owned cafés, ready to fill you with a cup San Diego spirit.
Rebecca’s: If you live in Southpark, Rebecca’s is worth checking out. Placed on 3015 Juniper St., Rebecca’s features a spacious indoor area furnished with an array of furniture including hardwood chairs for the studious, soft back lazy chairs for the lethargic, and full couches for the social. Students fond of sitting in coffee shops with a cup of their favorite caffeinated crack once their week is over should come on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays when the place stays open 24 hours. Even if one is not interested in staying the night, Rebecca’s Coffee is worth visiting on Thursdays to take in some local flavor from its open-mic night. Those unfamiliar with the Southpark area may have some difficulty finding Rebecca’s at first. Simply go south down 30th St. and eventually swing the left at Juniper. Plastic users be warned, Rebecca’s is a cash only establishment so plan on bringing some paper currency.
Claire De Lune Coffee Lounge: Nestled in the heart of Northpark at 2906 University Ave., Claire De Lune Coffee Lounge is about as central as you can get in the area. Short lines and quick service make this establishment a good choice if you’re in need of a quick fix while going about your business at one of the many shops along University Avenue. A lack of Wi-Fi makes it a poor choice if you plan on doing homework but numerous soft couches and large tables make it a perfect place to sprawl out and watch the local Northpark color pass by with friends. Lestats: Lestat’s is a gem; there isn’t any other way to say it. Simply drive up Adams Avenue keeping your eyes open for the neon red sign and you’ll find the shop at 3343 Adams Ave. They’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and boast an array of tasty house and iced coffees. The service is good but can be slow as the day comes to an end as this venue is very popular with the nighttime crowds. Despite the size of the place there will often be a shortage of seating, so plan to come early. If you’re looking for good entertainment on a budget, just next door is Lestat’s West, which serves as a venue for open-mic nights, comedy routines and even
A classic latte from Rebecca’s Coffee.
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performances by local musicians all of which are free of charge. Newbreak Coffee Co. and Cafe: Walk along the sand in Ocean Beach to 1959 Abbott St. and you’ll come across Newbreak Coffee Co. and Cafe. Upon entrance, Newbreak will seem like a pretty cookie cutter coffee shop until you turn around. Where Newbreak shines is that from the comfiest couch to the most isolated wood chair, you have a clear view of the ocean. This place is great for spending a lazy day sitting and
The Living Room: There are a number of Living Room coffee shops in San Diego. Of them all, the best can be found at 1018 Rosecrans St. and is one of the better coffee shops in the Point Loma. To start, service is exceedingly friendly. Free Wi-Fi and comfy furniture make this a choice place to study. If you want a good seat, come as early as possible, because once 6 p.m. rolls around, seating starts to become scarce. If you’re a fan of classic blues, come on Saturdays where from 9 p.m. to midnight you can hear the sounds of the Blues Wizard and the Masters of Humility.
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The Crazies: There’s something in the water ANTHONY TEMPLETON The Mesa Press Insanity and terror lay waste to a quiet Midwestern town as a biological weapon gone awry ravages it’s inhabitants and threatens to decimate the planet. If you only see one horror flick remake this year, this is the one to see. Ogden Marsh, population 1,206, is experiencing some serious trouble with the townsfolk. A biological weapon developed by the military has accidentally contaminated the water supply and the affected citizens develop a murderous thirst but not for brains, just mayhem. The military immediately initiates a containment protocol in order to stop the dangerous weapon from spreading and soon the town sheriff and a small band of the unaffected find themselves in a battle for their survival against the government troops as well as “the crazies.” Director Breck Eisner’s extremely well crafted remake of the 1973 horror schlock film The Crazies (George A. Romero) triumphs where so many of its counterparts fail. From the very first strains of a lolling Hank Williams song strummed over the opening shots of the picturesque, smalltown landscape of Ogden Marsh, Iowa we can smell the new cut grass on the playing fields and are lulled into the sweetly deceptive security of Midwestern small-town existence. No sooner have you settled into this Norman Rockwell painting than you are jarred out of your seat with an intensely
disturbing scene that takes place in front of the entire town under the lights of the high school baseball field, and serves as a reminder of just how fragile American pastoral life can be. The things we treasure and take for granted after all, can be taken away in a heartbeat. The Crazies is the missing chunk of movie that I Am Legend let fall to the cutting room floor. Both films center on biological research gone awry but Legend jumps immediately from the onset of the outbreak to a devastated world many years later. The beauty of Crazies is that it takes you through the entire nail-biting, white-knuckle process of watching the town become engulfed in bloodthirsty insanity as the virus spreads. The brilliance of the much-improved script is that it catapults the audience directly from the establishing scenes into the action and plunges the audience into the plot without a chance to catch their breath. Its spine-tingling suspense and lack of predictability remind you of why the horror genre became popular in the first place. Far from one dimensional ,the script explores the moral dilemmas faced by the military as well as the besieged townsfolk. The Crazies has a winning formula of a capable
storyteller in Eisner and a big budget that is rarely seen in the horror genre. An added bonus is that it is pleasantly devoid of any big names slumming in a horror film. With believable, well-fleshed out characters and dialogue that is incredibly organic and absent (mostly) of the genres stereotypically cliche one-liners, this film delivers all the chills and thrills, with none of the eye-rolling groans. Timothy Olyphant as Sherriff David Dutton, Joe Anderson (his deputy) and Radha Mitchell who plays Dutton’s wife all deliver compelling and truly believable performances. Their characters are made all the more watchable by refusing to enter basements alone, “split up to find a way out of here,” or crawl backwards on the ground away from a psychopath wielding a shovel. In other words, they behave exactly like a real person would in this set of circumstances, rather than a bunch of idiots begging to catch to have their skin made into a dress. The depth of the characters and the intelligence of the choices they make allow the audience to relate to them much more easily than say, a half-naked twit that keeps dropping the car keys as the murderer approaches. This film will definitely strike a chord with a post Sept. 11 America now totally paranoid about emergency preparedness and usher in an era of shotgun ownership not seen since the American Revolution. Viva La Horror.
‘Aint No Grave’ keeps Cash alive
Album cover for Cash’s posthumously released Ain’t No Grave. Photo courtesy of American Recordings
DANNY WEST The Mesa Press Johnny Cash’s career had as many lives as a cat. Unfortunately, the man in black had only one life; one that came to an end in September 2003. During his final months, Cash began recording what would be American VI: Ain’t No
Grave, which was released Feb. 23, almost seven years after his death. In the early 90s, Cash teamed up with producer Rick Rubin to record and release American Recordings on Rubin’s recently launched label of the same name. Rubin, known for founding Def Jam Recordings and his work with The Beastie Boys, Run DMC and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, re-invented Cash’s sound, presenting a much more stripped down version of the man in black. The album, recorded in his living room, featured Cash’s voice accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. American Recordings would be the label’s first major success and usher in the second rebirth of Johnny Cash’s career. Cash and Rubin continued to collaborate on a series of six albums, now referred to as the American Recordings series, up to the days preceding Cash’s death. The final album of the series, American VI: Ain’t No Grave, is comprised mostly of covers with the exception of I Corinthians 15:55, the last song to be penned by Cash before his death. Keeping in mind that the album was recorded during his final days, Cash’s signature baritone voice is noticeably more battered and worn than the one heard on previous recordings; it is the voice of a man whose heartbreak over the loss of his wife, June Carter Cash, would eventually be the end of him. Not straying from the proven formula of the previous albums, Cash’s voice and minimal instrumental accompaniment build the skeletal structure for each track. Members of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers and The Avett Brothers, among many other notable musicians provide
additional instrumental tracks behind Cash vocals. Acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, piano, foot stomps, and even a string section can be heard throughout the album. The eerily ironic title track kicks off the album, with Cash singing, “No, there ain’t no grave that can hold me down.” If there is ever to be a moment where one feels as though they are being spoken to from the great realm beyond, this is it. Following the first song is a cover of Sheryl Crow’s Redemption Day, a slightly more upbeat song that sets the mood for the rest of the album. Sending the album, and Cash himself, on their way is the final song of the record, Aloha Oe originally by Queen Lili’uokalani. The final track brings to mind a vessel setting sail into a beautiful sunset and ends the album on an uplifting note. The slowly and steady “boom-chika boom-chika” country sound of Cash’s early years at Sun Records is nowhere to be found on this record. Instead, the music of Ain’t No Grave could be best classified as folk or Americana. Twang ridden guitars and tic-tac bass lines are left in the past and replaced with finger picked acoustic guitar and banjo rolls. The most somber album of the series, Aint No Grave’s songs listen as a self penned epitaph for the man in black. While some may not consider it Cash’s best work, the record serves as the final page in one of the most important chapters in music history. Although a grave may physically hold the man in black down, “Ain’t no grave” will ever bury the legacy and memory of Johnny Cash.
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March 9, 2010
Black History Month gone wrong
t all started with a really bad joke, if you could call it a joke. At UC San Diego, where black students make up only 2% of the populace, it isn’t a surprise that students are feeling a great amount of unrest regarding the current racial climate on campus. It began with the “Compton Cookout” party, which encouraged partygoers to put on their best ‘ghetto’ garb in ‘honor’ of Black History Month. Although the party went on without any immediate problems on the night of, the event grabbed the attention of national news after the Black Student Union of UCSD declared a racial state of emergency. Although, some students voiced that the racial emergency and the laundry list of demands made by the BSU was melodramatic. More specifically, a small student-run television program on UCSD-TV aired a KoalaTV segment (which had not been approved for airing) criticizing students who were upset with the party, calling black students ‘ungrateful’ while also using an offensive racial slur, stating that the party was held in their ‘honor.’ So thanks Koala, you really smoothed things over. At this point, speculation is running rampant with what the motive behind the events might have been. The racial insensitivity doesn’t seem to be directly hateful; it’s more like an irksome handful of individuals obsessed with staying in the limelight. Perhaps it is a desperate and failing act to be funny. Once UCSD administration got wind of the TV segment, action was taken to shut down the publication and broadcast of the Koala.
A Humble Bode JENNIFER KARNAN The Mesa Press
American alpine skier Bode Miller won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Critics are saying that his victories are due in large part to his change of attitude. Having won silver medals in men’s super-combined and men’s giant slalom at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Miller was a favorite going into the 2006 games in Turin, Italy. Miller was submerged in media hype when the games began. He was featured on the covers of Time and Newsweek, and a Nike commercial urged viewers to visit joinBode.com, asking them, “Are You A Bodeist?” Miller’s personality mirrored his style of skiing: bold, reactive, impulsive, and a bit reckless. In a 2006 interview on 60 Minutes, Miller casually mentioned that a disappointing sixth place finish had been due to drinking too much the night before. He went on to compare the danger of skiing drunk to driving drunk, except there weren’t “rules about it in ski racing.” His careless words and partying led to excessive controversy and negative press coverage, embarrassing the U.S. Olympic Ski Team and Americans in general, particularly those from Miller’s home state of New Hampshire. To make matters worse, Miller didn’t even medal in the Turin Olympics. He was disqualified from three out of the five events he competed in. Turin left a bad taste in Miller’s mouth. After four first place victories in 2007, he left the U.S. Ski Team to race as an independent. He captured six World Cup race victories in 2008. Breaking a record with 32 lifetime wins, Miller became the most successful skier in U.S. history. He suffered a torn ligament in his ankle in 2009, leading to a break from competition and talk of retirement, but he chose to rejoin the U.S. Ski Team in hopes of competing at the Vancouver Olympiad. Miller has also become a father since Turin. His daughter, Neesyn Dacey, was born in February of 2008. Fatherhood seems to have made a positive change in his attitude. A more mature Miller arrived at the 2010 Winter Games with a more inspired outlook and surprised us all by winning medals while managing to avoid acting like an ass in the process. He captured the gold medal in men’s super-combined, the silver medal in men’s super-g, and the bronze medal in men’s downhill. “One of the things that was important to me when I came to race this year was to race with inspiration,” Miller told reporters at the men’s super-combined event. It just goes to show that attitude is everything. When Miller was cocky and behaved badly, he failed. But when he acted with dignity and respect, he earned the highest honor there is: Olympic gold. His triumph over himself is an inspiration and a reminder that we could all use a healthy slice of humble pie from time to time. Good for you, Bode, you clean up nice.
The administration further went on to disrupt 33 other publications connected with UCSD. The only publication unaffected was the student run Guardian. Although, it seems like a irrational and poor decision to shut down every other publication and a violation of the first amendment. The Koala has a bad rep for as long as it’s been in circulation, but other legitimate and respectful publications should not be put on hold for the actions of a foolish one. Yet, a new issue of the Koala was released anyway. And the whole issue is targeted at black students and non-students alike. Isn’t the Koala’s 15 minutes up yet? Publications that were shut down should be allowed to continue the social commentary surrounding the events happening on UCSD campus. Communication improves lives and broadens understanding. The party that many claim was a harmless act has caused a chain reactionn of events that may successfully pull UCSD students apart. No side seems to help the situation. It’s either additional mockery of black students or the BSU demanding more changes, which may or may not help racial tensions. And it’s a disappointment that it took this kind of activity for the BSU to create a platform for desired changes. It is insulting and embarrassing that American college students, who should hold equality in high regard, have lowered themselves to such tasteless and crude attempts at racial humor and disrespectful mockery. As a country we are still incredibly young, and our past may seem distant for some, but the failure to realize the hurt it still creates everyday is unacceptable.
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The Anti-Iron Man: IRS Bomber a Tragic Hero? ANDY SIMMONS The Mesa Press
ith $40,000 gone, 10 years wasted and retirement savings at zero, Joseph Stack refused to be passive and decided to take control of his life by flying his plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. Currently there is little financial freedom in the U.S. and Stack’s desperation resulted in an attack on the IRS. Although the attack was radical, the past years of the government’s disregard to use taxpayers’ money appropriately should be addressed. Stack is a good guy who has done a bad thing. Joseph Stack, a computer engineer, considered his life a lie since age 18. In his 3,000-word suicide note, written before crashing into the IRS Office, Stack rambled about his struggles with the IRS. Stack wrote about his realization that the American ideology is a complete fabrication. Stack had enough of the IRS, which he called “Mr. Big Brother IRS Man,” so he flew his two-seater plane into Austin’s IRS Building. Stack alluded to Shakespeare in the last lines of his letter telling the IRS to “take my pound of flesh and sleep well.” There were two people taken to the hospital, one being Stack and the other an IRS employee. A total of 13 were injured and one side of the IRS Building was left dismantled. Stack identifies as a tragic, anti-hero. He is tragic for not seeing the failures of his means and is an antihero for doing ‘good’ in all the wrong ways. It’s not only the federal government that makes it hard for taxpayers, there is also the local government. It wasn’t long ago since San Diego City Council voted to give themselves bonuses on their salaries in a depleted bankroll. Stack was right about the IRS being greedy but they are not Big Brother. They are the Monopoly Man that is dominating all the Avenues and collecting everyone’s $200. Maybe it is time to ask the country to do something for its citizens. The government seems to be taking advantage of the stay-at-home mom attitude that taxpayers have all inherited in the U.S. The people will always clean the spilled milk that the government continually dumps on the floor. But who can blame a desperate man when the country’s historical declarations for independence have turned into a single declaration of dependence. The U.S. is so appeased with having freedom of speech that they are blinded by the fact that there is no financial freedom in this country. Joseph Stack is an attempted murderer, a man that has mentally cracked and a radical that has gone beyond the extreme. Stack should have sought help for both his mental and financial health before taking matters into his own hands.
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San Diego students rally to end budget cuts in CA
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Mesa College student, Norma Lopez, chants “No more budget cuts” at a rally intended to incite action held at the San Diego Mesa College quad on March 4.
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College students marched in protest over recent education cuts made to education from Balboa Park to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office in downtown San Diego on March 4.
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March 9, 2010
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Lady Olympians aced by Palomar ALEC FERNANDES The Mesa Press
he Palomar women’s tennis team seemed unbeatable, winning both doubles matches and all five singles matches against Mesa. The Comets served up tough competition to the Lady Olympians March 2 at Mesa College and put the home team abilities to the test. The doubles matches consisted of one set with eight games. The Comets took the lead early at 4-0. Mesa’s powerful ground strokes and serves couldn’t overcome the skilled placement of the ball by their opponents. The Comets’ strategy immediately put the Olympians on the defensive. The home team was caught on their heels and failed to cover ground quick enough. Mesa constantly dashed toward the net and then rushed backward to retrieve their opponent’s deep shots. Palomar won both doubles matches eight games to one. Mesa’s Jess Javelet’s speed gave her a slight advantage over Palomar, but she also recognized
her weaknesses. “I’m fast on the court. I used to play field hockey on the National team,” said Javelet. “But I need to work on my placement and unforced errors.” Lady Olympian Jehan Brunton felt that the team would be more confident playing singles. “Our team is just more prepared for singles matches,” said Brunton. Mesa’s top ranked player Izzy Richardson has a powerful serve that rocked the singles court, keeping her in the match in a very close second set. As a left-handed player, her forehand has the advantage of a wicked spin that frequently challenged her competitor. Richardson admitted that even though her serve was the strongest part of her game, she could still improve it by giving it some of that left-handed spin. “I need to work on getting more spin and height on my serve,” said Richardson. “My shots at the net and backhand could use some work too.” Jess Javelet reached deuce on almost every game in her second
Her quick speed on the singles court allowed her to chase down every well-placed shot her opponent fired back. This is even more impressive considering Javelet’s short history playing the game. “I’ve been playing tennis for just three weeks,” said Javelet. This was Mesa’s third organized match of the semester. Even though they lost this one, head coach Patty Peisner remains confident about placing in conference. “We stand 2-1, and this year I know we can place high in conference,” said Peisner. “Our goal is to finish third.” Though faced with defeat, the Mesa women’s tennis team did not give up. Their next home game will be at 2 p.m. on March 9 against Imperial Valley College. “There’s a good mix of experienced players and beginners here. We have good strokes, but we need to improve our footwork,” said Peisner. Jess Javelet tries to keep the Olympians alive.
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Swim team sets sight on state championship SAMANTHA MIRELES The Mesa Press
t’s swim season at Mesa and the team has already started preparing for championship meets at the end of the season. With a successful season last year swim,
The 2010 Mesa Swim and Dive team.
coach Jim Fegan still encourages success. “We will try to continue the success we have had,” said Fegan. “The women won the PCAC Championships last year, were undefeated in dual meets and finished in 5th place at the State Championships.” Fegan is very confident in his returners,
but also has high hopes for the new swimmers. “With most of the state qualifiers back and some talented freshmen we should repeat as conference champs,” said Fegan. “And [we] are hoping to move higher at the state championships.” Although still early in the season, the team is focusing on technique and preparing for the state championships. With last year’s successful season behind them, they are reaching for a higher finish in the state tournament and a repeat conference championship. Besides the team goals, each athlete is Photo courtesy of Mesa Athletic Depatment reaching for their
personal achievements as well. “Individually, each athlete works on setting realistic goals that can complement the team goals,” said Fegan. “We have girls trying to defend the state titles won last year to girls trying to make finals at our conference meet. We have been able to create a very positive atmosphere and all team members to contribute.” Although Fegan believes with such a successful season last year that not many changes need to be made, they have had to make adjustments to their training due to a training class being cut. “With last year’s success we have tried not to make too many changes,” said Fegan. “However, with the cut back in classes we lost a weight training class that the team used as part of our training and we have had to adjust. “Last year we had a larger team with around 35 women, but this year we are at 25 which is a more typical number but doesn’t give us the depth for meets,” he said. With the team’s coming schedule, they prepare for the Chaffey Invitational at Chaffey College March 12-13 as well as and the next meet at Mesa against Mt. San Antonio.
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ASHTON O’HALLORAN The Mesa Press
zzy Richardson is new to Mesa’s women’s tennis team this year, but with 14 years experience behind her she is no stranger to the sport. Born and raised in California the 20-year-old now lives in La Jolla with her parents who frequent her matches. The passion that comes with playing any sport for 14 years is undeniable. Richardson has spent more than three quarters of her life on a tennis court. She is extremely confident that her time and commitment is worth it and it’s her love for the game that keeps her focused and enthusiastic. “I feel like I do really well in tennis,” said Richardson. “People might not think I am that determined, and it does get stressful sometimes, but I am very hard on myself to do well.” Tennis also gives her an outlet—she loves relieving her stress on the court.
Mesa was not Richardson’s first stop after high school. She enrolled at the University of Arizona for her freshman year. Shorty after arriving she realized she had made a mistake. “The tennis team was not taking walk-ons,” said Richardson.“I had a bad
“Going pro has always been a dream of mine.” -Izzy Richardson
roommate and bad friends, it was just not a good fit.” After a year off, Richardson returned to tennis at Mesa. She missed the physical and emotional challenges presented by her coaches, parents and fellow teammates. “[I like them] saying I’m good, but also telling me I can do better,” Richardson said. Now at Mesa, Richardson is technically a freshman on the team, this being her first season, but she recognizes
her responsibilities to be a leader and feels there is more of an even keel among the players. “Most people on the team are relatively new, but our collective skill is high,” she said. Originally a singles player, Richardson has now started to play doubles more often. “Sometimes it gets hard to rely on other players, but in the end it’s better when you have someone to celebrate your win with,” Richardson said. The team goal is to be the Pacific Coast Conference champions and to do well at the Ojai tournament at the end of the year in Ventura. Richardson wants to win all her matches and also hopes for the team to do well at Ojai. After Mesa, Richardson wants to transfer to a four-year university and continue playing tennis. “Going pro has always been a dream of mine, ever since I was little.,” she said. “We will just have to see how it goes from here.”
March 9, 2010
Izzy Richardson returns to San Diego and continues her tennis dream. Daniel Dreifuss/The Mesa Press
Sports Schedule Softball
Mar. 10 vs. Southwestern College at SD Mesa 3 p.m. Mar. 16 vs. Imperial Valley College at SD Mesa 1 p.m.
Mar. 11 vs. Grossmont College at SD Mesa 2 p.m. Mar. 16 vs. Imperial Valley College at SD Mesa 2p.m.
Mar. 9 vs. Southwestern College at SD Mesa 2 p.m. Mar. 11 vs. Grossmont College at SD Mesa 2 p.m.
Track and Field
Mar. 13 SDSU Aztec Invitational at SDSU