Illustration by: Dorian Uson
Nettﬂix vs Hulu: Which site is the better streaming option?
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“A Wrinkle in Time” showcases outstanding visuals and a diverse cast. PAGE 4
Photo Credit: Aleah Jarin
Honors Club hosts annual blood drive.
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Lady Olympians lose to conference rivals, SD City College.
THE MESA PRESS
Volume 61, Issue 3
the Independent Student Publication of San Diego Mesa College
March 20, 2018
Mesa College hosts Deaf Celebration Day By Siera Matthews STAFF WRITER
f you didn’t know about Deaf Celebration Day before, the small but outgoing community of deaf students at San Diego Mesa College will make sure you will for the next years to come. March 7 marked the 30th anniversary of the Deaf President Now (DPN) movement. Upon attending the event that took place in front of the Mesa Bookstore, you were directed to tent number one that consisted of a brief background and start of the Deaf Rights movement. It was explained in the short ﬁlm “Deaf Mosaic” that the rally for deaf equality originated at Gallaudet University when students felt they weren’t being represented on their campus. For 124 years, the university had history of a hearing president delegate decisions for a university that was designed for deaf and hard of hearing students. After the outrage, a rally broke out of thousands of students call- A man having a conversation with a young girl in American Sign Lamgauge ing for the elected president in 1988, Dr. Photo Credit: Ofﬁce of Communications Elisabeth Zinser, a hearing person, to step sor Leslie Styles- who was also a student served recognition on campus. “The whole down. This movement ended in success involved in the DPN rally. The event was idea was to help hearing individuals underand the ﬁrst deaf president was elected, Dr. sponsored by the Committee for Diversity stand a little bit about what people in the I. King Jordan. Action, Inclusion & Equity (CDAIE), the deaf community go though.” Professor and Counselor of San DiAt the next stations, students were Student Health Services and the Disability ego Mesa College, Judy Sundayo, helped Support Programs & Services Department. prompted to learn basic sign language put the event together after the suggestion Sundayo shared that although the deaf and the alphabet to spell out their names. from American Sign Language Professtudent community is small, they still de- Once you learned the desired words, it was
encouraged that you have a conversation with an actual deaf person. Although some students struggled, it was expected. The difﬁculty in trying to express yourself with someone who doesn’t hear mimicked the same obstacles deaf people constantly go through when trying to communicate with someone who does hear. The event was also catered by Feast on This, a deaf owned catering company. The business began in 2000, As the event concluded the deaf student population as well as their supportive professors at San Diego Mesa seem hopeful that this event will open new doors to new possibilities. The new awareness to deaf rights and the recognition of deaf students was what Sundayo hoped would be achieved. “I think that their will be more inclusion and I think the next time one of our students encounters another student who is deaf, they can say something like “hi”, “hello” or “thank you”.” Sundayo also said that deaf rights are human rights and that as human beings we all need to work together, for each other and for what is right.
Financial Aid Fair provides students with helpful information By Chelsea Heath STAFF WRITER
he Financial Aid Fair, held on March 6, received a successful turnout from students after being rescheduled due to rain.. The fair was not solely focused on providing students with ﬁnancial aid information, but rather offering information about a variety of student services ranging from admission assistance to ﬂu shots. The promise of free food and music was an added bonus. The event is held every Spring semester directly outside of the Student Services building. All participating departments set up tables arranged in a circle, making each representative accessible and navigation easy for students to make their rounds. Services included but were not limited to:
ﬁnancial aid, admissions, student health services, career education, and transfer counseling. Laura Milligan, a nurse practitioner from the Student Health services, spoke about providing free ﬂu shots at the fair for those who have paid their health fee. When asked what else she wanted students to learn, Milligan said, “We just want more people to know about the Student Health Center, because they all pay that health fee and don’t all know what it’s for. But it includes free visits to see a nurse practitioner, or a physician. Most of the things they can get done at an urgent care ofﬁce, they can get seen for at the Student Center.” The Financial Aid fair was an interac-
tive opportunity for students to learn more about the services and assistance that San Diego Mesa College has to offer them. To ensure that students got the most out of the fair, the ﬁrst 350 students to attend received a free lunch- with a catch. Students were given a survey that required them to visit every department to learn about their services in order to earn a stamp. Those that collected a stamp from all departments then earned their free lunch. Mesa student, Jasly Reyes, said the event was beneﬁcial to her saying, “If you ask questions, they deﬁnitely answer thoughtfully...they offer more than I knew.” Another Mesa student, Andreza Sena, at-
tending the fair for her third time said, “I think it’s a great opportunity to get to know more about the things that our school offers.” Accompanying Sena was student Fernanda Schuster, who agreed and said, “I think it is interesting because there are a lot of things we don’t take advantage of.” There seemed to be something for every student at the ﬁnancial aid event, which had a high number of participants, even as it was nearing the end. Representatives from the departments that attended were able to get their information out to students, while the students who attended learned that Mesa has much to give when it comes to services and assistance.
OPINION MARCH 20, 2018
The Mesa Press
Q: What famous person or public ﬁgure would you want to see as a Barbie/Ken doll?
“I’d probably pick Kanye West. I think he’s like the greatest of all time. That’s my idol.. Yeezus all the way.” -Ahtthaijiri Bell, 19 Black Studies
“I would pick Malala, because she is a younger female so I feel like that’s something that alot of girls can look up to.” -Victoria Bleu, 18 Business
“If I could see Donald Trump as a Barbie doll in girl clothes.. that’d be pretty funny.” - Parker Heath, 19 Art/Design
Oscars 2018 was the year for Latinos, but it’s still not good enough
By Jessica Aquino PHOTO EDITOR
or the past two years the public was focused on the Academy Awards being “too white,” which also stirred the popular hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite,” but when the 90th Academy Awards premiered on March 4, Latinos took the main stage. Hispanic-Americans continue to be the least represented group at the Academy Awards, with only two women and three men winning an Oscar. Despite no Latino actresses or actors being nominated this year, this is the most recognition we’ve seen in the 90 years of Oscar production. Starting with the most notable moment that happened, Director Guillermo Del Toro, who was born in Mexico, won two awards for his ﬁlm “The Shape of Water,” a critically acclaimed ﬁlm involving a young deaf woman and a mystical ﬁsh creature. The movie won Best Picture as well as Best Original Song, while Del Toro himself won Best Director. In addition, “Coco” was a fan favorite animated ﬁlm, telling an incredible story about Mexican culture and touching the hearts and lives of those who watched it. The Pixar movie won Best Animated Feature Film as well as Best Original Song.
Daniela Vega and Rita Moreno were both announcers at the show. Vega is a transgender actress who starred in “A Fantastic Woman,” a Chilean ﬁlm that won Best Foreign Language Film, and Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress famous for her role in “West Side Story.” With these two, Latinos had something to be proud of. However, this isn’t still enough for the community, and they should be rightfully angry. One good year does not make up for the past 89 years of little to no representation. Latinos deserve to see themselves represented in ﬁlm that isn’t based on harmful stereotypes. There needs to be more ﬁlms celebrating culture, like “Coco,” and there needs to be more actors and actresses winning these types of awards. But these actors and actresses need to be casted in the ﬁrst place, and more directors and producers need to stop being afraid of diversity. The 90th Academy Awards was a good year for Latinos, but it shouldn’t stop there and it should have began years ago. And as people are looking back at this years’ Oscars, they are also looking ahead, seeing what else is in store for the Latino community.
“Laverne Cox because that would be groundbreaking for transgender people and anyone trying to be themselves.” - Noelle Bailey, 26 Fashion Design
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Guillermo del Toro takes home two Oscars for “The Shape of Water.” Photo Credit: MCT Campus.
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MARCH 20, 2018
Not all TV and ﬁlm reboots are bad The Mesa Press
By Jessica Aquino PHOTO EDITOR
ften when people hear the word “reboot” there’s an immediate negative reaction. People typically don’t like change, and they certainly would rather watch the original version. But reboots can be good, and they can help welcome new fans. Some things that people usually say about reboots are “The original was ﬁne the directors and producers aren’t original anymore.” It’s a common and understandable response. No one wants to see their beloved characters ruined by Hollywood. Take “Teen Titans Go” for example. “Teen Titans Go!” was a remake of the original show on Cartoon Network. The original “Teen Titans” was popular because it was what a superhero show should be. With “Teen Titans Go!,” was made for children, which isn’t a bad thing considering Cartoon Network caters to them but if you are a fan of incredible character developments and interesting plots, you will not get that in “Teen Titans Go!” However, not all reboots are terrible. They’re entertaining and some are even better and more popular than the original versions. Once people see past the bad ones, it can be very eye-opening to realize that there are a handful of amazing reboots, both in TV and ﬁlm, out there that
TV shows and ﬁlms brought back to life with a reboot. Photo Credit: MCT Campus you certainly shouldn’t miss out on. “The Ofﬁce” is one example of a good reboot. While the original UK version was popular enough, the American version did not disappoint. At ﬁrst, there was a lot of skep-
ticism about the reboot because the US version was too much like the UK version. As seasons continued, people realized the US version of “The Ofﬁce” went in its own direction and increased in comedic quality.
One ﬁlm reboot that received a mix of both skepticism and full support is “It.” Stephen King’s famous and iconic horror novel was adapted twice. Once as a TV miniseries and recently into a ﬁlm. The 2017 reboot certainly had its perks and advantages, despite long-time fans wondering if it will be as good, or even better, than the miniseries. That uncertainty soon went away with one interview with King himself saying, “I had hopes, but I was not prepared for how good it really was. It’s something that’s different, and at the same time, it’s something that audiences are going to relate to.” With the help of technology in today’s age, the 2017 reboot excelled in cinematography and special effects. Bill Skarsgård, the lead actor, was also an exceptional Pennywise the Clown. Though some will argue whether or not he was better than Tim Curry. Despite the popular negative opinions most people will give when it comes to TV and ﬁlm reboots, there is a wide selection that are done well, and with the right cast and crew, they can even surpass the originals. While some of us would rather drown in nostalgia, it’s best to give reboots a chance before immediately thinking they’re not worth our time.
In battle of streaming services Hulu takes down Netﬂix By Dorian Uson EDITOR IN CHIEF
n an age were people are no longer patient enough to wait for their shows at a weekly rate, people have turned to streaming sites like Netﬂix and Hulu for their entertainment needs. Netﬂix, being the original streaming site, has become increasingly less popular than before. Hulu is now living in the spotlight, as it not only gives users the ability to stream current episodes, but has a better selection of movies and tv shows. When Netﬂix ﬁrst took off, users and potential users were ecstatic at the idea of being able to stream all their favorite shows and movies whenever they wanted. However, over time Netﬂix has removed shows and movies off their site, leaving users upset. Often, shows would be removed without any notice, so anyone watching would be left not knowing how the show continued. The issue many people have when they compare Netﬂix to Hulu, is that Netﬂix isn’t up to date. They only have last season’s episodes, because whole seasons are uploaded at a time, whereas Hulu gets episodes a day after they air. Hulu is more likely to get new movies before Netﬂix, and in higher quantity. Hulu also allows you to connect to an HBO or Showtime subscription to maximize your selection of
Netﬂix can be streamed from many different devices. Photo Credit: MCT Campus shows and movies. Netﬂix is inconsistent. It doesn’t keep their shows or movies long enough. San Diego Mesa College student Shauna Jentzsch says, “often I ﬁnd myself seeing something on Netﬂix and making a mental note to go back at watch, only to discover it’s no longer there anymore.”
Many people are under the impression that Hulu is only for new shows, and Netﬂix is for shows that have already aired. But many aren’t aware that this is not the case. Hulu also has full series, such as Full House, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, South Park, Will and Grace, Seinfeld, and many other oldies but goodies that you simply
cannot ﬁnd on Netﬂix. Netﬂix originally started out as a way to get DVDs of movies mailed to your home, then they offered a plan featuring direct streaming. Slowly it has become more of a way for people to binge watch shows. However, many shows that are available to consumers on Netﬂix, are also available on Hulu. No only does Hulu have almost everything Netﬂix has, but it has more. The price between the two also differs. While Netﬂix has multiple different packages, depending on how many viewers you want to be able to stream at the same time, the starting rate is $7.99 but packages differ in price and go up to $10.99. Hulu also offers a variety of different packages, some allowing you to watch live tv as well. The standard rate is $11.99, which allows you to stream on two devices at once. The live tv package is 39.99 a month, and also allows you to stream from their library. However, the only downfall of watching things on Hulu is having to sit through advertisements. The commercials it features aren’t very long, so if you don’t mind spend 34 seconds watching a random car or drug commercial then Hulu is deﬁnitely the better option of the two because of all the options it offers.
For The Record
In the issue dated Feb. 20, 2018, The Mesa Press would like to correct the following errors:
Page 1: The story should have read that the FAST Scholars Counselor and Coordinator, Sade Burrell, spent time in a juvenile detention center. In the issue dated March 6, 2018, The Mesa Press would like to correct the following errors: Page 5: Rolling Stone magazine was incorrectly referred to as “Rolling Stones Magazine”
MARCH 20, 2018
The Mesa Press
FEATURES Movie Review
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ shines
By Aleah Jarin STAFF WRITER
va DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” hit theaters March 9 and showcased visually stunning universes ﬁlled with imagination, love, and light. This ﬁlm is based off the book by Madeleine L’Engle and is the second adaption, the ﬁrst being in 2003. Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry, younger brother Charles Wallace, and classmate Calvin go on an adventure of a lifetime to look for Mr. Murry, Meg and Charles Wallace’s father, who has been missing for four years after he discovered a new way of traveling through space. The trio encounters Mrs. Whatsit, played by Reese Witherspoon, Mrs. Who, played by Mindy Kaling, and Mrs. Which, played by Oprah Winfrey, who help guide Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin through different universes in order to ﬁnd Mr. Murry. There are many underlying messages in the ﬁlm- being a light in times of darkness, loving all your faults and insecurities, and being a warrior. Meg goes through a challenge within herself when she confronts the darkness or “The It” of planet Camazotz. To defeat “The It” Meg must own her faults and spread her love and light. The visuals and colors in the movie are
outstanding and add to the youthfulness and uplifting feel of the ﬁlm. The makeup and costumes of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which were goddess-like and matched each Mrs.’s personality perfectly. Though Witherspoon, Kaling, and Winfrey are big names in the ﬁlm, they did not overshadow the children in the movie, as Meg played by Storm Reid, 14, and Charles Wallace played by Deric McCabe, 9, truly shined in the ﬁlm. Their acting was passionate and emotional, and proved that young actresses and actors can hold their own. It was refreshing to watch a ﬁlm that included such strong women and people of color. It featured a young Filipino boy (Deric McCabe), a biracial family, and a young African-American girl as the lead (Storm Reid). This movie is one that has such a great representation and one that inspires young girls and boys to embrace who they are. “A Wrinkle in Time” is the just the ﬁlm we needed to distract us from all the negativity going on in the world and allows us to celebrate something good and meaningful. This is a whimsical, magical ﬁlm that should be watched, especially by our youth, to remind them what they are capable of and that they are warriors.
Open Mic: Root scholars speak their truth
By KC Portee EDITOR IN CHIEF
an Diego Mesa College held the black history event OPEN MIC: Roots Scholars “Spoken Soul” on Feb. 20. This event was led by Themika Mayasa, professor and the head of the black studies department. The ﬁrst segment of this experience was a book reading from “Jim & Louena’s Homemade Heart-Fix Remedy” by Bertice Berry. This book breaks down all problems in sex that the public dare not to speak about . The crowd was not prepared for the descriptive language associated with the text, so there was a lot of uncomfortable laughter. Even though the book might be overbearing, it touches issues relating to sex that we need to solve in society. The next segment was the actual open mic. This opened the ﬂoor for any artist to showcase their pieces of art they have composed. It was a mix of poets and student who wanted to vocalize something they had on their chest. Vyncent Iﬁll, a 25-year-old student from Mesa College, performed two heart wrenching poems. “The event was liberating,” said Iﬁll. “Getting things off your chest you know that… vibrate deep within you an releasing it is was therapeutic.” Being able to express emotions in a safe place was the mission. The purpose of this event is to let students indulge in having a chance to bear their truth and not be judged. “It was beautiful seeing other people step up to the stage whom I never seen perform before. Get up and share something that was on their heart, or moved them. This experience provide something different , making other see in a different light,” said Iﬁll. Professor Starla Lewis constantly asserts, “The more we reveal, the more we heal.”
“A Wrinkle in Time” is aesthetically pleasing and champions diversity. Photo Credit: MCT Campus
‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ preys on audience’s sense of fear By Delaney Schafnitz STAFF WRITER
Masked stranger terrorizes family. Photo by Brian Douglas/Aviron Pictures. The Strangers: Prey at Night” keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. While this ﬁlm may not be the most horrifying of horror movies, it has many suspenseful scenes that leave the audience on edge wondering what, or who, will pop up next. This ﬁlm is a sequel to the 2008 “The Strangers” and while that seems like quite a long gap between movies, the ﬁlmmakers still managed to capture the same feeling of suspense that the ﬁrst ﬁlm had. “The Strangers: Prey at Night” follows a family on a road trip. They make a stop at the mother’s family trailer park late at night. While they
expect to just be stopping for the night, their trip takes an unexpected turn when the son and daughter ﬁnd the mother’s aunt and uncle massacred. From there, the psychopaths who tortured the aunt and uncle begin to terrorize the family while wearing these masks, making them even creepier. Many aspects of the sequel are very similar to the original, the big one being the masks of course. Both movies include quite a bit of slow parts, as well as the parts that make you jump. “The Strangers: Prey at Night” seemed to have a little more of a storyline than the ﬁrst one, with there being a whole family involved
, not just a couple. The sequel, however, could have developed the characters a little more. To horror movie buffs, this ﬁlm probably wouldn’t make the list of top horror movies. Only scoring a 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, “The Strangers: Prey at Night” let quite a few people down. It was a little unoriginal at times, but the many other scenes that kept the audience on their toes made up for that. If you are looking for a ﬁlm that will keep you wondering what will happen next, but won’t scare you to death, then this is the right ﬁlm for you.
MARCH 20, 2018
The Mesa Press
Drop your mixtape at Mesa College
By Lauren Lee STAFF WRITER
any have tall dreams of making it big as a musical artist, but shy from the learning curve. As it turns out, San Diego Mesa College may be the place to start. Students from all ages and walks of life can come to Mesa College and begin their musical journey at the Electronic Music Production Program. Instructional Assistant of the Music Department, Alan Goodman, assured that if students come open-minded when entering the classes, they will succeed: “An interest in music and a willingness to learn, but you are going to put in some time learning the industry standard computer program.” No prerequisites are needed to get your foot in the door with this opportunity, and the ﬁrst course to take is Music 190, The Electronic Music Studio.
These MacOS computer based courses are designed to teach students the most up to date software in relation to industry standards. To ensure this standard, recent renovations were made to the Electronic Music Production studio to update all of the software. In Music 190 students are educated on basic and essential skills, while still allowing time for personal creativity during the assignments. Goodman explained the different ways the students utilize the class, “There’s the recording side where people are really focused on recording instruments, then there’s singers/songwriters who want to record their acoustic guitar and their voice, then there’s the electronic music side where people want to use beats and samples and remix things. There’s a little bit of everything in that
ﬁrst class.” Studio interns and tutors are available to support the students as they grow and begin to learn the equipment. Students are also given the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. Each Wednesday is recital hour at 4 p.m. in room C-119, where students represent their work and display their artistry for others to enjoy. All are welcomed to come and enjoy the young musicians at work. Professional musicians play for the ﬁrst half of the semester, while students enrolled in the music courses take the second half of the semester. All different genres are showcased as their respective courses take the stage. The diverse group of producers ranges from Concert Jazz Band, World Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, and Applied Music Program. While the students are performing, the
Large Console Audio Recording course is recording the concerts and doing the back-end work. Goodman pointed out how beneﬁcial these performances can be with building real world skills, “Some people are the engineers behind the board, and others are the musicians. This is kind of an introduction to that.” Musically interested and imaginative students are encouraged to join these courses to take the next step into their musical career. It can be a daunting task to leap into musical production, but it all starts with dulling that learning curve. Goodman asks you to remember, “What can start out as dry notes on a piece of paper, can come alive through these programs.”
‘Jazz in the Courtyard’ an enjoyable performance By Leslie Lopez STAFF WRITER
an Diego Mesa’s College buildings C-100, and C-200 possess a high spirited atmosphere, and even more so when jazz students of the Applied Music Program, perform a variety of jazz combos, duos,and solos. “Jazz in the Courtyard,” a concert series directed by music department professors Ian Tordella and Dr. N. Scott Robinson, is held every second Thursday for two to four months of every semester. Robinson states the purpose of “Jazz in the Courtyard” is “to give jazz students in the Applied Music Program (AMP) an opportunity to perform and to engage through jazz with [our] community on and off campus.” The students’ ﬁrst performance was held on March 8. To name only a few, students performed in jazz combos tunes such as “The Girl from Ipanema” by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, and “All Blues” by Miles Davis. “Jazz in the Courtyard” genuinely gives the audience a soft,but upbeat, rendition of these compositions. One of the student’s best performance was “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock, played towards the end of the concert series. Beginning with a funky beat that got stronger, the musicians created an infectious atmosphere. Sending out joyful and funky vibes that gave listeners a tune to tap their foot to and dance. Viewing how engaged the musicians and listeners were, “Jazz in the Courtyard”is an enjoyable and entertaining event to attend. AMP Coordinator Robinson feels “a great sense of achievement to watch young students grow and perform at level higher than they previously did.” He stated “It is in their performance that I see the results of the program—their practice, lessons, and developing performing ability.” Robinson wishes for the rest of the community to be aware of the Music Department and the opportunities it offers. The Applied Music Program, which students can enroll in, offers music major courses in “ear training, music theory, applied music master class, piano class, recital hour, private lessons, and music ensemble.” From it, students are able to have a private lesson with the Music Department’s faculty on their instrument. Students receive feedback from their peers and professors as well as learning “the techniques and styles of their instruments in either Jazz or Classical music.” The students next performance for “Jazz in the Courtyard,” directed by Tordella, will be held on April 12 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in buildings C-100 and C-200. If you are looking to be inspired and be captivated by intriguing music, “Jazz in the Courtyard” is the perfect event which will offer just that and more.
Pictured from left to right: Bill Pfeifer (electric bass), David Choate (electric guitar), Angelo Cueto (electric guitar), and David Sullivan (drums). Photo Credit: Leslie Lopez
Pictured from left to right: Bill Pfeifer (electric bass), Joshua Jones (drums), Vito Williams (trumpet), and Matias de Hoyos (electric guitar), and David Sullivan (vibraphone). Photo Credit: Leslie Lopez
NEWS Honors club holds blood drive
MARCH 20, 2018
The Mesa Press
By Chelsea Heath STAFF WRITER
he San Diego Mesa College Honors Club partnered with the San Diego Blood Bank on March 14 and 15 to hold a blood drive on campus. The truck provided by the blood bank, located on the side of the Learning Resource Center, allowed students to conveniently and privately donate with no appointment necessary. Students were only required to ﬁll out a brief medical survey beforehand. This is the third year the Honors Club has held a blood drive on campus. Aleah Jarin, president of the Honors Club said, “each year we’ve been able to attract more people than the last and this year we decided to have it for two days, to try and get more people and help collect as much blood as possible to give back to the San Diego blood bank.” While the idea of donating blood might seem daunting to some students, nurse Suzanne Peralto said, “It’s really easy, it’s not scary...you just have that little pinch, and then you don’t feel anything while they’re taking blood. It’s generally pretty much as easy as that.” Peralto also recommended that anyone donating blood should come well hydrated and with a full stomach. She also mentioned that drinking caffeine can constrict the veins, making the process not as easy and possibly less enticing. Mesa student Katiana Lopez, who tries to give blood when the opportunity is
Mesa student Aubrey Oster donates blood at the San Diego Blood Bank Mobile Drives. Photo Credit: Aleah Jarin
available and has donated on at least four occasions, also agreed that donating blood is not a difﬁcult process. Lopez said, “It’s really not that bad. I mean, the prick on your ﬁnger that they give you hurts more than donating the actual blood. Even then, it’s a pinch and then you don’t feel it.” Donating blood is not only beneﬁcial to the health of the recipients, but to the donors as well. After donating blood, donors will receive their donor ID in the mail. Nurse Akeshia Climons mentioned that with a donor ID card, donors will be able to log in to the San Diego blood bank and see their proﬁle. In their proﬁle, donors can see their , “Cholesterol readings, hemoglobin readings, your blood pressure, so you get to keep track of that over time.” Each time a person donates blood, they also accrue points. Climons said, “it’s basically a give back, that we give back to the donors for coming in and taking their time to help someone else.” The points allow you to buy certain items such as movie tickets or restaurant gift cards. After donating, donors were offered snacks and beverages and asked to stay for a few minutes where nurses could monitor in case of dizziness. The entire process from start to ﬁnish took about an hour. All students interested were encouraged to donate, whether they were experienced or donating for the ﬁrst time.
Transfer fair offers options By Chelsea Heath STAFF WRITER
an Diego Mesa College held their sions coordinator for the university said, second mini transfer fair of the “We’re mostly out her for exposure just to Spring semester March 12, bring- let people know like we’re new, but we’re ing awareness to students of multiple legit, we’re here.” Ramos also mentioned transfer options that they typically use they might not their sports and their have known were Kinesiology program available. Repreto draw student’s atsentatives from 11 tention because it is universities were not a program that set up in the Mesa is not always availCommons area able at other schools. ready to answer The students that students’ quesstopped to take advantions about their tage of the fair found transfer needs. the event beneﬁcial. The visiting Some had also paruniversities are ticipated in previous all part of the San transfer fairs. Mesa Diego Education student Brooke Peet Consortium. Sarsaid, “I ﬁnd them exah Orozco, a reptremely helpful, esresentative from Representatives from Point Loma Nazapecially if you don’t Point Loma Naza- rene University, the University of Saint know where you’re rene said, “SDEC Katherine and other institutions get ready going yet.” When is comprised of all to give students information about their Peet was asked what private universi- schools. Photo Credit: Chelsea Heath she in particular looks ties in San Diego for in a transfer fair and then as well as all of the community she said, “I look for what the school has colleges in San Diego. So we select a cou- to offer, how much it is, how long it takes, ple of dates that we are interested in com- and after talking to the other school’s couning and letting students know about our cilors, who’s willing to help me more.” universities.” When asked about what she The representatives from each uniwould want students to know when visit- versity were enthusiastic and more than ing the transfer fair, Orozco said, “The big- willing to answer questions as well as gest thing is knowing that you have help.” share information about their schools Smaller schools like University of and programs with students. The event Saint Katherine in San Marcos, attended was held from 10 a.m-1 p.m. and is a the fair not only to give information, but precursor to the Transfer Options Fair to also get the word out to students of their be held on April 24. A current list of atpresence as a university. Saint Katherine tending universities for the Transfer Ophas been established for four years, but only tions Fair is not available at this time. accredited for two. Alyssa Ramos, admis-
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MARCH 20, 2018
The Mesa Press
Olympian softball scores 14 runs in a win against College of the Desert
By Chris Varela Benitez STAFF WRITER
he San Diego Mesa College softball
their offense continued to power through, led by Gon-
team dominated College of the Desert
zalez and her second home run of the game. Cassie
at home, resulting in an outstanding
ended the game with a team high ﬁve RBIs. Erika
Byrne also contributed to the score, with four RBIs to
The Olympians got off to an amazing start,
help her team pull out the win.
bringing in ﬁve runs in the ﬁrst inning. Sopho-
Byrne mentioned after the game, “This game
more, Savanah Wallace started the drive by
was a lot of fun because of the amount of action that
hitting a double to get on base early in the in-
was involved. These type of games are always dif-
ning. Freshman Annemarie Fischer connected
ﬁcult because we have to stay on top of our game to
on both of her at bats, with both resulting in
hold the lead.”
doubles. Freshman Cassie Gonzalez also added
Overall, Coach Jaclyn Guidi was satisﬁed with
to the box score by ending the ﬁrst inning with
her team’s effort. She mentioned, “We currently have
a home run.
a four game winning streak so we want to extend that.
Gonzalez later stated, “The ﬁrst inning was
Our offense was sharp today and our defense shut out
an adrenaline rush because of the amount of
three innings.” When asked about her next game she
plays we made. We were ready to play our best
said, “Grossmont is going to be a tough game so we
and that is what we did!”
have to be mentally and physically prepared.
By the third inning, College of the Des-
The Olympians are currently 13-8 overall, with
ert’s outﬁelder Nalacia Nelson managed to hit
a 3-3 record in the Paciﬁc Coast Athletic Conference.
a home run, bringing in one of her teammates,
Their next two conference games will be at home
making it 5-2 in favor of Mesa.
against Mt. San Jacinto on March 21 and Palomar on
The Olympians were not quite done yet, #7 Erika Byrne at the plate against College of The Desert on Mar. 7 Photo Credit: SD Mesa College Softball Facebook Page
Mesa baseball defeats Mt. San Jacinto 19-10
By Michael Scott SPORTS EDITOR
he Olympians were coming off a
end the ﬁfth, and putting another ﬁve points
two game losing streak headed
on the board in the sixth inning, making it
into their second meeting with
15-8 Olympians at the end of the inning.
the Mt. San Jacinto Eagles. The ﬁrst meet-
Pitching was a huge factor in why
ing did not go the Olympians way, losing in a
Mt. San Jacinto could not come back and beat
close game with the Eagles 2-1 on March 13.
Mesa at home. The Eagles struggled to close
The game itself started slow, with
out inning afr inning, which resulted in Mesa
both teams playing impeccable defense, and
running up the scoreboard, making the deﬁ-
both pitchers giving up only one run each.
cit harder to close. They allowed two walk
But things started to heat up in the third,
in runs late in the eighth inning, bringing the
with #12 Joey Lucas bringing in three run-
game to 19-10 Mesa, which was the ﬁnal score.
ners on a foul drive to the far left corner of
This win puts the Olympians at 11-10
the ﬁeld, putting the Olympians up 4-1. This
for the season. It is crucial to win these early con-
gave Mesa the spark they desperately needed.
ference games to make their journey to the play-
Mt. San Jacinto did not respond un-
offs easier. They will face off with the Mt. San
til the ﬁfth inning with their at bat, bring-
Jacinto Eagles once again on Saturday March
ing in a crucial ﬁve runs, putting the pressure
17, before they start a three game series against
back on the Olympians, making the score 6-4.
the Imperial Valley Arabs, with the ﬁrst game
The Olympians did not fold. Mesa went on
being played at Imperial Valley on March 20.
an insane scoring spree, scoring four runs to
Nick Marinac throws a strike against the Mt. San Jacinto Eagles on Mar. 15 Photo Credit: Sharon Bristow
SPORTS MARCH 20, 2017
The Mesa Press
Lady Olympians lose to conference rivals SD City College
By Robert Hatchett PHOTO EDITOR
The Lady Olympians played a tough match March 8 against their conference rival, the San Diego City College Knights. After a rough battle, the Lady Olympians ultimately ended up losing to the Knights 8-1. The look of frustration was apparent on the faces of the athletes Thursday evening. Mesa’s No. 1 Mikayla Hatzopolus managed to grab the single point for the Lady Olympians, but struggled throughout the match. One mistake led to another for the team, creating an uphill battle for Mesa from the beginning. “We all have our off days,” Meagan Wilson explained, as she is currently recovering from a strained hip muscle and a locked SI joint, “It all comes down to experience and being around in those situations. The more matches we have, the more used to playing competitively we’ll become.”
“I don’t think you can teach heart, I think it just comes from the ability to rise up to certain moments,”Coach Nick Szyndlar.
Gena Smith (left) and Maria Ochoa (right) awaiting their opponents serve in their doubles match against San Diego City College . Photo Credit: Robert Hatchett Mesa’s No. 4 Gena Henry endured the longest match of the day, taking her opponent all the way to a 10-point tiebreaker. Although she did not receive the win, Henry was in good spirits after her match by saying, “I know I did good
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when I was playing and I tried my best.” As Coach Nick Szyndlar said, “I don’t think you can teach heart, I think it just comes from the ability to rise up to certain moments.” The Lady Olympians obviously looked
frustrated after the long fought bout, but after a two week road stretch, the Lady Olympians look to come back home and face the Ventura Pirates on March 23, before facing the Grossmont Grif�ins on March 27.
Olympians Home Schedule Baseball 3/20- vs. Imperial Valley @ 2pm Softball 3/21- vs. Mt. San Jacinto @ 3pm Women’s Beach Volleyball 3/20- vs. Benedictine University @11am Men’s Swim and Dive 3/23 vs. Palomar Men’s Tennis 3/20- vs. Fullerton @ 2pm 3/22- vs. Imperial Valley @ 2pm Women’s Tennis 3/20- vs. Desert @ 2pm 3/22- vs. Southwestern
The Mesa Press, Spring 2018 Issue 3