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THE MESA PRESS Volume 66, Issue 4

The independent student publication of San Diego Mesa College

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

Mesa opens up their campus to students in the Fall 2021 semester

San Diego weather not what it seems. Photo Credit: John Witschel/ Patch News

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The 20th anniversary of 9/11. Photo Credit: Brian Cassella/ Chicago Tribune/TNS

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Rose's drive is unstoppable. Photo Credit: Kyle Ayson/ The Mesa Press

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By Jennifer Aguilar NEWS EDITOR

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n August 23, San Diego Mesa College students, staff and faculty returned to campus after relocating online due to campus closure from COVID-19 protocols. For many second-year students, the Fall 2021 semester was the first time they ever set foot on Mesa’s campus. “I waited for this moment for a long time and I am so happy it is happening now,” said Sophomore Alexa Avalos, majoring in biology. Adding on to this, her favorite thing about campus is the amount of “ things there are to do and to explore.” Wesley Preis, a second-year student majoring in Theatre Arts, missed being in a classroom and being in face-to-face instruction. After being on campus again, it reminded her how much she enjoys “the structure of in-person schooling.” She also wanted to go on campus since “it was a really good way to get a better sense of what it means to go to Mesa.” As the campus transitions back to face-to-face instruction, there are still many more students left to attend in-person, since most of the classes offered on campus are STEM labs and hybrid classes that include courses such as exercise science, journalism, communication studies, drama, fashion, art, etc. “It has been wonderful to have students, faculty and staff back on campus,”said Dr. Pamela Luster, president of San Diego Mesa College. Ashley Gutierrez, a criminology major who hopes to transfer soon, prefers going in person due to the fact that she gets “the best of the whole college experience.” The transition back to campus has also been different for many professors. Dr. Stephanie Colby, professor of physical science and astronomy, enjoyed working from home, but also missed working from her office, even though she has mixed

After campus was closed for 18 months due to COVID-19, the Fall 2021 semester marks the re-opening of the Mesa campus for staff and students alike. Photo Credit: Kyle Ayson/The Mesa Press feelings about going back on campus. “I don’t feel like I am quite back on campus,” she said. One of the aspects that she missed from working at home is that personal connection with students through Zoom, “when I was teaching at home I felt like students were all at home with me, I felt like I really got to be part of my student’s life and felt that they got to be a part of my whole life, I wasn’t just a professor behind the desk.” It may seem like everything is going back to normal on campus, but there are still some things left that have yet to be fully available on campus. For example, the counseling department is only doing drop-in appointments through Zoom or phone call, not face-to face. Despite this, the Fall 2021 semester included an important perk: free student parking. Student permits are not required this semester to park in the student lots, but the parking lots can get quite full. Throughout the campus closure there has also been construction being done on campus in front of the SB building and the Cafe. A new quad area is in the works for students to enjoy.

If you plan on taking a class on campus, you are required to wear a mask and submit a COVID-19 vaccination record. However, if you are unable to get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can request a COVID-19 vaccine exemption due to religious or medical reasons. Both of these forms can be found on Mesa’s form submission website. COVID-19 testing sites will also be available on campus. According to a COVID-19 update by then Chancellor Constance M.Carroll, 12.3 percent of students will be going on campus, 17.1 percent will be hybrid classes (synchronous or exams only) and 70.6 percent will remain online. Everything is still unsure when the campus is going to fully open, but according to a COVID-19 update made on September 2 by Chancellor Carlos O. Turner Cortez, “We remain committed to our goal of returning to normal, in-person operations in early 2022.” Dr. Pamela Luster, said “We are working very hard to create safe learning spaces and provide services to students in person.”

Mesa enacts new testing site on campus

By Julian Hernandez STAFF WRITER ith the new COVID-19 variant on the rise, San Diego Mesa College is now home to a new testing site for COVID-19. Free COVID-19 testing has been approved by the city of San Diego for an on-campus testing site. Although most classes are still held online, there is a progressive push towards the commitment of aiding students back into the classroom, through a safe and efficient way. Located in English Village,

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Bungalow #1, the San Diego Mesa College COVID-19 testing center is currently open throughout the week, testing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Times for each testing site are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., respectively. Vaccination records are now a requirement for the safe return for on-campus learning, for those who have medical or religious exemptions from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, the testing center is ideal for those who are taking the step forward

for in-person learning. San Diego Mesa Student Holly Walsingham, was excited about the new testing center: “The testing center is good for not only the campus, but the community as well... hopefully people utilize the resources given so we can entirely return to on-campus learning!” More free testing sites throughout the San Diego Community College District are available as well, with testing sites being conducted at City College and Miramar College.


OPINION SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

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Social media censorship: is Donald Trump to blame?

By Asia Ryan OPINIONS EDITOR

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ith a rise of banned accounts and dozens of posts of celebrities, politicians and regular 9-5’ers alike, social media has shown us they will no longer tolerate hate speech, bullying, rude remarks etc. and they’re right to do so. Facebook, Instagram and other popular social media sites are challenging the belief that everyone has the right to the freedom of speech on these private platforms, by quickly removing any posts that go against their community guidelines. This proves beneficial in a time of “keyboard warriors” and a nation under great divide on many subjects. How can we ever forget the events that took place on January 6, 2021. Former President Donald Trump has been accused of inciting the insurrection that took place in the U.S Capitol after the election results were said to be finalized. After the riot, Former President Trump expressed his thoughts on what occurred at the Capitol on his social media accounts but seemed to leave out the part where he condemned it. This appears to be the catalyst that led to large scale bans and suspensions on multiple social media platforms of

anyone who carried his same rhetoric. In response to his remarks, he has been rightfully banned from Twitter, Facebook and a plethora of other very popular platforms have followed suit in different ways. Shopify removed his campaign merchandise, TikTok removed all of his speeches from their platform, Reddit banned the group r/ DonaldTrump, and the list goes on. While inciting a riot on a United States Capitol building as a former President is in fact a justified reason to ban their words on social media, no matter where you fall on the totem pole, you are liable to be banned for what we all consider to be freedom of speech. The key here is to understand that everyone has the right to freedom of speech, but that does not mean they are free from consequence. These social media sites are now flagging nudity, sexist comments that people think are jokes for whatever reason and anything that even seems like violence. It is easy to recognize why celebrities and people with a large following should be particularly careful about what they post and say. There are people waiting to hang on to every word they say and follow every piece of advice they give. But these bans are important for us “regular people” too. Joe Smith can’t get into an argument

Donald Trump’s Twitter account was suspended permanently. Photo credit: Marco Verch with someone on Facebook and post that person’s address and tell him he’s going to beat him up, without consequence. Jane Doe can’t get online and say that she’s “thinking about joining Isis,” without consequence. Johnny from down the street with 100 followers cannot comment racist remarks under a Black Lives Matter post, without consequence. You will be banned, as you should. Screening for abusive and spam-like content has benefited these platforms as well. There are millions of bot spam accounts that have been banned and deleted that were suspected of being in-

volved with malicious activity. What is important to remember is that major platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are all private owned companies. And for those who don’t know, Facebook owns Instagram, so if you get banned on one, chances are you shouldn’t run to the other and continue the same behavior. When you sign up, whether you read it or not, you agree to the terms and conditions of that site. No matter how crazily addictive it is, no one forces you to use social media. If you don’t like the policies of these platforms, beat them to the punch

Why San Diego weather isn’t what it seems The Mesa Press

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an Diego, known for its weather, is not always what it seems like. San Diegan weather tends to be more on the wacky side at times. You might think that it’s always sunny, but don’t be fooled. One day it’s gloomy and the next, the sun is scorching hot. Seasonal transitions are not the greatest either. You are often left wondering whether wearing a sweater on a fall morning is a good idea, but as soon as the clock hits 12:00 pm you regret wearing a sweater in the first place. Global warming is a possible answer to this change. As we transition to fall, one has to get used to another season and the weather that comes with it. However, some people aren’t a fan of this transition. Gisselle Martinez, a Grossmont College Student says, “I feel like the weather is a bit awkward, too hot, too cold, no in between.” Fall has become an all time favorite season, not only because of; Starbucks and their fall drinks, scented candles, fall outfits, apple picking fields, or the famous pumpkin patches, but because it means the holidays are around the corner; Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Karla Mendivil-Muñoz, a sophomore majoring in criminal justice, enjoys fall because it “has such a vibe… I also like Halloween, which is an added bonus.” This year, fall officially begins on Sept. 22, it doesn’t automatically start once August is over. It is typically sweater weather at certain times of the day, but it may seem as if summer still continues on in the fall, despite the seasonal change. “I feel that it used to be cooler when I was a kid and ever since, it has been getting hotter and hotter every year,” says Rudy Sanchez, a sophomore attending Palomar College. According to the National Geographic, global warming is “the rise in global temperature from the mid-20th century to present,” and is mostly caused by human activ-

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Sunsets in the San Diego County tend to look like this in the fall. Photo Credit: John Witschel/Patch News ity, such as burning natural gas, oil or coal. Doing such activity releases greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere which become trapped inside the atmosphere causing the temperature to rise. “Global warming has definitely affected the weather. I think that is why we have so many fires and droughts,” said Gisselle Martinez. Despite global warming being an issue in today’s society, many things can be done in order to slow down or reduce the destruction of the Earth due to the rise in temperature. One of these things is to commute in public transportation to reduce greenhouse gases. Voting is another option, according to Dr. Adrian Rubin in an article for Acciona, a business dedicated to providing a positive contribution to the environment, “Voting the right people into office will help pass legislation that allows us to fight against these corporations that are mainly to blame for global warming.”

There are also many other actions that can be done to help global warming, all which can be researched with the click of a button. “I personally think that carpooling or riding busses can incredibly help impact global warming, but others that are equally important are recycling and reducing things that you use, ” said Rudy Sanchez. Doing such things can be helpful for not only our environment, but for future generations, and may also have an impact in having smoother seasonal transitions. Even though global warming has had an effect on San Diego weather and seasonal transitions, no state or country beats the weather in SD.

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

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9/11's 20th anniversary: The Mesa impact

By Jared Knobloch EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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he 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers was on September 11, 2021. 20 years prior in 2001, the worst domestic attack on United States soil shook the entire world. That day, we as a nation lost thousands of innocent lives when none of them deserved it. The community of San Diego Mesa College runs deep. And while most of today’s young college students weren’t alive to experience that tragic event, many older students and staff were. Professor of sociology Evan Adelson, who was teaching at Mesa during the timeframe of 9/11, said “I got a call from a friend that morning. He said turn on the news and I asked why. He said ‘they blew up the twin towers.’ I was confused and I asked ‘the ones in New York?’ He said yes, so I turned on the news. My wife walked down the hallway and asked me why I had the TV on. I said they blew up the twin towers. She said ‘the ones in New York?’ We were both confused. Who would do this and why?” For Adelson, it was a troubling time, understandably so and he didn’t remember what the work week was like. “I don’t remember anything about it at Mesa. I teach sociology, so I must have talked about it, but I have no recollection of what I or anybody else said,” mentioned Adelson. He added, “I taught sociology then and I still do, so I’ve read a lot about fundamentalism and terrorism, and use a lot of it in class.” Sociology is especially interesting when talking about a subject such as the attacks of 9/11 because they go hand-inhand. Adelson noted, “I teach a class now

called “Globalization and Social Change” where we talk about (previously mentioned) fundamentalism and terrorism a lot, but it’s a much different conversation. I do remember that in G.W. Bush’s first address to the country he told us to keep shopping. People were afraid terrorists would bomb all public places, and the president wanted to be sure that we didn’t ruin the economy by not shopping.” The attacks that day were 2,780 miles away from Mesa’s campus, but for some staff members, it felt a little closer than that. Jennifer Sime, who is now a professor of anthropology, was a graduate student at Columbia University, living in New York City the day the attack occurred. “I was about 7 to 8 miles away. That’s the distance between my apartment on West 119 Street (practically next door to Columbia University) and the World Trade Center. It doesn’t seem far, but it was a world away from what was occurring downtown,” she said. Sime explained, “Everything felt chaotic, utterly confusing, and as a result, extremely frightening. Obviously, classes were canceled. I didn’t want to be alone, and I soon left my apartment where I spent the day in the company of two good friends, listening to the news, and trying to reach my parents in Sacramento to tell them that I hadn’t been downtown that morning. Manhattan felt like a true island to me for the first time – all bridges and tunnels were closed. And air traffic stopped, of course. The only planes in the sky were two fighter jets, circling around and around overhead.” Sime’s experience illustrates what catastrophic events can do to citizens standing

idly by. In an ideal world, no one should have to experience that, which is why 9/11 must never be forgotten. We learn from our life experiences and they make us stronger. Sime had a unique opportunity following the 9/11 attack, noting “I was offered a job to work as an ethnographic interviewer in October and November 2001. It was part of a project sponsored by the National Institute of Health, under the supervision of a professor in Social Medicine at Harvard, who was interested in questions regarding the possible increase in substance abuse in people who had experienced trauma. I was part of a team who conducted interviews with first responders at ground zero such as EMTs, firefighters, and police. But other people also participated in the efforts to recover human remains, such as chaplains and construction workers. As a side note, we didn’t call it ground zero back then. We just called it “the World Trade Center” and then, among the people I interviewed, it was referred to as “the pit” which was fairly accurate – it was, literally, a pit filled with rubble, where parts of the buildings kept burning for many days after the attacks.” She continued, “This work was extremely difficult. I spent many hours a week at ground zero. I usually went late at night because it was less chaotic, more likely I would find someone who would be willing to talk to me and tell me their story of what happened on 9/11 and what their work involved. Not everyone wanted to talk, but a fair number of people were willing to talk to me, and they told me what happened in sometimes graphic detail. What people experienced was truly

The new One World Trade Center memorial stands where the old World Trade Centers once stood, giving Americans a reminder of that tragic day, and an inspiration to come together and become stronger. Photo Credit: Brian Casella/ Chicago Tribune/TNS. nightmarish, a kind of hell. There was an immense amount of suffering.” “This might sound strange, but there were many moments of beauty that day, and afterwards, when people looked into each other’s eyes as they passed each other on the street – moments of human connection – and there was hope in the air, hope and the desire to work for a future without mass death,” Sime finished. As we go forward in time, with each and every year passing we must remember this event, but not only the terrible tragic event. We must remember that in times of need, our fellow Americans will be there for each other through thick and thin, just like the Mesa community.

Movie Review

'Shang-Chi' helps Marvel Studios begin next MCU chapter By Jared Knobloch EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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s Marvel Studios’ “Phase Four” begins on the movie front, we saw a great farewell story to a beloved Avenger, Black Widow. This month, we see an entirely new hero on screen in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Starring Simu Liu, the story follows martial arts master Shang-Chi as he discovers that his past has caught up with him, and now must face the challenges that come with it, as well as take a closer look at his family’s legacy. The first act opens up with a really compelling story on Shang-Chi’s childhood, and as this is a superhero film, it is always helpful to explain how the hero in question receives or develops their abilities. While the visuals were not amazing, it got the job done, and we saw choreography that any martial art production would be proud of. It was clear that Director Destin Daniel Cretton was going for a “get your popcorn and enjoy the show” type of vibe. While that was great, and credited the film positively, diehard fans might be a bit disappointed when they find out it is a shell of a movie. Given a rating of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, it is surprising it passed the 80 percent mark at all. The movie focuses more on showing off what Shang-Chi can do, versus what the larger picture will look like with his presence (at least until the end of the film). Liu does a fantastic job of playing the character, and will have a bright future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Another interesting mention is the character of Katy, played by Awkwafina. She comes in as Shang-Chi’s best friend and yet also somehow a sidekick, with no previous explanation of any combat skill at all, which in all honesty, made no sense. Simply put, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” doesn’t feel like a Marvel movie. That is the most disappointing part of it all, as previously mentioned. Over the years, Marvel Studios has built a reputation as building a vast universe while maintaining high quality movies. While “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” isn’t a low quality movie, one must really question whether

they could have executed the story better or not. But as they say, give credit where credit is due. Post credits to be exact. Be sure to stay after the film ends, because in classic Marvel fashion, two post movie scenes really show how these characters fit into that larger picture, while being one of the best parts of the film. This movie really felt like “Black Panther,” in the sense that it dove into another culture and was able to represent a culture so diverse and deep, giving a look in from the outside, which was wonderful. What gives “Black Panther” the edge however, is how T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) was given a soft debut in “Captain America: Simu Liu stars in the newest MCU film, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Civil War” versus Shang- in theaters beginning Sept. 3. Photo Credit: Jason Boland/Marvel Studios/TNS. Chi, who was really quite honestly thrown in the deep ten, because while the CGI was fun and the action scenes end. It could’ve positively boosted his fanbase if he had were actually quite good, the storyline could’ve used a an appearance in another MCU film, such as “Ant-Man tune up, and the quick transitions left many questions unand the Wasp,” which takes place in San Francisco, where answered. The character of Liu’s Shang-Chi will definitely Shang-Chi is found at the beginning of the movie. Even if grow on audiences with time and future installments in the it was just a cameo, seeing Shang-Chi in the MCU before MCU, there is no question about that. But until that comes, his official solo run, very well may have helped his ease his solo movie will have to do. “Shang-Chi and the Legend into this vast franchise. of the Ten Rings” is now in theaters. Overall, this movie is given a seven and a half out of


SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

SPORTS

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Rose’s drive is unstoppable in the water By Kyle Ayson SPORTS EDITOR

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he men’s water polo season opener was a close match against Southwestern in a one point difference, 17 to 16. Unfortunately the team lost, but they brought back a dominating win with their second game of the season versus Palomar. The player that led his team to victory was sophomore Jake Rose. Rose is the type of person who is supportive and enjoys being around others. He said “I love being around my boys and my teammates and whatever it is, I’m just there for a good time.” Rose finds himself revolving around aquatics because he said that it had a large impact on him. “It definitely helped me find my place in life,” Rose added. Regarding water polo, it’s “the most nightmarish sport in the world,” according to an Insider article by Kim Renfro. Imagine tossing yourself into a deep pool and being told to tread water for more than thirty minutes, while avoiding opponents to score a goal. Totally not insane. Nonetheless, Rose plays the position of a driver. The most versatile position in the field. Their main role is to free themselves from defenders and drive the ball in or near the goal. One would have to be constantly aware of their surroundings and highly mobile in the water to move in any sort of

direction. Some of Rose’s goals include pursuing his water polo and academic careers. But his main goal at the moment is to “go as far as I can with my polo boys and Mesa. I mean, we’re chasing that state championship, so that’s definitely the first thing.” Rose’s “optimism of the future” is what keeps him moving forward and persevering through obstacles. He added that he has “no idea what it’s going to hold. I’m super excited for what’s next. And what the next step is.” One thing that Rose is thankful for is his coach. Beto Vasquez, head coach for men and women’s water polo. “He’s been my coach before Mesa and he coached me in clubs. So he taught me a lot of things,” said Rose. Vasquez noted some of Rose’s distinguishing features. “His passion for the game, coupled with his God-gifted talent and skills. He is an extremely talented, very strong player. His experiences allow him to be a dominant force in the pool, just a great player all around. Especially if he’s the kind of player that inspires everybody else to get better around him. He’s Just a force to be reckoned with.” During training and when Rose competes, Vasquez added that “the biggest thing that Jake has is his vocal leadership. It’s when he can get guys to come together for the same cause and just play their hearts out

In the second half of the game, Mesa increases their lead and widens the gap of points. Rose defends against Palomar’s offense. Photo Credit: Kyle Ayson/The Mesa Press right at the end. If things were to fall apart. He’s one of the guys that glues the team back together. It’s just his vocal leadership, super important to us.” Vasquez also shared a fond moment between him and Rose. “I think one thing that Jake and I share in our relationship is when we first started coaching, he just put his trust in me as his coach. And that really means a lot because when he was able to put his trust in me, we were actually able

to unlock his full potential. Me as a coach and him as a player. So our relationship, as friends and as coach, as player, it’s just remarkable. It really allows both of us to just maximize our gifts and our talents and our potential.” “Watch him for the rest of the season, he’s going to get recruited to go division one. He’s going to go somewhere. He will go somewhere. So keep an eye on him,” Vasquez said.

Mesa football begins season with a win, ready to work By Jared Knobloch EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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he San Diego Mesa Olympians defeated the West Los Angeles Wildcats 31 to 0 in their season opener Saturday, September 4. The Olympians, coming off a year of no actual play time, looked fired up to be playing their first game back, making a quick touchdown less than two minutes into the first quarter. Freshman Quarterbacks Gunnar Gray and Quincy Welch made many fantastic passes over the course of the first half, allowing the team to make completions left and right. The Olympians defense was stellar as well, keeping the Wildcats scoreless. The first half ended with the Olympians leading 24 to 0, with touchdowns from Freshmen Daniel Latanca, Antoine Sullivan, and Blaze Zito, as well as a 42 yard field goal from Freshman Dominic Camacho. The second half started slow on both ends, but Mesa’s Sullivan eventually scored a 72 yard touchdown off a pass from Quincy Welch. Up 31-0, the Olympians continued to play great defense and ran out the clock, becoming 1-0 on the season. Head Coach Gary Watkins was grateful for the win emphatically saying, “Winning a college football game is one of the most difficult things to do in college athletics, so I’m very excited about the win.” The road taken wasn’t the easiest, but it helped the Olympians get to the point they’re at now. “We have dealt with a lot of adversity, just the COVID protocols and the testing, trying to make sure everybody is as safe as possible. Obviously we’ve been off (the field) for eighteen, nineteen months at this point, so getting everyone back is awesome to be able to do,” noted

The Olympians (Yellow) played the Wildcats (White), taking a win 31-0 on Saturday, September 4. Photo Credit: Jared Knobloch/The Mesa Press Watkins. He knows the road is far from over, and is just focused on every single moment. “On the field, we want to be 1-0 every week, we want to play to the Olympian standard every night, that is the game we are chasing. Off the field, putting the best guys I can in the best situation to be successful for them, both on and off the field. We are always adamant about getting our guys to the four year level,” he added. The players themselves are ecstatic to be playing football again. Sullivan, who plays wide reciever said, “It feels great to be back. It’s the first time a lot of us had some game time in almost two years, so it was awesome to be out there with my team.”

Sullivan, who scored two touchdowns in the win against West LA, said “The defense did really well, holding the other team to zero points was great to see. Personally I believe there is always room for improvement, considering this was only week one, the plan is to improve and get better for each week.” Learning the ropes with any athletic program can be difficult at first, but in the end makes a better athlete, and according to Sullivan, Mesa has done a fantastic job of that. “Mesa has helped me understand the game better, being a receiver in general, as well as being able to read coverage. Being with Mesa has helped me mature as an ath-

lete.” His teammates feel no different. Camacho said, “Mesa has helped me realize what I need to do to be the best version of myself.” Camacho is ready to continue staying in the moment with the team. “I feel like everyone, especially the players and the coaches, have been waiting to get out here and do what we love,” he added. His coach echoed, “Being able to get to this point, it took a lot of discipline and effort, to get to the game tonight. It’s always about having fun. We are onto different teams each week, so we plan on getting back to it and preparing for the next game.”

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