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Photo Credit: MCT Campus Protesters gather at Starbucks to fight racial biases.

Photo Credit: The rap queen returns with two new songs.

Photo Credit: Office of Communications Stressed about finals? Stop by the comfort tent.

Photo Credit: Jeff Eichler SoCal Regional Finals puts olympians one step closer to state finals.






Volume 62, Issue 5

the Independent Student Publication of San Diego Mesa College

May 15, 2018

Acclaimed author speaks about self-love By Aleah Jarin STAFF WRITER


uthor, activist, educator, poet, and half African American and half Hispanic, Jeremy Michael Vasquez spoke about the importance of self-love and reclaiming your identity May 2 at San Diego Mesa College. Vasquez started off the evening by showing a video of young African American boys, from his African American Achievement class in San Fransisco, having a conversation about how black boys are portrayed in America today. Vasquez shared that “[the age] 18 is a goal, [the age] 25 is extra credit” for many of these young African American boys. This started the topic of identity and self-love. To get those in attendance involved, Vasquez had audience members partner up with someone they did not know and repeat a series of questions to each other. Vasquez focused on three questions: “Who are you? “What do people think of you?” and “Who are you becoming?” This activity sparked tears among some, as it forced people to confront themselves and open up to a complete stranger.

Jeremy Michael Vasquez signs a copy of his book, “Unshackled,” after the event. Photo Credit: KC Portee

like, yeah love yourself, love yourself, but no one ever does anything about it” said Cazals. Another Mesa student, Tyreek Simmons said that he decided to hear Vasquez speak because he “felt [he] could probably learn something.” Regarding what he thought about Vasquez Tyreek said, “He’s clearly a guy that has a lot of experience, I honestly feel like he knows what he’s talking about. He definitely sympathizes with a whole lot of people, not just the minority.” Vasquez performed a few spoken word poems relating to his background, how he came to be the person he is today, and how he struggled growing up being both Hispanic and African American. Also in attendance were a few professors, some including Black Studies Professors Thekima Mayasa and Starla Lewis, who also participated in the activity and proved that even professionals can struggle with identity issues. This event was an evening of healing and coming together to reveal, or figure out, one’s true identity.

One Mesa student, Carla Cazals, shared that “[this experience] helped me realize who I am, and that I should ask myself who I am daily.” Cazals also men-

tioned that the message of self-love is something more people should practice. “I feel like we should love ourselves more. We don’t even think about it, we’re always

Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said not all cases are related and there has been a decrease in reported scam calls in San Diego. “Our Financial Crimes Unit is actively investigating the crimes and it’s too soon to give specifics as doing so might hinder the investigation,” Stubkjaer added. Employees of the Sheriff’s Department will never ask for money over the phone. A warrant can not be cleared over the phone, only through the courts, according to the department. You can visit www. to find out if you have an outstanding warrant.

Police department informing students on the pressing matters that affect the school. Photo Credit: Office of Communications.

Sheriff’s Department warns students about warrant scam By Jake Smiley STAFF WRITER


he San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is warning students about a phone scam that preys on your fears by using intimidation techniques. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the caller identifies themself as an officer and tells the victim they have a warrant out for their arrest. They ask the victim to provide a credit card or form of payment over the phone to avoid jail time. The caller uses a local number that will sometimes show up as a sheriff’s department number on your phone. SDSO wants to remind students to hang up immediately if you receive a call.

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The Word

Q: If you were a superhero, what would your name and superpower be?

“If I was a superhero, I’d be ‘Captain Empath’ and my superpower would be if I held your hand, you would know everything I was thinking.” -Alyette Afont, 22 Communications

“If I were a superhero, my power would be changing people’s minds and my name would be ‘Persuasion.’” -Mateo Moreno, 22 Chemical Engineering

“If I was a superhero, my name would be ‘Ghost’ and my power would be invisibility.” -Karen Coronado, 21 Psychology

Why being an adult sucks By Dorian Uson EDITOR IN CHIEF

“If I was a superhero I would be able to read people’s minds and my name would be ‘Oscar.’” - Oscar Chavez, 19 Business

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or many people, turning 18, the legal age for being considered an adult, means a whole new world of responsibilities, some that have never even been thought of. These responsibilities are misunderstood, unclear, and confusing before actually having to deal with them. The world simply does not prepare us enough for what being a newly independent adult truly means and all the hidden costs of the world. The way the financial system is set up, it also makes things a million times harder for new adults to purchase things like cars, rent apartments, and do many other things that require a previous credit history, which baby adults of the world do not have. Not to mention, you are solely responsible for how you manage your time, and you better manage it wisely. For example, the world makes it nearly impossible for an 18 year old to buy a car without the help from someone that already has a line of credit. The lack of knowledge about buying car also makes it hard. There’s so many details and financial aspects and agreements that have to be set up just perfectly, and not having help or a previous credit history making hard to achieve the goal of buying your first car alone. Banks are often very reluctant to give any 18 or 19 year old an auto loan, despite how long they’ve been employed or how much money they have saved. As if trying to be independent isn’t hard enough, now they are making it hard by not helping us be able to transport ourselves. There are always other options, like buying a car from someone online, or those cars you see

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18 year olds are having a hard time keeping up the with financial requirements that being an adult demands. Photo Credit: MCT Campus parked on the street with the “for sale” So with all this newly found indepensign taped to every window. But with dence and freedom, you still can’t do these cars come risks. You have no le- what you want without avoiding your gal way of getting your money back if other responsibilities. the car ends up crapping out on you, In high school, you don’t learn plus there’s always the risk of when how to do things such as taxes so once you’re going to meet the person sell- you’re in the real world, you are aling their car, that you could be putting most clueless about how to file. If not yourself at risk. There’s not guarantee doing your taxes wasn’t such a big of reliability when you aren’t buying deal, then not knowing how to file from a dealer, but this is sadly the them wouldn’t either. People would route that many young adults are hav- just end up learning how to do them ing to turn to. eventually. But if you are solely indeAnother aspect of adulting that pendent, then you must learn how to truly sucks despite the financial refile your taxes, and chances are you’re sponsibilities that come with adultnot going to learn until it’s actually hood, is the lack of time one truly has time to do them. to do what they want. As a full time Being an adult is not all that it student working part time, the amount cracks up to be. To be honest, it reof free time you are given is usually ally kind of sucks. Having to be comsucked up by homework or studying. pletely responsible for your food, your This is nothing to compared to how high school juniors feel because in housing, your clothing, and all the college even when you “don’t have other things your parents used to take homework” you always have some- care of for you really sucks. Not being thing for school you should be doing. able to buy a car reliably alone really sucks. Adulting, really, sucks.

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In the issue dated April 17, 2018, The Mesa Press would like to correct the following errors: Page 3: The band Chicano Batman was incorrectly refered to in the caption as artist Charles Reagan. Page 8: Episode #6 of The Mesa Press’ signature podcast, “Something Newsy” was incorectly labled as Episode #4.


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MAY 15, 2018

Racial bias too big for Starbucks to solve By Jessica Aquino PHOTO EDITOR


n light of the recent events, Starbucks was under fire due to an unwarranted arrest involving two black men who were waiting for a business meeting in one of the coffee shops in Philadelphia. However, this single situation is one of the many racial biases that have been happening around the country. The arrest was videotaped and spread all over social media, where the coffee company received heavy backlash on how its workers handled the incident. Many people on social media were discussing how the manager at the time could have handled the situation differently, rather than calling the cops. Others were expressing their opinion on the fact the manager should be fired, which eventually they were. But this leads into question at hand: When is it going to stop? For the past few years, police brutality and racial issues have been prominent in America, and people are wondering when is the line going to be drawn. Have we really entered a world where waiting for a business meeting at Starbucks is a crime and warrants a police call? Thankfully, no charges were filed against the two men who were arrested. But the fact that police were called when different solutions could have fixed the situation is what people are upset about, and rightfully so.

In addition, it’s interesting to note that people wait at Starbucks all the time without ever buying anything, yet the police are not called on them. It’s obvious these two men were arrested simply because of their skin color. There were several people who were present at the time of the arrest asking what these men did and why they weren’t also arrested when they were just sitting down as well. When the problem first rose to everyone’s attention, Starbucks tweeted out an apology letter. Though, it wasn’t what people wanted it to be. It was short, impersonal and didn’t mention any compensation for the men who were arrested or the state of the manager who called the police. A day after, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson issued his Protestor Anthony Smith, right, leads a chant, in Starbucks at 18th and Spruce streets on April own personal apology and it was 16 in Philadelphia. more acceptable than what the Photo Credit: Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS company had tweeted out earlier. He took full responsibility and sues regarding racial biases. Innocent lives ation from ever occurring again, systemblame and announced stores will be closing on a certain day for mandatory are still being taken by the police, and rac- atic oppression and racism is still an issue ism is still an issue to this day. we need to address as an entire country or racial bias training. Even if Starbucks is doing their manthese incidents will continue to happen. While it is a good action on their part, it’s not going to solve the many other is- datory training in order to prevent this situ-

Colleges need to rethink tough transfer requirements By Cassidy Bartolo STAFF WRITER


very year, students have to fight to prove their way into universities that get more and more competitive. California is filled with a plethora of amazing, accredited colleges to fit everyone’s interests and personalities. There are many routes a student may take to getting into college: some may leave straight from high school to their dream school, some may transfer from a local community college to a local university and some may take online programs to obtain a degree. For many though, transferring from a community college to an upper division college is the most popular option, but nowadays it’s not feeling like the most secure option. Community colleges used to be a two-year transition school for students to complete general education requirements, explore their career options and gain admission to the local university. Today, the standard is at least three years at a community college where you go in with a major already decided if you’re lucky enough to get into all the classes you need to transfer. More students every year are attending different colleges with impacted programs and yes, competition is part of adulthood but the line is crossed when the competition completely shatters a student’s chances and confidence. It’s a fight at local colleges to get the classes you need to transfer because no matter how qualified or intelligent you may be, if you don’t fill the standard transfer requirements - even by one credit - you will have to wait another year to try again. College is not supposed to be easy and many might say that college and its obstacles come with the territory. As we look into the future, the question lies with the administrators as to how far they’ll go with challenging students’ chances of a higher education. Community colleges are seen as a transition into universities but nowadays it feels as though you have to fight the system in order to get out in an appropriate time to transfer. Many majors are incredibly impacted so getting classes in general is a struggle not to mention those students who work and support themselves or families. Those who do push through the years and prepare to transfer to finish their undergraduate education face the terrifying possibility of not being accepted into in-state colleges. According to the California State University data analytics website, only 20.3 percent of the 22,297 transfer applicants to San Diego State in 2017 were admitted. Times are changing and so are colleges, but community colleges and universities should start changing as well. The diversity among today’s college students is

A Mesa student celebrates her acceptance into California State University, Monterey Bay, at the 2018 Transfer Recognition Ceremony. Photo Credit: Mesa Office of Communications much different than ever before. Those who aren’t lucky enough to live at home for college must provide for themselves while working multiple jobs or taking care of loved ones as well. Mental health is at stake as students exhaust themselves pulling all-nighters for exams while participating in clubs to add to their applications and working to save up for tuition for their dream schools. There should be in increases in professors and a variety of programs to help students walk the bridge from community college to universities. All too often students get discouraged in their academic journey and do not finish. The average student struggles to succeed nowadays; if you do not excel exponentially with extracurriculars, a 3.8 minimum GPA and letters of recommendation from multiple professors, your chances of transfer are greatly decreased. Opportunity has fallen through the cracks and it’s

time for higher education to take a turn for the better to help bridge the gap and guide students and stop catering to those whose ideal lifestyle can manage the criteria expected of transfer students. The requirements should be more accessible to all students and administrators need to see first-hand the kind of stress college students endure. They are some of the most physically and mentally exhausted people who develop anxiety and depression among other habits from the stress and expectations that come from community colleges and universities. Action needs to be taken in order to better educate our generation and provide equal opportunity to receive a higher education and the means to get there. Anyone who desires an education should given a fair pathway in achieving their goals and in this case- degrees.

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FEATURES Movie Review

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‘INFINITY WAR’ will leave you wanting more

Superheroes unite in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Photo Credit: MCT Campus

By Jessica Aquino PHOTO EDITOR


arking the 10-year anniversary for Marvel Studios, “Avengers: Infinity War” showcased the biggest superhero crossover of the year, and is entertaining for both casual and hardcore fans. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the movie was released on April 27, featuring an all-star cast with most of the superheroes that are already part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It takes place a few years after “Captain America: Civil War,” the last big movie that featured a large selection of heroes. Thanos, played by the talented Josh Brolin, is trying to obtain all the infinity stones in order to change, or even end, the entire universe.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is, in a way, what Marvel has been working up to in the last 10 years. From the first “Iron Man” film in 2008 to now, we can finally see all the different groups of heroes interacting with each other and trying to defeat a common enemy. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is teamed up with Doctor Stranger (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Meanwhile Captain America (Chris Evans) visits Wakanda and makes a strong alliance with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and his army. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) also suddenly finds himself working with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Action-packed from start to finish, the


The good, the bad, and the art house

Movie Review

By Dennis Lopez STAFF WRITER


ringing an element of something which is seldom seen present day, “You Were Never Really Here” fills a void. The void is something of “arthouse noir,” tapping into subtleties of “Taxi Driver” and “Drive.” It features a relatively simplistic plot: Joe, a former soldier and FBI agent with severe PTSD, is now a mercenary who rescues trafficked girls. What starts as just another job pulls Joe into a conspiracy involving high ranking government officials. At the helm of the film score is Jonny Greenwood, member of alternative rock band Radiohead. The score is heavily influenced

plot of the movie is very easy to follow, despite the amount of characters people need to keep track of. And while no outside comic book knowledge is necessary, it’s important to note that basic understanding of each movie leading up to “Avengers: Infinity War” is needed. This movie does indeed feel overstuffed and crammed, even with it running at 2 hours and 40 minutes. They needed the time to introduce each character and their role in the film, and it constantly switches from one scene to another. It can be overwhelming at first, but is still very easy to follow. Being a two-part film, this is generally the setup to when the real action begins in from what sounds like a combination of a horror-thriller film from the 1970s. While the score evokes high tension from the viewer, on a few occasions it does a complete 180. In those moments, Greenwood rewards the viewer with a moment of tranquility. What sets “You Were Never Really Here” apart also serves as a detriment. The viewer is left to their own devices in piecing together present and past events. All of the film’s exposition is done via quick cuts. As is a bit more akin to real life much of Joes life is left to the viewers imagination. “You Were Never Really Here” is like being led down a dark hallway, being able to just barely make out silhouettes. It is definitely not for the average movie-goer, or even most people. “You were never really here” is an experience possible only for fans of art house films and film aficionados. “You were never really here” is out now in select theaters.

the next film. And there’s excitement for the second part of “Avengers: Infinity War” coming in 2019, with even more characters that are speculated to join the cast. Nevertheless, “Avengers: Infinity War” is a must-see for those who have been following the Marvel Cinematic timeline and even those who just want to see the mightiest heroes together on the big screen once again.

Joaquin Phoenix as Joe. Photo Credit: here

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ust a week after Coachella, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California set up for country music’s largest festival–Stagecoach. The grounds were magically transformed into a Western wonderland and a country music lover’s dream. The biggest headliner of this year was none other than country music legend Garth Brooks, which prompted the festival to be branded “Garthcoach.” Brooks, who semiretired in 2000, has been absent from the music scene until the release of his 2016 album, “Gunslinger.” Throughout his set, Brooks mentioned several times that he took the time away to “raise his babies.” His raw energy was electric as he lit up the stage, belting out some of his greatest hits. There were times when the audience took over, and Brooks took a moment to stop and admire the sound of the collective voice that came from thousands of fans. Despite

the heavy wind and the threat of losing his baseball cap, it was an epic performance and one hell of a comeback. Other headliners included Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line, who brought out some special guest stars of their own. Jason Derulo and Morgan Wallen, who had been on stage earlier in the day, joined Florida Georgia Line later in their set. FGL also sent a video to singer Bebe Rexha of the audience singing their collaboration song “Meant to be” since she was unable to attend. Keith Urban was joined on stage by Dwight Yoakam and Brothers Osborne, who had also performed earlier that day. Brooks even spared a few minutes of his set for his wife Trisha Yearwood to join the stage, and later sang a duet with fellow country musician Lee Brice. While the overall performance line-up was, in general, slightly underwhelming, there were some solid perfor-

mances by up-and-coming artists like Morgan Wallen and Kane Brown; as well by those who are more established like Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, and Lee Brice. Stagecoach of course had more than just music to offer. The festival also featured Guy Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, which brought mouth-watering bbq from across the nation to treat festival-goers. If lucky enough, attendees also had multiple opportunities to catch a glimpse of Fieri himself in action. There were multiple props set up around the grounds to make the perfect photo op, including the iconic Stagecoach and Coachella Ferris Wheel. Even with the heat, Indio dust, aching feet, and milelong walk in and out of the festival, Stagecoach weekend was well worth it.

Music Review



fter abandoning social media accounts for almost three months, Nicki Minaj came back better than ever with two new songs. The pressures of social media certainly don’t vanish for celebrities, and rapper Nicki Minaj took it upon herself to take a social media hiatus during the production of her latest songs, “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” Without surprise, both songs hit Billboard’s Hot 100 list within the first day of being released. The two instant hits have their fair share of aggressive dissing of anonymous people that will keep listeners guessing. The beat of “Chun-Li” carries Asian undertones and is classic Nicki with contagious lyrics. Combative lyrics from “Barbie Tingz” briefly explains her reasoning for her social media break: “Had to come off IG so they can’t stalk me, All they do is copy looks, steal music too.” Minaj thought it was important to be clear-minded when writing these songs and put all distractions aside. She explained to Zane Lowe of Beats 1 radio show, “But most importantly, I just wanted to have fun again, I wanted to go into the studio and have fun without giving a s**t about... I didn’t want to see anything. I wasn’t only not posting, I took all forms of social media off my phone, and it actually was the most genius decision I ever made.” Eliminating distractions and being in an upbeat environment appears to be Minaj’s recipe for a top-charts rap song. In the same interview, Minaj claims her social media cleanse was a brilliant idea: “I needed to focus. I wanted to make sure I was writing something that was meaningful to me and that would inspire and captivate my audience.” Both “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” clearly showcase her ability to rap, without any need for featuring artists. The queen of rap also teased that an upcoming album, world tour and a documentary are all in store for the future. Minaj’s commendable decision to escape from social media for a while is something fans can learn from.

Nicki Minaj’s single cover for “Barbie Tingz.” Photo Credit:

Movie Review

‘I FEEL PRETTY,’ an anthem for self-acceptance By Delaney Schafnitz STAFF WRITER

I Feel Pretty” projects a strong message of learning to love yourself for who you are. Star Amy Schumer delivers a wonderful role in the perfect “ladies’ night” movie, “I Feel Pretty,” a film about learning to accept and love yourself for who you are,

and not letting society change your view of yourself based on how one “should” look or act. “I Feel Pretty” is the story of Renee Bennett, played by Amy Schumer, who runs the online version of a huge makeup company and magazine. Renee constantly feels less than those around her and is always trying to cover up her insecurities with new hairstyles, body shapers, and

workout classes. One day, at one of the workout classes she was attending, Renee falls and hits her head only to wake up believing that she is a completely new person with a new-found self confidence. Many rated the film on the low end of the meter, only reaching a 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting the film did not grab the attention of a big part of its audience. But for those who love Amy

Schumer and her fantastic personality, they loved it. The film is a mixture of comedy, drama, and a little bit of romance. It teaches a wonderful message to the audience that you should embrace every single part of you. This film is a must-see for anyone who struggles with low self-esteem, insecurities, or lets society’s standard of “beauty” get in the way of truly loving themselves.


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Get ready for a week of comfort

By Cassidy Bartolo STAFF WRITER


tudent Health Services will provide a “Comfort Tent” from May 14-18 at the LRC Quad for students to destress before finals week. The tent is a safe space for students to unwind and relax during the crazy times finals brings to campus. The space will provide places to sit and chill out, music to play, food to eat among other relaxing activities. Health services will provide therapists and counselors so students have to chance to use them as resources if needed. The comfort tent is about mental health awareness and providing students with the chance to take care of themselves and seek the mental refuge before the stress of exams take over. The therapists welcome students to talk to them whether they need advice, need to vent, or to just have a conversation about anything. “Decompression is an important resource to be successful,” Mark Malebranche, nurse adjunct, said. “We want to make sure students are able to do so.” Be sure to stop by Monday from noon- 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 9:30 a.m.5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m.- noon. On May 16, Active Minds is having their Chapter Kickoff in the LRC Quad

Mesa’s end of semester comfort tent hoasted by Student Health Services grants student a safe place to destress on finals week of Fall 2017. Photo Credit: Office of Communications to explain and encourage students to join the nationwide club. The organization is run on over 450 campuses to open the conversation about mental that was started by Alison Malmon who lost her brother to suicide. The club aims to open the conversation about mental health and spread of awareness of having a healthy mind. Mal-

ebranche and Michelle Harris Feller, counseling coordinator, and peer educators will be at the recruitment to be an open source of information for students. The club does not begin until fall 2018 but there will be announcements with its arrival through summer. For finals week, there will be a “Comfort Cart” driving around campus May 21-

25 handing out snacks, pencils, scantrons and positivity to students to help alleviate some of the stress that comes during the week. Therapists will also be aboard the cart in case students want to chat while they grab some supplies. Student Health Services is here to make finals week much more bearable!

Spreading Awareness on Sexual Assault By Cassidy Bartolo STAFF WRITER


esa College embraced National Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Sunrise Plaza April 25 in addition to the Clothesline Project. Student Health Services and the Center for Community Solutions joined together to provide students with the opportunity to educate themselves on sexual assault and consent. Tables were provided to decorate positive affirmation t-shirts for the clothesline project, a consent game in which you define what scenarios are consensual or not and flyers with resources and advice. The Clothesline project began in the 1990’s as an address to the issue of violence against women. Different color tshirts now represent different types of abuse to resonate with many victims of assault. Mesa college honored this project by encouraging students to create a positive shirt to remind survivors they are not alone and others support them. Mark Malebranche, nurse adjunct, wanted to make students aware of this day and spread the knowledge of good choices. It’s important to remind students what makes a healthy relationship he stated. “People don’t realize what is good or bad sometimes,” Malbranche said, “we have to keep these concepts at the forefront.” The event provided a consent game where students would be given situations, especially intimate ones, where they have 3 cards of consent to match the situation. Green meant consent, yellow meant unsure and red meant no consent. Many people played the game but it was a majority of males participating in the activity.

Peer educator and student Emily Hanes attended the event said, “men need to learn more about what a woman goes through so they can help solve the problem.” Hanes understands Mesa is primarily a commuter school and that students don’t have much opportunity to get to know each other. With events like this, she believes it’s especially important to raise awareness and involve the community in the discussion. Social media comes to light and Hanes stated that it is a big issue in idealizing and glorifying unhealthy relationships and behaviors. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped in their lifetime. Nicole Teran, victims advocate, with the Center for Community Solutions urges students to seek their resources and know people like herself and Malebranche are there to help and support. “There’s a lot of education for consent that needs to be done,” Teran said. She is actually involved with the San Diego Community College District to provide her confidential services on campus to students. Consent is not a one time thing and it’s important to constantly be checking in with your partner and practicing healthy relationships. The new motto that the advocates are pushing instead of “no means no” is “yes means yes.” Teran and Malebranche agree that prevention education is the most necessary right now in teaching people accountability, support and boundaries.


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Sports Opinion

Who will come out on top in this year’s NBA Playoffs? By Michael Scott SPORTS EDITOR


ith the NBA Conference Finals set, we will see a rematch of last years Eastern Conference Finals, with the Cleveland Cavaliers taking on a strong Boston Celtics squad, and in the west, the reigning NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, will face off with the number one seed Houston Rockets, led by potential MVP James Harden. LeBron James is tearing through the Eastern Conference single handedly, as usual. James is averaging 34.4 points per game, with the next leading scorer being Kevin Love at 14.7 points per game. James is taking the grunt of the work for his Cleveland Cavaliers squad, which may be a problem in the long run if this series goes any more than five games. James is also playing 41 minutes per game, which would wear any other NBA player out, but for James, this is nothing out of the ordinary. If the Cavaliers plan on doing any real damage against a extremely hot Boston Celtics team and whoever comes out of the Western conference, players like JR Smith, Kevin Love, George Hill, and Kyle Korver need to step up and take some of the load off of James’ shoulders. Boston on the other hand has been playing extremely well as of late. Although the Celtics lost both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward due to injury, the supporting cast of Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris, and rookie Jayson Tatum, paired

with potential Coach of The Year Brad Stevens, the Celtics may be able to stop James and his reign over the Eastern Conference. After a hard fought series

mainly because the Cavaliers are weak in the paint defensively, so the matchup between Horford and Tristan Thompson will be interesting to watch play out over the

categories besides scoring. With Curry finally healthy, Kevin Durant scoring the way he has been as of late, and Green doing the dirty work, the Warriors will have no

Kevin Durant is escorted to the locker room after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the first round Photo Credit: MCT Campus against the Philadelphia 76ers led by Rookie of The Year candidate Ben Simmons, the Celtics proved that their style of play would limit a star player’s contribution to the team, which can easily translate to the next series against the Cavaliers. Al Horford will be the deciding factor in this series for Boston,

course of the series. In the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors are up to their same old tricks. Even with point guard Stephen Curry gone all of the first round, and part of the second, the Warriors have only lost two games thus far. Draymond Green has been playing out of his mind lately, leading his team in all

problem getting past the Rockets, and hopefully back-to-back NBA titles, something this franchise has never done. Personally I am definitely not counting Houston out. With the addition of Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets during the offseason, it seems like they may finally have the firepower to take down Gold-

en State. This Rockets squad was bred solely to beat the Warriors in the post-season, so it will be interesting to see how this series will play out. James Harden is having a MVP caliber season, so it is expected of him to put up at least 25 to 30 points per game, but it will be on his teammates shoulders to limit Curry, Durant, and Thompson offensively to keep their title hopes in tact. Now if they somehow get past the Warriors and make it to the NBA Finals, will they be ready for whoever sneaks out of the east? Who knows, but as a fan of the game, this Rockets/Warriors series has the potential to go the distance of seven games. With that being said, this years NBA playoffs is up for debate. There is no clear favorite this year, which is a relief, because in the past, Golden State and Cleveland have ran through their respective divisions and met in the finals three years in a row. Will LeBron James make his eight straight finals appearance? On the other hand, will we see a shift of power in the east, led by a hot Celtics team? Will we see Golden State go back-to-back for the first time in franchise history? Or will we see Chris Paul and James Harden come together and take down the powerhouse Golden State Warriors? Who knows, but as a fan of the game, I cannot wait to see who will be crowned the 2017-2018 NBA Champions in June.

Make sure to check out the 7th episode of the Mesa Press’ signature podcast, ‘Something Newsy’ where we discuss the recent MET Gala, Kanye West, J. Cole, and Meek Mill being recently released from prison!

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Mesa Olympians dominate SoCal Regional Finals By Chris Varela Benitez STAFF WRITER


an Diego Mesa College hosted the 2018 Southern California Regional Prelims on Saturday May 5. The Olympians competed against some of the best athletes in the state of California, and a majority of the Olympians beat their personal bests, and a few advanced to the finals which will be held on May 12. According to former Head Coach Manny Bautista, “The SoCal Regional meet is a lot deeper than the actual state meet because a hand full of athletes from the South go on to qualify for the state meet, while the North only send a few.” The women’s javelin final was contested the day of prelims and Micaela Ecija placed fifth overall with a mark of 33.31m., which advanced her to the state prelims. Sophomore distance runner Erica Edwards advanced to the finals with a personal best in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 12:26.92, which placed her sixth overall. After the meet she briefly mentioned, “It wasn’t harder than anything that we do in practice. The weather was nice and the crowd was good.” Edwards will also be running the 5000m in finals. Kristina Tovilovic ran a seasonal best in the 1500m with a time of 4:54.90 and will be competing in the finals as well. The women’s 4x100m relay team of Joliza Frank, T’Shyne Goodwin, Jasmine Perez, and Skyler Weiden qualified to the finals with a time of 51.15. Over on the men’s side, sophomore sprinter Cooper Bibbs qualified to the finals in both the 100m and 200m. He ran 10.80 in the 100m and 21.60 in the 200m Both fields were absolutely loaded with studs from Mt. SAC and Riverside. In the men’s long jump, four Mesa athletes advanced to the finals with hopes of making it to the state meet. First, sophomore Cedell Morris jumped a personal best of 7.05m. Then, freshman Evan Crossing jumped a personal best of 6.79m. Isaiah Harris also jumped a personal best of 6.97m, and Saimon Georgari jumped a 6.78m. Morris mentioned, “I was disappointed for not making the final in the high jump because that is my event so I knew I had a second opportunity to make the final so I just gave it my best and surprised a lot of people including myself.” Louis McNair, Yamil Garcia, and Terrence Allen will all be competing in the men’s javelin finals. High jumper Ryan Dean also qualified for the finals with a 1.90m jump. Sophomore Hayden McIntyre finished his season strong placing 9th in a deep field of the men’s shot put with a 13.42m throw. Despite being one place away from making the men’s 800m final sophomore Cesar Palomares ran a personal best of 1:57.38. With his head high he said, “It was a good race, coming in I was a 1:59 runner and I

Olympian Erica Edwards jumping her way to the 3000m state finals in steeplechase at the SoCal Regional Finals on May 5. Photo Credit: Jeff Eichler

Isaiah Harris coming off the blocks in his race during the 2018 Southern California Regional Finals on May 5. Photo Credit: Jeff Eichler ended with a two second personal best. I gave it my best to be honest and I was very nervous before my race. Throughout the season I have had many problems with injury because of my hamstring. I thought about my family and daughter to come so that motivated me to finish strong.” Head Coach Sean Ricketts mentioned, “This meet was smooth because we had

actual officials and people organizing the meet. We had help from our athletes setting up blocks, hurdles, and helping out throughout the course. Also, the men’s football team was generous enough to help us out. We are looking forward for the final on Saturday May 12 and hope to advance some of our athletes to the state meet.” Overall, the track and field squad had a

solid season by finishing Pacific Coast Conference champions in both mens and womens events respectively, despite facing many challenges throughout the season. The Olympians expect to finish the season strong and hopefully advance towards the state meet. The state meet will be hosted by Bakersfield College on May 18 and 19.

Mesa’s Erica Edwards goes against the top community collge runners in the Southern California Regional Finals on May 5. Photo Credit: Jeff Eicher

The Mesa Press, Spring 2018 Issue 5  

The Mesa Press, Spring 2018 Issue 5

The Mesa Press, Spring 2018 Issue 5  

The Mesa Press, Spring 2018 Issue 5