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The Mesa Press Volume 55, Issue 3

vThe Independent Student Publication of San Diego Mesa College v March 13, 2012

ONLINE String quartet glides through performance at Mesa College


Nicholas Santiago/Photo Editor

Crime Report

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Rise in tuition ignites campus protest LAUREN MAPP Editor-in-Chief


an Diego Mesa College’s Mesa B.E.A.T. club – Bringing Education and Activism Together – held a walkout rally and protest on March 1 in response to the most recent rounds of educational budget cuts throughout the state of California. March 1, the National Day of Action for Education Rights, was the inspiration for budget cut protests across the state of California, including the Mesa College rally that was organized by the Mesa B.E.A.T. club. This new campus club strives to make students more aware of what affects them as students, California state residents and U.S. citizens. “We also bring issues that concern the student body, try to get people aware of what’s going on and try to make the students aware that they can step up and make changes and voice their opinions,” club member and sociology major Ana Ruiz, 23, said. Approximately 100 protesters met at the rose garden in front of the Learning Resource Center at noon and marched their way through campus, around the G

See Protest, Page 6

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ASG advocates for New stations charge fewer budget cuts up Mesa College cars

Personality affects studying Page 2 RASHAD MUHAMMAD Staff Writer FEATURES

Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief

Protein packs energy punch Page 5 SPORTS

Nicholas Santiago/Photo Editor

Mesa loses to Golden West Page 8

A walkout rally and protest on March 1 brought students, teachers and administrators out of their classrooms at San Diego Mesa College. Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief


he Associated Student Government (ASG) is the San Diego Mesa College student government responsible for many things such as: fundraising, management of funds, Mesa College sponsored clubs, as well as dozens of organizational activities. Their prime focus for this semester is advocacy for programs and initiatives that will derail continued budget cuts. “Our focus for this semester is to stop the budget cuts that are not only affecting Mesa or the district of San Diego, but also affecting the entire state of California,” ASG President Cherie Deogracias said. ASG organized numerous rallies and legislative functions in order to better advocate for financial assistance on behalf of the student body. Some ASG members went to Sacramento to encourage members of California state government to ease the reduction of our budget. ASG Secretary Martin Pollak believes that the budget cuts has something to do with how our school system is viewed. “Well…realistically, every-

body is getting cut: the military, fire department, and even the cops. Unfortunately community colleges are just a prime target. It’s unfortunate because a large amount of our workforce attend community colleges,” Pollak said. “It’s hard for community colleges to compete with UC schools and other universities because most politicians that you hear about don’t advocate for community colleges,” he added. “They’ve graduated from wellknown schools and other prestigious universities so they would have no way of knowing how it is for somebody that goes to a college like Mesa.” Pollak’s views are common with Mesa College students, like engineering major Jonathan Khaled. “I mean, you don’t hear about universities or the other big name schools getting their budgets cut,” Khaled said. “And even if they are getting cut, I guarantee you it isn’t as significant as ours.” ASG has worked with many committees, members of faculty, and state legislatures to secure the

See ASG, Page 6

JAY GARCIA Staff Writer


an Diego Mesa College has recently installed four Blink Network electric vehicle-charging stations on the first floor in the southbound parking structure near the campus police station. The charging stations will occupy eight parking spaces while being able to charge four vehicles simultaneously. Blink’s parent company, ECOtality, Inc. has been in the electric transportation and storage business since 1989, and

is a recognized leader in the research, development and testing of advanced transportation and energy systems. Specializing in alternative-fuel, hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, ECOtality is committed to developing and commercially advancing clean electric technologies with clear market advantages. For the time being only two types of vehicles are able to use these charging stations: Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Volt. “We ordered new signs that should arrive within two weeks,”

See Charging, Page 6

Mesa College offers four Blink wall mount chargers for electronic cars to recharge their batteries on the first floor of the campus parking garage. Nicholas Santiago/Photo Editor

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The Mesa Press

The Word: What would you change about Mesa College?

“There are a lot of empty seats in my class that are available that other students don’t know about.”

“Quite honestly I like it. It’s a lot better than City.”

Brittany Milsap, 18 Sociology

Matt Joseph, 25 Accounting

“I think they should change the way it looks. Make it look attractive and interesting. It’s ugly now.” Nicole Salavatera, 20 Undecided

“I would change athletics. I play lacrosse and there is no lacrosse team.”

“More shady places to sit.”

Ryan Hicks, 19 Business

Jennifer Van Pelt, 17 Undecided

Personality affects college studying habits CAROLINA SOLIS Staff Writer


n the 19th century, Hans Christian Andersen wrote about his life masked in the story, “The Ugly Duckling.” In this story, the ugly duckling was living in the mindset of a duck when in reality it had the character and potential of a swan. Many Mesa College students may be sitting under this same tree when referring to their study habits. Many students are falling asleep in the LRC or frustrated with their study habits, when all along they are just studying in a conflicting environment in regards to their personality. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality evalua-

tor that can help focus students as to what their best work or study environment could look like. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator evaluates 4 categories of your personality: where you focus your attention (Introversion or Extroversion), the way you take in information (Sensing or Intuition), the way you make decisions (Thinking or Feeling) and how you deal with the outer world (Judging or Perceiving). According to the Myer Briggs Type Indicator, students that are categorized dominantly extrovert, develop ideas by discussing them with others and like to have people around and work on teams. These students may have difficulty studying alone in a quiet environment. Students

that are categorized dominantly introvert, enjoy quiet places and flourish when they study alone. Mesa College offers plenty of resources for those students in search of good study habits. With midterms shooting towards Mesa Olympians like arrows, students could take advantage of the Career Center in room MV20 and take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to learn about personality techniques to better their study habits. The Tutoring Center in room I-207 is also available and open for free one on one tutoring for a wide range of subjects from Japanese to Biology. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator could also shed some light on finding a career that suits the student while taking

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their personality into account. Whether working on improving study habits or figuring

out what to do with yout life, understanding your personality will help in achieving this.

Accounting major Chris Chue, 25, studies in the Learning Resource Center at San Diego Mesa College on March 8. Ashley Mann/Staff Photographer

Staff Editorial:

Alternative methods needed for protesting


he United States is in an economic crisis that is affecting school budgets, resulting in an unaffordable rise in tuition. Thirty college campuses in California, including San Diego Mesa College, held rallies, marches and walkouts to protest these budget cuts on March 1. But this raises the question of whether or not the walkouts were the best way to show how serious students are about their education. The answer is no. The students do have a right to be heard and the rallies were all for a good cause, but walking out of class that costs students and tax payers money wasn’t the only way to get their point across. If college students all over California put their education to use and sent well thought out letters outlining their concerns and ideas to help the budget deficit to government officials, such as the Governor of California, their voices would be heard in a way that shows how serious they are about their education. College students aren’t the only people affected by these budget cuts, so are professors and faculty members. Due to these budget cuts, staff members face pay cuts due to lack of funding and no summer session. If students and staff members joined together and

attended school board meetings, people would have to listen to their concerns. The rallies were a great way to get student voices heard. It shows that students are capable of coming together in an organized fashion to voice their opinion. There just needs to be a plan to answer the question, “What do we do next?” If there is no plan in place then rallies just become a bunch of students complaining. March 1 was a day to educate the people who don’t know what’s going on with the budget cuts in schools and that is what students need to do. They need to educate people who are unaware that this is all happening around them. They need to educate them about what they can do. Social mediums like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are places not just for entertainment but also for reaching out to millions. Using resources students can make everyone aware and make everyone listen to what they have to say, without their education suffering. Students are showing teachers that they don’t care that they are spending time to make a lesson plans or the class that they teach. Students are the only ones that suffer when they walkout of class. They are depriving themselves of the education they are fighting for.

March 1 was a day to educate people who don’t know what’s going on with the budget cuts in schools.

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The Mesa Press


Wyoming prepares for apocalypse



n Wyoming a Republican state legislator, David Miller, is trying to get House Bill 85 passed, or what is starting to be called the “Doomsday Bill.” This bill is sure to spark similar bills across the nation. If passed House Bill 85 will form a state run task force whose objective is to prepare the state for any catastrophic event. While the bills nickname suggest that its sponsor and supporters are preparing for an event like the end of the Mayan calendar, they are actually trying to prepare for something more along lines of an economic or political collapse. Many cities and states have largescale evacuation or crisis plans, but many of these plans if not all concentrate on natural disasters as oppose to a possible chance of the federal government collapsing. The bill would require the task force to prepare the state for disruptions in food levels and try to develop an independent source of energy. The task force would just be making plans though, they have no authority to implement them. Also included in the bill were some quite absurd suggestions that eventually had to be retracted. One of the requests was that the state would institute a military draft to protect it. In addition to that, the bill also originally stated the need for acquiring a strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier, which is quite useless for a landlocked state. Clearly some of the requests are far fetched but the thought of preparing for the day that America may end is an obvious step. Just this past year we barely escaped a government shut down. The bill will prepare the people and the state for the time after a world-changing event such as mass protest that may lead to riots or a revolution. The bill even

suggests that the state try to develop its own currency in the possible event that the dollar may someday fail. What is going on around the world can easily happen here. In Greece the economy has already failed, in the past two years it has received a total of 240 billion Euros ($316.8 billion) in an effort to bailout the country and to help clear its debt. The bailout failed. America is already more than $15 trillion in debt and it does not seem that that number will be dropping anytime soon. The demand for our U.S. treasuries is falling among our foreign debt holders and can and will lead to an increase in interest rates in the U.S. With the rates increasing in the future and the dollar already losing its power, some day the dollar will be worthless. In addition to the possible threat of an economic failure a potential crisis lies in the hands of its people. All over the world people are protesting against their governments. Some protests are in their baby stages, mostly here in America, and are not causing too much trouble but still making noise. In other countries like Egypt, some noise is not enough. It has been a little more than a year since their revolution started but like many revolutions it has started with protest. Egypt however is still in turmoil. Even with their main opposition gone, Hosni Mubarak, they are still having problems putting their government together. The threat of a corrupt office still exists. I am not saying that America is on the brink of a revolution and that the government will fall to the feet of its people but I am not going to say that it will not happen either. But the chance is there and it is possible. House bill 85 is preparing America for the end America and as cliché as it is; it is better to be safe than sorry.

All over the world people are protesting against their governments.

Counter Point

State frightened to stupidity and panic



oody Harrelson deserves an Oscar for his phenomenal performance as Charlie Frost in the lackluster apocalyptic film “2012,” not for his acting ability, but for the fact that he actually almost convinced a whole state that a doomsday epidemic is imminent. Yes, that’s right–a whole state. Wyoming State Republican Rep. David Miller, in a pre-emptive post-apocalyptic measure, proposed House Bill 85 (dubbed the “Wyoming Doomsday Bill”), which if passed demanded the state to establish its own task force, government, food resource, currency and the allocation of $16,000 (half of originally proposed) to study various emergency measures in case the glooming catastrophic event is to occur. But thankfully, the bill was denied by the state House of Representatives. There were even some measures that were omitted from the bill to increase the chance of its approval, which included the implementation of a draft to raise a standing army, navy, Marine Corps, and an air force, alongside an aircraft and an aircraft carrier (which would be so useful in landlocked Wyoming). It’s obvious that these measures are ridiculous, but that’s beside the point. Why waste time and money contemplating how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world when that time and money can be use to fix what’s wrong with the world? Yes, it is interesting to talk about what to do in a “Mad Max” scenario, but all that talking is just that–talk. It’s what stoners do on a Friday night in their parents’ garage when they have nothing else better to do. No one really acts on these nonsensical banters. Miller said, “This isn’t about doomsday. It is just planning. I don’t want people thinking that the federal government is go-

ing to be there every step of the way to solve all of their problems.” True, it is important to think of security. The protection and well being of the people is crucial, after all. There should be an institution established that oversees and ensures the safety of the people–you know, something like the Department of Homeland Security. State legislatures shouldn’t be dwelling on this trivial issue. They should be focusing on more pressing matters, such as bettering the ever-so-deteriorating educational system, providing affordable health care, decreasing the unemployment rate and ending warfare. They should be concentrating on how to prevent the world from going to oblivion rather than what to do afterwards. Not only that, if there would be a so called apocalypse and if the bill was enacted, then that would’ve meant that the people of Wyoming would only fend for the people of Wyoming. “I don’t represent people in Illinois or New Jersey. I represent people in Wyoming. And I want them to be protected from any catastrophic events that may beset the rest of the country,” Miller said. That clearly exemplifies the “United” in United States. So in a cataclysmic event, Wyoming would regress to the “survival of the fittest” mentality and separate itself from the other states. That would just further any forthcoming apocalyptic chaos. But on the bright side, at least they had the decency to let the world know ahead of time that they’re going to support the other states. But maybe society should take note after Wyoming and prepare for the end of the world. Better yet, society should take note after “Zombieland” and prepare for a zombie apocalypse. After all, Woody Harrelson was far better in that movie as Tallahassee. So let’s “nut up or shut up” and always remember to double tap.

Why waste time and money contemplating how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world when that time and money can be used to fix what’s wrong with the world?

Rise in gas prices causes concern for students CURTIS MANLAPIG Staff Writer


as prices are rising like never before thus making driving a necessary demon because it gets us from here to there all while burning a whole in our wallet. The rise of gas prices, which is currently above 4 dollars per gallon, is a serious issue for everyone and especially students. Students already have low incomes that get lower each time the needle hits E. Community colleges, for the most part do not offer student housing which requires students to either live within walking distance, or use some sort of motor transit to get to class. The people behind the rising of the gas prices are commodity traders that speculate how much a barrel of oil will cost. This in turn determines how much a gallon of gas is priced at. It’s all about supply and demand and when supply is up, price goes down and vice versa.

Lately, the major event that is causing barrels of crude oil to skyrocket upwards in price has occurred on a global scale. Iran and the U.S. have had ongoing tensions recently regarding the Strait of Hormuz which is a major waterway in the Middle East where oil gets shipped through. According to, “more than 17 million barrels of oil per day move through the waterway- 20 percent of all oil traded worldwide- any blockade would create shortages.” If Iran were to implement a military block in this passageway, expect gas prices to go up, and be ready to bring those walking shoes out of your closet. With summer on the horizon, be prepared to get a good workout because the thought of paying five dollars a gallon for gas should be enough to deter you from driving and encourage you to find other ways of getting around. Being by the coast, the beach cruiser and long board are personal favorites in the beach community. Other parts of town pro-

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vide trolley and sprinter service, the coaster and of course the bus. If you’re feeling adventurous, go out and get a gas-friendly Vespa motor scooter. To quote a lyric from the song Gas Money Remix by a popular YouTube personality Steven Jo, “I’m gonna need some

gas money before I put my foot on this pedal.” If you want to save that gas money, don’t switch lanes to pass someone going slow and end up stopped at a red light with that car behind you. That ten feet you gain could be precious cents out of your pocket, so slow down if you want to save.

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The Mesa Press

Album Review

March 13, 2012

Movie Review

‘Myth’ eases synth

‘Project X’ hosts party

NGUYEN DO Staff Writer

BEN SOMERS Staff Writer


fter four years of dedication, indie rock/dream pop band Geographer released its second album titled “Myth” on Feb. 25, 2012. Michael Deni (vocals, guitar, synth), Nathan Blaz (cello, synth), and Brian Ostreicher (drums, vocals) create vast soundscapes in their newest journey into the territory of aural relaxation. This latest album has noticeable influence from the chillwave genre of music, which is characterized by synthesizers, looping/ambience, and extremely filtered vocals. Track three, “Kaleidoscope,” uses a sample that uniquely defines Geographer’s brand of dream pop – a looped and filtered sample provides layers and layers of auditory stimulation while relaxed singing voices blend with the ambient sounds. Track 10, “Kites,” is a prime example

of Geographer’s sound. This song is a rerelease of the hit single from their first EP titled “Animal Shapes.” Certain elements of the song such as the synth line and the vocals provide tranquil melodies while the pitter-patter of cymbals and the accurately timed hits of the drums keep the song upbeat. This band also explores new sounds as demonstrated in track four, “Blinders.” The synthesizers are not the main focus in their new experimental sound; Michael Deni instead initiates with some thoughtprovoking guitar riffs. The new emphasis on punchy fingerpicking on the guitar contrasts with the smoothly-modulated synth line, but the two combine to form a special blend of dream pop, psychedelic trance and electronic rock.

Rating: 4.5/5

San Francisco indie band Geographer released its second album titled “Myth” in stores and online on Feb. 25, 2012. Photo courtesy of Google Images


n “Project X,” a no-holds-barred marriage between “Superbad” and “Paranormal Activity”; sex, drugs and rock n’ roll hold hands with flamethrowers and dogs fornicating with people’s faces. The premise of the story is three high school seniors trying to obtain legendary status by throwing a party to be remembered. Thomas, referred to by his father as a “loser,” finds himself without parental supervision for the weekend, succumbing to an overwhelming influence from two of his friends to host a massive party. But his simple request of “no more than fifty people” becomes trampled when news of the event hits Craigslist, the radio, and the inboxes of every kid in this North Pasadena high school. The party begins small, with a few friends and a Playstation, and within a few hours develops into an ecstasy ridden freefor-all with copious vomiting and about 67 bare-breasted women. The chaos escalates its attention through neighbors, the local news, the police and beyond. Made to look like a documentary, the shaky and unpredictable footage introduces mostly unknown actors and actresses to

the silver screen. The film, juvenile and twisted, delivers many cheap laughs as well as clever writing and eerily relatable scenarios, to a point, for some. Although the plot may be drooling unoriginality, the film does a good job of removing itself from its predecessors, albeit through shamelessness and an uncensored depiction of general debauchery. During this late night showing, the crowd of about twenty was thoroughly enthralled. Laughing out-loud and throwing concession snacks wildly to the seats below, they all seemed worryingly inspired by the endeavors of three, rather innocent, backpack slinging school-goers. All-in-all, the film is recommendable, but it’s not going to rest among the longlasting impressions of some of cinema’s greats. Once available on DVD and to ages previously restricted by flashlight wielding isle-goblins, it will inevitably cause several premature deaths. So if you’ve got a couple hours to spare and feel like watching bloodshot teenage eyes gaze upon burning buildings and pandemonium, then grab some ‘corn, giggle a little and go home knowing that you’ve contributed to the glorification of adolescent lawlessness.

“Project X” features a reckless and drug-fueled house party thrown by fictional teenagers Thomas, Costa, and J.B. Photo courtesy of IMDB

Movie Review

SEALs display ‘Valor’ JOE LLORIN Features Editor It is not surprising when movie goers, both professional and amateur, criticize movies of today’s age because their lack of credible acting performances. When it comes to certain movie genres, specifically based on actual events, there aren’t many actors who can simply fill those positions. When actors do step up to the challenge of portraying such, these movies turn into nightmares for both audiences and those responsible for producing the film. It was refreshing for many when “Act of Valor,” directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, advertised itself as “as real as it gets,” because the movie stars actual active duty United States Navy SEALs and Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen, whose names remained anonymous. Unfortunately, when the film hit theatres nationally on Feb. 24, movie goers were once again invited into one nightmare of a movie- one filled with a surprisingly cliché storyline, less than bad camera angles, incredibly over-exaggerated action and a soundtrack that screams “America” louder than Thanksgiving football.

A terrorist attack by the main antagonist Christo (played by Alex Veadov) leads to the capture of CIA agent Morales (played by Roselyn Sanchez), which is when the SEALs make their theatrical debut. After making their way through the harsh landscape of a Spanish jungle, they showcase modern military tactics and technology, such as low-profile sniping, using remote control reconnaissance drones, and truly unique fighting techniques that only the SEALs would use. This mission had not only the highest amount, but also the most intense “action” that the movie offers. However, this scene also uses the “first person shooter” point of view- where the scene looks as if the audience is playing one big video game. Though this filming method has been used moderately over the years, fans find that it adds little to the intensity of the moment. People often compare first person shooter video games to real life warfare, and the use of this tactic only contradicts what the movie was advertising itself as. One of the film’s most “intense” moments occurs when a grenade is thrown into a room in which the SEALs regrouped. In-

Two United States Navy SEALs provide reconnaissance and sniper cover for their comrades during their daring attempt to rescue Morales. Photo courtesy of IMDB

stead of doing the smart thing and literally kicking the grenade away from the group, one of the higher ranked SEALs jumps on the grenade, sacrificing his own life. This death was dragged out too muchto the point where the camera didn’t leave the dead SEAL’s sight until he was laying in his own pool of blood. According to most war-based movies, when a soldier dies in combat, you (as a fellow soldier) aren’t supposed to just stop and mourn the death of a comrade- you press on. The film’s climax occurs when one of the SEALs, near death after being shot numerous times, pulls out his sidearm and

magically musters up the strength to kill the remaining three enemies, including Christo’s right hand man. To many of the gamers in the audience, this scene was very reminiscent of that of the final scene in the popular video game “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.” Although “Act of Valor” deserves praise for having a more than original cast and genuine combat, the movie is too dragged down by its lack of convincing acting performances, a rather weak storyline, and cheesy filming techniques that damaged the credibility that it could have had.

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The Mesa Press Restaurant Review

French food fanatics flock to Café Chloe LAUREN J. MAPP Editor-in-Chief


othing says “class” quite like French cuisine, and at East Village’s Café Chloe, located at 721 Ninth Ave., the menu and interior design are the epitome of this statement. Whether it’s cool and breezy or one of the sun-filled days that San Diego is famous for, the sidewalk-style patio is great for getting fresh air and people watching during your meal. The quaint indoor tables and posh bar are just as lovely and perfect for enjoying brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Café Chloe’s menu features locally

A Belgian ale cream sauce is a creative twist for the moules et frites at Café Chloe. Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief

Student discounts offered at Copley Symphony Hall ASHLEY MANN Staff Writer


he San Diego Symphony holds many concerts to show off the great works of their artists and more. For those who are studying pre-20th century music, or for those who simply want to embrace the atmosphere of the classical genre, the symphony offers students a chance to see and hear the music in action through an exclusive deal known as the Student Rush. The Student Rush is offered to anyone under the age of 35 with a current student ID at Copley Symphony Hall for $10 (cash only), but tickets must be purchased no sooner than one hour before the concert. There is a limit of two purchases per ID, and the sale is subject to availability (i.e., if a concert is close to selling out, this discount will not be offered.) The Student Rush applies to Copley Symphony Hall performances. Classical music, a genre developed during the 18th century between the Ba-

roque and Romantic periods, and has been a fan favorite for years. Through this period of music, some of the greatest musicians in history rose to fame, including Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert. Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”, reenacts the mysterious addressee love letter that was written from July 6-7, 1812 and found after his death in 1827. The ten page, hand-written letter is rumored to have been written to any of three women that Beethoven may have been romantically involved with: Antoine Brentano, Josephine Brunsvik or Bettina Brentano. The music, conducted by Jahja Ling, the San Diego Symphony’s musical director, was Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7”, which was completed weeks before writing the famous letters. Upcoming shows at the San Diego Symphony include performances of Mozart’s “Turkish Concerto” March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 8 p.m. and Mendelssohn’s “Octet: Hadelich” at 7:30 p.m.

Café Chloe’s croque madame open-faced sandwich is an addictively gooey way to indulge at brunch. Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief

grown and raised ingredients from the likes of Suzie’s Farm, Sage Mountain Farm, Jidory Poultry and Crow’s Pass – showing that both quality and sustainability are key points to their mission. Dive into their menu to see these two entities collide in a mind-boggling fashion. Every meal from brunch to dinner is available at Chloe, and though the traditional breakfast ingredients of eggs, ham and toast are used, the variation is uniquely French. One such dish – the croque madame sandwich – is the perfect combination of ham, gruyere, sunny-side up eggs and a healthy portion of mornay sauce that screams with caloric bliss. The sandwich is served with a simple salad of lightly dressed baby mixed greens and a sundried tomato, making it the perfect plate of farmfresh greenery and gooey comfort. If something light and fresh better

fits your idea of breakfast, then the Greek yogurt with apricot-hazelnut granola and lavender honey is a great starter dish. As a main dish, the breakfast salad will fill you up a little better – just don’t guilt trip yourself over the delicious brioche croutons, pancetta and poached egg that gracefully accompany the frisée. Dinner items at Café Chloe are equally as decadent as their brunch and breakfast counterparts. A quintessential French dish – moules et frites (mussels and fries, for the not-so-language inclined) – gets a bit of a twist with a Belgian ale infused cream sauce with leeks. Dip the fries in the sauce in between slurping down the mollusks for an astonishing balance of flavors. For some, brunch is pointless without a little libation to kick start the morning and Café Chloe is happy to oblige. Their bloody Mary and several varieties of mimosas await the eager day drinker.

Column: Locally Sourced Meals

Breakfast burrito jump starts morning energy LAUREN J. MAPP Editor-in-Chief


reakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day, but it is all too common to inhale a bowl of high fructose corn syrup covered cereal before running out the door. Instead of going this route, try a protein-packed breakfast burrito as a jump-start to your day.

High in both fiber and protein, black eyed peas make a great substitute for meat or lard-rich refried beans and Suzie’s Farm is currently selling fresh batches at their farmers market stand. Unlike their dried form, fresh black eyed peas don’t need to be soaked or boiled for hours, so it is a quicker version.

Recipe: Black-eyed Pea Burrito

Serves 2 1 cup black eyed peas (Suzie’s Farm) 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 4 eggs (Schaner Farms) 1 cup China rose radish microgreen (Suzie’s Farm) 2 green onions (Valdivia Farms) 1/2 cup veggie jack cheese (Spring Hill Cheese Company) 2 whole wheat tortillas

The San Diego Symphony with Musical Director Jahja Ling during a recent performance at the Copley Symphony Hall in Downtown San Diego. Photo courtesy of David Hartig

Using a small pot, cover black-eyed peas with an inch of water and simmer for about 10 minutes until soft. Drain water and set aside. Crack eggs into a bowl and scramble with a fork, and then heat olive oil in a small sauté pan to cook the eggs. When the eggs are almost done, add black-eyed peas and veggie jack cheese. Cook until melted. Warm the tortillas over the open flame of a gas stove or in the oven. Split the egg mixture, green onions and microgreens between the two tortillas, fold in the ends and roll to complete. –Lauren J. Mapp

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building and back to the garden to host speakers. The speakers included members of the Mesa B.E.A.T. club, Mesa College students and teachers, all sharing their stories of how the budget cuts have affected them. “Right now I’m only taking about two classes and it’s a total of like nine units, and with this increase it doesn’t seem like much, but it starts to add up. I can’t come to school full-time because I can’t afford it,” wildlife conservation major Vidal Ochoa, 21, said. Some protesters, including behavioral science Assistant Chair Dr. Evan Adelson, blamed the statewide campus woes on the economic system as a whole. “Somehow, the economic health of the country has nothing to do with the economic health of the people in the country. I don’t know how this makes sense. They think that you should work for the economic system. The economic system is supposed to work for you,” Adelson said. English professor Wendy Smith spoke about how the “no

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The Mesa Press floor” or “gatekeeper” classes create a system that she feels discriminates against minority

students. There are four levels of basic English classes that some students need to take before be-

ing eligible for the transfer-level 101 class, and the success rate is approximately 23 out of 100. “Something is wrong with the system and who it excludes through the gatekeeper method. Basic skills are a border fence,” Smith said. In terms of how to solve the state budget issues, protesters are recommending that registered voters sign the petition to get the Millionaires Tax on the ballots this November. If enacted, this measure would increase taxes by 3 per-

English professor Wendy Smith spoke about how an inefficient system of articulation contributes to the low success rate, especially amongst minority populations. Lauren J. Mapp/Editor-in-Chief


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Lieutenant Jack Doherty of the campus police said. However, there have been some concerns that have risen since these charging stations went live, like if non-electric vehicles will be able to park there and if visitors would be able to use the charging station. “...We have to see how long students can park there, who can park there, and if non-students would be able to utilize this service as well,” Doherty said. “I am worried since the cables don’t retract that vehicles may run them over,” Parking Program Supervisor for SDCCD, Debra Picou said. Blink Networks has a contract with the SDCCD for a year. So non-students are able to park their electric vehicles and charge. After a year the district will then take ownership of these charging stations. “They didn’t cost the district anything to install...they were installed due to a government grant,” Picou said. Currently electric vehicles owners are able to park in the designated parking spaces and charge for a total of four hours. After which point they will receive a parking citation. “We’re working on what would be the best way to avoid chaos,” Doherty said. There are three membership levels depending on how much the student would like to charge the vehicle. Blink Plus has an annual fee of $30 but gives the students the cheapest per hour charge at $1.00. Blink Basic has no annual fee and charges an ac-

cess fee of $1.50 per hour. Blink Guest will be charged an access fee of $2.00 per hour. “Charging is free for now,” Doherty said. Both Blink Plus and Blink Basic memberships will require students to have a credit card on file, making it convenient to reload on the go. Students will then be given INcards, which are to be used with these charging stations, as they don’t have the ability to accept credit cards. Everything is done online or via the smartphone. Blink Plus and Blink Basic members make payments to their INcards that are linked with their credit cards. “If students would like an INcard promptly they can be obtained at the campus police stations...there are limited quantities though,” Picou said. Blink Guest do not use INcards and therefore don’t need to have credit card information on file. Blink Guest may charge using mobile-based payments through smartphone applications designed for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android smartphones and tablets. The mobile application will allow the student to link their credit card to the INcard, find the nearest charging station, pay hourly for charging and give the students charging status updates. If students go to Blink’s website and register for the Blink Plus membership they will qualify to have the $30 annual fee waived taking advantage of the $1.00 per hour charge. At Mesa College though, there is no fee for using the charging stations, yet. For more information go to


Continued from page 1 welfare of community college students across California. “We work with many people across the state,” Deogracias said. “For example, we are currently working with California Senator Darrell Steinberg who has proposed two bills, (1052 & 1053), that would establish an open-source digital library for undergraduate youth.” ASG is proactive in bettering the college experience at Mesa College. “We give $15,000 in scholarships every spring, we assist in student grievances like stopping the raise of parking fees this

semester, and we help fundraise for dozens of clubs,” Deogracias said. “…In order to sustain a more comfortable standard of learning, we must stop these budget attacks.” In order to build a better future for Mesa, ASG advocates students to campaign against these reductions in educational expenditures. ASG encourages students to provide a helping hand. “Our success depends on the students because a government doesn’t work without the assistance of its citizens,” Deogracias said.

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cent for California residents who earn more than a million dollars a year and by 5 percent for those who make more than two million. The revenue generated through this tax initiative would be used to increase California’s education budget. “The idea that we don’t have money to pay for education is f***ing bull s***. We have money; it’s just in the wrong hands,” sociology major John Reid, 24, said in regards to the proposed measure.

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Crime Report For Feb. 28 to March 2 Crime report compiled by Jay Garcia Tuesday, Feb. 28 Thursday, March 1 • Citizen Contact: Occurred at Q-100 on Mesa College Dr. Note on truck concerning a possible case, reported to college police in the morning. • Sick/Injured person: Occurred at B104 on Mesa College Dr. 22-year old female passed out in class, says she couldn’t breathe, 1142 requested. • Disabled/Stalled vehicle: Occurred at Lot 1 on Mesa College Dr. Male student, west of modular village, parked next to fence. Unable to move vehicle from parking space due to other vehicles that have blocked him in.

Wednesday, Feb. 29

• Disturbance: Occurred at Mesa H Lot overflow on Mesa College Dr. 3 Asian males throwing items at vehicles, one wearing a black jacket with spikey hair. • Missing person: Occurred at H-205 on Mesa College Dr. Advised daughter had not contacted her in H-lot. WFA, 115lbs, 5’3, wearing red/orange jacket, lavender shoes, DSPS student, last seen at 12 p.m. when mother (Julia) dropped her off. Correction: In the Feb. 14 issue of The Mesa Press the Crime Report incorrectly reported a disturbance at the bookstore. The disturbance was at City College.

• Drunk in public: Occurred at the H-lot on Mesa College Dr. WMA, late 50’s, black shirt, black jacket, jeans, white shoes. • Disturbance: Occurred in the LRC on Mesa College Dr. Librarian, front desk, student being disrespectful and not listening to staff. • Sick/Injured person: Occurred at I-300 on Mesa College Dr. In elevator, reached to grab the door and it closed on hand. Cut hand. • Valid Fire: Officer initiated activity at L-600 • Hit and Run Non-Injury: Occurred at E building on Mesa College Dr. 50-100 student in front on the LRC.

Friday, March 2

• Harassment: Occurred at MV-29 on Mesa College Dr. Responsible party is student and is being harassed by another student in class. Her and the other student had a disagreement with him in class and after class ended he waited for her and kept following her and mocking her. Asked the subject to stop conversing and following her and he kept on going.

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Letter to the editor

Blaming education cost on ‘money’ irresponsible Editor’s Note: This letter was edited for length.

Dear Editor, In “Society puts too much emphasis on money” (Feb. 28) Noah Johnson touched upon a myriad of subjects ranging from international relations, cultural practices and history, to fiscal policies among governments and individuals, and the credit/debt issues arising therefrom. Unfortunately, your article contains numerous factual inaccuracies (and incoherencies) bordering on the disingenuous, as well as an incomplete picture of social structures and their byproducts. Characterizing our strength as a country as being based upon “war, money and politics” is a gross oversimplification and mischaracterization of why our position in the world is beyond that of any other. We do not exercise our power through “war,” but rather through military strength and presence. Like the British Royal Navy before us, our navy keeps the world’s shipping lanes safe and accessible, ensuring and encouraging international trade that enhances the quality of life across all economies. As for “money and politics,” I will err on the side of caution and assume you refer to our economic potential as a market, and our diplomatic power that is derived from that anticipation by our friends on the world stage. You touched upon the Great Depression, claiming that the US “did not have many resources or money to generate a well-func-

tioning country.” The U.S. did and does have many resources. The Great Depression was not caused by a lack of government spending but can actually be blamed on various sources such as financial bubbles, consumer confidence, cautious investors, etc. You also claim that entering WWII helped ease our debt burden. You are mistaken. Our debt increased to a point over 100 percent of our GDP during WWII. In the social spectrum, you claim that “People need to find an alternate for money so that life does not consist of a chase for the dollar.” Money is exchanged for goods and services. Before there were pieces of paper in our pockets, societies used precious metals. Before precious metals, we traded the goods and services we could provide for the goods and services of others. Currency as we know it is merely a more efficient form of trade. Decrying it as a disease is to ignore the nature of trade, especially when it is merely a symptom of the human condition. You question “how can a company base credit on if you are going to pay something back or request a loan just by a number” in referring to credit scores. A credit score is based on your documented financial habits, i.e. paying your bills on time. If someone is considering loaning you a sum of money, they have every right to know if you are reliable or not. As regards schooling, regrettably yes, “in the United States

schooling is not free and so students have to pay to learn.” However, schooling is not free anywhere else, either. In countries where there are educational subsidies that significantly reduce the financial burden on students, they have recently begun to discover that this is an unsustainable fiscal policy (see the UK). Furthermore, the cost of school can be directly linked to the aforementioned subsidies and the previously noted credit and loans. With lower interest rates and easier lending practices, more people are able to attend university. This not only makes education more expensive but also creates positions in the university that, in many cases, pay salaries in excess of $100,000 for administrative personnel rather than professors, or larger classrooms, etc. Blaming the current cost of education on an abstract idea of “money” is irresponsible journalism, to say the least. While I expect no readers of your article took it to heart, I also hope that any who might have given your theories credence may now begin to at least question your assertions, and perhaps educate themselves without relying upon ill-researched, illogical and simplistic commentary on the state of our complex society. Library cards are free.

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Portugal embraces grind on and off the field JEFF OTT Sports Editor


atching is arguably one of the most physically and mentally demanding positions in not only baseball, but in all sports. Mix that with the life of a full time Mesa College student and then throw in a job and see if an average student could handle it. Mesa College Student Jake Portugal knows best. Baseball has been his life. Since the age of three when he went to his first game, to when he crouches behind home plate here at Mesa. That’s the recipe for a long and prosperous baseball career. But when he’s not swinging for the fences or tossing the ball to third base after a well timed

pitch, he does plenty more than of sports. His father has coached most of us could handle. His first baseball at both the high school class is at 8 a.m. and then after and amateur level; and his mom his classes he’s got practice or a played softball throughout her game until life. 4 or 5 in the “If I weren’t evening. playing baseball, After that I’d probably be its homedoing student work or a government. nap, and I was in ASB then work (Associated Stuat midnight dent Body) all -Jake Portugal throughout high and isn’t home until school,” Portuafter 3 a.m. “I don’t get to sleep gal said. “It really made me learn much,” Sophomore Jake Portugal to enjoy school and learning…not said. “It was instilled in me at a just getting good grades.” young age to be able to still be Although if he wasn’t inhappy through struggles.” volved with student government, Jake, who played baseball at he would be doing missionary Mira Mesa High, is in a family work in other countries. And

“I think it’s the closest sport you can relate to life...”

When he’s not crouched behind the plate helping his teammates pitch a few perfect innings, Mesa’s Jake Portugal is doing his fair share of help in the community. Nguyen Do/Staff Photographer

Jake Portugal helps one of his teammates warm-up in the bullpen. Nguyen Do/Staff Photographer

while he has a full schedule, he does his best to help out. Jake is on the Board of Directors for a charity called Photocharity, an organization that raises money for homeless youth in San Diego. According to their website,, the organization has raised over $1.6 million in the past nine years. “I do a bunch of fundraising and meet with the kids here and there,” Jake said. He has been a part of this charity for a little over two years. With all this good karma going his way, what keeps bringing him back to baseball? “I think it’s the closest sport you can relate to life and what I focus on is the relationships with people I meet while playing baseball. Your stats will go away, the scores, there will be new teams to win championships but the relationships you build with your teammates will last forever. So that’s what I kind of focus on and let everything

else take care of itself.” You might ask how does someone handle all that and be okay? “Nothing’s perfect about me, sometimes I give off….like nothing’s wrong with me at times just cause I try to stay positive but nothing in my life is going on any better than anybody else’s,” Portugal said. This time next year, Jake will be playing baseball for Wheaton College in Chicago. He might not miss the full schedule but he will miss Mesa. “One thing I’ll miss about Mesa is the girls volleyball games and watching number 15,” he jokingly adds. One piece of advice from Jake Portugal: “When you talk about your strengths, it brings competition. When you talk about your weaknesses, it brings community, it brings people together. I’d rather talk about what I’m not good at instead of what I excel at.”

Mesa College gets served DANA C. GRIFFITH Staff Writer


sibly demeaning adjectives—to an Diego Mesa College the point where they became verhosted a number of sport- bose in between rallies. “One of the challenges of ing events on Friday afternoon against Golden West Col- athletics is just being able to lege. Unfortunately, the men’s grind and grind and ignore what volleyball team lost three match- is happening from the other side of the net, and es to Golden in men’s vball West on Frithat can be reday evening. ally tough beHowever, cause you’re this victory right there.” did not come John Landivery easily cho, Head Volfor The Rusleyball Coach, tlers. said. Golden Although West had Golden West matching could walk the shoes on their feet -Coach John Landicho walk and talk the talk, Mesa and a very seemed thorvocal team in comparison to Mesa’s quietly focused, patient oughly unimpressed by them, and players. Golden West attempted were still just as willing to sacrito break that focus by shouting fice their bodies to keep the rallies various numbers along with pos- going. Unfortunately, Mesa was

“We need to have better composure, which is a yearlong challenge for us.”

Matt Hanson, serves up against Golden West College on March 2.

extremely quiet in their match, and didn’t always finish their rallies by composing themselves together as a team and preparing for the next match. ”We need to have better composure which is a year-long challenge for us,” said, Landicho Mesa’s first match was cut short at 25-12, but the next two

games were very close. Mesa and Golden West were neck and neck in the second game, the last rally ended with The Rustlers in the lead and Mesa fighting to keep the score from changing from 24-23 to 25-23. The final match ended at 25-19. “You’ve got to have mental toughness and composure for

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when you’re down in that valley, that you get out of it in a hurry. And you get back to a level where you’re playing high,” said Landicho. The Olympians face Palomar College on March 14 and then head to El Cajon to face Grossmont College on March 16.

The Mesa Press  

Spring 2012, March 13 Volume 55 Issue 3

The Mesa Press  

Spring 2012, March 13 Volume 55 Issue 3