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Barbecue brings Veterans

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any people remain unaware of how many veterans actually attend Mesa College. There are various people of the Mesa student population that have contributed to their country in unimaginable ways. Lori Senini, a registered nurse with the student health services, co-sponsored the first veteran’s barbeque of the year. As a former veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, Major Senini worked along with the veteran’s affair’s office, student health center, and the tutoring center in order to “help make a combination of resources for our veterans,” as well as help finance the event. According to Senini, there are almost 2,000 veteran students at Mesa. A survey was conducted last year in order to better understand what veteran’s need and they responded that they needed to feel a sense of belonging. In order to help the veteran’s feel more at ease, this barbecue was planned specifically targeting veterans, staff, and faculty. This event was created to help them all interact with one another in an easygoing environment. Observing the events taking place in the barbecue, veterans received the opportunity to interact and network with other veterans as they identified with one another and bonded over shared stories of their experiences.

A Grossmont College player is stiff-armed by Mesa running back Keith Patterson (8) during Mesa’s Sept. 14 home game. Kyle Kenehan /Photo Editor For full story, see page 8

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Rape Aggression Defense is ‘RAD’







adies, listen up. A basic self-defense training program has come to San Diego City College District. Presented by the SDCCD Police Department, Rape Aggression Defense will be featured for women only, reaching out to both female staff and students. R.A.D. was founded by exMarine, ex law enforcement at Christopher Newport University Police Department and College of William and Mary Police Department, the old Dominion Police Department, and RedMan Advisory Board and Assistant to the Director of Training for RedMan, Lawrence N. Nadeau. Nadeau has many more accomplishments, and to this day continues to teach self-defense and police tactics. Not only does he teach physically, but Nadeau teaches mentally and has written several instructional training manuals, teaching philosophies he’s learned along with military techniques. Nadeau started R.A.D. in 1989 where he worked as Executive Director until 1998 when he turned the program management to his 4 top senior female Staff

A woman in a R.A.D. class demonstrates how to release the grasp a man has on her. Photo courtesy of R.A.D.

Instructors. R.A.D. is now internationally known for self-defense education, here to educate not just women, but children, men, elderly, and anyone willing to learn the art of self-defense. While this program is fully accredited, it has been taught in over 3500 colleges and universities, cities and counties, and state police departments, but mainly known for its teachings throughout women’s resource centers

around the country. The reason why SDCCD will only be holding this workshop for strictly women is because our SDCCD Police Department has only been trained in R.A.D. for women. This does not mean men cannot acquire these same opportunities for self-defense. There are over 45 R.A.D. locations in the state of California. In the San Diego area we have a few R.A.D. programs, San Diego Community

College, University San Diego, GEM reMADE, and several independent instructors here to help. If one chooses to attend a workshop in the Mesa, City, or Miramar campus, one can expect to learn real life self-defense tactics and techniques, awareness of one’s surroundings, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, confidence building, and the basics of hands on defense training. It has also been common for past students to come to classes and share their stories. DeAnn Griffin, R.A.D. coordinator explains, “There have been women who have applied their techniques in real life situations and have come back and shared what has happened and what technique they used.” Each class is 6 hours long from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 12 hours total, broken down into two sessions and both sessions must be attended. Unfortunately, the first class started September 21st here at Mesa College and the second will be the 28th, but it’s not too late to

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The Word: What is a must need to get you through a long day at school?

“Food.” Greta Jacobo, 21, Psychology

“Sleep.” Zach Stiles, 21, Undecided

“Coffee in the morning.” Colin Goffry, 31 Mechanical Engineering

“Animal Crossing.” Emily Wilder, 20, English

“Quiet.” Latifah Smith, 22, Vocal Performance


Tearing down the misconception: homophobia in hip-hop


ap music has long been viewed as a predominantly homophobic art form, an unfortunate misconception that underlies the opinions expressed in a recent editorial of The Mesa Press. “Notably in the world of hiphop, homophobia is a constant theme,” asserts the author of the piece, its “artists consistently and unapologetically insult[ing] the gay individuals.” A 2010 study conducted at Washington State University refutes this claim, however, revealing that over 90% of the top selling rap albums from 1993 to 2008 lack any traces of homophobic contents. The piece continues, accusing the hip-hop industry of increasing “homophobia’s attractiveness with the usage of homophobic lyrics and themes” before concluding that “[g]ay people may never be accepted in the rap community.” Let’s briefly accept these notions for the pur-

pose of the argument; indeed, some rappers do employ derogatory slurs such as “faggot” in their lyrics to refer to those whom they consider to be less in stature. However, could such words also be used without any underlying sexual connotations? Could words evolve, their meanings changing to reflect the ever-shifting values of modern society and culture? Could they be possessed and claimed, its usage exclusive to a certain group? Informal discussions with some members of the Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community representing various organizations and media outlets reveal the polar divide in opinions that remain as ambiguous as the questions themselves. Regarding the usage of the f-word (denoting gay individuals), two distinct interpretations exist within the community: an always offensive one that attributes homosexuality as its entrenched connotation, and

a malleable one that depends on the context and intent in shaping its meaning. The rappers mentioned in the editorial (Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Snoop Lion and “many” others) seem to embody the latter interpretation of the f-word. Indeed, some of the most prominent mainstream artists in the industry, such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, Lil B and others have openly expressed their support for gay rights in recent years. “I’m not homophobic…and ‘gay’ just means you’re stupid. I don’t know, we don’t think about it… But I don’t hate gay people. I don’t want anyone to think I’m homophobic,” remarks Tyler, the Creator in an NME Magazine interview on his liberal usage of the word (213 times) in his debut album, “Goblin.” In “60 Minutes” featuring Eminem, Anderson Cooper questions the MC’s affinity to gay people, to which he re-

plied: “The scene that I came up in, that word was thrown around so much, you know? Faggot was, like, it was thrown around constantly, to each other, like in battling… I don’t have any problem with nobody.” As a product of a culture bred as a response to extreme racial, social and economic oppression, the hyper-masculine braggadocio defining the very nature of rap has prompted its artists to adopt a matching set of attitudes. Consequently, this led some rappers to begin using the f-word and other discriminatory slangs to ultimately disempower their opponents in rap battles, and not as an insult to the LGBT community. Although the usage of such slurs has spread over the years, it was mostly contained within the culture itself, and for some artists, the definition of these words has changed completely; “faggot” no longer implies sexuality, but weakness. Now, the contention raised

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here makes no attempt to ignore the historical impact and malice associated with the f-word. It does, however, attempt to highlight some external factors that may facilitate its re-purposing in nonsexual and positive ways. As it currently stands, the word still acts as a reminder of the discrimination that the LGBT community must contend with on a daily basis, no matter the context and intention of its users. However, generalizing the entire hip-hop culture as being homophobic appears just as radical and inappropriate as referring to a gay individual as the f-word. Such cursory examination and interpretation of rap’s overall stance on the LGBT community as being homophobic only serve to paint a grainy mosaic of the issue. Insensitive, perhaps, would be a more fitting descriptor.

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Under the digital knife

ith the amount of advertisements that filter through American media, marketers are using increasingly radical tactics to break through to the everyday consumer. A tactic that advertisers are using more and more often is one that is based on basic human desire. The need for sex is one that is deep rooted in human nature and knowing this, companies capitalize on it. Although this use of sexuality in advertising is undoubtedly successful, one might think of the negative connotations that arise from the art of “selling sex”. From burgers to beer, there is no doubt a target audience that marketers are bombarding these messages to. These advertisements not only depict unreal sexual situations, but they also illustrate unattainable ideals of beauty. More so than ever, consumers are being exploited by marketers and advertisers to buy their products using different techniques that cater to gender specific evolutionary needs. An editorial written for The Huffington Post UK, posted on April 10, 2013, titled “American Apparel Adverts Banned: ‘Sexual and Objectifying’ ” discusses how an American retailer, which is synonymous for pushing the border when it comes to advertising, has had it most recent advertising campaign banned for

its depiction of its young models. Their most recent spread of advertising is just that, a female model in a bodysuit and thighhigh socks with her legs open. From the photos the models face is not shown, but the main emphasis of the advertisement is the models groin area, rather than the garment itself. Another one of the photos is for a body suit as well; the woman is on a bed with her legs in a similar position, with text on the side of the image reading, “Now Open”. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are currently investigating a complaint against the company, in which many feel as if the women depicted in the advertisement were objectified, over sexualized and appeared vulnerable. In response to this claim, American Apparel stated that it “did it best to abide by standards of the industry as well as creating authentic, honest and memorable images which were relevant to its customer base”. Customers of American Apparel have come accustomed to these images of young women wearing almost nothing, but for many, these images breached the line of sexy and gratuitous. The ASA retorted American Apparels claims stating: “We considered there was a voyeuristic quality to the images, which served to heighten the impression that the women

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were vulnerable and in sexually provocative poses. For the reasons given, we considered the ads were likely to cause serious offense to visitors to American Apparel’s website. We concluded that they breached the code.” What most consumers fail to realize is everything from television adverts, to music videos, and every print material has gone under the digital knife. There is no denying that Photoshop is a wonderful tool, but the use of it in today’s media has opened a big can of worms. In an article posted in Up Lift Magazine, titled, “Beauty, The Photoshop Way” Sarah Barnes goes in depth as to how much photo editing has al- “... each advertisement that has been at all altered should carry a tered the way beauty is perceived. disclaimer” In the article, Barnes in- Peter Monsees/The Record/MCT terviews a woman by the name would carry this disclaimer. Young girls see emaciated modof Alesha Dixon. Dixon then What needs to be done is what els on covers and perceive this as recounts her experience at a Barnes calls, “Media Literacy.” If healthy, and end up making exorre-touching studio; “You don’t there was a program that taught bitant measures to live up to this know what’s been retouched to girls and boys from a young age image. what extent. That’s the whole that these images have been exAll in all, marketers and adverclouded part of our industry, that tremely altered, then maybe as tisers only job is for their consumeverything you see at some point they grew they would not face so ers to want to buy their product. will be augmented.” There is now much self-scrutiny. There is little thought put into the no escape from seeing re-touched According to the article, seven in repercussion of the sexual objecimagery, and the media is dis- ten girls believe that they are not tification that they use to market tinctly lacking in images that tru- good enough or do not measure what they are selling. No matter ly represent real beauty. Barnes up in some way, including their what, sex will be used to sell evbrings up the idea that each ad- looks, performance in school and erything. As consumers it should vertisement that has been at all relationships with friends and be known that everything is not altered should carry a disclaimer. family members. With this low what it seems, and true beauty is The problem with this is since self-esteem, there is the prob- only a few mouse clicks away. there is so much re-touching in lem of Reality vs. Perception. the world; every single photo

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Olympia is upon us

RACHEL RIVERA Editor in Chief

Joe Weider’s 2013 bodybuilding competion


ust as a football fanatic would await the arrival of the anticipated Super Bowl, or a hockey lover would count down the days until the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Joe Wieder’s Olympia is the event of the year for those who follow the sport of bodybuilding. The legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger was the man who mainstreamed male bodybuilding in the 70s when he reigned the Mr. Olympia champion six years in a row with a precedent-setting seventh victory a few years later. The “typical” stereotype of a bodybuilder is thought by some to be a meathead, steroid injecting, “gymaholic” who has no life outside of the gym, right? To those who practice the sport of bodybuilding, this is incorrect. To them, bodybuilding embodies discipline, dedication, selfrespect, and strong work ethic that can be applied to all aspects of everyday life. If participating in a fitness competition seems to be your calling, San Diego is a great place to live! The National Physique Committee (NPC) hosts both amateur and pro shows at the Scottish Rite Event Center off the 8 freeway near Hotel Circle. Joe Wieder’s Olympia is the grand finale of any ametuer or pro competetive fitness show, where only the most prestigious are entered as contenders eligible for the Olympic title. For over the past decade, the Olympia has been held in Las Vegas, Nevada where thousands congregate for not only the show itself, but for a massive expo including many vendors giving away free samples of products in the industry. Though every year brings new excitement and buzz for fans and competitors alike, 2013 debuts the Men Physique category, which is relatively new to competitive bodybuilding shows. Sept 26 - 29 marks the weekend that a prestigious few have been sacrificing years for training in hopes to be given the title of 2013 Olympia victor. Jay Cutler is another highly regarded name in the sport of bodybuilding, as he is also a previous Mr. Olympia champion. After going into a temporary retirement after a serious bicep injury, the four-year Olympic winner announced his comeback for the 2013 competition. This caused much speculation seeing that current Mr. Olympia title holder Phil Heath and Cutler were thought by many to be good friends and training partners. When interviewed this year by Robert Kennedy’s MuscleMag in terms of the possible “beef,” Cutler replied, “We’re friends [Phil Heath]…as far as any rivalries are concerned, it is what it is.” This head to head between Cutler and Heath is leaving many bodybuilding fanatics in high


Local NPC Competition: Scottish Rite Event Center Class C Bikini Competitors in comparison round: second call-outs Brian Perez/Special to The Mesa Press anticipation for the final judging round held on Saturday Sept 28. Kai Greene is considered to be the “underdog” of this year’s competition though many of his fans and followers believe this year will bring him victory. After

bring in the number one championship. Another exciting aspect of the 2013 Olympia is the conjunction of the film release Generation Iron, which highlights the fitness journey of the men com-

The type of suit & accessories a Bikini fitness competitor would wear along with call-out number Rachel Rivera/Editor in Chief years of placing top ten in the Mr. Olympia division, Greene along with his fans are ready to finally

peting this year. The movie serves as a sequel to Pumping Iron, which released

back in the late 1970s. Generation Iron releases one week before Joe Wieder’s Olympia weekend and is thought to “kick-off” the festivities within the bodybuilding industry. The relatively new category of Men’s Physique will be introduced this year. This particular division was created for males who wish to competitively display their physique, but prefer the more aesthetically pleasing look versus that of a bodybuilder. Those who compete in Men’s Physiqueothe spandex worn in male bodybuilding. Some top contenders for the Men Physique category going into the Olympia are Stephen Cook, Michael Anderson, Matt Christianer, and Mark Anthony Wingson all from USA. It will be a large honor for one of these men to walk away the first ever Men Physique Olympian. For many who view the Olympia or just the sport of bodybuilding in general, women within the competition may not be the first thought that comes to mind. For example, Meriza Deguzman-Ciccone of 619 Muscle based out of Worlds Gym here in San Diego is a beautiful representation of the femistic face women’s competitive fitness divisions now embody. She is an IFBB Figure Pro as well as a two time Mrs. Figure Olympia qualified athlete who founded the supplement brand “Sexy-Strong” empowering female fitness competitors. Though previously female bodybuilding may have been the only option, now there are mul-

tiple divisions for a woman within this sport. The Olympia offers titles to Women’s Bodybuilding, Physique, Fitness, Figure, and Bikini, all of which highlight different aspects of the female structure. What seems to be taking the competitive female fitness industry by storm is the increasing popularity of the Bikini division. This particular category requires a softer, beach body look while still maintaining a moderate amount of muscle mass. It is a very pleasing look that appeals to many women, making it rapidly popular among both the pro and amateur level. This year at the Olympia, Nathalia Melo will return to defend her 2012 Mrs. Bikini Olympia title. Top contenders hoping to give Melo a run for her money include Narmin Assria, Stacey Alexander, Amanda Latona, India Paulino, and Jessica Arevalo all from USA. Did this article excite you enough to wonder how you can get further involved in the fitness industry? Our own campus of Mesa provides an outstanding fitness and nutrition program! Our college offers a Fitness Specialist Certification Program that takes students through every avenue of the fitness industry. Completion of the program results in the student having a general knowledge of what particular aspect of the industry appeals most to them. They also leave Mesa with a required internship to gain hands on experience in the field as well as a Fitness Specialist Certification based on the materials from ACE (American Council on Exercise). If nutrition is what you find more appealing about the fitness industry, we offer a variety of programs based on your specific interest. For more information about our nutrition programs offered on campus, the offices of Elizabeth Chu and Christine M. Dupraw are located in B106.

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‘Insidious’ doesn’t live up to anticipation DANIELLE BELLAVANCE Features Editor


n 2011, “Insidious” hit theatres with more of impact than typically expected from a PG-13 “Possession” horror movie. I had not personally seen the movie until it came to Netflix many months after it’s release. I remembered hearing good things about “Insidious” and did not hesitate to stream the movie in my first moments of free time. This movie had legitimately frightened me. The way in which it was filmed were so the scary elements very limited and shown appropriately and effectively. There were still, typical cheesy scenes found in most films of the horror genre but the story left an impression on me. It was only natural when “Insidious: Chapter 2” was announced that I highly anticipated its’ release. “Insidious: Chapter 2” picks up right where the cliffhanger of the first movie left off. The father figure has returned from a paranormal dream like dimension after rescuing his son whom was claimed by a demon like entity. Turns out, the possession of this man’s son was not a random occurrence. The father had been haunted in his childhood but had been hypnotized to become unfamiliar with the paranormal activity that was ever a part of his life. The movie primarily focuses more on the background story of the family affected and why the demons chose them. There are many jumps between time dimensions that initially made the story hard to follow.

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Barbara Hershey and Patrick Wilson (far left, center left) star with Rose Byrne (far right) in Insidious: Chapter 2. MCT Campus

Towards the end of the film all of the pieces fell together and it started to make sense. “Insidious: Chapter 2”, as the first one is rated PG-13 but the filmmakers tried to up the scare element too much. There were a few parts that made me jump but most of the horror scenes could be found in the majority of modern movies of the genre. An example is the mirror trick. The makers show the protagonist looking in a mirror or window, then said person will drop an item or turn away only to look back and see a frightening image of the antagonist right beside or behind them. This approach is getting quite old to me be-

cause I already know what to expect. Overall “Insidious: Chapter 2” was good but nothing compared to the first installment. The makers obviously expected the movie to be quite successful because another cliffhanger was installed toward the end of movie convincing the viewer to expect Insidious Chapter 3 to hit theatres within a few years. I only hope they don’t continuously drag out the series and destroy it with sequels as what was done to the “Saw” and “Paranormal Activity” franchises.

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Choosing between PS4 & XBOX One MELINDA CASTRO Editor in Chief


he big decision that we all must face is finally approaching, a topic that’s been consuming gamer lives since the announcement. PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, which one will you be purchasing? Now I do know some die hard Microsoft users who will stick with the Xbox One through and through, and that’s perfectly fine, I myself am faithful to the SONY PlayStation, so of course when the chance was brought up, I preordered my PS4. Instead of going into the normal tangent of saying whose better than who, let’s talk about each console and you can decide which one suits you better. With the Xbox One there seemed to be a huge thing of conflict surrounding the features: used games, 24 hour online check in, backwards compatibility, and the Kinect always on. For example when the console was first introduced into the gaming world, these were the many problems that had gamers not amused. Selling used game was going to become a more difficult process, which involved going to a retailer like GameStop, where they will basically use a disk to extract the content from your hard drive, sort of like a parasite, and return the contents to the games disk. Sharing with friends will be close to impossible and the preferred method of purchase would have to the online downloading, which is frowned upon in the community since many gamers prefer to have a hard copy of the game on them. But with the rising discontent, Microsoft decided to stick with how they have been doing it all this time, so these feature will not be avail-

Microsoft’s Xbox One will be Sony Playstation 4’s main competitor in the gaming world this fall. MCT Campus

able, but a new feature is added that seems to actually make the players happy: ‘family sharing’ whereby users can let other users “borrow” their digital copies of games. Another great returning feature is that the console will have 8GBs of RAM. Moving on to the PlayStation 4, there have been some rumors from Edge, a gaming publication, based out of the United Kingdom, that the PS4 has something up their sleeves against the Xbox One and this being that the PS4’S is about 50% faster than the Xbox One. Now that is still just a rumor and can’t be confirmed just yet until the gamers of the community actually have a go with the

system, but this rumor might be the curve ball that PlayStation needed. Some features seem to highlight in the PS4 though. For example, it will now have a sharing function known as Gaikai, which will instantly upload the last several minutes of their gameplay, as well as instantly letting friends join in your game or even take over the controls for you. The main goal of Sony is having a more social platform with gamers, in which it seems like everyone will be connected. The social features are optional and can be disabled at any time. So with the facts on the table which one will you end up choosing?

he core of most beauty industry ads are geared towards women, because of the general demand women have for products that guarantee flawless skin, fuller lips, thicker lashes and hair. It becomes very difficult to decide which products to use, when competing companies all guarantee the same results. The beauty industry is one of the least regulated markets. Many brands are made with chemicals that would never be expected to be found in a tube of lipstick, or facial creams. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), is an international organization that tackles serious environmental problems. EDF had a spokesperson Dr. Richard Denison, a doctorate, graduate of Yale, wrote in his article the need for chemical reform, and more specifically, tighter regulations on harmful chemicals and the need for alternatives. Dr. Denison states that there is direct link between the exposure of chemicals to humans and rise of diseases. After interviewing Mesa students, it became evident that many women on campus have similar concerns when it came to their personal beauty regiment. The overall consensus for many Mesa women is that natural makeup is more important to them. Finding and using products that were both environmentally friendly and safe to use on their skin was very important to them. Briana Bazalaki, 19, states that “I minimize everything I use, and I like to use soap made for baby skin as my face wash, because it is mild and doesn’t burn my eyes”. In an article by Sammy Davis, in The Daily Green, she lists the following ingredients to avoid in cosmetics Petrochemicals: often used in skin astringents, perfumes, and petroleum jelly. Sodium Laureth/Lauryl sulfates: common in shower gels, shampoos, and after shaves. Formaldehyde and Paraben preservatives: found in toothpaste, and sunscreens. Synthetic dyes Artificial fragrances, most perfumes and cologne, legally don’t have to list their ingredients to protect their trademark. There are fortunately many companies that care about their consumers and provide products with little to no harmful chemicals. There are also websites that provide consumers with rating systems of the potency of harmful chemicals in major brands. The website (Environmental Working Group) has a cosmetic database called Skin Deep. It provides a search engine to input specific products from a brand, and a rating from 0-10, with 10 being the most harmful. Among the most harmful are brands like L’Oreal Cosmetics, and safer ones like Josie Maran cosmetics, according to the website. Skin Deep states its methodology in a following statement “Using a core, integrated database of chemical hazards, regulatory status, and study availability by pooling the data of nearly 60 databases and sources from government agencies, industry panels, and academic institutions”. Many companies are also willing to send savvy consumers samples of their products, especially companies that use more natural products because they could be allergic to some of the natural products. For example a person can ingest honey with no problem, but once used typically can experience serious side effects. Cosmetic companies are very aware of this, and happy to give free samples, all one has to do is ask, or contact the company via their website or walk in to your local Sephora and ask for a sample of products that are of interest.

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Clubs Put on a Show for Students ANGELICA YABUT Staff Writer


fter high school, students often wonder at how four years passed so quickly. Students often ponder with regret at all the activities that they did not participate in. Many simply polish their academic skills or join an athletic team while others go a choose a different path and join clubs. Because of the vast array of students, there has been a growing amount of clubs on campus. The club rush week is the perfect time to view what Mesa College has to offer. There are many clubs that fit varying interests. To name a few there is the Fencing Club, Mesa Robotic Organization, and the Student Veteran Organization. The fencing Club is advised by Professor Paul Sykes from the Biology wing. The club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays in room L102 from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. “I like to think of it as a full contact chess… a thinking person’s game.” recalled Sykes. Everyone is welcome to join,

both students and staff! Next is the Mesa Robotics Organization. It is advised by Professor Duane Wesley, who is the chair of Computer and Information Sciences here at Mesa College. Usually, they meet on Fridays in the K201 Building at 11 a.m., but on the first Fridays of every month they have their meeting at G101 Auditorium to listen to a specially invited guest speaker. Past speakers include: chief technology officer of Stanford University and the Department Chair of Biology from San Diego State University. To name a few of their creations are: purpose bots, micro mouse, and a quad copter robot. It is possible to even join competitions. It is encouraged to join and support the club to see what else can be created. Lastly is the Student Veteran Organization, advised by Professor Joe Schanberger of the mathematics department. This club is to “maximize veterans’ learning expe-

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rience, help veterans’ network and aware them on different veterans’ benefits.” The members have served in the armed forces and have created this “brotherhood through generations”, regardless of their age, to help other veterans network with one another and share past experiences. Their goal is to help situate veterans back into society and help make their academic experience the best it could possibly be. New members are always welcome to join. Those listed are only a few clubs offered at Mesa College, others include the : Mesa Japan Club, M.E.Ch.A., Muslim Student Association, and STAR Club. Most clubs accept new members throughout the year; it is never too late. There are many more clubs here at Mesa College where there is a club to suit everyone’s interests. After all, if one cannot find an interesting club to join, one can always create a new club.

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attend City College’s workshop on October 12th and 19th, or Miramar College’s workshop on November 2nd and 9th. Take advantage of these courses because they only come around twice a school year. R.A.D. will come back in spring semester where times and dates will be available nearer to spring.

If interested, register with Officer DeAnn Griffin, or contact her for any further information needed. Phone: 619-388-341 Email: For further information on the program, you can also visit http://www.rad-systems. com

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Student veterans at Mesa organized a barbecue to promote services offered on campus. Balkis Nasery/Staff Photographer

to help the veterans feel more at ease, this barbecue was planned specifically targeting veterans, staff, and faculty. This event was created to help them all interact with one another in an easygoing environment. Observing the events taking place in the barbecue, veterans received the opportunity to interact and network with other veterans as they identified with one another and bonded over shared stories of their experiences. When asked what they wanted as

they can have a quiet area to study along with resources such as a copy machine and a printer. Also, the secretary from the Student Veterans Organization , David Thompson, shares that there is not enough representation for veterans at Mesa ; they need more members for their organization. Because there are only a few veterans that are aware of this organization, many do not know that there are benefits for veterans who want to transfer to a four year university. Universities offer extra help that helps veterans transfer faster even if they are missing 2-3 units. Until they receive more representation, the Student Veterans Organization will continue to sponsor themselves. Veterans provide their time and energy for their country and when they come to study at Mesa it can be unnerving to commence a new stage in life. This barbecue provided the needed push that allowed veterans to socialize with one another as well as the opportunity to learn about the benefits that they may receive.

Because there are only a few veterans that are aware of this organization, many do not know that there are benefits for veterans who want to transfer to a four year university.

special resources for the Mesa campus, many responded that they would want a veteran’s lounge where they can relax after a rigorous day of class. Senini actually mentioned having a center on the fourth floor for veteran students so that

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

Home teams hard to follow for some San Diegans JOSH CHAMPLIN Sports Editor


any San Diego residents are people who are from, or used to live, somewhere else. San Diego has the largest concentration of military personnel in the country, and a large number of former and retired military personnel. There are also a lot of “transplants,” people who came here from somewhere else, and just decided to stay. Many of these people simply cannot follow their favorite sports teams. For sports fans, it’s especially difficult. It’s hard to follow a team that’s located on the other side of the country. As a Michigan Wolverines fan, it’s incredibly difficult to watch all of their games on TV. If a Michigan football game kicks off at noon ET, that means the game will start at 9am in San Diego. Maybe after a night of drinking, getting up at 9am is the last thing I want to do. 9 o’clock in the morning is just too early to get up to watch a game. Regional coverage has also caused me to miss many Michigan games. Football in the Midwest is by far the most popular sport, even more so than NFL football, baseball, basketball, or hockey. Any time there is “regional coverage” on ABC or ESPN, Michigan

It’s not easy living in San Diego and rooting for your team back home in Michigan. Above, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner. Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press/MCT

“There aren’t many good teams that get San Diegans excited.” or Michigan State games always have precedence. And while the Pac-12 may be better than the Big Ten this year (that’s a debate for another day),

it’s impossible to justify the fact that the networks would rather show a USC or UCLA game than a more nationally-relevant game that takes place in another part of

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the country. In other parts of the country, such as the South and Midwest, fans are just more passionate about college football than most San Diegans are. Part of that is there aren’t many good teams that get San Diegans excited. No offense here, Californians, but USC is in a death spiral with Lane Kiffin flaming out as head coach. UCLA is just now beginning to regain some nation-

al prestige. San Diego State is a mid-major at best. Stanford, on the other hand, has built a great football program in the last 5 years or so, but they’re definitely not a Southern California team. But the point is that there isn’t as much interest in college football from people here. It’s hard to imagine a California version of Harvey Updyke. As a Michigan fan, it’s hard to see my team not get the kind of media coverage and TV exposure that I would like them to. It’s hard not to be able to go to a game or two per year. It’s difficult to pick up a Sunday sports section and not see any Michigan coverage, besides a box score, if I’m lucky. It’s also very hard to not be with friends that you used to watch and attend games with, who remember that same great (and horrible) moments that you do. The people who approach every game the way an English soccer hooligan would approach his club’s next big match. As difficult as all these things are to deal with for a Michigan fan, when November rolls around, and it’s 35 degrees in Ann Arbor, and Michigan is playing Ohio State (probably for the Big Ten title), I’ll wake up, it will be 70 degrees and sunny, and I’ll decide that maybe, just maybe, being a Michigan fan in San Diego isn’t so bad after all.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

Hall of Champions top sports museum in San Diego

THOMAS FREY Staff Writer


he Hall of Champions museum at Balboa Park takes you back in time, with exhibits honoring legendary Chargers, Padres and the greatest athletes to come from San Diego. “For the most part they are donated,” said Hall of Champions Membership/ Sports Development Executive Drew Moser, who didn’t have just one favorite piece in the museum, “Whether it be the oil painting of Ted Williams, or Tony Gwynn’s bats, or the America’s Cup Replica Trophy that will be here soon. There are too many to choose from, and its hard to pick just one.” “Walking into the Padres exhibit really takes me back to when they went to the World Series,” said Mesa baseball player Zak Darman. The Chargers and Padres exhibits have memorabilia dating back to the beginning of both franchises. The Padres exhibit has many of Tony Gwynn’s awards, including all eight of his Silver Slugger awards for best hitter, and all five of his Gold Gloves given to the top player at each position. That’s just a very small percentage of the section. They have baseball gear from many baseball hall of famers including Ted Williams, who in 1941,was the last player to bat over .400. The Chargers exhibit has a team photo with Al Davis in it from way back in 1960, when he was an assistant with the Club their inaugural season. They have jerseys from every Chargers great, including Dan Fouts, Lance Alworth and Junior Seau. One of the other exhibits set up is Sailing. The first of two installments has pictures and memorabilia from the America’s

Cup, which was held in San Diego for many years. The second part of the exhibit, “Has started and will be completed in the next six to eight weeks,” Moser continued, “We will add a number of display counters, an interactive component where guests can compete against each other like they’re in a sailboat, and a full size replica of the America’s Cup Trophy.” The Hall has many corporate events and sports ceremonies as well. One of the events is the Breitbard Hall of Fame Ceremony, which is a San Diego Hall of Fame. This year four exceptional athletes includ-

ing Trevor Hoffman and Junior Seau were inducted. The award is named after Robert Breitbard (1919-2010) who founded the Hall of Champions. Breitbard is a San Diego sports legend. He never played a game but he did a number of other huge things for the city. “Breitbard had a relationship with a lot of the athletes, and he was so instrumental in building the sports scene in San Diego that people felt it appropriate to display their items at Bob’s museum.” Moser then said, “He was instrumental in building the Sports Arena.”

Once the Arena was built, Breitbard was able to draw the San Diego Gulls and San Diego Rockets(Now Houston) to the Sports Arena once it was complete. The Hall of Champions is located in beautiful Balboa Park, the staff is great and will answer any questions you have. Whether your favorite sport is football, basketball, baseball, Nascar or sailing they have something for you to see. The price of admission is $8 for adults and $5 for anyone 17 or younger.

Former San Diego Padre baseball player Tony Gwynn’s autographed cap sits in a display at Balboa Park’s Hall of Champions among other items from the Hall of Famer’s career. Kyle Kenehan/Photo Editor

Former San Diego Chargers players’ uniforms hang in Balboa Park’s Hall of Champions museum. Kyle Kenehan/Photo Editor

Football home opener ends in disappointment RYAN DUNN Staff Writer


he rivalry was in motion. The players took the field in what was ready to be a statement for the Mesa Olympians. The stage was set on Sept. 14. Unfortunately, Grossmont stole the show, as the game ended in a 63-7 loss. It took a mere 39 seconds for the Grossmont Griffins to storm down the field and reach into the end zone with a 17 yard passing touchdown. Mesa’s first drive resulted in a quick 3 downs, followed by a punt. Unfortunately, this pattern continued throughout a majority of the game. In the first half, the Olympians continued struggling with defending the run and turned over the ball on offense twice in the opening minutes. Although Mesa had 2 turnovers, one of them could be justified considering it was a tipped ball that unluckily turned into an interception for touchdown. The Griffins took advantage of the opportunities and began running up the scoreboard. After 3 more touchdowns for the Grossmont offense, Joe Kennedy and the Olympian offense began to show some signs of light. Shortly after the 2nd quarter began, The offense gathered some momentum and got into the end zone as Kennedy hooked up with tight end Gio Gonzalez for an 8 yard touchdown pass that put the score at 28-7 favoring the Griffins. This was a result of an impressive drive considering that the struggling offense only had 2 first downs in the first quarter. The Mesa touchdown was great. But sadly, it would be the only one Mesa would see for the rest of the evening. The Olym-

pians failed to produce points in the 2nd half and the Griffins offense was just too much for the defense to handle. The Griffins continued to score as the Olympians failed to find a rhythm offensively or defensively. “We need to use our mistakes as an example and try our best not to repeat them” said Quarterback Joe Kennedy, “execution and good rhythm is the key to our offense and we have a lot of talent to be better than we have shown so far.” Despite the marginal loss, there are some positive things to take away from the game. Late in the first quarter, star safety Josh Sakover chased down a long Grossmont breakaway run to force a very impressive fumble that resulted in a recovery for Mesa. “I saw the running back and thought there was no way I was going to catch him” Sakover stated, “but our coaches always preach effort to us and I just didn’t give up on the play.” The 2nd quarter also showed signs of improvement in the running game as the Olympians broke off for several long runs with many more first downs compared to the first quarter. Overall, Mesa now has a record of 1-1 and looks forward to the rest of the season now that they have moved passed arguably their toughest opponent. “Our goal is to get better every week and to learn from the mistakes that were made,” exclaimed coach Browne. Their next match up will be in Glendale against Glendale College on Sept. 21.

An unidentified Grossmont College player grabs Mesa College Olympian Tre Roberts (6) helmet and shoulder pads during Mesa College’s home game on Sept. 14. Kyle Kenehan/Photo Editor

Mesa College defensive lineman Luke Shawley (90) leads a dogpile tackle on a Grossmont College player in the final moments of the Sept. 14 game. Kyle Kenehan/Photo Editor

Mesa Press issue #8 Fall 2013  

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