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Volume 56, Issue 9



Slam dunk winner Darreon Tolliver shows off his high rising ability in the Midday Madness Slam Dunk competition on Oct 1. Oscar Day/ Staff Photographer

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ue to college expenses, students often look to Mesa College as a stepping stone, with the majority of students planning to obtain an Associate Degree or transfer to a California State University. But, with 23 different CSU campuses and a vast array of majors available, how can a student possibly decide on which one? On September 24, a workshop especially dedicated to both CSU transfer students and students aiming for an Associate Degree made its way to Mesa’s campus. The program is called ADT, Associate Degree for Transfer, and was presented by Leroy Johnson and Juliette Parker in a joint presentation to provide full coverage. Benefits of this program are gaining an Associate Degree and transferring to a CSU [with guaranteed admission] at the same time. “A few of the things we wanted to do are make sure you have an education plan, know what your classes are […that you are going to take], understand the different options

Suicide seminar brings hope to Mesa ALICIA SANCHEZ News Editor


any students have heard friends and family say: “I’m so stressed, I want to kill myself.” But, most take it in jest, thinking that they are not really suicidal; what could potentially be a warning sign for suicide is ignored. Students have to cope with difficult situations and are stressed with the amount of homework and duties that they need to complete. Most have jobs that they need to work aside from being full time students. Throughout long periods of relentlessly working, students begin to feel the pressures of being a working student. While being stressed is a normal aspect of life, extreme suicidal thoughts are not. In order to help Mesa College students help people who may be suicidal, Student Health Services conducted a Question, Persuade, and Refer Suicide Prevention Seminar where they learned how to give a suicidal person hope. The seminar was lead by Leon Altamirano-clinical supervisor from the department of mental wellness, prevention, and intervention program-to provide information on the national data on campus suicide and depression. According to Altamarino, suicide has become a negative issue in society for it has become the second-leading cause of death among 20-24 year old people; one in 12 U.S college students make a plan to commit suicide. College students are highly at risk

When a person commits suicide, more than one person is affected by the loss. Approximately 8-10 people are severely impacted by a suicide. Friends and family alike morn the loss of a loved one and are impacted for the rest of their lives. For this reason, the QPR seminar provides the best predictors of someone who is contemplating suicide.

“ Being so hopeless that they try a more lethal means.” Other predictors include low energy, social isolation, low self-esteem, relationship difficulty, and thoughts or expressions of suicide. Altamarino states: [...][....] The most extreme predictor is hopelessness, when a person feels hopeless, his desire to live decreases infinitely, resulting in suicide. One way to know when a person is having suicidal thoughts is by paying attention to direct verbal clues such as: “I’m going to kill myself.” Or, they could present less direct verbal clues such as: “ I’m tired of life, I just want it to end.” There are also behavioral clues such as buying a gun. In the seminar, Altamirano discussed a study by Dr. Vincennt

Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda in which he explained the components of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study. If a child experiences 4 or more adverse experiences, they are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder in the future. This creates an issue in society because when one is diagnosed with a mental health disorder, it increases the risk of suicidal attempts. There is a great correlation between having a mental disorder and later then having suicidal thought. Altamirano states: the brain stops working in an abused child; it changes the way that the brain develops.” This could create a mental disorder- such as depression- that could ultimately end in suicide. If a person sees that someone is about to commit suicide, the best thing to do is to dial 911 . There are many hotlines available for public use ,such as the Access and Crisis Line(888)7247240. In these hotlines, people can talk to professionals about their situaton. The Student Health Services center also provides resources and information for people who feel suicidal. People could take action to help prevent suicide by questioning if they have suicidal thoughts, persuading them that there is hope for life, and then referring them to a professional who can help overcome suicidal thoughts. For further QPR information visit

that you can use in CSUs, understand when the deadlines are, and if this is the right program or right decision for you” Johnson explained. The ADT workshop was to alert future CSU transfer students about the transfer process, the requirements, and the possibility of priority admission. In order for a student to receive priority admission to a CSU it is necessary they fulfill these requirements: Complete 60 transferable units at a CCC (with the remaining 60 units done at the CSU for a Bachelors Degree), must complete general education classes and major prep coursework, and also must maintain a grade point average of 2.4 or higher. Although there are 23 CSU campuses, the colleges often accept local students only, meaning the community college must be in the same county of the CSU. For example, a student planning to transfer to CSU San Marcos must have taken a class at a North County community college by spring in order to be considered a local student.

Old McDonald had a farmers market

Farm fresh food is ready for the choosing at San Diego’s numerous farmers markets. David Nguyen/Staff Photographer

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OCTOBER 8, 2013

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The Word: What was your initial reaction to the government shut down?

“I thought it was immature, it’s the down fall of our goverment.” Jason Cromer, 19, Computer Engineering

“ I was worried about how it would affect the GI Bill.” Michelle Garcia, 22, Business Management

“I was curious about the effects that it would have on me.” Ryan Albee, 21, Business Admin Systems

“I thought it was ridiculous that our goverment can’t come to a conclusion.” Matthew Volland, 20, Business

“I’d rather not know about it, I was concerend about my dad who is in the military.” Erica Williams, 19, Communication

Poor service plagues Mesa STAFF EDITORIAL:


t Mesa College, the student bookstore, the Mesa Cafe, and the C-Store all have a welldeserved reputation for terrible customer service. Whether students are just stopping in for a quick snack, picking up textbooks, or trying to get a semilukewarm meal between classes, most of the employees of these places give the impression that paying customers are nothing more than an inconvenience or a waste of their precious time. And that’s not to say that

there aren’t any good employees at any of these places. There are. Especially in the cafeteria; there is one young lady who goes out of her way to find breakfast burritos, even after the cafe has stopped serving breakfast. She just seems to find a way to make one materialize, seemingly out of thin air. Despite the ridiculous price and lack of quality, if you happen to have consumed 14 or 15 beers the night before, the mix of grease, bacon, cheese, eggs, and starch is the perfect cure for what ails you. However, the vast majority of the employees that work in the cafe, bookstore, or c-store

do not fit this description. Perhaps they’re (justifiably) upset that they’re working for a ridiculous wage. Maybe they’re thinking about their prospects for finding a job when they graduate. Perhaps their attitude is a small form of rebellion for the price of tuition. Maybe they’re just nihilists, who hate the idea of people in general, and hate helping people even more. Most students at Mesa probably understand that all of these factors probably contribute to these employees hating their jobs. Hell, most people hate their jobs. It’s only natural.

Maybe they think they’re “above” working in a bookstore or cafe. Whatever their motivations are for acting rude, having no manners, outright condescension, and being (probably intentional) horrible at their jobs, they are known only to them. But the employees at Mesa take this to a whole new level. If someone stops at the C-Store to get a Gatorade or coffee before class, why is it that the person working at the cash register has to ask for student ID every single time? They’re selling snacks, not alcoholic beverages. It’s not as if people are sneaking onto campus at Mesa to get overpriced drinks

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or snacks. Why do they speak to customers in a condescending tone? Do they not even attempt to be personable or friendly? It seems to me that the only plausible way for someone to be that bad at their job is if they’re purposely doing it badly. If the employees of the Mesa student bookstore, Mesa Cafe, and the Mesa C-Store want to treat customers badly, and continue to do so, they would do well for themselves to remember an old quote, especially for future job searches: “You only get one chance to make a first impression.”

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October 8, 2013



Media glamorizes copycat suicide

here is no one isolated component to the cause of suicide related deaths. Suicide is not a black-orwhite issue, there is no one phenomenon that can pinpoint the cause of individuals who plan on taking their life. It is without a doubt that suicides are a taboo in many groups, however it may not seem like that is the case with in the American society in relation to how often suicide related deaths are publicized in the media. What must be made clear is many publicized deaths generally have one thing in common, they are all celebrities of some sort, and not of the average American. Often the death is covered by every news source available, and reporters will keep it on the headlines as long as it is a topic of interest. There is a saying in the news world “if it bleeds, it leeds” thus, according to Urban Dictionary, it’s a statement about America’s fascination with violence. The media should focus on the value of persons life, and not the tragic way they passed away, to keep from glamorizing the act of suicide.The danger of mass media coverage of celebrity deaths are relatable to the epidemic known as “copy-cat suicides”. According to Alex Mesoudi’s theory stated in his research article “The Cultural Dynamics of Copycat Suicide”: is that behind copy-cat suicides suggests that attempts at suicide are made from social learning. Cases of attempted suicide increase during the time of a recent suicide of a high profile case. Mesoudi, further states that there are three characteristics to “copycat” suicides. • That they are associated with prestigious celebrities only • That the effect is greater when the celebrities are similar to the target

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individual That the mass media is involved in the dissemination of suicide information. It is the media’s responsibility to use their outlets as informative resources to the consumers. The media should give helpful information to the masses when cases of high-profile suicide cases arise. Rather then their callous and distasteful drive to sell papers, and attain viewership through the bloody rhetoric that has historically been used. Headlines without avail grab a news consumers attention from the front pages of newspapers, and blatant exploitative coverage on digital media. News sources will pry into every detail of a celebrity’s life: from before, during and after the suicide. The detrimental result to these factors contribute to social learning that magnifies the danger and increases the probability of widespread copycat suicide attempts. The first step toward stopping this devastating problem involves taking the topic and facing it head on and making sure that everyone can do their part to prevent suicide. Reaching out means: first, paying attention and noticing when people are showing signs that they could be at risk, and second, taking the time to let people know we care. In Dr. Firestone webinar titled “Understanding and Preventing Suicide,” this past September there was an online presentation that helped identify six of the most crucial warning signs of suicide. 1) Sleeplessness - How well a person sleeps represents the overall level of anxiety and arousal. Struggling with unbearable psychological pain can make it hard for them to sleep. 2) Preparations - Any actions a per•

Say no to midterm stress



ooking back in time, it is hard to believe that almost half of this semester is gone, yet the proof of it stands right in front of us. With midterms looming around the corner, students are more stressed than ever. There are generally two different types of student: those who are organized, and those who are not. Students who have developed an organized routine, integrating study with play, will pass through the midterms with a breeze. But for those who are are not , do not fret! There is still time to get back on the right track. Before starting and preparing for exams, it is useful to have an optimistic mind. Students should channel their inner inspirational posters, the ones that counselors plaster on the walls with phrases such as, “you can do it!” With a positive attitude, the next essential thing is motivation. Think about your long term goals. In Sandra Cisneros essay, “Only Daughter”, Cisneros expresses how her father influenced her decision to go to college, “Being only a daughter for my father meant my destiny would lead me to becomes someones’s wife…I was in the fifth grade and shared my plans for

college with him… I remember my father saying, ‘Que bueno, mi’ja, That’s good’ … What i didn’t realize was that my father thought college was good for girls- good for finding a husband.” With a positive mind, and motivation, you can now reach the top. Straight A’s. Only those who are disciplined, can and will reach it purposes.Discipline is not that hard to reach, it only requires work and patience. And if He Can Do It, She Can Do It too! I hope you put down on your agenda, studying for such and such signature, too, right? Good! Now start studying every day. Dedicate at least one hour a day for subject. It’s not that much and is not impossible. If you think that, then you really need to start from the beginning. You will have to go back to “optimistic mind.” If you are having a good attitude and accept that you can do it, then just Do It! Don’t stress but keep focus. Let’s make a Difference this semester! Let’s make the difference for us, for our family, for our college and for our community. Let’s show the teachers that we will study and get good grades. We Can Do It! With all the resources that we have it will be a shame not to get there where we have to. In the end, faculty staff will say: THEY DID IT!

son potentially takes toward ending their life should be taken seriously. If a friend jokes that they’re going to kill themselves tomorrow, the threat should not be taken lightly. If they’re giving away their possessions or saying goodbyes, these are true causes for alarm. 3.) Hopelessness - If someone perceives their life or situation as hopeless, they may be at risk. Try to see the crisis through their point of view as they experience it. 4) Talking about committing the act of suicide— When people talk about suicide, it means it is on their mind, and they could be considering it. 5) Isolation - When people are alone, they are more likely to listen to their “critical inner voice” or “anti-self” and fall into a suicidal trance. 6) Perception of being a burden - If they feel like they are a burden to others, they may listen to this thought, rather than realize how much pain their loss would cause loved ones. The Media’s focus and efforts are never focused on the protection of those who may have issues with suicide and have inner conflicts with their “anti-self”. Despite there being many resources for individuals of all backgrounds, many feel as though there is no help for them. Due to the lack of media coverage given for the positive resources available to those in need, many Americans feel as if they are alone in their struggle.

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Some resources even come in the form of mobile applications, for those who are not ready to talk to another person about their issues. • Mobile applications can be found on • Breathe2Relax, a portable stress management tool to reduce stress and calm the “fight or flight” response • T2 Mood Tracker -- a diary to record emotions and behaviors on six pre-loaded scales (PTSD, stress, brain injury, depression, anxiety and general well-being) • -PTSD Coach -- an app that discusses traumatic stress and how to manage symptoms, and helps users find professional care and crisis support Everyone is responsible for helping a person who is in need, and is showing signs of suicide. It is imperative that as a society we protect these individuals and to show support by offering resources that will suit their needs best. News consumers should also demand the media outlets to have more respectful guidelines in the coverage of suicide related deaths, particularly high-profile cases. The media plays a large role in the social learning of its viewers, and should be held responsible for the content that it produces. Everyone is responsible for helping a person who is in need, and is showing signs of suicide

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October 8, 2013


Grocery stores taking a back seat to local markets BALKIS NASERY Staff Writer


an Diego, known as America’s Finest City, a refuge for many tourists who want to experience the true essence of the Southern California lifestyle. One of the greatest ways to experience any city is by taste. The quality of food a city has to offer says novels about the dynamics of that city. There perhaps is no better way to feel and absorb the essence of a city by tasting what is grown from the San Diego soil itself. The best way to experience San Diego is through local farmers markets. The comfortable climate, laid back socialites of San Diego, make the city an ideal hot spot for Farmers Markets. Farmers Markets bring a connection to urban dwellers and farmers in an exchange that is rewarding to both parties. Historically farmer’s market consists of individuals who offer goods to the public in a simple and transparent way. Independent of a third party who purchases the whole lot and sells to consumers, farmers are able to make a better profit, and consumers perceive that they are getting a better product. San Diego is extremely lucky to have farmer’s markets 7 days a week, with sometimes 13 farmers market’s going on in one given day. The city of San Diego offers a website: that gives the full details of the times locations of all farmer’s markets, which are available on each day through out the week. All farmer’s markets are certified by the County Agricultural Commissioner, which ensures that all produce being sold is grown in California and meets all of the state’s standards, ensuring both quality and value of the produce. Some of the most popular farmer’s markets according to the reviews on are:  The Little Italy, Hillcrest, and Ocean Beach locations. The Hillcrest location boasts over 400 reviews on yelp, with many of the reviewers ecstatic about the abundance of samples, friendly vendors, and reasonable prices, it was easy to see why many locals and tourists alike make this farmer’s

market a destination must. The Hillcrest location also offers free parking and trolley service to consumers, making it convenient with no hassle and confusion finding the farmer’s market. The Hillcrest location holds the traditional farm to table concept of beautiful fresh produce picked from the rich soils of San Diego, but it also offers many more unique and creative events, products, and services for its’ patrons. If going with young children or those young at heart, the Hillcrest location also offers fun craft activities and face painting. The market also offers young chefs and culinary rookies the opportunity to learn tips and tricks from local chefs. Hillcrest also offers a website where patrons can log on and see what that week offers, as well as see what other market goers purchased and what vendors are their favorite. With Hilcrest’s friendly and informative website, as well as abundant vendors who offer a variety of goods, it is easy to see why many flock to this market oasis on Sundays. Many who work the weekend may feel a bit left out when it comes to enjoying the bounties of what farmer’s markets have to offer. Fortunately San Diego offers farmer’s market events every day. Pacific Beach offers a quaint and loveable farmer’s market that breeds the true essence of a farmer’s market. Pacific Beach farmer’s market maximizes the healthy lifestyle and trendy beach styles that many Southern Californians love. With over 10 local farmers offering: fresh produce, fresh fish, organic juice and artisan breads crafted by local bakers. Local

Delicious coconut drinks on a hot summer day artists take to the microphone and serenade patrons as they try on garments and jewelry that have been crafted by San Diego artists. It is easy to see why this charming market is a favorite of locals, who desire the goods of a market with out the burden

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of crowds. Coronado Beach is another great location that offers a scenic view for patrons. The variety of vendors and quantity of produce are limited, due to the train of tourists, and much of the produce being

Gorgeous flowers found at the Coronado farmers market David Nguyen/Staff Photographer out of season. Ideally the best time to take in the bounties of Coronado Beach farmer’s market is during the summer, where the abundance of vendors and produce are prevalent. Another location that offers an abundance of vendors is UCSD’s campus run farmer’s market, not much can be said for fresh produce, but there is an influx of food vendors offering their prepared goods. The majority of patrons are campus students, due to more isolated location of the market. Farmers markets are an ideal setting to try samples of: local produce, artesian breads, hand crafted beauty products, live music and workshops that are held by local chefs. Taking the time to venture out to different farmers markets is a great way to meet local farmers and vendors, as well as being educated on products by those who are passionate about the products they are offering. Patrons help support hard working locals who pride themselves in their craft, and help the local economy.

A simple set up at the Coronado farmers market.

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Album Review

Miley Cyrus’ album needs to be TWERKED



iley Cyrus has done nothing but make headlines for weeks on end, ever since her outrageous performance at MTV’s video music awards. Most believe this was an attempt to stray away from the image of Hannah Montana, the reason she was brought to fame in the first place. In a matter of a few years Cyrus has gone from teen idol to millions of tween girls, to a provocative and outrageous young woman. ,“Bangerz” is Cyrus’ first new album since the emergence of her new look and iconic short, boyish hairstyle. The first single “We Can’t Stop” was released to moderate radio play. It’s catchy, but didn’t have the success of some of her earlier singles from previous albums and was not impressive at all. Within the past few weeks, the video for her second single “Wrecking Ball” went viral. “Wrecking Ball” is an excellent song. It shows progression in her music style with the lyrics and singing and even a bit of maturity. The once young Disney star has molded into a young woman and this song shows it. The first and last tracks

“Adore You” and “Someone Else” also display the same characteristics as “Wrecking Ball” and could be even considered ballads. All of “Bangerz” is nowhere near as good as the tracks mentioned earlier though. It has its’ fair share of Cyrus’ attempt at club music with “4x4” featuring Nelly and “SMS” featuring Britney Spears, sticking out as the most awful. After hearing these tunes, the rest of the album was rather difficult to get through. It is evident that she wants to go in a different direction but this really is not working in her favor. The rest of the album sounded extremely similar and the songs didn’t have much variety. Upon first listening to the songs, it might be difficult to differentiate them from one another. It seems that Cyrus’ attempt to show the world a different side of her has failed miserably. “Bangerz” might have been a solid attempt of a great album but it is evident from previous records sales and sold out tour that Cyrus is capable of better. Purchasing 2 venti starbucks would be better than spending money on the “Bangerz” album.

Miley Cyrus attends the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at The Barclay Center in New York City, NY, Sunday, August 25, 2013. (Nancy Kaszerman/Zuma Press/MCT)

Resturant Review

Homestyle Hawaiian brings fare to mainland DAVID NGUYEN Staff Writer


ooking for a local food spot to eat at while you’re waiting for your next class to start? Homestyle Hawaiian is a great option that’s close by to campus, and has been serving Hawaiian styled food for the past 8 years. Homestyle Hawaiian started in San Diego at their first location in Scripps Ranch. Before it was Homestyle Hawaiian it was called Mo’s Island Grind. The restaurant is owned by Mo & Aimme Tolentino, who are both San Diego natives. It all started when Mo went on a family trip to Maui, Hawaii and fell in love with the food, he wanted to bring the grub and lifestyle back to San Diego. The food brings Hawaii to San Diego with their own creations with a blend of different food influences combined in many of their creations. Aimee stated, “Mo lived in Maui for a few months to learn the cuisine from a chef.” The food ideas came from what they personally like and what they think customers would like. The Tolentino’s usually adds more to the menu so there’s always something new to try out.“We love fried food so we did the deep fried musubi, which is our best seller” Tolentino said. Some of the popular items on the menu include the Lava Chicken, Spam musubi, and The Loco Moco. The Loco Moco is a popular item that features a brown gravy over a handmade beef patty on top of steamed rice, Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions, and finishing it off with two over easy eggs. Homestyle Hawaiian, bring the Hawaiian cuisine to San Diego and to a location close to campus. It is a great spot to take a break and enjoy great Hawaiian meals. If you’re looking for a place to eat for lunch, check out Homestyle Hawaiian for some tasty Hawaiian chow.

Interior of Homestyle Hawaiian

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Some of the popular items on the menu include the Lava Chicken, Spam musubi, and The Loco Moco David Nguyen/ Staff Photographer

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Student Veterans press for Resource Center



n October 2, the Student Veterans Organization presented to the Associated Student Government, proposing they support the building of a Veterans Resource Center. The SVO plans for the VRC to not only be a place for veterans to network and aware them of their eligible benefits, but to also be an exclusive, confidential space where veterans can open up to share past experiences. According to the SVO’s survey question, (“On what activities or priorities would you like […us] to focus in the future?”) A few quoted responses they received were: “[Areas to aware veterans of their] benefits, the how’s, do’s, and don’ts and the fine print.” “Maybe meet and greets […] it’s easier to relate to someone who is or has been in your shoes before.” These universal responses are calling for a “[…] dedicated autonomous veterans service office”.

“[...] it’s easier to relate to someone who is or has been in your shoes before.” In the VRC, the veterans “[…] want a space where Speaking on behalf of the veterans here at Mesa College was the president of the SVO, David Donoso, “[SVO…] had its up and downs, […but] its been growing,” which in fact is true. From Fall of 08 to Fall of 2012, the number of active veterans here at Mesa College increased by a staggering amount of 67%. Additionally, in comparison to Miramar and City College, Mesa holds the highest number of active military and veteran students, with the amount totaling to 3,021. The student veterans hope to find solace in the VRC, with one of the reasons being the lack of services specifically geared toward veterans. Unknown to many, are the underlying sacrifices made by the veterans. “I have hearing loss” said Donoso, who has served for 5 years as armed infantry.

we could ‘close’ the door.” In other words, an exclusive space, where there is an assurance of confidentiality, for veterans to speak of their experiences that wrecked havoc on their mental or physical health. As of October 1, 2013, there has been 5,315 of the armed forces killed in action and a ghastly amount of 22 suicides per day (by year 2010). The SVO plans the VRC to provide better mental services and outreach programs in order to better accommodate their needs, and to especially prevent further deaths by suicide. In specifics, the SVO proposed the VRC will offer: assistance on pinpointing eligibility on benefits and services, veteran specific tutors, mental health services (including counseling and advising), and a rehabilitation center. The provided services would help the veterans readapt to society and overall be a well deserved (although overdue) present from Mesa College.

Chancellor says future looks bright for Mesa STEPHANIE FLORES Staff Writer


an Diego Mesa College hosted a Chancellors Forum to discuss issues and future plans for the district. The San Diego Community College District is California’s second- largest community college district with 50,000 students enrolled in credit colleges. The San Diego Community College District is home to three credit colleges, City, Mesa and Miramar. The district also has 90,000 students enrolled in their eight-continuing/adult education campuses. Dr. Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor for the SDCCD, spoke about the future plans Mesa College and the rest of the community colleges will come upon on. In 2014, the SDCCD will hire 30 full- time faculties, positions that have been vacant since January 2013. The increase of full-time faculty is not only beneficial for its employees, but for its students. The hiring of faculty will finally increase the number of classes. Having full-time faculty will be beneficial for students to engage more with their professors.By summer 2014, the SDCCD, plans to offer 500 additional class sections.A third increase from the 3,173 class re-

duction in 2008. Today, the SDCCD offers students 29 associate degrees for transfer and 4 degrees are still waiting approval at City College by the State Chancellor’s office. Out of those 29 associate degrees, Mesa is home to 14. Mesa offers associate degrees from Business Administration to Communication Studies to Theater Arts amongst others.The district also plans to offer a Baccalaureate Degree for students. This means, students interested in

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Transfer Continued from page 1 To be eligible for ADT, a student must also plan to major in one the following: Anthropology, Art History, Business, Communication Studies, Geography, History, Journalism, ogy, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theater Arts.

For further information and help visit and CSUGE. Additionally, a short and concise version of the powerpoint presentation is available on Mesa College’s official website under the Transfer Guarantees section. These websites contain vital information, which a student can take advantage of to prepare for their major prep coursework and general ed. Counselors and transfer centers are also available for information on the associate degree for transfer.

vocational careers such as Nursing or Automotive Technology will have the opportunity to receive their college Bachelor’s degree from a SDCCD campus. The college district is also undergoing major building construction with the bond measures authorized by Proposition “N” in 2006. This will allow SDCCD to have more than 80 projects, from top of the line learning facilities to renovations and modernizations. In the upcoming year, Mesa will welcome a state of the art Social and Behavioral Sciences building, Cafeteria, Bookstore and LRC center that

will greatly benefit the Mesa student population. Students will be able to study in a contemporary environment filled with new appliances fir student use. Future projects such as a Fine Arts and Dramatic Arts and Fitness center are planned to begin construction late 2015, early 2016. The presentation taken place on September 23, 2013 was followed by a quick Q&A where people had the opportunity to ask questions about any uncertainties they had. Despite the hardships that the San Diego Community College District went through for years, the future finally looks brighter for the district, faculty and students.


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‘The Book of Manning’: football’s first family

THOMAS FREY Staff Writer


rchie Manning is known for being Peyton and Eli’s father, the documentary ”The Book of Manning”, shows a part of Archie that nearly nobody knew. On Tuesday, Sept 24th, ESPN released another episode of their documentary series, “SEC Storied”. All of their films are related to the Southeastern Conference, arguably the greatest conference in college football history. The latest release, “The Book of Manning”, delves into the history of the Mannings, particularly Archie. Director Rory Karpf worked with Archie for more than two years on this project. When most people think of Archie Manning, they think of a man sitting in a suite with his wife Olivia watching their sons play. Some people knew he was a former player, but few knew the whole story. Karpf paints a great picture of what Archie has been through and how so many moments not only made Archie who he was, but molded sons Cooper, Peyton and Eli. Archie Manning grew up in a small town in Mississippi wanting affection from his father Buddy. Very saddened thinking back, Archie says, “ We didn’t hug.” It was a time when fathers didn’t hug or say, “I love you.” All Archie wanted to do was please his father. Buddy was a devoted Ole Miss Rebels fan and Archie loved to watch games with his father. After high school, Archie had to choose between being signing a professional contract with the Atlanta Braves or signing a letter of intent to play football for Ole Miss. His father told him, “You gotta do what your heart tells you to do.” Archie choose to play football for the Rebels. Archie’s college career was comparable to a rollercoaster ride. During his first year as a member of the freshmen team, the practices were so tough that the Rebels started with eight quarterbacks, all the quarterbacks on the roster quit besides Archie. Teammate Bubba Tollison said, “If you could make it through Wobble Davidson, you could run barefoot and naked through hell and you wouldn’t even be sunburned when you came out on the other side.” Archie said, “It was tough, a lot of guys didn’t come back, I can’t say that I didn’t think about it.” As the Ole Miss starting quarterback his sophomore season, Archie led the Rebels to a Liberty Bowl win. After the season, Archie returned home to find that his father committed suicide. “I was the one who found him. Got things together so my mother wouldn’t walk in on that.” Archie wanted to quit school so that he could work and help support his family. His mother wouldn’t allow it and he returned to school. Big things were expected of Archie after that. In his junior year of 1969, he finished 4th in the Heisman Trophy. He ran for over 500 yards and was one of the most exciting players in the country to watch. Three time Texas sportswriter of the year, Skip Bayless tweeted, “Archie Manning as a college QB was Johnny Football long before Johnny Football.” He ended that season winning most valuable player of the Sugar Bowl as Ole Miss beat #3 Arkansas. Archie went on to be the second overall pick to the Saints. He played eleven seasons in the NFL, and never had a winning season. He took a beating on every play but he said, “I actually have positive memories.” He was able to bring his sons to practice almost every Saturday the day before they had a home game. Cooper and Peyton have fond memories from that. He spent as much time as he could with his sons and loved it. When the kids were very young he was mad when they moved into a new house and the furniture was brought in because it messed up their indoor football. Cooper Manning was an All-State receiver who had a scholarship offer from Ole Miss and took it. Cooper was Peyton’s top receiver in high school. Peyton looked forward to going to Ole Miss to play with his brother. At an Ole Miss practice before the season started Cooper was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and would never play one snap of football, his career was over. This saddened all the Mannings greatly. Peyton would not follow his father and brother’s trail by going

to Ole Miss. Instead, he signed with the University of Tennessee. They would be getting the Gatorade player of the year given to high school football’s best quarterback. The movie shows Peyton taking the reins of starting quarterback as a freshman in mid-season due to the starting quarterback getting injured. That quarterback was Todd Helton, who is one of the most respected baseball players ever. That omission is surprising because that would have shocked people to hear that Helton was a good enough quarterback to play at Tennessee. Overall, Peyton and Eli would both became great NFL players. “For them to be number one picks in the draft, to win Super Bowls, MVP’s, yeah, we pinch ourselves,” Archie then said, “I don’t like the perception that it was a plan.” He never pressured his kids to play football, but they loved competing and playing all sports. The Mannings are perhaps the best father and sons duo in sports history. If Cooper hadn’t been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, Peyton most likely would have gone to Ole Miss, and they may have been a dynasty in the 1990’s. At the end of the movie, Bayless tweeted, “Archie stole that show from his two more famous and successful QB sons. What a dad.”

Proud parents Olivia and Archie Manning and son Eli, wave to the crowd prior to the Ole Miss/LSU game during senior day ceremonies at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxfor, MS, on Saturday Nov. 22nd, 2003. Archie Manning was a star quarterback for the Rebels in the late 60’s. Tim Isbell/Biloxi Sun Herald


Porn addict meets Ms. Right in ‘Don Jon’ CARY DARLING Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ MCT Campus


on Jon’s a dog. He cares only about his car, his pad, his boys, his family, his gym, his church (Sundays only), girls and porn _ lots and lots of porn. That is, until he meets Ms. Right _ actually two Ms. Rights _ and his bro-licious world is turned upside down when he learns that women are people too. That’s the simple premise for “Don Jon,” the feature directorial / writing debut for actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but it’s handled with such a deft sense of humor and pathos that it transcends any rom-com handcuffs anyone might try to slap on it. Like “50/50,” the 2011 film in which Gordon-Levitt starred as a young guy who discovers he has cancer but still needs to live his life, “Don Jon” takes what, in other hands, could have been awkward or mawkish, and makes it relatable. Gordon-Levitt plays Jon, a working-class Jersey guy cruising through life who seems to know what he’s all about. That is until Barbara Sugarman (an entertaining Scarlett Johansson, doing her best future “Real Housewives of New Jersey” imitation) high-heels her way into his heart.

He’s totally smitten, but the one thing that stands between them and relationship bliss is his porn addiction. It takes a bit of schooling from an older woman he meets at night school (Julianne Moore), who’s dealing with lots of issues of her own, to get him to try to face his problem of treating women like objects. Sure, it’s an obvious point and one that’s not new. Several recent films have dealt with the delicate subject of porn addiction, and the dehumanization that stems from it. The powerful “Shame” did it in a much grimmer, darker fashion two years ago, while the breezy, lightweight “Thanks for Sharing,” in theaters now, treads some of the same territory. But Gordon-Levitt enlivens “Don Jon” with such a sense of swagger, as a director, writer and actor, that the film feels fresh. He gets strong performances from his actors, including Tony Danza as his no-nonsense dad and especially Moore as the complicated, conflicted Esther. The suddenly omnipresent Brie Larson (“Short Term 12,” “The Spectacular Now”) has a small but funny part as Jon’s sister. To top it off, there’s no way anyone’s leaving the theater without Marky Mark’s 1991 hit “Good Vibrations” Writer/Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett dancing in their head. Win-win for everybody. Johansson star in “Don Jon.” Daniel McFadden/MCT Campus)


The Mesa Press

october 8, 2013

Midday Madness gives promise to upcoming season RYAN DUNN Staff Writer


f the hype around college basketball wasn’t already exciting enough, the “Midday Madness” event that introduced the men and women’s basketball teams surely did the trick.

Tuesday, Oct. 1 was the kickoff to the upcoming 2013-1014 basketball season and both the men and women looked as excited as ever to get the season going. The Midday event was a preview that introduced the coaches and players for both teams. The event began shortly after 4 o’clock and when the introductions were over, they began a 3-point competition that was later won by sharpshooters Novian Cherry and Karen Kui for the men’s and women’s teams. They also put on a show with a slam dunk competition for the men’s squad as O’Neil Brauthigam and Darreon Tolliver went head to head in the dunk finale. Both players threw down some electrifying dunks but Tolliver came out on top with an impressive self-given alley-oop to secure the victory. After the Madness, women’s head coach Michael Hootner talked about this upcoming season. “Palomar won the conference last season. As a team it is always a goal to knock off the previous champs, but we are most looking forward to trying to win our second league title in 3 years.” The Women’s team won their last league title in the 2011-2012 season and are clearly determined to do it again this year. “Our biggest difference is our new in-

coming players and the high amount of team spirit our team has shown thus far”, men’s head coach Ed Helscher explained. Helscher has coached 26 seasons now for the Mesa Olympians and is excited for the upcoming season. When returning player Mike Vonborstel was asked about the key factors in being a role model for the upcoming season, he stressed that “attitude” was a big one. “Bad attitude is something we had some struggles with last season. As a returning player it is my job to be controlled and calm as well as showing newer players the way.”

There are some impressive new players added to the Men’s team this year, including slam dunk contest winner Darreon Tolliver, as well as 3 point winner Novian Cherry, who had some inspiring comments when talking about the team and its season outlook. “We want to do something that has never happened here at Mesa. We played against a lot of top teams in our summer league and I felt that we performed pretty well.”

Both Mesa Basketball teams looked impressive with their shooting ability and strong athleticism but will it be enough to win league titles? With some positive team spirit and experienced head coaching, both teams are determined to lay it all out on the court to take home another banner to the Mesa Gymnasium.

The Mesa women’s basketball team huddles up and does a routine chant to get excited for Midday Madness. Oscar Day/Staff Photographer

“Palomar won the conference last season. As a team it is always a goal to knock off the previous champs, but we are most looking forward to trying to win our second league title in 3 years.” -Women’s Basketball coach Michael Hootner

Mesa men’s soccer defeats College of the Desert, 3-1 THOMAS FREY Staff Writer


he Mesa Men’s soccer team defeated College of the Desert at home Friday night 3-1, a score in the fourth minute helped set the tone for the rest of the game. The game plan was executed better as the game went on. Midfielder Josh Howerton said, “Basically we practice it everyday.” Efficient ball movement led to three goals, the first two goals were assisted by midfielder Brian Benjume and the third goal which put the game out of reach was assisted by Howerton. Midfielder Ryan Becker and forward Andrew Voltin scored the first two goals that were assisted by Benjume. Both times Benjume had control of the ball inside the six yard box right in front of the goal and he was able to get the ball to the right player who put it in the net. After the second Mesa goal, College of the Desert got on the board with a goal that was shot well outside the goal line. The goal keepers played well. Paul Ulrich was the starter and Raul Perez played the second half. Neither goalie allowed any goals besides the first one. Coach Michael Lopez gave credit to both goalies, “Ulrich made an incredible save to preserve the 2-1 lead going into the half. Perez made a great save himself, tipping an outside shot just over the bar to keep COD from getting back into the game.” After Perez made that save, Voltin scored again. Howerton made a run down the field with the ball, got trapped, and passed to Voltin who finished off the play

to put them up 3-1. Even though they were down 3-1, College of the Desert never gave up. Lopez said, “They continued to press and fight their way back in but our defense managed to keep them from creating any significant chances down the stretch and hold on for the win.” Defender Kawela Benson said, “Coach wants our defense to widen and he wants us to be able to pass the ball in and out of the center.” When asked how he would rate the defense and goalies, Howerton said, “10 out of 10.” In the second half they made a few adjustments so that they could run the game the way they wanted by controlling the ball more. They played the second half very strong, Benson said, “We have great communication and we were able to handle the ball well.” After starting the year 0-3-2 they have started to heat up, Howerton said, “We did pretty good today, it was a good win, we have won two in a row, we have to keep the momentum.” Mesa’s record is now 2-3-2. They open the league schedule on the road at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday against Mira Costa College. Benson said that they needed to work on, “Handling the ball and mostly us just being able to control pass to pass to pass.” The next home game is Friday, Oct. 18th, at 6 p.m. against Palomar College.

Mesa Defender Trevor Rice (15) heads the ball away from a College of the Desert player during the Olympians’ home game on Sept. 27. Kyle Kenehan/Photo Editor

Mesa Press Issue #9, Fall 2013  

The Mesa Press - October 8, 2013

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