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Guess what? Wild animals are still wild.

Exi-US-stential crisis: Jordan Peele challenges reality in new movie “Us.”

Students find out how impaired driving can have deadly consequences.




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THE MESA PRESS Volume 63, Issue 4

the Independent Student Publication of San Diego Mesa College

April 16, 2019

Got old drugs? Bring them to college



an Diego Community College District Police will be hosting a place to drop of prescription medications on Saturday April 27, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Mesa College Police substation. The 17th semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is part of a larger program created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in an effort to help the public properly dispose of expired or unused medications nationwide. Officer Jane Obara, who serves as a liason for the DEA and helps coordinate the National Prescription Take-Back Day, said that it’s “completely anonymous and no questions asked about what it is or who you are, it’s 100% anonymous.” Students may be left wondering why should they dispose of unused medication. Officer Obara said “Rather than flushing (unused prescription medications), or leav-

ing them in their cabinet where someone can take them, we offer a way to dispose them properly. One concern is that (unused prescription medications could) end up in the hands of kids or addicts. If the (unused prescription medication) is not in the hands of the people that need them, we want to help dispose of them properly.” Flushing medications is also not a safe option, as the contents could end up polluting our water system. According to a health letter posted by, “A study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1999 and 2000 found measurable amounts of one or more medications in 80% of the water samples drawn from a network of 139 streams in 30 states. The drugs identified included a witches’ brew of antibiotics, antidepressants, blood thinners, heart medications (ACE inhibitors, calcium-channel blockers, digoxin), hor-

mones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone), and painkillers.” The amount of drugs that are unused is simply astonishing. A study conducted named “Prescription Opioid Analgesics Commonly Unused After Surgery,” found that up to 92% of patients reported that they had not used all their opioids. A different study conducted by the? Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that more than half (54%) of people who abused opioids obtained them from a friend or relative— most of those were bought, given for free, or taken without permission. The last semi annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held on Oct. 27, reached a significant milestone, collecting more than 10 million pounds of unused prescription medications. According to, the total amount of drugs

collected since the fall of 2010, is an astonishing 10,878,950 pounds, or 5439.5 metric tons. Since the program has begun, it has also had a significant impact on the community. According to, “doctors are prescribing fewer painkillers, and law enforcement agencies, pharmacies and others have installed permanent prescription drug drop boxes on-site, making drug disposal even more convenient.” Students should also note that this is an event that is taking place nationwide, and that there are many other National Prescription Drug Take-Back locations taking back prescriptions on April 27 throughout San Diego County. For more information or to find other locations visit the DEA’s Diversion website (

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If you could leave this very moment and be on summer vacation, where would you go and why?

“Rome. I love the history and the people are different. The people and environment are way better.” -Connor French, 19, Psychology

“I would go to Italy. It’s pretty, the food is amazing. I just like the places, culture and history and I want to go there to learn it all.” -Enrique Arana, 20, Theatre

“Sweden, I have always wanted to go and haven’t been able to just hit the button and go.” -Mason Gatti, 27, Environmental Studies

Animals are not accountable for protecting themselves By Maggie Irvine Staff Writer


woman visiting the Wild- the woman because of her foolish ac- a tweet concerning the jaguar’s safelife World Zoo, Aquarium tions, and compared it to several other ty, saying, “She’s a wild animal and & Safari Park in Litchfield incidents in which wild animals have there were proper barriers in place to Park, Ariz. was attacked by a jag- been killed for doing what wild ani- keep our guests safe - not a wild aniuar on March 9. She has just apolo- mals instinctively do - protect them- mals fault when barriers are crossed.” Although it is never an ideal gized for her actions. Although that selves. The most notable and recent statement might sound confusing, example of this is Harambe, the goril- situation when someone is hurt, this many are calling her apology justi- la who attacked a 3-year-old boy who incident should pose as an example. fied due to the nature of the incident. fell into his enclosure. Harambe was According to a new study from reThe identity of the woman in- shot and killed soon after by a zoo em- searchers associated with the All India volved is being withheld; however ployee, causing outrage from many. Institute of Medical Sciences, in the there are multiple cell phone reIn response to this, the zoo in- past 6 years that selfies have become cordings of the scene posted online. volved made an Instagram post increasingly popular, over 250 people In the video, the woman appears updating those on the condi- have died trying to capture the perfect to have climbed over a barrier and tion of the woman, who received one. Risking your leaned over the own life for likes jaguar’s encloon a social media sure, and it is post has become presumed that almost normalized the woman was in today’s society. attempting to In this case take a selfie with the wild animal. however, there is Shortly even more to risk after she gets than the life of a close, the jaguar 30 year old who latches onto her will stop at nothing arm and tears a for a photo for her three inch lacFacebook. Habitat eration into her loss and overhuntleft forearm. ing earned jaguars Many fela spot on the enlow zoo attenddangered species ees rush over list back in 1972, to help, but a and their population mother and son, is still decreasing. Risking the Michele Flores P e u t h a n i z a t i on and Adam Wilkof a beautiful and erson, end up endangered spebeing her saviors cies for a selfi e is when they distract the An animal’s safety is not worth a two second selfie. Please practice selfi sh and idiotic, jaguar with a plastic commen sense. Photo credits: @WildlifeWorldZoo but doesn’t come as water bottle and free stitches but is otherwise fine. much of a shock in today’s society. the woman’s arm from it’s clawed They also stated, “We want to The woman returned to the zoo grasp. The woman can then be seen thank everyone who supports Wildlife the day after the accident ensued, and crying and whimpering in the dirt World and our decision to not euthanize apologized for the bad publicity suras more people rush over to help. the jaguar after Saturday’s incident.” rounding the zoo because of her actions. A multitude of Twitter users exAnother zoo official also responded to pressed a lack of sympathy towards

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Flower field fiasco hits Lake Elsinore By Savannah Cadet-Haynes STAFF WRITER



Operation: Varsity Blues

By Joshua Edler Davis STAFF WRITER

he month of March typically brings versy within the comments. Many of the college students for spring break to posts include selfies and pictures of the Southern California but this time fields, which means people are going off around it has brought tourists for the spring the trail to get that picture-perfect image. wildflower Super Bloom in Lake Elsinore. Instagram user @haleylaurenwilde capWith over 112,000 posts under the “#su- tioned her lovely photo, “It’s days like perbloom” hashtag and 9,179 posts with the these that I feel so incredibly lucky to be #superbloom2019 hashtag on Instagram, born and raised in California.” She is surthe Super Bloom attraction has turned into rounded by a meadow of orange and pura poppy field nightmare due to tourists. ple flowers. However, there are multiple The super bloom is the annual bloom- comments under her picture from a variing of poppies ety of people not and various agreeing with other flower her picture. Inspecies that stagram user @ happens every jillian_waldrop year in Southcommented ern California. “Get your ass The popoff the state py field is loflowers. Stay on cated of west the paths or go of Riverside home.” Another county in the user, @sodashis, city of Lake commented Elsinore. A “You clearly are statement was off path sitting posted on the among the flowofficial city ers…” Shame of Lake El- The Super Bloom creates super traffic along the on you both for sinores Ins- 15 Freeway as wildflower enthusiasts wait to exit trampling the tagram page toward Walker Canyon to get a close up of the flow- flowers makon March ers on the hillsides Photo Credits: MCT Campus ing it less likely 13, stata super bloom ing “Last weekend, the City’s beautiful can happen in future years.” #superbloom caused significant traffic After viewing multiple articles, congestion throughout the community comments, and pictures based on the vi[...] This week, the City will be working sual damage of the super bloom tragedy closely with out local law enforcement to I have to agree with the comments unevaluate various traffic control options to der the Instagram pictures. Understandtry to ease congestion on the weekends.” ing the bigger picture of the poppy field A number of other posts followed nightmare, people have to understand that statement with shuttle availabil- that there is harm being done when you ity, road closure updates, and photos walk off the trail to take a simple picof the crowds surrounding the area. ture, because it becomes a ripple effect. Lake Elsinore has even had to reach Once one person walks off the trail out to their neighboring county of- everyone else will follow if there is no ficials and county agencies for help. consequence. The picture-perfect image With a number of pictures posted on does not seem worth it when it can cause Instagram, there has been a lot of contro- a number of negative effects afterwards.

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op universities, including University of Southern of California, University of San Diego, and Yale, faced allegations in a scandal that involved cheating on standardized tests and admitting students as athletes regardless of ability on March 12. William Rick Singer is the alleged mastermind of this bribery scheme. The Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) was used by Singer to conceal the large payments. Ironically KWF is a foundation that assists under privileged children with getting into schools. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were the biggest names out of the 50 people who will ultimately be charged. Both actresses have been charged with mail fraud. Others include CEOs, coaches, and standardized tests administrators. Andrew Leilling stated in a press conference that this scandal is “The largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.” Eight top schools around the nation and fifty individuals makes this a nationwide scandal. The full list of schools with ties to the FBI investigation are: USC, UCLA, USD, Yale, Wake Forest University, University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown University, and Stanford University. Loughlin is accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get her two daughters into USC as members of the school’s crew team. Huffman was charged and plead guilty to paying $15,000 in bribes to a proctor to correct the answers to her daughter’s SAT. Huffman says her daughter “knew absolutely nothing” about the scheme which is hard to believe. A group of wealthy parents leveraged the collegiate system in a way that hasn’t been seen before. Placing their children in positions where their intelligence and work ethic is placed in question. Every parent should elevate their children’s likelihood of being successful instead of trying to guarantee success. Coaches at the division-1 level at prestigious universities have embarrassed the

schools and athletic programs. The main purpose of a college coach is to recruit and win championships. These coaches took advantage of a system that already takes advantage of student-athletes. USC has been at the center of the controversy because of the people involved and the amount of money exchanged. “We have parents who set a horrible example, and employees who clearly acted in a way that showed they need to be fired,” said interim president Wanda Austin in a Forbes article posted on April 4. USC plans to use the money received to fund scholarships and to review enrolled students. One factor that Singer and others took advantage of is the lack of following surrounding the sports like rowing, and track and field. A roster spot for a baseball or basketball team would draw more attention than needed. If you look at the bigger picture this whole scheme is disrespectful to the student-athletes in those sports. Jennifer Lothspeich of wrote on March 28 that two San Diegans were arrested on Tuesday including Elisabeth Kimmel, the former owner of KFMBTV, which San Diego’s CBS affiliate. Kimmel made a $200,000 donation to KWF and a $50,000 donation to the USC Women’s Athletic Board. Kimmel’s daughter was accepted into Georgetown as a tennis player even though she never participated in high school. Kimmel’s son was accepted into USC’s track and field program. Huffman and 13 others plead guilty in Boston on April 8. The admission of guilt will only have ramifications for Huffman who is the only public figure to plead guilty. Micheal Center, former head tennis coach at the University of Texas was another notable person that plead guilty. The end result of this series of events should include both the NCAA and these universities cracking down on how transactions like these are handled. Cases like these won’t be taking seriously until the punishment is serious.

Cardi B, roofieing people is still wrong

ardi B: the new Bill Cosby or R. Kelly? Cardi B is on the news once again for yet another controversial statement. A clip from one of Cardi’s Instagramlives resurfaced. In this clip, she reveals that she used to drug men that she met in strip clubs in order to steal from them. At the time of these events, Cardi B was still working as a stripper in order to make a living. As the resurfaced clip was circulated, the internet went into a frenzy and even started the hashtag, #SurvivingCardiB. The hashtag used compared the situation to the R. Kelly six-episode documentary directed by Nigel Bellis and Astral Finnie that was started to be released on Jan. 6 through Lifetime. Others compared her to Bill Cosby, a once-beloved actor who was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting women. The question to this controversy is: Why is Cardi not getting as much heat as a male who was accused and charged with similar actions? Cardi B defended herself on Twitter, writing, “I (have) made choices I did at the time because I had very limited options.” With the internet’s modern “cancel” culture, Cardi B become “canceled” to many. Meanwhile, others did not condone her action but understood that many who

are desperate are willing to do what they can to survive. Online “cancel” culture refers to the response of the internet no lon-

and were “canceled” so should Cardi B. Those who stood by Cardi B heavily considered her honesty within her

Cardi B is receiving backlash for a resurfaced clip of her admitting to drugging and robbing men during her stripper days. “#SurvivingCardiB” Photo Credit: ger wanting to support a celebrity after they become involved in some kind of scandal. Those against Cardi B’s actions blame the double standard held for women. Although these events had taken place years ago, many believe that she should still be punished. Since we are in the #MeToo movement, some agree that men should and are part of this movement as well. Just as entertainment figures such as R. Kelly and Bill Cosby were all over the news

apology on Instagram. A few days after the video surfaced, she posted, “I never glorified the things I brought up in that life I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.” Many agree that this shows that Cardi B has not only accepted her faults but has learned from them. Others agree that if she were to be “canceled,” other hip hop artists would also have to face backlash about actions that they seemed

to have done in order to also survive or simply took a part of as a choice. As a person who enjoys Cardi B’s music, I found myself conflicted. I find lots of wrong in her actions, but I highly applaud her being for a POC and Afro-Latina to break many records with her music. After being compared to R. Kelly and Bill Cosby she attempted to create distance while brushing it under the rug through her apology. “The men I spoke about in my live (sic) were men that I dated that I was involved with men that were conscious willing and aware.” Perhaps those men were willing to take drugs but most likely they did not consent to be robbed. As many say, two wrongs don’t make a right. Although she revealed this information over three years ago through her Instagram-live, she didn’t apologize when it mattered the most. In my opinion, this situation is one to forgive, but never forget. This also serves as a reminder to be aware of which celebrities get unconditional love from the public and whether they deserve it or not. As Cardi B’s most recent controversy seems to be fading, it is still unclear if there will be any legal reaction against her. One thing is for sure: Cardi B gave her “bloody moves” a whole new definition.

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It’s never too late to take control of your life

By Hana Woodward STAFF WRITER


aylor Carpenter of the Associated Student Government put on the event “Approach Me” in room G-102 on April 9. The featured speaker was Wesley Hamilton and he had a speech that the audience will continue thinking about in their day to day life. The event started off with being asked to talk to your neighbor and say what kind of perception you have of disabled people. When Hamilton was 24, his life changed in a way that might make some people think he is disabled, but he thinks “differently-abled.” He teaches and encourages others to think that way because everyone’s body is different.

Hamilton is all smiles, exemplifying his positive outlook on life. Photo Credit:

Hamilton was shot twice in the back, paralyzing him. When he tells the story of being shot by a stranger, you can feel the confusion from that night in his words. He says he made eye contact with the man after the first shot. Wesley says he overcomes mental boundaries everyday, describing himself as being mentally and physically free. He has accomplished more in the last four years of his life than in the 26 years prior. When he was a kid he was taught not to even look at people in wheelchairs, but he wants that mind frame to change. Hamilton said he didn’t know he was mentally disabled until he was physically disabled. Every morning he starts the day giving himself positive affirmations. A year after his accident he was bedridden for almost two years until he found the motivation to change his life. He wanted to be able to take his young daughter to the park himself again. While being bedridden for 21 hours a day, he spent his three hours out of bed in community college taking a health course. During his last eight months on best rest he lost 100 pounds just by eating healthy. This lead him on the path to become founder of his organization Disabled But Not Really. “Just because you have a disability doesn’t mean your life can’t change,” says Hamilton. During the speech he showed a campaign he was approached to do called “Build Yourself.” After the video he quick-

During his talk, Hamilton proudly points up at all of his accomplishments since becoming “differently-abled” four years ago. Photo Credit: Hana Woodward ly brought humor back to the room by saying it was his “Nike Moment.” Hamilton is an award-winning adaptive athlete and motivational speaker, and has been featured in Men’s Health Magazine and TEDx. He talked about how he did all of these for himself. He wants to teach people that it doesn’t matter what others think about you.

Three topics he focused on included accountability, self-love and how to take control of your life. Hamilton changed his life when he was 26 years old and hasn’t looked back. The motto featured on his website states, “What are you going to do when those excuses don’t make sense anymore.”

Sylvia Enrique takes over the stage during Women’s History Month By Guadalupe Santillo Salinas STAFF WRITER


n honor of Women’s History Month, Sylvia Enrique was a guest for the eighth annual Gracia Molina De Pick Feminist Lecture Series. Enrique is an actress, producer, and director. During her lecture, she shared with Mesa students the importance of our voices through the power of art. In order to set her stage, Enrique had students “perform” a brief history lesson on Teatro Campesino, which translates to “the farmer’s theater.” Enrique attempted to define Teatro Campesino as she shared how, “the Chicano theater (referring to Teatro Campesino) ... was born out of struggle to be heard.” This is a struggle that is still experienced in modern day society by the Chicano and Feminist community. These struggles also include unequal pay, sexism, racism and the overall hardship of having unheard voices after many years. Enrique made students see a lifetime as they wrote one word at a time, through an exercise. As students wrote, Enrique gave the reminder of the importance behind the trust of oneself, our neighbors,

and herself. The words that were written were once again described by Enrique as a performance. As she read the work that was produced from the students, she said, “Don’t be afraid of your work, leave it open, let it fly.” As these stories were read to the rest of the audience, there were similarities within the work of the student. Through the voice of Enrique, the realization of how much the people in the room shared human desires and the fight we may be put into every day. The compilation of stories shared through words will be made into a poem that will be later written by Enrique. The works touched on topics such as change, hard work, connection, etc. The Teatro Campesino was born out of wanting to have a connection and sharing one on stage. Enrique shared the example of seeing a mistake during a play. She mentioned, “(Mistakes on stage are made) because they weren’t taking care of each other ... Acting requires you to jump right in no matter what.” This example came to life as she asks

students to perform what she would whis- from Chicano history that art can be anyper to the individuals. On the spot with where with anyone at any time. the student volunteers, she directed and performed an improvised one-act. Enrique emphasized the importance of the body, the voice, and the overall enjoyment that comes when one is involved with theater. She said theater, just like Teatro Campesino, can take place anywhere people want to connect and share their stories. As Enrique put into words, “Teatro (could be) under a parking lot, a fancy theater, or the back of a truck, just was Sylvia Enrique thoughtfully watches students “perform” the the Campesinos history of the Teatro Campesino. Photo Credit: Guadalupe started.” A reminder Santillo Salinas

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Movie Review

Jordan Peele takes ‘Us’ through a sunken place

By Savannah Cadet-Haynes STAFF WRITER


irector Jordan Peele had high expectations to meet after his Academy Award winning movie in 2017 titled “Get Out.” Peele’s new movie, “Us” premiered on the big screen March 22, 2019 and was the number one movie in the box office for the weekend of March 22-24 grossing over $70 million. A tweet Peele posted stating “‘Us’ is a horror movie” left his followers in shambles, anxious and excited to view the movie. The movie is imaginative, intellectual and definitely intense, which gave the audience the opportunity to give deep thought toward the end. “Get Out” showed us what a sunken place was, and the movie “Us” made audiences live through it yet again for two more hours. “Us” had the crowd reacting to the movie with a mixture of emotions while the audience jumped, screamed and occasionally laughed. The movie is placed in two time settings, bouncing back between the summer

of 1986 in Santa Cruz to present day. It features an all-American family of a nurturing mother, funny dad, teenage daughter and awkward son. After arriving to her childhood home in Santa Cruz, a number of co-

her family to get away. They have to fight against a deep and terrifying version of their own family in order to survive. The movie captured the transformative radical power of political consequenc-

The Wilson family confronts warped versions of themselves while on what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Photo Credit: MCT Campus incidences begin to appear and reminds the mother of horrible memories of her summer in 1986. Once she realizes that it’s all too familiar, it becomes too late for her and

es. The first scene showed a statement that educated the audience of the abandoned subways and halls under the United States. “Across the U.S., there are thousands of

miles of underground tunnels that have been long forgotten,” it stated. These abandoned halls include subway tunnels and unused sewers, while many have no clear purpose at all. “Us” used multiple metaphors throughout the movie, such as the abandoned subways as well as the 1986 movement “Hands Across America.” Whatever the metaphors implied, it definitely left widespread confusion on those that watched the movie. The overall theme throughout the film is opposition and duality, a close examination of objects and people that are extremely similar in appearance yet different at the same time. The movie makes you reexamine your actions and your mental outlook on life. “Us” plays as a jumpscare thriller and horror movie as well as a deeper, complicated drama filled with subliminal messages that will make you question society as a whole. The movie will leave you questioning your entire existence.

The company behind all of your favorite San Diego restaurants



our favorite restaurants in San Diego – Underbelly, Soda & Swine, The Neighborhood, etc. are all underlings to San Diego’s prolific restaurant group and empire, Consortium Holdings. With Arsalun Tafazoli at the helm, Consortium’s restaurants have been the talk of the town with 13 eateries, bars, and even a barber shop. With a $6.5 million steakhouse in the heart of Little Italy (Born & Raised), and a speakeasy in the center of Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla (Raised by Wolves), Tafazoli’s team has created a variety of unusual, cocktail-driven spots knowing that it’s exactly what San Diego needed. The ketchup-less, vodka-less, television-less restaurant empire is not setting out to be San Diego’s next trendsetter, but wants to create a dialogue in an already dynamic community. As said by their mission statement on their website, they “set out to create not restaurants and bars, but public gathering spaces that help cultivate

our neighborhoods through the fostering of creativity.” Each one of CH projects are dynamic in their own ways. Paul Basile, the designer responsible for the majority of CH projects, commonly referred to as the “brick and mortar guru” creates eclectic spaces that draw San Diegans into making reservations on OpenTable. Raised by Wolves, a speakeasy in the middle of Westfield UTC La Jolla, fronts as a unique liquor store in the French Nouveau style circa 19th century. The liquor shop is stocked with spirits with price points from $20 to $20,000 for rarer bottles. The bar reservation holders, however, are transported through a rotating platform disguised as a chimney and into a bar in the back. The bar itself is a library-like space with a custom circular bar top and a marble fountain positioned in its center. Drinks start at $9 and go up to $790 for an old fashioned made with 1960s vintage Very Old Fitzgerald 8 Year Bourbon. Born & Raised, one of CH’s most ex-

Rooftop bar at Born & Raised restaurant in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego. Photo Credit:

pensive projects, brought back a traditional fine dining experience with French roots that died after the mid-twentieth century-- tableside flambéing. In 1950s New York City, food and fire were a very big deal in the restaurant industry, and thankfully to the bourgeois Little Italy steakhouse they have revived the old art, obviously abiding to the cities fire codes. Born & Raised is another one of Paul Basile’s projects. Basile told San Diego Magazine back in May of 2018, “It’s a throwback to the old 50s and 60s posh steakhouse– Craft & Commerce, newly remodeled in 2016. Photo somewhere your grandfa- Credit: ther would go to–but we fisherman Kelly Fukushima, according to kicked up the luxury.” The 10,000 square an article by Life and Thyme. Ironside feet Art Deco restaurant is eye candy to San promotes and preserves San Diego’s local Diegans, which is something they aren’t fishing community, not just by indulging in usually used to. With waiters decked out in it but serving with it. Additionally, being a white tuxedos and converse sneakers, din- restaurant with no fish freezer, they have to ing at Born & Raised guarantees you with a catch new fish everyday. unique and memorable experience. CH Projects is comprised of thirteen All of their locations follow the same eclectic concepts–Craft and Commerce, concept– dimly lit joints, drawing from False Idol, Ironside Fish & Oyster, El 1970s to 1980s style, and sometimes even Dorado, Noble Experiment, Neighborhood, pays some nods to architectural icon Frank Polite Provisions, Born & Raised, Raised Lloyd Wright. Art and design are a huge by Wolves, Please & Thank You Bar, The part of Consortium’s appeal, but what’s Dover Honing Co., Soda and Swine (North even better is the food. Executive chef and Park and Liberty Station), Underbelly partner of Consortium, Jason McLeod, (North Park and Little Italy), and soon to earned two Michelin stars while working be fourteen with the addition of Morning in Chicago and worked under Marco Pierre Glory, an all-day brunch concept opening White, the godfather of modern cooking up in the next couple of months in Little according to the Australian Masterchef. For Italy. Ironside Fish & Oyster, Chef Jason awaits at the docks at 5 in the morning to ride with


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ASG update: TEDx, Carnival, and more

By Hana Woodward STAFF WRITER


he Associated Student Government (ASG) is always working hard to better the lives of students at San Diego Mesa College. They meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:45-1:45 p.m. figuring out new ways to change the school experience. During the meetings they go over the current projects that are being worked on. Then they move on to action items where they vote on bills about their projects, and matching funds’ bills from other clubs and events. The last item in the meeting is round table where they brainstorm new project ideas. For support of ideas during the meeting the students knock on the table, rather than applaud. Currently one project that Kasra Askari and Sofia Castel-

lani-Staedler are working on is TEDx. This year’s topic is “Making Machiavelli Weep: Human Inclusion and Progression” and it happens on campus on April 25, from 4-8 p.m. Along with putting on the event other students in ASG will be volunteering. Lucy Arvizu and Kelly McDaniel are working on WomXn, an event that will happen during the first week of May. According to Arvizu a health center and a LGBTQ center will be involved. One event that just passed on April 3 is the Carnival at the Commons. Because it was such a success, it will now be an annual event. This year 165 free meals was provided by the event for students that went to the Carnival and next year they are planning

on raising that number. It’s an event where clubs set up booths to promote themselves, organize activities and win prizes for participating. ASG donated $5,000 to the Scholarship Ceremony Gala and will also be volunteering. The Scholarship Ceremony Gala falls on April 20 from noon to 3:30 p.m. This year 175 students are receiving scholarships, with $167,425 awarded in total. Another annual event they put on is the Voices from the Left during Cultural Unity Week. Because last year’s turnout was so high, this year there were two show times, one from 5:30-7 p.m. and another from 7:30-9 p.m. This event lets students share stories and poetry of being marginalized their skin color, bullied because of the way

they look, harassed because of religion, or for any reason at all. The ASG is also taking steps to give students an .EDU email, getting a bus pass grant to make passes for students cheaper and more cyber security. Along with planning events ASG also helps promote, support, fund and volunteer for other clubs and events. A topic this week in their round table was how they can help homeless students have a bed and meals. Also they want to figure out how to get a cans and glass for cash machine for students. The election for the 2019-2020 school year lasted April 8-12. The results will be announced in the ASG meeting on April 24.

A death experience to remember



tudents at San Diego Mesa College were treated to the Death Experience on March 20, an exhibit meant to educate students on the harsh realities of drunk and distracted driving. The Death Experience, put on by Mesa Student Health Services with help from Mesa’s SDCCD police station and the San Diego Fire Department, occurs yearly to show students the consequences of driving under the influence and texting while driving. The guest speaker in attendance was Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright, who prosecutes DUI cases in San Diego County. She shared the story of Jason King, a Marine who killed two USD nursing students in a wrong-way DUI crash in 2016, for which he got 18 years behind bars. In addition to that, San Diego County is worst in the state when it comes to DUI accidents, and among the worst nationwide. Bright mentioned some more implications of DUI charges: A DUI suspect who kills someone in an accident, if they drove

Bright despite every added that effort being modern cars made to stop include more them, such lightweight as someone materials trying to take such as Stytheir keys, rofoam in can and most their bumlikely will be pers so as to charged with lighten the murder, and car and inwill gener- Drive sober, live to see another day. Photo Credit: Ian crease fuel ally receive Caffarel e ff i c i e n c y ; 15 years to this also has the drawback of making it life in prison. In addition to that, the accident rate harder for rescuers to get the victims out; goes up at night, as well as on the week- and the time they spend trying to get the ends (especially at night.) During all this, victims out is time that they’re not getting firemen from Station 28 demonstrated their medical attention, and in a critical situation techniques on how they’d extricate crash like this, every second counts. In addition to that, the campus police victims from a wrecked vehicle. They would break the windows, punc- had a similar exhibit with a field sobriety ture the tires, cut off the roof and doors. test that would be conducted at a DUI enThe whole process took about 20 minutes; forcement or accident, with “beer goggles” in a real crash, they’d dismember the car in to simulate increasing levels of intoxication. Needless to say, it was harder the less than two.

more “intoxicated” the students were. Going along with it was a simulated driving test where students could do a figure-eight around orange cones twice; once with unimpaired vision, once with the goggles. Again, the laps done by the students wearing the goggles knocked down more cones than those with normal vision. The experience hit home for several students, some of which had firsthand experience with drunk driving. A female student, an American Sign Language major, had a boyfriend who had had several drinks before driving. She said, “I was praying, ‘God, please take him and not me.’” It ended when she had to be taken home by her father, and her boyfriend lost his license, the title to his car, and received time in jail. Another student, an architecture major, echoed a similar sentiment about the event; “I’d never get in a car with someone who’s been drinking.” All this is meant to drive home a singular lesson about drunk driving: Don’t even think about it.

or too much stress, regardless of faith. The dialogue in the meeting shifted to deconstructing anxiety and panic attacks themselves, to which the acronym TBA was designated. TBA stands for Thoughts, Beliefs, and Actions, which are the three triggers of panic attacks. Often, Croft explained, all that is needed is a reality check: Scared that you might not graduate because of an assignment? Think about the possibility of that actually happening. It is not realistic that one assignment could do that. What Croft was demonstrating was that the triggers of a panic attack are over exaggerated, to the detriment of whoever is experiencing the attack. All you need to do, Croft says, is think about the actual possibility of the TBA being realized. From reality-checking TBA arises a need to soothe those physical ailments be-

ing felt. Croft discussed some approaches to self-soothe: holding yourself in a stresshold (holding the forehead and back of neck) should work, or distracting yourself with some pleasant physical stimuli, like the smell of flowers. If that doesn’t work, the “5” should, which is intermittently inhaling and exhaling in increments of 5 seconds to calm yourself down. The meeting I would say, is overall extremely helpful to students struggling with anxiety and panic attacks or disorder. Croft is a therapist employed with the San Diego Community College District, is available to help students, if need be. Any student seeking to find a safe space for any of their mental health struggles will not disappointed with the positive environment Be Calm fosters.

Students can find a safe space at Be Calm



an Diego Mesa College’s student services has started hosting weekly meetings for students every Tuesday, from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. with Linda Gibbins-Croft LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), called “Be Calm.” These mental-health-positive meetings are intended to help students resolve any festering anxiety they might be feeling by sharing it with the group and learn techniques to resolve stress. It’s held in SS-210, with posters hung around the room featuring sayings like “You are enough!” to get students in a calm frame of mind. Croft started by asking students to relay some physical symptoms they might be feeling when going through an anxiety episode or panicking; things like feeling jittery, loss of breath, experiencing a tight stomach, etc. This led into covering how the body

copes with stressful situations that cause such panic attacks, which is managed through fight, flight, or freeze. As the entire point of “Be Calm” is to teach students how to alleviate panic and anxiety as much as they can by themselves, Croft asked five students attending one meeting about their spiritual beliefs. This is because considering your spiritual beliefs and drawing comfort from them should help alleviate the anxiety. For instance, if a student were a devout Hindu, they should maybe think about the Hindu god Shiva (or another God) to calm them down; doing so should “ground them.” For atheists and agnostics who do not consider spirituality a part of their life, the therapist recommended thinking about nature scenes and trying “tap into their collective consciousness … a connection to the rest of humanity.” This technique could be helpful to anyone experiencing anxiety

For the record

In the issue dated April 9, 2019, The Mesa Press would like to correct the following errors:

Page 5: In “The ‘Vagina Monologues’ are coming to Mesa College,” the show was incorrectly labelled as the first performance at Mesa. The “Monologues” are an annual event on campus.


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By Maggie Irvine STAFF WRITER


or the past 3 years, the Mesa Swim team has hosted an annual weekend meet against the Mount San Antonio team. According to coach Nathan Resch, the teams are in different leagues so they have a meet each year for some healthy competition. For the past two years, Mesa has come out victorious but this year they were defeated by the Mount San Antonio team, making their record 2-1. The meet took place over two days, Friday March 22nd and Saturday March 23rd. There were a few extremely close calls on Saturday’s races, such as when Nasreddine El Akkad was defeated by Ryan Lin in the 100 yard breaststroke 1:02.04 to 1:02.50, meaning he lost by less than one second. Another example of an incredibly close race was the men’s 50 yard freestyle, where Jack Fischer came up just .19 seconds short against Vinny Edwards. Although it wasn’t a win, the 1650 yard freestyle swim was particularly impressive. 1650 yards equates to roughly a mile, and Misael Chinchilla completed it fastest of the Mesa swimmers, in just 20:06.98. Sean Proctor excelled on both Friday and Saturday, and won multiple dive competitions. In the relay race, Mesa swimmers Rayoan Martin and Young Lenski faced up against Mount San Antonio swimmers

Mesa’s swim team takes to the water in a contest against yearly rival Mt. San Antonio. Photo credit: Maggie Irvine. Banh Bensing-Ruiz and Pitre Urias. The Olympian’s came up a mere 14 seconds short, with the final times being 1:44.99 to 1:58.34. The Mount San Antonio team outnumbered Mesa in almost every heat. In the men’s 200 yard butterfly stroke, the Mounties had 4 swimmers competing while the Olympians only had one swim-

mer, Diego Tejeda. In the men’s 200 yard backstroke, Mesa was outnumbered 7 to 2. Swimmer Nasreddine El Akkad commented on the meet, saying, “We joined our efforts together. We did our best as a team. However, Mount San Antonio has a few more swimmers than us, which allowed them to win. We didn’t let that affect us and we came back with great swims a

week later at the Riverside International.” The next opportunity to support the both the men and women’s Mesa swim teams will be at the Southern California Diving State Qualifier held at El Camino College. This is a two day event, starting on April 12th.

Mesa men’s tennis loses badly to Saddleback

By Kolette Lavoy STAFF WRITER


esa College men’s tennis fought Saddleback College on March 22 with some close losses and intense rallies that weren’t enough to bring Mesa a win. After both teams defaulted a match, the final score came out to be 8-1 for Saddleback. One singles, the top position held on the team, is always an intense match to watch frequently lasting longer than other matches. During this match, one single kept the spectators on the edge of their seats. Nicola Anderegg, Mesa’s one singles, took the first set with a close 6-4. However, Saddleback was not going to give up so soon. The intensity changed after a breather and Anderegg started dominating the second set starting with a break on his opponent, Shayan Haddadkaveh. Haddadkaveh came back during the second set and started to target Anderegg’s backhand, a traditionally weaker shot. This strategy caused Anderegg’s amount of unforced errors to increase. Anderegg played with a continental grip, enforcing his use of a two-handed backhand, whereas his opponent played with the spin-intense western grip which is great for the strong, dominating one-handed backhand, a hard shot to defeat. After rallies lasting upwards of 10 shots for the entire set, both athletes held to 6-6. The match went to a third set, a lengthy tie-breaker that went to Saddleback 7-5. The final score for Anderegg’s match was a loss to Saddleback’s Haddadkaveh, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5.)

Mesa head coach Marc Pinckney, spoke about his top player’s game after an intense two-hour match, “Nicola lost an incredibly close match against Saddleback. He is an intense competitor and a truly gifted tennis player. His game is rounding into top form at exactly the right part of the season.” Anderegg was smacking his racquet to the bottom of his shoes forcefully. Coach Pinckney had a lengthy talk with him after the match to reset his mind and ready him for his doubles match that was next on the schedule. Anderegg ended up playing around three hours of strenuous, high quality tennis. His doubles match, where he was paired with two singles player Balraj Sangha, was a loss of 2-8. Pinckney added on Anderegg’s improvement, “I expect his to be a force at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in two weeks and at the California Community College Athletic Association Regionals at Ventura later this month. He is a great guy, an excellent teammate, and I have very much enjoyed coaching him.” Though Anderegg kept most of the spectators captivated with his close match, he wasn’t the only notable player. Seated at two singles, Sangha, and seated at four singles, Alex Srioudom, are the two players the coach draws attention to. Even though they both were drastically defeated at 0-6, 1-6 and 2-6, 0-6 respectively, they have committed to most hours to the Mesa team compared to any of their teammates. Coach Pinckney said, “They are the absolute best kids I have coached at Mesa with the men’s side. They have done ev-

Mesa’s tennis squad gets ready to serve in a single against Saddleback. Photo credit: erything I asked them to do, including a rigorous summer running and practice program that they did on their own.” To continue to emphasize that a good athlete doesn’t solely physically equipped to play --that there is more to being good at hitting the ball -- he added, “They are respectful, they want to be coached, they always give a great effort, they are wonderful teammates, they perform academically, they go to class, and they are absolute models of the student athlete.” Unfortunately after their losses, the Olympians were too occupied with transferring to their doubles match to add to their coach’s praise. Despite losses across the board, the team is still fighting to improve. “Tough season for the Mesa men with regard to

our record ... This team is young and inexperienced, and the talent level does not match the non-conference schools or the top teams in our conference. But the team has consistently practiced hard and with focus, and with a couple of exceptions, we have fought hard in our matches.” All teams need to start somewhere. The coach finished, “Every player has gotten better as the season has gone on, this has been a very fun group to coach. The players like each other and care about one another and back their teammate’s. All any coach can ask for.”


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Mesa softball’s impressive march through March



he Mesa Olympians softball team has been on something of a tear this season, and their 24-10 record more than speaks for itself, along with being 10-3 in conference play and 15-3 at home. After an impressive six-game winning streak, the Mesa Olympian softball team fell in two straight. But they managed to make things right when they sent the San Bernardino Valley Wolverines back to their den, 16-0, on February 27. The first inning started off slow with no points, then Mesa broke the stalemate late in it with a two-run home run, followed by a single. In the second, they scored a triple home run, and it was on; they scored again and again after that to make it 16-0 in the third inning. The score was maintained going into the fourth and fifth, and would be the final. . That being said, it was over after the score was 6-0. All throughout the game, Mesa’s defense was all over San Bernardino Valley’s offense, preventing any effective base running or hitting. The win served as a harbinger of what was to come: During March, the team lost only five games, most of which were in the later days and including three of the last four: Palomar on March 27, 12-0, and a doubleheader against Canyons, 11-10 and 8-0, the sole outlier being the rematch against the Wolverines, 11-0. Between

Mesa Softball sees action against Southwestern and comes out on top, 4-1. Photo credit: Instagram (@sdmesacollegeathletics) losses on March 9 against Pasadena City and March 25 against Southwestern, the Olympians won their six home games, including a pair of doubleheaders, by a combined score of 52-18. The rematch against San Bernardino Valley also featured excellent play by Mesa, where the game remained 5-0 into the fifth inning, and then Mesa breaking it loose thereafter. Also, freshman pitcher Karli Ramsey threw a

no-hitter against Ventura during the sixgame winning streak to beat them 8-0, and was key in the shutout on March 29 against the Wolverines. It’s worth noting that the two shutouts against San Bernardino Valley are two of five shutouts the Olympians have pitched this season. The team will take on Grossmont on April 12, in the first of three games on the road, with the remaining two at Imperial

Valley and Rio Hondo, before finishing the regular season against Mt. San Jacinto on April 23. As of now, freshman Kaleigh Lane has hit eight of the team’s 18 home runs, 13 stolen bases, 45 runs batted in, and holds a .485 batting average (the team is .356 overall.) Ramsey has won eight games pitching, and holds 46 strikeouts to her name.

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