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THE MESA PRESS Volume 63, Issue 5

the Independent Student Publication of San Diego Mesa College

may 14, 2019

Getting real, inside and out

By K.K. Interchuck FEATURES EDITOR

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n honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, San Diego Mesa College students and faculty hosted “Getting Real Inside & Out,” an event created in an effort to reduce mental health stigma. Students, faculty, and staff members were invited to walk around the 4th floor of the Student Services building to get more in-depth information on different mental illnesses. Students enrolled in one of Mesa’s interpersonal communications courses each made different poster presentations, some of which included descriptions of a specific topic, symptoms, causes and risk factors, as well as treatments. Additionally, each student decorated a mask that corresponded with their selected topic. Business administration student Vantha Sao selected post-traumatic stress disorder. Sao had pamphlets regarding PTSD available at his booth, along with miniature bubble wand party favors. “I chose the bubbles so you can kind of visualize the breathing technique, which is called 4-78,” Sao said. According to Medical News Today, this breathing technique, which involves breathing in for four seconds, hold-

Rose Donuts owner dies at 58

By Joshua Edler Davis STAFF WRITER

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he Linda Vista community was stunned at the passing of the owner of popular donut shop Rose Donuts. Robert Taing was the owner of Rose Donuts, a popular local donut shop on Linda Vista Road. The 37-year-old Rose Donuts location is to be closed indefinitely. Their alternate other location on Linda Vista Road is separately owned and is still open for business according to a food blog SanDiegoVille report. A sign was posted outside the shop, reading “Closed indefinitely until further notice. Thank you for understanding.” The alternate location has been closed since Saturday April 6, according to SanDiegoVille. Taing called his son to alert him of the break-in. Taing was found unconscious and severely beaten during a home invasion on

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Business administration student Vantha Sao’s art presentation on post-traumatic stress disorder features a “poker face” mask. Photo credit: KK Interchuck

ing for seven seconds, and exhaling for eight, aims to help with a number of issues including easing anxiety, getting to sleep, and managing cravings. Sao decorated his mask with a club and a spade over either eye to symbolize a poker face, and an on-off switch on the forehead. “Sometimes (those struggling with PTSD) can feel like they’re switched off or have to put on a poker face to cope,” he said. Other students covered a multitude of other topics including anxiety and panic attacks, depression, postpartum depression, and alcoholism. Graphic design student Ella Flaherty took a more broad approach. At her booth, she offered self-health checklists for people to take. “Sometimes when you’re stressed out with school you forget to exercise or just lose sight of your goals,” she said. Flaherty’s presentation also provided students with more information on the many services offered on campus. “You’d be surprised at how many resources are available at Mesa. Continued on page 6.

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April 5, according to NBC7 San Diego. When police arrived on the scene, Taing was not breathing and had suffered trauma to his upper body, according to SanDiegoVille. Taing was on life support until he passed away on the evening of April 8. According to an article by ABC10 News Taing’s safe was stolen during the home invasion. The home is on Ashford street near Lindbergh Neighborhood Park. Local businesses owners started a fundraiser in honor of the late business owner, alongside a Gofundme campaign. Yelp San Diego, together with SimSim Outstanding Shawarma owner Nawar Miri, raised funds for the Taing family. Half of the proceeds of the fundraiser held at Simsim Outstanding Shawarma were donated to Taing’s family. The restaurant raised $2,187 for Taing’s family, ac-

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cording to Fox5 San Diego. The proceeds will go towards helping with the funeral expenses, loss of income for the family and the medical expenses from the incident. Fox5 San Diego’s article quoted Brad Bohensky’s Yelp comment, “From my perspective, when I was looking at all the reviews and how many people within San Diego just loved him for the daily welcome or how much he made them smile, or that extra doughnut hole he put in the bag, he meant a lot.” A memorial of flowers and cards were placed outside Rose Donuts after the news of Taing’s passing. The memorial is just one example of the impact of Taing’s death on the community. The San Diego Police Department still seeking information on any suspects or any information regarding

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Taing’s assault. Many people, including San Diego Mesa College students, felt a connection to Rose Donuts and its late owner. Taing has provided a service to a massive community and touched many people in his time. Mesa student Bella Dupree, 18, said, “Mr. Taing was a well known person in our community and it still doesn’t feel real when I think about it.” Others in the community shared their feelings with hand-written notes placed outside the store. According to the Fox5 article, Lt. Matt Dobbs of the SDPD said that the victim was found alone in his home when he was injured and never regained consciousness. The SDPD confirmed the robbery occurred around 11:50 a.m. on April 5.

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What makes a good college?

“The quality of professors definitely sets the mood. If you have a bad professor you don’t want to attend class. Make it so you want to go for the professor.” - Caleb Lopez, 18, Undecided

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“A safe learning environment where you feel comfortable going onto campus and that you weren’t going to be in danger. One where you feel safe to speak your mind and not fear getting in trouble.” - Ebony Luster, 19, Philosophy

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“A passionate faculty is incredibly important for me to fall in love with a college.”

“The community it’s in, the academics and expansive resources available.”

- Kymie Joyce, 23, Music

- Nathan Kaufer, 21, Psychology

Anti-vaxxers aren’t going away, but we can minimize their damage

By Saida Hassan OPINIONS EDITOR

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easles is alive and spreading laws. The anti-vaccination move- lic policy campaign would not ridirapidly in the U.S., thanks ment mobilized in response and man- cule a anti-vaxxer, just present them to rapid anti-vaccination aged to lobby into effect many of the with facts; public policy campaigns misinformation campaigns espoused vaccination exemption laws we see are meant to be objective, after all. on social media and on the web. Al- now. In Nov. 2018, an AAP News Health organizations, who would be though the disease was officially and Journal Gateway article details undertaking these campaigns, could eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, it has how Russian bots have been nearly employ grassroots advocacy within come back with a vengeance, and not as busy inciting controversy regard- local communities as well to make just in the U.S.; according to a World ing vaccines as they were sowing the point that “big government is Health Organization (WHO) report discord during the 2016 election. And not just trying to take civil liberties published recently, “measles cases in in rather typical response, Facebook away,” as many anti-vaxxers believe. the first quarter of this year were up and other tech giants only responded When it is so easy to access 300% over the same period in 2018.” to anti-vaccination campaigns propa- conspiracy theories and be caught Many news organizations cov- gated on their respective platforms in an echo chamber of misinformaering the measles outbreak in the after facing intense public scrutiny. tion, it is not enough that the governUkraine, Oregon and other places So obviously, we can’t just trust ment only fines parents who refuse have placed the blame to vaccinate their children. of the anti-vaccination Governments could campaign solely on the do that, but that would anti-vaxxers themselves; probably just help validate in fact, a CNN article the confidence anti-vaxxis titled “Anti-vaxxers ers have in anti-vaccine ‘have blood on their claims. And while it is eshands,’ says UK health sential that peer reviewed, secretary.” But what if credible science is used in it’s not only the antipublic policy campaigns, vaxxers who have ala consistent application lowed the return of such of that science in the pubcontagious diseases? lic sphere is necessary to The anti-vaccinacall out any and all misintion movement is not a formation that is spread. “both sides” argument. For instance, it would It is not an “opinion” Anti-vaxxers and their false information have caused a public be smart for the current to conclusively assert health crisis Photo Credits: MCT Campus head of the health dethat there is overwhelmpartment to apologize on ing scientific evidence backing up the internet to set these people straight, behalf of Trump and explain why the benefits of vaccines, and little to given that “a staggering half of all the erroneous claims he made previno scientific evidence backing up the new parents have been exposed to an- ously regarding vaccines are wrong. repudiated links between vaccinations ti-vaxx material on social media,” ac- It would also be smart to make sure and autism. Anti-vaxxers are a threat cording to a Guardian article published that said public policy campaigns to public health, plain and simple. But April 24. Setting the record straight are actually effective, to ensure their the misinformation they are armed should fall on the shoulders of news continued success in the long run. In with should be regarded in much the organizations or health departments. addition, news organizations should same way in the public eye, since it When people think of an anti- give coverage to said public policy contributed to the current outbreak. vaxxer, what comes to mind is prob- campaigns and stop giving every inThe anti-vaccination movement ably a defiant parent who refuses to teresting anti-vaxxer a microphone. did not arise out of anything, suddenly accept the viability of scientific eviIt’s time to change the way we apand nowhere. According to a CityLab dence, despite having handy access to proach anti-vaxxers. They’re not goarticle from April 24, the Jacobson v. it. And when confronted, anti-vaxxers ing away any time soon, but the damMassachusetts 1905 Supreme Court are sometimes met with ridicule by age their campaigns cause hopefully case established that the state had the anyone who trusts the veracity of said can be minimized enough so that mearight to pass compulsory vaccination scientific evidence. In contrast, a pub- sles can at least be eradicated again.

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Not buyin’ it, Biden

ormer Vice President Sen. Joe Biden is running for president in the 2020 election and he is in the lead against his Democratic colleagues in the polls. This lead is going to hurt the Democrat’s race to remove President Trump from office and the party needs to see that there are better candidates to choose from. This is not the first time Biden has dipped his toes in the ring for president. According to ABC News in Oct. 2015, back in 1984 Biden decided to run in the election. After Former Vice President Walter Mondale took the Democratic nominee seat in the election, Biden lost his chance at the presidency, as Ronald Reagan won the election that year. In 1988, Biden lost again to Dem. Governor Michael Dukakis, who then lost to Republican and Former Vice President George H. W. Bush. After being forced to stay seated in the senior senate for 20 years, Biden’s chance in the white house laid at the feet of President Barack Obama, serving as the Vice President from 2009-2017. Times have changed things drastically for the performance and opinions of either political party. More extreme beliefs are beginning to define the political parties, dividing them drastically. This divide is leading to an ease in differentiating which candidates are a better fit, allowing voters to be lazy and simply vote for their party. The Democratic Party needs a proper representative. The demographic who identifies as Democratic or Democratic leaning is 46% millennials, 56% of women and 67% of black people, according to the Pew Research Center. Biden, a 76-year-old white cisgender male, doesn’t fulfil the standard of being an empowered minority nor does he bring diversity to the country’s elected demographic. Of the top seven democratic candidates in the poll, according to The Hill, the four that fit the mold of being a mi-

nority are Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Most notable is Mayor Buttigieg, more commonly known as Mayor Pete, an openly gay man who is the first millennial to run for president. Baby Boomers have been dominating the political realm for the past few decades. This year is the first year that Millennials have started to outnumber all other generations, barely bypassing the Boomers. Both generations currently sit at 73 million people accord to Pew Research Center. Of all 431 congress members, there are 26 millennials, which is unproportional to the population. So, having a millennial in the presidential running would help support the country’s largest generation that is dramatically underrepresented. That is something Biden is not capable of doing and has not expressed interest in, especially considering that almost half of his party’s supporters are scores younger than him. What is needed is people as empowered and passionate as Mayor Pete and the famous Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), to be representing the population most effectively and universally. Biden’s centrist views and lack of diversity are not the only concepts hampering his lack of proper representation. The Anita Hill controversy still lingers as a testament to his character for the way he handled her testimony. Since the issues with the testimony there have also been multiple allegations of Biden making women uncomfortable with unsolicited touching, grabbing, and hair sniffing. Lingering “a little bit too long,” is what Caitlyn Caruso said, when she spoke with The New York Times. These allegations are horrendous for Biden’s reputation because female voters can relate to how uncomfortable the women visibly are in the footage online. The people should have trust in their president and when someone that could

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Biden announced his presidential candidacy on April 25. Photo Credit: MCT Campus make it to that position makes others visibly uncomfortable, it is hard to trust them. Only he knows what his intentions are and only he knows what happens behind closed doors. Politics should be exceptionally clean of easily avoided controversial matters like sexual touching and illegal activity and much of our politicians are. In that case, why should someone be the exception to the rule at such a high political position in our country?. What we are seeing from the Democrats right now are what we saw from the Whig party in the early 1800s. A populist much like President Trump was elected to office, the face we see on the twenty dollar bill: President Andrew Jackson. When Jackson was running for office the Whig party’s only topic they could agree on was hating Jackson, just as the Democrats are doing right now with President Trump. Ask any democrat today what their

number one goal is with this election and their answer is going to be to remove President Trump from office. In the Democrat’s eyes, anyone that isn’t Trump will suffice in office but what the Democrats are choosing to ignore is that fact that another white man with political experience is not enough to sway an election like this. The people need shocking and new, and Democrats are presumptuous in thinking that Biden’s experience is enough to sway voters into thinking that Biden can fix the corruption President Trump caused. The people probably do not care about the experience of an elected official; they chose a showman in 2016. Democratic Pconstituents want to vote for someone that is them and an older white man that isn’t progressive is not the best option when other candidates like Sanders, Buttigieg and Harris are available. A democracy cannot

Rejoice yourself, don’t be left behind

By Kole Lavoy PHOTO EDITOR

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nspired by Voices from the LEFT, San Diego Mesa College’s Associated Student Government sponsored a visual campaign called “Rejoice Yourself” to capture and immortalize those with personal struggles. David Yusha, ASG Senator and director of the “Rejoice Yourself” campaign, put his photography and lighting skills to the test with six members of the Mesa community whom were also inspired by Voices from the LEFT. He gave them all props that represented a silent issue that they struggled with and personified their troubles through these campaign photos. The campaign encapsulated the lives of six individuals with six different hidden struggles: Addiction, body image, invisible disabilities, gender, sexuality and incarceration. Each image shows a Mesa student or faculty member that actually lives the depicted struggle. A key piece of each image is the setting, all the models can be found in a classroom. Yusha said, “The classroom is a common ground with unique stories where everyone has their own flaws and struggles.” He also spoke about how impersonal the classroom can be because of the nature of community college, and how we never bother to know our classmate’s struggles. It was important to note this extension of Voices from the Left focused on capturing those that are left out just as the

original performance was emphasizing. Professor Sakeenah Gallardo was one of the models for the campaign shown in the “Love is Love” section. In her photos she can be seen holding a bouquet of

quet. Gallardo recalls Yusha telling her to tell a story with what he had given her. “I took the bunch of flowers, wrapped the flag around it, and held it up almost like a baby,” Gallardo said, “for some it’s a rebirth. I lived my whole life being straight and was even married to a man. I rebirthed, I came out, I was born again when I was 26 when I decided to be who I truly was.” Gallardo, who is an African American lesbian and a Safe-Zonetrained faculty member at Mesa, has questioning students approaching her after her performances at Voices from the LEFT and the “Rejoice Yourself” campaign photos. She added that coming out, “was like the holding up of these flowers. Flowers die and grow.” The somber photo Professor Sakeenah Gallardo holds a bouquet of sunGallardo is featured in is flowers with a rainbow pride flag to symbolize rebirth for the Rejoice Yourself Campaign. Photo Credit: David the one the attracted to most eyes and was “acYusha tually and accident” acsunflowers wrapped with a rainbow LG- cording to Yusha and Gallardo. “By me BTQ pride flag. She has a big smile on looking down and having my hands her face with her eyes gazed at the bou- on the flag I am saying, ‘I heard you, I

saw you, and you’ll be remembered.’” Being empowered and proud are difficult tasks. Harassment is frequently what causes students to hide their identity or struggles from their peers. According to the American College Health Association in 2016, 10% of undergraduates identify along the LGBTQ spectrum. With this, it is shown that three in four LGBTQ college students reported having experienced sexual harassment and 20% feared personal physical safety. At home struggles persist for these students. A 2013Pew Research Center survey discovered that four in 10 LGBTQ American adults are rejected by friends and family. Because being attacked can be a part of identifying as LGBTQ, many students refrain from coming out. Gallardo discussed her issues with her parents, saying, “My mother told me that (my girlfriend) was not allowed on her doorstep.” These personal issues of all varieties exist in everyone, every peer, and every professor. No one, not one individual, is alone. When these campaign photos were published many thought about them in depth and how the people are all around them struggle. These people are in classrooms. They are the ones we sit next to in class. They are struggling with something deep down. Overall, remember to “Rejoice Yourself” and to look inside recognize how special each person can be.


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TEDx conference teaches students how to live their best lives

By Hana Woodward STAFF WRITER

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an Diego Mesa College brought TEDx to campus on April 25 to spread ideas of how we can become a better species. This year’s theme was “Making Machiavelli Weep: Human Inclusion and Progression.” Niccolò Machiavelli was a 15th century political philosopher who believed humans are inherently evil. TEDx speakers from all over the globe came together to show him what’s right in the world with inspiring speeches. This year was Mesa College’s second year bringing TEDx to campus. TED, or Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is an international conference that shows exciting new technology and developments that makes the world a better place. A TEDx is an independently run TED talk. In room MC-211 A/B, ideas were shared on how to make the world a better place. The conference had a singer, a biological scientist, professors, book publishers and students as speakers. Albert Cruz is a professor and the author of “Becoming Who You Want To Be.” When Cruz took the stage, his talk was about how to make life more colorful and meaningful. According to Cruz, the average lifespan of a human is 30,000 days. He wants to teach people how to keep control of their life with goal setting. He states when creating goals to think of how, when, what and why. Making goals and sticking to them can be difficult for a lot of people. Ever made a goal but then procrastinated and never looked back again? Cruz talked about how to fix that mindset. He lives his life by making specific, meaningful goals for himself. 13 years after his retirement, Cruz obtained a Bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and a PhD. Now at age

73, Cruz is starting to learn how to play the piano. The next speaker, Eduardo Moncada, is a student at San Diego Mesa College and an advocate for tuition-free public college. He says college used to be “the golden ticket to the train to middle class.” Now college is for the privileged or cre-

ting out of college then immediately being stuck with thousands of dollars in debt doesn’t allow them to be an active participant in the economy. Instead of being able to start a business or put a down payment on a home, they’re worrying about interest of their student loan. According to Moncada, college graduates have better health, so

Albert Cruz giving his TEDx talk about “Becoming Who You Want To Be.” Photo Credit: Eva Zapien ates a lifetime debt and stress. He says it “puts an uphill battle for the rest of your life.” When the student is independent they might have to have multiple part-time jobs or a full time job, which takes away from on-campus activities. According to Moncada, housing costs have gone up 1000% since 1977 and it’s at an all-time high. Moncada spoke about the unfairness of modern college debt. “It’s time for the United States of America to stop treating this like a business.” Get-

less money is being spent on healthcare. They’re also less likely to commit crimes which is less money being spent on incarceration. Nicole Matthews is the author of “Permission!: Stop Competing and Start Creating the Life You Want to Live.” Her talk was titled “The other F-Word - will it define your path?” Here, “F-Word” meaning “fine.” She says when people answer fine it ends the conversation and tells nothing about how they feel. She wants everyone

to move past a place of being fine. Matthews also talked about the “Happy Maps” app. Instead of just taking the fastest route, it gives the options to take a happier or a more quiet route. Life isn’t about being fine or being the most efficient, it’s also about enjoying. She encourages to learn to take the path that takes a little longer but allows people to see geese swimming and kids laughing. “You are the person that’s going to figure out how to live your best life” she says. The last speaker brought the discussion outside of talking about how to be a better person. Dr. James Niehs is a Biological Scientist and a professor at UCSD. His talk was titled “Bees & Us: An Ancient and Future Symbiosis.” He started off with a picture on the projector screen of bees communicating. Bees are social bugs that talk, dance and tell each other where to go to pollinate. According to Niehs, the history of bees goes back thousands of years. Niehs says without bees we’d lose out on high levels of nutrition. Bees contribute to agriculture and have a role on 33% of our crops. Bees have been dying at a rapid rate and scientists finally know why: Varroa Destructor disease, beekeeping practices, poor nutrition, pesticides and other diseases. Believe it or not, bees have an immune system and need a diverse amount of food. Niehs says “we cannot keep throwing chemicals at our problems.” His research focuses on activating bees’ natural immune system with vaccines instead of using more chemicals. The TEDx speakers want to teach people how to enjoy life, slow down to smell the flowers and thank the bees.

Local bookstores join together in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day By Racheal Habon FEATURES EDITOR

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an Diego’s book-loving community celebrated Independent Bookstore Day by attending the city’s third annual bookstore crawl, in which participating local bookstores hosted their own parties over the weekend to honor the holiday. Independent Bookstore Day, celebrated on the last Saturday in April, is an annual event that takes place at indie bookstores all across the nation. Not only do book lovers get to celebrate their passion for reading, but they also get to support brick-and-mortar bookstores and help their local community thrive.

This year, San Diego’s participating bookstores organized all kinds of festivities on April 27, such as live music, food, live readings from authors, giveaways, scavenger hunts, kid-friendly activities, and an exciting prize wheel — from which customers could win gift cards, discounts, and other gifts. Also, there were exclusive advance reader copies, limited edition book-related merchandise, and prints exclusively available in store to celebrate the holiday. The truth is that bookstores aren’t like ordinary stores. The Indie Bookstore Day’s official website describes bookstores as “entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.” Independent bookstores are even more special and unique, filled with all kinds of treasures just waiting to be discovered. Independent Bookstore Day is a holiday to honor the importance of literature and the cultural value of these extraordinary shops. The presence of actual bookstores is Readers who attended the San Diego Bookstore Crawl especially significant in this had the chance to earn a limited edition tote bag and pin, designed by artist Susie Ghahremani. Photo Credit: digital age because they allow readers to feed their pasinstagram.com/libraryshopsd sion, offline and in person.

“In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism,” explains The Indie Bookstore Day’s official website. “They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.” Independent bookstores are different in their own ways, and so each party held for the holiday is unique. The nine local bookstores that participated in the San Diego Bookstore Crawl from April 27-29 were Warwick’s, UC San Diego Bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy, Verbatim Books, The Book Catapult, Bluestocking Books, Run for Cover Bookstore, La Playa Books, and Library Shop. Warwick’s in La Jolla, for example, hosted their annual Saint Jordi’s Day festival in joint with their celebration for Independent Bookstore Day. According to the bookstore’s website, “Saint Jordi’s Day is a day of books, roses, and romance, and Warwick’s is bringing it to La Jolla all the way from Barcelona” to honor their cultural tradition. Warwick’s observes Saint Jordi’s Day to commemorate the time of year that men and women in Barcelona buy and exchange books for their loved ones. Readers of San Diego who attended the annual SD Independent Bookstore Crawl were given a “passport” for collecting stamps from each store that they made a $5 minimum purchase from. The more stamps collected the better, and there were

fun incentives to visit as many stores as possible. People who collected five stamps earned a limited edition SD Book Crawl tote bag. The exclusive tote bag displayed a lively illustration of the book crawl’s mascot, a beach crab, holding books in his claws, among seashells and starfish. The design was created by the book crawl’s official ambassador, local author and illustrator, Susie Ghahremani, who is known for her children’s books “Stack the Cats” and “Balance the Birds.” Seven stamps in a passport earned a limited edition pin of a cheerful dolphin hugging a book, also designed by Ghahremani. With eight stamps, book crawlers earned a Silver Raffle ticket for a chance to win a curated gift basket from one of the nine participating bookstores, plus an official San Diego Festival of Books swag bag including two VIP passes to this year’s Festival of Books author panels. Dedicated bookworms who got stamps from all nine participating local bookstores were entered into the Gold Raffle, which included the Festival of Books swag bag and over $200 worth of gift certificates from all nine shops. Every year, this holiday for bookworms is continuing to grow and is now observed at more than 550 stores in 49 states. Because of these bookstore crawls hosted by cities all over the country, book enthusiasts are able to come together and share their hobby of reading.


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How these speakers discovered their spiritual calling through Danza Azteca

By Guadalupe Santillo Salinas STAFF WRITER

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anelists Maria Figueroa, Bea Zamora, and Roberto D. Hernandez shared their experience with the beautiful Mexican tradition of Danza Azteca and its importance in the modern day at the Mesa college campus on May 2. Not only do all the panelists share their love for Danza, but all came to the Danza as a spiritual calling and awakening to the curiosity of their own background and culture. For San Diego, being a city across the Mexican border means that of those who cross in hope of a better life bring their traditions with them in order to feel closer to home. According to Zamora, although this tradition is known as Danza Azteca, its actual name is Danza Chichimeca. This tradition dates back to the 1500s, and was created by the Otomi tribes in Mexico after losing a battle against the Spaniards. The creation of this dance was to preserve tradition and culture, while it was beginning to be infused with Catholic elements. Danza is very much much like an ofrenda, or an offering, in the sense that it can be viewed as sacred and spiritual. Zamora further described Danza as a “ghost dance.” She explained, “when we dance, we are dancing with our ancestors and with our future ancestors.” Coming from various struggling backgrounds, the speakers each shared how they connected to Danza and how it strengthened their cultural identity. Hernandez grew up in San Ysidro, close to the border that divides Mexico

and the United States, shaping him by various traumatic experiences. This included a childhood memory of July 19, 1984, when a shooting occurred down the street that killed 21 people, including two children, one of them being Hernandez’s childhood friend. Hernandez witnessed California Border Patrol chasing people who looked like him. He knew that the shooting and the harassment from Border Patrol weren’t random. He and his people were racially targeted. This left him wondering why this would happen. One of the first protests that Hernandez attended was to remember the lives of indigenous people taken away by Columbus. Afterward, he was left wondering about the oppression of his people. During his high school years, he came across Danza for the first time, where he met Zamora. Although he didn’t join Danza immediately, he felt its calling. After moving back to San Diego, he was able to find a Danza group to call home. Very much like Hernandez, Zamora and Figueroa grew up in very similar situations. Although, their calling to Danza was more of an ancestral calling. Zamora grew up having pride in her background, but the knowledge about the details about her culture were a complete mystery to her. It wasn’t until her time in college that she encountered Danza Azteca. There was a strong lack of cultural representation while she was growing up. She felt drawn to Danza Azteca upon seeing them. Chills ran up her spine and tears filled her eyes. Simi-

Victims of bullying stand in solidarity during ‘Voices from the LEFT’

lar to Hernandez, she also started to become more involved in Danza Azteca after returning to San Diego to pursue her master’s degree. After 40 years of practice, she has used her background during the moments she needed From left to right: panelists Roberto D. Hernandez, Maria Figueroa strength when and Bea Zamora pose for a photo to commemorate the Danza Azteca facing racism. event. Photo Credit: Guadalupe Santillo Salinas Figueroa of protection. The panelists all agreed that also found her calling during her college years at the Danza is very political to them. Although University of California San Diego. Like those on the Mexican side of the border Zamora, she felt her calling through her might not see it as such, it is very imporbody - her childhood memory of her uncle tant to the speakers for it to be seen as a pobeing matachin, or a ritual dancer. ”I didn’t litical statement saying, “We’re still here.” understand what the connection (with the Danza is a reaffirmation of their indigenous memory of my uncle) was,” Figueroa said, background that was once attempted to be “but 25 years later as a Danzante, I now erased by colonizers. It’s a way to shed understand that it was a connection… to an away the shame put on by others. This traancestral memory.” The director saw she dition lends itself to its people to remind was mesmerized and invited her to join the them that despite the distance to their native land, the bond can never be broken Danzante’s practices. After facing various hardships in life no matter what. As long as this tradition is due to their racial backgrounds, they ex- carried on, so will their ancestors who will pressed that they saw Danza as an armor always offer guidance during their people’s time of need.

Students prove to be ‘Forces of Fashion’ at the 38th annual Golden Scissors fashion show

By Savannah Cadet-Haynes STAFF WRITER

By Maggie Irvine STAFF WRITER

he Mesa Commons was filled with said. Price expressed that the biggest line people that shared inspiration, joy, in his piece is “I’m about to make it happen and tears on the night of April 11. ‘cause I’m way too black.” “Voices from the LEFT” hosted their anPrior to his performance he explained nual event in room MC-211 where guests the challenges he faced with his given were welcomed with a mix of old school name, then shortly after went in with a and hip hop music at the door. “Voices personal remix called “Asante Bomaye,” from the LEFT” shared real life experienc- which he made “to remind everybody who es of those that were a victim of bullying or I am and most importantly to remind myharassed based on gender, race, sexual ori- self who I am.” He then further explained entation, religion, physical or mental abil- that it was one of the hardest songs he ever ity, or for no reason at all. Students, alumni wrote. “I had to appreciate myself, accept and faculty members had the opportunity myself and tell myself that it’s ok to teach to share their life experiences where their people how to say your name correctly,” he voices had either been left behind or left said.. Prince set the tone for the rest of the out because of their different lifestyles. night. The crowd was joyful, excited and “Voices from the LEFT” started out ready for the rest of the performers. with only 40 seats and 11 student performWith over 10 performers throughout ers.In 2019, they had multiple showings the night, the audience had a mix of emowith full crowds and students, faculty, and tions during and after each. Another stualumni as performers. The event started dent shed light on his experiences of being with a brief powerpoint of mashed up vid- bullied due to his dyslexia and autism with eos from previous performances to a mo- a poem called “Sticks and Stones.” Protivational song called “Rise Up by Andra fessor Sakeenah performed a piece called Day.” The host ensured the audience that “Dear Straight People” that had a powerful they would be blessed with strength and message asking “Why do I have to prove pure talent. my love is authentic?” A number of other “It’s ok to be dark and handsome,” performances revealed their troubles with said by the first performer Prince Asante depression, anxiety, bullying, suicide, repSefa-Boakye, also known as Santé Prince. resentation, and toxic relationships. The 27-year-old rapper and activist is a The performers gave the sense Mesa alumof vulnernus where he ability while studied psythey shared chology. He heartfelt and performed a traumatic piece called experiences “ Wa r r i o r ” with the auand was indience makspired by his ing the event own personal poetic and adventures, emotional. self love and For that short self accepmoment evtance. “You eryone in that have to be a room shared warrior to get Speaker Sante-Prince gets the audience excited for the strength, unthrough this night. Photo Credit: Serena Randazzo derstanding crazy life,” he and compas-

an Diego fashion students took their yellow lights and on another a red heart designs to the runway in the 38th an- flashed. Some carried lanterns and other nual Golden Scissors Fashion Show. small lit objects. When the lights cut on, The shows theme was “Forces of Fashion” the outfits looked completely different and the student’s unleashed their creativity than they appeared to seconds earlier in the dark. in a series of striking collections. Another memorable part of the show The show began with a silent auction that featured items donated from local was the Sunshine and Happiness collecbusinesses. These items ranged from Bea- tion. This showcased small children clothes tles vinyls, donated by Vinyl Junkies, to created by sewing beginners. The audience succulent arrangements, and all proceeds let out a collective “Aww” as the first modfrom the auction went towards the Mesa els stepped out. Their ages ranged from about 6-10 and several of them were totFashion Program. Multiple programs at Mesa College ing oversized lollipops. While some were shy, others came together were confito make this dent on stage show happen. and some The cosmeeven hightology departfived and ment partblew kisses. nered with the Those who fashion stuwere nervous dents in order warmed up to enhance with the audithe models ence’s cheers and create and claps of the intended encouragevision of the ment. pieces. The Student Sarah Wilcox and her models pose after her After a dance pro- collection “Let Low.” Photo Credit: Maggie Irvine few collective gram helped out by performing in the show’s activewear sections such as these, the students got a collection and truly showing off the clothes chance to showcase their individual work. in the way they’re meant to be worn. The Sarah Wilcox for example, created several music students also helped with the musi- designs in a collection called “Let Low.” She said that for these pieces, she drew cal aspects of the show. One memorable collection from the inspiration from 90s streetwear, as well as show was the “Wearable Technology” sec- current trends that she sees on social media. The fashion program at Mesa College tion. For this, the models walked twice, once in the dark helped her pinpoint her passion for design and once with the lights on. Appropri- and she explained that one thing she loves ately, “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar about the class is having projects with less and SZA played in the background as the structure so she can express herself more models took stage. To reflect this theme, freely. Her collection was fun and current, the models wore clothes with lights strung with Post Malone’s “Wow” playing in the artistically through them in various ways. background while student models showed On one, a cape trailed behind with small off her designs.

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MAY 14, 2019

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Measles makes its way to paradise

By K.K. Interchuck FEATURES EDITOR

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alifornia health officials have declared a measles outbreak in Los Angeles county, with 14 confirmed cases in that area and as many as 750 cases across the United States, making it the nation’s “worst year for measles in a quarter century,” according to The New York Times. The disease was declared eliminated in the US in 2000, after more than 12 months without any outbreaks. However, this does not mean there are no chances of new outbreaks to occur, as measles can be brought in from other countries. Even though vaccination rates in California are typically high, there are communities with low vaccination rates, allowing a single case to spread quickly. In 2015, The New York Times reported on a single case of measles at Disneyland in Anaheim, which eventually led to a 147-case outbreak that not only spread across California but traveled to several other states as well. According to The New York Times, this outbreak was largely fu-

eled by both low vaccination communities and the anti-vaccination movement, the latter which relies on frequently spread false information regarding the safety of vaccines. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is able to live anywhere for up to two hours in an airspace where an infected person coughed or sneezed, and up to 90% of unvaccinated people around this person will become infected. Symptoms of measles do not show for several weeks, leaving those with the virus to unwittingly infect those susceptible to it virtually anywhere they go. This is particularly dangerous for unvaccinated people, for children under 5 who are too young to be vaccinated, for those over 70 with suppressed immune systems, and for the immunocompromised. According to the Los Angeles Times, L.A. County Health Officer Muntu Davis stressed the importance of vaccines in a news release. “We will likely see additional measles cases in Los Angeles County, so if you are not

already immune to measles, the best way to protect yourself and to prevent the spread of measles is to get the measles immunization,” Davis said. Overall vaccination rates of 90 to 95% are required in order to provide what is called “herd immunity,” according to CBS News. Herd immunity happens when that vaccine threshold is reached and is what helps prevent outbreaks and further protect those who are unvaccinated solely due to age or medical reasons. Given the highly contagious nature of measles and San Diego’s proximity to L.A. county, there is a greater chance of an outbreak to occur here. According to Health Services Center Director Suzanne Khambata, the San Diego Community College District collaborates with the San Diego Public Health Department to manage disease outbreaks. “There has been a lot of planning and training about outbreaks so we are confident that we are up to date on the research based evidence for best practices,” Kham-

bata said. After San Diego’s Hepatitis A outbreak in 2017 and the likelihood of measles traveling down from L.A. county this year, Khambata urges students to practice basic health and safety etiquette. “Most importantly, keep your hands clean, stay healthy with good amounts of sleep and nutrition, and see your medical provider when you are ill,” she said. For unvaccinated students, Mesa offers the vaccine for measles on campus at the Student Health Services office for $65, located in room I4-209. For students unsure of their vaccination status, Health Services also offers immunization titers tests for measles for $19. Titers tests are blood tests which check for the presence of specific antibodies in the bloodstream and thus prove immunity to a certain virus. To make an appointment with Student Health Services call 619-388-2774, or walk-ins are always welcome.

‘Arturo Ui’ holds a mirror to the past and the present

By Saida Hassan OPINIONS EDITOR

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he San Diego Mesa College Theatre breja’s rendition of Ui was at times incrediHis perverse laugh made him creepier be dangerous. As Ui’s fellow gang memCompany presented the “The Re- bly amusing. His sarcastic attitude towards than Ui, and captured the menacing char- bers and the “Cauliflower Trust” attempt sistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” an alle- the other characters played well into the acter of a Chicago gang member perfectly. to undermine each other, the ruthlessness gorical satire meant to draw chronological parody aspect of “The Resistible Rise of Interestingly enough, the business owners with which Ui exerts his power does not go comparisons to the rise of Hitler in post unnoticed within character relationships. World War I Germany. It ran for the first Even if the viewer did not understand two weekends of May, from May 3-5, the underlying message and historical and May 10-12. context of this film, its director George Ui is a Chicago thug who decides Ye left a note that clearly spelled it out for that he wants to take over the “Caulithe viewer. flower Trust” with other gang members, “While Hitler may have been the the Cauliflower business controlled by lopropagator of hate,” Ye muses, “was he cal business leaders. The play opened up the author of it? … History can and does with an unnamed cast member explaining repeat itself, and like it or not, we all play context of the film outright. This is a dea part in it.” parture from normal play conventions in Ye draws a connection to contempothat uncovering the plot is usually somerary politics. It is undeniable that in rething the viewer had to worry about. cent years there has been a steady rise in The first scene featured members of populist governments around the world, the “‘Cauliflower Trust” discussing how and the impact of such incendiary politics to generate more profit during The Great can be seen in the play. Depression, an air of superficial imporIndeed, Bertolt Brecht, the playtance surrounding the actors. wright who authored “The Resistible The Mesa Theatre Company’s take Rise of Arturo Ui,” was not only criticizon “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” was ing Ui and populist leaders like Hitler but definitely worth the money, the evident also the societies they are a part of that budget limitations notwithstanding. Even Mesa Theatre Company brings Arturo Ui to life as a cautionary tale against enabling the ruth- enabled his despicable actions. Hitler and so, their costumes were fittingly made for less violence that leads to the rise of tyrants like Adolf Hitler. Photo Courtesy: SD Mesa Col- the influence of his distasteful rhetoric the play, as Ui and his fellow thugs were lege Theatre Company. could’ve been limited if the German peodressed in stereotypical thug clothing. ple had been willing to resist it-as they The play made sure to employ some were not, they suffered from the persishumor and make the audience laugh, with Arturo Ui.” His performance rivaled that of the “Cauliflower Trust” acted equally as tent mishaps of fascism. funny neurotic statements here and there of Anthony Estrada, who played Emanuele duplicitous, a motif the play came back to The viewer is left with an unsettling by the characters. In particular, Ryan Ne- Giri, Ui’s second in command henchman. repeatedly: How subversive hyperbole can feeling that Ui’s unscrupulous character Continued from Page 1 They have crisis counseling and free therapists with an appointment, you just have to give them a call,” she said. “You never know when you might need that.” Flaherty stressed the importance of prioritizing mental health by utilizing these resources and spreading the word. “Even if you’re not going through that, it’s good to know that it’s there …

(and) you never know what people are going through,” she said. “Getting Real Inside & Out” gave participating students the chance to exercise their creativity in the making of their masks and presentations, all while educating others on core information regarding certain mental illnesses. Attendees were also able to receive a complimentary lunch after visiting the stations, receiving stamps

at each, and completing a short feedback survey. The event, which was a collaborative effort between Student Health Services and the Communications Studies Department at Mesa, was made possible by the California Chancellor’s Office Mental Health Grant. If you weren’t able to make it to this event, Student Health Services also puts

together the regular “Comfort Tent” event during the weeks of midterms and finals. Here students can find a place to relax and unwind, as well as learn techniques for staying calm and managing stress. The “Comfort Tent” is up from May 13-17 and can be found just outside of the Learning Resource Center on campus.

For the record

In the issue dated April 16, 2019, The Mesa Press would like to correct the following errors:

Page 6: In “A death experience to remember,” the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department was missnamed. In “Be Calm,” a room in the Student Services building was incorrectly labelled as SS-210.


SPORTS

MAY 14, 2019

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SOFTBALL FLIES PAST EAGLES INTO PLAYOFFS

By Josh Edler Davis STAFF WRITER

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esa’s Women’ Softball team took a huge victory over Mt. San Jacinto 8-0 on Tuesday

April 23. This was the team’s final home game of the season so there was a ceremony honoring the sophomores. The four sophomores honored were AnneMarie Fischer, Hayley Jenkins, Isabella Casares, and Jessica Schoen. The sophomores were joined by family and friends for one of their last moments at their home field. When speaking about this group of sophomores, Mesa softball outfielder Kaleigh Lane said, “We’re such a close-knit team and everyone is so talented, it’s going to be really hard to say goodbye but I am really proud of them.” The team embraced their sophomores last home game and put on a performance for the transferring sophomores can remember. The Olympians are a scary team at home with a 16-3 home record this season. The Olympians stellar defense allowed no runs and only two batters on base in the game. Their offense was great in the third inning scoring five runs. The game ended at the bottom of the fifth as the Olympians scored two runs to put the game out of reach. The Olympians finished their regular season with a 28-12 record on an eight- game winning streak. The Olympians finished fourth in the Pacific Coast

Annemarie Fischer (No. 3) stands ready at First Base while Karli Ramsey (No. 23) throws out a pitch. Photo credit: Josh Edler Davis Atlantic Conference with a 10-6 record. The Olympians are hoping this win will give them great momentum heading into the playoffs. The Olympians are riding a hot streak but still anticipate upcoming growth. “I think our team has grown so much and that we will only get stronger heading into playoffs,” Andrea Wright said. Wright brought in the first two runs of

the game in the first and third innings scoring her two RBIs. Starting pitcher Karli Ramsey continued her impressive season on the mound only allowing two batters on base through five innings and faced 21 batters. Ramsey finished the season with a 11-4 wins-losses record. Ramsey credited her defense, saying, “They played great defense and it was good having them back there.” The Olym-

pians’ impressive defense accounted for their fourth shutout during the month of April. Ramsey and the Mesa defense didn’t commit a single error throughout the duration of the game. The great defense of this team comes with a quick scoring offense. Isabella Casares and Adrianna Dorame, who play third and first base, respectively, also helped in the scoring department batting in two runs each. The Olympians had 11 hits, compared to the Eagles’ two throughout the game. The baserunning of Kassandra Solis-Corrales and Lane was also a contributing factor to the blowout victory. Mesa outscored Mt. San Jacinto 17-1 in their two matchups this year. The previous game was held at Mt. San Jacinto on Monday April 1 which the Olympians took a 9-1 victory. The first matchup also ended in the fifth inning as the Olympians scored nine runs to secure the dominant win. In this recent match up the Eagles committed six errors that resulted in two Mesa runs. The Olympians scored four earned runs against pitcher Julissa Ledesma of Mt. San Jacinto. The next action for Mesa will hopefully be a playoff matchup. Coach Jaclyn Guidi said “We are the 17th seed at the moment but hopefully this game boosts us up.”

Baseball rustles playoff opener from Golden West

By Erik Acosta EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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he Mesa College baseball team won two games out of a three-game series against Golden West College, sending Mesa to the CCCAA Super Regionals. The score for the series was a 3-0 win by Golden West, a 9-6 win by Mesa, and a 6-3 win by Mesa. The series began on Friday May 3, and it turned out to be an incredibly hard game for Mesa due to the prowess of the Golden West pitching staff. Mesa played home, and Golden West played away. Golden West pitcher No. 33, Josh Ibarra, threw nine innings of no-hit baseball while striking out 16 Olympians. The game was tied 0-0 until the top of the tenth inning, when Golden West scored three runs to win the first game. After coming off a loss in the first game, in which the Olympians only had one hit, things were looking pretty bleak for Mesa. To move on to the CCCAA Super Regionals, the Olympians now had to win both games the following day. With the pressure weighing down on the Mesa players, the second game began at 11 a.m. on May 4, with Mesa playing as the away team while Golden West took the home spot. The Olympians scored two runs at the top of the first inning, determined not to go home after just one game. No. 4, Isidro Velez homered to left field, 2 RBI; Cyrus Fullen scored. The game continued without a run until Mesa’s bats came swinging hard at the top of the fourth inning. Joel Escalante singled to left field, sending a player home, and opened the scoring floodgates. As the hits kept coming and the pressure kept mounting, things got even worse for

No. 3, Mesa catcher, Jacob Engel, catches a high fastball as No. 19, Enrique Bennett, holds the swing. Photo Credit: Erik Acosta. Golden West when the Rustler’s No. 7, Nelson Padilla, took a hard ground ball to the face at his position at shortstop. The game stopped briefly as Golden West coaches went to check up on their player. The inning ended with Mesa scoring five runs in the fourth inning, putting Mesa at a 7-0 lead. Golden West didn’t score until the fifth inning, when their No. 20, Austin Schell, singled to third base, and sent a run home. Mesa would continue to hold the lead for the second game,ending it with a 9-3 win for Mesa. This forced the series into third game. After the second game, No. 9, Riley Aggson, pitcher for Mesa, said that it felt good to win. “We definitely needed the motivation to come back and win, specially after a tough loss yesterday,” he added.

“(Golden West) is a really good ball club, they’re really gonna challenge us for game three, but were going to bring it to them.” For the third game, the Olympians switched back to their striped home uniforms, and were set to take the field first as the game at 2:46 p.m. The first score of the game came at the bottom of the first inning when Mesa’s No. 8, Kevin Van Linge, grounded out to shortstop but sent an RBI home. Mesa held the lead until Golden West tied up the score at the top of the fourth inning, 1-1. When Mesa took to the plate with the game tied at the bottom of the fourth, the tension could be cut with a butter knife. Mesa then answered back with two runs, to take back the lead to 3-1. But Golden West was not going to be put away that easily, and they answered right back at the

top of the fifth inning. No. 22, Seth Nelson, Golden West, doubled to center field, and sent two runs home and tied the game 3-3. Mesa was barely able to keep the swinging bats of Golden West at bay, and held the tied score until Mesa took the at bat at the bottom of the fifth, when Mesa scored two runs after No. 8, Kevin Van Linge doubled down the right field line, sending No. 21 Cyrus Fullen and No. 3 Jacob Engel home. Mesa took the lead 5-3, until the Olympians scored at the bottom of the sixth when No. 2, Victor Ceniceros singled to right field, and sent an RBI home. The game ended at the top of the ninth inning with the score of 6-3 Mesa. The Olympians rushed the field cheering and congratulating each other as they came out on top, winning the 3 game series, and sending Mesa to the CCCAA Super Regionals, and keeping their season alive. Coach Steve Sanchez said in a post game interview “They’re pretty resilient, maybe not the strongest and fastest but they are the hardest working.” When asked what made the difference between the games in the series, coach Sanchez said, “My players wanted to win more than the other guys did. We threw a few guys we don’t usually throw very often, that’s why it’s a pitching staff.” He added, “It takes a culmination of all their efforts to be a successful baseball team.” Mesa started off against Glendale Community College for their next series on May 9 with Glendale winning the night 8-7 with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning. For the most updated information on the latest series, check out MesaPress.com.


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Women’s swim team wins big to end season

By Maggie Irvine STAFF WRITER

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he Lady Olympians have finished their season, and they went out with a bang. They were victorious at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference at Southwestern College on April 22, and then came in second at the state championships in San Jose on May 2. Mesa won a majority of events at the Southwestern meet and broke several conference records. Overall, The Olympians collected over 31% of the total points possible, winning 16 different events. They blew the other teams out of the water, finishing with 764 points and beating the next closest team by over 200 points. Mesa had five different athletes win two separate events. Kiri Flatter, Maya Fielding, Carly Lupien, Julie Parsons and Allyson Hansen all stood at the top of the winners podium on two occasions. The overall scores from the meet were Mesa in first with 764 points, Palomar in second with 556 points, Grossmont in a close third with 552 points, Southwestern in fourth with 432, and Crafton Hills came up last with 140 points. This is the third year in a row the Mesa women’s swim team has won this conference. After this victory, nine members rep-

Parsons commented on the championship, clarifying, “Ally in the 100 free and myself in the 200 backstroke. Relays are also very important and even if we didn’t win any, everyone participated in them in order for us to gain the most points possible.” As Parson’s said, the Mesa team also earned impressive scores in their many relay races. Allyson Hansen, Danielle Zambrana, Mia Lauer, and Thias Luiz came in second place in the 200 Freestyle Relay. The 800 Free Relay was swam by Hansen, Zambrana, Luiz, and Parsons was also a great success, as they came in third place The Mesa diving team also excelled at the championship. Maya Fielding took second place in the three-meter event and then sixth place in the 1-meter event. Andrea Probert also did well, earning 12th place in the three-meter event and 15th place one-meter event. On top of all of this success, the lady Olympians also earned a few awards. Maya Fielding was named Diver of the Year and Julie Parsons was named Co-Swimmer of the Year for Mesa’s conference. Coach Jim Fegan was also recognized for his efforts and was named Co-Coach of the Year.

Coach Jim Fegan celebrates with the swim team after the state championship. Photo redit: SD Mesa Athletics Department resented Mesa at the State Championships in San Jose on May 2 through May 4. The team did exceptionally well once again, and placed in second overall. The lady Olympians had two individual state champions. Allyson Hansen was victorious in the 100 yard freestyle race, and Julie Parsons

in the 200 yard backstroke. Both of these swimmers also finished second in other events. “We had a much smaller team compared to the others, but we still were able to come together and pull off being state runner ups, with two of our swimmers taking individual wins.”

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