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Skyline View The Voice of Skyline College, San Bruno, California
March, 27, 2014
Volume XXXIV- Issue 5
Media policy causes a reaction on campus
by Michelle Kelly and Dave Newlands TSV News Editor/ Staff Writter
The Skyline College president reacted to the backlash of the revised media policy recently sent to campus faculty. “My commitment is to make it right,” President Regina Stanback-Stroud said of the policy. “We’re a little bit taken off guard by the impact it’s had because we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to accomplish.”
The policy clearly states that faculty is to not interact with the press directly. It asks that all interviews get prior approval from the Office of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations. “Please do not agree to conduct an interview with a member of the media,” the policy states. The policy language asks for correspondence with the media to proceed “only after having a conversation with (Public Infor-
mation Officer) Cherie Colin to properly prepare.” This is in order to protect the school’s “brand and image” and requests, in bold font, that faculty and staff “do not directly answer any questions, but follow the procedure as outlined.” As an additional “tip,” the email advises faculty and staff to “not agree to talk off the record with a reporter. Nothing is off-record when speaking to the media.” According to Frank LoMonte,
Executive Director at the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) this policy’s language is far too broad to be upheld in a court under the First Amendment, should faculty not adhere to its guidelines. “A person with an advanced degree should be able to answer the news media without someone looking over their shoulder,” LoMonte said. “The faculty and decision makers shouldn’t be spouting a pre-
screened message. They should be telling the public the truth.” There has been an influx of concern from faculty, students and journalists about this media relations approach. “I expected questions, but I was like, oh my gosh, everybody is really upset about this,” Colin said. “I’m not touching the First Amendment, I promise you I’m not.” Stroud and Colin feel that the Media Policy continued on page 2
Lighting update in art gallery
Students put the manpower behind drama project on campus by Ayechan Oo
TSV Staff Writer
Dave Newlands / The Skyline View
Nakazato signs an autograph for Skyline student Kristina Ayala after her lecture.
Artist Tomoko Nakazato gave a guest lecture in the Skyline ceramics studio on March 24, 2014. Nakazato displayed some of her sculptures, and crafted an original piece while she discussed her inspiration and her unique view on the duality of life. Read more on page 3
Free tuition proposed across country Tennessee and Oregon get the ball rolling for community colleges by Chris DeJohn
TSV Staff Writer
Proposed legislature that will award two years’ worth of free tuition for high school graduates recently made it to the senate in Tennessee. A similar program in Oregon passed as well, granting students free tuition as long as they “pay it forward” after graduation. Both proposals caused a ripple across the country. According to the California State Assembly Education Committee, 19 states, including California are wondering if they too could possibly find a way to offer free tuition. Highlighting his new proposal, the Governor of Tennessee gave his State of the State address on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 that made news all the way to California.
The “Tennessee Promise” basically says that the first two years of community college will be free to all high school graduates within the state. According to ABC News affiliate, WBBJTV. com, Governor Haslam’s proposal won a vote of 8-1 out of the Tennessee State Senate Education Committee on Wed., March 12. To clarify, the proposal hasn’t passed yet and is still “up in the air.” It’s part of Haslam’s “Drive 55” campaign, a program geared toward boosting the number of Tennesseans with a certificate or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from the state’s current 32 percent up to 55 percent. While this proposal may seem like the answer to all of our financial woes when it comes to higher education, some experts
heed that there might be some fine print that gets overlooked. In other words, the “free education” headline looks fantastic but there could be some hidden, unintended consequences. “I certainly believe that government and policy makers are coming out of positive motives,” Kay McClenney, Director of the Center for Community Colleges and Student Engagement said. “Society needs encouragement and support … especially when it comes to community colleges but they should step back and really think about it.” McClenney believes that institutions and government should try to look at all of the angles before commit Tuitions continued on page 2
Modernized digital dimmers are going to be installed in the Skyline College’s art gallery on March 8, initiated by Paul Bridenbaugh, Gallery Director, and Alan Ceccarelli, theater event manager and instructor of DRAM 310, renewing the old system for the purposes of having brighter lights and safety, they will still utilize the old system. The old lighting system in the art gallery wasn’t very good, so Bridenbaugh wanted to install theatrical lighting bulbs in the art gallery. The previous light bulbs in the gallery were very old; the circuits are from 1969 and very dangerous. And the old system was not convenient for turning on/off the lights, because it required going to the skinny setup upstairs to turn the lights on. The new digital installation system is designed in a way which allows an iPad to control the lights even from downstairs, so it is accessible for people with disabilities. This new system can be utilized by anyone planning an event. The new dimmers will be portable and can be moved out to the gymnasium for graduation ceremonies. The new dimmers in the art gallery will make up for the lack of bright white lights which is needed for making live video for graduation ceremonies. “The lights can be borrowed form the art gallery and taken over to the theater for the special performance.” Bridenbaugh said, “It’s not something that will be only used in the art gallery, it will also benefit all the different programs at school.” The art gallery is the place where music concerts, award ceremonies, special events with guest speakers, and of course, art shows are usually held. The lighting set up is beneficial for these different events because there will be more lights that are smaller and can be used for different types of effects. “For the students whose art work is in the show, their work
will be very beautiful [with those new lights],” Bridenbaugh said. Bridenbaugh also teaches gallery techniques in his classes and is satisfied with the new lighting system, because his students will get valuable experiences and job skills by learning how to use the system. Ceccarelli is also using the installing of the new light system to teach his students by having them help with the installation process. “I’m using it in my class. My students get to learn how to install new dimmers, how they work and how to program them. According to Ceccarelli, instead of having six dimmers, they will have one dimmer for every single circuit, in which they will use iPad to control the on/off functions of the lights. Ei Poe Phyu is a Skyline student who is currently working as an assistant at the gallery and has been for two semesters, she is also helped with the procedures of removing the older system and replacing it with the new one. Phyu said that Ceccarelli and his students were working hard to change older system to the new one. They started working on the installations a week ago. They even went up to the ceilings and removed the old dimmers. Professor Bridenbaugh also assisted them, but Ceccarelli and his students did most of the work on the installation. According to both Bridenbaugh and Ceccarelli, the installation of the new system is a major undertaking. The existing light system in the gallery was pulled out in order to install these dimmers. The project will take two weeks, They have to pull out all of the old systems in able to install the new ones. They can’t do any changes when the galley is showing, so they started before spring break. After spring break, there will be the 2014 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition between April 14 through May 9, which will be the first show to utalize the new dimmers.
March 27, 2014
The Staff Editor In Chief Aaron Washington News Editor Michelle Kelly Features Editor Lea Naqishbendi Opinions Editor Steve Perotti Entertainment Editor Ray Garcia Sports Editor Jordan Sweidan Chief Copy Editor David Perez Multimedia Editor Nico Triunfante Social Media Editor Shaquill Stewart Photo Editor Josh Collier Production Manager Renee Abu-Zaghibra Digital Editor Will Nacouzi Staff Writers Ayechan Oo Jenita Lyman René Bass Jose DeAnda Juan Garcia Joshua Picazo Matt Floyd Bianca Gonzalez Alex Maffei Gabriela Saucedo Chris DeJohn Graphics Editor Dave Newlands Staff Photographer Robert Nicholas Pabalate Faculty Advisor Nancy Kaplan-Biegel
Skyline PR clarifies its media policy announcement continued from page 1
confusion is a matter of semantics. They understand the policy contradicts itself in a few places. Stroud notes that it makes a point of speaking within a faculty member’s own knowledge and then in the next paragraph makes a definitive statement about never speaking to the press. “It probably needs to be clarified,” Stroud said. “It looks like we won’t let them ask any questions, and they can only get the answers to their questions if they give it to us in writing. So [we] soften that up a little bit, if that’s not what we mean.” Teeka James, president of the District Federation of Teachers Union, spoke out on the policy. “The policy is confusing,” James said. “[Those who wrote
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the policy] think that the default is that you’re speaking on behalf of the college, but the default is actually that [faculty] are speaking as an individual.” In comparison, College of San Mateo has a less explicit policy which reads more like guidelines or suggestions for faculty in their contact with the press. “We haven’t had any issues,” CSM Public Information Officer Beverly Madden said. “Many times the direct point of contact will be the dean or the faculty, but they always have the option of looping me in.” Colin felt that she expressed a similar sentiment to that of CSM, and that the Skyline policy reflected the most efficient and effective way to disseminate
information to the public. “That was sort of our attempt at trying to figure out what’s the best way to get accurate information to the media,” Colin said. “Well, in writing is probably the best way to do that, and so that’s why I was thinking that would make sense that people would write things on paper.” The public reaction to the policy has not echoed Colin’s intention. “This makes it extremely difficult for faculty and staff to talk in areas that they are passionate about,” ASSC senator Nicole Harris said. “My hope is that everybody’s voice can be heard and expressed in a manner that they wish to do so.” Stroud wanted to be clear that faculty is free to speak to the
media without routing it through the PIO, and that Colin’s office is there for support and guidance. “Go talk to the paper,” Stroud said. “Whatever you think, your opinion, that’s not stuff that goes to the PIO.” The policy as it is currently written could be interpreted as an infringement of the First Amendment Free Speech Clause regarding prior restraint. “At no point do I think we have the power to stop people from talking to the media,” Stroud said. “It’s a good lesson for us. We think we’re having one conversation and we’re thinking in this way and people experiencing it very different.”
Proposed higher education tuition breaks start a countrywide discussion continued from page 1
ting to such an undertaking. “There’s a lot that needs to be done before a program like this will work,” McClenney said. “The real question is, how much does the country want to support making college a real opportunity for the people who can least afford it.” On the other hand, there are some experts who are eager to support a “free tuition” program for community colleges. “People get sticker-shock most of the time when they see what it costs to go to college,” said David Baime, Senior Vice President of the American Council on Educa-
tion. “A program like the one in Tennessee can truly create access.” According to a background source at the California State Assembly Committee on Higher Education, to help more California community college students attain higher education by transferring to a 4-year university from a 2-year community college, California Sen. Alan Lowenthal wrote Senate Bill 1456. This bill is said to “restructure the way student support services are delivered, improve the assistance that students receive at the beginning of their educational experience, provide that campuses
using an assessment instrument for student placement utilize a statewide system of common assessment once available, improve consistency and efficiency, and require students whose fees are waived because of their economic need to meet minimum academic standards” among other things. Basically SB1456 says that it’s OK for a committee made up of representatives from the CSU and UC organizations and the Student Aid Commission to meet up and decide where and when to conduct a study on whether or not a program like the one in Tennessee or Oregon will be feasible in California.
“Of course it sounds like a great idea but there are always the unforeseen downsides to everything. I haven’t heard of anything like this coming out for us,” Regina Morrison, Director of Financial Aid Services at Skyline College said. “We’ve offered the Board of Governors Fee Waiver for over 17 years.” Many California community colleges offer the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver. It permits enrollment fees to be waived for eligible California residents who qualify. In some instances the BOG Fee Waiver can even assist with purchasing books.
Two tiered tuition system gets tested at pilot college by René Bass TSV Staff Writer
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Long Beach City College used the two tiered payment system for winter semester as part of the AB-955 pilot program. The bill allows winter and summer fees to be placed at the non-resident rate. Colleges at their maximum enrollment for a minimum of two years would be able to offer this extension program. “Of the original six pre-selected schools to experiment with two tiered funding, two were found to not meet eligibility requirements and three declined,” said Leigh Anne Shaw in an e-mail. Shaw is the President of the Academic Senate 2012-2014 at Skyline College.
The Long Beach City College pilot program ends in 2018. “The law came into effect in January 2014.Already there has been one school that has started the program and the classes that they offered were quite full,” said Assembly member Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara in a phone interview. Williams introduced AB-955 last year as a way to receive an education quicker and be able to join the workforce sooner. The bill was petitioned against and criticized for taking money from students who could not afford extra expenses from increased fees. “One of the attacks on the 955 is that this would only be for wealthier students. Thus far the statistics prove that to be quite
false.72% of the students that took the extension classes qualified for a BOG waiver,” Williams said. “The other criticism was that it would cost too much. The reality was that the LBCC was able to offer it to those BOG waiver students at $90 per unit which is still much more than is ideal, but was much less than the opponents were attacking the bill over.” Skyline is not affected by the bill at this time. The pilot program at Long Beach City College began in the winter session. During a regular winter session at LBCC, the classes are 95% filled, 1,700 students enrolled, according to EdSource. org. With the 2-tiered tuition pilot, 80 percent of classes were filled.
There were no numbers available to determine how many of those students enrolled used a fee waiver to pay for those classes. Williams said that he feels “very strongly that the kind of opportunities that I was given as a community college student and then as a university student, every student in the state of California should have that same opportunity. And I’m gonna keep on fighting til every student has that same opportunity.”He added that “I wouldn’t want to do anything that hurt the opportunity of working class students in fact my intention, and I think these statistics prove it, is to enhance the opportunities of working class students.”
Urban Youth Society
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Matt Floyd/ The Skyline View Some of the Urban Youth Society members shed light on the clubs purpose and values during a club meeting March 21, 2014.
Skyline’s Urban Youth Society assesses the hip-hop scene by Matt Floyd
TSV Staff Writer
Tune into 106.1 KMEL or HOT 105.7 and tell me what you hear. Chances are you won’t hear the lyricism or authenticity that KRS-One, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, or Cormega gave to the Hip-Hop genre. But a group of students at Skyline are putting in the work to bring hiphop culture back to its roots. The Urban Youth Society (UYS) is a group of students who believe that commercialism at the mainstream level is damaging the true message of hip-hop: creativity that can be used as an outlet to alleviate struggle or oppression. The group originally formed as a campus club in 2011, but isn’t currently a member of Skylines Organization and Club Council. Nonetheless, UYS holds performances on campus and
meets weekly to discuss how to promote and preserve hip-hop. Sitting and talking to members of the group, it’s not hard to tell that the group is composed of truly passionate hip-hop purists. “Hip-hop is a language; anybody who has a story can use hip-hop to tell it,” President of The UYS since Spring of 2012, Sammy Veu says. “When you take Hip-Hop way back to when it all started, it was a collection of people who were oppressed by society who came together and found a non-violent way to let out what they were going through in a positive outlet.” Various Members of the UYS have expressed their concern for the current state of HipHop, including UYS Co-Vice President Maximilian Verala. “We’re trying to spread positivity because what we hear in the mainstream nowadays doesn’t
really lead anyone to a point where they can take what they’re listening to and utilize it towards their life to help them come up,” Verala says. Daniel Berk, one of the clubs newest members provides the group with unique insight having been involved in the music industry for two decades. “If you come into the audiovisual industry and the first thing out of your mouth is hip-hop they turn a blind eye to you,” said Berk. “Yet if you say jazz, blues, or rock ‘n’ roll you’re getting top notch engineers and equipment and it’s not fair; so I came into this club to offer what I’ve learned as a stagehand of 20 years.” Berk and other members are concerned with the lack of lyrical freedom artists today have within the music industry. “It’s a shame when you get young artists who have raw talent and the mainstream producers get a
hold of them; they screw it up because the artist has no control over what they want to say,” Berk says. UYS members acknowledge that money is necessary for survival, but they ultimately understand that problems emerge when money becomes an artists main priority. “Our roots are what got us where we are, but it’s the money that is killing the genre today,” member Keane Nishikido says. For the UYS club, it’s all about staying true to the art form, even if the mainstream is oversaturated with catchy but vapid club bangers, UYS remains loyal to the roots of hip-hop “The message we’re pushing is empowerment. When you have something real, that’s true to yourself like your own story and you can spit that in any way,” Veu says. “If it’s real and authentic even people who can’t relate to it can feel the passion behind it”
UYS members agreed unanimously that participating in UYS helped their personal growth and improved their affiliation with Skyline. “We’re not just a club here at Skyline, were family we really have each other’s backs, and I came to find out I do need a support system, and I know I can turn to these guys because I know they have my back, we’re all trying to push positivity,” Verala says.
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Asymmetry: Ceramics and the truth of life
Artist and sculptor Tomoko Nakazato gives lecture to Skyline on her ceramics technique and philosophy by Dave Newlands TSV Staff Writer
“Asymmetry is the truth of life,” artist and sculptor, Tomoko Nakazato told the audience during her guest lecture at Skyline on Monday March 24, in which she expressed her love of duality, and the important role it has played in her art. Nakazato spoke to a small crowd of about 15 people from behind a workbench in the ceramics studio. The intimate setting lent itself perfectly to Nakazatos quiet congeniality. While she talked, she busied her hands manipulating large hunks of clay and porcelain into a figure in her usual unusual style, and she encouraged the audience to crowd around and watch her work. It seemed as though the audience was only waiting for permission. Though few in number, those in attendance displayed eagerness at the opportunity to meet Nakazato, and watch her do her thing. “Students just connect with her work,” said Tiffany Schmierer, Associate Professor of Art, and long time friend of Nakazato. “I think it crosses a lot of different things, figurative, animation, the
stories touched characters, on everything the storytellfrom her mothing. When I er’s experiences brought it up during WWII, at the meeting, to the traditions I said, ‘who do of the monks you guys want at a particular to bring?’ and shrine in Japan, right away to the Fukushima they all said, nuclear disaster. ‘Tomoko! Much of her Tomoko!’” influence came “She’s from her youth just so down in Japan. Nakato earth,” zato grew up in Miku MenTokyo, not far doza, presfrom the urban Nakazato faces her new creation. Dave Newlands/ The Skyline View ident of the center, and she has ceramics club, said. “She’s a deeply rooted appreciation for outgoing, and I didn’t know To Nakazato, this is life. what that means. The bright colors, she was so easy to talk to.” Violence, intensity, happishiny textures, busy culture, and Outwardly, Nakazato is an ness, tranquility. This is how materialism of modern Tokyo are unassuming woman. It’s through she describes her work as well all lovingly manifested in her art. her work that she channels her as the world she lives in. After moving to San Franciscreative inspiration. She creates “I don’t really see things as, this co at the age of 18, she pursued cartoonish characters – sometimes is one way, this is happy, or this her undergrad at San Francisco human, sometimes animal – often is violent.” Nakazato said. “It’s State, and eventually moved to violently entangled with props like part of what I see in this world, Hawaii as an artist-in-residence power poles, nuclear reactors, or so it becomes manifested.” at the Donkey Mill Art Center. tentacled sea monsters, and dripWhen talking about her work, It was here that her love-hate reping in ooze. Each piece is then she used touching and comical lationship with nature blossomed. glazed in eye-popping Technicolor. anecdotes about her life to reveal She couldn’t deny the simple maj“It’s kind of a mixture of exactly when, where, how, and esty of an island sunset right outside creepy, but cute,” Mendoza said. why each piece came to be. Her
her window, or the intricate beauty of a sprawling lava field, but nature can also be downright terrifying. When the sun goes down, the mosquitoes come out in force, and before a lava field can be beautiful it must be horribly destructive. “It’s a little sad, but I don’t like not looking at those things,” Nakazato said, as she flipped to a slide of adorable animals covered in petrol, then another of a moose being eaten alive by an alpha predator. She then claimed that a sculpture of a baby being attacked by miniature wolves was inspired by her love of the “Twilight” movies, and broke into guilty laughter. “I think I’m a team Jacob,” Nakazato said. “I thought about it a long time. I swapped a couple of times, but yeah, I think I’m a Jacob.” It’s in moments like these that one can see how Nakazato’s contrasting views of the world compliment each other so well. Then, and only then, is the true beauty of her work revealed. It is a serious expression, of serious emotions, that never takes itself too seriously. It’s asymmetrical, but it’s an expression of truth nonetheless, because that’s life as Nakazato sees it.
Entertainment page 4
March 27, 2014
Weekend Box Office March 21-23 1)
“Divergent” review: Imperfect
start for the new kid on the block
3,936 theaters, $13,874 per average Total gross: $54.6 million, 1st week
Muppets Most Wanted ( BV) Weekend gross: $17 million 3,194 theaters, $5,324 per average Total gross: $17 million, 1st week
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Fox) Weekend gross: $11.8 million 3,607 theaters, $3,280 per average Total gross: $81.1 million, week 3
God’s Not Dead (Free) Weekend gross: $9.2 million 780 theaters, $11,852 per average Total gross: $9.2 million, 1st week
300: Rise of an Empire (WB) Weekend gross: $8.5 million 3,085 theaters, $2,757 per average Total gross: $93.6 million, week 3
Need for Speed (BV) Weekend gross: $7.9 million 3,115 theaters, $2,549 per average Total gross: $30.5 million, week 2
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight) Weekend gross: $6.8 million
304 theaters, $22,329 per average Total gross: $13 million, week 3
Weekend gross: $6.4 million 2,945 theaters, $2,185 per average Total gross: $78.7 million, week 5
The Lego Movie (WB) Weekend gross: $4.1 million 2,501 theaters, $1,659 per average Total gross: $243.4 million, week 7
10) The Single Moms Club (LG) Weekend gross: $3.1 million 1,896 theaters, $1,637 per average Total gross: $12.9 million, week 2 *All numbers courtesy of Box Office Mojo **All numbers are domestic (U.S. and Canada)
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by Jeanita Lyman
TSV Staff Writer
Meet the newest heroine to grace the silver screen. A new kind of action hero was born this weekend in “Divergent’s” Beatrice “Tris” Prior, played by Shailene Woodley. Rather than fitting into the typical Hollywood action hero trope, Tris is a fairly average, yet strong and intelligent character who is easy to relate to and will hopefully pave the way for more realistic action heroes in big budget movies. The movie is set in dystopian Chicago, where young adults are tested and forced to choose a faction to devote their lives to. Each faction has its own virtues, but its own weaknesses as well. Things get rocky for Tris when her test reveals that she is “divergent,” meaning she has several strengths and does not fit into any particular faction, something which is feared and unaccepted in her society. “Divergent” has received mixed signals and endless comparisons to other recent movies, not all of which are completely warranted. Due to the fact that it came out in the midst of so many other movies attempting to be the next big teen franchise, it was almost inevitable that it would be picked apart and compared to them. Had it been released at a different time and allowed to stand alone without so many comparisons, its virtues would probably be recognized more. The plot is not a shining example of cohesiveness and believability, but the fact that it is an action movie with a plot that is possible to follow makes it a rarity. The characters are not particularly interesting or exceptionally written, but they are realistic and likable rather than complex literary heroes, which is refreshing in its way. “Divergent” is no masterpiece, but it’s coherent, entertaining, basically inoffensive and Tris is a much-needed break from the standard buff, cocky action hero. The movie, directed by Neil Burger, co-stars Theo James as Tobias Eaton (Four) and includes a cast full of well-known actors. Woodley and James were excellent choices and shine in their starring roles. However, with the exception of Kate Winslet’s unsettlingly believable performance as a mad-genius villain and Ashley Judd’s brief but memorable performance as Tris’ mother, Natalie Prior, Burger’s effort to streamline the story and focus on the main characters leaves the supporting actors with little to work with and some untapped potential. Maggie Q and Mekhi Pfifer, both strong actors, play characters that are completely forgettable in the movie. Their characters and other supporting characters, while playing an important role in the book, are almost irrelevant in the movie and are clearly there for support
only. Christina, Tris’s best friend, is played to perfection by Zoe Kravitz, but hardly has any screen time and isn’t given the chance to develop as a character. Other characters who were important in the book barely appear in the movie or get left out completely. To his credit, however, Burger does a good job cutting out some of the cheesy teen romance and banter that would turn adults off and manages to turn a novel about an ordinary teenage girl immersed in a storyline full of comingof-age metaphors into a Hollywood action film, which is not easy or common. The movie mostly remains true to the book, despite simplifying many of the characters, while leaving out most of the “fluff” in the book. The movie, despite portraying a harsh dystopian future, is visually engaging yet gritty enough to be in keeping with the story. The soundtrack is timely and appropriate, featuring music from popular electronica artists such as Ellie Goulding and Skrillex. The choice of electronica music for the soundtrack adds to the ambience of the movie without distracting from it. Veronica Roth, author of the movie’s namesake book, said she came up with the idea for the story while in college. When you take that into account, some of the movie’s metaphors become instantly obvious. Feeling pressured to have just one specialty,
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Weekend gross: $54.6 million
yet desiring to develop in as many ways as possible is something most students can relate to, especially those who are undecided on their majors or have multiple majors. One of the primary morals in “Divergent’s” story is the classic “be true to yourself and fight for what you know is right,” which is an almost universal lesson that young adults learn. Despite its relative blandness, the movie is still poignant and disturbing at times but less of a rollercoaster ride than most dystopian stories and with a more hopeful and innocent tone. Tris is basically a normal girl, and her divergence is the only thing exceptional about her. While some action movies have average Joes
as heroes, the bar is usually set higher for heroines, who tend to have something to prove, exceptional intelligence, luck, fighting skills and perpetually perfect hair and makeup. Tris, while not a particularly exciting character, pretty much embodies everything about typical young girls, which is a welcome alternative to Hollywood stereotypes. Her uncertainty and naiveté make her an atypical action hero but, due in part to Woodley’s performance, she comes across as charming and believable rather than silly or annoying. Overall, “Divergent” is a perfectly entertaining and well-made movie, despite its lack of originality. While Burger could have done more to spice it up and make it stand out, it’s extremely well cast, visually appealing enough and manages to stay mostly true to the book, which movies rarely do.
March 27, 2014
Shakira returns to her roots, and then some, on self-titled album by Ray Garcia
TSV Entertainment Editor
Her hips may not lie, but neither does her new eponymous album. Well, maybe just a fib. Since she came into the American consciousness with “Hips Don’t Lie” back in 2006, she has experimented with her sound. The most noticeable proof being her 2009 album, “She Wolf.” But with “Shakira,” the songstress returns to her more familiar pop/rock sound, in English of course, still, she continues her evolution at the same time. Her classic sounds, on top of the new, provides with an eclectic, organic album. One listen to the reggae tinged “Cut Me Deep” and it takes you aback. This is not a Shakira sound, but it sounds smooth nonetheless. Another interesting change is the country-ish “Medicine,” a duet with fellow “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton. It sounds like a knockoff of Lady Antebellum’s famous song “Need You Now,” but both singer’s contrast in voice make this duet just work. The eccentric “You Don’t Care About Me” has a similar xylophone of Gotye’s signature “Somebody I Used To Know,” and it’s just as kooky. “Broken Record” is a return to her roots. This standout
track plays beautifully over a serene string and light instruments. It sounds familiar with one of her earlier tracks, “Moscas en la Casa.” The best songs on the album are those with stripped or minimal production that showcase Shakira’s twangy voice. The best track on the album, “Empire,” has an anthemic sound with a slight piano, with Shakira belting with a mechanical tone. This and “Dare (La La La)” are perfect for this year, with the World Cup in Brazil later this year. The latter song is actually the official World Cup song. While it sounds like
J.Lo retread, it’s a party thumper with a Carnaval sound to it. It wouldn’t be a Shakira English album without including some Spanish dubs. She included the Spanish version of her hit with Rihanna, “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” I would say that the Spanish version is better; Shakira’s vocals are sexy and sultry in both but I found Rihanna’s collaboration forgettable. Both have different sounds, and Rihanna just seems out of place. The
opposite of Shakira’s collaboration with Blake Shelton. Marital bliss is a major theme, and she dedicates the second Spanish track to her husband, footballer Gerard Pique. Another dedication to her husband is “23,” and in both songs she displays a vulnerability that plays beautifully. To fans of Shakira, compared to her earlier works in Spanish, 2010’s “Sale el Sol,” and her English albums, “Shakira” is not her best. Considering only her English albums; however, it is the best. The album is the most heartfelt in years that plays like a journal where she penned her experiences since giving birth to her son, Milan. Spanish-speaking fans might roll their eyes, accusing Shakira of Americanizing her sound, and the rest will enjoy. Whatever side you’re on, “Shakira.” is a solid album that is definitely worth a listen, repeated listens.
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Amazing, from start to finish
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sign in order to switch over to the neon abilities. If you want to switch back to smoke you simply run up to a smoke stack and absorb the smoke then you’re good to go. All in all, this game is amazing, and one of Sony’s flagship series has found a new home on the PS4. This game will thrill old and new fans alike. With more serious undertones than the previous games, dealing more with issues of family and community then we’ve seen in the previous two games. There will be moments in this one that risk getting players emotionally attached to characters throughout the adventure. If you have a PS4 this is not a game to be missed, and if you don’t have one then this might just be the game to forces you to get one. One way or another, it’s worth it.
“Second Son” gives PlayStation 4 owners something to look forward to with its masterful storytelling and epic voice acting. The majority of Sony fans are familiar with the “inFAMOUS” series, one of the trademark titles of Sony’s PlayStation 3 system. Considered by many to be one of the greatest examples of an open world sand box adventure game, the series seemed to have capped off with the final moments of 2011’s “inFAMOUS 2.” Thankfully that is not the case as “Second Son,” one of the first true examples of the PS4’s capabilities and power, hit the market on March 21, 2014, and the game does not disappoint. First and foremost the main character is amazing. Delsin Rowe, voiced by the ever impressive Troy Baker (“The Last Of Us,” “Bioshock: Infinite,” “Batman: Arkham Origins.”) is one of the funniest and most understandable video game characters I have ever had the pleasure to play as. Withing the first five minutes of gameplay we understand who Rowe is and what he stands for as we maneuver him away from the scene of his latest public tagging. The dynamic Baker brings to the character is astounding, as we’ve come to expect from all of Baker’s
work these days, but it’s the interaction between the main character and his brother Reggie that truly make the cinematic moments of the game breathtaking. In the real world Baker is best friends with the man who voiced big brother Reggie, Travis Willingham, and it was easy to hear the connection between these two characters throughout the game. In the previous games in the “inFAMOUS” series players dealt with one power as series protagonist Cole McGrath used electricity as his primary tool to deal with his enemies and what not. In “Second Son,” players have a total of four powers that they will have by the end of the game. Those who have seen any trailers or gameplay footage of the game know that two of the four powers are smoke and neon. There are no spoilers in this review so the final two powers will be a surprise for those who take the time to play the game. While running around developer Sucker Punch’s awe inspiring rendition of Seattle, dispensing justice as you see fit to those who you believe are in the wrong, you can seamlessly transition from one power set to another simply by absorbing the fuel needed for that power. For example, while dealing with the criminal element in one of the sections of the city while using Delsin’s smoke power, it’s as simple as absorbing neon from a nearby
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March 27, 2014
To some at Skyline College, respect is not a two way street While the majority of faculty and students on campus are well aware of the rules, a handful of Skyline professors and undergraduates would do well to remember that in order to get respect, you first have to give it Some of Skyline’s faculty, as well as its student body, are lacking in one fundamental human area: respect. All of Skyline, both faculty and student body, would do well to remember that respect takes time to earn, but can be lost in the blink of an eye. Respect is one of the most underrated and unappreciated concepts in our “modern” society. People always demand it from others, but never seem to remember that respect is a two way street. In order to get it from someone, you must first give it to someone. The concept of respect is one based upon reciprocity. It is a two way street, a give and take between people. That is what respect is. While this thought process may seem a bit outdated to younger students and faculty here at Skyline, that doesn't make a lack of respect easier to tolerate from either party. How many times have you been sitting in a class, only for the lesson to be interrupted by a student
speaking out of turn? How many times have you been on the receiving end of a teacher's scornful words, when a kind word would have done the deed just as well? As students, we are expected to respect our teachers and the position that they hold, but are teachers expected to respect us, their students? If a teacher gives his or her students the privilege of their respect, then it should be shown to them in turn. If a student shows his teacher respect and courtesy, then isn't it right that the teacher shows equal respect to their students? When it comes to respect, what is right and what is wrong, there can be no one sided exchanges. It is a process of give and take. One thing that must be respected, at all times, is the concept of a student's personal space. With the advent of social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, the space between students and teachers is limited more than in the past. With a single keystroke a teacher can gain access to a student's per-
sonal page and interact with them turn on a daily basis to disrupt their outside of the classroom. While classes meetings. there are obvious benefits to this This is a call to action, to both situation, it is one that must be the students and faculty of Skyhandled with tremendous care. line College. If respect is what If the teacher, or student for that you want, than first you must give matter, does it. It cannot not respect be asked for, the bound“As students, we are expect- d e m a n d e d , aries of the or expected s i t u a t i o n ed to respect our teachers and without first and contacts giving it in the position that they hold, the other for return. Rebut are teachers expected to reasons that member that, respect us, their students?” have nothing students, to do with when you education, speak out - Editorial staff then there is against your no respect. professors. It would be Remember wrong to asthat, professume that all sors, when professors would use this in a neg- you think of violating that respect by ative and/or disrespectful way, but contacting your students outside of the possibility of disrespectful con- the classroom for personal reasons. duct is most definitely there. Just Respect is a slippery slope. like it would be wrong to assume One wrong step and you lose all that all students have no respect for the progress you've made, and you their teachers and will speak out of find yourself right back where you
started, and with no respect coming your way from those around you. So when your professor slips up and mispronounces a word, think twice before you call them out on it and seek to embarrass them in front of a room full of other students. Think twice, professors, when you think about contacting that student via Facebook simply to “get to know them,” because it will not be a secret and you will lose the respect of, not only your students, but your colleagues. The cliched golden rule, to “treat others as you want to be treated,” speaks volumes in regards to respect. If you believe that treating your professors as verbal punching bags then you have no right to be offended when they do the same to you. If the faculty doesn’t want students harrasing them on social media sites, then it is in their best interest to set a good example in regards to personal space and privacy.
OMG we’re all getting #dumber, 140 characters @ a time by Dave Newlands
TSV Staff Writer/ Graphic Designer
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Turkey’s recent Twitter ban has the world once again singing the praises of a site that does nothing more than facilitate SMS texting via the web. Twitter is a 1985 invention in new millennium shoes. It’s the Ford Taurus of communication, and it should be junked. We are asked to believe that Twitter is responsible for world-altering revolutions, rather than acknowledge those people burning themselves alive in protest, militaries going rogue against their own governments, and citizens facing off against armed riot police. Twitter hardly invented revolution. Just ask Russia, France, or, oh yeah, America. There is a new notion trending, that Twitter is also revolutionizing education. Some believe that Twitter is an effective way to inform the masses. Associated Press, CNN, How Stuff Works, and Mental Floss rarely, if ever, use Twitter to inform or educate, however. They use Twitter to send links to fully fleshed out articles, relying on readers to click through. In a recent study tracking a series of texts, the AP found that on average only 300 people actually clicked through to the full article. Not particularly impressive. Sites that do condense an entire nugget of wisdom into 140 characters aren’t exactly bringing news we need. How could they? Imagine squeezing the U.S. Constitution, or the “I have a dream” speech into a tweet.
One such site, Uberfacts, tweets brain candy like this: “Oral sex has caused pregnancy in at least two bizarre incidents.” What, no context? No supporting data? Great. Prepare for a generation of morons who think they can get pregnant from a BJ. It’s Bill Clinton’s worst nightmare. Twitter also makes teachers more accessible, apparently. This is an insufficient solution to a very real problem. Some teachers log as little as one office hour a week, and often not even that. If teachers are paying more attention to their Twitter feeds than to their students at least we know where to get fragmented responses to our abbreviated questions. Some professors even allow students to tweet questions during class if they are too shy to ask them out loud. If you can’t raise your hand to ask a question in front of a class of your peers, you’re going to have much bigger problems down the road; problems that Twitter can’t solve, my friend. Twitter does not start revolutions any more than it is itself revolutionary. It’s not creating a generation of game-changing educators, or hyper-informed students. It creates a false sense of social confidence, while quietly making its users socially inept. It allows us to feign accessibility when we are anything but. At best, it disseminates incomplete information to a bunch of people who don’t care anyway. At worst, it’s just scary.
March 27, 2014
Think twice before you dive into post sex cuddling
Man We've all been with someone, be it a man or a woman, that feels the need to cuddle up after some serious love making, and sometimes that's not a necessary thing. You and your partner have just finished having mind-blowing, bed breaking, sweat inducing sex. You’re both lying in sweaty mounds of sheets and blankets, panting from the exertions and dealing with minor muscle cramps in your legs and abdomen. Next thing you know, your partner is wrapped around you like a hungry anaconda. Now, not only are you hot and sweaty, but you have a sticky furnace wrapped around you adding to discomfort. Sound familiar? Not saying that post sex cuddling is a bad thing, obviously there are moments when it is a very, very good thing, but all the time? One of the most annoying and frustrating interactions two human beings can have is the “why don't you want to cuddle?” conversation right after sex. Maybe you were the one doing all of the work, and that is not gender specific at all. If a woman has spent the last hour pleasing her partner and getting hers and she doesn't want to cuddle afterwards, who says that's a bad thing? If a man has
So you just had some hot passionate sex and it's over now, what's next?
gone the extra mile and made sure that his partner has had multiple toe curling orgasms, then isn't it well within his rights to opt out of the normally required cuddling session? There's a time and a place for everything, and sometimes no cuddling is a good thing. So the next time you're lying in bed with your partner and they've just finished giving you the ride of your life, think twice before you wrap yourself around them like a boa constrictor. Plus, cuddling is context sensitive. If you've just had some seriously rough fun, does cuddling up like love birds sound like a good idea? Now on the flip side, if you've just had a night of candle lit romance in a heart shaped bed surrounded by rose petals, then a little bit of cuddling sounds like it'll fit the moment. Plus, demanding cuddling after sex paints the wrong picture when it comes to you and your mental stability. If the first thought that goes through your mind after coitus is about cuddling, then you will make your partner think that you have dependancy issues or that you are the most needy person on the planet. Think twice about how you act after sex, because it will paint a very interesting picture of who your partner sees the next time they look at you, both
Maybe a shower, maybe breakfast lunch or dinner? Or some rest? Either way if it is not your partner that you are in a relationship with how do you handle the moments after sex? For women there are emotions involved with cuddling and sex. There is a sense of security a women feels from holding onto her man after we have sex. Some people will cuddle with anyone after sex, if it is a one night stand or not, and then there are some people who will not be comfortable with that kind of intimacy. This kind of intimacy actually has health benefits and, regardless of the relationship, there are other reasons that cuddling is the best thing two people can do together. It reduces your stress a whole lot and, let's be real, life gets really stressful at times and you need to hug it out. For couples, cuddling brings the two closer together, and it helps you release this chemical into your body which is called oxytocin. This chemical has many magical powers like boosting your immune system and relieving pain. Sometimes cuddling even leads to more sex in some cases, but it is all about affection and that is helping you connect with your partner.
Everyone should do it: cuddle, nestle, fondle, embrace, whatever it is you want to call it. Cuddling is for the lovers and people who need to relax and unwind, you'll thank yourself when you have a good night’s rest. Don't be embarrassed to cuddle, or ask to cuddle, with your partner. Chances are they need that just as much as you do. Just a little side note: avoid eating food that will make you gassy or have really strong garlic breath because then it becomes a turn off that you smell funny or that you can't get your stomach to stop making funny noises. Otherwise, enjoy those cuddling moments and, if you can't get your cuddle on because you're single and you don't want to get attached after having sex, then it's something you may need to talk to your sex partner about or move on and get a real relationship that involves feeling something other than feeling just horny. Not only are you denying yourself the intimacy and stability of a real relationship, complete with connections and deep moments of emotional happiness, but you’re also denying yourself the healthy psychological and biological benefits of cuddling with your partner.
The View From Here If you're like me, you love the month of March. It signals that the year is already a quarter of the way done, it is the month of my birthday, and it hosts one of the greatest month-long events in the history of sports, the NCAA Tournament. This event goes by many names, "The Big Dance" and "March Madness" to name a few, but the one thing that remains the same about this tournament is that everyone will hear about it and they cannot escape it. From the second the brackets
were finalized and announced, millions across the country began to fill out their own online brackets and some even revived the dead art of filling out a bracket on paper. Even us at The Skyline View have succumbed to this craze. The Monday after the brackets were printed, a few of us on newspaper staff took some time out to fill out our brackets accordingly. At one point, our student advisor came out of her office and saw us writing intently and assumed we were working hard on journalistic endeavors. It took her about 15 minutes to realize that we were filling out brackets. It's safe
to say she wasn't so ecstatic about our lack out journalistic focus. She even went so far as to tweet about us, which made the situation even more hilarious. This process has become so big that Yahoo held a contest that gave one winner $1 billion dollars if they had a perfect bracket at the end of the tournament. According to CNN, the odds of this happening were 9.2 quintillion to one. So it was safe to assume that the contest was doomed from the beginning. But now that the quest for the quickest $1 billion dollar win in history is over, sports fans are left
with 16 remaining teams battling to one championship. But how does this tournament affect the common student? Well, considering I can only speak for myself, I try my hardest to separate school and March Madness entirely. Since the beginning of the tournament, pictures of students finding creative ways to watch these games on their computers, phones and tablets have been as hilarious as you can imagine. I found myself itching to check the scores of certain games during one of my classes, a practice that I regret completely due to the fact that it
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took away from a project I should have been paying attention to. So how should students handle such a distracting event and focus on what's important. In today's age of endless apps and continuing sports coverage, it's easier than ever to keep track of the games after they have happened. Trust me, it was hard for me to take this task into consideration, but it has to be done. Luckily, the amount of games has decreased so focusing on school has become easier. So enjoy these last 16 games, but keep your scholastic endeavors in mind.
Let’s ban being bossy and embrace it A campaign to ban the word “bossy” is underway to bolster and empower women throughout life by Megan Benveniste TSV Staff Writer
Beyonce, Condoleezza Rice, Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch have all teamed up to ban the word "bossy." It's an effort to get more women to be leaders and not to be afraid of taking the bull by the horns. #BANBOSSY is led by the Girl Scouts of America. When using the word "bossy" to define a woman it is used in a negative way. According to the video that is up on YouTube, when girls hit middle school they are less likely to enter into leadership roles than
their male classmates because of the stigma that is attached to woman and being "bossy." What happened to when we were young and our parents told us we could be anything in the world we wanted to be? Women can't be leaders without it being assumed that she is a monster. When using "bossy" towards a woman it has a more negative connotation than if a man is referred to as being "bossy." When a woman is in charge she is usually characterized as being pushy, stubborn, and abrasive. Yet, when a man is
being a leader he is doing his part and when a male is "bossy" he is usually doing his job, being the one to take charge and doing what he needs to do to succeed. Some people are natural born leaders and others find their way to leadership through a certain circumstance or event. In high school I played athletics and sometimes our coach wouldn’t be there or would be helping the advanced athletes. So since no one else seemed to care and no one else stood up I took it upon myself to lead and get us on track to what
we were supposed to be doing. I never was rude, nor did I yell at the girls, but I felt that it was my responsibility to make sure that we were staying on task and practicing. I took the sport seriously and wanted to improve. I never felt that I was better than anybody or anything like that, but I wanted to win. We were on a team and I wanted us to succeed. I never took advantage of being a leader either; I just felt that if no one was going to do it then I should. So I worked hard and would lead when it was needed.
With the leadership came a lot of drama for me. Girls would always talk about me and say that I was “bossy.” I never liked that word. I feel like "bossy" is just another negative word to call a girl, and we all know the kind of negative words I am talking about. If “bossy” was a compliment women could be proud of there would be no issue, but at this point calling a woman “bossy” is akin to calling a man a “tyrant,” not necessarily a compliment is it?
Upcoming Games: Baseball
March 27 @ Monterey Peninsula College, 2:30 p.m. March 27 vs. Mission College, 3 p.m. March 29 @ Cabrillo College, 12 p.m.
April 8 vs. De Anza College, 3 p.m.
April 1 @ Mission College, 2:30 p.m.
April 17 vs. San Francisco, 3 p.m.
April 3 vs. Gavilan College, 2:30 p.m.
April 22 @ Fresno City College, 3 p.m.
April 5 @ De Anza College, 12 p.m.
April 29 @ Mission College, 3 p.m.
Trojans strike out against Colts in 14-1 loss by Rene Bass
TSV Staff Writer
Cañada College experienced a 14-1 victory over Skyline College Tuesday afternoon. The Skyline Trojans and the Cañada Colts faced off in the March 25 conference game at Skyline. Skyline switched pitchers three times during the game. There were quite a few dropped balls and strike outs. Skyline infielder Lance Montano played a good game, aggressively going after the balls and focused on the plays.“We just need to bring intensity to the
game,” Montano said. “We went out Saturday to Hartnell and we won 10-1 with fifteen hits and we had intensity the whole game. We were a little flat this game. We just need to bring back the intensity that we had before.” What worked for him personally with this game was “staying with the game plan, sticking to it, and knowing what I had to do, keep my rule and just producing it.” When looking towards the future and the next game “what didn’t work, we need to stop trying doing too much and not try to hit a home run and stick to the game plan. Just know how good we really are and not play below our
skill level.” According to Montano, the Trojans have to make sure to keep reflecting and learning. "We come to the locker room after a tough loss or a good win and discuss and see what we did wrong, what we could do better. It can come from us. We need to follow what the coach gives us and play as a team.” Montano said. It just was
not enough to beat Cañada ’s team, with pitcher Joe Marcucci, remaining in the game for all nine innings. Marcucci said, “the fact that we really tried to exploit the weakness in the hitters the second top to the lineup, I had a little bit of hump going into the fourth, fifth inning so taking a little serious
look at the scoreboard in between innings really helped me today.” “Evaluate the charts in between innings, you have an idea who is coming up in the next inning and what type of hitter they are and what type of ball they hit well.” During the third inning, Tyler Rios slipped and fell at third base. Rios was assisted off the field.
“Next in the conference we play Gavilan or Ohlone College, whichever team wins today. They are playing at the same time we are here at Skyline.” The Colts head coach, Tony Lucca said. According to the California Community College Baseball Coaches website, Cabrillo took Ohlone with a score of 7-1 while Gavilan beat Hartnell 12-7. Currently, Cañada's record is 15-6 overall, and 9-3 in the conference.
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Nobuaki Suzuki batting against Canada College’s pitcher, Joe Marcucci on March 25, 2014.
Injuries roughen the day in loss to Fresno City College by Miguel Garcia TSV Staff Writer
Skyline’s badminton team lost 14-7 to the visiting Fresno City College on March 20. Many of the players had various injuries that greatly contributed to their loss. Doubles partners MJ Phan (#3) and Qingni Yu (#5) had to forfeit their second doubles match because Yu had hurt her shoulder during a singles match and Coach Jan Fosberg had to stop her from playing. They already stopped her once during the game, and Coach Fosberg checked on her, and by the second time she had to pull Yu out. The stoppage forced the badminton team to forfeit two matches. Even though they had to forfeit their last match, Phan was able to win the rest of her games, although she didn’t think she was playing so well. “I thought MJ played very well,” Fosberg said. “She’s our #1 singles and #1 doubles player. She had a nice match so I think she was responsible for four of our wins." Despite her performance in the three games that she won, Phan was playing at the same pace throughout each match.
Trojans were had to forfeit due to mounting injuries. "I thought I didn't play so well," Phan said. "I need to improve on my footwork and endurance to play those (upcoming) games.” Like the rest of the team, they all thought that they had to work on footwork and endurance, which is essential in badminton. It was just unfortunate that they had numerous injuries, including a shoulder injury, a forearm injury, and even a foot injury. It was a rough day for the badminton team with at least four of their players injured during the game, causing them to lose a majority of their matches. Their #2
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player couldn’t play because she had a torn ACL and was out for the season. Even after a rough day, the matches were very close, with scores on an average of four points apart. According to Coach Fosberg, she thinks that they definitely would have won if they didn't have all these injuries. But even after the loss, the team remains confident and hopes that the injuries won’t affect them in their upcoming games for the remainder of the season.
Trojans’ MJ Phan strikes back the birdie in the first half of her singles match against Fresno City College on March 20, 2014. Renee Abu-Zaghibra/The Skyline View
Published on Mar 27, 2014