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Skyline View The Voice of Skyline College, San Bruno, California
Volume XXXIV- Issue 7
May 1, 2014
Kids celebrate on campus
Student elections were delayed, there will be a presidential debate and meet your candidates event on campus on May 6 and voting will take place from May 7-9 online.
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Media guidelines changed by Dave Newlands
TSV Graphic Artist
Nichole Palmer, Senator in the Associated Students of Skykine College, enjoys the easter festivites while making new friends.
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An Easter egg hunt was thrown for the children at the Child Development Center. The event which was the brain child of Latasha Washington, it came together withthe Associated Students of Skyline College, the CDC, and Parents without Partners.
Skyline College has revised its media guidelines for the second time in as many months. The new guidelines went before the College Governance Council on Wednesday April 23, and were approved and published the next day in the Skyline College Style Guide. The new guidelines have been abbreviated, and the language softened to the extent that, where the previous iteration was referred to as a media policy, they are now media guidelines. The change in classification is to keep the college in line with policy-setting standards of the district. “They have redone it and it will come to us because we are the only ones who set policy,” District Board President Karen Schwarz said. “So it was never a policy in the first place.” This revision came in response to the backlash they faced from the style guide revision they published in March. Thst revision garnered many nega-
tive interpretations, including infringement of free speech. The March revision stated that faculty should “not agree to conduct an interview with a member of the media,” but the new guidelines are less imposing, and more specific. “When the media is looking for an official college response on an issue, the official spokesperson/Public Information Officer is Cherie Colin,” the style guide states. “Please refer media inquiries of this nature to her.” “All it is is guidelines for people who want to use the style guide can go in and do it,” Skyline President Regina Stanback-Stroud said. “It is unfortunate that the discussion occurred the way that it did on the media policy but it really was probably our own doing.” The new guidelines go on to echo Stroud’s earlier statements, saying that “the College is committed to continuing to be transparent, open and honest with the media.”
ASSC moves funds to keep clubs afloat by Dave Newlands
TSV Graphic Artist
The Associated Students responded to perceived Skyline College Organization and Club Council budget issues, saying the budget is right where it is expected to be. The report that the SOCC budget had dwindled to little more than $1,000 came from statements made at the March 25 ASSC meeting. This number is not reflective of the semester’s budgetary actions; however, this confusion was only fueled by the lack of ASSC information being posted for public viewing. ASSC Commissioner of Finance Andrea Garcia said she keeps a close watch on the budget numbers and had urged the SOCC to do the same, but the number of clubs asking for funding this year has been higher than usual. “Basically the whole first month of SOCC I went in and let them know how much money was in the budget, what I was doing, and just to be cautious about
asking for money,” Garcia said. “We didn’t expect this many clubs to be active this year and it’s really, really great. It just caught us a little off guard, but we obviously did a lot of work to figure it out.” That work included preemptively moving money around to avoid budget shortfalls. Money was moved into the SOCC fund from the graduation, awards dinner, and scholarship funds in the amount of $1,000 each. An additional $500 was pulled from the vice-president’s fund, which is money that the vice president typically donates to a club, anyway. “Before you get worried about it, scholarships we’ve always totaled up to $6,000,” Garcia said. “We’ve always had an extra thousand dollars to decide whether we wanted to increase the price of a scholarship, to create a new scholarship, or to just leave that money there in case there was an emergency for some other reason. Obviously we had to use the third option, but every scholarship that the ASSC gives is still
going to be given completely, so that will not be affected at all.” As for the awards ceremony and graduation funds, those are not funded by ASSC, but a certain amount of money is earmarked to contribute if it is not needed elsewhere during the year. Presently, following budgets and ASSC actions, requires speaking directly to ASSC members, as meeting agendas, minutes, and supplemental information is not being posted online. “You look on the Skyline website and you see this huge gap that’s like blanked out,” ASSC commissioner of public records, Ryan Sherlock said. “It’s simple really. I think every commissioner of public records has their way of doing it, but the reason why is because I’m busy correcting any past mistakes on the minutes. So I just only started recently going over them and re-correcting thoroughly... and that’s why its been taking so long.” While minutes and supplemen Funds continued on page 2
Skyline College students explore adult issues in the musical “Avenue Q” Read Read more more onon page page 44
Graphic by Dave Newlands / The Skyline View
Editor In Chief Aaron Washington News Editor Michelle Kelly
Meet your candidates Nicole Harris
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
by René Bass
TSV Staff Writer
Nicole Harris, 33- year old communications major, wants to be the next student body president. Harris is the mother of a 14-year old son. Harris is running her platform on what she calls the
Staff Writers Ayechan Oo Jeanita Lyman René Bass Miguel Garcia Joshua Picazo Matt Floyd Bianca Gonzalez Alex Maffei Gabriela Saucedo Chris DeJohn Megan Benveniste Graphics Artist Dave Newlands Staff Photographer Robert Nicholas Pabalate Faculty Advisor Nancy Kaplan-Biegel
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by Ray Garcia
TSV Entertainment Editor
Meet Pricsilla Sanchez. But you probably don’t need an introduction. The 21 year old is the current vice president of the ASSC and is looking to move up and be the next president of the ASSC. What’s her angle? “Overall, I want to have stu-
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by René Bass
TSV Staff Writer
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May 1, 2014
Yanni Guo, an 18-year-old Media Studies/Psychology student wants to be Skyline College’s next ASSC president. “I can help the entire student population reach their goals more
“four C’s”: connect, collaborate, contribute, and community. “I want to connect the students, faculty, and the families. Once everyone is connected, then we can collaborate,” Harris said. “So it’s looking at perspectives, socioeconomic status, how we can help each other move together. You move together as a team. With a team you need a strong leader. After we connect and collaborate, we’re going to contribute”. “I have a four point platform. My Number one goal is to connect this campus so we can go farther together,” Harris said. “If we collaborate together and work together, then we can have events with bigger turnouts and we can have one mission Instead of having events scheduled on the same day where not a lot of students can be impacted. If we work for one collective good and
we put all our energies towards those things then we could be more successful as a college and as students on this campus.” As a vision, her campaign not only starts on campus but extends outward. “As a team you need a strong leader. So after we connect and collaborate we’re going to contribute,” Harris said. “We’re not just going to contribute to our own welfare and benefit were going to contribute to the Skyline community, and then we’re going to contribute to the communities outside. And most of all take what we have learned here back to our families” She feels that not only will current Skyline students benefit from her plan, but also incoming students. “We want to outreach to those that don’t think that community college is an option for them.
We want them to have the ability to access the different programs. When I came to Skyline I got open arms”, Harris said. “I want everyone to experience what I have experienced”. “If we together as a whole connect with each other, then we collaborate with each other, and then we contribute to our community,” Harris said. “The world is going to be one amazing place and we’re all going to be ready to go forth and move forward together and just be successful. That’s my end goal”. In closing her remarks, Harris made an election promise. “By electing me as your leader, I’m helping you realize that the power is in your hands, it is in your choices, it is in your decisions. If you follow the “four C’s” we will build a better community for Skyline College”.
dents engaged in the school, activities and be knowledgeable of resources available and...” And? “Have school spirit,” Sanchez said after finding her wording. “To have students be proud of being at Skyline,” she clarified. Generally, students haven’t been the most enthusiastic bunch when it comes school events and activities, supported by the mainly tepid attendance. “I want to help the student body be more involved,” Sanchez said. “There’s a small population of students involved, while the rest are mainly involved in their studies, I want to get everyone involved.” But besides raising school spirit, most importantly she wants the help those same students and beyond in achieving their academic goals. One way in which she plans to do so is by exposing new
students to the many resources and scholarships available at Skyline. “I want to help students who don’t know about available resources; to raise awareness,” she said. “There are so many resources available that students don’t reach. I want to get word out about scholarships available, and not just the ones Skyline offers.” But it all comes back to the lack of exposure for these items, that most of the time it goes over the student’s head or they hear about it when it’s too late. “Students don’t reach deadlines.” One idea that Sanchez has in mind is an event that helps students find their major; to inform students of the many majors there is, the requirements and and the potential jobs there can be had in the future. “When I first came to Skyline, I didn’t know what my major
would be,” Sanchez said. “I know it would fall somewhere between math or science but all I mainly did was the (required) classes.” Sanchez feels that her time as vice president has helped her grow and prepare her for the role of president, if she were to win it. She said that it gave her experience and exposure to the process in which the school conducts business. One of her responsibilities as vice president is running SOCC, a bi-weekly meeting where club representatives meet and decide on fund allocations. “Running SOCC showed me the whole process of following guidelines and having people contribute in an organized manner,” Sanchez said. Obviously, Sanchez hopes to win the election and continue being the voice of the student body. “It is very empowering being the representative of the students,”
efficiently than they already are regardless of their demographic. Essentially, I want to make every student’s vision possible while making choices that affect the entire campus in a positive way.” Guo said via email. Guo is preparing to listen to the campus concerns as they arrive, as well as take care of existing concerns that carry over. “As president, I would hope to address any campus issues that come up throughout the year as well as existing ones from this year that have not yet been solved.” With experience on campus with a variety of club membership and programs, Guo has insight into how the political systems work and how to work within the systems. “I have the ability to help inspire larger and more diverse population of students while
simultaneously representing and motivating them to do their own personal best! “ Gou said. It helps that Guo has been a senator of the ASSC Student Senate. She has been part of the political process of Skyline student government and knows the issues that have been solved and can use that experience to help solve any issues that arise. In addition to being a senator, Guo has been the chair of the ASSC Food Committee and is the treasurer of the Skyline College Veterans Club. Time management skills are important for students when they have classes, jobs, and club memberships. Guo is no different; however, she seems to enjoy being active on the Skyline campus and involved in a host of activities. In between taking her classes, Guo also finds the time
because we have our meetings on Tuesdays they have to be posted at noon on Fridays.” Sherlock does make sure that agendas are posted on the door of the ASSC office by Friday, but with Building 6 only open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, that only really gives people 32 available hours to find out the content of the ASSC meetings held at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays. Online agendas would allow for
24-hour access and public input. “I can tell you that in our governance processes we publish the agendas,” Skyline President Regina Stanback-Stroud said. “We publish the agendas in advance, meaning it goes into the SharePoint and the people on the committees can go and put things on the agenda and see the agenda in advance.” Sherlock said that the general public does not typically attend ASSC meetings.
to be an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa society, Model United Nations, and TRiO. On another note, Guo has musical skills. She has previously played the bass in Skyline’s music department, playing in the concert band led by Dr. Zachary Bruno. All of that student club experience has provided Guo with a diverse skill set that would help her lead the Skyline student body as ASSC president. Not just any president, but Guo says that her experience will allow her “to be one of the best presidents Skyline College has seen.” The vision that Yanni Guo has as student body president is not to implement her own ideas, but “to give students the opportunity to express and carry out their visions and ideas through myself.”
Student government funds uncovered and explained
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tal information does not need to be posted at a specific time, the Brown Act regarding open meetings requires agendas to be posted publicly before meetings are held so that the public is informed about topics being discussed or voted on, and can prepare comments if they wish to make any. “(Agendas) are supposed to be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting,” Garcia said. “So
“It’s mostly the clubs that come around for special presentations and funding requests which we mostly deal with,” Sherlock said. While the public may have a difficult time accessing this information easily, Garcia reports that the SOCC budget for the remainder of the semester is at $2392.73, which she expects to be sufficient.
May 1, 2014
Artist Spotlight: Aaron “Amor” Skyline graduate turns his aspirations into a reality
Aaron Amor, former Skyline music student, mixes a track in his studio for The Genres upcoming album “Diversecity.”
by David Perez
TSV Staff Writer
Amid bob Marley posters, sound equipment and various musical instruments sits a 6-foot-5 man with more energy than his body can hold. It’s unreal. Skyline graduate Aaron Singh, also known as Aaron Amor of the band The Genres, smiles from ear to ear as he sits in his fully stocked studio reflecting on what got him to where he is now. Amor had a rocky collegiate start. Like most college students he didn’t know where his life was heading when he first attended Skyline, but a year and a half and business degree later, Amor is on track, harmonizing his career with his passion for music. That union of work and play came during his tenure at Skyline when he met Music Instructor Kimberly Jackson, his most influential teacher. It was during that meeting that Amor discovered what he wanted to do with his future. “When I met Mrs.Jackson, she changed my life, my thought process, and my view on the world,” Amor said. “ After that I started really producing music and really excelling.” According to Amor, she took him away from all the negative aspects that plague current hip-hop and opened his mind to conscience hip-hop. As a result, his music took a positive turn, focusing on love, unity, and freedom. This, in turn, would win the approval of his of family. As with any other post-college endeavor, any bit of success has a price and The Genres pay that price every week. The band spends at least five to six days a week in the studio. A typical studio session for The Genres can run about six hours. “I made this thing my lifestyle.” Amor said. What do they have to show for all of that practice? Amor, along with Steven Tan of The Genres, starred in the music video for the first single off
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Having performers like that only help keep the band focused even when things go wrong, according to Amor. Take for example, when The Genres performed at the House of Blues in Hollywood. “We were in the middle of my verse, the second verse and all of a sudden the drummer’s kick-drum broke… and basically it was our opportunity to say alright we’re in the middle of the house of blues in Hollywood, are we really going to shut up? Hell no, so I drop down and pointed at my lead guitarist and he started shredding and throwing it on his head. And the energy in that whole place was amazing,” Amor said. Performances like that only inspire a young band such as The Genres. The Genres, a fitting name for a band that combines Rock, Reggae, and hip-hop, features six members and growing. On top of the previously mentioned “Amor,””Shiesty,” Bickel, and Tan, the band also features drummer Hisham “Shem” Dahud, who blends styles of rock and hip-hop; and Bass guitarist Ronnie Rosado, or as Amor calls him, “Ronnie Lott, hit em’ hard with the base rock.” The group even travels with their own “sound guy,” Bryce “Shiesty” Graven, to make sure hiccups don’t happen during live perfor mances. If the genres stopped performing today, they would do so knowing that they’ve already changed someone’s life. In the TenderDavid Perez/The Skyline View loin, at a block party with the entire street shut down, of their upcoming album Diversecity, “Palette of life.” with a diverse audience, from the business crowd to The Genres have also had the opportunity to perform live. people struggling with drug addiction, The Genres Amor said that the vibe, during live performances, is amazing. performed “Temptations.” One woman, who had strug“There is nothing like playing with a live band behind you and the gles of her own, approached Amor after a show. people in front of you… they can’t miss a heartbeat in the drum.” “That song (“Temptations”) really pushed her life, and it Some members of The Genres excel at live performancmade her see her temptation and how to fight her tempes. Lead guitarist, Taylor Bickel “adds the ‘rockness” Amor tation, how to get over her temptation, and that it’s just a said. “When he’s on stage he plays like you’ve never even temptation in the long run. And it’s the smaller decisions heard in the studio, all of sudden he’s this other guy… he gets we make that make the biggest impact on our future.” Acthat high on stage and just becomes this crazy guitarist.” cording to Amor that’s what “Temptations” was all about.”
May 1, 2014
A trip to
Skyline theater attempts an ambitious, puppet-filled musical about life, love, and Gary Coleman by Dave Newlands TSV Staff Writer
“Avenue Q” may be a story about furry monsters that live in an outer borough of New York City, but it is a story that will hit very close to home for most Skyline students who saw one of the three performances the weekend of April 25. Beyond the puppets, and the singing and the dancing, “Avenue Q” is a story about an idealistic college graduate named Princeton, played by Kevin Valera, who struggles to find his purpose in his post-college life. Along the way he also struggles to find the rent, a date, and a decent friend in a world that is far more depressing and messed-up than he once believed. Couple this plot with songs about racism, coming out of the closet, and the thin line between loving someone and treating them like crap, it’s hard to imagine how puppets, dancing, and a caricature of Gary Coleman can get to the heart of the issues while remaining lighthearted and funny. That is until you see it performed by the Skyline theater department. “We decided to expand it,” Jude Navari, the show’s producer, said. “The original production was … a very small cast, a very compact show that way, but we wanted to incorporate as many students as we could to open that up and we were kind of inspired by some of the Muppet movies where you see the Muppets but there’s these casts of thousands on the street that become part of the scene.” “I’ve seen the Muppets on TV but this is all new to me,” Adrienne Schnieder, an audience member, said. The cast members themselves ranged from seasoned vets to first-timers, but most found them-
selves in uncharted waters with a show this unique. “I think none of us had any real puppeteering experience and for us not having puppeteering experience I think we worked it really well,” Malena Marsh, who played “Huggy” the Bad Idea Bear, said. “I think a lot of the cast was able to emote with the puppets. That was a couple classes all in itself just trying to make the emotions come out of the puppet itself rather than the actor.” Crowd favorite, Louisse Geronimo, who played Kate Monster, had great success projecting through her puppet. “I am exactly like her,” Geronimo said. “I am anal about a lot of things, I am a hopeless romantic, and I just I relate to her that way.” At times it was hard to decide between watching Geronimo, and watching her puppet. “I had to learn how to stay in character the whole time while you’re trying to sync with the puppet and speaking with the puppet,” Geronimo said. “Making sure that it’s alive while you’re hitting the right notes and you’re hitting the right steps and you say the right lines.” Avenue Q is an ambitious production for a community college in its original form, but an expanded production is an even more impressive feat. “Why Avenue Q?” Navari said. “We felt like this was a great match for the college’s mission and goals. It grapples with really important subjects in kind of an honest but fun and fresh way, looking at racism, poverty.” In the end, the hard work of the Skyline players and the Around the Clock Dancers, who featured throughout the show, gave the audience a thought provoking and irreverent experience. “It’s a very fun show,” Geronimo said. “So there’s really not much that can go wrong as long as you’re having fun.” The crowd seemed to be having as much fun as the players. “I haven’t laughed that hard in a while,” Tommy Su, another audience member, said. “It was adult laughter, too. I was, like, wowed by that.” This article was based on the Saturday, April 26 performance.
“I’ve seen the Muppets on TV but this is all new to me.”
- Adrienne Schnieder
Photos by Will Nacouzi/The Skyline View Top: Nicky, played by Lisa Olson, has just been kicked out of his best friend Rods house for outing him in public. Middle: Princeton, played by Kevin Valera, and Kate, played by Louisse Geronimo, engage in pillow talk after sex. Bottom: A disappointed Mrs. Thistletwat, played by Alyssa Halili, telephone Kate after she hears she has not shown up to work because she was drunk.
Graphic by David Newlands/ The Skyline View
May 1 , 2014
On May 1st, it will have been 15 years since the very first episode of Spongebob Squarepants aired on Nickelodeon. The long-running series has provided non-stop laughs and has spawned several memes all throughout its lifetime, and is arguably part of everyone’s childhood here at Skyline College. The Skyline View staff had the unenviable task of selecting their favorite episodes.
Aaron Washington TSV Editor in Chief Krusty Krab Training Video Season 3, ep. 50b
Ray Garcia TSV Entertainment Editor
Mid-Life Crustacean Season 3, ep. 55b
“Slow motion hamburger with self-made background music; ‘nuff said.”
Renee Abu-Zaghibra TSV Production Manager Graveyard Shift Season 2, ep. 36a “I can quote the entire episode!”
Jordan Sweidan TSV Production Manager
Season 2, ep. 33a Michelle Kelly TSV News Editor
Nico Triunfante TSV Multimedia Editor
Season 1, ep. 5a
Season 1, ep. 5a
Josh Collier TSV Photo Editor
Season 1, ep. 17b
Shaquill Stewart TSV Social Media Editor Survival of the Idiots Season 2, ep. 29a “Classic Spongebob and Patrick shenanigans.”
Lea Naqishbendi TSV Features Editor
Season 1, ep. 2a
Miguel Garcia TSV Staff writer
Season 2, ep. 35b
May 1, 2014
Affirmative action not welcome The proposed Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA5), which aims to overturn a 1996 ruling against affirmative action in regards to college admissions, is a topic of heavy discussion among California residents. The passing of said amendment would, for lack of a better term, cause more damage to California's educational system then it would good. Proposition 209, the ruling responsible for the absence of affirmative action in regards to college admissions, was created for a reason. If SCA5 passes, our state's public universities will be able to take into account the gender and ethnicity of applicants, rather than focusing entirely on their scholastic ability. While many arguments have been made in favor of SCA5, and the freedom it would give colleges during the admissions process, there are an equal number of arguments against the amendment and the changes it would bring to the post high school educational system as a whole. Higher education is a gift and a privilege. A goal that is to be worked for, tirelessly, by those men and women who seek to continue their educations after high school. If a student's grades are not at the level that is expected of an institution then they can attend a community college to raise their grade point average to the level required and work towards transferring to the university of their choice. To take away from the importance of a student's academic record, and instead focus on the sex and race of that student, would be a disservice to all college students,
not just the individual in question. Rather than focusing on the gender and ethnicity of prospective college applicants, it should be the equality of high school districts that should be taken into account. A high school student from Hillsborough for example, an area of high annual income and social status, will have an education of the highest caliber because they are from a city that is financially and socially well off. On the other side of the spectrum take a student from San Bruno. While the student may be at the top of their class in that district, the quality of that education will be considered lacking in comparison to the Hillsborough student. If the California state government truly cared about the education of the state’s college students they would do more to seek equality of education in high school classrooms and not bring the issue of affirmative action into the equation. How would it feel for a student, who has dedicated themselves to the goal of attending college, to be denied that reward because they are not the right gender or race? If a man, or a woman, is valedictorian of their high school, with above a 4.0 GPA and letters of reference, they should be able to attend the college of their choosing, be it public or private. The thought of a student, who has sacrificed for such a goal, to be denied their just rewards because they happen to be the wrong ethnicity, or the wrong sex, is a travesty. To think that a college would be able to deny admission to such a student for such a paltry reason boggles the mind.
The View From Here With Aaron Washington
What a weekend in sports. Between the NBA playoffs, NHL playoffs, and baseball season in full swing, it has been hard to keep up with everything. There was even an NBA owner doing his best impersonation of Leonardo Dicaprio's character from the film "Django Unchained." But off all these stories, one flew under the radar that has me scratching my head and asking "Why?" John E. Williams of Las Vegas is suing the National Football League for $50 million for what he describes as "economic discrimination." You may be asking why this man is suing a major name in sports for that ridiculous amount, but wait, there's more. Williams, a San Francisco 49ers fan, feels the NFL is guilty of "economic discrimination" after he was unable to purchase tickets for the NFC Championship game in Seattle, WA. For those who aren't aware, the Seattle Seahawks limited ticket sales to certain markets that were known to support the team. While I get the concept that it is unfair to only sell tickets to certain markets, two things stuck out in my head as I read this story.
1) The game was four months ago. Why are you jumping into this ridiculous legal battle now? The timing is terrible and makes no sense. Had Williams filed this lawsuit even a month after the game, it would make a little more sense because it was still fresh on people's minds. But four months later makes me question if he is really going to go through with this or is just reaching for a headline. 2) $50 million. Really?. That's the number you sat down and came up with to make up for not going to a football game? The cost of flight, hotel, food, and tickets would add up to maybe $1,000. And that's a huge maybe. I am not sure if Williams' math skills are up to par but that amount makes it feel like he's just reaching for a large settlement, which makes this whole story an even bigger joke. I agree that what the Seahawks organization did was unfair to all football fans and there is no denying that. But to take legal action against a multibillion dollar corporation for the sake of team loyalty is a huge waste of time. I wouldn't be surprised if this story is merely swept under the rug in a matter of no time.
Imagine a college administration denying acceptance to the perfect student, simply because they have enough students of that ethnicity, or gender, enrolled at the time. Admission to college has always been competitive, and allowing students a shortcut because of the color of their skin or their gender, undermines the entire institution of higher learning. If SCA5 passes, how long before the state decides to take into account a student’s religious affiliation, or their sexual preferences, in the admissions process? Will it be decided at some point that there are enough heterosexual students enrolled in California's public colleges, and will heterosexual students be overlooked for admission and transfers? If the majority of students are Christian, be it Catholic or Protestant, will they be passed over for admission because the religious group is already densely represented in the college system? To say that there is a fundamental problem with the education in our state is the truth, but to center the blame on race or gender is unfair as well as unjust. It is too easy to cite racial inequality, and that is what our state government is doing with SCA5. Taking the easy way out. Rather than changing the college admissions process, our Senators and Governor would be better off focusing on the quality of education that our high school students are getting. If we are able to make all education equal for them, then perhaps college won't be such a hopeless pipe dream after all.
Between a rock and a hard place by Ray Garcia
TSV Entertainment Editor
Let me ask you? If you were one day pulled over, let's just say for speeding 5mph over the limit, and the cops asked to see your phone, would you let them? Technically, the police can search through your phone, without a warrant. On April 29, the Supreme Court held a hearing about whether the police can search through a suspect's phone with or without a warrant. The decision isn't expected until the summer, but this is a call that should be made to protect our privacy rights. In this day and age where phones are now called "smartphones" and carry a trove of our information, from bank accounts to email to photos, of course, and these devices can be heavily scrutinized if seized, whether it's relevant to a case or not. Most of what is found on our phones is stuff
Make connections Instead of being a shut in, take the time to meet pus, in fact there are so many clubs the people on campus Heading home after school to lounge around, sitting in the cafeteria on your smart phone or laptop doing nothing important. We all do it, when instead we could easily be attending one of the many events on campus, or being a bit more active in school. A few semesters ago after school the first thing I would do is go home and completely disregard activities that would happen on campus or anything related to it. I didn’t care who was doing what or how, I thought I would easily be able to transfer with no problems whatsoever, so long as I kept my grades relatively high and took all the right courses. Well I learned it’s not that easy especially if you are trying to transfer into a top college. I decided to throw myself into a multitude of different clubs and events on campus. Boy did I not regret that choice, being active on campus has opened up so many different opportunities that I would have never dreamed of. If you want to transfer into a top college you NEED to have extracurricular activities under your belt .The best and easiest way to do that is to become active on campus in some way. There are so many resources that engage students and allow them to be active in our community it’s ludicrous. From student government to the mass amount of clubs on cam-
listing all of them would be an article in and of itself, plus part of being active on campus is discovering these possibilities for yourself, so get out there and do it. Finding one that suits your needs or align with your likings should be a piece of cake. No need to jump right in, take it slow if you don’t feel comfortable. Instead of going home one day take the time to look around, ask a friend who is in a club to show you around, attend different clubs meeting, you never know what you may find or what kind of great people you may meet. Sure someone out there might be saying well I’m going to SF State, or I’m just taking classes for my job, so I don’t really care. Stop and think about it for a second. We have an extremely diverse campus with brilliant minds both in the student body and in the faculty, who have traveled the world and have connections to people that can make your career path of choice much easier to attain. And if you’ve ever taken a career class at Skyline you know the saying, “It’s who you know not what you know.” My point being, this school is an optimal place for networking and meeting people. You just need to take an active stance and throw yourself into it. Being active and engaged on campus will open doors for you. If not from all the great things you may be able to put on your resume or transcript, it will be from the great connections you make on campus.
that used to be home but is now on the go with us. With the police being able to search our phones without a warrant, these items that used to be protected by the Fourth Amendment are no longer; simply because it is on our mobile devices instead of at home. The contents in phones aren't in the officer's plain view, they have to dig through them and that is illegal without a warrant. Our phones should be protected just as our home is from warrant-less searches. During the hearing, California Solicitor General Edward DuMont argued in favor of continuing warrant-less searches, that people "choose" to carry their phones around and that they should have no "expectation of privacy." According to Nina Totenberg of NPR, Supreme Justice Elena Kagan replied, incredulously, "are you saying one has to keep a cellphone at home to have an expectation of privacy?" When I first heard DuMont's argument, I literally shook my head. I mean,
really? We have absolutely NO right to privacy on our phones? That we're supposed to leave our cellular devices, which we use to make calls, at home to expect privacy. It just doesn't add up to a strong point. One can argue that immediate search of a phone is important because the owner could potentially erase evidence, and the tediousness of getting a warrant will only hinder an investigation. But in the broadest sense, any little crime can get anyone's phone seized. So to protect our rights, warrants should be the way to go. Again, it might be tedious but it'll generally protect our right to privacy, it's the best route. The nation has evolved immensely since the time of our Founding Fathers. And while the country has had some trouble updating our amendments with the evolving times ("right to bear arms" anyone?) I think that this case is a no-brainer and obvious: protect our privacy. Update the Fourth to include phones.
by Josh Collier TSV Photo Editor
May 1, 2014
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by Miguel Garcia TSV Staff Writer
Man: Older is not always better While it is true that dating older women has its benefits, for the most part it is a stressful labyrinth of issues, expectations, and plans for the future. There are numerous myths that make the rounds of the dating world when it comes to age. One of the most popular assumptions is that dating older women is, for lack of a better phrase, the “way to go.” Younger men, blinded by films like American Pie, view older women as founts of endless sexual energy with knowledge and skills to make the chastest of men question their vows of celibacy. While it is true that there are obvious positives to dating an older woman, it is not without trials and tribulations. The obvious negative in being with an older woman is that she expects you to act HER age, not necessarily YOUR age. They want to move at their speed, no faster and no slower. If the man tries to speed things up, or slow things down, it often ends in disaster. To say that older women enjoy being in the driver's seat is an understatement of epic proportions. If the older woman
in question wants to defile you on the first date, then she will. If she instead decides to take things slowly, as is her decision of course, then woe to the man who tries to pressure her into it sooner then she chooses. Granted, not all situations with older women end disastrously. The majority of the time such pairings can, and do, turn out beneficial for both parties. The younger man's endless amount of sexual energy mixed with the older woman's sex drive sounds like fun right? But be realistic. She knows what she wants, and she knows what she likes. Things will be done her way, which is of course the correct way, and that will be that. So, with all that being said, the best advice to curious young men is this: know what you are getting yourself into. If you are truly fed up with dating women of your age group, or younger, then feel free. But, if you assume that it will be nothing but madness in the bedroom, then you will be sadly disappointed. Unless you're okay with having zero say on the topic, and if you are then have fun.
Stop adding to the status quo Rather than complaining about college stereotypes, do something about it by Steve Perotti TSV Opinions Editor
Have you guys ever sat back and wondered why men get such a bad rap? Have you ladies ever questioned why women are often viewed with such negativity in college? Because there are always a few bad apples that ruin it for all of us. While walking through the hallways of our campus, I witness numerous types of people. A handful of them rekindle my dying faith in humanity. The remaining majority further cement my growing distaste for my “fellow man.” If you've ever taken the time to sit back and watch the people that are milling around you, then chances are you know exactly what I'm talking about. Maybe it's because I'm older than the students around me. Maybe it's because I was raised to respect other people's privacy, and to respect their personal space. Maybe, it's because I have common sense. Men. If you want to be taken seriously, both by women and by other men, try acting with some self-control. If you see a pretty woman walking by, there's nothing wrong with smiling at her. It's even socially acceptable to say “Hello,” or even “Good morning.” It is not,
however, considered polite to accost her, violating her personal space, and making a fool of yourself. Just because you saw it work on television, doesn't mean it will work in the real world, and I don't mean the MTV “reality” show. Women. If you want to be viewed as more than just a sex symbol, both by men and other women, then act like more than a sex symbol. There's nothing wrong with appearing mysterious or unattainable. But, there is something wrong with being downright rude and condescending to the people around you. While it is hard to believe, there are people in the world who will want to get to know you because you are a good person, not simply because of how you look. So, the next time you're complaining about how hard it is to be taken seriously in the world, keep in mind that someone out there is making it harder for you every second. The so-called “tools” and “Barbies” seem to be content with their lowly lot in life, but that doesn't mean that you have to be. Do your best to alter the status quo, don't add to it. Unless of course you're content with being viewed solely as a negative, then keep doing what you're doing and enjoy the dirty looks you'll be getting from people like me.
Woman: Differences that come with age When it comes to sex and age differences there is almost always a catch, because some older people that I have dated are not always mature, and not all young people are immature. You would think when it comes to sex that age makes a difference, and in many ways it does. Old or young, sex does not discriminate. Some older people are more inclined to a relationship and so are younger people. It all differs on the person themselves. But I can personally say, the older the better. It's similar to the aging of wine: it's better with time for some cases, but not all. Every person is different, especially when it comes to sex and maturity. It all really depends on what you want. The sloppy drunk one night stand? The romantic who makes you dinner and then bangs you all through the night with a fierce passion? Or the occasional just average bang session because the other person is not tentative to your needs? The baby making passionate love (without actually having a baby) is a category unto itself, keeping in mind it is a two way street. You should be clear of
what you want in the bedroom and that comes with maturity and being honest, because if you cannot open your mouth to say you are not comfortable with sex then you should not open your mouth to fake the funk either. Having expectations will lead to disappointment when it comes to sex, regardless of age. Like I mentioned before it is all up to you and what you want. If you want that drunk crazy, sloppy sex, whatever. Communication comes with age, and most mature people will communicate what they want. Communicating would be ideal and it can never hurt to be extremely honest with thoughtful words. One of the obvious benefits of being with an older man is that they're more experienced, and they know what they're doing. Just because the quality of the sex is good with an older man, doesn't mean that the quality of the relationship will be as good.
If you're like me, then you're one of the many college students who don't get enough sleep every night, but somehow still get up to get the job done. We all know that sleep is essential. But with so many tasks on hand, especially if you're a working student, sleep is so hard to find. Sleep was so much easier to find when we were young. Remember nap time in kindergarten? Sleep was given to you like it was invaluable. Now, it's so hard to find, it's like digging for gold. Sleeping for 12 hours in a day was cut down to six hours, eight hours if you were lucky. Sleep suddenly became the most precious thing. But now, things are different. Some days, your friends want to hang out. Other days, your boss asks you to stay overtime. Some other days, you have too much homework on hand. And on the worst days possible, all of the above. Heck, I'm staying up late to get this article done. I have to get up for school in less than seven hours, especially if I want a good parking spot. Then I have to stay for a production tomorrow, and I have work the following morning. Basically, each work day I have, I'm deprived of sleep. I can only catch up on my days off, but school gets in the way and so do my friends and suddenly, I don't want to sleep anymore. It's like an equation. Think of a Venn diagram. You have three choices: work/studies, sleep, or social life. And you can only have two at a time. Work/ studies plus sleep equals no social life. Sleep plus social life equals bad grades. And work/studies plus social life equals tired. As you can see, I chose the last one. And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one. I’ve embraced my self-induced insomnia. I get up every day, regardless of what amount of sleep I get. I love the time I get to do everything I want to, even if it means that I’ll be exhausted. Just sip a cup of coffee and I tackle whatever’s ahead of me, and then reward myself with a good Netflix marathon or video game session with friends.
Today’s cell phones and very destructive behaviors by Ayechan Oo TSV Staff Writer
It’s an odd sensation to feel isolated despite sitting in a restaurant with two of my closest friends. Why do I feel isolated? Because silence hangs over our lunch table as if I am hanging with strangers who I’ve never talked with. I’m ignorant. Both of them keep looking at their cell phones constantly as if like they haven’t touched their phones for months. Today’s cell phones reduce verbal communication among people. Even when I am talking, I discover that my friends keep texting and avoid looking at me during my entire conversation. They can hardly ignore a notification sound on their mobile, and they always end up texting back in what seems like an endless thumb-to-screen conversation. Sometimes I am so jealous of their online friends because I can’t do anything to make my speaking interesting and make my friends respond to me. At the same time, I looked like a strange person among them without my phone in my hand. Maybe I’m the only person who says that today’s smart phones are distracting while having lunch with others. But everyone enjoys giving priority to their phones over enjoying the food in the restaurant. It is so annoying to see cell phones flying over the lunch table in restaurants, plus waiting for people to finish taking pictures is frustrating. Several times, I’ve been a trouble maker for destroying a hundred “like” worthy photos of a lunch table by scooping the food first before the picture was taken. One of my friends will inevitably blurt out
“Wait! Let’s take the picture first.” Maybe I should start to say “It can wait” when I’m in the restaurant trying to eat. Not long ago, I was talking about one movie that I’ve watched in my film class to my mom. My enthusiastic retelling about the story paused for a while when I realized that she wasn’t even responding to me. Then I’m sure that she didn’t hear everything that I’ve said when I discovered her holding the mobile in her hand with a Facebook chat box still open. Sometimes, I long for the massive cell phones of the 90’s . All they needed was for you to punch the dials in phone and hit the call button. That’s it and nothing more than that. Those cell phones are not offensive to me at all. Before the invention of today’s smart phones, I talked endlessly with my buddies wherever we were at. My movie lover mom listened carefully to me without a blink in her eyes when I was talking about a movie. I cannot go back to those good old times in today’s smart phones era. People do not even realize that they are becoming a slave to their smart phones, giving recognition to their phones wherever they are at. Also, my classmates do not perceive that using cell phones during class time is not beneficial for themselves, or for the others around them. Having someone texting during the group discussion can reduce focus on material with an awkward image of them silently looking down at their crotch while other group members are engaging in discussion. It is needless to say it must be frustrating for professors to see their students looking down at their cell phones while they are teaching.
The sports season has concluded at Skyline College. The Skyline View would like to congratulate all the athletes for their year of hard work at their respective sport. Have a great summer!
Home win brings smiles for Trojans Skyline College ends five-game losing streak in impressive fashion by Joshua Picazo TSV Staff Writer
The Skyline Trojans baseball team (14-21) took to the home field for the final time this season on a sunny but windy Tuesday afternoon looking to get a win over the Hartnell Panthers (10-25). The Trojans left handed starting pitcher, Connor Taylor, faced off against the Panthers’ Jacob Naval. Taylor started the game dealing, retiring the first 12 batters in order. He was backed up by his teammates since the beginning when Nick McHugh doubled in the first. It didn’t lead to a score, but it did set the tone for the game. Skyline College did score when sophomore catcher Matt Fosse delivered a double that saw Vince Lozano and Lucci Molina both score and go up 2-0. “I think my double that got the two runs in kind of set the tone
for how we were going to play the game: aggressive and energetic. Looking into the dugout and seeing my teammates going nuts definitely put a smile on my face.” Fosse said. In the bottom of the third inning, the Trojans were again threatening to widen the two run lead with Lance Montano and Molina on base, but Shaun Kemp, who relieved Naval in the third inning, got the Panthers out of the inning without letting Skyline score. In the top of the fourth inning Taylor kept the Panthers off the scoreboard as he tossed his fourth consecutive scoreless inning and hadn’t allowed a hit or walk up to that point. At the bottom of the fourth, the Trojans would again score against Panthers pitcher Gilberto Camacho. Camacho was the third pitcher for the Hartnell Panthers, as their coach, Rich Givens, seemingly wanted to
empty the bullpen. Lozano hit a single and McHugh hit a sacrifice RBI to bring the score to 4-0 in favor of Skyline. Taylor’s perfect game was broken up in the fifth inning by a single from Ivan Sanchez, however he kept the Panthers from scoring and Kevin Brown did the same for the visitors. The Hartnell Panthers finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning thanks to two unearned runs bringing the score to 4-2; however, the Trojans didn’t take long to answer back scoring three runs of their own. With the bases loaded Nick McHugh was hit by a pitch to bring in Lozano. Nobuaki Suzuki would then hit a single with the bases loaded to bring in a second run and the Trojans were up 6-2 over Hartnell. The third run was scored when right fielder Joey Carney smacked a single to left field. Skyline College would leave the sixth inning with a 7-2 lead.
Matt Fosse, catcher for the Skyline Trojans, hit a double at Skyline Diamond on April 22, 2014. Renee Abu-Zaghibra/The Skyline View
In the eighth inning, Skyline’s Sean Collins and Hartnell’s Hernandez each pitched scoreless innings for their teams. Sanchez hit the game’s only home run in the ninth inning to deep right field which scored Jackson Duda and himself, but the Panthers could not complete the rally as Collins got the final three outs to earn
the save and preserve the victory. “To win the final home game for us sophomores was pretty cool. We work really hard and to put on the pinstripes and get the win…at home for the last time in, front of our home fans was a great experience. It’s a feeling I will never forget,” Fosse said.
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Sterling out, but why did it take so long? by Shaquill Stewart
TSV Social Media Editor
After a crazy three days of reaction from professional athletes, celebrities , fans and even President Barack Obama, we all got what we wanted. On Tuesday the NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, gave Donald Sterling a lifetime ban from the NBA. But is it too little too late? “The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful,” Silver said. “That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage.” Nobody will dispute that Silver got it right , and Sterling deserved the lifetime ban and the $2.5 million fine for the racist comments he made in the recorded conversation with his mistress that was posted on TMZ’s website. But please spare us from your shocked reactions. In between the praise for Silver in his trendsetting decision, shouldn’t we also be asking him, and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, where all this personal outrage was during the past decade, when everybody in the NBA knew Sterling was a racist but refused to do anything about it? The league banned Sterling because he was hurting the pockets of the NBA owners and the NBA as a whole.So we banned someone for a secretly recorded conversation with his sleazy mistress, but refused to ban him based upon evidence in past federal lawsuits
that showed a much more damaging form of racism? Really? Where was Stern and Silver in 2006 when the U.S. Department of Justice sued Sterling, a real-estate magnate, for housing discrimination. Or in 2009 when he paid $2.73 million in a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit alleging he discriminated against blacks, Hispanics and families with children in his rental properties. How about the fact the NAACP was going to award him another lifetime achievement award. Yes he already has one. Yet after the tapes were released they stopped that process. What about when NBA legend Elgin Baylor sued Sterling for age and racial discrimination. Sterling has been a racist slumlord for over 30 years. Despite that, no one has sought to dislodge Sterling from his role as owner of a major sports franchise. And with his bigotry suddenly a national story, Sterling has become an outrageous example of the inability of L.A. to police itself, and its elite. The accountability factor is my ultimate problem with the situation. Just like when Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, and fellow baseball owners, had their heads buried in the sand about steroids in baseball, it seems Stern, Silver and NBA’s ownership were willfully ignorant about Sterling’s racism. Everybody in the league knew about it, but nobody was willing to confront it, until TMZ left no choice. Sadly its 30 years too late.
by Miguel Garcia TSV Staff Writer
Imagine starting to play a sport late in your teens. A sport that you’re generally indifferent about until finding out that you might quite excel at said sport. Meet Marielle Beltran, someone in which this scenario actually applies to. Beltran wasn’t originally a basketball player, but one of her high school coaches saw her potential and suggested she play basketball for the team, and now she’s in love with the sport. Wearing number 11, Beltran plays the four and five, or power forward and center, respectively, for Skyline’s basketball team. She only got into the sport and casually play in the 8th grade but she has fallen in love with the sports ever since. And even only with seven years of experience, she has greatly improved her ball game. She started off playing volleyball in middle school but she saw her friends played basketball, and she decided to give it a shot. She wasn’t planning on playing team basketball but funny enough, she was the only one to stay on the team among her friends after. She actually has a love-hate relationship with basketball, being on and off the sport. For example she doesn’t play basketball a year, then plays the sport a year later. “I always said I didn’t like basketball,” Beltran said. “It just surprises me because I always told myself that basketball is not my thing but then I always want to play.” Women’s basketball coach Chris Watters has seen her improvement,
especially after Beltran’s yearlong sabbatical from basketball. “I think she definitely got better as the season went along,” said Coach Watters. “She had taken a year off from playing basketball before coming back to us, So, you know, it took a little time to get back into the flow of the game. But once she got going she definitely improved a lot.” Even her teammates have noticed her improvement too, not only as a player, but also as a teammate. “She is super nice, always working really hard, and she’s really caring,” Janice Coronado said. “The first day I came to practice, I was a week late, and she was the most open person,” Coronado continues. “I probably would have left if it wasn’t for her, actually.” She enjoys basketball and gets really into it, which is probably a factor in her improvement. “I don’t think about anything else,” Beltran said. “I feel so good playing because I don’t really worry about anything when I’m playing.” “As a player, she improved a lot because I noticed she still asks a lot of questions but then she applies what she learns from the answers,” Chloe Tinio said. “And then as a team player, she is very encouraging so it encouraged me to do better in practice.” She and the rest of the basketball team looks forward to a better season, especially because the team is coming in with much more improvements.
Photo Courtesy of Marielle Beltran