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Excellence in business By Luz Elena Hernandez

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, faculty, students and families gathered in the 700 Building South Wing Events Center to highlight the achievements of students. The event kicked off with live music by the group Off the Shelf who set the mood with songs like “Taking Care of Business”. In the beginning of the ceremony Alexander Collins, who received a Business Student award said, “I don’t really know what to expect. It’s pretty exciting.” Opening remarks were given by Dean Tom Clark who opened the evening by


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From left to right: Erika Perez, president; Nazma Haroon, legislative director; Emaun Barfeei, representative; Chris Gutierrez, vice president and Kiren Chahal, representative, are sworn in as new 2013-2014 SSCC (Student Senate of Chabot College) members during the senate meeting at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

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Kelly Hunt receives the Faculty Award for Excellence in Business 7 and Accounting for Small Business at the Business Awards Ceremony at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. allen s. lin/Staff Photo

SSCC Bylaws Revision By Maria Maniego

Chabot students will have a more accountable student government as a result of a revision to one of the student senate’s governing documents. “To interact with students, identify [their] needs and priorities, and advocate for them,” said Student Senate of Chabot College (SSCC) Senator Luis Flores by way of describing the primary duties of the student senate. Flores indeed advocated for students when he sought revision on the SSCC Bylaws, which included the clarification of roles and frequency of meetings of the Judicial Review Committee (JRC). Current members of the senate voted unanimously to pass his proposal. Thus, instead of meeting once every semester before the last student senate meeting, the JRC will have to meet every month as part of the revision that will take effect in the next academic year 20132014. BYLAWS, page 2

tion and the entire student Senators are planning to work hard. Chabot’s New ASCC President Erika Cortez exOn Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the ASCC (Associated Students of Chabot College) held a meeting to plained what things she would do to make Chabot and Chabot’s students feel better in Chabot’s cammeet the new incoming student Senators. The new student senators will be serving for the pus “I am happy as the role I got as President and I am really excited but at the same time nervous and 2013 and 2014 semesters. The Senators are President Erika Cortez, Vice- what I really want is change in Chabot and want to President Christopher Gutierrez, Financial Direc- bring more unity to students and want students to be tor Luis Flores, Communications Director Krystina involve and know more the ASCC and so students Ludovico , Event coordinator Lidia Calderon , Leg- know they can come to the ASCC and bring ideas to islative Director Nazma Haroon , Secretary Kisha the student Government and I want there to be more Thompson , and Student Trustee Ricardo Pinto events were students will be more involve and I really want to bring life to Chabot.” Erika also Filho. Over 400 students voted during the student elecSSCC, page 4 By Omar Gonzalez

Honoring those who served our country By Omar Gonzalez

On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Chabot College held a Memorial Day event honoring those who served our country. The event started with a welcome by Rozen Bondoc, Todd Steffan, and Honor Guard by Travis AFB. Chabot’s own campus safety officer Nate Moore also gave a speech during the ceremony as well. Michael Bon spoke at the event and asked why memorial day is important. “[On] Memorial day people are happy because there is no school or no work and we can go and have a barbeque with the

family but do we know what really is the meaning of memorial day?” That question really made those who attended the event think hard. Especially because when people think of Memorial day, they think it’s a day to have fun but everyone needs to see what the meaning of Memorial day is really about. Patrick Krouse, president of Las Positas College Student Veterans Organization, attended the event and also gave a memorable speech. During the ceremony, Julie Ramirez, Alameda County Blue Star mom and founder, gave a speech and talked about her life and her son who served in the army. The last speech was from Chabot history professor Mark Stephens, who spoke about the importance of having this event at Chabot and also showed a video about American Battle Monuments.



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SSCC from page 1 The JRC is responsible for reviewing student senate stipends and identifying members who are not in compliance with their responsibilities set forth by the bylaws. According to Senator Nakisha Thompson, “This is to ensure that every [senate member] is on top of their specified duties that they were sworn in to do.” The SSCC Bylaws is a governing document that stipulates responsibilities and qualifications of each student senate member. “The bylaws are very important; it helps the new senate,” Thompson stated.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 There are eight remaining senators as of late. Removal of some senators was due to failure to attend required meetings, while some members did not “follow through with their ‘promise’ to be [representatives] of the student body.” “As a result [of the revision], students will have a more accountable government,” Flores adds.

2013 School of the Arts and Social Sciences Awards

• Excellence in Interior Design Studies: Tia Rae White and Rashida Ilegbodu On Thursday, May 9, 2013, the School of • John Williams Scholarship: Lois Licuthe Arts and Social Sciences departments anan at Chabot College held it’s annual student • Anthropology Award: Samira Hamid awards ceremony to recognize those stu- • Outstanding Early Childhood Practidents for their achievements. Below is a tioner Award: Cindy Hsia and Teresa list of the student award winners. Marylander • Leadership & Academic Excellence in • Excellence in Art History Award: KevEconomics: Demaster M. Survine, IV in Roberts and Hye Yoon Shin • Award for Excellence in Technical The- • KCRH 89.9-FM Radio Broadcaster of ater: Charmaine Robinson the Year Award: Reid Alexander • Chabot Music Scholarship Award: Mi- • Outstanding Television Broadcaster: chael Booker Ya’Shalan Nelson Reid Alexander receives the Broadcaster of the Year award for the • Excellence in Architecture Studies: • Top Filmmaker: Ryan Jang second year in a row from Chad Mark Glen, mass communications Jennifer Vega and Stephanie Lloyd • Spectator Leadership Award: Allen Lin professor. By Tammy Lee

Samira Hamid receives the Anthropology Award from Mireille Giovanola, anthropology instructor.

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STAFF WRITERS Anagarako Obioma, Christopher Booker, Latanya Clark, Omar Gonzalez, Luz Elena Hernandez, Maria Maniego, Nathan Ramos, Amy Silva, Lucrecia Ugarte PHOTOGRAPHERS Andrew Barber, Allmon Matarrese, Denise Olberg, Jonathan Tuley FACULTY Faculty Advisor ................................................................................................................... Larry Leach

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Finally transferring out By Abraham Rodriguez Contributing Writer

Trying to find words meaningful in the description of these past five years at Chabot could be a wasteful thought experiment. I never had a clue of what I’d do when I got here, just a naive assumption that once here everything would fall flat into place and I’d suddenly find myself pursuing a major in something. I was sitting with my friend and former Spectator opinion columnist Alex Miranda, talking about the old days around the newsroom like his near miss with a lawsuit for an opinion article where he blasted KCRH and its fraternity style management, as I loaded in a few Adobe PDFs on my laptop. The screen reflected the data I looked for, statistical information on the students at Chabot College, and my pointer fell on the student transfer information. Out of the average 13,400 students attending the 2011-2012 school year, only 647 students transferred to a university. 647 out of 13,000 students, a figure that my limited statistics training estimated was around four or five percent of students attending. “That’s a bummer,” he said after I showed him the screen. I ask myself, why did I keep on trucking forward? What force motivated me to keep this uphill climb in our decaying educational system just to transfer to another equally rotting institution for the upcoming fall? Bill Johnson might have been the very instrumental piece I had been looking for when I came to Hayward those years

ago, scurrying away from the Oakland ghettos with whatever hope I carried in my pocket. It was Fall 2008 when then Spectator adviser Bill Johnson invited me to write for the school’s newspaper, I accepted and was assigned a story that was promptly put on the back of page two of the news section a week later. My second semester at Chabot and I was hooked. I began a three year romance with journalism while climbing the Spectator’s ranks from Editor-inChief to a final semester in 2010 where I created the newspaper’s only automotive section to ever exist and published automotive reviews. To Bill Johnson, his newspaper students were the next generation of reporters, the next of kin in his beloved profession and he was implanting the ideals and fundamentals of journalism into all of us, brow beating and growling until we performed at a level the old daily reporter would seem fit in a real newsroom. He did this for 20 years at Chabot, from 1988 until his last semester in the Fall of 2009. He inspired hundreds of individuals and some who today still carry on in the field all over the country working for outfits like the Las Vegas Sun or Ridgecrest’s Daily Independent. I’ve spent my share of time at Chabot, too much for one life time during the worst recession this schizophrenic nation has seen. The journey, in retrospect, was worth it. The friendships I’ve harbored, connections I’ve built and cemented, and experiences I’ve gathered here egged me forward. These numbers, like the dismal transfer rates,

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Abraham Rodriguez holds up his first car article for the automotive section in The Spectator April 15, 2010 issue. Rodriguez will be attending San Jose State University’s School of Journalism & Mass Communications in the fall of 2013.

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are just another psychological weapon in use. But a person can only accept failure for so long. And eventually they’ll fight back.


Campus mentioned “I want to let especially the new from page 1 freshman that are coming to Chabot about Chabot’s clubs and so they can get involve and so they know that there is a student Government.” Chabot’s new ASCC Vice President Christopher Gutierrez also explained what things he is going to do and how does he feel about being the new Vice President “I am excited about New members for the 2013-2014 SSCC introduce them- being Vice President and I will make sure the selves to students before the senate meeting at Chabot executives carry on with their tasks because College in Hayward, Calif. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. we have to make sure the executives are doing allen s. lin/Staff Photo their work and especially me as Vice President Hayward, California


Thursday, May 16, 2013 I have to be checking on the executives.” Gutierrez also mentioned what things he is going to do to make Chabot a better place for students “I am going to make sure that all of the students are available to access the internet because the internet access its not that good here at Chabot and so that is why I am going to change that here at Chabot and make internet access better for students.” Both of the new candidates made great promises and students at Chabot are really excited to see what new things the new Chabot Senators are going to do.

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saying, “This is the time of the year that we should really just focus on student accomplishments and we’re looking ahead to the additional students we will be contracting in our fine programs.” He proceeded to talk about the importance of the business career students have chosen and how it is a vital occupation for our community and nation at large. There were a total of 33 award recipients in this year’s award ceremony which split the awards into: individual class awards, support team learning assistants tutor awards and specific major awards. As students were called up to receive their awards, a slide was shown that expressed their accomplishments and strong characteristics which made them worthy of the award they were receiving. Students were then presented with a certificate and a copy of their slide which was given by business faculty members. Pee Xiong, recipient of the BUS 10, Business Law Award, was recognized for her excellent work in class. She achieved a perfect score in Business Law which was a first in this class and was described as being “a superior student who is very helpful with her classmates.” Upon receiving her award Xiong said, “I’m excited. I was surprised I got nominated but R Indran C Nelson receives the Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service at the Business Awards Ceremony at these types of things give you the energy to work Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. allen s. lin/Staff Photo harder.” of bad news so it’s great to be able to do some The ceremony proceeded to highlight the stu- dents who received an award. Norberto Ruiz, Business faculty member good news. People here need to be recognized dents and included a raffle with gift cards to the said, “It’s a great way to celebrate and these for all the good things they do and it is great to Chabot Bookstore. Everyone present in the room was extremely proud and happy for all the stu- types of events are always good. We hear a lot highlight these people in these events.”

Student Transfer Ceremony By Omar Gonzalez

On Thursday, May 9, 2013, Chabot College held the transfer student recognition ceremony in the cafeteria to honor students who will be transferring this fall. Many of Chabot’s counseling staff and instructors took part in the ceremony to recognize students who are transferring to a UC or CSU. Members who took part included the dean of counseling, the president of Chabot and other staff members. The ceremony started with a welcome by the dean of counseling and by Chabot’s counselor Ernesto Victoria. Following the welcome speech, a dinner was held for


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tificate and a gift from Chabot as a reward for all of their hard work they had done in order for those who attended and was provided by Chabot. them to get accepted and transfer to their new “The purpose of the event is to celebrate the school this fall. There were a lot of students and student’s achievements and to celebrate the stu- they were happy to celebrate. One of the students who is transferring says, dents who are going to a university and a lot of students are going to UC Berkeley and San Di- “I really felt great that Chabot did this event for us.” He also mentioned, “I’m really excited to go ego and also Hawaii,” says Victoria. After the dinner, the students received a cer- to SF State to study cinema and film.”

Thursday, May 16, 2013 Another student who is transferring to UC Berkeley mentioned, “I really like that Chabot is doing this recognition ceremony for us.” As the event was winding down, Chabot staff wished all of the students who attended the ceremony and those who are transferring good luck and a great time at the new school they will be attending in the fall.

Finals Week Schedule

Day classes (classes meeting before 4:30 p.m.) include the following class combinations: • GROUP I: • M W classes; also M T W Th / M W F / M T W F / M W T hF / M T Th F / M T / M Th M F / W F / M only / W only / Daily classes

Examination Time

Monday May 24

7:30 a.m. 9:20 a.m.

Group I 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 7:50 a.m.

8 a.m. 9:50 a.m. 10 a.m. 11:50 a.m. 12 p.m. 1:50 p.m.

2 p.m. 3:50 p.m.

Group I 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 10:40 a.m.

• GROUP II: • T Th classes; also T Th F / T W / T W Th T F / Th F / W Th / M T Th / T W Th F / T only classes

Tuesday May 28

Wednesday May 29

• GROUP III: • Classes scheduled “by arrangement” and Th only and F only classes

Thursday May 30

Friday May 31

Group II 7:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m.

Group III 7:30 a.m., 7:45 a.m.

Group II 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 9:45a.m.

Group I 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m.

Group II 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m.

Group III 8 a.m., 9 a.m.

Group I 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Group I 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m.

Group II 10 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Group III 9:45 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m.. 11 a.m.

Group I 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m.

Group II 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m.

Group I 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 12:45 p.m.

Group II 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m.

Group III 11:30 p.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.

Group I 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Group II 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Group I 3 p.m., 3:30 a.m.

Group II 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Group III 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

Late Afternoon, Evening, Saturday & Off Campus Classes Examination Time

Saturday May 18

Tuesday May 28

Wednesday May 29

Thursday May 30

Final Exam Day

Monday only Tuesday & Tuesday/ Thursday

Final Exam Day

Monday/ Wednesday & Wednesday only

Final Exam Day

Thursday only Saturday only

Monday May 20

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Attendees to Hayward Executive Airport Open House 2013 line up to tour the World War II B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast.” on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Hayward, Calif.

A display of history

the local area, and brought the community together in a festival-like setting. The free outdoor event offered attendees a display of classic aircrafts including the B-17 bomber. The display of the “Aluminum Overcast, “ a historic World War II bomber, and considered to be one of the greatest military planes ever built gave the community and attendees a chance to experience a piece of living history. The Open House was sponsored by the Bay Area Black Pilots Association, the Open house visitors line up to tour the United States Tuskegee Airman, Inc., East Bay Aviators, Army EMU 309 helicopter at the Hayward Execu- Inc., M.A.L.T.A. and the Hayward Executive Airport Open House 2013 on May 11, 2013 in tive Airport. Hayward, Calif. The open house also featured various food trucks from Off-The Grid, as well as By Tammy Lee restored warbirds, corporate jets, helicopOn Saturday, May 11, 2013, the Hayward ters, experimental aircrafts and vehicles. Executive Airport hosted it’s sixth annual Free flying lessons and free simulator rides for kids aged 8-18 years old were also beopen house in Hayward, Calif. The event attracted many people from ing offered as well.

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Chabot Theater Presents:

Emerging Works By Jyra Valenzuela

From May 7-11, 2013, Chabot College Theater Arts Presented Emerging Works, an 18 year tradition where students share original plays. Rachel LaPell, the host of Emerging Works introduced each play and recognized each play writer to the audience. The show opened with “Cooking” by Tristan Stevenin, which was directed by Robert Christopher. The story follows Tony (Tristan Stevenin), a new hired cook faced with trials with his new job. He is faced with his co-workers initiation process, dealing with his controlling boss, while also falling in love with a fellow employee. “My favorite part of the

play was Cooking’ says, Peter Sayaseng. “I thought it was hilarious, the actors did a great job interacting with each other.” The second act was a reading written by Andrew Domingues and directed by Rachel LePell. The reading focuses on the character Lorenzo, who is dealt with struggles in his life such as drugs, gangs, family, etc. The students stood on stage while expressing their lines to the crowd. “Bittersweet” was written by Evan Lopez, and directed by Marc Dellamorte. The story revolves around a family struggling to keep their hope as they wait at the hospital to hear whether or not their son survived from a fatal gun shot wound. “Tina”, was written and directed by Vince Og-

From left to right: Vince Ogden, Andrew Domingues, Eva Lopez, Tristan Stevinin and Rachel LePell gather together after the show to discuss with the audience their written works.

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den. The story follows two couples experimenting with drugs and it’s horrible consequences in what resulted as a suicide. The last act was “Lady Lion and the Lot Lizard” written and directed by Reina Medina Boone. The story follows Lady Lion (Marissa Flores) a truck driver who stumbles upon

Rhoda, (Destiny M. Montenegro) a 15-year-old pregnant girl. Along the way, Rhoda gives birth and decides to leave her baby with Lady Lion and Grey Goose (Johnna Joy Murch), a fellow truck driver. Leaving Lady Lion to decided whether to adopt the baby or put it up for adoption. “You go in and your ner-

vous and other times you go in and you kill it and I think tonight everybody got it and got the work done and killed it”, says DeSean Smith ,who played Big V in Tina. After the show, the audience had the opportunity to discuss and ask questions with the writers about their work.


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classes. The Chabot Gladiator’s On a Tuesday afternoon in Women’s Soccer Team, on May most would figure that the other hand, are instead many students would be prepping for the begineither going home to ning for their season, which do homework, hang doesn’t come until the fall out with friends semester. Chabot Women’s Soccer after school, or hopes to improve from their getting ready for the fi- record from the previous nals in season, where they believe t h e i r they can make it to the postseason and make a run for the State Championships. Apart from making it to the postseason, Chabot also hopes to prove that they can finish games with with By Chris Booker

wins instead of ties; where they had five from the previous season. “We expect to do well,” said Chabot’s sophomore defender Tatiana Arteaga. “We want to score a lot of goals. We also want to have a lot of girls out here and have a good team.” Chabot right defender, Samantha Shell, had the same anticipation for next season as she feels that the team can do very well. The Kinesiology major said, “We hope to make it to the playoffs and doing well in our season. Our expectations are to win all of our games and to come up with

fewer ties.” Chabot finished the 2012 season with an 8-65 (6-5-2) record last season which placed them in fourth place and they feel that they can definitely improve upon that; especially when they finished behind schools by the likes of San Francisco City College, Ohlone and Los Positas in that order. With the 2013 season rapidly approaching the Women’s Soccer Team Chabot Womens soccer they will continue to pracplayers practicing for next tice throughout the sumseason. davis dichoso/Staff Photo mer. Their hopes to be- Coast-North Conference come the champions of the and the state of California.

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