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Volume 64, Issue 5
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GCC volleyball wins ﬁnal home game of regular season.
HERE & NOW
Cover illustration courtesy of Jordan Nelson.
‘Metamorphoses’ opens in PAC Nov. 5.
What would you like the new president to accomplish?
Youmeya Bhattarai Pharmacist
Martin Conde Finance/Business
Natalia Gonzalez Veterinarian
Alex Marcado Marketing
Shekinah N. Tshianyi Medicine
Kiel Nelson General Studies
“Bring more opportunities to the campus for the students.”
“Provide free higher education or at least lower tuition costs.”
“I would like the president to commit to the good of the people always.”
“Free Yeezys for everyone.”
“Make college tuition affordable.”
VOICE Staff EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
623-845-3820 Chelsea Isabella che2147142@maricopa. edu
BUSINESS MANAGER 623-845-3822 Jessica Snyder jessica.snyder@ gccaz.edu
6000 W. Olive Ave. Vol. 64, Glendale, AZ 85302 Issue 5 High Tech 2, Room 125 SPORTS EDITOR FREELANCE Seth Askelson Fau Footage Fatography Eric Lopez STAFF REPORTERS Genevieve Copeland Michael Nguyen Michelle “M.J.” Jackson Michael Arbizo Courtney Riches Jurgen Soto Angelica Sosa ADVISER Mia McAllister Jenna Duncan Justin Pinzon 623-845-3914 jenna.duncan@gccaz. PAGE DESIGNER edu Ingrid Sanora
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Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
Empty Bowls fundraises on main campus Janae Evans Freelance The VOICE
Glendale Community Colleges’ Ceramics Club and Student Life andLeadership are uniting creativity and charity while working in collaboration with Imagine Render and The Empty Bowl Project by having handmade ceramic bowls available to buy to help feed the hungry. This event will take place on Wed. Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be held at the Glendale Community College main campus in between the Student Union and Counseling and Career Services buildings. Gauchos will be making and selling ceramic soup bowls and all of the proceeds made will be going to benefit local food kitchens that aid in feeding the homeless and hungry in the community. These dishwasher safe, stoneware bowls are great for bringing lunch to work or even as a display ware. Additionally, the purchase of a bowl provides the opportunity for individuls within the community to have a meal, organizers said. The empty bowl is a direct reminder that there those
who have an empty bowl and an empty stomach. “The purchase of one of these one-of-a-kind bowls will provide, roughly, meals that will go toward benefiting over 100 different organizations,” GCC art professor Esmeralda Delaney said. “Feeding the hungry is life changing and the students and faculty here (at Glendale Community College) are doing their part to be the change,” she said. GCC is not the only school that has been involved in this annual fundraiser, organizers said. Many other Maricopa County community colleges have also played an essential key
in this fundraiser every year. Each of these events are sponsored by Imagine Render, a non-profit organization, which created The Empty Bowl Project. Their goal,“(is to) create positive and lasting change through the arts, education, and projects that build community,” a representative from Imagine Render said. The creators of the Empty Bowl project have held many other successful events such as: organizing national Empty Bowls exhibitions at the Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, and leading an Empty Bowls class at Odyssey Ceramics Center in Asheville, N.C., for four years. They have also sold soup bowls and put forth many other efforts to help feed the hungry in local communities around the country.
The purchase of one of these oneof-a-kind bowls will provide, roughly, meals that will go toward benefiting over 100 different organizations. -Esmeralda Delaney
Students get a head start on financial aid for 2017 Jaccob Koontz Freelance The VOICE
Glendale Community College hosted a financial aid and scholarship workshop Oct. 20 to help Glendale students prepare their financial aid and scholarship applications for the spring 2017 semester. The event took place from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. in B-103. Current, returning, or potential students attended the event to learn about their options. Many students were surprised to learn that they do qualify for financial aid or scholarships, even if they thought their “parents made too much money.” The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the online form that anyone seeking financial aid must complete to be considered for federal finical aid. This year the federal government is allowing students
to submit the FAFSA early, starting in October 2016 instead of having to wait until January 2017. The Dept. Of Education takes different factors into consideration when handing out grants and loans. These factors include income of the student, age of the student, and income of the parent(s) of the student. The FAFSA online application can be intimidating for some, and requires a fairly large amount of paperwork, including things like tax returns, social security numbers and work information. Because of this, some students shy away and do not even bother filling out the FAFSA. This event should take away all of those excuses, as someone was there to help guide the student through the various questions and paperwork required to complete the FAFSA. Brandon Culock is a student at Glendale Community College
who could not afford school on his own. Although he got good grades in high school, he did not attend any college the first semester after he graduated. “I figured my dad made too much,” Culock said. He said his father advised him to not even “waste his time” with the FAFSA, as he believed that he would not qualify. Culock, however, was determined to continue his education and decide to enroll at GCC. He then had to figure out ways to pay for his classes. While enrolling, Culock was informed of a financial aid workshop, where he finally completed his FAFSA. To his surprise, Culock was able to get most of his school expenses paid for with financial aid and this came as a huge financial relief he said.
Many students are unaware of what they qualify for as far as financial aid and scholarships are concerned. The only way to know for sure is to fill out the FAFSA or scholarship application and find out. On average, the federal government paid out $13,730 per full-time undergraduate student who receives aid for the 2012-2013 school year, according to the College Board’s website.
With the amount of young college students struggling to even make it out of their parents’ house, scholarships and financial aid are as important as ever. GCC will offer more financial aid for upcoming semesters in the upcoming months. Keep posted to the www. gccaz.edu website calendar for more information and upcoming workshops.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
Dia De Los Muertos celebrates unique tradition Angelica Sosa Reporter
The day after Halloween is usually considered hangover day or candy coma day on your preference of an adult or child. In Mexico and parts of Spain it is a day where we respect our lost loved ones and celebrate the dead. Dia De Los Muertos or in english Day of the Dead, is an old tradition in Mexico and continues to be celebrated. The origin is the it was a thought to believe the broader between the living a dead was the thinnest at midnight of Oct. 31 for that being said it officially makes Nov. 1 the official date of the holiday. It was celebrated with Catholic beliefs to celebrate two days. One being All Souls day and the other All Saints day. They create altars at the graves, clean it and decorate it then cook traditional foods to eat for themselves and to offer to their passed love ones. At Midnight they respect and give prayers to their passed relatives and on Nov. 2 they celebrate with close family and it becomes a huge festival. The sugar skulls are also made to offer to the loss relative. Back then sugar was a luxury and they would make the skulls with their family members name engraved in the forehead and was decorated with icing or glitter, it was to show the creativity of the family and al skulls where one of a kind. Now with sugar being common they are mass produced and sold at the open markets. Children now do this task of decorating the skull because it has become for of a fun art project. Day of the Dead is still a huge tradition in Mexico and it is also passed over to America, but there might be some customs that are changed a bit. Even if it can be taken in different ways there is a mass produce of art for Dia De Los Muertos. There are so many creative artist that shows the celebration of this festive day. Not only art on canvases but art on sugar skulls, face paint art, also dresses and many more. The dead will be celebrated rather than a pity, they are always with us and shall be liberated.
Jordan Nelson/Freelance Mexico and Spain celebrate Dia De Los Muertos Nov.1. It is a day when people pray for and respect their dead loved ones, sometimes even visiting gravesites and preparing the deceased personâ€™s favorite foods.
Fine Arts Department sponsors sugar skull ceramics workshop Michael Arbizo Reporter
Dia de los Muertos is associated with beautiful and somewhat morbid depictions of death. It is a very influential theme at the end of Hispanic Heritage month which runs from Sept. 15 thru Oct. 15. The Fine Arts Department decided to intertwine both Hispanic Heritage month events and Dia De Los Muertos by sponsoring a sugar skull ceramics workshop. The workshops were held on Sept. 24 and Oct. 8. and both events involved students and staff creating sugar skulls from clay. Professor James Gamble was instructor on scene who shared his expertise about how to create these masterpieces. He taught the basic elements of how to
create a skull from clay and the process of glazing/painting them. These two Saturday classes were free to students and staff on campus. After the clay sugar skulls were painted and fire-glazed they were ready for their temporary homes in the display case at the Glendale Community College Performing Arts Center. The Dia De Los Muertos Exhibit is open to the public from Oct. 24 until Nov. 7. The art exhibit displays over 175 different artistic takes on sugar skulls. All the works of art were created by students, faculty, and staff. There is a variety of different sugar skulls to see such as jewelry, paintings, and mix-media pieces. The Fine Arts Department will also be hosting an exhibit reception with free light snacks on Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the foyer of the Performing Arts Center.
Michael Arbizo/The VOICE Professor Gamble prepares the handmade skulls for paint by dipping them in glaze.
Michael Arbizo/The VOICE Sugar skulls on display in the DoMi Gallery at the GCC Performing Arts Center.
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Women’s volleyball demolishes SMCC in home finale Justin Pinzon Reporter
It was sophomore night at GCC and the Gaucho’s Women’s Volleyball team had a matchup against South Mountain Cougars Fri. Oct. 21. The Cougars absolutely got demolished by the Gauchos in three sets, 25-13, 25-17, 25-20. The Gauchos who had a 19-3 record going into the game that night had only one thing going on their minds, a win. A 16-11 South Mountain team who had a two game losing streak going into the game, were trying to stand in the of a Gauchos team trying to get their third win in three games. At the start of the game, the Lady Gauchos opened up the first set with the opening four points, only to allow the Cougars attain next four points. The first set was very exciting, the Gauchos capitalized on scoring opportunities by getting the kills they needed, also the Gauchos all-around game was just too much for the Cougars to handle. The second set was all but different for
the South Mountain Cougars, the Gauchos just bombarded the Cougars with a total of sixteen points coming from kills. The South Mountain Cougars tried their best to come back into the set, but the errors were dragging them down. Eventually the Gauchos would pull away and win the set by a score line of 25-17. The third set however started off different feel, although GCC scored the first point of the set, the Cougars seemed like they had some momentum going into the final set. At one point in the set the Gauchos found themselves down 11-14. As the game continued, the Gauchos were able to climb back into the game, but the Cougars made it difficult for the Gauchos to pull ahead in the game. As much as the Cougars tried to stop the Gauchos, GCC’s attack game was way too strong and the Gauchos came out with a five point set win. The Gauchos will play their final game of the season at Phoenix College before heading into their regional playoff game on Nov. 3.
Justin Pinzon/The VOICE Gauchos volleyball players await the service from South Mountain during the Gauchos’ 3-0 win Oct. 21.
3-1 comeback brings Phoenix Suns to forefront Jurgen Soto Reporter
As if a 3-1 comeback to win the NBA Finals by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers was not enough, the 2016 summer in the NBA will go down as one of the wildest the league has ever seen. Kevin Durant bolted Oklahoma City to join a Golden State Warriors team that is coming off a 73 win season. Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade returned home when he signed with the Chicago Bulls.Former Bulls MVP Derrick Rose was traded to the New York Knicks. Free agents were handed out enormous contracts that have never been seen before, and a new wave of young talent was drafted in Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. These big moves overshadowed what was going on in the Valley. The Phoenix Suns quietly had one of their best off-seasons in the last few years. It all began on draft night when they selected European big man Dragan Bender with the fourth overall pick and followed it up by selecting Washington forward Marquese Chriss with the eighth overall selection. In the second round they were able to get a steal with the thirty fourth pick when they selected Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis. The three rookies were added to a roster that already boasts a good mix of young talent. Over the summer they were also able to bring in some familiar faces who embody what it means to be a professional basketball player. Long time fan favorite Leandro Barbosa was brought
bviously we didn’t live up to the expectations we had last year and this year I feel like we have a lot in store and a lot to prove, it’s going to be an exciting season, -Jared Dudley, forward of Phoenix Suns
in for his third stint with the club and forward Jared Dudley is expected to resume his starting role he left behind a few years back. Barbosa comes in having won a championship in 2015 with Golden State which could only help the plethora of young talent Phoenix has. “I think in general… one of the huge reasons why I’m here is for the leadership and for the locker room,” said
Dudley in an interview on The Burns and Gambo Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Along with the solid veteran leadership, the Suns will be entering the season with a new face of the franchise in first team all rookie selection Devin Booker. “Winning. Something we didn’t do a lot of last year. Obviously we didn’t live up to the expectations we had last year and this year I feel like we have a lot in store and a lot to prove… it’s going to be an exciting season,” said Booker. Booker is coming off an off-season where he was invited to the USA basketball select team to practice against the US Olympic team, a summer when he received huge praise and compliments from the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James. He also was voted the next breakout star in an annual survey done by the general managers across the league. Phoenix will also be entering the season with a healthy roster, something that hasn’t been the case in recent history. Eric Bledsoe and T.J. Warren are both coming off injuries that ended their seasons last year and both are starters who will be counted on to perform on a nightly basis. The hype in Phoenix about this young team is real and Suns head coach Earl Watson will have his hands full when it comes to finding minutes for their veterans along with their young guys. Things are trending up in Phoenix and Suns fans can finally say they have something promising to look forward to.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
Trump vs. Hillary: Who will be our next president?
Major party candidates, Donald the Elephant and Hillary the Donkey, go head to head this upcoming election.
Michael Nguyen Reporter
Election Day is right around the corner and it is time to vote for one of the upcoming candidates: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. Both of the major party nominees recently had their fair share of debates these past consecutive weeks, the last one on Wednesday, Oct. 19. As reported by BBC News, the Democratic nominee, Senator Clinton, is in the lead with 50 percent, while the Republican nominee, Trump, has 44 percent. Clinton and Trump are the top candidates in the polls. Stein, the Green Party candidate, has 2.4 percent in the polls, while the Libertarian candidate, Johnson, has 7.4 percent, according to Real Clear Politics. Although Stein and Johnson are well below the percentages of Trump and Clinton, they
may still have a chance as third-party candidates against the main candidates in a close race towards the end. Political website InsideGov reports that Clinton has raised $646 million for her presidential campaign as of Sept. 30, leading Trump by $386 million. Of this amount, Clinton still has $59.7 million left to spend on her occurring campaign committee, $24.9 million more than Trumpâ€™s campaign has remaining, according to InsideGov reports. According to InsideGovâ€™s analysis of the debates, while discussing important issues such as individual rights, domestic issues, and the economy, Trump was more conservative than Clinton while she was liberal. On defense and international issues, however, Clinton and Trump were both classified as liberal. Keep in mind that every vote counts; every vote in this election will make a difference. You can vote all the way up until Nov. 8.
CAMPUS LIFE Clowns among us; and people’s fear that follows Page 7
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Render the clown is taking over the Clown movement. “Clown Lives Matter” was supposed to take place Oct. 15. However, due to the frenzy surrounding clown threats, the event was cancelled.
Angelica Sosa Reporter
Halloween was created in the beginning to celebrate the harvest and warn off the evil spirits. This year there is a spike of fear within clowns. Coulrophobia is the irrational fear of clowns and so far “About 12 percent of adults have this phobia,” says the website coulrophobiafacts.com. Why do many fear clowns? Is it the way they smile, the fact that they are suppose to be innocent, or just because they act too happy? It is suspected that in the 90s with the movie “It” a horror film about clowns raised the fear. There are many reasons why people have fears for
clowns but with this huge epidemic of clowns popping up around the U.S. it seems that the fear is growing. Arizona is not left out with this popular prank, on Monday, Oct. 10, there were many calls on the University of Arizona grounds that clowns were wandering around campus, students claiming they never had weapons. With all of this fear a female from Tucson spoke out formed a peaceful protest called “Clown Lives Matter.” The peaceful walk was to promote that not all clowns are bad and show their actual smiling faces. The walk was set on Oct. 15 at 6 p.m, and everybody who came was allowed to dress up in a full clown outfit or face paint. It was suppose to be an event that influenced the crowd to come out and have fun, by hugging or
accepting balloons from the clowns at the event. This was not the case, on Oct. 12, two days after the announcement it was nation wide known. For that reason Sinn, was getting many death threats if she decided to go with the walk. Not to mention threats to sabotage the walk. The same day Nikki Sinn announced that the walk was cancelled on Facebook. Even with the walk cancelled the Tucson police was assigned to walk about 4th ave, which was where the walk was supposed to take place. After this this fiasco, everything seems calm and the sightings of clowns are world wide. They migrate but no one knows the reason why, but all speculate of this to be a prank. The prank does go far when there is a threat of a life of many innocent people.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
PAC presents ‘Metamorphoses’ play by Mary Zimmerman Mia McAllister Reporter
danced based, there’s a lot of Glendale Community choreography that takes place College’s performing arts even though it’s not a musical,” students will be putting on said Mia Eller, one of the plays s production of the play cast members. “Metamorphoses” Sat, Nov. 5 “Metamorphoses” the play is from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the brings Ovid’s tales to visual life. Performing Arts Center. The production will have an General admission will be actual pool on the stage which $8 but for students, alumni, or most might consider to be seniors admission will be $5. interesting and Other show dates ou will different. include Nov. 10, 11, have a very The play and 12 at 7:30 p.m. was nominated “Metamorphoses” interactive experience while for three 2002 is based on Ovid’s watching the show Tony Awards metamorphoses, the including, Best poems. -Delaney Bever Play. The play retells The cast the stories of gods plans on and fortunes both interacting with the audience and good and bad in different time having them on stage as well. periods and different settings. “You will have a very A shallow pool is used as the interactive experience while main scenic element within the watching the show,” said production. Delaney Bever, another member “The movement is the of the cast. coolest part of this show. It’s all
Michael Arbizo/The VOICE “Metamorphoses” is based on a book of poems and starts from left, Noah Clark, Roger Monarrez, Wes Welter, Nelson Pingitore, Daniel Duog, Hunter Amerine and Saaduq Trice. The play opens Nov. 5.
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An integral part of college life is studying. It takes more than listening in class to make the grade. There’s more to studying than just sitting down and hitting the books. Students often need to find an ideal place to study as well. There are three key factors to consider, including location, noise and lighting, when searching for that perfect study spot at GCC.Location of course, is something to consider. It is important to avoid spots associated with resting or eating because these can distract from studying. That’s one of the primary reasons that students should get out of their living spaces when it’s time to study. Going to campus puts a student in the right mindset for learning mode. Not surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in selecting a spot is considering noise. It’s nearly impossible to study in a loud chaotic setting, and it’s unsettling to work
in complete silence. A good mix of quiet and background noise is what makes an ideal study location. Another side of noise to consider is music. To some, music can be very helpful in retaining information, but the music should be something familiar and non-distracting. Lastly, lighting is important. The study spot should not be so dark as to cause eye strain or to sedate, but the light should not be blinding either. Like all things, meeting in the middle is essential. Natural light, such as that which comes through windows is ideal. So, where are the ideal spots to camp out on GCC Campuses? I asked three students about their favorite places to study. On the main campus, GCC student Sarah Cornell suggests High Tech 1. “It’s always quiet and there’s always someone to help you if you get stuck,” she says. High Tech 1 checks all three boxes on the study spot list. Overall, the space is quiet with some ambient noise, the mood is appropriate,
and the lighting is mild. Additionally, as Cornell said, there’s study help readily available. At the North campus, there are two different locations. First, GCC student Kyle Beckett suggests the breakroom near the café, “I can just plug in my headphones and tune people out.” The breakroom is ideal as it has plenty of open seating and good lighting. Though it is important to note that despite what Beckett said a Western Governors University blog post on studying advises against using headphones. GCC student Chloe Gamblin also suggests the library. “There’s two tables way in the back with dividers on them so you don’t get distracted by people getting up and moving around. You can just get in that zone. I’ve lost myself studying at that table,” she says. Gamblin adds that it’s a great spot for people who are easily distracted such as herself. One final note is that consistency is key. Once you pick a spot, stick with it as it will build up a positive studying association.
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Chemistry dept. intrigues students with live experiments
Master Wei-Jen Lee and Dr. Jason Steward demostrates the effects of liquid nitrogen on various materials Oct. 21.
Justin Pinzon Reporter
Glendale Community College’s Chemistry Department held a chemistry demonstration in honor of chemistry week on Friday, Oct. 21. These demonstrations were conducted by Dr. Jason Steward and Master Wei-Jen Lee. Glendale Community College invited Challenger Middle School and Saguaro Elementary School to watch and participation in the festivities. Children from both Challenger Middle School and Saguaro Elementary School learned about chemistry in a fun environment from both Dr. Jason Steward and Master Wei-Jen Lee. The chemistry demonstrations were held at three
different time periods, 9am, 10am, and 11am. During these chemistry demonstration, Dr. Jason Steward and Master Wei-Jen Lee provided a fun way to learn chemistry. In the beginning of the demonstration, Dr. Steward and Master Wei-Jen Lee interacted with the elementary and middle school in a fun and enlightening interaction with the children. The demonstration started with Dr. Steward and Master Wei-Jen Lee talking about liquid nitrogen. Dr. Steward and Master Lee talked about how liquid nitrogen freezes and changes the form of any material that is placed in the liquid nitrogen. After the conversation of liquid nitrogen, Dr. Steward and Master Lee stick flowers, a racquetball, and other materials inside the liquid nitrogen to show the chemical changes. After the take whatever was in the liquid nitrogen and
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smash it on the ground. The Chemistry Day demonstration was very entertaining to watch and also very educational for Challenger Middle School and Saguaro Elementary School.
Justin Pinzon/The VOICE Master Wei-Jen Lee and Dr. Jason Steward demostrates the effects of liquid nitrogen on various materials Oct. 21.
Trails smoke shop hiring for any interested students Justin Pinzon Reporter
Trails department store, the valleys premier smoke shop, will be hiring for the holiday season. As one of Phoenix’s most recognizable smoke shops, Trails has provided smoking accessories and apparel since 1976. Smokers and heads alike should be pleased to know that there are five accessible locations and most offer deals that shatter most competitors. Their staff of smoking enthusiasts share something in common, their knowledge of product and their passion to provide great customer service in a clean and friendly environment. When entering the Glendale location shoppers will immediately notice that the store is less cluttered than most head shops. It’s almost as if you’ve walked back into the seventies with the aroma of incense and ambient rock play-
ing in the background. Displays are tidy and Trails makes an extra effort to keep them clean of dust and fingerprints. Posters of iconic musicians and marijuana plants bring the space together in an area where smokers can feel comfortable and in familiar company. The stores carry a wide variety of bongs, chillums, pipes, papers, etc. Popular brands such as RAW, Atmos, Jerome Baker and Kandypens are always available and shoppers will recognize prices as being particularly appealing. Trails has had the same owner since its inception and takes pride in its established name recognition. “There are heads of all ages that come into my store” said Jordan Kay, manager of the Bell location. “We don’t really advertise anymore because older smokers know us and young smokers see us on social media.” Recent customer surveys have been conducted in an effort to find out where the Trails brand can be utilized best. The company considers their numerous staff to not
only be sales associates but smoking educators and has even enlisted the help of Tommy Chong for one of their previous television commercials. Trails will use their extra holiday help to provide a superb customer experience during the annual Christmas sale. This year they expect their Cotton Criminal shirts and one hundred percent hemp sourced bags by Dime Bags to be hot sellers. Unlike other smoke shops in the valley, Trails puts a huge emphasis on quality control so applicants who apply should be prepared to learn product thoroughly and eager to work for the most reliable and longest standing smoke shop in the Phoenix area. Locations looking for positive candidates include Bethany Home, Glendale and the East Indian School Rd. stores. Please apply Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10. p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
Proposition 206 makes its way to Ariz. ballot Michael Arbizo Reporter
Voters in Arizona have the power to change what businesses currently pay for minimum wages this November. Proposition 206 is one of the hot topics up for debate this election season. There are definitely pros and cons to every issue and this is one that proves to be creating a dividing line among Arizona voters. Proposition 206 is a citizen-proposed initiative sponsored by the organization Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families. This proposition would increase minimum wage from $8.05 per hour to $10 per hour in January of 2017, and eventually to $12 per hour by the year 2020. That is a $1.95 raise in less than three months and then incremental increases over the next three years amounting to an additional $2.05 per hour. The second part of Prop 206 would establish the right for employees to earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked within limits based on employer size. It would
also redefine the criteria under which paid sick time can be used in the workplace. For instance, instead of just using sick pay for times when an employee is sick, one can also use it for mental or physical illness, care of family members and public health emergencies. Absences due to domestic violence, sexual violence, abuse or stalking would also be permitted under Proposition 206. This would prohibit various forms of retaliation employers currently use against employees for exercising any of these rights under the new law. Employers would also be required to provide various notices to employees about the law if passed by voters this November. To obtain more information on Prop 206 and other measures visit http://apps.azsos.gov/ election/2016/General/home.htm and click on Ballot Measures. The general election takes place on Nov. 8.
Raising minimum wage? Considerate it. Pro Proposition 206
Michael Nguyen Reporter
Proposition 206 is a state ballot that offers a chance to increase the minimum wage progressively from $8.05 to $10 in 2017, $10.50 in 2018, $11 in 2019, and $12 by 2020. Supporting this minimum wage will also help make a right to provide for paid sick time off. “I think raising minimum wage is a good thing because it would allow people to be able to actually make a living off the money they make,” said Patrick Doran said, a student at Glendale Community College. The goal of Proposition 206 is to not only increase minimum wage, but to increase the cost of living of minimum wage, beginning in 2021, if the ballot is passed. According to Ballotpedia, the measure keeps hold of Arizona’s law concerning tipping, which allows employers to pay employees who obtain tips up to $3 less than the minimum wage. Ballotpedia mentions that the goal undertakes 40 hours of yearly paid sick time to workers of businesses with 15 or more workers and 24 hours to those businesses with fewer than 15 workers. The workers will be qualified to recieve one hour of paid
sick time for every 30 hours worked. “Employees can benefit from a higher minimum wage by being happier and alternatively working harder as a result. There would be more money to spend, but smaller companies would have a harder time paying the wage and lose their employees,” Patrick Doran said. Raising the minimum wage will help the economic actions and process job growth. The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) stated that an increase in minimum wage from the current rate of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 would introduce $22.1 billion net into the economy and generate about 85,000 new jobs over a three-year period. ProCon Organization mentions that economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago forcast that a $1.75 raise in the federal minimum wage would increase total household spending by $48 billion the following year, thereby boosting GDP and leading to more opportunity for jobs. “Employers won’t benefit from this in the short run, but if your workers are happy and they do good, then it will equal more business and more profit,” said Michael William, a student from at Glendale Community College.
Raising minimum wage? No way! Con Proposition 206
Michael Arbizo Reporter
We would all love to get paid more money. That statement is hard to argue with. Employees who earn a living from minimum wage salaries would especially be in favor of getting paid more. Proposition 206 aims to raise minimum wage, but not everyone is enthusiastic about the change that it would create. Yulina Ramirez, a 19-year-old nursing student who works two minimum wage jobs, thinks voting in favor of Proposition 206 is a mistake. She explains that raising the minimum wage would be a setback and would make people less likely to pursue higher education which can result in higher paying jobs. “Making less money should motivate people to want to get an education to get a better job where they can make more money,” Ramirez said. Ramirez further explained that “People will want to work at these $12 minimum wage jobs instead of getting a better education…(raising) minimum wage is only going to make young people lazier. These elections directly affect us.” Prop 206 also hurts small businesses because they may not be able to absorb the
shock of such an increase in a short period of time. Many businesses are still trying to recover revenue losses from the recession and the decline of the housing market that hit Arizona in the late 2000s. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is urging voters to say no to Prop 206. It filed an argument against the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. In a document written by the Chamber’s president and CEO, Glen Hamer and the chairman, Dennis Dahlen, they stated, “Business faced with the extreme hike in costs…will be left with bad options. Employers could cut (or) layoff employees, raise prices, institute hiring freezes, invest in automation that will make employees unnecessary, or even close up shop.” Either way one chooses to vote in the Nov. 8 elections, it is always interesting to research the pro/con proposition facts. For more information on other ballot measures visit https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page. For full information on Proposition 206, such as arguments filed, visit http://apps. azsos.gov/election/2016/BallotMeasure/ BallotMeasureList.htm, and click Ballot Measures. All information for the 2016 general elections, including a complete candidate list can be found on this site.
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Arizona voters voice concern about voter suppression Courtney Riches Freelance The VOICE
Arizona is in the midst of a debate on a topic that heavily affects its college students: Voter suppression. Although voter suppression has been an on-again, off-again talking point around the country, the subject reared its head in a big way in March after the Arizona presidential primaries. During the primaries, there were significantly less polling stations available than in 2012. While government officials have stated that the lack of polling places was merely an effort to save money in an election they thought would have low turnout, others have claimed that the reduced number of polling sites for this year’s primaries were an intentional act of suppression. “It affected me because I wasn’t able to make a concert,” said Glendale Community College student Caitlin Whitaker. “I know that voting is very important, so when it came down to standing in line for five hours versus going to this concert that I had purchased tickets for, I had decided that voting was more important, and we were still there until nine o’clock at night waiting to cast our votes.” Other suspected incidences of voter suppression in the recent primaries include claims that polling places in minority-heavy areas around the Valley were made scarce. Some registrants also claimed that they had their political party affiliation
changed without their knowledge. Soon after Arizona’s primaries, the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation of the claims. The primaries are over, but the national presidential election is next week. And although the Arizona
government has stated they would not allow a repeat of the primary fiasco, there are still other ways that voters have claimed they were suppressed.
College students, in particular, claim that voter ID laws place an unfair burden on them. For example, many college students are far more likely to be temporarily living in another state than most other U.S. residents, and many do not have an ID for the state they wish to vote in, nor any sort of permanent residence that would provide them with utility bills or other forms of identification. Arizona is one of the many states that require specific forms of identification to vote, and a college ID is not listed as one of the eligible forms. When asked about the Arizona voter ID law, Matt Roberts, Director of Communications for Arizona’s Secretary of State (Michele Reagan, Rep.) responded to questions about the state’s commitment to fairness in voting. “The Secretary of State believes in greater access to the polls. She believes it should be easy to vote, but, we also believe it should also be hard to cheat. We have a fundamental right to a free and fair election process,” he said. “But that also means, we must have a process that is free from fraud. State law requires proper ID at the polls and gives a variety of options to prove identification to ensure eligibility. Some argue that some forms of ID are difficult to attain. That’s why we have so many ways you can ensure you can vote.” With the November election so close, local forces are now making efforts to ensure voting will be fairly available to all who wish to participate this fall.
Surprise residents hopeful for vote on city’s improvements Genevieve Copeland Freelance The VOICE
In addition to the upcoming Presidential vote slated to commence on November 8, the City of Surprise is generating a private section of the ballot solely for local residents to voice their opinions on the 2016 General Obligation Bond. For residents who did not register to vote, an individualized election for the Bond will be held at city hall. The Bond will be used as a way to gain monetary means from the public in order to fund future plans to grow Surprise. Though it is in the early stages of inception, it is pertinent for residents to participate. The proposal to improve existing and potential projects is expected to reach a high price of $63 million.
In order to afford the costs, assuming the General Obligation Bond receives a consensual agreement, a secondary tax would be placed on all homeowners’ mortgages. The cost can vary, depending on the Assessed Limited Property Value, but can be estimated to be near $100 per month. To determine the exact cost of taxes, residents can access the city’s official website to input individual information and receive a personalized total. Some projects that the city council is looking at includes the expansion of the Aquatic Center, the development of permanent fire stations, road improvements, a brand new recreational complex, and expanding current police department buildings. “We are striving towards a safer community,” said Councilmember John Williams. “As the city is rapidly growing, we’re in need of additional public safety facilities such as establishing Fire Station
308 to accommodate a larger population and generate faster response times.” Though the development of the city may seem attractive, there are still locals that denounce the proposition from taking any steps further into the project. “I am totally against it,” said Michael Gorske, a seven year Surprise resident. “The idea of raising my mortgage payment every month to build upon amenities that I don’t use or to improve the streets that I rarely see, is daunting.” Edison Irizarry, a new homeowner in northern Surprise, expressed doubt as he found out about the General Obligation Bond initiative. “I love living in Surprise, but I am extremely disappointed that I wasn’t notified about the Bond,” said Irizarry. “Not only am I blind sighted by this news, but now it’s a cause of concern for me if it’s going to affect my bills.” In 2009, city council approved the election of a General Election Bond that
was held during that November. The results showed an overwhelmingly negative outlook for the city as the locals who voted against the bond won with a 72 percent as opposed to those who voted for the bond at 28 percent. The City of Surprise held off from its proposed General Plan 2030, which highlighted the exact phases of civic improvements. If the 2016 election results favor the bond, the construction will begin via prioritizing the importance of each project. Taxes would be deducted from voters periodically throughout the next four years with the final project due to be completed by 2021. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for current residents and future residents alike by providing them access to updated amenities and to live in a more developed, modern community.
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In a few words, how would you describe your fashion st yle?
Bibiyana Silfater Nursing
“I describe my sense of style as me being myself and who I am.”
“I like to dress comfortable, but still cute. I enjoy dressing boyish mostly but also love themed outfits.”
“If Woody Allen was Clint Eastwood.”
“Simply casual and me.”
Felicya Ptak Psychology
“Eclectic and unusual.”
Engineering “Casual business European style.”
Samantha Klopp Early Education
“Anything from Hot Topic but mainly depends on my mood in the mornings.”