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plunging ahead: Don Danns competes in the triple jump during the Orange Empire Conference championship on April 30 at Orange City College.
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Entrepreneurship workshops still available
Business is business! Learn the fundamentals of running your own business and turning an idea into an opportunity. Find out how to be eligible for $1,000 in services to achieve your dream. May 21 is Fast Pitch Presentation Preparation, and May 28 is Pitching to Judging Panel. All remaining workshops will be held on the Riverside City Campus in the Quadrangle, Room 110 from 1:30-3 p.m. Register by contacting Sean Snider at 951-571-6480 or Sean.Snider@rcc.edu.
Art and music come together The .EDU Arts + Music Festival is a free event for enthusiasts of art and music sponsored by ASRCC. It will be held at Riverside City College on the practice field May 15. Live DJs, MCs, breakdancers, artists, and muralists will be showcased at the festival. All ages are welcome and parking is free. For more information visit myspace.com/dotEDUfestival
Visit Cal Poly Pomona Love working with animals? On May 28 students can visit Cal Poly Pomona and tour their animal science department. This tour is for students interested in animal science careers. If you are interested in becoming a veterinarian the tour is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $10 refundable fee to reserve a space or call the Transfer/Career Center at 951-222-8072.
Running for veterans On May 29 Riverside City College will host the Veterans 5K Run. All the proceeds benefit the RCC Veterans Foundation. Registration/Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at the Wheelock Gym on the Riverside campus. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Early online registration is $25 with day of event registration $30, high school and college student is $15 with a valid ID the day of the event. If you do not want to run in the event and just make a donation contact Cindy Taylor at email@example.com.
Preparing for science’s future A women in science and mathematics event is being held May 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Digital Library Auditorium. The event is being held to encourage young women to participate in science and math. It will connect attendees with role models and feature prominent women from the science and math fields. Young women from Riverside City College, Riverside School District, Jurupa School District and Alvord School District are invited to attend. For more information contact Daniele Ramsey at 951-222-8890 or daniele.ramset@ rcc.edu.
Movin’ on up The transfer/career center will be honoring students who have been admitted into four year university and colleges. The event will be held on the Aguilar Patio on June 2 from 12-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided and students will be given a medallion to wear at graduation and a certificate. The application deadline for the ceremony is May 19. Forms are available in the transfer/career center.
Celebrate RCC’s veterans Riverside City College will be honoring its veterans on May 27 with a Memorial Day event in front of the Martin Luther King Learning and Resource Center. The celebration will take place from 12:50-1:50 p.m. with free food and drinks.
‘Glee:’ RCC style The RCC Chamber Singers and Vocal Jazz Ensemble present Coffee House, a night of great music and dessert. The show is May 28 at 7 p.m. in the Bradshaw Cafeteria. Admission is $10. For more information go to rccchoir.com.
california state university
Silence in the library: San Diego State University is one of the
Transferring smooth, easy colleges that students will use the new transfer bill to attend.
Dean Mayorga Staff Writer Takahiro Kurosaki Staff Writer The transition from community college to a California State University may be getting easier with the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, a bill proposed by Sen. Alex Padilla that is currently being considered by California lawmakers. The new bill, which aims to moderate the Cal State transfer rules, has gradually brought a favorable reaction among Riverside City College students. Approved by the Senate Education Committee on April 21, it would require community colleges to create degrees for particular areas of interest, transferable to CSUs. To qualify for the degrees students would need to complete 60 units, 18 of those going toward the field of interest. It would also prohibit Cal States from setting new requirements for admission to any student that possesses these degrees. “Well it’s great because it guarantees admission,” said associate professor and counselor for the Transfer and Career Center, Eileen Colapinto. Colapinto linked the bill to the Transfer Admission Guarantee program, which RCC students use to get into the University of California system. She feels the bill won’t stray much fundamentally than that which the program offers. Still, the legislation could prove to save time and money as a projected $160 million will be saved. Also, students can be expected to finish a year earlier in college. Some could even be eligible to transfer on
a junior status. Colapinto revealed that students at RCC, on average, take more than two years to transfer. According to the Post Secondary Education Commission’s Web site, a total of 964 students transferred to Cal States from RCC in the 2008-2009 year. Given its preliminary status, not much is known for sure on how RCC will change. Some students do see it as a positive piece of legislation, and welcome it. “I think it’s going to be very beneficial to all of the new students transferring,” said student Angel Davila. “It’s cost-effective.” International student Rebecca Kim has waited for her admission from CSU Fullerton since last December, which is one of her transfer options. "I know, usually, it takes a long time to go through the whole procedures," Kim said. "But if it is simplified and takes less time, we don't have to wait for such a long time any more. It’s really good," she said. In terms of cost, non-resident students such as international students, whose education usually costs more than that of resident students, were very impressed. "Although this is a good news for every transfer student, I think the law is helpful especially for out-of-state students," said international student Haru Iguchi. “If the bill can ease their tuition burden as much as possible by making the process simpler, it would be the best possible thing," she said.
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RCC students cast their vote
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Students voted on May 11 and 12 for student president, vice president and senate to represent their interests and issues that affect the student body. On May 6 the Student Supreme Court held a forum where the candidates made opening and closing statements on why the student body should vote for them. Two candidates are running on the same ticket to be Riverside City College’s student president and vice president. Italia Garcia is running for president in this year’s election. She is a political science major who has been at RCC for two years. Garcia explained why she is running and why students should vote for her to be their student president. “I’m running because the year that I have been in student government, the involvement that I have had, I have seen a lot of issues addressed,” Garcia said. “Not just budget cuts and class cuts, but really students are not being represented at the local level and the state level, they are having a hard time getting their educations,” she said. Also running for the position of vice president is Rikki Hix. She is a math and geology major and plans on transferring to either the University of Southern California or Stanford University. After her education she plans to teach at the community college level and continue with research. “I’m running because I know that students can make a difference,” Hix said.” “I know that if we come together we can make a difference,” Hix said. “We have been going to the Board meetings, the college subcommittee meetings and we know if we have a voice there we can make a difference,” she said. Hix also explained her qualifications and why students should vote for her. “I am dedicated, I’m committed, and I am already active. I am the legislative chair here for the senate,” Hix said. “I can make a difference and I will not back down.” There are 21 students running for the student senate. They too had the opportunity to explain why they are the right persons for the job. One senator represents 500 students on the RCC campus. According to Israel Landa, the current ASRCC President, students can vote for a candidate for senator or opt out if they choose. Before now, the candidates had to get signatures in order to run for office. For president and vice president, they had to gather 100 signatures or more. Senators had to gather 50 or more. Hix said that the Board and sub-committee need students to participate because when students vote and participate in the decisions
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having their say: Student Jamie Salvetti, left, makes her vote count as she takes part in the Student Government elections which took place May 11-12 in front of the Martin Luther King Learning and Resource Center.
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Speaking out: Italia Garcia informed students on what she would accomplish as president of the ASRCC. that affect them on campus there will not be budget or class cuts. “If we gather together and use the 2.9 million California community college students, prices would probably go down,” she said. Landa said that this year student government is utilizing
paper ballots instead of electronic voting because it is personal and more people vote when there are paper votes instead of electronic. Once all the votes are verified the results will be released to the student body. Results are expected by May 14.
2010 Student Government Candidates Presidential Ticket: Italia Garcia-President Rikki Hix-Vice President Senate Candidates: Xymier Adlaun Lisa Alcantar Lizbeth Aguilav Laleaka Brown Joseph Douglas Steven Fox Alissa Gatten Katie Gonzales Laura Hernandez Anastasia Keesling Jessica Krajeski
Denisse Lopez Darby Osnaya Izaak Ramirez Betty Ratliff Armando Ruelas Garin Rusdi Andreea Tanase Alex VillaFurte Btook Worku David Yuen
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a sunny future: Cal State Northridge is one of the colleges where students hope to transfer.
Surviving the transfer system
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The future forecast for community college students looks cloudy with no chance of sunshine to transfer. It’s a depressing thought but it’s becoming a reality, and it doesn’t seem likely to change any day soon. The fact is budget cuts left students with a minimal amount of courses to choose from, limited number of instructors to teach and, on top of that, universities reduced how many students they were accepting as transfers. In other words, transfer students got screwed and big time. Alas, the voices of hopeful Cal State University transfers have been heard and action is being taken to meet the needs. Bringing light to gray skies, the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act has been created to make the transition for students from a community college to a CSU faster, more efficient and simpler; in fact cutting time to one and a half years for students to graduate from a Cal State University. It will require that California Community Colleges grant an associate degree in the student’s major of interest that will allow them to transfer to a Cal State University to continue in the school’s baccalaureate program. All that is required of the student is that they fulfill the requirements; which includes completing 60 units with at least 18 of those units spent in courses related to their desired major. This bill also prohibits community colleges from placing any more requirements for students working toward an associate degree. Junior status would be guaranteed for transfers who meet the requirements; however, it does not secure admission to student’s major or campus of choice, but it does promise priority admission to a program similar to their major or area of interest at the community college. Also, Cal States cannot make transfers retake classes that are similar to those taken at the community college. Are there any ‘Amens!’ in the house? It finally seems as though something is being done for transfer students. Transfer hopefuls, after all, work hard and wait patiently to get admission to a Cal State. State Sen. Alex Padilla of San Fernando Valley is to
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thank for presenting this bill. There are many students who complete the required 60 units to get an associate’s degree and with that expect to be able to transfer to a Cal State, yet are denied admission. Rejection leaves students to occupy their time at community college taking more classes until they get accepted to a CSU: a waiting process that can take years. This wastes time and money and it prolongs graduation with a bachelor’s degree and delays the students’ plans to start their careers. Times were simpler in 1960 when education was cheap; but there were also not a lot of people who wanted to go to school. That’s why they created the Master Plan of Higher Education, which stated that Cal State could choose from the top third percent of high school graduates and community colleges would accept anyone who applied. Well, guess what? The state is out of cash and there are no jobs, so it’s no surprise that people are going back to school to get degrees so they can get work. The universities haven’t been making that easy at all. Not only are there limited seats in the classroom but then they expect students to pay an outlandish amount for tuition. The increases made in tuition is supposed to help create more financial aid for students who don’t have sufficient funds. But seriously, who does these days? Tuition at the universities have doubled or tripled in amount since 1960. The Master Plan had visualized community colleges as being the stepping stone for a student who hoped to transfer to a university, but that was when community college was free. The truth is, times have changed and the system needs to change with it in order to accommodate those who are really trying to make something of themselves. It shouldn’t be made hard for the hard working. This bill is overdue and it has taken too long for something to be done to help struggling students reach their higher education. The quality of education should not be sacrificed and the students should not be punished with expensive and time consuming obstacles.
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become a contender in the world economy with oil, but that is not an ends. Do the Haitians have hope? Are they perfectly settled after this catastrophic earthquake? Oil can create jobs; but it is also fertile ground for dictators. Oil itself cannot save from devastation. To drill, several companies would have to invest. Outside involvement is inevitable for oil drilling. And what about the stigma of being labeled an oil nation?
in the case of an accident. There is little indication that the country is prepared for spills. How has America lasted this long, in spite of exports fluctuating and resources allegedly diminishing? Was it the laws? Was it the constitution? In spite of expensive gas and uncertain education, Americans continue to move on, driven by the want to work, driven by beliefs. If Haiti wants stability, hopefully America is an example. There’s nothing singularly better about American people. But their respect for humankind should be emulated. It’s not an agenda to say so; it’s realism. Haiti, if in fact it does have oil, needs to invest in stability. Oil doesn’t bring anymore happiness than tobacco fields or education. Haitians share the need for unchanging hope, for people drill, and people who use oil. After all, this oil drilling business gets a little ahead of everything. The money it may manufacture is only hypothetical. And the devastation it may cause is just as abstract. Now, though, the devastation is real. At present, it’s as relevant to Haiti as lawsuit money the moment of a car crash. Trusting in something from the earth incurs risk of devastation from the earth. It is dangerous to put faith in a moving crust.
Haiti’s hope comes in barrels Jared saavedra asst. opinions editor It’s everywhere: pizza, cod liver, automobiles, and skin. It’s needed every 10,000 miles. Yet it’s still hard to come by, or rather, hard to go by. Oil, that is. Black gold, Texas tea. It seems an obsession in America, but not a direct obsession. Oil isn’t what is being necessarily obsessed over. People seem to be more obsessed about the obsession. And perhaps we really are obsessed, when the dust settles over Haiti. When giving attention to the possibility that Haiti might be sitting on 142 million barrels, therefore, it begins with the aforesaid supposition. Greater is the controversy now that Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela wants to be involved. He has offered to clear the debt Haiti owes to Venezuela, in return for oil. Haitians may be looking at further devastation. But there remains a dilemma: what should be done if oil is truly there? Will this be a Cinderella-like rise to greatness from disaster?
Well, what are the implications of oil? For any study of sociology, one learns the environmental troubles, the oppression, yet also the benefits of oil production. It is necessary for modern industry. Oil remains a sensitive subject. It is a symbol of affluence, but also of corruption, as exemplified in Chavez. Is the oil the main issue, or are the people? After all, Haiti’s future might depend upon what is done with the oil. Oil is necessary for plastics, fuels, industry, etc. Does that mean America is dependent? Well, in California, many depend on cars, but that is only because industry is dependent on cars. Well, realistically, lowering a dependence on oil is something to be done slowly if desired. Should Haiti, therefore, lower dependence on oil? Precisely, even it is hypothetical. W h e t h e r t h e y, o r o t h e r countries for them, deal with this oil problem wisely (without giving in to a dictator) is relatively small compared to dependence. No, not dependence, as in “necessary for commerce,” or a successful economy—dependence as in hope. Hope for Haiti is a good maxim, but it shouldn’t be inclined to oil. How much hope can one put under the ground? Yes, of course, Haiti can
Source: stock.xchng S i n c e B r i t i s h P e t r o l e u m ’s accident, drilling has become an underground art. The same stigma would be placed on those who buy Haiti oil, especially the United States, which has already been accused of addiction. Haiti needs a resource less mutable, and less likely to run out: yes, Haiti needs strength, stability. It won’t come from Chavez. And offshore drilling for Haiti could come with costly cleanup,
The chocolate war: research indicates depression
Corinne Love Senior staff assistant Rather than “drowning out my sorrows,” in a bar, or taking antidepressants, I eat chocolate. In fact, I consume more chocolate than what’s probably necessary. Many people consume a lot of chocolate, not a real reason for concern. However, according to a new study there might be an actual link between excessive chocolate consumption and depression. What constitutes as excessive chocolate consumption? Well, that’s left up to the individual but it might be safe to say anything that surpasses “good measure” might be a bit excessive. For example, if you’re like me and the bottom of your bookbag is littered with candy wrappers, it might be time for an intervention. The study, published in “Archives of Internal Medicine,” states that those who are depressed eat upwards of 55 percent more chocolate than those who are happy. The logic seems a bit faulty. Of course, when people are feeling down, they’re likely to eat more chocolate.
Just the same as for some people when the tough get going, the tough eat mashed potatoes. Chocolate is a comfort food. Comfort foods exist for a reason. Simply put, they comfort. When people are sad they do not normally turn to green bean casserole for an instant pickerupper. Comfort foods are what people enjoy, and these foods take people to their “happy places.” For some, those happy places are the rich and chocolate-y delights found in a Hershey’s bar. Despite the fact that comfort foods are comforting (kind of a “duh” to everyone), science actually has little research that shows the chocolate can be linked to depression. That was until now. S e r i o u s l y, w h o e v e r brainstormed this idea of researching chocolate and depression might be a chocolate hater. Maybe that’s a bit far-fetched, but the suggestion that chocolate can do more than make mouths happy, and teeth fearful, is worrisome. The results of the study go on to suggest that a dependence on chocolate is likely to give leeway to emotional overeating and quick bouts of happiness followed by the blues later. A study conducted in 2007 showed that chocolate did in fact, improve mood. Yet, the mood was only
improved for about three minutes. Which in some cases is how long it takes to eat a piece of candy. If the results of this study actually seem to be conclusive, we all will have to consider the lasting psychological impact of Valentine’s Day. While the study seems simplistic, the notion that chocolate eaters could be more prone to depression isn’t. Chocolate stimulates the levels of serotonin in the brain as well as dopamine and boosts blood sugar. However, so does certain types of pasta and exercise. What’s next? Will they find a link between spaghetti and manic depressive disorder? Joking aside, the researchers found similar effects on the brain from taking anti-depressants and engaging in exercise. In the article for CNN.com, multiple doctors offer chocoholics other ways to “cope” with their chocolate addiction. The premise of these coping devices is to stop said selfproclaimed chocoholics from emotional overeating. These coping devices include possible psychotherapy, savoring a piece of chocolate, and even yes, again the antidepressants. It should be mentioned that prescribing antidepressants for someone with a sweet tooth seems a bit, well, extreme.
sweet misery: According to research, your sweet tooth could be a serious problem.
The researchers suggest that chocoholics should examine how and when they consume chocolate, and be aware of any patterns involved with their chocolate eating. All of these suggestions really take the fun out of candy and the research seems plausible. Some people do indulge in certain behaviors when feeling blue, but the research also left out other factors that would have drawn a more concrete result. Perhaps that’s the point of most studies anyway. The study was not designed originally to investigate the link between chocolate and mood. Neither did the study differentiate between types of chocolate, such as dark chocolate, which has been scientifically proven to be good for your heart.
In an article for the Los Angeles Times, psychologist Marcia Levin Pelchat stated “It’s unlikely that chocolate makes people depressed.” Whew, that was a close one. Pelchat studies food cravings at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. Pelchat was not involved in the original study but goes on to say that chocolate cravings, like many other cravings are a learned behavior. Chocolate fits that bill. Our culture primes us for using chocolate as a mood lifter. It would be difficult finding an American who didn’t link chocolate to feeling good. Needless to say, with all this research one might think twice before breaking into a Kit Kat bar; people’s mental health may depend on it.
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They rely on their parents for proper nutritional habits which often times result in going into McDonald’s or other fast-food restaurants for a quick meal. Not long ago, McDonald’s introduced a combination of healthy foods to improve the way children eat. These foods include and are not limited to apple sticks instead of French fries as well as servings
the toy is gone in Santa Clara County? It is difficult to know but what is certain is that the meal no longer represents happiness. Yeager says that the ban of the happy meal toys breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes. If that is so, then what must be done to break the link between unsafe sex and unwanted pregnancies; hate and violence; drugs and alcohol? Those are some real and important issues to think about. Yeager was successful in the ban of the happy meal toy in Santa Clara County. Only time will tell if this man will be able to persuade and encourage the ban of happy meal toys in other counties. For now, those children who have the opportunity to enjoy their meal with a toy must take full advantage. Who knows, their county may be next to eliminate that cherished toy. The ban of the happy meal toy is certainly turning smiles into frowns in Santa Clara County. Children have been deprived of enjoying a simple meal with the company of an admired animated figure. Now restaurants like McDonald’s must decide what is going to fill up the empty space of the happy meal now that the toy is gone.
Nobody wants a ‘sad’ meal Corina cuevas Staff Writer Good-bye happy meal toys, hello nutrition; in Santa Clara County, that is. The battle between happy meal toys and nutrition is over with a 3 to 2 vote in favor of the ban after a thorough meeting. As a compromise to win majority support, the five-member Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed to put off implementing the measure for 90 days. The fast-food industry was given time to come up with a voluntary program for improving the nutritional value of children’s meals, writes the Los Angeles Times. Ken Yeager, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, wanted to take out the toys of McDonald’s happy meals, specifically in Santa Clara County, in order to help fight against America’s obesity epidemic that targets children. The proposal was risky but passed with a 3 to 2 vote in Santa Clara. Evidently, children’s love of happy meal toys has become a
crime. The toys should not be blamed for the increasing rates of obesity. The ones who are at fault are the irresponsible parents that do not impose a healthy diet for their children to follow. Because of this, the ones who get blamed are restaurants like McDonald’s that is simply doing its job. Yes, it’s true that the McDonald’s happy meal toys lure children to go in and eat but what other company doesn’t use the same strategy? The media exploits all of its resources, especially advertising, to lure in all sorts of people into buying things, not just children. Why doesn’t Yeager also ban hamburgers, French fries and soft drinks from other fastfood places in Santa Clara? Many adults are also obese, so why not ban every high-calorie unhealthy food for everyone to make matters even? He doesn’t do it because he can’t. Unlike children, adults can do whatever they want at their own expense. Children, on the other hand, are out of luck.
of a county program that targets childhood obesity, told the supervisors that parents who come into his clinic say they often buy Happy Meals and other fast food for their children because of the toys that are included, writes the Los Angeles Times. This proves that the ones who are to blame for children’s obesity are parents, not happy meal toys. Parents are the ones who are supposed to set an example for children. The fact that some parents are manipulated by their 3 year old son or daughter into buying a happy meal is simply ridiculous. Good parenting doesn’t mean that parents do what ever their children want. Good parenting involves discipline and rules as well as teaching children that they can’t always have what they want and this includes happy meals. Is this man taking the happy out of a happy Source: McDonald’s meal? of milk or yogurt to provide a Of course he is. nutritious meal for children. The ban of the traditional The introduction of these happy meal toy was unnecessary. healthier happy meal combinations It’s like eating a peanut butter shows that McDonald’s is trying to and jelly sandwich with no peanut help out in the fight against child butter. obesity in America. The toy is what makes the This ban is a clever, but happy meal “happy,” literally. unjustified, measure. What will McDonald’s replace Dr. Dan Delgado, director the word “happy” with now that
‘View my profile,’ and the rest of my personal life
cloie Swain Staff Writer “Zombieland,” the immortal, should-have-won-an-Oscar movie starring Jesse Eisenberg had a moment in which one of the more socially relevant quotes was uttered by his character. “The best thing about Zland... no Facebook status updates you know, ‘Rob Curtis is gearing up for Friday!’... who cares?” This is the pinnacle example of one of the most irritating and potentially damaging trends in pop culture: social networking. If there has been one thing to legitimately complain about in the past five years, it has been the absurd rise of over sharing via social networking sites such as MySpace, Tumblr, Facebook, and of course Twitter. The complete ridiculousness of these sites, “tweeting” to people what you are doing at that second, updating your Facebook to show off how much fun you had, starting MySpace battles via threatening adjectives and overcapitalization, has led to over sharing and a too much information overdose. Being able to tell your “friends” and “followers” what you just heard on the radio or the amazing job the barista at Starbucks did on your coffee is flat out a waste.
A waste of effort on your part, time to read on their part, and battery power on whatever device sent or received that information. Just a waste. And now, Uncle Sam is getting involved. In a letter to Facebook, several United States senators shared their worries that it is getting too lax in their privacy. Changes in privacy would allow users’ hometowns and current cities, along with interests and friends, be available to the public. Also in the letter to Facebook, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerburg was a concern about letting third party advertising keep user information for more than a day and adding a “like” button to several popular Web sites. This “like” button would allow people to see what their friends were reading on certain Web sites, and if they enjoyed it enough to
“like” it and share it though their profile. The irony here is that while researching this piece on The Washington Post’s Web site, there was a Facebook “like” button on the article. Why this is a problem is lost to most people who have the intelligence to read this: If you don’t want your personal information on the internet, the best way to prevent it is to not be the one to put it out there. One of the most intelligent pieces of advice on Internet tact is put up only what you are comfortable with the whole world seeing. This wisdom rings especially true now, when people are so up in arms that the government is getting involved. Facebook is a completely opt in service. Nobody is forcing any user to have and maintain with regularity a profile on it.
Source: Facebook Same goes for Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr, and whatever unnecessary social “tool” is next unleashed to spread its blight on the world. If someone truly has a problem with others being able to see what they are reading on the sites that host these links back to Facebook, the solution is as simple as the one before: don’t click the button. In classic American fashion, choosing the most minute thing to trace back to the idea of Big Brother is how we entertain ourselves while in reality, Big Brother most likely does not care what we are doing with all of our status updates and tweeting about the sandwich we just ate. This is a purely social driven issue. The thought that the new Big Brother is Facebook could become a reality, but it will be a selffulfilling prophecy. Posting what you are doing on your social networking site is
a user decision. Assuming that anything on the internet is private is a foolish mistake. Being able to keep up with friends is the best benefit of these sites, but as it has become apparent, there are thorns along with the rose. Cyberbullying, identity theft, sexual harassment, and a multitude of other serious problems can result from being promiscuous with your web browsing and information sharing. But this can be contained, if the masses of Internet users take the time to learn how to combat these potential issues. First off, the whole privacy thing on Facebook can be easily avoided. Literally with four clicks in the privacy settings, you can remove your profile from even being searched by anyone but friends. Thirty seconds and done. As for the rest of the problems, it is not difficult to figure out how to avoid having problems. Don’t respond to creepers. Block the strange people who keep messaging you about that one time at band camp. Add only the people you have physically met. Basic, basic rules of thumb. Social networking tools can be a great way to keep in touch, but over sharing and cavalier spreading of personal information on the web is dangerous. But the great news is that it can be stopped, with just a tad bit more self censorship and responsibility.
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It’s a no goal for ‘2010 FIFA’
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The level of excitement is high for this summer’s World Cup. Let’s hope the video game didn’t bring that level down a notch because it was lame. In fact, “2010 FIFA World Cup: South Africa” is just like any other soccer game you have probably played in the last five years. Of course, sports games are always about the exciting competition and usually consists of gathering a group of friends to make teams and start a tournament; money can even be put on the line if it gets that serious. After a couple hours of game play though, everyone will realize the only thing this game really has to offer is the competition, nothing more. Eventually that group of friends will get tired of the game and then a desperate question may come about: do you have any sick games to play? Better hope you do otherwise the friend who has “Bioshock 2” is going to steal your thunder and become the new hero. The game, which is based off of this summer’s World Cup in South Africa, features the national teams of almost every country in the world, even the teams that didn’t qualify for the World Cup. In single player mode, you can choose your country and play them to the final round in Campaign mode. Compete against other countries and build the skill to become a World Cup champion. This can also be done in multiplayer mode, which utilizes online game play to create a new type of competition. You can invite your friends to an online tournament, or play against random gamers around the world who’ll prove to be more challenging than the computed competition you get in single player mode. Aside from the competitive aspect, there is nothing cool and fascinating about this game. The graphics are weak for its time as they look similar to the graphics seen in the last edition of “FIFA World Cup.” Since this game only comes out every four years, they could have seriously put some effort into making it an awesome game. Unfortunately, Electronic Arts lacked the enthusiasm. The game still uses the classic top view camera angle, which makes the players look like little spectacles on a green field with colorful dots for fans. The players themselves might even be disappointed with how bad they look for this game. The fans needed to have personality as well. This is done
GOAL: Mexico’s forward Omar Bravo attempts to outrun his US opponent Oguchi Onyewu in hopes of scoring a goal.
with ridiculous Mohawks, bogus apparel and funny faces that are good for the wacky type of fans. If someone didn’t know any better they would say this game is like a kid’s game. It was cool to see a globe revolving when picking different countries around the world as it gives a nice and fun way to learn some geography. It also provided some fun soccer facts about South Africa during loading time which were some what interesting, but not enough to mention to other people afterwards. The controls are similar to other games as well: The joystick maneuvers the player and ball and individual buttons are assigned to different types of kicks, such
as short passing, long passing or shooting for the goal. The official stadiums in the game surprisingly had some nice detail which is a plus. Overall, this game could have done a lot better. The graphics and camera angles are played out. With the awesome game play that new generation platforms dish out, perhaps some new camera angles would be more intriguing, like a third person view of a player running through the field and scoring the goal. For the gamer looking to get the most out of their system, this game isn’t worth the price, but for the true soccer fan, this game would make a great gift for any occasion.
For the win: England teammates celebrate a win in the latest
“FIFA 2010: South Africa” game published by EA.
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On your Marx, get set, Groucho toni wisner staff writer
Fans and patrons gave high Marx for “An Evening With Groucho.” “Duck Soup” was the perfect appetizer to a delectable entrée of comedic ribs and ad-libs that had everyone quacking up during the night long shindig. The full course happy meal was delivered through film, by the precocious Marx Brothers and in person by the brilliantly funny Frank Ferrante at the Fox Performing Arts Center on May 7. As the house lights faded and the silver screen flickered and winked with the opening film credits, guests were shown to their seats to watch the screening of the classic 1933 Marx Brothers comedy, “Duck Soup.” The Marx Brothers were a family comedy act who made 14 films throughout the mid 1900s. Groucho, who was the middle Marx brother, passed away of pneumonia in 1977 and considered “Duck Soup” his favorite film. Some of the guests sat donned in vintage attire from the early 1930s to pay homage to the quintessential quartet. Scott Simpson, a Riverside resident, remembers watching Marx Brothers films as a young kid at the Saturday matinees in a theater in London where he and his family resided.
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Greasy Touch Up: Groucho (Frank Ferrante). reapplies his grease painted mustache for the second act in his performance at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.
“This brings back a lot of memories,” he said. In the 68 minute black and white farce, Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, the colorful leader of the small bankrupt country, Freedonia. Firefly sets his nearsighted sights on a mission to woo a wealthy philanthropic widow, Mrs. Teasdale, played by Margaret Dumont, out of her deceased husband’s fortune. Margaret naively continues to financially assist her beloved country and its fledgling leader Firefly, but only if the man who she thinks is righteous remains in control.
Things get wacky when the neighboring country’s leader, Trentino, played by Louis Calhern, also tries to woo Teasdale. In an attempt to secretly take over Freedonia, Trentino sends spies Chicolini and Pinky, played by Chico and Harpo Marx, to steal top-secret information regarding war plans which Teasdale has been holding in her possession. The conflict between the two leaders and their subordinates, including Firefly’s persuasive secretary, Lt. Bob Roland, played by Zeppo Marx, leads to an all out war of hilarious proportions. The back and forth banter and foiled attempts of murderous
mayhem, fuels the fodder between the money hungry foes. The movie closes on a quirky note with Trentino surrendering as the Marx Brothers hurl fruit at him. Teasdale sings the Freedonia national anthem in her most annoying operatic voice, and the viewing audience looking as if they’d just disembarked from a fast and wild ride in a new Ford Model B. After a quick intermission, Ferrante took to the stage with the musical mastery of his accompanist Jim Furmston on piano. The Los Angeles based actor, director, producer and writer
escorted the audience on an intimate walk down his own personal memory lane. While sitting at a vanity on stage, transforming his normally good looks into an uncanny likeness of Groucho Marx, he told a story to the hushed crowd of how he met a very sick 86-year-old Groucho in New York City at the impressionable age of 13. He segued flawlessly from himself as the soft spoken narrator, to Groucho Marx the energetic entertainer as he broke out into song and dance. Ferrante delivered amusing anecdotes in true Groucho fashion with his cigar protruding from underneath his iconic grease painted mustache. Audience members roared with laughter as he jumped off the stage and ran up and down the aisles in his signature crouching position picking on innocent bystanders who looked like easy targets for his witty wisecracks. The audience didn’t mind the side stitches they acquired from Ferrantes gut busting tribute to Groucho, or the dessert sweet sentiment he left their emotions with. “He (Groucho) tells the truth. His comedy cuts through all the pretense,” Ferrante said. “He was a genius in word play.” In true playful lore, “An Evening With Groucho” leaves you desiring more treats that tickle your funny Bon Appetite!
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‘Iron Man 2’ breaks sequel mold stephanie holland editor in chief There are some actors who were meant to play certain roles and once the audience sees them in that part, they become that character. Bruce Willis as John McClane, Christopher Reeve as Superman and Heath Ledger as The Joker. Add Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man to that list, because in “Iron Man 2” Downey so brilliantly embodies Tony Stark that it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in the role. The first “Iron Man” was one of the best films of 2008 and made $585 million worldwide so “Iron Man 2” had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, it not only lives up to expectations, it surpasses them. “Iron Man 2” is nerdy enough to put fanboys in full geek out mode and entertaining enough to give everyone else a thrilling two hour moviegoing experience. The story picks up where the first film left off, with Stark revealing his secret identity to the world. Because of Iron Man the world is enjoying an extended period of peace, however, there are those in the United States government who feel that the suit should be turned over to the military. In one of the film’s funnier scenes, Stark fends off the pompous Senator Stern, hilariously played by Garry Shandling, at a Senate hearing. This is the scene where the audience gets its first glimpse of Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Stark’s best friend and military ally. The role was played by Terrance Howard in the first film, but Cheadle took over after a dispute between Howard and Marvel Studios. No offense to Howard, but Cheadle is a much better fit in this part. The chemistry between he and Downey makes the complexities of their relationship seem more grounded in reality. Gwyneth Paltrow returns as Stark’s assistant/confidante/love interest Pepper Potts. In the comics these characters have a decade’s long flirtation that withstands several tragedies before they finally become a couple. Thankfully, the movie doesn’t make the audience wait quite that long for a resolution to the sexual tension that follows the characters throughout the film. All superheroes are only as good as the villains they fight and Iron Man has two great protagonists in this movie. Justin Hammer is the weapons manufacturer who has flourished since Stark Industries got out of the weapons business. He is the same age as Stark, but not as smart, successful or popular, so he is overflowing with jealousy. Hammer is brought to life by genre favorite Sam Rockwell, who plays Hammer as someone who both loathes and wants to be Tony Stark at the same time. The true villain of the film is Ivan Vanko, (Mickey Rourke) a Russian convict who thinks his family was betrayed by the Stark family years ago and is now exacting his revenge. The character seems to be a mix of the comic book characters Crimson Dynamo and Whiplash. He has developed a suit similar to Iron Man, except he also has long whips that emanate electrical energy. Rourke is always perfect as the bad guy, as he seems to be having more fun being evil. He offers just the right balance between tortured genius and total madman. “Iron Man 2” also continues to set up the “Avengers” franchise of films that Marvel is releasing in the next two years. The film features a closer look at S.H.I.E.L.D., the secret agency that most of the superheroes in the Marvel universe work with. Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Scarlett Johansson is Natalie Rushman, Starks’s new assistant and a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. It may sound like there’s a lot going on in “Iron Man 2” (and there is) but, Jon Favreau’s steady direction makes it all seamless and keeps the audience entertained for a very quick 124 minutes. Though it may not top the first “Iron Man,” which was pretty much the perfect comic book movie, “Iron Man 2” comes very close. As a matter of fact, it’s so good it continues to entertain even after the credits have rolled. “Iron Man 2” is the first big movie of the summer and it has set the bar extremely high for the rest of the competition.
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Remembering Lena Horne
stephanie holland editor in chief
Before there was Beyonce, Halle Berry or Alicia Keys, there was Lena Horne. This show business ground breaker made it possible for so many of today’s most popular artists to thrive. The 92 year old singer/actress died on May 7 at New YorkPresbyterian hospital. Horne got her start dancing and singing at the Cotton Club in Harlem at 16. When a scout saw her perform she got a screen test with MGM. Horne was the first AfricanAmerican to receive a Hollywood studio deal in 1942. MGM signed her to a seven year deal, but wasted her talent, using her peripherally in musicals. She usually only appeared in a few scenes so they could be removed when the movies played in the south. She did gain acclaim for the films “Cabin in the Sky” and “Stormy Weather.” Horne used her recognition to return to live performing, with “Stormy Weather” becoming her signature song. Following her initial stint in Hollywood she released several albums and won two Grammys. She also won a Tony award in 1981 for her show “Lena: The Lady and Her Music” and was honored by the Kennedy Center in 1984.
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A class act: Lena Horne became famous for her roles in films like “Cabin in the Sky” and “Stormy Weather.” She also has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One for recording and one for movies. Horne was also a leader in the civil rights movement, participating in the March on Washington with Martin Luther
King and marching in Mississippi with Medger Evers. While touring with the USO during WWII she was dropped for complaining about the treatment of black soldiers and often refused to perform in front of segregated
show business legend: Lena Horne was the first
African-American to have a Hollywood studio deal when MGM signed her in 1942. crowds. Bein’ Green” with Kermit the Frog To younger audiences she is viewed as a powerful lesson in is known for her performance equality for children. of Glinda in “The Wiz” and her Performing well into her 80s, appearances on “The Cosby Show” Horne was a class act, whose and with The Muppets. impact on the entertainment Her rendition of “It’s Not Easy industry is still felt today.
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One woman’s life saving journey erin rohac features editor Imagine walking across the country. No, it is not like the walk Forrest Gump took. It is walking up and down the coastline, vertically, horizontally across the country, and everywhere in between. This is actually a walk being done by 57-year-old Jeana Moore. She started walking on October 19, 2009 from the Children’s hospital in Seattle, Washington to Los Angeles and is making her way across the U.S. to New York City. Her endeavor began when doctors discovered that her granddaughter, Jada Bascom, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. Her illness was discovered and immediate steps to control her symptoms and find a donor were put into place. It can be extremely difficult to find matching donors, particularly for bone marrow because the donor and the receiving patient must have matching tissue types; more specifically, the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) tissue type. HLAs are protein markers found within the body that are used by the immune system to recognize which cells belong there and which do not. In other words, they help your body remain healthy and fight infections. With this being the case, a bone marrow donor must also be in perfect health. Even a small cold can be transported into the receiving patient, whose immune system is already weak. If they were to receive these “sick cells,” it could be potentially fatal. At seven months old, the doctors were able to find Jada a suitable donor in Germany. In 2008, Jada was in remission from her leukemia for five months and in 2009 was being weaned off the immune suppressant drugs. As a result of the treatment, some young patients have developmental issues. However, Jada is now over three years old, is doing quite well while still in remission, with no such side effects. Jada and her family have yet to meet her donor due to German donation law. The donor and the recipient are not allowed to meet for at least four years following the procedure. The reason this law is in effect is because many recipients still do not survive after receiving donations and this can be very difficult for donors to handle. Germany therefore requires this four-year period to allow time for observation of the receiving patient and ensure their wellness.
This coming fall of 2010 will be three years since Jada received her bone marrow. After one more year, she will be able to meet her German donor. While Jada’s illness really turned her family’s life upside down, this crisis became a turning point for Jeana Moore and her daughter Issa Bascom. They decided to start the Jada Bascom Foundation. “We thought we had to give back to others because it was such a blessing we were able to find a donor,” Moore said. “It’s the light that really gets you through these times.” The organization’s mission is to “Give back to the community and organizations that helped our family through Jada’s illness,” from their Web site stepstomarrow. com. The Jada Bascom Foundation was created to “educate and increase awareness regarding the need for bone marrow donors, recruit bone marrow donors, support potential donors with the cost of tissue typing and give financial support to organizations helping individuals with cancer and their families,” from stepstomarrow.com. On top of founding this association, Moore is walking across the country to gain donors and donations for the National Bone Marrow Registry. “Jeana has a deep commitment to helping others find their bone marrow match and serving individuals with cancer and their families,” from stepstomarrow. com. For the majority of this long excursion, Moore has walked alone. However, for a short period of time, her sister Ramona Reins accompanied her since she arrived in Santa Monica. Reins will continue to travel alongside Moore until Phoenix. Moore relies upon the generosity of the people she meets within each city. While looking for donors, she also must find those willing to give her somewhere to eat and sleep each day. However, the biggest challenge Moore finds is getting people to overcome their fears of donating bone marrow. In television and movies, the procedure is portrayed as being extremely invasive and painful. “I want people to find out how simple the process is, because of the fear wrapped around it, I want to explain the procedure to them,” Moore said. The reality is 75 percent of donations are simple peripheral blood and cell extractions. In simpler terms, it is a normalsized needle that is used for a simple shot. There are still 25 percent that
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walk it out: Sisters Ramona Reins and Jeana Moore walk from Seattle to New York City
to expand awareness, volunteers, donations and donors for bone marrow transplants. require the extraction to be made Discomfort and some pain only used for taking out bone marrow through the hip directly from the occur upon waking and lasts for a is by a doctor administering a shot bone, but the patient is put under few days. every day for five days in a row. anesthesia. Nowadays, the common method See moore on Page 14
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samantha flores Staff writer When given the opportunity to study in an entirely different country, some might be hesitant. However, this is not the case for business majors Trine Zachariassen and Ulrik Mouridsen, Riverside City College’s very own exchange students here from Denmark. Here for only one semester from Niels Brock Business College in Copenhagen, both of these Danish students are undergoing specific requirements while studying at RCC. The exchange agreement states that although they are completing their degrees in Denmark, both Danish students may attend their final semester on a tuition-free scholarship. All they must pay for is their own books, room and board, travel and entertainment. For each Danish student who comes here, RCC is able to send one of its students to Niels Brock on a tuition-free scholarship. Niels Brock was founded in 1881 and accommodates around 25,000 students, many of whom are international students. Every Niels Brock student studies in another country for at least one semester. Currently, there are no students from RCC studying in Denmark. Before these students were considered in the exchange program, Niels Brock College scrutinized both students’ transcripts and made sure that all classes were passed with reasonable grades. Besides their academics, they also had to be reviewed on how well they speak English. The program wanted to be sure there would be no problem living and studying in the U.S. for these students. Although these students are here to study, their free time is taken up by exploring the U.S., meeting new people, studying, and even volunteering for Habitat for
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The drug received helps increase the number of stem cells in the blood stream. The excess stem cells can be extracted from the donor’s blood by running it through a machine. The blood is then returned to the donor. Though the procedure may still seem scary with talks of blood, shots and drugs, it is far easier than the methods of the past. This simple donation could save a life. Moore knows that people can be scared, but she has managed to encourage many people to volunteer to be donors in a very short amount of time. Along her travels, Moore was even able to come through Riverside. “We had an amazing time in Riverside. We were warmly received,” Moore said. Through an event at Fairmont Park, she was able to sign up 33
Humanity. Habitat For Humanity International, is an international, ecumenical Christian, nongovernmental non-profit organization devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing. Zachariassen and Mouridsen’s experiences have been truly worth the transfer and certainly have been rewarding. “So far it has been a very good experience. It is great to meet new people and experience a new culture,” Mouridsen said. Like Mouridsen, Zachariassen believes the overall experience has been great, especially because of the many people and places she has embraced. “I think RCC is a good school and I have some really good professors, which I appreciate,” she said. “I have Danish friends who are exchange students as well, who live in L.A and San Diego, which have given me the opportunity to visit them on the weekends,” Zachariassen said. When the weekends are over, reality is back and school becomes the number one priority again. While here at RCC, both Zachariassen and Mouridsen are undergoing senior projects which are required for graduation. Each of these students are seemingly very happy about their experience and education here in the U.S. The appeal for attending RCC lied not only in the college’s beauty, but for the educational programs offered. “I got a couple of schools to choose from in California and I chose RCC because I thought it sounded like a good school from what I could read on their Web site and the classes it offered appealed to me,” Zachariassen said. According to Marylin Jacobsen, the Director of the Center for International Students and Programs here at RCC, Niels people. Also at San Bernardino Valley College, there were 101 students who signed up to be donors. “It was amazing to see these students show up and the number of sign ups that day was very high for being there for only a single day,” Moore said.
“It’s the light that really gets you through these times”
- Jeana Moore
Moore has had the pleasure of speaking with a few people who have donated bone marrow in the past. One donor Moore spoke with said he donated bone marrow ten years ago through a hip extraction without being under anesthesia. It hurt but he said he would do it all again in a heartbeat to save a life. Moore is currently on her
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rcc goes international: RCC students from Denmark Trine Zachariassen and Ulrik
Mouridsen taking a break from their busy lives of studying, volunteering and travelling. Brock has agreements with many colleges, and they approached RCC to become one of their partner colleges. “This is the first year we will be promoting students going to Denmark, and would like one or two RCC business majors to apply. We will have applications in the International Office Tech B 203,” Jacobsen said. Going to another country, like the students here from Denmark, highlights the many opportunities college students are granted with. Studying abroad through RCC has been a complete success for Zachariassen and Mouridsen. If given the option for an RCC student to study abroad, these Danish students can prove that the experience is truly rewarding and worth taking advantage of this once in a life-time opportunity. For college students looking to travel and even explore more information is being provided to studying abroad in the International Office Tech B 203 way to Phoenix. There will be a donation day in Phoenix on May 14 at the Latter Day Saints Church. Moore will be continuing on through the desert states with hopes of reaching New York City within the next couple years. To avoid the extreme heat, Moore is looking for someone to help drive her through the desert areas from the end of May until early July. If anyone can volunteer to drive or knows of people who are able, they can contact Jeana directly at 206-450-5770. To find out if you are a potential bone marrow donor, you must complete a simple health questionnaire. A small blood sample or cheek swab of your cells is taken to find your tissue type and sent into the National Bone Marrow Registry. If interested in becoming a bone marrow donor, donating money or simply volunteering, check out the Jada Bascom Foundation Web site: www.stepstomarrow.com.
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RCC gliding toward third title ricky Holmes Asst. Sports editor Domination. Excellence in execution. Perfection. The Riverside City College men’s track and field team displayed the first two terms and nearly achieved the last at the Orange Empire Conference Finals on April 30 at Orange Coast College by winning 12 out of the 14 events. The team won its fourth consecutive Orange Empire Conference title and are on the way to capturing a third state championship in as many years. RCC exerted its power as the team finished first and broke its own conference scoring record in the process. The team finished first with a score of 358.5. The Tiger’s previous high score was 347. Second place went to Orange Coast College at 187.5 while Saddleback College rounded out the top three with a score of 139. The top six qualifiers in every
event moved on to the Southern California Regionals at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo on May 8. Austin Elmore kicked the day off right by winning the discus with a throw of 156 feet and one inch. Teammate Aaron Licon finished sixth in the discus to qualify for the Southern California Regionals as well as Elmore. The running events went just as smooth as the field events as the Tigers roughed up the competition all afternoon. In the men’s 400 meter relay, the four man team pulled off an easy victory as they sailed past the competition with a time of 40.91. The relay team consists of Djuan Lee, Duke Greer, Tommy Curry and Kenny Jackson. Alberto Camacho ran deceptively fast in the 1,500 meter event. He was trailing for the majority of the race when he decided to kick in the afterburners and propel himself past the other runners to win with a time of
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Top: Adrian Brown, prepares to start the Men’s 400 meter run at the Orange Empire Conference finals on April 30 at Orange City College.
bottom: Daniel Cooper, left, and Jeff Pelarde, right, bring the heat finishing first and second in the Men’s 5000 at OEC finals on April 30 at Orange Coast College.
4:07:61. Camacho was a double winner as he also won the 800 meter event at 1:56:19. On May 6, Camacho was named track athlete of the year by the Orange Empire Conference while coach Jim McCarron was named coach of the year. Charles Smith was named field athlete of the year. Smith set the all-time conference record in the long jump with a jump of 25 feet and six inches. RCC went 1-2-3-4 in the men’s 110 meter hurdles as Cordell Corder flew past the pack and his teammates with a time of 14.50. Corder’s teammates Marcelleus Coleman, Joshua Hemphill and Tony Crutchfield finished a second behind him to secure the top four spots.
In the men’s 400 meter, the Tigers pulled off a similar feat by having five out of the top six runners qualify for the So-Cal Regionals. Marquis Pilchur won the event by narrowly defeating fellow Tiger Garrett Baxter at 47.37 for the win. Duke Greer was only an arm’s length away from the competition when he won the men’s 100 meter event at 10.71. Kenny Jackson and Djuan Lee trailed by milliseconds and finished at 10.83 and 10.87 respectively to round out the top three spots. The only upset of the day for the men’s team came during the 400 meter hurdles as RCC was upset by Saddleback College. Tony Crutchfield and Marcellus Coleman were still able to qualify for the So-
Cal Regionals by finishing fourth and fifth in the event. Jeff Pelarde, the 10,000 meter winner at the preliminaries, won the 5,000 meter event easily at 15:11:92 while teammate Daniel cooper was second at a time of 15:19:41. In the final men’s event, the 1,600 meter relay, the team looked poised and ready to win and they didn’t disappoint. The team of Marquis Pilchur, Garrett Baxter, Corey Evans and Khurtis Henry won with ease as they were at least 100 meters away from the closest team at the finish line. At the So-Cal Regionals on May 8, RCC qualified to send 28 athletes to the state finals in hopes of winning a third straight championship.
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RCC playoff hopes become a reality Ruben gallegos Staff Writer The men’s golf team of Riverside City College advanced to the Southern California regional finals, after placing fourth in the Orange Empire Conference tournament at Los Serranos Golf Club on May 3. “It was a little disappointing, but by the same token we didn’t get to the final conference last year, so we’ve moved on ... and had some progress,” said Riverside’s golf coach Steve Sigloch. After finishing the 2009 season with no wins, the RCC Tigers entered the regional finals winning 11 matches, which was the deciding factor to qualify the team. The Tigers’ 11-6 record put them two games ahead of Palomar College, which meant Palomar needed to place second to earn enough wins to eliminate RCC. As the day concluded, Palomar finished third with a team score of 755, just three strokes ahead of the Tigers, allowing Riverside to advance. “Overall I think we had a few really good individual performances, but as a team we just did not perform,” Sigloch said, describing the 36 hole tournament. One of those performances was executed by Rancho Cucamonga native, sophomore Nick Ericson. Ericson landed a point 76 in the first 18 holes, and finished the afternoon as Riverside’s best round, with a three-under 69 score. Nick Paez also led the Tigers’ scores, ending up even for the day with a two-over 74 in the morning, and two-under 70 in the afternoon. Both Ericson and Paez were unable to comment on the tournament. But both are capable for individual achievements. “There are some individuals that definitely have a chance to move on to state finals and attempt to be the individual’s state champion as well,” Sigloch said. He described the team as being the best RCC has had in many years. All six RCC golfers finished the first 18 holes with scores in the
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Put it in the hole: Nick Paez attempts a putt for Riverside at the Orange Empire Golf Championship. Riverside will
now compete for the state title on May 17 in Beaumont, CA. 70s, but as the match continued the Course at Beaumont May 17. Riverside placed third with a Tigers were unable to climb out of score of 753 behind Santa Barbara last place. “ O u r c o n f e r e n c e i s a with a score of 744 and Orange very competitive conference, Coast with 749. Along with Cypress College considered probably the best in California,” Sigloch said. “We’re and Orange Coast, Riverside was in the regional finals and we got a one of three teams from the Orange chance to compete and land... or Empire Conference to advance to the state finals. move on to the state finals.” Paez shot an even-par 72 in “So, by no means, is it over but obviously the conference the morning round and followed championship was something that up with a two-under 70 in the afternoon round to win the regional was one of our goals,” he said. Riverside competed with 10 finals’ individual title. Riverside had another individual teams in the regional finals at Murrieta on May 10, and was standout, Justin Sandoval, who one of the four teams from that finished the morning round with tournament to move on to the state a 75 and an even-par 72 in the championships at Oak Valley Golf afternoon round.
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Eye on the title: Steven Anderson looks on as the Riverside Tigers make their way to the state finals.
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A fight the world wants to see Sports Column Daniel Torres Asst. sports editor An arrogant and spry Floyd Mayweather stands victorious after a much anticipated, (but not the most anticipated), bout vs. Shane Mosley on May 1. After an exciting second round, in which the hard-hitting Mosley landed a few solid right hands to Mayweather, Mosley was shown for what he unfortunately is now, a feeble veteran way past his prime. Mayweather took Mosley apart with quick hands and a defensive just-back-away style of fight. The same kind of fight boxing fans have become accustomed to while watching Mayweather. His flight-not-fight approach has become known as a massive letdown to the millions of fans who have rendered Mayweather the pay-per-view king in terms of numbers. Mayweather, 33, in defeating the 38-year-old Mosley brazenly declared himself the face of boxing. What the narcissistic Mayweather failed to realize is that he doesn’t choose what face people want to see when they hear the term boxing. That’s because the people don’t see Mayweather as the face of boxing. Most people pay to watch his fights for the sole reason of seeing him lose. His pompous behavior only makes fans more eager to see him hit the mat hard, in what would be a joyous defeat. The people’s champ, the true face of boxing in this era is a native of the Philippines. The five foot six inch Manny Pacquiao has won the adulation of the boxing world. His deft hands and no-nonsense, lets-duke-it-out approach has earned him titles in several different weight divisions. His ability to defeat fighters ranging from the light flyweight division to knocking out “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya in a welterweight bout has certainly caught the world’s attention. While Mayweather was making of mockery out of Mosley, Pacquiao was on the other side of the globe fighting a different battle, a battle that won’t show up on any fight record. Pacquiao was fighting his way into congress, a fight that was well earned, a fight that wouldn’t be lost again. Pacquiao once lost the election race, it was a race in which people saw an unknown fighter trying to make a difference in his community. Pacquiao, now the most prominent figure in his home country, was victorious in his own crusade to help the struggling people of General Santos City, as well as the rest of the Philippines. I n h i s P e o p l e ’s C h a m p Movement campaign, Pacquiao tries to relate with the people in which he grew up with.
Cynthia Leandres, a health care worker said in an interview with Fanhouse.com, “There is a feeling that Pacquiao is one of us, one of the people, so we want to choose the right candidate to help us and that’s Manny.” This kind of affinity shown to a boxer by the people of his country shows the admiration and humility of Pacquiao. Just like Julio Cesar Chavez was revered in Mexico, Pacquiao is in Southeast Asia. Although Pacquiao is now a congressman in his home country, plans to stay in the ring are ongoing, maybe even as soon as November. A November fight which could match him up against the notorious Mayweather. This “dream match” between Pacquiao and Mayweather is today’s Ali vs. Fraizer. The battle of what can be called good vs. evil, as a humbling Pacquiao tries to hand the devious
Mayweather his first ever loss that should definitely shut him up on his I’m-the-greatest-ever talk, or probably not. This battle of welter-weight giants could have taken place back in March, but due to disagreements on drug testing the fight was canceled and Pacquiao went on to take down Joshua Clottey, a tenuous fighter who never stood a chance. Mayweather adamantly requested that Pacquiao be tested using the Olympic-style drug testing, in which the boxer would be required to give blood samples up to the day of the fight. Pacquiao, a very superstitious person in his own right, refused, saying the taking of blood from his body weakens him and he refuses to fight if not 100 percent. Pacquiao is open to full urinary drug testing throughout and blood work for only up to 14 days before the fight and immediately following the fight.
Mayweather • • • •
Record: 41-0 with 25 knockouts Height: 5’ 8” Six world championships Nickname: “Pretty Boy”
Pacquiao • • • •
Record: 50-3 with 38 knockouts. Height: 5’ 6” Eight world championships Nickname: “Pac Man” Source: HBO.com
Mayweather claims to want a clean boxing society, but is being looked at as someone trying to parry their first potential loss. With today’s quick and detailed technology and Pacquiao’s willingness to give blood following the fight, there is no way that drug use would go undetected. This just sounds like Mayweather, slowly moving past his prime, fears losing his undefeated image to today’s best pound-for-pound fighter in Pacquiao; a fighter clearly in his
prime who has won his last 12 fights with eight of them coming by way of knockout. Should the unprecedented happen and these two finally agree, the magnitude of this fight would only be augmented up to elite status. This is the Kobe-LeBron in a game seven of the finals of the boxing world. The fight between good and evil, right and wrong, modest vs. egotistical. For the sake of humanity, at least mine, lets hope it happens.
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Separation between church and sport sade hurst Opinions editor
Baseball Season Record Overall: 14-21 Conference: 9-12
Season Record Overall: 29-14 Conference: 14-7
Baseball Feb. 12
RCC 20 Cuesta 4
RCC 2 Cuesta 8
RCC 1 Western Nevada 10
RCC 5 Western Nevada 4
RCC 4 Western Nevada 9
RCC 1 Mt. San Antonio 5
RCC 6 Sacramento City 6
March 2 RCC 6 Orange Coast 5 March 4 RCC 11 Saddleback 3. March 6 RCC 5 Golden West 4 March 9 RCC 5 Cypress 12 March 11 RCC 12 Irvine Valley 6 March 12 RCC 5 Santa Ana 13
Men’s Tennis Season Record Overall: 12-8 Conference: 5-3
March 31 RCC 2 Saddleback 12 April 2
RCC 5 Citrus 1
RCC 9 Fullerton 5
RCC 10 Golden West 1
RCC 8 Orange Coast 4
RCC 9 Santa Ana 0
RCC 8 Grossmont 6
RCC 2 Mt. San Antonio 10
RCC 0 Santiago Canyon 3
RCC 2 Los Angeles Harbor 0
RCC 5 Los Angeles Harbor 1
RCC 9 East Los Angeles 1
RCC 3 Saddleback 4
March 18 RCC 6 Orange Coast 15 March 23 RCC 3 Saddleback 4 March 25 RCC 11 Saddleback 6 March 26 RCC 9 Mt. San Antonio 4 March 30 RCC 8 West Los Angeles 10 March 31 RCC 5 El Camino 6
Season Record Overall: 5-7 Conference: 0-6
March 30 RCC 7 Cypress 3
March 16 RCC 10 Fullerton 9 March 20 RCC 11 Orange Coast 8
RCC 9 Victor Valley 0
RCC 6 Grossmont 3
RCC 2 Orange Coast 6
RCC 1 Desert 8
RCC 7 Fullerton 2
RCC 8 Irvine Valley 1
Track and Field
Finished tenth in the state championships
Next Game: May 21 State Championships
March 25 RCC 4 Fullerton 5 March 30 RCC 1 Irvine Valley 8 April 1
RCC 1 Saddleback 8
RCC 7 Mt. San Jacinto 2
Men’s Swimming Feb. 26
RCC 744 Golden West 551
March 5 RCC 161 Golden West 51 March 12 RCC 909 Chaffey 23.5 March 19 RCC 111 Orange Coast 113 March 26 RCC 164 Cypress 58 April 2
RCC 145 Saddleback 78
RCC 159 Palomar 100
April 16 Conference Championship finished second with 823 points April 29 State Championships finished tenth
Track and Field Feb. 12
Vs. Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon 2 p.m.
RCC 2 East Los Angeles 9
RCC 4 Cypress 5
RCC 2 Golden West 5
Cerritos Invitational 8 a.m.
RCC 8 Saddleback 1
April 10 RCC 8 Golden West 9 April 13 RCC 5 Cypress 6 April 15 RCC 3 Cypress 12 April 20 RCC 6 Irvine Valley 3 April 22 RCC 8 Irvine Valley 9 April 24 RCC 7 Santa Ana 12 April 27 RCC 5 Santa Ana 8 April 29 RCC 21 Fullerton 0 April 30 RCC 6 Fullerton 8
Fastpitch March 6 RCC 5 Redwoods 0 March 6 RCC 9 Victor Valley 1 March 6 RCC 3 Fresno 9 March 10 RCC 0 Cypress 7 March 12 RCC 5 Fullerton 4 March 17 RCC 11 Golden West 3 March 19 RCC 9 Orange Coast 3. March 20 RCC 8 Bakersfield 0 March 24 RCC 3 Santa Ana 4 March 25 RCC 11 Long Beach City 0 March 26 RCC 6 Santiago Canyon 3
Vs. CSULB 2 p.m.
March 11 RCC 4 Cypress 5
Vs. Saddleback 2 p.m.
March 16 RCC 8 Amherst College 1
March 5 Ben Brown Invitational 8 a.m.
March 18 RCC 6 Orange Coast 3
March 12 Vs. Golden West 2 p.m.
March 19 RCC 7 Palomar 2
March 12 At Occidental 6 p.m.
March 23 RCC 9 San Diego City 0
March 18 Orange Empire Championship
March 25 RCC 9 Fullerton 0
Costa Mesa, CA 8 a.m.
March 30 RCC 5 Irvine Valley 4
March 26 RCC Open 2 p.m.
RCC 9 Saddleback 0
RCC 2 Mt. San Jacinto 5
Women’s Tennis Jan. 28
RCC 6 Imperial Valley 3
RCC 6 El Camino 0
RCC 9 Victor Valley 0
RCC 9 Antelope Valley 0
RCC 2 Orange Coast 7
RCC 3 Fullerton 6
March 2 RCC 3 Irvine Valley 6
Fullerton 2 p.m. April 10 Mt. San Antonio Relays 8 a.m. April 12 Southern California Multi-Event Championship, Norwalk, CA 8 a.m. April 23 Orange Empire Conference Prelims Costa Mesa. CA 2 p.m. April 30 Orange Empire Conference Finals Costa Mesa, CA 2 p.m. May 8
March 18 RCC 0 Orange Coast 9 March 19 RCC 3 Palomar 6
Southern California Prelims Mission Viejo, CA 2 p.m.
Southern California Finals 2 p.m. Mission Viejo, CA 2 p.m.
March 9 RCC 0 Saddleback 9 March 13 RCC 5 Wesleyan University 4
Vs. Orange Coast and
State Championships Lancaster, CA 10 a.m.
There are no tears in rugby, just prayer, if you play on the Brigham Young University women’s rugby team. Separating God and sport was the issue that the Cougars of BYU had to deal with on their journey during the women’s rugby championships. BYU’s women’s rugby team were well on its way to a national championship. That championship road trip was cut short due to a Sunday game. For those who don’t understand why this forfeit will hurt the Cougars don’t realize that BYU is a school that is primarily for Latter-Day Saints. Basically the majority of the students are Mormons at BYU, meaning Sunday for them is the Sabbath. Like most good practicing Mormons the team decided to forfeit the game and instead they went on a mission rather than playing their long awaited opponent Penn State. Even though the NCAA tries to work around BYU’s wishes to not play on Sundays, it still did not matter for the women’s Rugby team because they are an “emerging sport.” If the team is not playing a so-called American sport like baseball, football, basketball, or if it’s not a men’s sport then they don’t care. In other words, it means that it’s too bad the rugby team raised $10,000 dollars on non-refundable plane tickets, and for their opponents who also lost out on money for making non-refundable flights and hotel reservations as well. Thankfully the team seems like its having a level head about this situation and have a bigger goal than winning. Yet it’s hard to place your feet in their cleats and imagine having to hand over a game because sports don’t stop for religion. They are an example of the few young adults left that have any sense of value, because mom and dad raised them right. It must be hard for some athletes to fight the internal battle of church versus sports. It’s not like a job where a person can threaten supervisor if they are impeding on their religious values. Sports are just seen as recreational and in this case no one is getting paid, well at least the athletes aren’t. A Sunday has never stopped the Lakers or any other professional sports team from winning a championship. Most people will never have to face a decision pitting them between a championship and church. It is safe to assume that everyone has had to decide for themselves as to what is truly important in their life. Therefore the game will go on no matter if you decide to go to church or the game on a Sunday. In the end BYU knew that their religious values were more important than some game, which the fans and opponents respect them for. The majority of the BYU rugby team may have had to face situations like this before since the same thing happens in any other sport no matter what league they may have played in high school or private. So dealing with this situation most of the girls probably did not have to think twice about what is more important. Most likely none of these ladies will have the thoughts of should of, would of, could of, or if only. It may have been a super sweet victory if they would have beaten their opponents at Penn State, a team that they have been faithful rivals with, but they knew what was more important in the end, giving their day up to the man upstairs. So don’t feel sorry for them, be proud of them that they know what they stand for. The man upstairs is most likely pleased with their decision.
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20 | May 13, 2010
Investigating the ‘Bones’ approach
miho kaneko Staff Writer Do you want to catch your guy like Dr. Temperance Brennan from the Fox television show ‘Bones’? Well for a student interested in crime scene investigation or wants a job in just such a field, there is one class he or she can learn and experience crime scene investigation at Riverside City College. This class is called forensic anthropology. It is the application of the science of physical anthropology to the legal process including the identification of skeletal, decomposed, or unidentified human remains. The class is held in Quadrangle Room 201 every Thursday from 6-9:30 p.m. Throughout the course, students learn how to identify the bone as someone who is dead and how to recognize bone structure. In other words, a student will be able to tell if the bone is human or animal. Once the student figures out that the bone is human, they should be able to tell the stature, weight, age, occupation and biological sex of the individual. With continued research, the student can identify what killed the person, what circumstances the death occurred under and what was going on at the exact moment of death. “It’s about bones, how we can tell somebody whole story from skeleton over name,” said Laura Greathouse, instructor of the forensic anthropology class. “Who they are, what they did, what they look like, and what happened.” The first hour or more is conducted in lecture form. The instructor explains to the students the model of what they are looking for. The second section consists of hands-on lab time. The purpose is to train students on the practical use of skills learned during lectures. In the current spring semester, there are 49 students taking the forensic anthropology class. Recently, students completed a crime scene recovery and began working on their basic crime scene skills. The crime scene recovery is a lab activity in which six teams of students search out an area on campus to find human and cultural material remains that point to a crime. For this semester, Greathouse set up six crime scenes where students must go and muse about osteology, the scientific study of bones. After searching the area of a crime scene, students have to collect and analyze the data to determine age, ancestry, sex and cause of death of an individual. “I think students are enjoying because I think a lot of time we don’t know what happened after death, which is kind of mystery,” Greathouse said. “And what we can certificate out of the mystery, for a lot of students, is combing.” Most of the students taking the forensic anthropology class are planning to obtain a crime scene investigation certificate, which
is a part of the justice studies program. Future careers in crime scene investigation and forensic anthropology include working for the police department or for labs as investigators doing recoveries such as ones performed in the class. One RCC student, Trina Rand, took this class last semester in order to get a crime scene investigation certificate. According to Rand, the forensic anthropology class had numerous experiences that helped her to learn more. Rand was excited that she can figure out a person’s age, race and height from a bone. “Everything was interesting,” Rand said about the forensic anthropology class. “Professor Greathouse does teaching to know.” So, you might want to do some digging around if crime scene investigation seems interesting to you.
Jasmeet singh / Editors assistant
Examining the evidence: Students Manuel Ramirez and Raelyn Porter receive a
lesson on the features of the skull from instructor Laura Greathouse during the Forensics Antropology class.