Viking News - Issue 4 - Oct. 13, 2016

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October 13, 2016 · Volume 90, Issue 4

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LBCC president receives award at White House Fun, friends, food and football: Preparing for Homecoming Student-musicians get ready for concerts

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Darrell James/Viking/@DarrellJames_ BON APPÉTIT: Tarak Ouk is an executive chef at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach on Pine Avenue. Ouk is also a graduate of the LBCC culinary arts program.



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Oakley receives presidential honor LBCC leader heralded for his work in making higher education more accessible for students through the Long Beach Promise. By Denny Han Staff writer @dennyh_ LBCC President Eloy Oakley’s achievements in co-pioneering the Long Beach College Promise program responsible for providing thousands of Long Beach Unified School District students with opportunity were celebrated by President Barack Obama’s administration at the White House in Washington D.C. on Friday, Sept. 30. As part of the Champions of Change for College Opportunity event alongside 10 other honorees, among which Oakley was the only honoree from the West Coast. “Hopefully, it showcases the fact that individuals here in Long Beach are all champions,” Student Trustee Alejandro Lomeli said. “The work that Oakley and his team have done here at Long Beach has opened doors for many students.” And in being hailed as Champions of

Change, the event consisted of a panel discussion with the honorees concerning the future and evolution of public education. Topics ranged from the importance of public policy and socio-economic community outreach, to emphasizing the importance of college earlier on in grade school, as well as revamping the Financial Aid form for better accessibility. While Obama had met with Oakley prior to the event, the president was not present during the program. “It’s certainly a high point in my career,” Oakley reflected in a phone interview after the event: “A great exclamation point on the work that I’ve been involved with, (LBUSD Superintendent) Chris Steinhauser, President Jane Conoley at Long Beach State, (Long Beach) Mayor Robert Garcia, and others. It’s certainly a moment that I’ll always look back on, something that I feel was special and I feel blessed to be a part of.” Valerie Jarret, senior adviser to Obama and founder of the Champions of Change program, lauded the honorees as “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” The Promise program has been met with success since its implementation in 2008 and its influence continues to spread to Los Angeles and other parts of California and the nation. Oakley, however, said work is still needed to be done: “While I appreciate the rec-

CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE: Soon to be chancellor of the California Community College system, LBCC President Eloy Oakley was honored by President Obama’s administration for his role in making education more accessible.

ognition we got today, we still have communities in Long Beach where kids aren’t getting to college, so we still have a lot of work to do.” In addition to enhancing the College Promise program, Oakley plans to address issues of social and economic justice in his soon-to-be role as chancellor of California Community College system starting in mid-December.

When reflecting upon his nomination of the honor, Oakley said, “Although I was picked to receive the honor, I wouldn’t be here today if not for the great work of Long Beach Unified, Cal State Long Beach and all of the great people and staff at LBCC. So I think it’s just a greater reflection on Long Beach as a whole and I hope that the work we do in Long Beach continues to spread throughout the state and throughout the nation.”

Umoja Scholars to tour historic black colleges Clark-Atlanta, Stillman College in Alabama and Dillard University in New Orleans will be visited by students. By Paris Lynn Contributing writer The Umoja Black College Tour is an all-expenses paid trip that will give students a chance to explore many historical black college and university campuses in Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana in October. Students participating in the tour will be fed breakfast, lunch and dinner, provided by the Springhill Suites and the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel. Participates will tour seven colleges including Morehouse College and Tuskegee University. Students will leave for the

tour Tuesday, Oct. 18 and return Sunday, Oct.22. The Umoja Scholars Program was founded by teachers who wanted to improve student success and equality data among African-Americans. Umoja Scholars Program members say they plan frequent events culturally focusing on the enrichment and enlightenment of students. Eraiana Freemam, coordinator of the Umoja Scholars Program, said she’s excited for the upcoming tour and believes the students will benefit from attending. “This is our first year hosting the Umoja Black College Tour. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to explore different learning environment and promote student success.” The last day to sign up is Friday, Oct. 14. Twenty-five LBCC students were picked based on a 2.5 GPA, at least 30 cumulative transferable units completed by Spring of this year and an interview process. Interested students may contact Freeman at, for additional information regarding the program.


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Al Austin

Janis Krantz


Patricia Lofland

Phil Shrotman

Inductees honored at luncheon By Joshua Miller and Carlos Ochoa Managing editor design and Opinion editor @joshua_miller8 and @carlosochoala

Four Long beach community members will be inducted into the LBCC Alumni Hall of Fame at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14 in T1200. The honor is considered the most prestigious award given by the college. The honorees were surprised by President Eloy Oakley, Trustee Ginny Baxter, other college employees and Foundation governors, an organization that includes over 80 members who represent many governmental groups throughout Long Beach.

Al Austin II earned his associates arts from LBCC in 1996 and upon completion earned his bachelor of arts from the University of La Verne. Austin worked in the aerospace industry for McDonnell Douglas for over a decade and later worked for state Sen. Kevin Murray as a district field representative in Los Angeles and Culver City. In 2012, Austin was elected to Long Beach City Council’s eighth district, where he focused on promoting strong and safe neighborhoods and revitalizing the commercial corridors. He was re-elected in 2016. Janis Krantz, who was born in Long Beach, attended LBCC where she earned her associates arts degree. As a student at

Meeting addresses campus accessibility By Joseph Herrera Staff writer @josephherrera91

A public meeting provided students with disabilities the voice to express their concerns about safety hazards Wednesday, Oct. 5, in T1200. Program director Terence Degray opened the event discussing the American Disabilities Act and established an open mic for anybody to say anything at any time. Luz Madrigal, 23, is a visually impaired student majoring in business administration, and her views on physical barriers that make everyday life an inconvenient matter. “I have some concerns about both campuses. I don’t know where to start. In the cafeteria there are some paper towel dispensers that are on the wall. I can’t find it so I often hit myself on it. In the T Building and I believe in other buildings, there is no braille to let me know what building I’m in.” Issues for wheelchair-bound students were also addressed at the meeting. Bumps

in the parking lot and heavy restroom doors create a burden for these students, they said. Hearing-impaired students acknowledged fire alarms that have no light to alert them during an unexpected fire drill. Modernization of Buildings AA and BB at the PCC were funded by Measure E. Measure E passed in 2008 makes it possible to repair and upgrade aged buildings into ADA-compliant and energy-efficient facilities. Degray was unable to comment at the event. Core service include assisted-computer technology, sign-language interpreters and test-taking assistance. Student office assistant Patricia Lovely gave information on the activity of DSPS: “Within a semester we have about 100 students enrolling. We have two orientations one at the start and another later on in the semester. Each orientation has about 30 people.” For more information about disability services may be obtained by calling the PCC at (562) 938-3921 or the LAC at (562) 938-4558.

LBCC, Krantz secured a job working in the jewelery concession department at Cal Stores in Lakewood. Krantz said she was able to use her LBCC business classes to her advantage. Krantz said she learned the values of giving back to her community from her parents. Krantz supports many local charities and volunteers in her community. Patricia Lofland was the first African American elected to the Board of Trustees. She came to California in 1960 after moving from her hometown of New Orleans. Lofland enrolled at LBCC where she graduated and went on to get her bachelor’s and master of arts from Cal. State Dominguez Hills.

After receiving her teaching credentials, Lofland became a school teacher and as an independent travel agent. Lofland served as a community activist for over 50 years and has been a volunteer of many organizations. Phillip Shrotman was a business professor at LBCC for 30 years. He has been the coordinator for financial planning and insurance, adviser for the Associated Men’s Students, the Order of Tong men’s social-service club and the basketball team. He also served on the Foundation Finance Committee. Fifteen of Shrotman’s family members attended LBCC. Of those 15, eight became educators.



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Limited hours cause frustration By Denny Han Staff writer @dennyh_

Concerns regarding high student demand for increased research center operational hours on the PCC were addressed during an Associated Student Body Cabinet meeting on Friday, Sept. 23 by the PCC librarian David Goto. The center at the PCC operates on weekdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. during the Spring and the Fall semesters. However, a number of students found the existing allotted time to be insufficient, anonymously citing the lack of access to a personal computer at home, a lack of space and silence in the primary computer lab or conflicting schedules in an informal survey conducted by Goto when asked to voice their opinion:

“Get work done no computer at home,” one comment read. “Students need the computers because some don’t have them at home.” “We need more internet access, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and print usage. We also need more access academic rooms,” student Gabriel Luna said. “Would like downstairs to open. More comfort to study when not pressured by other waiting students.” “I get that there’s another lab upstairs, but it’s always packed with students.” “For those of us who work during the day, it would be a great addition for computer use.” “Seriously, 1 p.m.? What about the students who have night classes and no access to computers? Come on, LBCC.” The data in Goto’s survey shows an average of 80 student visits in the 15 hours

the research lab is open per week. Other comments went on to attribute their preference of the research center as a result of the librarians and staff working there: “Open this lab with the same great supervision as the others,” student Mark Escarcega said. “I get excellent advice about help in all phases of the computer room” “It’s a great place where students can come in and quickly print and complete assignments with great assistance form staff.” Other reasons students cited included easier handicap accessibility than the upstairs computer lab. In addition to homework uses, Goto found that many students typically use the lab as a means of completing Financial Aid forms. Goto has since taken it upon himself to make hard-copy Financial Aid forms

available during non-operational hours through his own resources. As of the Cabinet meeting Sept. 23, 365 students had voiced their concerns in Goto’s survey since it began Aug. 1, with 334 from this Fall semester. Goto’s presentation was met with acknowledgment by Cabinet members who agreed to consider the research center hours when discussing the allocation of funding. Karen Rothstein, dean of library and learning resources, said, “While some students have expressed a desire to have the research center open more hours, the survey was informal. The Library will need to conduct a campuswide, formal survey to determine the exact need of the student body.”

Growing Experience, an urban farm in the Carmelitos housing project in Long Beach. The partnership would provide vegetables and fruits to use for specials and salads bars in the Food Court and Cafeteria. For the health-conscious students and employees, healthier alternatives would be available. Students shared their views comparing the promise S&B made three years ago. Valerie Juatco, 20, a nursing major, said she is disappointed as she sat down to eat her bagged lunch. “I bring my lunch now. I might grab a bag of chips for lunch. I’m on a budget. I can’t afford to eat here every day.”

Jahniriah Checrleadero, 22, a communication major, said that she doesn’t eat at the Food Court anymore because of the quality and quantity of food selection. Students use the Food Court for socializing or just passing through for a snack or drink. Sabrina Anthony, 19, a business major,

said, while in line, “This is my first year here. I’m a freshmen. I think the food is alright, the prices are so-so, but what I dislike are the long lines.” Gus Esparza, manager of the PCC Cafeteria, said he is proud of his area: “It’s a smaller space, but having Barnes & Noble next door keeps us busy.”

Food services contract to be reviewed

By Deborah Salazar Staff writer

Three years have passed and the S&B food services contract is nearing the review period. S&B runs the PCC Cafeteria and the LAC Food Court. S&B signed a contract for three years with an option to renew for two additional 1-year terms. Students said in 2013 they had high anticipations for the new company. S&B’s proposal offered students lower prices, great tasting food and a variety of food items. S&B would partner with the

Funds, refugees discussed at ASB Cabinet meeting By Gleb Perch Staff writer @gblbcc The Friday, Oct. 7, Associated Student Body Cabinet discussed a $5,000 grant for WiFi tablets to facilitate voter registration a month before the election and the PCC Halloween carnival, including a haunted house expected to cost $400. “I love being in the ASB,” said Dominique Iraci, a political science major and the ASB legislative representative. “Just having training in these meetings alone is very helpful. Especially as a science major this will help me a lot.” Shannon Trisler, a business operation major and the ASB representative of sustainability, said, “Being involved helps you a lot more with your success than I could have ever imagined.” Wayne Bergman, the PCC vice pres-

ident, spoke of Cornel West’s upcoming speech on Friday, Oct. 21. LBCC’s Cabinet makes budget decisions that affect every student. All of the proposals discussed at the meeting directly involved helping students in a number of ways. Although the priorities were undoubtedly LBCC students, the Cabinet also expressed a concern about Middle Eastern refugees. ASB representatives stressed the need to provide boxes and donations to the refugee help drive, scheduled to end Sunday, Oct. 23. Donations for he refugees may be dropped off in PCC’s Student Union in the EE Building or in LAC’s College Center in E119. All Cabinet meetings are open to students and employees. The Cabinet meets at 8:30 a.m. every Friday, alternating between the PCC and LAC. The next meeting is Friday, Oct. 14, in the LAC’s T1100.


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Joseph Ciuro, 20, English major, sponsored by Tong

Faith Firmalino, 26, Early childhood development and business entrepreneurship major, sponsored by Spanish Club

Jennifer Tarango, 20, English major, sponsored by Alpha Gamma Sigma Kappa


Sasha Khiabani, 21, Neuroscience major, sponsored by PNK

Sierra Torrez, 19, Criminal Justice major, independent

Alejandro Lomeli, 21, Administration of Justice, sponsored by Tong

Miguel Velasco, 20, Kinesiology major, independent

Jordin-Leigh Morley, 19, Environmental science major, sponsored by Ladies of Athena

Janna Williams, 18, Fashion design major, sponsored by LAC Black Student Union

Homecoming royal court revealed Vikings prepare to defeat the Panthers in the Oct. 22 football game against Chaffey after tailgating activities in the Stadium parking lot. By Hayley Hart Editor-in-chief @hayleylhart The Fall semester’s biggest LBCC on-campus social event, Homecoming, begins with a rally at the PCC on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Lawn and ends with the football game at Veterans Stadium against Chaffey on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Homecoming rallies typically have games or contests, music, free food for students and employees, an appearance by the football team and the college’s mascot Ole the Viking may stop by. The LAC rally is Thursday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Central Quad. Rallies allow students to vote for the Homecoming court. The LAC rally will have a food eating contest and goodie bags for winners of various games which may include T-shirts and LBCC supplies, said Anissa Gomez, 21, an architecture and interior design major and the Associated Student Body representative of arts. Online voting was mentioned as being considered for this year’s election at a

meeting with the homecoming court Friday, Oct. 7. Erick Mazariegos, 23, a communications studies major​and Associated Student Body president, said, “I’ve always enjoyed tailgate and I that’s what I’m looking forward to the most this year. It’s always great seeing the clubs and everyone get together before the game and have an awesome time. My first homecoming was last year and I absolutely loved it. The tailgate was awesome and the half-time show was even

“My first Homecoming was last year and I absolutely loved it. The tailgate was awesome and the half-time show was even better. All in all it was a great show.” -Erick Mazariegos ASB president

better. All in all it was a great show.” The Student Life coordinator, Teila Robertson, is in her fourth year as adviser for the planning and coordinating of Homecoming with a student committee. Robertson said, “My favorite things are the rallies at PCC and LAC and tailgate.” She said the students, along with other advisers in the Student Life department including Derek Oriee, Camille Bolton and Sylvia Garcia, started planning Homecoming events at the start of this semester. Robertson said the rallies and tailgate

give students and employees “an opportunity for students to meet our football team, cheer and the royal Homecoming court.” Tailgate activities start at Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Stadium parking lot. Students and employees with current college ID will be able to receive free food. Food planned for the tailgate is tacos. The queen and king will be crowned during the football game’s halftime and each wins $100. An opportunity for others to win is with a raffle through the LBCC organization Alpha Gamma Sigma Kappa honor society. The winner or winners will receive a Disneyland annual pass. Raffle tickets are

$10 and may be purchased now by contacting Aaron Villarreyna, the vice president of fundraising for AGS-Kappa, at Last season, the Vikings beat Chaffey, 52-40, and last year’s Homecoming game was against Citrus, which the Vikings also won, 49-28. As with all home sporting events, the Homecoming football game is free for students and employees with current college ID. General admission is $10. High school or other college students with ID pay $5. Seniors 55 years and older pay $5. Children 12 and under are free.

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School comedy out-thrills Netflix Audience experiences several acts of school production to be better than a movie-night in.

the set which were pieces of wooden furniture dangling from metallic ropes, floating seamlessly uninterrupted in time. When the lights in the theater go black you forget of everything from the outside world. All your worries and struggles are erased and reincarnated as an art form: Theater. Story and photo All acts of the production was hilariby Joseph Herrera ous. Certainly one of my favorite act was Staff Writer the third entitled “Fore”. An ex@josephherrera91 tremely complicated and hilarious scene showing three miniaThank goodness for the witture golf games, with one man ty and wild showing of all in the on three separate first dates. It timing. The six-act production starts with one man, one woman was written by David Ives and having a date going really well. directed by Anthony Carriero. In a few minutes another man, On Thursday evening Oct. 7 I another woman enter the stage sat outside the auditorium contemplating the stressful week Joseph Herrera while having a date go so-so. Then a third set of guy and girl enof balancing work and school, while also constantly checking public ter on embarking on a date that does not transportation schedules down and around go so great. Stick them on one stage and it becomes challenging, entertaining hilariLong Beach. I stumbled into the backstage, pen and ous scene. An interesting scene was the last one paper, observing the cast members throwing on costumes and even some rehearsing called The Universal Language in which a lines. The theater department has been stuttering insecure woman begins a fraudfrantic since opening night on Thursday ulent language learning course taught by Sept. 29. Cast member Anthony Malone, the inventor who only speaks the language: 24, still felt the excitement of that night or UnaMunda. Sentences like “Kajarr est vanany moment on stage: “I love it, it’s just this huten five A clokca” are thrown around with no remorse. The inventor then congreat energy anytime I go on.” After a few minutes I realized it was al- fesses his fake language as he begins to fall most show time. I bought my 12 dollar tick- in love with her. After the play the cast and audience et and walked in, sat down and observed

BACKSTAGE: Brandon English, 19, front, and other cast members get ready to take the stage in the LAC Auditorium for a performance of “All in the Timing” on Thursday, Oct. 7.

members made their way outside the auditorium to meet each other and socialize. Fellow Theater Major Diontae Simpson 21 was ecstatic after the performance: “It was flawless, the set was awesome. Some scenes were hard to pull off hence the title All in the Timing” said Simpson. “You get great entertainment, no cross that, quality enter-

tainment.” All in the Timing is a funny, challenging, and even romantic play. I’m glad I went to see this production as I’m sure other attendees feel the same way. It definitely beats watching Netflix for a night, in fact it’s better than Netflix and that’s why I love it.

Alumna exhibits overlooked beauty from gardens in show.

photographer. Her previous work features architecture, seascapes and nature landscapes. Miller began photographing at age 8 when she received a Kodak camera as a gift. She began practicing by taking pictures of her family members. Eventually, she combined her love of gardening and the outdoors by photographing nature. In 2004, she began her business, Phyllis Miller Photography, and she primarily takes portraits of individuals and families. It was around the same time she started learning digital photography along with Photoshop and other imaging programs. Miller is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Aside from her work being showcased at LBCC’s art galleries, her work has been featured at the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach Gallery, Museum of Latin American Art, Liberty Gallery of Long Beach and the Art Exchange Gallery of Long Beach in group shows.

Photog displays natural pictures Story and Photo by Lissette Mendoza Photo and Images Editor @chingonasapicosa

GARDEN INTERPRETATIONS: Plants, flowers and view of green scenery are on display by Phyllis Miller in PCC’s Luz Gallery.

PCC’s Luz Gallery in EE109 hosted Phyllis Miller’s photographic exhibition titled “Garden Expressions” from Sept. 28 to Wednesday, Oct. 12. Miller is a Los Angeles-based landscape photographer whose idea with this exhibition was to “show others her interpretation of ordinary things found in a garden that have beauty that most overlook”. Miller received a certificate of achievement in computer application specialization in 2013 from LBCC as well as a certificate of achievement in digital media arts in 2016, also from LBCC. Miller is a portrait, event and nature



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Pianist Ian Beebe rehearses with the Jazz Big Band for the concert to be presented Sunday, Oct. 16.

Viking Singers and music majors Josefina Carillo, 21, and Micha at 2 p.m. in the LBCC Auditorium.

Trumpet player Fabian Nunez, front, 18, majoring in music, rehearses for the concert. Nunez plays for the Jazz Big Band and Wind Ensemble.

Music to their ears and wallets Story and Photos By Lissette Mendoza Photo editor @chingonapicosa LBCC’s Performing Arts Department and Associated Student Body will present the “Music Scholarship Concert” on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. in the LBCC Auditorium. The concert will feature LBCC’s Jazz Big Band, Chamber Orchestra, Daytime Vocal Jazz, Viking Singers and Wind Ensemble. Tickets can be picked up at the box office starting one hour before the performance or can be ordered online at and will be $20 for general admission and $15 for students with a valid LBCC ID, employees, and senior citizens.

Free parking will be available in Lots D, E, and F on Harvey Way. All proceeds will go directly to the music scholarship fund, which supports LBCC music majors and their private study. The Performing Arts Department and ASB also will present “Dark and Stormy Night” featuring LBCC’s Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets for this concert can be purchased online or by calling Ovation Tix at (866) 811-4111. General admission will be $10 presale and $12 at the door. Student, employee and senior citizen tickets will be $5 presale and $7 at the door.­Admission will be free to high school students with a current ID. Brandon Baker, 23, majoring in music, rehearses a solo, Baker is in the Jazz Big Band, Wind Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

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Professor Brian Hamilton conducts LBCC’s Chamber Orchestra during rehearsal for the concert. Hamilton has been the director of bands at LBCC for 16 years and also will be conducting the Wind Ensemble.

ael Washington, 20, rehearse for the “Music Scholarship Concert” to be presented Sunday, Oct. 16,

Professor Andrea Calderwood conducts the LBCC’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble during rehearsal to be presented Sunday, Oct. 16.



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Darrell James/Viking/@darrelljames_ FOOD BANK: Tarak Ouk, 34, an LBCC culinary arts alumnus, stands in front of Long Beach’s high-end gastropub, The Federal Bar, at 102 Pine Ave. where he works as the executive chef. The Federal Bar is distinct in its styling as it is in a former bank and has the vault as a private room.

Alum promoted to executive chef By Erin Asis Staff writer @erin_asis Coming from a Cambodian family with nine children, Tarak Ouk, now a LBCC culinary arts alumnus, had a passion for the culinary arts from a young age. Ouk’s family moved from Oakland to Long Beach’s Cambodia Town when he was 8. His mother and grandmother were his cooking mentors until he enrolled in the culinary arts program at LBCC in 2006, but ended up dropping out shortly after to take time off and ended up heading down a dark path. It was the tragic death of his 26-year-

old sister, who was only three weeks away from receiving her master’s degree at Cal State Fullerton that brought him back to reality and he re-enrolled in the culinary arts program in 2010. Going back to school was a challenge for Ouk, as he had little money, which resulted in him walking all the way to and from school from his home in East Long Beach, a 2-3 hour walk each way. Ouk said he relied on fee waivers, financial assistance and borrowing books from classmates to get by. He had no support from his family and friends, as they thought he was up to no good since he was routinely coming home late, Ouk added.

All of Ouk’s hard work paid off when he graduated in 2011 with an associate’s degree in culinary arts. Ouk received his first job at the Westin Hotel, working there for three months before moving on to work at Quizno’s, Boston Market, Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Applebee’s and Tavern on 2. Ouk got his culinary big break when he gained a position as a sous chef at Creperie La Rue in Bixby Knolls. Three years ago, Ouk moved on and took a pay cut and demotion to be a member of the opening staff at The Federal Bar in Long Beach, taking a position as line cook. Two and a half years after starting at

The Federal Bar, Ouk was promoted to the position of executive chef at 34. Now, Ouk is one of the most sought-after chefs in Long Beach. He is trying hard to improve Cambodia Town to be an area of trendy nightlife, with a good restaurant and bar scene. Ouk wants to encourage the message that no matter what troubles one may go through in life, they can always persevere and be successful. The Federal Bar is located at 102 Pine Ave. Reservations may be made online at, or by calling the restaurant at (562) 435-2000.

Stellar sights seen under the dome By Jeff Dahlquist Online and social media editor @jdahlasign

For the science and star-gazers who missed out, the Science Department hosted a lecture and demonstration of the recently upgraded planetarium on Friday night, Sept. 30. The lecture included a history of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, presented by professor of geography, Ray

Sumner. Sumner, who has a doctorate degree, covered the historical significance of the proof of the heliocentric, or sun-centered solar system model, and highlighted the confirmation of the discovery of how the stars, planets and galaxies come together. The lecture included a slide show detailing the research of major astronomers from the late 19th century who confirmed Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The lecture was also presented on the

day of a “black moon,” an unofficial term for a new moon, or a phase in which the moon is obstructed from view. Following the lecture, astronomy professor Amy Fredericks unveiled the new and improved planetarium projector. Prior to the upgrade, the projection system could not produce images on one side of the dome. The second lens has been added and from the comfort of lecture hall D325, students can see the stars in all their beauty.

The projector was upgraded over the Summer and is “a welcome addition to the astronomy and science department,” Fredericks said. The projection is used to display stars and celestial objects not easily seen by the naked eye. With the technology, students are able to view the material in an entertaining and inviting way.


October 13, 2016 HALL OF FAME

Hall of Fame inductee luncheon Al Austin, Janis Krantz, Patricia Lofland and Phillip Shrotman


Aug. 29-Dec. 17

Last 8-week courses begin Monday, Oct. 24

Friday, Oct. 14, in the LAC T1200, Check-in is at 11:15 a.m. and the program and lunch is at noon. Guests are advised to park in the parking structure at Clark Avenue and Lew Davis Street. For more details contact Alumni Association’s Nancy Yoho at (562) 938-4203 or


Veterans Day (College closed)

PCC Tuesday, Oct. 25

Thanksgiving holidays (College closed)

LAC Wednesday, Oct. 26

Last day to return Fall textbook rentals

10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. on both days.

Friday, Nov. 11

Friday-Sunday Nov. 24-27 Friday, Dec. 16

Student equality speaker series event

CONCERT “The Music Scholarship Concert”

LAC Auditorium Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. General admission $20 Students, employees and senior citizens $15 Free parking in Lots D, E and F

ASB CABINET All meetings start at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in LAC T-1100 Friday, Oct. 21, in PCC GG238 Friday, Oct. 28, in LAC T-1100

HOMECOMING PCC Homecoming rally is Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the PCC Lawn.

OPEN MIC Monthly open mic



Friday, Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m. Sign up at 6:45 p.m. in LAC P104

LAC Homecoming rally is Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. on the LAC on Central Quad. Elections for Homecoming court will be at both rallies. Saturday, Oct 22, at Veterans Stadium. Tailgate party starts at 3 p.m. in Veterans Stadium parking lot. Free games and food for students and employees with a current college ID card at rallies and tailgate.

Friday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m. in the LAC auditorium.

For more information, call (562) 243-7114

Cornel West, a professor of philosophy at Princeton University, will be the keynote speaker. The speaker series is sponsored by the student equity initiative.

Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday 7a.m.-2 p.m.

Vikings vs. Chaffey

Grill closes at 6:30 p.m.

The queen and king will be announced at half-time.


Football game kick-off is at 6 p.m.

UNIVERSITY TRANSFER FAIR Monday, Oct. 31 LAC Front A Quad, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. More than 65 university representatives and LBCC Career and Transfer center staff will attend to distribute information and answer questions. Opportunity drawing for university gear. Wednesday, Nov. 30, is the deadline to submit CSU and UC. Fall 2017 transfer applications.

POLICE SERVICES The Long Beach Police Department serves LBCC with issues regarding security, lost and found items, thefts or other crimes.

Evening safety escorts available for students and employees at LAC and PCC.

(562) 938-4910 or (562) 435-6711 to report a crime or arrange a safety escort

NOTARY PUBLIC STATE EXAM Saturday, Oct. 22 In addition to offering the course, LBCC also offers the notary loan signing agent workshop for individuals who want to build and maintain their signing business. To take the exam, the person must be at least 18.


Jazmin Aguayo/Viking The crowd looks on, left, at a speaker at the Coming Out Day event that also included a vigil commemorating the victims of the Pulse Club shooting in Orlando, Fla. The event was presented on the Central Quad at the LAC on Wednesday, Oct. 11. LBCC’s Queer Space Club organized the event to remember the 49 victims who were killed in June in a attack by a gunman. Among the speakers at LBCC was Ben Lomeli, 21, a sociology major and vice president of the Queer Space Club. The club meets on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in College Center E131. Lissette Mendoza/Viking/@chingonapicosa



October 13, 2016


“What do you do for food during the day or when you are at school?” By Erin Asis and Denny Han at the PCC and LAC on Monday, Oct. 10, and Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Joadan Morales, 19, Business and Communication major

“I buy my meals from the Food Court.”

Maria Popoca, 19 Biology major “I buy my meals from the Cafeteria or sometimes go off campus.”

Diego Contreras, 20, Mechanical Engineering major “It varies, sometimes I bring food from home or buy it from the Food Court.”

Heidi Diaz, 19, Communications major “I bring food from home, and I am eating more from the Cafeteria now that Subway is out of business.”

Yolanda Alcala-Hererra, 48, Business Administration major “I love getting food from the Food Court.”

“What would you like to see change in terms of food options?”

Angel Cuevas, 18, Computer Science major “I feel like we should have more people working the cafeteria.”

Richard Ouch, 20, Mechanical Engineering major “We should partner with franchises and let them sell on campus like at Cal State Long Beach.”

Maria Gutierrez, 22, Registered Nursing major “I would like more variety of healthy food options such as fruit and vegetables.”

Ronnie Patton, 20, Undecided major “Don’t change the cheeseburgers and add buffalo fries, please.”

Richard Gutierrez, 19, Undecided major “I cook my own food and i would like to see more cultural diversity with the food options.”


Reviewing ‘Mysteries of Rhythm’ LBCC graduates create “beautiful vocals” and amazing instrumentation in “mysterious” music project. Story by Eddie Diaz Staff Writer @eddiefndiaz “Mysteries of Rhythm” is a musical Picasso brought to ears by the experimental rock group Glasspirits by LBCC graduate Joanna Glass and Abe Perez. With a cup of coffee, I was glued to the album and was soon warped into a world full of energy and incredible sound. When Glass talked about the title “Mysteries of Rhythm”, she said “I thought that because Abe and I incorporate such contrasting musical ideas and rhythms, that somehow, magically work together, it’s almost like there

is a mystery to it. So that’s why we call it Mysteries of Rhythm; because the rhythms in music and life are, indeed, mysterious.” This album is all that and then some. With beautiful vocals, amazing percussions, guitar, violins, and a copious amount of instruments that make their noise heard, this album is a mystery to explore. According to Gloucester Records, the duo is an experimental rock duo who mixes the talents of Eddie Diaz guitarist, violinist and keyboardist Joanna Glass and drummer and percussionist Abe Perez. There are many instruments that add to the intoxicating mix of sound, vocals that reach to your soul and tribal beats that will raise your energy.

“Mysteries of Rhythm” is their debut album with a sound that is described by Gloucester Records as a “mix between the Yeah Yea Yeahs and Muse with Afro-Cuban influences and a twist of classical and electronic music.” Glass began playing music at 9 starting with the violin and now has become a recording engineer, composer, and arranger. She graduated from the recording engineering program at LBCC in 2005. Perez, a Cuban-native whose roots can be heard in many of the tracks, began playing drums at age 9. He played professionally during his middle school years, formed a band called Yankee Rose and played on shows with the likes of Van Halen and Quiet Riot. To keep updated with the duo, check out their website,, which links you to all their social media, provides information on future events and where you can listen to their album. Indulge yourself in something unique and incredible, discover the “Mysteries of Rhythm.”

Joanna Glass

Abe Perez

October 13, 2016



Food trucks would add spice It is time for LBCC to embrace competition. Although the college does an outstanding job with the Cafeteria at the PCC and Food Court at the LAC, we want our school to allow local businesses to be allowed onto the campus like neighboring colleges like Cal State Long Beach and even local high schools. LBCC has a Cafeteria and Food Court that you are probably all familiar with by now. When the snacks from the different vending machines around campus are not quite enough, the Cafeteria and Food Court offer a wide array of alternatives. Students can fill up on everything from burgers to breakfast burritos and even boneless hot wings. While the offerings provided are great and reasonably priced, some debate has

surfaced as to whether they are enough. Recently a food truck was spotted in front of the LAC and students flocked to it. Food truck culture has exploded in recent years were each truck tries to outdo its competitors with more creative dishes with some serving Mexican or Japanese fusion dishes and even filet mignon fries. With seemingly everyone’s love for food-truck cuisine at an all-time high, it would seem like a natural thing to see more food trucks on campus to cater to the diverse student body at LBCC. The call to see more food trucks appear on the campuses is not about taking business away from our own Cafeteria and Food Court choices but instead to offer students more choices. One such way to ensure that students have the choices available to them would

be to allow food trucks to come to campus a couple of times a week or even monthly or what could be LBCC food truck week. The would ensure students and employees are given an even more varied selection of food while also helping support local business. Our cooks in our Cafeteria and Food Court could also set up shop outside along side the trucks during such event to pick up even more sales from people passing by who would no doubt be attracted to such a gathering. While our campus offer a great selection of tasty meals, there is no denying that having specialty trucks like Jogasaki or Street Kitchen would be a welcome addition and not a replacement to the great food we have available to us here on campus.

Illustration by Carlos Ochoa/Viking


Checking out the LAC Food Court For starters, the grill could expand to Story by Erin Asis offer a more culturally diverse menu, such Staff Writer as offering Indian, Greek and Chinese food. @erin_asis Community Colleges around the country offer such items. The LAC Viking Food Court offers sevAlso, I feel the quality of the food could eral options for students to obtain a meal. be improved. For example, I’ve had the suThe Food Court offers a shi multiple times, and quite made-to-order salad bar, a often, the rice in the sushi made-to-order sandwich bar, tends to be dry and hardened, the West Coast Grill, which ofwhich is a result of having the fers hot dog, hamburgers and sushi being made and put out even heads south of the border for purchase early in the day. with various Mexican food like One other factor the Food burritos, nachos and tacos. Court could work on is having The Food Court also has a larger selection at the cofpre-made sushi, grab-n-go pizfee and smoothie bar, which za, chicken sandwiches, corn is currently limited to a few Erin Asis dogs and fresh fruit cups. The different and common choices Food Court also has a coffee and smooth- (cappuccinos, espresso, iced coffee, lattes ie bar, providing students with the caffeine and Americanos.) they need to make it through the day. However, the choices for caffeine may Now don’t get me wrong, the Food be limited, I feel it is made up for with the Court does have a variety of options, how- smoothie menu. ever, I feel it still is limited in what they Students can select from a menu of have to offer. pre-designed smoothies, with catchy

names like, “spring break,” “skippin’ class” and “four-point-oh!” among others. If one of selections does not fit your fancy, one can simply order a custom smoothie selecting fruit flavors to satisfy people’s taste buds. If being able to customize one’s own smoothie flavors doesn’t catch your attention, one can take their smoothie customization even further by opting to add a Rockstar or AMP energy drink to be blended into the smoothie, giving those who aren’t with the whole coffee craze a way to get a caffeine fix. I wish the Food Court offered a larger variety of food given the size of our college and diversity of the students and employees. Realistically, the LAC Food Court needs to have a way to accommodate feeding as many students and faculty daily as they do, which is easier said than done. I believe the Food Court has managed to find a way to serve meals to students that may be limited in selection, but still filling nonetheless.


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October 13, 2016

RUN AND GUN: Jake Maier preps for a pass on the fly during the Vikings’ game against Golden West on Saturday, Oct.1, at Veterans Stadium. LBCC defeated the Rustlers, 42-20.

Vikings demolish Rustlers, 42-20 Football takes bye week to prepare for 2nd half of the season at Mt. SAC. Story and photo By Darrell James Staff writer @darrelljames_ The Vikings defeated Golden West 42-20, in game five on Saturday, Oct. 1, at home. The team is currently 4-1 on the season and rated No. 5 in the state, according to the California Community College Athletic Association site. Viking sophomore defensive lineman Marcus Reynolds said, “We started off a bit

slow, but had to swing the game our way for the win. We have make sure we keep everything together moving toward Mt. SAC.” The Vikings will visit Mt San Antonio at Covina District Field in Covina on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. The Golden West Rustlers managed to score twice on the Vikings in the first quarter and once again in the early second quarter. Recovering from the 20-0 deficit, LBCC freshman quarterback Jake Maier found freshman wide receiver Kyrin Cannon for a 16-yard touchdown pass, bringing the score to 20-7. The Vikings continued to push forward after freshman defensive back Guy Alford and freshman linebacker Darnay Harris sacked Golden West back-to-back, returning possession to LBCC. Freshman

running back Roderick Ashford then capitalized with a 4-yard touchdown, which brought the game to 20-14 before halftime. Moving into the third quarter, Maier connected with sophomore wide receiver Jacob Welch for a 7-yard touchdown pass that brought LBCC into the lead at 21-20. The defense added to the rally with an interception by Harris that turned into a 79-yard touchdown. Freshman kicker Sergio Garcia then completed the defensive scoring drive with his fifth successful PAT, bringing the Vikings to 35-20. Maier closed with a 12-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Cedric Byrd. Freshman linebacker Manu Tui-Enesi and defensive lineman Abedayo Soremekun each recorded five stops. A team-high of seven stops were recorded for sopho-

more linebacker Isaia Rosten with four stops being solo. On offense, Maier finished with 198 passing yards four touchdowns. Ashford finished with 77 yards and one touchdown. Welch finished with 68 passing yards and one touchdown. LBCC coach Brett Peabody said, “I was really proud on both the offensive and defensive side. I really appreciated the team’s resiliency tonight.” The Vikings had their bye week Saturday, Oct. 8. Freshman quarterback Jake Maier was named the Southern California Football Association (SFCA) week five Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season following his performance against Golden West.

Intramural athletes play football, soccer By Denny Han staff writer @dennyh_

Flag football

Round 2 of the intramural flag-football tournament was played Thursday, Sept. 29, in Veterans Stadium in a series of single-elimination men’s games among the PNK Wolves and American Criminal Justice Association, MossxGods and Faculty-Staff, the Order of Thor and Men of

Aztlan. Thor president Javier Salcedo said, “It was good see everyone out here supporting us. Go Thor.” PNK, MossxGods and Thor each won their games. The tournament then continued Thursday, Oct. 6, with games between MossxGods and PNK Wolves, Faculty-Staff and the American Criminal Justice Association, and the Order of Tong and the Men of Aztlan. The Faculty-Staff, MossxGods and Tong each were victorious.

Round 3 will be played today, Thursday, Oct. 13, at noon in the Stadium between MossxGods and Criminal Justice, PNK and Faculty-Staff and Thor and Tong.

3-on-3 soccer

The 2-part intramural 3-on-3 soccer tournament started Tuesday, Oct. 4, and concluded Tuesday, Oct. 11, with the Ladies of Athena and the Order of Thor’s Team Hammer declared as winners of the women’s and men’s division.

“Shout-outs to Ricardo (Ramos) for carrying us to third place,” Omar Mandozai, a member of PNK Wolf pack, exclaimed. The American Criminal Justice Association were the winners of the men’s loser bracket. Athena and PNK were the only teams in the women’s division. Teams involved in the men’s division included Thor’s Pi Gamma team, The Order of Tong’s Black and Red teams, the Men of Aztlan and PNK’s Wolfpack team.

October 13, 2016



CITY SPORTS Women’s basketball

Women’s volleyball

The LBCC’s women’s basketball 20162017 season will start Friday, Nov. 4, at the Mt. San Antonio College tip-off Tournament. The team is preparing for the upcoming season practicing for three hours a day, five days a week to hone their skills and improve team chemistry. According to LBCC’s Athletics website, five athletes will be transferring to other universities. Lupe Cruz will be going to Cal State San Marcos, Imani Johnson to Cal State Dominguez Hills, Sopavy Seng to Concordia University Irvine, Darshana Ta’afua to Cal State Long Beach and Jakarra Waddell to Chaminade University. With those spots needing to be filled, the team has been working to see what rotations work and what the incoming players can provide to fill those roles. During practice Monday, Oct. 10, assistant coach AJ Laguana talked about adjustments the team has been making to prepare for season, saying, “We aren’t as deep we have been, but we are relying on the leadership of Miranda Martinez and Ayerjenee Jeanmard to pull the team together.”

The LBCC’s women’s volleyball team defeated Los Angeles Harbor, 3-0, at home Wednesday, Sept. 28. The Vikings also had a road 3-1 victory against Cerritos on Friday, Sept. 30. The Vikings gained a third consecutive win, 3-0, against San Diego City at home Wednesday, Oct. 5. However, the winning streak came to an end Friday, Oct. 7 against El Camino with a 3-2 loss.

Women’s soccer

Rueben Strickland/Viking/@riselbcc SEASON PREP: CeAirra Clement, left, defends against Vivian Hernandez during a Viking practice in the Hall of Champions gym Monday, Oct. 10.

After a barrage of goals in an 8-0 victory over El Camino-Compton on Friday, Oct. 7, the Vikings women’s soccer team improved to 7-3-2 overall on the season. The Vikings are now 2-1-1 in the South Coast Conference.

Women’s cross country

The Vikings went to San Luis Obispo to participate in the Tour de Cuesta. Freshman Alex Ceballos landed a spot in the Top 10, with an overall mark of 20:04.1 over three miles with a 6:27.5-per-mile pace. Next up for the team is the South Coast Conference Championship on Friday, Oct. 28, at Legg Lake Park near Whittier. Men’s soccer

Electrifying chants came from the bleachers as the men’s soccer team entered its home field on Friday, Sept. 16, against Los Angeles Mission. Goalies from both teams played a strong defense not allowing a single score. Although the final result was 0-0, the determination to win was shown by both sides. Yellow flags were thrown, but no one fouled out. Attendance of Vikings fans play a key role in creating a team spirited atmosphere giving the team a needed confidence boost.

Aquatic legends inducted into Hall of Fame

11 Long Beach Olympians and 8 LBCC alumni, coaches and athletes, celebrated and remembered by over 270 family, friends and colleagues.

Story and Photo by Carlos Ochoa Opinion editor @CarlosochoaLA Fifteen Hall of Famers, including eight affiliated with LBCC, took to a stage Friday, Oct. 6, just 20 feet away from the channel connecting Naples to the Pete Archer Long Beach Rowing Center at Marine Stadium and at the heart of Olympic dreams. Inductees included deceased athletes, coaches and community figures Pete Archer, a multi-water sports coach, Ron Crawford, a water polo player, Monte Nitzkowski, a water polo coach, Klaus Barth, a swimmer and coach, Joan Van Bloom, a rower, and Lee Kirk, a water skier. Archer, Crawford, Nitzkowski, John Van Blom, Susie Atwood, Maureen O’Toole, Tom McKibbon and Pat McCor-

mick are all LBCC alumni or coaches. Nine are Long Beach State alumni and 11 were involved in U.S. Olympic teams. During the ceremony, people were seated at round tables, speaking to the Hall of Fame inductees, eating a Buffalo Wild Wings buffet and consuming alcohol to let the food down as the open patio that overlooks the channel and area where they grew up. Introductions were given by Rob Webb, 2016 Aquatic Capital board member, and Rich Foster, president of the Aquatic Capital group. The former athletes and coaches were inducted by 5-time Olympic swimmer John Naber, the family of the inductees and students in the community who share a passion for aquatic sport. Foster told over 270 people, “Unfortunately, some are not here, but they will forever have our love and respect.” Stories ranged from the history of the Aquatics Capital of America, a non-profit organization that supports regional and local efforts to cleanse waterways and promote aquatic sports in the community, to nostalgic memories about the deceased inaugural inductees. Family members of deceased inductees spoke about their experiences in dealing with losses.

Included was 4-time Olympian John Van Blom who talked about how his wife (2-time rowing Olympian Joan Van Blom) has been an inspiration to his family, the sport of rowing, the Long Beach community and their peers. After the celebration, an emotional Joe Scott, a former student of Klaus, said, “Klaus treated everyone the same and he had such a positive effect on all of us.”

Many more family members and friends spoke about the legacy of the inductees who had died and urged the community to become participated in aquatic events throughout Long Beach. Naber encouraged people to visit to learn about the organization’s goals to cleanse waterways and support the building of more aquatic facilities in Long Beach.

INDUCTION: Ceremonial speaker and Olympic champion swimmer John Naber inducts 2-time Olympian and LBCC alumna Susie Atwood into the Aquatic Capital of America Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Marine Stadium.

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Lissette Mendoza/Viking/@chingonapicosa KICKERS: Sophomore forward Savannah Christensen collides against El Camino College-Compton's Angie Valle on Friday, Oct. 7 at home. The Vikings won, 8-0.