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December 1, 2016 · Volume 90, Issue 7 · Published Since 1927

Julie Alm

Tiffany Case

Alejandro Lomeli


Joshua Miller

Four students chosen to receive Viking Award for leadership and — Focus, pages 12, 13 service — News, page 5 P L M /V hotos by






December 1, 2016

Joshua Miller/Viking/@joshua_miller8 FAREWELL: President Eloy Oakley describes his younger self as young and dumb on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in his office.

Oakley exits

By Carlos Ochoa Opinion editor @CarlosOchoaLA

After his 14-year involvement with LBCC, Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley will be leaving the college just before the end of the 2016 calendar year, being replaced in the meantime by Vice President of Administrative Services Ann-Marie Gabel. On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Student Trustee Alejandro Lomeli said, “It goes without saying that in no way am I exited to see President Oakley leave LBCC, but I know he will do an amazing job as the head of the California Community College system. He has proven to me time and time again that he values student perspectives and I don’t see that.” In an interview Tuesday morning, Nov. 29, in Oakley’s office in the T Building, he spoke about his four years in the U.S. Army, being a young father and attending Golden West Community College two years after leaving the military. “I was young, dumb and impatient,” said Oakley, describing his younger self as “just like anyone else.” In search of discipline, he joined the U.S. Army after graduating high school. “My life in the Army gave me the confidence I have today and those years gave me that perspective and allowed me to grow up,” Oakley said. It wasn’t long until the military made him realize where he wanted his future to go, he said.

“The officers in the military had something I didn’t have … a degree.” After his four years in the army ended, he spent two years working and taking care of his children, but never lost sight of college, attending Golden West. Oakley said his inspiration for the Long Beach College Promise today stems from Golden West’s completion programs that gave a clear road map to completion for students. “First-generation students like me had to stumble along and I don’t regret anything, but it took me years.” When talking about how he would safeguard his own progress within the last 14 years, Oakley listed three things: “The continuation of our strategic college plan that our faculty are dedicated to, a continuation of strong student leadership and the community’s appreciation of the necessity of the College Promise.” Near the end of the interview, Oakley described his worst day at LBCC. “The police shooting at the PCC.” The police shooting happened on June 19, 2014. Oakley told NBC Los Angeles reporters that day, “We are very fortunate that no one else was injured.” Aside from the shooting, he also referenced the year when he was forced to cut 11 departments and lay off 24 employees. “Some of the toughest days were when I had to lay off employees.” “There are days that are very tough, but it just comes with the job.”

Future promised By Carlos Ochoa Opinion editor @CarlosOchoaLA

College employees and students share differing opinions on the effectiveness of the Long Beach College Promise. Gabriela Legaspi, 18, a student taking an English 1 class this semester, said, “We do have some issues with students not coming to class, but I don’t think our class is being held back.” Several full-time and part-time employees in the English and Math departments who did not wish to be identified voiced concern over the Long Beach College Promise, saying the influx of students “water down” the rigor of the classes and force teachers to slow down the class. When asked for a response to the professors who are against the decrease in barriers with the Long Beach College Promise in an interview Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the LAC, President Eloy Oakley said, “The reality is we know what standards our Long Beach Unified School Districts (for preparation in Math and English courses) are up to par.” Oakley said the reality is that the issue is a challenge that every public institution in California faces and employees at the college should understand that LBCC is committed to being a first, second, third and fourth chance for students who struggle. “We are an institution who gives everyone a chance. Students have work, we have homeless students.” He admitted, however, the institution isn’t without its flaws. “We must work to

incentivize students more effectively. If you don’t show up to class, your grades reflect it and you will become less eligible for financial award.” The Long Beach College Promise, an effort promoted by LBCC that to extends the promise of education to every Long Beach Unified School District student aims to provide continuous support from pre-K through college by creating a partnership between the school district, LBCC, Calif State University and the City of Long Beach according to the Long Beach College Promise. In an interview on Tuesday, Nov. 22, with the Director of the Superintendent-President’s Office for LBCC Miles Nevin, said, “We are here to experiment for better alternatives. We understand the perspective of the faculty being told to buy into a new methods. Part of this is culture, we are not just one institution, but a cohort of institutions. We are here to test things out.” When talking about some of the new practices, Nevin said the development of new curriculum pathways and ridding the system of placement exams is a goal. He even called placement exams a “sham” saying they displaced students of color and minorities. According to The Century Foundation’s contributing writer Thomas Baileu, almost two-thirds of students who enter Community Colleges every year are judged to be academically not ready to engage in college-level coursework.” In a study, placement exams did not meet the standards of the “Four Keys” to college and career readiness.

December 1, 2016


Post-election results in counseling

COURAGE OVER FEAR: Samia Mohamed discusses the future her family might have being immigrants and her future as a student. She said both are uncertain in a Donald Trump administration during a seminar Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Story and photo By Fantacie Jackson News editor @_fantaciejm A safe place where students can share fears and concerns with others in an open and supportive environment about the recent presidential election. Was organized in LAC Northern Sun room on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Student health service director and presidential debrief mediator Virginia duRivage described the election outcome as an earthquake. “How can a person that has attacked my beliefs be the president?” Norman Tiedra, 21, a linguistics major, said he is hopeful that President elect Donald Trump will change his mind on immigration. “I’m still an illegal immigrant and in the middle of working on my papers, what’s going to happen to my status?” He said too much violence, going on throughout the country and wants people to come together. Lauren Harper, 27, a foreign language and photography major said when she sat down and watched Trump on the television program “60 minutes,” she noticed he was back-tracking on many things he campaigned about and said he was going to do while in office. Her friends asked her since the outcome will she remove her hijab and she tells them no. Harper said, “I have to take this day one step at a time. This outcome doesn’t define me because I can still make a difference.” Harper said she is a strong woman who has been through a lot and nothing will make her scared enough to go against her faith. Samia Mohamed, 17, an undecided ma-

Families connect for holiday

Time with relatives, shopping and decorating are on many lists at this time of year. By Josh Avendano Contributing writer

As the winter holidays are approaching, LBCC students are preparing for the holiday season. Most students will be spending time with friends and family. Cecilia Lujan, 52, a kinesiology major, said she is looking forward to spending her holiday season with her close family, especially her older sister Rose Gadomski, 65. Gadomski suffers from ALS. During this time of year, Lujan likes to focus on spreading love and positivity rather than just materialistic items.

“We like to focus more on spreading love and being together than the materialistic side of this season,”Lujan said. Lujan is looking forward to spending as much time with her family as they reminisce on the good times. Manuel Morena, 21, a kinesiology major, plans to spend his holiday season with his family. Morena is not one for presents and is undecided on what to get for his parents. The day after Christmas is Morena’s favorite, as his family cashes in on various sales. Morena likes to call the day after Christmas “Looting Day.” “I like to call it ‘Looting Day’ because we get all of the store’s unwanted things,” he said. As for the New Year, Morena has no resolutions but plans ring in th new year with his family watching a movie. Former veteran, Jeff Tarr, 54, an engineering major, is excited to spend the holiday’s with his family. The tradition around his house is preparing the food and every-

one giving a helping hand. “This is the one time of year that we are all together, it’s great having my kids and grandkids over, getting to spend all this time with them is amazing,” Tar said. Tarr is looking forward to watching his grandkids opening presents. Beatriz Garcia, 19, plans to spend her holiday season with close family and friends. Garcia and her friends play “White Elephant” and exchange presents for one another. She is looking forward to spending time with her grandmother and buying presents for her parents and brother. “I’m thinking of buying my brother a book, even though he doesn’t read, and a foot massager for my dad and I’m still deciding on what to get for my mom,” Garcia said. The tradition around Garcia’s house is to decorate as much as they can with lights and a well-lit tree.


jor, said when she checked Trump’s website she read his first 100 things to do list and saw he will take away visas and green cards, then send people back to their original country. Even though Mohamed is legal, her father isn’t. “If my father goes back to Egypt, a country that doesn’t want him, he will either be killed or jailed.” She said it has taken her family a long time to get where they’re at now and if he’s gone, her siblings will be forced to drop out and get jobs. Mohamed concerned with racial issues on campus since she and others have been attacked. The day after the election, Mohamed was approached by two women on her way to class. “They yelled racial slurs at

“I have to take each day one step at a time. This outcome doesn’t define me because I can still make a difference.” -Lauren Harper

27, foreign language and photo major

me and told me since Trump is president, we’re going to get you.” She said since the president-elect has said some racist comments before, she fears people will take matters in their own hands since they get this idea that it’s okay to be racist now.   DuRivage insured students if they see anything wrong happening, to not be afraid to stand up for what’s right. Also if any student needs someone to talk to or someone to confine in, her contact is (562) 938-3986.

Connecting By Jocelyn Perez-Ramos Contributing writer

Psychology and deaf studies are two majors that will allow LBCC student Luis Paredes to help anyone he comes across. Luis Paredes is attending LBCC with the intention to transfer and is a double major in psychology and deaf studies. Paredes is set on becoming a high school psychologist. He feels it is easier to communicate with the age group. Deaf studies would allow him to communicate with deaf students and those with special needs who know sign language. His chosen career path is one he believes requires an open mind. “Sometimes you’re not going to see things the way you want to see them,” he said. Paredes said as a younger student, he felt lonely due to language barriers. As he learned more English, he became the “goto guy for everyone to talk to.” He wants to be there for students who are going through struggles so that they don’t feel alone.



December 1, 2016

Crystal Adams-King/Viking PROTESTING PRESIDENT-ELECT: Around 700 protesters gather at and around Bixby Park in Long Beach on Saturday, Nov. 12, to voice frustration with the outcome of the presidential election.

‘No Trump’ chants ring out locally

By Denny Han Staff writer @dennyh_ and Crystal Adams-King Contributing writer

Long Beach was added to the list of politically disaffected cities on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 12, when the 700-plus crowd gathered at Bixby Park and the surrounding streets to peacefully protest the victory of President-elect Donald Trump, chanting, “Love trumps hate” and “This is what democracy looks like.” Many protesters explained their participation as stemming from Trump’s policies, which they perceive to violate civil rights and liberties. After staunchly supporting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton throughout the election, Mary Taylor, 45, and Grace Mucch, 56, attended the protest with picket signs criticizing Trump’s stances on abor-

tion and climate change. “We’re here in sol- hours of protesting to give their reasons for idarity for women’s rights, minority rights speaking out against Trump. and most of all, human rights,” Taylor said. Savanna, 15, an L.B. Milikan High James Spizk-Finch, 60, who attended School student, said, “I’m here for all the with his husband, called Trump’s platform young people who are afraid to speak up.” “disgusting” and “an affront to everyone’s Pauline, another protester who did not rights.” give her last name, said, “I’m here for all Ethan Becker, 20, said, “This is a major the children in my neighborhood who’ve point in history that been afraid to play people will be looking “We’re here in solidarity outside.” back on and I don’t When explainthink I’ve ever seen for women’s rights, mi- ing her motivation people as united as nority rights and most of for organizing the they are now. I came protest, Ware said, “I all, human rights.” here because I wanted cried when I found to see history. I wantthat he’d won. But I -Mary Taylor got tired of feeling ed to see unity.” Anti-Trump protester Spearheaded by weak and helpless. event organizers Maii I knew I had to do Ware, 29, and Toni Engberg, alongside something.” several volunteers, including LBCC stuThe organizers have since created the dents Dean Gadberry, 18, Eunice Vera, 19, group, Long Beach United Against Trump, and Elizabeth Murray, 19, the crowd ral- maintaining an active social-media preslied around Bixby Park’s stage after several ence to connect with people of Long Beach

and organize future demonstrations. The protest did not go without incident, however. While many blocked drivers showed solidarity and support with protesters, the disruption of traffic led to the one arrest of John Seberger, 32, on three misdemeanor accounts of public intoxication, walking in the roadway and resisting an officer, according to on-scene police. A Trump supporter was threatened and intimidated by a small group of protesters, much to the dismay of to the larger crowd, who chastised them for “jeopardizing the peaceful movement.” “Don’t give Trump a reason to dilute our message,” Ware said. “It’s about love, peace, safety and respect.” In the wake of hundreds of protests that erupted throughout the country since his victory, Trump tweeted Friday, Nov. 11, “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”

December 1, 2016


Cultural Council protests pipeline Story and photo by Hayley Hart Editor-in-Chief @hayleylhart

During the LAC Cultural Affairs Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15, Council Chair Cheyenne Phoenix, 21, a double major in sociology and statistics, announced the Cultural Affairs Council support of people protesting the oil pipeline near the

Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. Phoenix and others at the meeting are not only supporting the protesters with words, they have also started a donation drive and Phoenix is planning to drive and deliver the items herself with any in the group who want to join her. About the journey, Phoenix said at the meeting, “I would want to be there for two weeks if I could.” The details of the trip are

TAKING A STAND: Members of the LAC Cultural Affairs Council hang a sign in the E Building’s Nordic Lounge on Tuesday, Nov. 15, supporting the pipeline protesters at Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.

still in progress, but Phoenix let the group know it would be after the Fall semester. The drive will take 24 hours and it will likely be snowing. She also said the protesters’ camp has rules such as no weapons, drugs or alcohol allowed and it is a peaceful demonstration. Present at the meeting and wanting to help with delivering the donated items was Katherine Jackson, 19, an anthropology major. Jackson said, “I think Cheyenne is right when she talks about how everyone has a right to clean air. Everyone has a right to clean water. Everyone has a right to their own land. Especially because Native American were kicked off of most of their land and squeezed into smaller sections. I feel that it is extremely disgusting that we as Americans think it’s OK or don’t really mind damaging their land, damaging their future and pooping on the rights of people.” After the meeting several members of Cultural Affairs hung a banner pledging support for the protesters from the second floor railing in the LAC Nordic Lounge. Camille Bolton, Interim Student Success grant coordinator and ASB adviser, said “A lot of her planning will depend on her sources outside of LBCC. Inside LBCC however, Cheyenne is the chair of the Cultural Affairs Council and they are currently holding a fundraising and supply drive.” Items Cultural Affairs is requesting for the protesters include Winter clothing,


blankets, sleeping bags and solar-powered lights. Donation boxes are in the Student Life offices, EE102 at the PCC and E117 at the LAC.

“If you are a living human being on this earth, it your responsibility to stand up against this oil pipeline because your air, water and lives are on the lines here. You can’t drink oil.” -Cheyenne Phoenix

21, a major in sociology and statistics

Donations for the travelers should be made directly to Bolton or Phoenix. Phoenix said people traveling will need gas cards from Mobile or Shell and Wal-mart gift cards, but requests donations be made primarily for the protesters. Phoenix, from Navajo and Northern Paiute Nations and a Fancy Shawl dancer, said, “If you are a living human being on this earth, it your responsibility to stand up against this oil pipeline because your air, water and lives are on the lines here. You can’t drink oil!”

Viking recipients honored with ceremonies been doing. I had applied, but I wasn’t Award winners nominated I’ve expecting it.” by college employees and Alm, a human services major, said she was “absolutely excited and happy” about peers for contributions to the community and to the “It’s awesome, I’m excited, I was not expecting college. By Lissette Mendoza Image and photo editor @chingonapicosa Four new Viking Award winners will be recognized today, Thursday, Dec. 1, for their continued contributions to the campus and the community for multiple semesters. With the intent of being surprised, Alejandro Lomeli, Tiffany Case, Julie Alm, and Joshua Miller, were called into a “mystery meeting” with Interim Dean of Student Affairs Alicia Kruizenga, who notified them of being the recipients of the award. Student Trustee Lomeli, 21, an administration of justice major, in his third year at LBCC, said, “I’m excited. I’ve seen great people receive this award so I’m honored that the school recognized the work that

it, I plan on transferring to the University of Central Florida for social work next Fall.” -Tiffany Case

Representative of Student Services

receiving the award. She said her new goal is “transferring to Long Beach State next fall. It’s my first choice.” Case, Representative of Student Services at the PCC, a human services major, said, “It’s awesome, I’m excited, I was not expecting it, I plan on transferring to the University of Central Florida for social work next Fall.” Joshua Miller, 20, a photojournalism major, plans to transfer next Fall, was “pleasantly surprised and humbled” at win-

ning the award. He said, “I feel good, I’m glad to be of service to the college and to be able to tell the news through photos.” The winners will officially be receiving their awards at an ASB dinner reception today, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. in LBCC’s Bakery and Bistro. They will also be recognized at the PCC on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Student Life banquet in the JJ Building. The Viking Award is the highest honor a student can receive at LBCC. To be

considered for a Viking, the student has to be nominated by either employees or peers and then go through an application process. The student must have also previously earned an honors certificate and a leadership and service award. The awards are based on a student’s extracurricular activities, community service and academic achievements throughout their semesters at LBCC.



Publications recognized By Hayley Hart Editor-in-Chief @hayleylhart

“My photography professor, Jill Connelly, taught me to “shoot everything,” and that means shooting until you run out of time or card space.” The Viking newspaper, City magazine Jessica Sosa, 20, a communications maand on-the-spot contestants from LBCC jor at Citrus College and designer for the earned 18 awards at the annual Journalism college’s paper The Clarion, gave advice she Association of Community Colleges SoCal learned from her first JACC, “For anyone Conference on Saturday, Oct. 29. attending, whether it’s their first or 15th The conference at Cerritos College is a time, I’d suggest talking to anyone and evmix of workshops with professional jour- eryone. Networking is key! Don’t be afraid nalists, networking with other colleges or shy. Mostly everyone is kind and invitnewspapers’ staff and editors, on-the-spot ing and actually excited to meet other jourcontests and an awards ceremony. Work- no students.” Sosa competed in the news shops at this year’s conference included photo on-the-spot contest and is hoping tips on how to cover to start her own lifeHollywood, how to “I was so shocked be- style magazine in the make a brand for onefuture. self and hearing from cause it was my first time City magazine alumni who have and I was not expecting earned seven awards recently started in a at the conference’s it.” journalism career. ending ceremony. -Lissette Mendoza Magazine awards won Calvin B. Alagot, 20, a journalism major 27, a journalism maby LBCC journalism jor at Pierce College and first-place winner students were honorable mention for Irina in the on-the-spot news photo competi- Nizotseva and first place for Jerick LeBlanc tion, said, “I was looking for all the things in magazine photo, second place for Nizothat they teach you to look for in j-school tseva in photo story essay, fourth place for like action, interaction and a clean back- George Zuniga in news feature writing, ground. first place for Joshua Miller in cover design, “The shot that I ended up choosing, I third place for City Magazine staff for dedidn’t think I was going to win, but I chose sign and layout and the magazine earned it because it was the closest thing to an ac- general excellence the top award. tion shot.” The Viking newspaper also received Alagot said the winning shot was one seven awards at the conference. In the phoof the last he took. Alagot attributes his to illustration category Miller won fourth win to advice from a teacher, Alagot said, and second place, Jon Peacock won first

place for sports feature photo, for online photo story or essay, Miller won an honorable mention and third place, front page layout’s third place winner was Joshua Miller and the Viking also took general excellence. On-the-spot winners for LBCC were in news story with Denny Han in fourth place and an honorable mention for Crystal Adams-King and for news photo, Darrell James earned an honorable mention and Lissette Mendoza took fourth place. Mendoza, 20, a journalism major, said, “I was so shocked because it was my first time and I was not expecting it.”

Counselor is humbled by history during weeklong West African journey.

During his off time, Sheaffer visited Cape Coast Castle, a haunting reminder that sits on the coast. It was once used as a slave castle built by European traders in 1610. Thousands of enslaved Africans were brought to Cape Coast Castle to be auctioned off to slave ships. Africans were imprisoned in what the British called “slave holes,” or dungeons in the basement of the Castle that had little ventilation and no windows. Sheaffer said, “I was humbled to be standing at a place where my ancestors were stripped from their homeland, family, and friends. Sent to a place to work for free like a piece of property they were not. I did not think I would be do emotional from this experience, but I am. One of the best days of my life!” Ghana is having their upcoming presidential election on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Sheaffer met with several townspeople and made a discussion with regarding the political process. What was intriguing to him was that he the citizens express their concern on the American 2016 Election: “They were dumbfounded by Trump winning the election,” Sheaffer said, “They shook my hand and offered their condolences.”

MAN OF STEEL: JACC award-winning City magazine cover designed by Joshua Miller, 20, a photojournalism major.

Educational visit to Ghana higher education, more specifically inadequate public funds, low student participation rate and inadequate salaries. “Students are finishing school, but are not getting jobs,” Sheaffer said, “I heard a friend of mine said they are all dressed up By Joseph Herrera but with no place to go.” Staff writer According to World Bank, higher ed@josephherrera91 ucation in Ghana is disproportionately “consumed” by the richest 20 percent of “I would love to go back with my famithe population. Students from the highest ly. One of the things about Africa is that it income bracket have seven times more the is beautiful, Ghana is beautiful”. chance to enter and successfully complete Counselor Dewayne Sheaffer was inhigher education than students who come vited for a weeklong trip to the Republic from a lower income. of Ghana, a nation on West Africa’s Gulf Sheaffer also recalled a story of Guinea, to attend the Eduabout a man who was incarcercational International 10th furated for expressing his beliefs ther and Higher Education & on education. Miguel Angel Research Conference. Beltran, a teacher at ColomSheaffer was invited by Lily bia’s National University, studEskelsen Garcia, President of ied armed conflict and social the National Education Associdivision in Colombia. Beltran’s ation, the largest labor union in ideas displeased Colombia’s rulUnited States, to stay in Ghana ers and he has been imprisoned from Saturday, Nov. 12 to Saturintermittently since 2009. A Coday, Nov. 19. The education and Dewayne Sheaffer lombian academic has been acresearch conference took place quitted from his eight year sentence by the from Monday, Nov. 14 to Thursday, Nov. Colombian Supreme Court, making him a 16. Within the three-day span, the varying free man. topics included discussing research into

December 1, 2016

‘Young at heart’ learn entire life By Gleb Perch Staff writer @GPLBCC

LBCC’s Lifelong Learning Program on the PCC provides an opportunity for seniors to learn, have fun and make new friends in a classroom setting. Courses offered include music appreciation, current events, social media and tai chi. Karol Shuttlesworth, 61, who has worked for the program since the start of the semester, said the most popular class is music followed by current events. The current events class is taught by Mary Thoits, who started the program in 1978. She combines her knowledge of history with her experience as a Broadway performer to bring historical figures back to life, delighting and educating her audience. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, she performed as Virginia Woodhull, who in 1872 became the first woman to run for president of the U. S. The presentation was followed by a documentary, examining the stormy relationship between the media and the White House. With 10 minutes left in the class, Thoits took questions from the audience. Shuttlesworth said she loves her job, appreciating the “calm and mellow” atmosphere of the building that houses the program. She especially loved “getting to know the seniors more and more” over the course of the semester. “I love it here,” she said. “The seniors here are inspirational. They are truly young at heart.” Her favorite aspect about the program is the strong sense of community the classes create and the friendships they help bring to fruition. Sidny Hepson, 56, expressed similar sentiments. Hepson stressed that, according to scientific research, “one of the things that makes healthier seniors is social interaction.” Hepson brought up a case of a senior student’s wife died and his children moved to England. “The class has become a family for him,” she said. Hepson said she frequently runs into seniors who met at LBCC’s Lifelong Learning Program hanging out together after class at the park, art galleries and restaurants. In addition to offering classes, the program offers tours to museums, theaters, gardens and other local landmarks. The tours are especially popular amongst Long Beach seniors, with most seats filling up very quickly. “Every Monday,” Hepson said with a smile on her face, “I have at least one voicemail expressing gratitude” for the tour and included accommodations. The senior studies center can be reached at (562)938-3047, in FF108 and at LBCC. edu/seniorcenter.

December 1, 2016


New chief releases report

Incidents of bike thefts continue on both campuses and students are recommended to ‘use high-quality bike locks.’

October, noting his officers have “trends to be concerned with.” Liberman said October included three petty thefts at the PCC and three petty thefts at the LAC. In contrast, September had only two petty thefts at PCC and none at LAC. Also, two grand thefts were reported in October, one on each campus. Any appropriation of over $900 is legally considered a By Gleb Perch grand theft. “Generally, grand thefts involve Staff writer cell phones or laptops. Many students are @GPLBCC naïve and leave their expensive electronic Jeff Liberman, LBCC’s new police lieu- equipment lying all over the place. It’s unfortunate that this happens, tenant, assumed his post but it’s easily preventable,” when Lt. Darren Davenport Liberman said. “The best retired in November after way to avoid this situation is serving LBCC for a year. to never leave your electron“I’ve been working in the ic equipment unattended in Long Beach police departthe first place.” ment for two years,” LiberAn auto burglary was man said on Monday, Nov. also reported at the PCC, as 28. “I’m looking forward to well as a domestic violence working at LBCC, especially incident at the LAC. to improve our visibility and Despite the fact that engage more with employees crime reports have increased and students.” in October relative to the Jeff Liberman He stressed the need for previous month, Liberman police to play an active role in the communities they serve. Liberman avoided stoking panic: “Generally, college said he believes “building an intimate rela- campuses are safe locations. Certainly we tionship” with the community is crucially work hard to make it that way.” Alex Simpson, 31, a criminal justice important to ensure effective law enforcemajor, shared his opinion on campus safement. ty. “It’s pretty safe here, except at night I Liberman shared crime statistics for guess. But even then I don’t feel particular-

ly in danger. I don’t remember ever feeling unsafe here.” The new lieutenant gave some advice on how to avoid being the victim of campus crime. “We still continue to have bike thefts on both campuses,” Liberman said. “It’s very important that students use high-quality bike locks, as some thieves bring with them some pretty advanced equipment. “The most important thing is to exercise common sense and good judgment. The best advice I can give is if you ever feel threatened, don’t hesitate to call the police for help.” Student questions and concerns regarding campus safety policy may be addressed to LBCC’s Police Department office in Building EE at the PCC and Building X at the LAC. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional campus crime statistics as well as expert safety tips and advice may be found online at Crime data from 2015 specific to LBCC can be accessed through, on pages 18-21 of the 2015 annual security report.

Cost reduced with bin removal Recycling cans are being cut out to save money and for the convenience of students and employees. By Omar Reyes Contributing writer @salar0895

Students at LBCC will no longer worry about having to separate their trash and recyclables between the trash bins and the recycling bins. As of Tuesday, Nov. 15, the blue recycling bins had been collected of their final recyclables as students can now discard any waste products in any trash bin on campus including recyclables. A news statement made by LBCC reported the transition will “increase the efficiency of recycling, reduce costs and remove a step in discarding trash, while still remaining environmentally responsible.” Coinciding with America Recycles Day, any items discarded in the trash bins will

be separated between trash and recyclables by Athens Services, a waste collection service that has worked with LBCC for the past three years, said Stacey Toda, LBCC’s associate director of public affairs and marketing. Toda said the decision to compile all trash in trash bins to be separated by Athens was done to “increase efficiency because eliminating the blue recycling bins is easier since we won’t have to keep emptying and replacing them.” Toda said the removal of recycling bins will occur on the PCC and the LAC, but only on campus, as she expressed that normal city waste management or other colleges might now share the same process and could have separate containers for recyclables and other material. Toda jokingly said students wouldn’t have to feel guilty when disposing recyclables into trash bins. The transition has received positive feedback and support from Shannon Trisler, representative of sustainability for the Associated Student Body Cabinet. Trisler said LBCC is following the foot-

steps of leading waste-management companies, who are also participating in the system. Despite the change, Trisler, 21, a business operations major, said LBCC should have kept separate bins for other materials such as paper, plastic, compost and landfill. Trisler said, “I think this is the most cost-efficient way to go about it. Hopefully, even if little by little, LBCC will keep improving and I believe this will benefit the campus, the community and the environment.” Carolyn Horwich, 21, an environmental science major and secretary for sustainability, also supports the idea, but shares her viewpoint with Trisler about separate containers. She said, “We’re still working with the best ways to deal with these problems and since professionals know where each type of waste goes, students might not. Separate containers would increase student awareness and that information is implanted, we could help educated students to have the same level of knowledge as professionals.”

Officers dispatched


By Carlos Ochoa Opinion writer @CarlosOchoaLA

A woman wandered onto the LAC who appeared to have health issues Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., but campus police officers did not have details. The incident was reported to police by Associated Student Body Cabinet adviser Camille Bolton. Bolton said it is not illegal to walk onto a college campus. The campus police would not release any information involving the incident, but referred reporters to the Long Beach non-emergency police dispatch who were unaware of any incidents at the college. A call from Lt. Jeff Liberman of LBCC police around 7:30 p.m. confirmed the Long Beach Police Department was unaware of the incident involving a Starbucks vending machine that was vandalized.

Dreamers defended By Hayley Hart Editor-in-Chief @hayleylhart And BY Gleb Perch Staff writer @GPLBCC

Community Colleges in California have taken an official stand against disclosing immigration status to the government regardless of President-Elect Donald Trump’s potential policy shifts. According to a media release forwarded by LBCC President Eloy Oakley from the state Chancellor’s Office to all students and employees Tuesday, Nov. 29, the college is joining the U.C. and CSU systems to defend those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Francisca Mejía-Lopez, an LBCC teacher of Spanish 1 and 9, said, “The students who are DACA students are obviously very concerned that they will lose their rights or be deported. Many professors are worried as well.” “I don’t know if any of my students are DACA students. It’s not something you want to necessarily make public, not that there’s anything shameful about it. But I do know it’s very important in their lives and for their future,” Mejía-Lopez said. As to whether Oakley’s outreach efforts to the Trump will be successful, she said, “I don’t know. I think it’s important to send a message. Hopefully he will listen.”



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Dancers create ‘vibrant’ show Story by Deborah Salazar Staff Writer Photos by Joshua Miller Managing Editor @Joshua_Miller8 The LBCC performing arts department presented its Fall dance ensemble in concert Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20. In the lobby, concession tables included refreshments, raffle tickets and roses for sale. Meanwhile backstage, dancers were practicing with anticipation like children playing on a playground. However, once the curtain rose, the dancers became nearly professional performers. The show began with a spiritual roller-coaster ride of emotions through dance. The choreography and music had the audience tapping their feet and clapping their hands. Each dance routine consisted of a powerful display of body language accompanied with an array of music that was delightful and amazing to watch. During intermission, raffle ticket numbers were called by Joshua Dunn, a student with many talents, including house manager, emcee and comedian. Dunn capti-

vated the audience with laughter as he announced the raffle winners. In the lobby, a photo booth with props was set up for the guests. It was a popular spot at intermission. Brian Chem, engineering major, and Katrin Martinez, a kinesiology major, took pictures, having fun with the props in the photo booth. Chen said the performance was “vibrant.” Martinez said the show was “very well put together” and they both were enjoying themselves. Eireonna Trice, a nursing major, during intermission picked up her raffle ticket gift, a basket of fragrances. Trice said she enjoyed the performances and the master of ceremonies was funny. The show ended with a tribute to the veterans. “Stars and Stripes Forever” was choreographed by Stephanie Powell, in memory of her father, William Powell Sr. The music was by John Philip Sousa. The student choreographers, production crew, performing arts faculty, music faculty, theatre faculty and the performing arts staff, faculty choreographers and stage manager collaborated to make the concert a success.

STEP TO IT: LBCC’s Performing Arts Department showcases its Fall Dance Ensemble on Nov. 18, 19 and 20 at the LBCC Auditorium featuring dances arranged by faculty, guest and student choreographers.



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Keeping heritage alive Story and photos By Lissette Mendoza Photo and images editor @Chingonapicosa

The LAC Cultural Affairs Council and the Native American Students Association sponsored a mini -Pow Wow Performance in honor of Native American heritage month Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the LAC Nordic Lounge. Native American culture was celebrated with a mix of dancing, singing, drumming, storytelling and food. History of the regalia worn by the dancers was shared by several speakers throughout the evening. The portraits of the dancers show the men in traditional dress for the grass dance, northern traditional dance and fancy war dance. The women pictured are dressed for Southern traditional dance and fancy shawl dance.

Ashkii Kedenchii, 19, a student at Orange Coast College, wears a headdress featuring porcupine guard hairs and eagle plumes, pertaining to the Navajo tribe and performed a grass dance.

Nathan Logan, 22, majoring in business management at Cerritos College, descends from the Kickapoo and Navajo tribes. He performed a fancy war dance.

Jonathan Orozco, 10, of the Navajo tribe, performs a fancy war dance.

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Nico Phoenix, 23, displays his handmade traditional style regalia that took over a year to make. He belongs to the Sioux tribe from the Northern plains and performed a Northern traditional dance.

Alendra Logan, 20, has been dancing since she could walk and performs with the Eagles Spirit Dancers and the Intertribal Pow Wow Dancing group. She performed a Southern traditional dance.

LAC Cultural Affairs Chair Cheyenne Phoenix, 21, descends from the Navajo and Northern Paiute Nations tribes. She performed a fancy shawl dance.





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Fall semester

Ends Saturday, Dec. 17

Last day to return Fall textbook rentals

From the Viking News Staff

Friday, Dec. 16

Winter session

Jan. 3-Feb. 3, 5-week session

Winter session online open registration

Now through Dec. 11 and again Dec. 16-31

Last day to pay for Winter session: Tuesday, Dec. 13

Late registration with a permission number Jan. 3-6

Spring semester

Feb. 6–June 7 Registration ongoing

SCHOLARSHIPS LBCC scholarships deadline is Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m.

JAZZ CONCERTS “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the LAC Auditorium. Vocal Jazz concert directed by jazz director Andrea Calderwood. Admission Presale: Students, senior citizens and employees $5. General $10. At the door: Students, senior citizens and employees $7. General $12. Free to all local high school students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at be purchased at Parking will be free in lots D, E and F.

The LBCC Jazz Big Band concert

Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the LAC Auditorium The concert will feature 2-time Grammy Award winning saxophonist Ernie Watts and will be directed by director of instrumental jazz studies Patrick Sheng. Admission Presale: Students, senior citizens and employees $5. General $10. At the door: Students, senior citizens and employees $7. General $12. Free to all local high school students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at be purchased at

PCC AND LAC FOOD SERVICES Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Grill closes at 6:30 p.m.

LOST AND FOUND Now until Dec. 31, If a cell phone, wallet or keys were lost, check with the cashier’s office in PCC’s GG101 or LAC’s A1081


Public Meeting

PCC, Building II138 Friday, Dec. 9, from 10–11:30 a.m. Breakfast will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, contact Annie Chean at or (562) 938-3331

HOLIDAY CONCERTS Classics for the Holiday

Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in the LAC Auditorium

Symphony Orchestra

Guest Conductor Scott Arakawa


Sponsored by LBCC Student Health Services Relieve final exam anxiety with strategies for focusing and improving grades. Paper and color pages and pencils will be provided. PCC In the game room in the Student Union on Wednesday, Dec. 6, and Thursday, Dec. 14. LAC In E131 on Thursday, Dec. 7, and Wednesday Dec. 13. Hours for each day on both campuses are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

HOLIDAY DONATION DRIVE LBCC’s Nursing Student Association is hosting a holiday donation drive until Friday, Dec. 9. Donations may be taken to the holiday tree in the main lobby of the C Building at the LAC.

Chamber Orchestra

Conductor Brian Hamilton Featuring Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, The holiday music of Leroy Anderson, a holiday sing-along and other music. Presale for students, employees and senior citizens: $5 General admission presale: $10 At the door for students, employees and senior citizens: $7 General admission at the door: $12 Free refreshments at intermission

STUDENT POETRY READING LAC Marian Sims Baughn Literary Center in P104 Monday, Dec. 5, 12:30-2 p.m. A selection of poetry from English 50 students Jake Aguirre, Eduardo Cisneros, Kimberly Esslinger, Anyssa Staine, Daniel Kimble, James Petty, Amy ValenzuelaMier. The reading is open to everyone and free refreshments will be provided. Parking permits available in lots F, H and J for $2.

SPORTS Men’s basketball

Thursday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. vs. L.A. Valley at West L.A. College tournament Friday, Dec. 2, to be announced Saturday, Dec. 3, to be announced Thursday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. vs. MiraCosta at Saddleback College tournament Friday, Dec. 16, to be announced Saturday, Dec. 17, to be announced Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. at Cypress Saturday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. vs. Santa Barbara at Westmont College tournament Saturday, Jan. 7, to be announced Sunday, Jan. 8, to be announced Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. vs. L.A. Harbor Friday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m. vs. El Camino Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. at L.A. Southwest Friday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. vs. Cerritos

Women’s basketball

Thursday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. vs. Grossmont at Irvine Valley College tournament Friday, Dec. 9, to be announced Saturday, Dec. 10, to be announced Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. vs. Palomar at Fullerton College Tuesday, Dec. 27, tournament to be announced Wednesday, Dec. 28, to be announced Thursday, Dec. 29, to be announced Friday, Jan. 6, at 6 p.m. vs. Mt. San Antonio Wednesday, Jan 11, at 6 p.m. at Pasadena Friday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. vs. East Los Angeles at El Camino Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. vs. L.A. Harbor Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. vs. El Camino Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at L.A. Southwest Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. vs. Cerritos


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Keep Portland weird and cold Story and Photos by Joseph Herrera Staff Writer @josephherrera91

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The California sun was long gone and I never felt so excited to be in a new city. My girlfriend and I arrived to our hotel inn that sat across from

TRAPPED: Here I am stuck (literally) at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Portland State University on Thursday, Nov. 17, for a 4-day stay, expecting to catch a glimpse of nightlife culture. Unfortunately most of the businesses close at 9 p.m. The population prefer to shack up against the 45-degree weather rather than go wild out on the streets. The streets were dead quiet. The only entertaining thing was a small pizzeria bar that had four 30-somethings singing songs reminiscing on former high school glories. The next day I opened up the hotel curtains expecting to see the vitality that labeled “Portlandia” what it is, just like the comedy TV show on IFC. All I saw was a cloudy, near-gloomy and windy place. I kept my smiles up because after all, I was on vacation and said to myself, “When in Portland.” The highlight of the whole trip was making several fat runs to the junk-food haven “Voodoo Doughnuts,” a doughnut shop with fun options. My go-to option was the chocolate glazed donut with Oreo toppings drizzled with peanut butter sauce. If you’re reading this and thinking that sounds both delicious and fattening, you’re probably right. Luckily a sticker that was on the ATM saying, “It’s worth the weight” made me feel better about my tempting wants. The last day we experienced Forest


Low-cost culinary treats Local diversity offers food from around the globe. By Patty Miramontes Staff Writer @Pamiis23

Have a short break between classes and low on cash? Village Road Pizzeria is 0.3 miles away from the LAC at 4123 Norse Way and offers budget-friendly deals. Village Road Pizzeria offers a happy hour Monday through Friday from 2-5 p.m., $3 cold beer and pizza by the slice. They also offer dine-in specials, including one slice cheese pizza and a soda for $4.50 and one slice of cheese pizza and 1 pint for $6.50. Peter Hernandez, 18, a freshman said on Monday, Nov. 28, “Its the closest thing to New York City style pizza and I’ve just moved here from New York”. Village Road Pizzeria not only offers pizza by the slice, but also pasta dishes with garlic bread, sandwiches and hot wings all under $10. Whole pizzas start at $15 for an 18 inch cheese pizza.

Right across from Village Road Pizzeria is New Miyako, a Japanese fusion restaurant that also offers less-expensive meals. Gerardo Martinez, 28, a sophomore, said Monday, Nov. 28, “They serve the best chicken bowls for the soul.” Chicken bowls are served with rice, teriyaki sauce and chicken for $5.99. Another great deal is the chicken and roll, which comes with four pieces of California roll, two pieces of shrimp tempura, rice miso soup and a salad for $9.99. New Miyako also offers sushi, teriyaki bowls, poke bowls, eggs rolls and miso soup. New Miyako is located at 4501 E. Carson St. No. 107 El Burrito Grill is a mile away from the LAC and roughly a 10-minute drive. El Burrito Grill offers Mexican food from breakfast burritos to carne asada tacos and chicken flautas and shrimp cocktails. All food ranges between a $2.20 taco to $10.50 picadillo. David  Arrias, 20, a kinesiology major said, “It’s pretty authentic Mexican food. They have my business for life.” El Burrito Grill is located at 4101 N. Bellflower Blvd.  

Park, which at 5,157 acres is one of the largest urban parks in America. Large green trees that peak out over you grow an abundance of green moss. I’ve never seen anything so green and I’m pleased to say it is my favorite color, so I didn’t squirm like I was being forced to be there. A culture of uneasiness has surfaced lately in the green city regarding the migration of Californians. According to, Portlanders are concerned that out-of-state buyers will continue to raise real-estate market prices in Portland and decrease home affordability and availability. It is after all pretty cheap in Portland and I myself don’t want cause tension in a room after I declare myself a homegrown Californian. Another fun choice of leisure in Portland was to visit a vegan exotic dance club Casa Diablo, now I have to be careful with what I write and how I write it but let me tell you I’ve hardly experienced a situation where it was a win-win. The vegan options were amazing as well as the er.. um.. dances. If you ever decide to go to Portland, Oregon, make early reservations to visit in the summertime, since prices go up. I should have made those decisions early on, but instead gave myself a flight ticket for

the coldest time of the year. You can do all of this too, if you love being caught in the freeze-storm that awaits you.

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Speakers discuss diverse genders By Erin Asis Staff Writer @erin_asis

discomfort or distress because a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. Going through the transition takes a lot more than what meets the eye. A person LBCC’s anthropology and philosophy who is ready to begin their transition must departments hosted a seminar on transfirst be fully ready to begin the transition, gender identity titled “Gender Kaleidesto potentially lose valuable cope: Transgender Identity,” relationships and grieve their by Darya Teesewell and Broformer self. dy Fitzpatrick, who are both Next comes finding doctransgender. Students who tors and a psychiatrist who attended had the opportunity will assist in the person’s to listen to Brody and Darya transition. Once these are all talk about their journey done, the physical aspects of through their transition and the transition begin. The proeducate students on terms cess includes hormone-reused in the transgender complacement therapy, top surmunity. Brody Fitzpatrick gery for those transitioning Brody said, “I felt honored to from female-to-male if they choose to unbe asked to talk, it was my first time and dergo gender reconfirming surgery. I felt comfortable and I appreciated the When it comes to gender reconfirming support and questions from those who atsurgery, male-to-female surgery is comtended. Communication breaks down the monly much more costly and complicated wall of bias.” Gender dysphoria is defined as a condition where a person experiences to do. After the process is done, they must legally change their birth-assigned gender

and name with their bank accounts, the Sometimes it is preferred no gender DMV, pensions and on their birth certifi- specific terms be used, in that instance one cate, Social Security and passport. Letters would use their, they and them. from doctors and psychiatrists must be One other important fact is that it is provided. never appropriate to ask Vanessa Elgadi, 24, a someone who is transgender business major, said, “I if they have had gender rethought it was great and very confirmation surgery, as this moving. I liked how they deis private information and fined some terms and that not all transgender people made it easier to understand want the surgery. their story.” Teesewell said during Another topic Darya the seminar, “I expect to be and Brody discussed was called she, her, and miss. Esclarifying what is and isn’t pecially if I’ve gone through Darya Teesewell derogatory when using terms and all the trouble to make my makeasking questions. up look this good. It’s important that peoFor instance, using the terms “tranny”, ple know that a person’s gender isn’t the “he-she” and “she-male” are all derogatory. same as their birth-sex or their sexuality. It is also important to use the correct gen- Most transgender people know who they der. For example, if someone has transi- are from an early age.” tioned from female-to-male, people would To find out more information about the refer to them as his, him, sir or mister. For transgender community, people may visit someone who has transitioned from male- or to-female, people would use she, her and miss.

Artists pursue skills in creative areas By Irene Garcia Brizuela Contributing Writer

The Visual and Media Arts Department students at LBCC discussed how the classes they take and the projects assigned are helpful towards completing their majors and minors. The art program at LBCC is one of the largest in the California Community College system, it provides students with the finest and most comprehensive introduction to arts. The program provides the foundation for students to explore their inner creativity and offer art exhibitions. When talking about art classes helping his career, Christian Nava, 19, a marine biology major and art minor, said, “It will be very helpful for me because I’m not that great at painting and the classes I’ve been taking are helping me improve with painting and I wish to include my art major to draw the skeletons of the animals or to hopefully draw for textbooks.” The art program has a club for students to engage with other art majors or minors to create works of art and to develop their individual crafts. The club not only makes art projects, but they also host and attend other events. Lucy Hales, 21, an art major and history minor, said, “It’s a way to express myself. They give me projects to complete as a grade basis, but I complete it for myself rather for a grade. The satisfaction you get from completing a project is unique and it

Darrell James/Viking/@darrelljames_ SCREENPRINTING: Wes Hardesty, 21, a graphic design major, works on his final project for the silkscreen and printmaking course at the LAC on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

makes me feel happy. You can express any mood you want in painting, sculpture or any form you want.” LBCC has its own art gallery, in Building K100, across from the art history room. Exhibitions may vary depending on the

artist or theme. Josh Welsh, 21, an art history and history minor, said, “I say take Art 15 in Winter or Spring because that’s a beginning course in drawing, or they can take either Art 1 or Art 10 in Spring to get a background

knowledge in art.” Art classes include applied design, art history, ceramics, computer art, drawing, jewelry and metalwork, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.



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Cowboy fan named acting leader By Jaycob Martinez Contributing writer Ann-Marie Gabel, vice President and assistant superintendent of LBCC, will now take a higher position in becoming the acting president on Friday, Dec. 16, as current president, Oakley leaves the college. Gabel obtained a bachelor’s of science in business administration from Cal State Fullerton with an emphasis in accounting and a master’s in educational administration from University of La Verne. She also is a certified public accountant.

She began her career as an auditor of K-12 and Community College districts. During that time, Gabel said, “I gained an appreciation for Community Colleges and the mission they serve which made me aspire towards a career working for Community Colleges.” Being vice president of LBCC has come with many different challenges for Gabel. She said every day is different. Her responsibilities cover facilities, construction activities, technology, budget, finance, risk services and parking.


Gleb Perch/Viking/@GPLBCC Sergio Atanasio, 21, a business major, receives whipped cream to the face during a fundraiser event for Order of Tong on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Gabel said she feels being vice president has prepared her well for the role. “I have a thorough understanding of LBCC, our mission, our strategic plan and where we want to go. In my current role, I have worked closely with the Board of Trustees and our current superintendent-president,” she said. Gabel is involved with other organizations outside LBCC. She is on the Joint Powers Authority representing Community College districts throughout the state and is on several statewide committees that

work directly with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. She is a busy woman, but still manages to have free time to herself. She has a passion for reading and camping. Gabel said her favorite thing to do this time of year is to watch the NFL and root for the Dallas Cowboys, who are currently leading the NFC East. Gabel said, “I love LBCC, this is the best place that I have ever worked! The people here are wonderful and make LBCC a place where I want to come every day.”

Cabinet hears talk about Trump effect By Patricia Miramontes Staff writer @pamiis23 With the anti-Donald Trump sentiment dominating conversation across the country, the Associated Student Body Cabinet on Friday, Nov. 18, heard discussion on ways students and LBCC are dealing with the surprising and to some disturbing election results. During the public comment discussion, director of student discipline and Student Life Josh Williams reported on post-election incidents on campus and asked the Cabinet what kind of culture the campuses should include. Also Philosophy teacher Debbie Whitaker spoke on a post-election brain-storming session to promote zero tolerance in bigotry and a DREAMers student sanctuary Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. in LAC’s T2309. The search for a new president for LBCC

to replace Eloy Oakley also was discussed by the Cabinet. Two students are among the 22 voting members of the screening committee that will meet through the Winter Break, Winter term and into Spring to find the next president. Also, the Spanish Club wants to sponsor a foreign film fest for the Spring semester and hopes to include films in French, Italian and Japanese along with speakers and promotions. One movie will be at the PCC. The Cabinet approved funds and also suggested the club pursue a grant. Student transit was discussed for those who take the bus. The transport partnership proposal still is being completed and will be discussed when the Cabinet reconvenes in February. Items that were discussed, but delayed until the next meeting, involve Heads up America and the California Community College system update.

Photos take journey through PCC’s LUZ gallery By Denny Han Staff writer @dennyh_ Through the halls of the PCC, in Building EE109 is a display of artwork leading to the visual and media arts lab, titled the LUZ gallery. It’s a place where student Norman Roberts’ photographical work, titled “Destination to Nowhere,” was featured from Oct. 14-Nov. 16. “Destination to Nowhere” is a series of landscape photos taken of life, infrastructure and vast openness throughout the Californian deserts. Roberts said the landscape is often overlooked in the context of California’s cultural image filled with “city lights, palm trees and beach front man-

sions.” In the galley’s introduction label, Roberts said, “Take a drive a drive down one of the quiet highways sprawling across the vast swaths of desert and you’ll be sure to find man-made constructs dotting the landscape, even in the most unlikely of places. Some still in use, many abandoned, all of them desolate. Homes, businesses, roads all sit in various states of decay, slowly being reclaimed by the desert they tried to defy.” “Destination to Nowhere” is a study of the lonesome desert roads of California and the silent structures found along the way. Human imagination can give the monuments a voice before the desert reclaims the land they so begrudgingly lost,” Roberts said.

Antonieta Sanchez, 19, a film major, said, “There’s a feeling of melancholy that I really love when I look at this, but there’s also a bit of an inspiring factor to it that just makes me want to pack up my stuff and go camping out in the desert.” Carlos Narvaez, 19, an applied math and physics major, said, “I like how Roberts captures the vastness of our state. These pictures show just how little we are in the massive world out there.” The photos featured in the gallery are an exemplification of the common theme in his work based around humans effect on the natural landscape and environment. According to his biography, a collection of the photographs displayed in the gallery will later be featured in his titular book, “Destination to Nowhere.”

The LUZ Gallery recently opened as a counterpart to LAC’s art gallery in the K Building. In a press release on the LBCC website, gallery creator and visual media professor Brian Doan said, “The opportunity to exhibit artwork in this new gallery at PCC will help promote student success, enrich student activities and attract more students to the college.” The LUZ Gallery currently features a “Best of Semester” compilation displaying student work from the graphic design, film and photography departments. The work may be visited Mondays 1:309:30 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon.



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“What are your favorite holiday traditions?” By Fantacie Jackson and Susan Usas at the LAC on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Tuesday Nov. 29.

Vanessa Elgadi, 24, Business major, “Celebrating with lots of gingerbread.”

Monica Munoz, 19, Political science major “Family.”

David Meng, 29, Computer networking major “Opening gifts with my family.”

Johanna Juzman, 21, Psychology and sociology

Joseph Dominguez, 19, Neuroscience major “Halloween, because you have one night of being whoever you want.”

Lauren Harper, 27, Foreign language and Photography major “Sleeping.”

Robert Shockley, 60, Creative writing major “The day before Christmas Eve, I like to go out with my friends.”

Jose Salazor, 25, Biology major “I don’t know how to define holiday tradition, I feel like it is a cliché.”

Sean Abeynayake, 27, Astrophysics major “Saint hallows eve because it is a more social holiday.”

Kayla Palmer, 19, Social science major “Decorating.”

Calvin Alls, 19, Computer engineering major “Opening Christmas presents.”

Frank Vasquez, 51, Business major “Eating.”

Michelle Ruiz, 20, Communications major “Laughing around the table, playing heads up.”

Monica Tafoya, 23, Communications studies major “Christmas caroling with my family,telling Mexican folktales and passing family traditions on.”

Dusty Mamming, 31, Pyschology major “Eating with family.”

Alyna Boyer, 21, Auto mechanics major “The tree the lights and baking.”

Julia Spiros, 32, Nursing major “My parents bought PJ’s for chistmas. Continuing the tradition with my son.”

Christopher Dorseney, 19, English major “Christmas fun hanging with family.”

Jocar Hunter, 20, Business major “Eating with family.”


“I do a secret Santa.”

Simon Lim, 25, Criminal justice major “Telling stories with family, enjoying their company.”




Veterans not being serviced At the LAC, students have access to the Veterans Service Office and the Veterans Club. The office has services for the veteran students, but PCC Vice President Wayne Bergman said because of conflicting student schedules, the Veterans Service Office is not able to service the vets at both campuses. The issue has led to several attempts over the last couple of years to find a space at PCC for our veterans. If the college were able to create a service office for veterans at the PCC, it would allow privacy for veteran students to meet with veteran counselors, Financial Aid workers and therapists. The administration must make Veteran Services at PCC a priority for the Spring 2017 semester. It would allow for veteran students at

PCC to have a place to go to connect with campus professionals and a community of veterans and non-veterans alike. According to Student Veterans of America, a coalition of student-veteran groups on college campuses, veterans have the highest risk of dropping out of school their first year being back. However, veterans who make it through that first year, are reported to have the highest GPA and completion ratio. It should be the college’s responsibility to tear down those barriers at PCC and LAC. The college has run into roadblocks during the past few years in attempt of creating a space for veterans at PCC. Bergman has tried to work through the system and had student veterans sign a petition. Bergman said, “There will be a space for

vets once the GG Building was finished.” After the completion of the new building, the vets were given a window in Financial Aid. Since that development, Bergman has been working to form a veterans club on PCC, which is a chapter of the national organization that is the Student Veterans of America. The chapter will offer scholarships, speakers and leadership training. In addition to that, the college is working with the Student Senate of Community Colleges of California on Student Veteran issues that veterans face across California. The college has a long way to go to be able to accomplish making this happen, but we need to confirm the future of veteran services will be in good hands as soon as possible.

Illustration by Carlos Ochoa/Viking/@CarlosOchoaLA


De-stigmatize Community College

Why we should stop hating on our college By Denny Han Staff Writer @dennyh_

An elitist stigma exists toward the education provided at Community Colleges exists. It is one I absolutely despise because of the implication that we’re all either “too poor, too broken” or “too stupid” to be accepted into a “real” college. The stigma is posed not only by “real-college” students, but also by some of the students and teachers at LBCC. When I asked LBCC President Oakley on his position toward the stigma and why he’d gone to work for a Community College instead of a U.C. or CSU, he reminded me that he himself was a product of a Community College after returning from the military.

He explained, “I wouldn’t have had At the same time, while two-thirds these opportunities if it weren’t leave with over $35,000 in stufor a Community College, dent loan debt on average. Golden West College, and I’d The skills, knowledge and say that it gives thousands of education gained in the 2-years students just like me the same here, given to the opportunity opportunity.” seekers of all demographics, are And that’s what this is what ultimately lay the foundaabout. Opportunity. tion for a 4-year degree are the This isn’t a propaganda exact same as that of a university. piece for the Associated StuA freshman introductory dent Body to instill Viking economics course is still, at the spirit and it certainly isn’t an attack on end of the day, a freshman introductory those who chose to go to a university from economics course with the same material the start. being covered regardless This is a cold, hard, “‘Too poor’, ‘too bro- of who is teaching it. truthful reminder that And I, the impoverken’, or ‘too stupid’ to ished, we should be taking broken and moadvantage of every op- be accepted into a ronic reject of LBCC, portunity we can get ‘real’ college.” am leaving in 268 days in this time of severe for places like Berkeley, economic recovery where more than four Irvine, Davis or San Diego, and I am takout of five of those unbroken, adequately ing with me the debt-free, opportunistic funded and intelligent university students college education and experience I’ve had graduated in 2014 without a job. here with me.

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Darrell James/Viking/@darrelljames CLOSE TO THE ZONE: Sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Watson fights for touchdown territory against Bakersfield during the Viking’s Western State Bowl at home on Saturday, Nov. 19. LBCC defeated Bakersfield, 47-41.

Vikings elude Renegades to win bowl game By Darrell James Staff writer @DarrellJames_

The No. 7 Vikings defeated No.16 Bakersfield, 47-41, in the 2016 Western State Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19. LBCC ends its football season with a 9-2 overall record, finishing No. 7 in the state and No. 5 nationally, according to the California Community College Athletic Association Site. Freshman quarterback Jake Maier said, “You couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. Going into this year my expectations were to get a chance to play football, but I never expected it to end this great.” The Renegades scored the first touchdown after a 76-yard drive. Maier then connected with freshman wide receiver Jabari Minix for a 20-yard pass that brought LBCC to a 7-6 lead in the first quarter. Bakersfield then took a 13-7 lead. Sophomore running back Tyree Harris ran seven yards for a TD run, which tied the game at 13-13. The Renegade offense continued to

Men’s basketball It has been a rough start for the Vikings, opening up the season 1-5, but sophomores Jeremiah Blandin and Breamon Richard have shown strong performances through the first six games with both players averaging just over 16 points per game. LBCC heads to West Los Angeles for the next tournament, opening against LA Valley.

strike, taking a lead of 20-13. Sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Watson returned with an 11-yard reception from Maier that tied LBCC again with Bakersfield, 20-20. The Viking defense fought strong in the latter second quarter, halting the Renegades from scoring territory. Freshman defensive end Scotty Fao and sophomore defensive lineman Marcus Reynolds of LBCC recorded a dual sack. The stop was followed by another dual sack from freshman defensive lineman Adebayo Soremekun and sophomore linebacker Josh Allen. Maier then connected with sophomore wide receiver Jacob Welch for a 10-yard touchdown, which gave LBCC a 27-20 lead going into halftime. Freshman kicker Sergio Garcia booted a 30-yard field goal, extending the Vikings lead to 30-20 in the third quarter. The Renegades attempted to take lead in the late third quarter, closing the gap to three points at 30-27. The Vikings then extended the lead with another touchdown pass from Maier to Minix for 14 yards, bringing the score to 37-27. LBCC scored again in the fourth quarter with a 75-yard

touchdown pass from Maier to Watson, leading to an eventual 47-41 win for Long Beach. Maier finished the game with 477 yards and five touchdown passes. Maier was also named MVP for the 2016 Western State Bowl. Harris was named Player of the Game with 21 carries and a TD. He reached a career high of 126. Harris also hauled in two passes for 26 yards. Welch led the Viking offense in receiving by catching eight passes for 171 yards and one touchdown. Watson finished shy of 100 yards with three catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Minix finished with seven catches for 73 yards and two touchdown and also rushed the ball five times for 29 yards. Fao was recorded with six stops and 2.5 sacks for a 9-yard loss. Sophomore defensive back DeMonte King recorded five stops. Reynolds and Allen recorded two tackles with both resulting in a 14-yard loss. Reynolds also recorded two sacks. LBCC coach Brett Peabody said, “I’m glad for the win tonight, but there’s still much to improve regarding focus and discipline for a better next season.”


Intramural football The end of the 2-month long flag-football tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 15, marked the completion of the Intramural sports season of the Fall. The Ladies of Athena and the Faculty Staff ’s team won the women and men’s division. The women’s division consisted of TNT’s Mighty Ducks, PNK’s Black and White teams, TLS and American Criminal Justice Association.

The men’s division featured the Men of Aztlan, PNK Wolves, Order of Thor, Order of Tong and MossXGods. Thor Club President Javier Salcedo, said, “We had fun anyway despite our loss. Sam Goulding is a great guy. I just wish we were able to play volleyball, but that got postponed.”


Passing yards - Jake Meier (3,689) Rushing yards - Tyree Harris (658)

Receiving yards - Jacob Welch (907) Kick and punt return yards - Justin Collins (376) All-purpose yards - Jabari Minix (915) Receiving touchdowns - Jaylen Watson (10) Rushing touchdowns - Tyree Harris (6) Total tackles - Isaia Rosten (42) Solo tackles - Kahlil Rashad-Brown (29) Sacks - Adebayo Soremekun (5.5) Interceptions - Darnay Harris (2) Defensive touchdowns - Darnay Harris (2) Pass break-ups - Chaz Sanders (7)

Women’s soccer The Vikings finished their season Nov. 10 with a 2-0 win over Pasadena to push their overall record on the season to 10-6-5. Despite a winning record, they were not able to make it to the playoffs but with 11 freshmen on the team, the Vikes say they have a good chance to build on this season’s efforts.



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Vikings volley for SCC title By Lissette Mendoza Photo and images editor @Chingonapicosa

Joseph Herrera/Viking/@josephherrera91 SEASON READY: Miranda Martinez, left, plays defense against Vivian Hernandez at a practice prior to the season tip-off.

Vikes get the ball rolling By Rueben Strickland Sports editor @RiseLBC

The women’s basketball season tipped off and the Vikings won five of their first nine games. They started the season Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Mt. SAC Tip-Off with a 79-22 win over San Bernardino Valley and followed with a 60-52 victory over Rio Hondo. The Vikes suffered their first loss to Mt. SAC, 74-51, despite a 23-point perfor-

mance from sophomore forward Ayerjenee Jeanmard. Starting Thursday, Nov. 10, the Vikings participated in Pasadena City’s President’s Roundball Classic, ending the weekend 2-1, with victories over West Los Angeles, 48-40, and Los Angeles Southwest, 88-35, and a loss to Sequoias, 65-60. Vikings sophomore center Miranda Martinez was the standout in the tournament, recording a 19-point, 9-rebound game against Southwest, 25-point, 9-rebound outing against Sequoias.

Men’s soccer team ends the season with a tie

By Deborah Salazar Staff writer On Thursday, Nov. 10, the men’s soccer team faced off against Pasadena’s Lancers and tied, 2-2, but did not make the playoffs. Defense played a major factor in the game. In the first seconds, Viking Jorge

Garcia set a shot up for Edgar Gonzalez for a goal. Vikings players Victor Naves and Hector Rojo set up and shot and passed the Lancers defense and their goalie. The Vikings ended their season with an overall record of 6-8-7 and a South Coast conference record of 5-2-1.

In their most recent tournament at Ventura College, the Vikings went 2-1. Although the Vikes left with two losses, Jeanmard showed up big, averaging 19.3 points, eight rebounds over the three games. The Vikings continue Thursday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. against Grossmont in the start of the Irvine Valley Tournament.

With spirits high after eight consecutive wins, the No. 22 women’s volleyball team hosted No. 8 El Camino for the South Coast Conference finale at the Hall of Champions on Wednesday, Nov. 16. With both sides of the gym packed with hyped-up supporters, LBCC began leading the match 2-0, but ended with a disappointing 3-2 defeat. Set scores were 27-29, 19-25, 25-18, 25-13 and 15-10. Before the match, a tailgate was sponsored by Legends Bar and Grill at 5 p.m. and free food was given to the first 100 people who arrived. The game also featured LBCC honoring its sophomores. During the game breaks, contests and raffles included gift cards and LBCC apparel. Admission was $5 per person and free with a valid LBCC ID. Bouncing back from the loss, the No. 16 Vikings won their first round SoCal regional playoff Tuesday, Nov. 22, over Saddleback in Mission Viejo, 3-1, with set scores of 28-26, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20, advancing to the second round against Grossmont in San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 26. However, that was as far as the Vikes would go with a loss of 3-0 and set scores of 25-23, 25-14, 25-21. In addition to being coach for the indoor women’s volleyball team, Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor will be coaching LBCC’s newly created women’s beach volleyball team in the Spring semester. May-Treanor earned three gold medals for beach volleyball at the Olympics in 2014, 2008 and 2012 along with three gold and silver at the Beach Volleyball World Championships.

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Provided by Golden West College/@gwchb ONE STOP: Viking attacker Andrew Ingram and goalie Nick Wood make it difficult on Golden West player in state final won by the Rustlers.

Vikings battle, but fall in state By Carlos Ochoa Opinion Editor @CarlosochoaLA The LBCC men’s water polo team lost, 15-8, to Golden West on Saturday, Nov. 19 in the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship. The Vikings boasted an overall record of 22-7 and a 7-1 South Coast Conference

record, with their only conference loss to Golden West. The Vikings faced Golden West for the fourth straight year and fifth time in the last six years in the state finals. The Vikings returned this year as winners of nine state championships and defending champions, but failed to hold onto the title. The Vikings scored two goals in each of the first three quarters and only one in the

fourth quarter. Golden West took over each quarter, scoring three goals each in the first two quarters, six goals in the third and three more in the final quarter. On Monday, Nov. 21, sports information director Nicho DellaValle, said, “We have a great success in the men’s water polo team. We made the state tournament for the last four of five years and they set the

pace for LBCC athletics as a whole.” Viking players Victoria Johnson was named team Most Valuable Player for the women’s team and Teo Dadic took similar honors for the men. LBCC coach Chris Oeding was honored as Coach of the Year. According to, the Vikings are second in CCCAA history with nine state titles.

utes from her total season mark. Freshman Destiny Diaz stayed consistent throughout the season, earning 51st place in the Southern Section championship with a 20:30.9 mark and a 19:48 time at the state meet. With six runners returning next season, the Vikings will look to duplicate or even top their 2016 season coaches said. Julio Jimenez, who coaches the men’s cross country program and oversees the women’s program at LBCC, on Monday, Nov. 28, shared his thoughts on the teams, how they performed this season and what prospects the future holds for both teams. As usual, the beginning of the season was difficult, yet rewarding, especially for new players, he said: “We had to adapt to some freshman who just joined our team. In high school, they run for 5 km, which is around 3.1 miles. In college, we run 5 miles, which is a significant step up in difficulty.” Over the course of the season, extensive practice and coaching forged both teams

into powerful squads, he said. Both teams finished their season at the SoCal championship, yet only the women’s team placed in the Top 10 statewide. “The men’s team was bummed that we couldn’t make it,” Jimenez said. “I’ve been here for four years and seen a lot and this team is very good, a very tight-knit community, like an extended family. They’re such good kids, it’s a real bummer their season ended shortly.” The women’s team, which placed 10th in the state, owed much of its success to runner Alexis Ceballos. Ceballos, who received the MVP award, placed 11th in the SoCal region and 7th at the state meet. “Alexis, she’s definitely patient, very coachable. Sometimes you get athletes who don’t listen to the coach and kind of do their own thing. Alexis is different,” Jimenez added. “She’s a very friendly woman and it translates into a very non-aggressive style of play. Sometimes I have to remind her to be more aggressive, to really go out and get

it if you know what I mean.” The women’s team achieved tremendous success, despite the difficulties they faced. “Our women’s roster had only six women. Most teams have at least seven, some have 15-20 including backup in case someone gets sick or gets injured. We didn’t even have a full group, yet we did really well.” While Jimenez was impressed by the performance of all the athletes he coached, one stood out more than any other. “A huge part of our success is Melissa Higueros,” Jimenez said. Since the beginning of the season, she saw a “major improvement, 90 second improvement in the 5-mile run. She over performed and we won. The whole team did well, but she really stood out. If she had performed as before, we would have been in 15th place instead of 10th.”

Cross country team makes history By Rueben Strickland Sports Editor @RiseLBC and By Gleb Perch Staff Writer @GPLBCC

The Viking women’s cross-country team has been successful this season, finishing strong with a 12th place spot in the Southern California Championship. With a time of 19:07.4, the Vikings qualified for the California Community College Athletic Association State meet for the first time since 2006. At the State Championship in Fresno, the Vikings continued to make history, coming in the 10th place while earning 349 points and a time of 1:41:16. Sophomore Alexis Ceballos has led the Vikings, earning All-American honors after her 18:35.0 mark over 3 miles in the state meet and overall shaving off two min-

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Lissette Mendoza/Viking/@chingonapicosa STRETCH: Sophomore outside hitter Jessica Kaeka attempts to block a shot from El Camino’s sophomore server Megan Lim at the South Coast Conference finale in the Hall of Champions on Wednesday, Nov. 16. El Camino won 3-2.

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