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September 19, 2013

Volume 87, Issue 3

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Mini Grand Prix rides again Student Life reverses decision and students required to take greater role in leadership.

By Edward Mahurien Managing Editor As swiftly as the push carts crossed the finish line last Spring, as quickly as the office of Student Life canceled the Mini Grand Prix, it is now back on with certain conditions. Dean of Student Affairs Connie Sears announced the decision to reinstate the event at the ASB Cabinet meeting Monday, Sept. 9 during the meeting in LL 102 on the PCC.

Among the biggest changes, students will now be actively involved in the planning and execution of the event with the lack of funding being made up by three generous donors. Director of Discipline and Student Life Rosio Becerra, Director of Student Life Anita Gibbins and Sears said they will fund the additional staff hours personally. The financial aspect is a change from staff shortages, which was the original reason for the cancellation. The event is fully funded within the ASB budget. Lack of funding was not cited in their decision to cancel the event. While the race is officially reinstated, Student Life leaders have set conditions that will save the event this year. Sears told the Cabinet that

Student Life does not anticipate the additional funding in staff hours to be necessary in the future if students become the driving force behind the event. Student Life anticipates funding 360 additional staff hours, or nine weeks of pay for the three day event without the cost known. Cabinet Adviser Derek Oriee said he was happy to see the event saved, noting he’s only missed two races in 24 years. Taking advice from men’s social service club Aztlan Student Senate representative Diego Navarro’s comment, greater student involvement with the planning and coordination of the event will be utilized. Sears told the Cabinet she wants the race to be student-driven where they will actively plan

and coordinate the event to fulfill leadership requirements. LBCC President Eloy Oakley sees a positive change in Student Life, saying, “The Mini Grand Prix is a college tradition that has proudly been run by and for students.” Oakley added he strongly supports student activities that foster college pride and fully supports the participation of students in the running of the race. Jeri Carter, the former head of PCC Student Life and long-time advocate of the Mini Grand Prix, praised the decision to include students as she says it’s vital to leadership training. “In my opinion, the role of the Student Life staff is to teach leadership. Our main job is to teach students to put on an event.”

How it happened: uConnie Sears, Rosio Becerra and Anita Gibbins propose to fund 360 staff hours out of their pockets. uGreater student involvement in the process, planning and coordination of the Mini Grand Prix. uStudent Life doesn’t anticipate the need for additional funding if students get involved. uFunding hypothetically could be pulled in the future if students fail to participate in the planning.

Volunteers needed for beach clean-up Students and employees team up with Heal the Bay for day of service.

seeing the beaches that needed to be cleaned: “It’s unfortunate when you see that beaches are not clean. Coming from the islands, where the beach is like your second home, coming back and see that the beaches are not as cared By Cesar Hernandez for is a sad view.” Staff Writer In all, 73,000 pounds of trash and 144 pounds of waste were Volunteers from LBCC and removed from beaches last year. around the world will gather Sat- Marissa Maggio, coastal cleanup urday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to day coordinator, said, “We hope noon to clean up beaches. to break last year’s goal, but we Heal the Bay has made coastal have to remember it’s all about cleanup day its mission, to gather saving the earth and having fun people from all places and clean with it.” Many students describe up beaches, the event kayak sites “Volunteers leave with a sense as reand inland warding of joy on their face knowing they and challocations. Shuntece cleaned up their home.” lenging, Laurant, 21, as Mag-Marissa Maggio gio, said, a criminolCoastal clean-up day coordinator ogy major, “Our goal said, “Coastal clean-up day is an is to have as many people possiimportant day. Each person can ble come in and volunteer in this make a difference in picking up a event where everyone makes a few pieces of trash.” difference.” As the 29th national coastal Maggio mentioned the sense cleanup day, “The largest vol- of gratitude that is felt once the unteer day on the planet” gets task has been completed. “Voluncloser, Heal the Bay, Los Ange- teers leave with a sense of accomles County and the LBCC Viking plishment that their help was put volunteer program are taking the to a great cause. Volunteers leave lead role to clean up 50 areas. with a look of joy on their face In last year’s coastal cleanup knowing that they have helped day, 63,000 people volunteered to their home.” clean 50 to 60 sites. Teila RobertStudents may contact Maggio son, Student life coordinator, de- at (310)451-1500 or mmaggio@ scribes the initial feeling she got for more info.

Caleb Ellis/Viking JUST A LITTLE OFF THE TOP: Leanne Whitehouse, 18, a theatre major, checks her phone next to one of the 20 palms trees scheduled to be replaced in October.


By Eliza de la Flor Copy Editor

After enduring construction and obstructions, students at the LAC can enjoy the Front Quad, but the landscape view includes the sawed-off stumps of recently planted palm trees that several sources described as “defective.” The trees were planted near the beginning of last Spring’s semester. Several were noticed to be doing poorly soon after. Some students are enjoying the Front Quad despite knowing that new trees signify more construction this semester. Ashley Gies, said, “I like how it looks, it’s awesome. Yeah, the dead trees bring the •

look down. It looks a little worse with those. But when those are gone, I know it’s going to look great.” Other students expressed some frustrations with the project. Daniel Castle, said, “They just put these trees up last semester, and this looks terrible. They did all this work and now they’re going to do it again. I think it’s pretty terrible and when it comes to the grass quality, I give them a ‘D’ for effort.” Mark Taylor, director of public affairs, said, “The original palms were planted Jan. 22 and Feb. 1. They are under warranty. We are replacing a total of 20 palms during the month of October. All of the costs of re-


placing the trees will be covered by insurance so no additional bond or district funds will be required.” The contract was initially handled by CS Legacy construction company. Adrian Vargas, purchasing agent, said he believed “irrigation issues” occurred and the trees were not being properly watered. Irrigation issues were confirmed by John Viera, project estimator at Park West Landscape, the company now handling the contract. “At each tree location, an additional irrigation head is being added. The same species, phoenix canariensis, will be replacing the removed trees,” Viera said.




September 19, 2013

Summer and Winter class fees may rise By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer

Arieel alcaraz/Viking Sarah Chesher, 19, an English major, relaxes in her own hammock at the LAC between the Fish Bowl and Building F on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Chesher was reading “Necessary Shakespeare” by David Bevington for a class. The temperature was in the 80s.

Two trustees face recall Clark, Kellogg not targeted by students. By Elizabeth Cheruto News Editor Only LBCC Trustees Doug Otto and Roberto Uranga are facing a recall movement, not Trustees Tom Clark and Jeff Kellogg. Los Angeles County election officials confirmed the recall

Tuesday, Sept. 16. Former Student Trustee Jason Troia and co-organizer David Root, 48, an auto body major, launched the recall in April. Root confirmed the recall process is still underway and said they are working on the paper work to meet all the requirements. The recall was launched after trustees voted to eliminate 11 trade programs in January. The recall has been hampered

by paper work errors. In May Troia led hundreds of students in a protest in support of the recall. There have been several student protests supporting the recall effort. Jeffrey Kellogg and Thomas Clark had previously been linked to the recall. Kellogg and Clark voted with Otto and Uranga to support a proposal by the LBCC administration and the Board to eliminate the trade programs.

The cost of Summer and Winter units may rise due to the approval of Assembly Bill 955. The bill that would raise fees from $46 to $200 per unit for the special sessions starting this Winter passed in the Assembly on Sept. 10 and in the Senate on Sept. 9 . LBCC Civic Engagement Club President Jessica Bracho, a sociology major, said, “We are gathering students, teachers and community members to help us kill AB 955.” “We hope that Gov. Jerry Brown will take our many voices in opposition to AB 955 into consideration and veto this bill.” The bill is in Brown’s office, but he has not announced if he will sign it. Meanwhile, LBCC’s student Cabinet planned to meet in special session Wednesday, Sept. 18, to debate whether to oppose or support the bill LBCC President Eloy Oakley stated in the Long Beach Register, “State budget cuts have left Community Colleges with no alternatives other than to reduce the number of class offerings available to students. “More than 500,000 students have been affected statewide. “Signing of AB 955 gives

low-income, veterans and waitlist students the ability to enroll for Summer and Winter classes” at a higher price. According to a March 2013 report by the Public Policy Institute of California, the number of courses offered at Community Colleges has declined by 21 percent since 2008, with almost 60 percent of the drop coming from reduced Summer term classes. Cedric Anderson, 19, an anthropology major, said, “The reason I am fighting as hard as I am against this bill is because no student had any say in a matter that affects them directly. “I have hope that everyone will connect to veto this bill. ” Valentino Calderon said, “I know a lot of students need intersession classes, because most of the students are full-time workers or parents. “Community Colleges are key in providing California residents with educational and professional goals.” Stephanie Deschams, 24, a nursing and psychology major, said, “Our voices are not being heard. The next step is to veto the bill. “We have created an online petition to veto AB 955 and I urge students to visit our website and sign the petition. The link is”


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September 19, 2013

Grad deadline includes 60-unit requirement



By Madison Salter Staff Writer

Not all LBCC students are able to get their required courses. Analiz Ramirez, 23, a nursing Students applying for Fall major, said, “It’s so hard to get 2013 graduation must submit into the classes that I need for the their applications by Friday, Sept. RN program. It’s very stressful 27 by noon. because I make up my mind on Applications for certificates one class and if I’m not able to get and degrees may be found in the the one I need I have to think of Admissions and Records office at something else to take.” the LAC in A1075 or at the PCC Lorraine Blouin, head of the in MD135. Office hours are Mon- counseling department, said studay through Thursday 8 a.m.-6 dents need to know which general p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. education plan to follow. She also Forms are also available online. said students need to stay aware Students of the plans need 60 because it degree-ap- “There will be no exceptions for makes a p l i c a b l e late submissions.” difference units to be in what -Lorraine Blouin eligible to Head of counseling department c o u r s e s graduate. they take. Courses numbered 1-99 are Regarding graduation deadall applicable for graduation and lines, Blouin said, “There will be transfer. Courses numbered 100- no exceptions for late submis599 are eligible for graduation sions.” only. For example, English 801 Students may contact a counwould not be applicable, but En- selor for curriculum guidelines glish 1 would be. regarding certificates and degrees. A minimum cumulative GPA Counseling offices are open Monof 2.0 is required for all graduat- day through Friday. ing students. Students may make appointTherese Rizarri, 19, a bio- ments by phone at (562) 938-4560 chemistry and molecular biology for the LAC and (562) 938-3920 major, said, “I’m getting my asso- for the PCC or online. Guidelines ciate’s degree in mathematics. I’ve are offered at pretty lucky and gotten into tion/guides.cfm. all the classes that I need. For more information stuI set goals for myself every se- dents may visit the LAC and the mester and have been able to ac- PCC Admissions and Records complish them.” offices. After graduation, Rizarri The offices may also be plans to transfer to U.C. Irvine. reached by phone, at (562) 938She said she hopes to become a 4136 for the LAC and (562) 938surgeon. 3944 for the PCC.

Arieel Alcaraz/Viking THRILLING: Darell James, far right, and Tammy Kaehler, sign a book for John Tobbe, left, during their visit and talk at LBCC on Friday, Sept 13.

Authors mystify students Mystery writers shock audience with novel series. By Katie Cortez Staff Writer Students and teachers filled every seat in P104 on the LAC at the LBCC Foundation and Library and Learning Resources Associates mystery and thriller book signing and Q&A on Friday, Sept. 13. Students and teachers listened in suspense as mystery and thriller authors Tammy Kaehler and Darrell James spoke about writing future novels and answered



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22, haunt the events every semester to learn more about the publishing industry. Even with the superstitious event date, the students didn’t hesitate to attend the event. Radtke said, “Friday the 13th is just all in people’s heads.”Hemsath said, “We come here for the authors’ commentary.” Once a semester, the Foundation and Library and Learning Resources Associates collaborate to bring authors to campus to raise funds for the Library and Learning Resources Center. All revenue brought in from sales is being used to help support school programs such as scholarships, campus beautification, the library and athletics.

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released a statement saying, “The document pertains to pending litigation and will not be disclosed. While the district believes the claims contained in the document are without merit, the district has been advised not to comment further.” Whatever the position taken by the board, Troia said, “The complaint was filed on behalf of the previous ASB Executive Board against the LBCC Board of Trustees and the current ASB Executive Board is aware of the complaint. The LBCC Board of Trustees has 30 days to dispute the charges or not, which implies they agree with the allegations.” Troia said after the district responds to the complaint, everything will then be moved to Superior Court.

Ex-student trustee sues Board of Trustees

Although he transferred to U.C. Berkeley at the end of the 2013 Spring semester, former Student Trustee Jason Troia is still making his presence felt at LBCC. Troia said he has filed a complaint with the LBCC Board of Trustees on behalf of the ASB board of Executive Board in what Trustee Jeff Kellogg said “is a document so convoluted with allegations that we aren’t sure of what direction we want to take right now.” LBCC has 30 days to respond to the complaints and officials are not commenting on what specifically the document says. Mark Taylor, the LBCC director of College Advancement, Public Affairs and Governmental Relations, has

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questions about the publication process. James said, “I’m excited to talk to the students and answer their questions.” The authors certainly did answer questions about publication and the trials they went through to see their stories in print. James said that “Nazareth Child,” his first book, was rejected 67 times before going to print and eventually winning best new book of 2011. Chelsea Smith, 21, a creative writing major, said, “It was nice to know that even published authors who know what they’re doing, struggle to get published at first.” Creative writing majors Molly Radtke, 19, and Cara Hemsath,

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September 19, 2013

Alternative energy leads to future

By Katie Cortez Staff Writer

ural gas, fuel cells, propane, liquefied natural gas, vegetable oil and hybrid vehicles. Fuel-celled vehicles are not expected to hit the market until 2015, however. Macy said some of the first fuel cells were sent to LBCC’s

Apart from teaching automotive students about alternative fuels, “80 percent of the people Despite the many automotive trained” in the field in California classes that were cut last semesare either trained at LBCC or reter, the advanced transportation quest Macy and his department to technology program at LBCC is visit their facilities to train their still serving students. workers. The program focuses “If a dealer wants to on alternative fuels and the “This way, the trainers are learning put a liquefied natural gas state-of- the-art computer truck on the lot for sale, from the trainees.” systems that go along with it. they have to be trained No prerequisite courses are -Cal Macy here at LBCC,” Macy said. Transportation Technology teacher needed for the classes, but Due to the amount of students with an automotive students and auto mechanbackground are preferred. ATT center four years ago for stu- ic workers in training, a grant Jamon Dixie, 42, a mechanical dents to study. from the California Energy Comengineering major, said students Opportunities like the fuel mission has been awarded to the interested in automotive or better cells enable students to learn advanced transportation technolenergy sources are encouraged to more about the field of advanced ogy program to continue using enroll. transportation technology, so the most advanced technology. Program coordinator, Cal when they are ready to work, they Students may still register for Macy, has been teaching courses will already have more knowledge the late-start course, heavy duty in alternative fuels since 1992. than others. alternative fuels on Tuesdays and The courses are designed to Macy said, “This way, the Thursdays, from 12:30-3:40 p.m., teach students about a variety of trainers are learning from the beginning Oct. 21. fuel options like compressed nat- trainees.”

Gabby Gentile/Viking OLD IS NEW: Cal Macy, right , a teacher in the advanced transportation technology program looks into the engine of the F150 truck with his students on Sept. 4.

Psychological counseling helps students on campus By Cesar Hernandez Staff Writer

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Deaf students praise video captions By John Broadway Staff Writer LBCC students who are hard of hearing have something to rejoice over because the school, as well as every other college in America, is required to have closed captioning available for all auditory learning materials including VHS, DVD, Internet videos and all other learning materials. Jesus Gonzales, 22, a communications major, is hard of hearing and said he is happy about the mandate. He said “I’m glad that there are strides being made to accommodate students like myself. I don’t like making it widely known that I have trouble hearing, so if all the videos have captions, that not only helps me with my learning, but it saves me the embarrassment of letting the whole class know that I have a

slight disability.” The mandate has been in effect since 2001 when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. The law requires that all schools must accommodate students who have any type of disability that may hinder their learning, leading to every college using a disabled students services program. Eric Borin, director of categorical and special programs, said transcription and captioning of a video would cost between $2-3 per minute. Transcribing a one hour instructional video with closed captioning would cost between $120-180. Borin said the instructors do have the option to “get ahead of the curve and pay for the captioning and transcription” but having the teachers pay for it is definitely not the popular decision. Francisco Orozco, 22, a com-

munications major, said, “This law has been in place for 12 years, so regardless of the costs the city of Long Beach needs to find a way to get this done because the college owes it to the students with disabilities. “The college should pay for it because it’s their responsibility to make sure students’ needs are being met,” said Lynne Misajon, department head of Communication Studies and Sign Language. She believes the financial responsibility should be left up to the college. Some videos are available now that are captioned, but not all of them. Borin said, “LBCC teachers are not facing any penalties if they do not comply with the mandate.” So once the decision is made as to who the financial responsibility is left up to, then more progress can be made.

The LBCC student health service provides psychological help for students at LAC in the E Building and PCC EE 102 Monday through Friday. Hours may vary. Anita Gibbins, director of student health services, described what is offered: “We provide a mental health service for anything that interferes with academic success. Stress, mild depression, anxiety and marriage and relationship services.” The health services has five people with master’s degrees as interns. Each campus offers help with academics, marriage and relationship problems. Selamawit Habte, an intern, said, “We provide help on campus. Outside of campus, we try to be resourceful as possible in anything a student may need help in life.” Gibbins said, “We want our

students to find ways to handle any stressor that is in their way and identify what is causing that and how to overcome that stressor.” Gibbins also mentioned she would like students to be informed about mental illnesses and know help is available considering the attention mental illness has received in recent shooting events. “We want people to realize mental illness is treatable. We can help the brain chemistry balance. We can increase the help for these students.” In one year, 300 students have requested help with academic and personal stress. Gibbins said, “Brief solutions focus therapy is where we help students achieve their goals and provide that extra push they may need to accomplish their goal.” People may contact Gibbins at (562) 938-3986 or agibbins@


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Moon shines on astronomy star party Double stars, globular clusters, Saturn and Venus also visible through telescopes. By Eliza De La Flor Copy Editor The LAC’s Front Quad was filled with telescopes, students and stargazers during the semester’s first star party on Sept. 11 from 7-10 p.m. The star party was hosted by the LAC’s astronomy class in conjunction with the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Star parties are offered every semester and are open to the public. Ean Brown, 22, a sociology major and student in the astronomy class, shared what he enjoyed about both the class and the star party. He said, “You get to learn about the galaxy and look at really breathtaking, amazing things in a unique way. I know it’s the first time for many people in the class to view things through a telescope.” The moon was the “star” of the party and was the view through many of the telescopes. Saturn and Venus were also visible. Hannah Brown, 21, a business major, is also in the astronomy class and helped set up telescopes for the event. At 7:30 p.m., she said, “We’re looking at the moon, Saturn and Venus. But later, we may be able to see double stars, and globular clusters, which are many stars in a small area. Currently my favorite thing to look at is the moon, because it’s super-detailed.”

Caleb Ellis/Viking TWINKLE, TWINKLE: Tim Ross, 19, an international business major, left, being shown how to adjust the telescope in order to focus it on the moon by Heven Renteria, right, an outreach coordinator from the Los Angeles Astronomy Society. “This is really cool, I might change my major, “ Ross said.

Recently retired LBCC as- unteered at a star party in Vetertronomy professor and former ans Stadium last year. Renteria star party coordinator Mike Mac- agreed with MacCallum’s sentiCallum said he was happy to help ments on the Front Quad location organize the current star party. having pros and cons. He said, MacCallum “It’s not as dark taught astron- “You get to learn about here as it was omy at LBCC the galaxy.” over there, but for 36 years. you get more -Ean Brown people coming When talking Sociology major about the viewby.” ing conditions, MacCallum said, Telescopes for the party were “We’ve got a nice sky. It’s kind of provided by LBCC and volunbright in the Front Quad. It’s too teers from the Society. Three bad we can’t turn some of the of the societies telescopes were lights down, but, we’ve got a nice handmade, including one built sky.” by volunteer Bob Alborzian while Heven Renteria, an outreach he was attending U.C. Berkeley in coordinator with the Society, vol- 1968.

Tim Ross, 19, an international business major, is enrolled in the class and said he is considering changing his major to astronomy. “Tonight, for the first time, I saw Saturn and I could see the rings.” Kent Schwitkis, astronomy professor and star party coordinator, discussed the purpose of the star parties. Schwitkis said, “Part of what I want students to learn is getting the telescopes set up and directed at an object. Then it’s about sharing with the public and getting excited about all of it. This is a chance to look at the moon and see what Galileo saw, the craters and the mountains. It’s very different than just a picture.”

Next Star Party -Monday, Nov. 25 -7-10 p.m. -LAC Front Quad -Deep sky targets -Public invited -Private telescopes welcomed Contact: Kent Schwitkis Hosted by Monday night astronomy class in conjunction with Los Angeles Astrology Society.

Larger office serves veterans By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer With more than 500 veterans registered for classes this Fall, the new veterans services office provides a larger area for veterans seeking assistance, six computers, a printer and copy machine and a meeting place for the Veterans Club. The office is open Monday-Thursday in E08L at the LAC from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., with

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Veterans Club meetings every Thursday at noon. Hilton Murray, 57, a business management major, said, “I was helped with my educational plan and veteran benefits. The veterans assistance office has been a relief place for me.” Joseph Whitelaw, 46, a drug and alcohol counseling major, said, “The veterans assistance program helped me with my LBCC Higher One student debit card for direct deposits of grant

money, streamlined financial aid and helped me stay calm because I was nervous starting school again. They helped me pick my classes and raised my awareness of courses I needed to graduate. I really received some organized help, coffee and a cookie.” More information about veterans services may be found by visiting or by phone at (562) 938-4162 at the LAC and (562) 938-3929 the PCC.

pated in College Radio Day, according to Pat Graham, alumni of the LBCC radio and television program, said more than 700 colleges are expected to participate this year, u-streaming live with local bands to celebrate. Stefani Lang, DJ for KCTY FM, said, “At this moment, getting into the station is the most difficult part. I love just ranting and doing silly things on air. I love getting away from the drama of my friends so I can clear my head for a while. I dislike how some people are so egotistical how their show or station is the greatest.” LBCC radio station teacher

Kenneth Borgers, said, “College radio breaks new music, important new artists, new songs, and whole new musical genres receive their first exposure on the college radio airwaves. We are the most important secondary music source in America,” Borgers said. “LBCC has a near-40-year commitment to college radio, the only college in America with two full-time Internet radio stations managed and staffed entirely by students.” Listeners may experience College Radio Day by visiting klbc. org, or collegeradioday to connect to radio stations around the world.

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By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer The third annual International Radio Day will be simulcast on both of LBCC’S radio stations, KLBC and KCTY, on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Jose Barrales, 25, a radio communications major, said, “International College Radio Day is a celebration of college students illuminating the cultural significance of student run radio with no restrictions or programming control.” Last year, 585 college radio stations in 29 countries partici-



September 19, 2013

Fitness center opens doors

Vikes set goal for state

PCC puts in $100,000 worth of work-out equipment.

By Tanai Spencer Staff Writer

By Gabby Gentile Co-CityStyle Editor and Madison Salter Staff Writer A two-year wait for the PCC fitness center came to an end Sept. 10 when LBCC President Eloy Oakley cut the ceremonial ribbon to commemorate the opening. The two main buildings that make up the kinesiology and fitness center was a $6.15 million project funded through Bond Measure E. With $100,000 worth of new equipment, the new facilities include treadmills, ellipticals and weights. There is also a new machine to the fitness world called the Carver which is a lateral exercise machine which targets inner thighs, outer thighs hamstrings, hips and lower back. LBCC is only the third establishment in California to own the new exercise machine. The CC building was Hamilton Junior High’s cafeteria in 1935. Now it is the 7,000-squarefoot fitness center that features locker rooms, brand new cardio equipment, a lecture room and a workout class room. Priscilla Leal, 20, majoring

David Stephens/Viking TOO FIT TO QUIT: Cousins Jerry Donis, right, and Daniel Donis challenge each other on the new treadmills, part of the newly built fitness center at PCC.

in social work, has already taken nary arts major, is enrolled in the a class in the fitness center and lower impact-cardio at the center she said, said, “More “I like LBCC students can now major in people just dance got permisa e r o - Kinesiology right here at LBCC. sion numbics, the -Bridgette Richard bers so it’s teacher Fitness Teacher going to be takes his more crowdtime at first with us and then picks ed.” up the speed later, it’s really fun.” Bridgette Richard, fitness Shannon Odoms, 40, a culi- teacher said, “LBCC students can

Runners struggle in opening meet Freshman woman leads all Vikings with a time of 23:12.

thought we would, but we have three weeks to improve before our next meet so we should be good.” Freshman Edgar Chacon said, “We need to improve our teamwork, train more effectively and By John Broadway try to be more consistent. Also Staff Writer some of our guys are injured so we will be better as a team once LBCC’s men’s and women’s they get back.” cross country teams participated Last year’s state champions, in the So Cal Champions PreAmerican River College, won the view Match in Valencia against meet with an overall score of 19 29 other teams from Southern points over the field. The Vikings California meanwhile on Friday, “We need to improve our teamwere well Sept. 13. behind work, train more effectively and In the with an 4 - m i l e try to be more consistent.” overall race, the of -Edgar Chacon score men’s team Cross country runner 781. finished in T h e 29th place among 30 teams. The next match is the San Diego Inviwomen’s team finished 26 overall tational on Friday Oct. 4 at noon in the 5-k race. at the Mission Bay Park in San Sophomore Jerry Toliver led Diego. the Viking men’s team with a time The Vikings plan to use the of 24:18 and freshman Destinie next few weeks before their next Hernandez, led the women with a race to improve their fitness and time of 23:12. overall performance in the 4-mile The runners body language and 5-k races. showed signs of disappointment Men’s coach Julio Jimenez in regards to their overall team said, “Friday’s performance didn’t performance. Some runners said really show what type of fitness they remain optimistic despite we have. As the season continues losing their first few races. we will continue to get more fit. Sophomore Elias Galvan The season will only get better for said, “We didn’t do as great as we us from here.”

now major in kinesiology right here at LBCC.” Richard also went on to say, “There is some confusion. We have never operated as an open fitness center for anybody just to come in, you’ve always had to enroll in a class. For more information, people can visit

The No. 11 ranked Vikings men’s soccer team started the season defeating no. 5 ranked Taft 2-1 Friday, Aug. 30. In the Vikings first home game, Friday, Sept. 6, the team defeated Hancock 1-0. Erik Carbajal, 18, defensive midfield, said “I look forward to improving my skills as a player. I also hope to win the South Coast Conference Championship. We have the skills and potential to go undefeated and win the South Coast Conference and the state championship.” This year’s team only has three sophmore starters. Goalkeeper A.J. Rocha, Luis Anguiano and Jose Torres are responsible for using their veteran experience to lead the Vikings. Coach Cameron Beaulac said, “This year’s group is already a motivated group. The biggest thing was to get them to know that they aren’t in high school anymore.” Beaulac, also a History teacher at Poly High School said, “We would love to end our season against a northern California team.”

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QB Potter plants high hopes First-half problems spell two losses in first two games.

Scoring Summary First Quarter V_Team safety, 14:45. V_Stedfelt 4 pass from Odeman. (Kircher kick), 11:07, 3:32. Second Quarter LB_Potter 1 run (Mengel kick) 2:22, 14:44. LB_Hampton 36 pass from Potter. (Mengel kick) 2:23, 09:06. V_Mcdaniel 6 pass from Odeman. (Kircher kick), 0:44, 00:33.

Bakr Alduhaim/Viking ALMOST: Vikings quarterback Kenny Potter gets the ball to the 2-yard line and sets up the next touchdown in the 4th quarter against Fullerton.

stepped up and held the Hornets to just 13 points in the third quarter and shut them out in the fourth quarter. The Vikes’ offense was sluggish moving the ball in the new hurry up offense implemented by Coach Peabody until Potter was put under center late in the game. Potter connected with wide receiver Josiah Blandin for a 14yard touchdown to cap off a ten play 76-yard-drive. The chemistry between Blandin and Potter has been on display throughout the first games of the season. Blandin’s 13 receptions leads the team and is averaging 107 yards per game. After a late forth quarter interception from freshman defensive back, Terance Harvey, Potter

Women’s soccer team streaks to 3 victories Pair of shutouts lead Vikings. By Morgan Mayfield Co-Sports Editor With four wins in its first five games, the LBCC women’s soccer team has posted two shutouts. The Vikes will visit Moorpark on Friday, Sept. 20, host East Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and travel to Los Angeles Harbor on Friday, Oct. 4. The team’s first game resulted in a 2-1 victory over Cuyamaca from Central California during the Ventura tournament. Rocio Hernandez assisted teammate Lillian Montano for the game-winning goal at the 75th minute of the game. 1. In the 58th minute, freshman Arlene Hernandez put the Vikings on the board with her unassisted goal. By defeating Cuyamaca, the Vikes advanced to play San

Sept. 14 Pirates vs. LBCC Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Final V 0 14 14 14 42 LB 9 21 14 0 44

By William Martin Video Editor LBCC football fell to a record of 0-2 after facing two ranked opponents, Fullerton and Ventura, to kick off their 2014 season. Amid the losing streak that is now extended to 13 straight continuing from last year’s winless season, the Vikings have a rising star in freshman quarterback Kenny Potter (San Pedro HS). Potter came into the season as the third string quarterback, however, his strong performance late in the game against Fullerton won the nod as the number one quarterback coming into Ventura. Potter was named the SCFA Central Conference Offensive Player of the Week after his six touchdown outing against Ventura. He completed 20 of 39 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Potter ran 55 yards on the ground, hammering in two goal line quarterback sneaks for touchdowns. Through two games Potter has completed 25 of 45 attempts for 416 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Accumulating three touchdowns on just 24 carries, Potter proved he is a duel threat because his speed and powerful running in the red-zone. LBCC lost their season opener against the Fullerton Hornets at Veteran Stadium, Sept. 7, with a final of 41-21. The game was a tale of two halves. The first half was dominated by the hard hitting Hornets. Fullerton jumped to a controlling 28-0 lead to trump the high hopes of new coach Brett Peabody in his debut. During the second half against Fullerton, the Vikings defense

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Francisco and lost, 3-1. The Vikings defeated visiting Santa Monica, 2-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The first half of the game was a scoreless tie. LBCC had numerous chances to score on Santa Monica during the first half. In the 65th minute, Hernandez’s shot hit the top of the post on the right side. Teammate Hannah Hermannson’s shot in the 65th minute on a one-on-on breakaway flew just over the crossbar. Vikings’ freshman Yasmyn Andrade and sophomore Cynthia Rico scored in the second half. LBCC freshman goalkeeper Karen Nuno made one save in the goal to record the shutout. On Friday, Sept. 13, the Vikes shut out Sequoias, 3-0, and Tuesday, Sept. 17, LBCC thrashed host Victor Valley. LBCC has won six state championships and last season received the final seed in the Southern California Regional playoffs.

put the team on his back driving 30-yards in 3 plays, scoring on a 2 yard run with 1:28 remaining, topping it off with a 2 point conversion. Sept. 14, the Vikes lost 44-42 on the road against sixth ranked Ventura College. The Vikes had another slow beginning and started off with a costly safety 15 seconds into the game. Potter scampered in a 1-yard touchdown to put the Vikes on the board with 14:44 left in the first half. It was a good ending to the 10-play 85-yard drive that was executed in 2 minutes and 22 seconds of game play. Penalties plagued the Vikings against Ventura. They were flagged 14 times in the game and forfeited 158 yards to the costly

mental errors. A late field goal block by Ventura doused the Vikings hope of a come from behind upset with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game. The Vikings will look to put an end to their losing streak, Sept. 21, when they go on the road to face Orange Coast College in a non-conference game. The next game will be away at Orange Coast at 6 p.m., then the team will visit El Camino for a game at 6 p.m. The LBCC Homecoming game will be played on Saturday, Nov. 16. The theme of Homecoming has not been decided. Students interested in joining the Homecoming committee are encouraged to contact the ASB.

Third Quarter V_Mcdaniel 12 pass from Odeman. (Kircher kick), 3:54, 10:55. LB_Parr 30 from Potter (Mengel kick), 0:07, 09:13 LB_Potter 2 run. (Mengel kick), 2:06, 01:30. Fourth Quarter LB_Panteau 10 pass from Potter (Potter kick failed), 2:11, 08:45. LB_Granch 42 pass from Potter. (Mengel 2 pt), 1:24, 05:06.

Football schedule Sept. 7 vs. Fullerton 41-21,loss Sept. 14 @ Ventura 44-42,loss Sept. 21 @ OCC 6 p.m. Sept. 28 vs. El Camino 6 p.m. Oct. 5 @ Riverside 1 p.m. Oct. 12 vs. Santa Ana 6 p.m. Oct. 26 @ Harbor 6 p.m. Nov. 2 vs. Mt SAC 6 p.m. Nov. 9 @ Citrus 1 p.m. Nov. 16 vs. Desert 6 p.m.


D.A Phillips/Viking Freshman outside hitter Daniela Sanchez hits the floor in an attempt for the ball. The No. 25-ranked Vikings dropped three straight sets, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21, to the No. 23 College of the Canyons Cougars on Friday, Sept. 13. The Vikes are 2-3 following the loss to Canyon. The Vikings will travel south for the Grossmont/San Diego Invitational starting Friday, Sept. 20. LBCC opens conference play against the eighth ranked El Camino Warriors Friday, Oct. 4 in the Viking’s gym.



September 19, 2013

Transfer hopefuls seek answers before deadline

By David Stephens Co-Opinion Editor

The CSU and U.C. systems are preparing to process applications for Fall 2014 transfer students and to send out acceptance letters to Spring transfer students. Students who will complete transfer requirements by the end of the Spring 2014 semester may apply to the CSU system Oct. 1-31. Students who wish to apply to a U.C. may begin the application process on Oct. 1 with the submission period being Nov. 1-30. Sayra Saucedo Galvan, 21, a communications major, discussed the application process when she applied to Cal States Long Beach and Dominguez Hills in August. “The applications themselves were not too complicated, but there were points I had issues

with, which I had to figure out on my own.” However, finding the answers isn’t always easy. Addie Castro, 22, a dietetics major, said, “I do not feel very well-informed, since it is incredibly difficult to actually get an appointment with the counselors at school. When you finally do, they want you in and out in a fast-paced manner.” Information is found on the LBCC website for transfer students and many universities offer transfer information as well. However, even counselors have difficulty deciphering the requirements. Castro said, “I had to take an extra speech and computer course because my counselor said I would need them to transfer, only to find from another counselor that I actually don’t need them.” Vannessa Villavicencio, 28,

a social sciences major, said, “Transferring can be hard, especially if you take time off. I took a year off, so my general education requirements changed.” If students are not enrolled at least part-time during all semesters within an academic year, they lose what is known as their “catalogue year.” Catalogue years dictate which general education plan students follow. For example, if a student enrolled in 2008 but took 2009 off, when that student returns in 2010, their education plan must follow the 2010 outlines. In some cases, classes taken to fulfill certain past requirements may not meet current requirements. Counselors suggest checking in regularly, attending workshops hosted by the Transfer Center, and checking regularly for additional application requirements.

arship program is one of the largest of all Community Colleges in California. Students are required to only fill out one application and the scholarship committee will match you with the appropriate scholarship, if you are eligible.” The office provides awareness for students committed to finding out their eligibility status. Ethan Asaad, 25, a psychology and theater major, said, “I have applied for a few scholarships.

Everyone is eligible for one or another.” Applications for 2014-2015 are due Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Scholarships offered at LBCC are updated every day as they become available at the College Resource Network, which offers students a free database listing more than $500 million in scholarships. Rontasia Beverett, 16, a criminal law major said, “I absolutely would accept a scholarship. I was


D.A. Phillips/Viking Comedian and LBCC business major La Don gives students and teachers something to laugh about at the first open mic night presented by the Young Poets Society club on Friday, Sept. 13. The next open mic night is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11, in P104.

More than 700 scholarships ready, including one for $7,000

By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer

The LAC scholarship office offers over 700 scholarships annually to eligible students. Brianna Mangandi, 17, a psychology major, said, “I am surprised there are that many scholarships offered.” The LAC scholarship office is now located in office A1001. The LBCC catalog states, “Our schol-

not aware of availability.” Andri Marsh, 36, a parenting therapy major, said, “I believe I would be eligible for a scholarship, as I am looking for a job and financially underprivileged.” A wide variety of diverse scholarships can be found. An uncompetitive Mellon University Bagpipe Scholarship offers $7,000 yearly to bagpipe major students. The National Potato Council awards $5,000 in annual scholar-

ship to a graduate student pursuing agribusiness, which works to enhance the potato industry. Keyona Wandix, 24, a sociology major, said, “There is no awareness of scholarship. Knowing would really be a valuable resource to further my education.” Students can view scholarships online at or visit the scholarship office Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon.

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September 19, 2013 LIBRARY HOURS


Development Of Afro-American Professionals meetings Tuesdays, from 4-5 p.m. In D352, more Information (310) 200-2282

PCC Building LL Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday: closed LAC- Building L Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: closed

COUNSELING Sept. 21 California coastal clean-up Career and job services Mother’s BeachAppian Way under 2nd St. LAC (562) 938-4283 bridge, Long Beach, 90802 LAC (562) 938-4355 9 a.m.-noon contact: mcardenas@lbcc. edu PCC (562) 938-3916 PCC (562) 938-3900 Sunday, Sept. 22 Student Support Services Artist’s opening reception 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Monday, Sept.23 PCC transfer fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. EE Building

Tuesday, Sept. 24 Wednesday, Sept. 25 American Red Cross blood drive 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nordic Lounge Sign up online at Sponsor code: LBCCC All participants will receive two complimentary VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory, one complimentary ticket for the San Diego Padres, a coupon for a free haircut at Sport Clips and a chance to buy one USC ticket and get one free. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Kinesiology Club presents Mark Neal invitational men and women 3-on-3 basketball tournament at from 6-9 p.m. in the Hall of Champions. Wednesday, Sept. 26 Hispanic Heritage Celebration TBA Scholarship Applications Will be available at lbcc.scholarship deadline is Friday, Dec. 6. Tuesday, Oct. 1 Flex Day, no classes Wednesday Oct. 2 LBCC psychological services 15 -minute workshops PCC campus Student Union and LAC Building E Wednesday, Oct. 9 10:15 -10:55 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day, no classes

EOPS and CARE Phone LAC (562) 938-4273 PCC (562) 938-3097 Friday, Sept. 27 Apply for Fall 2013 graduation applications due by noon. Friday, Oct. 11 The Marian Sims Baughn, center For Literary Arts Open mic nights 7-9 p.m. Sign up at 6:45 p.m. in P104 COMPUTER CENTER

The LAC academic computer center has added hours for student use of computing facilities in L251. Monday -Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 24 Men’s soccer 4 p.m. Irvine Valley at LBCC Wednesday, Sept. 25 Men’s water polo 3 p.m. Pasadena at LBCC Wednesday, Sept. 25 Women’s water polo 4:15 p.m. Pasadena at LBCC Saturday, Sept. 28 Football 6 p.m. El Camino at LBCC Tuesday, Oct. 1 Woman’s soccer 4 p.m. East Los Angels at LBCC Friday, Oct. 4 Men’s soccer 4 p.m. Los Angels Harbor at LBCC

Friday, Oct. 4 Women’s volleyball 6 p.m. at El Camino at LBCC Tuesday, Oct. 8 Men’s soccer 4 p.m. Pasadena at LBCC Friday, Oct. 11 Women’s soccer 4 p.m. Mt. San Antonio College at LBCC Saturday, Oct. 12 Football 6 p.m. Santa Ana at LBCC Tuesday, Oct. 15 Women’s soccer 4 p.m. Cerritos at LBCC Wednesday, Oct. 16 Women’s volleyball 6 p.m. Cerritos at LBCC



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Construction unfair for current students Construction is extensive and ongoing at the LAC and the PCC. The construction promises major long-term benefits to LBCC, but the work is little consolation to students who will most likely transfer or graduate before the project’s end. The Unified Master Plan from the Cambridge West Partnership calls for construction to proceed in phases through the year 2020. For current students, the plan means chances are excellent that construction will be a permanent part of their time at LBCC. With the budget tightening every year and the cost of classes and resources climbing, it’s hard to see the justification for the inconvenience to students. We see some present benefit since some of the projects will be completed in time for current students to enjoy them. The A Building opened for students in the Spring. It is conveniently located and has been well received by the students. The Front Quad is also cool. Despite the dead trees, it was the perfect venue for Join-a-Club day and will definitely come in handy as a public space in the future. As for Parking Lot A, it’s been closed down “just in case” the new contractors dealing with the

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trees in the front quad decide they need it. Until then, it’s closed. If the school needed to, they could clear a parking lot to make room for construction instead of wasting space. The construction of the new math and technology building has also forced the closure and relocation of parking lot J. The

new Lot J comes complete with a loss of three staff stalls and a loss of all student parking. Parking is already the bane of student life. Construction hasn’t helped. The problem with construction is the day-to-day inconvenience. The front of the A Building is less than 100 yards from the Library entrance, but with con-


HOW DO YOU THINK THE COLLEGE COULD IMPROVE THE FOOD TRUCK SERVICE AT THE PCC? Compiled by Elizabeth Cheruto on Tuesday, Sept. 17, on the PCC.

Angelena Garcia, 36, communications major

“If the food truck could provide a healthier variety of food, that would be good. They should also offer weekly specials or daily specials.”

Semajanet Moore, 18, administration of justice major

“I wish the food truck had mangoes, that is all I crave for, and I hope they can have that in the future.”

Larry Hong, 17, business major

Bob Ilalio, 19, criminal law major

“The food truck at the college should have variety of food. They just have Mexican and American food. The college is very diverse with students from all over the world, so the food should reflect that.”

“I wish the college could get more food trucks and lower the price of food.”

Tiffany Case, 40,

Melvin Ellis, 19,

drug and alcohol council major

“The college should have the food truck available throughout class hours. I have some classes in the evening and the food truck is not available.”

undecided major

“The food truck is good enough, it offers good service. It is quick, available and it is easy for me to grab something between classes.”

struction, it’s a considerably longer distance to walk all the way up to the north end of campus just to circle back around to the Library’s front door. Every few days, you can spot a student lost in the maze of construction fences. It’s also impossible to eat outdoors most days without being

bombarded by noise and dust. At the PCC, constraints from construction have left students without a proper Food Court, relying instead on food trucks. As the project crawls along, it seems students have no choice but to endure and hope they get to enjoy at least some of the new facilities before they leave.


Grateful to Student Life The Mini Grand Prix is back, ion in an uproar after finding out but we hope Student Life does not the event was canceled. expect us to give them the best We do understand that it takes praise possible for bringing back three staff members to work a coman event that shouldn’t have been bined total of 360 hours to handle taken away in the first place. all the behind-the-scene work Don’t get us wrong, we appre- like obtaining permits and paperciate Student Life taking a step work that legally the students or back in the any other right direc- With a combined effort, we don’t volunteers tion, but cannot do at a school have to let our school officials themselves where the walk all over us. They work for us and only spirit is low, Student interactions and not the other way around. Life embetween ployees clubs and organizations is almost can handle. not seen and construction is makSince day one of publicizing ing us feel like rats in a maze. Why that it was canceled on our Facewould Student Life make the de- book page, students, employees cision to take our spirit away and and alumni messaged Student demoralize us even more? Life to give them their opinion on According to the Student why they should bring the Mini Life website, their main goals are Grand Prix back and we would to “build community and make like to thank them for that. The friends on campus, make a pos- progress just goes to show us all, itive impact on the campus and that with a combined effort, we surroundings, develop transfer- don’t have to let our school offiable leadership skills and inter- cials walk all over us. Because afact with faculty, staff, alumni and ter all, they work for us and not community leaders. “ the other way around. Please tell us again how the The Mini Grand Prix is back. Student Life’s mission statements The students have something to aren’t the epitome of the Mini look forward to at the end of the Grand Prix? year, even though clubs have to We would understand the run it themselves, which was baMini Grand Prix getting cut for an sically done in the previous years important reason. For example, if as one of the rules for bringing it fights broke out last year during back. the event, but the cut was due to Thanks Student Life, we are staffing. A problem that was easily grateful for the meeting you had taken care of, but didn’t happen to bring it back for next Spring. until the students gave their opin-


September 19, 2013

Transgender people Whiners abuse need equal rights too prof rating site By Jessica De Soto CityStyle Co-Editor

Pretending to live like someone else for your entire life can leave you mentally and emotionally isolated and distraught, especially if you’re transgender. Being transgender in our society can cause conflict with closed-minded people. However, that shouldn’t really matter anymore because every human should be treated equally. Gov. Jerry Brown passed the Assembly Bill No. 1266 this year,

which grants equal access to restrooms based on gender identity and not biological gender, allowing transgender people rightful gender identity and aiming to reduce bullying. The law will also give transgender people the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports without fear of discrimination and prejudice. The law will go into effect on Jan. 1. Even though California laws prohibit discrimination in education, transgendered students have still been excluded from the priv-

ilege because of who they are, according to a statement by the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Although times will change, people still won’t agree with the law and we will see an uproar of chaos. Some will be outraged because they feel that a transgender person is a sex offender and they might use this stance as an opportunity to take action. As with any law, there are many ways for people to cheat the system and take advantage of the situation. However, there is no point in denying equal rights to someone who chooses to be different, especially in today’s society.

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Carson Street, the new Vegas Strip By Madison Salter Staff Writer

Trying to cross the street from the T Building to the north part of the LAC has become a huge hassle due to flier-crazed people. Simply waiting to cross the street in peace does not exist. Instead, people are constantly bombarding students with fliers or trying to get students to sign a petition. Walking down the sidewalk is reminiscent of walking down the Las Vegas Strip being handed business cards for hookers.

It’s annoying to me to get from point A to point B while someone stares you down uncomfortably, tossing fliers in your face. I do not understand how these people get mad when we don’t accept the fliers. They should try being more polite to us as we walk by. My latest adventure of trying to cross the street involved being hassled by a woman trying to get me to register to vote. Why would I give my personal information to a woman wearing a sports bra and oversized track pants? How do I know she’s not going to sell my

By David Stephens Opinion Co-Editor is as popular as fried food at a fair. Everyone knows about it, most of us indulge in it and some of us are left saying, “What the heck was I thinking?” RateMyProfessor. com is a website that many students use to plan their schedules. Some of my classmates have gone as far as delaying completion of their certificates or degrees because they didn’t want to take a class with a particular professor based on low scores on the site. Personally, I use ratemyprofessor. com as a guide, but not as a definitive deal-maker or breaker. I have had professors who had amazing reviews such as “the best professor I have ever taken” or “I will take every class they teach, even if not needed.” Yet, when I take the class, the professor might be good, but I do not find myself wanting more. Sometimes, they are even not so good. Then the opposite is true. I have seen reviews about professors describing them as “the worst instructor to ever teach” or “so disorganized and uninvolved.” But when I take the class, I think the teacher is great. The question here is, what sort

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of mentality are the reviewers in when they leave a review? One key element that needs to be considered when searching through the website is the author. Many people procrastinate, turn in horrible work and late assignments and do poorly on tests, but when they get an unsatisfactory grade, they run and bash the teacher on the site, saying they were “too hard” and “did not care about student success.” These students aren’t rating, they’re ranting. Too many great teachers are being bashed on the site while other teachers who give an “easy A” with no critical thinking or college skills required are being praised. If you are in school to skate by, get easy As, not comprehend what you are learning and just doing it to stay busy or to get a worthless piece of paper, then base your schedule solely on what a small population of students think about a teacher. However, if you are in school to learn, make yourself marketable in the work force and want the best instruction money can buy, then use the site as a guide, but know the reviews may not be accurate. Be wary of reviews that may have been written by lazy or unmotivated peers. Heck, even the “hot or not” feature has lied a few times.

information? It’s one thing if these people were credible representatives from an organization. However, I believe many are not. They are just regular people passing out more junk. The crosswalk vermin just create more litter on campus. They may be on the sidewalk, which is considered public property, but their trash ends up on campus. Students should not have to deal with the daily harassment before arriving to class. Yes, it is their job to distribute fliers, but we hope they can do it more respectfully. Morgan Mayfield/Viking

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September 19, 2013

Friends unite through club membership

Willie Garcia/Viking Allen Aiken II of the Alpha Omega Club draws potential members with club frames for Join-a-Club Day at the LAC on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Clubs at LAC event promote volunteering and school spirit. Willie Garcia Staff Writer The Front Quad at the LAC was packed with clubs trying to recruit and attract new members Thursday, Sept. 12, on Join-aClub Day. More than 30 clubs were on display, with club members flooding the sidewalk with potential recruits. The KLBC Radio Club provided the music, which could be heard from Carson Street. Pizza was provided for anyone with a valid LBCC ID. Many of the clubs promoted volunteering and community service. One of them was the Library

Club, described as a “small club with a big heart” by to club president Keyona Wandix. She said the club makes donations and volunteers in efforts to promote literacy. She also said the club would be hosting a “meet, eat and greet” in the coming month. Men’s and women’s social-service clubs were present. The Men of Aztlan could be seen in large numbers wearing their club shirts. Also present were the Ladies of Isis, TNT (Teens Twenties), Ladies of Athena and The Order of Thor. Alpha Gamma Sigma honor society member Ellen Wilkerson had a list of upcoming events, including participation in the Long Beach Marathon. From the Ladies of Akna, Christina Hernandez shared plans for events like a fundraiser to deal with autism. Ethnic clubs present included Development of Afro American Professionals and Sankofa Schol-


Chardonay Sheppard, 21, vice president of Sankofa Scholars, was showing pictures from past events and sharing memories. Another ethnic club was MAES, Latinos in Science and Engineering. MAES is a national club founded in 1974. The LBCC chapter was started in 2009. A variety of clubs were present, including Anime Club, Club D’art, and SAMM, Students for Advancement in Music Majors. Lindsay Smith, 21, a music major, and vice president of the music club, was talking about upcoming events and goals. She said, “We are planning on having a rent-a-musician service that can raise money for the club, raffles and we’re also hoping to bring a battle of the bands to LBCC.” For more information, students may call the LAC Student Life office at (562) 938-4552.

Willie Garcia/Viking Radio Club member Gabriel Hernandez spins for Joina-Club day at the PCC on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

PCC celebrates awareness and diversity with membership. By Becca Urrutia Calendar Editor and Willie Garcia Staff Writer

Samwell Favela/Viking Current and prospective club members take a dance break and cha- cha slide in unison in the Front Quad at the LAC.

Campus leaders encouraged students to get involved at the PCC’s Join-a-Club and resource fair days with hip hop music, free pizza and dancing. Volunteers invited students to find out what clubs have to offer

and sign up. the Cultural Affairs Council needs students to join and meetings are Wednesdays at 3 p.m. in EE102, the conference room. PCC Cultural Affairs chair Netta Gill said, “It’s the best feeling ever. I love promoting diversity and awareness on my campus. “My goal this semester is to bring unity to both campuses.” Some of the clubs were additions to trade programs only found at the PCC such as the Automotive Kustom Club and Pacific Coast Cruisers. Marcel Cook, a member of the Kustom Club, said, “We have two car shows a year, one at the PCC, and one at the LAC.”

LBCC Viking Newspaper 09/19/2013  

The Long Beach City College Viking Newspaper September 19, 2013 issue.

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