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MAY 10, 2012

RIP: Education 1927 to 2012 " Organizers stage mock funeral for education on both campuses. By Charles Reindorf Staff Writer

More than 50 people gathered to show their concern at the death of education march on Wednesday, May 9 at the PCC. The rally mimicked the one at the LAC on Tuesday, May 1 in the Quad where 200 students, teachers and support staff gathered to mourn and protest. The “Funeral for the Death of Education” was presented on international workers day, May Day, which was ironic since the Board of Trustees on April 24 laid off 55 support staff and reduced the hours and pay of 96 others. Lynn Shaw, a professor of electrical technology and president of the full-time faculty union, said, “We decided to do the funeral for education because the students were suffering and faculty feel that students are natural allies so we came up with an idea to draw attention to this that would be dramatic and make a statement.” The protesters planned another “funeral for the death of education” at PCC to gather further support from all LBCC students. The protest was at PCC from 11 a.m.1 p.m. The processional started at

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CEREMONIAL DEATH: A bagpiper joins Ron Reel, the president of the state Community College Association of full-time teachers, joins more than 50 students, support staff and teachers as they gather to mourn the “death of education” on Wednesday, May 9 on PCC Lawn. SEE PHOTOS, ON PAGE 16 the horticulture gardens and the funeral was staged in front of the MM Building. Layoffs were not the only issue that upset protesters. The reduction of classes was a sore topic for the protesters. Jennifer Pearce, 34, a human services major, said, “I wanted to take Spanish 2 and I can’t do it because they don’t offer

it. It’s just sad. Pretty soon it’s going to just be down to the basics, math, English and science and nothing else.” One administrator attended the protest. Byron Breland, the associate vice president of PCC, said, “I’m very impressed with the way people have organized and shown up to speak out. … I’m happy to

hear that people want to get involved with the source of the issue, which is the state’s funding. It’s unfortunate that there is a lot of misinformation out regarding how we got to this point or who is responsible for the budget shortfalls.” Breland was reluctant to confirm what information given dur-

ing the protest was inaccurate, but did say people tend to bend the statistics. Students Rita Wright and Evelyn Loya were the masters of ceremony at LAC. Wright encouraged and roused the crowd through a passionate spoken-word style of speech throughout the event. Loya introduced each speaker and helped lead the crowd of people on a procession from the Auditorium to the marquee on Carson Street and back to the Auditorium. A bagpiper played in front of the Auditorium to start the event. The front lawn of the Auditorium was covered with cardboard tombstones that displayed the names of all the programs being cut due to the school’s budget. A silver casket was placed in front of the steps of the Auditorium with 50 chairs on both sides for the audience. Volunteers dressed in black passed out fliers, flowers, pins and picket signs to anyone willing to join. The Dance Club performed in graduation gowns and placed flowers on the casket at the end of their performance. Student vocalist Daunte Gregory sang “Amazing Grace” before DeWayne Sheaffer, the head of the counseling department, gave a speech. Sheaffer filled in for the president of California Community College Association


ASB awards the Viking to top 10 KIMBERLY THOMSEN





ASB gives the prestigious Viking award to best students in Spring







" It’s “time to shine” for leaders of LBCC groups and activities.

By Liz Daniels Staff Writer The highest award given to LBCC students will be presented Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Grand in Long Beach. The Viking Award, which is given to a group of outstanding students every semester, is an acknowledgement of a student’s achievements while maintaining a good grade point average. The recipients of the presti-

gious award this semester are Katrina Cossio, Miguel Garcia, Carolyn Joseph, Anthony Lopez, Rocky Tim, Kimberly Thomsen, Juanita Threet, Karen Villalobos Cara Andrea Zamora and Maria Clara Cordeiro “I always look forward to this event. It gives the students a chance to shine. It gives the college the opportunity to reward them for their work,” said Derek Oriee, ASB adviser. To be considered for the award, recipients must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, students must be affiliated with either the ASB Board of Directors, Student Senate, PCC activities or other associations.


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Budget Crisis

MAY 10, 2012

Education funds hinge on passage of tax measure

! Governor’s plan faces voters in November.

Jacob Rosborough/Viking POLICE PRESENCE: Officer T. Do stands at one of the entry-ways at the Board of Trustees meeting April 24 in T1100, where law enforcement searched bags before people could enter the room.

Police search bags at historic meeting Staff reports Campus police searched people at the April 24 Board of Trustees meeting where more than 350 people attended. Everyone entering the meeting was subject to his or her bags being searched. In general, security is on hand when large crowds are expected at gatherings at LBCC. The searches were believed to be the first at any public LBCC event. Currently, people are searched and patted down at airports, nightclubs, city council meetings and high schools. People attending high school football games of the Long Beach Unified School District get searched as well. No one officially has complained that the search was a violation of their civil liberties or the Fourth Amendment. Christian Rodriguez, an international relations major who spoke at the meeting to criticize

Board policy, said, “I’ve been at 24 board meetings and that has never happened. I don’t see why because faculty, staff and students coordinated with Trustee Doug Otto on how the Board meeting was going to be managed.” Rodriguez said he was offended by the search because he said it was unnecessary. Margaret Shannon, an English teacher, said, “It was the first time at any place of employment where I had been searched. Shannon worked at a Community College on the south side of Chicago in her late 20s where students had to walk through metal detectors. “I thought that was horrible. I was extremely idealistic. No other students at other colleges had to walk through metal detectors. “I personally didn't think it was necessary. ... A sign of the times ... I don't fear my colleagues. I felt safe enough without being searched," Shannon said.

“I did joke with the officer. I put my papers down and said 'you might want to search these.' I fear that that is the more dangerous thing. “It was dangerous for Socrates and for Jesus. Teaching and thinking remain dangerous. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. We submitted willingly. They we're quite nice. I recognized them (officers). It was like being searched by friends.” Lt. Julie Prior of LBCC campus police referred questions to Mark Taylor, director of public affairs and government relations. In an email statement, Taylor said, “An overflow crowd was anticipated at the Board meeting on April 24. Policing and security levels were established by the Long Beach Police Department. They determined the amount of staffing and any precautions taken are based on their assessment of the meeting.”

Programs deal with layoffs Center, said, "At this point we have been informed our instructors won't have as many hours for teaching in the center." Employees, students and Rodriguez said that there will administrators are beginning to probably be 25 percent less. deal with the impact and neces- “They're in charge of workshops sary reorganization of college ser- and individual or supplemental vices after a unanimous vote by learning attached to English 1, 105 the Board of Trustees to lay off 55 and 801. employees and reduction in hours Some of these cuts happened of 96 others. last year. We were able to get Gaither Lowenstein, vice presi- some things back. This year the dent of academic affairs, said, "We cuts are more severe. We're hopwon't know until the classified ing it will happen again. employees exercise their bumping There will be less of an instrucoptions. The tor presence. deadline is Having more is May 15. Then “We came here with a high always helpful, HR (human and is really educational goal.” resources) important.” takes a couple A total of 492 Natalie Ly of weeks and Business management major international and decides when domestic students they know had signed a petiwhere everybody is going. By tion asking the Board of Trustees June 1 we'll know, management and administrators to re-evaluate will know what exactly they're their decision to eliminate international student program manager working with. Rodney Rodriguez, Nassef Girgis. The response by Vice President Instructional Specialist at the LAC Writing and Reading Success of Student Services Greg Peterson By Benjamin Diaz Copy Editor

and Dean of student affairs Connie Sears stated they had no intention to cut the program and would notify all the international students of the final changes. At the April 24 Board of Trustees meeting, Natalie Ly, 21, a business management major, spoke on the agenda item. She thanked Peterson and Sears for their response, but pointed out they did not address the international students’ main concern. Ly presented facts about the accomplishments of the program and the benefits brought to the college, including more than $1 million in tuition every year, the 90 percent graduation rate and zero percent dropout rate. Ly said, “We came here with a high educational goal. Please don’t make us transfer to other colleges.” Ly was referring to a campaign of emailing studyabroad agencies to stop recruiting prospective students to LBCC. Girgis told Ly it was a good experience of civic engagement for the students. Ly said, “I have never thought I could be so involved in political affairs.”

further worsen the problems by adding another $200 million in cuts, as well as permanent enrollment reductions for all forthcoming semesters in the CSU system. The effect will be devastating By Michael Chhu for many individuals in California News Editor colleges, specifically students who are dealing with rising tuition A California tax initiative pro- and reduced programs. posed by Gov. Jerry Brown will The tax initiative, in its infango into a vote this November in an cy, faced staunch opposition from effort to generate revenue for edu- liberal voters. cation and other areas for the state, In an effort to increase support which is facing a budget deficit for the November tax initiative, estimated at $13 billion. Brown struck a deal with the The plan will raise the state’s California Federation of Teachers. sales tax for five years and raise The deal modifies the former taxes on incomes over $250,000 tax measure in exchange for dropfor seven years. ping a rival proposal, which was The incentive for the tax set to also appear on the increase is to help raise money for November ballot. schools and balance the state's A May revision for the initiagrowing deficit. Already, the tive, often referred to as the “May state’s money woes have pushed revise,” is planned and will be colleges to make many drastic negotiated between Brown, legdecisions in response, including islative leaders, and lobbyists, and massive layoffs should see and cuts at release before LBCC. June 15. The California “The tax initiative could Jonathan State University Cancino, 28, a alleviate some pain.” political scisystem implemented an enrollLin Tan ence major at ment freeze as a said, Sociology major LBCC, result of the “The sales tax increased budget increases are cuts, closing Spring 2013 enroll- going to be really tough for lowment for 15 of the 23 colleges. income households, but it is someRuben Page, an LBCC transfer thing we have to endure to help coordinator, emphasized the students.” impact the decisions have on stuLin Tan, 27, a sociology major dents, especially those in at Cal State L.B., said, “I think it Community College. is great that both sides are willing Page said, “They took the to compromise to help tackle the “Golden 4” courses required of problem. Education always seems transfer ahead of time, they lined first on the chopping block and a up the completion of the required tax initiative could alleviate some 60 CSU units and achieved a com- of the pain that students are expepetitive GPA. riencing.” They did everything their counAccording to the Public Policy selor told them to do. The only Institute of California that surthing holding them back now is veyed 823 registered California this decision.” voters from April 3-10, the The projected revenue for November tax initiative is favorCalifornia has fallen behind this able among a majority of voters. year and poses a major threat to Recorded by the poll, 54 percent the state even before the initiative of California voters said they supcan be passed. port Brown’s tax proposal and 33 Failure of the tax proposal will percent opposed the measure.

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union who was unable to attend. Sheaffer’s speech included a six-step process to invoke change at LBCC that included a recall campaign for all five LBCC trustees and the importance of students voting. Eulogies at the event were presented by students Timothy Guzman, Christian Rodriguez and Alexa Castanon who each talked about their personal experience at the college and how the budget cuts and layoffs affected everyone. Alta Costa, the president of the American Federation of Teachers union of support staff, also gave a eulogy at the event. The protest attracted many people to campus, including Long Beach Press-Telegram writer and former LBCC student Tim Grobaty and KTLA news.

Police braced for anger to boil over, but the protesters remained non-violent. LBCC President Eloy Oakley said at the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, May 8: “I want to publicly thank Dr. Shaw and some of the other organizers for the funeral for education. “I think it was a well-done event. It was a very well-managed event on a day that there was a lot of nervous people in the county regarding various May Day events that took place. “ So I want to thank the faculty who organized the event and did a great job working with the students and everybody to obviously communicate their message in a way that was respectful and maintained order. “So thank you.”


MAY 10, 2012

Grads prepare for final finals



! Senate suggests changes for ceremony in 2013. By Grace Orozco Page Editor

Charles Reindorf/Viking Renovation of the LAC A Building continues Wednesday, May 9. The $8 million project is funded by the Measure E bond program, Proposition 47, Proposition 55 and state money. The student services building is expected to be complete in late Fall or early Spring.

Students gear up for finals By Alannah Jones Staff Writer As LBCC approaches the last week of the semester, students are preparing to turn in final assignments and take final exams. Some students tend to feel more stressed during this time of the semester. Hera Saint, 21, a chemical engineering major, is stressed about finals and said, “Just because I think there isn’t enough time for the teachers and students to understand the curriculum everyone is rushing.” Kari Pike, speech communications professor, said, “Many students are taking several classes and time-management seems to be an issue. There are usually several assignments or projects due just

before we go into final exam week. This can make students feel overwhelmed when they think about finishing the semester and studying for finals.” Pike advises her students to go over and review notes well before finals week, “Study in groups, or retell the curriculum that was learned in the semester to friends or family.” If students begin studying and reviewing material the week before their final exam, they may be more relaxed and confident taking finals, she said. Some students have a more prepared or optimistic point of view taking the finals. Rebecca Talamantes, 23, a psychology major, said, “Personally I think it’s all about time-management when

V.P. wins tight race By Michael Chhuu News Editor The newly elected ASB officers for the Fall semester are Rosny Heng for president, Josh Lorenzini for vice president, Maria Lopez for secretary, Kristen Payne for treasurer, and Jason Troia for student trustee. Heng won the presidency running unopposed, garnering a total of 576 votes. The race for the vice presidency was close with Lorenzini winning with 52 percent over Steven Garland. During the race, both candidates placed importance on creating awareness for the many opportunities on campus. Garland, a music major, said he ran for the vice president because he wanted to help students most of all. He said, “I chose to run because LBCC has been a very positive place for me, and I want-

ed to give back if I was able to.” Garland emphasized that even with a loss, the experience has yielded some positive benefits. He said, “I really enjoyed having a chance to speak publicly and share my thoughts with those who would listen. “Many students feel they have no voice in how the school is run, and also the lack of information about how to obtain services and it is my hope that the new ASB members can be very visible and inspiring to the students at LBCC and motivate them to action in the troubled times ahead.” Lorenzini, 24, a nursing major, said his ultimate goal as vice president is to ignite student interest again. He said, “I believe we have the tools to get students involved again. With many clubs, sports and other organizations, I see lots of potential for the school and I think the key is creating more awareness to reach a larger percentage of students.”

studying for the finals. I have to work around my work schedule as well as my other classes.” Lee Douglas, learning and academic department head, explains student stress happens for many reasons, but some of those reasons are students are concerned if they are studying the correct material. The learning and academic center offers students quiet studying spaces and DVDs on how to study during finals. Douglas advises that students who have a harder time studying should take Learn 11 because they can learn effective study skills. Douglas said, “The most effective way to avoid becoming overwhelmed during finals is start preparing well in advance. Students who spread their study

time over a couple of weeks rather than a couple of days tend to be less stressed.” Finals week is not just hectic for students, but may also be busy for teachers and staff. Pike said, “Finals week is also busy for me as a teacher. I teach 18 units. I am working on grading assignments, writing exams and inputting grades because most students, inevitably, ask where they stand in the class just before finals week.” Douglas said, “The best piece of advice that I can give students as they prepare for finals is to make a study schedule. Be specific about what you are going to study and when you are going to study. The key to an effective schedule is to be specific.”

By Benjamin Diaz Copy Editor

ness and pilates; owning and operating dance studios; and auditions for music videos. Also, Andrew Meyer, a mechanical engineering major, was presented with a plaque and recognition for being selected to the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa All California Academic Team. When talking about reasons for his academic success, Meyer said, "My friend pulled me into joining a club and then it rolled into joining other clubs. Getting involved on campus opens up so many possibilities to interacting with people on campus and opens up other opportunities." Meyer is transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to pursue his bachelor's degree next Fall. Earlier, speaking to the Board about the elimination of a fulltime position, Lynn Shaw, president of the full-time teachers’ union, said it hasn’t happened in a long time at LBCC. “I am profoundly saddened this is the way we seek to balance our budget.”

The 84th Long Beach City College graduation ceremony at Veterans Stadium on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. will welcome hundreds of families and friends to help honor the graduating class of 2012. Hundreds of students will earn their associate of arts degrees, associate of science degrees or program certificates. Also, more than 1,400 students will transfer to universities this Fall, including the University of California, Berkley, University of California, Los Angeles, Cal State Long Beach and the University of Southern California. The ceremony was broadcasted in its entirety on YouTube in 2011 and the video of the graduation is expected to be shown a few days after the event on the LBCC community TV channel 15 for the Long Beach area and channel 29 for the Lakewood area. Meanwhile, a survey conducted in late March offered ideas and considerations from the LBCC Academic Senate about making a few changes to the graduation ceremony next year. They suggested moving the ceremony to an earlier time in the day, changing the ceremony to the Quad on the north side of the LAC and selecting speakers who are more relevant to students.

Viking awards: from Board honors students page 1 The athletic and theater dance departments presented their program success at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 8. Dean Connie Sears introduced the coaches who in turn presented star athletes who are transfering next semester. The theater and dance deptartment gave a presentation about the plays performed by the students and the visit to the college by the playwrights. Sheree King, Theater, Dance and Film Department chair, gave a presentation with six dance student performing in front of the Board members as she discussed the skills learned by the students. King listed accomplishments by LBCC dance alumni, which included working at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Baryshnikov Arts Center in Hell's Kitchen, New York; teaching fit-

PCC chair of cultural affairs Caroline Joseph was emotional when she found out about her award. Joseph said, “I am at a loss of words, but if I had to sum it up, it was life-changing.” Nomination forms are available mid-semester at the Office of Student Life and can be submitted by staff, teachers and coaches, or by others who believe the nominee deserves recognition. Students may also nominate themselves. All nominations are kept confidential. The selection committee for the Viking Award consists of the dean of Student Life, ASB adviser, appropriate program advisers, support staff and additional representatives and advisers of the honorary organizations Kassai and Thane. Dean Connie Sears said, “I am in awe of what what you all go through and are true, wonderful recepients. “In my position, I usually communicate through computers and it’s great to meet you.”



MAY 10, 2012

Expert gives BEST COLLEAGUES New math history lesson ! Hispanic scholbuilding ar discusses importance of planned Cinco de Mayo.

war and they were so energized after the first victory for freedom and democracy they voted to support their fellow people in Mexico who were fighting their own war against the French. With some Latinos not being Pedro Cruz able to make the journey into Staff Writer Mexican territory to help fight the war, they created “Juntas David Hayes-Bautista, an Patrioticas” or patriotic meetings, influential Hispanic, distinguished here they gathered to find ways to speaker, professor of medicine support the war in Mexico. and author of El Cinco de Mayo, Many Latinos supported asked a group of about 50 people Mexico, mostly financially. who gathered Wednesday, April Alejandro Diaz, 19, an engi25 in the LAC T1100 why “El neering major, said, “Cinco de Cinco de Mayo was celebrated so Mayo is always fun and I enjoy it much in the United States?” very much. My family celebrates Every one sat quietly following it with a big party and lots of beer, the steps of Hayes-Bautista as he but it’s always good to know why walked back and forth in front of we celebrate something.” the audience. He asked again Robert Garcia, director of pub“does anyone know?” No one lic and media relations for LBCC replied. said the event was sponsored by Hayes-Bautista went on with President Eloy Oakley and the his presentation shifting his atten- LBCC Latino Faculty tion to the screen were the audi- Association. Garcia said the total ence saw pictures, graphs and expenses for the event was visuals as Hayes$937.50. Bautista went on Hayeswith his speech. Bautista said, “It is always good to Hayes-Bautista “Cinco de final remarks know why we celebrate.” Mayo is emphasized that important to Alejandro Diaz C a l i f o r n i a El Cinco de Mayo Engineering major because it was roots back to the American Civil invented here. War and it’s neiIt provides a ther a Mexican Holiday nor collective identity for all Latinos, Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s a whether they were born here in glorious day for Mexican patriots California or immigrated from who under the command of Mexico, Central America, or Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, with- South America. It binds them held the invasion of French troops together in Identity.” on May 5 at The Battle of Puebla Hayes-Bautista was sworn in of 1862 giving birth to national by Mexican President, Felipe unity among Mexicans and Calderón as the only U.S. member Latinos in the States. of the Commission for the A student who attended the Celebration of the 150th event, Marcy Esguerra, an interna- Anniversary of the Battle of tional business major, said, “It was Puebla. The commission was creinteresting and an eye opener. I ated to organize the 150th anniverdid not know Cinco de Mayo was sary of the first Cinco de Mayo part of the American culture.” throughout the country and in the Hayes-Bautista said a lot of U.S.. Latinos were fighting in the civil

Police report thefts, speeding, pot use By Charles Reindorf Staff Writer LBCC faced a rash of thefts at the LAC in early May, police said. Theft of unattended items have been a problem on campus. Reports by students were made after cell phones and a laptop were taken. Students have not been the only victims of the recent thefts. In April, staff in the main office in the C Building reported to campus police the theft of a purse. Also, students are experiencing accidents in the parking structure due to excessive speed, Lt. Julie Prior said. “Students need to slow down and use caution as they are negotiating around the curves of the structure.” In April, the police department took accident reports about some

driving mishaps that have occurred in the structure. Ana Arce, 23, a political science major, said, “I experience bad drivers all the time in the parking structure.” She said students probably speed because they are in a hurry to get to class. “Students should come in a little earlier to give themselves some time to find parking.” Not all students have dealt with poor driving in the structure. Alex Marshall, 21, a chemistry major, said, “I’ve never had a problem or have seen any students speeding.” Police also issued misdemeanor citations for possession of marijuana to two students, Prior said. “The college has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs. Smoking marijuana even for medicinal purposes is not allowed on campus,” Prior said.

! Lot J structure also to host culinary arts program.

Jacob Rosborough/Viking Media producer Fred Rossmanek was one of six outstanding colleagues honored Tuesday, May 1. Other employees recognized by LBCC were Viking photo adviser Jim Truitt, financial aid specialist Irene Polly, Music and Radio-TV Department chair Peter Knapp, physical education teacher and coach Donna Prindle and dean of athletics kinesiology and student affairs Connie Sears.

As the LBCC bond management team prepares to enter the next phase of construction at the LAC, they’ve issued a notice to students and employees: be careful and alert around the future construction zone. On Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 construction crews will barricade areas of Lot J to survey the site, which will host the new math and technology building. The 47,500- square- foot building will be located in Lot J and will house the math department, a student success center, the culinary arts department, restaurant baking kitchens, demonstration kitchens, a culinary resource center a chocolate labs. The $32.4 million project, which was projected to begin in 2013, will be funded by Bond Measure E. The number of parking spots in the flat Lot J that will be lost to construction and the new building could not be determined.

Tribute honors a legendary poet Ronald McCurdy, professor at the USC Thornton School of Music, will lead a jazz quartet in a tribute to Langston Hughes entitled "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods of Jazz" at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 10 in the PCC' Dyer Hall. Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri and is known for his deep, insightful, and colorful

prose in both poetry and literature. Hughes was an active poet during the Harlem renaissance and most remembered for his refusal to differentiate between his personal experience growing up and the everyday experience of black America. Hughes’ work often dealt with the suffering of the black community as well as the music, laughter,

and language that influenced his life. The multimedia performance will include live music, poetry and imagery from the Harlem Renaissance. An open mic performance by the LBCC Young Poets Society, "A Tribute to Langston Hughes" will also be featured.

Cal State offers sessions to assist students Cal State Long Beach will be hosting a series of transfer admission workshops at the CSULB campus. The workshops will assist students and advance those applicants whose possible target goal for transfer is the Spring 2013 or Fall 2013. The workshops are being hosted to help students who just recently applied for Fall 2012 CSULB transfer and provide guidance toward their next steps in the application process. The workshops will also give future students a chance to so to visit the CSULB campus and get a feel for the environment. There is no cost to attendees and free parking will be provided. Transfer information from LBCC staff is available in building M in LAC or visiting and following the link.

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News Smoking ban up in the air Trustee ill, not ! Cabinet sends

MAY 10, 2012

cigarette decision to Board for final vote. By Edward Mahurien Co Editor-in-Chief

The Board of Trustees have taken up the issue of smoking at LBCC. Student leaders have debated on the language of the proposed 100 percent smoking ban. They reached an agreement and have sent the proposal to the board for approval. Trustee Mark Bowen has advised the Board to go along with the Cabinet’s vote. There is no timetable on when the Board will vote on the measure. The student leaders voted on a resolution to make LBCC a 100 percent smoke-free campus. The issue appeared in the unfinished business portion of the March 26 Cabinet meeting and was opened to gallery speakers. The Cabinet was seeking student opinions to write a resolution and form a stance to recommend to the LBCC Board of Trustees. ASB Rep. of Academic Affairs Brett Bruhanski moved to support the current policy in place. That vote failed by a 10-4 vote. ASB Vice President Jennifer Rios motioned to support a 100 percent smoke-free policy. That motion passed, 10-4. LBCC student Porsha Alford-

Smith is less than enthusiastic addressed that in his officer report about the Cabinet’s recommenda- in the April 4 Cabinet meeting. tion. Bruhanski was concerned that “It’s ridiculous, I’m a smoker the trustees would simply pass the and students like me need that to motion without even looking at take off the edge. You see during the legislation. finals this area is packed after that Bruhanski also took exception test pull out a cigarette and just with the information provided by ahh,” Alford-Smith said. anti-smoking activist John Concerns from gallery speak- Kindred, a long-time LBCC stuers were the same problems; ciga- dent. rette butts causing litter and banKindred, in a binder provided ning smoking campus-wide will to the Cabinet, stated that the U.C. not stop people from smoking. campuses were smoke-free, when Mike Brewer, a smoker, said he Bruhanski explained that only two thinks banning smoking altogether were. would backfire. Bruhanski also questioned the “If you take away the designat- legality of banning smoking could ed smoking areas, people are come into question when those going to do it anyway and they’re “smoke-free” U.C. campuses going to do it all over campus,” allow smoking in the parking lots. Brewer said. At the April A S B 30 Cabinet President Ramon meeting, Rep. “They can get revenue of Legislative Calvillo, a nonfrom tickets.” voting member A f f a i r s Gabriel Eze K i m b e r l y and smoker, said Non-Smoker Thomsen prothe Cabinet has no power of posed a resoluenforcement; the tion to create a vote is merely a recommendation 100 percent smoke-free campus. to the Board of Trustees. Bruhanski also pushed that the Student Gabriel Eze, a non- resolution also extend to all faculsmoker, who was visiting a friend ty, employees and administrators. in the one of the designated smokThe previous language omitted ing areas on LAC, said he thinks administrators from the ban. the vote to ban smoking by the Alford-Smith said, “This I’m Cabinet has ulterior motives. really upset about. The fire depart“I think this is a conspiracy, ment have had to come out here because now they know if they several times because the ashtrays ban smoking on campus, they can caught on fire. They don’t come get revenue from tickets,” Eze and empty these things enough, said. “I myself on several occasions Bruhanski said he could see have taken it out of the wrapper how students would think the vote and emptied it in the trash because would be money-driven and it was on fire?”


at 4 meetings

! Cabinet sends cigarette decision to Board for final vote.

Wilson High School, has served the Long Beach community for many years on a variety of councils and committees. He was elected mayor three times, in 1975, 1978 and 1982, and is the longest-serving council member in Long Beach history, By Jessica Burger serving 31 years from 1965 to News Writer 1996. He even rode in on the Queen LBCC Trustee and alumnus Mary in 1967 when it first came to Tom Clark was absent for the the city. board meeting at the LAC Board secretary Jackie Hann Tuesday, May 8 because of an ill- said she worked with Clark since ness, making it his fourth missed she came to LBCC eight years meeting this Spring. ago. Clark said he was unable to Along with sharing a birthday, attend due to a stomach flu he had Hann said, “Dr. Clark makes my come down with just 24 hours job working for the board a pleasprior, on Monday afterant one, as he has noon. always been Clark returned to the and respectful Board at the previous pleasant toward meeting April 24 after me and is always missing the three previous appreciative for meetings Feb. 28, March my assistance 13 and March 27, which and support to the he missed due to hospitalboard.” ization from a blood The retired infection complication optometrist also from a foot disease. said deciding TOM CLARK When 55 employees LBCC Trustee where the budget were laid off April 24, needs to be cut Clark attended the meeting in a continues to be a difficult part of wheel chair accompanied by an his experience as trustee. unidentified guest. He said about 85 percent of the The trustee, who is currently in budget goes to salary, and that all his fourth term, said he planned on schools have noticed a marked attending the meeting May 8: change in the education system "The hardest part about being on from well-funded to under-fundthe board is hearing the students ed. who feel like they are unable to Clark also is chair of the board get the classes they need. of directors for the Community I have been on the board for 14 College League of California and years now and we’ve never seen has served on the foundation this problem until the last four board for LBCC for more than 20 years.” years. Clark, who graduated from

Repeat policy altered and may affect many ! New rule limits the times a course can be taken to three.

for one term, and if a student goes below the ratio financial aid will be cut off. “We are limiting a student to six years to complete their associate degree,” Miyashiro said in an interview Thursday, May 3. “For the 10 year student it will By Tyler-Parker Hawkins be impossible, because if a stuStaff Writer dent goes over 100 units they will be put at the bottom of enrollTaking effect this Summer, ment,” Miyashiro said. LBCC will enforce a new state Included in the new policy will repeat policy, giving students only be remedial classes that cannot three attempts to successfully repeated at all, such as Math 805 complete a course, a college offi- and 110 as well as English 105 cial said. Also this Summer, tuition will According to the college cata- raise to $46, because Miyashiro logue, the current said fewer repeat cap for a enrollment course it four fees are being attempts, but due “We are limiting students collected due to the new policy, to the fact that to six years.” a student who does Ross Miyashiro m o r e not successfully Community Dean of enrollment pass a course after College stuthree attempts, he d e n t s or she will have to statewide seek instruction at another col- qualified for the Board of lege, Ross Miyashiro, the LBCC Governor’s fee waiver. enrollment dean, said. “Students who have already “With this new repeat policy, taken a class three times cannot we are hoping this will prevent take it again here at LBCC. They future financial aid fraud. must go to another school and “The mandatory academic complete it there,” Miyashiro progress ratio will be 67 percent said.



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Coach helped lead for 39 years

! P.E. chair also rescued victim trapped in vehicle.

Wendy Garcia/Viking SEEING STARS: Astronomy professor Courtney Seligman lectures to a class on Leap Years.

Mr. Astronomy says bye after 40 years By Cynthia Montes Staff Writer For 40 years students, employees, parents with their children and other people of different ages and backgrounds trooped to the rooftop of the D Building once a month during the school year to look at the sky at night under Courtney Seligman’s guidance. Seligman, astronomy professor, is retiring after 42 years with LBCC. “The one thing I’ll miss that I won’t be able to make up for is the open house,” Seligman said. “I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity to give both people at the school and surrounding community a chance to view the heavens.” Seligman changes latitude and longitude to give the audience a full view of the stars in heaven, rotates the earth faster to meet the future, such as the annular solar eclipse on May 20, and shows in advance the rare transit of Venus

that will occur June 6, and again a century after. Irma Arreola, 32, a human services major, said, “It was like a meditation, relaxing and informative. You feel like you are really out there. He was so good, he made it so interesting.” Seligman has been interested in astronomy since he was about 5. At that time, he said, one could still see the Milky Way even in Los Angeles. A Summer science program for gifted high school students he attended focused on astronomy, and at UCLA, majored in astronomy and physics. Jessica Burger, 23, a journalism major, said, “He puts the stars up there in 3D. He is very smart. The course can be hard, but now I have a better understanding of astronomy.” Mike Maccallum, astronomy professor, said, “He is the astronomy expert at LBCC. His knowledge and experience will be

missed very much.” Seligman said, “I plan to continue working on my astronomy website (, with a long-term goal of making it one of the most thorough and at the same time most introductory discussions of astronomy on the Internet. The Seligman star theater is a family affair, with the logistical needs handled by Shery, his wife of 33 years, and their extended family. A grandson carries and sets up the telescopes. The Seligmans have managed a daycare center for 28 years. A competitive ballroom dancer in his younger years, Seligman also is a published poet, short story writer, novelist and art illustrator. He wrote “Two Pigs and a Chicken” and “A Maiden All Forlorn.” One of his aims is “to write about a superhero not doing a heroic deed, but simply because he was a truly good man.”

Artist inspired students By Cynthia Montes Staff Writer “What I will miss the most are the students. I love classroom teaching and working with the students. It’s the politics that I will not miss,” said art teacher Michiel Daniel, who is retiring after 30 years with LBCC. Daniel, who started with LBCC managing the art gallery in 1971, has taught beginning drawing, design, beginning and intermediate oil painting. He is the only teacher for beginning and intermediate water color painting. Elizabeth Rodriguez, 22, an art major, said, “He is awesome. He has so much information and I have so much to learn from him.” Rodriguez, a beginning painting student whose work is included in the current student show, added, “ He tells you everything and I want to know more. I am so sad he is retiring.”

Claudia Figueroa, 24, an art major, said, “He is wonderful, really nice and helps you all the time. Everyone, I do, feels comfortable and at ease in his class.” Daniel has a long list of invitational and individual exhibitions locally and nationwide. His works have been reviewed in ARTnews, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Times and other publications. His works are in a number of private collections and in companies such as Bank of America, Price Waterhouse, Western Michigan University, National Hotels of Dora, Qatar and local galleries and art museums. Daniel’s knowledge, teaching skills and patience are not only acknowledged by his students. Linda King, an art teacher, said, “He has been great to teach with and has great skills that he shares with the students. His exhibition record is very strong and he has juried numerous shows.”

leader and an excellent educator. “Wil is the most loyal and trustworthy friend I know. He is kind and helpful. Anything he attempts he succeeds.” They have known each other By Liz Daniels since 1973 and have come to Staff Writer A retirement luncheon honored respect each other, talk weekly and become close friends. “He has Wil Shaw “the man who walks been so helpful to me. We respect softly but carries a big stick and each other’s ideas and principles always has an ear to listen when and I looked at him as a mentor. I you need him.” think the world of him and he will That is what Jimmy Flowers, definitely be missed.” men’s athletics Many of the equipment managstudents he taught er said about have gone on to Shaw, who is leavbecome a success. ing LBCC. Those are some of Flowers has the many accolades known Shaw given by coach about 16 years. Anderson Gary Shaw, after 39 about Shaw. years of dedicated Virginia Baxter, work, as P.E. LBCC Foundation department chair, Director, said, “Wil professor and footis a very quiet and ball coach is retirdedicated coling. Shaw, 65, said league. He is the start of his admired by stucareer at LBCC dents and has been was a challenge a great contribution WIL SHAW and the one thing he to LBCC.” “I plan to roam” liked about LBCC is Ed Miller, a mail working people service worker, has together. Shaw said he and his known Shaw for more than five wife’s no.1 pastime is traveling. years. They both love sports and “Now that I have time to do often speak about it. He has a nice whatever I want, Erma and I plan personality, and they have a wonto do more roaming. I will go derful friendship, Miller said. wherever she wants to go,” he Shaw began his said. His favorite career in 1973 as an location is Hawaii. assistant football He said they go to “He has been a great coach. He has the islands every chaired and served other year to relax. contribution to LBCC.” on several commitHe and his wife Viginia Baxter tees since his are also planning LBCC Foundation Director tenure. to visit China. It was this genJanet Falcon, tle giant, along with secretary academic administrative assistant Sharon Raven, who in 2006 in the P.E department, said Shaw pulled Elisa Gigliotti, a mother of is a great source of information, three from a burning wreckage on very knowledgeable about the Carson Street and Faculty Avenue. school and she enjoys his sense of Despite Shaw’s heroic efforts, she humor. died a few days later. Jim Murphy, a coaching colleague, has known Shaw for more than 40 years and said he is a great


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This year’s Spring fashion show is “Cirque de la Mode,” a fashion Imaginarium, which follows the journey of a girl into a surreal world, bursting forward fashions, bold color, striking beauty and a hint of madness, said Pamela Nights, LBCC fashion director. This year marks the return of the fashion show to the LAC’s Auditorium. Fashion students at LBCC will host their 35th Fashion show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17. The show will feature nine segments with titles supporting the Cirque de la Mode theme, a fashion imaginarium, aquatic dream wear and nouveau cirque sportswear. The show also will include solar flare of day dresses, contortionist tailoring, la nouba after 5, and soleil de minuit evening wear and a two-part segment that will feature designs made from recycled garments and items inspired by the students’ participation in

the fair trade movement. A fashion design major and cohead of production for Cirque de la Mode, Halley Davis, said, “We will be doing a high school segment and have reached out to local schools with fashion programs to participate in our fashion show.” The news release states the segment helps to reduce poverty and provide self-sufficiency for thousands of indigenous families in developing countries worldwide. Refreshments, such as cotton candy and snow cones, will be for sale to reinforce the Cirque theme. All proceeds will benefit the fashion program to support student scholarships and show production costs. “Fashion Shoots for Greater Funds,” a fashion fundraiser was presented in March at the Speakeasy Art Gallery. Emerging with tall skinny models and tailored designers, teachers from the LBCC fashion program and guests joined for a stylish night. For further information, people may call (562) 938-4192 or email

Design still relevant By Alannah Jones Staff Writer According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a 1.43 percent of employment in the fashion merchandising field, however, fashion merchandisers can $18 an hour or more if employed. Due to the low employment rate, counselors at schools that specialize in fashion like The Art Institute and Collins College suggest that students also major in fashion marketing, visual merchandising or design along with fashion merchandising. The major changes that have occurred in the fashion-merchandising field are the technology and the economy, and the return of production in the U.S. Debra Schaefer, head of the LBCC Fashion Department said, “There is still production in the U.S. due to fast fashion.” Schaefer emphasized the importance of technology and the Internet’s role for fashion merchandisers today. She said, “It enables us to plan, create and talk

to anybody at any time in the world.” Schaefer tells her students the most important thing is to network, tell everyone they know what they are studying, where they are going to school and when they will graduate. She said, “This will be the way they get a job, not applying blindly online.” On April 9, Julie Barrientios, the college relation’s specialist at BCBG Max Azaria Group Inc, said fashion merchandising interns duties would be researching trend forecast, helping merchandisers with trend analysis, attending business meetings and photo shoots and are the middle person between the merchandisers and designers. “Thorough follow-up skills is a good skill to have as a merchandiser because the industry is always changing. Barrientios also said, “Be open- minded about your experience and passionate about your work.” Students may contact Schaefer at (562) 938 4336 or by visiting



‘Cirque de la Mode’ to hit the runway By Jessica De Soto Staff Writer

Wendy Garcia/Viking Music professor Tom Dustman, right, helps retiring Dean Gary Scott lead the Spring Thing event on Friday, May 4 in the Auditorium, which featured a special performance by Scott.

World Camp seeks volunteers

By Jessica De Soto Staff Writer 2012 World Camp representatives visited LAC on Monday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 9, offering LBCC students a chance to sign up and volunteer with their educational program that prepares undergraduates for leadership. According to their brochure World Camp is an education program that begun in 2001. It’s now in 40 countries around the world every year to cultivate youths into influential leaders. Their goal is to help students to grasp their hearts and practice self-control. In addition, Youths can learn this mindset through variety of programs

including performances, guest lectures, music concerts, academies, a 5k run, a scavenger hunt and more. Equally important, World Camp “The Mindset Lecture” pours their energy in teaching students about Christ and the Bible that presents an opportunity for change for many students in San Diego. World Camp offers opportunities that intertwine students with Bible seminars that teach students about the heart, representatives said. Outdoor activities are also part of the program along with team spirit and leadership socialism that teaches students to look at their live with a broad point of view, they said.

The International Fellowship World Camp provides classes in stem-cell science, sushi making, public relations, Capoeria, fashion, nail art, Korean culture, photography, Tae Kwon Do, dance, oriental medicine, skin care, home improvement, Zumba and journalism. For more information, call (888) 388-2267. This year, the program is scheduled Aug. 19-23. A brochure said the preparation and orientation workshop will prepare students to dispatch to Mexico and help the youth to learn English.

English students receive awards By Tyler Parker-Hawkins Staff Writer After a tough competition, nine LBCC English students were selected as winners in this year’s Jacaranda English endowment essay contest. Student’s work is selected by their English teacher as one of the stronger essays in the course and is put into one of the expository, persuasive literature categories. In the expository category the winner was LaTasha Ellis with her paper on “The Global March Against Child Labor.” Honorable

mentions were Victoria Ruin with her essay on “An Overture to Technology ” and Brian Campbell writing about the popular social media site “Facebook.” In the persuasive category, the winner was Sarah Paige McGreevy, with her paper on “The Ethics of Organ Sales.” Honorable mentions were Andrew Kreysa, who wrote “This, But Not That” and Ernesto Aybarth, who wrote on what every college student wants’ “A Better Future.” In the literature paper category, the winner was Brian Reid with his paper on “A Declaration of Disobedience.” Honorable men-

tions were Rebecca Pheng, with her entry on “Shinto Mythology and the Mortal Dilemma of Limitations” and Anthony Alamailo, with his paper titled “Not Guilty: Strands of Innocence.” Allison Pop, an English teacher said, “It was hard to judge the entries, as this year we received more entries than we have in the past. When I get strong essays from my students I encourage them to do the proper editing and submit their papers. I would like to thank all the faculty for their work in this contest.”

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Young poet published Stephen King’s nightmare-making books of about 1,000 pages. It encouraged him to read more and developed the habit of writing down words he could not understand and looking for their meaning. “It was my first taste of true terror and I never looked back,” Acero said. “Through the Looking Glass” is Acero’s second book. The first is a short story titled “Driven.” Both were published in 2012 by Seattle-based Loyal Stone Press and are available on and on Kindle. “Driven” is about a man who loses his job as a cab driver and finds a new one a short while after, only to realize that the job isn’t a typical cab job, but instead one that drives dead people to heaven or hell,” Acero said. Seth Morikawa, 25, an economics major, said, “It’s really inspiring that students from LBCC who are pushing themselves hard enough are acknowledged for their hard work.” Indeed, Acero works hard. He plans to release a collection of

By Cynthia Montes Staff Writer

Cynthia Montes/Viking POETRY TO OUR EARS: President of the English Club Tony Acero is a published poet and read some of his work at the poet showcase.

Students read their poems at the student poet showcase Friday, April 27 at the Baughn Center for Literary Arts in P104. Anthony Acero, 25, an English major and the president of the English Club, read selections from his just published collection of poetry “Through the Looking Glass.” In his foreword, Acero said he hopes “to depict that there are numerous similarities within human emotions that we all feel at one time or another.” He describes those in the language of the time. In “Seated Protest,” he writes, “YOU! With the YouTube education/ read a book, get a clue, your blind hope is sad “Calling followers when you’re visitor 1,235,306” Stephanie Loureiro, 23, an English major, said, “It’s inspiring to listen to people my age read their published poems. It was an outstanding work.” At 12, Acero read “It,” one of

Career center guides students By Alannah Jones Staff Writer The Career and Job Service Center isn’t the only place students can seek career advice find job leads that pertain to their major. If students have a major, they can contact the department head of that major for career advice and opportunities. Mark Steele, 43, a theater major, visited the career center and said, “I got a better understanding of the direction and path I will be taking in school and eventually a career.” Debra Garcia, career development coordinator, said, “We offer career counseling for students who are undecided on a major or considering a career change. “We also offer job listings for on-campus and off-campus jobs, resume and cover letter review and critique. “And we provide a computer lab for career research, job search activities and career panels and

information sessions.” “We provide the listings and students contact the employers on their own. “It is a self-service.” She also said that the PCC career center is closing down this year. The career webpage advertises that the center hosts job fairs, however Garcia said they haven’t hosted a job fair in two years because of the budget crisis. Programs at LBCC like interior design require majors to complete an internship to graduate. Juliana Edlund, the interior design program director, said, “I meet with the student and provide a list of specific interior design firms that have had LBCC interior design students in the past.” Edlund said students are encouraged to search for their own internships as well. On April 25, 23 students at the LAC were interviewed on whether they had been to the career center and only eight students said they had visited. Felix Perez, 28, did not know

LBCC had a career center and said, “There are no advertisements. “I think the career center should go out there with fliers and advertise to students.” Students who would like more information on the career center may find it in E08L, the lower level of the E Building, students may visit or call (562) 938-4500.

short stories at the end of the year. Acero also writes about hiphop music on , a website that covers music, sports, politics and other topics. On his recent contribution, Acero shared his emotions at his first poetry reading, of being a published author and of offending a member of the audience who asked him who his favorite poet is. Acero answered “Eminem.” “I think that a majority of hiphop is every bit as much as poetry as the oldest Shakespearean Sonnet,” Acero argued. He asked readers, “Is music poetry? Are rappers poets?” In “Power of Words,” Acero justifies working on one’s passion. “But the art of writing is not a struggle, the art of not writing is.” The other student poets who read their work were Susan Beem, San Cheung and Tina Johnson. The poetry reading was the premier presentation of LBCC’s student poet showcase. The program provides students with an evening of readings and a discussion on publishing poetry.

Key staff members retire

Among a large group of long time employees retiring this Spring from LBCC is Bill Zeilinger graphic designer, who produced thousands of artistic projects in his 18 years, counting his time as a limited-term employee. Mark Taylor, LBCC director of public affairs, said, “ Bill has been a member of the LBCC community for more than 15 years making significant contributions to countless projects, is well liked and

respected by his colleagues. His talents will be missed.” Other retirees include executive assistant Janice Berry, who worked at LBCC for 31 years: “The college has been a great place to work and what I will remember most are the wonderful people I have been fortunate to work with through the years.” Administrative secretary Betty Heiserman, who worked at LBCC for eight years, also is retiring.

Magazine in print By Alex Campbell Co-online editor LBCC students will find a new addition to newsracks during finals, when the annual edition of City Magazine is distributed on campus. The 28-page edition of the magazine features a variety of topics, said co-Editor in Chief Jesus Hernandez. “It’s a very diverse magazine, and I think it really embodies the Long Beach lifestyle,” he said. The cover story, by April Sanchez, examines bondage, domination and sado-masochism sexuality in her story, “BDSM: The Switch.”

“The biggest challenge was just keeping people on track,” Hernandez said about the production of this year’s issue. The magazine will also utilize its first ever use of a QR code, a two-dimensional barcode that can be scanned by smartphones using an appropriate application. “The QR code will link readers to a ‘how-to do pin-up video’,” said Tonia Ciancanelli, the magazine’s lead copy editor. CIty Magazine is advised by Cindy Frye, who also teaches global communications and freelance writing at LBCC, art teacher Morgan Barnard and photo teacher Suzanne Mapes.

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Summer Fun plans to draw kids to LAC front crawl and an elementary stroke and a 25 yard backstroke. The Summer Fun Parents with children 6 Recreation Program is back for months and up will have the its 42nd year, providing two opportunity to join in the fun full months of exciting athletic with parent and child aquatics instruction for LBCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s com- session. munity of youth, June 25 Also provided for the August 2. advanced swimmers is the Youth can take advantage of guard start program, designed sports camps in baseball, flag for youth ages 11 and older to football, cross-country, cheer, gain knowledge and skills for soccer and basketball. future completion of American Each area is separated based Red Cross Lifeguard courses on age with the oldest being focusing on the areas of, preage 13. vention of aquatic accidents, According to the program emergency response, leaderbrochure, ship skills unless otherand fitness. wise noted, all A l s o Two full months of camps are conoffered is sidered to be at exciting athletic instruc- water polo, a beginning or w h i c h i n s t r u c t i o n a l tion for LBCCĘźs commu- teaches the level. polo skills nity of youth. Intermediate and techVolleyball will niques. be offered for the older and Also youth will be able to advanced beginners, as well as take advantage of the sports pee wee Basketball for the instruction sessions in tennis younger Vikes. and basic golf. Each camper will receive a Tennis ranges are 5-11 and camp T-shirt. golf 7-11. Swimming lessons will be Campers older than 11 may offered at various levels and participate in instruction in will be placed in the appropri- basic weight training. ate class based on a swim test For a minimal cost, every that will be offered on the first Tuesday campers and their parday of instruction. ents can enjoy a cookout on the Level one is the beginners lawn in front of LACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s physical course, introduces youth the education building. basic swim strokes such as The purpose of the Summer freestyle and backstroke. Recreation Program is to proLevel six is the advanced vide children with quality course that applies all the recreational sports instruction strokes taught and campers will in a fun and low-pressure envibe required to swim a 50 yards ronment.



By Tyler Parker Hawkins Staff Writer

Victor Posadas/Viking LBCCĘźs Dakota Brown, Ashley Craddock and Jaslyn Hutchinson, from left, compete in the womenĘźs 100meter at the LBCC Invitational at Veterans Stadium. Craddock finished first with a time of 12.25 followed by Brown in 13.18 and Hutchinson with a time of 13.53.

Vikes sprint to win By Edward Mahurien Co-Editor in Chief Spring 2012 was a record setting season for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track and field. Amalia Erazo became the first LBCC female steeplechase runner ever to qualify for the So Cal prelims. At the event, Erazo ran her personal best of 13:09, but the time was not good enough to move onto the So Cal finals on Saturday, May 12, at San Diego Mesa College. Sprinter Ashley Craddock quali-

fied for two events at the So Cal meet. She will compete in the 100 meters and the 200. Craddock is considered one of the favorites in both events. If she runs as expected, she will advance to the state finals at Cerritos College on May 19. LBCC womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coach Karen Vigilant-Goodman is already planning for the state meet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ashley will definitely have a lane.â&#x20AC;? Overall, Vigilant-Goodman was pleased with the progress her team made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had many student-athletes who

ran their personal bests this season.â&#x20AC;? She said she sees the current crop of talent at LBCC could return them to the dominant force they once were in the mid- to late 1990â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, when they won three state titles. Vigilant-Goodman was an accomplished runner for the Vikings. In her two years, she set three LBCC records that still stand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the current student-athletes who are returning along with the incoming freshmen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am expecting great things to happen next year,â&#x20AC;? VigilantGoodman said.

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Pitcher throws no-hitter for 10 ! Vikings win the gem with walk-off in extra innings.

RARE ACCOMPLISHMENT: Sophomore pitcher Steven Gallardo tossed an extremely rare 10-inning no-hitter on Friday, April 27.

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Swimmers take 13th Clara Cordeiro Co-Editor in Chief The men’s swim team placed 13th with a score of 98 after they tied for first with Chaffey at the South Coast Conference at Pasadena City College on April 19-21. The women placed 22nd with a score of 29 at the California Community College Athletic Association state championships at East Los Angeles College from April 26-28. LBCC freshman Christine MacLennan was named South Coast Conference co-swimmer of the year, along with Cerritos’ Katherine Gabayeron. MacLennan took 8th place in the women 50-yard freestyle event at the state championships with a time of 24.91 and got gold for the same event at the South Coast

conference with a time of 24.60. Freshman Jackie Rojas got 9th place in the 50 and 100 breaststroke with the times of 32.10 and 1:09.62, after taking first in both events at the South Coast conference with the times of 32.55 and 1:10.14. Swim and dive assistant coach Dave Kasa was named South Coast Conference men’s swimming and diving coach of the year. The team of Mackenzie Aakhus, Matthew Collins, Bradley Adamson and Tristan Winterhalter took 7th place in state championships with a 200 medley relay time of 1:36.37 after taking first at the South Coast conference with a time of 1:35.11. Winterhalter also won the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.06 at the conference meet and placed 8th at state championships with a time of 21.74.

record of 17-17 overall as freshman Avery Flores led off the inning after an error by shortstop Mark Silva. Sophomore Daniel Catalan laid down a bunt single and freshman Steven Contursi was Josue Galindo intentionally walked to load the Staff Writer bases with no outs. Sophomore Justin Moore drove in the gameIt was a one-man show as winning run on a ground ball to sophomore baseball pitcher shortstop, but the throw home Steven Gallardo pitched an went wide left, according to the extremely rare 10-inning no-hitter Viking’s website. against Compton on Friday April Viking coach Casey Crook 27, at Joe Hicks Memorial Field. said, “This was the first no-hitter I According to the LBCC sports have been part of at any level.” website, Gallardo, out of C o m p t o n ’s Hamilton High only threat came School in Los in the ninth A n g e l e s “I threw a no-hitter in high when Gallardo California, walked Daniel struck out 17 school, but this is complete- Hordo to open batters, gave up ly different.” the inning. A one walk, and sacrifice bunt Steven Gallardo one hit batter. fielder’s Vikings pitcher and Tossing 112 choice sent pitches and retirHordo to third ing the first 14 batters he faced, base with two outs, but Gallardo Gallardo kept his team in a score- struck out Silva to end the inning. less game until the Vikings scored Gallardo’s dominant pitching a walk-off-game-winning run in kept the ball in the infield as he the bottom of the 10th inning for a registered 12 groundouts and only 1-0 win. one fly ball. For the second time in his life, LBCC stranded eight runners the crafty right-hander threw a no- and collected only four hits off hitter. He tossed one in high three Tartar pitchers. school when he struck out 19 batThe gem was the first no hitter ters. thrown by a Vikings pitcher in While his emotions were run- more than 20 years. ning high, Gallardo said, “I threw The Vikings closed the season a no-hitter in high school, but this with a 17-18 overall record. is completely different.” LBCC finished fifth in the South According to the school’s Coast Conference standings at 11sports site, the win gave LBCC a 10 and missed the playoffs.

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Players earn honors Konkin Evans Sports Editor Five players from the LBCC softball team earned All-South Coast Conference honors at the postseason meeting, according to the LBCC Vikings website. Freshman Shanise Compton was named first-team all-conference, while sophomores Danielle Hannan, Cassie Garcia and freshman Frances Campoy were second-team selections. Freshman Liz Melendrez was an honorable mention pick. According to the Vikings’ website, Compton led the Vikings with

a .442 batting average, a .721 slugging percentage, and had two home runs with 14 RBI’s. Hannan had a .371 batting average in 21 SCC games. She led the team with 24 runs, 21 walks and 10 stolen bases. She was also perfect in the field with no errors. Garcia hit .362 in 21 conference games. She had 21 RBI’s and scored 17 runs. Campoy led the conference with a 1.86 ERA and had a 10-7 record in 19 games. Campoy also tossed a no-hitter this season. The Vikings closed the season with a 20-20 overall and finished third in the SCC with a 13-8 record.

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MAY 10, 2012

Runners aim for the top


MMA at Hall of Champions Gym on Sunday, May 6

! Cross-country teams expected to lean on veteran leadership. By Edward Mahurien Co-Editor in Chief The freshmen-dominated men’s cross country team from last season should be well paced for success this Fall. Of the 12 runners, 10 were freshmen. Freshman runner Michael Delgado was the sole Viking to qualify for the state meet, finishing 87th in the four-mile race at the championships. The captain for the Fall will be returning freshman Pedro Cruz, who completed in the 10,000meter run in the recently completed track and field season. Coach Tyrus Deminter said he has four runners confirmed to return in the Fall, along with Cruz and Delgado, Andrew Felix and Brandon Willett. Deminter has also hit the recruiting trail hard. “Recruiting is a tough job,” Deminter said. Focusing on top local talent, Deminter has found new benefits of the LBCC Promise Pathways, is a great recruiting tool. “The College Promise helps with recruiting. It keeps local kids local and helps build the program stronger,” Deminter said. One of the runners the coach is most excited about is Millikan High product Pablo Cardenas. Cardenas is the reigning Moore League champion in the mile and second in the two-mile. Deminter said he thinks Cardenas can step in and make an impact right away for the Vikings. Women’s coach Karen Vigilant expects three runners to return. Sophomore leadership was lacking from the women’s team last season. The team consisted of nine freshmen and one sophomore. “I am very hopeful that the sophomores will have a positive impact on the incoming freshmen in which we will be in a great position to have a strong team. “I am very much at ease that I have sophomores to lead the team,” Vigilant said. The team will be led by Amalia Erazo, who was the first woman steeplechase runner in LBCC history to qualify for the So Cal prelims this track and field season. A returning runner, Erazo will be one of those sophomores Vigilant will rely on for leadership. “It is always a challenge when you don’t have a veteran to show the freshmen what running in college is all about,” Vigilant said. Also on the recruiting trail, the women’s cross country team has several local athletes and some from surrounding schools planning to attend LBCC this Fall. “Next year might be a year that LBCC track and cross country returns back on the map,” Vigilant said.

Greg Parker of Anaheim connects with a right, sending Oxnard's Lee Chapman's head sideways. Parker defeated Chapman by submission with a guillotine choke.

Darren “Hollywood” Smith, right, has Vaseline rubbed on his face before his enters the ring. Smith defeated Jonathan Levy by submission with a guillotine choke. Juan Rivas of Covina pounces with a bombardment of fists on Kana Hyatt of Torrance. Rivas knocked out Hyatt at 1:12 of the second round.

Photos by Victor Posadas

Q&A with the QB coach ! Vikes’ football team faces tougher challenge in 2012.

By Edward Mahurien Co-Editor in Chief

Summer practice is coming up. What are some of the things you are looking for to replace those key players you lost? Well, the most important thing is replacing the big guys. They are the most important thing that we have to deal with. Without them, we can’t move the ball, stop the ball, that’s our biggest concern. Another thing is losing four of our top receivers. We had three who were tops in the state. We should be OK because we started a lot of freshmen last year. Our secondary should be good. We have Ariel Arguello and Montez Hunter coming back. We should be OK there. How are you going to replace a QB like Ryan Craighead who set records last season and a receiver like Travon Payne? You really don’t replace guys like that, you just hope you find a

guy who can be just as good. All we want young QB’s to do is move the chains, move the ball. You don’t want them thinking they have to be Ryan Craighead or Travon Payne. We just want guys who can consistently get the ball to the guys who are open and not turn the ball over. That’s what we have to do with the young QB’s we have here.

league against powerhouses like Mt. San Antonio?

We’ve been on it and continuing. We are always going to recruit until the last minute until we put a helmet on in Fall camp. Most high school kids are in that senior mode. They just want to hang out. They really don’t want to come out to practice, but they’ll come out in July or late On the defensive side of the June and go from there. We ball, you always try to get started out kids in here early so shaky and we can get their regturned it on “You donʼt replace guys like istration and acadetoward the that.” mic stuff straight end of the before we can even Neo Aoga get anything else year. Who Quarterbacksʼ coach are the key going. returners Viking fans On facing the should keep an eye on? tougher schedule next season. The two I mentioned before, Ariel (Arguello) and Montez (Hunter). We also have Jede Fue and Thomas Patolo. Jede started. Thomas played a lot. Defensive end Daniel Denize is returning. We have some guys who have been here a year who didn’t play but are seasoned. That will help us a lot this upcoming season. What were the recruiting efforts this year going into the tougher

We’re coming up against Mt. SAC and those big powerhouse guys back when I played in the early 2000’s and the 1990’s. We were the powerhouse and those guys were scared to play us. Now the tide has turned. It’s our turn to get into that mode to get back to that powerhouse to even being equal to them. I think we have the numbers to do that. It’s just about adding the little pieces.

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LANGSTON HUGHES PROJECT Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m. at the PCC in Dyer Hall. Presented by the Young Poets Society and Sankofa Scholars. Tribute to Langston Hughes featuring Ronald McCurdy. 35TH ANNUAL FASHION SHOW Thursday May, 17, 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. This yearʼs show is entitled “Cirque de la Mode, a Fashion Imaginarium.” General admission $13, and will be available at V.I.P. seating $24. High school students $7 with school identification.


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FALL SCHEDULE, REGISTRATION The Fall schedule of classes will be available on-line as of May 16. Priority registration will begin July 9.




GRADUATION Rehearsal on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at Veterans Stadium. Commencement will be Wednesday, May 23 at the stadium. Graduates arrive at 5:15 p.m., faculty reception at 5:15 p.m. Commencement begins at 6 p.m. with an after-grad reception immediately following.








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MAY 10, 2012


Layoffs and budget cuts are wrong

! Education is suffering an illness, perhaps a disease unknown to administrators.

Seeing the two funerals for the “death of education” about how many people the layoffs have affected has angered all of us. The school’s hierarchy had better start taking notice and should start by cutting their own overblown salaries and put that money into student areas. Laying off staff and eliminating classes is not the solution. It’s more like a tragedy. When employees and students build a mock graveyard and stage two funerals, complete with a real casket, then the school has some very serious problems. Take for instance the Summer semester at our school, which is a complete joke. If you do not have priority registration, it will take an act of God to get enrolled in a class. If you believe everything the

administration tells us about the reasons why the layoffs are happening and the school’s dismal budget, then LBCC should have filed Chapter 11 for bankruptcy and just lock the doors permanently. Be very weary of the current administration and protest against them any chance you get. Have a funeral every day for all 55 positions. It is not a good sign when the school’s president sought a position at another college. Employees in departments affected by the layoffs have no idea how services offered will be restructured--a euphemism reiterated by Trustee Roberto Uranga. Another footnote to add would be the searching of backpacks at the LBCC Board of Trustees meeting on April 24. What reasons could they have for the searches and the higher than average security presence. We can all help the situation by voting “yes” in November on the tax increase proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and encourage others to do so.


Education going, gone ! To obtain higher learning, you may need to bring your own ladder.

Brown, but among the job slashing, the board decides to give themselves a raise. Not that the 4 percent raise would save too many of these laid-off employees, but it might have raised a couple of popularity points for Oakley and the gang. I agree that every school What the hell is going on with needs people at the top making higher education learning? the decisions on what gets a fresh Tuition is going up, classes are coat of paint, or whatever it takes being wiped out from the college, nine people to do. professors are Now, the “Funeral becoming part-time for the Death of educators, summer Education” hit the school has a grand LAC on May 1 and total of one art class. the PCC on May 9. If Students and the point of the events employees have had was to embarrass a to resort to having a few of the board memsymbolic funeral for bers and get some education to let peopowerful photographs ple know what is in local papers, then going on. the organizers sucJESUS HERNANDEZ ceeded. The budget at LBCC has been going This Occupy-esque through severe cuts. It seems like protest had a lot of people speaknot only is the school expected to ing and a lot of nay-sayers, but operate the same way with a not much is going on in the altersmaller budget every year, but nate solutions department. Sacramento State government When asking a few people officials said that they needed to who attended the “funeral” what cut more money half way through they learned, they simply said the year. they just wanted to show support It’s a hard decision to make, for the employees. Unfortunately, but finally the announcement they could not say that they comes, ‘We have to lay off a learned anything about why the huge percentage of our workevents could have been so signififorce!’ or something along those cant. lines because the board voted to The education part was missget rid of more than 50 employing! I even picked up a few fliers ees. for the event, which had typos. Not only does the number of This seems a little irrelevant vice presidents sit steady at eight to the “bigger picture,” but when and President Eloy Oakley makes you’re pushing for the salvation more money than Governor Jerry of education, these details matter.

Cynthia Montes/Viking


Re-evaluate the layoff list We are writing you regarding the recent layoffs at LBCC. We ask consideration for a re-evaluation of the layoff list regarding our inclusion on this list. A goal stated by President Oakley was to make sure that jobs or programs contributed to student success and contributed to students graduating, transferring and earning certificates. Our positions and our work have contributed more to this goal than any other classified position on campus. Every day instructors work directly with students assisting them with their studies. We work with individual students according to their skill level, and their needs. Many times in their native language,

whether this is Spanish, Khmer, Vietnamese, Arabic, Russian, Indian, or any of the many languages that come into our lab we are always there to help them, finding some way to translate for them. The Success Centers do not assist students in all of these languages, nor do they try to. We don’t turn anyone away. We also assist our many foreign language students trying to learn Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and French. Please consider that Long Beach’s population is over 59 percent foreign speakers and foreign born. There are 18,500 ESL students in the Long Beach Unified School District and many of them will be coming to our school by way of the College

Promise program. You will need employees trained in working with ESL Students and foreign speakers, and who know how to get the most out of them so they will be part of the college success program. Rather than discarding us, please consider using us in another area or department so we can provide the services these students really need at a cost you can afford.

A recurring issue on most college campuses is college students ranting about how they use their financial aid money to buy expensive items such as designer purses, pricey sneakers, “beats” earphones and trips to Las Vegas. Some students do not qualify for financial aid and pay for their own tuition and books. On the other hand, some students congratulate each other in class or on social networks because they will receive their financial aid soon and cannot wait to spend it on

drinks or paying off their car loan. These types of students are called, “career college students.” Career college students waste taxpayer dollars and take up space in classes that other students (usually on the waiting list) needed to graduate or transfer. Budgets are cut on campus each year and it is loathsome to hear that some financial aid money is wasted on expensive items and trips that financial aid students cannot afford.

Financial aid should be mainly used for tuition and books. Career college students who still receive financial aid are wasting their time, class space and wasting all our taxpayer dollars. It is time for career college students to become more serious about their long-term career goals and stop using financial aid to pay for their luxuries.

Congratulations to the Viking staff on the April 26 issue about the layoffs. The quality of paper (nice change) aside, I think this is the publication that will put you all in the winner’s circle come

the next Community College publication awards. Your reportage is smart, snappy, current and well-written. Great photos and commentary. I wish more in the community had

access to our paper. It might make a real difference for the college. Good going.

Michael Smith, Yolanda Varalla, Instructional associates ESL

Financial aid mismanaged

Raul A. Rodriguez, Electrical engineering major

Appreciation for hard work Diane Gunther, English professor


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What are your plans for the Summer? Are you transferring, graduating, taking classes, working or job-hunting? Compiled by Jessica De Soto and Alannah Jones at the LAC on Monday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

Jeron Gordon, 19 Psychology major

Da’Leisha Holmes, 19 Engineering major

Tauheed James Mitchell, 27 Physical education

“I will be super-busy this Summer with parttime work, Summer classes, dancing, martial arts, babysitting and traveling.”

“For this Summer, I am continuing to take prestigious classes in engineering to further me in my destined career.”

“I will be taking two classes this Summer and working full-time. In addition, I will be taking Math 110 and Econ 1B. Equally important, I'm planning on transferring next Spring.”

“I will be focusing on my health this Summer, visiting family in Pennsylvania and going to Vegas for my friend's aunt's wedding.”

Keith Evans Business management major

Brian Siggeres, 20 Dance performance

Cristian Galvan, 18 Mechanical engineering major

Amanda Province, 31 Marine biology major

“I will be working, taking dance classes to better my technique and improving my portfolio for entertainment and modeling agencies.”

“I'm planning to work full-time, vacationing and taking more productive classes next semester.”

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“My plans this Summer is to go to San Antonio to a Christian conference in July.”

Makenzie Moore, 21 Medicine major

“I will be working at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.”

Jose Gonzalez, 20 Urban and regional “I'm planning on transferring to Cal Poly Pomona, look for a new place to live, work with the YMCA as a Summer camp counselor and then find a job in Pomona for when school starts.”

Christina Hernandez, 21 Dance major “My plans for the Summer are to take Summer classes such as reading and math and also look for a part-tme job.”


Pregnancy should not alter good education ! Unplanned children are a lifelong commitment. An unexpected pregnancy can be life-altering and distressing above all when you’re a young woman in college. I know attending college can be stressful at times as well as demanding, but I unquestionably believe that it is somewhat possible to structure a future for yourself and the child. In addition to surviving the harsh obstacles of being pregnant such as being overpowered by morning sickness, contractions, fevers, unpredicted menstrual cycles and being consumed by midterms, student activities, finals and financial stability, you also worry about what your peers will think of you. Being a woman is dramatized enough in health classes, media gossip, relationships and romantic novels, but to have people know that you’re pregnant in college is scary. It’s like having a subliminal sign hanging over their head exclaiming, “Yes I know I’m fat!”

Marianna Palacios, a family nurse practitioner at the student health services, said LBCC helps prevent unintended pregnancies by educating students and encouraging safe sex, use of condoms and other types of birth control. Despite those efforts, Community Colleges have reported that 5.4 percent of pregnancies are unplanned. The report said, “More than one in five sexually active students detailed that their partners have used emergency contraception.” One-third of unexpected pregnancies are affecting unmarried women in their 20s and as a result they may drop out of school and postpone JESSICA their education to handle the financial burden to raise a child. Palacios said she worries that pregnant women in college are not ready to take on the responsibilities related to pregnancy. However, she said, “Pregnancy happens to two people, not one.”

Abortion at a glance can be emotionally confusing, but it is a safe and legal way to end pregnancy, according to the Planned Parenthood website. In fact, more than one out of three women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45. The two kinds of abortions are “in-clinic and the abortion pill.” Parenting is a lifelong commitment and if you’re ready, then remember that, “No matter if you are married, partnered or single, you have a lot to think about if you’re considering getting pregnant and having a child. “Only you can decide when the time is right for you,” Planned Parenthood said on DE SOTO its website. For medical guidance on the issue, you may contact Planned Parenthood at 1-800-230-7526 for a health center near you. Or contact LAC Student Health Services in Q Building 124 or PCC AA Building in 101 between the hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m.



MAY 10, 2012

Farewell and goodbye smarts

Full-time teachers' union President Lynn Shaw leads the funeral procession at the death of education rally at LAC on Tuesday, May 1. About 200 people later gathered in the Quad for the funeral that opposed massive budget cuts.

Photos by Rodney Wiess

A dance student from LBCC carries a flower during her performance.

A memorial wreath sits in front of the Auditorium.

A father and son attend the rally in support of the staff, teacher and students.

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LBCC student wears scary makeup in support of the funeral. PCC hosted a simliar event Wednesday, May 9.

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