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Volume 87, Issue 15

May 1, 2014

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Drill simulates on-campus shooting

Miguel Espinoza/Viking DRILL: In a collaboration between U.S. Marshalls, LBPD and LBUSD campus police, officers train on a simulated campus shooter drill. Law enforcement trained at the LAC on Wednesday, April 28, in various scenarios located in Buildings A and N.

Law enforcement agencies use fake ammunition as part of preparation plan. By Richard Mejia Staff Writer As students took time away from campus during Spring Break, the LAC was very much active as different branches of law enforcement participated in a campus shooting drill Wednes-

day, April 23. Officers from the Long Beach Police Department, U.S. Marshals, and Long Beach Unified School District campus police participated in simulations of an on and off-campus shooting as part of a safety training program. LBCC Police Lt. Julie Prior said, “It’s a terrible truth, but shootings like this actually happen, so this type of hands-on training is absolutely vital for all officers to know how to approach and contain the situation.”

The shooting drill took place on the LAC in buildings A and N. The drill consisted of one “shooter,” played by an LBPD officer, who became disgruntled after an interaction with the financial aid office. “Most of the participating officers were unfamiliar with the campus,” said Prior. “The unfamiliarity of the campus will help prepare them for any scenario, in any location.” Once the officers are in building, they searched each room

looking for the assailant, all the while both student and staff volunteers acted as victims who have been shot, wounded, or in hiding. The drills ended when officers caught and shot the shooter with simulated gunfire. LBPD officer Kevin Stinson said, “As police officers, the best way for us to the learn how to handle situations like these is hands-on. Regardless of age or experience on the force, these drills better prepare us to protect our citizens.”

In addition to the multiple law enforcement units at LBCC, the Long Beach Fire Department also participated in the drill as they practiced treatment and rescue methods for those who might be injured. LBFD Battalion Chief and Director of Training, Jim Rexwinkel, said, “The fire department goes through rescue training all the time and they’re very good at it. Police officers go through weapons training all the time and they’re very good at it. It’s the combination of both units, however, that make these simulations critical. We learn how to handle these situations together.” In attempt to make not just LBCC a safer campus, but Long Beach a safer city, more than fifty of these officers spent over twelve hours on campus continually going over different strategies and techniques to better hone their skills in these type of life-threatening events. Marcus Gill, 26, a sociology major, volunteered to act as a wounded victim. “It was very fun and energetic!” Gill said. Officer Stinson said, “The best thing students can do in a situation like this depends on where they’re at. If they’re in class, listen to the professor. “If they aren’t in class, the best thing for students to do is to carefully and cautiously evacuate the campus.” To sign up for real-time text alerts about campus safety and security, people may email

Student drowns at Sunset Beach Talent on display By Kendall Harris Staff Writer

On the evening of Saturday, April 12, LBCC student Damian Frierson, Jr., died at Sunset Beach due to drowning. The 19-year-old student and two friends went to the beach in Huntington. They were told by Sunset Beach lifeguard Carlos Glines to come out of the water due to a strong rip current. After returning to the area where the group was located, Glines saw one of the friends yelling for help as another friend tried to get out of the water and saw Frierson struggling against the rip current. At 6 p.m. Glines called dispatch and then paddled

out to the water to search for Fri- Jordan High School in 2012, was erson, but saw no sign of him. the middle of three children of Lifeguards from Huntington, Clarissa Turner and Damian FriSeal Beach and Bolsa Chica State erson Sr. He was studying busiBeach came to the scene ness at LBCC and had to help locate Frierson. hopes of working in After 40 minutes, they the music industry. He found his body 15 feet worked at Burlington from where he was Coat Factory and dedseen last. He was unicated his time to St. conscious 10 feet beReed Missionary Bapneath the surface. They tist Church. pulled him out and A funeral was conimmediately started ducted for friends and CPR. Huntington Damian Frierson Jr. family on Thursday, Business major Beach Fire DepartApril 24. Family and ment paramedics then took him to Huntington Beach Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:21 p.m. Frierson, who graduated from

friends posted images of Frierson to his Facebook and Twitter wall and changed their profile images to him in memorial of the 19-year-old.

for 63rd Spring Sing

By Madison Salter Staff Writer The 63rd annual Spring Sing variety show will be Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the Hall of Champions Gym at the LAC. The yearly event is produced by students. Teachers, students and alumni are encouraged to participate in the show. Teacher and alumni performances will be judged separately from student performances. They will have their own award category as well. Tickets are $7 pre-sale and


$10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the LBCC Foundation scholarships. The theme for last year’s Spring Sing was cartoons. Participants performed songs or skits about their favorite cartoons. Pamela Garrison, Student Life administrative assistant, said, “My favorite part of Spring Sing is seeing all the wonderful talent we have here at LBCC.” Last year, the Men of Aztlan won the sweepstakes award. 2013 was the third time the men’s service club won the award.




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Posters for transgender event torn down Two speakers will make presentations May 6 at 3 p.m. By Shannon Murphy News Editor Fliers promoting the Anthropology Student Association’s transgender awareness event, Defying the Gender Binary, have

been torn down by unknown people. Patricia Peters, the Anthropology Student Association’s president and Student Senate Representative, said, “I placed fliers in Building T on Monday and Wednesday morning after class. I am saddened to say that within hours of posting, it was torn down.” The fliers were posted on the LAC in buildings T, F, P the Col-

Election fraud alleged

Kellogg makes allegations against Blesofsky in sworn statement. By Paul Ingvaldsen Staff Writer

Political Action Committees are not allowed to collaborate with a candidate’s committee, lest the candidate run afoul of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission’s Enforcement Division. Recently re-elected LBCC Trustee Jeff Kellogg alleges just such an event occurred in a sworn complaint against his opponent, Marshall Blesofsky. Blesofsky lost the April 8 election. Attempts to reach Blesofsky for comment were unsuccessful. Janet Hund and Emily Gehrman, LBCC faculty members, were named in the complaint and were unavailable for comment.

Kellogg alleges political fliers were distributed door to door on Feb. 22-23, by individuals associated with and paid for by the LBCC Community College Association PAC. A disclaimer at the bottom of the flier stated: “Not authorized by a candidate or candidate controlled committee.” However, on the reverse side of the flier, it lists a candidate’s contact information and an invitation to meet the candidate at a specific day, time and location. “The flier,” the complaint alleges, “was dropped in multiple neighborhoods with different day, time and location, to have ‘coffee with the candidate’ which indicates a clear collaboration between the candidate and this committee in authorizing, scheduling and promoting these events.” The candidate contact information is listed as: “The Committee to Elect Dr. Blesofsky for LBCC Trustee 2014.”

lege Center Nordic Lounge and resents that diversity such hostili- Kevin, a transgender male. They the Food Court. ty would occur,” Peters said. will speak until 4 p.m. and have a Fliers posted in the Nordic The scheduled event will be question and answer segment. Lounge and Food Court have Tuesday, May 6, at 3 p.m. It will Nancy Melucci, a teacher and been targeted while flidepartment head of ers in Buildings P and “I find it odd that in a city as diverse as Long Social Sciences, said, F remain untouched. “Our hope in creating The culprits and their Beach ... such hostility would occur,” this event is to raise reasons remain un- Patricia Peters awareness within the known. Student Senate representative community and cre“I find it odd that ate an open dialogue in a city as diverse as Long Beach consist of two guest speakers, with those who are in the transand with a student body that rep- Darya, a transgender female, and gender community.”


Brandon Richardson/Viking Renovations began on the Carson Street overpass during Spring break, closing it to students, employees and the public. The work consists of repainting, rust removal, replacing unsafe fencing and some concrete repair, according to the Los Angeles County road maintenance bridge division. Work is estimated to be completed on Saturday, May 3.

New student handbooks to be released in the Fall semester By Kendall Harris Staff Writer

A free, 200 page student handbook and reference guide will be available to students during registration week at the Campus Student Stores. Dean of Student Affairs, Physical Education and Athletics Connie Sears and her team, sports specialist Chris Ruiz and Student Life Ashlee Wilkins, coordinated on the project. The idea for the handbook came about due to 90 percent of the students wondering where to

go, how to look for things on cam- as much information in one spot dents was how to use their college pus and who to talk to when they for the students as possible.” services card. Most students pay didn’t have a computer by them. The handbook and app will the fee and think it was only good The goal was to inform LAC include information of financial for low-cost books and low-cost students on new classes, parking passes. events and schedules hap- “It will be a wealth of information to help Sears and her pening on the PCC. An coordinators desupport the students and succeed during app for smartphones is cided to add a decurrently in the works, ac- their time at LBCC.” tailed page that cording to PCC Vice Presitalks about all the -Connie Sears dent Meena Singhal. Dean of Student Affairs perks that come It will include all the with the card, stuinformation in the student hand- aid, important dates, student ser- dent accident insurance, membook, but will have more frequent vices, study resources, clubs and bership to the LBS Financial updates on what’s happening with question and answers. Credit Union, free admission to both campuses. One of the challenges the em- LBCC athletic events and other Ruiz said, “We wanted to have ployees faced when it came to stu- benefits.

Crash defendant in court Driver accused of killing woman near the LAC. By Alejandro Nicolas Staff Writer Mario Ivan Palafox, 22, accused in a fatal crash last May near the LAC, appeared in Long Beach court Tuesday, April 29, and was scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Wednesday, May 21 in Long Beach at 8:30 a.m. in department S-20. Palafox was charged last year for one count of vehicular man-slaughter and one count of hit-and-run that involved the killing of Elaine Logay on

the corner of Carson Street and Clark Avenue. Attempts to reach Elizabeth Warner-Sterkenburg, Palafox’s new public defender, were unsuccessful. Palafox’s official status is “bail to stand,” which means he may or may not be incarcerated and his bond has not yet been cleared. Palafox’s still is in the pre-trial stage, which eventually will lead to an official trial. Michael Suzuki of the public defenders office said, “I presume he’s out on bail.” The criminal clerks office said, “He pleaded not guilty to all counts. The minutes did not specify whether he’s in custody or not.”

Sears said, “The goal is to explain the services and how to access all contacts for each department of the school. It will be a wealth of information to help support the students and succeed during their time at LBCC.” The handbook is broken down by how to find help with instructional aid and student support. The book incorporates how students can find help when it comes to their academics and how to find help when it comes to Student Life and student conduct. The catalogue will not replace any of LBCC catalogue or the

University recruiters visit campus By Paul Ingvaldsen Staff Writer Nestled in his small office at corner of the A Building on the LAC on Tuesday, April 14, Ruben Page, LBCC transfer coordinator counselor, said, “I coordinate anything having to do with the universities. “Today there is a teaching workshop by Cal State Long Beach being conducted with about 40 students. Afterwards they are doing ‘drop in’s’ from 1-5 p.m. “Drop-ins are for first-come, first-serve questions,” she said. Hannah Cherry, program coordinator for Cal State’s college of education outreach and recruitment said, “We don’t look at your

high school GPA. Take any math courses you need this Summer before applying. Come to me if you have problems. Keep it light and fluffy, first semester.” Although LBCC students accepted as juniors are not required to stay in dormitories, people may wish to consider housing when enrolling in California universities. Carol Roberts-Corb, Cal State’s director of housing and Student Life, said, “Most students do leave during Spring and Winter break, unless an additional stipend is added to the boarding contract. “This year, CSULB’s dormitories will be closed to students from May 16 to Aug. 29, with spe-

cial arrangements made for occupancy by students enrolled in the Summer session.” Aileen Parungao, Community College transfer coordinator for U.C. Berkeley, took drop-ins Wednesday. “I think it is important to establish a certain sense of foundation in your first semester. “The average incoming GPA at Berkeley is 3.8, but it is a comprehensive trend. If a student has a rocky start, we can be pretty forgiving,” Parungao said. Yesehak Girma, 19, a bioengineering major said, “I live in Cerritos, I’m here because there is a lot more liberty and freedom here then at Cerritos College.”


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After almost 50 years in public office, trustee changes gear.

1926: Born in San Di-

By Thomasina Cotton Staff Writer

1944: Graduates from

Respected LBCC Board Vice President and Area 5 representative Dr. Thomas J. Clark will retire at the end of his fourth term, Tuesday, July 29. Clark has devoted his 16 years on the Board to promoting an environment of success for LBCC students who he said “are the priority.” Clark dedicated almost 50 years to public service and steered several committees. For 30 years he was on the Long Beach City Council and has held the record for the city’s longest-serving councilman. During his time on the council, he was elected mayor by his peers and served three terms while also operating his Los Altos optometry practice. After 40 years, he retired his practice in 1993. Fellow Trustee Roberto Uranga described Clark as a Long Beach icon with a passion for student success. He said, “I am indebted to Dr. Clark. I wish him all the best as he moves on to the next phase of his life. Thank you, Dr. Clark, for your service.” Student Trustee Andrea Donado, 28, a gender studies major, said despite voting differences, she appreciates the advice and mentorship Clark provided her. Donado said, “We had some great conversations. He has done a lot of positive things for the community and it’s time for him to relax.” Clark said his motto is to “stay active” and despite declaring an official retirement, he plans to continue on the LBCC Foundation board working toward student scholarships. Director of Student Relations Alicia Kruizenga said, “I believe

ego in a Navy hospital. Wilson High School. Enters military.

1946: Enrolls at LBCC. 1948: Earns associate of arts degree from LBCC. Accepted to U.C. Berkeley.

1950: Earns bachelor of science degree. Darel James/Viking Trustee Tom Clark pauses March 26 before one of his last LBCC Board meetings in T1100.

he will continue to support LBCC students long after he is retired. He established his family’s scholarship in 1998 and has been active in many of the Foundation fundraising events. “The Clark-Olney scholarship is a testament to Dr. Clark’s belief in our students and helps those transferring.” Executive Director of the Foundation Board Virginia Baxter, who will replace Clark on the Board, said, “He has been a wonderful member and he cares a great deal about the students.” Shortly after graduating from high school, Clark entered the military and at the end of his twoyear service he ranked as an Army staff sergeant. He then enrolled at LBCC and earned his associate of arts degree in 1948. At U.C. Berkeley, Clark furthered his education, earning his bachelor of science in 1950, his doctor of optometry in 1951 and his master of science degree in 1952. For his academic accomplishments and esteemed career, Clark was inducted into the LBCC Hall

of Fame in 1976. In 2007, he was recognized for his talent in track and field and was inducted into the LBCC Hall of Champions. ASB President Marco Mendoza, 20, a sociology major, said, “Dr. Clark has been a great source of knowledge. Last semester, he came to an ASB Cabinet meeting and spoke about his lifelong career as an elected official. It was great to hear him speak and have him spend time with us.” Clark said he will miss being on the Board, but is proud of what they have accomplished. He recalled the public support received for the bond measures of 2002 and 2008 in which millions of dollars were raised for construction and renovations on the PCC and the LAC. Clark said, “It has been a big asset to the college. “I’m sure the Board will continue helping students go on to four-year colleges and begin their careers. Our job is to see that the student who wants to complete a course get that associate of arts degree or vocational license.” Fellow Trustee Doug Otto

said, “No one has contributed more to Long Beach in the past 50 years than Tom Clark. We will miss him when he retires.” Board President Jeff Kellogg agreed and dubbed Clark “a role model for public service.” Clark is the father of three. His eldest son Paul is an attorney and LBCC alumnus, his son Jim is a teacher and father of 8-yearold twins, and daughter Carol Quinlan is an LBCC alumna who works for a popular telecommunications company. He was married for 54 years to wife Lois, a medical librarian who died in 2006. “She was a very fine lady,” Clark said. Jackie Hann, secretary for the Board of Trustees, has spent a decade working with Dr. Clark and said, “Tom has always been gracious and kind and I am truly going to miss him. His footprints are here forever.” President Eloy Oakley credits Clark’s vision and drive in helping to make LBCC a world-class learning institution. “We thank him for his work as we wish him the best times in his retirement.”

1951: Earns doctorate of optometry.

Feb. 1952: Marries Lois Olney.

1952: Earns master of science degree.

1953: Opens private optometry practice.

1965: Elected to City Council to represent the Fourth District for the first of eight consecutive terms.

1972: Son Paul enrolls at LBCC, where he earns an associate of the arts.

1975: Elected mayor

of Long Beach for first of three terms, 19751978, 1978-1980 and 1982-1984.

1976: Inducted into LBCC Hall of Fame.

1981-82: President of

statewide organization the League of California Cities.

1984: Daughter Carol

enrolls at LBCC, where she earned an associate of the arts.

1998: Established the

Clark-Olney scholarship to assist LBCC students transferring to universities.

Darel James/Viking Student Trustee Andrea Donado joins Clark before a meeting.

2006-7: President of

California Community Colleges Trustees.

2014: Plans to retire,

but continue working toward student scholarships on the LBCC Foundation Board. Photo provided by LBCC Foundation Clark gathers with the LBCC women’s volleyball team in 2011.

Photo provided by LBCC Foundation Clark runs track for U.C. Berkeley, where he enrolled in 1948.



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Lt. governor says state moving with technology LAC visitor meets with LBCC leaders to chart progress.

Albert Chavez/Viking FACE-TO-FACE: Dennis Esponoza, 19, an aerospace engineering major, listens attentively while recieving advice at the sixth annual Beverly O’Neill Student Leadership Conference on the LAC.

Students inspired to lead Conference provides opportunities to network. By Liliana Duarte Staff Writer The sixth annual Beverly O’Neill Student Leadership Conference on Friday, April 18 on the LAC helped students gain valuable skills. Student Life coordinator Maya Cardenas said, “It’s an opportunity for students to experience what a professional conference is. “Students will be asked to go to conferences like this when they enter a professional work environment or four-year university.” Cardenas said the conference is just a small example

compared to professional conferences. “It gives students the opportunity to learn about subjects that have to do with leadership and having a professional career,” she said. From 9 to 10 a.m., students were given advice on their career of choice from professionals who worked in that specific sector. Some students will keep in touch with their mentors, perhaps gaining future internships and jobs. Students chose two workshops to attend and the rest of the schedule was provided for them. Speakers attended the conference and students also were provided with lunch. Angie Barrera, 21, a biology major, said, “It was very good and instructive. Our teacher Rene

Castro taught us three things: to strive, interpret and evaluate. It was very helpful.” Nailah Sewell, 19, a communications major, said, “These workshops will definitely help me out in the future.” Beverly O’Neill was elected as mayor of Long Beach for three terms from 1994-2006 and was President of LBCC from 19881993. Cardenas said, “She has a really long history of leadership experience in the city of Long Beach. “The Beverly O’Neil Conference has been pretty successful the six years that we’ve been doing it. “Hopefully we’ll be able to do some more exciting things in the future and give them more opportunities to be successful.”

said his mother was a business owner and a real estate agent. He quoted her, saying, “If you get a college degree, you’re set for life.” Newsom said he doesn’t think she was wrong. “Technology is transforming By Jason Gastrich us and moving us past the old. It’s Contributing Writer extraordinary. We’re going from California Lieutenant Gover- old to new in real time. This is a nor Gavin Newsom visited LBCC call to arms to act anew. We can’t with the Committee for Econom- keep doing what we’ve been doing ic Development’s postsecondary and expect even the same return. A college degree is no longer a education performance forum. Superintendent-President proxy for a job,” Newsom said. Interim Provost and Senior Eloy Oakley opened the event in T1100 at the LAC. He said, “We Vice President of Cal State Long Beach David Dowell said, “We’re can agree in the mar- “A college degree is no longer a so smart. We know how to gins, but proxy for a job.” protect our the cohesion doesn’t -Gavin Newsom s e l f - i n t e r Lieutenant governor ests.” He was exist. We referring to need to help the undeserved.” The committee is searching the way California colleges don’t to find ways to increase college have a clear vision for a successenrollment along with discover- ful future. “Our children and our ing future student needs and out- grandchildren will suffer for our inaction. The state needs to set comes. According to 2011 statistics goals for higher education.” Even though some industries from the National Center for Higher Education Management are experiencing what Newsom Systems, 30.5% of Californians called an “innovator’s dilemma”, between 25-34 years old have a LBCC experienced its first sucbachelor’s degree. The country’s cessful winter session last winter. average is 31.5% and Massachu- It plans to continue offering stusetts is first with nearly 50% hold- dents classes online and offline during the Spring, Summer, Fall ing a bachelor’s degree. Gavin Newsom charismati- and Winter session at both of its cally addressed the audience and campuses.


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Japanese-inspired designs spring to life


CAT WALK: Model Asia Everitt poses for professional photographer Benjamin Brooks at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach during a geisha-inspired photo shoot produced by professor Pamela Knights and her students Tuesday, March 18.

BIG PLANS: Fashion students from left, Christalle Nuval, La’Trice White and Cardinal Espitia go over final details from the shoot, which will be developed into a 2014 Look Book.

Fashion students show off their geisha-tinged sense.

the fashion program prints out every year in which the students’ work is showcased in a photo book. After the Look Book is printed, a media kit is prepared and sent to local media and people in the industry. The photos will be displayed during a fashion show Friday, May 23, at the LAC. Curtain call will be at 6:45 p.m. and the main show will start

Story and Photos By Miguel Espinoza Spring fashion euphoria was in the air as aspiring fashion and design students from LBCC put together a collection of garments inspired by pin-up model Dita

Von Teese, with a mix of geisha attire. Over the course of an 8-hour photo session Tuesday, March 18, professional makeup artists Raoul Alejandro, Cassandra Otero, and Carmen Castro prepared semi-amateur hired models Asia Everitt, Holly Redden, Saam Adams, Monique Young and Sienna Thomas. The models wore garments designed by LBCC fashion stu-

dents Taylor Sandell, Jalen Harrison, Carina Espitia and Danny Quinn. Mark Schneider of Dave Schneider Fine Jewelry in Long Beach also contributed by bringing some of his highly valuable jewelry collections for the models to wear during the photo session at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach. The private photo session was in preparation for a Look Book

at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are: VIP $25, VIP 5-person $115, general admission presale $15, general admission at the door $20 and high school $10. For direct sales people may contact geishadenm@gmail. com. For online sales people may visit www.lbcc2014fashionshow. Details are available at LBCC. edu/fashionDesign.



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Student airs on CBS game show By Thomasina Cotton Staff Writer

Samwell Favela /Viking HELPING OUT: A bowl of wristbands provided by an organization who helps veterans with disability claims, AmVets, sits in the middle of the veterans service office at LBCC to show compassion for the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day worldwide.

Veterans Club is back Counselors and students help military members adjust to college.

club to study or relax if they need to. Gustavo Orozco, 28, an astronomy major, was an active veteran for five years and in reserve for three years. Orozco is the club president, said, “It’s scary being this old and coming back to a classroom when we haven’t done it in a while. It gets intimidating.” Many veterans have families to take care of, so it is not as easy

student veterans’ G.I. Bills. Martinez said, “It feels wonderful being able to give back something to these students who have done so much for this country.” On Friday, May 23 the club is having the Memorial Day Freedom Fair. The fair will consist of By Liliana Duarte an Army physical fitness exam. Staff Writer Army drill sergeants will be attending to grade those who atThe LBCC Veteran’s Club has tend. been inactive for two years, until There will be awards handed this Spring semester. out, food vendors The club features “It feels wonderful being able to give back some- that will be supcounselors and tuporting the event tors who are also thing to these students who have done so much and a pie-eating veterans. for this country.” contest. Currently, 850 Orozco says “I -Jose Martinez veterans benefit am very excited to Veterans certified official from what the club be spearheading has to offer. A student veteran for them to get back into school. this event in order to get more exmust have 12 units to be in the James Martinez is the veterans posure for the Veterans Club.” club. Student veterans go to the certified official who processes

Open Mic night lets artists perform to crowd of nearly 60 Poets, writers, singers take stage in 4-year tradition.

er Felipe Mora Vera 24, a music major, said, “I’m intending to set an example by performing a ‘cover’ that is in touch with how I feel.” Mora Vera went on to perform his ‘cover,’ which he described as, “Someone else’s song that I want to perform as a tribute.” Students and residents of all ages filled the darkened room as the evening progressed. At the height of the event 58 people were seated. Tobechukwo Olumba, 21,

each act finished, the audience applauded by snapping their fingers. The event which occurs more or less every month has become an LBCC tradition. Lisa Armano, By Paul Ingvaldsen 52, an English and creative writStaff Writer ing major, said, “This is actually our fourth year. We have held Film major Sergei Smirnoff, them consistently in support of 24, master of ceremonies of the the Young Poets Society and the Open Mic event held in room creative writing students on camP104, the Marion Sims Baughn pus.” Center at the LAC on Friday, “It’s open to evApril 18 at 7 p.m., was erybody. We adverwarming up his mono- “I’m intending to set an example by performtise in the Grunion logue with nonsense ing a ‘cover’ that is in touch with how I feel.” Gazette and the talk just before the show Pre ss - Tel e g r am .” -Felipe Mora Vera started. Smirnoff said “I Music major Undeclared major don’t like people, but the Dennis Wolverton, weather is nice. a business administration major, 65, stood outside the door as he “I am joking. It is Good Frisaid, “I don’t perform. I’m here prepared to take his place at the day. I’m trying to be serious here.” because I have attended open mic lectern. Reacting to the largely Asked about his goal as a writer before and it was very astonishing youthful audience, he said, “This and artist, Smirnoff said, “Right for the learning process.” school is mostly for young people. now I’m focusing on poetry. I’m The audience maintained a I might read a short story, the kind working on getting a book out respectable silence as a variety of I usually don’t write about: an old and the screenplays that are acwriters, poets and singers stood at woman traveling in Europe.” cumulating on my computer.” a lectern under a spotlight. When Standing nearby, fellow perform-

Audience members vied for Brady’s attention as he surveyed the audience for each new contesWhen LBCC nursing major tant. Nearly 40 minutes into the Amalla Okaro, 19, saw an online long hour show, he finally sumcall for college students to ap- moned “the cop,” addressing Okapear on the CBS game show “Let’s ro who reconsidered her decision Make A Deal,” she immediately not to wear a costume and rented ordered tickets to attend the tap- a police cap from the show for $2. ing of its college edition that aired Quickly running down stage Friday, March 28. to join Brady for her chance to She and her sister Oluoma earn prizes, her name tag fell off. Okaro, 18, arrived late to the Oc- “I was so excited it almost imtober taping, but Amalla the elder paired my speech.” Okaro was confident she would Brown watched the episode earn a spot on the and thought her popular costume-cenfriend’s response to tered show she said, being picked was “Going there and not funny. “She looked getting picked was like she didn’t know definitely not an opwhat was going on.” tion.” When the time Potential contescame to choose curtants awaiting entry tain No. 2 or a basket into the Burbank stuof laundry, Okaro dio were interviewed considered her odds Amalla Okaro by staff hoping to find Let’s Make A Deal and chose the launthe most suitably endry, avoiding the contestant ergetic guests for the joke prize behind the show. “There was no time to be curtain and winning $2,000 and calm. I had to have energy at all four 1-year theme park passes to points,” Okaro said. Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags People selected are not aware Magic Mountain valued at $525. until they are called from the auShe said her immediate dience by host Wayne Brady. thought was, “This would happen Okaro said, “Wayne Brady to me,” considering she worked personally picked me. I knew for Knott’s Berry Farm for a more because the security guards later than a year and is afraid of roller told me he was saying ‘I am defi- coasters. nitely picking her.’” “I love the whole entertainA friend of Okaro and LBCC ment industry,” Okaro said. kinesiology major Dakota Brown, Though she said she will contin20, said, “I think she is going to ue pursuing nursing, she plans to be famous one day. She is an awe- give the entertainment industry a some person and knows how to try. open doors for herself.”

Dancers ready for show with ‘powerhouse’ act By Thomasina Cotton Staff Writer

campus. Eleven dance numbers have been produced. King said, “It will The LBCC Spring dance con- have a wide variety of pieces for cert will be in the Auditorium of everybody’s taste.” the LAC and has been scheduled Erica Hawkins, 28, an anfor 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, and thropology and dance major, Saturday, May 17. A matinée per- has choreographed the occasion formance twice and has will be Sun- “I’m trying to put together danced it sevday, May 18, something appealing for the eral times. at 2 p.m. She has audience and something fun for produced F o u r a LBCC dance the dancers.” piece entitled students “Your Death -Sorlie Reeves were selectIs Mine” in Dance theatre major ed by dance memory of teacher Sheree King to choreo- friends who have committed suigraph a dance piece for the event cide. “Some dancers will represent along with the faculty choreogra- death, others will represent angels phers. to help the living and deceased Student choreographer, Sorlie characters move on.” Reeves, 24, a dance theatre major, Online tickets are available at said he has prepared a “power- General admission is house” hip hop routine for the 12 $15. Students, senior citizens and members of his group. employees admission is $10. “I’m trying to put together At the door, general admission something appealing for the au- is $17. Students, senior citizens dience and something fun for the and employees admission is $12. dancers.” More information is available He is hoping his dance will by calling Theatre Mania at (866) inspire a future hip-hop crew on 811-4111.


May 1, 2014

40th annual sale offers 40 varieties


Eager consumers go to the PCC and help fund scholarships. By Alejandro Nicolas Staff Writer

The 40th annual LBCC plant sale was a success among not only the community and students, but apparently to the whole country. A volley of parents and children and residents flocked early Wednesday morning, April 16, to get their hands on plants said to be from all regions of the world. Consumers were eager to load their Radio-Flyer-like carts full of exotic plants for their gardens and yards at considerable low cost. Many volunteered and worked the sale, including students and teachers. Horticulture program coordinator Jorge Ochoa said, “We have 40 types of plants being sold, the largest in the country, which exists for sale nowhere else in the U.S. and we also offer a selection of passion flowers.” Ochoa’s colleague, instructional associate Bryan Hastie, managed the sale. Hastie worked on the register, tallied up people’s selections and informed the public exactly what they were looking at. His knowledge, along with Ochoa’s, is remarkably vast, speaking with almost 20 groups of people within a couple of hours, conversing on numerous topics regarding agriculture, horticulture and basic tips on how to keep plants healthy. Hastie said, “The tradition is

Alejandro Nicolas/Viking GARDEN STROLLER: A woman and her daughter take advantage of LBCC’s 40th annual plant sale during the mid-April event.

what I like, recognizing the same Brazilian Children’s Outreach, people coming back. It takes a lot which allows her to travel 3-4 of energy, a lot of work. It took times a year and help plant seeds years of in the rural collecting.” “We have 40 types of plants be- parts of BraJ o d i zil, teaching E n g l e - ing sold, the largest in the coun- people how to hart, a try.” farm and be volunteer, self-depen-Jorge Ochoa dent. said, “It’s Horticulture program coordinator just fun, Patrick peaceful.” Heeb, a sheet metal teacher, adEnglehart also volunteers for vises the Metal Fab Club, which

sold various fixtures and objects made by students at the plant sale including a barbecue grill. All proceeds were donated to the Metal Fab Club, which meets in II127 every Thursday from noon-1 p.m. Metal fabrication students gathered around selling items that students themselves made for sale. Justin Cooper, 24, a computer engineering major, said, “Stu-

dents make it. We sell it.” Deandre Hill, 25, a metal fabrication technology major, said, “I make barbecues, bird houses, plasma artwork or patio art.” Steven Larkins, 25, a horticulture major, said the sale brought “good progress, being around the public, hanging around, definitely a good learning experience.” The plant sale ran April 16-19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the horticulture gardens on the PCC.

Genocide tales ‘Moby Dick’ makes a splash told by survivors Courage to Remember event organized for the seventh year.

struggles and are unable to say how they feel or unable to share what happened to their families. The Courage to Remember event is conducted every year to give community members an opportunity to heal and maybe find closure. By Liliana Duarte Another guest at the event was Staff Writer Bikkhu Sachavaro Rem Phirum. Six speakers who attended Pol-Lim said “Bikkhu Sachavaro the Courage to Remember event Rem Phirum came here without about the Cambodian geno- her children and parents. To get up every morning to cide from 1975-1979 were given live her life, be in the communiawards Thursday April 17. Roth Prum, Vishnah Craign, ty and define the community act of hope that Phansy she’d never Peang, Dr. “They shared their story and dehad is why Christina scribed how the loss impacted we continLee, Judy ue to imG r e e n , their life.” plement the and Vic-Sara Pol-Lim program.” tory Heng Executive director of United Courage spoke of Cambodian community to Rememthe struggles and pain that they ber started about seven years ago went or are going through. About the people who re- and has been sponsored by LBCC ceived awards, executive director for the last four years. Pol-Lim said, “We hope that of United Cambodian community Sara Pol-Lim said, “They this event not only tells the story shared their story and described of survival, but also for the second how the loss impacted their life generation to become more conand how they had guilt of being nected with their first generation.” the only survivors.” Many people have the same

By Albert Chavez Social Media Editor And Marleen Ledesma Co-CityStyle Editor

their imagination. Vercylanne Bustos, 22, a theatre major, said, “A lot of these kids are going on stage for the first time and they’re lucky to be work-

45, the production’s stage manager and a technical theatre major, shared a pun. Steele said, “Hours and hours of hard work have paid off with a The iconic “Moby Dick” splash and the big splash is a “The big splash is a white whale.” big story was painted into 3-D white whale.” by the theatre program in Nancy Sanabria, 22, a theatre -Marc Steele Production stage manager major, said, “Definitely a show “Moby Dick - Rehearsed” and technical theatre major you should watch.” which started on April 10th and ended on Saturday, Theatre teacher and play diApril 19th. ing with a Broadway actor.” rector Gregory Mortenson, 43, The theatrical production was Bustos referred to Richard said “Moby Dick” the play telewritten by Orson Welles, most Kinsey, who performed as Javert scopes all of the key moments in famous for his movie “Citizen in “Les Miserables.” “Moby Dick”. Kane.” The students learned firstIt is hoped by the director This play uses less of a set and hand from a Broadway actor, Gregory Mortensen that at the stage. Instead, performers take which helped them gain a good, end of the play everyone attenda run around the theater and set valuable and unique, experience.. ing the performance got inspired up a tone by using music and When talking about “Moby to read the book. encouraging the audience to use Dick – Rehearsed” Marc Steele,

Spellers to compete for cash prizes By Brandon Richardson Staff Writer Spell-check won’t help now. The LBCC spelling bee is in the Nordic Lounge in the E Building at the LAC, on Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. The previous spelling bee attracted about 25 contestants, and with only the PCC applicants accounted for, this time 20 had signed up as of Monday, April 28.

Kaye Koppe, an administrative assistant for Student Life at the PCC, said, “We’d love to have about 50 or so, but it’s just hard to tell. We really want to promote unity among students and help expand their vocabularies.” The panel overseeing the contest will consist of one reader, Sudeepa Gulati, an associate professor for ESL, and three or four judges who are yet to be determined.

The event, as well as the prize money, will be funded by the LBCC Foundation. The first place contestant will receive $350, second place will receive $200 and third place will receive $150. Koppe urged students to sign up to be competitors, saying that all students are welcome. Sign-up forms may be filled out at EE102 on the PCC and E213 on the LAC and must be turned in by 5 p.m. Monday, May 12.



May 1, 2014

Richard Mejia/ Viking QUARTERFINAL FINISH: The Vikings huddle together shortly before their 15-8 defeat in the last set of the conference quarterfinal against Irvine Valley on Friday, April 18, in the Small Gym.

Playoff hopes dashed Richard Mejia/Viking THE WIND-UP: Freshman Sean Hale launches a pitch in the Vikings’ 10-1 victory over Antelope Valley on Thursday, April 17. The Vikings went on to win five more to clinch their first playoff berth since 2009.

Vikings win six straight LBCC post 11-2 record in April and prepare for playoffs. By Richard Mejia Staff Writer With the playoffs seemingly out of grasp, the Vikings answered the call by going 11-2 in April and clinching a playoff berth. The Vikings’ April record is their best since winning their last state championship in 2006. The Vikings finished with an overall record of 21-15 and a conference record of 15-6 to garner a share of the conference title with East Los Angeles and Cerritos. Coming off series sweeps of Antelope Valley College and conference rival El Camino, the Vikings look to carry their late season mo-

mentum into their opening round match-up against third-seeded Santa Ana. LBCC coach Casey Crook said, “We did a good job of catching up against El Camino and guys like (sophomore pitcher) Sean Hale are pitching the best they have all season. We’re in really good shape right now.” The fourteenth-seeded Vikings begin their three-game playoff series on the road against third-seeded Santa Ana on Friday, May 3, at 3 p.m. with the second being played on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. If neither team has won the first two games, a deciding game will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday. The regular season included highly inconsistent play from the team as their high-scoring offense combined with an errat-

ic bullpen seemed to spell doom for the team early on. However, the Vikings newly found ability to overcome deficits late-in games has been all the difference in their recent resurgence. Crook said, “I don’t know if we can play any better than we what we are now. Our pitchers are where they need to be and the offense is doing its job.” During the course of the past month, the Vikings overpowered their opponents by winning on an average of five runs and allowing only an average of three runs. Freshman first baseman Jordan Ybarra said, “Our bats have absolutely come alive and our pitchers are on point. We have important games coming up, but with the mindset we have right now, we’re going to make a deep (playoff) run.”

By Richard Mejia Staff Writer A promising playoff run came to an abrupt halt as the LBCC men’s volleyball team lost to Irvine Valley in the state championship quarterfinals Friday, April 18, in the LBCC Small Gym. The Vikings lost in five sets, 25-19, 19-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-12, in what was a furious back-andforth contest. The game included dominant sets by each team as Irvine Valley set the tone of the game with an early win in the first set. The Vikings regrouped after the first and managed to win the second while cruising on a 9-1 run to end it. LBCC sophomore middle blocker Henry Taylor put on a valiant effort in the loss as he led the team with 16 kills and three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Relyea Speller said, “We played

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Just like on Thursday, April 24’s come-from-behind win, the Vikings rallied late to score 10

runs over the final three innings. Long Beach City College turned a close game into a blowout as the Vikings rolled to their sixth straight win, a 12-2 victory at El Camino College on Friday, to

Miguel Espinoza/Viking LBCC GETS THE WIN: Viking baseball players rest between innings in a double-header against Oxnard on Monday, April 14.

close out the regular season and earn them a share of the 2014 South Coast Conference championship. Thursday’s walk-off hero, Stefan Mildinovich, hit a sacrifice fly to score Delgado and sophomore Ryan Dickison doubled to drive in freshmen Michael Thomas and Jake Reinhardt to give LBCC a 9-2 lead. Sophomore Cameron Mackenzie sealed the win with a perfect bottom of the ninth to set off the Vikings’. Head coach Casey Crook and the Vikings will split the title three ways with Cerritos and East Los Angeles, who also posted wins in their final game Friday, April 24, to force the tri-championship. Long Beach has won five straight including 10 of its last 12 games. Casey Crook enters his 21st season as head coach of the Long Beach City College baseball program in 2014. The Vikings have a 15-6 record in the conference and are 21-15 overall this season.

hard all season so it’s hard to lose this way. We should all be proud, it was a great season and I loved every minute of it.” The Vikings finished their season with a 15-5 overall record while boasting a 9-3 record in conference play. Political science major and fan Nick Casillas, 23, said “I really thought they were going to win it all this year. In doesn’t matter what happened this season though, we’re going to come back stronger as a team and a school next year.” Amid the loss, the Vikings are still poised for a successful season next year as freshman stars Marques Buggs and Caleb Hutchinson are set to return. Under the continued leadership of coach Jonathan Charette, the Vikings have made the playoffs in his first two seasons.


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May 1, 2014

Legendary Hall of Fame coach dies


With 374 wins and 6 Final Four appearances, former LBCC men’s basketball coach was a true winner.

Darel James/Viking TAKING AIM: Freshman thrower Jasmine Williams speeds through the runway before launching the javelin at the South Coast Conference Preliminary on Tuesday, April 22.

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Star athlete takes action to the championship finals. By Richard Mejia Staff Writer

In what has been a lackluster and injury-plagued season, the women’s track and field team saw a glimmer of light as freshman super-athlete Jasmine Williams managed to shine in the finals of the Conference Championship

meet Friday, April 25, at Veterans Stadium. A first team all-conference selection for the women’s basketball team, Williams also competes for track and field as she participated in both the 100-meter hurdles and the javelin throw at the conference meet. Williams posted a personal best of 15.87 in the 100-meter hurdles, which earned her seventh place. She also placed in the top 15 in the javelin throw with a distance of 25.46 meters. Williams said, “I know I can do better, I worked really hard for

this meet, but I’m not entirely satisfied with the results.” In addition to Williams’ performance, the Vikings had a few noteworthy achievements at the meet. Freshman thrower Jessica Logologo earned a pair of top 10 performances with a distance of 9.50 meters in the shot put and 26.04 meters in the discus throw. The team will compete again at the Southern California Championships on Saturday, May 3, at Cerritos College.

for 17 years until his retirement in 1990. When Fraser retired, his 374 wins were the most ever for a men’s basketball coach, surpassed by his replacement and forBy Edward Mahurien William Bevis mer assistant Contributing Writer “Bill” Fraser Gary AnderAlso coached son. The Viking athletic family at Wilson High During mourns the loss of legendary basSchool his 17 years ketball coach William Bevis “Bill” coaching the Viking men’s basFraser who died Friday, April 18. ketball team reached the postseaAccording to the Press-Telegram, Fraser is a Hall of Famer son 13 times. Fraser reached the at Wilson and LBCC and was final four six times and coached one the most successful boys’ and LBCC to the state championship men’s basketball coaches at both in 1976. He was named Metroschools with 517 total victories as politan Coach of the year for all sports twice. In addition to bea head coach. Fraser, inducted into the ing in the LBCC Hall of Fame, Fraser was also LBCC Hall “Fraser was one of the most inducted into of Champithe California accomplished coaches in ons in 2003, Community started his Long Beach history.” Colleges Basprolific ketball Coaches -Press-Telegram coaching Hall of Fame. career in 1958 at Long Beach WilIn the Press-Telegram article son High School before moving to indicated the Fraser makes one LBCC in 1973. the most accomplished coaches of According to the article, upon Long Beach history. Fraser’s arrival at LBCC he needA guestbook was set up on ed to hire a new coaching staff. the Long Beach Press -Telegram’s One of his first hires in 1975 was site where an assistant, Gary Anderson, who well-wishers published condotook the head coaching job and lences for Fraser’s wife Betty and eventually surpassed Fraser as their children. LBCC’s all-time winningest coach A scholarship has been estabon Feb. 4, 2009, with his 375th win lished in his name with the LBCC at East Los Angeles College. Scholarship Foundation, Director In Fraser’s career he averaged and LBCC Trustee elect Ginny 23 wins a year while setting the Baxter is handling donations. Inrecord for total wins bringing the terested parties may contact BaxVikings a state championship in ter directly at (562)938-4634. 1976. Fraser coached the Vikings

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Persistent play leads doubles team to state tournament.

represent Long Beach by playing for LBCC.” Thomas said, “That’s the kind of character we have on this team. The women had a game and the bus was leaving at 11 a.m. By the By Nick Steele time I got there at 10 a.m., an Sports Editor hour earlier, the girls were already there warming up!” LBCC’s women tennis hasn’t “We are bringing this team been able to win a single game back.” Coach Thomas said. “The since 2009. women are really excited about Howe ver, playing. Now, the in Spring 2014 “We are bringing this freshman team qualCoach Ken ifies for the state team back.” Thomas is given tournament.” hope once again. -Ken Thomas Two players, Coach Jan. 14, Coach Cervantez and Tigas, Thomas was given an all-freshadvanced to doubles. man team including Judith Agu“This team of freshmen is ilar, Dolores Cervantez and Nikki here! It’s not a game of drudgery, Tigas a player who turned down it’s very real. If I can describe the Cerritos College to play for her team in one word I would say, hometown. She said, “I wanted to persistent.”


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May 8 Sound Wave Will broadcast live on and, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through May 12 registration packet for spelling bee is available. The packet includes rules and words and is available through May 12 on both campuses. Spelling bee is Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. - noon in the Nordic Lounge in the LAC Building E. For more information, people may call (562) 938-4353 or (562) 938-4846. May 6-8 Notary public and loan signing agent. People may learn or practice about current legislation and learn how to prepare for the state exam on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-10 p.m. and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Registration fee is $80, material is $30, cash only payable to the instructor. State exam paid by check or money order for $40 payable to Secretary of State. For addition information or to register, call (562) 9385051 May 16 Developing Afro-American Professionals symposium Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the LAC T1200. People may sign up at For more information, people may call (562) 938-4674 or email

May 16-18 Spring dance concert Presented by performing arts department and led by artistic director Sheree King. Presale tickets may be purchased at or through TheatreMania at (866) 811-4111. Presale general admission is $15, student, seniors and employee admission is $10, door ticket prices $17 for general admission and $12 for students, senior citizen and employee. Free parking in Lots D,E and F. For more information call (562) 938-4383.

Darel James/Viking Landon Prarie, 28, a general education major, enters the math success center in D103 at the LAC. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


May 16 Personal skincare workshop On Friday from 7-10 p.m. Registration fee is $75 May 23 Spray tanning workshop Demonstration is sponsored by Million Dollar Tan and features Iwata equipment. On Friday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Registration fee is $75. For more information on both workshops, people may FASHION SHOW

May 23 Geisha Den, fashion euphoria At the LAC on Friday. Curtain call at 6:45 p.m. and main show at 7 p.m. VIP $25, VIP 5-person $115 General admission presale $15 General admission at the door $20, High school $10 Direct sale at geishadenm@ online sales at lbcc2014fashionshow.brownpapertickets. com For more information, visit


May 2 Fine arts associates will present an evening of Broadway hits benefit concert on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. in the LAC Auditorium. Ticket starts at $20 for bronze level general admission, silver level at $40 and gold level seating, which includes a meet and greet with Richard Kinsey, at $75. For $100, the diamond level ticket offers preferred seating and a meet and greet with Kinsey as well as two free tickets to any future LBCC performance. An additional $5 will be charged at the box office on the night of the performance. Free parking will be available in lots D, E and F. To pre-purchase tickets, call (562) 938-4317. SPRING SING

May 9 ASB Spring Sing at the LAC in Hall of Champions Gym on Friday, from 7-9 p.m. All proceeds benefit LBCC Foundation scholarships. Presale tickets cost $7 and $10 at the door. Ticket information may be obtained at lbcc.orgsync. com/events


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May 1 Women’s and men’s swimming and diving at state championships at East Los Angeles College


Through May 1 pedestrian bridge maintenance The city of Long Beach will continue maintenance work on the Carson Street pedestrian bridge. The bridge will be closed until May 1. People are advised to use the crosswalk east of the bridge.

May 2 Women’s and men’s swimming and diving at state championships at East Los Angeles College


May 3 Women’s swimming and diving at state championships at East Los Angeles College

May 1 and 8 Cultural affairs committee and Pacific Islanders students pursuing academic success present a celebration of Asian Pacific Islander cultures on May 1 at the LAC from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and at the PCC on May 8 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, people may call (562) 938-4558 or email dsps-staff@lbcc. edu MUSIC DAY

May 10 Music performed live by Viking Singers, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at the LAC Ruth Todd Concert Hall in G122 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Students who would like to audition on May 10 for the private instruction program and music scholarships in the fall may register for an audition time at For more information, contact Skye Angulo at or call (562) 938-4495 CAR WASH

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May 2 Baseball at Santa Ana for southern regional playoffs at 2 p.m.

May 3 Track and field at Southern California Championships (preliminaries) at Cerritos College May 3 Men’s swimming and diving at state championships at East Los Angeles College May 3 Baseball at Santa Ana for southern regional playoffs at 11 a.m. May 3 Baseball at Santa Ana southern regional playoffs (if necessary) at May 10 Track and field finals at Southern California Championship at Cerritos College May 16 Track and field at state championships at Mt. San Antonio College TEXT ALERT

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Library system links colleges worldwide Now more than ever, students neglect our Library as a resource. Usually we jump to our smartphones and pull up Google. While pursuit of academic knowledge was once something that used up at least an hour of time, we now look for the quickest way to the answer. But we see some faults in finding things out too fast and smartphones’ convenience can disguise their limitations, some of the reasons why we should head back to the Library. One of the problems with running to our phones for answers, and frankly the one that

scares us the most is how we lack a hold on the information. Formerly we would search for answers because we needed to retain the information. Now we spend our time looking up trivialities in the name of curiosity and fun and habitually discard the learning material. Have you ever looked up a question to your homework on your phone, then when the same question appeared on a test, you sat there wishing you could pull up your phone’s search history? The Library is not an outdated resource and holds a lot of conveniences. Along with peace and quiet, and if you’re smart you’ll

turn your cell phone all the way off, you’ll find countless useful books, including textbooks. Students strapped for cash or saving up this semester may want to look into that. However, books on reserve are limited and are not always guaranteed, so talk to your teacher or a librarian for the most reliable information on availability. With the mass amount of sharing and free downloading we are exposed to through our phones, we don’t always think

ahead. However, a common obstacle is finding out that a certain book or information costs money to access. Instead, the Library may already have a copy or can tell you how to get to it with its WorldCat software, which combines the Library’s print and electronic databases. WorldCat links our Library and students to many other libraries around the globe. It displays alternative result possibilities with its relevance option in

the search page. WorldCat can list the findings from our Library, to a local library and then to all other libraries, in that order. So next time you are deciding to either go home and study or stay at school, unless there’s an extreme reason, we suggest to stay on campus and to take advantage of our Library. Librarian Kim Barclay will host WorldCat workshops every Monday, from 3:15-4 p.m. in L103 on the LAC through Thursday, May 15.

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“Administrators should stipulate consequences for littering.”

“We aren’t in high school anymore. Students are more responsible so they keep it clean.”

“The LAC can do better. Students should care more.”

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May 1, 2014

The Ladies of Isis celebrate their big finish in the final race, jumping with excitement when they are announced the winners.

Mini Grand Prix lands on PCC Story By Samwell Favela Photos By Darel james

Another winner of the Mini Grand Prix was Elizebeth Waite, who won queen of the Mini Grand Prix. A total of five LBCC students were nominated and interviewed. Waite took the title and a Tight turns, skillful switches from pushing to sitting on $250 scholarship for Fall of next year. a cart and spirited homemade uniforms Waite said, “I am super “I am super impressed with the Mini Grand Prix! I impressed (with the Mini were seen throughout the Mini Grand Prix at the PCC on Thursday April 10. Grand Prix)! Like, wow… I was like, ‘Yeah, get it, be fast.’” The event is every year in honor didn’t even know who I was -Elizabeth Waite rooting for. I was just like, of The Toyota Grand Prix in Downtown Mini Grand Prix Queen Long Beach. Clubs and organizations ‘Yeah, get it, race, be fast.” from LBCC are invited to participate in The race almost didn’t The Mini Grand Prix. happen this year because of staff budget cuts. Last Fall, Student This year, the Ladies of Isis and the Men of Aztlan won Life managers canceled the annual event. But efforts where sucfirst place for fastest relay. Not only did the Ladies of Isis win fastcessful to revive the tradition. est relay, but they also took home most spirited and best cart. Hilda Franco, event coordinator of the Mini Grand Prix, said, “We feel very accomplished,” said president of Ladies of Isis, “They (the students) really did work to make this happen.” business major Jackie Cossio.

The Men of Aztlan race to the finish line in the last heat of the 39th annual mini grand prix held at the Pacific Coast Campus, Thursday, April 10.

The Men of Aztlan celebrates winning their third consecutive championship at the mini grand prix at PCC.


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