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Volume 87, Issue 17
May 29, 2014
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After 29 years, he finally graduates By Elizabeth Cheruto Contributing Writer
Paul Ingvaldsen/Viking GRADUATE: Gerald Lunderville, 73, an art history major, will graduate Thursday, June 5 from LBCC after 29 years of study.
Bradford Brown 20, an economics major
Andrea Donado 28, a gender studies major
The LBCC class of 2014 certificates and associate degrees will be bestowed to more than 1,500 graduates at the LAC Veterans Memorial Stadium at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 5. Gerald Lunderville, 73, an art history major, has three master’s degrees and said, “I just like to keep learning. It keeps me young.” Lunderville said, “The professors here are terrific, I have fond memories.” He took 29 years to graduate from LBCC. Diana Granados, 32, a psychology and communication major, said, “Graduating means everything to me. All the hard work, struggles and sacrifice are worth it. I will transfer to Cal State Dominguez Hills and I am looking forward to start taking classes there.” Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony and parking will be free. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Immediately after the ceremony a reception is planned with photo opportunities, music and a chance to connect with employees and friends. Graduates may park or be dropped off near the check-in canopy at the south end of the
Tanuomaaleu Ah You 40, a music major
Stadium. All other guests may Programs will be available park in the stadium parking lot. upon entrance to the commencePeople with disment ceremony, highabilities will be directlighting graduates and ed to park in desigdistinguished guests. nated parking spaces For the first time in at the east side of the LBCC history veterStadium. Additional ans will be recognized maps may be accessed in the program. at lbcc.edu/yahoomap. Veterans will also Photos from the have an honor cord for ceremony will be availtheir caps. Gerald able online after gradDetails may be Lunderville uation. found by calling stuHas 3 master’s Graduates may visdent affairs at (562) it gradimages.com to 938-4552 or by visitview and order their pictures. ing lbcc.edu/commencement.
THE COST OF GRADUATION PARKING - Free during commencement CAP AND GOWN - students (purchase only) $30.98, faculty $51.98 to $59.98 from the LBCC bookstore or (562) 938-4223. PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS - $8.95 to $32.95 through www. gradimages.com or (800) 261-2576 CLASS RING - starting at $379 through www.Balfour. com or (877) 225-3687 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP - $10 per person annually or $250 for lifetime membership DIPLOMA FRAME - $85 at the LBCC bookstore DINNER CELEBRATION FOR FOUR - $80 to $120 FLOWERS - $20 to $30 BALLOONS - $10 to $20 Brittany Lieberman/Viking
Marco Mendoza 20, a sociology major
David Root 48, an auto body major
‘Honored and humbled’ winners gain Viking By Shannon Murphy News Editor
Five students were awarded the Viking Award, LBCC’s most prestigious prize, on Thursday, May 22. One of the winners, Andrea Donado, 28, a gender studies major and student trustee, wants to make political documentaries with a focus on women’s issues. Donado said, “It is an honor for me to be one of the winners of this award. I have served
LBCC students for about two years and I feel that more than what I have earned is what I have learned. The experience has been amazing and everything that has come to me couldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the support of the students. I think this award does not just honor me, but all LBCC students, who are my real inspiration.” Another winner, David Root, 48, an auto body collision and repair major, said, “My plans are to transfer to a state university to
obtain my teaching credentials and my dream is to come back to LBCC and teach. If I had to choose one thing to say as my favorite thing about LBCC it would have to be the diversity of the students and staff that embodies the tradition the school has stood for.” Recipient Marco Mendoza, 20, a sociology major, said, “I hope to one day become a higher education administrator. I am very honored and humbled to have been awarded the Viking
award. It is an achievement I will always treasure and remember fondly from my time at LBCC.” Tanuomaaleu Ah You, 40, a music major, is another honoree and wants to transfer to a university to complete his education in music or music therapy. You said, “Winning the Viking Award is a great honor. To be nominated with an elite group of students is a privilege. I believe all the Viking Award recipients share one thing in common and that is we continue to be involved in and
out of the classroom and continue to be of service in our community.” Winner Bradford Brown, 20, an economics major, said, “I want to start my own non-profit aimed at helping youth in low-income areas realize their academic and career aspirations. I am exuberant to win this award, it makes me feel that I’ve made a difference at LBCC and is further motivation to help out the greater Los Angeles area, then eventually the world.”
May 29, 2014
Afro-American group offers workshops By Liliana Duarte Staff Writer
Lead by an inspirational writer poet and mentor, the Developing Afro American Professionals event was Friday, May 16, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in T1200 at the LAC. The group was developed last semester by seven LBCC students. The event was organized to help students and others who chose to attend to enhance their skills and learn professional leadership skills. Walter C. Jones gave some inspirational insight of “Courage, Integrity and Character: Leading with Core Values.” The event began with registration and a breakfast provided by the group. Afterwards the group’s vice president, Cedric Anderson, and LBCC President Eloy Oakley spoke. Students chose two workshops from five offered. Each workshop lasted about an hour. The first workshop was “Communicating Professional: How to Convey Competence and Character in the Workshop.” This workshop tested students’ communication skills and taught them how they could improve.
Participants were also given tips for future interviews by communications studies instructor Christina Moorhead. The second workshop was “The Importance of Being Your Authentic Self ” given by DeWayne Sheaffer, the LAC department head of counseling and student support services. The workshop was not only to help students in their professional career, but also in their personal life. Students learned a little more about themselves because of the workshop. The third workshop was “Breaking Through: Overcoming Barriers and Challenges to Success.” The purpose was to help students with the challenges they may face through the journey to their career. The workshop was given by Wayne Brown. Dyrell Foster, dean of student affairs at Rio Hondo College, taught the “Developing Your Personal and Professional Identity” workshop. Students learned that their past, beliefs and attitude can affect the way they think. It can affect their jobs, school and personal life.
Jacob Rosborough/Viking A PLEDGE FOR SUCCESS: Students at of the first Development of Afro American Professionals symposium hold up their right hands and pledge to always improve under the direction of Walter C. Jones, one of the keynote speakers at the event in T1200. The event also had workshops for students to improve in different skills Friday, May 16.
The last workshop students could have chosen was “Making a Difference In Your Life and in Your Community” by Shalamon Duke, owner of the Guild Group Network and Herbert English Jr., director and counselor of EOPS at Moorpark College. Students learned how to stand up for themselves and their community when needed.
Board gives praise and listens By Eliza de la Flor Editor-in-Chief
Board President Jeff Kellogg apologized and excused himself as he needed to exit before the Colorful sentiments for LBCC meeting’s final comments. Clark teachers, librarians and counselran the remainder of the meeting. ors were reflected in fliers and red The meeting’s initial comclothes at the Board of Trustees ments returned during closing meeting on Thursday, May 27, in public comments, when several T1100 at the LAC. teachers stood and expressed disThe red’s significance was exsatisfaction with the current offer plained in opening public comfor their salary increases. ments by Lynn Shaw, an electrical Coleen Sterritt, an art proprofessor and president of the fessor, said that in an analysis of full-time faculty union, who said employees salaries at California LBCC employees were showing Community Colleges Oakley’s solidarity facing the tentative consalary was ranked seventh and tract agreement between union the median faculty salary was and college negotiators. ranked 67th. Sterritt said, “We deShaw also said stipends are not serve a substantial performance being offered fairly to all teachers increase.” When she finished as per contract and a grievance is talking, many people stood, apin progress. She questioned the plauding and holding signs printBoard about the cost of LBCC’s ed with messages like, “LBCC “We encourage our students to Faculty Say Raise Us From The institutional memberships. President Eloy Oakley participate in civic engagement, Bottom!” opened the agenda by recogChristiane Woerner, an to voice their concerns.” nizing Student Trustee Andrea ESL professor, said interim Donado, 28, a gender stud-Eloy Oakley vice presidents of AcademLBCC president ic Affairs have violated their ies major, with a resolution of the Board as her term ends. He garding the cost of institutional term limits more than once. There thanked her “for her tenacious ef- memberships. Otto said, “It is im- will be interviews with three canforts to represent the diverse stu- portant to know, especially after didates for the position, currently dent body. the comments of Dr. Shaw, that held by Marilyn Brock, on Thurs“She has strongly, and I em- memberships are not paid for out day, May 29. Warner urged the phasize strongly, fought for the of the fund. These are organiza- Board to follow proper procedure rights of students.” tions that move our student suc- with term limits going forward. Attention was called to Board cesses forward.” Many of the speakers were folVice President Tom Clark for his Regarding finances, Oakley lowed by standing ovations. assistance as Donado’s mentor. said what LBCC had to work with Student Trustee for Fall 2014 Clark replied, “My pleasure. from the governor’s office “is not a to Spring 2015 David Root, 48, She has been an asset to the bad budget, but it’s not as great as an auto body collision and repair Board. She has not always agreed we would like it to be.” major, spoke positively during the with us, but she has done it in a Oakley said Donado had meeting of student participation very professional, intelligent way.” brought to his attention the mat- in downtown Long Beach’s Pride Later, Donado thanked the ter of students perhaps feeling parade, a successful Spring Sing, Board and administration, citing intimidated to exercise their free and upcoming awards banquets. Clark as “a great mentor” and said speech on campus. He said, “We Asked after the meeting about she will continue to be involved encourage our students to partici- his reactions, Root said, “It went with students’ rights in a new pate in civic engagement, to voice very well. I liked the Donado position. She received a standing their concerns before this Board. recognition, she deserves it. Our ovation. To not feel any concern that your common goal is the students.” An informational session on voice would not be welcomed.”
Student Nailah Sewell, 19, a communications and psychology major, attended the event. Sewell said, “The atmosphere was awesome. About 100 people attended and it was a wonderful event. It was very overwhelming and exceeded well beyond my expectations and overall the atmosphere was great. “All minority backgrounds
showed up, from Asian descent to Hispanic to African American. It was fun and informative.” Sewell is also the secretary of DAAP and said she’s excited to be the chair of next year’s group. The group goes on college tours, volunteers in the community, organizes fundraisers and meets once a week to discuss Afro-American conditions.
SB1440, a transfer degree program with the CSU system, was presented by Ruben Page, the coordinator at the Transfer and Career Center, Lorraine Blouin, a counseling department chair, and Ross Miyashiro, the dean of enrollment services. The presentation included information from the Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento and said LBCC is one of the first Community Colleges in California to implement the transfer-degree system and is still a leader. The Board unanimously passed all actions under the Academic Senate section of the agenda. Trustee Doug Otto, who teleconferenced from New York, addressed Shaw’s comments re-
Brandon Richardson/Viking UPLIFTING: A construction crew waits to unload materials from a crane lift on the roof of the new V Building on the corner of Carson Street and Clark Avenue on Wednesday, May 28.
Math-tech building takes shape at the LAC By Brandon Richardson Staff Writer The new home for the mathtech and culinary arts departments is finally rising to its true form at the LAC on the corner of Carson Street and Clark Avenue. The building will house the math and reprographics departments, along with the Student Success Center for math. The culinary department will be able to enjoy a new demonstration
kitchen to prepare the food for the demonstration restaurant that will be student-run. There will also be a production kitchen, pastry kitchen, skills kitchen, multiuse kitchen and the culinary resource center. The estimated $32.4 million budget for the building is coming out of the funds awarded to the school through Measure E. It will be 47,500 square feet and is estimated to be completed in mid-December.
May 29, 2014
Experienced officer teaches Homeland Security
Teacher offers field trips to Long Beach port for firsthand experience. By Leonard Kelly Staff Writer
Homeland Security teacher David Mains instructs classes at LBCC with discussions of past events, current events and what is possible in the future. The classes cover legalities, politics and impacts of how the nation is protected and the various agencies involved. Mains said, “We invite guest speakers or subject matter experts to come in and talk about specific issues.” Mains said in an email his background includes 30 years of law enforcement as a sworn officer, with an emphasis in Homeland Security since the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. He is a trained terrorism liaison officer and works a Homeland Security maritime detail. “Based on my background and experience, I am able to offer my students a real-world perspective.” The Port of Long Beach hosts free boat tours to educate the public. The 90-minute narrated tours are conducted every Summer. Mains said, “We have a great
Leonard Kelly/Viking EXPERIENCE: Homeland security teacher David Mains talks with his class outside the LAC’s T Building on Friday, May 23, giving instructions on a planned trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
relationship with the port and they have been great in offering these tours to our students. “When my students attend, they receive extra credit.
“I recommend the tour to my students so that they may see firsthand the daunting reality of securing a port the size of Long Beach and the way security is
conducted on a layered basis.” Chris Oropeza, 21, a Homeland Security major, said, “If you’re looking to be certified and more educated on current threats,
this is the class to take.” The Our Homeland Security Club sponsored the event, but opened it up to other LBCC students who wished to attend.
the LAC, which was causing damage to campus terrain. Prindle said she was happy the decision was made, but sorry that it took up so much of the Cabinet’s time. “The only reason we were successful in our efforts was because of the students. The students I met during that time made me a better person,” Prindle said. Cabinet members said the decision to compensate Prindle has divided the Cabinet for at least two years. In a May 5 meeting, ASB Rep. of Arts Kristen Payne, 38, an ac-
counting and communications consequences should it decide to major, said, “Paying is not in the reimburse Prindle. best interest of the ASB and is Student Rep. of the Arts Krisagainst district policies.” ten Payne said campus maintePCC Stunance is “The only reason we were sucdent Life dinot the rector Anita cessful in our efforts was because r e s p o n Gibbins re- of the students. The students I met sibility of cited a letter the college written by during that time made me a bet- s e r v i c e s Vice Presi- ter person.” card fee dent of Stustudents -Donna Prindle pay dent Support for Kinesiology professor Services Greg during the Peterson to the ASB Cabinet. beginning of each semester. The letter stated the ASB “We are in the process of would not be subjected to legal changing a clause to the ASB
Constitution that anything over $10,000 will be sent to the students for a vote because of this situation,” Payne said. Student Rep of Athletics Ryan Langley said millions of dollars worth of damage to the LAC would have occurred without Prindle’s efforts. Langley said, “She wasn’t just looking for payment. She really wanted to better this campus for the students.”
Rabbit rescuer reimbursed after two years $23,974 refund may prompt change to ASB constitution. By Brittany Lieberman Managing Editor LBCC’s Cabinet cast a 10-1-3 vote on Monday, May 19 to compensate $23,974.00 to part-time kinesiology professor Donna Prindle for her efforts in decreasing the rabbit population on the LAC for more than four years. Prindle formed a task force in 2009 to curb rabbit population on
Visually impaired want audio traffic signals By Kendall Harris Staff Writer
Visually-impaired students are petitioning to get audible traffic signals installed at the LAC. Lindsay Kerr, 20, a liberal studies major, has started a petition along with other visually-impaired LBCC students to have the City of Long Beach place audible signals at intersections near the campus, especially the major crosswalk on Carson Street leading from Building A to Building T. Students who are part of the Disabled Students Programs and Services have signed the necessary petitions to have the city install the signals. The petitions also went to LBCC’s Board of Trustees, now funding the project.
Kerr said, “One issue visually-impaired people encounter on a daily basis is crossing intersections because many do not have parallel traffic, which a visually impaired person depends on in order to cross an intersection.” Many students and teachers who signed a petition are vocal about the intersections so the time-frame on having the signals installed is moving quickly. Kevin Riley, a city traffic engineer associate, said, “We have the money for it appropriated. The equipment is being ordered. Hope they will be in place within the next month or two.” Katie Simpson, 23, a physical education major, said, “I feel it’s important that students speak up on anything they see going on that they aren’t satisfied with.”
Future nurse battles to overcome challenges Immigrant balances school, work and budget. By Alejandro Nicolas Staff Writer Delores Laing, a nursing major, works at the Northgate market in East Delores Laing Long Beach Nursing major and attends school when she can. Many students struggle, but for a 30-year-old student who also works to support herself and pay the bills, school can be difficult and sometimes discouraging, but regardless of its tribulations, dreams are what inspires. Laing was born in the Central African Republic and raised in Seaside, Calif., near Monterey.
Her mother was also born in Af- 2016 and her goal is to become a rica and her father was born in registered nurse. Jamaica. “I just have this motivation in “Life is extremely hard right me just to keep moving and keep now, trying to work a job and moving on until I get where I school, making sure I have food need to be, because making $9.50 in my fridge and gas in my tank,” an hour is just not the place to be. Laing said. I want a future and I want a job She said she returned to that makes me happy.” school after a long hiatus. Her thirst for success is genu“My head had hit rock-bot- ine and that thirst is what keeps tom. Not knowing what I want- her moving. ed stopped me from obtaining She aspires to work at the vetmy goals erans hospital in when I was “My head had hit rock-bottom. Long Beach after y o u n g e r. graduation. Not knowing what I wanted Now, I am “I love to help f o c u s e d . stopped me from obtaining my people and that’s I have a goals when I was younger.” what I want to do plan on a and that’s the rea-Delores Laing son why I want to piece of Nursing major paper and become a regisI’m just tered nurse.” checking the list off one class at a She acknowledged friends, time. It makes me happy passing family and professors who helped classes. It teaches me how much her through school and she’s work it takes for an individual to grateful for their support. She said obtain a degree.” she’s crossing her fingers hoping She plans on graduating in this year’s finals are a success.
The next issue of the Viking will be published by the Summer class on Aug 7.
Retirees praised and say good-bye to LBCC Four profs and a librarian to be honored; dean leaves for Fullerton By Paul Ingvaldsen Staff Writer Colleagues, students and friends have an opportunity to salute the retiring teachers at a retirement ceremony Thursday, June 5, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in T1200. The following employees are retiring ending this academic year Spring 2014: Kim Barclay, a librarian, Bruce Chaffee, a math professor, John Hugunin, a computer office studies professor, Phyllis Arias, a learning and study skills professor, Maurice Love, a music professor, and Nancy Allen, a commercial music professor. The impending retirements of Barclay and Chaffee were recognized by President Eloy Oakley in opening comments at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, May 27. Oakley congratulated everyone at LBCC who has chosen the path of retirement and said,
Petty crime on campus sometimes gets unnoticed, pushed aside for more serious crimes, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. English teacher Margaret Shannon encountered what she believed to be a scam on Tuesday, May 20, at the LAC that involved her cellphone almost getting stolen. Shannon said on Wednesday May 21, “A young man ended
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“There are two individuals we want to make mention of and honor their service.” Chaffee, who was unable to attend, taught at LBCC for 31 years. His name was met with cheers and chanting of his name. Barclay, who was presented with a certificate, said, “It seems just like yesterday I was standing in front of the Board as a new faculty member.” In an earlier email, she said, “Imagine going to work every day and to receive thanks and praise from your clients for doing your job. Sounds too good to be true. This is exactly what happens to me every time I serve at the reference desk of the LAC Library. “I feel blessed for having the opportunity to work at the reference desk of an academic library and to serve a rich and diverse tapestry of clientele that sometimes make me cry and laugh at the same time. ” Meanwhile, Language Arts Dean Jose Ramon Nunez will leave LBCC June 30 to become vice president of instruction at Fullerton College. Nunez said, “I am a teacher who happens to do administrative duties.”
Teacher nearly has her cell phone stolen at LAC By Alejandro Nicolas Staff Writer
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up running away from me after I called him out. When I went to the police yesterday, they didn’t think it was worth putting out an alert, as my phone was not stolen.” The campus police said, “We can’t be sure if that is what he wanted to do,” confirming that the male suspect existed, but technically didn’t commit any crime known. Shannon said, “I just want students to be aware and to be careful.” For police inquiries people may contact (562) 938-4910.
May 29, 2014
Giving back to the community By Liliana Duarte Staff Writer
Alejandro Nicolas/Viking WALKING OUT: Mario Palafox, 22, accused in a fatal crash last May near the LAC, walks out of the Los Angeles George Deukmejian Superior Courthouse in Long Beach Wednesday morning, May 21.
Pre-trial planned for driver June 4
Palafox involved in a fatal car accident last May near the LAC. By Alejandro Nicolas Staff Writer
Mario Ivan Palafox, 22, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Governor Deukmejian Courthouse for a pre-trial conference where his public defender, Elizabeth Warner, asked Judge Mark Kim for a continuance pre-trial in department S-20 on Wednesday, May 21, in downtown Long Beach.
Warner’s request was granted and the pre-trial is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4. Palafox was charged with vehicular manslaughter and hitand-run last year in a fatal crash killing Elaine Logay, a math teacher at Santa Ana College, at the intersection of Carson Street and Clark Avenue. Kim said, “This will be the last continuance I’m giving. We need to get this started.” The pre-trial will consist of a hearing, which will allow Palafox’s defense either to make a plea bargain with the district attorney or move on to a “speedy trial,” Kim said. Palafox is out on bail of
$100,000. If Palafox does agree to trial on June 4, he will face possible sentencing of 15 years to life in state prison, which was mentioned by Kim. The trial will be within 30 days from the pre-trial June 4. Kim asked Palafox if he understood all that was said and asked him not to drink or drive at all. Palafox agreed. He was dressed in an untucked blue button-up shirt with black slacks, a red tie and blue leather loafers. He wore his hair long and spoke very gently. Palafox said, “My lawyer told me not talk to anyone,” officially
having no comment. Palafox appeared relaxed in court. He was laughing and smiling, kissing and hugging his girlfriend, not talking about the case at first glance. Yet when Kim appeared on the bench and court was in session, Palafox appeared nervous and anxious. His face turned serious and he didn’t say a word. Palafox was later seen in the hallways of the courthouse and on the corner of Magnolia and 3rd Street talking with his girlfriend. They were not kissing and hugging or smiling and laughing anymore.
The Looking Good, Feeling Good event will be Saturday, May 31, from noon-4 p.m. in T-1200 at the LAC. Crittenton Services for Children and Families will be bringing children in to get haircuts, manicures and their make-up done. Cosmetology schools and barbers will be providing services for the children. The goal for the event is to boost youngsters’ self-esteem. Cesar Salgado, vice president of Wraparound Services, said, “Many kids lack care and this event will make them feel more taken care of.” He discussed how many children who are clients of theirs are going through problems. Children will act up to not lose the care that Crittenton services is giving them. Salgado’s goal along with others who work for this company is to “improve their family dynamics.” An arts and crafts section, a glamour shots photo booth, food and raffles are scheduled and a speaker will discuss self-esteem. Salgado is helping plan the event and said the goal is to “help heal the wounds of abuse and neglect to strengthen families with a birth, foster or adopted child and to help troubled adolescents reach their full potential.”
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May 29, 2014
Vet copes with major injuries Cabinet
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By Brittany Lieberman Managing Editor It’s been five years since Marcus Gill woke up from a six-week coma after surviving a near-fatal attack while serving as a Marine in Afghanistan. Although he was honored with a Purple Heart, the highest accolade offered by the U.S., his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder affect him on a daily basis. After spending seven months stationed in Afghanistan with Camp Pendleton’s 1st Battalion 5th Marines, Gill’s squad vehicle was bombed and blown in half. His best friend, Justin Swanson was Among those lost in the attack. “There are people over there devising a plan on how to kill you every single day,” the LBCC student said. “We were trained on what to look out for, but it still happened.” Gill awoke in a Maryland Naval hospital in 2009 after spending six weeks in a coma. He suffered whole-body shrapnel wounds, retinal hemorrhaging, a broken neck, multiple damaged vertebrae, a pinched nerve in his neck that cannot be surgically fixed and nearly lost his lower left leg. “I felt riddled with holes and wounds. I woke up and completely freaked out. I started pulling the stitches from my face,” Gill recalled. He was placed in the Wounded Warrior Battalion Alpha Co. for a year, where he received intensive in and out-patient therapy sessions and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He was prescribed narcotics such as Percocet and morphine for his injuries. “I didn’t abuse
New president says,“I will support pioneering branding initiatives for ASB.” By Kendall Harris and madison salter Staff Writers
Provided by Marcus Gill TRAGEDY: The squad vehicle that former Marine Marcus Gill and his battalion were in was attacked Nov. 10, 2009 during deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
the drugs, but I definitely embellished. I stayed home and didn’t talk to anyone for months and relied on my wife for everything.” Severe signs of Gill’s PTSD started to show upon hearing his battalion was preparing to deploy to Sangin Valley, Afghanistan, an area known to be extremely dangerous. Professor of social sciences Adrian Novotny, who served in the Vietnam War, was diagnosed with 30% PTSD in 2013. “Comedian George Carlin lists all the names given for PTSD over the years. Shell shock, battle fatigue, operational exhaustion. It seems society has trouble facing the issue at hand. Humanity is squeezed completely out of these phrases,” Novotny said. Thoughts of returning to
warfare subjected Gill to severe breakdowns and fits of anger. “The Marine Corps are very oldfashioned and don’t treat PTSD as a real sickness. The (negative) image followed me around the battalion.” In October 2011, Gill attempted suicide by way of prescription drugs and was charged with ‘destruction of government property’. “I lost my wife, my image, my kids and my best friend. I felt worthless,��� he said. In Summer 2012 Gill’s time in the Marine Corps was up and he was given the option to leave or re-enlist. “I had a Purple Heart and I was being treated like a loser. I couldn’t wait to get out,” Gill said. “If I could tell people anything
about PTSD, it would be to not be afraid of it. The media attaches a stigma that makes those of us who have it look like monsters.” Novotny said his attempt at PTSD treatment was unsuccessful. “It seemed like my counselor was untrained or very poorly trained. The U.S. military spends billions on guns and nothing on therapy for the men and women coming back. All of a sudden you see a white flash and you’re missing limbs, your best friends and your sanity,” Novotny said. Gill’s eyes focused on his silver bracelet etched with the name of his deceased friend as he takes a drag from his pen-shaped vape. “I don’t regret doing what I did, but if I knew what was coming, I would have never signed up.”
Darel James/Viking Art major Angel King, 21, prepares her final project for the intermediate sculpture course at the LAC on May 28, 2014.
The New ASB Cabinet officers have been elected or appointed for the Fall semester. The student elections were open online and on campus May 14 and May 15. The results were posted May 16. The new ASB president is Lokilani E. Hunt, who won with 140 votes. The vice president is Lauren C. Ho, who won with 113 votes. The treasurer is Grant M. Cook, who won with 256 votes. The student trustee is David Root, who won with 156 votes. Marlon Martinez is the representatives of arts and Daniel Toruno is representative of communications. Henry Estrada is the representative of volunteer services. Kevin Mehrdady is representative of student health and environment. Joanna Martinez is representative of academic affairs and Suzanne Perucci is representative of legislative affairs. Hunt said, “Starting with a fresh Cabinet and innovative perspectives, I am honored to represent our students in the upcoming year. As president, I will support pioneering branding initiatives for ASB that cultivates not only leadership, but teamwork as well.” The Cabinet’s common goal is to make sure they are the voice of the student body. As stated on the LBCC website, “They represent LBCC students to faculty, staff, administrators, and legislators.” Derek Oriee, ASB co-adviser, said, “ASB leaders learn how to delegate and work in group dynamics.” Though the elections are student-based and student-ran, some feel as if the ASB doesn’t make a big impact on their college career. Vincent Sumigen, 19, a graphic design major, said, “I just don’t care that much about ASB. I come to school and that’s it. I haven’t noticed ASB activities at all.” Student elections for the ASB are conducted every year during the Spring semester. Election applications are due five weeks before the end of the semester. Students are not only encouraged to voice their opinions on goals and concerns that they have about LBCC to the ASB Cabinet, but to also participate by serving on the Cabinet. Information on ASB can be found at lbcc.edu/studentlife/asb.
May 29, 2014
Photogs revive their art
By Darel James Staff Writer
Paul Ingvaldsen/Viking CATWALK: Fashion models walk down the runway during the geisha-inspired show Friday, May 23, in the LAC Auditorium.
More than 100 designs hit stage Geisha Den entices the audience to join them in a different world. By Paul Ingvaldsen Staff writer The Fashion Design and Merchandising class held their semi-annual fashion show with runway models displaying geisha-inspired designs last Friday night at the LAC auditorium, May 23 at 7 p.m. Over 100 original designs were on display as fashion models marched down the runway in a
two hour show. Christalle Nuval, 21, a design and merchandising major, said, “This is a biannual event combining all the LBCC fashion design classes.” Students were required to create designs according to the theme, “Geisha Den: a Fashion Euphoria.” In a statement to the Register, Taylor Syndell, fashion design student and creator of the theme said, “I have always been interested in geishas and their culture. This concept, laden with opulence and intrigue, seduces us into a clandestine world of cabaret and a geisha’s debut journey. Our show follows a young girl through a series of enchanting fashion trans-
formations as she blossoms into a her accomplishments in a dance. celebrated geisha.” The LBCC fashion design Fashion design major Karson program offers classes in fashion Martinez said, “This is my first design and merchandising, career fashion show. It’s a bit fast-paced, certificates and associate degrees but for me it’s a good start.” in the fashion field. Ten memA bers of the k a b u k i “This concept, laden with opuprogram d a n c e lence and intrigue, seduces us will receive began AA into a clandestine world of caba- their the show, degrees this t h e n ret and a geisha’s debut journey.” June. models Anyone -Taylor Syndell emerged i nte re ste d Fashion design student to strut in the prodown the walkway bearing gar- gram may contact teachers Deboments of greater and greater de- rah Abbit Schaefer at dschaefer@ sign sophistication as the young lbcc.edu, or Pamela Knights a girl becomes a professional and firstname.lastname@example.org. closes the show by demonstrating
Students are invited to attend the LBCC Revive 2014 photography student art show at 356 E. 3rd St. in Long Beach from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 30. Guests should expect many creative pieces designed by the art students. Art and photography teacher Ann Mitchell is one of the many teachers determined to resurrect the somewhat idle photo courses. Photography, for example, is now making its presence known again at the LAC. Coming in the Fall, students will be able to work toward a certificate in digital media art, which includes a course in photography. “Students should be able to know they can still study photography at LBCC,” Mitchell said. Art major Andrew Gutierrez, 21, said, “It’s something that’s healthy and fun.”
Spellers win cash prizes By Samwell Favela News Editor
Who needs autocorrect when you’re the best speller at LBCC? Not Ketana Kingstro. On Friday May 16, in the Nordic Lounge in the E Building, the LBCC spelling bee attracted 25 students, with Kingstro winning first place and Jerry Zepeda taking second place. The panel for the competition included reader Sudeepa Gulati. Kingstro took home a cash prize of $350, while Zepeda gained $200. Both prizes were funded by the LBCC Foundation.
City magazine features Tinder, restrooms and blue Mondays Designers, writers, photographers, editors combine on annual publication. By Albert Chavez Social Media Editor At the end of the Spring semester, journalism, art and photography students celebrate the publication of City Magazine. This year, the staff wrote captivating stories about LBCC’s bathrooms, the importance of internships and one about a writer whose finger was snipped off. The Spring 2014 issue was led by editor-in-chief Katie Cortez, who admits in her witty editorial to being a bit difficult at times to be around. Cortez said, “I like showing students what to do who really
didn’t know. Watching them excel in the writing, design and editing process.” The art students were advised by Whitney Mokler and the photography students were advised by Vincent Partida. The magazine class last Fall was filled with a lot of students
adviser, said, “We didn’t do anything differently this year. We had deadlines and met them. That’s what this industry is all about. If something ain’t broken, don’t fix it” The layout by the design students were advised by Morgan Barnard while the photo students were advised last Fall by Neil Sharum. “I like showing students what “The graphic design to do who really didn’t know. students put out anothWatching them excel in the writ- er award-winning layFrye said. ing, design and editing process.” out,”The magazine is -Katie Cortez already on stands all Editor-in-chief across the LAC and the PCC. who didn’t know a lot about writLast year, the magazine ing, which at first was difficult. featured a story about a famiHowever, thanks to the talented ly-owned sex shop, a story shineditors, the stories were turned ning light about graffiti as an art around and made into publish- and a thrilling piece about the able pieces. dark history of former LBCC stuCindy Frye, the magazine dents.
DISGUSTING TRUTH: Thought the bathrooms at LBCC were clean? Think again. The featured story of City Magazine tells you why.
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Shooting raises mental health concerns By Alejandro Nicolas Staff Writer
Darel James/Viking THE FALLEN REMEMBERED: Business management major Steven Cody, 34, is one of the many Veterans Club members responsible for the American Veterans commemorative monument. The monument was on display in E08L at the LAC on Wednesday, May 21.
Club helps fallen U.S. veterans Students put the names of their fallen loved ones on dog tags to show thanks for their bravery. By Kendall Harris Staff Writer The Veterans Club at LBCC reached out for Memorial Day by having people participate in the remembrance of fallen U.S. soldiers. Students were encouraged to visit the club May 21 through May 23 and celebrate memories of loved ones they have lost to war. Veteran Christina Cervant-
es, 23, a business administration we decided to do this is to help major, said, “Memorial Day is a bring exposure and make people day to commemorate all the men aware of Memorial Day and the and women who have fallen while people who served.” serving in the United States milThe monument was moved itary.” on May 22 from the Veterans SerIn the Veterans Services of- vice office to the Nordic Lounge fice on May 21 from 8 a.m.-5:45 from 9a.m.-1p.m. Free donuts p.m. students and coffee and employ- “I have a few family members were proees had a that have fallen in the line of duty. vided. chance to fill It has a huge effect.” out blank dog Crystal tags with the -Crystal Howard H o w a r d , Education major 19, educaname of any loved ones tion major, they have lost due to war and said, “I would love to attend more want to remember. things like this. I have a few famiVeterans Club president Gus- ly members that have fallen in the tavo Orozco said, “Our goal is to line of duty. hopefully have all the dog tags fill “It has a huge effect. Anyup the whole board. The reason time you can celebrate or talk
about people who have done so much for this country you should. “It’s almost tragic that there are only a couple of holidays that we celebrate and give thanks to people who help protect us for so many years.” The first Memorial Day Freedom Fair was given by the club on May 23 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Veterans Stadium. People were able to fill out the monument board along with doing an Army fitness test with real Army drill sergeants, pie-eating contests, silent auctions, carnival games and an awards ceremony. For information on all events or The Veterans Club contact email@example.com
ness to the Veterans Affair com- a twin brother who is going on 10 munity that an organization cares years of servicing and has been and can help when they are feel- deployed two times to Iraq and ing at their worst. once to Afghanistan. We’re trying VA to do members “We’re trying to do something good.” somewho lost -Greg Garcia t h i n g their moBusiness management major good. I torcycle before leaving on deploy- like the idea of helping people.” ment will now have the opportuHe is not a veteran, but is part nity of owning a bike once again. of the nonprofit organization. A committee will choose the The winner will get a custombest compelling story and will no- ized Harley Davidson that is withtify the winner. in their physical capabilities based Greg Garcia, 32, a business on gender, height, weight and age. management major, said, “I have It will take 3-5 months to
build the bike. The Harley will be customized at Freedom Cycle in Orange. Stories can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit is 90 days from May 28, 2014. To help, a GoFundMe account has been set for this project and donations are being accepted here: http://www.gofundme. com/8ibgls. If veterans need additional help dealing with stress and returning to civilian life visit StopSoldierSuicide.org.
through the lens of geography. The awards were given to Lily Phay, Aniela Kusztelak, Cierra Peterson, Melissa Reyes and Salena Tach. Paul Creason, dean of health, science and math, said, “Their dedication to learning and their outgoing cooperation and will-
the Community College. Professor Ray Sumner, from the physical science department, has been a long-time member of the society as well as a former chairperson of the Southern California chapter.
Military get a chance to ride again Deployed veterans enter stories to receive a chance to win a custom Harley. By Ana Maria Ramirez Staff Writer Many veterans who have served their country have been adversely affected and may have suicidal thoughts. On May 28, Freedom Cycles Inc. of OC wants to bring aware-
Women dominate second annual Science Night By Samwell Favela News Editor
During this year’s second annual Science Night at LBCC, five women were awarded for showing dedication and demonstrating a genuine curiosity for the human and physical world as seen
ingness to assist their peers make them deserving of this award.” The awards were handed out to the winners by the Society of Woman Geographers on Friday May 16. The awards can only be given if a member from the Society of Woman Geographers teaches at
Often times it goes unchallenged, students thinking that they’re crazy or they need to tough it out, but actually the contrary is true. The topic of mental health surfaced tragically again Friday, May 27, in Isla Vista near U.C. Santa Barbara when a mass murderer killed six victims. Elliot Rodger, 22, killed six college students and wounded seven more by stabbing, shooting and running some over with his car before eventually taking his own life in a police standoff. Rodger declared in a video on YouTube that he intended to annihilate the girls who rejected him sexually and others in retaliation for his virginity, acknowledging his loneliness and depression and said, “I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you.” The tragedy could have been prevented, some experts say, reminding us of the LAC’s recent shooting drill in April that simulated an on-campus shooting involving one shooter and students playing victims who have been shot or wounded. Anita Gibbins, the LBCC director of student health, student life and psychological services, said Tuesday, May 27, “The goal is to help students be successful.” Gibbins said, “The majority of students who benefit suffer from stress management, anger and anxiety. It’s not a weakness.” Therapy sometimes has a negative connotation pertaining to traditional “shrinks” who prescribe medicines and turn family against each other, but Gibbins doesn’t think so. “When people come, we help them find answers that they already know. Asking questions like, what sort of things work from them? What have they done before?” Gibbins and her team of counselors provide tools and techniques for anxiety and stress reduction that allow the student to function in society and be successful in his or her education. Personal and comfortable conversations are encouraged to make the student relaxed, trusting and accepting to his or her challenges. Although confidentiality is practiced, it cannot override the obligation of a counselor to report suspected child abuse, elder abuse, neglect or threats to harm self or others. Offices are located on the LAC in A163 and the PCC in GG100. Their hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon. The office is closed on weekends, college holidays and during semester breaks. To schedule appointments students may call (562) 938-3987.
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Viking football players applauded by coach Moore League athletes enroll at LBCC. By Nick Steele Co-Sports Editor Vikings head coach Brent Peabody said, “Josh Fatu is a fivestar athlete. He has a phenomenal attitude he’s quick and extremely explosive. He’s a monster on the line.” Josiah Blandin has 3 Division 1 offers and is from Long Beach Poly. Football starts the first week
D.A. Phillips/Viking PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Coach Barry Barnes, left, teaches returning and future players techniques and plays Wednesday, May 28, for the season that starts in November.
Athletes start now to get ready for new seasons Practice and gym schedules are filled during the Summer. By Richard Mejia Staff Writer As the Spring semester winds down, so do the active sports at LBCC. Even though the season might be over, athletes and coaches use the Summer to perform numerous offseason tasks and prepare for the upcoming seasons. LBCC offers a Summer course for athletes under kinesiology named “Off-Season Conditioning for Athletes”. Without the pressures of performing at a high level in the classroom, the student-athletes on campus consider the Summer
a great opportunity to hone their skills. Sophomore football standout Keith Lakey said, “It is always hard to find that balance between practice and projects or assignments. “With the offseason, I work my tail off in the gym and on the field to get as ready as possible for the season opener.” In addition to bettering their athletic prowess, some take the near three months of Summer break to advance their sporting futures in another way. Athletes varying from football, basketball, soccer and baseball, athletes participate in some form of offseason training program. Freshman soccer middle fielder Rocio Hernandez said, “I’m going to take a class or two during the Summer so that I could speed
up the transfer process. “I’ve always wanted to play at a Division I school and I know that means that I have work hard on the (soccer) field and the classroom.” LBCC has a rich tradition of sports as it boasts over 100 state and national championships across all sports. That kind of legacy indicates hard work and dedication by not only the students, but also their coaches. LBCC basketball coach Barry Barnes said, “We as coaches encourage our players to better themselves overall. “During the offseason, that doesn’t just mean to work out, but also to make sure you’re on course to transfer, making up any classes, or just becoming a better son or daughter.”
of September. The team’s goal is to make it to a bowl game. “Last season we missed two field goals, which disqualified us from entering a bowl game. We plan on winning this year,” Peabody said. “One thing different this year is that we have almost taken back Long Beach. We have more players from the Moore league. Got to go hard. No choice.” Peabody said. The Vikings will play regular season games in September, October and November in hopes of playing in a bowl game in December. The team last won a national championship in 1994.
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Intramural program offers students a chance to compete in activities Participants say the athletes aren’t the only ones physically tough. By Richard Mejia Staff Writer Within the large athletic community at LBCC, a small group of athletes unknown to the sanctioning organizations of the California Community College Athletic Association. These unknown athletes belong to the intramural sports on campus and they are just as competitive as the players on the college’s organized teams. Sociology major Raymond Torres, 23, said, “We focus on having fun, but the competition aspect of it is incredible. We may not be as big or athletic as the
guys on the basketball or football teams, but we try our hardest every time we step out and play.” In many cases, some of the students who participate in intramurals unfortunately lack experience playing a particular sport. Some simply do not have the ability to dedicate the time and effort required to be a part of team at LBCC full-time. With sports varying from flag football, soccer and basketball, intramurals offer plenty of opportunities for students to try out different games. “We have practices and some film watching sessions, however, with the amount of time we dedicate to our schooling and hours we work at our jobs, being on a team would be almost impossible,” said Torres. Being part of an intramural team is a different way these students can distract themselves
from the stresses of school, work and just about anything else. This type of outlet for students provides a way to get fit and socialize. Engineering major Kristine Hutchins, 20, said, “I’ve met some great people here who I feel really close to. “I can’t imagine college without this aspect and I truly feel that all students should try it at least once.” The time and dedication that the students place in these “unrecognized” sports is one that is comparable to the athletes at LBCC. They may not receive the recognition or the glory for their efforts, but their experiences seem to be more important. For more information on how to participate in intramurals, students may contact the Office of Student Life at (562) 938- 4552.
May 30 Music around the world Performing arts department presents music around the world performed by the LBCC wind ensemble and the Beach City symphonic band conducted by Brian Hamilton and former Dean Gary Thomas Scott. 7:30 p.m. in the LAC Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased online at lbcc.edu/mrtv/ or call (866) 811-4111 or in-person one hour before the performance at the box office. $10 General admission (online presale) $5 for students, employees and senior citizens (online presale) $12 General admission (at the door) $7 for students/employees and seniors citizens (at the door) For more information, people may call (562) 938-4613. June 3 Nursing and medical assisting pinning and completion ceremony In LAC Auditorium followed by a reception in the Nordic Lounge from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Community Relations and Marketing at (562) 938-4353 or (562) 9384846. JUNE 23-JULY 31 Summer fun youth recreation program returns For its 44th year with a full schedule of sports camps and aquatics sessions from Monday through Thursday. For more information, people may contact (562) 938-4249. Local port drivers wanted LBCC, in cooperation with the State of California, the Federal Department of Transportation, and the Harbor Trucking Association, has developed a professional driver training program that will prepare, license and help place qualified applicants into employment as short-haul freight drivers with clearance to operate within the San Pedro port complex. For more information, contact the Office of Community Relations and Marketing at (562) 938-4353 or (562) 9384846 or email wfdev@lbcc. edu. July 7 Fall 2014 Priority registration begins.
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June 1 Performing arts department and ASB present rising stars by Stravinsky, Copland, Dukas and Brahms performed by the LBCC Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestras in concert conducted by music director and conductor Marshall Fulbright. In addition, student soloist Carole Crocco and Christian Siqueiros will be featured in the Auditorium on Sunday at 2 p.m. The performance is free to high school students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at lbcc.edu/mrtv/ or by calling (866) 811-4111 or in-person the day of the performance at the box office. $10 General admission (online presale) $5 for students, employees and senior citizens (online presale) $12 General admission (at the door) $7 for student, employees and senior citizens (at the door) Free parking will be provided in lots D, E and F. For more information, people may call (562) 938-4613. Summer extension classes Students may take maximum class load of 6 units. Through June 12 Online priority registration. June 13 -15 PeopleSoft System will be unavailable to allow for needed maintenance and update. June 17 Last day to pay online by 10 p.m. or in-person by 5 p.m. June 23 Permission numbers required and must be used by the appropriate deadline. For assistance, people may visit the admissions and records office prior to the deadline. July 3 Campus closed, no classes. Campus closed every Friday June 2-Aug. 15 Regular Summer classes through June 8 Online priority registration. June 9 Last day to pay online by 10 p.m. or in-person by 5 p.m. For more information, people may call the enrollment services center at (562) 9384485 or visit the offices on both campus.
Jason Gastrich/Viking TIME UNMANAGEMENT: Students study as they eat in the LAC Food Court under a clock that has the wrong time. Brenda Ayala, 20, a biology major, said she knows that some clocks don’t work, but looks at them anyway.
Time is going in circles Students should not rely on campus clocks if they want to make it to class on time.
maintenance staff. Unfortunately, the large exterior clocks on Buildings A, Q and R are currently out of order. “The plan is to have the repairs completed during the Summer.” Last semester, the east-facing clock in the Food Court stopped at 9:45. It isn’t stuck at a quarter till midnight Eastern Daylight Time anymore and it’s correct now. In addition to exterior campus clocks, some classroom clocks are also incorrect. Students taking classes in
clock on the upper east wall of the vaulted room is continually off. Sometimes it’s off by a different number of minutes and hours than it was the previous week. Last week, it was between 123 and 124 minutes slow. Nathalie Burgess teaches novel writing and fundamentals of By Jason Gastrich writing. She said, “I teach in four Contributing Writer different classrooms in different buildings this semester and in two Students and employees of them the clocks are hardly ever should not rely on the clocks at set to the right time or the battery the LAC because many of them has not been changed. are broken or way off. “It makes it difficult to pace “It never worked,” said Brenda the class.” Ayala, 20, a biology major. If people see a “I know it doesn’t “Clocks at LBCC are set and maintained by wrong clock, they are work, but I look at it.” Ayaurged to remain calm la studies in the Viking district maintenance staff. Unfortunately, the and do not panic. Food Court and sits under large exterior clocks on Buildings A, Q and Taylor said, a broken clock. “Please contact the R are currently out of order.” Mark Taylor, LBCC facilities help line at director of College Ad- -Mark Taylor (562) 938-4040 to LBCC public relations director vancement, Public Affairs report a clock that and Governmental Relaneeds to be repaired tions said, “Clocks at LBCC are P104 won’t easily know what or set.” set and maintained by district time it is. The nearly 12-foot-high
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Realistic outlook required Thousands of students are getting ready to wrap up another semester at LBCC. Many students are graduating and some are transferring, but many don’t know what they want to do. When deciding a major, some students, especially coming out of high school and into the advanced life of college face many challenges. As soon as they step out of the
graduation doors of high school, they enter the new life and wonder how they will survive. It’s awesome to hear the stories about the people who graduate from high school with a 4.0 gpa and go straight into an Ivy League school such as Yale or Harvard and gain scholarships. But that is unrealistic for most students. Some students don’t realize that
everyone isn’t going to make it all happen on their first time out, because young people really don’t know everything they think they know. It’s really about experience. This semester, we hope we all have learned what we want to do in life depends on us and what we make of it. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014.
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Compromise needed on rabbit funding I am contacting you in re- current Cabinet, one filled with fine me. I am proud of the work sponse to an article published on close friends, former students and I’ve done on ASB this semester. I May 15 regarding the decision to volunteers, for money. Previous stood up for compromise, I made reimburse professor Donna Prin- Cabinets have denied her request educated decisions and I did it dle for supplies to care for rabbits. – repeatedly. without name-calling or disreYour reporter contacted me We do not advertise that ASB spect. I can say that I have 100 for information and opinion re- funds will pay for animal care so percent supported the interests of garding reimbursement decision. spending student money in that every student at LBCC, even the In my optimism, I replied, hoping way seems dishonest. I also be- ones that I did not agree with. that the Viking would be an av- lieve that the Cabinet handled You see, by asking ASB to take enue to share the facts with stu- this with emotion instead of rea- this issue to the student body for dents who were not able to attend son and respect for the entire stu- a vote, I was allowing everyone our ASB meetings. to have a voice, not just To my disappointment, “In the rabbit conflict, not one of the Ms. Prindle and her small the article published was group of supporters. Yesskewed in one direction. Prindle supporters offered up a compro- terday we appointed the Not only were none of the mise. It was always all or nothing.” incoming fall 2014 ASB facts provided reported, cabinet and every new I was referred to as “unyielding.” dent body and it may be because candidate stated that “comproI’m not sure if the reporter just of this emotion that my intent to mise” was needed in conflict sitdoesn’t know the definition of the be responsible with student funds uations. word, or if they just weren’t pres- was misinterpreted. In the rabbit conflict, not one ent at all of the meetings to pass The bottom line is that any- of the Prindle supporters offered this kind of judgment, but it is in- thing associated with the Dis- up a compromise. It was always correct. trict Rabbit Task Force was not all or nothing. My hope for future The minutes will show that my the responsibility of students to students is that the future cabinet actions have continually showed pay. I have been called names for is true to its word. compromise. I do believe that opposing rabbit reimbursement– Ms. Prindle has taken advantage mostly by my own cabinet. And, Kristen Payne of the student body by asking the while it is hurtful, it does not de- ASB Representative of Arts
CITY VIEWS What are your plans when you graduate? By Madison Salter and Liliana Duarte on Wednesday, May 28, at the LAC
A level field for us all By Paul Ingvaldsen Staff Writer Things in this world act like universal levelers. They make diverse types into a cohesive whole, agreed to by all participants. One good example of a universal leveler is the ocean. Got a bully attitude? Grab a surfboard and paddle out past the break, then suddenly become aware of a large dark shadow with a fin passing directly below. Or try wiping out seven times as waves throw a sand bar in your face for you. Thus humility arrives to level us all. My favorite universal leveler is flag football. Anyone can participate just by registering for the class. Everybody gets a nickname. O ut s t a n d i n g quarterbacks like Superman and Baldwin will be there. The fearsome Samoan warriors like Typhoon will show up. On the first day about 60 wildly disparate characters appear. Lots of posturing and stomping and bragging go on as we prepare to do battle like sumo wrestlers with two flags hanging like ribbons down our flanks. By the time we’ve played eight downs, we’ve gone from “tough guy” ready to stomp the bediddlies out of any player who dares to cross our path to exhausted , sweating bodies full of remorse over bad habits. ”Should have worked out this summer.” Puff, puff.
“Gotta quit smoking.” Cough, hack , wheeze. “Why did I stay up past 2 last night?” Pant, pant and so on. Then we get our second wind and the game begins in earnest. We change sides with every game. Guys like Typhoon, who maul you and toss you on every play then show up as nightmares can be your best teammate next game when your marching down the field scoring touchdowns. It gives one a dramatic perspective on another human being. Several women play the game. One nicknamed the Captain was obviously inexperienced as she dropped a few passes early on, but after a few games she picked up the rules and soon was catching passes and outrunning some of the men. Nobody knew at the time, but we found out later she was the captain of the women’s soccer team. By the time we’ve gone through a semester, we’ve stood with and against every player. We’ve become closer then we’d ever be just as students. People who’d ignore each other ordinarily are found on campus happily exchanging greetings. Alas the flag Football class, was cut for budgetary reasons in 2013. Perhaps the great Oz in his wisdom might choose to restore this monument to bravado for us ordinary students, that we might share our limited skills with those who have gone before and briefly tread the field of glory at Veteran Stadium to universally level ourselves once again.
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Hector Maciel, 21, Business Major “I want to go to Cal Sate Dominguez Hills.”
Stephanie Delatorre, 20, Undeclared Major “I want to transfer to Cal State Long Beach when I’m done here.”
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Jose Soto, 24, Music Major “I plan on transferring to Cal State Long Beach.”
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Erik Pena, 19, Computer Science Major “I want to continue going to school at Cal State Long Beach.”
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A stage gracefully dominated
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ENCOURAGEMENT: Sheree King stands in the center of her dancers giving last-minute encouragement and advice before they take the stage on opening night of the Spring Dance concert on Friday, May 16, in the LAC Auditorium.
Story and Photos By Brandon Richardson Staff Writer
ILLUMINATED: Erica Hawkins, 28, a dance major, leads seven other dancers in “Leave the Light On,” choreographed by Arlene Brackett.
SILHOUETTES: Sarah Daos and Anthony Ramos, 21, a physical therapy major, perform on Friday in “Sobrevivere,” choreographed by Jeff Hendrix. STAGE READY: Carly Acuna, 21, a psychology major, puts on make-up for her performances.
King said, “Everyone is coming in with a different background. Some of them have done it in high school, some of them House lights off, black lights have never performed and some on. have done our show many times. Forty faces and 80 hands So trying to get them all to the glowed in the dark as participants same professional level that I exin the Spring Dance Concert pect is always a challenge.” performed their final number to In the week preceding openPharrell Williams’ “Happy” on ing night performers had full May 16, 17 and 18. dress rehearsals nightly to ensure Angel Delgado, 23, a dance they were ready to meet King’s exmajor, said, “It’s nerve-racking. pectations. You put everything out there, you Before the show’s opening know? A lot of nerves, a lot of performance on Friday, the green stress.” room buzzed with energy and The student performers audi- anticipation emanating from the tioned for choreographers to be in dancers and their constant chatthe show during the second week ter. Some were putting their faces of the Spring “When I see them up there and on, while semester and others have been they’re really enjoying it, and do- w a t c h e d r e h e a r s i n g ing a good job, that’s the best.” videos of once or twice and dis-Sheree King c u s s e d a week since Artistic director for each previous dance they are in. dress rehearsals. Sheree King, a dance teacher Regarding his nerves before at LBCC and the show’s artistic his performance in “West Grand director, said, “Some are in up to Boulevard,” Delgado said, “I think four dances. That’s three hours I feel it when I’m on stage, actuper dance, so some of them are ally, cause you feel the adrenaline rehearsing 12 hours a week, plus and since I’m opening the show, their dance technique classes, it’s more for us because we have to plus their academic classes.” drag the people in. If there’s not a The program consisted of 11 good opening, people are going to dances ranging from jazz to ballet get bored.” to modern dance. The show was funded in part Each piece was choreographed by the ASB, with the rest of the by a teacher or student choreog- cost coming from the Dance rapher with the exception of one. Club’s fundraising, refreshment Ken Datugan, the artistic director sales, donations and opportunity and choreographer of Datugan drawings. Dance Theatre, was the guest choThe size of the audience varreographer for the modern dance ied each night. The crowd was at piece “Before Impact.” its peak Friday with 275 in attenKing, Arlene Brackett, Lau- dance. Saturday had 215 viewers ren Hall, Jeff Hendrix, Michelle and Sunday 177. Shear and Laura Ann Smyth were Melissa Beliovski, 21, an unteachers who each choreographed declared major, said, “The show one dance. Student choreogra- at the end is just a great outcome.” phers Shabron Easter, Erica HawWith the concert behind kins, Myia Hubbard and Sorlie them, dancers look forward to the Reeves also choreographed one Fall semester when they can do it dance each. all again.