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another recession. LBCC political science professor Elliot Rock said Tuesday, Oct. 15, a financial collapse is not certain, but it doesn’t look good to By Samwell Favela foreign investors. Social Media Editor Rock explained if foreign investors decide that investing in LBCC political professors are the U.S. is a bad business move, worried about the national gov- they will no longer loan the federnment shutdown. eral government money. “There The Los Angeles Times said was a time when foreign investors leaders have come to an agree- took risks on the U.S. because the ment to fund the nation until dollar was going strong, but since Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceil- it is going down and they consider ing through Feb. 7. The plan still it ‘funny money,’ they are no lonneeds to be voted on on Wednes- ger willing to invest,” Rock said. day evening, Oct. 16 and ap“We currently receive $2 bilproved by President Obama. lion a day from foreign investors LBCC Director of Govern- and any kind of slowdown will ment Relations Mark Taylor said, pop the dollar bubble that will “The shutdown won’t have a di- lead to inflation or deflation,” rect impact in which he said the foreseescares him able future.” immensely. If proPo l i t i c a l longed, howscience proever, a masPaul -Mark Taylor fessor sive backlog Director of government relations Savoie said he of paperwork was not surwill face all prised everylevels of education and students thing was pushed back. who receive federal aid. Savoie said he hopes for betThe shutdown backlogging ter results from the pushback. He funds is not the only problem stu- is worried that if the U.S. does not dents would have to worry about. meet the Oct. 17 deadline, the If Congress could not come Gross Domestic Product could to an agreement before Thursday, drop 5 percent. Oct. 17, the Washington AssociSavoie said if that scenario ocated Press reported that the U.S. curs it may plunge the world into could default on its loans, a sce- yet another recession. nario which could trigger financial markets to plunge and cause
“The shutdown won’t have a direct impact in the foreseeable future.”
Earthquake drill set for Oct. 17 at 10:17 By Katie Cortez Staff Writer LBCC students and employees will participate in the great California shake out, a statewide earthquake drill and evacuation exercise, Thursday, Oct. 17. At 10:17 a.m. the ground at both LAC and PCC will begin to “shake” without warning. Teachers will instruct students to drop to the floor, take cover under their desks and hold on until the shaking stops. The simulated earthquake will last anywhere from 60 to 90 seconds in all
LBCC buildings. Evacuations will take place on the LAC in buildings M, N and K when the building alarms begin to sound. Disabled students will be evacuated by elevator. All others will exit through stairwells. Students are advised to look at the signs that will be posted in those buildings to ensure a safe and efficient exit during the exercise. The goal of the shake out is to make sure students in California are aware of evacuation and safety procedures in the event of an actual large-scale earthquake.
Bakr Alduhaim/Viking IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Correspondent Jennifer London with Al Jazeera America reported from the LAC Wednesday, Oct. 16, interviewing students about the two-tier fee bill, AB 955. LBCC was specifically chosen due to President Eloy Oakley’s strong support of the new law.
Brown OKs fee hike for Winter, Summer Contested AB 955 two-tiered tuition bill will be battletested at LBCC first. By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer And Eliza De La Flor Copy Editor Many students, employees and community members expressed strong sentiments Thursday, Oct. 10, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 955 into law, allowing Community Colleges to offer high-demand courses at the significantly increased charge of $250 per unit during Summer and Winter intersessions. LBCC volunteered to participate in the 5-year pilot test program. In an official letter to the state Assembly announcing his decision, Brown said, “This seems like a reasonable experiment.” Board of Trustees President Jeff Kellogg spoke about the law to a newswriting class in P111 on Tuesday, Oct. 15. While briefing students on what to expect when covering a trustees’ meeting, Kellogg was asked for his assessment of the board’s relationship with
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the student body. Kellogg mentioned the bill in his response, but said, “I have no idea what the student body thinks about AB 955.” Groups opposed to the bill include the LBCC Political Action Coalition, comprised of teachers, counselors, librarians and staff. In a press release reacting to Brown’s decision, Jonathan Lightman, executive director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, said, “This measure reverses the underlying philosophy of California Community Colleges, which is equitable opportunity for all.” Jennifer Heron, 24, a communications major, said, “I am keeping up on the bill and I’m upset that no one is listening to the underprivileged students.” LBCC President Eloy Oakley lobbied to pass AB 955 and posted a message on the college’s website urging people to contact Brown and provided information on how to do so. Executive Vice President of College Advancement and Economic Development Lou Anne Bynum said, “This bill is not harmful to students. New stu-
dents will rearrange their schedule during the two semesters that the class price is in their reach. AB 955 opens the pathway for students not to be lingering around for three to four years to transfer from a 2-year Community College.” Leslie Agis, 21, a journalism major, said, “I like the idea of being able to advance faster in my career, especially with how impacted classes can get. But paying $250 is ridiculous. It offsets the opportunity for many.” The controversial new law has drawn the ire of LBCC students and the national -Jerry Brown attention of Governor news organizations such as Al Jazeera America. Al Jazeera America sent a camera crew to the LAC on Wednesday Oct. 16 to interview students about the change. LBCC was selected by the news organization because of the six schools eligible for the pilot program, the college was the only one willing to quickly implement the new program. According to the bill, schools can offer extension courses that may only be offered in the Summer and Winter sessions.
“This seems like a reasonable experiment.”
October 17, 2013
Police issue 974 parking citations, two arrests By Brittany Lieberman Co-News Editor
Caleb Ellis/Viking EMPLOYMENT: Executive V.P. Lou Anne Bynum discusses positive effects workforce programs have on students to a group of reporters on Monday, Sept. 30. The college continues to receive grants because “LBCC has proven to deliver results.”
New programs designed to promote employment By Katie Cortez Staff Writer
The economic workforce development program is entrusted with “making sure that businesses are thriving” in the city of Long Beach, LBCC Executive Vice President Lou Anne Bynum said during a journalism press conference Monday, Sept. 30. Leanora Aguayo, 20, an undecided major, said, “I was looking for a job all Summer and didn’t find anything. I had two interviews over the Summer, but was never contacted by anyone.” In the last two months, LBCC has received $6.5 million in grants to help strengthen the school’s economic workforce development programs. The programs are designed to help young business owners and current workers alike
“educate, train, and give students a better chance to get good-paying jobs,” Bynum said. As of July 29, the College Advancement and Economic Development program has created 2,093 jobs and 259 business startups. One-third of the people involved in the Goldman Sachs program go on to own businesses in Long Beach. The City of Los Angeles has one of the largest numbers of venture capitalists in the country and “young people make up the majority of people who own their own businesses,” Bynum said. In this calendar year, Goldman Sachs has donated $3.2 million in grants, creating the largest hub in California. Money has been reallocated from grants to set up training and education programs needed to
upgrade security at the airports and ports. Two large grants from the Department of Labor and one from the Department of Commerce have helped fund a 9-unit Homeland Security program, designed to train current airport security workers in cyber-security and upgrading other security protocols. Although the college has undergone severe budget cuts and fiscal trouble in the last few years, Bynum said, “This year, we do not have a structural deficit for the first time in four years.” Bynum said, government continues to give grants to the college because LBCC has proven it can deliver the results the big businesses are looking for which helps push the city of Long Beach into a financially stable state.
More than 40 late-starting classes in 18 subjects have been added to the Fall semester schedule. Most classes will span eight weeks, starting Oct. 21 and end Dec. 14. Classes include English, business communication, math, history, political science, air conditioning, diesel, drafting, electrical and forklift training.
SEPTEMBER CRIME REPORT Burglary: Assault/Battery: Petty theft: Grand theft: Motor Veh. Theft: Other: Total: Total calls:
PCC LAC 0 1 0 1 3 4 0 1 0 1 5 6 8 14 112 261 Arrests Felony: 0 Misdemeanor: 2
New classes added starting Oct. 21 By Brittany Lieberman Co-News Editor
police officer Kevin Stinson said, “It involved two of our students. The boyfriend had his girlfriend Although reported crimes in a headlock. We ended up takand calls requesting police assis- ing him to jail for that.” tance are only slightly up, parking The LAC had four reports citations increased almost 400 of petty theft, one motor vehicle percent, according to the Septem- theft, one burglary and six other ber campus crime report. crime types listed under “miscelA total of 204 parking ci- laneous”. Miscellaneous crimes tations were issued in August account for, “slip and falls, small compared to the 974 received in altercations between students, September. Campus Police Lt. Ju- things of that nature,” Prior said. lie Prior said, A stolen “There was “I feel 90 percent safe on bicycle also free park- the PCC. I have a late class resulted in ing available one grand there.” during part theft report of August. -Jude Chavez for the LAC. Graphic design major That’s why The PCC August’s parking citations were had three reports of petty theft so low.” and five reports of miscellaneous Jude Chavez, 30, an undecid- crimes. ed major, said, “I feel 100 percent Total calls for police service safe on the LAC and 90 percent was 261 for the LAC and 112 for safe on the PCC. I have a late class the PCC. A total of 14 crimes on the PCC when it’s deserted.” were recorded for the LAC and An assault and battery crime eight for the PCC. reported to campus police resultTwo misdemeanor arrests ed in arrest on the LAC. Campus were made on the LAC.
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LBCC’s journalism students competed and won seven awards in competitions Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges So-Cal conference at Cal State Fullerton. Nearly 400 students from 30 So-Cal Community Colleges attended workshops and participated in the on-the-spot competitions that are judged by advisers and industry professionals who volunteer with the organization. Work published in the Viking newspaper and City magazine throughout the past year was submitted for judging and earned the program nine other awards. Viking photographer Bakr
Alduhaim won first place for his bring-in news photo about mental health. Viking reporter Leonard Kelley received honorable mention for a news photo about mental health and for a panoramic shot submitted for on-the-spot news photo. Kelley said, “The competition wasn’t that easy because of my slowness. It was difficult knowing everyone else is quick and able to multi-task.” Newspaper photographer D.A Phillips earned two honorable mention awards for sports action and feature photos. Viking photographer Caleb Ellis earned honorable mention for his on-the-spot feature photo.
Former Viking editor in chief Jesus Hernandez won fourth place for an info-graphic and placed third for his bring-in Viking advertisement. City magazine editor in chief Katie Cortez won third place for on-the-spot critical review. Viking reporter Madison Saltar won two honorable mention awards for her on-the-spot opinion and broadcast news writing. From the photography program, Pierre Brehier won third and fourth place for photo illustrations published in City magazine. Former Viking photographer Kristin Grafft won second place for her sports feature photo published last year.
October 17, 2013
Cabinet debates improvements
Textbook prices lead to discussion of low-cost options.
“I spent $500 on textbooks for four classes. We should really encourage the professors who can to make their books available online,” Donado said. Rep. of Academic Affairs AqBy Brittany Lieberman uil Alam said, “I agree, however, Co- News Editor that requires an Internet connection, which not every student has Increasing College Services access to.” Donado responded Card revenues, improved shuttle that it is crucial to encourage the services and alternatives to cur- cheaper alternative. rent high textbook costs were disRep. of Volunteer Services cussed by the Associated Student Castanon suggested offering a Body Cabinet on Monday, Oct. scanner available at a discount 14. price to students. “This is a colBusiness support services di- lege, we need a scanner on both rector Margie Padron said a new campuses. I often hear students shuttle service will be active Nov. saying how they need to scan 4. Padron said, “The new service things for classes and financial providers, Professional Parking, aid,” Alexa said. charges less, provides WiFi and Discussion on the subject will is an all-around more respon- continue into the next PCC meetsive service.” Padron said shuttle ing Monday, Oct. 21, room numhours will remain the same. ber to be announced. ASB Vice President and newASB President Marco Mendoly appointed Chair of the College za proposed ‘coffee night’ events, Services Card Committee Ashley which would be sponsored by Smith recommendvendors ed further outreach “New shuttle service will be a n d to local businesses active Nov. 4.” aimed to increase benefits at stuMargie Padron d e n t for students. Business support services director “Currently 87 o u t percent of the stureach dent body have the College Ser- on both campuses. Mendoza said vices Card, but 100 percent is a the first coffee night will be in good goal to have,” Smith said. mid-November. Sandwich chain ‘Jersey Mikes’ ASB meetings are every Monhas shown interest in providing day at 2 p.m. on the PCC or LAC. future discounts for card-holders, For more information on meetSmith said. ings or agenda topics people may Student Trustee Andrea Do- contact Student Life Coordinator nado discussed what can be done Maya Cardenas at mcardenas@ to curb the current high price of lbcc.edu. textbooks.
Morgan Mayfield/Viking STAY STRONG: Students at the PCC display shirts on Wednesday, Oct. 9 that tell a story and explore different forms of abuse. Unity day taught students that being different is applauded, but being abused is not tolerated.
Uniting against domestic violence
Students advocate against violence. By Becca Urritia Calendar Editor
Representing four levels of violence, T-shirts of 10 colors hung on a clothesline at the PCC on Wednesday, Oct. 9, when Cultural Affairs students sponsored a unity day event. The Young Women’s Christian Association created the clothesline project. YWCA representatives talked with students and explained the project’s mission: to encourage victims of abuse to speak out. The shirts act as a canvas for survivors to share their feelings. They explained current victims of violence who have not shared their situation may feel hope when they see the clothesline.
The YWCA wants to empower women so that they will speak out when violence has occurred. They want them to know that they are not alone. They will stand by them to support and help them through their crisis. “There is never an excuse for violence.” Candis Simmons, a YWCA program specialist said, “We pledge to honor survivors who have broken their silence and support victims who have yet to find their voice.” Cristal Soto, 19, a criminal justice major said, “Like Tupac once said, Why hurt our women when we ourselves came from a woman.” Dora Ornelas, 19, graphic design art major, said “I think it’s really nice that these kinds of booths are at school, because people need to know that even now, women are still being hurt and we can help and talk about it.”
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The symbolism of the clothesline is to “air out the dirty laundry of violence against women.” The shirts were a variety of colors and displayed messages from survivors of many types of violence. The colors of the shirts identify the circumstances. Red, pink, orange represent people survivors of assault. Blues or green represent those who survived incest and sexual abuse. Purple represents women who were attacked because they are bisexual, lesbian or perceived to be lesbian. Black or gray are women who survived gang rape. White are for women who died because of violence. Students were moved by the event. “Nice to see booths set up, to bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual abuse,” said Jeannie Garcia, 42 a human services major.
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By Robert Fullingim Staff Writer A new club has formed this semester to give back to students in more than just campus life and student activities. The Honors Experience, or T.H.E. club, is a group for honors students that will focus on transfer activities for current LBCC honor students, high school outreach and recruitment seminars for the LBCC honors program and social events on-and off-campus that will connect honors students and help develop networking skills. T.H.E. club sponsored potluck on the LAC on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to inform members of upcoming club activities, to talk about changes and the future of the honors program and to promote the honors program on campus. Josefina Cruz, 19, a biochemistry major and head of the social committee, said, “10 of us started the club with Ms. Maureen Mason (the honors department coordinator) to bring together students within the honors department.” Mason said, “I had a vision to invent a social club for the honors program. We have LBCC alumni, former honors students, all over
California and we want to take advantage of that network. We plan our own campus tours, we arrange the carpooling and we meet up with our former students so they can show us around campus.” Mason emphasized that the program is a great opportunity for everyone and encourages all students to apply to the honors program. “All you need is a 3.0 GPA and to have completed nine transferable units and have two letters of recommendation from LBCC professors. We accept applications at any time and students can be in the program by the next semester. Mason also talked about the expansion of the honors program moving forward and the new classes offered next semester. She said, “For the first time, we will be offering honors math classes next semester. Math 60 and 70 will be available and there are plans to expand the honors program to include other science technology engineering and math classes in the future. We will be offering honors Spanish 9H and 10H as well, and we will, be the only institution offering honors Spanish classes to native speakers.”
Expensive recall efforts ‘silly’ and ‘unsuccessful’
October 17, 2013
By Elizabeth Cheruto Co-News Editor
Otto added, “The grounds for the recall are silly. That we hired an incompetent president in Eloy The Los Angeles County reg- Oakley and by passing a certain istrar’s office in Norwalk con- resolution we became a rubfirmed Tuesday, Oct. 15, to have ber-stamp for the LBCC adminreceived notice of intent to circu- istration.” Former Student Trustee Jason late recall petitions against all five Troia, who transferred to U.C. LBCC trustees Oct. 1. The petition was filed under Berkeley, said, “I am no longer the Long Beach Community Col- involved in the recall. A political lege District against Jeff Kellogg, action committee has taken over Roberto Uranga, Mark Bowen, and I am not sure what the status is.” Douglas Otto and Tom Clark. ASB President Marco MenThe second unsuccessful attempt to file the petition only doza, 20, a sociology major, said included two trustees. The third he does not know anything in regards to the status of the recall includes all five trustees. and he is not L B C C involved. s p o k e s m a n “I am no longer involved in Oakley Richard Gar“Now cia said recall the recall. A pack has taken said, notices were over and I am not sure what having tried three separate received by unsuccessful trustees Oct.1 the status is.” at and they reJason Troia attempts Former Student Trustee the recall, the sponded and proponents filed the responses to the regisof this effort continue to distract trar’s office Oct. 8. Otto said that to his knowl- the Board from its real responsiedge, the registrar has not ac- bilities.” Oakley added that college cepted the third attempt to recall the trustees. He added the recall resources have been thinned aleffort will have to include more ready due to budget cuts and the than 40,000 signatures of district Board is eager to move beyond the controversy. voters. Efforts to reach co-organizer Otto said if efforts move forward, the recall will cost taxpayers David Root, former ASB Secremore than $1.6 million that could tary Maria Lopez and current be used for classes and scholar- Student Trustee Andrea Donado were unsuccessful. ships.
Joel Saldana, 18, a graphic design major, uses the academic computer center at the LAC during newly expanded hours. The longer hours are Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. The center is in L251 of the Library.
Alum runs for school board By Robert Fullingim Staff Writer
Joe Smith, LBCC alumnus and current student at Long Beach State, announced his intention to run for Long Beach Unified School District board seat 3. Smith said, “I want to make teachers accountable for student test scores by implementing the parent trigger law. Smith said the Parent trigger law will give control to parents or if they are unhappy with a teacher’s performance or the API scores of the school. They will be able to vote to change the school from a public school to a charter
school. “It’s their children’s education. Why can’t they try a charter school? Schools as they are have failed,” Smith said.
enough with Long Beach Parks and Recreation. After-school programs can be used in conjunction with the schools to keep kids off of the streets after school.” “Schools don’t work closely Smith said he also wants to focus on athletics. “Athletics proenough with Long Beach motes student success and excelParks and Recreation.” lence on the field and the arts can -Joe Smith be really competitive. In theater, School board candidate for example, students compete for roles and the classes can be writAs for the misappropriation of ing intensive and both of these community resources, Smith said, bring in money for the school.” “The education policy the district Smith’s former ASB adviser, has chosen to adopt represents a Derek Oriee, said, “He was always staggering misappropriation of a dependable person. If he applies community resources. that same dedication to the board Schools don’t work closely position he will do a great job.”
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Scholarship applications Available through Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. lbcc.edu/scholarship Internet Scholarship Resources fastweb.com collegeresourcenetwork.com finaid.org/scholarships studentscholarships.org/ awards.php Sunday, Sept. 22-Nov.2 Artist’s opening reception by Ann Mitchell For appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/ChezShawgallery Thursday, Oct. 17 Oktoberfest Noon -1 p.m. LAC by the D and E Buildings Thursday, Oct. 17 English Majors and Minors Club for all students interested in English topics or literature Noon to 1 p.m. LAC P104 Contact email@example.com Thursday, Oct. 17 Archaeology Club Noon LAC b211 Sunday, Oct. 20 Scholarship Concert 2 p.m. Students, LBCC employees Senior citizens, $15 General admission $20 LBCC Auditorium Tuesday, Oct. 22 Board of Trustees meeting 5 p.m. Building T1100 Fridays and Saturdays Small business seminar 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (562) 938-5054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, Oct. 25 PCC Halloween candy drive Candy must be individually wrapped Return entry form to PCC by Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. LAC Fishbowl by Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. Contact Maya Cardenas at (562) 938-3088
Friday, Oct. 25 Lecture and book signing 2:30-4 p.m. Mr. Neo Edmund speaking on self-publishing, self-marketing, and promoting, creating fiction, fairy tales Free admission LCC P 104 (562) 243-7114
Sunday, Oct. 27 LBCC Symphony Orchestra Lions and Tigers and Music, Oh My! LAC Auditorium 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 Spanish Club hosts Dia de los Muertos at Molaa, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 Dia de los Muertos 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cultural Affairs club hosts activities and contests in the Front Quad Contact Lauren Ho at email@example.com Thursday, Oct. 31 Volunteer time sheets due Volunteer resource Center LAC E 116 or PCC EE 102E LIBRARY HOURS
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Bakr Alduhaim/Viking Planes are stored after the PCC aviation program’s discontinuance. “We will discuss the disposal of the surplus property,” said associate director of public relations, Richard Garcia. President Eloy Oakley confirmed the school will not “throw away the airplanes.”
Student Life information PCC desk Student Union (562) 938-3989 Thursday, Oct. 17 10:17 a.m. The Great California Shake out Drop to ground, take cover, hold on. Drill and evacuation exercise Both campuses will participate. (562) 938-4797 contact firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, Oct. 30 10 a.m.-1 p.m. LBCC psychological services 15-minute workshops PCC Student Union EE 10:15 a.m. Time management 10:35 a.m. Stress management 10:55 a.m. Handling test anxiety 11:10 a.m. Time management 11:25 a.m. Stress management AND TRANSFER
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October 17, 2013
Vikings win for breast cancer, 55-33 LBCC football team beats Santa Ana in first win at home. By William Martin Video Editor Taped up in pink to support breast cancer awareness the LBCC football team cruised to victory, snapping a two-year home winless streak against Santa Ana, 55-33, in a non-conference game Saturday, Oct. 12 at Veterans Memorial. “Thank God,” exclaimed Coach Brett Peabody after the game. “That streak was killing me. We had such high expectations coming into the season. We let a few games slip away that were really disappointing. But God, it feels good to get that monkey off our backs.” Viking freshman quarterback Kenny Potter threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns on 27 of 37 passes with no interceptions. He exploited the Dons’ soft run defense, rushing for a season-high 174 yards and two touchdowns on only 18 attempts. Potter averaged almost a first down per carry with two long
touchdown runs of 55 and 35 yards in the second and third quarters, giving the Vikings the confidence on offense and allowing Peabody to rest Potter by the fourth quarter. He had 9.7 yards a touch to be exact, for all you stat junkies. This season, Potter has thrown for 1,628 yards, 15 touchdowns and only two interceptions in six games, according to lbccvikings. com. He has a 67 percent completion rating and as a mobile quarterback, most of it is done outside the pocket on the move. Potter is second on the team in rushing
“It was nice to finally get a win at home.” –Kenny Potter
yards and first in touchdowns on the ground for the season with 436 yards, reaching the end-zone 10 times. He is on pace to throw 25 touchdowns and more than 2,700 yards. He has 2,064 total offensive yards and 25 touchdowns. Potter said, “The O-line blocked well, the receivers made plays so it was nice to finally get a win at home.” Sophomore running back Joel
Panteau had two touchdowns and 70 yards on 13 carries. Panteau leads the Vikes’ ground game, averaging 82 yards per game, accounting for 495 yards of the team’s rushing offense for the season. All three Viking quarterbacks contributed in the fourth quarter after Peabody rested his freshman workhorse, Potter, who contributed 475 total yards. Despite two fourth-quarter mistakes by the secondary that resulted in one-play 60-plus-yard drives for touchdowns, LBCC defense looked great otherwise. Perhaps it could have been a combination of a sub-par Santa Ana offense and a progressively stingy LBCC defense. The Vikings defense and special teams matched the big play potential of the offense with two interceptions and a big punt block that resulted in an 18-yard touchdown toss from Potter to freshman wide receiver Jeremy Villa for his first of the season. The Vikings, 2-4, are going into a much needed week off and then will travel to their National Central Conference for L.A. Harbor (0-6) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. They will gear up in pink in continued support of breast cancer awareness month.
Mistakes halt football team By Tonia Ciancanelli Editor in Chief
Jesus Hernandez/Viking RUN AND GUN: Viking quarterback Kenny Potter breaks out of the pocket and looks downfield to make a 29-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Blandin, not shown, to end an 8-play, 80-yard drive.
D.A Phillips/Viking BRINGING IT BACK: Vikings’ Brian Lepala goes up for a pass against Santa Ana’s defensive back Allen Atkins. Lepala finished the game with two receptions for 15 yards to help the Vikes defeat the Dons 55-33 at Veterans Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The Viking football team suffered a 42-28 road loss against the undefeated Riverside Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 5. Quarterback Kenny Potter passed to wide receiver Mikail Parr for the Vikes’ first touchdown, tying the game 7-7 with 5:49 left in the 2nd quarter. The Tigers scored two more touchdowns and the Vikes trailed 21-7 after the first half. At halftime, linebacker Cale Dester said the Tigers were “pounding on us, but we’ll come back hungry and hope for the win.” Potter passed for 312 yards and ran for a 3-yard touchdown
in the game with 10:36 left in the 3rd. Offensive lineman Patrick Scoggins’ family booed, “Send the refs to the showers” from the stands as the Tigers scored on a 100-yard kickoff return, bringing the score to 42-21 with 3:52 left in
“We’ll come back hungry and hope for the win.” –Cale Dester
the 3rd. Vikings’ wide receiver Josiah Blandin caught a 29-yard pass from Potter, scoring the only points in the final quarter. Vikes’ wide receiver Brian
Lepala said he was “devastated” after the Tigers’ Isaac Colunga intercepted the ball in the Vikes’ end zone with 1:41 left in the 4th. After the game, defensive back Kevin Medearis said, “This game we had too many mistakes, minor mistakes. We actually had a good practice this week, especially the defense. We’re bouncing back. We just got to clean up on the turnovers and stop blowing plays on defense.” Tigers’ fullback Makini Manu, who played high school football with some of his opponents, said, “I didn’t think they’d be that good, but they gave us a run for our money. It was definitely good competition. Just history of playing Long Beach, we always smash them really bad.”
Men’s polo team keeps winning LBCC goes 4-0 in Riverside tournament. By Samwell Favela Social Media Editor With only three returning players and 21 new players on the LBCC men’s water polo team, its record in the conference and overall makes it seem as if those returning and new teammate numbers are reversed. The Vikings are in 2nd place in the conference and are 12-3 overall. During the El Camino game Wednesday, Oct. 9, the Warriors could not keep up for more than the first period. El Camino Coach
Corey Stanbury said, “They’re way better. We gave them the same intensity in the beginning, but they’re very fast and very skilled.” The Vikes beat El Camino 19-4. Ashton DeRojas and Adam Rudow were the only two players from the Warriors team who
LBCC was able to score in each quarter and finished with a total of five goals. The freshmen attacker from Serbia, Nemanja Petrovic, said, “We did our job, but we need to work more on opportunities to score more goals.” The Vikings won all four games during the two-day Riverside tournament. On Oct. 11, they beat L.A. Valley, 17-9, and Riverside, 17-11. The next day, they came back and beat Ventura, 13-3, and Orange Coast, 14-7. The Vikings’ next confer–Corey Stanbury ence game will be Wednesday, El Camino coach Oct. 23, at Los Angeles Tradewere able to score, while the Vikes Tech at 4:15 p.m. They also have had eight players score. Attacker an alumni game Saturday, Oct. freshmen Bronson Reich from 19, at LBCC at 1:30 p. m.
“We gave them the same intensity in the beginning, but they’re very fast and very skilled.”
October 17, 2013
1-0 win keeps Vikes perfect
Soccer team loses
LBCC stays ahead of Mounties in conference race.
Men fall to1-4 in conference after 2-1 defeat by Cerritos.
By John Broadway Staff Writer
The LBCC women’s soccer team edged out a 1-0 victory Friday, Oct. 11 when it beat Mt. San Antonio College in a win that was closely contested until the end, improving the Vikings’ record to 8-1-1. The Vikings were held scoreless until the 45th minute when freshman forward Tonie Bangos sent a cross pass from the left side that found freshman forward Tiana Silva, who shot the ball into an empty net, scoring her first goal since 2010 when she played for Cerritos. Silva said, “It felt so good to score again after such a long time. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to play but when I got cleared before the game I was ready to come in and help my team get a win.” Silva also gave a shout-out to sophomore midfielder Liliana Montano for being active the whole game and playing great defense. Before the game, sophomore midfielder Rocio Hernandez said, “We are all very confident that we can win, but we know it won’t come easy because Mt. SAC is a great team with a tough defense.” LBCC freshman goalie Karen Nuno posted her third shutout of the season, while recording three saves.
By Morgan Mayfield Co- Sports Editor
Jesus Hernandez/ Viking SAVED: Viking goalie Karen Nuno picks the ball off of Cerritos’ Claudia Lopez’s foot just as she attempts to get a shot off. Nuno stopped many attempts from the Cerritos attackers, but the Falcons still found the net three times before the final whistle.
Her shutout was almost lost Mt. SAC had another opporin the 19th minute to ruin Nuno’s “It felt so good to tunity when a Mountie forshutout in the 33rd ward blasted a shot score again after minute when they had that Nuno had to such a long time.” a corner shot. The shot fully outstretch and was sent into the up-Tiana Silva per right corner. Nuno dive for. She lost the Forward jumped and knocked handle on the ball initially, but was able to corral the it out of bounds to safety. Mt. ball before it crossed into the net SAC did not record another shot and an opposing forward could on goal until the 90th minute make a play on it. when the Mounties almost tied
Soccer team wins seventh in a row By Pedro Cruz Contributing Writer
In a home game Oct. 8 the women’s Vikings soccer team is on a seven-game winning streak defeating Pasadena City College 2-1 in conference play. Now LBCC has an overall record of 7-1-1 and a 3-0-0 conference play. Andrew Felix, 20, a graphic design major, said, “It’s great to see how the team is playing very well. I got to see the game and I was impressed with the talent each player has.” Freshman forward Brenda Reyes gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute of the game after receiving a pass from soph-
omore midfielder Rocio Hernandez setting up a-give-and go play. LBCC had 16 shots on goal while the Lancers had six. Neither team received yellow or red cards. No fouls were registered throughout the game. No corner kicks were taken by either opponent in the match. The Vikings’ second goal came after 28-yard free kick shot from sophomore midfielder Liliana Montano to give LBCC a 2-0 lead in the 32nd minute. Sophomore midfielder Cassandra Orozco scored for the Lancers in the 44th minute after taking a 19-yard free kick shot to make the score 2-1. LBCC goalie Karen Nuno had two saves.
Alumnus finishes third in L.B Marathon Former LBCC men’s cross country standout Alberto Espinoza finished in third place at the 29th annual Long Beach International City Bank Marathon Sunday, Oct. 13. Espinoza, running in his first marathon, was the top local finisher at the event and clocked in with a time of 2:22.37 on the scenic 26.2 mile course throughout the city. Espinoza said he was proud to represent LBCC and the city of Long Beach, according to the
Long Beach Press-Telegram, as he wore his black Vikings racing singlet from 2007. Espinoza was LBCC’s top runner in 2007 and finished in 21st place at the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships. Espinoza also took 11th place at the Southern California Championships. Frank Corrigan of Port Costa was the men’s winner with a time of 2:24.51 followed by Mohamed Fadil of Morocco at 2:28.24.
the game with a penalty kick, but the shot was missed, barely heading over the cross bar. The win prevented Mt. SAC, 7-2-1 and 3-1 in conference, from jumping ahead of LBCC, 8-1-1 and 4-0 conference, to second in the South Coast Conference standing. LBCC’s rival Cerritos is No. 1 in the conference with a 10-0 overall record and 4-0 conference standing.
The determination to win slipped through the net Oct. 15 when the Vikings suffered another loss against Cerritos. LBCC men’s soccer team was 3-4-4 going into the 5th conference game against the Falcons. Freshman forward Jesse Hernandez assisted teammate freshman midfield Erik Carbajal with the first goal during the 9th minute of the game. During the 26th minute Cerritos tied the game with a head-butt by Sophomore midfielder Thiago Lusardi. The referee seemed to find the Vikings’ gameplay aggressive calling 1 red card, 2 yellow cards, and 8 fouls on the team. One yellow card was called on the Falcons. Vikings freshman goalie Rogelio Zaragoza made a total of 6 saves. With 5 minutes left in the game LBCC was given a corner kick opportunity, but Cerritos players formed a wall around the goal making it hard for the Vikes to score. The final score for the game was a loss for LBCC 2-1. The Vikes have 9 games left this season.
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October 17, 2013
Toddlers bring cardboard to life
Children’s ideas inspire the creations of robots and spaceships.
Madison Salter/Viking STUDENTS DONATE TIME: Jose Ponce, left, Jesus Almaraz, center, learn to make origami figures from Edgar Portilla, right, in the PCC Student Union during card for kids on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Giving glittered gifts By Madison Salter Staff Writer
The cards for kids event filled the PCC’s Student Union with smiles, laughs and ‘80s music on Thursday Oct. 10. LBCC students made cards, origami figures and signs for sick children at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Stickers and glitter were on hand for additional decorations. Teryn Wandick, 17, a nursing major, said, “I just wanted to do something nice.” Wandick wrote a poem on the inside of his card which read, “Roses are red. Violets are blue. Who is the most awesome per-
son in the world? Guess what? It’s you!” Edgar Portilla, 21, an electrical engineering major, said, “I just recently started making origami. With practice it gets easier.”
“I just wanted to do something nice.” –Teryn Wandick
Portilla assisted fellow students Jesus Almaraz, 19, a political science major, and Jose Ponce, 20, a fashion merchandising major, as they all focused on creating the paper figures.
Students involved in the Viking volunteer program were able to receive service hours for making cards. Each card was worth one hour of service and students were allowed to make up to three cards. The LAC Nordic Lounge had its day of glitter, stickers, and smiles on Wednesday Oct. 9. Students had the option to donate blood as well as make cards. Teila Robertson, the LAC Student Life volunteer coordinator, said the cards for kids event was a success on both campuses. Robertson delivered the cards to a Miller Children’s Hospital representative on Friday, Oct. 11.
through play,” Smith-Clark said. The cardboard creations came to life in the center’s fully equipped play yard with more than 30 children engaged in various stages of build and play. Four-year-old Ari said, “We’re gonna build 100 robots!” Murphy, By Brittany Lieberman also 4, exclaimed, “I’m building a News Editor fire cannon to shoot the bad roLaughter and toothy smiles bots!” Student volunteer Gabriela filled the playground as numerRuiz, 18, a medical billing major, ous robots battled and airplanes said, “It’s great. He’s an airplane whizzed by. and she’s a spaceship. They’re usDonated cardboard boxes ing their imaginations to be anywere put in the tiny hands of todthing they want. ” dlers who created robots, spaceDiana Ramos, ships, airplanes and 21, a child develmore, when the PCC’s opment major at Child Development Golden West ColCenter participated in lege and part-time the global cardboard staff at the center, challenge Friday, Oct. 4. –Gabriela Ruiz said, “Sometimes Toddlers were enMedical billing major parents say ‘don’t couraged to imagine, play with that,’ but plan and build objects we’re saying go using recycled cardboard boxahead and play, build anything es, tape, string and their colorful you want. ” imaginations. The LAC and PCC centers Stacey Smith-Clark, Child have office and play hours from 7 Development Center manager, a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through said the event is driven by the Friday. children’s ideas while volunteers, Priority registration goes to students, employees and parents LBCC students who attend classadvise and supervise. es on either campus, followed by “Some people might think LBCC faculty, staff and the public. it’s just a bunch of boxes, but the A $30 registration fee and $15 kids are actually planning things activity fee are charged during out and building what they plan. Fall and Spring semesters. We believe children learn best
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Walkers and runners support awareness LBCC students and groups gather to fight breast and ovarian cancer. By Cesar Hernandez Staff Writer LBCC students gathered to walk 5K or run 10K to support the search for a cure for breast and ovarian cancers on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Alamitos Bay Marina. The event drew thousands of walkers and runners. Many LBCC clubs cheered on volunteers and held signs decorated with encouraging messages. Antonio Navarro, 23, an undeclared major, said the walk was his fifth consecutive year as a volunteer.
Navarro said, “This event is very rewarding. Doing the run and walk is nothing compared to what these survivors had to go through. Showing support and gathering as many people to support is the least I can do.” As the event neared its start, walkers began to hydrate and stretch. Former LBCC professor and breast cancer survivor Carol Bittmann said, “It’s nice to see support from all sorts of people. This time last year, I was in treatment. To be here as a survivor and support by walking, it’s rewarding.” In addition to walking, Bittmann acted as a team coordinator and was the namesake for LBCC’s Team Carol. Student life coordinator Teila Robertson talked about what she wanted students to gain from the experience. “I want the LBCC community to come and show
support. Our support means a lot to the survivors. It shows that we are here for them. “My mother is a survivor. You never know who will be affected by this. It touches many lives when you volunteer,” she said. Vanessa Saucedo, 20, a child development major, said, “Knowing people who have cancer and have their whole lives changed in such a big way has made us want to walk for the cure. “Students should volunteer. October is breast cancer awareness month and doing this walk means a lot to so many. Knowing that you helped out so many is indescribable.” As the walk ended, Navarro said, “You feel accomplished knowing that you help out many people out there in need of a supporter.”
Braxton Moore/Viking GAME PREPARATION: Rashi Doster, 25, a human service major, sets up the game consoles for Xbox and PS3 at the PCC for students to use to “develop their minds.”
Xbox, PS3 consoles almost ready Director of Student Life hopes the games are not violent. By Braxton Moore Staff Writer The PCC’s Student Union will not be getting three Xbox consoles, as previously reported, but instead will feature one Xbox console and two Playstation 3 consoles. The decision to include the gaming entertainment came from the director of Student Life, Anita Gibbons, who said it was her vision to have the consoles available for the students. “My idea was to not only have an opportunity for students to play their games, but to also have some games that will help develop their minds,” Gibbons said.
“People talk about kids spending too much time playing games and making students passive, but I don’t believe that’s true. I believe that we need to be meeting students where students are.” Gibbons has said she would prefer the available games to not be violent. However, the first game installments are Uncharted 3 and Darksiders 2, both of which the ESRB labeled as containing “violence” and “blood and gore.” The game units are stored in three large lockers in the Student Union’s recreational area. Large flat-screen TVs and at least four controllers accompany each console. While everything to play may be on campus, when the consoles will be available to students is still unknown. Gibbons said she and her colleagues are still working
out details. “We have to make sure the equipment is secure and the games are secure, along with any other equipment that goes with it. We’re hoping it’ll be done quickly. We just want to do it right.” Though this may be a generation seemingly hardwired for gaming, there are still students that would rather not have such temptation. Mechanical engineering major Leo Bermudez, 20, said, “I think it’s going to distract people from getting their work done. If I would have known, I would’ve been over there playing games.” Even with uncertainty around a debut date, enthusiasm is obvious among students. When the entertainment systems were taken out for pictures, students quickly gathered for the chance to get a sneak peek.
Braxton Moore/Viking ENTERTAINMENT MIXER: Felipe Mora Vera, 23, a music major and a member of the Young Poet’s Society, recites some poetry off his laptop to his audience Friday, Oct. 11.
Performers show variety of talent By Braxton Moore Staff Writer
snap-applause, which occasionally broke into full clapping. “It’s a great place for students Poets, comedians, singers and community members to and other vocal artists opened get their feet wet on stage, in an up on stage during the semes- open and friendly environment,” ter’s second open mic night, Armand said. “Everyone’s crehosted by the Marian Sims ativity is respected here.” Baughn Center and sponsored The event is free for anyone by the Young Poet Society, on who would like to attend or parFriday, Oct. 11. ticipate. Contributors just need The event was a creative side MC’d by Sergei “I’ve never seen so and a willingSmirnoff, a mem- few people here. ness to perform. ber of the poetry Felipe Mora We generally have group. Vera, 23, a muThe event did anywhere from 15-50 sic major and not get the desired member of the people.” attendance, with poetry group, many students -Lisa Armand said, “It’s a place showing up about Assistant event coordinator to socialize and for the MSB center gather, hang out, 15 minutes after the start time. Lisa relax and share Armand, assistant event coordi- things you can’t share in other nator for the literary center, said, places.” “I’ve never seen so few people Open mic night is usually the here. We generally have any- second Friday of every month, where from 15-50 people.” resulting in three events per Despite the less-than-usual semester. Participants and auturnout, the event still show- dience members can also bring cased a wide variety of topics. in food to create a potluck party Performers waxed poetic on atmosphere. The next event is subjects from girlfriends to in- scheduled for Nov. 8. gesting pesticides. Music ranged Armand said, “I’ve been to from gospel on a boombox to many local open mics in Long acoustic Nirvana renditions. Beach and I can honestly say Casual curse words were ours is by far the most relaxed abundant, yet every perfor- and inspiring atmosphere. And mance went uninterrupted. Ap- I’m not being biased. Well, maypreciation was shown through be a little.”
Viking Fit Club primed to improve student health By Max Ward Co-Sports Editor The Viking Fit Club is a program designed to address the nationwide laziness epidemic. The office of Student Life designed a point-awarded program to keep LBCC students physically active in their daily routines. Students may choose any of the offered physical activities and they are awarded points based on the miles accumulated while participating in the fitness activity. Jogging 1 mile results in one point, 2 miles on the elliptical machine results in one point, 2 miles of fitness walking results in one point, skating 3 miles results in one point, cycling 5 miles re-
sults in one point, and swimming 1 mile will result in five points. Mileage will be updated bi-weekly and posted in the recreation office, fitness and wellness center, and on the information board in the fishbowl. Any participant to accumulate more than 100 points will receive a Viking Fit Club T-shirt. The Fit Club runs on the honor system. Club advisers strongly encourage all members practice integrity while participating in fitness activities. Students interested in signing up may visit the office of student life at LAC Building E-102 (562) 938-4552 or PCC Building EE157 (562) 938-3985.
What can LBCC do to increase attendance at sporting events? Compiled by Caleb Ellis and Eliza de la Flor on Monday, Oct. 14, at the LAC.
Crystal Cabral, 20, biology major
“Promote it. I never see school games at all.”
Darnell Kindle, 21, undeclared major
Richard Fernandez, 19, graphic design major
“More fliers and banners would be good.”
Joselyn Solis, 18, veterinarian technician major
“Maybe a pep rally or seeing the schedule on the marquee.”
Laquisha Bryant, 24, administra-
Israel Saldana, 19,
tion of justice major
“Text the students the games and times. Maybe if they put up fliers, or on the marquee.”
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October 17, 2013
Shutdown hurts students
The U.S. government shutdown must end immediately. A long term shutdown yields a long lasting impact on Community College students. The partial U.S. government shutdown was designed to not affect schools in the event of a short-term shutdown. However, if the shutdown persists students will be greatly impacted. This is the 18th government shutdown since 1976, but only the third to surpass two weeks of deliberation. Another two weeks of government shutdown will contribute to the ever-growing cluster of unseen paperwork. The biggest scholastic impact of the shutdown has gone directly toward the Department of Education where 90 percent of its work force, or 4,225 employees, have
been immediately furloughed. For the time being, financial aid should go largely unaffected. Until the debt crisis is cleared up, students will see a limited impact on the FAFSA administration and the loan repayment abilities, but direct loans, Pell Grants and other financial aid dollars will continue to be distributed. If the shutdown continues, LBCC students can expect Financial Aid to be temporarily terminated until the debt crisis is resolved. This means people receiving funds from FAFSA won’t have access to money needed for school supplies, tuition and transportation. To make things worse, the government has shut down four of its major research websites. If you have plans to do a research paper any time soon, then you’ll
need to find some extra resources. The websites for the U.S. Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Education Resources Information Center, the National Archives and more have not been updated since the shutdown and for the time being, can’t be referred to as reliable. Students planning to study abroad next semester should start applying for their passport now. People applying for a passport will not be granted “last-minute” passports and can even expect major delays in the process. We strongly hope that Congress and the President will come to an agreement and pass the bill to fund government, or else we can expect to see a gradual outflow of federal programs.
Recent events around the country like the Taft High School mass shooting in Los Angeles and the Santa Monica College shooting raise awareness about campus safety. While finding true protection in such an open society a challenge, students and employees can take steps to help protect them in the event of an emergency. College brings people from many different backgrounds together. Some are returning to school to finish their education, others are arriving for the first time. It is difficult to evaluate mental health problems when you
don’t know an individual or their background. For our own safety, we must expect future acts of violence and be prepared for them. One possible crime deterrent is police presence on campus. Law enforcement is readily available throughout the day and night at LBCC. Many teachers are familiar with the perils faced by new and returning students on a daily basis. Students may visit teachers to discuss possible problems with fellow students or others on campus who have shown warning signs of instability. Other ways to protect yourself
include taking self-defense courses, like those offered on campus at the beginning of every semester. LBCC has implemented a new program to contact students by text alerts. Mass emails were sent encouraging everyone to sign up for the service through their Oracle account by giving a main phone number to text in case of emergency. In an open society, we are responsible for our own safety and in the event of something tragic happening, many qualified crisis counselors provide students with help and advice.
Be safe and sign up for emergency text alerts
We can end the government shutdown
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By Robert Fullingim Staff Writer We need to regain control of our government and we can start by taking control of the elections. Our leaders are holding us hostage with partisan politics and we have to force a choice because they obviously will not. Our elected officials voluntarily shut down our government because of a disagreement on the appropriation of funds Tuesday, Oct. 1. This was an issue that was already decided three years ago with the passing of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame the Tea Partiers, but the truth is all are to blame, and now millions of federal employees and tens of millions of people in the private sector who rely on federal funding have seen their income literally halted overnight, yet our elected officials will still be getting paid for not doing their jobs. Members of Congress are chosen to help run the government, not whine about issues already voted on while the
system grinds to a halt. Congress did nothing. They did not pass any laws to ensure the continued recovery of our struggling economy, they did not pass any laws that would provide for people whom they knew would suffer from their indecision and now house Republicans are trying to leverage an approval to raise the debt ceiling in return for removing funding from “Obamacare” because they failed to get it with the shutdown. We the people are being used as pawns by our elected officials and both parties are to blame. This is not the first time the federal government has been shut down; this is a never-ending game of congressional attrition in which the current majority party attempts to impose their ideologies onto us and shifting responsibility is the only stance clearly stated while they lie to us to make us believe that anything they have
to say is actually sincere. America is changing. This is a new culturally, socially and globally conscious U.S. that, through technology, is more connected to the world than ever before, but Congress is choosing to fight the progress. We the people need to bring about the change and our strength is in the midterm elections in 2014. Everyone pays attention to the presidential elections every four years, but the lobbyists are just as bury during the elections for state, house and Senate campaigns. We could start our own movement for change by never voting for an incumbent. True, the decision is not a perfect plan, but it’s a start and it will handicap the influence of lobbyists. The only way our representatives will listen to us is if they know we are listening and voting is the best way to show them we care.
October 17, 2013
New bill, a step forward or a big mistake?
Students will suffer with higher Winter fees AB955 will help students transfer sooner Caleb Ellis Images Editor Arguing if students should be held responsible for misled government spending and a tax system driven on loop holes is not a debate, it is a debacle. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB955 into law on Thursday, Oct. 10. The bill will allow six colleges, including LBCC, to offer Winter and Summer intersession classes at around $200 a unit as opposed to $46 a unit that in-state students currently pay. The concern from legislators according to the higher education committee, experts estimate that California will need 3.5 million additional degrees in the next decade to meet the needs to sustain its economy. With $809 million in cuts from the California Community College budget in the last three years, students are being delayed from graduating, due to the drop in number of classes offered. I agree with the concerns. Finding the classes required to graduate or transfer is difficult for most students, even with priority registration. I do not agree that privatizing a public institution like a school is
the answer. According to the California Assembly, the new program shall be self-supporting and shall not be reported for state apportionment funding. Students will either pay the estimated $200 per unit or will be left behind. While some will claim that low-income students will still have financial aid to rely on, the new bill advocates that supplemental financial assistance be covered by funds from campus foundations or other non-state funds. If you were a student at LBCC last Spring, I’m sure you will remember the cuts to our trades programs and teachers losing their jobs due to a lack in funds to begin with. So how could the school realistically cover the cost of financial aid during the intersessions? The problem is legislators are dealing with the symptoms of budget cuts and not the core cause. California’s corporate tax is 8.84 percent. In the same three years that the education budget has been slashed by $809 million, companies like Wells Fargo Bank with $49.7 billion in profit, paid 0.7 percent in state taxes. If the loopholes that allow Wells Fargo to forgo taxes were eliminated, that would bring in an additional $4 billion in tax revenue. Facebook received a tax refund of $429 million after a profit of $1.1 billion for the year 2012, a refund that was money straight out of the taxpayer’s pockets and into the offshore bank accounts of large corporations. We don’t have a money problem in California, we have a spending problem. Do we spend the money educating the workforce, or line the pockets of the owners? We have to repeal AB 955 if we are ever to put the needs of the people of California, including its students, before the desires of a faceless corporation. To agree with AB 955 is to agree that the student and worker are nothing more than kindling for an economic fire only keeping Braxton Moore/ Viking the elite warm.
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Tonia Ciancanelli Editor in Chief The over-analyzed discussion about Assembly Bill 955, which was recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, has led students to misinformed perceptions about the potential impact of the bill and even greater distrust in their current government. We have to stop punishing students for being privileged. The current priority registration system already implies if you aren’t low-income or disadvantaged in some way and are actually capable of funding your own education, you can sit at the bottom of course waiting lists. We should admire students who work hard and are willing to make sacrifices for their education, not suppress them. The bill, which was initiated by LBCC President Eloy Oakley and California assembly member Das Williams, is introduced as part of a five-year pilot program at six Community Colleges statewide, with LBCC being the first to implement the new system. Oakley may have participated in writing the bill, but he does not control the lack of state funding for education. He is simply trying to find a solution to which everyone has criticism, but no alternatives. The need for additional courses is there, sufficient state funding is not. Oakley presented an option only in response to the larger problem, which CSU and U.C.s have addressed years ago with intersession extension programs. People in opposition of the bill say they fear it will
We single people are not sinners Willie Garcia Staff Writer Every day it feels like advertisements and shows are pushing relationships and why I should be in one. Whether it is VH1’s “Tough Love” show or Match.com’s constant ads, they all tell me why I should be in love. I get home and my mom tells me I should have kids by now. I go to my friend’s house, who is a parent. His mom asks me when it will be my turn. People start to avoid you when you’re single. My friend’s girlfriends don’t want me around because I’ll be a third or fifth wheel. Then, people have children, and start hanging out exclusively with other parents. So now I have to get a girl-
friend to come around? If none of your friends are single, what do you think you are likely to do? From what I have seen, most people feel the peer pressure and force themselves into a relationship. On top of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, everyone has a niche site to find people. There are dating sites for the married (Ashley Madison), the religious (Christian Mingle), even prisoners (meetan-inmate.com). I see all these site ads and can’t help but ponder, why don’t I want a relationship? Shows like Tough Love are about how-to-get-your-dreamguy/girl. These shows teach and mold participants into being
“suitable partner” material. Some of the advice sounds completely crazy. Spoiler alert: in five seasons, not one couple has lasted beyond a few months. When I was 13, the only dating shows I knew were “Blind Date” and “Love Connection”, but that show rarely made me want to date. The shows usually had total opposites meeting for the first time. Now people are pre-screened, screened again and then they have to compete to be on dating shows. All this supposedly for a shot at love. All these shows remind me how crazy people are in real life. People are learning how to date millionaires, instead of trying to better themselves, taking up hobbies or having a job. It’s not a sin to focus on yourself. It’s not a sin to be alone and happy. Don’t be afraid, it’s not a sin, I swear.
set a precedent for additional classes representing for-profit schools, yet even with the increased unit fees, California public education is still some of the least expensive in the nation. Student protesters have emphasized what they think is an inevitable result of the bill: a two-tiered educational system drawing a gaping hole between low-income students who depend on financial aid and those who can afford the potential $209 per unit fees. What students fail to recognize is even before the bill, the Community College system reflected a two-tier system. Some students pay $46 per unit while others receive free education through the Board of Governors fee waiver. Another misconception is that all Winter and Summer intersessions will be offered at the increased fee; however, the bill requires the school to offer classes at $46 per unit using state funding and only when that funding runs out may they open additional classes to accommodate students on waitlists. The waiver will still be available to eligible students for the initial courses offered through state funding. The college’s scholarship Foundation is required, as stated in the bill, to offer low-income students grants and scholarships to assist in funding courses not covered by the fee waiver. To put things in perspective, more than 9,000 students were on waitlists at the end of this Summer’s intersession. With AB 955, those students could have had the opportunity to enroll in high-impacted courses.
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October 17, 2013
ROCKING THE AIRWAVES
Leonard Kelley/Viking Hyena Motorcade vocalist Rick Kaley croons on the mic while Alberto Campos pounds on the drums during LBCC’s international radio day celebration. Kaley also plays sax and keyboard. Guitarist Mark Allen, not shown, said, “Thank you for inviting us to college radio day. We really had fun and look forward to being involved next year.”
Arieel Alcaraz/Viking Guitarist Mike McKnight jams with his band, Cavemen Voicebox, on Thursday, Oct. 3 for radio day at the LAC.
Leonard Kelley/Viking Director Donald Alvarado and technical director Nathan Fineman, front, oversees the production of the LBCC international radio day show.
Bands perform live for college radio day. By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer The third annual international radio day was simulcast on both radio stations Thursday Oct. 3, 2013. KLBC and KCTY used a live video feed for the broadcasts worldwide u-streaming on the Internet. Local bands came to celebrate with 43 other countries participating to raise the profile of college radio. Local musicians included Kristi Jo, 4 Level Interchange, French Exit, Catarina Harer, The Knitts, Urban Voodoo Fortson, Dissension, Jennifer Corday and Citizens in Peril. Audio and video transmissions
Arieel Alcaraz/Viking French Exit band member Tim Stasica shows musicians have to be their own roadies at times as he carries his band’s drum set and prepares to take stage for college radio day.
over the Internet was a big event for radio, television and communication majors at LAC. Tuesday, Oct. 1 was the real annual day set for college radio day, but LBCC had a Flex Day so the school celebrated two days later from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the G Building. Lissette Martinez, 33, a radio major, said, “It was my first time experiencing radio and television joined together. I really like the interaction with the bands. I learned how to be better organize greeting and helping the bands arriving, set up, break down and departing.” Listeners may experience college radio online at kctyfm.org/listenlive. Ken Borgers, professor for the radio stations, said, “Professor Ray Burton created KLBC klbc.org in the mid-1970s. KCTY kcty.org started
15 years ago. College radio breaks new music. We are the most important secondary music source in America.” Rodney Bardin, DJ for KCTY FM, said, “Being in the radio program has helped me keep in practice on my interviewing skills and leadership skills. My show ‘At A Glance’ is a very important show and has helped many students.” Pat Graham, 64, a college radio day event director, said, “As the event director, my head was in the clouds. What an incredible day of live music it was. Our floor director was in total control making this whole event such a pleasure, planning months in advance. I was proud to see LBCC classes coming together with every one’s help.” Elizbeth Write, 20, a communi-
cation major, said, “It was an amazing experience being part of an international event celebrating music and college culture is fantastic. I learned a little collaboration goes a very long way.” Caroline Montero, 36, an administration of justice, radio and television major, said, “I never heard of it or even been to an amazing event like this.” Rob Quicke is the founder of college radio day, an event to celebrate college radio mostly in the U.S. The first event debuted Oct. 1, 2011. In 2012, college radio stations worldwide in 29 countries totaled 585. In 2013, 43 countries were involved and 700 stations celebrated, playing and presenting virgin music and talents of all types from around the world.