Viking pitcher Nick Wood signs letter of intent to play baseball for Oral Roberts. See Sports, Page 6
Volume 87, Issue 7
NOVEMBER 14, 2013
Too late to drop now Completion rates an important factor for Financial Aid laws.
Candidates reach for crowns Eight run for the titles of king and queen of Homecoming court for Saturday’s game.
By Madison Salter Staff Writer
By Elizabeth Cheruto Calendar Editor
The last day for students to drop a class was Tuesday, Nov. 12, before 11 p.m. This was the last chance for students to drop a class and receive a “W” on their transcripts. A “W”, or withdrawal, will not be counted against a student’s grade point average. If students do not withdraw from a class before the drop date, they will be given a letter grade. Unlike a “W”, a letter grade will affect a student’s grade point average. Jessica Quezada, 20, a computer sports specialist major, said, “I dropped out because I was failing my trigonometry class. I’ll take it next semester. Only if I need to, though.” Students are only allowed to take a class three times regardless of if they have withdrawn or received a letter grade. Monica Math, 19, a Japanese language major, said, “I have never dropped out of a class. I know people who are thinking about dropping. They’re probably failing and don’t want their GPA to go down.” Students who have withdrawn from more than fifty percent of their total cumulative units are subject to academic probation. For example, a student with a cumulative total of 80 units who has dropped 41 of them would be subject to academic probation. Academic probation is placed on a student for two consecutive semesters. If the student does not improve, they are considered for dismissal from the college. Edgardo Solido, 20, a computer engineer major, said, “I dropped a physics class last semester, mostly because it didn’t really fit into my schedule.” Solido said that physics is a class that you need to be mentally prepared for. He said he felt he was not prepared for physics. Students enrolled in an eightweek course have until Monday, Nov. 25 to withdraw. Students may contact the Admission and Records office if they have any questions.
Danielle Fudim, Elisa Castillo, Tori Ann Lerch, Amanda Calder and Rashi Doster are running for Homecoming queen while Rodrigo Perez, Raul Padilla and Jorge Reyes are running for king. Students with a college services card sticker may cast their votes online for their favorite candidate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Thursday Nov. 14. The organizers of the Homecoming rally on the PCC Lawn on Tuesday, Nov. 12 said it was successful. The LAC Homecoming rally will be between the E and D Buildings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. The football team and coaches are expected to attend as well. Calder, 21, a criminal justice major, is running for queen, representing the TNT women’s social service club. She said this is her last year at LBCC and is glad to get a chance to finally participate in Homecoming, an opportunity she never got in high school. Reyes, 20, a nursing major, is the king candidate from the men’s social service club Tong. He said his winning would motivate Tong members. Maya Cardenas, Student Life
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Danielle Fudim KCTY
Raul Padilla Jr. Aztlan
Coordinator at the PCC, said Homecoming has been an LBCC tradition and every year it has been successful. Derek Oriee, the ASB adviser, said, “Homecoming is a good opportunity for students to invite their families and friends to the school to experience an inexpensive fun time.” Teila Robertson, the LAC Student Life coordinator, said the committee has done a great job with the preparations and they are all set for the big event Saturday, Nov. 16. Fudim, 21, a communications major, said, “I am graduating next semester and so I am running for queen for the first time, but also my last chance at the college.” Fudim was elected as candidate of the KCTY radio club. Ashley Batts, 19, a biology major, said, “Tori Lerch is the best candidate to run for the queen representing our women’s social-service club. She is wellknown by many students and she is involved in different activities.” The enchanted forest tailgate event will be at 3 p.m. and the Vikings vs. Desert football game kicks off at 6 p.m. at Veterans Stadium. Organizers said they will provide free food, games and music during the events. Assistant football coach Mike Reisbig said he hopes the players will put on a good show and execute the game with limited mistakes. The Homecoming court will be crowned at halftime.
Elisa Castillo Athena
Rodrigo Perez Thor
Bakr Alduhaim/Viking APPLE OF MY BLINDFOLDED EYE: Atenas Medina, 22, bobs for apples at the PCC Homecoming rally on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The LAC rally will be Thursday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the D and E Buildings.
Jorge Reyes Tong
Rashi Doster Independent
Tori Ann Lerch Isis
Vikings seek aid for typhoon-ravaged Philippines Robert Fullingim Staff Writer and Leslie Agis Contributing Writer In a county with a Filipino population of nearly half a million, LBCC students are directly affected by the strongest typhoon in recorded history that killed thousands of people after striking the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8. In an effort to help the victims,
Dream, the City of Angels Inter- at 10 a.m., followed by the service national Christian Church club at at 11 a.m. LBCC, L B C C w i l l “When disasters like these occur, s ophomore sponsor we have to put aside our differLizette Abara dyca said, “It n a m i c ences to help each other out.” has nothing worship -Lizette Abarca to do with reservice Sophomore ligion. When on Sundisasters like day, Nov. 17, at the Best Western these occur, we have to put aside Golden Sails conference center in our differences to help each other Long Beach. Breakfast will begin out.”
The international community is scrambling to send aid, but the problem of an underdeveloped infrastructure added to the sheer volume of destruction from the recent earthquake and typhoon are severely slowing relief efforts. Many Filipino communities are starting their own grassroots charity events to send aid of their own to their home country.
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Cabinet studies events Winter schedule online Nov. 18.
By Brittany Lieberman Co-News Editor Monday’s Nov. 4 Associated Student Body Cabinet meeting addressed official Winter intersession registration dates and prices, the Homecoming football game and the LBCC Mini Grand Prix details. Rep. of the Arts and Homecoming Committee Chair Jalisa Garcia said all candidates for the Homecoming football game Saturday, Nov. 16 have been submitted. Homecoming queen candidates include Danielle Fudim of KCTY, Elisa Castillo of Athena, Tori Ann Lerch of ISIS, Amanda
Calder of TNT and Rashi Doster. Homecoming King candidates include Rodrigo Perez of Thor, Raul Padilla of Aztlan and Jorge Reyes of Tong. Currently enrolled students who have paid for the college services card may vote online until 10 p.m. Nov. 14. Also, electronic voting booths will be at the LAC Thursday, Nov. 14 from 5-6 p.m. ASB adviser Maya Cardenas said the annual Mini Grand Prix “doesn’t yet have any students or clubs who want to take lead of the event,” but she welcomes volunteers. She also said the search for a Spring Sing location is underway. Students and clubs may contact Cardenas email@example.com. ASB President Marco Mendoza spoke on key points of a letter from LBCC President Eloy Oakley to the Cabinet. “The Win-
ter intersession schedule will be released Monday, Nov. 18. It will cost residents $225, non-residents $265 and government waiver students $90 per unit,” Mendoza said. Student Trustee Andrea Donado mentioned the possibility of free online textbooks, saying, “The vice president of academic affairs seems interested. I went to two of the Board members with this idea and have a meeting set with Board member Roberto Uranga in the future to discuss this.” Rep. of LAC Cultural Affairs Lauren Christine Ho said 70-80 volunteers are needed for a Thanksgiving food and supplies drive at the United Church on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Anyone interested may email egalitaria. firstname.lastname@example.org.
assured me that I picked the right school. I was debating between LBCC and Santa Ana College.” Santa Ana College did not place in the top 100 schools offering fire science. Sandoval said being a fire-science major is honorable and potentially the best career in the world. Fire-science teacher Mark Lepore said, “As an instructor it is really enjoyable to see a light bulb click on. “A large group of our fire-science students are really quality people and I believe they will succeed in their career endeavors. “The students can really relate to the subject matter because this is their career path. They’re like sponges and really want to learn.”
The goal of the program is to apply prevention and protection techniques to address real-life situations in the field. Uziel Torres, 19, a fire-science major, said, “It’s a unique major, I love it.” Torres is in his second and last year at LBCC. He said he plans to apply to a local fire academy soon. Assistant Chief John Clare, a fire-science teacher, said, “We all do our best to bring the subject matter to life utilizing our education and experience for students. “Our department chair has done an excellent job of ensuring alignment of the program. I see the LBCC fire-science program growing stronger in the next few years.”
Fire-science program on fire By Madison Salter Staff Writer
Fire Science Online, a nonprofit organization that provides fire science and career information, ranked the LBCC fire science program 25 of the 900 college and universities in the nation to offer the fire-science program. Ranking was determined by tuition being under $10,000, an annual salary greater than $50,000 and no less than 35 students participating in the program. The schools must be U.S.-accredited and pass a full review of their fire-science and forestry program. Oscar Sandoval, 20, a fire-science major, said, “The ranking
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Honoring alumni who serve the community
Auditor, surfer, major general, doctor enter Hall of Fame. By Katie Cortez Staff Writer
Laura Doud Long Beach auditor
ASB members, employees and honored guests celebrated the induction of four alumni into the LBCC Hall of Fame during a ceremonial luncheon Friday, Nov. 1, in T 1200 at the LAC. Each inductee was introduced by President Eloy Oakley after a short video about their achievements in the community. Steve Pezman “We didn’t realize that so Founded the Surfer’s many people who attended LBCC Journal had such a contributing impact on our community,” said Lauren Christine Ho, 25, LAC Cultural Affairs chair. Hall of Fame inductee Laura Doud, Long Beach City auditor, is an active member of her church and has helped renovate the city auditor’s fraud hotline, enabling anonymous callers to report fraud and uncovering Peter Gravett millions of dollars in fraud and Secretary of the California misuse of city funds. Her office Department of Veteran also conducted the parking citaAffairs tion collection process audit, finding roughly $18 million in unpaid parking tickets. Doud’s election into the auditor’s office has given Long Beach the advantage of having its own local auditor. After graduating from LBCC, retired Maj. Gen. Peter Gravett earned more than 20 decorations Connie and awards in more than 40 years Mitchell of service in the U.S. Army and Director of a California National Guard. forensic medicine He was the first Afritraining program can-American National Guard division commander in its 225-year of Health Equity. Southern California surfing history. While serving in the milipioneer Steve Pezman completed tary, Gravett spent 22 years workhis studies at LBCC after moving ing for the Los Angeles Police Deback to the mainland from Oahu, partment, earning the Medal of Hawaii. Valor. Currently, he is the secreHe took a break from surftary of the California Department ing to help soldiers in Vietnam of Veteran Affairs. as a civilian Merchant Marine Long Beach native Dr. Conand when he returned he started nie Mitchell helped establish an the first private-label surfboard emergency medical services sysmanufacturing tem in Coscompany. ta Rica as a “We didn’t realize that so He then consu lt ant many people who attended became a jourfor the U.S. LBCC had such a contribut- nalist, writAgency for ing articles Internation- ing impact on our for Peterson’s al Develop- community.” International ment. -Lauren Christine Ho Surfing magaWhile LAC Cultural Affairs chair zine, eventually working at moving up to the position of asthe Davis School of Medicine, sistant editor. Mitchell studied the signs of doFor 20 years, Pezman was the mestic violence and more effeceditor and publisher of Surfer tive methods of intervention. As magazine, but in 1992 he and his the director of a statewide forenwife, Debbee Pezman, founded sic medicine training program, the Surfer’s Journal. she wrote multiple publications With more than 50 years about domestic violence as a of surfing experience, he has health issue. brought his first-hand knowledge After earning a master’s deof the sport’s history to the pubgree in public health from UCLA, lication. Mitchell became the California Pezman also helped found Department of Public Health’s the Surfrider Foundation, the Branch Chief for Policy DevelopU.S. Surfing Federation and the ment in maternal, child, and adoSurfing Heritage Foundation and lescent health. has a star on the Surfing Walk of She became the current chief Fame in Huntington Beach. of health policy at the State Office
November 14, 2013
Center offers services for common ailments
Everything from pregnancy tests to vision screening available.
Students seeking medical attention must schedule appointments two weeks in advance. If students experience a medical emergency, walk-in appointments are welcomed. Donald Harris, 18, an undeclared major, said, “I have no idea By Madison Salter where the nurse’s office is. I would Staff Writer only need to find it if I’m sick.” Students may visit the health Sore throats, runny noses, and center in A 1010 at the LAC or earaches were among the ailments TO Trailer at the PCC. students were looking to treat in Both centers are open Monthe Health Center Tuesday, Nov. day-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m and 12. Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. All appointThe student health center ments are free for students. Howoffers services such as tubercuever, if students are prescribed losis tests, pregnancy tests, first aid treatment, vision screening, any medications or need a vaccination they must emergency “It would be cool to have a pay a fee. contracepTina Castives and text alert of medical services sar, an advanced c h o l e s t e ro l offered. Also, social media, practice regtests. istered nurse, K a r e n beyond Facebook.” said, “We meet Sok, 31, a -Karen Sok the needs of stuchild develchild development major dents, and do the opment mabest we can to help. ” jor, said, “I’ve been thinking about The nurse said that some getting my tuberculosis shot rehealth classes offer additional cently.” credit for students who get their Sok was a student volunteer in glucose levels checked. the center in 2008. She said volunCassar said, “It seems like teering was “a great time and we we’re seeing more students.” saw a lot of students daily.” Appointments can be made Sok also said, “It would be by calling (562) 938-4210 for the cool to have a text alert of medical LAC or (562) 938-3992 for the services offered. Also, social mePCC. dia, beyond Facebook.”
Bakr Alduhaim/Viking UPGRADE: Students enjoy the reopening of the Library’s walkway on the LAC on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The reopening ends the inconvenience of walking around Faculty Avenue to reach the Library.
Library walkway reopens By Sergio Ceballos and Sean Rundell Contributing Writers
After being closed to students and employees for months, pedestrian access to the Library reopened Tuesday, Nov. 12, between the LAC’s M and L Buildings. The heavy foot traffic path was closed over the Summer and most of the Fall semester due to major construction in the Quad and surrounding areas. Paths are now connected from buildings P, N and M, shortening walks around campus and to the Library.
Jonathan Ortiz, 27, an art major, needs access to the Library for his course materials. He said, “I don’t have books for class because they are too expensive. I’m glad access is easier now, it was a hassle.” Students and employees had to detour their walking route onto the narrow sidewalk on Faculty Avenue, often walking in the street with two-way car traffic. Construction worker Rob Ortega said, “We finished the walkway this weekend, so a majority of the construction will now be moved to the Quad.”
LBCC employees are equally happy as students with the long-awaited reopening. Lead Library Technician Randy Harveston said, “I walked all the way around like everybody else. I walked around today not knowing it was finally open.” Students and employees will have improved access to the Library as the semester comes to a close and students prepare for final exams. According to LBCC’s Management Program Services, the walkway is part of a renovation plan projected to finish in 2020.
PCC asks to ‘name that monster’ Board discusess salaries and hiring methods By Tonia Ciancanelli Editor in Chief
Madison Salter/Viking HORROR: Fabian Montenegro-Escobar, 32, an international business major, contemplates where each monster is from during the “Name that Monster Contest” at the PCC Library on Friday, Nov. 8.
By Katie Cortez Staff Writer The “name that monster” contest was sponsored between Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 in the PCC Library, building LL, in honor of its new display case. PCC librarians worked together to create a display entitled “Monsters: From Books to Movies” within the case, showing off the library’s newest books. The contest consisted of a poster board exhibiting various stills of seven different movie monsters. The librarians funded the $50 prize to contest winner Winston De Laurier, 23, a political science major. “Most of those books I’ve
read more than once and they are some of my favorites,” De Laurier said. “I was a little surprised that I won because there was one I actually didn’t know.” The entry form asked each student to identify the monster’s name, the literary source that inspired the film version of the monster and the name of the author who wrote the work of literature. Adjunct Librarian Judith Toebe said, “The monsters all have a literary connection. The library’s mission is to support the curriculum of the college with literature, reading and research.” The correct answers to the contest, all from well-known
works of literature, are: 1. Cyclops from “Odyssey” by Homer 2. The Minotaur from “The Myth of Theseus” (or Greek mythology) by anonymous 3. The Jabberwock from the poem “Jabberwocky,” which appeared in “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll 4. The Hound from “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 5. The Kraken from “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne 6. Balrog from the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkein 7. Mr. Hyde from “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson.
40 percent of applicants have been hired part time. Through the Latino Student Two trustees voiced concerns Success grant, coinciding with the at the Tuesday, Nov. 12 meet- diversity effort, Vice President of ing when the annual staff equi- Student Support Services Greg ty report revealed no significant Peterson said LBCC is offering progress in LBCC’s effort to hire $100,000 in “mini grants” to a employees who proportionally re- variety of Long Beach non-profflect the growing diversity of the it organizations to reinforce the student body. Promise Pathways efforts. Before leaving early, Trustee Meanwhile, president of the Roberto Uranga said he has the full-time teachers union Lynn same issues with the report every Shaw said full-time teachers have year. “I challenge everyone to do not received a raise since earning better because these numbers ar- a 1 percent raise in 2008. Aden’t impressing me.” ditionally, she presented mediCo-chairs of the staff equity an salaries from the other nine committee Lee Douglas, a teach- Community Colleges in the area er, and Vice President of Human to support LBCC’s low pay grade. Resources Rose DelGaudio ex- Ranking last, the average LBCC pressed positivity in their report, teacher with a doctorate degree yet Board President Jeff Kellogg earns $26,622 less annually than agreed with Uranga, saying, “We the highest paying college in the need to get the results to reflect group, she said. Entry-level teachour commuwith a “We need to get the results to ers nity. The remaster’s desults are un- reflect our community. The re- gree earn acceptable.” sults are unacceptable.” $13,264 less While 50 than the av-Jeff Kellogg erage salary percent of the Board President student popuas the top lation is Hispanic, only 57 of 220 college. The Board approved the of last year’s newly-hired employ- revised academic calendar to inees were Hispanic. Meanwhile, 17 clude consecutive Board-declared percent of LBCC students iden- holidays Dec. 23-27. tify as Caucasian and 118 of the Student Trustee Andrea Donew hires are Caucasian. nado said the ASB and the PCC To increase the diversity pool Student Council are discussing among applicants, the faculty in- plans to pass a resolution to take ternship program pairs part-time advantage of low-cost textbooks. teachers with full-time teachers as The next meeting is Tuesday, mentors. Through the program, Dec.10 at 5 p.m. in T1100.
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Hawaiian dance sways onto the LAC Students enjoy a piece of island culture.
“It’s a great way of having fun, making new friends, and having new opportunities. Expanding my horizons. The experience has inspired me to take dance classes By Ana Maria Ramirez next semester.” Staff Writer Sheree King, theatre, dance and film teacher, said, “I applied Students were in for a treat as for a grant and was funded by the they had the opportunity to learn ASB to enhance what we do here. how to sway their hips from left to I wanted to augment normal curright dancing to Hawaiian music. riculum so they can get broader Lisa Jay, with a master‘s degree in dance. “ in dance and head of dance at LaFrom chanting to moving guna Beach High School, taught hips, movement techniques and the master class in Hawaiian Hawaiian dance history, students dance Wedneshad a workday, Nov. 6 at shop where the LAC in “I feel this workshop brought they learned Q113 dance everyone together from the basic foot studio. different backgrounds and and palm F r a n k movements, Nuno, 28, a experience.” along with theatre arts -Jewls Lagman the instrumajor, said, “If Environmental engineering major ments used LBCC would to make the offer more master dance classes, I music. would readily attend them. It’s alJessica Prado, 20, a foreign ways good to have special oppor- language major, said, “I currently tunities for the students. take Pilates, salsa and ballet class“Master classes are special es. I’m excited to do the workshop treats that the students could rel- tonight. I also get extra credit.” ish and enjoy. So much money Lisa Jay said, “I chose a song is being cut and tuition is rising that both women and men can so much over the years, so it is dance to as this is a one-time good to see students spoiled for a workshop. The song is ‘Cazimero’ change. performed by the Brothers. I have
Ana Maria Ramirez/Viking HULA DANCING: Jewls Lagman, 19, an environmental engineering major, participates in a Hawaiian master’s dancing class held at Q113 at the LAC dance studio on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
over 20 years in Hawaiian dance and I just got my last certificate in yoga. I’m continuously trying to diversify.” Jewls Lagman, 19, an environmental engineering major, said,
Poetry flows at open mic night Students rhyme and have a good time, breaking the mold like the poets of old for the eager crowd cheering so loud. By Becca Urrutia Calendar Editor Students filled the Marian Sims Baughn Center for Literary Arts at the LAC on Friday, Nov. 8, to participate in the last open mic night for the Fall semester. Students stood over the podium and read poetry, sang or rapped. The audience was filled with parents and students. The rhythm, sound, music and voices of poets
lit up the room. agony and her voice escalated at Their poems reflected life, the proper stanzas. The room was love, tragedy and comedy to silent as students looked at each warm up the eager crowd. Sergei other they understood her pain Smirnoff, a member of the Young and just like an opera singer raises Poet Society, asked the audience her voice to be heard, the student not to clap, but instead to snap grabbed everyone’s attention and their fingers to show appreciation. no one uttered a word. Eliz Waite, 20, a communicaNathan Douglas, 44, a comtions major said, “I love poetry. munications major said, “That’s I came to powerful.” show my “I love poetry. I came to show During support and intermispromote the my support and promote the sion stustudents on students on my radio station.” dents gathmy radio ered by the -Eliz Waite r e f r e s h station.” Communications major One stuments to dent did rap. The crowd moved get acquainted. Sam Perez, 38, a with the beat and their seats wob- journalism major, said, “This is bled in tune as excited students the best place to meet fellow classraved at his selection. mates and enjoy the venue.” A student poet read a poem of
Orchestra presents holiday show Student musicians ready for end of the semester performance. By Thomas Beltran Contributing Writer The LBCC symphony orchestra began practicing Tuesday Nov. 12 for its holiday production scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15 in the LAC’s auditorium. With the holiday season approaching, the orchestra is getting their performance, “Holiday Delight,” tightly knitted like a favorite Christmas sweater. The show will be directed by orchestra advisor Marshall Fulbright. This year’s audience can ex-
pect holiday classics as well as This is Wohldmann’s first seHanukkah melodies and even mester as principal bassist. “We modern pieces from famous com- all work very hard and are doing posers such as David Diamond. our best to make this holiday The pershow enterf o r m a n c e “We have some very devot- taining for has been set our audience. for 2:00 pm ed players. We want to show We have some in the LBCC our school and people who very devoted Auditorium, We attend that classical music is players. but audience want to show members are still alive.” our school advised to arand people -Sera Wohldmann rive earlier. attend Principal bassist who Though that classical the symphony orchestra has music is still alive.” much talent in its ensemble prinThe performance costs $5 for cipal bassist Sera Wohldmann has all LBCC students with a school an opinion on the publicity given ID and $10 for general admitto the orchestra and its players. tance. “We have so much talent in our To complement the ticket group, from the wind section to purchase, free parking is available my section of bassists.” in lots D, E and F.
“I previously danced to Hawaiian before. I feel this workshop brought everyone together from different backgrounds and experience. I really liked this workshop a lot.”
Maria Gomez, 19, a music major, said,” I’m excited to learn Hawaiian dance. I currently take jazz and just found out today about this class. It would be helpful to find out in advance.”
Cesar Hernandez/Viking FACE PAINTED: Raul Padilla, 22, a nursing major, volunteers to have his face painted as a skull at the Dia de Los Muertos event next to the E Building on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Dia de Los Muertos lives
By Cesar Hernandez Staff Writer
Laughter, dancing, colorful decoration and exotic costumes filled the outside of the E Building at the LAC for the Dia de Los Muertos event on Thursday, Oct. 31. LBCC groups participated and reserved a spot to put up decorations for the event remembering the dead. Jose Vargas, 19, an undeclared major, said, “This is one my favorite events, you get free candy and sweet bread.” Students mentioned the importance of Dia de Los Muertos. As Mariah Chavez, 19, a culinary arts major, said, “Dia de Los Muertos is not an ordinary holiday. It’s fun because you are celebrating the dead, bringing life to them through the memories.” Michael Alvarenga, 18, a fire tech major, said, “I remember this event as a child, my family and I would go to the cemetery and stay there all day. We would bring
flowers, candles and food to my great-grandpa’s tomb.” The event also had a contest for the best decoration layout known as the “Altav”. Each participant had their own booth that had decorations representing what Dia de Los Muertos meant to them. As Lauren Christine Ho, 25, an English major, said, “Everybody did a fantastic job. It’s not about who gets first place, it’s about having fun and letting people know what Dia de Los Muertos is about.” The Spanish Club came in first place. Alejandra Reyna, 28, a business administration major, said, “We wanted our Altav to bring awareness of our culture to LBCC, also the awareness to the femicides going on in Juarez, Mexico.” Students volunteered to get their faces painted. Diego Navarro, 19, a psychology major, said. “It’s fun. The free candy, face painting looking like the joker for a day and getting away with it.”
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Dual personalities are traced in ‘Jekyll’ By Rudy Perez and Braxton Moore Staff Writers
LBCC’s main stage production of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is scheduled for four more performances, Thursday through Saturday Nov. 14-16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. “Strange Case,” directed by Gregory Mortensen, had a successful opening night Thursday, Nov. 7, nearly selling out the LAC’s Studio Theater. The audience turnout was an encouraging sign for the cast and crew, who spent the last month working hard to get things in order in a short amount of time. Vercylanne Bustos, 21, a theatre major playing the role of Jeanne Poole, said, “It was quite challenging, but we really learned a lot from each other and from Greg.” Jack Myles, 22, a theatre major and director of the Fall semester play, “A Delightful Quarantine,” said he enjoys the busy nature of
theater-hood. “The thing about theater students is we like to be busy. “We have about three cast members right now doing double the work and they love it,” Myles said. Myles said the cast is smaller than typical plays, “but it’s about as epic as it can be.” Although “Strange Case” is a well-known story, the cast said audience members could be surprised with its plot. Stephanie Chavez, who plays the role of Rachel Lanyon in “Strange Case,” said, “It seems the audience goes in thinking it’s something else, then have their mind blown after seeing it.” The last week of “Strange Case” will take place in the LAC Studio Theater in Building H. General admission is $15, but $10 for students, employees and senior citizens. Free parking is offered in Lots D, E and F. Tickets may be purchased online at web.ovationtix.com/trs/ cal/34257 or by phone at 1 (866) 811-4111.
Jacob Rosborough/Viking ALTERING HIS EGO: Adam Cowlin, a theatre arts major, reveals his alter ego Mr. Hyde to Jeanne Poole, his long-time assistant, played by Vercynne Bustos, 21 a theatre arts major, during a full dress rehearsal in H103 on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the LAC.
Reaching out to homeless for Thanksgiving Former student organizes volunteer dinner. By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer Former LBCC student Tanuomaaleu Ah You will be returning to LBCC to complete his degree in the Spring and with the sincerity he has demonstrated to his church, members gave him the honor to put together this year’s Thanksgiving Day church dinner with more than 1,000 homeless people expected to attend. Through his relationship with Student Life coordinator Teila Robertson, he was able to reconnect with LBCC and ask for their assistance.
There was a time when Ah as he could. You entrapped himself with Lauren Christine Ho, Culturmeth and fell deep into depres- al Affairs chair at the LAC, said, sion as he secluded himself from “At one event, Tanuomaaleu Ah the world he knew. Ashamed, You collaborated with the Student he finally hit rock-bottom and Life Viking volunteer program checked into rehabilitation. getting students to volunteer at Fighting all the way to ab- the Long Beach Marathon on stinence, he was loved by the Oct. 11-13, closely working with Second Samoan Congregational the TNT, Thor and Aztlan LBCC Church clubs.” and start- “Assisting in serving 500-1,000 Robed finding people the day before Thanksgivertson securisaid, “I ty in the ing and doing a coat drive at both am excitfriendship campuses.” ed about of men this great -Teila Robertson T h a n k s and womStudent Life coordinator en who giving did not ridicule him. Day outreach for students and They lifted him up and ac- student clubs that have pledged cepted him as broken as he was. to be at the homeless dinner He served the church daily and volunteering for Thanksgivhelped out with as many philan- ing dinner, assisting in serving thropic events in the community 500-1,000 people the day before
Thanksgiving, and doing a coat drive at both campuses.” The dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot at 655 Cedar Ave. in Long Beach. Many sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available to LBCC students and employees. The holiday event is supported by donors and sponsoring organizations who make financial and in-kind donations of food donations, beverages, paper products and utensils, personal hygiene products, warm coats and sweaters and undergarments. Also, 1,000 backpacks were donated anonymously to the church. LBCC students will pack the backpacks with sweaters, hygiene supplies and gifts. Assis-
tance booths will be set up in the church parking lot. The coat drive will be sponsored from now until the end of the year. With student help and support from the friends at One Warm Coat, warm coats, sweaters, beanies, gloves and backpacks of toiletries will be given to the homeless and less fortunate. They can be donated at any time. More information is available by visiting the Warm Coat Team at onewarmcoat.org. To organize a collection drive or for volunteer opportunities, people may contact Ah You at (562) 628-9282 or (562) 3311019 or email tanu@tafesilfai. org. The Mission Catolica Del Nazareno Divino Second Samoan Congregational Church website is secondsamoan.org.
Syncing into a new era of dance By Gabrielle Gentile CityStyle Editor
Michelle Shear, a theatre dance and film teacher, met Monday, Nov. 11 with a few dancers to rehearse for the Fall dance ensemble. Each performer started off in a different pose. For example one woman was in a bridge pose and one man was sitting on a bench. As the music started sounds of city life synced with actions by the dancers. The piece was upbeat and included leaps, turns and bicycles as well. Sheree King, dance show producer, said, “Like apples to oranges, there is a unique blend of dance pieces” and they are not easily compared. From jazz and modern to hip-hop and musical theater, there are 10 pieces in total.
Dancer Sarah Daos, 17, an sion. undecided major, said, “Check Myia Hubbard, 20, a dance out the jazz piece. It’s my favorite. major said, “I don’t have a prefIt’s very classy, very ‘50s style.” erence in piece. I’m looking forThis is the 30th year that King ward to all of them. has put on the dance show and in “I’m performing in the modhonor of the anniversary she de- ern and Afro modern piece as cided to bring back some former well.” students Tickto help “Check out the jazz piece. It’s my ets are choreo$10 for favorite. It’s very classy, very ‘50s s t u d e n t s graph. O n e style.” and $15 of King’s for gener-Sarah Daos al admisformer an undecided major students, sion. The Jesse Mendoza, has put together opening day is Friday, Nov. 22. a piece with children 12-14 years The show begins at 8 p.m. on old from Bell Gardens. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday King said, “We’ve had older it starts at 2 p.m. in the LAC aupeople in our dance show before ditorium. but this is the first time having Tickets can be purchased onchildren perform with us.” line at web.ovationtix.com/trs/ The show is expected to be cal/34257 or by calling 1-(866)around one hour and forty five 811-4111. minutes long, with one intermis-
November 14, 2013
Vikes improve, but finish seventh Three goals lead LBCC to upset
By Edward Mahurien Managing Editor
The flat course of Heartwell Park allowed for some fast times at the men’s Cross Country’s South Coast Conference Championships on Friday, Nov. 1. The Vikes said they knew every rock and blade of grass, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the speed of the course. As a team the Vikings finished seventh out of seven with the leading runner for the Vikes Elias Galvan, coming in at a time of 23:49, good enough for 61st in the 4-mile run. “It just felt right, we practice so much on it we know how to run it, but it was a really fast race,” Galvan said. The race started with the majority of the runners closely bunched together. By the second mile, the speed was too much for the majority of the field. Things were different at the top, however. A mere three seconds separated first and third with Elvis Salinas of Cerritos narrowly edging Michael Nakahara of El Camino and Gabriel Ruano of Mt. San Antonio in a near -photo finish. The next two Vikings to cross the line were Ronnie Fierro placing 67th with a time of 24:19 and Andrew Harris 68th with a time of 24:22. “I ran my heart out today and my family was here, so I gave it my best,” Fierro said. Fierro, a freshman, was sur-
By John Broadway Staff Writer
Edward Mahurien/Viking OFF TO THE RACES: Viking sophomore Andrew Harris, left, and Anthony Chavez, right, start the men’s 4-mile race at the South Coast Conference Championships on Friday, Nov. 1, at Heartwell Park on Carson Street near the LAC. The Vikings finished seventh in the final race of the season.
prised how tough the competition was at Community College compared to his experiences in high school. “Next year, I’m going to train even harder, stay at practice longer and I’m going to go to state for sure, I promised myself that,” Fierro said. While it was a season of firsts for Fierro, for Harris this was his final four miles he would competitively run. The sophomore plans to join
the US Navy. “I had a season plagued with injuries, this is my last season so I did what I could do,” Harris said. Joel Peralta came in at 25 minutes flat, good enough for 75th and the final two runners, Edgard Chacon and Anthony Chavez, placed 80th and 82nd with times of 25:50 and 26:33. The program has seen three coaches in as many years and new coach Julio Jimenez inherited a team on the verge of collapse.
“I’m happy with these guys from where they came from the first meet to now. We started with three guys and we finished with seven,” Jimenez said. Hosting the event, Jimenez’ role was more of an administrative nature than coaching, but he knew the team was well prepared. “They probably hate this park because we practiced on it four of the five days,” the coach joked. At least one runner agreed. “I hate this park,” Harris said.
Pitcher aims for Oral Roberts, business degree By Robert Fullingim Staff Writer
Sophomore pitcher Nick Wood signed a letter of intent Wednesday, Nov. 13 to play division 1 baseball for the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles in Tulsa, Okla. At a table in the LBCC Hall of Champions, flanked by his parents Sam and Charlene Wood and accompanied by coach Casey Crook, Wood made his intentions known in front of a crowd of attentive fans and heckling teammates. Wood only started pitching two years ago, after playing his whole career as a catcher. Wood said, “It’s kind of a bad story. I was a starting catcher for LBCC, but I got hurt. The next year I took up pitching and I just got it.” Nine pitchers are listed on the roster for LBCC’s 2013 season and although Wood came onto the team as a catcher, he quickly established himself and was slotted into the rotation. Fellow pitcher Sean Hale said, “He definitely has the fastball. I have been a pitcher
since I was 6 and to see him come in and just pick up the position shows his talent. He has the hard throw, now he just needs to work on the control.” Wood said he was being recruited by several different schools, but he chose Oral Roberts because it gives him the best chance to develop as a ball player and they have the second best business administration program in the country. Wood said, “My focus is on playing baseball and on getting a degree. Getting drafted would be nice, but I picked this school because they offer me both.” This season will be Wood’s last at LBCC. In the Spring, he had 12 appearances with four wins, five losses and two saves. Hale said, “We are all happy for him. He came back from Oklahoma talking really highly about the school and the program. To be recruited by them is a good deal.” When Wood was talking about if he would start for Oral Roberts, he said he would like to, but understands nothing is for certain.
Jacob Rosborough/Viking OKLAHOMA BOUND: Sophomore pitcher Nick Wood, 26, practices with Edgar Navar on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Wood signed a letter of intent to attend Oral Roberts University next year.
and Saturday, Nov. 9. The Vikings, now 22-2, brought back their 12th South Coast title in 14 years. LBCC was also given the top seed going into the Southern California Regional tournament Friday, Nov. 15. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the
Vikes took the lead against Cerritos with three minutes left in the game. Cerritos led 5-4 going into half time, but LBCC scored a pair of goals to take the lead in the third quarter, 6-5. During the fourth quarter, Cerritos came back from 9-7 to tie with LBCC,
The LBCC men’s soccer team pulled off a huge win when it beat Mt. San Antonio 3-2 on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Mt. SAC was ranked No. 5 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Junior College Division 3 (non-scholarship) national poll as well as No. 3 in the California Community College Sports Information Association state rankings. The scoring started early when Mt. SAC forward Michael Osorio made a goal in the 8th minute. Freshman midfielder Julian Sanchez said, “Even though most people wouldn’t have expected us to win we knew we could pull off the upset. Even when we were losing early we still kept our faith and determination and that helped us score three straight goals.” Sophomore defender Robert Burgos scored two goals backto-back, first off a free kick in the 24th minute, then again in the 55th when he was awarded a penalty kick. Scoring two goals is always a great achievement but scoring two goals as a defender is highly unusual. When talking about his performance Burgos said, “I just took advantage of the opportunities when they came my way. “When they chose me to take the free kick, I got off a really good shot and was able to knock it in. Same thing when I was fouled and awarded a penalty kick. This win was really a team effort, though. My performance would mean nothing if my team didn’t play well also.” Freshman midfielder Joel Atilano scored a goal in the 60th minute to push the Vikings lead to 3-1. Even though the Mounties scored early Viking goalkeeper Kifi Cabrera did a good job of protecting the goal. He recorded five saves and didn’t allow a second goal until Mountie forward Luis Arellano scored one in extra time when the game was already out of reach. The win pushed the Vikings’ record to 6-6-6 overall and 3-5-3 in conference where they are in 6th place. Even though the Vikings just recorded the huge win, unless they get a lot of help, their playoff hopes for this year are looking slim. They finish the season at home against El Camino on Friday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m.
Men’s polo team takes 15-game win streak into regionals By Morgan Mayfield Co-News Editor
LBCC men’s water polo team stretched its winning streak to 15 games with two more wins during the South Coast Conference championships Thursday, Nov. 7
9-9, with two goals by Miguel Garcia. Freshman Marino Fatovic made his sixth power play with 3:07 minutes left to give the Vikes the win, 10-9. Freshman goalie Lazar Andric posted 11 saves for LBCC. During the semifinal game
Thursday, Nov. 7, LBCC glided to a 20-7 rout over Chaffey to score a spot in the finals. Before halftime, the Vikes led 13-0 and were never threatened by Chaffey. In all, 12 Vikes assisted or scored in the game. Akio Saito and Damian Madrigal each had three goals.
November 14, 2013
Soccer team falls to Mounties, 3-1
By John Broadway Staff Writer
been in somewhat of a slump. After that game they were 8-1-1, trailing Cerritos by one game for LBCC’s women’s soccer team the conference lead, but in the lost 3-1 to another playoff con- eight games following they were tender, Mt. San Antonio on Tues- 2-4-2 and were third in conferday, Nov. 5. ence behind Cerritos and Mt. With the combo of Mount- SAC. Although they haven’t been ie forwards Stefanie Catone and winning consistently as of late, Hailey Havelind scoring and as- the Vikings are still confident that sisting, Viking goalkeeper Karen they can make playoffs and conNuno had trouble protecting the tend. net. Sophomore defender Jennifer The Mounties first broke the Abarca said, “We know we ha0-0 tie when Catone scored a goal ven’t been playing the best as of in the 13th minute with Havelind late, but that’s because we’ve been assisting. The Vikes tied it up 6 playing our conference schedule. minutes later when freshman for- These teams know us the best ward Yasmyn Andrade scored an because we play them so often, unassisted goal. That was the last so those games can be toughtime the Vikes er some“We know we haven’t been would score. times. We The com- playing the best as of late.” still have bo of Havea good re-Jennifer Abarca cord and lind and CaDefender tone struck will have again when Catone assisted Have- no problem making playoffs and lind on a goal in the 27th minute winning games once we’re in.” which put Mt. SAC up for good. Coach Alex Camargo said, Havelind also assisted forward “We’ve played against some really Alyssa Dunphy on a goal in the good teams in this recent slump 49th minute. and they’ve simply outplayed us, The Vikings had more suc- but we know our strengths and cess defending against Mt. SAC in weaknesses as a team and we will their first matchup. When talking continue to work on them and get about why, freshman defender better as we make our push for Noemi Vasquez said, “I think we the playoffs.” had more confidence during the On Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Vifirst game. We were doing much kings played against Compton better at the time and we had mo- and snapped their losing streak. mentum. I also think we didn’t Vikes defeated the Tartars 4-1 play with as much teamwork on making their overall record 11offense and defense, which led to 5-3 and conference play record us losing this game.” 7-4-2. Since the big win against Mt. The next game is at El Camino SAC on Oct. 11, the Vikings have on Friday, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m.
Edward Mahurien/Viking LAST RUN: Freshman Maria Sanchez races to the finish line at the South Coast Conference Championships at Heartwell Park on Friday, Nov. 1. The Vikings placed seventh at the meet.
Runners’ season ends
By Edward Mahurien Managing Editor
enthusiastic about the strides her all-freshman team made. “We had a few people that set personal records, so they improved,” Vigilant-Goodman said. Destinie Hernandez was the fastest Viking of the day finishing 40th with a time of 21:34, Alexa Zaragoza followed placing 45th with a personal best time of 22:06. Zaragoza credited the familiar course for her personal record. “We’ve done this course a billion times, literally, a billion times. It felt kind of easy for me being
It was a young team that kept improving as the year went on, but they didn’t improve enough to qualify for the SoCal regional cross country meet. A tough women’s cross country season ended Friday Nov. 1 at Heartwell Park, adjacent to the LAC. Not even the familiar confines could help the Vikes, but Coach Karen Vigilant-Goodman was
a flat course, usually the other courses are up hills and I don’t do well with hills,” Zaragoza said. A quartet of Vikes came in 58th through 61st. Tiffany Pulido finished top of the group with a time of 23:11, Whitney Luna came in right behind her with 23:13, Joceline Clemente was clocked at 23:18 and Yogledi Quevado came in at 23:32. Maria Sanchez was the final Viking to cross the finish line in 64th with a time of 23:40.
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PCC scores touchdown at rally Queen and king candidates meet voters. By Eliza de la flor Copy Editor School spirit was prominent on the PCC’s Lawn at the Homecoming rally Tuesday, Nov. 12. Tents and table decorations focused on football with triangular yard-line flags, inflated footballs, a referee and signs like “Game Day.” King and queen candidates for the enchanted forest-themed Homecoming court promoted their campaigns with smiles, music from laptops and treats like red-velvet cookies and doughnuts. A giant, colorful inflated football target, visible from a fair distance and featuring an inflated running football figure in the middle, proved a popular activity. Students practiced their aim and competed with each other. The rally also featured apple-bobbing and soda-chugging contests, called “potion-chugging” for the enchanted theme. ASB Rep. of Arts Jalisa Garcia, 19, a fashion major, oversaw the rally and will be hosting the halftime event at the game Saturday, Nov. 16. Garcia described the planning process for the multiple Homecoming events, which involved weekly meetings for the past two months. She said each club was responsible for a spe-
Bakr Alduhaim/Viking CARBONATION OVERLOAD: Students test their soda drinking abilities in the “potion-chugging” contest at the PCC Homecoming rally Tuesday, Nov. 12.
cific aspect, like the rallies, the elections or the pre-game tailgate party. Garcia described her job as overseer as a lot of organizing and “pretty much making sure everyone is doing their job. It’s been a good leadership experience.” Men’s social-service club Aztlan has provided the winning candidate for king the past two years. Raul Padilla, 22, a nursing and pre-med major, is this Fall’s hopeful. Candidates are nominated by their fellow organization members by vote. Padilla said being a candidate “is a good opportunity to get to know people and to get out of your shell. It’s a fun way to be involved.” As for the football game against Desert, Padilla said, “I hope we win.”
Danielle Fudim, 21, a radio and television communications major, represents KCTYFM, one of LBCC’s two radio stations, in her bid for Homecoming queen. Fudim’s task was the enchanted fair, which is planned at Veterans Stadium on game day starting 3 p.m. She said, “It’s going to be a great time. Court candidates will be dressed up to reflect the enchanted forest theme. There will be free food, games, music and an enormous bounce house.” Students were able to vote for candidates at the rally and online at lbcc.edu/StudentLife/homecoming/. The LAC offers another chance for students to mingle with Homecoming court poten-
tials, cast their votes and get excited for the big game with a rally between Buildings D and E on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many students in the immediate vicinity were not aware of the rally’s purpose. When informed it was for Homecoming, Maradie Sim, 18, a nursing major, said, “They don’t really advertise at school. They should put up a lot of fliers and posters at both campuses.” Sang Hunyh, 24, an auto body major, was enjoying lunch on a nearby bench and said he would stop by the rally “if I have time. It looks pretty nice, like they’re having fun. That’s what’s important to get people to show up.”
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Rachel Gunther of Long Beach belongs to one such group. Gunther’s organization, Team Zumba U.S.A., is hosting a charity event Saturday, Nov. 16, in cooperation with the Filipino TV network ABS-CBN and Central Visayas from 5-8 p.m. at the Cerritos Regional Park. Gunther said, “We are having a ‘Zumba-thon’ to raise funds for the victims of these disasters. Many of us have family over there, so we planned the event weeks ago to send aid to the victims of the earthquake in Cebu, but then the typhoon hit, so the need for aid increased.” Therese Rizarri, 20, an LBCC biochemistry and molecular biology major, and Gunther’s niece, said, “My uncle lives in Cebu City. He refused to leave his house, but Cebu City is fairly modern and his house is new so he was alright, but the north part of the island is where most of the damage has taken place.” The event is called East West ZUMBAFusion & Philippines Quake Relief. It features O.C. Zin Manny Ruiz and New Jersey Zin Tara Romano with donations starting at $20 a ticket and a special for buying one ticket and getting the second for $15. Donations may be made on the Team Zumba USA’s Facebook page where a Pay-Pal account has been set up to handle the donations.
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Winter 2014, Jan. 6-Feb. 14 Winter intersession Nov 18. Priority registration begins. Dec 14. Priority registration ends. Dec. 16. Fees due. Dec. 18. Students dropped for non payment Dec. 23. Online open registration begins. $46 per unit -In-state students $276 per unit-out of state students $16 Health fee No parking and college service card fees required. Winter extension Nov. 12 class schedule available Dec. 9. Priority registration Through Dec. 31- Online open registration begins Jan. 2. Fees must be paid in full. Jan. 6. Extension classes begin. Feb. 8. Extension classes end. $225 per unit -in-state students. $265 per unit for out of state students. $90 per unit for eligible students Spring semester Nov. 25. Class schedule and appointments available online. Dec. 2. Priority registration begins. HOMECOMING
Nov. 16 Tailgate party starts at 3 p.m. Homecoming game kick-off is at 6 p.m. Homecoming queen and king will be crowned at halftime Contact studentlife@lbcc. edu or call LAC (562) 938-4978 PCC (562) 938-3088
Viking newspaper coverage The staff and editors of the Viking newspaper will pioneer a full live coverage of the LBCC Homecoming football game. To access immediate updates and highlights students are encouraged to follow the Viking on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at LBCC Viking News. Readers are encouraged to hash tag #vikinghclive throughout the Homecoming festivities and game. CAMPUS STORE
PCC Building EE Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m-7 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m-2 p.m. LAC Building I Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m-7 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m-2 p.m. Contact: LAC (562) 938-4223 PCC (562) 938-3008 Viking Express Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Contacts: lbcc.bncollege.com facebook.com/LbccCampusStore or call (562) 938-4223 VIKING
Counseling opportunities to students are available in order to assist and facilitate positive student development. Academic Counseling LAC (562) 938-4560 PCC (562) 938-3920 Career Counseling LAC (562) 938-4283 PCC (562) 938-3915 Athletics Counseling LAC (562) 938-4560 Online Counseling LAC (562) 938-4559 PCC (562) 938-3020
Missing information emails and letters for 2014 are being sent weekly. Required items also will appear in To Do list in Online Student Center.
The deadline for applying for a loan for the Fall 2013 semester has passed. Applications for loans for the Spring 2014 semester will be available Jan. 2. Contact for both campuses: (562) 938-4353 IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Text message notifications now available for faculty, students, staff and community. To receive emergency text messages visit the college website and sign up for more information. Contact: (562) 938-4353 (562) 938-4846 Goldman Sachs Application for Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses can be filled on the college website. Contact: (562) 938-5054 Nov. 30 CSU and U.C. transfer deadlines are Saturday, Nov.30 Fall 2014 priority filling deadline for CSU and U.C. transfer. Many CSU and U.C. campuses will not extend their application filling beyond the date. Link to online applications are csumentor.edu universityofcalifornia.edu/apply or call (562) 938 3910
Braxton Moore/Viking Jake Meadows, left, manager of community and corporate relations for Brandman University, talks to Betsy Rubio, center, 19, an administration of justice major, and Marquita Wilson, 21, a criminal justice major, Wednesday Nov. 6. The transfer fair featured colleges such as U.C. Berkeley, Cal State Long Beach and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The general transfer deadline is Nov. 30.
Contact the Police Department for questions or problems regarding security, lost and found items, thefts or other crimes. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. After business hours, call the general service number (562) 938-4910 or (562) 4356711 or 911 for emergency (9911 for on-campus phones).
Nov. 15-16 Men’s water polo Nov. 15 vs. TBA South California championship, time TBA
Security escorts are available to LAC and PCC students. Students should call the City College unit through the general service number. PERFORMANCES
Parking permits are required at all times in LAC and PCC parking lots. Parking permits are purchased each semester during registration. After registration, permits may be purchased from the cashier’s office at either campus. For students who do not wish to purchase a semester parking permit, one-day parking permits are available at both campuses. Campus parking citation information (562) 938-4713 Long Beach parking citation information (562) 570-6822
Through Nov. 17 Performing arts department and ASB presents a play “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at LAC theatre Building H103. Nov. 14-16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 2 p.m. Free parking in lots D, E, F Tickets can be bought online at http:web.ovationtix.com/trs/ cal/34257 Contact: (562) 938-4353 (562) 938-4846 THANKSGIVING DRIVE
Nov 25-26 Students Life needs volunteers to stuff backpacks with toiletries to be distributed the day before Thanksgiving. Nov 27. Volunteers needed to hand out Thanksgiving supplies from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Students interested can email Egalitaria.firstname.lastname@example.org 70-80 volunteers are needed for the dates above.
Nov. 21, 23 Men’s water polo State championships, time TBA Nov. 15 Men’s soccer El Camino at 3 p.m. Nov. 15 Women’s soccer at El Camino at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 Women’s volleyball L.A. Trade Tech at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 Men’s basketball at Imperial Valley at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 Women’s volleyball East Los Angeles South Coast at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 Women’s basketball Vs. Citrus at the Pasadena City College Veterans Day Classic at 2 p.m. Nov. 15-16 Women’s basketball at the Pasadena City College Veterans Day Classic, opponents and times TBA. SPECIAL INFORMATION
Nov. 14 Deadline for NASA aerospace scholar program is Thursday, Nov. 14. NASA is accepting applications for the national Community College Aerospace Scholars Program. Interested students can go online at ncas.aerospacescholars.org for deadlines and more information. For more information, contact community relations and marketing. Contact: (562) 938-4353 (562) 938-4846
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Culture enriches studies of the program, the students acquire language proficiency and intercultural communicative competence to participate in social and academic arenas of student life on the campuses. All international students are required to purchase medical health insurance and show they have sufficient funds to pay for their academic and living expenses for the duration of their studies. A similar program would benefit LBCC students if offered to them abroad. Students would have an opportunity to study abroad, enabling them to study a different language and culture. If such a program would be offered through the college, the students would go for an exchange program for a semester or more to other countries and experience the culture and diversity of that country. LBCC should expand its relationship beyond the American borders to give opportunity to students who want to go for an exchange program abroad
to study and be able to transfer their credits. Small steps could go a long way if the college started locally by sending its students to other Community Colleges in other states to study for a few semesters or more. The program would enable LBCC students to visit different states and experience the people’s way of living. Also the college would expand its relationship with other colleges outside California. International students agree that America has the best college education system worldwide, which attracts scholars from all walks of life, but Americans could also benefit culturally by studying abroad for a semester or a year. It is believed that a lot of effort goes into place to enable international students to study at LBCC. Unfortunately, some people in the community do not take advantage of having a college in their area, yet international students fly many miles to benefit from the great opportunity the college offers.
itself in the availability of the Or- with a 7 a.m. class the next day, email, saying LBCC’s email is not acle system, which is not available the cycle of registration frustra- reliable and mailboxes fill up too at all from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. Many tion continues. Registration is- quickly. students work jobs with non-tra- sues, serious as they are, are unIn fairness, there are signs of ditional hours, like restaurant po- fortunately symptomatic of larger improvement. The mobile site has sitions, to accommodate a school technological lag on the school’s improved and some students said schedule. part. they registered for Fall 2013 from Other students may their smartphones. be in a program like The registration issues, serious as they are, According to an nursing, which regularly are unfortunately symptomatic of larger email from Jay Field, involves late or all-night associate vice president technological lag on the school’s part. graveyard shifts, again of instructional and making it easier to register at 3 Students and employees alike information technology services, a.m. than 3 p.m. say that the homepage is not us- LBCC is adding a secure wireless Even during a regular se- er-friendly. They cite issues like a network for employees. Adding a mester the system hamstrings confusing layout with poor user texting alert service was a savvy students by not realistically ac- interface, often taking many links move, but again it should be eascommodating existing schedules. to find necessary information. ier to get information on the serSeveral classes run as late as 10 Another issue seems to be vice from the homepage. p.m. Commuting may mean stu- teachers’ LBCC email addressTeachers say they use the dents can’t access the site until es. Teachers have been known to available technological resources after 11 p.m. For those students give their students an alternate to be more available to students
outside of classes and scheduled office hours. While they are happy to support students with the “virtual office hours,” they say it would be nice for the school to catch up and give credit for the additional work hours. We understand LBCC has two campuses, a large student body and a large turnover rate. It takes a lot of work to coordinate scheduling, email updates, appointments and all the varied tasks we take for granted as online conveniences today. However, the complaints are not new. Registration for Winter intersession starts Monday, Nov. 18 followed by Spring registration on Dec. 2, and we hope the school is prepared for all of students’ needs.
LBCC has been credited for its diversity, but more credit is given for extending education beyond the American borders and opening its doors to international students. Driss Gaieb from Tunisia, who is majoring in biology, said he is content with all the help the international office offers to international students like him. Gaieb’s testimony is shared by most international students from 38 countries who have settled at the college and made new friends while improving their English language. The college offers an English program that is designed for international students, the American Language and Culture institute. The program helps the students improve their English skills by presenting a balanced curriculum. The English program helps the students in social and cultural integration into the wider LBCC community. Upon successful completion
Campus technology needs major overhaul We don’t mean to rag on the administration, which certainly has enough dissatisfaction to deal with this semester. With registration looming, the unreliability of LBCC’s current technological resources needs to be addressed. Online registration for Fall 2013 was marred by the Oracle software crashing. Expectant students signed on at their designated appointment times only to be redirected to an error page. Most had to wait 24 more hours to register, which may have meant missing an additional day of work or other obligations. For those unable to register at their appointed time, perhaps due to obligations that occupy “normal” hours, an obstacle presents
A round of cheers for a campus bar
By Katie Cortez Staff Writer
Of all the differences between Cal State L.B. and LBCC, the one that seems to stand out the most to students over age 21 is a lack of a bar on either of LBCC’s campuses. I am not saying students need another place to get wildly drunk between classes, we have the Thirsty Isle on Carson Street for that, but some of us would like an on-campus refuge as a place to study and kill time with an icecold beer in hand. Drinking alcohol is something that comes with the territory of being a college student, no matter what kind of college you attend. Of course, there are some who choose not to drink and would think this kind of behavior is inappropriate for a college campus, but the last time I checked, this isn’t a private school or a dry
campus. An on-campus bar could indeed open up some money-making opportunities for the school. Clubs and sports teams could use the bar for fundraisers and the school would have another revenue source similar to the Viking Express and the Food Courts. It would give jobless students an on-campus place to work, much like the Campus Stores. I understand alcohol is often frowned upon by parents and other authority figures, but at the same time, I think it would encourage students to get more involved with school activities or work on projects with classmates. Having a bar on campus would give students another place to mingle and get to know each
other on a more personal level. Bars have historically provided us another way to meet new friends and make new networking contacts for our future careers. It would help strengthen the Viking student community. An on-campus bar at LBCC would be a place for students 21 and older to gather together and enjoy some of the perks of being an adult college student. If students want to have an on-campus place to have a beer and mentally prepare themselves for their next class, we shouldn’t have to walk down the street to grab a beer when we could just walk to a closer part of campus. Despite authoritative belief, an on-campus bar would be a positive asset to LBCC. It would also give me a place to get a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon between classes without losing my parking spot.
November 14, 2013
Vet says where’s my cash? By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer
We were on the front line for you and we want you to be on the front line for us. The Financial Aid counselor said to me, “$1,500 is not available due to the fact that the financial aid fiscal year has ended this Summer. We are now in the new year of 2014.” I must have missed that calendar presentation in my orientation class. Unfortunately, I was to believe that two years of owed financial support would be available to me when the required paperwork was done, but no payment has been made to my Higher One account. The truth of the matter is that I was honest about my college past during my enrollment as well as my real age of 58 years old. The form said, “Please list any other colleges you have attended and the dates to coincide with the college.” I am not sure if anyone read this information I have documented and I was pushed into a Editor in chief: Tonia Ciancanelli Managing editor: Edward Mahurien Copy editors: Eliza de la Flor and Becca Urrutia News editors: Brittany Liebermanand Morgan Mayfield CityStyle editor: Gabrielle Gentile Calendar editor: Elizabeth Cheruto Opinion editor: Shannon Murphy Images editor: Caleb Ellis Photo editors: D.A. Phillips and Jacob Rosborough Online editor: Arieel Alcaraz Video editor: William Martin Social media editor: Samwell Favela Sports editor: Max Ward Advertising manager: Michal Olszewski Adviser: Patrick McKean Photo and online adviser: Chris Viola Retired photo adviser: Jim Truitt Staff: Bakr Alduhaim Cesar Hernandez John Broadway Leonard Kelley Katie Cortez Ana Maria Ramirez Robert Fullingim Madison Salter Braxton Moore
trap box being twirled around not knowing what to do. I inquired about every third or fourth week since. Assured of support from the veterans assistance office and being a priority enrollment student, I had a false sense of security. It is smart to check, recheck, and check again. The system ignored my age and homelessness, and stopped all money from financial aid. I was told my money has not been issued because I needed some transcripts from 36 years ago when I attended Virginia Tech for a two-week course to better serve my country. The 36-years-ago comment was stated over and over to the LBCC Financial Aid office, while they still insisted on the transcripts. Virginia Tech finally wrote two semesters later that they are not responsible for producing old transcripts, as the law states colleges are only liable to hold transcripts for seven years. I would think LBCC has the
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same time limit. I am disappointed that the system failed me. I am a homeless veteran in school on the veterans retraining assistance program. I started as an out-of-state Fall student at LBCC paying high dollars. Now before Christmas I will be cheated out of my Summer financial assistance. LBCC students are unprotected at the front line. Financial aid, veteran officers, counselors and LBCC staff are receiving paychecks for the seat they sit in. I implore the administration to find the solution to this ongoing problem, rather than forcing the student to oversee their job. This college teaches to know about and solve these administration problems but it does not seem the administration uses the wisdom that is taught here. I was told this is not the first time of a Financial Aid failure, it happens all the time. Fall and Spring aid is already prepaid by the computer on remote control, but Summer and Winter semesters have to be done the old-fashioned way, by human work. The deadline for news, advertisements and letters to the editor is the Thursday before publication. The Viking will be published Oct. 31, Nov. 14 and 27 and Dec. 12. The Viking is published by Journalism 80 & 85 students of the LBCC English Department, with funding from the Associated Student Body. The Viking newsroom is located at LBCC, 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, Calif., 90808, Room P125, Telephone (562) 938-4285 or contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Viking is a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, Unity Journalists of Color and the California First Amendment Coalition. Printed by Beach Community Publishing. Delivery staff: PCC Student Life staff and LAC ASB volunteers. The views expressed in the Viking do not reflect the views of the advisers, administration or the ASB. First copy free, each additional $1.
What Homecoming events and promotions would you like to see? Compiled by Caleb Ellis and Eliza de la Flor on Tuesday, Nov. 5 on the LAC.
Bridget Bartlow, 20, business major
“A raffle or some type of giveaway. Music is my thing, so I’d love stuff like iTunes giftcards.”
Thalia Palafox, 23, nursing major
“Rallies, because I don’t think people really know about it.”
Larry Soto, 20, history major
“Face painting. Something fun with fun music, to get people excited.”
Jose Cardona, 18, registered nursing major
Yvet Perez, 21,
Cameron Hill, 19,
liberal arts major
business administration major
“Good music, not just ratchet stuff. Play new wave, postpop punk, salsa.”
“Some type of concert or mini-concert. I like music, so something like that.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Deaf students disagree We are writing you regarding the article “Deaf students praise video captions” written by staff writer John Broadway on Sept. 19. As members of the LBCC Deaf Club and current deaf and hardof-hearing students at LBCC, we feel the title of the article, its contents and the individuals interviewed provided mixed messages. Maybe with the exception of the student interviewed, who seems to be hearing enough that he does not need closed caption, no deaf and hard-of-hearing student agrees with the title nor the contents regarding closed-captioning accessibility on campus. Furthermore, the other persons interviewed also do not seem to represent the deaf and hard-ofhearing community on campus. The article looks like a real misrepresentation of our growing deaf and hard-of-hearing student population. There have been numerous incidents where deaf and hard-ofhearing students are left without captioned materials in class, at campus events and even on the lbcc.edu web site. Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Student Life experience has clearly been affected but most importantly, the lack of closed caption compliance at the institution has impacted our education. Below are fellow deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are open to sharing their experience regarding the lack of close caption compliance at LBCC and who have also expressed disagreement with the LBCC Viking article. Our intention is not to retract the story, but rather to provide in depth what our growing deaf and hard-of-hearing students are really experiencing on campus at LBCC. Please do not hesitate to contact us and Gloria Williams, deaf services specialist in LAC, A 1144, to coordinate sign language interpreters at (562)938-4918 or email@example.com. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Arsheen Khan Erika Alonso Tricia Saumweber Teresa tuegh Terrance Jones Robert U Morroy Amy Palisbo
November 14, 2013
Saluting their service
The Veterans Club marches in the North Long Beach parade honoring veterans of all wars on Saturday, Nov. 9. The parade started at 10 a.m. and ended at noon.
Students march to honor vets. Story and Photos By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer
Marine Ricardo Linarer, a communications major, and an alumnus from 2008, greets students and veterans in the Veterans Club after the parade in Houghton Park. Linarer is shaking hands with Oro Gustavo, 27, an undecided major.
The LBCC Veterans Club wore special T-shirts and carried banners marching in a parade down Atlantic Avenue, from Harding Street to 56th Street in North Long Beach, then back down the other side Saturday, Nov. 9. David Paul LeGaspi, 27, a computer information major, said, “I am supporting active duty military and I am relieved it was not raining.” This year’s parade theme was “A Salute to Those Who Served.” Deric Rich, 25, a registered nursing major, said, “What a great turnout from students and the community showing support for our future, present and past military forces.” The 17th annual parade would attract close to 10,000 people, according to the parade program. Geovani Santos, 26, an engineering major, said, “Supporting the veterans makes it a fabulous event for me.” Military clothing from all eras was seen in the streets in recognition of the country’s struggle with war. Jason Laos, 28, an administration of justice major, said, “The event makes me happy, representing the Veterans Club and seeing all the families at this event.” Thomas Costello, 24, an administration of justice major, said, “I am happy to bring awareness
Organization Project Healing Waters has fly fisherman Gary Powell, left, with the Long Beach Casting Club, shows LBCC Veterans Club member Thomas Costello, 24, an administration of justice major, how relaxing it is to fly-fish at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
of veterans support and needs. The parade is awesome. Everyone has come out to help.” The parade was started by former City Councilman Jerry Schultz recognizing the sacrifice of 108 enlisted men from five local high schools in Long Beach who were killed in Vietnam. Master Sgt. Mark Rodger Banasiewicz, 51, a data entry major, said, “I am a parade veteran, Veterans Club member and a veteran happy to always serve.” Horses, classic cars and sports cars, fire trucks, Vietnam era trucks and jeeps, marching ROTC students, Boy and Girl Scouts, colorful attire, distinguished soldiers, motorcycles, clowns, high school and elementary school students celebrated with marching bands on the street. Laurence F. Siavi’i, 19, an undecided major, said he “is happy supporting American heroes, especially those who had to sacrifice themselves for our country.” Marine Ricardo Linarer, a communications major and a 2008 graduate, greeted students and veterans in the Veterans Club after the parade in Houghton Park. At the parade’s end, bands played and prizes were raffled. Free massages were given and lots of laughter was heard. An Elvis impersonator sang and gave out teddy bears. President of the Veterans Club Warman Em, 28, a business administration major, said, “I want to thank all the support we have received from other clubs in this time of celebration. I am happy to help promote the Veterans Club and to show support for those who gave some and those who gave it all.”
A color guard at the LAC represent the LBCC veterans. From left, Sgt. Cerval Narthaniel, 30, Staff Sgt. Edward Duran, 42, Specialist Thomas Costello, 24, an administration of justice major, and Drill Sgt. Gustavo Orozco, 27, an undecided major, serve the country today.