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Volume 86, Issue 14

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Woman dies in hit-and-run on Carson

D.A. PHILLIPS/VIKING TRAGEDY: Long Beach police and firefighters investigate a deadly crash at Clark Avenue and Carson Street next to the LAC on Wednesday, May 15 at 11:15 a.m.

Fatal four-car collision shuts down intersection at Clark Avenue during middle of the day. Multiple motorists also injured as LBPD reroutes traffic for hours. By Tonia Ciancanelli Managing Editor Additional reporting by Clara Cordeiro and Jesus Hernandez

The driver of a white Lexus sedan fled the scene on foot after causing a fatal collision involving three other cars in the intersection of Carson Street and Clark Avenue about 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15. Will Nash, Long Beach Fire

Department public information officer, said a female in her 30’s was driving a white Toyota Supra and was killed in the collision. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:17 a.m. The Los Angeles County coroner could not release the identity. Authorities did not release her name because her family had not been officially notified. The driver of the Lexus, a 21-year-old male, identified as Mario Ivan Palasox, was arrested in

connection with the crash, police said. Accident investigator detective Sirilo Garcia said Palasox will probably be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and hit and run. Whether Palasox was under the influence of any substance is still being investigated, police said. He was not a student at LBCC, Garcia said. The body of the female remained in the vehicle and was re-

moved by the coroner around 1:30 p.m. Two victims in the white Scion were transported to a nearby hospital on basic life support with nonlife threatening injuries, Nash said, and their names were not released. Victor Munoz, 21, a former LBCC student who lives across from the P Building, said he pulled a man and a woman out of the Scion, but when he went back to the Supra, he was unable to pull the woman from the car because the

door would not budge. “I tried to break the glass on the Supra, but couldn’t and then I saw the body just lying there. I just feel terrible,” Munoz said. The suspect was located in the parking lot north of the Auditorium at LAC where he was detained and positively identified as the person in the collision who fled, Garcia said.

By Marcy Lopez Staff Writer

City Hall protesting and holding their signs while loudly chanting, “Save our trade!” Other signs said, “Don’t tread on me or my classes.” Cirilo Hernandez, 50, an auto mechanics major was in front of City Hall protesting. He only needed one more class to complete the requirements for his auto mechanic certificate, but due to the budget cuts, the program closed. Clemente Jassco, 36, an aircraft mechanics major, said, “I am one of the few students coming from a different city and expecting to be educated at LBCC, because of the environment and the good things that I’ve heard about the particular classes that I want to take.” Jassco is trying to further his education in the aviation pro-

gram, but because of the cuts, he has had to divert his education. Jassco handed out fliers outside City Hall to spread the awareness of what is going on with the programs. Troia believes that the cuts will have a bad impact on LBCC because there will be less access to education for minority groups and veterans. President Eloy Oakley has said that many of the courses that have been discontinued will be part of other degree or certificate programs. More modern classes, such as alternative fuels and cyber security will be added. Oakley believes that these changes are part of LBCC’s attempt to look ahead when it comes to career and technical training.

See Crash, page 3

Gala scheduled to Protests continue at PCC celebrate 85 years

By Mayra Castro Staff Writer LBCC will celebrate 85 years of excellence by recognizing Vikings alumni of the decade, nominated favorite employees and Hall of Fame members in a gala celebration on Thursday, May 30. Vikings of the Decade will be recognized for each decade from the 1930s-2000s. Alumni are nominated based on their LBCC spirit, career accomplishments, community service and dedication to LBCC. Among those being recognized at the gala as a Viking of

the Decade is C.C. Sadler, who attended LBCC from 1980-1982. Sadler began working part-time for LBCC’s Foundation in 1992. In 1999, Sadler was hired as the first educational technologist of the college. Yahne DuQuesnay, 45, a human services major, said, “C.C. is the face of LBCC, she is very interactive, she knows a little about everything.” DuQuesnay, who has worked alongside Sadler as a student assistant for the past two years, also said, “It’s good that people who have extraordinary talents and personalities are being recognized.”

See Gala, page 9

More than 100 LBCC students and supporters marched from the PCC to Long Beach City Hall, on Wednesday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m., to 11:30 a.m. The march was organized by Student Trustee Jason Troia to reach out and attempt to regain the programs discontinued. In January, the Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to cut programs that were subjects of the protest, such as conditioning and refrigeration, audio production, auto body, auto mechanics, aviation maintenance, carpentry, diesel mechanics, interior design, photography, real estate and welding. Students and supporters who are being affected by program cuts stood outside Long Beach •


See Protest, page 9



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Aztlan loses second title as Spring Sing winner


By Kristin Grafft Staff Writer

three years in a row. The new first prize winner was announced on The men’s social service-club Tuesday, May 7 at the Club Senate Aztlan no longer holds the title meeting. It was given to the runof first prize winner for the men’s ner-up, men’s social-service club category at Spring Sing after a The Order of Thor. During the Cabinet meeting, glitch was discovered in the votwhich was run by ASB Vice Presing and awards. ident Maria Lopez, Student TrustAt the ASB Cabinet meeting ee Jason Troia also announced Monday, May 6, Anita Gibbins, that the Academic Senate will director of student life and health introduce a vote of no confidence services, said Aztlan should not against the Board and the adminhave received both the first and istration on Friday, May 10. sweepstakes prizes. Another announcement was The Spring made by SarSing rules ah Twilley, the do not allow ASB represenfor one team As the judges went tative of arts, to win both back to make that final that Spring awards, she T h i n g decision on paper, they said. would be Fri“As the did not have all that day, May 17 judges went information . and Saturday, back to make May 18. She that final deci–Anita Gibbins said it will be sion on paper, Director of student life and Tom Dusthealth services they did not man’s final perhave all that information in front formance as a teacher at LBCC of them so they gave Aztlan both first place and sweepstakes,” Gib- and encouraged everyone to attend. “It’s kind of marking the end bins said. After rechecking all the scores, of an era here at LBCC,” Twilley it was decided that Aztlan would said.

Jacob Rosborough/Viking OUTSTANDING COLLEAGUES: Reading teacher Jordan Fabish, left, and nursing teacher Brenda Harrell, congratulate each other after receiving the Outstanding Colleague award on Friday, May 3 in T1200 on the LAC. Multimedia services technician Myra Aguilar, administrative assistant Laura Compian, senior network administrator Arne Nystrom and cashier supervisor Stacy Robinson also received the same award.

keep the sweepstakes award. This means they will hold on to their “three-peat,” winning the award

Lopez also conducted the Monday, May 13 meeting where the possibility of charging stu-

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dents for shuttle passes was discussed. Kristen Payne, ASB Treasurer, introduced the issue saying, “We could potentially bring in some funds to help ASB, and that is charging for the shuttle.” Payne explained that they are $250,000 over budget and now that the shuttle has been added to the budget it could be a good way to generate extra income. Lopez added that it would only cost $20 each semester or $10 per month. She said as a shuttle rider she sees the flaws in the shuttle, however it’s something she needs and students love it and use it a lot. Lopez also added it would be a much better deal than the $40 per month Long Beach Transit charges for student passes. The Cabinet also talked about the possibility of adding an optional $1 student representation fee each semester to cover the costs of representing LBCC at out-of-town events. Most members were in favor of adding it to the ballot; however Brian Reid, ASB representative of athletics, said, “It’s just a lot of costs on the students.” He also said he did not think it would pass. The next Cabinet meeting will be Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m. in the LAC Valhalla Room.


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Medieval club creates history By Ryan Craighead Staff Writer The LBCC Medieval Society club invaded the LAC Quad the morning of Wednesday, May 15 to display armored combat, fencing, cooking, weaving, costuming and appreciation for medieval Europe. A local chapter of a worldwide organization called the Society for Creative Anachronism, the club started in 2010 but has been unable to sustain continued existence during its three years at LBCC. The display of the club’s activities was in a recruitment effort to add to the 10 current members of the club. Club president and illustrative arts major Samantha Ream, 24, helped to found the club. “It’s a living, breathing entity,” Ream said.

Donning historically accurate clothing and, in one instance, full battle regalia, were club members as well as supporters of the LBCC club. Ream said, “We’re a bunch of history buffs who want to learn more interactively.” The goal of the club is to teach any interest of the members of the club, most often constructing their own materials including costumes, instruments, food and jewelry. English major Andrew Hoelscher, 21, has been a member of the club since Spring 2011 and is interested in instruments and music. He is studying the stick dulcimer, a 3-string relative of the guitar, the bohran, an Irish hand drum as well as a tin whistle. The

Caleb Ellis/Viking LIBERATION: Tim Ream, 25, applied design major, juggles in front of the Medieval Society Club tent as he plays the part of “Fool.” The club displayed the medieval way of life in the LAC Quad on Wednesday, May 15.

Medieval Society club connects with the larger organization every other weekend in tournaments that could reach thousands in attendance, said Baroness Eva Filia Edeneweyn, the mother of Ream and

LBCC graduates get together to prepare for a new beginning

active member of the Southern California area for the creative society. Hoelscher said, “We have drum circles, medieval jams at the tournaments.” Besides networking, an out-

come of the tournaments is the selection of a king and queen, who rule for six months. The community is encouraged to visit or email


By Kristin Grafft Staff Writer

Smith is excited about the ceremony as well as his role in it. “It’s an honor being selected (as a comAs graduation day approaches, mencement marshal) and finishing students and teachers are remindup at LBCC and moving onto the ed that the rituals and ceremony of next step. I’ve grown a lot here,” he graduation are still an important said. part of the community college exRegarding teacher attendance, perience. Smith said it helps a lot when teachThe commencement ceremony ers who had a big impact on you are will be Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m., at there. Veterans Stadium and attendance is English teacher Velvet Pearson not limited to graduates’ friends and agrees with Smith and said, “Students family. Teachers and students have enjoy seeing faculty in their regalia expressed the importance of faculty out to support them, especially when attendance too. they get to have one last visit or at least Maria Lopez, the Associated a wave to their favorite professor.” Student Body Vice President, is Kirk Canzano, a business admingraduating this semester and will be istration teacher, wants to encourage attending the ceremony. more teachers to come out and sup“I have been looking forward to port the students as well. it. The tradition and “Faculty repreI have been looking sent themselves in ceremony is important to me because it the classroom as forward to it. is a transition of one being interested in –Maria Lopez each student’s sucstage of life to anothASB vice president cess. We confirm er. It demonstrates the notion of ‘Keep movthis when we come ing forward’ and definitely makes to celebrate their success,” he said. you feel accomplished emotionally,” Canzano has attended past cershe said. emonies and said, “I have witnessed Lopez also explained how im- in the eyes of those graduates I have portant it is for faculty to attend the taught personally that my attenevent. She said it shows the students dance meant something to them. It how the faculty supports them and is a small sacrifice on my part to add shows unity and respect between the meaning to someone’s celebration of students and them. success.” Joe Smith, 24, a member of Canzano also encourages more Thane Honor Society and men’s so- students to attend as an example of cial service club Men of Aztlan, will perseverance to younger siblings, be graduating with a broadcast cer- nieces, nephews and friends. tificate and transferring to Cal State Information about the rehearsal, Long Beach. Smith is not only attend- faculty reception and after grad reing as a graduate, but he will also be ception is on LBCC’s website, along assembling, organizing and leading with other information like details on the other students throughout the cap and gown rentals. event as a commencement marshal.

Jacob Rosborough/Viking UNDERWATER : Michael Marin, left, and Stephen Estrin, electrical engineering majors, listen to Gregory Rivalan, a sales and application engineer for Teledyne RD Instruments. The company makes instruments for underwater vehicles. Rivalan explained to students from seven middle schools and six high schools around Southern California the proper way to present their robotic underwater vehicles to companies. On Saturday, May 4 at the LAC pool, they also gave advice for better techniques for their robots. Marin and Estrin are members of the team going to the 12th Annual MATE International ROV competition from June 20-22 in Seattle, Wash.

Crash kills woman: From page 1 About an hour and a half after the collision, LBCC officials sent an emergency text alert saying, “Due to traffic accident investigation, the intersection of Carson and Clark will be closed for several hours. Find alternative routes. Thank you.”

Hannah Griffith, 20, photography major and neighbor of the woman who died, said, “She was so sweet, she always rode her bike everywhere. One day I even helped her pump air into her tires.” The boyfriend of Griffith’s mother reported seeing the wom-

an driving off in her car minutes before she was fatally struck. Students and teachers were late to class as a result of one of the busiest intersections in Long Beach being closed. Bus routes and traffic were rerouted for more than four hours.

Students to perform musical wind ensemble By Gabriela Mendoza Staff Writer

LBCC’s music, radio and television department prepares for it wind ensemble, choral group and orchestra to perform upcoming concerts this spring. The LBCC wind ensemble will perform a series of songs with the

theme, “It’s All American.” Tim Durkovic, the director of keyboard studies, will perform a piece with the wind ensemble titled “Rhapsody Blue.” The concert will take play Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. The spring chorus and orchestra will feature pieces from Mozart’s requiem. Performers in the concert will include the Viking choir and South-

land chorus as well as the Viking orchestra. The concerts will take place on Sunday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the LAC auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door for anyone who wishes to attend. Students can get tickets at a discounted price with a valid student I.D.



Variety of dances wows the crowd

Stephanie Powell with music by With a varied selection of mu- Shirley Ceasar, Charles Jenkins sic, dances such as ballet, modern and the Fellowship Chicago. Powand jazz the spring dance concert ell’s piece was the grand finale. consisted of amazing modern It was themed to take place at a pieces. church. Students and dance teachers The dancers began dancing choreographed the pieces for the with blue church choir robes then two hour ensemble. The student came out in dresses happily singpieces were just as entertaining as ing and dancing. They danced those by the teachers. The opening down the aisles, and then dancers piece drew a great response from from the other pieces join them. the audience due to the live band. Some of the other perforThe ballet piece, “5-7-9” was cho- mances were “Four Minus One” reographed by assischoreographed by tant director Sheree two students. Floyd King with music by Linzie and Megan Dave Brubeck. One Whitten with music of the dancers who by The Irrepressstood out the most ibles. “BOM” was was Jasmine Egan a modern piece, who had some of the which was choreocleanest movements. graphed by teachThe dancers wore er Grace Maxwell royal blue costumes, with music by Baiao which made them Desperado and BarMARCY LOPEZ easy to see no matter batuques. Dancers in where one was seated. both pieces danced with a lot of The audience loves to hear passion and the expressions on music they are familiar with. their faces showed what a great LBCC student Matt Olson cho- time they were having on stage. reographed a piece “Chic, Street, After intermission teacher Sexy” that included music by Fu- Michelle Shear’s piece “Two Forty gees, Salt-N-Pepa, MC Luscious, Five” was performed with music Missy Elliott, Beyoncé and Nic- by Whole/Trent Reznor and Atki Minaj. Definitely a hip-hop ticus Ross. “Quad” was choreopiece, with dancers full of energy graphed by teacher Lauren Hall and breaking out into advanced with music by Deadmau5. There moves. Tanya Marxreiter was one were a total of 4 dancers and this of the dancers who demonstrated performance included a video a lot of energy and passion for that went along with the dance. what she was performing on stage. Student choreographer Tytus LBCC student, Joshua Dunn took Gibson-Jackson’s piece “Molly part of four of the 10 performanc- & Friends” had music by Chris es. Dunn was the soloist for the Brown featuring DJ Benny Bemusical theater piece “East Car- nassi. Student Sean Simon’s “The son Street,” choreographed by Monster Inside” with music by Amy Allen, with music by Harry Shirley Ceasar, Charles Jenkins Warren and Al Dubin. and the Fellowship Chicago. The Dunn said, “It is always a modern piece told a story about a pleasure to be able to perform relationship and nightmare. on stage and to be able to turn Over all, the show was great into multiple characters within Powell and King did an outstandminutes. I thoroughly enjoyed ing job getting it together. Cathy being a soloist in the musical the- Crane, the costume designer ater piece. It gave me a chance to made the dancers fit a whole diftap into a nerdy character that I ferent role. Light designer, Chrisrarely get to use. Performance is tina L. Munich, knew exactly a part of me and always will be.” what she was doing because the East Carson Street definitely was effect of the lights on the dancers a great hit with the audience. was clear. The dancers looked like The concert ended with “Sha- they had a fun time performing bach!” choreographed by director and the audience left pleased.

Modern USB drive idea leads to mixtapes gifts Student opens new business with media. By Jennifer Ruff Staff Writer Making mixtapes can be a heartfelt way to express one’s feeling toward another person and my modern mixtape creates an easy, contemporary outlet for the medium. My modern mixtape is a plastic cassette tape with the center cut out, where a 2G (which holds roughly 350-500 songs depending on the mp3 files) USB is inside. It also has an outer fold-out label, where one can write down the songs that are on the USB. Sean Ramirez, 23, a chemical engineering major, goes to LBCC for general education classes along with taking classes at Cal State Long Beach. Ramirez and his girlfriend, Trisha Gragera, got the idea for their product after watching Perks of being a Wallflower. He said “it’s the feel of the 90s,” similar to giving a person a mixtape but with the technology of today. Gragera, 21, a psychology and business marketing major at Cal State Long Beach, said, “I think it’s different because it’s not about Marcy Lopez/Viking the physical object, everyone says MUSIC CREATION: Sean Ramirez, 23, a chemical engineering ma‘oh it’s just a USB’ when in real- jor is sharing his product My Modern Mixtape. ity what we’re selling is the in late April. perience and nostalgia of what it tional shipping. While calling the radio show The Ramirez said the mixtape means to craft just the ‘right’ mixTech Guy with Leo Laporte with a is a peculiar product made and tape for someone special.” question of his own, Laporte gave d e s i g n e d Their a shout out for his product after locally and c o m p a n y, It’s the feel of the 90s similar to finding out about it through a sold around My Modern Google search. the world. giving a person a mixtape but Mixtape was Dasanti Yem, 21, a computG r e g a r a developed with the technology of today. said, “The er programming major said the in October. –Sean Ramirez b i g g e s t product could “revolutionize They began making mixtapes” and he’d probChemical engineering major thing is to with a 3D ably keep one for himself, with an believe in print proarray of hip hop songs. your own totype, and Ramirez said in the future he product bethen made the plastic molding for is hoping to sell the mixtapes in cause every else will and do doubt the tape, which took 3-4 weeks retail stores, provide different layou and sometimes you’ll doubt and then ordered the necessary yourself, but giving up isn’t an opbel designs and offer bigger USB USB drives. They also designed tion especially after putting in so gigabyte storage. the outer label, which they glue Their company may be found onto the mixtape case, package much time into it.” The modern mixtape has even at, faceand send out for delivery. gained coverage on the tech-front, and Their product became availwhich Ramirez said was “cool students may find discount codes able in mid-November. A modern mixtape is $17 with free shipping and out-of-the-blue” from Wired on either website. The mixtapes are within the U.S. and $3 for interna- magazine in mid-March and De- also on Etsy, Amazon, and Ebay.

Future Einsteins drawn to LAC Science teachers guide visitors through their labs. By Arieel Alcaraz and Jacob Rosborough City Style Editor Images Editor

Jacob Rosborough/Viking BONDING: Dean Paul Creason of Health and Science, left, uses a bottle of solution which under ultraviolet light shows bacteria on the human hand with mircobiolgy professor Robyn Arias on Friday, May 3.

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The science night Friday, May 3 in the D Building attracted the Long Beach Unified School District students and Long Beach YMCA members. The event was put together by Dean of Health and Science Paul Creason and Microbiolgy teacher

Robyn Arias. Along with many of the life science teachers and staff members, they guided LBCC students and other students to show them the value of life sciences. Arias said, “The point of the fair was to outreach to the Long Beach schools and people individuals that are interested in science.” The tour of the science areas started with the biology report to show what different labs offer. The presentations included the microbiology lab, anatomy demonstrations and ended with the weather climate lab. Creason said, “It’s an excuse

for people to get introduced into the exciting world of science and all its forms and to recruit future science majors.” Many of the teachers gave demonstrations of each different labs in their field of expertise. Student Trustee Jason Troia said, “This is very educational.” The physiology lab shows the effects of smoking and drugs have on the human heart, brain and lungs. Creason said the science night was attended by more than 700 people. The program is similar to many at LBCC that aim to recruit current and high school students.

City Style

May 16, 2013

Panelists share spiritual views



By Jason Gastrich Copy Editor

Jackson said his beliefs focus on reducing and eliminating pain and suffering in the world. He Four speakers engaged a stu- also said when an ego dies after dent audience at this year’s spiri- people realize it’s an illusion, they tuality discussion panel Tuesday, can write their own story. May 14 at the LAC. Christian Science speaker “It was very informative and Joshua Reeves is a minister in Seal they all made good points,” said Beach and he said his religion foStephanie Mendez, 19, a film ma- cuses on mysticism. He told the jor. audience how mysticism is a part Each representative spoke to of many belief systems, including the audience for 15 minutes and Islam, called Sufism, and Christithen answered questions from anity, called Gnosticism. them. The four groups representThe final speaker Bunny ed included atheists or skeptics, Wilson practices Wicca and deBuddhists, Christian Scientists scribed herself as a witch and a and Wiccans. They carefully ex- pagan who celebrates solstices plained what their belief system and equinoxes. “Keep yourself is and isn’t about and they high- open to things around you. What lighted many positive aspects of you can’t see or feel has to be their lifestyle. known as belief and not fact,” she The first speaker, Robert said. She also encouraged the auRichert, represented non-belief dience to find who they are. and discussed the atheist’s viewThe first half of the event took point, one hour saying no and then I just believe in karproof of the speakan afterers fielded ma and having good life exquestions morals. ists. He for about s t re s s e d an hour. It –Stephanie Mendez film major h o w was not a atheism debate or a is simchallenging ply a neatmosphere, gation and doesn’t make any but respectful students made positive claims about any gods. honest inquiries and received anDispelling some of the most com- swers, often from several panel mon misconceptions people have members. about atheists, Richert also coined “I just believe in karma and the phrase, “religious hedonism” having good morals,” Mendez and said people should seek jus- said as she watched the presenters tice in this life and not wait until answer questions from the audithe next one. ence. The next speaker, Engo Jackson, Past discussions from 2011 donned a distinct look with a shaven and 2012 are archived online and head and face and he enlightened available for viewing on LBCC’s the audience about Buddhism. He YouTube channel. mentioned obtaining Zen and folLBCC anthropology Professor lowing the 8-fold path to enlight- Adrian Novotny organizes and enment, saying when Buddha was advises the annual event and said asked if there is life after death exists, he would like to host a politics he said, “We have far more import- panel in the future. ant things to talk about.”

D.A. Phillips/Viking Regional sales representative of SiriusXM Radio Jodi Grossgold visits Robert Hersh’s radio and television class in the G Building .

Prof mixes beer, philosophy By Tonia Ciancanelli Managing Editor

In an effort to bring teachers together amid statewide budget cuts, the full-time teachers union has hosted a series of “know your college, know your colleagues” events to celebrate the accomplishments of LBCC teachers. About 25 people joined philosophy teacher Matt Lawrence as he presented relationships between beer and philosophical ideas from his book “Philosophy on Tap” on Friday, May 10. Hosted at union President Lynn Shaw’s house, the event highlighted five philosophies paired with the appropriate brew from Lawrence’s book, offering

guests a chance to taste the beers and ask questions. Chapter 11 titled, “Untangling Taste: Are some beers truly better than others?” examines philosopher Immanuel Kant’s objective attitude toward “beer greatness” compared to philosopher Virgil Aldrich’s subjective approach. Lawrence suggests washing down the great beer conundrum with Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale. While Lawrence said he altered Kant and Aldrich’s quotes to better adhere to the pub philosophy, their generalized approaches are genuine. The objective Kant would argue that particular elements of the beer are what make it great, while the subjective Aldrich would argue that each in-

dividual beer drinker makes a judgment about the beers based on their personal preference and taste buds. LBCC Philosophy student Zack Ford said Lawrence has a unique ability to educate his students on all sides of whatever spectrum he is covering. He never imposes his personal views, allowing others to form their own opinions. Mary Marki, LBCC history teacher who also coordinates the events, plans to collaborate with students for a joint event next semester. “We want to showcase the faculty’s passions and strengths and kind of remind us that faculty and students are at the heart of the college.”



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Sophomore swimmer leaves her legacy

By Kristin Grafft Staff Writer

From mommy and me swim classes at two years old to breaking an LBCC record at 19, Christine MacLennan has always been a swimmer. MacLennan said, “I like swimming because I am very competitive and I love that it is not only a race against your opponents but a race against the clock.” After being named co-swimmer of the year for South Coast Conference in 2012, MacLennan’s goal this year was to break a record. She focused this season on preparing for the conference finals and making the state championship at East LA College. Her focus and determination this season paid off as she broke the LBCC record in the women’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.46 at the state championship. Teammate Jackie Rojas said, “I’m so happy that she broke that 50 free (style) record because she deserved it. She and I were the only women that went to state last year, so we came into this season knowing that we had to break both of those records and we did.” Rojas broke the LBCC records for the women’s 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 31.11 and the 100-yard breaststroke with 1.08.57. Although MacLennan will always enjoy swimming, she has not decided if she will continue to do it competitively. MacLennan plans to transfer to CSULB in the Fall or next Spring at the latest. CSULB has a water polo team that MacLennan is considering playing for, but


SWIMMING TO HISTORY: Using her record-breaking freestyle stroke, Christine MacLennan swims in LBCC’s pool. they do not have a competitive swim team. If MacLennan stays at LBCC for one more semester, she will not be able to continue competing here because of the twoyear limit on competitive sports. She took full advantage of her two years though, competing in swimming and water polo. MacLennan said, “I am sad that I cannot compete another year at LBCC. I really enjoyed being coached by Chris Oeding and Dave Kasa and I loved being part of the team. I improved so much during my time

Runners fall short of California final

here and I had great teammates and experiences.” MacLennan also said swimming for LBCC has made her stronger as an athlete and a person. Oeding described MacLennan as, “an ideal student-athlete and a pleasure to coach.” Although Oeding has enjoyed having MacLennan as part of the team, he is also excited about the possibility of her competing elsewhere.

“Christine has the ability to compete in swimming and water polo at the next level and (she) will be a great addition to any program. We will miss her contributions to the aquatics teams, but look forward to following her once she has moved on,” Oeding said. Rojas echoes the sentiment saying, “She has a lot of potential in swimming and in water polo. I know she will do great things in her future if she continues to play.”

By Pedro Cruz Co-Sports Editor

me to. Plus, I’ve been fighting an illness for the last three weeks so I think my body finally told me The season for a trio of Viking enough was enough.” freshman runners who qualified As for next year’s season, for the Southern California Re- Weaver’s goal is to “definitely” gional Championships at Ante- make it to the state championlope Valley College in Lancaster ships. He expects to have a good on May 4 and 11 has come to an Summer with some altitude end. workouts to “get ready to take None of the athletes had the that state title.” qualifying times to advance to the The other freshman runner state championships Friday and to compete was Christian BassSaturday man, who May 17 and I actually feel fine and I’m not finished in 18 at Col7th place disappointed at all. I mean I lege of San in the 100 made it farther than anyone ex- m e t e r s Mateo. T h e with a seapected me to. only LBCC son-best -Justin Weaver time women to of Track and field athlete 10.74. compete at SoCal LBCC championships was Jaylin Branch, men’s track and field team tied who finished 5th in the 400 meter with Antelope Valley College race, with a season best of 57.21 with two points to place 25th seconds. Branch needed to place out of 27 teams. 4th to advance to the state chamThe women’s team placed pionships. She also ran the 200 25th with four points among 26 meters in 25.46 to finish in 9th teams. On the men’s side Riverplace. side was crowned as champions Freshman Justin Weaver ran with 225 points, followed by Mt. the 1500 meters in 4:23.28 and San Antonio with 98 points and finished in 12th place. San Diego Mesa with 96 points. When talking about how he Cerritos took first place felt about not qualifying for the on the women’s side with 116 state championship, Weaver said, points. Finishing 2nd was Riv“I actually feel fine and I’m not erside with 90 points, followed disappointed at all. I mean I made by Mt. San Antonio with 88.5 it farther than anyone expected points.

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Clubs face each other in soccer intramurals

Athena and Thor capture titles in 3-on-3 soccer tournament. By Ryan Craighead Staff Writer

D.A. Phillips/Viking HAWAII BOUND: Tyler Tuliau, a 6-5, 200-pound forward, signed a national letter of intent to go to Brigham Young University in Hawaii next year. Tuliau led the state in scoring with 21.2 points per game. He was second in the conference, averaging nine rebounds a game.

Basketball player gains full-ride to BYU Hawaii State’s top scorer returns to his Oahu home. By Ryan Craighead Staff Writer LBCC men’s basketball sophomore forward Tyler Tuliau will continue his collegiate career at Brigham Young University of Hawaii starting this Fall. Tuliau leaves the Vikings after a sophomore season scoring 21.2 points per game to lead the

state. Despite LBCC’s sub-.500 record, Tuliau earned first-team all-conference honors for the South Coast conference Southern division. BYU Hawaii awarded a fullride scholarship to Tuliau, aiding in his decision instead of several Division II schools, including some in North Dakota. He said he is looking forward to graduating with his degree and doing the best he can as a contributor for the basketball team in Hawaii. “It’s in the North Shore and the best place for me out of all

of my options,” Tuliau said, “Plus I have my family in that town. It just made sense. I’m an islander anyways, so I should be out there.” Although from the Long Beach area, he attended Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas before returning to play for LBCC. Of his time at LBCC, Tuliau’s favorite memory was the Feb. 13 game against Cerritos. “The gym was packed and we ended up with the win,” Tuliau said. He scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds during the game.

The Athena women’s social-service club defeated Isis in the women’s final and Thor defeated the Warriors, the male representatives of Athena, during the men’s final of the intramural soccer tournament on Friday, April 19. Business major Dominick Magallon, 18, said, “I don’t remember the score, but I know Athena won.” The men’s soccer field was modified for smaller fields with smaller goals for the 3-on-3 tournament. The one-day tourney started at 11 a.m. Students, players and spectators commented on the heat, de-

spite the relatively short 8-minute halves. “It was very hot that day. I got three shades darker,” Magallon said. Destiny Duhon, 19, a nursing major and a member of Athena, was injured and unable to play. He said, “I was in the shade and cheering, but far away.” An active participant for intramurals is English major Gregory Macias, 19. Macias is a member of the Thane men’s honor society and a pledge for Aztlan. Macias said that winning intramural events “brings a sense of pride to the clubs” because they often compete directly against other clubs on campus. LBCC clubs had a strong presence in the finals of the Mini Grand Prix and soccer tournament. Aztlan had both final teams in the men’s Mini Grand Prix and a women’s representative team race against Isis in the women’s race final.

Golfers to raise funds

A golf tournament honoring long-time former LBCC administrator John Fylpaa will be Thursday, May 16, at the Recreation Park Golf Course in Long Beach. The golf tournament is one of the largest fundraisers for LBCC athletic program and it has raised more than $500,000. After 33 years serving LBCC, Flypaa retired in June 2011. He is still involved with the community. He is the president of the Long Beach Century Club and vice

chairman of the Board for the LBS Credit Union. He also serves as the chairman of the academic committee for Memorial Healthcare Systems. As for the tournament, a number of spots are available to play. The cost to participate is $185 per person or $740 for a four-player team. Every player in the tournament will receive pre-tournament practice at the range, with access to golf cart, a tee package, lunch and dinner.

Locker room attendants assist athletic department By Jason Gastrich Copy Editor The women’s and men’s locker room attendants Pat Hicks and Jimmie Flowers help LBCC athletic students get what they need and on their way. Hicks began working as the women’s locker room attendant in 2009. Before that job, she worked for 10 years as the Viking volunteer coordinator for Student Life. “There are several things I like about my job. The top two are the interaction with the athletes, dance students and the students taking kinesiology classes. The students are the main reason I like working at LBCC. The second one is I love setting up for athletic events, watching our teams be successful and tearing down the equipment when they’re done,” Hicks said. Hicks enjoys watching professional and college football and ice hockey. She also said she has a passion for old muscle cars, old collectible cars and studying the law, especially famous civil rights cases. Born in Canyon, Texas, she hopes to return to the mountains one day, in either Northern California or Colorado.


Locker Room Attendant After serving in the ASB Cabinet two semesters, at age 52, Hicks graduated from LBCC with honors in 2002 and transferred to Cal State Long Beach where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in public policy and law. At the top of her class, Hicks graduated magna cum laude with a 3.975 grade point average. “The one thing I want students and employees to know is never give up. My life experiences made me the person I am today. Never give up the fight to make your dreams come true, never

lose your dignity and self-esteem because you are the only one who can take that away from you. My dad said it best when he told me, ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff and in the end, it is all small stuff,’” Hicks said. Flowers is an LBCC graduate with an associate of arts degree in communications and has been working for LBCC for 10 years. “Focus on your dreams. I’m a big dream guy,” Flowers said from behind the locker room cage. He inventories all of the sports gear, fits the football team with shoulder pads and prepares the equipment for the basketball and baseball players. “I really enjoy serving the athletes,” he said. Born in San Diego and raised in Long Beach, Flowers attended Jordan High School and is married with one young daughter. He is looking forward to attending an equipment manager’s conference this Summer to learn more about technology in athletic equipment. In Las Vegas, he will see the latest football helmets and shoulder pads and meet people and manufacturers in the industry. “Live life. Tomorrow is today,” Flowers said.

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KEEPING CONTROL: Jimmie Flowers, LBCC’s men’s athletics attendant, is in charge of football, baseball and basketball equipment.



COLLEGE RADIO Thursday, May 16 KLBC, KCTY and I.E. News presents “Soundwave 2013” at the LAC G114, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., spotlighting Southern California’s artists and bands.

KINESIOLOGY CLUB IMPORTANT DATES Thursday, May 30 85th anniversary gala Monday, May 27 Holiday, no classes Now until Wednesday, June 5 Spring semester Monday, June 10 Fall priority registration begins Thursday, May 30Wednesday, June 5 Finals will be on the last day of class. Monday, June 24 Summer semester begins Monday, Aug. 26 Fall semester begins

STUDENT ELECTIONS LBCC’s ASB invites students interested to served on the Associated Student Body Cabinet to consider one of the elected or appointed positions. Thursday, May 16 Candidate forum on PCC Lawn, 11 a.m.- noon Friday, May 17 Mandatory expense sheets are due by noon to Office of Student Life, LAC E119 or PCC EE102. Receipts must be attached with no exceptions or excuses. Tuesday, May 21 Elections at PCC 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 5- 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 Elections at LAC and PCC 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 23 Elections at LAC 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 5- 7 p.m. Friday, May 24 Newly elected officers schedule a mandatory meeting with ASB adviser. Tuesday, May 28 Appointed positions interviews. Friday, May 31 Installation of 2013-2013 officers. All candidates seeking an appointed position will be required to complete an application. Candidates running for elected positions must only attend one of the two mandatory information sessions. For more information, students may contact the Office of Student Affairs at E213 (562) 938-4154

Students with the kinesiology major or interested in the field are welcome to join the Kinesiology Club. The club will have the opportunity to participate in ASB- sponsored activities and events, meet kinesiology majors from the neighboring universities, hear from LBCC speakers and be introduced to professionals working in the various career paths a kinesiology major can pursue. Workouts are Mondays at 1 p.m. Meetings are on Fridays at 9 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Q Building at LAC. (562) 938-4378 Saturday, May 18 Benefit car wash At LAC between Buildings B and C, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $5, the day of he car wash is $7, trucks and larger vehicles are $10. Thursday, May 23 The Donna Prindle Classic The Kinesiology Club will be hosting co-ed volleyball games in honor of Prindle, the Hall of Champions inductee at LAC Quad, noon- 3 p.m.

SOCIAL MEDIA Sunday, May 19 The Open Doors Club, G.S.A. and the E.Q.U.A.L.I.T.E.E. Club are collaborating to create a float for this year’s Long Beach Pride Festival and more students are invited to walk in the parade. This year’s theme is “30 years proud” and students are encouraged to wear clothing that will represent the past three decades. More information email twogetherisbetter@ Thursday, May 23 The E.Q.U.A.L.I.T.E.E. Club presents “We’re Still Here Theater” with special guests G.S.A. at LAC in F110. They will be screening a Tarantino film. The concession stands will be filled with favorite movie snacks, cash only and most snacks are priced at a $1 each. Show times are 7 and 9 p.m. Open 6:30- 11 p.m. Due to R rating, 17 and older are allowed.

SPECIAL EVENTS Thursday, May 16 LBCC Foundations Athletics Associates 30th Annual Golf Tournament will be honoring former LBCC administrator and current Long Beach Century Club President John Fylpaa at

the Recreation Golf Course in Long Beach at 1 p.m. Spots are still available to play in the tournament. Cost is $185 per person or $740 per four-player team. Every player receives per-tournament practice at the range, golf, electric cart, a tee package, as well as lunch and dinner. Online registrations lbccvikings. com/golf. Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18 The LBCC jazz and pop vocal groups present their annual Spring concert series, “The Spring Thing,” in LAC Auditorium. An opportunity drawing will be conducted each night. Prizes include dinners to restaurants. Tickets may be purchased at the box office before the concert. General admission is $10. Students, employees, children and seniors citizens are $5.

May 16, 2013 Now until Wednesday May 22 University transfer reception The employees want to personally congratulate the students with great achievement of transferring to a university. The RSVP form for the university transfer reception is due at noon in the Transfer and Career Center in LAC A1097, PCC MC132. If students have been admitted to a university for the Spring 2013 or Fall 2013 semester, they are invited to attend the reception on Wednesday, May 29 at 4 p.m. in LAC T1200. Refreshments and appetizers will be served, and each transfer student will receive a transfer recognition certificate. Professional photographers will also be available for the event. Space is limited and reservations may close early. (562) 938-4353 or (562) 938-4846

Now until Monday, May 20 SANKOFA Scholars school supply drive on behalf of the “For the Child” organization. Students may participate and receive community service hours with a maximum of five hours for the donations they bring. Individual unpackaged items will not be accepted. Donations may be dropped off at LAC E119. Thursday, May 23 Guinness Bootday LBCC Kickers invite all students to wear boots minimum of seven inches high from the heel. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the LAC Quad with a student ID. A group picture will be taken at 12:30 p.m. Donations are needed for an application processing fee of $700. Email the word “KICK” to, text or call (314) 299-455 for donation.


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May 16, 2013


Protest leads marchers to Long Beach City Hall From page 1 According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Troia said, “85 to 90 percent are minorities and they represent the demographics of Long Beach in far greater ways than any other programs do.” At the end of the three-mile march from the PCC to Orange Avenue, Troia said, “We are trying to get attention from the community and from City Hall. That was the goal. We had television news, radio and about 10 different newspapers. We got a lot of attention.” At the special Board meeting on Thursday, May 9, the Board announced 16 teacher layoffs. And then on Tuesday, May 14, trustees listened to further criticism in regard to the program discontinuance. Students questioned the reasoning behind the Board’s decision to go forward with the cuts.

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MARCHERS: LBCC students and supporters protest in front of Long Beach City Hall after marching from the PCC. They protested the recent program cuts at the college, leading to 11 vocational programs being cut.

Gala marks anniversary with many alumni honors From page 1

Ramon Lontok/Viking HONOREE: Educational technologist C.C. Sadler talks about what it’s like to be one of the alumni at the 85th anniversary gala on May 30. Sadler is being honored as Viking of the decade.

C.C. Sadler said she feels ambivalent about her recognition. Although she lends her expertise to the success of the faculty, staff and students and is a Certified Zentangle Teacher, teaching workshops, she does not see why she would be recognized. She sees Brian Russell, who is also being recognized as a Viking of the decade, as Long Beach’s biggest volunteer. “I admire him so much for doing what she does,” she said. When recalling her favorite memory as a LBCC staff member, she said, “I love commencement, I think it’s fabulous. I’ve done something different every year during the event.” She said she enjoys seeing the excitement on the faces of family members and the sense of accomplishment in the graduates. Nominations for favorite LBCC employee can be made by donating $85. Their nominee will be acknowledged in the 85th anniversary commemorative book and will be recognized during the gala. Associate director of public relations and marketing Ruthie Retana, said she looks forward to

seeing the happiness on the faces of Vikings being honored. She said, “I look forward to seeing history play out on stage as Vikings of the decade are recognized.” Guests will be greeted with an outdoor reception at 5:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., guests will transition to the LAC Hall of Champions, where they will eat dinner. It is estimated that 300-350 guests will attend, said Retana. Retana said background entertainment will be provided by a jazz band. She also said one highlight of the night guests can look forward to is the “Invest in a Viking” live auction. Guests will be encouraged to invest on a Viking by bidding in the amounts of $2,500 to help a student attend LBCC for two years, $1,200 to attend for a year, $600 for a semester, $150 for a class, or $100 to purchase one book. Ruthie Retana also said, the 85th gala cake by Choura Events will be one of the focal points. Bank of the West, Cordoba Corporation, Port of Long Beach and RBC Capital Markets are sponsoring the event.

WorldCat internationally links LBCC’s Library By Leonard Kelley Staff Writer

The LBCC Library has introduced and is evaluating a unique management system. The WorldCat 21st century application is improving research and organizing all types of indexed material, like a personal library, librarians said. Tania Lucio, 20, an undecided major, said, “Without a doubt, I easily found the materials and locations for assignments.” Richard Mejia, 21, a political science major, said, “WorldCat is better than Google for localizing my search for case briefs of state law constitutions.” Students may log in to the

WorldCat profile and access applications, 300 bookmarks and share tools. They may catalogue resources in a profile and post comments and opinions for review. Students also may search availability of indexed material call numbers. WorldCat only defaults to the LAC or PCC’s libraries. Using the LBCC website, users may search other libraries by zip code. CDs, audiobooks, videos, magazines, print and other media may be searched. Celina Lee, Library Department head, said, “The Library is excited about our new system. WorldCat incorporates innovative technologies such as social networking features, leveraging the

size and scope of the largest library catalogue on earth and it integrates our print and electronic database collections in one user-friendly interface for students.” Without awareness of any change, Stephanie Vargas, a sophomore, Mayra Nunez, a freshman, Alan Lopez, a freshman, and Carrie Rutledge, a sophomore, used the LAC’s Library with ease, even in the first few weeks it was implemented. The tool frees Library staff, especially considering how the old card catalogue for book referencing worked. Saving the school $5,000, WorldCat was designed by the OCLC, a non-profit organization,

which is dedicated to cataloging all new and old publications and classifying data with a category of identity throughout the world called “WorldShare,” librarians said. It helps libraries build a platform for exchange, while developers and partners operate innovate collectively, they added. Users may quickly link to “Ask A Librarian” and other online services. To date, 261,837 visual materials are archived, there are 1,087,174 archival materials and 13,066 downloadable articles. Users can refine their search by author, year, content or topic. Dena Laney, a systems librarian, said, “My job was made easier now that all the checkout of books

is done by WorldCat’s cloud base system. No servers are used here. It’s all done over the Internet.” Students may access the system on their phone. Electronic and print sources are available. If a book is unavailable, students may use WorldCat’s interlibrary loan and receive the material in a week or two. There is no cost for interstate transfers. Users can also tabulate topics with bookmarks and streamline new browsers. Santa Barbara City College and Pasadena City College are WorldCat enabled. “The more combined California libraries using WorldCat, the less it will cost,” Laney said.”



May 16, 2013


SURVEY The Viking staff asked 124 students across the campuses if they agree or disagree with the recent ASB Cabinet vote of no confidence in the Board of Trustees: “The ASB Cabinet approved a vote of no confidence Monday, April 22, against the Board of Trustees and the administration based on their ability to manage the college after discontinuing 11 programs. At the Board meeting Tuesday, April 23, the student trustee made allegations that the Board violated the Brown Act by discussing program discontinuance in closed session. The Board was then served with recall papers to be removed from the Board.”


What do you think of the upcoming smoking ban on the campuses? Compiled Wednesday, May 15, at the LAC by Jennifer Ruff

Nathan Zankich, 21 Graphic design major “I think people are going to smoke anyway.”

Eric Amores, 21 Undecided major “It won’t work. Too many people smoke here.”

Rosalie Rivera, 20 Nursing major “It’s not going to stop people from smoking. It’s just going to anger them.”

David McCracken, 21 Culinary arts major “The only issue I see is littering, when there are ashtrays around.”


May 16, 2013



Letters to the editor

Job opportunities Oakley not to blame for cuts found on campus Some students may be won- departments at LBCC may have dering why there are not enough funds available to hire a student jobs and better opportunities on assistant. campus. The students do not necessarThere is a lack of on-campus ily have to qualify for financial aid jobs for students because the ca- and are paid out of the departreer center receives job postings ment budget that hires them. for off-campus part-time and Students should be prepared full-time positions from various when looking for a job. Usually employers. employers request sending a reStudents can go on the web- sume or cover letter. site careers. Due to the budget and look at cuts and jobs. Unshortage of Students can check out fortunately, the website often because staff, workdue to the jobs may come through shops have during the school year. not been economy, th center has offered this only recentsemester. ly started H o w receiving more job openings. ever, there will be some offered For on-campus jobs, the ma- within a few weeks. Many opjority of departments request portunities are being offered at Federal Work Study students different times and on special through the Financial Aid Office. occasions so the website has to be The jobs are also posted on checked multiple times to know the website, usually a few weeks what are the next job openings. prior to the beginning of the Currently, the science departschool year. ment is looking for a student paid Students can check out the assisstant for the lab. website often because jobs may More opportunities may come come through during the school as the Summer semester starts on year as well. June 24 and the Fall semester beNot all students will quali- ginning on Aug. 26. fy for work study. Occasionally,

There has been a lot of noise and “protests” calling for the President’s termination, Trustees resignations and many students having the “cut the head off the beast” mentality because of budget cut issues. President Oakley does make over $250,000 a year, plus a contractual 4% increase every year. The board of trustees have regularly used LBCC Board as a launching platform to achieve higher political offices, so they cut programs to tout “fiscal responsibility” as a tag line when they run for office in the future. This does come with a cost however. Various programs have been cut and many classes have been slashed. Being a photographer and a former audio technician, seeing these programs being cut hurts me on a personal level. But the students are not taking the right steps! Angered students are lashing out at the administration for program cuts and the administration, instead of talking to us as adults. Sad to say but LBCC is capitol hill and we are fighting like the democrats and republicans. Pointing fingers, not compromising and making a toxic environment.

This is creating friction on campus between the sheepherders and the sheep when we should in fact be working together to fix the problem. Various cost saving measures can be done if time and effort are put into it and I have outlined a proposal to both sides

stored to its previous levels, where will we be? We will be cutting the programs AGAIN and have ZERO dollars in the reserves. LBCC is accomplishing Liberal Studies and Vocational Studies. LBCC needs to focus on Liberal Studies so unfortunately cuts should be geared towards vocational. With local schools such as The Art Institute, Crimson Technical School, etc. that cover vocational needs, the cuts, were taken in the right spots. We need to work together and stand together. As a regular student here at LBCC, Elizabeth Cheruto/Viking I am extending of the “aisle”. my olive branch to work with the I also drafted a compromise all parties and mediate a solution. that will assist those students in I want to know who will the “bigthe cut programs to complete ger man” be first? Who will end their programs if they are not on the crisis and start the solution? track to do so this semester. Both I am a communications major available online. at LBCC. I have worked as a stage I have read or heard every manager for Poly High School and excuse in the book on why the Renaissance High School for the board of trustees is wrong. Please Arts for 8 years before returning let me debunk one here and a few to LBCC to work on his degree. I more are available online. have been successful in mediating “We have a swollen reserve conflicting groups both small and fund; let’s use that to save pro- large as well as streamlining poligrams.” The reserve fund may cies for various entities. fund these programs for a year or By David Stephens two but when the budget is not reCommunications Major

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Democracy demanded

As a proud, long-standing community member of the Coalition for Good Jobs and a Healthy Community as well as adviser of the Civic Engagement Club and faculty member in the LBCC Community Studies Program I would like to respond and add to recent Viking coverage of the PSOC . The comments published by impassioned student Andrea Donado were unfortunate; she never intended to be quoted as she was. She further does not desire to put a wedge in progressive organizing efforts in Long Beach. A lesson learned when speaking to the media! I also failed to supply the Coalition with the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) voter turnout data which would have complimented the PSOC slides on voter turnout in the 2010 Mayoral/City Council seats. It is refreshing to see a civically engaged student body at LBCC. Will the voter turnout in the April 2014 election increase as organizing at LBCC and the greater Long Beach community increase? Democracy Now!

By Janét Hund Assistant Professor of Social Sciences



May 16, 2013

Members of Aztlan adapt the Disney classic “Snow White“ for the performance. The social-service club received the sweepstakes award for its performance.

Animated Spring Singers take stage Story by Gabriela Mendoza Staff Writer Photos by Jacob Rosborough Images Editor The Aztlan men’s social service club won sweepstakes for the third year in a row for the performance of their skit, “Snow White,” at the 62nd annual LBCC Spring Sing, which was presented in the Hall of Champions gym for the first time, on Friday, May 3. Hundreds of spectators cheered for the participants and winners of the ASB-sponsored event. The event also serves as a fundraiser for scholarships at the college. The show included 19 acts judged by four LBCC employees and one special act. The different types of performance

The women’s social-club Teen ‘n’ Twenties, also known as TNT, do their rendition of the Cartoon Network series “The Powerpuff Girls” as one of the opening acts.

arts included singing, acting, playing instruments, comedy, poetry reading and other forms of musical performances. Six of the performances were skits performed by school clubs while the rest were solos and group acts. ASB Rep. of Arts and Spring Sing mistress of ceremonies Sarah Twilley opened the show with a medley of songs from the choral performance major’s past performances. Twilley said, “This event helps prove and promote the relationship between the students and staff here at LBCC,” in her opening comments. Many of the participants began preparation for the event during the fall. Peter Serna, president of Aztlan said, “Spring Sing to us is a year-long event we prepare for. We begin in the Fall semester

Carlos Benavidez performs his updated version of Beethoven in Italian during the annual event.

by fundraising money. Then when Spring comes around, we focus on our skit and adapting it to our member’s personalities. Every member of our organization contributes in one way or another. You might just see those who are performing, but it takes a lot of behind the scenes work to get things accomplished.” Other LBCC students prepared for their performance by creating original pieces of art. Nathan Douglas, an audio commercial advertising major, and Israel Matamoros, winner of best dramatic male performance, both presented original work to the audience. Douglas said his piece, a combination of song and spoken word, was dedicated to all who were impacted by the program cuts at LBCC. Douglas performed the lyrics, “No

more California dreamin’, nothing sacred, nothing dear… blame it on Sacramento, blame it on anyone else, it’s the new frugality… officials sat there with blank faces and listened to us moan and vent… it was an act so cold, but in the end they did us in.” Marisol Herrera, 18, an undecided major, said, “It was a pretty good show. My favorite act was the guy and girl (Eliezer Berdugo and Justine Abellera) who sang “Poison and Wine,” they looked like they knew what they were doing. Overall, I think all of the winners deserved it.” Other winners from all categories were TNT, the men of Aztlan, Stefan Jevtic, Israel Matamoros, the order of Thor, the Ladies of Isis, Eliezer Berdugo and Justine Abellera, Alpha Gamma Sigma and the Ladies of Athena.

Justine Abellera and Eliezer Berdugo sing “Poison and Wine” by the country duo The Civil Wars.

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