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Unit Prices to Increase Again charge. Students without financial aid will have to pay the fee directly. So if a student is paying for 15 units and is not being assisted by financial aid, it‘s going to be an additional 150 bucks,‖ said Gruelich. A $400 million budget cut to California But this is not the first time an increase community colleges is about to take its in tuition fees has occurred. toll as VVC unit prices rise from $26 to ―We‘ve seen increases and decreases $36. This $10 increase is due to the state in the student fee since the college starthaving 25 billion in deficits . ed. And in those times when the fee in―Governor Brown has proposed solvcreased there was an associated decrease ing the state budget deficit and part of in enrollments. But I don‘t anticipate that there would be a $ 400 million cut that happening this time because the to community colleges. To offset that competition for a classroom seat is at a cut, the legislature raised fees to raise very high level,‖ said Gruelich. $110 million in revenues. This was recUnfortunately there is alommended by Governor ready speculation of yet anBrown and adopted by the legislature,‖ said Scott Lay, “Essentially it’s other raise in unit prices in CEO of the Community going to be the near future. Theresa Tena, Director of College League of Califortough on some Fiscal Policy at the Communia. Governor Brown proof our students nity College League of California has said, ―I should note posed the fee increase to be approved by the legislature especially those the state still faces a $14 bilalmost two weeks ago. The who don’t get lion dollar structural shortfall legislature is who sets the and the colleges may very financial aid.” well experience another fee fees for the college. increase prior to the start of ―They‘re required to the academic year 2011-12.‖ charge the new fee in fall 2011 semester. In the end, this has little impact on It‘s certainly a larger fee increase than we would support but it‘s probably necthose who receive financial aid, but to those who pay out of their own pocket essary to avoid deeper cuts to class offor their classes the $10 raise poses a big ferings. Right now this is the best case problem. scenario in avoiding deeper cuts and larger fee increases,‖ said Lay. Bill Gruelich, Victor Valley College In this Public Information Officer, has commented on the issue of the raised tuition fees, sympathizing with those students without financial aid. ―Essentially it‘s going to be tough on some of our students especially those who don‘t get financial aid. Their costs are going to rise by $10 a unit and there‘s no assistance available to assist them in overcoming this additional

Shoeless For a Cause

Story by Carlos Garcia Reporter

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Story by Joseph Ciulla Editor-in-Chief If you were wandering around on campus Tuesday April 5, you may have noticed something a bit out of the ordinary. What you saw were people walking around barefoot in support of the 4th annual ―One Day Without Shoes.‖ According to the events web- Participants in ―One Day site; ―In many Without Shoes.‖ Photo courtesy of CSC developing countries, children must walk barefoot for miles to school, clean water and medical help. Hundreds of millions of children are at risk of injury, infection and soiltransmitted diseases that most can‘t afford to treat or prevent.‖ The event has become a very popular event on college campuses around the nation.

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ASB Candidates Campaign For Officer Positions Story and Photos by Tiandra Bullock Reporter Campaigning officially began as of March 28 for the Victor Valley College Associated Student Body‘s 50 Annual Spring General Election for the 20112012 school year. An inauguration joined with new faces is coming for the VVC ASB council. Deanna Murphy, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services, listed the current candidates running for the Spring General Election as the following: Monica Cabingatan, Christopher Dustin, and Roderick Gray for President, Jeremiah Brosowske for Vice President, Monique Ballard for Treasurer, Joanna Cervantes for Executive Senator, and Alanha Medina for Athletics Senator. All candidates are currently campaigning and can be found on campus throughout the school week. As listed in the ASB election packet, the timeline for the 2011-2012 election consist of a candidate open forum on May 3 and 4 in the Students Activity Center for candidates to openly discuss any questions or comments concerning the election with times to be announced. Spring Election Day is on May 10 from 9a.m.-7p.m. and May 11 from 9a.m. - 5

p.m., lastly the announcement of election results on June 10. Polls for voting will be located in the Advanced Technology Center, gymnasium, and the SAC. Expressed collectively by a few of the candidates, their duty if and when elected is to represent the students and their position favorably, be the voice for student‘s thoughts and sincerely make a better campus for the students. The outcome of the election will provide a new family of ASB members and a new di- Monique Ballard, Christopher Dustin, Roderick Gray, rection for the council and its future en- Jeremiah Brosowske and Joanna Cervantes. deavors. With 18 officer positions available for several available positions. Interested in running for council? The minimum qualifications require that the student be enrolled in six semester units, have a 2.0 grade point average, and hold a current ASB card. ASB election packets with all campaign references can be found in the ASB office located upstairs in the Student Activities Center. ASB strongly encourages all students to participate and vote in the upcoming election and all other events hosted on campus. For more information on ASB elecAmanda O‘Connell, Monique Ballard, Joanna Cervantions and upcoming events, call (760) tes and Monica Cabingatan 245-4271 ext. 2773 or email candidacy, including the six mentioned, there are still

Pell Grant Cuts Are Addressed in ASACC Trip Story by Lisa Johnson Reporter The Associated Student Body returned from the American Student Association of Community Colleges conference in Washington D.C. pleased with the impact of the spring 2011 Congressional letter- writing campaign. ―The letter-writing campaign made the most impact on the Congressmen and Representatives,‖ said ASB Fine Arts Senator Gregory Harbor II. 11 Victor Valley College ASB representatives attended the conference last month armed with more than 1,400 letters from VVC students in hopes to per-

suade the congressional representatives year, giving students more time to find to vote no on the proposed Pell Grant employment. cuts. ―Going to the ―The Washington “It shows that education conference made Monument is 550 feet everyone feel more tall and serves as a is 10 times as important prepared to deal symbol of how imwith all the issues. of an investment.” portant our Country is This was a really to us. The Pell grant is $5,550. It shows inspiring trip,‖ said Student Developthat education is 10 times as important ment and Languages Senator Darci of an investment,‖ said Math and SciWasinger. ence Senator Joseph Hourany. Nearly 5,000 VVC students receive The ASB reps also addressed an Pell Grants and other financial aid and extension on the repayment of student the purpose of this trip was personal in loans to Congressional Representatives. nature. Currently payments begin on the loans ―Tell the personal effect because cuts six months after a student graduates or affect real people,‖ said ASB Adviser stops attending school. The proposal Robert Sewell. requests that payments not begin for one

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VVC Clubs Celebrate Cesar Chavez With Mexican Cuisine Story and Photo by Robert Rust Reporter The Ready Rams Club and Spanish Club recognized César Chávez at Victor Valley College on March 31 in the Student Activities Center with authentic Mexican food fund-raising. César Chávez (March 21, 1927 – April 23, 1923) was a Latino civil right activist who co-founded the National Farmers Association. He also played a major role in the American labor movement that changed America with labor unions. The Ready Rams Club offered homemade horchata, chorizo burritos and beans. The club was selling this food for a fundraiser for their next event. ―I just came out here to celebrate and show support for César Chavez, who was an American hero,‖ said Ready Rams President Thomas Jimenez. The Ready Rams helps students serve the community. This looks good on a résumé for transfer and is a good experience for students. Some of the events the Ready Rams coordinate include toy

Martinez. drives, car washes and street clean-ups. Luis Diaz, president of the Spanish The Ready Rams meets every ThursClub, tutors fellow students and plans on days at 2 p.m. in the quiet room in the more trips for the club to various locaStudent Activities Center. To get more tions to learn more about Hispanic culinformation the email is and the Facebook for the club is readyramsvvc. In celebration with the Ready Rams, the Spanish Club was also fundraising with authentic horchata and pastries. The Spanish Club promotes the Spanish language and tutoring for students seeking help. ―In order for our group to work we go out on social outings,‖ said Vice President Justin Martinez. This promotes a better relation- VVC Club offers student food at Cesar Chavez event. ship with the group memture. The tutoring is offered the last bers and helps them to learn more about Thursday of each month for 2 to 3 hours. Spanish culture. The Spanish Club meets To get in contact with the Spanish every Thursday at 1 p.m. upstairs in the Club, go on Facebook to vvcspanish and Student Activities Center. the email is spanish―All we ask from our members is that we want them to come frequently,‖ said

ATC Printing Policy Garners Mixed Reactions Story by Charaye Franklin Reporter A flash drive and a current student I.D card is needed in order for you to print papers in the Advanced Technology Center. The ATC has a new policy that doesn‘t allow anyone to print from any of the computers except the computers located at the east and west of the building. They started this policy on March 19, 2011 because there would be so many people printing and leaving the papers in the printer. At the end of the day, there would be at least three recycling containers full of paper. In order for a student to print, they have to save their work onto a flash drive, go to either of the printing stations at the ends of the building, sign in, and show their student I.D. Many students, however, feel that the new policy is going a little overboard.

―Most people don‘t have flash drives and for some strange reason, I.D cards. I‘m not saying that they can‘t afford them, I‘m saying that sometimes people need to print something off of the internet which doesn‘t require a flash drive, and the new policy stops all of that,‖ said Arianna Beal, a first year student at Victor Valley College. A few other students feel the same way while others feel that the new policy is a good thing for the school. ―This new policy is good. Everyday students print something and just leave it in the printer and never pick it up. That‘s a waste of paper and we already can‘t afford most things with these budget cuts,‖ said Ladale Roy, another student at Victor Valley College. This new policy has made many students upset.

Shoes from page 1 The Communication Studies Club held an event on our very own campus that encouraged students to take a stroll without shoes around the infamous Victor Valley College lake. Those who have walked the perimeter of the lake should know that this is a perilous journey. ―I thought we had a really good turn-out, a lot of people just looked at us like we were crazy, but they'll remember us and that was the point of One Day Without Shoes, to bring awareness to the fact that some kids don't have shoes and we take ours for granted,‖ said Michelle Freeland, President of the new club Activists Anonymous. Tom‘s shoes, the sponsor of ―One Day Without Shoes,‖ was founded by Blake Mycoskie and is well known for their One for One program. When you buy a pair of Tom‘s shoes; the company will donate a pair to the children in need. According to the company website, they have donated over 1 million pairs of shoes to date because of this program. ―Nothing beats walking around an entire day barefoot, then washing your feet and putting socks on. That feeling is amazing. Something as simple as shoes should never be taken for granted.‖ said Max Amante, Communication Studies

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CalWorks Works For Rams Forward

Lack Of School Spirit On Campus

the CalWORKs budget by 25 percent in many areas. One of the cuts is making the time limit from 60 months (5 years) to 48 months (4 years). 5,500 families will be There‘s a new club on campus this dropped immediately when the cut semester called Rams Forward for Calcomes in to effect June 1 and putting WORKs recipients. The CalWORKs more pressure on hundreds of thousands club focuses on financial aid cuts and of others creating more undue financial giving students the recourses to succeed hardship. Another is an 8 percent finanin college. cial cut from all cash aid recipients. Yet Rams Forward is now an officially another cut is that the Cal-Learn procharted club as of March 24. Melanie gram will be rendered inoperative July Dube-Price says their main goal is to 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 with the create an infrastructure of services, so exception of those already qualified, that even if their budget gets pulled from leaving hundreds of under them they thousands of students can still get the aid without the chance to they need and proapply for aid for a full vide the opporyear. tunity for networkThe club is currently ing and support trying to arrange a amongst Caltutoring program for WORKs recipients members of the club. so that they can Tutors would be from organize and be the club and receive heard by legislahours for their time ture. logs. Tutoring recipiCalWORKs is a welfare to work CalWORKs logo provided by CalWORKs website. ents would also receive hours for their program that helps CalWORKs grant and added help to families by offering cash aid, child care, succeed in their classes. They‘re also transportation reimbursement, job traintrying to organize fundraisers to support ing and educational assistance. Everythe program. one enrolled in the CalWORKs educaRams Forward is discussing a job tion assistance program is required to skills workshop that will deal with issues check in at the school to log their hours. such as filling out resumes or holding A few people involved in CalWORKs mock interviews in order to be prepared including Mylisa Millerd, the new electfor re-entering the workforce. These ed president of the club, decided that services would be available exclusively they should create a club to organize to club members. The main goal of this resources and provide services to help cub is to raise awareness and offer suppeople in the program. port to Rams Forward members. The Millerd is the president of Rams ForCalWORKs club is open to all currently ward, and has been volunteering with enrolled students involved with CalCalWORKs for seven months and is WORKs, or who have family or friends actively involved in college politics. She involved. hopes that this club will benefit its memRams Forward‘s first meeting will be bers by offering support to students and held on Thursday, April 28 between 12offering a forum for people to get to2 p.m. in the quiet room in the Student gether and have a voice. Activities Center. With budget cuts on the rise lately, If you would like to be put on the being heard is important. Many of us Rams Forward mailing list to be inhave heard about the $845 cut to the formed of upcoming events, or if you Federal PELL grant, but there are many have any further questions, call Julie lesser known cuts that effect financial Christiansen (760) 245-4271 ext. 2628. aid recipients. In a recent bill release, California legislature made many cuts to

Opinion by Anna Vivar Features Editor

Story and Photo by Sky Martinez Reporter

As a reporter in last year‘s fall semester Journalism class at Victor Valley College I was assigned to cover a variety of events. One event in particular that left an impression on me was the California Community College Athletic Association Wrestling State Championships (CCCAA). The reason this event was important was because of the lack of school spirit I noticed on the behalf of the VVC campus. The majority of people on the bleachers were a multitude of friends and family that supported other schools. Maybe around 20 people in the audience were representing VVC, despite the fact the championship took place in the VVC lower campus gymnasium. As I interviewed Eric Lopez, 157 pound weight-class, first time champion in the history of VVC, a few VVC students approached me and commented that this was the first time they had ever seen a reporter for the RamPage, VVC‘s campus newspaper, at a sports event. They told me that usually a majority of the people that show up at VVC sport events are people from Spring Valley Lake who are looking for something to do and a few family members of the team members that are playing. They stated that no one is supporting VVC students. This week I approached students in the Student Activities Center and asked them what they thought about school spirit and ways they think can improve this problem on our campus. ―I think VVC has a little school spirit. Maybe they can have a carnival or dances on campus to improve school spirit,‖ said Berlym Murray, first year nursing student. Many students shared the same opinion regarding school spirit on the VVC campus. ―I think VVC‘s school spirit is dwindling. The cops yell at us when we are playing cards in the SAC. I think if they had a mascot on campus maybe even a real ram. If they had paddle boats on the river that the students could use to make this a place that we

RamPage VVC could hang out at,‖ said Elaine Rutledge, second year Agriculture student. ―I think the school has zero school spirit. Aside from the fact that some students carry around VVC binders there‘s no school spirit. The school only offers theatre as an outlet for student creativity,‖ said Morgan Ibech, first year psychology student. ―There‘s no school spirit. Maybe if the school had pep rallies, maybe if they passed around a list of clubs so that more students are aware of the activities that are available on campus,‖ said Amber Lewis, second year Liberal Arts student. ―I am in the Spanish Club and we try to hang out outside the club. We have to be close in order to remain in the club,‖ said Justin Martinez, first year student. The fact is school spirit is up to students. The clubs that are available at VVC are listed on the college‘s website. Most are open to join as long as you are a student. It is up to you to make a difference at your school. Many clubs are striving to revive school spirit so if you are one of the many students out there who feel there is no school spirit, don‘t give up. We are working on it.

Let’s Talk Success Story and Photo by Roderick Allen Gray Jr. Special Projects Editor David Zook former RamPage editor and current chief of staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, returned to Victor Valley College to participate in David Zook and Jeremiah the ―Let‘s Brosowske at Lets Talk SucTalk Success ―public speaker series March 24. ―Volunteering was a contributing factor in my personal development and career progression,‖ Zook said. He mentioned that VVC Athletic Director Jaye Tashima once told him, ―No task is too small.‖ Nearly 30 VVC students filled the SAC‘S Quiet Room to listen to the guest speaker. Zook worked a variety of posi-

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Students Get Active in Activists Anonymous Story by Phillip Phan Reporter

land added that, ―We also like to try and get involved in things our members are passionate about.‖ Starting a new club is often a steep and difficult learning curve for most students, but Aronson‘s experience with the Ellos Club (showed) how things should be done.‖ Some events that Activists Anonymous has planned to take part in include One Day Without Shoes on April 5, a day of silence in recognition of the Invisible Children cause on April 25, and an Invisible Children screening by Activist Anonymous on May 6. Invisible Children is a documentary about the forced enlistment of children by a Ugandan rebel force. One Day Without Shoes is an event that chal-

For the social activist trapped in every student, Activists Anonymous is a new club that provides students at Victor Valley College an opportunity to make a difference. Founded by Michelle Freeland, Jeremiah Browsoske, Brittany Stuebe, Nathan Aronson, Rene Renteria and Dave Graham, their faculty adviser, Activists Anonymous is in its hand-out that it is a ―…club for motivated students who are dedicated to inspiring social change on our campus and in our community.‖ The name for the club started out as a joke. The initials for Activists Anonymous are, not by chance, the same as Alcoholics Anonymous. Freeland, president of Activists Anonymous, explained in an email that, ―I'd been brainstorming with some friends about names that would both get people‘s attention and give a basic understanding of what we're about…now we always joke around with people and say ‗Oh, I have to go to my AA meeting.‘‖ According to Freeland, the odd initials have had the desired effect. Activists Anonymous club participating in the Day Without ―We mostly are involved in Shoes event. Photo provided by the Communication Club. awareness events‖ and ―anything lenged people worldwide to forego their we can get our hands on,‖ Freeland said. shoes for one day in order to raise The vice president of Activists Anonyawareness for the millions of children mous, Aronson, wants to ―get people who go without shoes every day. involved.‖ Students interested in joining Activists According to Freeland, Activists Anonymous may e-mail them at vvcacAnonymous is really about ―bringing or attend a people on campus together and raising club meeting, which takes place every awareness about different issues.‖ first and third Fridays of the month upAronson says Activists Anonymous stairs in the Student Activities Center. was different from any other club because ―we‘re more international.‖ Freetions at VVC as a student and met his wife while he was a student at the college. The ―Let‘s Talk Success‖ guest speaker series is the sponsored event created by ASB Business Senator Jeremiah Brosowske. Every semester each ASB Council member is responsible for creating and hosting an ASB event; this was the first segment of Brosowke‘s event.

―These events are designed to expose VVC students to successful professional people in the community,‖ said Brosowske. The three part Speaker series will continue April 20 and the featured speaker will be Ryan McEachron mayor of Victorville.

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VVC Clubs Compete In Ready Rams Dodgeball Story and Photos by Carlos Garcia Reporter

well as to interact with the students at large so that those folks could become interested in being part of a club. I think they got to see how fun it is to be in a club,‖ said Manual Gaytan, Faculty Advisor for the Ready Rams club. Two teams of VVC students going by the name of ―The Jocks‖ and ―Activists Anonymous‖ chucked balls at their opponents with such ferocity that they end-

The Ready Rams Club organized a dodge ball tournament Friday, April 8 in the gym at Victor Valley College. Eight clubs and teams agreed to participate in this event, including the Ready Rams, the Guild of Creative Writers and the Spanish club, as well as the Associated Student Body. Each team needed at least six members to take part in the tournament. Gaby Cazares, secretary of the Ready Rams Club, was in charge of hosting the event. Her involvement paid off greatly as every team had fun despite the sweat and bruises. ―This is my last semester here at VVC; I will start Cal State San Bernardino in the fall. As the sec- The winners of the dodgeball tournament, ―The Jocks‖. retary of the Ready Rams Club, I wanted our club to do something that all the clubs and VVC students ed up the last two could participate in. So I figured dodge finalists. Ultimately ball would be the event to do this. I got the tournament the idea from my niece, Vanessa Zecena winners were ―The who attends here at VVC. It was a sucJocks‖. The team cessful event. We had 8 clubs and teams was assembled by participating and I‘ve already had people Coach Clyde the asking me for the next dodge ball very morning that the tournament took place. ―He picked his best athletes to play a game we haven‘t played since elementary school. It feels great to put our team together. This is our first time getting together and we all came Clubs play dodgeball in the VVC gymnasium. out as champions together. We look event,‖ said Cazares. forward to the next Many teams were made up of random tournament, whethstudents who decided to get together to er it‘s basketball, play at this event. volleyball or whatThis was actually one of the goals of ever we‘re up for the Ready Rams Club. it,‖ said Douglas ―In the meetings, the Ready Rams Mamaradlo, team decided they wanted to do a fun event player for ―The to help promote the club and to help Jocks.‖ promote partnerships between clubs, as

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Theatre Program Teaches The Students Essential Skills Story by Rueben Heagens Reporter Stage craft, intermediate acting and costume design are three of the courses offered to students who want to become familiar with pursuing careers in various forms of theatre. ―No student will sit at a desk and learn. Training is 100 percent hands on,‖ said Lee Harris the stage craft facilitator within the performing arts department at Victor Valley College. ―Safety is our number one rule that is taught time and time again. If a student wants to learn, that is the first course we make solid.‖ Watching students think up props then create them seemingly out of nowhere seems to be the logic of being graded. When asked about the grading criteria, Harris jokingly stated that the imaginations and knowing how to produce and create projects was the best way to give out simple grades. ―To actually see the excitement in the student that previously had any know-

how to come in work hard and make something is the best way of grading them,‖ said Harris. The stage craft department has created all of the scenes for plays and musicals put on VVC‘s stage. They have also created off stage props and projects around the school. ―Students must have the capacity to study word memorization. If they cannot remember their lines they will never be able to make it as a performer anywhere,‖ said the Intermediate Acting facilitator and VVC play director Ed Heaberlin. ―Students gravitate towards what aspect they are mostly interested in once they get general ideas of theatre and experience more than what they see on television,‖ said Heaberlin. Students are required to study scripts, stage directions and numerous tasks while attending the Intermediate Acting course. Heaberlin spoke about his students after watching one of the many auditions for the upcoming play, Almost Maine.Working from such guidelines like tempo, pace, timing and dramatic

tone, Heaberlin works with the performing students to get them ready for theatre status. Basic skills are more on the line of creation via stage, creating characters for plays or matching costumes for each character. ―Each character needs to tell his or her story and designing a costume to help illustrate the character‘s personality is what we teach each student that enrolls into the Costume Design class,‖ Ashley Garcia, the costume design department‘s director, said. Based on the elements of each event and how a performer is to portray a character, costume designers need to adapt who the character is, where they live, how they live and many other aspects to create a realization for theatre. Students leave the class with the general basics of theatre within their own interest, and they choose to appreciate the craft or become a part of the industry because of the interest of the art.

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Campus Diversity: Returning Students Go Back to School For a Purpose tling into her American dream. She had two beautiful girls, a loving husband and a business to pay the bills. Cebrynski and her husband, Dave, haul away mobile homes as their primaCommunity colleges all over the nation ry source of income. Occasionally, Ceact as stepping stones for many. Some brynski works for the Snowline Joint come to community college to transfer Unified school district as a substitute on to four-year-schools, some come campus proctor. Now, the Cebrynski family‘s business back to finish up a degree or certificate is essentially being taken away from they hadn‘t finished, some to get ahead them. Their primary source of income is and others come to just plainly learn. being halted by a new California global Regardless of their reasons, the variety warming law, AB-32, according to Ceof students and purposes on community brynski; tightening regulations on the college campuses make for an inarguafamily‘s business and consequently takbly diverse campus. Campus Diversity ing away their paycheck. ―It‘s like a global warming initiative. is an ongoing series. When it‘s fully implemented it‘s going The economic downturn has forced to put over a million businesses out of many out of work and back into the work. We‘re going to lose our business. classroom. Community college campusWe‘re going to have to do something,‖ es all over the nation, such as Victor Cebrynski said. Valley College, are common ground for Like many, Cebrynski decided returnadults returning as students. According ing to school would be the best way to to the U.S. Department of Education, continue supporting her family. some 40 percent of American college ―I think because the economy‘s bad students are 25 or older. right now that‘s why we‘re seeing, in Among VVC‘s community colleges own more than 38 in general, not just percent of students here, and not just in 25 years or older is California, that we‘re Connie Cebrynski. seeing an increase in The now 45-yearour enrollment,‖ old mother and wife transfer counselor began her college Lorena Dorn said. career in 1989 at Cebrynski began Riverside Communitaking classes at ty College. CebrynVVC in the Fall ski attended the com2010 Semester. She munity college for came back to school three years but to become a nurse. stopped when she ―When I first walk could no longer afin, it‘s almost intimiford it. After getting dating; I mean being a good paying job at the oldest in the class a Stater Brother‘s in almost every class warehouse store, I have,‖ Cebrynski college for Cebrynski VVC returning student Connie Cebrynski. said. fell to the wayside. After taking nearly ―I worked at Stater Brothers for 10 20 years off of school to raise a family years at their warehouse where I made and help her husband with their busi$20 an hour; it was good wages, so I ness, age wasn‘t the only intimidating totally forgot about going back to colthing for Cebrynski. The education syslege,‖ Cebrynski said. tem had, in some ways, changed comAfter having two daughters, Sarah (11) pletely. and Shannon (9), Cebrynski began set-

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―I‘ve never used computers for school ever, and now that‘s one thing you do is use computers for everything. Twentyfive years ago, everything was written by hand. The Internet has made it easier, it was just a litter harder for me to get used to using it. But, now it‘s a tool that

The A.W.A.R.E club works to support VVC‘s retuning students.

you can‘t go to school without,‖ Cebrynski said. Cebrynski is not the only adult returning student on the VVC campus. A.W.A.R.E or Adults Who Are Reentering Education is a club on campus that aims to aid returning students throughout their time at VVC. With the sad state of the economy, the members of the A.W.A.R.E club all agreed that education today is more important than ever. ―Education has really been magnified. When (I) got out of school a high school diploma was all you needed, and now a high school diploma is nothing. Right now a bachelor‘s degree is similar to a high school diploma,‖ Anthony Lynch, a member of the A.W.A.R.E club, said. Lynch had been out of school for nearly 22 years when he finally decided to return to school in 2008. ―When you‘ve had a little experience in life, you realize how important Connie Cebr education is,‖ Lynch said.

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RamPage VVC Like Cebrynski, many A.W.A.R.E members have children, and fitting their schoolwork in with their children‘s lives and needs has been one of the biggest struggles in coming back to school and trying to finish. ―The only difficulty for me is my children. I have to do my schedule around when they‘re in school,‖ said Lorrie Danley, another member of A.W.A.R.E. Still, with the pressures of raising a family and the anxieties of possibly being the oldest student in the class, some say that having someone with more life and job experience in the classroom aids in the educational process. ―Students who come in with a lot of life experience and career experience have a lot to contribute to the younger students who have never had a job and don‘t know what the job world really looks like. I think it‘s a good dynamic,‖ Dorn said. Aside from the struggles many of these re-entry students have, one thing that makes them similar is their desire to better their lives through education. ―I think it‘s good for my kids to see that their mom is going back to school. That even though I didn‘t do it when I was young you can always go back to school. You can always try to be what you want to be. So I think that‘s a good influence for them,‖ Danley said. ―I actually feel like I‘m going to contribute something to society. You get comfortable and you think you have enough income and that‘s all you have to do—no, there‘s more to life,‖ Cebrynski said. ―I wouldn‘t have (come back to school) if our business wasn‘t at stake; but now that I have started it, I‘m determined to finish it.‖

rynski and her family. Husband, Dave, and daughters Sarah and er Shannon.

Hands Across California Taking Place April 17 Story by Roderick Allen Gray Jr. Special Projects Editor

HANDS to 27722, by check or by going to; funds will be directly posted to VVC via the foundation‘s website.

Executive Director of the Foundation Ginger Ontiveros held a Hands Across California Group Leader meeting in the SAC at noon April 8. Ontiveros is expecting a dotted line from Victor Valley College that will link up with other groups around the state. The route will come east to Victorville from Lancaster via Palmdale Road, turn onto Green Tree Road to Hesperia Road to Bear Valley Road to the VVC campus at Ginger Ontiveros gives speech on SAC stage. . Photo Courtesy of Deanna Murphy. Jacaranda Road.It will go back out onto Bear Valley to Seventh These are scholarships in perpetuity Street to Main Street to the city of Hesand this is a lifetime opportunity to benperia to Tamarisk Avenue, down to Marefit VVC students,‖ said VVC Foundaiposa and Ranchero Road. tion President Janice Olson. ―We are doing this because California The route will stretch from San Diego community colleges are important to our City College north to San Joaquin Delta communities; they train the workforce of College. the state,‖ said Ontiveros. ―It is an honor to be the student intern Hands Across California is a fundto represent VVC,‖ said Joanna Cervanraiser deigned to raise money for scholtes. arships in perpetuity for community colThe event will be held on Sunday leges in California. Some 50,000 particiApril 17 and all participants are requestpants are expected to fill the route to ed to show up designated positions along raise more than $13,000. Philanthropist the route at 1:00 p.m. To sign up and Bernard Osher has agreed to match become a group leader go, or get route funds raised from the event with a perinformation go to http:// sonal donation. Donations can be texted to the event‘s general fund by texting TheRoute.aspx

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Special Report: Health Center Plausible For VVC’s Future Story by Micah Raimo News Editor With the right funding, a Victor Valley College Health Center could be reestablished; it may be a needed facility that hasn‘t been open for more than a decade. Currently, 68 city colleges in the state of California have a health center or health program. VVC isn‘t one of them. Ten years ago the VVC Health Center closed down due to underutilization. According to previous RamPage Issues, the VVC Health Center was funded by Dr. Prem Reddy. But due to slight delays, the health center opened in Fall 1997 along with the Student Activities Center instead of the proposed scheduled Summer intersession of the same year.

Health center at Cypress College. Photo courtesy of lic Information Officer of Cypress College

center, which is located by the gym, is Originally, the Desert Valley Medical no more than 1,000 square feet and this Group operated the health center with five employees but due to the number of visitors, the staff was cut down. Physician‘s Assistant Dan Pletch and Medical Assistant Patricia Cardoza, operated the center, often seeing about five to six patients a day. Each patient was seen for 25 to 30 minutes along with free physicals, free pap smears, free STD testing, low-cost pregnancy testing, immunizations and many basic medical services. Orange County has many health centers at its community colleges. Health center at Cypress College. Photo courtesy of Marc Posner, Public ―Currently labs and antibi- Information Officer of Cypress College otics (at Fullerton College) year, operates with a budget of $600,000 are at no cost to students; however, facper year. This number varies from year ulty/staff are charged the above fees plus to year, depending the amount of the a fee for an appointment with a Medical attendees at Cypress College. Doctor or Nurse PractiAccording to VVC quick facts page, tioner. Each college in the 2010‘s main sessions held a grand total state has different levels of 26,512 students. For clinical services, of funding based on the VVC could have operated a small health amount of health fee colcenter. lected and will therefore, According to the VVC Board Policies need to charge accordingunder Auxiliary Services on the Victor ly for services,‖ said Chris Valley College Website, ―The Board Kiger, RN, MSN and may recognize and approve auxiliary Fullerton College Director organizations established for the purpose of Health Services. of providing the District any and all supAccording to its website, portive service specialized programs and Cypress College, a college functions identified in Title 5.‖ This similar in size and age to means that if the VVC student body VVC, charges $16 per shows a need, then the campus can deMarc Posner, Pub- session and $13 for incide if it wants to provide. tersession. The health ―Ideally, you want your health center where everyone can see it. You want

Health Center Facts The law can be interpreted to mean that community colleges must have health centers. All Health Facilities must operate under Title 5 California Code of Regulations under sections 53411 and 54702, which according to the Porterville College Human Resources PDF, The Minimum Qualifications for Health Services Professionals (53411) are: (1) A master‘s degree in nursing and a California Public Health Nurse certificate; or (2) a bachelor‘s degree in nurs-

ing, a California Public Health Nurse certificate, and a master‘s degree in health education, sociology, psychology, counseling, health care administration, public health, or community health. Title 5 section 54702 Under Proper Use of Funds states: The health supervision and services fee which the governing board of a district may require students to pay shall be expended only to cover the direct and indirect costs necessary to provide any, all of, or a portion of the student health programs and ser-

vices approved by the governing board. The local district governing board establishing a health supervision and services fee shall decide what scope and level of services will be provided. These services must be supported from sources other than the student fee. This means all students are entitled to assessment, intervention, and referral for health services, First aid and basic emergency care, communicable disease control, mental health services, short-term psychological counseling, alcohol/drug

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RamPage VVC maximum visible exposure,‖ said Sandy Samples, Director of Mount San Antonio College Health Services. According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor‘s Office website (, effective on Jan. 1, 2006, AB 982 (Laird) law requires all Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGFW) recipients to be ex-

empt from paying any health services fee charged by a campus simply deleting the required health fee exemption for BOGFW recipients. Because the health fee is permissive – i.e. districts are not required to charge the fee of any students, but are explicitly authorized to charge the fee up to the maximum allowable amount. With services available to all credit students, the idea for the return of the VVC Health Center would seem plausible.

―It sounds like something I had proposed to the council earlier this year, before the semester started. Well, mine was a bit more complicated than that. Mt SAC had it. I figured VVC should have one as well,‖ said VVC student Casey Dean. When Dean went for an interview to fill an open spot on the ASB council, she had proposed for a healthcare system similar to the program at Mount SAC. Her idea grew to an actual health care plan for VVC students. According to the website, ―the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver permits enrollment fees to be waived. (Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately.)‖ The Health Center fees are considered a completely separate fee. Then at most students under the fee waiver would pay a discounted fee. According to the Mount SAC Website, students under the BOG pay a discounted fee out of charging the cap amount. ―No money comes out of the general fund. All of the money comes out of the student fee,‖ said Mary Lou Giska, Director of Health Services of Cypress College. ―We get a paycheck just like everyone else and that comes out of the student health center fee. While it‘s generally the rule that Health Services employee salaries are funded by health fees, it is not always the case at every community college,‖ said Kiger. ―I would feel like that would be good for most of the students of VVC. Some don‘t have healthcare, and some do need it but none can afford it because of how much it is for a doctor‘s visit,‖ said VVC student Marquise Craig. ―Your small decision could change how the campus is viewed as or maybe even save a life,‖ said Dean.

counseling, eating disorders counseling, stress management, suicide prevention, sexual harassment/assault recovery counseling program and mental health assessment. According to section 76355 of the California Education Code: Authorized Fees, the governing board of a district maintaining a community college may charge a fee that cannot be more than $17 for each semester, and $14 for each intersession, or charge $14 for each quarter for health supervision and ser-

vices, including direct or indirect medical and hospitalization services, or the operation of a student health center. (2) The governing board of each community college district may increase this fee by the same percentage increase as the Implicit Price Deflator for State and Local Government Purchase of Goods and Services. Whenever that calculation produces an increase of one dollar ($1) above the existing fee, the fee may be increased by one dollar ($1). — Micah Raimo

VVC health center former location. Photo Coutesy of Micah Raimo

MUN Places Second In the Model Arab League Story by Chris Peatrowsky Reporter Victor Valley College‘s Model United Nations had its first meeting with the Model Arab League on March 25 and lasted through the 27. Kelli Pribble is the president of MUN and took her role very seriously. ―The best thing about this program is the students‘ dedication and their involvement that makes them come out on top,‖ said Pribble. This was the first time VVC partcipated in The MAL. Thanks to support from their adviser and an invitation by staff from the MAL they placed second overall out of the other 20 colleges. In addition, 6 out of 10 of the MUN participants received individual awards for their involvement with MAL. VVC went up against tough colleges such as Berkley and Notre Dame. The expectations had been surpassed. When VVC‘s MUN goes to an event they don‘t presume that they‘ll win. The days at the conference were very long and lasted from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and often longer since they would work even while being out to dinner. Other MUN participants were Diego Padilla, Esteban Romo, Ashlei Mcpherson and Mariela Hernandez. ―The program helps you see the world in a different perspective,‖ said Padilla. A benefit of MUN is to help build leadership skills. ―It helps to work with strangers and take charge,‖ said Romo. The MUN acts and runs as the real United Nations, so there are conflicts between the countries in the MUN as there are in the U.N. Like when a MAL student taking the role of Syria would speak out negatively toward Palestine or Yemen. ―I can talk about the Middle East and actually know what I am talking about,‖ said Mcpherson. ―It gives you a broader perspective on the world,‖ said Hernandez. VVC‘s MUN has proven to be an important asset to the college.

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Foo Fighters Create Best Rock Album In Years Story by Joseph Ciulla Editor-in-Chief

―These are my famous last words,‖ shouts front man Dave Grohl in the opening lines of the Foo Fighters seventh studio album, Wasting Light. Grohl and company have put together an album that has officially given them an upper-hand in the rock game. They have put together 11 songs that could all stand alone and be hit singles, which is not a surprise coming from one of the biggest commercial rock bands around. From start to finish, the album packs a strong punch of that Foo Fighters sound that fans have grown to love. The opener ―Bridge Burning,‖ brings a threeguitar riff that is bigger than anything the Foo‘s have done in the past. The album was recorded with producer Butch Vig, who is known for producing Nirvana‘s Nevermind, inside Grohl‘s

just hard rock. After a stint with Them Crooked Vultures, it seems as if Grohl brought some funk to the band; especially in the tracks ―Arlandria‖ and ―Miss the Misery.‖ The real treat on the album is the final two songs. The first of which, ―I Should Have Known,‖ reunites Grohl with former Nirvana band mate Krist Novoselic. The song is a power ballad with great vocals from Grohl, and once the band kicks in and you hear that Novoselic bass that we remember from Nirvana, you‘re in complete nostalgia. The finale of the album, ―Walk,‖ is a perfect ending to an excellent album. It‘s a spine-tingling anthem that has Wasting Light cover art. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Grohl yelling ―I never wanna die, nevEntertainment. er wanna leave, never say goodbye,‖ at the end of the song. garage using only analog equipment, but The Foo Fighters have created the best you would never know it. Its nice to see rock album in years. It will stand the test the Foo‘s going back to their roots. of time and go down as one of, if not, Wasting light is a follow up to 2009‘s their best. I hope that this is not the last greatest hits album and 2007‘s Echoes, that we have heard from Grohl and comSilence, Patience and Grace, which won pany. multiple Grammys. It is the Foo‘s hardest album yet, but it brings more then

Russell Brand’s New Kids Movie “Hops” Into Children’s Hearts Story by Garrett Johnston Reporter

―Hop‖ is a movie about two dreamers who are not satisfied with their current status quo, and as they get older they face the continual disappointment of their fathers. One of the main characters is a bunny named E.B., who is voiced by Russell Brand from such movies as Get Him to the Greek, Bed Time Stories and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. E.B. in the beginning of the movie is a young bunny rabbit, wide eyed, full of hope and dreams. E.B. is next in line to take over the coveted position of the Easter Bunny. As a child, he couldn't be happier to follow in his father‘s footsteps. As he grows older, things start to change as E.B. has his own ideas of what he would like to do for a living.

The other main character, Fred after the bunny runs away from home to O‘Hare, is played by James Marsden Hollywood in hopes of starting a band. from movies such as The X-Men TriloFred, driving to a home he is supposed gy, Enchanted and to house sit, hits E.B. with 27 dresses. his car, knocking him over. Marsden's characE.B. seeing this as his ter also starts out chance to get help from as a young child someone pretends to be in the movie who injured and tugs on Fred's is just as wide heart strings. Fred agrees to eyed and full of let E.B. stay with him for hope as young the night and then promptly E.B., but quickly tries to get rid of him the becomes disillunext morning. sioned with the This sets up the rest of world as he grows Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures. the movie where things older. constantly go wrong for The director, Tim Hill, does a good job Fred as E.B. is often a handful. The keeping audiences interested in what is movie follows a tried and true plot of a happening on screen. While nothing in main character that is lost in life and this movie is breathtaking or overly enunsure of what to do with himself. It is gaging, it is still a fun movie to watch only through diversity and selfand bring the kids to enjoy. However, be awareness that the main character finally forewarned as there is a little more adult finds out what they are truly meant for. oriented humor. E.B. and Fred meet for the first time Continued in Hop on Page 13

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Children’s Concert Showcases Wide Range of Talent Story and Photo by Samuel Mullen Reporter The quarterly Victor Valley College Children‘s concert was a hit on April 3 at the Performing Arts Center, which featured two ensembles and the college orchestra. The concert consisted of newer musicians in the Beginning String Ensemble and experienced musicians in the Preludium String Ensemble and College Orchestra. The Children‘s Concert contained musicians from the ages of 8-years-old to 70-year-old. ―It was a pleasure for me to work with the children,‖ said Conductor Barbara Sternfeld. Her enthusiasm showed and was reflected in the performance. The concert started first with the Preludium String Ensemble that was formed by two sections of violins, violas, cellos, a bass and piano. This Ensemble included Dyllie Sumner, a student conductor that conducted Allegro for Strings, a piece that was dedicated to Sumner‘s sister Allie. The Preludium also performed the Concerto for Two Violins that demonstrated the talent of their violinist including 13-year-old Emma Malonelord. She has been playing violin since pre-school and has played piano since the first grade. Malonelord says that in the future she would like to be a ―marine biologist and play the violin on the side.‖ The second performance was by the Beginning String Ensemble which per-

formed a great version of Spata‘s Gauntlet that reveled in a strong and rich sound from the cello and bass. This ensemble had a quite impressive group of new musicians with a pleasant sound led by conductor Susan Peloza. The College Orchestra had the final performance of the evening with two standing ovations. The first standing ovation was for Monti‘s Czardas staring Anjelina Lopez-Rosende on an intriguing violin. The second standing ovation was for Travis Packer stunning the audience with his perforBeethoven‘s Piano Concerto No. 3 that mance on the piano. was perhaps the most impressive piece of the night. Travis Packer had the audience‘s jaws dropping with his stunning performance on the piano. ―The rehearsals were rocky but the performance was great,‖ said Sternfeld, a teacher of Introduction to Music. Another highlight of the evening is when Sternfeld and the College Ochestra invited all the children from the audience to have a part in conducting the Can Can. Overall it was an enjoyable evening of wonderful music.

Hop from page 12 The acting is fine on all fronts. Each person seems to fit the role they were cast in perfectly. Brand's quick witted British humor comes through perfectly as he voices E.B. Marsden's goofy and clueless facial expressions seem to add to Fred‘s complete sense of confusion and frustration as E.B. takes him along for a wild ride. The character animation in this movie is done well. The movement of each character seems life-like and never stilted. The texture on the animal‘s fur seems real enough as you can almost count each piece of fur on E.B.'s body. The music for Hop is full of upbeat tunes that can be heard on radio stations across America. While it won't blow you away, it is still an enjoyable way to pass a few hours especially if you have some young ones who love these types of movies.

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Enrollment Still high for Animation Department After Cuts Story and Photo by Cassie Ulrich Reporter

The first two are earned by taking classes that use specific software applications such as 3ds Max and SoftImage. The last is earned by taking one of the first two classes as well as the Photoshop for Animators class, MERT 56 and an Art class from the list of Art Department classes the program has seen as being

The 3D Animation Program at Victor Valley College offers classes that can lead a person to the job they really want and experienced teachers who can help them get there. With classes offered for both beginning and advanced students, VVC‘s 3D animation program teaches students skills that they are able to take with them into their future careers. ―What you leave here with is tangible and can lead to the job of your dreams,‖ said Steve Nelle, instructor in computer animation. ―You don‘t have to be a good artist to be a good animator,‖ he said. Though he said that it can give someone an edge if they are good at art. Poster made by animation students. There are currently three different certificates being offered from the 3D helpful to its students. animation program. They are Digital Nelle also said that he and other inAnimation Technician- 3ds Max, Digital structors, as well as department memAnimation Technician- SoftImage and bers, have discussed the possibility of an Digital Animation Artist. Associates of Arts degree for the pro-

Music Department Puts On Thursday Night Jazz Story by Robert Rust Reporter The Victor Valley College Music Department performed the Thursday Night Jazz in the PAC on April 7. There was the VVC Guitar Ensemble, the Studio Singers and the VVC Studio Jazz Band. The unique VVC Guitar Ensemble had a number of new comers that had never performed on a stage but performed like they've done it before. "It's a good learning experience for the students with live performances, there is always room for improvements," said Director Rich Sumner. Who was also was very pleased to say that he was happy about the performance. The Studio Singers and the VVC Studio Jazz Band was directed by Dave Graham. Both groups did marvelous and did their best to show what the VVC Music Department was all about. Gra-

ham stated that, "More performances are to come in the first week of June," and to, "Come out and see the performances." The audience seemed enthusiastic and enjoyed every composition that was played. "It was great and very cool. This is my second one I've been too," said audience member Douglas Mamaradlo, who is also a VVC student that plays piano and guitar and is enrolled in the music program with Professor Sumner. Many of the students performed in the Thursday Night Jazz had done it once before. Odilo Balaguer, a trumpet player for 6 years and has done over 50 to 60 performances, had his first solo for VVC. For being an aspiring music major, Balaguer plans to transfer to UCLA. The Music Department performed spot on with each composition and displayed an array of talent. VVC's future with music can only get better by the looks of these performances.

gram but now it is a long term goal. The instructors of the program have a lot passion and experience for what they are doing. ― I still love to teach,‖ said Claude Oliver, Department Chairperson. ―My work experience, which includes video game projects, television shows and documentaries, architectural visualizations, courtroom trial illustrations and movie theatre logos enable me to offer real-world advice and insight to students as to industry requirements and needed skills for employment as a 3D animator,‖ said Nelle. Even with financial cuts being made throughout the school and two classes to the program not being able to be taught at this time enrollment in these classes is still extremely high. ― I feel so lucky that I was even able to get into these classes,‖ said Andrew Folmar, a former 3D animation student. To do well in the classes and in the field Nelle believes that students must be hardworking and motivated. ―There are not a lot of shortcuts,‖ says Oliver.

Also in Theaters: Your Highness Source Code Insidious Sucker Punch —Ratings by Joseph Ciulla

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Ram’s Baseball Held to No Hits Against the Mavericks chance to experience this,‖ Coach Jesus Beltran said. Coming into this game the Ram‘s had a double header game at Mt. San Jacinto in which they lost 8-2 and 15-6 which completed the Eagle‘s three game sweep of the series against the Ram‘s; The It was a no hit day for Victor Valley Eagle‘s also recording a win in ThursCollege baseball in its yearly match up day game against Victor Valley 7-5. against the High Desert Maverick‘s, as As the game started, it seemed like it Maverick‘s came to pitch nine scoreless was going to be a repeat of last year‘s innings in a 12-0against the Victor Valcontest when Maverick‘s player, Nick ley Ram‘s. Franklin, went 2-4 with 4 RBIs and two Even though the Ram‘s baseball team homeruns in the game, opened up the couldn‘t manage to get a hit, it was still bottom half of the first inning with a two an improvement from last year‘s match run homerun that was blasted out past up when the Maverick‘s went to town on right field. them 27-2, by keeping them with just The Ram‘s started to look a bit nervonly 12 runs this year. ous after the homerun as they were You could see it in the player‘s eyes dropping the and their play that ball and throwthey were nervous ing wild pitches coming into this letting the one. Once things Maverick‘s get got started the on base and VVC Ram‘s manbring in three aged to settle down more runs but and find ways to the Ram‘s got get quick outs and their first good easy plays, but play in by setwere also quickly ting up the douset back by the ble play to end Maverick‘s phethe first inning. nomenal pitching. Even with the The exhibition Wooley Bully and the Rams mascot face-off before the highly anticipated matchup. Ram‘s starting game happens anto gain their nually when the composure, it seemed that every time Ram‘s come to visit the High Desert they would step up to bat they would sit Maverick‘s at Stater Bros. Stadium as it back down with each Maverick‘s player is a well charitable and enjoyable game throwing shutout innings. That didn‘t for the VVC Ram‘s but also a chance for stop the Ram‘s in the third inning as the Maverick‘s to get their heads togeththey started to develop a rally having a er in preparation for their opening day guy on first and second base but that game. would be shot down by some excellent ―It‘s a good feeling of winning, it execution from the Maverick‘s shortstop gives us great confidence going into crew off of Ram‘s player Kevin Hoopening day and gives us a real good gan‘s ground ball as they made a swift idea going into Lancaster this Thursdouble play to end the Ram‘s chance to day,‖ Maverick‘s Manager Jose Moreno put anything on the board. said after the game. Even though the Ram‘s offense couldThis year the Ram‘s seemed to get all n‘t get much out of the Maverick‘s, their their frustration out of this season as the defense began to get the jitters out of team entered the game looking to have them allowing the Maverick‘s to score 2 fun and gain experience playing a higher runs or fewer in each inning. level baseball team. ―This was a fun experience, getting to ―It‘s just an exhibition game and good talk with professional players and getexperience for the players, I just want them to have fun and give every player a

Story and Photos by Mario Gonzalez Reporter

ting good advice, the whole team had fun‖ said Ram‘s player Zac Bilsland. It was a fun night, not just for the Ram‘s and Maverick‘s players, but also for the supporting crowd who came to

A VVC player steps in against the unhittable Mavericks pitching

watch this game like it was any other Maverick‘s game and it was a good showing for the Victor Valley College as this is an annual fundraising game for them. Both Maverick‘s and Ram‘s fans came out to support their team; you could hear the different reactions from them throughout and after the game. ―Our boys came out to play against the Mavs but we didn‘t have enough to come out with the win‖ Ram‘s player Robert Vindiola‘s parents said after the game. The Maverick‘s leave this game getting ready for their opening day game at the Lancaster Jethawk‘s on April 7. Their first home game will be on April 17 against the Lake Elsinore Storm. As for the Victor Valley Ram‘s team, their season is starting to come to an end with just only eight games left in the season with Chaffey, Lassen, West Hills, and Cerro Coso College. Next on the list for the Ram‘s is Chaffey which is ―A similar game to playing the Maverick‘s‖ said Coach Jesus Beltran. The series will start on April 7 at Chaffey and come home on April 9 for a double header game.

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Lady Ram’s Look to Lock up Second Place in the Conference Story and Photos by Stephen Boyce Reporter With a 17-12-1 overall and 7-4 conference record, the Victor Valley College softball team has proven that they could hold their own throughout the season. The VVC Rams are currently ranked third overall in the Foothill Conference with three remaining away games on the schedule. They have been led by pitcher Tiffany Cole, who has a record of 13-8 with a 1.33 earned run average and 17 complete games in 23 starts. Ashley Shoaf has also been an impact player for the team at the plate with a .455 batting average and 13 runs batted in over the stretch of 30 games. While Cole and Shoaf have been key components to the team‘s overall success, a full team effort and a combined focus on growth has been necessary in the production of a winning season. ―I‘m really happy. We‘ve come a long way

especially from last year. We have a lot more power on this team, and we definitely have a lot more faster runners than we did last year,‖ said utility player Samantha Beltran after a recent team practice. It has been a season full of making improvements for the team, and according to Coach Donell Thomas, outfielder Danielle Suarez has made the biggest improvement in her overall game. ―Danielle came in being a decent ball player out of high school, and Ram‘s Softball taking batting practice. junior college is quite a different level than high school. She just worked harder ―I‘m really confident because we are to get better in her offensive skills, deworking on everything that we are havfensive skills and her mental game,‖ said ing problems with. So I think the more Thomas. we work on them, the more that we will Although a conference title is out of perfect them,‖ said Suarez. reach, the Rams are still looking to finWith a little help, the Rams can still ish out the rest of their season on a winseize control of the number 2 spot in ning streak. conference. They will need to rely on With three games left on the schedule, what they have practiced and learned in confidence is on a high and the team is order to try and end the season on a posiready to put their hard work into action tive note. on the field.

Women’s Tennis Remain Hopeful Story by Arvin Sulikhayan Sports Editor Looking at a team‘s record never tells the whole story but this is especially the case with the Victor Valley Rams women‘s tennis team. A tennis team usually has six players but the Rams have four which is the minimum amount of players required to actually participate in matches. The team is 0-8 on the season but their record is not a surprise when you look at the conditions the team has been playing under and the hardships they have faced this season. The team had to forfeit one of their eight matches due to not having the required amount of players for the match and the four players who have played through this season have had to move up in competition, sometimes facing more experienced and to put it bluntly, more skilled players. The team has also had to start matches with a handicap because not having a full team results in an automatic penalty that puts the team behind by three points

before the match has even started. ―This season has been a huge challenge, at the beginning of the season we had a full team but due to injuries and people needing to leave school for socioeconomic reasons…it has really impacted our season.‖ said Coach Killion. Two of the four players had never competed before this season and the teams number one player is 50 year old Vicky Prunchak. Besides Prunchak, the team also includes Alexis Harrison, Sarah Cline, and Michelle Griffith. Killion is proud of her team considering all the challenges they have faced because they have not been getting shutout and they have been staying in matches even though they haven‘t won any. Recruiting has been a big focus for Killion as she tries to get a full team for next season. She usually recruits 12-15 players a season but she is going to go higher this time with 20-25 to avoid another tough situation. The Rams can use all the help they can get so if you‘re interested in playing tennis and are wondering if you‘re good enough, go out and give it a try.

Upcoming Athletics Schedule: Ram‘s Softball V. Rio Hondo in Whittier on April 13 at 3 p.m. Ram‘s Baseball V. West Hills in West Hills on April 20 at 1 p.m. and April 21 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Veterans Club Now On Campus Story and Photos by Jason Becker Reporter Ron Zaleski, a former Marine, made his way through the High Desert while walking barefoot from coast to coast to raise awareness for veteran suicides nationwide. Nearing the end of his journey which started June 1 2010, Zaleski stopped at the Victorville Veterans Memorial located at Seventh Street and Forrest Avenue on March 11. ―18 vets a day commit suicide‖ his sign says and it has become Zaleski‘s mission to make sure people find this out. Along the way he has gained tens of thousands of signatures on a petition to address this epidemic with the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Congress. This is ―not about the politics of war‖ but to gain better support and care for all military veterans and that ―they have a right to come home and be healthy… and be healthy parents to their children‖ said Zaleski. This isn‘t the first time he has walked to raise awareness for veterans; he has previously walked the Appalachian Trail barefoot as well. Zaleski has not done this alone; his wife, Valeria Moran, has followed in a recreational vehicle and together they have a website,, where they have posted updates of the journey and accepted donations to help fund the costs. When asked about the advice he would give to veterans returning home to the Victor Valley Zaleski said to ―find older vets that you can talk to…a mentor…and find some solitude just to get your thoughts together again.‖ With 300-500 students at any given time claiming veteran status at Victor Valley College many of these students find support is hard to find on campus. But that is changing and the VVC campus is becoming more veteran friendly. A Veteran Club has now come to VVC receiving its charter from the Associated Student Body on March 25.

Ron Zaleski at Victorville Veteran Memorial.

―The purpose of the Student Veterans club will be to advocate on behalf of veterans issues at Victor Valley College. Secondly, our purpose is to provide a fellowship of like-minded individuals in order to create a network of student veterans to provide and enhance professional and leadership development. Members of the VVC Veterans Club

Ron Z aleski with the sign he wears while walking .

will also serve as advocates for veterans at the local, state, and national level‖ according to a released statement by club advisor Carl Durheim. ―Vets often feel singled out…they often don‘t relate to other students‖ without military experience said Veteran Club President Loran Keith. The Veteran club seeks to change this and help Veterans by bringing resources together. There are also other changes on the way for Veterans here at VVC. The financial aid office now has window 12 dedicated for veteran services. Hours for this window vary but generally it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday depending on staff availability. By telephone, window 12 can be reached by calling the campus at (760)245-4271 ext. 2245. Veterans and dependents can also receive information by attending the financial aid help sessions on Fridays. These are being held in the Advance Technology Center, building 21 room 157, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. The veteran club is open to all students; for more information visithttp:// or call (760)245-4271 ext. 2245.

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Upcoming Victor Valley College Events April 9 First eight-week courses come to an end. April 9 Highlander day open house at University of California Riverside for all prospective students. April 11-15 Spring break at Victor Valley College; campus will remain open but no classes held. April 17 Hands across California at Victor Valley College starting at 2 p.m. April 18 Start of second eight-week classes. April 22 Campus closed for holiday; no classes to be held. — Jason Becker Comic by Carlos Garcia Reporter

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Heard Around the Lake What are you planning for spring break?

―Partying, seeing the females, having a good time and enjoying life.‖ — Derrick Allen ―Nothing at all.‖ —Marilynd Pichinte

―Going to San Diego.‖ — Emily Barclay

―Work mostly; my work schedule is pretty busy.‖ — Monty Quigg

―Come here and study.‖ — Steven Garland — Jason Becker Reporter


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