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RamPage December 9, 2011 · Volume 32, No. 7 “Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role,” Confucius

Many Holidays’ to Celebrate Besides Christmas By Lynnea Lombardo Reporter Christmas isn’t the only winter holiday celebrated around this time; These holidays range from Kwanzaa and Ashura to Hanukkah. So, what exactly are theses holidays that people in our own backyard celebrate? Hanukkah, which means “Festival of Lights,” is a Jewish tradition that spans a total of eight days beginning on the 25 day of the Jewish month, Kislev. This celebration usually falls near Christmas, in the month of December and is rich in symbolism and sanctity. According to Jewish traditions recorded in the Talmud, which is a book of basic Jewish Law, an eight day festival is celebrated to commemorate a miracle. Jewish Temples are required to have a candle burning throughout the night, every night; however, due to social and religious tension, Temples were defiled by the Greeks and only enough oil was spared to keep a single candle burning for one day in a single Temple. That small amount of oil kept a candle burning for eight days, just enough time to allow the Jews to make a fresh supply. This holiday remembers the rededication of the temple after it was defiled, however it is not mentioned in Jewish Scripture, and is not considered a very important religious holiday, despite its

popularity due to its proximity to Christmas. Ashura, an Islamic holiday, also falls in December, and is always on the tenth day of the first month in the Islamic calendar. Sunni and Shi’I Muslims observe Ashura in different ways. “To my knowledge, Ashura tends to be

Husayn, was killed and he is considered a martyr. “Its commemoration tends to involve solemnity and sorrow,” says Skuster. “In some cases this has involved actions such as self-flagellation that express identification with the suffering of Husayn.” “The Sunni’s, who do not share the same beliefs as the Shi’a about the Imams, fast on this day because Mohammed fasted and instructed others to fast as well,” Skuster says. Muslims and Jewish people observe their own unique religious holidays in December, however some African Americans celebrate a cultural holiday called Kwanzaa, starting on December 26, and lasting until January 1. “Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human at the fullest,” Dr. Maulana Karenga says in his Kwanzaa 2011 Newsletter. Karenga is the creator of Kwanzaa and Professor and Chair of African Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Kwanzaa is rich with heritage and symbolism, which is represented by the “Kwanzaa Set.” According to the Official Kwanzaa Website, founded by Karenga, The Kwanzaa set is seven different symbols, each one representing something unique, and focuses on social, cultural, and spiritual renewal.

Happy Holidays more important in North America to Shi’I Muslims than to Sunni’s. The day is marked by parades and processions in urban areas with substantial Islamic communities,” said Marc Skuster, professor of Religious Studies at VVC, who teaches classes on Religions in the Middle East. Ashura is viewed differently between the two sects because of how they view the story behind it. The Prophet Muhammad, according to Skuster, has divinely guided successors, who are called Imams. According to the Shi’a, Muhammads third successor and grandson,

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Geographic Information System has Vital Safety Advantages By Ron Banta Reporter Victor Valley College has re-geared the Geographic Information Systems program after over 10 years to meet the explosive demand of the GIS technology's disaster preparedness and ecological sustainability advantages. The rapid expansion of GIS technology was fueled by public outrage over the Federal Emergency Management Agency's poor response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to Claude Oliver, Chair of VVC's Computer Integrated Design and Graphics department. "If (FEMA) would've had a system like this in place at that time, a lot more could have been done to help the victims of Katrina," said Oliver. GIS is a computer software that brings the technological advantages of digital mapping and databases together, enabling organizations from Fortune 500 companies from the U.S. military to private contractors to operate more efficiently and accurately than ever before, according to Josh Briggs, VVC's GIS Instructor. "The agriculture industry has been using GIS for more than 10 years for things like mapping un-manned Global Positioning System-guided tractor routes to irrigation rotations," Briggs said. GIS technology can be used to track oil spills, fire danger, and potential ecological problems and can be linked to emergency command center computers to enable response teams to communicate with other agencies and better understand the situation at hand. Today's clients range from urban planning departments, geological survey teams, financial institutions and law enforcement. After harsh lessons learned from major disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year, FEMA has also implemented GIS technology, according to The U.S. Department of Defense is currently the largest client of GIS services, utilizing the technology for countless applications such as mapping missile patterns, projecting debris paths from destroyed targets and projecting least-cost scenarios. The possibilities of GIS technology are nearly infinite, including mapping out vaccine dispersement and detecting ero-

sion patterns. GIS technology can even be used to relocate plants and animals after mining operations as if they were never disturbed. When President Barack Obama founded the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, community colleges were invited to apply for contracts to expand vocational programs identified by the WIB as the top fields of employment opportunity in the nation. Funding was granted for eight programs, including GIS at VVC with help from the VVC Foundation, including GIS, whereas most community colleges received funding for one or two programs. "When VVC was granted the contracts, it gave us the resources we needed for the programs to develop enough to reach critical mass," said Ginger Ontiveros, Director of the VVC Foundation. "It was what really seeded the programs."

There are four GIS-related classes being held next semester, two in the CIDG department, CIDG-80 and CIDG-81, one GIS course in the Agriculture and Natural Resources department, AGNR-171 and one in the Fire Tech department, FIRE-58. "There are so many advantages that come from GIS that I think it's possible to use it to help repair and even reverse environmental damage," said GIS student Angelina Antonucci. Antonucci was reluctant about the new class when she realized how computeroriented it was, but her life-long passion for helping the environment, along with coaching from her instructors, convinced her to stick with it. She is currently in the top tier of her class. "I can't see the human population surviving in the future without GIS," said Antonucci

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ASB Takes Part in Victorville Children’s Parade By Sheri Bender Reporter For the second year in a row, Victor Valley College’s Associated Student Body participated in the commercial float division of the annual Victorville Children’s Parade. Last year First Place. Their portrayal of the “Christmas in Toyland” theme rode on the shoulders of a special guest. “An additional debt of gratitude to Chief Tom Turner for allowing the use of the ‘Flo Fire Engine E1, which as it states on its doors, has been ‘Proudly Serving the Community Since 1929’,” said ASB Advisor, Robert Sewell. Participating students met at 6 a.m. at the Victorville DMV on Dec. 3 to deco-

rate “Flo” the fire engine with presents, garland and other Christmas decorations. The student float also included community interaction by ASB members dressed in festive costumes. “We had Cat Gempler and myself dressed as kids on Christmas morning. She was carrying a large Teddy bear, I was carrying a monkey and Evonne Tirado was walking as Rammy’s guide,” said ASB Social Sciences Senator, Christina Kulasxa. “We were frozen but I bought a pair of footsie P.J’s to wear.” ASB Activities Senator, Alanha Medina kept warm walking in the giant, fuzzy shoes of VVC’s mascot, Rammy the Ram.

“She went out there and was dancing and friendly with the people,” said Jacqueline Cruz-Hernandez. Disguised as a giant Christmas present, ASB Business and Math Senator, Brian Feliciano danced his way into the hearts of a crowd of appreciative children and parents. “The crowd really loved him. When the fire truck would stop, he would pop up,” said Cruz-Hernandez. The parade route started at the corner of La Paz Drive and Seventh Street and ended at Victor Valley High School on Mojave Drive. “It was awesome. We had a lot of fun,” said Cruz-Hernandez. “The best part was interacting with the community and representing the college.”

American Sign Language has been re-chartered By Alex Ochoa Reporter The American Sign Language club has been recharged and is more active than ever before. “The purpose of the club is to make the deaf community well known throughout Victor Valley College,” said Izzy Acevedo, the club advisor. There had been an ASL club in the past, but what is most exciting about this year is that the club has been revamped. Right now the members of the club are mostly made up of ASL students, even

though they are trying to recruit deaf individuals. “Deaf individuals are just as human as we are,” said Acevedo. There are a few upcoming events that the club is putting on. They will be doing a bowling night at Victor Bowl on Dec. 10, from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. People who know the ASL and the members of the club will be at the event. The deaf community is encouraged to go. Also, look for another event later in the month to support the ASL club, such as a bake sale. Acevedo explained that there is a donation box in Deborah

Chesser office to raise money for the club. Anyone is more than welcomed to join the club, in fact it is encouraged for students who know or want to learn Sign Language to take a chance and look into the club. “I recommend ASL experience, but if they are not sure feel free to ask any questions about joining,” Acevedo said. The American Sign Language Club meets at least once every two weeks, normally on a Wed. at 5 p.m. in building 30 room 11.

Donate Canned Goods for Free Concert Tickets By Bradlee Howe Reporter If you were looking for some way to give back to the community and enjoy the night look no further, rummage through your cabinets today and you may find free concert tickets. On December 16, the second to last day of school, there will be a concert to raise canned food for charity from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. The cost to get in is three cans per person, or with a family of four, 10 cans plus two additional cans per person for any family over four.

“Food brings families together,” said Inter Club Council Senator Evonne Tirado. The Associated Student Body, clubs on campus, Tirado and volunteers have secured family friendly music for everyone to enjoy. Auditions were held Friday with 11 tryouts and 10 of them were chosen to perform for the concert. Rehearsals will be held on the 15 to get everything ready, and to give the audience a concert to remember. “I haven’t done anything like this before,” said ASB Business and Math Senator Brian Feliciano.

The performing artists will be Katrina and Vic, Monica and James, Christina, Roman, Shaggy and Morgan, and Chelsea. The two bands that will be performing are Underground Anthem, and Charlie Ray and Linda Washington. Helping coordinate the event will be theatre facilitator for the college, professor Ed Heaberlin and professor of English, French and Drama, Mrs. Basha. This will be the first cans for concert at VVC. There will also be a baked goods sale, and all proceeds will go to shelters.

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Creativity Knows No Bounds at VVC Art Show By Bradlee Howe Reporter They say a picture is worth a thousand words; how many words is an entire art show worth? This last Thursday, Building 22 (Art building) in Victor Valley College was wide open and everyone was invited in. Collections of student’s artwork filled the walls of every open room. Since it was about a week before the semester ends, it was a chance for students to display all that they had done this semester. The artwork ranged from photography to hand made pieces. The hand made pieces included hand sketched pictures, sculptures, or even paintings. Many pieces were for sale. “It’s nice to see a variety of art,” said VVC student and student worker Jose Huerta. Everything was displayed in an organized manner. Owner and Framer for American Art and Frame Company Thom Bond showed students how to cut the matte for their artwork to give it that professional look. “Presentation of art is a big part,” said Bond. With the limited space that the art department had to work with there was a constant in and out of the building to see the next room. If you are new to the art building, without directions through the show it was hard to know if there was more artwork lingering somewhere or if you had seen it all. All the students, staff and viewers seemed to have enjoyed the whole setup and creativity displayed. Many viewers flocked in for different reasons. Some came because of curiosity, some because of friends, and some for just the fun. “I like to see other people’s point of view,” said former student Jorden Darr. Along with all the great talent displayed, free food and drinks were also available; whether it was to bring people in or to keep viewers refreshed it made the art show come to life. There was also some entertainment from some young flutists named Clorinda Hernandez and Lily Ortiz from Hesperia Junior High. “I think that it is nicer than last year,” said VVC student Carly Rickert.

If you missed the art show and want to make it to the next one, be sure to stop by the art building to ask when the next one will be.

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Lights of Love: A Christmas Miracle at VVC By Rachel Hanley Reporter The holiday spirit was in the air this past week, as Lights of Love put on a gift giving event fully equipped with Christmas music, good food and even Santa Claus. Lights of Love is an event put on annually by the Extended Opportunity Program and Services and CalWorks programs that allows under privileged families receive presents for their children. This event provided gifts for all the children by hanging out paper light bulbs with the child’s age and gender on it to anyone willing to help out by donating a present. At this year’s event, the festivities were enjoyed by children and parents alike as they took pictures with Santa and ate pizza that was passed out by the Ready Rams Club. Nancy Davila, a Victor Valley College student, was there with her husband and three children and they were all enjoying themselves. “I like that this is a family event so we can bring our children and take pictures with Santa,” said Davila. Her daughter Myranda said, ” I like that it’s for kids to get presents,” said Myranda her daughter “It’s a nice thing to do for everyone, Hailey really likes the cookies,” said Julie Dieppa Carlos Garcia, president of the Ready Rams Club, was also there handing out food like pizza and cookies with other Ready Rams members. Though the turnout of people was about the same as the previous year they were serving children food stop but to Garcia the work was worth it. “I like knowing I did a good deed, seeing the happiness on the kids’ faces and establishing teamwork in the club. I’m really proud of the team,” said Garcia. All the children loved receiving presents but the one thing they were probably even more excited about was old Father Christmas himself, Santa Claus. Santa was taking a break from the North Pole to visit the children participating in Lights of Love and the kids loved it. “It’s a good present. I come for the kids, it’s great to see their faces light up when they see me, one boy brought me cookies,” said Santa.

He was definitely the life of the party as he talked to kids and even danced with the Victor Valley College Ram mascot, who made a brief appearance. Needless to say, everyone had a great time and the Christmas spirit was definitely in the air; all thanks to Lights of Love, everyone volunteering and everyone who donated gifts.

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Julian Youth Academy Survivors Voices are Heard By Micah Raimo Managing Editor The Julian Youth Academy has had a record of both healing and hurting lives. In order to help spread awareness amongst private school victims, Victor Valley College Assistant Student Body Treasurer Monique Ballard joins the Facebook organization, The Julian Youth Academy Survivors. Jordan Wright went to the Academy for five years. After she left, many of her experiences remained behind. “I have had a major issue with being alone whether it meant hanging out with a less desirable crowd or boyfriend. I just didn't want to be alone,” Said Wright. “I also have recurring health issues from the stress and anxiety of everyday life and coping skills that it has taken a huge toll on my health.” Alexandria Newlin, Co Administrator of The Julien Youth Academy Facebook page, their goal is to make the public aware. “I started JYA Survivors because I am a huge believer in freedom of speech. I felt there were a lot of other people who had stories to tell and could use a support system to actually talk about their issues with the school and what came of it,” said Newlin. “They all talk about their experiences with JYA both good and bad and many have thanked me for finally having others to talk to about the school and the aftermath.” Since then we have almost 90 girls who have stepped forward.

Every story varies. Some talk of the humiliation that went on there while others say that the religious foundation helped them in the long run According to The JYA website (, the Julien Youth Academy was established in 1993 as a non profit organization in Shasta Califiornia with a religious based curriculum for trouble teens. “We maintain a Christian foundation without forcing Christianity on our students,” said website. Yet on a Los Angeles Times Blog, 198 comments were made referring to the JYA. Phill Ludwig, CEO of the JYA, posted on Oct 20, 2008 under point 6 and 7 that: “Point #6: We have never refused or withheld medical care from any of our students. We are extremely conservative and if a student says they are ill, even if we suspect that the illness might be feigned by the student, we always treat the complaint as legitimate and act appropriately for the protection of the stud e n t . Point #7: There are no surveillance cameras in any inappropriate location throughout the school campus.” Newlin quoted in her testimony, “Right before I left I saw a new girl puke all over her plate, after telling them she couldn’t eat anymore. They put another plate in front of her and made her start eating again. Things like this happened all the time.”

Now a successful student and a mother of one, Ballard still deals with the trauma from the JYA. “I learned how to repress feelings of anguish and stress, and in life I know as a general rule, nothing and I mean nothing as truly hard as what it seems because if I can survive the academy and how I was treated then I know I can survive anything. JYA is a very dark, and lonely reality for me, I have shoved my feelings and emotions down for so long that it almost feels as if I made it a façade in my mind to block out all the emotional and mental issues and stress. Feelings of abandonment, being unwanted, but having nowhere else to go because, you are forced to live there,” said Ballard. In April of 2005, the house of representatives was presented with H.R.1738 or “End Institutionalized Abuse Against Children Act of 2005” which states no institution that provides 24-hour care, room and board, and in a group living condition, shall be inspected if the institution is suspected of abuse. ( The bill is yet to be passed. Although there is no conclusive evidence that link the treatment of The JYA to the Murder Case at the institution, the interviewed survivors, through there experiences, linked Jessica Bradford’s case as a negative result of the psychological trauma such as detachment and isolation instilled at the academy.

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Best Albums of 2011 By Brandon Chiz Contributing Writer and Joseph Ciulla Opinion Editor This years list was hard to make up. We feel that although there are standouts this year for music, this year has had its share of disappointments as fans. Major releases from huge artists that just seem to fall short. The list we have provided, we feel, will give you a look at what are the definitive albums of the 2011.

The Criteria

After coming up with a giant list of nominees, we needed some sort of guideline to distinguish which albums were the best. Here is what we came up with: Has to be a full length album. No re-issues, No EP’s (That’s what the honorable mentions are for.) The album has to be innovative in one of two ways – if not both: Bringing something new to the table or reinventing a genre. The album has to contribute something to music. In other words, adding to the “pillars of the foundation of music. The album has to come together as a whole.

2011 Honorable Mentions Brandon Chiz Gary Clark Jr.- — Bright Lights EP Nearly flawless, bringing a fresh sound to a classic blues. His full album will definitely be in the future top ten. Childish Gambino — EP This album sets the foundation for his full release. It showcases his multi-layered style at its best. Paul Simon — You're Beautiful, So What Paul Simon reinvents himself, and creates a beautiful album. However, it simply doesn’t meet the criteria. Kanye West & Jay-Z — Watch the Throne An outstanding album. However, they don’t do anything new or innovative: Its classic Kanye West and Jay-Z. The Decemberists — The King is Dead Refining their sound, this album is solid but does nothing we’ve haven’t heard before.

Joseph Ciulla Gary Clark Jr.- — Bright Lights EP Bright Lights gives Gary Clark Jr. a bright future. I personally cannot wait for a full release from this young Blues musician. Childish Gambino — EP The EP that got people attention of this comedic but very serious rapper. Once I heard thisa EP I knew that Gambino was for real. The Roots — Undun The Roots produce a concept album that works backwards from the end of the story to the beginning. Black Thought and ?uestlove at their best on this album Skrillex — More Monsters and Sprites EP The reason Skrillex has to be mentioned is because he is part of a cultural phenomenon that doesn't look to be slowing down. Last year we overlooked it, now were on board. Danny Brown —XXX A rapper that has style, but will make you flinch at first listen turns in one of the best rap albums all year. Definitely look for Danny Brown in the future.

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Bon Iver


Bon Iver


Bon Iver release makes it easy to lose about an hour. His falsetto-voice with the harmonies that create the ambiance that chimes across each track is simply delightful. The new ambitions applied into the production it blanket the album so effortlessly allows this record to try bold combinations without ever coming across as overbearing. He is feeling his way still trying to find where he is most comfortable. This beautiful album is only the beginning of his career.

“Lets Roll Just Like We Used To” is the perfect opening track and perfect title to start off an album that infuses so many different genres of the past. On this track you can hear a 60’s pop influence. As we progress through the album you can hear the Blur, Muse and Oasis influences. In England people are going crazy for this album. And it is time for us Americans to climb aboard the Kasabian train already.

Path of Totality Korn has undergone many facelifts in their career, but none that has fit their personality more than this genre mix between metal and dubstep. I know many will probably cringe at the sound of that, but this album made the list because of its innovativeness. Don’t think that Korn has gone it alone. They have recruited some of the best dubstep producers in the game including Skrillex, Feed Me, Noisa, Excision and more. If you want to hear something new and exciting then Path of Totality is it.





Lady Gaga

Beastie Boys


Born This Way

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

The second album from Merrill Garbus is like a love child from Vampire Weekend and Bjork. Whokill is delightfully weird, with its gorgeous shifts in voice, juxtaposition energy, carefully calculated unorthodoxy, and delicate touches which allow this record to accomplish so much. Perhaps out of the entire 2011 list they are the most explorative and expansive with their music, as their range and veracity is so expansive. And, frankly, I still don’t know if they use actual drums or their percussions are common items found in a kitchen—which if they were, makes them just that much more interesting.

The Queen of Shock and Awe, and lets face it eccentricism, has decided to tone it down a bit. Now, she is still Gaga, but on tracks like “You and I” she presents to the world a completely different side—if anything, almost country-ish. She showcases herself, within almost every track, in a different way then almost anything from The Fame. Although its sort of trite to compare her to Madonna now, the one thing they have in common worth mentioning is the consistent ability to reinvent themselves. By pulling it back she still innovates herself, and produces an album that further solidifies her place in music today.

“Why cant music be like it used to be?” is a question posed by many nostalgic listeners. Well the Beastie Boys have given them something to enjoy, the hip-hop crowd that is. With Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, the B-Boys have proven they are just as good as they were 25 years ago. The album fuses modern hip-hop beats with that classic Beastie Boy flow. Featured artists such as legendary rapper Nas and Santigold just add to the albums greatness. If only a live tour followed the albums release in April, the Beasties would be back in full swing. Lets hope MCA has a speedy recovery so that they can get back to rapping.


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04. The Strokes — Angles After a band achieves that connection that identifies themselves throughout their sound, the delicate balance begins; finding that complicated sweet spot of recreating that sound, while also advancing it. However, when a band does manage to feat nothing short of brilliance is created. Julian Casablanca s comes across bold, relishing each line, and each second of amazing cacophony strives forward with that emotional, incisive pop sound that makes The Strokes so good. Angles proves that The Strokes can evolve, and continually propel to new heights.

03. The Black Keys — El Camino For the second straight year, The Black Keys have had the best rock album. It’s hard to decide which of the two is the better, but El Camino makes a great case. It’s a bit edgier than last years Brothers, but still contains the same funky blues that The Black Keys are known for. I said in last years list, that I was expecting them to push their boundaries and they did not disappoint. I am still eagerly awaiting the second release under their rap experiment Blakroc, which just proves that this is such a talented band because of their versatility. To Those who think this is just another White Stripes, don't be fooled by Jack White’s charms, The Black Keys are the complete package and deserve your attention.

02. Adele — 21 Opening with the ever-dominant “Rolling in the Deep,” a song that will be looked back on as a classic. The sorrowful young British singer confesses the collapse of her 18-month relationship, using seemingly her voice alone to transmit raw emotion. The simplicity and rawness makes each track so commutative and connecting to the listener. Bringing freshness to old Motown soul and classic piano pop. Perhaps, her placement will be looked at with backlash, However, for each track that achieves so much there are a few that, even though strong, lack the same level as others, However, this album will be seen as a modern classic.

1. Childish Gambino — Camp This is certainly one artist to look out for. If Kanye West and Jay-Z are the Kings of the (Hip-Hop) “Throne”, this is definitely one young artist who is watching and waiting for his turn. Adapting a style as a graduate from the hip-hop class of Kanye West (no pun, intended), disowning Hip-Hop clichés, openly expressive as a nerd and dealing with race from a surprisingly aware perspective-- playing with both white and black cultures, respectively. His lyrics are so multi-layered, he makes onions seem two-dimensional. However, what makes Childish Gambino’s Camp the best of 2011 is there is no-one who is innovating as much as him, and even when he pulls from influences—while still infusing his own style. Every song comes together as a collective whole, with each contributing to the genre in its own way. If Childish Gambino continues with the same success of Camp, he will be an artist that redefine the genre.

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Everlast Presents: Songs of the Ungrateful Living By Ron Banta Reporter

Songs of the Ungrateful Living hits home for the easygoing crowd Everlast's Songs of the Ungrateful Living delivers powerful lyrics, fluid song mechanics and a colorful array of track themes, but is best suited for openminded listeners. One thing is certain; however, this is music with soul. The current spotlight track, "I Get By," rocks an attractive dreariness and pounds deep into the heart of current American society with lyrical impact like, "I voted for some change and it's kinda strange, now that's all I got in my pocket." It should be known, however, that this is not the whole theme for the rest of the album. The first track of the veteran solo artist's sixth release, "Long at All," prepares the listener for a slow and easy pace with a thick but soothing country tone. Track two, "Gone for Good," brightens things up a bit with a little more bounce and a gospel feel (aside from the pronounced explicit moments that remind the listener where the music comes from). Songs of the Ungrateful Living introduces its hip-hop side on track three with "I Get By" and strikes a chord on the steel-string end for military families with "Little Miss America" afterwards. Southern blues ensues later in the album in a big way as "Friday the 13th" causes any feet nearby to uncontrollably stomp to a well-placed bass line. Balancing the hip-hop aspect of the album, "The Rain" and "Even God Don't Know" are deep and powerful. The latter even bringing some Jim Morrison influence to the table. Everlast's steel-string, hip-hop style as experienced in 1998's Whitey Ford Sings the Blues EP, earned attention with tracks "What It's Like" and "Ends," reaching Billboard's top 10. Despite earning a Grammy Award for his work with Carlos Santana on the song "Put Your Lights On", some listeners remain reluctant to accept his genre hybrid style.

Although Songs of the Ungrateful Living might not be for everybody, the album does have something for everybody. Those listeners with an open mind, an appreciation for hard-luck realism, style variety and just plain musical soul should definitely check this one out.

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Victor Valley College’s Undiscovered Artist By Sheri Bender Reporter Three artists at Victor Valley College aspire to further their careers in the art world. Jamison Walker says before coming to VVC he drew only doodles, but his raw

Photo by Sheri Bender Left: Jameson Walker, Right: Xavier Baker

talent goes a long way as he works in the mediums of ink, water color pencil and charcoal. "My uncle draws too; he's a beast," said Walker. A former football player, Walker had to rethink his goals after four concussions kept him out of the game. He is currently in his first semester at VVC, but plans to transfer to Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio next fall to study Digital Illustration and Media Arts. Xavier Baker has been drawing as long as he can remember, but started thinking seriously about an art career in the ninth grade. Baker is pursuing to work as either a comic book artist or a computer graphics illustrator for video games and plans to transfer to the San Francisco, Academy of Art University. Baker admires the conceptual artist and illustrator, Danny Luvisi. "He's a real inspiration because everything he does is all by himself. If I were to make a comic book, I would want it to be all mine," said Baker. He won a 500 dollar award at an art show which featured artists from his Maryland high school's art club. "It takes hard work and perseverance," said Baker. "When you start as an artist

you may doubt yourself, but you'll always pull through as long as you believe in yourself." Johntá "Jon-Jon" Abrun, who has been drawing for seven years shows that practice makes perfect. He plans to become a fire fighter in order to be stationed in Japan where he can create manga, or Japanese comic books. "Ever since I was a kid I always looked up to the Justice League, like to save people," said Abrun. "I want to be stationed as a firefighter in Japan in order to pursue my career in animation." In Japan, people of all ages enjoy reading manga, which means "whimsical drawings". Abrun's favorite mangaka or Japanese comic book conceptual artist is Masashi Kishimoto. Abrun, currently in his third semester at VVC, also names Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee, Kobe Bryant, English R&B artist Jessie J and his dad as inspirations in his life. "Fake it 'til you make it," said Abrun.

Winter and Spring Theatre Stage Play Wrap up By Mercedes Cannon Contributing Reporter Those bright theater lights, riveting monologues, and awe inspiring choreography are what most Victor Valley College students and the local community are looking for when attending a school production. Past productions have demonstrated to be nothing short of a great opportunity for our theater students and staff to show hard working and dedicated they really are. This years winter season seems to offer all of this and more. Dance Department’s Production “Winter”, proves to offer intrigue and a kick off to the holiday season. The show is choreographed by long time faulty members Lynn Guardado and Nancy Helms. Opening night for the show is December 2nd at 7:30pm in the performing arts center. It runs through Decem-

ber 3rd at 7:30pm and the last show is on December 4th at 2:30pm. Next on the winter show schedule, is The Music Department putting on their 36th annual choral Christmas show. The show features the talents from the Women's Choir, College Singers and Guitar Ensemble, and Master Arts Chorale. It is said to include many classic Christmas favorites, carols for guitar ensemble and choir, and a Christmas carol sing along portion at the end of the show. To wrap up the winter shows VVC has the honor of hosting world famous mandolin player, Evan Marshall. His talents have been showcased on 5 solo CD’s and with many symphony orchestras. His performance is December 17th at 7:30pm. For more information on tickets to this event call (760) 961-0486. Tickets to the dance production and the choral pro-

duction are; $10 general admission, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children. Of course VVC ASB cardholders are free of charge. Lobby doors open 30min prior to the event and the box office opens an hour before. It appears as though students and the high desert have quite the opportunity to appreciate some local talent for an affordable price. Also, with promises of an adventurous classic “Pirates of Penzance’’, and a holiday themed play called “Reckless”, it seems just enough to keep us tied over till spring. So stay tuned RAMS!

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Please support the first annual VVC student clubs “cans for concert.”

Admission: 3 cans/person 10 cans for a family of 4 For more info go to ASB office today or contact ASB ICC Senator Evonne Tirado at MISSEVONNE1991@GMAIL.COM (760)-269-9435.

Together we can feed our community. ALL CANS WILL BE DONATED TO THE LORD’S TABLE. THANK YOU!

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