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RamPage October 22, 2010 · Volume 30, No. 4 “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

Shakeout Rocks VVC Story by Yesenia Carrillo Reporter

Earthquake drill officials corralled students into parking lot. RamPage photo by Roscoe Esparza.

Victor Valley Community College participated in the first exercise in regards to a school emergency. On Oct. 21, 2010, At 10:21, the students were escorted out of all the buildings and out to the sides of the school for an earthquake drill. Teachers were asked to dismiss their classes early and step out for a while as if there had been an actual emergency. “I think it’s a good idea that the school is having us prepare for an emergency, just in case,” said VVC student Chris Hurtado. “I personally thought it was a waste of time. If a real-life emergency were to happen, I doubt people would walk out as calmly,” said another student Bianca Medina. Chief of Police Leonard Knight said, “The whole purpose is to continue to prepare for any type of emergency. It is not designed to be an inconvenience but to have the students feel safer.” Continued in Shakeout on Page 11

Candidates Discuss Winter Session at Public Forum Story and Photo by Micah Raimo Opinion Editor

creditation. That’s unacceptable. We need to fix that. And we’ve done that. Thirdly, we have to find new revenue sources,” Mollenkamp said in his opening statement. “The financial stability of the college is very important

The Student Activities Center was in an uproar on Oct 13 when candidates took the stage to speak about their position of the campus’ current detrimental conditions. The Victor Valley Daily Press hosted the forum. The first half was filled with questions from the press while the second half was devoted to the audience. All Candidates discuss questions posed by audience members. answers were one minute in length. to the community. Because Candidates Michael without it, we all suffer.” Kelly, Christopher Mollenk- said Krause amp, Dennis Henderson, The area seated 100 peoRoderick Gray Jr., Willie ple. Those seats were full of Pringle, Michael Krause, attendees. Tables outside of Donald Nelson and Lorrie the arrangement were used to Denson were seated on the seat extra faculty and stustage. Candidate Craig dents. The second half of the Baumbusch did not attend candidates forum was dedithe forum. cated to the audience. Gen“I told the board and I want eral questions were asked to tell you that there are and were answered within three, in my mind, critical thirty seconds. issues: I will make sure be“I believe one of the ways ing on the watch list for ac- to help in this time is partner-

ships,” said Denson on the recession and VVC’s current financial situation. “It seems as though everyone in authoritative capacity here on this campus has sat on their hands, and the rights of the students have been trampled on,” said Gray, a VVC student and candidate. When th e candidates were asked what they wanted in the next college president, candidate Donald Nelson said, “We want someone who can communicate with the faculty. Someone who has an open-door policy that will let students as well as faculty come in at any time,” said Nelson. When asked about the winter session: “I’d want to have a winter session. I like to have a winter session. I liked it when they did it. I like it now. The idea’s great. We do not have the money. We’re trying to find the money. We want the money,” said Henderson. “Have a winter session. Get these people transferred so can accommodate others with room,” said Gray.


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Futuristic ITV Classes Creates New Learning Experience Story and Photos by Jimmy Garrido Reporter Imagine sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture, but the instructor isn’t there. Instead, he is miles away teaching another group of students. This is the scenario for the Interactive Television Spanish class offered at Victor Valley College. The first thing one will notice when walking into the classroom, located in the Quiet Room of the Student Activity Center, is the projector aimed at an empty wall. When class is in session video from the off campus location is projected onto the wall, while video from one of the two cameras in the classroom is sent to the location, all live and over the Internet. “I didn’t know what ITV was. I think I like it better,” said student Allison Wade. Another thing one might notice in the classroom, are the kids from the off site location; they are high school kids from Lucerne Valley High School. “Sometimes I don’t notice because the screen is behind us,”said student Stacey O’Neil about the high school students being taught alongside her. Due to the lack of a Spanish teacher at Lucerne Valley, the high school resorted to using the ITV system to stream Instructor David O’Brien’s lectures over to their classroom. “The first thing that goes at other schools is the music and language programs,” said O’Brien. O’Brien has two ITV Spanish courses, 101 and 102, which means the high

school students are being students is no problem, but Aide, Tim Isbell, is also imtaught at a college level. For assignments from Lucerne portant to the class. the high school freshmen Valley have to be collected, “I really don’t do a lot,” taking a Spanish class for the put in an envelope and said Isbell. first time, this might provide some difficulty in being able to keep up with the pace. As a solution, the class utilizes the Panorama program for the course. “An extensive Internet program comes with it,” said O’Brien. The students, both from VVC and Lucerne Valley, can access lessons from the textbook online to help with learning and review. In addition, only VVC students can use the language lab and use the Rosetta Stone soft- Students watch a lecture that is also broadcasted through a live stream to a high school off ware provided to campus.

Instructor David O’Brien teaching Spanish.

learn and practice using speech recognition. Still, like any other class, homework and class work are assigned and this highlights one disadvantage of the ITV program. Collecting assignments from the VVC

dropped off at VVC. This causes a delay from when assignments are turned in and returned. Currently, the ITV program requires two people to operate. Besides O’Brien, Instructional Media Services

Isbell is responsible for establishing a connection with Lucerne and controlling the cameras, which he can do with a remote control or through the Internet. The current system being used is the Polyvision System, which also allows for features such as DVD playback for both locations. “It’s far better than an online class,” said O’Brien. However, hopes are a new system will be in place by next semester that will consist of two projectors, one for displaying the off campus students and another for visual aids similar to a whiteboard. With the new system, it would be possible to connect more than three locations at a time, expanding the reach the class has to other schools. “We’ll no longer be limited by space in the classroom,” said Isbell.


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EMT Program Set to Save Lives Story and Photo by Jennifer Tizzard Reporter

would benefit with more hands-on practice time and more equipment. “I am excited to go on the ride-a-longs so I can put all of the knowledge that the teachers have provided for me to use,” said Michelle

Victor Valley College’s Emergency Medical Technician program and Paramedic Academy each have pamphlets that explain what they offer and what is required to enter their classes. These pamphlets can be found in the Allied Health office. They offer several programs in the Emergency Medical Services field. Among these are an Associates degree in A team of EMT students simulate emergency resuscitation. Science Emergency Medical Technician, Associates deBabb, a member of a squad gree in Science Paramedic, A who call themselves The Flat Paramedic Certificate and an -liners. Squads come up with EMT-B Certificate. colorful names for themThe Paramedic Academy selves for fun. gets more than 100 appliThe Paramedic program is cants for 35 spots. Graduates a progression from the EMT get jobs within six months on program. According to the average. Paramedic Academy pamThe EMT pamphlet states phlet, in order to enter the that the requirements for the paramedic program students EMT-B program are candimust take the college assessdates must be 18 or older, ment test and have six must have a high school dimonths full-time or 1,000 ploma or GED and must hours part-time pre-hospital have a current medical proexperience as an EMT-B vider level type CPR card. within the last two years. EMT students get to pracApplicants who meet the tice hands-on emergency prerequisites, take an EMT simulations with experienced Entrance Assessment. This instructors looking on. The means the applicant’s EMT squads have to use what they skills are tested. As the numlearn in the class and teamber of applicants is reduced, work to accomplish their select candidates are asked given task. EMT situational questions The students in the EMT during an oral board. program agree that they

“Having direct knowledge of the pre-hospital emergency medical services is a key component in becoming a successful paramedic,” said Scott Jones, Paramedic Academy director. Plans for a Public Safety Center are rolling along well, according to Jones. “It’s going to be like an indoor village,” said Jones. Once the P u b l i c Safety Center is open, the Param e d i c Academy is going to add a physical training component similar to the one the Fire Technician program has. Jones expects to open the center and to start the physical training program in the fall or winter of 2012. The students are placed into squads for the entire program, according to Jones. Each squad has a class president who makes sure things run smoothly for the squad and the instructors. Because of this, the students gain experience in leadership. “I am learning a lot. As a class we’ve come together as a whole,” said David Loomis, president of his class, speaking of how his squad learned to work well together. Loomis always wanted to be a fire fighter and believes adding “paramedic” to his certifications will make him more desirable as a firefighter.

SB 1440 Signed and Approved Story By Brittany Harter Reporter The approval of Measure SB 1440 guarantees all California community college graduates admission to a California State University. Students must meet the CSU requirements and have a grade point average of 2.09 or better to be eligible. This will be put into effect in the fall semester of 2011. “SB 1440 is one of the more significant pieces of legislation to address student transfer in a long time,” said the Director of Auxiliary Services Robert Sewell. “It makes transferring a more streamlined process for community college students.” Students are excited that transferring, which was once a long and confusing process, has been simplified. “I feel that it will motivate me to meet those requirements,” said fire technology student Jason Hutson. “If I wasn’t in California and heard about (Measure SB 1440) I would want to go to California to get a great education.” According to, this legislation will generate “…millions of dollars in savings by eliminating excess units that transfer students often accumulate in completing their degree.” “(This) will better align our higher education system, saving students time, money and freeing up state resources to serve more students," said Senator Alex Padilla, who advocated on behalf of the Measure SB 1440. Continued in CSU on Page 12


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Board of Trustees Approves Campus Upgrade Story and Photo by Shaun Canady Sports Editor

The Victor Valley College Board of Trustees held a meeting on Oct. 12, in the West Wing Conference Room regarding the budget and various idea proposals. The event featured Board Members such as Dennis Henderson, Chris Mollenkamp, Donald Nelson, Joe Range, Angela Valles and Christopher O’Hearn. The members were responsible for making decisions on whether or not an idea is approved. It was oftentimes difficult for the Board to come to an agreement due to high costs and conflicting opinions.

Some of the proposed ideas included supplying a large propane storage tank on the lower campus, and also a proposal to upgrade landscaping near the registration office. One of the many topics discussed during the meeting was the Winter Session. According to board member Dennis Henderson, reviving Winter Session is an impossible task. “I’m glad people are concerned about Winter Session,” said Henderson. “We are surveying 2500 students. The budget says that they’re not giving us money until July of next year. The Regional Development Agency gave us money only to upgrade the campus, not for anything else.” The meeting lasted well over three hours and the board members approved

most of the ideas addressed. Board member Chris Mollenkamp was pleased with how the meeting went. “The meeting served its purpose,” said Mollenkamp. “Some decisions I agreed with and some I disagreed with. I agreed with the budget but I am only one out of five people making decisions.” Board Member Donald Nelson was satisfied with the results of the meeting and felt that everyone Board member Dr. Christopher O’Hearn making involved did a good important decisions. job. “The meeting went well and everyone had good Although they were faced input,” said Nelson. “The with crucial decisions, the more input the board can put board members did an excelin, the better.” lent job of coming together in the clutch.

Protest Disrupts Shakeout Story By Adreana Young News Editor Some students were busy chanting in protest instead of running for cover during the Victor Valley College earthquake drill on Thursday Oct. 21. “Tutor cuts suck!” and “Do we want a winter session? Hell yeah!” were some of what was yelled during the Thursday morning rally, according to Justeen Barrett, a VVC writing center tutor. “VVC isn’t doing anything for us,” said Barrett. “I don’t feel a lot of students are happy.” The Winter inter-session and budget cuts to student

tutors were two main concerns of the students. The rally was meant to be a

show we’re not going to take anymore cuts, they’ll have to listen to us,” said VVC student Jeremiah Brosowske. The Student Walk Out was a success for students in front of the Advanced Technology Center. “It was powerful,” said VVC student Scott Knoll, about the protest. “I don’t Students rally at VVC. Photo courtesy of Edikan Akpabio. think anyone’s voice will be platform for silenced stuheard, hopefully this will dents to voice their opinions help.” on the cuts to student serHowever, on the other side vices. of campus, next to the Stu“They’ve already cut prodents Activities Center, the grams and we show up and Walk Out didn’t do as well.

Lot 9 was full of students because of the planned earthquake drill, but the protest never got off the ground. A few students began chanting “winter session, winter session,” trying to initiate the protest, but the earthquake drill ended before the rally ever got going. Still, the students that did participate in the Walk Out felt the protest was a success. “I think we got a lot of attention from people,” said Barrett. “I think the rally went well. I think it made an impact,” said Brosowske. Winter session being cut has been a hot topic around campus… Continued in Rally on Page 12


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VVC Student Curates Art Show at Local Gallery Story by Joyce Mayo Reporter Photos By Aimee McMullen Reporter The reception that showcased the work of Jorden Darr included live music by Phantom Other, poetry reading by Randall Pink and other guest artists. This event took place at the Eclipse Art Gallery on Oct. 16, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gallery is located at 18361 Bear Valley Road. The gallery has been owned and operated by Ms. Joan Sowinski since June 2010. The hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 9 p.m. “I opened a gallery to raise appreciation and an awareness of art, and since there weren’t any places to show art in a gallery setting in the High Desert, this was the most important goal in my life,” said Sowinski.

Sowinski is a mentor, painter, sculptor and a legend in her field. In the past, she has volunteered at the museum gallery, started the art

assisted them in achieving their dreams. Her eight cooperative interns from VVC and other artists keep Sowinski moti-

Phantom Other performed their first acoustic set at Eclipse Gallery.

show at Victor Valley College and has put students’ art in the Performing Arts Center, she has also helped others realize their potential and

Half the gallery was devoted to guest curator Jorden Darr’s work.

vated and inspired. These interns have the opportunity to organize the art shows at her gallery. The community, faculty and students of VVC can display their art in the gallery as long as the art falls within the theme. As can be expected, ”A lot of work goes into organizing an art show. The organizers must have advance notice as to when the show will occur. They hang and take down art work, place proper name tags on the art, advertise the show, ensure that the artists sign liability waivers and supply proper supervision over the artwork,” said Sowinski. Just ask guest curator Jorden Darr who displayed his large collec-

tion of photography and mixed media series in the rear studio of the gallery. “I plan the reception, greet people, hang up my art, tell them about the art media, find poets, contact bands to play here and conduct artists calls,” said Jorden. And there were many artists there show-casing their artistic talents. Marie Veloz displayed “North Shore Yacht Club” sculpture, Joan Sowinsky displayed “Ode to Man Ray” acrylic, a n d “Transformed” mix e d me d ia acrylic, Jorden Darr displayed “The Love That Is All Around You” and “Electric Chair” two of his mixed media series, among many others, and Mary Jackson displayed “Nana” sculpture. The other contemporary artists in attendance were Marilyn Buchanan, Julie Daniel, Joe Diaz, Sue Mendoza, Karla Donato, K.W. Drylie, Emily Hackbarth, Michael Hutsenpiller, Beverly Kennell, Joseph B. LA Chance, Itzel Potier, Rachel Rodriguez, Monica Ruiz, Theresa P. Shellcroft and Robert Sullivan. This was an incredible event. The artistic talent as well as the musical talent delighted the connoisseurs. “We were pleased to have been asked to play here for an hour and a half,” said Noe Osequera, of Phantom Other.


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Women’s Soccer Pulls For Championship Story and Photo By Brenda Requena Reporter After a slow start on Oct. 15 for the Rams women’s soccer team, the game picked up with help of Kellci Tessendorf who averaged one goal per game and Merry Guastadesigni who saved the team on several occasions and dominated the first half. Keeping up with one goal per game, Tessendorf scored 15 minutes past the first half. The Chaffey team wasn’t giving up so easily. 34 minutes past the first half Panthers tied the game 1-1. Spectators from both sides of the field were cheering for their team. “That was just luck Rams had it all to win” said Brayan Blanco a spectator. “This is a tough game and we are not giving up, we need to analyze our oppo-

Rams Soccer Team gets encouragement from Coach Bradbury.

nent’s team and use the strategies we know,” said head coach Michael Bradbury. The second half, Panthers took the lead, scoring another goal. Hard breathing was heard through out the

field, sweat was dripping from the faces but neither team gave up. The ending score was 2-1 in favor of Chaffey. Rams are finding it hard to place into the Foothill Conference Champion-

ship (FCC), which is led by Chaffey College. “I felt ready confident and happy on the outcome. Now we are in 1st place and I hope we can stay that way,” said Courtney Clark defense for Chaffey. The Ram has won seven games lost six and tied one. That was still not enough to be securely placed into the FCC. They are now with four games won and four games lost into the FCC. The next games will determine whether they place or not. Friday Oct 22, Rams go against College of the Desert at 1 p.m. and Tues. Oct 26 against Rio Hondo College at 1 p.m. Winning the 2000 Conference Championship is Bradbury’s biggest memory. Luckily for him and the team, Rams still have a chance to go for the big one.

Rams Volleyball Headed Towards Victory Story and Photo By Alyshia Kelly Reporter Last year, Victor Valley College’s women’s volleyball team won its 5th conference title in ten years. Headed by Coach Christa White, the team achieved a record of 19-2 and at the Foothill Conference 11-1. So far in the 2010 season, the girls have been keeping up with their amazing winning streak. On Sept. 11, they placed first in the Mojave River Classic tournament and the following week, Sept. 17 through 18 they placed third in the San Diego Mesa Tournament. On

So, experience Oct. 1, their plays a major role in streak continued the success of this after getting the season as well. victory over Col“Knowing all the lege of the Dehard work paid off is sert, San Bernarthe best part of windino Valley Colning,” said sopholege, and most more Brittany Westrecently over Mt. plat. San Jacinto ColTeammate Jullian lege. Betts agreed saying, Coach White “just knowing what paints a rose colyou worked for paid ored picture for off.” the outcome of The team feels this season. VVC’s Women’s Volleyball players at one of their 2 hour practices. strongly that their “It’s one of the practice Monday better teams I’ve through Friday two hours-acoached. Unless we mess up, “I have five sophomores, day will be worth it when we should be conference I’ve never had that many,” they gain another conference champions. I’m excited said White in reference to the championship title. about that,” said White. separation of this volleyball season and all the others.


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Bring Spirit Back To Our Campus Opinion By Carol Wilson Contributing Writer School spirit at Victor Valley College seems few and far between. With club posters getting torn down and sporting events lacking advertisements, students find it hard to get involved. Some of us long for the good old days of high school. High school, unlike college, is where school spirit was everywhere with pep rallies, fundraisers, dances, football games, and club events that happen almost every other week, jocks wore their school jerseys, and cheerleaders wearing their uniforms. Here at VVC, pep rallies, fundraisers, dances,

football games, and club events are downgraded. Even the players seem to have a lack of team spirit. There are many reasons why school spirit doesn't exist here at VVC. The students are so busy with classes; they don’t have time to take notice. Some have jobs or families so they lack the time and resources to get involved. Those reasons are understandable but what about the new faces that just got out of high school or the students that don't have jobs or kids? Why are they not getting involved? There are VVC students that want to get involved. So how can they do that when fliers are always torn down? That can be solved with a joint effort

Ensemble Music Enchants Its Audience Story By Joyce Mayo Reporter The Ensemble Event took place in the Victor Valley College Performing Arts Center on Oct. 7, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. The Fall Music Brochure explained that the event included the Guitar Ensemble, Studio Singers and the Studio Jazz Band. The brochure also listed the events and dates of other performances through Dec.12. “I plan to be there for a short time, but I do not plan to be there the entire time,” music teacher, Dr. Thomas Miller said. The price for general admission was $10, the price for seniors was $7 and the price for children was $5.

For VVC ASB Cardholders the price was free. Tickets were available online at, or via telephone at 1 (760) 245-4271 at ext. 849. The 24 -hr P.A.C. event information number was 1 (760) 245ARTS (2787) . Rich Sumner and Dave Graham, both directors of this performance, entertain the community in the High Desert, teach the craft to others and enjoy playing jazz and pop music. The amazing directors, Sumner and Graham, displayed their talents by awakening the lives’ of drums, guitars, pianos and brass instruments like the wooden soldier in a live marching band. Continued in Ensemble on page 12

from the students and the school alike. People that don’t want to get involved simply mingle. Don’t tear down fliers, clubs work very hard to get others involved in the same interests. No one is making you come to the events, so please be respectful and don’t destroy fliers. School should make the advertisements bigger for clubs, games, and plays so everyone can take notice. Make school spirit like it was in high school. Bring back the pep rallies, and have the jocks wear their jerseys on game days. The news paper should print a calendar of the following month's events for all clubs and games, or a list of the upcoming games for all the sports.

Supporting VVC by getting involved with clubs, going to games and seeing plays shows that you care about your school. To that end, get involved! Try something new, join a club, go to a game, and maybe see a play. Show your support at VVC. GO RAMS! I have been coming to VVC for almost 3 years, and for the first 2 years I went from school to work, to home again to take care of my kids. I am currently not working so I have joined 2 clubs to keep my mind active. I have found joining clubs very beneficial for me. I have found new skills and made new friends by getting involved. I encourage everyone at VVC to get involved in some way.


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VVC Fire Tech Preps Students for a Scorching Future Story By Tina Mora Reporter Photos By Micah Raimo Opinion Editor The Fire Technology program at Victor Valley College offers many different firefighter classes for anyone who is considering pursuing a career as a firefighter. The Fire Technology Academy is an 8 week series of courses. The Scheduled time of the class is Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. The Fire Tech program is held during the Spring and Fall semester. On a typical day, the Fire Academy student performs morning physical training exercises, and later spends a few hours in the classroom. Most of the time students train outdoors. There are four courses that must be completed as part of the prerequisites to be admitted into the Fire Academy course. One of the prerequisites is the Emergency Medical Technician course. Also the student must be 18 years or older. The Fire Academy accepts applications from qualified students, who are then reviewed and interviewed. It is then narrowed down to the 36 applicants who received the highest score. Upon successful graduation of the Fire Tech course, the student will receive certificates given by the California State Fire Marshall .These certificates will last a lifetime. But there is training that the fire fighter will constantly be performing, even while he is working as a fire fighter.

The course cost about $600 -$1000 for all the materials. This includes the uniform, the safety gear and the books. Tom Turner is the Program Director of the Fire Technology who also teaches the Basic Fire Academy class. He has been at VVC for 20 years. Turner has worked at the Apple Valley Fire Protection District and the Victorville Fire Department. “The goal of our program, here at Victor Valley College Fire Technology program is to produce qualified professional firefighter cadets or candidates to work in The California State Fire Service,” Turner said . There are 25 instructors in the Fire Tech program. All of the instructors on the Fire Department are retired or active firefighters. In the Spring of 2012, the Fire tech program will be moved to The Victor Valley Eastside Training Center located at Johnson and Na-

vajo roads near the WalMart Distribution Center. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 the Fire Academy class was having their class held outside near the elevator tower on the lower campus. Travis Gilbert is an instructor for the fire academy class. The students practiced exercises and working with ladders, hoses and salvage materials. “You are learning to help people. It is the greatest job on the world, it’s awesome,” said an anonymous Fire Tech Student. Recently, one of the fire tech classes held a car wash near Johnny D’s restaurant. The students raised money for the class materials Ray Nabors is an instructor in the Fire academy class. He also worked for the department in Fort Irwin. “I enjoy teaching at the academy. It really is rewarding to give back something you have been through yourself,” Nabors said. The Fire Tech program classes are held in building

94, located on the lower campus, next to the Fish Hatchery. “Fire service is an excellent career and anybody interested in exploring whether or not they think it fire tech is interesting can come out here and find out for themselves. It is an excellent career but it is not for everybody,” said Nabors.


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News In Brief * The Oasis Hair Salon will be holding a toy drive on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring in any new toy valued at $20 or more to the salon and receive a free hair cut in exchange. You will also get a 20 percent discount on your next visit. The Oasis Hair Salon is located at 13622 Bear Valley Rd. Suite 8. For more information call 760-245-1534. * Campus Crusade for Christ will be meeting twice every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for Bible Study. For more information call (760) 245-4271 ext. 2733, or send an email at

* Campus Crusade for Christ will be having an “Unmasked” event in the SAC at 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 27. * VVC will be having an inaugural Halloween Student Mix event on Friday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by the ASB and there will be a $5 entrance fee. There will be a costume contest, food, games and prizes in the SAC. * CSU and UC application assistance will be held on Nov. 1-30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursdays in the Advanced Technology Building (Bldg 21) in Room 171.

* There will be a campus tour of UC San Diego on Nov. 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To sign up go to the Transfer Center, bldg. 55.

* The VVC Lady Rams Basketball team will be holding a Halloween dinner at the

* There will be a campus tour of UC Riverside on Nov. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To sign up go to the Transfer Center.

* Spring semester will bring new Creative Writing classes to VVC including a Poetry/ Short-Fiction class, Poetry Writing, Children’s Literature, and American Literature.

* Victor Valley College will be offering a six-week-long personal trainer certification class that is funded by World Instructor Training Schools. The $499 course will begin Oct. 26, and will consist of a lecture on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a lab on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Karma Event Center on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

* The library's annual book sale begins Monday, October 25, 2010. The majority of materials in the sale come from community donations throughout the year and represent a variety of interest. All proceeds go toward purchasing new materials for the library.


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Students Explore Major Options Story and Photo By Roscoe Esparza Reporter Victor Valley College held its first Majors Fair on Oct. 21 for students who are undecided on their major. The fair got off to a rough start due to an earthquake drill that forced all the students and faculty into the parking lots, just 20 minutes into the fair. Once that was done, students and faculty poured back into the building, and the fair started right where it left off. The Majors Fair is designed to help students find their desired path of education or at least help set them on the right path. “It's beneficial in exposing students to the options that are available to them,” said Jennifer Fowlie, Director of the Communications Center. “I think the Majors Fair will be an opportunity for students to learn about departments or majors that they weren't familiar with before,” said Lorena Dorn, Career/ Transfer counselor. “They will get to talk to faculty,

Shakeout from page 1 Though several students felt different about the drill, it was a good overall effort in an attempt to practice possible actions in case of an emergency. The Environmental Health & Safety committee is working to develop more emergency awareness plans and drills. Emergency coordinators and staff will be soliciting feedback for constructive criticism to improve exer-

who have advanced degrees in these fields, about different career paths for specific departments or majors.” Many students attending community college, have either not chosen their major or are not in the major they might want to be. Part of the problem is due to not enough communication between the student, educators and counselors. VVC is hoping that the Majors Fair will add an extra level of communication to help students with their educational goals. “The overall goal is to help students define a major so that they can create a path to reach their goal,” said Dorn. “It gives them a chance to see what every major is about,” said David Terry, a current student at VVC. “I think it's great for the students.” “The more accessible you make awareness, the easier it is for students to find their path of education,” said Steve Nelle, VVC instructor. Many of the majors offered at VVC were present. Teacher representatives hosted booths answering questions and showing demonstrations of their particular major for those who went to the fair. Students attending found it very useful and left with a better idea of what VVC has to offer.

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“History of Victor Valley” Author Speaks out Story By Andre Osborn Reporter The voice of the Victor Valley was heard Saturday Oct.16 through the words of historian and author Dr. Edward Leo Lyman. He gave locals their first look into his latest book “History of Victor Valley.” During a two-stop public library book signing tour that began in Hesperia and wrapped up in Victorville; the retired Victor Valley College Professor brought tales of the old ways into modern days quite vividly. His depictions of the historically important citizens and events that molded Victor Valley came to life. A small diverse group listened as Lyman explained topics that ranged from

deadly Wild West show downs, to the jet pilot who broke the sound barrier and everything in between. With 20 plus years as an educator Lyman proved capable of making even the details of his research techniques interesting. Much of which he says was acquired through vigorous state wide searches of news paper archives, but also the most dependable and contributive information came from personally related accounts that could be corroborated. “Oral tradition is just as important as the news paper,” If you missed this event and would still like to order a copy of the book, Lyman’s close friend and Editor Fran Elgin said you can call her at 760-961-9343 or see V V C Librarian Leslie Huiner.

Day and Night Halloween Event Set For SAC Story By Juan Munguia Reporter In celebration of Halloween, the Associated Student Body and various school clubs will be hosting a day and night Halloween event on Oct. 29 in the Student Activity Center. The day event will be a “Children’s Halloween” for the Child Development Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “There will be a movie and booths with free games, prizes and food that will be set up and run by the Off Broadway Performing Arts Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Campus Crusade for Christ, Ellos De Ellos, Guild of

Creative Writers Club, Communications Club and Puente Club, with help from Columbia Middle School Students” said Darci Wasinger from ASB. After the children’s event, the Communications Club, along ASB and other clubs will be having a Halloween Mixer with food, decorations, dancing and a DJ from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. “The event is meant for club members and students to come and have a good time and get to know each other,” said Communications Club President Autumn Huffine. “Tickets will be $5 and can be obtained from club members or ASB,” said Bio Club President Joe Hourany.

The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault PQ 1877 A27 2009 The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty by G. J. Meyer DA 315 M477 2010 Janson's History of Art: The Western Edition edited by Penelope J. E. Davies, et al. N 5300 J29 2011 Guantanamo, USA: The Untold History of America's Cuban Outpost by Stephen Irving Max Schwab VA 68 G8 S34 2009 Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement by Patricia Sullivan E 185.5 N276 S85 2009 Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities by Paul Cartledge DF 77 C34 2009

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CSU from page 3

The instruments bellowed sounds from Mozart to Mick Jagger. Both Sumner and Graham led ensembles of mixed vocal works and music that evoked the listening audience. Pop, Spanish, Jazz, Rock and Roll, songs and ballads from the fifties to today, mesmerized and captivated the spectators. The beautiful and soft pieces enveloped their minds, bodies and souls. The crowd craved for more and was saddened that the music couldn’t go on forever. “I thought this performance was amazing. Everyone had a lot of talent,” said spectator Mary Sue Cox. “I liked the Neocentric Band the best. The harmony was nice,” said another spectator Tiny Shells. “You were a great audience. We’d love to take you guys home with us but you won’t fit in the van,” said Dave Graham

Padilla’s hard work paid off on September 29, 2010 when the bill was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Guaranteeing admission into a CSU for any community college student who (has completed) the newly established transfer degree under SB 1440 is a monumental step forward for California's higher education system,” said Schwarzenegger in a publicly released statement. Rally from Page 4 ...since its cancellation, and now with the new student tutor cuts many students felt the only way to speak out was to protest. “Even if we don’t get a change it’s nice to see students coming together. It’s nice to have unity. No one needs to be afraid to take action, we all deserve it,” said Barrett.


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Oct. 22, 2010 Page 13

Fluky Luke Wants Dancing and Locking at VVC Story and Photo By Racheal Rickman Entertainment Editor Leo Williamson, otherwise known as "Fluky Luke," one of the original members of the Hip Hop dance group the Lockers, will be bringing a fee based Community Education Service Locking class to Victor Valley College in January 2011. Williamson, now a VVC business student himself, was first discovered as a high school student in 1971. He was approached by singer Toni Basil and was asked if he wanted to learn the art of the dance called locking. According to Vibe Magazine, in 1970 Don Campbell accidentally discovered and created what would become a phenomenon, and changed the way music and dance are viewed and looked upon today. He would put movement together by pausing the steps and locking his movements. This is what would become known as the dance style of l\Locking. By 1973, Campbell had composed a group of seven members one including Williamson, and had established the breakout group Campbellock Dancers. However, due to legal reasons, the name was later changed to the Lockers. Williamson got the idea to start this dance class at VVC because there is nothing in the High Desert for the Hip Hop crowd that teaches locking. He wants to be the person to change that. “In street dance form, many different dances are important; locking makes the whole arrangement stronger. It gets more attention. It

Leo Williamson, former hip hop dancer, brings his skills to VVC.

lights up the performance. People stop and watch; they want to know what it is all about. Original locking is a 40 year old dance, young kids are still doing it,” said Williamson. The classes will be offered starting on Jan. 5, 2011 and will run for six weeks through Feb.12 2011. Classes will be taught from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. Students can attend individual classes at $20.00 per class or pay the $240.00 fee for the whole 6 week session. “Classes will be one hour long and will focus on teaching speed locking, assembly locking, twirl points, up lock and stop and go; these are a few of the names of dances that assimilate locking,” said Williamson. “There is a minimum of ten students needed to hold the class and depending on the room, the class is held in a maximum of 30,” said Debbie Potts, Coordinator of Community Contract Education Services. Williamson will be doing a 30-minute demo of what

the class will be like on Thursday Nov. 18, 2010 in front of the Student Activity Center from 3 p.m. until 3:30

p.m. “Interested students should come check it out,” said Potts. For further information on The Lockers or an interest in finding out more about locking or attending one of these classes, Leo Williamson can be contacted at 760-4869234 or emailed at To view past performances done by Williamson and the other Lockers members access their website at Registration for this class can be done by going to the Admissions Office in building 52 and going to window 7. Students can also call the registration line at 760-2454271 ext. 2741 or by visiting


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Oct. 22, 2010 Page 14

Talented Singers Shine in That’s All Folks Story and Photo By Anna Vivar Reporter The anticipation was undeniable as the audience walked into the Performing Arts Center at Victor Valley College on Oct. 9, 2010 for the Music Departments production, “That’s All Folks.” There were fantastic performances by soloists Brianna Krupiarz, Katrina Gaylord and Josiah Torres, she impressed the crowd with an amazing rendition of Gloria. Also there were with a stellar performance of Scarborough Fair, sung by soloist Ardra Farrier, a current student in VVC Music Department Chair, Dr. Thomas Miller’s Intermediate Voice class. “This is going to be a great show. I attend all of the per-

formances that VVC has and I try to attend all of them,” said Marissa Delgado, an audience member. With all these fantastic performances, how did these singers feel on stage? Josiah Torres felt “fired up,” while Edikan Akpabio sums it up in one single word, “amazing.” The performers had no problem with stage fright, “Practice in front of family,” said Akpabio. “Imagine the crowd as one person,” Torres said as a little bit of advice. Cherie Hennebry, VVC music major, suggests knowing your lyrics. Singing is in most, if not all, of the casts’ future. Many plan to participate in upcoming plays and musicals along with pursuing a major in Music. “It was exciting to run this production. We had a great

Performer Edikan Akpabio is admired by sister, Faith Akpabio.

caliber of singers,” said Dr. Miller. Some challenges Dr. Miller encountered were the coordination of instruments and keeping all the singers focused on him as he was directing

Heard Around The Lake

More productions are in store for this cast and crew. For more information about upcoming events go to: w w w . v v c . e d u / PAC_events.htm

Story and Photos By Kelli McGurk News Editor

How would you rate the service you receive from the financial aid, student services, and counseling etc.?

“7. They need to present their financial aid a little bit more clear.” Richard Rodriguez.

“They give good service but they make you go in circles because they say one thing but it doesn’t happen that way. I would rate them about a 7.” Savanna Lopez.

“I would rate the service a 5. Half of the staff does their job and the other half slack off. Some of the staff members are very unprofessional. The lines are way too long.” Rachel Harrison.

“I’m satisfied with the help at the college but my counselor seems unenthusiastic in helping me with my curriculum.” Corinne Morales


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Comic Strip By Evan Spears Cartoonist


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