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RamPage October 8, 2010 · Volume 30, No. 3 “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

Students Gain Direction in Counseling Office Success is a Partnership Story By Brittany Harter Reporter Students attempting to transfer or graduate are concerned about Victor Valley College’s counseling office, but few realize that a successful college experience is a group effort. When universities change a requirement, VVC is updated by an email that goes to the transferring center and articulation officer Pamela James. “A community college is exciting because you get to work with students from the ground up,” said James. She has been working for VVC since 1997 and is responsible for the transfer curriculum and general education requirements. She communicates with all ten University of California schools and all 23 California State Universities. If any policies change, she emails all of the counselors an update. “We in counseling can only be consistent if the student is consistently seeing us,” James said. Students need to have steady appointments with their counselors if they plan on transferring. If they received information from a

counseling appointment two years ago, it might not be concurrent with newer policies she says. Counselors try their best

(students) need to have some sense of what they want to do,” said counselor and coordinator of the Puente Program Eartha Johnson. “They

Transfer counselor Lorena Dorn advises student. Photo by Roderick Gray.

with the resources they are given. Their webpage ( guaidance_and_counseling) even says that student success is their “No. 1 priority.” Information is provided online for anyone who needs it. Yet some students come unprepared, making it difficult to map out accurate plans for their educational future. “When it comes to counseling and advising students,

need to know their strengths and limitations.” Johnson has been offering academic advice to undergraduate students for five years. Often, students forget to ask important questions, and so they leave their appointments feeling dissatisfied. Coming to a counseling appointment prepared with transcripts, educational plans and information on specific schools makes the process much smoother she says.

“My counselors are so hard to get a hold of,” said Ivonne Mateos, a communications and psychology major in her second year at VVC. There is a staggering ratio of eight counselors to more than 13,000 students. That’s 1,625 students per counselor. The best way to meet with them is to make an appointment in advance. Walk-in students are not always accommodated, but it’s essential to make the proper preparations. “Students must be assertive,” said James. “We’re teaching (students) to plan ahead. See counselors by November, because (Spring) registration starts in December.” Counseling appointments can be made in Building 55 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once scheduled, meetings are held until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call (760) 2454271 ext 2296 or 2531.


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The Social Network Review “You Don’t Get To 500 Million Friends Without Making A Few Enemies” Review By Joseph Ciulla Managing Editor

“The Social Network” is a fast-paced witty drama that is more than the story about the rise of an empire, but the look inside the mind of the youngest billionaire in the history of the world. The film places itself among the best of the year list and has generated tons of Oscar buzz. It is all well deserved though. Once the movie is underway you can tell that it has the makings to become a classic. This time Fincher has recruited Aaron Sorkin to adapt a screenplay from the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich, which is sure to be acknowledged as best adapted screenplay. David Fincher, the director of classics such as Fight Club and Se7en, has his way with movies; they are always dark and suspenseful. It also helps that The Social Network has Trent Reznor, the genius behind the band Nine Inch Nails, and Atticus Ross creating the original score. The score creates an atmosphere like no other; sometimes it can be very subtle and other times the music hits you with its intensity. The movie starts off in a bar setting on a fall night, where we see our lead character for the first time, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). He is sitting with his girlfriend, Erica Albright (Rooney Mara), discussing the possibilities of joining clubs, and the benefit of

want to go different directions with the company. Fincher has a way with making the audience feel the animosity between the characters. The plot really starts to thicken as we meet Napster creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) who thinks the idea of facebook is very intriguing. Parker starts to become really close with Zuckerberg, and it seems as if Zuckerberg Jesse Eisenberg stars as "Mark Zuckerberg" in Columbia Pictures' “The Social Network.” is star-struck by Parker. Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures Saverin sees this from them. Almost immediately who claim Zuckerberg stole the get go and tries to warn you can tell it is a Sorkin their idea. Zuckerberg that Parker’s screenplay. The dialogue During the proceedings intentions are not the way to comes at lightning speed and Zuckerberg sits there barely go. This is where Saverin is very intellectual. Although paying attention to anything and Zuckerberg stop seeing it is hard to grasp all that is anyone is saying while he eye to eye. being said, it all comes together perfectly. Zuckerberg turns the conversation into a one-sided affair and this gets him into trouble, not just in this situation, but throughout the movie. After Albright breaks up with him, Zuckerberg storms back to his dorm room and quickly goes online to blog about it. While at the computer he puts together a website in a matter of minutes that ends up crashing Harvard’s server and earning him academic Andrew Garfield stars as “Eduardo Saverin” in Columbia Pictures' "The Social suspension and the recogni- Network.” Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures. tion of the entire campus. The movie then jumps doodles on his notepad. The Social Network is easback and forth between the Eisenberg was born to play ily one of the best movies of creation of Facebook and the this role. His portrayal of the year. It provides everytwo lawsuits Zuckerberg Zuckerberg is spot on perthing anyone wants in a faced after the fact. One was fect. Zuckerberg’s attitude is movie and it defines a whole with his best friend Eduardo very narrow-minded, he can generation. The only reason Saverin (Andrew Garfield), tune anything out that does not to see this movie would who put up all the funds for not deal with what he wants be because you’re holding Facebook to get its start; and to talk or think about about. out to see the movie about the other was with Tyler and As the movie progresses Myspace, which I hope will Cameron Winklevoss (both we slowly see Zuckerberg never be made, but knowing played by Armie Hammer) and Saverin’s relationship Hollywood its in the works start to fade, as they both as I speak.


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Fun and Games at 2010 Penny Arcade Expo Story by Zenin Murawski Reporter In Seattle, Washington the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) gaming convention took place over the course of Labor day weekend. The doors for the event opened at 10 a.m. on Friday and from that point on more than 67,000 fans of tabletop, console and PC gaming went into the Washington State Convention Center. The first PAX was held in 2004 with roughly 3,000 people in attendance. Over the next six years the size and number of attendees increased seemingly exponentially as the hype surrounding the event increased. Of all the people there students were very clearly the vast majority. People from colleges all over the country came to PAX for reasons all over the spectrum. As a Journalism Major from Santa Rosa College, Ben Pack was

One of many display booths at the PAX Expo. Photo by Zenin Murawski.

there to meet up with his “fellow members of the Joystiq Podcast Appreciation group.” Flavio Rostami came all the way from Florida to get to PAX. “I'm going to med school, but this is the perfect place for me to meet up with my friends who moved away.

We all went to separate colleges, and being able to meet up at a place like this is just great,” said Rostami Russ Walsh, a high school student in Washington, went to PAX in order to get some information first hand on game development. "I plan on going in to development myself, and it's

great to actually find out what I can do to help me get my foot in the door," said Walsh. No matter how many people were asked what their favorite part of the event was, the answer was almost always the same. “It's the people,” said Pack. “I mean, the chance to play games before everyone else is great, but it's the people that really stick out here,” said Rastomi. That's not to say the games don't shine here. “There's just so much to see and do that there's no way I can get to it all,” said Pack. "The chance to talk with actual developers face to face is something I wouldn't ever have a chance to do,” said Walsh.

Three Women with One Message of Community Service Story by Amber Schwartz Entertainment Editor To stand up and fix a problem in one’s community can be a difficult task, but the people behind the production of “As One I Can” on Saturday Oct. 25 encouraged courage. In the Performing Arts Center on Victor Valley College’s campus, three women were asked to speak about what they are doing to benefit the High Desert, but first a

presentation of the here, oceans away award-winning docufrom the three foreign mentary, “A Powerful do-gooders. Noise” was shown. Valerie Smith and The movie featured Julie Norton were three poor women in two of the three foreign lands who women who have helped out their comhelped out the High munity in more ways Desert. They were than one. The women chosen because they were left to deal with were honored as most a “heap” of a problem inspiring women of resulting from differ2010 in the Daily ent states of catastroPress. phe, which ultimately The inspiring women of the high desert. Photo by Amber Schwartz. pushed them to make a difference in everyone’s Continued in Noise on page night were there to show lives. The three women who 5 how changes are being made were chosen to speak that


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The Peanuts Gang Delivers on Stage, Too Story By Lili Berni Features Editor The fun and heart-warming musical “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” was produced this past September 24, 25 and 26 through the Creative Arts Theater by first time director Robert Blomker. The loveable Peanuts Gang we grew up with in the morning papers had been adapted for the stage by Clark Gesner and is synonymous with being an ideal production for one’s first show. With several fast paced songs and delightful skits woven in, the incredibly talented cast unfolded their story and discovered what happiness truly is.

Charles Feurerstine as Charlie Brown, Amanda Wilkie as Lucy and Gregory Harbor II as Linus discuss the world around them.

“Everything went by so quick! It’s was kind of overwhelming, but we’ve got some of the best talent in the Inland Empire in this cast,” said Blomker. Because of the casts’ energy and impeccable timing, the show was that

much more fun. Particularly outstanding was Shane Cottrell’s performance as Snoopy. The range in his songs and delivery of his lines were perfect, and were admired by each audience member.

“This show was awesome. It was one of my first small cast shows and it was fun getting to know everyone in one short month,” said John Paul Vargas who outstandingly played Schroeder despite the seasonal colds that plagued many of the cast members. “It was so funny. Rob did a great job; he was very professional,” said audience member Lavina Ellison. This was the second production by the Creative Arts Theater and a third show is currently in the makings. The “CAT” is a new community theater group in the High Desert with a goal to provide scholarships to local theater and drama students who are going to college.

Beautiful Sounds Fill the VVC Performing Arts Center Story and Photo By Juan Munguia Reporter Victor Valley College’s Beginning String Orchestra, Preludium String Ensemble and College Orchestra put on their annual “Classics Concert” in the Performing Arts Center this past Sunday Oct. 3, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. The show opened up with the Preludium String Ensemble, conducted by Barbara Sternfeld, playing The Star Spangled Bannner, Concerto No. 1 in A Minor and ‘Polka’ from Schwanda the Bagpiper, with Anjelina Lopez-Rosende as Violin Soloist. “I feel we did pretty good,” said Lopez-Rosende. She’s been playing the violin for over nine years and also plays the oboe and the trombone.

The Beginning String Ensemble, conducted by Susan Peloza, then performed Finlandia,Viva Vilvaldi, Intermezzo from String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13 and Fright Night. "I think we did a pretty good job," Peloza said about the p e r f o r ma n c e . " I Barbara Sternfeld and Anjelina Lopez-Rosende, Violin choose what I think Soloist of the Preludium String Ensemble. the students will enjoy,” Peloza said. and Battle Hymn of the Re"It's gone pretty smoothly; public as their songs for the we did pretty darn good,” night. Therese Moore, who plays According to Barbara Cello in the Beginning String Sternfeld, the performers Ensemble, said about the only had about three weeks performance. to study and practice their The College Orchestra, songs because the concert also conducted by Barbara was scheduled earlier than in Sternfeld, was the last group previous years, when before to perform with The Liberty performers had on average Bell, Symphony No. 2 in D about eight weeks to prepare.

“I think the performance is going very well, especially since this concert was scheduled earlier than we normally have, so we only had three rehearsals to put it together,” Sternfeld said. "I thought tonight's performance was excellent; I plan to come to the next one,” said audience member Francis Smith, who had four grandsons performing. "The performance was beautiful, I think it's good that everyone can come and have a wonderful afternoon and enjoy beautiful music," said audience member Camila Rosende-Lopez, grandmother of Anjelina Lopez-Rosende.


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Breathing Made Easy with Respiratory Therapy Story by Jennifer Tizzard Reporter Respiratory Therapy is an attractive career choice for people in the High Desert and like most healthcare fields, it is continuing to grow. Allied Health of Victor Valley College offers an outstanding Respiratory Therapy program. Information on the program such as Associate Degree and certificate requirements, prerequisites, application requireFrom Noise on page 3 Smith helps people with anything that they need either by giving help directly or by directing them to someone else who can. “We will never say no,” Norton said. “We find what their need is and we try to fulfill it,” Smith said. “There’s always ways to improve. I think people need to look at talents,” said Smith. Norton helps people who have gone through tragedies deal with their loss. She knows tragedy, one occurred in her life to make her want to help. “It was the two kids who were murdered in Helendale. They were friends of my grandkids,” said Norton. Donna Mertens was the chair of the event committee for the night and this event was kind of her idea. “It was kind of my idea to do it. I saw the movie and it was such a powerful movie that I didn’t want to just show the movie alone, I wanted to show people what is happening in the Valley,” Mertens said.

ments and career opportunities can be found in the department’s pamphlet. Other than the prerequisites listed in the pamphlet, Traci Marin, Respiratory Therapy Program Director, strongly suggests applicants take Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and General Microbiology. According to Marin, the most important part of the application process is the interview. She is looking for people with great personalities who are ready to work at the bed-side, have an outstanding “I wanted to show people that you do not need money to do something. So many times we think that we have to have money to change things, but these women were poor and they made a difference,” said Mertens. There is nothing written on a person’s mind that says they have to act when they see a problem, but Norton remains hopeful that something c o u ld happen. “Somebody’s going to listen,” Norton said. Only 15 people showed up to the premiere of “A Powerful Noise” in theatres according to Mertens, but more than 30 people were at the event on Saturday. Perhaps a powerful noise was made.

work ethic, are self responsible and are of high moral character. None of the RT classes are online. Marin has good reasons for this. She wants to see how her students understand the material by their body language and by their facial expressions. The classes are mostly hands-on as well.

The classes have vent machines for the students to practice with and students work directly with clinical instructors. They rotate through eight different area hospitals and second-year students have the opportunity to tutor the first-year students. Continued in Health on page 11

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College Fair Fall 2010 Gets a Breath of Fresh Air Story and Photo by Roderick Gray Editor-in-Chief Weather conditions allowed the Victor Valley College Transfer Center to hold their annual College Fair in front of the VVC Performing Arts Center on Thursday Sept. 30. The change of venue from inside the Student Activities Center was done to raise student awareness to the event. “This was one of the best organized college fairs that I have participated in,” said Associate Director of Admissions for The University of La Verne, Donald Parker. “The move to an outdoor location improved the visibility for the participating schools and the most thoughtful students went from booth to booth gather-

ing informathe University of tion,” Parker La Verne and the said. University of A combinaNevada Las Vetion of 24 gas. colleges and “I really enu n iv er s i t i e s joyed the diverse provided gencollection of eral informaschools at this tion to stucollege fair. The dents; schools wealth of inforthat attended mation that was were Acadprovided was emy of Art extremely helpful University, and priceless,” Art Institute said VVC student of California, Eric Allen. Azusa Pacific Nicole Campbell from Brandman University provides informations to inter“The Fall 2010 U n i v e r s i t y , ested students. College Fair was Brandman a huge success University, California Army Riddle Aeronautical Univerdue to collaboration among a National Guard, California sity, La Sierra University, few departments at VVC, Baptist University, CaliforLoma Lind University, Naexcellent student volunteers nia State Polytechnic Univertional University, Pacifica and pleasant weather. We sity, Pomona, California College, San Diego Christian had a greater number of stuState University San BernarCollege, Sierra Nevada Coldents attend the event since dino, Cambridge College, lege, The Fashion Institute of we were able to hold it outDeVry University, Columbia Design & Merchandising, side this year,” said VVC College Hollywood, ConcorUnited States Navy, UniverTransfer Counselor Lorena dia University, Embrysity of California Riverside, Dorn.

‘A Day at the Library’ Concludes Story by Roderick Gray Editor-In-Chief In conjunction with Libraries throughout California, the Victor Valley College Library participated in the week-long event “Snapshot: One Day in the Life of California Libraries,” on Oct. 6. The event was sponsored by the American Library Association and California Library Association to draw awareness to the importance of Libraries and the resources they provide. A survey was developed and provided for students to take and this will allow the information provided to be compiled

by the ALA and Statistics on Snapshot: 100 reference questions were anCLA to the preswered sent results for Federal Grant 3 interlibrary loans were requested 102 people used laptops in the library proposals to sup8 other classes were held port Library re260 course reserve items were used sources and ser41 people participated in our library vices. 280 people used the library computers “It’s clear the instruction classes student’s need 1623 people visited the library resources, need 52 books were checked out computers and 2057 users/searches of the library need a quiet 93 people used the group study rooms databases place to study,” VVC Reference L i b r a r i a n Meghan Kennedy said. club assisted in the facilitaall inclusive,” said Joe RobA quiet place to study, and tion of the student survey. leto President of Ellos club. surfing the web were neck “I love doing good things, VVC students did not seem and neck in the category for especially for Ellos club and to mind sharing their study why students visited the liVVC. I’m here all day and time in the library by being brary. Members of the Ellos the library has been so great disturbed on the day of the when I got to get away; it’s survey.


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ASB Council Prepares for Leadership Conference in New Orleans Story by Reina Arvizu Reporter This year the American Student Association of Community Colleges (ASACC) has decided to host their Student Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Normally the conference is held in Washington D.C. “This year it is in a new location due to accessibility,” said Robert Sewell, Associated Student Body Counsel Advisor. The conference includes representatives and students from community colleges around the nation as well as government representatives. “We attend weekly advocacy meetings to prepare ourselves, we fundraise to pay for our fees, and our leadership team spends their

Sundays in meetings. Lots of time is given to preparation,”said Victor Valley College Associated Student Body Vice-President Kaily Kirby. The trip to New Orleans will be on November 10 through the 14 and will include ten or more students. Every year, Victor Valley College gives a leadership presentation at the conference. Since 2004 VVC has been awarded college of the year twice. The location is just one of numerous changes going on at this year’s Student Leadership Conference. “This year it is more about community service,” ASB Business Senator Eddie Stacy said. According to Stacy, one of the important aspects of the ASACC Student Leader-

ship Conference is to lobby for Pell Grant funds as well as address any concerns individuals may have involving their community colleges. Along with attending the conference the students from VVC and others from around the nation will be planning community service projects in New Orleans. Replanting trees that have been devastated by the oil spill and feeding the homeless. VVC is raising funds for the cost of this trip by doing car washes, raffles and events around campus. “The goal is $3,800 for this trip and the students are well on their way to obtaining it. Contributions have also been made from community members as well.” said Sewell. “A lot of hard work and planning goes into this event,” said Stacy, “this is

not a vacation; it is a community envisioning experience for students.” Student clubs are aware of these activities and events for the ASACC Student Leadership Conference by flyers and word of mouth. “Victor Valley College is a nationally known community college in the country and it’s important anywhere we go to strive to work together as students from across the nation,” said Sewell. “The ASACC Student Leadership Conference gives me tools to use back at my campus and my community. It’s a great thing and I’m excited to attend,” said Stacy. .


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VVC Cross Country Chases Another Championship Story by Brenda Requena Reporter Head Coach Kevin VidanaBarda has passionately dedicated these last 13 years to coach for the Victor Valley College Cross Country Team. After long hours of training and putting things together throughout the years, the team keeps in mind the challenges and has been able to overcome the hard times. “The athletes have to give a lot to make Cross Country their sport. It is a sport that you must do 24/7/365 days a year if you want to excel. There are zero short cuts in distance running,” said Head Coach Barda. Having won two Foothill Conference Championships in 2001 and 2009, the team also won the individual title at the Foothill Conference Cross Country champs representing VVC. There has been

those who have where I go,” shown some said John good performMcCreadie ances, but it’s Team Captain too early to for the Boy’s determine who team. the star of the “I think winseason will be. ning is great, The team gets but really I together six take satisfacdays a week for tion from seeabout 2 hours a ing some of my day. former athletes The Southern b e c o m e California coaches at high Championship schools,” said Preview Meet Barda. Anyon Oct. 9, the Rams Cross Country team ready for the run towards another new title. body who is Santa Barbara willing to comInvitational on Oct.15 and describing what the sport mit to the work is welcome the Foothill Conference means to him and what to be part of the team. With Championships on Oct. 27, makes the sport so unique. help of team Captain John are some of the upcoming “My whole family runs, McCreadie on the boy’s events the Cross Country and being the youngest one team, and Maria Magallanes team is getting ready for. in my family you learn to on the girls, they are all com“It is pure, no rules, no like running” said Maria mitted to perform their best equipment, no timeouts. It all Magallanes Team Captain of and bring with them many comes down to you as an the girl’s team. titles. individual and how you per“I just enjoy running, it form determines how the helps me in class, it makes team does. It is all about me more disciplined and it is work,” said Coach Barda always a good example any-

VVC Rams Pin West Hills Wrestling Team Story By Andre Osborn Reporter Photo By Roderick Gray Rams wrestling team followed up their prior week’s defeat to last year’s defending champion with a partial sweep of West Hills College. Usually the coaches mop the mats before the matches begin to establish a clean environment for the wrestlers. But at Fridays meet, Coach Scott Seely’s Ram’s took it upon themselves to repeatedly mop the mats with the backs’ of West Hills’ wres-

tlers. Walking away with one of the nine performed scheduled matches. Wrestler Tymothy Quigg sent cherry bomb sounding echoes through Victor Valley’s gym charging spectators when he repeatedly dropped his opponent at every attempt to stand against Coach Seely’s philosophy . The Rams sure-footed ascent to victory over West Hills was not without its share of slippery turf. Early on in match six a facial injury threatened to end the match for Rams’ wrestler Jose Chacon but immediately




Tymothy Quigg after winning his match.

Jaye Tashima implemented a Twist Tape and Go procedure which allowed Chacon to continue and secure one of the Ram’s six wins. Turf problems arose again in match eight when a highly disputed clock discrepancy cost heavy weight Cheyne Cook the match. Nevertheless, this train continues to build up steam in their bid to secure a slot in the state championship which will be hosted right here at VVC on Dec. 10, 2010. Continued in Wrestling on page 9


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Will Competition Breed Success for Rams? Story by Shaun Canady Sports Editor The only good news the Rams can take from the season thus far is the level of competition they have faced. Through the first four games of the season, the Rams have played against top junior-college programs. The appalling 49-20 defeat at home to Saddleback College marks the end of their most difficult part of nonconference play. Going into the contest versus Saddleback, Victor Valley had several question marks that needed to be answered. However, the questions remain un-answered

leaving the team and its fans in a state of disarray. "The Rams don't look very good," said Luis Armondo Escobar. "They're going to have to make some major adjustments to save their season." The Rams were never competitive against Saddleback. They constantly played from behind and even trailed 21-0 early in the second quarter. Victor Valley Freshman Quarterback Starsun Fincel started the game but did not last long before being benched due to an unsatisfactory performance. His first pass attempt was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Fincel continued to struggle locating his receivers and was replaced by an-

other freshman quarterback, Dalton Leilua. Leilua didn’t play much better, completing only six of 19 pass attempts for sixty yards. The lone bright spot for the Rams was running back Jerrelle Green. He scored twice and ran for 128 yards on 22 carries. “The only positive thing today was the running game,” said spectator Donald Elliott. The Rams have one nonconference game remaining before they begin league play against Compton College on October 16. It will be imperative that the Rams learn from their mistakes and capitalize on their opportunities. Continued in Football on page 11

Wrestling from page 8 Yet Coach Seely declines to take any of the credit for the success of his team but, is animated in praise of his two Assistant Coaches Mike Labrosse and former veteran Rams’ wrestler and graduate Kevin Chilton along with the intensity and dedication of his wrestlers. “These kids’ are already the best when they get here. It’s great that I just get to sit back and watch them get better,” said Seely. “Its’ all offence you attack, you overwhelm mentally and physically, and these are the guy that will do it,” said Seely.


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Photo Club and a Picture Perfect Moment Story by Jimmy Garrido Reporter This year, the photography club has been revived by a group of students who are determined to make the club a success. The club had their first meeting last month in the Student Activities Center,

“Ese Paper.” Photo by Anthony Resendez

where the club’s six officers and ten members adjourned. However, the club is seeking more members to join. “Our goal would probably be 50,” said club President Anthony Resendez. The only requirements needed to join are to be a current Victor Valley College student and to have access to a camera, whether it is their own or shared with someone else and be at least 18-years-old. Anyone who meets the requirements is encouraged to join. The club does activities in order to make the atmosphere fun and enjoyable.

“Photography is “The board supposed to be fun,” having nice said Vice President people is Michelle Collazos. going to On Oct. 10, 2010 make a difthe club is doing a ference,” said “395 Run,” in which Resendez, they will be driving “the biggest on Highway 395 and thing for us stopping to take phowould be to tos whenever somemake anyone one wants to. Another in the club a potential trip is going better photo Big tographer.” Bear in The phothe winter tography to take club meets a c t i o n - “Madge Paper.” Photo by Anthony Resendez every second shots of Friday of the s n o w month at 10 boarders. Patterson, despite the difThe club needs ferences. to raise money The club is in good hands for these trips. with President Resendez Ideas for fundhaving previous experience raising include as president of other clubs. packaging photo And while other officers materials and selling them to the photography class students or selling raffle tickets during the annual art “Kelly Paper.” Photo by Anthony Reshow to give away sendez pieces of art. Diversity is present in the club, in both the a.m. in the Student Activities member’s personality Center with smaller meet ups and technique. Memoff campus twice a month. bers’ ages range in genThey encourage attending at erations, from teens to least one meeting if possible. adults. Additionally, they are also “The younger generalooking for models for sevtion has style. The older eral photo-shoots in Novemgeneration has experi- “Brandon Garman Coal Miner”. Photo courber, where participating tesy of Brandon Garmen ence,” said Resendez. models will receive an 8x10 Some photographers copy of their shot. For more like to take photos of landmay be new to the leadership information about the club or scapes, and others prefer position, all are excited to get photo-shoot, email Anthony portraits, glamour or action the club up off the ground R e s e n d e z a t shots. and to make it last more than or call “We all interact,” said Inter the previous years . 760) 927-5138. Club Council Senator Natalie


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National Model United Nations Prepares for D.C. Story by Roscoe Esparaza Reporter The political science department at Victor Valley College has another National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference coming up. Every spring and winter, students who participate in the NMUN conference travel to either New York City or Washington D.C. to test what they have learned of politics against others from around the world. The NMUN Winter 2010 conference is going to be held in Washington D.C. from Oct. 29 through 31.

Football from page 9 “The Rams need to fix the quarterback situation and maybe then can they turn their season around,” said spectator Eddie Dickerson. The season is still fresh, but the Rams must solve their issues on the field sooner rather than later. Health from page 5 Marin is plans offer a new certificate program only to respiratory therapy students and licensed Allied Health professionals called ECHO (Echocardiography) technician / echo cardiographer. Marin would change one thing about Allied Health. “I would add a class, Interpreting Scientific Literature as it Relates to Health,” said Marin. The class would be about learning new things scientifically, then translat-

“The students will take a tour of Congress, meet with the Ambassador of Lebanon and also participate as delegates in the NMUN conference,” said Dino Bozonelos, Director of the International Studies program, of this year’s conference. “This year we will be representing the Republic of Lebanon,” said Robert Lazak, current MUN officer. “The students definitely leave with a sense of what to expect both in world politics and in the real world. First, students need to learn about their country, their region and the topics on the committees. Second, students learn how to give speeches, work in small groups and produce high quality papers ing them to be use at the bedside. The job placement rate for RT students who have gotten their license is high because of the program’s reputation, at the area hospitals with which it works. Two RT students shared some information about the program. “It’s challenging, but exciting. We learn new things every day. We help tutor the first-years. It helps us review what we learned and motivates them,” said Secondyear student Jillian Veeser. She believes the clinical classes are the best part. She joined the RT program because she was influenced by in a different RT program. “You know you are going somewhere in life. You will make a difference. I always knew I wanted to be in the medical field. I was drawn to it. My grandma’s respiratory therapists were awesome,” said Lauren Johnson another second-year RT student.

under pressure,” said Bozonelos. Every student taking part in the program takes it very seriously, spending a lot of time preparing for the national conferences. “In order to prepare for national conferences, MUN students must fully research the political, economic, security, and social aspects of their assigned country, with particular emphasis on foreign and diplomatic policy,” said the President of MUN, Shandan Lussenden. The students participating in the NMUN have consistently won awards since the program’s inception. Since 2005, the students have excelled at the national conferences, winning awards for

outstanding delegations and outstanding position papers while representing various world countries. This year, 8 students from VVC are going to our nation’s capital for the conference. Monica Attia, Brooke Bishop, Joy Hmura, Richard Lara, Robert Lazak, Shandan Lussenden, Alexander Rudolph and Michael Sweatt will accompany Dino Bozonelos to the winter 2010 conference. “We have a great team this year and I think we are poised to continue the tradition of excellence that has been established within the NMUN program,” said Lussenden.

News In Brief Oct. 12 Cal State Application workshop in Transfer Center. Counselors will show you tips and tricks to keep you from being denied from Cal State universities 55 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Oct. 13 Cal State San Bernardino Transfer center Bldg. 55 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 19, 27 How do I transfer to CSU/UC workshop in Bldg. 55 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Oct. 12 Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Bldg. 10. Please attend.

Oct. 13 Board of Candidates Forum will at 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the SAC.

Oct. 12 Brandman University will be in the Transfer Center in Bldg. 55 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Oct. 14 Open Mic Night sponsored by the Ellos Club in the SAC from 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 Cambridge University will be in the ATC Bldg.21 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Oct. 14 Campus Crusade for Christ will be praying at the Gazebo at 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Oct. 13 University of Laverne in Transfer Center will be in Bldg. 55 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Oct. 15 CSU Application Assistance in Bldg. 55 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Counselors will show you tips and tricks to keep you from being denied from Cal State universities


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VVC ASB Student Services Senator Will Open A Foster Home For Young Girls Story by Tina Mora Reporter Sheri Schmoll, the Associated Student Body Council Student Services Senator at Victor Valley College, plans to open a foster care home in Jan. 2011. Where she will house teenage girls that are left out of the foster care system and cannot be placed into foster homes. Schmoll decided three years ago to open up a home because of the way the foster care system works in San Bernardino County. As an ASB member, Schmoll takes care of activities with financial aid and grant funds for students including EOPS and the foster/ kinship care.

The foster care home will be called “Sheri’s Hope” and it will be located in Hesperia. She is applying for a license for the foster care home. Funding will be provided by the State of California. She will work in the home as the administrator. Schmoll will have to complete the qualification process, which takes about two months. This includes attending a three hour training program, fingerprinting, criminal background check, certified CPR training and income qualification. Each foster care child receives a monthly income. There are special grants for the foster care child when they attend school. The home has six bedrooms and four bathrooms. There will be five workers employed there, covering 24

hours a day. The workers will be college students majoring in psychology and counseling. The workers will be screened for the qualification process, which includes most of the same requirements that the foster care administrator completes. The home will house foster care female youths. Girls ages 16 through 22 years old will be admitted, but she will also accept girls that are unwed and/or pregnant. The home will house 12 girls. “Helping people has always been a passion for my mom. I’m excited for her to have the opportunity to affect lives in this capacity,” said VVC ASB President Judy Schmoll. Schmoll will meet and interview each of the girls before they are accepted in the home.

“We will interview why they want to stay with us, because they want somewhere to settle and work on their education. There will not be any partying really going for girls who really want to be on task and accomplish something,” said Schmoll. She says she would like to help the girls stay in school and complete their education. Schmoll says she would like to provide foster care for the female youth who have made the transition out of the foster care system. These are individuals that the San Bernardino County foster care system just does not have enough room for. The goal for “Sheri’s Hope” is to provide the necessities that a normal teenage girl would have.

Nursing Students Use Dummy for Real Life Situations Story and Photo by Wanda Nowell Reporter At 8 a.m., four fourth semester nursing students prepared for the first full emersion of iStan. iStan, the fully programmable life-like medical mannequin that brings the patient to the class room. It sweats, bleeds, breathes and so much more. The four students prepared to start the scenario; the patient was a 47-year-old male in the final stages of AIDS with a Do Not Resuscitate. Professor Terry Truelove, Adjunct faculty Sandra Hendrickson and Adjunct faculty Barbara Eichen oversaw the clinical-make up. Each student is assigned a role to play along with Truelove.

“The goal is to understand the needs of the patients and

if it were a real patient, because from this point iStan is

Instructor Terry Truelove assists nursing student on real life dummy.

the family,” Truelove said. Once the scenario begins the students are in complete control over the patient. They start working on iStan the same way they would as

a patient. The students interact with the patient and the family, and follow the Doctor’s order that included administering medication, changing

dressings on wounds and even inserting a Foley catheter. The scenario continues to develop and the patient’s condition begins to worsen. For the students this was the first time they have had the experience of a patient dying on them. The student must now prepare the patient for the funeral home and do the appropriate calls. At the end of the scenario the students and the instructors sit down to talk so that the instructors can review the actions of the students. At the same time students are able to look back at what they did, and be able to better themselves for the next time around iStan. Continued in Make-Up on Page 13


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Ninth Annual Spice of Life Festival Entertains Attendees

Civic Center Drive Comes to Life flyers for the Fall Football Frenzy event, flyers for upcoming plays and information on future classes. “It’s fun to keep in The Spice of Life Festival contact and see busithat was on Civic Drive in ness associates,” PerVictorville Saturday Oct. 2, domo said. 2010 turned out to be a great Perdomo helped success. many people including One of the many booths present students of VVC. that were there was set up by One of those students was Angela Perdomo the Public Jackie Wilson who had a Relations Senator of the Asbooth supporting sociated Student B o d y “I love it,” said breast cancer. Wilson said the ASB Council. Perdomo was there Jackie Wilson. booth was very helpful and inforto inform peomative. ple about Victor Valley Col“I love it,” said Wilson. lege. Perdomo had brochures, the RamPage paper,

Story by Rebecca Rodriguez Reporter

Make-Up from Page 12 “Real life scenarios are for student nurses to have more exposure to be a real registered nurse, it’s a great way to apply book knowledge” said Hendrickson. “It was a good experience” said Terryilyn Lopez, one of the four nursing student. “The goal is to integrate more and more of these kinds of experiences because the nursing program realizes that people learn in different ways.” said Truelove. Scenarios like this one helps the students aid with the emotional problems of death as if in a real life scenario aiding even further with the transition between class room and real life.

“(It’s) always a great crowd, great music, and great activities,” said Will the Thrill. A lot of other characters arrived at the festival as well. Some were known, others not so much. The characters that came were the Road Runner from Silverado High School, the Penguin from Kona shaved ice and Blues from Blue’s Clues.

“(It’s) always a great crowd, great music, and great activities,” said Will the Thrill. Will the Thrill, a member of the jazz band Phat Cat Swingers, says that they have played for the festival for four years. They brought a very interesting crowd that danced to their music as they played. The band has played at other places such as The House of Blues and the Playboy Mansion.

Preview of the November Ticket at Candidates Forum Story by Kelli McGurk News Editor The city council candidate forums were held last Wednesday Sept. 29 and Thursday Sept. 30 in Victor Valley College’s Performing Arts Center. Candidates for upcoming City Council elections from Apple Valley, Victorville, Hesperia and Adelanto were given the opportunity to answer questions concerning their respective cities future development and state their positions on certain issues. Victor Valley Daily Press sponsored and moderated the forum. Each candidate was given 30 seconds to answer each question. Candidates also answered questions submitted by audience members in attendance. Question topics ranged from candidate stance on

expanding economic growth and balancing the growth, public safety, tax increases, recreation for youth and plans for the future of the city’s development. Over 300 residents attended the forum over the two nights to hear each candidate’s viewpoint on local concerns. One question presented to the Victorville candidates was regarding the city investment in the Dr. Pepper/ Snapple plant. Candidate Stanford Cramer affirmed his strong opposition to this investment. Cramer who declared his membership in the 12 Visions political party is part of his plight in giving rule back to the citizens. “Government is here to serve the public, not the opposite,” said Cramer during the forum after all candidates agreed to sign a tax payer protection pledge.

Victorville candidate Angela Valles, who received some applause from audience members, stated her political party as a Republican, while also declaring: “But I am a voice of all citizens,” said Valles. The candidate’s answers to the questions were similar, only varying slightly in some respects. All candidates declared their promise of not raising taxes and most say the answer to economic problems means bringing jobs to increase revenue making the city a business friendly area. Audience members were given the opportunity to meet with candidates after each forum to further address or elaborate on their concerns. The forums were an overall success providing residents and attendees with a vast amount of information before heading to the polls.


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Hispanic Heritage is the Highlight of the Day Story and Photos by Micah Raimo Editorial Editor On Hispanic Heritage Day Victor Valley College students sat amongst various clubs to hear guest speaker Simón Silva. Oct. 5, 2010, Hispanic Heritage Day observances took place on the second floor of the Student Activities Center. All of the partitions were slid aside to con-

through Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month has been trimmed down to a day. Various clubs presented booths. Off Broadway Performing Arts Club gave out free Chiclets gum pieces and spoons filled with tamarindo, while the Guild of Creative Writers Club exhibited books from Hispanic and Latin authors from the VVC Library. Writer and illustrator of the book “Small Town Brownie,” Simón Silva,

One of the paintings on display at the Hispanic Heritage day was Xochitl by artist Simón Silva. vert Meeting rooms A, B, C, and D into one board room. There, various clubs celebrated heroes who have made major contributions to the Hispanic Culture and how their acts have influenced society. “Sept. 15 was chosen as a kickoff because it marks the independence date for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their own independence Sept. 16 and 18, respectively,” according to news page. Starting Sept. 15

spoke of his home life, his influences and the necessity of the arts in society. “I’m not an artist. I’m a creative problem solver,” said Silva, referring to the different perspective that artists possess. Magdalen Chavez and Patricia Bejarano-Vera, members of the Event Planning Committee, brought up Silva’s name to the committee and when it was decided contacted him. “I didn’t call myself until I had something to say,” said Silva. His work expresses similar textures to the late famed artist Diego Rivera.

The lights and darks aid the subconscious familiarity we all have with both family and friendship along with the placid environments the pieces illustrate. Students are also invited to be part of the event planning committee where plans are being discussed to prolong the on-campus celebration to the full month. VVC hosts a variety of students from all Simón Silva the speaker at the Hispanic races and the colHeritage day. lege wants nothing more than to celebrate each and every one people think creatively. We by bringing them together. need to stop being right or “It’s important for us to left brained people and start respect each other and be aware of the multicultura l i s m , bringing the campus closer,” said BejaranoVera. “As a committee, our goal is to have a celebration Off Broadway performing arts club Left to right. of Hispanic Vice President Chris Ascencio and Greg Harbor. art dance and culture each week. As of next week being whole brained people. we are looking for sponsors We need to get back to what for the following celebramade this country great,” said Silva. tion,” said Chavez. Hispanic Heritage Day is a celebration of a culture not just for Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Chicanos, or Latinos but for everyone. “Left-brained people think logically where right-brained

RamPage Victor Valley College Comic Strip Written by Rebecca Rodriguez Reporter Drawn by Evan Spears Photo Editor/Cartoonist


Editor-in-Chief: Roderick Gray Managing Editor: Joseph Ciulla News Editors: Kelli McGurk, Jonathan Brown Features Editors: Lili Berni, Adreana Young Sports Editors: Shaun Canady, David Lopez Photo Editor and Cartoonist: Evan Spears Entertainment Editors: Racheal Rickman, Amber Schwartz Editorial/Opinion Editor: Micah Raimo Special Projects: Brandon Chiz Adviser/Instructor: Judith Pfeffer Reporters: Reina Arvizu, Yesenia Carillo, Matthew Creek, Roscoe Esparza, Jimmy Garrido, Brittany Harter, Alyshia Kelly, Roger Kim, Joyce Mayo, Aimee McMullen, Tina Mora, Juan Munguia, Zenin Murawski, Wanda Nowell, Andre Osborn, Brenda Requena, Rebecca Rodriguez, Roseann Rodriguez, Jennifer Tizzard, Anna Vivar, Wyketta Wilfong

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The Off–Broadway Performing Arts Club Presents

Variety Show II


NOV 5TH 6-8PM NOV 6TH 12-2PM


Bring sheet music or karaoke cd


Have choreography prepared


Bring appropriate song(s) to perform

Other Talents Bring in what you have to show us!

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