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Siler emphasizing the overwhelming
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Keep Out of
the Big Easy
Governor Erlhich is mobbed by MC Students on his front lawn, during a visit on Advocacy Day -photo by Teneriffe Mapp By Michael Croft
By Melissa Andrews Hetherington, Vice President of Student for Maryland’s community colleges.
New Orleans is unsafe, unhealthy, not
Services at Howard Community College, “During the next month it is critical that ready for you today, and certain to be flooded
More than 400 students from all 16 told students during the assembly. “You are you in your respective community colleges tomorrow, said Charles Siler, program curator
Maryland community colleges traveled to indeed sending a powerful message,” she contact your legislators,” said Hogan. “Ask for the Louisiana State Museum in Baton
Annapolis for Student Advocacy Day on said. for the vote.” Rouge. Cautionary epithets about New
Feb. 15, to personally ask their legislators to Community colleges are competing The Maryland Association of Orleans repeatedly peppered Siler’s Friday
support funding for community colleges. against many other worthy causes for a finite Community Colleges (MACC) started SAD “Black History Month” guest lecture on “The
Once they arrived in Annapolis, students amount of dollars, said Sen. Patrick Hogan, five years ago as a way for legislators to culture of New Orleans: What does it mean for
gathered for a general assembly where they Vice Chair of the Budget and Tax Committee hear students from their constituency saying America?”
were addressed by college officials and and Chair of the Education Subcommittee. the community college in your district is “My doctor warns” and “the New Orleans
members of the legislature. “We gotta keep this issue a high priority very important to us, said H. Clay Whitlow, Chambers of Commerce says” prefixed his
“By your presence, community college [in legislators’ minds],” said Hogan who Executive Director of MACC. polar opposite descriptions of today’s New
students are saying to our legislators that we sponsored Senate bill 356 (also known as the Orleans. He’s deeply worried about the city’s
need their support” for the colleges, Dr. Kate Cade bill) which proposes increased funding see Advocacy continued on Center Page government and tourism interests aggressively
campaigning for residents and visitors to
MC: Massive Construction
immediately return to New Orleans. His
warnings came during two lectures given
at Montgomery College Rockville campus’
Technical Center and at the public schools’
Carver Educational Services Center.
By Thomas Risen and for good reason. Dean Moneyed interests have suspect motives,
Staff Writer Daniels describes the anxiety, said Siler repeatedly. He personally wouldn’t
There have been plans “This campus was built for walk around the city breathing that polluted air
for a new science building 8,000 to 9,000 students. without a protective mask. Before hurricane
at Montgomery College We now service 15,000”. Katrina, the “Big Easy” image of a city center
for some time now. This is Dean Daniels said that drunk on pleasure and smoke filled alcoholic
merely the beginning of a another factor in the need for jazz promising a barely legal good time for all.
new wave of construction renovation and construction To personalize his cautions, Siler said if he got
for all three campuses of on campus stems from the drunk and fell into the mud of New Orleans,
Montgomery College. With projected influx of “the then he’d be worried about lying down in a
interviews with Facilities Millennium generation” batch of toxic chemicals.
Manager David Capp, which is not only the largest Siler used his Barry White-like resonant
Dean of Student Life James recorded generation in baritone voice full of laughter and cheerful
Daniels, and analysis of American history, but will
the proposed Master plan also be the richest generation
on the Montgomery College in American history and see BIG EASY Continued on page 3
website, the Advocate brings will thus have the highest
you an in depth report on collegiate attendance rate
the architectural future of
Montgomery College. Montgomery College
Facilities Director David
Students at Montgomery
College have been eagerly Capp provided a complete
awaiting promises of timetable of design and
renovation and construction, construction for all three
MC Additional Parking? The real question is not if it will be continued, but when
-photo by Teneriffe Mapp see BUILD continued on page 4
Page 2 | Tuesday, February 21, 2006 Editorials The Montgomery Advocate
Babies Hold Annapolis Hostage Hamas: Victory for Democracy?
senators and state government. democratic victory.
Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele stood in But in a case such as this, where a people
front of all 16 colleges and said, “this is not elects an organization believed to be terrorist
the 13th grade…this is college.” A very true by other countries, we have to understand why
statement considering many MC graduates, the Palestinian people would vote for them.
including Del. Henry B. Heller, will say that Are they in nature a savage and uncivilized
Montgomery College isn’t the easiest school people? That thinking is racist and ignorant.
in the area. In fact, many former MC students Which leads me to the conclusion that
who transfer to UMCP have confided in me perhaps the people of Palestine see Hamas as
that due to the strict learning environment at a help to them in a time where the rest of the
MC, they find classes at the university level world refuses to hear their pleas for aid; and
much easier than at the community college also a force to combat the Israeli parliament,
level. whose majority seats are taken by the Likud
With that in mind, I question the party (a party elected on the basis that no
By Marjan Asi
motives of our representatives. You treated aSSoCiate editor Palestinian state will be established west of
us like babies who were eligible to vote. It the Jordan River.)
By Dominic Gwinn doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that We live in a society of many So why is everyone so surprised?
editor-in-Chief most college students are ignorant to most contradictions. We preach peace and love yet When you turn your back on oppression, the
everything concerning local politics, but go to war. We say all Americans are allowed oppressed will lose hope in you and look for
This past Wednesday, community
regardless of the fact that we may not know to defend themselves against charges leveled another way to end their suffering. Hamas
college students from all over the state of
who you are or what you do, rather than against them but refuse to tell them what has proven to do so, in words and actions.
Maryland descended upon Annapolis in an
spending 20 minutes patting yourself on the they’ve been charged with. We guarantee the They’ve provided basic human
attempt to ask local senators and delegates
back, why not spend 15 minutes finding out right to privacy yet spy on civilians without necessities, like food and medical care, to
for support. We were told that our school is
what you, as our representatives, can do for letting them know. the Palestinians when they were deprived of
in desperate need of funding for numerous
us, the voters? Speaking words of tolerance but acting on them. Because of Hamas, there is a system
projects that would better the infrastructure
Many of the representatives told us to the basis of intolerance permeates throughout of education for Palestinian children. And
of all three Montgomery College campuses
get out and vote. They were absolutely right, the nation as well as the power governing yes, whenever the Israeli military would
for years to come. We were told that this
however, I’m confident they meant “Get out the nation. One example of this would be try furthering their illegal occupation of
was our chance to talk to our representatives
and vote for me.” Regardless of who you vote the government’s recent campaign to spread Palestinian lands and killing civilians that got
on a personal level; they wanted to know
for, if you’re eligible to vote in the elections “democracy” throughout the world. in their way, it was Hamas who retaliated and
about our experiences in community college,
this year, do so. You do yourself and other So when the Palestinian people have free fought back.
specifically what we as students thought about
citizens a great disservice if you don’t. and fair elections and vote certain political So why is it that everyone dismisses
the conditions and needs of our school.
The only problem that I see with voting, parties to positions in parliament, why are we Hamas as a terrorist organization and nothing
What could’ve been a fantastic
however, is the people running for office. not celebrating this victory for democracy? else? Has anyone even read the Hamas
meeting of youthful constituents and state
If everyone running is only in office to For those of you not familiar with the constitution? Does anyone even know they
representatives turned out to be a big, “vote
support themself and not the goals of their recent parliamentary elections in Palestine, have a constitution? Here’s a sample.
for me” campaign. When they weren’t flexing
constituency, why should we even vote? It’s the people voted with a 78% turnout and the “The Islamic Resistance Movement is a
their egotistical political prowess, they were
like choosing between a moldy sandwich majority of seats went to Hamas. humanistic movement. It takes care of human
asking us our names and addresses to find out
and soggy cereal, no matter what choice you The Fatah party was the previous ruling rights and is guided by Islamic tolerance when
who was eligible to vote in their district.
make you’ll still have that nagging feeling party and it was generally believed that dealing with the followers of other religions.
Walking away from Advocacy Day,
in the pit of your stomach, that feeling of they would remain so. But to the surprise of It does not antagonize anyone of them except
I felt hopelessly depressed about the future of
choosing one piece of trash over another everyone but the Palestinians themselves, if it is antagonized by it or stands in its way
not only our state, but our country. If these
equally unappealing piece of trash. Fatah was unseated by Hamas the same to hamper its moves and waste its efforts.
are the people who represent us, then it’s no
We are the people and we have a voice. organization labeled as “terrorist” by the Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for
wonder why 16 community colleges had to
If you really like a candidate, support them United States because of the bombings that the followers of the three religions - Islam,
flood the state capital to beg for money. In
100%, have been carried out on what Israelis believe Christianity and Judaism - to coexist in peace
an election year, all the politicians want are
If you think I’m wrong and you think to be civilian targets. Hamas’ justification and quiet with each other.” [Article 31]
our votes, and in talking with various other
that Advocacy Day was a great thing for the for this is that because military duty is a So why aren’t we given Hamas’ point-
members of the local media familiar with the
students to be a part of, then I encourage you requirement for all Israelis, Israeli citizens of-view? If we are confident that Hamas is
event, I was informed that due to an election
write a letter not only to me as the editor of have been trained in the art of warfare and a terrorist organization, let them say it for
year, our actual voice as human beings was
this newspaper, but to your representatives. therefore are not civilians. themselves. At least let us hear that side
technically irrelevant. All that seemingly
Tell them how great or pathetic you thought Also, it is stated in the Hamas Charter to the story. We are an educated, thinking
mattered to our representatives was that a
our fantastic display of school spirit was. that, “Israel will exist and will continue to society. Let us decide for ourselves who the
plethora of college students show up and
As someone who’s never had school spirit exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it terrorists are.
make a bunch of noise in support of our
before, I felt insulted to be cheering for my obliterated others before it.” Mainly for this
own school then treated like an ignorant reason, the United States and other countries
of the West refuse to accept Hamas’
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Hamas Constitution More Hurtful Than Said
Marjan Asi’s editorial “Hamas: Victory
It gets even better, though; the next
paragraph in the Charter refers to “Zionist
But I could go on. There’s so much
more in this document that needs badly to
see the light of day -- a reference to the long-
BIG EASY from front
for Democracy?”, [in the] Feb. 7 issue Nazi activities.” Article 20 explains this discredited Protocols of the Elders of Zion as
is, ironically, bursting at the seams with bizarre comparison -- apparently, both fact (Art. 32), a prohibition on “slandering or reminisces to bring alive the city’s culture.
“contradictions” -- not to mention thinly Nazism and Zionism “make no differentiation speaking ill of” any Islamic group (Art. 24), a His talk was always in the present tense about
disguised hatred for the Israeli people -- between man and woman, between children declaration of Rotary Clubs as “nothing more this city that he openly acknowledges has a
never mind her decrying it. and old people” -- but not quite satisfactorily. than cells of subversion and saboteurs” (Art. highly uncertain present. He talked about the
I’ll begin with the most obvious omission/ For instance, how do suicide bombings on 17), and so on. Indians of New Orleans, their unique cultural
outright lie. Ms. Asi asks whether “anyone buses and in restaurants -- which, by the way, There is one good thing about Hamas, contributions, their musical flavorings, and
even read(s) the Hamas constitution? Does target those who haven’t yet served in the though. Ms. Asi says, “We preach peace and their carnival dress for Mardi Gras. He
anyone even know they have a constitution?” Israeli military (more on that in a bit) -- pass love yet go to war.” Hamas, on the other showed jazz greats jamming in local homes
It’s a wonderful idea to draw attention to muster with Hamas? Or, indeed, with Marjan hand, has no such problem. They’ve made before and after Katrina.
the guiding principles of Palestine’s future “Peace and Love” Asi? their choice, and it’s in black and white for Rhonda Miller, his wife of 16 years,
government, but the author’s excerpt is There is only room in the Hamas Charter everyone to see. added after his Carver presentation, that
unrepresentative of the document as a whole. for constant struggle with Zionism. “Leaving If Ms. Asi has read the Charter in whole, they’re both concerned that local moneyed
The very next sentence after the excerpt the circle of struggle with Zionism is high and still disregarded all this evidence that interests are intentionally obscuring the
is: “Peace and quiet would not be possible treason,” it says, “and cursed be he who does contradicts her rosy view of Hamas, she is biggest problems of the city. They see the
except under the wing of Islam.” that” (Art. 32) dishonest. If she hasn’t, Hamas comes to city’s future as highly uncertain.
What happened to Ms. Asi’s beloved How does Ms. Asi justify protesting the power in about a week. What better time Miller was especially critical of city
“tolerance”? And is it not “racist and U.S. government’s wiretapping of suspected than now? As the Charter itself states (Art. leaders. They are unwilling to publicly discuss
ignorant” to argue that only Islam can govern terrorists’ phones, while staying silent in 14), “The day the problem is dealt with on and confront the problems of levees that
pacifically? regard to Hamas’ well-known propensity this basis . . . the present state of affairs will can’t possibly be ready before the hurricane
Ms. Asi goes so far as to quote the to attack civilians (ostensibly targeting change and the day of liberation will come season only months away. Is it reasonable
Charter’s insistence that “Israel will exist “Zionists”) -- even though the article is nearer.” to rebuild in areas that are almost certain to
and will continue to exist until Islam will supposed to be about the Palestinian election? be flooded again? Is it good public policy to
obliterate it,” and then promptly forgets about (It’s not as though a different focus would be -- Lowell Rudorfer subsidize flood insurance in this city? Is it
this frightening prophecy, instead riffing on an excuse for such asymmetry, of course.) MC-Rockville, Student sensible to rebuild without insurance or pay
the importance of medical care and the Likud I’m afraid this, too, justifies the C-word. sky high premiums? As Katrina refugees,
they’ve temporarily relocated to Texas, and
they’re planning to move again after they’ve
had time to look around. They both don’t see
Before I respond to Mr. Rudorfer’s letter is so opposed to Hamas. It also shows the while others take it as a falsehood. Hamas is people wanting to return en mass to the area.
to the editor, I would first like to express friction between the two powers, more so among those who take it for truth. I cannot “I’m concerned [about New Orleans]
my appreciation to him for expressing his when you take into consideration the Likud say it is truth or falsehood, because I do not because I lived there, I worked there, and I
opinion. We each have our own views and Party who, as I stated, have the majority of know. can’t go back there to live anymore,” said
beliefs and it is my belief that all sides should seats in the Israeli parliament. Likud outright And you mention “a prohibition on Siler early in his Carver lecture, “being in
be heard. says there should be no Palestinian state west ‘slandering or speaking ill of’ any Islamic there on a daily basis is detrimental to my
Mr. Rudorfer, after reading your letter, of the Jordan River. This statement in itself group.” What you failed to mention is the health according to a couple of my doctors.”
I was under the impression that you believe goes against international law, yet why do sentences following which state, “Whenever Reaching for any possible positive spin
that I agree with everything about Hamas we not hear this? Everyone knows of Hamas those stands are erroneous, the Islamic on this disaster and with glistening eyes he
and its constitution. Simply stated, I do not. and its intolerance of Israel, yet why did we Resistance Movement preserves the right to later continued, “I know that in ten years,
Though there is much I believe in, indeed as a not hear of the Likud Party’s intolerance expound the error and to warn against it. wherever people may be, wherever [New
Muslim it is my duty to believe in, there is also to Palestine when it came into power in the It will strive to show the right path and to Orleans] Indians may be, they’re going to be
that which I feel is not necessarily Islamic. Israeli parliament? I was merely pointing judge the case in question with objectivity.” traveling to New Orleans like Muslims go
But to your first point; you used the quote out this bias and hypocrisy in Western mind [Article 24] They clearly state that if anyone to Mecca.” Their potentially health risking
that “Peace and quiet would not be possible and media. does wrong, they will be judged accordingly. behavior is unavoidable; “they’ll have to
except under the wing of Islam” and said that Thirdly, you mention quite a few quotes It does not say you cannot speak against a have that connection [to New Orleans] in
this is racist thinking to believe in nothing but that I did not in my column, including a Muslim no matter what. Do not take words order to move forward within the [Indian]
Islamic governance. As a Muslim, it is a duty comparison between Zionists and Nazis where out of context. tradition.” He’s certain even this effort will
of mine to believe in Islamic governance for both treat women, children, and elderly as Finally, you speak of Rotary Clubs be incomplete after their hurricane forced
Islam goes beyond the bounds of the Church they would soldiers. There is much evidence and Hamas’s aversion to them. I confess dispersal, “the diaspora has caused us to have
(or religious center) and permeates all in support of this statement, including UN I know little on this matter, but perhaps if to rethink those plans because New Orleans
aspects of society. But that was not the point reports of human rights violations of the you seek out someone more learned in the is not going to be inhabited by those people
I was trying to make. The direct quote I took Israeli military against Palestinians. issues of Palestine and Hamas, you will find who have the traditions and who maintain
from the Hamas charter was, “Under the You also mention the suicide bombings a reasonable explanation, instead of just them at a high level.” Looking ahead, he sees,
wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers and how they are akin to the inhumanity of scoffing at them. it “might be ten years before New Orleans
of the three religions - Islam, Christianity the Israeli military and Nazi Germany. I My main argument in the previous might be considered safe. That depends on
and Judaism - to coexist in peace and quiet don’t believe in suicide bombings in which the column was of being aware of other points- whether a hurricane the size [of Katrina]
with each other.” [Article 31] Israeli military is not the target. This would of-view. We need to understand each other decides to pass that way again.”
By pointing out this overlooked aspect of be one of the points I would have to disagree in order to help or at least be neighbors Siler’s hour-long multi-media
the constitution, I was merely demonstrating with Hamas on, if indeed they do believe in to one another. As the charter itself states presentation at the Carver Educational Center
Hamas’s openness to other peoples outside this sort of targeting. But I have not heard (Article 21) “The day that such a spirit [of to a dozen attendees showcased the culture
the Muslim community. The common from a leader of Hamas that they support this social responsibility] prevails, brotherliness of New Orleans using photos, videos, and
misperception here in the United States is that type of violence, only from Western media, would deepen, cooperation, sympathy and jazz excerpts. Technical problems at MC-R
Hamas is nothing but a terrorist organization which I have already shown to be biased. unity will be enhanced and the ranks will be blocked the multimedia presentation, so their
and highly intolerant of those not Muslim. You also mentioned the Protocols of the solidified to confront the enemies.” two score attendees heard an abbreviated
But if you were to read the constitution, this Learned Elders of Zion, which is a widely lecture with an extended question and answer
is not the impression you would get. circulated book in the Islamic world about Sincerely, session.
Secondly, the quote about Israel’s a Zionist conspiracy for world domination. Marjan Asi
existence was to show why the United States Some people believe the book to be true
Bits & Pieces -By Caitlin Woods
Page 4 | Tuesday, February 21, 2006 News The Montgomery Advocate
News In Brief CyberWATCH BUILD from front
Campuses. The Proposed Master
solutions for the issue of parking at the
Rockville Campus. One option is to
pave over existing land on the campus,
Compiled by Liliana Koebke & Tom Risen Plan for Campus Construction is which would mean paving over the
The National Science Foundation has awarded
Culinary Arts Festival on available on the college website at soccer field. Another proposes building
a $3 million grant to a consortium, including a $20 million parking garage (the online
Montgomery College, to establish and support Master Plan has 3 of them on its map
March 4th a regional headquarters for the Cybersecurity:
Washington Area Technician and Consortium
news/hottopics/facilitiesplan/, or by
simply searching, “facilities”, on the surrounding the campus). A third option
proposes making a deal with the City
There will be a day-long Culinary Arts Fair Montgomery College website. At the
Headquarters (CyberWATCH) program. site are maps of proposed construction of Rockville to reserve parking for
“Celebrating Food!” on Saturday, March 4th Montgomery College will develop cyber layouts as of 2012 for the Takoma students in the numerous new parking
in the Marriott Hospitality Center presented by security curricula, which is designed to fulfill the Park, Germantown, and Rockville garages they plan to build as part of its
the International Education Department and the demand for cyber security technicians in the area. campuses. The potential map for the massive Rockville Center development.
Montgomery College Women’s Studies Program. This curriculum will include both internships and Rockville Campus map proposes 7 new There would be a shuttle back and forth
The event is sponsored by Les Dames d’Escoffier externships. academic buildings. Along with the from these Rockville garages that David
International, a distinguished group dedicated According to the press release, “Montgomery new science building, these include a Capp estimates might take 10 minutes
to Women in the Culinary Arts, which holds the College will build and maintain a state-of-the-art new Student Services Center, a Library by backroad. Any parking garages that
event to celebrate its 25th anniversary. There Remote IT Security Lab to be used by all members Research Center, an Arts Addition, a might be constructed will be decided
will be cooking seminars of 16 panels with 43 of the consortium.” Students from all of the upon within the next 2 years.
PE Addition, a Humanities Addition, a
renowned speakers, and sampling of wonderful consortium schools will be able to access the lab Facilities Director David Capp
GITE Addition, and a PAC Addition.
food from around the world. The keynote speaker remotely via the internet. assures that any construction will
Many of these will be 4 stories tall.
of the festival will be Chef Lidia Bastianich, who The money will be distributed over the next have no affect on student tuition now
Other potential construction being
hosts Lidia’s Italian American Kitchen on PBS. four years. The consortium includes most local or in the foreseeable future. The way
discussed might expand the athletics
There will be free parking all day. There is $35 colleges and universities as well as some high the funding process works is that the
facilities, adding stadium seating and
registration with student ID, $75 without. At the schools and government agencies. Prince Georges College President and Director Capp
lighting to the baseball diamond, or
end of the day the anniversary party will have Community College is the project leader. present the Capitol Outlay Budget
expanding the football field. However,
champagne and cake. For further information to the State Council at Annapolis on
out of all the proposed construction on
contact Gail Forman of the International Education
Department (gail.forman@montgomerycollege. African American the Rockville campus map, only the new
Science building is currently funded,
behalf of Montgomery College, a public
institution. Because many students
edu) or Cici Williamson of Les Dames d’Escoffier
[ (202)973-2168 ] email@example.com. Women Right to Vote and guaranteed to begin construction.
The Master Plan calls for large
were at Advocacy Day in Annapolis
on February 15th, Dean Daniels was
Dr. Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Professor and
Indian Dance scale renovation of existing buildings moved to comment, “The best way to
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in History at secure the funding our college needs
as well. The new science building will
Morgan State University, will be giving a lecture, is for the students to get involved.
There will be a free lecture and demonstration be built on the South Parking lot. Once
“African American Women in the Struggle for the They need to make their needs known
of Odissi Dance from India Friday, February 28th. construction is complete, all classes in
Right to Vote,” Thursday February 23rd. SE and SW will relocate to the new four to the state and county governments,
Odissi is a classical Indian dance form. The discussion is one of the Black History story building while the older science the way they have at Advocacy Day
Sandhyadipa Kar will be leading the lecture month events and will focus on the roles of buildings are renovated. After which the through petition and demonstration.
and demonstration. According to her website, she both southern women in the Voting Rights Acts old buildings will be made into a math The American community requires that
is “from a family of renowned artists of Orissa, and African American women in the suffrage building and a computer lab. The new everybody be involved in order for it to
India. Her grandfather, Pandit Khetramohan Kar movement. science building is slated to undergo function well,”. David Capp likewise
was a noted Tabla-maestro of Puri and her father, Dr. Terborg-Penn is the founder of the design soon and will begin construction encouraged the students to pressure the
Shri Prafulla Kar is a well know music director, association of Black Women Historians, co- in 18 months. county government, “Legislators will be
singer and lyricist.” Kar has been teaching Odissi author of Black Women in America: An Historical With the Science building slated very confident in their investment when
dance for twenty years. Encyclopedia and author of African-American to cover the South Parking Lot and they see the students are determined
The Montgomery College International Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850 – 1920. other construction in the Master Plan and ambitious to ask for what they
Education program is co-sponsoring the event with The lecture will begin at 7pm in the Theater proposed to be built on other parking need”. Dean Daniels said of community
the Montgomery College Dance Program. The Arts Arena and will be followed by a book sale and involvement: “If all Education does is
facilities, the campus will be ill equipped
event will be at 2 pm in room 126 of the Music signing. It is free and open to the public. to make you an active member of the
to handle the growing need for parking.
Building. community, it has done its job”.
David Capp described three proposed
The Montgomery Advocate Features Tuesday, February 21, 2006 | Page 5
By Alice Popovici “[Advertising art] is a collaboration, [you] get
Staff Writer to work with writers, editors and designers,”
she added. Vaughan worked as a freelance
With Internet clip art and stock illustrator for 30 years before teaching at
photography offering at-your-fingertips MC.
convenience at a discounted price, demand “I think [the exhibition] has a lot of nice
for traditional illustration is waning. But, pictures, a diverse amount of artwork,” said
to the people gathered at the CAT Gallery MC student John Gilmore. “I like the way
Opening on Feb. 8, changing with the times some of it blurs the line between traditional
is part of the job description. and digital.”
The Illustrators Club of Washington, Randy Lyhus exhibited a digital piece
DC, Maryland and Virginia Members Show entitled “Petrol Traffic,” an illustration he did
features an eclectic range of styles, as well for the environmental magazine “Resources
as mediums ranging from oil on canvas to for the Future.”
digital art. “It’s 3-D modeling,” he said. “There’s
“Illustration is an art that communicates, a steep learning curve to 3-D; it’s a little
telling a story,” said Martha Vaughan, intimidating,” he added. He has been working
Advertising Art professor and organizer of in this style for 3 1-2 years.
this year’s exhibition. John Lauer, one of Vaughan’s former
According to its catalog, the Illustrators students, studied each piece intently. Lauer,
Club, a nonprofit organization founded who currently works at MC Copies, is
in 1986, strives to promote the work interested in joining the Illustrators Club. “I
of its members and create networks of came for inspiration,” he said.
communication. It also sponsors monthly Jim Nuttle, who has been working as an
business seminars and lectures. illustrator for 17 years, exhibited two pieces:
“The industry has been suffering “Time Flies,” and “Buggy Ride.”
over the last couple of years, because of “Both were done as promotions for
stock illustration [and] the Internet,” said myself,” Nuttle said. “I try to bring a little
Illustrators Club President Joe Azar. humor to the pieces.”
Azar, who does cartoon work, joined the Sarah Palaszynski, a recent graduate of
Illustrators Club 18 years ago. He believes Moore College of Art and Design, is also
the economy has shifted illustrators’ focus. interested in becoming a member of the
“Competition with photography has Illustrators Club.
helped us look at [illustration] in new ways; “My main goal is book illustration and
it’s more challenging,” he said. “The people comic book work,” said Palaszynski, who
who stayed in it are hopefully leaner and teaches children’s cartooning classes at MC’s
meaner.” School of Art and Design.
Vaughan said the show gives the artists Azar said membership is open to anyone
an opportunity to try things without a specific who works in the industry. Currently, the
assignment. “Some of the work is published club has 155 members, but it had as many as
work, other is experiment,” she said. 250 at one time.
“For me, it’s about the only time I get to They are gearing up for an exciting year,
meet other illustrators in the area,” said Casey starting with the 13th Juried Illustrators Club
Shaw, art director for USA Weekend, who Exhibition, which will be held at PEPCO’s
exhibited a silkscreen poster piece entitled Edison Place Gallery.
“Aquia Church.” He has been experimenting Illustrators Club also celebrates its
with this style for the past year. 20th anniversary this year. “We’re going to
Vaughan was present throughout the coordinate it so it falls on the same day as the
show, introducing artists to one another. Illustrators Club Exhibition,” Azar said.
“I try to emphasize in my classes the The Members Show will be on display
need to be a team player,” Vaughan said. until Feb. 24.
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A Secret Valentine
Total strangers gaze at anonymous Post Secrets at a special
Post Secret Exhibiton at the AVA Museum in Baltimore. -photo by Dominic Gwinn
By Dominic Gwinn of postsecret.com, an art “It originally started as even Braille.
editor in Chief project that invites its an art project in November When asked how he
This Valentine’s Day, visitors to mail anonymous of 2004,” says Warren. felt about people since
the American Visionary secrets on a post card to an “I printed out 3000 blank the start of Post Secret, he
Arts Museum in Baltimore address in Germantown. cards and passed them out reflected, “...I definitely feel
hosted an exhibition and Every Sunday, Warren at Metro Stations and at more empathy.” Often the
book signing of local artist updates the website with Artomatic. I also went to cards contain confessions
and author, Frank Warren, numerous confessions, public libraries and slipped of abuse and fantasies of
and his controversial everything from adultery them in between the pages rape. “The [cards] speak
website Post Secret and and molestation to taboo of books.” to how [abusive fantasies]
its subsequent book, “Post desires and child-hood The invitation can be a dangerous
Secret: Extraordinary fears are revealed on proved all too enticing as thing…The message
Confessions from Ordinary carefully crafted post Warren received a slew of might be misinterpreted.”
Lives.” The exhibition cards. “Reveal anything handcrafted creations that Warren stated that he
featured 100 Post Secrets, – as long as it is true and contained personal secrets felt people sometimes
many of which have never you have never shared it in numerous languages forget a fantasy isn’t real.
been on display before. with anyone,” Warren asks including Hebrew, German, “Women who write about
Warren is the creator on his website. French, Portuguese and rape fantasies…they’re
in control [in the fantasy]
because it’s not real. I think
it’s inflammatory to put
that on the Internet because
people forget that.”
The exhibition drew a
long line of curious patrons
from all over the area. “I
thought it was really cool,”
said MC-R student, Liliana
Koebke. “My friend and I
really loved it. I felt kind
of awkward though…”
Koebke revealed, “You’re
reading something so
personal with a perfect
stranger right next to you.”
Post Secret serves as
an exit to the skeletons in
our closet. “I think we all
have rich internal lives,”
Warren says, “This just
allow people to share.”
This red Dodge with yellow tint
was parked in front of Mickey D’s.
Ketchup and fries, anyone?
Riceism: Japan vs. the World
Riceism(rszm)noun with “diverse”. When I asked the same kids
the act of discriminating against vehicles, their opinion on domestics, the domestic
usually of Japanese origin owner generalized them as “clunky” while
Even after the whole integration the import owner stated that domestics have
movement of the 1960’s, there are still been “outmatched”.
Riceists all around us, even in this racially When I asked for criticism across the
diverse city of Rockville. One would think board, the answers that I got were not the
that considering the length of time that has polar opposites that would be expected. My
passed since the racial integration, a kid with domestic friend stated that “Imports, Hondas
a cleanly modified Integra (come on, it’s in particular, tend to have much less torque,
7/11ths of the word “integration”) would not compared to their domestic siblings, because
be looked upon condescendingly for driving they use tiny engines”, but he didn’t deliver What’s to fear, amigo?
a “ricer”. a wonderful compliment to his own breed This Ford Aerostar minivan is modded
Merely because it was made in Japan, when he said that “Domestics are lagging out with a “FEAR THIS!” sticker and a
I get called un-American by kids in Geo behind in innovation. There are a few sparks bullet hole sticker.
Prisms, who are totally unaware that their here and there, but overall, it’s been a bit blah
car is a Toyota Corolla through and through. for domestic cars lately.” that, the Mustang 5.0 would put out close to in a hybrid. The Toyota Prius sedan offers
What is that all about? In all reality, in a world As for my import buddy in Auto Tech, 550 horsepower. over 50 miles per gallon and lots of space.
where Chevrolets are made in Canada and he said that “Domestics should leave making My domestic side is begging me to I have driven a Prius on countless occasions
Toyotas are made in West Virginia, does the fancy cars to imports because domestic give domestics credit for things as well. including a road trip all the way up the East
argument of “keeping your dollars domestic” manufacturers need to get their acts in gear”, To be perfectly honest, some economy Coast, and it is my opinion that it is the most
even hold up? and his only complaint was that “Imports domestics are capable of giving hot imports wonderful slow car I have ever driven in my
More importantly, do the domestic- need more headroom.” a run for their money because the domestics life. I traveled a distance of about 250 miles
bashers driving Mazda B-Series pickup Uneducated people make fun of imports simply have the low-end power that imports at an average speed of 85 MPH, yet the handy
trucks realize that they drive nothing other for having such tiny engines. People often say typically lack. With imports, while some do touch-screen computer recorded that I got a
than a rebadged Ford? To all you General things to bash imports, like “my soda bottle have remarkable top ends, the bottom end remarkable 38 miles per gallon. They aren’t
Motors diehards who hate on Honda Motors, has more displacement than your engine”. I is typically lacking. I was driving a 2005 race cars, however, which could explain why
just remember that the Saturn Vue has a 3.5L will be the first to admit that in my V6 days, Honda Civic rental car and an old lady in they top out at 110 MPH.
Honda engine. I laughed at my friend’s Integra because I a ‘96 Oldsmobile Ciera (identical to mine) If the cars at the Toyota dealership are
Over winter break, I asked a few was merely uneducated. The truth is that the smoked me right off the line. Hell, I think the just as American as the Chevrolets at the
Montgomery College students about their Integra Type R was the first vehicle to break V6 Cutty would give the VTEC Teggy a run dealership a minute down the Pike, it might
opinions on imports and domestics. When the 100 horsepower per liter mark, beating for its money, too. be worth dropping Riceism out of your life.
asked what the first word that comes to mind the power to displacement record that the However, the lack of power can be a And, please, for heaven’s sakes, if you’re in
when thinking of import cars was, a domestic Integra GS-R had broken, which is quite an tremendous advantage when it comes to a Geo Metro or a Mazda B2300 pickup truck,
owner replied with “gutless” while an MC accomplishment for a naturally-aspirated 4- efficiency and saving money. If power is the do a quick identity check before talking
Auto Tech student with an import replied cylinder. With a horsepower to liter ratio like last thing you care about, you should invest trash.
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has put in place unprecedented levels of
From Front funding for higher education.”
However, Hogan responded that the
This year, MACC wanted students to capital budget “was woefully inadequate on
thank their legislators for their support in community college funding.” He continued,
the past and encourage them to vote for the “[they are] funding two minor league
Cade bill, Whitlow said. “We want all of the stadiums instead of the bioscience center at
students to be giving that message.” Germantown.” This doesn’t make any sense
MACC helped craft more specific “unless they want the students to go to class
messages for students that reflected the in the stadiums,” he said.
individual needs of each community college. Students traveled to Annapolis for the
After the general assembly, small groups of meeting by charter bus and breakfast and
students from all of the community colleges lunch were provided. Students also received
delivered these messages during visits with a free MC sweatshirt, all compliments of the
their local senators and delegates. Office of Student Life.
MC-R students asked legislators to (1) Any MC student can take part in the
support SB356 and HB586 that increase state annual Student Advocacy Day. For details,
support for community colleges and keep contact the Office of Student Life.
tuitions down; (2) support the Governor’s
budget that increases need-based aid by $19
million; (3) support the full capital request,
including our Rockville Science Center.
“I think it was a great experience. The
[senators] welcomed us with open arms,” said
Melissa Conley, a first-year business major. The Advocate also made an appearance at our State Capitol
-photo by Teneriffe Mapp
Teneriffe Mapp, a second-year computer
science major said, “I would have liked to
have more time to spend with the senators….
[There was] not enough time for them to hear
“The [legislators] pay attention to
students,” said Dr. Judy Ackerman, MC-R
Provost, when asked if SAD was really worth
all the effort.
When school administrators testify or
speak with legislators, they anticipate what
we will say, said Ackerman. However,
“They don’t know the students’ stories and
[when they hear them], that validates what
we – the administrators – say,” she said.
Although all of the legislators who
spoke to students expressed their support
for community colleges, some political
wrangling still took place during the general
assembly. Delegate Heller poses with an MC Germanton Student
-photo by Dominic Gwinn MC-R having a photo op in front of the Thurgood Marshall Memorial
Lt. Gov. Steele said, “Our administration -photo by Tim Moraca
Club Rush Spring ‘06
By Marjan Asi
Montgomery College’s Rockville
campus held its spring semester Club Rush
on Thursday, February 9th where students
from the College’s clubs and organizations
set up tables to try to get people to join.
Included in the many different clubs of
MC this semester are ethnic clubs like the
Latino Student Union, African Caribbean
Club, and the newer Polish Students
There are also religious clubs like the
Catholics on Campus, the Muslim Students
Association, and Echo and clubs to help
improvement in different academic areas like
the Philosophy and Math clubs.
The basic purpose of the clubs is to LSU and PTK recruit members
-photo James Alexander
connect students to a common cause and get
about Latino culture in Central and South
them more involved in additional activities
America,” said the president of the Latino
outside of the classroom. But the clubs have
Student Union, Froy Luna.
their own specific purposes as well.
“We try to promote leadership by having
The Roteract club’s aim is to “gather
members participate,” said Phi Theta Kappa
young people and try to have them help the
Vice President Natalie Floris.
community and at the same time have fun,”
This broad scope of clubs leaves
according to club president Pamela Gervera.
something for everyone, from the academic
“Main goal- have fun,” said Bobak
to the spiritual to the cultural.
Manesh, a member of the Persian club.
The Office of Student Life sponsored
“Our goal is to inform the school
event was “very successful,” according to
Student Life Specialist Val Melgosa.
“We had over 27 clubs and organizations
represented and probably close to 350-
400 people walk through[out] the day.”
The purpose of club rush, said
Melgosa, was to “let the student body
know that we do have clubs on campus
and that we do our best to work with the
outreach program so students are aware
of those clubs.”
For more information on the clubs
and organizations, visit the Office of
Doughnuts are great bait for attracting new Student Life in room 005 on the ground
members -photo by James Alexander floor of the Campus Center.
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From 2D to 3D Torino 2006
is hyped up for months because of amazing
leaked screen shots which make it look like the to do with what is going on in the game,
most promising thing since Halo. But when but rather an overview of the sport you’re
screen shots are the only real previews we rely (PS2, XBOX) playing) to its records which are carried
Are games as good today as they on to make early judgments about a game, in points, not time. The game really takes
were when we were kids? pictures can sometimes be deceiving. Take I’m going to try and be as quick and
painless as possible while breaking down
out the whole spirit of the Olympics. They
are meant to celebrate the hard work and
50 Cent’s “Bulletproof”, or really, any of the
Gamers who grew up in the 8bit era (or recent Grand Theft Auto clones (187 Ride or why Torino 2006 was such an awful game. achievements of some of the best athletes
before) tend to look down on many of today’s Die, True Crime 2, etc.) as an example. By When I first started working at a game store around the world. Instead, you have to
games, citing countless examples of classic capitalizing on good graphics and a popular in late 2004, we had one copy in stock of watch an idiotic, poorly rendered character
games that current games will never be able to market, developers can often get away with PS2’s Athens 2004, a game based on the blunder through mini-game to mini-
hold a tee to. Yet, these people fail to recognize putting out a piece of crap in a pretty case. summer Olympic games. I personally was game as you attempt to time your moves
that for every “The Guy Game” there is also a This is different than the days of the pretty intrigued by the title, which touted correctly.
“God of War.” NES, in which Nintendo approved every game a wide selection of playable sports and And notice I said “mini-game”, as that
Sure, Mario may have evolved from the before putting it onto its console. And they did games mimicking the real events that had is the best way to describe playing through
side scrolling confines that he grew up in on this with the knowledge that they controlled actually occurred. To this day, we have yet each of the 15 sports depicted in the game.
the NES, but then again these games operated over 90% of the video game market. Despite to sell that ONE COPY, which I believe is It honestly feels very lifeless, and again,
within just that – confines. 8bit technology a library that could potentially be larger and now priced at $19.99. I made a promise unlike the spirited and fun Olympic games
was the best there was available at the time, contribute directly towards a greater profit to myself that (although I probably won’t it is meant to represent. It is a chore to
and only so much could be done as a result. to them, Nintendo chose to only put games still be working there) if it isn’t sold by the get yourself to continue sitting through a
Today’s systems offer seemingly endless out that met the standards of their “Seal of 2008 summer games, I’m throwing it out seemingly endless string of familiar (many
possibilities graphically which help to make Quality.” regardless of the consequences. play the same) games.
nearly any plausible idea a visual reality. This leads into how I feel about today’s That was sort of a metaphor for what So please, if you are in the mood to
This newer technology has given today’s systems. If I were to buy a system solely video games based on the Olympics have rent or buy something related to the winter
developers an important responsibility which, based on the sheer volume of games released become in recent years; a piece of garbage. Olympics, do yourself a favor and neglect
truthfully, they sometimes neglect. With the for it, I would chose Playstation 2 without a Torino 2006 (which I played on the XBOX, that urge to make it Torino 2006. Instead,
potential to create visually stunning games, second thought. But then you have to take into if that is a factor in your game purchasing I would suggest the movie Cool Runnings,
developers will often opt to create a game account the ratio of good to bad games on the decision) is no exception to this rule. which is not only one of my favorite things
that is far below par simply because its system. Sure, Playstation 2 has the Onimusha The game is god-awful, from the lifeless about the winter Olympics, but also one of
visuals will draw in sales. So often a game games, Katamari Damacy, and Gran Turismo. commentary (much of which has nothing my favorite movies.
But then there are all the samurai
ripoffs and cheaply developed drag
racing games that would make me
never want to play games again.
It makes you realize that there is a
lot of quantity out today, but not as
much quality to equal it out.
Just beyond the horizon is
the possibility for next generation
systems to open up the gates to Rating: 4.5 stars
near infinite data storage and
breathtakingly greater graphics.
Games will be able to hold more,
do more, and show more. Will
developers revert back to the age of
quality over quantity, or will they
simply put out more games that only
look good until you play them?
Resident Evil 4 game is the constant action and a
(Gamecube, PS2) difficulty level that actually becomes
harder throughout the game. Sure,
Number three on my top five list the final boss was a little easy, but it
is Resident Evil 4 (which I played is easily excused due to some of the
when it was first released on the ridiculously hard bosses and puzzles
Gamecube). As a person who rarely in between. And it was actually a lot
comes back to action/adventure of fun earning upgrades and deciding
games after an initial play through, which guns I wanted to keep and
it’s remarkable to look back on how which I wanted to sell, and at which
many times I’ve played completely point I wanted to buy a rocket
through this game in the year it has launcher, map, or bigger carrying
now been out. case.
Resident Evil 4 took everything The fun didn’t end after the
that had made Resident Evil games game, as a second storyline was
good in the past, and then ripped unlocked as well as an arcade-esque
it apart and put it back together shooting mini-game and the option to
again. The developers took a huge replay the game from the beginning
risk by changing the camera view with my amazing weapons from the
to over the main character Leon’s end. The options were endless and
shoulder and by making the controls the game always as fun, original,
feel completely different. Previous and at times scary as the first play
Resident Evil games turned me off through.
because the control scheme was very Next issue I’ll continue counting
difficult to adjust to. down the top five games with number
Another great aspect of this two on my list. Screenshot courtesy jeuxvideo.com
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I was not born with a twin brother or sister,
I only have me.
Born into a family with love, discipline, and dignity.
I was not asked to be conceived, but I’m here.
Growing maim in my mid twenties.
I’ve been in some hard times
I’ve seen a lot of good times
I count my blessings to close my eyes and guess who
Will come to join my life.
I’m not looking, but lusting to have love show up and be by my side.
I won’t second guess my mind.
I sucked up a lot of shit to pro long time.
I’m desperate; I want what is mine,
I learned just yesterday that my high expectations are what pressure my mind
Expect nothing and no one can hurt you, hurt you inside.
I guess that’s why I don’t believe that he is mine.
I’m not giving up, but I’m gonna look the other way.
Stop spending precious time on that part of me
and leaving everything else astray
I will pressure my heart, polish my life to see the next of my Days.
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Date Movie, An Unbiased Review
Movie poster crop
By Aaron Sperling an hour ago, and I know that I laughed, but
Staff Writer looking back on it, I can’t think of anything
Before you decide to bash me solely on that stands out as really funny.
my star rating of this movie, I want you to As for “character development,” it
take into account that many of my favorite seemed very rushed, and no doubt potentially
movies are considered by American cinema confusing to anyone who hasn’t seen all
standards as “good fart jokes”, at best. After of the (at least) 20 movies being parodied.
watching the trailer for this movie, I was Also, some of the casting is just plain
psyched to see a slew of hilarious date movie confusing. Eddie Griffin is really funny, but
parodies written by “two of the six writers of I can’t understand why he was cast as Alyson
Scary Movie.” Unfortunately, I can see why Hannigan’s father. Other characters, like
the other four didn’t consider signing on to “Mrs. Fonckyerdoder” were well cast but just
the project. generally not that funny.
First of all, for the sake of anyone Overall, I would suggest that you not see
who does plan on watching this movie, I this movie. And if you do and can’t get your
won’t ruin the parodies not featured in the $8 back, don’t complain that nobody tried to
commercial. But let me warn anyone who warn you in advance.
has seen the commercial; you’ve already
seen most of the “best parts” in their entirety. Rating: 1.5 of 5
Take that as you will. I just saw the movie
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