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Emergency phones fail, shut down
Lack of of 33 kiosks dispersed throughout the software,” he said. Monday, Terstegge said, and repairs for
By Holly Pablo Contra Costa, Diablo Valley and Los Fixing the problem includes more nine of 10 emergency kiosks at CCC
sunlight EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Medanos college campuses, all of the
Code Blue phones powered by solar
than just waiting for the sun to appear,
The technical difficulties were iden-
The rainstorm that hit the East Bay energy ceased working after uncoop- To restore the Code Blue centers to tified on Jan. 22 when Senior Parking
to blame last month, combined with the lack of erative weather depleted the devices’ working conditions, Terstegge said, the Officer Vidal Garcia was performing a
regular sunlight, has been identified internal batteries. phones need to be manually discon- weekly routine check on the Code Blue
in kiosk as the culprit behind the districtwide “The batteries last for several days nected, thus enabling the batteries to phones on campus.
outdoor emergency telephone kiosks without being recharged, but in a long recharge themselves. After alerting CCC’s sister schools,
technical going kaput. stint like this where we don’t have a lot Comtel technicians, the designated DVC and LMC, it was determined that
Officer Teddy Terstegge, who also of sunlight, apparently if the batteries contractors hired years ago to trou- they were experiencing the same issues.
issues serves as emergency services coordina- get below a certain level of voltage, the bleshoot kiosk problems, began infra- Sgt. Jose Oliveira said that the kiosks
tor for the district, said that of a total power shuts the phone off to protect the structure repairs at DVC and LMC on work to deter crime on campus and are
■ SEE PHONES: Page 4
Proposed budget cuts
remain ‘up in the air’
By Lauren Shiraishi
Following the release of the governor’s
mid-year budget proposal, district admin-
istrators remain wary and are preparing for
any potential losses.
As the final budget has not yet been
passed, nothing is certain. “There’s been a
variety of proposals for cuts, but everything
is very much up in the air,” Contra Costa
ERIK VERDUZCO / THE ADVOCATE College Vice President Carol Maga said.
Serving with confidence — Culinary arts student Ira Masuno spoons T.C. Ball a taste of his team’s dish, “Marsala “The governor would like to keep as much
Coconut Chicken,” at the Surf and Turf competition held in the Three Seasons Restaurant Thursday. funding as possible for the community col-
BANQUET OF SURF, TURF
Along with the colleges at the California
■ SEE BUDGET: Page 4
By Dariush Azmoudeh
for their favorite plate. and “Sea-in-the-chicken,”
“(The event is meant to) both with 16 votes each.
generate spirit, motivate the Prizes awarded to the
tion. She and her fellow stu-
dents went out-of-the-box
to incorporate chicken and
students for winning crab into one dish.
Land and sea met on the next week, teams includ- “It was very creative
takes same plate at Three Seasons start the “It was good that ed a combi- for people to come up with
Restaurant’s Surf and Turf semester on nation of dif- dishes that contained crab
first Cook-Off competition a high note me and my team ferent oils, and chicken,” said Adam
More than 100 people
and to give won. We did it all aged vine-
confidence,” gars, gourmet
Farr, culinary arts student
and “Big Mama’s Gumbo”
Injured Comet player
attended the event, kicking culinary arts together and we dressings and team member. “It was good regaining his strength
during off the semester for the culi- depar tment executed it very cookbooks to that me and my team won.
nary arts department. Chairman share. We did it all together and we
chicken The main ingredients that N a d e r well.” Second- executed it very well.” By Holly Pablo
made up every dish were Sharkes said. semester Other dishes included EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
with Dungeness crab and chick- Wi n n i n g Adam Farr,
culinary arts student
culinary arts “Marsala Coconut Chicken,”
After five months of hospitalization,
en. The dishes varied from first place in student Dawn “Chicken Oscar” and “Crab-
crab pasta to gumbo. the competi- Cruikshank, Stuffed Chicken Galantine.” Comet defensive back Wali Wright is regain-
Admission was $5 per tion with 36 votes was “Big who worked on the gumbo The culinary arts depart- ing his strength through daily physical thera-
py at Kentfield Rehabilitation and Specialty
contest person, which allowed cus-
tomers to receive a sampling
Mama’s Gumbo.” There that won first place,
was a two-way tie for sec- described the plate as a
ment received 100 pounds
of chicken and 50 pounds of Hospital in Marin County.
of each of the six plates. ond and third place between Cajun dish handed down crab in preparation for the “He’s making great progress,” mother
Customers then cast votes “Chicken Alfredo Pasta” from generation-to-genera- ■ SEE COOK-OFF: Page 4 Piola Wright said. “He appears to be getting
■ SEE WRIGHT: Page 4
Contests support Haitian relief
Police league Participating teams seats $25 and series court-
were the Compton Cobras, side passes $125.
agreed to match the amount
of money initially raised. Reggie
hosts benefit California Sea Kings,
The goal was to reach
Lewis hoped to attract a
larger crowd to attend the dunks
Heat Wave, the funds games and also solicit more against the
By Diana Reyes S e a t t l e “What the kids were collected sponsorships. Sacramento
OPINION EDITOR Mountaineers, are doing is great. by donations “We had hoped to gar- Heat on
C l ay t o n from local ner more corporate sponsor- Feb. 3, as
RICHMOND — Six Showtime and (And) the fact businesses, ships to match the money we part of a
top American Basketball San Francisco that they came up youth groups, raised, but our timing was six-day
Association teams came Rumble as the county offi- late,” he said. “The venue benefit
together last week to play in home team, with the resources cials, local was moved at the last min- tournament
a charity fundraising tourna- who agreed themselves is also charities and ute.” for the
ment to support relief efforts to play all six RPAL itself. The tournament was orig- Haitian
in Haiti. games. great.” “Whatever inally scheduled to take place earthquake
Coordinated by the “ T h e our net profit at the Kezar Pavilion in San relief efforts
Richmond Police Activities teams (volun- Becky Rojas, is, that’s what Francisco, he said. held at the
League (RPAL), the teered) to play Richmond Courtyard Marriott is going to KIWINS Youth Program, Richmond
Richmond Youth for Haiti for free and general manager be our dona- the Youth Directors Council Police
Basketball Series, which the referees tion to Haiti,” and PAL Kids were the advo- Activities
took place from Feb. 1-6 at offered to reduce their rates,” Lewis said. “The kids chose cates for the congregation of League in
the Richmond PAL Arena, Executive Director of RPAL to donate the profit to the the event. Richmond.
aimed to aid the country in Larry Lewis said. American Red Cross.” Former KIWINS
its recovery following the 7.0 Tickets were $10 each, He said that if the $50,000 President Vanh Kevo said all
earthquake last month. series passes $50, courtside goal was not met, Chevron ■ SEE HAITI: Page 4
ERIK VERDUZCO / THE ADVOCATE
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2 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 OPINION
“It is the ferment of ideas,
the clash of disagreeing
judgments, the privilege of
the individual to develop WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 VOL. 94, NO. 13
his own thoughts and
shape his own character
that makes progress
30th U.S. president,
Black History Month
honors past, present
have a dream that my four little
Diana Reyes children will one day live in a
Lauren Shiraishi nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin, but by
Dariush Azmoudeh the content of their character.”
sports editors When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
called for an end to discrimination and
Lamar James racial inequality, he paved the way for
future generations to fight for what they
Brent Bainto believed in.
social media editor
Several years before his speech, the
Erik Verduzco United States Supreme Court voted unan-
photo editor imously to overturn Plessy vs. Ferguson,
Paul DeBolt in which “separate but equal” facilities CODY MCFARLAND/ THE ADVOCATE
faculty adviser limited daily interaction between whites
and African Americans. ■ Confessions
Lissette Alvarez With the court ruling of Brown vs.
Mairat Assefa the Board of Education of Topeka in
1954, blacks, whites and all other races
were allowed to attend the same schools
within guilty pleasures
Hilberth Diaz Ibarra
Cassidy Gooding for the first time.
Kristina Plaza These milestone events served as
Marjorie Riformo catalysts for change and social reform.
Within a few decades, African-
Americans have broken barriers and uilty pleasures are those is funny.
Staff photographers ascended to leadership positions pre- finicky interests people Yes, she has the ability to
Crystal Joy Bis
Kevin Chourarath dominantly held by white males. have, but certainly find them- sing an impressive note here
George Morin Black History Month, celebrated selves unwilling to admit. and there.
Joe Phutiyotin nationally in February, remembers the
They are elements of Despite those qualities,
Michael Sue blood, sweat and tears of those who delight that are masked by she always struck me as an
strived to secure human rights. It serves
as a reminder that no matter how many
shame, humiliation and
asiacamagong annoying girl that I did not
want to admit liking.
Staff illustrators odds are stacked against a particular And I hate them. off and on key. Though, at the core of
James Heck group, it can still succeed. They are what cause some Given any time or place, my disdain, I found that
No matter how far we have come, we to constantly tune in week her songs often play in my admitting to having a guilty
Joel Ode after week to their favor- head or on my computer. pleasure was the greatest act
must always remember our roots. ite reality television show, My interest in her as a of denial proving that I was
Honors The idea of students of all ethnic
ACP National Newspaper regardless if it is chronicling performer uncomfortable with being
Pacemaker Award backgrounds attending a single college a trashy love story or the has had myself.
1990, 1994, 1997,1998,
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,
campus and being treated with the same scripted lives of young, rich me watch- I am a Embarrassment is the thin
2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, respect would not be possible if it were socialites. ing her line separating a guilty plea-
2009 not for people like King, Rosa Parks They explain how celeb- music Miley Cyrus sure from being an ordinary
and organizations like the National rity gossip blogs and maga- videos topic of interest.
CNPA Better Newspaper
Contest 1st Place Award Association for the Advancement of zines gain attention, despite constantly, fan. I would rather be open
1970, 1991, 1996, 1998, Colored People (NAACP). viewers knowing how des- sitting in with liking Miley than con-
Aside from these iconic leaders, perate it may look to be so awe at her talent and impec- tinue calling her a guilty
African-American role models are immersed in finding out cable stage presence. pleasure, conjuring the idea
JACC Pacesetter Award
who’s pregnant, adopting or Yet, at the same time, I that there is something about
1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, prominent in the top administrative releasing naked pictures. have berated myself for all myself I feel inclined to hide.
2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 positions of our own college district. Guilty pleasures are why of this. It is important to remem-
Dr. Helen Benjamin became not only I, at the age of 19, will- I once was caught in a ber that happiness does not
Member the first African-American president of ingly and somewhat eagerly dilemma that left me stand- need to birth shame.
Contra Costa College in 1998, but she paid to watch the Hannah ing in the CD section of a Slowly, but surely, I am
Associated Collegiate Press also became the district’s first African- Montana movie when it was store, debating whether or teaching myself that an inter-
American chancellor in 2005. out in theaters, all the while not I should buy her latest est does not come in a right
California Newspaper Following Benjamin’s footsteps, knowing I would be sur- album. or wrong form.
Publishers Association McKinley Williams accepted the top rounded by a sea of girls who It was the longest 15 min- By labeling an interest as
position in 2006. were not even old enough to utes I’ll ever know. a guilty pleasure, a willing-
Journalism Association of In December, Dr. Anthony Gordon have gotten their periods yet. In the end, I refused to ness to fully enjoy that fea-
was approved to serve as the board’s This is where I must make place a purchase, but not ture is lost.
my regrettably sincere con- because I did not want it. After coming to terms
How to reach us president for the 2010 calendar year. fession: I am a Miley Cyrus Actually, it was the exact with myself, I can today con-
Phone: 510.235.7800 At CCC, students can pursue an asso- fan. opposite. fidently announce that I am a
ciate degree in African-American stud- Just to clarify, this does My refusal stemmed from Miley Cyrus fan.
E-mail: advocate@ ies. Clubs such as the Black Student not mean I have watched a the fact that I wanted to buy Since then, I have no lon-
contracosta.edu Union organize events to promote unity few episodes of her show her CD in the first place. ger felt any ounce of guilt for
gmail.com and instill pride amongst its student on the Disney channel or Ignoring the impulse to a subject that I enjoy.
leaders. worked up the nerve to watch buy it was the result of a In the end, if loving Miley
Editorial policy Black History Month is not just some- her movie. battle between my enjoy- is wrong, then I must refuse
Columns and editorial With my guard down, I ments in her music versus to be right.
cartoons are the opinion thing that celebrates previous accom-
of individual writers and plishments; it uses the past as a model admit that my fandom has my acceptance of that same
artists and not that of The
for future actions. gone quite beyond that. enjoyment. Asia Camagong is an
Advocate. Editorials reflect I cannot help but play one Liking her was never on associate editor of The
the majority opinion of the By acknowledging the present, we of her songs almost every my agenda. In fact, I often Advocate. Contact her at
Editorial Board, which is can continue to promote further change day at least five times con- tried to avoid it. acamagong.advocate@gmail.
made up of student editors.
in this country. secutively, singing each word Sure, her television show com.
What can the college do to better inform people about campus safety procedures?
“I think it would be a “Maybe they could “They could have “(We can) get a hold “I think that if they “To respect each stu-
good idea for them have events or have the teachers tell their of people through change any emergency dent by physically
to have fliers with the police aides talk to students to check online their e-mails. Text procedures or if some- informing us of what
emergency information, the students around and give them the Web messaging would be thing is going on, the procedures will con-
and it would be a good campus.” site and information good, or sending some college should be dili- tinue our safety by way
idea to have a mass they need.” sort of automatic voice gent with e-mailing and of instructors, mail or
text message system.” Aliana Garcia message.” notifying students.” Internet, and postings
undecided Sara Martin on campus.”
Chris Clausen early childhood education Ronrique Rodgers Heidi Delos Santos
MCHS automotive technology undecided Raequel Smith
CRYSTAL JOY BIS / THE ADVOCATE liberal arts
FORUM WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 l THE ADVOCATE 3
■ Advice ■ Body art
Piercings, tattoos reflect soul
T en: the number of pierc-
ings that I have acquired
the skin, quite similar, yet not
exactly the same as tattoos.
person as being bizarre or a
codymcfarland and kept through the years.
Sixteen: the number of
Bound feet, stretched
As time goes on, more
people will get more pierc-
Rude, hurtful times I have had a needle
thrust through my flesh when
scarred or Body art
ings. As time goes on, the
preconceived notions that
opinions not I include the ones I have
taken out or had to re-pierce. crystaljoybis skin can
all be seen will one day
take over people’s minds
when they see someone with
There are many forms inches crescent moon tattoo as ways large ear lobes or tattoo
of body art, and piercing is filled halfway with various to shape be fully sleeves will become few.
only one of many that I find symbols that represent who I and alter Body art will one day be
H e’s fat. She’s a cake face.
They’re a really ugly cou-
ple. We hear and say these
Not everyone understands,
however, the way I feel
am and what I love.
When I think about my
the human accepted and
piercings and tattoos and the turn a per- appreciated
fully accepted and appreci-
ated as a part of American
kinds of things every day, but toward body art. ones that are in store, I am son into Emptying my wallet,
I am unsure as to when or reminded of my values. I am a living, enduring pain through the
breathing as a part of
to what benefit and at whose
expense? if my fascination with body reminded of things I love. I healing process and a slim
“Well, I’m just being hon- art will end, but I do know am reminded that pain lingers work of chance of death due to
est.” that I will be committed to for only a short time, life art. American improper application and
Well, this is me just being taking care of and genuinely goes on and another piercing Though aftercare are insignificant
honest: that’s a cop-out, and loving each and every one or tattoo is due. some culture. downsides associated with
there is, quite frankly, a huge that is sure to come in the Body art has many differ- think that body art.
difference between being hon- future. ent meanings. those forms of modification Doing what pleases me,
est and being a jerk. As of yet, I only have It can sometimes symbol- are unsightly and cruel, it is even if it is out of the ordi-
For example, if in your piercings and tattoos. Other ize a person’s status in soci- not seen that way in many nary, is what makes me who
opinion a girl wears too much than both of my ear lobes ety, courage, a vow of love cultures. I am.
makeup, do not call her a being stretched to zero gaug- or just something that a per- They are rituals that have Thus, I will continue to
cake face. Doing so is unnec- es, I have six other piercings son wants to do for reasons been passed down from drain my wallet, stomach the
essary and insensitive. on my left ear, my right ear unspoken. ancestors and some will con- pain and conquer the risks.
Instead, tell her she does has one and I have two tat- Scarification, which tinue to be passed down for
not need as much makeup, as toos on my torso. ancient Maori people of New generations to come. Crystal Joy Bis is a
it mars her natural beauty. If My newest addition: a Zealand are known for, is Just because someone is staff photographer for The
you cannot find truth in the tongue piercing. My upcom- when ink is rubbed into fresh doing something different, Advocate. Contact her at
latter, do not resort to the for- ing addition: a 6 inches by 6 incisions that are carved into others may categorize that firstname.lastname@example.org.
mer; merely opt to keep your
opinion to yourself.
If she asks for your
thoughts, on the other hand,
give her the honest reply that
you do think she wears too
much makeup, and it would
be beneficial to her appear-
ance, in your opinion, to wear
less. This way, you speak
truthfully and avoid insulting
Awareness key CyberTipline that since its establish-
ment in 1998 has received more than
pay enough attention to those around
us, follow up on our instincts or
771,000 reports involving distribution
Such a comparison is
paralleled by the difference
between constructive criticism
to improving of child pornography and the online
enticement of children for sex acts,
intervene in potentially dangerous
The same holds true for sexual
children’s safety according to www.missingkids.org.
Organizations such as the
exploitation, of which there are
many categories, such as posses-
commentary of a person’s Klaaskids Foundation for Children sion, manufacture and distribution
thoughts and actions will only By Cassandra Juniel have been established as a means of of child pornography, child prosti-
serve to demean, deprecate SPOTLIGHT EDITOR learning how to better keep children tution, extra-familial child sexual
and anger them. safe through education, as well as molestation and online enticement of
You can point out a million here is nothing more heart- keep up-to-date on current and new children for sexual acts.
of their problems, but unless breaking than losing someone laws and what to do if faced with a Fortunately, there are many fed-
you offer counsel or some you love. kidnapping or exploitation. eral and state laws against these
form of sympathy, the only Added to this is the unfortunate act Young victim Polly Klaas, at the crimes, though not enough arrests
thing you have managed to do of losing a child by abduction. This age of 12, was kidnapped, raped and convictions of the perpetrators.
is add yourself to that list of causes the burden on parents of pon- and murdered. After her death, her Federal law prohibits “mislead-
problems. dering whether their child is injured, father, Marc Klaas, decided to create ing words or digital images on the
We were all told as kids dead or alive somewhere — for days, the organization to help keep other internet,” which states, “Whoever
that if you do not have any- weeks, months and, many times, children safe and to have available knowingly embeds words or digital
thing nice to say, do not years. resources to help curtail these crimes. images into the source code of a
say anything at all. Even in According to the FBI’s National A recent recovery that made Web site with the intent to deceive
adulthood, these instructions Crime Information Center, 85 to 90 national headlines involves Jaycee a minor into viewing material harm-
remain an axiom. percent of the 876,213 persons report- Dugard, who was abducted at the age ful to minors on the Internet shall be
Though everyone is enti- ed missing to America’s law enforce- of 10 from an area near her home. She fined under this title and imprisoned
tled to his or her own opinion, ment agencies in 2000 were juveniles. was found after 18 years of captiv- for not more than 20 years.”
you should not share if you The number of missing persons ity, being held against her will in the There are thousands of individu-
might hurt someone’s feelings reported to law enforcement increased back of the accused person’s home. It als exchanging information through
in doing so. from 154,341 in 1982 to 876,213 took an alert University of California social networking. Among these par-
In this sense, it is para- in 2000, an increase of 468 percent, campus security officer to follow up ticipators are individuals preying on
mount to choose words polite- according to the Klaaskids Foundation on her instincts that there was “some- the most vulnerable, cleverly seek-
ly with the person’s emotions for Children. thing not right with this picture.” ing chances of inviting themselves
in mind. Investigative teams from local And this is the way many of us into that person’s life.
The best route is to find a police departments have their hands should be if we notice someone or see Parents often allow their children
middle ground. In this case, full, following up on the many leads something suspicious. Yet, we are not open access to the Internet without
it is to word things in a way and tips received, but unfortunately doing all that we can to remain alert paying much attention to what they
that can be uplifting, or to thousands of cases remain open. and follow our instincts. are accessing. There are applications
euphemistically say some- It should also be noted that there This brings to mind a television readily available that block certain
thing if you choose to speak have also been many recoveries, commercial where a young girl and Web sites from their children, yet
on the subject at all. thanks to the police departments and a female adult are walking out of many parents do not take advantage
By no means am I suggest- other agencies and organizations a restaurant, with the adult talking of the help available.
ing that people should feel responsible for helping to find miss- with another as they (girl and adult) Are we paying enough attention
ashamed of their opinions or ing and exploited children. exit the restaurant. The exiting adult to what is happening with our chil-
lie about their feelings; sim- Since 1984, the National Center for is wearing a shirt that reads, “sex dren?
ply do not disclose them if Missing and Exploited Children has offender.” It is not too late.
you cannot find a way to be assisted law enforcement with more The little girl connects eyes with Let us do everything we can
constructive. than 162,000 missing child cases, the adult left in the restaurant, as to help our children remain safe,
If your opinion is rude or resulting in the recovery of more than though to say, “Are you paying atten- whether they are walking home from
hurtful and you do not deem 148,000 children. And since 1997, tion to this situation.” And, the adult school or sitting in front of their
it necessary to consider oth- the AMBER Alert program has been left in the restaurant stands there, computers. By doing so, we can save
ers’ feelings enough to even credited with the safe recovery of 495 reading the shirt but not doing any- ourselves from later heartbreak.
mildly censor yourself, then children. thing as a result.
your best bet is holding your There is also Believe it or not, many of us are Contact Cassandra Juniel at cju-
tongue. the guilty of doing this same thing. The email@example.com.
To those self-righteous abductor may not be as notice-
enough to entertain the idea able, yet, we
that their opinion, however do not
damaging it may be, is valued
as a necessary and unrelent-
ing truth, I assure you that
your piety is detrimental to
the development of affable
If the only connection you
care to make is someone’s
fist to your face, then go right
ahead in being “honest.”
I will be supporting social
growth and development
by offering kind words of
encouragement through con-
Cody McFarland is a staff
illustrator for The Advocate.
Contact him at cmcfarland.
JOEL ODE / THE ADVOCATE
4 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 CAMPUS BEAT
DVC placed on probation
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College on route “significant amounts of good work” Walters said. “It says that we have
in response to the commission’s rec- more work to do, and we are going to
“It’s important that the col-
lege (staff) really got in and did
Advocate’s Twitter account,
to accreditation ommendations and requirements, demonstrate in October that we have
including such areas continued our work
this work together,” Walters said.
“Communication within the college
as communication and done the things has greatly improved since the com-
Newsline By Holly Pablo
and collaboration and “Communication that we said we were
student learning out-
comes (SLOs). within the
going to do.”
Walters said that
mission’s (first) visit.”
Since the accredited status of
the institution continues during pro-
Diablo Valley College is one step The next step in college has greatly credit is due to the bation, Walters said that students
■ CAMPUS LIFE closer to regaining full accredita- the process toward passionate DVC should not worry about the credibil-
tion, since being moved from being reaffirmed improved since administrators and ity of their transcripts.
Clubs recruit “show-cause” to “probation” by
the Accrediting Commission for
involves respond- the commission’s staff who have
ing with a follow- worked tirelessly to
Governing Board President
Anthony Gordon said the board is
members Community and Junior Colleges.
The lesser degree of sanction was
up report before the
(first) visit.” address the college’s
pleased that DVC has been moved
up to “probation” and looks forward
Contra Costa College reached in response to an evalua- A team from the Judy Walters, It is important to to seeing the report in January.
and the ASU will be host- tion on Nov. 4, in which an assess- ACCJC will return Diablo Valley College president recognize that since As one of the top-rated transfer
ing Club Rush today and ment team praised the college for that same month, and working to create the schools in California and the county,
Thursday from 10 a.m. to its improvements since receiving the upon further assessment, the institu- “show cause” follow-up report sub- he said, “DVC is still the great col-
2 p.m. Those interested in lowest rating possible by the com- tion may regain its full accreditation mitted to the commission in October lege that it’s always been.”
joining or starting a new club mission in November 2008, DVC as early as January 2011, Walters 2009, the college community has
are encouraged to attend. President Judy Walters said. said. epitomized the enthusiastic changes Contact Holly Pablo at hpablo.
She said the ACCJC noted that the “‘Probation’ is probably the best needed in transparency, culture and firstname.lastname@example.org.
college had complied and completed place we could be at this point,” collaboration on campus, she said.
ASU to sell
The ASU will be host-
Cook-off | Strong team efforts Phones
ing a Valentine’s Day Candy ■ FROM: Page 1 Some guests were so satisfied nary arts students can do. ■ FROM: Page 1
Gram fundraiser Thursday event, Sharkes said. Each team with the food that they returned to “I believe this will showcase intended for contacting Police Services in
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. had to de-bone their own chicken the line for seconds. what we can do, in hopes that we the event of an emergency, such as reporting
For more information, and de-shell their own crab. “My favorite dish would be can sell more lunches,” Tokarski suspicious activities and life-threatening or
contact the ASU at 510-235- “We had to get our chicken de- the ‘Sea-in-the-chicken,’” Middle said. hazardous emergencies.
7800, ext. 4237. boned and remove the meat from College High School student Sharkes said students worked The Code Blue centers absorb sunlight to
30 crab shells. It was a team effort Diana Rajabi said. “All of the on their ideas by tasting and power the phones by transmitting energy into
that came out well,” culinary arts dishes had flavor, but this one reworking their recipes through- an internal battery. When the “help” button
student Hugo Panuco, Jr. said. “I had the most flavor for crab and out the week. is pressed, the call is sent to campus police
■ BSU hope we have a strong, successful chicken.” The reason for choosing chick- and by being able to speak with authorities
Event honors event. All of the guests enjoyed the
food, and hopefully it’s a strong
Culinary arts professor Tom
Tokarski said he wanted the event
en and crab was clear.
“I was able to get the two items
directly, problems can be addressed quickly.
Since the Code Blue installations more
than five years ago, Oliveira said that because
start for the new semester.” to be a sellout, to put the students for the right price,” Sharkes said.
The restaurant was filled to through the competition so that each person has a different definition of an
capacity for the entire competi- they can get used to showing off Contact Dariush Azmoudeh emergency, many calls are pranks or service-
A celebration orga- tion. Before the event began, lines their skills, as well as the custom- at dazmoudeh.advocate@gmail. related, such as vehicle troubles or problems
nized by the Black Student formed outside of the room. ers getting a taste of what the culi- com. with the permit parking machines.
Union (BSU) will be held in Terstegge said, “The (Code Blue phones)
honor of African-American are used quite frequently to assist people,
History Month on Thursday although most of the time it was not an
Budget | Cuts Wright
from 7-9 p.m. appropriate use of the machine.”
For more information, Outside of CCC’s normal service hours,
contact the BSU at 510-235- such as between the hours of 10:30 p.m.
7800, ext. 4237. and early morning, calls are automatically
transferred out to the Richmond Regional
But we’re always hopeful Dispatch Center,
and will continue to meet our Wright Terstegge said.
CrimeWatch mission statement of helping
students meet their educa-
is regaining his
Oliveira sent a “Under most
tional goals.” strength through on Jan. 27, inform- circumstances
Wednesday, Jan. 20 ■ FROM: Page 1 A positive highlight daily physical ther- ing faculty and staff (solar energy)
Suspect was detained, State University and of the proposed budget apy at a rehabilita- of the issues.
cited and released for pos- University of California lev- includes $126 million to tion hospital. Also, prior to is a really
session of marijuana at the els, the district is preparing fund enrollment growth of restoration, the
Bus Transfer Center. to face the worst. approximately 26,000 new towering kiosks
“We’re already down to full-time students, according ■ FROM: Page 1 displayed printouts except for
Tuesday, Jan. 26 a bare-bones to the Community stronger every day and his spirits are very with directions to
Subject was escorted out budget,” CCC College League of good.” call Police Services when you have
of the Gymnasium. P r e s i d e n t “We’re already California. Wright is able to move his toes, legs, via the red phones long periods of
A victim reported the theft McKinley down to a Murillo said hands and shoulders, she said, and doctors in the nearest cam-
of his vehicle from campus. Williams said. this particular believe that the swelling in his spine will take pus building. no sunlight.”
An automobile burglary “(Mid-year bare-bones aspect of the pro- six months to a year to heal. Child develop-
was reported. cuts) will be
budget. posal is unlikely The diagnosis comes as a relief, Wright’s ment major Sadie Teddy Terstegge,
an additional to happen, how- mother said, since doctors were initially district emergency services
Jimenez said that
Thursday, Jan. 28 burden on (Mid-year ever, due to a lack unsure if he would regain movement after the in her two years
Subject was stopped for
We’ll have to cuts) will be of funding. be“It would
injuries incurred at the Sept. 5 season opener
at home that paralyzed the freshman player
attending CCC, she
a traffic violation, and it was has never needed to use the kiosks, primar-
determined that his license start prioritiz- an additional nice, but we don’t from the neck down. ily because her first instinct in an emergency
ing what we think that’s fea- During the first play, he collided helmet-
consider most burden on the sible because we
was suspended. Subject was would be to use her mobile phone.
detained, cited and released. to-helmet with a Los Medanos College run- While Jimenez believes this is also true
Subject was stopped for important.” college.” don’t see how ning back, fracturing Wright’s neck in two of many of her colleagues, the kiosks are a
a traffic violation, and it was According they could give places and resulting in the swelling of his good safety precaution for students that do
determined that the driver to Kindred McKinley Williams, us more growth spinal cord. not have mobile phones, Jimenez said.
was unlicensed. Subject was Murillo, vice Contra Costa College money,” she said. He was taken to John Muir Medical The kiosks are located in various loca-
cited and released. chancellor of president Administrators Center in Walnut Creek, where he success- tions on campus where faculty, staff and
districtwide at both the college fully underwent two major surgeries. On students frequently walk or drive through,
Sunday, Jan. 31 administrative services, the and district levels believe Sept. 7, surgeons inserted pins into his neck including the Mills Drive entrance to the col-
Subject was stopped for “rainy day” reserve funds that budget cuts are not a to secure the fractures, which have since fully lege, near the tennis courts and outside of the
a traffic violation, and it accumulated by the district wise move to make, particu- healed, and a tracheotomy was performed to Student Activities Building.
was determined the driver may not last much longer. larly when the economy is assist Wright in breathing and speaking. The single electrical-powered Code Blue
was unlicensed. Subject was “By June (2009), we had still making progress toward Piola said that since Sept. 20, when she center is located between the walkway of
cited and released. $11.5 million, and it was recovery. was first informed that he was able to move the Humanities Building and Computer
reduced by $7.9 million this “(At community colleg- his shoulders, she has been overjoyed with Technology Center. While this kiosk was not
Monday, Feb. 1 year,” she said. “(The dis- es), we educate people for positive prognoses such as his Sept. 28 relo- adversely affected by the weather, the dis-
Student was contacted for trict) will know how much jobs and transfer education,” cation to the rehabilitation facility. trict’s inclination to purchase solar-powered
causing a disturbance. It was we need to reduce our bud- Williams said. “It’s vital for Though it is a long journey and her son devices originated from what was cost-effi-
determined that he was men- get for 2010-11 by the end students at risk. is not able to breathe completely on his own cient and environmentally friendly, Terstegge
tally unable to care for him- of February. We’re in as good “We provide them with yet, he can go a half-day without the use of a said.
self and was hospitalized. of shape as anybody else in safety nets, and it becomes ventilator, Piola said. Since some of the kiosks are located in
A burglary was reported. the state.” devastating to those who When he fully recovers, Wright is planning remote areas, he said, running power lines
An officer responded to a Among the proposed cuts need them most,” he said. on returning to his hometown of Pasadena, would have required digging through trench-
medical report in the Student include suspending the com- Murillo said the possible where the bulk of his family resides. es, cutting through paving and pathways and
Services Center. The victim petitive Cal grant program. budget cuts are a “terrible Wright celebrated his 26th birthday and other costly constructional needs would have
was transported to Doctors In addition, $10 million solution.” the birth of his daughter, Walia, on Jan. 27. likely arose.
Medical Center. would be reduced from the “If you look at how much “He is very happy that he has a baby girl,” The only reason for running electrical
An officer responded to EOPS budget. it costs to educate a student Piola said. “It’s his first child and she’s his phones would be because the area is predom-
a medical report in the Gym EOPS, which served at a community college and motivation to get better.” inantly covered in shadow due to building
Annex Building. The victim 1,201 CCC students in compare it to the UCs and Athletic trainer Brian Powelson said that positioning and other sunlight obstructions,
declined medical attention. 2008-09, is expecting to CSUs, we do a lot of edu- although the injury occurred within the first such as tall trees.
serve between 800 and 850 cating at very little cost,” play of the season, Wright was “definitely “Under most circumstances, (solar
— Diana Reyes students in 2009-10, despite she said. “When you take determined to do well in football.” energy) is a really great thing, except for
being capped at 525 students away money, you’re taking Quarterback Don Miguel Tutass said that when you have long periods of no sunlight,”
due to budget cuts from the away an education opportu- of the team’s visits to the facility, Wright has Terstegge said.
previous year. nity from people who can’t “high hopes and good energy”. “We’re glad to have them,” he said. “The
Correction “I think (cuts would be) afford college.”
the wrong decision,” EOPS
“He was joking, he was laughing and
making good of the situation he is in,” Tutass
district is looking into ways to prevent this
problem in the future.”
Manager Vicki Ferguson Contact Lauren said.
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a photo of Emma Payton was
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Haiti | Top basketball teams play for a cause
The Advocate regrets this
■ FROM: Page 1 principals and we also contacted donated, General Manager Becky Pekasky said that although the turn-
of the youth members agreed to take other youth groups,” he said. “We Rojas said. out was low, the organization is still
on the project and sought help from raised over $1,000.” “What the kids are doing is great,” happy with whatever amount of
the West County Times in order to The Richmond Courtyard she said. “(And) the fact that they money it could get.
promote the event. Marriott contributed by providing came up with the resources them-
“We went out and spread the word rooms for the visiting teams. selves is also great.” Contact Diana Reyes at dreyes.
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CAMPUS BEAT WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 l THE ADVOCATE 5
Tips, advice shop by describing some of
the history of the scholarship
given during foundation at the college.
Cox said, “Linda Cherry
writing forum was really good at explaining
the scholarship process.”
After Cherry’s speech,
By Alexandra Waite McClain took over the sec-
STAFF WRITER ond half of the workshop.
In her lecture, McClain
Focused on giving stu- drilled into students’ heads
dents the skills to write good the concept of being con-
scholarship application letters cise, precise and unambigu-
and informing them about ous when writing scholar-
the opportunities currently ship letters.
available through the col- “Clutter is the disease of GEORGE MORIN / THE ADVOCATE
lege Foundation, the schol- American writing,” McClain Imparting advice — English professor Barbara McClain explains the process for writing a successful
arship workshop held in the said, quoting writing teacher scholarship essay at a workshop in the Fireside Room Friday. More than 30 students were present to seize
Fireside Room Wednesday William Zinsser. the opportunity to better understand the application process. The next workshop will be held on Feb. 17.
attracted nearly 33 eager and One piece of advice that
interested students. resonated throughout the major Modupe Onafowode know about the scholarships good turnout of students. Feb. 17.
“I think it went fabu- workshop was, “The only said. “I wasn’t able to com- that are available, Cox said. “It was good to know “I just encourage the stu-
lously well,” Scholarship way to know you won’t win plete the applications before, Culinary arts major Djana that people pay attention to dents to come by the office
Coordinator Jimmy Cox said. a scholarship is to not apply,” because I was unsure of how Kirkland said, “People stress these fliers and e-mails, and and see me,” Cox said. “I’m
“It was packed and students Cox said. to fill it out.” out about how to get money. really want to better them- available every Wednesday
asked a lot of questions.” Many students found the In past years, scholar- These workshops are a good selves,” she said. “I think through March 15, and I
The speakers at the work- workshop to be helpful and ships were important, but way for students to start (these workshops) should be dedicate the day to helping
shop included Cox, Senior informative. now with the state budget, producing money instead of done more often. I think they students.”
Foundation Director Linda “Now I have a clear idea college is becoming more depending on a government should be advertised more;
Cherry and English profes- about what I need to do for expensive, jobs are more dif- program to give it to them.” it’s very important.” Contact Alexandra Waite
sor Barbara McClain. the next time I apply for ficult to come by and it is Onafowode said she The next scholarship at awaite.advocate@gmail.
Cherry started the work- scholarships,” kinesiology really important that students thought there was a pretty workshop will be held on com.
Sinkhole threatens parking lot, students
Projected funds show while the cost for repairs undergoes discus-
semester, King said, Lot 16, a relatively
small lot located on Campus Drive near the
“Normally, (Lot 16) was a
possible road closure Yet, with increasing enrollment at the
college, cutbacks in available parking spaces
Art Building and Early Learning Center, is
“definitely unsafe.” last resort when I could not
could consequently lead to crowded lots, Damages, caused by water sinking
By Asia Camagong increasing the difficulty for students to get beneath the pavement and making the sur- find parking. It is going to be
ASSOCIATE EDITOR to their classes. face sink, consist of erosions and cracks in a lot harder to find parking
“I would like to see (a new) parking lot, the roadway as deep as 6 inches, King said.
Faced with road damages and a growing but money drives the decisions,” Buildings The lot poses a safety risk for students to spots (with it closed).”
sinkhole threatening the safety of drivers on and Grounds Manager Bruce King said. walk and drive on, especially for those taking
campus, Lot 16 has been closed indefinitely, Since its closing at the start of the spring evening classes that may not be able to see Justin Cox,
where they are going, he said. student
Constructed on the slope of a hill, Lot 16
could not only collapse, but also potentially drive to school.
landslide into Lot 17, if left unfixed, King “It is the most, least used parking lot in
said. the college,” Maga said.
Vice President Carol Maga said that with While most can alternatively park at Lot
all the recent rain caused by the winter sea- 17, some students say that those spaces
son, the lot is sitting “in a land of clay soil.” are quick to be filled, especially during the
After meeting with geotechnical and civil morning.
engineers to assess the issue at the beginning “Normally, (Lot 16) was a last resort
of the month, King said the estimated cost when I could not find parking,” student
for repair is $150,000, and the number could Justin Cox said. “It is going to be a lot harder
possibly increase. to find parking spots (with it closed).”
The expenses cover the projected price Student Mike Johnson said that if Lot
of repairs and maintenance to the lot, King 16 were permanently closed to students, it
said, such as light poles, new drainage, road would pose an inconvenience.
repaving and a reinforced wall separating “It is going to take some extreme maneu-
Lots 16 and 17. vering to find a parking spot,” he said.
Should the funds exceed the available Johnson said the shutdown could affect
dollars within the college budget, Lot 16 one’s schedule, forcing students to plan more
might instead be turned into a landscape, amount of time to get to school.
Maga said. Maga said, until a set price is sent to the
“(Lot 16) is not really a crucial parking college, it is unknown whether or not the
lot with its seemingly lack of strong use, future of Lot 16 will be a revised parking lot
(and it) seems like we could close it without or landscape.
really much effect,” she said.
Administrators feel that the closing of Lot Contact Asia Camagong at acamagong.
16 will have little impact on students that email@example.com.
6 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 SPOTLIGHT
T HE A DVOCATE ’ S
extols TRIBUTE TO B LACK
H ISTOR Y M ONTH
Period honors did for this country,” student
Simone Foster said.
the collective February was a fitting
month to choose as Black
efforts of all History Month, accord-
ing to www.infoplease.
com, because it marks
By Lamar James other significant
NEWS EDITOR African-American
Throughout February, It is the birth
Black History Month com- month of abolition-
memorates and celebrates ist Frederick
the achievements of promi- Douglass,
nent African-American fig- the month
ures throughout history. that the 15th
Carter G. Woodson, Amendment
who first began to observe of the U.S.
African-American contribu- Constitution
tions to the country, found- was passed,
ed Black History Month in g i v i n g
Woodson realized at a Americans the
young age that the contribu- right to vote,
tions of African-American and it was in
people were overshadowed, February 1909
so he began to change this that the National
with the celebration of Negro Association
History Week. for the
According to www.info- Advancement of
please.com, the second week Colored People
in February was chosen to (NAACP) was
N e g r o “To move forward,
we must understand our
past,” Liberal, Applied
Health, Vocational Training
and Athletics Division Dean
ognition for Terence Elliott said. “And
significant Traditions that is an important
A f r i c a n - continued element of Black
A m e r i c a n Black History History Month,
figures and Month shows is understand-
their contri- just how far ing and
butions to we have come knowing our JAMES HECK/ THE ADVOCATE
A m e r i c a n in race rela- past, so that we can begin to here on campus. This According to www. line, resulting in the creation American) history from the
h i s t o r y . tions and move forward to the future.” was the same year the presi- contracosta.edu/archives, of special on-campus pro- beginning of Africa and not
N e g r o just how far According to www.con- dent of the local NAACP the college offered its first grams. as slaves,” she said.
H i s t o r y we continue tracosta.edu/archives, black chapter, Reverend Booker African-American history And in 1999, Chancellor Foster said history has an
W e e k to progress history and civil rights have T. Anderson, also spoke to course in 1967. It was titled Helen Benjamin became the impact on the way “we see
was later toward true been a part of this campus as students. History 123, The Negro in first African-American to ourselves.”
e x t e n d e d equality. early as the 1960s. President McKinley U.S. History. serve as the president of the “The more you know
and became On Feb. 14, 1964, noted Williams said, “We celebrate Black Panther Eldridge college. about history, the better
B l a c k
History page 2 civil rights leader Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. gave a speech
diversity here on campus,
and Black History Month is
Cleaver and Peace and
Freedom Party leader Dick
“We should celebrate cul-
ture on a campus as diverse as
equipped you are in dealing
with some of today’s issues,”
Month. in Contra Costa College just another opportunity to Gregory both spoke on cam- this one,” African-American she said.
“Black History Month Gymnasium. celebrate diversity.” pus in 1968. studies Chairwoman Carolyn
is a great way to educate On May 3, 1966, civil CCC wants to make sure In 1969, the Black Student Hodge said. Contact Lamar James
people about the great things rights leader Stokley it honors and values the dif- Union (BSU) organized and “We must remem- at ljames.advocate@gmail.
African-American people Carmichael spoke to students ferences on campus, he said. started an informal picket ber to celebrate (African- com.
African-American quilts, history shared
Art showcase for 14 years, features vari-
ous pieces of work made by
offers glimpse more than 60 local artists of
African descent available for
into culture purchase.
Sande said, “As a black
(person), it is really impor-
By Asia Camagong tant we support each other’s
ASSOCIATE EDITOR artistic (work).”
The artists, residing in
Nestled on Barrett Avenue areas such as Richmond,
in Richmond are open gal- Oakland, Vallejo, Sacramento
leries inviting audiences to and many other California
embrace a worldwide culture regions, provide viewers
and immerse themselves in with “a sense of ownership,”
the work of their local com- Watson said.
munity. While most galleries are
“(The artwork) gives you associated with the “greater
some insight into your own metropolitan area,” the art
life,” visi- center brings
tor Kokoye together the
Sande said. “It’s important c o m m u n i t y
In its 74th by showcas-
anniversary, (for people) to see ing works
the Richmond what their neigh- done by art-
Art Center is ists within the
showcasing bors are doing. region, she
the annual This provides a said.
Art of Living “ I t ’ s
Black exhibit conduit between important (for
as well as the high (art) and people) to see
ROMAN YOUNG / THE ADVOCATE
Amazing what their
W o n d e r s : local community.” n e i g h b o r s Weaving history — Dr. Patricia Turner, UC Davis professor of African-American studies, explains the ori-
Quilts by are doing,” gins and significance of the intricate quilts in the Amazing Wonders: Quilts by African-Americans of the
African- Tracy Watson, Watson said. Northern California Region exhibit held at the Richmond Art Center Saturday.
Americans of administrative director and “This pro-
the Northern volunteer coordinator vides a con- imagery that quilters, from codes sewn onto quilts during ranging from mixed media, our work, people can get into
California duit between the past and present, put into the days of the Underground paint, pastel, clay and more. our heads.”
Region and Quilting the the high (art) and local com- their work to transform func- Railroad, he was inspired by “People will get exposed Audiences are encour-
Patch until March 13, giv- munity.” tionality into a unit of art. the work on display. to more materials,” visitor aged and invited to attend
ing viewers the chance to The art center also houses Quilts on the wall deco- “There’s a lot of human Kati Casida said. “They’ll the gallery.
experience artwork through Amazing Wonders, a display rated with solid colors such values that are represented learn about so many more Artist receptions will be
the eyes of their fellow com- of more than 30 handmade as black, brown and gray, in these quilts,” Fisher said. materials that make art.” Feb. 20 from 3-5 p.m. and
munity members. quilts done by men and as well as vibrant ones as “We don’t want to lose the Casida, a member of the Feb. 27 from 1-3 p.m.
“We’re being a mirror as women of all ages. green, yellow and red, pre- tradition.” Pacific Rim Sculptor Group, Watson said, “(The art-
opposed to a big lens,” said Dr. Patricia Turner, UC sented how “art inspires and As a third feature, visi- said the exhibit showcased ists) are creating works as a
Tracy Watson, administra- Davis professor of African- lifts you up,” she said. tors can also come to see “work with good quality and collection of the community
tive director and volunteer American studies, made a “The people who leave Quilting the Patch, a series fine pieces.” (that people) can actually
coordinator. “This is how we presentation on Feb. 6 that here today have had their of digital art pieces done by “A piece says a lot about identify with.”
see ourselves.” told the history of quilting senses massaged by color,” students from Sacramento the life of an artists and how
The Art of Living Black, and its role in black history. Turner said. High School. they like to work,” she said. Contact Asia
a Bay Area exhibition that Turner brought to detail Visitor Bob Fisher said, The free exhibition show- “An artist has a world of Camagong at acamagong.
has been organized annually the use of color, shape and while knowing tales of secret cases a variety of media, (their) own. When we show firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPORTS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 l THE ADVOCATE 7
game fails 67-53 loss
to be super
Missed shots, their match at home against
W hat is that one Mendocino College (6-15
time of the year miscues doom overall, 6-7 in the BVC)
that comes after press time
when family and friends
can gather together, sit Comet squad Tuesday, to secure a bid in
around the television, “If we win three (of the
drink beers and forget By Alec Surmani four left as of Monday), we
about their diets? That’s ASSOCIATE EDITOR will probably get in,” coach
right — the Super Bowl. Paul DeBolt said. “(But) if
The game of the year, Of the nine times this we finish behind Merritt (in
however, does not live season when the women’s the BVC), we won’t get in.”
up to all its hype. basketball team scored fewer The Comets will have
than 60 points in a game, it plenty to work on in prepa-
So there I was, sit- has won only one. Friday’s ration for a strong finish,
ting down watching match against Laney College sophomore guard Savannah
the Super Bowl game was not that game. Stewart said, as they went 7-
on Sunday between the Missed shots and miscues for-20 at the free throw line
New Orleans Saints and prevented the Comets from and struggled to pull down
the Indianapolis Colts, building any sustainable rebounds against the Eagles.
and I begin to realize flow in the Oakland gymna- “You (have to) remem-
how much the Super sium, allowing the Eagles to ber the basic fundamental
Bowl seems to be so dominate the stuff, and we
mundane over the past second half didn’t do that
and snatch a ScoreBoard tonight,” she
67-53 victory said.
The game always to extend their Eagles 67 From the
seems to be scripted, as winning streak Comets 53 opening tip-
the team that everyone to 14 games. off, both teams
seems to root for wins in L a n e y Next game: traded baskets
some dramatic fashion. (20-5 overall, Friday at Merritt, and turnovers,
Don’t get me wrong. 12-1 in the 5:30 p.m. creating a
I like to see a surprising Bay Valley close game for
finish. But after awhile, Conference) much of the
ran a full-court first half. SAM ATTAL / THE ADVOCATE
it begins to get boring, pressure defense against Eagle forwards would One step closer — Comet point guard Aleah Bridges drives toward the basket,
especially when it is Contra Costa College (15-9 slash to the basket and dodging Laney forward Gabrielle Davis during Contra Costa College’s 67-53
the team that is the fan overall, 7-5 in the BVC) for receive the ball low in the loss to the Eagles on Friday at Oakland.
favorite. most of the game, rattling post, making for easy points.
It seemed to have all the Comet guards and forc- In response, the Comets as kind to CCC. shots and finished with 11 points).”
started after Super Bowl ing hurried decisions. would nail 3-pointers and “They came out more points, falling short of her Despite the convincing 14-
XLII between the New “When we were being make strong drives to the hungry,” Hunt said. conference-leading season point loss, Stewart remained
York Giants and the patient, it was working,” hoop of their own. Laney burst out to a 6-0 average of 23.2 per game. optimistic about their team’s
New England Patriots, sophomore guard Zenaia Down 27-24 near the end run, led by forward Shonetta Yet, CCC’s collective postseason chances.
as the Giants were the Hunt said. “When we of the period, CCC gave up Crain-Williams who netted effort, including a game-high “We just can’t lose anoth-
rushed, we couldn’t get in two straight field goals, leav- 17 points in the game. 18 points from Hunt, could er game,” Stewart said. “All
underdogs and won the good rhythm on offense.” ing the team behind seven The Comets’ own go-to not stop Laney from gain- these are important.”
game on a dramatic Aiming to keep playoff points with just over two scorer, 2008-09 conference- ing momentum. The Eagles The last time CCC scored
scoring drive. hopes alive following this minutes left. MVP Kenyanna “K.K.” continued to build their lead fewer than 60 points in a
The NFL and the tele- conference loss, fourth-place Sophomore guard Lynette Martin, who sat out much through impressive strings, game was on Jan. 13 in its
vision company hosting CCC will travel to Oakland Walker knocked down three of the first period due to foul such as their 9-1 run with last-minute 52-53 loss to
the Super Bowl plan up once again, this time to play shots in a row, however, to trouble, emerged from the roughly 12 minutes remain- Mendocino, the very team it
these dramatic scenarios third-place Merritt College offset the Eagles’ offensive locker room cold. ing in the game. hoped to defeat Tuesday.
to draw in fans and gar- (10-11 overall, 8-4 in the production and bring the Missing her first three “(The Comets) struggle
ner money from them. BVC) on Thursday at 5:30 Comets to within three at field goals, Martin took to stop teams,” DeBolt said. Contact Alec Surmani at
p.m. The Comets have three halftime, 33-30. awhile to warm up. She “We have to hunker down asurmani.advocate@gmail.
Also, the Super Bowl games left, not including The second half was not eventually sank some late and hold teams (to fewer com.
has become less of an
actual game and more
of a marathon of corny
new commercials adver-
tising the same stuff
the average commercial
Lack of defense earns 7-4 defeat
Studies show that the
30-second commercials Rosa today at 2 p.m. Barahana couldn’t handle allowing CCC’s four runs in the game.
By Malcolm Lastra The first inning of Friday’s game DiPaola and outfielder Evan Warner “Williams is swinging the bat real
shown during the Super SPORTS EDITOR began well for CCC as it was able to make it to first and third base. good (for us) right now,” Webb said.
Bowl register about $3 to get on base on its first at-bat Infielder Tony Cooper hit a single “We may have to drop him down
million per showing, Seven costly errors from the with a double from outfielder Javan to bring in DiPaola. Shortly after, the lineup if other players don’t step
giving the television defense proved to get the best of Williams. Williams Warner stole second up.”
company tons of money. the men’s baseball team, as it fell to was then able to steal base and scored off a The game started to switch
Sunday’s game Cañada College 7-4 at Comet Field a base, and with the ScoreBoard single from outfielder momentum in the sixth inning, as
proved to me to be very Friday. addition of a single Robert Scott. CCC gave up two scores to Cañada
well acted, as on the The Comets (0-2 overall, 0-0 in from infielder Ronald Colts 7 CCC responded outfielders Tim Rivera and Scott,
Colts’ offensive drive to the Bay Valley Conference) displayed Morris that brought in Comets 4 back to Cañada in the caused by a dropped ball from the
productive batting against the Colts Williams, the Comets bottom of the third defense and another wild pitch from
make a comeback and (1-1 overall, 0-0 in the Coast Pacific were able to get their inning, through a triple Tramble.
win the game quarter- Next game:
Division) throughout the game. Its first run. Today at Santa from Williams, a single The Comets fell apart in the sev-
back Peyton Manning defense could not match its own “We should have from outfielder Thomas enth inning, dropping two balls and
throws an obvious pass Rosa, 2 p.m.
offense over the course of the game, blew into the game Schwartz and a double another wild pitch from Tramble,
that the Saint defensive however, as Contra Costa College in the first inning,” from infielder Ronnie giving him a total of four. This led to
back telegraphed to made several fielding mistakes to Webb said. “We Arnold, which brought three runs for the Colts, giving them
intercept the ball and give Cañada the victory. should have put the ball in play and home Schwartz and Williams and a 7-4 lead.
return it for a touch- “You’re not going to win with got in scoring position.” gave the Comets a 3-2 lead. “Our defense was horrible
down to win the game. seven errors, no matter how many The third inning proved rough The Comets continued to pour (today),” Tramble said. “We have
hits you get,” coach Marvin Webb for the Comets, as pitcher Wesley on the offensive intensity in the way too much talent to be playing
As soon as the replay said. “We just have to give a little Tramble gave up a hit to the Colts fifth inning, with Williams hitting like this.”
was shown, one can more effort to get the win.” on a single from outfielder David a single, stealing his second base
clearly see that Manning CCC will look to rebound against DiPaola. Tramble then threw a of the game and running home on Contact Malcolm Lastra at
in some way intention- Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa wild pitch which catcher Sebastian a sacrifice fly ball. He had three of email@example.com.
ally threw a bad pass
to give the fan favorite
Saints the victory.
If this is true, then
the NFL and television
company should serious-
Women’s Basketball (Feb. 5 )
SportShort Game of
ly stop with the dramatic
finishes where the popu-
Laney College (67)
Bashir 1-3 0-0 2, Shula 2-10 0-0 6, Davis 2-4 0-2 5,
Rollins 1-3 1-2 3, Bradley 3-9 4-5 12, Booker 1-4 0-0 Comets’ comeback win the Week
lar team wins and use of
continues playoff hopes
3, Giles 0-0 0-0 0, Crowell 4-6 0-0 8, Pettus 0-0 0-0 0,
Crain-Williams 7-8 3-6 17, Alston 2-4 0-0 4, Larkin 4-6
0-0 8. Totals 27-57 8-15 67. Women’s basketball
and just show a regular Contra Costa College (53) The men’s basketball team was able to keep its Contra Costa College
game as one would see Gipson 0-1 0-0 0, Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Montgomery 1-5
0-0 3, Bridges 2-4 0-2 4, Stewart 0-2 0-1 0, Hunt 5-9 playoff hopes alive with a comeback 68-62 win over VS.
on any other Sunday. 4-7 18, Aquino 1-4 2-2 5, Martin 5-10 1-6 11, Williams College of Alameda Friday.
Despite my personal 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 5-7 0-1 10, Farinas 1-1 0-0 2, Love
“We came out strong,” assistant coach Glen Merritt College
0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 7-20 53.
wishes toward the Super Graham said. “Everybody was playing hard.”
Bowl, I know that the Laney — Shula 2, Davis 1, Booker 1. Contra Costa College will look to maintain its When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
NFL and television Contra Costa — Hunt 4, Montgomery 1, Aquino 1. momentum going into next game against Merritt Where: Oakland
company will continue College in Oakland Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Laney — None. Contra Costa — None. Although the Comets came out playing strong, Records: CCC 15-9 overall, 7-5 in the BVC.
to do whatever it is they Merritt 10-11 overall, 8-4 in the BVC.
they began to struggle from that point on, trailing the
are doing to draw in
audiences to get money, Schedule Cougars 32-31 at the end of the first half.
With CCC still struggling entering the second half, Background: The women’s basketball team
and I will be forced to Women’s basketball Graham called a timeout to motivate the team with seeks a victory against conference-rival
continue to watch these at Merritt, Thursday 5:30 p.m. a speech to regain its composure in honor of coach Merritt College in order to increase its chance
vs. Napa, Feb. 17 5:30 p.m.
overdramatic, predict- Miguel Johnson’s mother, who died last week. of reaching the playoffs. The Comets currently
able games. Men’s basketball In order to shut down the Cougars’ perimeter
at Merritt, Thursday 7:30 p.m.
vs. Napa, Feb. 17 7:30 p.m. players, the Comets switched to a zone defense which trail the Thunderbirds by one game in the Bay
Malcolm Lastra is helped them win the game. Valley Conference. Merritt lost the past two
a sports editor of The at Santa Rosa, today 2 p.m. Graham said it was an important victory, not just meetings this season against CCC, 73-46 and
vs. Mission, Feb. 19 2 p.m. because they needed to win, but also of the attitude 76-58. The Comets hope to sweep the series
Softball shown by his players who had to fight back from a with a third win.
him at mlastra. vs. Taft, Tuesday 1 p.m. (DH) late deficit.
firstname.lastname@example.org. at Monterey, Feb. 18 1 p.m. (DH) — Malcolm Lastra
— Hilberth Diaz Ibarra
8 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 SCENE
‘Community’ shows Jeff, who has to return to college
after the Colorado Bar Association
relatable school life finds out his bachelor’s degree
is “less than legitimate.” Having
“Percy By Dariush Azmoudeh a degree from Columbia, he
Jackson SPORTS EDITOR explains to his counselor that
& the he now “needs to get one from
Olympians: It has been made known on America.”
The television that a college life is While in school, Jeff meets a
Lightning fun, but no program has ever woman in his Spanish class named
Thief” (PG) illustrated life at a community Britta. Looking to score a date, he
college until NBC’s new comedy invites her to study with him for
“Valentine’s “Community.” their Spanish class.
Day” The show follows a study
When she arrives, however,
group of seven people at she brings along fellow classmate
“Wolfman” Greendale Community College Abed to study with
(R) in Colorado with students of them, and soon
different age groups, such as a tvreview after more people
DVDs few fresh out of high school, a
middle-aged woman and a senior
join to make a
study group of
citizen. seven. The group
The group also varies with includes a former
characters with different person- “Community” high school star
alities, which give most of the ★★★★★ quarterback, Troy,
audience a character to relate to. McHale, Chevy a preppy school
“Community” is a show that Chase, Danny girl, Annie, a
is funny, especially for students Pudi divorced middle-
who would like to see community Time slot:
New college taken in a comedic way. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Shirley, a high SPECIAL TO / THE ADVOCATE
releases: The actors capture their charac- Genre: Comedy school dropout Chasing education — Chevy Chase (left) plays senior citizen student
“The Time ters nicely to put on a great show. who decides to Pierce Hawthorne in NBC’s comedy “Community.” Revolving around
Traveler’s The program consists of sever- return to college in students at a community college, it airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Wife” al actors already known for their her late 20s, Britta, awkward or nonsensical. Chang, who gives himself the
(PG-13) comedic roles in other shows, and Abed, the pop culture junkie Dean Craig Pelton tries to make nickname of “El Tigre Chino.”
including “The Soup” host Joel who connects most of the things Greendale a better place by host- While Jeong’s character is a
“Endgame” McHale, who plays the show’s that happen to events in movies or ing events, such as a sexually regular in the show, he does not
(PG-13) lead character, Jeff Winger. Other shows. transmitted disease fair in hopes appear in all the episodes. When
big names in the show are come- Chase plays Pierce Hawthorne, to prevent the spread of STDs, he does, however, his character
Man” (R) dic legend Chevy Chase and Ken the group’s senior citizen who which ends up getting almost usually becomes a huge part of all
Jeong, who is best known for decides to go back to college for everybody drunk and having the the laughs.
“Couples his role as Leslie Chow in “The companionship. He tries to stay up condoms given out at the fair with
Retreat” Hangover.” with the latest trends to try to fit accidental holes in them. Contact Dariush Azmoudeh at
(PG-13) The show opens by following in with the young crowd and most Jeong plays the egotistic Asian- email@example.com.
the big shot lawyer protagonist, of the things he says are absurd, American Spanish teacher, Señor
(R) Clubs aim for more recruits Rush hours
Who: Alpha Gamma
CDs Sigma Honor Society,
Campus groups sions. This was because of the
moving of the event to the plaza
build a sense of unity amongst
“creative and flamboyant,”
ASU and other clubs
prepare growth in front of the Student Services
Center, bad timing and a lack
Refreshments will also be
included, and each club will set
For instance, AGS is going
to have two mascots dressed What: Club Rush
of enthusiasm from the other up their own tables with snacks, as Eeyore and Tigger from
By Lisette Alvarez clubs. he said. “Winnie the Pooh” with AGS When: Today and
STAFF WRITER AGS did, however, find some While serving snacks, club T-shirts on, Lopez said. They Thursday, 10 a.m. to
success in recruiting members, members will be interacting will have candy, small decora- 2 p.m.
In hopes of recruiting new Lopez said. with the students and giving tions and will try to have music
New members, campus clubs will “Our club membership was them information about the going, she said.
releases: Where: The quad
once again participate in Club about 30 members (last semes- clubs they may be interested in Lopez said AGS is hoping to
Yeasayer: Rush this semester, to be held ter) and now it’s plus 100,” she joining. attract at least 50 recruitments,
“Odd Blood” Why: The event seeks
today and Thursday from 10 said. “We were definitely more ASU activity coordinator raise funds and network with to unite students and
a.m. to 2 p.m. in the quad. out there in trying to get more Johanna Garcia said the ASU other clubs. engage them to par-
Sade: Designed to not only attract people to come in.” will have a meeting with all the “This year is definitely going
“Soldier of ticipate in campus
more new members, the event One of the activities that will other clubs to decide on final to be way fun,” Lopez said. activities. By increas-
Love” also aims to get more students be included at this semester’s choices between snacks. By attending Club Rush, stu- ing membership, the
involved with the college itself, Club Rush is Free Cycle Day, in Club members also hope to dents will be exposing them- groups will be able to
Massive Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) which students can donate items gain the attention of the com- selves to different experiences
Attack: encourage students
Honor Society member Ruth they do not need anymore, such munity outside of Contra Costa and cultures, ASU member to gain different expe-
“Heligoland” Lopez said. as old clothes. College, possibly requiring an Reza Rezvani said. riences and enrich
She said that last semester ASU Vice President of Clubs entrance fee to participate. The
Jaheim: their lives through
Club Rush attracted fewer stu- Henry Parker said, “The pur- organization plans on accom- Contact Lisette Alvarez at
“Another dents than in previous occa- exposure to diversity.
pose of Free Cycle Day is to plishing these goals by being firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner with movie silences ambivalence
Specialty venue desserts. For instance, a proscu-
itto pizza and hefty-sized super
feeds unique desire nachos totaled under $20.
Not including concession stand
Jeezy: “Thug By Holly Pablo items, such as popcorn and candy,
Motivation” EDITOR-IN-CHIEF it is recommended to arrive 20
minutes ahead if ordering meals.
Games The prospect of planning a Service is prompt, and the staff is
movie and dinner outing can friendly and con-
prove to be difficult for indecisive versational. venuereview
people such as myself. This theater
I question whether the meal definitely caters
should come before or after the to a mature and
film, which restaurant to settle responsible crowd,
for, all while worrying about time as guests over “Rialto Cinemas”
restraints. The limitless options 21 years old can ★★★★★
tire me. enjoy purchasing Location: 10070
New Rather than accepting defeat, from a selection San Pablo Ave. in
releases: however, a small community of beer and wine. El Cerrito
“Bioshock cinema has helped restore and It is the perfect $7.50-9.50
2” (PS3/ change my idea of this experience SPECIAL TO / THE ADVOCATE setting to grab a
XBOX360/ Showtime — Ashley Bonifacio (left) of Rialto Cinemas in El Cerrito
by incorporating the movie night bite, share some
PC - M) sells a ticket to Nancy Williams for the 4:15 p.m. showing of “An
concept with meals delivered words with your
straight to your theater table. Education” on Monday. The theater is open every day of the week. significant other or friends and
Monkey Ball Even from its outside appear- Aside from the red velvet cur- can seat approximately 140 view- listen to good music before the
Step & Roll” ance, Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, tains and full performance stage, ers and the upstairs can seat 115 film begins.
(WII - E) located at 10070 San Pablo Ave., there are green loveseat couches viewers, the big screen is small General admission tickets are
offers a timeless and personable and large blue armchairs that compared to others, but that $9.50 each. The costs for students
“Dante’s ambiance in comparison to the make it easy to feel at home. should be expected. with valid school identification
Inferno” modern, stadium-style multi- Luckily, because of the ample The sound quality is up to par. cards, senior citizens, children
(PS3/ plexes. arm and leg space of each seating I have yet to see the theater hit under 11 years old and matinee,
XBOX360 While first-run Hollywood area, there will never be a need maximum capacity and though or before 5 p.m., are $7.50 a
- M) releases are available, the Cerrito to politely ask the person behind that observation may sound unfa- piece.
Editor’s note: is best at showcasing independent, you to stop kicking your chair. vorable to the management, the The Cerrito is open every day
This column foreign and specialty films. Also avoided is the awkward shuf- quietness provides the intimate from 11 a.m. to midnight.
lists popular new Upon entrance inside the fling of having to climb over your environment that makes the More information can be found
(and upcoming) wheelchair-accessible business, neighbor’s legs when you need to Cerrito feel special. at www.rialtocinemas.com.
releases for the the two theaters are adorned with step out for a phone call or a rest The full-kitchen menu offers
week. old-fashioned-feeling interiors Contact Holly Pablo at hpablo.
room break. a variety of reasonably priced
and comfortable furniture. Since the lower level room sandwiches, burgers, pizza and email@example.com.