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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,
                                                                                                                                                              began Tuesday.
                                                                                                                                                                  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

                                                                                                                                                         for worst
                                                                                                                                                         Proposed budget cuts
                                                                                                                                                         remain ‘up in the air’
                                                                                                                                                                      By Lauren Shiraishi
                                                                                                                                                                          OPINION EDITOR

                                                                                                                                                             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-

                                                                                                                                                             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
                           SPORTS EDITOR
                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                           — San
  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
                                                                                      $50,000 and
                                                                                                              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

               Calvin Coolidge
           30th U.S. president,


                Holly Pablo

                 Sam Attal
             associate editor

           Asia Camagong
            associate editor

              Alec Surmani
             associate editor
                                    Black History Month
         Cassandra Juniel
                                    honors past, present

            spotlight editor
                                        have a dream that my four little
              Diana Reyes               children will one day live in a
          Lauren Shiraishi              nation where they will not be
             opinion editors
                                  judged by the color of their skin, but by
       Dariush Azmoudeh           the content of their character.”
          Malcolm Lastra
             sports editors          When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,
                                  called for an end to discrimination and
             Lamar James          racial inequality, he paved the way for
               news editor
                                  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

                                                                                            Happiness hidden
               Staff writers
             Lissette Alvarez        With the court ruling of Brown vs.
               Mairat Assefa      the Board of Education of Topeka in
                Alison Calais
               Tristin Cooper
                                  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.
                  Xautia Gray
               Kristina Plaza        These milestone events served as
            Marjorie Riformo      catalysts for change and social reform.
               Christian Soto
            Alexandra Waite
                                  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
                Raul Reyes
                                                                                             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
            Desmond Sylva
             Roman Young
                                  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
            Cody McFarland
                                     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-
              1999, 2000
                                     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-
       Community Colleges
                                  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
                   ext. 4315
       Fax: 510.235.NEWS
                                  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
      or letters.advocate@
                  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
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■ 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
                                                                                                       necks, and
                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                       body to
                                                                        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         cbis.advocate@gmail.com.
mer; merely opt to keep your
opinion to yourself.
    If she asks for your

                                      Preventing heartbreak
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
and reproach.
    Abrasive, judgmental
                                        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      niel.advocate@gmail.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-
structive opinion.

    Cody McFarland is a staff
illustrator for The Advocate.
Contact him at cmcfarland.
                                                                                                                                                    JOEL ODE / THE ADVOCATE
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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
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                                  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
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                                                                           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
                                                                           October deadline.
                                                                                                         (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            advocate@gmail.com.
                                  college had complied and completed       place we could be at this point,” collaboration on campus, she said.

ASU to sell
candy grams
   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
black history
                                  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-
                                                                                                                         The 26-year-old
                                                                                                                         is regaining his
                                                                                                                                                            Oliveira sent a “Under most
                                                                                                                                                        campuswide e-mail
                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                    great thing,
                                      “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
                                  the college.
    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.
   In the article “Joyful         said. “It’s disheartening Shiraishi at lshiraishi.                                                                      Contact Holly Pablo               at   hpablo.
helper dies at 69” on the         to turn away students who advocate@gmail.com.                        Contact Holly Pablo             at   hpablo.     advocate@gmail.com.
front page of the Feb. 3 issue,   qualify (for financial aid).                                       advocate@gmail.com.
a photo of Emma Payton was
mistakenly not published.

                                  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.
          Payton                  to local businesses, high schools,           Approximately 10 rooms were               RPAL Office Manager Marsha             advocate@gmail.com.
                                                                              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         advocate@gmail.com.

6 THE ADVOCATE              l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010                               SPOTLIGHT

Month                                                                                                                             DREAMS
                                                                                                                                         T HE A DVOCATE ’ S
                                                                                                                                                                 OF CHANGE

extols                                                                                                                                  TRIBUTE TO B LACK
                                                                                                                                         H ISTOR Y M ONTH
of many
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
1926.                             African-
    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
become                            founded.
N e g r o                             “To move forward,
national rec-
                                  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         advocate@gmail.com.
                                                                                                   SPORTS                                   WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 l THE ADVOCATE                        7

            Final half
            funk spurs
Super Bowl
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
                                                             the postseason.
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
three years.
                             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
usually promotes.
                             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        mlastra.advocate@gmail.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-
                             Box scores
                             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,

pointless commercials
                             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.”
                             Three-point goals
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.
                             Fouled out
                             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
Advocate. Contact
                                  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.
advocate@gmail.com.               at Monterey, Feb. 18 1 p.m. (DH)                                                                                                                    — Malcolm Lastra
                                                                                                                      — Hilberth Diaz Ibarra
8 THE ADVOCATE             l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010                                    SCENE

                    College sitcom

                    sparks laughter
                    ‘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
This week:
“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,
                                                                Starring: Joel
                    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-
                                                                Network: NBC
                    who would like to see community             Time slot:
                                                                                  aged women,
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
“A Serious
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-          dazmoudeh.advocate@gmail.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
                                                                                              the students.”
                                                                                                                                 “creative and flamboyant,”
                                                                                                                                 Parker said.
                                                                                                                                                                      ASU and other clubs
                                                                                                                                                                      on campus
                    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      lalvarez.advocate@gmail.com.

                    Dinner with movie silences ambivalence
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                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                 Price Range:
“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                               advocate@gmail.com.

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