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CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW B CMYK CMYK spotlight ◆ page 6 sports ◆ page 7 scene ◆ page 8 History Miscues Cinema retold engages February Weak shooting Personable theater honors past sinks Comets serves food, wine VOL. 94, NO. 13 SINCE 1950 WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 8 PAGES, ONE COPY FREE THE WEEKLY STUDENT VOICE OF CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE, SAN PABLO, CALIF. ACCENTADVOCATE.COM 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, however. 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 District prepares 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- BANQUET OF SURF, TURF leges.” Along with the colleges at the California ■ SEE BUDGET: Page 4 Cajun gumbo 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 Recovery continues 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 place Thursday. 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 Helping hands — San Francisco Rumble’s 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 Smith hosts benefit California Sea Kings, Sacramento 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 CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW B CMYK CMYK 2 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 OPINION Quotable “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 Editorial shape his own character that makes progress possible.” Calvin Coolidge 30th U.S. president, Moving 1925 Holly Pablo editor-in-chief forward Sam Attal associate editor Asia Camagong associate editor Alec Surmani associate editor Black History Month Cassandra Juniel honors past, present ‘I 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- G 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 embarrassment. 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. CampusComment What can the college do to better inform people about campus safety procedures? “I think it would be a “Maybe they could “They could have “(We can) get a hold “I think that if they “To respect each stu- good idea for them have events or have the teachers tell their of people through change any emergency dent by physically to have fliers with the police aides talk to students to check online their e-mails. Text procedures or if some- informing us of what emergency information, the students around and give them the Web messaging would be thing is going on, the procedures will con- and it would be a good campus.” site and information good, or sending some college should be dili- tinue our safety by way idea to have a mass they need.” sort of automatic voice gent with e-mailing and of instructors, mail or text message system.” Aliana Garcia message.” notifying students.” Internet, and postings undecided Sara Martin on campus.” Chris Clausen early childhood education Ronrique Rodgers Heidi Delos Santos MCHS automotive technology undecided Raequel Smith CRYSTAL JOY BIS / THE ADVOCATE liberal arts FORUM WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 l THE ADVOCATE 3 ■ Advice ■ Body art Piercings, tattoos reflect soul T en: the number of pierc- ings that I have acquired the skin, quite similar, yet not exactly the same as tattoos. person as being bizarre or a rebel. 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 branded 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 constructive 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 intriguing. 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 culture. 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 email@example.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 her. 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 situations. 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 T 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 relationships. 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. email@example.com. JOEL ODE / THE ADVOCATE 4 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 CAMPUS BEAT DVC placed on probation accent advocate ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Twitter Receive breaking news and updates by following The College on route “significant amounts of good work” Walters said. “It says that we have in response to the commission’s rec- more work to do, and we are going to “It’s important that the col- lege (staff) really got in and did Advocate’s Twitter account, AccentAdvocate. to accreditation ommendations and requirements, demonstrate in October that we have including such areas continued our work this work together,” Walters said. “Communication within the college as communication and done the things has greatly improved since the com- Newsline By Holly Pablo EDITOR-IN-CHIEF 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 deficiencies. pleased that DVC has been moved up to “probation” and looks forward Contra Costa College reached in response to an evalua- A team from the Judy Walters, It is important to to seeing the report in January. and the ASU will be host- tion on Nov. 4, in which an assess- ACCJC will return Diablo Valley College president recognize that since As one of the top-rated transfer ing Club Rush today and ment team praised the college for that same month, and working to create the schools in California and the county, Thursday from 10 a.m. to its improvements since receiving the upon further assessment, the institu- “show cause” follow-up report sub- he said, “DVC is still the great col- 2 p.m. Those interested in lowest rating possible by the com- tion may regain its full accreditation mitted to the commission in October lege that it’s always been.” joining or starting a new club mission in November 2008, DVC as early as January 2011, Walters 2009, the college community has are encouraged to attend. President Judy Walters said. said. epitomized the enthusiastic changes Contact Holly Pablo at hpablo. She said the ACCJC noted that the “‘Probation’ is probably the best needed in transparency, culture and firstname.lastname@example.org. college had complied and completed place we could be at this point,” collaboration on campus, she said. ■ FUNDRAISER 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 coordinator 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. 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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. CAMPUS BEAT WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 l THE ADVOCATE 5 Discussion enlightens applicants 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- sion. 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 ADVERTISEMENT Constructed on the slope of a hill, Lot 16 could not only collapse, but also potentially drive to school. landslide into Lot 17, if left unfixed, King “It is the most, least used parking lot in said. the college,” Maga said. Vice President Carol Maga said that with While most can alternatively park at Lot all the recent rain caused by the winter sea- 17, some students say that those spaces son, the lot is sitting “in a land of clay soil.” are quick to be filled, especially during the After meeting with geotechnical and civil morning. engineers to assess the issue at the beginning “Normally, (Lot 16) was a last resort of the month, King said the estimated cost when I could not find parking,” student for repair is $150,000, and the number could Justin Cox said. “It is going to be a lot harder possibly increase. to find parking spots (with it closed).” The expenses cover the projected price Student Mike Johnson said that if Lot of repairs and maintenance to the lot, King 16 were permanently closed to students, it said, such as light poles, new drainage, road would pose an inconvenience. repaving and a reinforced wall separating “It is going to take some extreme maneu- Lots 16 and 17. vering to find a parking spot,” he said. Should the funds exceed the available Johnson said the shutdown could affect dollars within the college budget, Lot 16 one’s schedule, forcing students to plan more might instead be turned into a landscape, amount of time to get to school. Maga said. Maga said, until a set price is sent to the “(Lot 16) is not really a crucial parking college, it is unknown whether or not the lot with its seemingly lack of strong use, future of Lot 16 will be a revised parking lot (and it) seems like we could close it without or landscape. really much effect,” she said. Administrators feel that the closing of Lot Contact Asia Camagong at acamagong. 16 will have little impact on students that email@example.com. ADVERTISEMENT 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 efforts 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 milestones. 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, History Week provide national rec- toedit orial we must understand our past,” Liberal, Applied Health, Vocational Training and Athletics Division Dean ognition for Terence Elliott said. “And significant Traditions that is an important A f r i c a n - continued element of Black A m e r i c a n Black History History Month, figures and Month shows is understand- their contri- just how far ing and butions to we have come knowing our JAMES HECK/ THE ADVOCATE A m e r i c a n in race rela- past, so that we can begin to here on campus. This According to www. line, resulting in the creation American) history from the h i s t o r y . tions and move forward to the future.” was the same year the presi- contracosta.edu/archives, of special on-campus pro- beginning of Africa and not N e g r o just how far According to www.con- dent of the local NAACP the college offered its first grams. as slaves,” she said. H i s t o r y we continue tracosta.edu/archives, black chapter, Reverend Booker African-American history And in 1999, Chancellor Foster said history has an W e e k to progress history and civil rights have T. Anderson, also spoke to course in 1967. It was titled Helen Benjamin became the impact on the way “we see was later toward true been a part of this campus as students. History 123, The Negro in first African-American to ourselves.” e x t e n d e d equality. early as the 1960s. President McKinley U.S. History. serve as the president of the “The more you know and became On Feb. 14, 1964, noted Williams said, “We celebrate Black Panther Eldridge college. about history, the better B l a c k History page 2 civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech diversity here on campus, and Black History Month is Cleaver and Peace and Freedom Party leader Dick “We should celebrate cul- ture on a campus as diverse as equipped you are in dealing with some of today’s issues,” Month. in Contra Costa College just another opportunity to Gregory both spoke on cam- this one,” African-American she said. “Black History Month Gymnasium. celebrate diversity.” pus in 1968. studies Chairwoman Carolyn is a great way to educate On May 3, 1966, civil CCC wants to make sure In 1969, the Black Student Hodge said. Contact Lamar James people about the great things rights leader Stokley it honors and values the dif- Union (BSU) organized and “We must remem- at ljames.advocate@gmail. African-American people Carmichael spoke to students ferences on campus, he said. started an informal picket ber to celebrate (African- com. African-American quilts, history shared Art showcase for 14 years, features vari- ous pieces of work made by offers glimpse more than 60 local artists of African descent available for into culture purchase. Sande said, “As a black (person), it is really impor- By Asia Camagong tant we support each other’s ASSOCIATE EDITOR artistic (work).” The artists, residing in Nestled on Barrett Avenue areas such as Richmond, in Richmond are open gal- Oakland, Vallejo, Sacramento leries inviting audiences to and many other California embrace a worldwide culture regions, provide viewers and immerse themselves in with “a sense of ownership,” the work of their local com- Watson said. munity. While most galleries are “(The artwork) gives you associated with the “greater some insight into your own metropolitan area,” the art life,” visi- center brings tor Kokoye together the Sande said. “It’s important c o m m u n i t y In its 74th by showcas- anniversary, (for people) to see ing works the Richmond what their neigh- done by art- Art Center is ists within the showcasing bors are doing. region, she the annual This provides a said. Art of Living “ I t ’ s Black exhibit conduit between important (for as well as the high (art) and people) to see ROMAN YOUNG / THE ADVOCATE Amazing what their W o n d e r s : local community.” n e i g h b o r s Weaving history — Dr. Patricia Turner, UC Davis professor of African-American studies, explains the ori- Quilts by are doing,” gins and significance of the intricate quilts in the Amazing Wonders: Quilts by African-Americans of the African- Tracy Watson, Watson said. Northern California Region exhibit held at the Richmond Art Center Saturday. Americans of administrative director and “This pro- the Northern volunteer coordinator vides a con- imagery that quilters, from codes sewn onto quilts during ranging from mixed media, our work, people can get into California duit between the past and present, put into the days of the Underground paint, pastel, clay and more. our heads.” Region and Quilting the the high (art) and local com- their work to transform func- Railroad, he was inspired by “People will get exposed Audiences are encour- Patch until March 13, giv- munity.” tionality into a unit of art. the work on display. to more materials,” visitor aged and invited to attend ing viewers the chance to The art center also houses Quilts on the wall deco- “There’s a lot of human Kati Casida said. “They’ll the gallery. experience artwork through Amazing Wonders, a display rated with solid colors such values that are represented learn about so many more Artist receptions will be the eyes of their fellow com- of more than 30 handmade as black, brown and gray, in these quilts,” Fisher said. materials that make art.” Feb. 20 from 3-5 p.m. and munity members. quilts done by men and as well as vibrant ones as “We don’t want to lose the Casida, a member of the Feb. 27 from 1-3 p.m. “We’re being a mirror as women of all ages. green, yellow and red, pre- tradition.” Pacific Rim Sculptor Group, Watson said, “(The art- opposed to a big lens,” said Dr. Patricia Turner, UC sented how “art inspires and As a third feature, visi- said the exhibit showcased ists) are creating works as a Tracy Watson, administra- Davis professor of African- lifts you up,” she said. tors can also come to see “work with good quality and collection of the community tive director and volunteer American studies, made a “The people who leave Quilting the Patch, a series fine pieces.” (that people) can actually coordinator. “This is how we presentation on Feb. 6 that here today have had their of digital art pieces done by “A piece says a lot about identify with.” see ourselves.” told the history of quilting senses massaged by color,” students from Sacramento the life of an artists and how The Art of Living Black, and its role in black history. Turner said. High School. they like to work,” she said. Contact Asia a Bay Area exhibition that Turner brought to detail Visitor Bob Fisher said, The free exhibition show- “An artist has a world of Camagong at acamagong. has been organized annually the use of color, shape and while knowing tales of secret cases a variety of media, (their) own. When we show firstname.lastname@example.org. SPORTS WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 l THE ADVOCATE 7 Final half funk spurs malcolmlastra 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 email@example.com. ally threw a bad pass to give the fan favorite Saints the victory. If this is true, then the NFL and television company should serious- 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 Baseball 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. at Monterey, Feb. 18 1 p.m. (DH) — Malcolm Lastra — Hilberth Diaz Ibarra 8 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010 SCENE College sitcom Unleashed Movies 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 (PG-13) 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- email@example.com. the big shot lawyer protagonist, of the things he says are absurd, American Spanish teacher, Señor “The Stepfather” (PG-13) “Bronson” (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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Round” Dinner with movie silences ambivalence Hot Chip: “One Left Stand” Gil Scott- Heron: “I’m New Here” Specialty venue desserts. For instance, a proscu- itto pizza and hefty-sized super Young 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 “Super Monkey Ball Even from its outside appear- Aside from the red velvet cur- can seat approximately 140 view- listen to good music before the Step & Roll” ance, Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, tains and full performance stage, ers and the upstairs can seat 115 film begins. (WII - E) located at 10070 San Pablo Ave., there are green loveseat couches viewers, the big screen is small General admission tickets are offers a timeless and personable and large blue armchairs that compared to others, but that $9.50 each. The costs for students “Dante’s ambiance in comparison to the make it easy to feel at home. should be expected. with valid school identification Inferno” modern, stadium-style multi- Luckily, because of the ample The sound quality is up to par. cards, senior citizens, children (PS3/ plexes. arm and leg space of each seating I have yet to see the theater hit under 11 years old and matinee, XBOX360 While first-run Hollywood area, there will never be a need maximum capacity and though or before 5 p.m., are $7.50 a - M) releases are available, the Cerrito to politely ask the person behind that observation may sound unfa- piece. Editor’s note: is best at showcasing independent, you to stop kicking your chair. vorable to the management, the The Cerrito is open every day This column foreign and specialty films. Also avoided is the awkward shuf- quietness provides the intimate from 11 a.m. to midnight. lists popular new Upon entrance inside the fling of having to climb over your environment that makes the More information can be found (and upcoming) wheelchair-accessible business, neighbor’s legs when you need to Cerrito feel special. at www.rialtocinemas.com. releases for the the two theaters are adorned with step out for a phone call or a rest The full-kitchen menu offers week. old-fashioned-feeling interiors Contact Holly Pablo at hpablo. room break. a variety of reasonably priced and comfortable furniture. Since the lower level room sandwiches, burgers, pizza and email@example.com.
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