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CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW B CMYK CMYK campus beat ◆ page 6 sports ◆ page 7 scene ◆ page 8 Warm fall J.D. Banks ‘Deathrace’ welcome takes last Staffers return from Athlete, coach Plot left in dust as summer festivities remembered action drives film VOL. 91, NO. 1 SINCE 1950 WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008 8 PAGES, ONE COPY FREE THE WEEKLY STUDENT VOICE OF CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE, SAN PABLO, CALIF. ACCENTADVOCATE.COM Police A GRAND OPENING Summer office students up in flames robbed Unknown aggressors Police Services steal from four victims; at DVC leveled no suspects apprehended by arson fire By Brett Abel ASSOCIATE EDITOR in brief By Regina Sarnicola ✔ three sus- OPINION EDITOR A group of at least three indi- pects rob four viduals robbed four students, two At approximately 2:17 a.m. on students, two at gunpoint, within minutes of June 23, the Pleasant Hill Police at gunpoint each other the morning of July 17, Department received an alert police said. from Diablo Valley College that ✔ no seri- Police Services Sgt. Jose there was a fire on campus. ous injuries Oliveira said between 10:15 and The Contra Costa County Fire occurred, 10:25 a.m. a group robbed four Department was on scene within one victim ISAAC THOMAS / THE ADVOCATE people on campus in three park- six minutes and had the fire locat- ing lots across campus. received med- Finished at last — The MCHS Jazz Band, conducted (L-R) by Israel Simms with Briana Parte and Sien Rivera ical attention ed at the Police Services Building playing violin and Arturo Leon on flute, perform during the grand opening of the Student Services Center on Oliveira said the suspects are controlled by 2:35 a.m. three African-American males for a cut June 10. The center opened for the summer semester after its move from the H Building was completed. GATEWAY TO LEARNING “We do know it was an inten- who were driving a newer model, tionally set fire,” Contra Costa burgundy Honda Accord or ✔ no other Fire Department Fire Marshall Civic. robberies have Richard Carpenter said. “We also According to Oliveira, no one occurred since know that it was not just a break was seriously injured, although in, but was two victims were punched — one ✔ no further “We are directed the to Student Services records, international students, counseling, DSPS, matriculation/ of whom received medical assis- leads and no arrests have destroy tance for a cut. Two victims, he still actively building and Center opens to articulation and assessment — are housed in the 18,000-square foot said, saw a firearm. been made pursuing cause dam-age.” rave reviews building, making it a “one-stop- Two were robbed near the bus turnaround in Lot 1 while two shop” for all student services. leads and T h e The building was open to the others were in Lot 6, near the approximately public on June 2 after student Gymnasium, and in Lot 11 on contacting 40 feet by 60 By Brett Abel services staff moved in after the other side of campus, near the ASSOCIATE EDITOR possible feet wooden Memorial Day. Applied Arts Building. structure After decades in the “When (students) leave this Since then, Oliveira said there suspects headquarters Humanities Building, the oldest building they will be ready to go have been no more robberies on based on wasthelocated on south- building on campus, all student to the other (academic) buildings,” campus. services departments were finally Dr. Tony Gordon, Governing He said it would be difficult information east corner of relocated over the summer to the Board trustee for West County, for him to determine whether the from the DVC cam- newly opened Student Services said of the new building. number of students on campus pus. Center. The building is the first major would affect the occurrence of different W h i l e College, district and city offi- project of the college’s Facilities robberies. sources.” no one was injured, the cials gathered June 10 at the SSC, Master Plan, according to a report “These types of things are very located between the Computer released by design firm Perkins + random,” he said. building suf- Technology Center and the Will on March 7. Also, he said there have been Jose Delatorre, fered heavy Pleasant Hill Police Student Activities Building, for “This marks the beginning no further leads developed and no Department damage and the building’s grand opening. of some changes going on at arrests have been made. lieutenant since the inci- All student services — Contra Costa College,” President ISAAC THOMAS / THE ADVOCATE In an e-mail sent to Contra dent has been CalWORKs, job placement, the McKinley Williams, who also Paper work — Counselor Luci Castruita (left) Costa College faculty and staff, completely Transfer/Career Center, EOPS, acted as master of ceremonies at helps Jessica Merjiuari finish up some forms Oliveira said Police Services removed. financial aid, admissions and ■ SEE SSC: Page 4 at the Counseling Office in the SSC. ■ SEE ROBBERIES: Page 4 Additional staff was on loca- tion throughout the morning and Governor, legislature in budget deadlock afternoon to assist in the salvage and cleanup process. Apparently three separate fires were set off throughout the build- ing. Carpenter said the fire was predominately in three areas, two September. is estimated around $162 million. editorial on the outside of the building and the third in the lobby area. By Francisco Rendon Throughout the fiscal year, which for the Murillo said that in the event the district The cause of the fire is SPOTLIGHT EDITOR district began on Aug. 25, the expenses of depletes its operating budget, it will be still under investigation by the community colleges such as payroll, utili- forced to borrow money from areas such as Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the ties, contacts and vendors are being paid for retiree health benefits account. Department with additional California State Legislature have still failed by money left over from the last fiscal year, Squabbling stalls progress “It can get very expensive when they to sign off on a budget for the current fiscal Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services As the governor and legislature fight over don’t fund us properly,” she said. support from the Pleasant Hill the budget, it is the people that pay. Police Department Special year, depriving programs all over the state, Kindred Murillo said. The governor’s unwillingness to raise including community colleges, of money. This money, which is supposed to be taxes and the legislature’s insistence on the Investigation’s Unit, Contra Costa County Fire Department and the The district had a $20 million operat- appreciating through interest, is instead page 2 contrary is one of the contributing factors Contra Costa County Community ing reserve saved up at the beginning of being spent and the district is losing money to the stalemate. College District’s Police Services August, but that number is projected to through interest as a result. $50,000 if the impasse carries over into The budget determines how much department. dwindle down around $4 or $5 million So far, the district anticipates a loss September. money is apportioned per full-time equiv- ■ SEE DVC FIRE: Page 4 should the impasse remain unresolved into of $18,000 throughout August and up to The district’s total spending for 2007-08 ■ SEE BUDGET: Page 4 Fewer students enrolling, Face-lift — The Applied Arts Building gets unit count holding steady new signage installed on Friday. All of the buildings on campus Early fall The college’s FTES as of Friday is are receiving By Francisco Rendon 2,744.65, virtually the same as the number new name numbers SPOTLIGHT EDITOR at this time last year, 2,742.90. These numbers are measured not by the plates as part number of students enrolled, but for every of the cam- indicate Enrollment at Contra Costa College has remained steady since fall of 2007, despite 12 units that are being taken. Each one of pus signage a slight decrease in the number of students these FTES is a unit of apportionment from and lighting CCC in attendance. The number of students has the state. project. decreased from 7,528 at this time last fall “Enrollment is how we get money from student to 7,283. the state. It’s our lifeline,” Senior Dean of Funding from the state is provided Research and Planning Tim Clow said. numbers not according to how many students are “Basically right now, we’re kind of flat.” enrolled, but the number of full-time equiv- The number of units enrolled in has only stagnate alent students. ■ SEE ENROLLMENT: Page 4 JUSTIN MORRISON / THE ADVOCATE CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW B CMYK CMYK 2 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008 OPINION Quotable “Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2008 VOL. 91, NO. 1 ● complete, lived Editorials experience.” Ingrid Bengis author 1972 Bickering Justin Morrison editor in chief Brett Abel hurts district associate editor Alec Surmani associate editor Jeff Carillo sports editor Party feuds delaying budget Francisco Rendon affect colleges statewide W spotlight editor ith the state budget impasse moving past last Regina Sarnicola Lauren Shiraishi year’s mark of Aug. 24 still unresolved, pro- opinion editors grams all over the state are once again losing money and time. Lamar James This is just another instance of the governor and the news editor California State Legislature’s refusal to compromise, Isaac Thomas and, once again, it is causing Californians to suffer. photo editor The district is spending from a $20 million operat- Toni Silva ing budget, which is left over money from the previ- ad manager ous fiscal year. This money is slowly being depleted, and seeing as the district consumes an estimated $162 Paul DeBolt million a year, this money will not last indefinitely. faculty adviser Beyond the monetary limit, our real problem with Staff writers forcing the district to spend money from this oper- Sam Attal ating budget, is that this is money Dariush Azmoudeh normally in an account that gains This is just Brent Bainto Marco Becerra interest. When we spend it, we lose money in interest, close to $18,000 Asia Camagong Mario Diaz throughout the month of August. another WRYAN CASTLEBERRY / THE ADVOCATE Anthony Farr Situations like this are happening in local governments all over the instance of Ryan Jacques Marika Johnson ■ Family Ordeal a reminder Cassandra Juniel state. Jazmaine Mitchell These politicians are much more the governor Holly Pablo worried about their individual track records, their victories and losses for and the Diana Reyes Shahruz Shaukat the party, than they are about what of family’s strength Jon Zantua Staff photographers truly benefits all people, regardless California Sam Attal of political party. Erik Verduzco There is plenty of blame to go State around and this situation is far beyond Staff illustrators Wryan Castleberry the fault of one individual. This is a clear instance of unneces- Legislature’s I had the privilege this summer of being present for the birth of my new cousin. offered to take her to the hospi- tal. As the pain reliever kicked in Honors sary bickering and diplomatic inad- refusal to While the birth was amazing- my mom was able sit up, and the ACP National Newspaper equacy. And our district, as well as Pacemaker Award ly quick and thankfully uncom- waves of pain began to subside. 1990, 1994, 1997,1998, other programs across California, is compromise, plicated, the series of events She was able to talk and began 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 losing money in interest, and is being forced to go through the current fis- and, once leading up to it were not. The day before, my aunt had reginasarnicola to return to herself. My sisters came up and squeezed into the cal year without knowing how much stumbled and fallen onto her unbearable. Over the years, they bathroom with us. My grandma, CNPA Better Newspaper Contest 1st Place Award money it will receive. again, it is stomach. My mom, sister and I all canceled our weekend plans seem to have gotten worse. The stress of the weekend and her aunt and a family friend all found places in the hallway. 1970, 1991, 1996, 1998, Petty partisanship and political 1999, 2000 pride are becoming huge barriers in causing and took work off to rush up to lack of sleep did not help. Having everyone camping out state politics and the fact that some- Sacramento. I got down next to her and in the hallway was comforting. JACC Pacesetter Award And a few weekends previ- tried to talk to her, find out The catch up conversations we 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, thing so basic as passing the budget Californians ous, we had another close call. what I could do. After bringing had not been able to have during 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, is taking so long is incredible. Only my mom was the one about back a wet cloth for her head, the weekend started up and my 2006, 2007, 2008 When two parties approach one another with the goal of compro- to suffer. to be checked into the hospital. some water and pain reliever, sister brought in a deck of cards Member On the weekend of the baby her last request was for me to to play UNO. mise, especially for the benefit of 36 shower, most of our time was hold her hand. Then all there Eventually, it became impos- million people, it is most certainly possible. spent prepping for the event. For was left to do was wait for the sible to walk down the hallway Associated Collegiate Yet, even after almost two months of deliberation, almost two days, we embodied migraine to pass. because of all of us sitting there. Press The pain would come The situation became somewhat there is still not a single sign that either side in this Cinderella — cooking, decorat- battle is willing to yield an inch. ing and cleaning for the party. in waves, with her OK one humorous and we shared some California Newspaper The inability of our state’s leaders to sit down, bite Family had come up from Los moment, able to sit up and talk good laughs. Publishers Association the bullet and find common ground to allow our state’s Angeles to visit, but the stress a little. Then the pain would At the same time, it was a and bustle of the party kept us return and the next moment warm reminder of how wonder- government to continue working, is a clear indictment preoccupied. she would be holding her head ful my family is and how much Journalism Association of of them all. For, what do we elect politicians for, if not By the end of the party we between her legs, rocking back we share, even from the floor of Community Colleges to effectively govern our state? were exhausted. and forth. She kept close to the a bathroom. How to reach us These politicians would love for us to write this off As we began the clean up and toilet, in case she felt she was Thankfully, my mom even- Phone: 510.235.7800 as just another common occurrence and accept that tried to relax, I realized I had not going to throw up. I had never tually felt much better and we ext. 4315 this is just the way things work. seen my mom in a while. I was seen my mom this bad before. exchanged hospital food for Fax: 510.235.NEWS In reality, this is a clear case of politicians’ egos told she had gone upstairs to try My relationship with my some home cooked barbecue. E-mail: advocate@ contracosta.edu deciding the policy of the state and the fact that this is and rest. I went to check on her mom has gotten rockier since The birth of my cousin was or letters.advocate@ nothing new is no less of a reason to be outraged. and found the guest room empty. I started college. I was the one a miracle. Witnessing the tiny gmail.com But all the outrage and fulmination will be empty Instead, I discovered her on by her side the entire time, new life come into the world is and meaningless if we send this same batch of politi- the floor of the bathroom, curled however, holding her hand and beyond words. And after all that Editorial policy up with her head in her hands. giving her massages to keep her was experienced regarding him, Columns and editorial cians back to Sacramento in November. If you are comfortable. Family members he undoubtedly will always be a It was a frightening scene, wit- cartoons are the opinion really outraged, you will register to vote right now. If nessing my usually strong and trickled in and out, going to little reminder of the importance of individual writers and you are truly outraged, you will make sure to cast your composed mother in such a vul- retrieve things like ginger ale or and strength of our family. artists and not that of The Advocate. Editorials reflect vote against every incumbent on the ballot. nerable state. pillows. the majority opinion of the Because if we, the voters of California, re-elect Every now and then, unex- The bathroom floor quickly Regina Sarnicola is an opin- Editorial Board, which is these clowns, then we will be deserving what we get pectedly, my mother experiences became our temporary home. ion editor of The Advocate. made up of student editors. — more of the same. migraines. Only her migraines My grandpa came in said a Contact her at rsarnicola. are excruciating and almost prayer over her and my uncle firstname.lastname@example.org. CampusComment What do you think of the new Student Services Center? “It’s very well orga- “It is all right. It’s nice to “It’s better than the old “I’m happy with it. It’s “It is pretty cool, it’s “It is a lot nicer. It has “I like it. The location nized. It is easy for us have all of the adminis- location. The old loca- more organized than more organized than air conditioning (and) sets it apart from the to move around in. The tration and counselors tion was crowded.” the old building that when it was in the it’s a lot more orga- rest of the school, technology is helping in one place.” was half classrooms. Humanities Building.” nized.” which is more conve- us a lot.” Joseph Silo I’m glad that they’re nient.” Jordan Miller physics fixing the school, it Malcolm Malaowala Mario Martinez Eric Rascon engineering has a nicer layout and psychology business Siara Spriggs culinary arts it’s easier to find.” sociology Krystian Grove psychology FORUM WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008 l THE ADVOCATE 3 ■ CULTURE ■ REFLECTION Summer expectations fail to deliver T he summer is supposed to be a time where you can hang out and seemed to go by so fast it made me feel as if I did not have time to do pointing summer of 2008. I will make sure that my friends laurenshiraishi have a little fun with your friends and anything. and I will have the same schedules not have any worries. As the hour classes and With five- so we can hang out, therefore ensur- Connection to At the end of the spring semester, I was really looking forward to the ing I won’t worry about not having summer homework most fun. heritage lost summer and expected it to be fun. I was hoping for a lot of stories lamarjames nights, I had to do more studying I will just have fun without think- ing about it. went by and than partying. in assimilation to tell about places I went and the new people I met during the three ter on The Advocate and I was really happy I was taking a class The summer Summer for me next year will be different. months. that would give me experience in the class started may have been I will be better prepared to take I was recently on my way to dinner when the topic changed to the Olympics. It I registered for two summer class- es but decided to drop one and just take Speech 120. field of work I have a great passion for. As the summer went by and class boring for me, to progress, but I did get a chance to meet summer on like a thief in the night. I will be ready to tackle any obstacle that comes between me and Since I have never been afraid to started innocently enough, when one of my friends asked, talk in front of a large number of started to progress, I felt like I was missing out on a summer break I had I felt like I some members of my family I finally having a summer that will be unforgettable — a summer that “Who are you supporting?” people, I thought that class would be worked so hard for. never met before. will go down in the Lamar’s Summer My best friend and I something fun and enjoyable to take It seemed as if I had been going was missing It also made Hall of Fame. immediately replied, “the over the summer. to school all my life yet only enjoyed me realize that I will make sure to try anything U.S., duh. You aren’t?” The summer started off slow. To a few summers because due to slip- out on a summer may new that someone or something He scoffed at this. “No, make things worse, I was not really ping grades, I had to attend summer mean a time for presents me with. China!” was his response. “You two should be support- doing anything to keep my mind occupied. school. Yet, even with taking the summer summer fun and excite- ment for some I will have no limitations. In the midst of my boring sum- ing your countries.” I found myself daydreaming a classes, I never expected my summer people, but that mer, I learned new things about My best friend shot back, lot about the days I work for The to be so boring. break I had does not mean myself and set new standards. “So? We’re Americanized.” Advocate and writing stories. The summer was really not a plans will always Next year, however, I plan to At this point, I should I could not wait to get back just to summer at all. worked so go through or make it my New Year’s resolution to mention that my two friends see the new people who were taking The breezy cold days made it feel situations will have a great summer. are Chinese-American, and the class and to catch up with the more like fall or winter and put a hard for. not pop up unex- I am a fourth generation older members who had helped me damper on going to the beaches and pectedly. Lamar James is news editor Japanese-American. a lot. water parks. Next summer I think I will just go of The Advocate. Contact him at Although I am full-blood- Spring 2008 was my first semes- Sometimes the summer days on a trip to make up for the disap- email@example.com. ed, one could barely call me Japanese. I prefer R&B to J- BUY TESIS, K MORE L Pop, chick lit to manga and I hate the texture of raw fish. I look at some of the Japanese athletes in the HN Olympic games and, tak- ing in their pale skin and bleached hair, I reflect that we look almost nothing alike. Some of my early child- hood memories include the private pre-school I attended, where I learned the Japanese words for colors and family American culture products is extremely important to the world economy. A large world concern is that if Americans fail to continue consuming at a at a high rate. Whether it be video game systems, new cellular phones, clothes, prescription drugs or members. Aside from this, I did not need to speak the turns materialism constant rate, the economies of producing nations all over the world will suffer. Of course throughout American history, any other item, Americans as group are very eager to contribute to our culture of con- sumption. The two activities are either telling into top priority language at home because everyone in my family spoke there have always been wealthy elite, with us to go out and buy new things in advertise- only English. money to burn and, historically, a small per- ments, which are coming in at a record pace, My closest friends were centage of the population has controlled the or actually going out and buying new things, white. Aside from having By Francisco Rendon majority of the wealth. often things we do not even need. slanted eyes and dark hair, SPOTLIGHT EDITOR This is the nature of capitalism and is Our country’s huge levels of consumption nothing particularly new. are having truly detrimental effects on the T most of the time I did not even feel Asian. hroughout the history of this country, What is frightening about our modern world around us. Everything that we buy, be As I grew older, I contin- people have been coming to America culture is the idea of “conspicuous consump- it deodorant, shoes, toilet paper or anything ued to feel indifferent toward hearing promises of “life, liberty and tion,” the idea that one must buy things just else, all uses natural resources. my heritage. I remember the pursuit of happiness.” to demonstrate that one is not poor. In this The United States makes up only 5 percent feeling ashamed when I In the past, people have associated happi- culture, people buy things in order to ease of the Earth’s population. Yet, the United learned in school the atroci- ness with social status, family relations and their own insecurities and derive self-worth States Geological Survey reports that over ties of the Japanese during romantic relationships. Today, however, noth- from the things they purchase. Ironically, this Americans use 25 percent of the Earth’s World War II. But then I real- ing seems more closely tied to happiness than culture of conspicuous consumption is ram- resources. ized that the Japanese people financial security. pant in middle class and lower-income fami- Additionally, the world as a whole is con- as a whole should not be held Never before in the history of our society lies, particularly in urban inner cities. suming the planet’s resources much faster accountable for the actions of has such a heavy emphasis been placed on As a culture of consumers, we are con- than it is producing them and it is common the extremists who were hun- constantly spending money for new things. stantly being told to buy things, consuming knowledge that some resources, such as gry only for power. Indeed, with common expenses such as hous- goods from all over the world. crude oil, are going to run out very soon. By high school, I had ing, transportation, utilities, phones, internet A recent study from A.C. Nielson Co. Spending money is one thing. Americans learned to accept my roots. and food there is a large amount of money indicates that watching television is one of work more documented hours than any other People would find it fasci- needed just to function in society. the most popular recreational activities. The country on the planet and we do this for nating that I was Japanese. I But beyond necessity, it seems like most average American watches more than four money. Some use it to buy things, but others even wrote in an essay how forms of recreation in America involve hours of television every day. It is simply try to amass large amounts of money. I was proud to be Japanese- spending more money to buy things. As news to no one that watching tele- Of course, this is the culture in which we American, but then I realized a nation, we are becoming more and vision usually entails watching live, and financial security definitely pro- how I was really like a wolf more identifiable as consumers. copious amounts of commer- vides one with more opportunities. However, in sheep’s clothing. After terrorists attacked the cials. materialism, when brought to excess, can Growing up, I was United States on Sept. 11, 2001, According to this study, distract people from other important aspects exposed to almost every race our president told the nation to by the age of 65, the average of life. except my own. The only respond to this terror by shopping American will have seen 2 While material possessions can sometimes places I would have had the and purchasing more material posses- million commercials. Seeing entertain and amuse us, Americans as a cul- opportunity to connect with sions. as how the purpose of an ture seem to consume material possessions Japanese kids my age was Economically, the United States consumes advertisement is usu- to fill their ego, to derive their value. It goes through church or the basket- goods from all over the world. As a country, ally to get people to without saying that if you rely on things to ball leagues, neither of which the United States consumption of foreign purchase something, make yourself feel good, your self-worth will I participated in. Americans continue be gone faster than the things you buy. Sometimes I still feel to buy all Indeed, the culture we live in exerts many ashamed when I hear my kinds influences on us every day, and while there friends speaking in their of might not be a lot we can do to change native language to their par- prod- aspects of our culture, it is important that we ents. ucts are aware of them. To me, the longer one has been in America, the more Contact Francisco Rendon at frendon. they assimilate into this soci- firstname.lastname@example.org. ety and lose touch with their heritage. Yet at the same time, I feel lucky that my parents are as “Americanized” as me. I am fortunate to have them sup- port me in whatever I choose to do with my life. I wish I were more in touch with my culture. Japanese is a beautiful lan- guage and I am proud to have descended from such a strong, intelligent people. I feel glad for Japan when they place first in the events they participate in, but in the end, I hope America brings home more gold medals. Lauren Shiraishi is an opinion editor of The Advocate. Contact her at lshiraishi.advocate@gmail. com. WRYAN CASTLEBERRY / THE ADVOCATE 4 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008 CAMPUS BEAT Newsline Robberies | Two of four attacked in summer hold-ups ■ FROM: Page 1 in the EOPS Summer Academy and he and secured the area,” Ferguson said. Oliveira said Monday that Police ■ GALLERY interviewed the victims, who had their the other victim had been robbed en route Police Services officers arrived at the Services had extra officers on patrol around Faculty exhibit backpacks and wallets taken. It also said at least six witnesses spoke with Police to the bus stop. She said her EOPS student saw another bus stop quickly, she said. “It was like, ‘Wow’ — a split second. I campus after the incident. Oliveira and Police Services sent out an on display Services the day it happened. EOPS manager Vicki Ferguson said student being robbed and said to the group, “‘What’s going on?’ By him trying to help, thank them for that.” There were two officers on duty when e-mail to students July 22 alerting them as to what occurred five days earlier and gave after two of the victims were attacked at he got robbed.” the robberies occurred, Oliveira said. a list of tips of what to do if one comes into The 2008 Faculty Exhibition the bus stop, they came into the Student By the time Ferguson was out of her After the robberies, Oliveira said he a similar situation. is now on display in the Eddie Services Center. office, she said, Police Services had already and Police Services Chief Charles Gibson “One: try to cooperate,” Oliveira said. Rhodes Gallery. It will remain “The victims ran into the building,” she been called and then she and the other would review the course of action to take “It’s not worth getting injured.” open through Sept. 5. said. “It was the closest building to where managers in the SSC worked to make sure on the matter for the protection of students Hours for Monday through it occurred.” everyone was OK. and employees for the duration of the sum- Contact Brett Abel at babel. Thursday are from 9 a.m. to 5 Ferguson said one student was involved “We made sure everyone was safe and mer session. email@example.com. p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Works on display include Enrollment drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics and textiles. ■ FROM: Page 1 ■ PARKING decreased to 57,619.40, from 56,939.50 last year. Fall parking The discrepancy between the number of units enrolled and the number of students registered might be because enrolled students are taking more units, permits on sale Senior Dean of Students Frank Hernandez said. One possible condition affecting the lower enroll- Parking permits are now avail- ment numbers, however, is the cutting of available able for purchase in the Bookstore classes. and Student Services Center. Senior Dean of Instruction Donna Floyd said that They are $35 and enable a student because the college was spending so far over budget to park in the student parking lots this year for specific C-contract courses, many of for the fall semester. them were cut. Police Services will begin These courses are sections that are taught by part- ticketing students without a per- time and full-time professors who already have a full mit on Sept. 1. schedule. One of the strategies used in deciding which classes were cut was to find the appropriate num- ber of sections needed for the CrimeWatch amount of students enrolled in the course while filling all “When the classes. Other classes were students wait cancelled due to poor enroll- Thursday, May 15 ment, Floyd said. to Officers received a report of an ISAAC THOMAS / THE ADVOCATE “When students wait to reg- register they unknown male subject exposing Waiting room — Students sit in the lobby of the new Student Services Center waiting for their names to be ister, they actually do them- himself in a computer lab. called. The main lobby of the center offers access to admissions and records, EOPS, and financial aid along selves a tremendous disser- actually do with a comfortable area for students to wait. vice,” Hernandez said. Tuesday, May 20 themselves a SSC | Services moved to new center If a class has low numbers Officers responded to a physi- of students registered for it tremendous cal assault at the bus stop. early, it can be cancelled, he said. disservice.” Thursday, June 5 Floyd said, “It’s almost set- ■ FROM: Page 1 move around.” in the H Building, causing hot summers A subject was arrested for the opening, said. Hernandez said at the time the build- and cold winters for student services. ting yourself up not to be suc- Frank Hernandez, being in possession of marijuana. cessful by registering late.” senior dean of students The area between the SSC and the ing was opened, it still had work to be Counselor Norma Valdez-Jimenez SA Building will serve as an entry point done. said, “In the (H Building), the air condi- Despite the high number of Tuesday, June 17 students who registered late, counseling department A student reported a wallet lost to the campus, creating what Williams “It’s (more than) 90 percent done tioning doesn’t work, the heating doesn’t and Senior Dean of Students Frank with,” Hernandez said of the construc- work. Chairwoman Norma Valdez-Jimenez said the admin- on campus. istration worked well with counselors to better staff Officers reported to a medical Hernandez see as CCC’s version of tion to the building. “As we get used to “When we were packing it was like Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley. the building, we’ll still continue to find a party in there. I remember years ago the Student Services Center. emergency on campus. This enabled the college to better handle the rush Officers responded to a traffic Hernandez said the plans for the SSC issues. We’re still working on getting out when we were told about a new building. began six years ago and did not experi- some of the bugs.” I was excited,” she said. of students that usually come during the week before accident. and the first week of school. From Aug. 11-22, ence any major stalls in development. Alexis DeVille, music major, said he The SSC, Butt said, is a “green build- “We had to be patient, but here we had a difficult time knowing when to get ing,” designed for sustainability. The 930 students visited had counseling appointments, Monday, June 30 Valdez-Jimenez said. Officers responded to a battery are,” he said. “When we broke ground to the Financial Aid/EOPS counter. sunlight into the building allows for 18 months ago, I told everyone to envi- “You can’t hear when they call your minimal electrical use during the day, EOPS and CARE manager Vicki Ferguson said on campus. the early rush of students is always difficult. An attempted theft was report- sion a new building, a gateway. It is name,” DeVille, in his third semester, but the light itself is also limited, which here.” said. “I did admissions over there (in will keep the lobby from heating up “A lot of students are unfamiliar with the system,” ed. Ferguson said. “A lot of them are the first one of their Donte Blue, an assistant in the now Humanities). It’s just a little too crowd- and requiring excessive air conditioning, combined Financial Aid and EOPS ed. Over there it’s kind of small. It’s kind Butt said. family to go to college.” Wednesday, July 2 In the new SSC, however, workers and managers A subject was contacted and Office, said he is glad to be in the new of bigger here, more space. I like it.” He said the q energy conservation building, despite the few bumps that A common fear during the construc- design will help the college save approx- went into the waiting area and talked to individual it was determined that he was students to make sure they were in the right lines and in need of medical evaluation. come with a new location. tion of the building was the possibility of imately $10,000 a year when compared “It’s a change for everyone — stu- delays similar to what happened during to the amount used in the H Building. received the proper help. The subject was transported to a Valdez-Jimenez said that when individual stu- hospital. dents and staff alike,” Blue said. “We’re the two-year renovation of the Library. Funding for the SSC came from the working to make the transition as smooth Building from the ground up, however, Measure A Bond passed by county vot- dents are forced to wait long periods of time, the as possible for our students. If it’s not the SSC has not had any major set backs ers in 2002, a fact college and district entire process is slowed. Thursday, July 3 “Where we struggle is the students who wait until Unknown subjects vandalized better for them, what does it matter?” to its completion. officials did not overlook during the Hernandez said the feedback has Andrew Butt, principle architect of commencement ceremony. the last minute to enroll,” she said. “If you can’t see the Student Services Center. your counselor, if you can’t (see) financial aid, it cre- been overwhelmingly positive. the project, said the biggest problem in “Voters in West County need to be “I’m hearing students really like the the new building deals with the floor’s thanked,” Gordon said. “They passed the ates a funnel. (The process) gets stopped up.” Wednesday, July 9 Although there were long lines, Valdez-Jimenez Two subjects were involved in new building,” he said. “Nothing but edges continuing to pop off the indi- bond to make this possible.” positive comments.” vidual floors. Williams continued, passing on that said the counseling department did a better job man- mutual combat. aging the rush of students than it had in the past. Nursing major Siriphone Ratanasith “It’s not a huge problem. (It will be sentiment. likes the SSC better than the H Building fixed) in the next few weeks,” he said. “Without the voters in West County, This year, 3,024 students were recorded attending Monday, July 14 counseling sessions from May 25 to Aug. 22, with College property was reported because of its appearance, location and The building’s positive aspects, how- we couldn’t have passed Measure A,” he size. ever, greatly overshadow any shortcom- said. “I think students deserve (the SSC) 600 more students seeing counselors by appointment lost. than last year, she said. “It looks way better and (is) closer to ings it has, especially when compared to and the community deserves it.” Tuesday, July 15 the parking lot,” she said. “Everything those of the H Building. inside is easier to find. In the H Building, Its greatest aspect, many say, is the Contact Brett Abel at babel. Contact Francisco Rendon at frendon. A student was issued a referral firstname.lastname@example.org. for misconduct. it had long lines and in the Financial Aid working heating, ventilation and air con- email@example.com. (Office) it was really small, hard to ditioning system, which was not working Friday, July 18 A subject was arrested and DVC fire | Arsonist sets Police Services Office ablaze cited after a short pursuit. Monday, July 21 A victim reported the theft of his backpack. ■ FROM: Page 1 While the building was damaged, Police old foundation. and/or conviction of the perpetrator. The Lieutenant Jose Delatorre of the Pleasant Services was fortunate enough to have not “My understanding is that the ET district is offering $10,000 and Crime Tuesday, July 22 Hill Police Department said they are cur- suffered a large loss in its records. Building is a satisfactory short-term solu- Stoppers, an organization that works to help A student referral was submit- rently following up on a number of leads in “The records we did lose were more of tion,” Christine Knox, Director of Marketing prevent and solve crime in communities ted due to a student’s inappropri- the investigation. an inconvenience than a tragedy,” Sharp and Communications at DVC, said. and schools across the nation, is offering ate behavior. “We are still actively pursuing leads said. “We were very lucky there was no Gibson said the district has graciously up to $2,000. A staff member reported a sus- and contacting possible suspects based human loss or injury. It mostly comes down agreed to add an additional 480 square feet DVC police aide Amrinder Singh said picious circumstance related to a on information from different sources,” to monetary loss, loss of equipment and of to the module and are currently in the pro- the incident has only strengthened the student. Delatorre said. course, our facility.” cess of designing the new building. January department. A male juvenile subject was The headquarters contained both an Chief Gibson of district Police Services 2009 is the targeted date to have the build- “When situations like these come up, arrested for committing vandal- alarm system and surveillance camera. said, “We had records in different places ing up and running again. we know we can overcome them,” he said. ism on campus. When the break-in occurred, the security — some were also in file cabinets that were “As far as precautions, we are planning “It is not keeping us from doing our job.” A student reported she received alarm was the first to go off, with the fire not in hot spots so those were a bit more to put in alarm and surveillance systems. It Singh said he doesn’t feel targeted, but is a criminal threat from her ex-boy- department notified once the smoke alarm protected.” would also be nice to have a fire retardant keeping an eye out. friend. was triggered. Following the response, Police Services building,” Gibson said. “Best of all, we’d Sharp said, “It didn’t dampen our spirits, “The alarm did its business. All else set up operations in a temporary Mobile like to apprehend the suspect and make an we haven’t lost a step in the level of service Monday, July 28 including the camera surveillance tape is Command Post in the parking lot in front example out of him.” we are able to provide. We are pretty much A college employee was not under investigation,” Lieutenant Tom Sharp of the building. Sharp said, “Really the only thing to back to running about 100 percent again.” feeling well and requested medi- of Diablo Valley Police Services said. Police Services has been relocated do when something like this happens is For additional information, contact the cal attention. He was transported “We do have surveillance tapes of the to DVC’s Engineering and Technology to increase awareness. We are more aware Pleasant Hill Police Department at 925- to a hospital. person actually lighting the fires and uti- Building, located behind the original mod- now of offhand comments or jokes.” 288-4600. lizing the devices used,” Carpenter said. ule. Sharp estimates Police Services will be Reward posters have gone up around Friday, Aug. 1 According to Carpenter, the tapes have not in the ET Building for another six months the campus with a total of $12,000 being Contact Regina Sarnicola at rsarnico- Two juvenile subjects were been enough to identify the perpetrator. before returning to another module on the offered for information leading to the arrest firstname.lastname@example.org. contacted during a pedestrian stop and were found to be under the Budget | State officials fail to produce complete plan influence. Both juveniles were released to their parents. Monday, Aug. 18 Officers responded to a fight at ■ FROM: Page 1 influence the outcome of the impasse. governor are not a recent development. Murillo said that while community col- the bus stop. alent student, Senior Dean of Research “We are sitting here waiting for them to Last year, they waited until Aug. 24 to pass leges are not expected to lose a large and Planning Tim Clow said. Without the pass the state budget,” Magalong said. the budget. The current year’s impasse is amount of money, the delay in finding a Wednesday, Aug. 20 knowledge of how much money is going to Some of the legislators are attending the already the third-longest impasse in state reasonable budget is still causing the dis- A victim reported the theft of be received, he said it becomes difficult to Democratic Convention, which is expected history. trict and programs all over the state to lose a vehicle decide how to divide the district’s funds. to further slow the process of passing a Gov. Schwarzenegger recently made his money. A subject was contacted and Business Services Director Mariles budget. “August revise” as an attempt to compro- arrested for obstructing a officer. Magalong said that at the community col- Disagreements between the Democratic- mise with the Legislature. As of press time, Contact Francisco Rendon at frendon. —Sam Attal lege level, there is little officials can do to controlled legislature and the Republican however, nothing has been finalized. email@example.com. CAMPUS BEAT WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008 l THE ADVOCATE 5 Wing Fling to reveal flavorful samples of restaurant’s cuisine Variety of styles “I am looking forward Three Seasons Restaurant will be serving even more complicated to be showcased to the full classes. dishes and presenting customers with an even higher standard of by student chefs There is a high food quality. number of students in The menu will be expanded with a variety of different dishes, By Lamar James the class and I’m glad such as cod cake with basil and black olive oils to stuffed chick- NEWS EDITOR that the operation of en breast with green peppercorn Beginnning the semester with the restaurant is taking sauce. a blast, the culinary arts depart- “The cooking is going to be ment will host its semiannual a more positive turn.” different,” culinary arts student Wing Fling competition in the Melody Jackson, who has been Three Seasons Restaurant Sept. 3 Patrick Robertson, active in the department for three from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. culinary arts professor semesters, said. “It will be a dif- Students will compete to see ferent line of cooks. The returning who can make the best chicken new students and the old faces,” waiters from spring 2008 semes- wings, with the winning flavor he said. ter Culinary 120 will be the cooks receiving an award at the end of Culinary arts professor Patrick now.” the event. Robertson agreed, noting that the Despite the rise in cost of Admission is $5, and all cus- high enrollment is exciting for the many foods, the Three Seasons tomers will be able to choose program. Restaurant is still dedicated to from different styles of wings “I am looking forward to the bringing quality food at inexpen- created by five different student full classes,” Robertson said. sive prices, Sharkes said. groups. “There is a high number of stu- He said that he wanted stu- Although the Three Seasons dents in the class and I’m glad dents to provide better service to Restaurant does not officially that the operation of the restaurant customers, thus improving their open until Sept. 9, the competi- is taking a more positive turn.” dining experience and making tion will give culinary students Sharkes said many of the stu- them want to come back. a chance to showcase their skills dents are anxious to enter the Additionally, the restaurant and reacquaint themselves with kitchen and really get in the spirit will be trying to expand by put- the kitchen. of serving people. ting more tables and chairs on the The department has once again Not only are students within patio in order to accommodate experienced a growth in enroll- the department anxious about the more customers. ment, with many first-time and upcoming semester, but those out- Sharkes said they are going returning students contributing to side the program as well. to have more people working the the already thriving program, culi- “Their meals are great,” stu- floor to help provide good service nary arts department Chairman dent Tennisa Thomas said. “Their in the relatively confined space. ERIK VERDUZCO / THE ADVOCATE Nader Sharkes said. food is really cheap and they have “This semester, there is a big a very nice dining area.” Contact Lamar James at Stirring up flavor — Culinary arts department Chairman Nader Sharkes keeps a close eye on enrollment and I am glad to see According to Sharkes, the firstname.lastname@example.org. his creation. The Three Seasons Restaurant will host the semiannual Wing Fling Sept. 3. District fills position with new vice chancellor ‘Qualified’ administrator and administration. According to Zacovic, Murillo’s background in particular made her the choice candi- need and how to support them,” she said. Murillo has already made trips out to Contra Costa College and Murillo started out her educational career as a teacher, before moving up the administrative ladder, Murillo eases into role date for the job. “I’m very excited and enjoying (my work),” met with President McKinley Williams. “She is a great addition to the district manage- imbuing a desire to meet student’s needs. A trait she has taken with her to this new position. Murillo said, “This is a great ment team and the district as a whole,” Williams said, “When you’re not on campus, it’s easy to forget By Justin Morrison management team.” “She is confidant, passionate and a team player.” your focus is the students,” she said. “Part of the EDITOR IN CHIEF Though Murillo is looking All three of the community colleges in the district reason I like working here is that people understand forward to her new job and the are unique Williams said, and Murillo understands they are serving students and helping them get an Contra Costa Community College District hired experiences it entails, she still that they all have different needs. education.” Kindred Murillo, new vice chancellor of Districtwide recognizes the large amount This understanding stems from her leaving the Murillo has already established a good work- Administrative Services, on Aug. 5. of work ahead of her. As she office and coming to the campuses to interact with ing relationship with CCCCD Chancellor Helen Murillo comes to the job with 12 years of higher eases into her new position, the students, he said. Benjamin as well. education experience, along with 13 years of work in she is getting a “sense of the “She is very eager to come to college events and “I’m very happy with (Murillo) as a choice, a outside management. things we can do, improve- participate in them,” Williams said. “She wants to get wonderful addition and will bring leadership that “She is eminently qualified for her role as vice ments that can be made and Murillo to know the students.” will be a great addition to the management team,” chancellor,” former interim vice chancellor of ways we can support people.” Comes to The fact that Murillo will not be able to interact Benjamin said. Districtwide Administrative Services Mark Zacovic Murillo will be overseeing the district with the students on a daily basis is the hardest part This relationship will be key in the upcoming said. Murillo comes to the job with an extensive all fiscal operations for the with years for her, she said. At her previous job in the Pasadena years, Murillo said, “it’s going to be a busy couple of background in facility planning, working with bonds district and it is important that of education Area Community College District, she became years, we have lots of things to do.” and measures, as well as being very technology these operations be solid. experience. accustomed to students coming into her office and For now, however, she is just “glad to be here and savvy, which will help with major technology proj- The position requires her asking for her assistance. looking forward to working with everybody.” ects the district will be implementing, he said. to be at the district office in “I miss talking to students,” she said. The district went through a rigorous process to fill Martinez, but Murillo is mak- To help address this issue, Murillo has made it a Contact Justin Morrison at jmorrison. the vice chancellor position and no candidate lacked ing it a point to come out to the campuses. point to attend CCC ASU meetings and events, as email@example.com. strong credentials in community college finance “I like being on the campuses and seeing what they well as ASU meetings at the other two campuses. Mentor program Meet the new staff pairs teachers have a voice in the electoral pro- By Brent Bainto cess for model teachers, Akers STAFF WRITER said. Students will be chosen from Arnold Azizi McNeal Moore Jacobs- Stefanova Webb Voorde A program designed to help a nonbiased perspective and from Psychology EOPS Nursing Early Foreign Physical Counselor new professors with teaching separate educational divisions. Buster counselor childhood Nursing language education strategies, classroom management This will include the Natural, and student interaction will soon Social and Applied Sciences Eight faculty members named full time be implemented at Contra Costa (NSAS), Liberal, Applied Health, College. Vocational Training and Athletics The innovative teacher-mentor (LAVA) and Communication, program places experienced pro- Liberal Arts, Skill and Services (CLASS) divisions, as well as fessors in mentor roles, where they assist new hires, as well as exist- Middle College High School. New professors, teacher Godhuli Bose was also hired full-time. Stefanova is originally from Bulgaria and speaks French, ASU President Jeanelle Hope “Each vacancy had ing staff who have only worked part-time positions or have taken expressed enthusiasm for the pro- counselors come Natural, Social and Applied Sciences Division Dean Terence very qualified candi- Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, English and Macedonian. gram, noting newer teachers will on completely new ones. Elected teacher mentors agree get a chance to gain experience. aboard for fall Elliott said many applied, were paper screened and interviewed dates, therefore the Kalkstein and Stefanova are hoping to expand the foreign lan- to serve a two-semester term with Dr. James Duvall, earth sci- by hiring committees, however, guage department in the future, stipend and flex credit for profes- ences department chairman and few were selected for the open decisions were tough with the goal of offering higher- By Diana Reyes sional development, which will former Academic Senate member, STAFF WRITER positions. to make.” level courses such as Spanish 4, become a requirement for new proposed the idea of the teacher- The college goes through a and expanding the number of pro- staff. They will also receive a let- mentor program to the senate last Contra Costa College is wel- process of hiring new faculty McKinley Williams, grams. The only languages being ter of commendation and certifi- year. coming eight new full-time col- members following the departure college president offered right now are Spanish and cate of appreciation. He has served as a state teacher- lege faculty members to its ranks of professors who have retired Japanese. Academic Senate President mentor and actively works outside this semester, some whom will or quit. retired, CCC filled the position “(Foreign languages) is a Richard Akers is heading the pro- of the classroom with students. be familiar faces to the campus In order to form an agree- temporarily with English as a sec- small department, but with a lot gram and aims to have the mentor Currently, however, there is no community. ment, college President McKinley ond language professor Gabriela of potential to offer more than program ready by this fall semes- formal teacher-mentor program Nursing professors Fran Williams, Vice President Carol Segade. two languages,” Stefanova, who ter. A date is yet to be disclosed. present for professors in both uni- Jacobs-Buster and Sean McNeal, Maga and the United Faculty vice In this case, the process to also hopes to introduce French “The program will create a versities and community colleges. counselor Maritza Vandee Vordee, president must review the process hire a chairperson for the foreign and Arabic classes to the depart- sense of excellence among fac- Duvall said that new teachers psychology professor Mickelle to see who fulfilled the require- language department took place ment, said. ulty,” Dr. Akers said, “as opposed need at least an informal struc- Arnold, foreign languages pro- ments. last spring. Irena Stefanova was Kalkstein said, “We are very to just another job to be done and ture to fall back on for ideas and fessor Irena Stefanova, early “Each vacancy had very quali- hired. happy to have her. We are looking creates an opportunity to have an noted the importance of outside childhood development profes- fied candidates, therefore the Helen Kalkstein, dean of the forward to seeing her department influence on the new faculty and involvement with students past sor Sandra Moore and physi- decisions were tough to make,” Communication, Liberal Arts, evolve. We’ve been waiting for institution.” the classroom. cal education professor/baseball Williams said. Skills and Services Division, said this for years.” He plans to have an election coach Marvin Webb have all For several years, after for- it is unusual for a new faculty process ready by next semester. Contact Brent Bainto at become full-time faculty mem- mer foreign language depart- member to be hired as a depart- Contact Diana Reyes at Both staff and students will firstname.lastname@example.org. bers. Middle College High School ment chairwoman June Chatterjee ment chairperson. email@example.com. 6 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008 CAMPUS BEAT Parking lots repaved due to poor conditions Overdue By Lauren Shiraishi “There were a lot of spidery roadways OPINION EDITOR cracks in the road, and it repaired, Just before the start of the fall semes- ter, Lots 6 and 7 were repaved, making the didn’t look real good. We renumbered roads look and feel smoother. wanted to present a good The lots were fixed because of the poor conditions of the road, as well as for image of the college since aesthetic reasons. (Lots) 6 and 7 are the main “There were a lot of spidery cracks in the road, and it didn’t look real good,” lots people see when they Buildings and Grounds Manager Bruce come onto the campus.” King said. “We wanted to present a good image of the college since (Lots) 6 and 7 are the main lots people see when they Bruce King, Buildings and Grounds manager come onto the campus.” All of the main roadways on the cam- pus were set to be repaved last year, but condition or fairly new,” King said. “But Reorganization the plan was postponed due to the budget, King said. Lots 1, 2, 5 and 14 could use it. We need to do more paving, and hopefully we’ll Previously, the campus parking When the college came up with extra just get it done little by little.” lots were randomly numbered, but money, however, the Buildings and Students are pleased with the results Grounds Department decided to go ahead as well. were reorganized chronologically with the project. “It looks very good. The new road is around the campus. After being Preparation for construction began two excellent and clear,” student Herb Whittie postponed due to budget, Lots 6 said. weeks ago and the actual paving and and 7, located at the front of the repainting of the lines of the lots took Others, however, had not even noticed campus, were repaved over the place the weekend of Aug. 16. the change. summer. More parking lots will be Altogether, the process took three to “I didn’t even pay attention to it,” repaved according to time and four days, but was finished before stu- student Mary Kate Rossi said. “The road budget. dents arrived for fall classes. is just kind of there. I think it looks OK “I was there at 6 a.m. on Monday though.” morning, making sure the lots were all The repaving is the second step of ready in time for the first day of school,” renovation of the parking lots. King said. Last spring, the lots were all renum- There are no definite plans to start bered, following a sequential order around repaving another set of parking lots, the campus. although they will be renovated if time and the budget allows. Contact Lauren Shiraishi at lshirai- “The other lots are still either in good firstname.lastname@example.org. Program to help those in financial emergency $50,000 donation funds They will also be given the opportunity to have some necessities, such as utility bills, medical receives is negotiable. Payments and expenses will be met before their Mart) were very eager to support us.” Wal-Mart chose the schools based on their demo- effort to support students expenses and rent, paid for. Continuing students applying for aid share the due dates in most cases. Bus passes, gas cards and food vouchers will be available on the spot. graphical areas, known as “Wal-Mart Opportunity Zones.” same requirements as first-semester students. They “We do expect to have a very quick turnaround “It seems to me, with our community, we’ll prob- By Sam Attal also need to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point aver- from the time the student applies to the time of ably need more than ($50,000),” Senior Dean of STAFF WRITER age and make progress with toward completing their approval,” Ounjian said. Students Frank Hernandez said. “Our students are in educational goal. Once the aid is granted, attendance of a budgeting a very risky environment.” A new financial aid program will soon be avail- “We’re talking about serious students who have workshop is required. Budgeting workshops will be Initially, the Dreamkeepers program began in able to those in danger of dropping out of school due goals,” Foundation Director Linda Cherry said. “The available either on campus or online once the pro- early January 2005 to find out how emergency to monetary problems. whole point of these funds is to keep students in gram is in full effect. financial systems would help students stay in school, Scholarship America’s Dreamkeepers program, school.” Until this requirement is met, students will not be Barb Weber, assistant vice president of Scholarship funded by a $50,000 donation from Wal-Mart, pro- If interested, a person must fill out an applica- able to register for any classes or receive an official America’s Scholarship Management Services, said. vides financial support for students looking to gain tion available in the Student Life Center. They will transcript. Through Scholarship America and the Lumina a degree, certificate or transfer to a higher education be interviewed by Student Life Supervisor Jennifer If the program remains strong throughout the Foundation For Education, 11 institutions were cho- university. Ounjian and either granted or denied the aid depend- year, administrators and Scholarship America will sen for the pilot program. Lumina was able to The services each student is eligible for will ing on how focused the student is and the necessity discuss funding for future semesters. grant $1.5 million, which lasted approximately three depend on factors such as the need for funds and the of the service. Donations for the program are currently being years. number of semesters the student has attended Contra The question is whether or not money problems accepted by the CCC Foundation and can be written “It was very successful,” Weber said. “(Lumina) Costa College. will keep the student from attending school, Ounjian off as tax deductible. knew community college students were at risk of First-semester students will be able to receive AC said. In the event that a high number of students receiv- dropping out due to emergency situations.” Transit and WestCat bus passes, gas cards and food Students will be required to bring proof of bills or ing the aid drop out, the program will be cancelled or Scholarship America is looking for support vouchers to Lucky and FoodMaxx. expenses that need to be met. If approved, the funds possibly retooled. through donations for semesters to come and is They will be required to fill out a Free Application will be sent straight to the party requesting pay- CCC is the only school west of the Mississippi currently in discussion with Lumina to continue the for Student Aid, declare an educational goal or major ment, to prevent the aid from being spent on other River receiving the grant money, Cherry said. program. and enroll in at least five units fulfilling that objec- expenses. This year, Wal-Mart funded nine other communi- For more information, contact the Student Life tive. “This is not money for tuition. This is not money ty colleges, along with the University of Maryland. Center at 510-235-7800, ext. 4237. Students who have completed at least one semes- for books. This is money to keep students in school,” “We’re very proud as an institution that we were ter, known as continuing students, will be able to Cherry said. granted this honor,” college President McKinley Contact Sam Attal at sattal.advocate@gmail. obtain the same services. According to Cherry, the amount of aid a student Williams said. “(Scholarship America and Wal- com. Annual All College Day sets tone for new academic year Event serves as CCC has accreditation, which is what allows the college to give transferable Maga said in addition to the comple- tion of some construction and renovation opportunity to come units, degrees and certificates. The ACCJC, Maga said, is composed on campus, plans to start the first phase of the Facilities Master Plan, as released by together, gear up of college presidents, vice presidents and other people of leadership roles from col- Perkins + Will in March, are under way. Architect firm tBP has been hired for leges across the state and country. Phase One, which includes demolition By Brett Abel “The accreditation commission sets of the 50-year-old Humanities Building, ASSOCIATE EDITOR what they see as the best practice stan- which will be replaced by a Classroom dards,” she said. Building, much like the Liberal Arts Members of the college family rejoined Williams said is critical for the col- Building. Aug. 15 to kick off the new school year lege to receive high marks and responses Also included in the phase is the with Contra Costa College’s annual All from both the self-study and the visiting demolition and relocation of the Student College Day. commission. Activities Building and the creation of an All constituency groups of the college “It is important for the stability of the entrance to the campus and a new meet- — students, faculty, staff and managers college that we do the self-study and get ing area. — gathered in LA-100 to review last positive feedback from the study team,” “We’re going to get started on them, JUSTIN MORRISON / THE ADVOCATE year’s accomplishments, enjoy summer he said. “It could affect accreditation, our the programming phase,” Williams said. Way to go — President McKinley Williams awards earth sciences depart- vacation stories and discuss this year’s ability to give degrees and certificates. “Get staff people from the college, start ment Chairman James Duvall for his volunteer service at All College Day. projects. “I’m really excited about the oppor- to communicate what the buildings are “It’s always exciting to welcome back tunity to take an internal look,” Williams going to look like, what features it will “The new Classroom Building will ulty and staff, recognizing their work and faculty and kick off the new year,” college said. “Identify areas we may need to have, its layout.” have such a space in the facility also.” efforts on campus. President McKinley Williams said. “All improve.” He said the planning is important On a more lighthearted note, Williams Earth sciences department Chairman College Day serves as an opportunity for Also, Williams and Maga covered the because the buildings will be standing for and Alpha Gamma Sigma, the college’s James Duvall received an award for his us all to come together, hear about last ongoing Facilities Master Plan and the the next 35 to 40 years. honor society, gave several awards to time as a volunteer on committees and year’s accomplishments and set the tone college’s construction, reconstruction and “It’s important to get our best minds faculty and staff. student groups and African-American for the upcoming year.” demolition. together to figure out how to create the AGS gave its Golden Apple Award to studies professor Carolyn Hodge earned The major topic at this year’s All The master plan was the main point building,” Williams said. math professor Sherry Sharufa for her one for her support of students and on College Day was the college’s accredita- of last year’s All College Day, when an A concept he wishes to get into all new work with students. campus events. tion self-study. architect from Perkins + Will, the firm buildings is that of “linger and learn.” “I’m so honored,” she said. “It feels Friends of the Library President Janis “It’s a regular six-year self-study to hired to design the plan, laid out the Williams looks to implement several good to be appreciated.” Walsh was recognized for her work while make sure we’re up to snuff,” Carol Maga, whole plan to the college. areas for students and faculty to gather Sharufa said she tries to make students the Library moved from the SA Building college vice president, said. “Which I Since then, the Americans with in the buildings and on campus, modeled comfortable in her classes and feels that to the Library and Learning Resource think we are.” Disabilities Act compliant path of travel after the Center for Science Excellence. how she cares for students helped her Center. Additionally, Classified Senate The accreditation self-study is 231- from the Library to the Applied Arts “The Center for Science Excellence earn the award. President Mercy Pono earned an award page internal report of the college and, and Administration Building, along with has been extremely successful with the She said it is important for professors for her work on shared governance com- in October, a small group from the the construction of the Student Services space created for them,” Williams said. to understand students’ backgrounds and mittees and custodian Monty Gayton as Accrediting Commission for Community Center, have been completed. “The concept for space we want to rep- learning styles are diverse and professors the college’s most helpful employee. and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) will come “We’re rolling right along with the licate when we remodel or build where have to recognize that in their teaching and review the college’s policies and implementation of the Facilities Master students feel comfortable studying, feel styles. Contact Brett Abel at babel. practices. Plan,” Williams said. comfortable collaborating on projects. Williams gave out five awards to fac- email@example.com. SPORTS WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008 l THE ADVOCATE 7 Comet legend makes final pass ‘J.D.’ Banks, Less than two years later, the jeffcarillo CCC basketball NBA allowed African-American players at a much higher rate. Gold medal star, dies at 73 Banks’ daughter Pamela said if her father were only a few years game a thrill younger he would have been an NBA player. By Brett Abel She also said J.D. had two to experience ASSOCIATE EDITOR loves — his sports and his family. When J.D. won awards for his A staple of the Contra Costa play with the Clowns, he would T he gold medal game for the U.S. men’s national basketball team in the 2008 College athletic department passed away this spring after hav- ing a more than 50-year relation- take his three daughters with him to center court to receive them. “He loved his sports. Little Olympics was nothing short ship with the college. League World Series, he watched of spectacular. Joe “J.D.” Banks, 73, died that,” Pamela said. “He was a fan The U.S. earned every bit May 15 from heart failure in of the WNBA, golf and hockey. of the victory, pulling out Richmond, the city in which he But his love was basketball. He became a high school and college loved football and baseball. But the game by a final score of basketball star. his (real) love was basketball.” 118-107 on Sunday, and what Banks played at CCC in the J.D.’s love and devotion to his followed was pure joy. 1955-56 season, when the Comets family, however, was unmatched, Seeing the American play- made it to the State Championship even by his love of basketball. ers’ reactions as the final Final Four. “My biggest memory I have of seconds ticked off the clock After playing with the Harlem him,” Pamela said of her father, is something I will remember Globetrotters for a year, Banks “was when he told me, ‘When for a long time. played with their expansion team, you have children, you’re a parent Coach Mike Krzyzewski the Clowns, for nine years. for life.’” When he returned to CCC in J.D. was also a brother until and guard Jason Kidd 1970, he was an assistant coach the end. When his two sisters hugged each other, while to men’s basketball coach Ed were sick he took care of them, LeBron James and Carmelo Greene for 18 years. He was also providing comfort until the day Anthony started a chant of the college’s equipment manager they died. “U.S.A., U.S.A!” and the until he retired in 1996. When Pamela heard her father sight of so many smiles on Banks was the college’s first was ill with colon cancer, she tried the faces of players like Kobe All-American and was in the first to do what he did for his sisters. Bryant and Dwyane Wade group of inductees to CCC’s Hall “That’s what he did and what was truly a sight to behold. of Fame in 2004. I was trying to do,” she said. She Some may say the U.S did Although Banks retired from quit working and moved into her coaching in 1988, he continued to parents’ house to look after J.D. not win convincingly, but come to the campus and athletic and her mother Mae. they earned their gold medals events, namely the sport he loved “My father, he’s a special man and they performed with ulti- — basketball. in my life,” Pamela said. “I’m lost mate humility and the high- “He probably didn’t miss five without my dad.” est level of showmanship and games in 30 years,” Greene, for- Current men’s basketball coach respect to their opponents mer men’s basketball coach, said. Miguel Johnson played under and to the fans. Greene says he knew more Greene and Banks in the 1989-90 The Redeem Team was about Banks than almost anyone season. essentially a team that every else because of the amount of “(Banks) would always give time the two spent together. advice,” Johnson said. “He said, American basketball fan can “We went to every city in ‘Continue what you’re doing, play be proud of, as they dem- Northern California,” Green said with heart and finish things out.’” onstrated the true American of his times traveling to tourna- After Johnson became the spirit in their quest for gold ments with Banks. “For three or coach of the Comets in the 2006- and redemption. four days, we’d play one game a 07 season, Banks continued the The sight of the athletes as day for two hours. That leaves 22 relationship. they received their gold med- hours. We spent a great deal of SPECIAL TO / THE ADVOCATE “He’d always show up, sit als was also a picture of just time talking.” All-American — Former Harlem Clown and Comet basketball star Joe “J.D.” Banks, 73, died behind the bench and pull me to how much the gold meant to The topics of discussion were May 17 from heart failure. Banks played on the CCC team that went to the State Final Four. the side,” Johnson said. “(Banks the Redeem Team. vast — from basketball, to travel- said,) ‘Keep your head up and ing, to playing with the Clowns, by his first name and everyone ed to leave. But J.D., in a video letes, however, he was kept off the push through. You have to sacri- As James, who was argu- to life situations. knows him,” he said. “J.D. is J.D.” recorded for his induction into roster, Banks said in 2004. fice and have heart.’” ably the biggest difference- “He had a wealth of experi- But Banks faced hardship the Hall of Fame, simply said, “I “(The NBA) was just begin- Johnson said Banks will be maker in the tournament with ence,” Greene said. “He might when he left Richmond. didn’t like it.” ning (to integrate). I feel that’s the missed, but coaches can continue his leadership and defensive have been the most influential After a stellar career at After his career at CCC situation why I didn’t make the Banks’ commitment to the college aggressiveness, bent down man in my time (here).” Richmond High School, where and before his stint with the NBA,” he said. and its athletes. to receive his medal, he held It was difficult to find some- he graduated in 1954 as a four- Globetrotters, Banks attended the “A team only had one or two “We can continue to be it inches away from his eyes one who could speak an unkind time state champion, he earned Boston Celtics camp where he (African-American players). involved in these young students’ and just stared at it, letting word of Banks. a scholarship to the University of competed with long-time friend Boston had Bill Russell coming lives,” Johnson said. “Not just on the emotions of success and “Even those that hated him Idaho, but returned to Richmond Bill Russell for a spot on the NBA and Sam Jones — they were close the court, but off the court.” loved him,” Greene said. a year later. team’s roster. to their quota,” Banks said joking- victory all sink in. Bryant “Anytime you can walk into Neither Greene nor Banks’ Due to the league’s racist pol- ly, breaking out his well-known Contact Brett Abel at babel. stood on the podium and a facility and you can call him wife Mae could say why he decid- icy toward African-American ath- smile. firstname.lastname@example.org. sang along with the U.S. national anthem as Anthony wiped a tear from his eye as the American flag was raised. And in another great SportShort gesture displayed by the American team, after being awarded the gold medals, CCC defense ‘ahead’ of offense they took them off their necks and hung them each on in team’s preseason scrimmage coach Krzyzewski’s neck, as The Contra Costa College front, McDermott said. well as assistant coaches Jim football team held a scrimmage The offense displayed sparks Boeheim, Mike D’Antoni, on Saturday at Salesian High of life with key play from return- Nate McMillan and the School, evaluating talent and ing starters. Alberto Johnson and architect of the Redeem holding starting position battles Deonta’ Allen led the way at the Team, Jerry Colangelo. for the upcoming season. wide receiver positions. Royce Due to the renovation of Comet Hughes looked good, but could The dream scene of the Stadium, the football team held not get comfortable in the pocket gold medal ceremony was its scrimmage at Salesian High because of the lack of help on the made even greater by what School. offensive line. occurred for 40 exciting min- During the scrimmage, as “We need a lot of help on the utes of basketball. starting positions were up for offensive line,” McDermott said. Despite losing 119-82 to grabs, the defense looked sharp “Movement from the line is the the U.S. in the preliminary with strong play coming from key to our offensive game plan. round, Spain became the first the linebacker and defensive back “We are in a position to win if opponent to give the Redeem positions. we can run the ball, and then we “The defense right now is can open up our passing attack,” Team a game. ahead of the offense,” coach John he said. “With only three return- Spain fought and hung McDermott said. “We have work ing starters there was just a lot of tough against the U.S., stay- to do, but there are plenty of posi- talent evaluating and just getting ing within striking range and tives on both sides of the ball.” guys comfortable in their posi- cutting the deficit to as little The offense was having its tions.” as five points in the final share of ups and downs, as the The Comets play a scrimmage three minutes of play. unit had difficulty running the at San Jose City College Thursday JUSTIN MORRISON / THE ADVOCATE Bryant then hit a 3-pointer ball and opening up a passing afternoon at 3 p.m. Fight for it — Comet right midfielder Chris Garcia (right), freshman, fights off a City College of off a pass from Wade and attack, due to poor blocking up — Anthony Farr San Francisco player in Saturday’s scrimmage against the Rams. The Comets won 2-1. Team starts with 2-1 win drew a foul for a four-point play, which he converted. After another clutch 3 from Wade and a couple free Game of the Week throws from guard Chris I didn’t playing Cañada College at 5. Men’s soccer Paul, the U.S. team culminat- By Brett Abel ScoreBoard have any “Both (teams) are among top- ed three years of hard work Contra Costa College ASSOCIATE EDITOR scrim- notch playoff contenders,” Zeller toward redemption. Comets 2 mages said. VS. The game will be remem- The Comet fall sports season Rams 1 h e r e ,” CCSF started the game strong, American River College bered as one that took the kicked off Saturday afternoon Zeller and the Rams’ Enoch Navarate U.S. back to the top of the when the men’s soccer team faced Next Game: said. “I scored the game’s first goal. off against City College of San figured, Freshman Diego Oerellano When: Sept. 9, 2:30 p.m. world. Sept. 3, Given the past successes Francisco in a scrimmage. at Merritt ‘Why matched CCSF’s goal, chasing Where: Soccer field Contra Costa College scored not put down a long pass from midfield. Records: CCC 0-0 overall, 0-0 in the BVC. American River 0-0 of USA Basketball, the fall two goals in the first half to go up players After the CCSF goalie misplayed from grace in 2004 and the overall. 2-1 over the Rams and eventually in real the ball and put himself out of tremendous pressure this Background: The Comets play American River in their first closed out the contest by the same game situations?’” position, Oerellano placed the ball team faced to win gold, the score. CCC has its next scrim- in the net with ease. home game of the 2008 season. The team is looking to gain a Redeem Team was exactly Rudy Zeller, Comet men’s soc- mage Sept. 3 at Merritt College The Comets took the lead measure of revenge against the Beavers for last season’s 1-0 that. cer coach, said although the win in Oakland. The team begins when sophomore forward Jose loss at American River. CCC’s first game of the season is on does not count in the team’s over- non-conference play Sept. 5 at Gonzalez headed in the final score the road against San Joaquin Delta College on Sept. 5. The Jeff Carillo is sports editor all record, the game is good to see San Joaquin Delta College in of the game. team is looking to build upon last season’s strong finish and of The Advocate. Contact him at to the players play against other Stockton. compete for a Bay Valley Conference title. email@example.com. teams before the season starts. The Comets first faced off with Contact Brett Abel at babel. “My first seven or eight years CCSF at 1 p.m. Saturday before firstname.lastname@example.org. — Jeff Carillo 8 THE ADVOCATE l WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008 SCENE Lots of ‘Death,’ not much plot Unleashed Movies ‘Deathrace’ satisfies explodes on the screen, there is little emotional pay-off by the conclusion. The lennium, taking over the role Schwarzenegger left vacant in the nine- dialogue and a confused character. There is an odd exchange where Joe is speak- only fans of mindless action is there for the sake of action with very little human drama involved. What ties. The character of Ames is a man who ing to Ames and he decides to call him Igor because of how ugly he is. Hollywood action fare human element there is in “Deathrace” is lives in a possible near-future where This character is supposed to be This week: simply cookie-cutter. America’s economy collapses and crime Ames’ biggest competition and he “Babylon Jason Statham plays Jensen Ames, a becomes an epidemic. Prisons fill up and resorts to playground strategies for A.D.” By Ryan Jacques STAFF WRITER man who is framed for the murder of his private corporations run them for profit. name-calling by saying that he has an (PG-13) wife. He is taken away from his daughter The warden of Terminal Island is a ugly face. “Deathrace” is exactly what audi- to Terminal Island Penitentiary where he woman who makes her own luck. She Yet, there are moments where Joe is “College” (R) ences would expect from a movie about meets the warden, played by Academy has Ames take over the persona of a totally ruthless, kicking an inadequate inmates who drive heavily armored cars Award-nominee Joan Allen. masked man named Frankenstein in crew member out of his car at high “Disaster with machine guns in a race to blast their It is there Ames is propositioned by order to get higher ratings for her show. speed. Movie” way to freedom. the warden to drive in her televised show Allen, who is known for her roles in By the end of the (PG-13) As an action movie, it succeeds in its called “Deathrace.” If he wins the race, “Pleasantville,” “Nixon” and the Bourne film, the audience may moviereview level of carnage that includes explosions, he wins his freedom. movies, gives the most wooden perfor- be confused in deciding DVDs neck-breaking and brass flying in the air Statham adds yet another laconic mance of her career. As the antagonist, whether to root for his to the tune of roaring fire-power. action hero credit to his resumé. The she tries a number of ways to prevent character or not. The film is reminiscent of the Arnold movie serves as a vehicle for him, much the racers from winning their freedom, Of all the actors, Schwarzenegger movies of the 1980s, like his “Transporter” series. ensuring her dominance. Ian McShane pro- “Deathrace” like “Commando.” After all the action Statham has developed himself into Though, she never seems like much vides the best perfor- ★★★★★ the man’s man action hero of a threat and that takes away from the mance as Coach, the Starring: Jason of the new suspense. crew leader for Ames. Statham, Joan mil- There is never a time when the audi- Known for his portrayal Allen, Tyrese Gibson ence believes the hero will not get out as Al Swearengen of Directed by: Paul of her trap. When they see a new threat “Deadwood” fame, W.S. Anderson New come, they simply wait for the sub- McShane gives the Genre: Action releases: “What sequent explosive spectacle. movie life, taking typical Happens in Tyrese Gibson plays dialogue and making it Vegas” Machine Gun Joe, somehow credible. (PG-13) another racer, who The director of “Deathrace” is Paul desires to win his W.S. Anderson, a man responsible for “Where in own freedom. giving the world works like “Mortal the World Gibson Kombat,” “Resident Evil” and “Aliens Is Osama does his vs. Predator.” Bin Laden?” best to While his movie “Event Horizon” (NR) work remains one of those bad movies out through there that is good because it is bad, CDs some Anderson nevertheless seems incapable mud- of giving audiences anything beyond an dled adaptation of a pre-existing property. “Deathrace” has unimaginative dia- logue, stock music, shaky, stereotypical camera work and a cliche ending, yet with non-stop eye candy. New People will get what they pay for. releases: The Verve: Contact Ryan Jacques at rjacques. “Forth” email@example.com. SPECIAL TO / THE ADVOCATE The Game: “LAX” Dragon- Force: “Ultra- Beatdown” ‘Ratatat’ fires off an electronic masterpiece BB King: Little-known duo first album is an instrumental “Germany to Germany,” which The song takes a slow drum “One Kind Favor” creates entrancing electronic album consisting of unique genre-bending tracks that can attract fans of all kinds of Lost feature upbeat synthesizer beats and occasional heavy metal gui- tar chords. beat peppered with electric guitar, and slowly increases the pace until it renovates into an Slipknot: “All Hope Is musical mixes music. Made entirely on Mast’s Treasure Fast-paced and frenzied, “Germany to Germany” starts arena rock anthem that can only be described as epic and ambi- Gone” PowerBook over the course of right in the chorus of the song. tious. By Shahruz Shaukat two years, it is the product of an ocean. The effect of the sud- When the song finally slows The album’s final track, Books STAFF WRITER two talented musicians’ creativ- den change of meter is stunning. down for a short melodic inter- “Cherry,” named after Ratatat’s Listening to online radio has ity and temperament. The rest of the album has mission, it launches back up earlier band name, presents distinct benefits. The opening track, trouble living up to the first twice as loud and hectic without a slow, soothing melody. The One of the major benefits is “Seventeen Years,” starts off as track, but is enjoyable nonethe- warning. atmospheric synthesizer sounds getting personalized recommen- a chaotic blend of Mast’s fast- less. Tracks such as “Breaking offer a well-balanced counter to dations for new artists that one paced synthesizer and Stroud’s Each track on the album fol- Away” and “Lapland” showcase the chaotic opening track and may have never heard of before, frenetic guitar-work. It is an lows a general rhythm of build- Ratatat’s hip-hop side, thanks to provides a solid finish to the such as Ratatat, a band that is aural display of fireworks that ing up tension and then offering Mast’s hypnotic drum machine overall album. not that well known, but still has lies somewhere between rock, a release as the song progresses, beats combined with Stroud’s For fans of any kind of remarkable talent. techno and hip-hop. which creates an interesting equally entrancing guitar riffs. music, “Ratatat” is an album New Ratatat is a New York City- But about halfway through, mood on the album as a whole. “Breaking Away” is a great worth checking out. releases: based duo composed of guitar- the music slows into a serene Fans of Daft Punk and example of how Ratatat is able Terry Contact Shahruz Shaukat at Brooks: ist Mike Stroud and producer downtempo, reminiscent of slow other electronic artists will to transform hip-hop into rock “The Gypsy Evan Mast. Ratatat’s eponymous waves drifting back and forth in enjoy tracks like “El Pico” and and back with ease. firstname.lastname@example.org. Morph (The Genesis of Student, faculty expressions Shannara, Book 3)” Kathy showcased in spring Current Reichs: “Devil Bones: A Novel” Stephanie art. ing ceremony in November. Laurens: By Alec Surmani ASSOCIATE EDITOR Poems range a variety of styles, from In addition to printed “The Edge bullet-point lists instructions on glove- word, the magazine also of Desire” For all of the demeaning labels Contra making to short stories about people features an assortment of Nina Garcia: Costa College has erroneously gathered losing themselves in museum paintings. photographs and paint- “The One over the years, only one negative descrip- Some of them are as short as four-word ings. Hundred: tion truly fits — Commuter College. quips about Internet deception, while oth- Some are simple A Guide to Most of the student population is made ers are lengthy reflections captures of nature or the Pieces up of people who choose to or simply on a father-son relation- bookreview childhood, while others Every cannot remain on campus long enough to ship. are colorful displays of Stylish forge bonds with their fellow students. No matter what length watercolor or manipu- Woman Between the 18- and 19-year-olds or form they take, they lations of the hand. Must Own” looking to keep their heads down and provide an intriguing These visual power through their general education in insight into how some accompaniments Anne an effort to transfer as soon as possible CCC students are think- “Current” greatly compliment Rolphe: ★★★★★ and the working adults ranging from ing, feeling and express- Author: Various the writings and “Epilogue: A their late 20s to at least early 80s try- ing themselves. further illustrate Genre: Poetry Memoir” ing to squeeze in some units in between A number of staff and Release Date: the artistic merit Available now Jayne their careers and family, little solidarity is faculty members also of some of CCC’s Castle: formed among the student body. contribute works to the more creative “Dark Light This may not necessarily be a bad magazine, such as sociol- students. (Ghost quality, in fact it is part of what defines ogy professor Dr. J. Vern Cromartie’s As a whole, Current Hunters, CCC. It does make it difficult for student elegy for a former Black Panther who exemplifies what students on campus Book 5)” clubs to thrive, a fact the Poetry Club died of lung cancer in 2007, titled can do when they express themselves and Editor’s note: knows all too well. “Commemoration for Brother Jimmy.” come together to share that expression This column lists Constantly struggling with low mem- More lighthearted works from faculty with their fellow Comets. others to such personal desires, particu- popular new (and bership and a meager budget, the club members can also be found. Poetry Club It takes bravery to admit that one larly when one has to go so far out of the upcoming) releas- nevertheless managed to put out a strong adviser and United Faculty President wishes they could experience the invul- way to do so. es for the week. product at the end of the spring semester. Jeffrey Michels turns in a comical offer- nerability felt by their child when they The latest edition of Current magazine ing, “Owed to the Library,” which he pre- put on Power Ranger underwear. Contact Alec Surmani at asurmani. features a wide array of student and staff viously showcased at the Library’s open- True bravery, however, is exposing email@example.com.
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