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                                 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
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.

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,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     — 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

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                                CMYK                                                                                                                                                             CMYK
2 THE ADVOCATE                       l WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008                                             OPINION
     “Words are a form of
        action, capable of
influencing change. Their
 articulation represents a                   WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2008 VOL. 91, NO. 1

            complete, lived

                     Ingrid Bengis

          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

                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-
                                                                                                                                                                                              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           advocate@gmail.com.

                                                          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
                                                                                          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
                                  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
                                                                               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
                                                                               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-          ljames.advocate@gmail.com.
ed, one could barely call me
Japanese. I prefer R&B to J-

                                          BUY TESIS, K MORE
Pop, chick lit to manga and I
hate the texture of raw fish.
   I look at some of the
Japanese athletes in the

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

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-                                                                                                                      advocate@gmail.com.
ety and lose touch with their
   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
                                                                                                                                                       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.                                      advocate@gmail.com.
p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
   Works on display include

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                                                                                                                                                   advocate@gmail.com.
for misconduct.                       it had long lines and in the Financial Aid        working heating, ventilation and air con-      advocate@gmail.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     la.advocate@gmail.com.
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.              advocate@gmail.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           ljames.advocate@gmail.com.            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           advocate@gmail.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       bbainto.advocate@gmail.com.             bers. Middle College High School      ment chairwoman June Chatterjee       ment chairperson.                      dreyes.advocate@gmail.com.
6 THE ADVOCATE             l WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008                                           CAMPUS BEAT

                                                                                                   Parking lots repaved
                                                                                                   due to poor conditions
                                                                                                                                                         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   shi.advocate@gmail.com.

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
                                                           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-       advocate@gmail.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.                                   advocate@gmail.com.
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.
jcarillo.advocate@gmail.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        advocate@gmail.com.                                                                      — Jeff Carillo
8 THE ADVOCATE               l WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008                                              SCENE

                        Lots of ‘Death,’ not much plot

                       ‘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
                                                                                                                           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
           (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
                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                 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.
                                                                                                                                                                        People will get what they pay for.
   The Verve:
                                                                                                                                                                       Contact Ryan Jacques at rjacques.
      “Forth”                                                                                                                                                        advocate@gmail.com.
                                                                                                                                                                                           SPECIAL TO / THE ADVOCATE
  The Game:

                      ‘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
 “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
                      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.                  sshaukat.advocate@gmail.com.
 Morph (The
  Genesis of

                      Student, faculty expressions
    Book 3)”


                      showcased in spring Current
     Bones: A

    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
                      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        advocate@gmail.com.

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