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By Marsha A. Perry
One hundred eighty-fve winter session
classes are scheduled to return to City
College on Jan. 3, 2011. It has been nearly 17
months since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s
proposed budget cuts forced the Los Angeles
Community College District (LACCD) Board
of Trustees to unanimously vote to cancel the
2009 summer classes at Los Angeles City
College, that ultimately led to the cancellation
of winter sessions as well.
LACC is among fve of the nine colleges
within the LACCD that will offer winter
classes. East L.A., Trade Tech, Pierce, and
L.A. Valley will also offer winter sessions on
their respective campuses.
LACC classes are expected to fll up fast.
Prompt registration is advised. Enrollment for
continuing LACC students can be completed
online at www.lacitycollege.edu. LACC’s
Child Development Center will offer childcare
during the winter semester, further details can
be answered by the department directly at
(323) 953-4000, ext. 2220.
“I’m excited that we’re offering the
winter session,” said LACC’s Dean of Student
Enrollment, William Marmolejo. “... Not all
schools in our district are offering winter and
it’s a nice position to be in. So this year we’re
one of the fve schools that are offering winter
so it feels good and I like that students are
happy. ... It.’s been several years since we’ve
had this many classes available to our students.
... This year we kind of planned our year so
that we would be able to offer a relatively large
winter session. ... I’m really, really happy.”
The elimination of LACC’s 2009 summer
classes was expected to affect more than
35,000 students and more than 1,600 classes
were cancelled due to the state budget
crisis and the college defcit estimated at $4
million dollars, according to an LACCD
May 2009 news release. Marmolejo said that
he is very hopeful and optimistic for a 2011
summer session, however, he has not received
confrmation that summer classes will resume.
Summer and winter sessions at LACC
have been cancelled since the second summer
sessions of 2009 and many LACC students have
enrolled at other campuses for those needed
class sessions. Rabin Woods, a psychology
major at LACC, said that he is happy that he
does not have to travel to a different school to
take classes this winter. Woods said that he had
registered for classes at West L.A. College this
past summer, but the classes were full.
“I saw someone with a brochure for
LACC winter classes, so I enrolled for English
and math this winter session,” Woods said. “I
also found out that my fnancial aid for this
semester has to roll over to the winter session,
so basically you don’t receive any extra
money for going to winter classes, but I’m still
LACC Cinema major, Catrina Gaston
attended summer and winter classes at West
“I felt that if we would have had classes
here it would have been better than commuting
to a different school,” Gaston said. “I had
problems with my fnancial aid when I took
classes at West L.A. ... And that was not a
good experience. I think that it is a great idea
that winter is back.”
LACC Nutrition major, Samanthia Aiken
said that it is great that winter classes are back
because she encountered problems with her
fnancial aid payment disbursement.
“I found out two weeks ago about winter
sessions. I really appreciate that it is back
because it cuts out the fnancial aid confusion,”
Aiken said. “I attended summer class at East
L.A. College. and I applied for a grant there
but I didn’t get the money until after the
summer. Because I am an LACC student, the
paperwork got delayed.”
A decrease in expenditures such as classes,
purchasing, travel and a hiring freeze was
implemented to help the district to save more
than $20 million dollars, according to a May
2009 LACCD news release.
There is no guarantee that LACC will be
able to offer future winter sessions, due to the
current economy, according to Marmolejo.
The winter session will end on Feb. 6, 2011.
Winter Classes Return after One-Year Hiatus
Classes Filling Fast
Students ﬁll the halls of Clausen
with jazz tunes.
ﬁnds her voice.
The Studio Jazz Band performed at Clausen Hall last week in the latest offering of the music department's concert series. The concerts are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. There are 17 performances
remaining this semester.
Illustration by Edgar Gonzalez/ Collegian
By Matthew Ali
More than 60 years ago LACC launched
the nations first jazz program. Now in 2010, a
more than six decades old tradition continues
in the soon to be renovated Clausen Hall.
Room 247 was a full house, the Studio Jazz
Band, directed by Barbara Laronga performed
live on Nov. 9 at noon.
“It was good,” said Emi Okabe, a music ma-
jor. “It seemed like they were having fun. The
musicians only saw the music a couple of times
The performance was well received by stu-
dents. The audience was composed of nothing
but students; there were no recognizable alum-
ni present. It has been estimated that there were
around a hundred people in attendance.
“It’s always a learning experience,” said
Jason Richard, music major. “It’s amazing to
learn from the veterans of the band; they are
The traditions of the LACC jazz program are
going to be carried on for a long time to come
with new renovations being done to Clausen
“In July 2011 Los Angeles City College will
begin renovating the Music Department build-
ing,” wrote Dr. Daniel Wanner, music depart-
ment chair, in a press release. “The $13 million
construction budget---part of the bond program
that has funded recent renovations and the con-
struction of new buildings on campus---allows
for upgraded systems, seismic upgrades, and
renovated classrooms and practice rooms.”
The renovations are planning to improve
many portions of the music department, in-
cluding the jazz program. The department has
also started a fundraising campaign, to help the
scope of the project be fully realized.
“The project is going to give us a bigger and
better recital hall,” wroteWanner. “We hope to
attract more students, publicity and acknowl-
Kalifa Madden and Becky Patterson contrib-
uted to this story.
Photo by Jorge Ponce/ Collegian
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By Curtis Strain
Student Photo Editor Luca Loffredo
is going beyond the call of duty these days,
having been left in charge of the print man-
agement duties of the LACC Collegian by a
bureaucratic nightmare of memos, useless bid-
ding practices, and strange allegations.
It all started when the Los Angeles Com-
munity College District decided to submit
an RFP (request for proposals) to find a new
printer for the college newspaper, in August.
This process is used to create a bidding struc-
ture for services rendered to the District. The
decision was made to post an ad for two days
in the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
When American Foothill Publishing Co.,
Inc. (AFP) bid for the job, they were awarded
a three-year contract. The previous printer,
who worked with the Collegian for more than
40 years, including numerous award-winning
issues, was never notified of the bidding pro-
The real fun started when professor
Rhonda Guess objected to the lower paper
quality, lower ink ratios, and higher prices for
spot color. Reliable sources tell us that both
Mt. Sac and Pasadena City College pay $50
for spot color printing per page, while LACC
is being charged $150 for the same service.
Instead of admonishing AFP for their lower
standards and unfair prices, Vice President of
Administration, Paul Carlson, finalized the
contract with American Foothill, and mentions
professor Guess (whose students create the
newspaper) as being not to the liking of the
printer- in the contract itself.
The current agreement stipulates in as
patronizing a fashion as possible that the Col-
legian and AFP must work smoothly together.
Yet the faculty adviser, professor Guess must
not have any communication or contact with
the printer, who prints the newspaper she is
This, of course, leads us to think we
should bid for the job repaving all the cracked
cement and asphalt around campus. If anyone
complains about our overpriced, subpar work
we can always get V.P. Carlson to give them a
backhanded reprimand in our contract.
City College Creates Positive Futures
By Kalifa Madden
I have been subjected to a lot of complaints
from my peers since enrolling here at LACC. It’s my
frst semester in attendance after registering in May,
and while I do empathize with a lot of the gripes of
the student body, I must say my experience contra-
dicts a lot of the sob stories heard thus far.
After being away from school for fve years, I
am now a returning non-traditional college student.
I have no more time to waste and I am here to make
the best of my opportunity. With that outlook, I have
been able to see the beneft in my endeavors here. I
have benefted from both the fnancial aid and student
counseling departments without any major glitches,
aside from the inevitable wait for assistance. I rec-
ommend exercising patience and persistence when
dealing with those aspects of our academic path.
I am currently taking an Improvisational acting
class, Hatha Yoga Skills and Journalism 101, along
with a few other classes. The learning experiences
have positively enriched my life, with astounding re-
sults. The yoga teachings are based on fnding one’s
true self and centering your mind to achieve higher
levels of consciousness.
In my Improvisation class, I am taught ways
to express myself, broken down into acting styles
instructed by Professor Dan Green, who has quite
an impressive IMDB resume. The facilities here are
also not as sub-par as one might expect as a conse-
quence of the affordable tuition. I use the gym on a
regular basis and while I would suggest a little more
maintenance and cleaning up over there, it is still
something extra I am offered as a student of this
school. The computers, copiers and printers in the
library also work fne and get the job done. I would,
however, like to express the need for a scanner and
a fax machine.
In previous issues of the Collegian, on the front
page, it said the Dental Technology program was
the best in the nation, which is additional proof this
college offers a worthwhile curriculum and that we
have something to look forward to as we invest our
I have been enjoying every minute of my jour-
ney at LACC this semester, and with the information
I learn, I hope to someday use it to affect the lives of
others positively. I will always refect with gratitude
and pride on the fundamental education I received at
Los Angeles City College.
I’m writing to inform you about a story I think
deserves to be published on the Collegian for student
Friday October 15, I came to the campus by bike to
tutor Math at Trio from 9am to 1pm. I locked my bike
in one of the most popular areas on the campus between
Eopns and Financial Aid, directly across the lounge ve-
randa of the Tully Café.
As I ended my shift I walk toward my bike to fnd
out it was gone. I searched the area were I locked it to
fnd my lock cut left on the ground.
I immediately fled a report with the Sheriffs. They
shared with me information regarding some interesting
dynamics of bike thefts cyclically occurring at our cam-
I had a recurring thought in my mind, a tag line
from something I read in a magazine: “When something
is stolen from you, you have a 24 period to fnd it before
the chances of loosing the item forever increase expo-
nentially”. A strong gut feeling told me to look for it until
the end of the day. I asked the Sheriffs for their direct line
and begun the search around campus.
Less then two hours later I had a strange hint that I
saw my bike. It was more a blurred image in the distance,
something that resembles a déjà-vu mixed with a power-
ful adrenaline rush.
I slowly walked toward this place acting as if I was
just a regular student going home from school. I pulled
out my cell phone and acted as if I was calling my pick-
up, but on the other end I had the sheriffs. Sixty sec-
onds later two cars came to meet me with three offcers.
Throughout this time my eyes stayed glued onto my bike
from the other side of the street; throughout these very
slow 60 second a sheriff remained on the phone and he
asked me to describe to him what was happening.
The Offcers walked in the store and spoke Spanish
to the people inside. One offcer positioned by the en-
trance waived at me to go inside the fence describing the
perimeter of this outdoor Mexican tienda.
They were selling sun glasses, headphones, t-shirts,
cheap jewelry, calling cards, cell phone plans, Internet
services and about a dozen bicycles. It was set up like a
farmers market with several desks and a person behind
each one probably owner of the merchandise. Some of
the bikes were painted over, poorly, or sanded to some-
what avoid recognition.
The owner of the tienda explained she bought my
bike from a young kid that morning for $25. The Sheriffs
and I didn’t press charges, but the owners of the store
were worn and I had my bike back!
I have to express my gratitude to the Sheriffs at
campus; they dealt with my case gracefully and extreme-
In conclusion, here are my tips to everyone riding a
bike to campus:
1) Don’t assume your expensive lock can’t be
opened. Use more than one lock. Multiple locks =
more time to steal your bike.
2) Take pictures of your bike and store them, this
way you’ll have a reference to show if something
3) Keep your bike receipt. A $400 value or more in
considered Grand Theft and that = to jail.
4) Mark your bike “where the sun don’t shine” with
a unique mark in a unique place you and only you
5) Store the campus Sheriff Department number
on your cell phone.
6) Be vigilant. If you think someone is up to no
good contact the Sheriffs immediately.
My bike was stolen in one of the most popular plac-
es on campus; this guy had to pull a big ranch from his
back pack to cut through the lock, but nobody seems to
have witnessed the event. If we, the students, start look-
ing after for each other properties less thefts are going to
7) If your bike is stolen report it immediately to the
Sheriffs, but don’t panic. Walk to the south-west corner
of Santa Monica and New Hampshire -that is one block
north of our Martin Luther King library,- your bike may
be for sale at that outdoor tienda! If so don’t try to re-
cover it yourself, let the Sheriffs do their job for you.
Fom Andrea Bari
By Matthew Ali
Due to budget cuts, LACC had to cut its
winter session in recent years. Now, in 2011, the
winter session returns.
While it only offers a limited selection of
classes, the winter session really does help students
better pursue their quest for higher education. The
alternatives, such as having to sign up somewhere
else and attending several schools, are a hassle.
Not having a winter quarter meant a great deal of
inconvenience for a lot of people. Many of us felt
betrayed by LACC. Now that the short semester
is back on track, students can take a class or two,
inching them a little further toward their goal.
Among the available subjects are English and
Math, as well as many others. This will help a lot of
students, not only moving them forward, but also
keeping them in a student’s mindset. I think that the
winter session is as important as the fall and spring
Cutting the winter semester was a poor
choice, and indicative of administrators putting our
education last. Of all the things to sacrifce for our
budget, I think the winter session was the wrong
thing to give up. It was a decision that slowed down
the education of many students. For many of us,
this can make the difference between success and
failure. Therefore, I applaud the decision to re-
institute the winter quarter. This allows us to focus
on what’s important: our education, our goals and
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Compiled by Emani Ellis
Photo By Russ Mutuc
“Yeah, I’m happy that the winter session is
back. I’m taking sign language, because
I want to be an interpreter for the govern-
ment. So, in the winter, I can hurry and get
the classes over with and start working.”
“I’m planning to take a stage crew course,
which is a requirement for the Theatre Acad-
emy in the winter. I was kind of bummed that
the winter course wasn’t available last year,
but I’m glad that its available now.”
“I may take physics. Oh, I’m glad that they
did bring it back, because it was kind of
holding me back from transferring out, so it’s
taking me to the next level.”
Mary M. Bosch
“I’m signing up for math in the winter, be-
cause math classes ﬁll up quickly. I decided
to take math for the winter session, because
I hear its shorter, but I’ve never taken a
winter class. [It will] be good that its back,
because then the spring classes won’t be as
full, that’s what happened last year. So yeah,
I’m glad we got funds back to have winter
“Well, I’m glad that they’re offering classes
in the winter, compared to no classes last
year, [it will] help me advance in completing
“I plan on taking a speech class and maybe
an English class. I chose to take a class in
the winter, because it was ﬁve weeks and
even though it may be tough, I could get a
basic class out of the way. Glad its back,
because anytime you have an opportunity
to complete a program, it’s kind of good, I
want to transfer to UCLA, so with the winter
session back, I can kill two birds with one
LACC’s Winter Wonderland
Is Back on Track
By Jesse Billings
I’ve been living in LA since 2007, long
enough to allow for a unique perspective; one
of admiration and a larger awareness about the
world I’m living in. Depending on where you’re
coming from, moving to LA and being a student
at LACC can be a culture shock, as well as a
breath of fresh air. For me, it’s more of the latter.
I grew up in Springfield, Oregon. It’s a beautiful
state. It’s very green, there’s lots of great food
and lots of hippies. It’s also very white. There’s
nothing wrong with that, it’s just that unless you
grow up in Portland, which is pretty much the
only exception, you’re not surrounded by any
ethnicity other than Caucasians. California, and
Los Angeles in particular, seems to be on the
cutting edge of everything. Yes, the economy
is terrible, along with the rest of the country,
but California seems to be first when it comes
to a whole range of issues, whether it’s tech-
nology, culture, politics, etc. I think you notice
this even more when you’re a transplant like
myself. Many people living outside of Los An-
geles or New York City don’t seem to consider
those cities the “real world”. In a sense, they’re
right. Just a few months ago, I had the privilege
to travel around the country for a year, doing
children’s theater, going to mostly small towns
and cities. I’ve been to New York as well, and
I have to admit, the rest of the country does
not reflect the culture and pace of life that the
coasts represent. That’s also what makes Los
Angeles so exciting. This country is deeply
divided. California, specifically Los Angeles,
represents the future of our country. You could
apply the usual labels to describe this change:
progressive, liberal, etc. But whatever people
want to call it, it is a natural evolution. And
that’s not something that can be reversed. It
is only a matter of time before gay marriage,
marijuana, and other “controversial” issues
will be part of mainstream culture. There are
people who said we’d never have a black presi-
dent. But it happened. It’s real, and I think it’s
pretty amazing. Some people in America are say-
ing things like, “I want my country back!” Well,
your country hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s chang-
ing, it’s growing, and hopefully, minds are ex-
panding. You can’t stop progress. It’s been said
that within a few decades, Caucasians will actu-
ally be a minority. Being Caucasian myself, I’m
fine with that. America was built by immigrants.
Somehow people forget that. Whether your born
and bred here or you came from somewhere else,
it’s pretty amazing to live in LA, go to LACC,
and to quite literally be on the cutting edge of
where the country is going.
LACC Offers Diversity
By Britney Blake
As a student at more than one college campus,
I’ve noticed that organization is a huge factor in
keeping students satisfed and learning well. Being
a frst time student here at LACC, I’ve noticed that
the Financial Aid Department here seems very
disorganized and behind schedule.
I’ve been a student at a CSU campus, as well as
one other junior college. After being here at LACC
for the fall semester, I’ve had a bad experience with
the Financial Aid Offce. During my time at CSU, I
always received my fnancial aid information long
before school started. Here at LACC, I was very
disappointed to know I wasn’t going to receive the
information on how much I would receive or when
I would get my fnancial aid until the second month
of the semester. That really put me behind, because
I was expecting my fnancial aid to help purchase
books, as well as pay for a place to live.
I also noticed that the Financial Aid
Department here at Los Angeles City College never
has an answer for you. It’s always “come back next
week, it should be updated.” They said this to me
I can say that my time here would have been
a more positive experience if I had seen more of an
effort from the staff. It is very different from the
experience one generally fnds at a CSU campus.
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News in Brief
Jesse McGee, Jameson Young and Suellen A. Cunningham are veterans who are providing special care packages
ﬁlled with snacks, energy bars, shaving kits and tooth brushes to send to Iraq and Afghanistan, in time for the holi-
days. The deadline for donations has been extended until Thursday. Take items to Clausen Hall Room109.
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Compiled by Dominic Buted and Tristan Shaw.
Serving Free Thanksgiving Meals:
Food on Foot
Location: 1625 N. Schrader Blvd. Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Time and Date: Nov. 11, 21, and 25 at 3:15 p.m.
Phone: (310) 442-0088
Food on foot is offering meals, one free sleeping bag, and four free
bus tokens that will directly beneﬁt those in need. Sign up online at
Otay Group Charity’s Annual Giving Thanks Project
Location: Los Angeles Region
Date and Time: Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Road Stoves and Otay Group Charity will be dropping off meals
throughout Los Angeles. They need volunteers to help with the food
drop or donations such as monetary, blankets, shoes, food, etc.
Westside Community Celebration
Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
at 1855 Main St., Sant Monica
Date and Time: Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Phone: (310) 394-3153
Volunteer to donate uncooked turkey [defrosted already please] or
your time to roast it by Thanksgiving morning from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Pumpkin pies are also accepted.
Fred Jordan Mission
Location: Skid Row, Downtown Los Angeles.
Date and Time: Nov.25 at 10 a.m.
Phone: (626) 915-1981
Be a part of the Fred Jordan Mission’s Thanksgiving event by serving
a traditional turkey dinner at Skid Row. You could also make a dona-
tion; monetary, clothing or food. Involve your group or tell friends about
the opportunity to volunteer.
Gobble Gobble Give
Location: The Echo Night Club
at 1822 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles
Date and Time: Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
From store bought, to homemade turkey and stufﬁng. You’re asked
to bring a dish of food, ﬁve toiletry kits (toothbrush/toothpaste, soap,
and shampoo) and any piece of used clothing or blankets. There are
volunteer titles to set up the day called the Early Birds. You could also
be among one of the kitchen crew, conveyor belt crew, boxers, vehicle
coordinators, drivers and or cleaners.
Students interested in joining a campus chapter alcoholics anonymous
are encouraged to attend. The meetings are Monday from 11 a.m. to
noon and on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Franklin Hall B 02.
Winter 2010 Faculty Show
Da Vinci Gallery will host an opening reception on Nov. 30, from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. The show will feature ceramics sale and postcard art-
works by LACC students. There will be live music by the LACC Music
Department and DJ Octopus PHD.
Volunteer for World AIDS Day 2010
Volunteer on Dec. 1 to release 99 red balloons in memory of victims of
AIDS. Organizers hope that ﬁlling the sky with balloons will make peo-
ple look up and contemplate relationships, friends, HIV/AIDS and Life
awareness. For more information contact Dan Tyler at dantyler2010@
Meals and Volunteering
Collecting Treats for Troops
By Marsha A. Perry
Pretty, funny, talented, helpful
and smart are just some of the qualities
that LACC Professors used to describe
LACC student, Jade Rizo-Soto; who
was found murdered in her apartment
on Oct. 11. LAPD detectives from the
Rampart division are woking on the
investigation, but have not shared any
information on the case. At LACC,
members of the college community
“She was the light of the class,”
said Spanish Professor, Yelgy Parada
about Rizo-Soto who was a student
last spring. “She joked a lot and
everyone was always happy to see
her. She always helped everyone.
She spoke Spanish and was always
helping people when they needed help
with Spanish. She also had a gift for
performing. For Foreign Language
Day, she opened the ceremony with
her dance. You could just see that she
enjoyed life. She’s already missed.”
At Rizo-Soto’s home on the
day of the murder, water was heard
running in on the main-foor apartment
from around midnight on Oct. 9 until
the next evening when management
arrived to investigate. The apartment
also had a broken window, possibly in
the bedroom or the living room area,
according to a witness who lived at
Rizo-Soto’s apartment complex
“She was a pretty girl,” said
a witness who did not wich to be
indetifed, and has lived in the Virgil
Square apartment complex for several
years where Rizo-Soto was murdered.
“I have seen her with her two small,
white dogs, and we cordially spoke.
There are a lot of single women in the
complex and there has been previous
break-ins and robberies with the most
recent incident [occurring] in the past
two to three months.”
The Collegian has followed up
numerous times with detectives in the
Rampart Division for more details
about the case, but calls have not been
“She was my French I and French
II student when this happened,” said
LACC French Professor Guirguis
Menes. “She was detail-oriented
and she liked to ask questions. She
was very curious about the French
language. She was funny, smart, and
always willing and available to help
anyone in class. She was the mother
of all virtues – very humbled and
charitable toward others. We’re going
to miss her.”
LAPD Investigates, College Community
Remembers Murdered Student
By Mieesha Johnson
There are now opportunities for club members to
show their leadership skills in ASO. Shawn Adamski, execu-
tive vice president of ASO announced last Tuesday that there
are many senator-positions available.
The senate-positions include: Senator of Cultural Di-
versity, Health and Safety at-large, Recruitment, Activities
and Planning, Disabled Students, International Student Af-
fairs and Parliamentarian. They are all open to club repre-
sentatives. Students signing up must show a lot of interest,
ASO Senate Positions Available
See ASO on page 7
Los AngELEs CoLLEgiAn
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
By Tanya Flowers
Cub Café hosts a student-run
dining experience in room 202 of the
Administration Building where faculty
and staff receive a delicious lunch that
is specially prepared by the talented
students of the food preparation class of
the Dietetic Program.
These imaginative students come
together to develop menus, prepare
magnifcent meals and provide optimal
“This is food production, and
what we do is prepare and process the
food,” said dietitian student Mallary
Watson. “Every week, teams get to
pick managers; we organize people
into groups and make dinner. Today’s
theme is Mardi Gras and we have some
jambalaya with rice, Caésar salad and a
tart. Our group decided on Jambalaya
because we wanted to do something
different, it’s a meal that has never been
done in food prep before.”
Food gets a new spin, thanks to last
week’s theme. The smell of the soon to
be devoured cuisine, the sound of rich
Louisiana music and the sight of tables
draped in vibrant colors brought the
Café to life. Taste buds danced to the
delectable music as dinners enjoyed the
carnival for the palate.
Patrons were served a Cajun
inspired Caésar salad appetizer, a main
course of New Orleans style chicken
and sausage jambalaya served over
white rice with a side of sautéed squash
and a fakey buttermilk biscuit. For
dessert, faculty and staff enjoyed a
warm southern style peach tart served
a la mode and choice of lemonade,
Louisiana sweet tea or coffee.
“The last couple of times I had
eaten at [Cub] Café it was very good.
I think it’s a great teaching activity and
good trade operation that helps to give
students experience,” said U.S. History
professor, Peter Sheridan as he sat down
about to enjoy his meal.
The experience of running Cub
Café once every week has provided the
dietitian students with an unparalleled
“I am studying to be a dietetic
supervisor,” said Peter Carriszo, a
food production student as he carefully
prepared the Caésar salad. “I think I am
learning a lot, it’s a wonderful program,
[and] I am getting hands on experience
and I am learning about placing and
food handling. I am very satisfed with
what we learn here.”
Students Bring Taste of Louisiana to City
Scholars Program Helps Students Join Ivy League Ranks
Photo by Luca Loffredo/ Collegian
Lous Cavral and Claudia Delgado, both majoring in family and consumer studies, team up
to assemble individual peach tarts for the Mardi Gras luncheon on Nov. 9.
“ I think it’s a
activity and good
that helps to
-- Peter Sheridan,
U.S. History professor
By Layla Fernandez
Students at Los Angeles City College are encour-
aged to take advantage of one of the college’s reward-
ing programs—the Ralph Bunche Scholars Program—
named for American political scientist and diplomat
Ralph Bunche. This honors program focuses on the
development of college
students, and encourages
them to excel in school and
sets them on a path to pur-
sue higher learning at Ivy
League schools. Any stu-
dent at LACC with a grade
point average of 3.25 is wel-
come to enroll
The Director of the
Ralph Bunche Scholars Pro-
gram, Dr. Danielle Muller,
is eager to recruit new ap-
plicants for next semester.
The students at City who
take advantage of the pro-
gram go on to apply to uni-
versities like UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley and Columbia
University to name a few. The program is also affliated
with the Honors Transfer Council of California, which
has a full list of other schools that might interest stu-
Students also have the opportunity to show their
research papers at conferences at UC Irvine, making
them more competitive.
“Every student who is thinking of transferring and
has the minimum G.P.A. should apply,” Muller said.
Especially in today’s world where it’s very competitive,
it’s really cutthroat.”
One of the students who transferred from LACC to
Columbia University in New York City is John Butler,
who is an
American Studies major. He says his experience as
part of the scholars program had a major impact on his
ability to transfer to Columbia University from City as
“Being part of the Ralph Bunche Scholars Pro-
gram is the reason that Columbia took notice of me,”
He feels that the program challenged him and be-
came a stepping-stone for
a future at Columbia. His
life experiences are the
kind of experiences that
colleges like Columbia are
“Four year universi-
ties are very interested in
our very diverse student
population and the various
experiences that our stu-
dents have gone through,
for example Columbia
University comes here
to recruit our students, ”
Students like Butler
are all around school waiting to be challenged. All it
takes is three letters of recommendation, a 3.25 G.P.A
and 12 units completed at LACC to be part of the pro-
“I never in a million years thought that I could get
into a school like Columbia, I was a terrible high school
student. So I never thought because of hard work and
[the] Ralph Bunch Scholars Program I could make it
here,” Butler said.
For more information on the program and re-
quirements, visit the Ralph Bunche Scholars Program
website at http://www.lacitycollege.edu/services/hon-
orsprogram/index.html. Students can set also set up an
appointment with professor Muller through email or by
calling her in her offce.
“I never in a million years thought
that I could get into a school like Co-
lumbia, I was a terrible high school
student. So I never thought because
of hard work and [the] Ralph Bunch
Scholars Program I could make it
-- John Butler
LACC Transfer Student
John Butler, who transferred from City College as a freshman to Columbia University
in New York is majoring in American studies. He credits the Ralph Bunche Scholars
Program for his success.
Photo provided by John Butler
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Los AngELEs CoLLEgiAn
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
By Jonathan Filipko
Psychological thrillers have
always been popular among movie
buffs, but with recent blockbusters
such as “Inception”, “Shutter
Island” and even the upcoming
“127 Hours”, this mind-twisting
movie genre has reached a much
larger audience. Personally,
thought-provoking movies have
always had a huge impact on
me, but it wasn’t until those
blockbusters shook up audiences
worldwide that I realized almost
everybody enjoys getting their
After talking to people about
the ideas presented in these movies
– such as dreams, the power of the
human mind and many others – I
realized that many believe there is
a signifcance to the inexplicable.
To most people, dreams
are more than just a random
compilation of sub-conscience
thoughts, occupying your mind
while you sleep. And some
believe that there is no such thing
as coincidence. They couldn’t
have met a certain person just
by chance. There must be some
greater meaning in something that
happened to them.
This way of thinking can
probably be described in many
ways, but I like to call it faith.
To me, faith is not only a
healthy thing to have, it is also
human nature. I believe that we
as humans seek, and will always
seek, an explanation for the
“Inception” and “Shutter
Island” were such blockbuster hits
because they dealt with ideas that
there is no answer to. Mankind
has resolved so many questions
that when something is unknown,
it makes us feel vulnerable. And
this feeling of vulnerability seems
to be becoming more common in
Perhaps these movies are
gaining in popularity due to
the state of our society. With
unemployment at a record high and
a large number of people having
trouble fnding a job, the average
person’s life seems more a matter
of chance and less in the hands of
the individual themselves. This
uncertainty can sometimes seem
surreal. Maybe it is because of
the economic hardships we are
currently facing that audiences
relate to this trend of movies
dealing with the uncontrollable,
with dreams and with insanity.
By Tu’Lisha Predom
bout 20 people from all walks of life blended
together on stage dressed in black and white for
the LACC Studio Jazz Band performance on
Nov. 9. Almost every musician had a solo piece where
they played lovely music from their guitar, drums, trum-
pet, piano, trombone, saxophone or bass. The clapping
and cheers that went up from the members of the audi-
ence showed their satisfaction. At times people would
stand and cheer for the musicians, pleased at their per-
Selections like “Pressure Cooker,” “One O’ Clock
Jump,” and “Red Buttermilk,” got amazing reactions
from the audience. The cheers in the hall would go up
after every selection without any sign of a lull. If you
didn’t hear clapping, then you saw the amazed expres-
sions that were on the audience’s faces as they listened
to the soft tunes that flowed through the room. It left
them in awe as they awaited the end of the selection to
begin their applause.
One could see the passion in the musicians’ expres-
sions, as they closed their eyes and swayed to the music,
which made the concert even more delightful. Most of
the selections performed were the kind of music that
made you want to get up and dance. “Fernando’s Get-
away” brought a different sound than the other music
that was performed. If it had not been announced, peo-
ple would not have known that the musicians had only
seen the charts four times. The way they played would
give one reason to believe that they had been practicing
longer. It showed that they were committed to giving a
great performance and that they did.
Musicians Jazz Up Clausen Hall
Studio Jazz Band infused City College campus with
melodies during the concert series in Clausen Hall.
Photo by Jorge Ponce/ Collegian
By Tanya Flowers
Tyree Arnold isn’t your typical gangster rapper, he’s
an entertainer. With tattoos etched on his skin, enough
street cred to last a lifetime and the ability articulate a sick
free style rhyme at the drop of a dime, Tyree is far from
ordinary. The “misunderstood” rapper sets himself apart by
taking his inspirational music to the people, and his skills as
an entrepreneur to a whole new level. He knows better than
anyone that nobody likes a copycat. Tax Free is far from it. His
music pushes boundaries with lyrics that reach many venues.
How did you get into music?
I got into music because I grew up dancing. I got more
involved into free style when I was a little younger, just
listening to different varieties of music form Michael Jackson
to hip hop, then I got incarcerated in the year of 1992 and that’s
when I found my gift, which is the inspiration to write music.
From 1992, all the way to now, I’ve been into music. It’s like a
release. I express myself more through my music.
How old were you when you frst started dancing and
I started dancing when I was about 5 years old. I would
imitate Michael Jackson. I would do the moonwalk, pop
locking and break dancing. Every dance that came out, I was a
part of, always trying to do it. I started free styling I would say
when I was 8 or 9 years old.
Who are your infuences?
My mom and my aunt infuenced me a lot. They used
to always throw parties and would call me out to the dance
foor. I would be on punishment and they would say “Tyree
come on out here and dance for us, do the Michael Jackson.” I
remember I would always go and get my Michael Jackson on
for three to two hours. I felt they saw something in me that I
didn’t see in myself until I started growing up.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I really like Bone Thugs and Harmony. I knew all their
lyrics word for word. My favorite out of the group is "Busy
Bone". Some of my favorite hip hop artists would be Run
DMC, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, Digital Underground, Tupac,
Wu Tang Clan and Scarface, just to name a few.
If you could compare your sound to someone who
would that be?
I don’t sound like anyone musically. As artists you need
to fnd your own niche in music. That’s how people don’t last
long, they sound like everyone else, you don’t want to hear the
same lyrics over and over again, nobody likes a copycat. I have
an original sound.
Are you more of a rapper or an entertainer?
I am an entertainer. There is a difference between rapping
and entertaining. The entertainer will get the crowd into it.
They want to involve the whole crowd. The rapper will rock,
but not like an entertainer who will give you the whole show.
They bring out the full package. Entertainers come out and do
How do you feel about groupies?
Where would we be without them? I like groupies, but all
groupies aren’t good groupies. Some people are just out to get
you, so you have to be careful.
What are you future goals?
I am a business major, so I like to sell. I want to start my
own label and I am a club promoter so I perform at a lot of the
clubs I promote. I sell it like a package. There is a lot of talent
in Los Angeles that remains untapped.
What is your message to the people?
Whatever you set your mind to you can achieve. Whether
you want to go to school to get an education, it doesn’t matter
if you’re 50 years old or a toddler; you can do whatever you
set your mind to. You could be a doctor, a lawyer, an actor or
a basketball player. You can do it. Don’t listen to these haters
Where can we fnd more information about you?
I am always doing shows. I have a couple of performances
coming up. You can get my album called New Jerk City on
iTunes with hot singles like “U SO Hot”, “I’m The Bomb”,
“Never Say Good Bye”, and much more. You can also visit my
website for my upcoming shows.
For more information about Tax Free, visit his website at
Yaron Spiwak plays the tenor saxophone during the Studio Jazz Band
performance at Clausen Halll on Nov. 9.
“There is a difference
between rapping and
-- Tyree Arnold
aka Tax Free
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
'Genome' Pigeons Roost on Campus
By Emanuel Bergmann
Drew Lobenstein, an LACC speech
professor, has a passion: Fancy pigeons.
In a presentation to his class, Lobenstein,
an avid pigeon breeder, explained more
than most laymen would have ever thought
possible about the ubiquitous bird. 35
students were listening with rapt attention,
as Lobenstein pulled out one pigeon after
another from a cage on his desk.
“Man and pigeons go back to the very
ﬁrst human settlements,” Lobenstein said.
Citing from Charles Darwin’s 1868 book
“The Variation of Animals and Plants under
Domestication”, Lobenstein explained that
the modern pigeon is derived from the Blue
Rock Dove (Columba livia).
“The pigeon is the single most perfect
example of evolution,” Lobenstein said.
He went on to explain more details about
evolution, mutations and selective breeding.
“Ninety-eight percent of mutations are
destructive,” Lobenstein said. However,
there are some mutations that are beneﬁcial,
he explained. Breeders mate speciﬁc birds
for certain attributes.
“There are many characteristics to be
aware of when doing selective breeding,”
For example, whereas many of today’s
300 recognized breed of pigeons have only
12 tail feathers, breeders have managed
to create breeds with as many as 40 tail
feathers, forming a stunning and majestic
fan. Lobensteins students gasped with
delight at the sight of this bird.
Lobenstein’s claim to fame is breeding a
unique variant of the
pigeon, a favorite
of Queen Victoria,
named after the
distinctive hoods of
the Jacobin monks
of France. Their
hood makes it
hard to see their
head, and the birds
not survive in the
wild for very long.
them speciﬁcally for
his research helps
at the University
of Utah’s Pigeon
and is also used for veterinary medicine
at UC Davis. There are only 12 of these
pigeons in the world right now, and they all
live in Lobenstein’s attic.
Lobenstein’s enthusiasm for pigeons is
obvious. He is frequently forced to confront
the misconception that pigeons carry
diseases, a piece of misinformation that he
claims was spread in the 1950s as part of
a pigeon extermination campaign. In front
of his class, Lobenstein extolled the virtues
of his feathered
been used to
of miles, he
are still used
a n d - r e s c u e
save troops in
combat. It is now
enshrined at the
Lobenstein’s students were clearly
enthralled. For the most part.
“Yeah, but they poop on my car all
day,” one of the students said. Photo by Luca Loffredo/ Collegian
Photo by Luca Loffredo/ Collegian
Professor Drew Lobenstein holds the Jacobin pigeon with its
unique feather collar.
Professor Drew Lobenstein illustrates the breading pro-
cess from an ordinary pigeon to a sophisticated selective
Moonlighting from the
Classroom to the Stage
By Jonathan Filipko
Most LACC students only see their
teachers in one light, but just like many
students, there are some professors who
hold down two jobs.
One professor who leads a dual life
can be found in City College’s music
department located in Franklin Hall.
Professor Lori Ann Piscioneri teaches
voice here at LACC, but when school isn’t
in session she can be found performing
anything from opera, to musical theater
and some recital work.
“It’s kind of like [being] an actor,
where you go where the work is,”
Piscioneri said. “I’ve sung with L.A. Opera,
I got my start in Chicago, I do some
traveling on my off-time. I ﬁnd performing
jobs when I’m not teaching, like on
weekends, or I’ll take a semester off to go
do a show somewhere.”
Piscioneri’s passion is singing and
she says that although she enjoys both
teaching and performing, the potential big
bucks are to be made by getting gigs.
“I make way more money performing
than I do teaching, but it’s not as
consistent you know. Teaching is more
consistent. I enjoy doing both, it’s my
passion, it’s my gift.” Piscioneri said.
Piscioneri has taken part in a few
of the free concert series offered here
at LACC on Tuesdays and Thursdays in
the music department. Some of her other
recent performing jobs have been, “The
First Lady World Premiere Opera”, which
took place at the University of California,
Los Angeles (UCLA). Piscioneri played
the character of ‘Daisy Suckley’, where
she not only showed off her vocals,
but her acting talents as well. She also
performed in “Orchestra Unleashed
Mirrors of the Soul Concert”.
Although Piscioneri usually gets
paid more money when she is getting
frequent performing jobs, sometimes she
volunteers her talents to less prosperous
theaters and orchestras, even if the pay
isn’t as alluring.
“Last fall I did a show for very little
money, but it was the art and artistic
expression and also I grew a lot doing it.
It was ‘HMS Pinafore’, so I had to learn a
British accent; it was a lot of acting and a
lot of singing,” Piscioneri said.
Professor Lori Ann Piscioneri of the music department doubles
as an opera singer while teaching at City.
Photo by Claudine Jasmin/ Collegian
commitment and responsibility to be
eligible for the positions.
are open every year for election in
the spring semester. When the elec-
tion takes place, not every previous
elected offcer returns from the spring
semester, so it leaves other students
who were not there before unable to
run. They can apply however and be
The application can be retrieved
from the ASO front desk. Students
must include their GPA and an essay
that explains why they should be se-
lected as offcer for the position on the
Once submitted, the ASO Presi-
dent and other advisors of the senate
then evaluate it. If the application is
acceptable, the president then nomi-
nates the student to be interviewed by
If the interview with the Board
turns out to be successful, the student
is then immediately senator of the ap-
plied position. They are then given re-
sponsibilities that must be completed
while in offce for a year. Senators
also have to attend a meeting every
Tuesday from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. Their
offce hours are fve hours a week and
two hours every other week.
"It’s a huge undertaking to be a
senator because you have so many re-
sponsibilities,” said Shawn Adamski.
“While it is important that we have
senator-flled positions, it is also im-
portant that we don't let anyone in
because these people are representing
the school. We want the absolute best
Offcers who fulfll their tasks
may be nominated by the senate or
self-nominate for a stipend of $100.
The senate will decide which offcers
will receive the award based upon
their efforts and achievements. The
stipends would be paid out at the end
of each semester during the senator’s
term in offce.
"We highly encourage students
to claim the senator-positions while
they are available, “ said Jay Cortes,
president of the ASO. This is a great
opportunity and experience."
Being an offcer is a non-credit
course, even though it will appear on
the transcripts. The workload of the
course equals fve-credits.
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By Alina Kuzmina
She is sitting in a kitchen. A cup of noodles is on the table. She
is smoking YUXI cigarettes. She will not go out tonight, she does not
do it anymore.
A few years ago, Yilin Ye was a totally different person, living in
Singapore and studying at EASB College. Who knew back then that
she would live in Los Angeles with no friends and no family, nobody
with whom to share secrets.
At 18 years old, she arrived in Singapore to study. She dreamt
of becoming a hotel manager. However, the university she chose was
not that ordinary. Only children from rich families studied there and
they changed her life.
“I was spending all my time with them,” Ye said. However, their
lifestyle differed from hers. “They went to clubs all the time, they
bought expensive clothes.”
Ye started to change. She went to parties almost every night,
stopped attending every single class in the university and started
smoking and drinking. What is more, each and every single free min-
ute she spent shopping.
“It was fun, really fun, but only for a couple of months. You can’t
live like this for a long time,” she said starting a second cigarette.
After a few months she got tired of a life with such shallow inter-
ests. After four years her mother came to rescue her.
She called Ye and said it was time to go home to Beijing in Chi-
na. Ye was surprised because she was almost ready to graduate from
the university in Singapore. She had only two years left to get her di-
ploma. However, her mom saw what was going on with her daughter
and that she was under a bad infuence.
“My mother just gave me tickets to Los Angeles and said that I
was going there to study at LACC,” Ye said.
Ye did not know what LACC meant. However, she had no choice.
So, she packed all her clothes and few to the USA.
Now she studies at LACC and lives in a tiny apartment with
two roommates. She spends most of her time studying English, as her
“My family told me that they will give me money only if I have
excellent results in my classes,” she said. Ye does not go to clubs any-
more; she does not go shopping every day. She studies now.
“It can be hard to live like this as I’m not used to it; and starting
everything from the beginning at 22 is kind of hard too,” she said.
In spite of all the diffculties and adjustments, she is happy to live
her life simply again. No more shallow life.
“I think I couldn’t take it anymore, it was too much. I felt like [I
was] losing myself, “ she said of her life in Singapore where she had
fun all the time and did not care about anything. Sometimes she thinks
that her life here is the price she pays for her restlessness in the past.
“You have to pay for everything. I had fun then. I study hard
now. I lived in luxury then. I live in a shared tiny room now. I de-
served what I got. No work, all play, what a mistake,” she said sitting
in the kitchen with a cup of noodles on a table and an empty box of
cigarettes in her hands.
Student Finds Refuge at City
Photo Illustration by Claudine Jasmin/ Collegian
By Tanya Geddes
A woman carrying a shovel, a man wear-
ing a shredded shirt and a bowtie, and three
ladies carrying photography equipment, are
walking across LACC campus past Holmes
Hall. The procession stops just east of the
building at a plaque, which reads, ‘How sweet
the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!' The
Merchant of Venice Act 5 Scene 1." The next
line reads, "Dr. Harvey Lile Decker, Professor
of Psychology 1933 to 1967, collected and de-
veloped these hybrid iris. This garden stands
in his memory."
Upon close inspection, one notices rose-
mary, hedges, four rocks, four logs, and a large
eucalyptus tree with swaying leaves, but no
irises. This is where Professor Daniel Marlos
comes in, the man in the bowtie and the chair
of photography at LACC.
"I saw the plaque and I became obsessed
with it," Marlos said. The result of this obses-
sion has come to light - Marlos has brought
the future of the Harvey Lile Decker Memorial
with him in his bag today. He pulls out what
looks like an abandoned bird's nest, but what
are, in fact, iris bulbs acquired from his own
The woman with the shovel is Dr. April
Pavlik, a recent addition to the full-time fac-
ulty of the LACC Psychology Department.
Marlos noticed a watercolor of irises in her
offce and invited her to join in on the project.
She has her own reasons for wanting to
plant the fowers. She believes in "students
learning about well-being through garden-
ing and well-being through caring for living
things," and Pavlik plans to give extra credit
to her students who spend some time tending
to these fowers. Plus, she added: "Playing in
the dirt is amazing!"
After posing for portraits and making
jokes about their resemblance to "American
Gothic", (there was a resemblance in the frst
serious pose, but Pavlik, though blonde, is far
too young, and Marlos has a full head of curly
hair...), Marlos began to dig a new home for
David Ambrose, the executive director
of the LACC Foundation, walked by and said
that there was one iris still left.
"There's no iris here," Marlos said.
"Yeah, there was! It bloomed in spring, I
watered it," Ambrose said. Examination of the
ground-space showed no signs of it.
"Oh they picked it out - yeah, they got rid
of it," Ambrose said.
No one present knew anything about Dr.
Decker. A search of the Collegian archives
produced no immediate results, but more
sleuthing may uncover some history.
The hole was dug, but closer examination
of the bulbs revealed that they had dried up
during their time in Marlos's offce. A week
later, Marlos and Pavlik planted fresh iris
bulbs from Marlos’s yard.
The two plan to meet on Thursday after-
noons to continue work on the project.
A Shovel, A Dirty Bag and a Dream
Photo by Karina Herrera/ Photo Department
Dr. April Pavlik and professor Daniel Marlos tend the Dr. Harvey
Lile Decker Memorial Garden.
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Coach on Deck for Court Date
By Curtis Strain
Allegations ranging from fraud to rac-
ism and sexual harassment litter the pages of
a “Complaint for Damages”
filing officially dated Aug
21, 2008, in Superior Court
of the State of California in
Los Angeles County.
Fr om Febr uar y
2006 to August 2008, Sel-
wyn Young alleges that he
suffered or witnessed re-
peated sexual harassment,
racial discrimination, nepo-
tism and fraud at LACC.
The charges will finally be
brought before a jury in Jan-
uary of next year.
The complaint spe-
cifically charges: different
punishments for white stu-
dents than minorities; coach-
es hired for no-show work,
receiving pay fraudulently
for work that was not performed; sexual ha-
rassment by former Basketball Coach
Michael Miller, including lewd text messages;
mismanagement of funds by Miller and Dr.
Steve Maradian; and botched hiring practices
on the part of the athletic de-
partment regarding assistant
coaches Russel Ramsey (Mill-
er’s step nephew) and Daniel
Perhaps the strangest
twist in the case is found on
page 9 of the 18 page filing. It
is here that Young claims Mill-
er tried to have Young fired
for installing batting cages at
LACC, which were not only
approved by the Department
Chair, Hayward Nishioka,
but were only necessitated by
Miller’s failure to pay fees at
the Griffith Park Stadium in a
timely fashion, according to
The suit names, but
is not limited to LACC, the
LACCD, Miller, and Cowgill, among others.
City College Legal Briefs
Photo from Collegian archives
No Comment on Sexual
A sexual harassment lawsuit was
fled against Former LACC president Dr.
Steve Maradian in 2008. Past Associated
Students Organization (ASO) President
Ryan Hall-Allen fled a lawsuit against
Maradian for sexual harassment, negligent
hiring, retention and supervision, intentional
infiction of emotional and negligent failure
to comply with school policy, according to
court records on fle at Western Division
Federal Courthouse in downtown L.A.
The case started in L.A. Superior Court
and was moved to federal court but the case
was settled out of court a day before the
The Former LACC president recently
got a job as president of Lake Tahoe
Community College (LTCC) located in
Northern California and will reportedly be
paid $160,000 his frst year. The Collegian’s
phone calls to the president’s offce at LTCC
were not returned.
Murder Case Still Holding For
The hearing for the case of former
fnance instructor Ronald Leroy Berg, who
stands accused of murdering his wife is still
delayed. The court is still deciding whether
the defendant could be considered clinically
insane during the time of the murder. The
next pre-trial hearing is set for later this
month. The Collegian will report on the case
as it unfolds.
LAPD Shooting of Autistic
Student Still Under Investigation
Former LACC student Steven
Washington was shot in the head and
killed by a Los Angeles Police Department
(LAPD) offcer on May 5, 2009. Offcers
reportedly responded to a “loud sound” as
reported by the Los Angeles Times and shot
Washington because he was not responding
to their commands and seemed to be
reaching for his waistband.
The offcers say they feared for their
lives, but were unaware that Washington
suffered from autism. According to latimes.
com, the offcers involved in the shooting,
Allan Corrales and George Diego have
both been reassigned until the homicide
investigation is complete.
Compiled by Jonathan Filipko
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Baseball - Cancelled
Volleyball - Cancelled
Soccer - Cancelled
Badminton - Cancelled
Football - Cancelled
Golf - Cancelled
By Tanya Geddes
I feel super lucky to be back
at Los Angeles City College and to
once again have the opportunity to
take classes taught by phenomenal
teachers. After completing a dis-
appointing stint at a U.C., it’s nice
to be back where some of the in-
structors are passionate about what
This semester, I’m fortunate to
be in the social dance class taught
by world famous tap dancer, big
band leader, choreographer, stunt-
man, flmmaker, and humanitar-
ian, Chester Whitmore. Our class
is learning Lindy Hop right now, a
dance that started in the late 1920s
and was based on the Charleston,
It's terrifc fun, and Mr. Whitmore
can teach it and dance it upside
down and sideways. He reminds
the followers to 'shine', the leads to
accentuate their duke step, and for
everyone to avoid rubbery spaghet-
ti arms. He just recently returned
from accepting the Gregory Hines
award and playing sold out shows
at the Apollo Theatre in New York,
but since he used to go to school
here, he likes to come back:
"Yessiree Bob, and I’m here,
teaching here! After 35 years lat-
er…I started dancing here with a
lady named Nancy Nolan, and Ms.
Harunk, and Ms. Reisch … I'm
glad to be right back here at LACC
teaching American jazz dance,
from tap to swing, whatever you
want me to teach," Whitmore told
He mentioned that in the past,
students would perform on campus
and work together with the music
and theater departments. It would
be cool to see that happen again!
In the meantime, we need a few
more followers in the social dance
class--we're heavy on the leads!
Hopefully he'll stay for spring
semester as well. He's a stunning
dancer and teacher, and obviously
loves doing both. You can read
more about him online and there
are some swell performance videos
on You Tube. We now have liberal
arts major at LACC, so of course
classes with Chester Whitmore
count toward that degree.
By Yaron Spiwak
hile many LACC students enjoy the
weekend by going to movies, parties
and preparing for the next week of
school, math professor Juliet Salazar passes her
weekends running, cycling or swimming, compet-
ing to be the next Iron Woman.
Salazar discovered her passion for triathlons
by accident. After studying math day and night,
and achieving her goal of earning a graduate de-
gree in mathematics from UCLA, she realized she
had kept one bad habit. She had an unhealthy diet
-- she ate and drank lots of sugar and caffeine -- a
habit she had developed in her former life as a
“Wow, I had a goal in mind,” Salazar said. “I
wanted to get my graduate degree in math, and
I got it. Now I needed to do something about
my life because I didn’t want to be gaining more
After reaching that conclusion (to get back in
shape), Salazar very gradually started running by
herself at Griffth Park, and day by day, she began
to get better and better.
“In the beginning senior citizens would pass
me in the park, where they would run a lot faster
than me,” she said. “I remember one day after a
few weeks of going to the park where I would try
running each day a little longer, I was eventually
able to catch up with one of the seniors. I was so
happy, it was a highlight of my life!”
Once achieving this personal victory and set-
ting new goals, Salazar researched online and
found a local running club for beginners. It of-
fered training for marathons and triathlons. Peo-
ple around her thought she was going crazy. But
she was fueled with a passion and determined to
pursue a healthy lifestyle and “run for it”, even if
it took the rest of her life.
The triathlon sport consists of three events;
swimming, which is in open waters like a lake or
the ocean, bicycling and fnally running. There are
various competitive degrees of diffculty with the
most strenuous one called "Iron man” because of
its total distance of 140.6 miles and taking up to
14 hours to make it to the fnish line as the ulti-
Training for such a competition takes around
six months, and it is very structured, much like
doing homework -- to be successful on an impor-
tant exam. A special trainer is hired to help con-
dition the body, with the athlete working out six
days out of a week, once in the morning and once
in the afternoon, working on two of the three dis-
ciplines each day.
Triathlons are not only challenging, but they
can actually be very dangerous. While in train-
ing for her frst triathlon, Salazar said there were
many obstacles to overcome. Riding the bicycle
for a triathlon requires special pedals with clips on
them that lock into your shoe. When Salazar was
frst learning how to use them, she fell many times
on the gravel and even bumped into a car.
“I taught class the next day, and being all
bruised, I could feel the suspense in the air and
the student’s big eyes staring at me. At one point
to break the ice, I had to tell them that I was just
training on my bicycle and that I’m not a domestic
violence victim,“ Salazar said laughing.
Salazar also had a near death experience dur-
ing the swimming event at her frst “Iron Man”
triathlon. The contenders are not alone during the
ocean swim event. In addition to the participants
swimming next to each other, they swim around
foating trash, other living creatures such as dol-
phins and sharks and against the current.
“First time I competed in the ocean, I got
trapped in a huge wave,” Salazar said. “My heart
was pounding so fast, and I was sure I wasn’t go-
ing to survive. In these moments I remembered
being at peace with it, knowing I was doing some-
thing that I loved and facing my fears and goals.
As soon as I accepted it, the wave spat me out and
I just continued competing.”
When it gets to the marathon portion, Salazar
uses her mathematics skills and distance formulas
to calculate the right rhythm to fnish the race. On
the 25th mile of the competition, you can hear her
whispering, “Damn the Queen of England,” as the
rules were changed a few years ago, and the fn-
ish line had an additional 1.4 miles added as the
Queen wanted the fnish line to be right down un-
der her window.
As Salazar drags her way to the fnish line, her
tired feet almost betray her and not once has she
"hit a wall” wondering why she is doing this. But
once crossing the fnish line, she says the rush is
indescribable, and by the next week she is looking
for the next triathlon in which to compete again.
Today Salazar is an experienced athlete with
many triathlons under her belt. While in the past
there used to be a lot of people who at frst thought
she was crazy to take up this sport, now she has
also gotten her husband addicted to triathlons and
they are both training and competing together.
“Things are not always easy in life and there
are a lot of challenges and obstacles thrown in the
way. It’s up to us how we want to live our lives
and either base them on fear, or we can look at
the obstacle as a challenge and go for it,” Salazar
Doing the Math: Professor Gets Fit, Becomes Iron Woman
“First time I competed in the ocean, I got trapped
in a huge wave. My heart was pounding so fast,
and I was sure I wasn’t going to survive.”
-- Juliet Salazar
Image provided by Juliet Salazar
Instructor Elevates Hearts and Minds
World Famous Tap Dancer brings passion to a lackluster sports landscape at City.
It’s exercise time for students seeking a physical outlet.
Mourning the Death of Sports,
What We Are Really Missing
By Emani Ellis
Sports, what every school
needs and wants. The tryout pro-
cess, the games, the uniforms, the
crowds and most of all the “wins.”
I have never seen a school with-
out sports or some kind of school
spirit, until I came to LACC. City
College is the only campus in the
Los Angeles Community College
District without any sports. Where
does that leave students who want
to be a part of something as fun, as
amazing and as uniting as sports?
School sports is something so
dynamic that every school should
want to benefit from the experi-
ence. It is understandable that at
this time City cannot afford such
things and most would say that
sports is considered a “want” and
not a “need”. However, at City, it
is needed and wanted.
The fact that there is not one
sport here available to students,
does not sit well with me. Sports
should be a part of every school
and that is something that should
go without saying. Being that
sports did somehow survive in
the past, let us bring them back.
There are many students who want
to experience what it is like to be
a part of a team and have a good
time too. Students also want to at-
tend these games and support their
friends and classmates
On the other hand, you have
the expenses and time it takes to
put together and run a sports team,
that’s understandable. But sports
is what forms a school, what keeps
students running. School spirit mo-
tivates students and instills pride.
At the end of the day, it is not
fair to deprive us of sport. Bring
back sports, so that in the future,
something like winning a game
can unite and create a wonderful
Math professor Juliet Salazar races on her bike. Discipline and a positive attitude have led her to compete in
multiple Iron Man competitions.
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