Vol. 83 No. 4 09-18-15

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  • Standing up for vetsLMC lends a helping hand

    Tests reveal risksAsbestos and lead are found

    Experience Cathie LawrenceLos Medanos College nursing student Matt Williams assists Navy veteran Henry Calvin Winston during Stand Down on the Delta at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds Sept. 11.

    Enrollment on the rise again

    By TYLER MORTIMOREStaff Writer

    I feel pretty doggone good, said 64 year-old Vietnam veteran Charles Johnson.

    Johnson and some 300 other veterans bused in from all over the Bay Area and were able to take advantage of the myriad of services provided by Stand Down on the Delta, a 4-day outreach event primarily for homeless and otherwise at-risk veterans. The extended weekend event was held Sept. 11 to 14 and included a health screening conducted by the students of the Los Medanos College Nursing Program.

    It went as smoothly as it could, said nursing student Alyssa Fumar. You have 30 students working with 300 people.

    Inside the fair-grounds was a one-stop shop for vari-ous services, from a free-book tent to hot meals. Delta Veterans Group, the coordi-nating organization behind the event, wanted to improve veterans access to services that perhaps had eluded them in the past.

    It was the very first Contra Costa Stand Down, so it was amazing to capture so many people in need and provide so many services but it definitely needed some tweaking, said nursing director Sharon Goldfarb. We had them come in and talk about their general health history, [then] wed take their blood pressure, their heart rate, temperature, [check for] skin conditions. Then theyd either go to the medical warehouse across the way, where they could be looked at by a doctor, dentist, or optometrist, or they could enter the fairgrounds.

    In addition to various medical and health support given by those providing their ser-vices, judges from Contra Costa and Alameda

    Experience Alexandra RivaBeams with a lead-based paint cross the Gymnasium ceiling.

    By JOSEPH DELANOjdelano@lmcexperience.com

    Despite weakening num-bers in recent years and a rebounding economy, enroll-ment at Los Medanos College is on the up.

    For the first time since it was instituted by the state for the 2013-14 academic year, LMC will have achieved, and even surpassed, its full-time equivalent student goal.

    As of Sept. 16, 3,636 FTES were enrolled.

    LMC has upped the ante, reaching for higher number of FTES than required by the state. LMCs goal, 8,080, dif fers from the state set requirement of 7,851 by a total of 229.

    Broken down by semester our target FTES goals are summer 848, fall 3,616 and spring 3,616, said LMC Vice President Kevin Horan.

    The FTES number, figured using a formula provided by the state chancellors office based on the total number of students enrolled, matters as it affects funding from the state. Any FTES realized after the base goal means more money for LMC.

    To see how the number is formulated, visit tinyurl.com/ftes-formula.

    The state funds the college $4,700 per FTES.

    229 growth FTES would result in approximately

    Experience Cathie LawrenceStudents Shaniquia McCoy (left) and Tyisha Blackmon gaze into the dry fountain located outside the Library.


    Practice makes perfectThe LMC music department is preparing for the upcoming concert season. See story inside page 4

    An honorable retreatStudents from the Honors Program spend some time off at Camp Tuolumne Trails. See story inside page 3

    Important Dates

    Septemberis Fruits & Veggies

    : More Matters Month

    Sept. 25Native American Day college closed.

    Nov. 20Last day to drop classes with a W appearing on your transcript.

    New logo revealedLMC shows off its new revamped logo for the Mustangs.See story inside page 5

    FTES goal surpasses prediction

    I feel very proud of the nursing students, real good was done.

    Sharon Goldfarb

    See STAND, page 6

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    Constitutional online specialTo commemorate the forming and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, Consitu-tion Day was celebrated Thursday at the Pittsburg campus. Visit our online edition at lmcexperience.com for photographs and event coverage from the days festivities.

    Fall graduation deadline nears Students who are inter-ested in applying for fall graduation must have their applications submit-ted to the Admissions Of-fice by Oct. 1. Notification of eligibilty will be sent to students through their InSite emails by Nov. 15. Applications are available in the Admissions & Re-cords Office, the Brent-wood Center, and online at losmedanos.edu.

    Library reveals new databases Three new history data-bases are now available online through infobase.com for all your research needs. The new data-bases include American History, Ancient and Medieval History, and Modern World History. For more information visit the Library and speak with a librarian go to los-medanos.edu/library.

    Daily updatesFor up-to-date informa-tion on class cancella-tions, campus events and other LMC related news, visit our online edition at lmc experience.com.

    LMC combats drought plight

    By ALEXANDRA RIVAStaff Writer

    A test conducted by RGA Environ-mental, a Terracon Company on Los Medanos Colleges campus, revealed many buildings constructed prior to 1980 contained traces of asbestos and lead in various areas. These buildings include LMCs College Complex and Gymnasium

    The results of the test performed July 6, indicated lead was found in the dark brown paint on the interior structural steel beams in the gymnasium. Another test, conducted Aug. 10, found asbestos in the roofing and scattered in the pea gravel covering all of the roofs.

    According to the California Health and Safety Code, once we confirm a building has hazardous materials, we must communicate with all employees working within the building of this find-ing, said Chief Facilities Planner Ray See RISKS, page 6

    See FTES, page 6

    By CASSIE DICKMANcdickman@lmcexperience.com

    The fountains in front of the Los Medanos College library and gymnasium no longer have water but this isnt a malfunction and they arent broken: its the colleges response to the ongoing California drought.

    According to Building and Grounds Manager Russ Holt, they turned them off to conserve water and although the new fountain in front of the Student Services building is still functioning, it could be on the chopping block next.

    Not only are the water fixtures currently out of commission, but also future construction projects will not include any similar decorative features that involve using H2O to help bring down usage.

    The projects Im involved with, like our upcom-ing police station, Im like, I want no irrigation and

    See DRY, page 6

    Pyle, in an email regarding the college complex re-roofing and gymnasium renovation projects.

    The renovations are scheduled to begin Nov. 30, starting with the very top section of the roof of the college complex. This area includes the roofing over the music department, theatre and core buildings. Construction is supposed to end Jan. 29, 2016.

    Were hoping to get that par t done before the rain starts up. The gymnasium renovations most likely wont be starting until the summer, said LMCs Buildings and Grounds Manager Russ Holt.

    The costs of the renovations are between $700,000 and 1 million dollars. The ability to complete the renovations comes from allocated maintenance funds.

    Asbestos and lead, are virtually

    harmless unless disturbed which could cause particles of the substances to become airborne.

    Please note that moving, drilling boring, sanding, or otherwise disturb-ing the lead and asbestos-containing construction materials identified may present a health risk and, consequently, should not be attempted by an unqual-ified employee. If the materials appear to be deteriorating, please contact your Buildings and Grounds Manager imme-diately, said Pyle in an email.

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    The LMC Experience is published Fridays by students in the Journalism Program. The newspaper serves both as a laboratory for journalism classes and as a First Amendment forum for campus communication. Opinions expressed in the Experience are solely those of the students and do not represent the views of the college.

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    Were it left for me to decide whether we should have a government without news-papers, or newspapers with-out a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.

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    Experience Lissette Urbina

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    The force of character is cumulative.

    Ralp Waldo Emerson

    A common misconception many people have about community college is that its the 13th grade. People often assume going to community college means the environment and the curriculum will be just like high school, but in my experience, that isnt true.

    Some think going to a junior college means failing or falling behind those who attend four-year universities. Even LMC has been referred to as Lost My Chance, but where a person goes to school should not determine their level of intelligence.

    The main differences between most com-munity colleges and four-year institutions are that community colleges offer associ-ates degrees and certificates. At four-year institutions, students can earn bachelors, masters or doctoral degrees. Just because junior colleges dont offer as many options for degrees, doesnt mean its not beneficial.

    Before coming to LMC, my views where fairly negative. At the time, the only benefit I saw in going to a community college, was not having to practically sell my soul in order to pay for my education. Having to attend a community college was a failure to me when compared to my older brothers enrollment at the prestigious Stanford University.

    However, now having been here for the past year, I can see the advantages in attending a community college straight out of high school compared to a California State University or University of California.

    For example, because going to a junior college costs significantly less, it allows for students to figure out their educational plan, what they what to do in the future and develop necessary job skills for less money.

    At LMC, there are Career Technical Education programs that provide the skills needed to enter the career of their choice.

    Class sizes at universities are also much larger so it can be difficult for students to meet with their professors and have one on one interactions. This can make it hard for students to ask questions, grasp concepts as well as make connections with their teachers.

    In addition to being more available for students, professors at community college are normally experienced in their field and are dedicated to their teaching roles, while at a four-year institution, professors combine their teaching positions with researching.

    Some universities will have graduate stu-dents with less experience lead their classes.

    Students choose to attend community college for a variety of reasons, such as how close it is to home or the lower cost. While four-year universities are generally perceived as consisting of mostly students in their late-teens to mid-20s, Community colleges are often eclectic and have students of all ages pursuing their educational goals.

    One of the possible disadvantages in attending a community college, is missing out on the experiences one might have at a four-year college. At a two-year, people do not always have opportunities to participate of Greek life, live on campus and to make their own decisions for the first time in their life.

    Another pitfall of going to a community college, is students dont always feel school spirit and sense of unity like at a university. There are often events on campus that are attended by a small percentage of LMCs students. Sometimes theres a feeling of general apathy from the student body.

    However, there are a lot more opportuni-ties than one would originally think such as study abroad programs, various clubs and on campus events that try to achieve this.

    What community college feels like depends on the person and their attitude. There are opportunities for students to take in order to ensure they are able to easily transition to a four-year university or a career, but its up to the person to take them and form their own academic path toward success.

    Yetunde OgunleyeON THE BRIGHT SIDE

    Beatriz HernandezBEAS BEATS


    Buy character, not popularity

    College is not the 13th grade

    My cat. I would take my cat.

    Laya Clark

    My artwork and my laptop, since Im an artist.

    Micah Judah

    All the pictures that we have for family memories, legal documents, definitely, and my moms ashes.

    Paula Gunder

    The things I would take are my favorite stuffed animals and definitely my baby ... its a rubber band ball, and my pens and pencils.

    Robert Brown

    All the photos my mom had of me as a child, those memories are forever and if I lost that its like losing a part of me.

    Alexaundra McKinley

    So theres a fire in my house right, so like, I grab my surfboard, get pitted down the stairs and shoot out with the smoke out the front door.

    Bradley Mustoe

    The Valley Fire tests us

    Dont let them in the Oval Office

    If you had to leave your home during a wildfire what would you take?

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    Editors-in-Chief ...............DAMIAN LEWIN and CASSIE DICKMANPerspectives Editor .....YETUNDE OGUNLEYEManaging Editor...................JOSEPH DELANOCampus Editor....................LISSETTE URBINA Features Editor............BEATRIZ HERNANDEZSports Editor.......................BRENDAN CROSSPhoto Editor......................CATHIE LAWRENCE

    New Media Editor....................JAMARI SNIPESSpecial Projects Editor..........LUKE JOHNSON

    As a young woman who dedicates seri-ous time on buying the right hair, clothing and beauty products, I feel the pressure of consumerism constantly It never lets up.

    Currently the media is on a mission to turn American people into consumerists that constantly pump their hard earned dollars into the economy. Marketers make a point of putting advertisements and subliminal messages about products on things that everyone lays their eyes on at least once a day, if not every hour.

    Television programming features com-mercials jammed into shorter time periods, and if you suspect that commercials have been catching your attention a lot more, youre not crazy.

    Most commercials, especially ones for food, are now made to be louder in volume. Now Im not suggesting that we as a society go to war against the advertising world. I can understand the necessity to market a product to increase profit, at the same time I understand that the strategies and lengths that many advertisers go to in order to in-crease profit can be down right abhorrent.

    Its no secret the fashion ads infantilize women and beauty companies claim to have to bottled the fountain of youth for $19.99.

    When you get to the root of who is orches-trating this strategic assault on our psyche, it leads to marketing corporations, that work for companies and those companies work for well capitalism.

    I dont think capitalism is the root of all evil. However. if you were to ask a graphic designer of expensive shoes or CEO, what they think of the public being bombarded with ads they create, they would probably respond they are giving the consumers ex-actly what they want or that they just enjoy their work and that the people project their own inferences onto it.

    In a way, they are right. Numbers dont lie, and we as Americans love to shop. We eat up every advertisement featuring one anti-aging beauty product after another. We buy food, clothes and technology that makes us feel included or rebellious. Well buy anything that makes us feel relevant.

    So we buy things we dont need. I buy collagen mascara, knowing damn well its ridiculous to think a $5 dollar tube of black tar will make my eyelashes look ten years younger and ten times longer.

    Recently while online shopping and won-dering why all the models looked unhealthily thin, I thought maybe these companies should be held accountable for the things they do. Maybe they know exactly what message theyre sending but theyre thinking about profits not a 13 year old of a healthy weight developing an eating disorder.

    I wonder if young men knew what was in muscle supplements and protein shakes, would they guzzle it like mana from heaven?

    Maybe these companies arent insidious moneymakers. Maybe, like the rest of peo-ple in American society; they dont know when enough is enough. Are they amoral? Sure. Are they operating in the grey areas of what is truly good for society? I think so. Are they brainwashing us into buying their products? No. When societies finally acknowledge that a practice is detrimental they will be quick to act.

    Im 20 years old, my mom never bought into the forever-young spiel. I feel proud of my mother for teaching me, by example alone, that to be a strong, consciously aware woman, you have to be able to see through the fog and have confidence in your own beauty, and that heavy face creams and anti-aging products arent what make someone age gracefully, character is.

    I hope that our society learns that our character, not the products we buy, is what defines us as a people.

    People always express disbelief when it comes to Donald Trumps campaign. I understand their surprise and disgust but considering the collective psyche of the American people, its easy to see why hes the republican frontrunner.

    While watching the debates Wednesday, I noticed a few things. Each Republican candi-date interweaves flowery language about the hardworking Americans of this great nation with vague descriptions of their would-be actions as president with great braggadocio as Carly Fiorina ever-so-hypocritically put it. Donald Trump seems to be the only candidate operating on pure ego and broad statement, which makes him relatable.

    The average American probably doesnt understand the proposed policies. Maybe that they dont pay attention or that they arent the sharpest tools in the shed. Regardless of the reason, knowledge isnt getting across. They are more likely to listen to anything that evokes an emotional response rather than a logical one.

    Though Trump isnt the only one waltzing through the debates with no real solutions or policies while repeating outdated ideas at the crowd heres looking at you Huckabee with your drugs are a gateway drug rhetoric hes the only one thats gotten away with it.

    There are many American people who like when politicians are belligerent. Instead of spewing polite, yet stern, pre-written propaganda they prefer half-baked statements based on insult, emotion and in this case xenophobia and monetary accomplishment. Its why Chris Christie was the hot thing for such a long time before the Bridgegate scandal.

    In the first debate, there werent a lot of remarks to make scandal out of between Lindsay Graham, Bobby Jindal, George Pata-ki and Rick Santorum. Sure there was some childish behavior but for the past eight years, weve come to expect this of political parties.

    The second debate was much more volatile. It turned into a contest of who has more business experience with candidates making indirect references to each other. The only candidate who had the unmitigated call to directly insult his peers was Trump. He insinuated that Rand Paul was ugly and questioned his presence on the stage because hes only polling at one per-cent. The conservative base will eat that up as will every news outlet for the next week or so.

    He not only has the charisma of the most energetic xenophobe, he doesnt even back up his opinions with evidence and if the comment section on any Obama-related story indicates anything, its that Americans hate facts.

    If he becomes the Republican nominee, were going to have to stop making a joke out of everything and start paying attention. We cant let anymore clowns get that close to the White House.

    Kimberly StellySOCIALLY UNWELL

    We are being tested. The Valley wildfire in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties ranks as one of the most dangerous wildfires in Californias history according to accuweather.com. The fire has destroyed 70, 000 acres of land, 585 homes and endangered up to 7,650 structures. The fire has also claimed the life of four firefighters and one elderly woman.Now is the time when regional, state, and national forces of humanitarianism needs to bond

    together and help all those in need no questions asked. However, although it is a collective effort, we as bay area inhabitants of northern California do have a responsibility to help our neighbors to the absolute best of our ability.

    Imagine losing your home, having most of your possessions scorched and reduced to sooty residue . Imagine coming home to ash and still burning embers of what was once your bedroom.

    Yes, we all know material possessions are nothing compared to the things that really matter, like family. We are thankful that, except for one, people have not had their lives threatened. However, losing everything youve worked for, being relocated and having to think of how to move on from such a random tragedy such as a wild fire, would test even the strongest of spirits.

    The possessions and homes lost and the great stress and inconvenience the citizens of Lake, Sonoma, and Napa counties are going through, is not something to be taken lightly nor is it a situation that should be left for someone else to handle.

    We have to back up our feelings of empathy by taking action and using our proximity to the tragedy to take a more hands on approach. We can, as citizens make a point of making sure that the citizens affected by the Valley wildfire are not just allotted basic human needs, but also that they are comfortable during this trying time in their life.

    We must put ourselves in the shoes of all those affected by this merciless fire and see that any and all help is needed. So what does that translate to exactly? Donations are needed.

    By going to abc7news.com, you can see the many businesses, people and organizations, such the American Red Cross, that need money. Its simple and easy to click on a link and donate any amount you can.

    Although this fire has tested us greatly, it is not too big of an obstacle for us to overcome. We have vast reserves of compassion and empathy to tap into that can yield the greatest of results.

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    compiled from press releases and staff reports

    A month for fruits and veggiesFruits & Veggies More Matters Month is a national

    public health initiative spearheaded by nonprofit orga-nization Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to spread the word about the health benefits of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet.

    More than 90 percent of adults and children dont eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate nutrition guide. The initiatives goal is to change that.

    For more information and tips for better eating, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

    CSU workshops set for fallTransfer Services are offering fall workshops for stu-

    dents interested in transferring. The next workshop will learning to complete common

    apps for private schools with St. Marys College Sept. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in Student Services Building Room 314.

    Learn to complete application for schools like CSU East Bay, San Francisco State, CSU Long and more. There will be CSU application workshops hosted by transfer counselor David Reyes along with CSU representatives. The first two will be Oct. 7 and Oct. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Student Services Building Room 412,

    More workshops will be held in November.

    Daily cancellations onlineSave yourself from making an unnecessary trip to

    campus for a class that has been canceled.Professors sometimes cancel classes unexpectedly and

    often cant tell their students in person. The LMC website offers a daily class cancellation

    page for students to see if their class has been canceled. For the list of daily cancellations, visit www.losmedanos.edu/classcancel.

    The LMC Experience Facebook page also posts class cancellations as well as other campus updates. Visit www.facebook.com/lmcexperience.

    Free campus tours availableUnsure of where to transfer? Sign-up for the Transfer

    Centers upcoming university campus tours online:n UC Santa Cruz-STEM Day: Oct. 23. Registration

    opens Sept. 23. n St. Marys College: Dec. 4. Registration opens Nov. 4.The Transfer Center will provide transportation. For

    additional information, registration, future tours and tour suggestions contact the Transfer Center at 473-7444 or check out its website losmedanos.edu/transfer/default.asp. The Transfer Center is currently located in Student Services, SS4-435.

    LMCAS accepting applicantsThe Associated Students of Los Medanos College (LM-

    CAS) is currently accepting applications for Senators or Representatives this fall 2015. Those that are interested in student government and leadership are encouraged to apply.

    Requirements include maintaing a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Those interested must submit the completed packet by Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. Fall semester applications are now available online at www.losmedanos.edu/Groups/lmcas/ and click on application.

    Sharpen your business skillsLMC is offering a unique, focused Business Career

    Academy during this semester. The Fundamental Busi-ness Skills Academy will prepare students for entry-level positions by providing instruction in the Microsoft Office Suite and in business math and English skills, skills valued by employers.

    LMC business certificates provide skills needed for immediate employment, while preparing students for advancement to positions that require more in-depth knowledge of organization and business principles.

    For more information and an application, see the East Bay Career Academy on the LMC website, or contact Melina Rodriguez at mrodriguez@losmedanos.edu or call 473-7416.

    Counselors ready to assistLooking to make an educational plan, or review your

    current one? Do you need career advice or a personal coun-selor? LMC offers general counseling at both campuses.

    Drop-in hours are offered throughout the week and change on a weekly basis. Students must have a student ID number and a photo ID to meet with a counselor.

    Appointments on the Pittsburg campus can be made at the Counseling Department in the Student Services Building, Level 4, calling in at 473-7449, or by visiting www.losmedanos.edu/counseling and clicking on the Make an Appointment link.

    Appointments at the Brentwood Center can be made in person, or by calling 513-1625.

    Whats lost may be foundLos Medanos Colleges lost and found has items found

    on campus. If you have lost an item, check with Police Services, which is located on Level One of the main col-lege complex building. Inquiries must be made in person.

    If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

    Thomas A. Edison

    The UCSC McHenry Library is one of the smallest general libraries in the UC system and the largest research library between Stanford and Santa Barbara.

    Photo from www.boora.com

    By JAMARI SNIPESjsnipes@lmcexperience.com

    A group of 28 students and seven profes-sors retreated to Camp Tuolumne Trails in Groveland Sept. 11-13 for a weekend filled with activities.

    The Honors Program has hosted a retreat every September to encourage students and their teachers to connect with each other outside the classroom.

    I wanted the retreat to be early in the year so students would get a chance to get to know each other and establish a bond with the program, said Honors Director Jennifer Saito.

    Students and teachers left for Groveland after class Friday and arrived at the camp shortly after, which was enveloped in a haze from regional fires.

    Following icebreaker activities and

    By TYLER MORTIMOREtmortimore@lmcexperience.com

    It was a summer homecom-ing for Teresea Archaga, who is beginning her first semester as Los Medanos Colleges new director of Student Retention & Support Services.

    The LMC alumna started working at LMC in 2007 as coordinator of the Career and Assessment Center. In 2012, she took a job at Contra Costa College and worked there until this summer, when she returned to LMC.

    One of the key focuses of her new job is to increase

    LMCs rate of student reten-tion. According to its 2013 fact sheet, Los Medanos has an 85 percent retention rate which is defined as Full Time Equivalent Students achieving Cs or better but Archaga says the number can always be higher.

    Were going into the class-rooms and were talking to the students about the support services we have, she said. We have workshops, we have counseling.

    We have progress report interventions that we do, we have open door policies so that

    Honors goes to woods

    Experience Jamari Snipes

    Honors director Jennifer Saito and Amata Abatcha play rock, paper, scissors as a part of the ice breaker attendees participated in once they arrived at Camp Tuolumne Trails.

    12th annual retreat bonds students

    Experience Jules Means

    Jamie Perlee prepares to shoot an arrow at the honors retreat.

    Alumna returns as new director

    dinner, students sat down for about an hour for a presentation, including videos by representatives of the Tuolumne River Trust about the destructive Rim Fire in 2013 that burned right up to the edge of Camp Tuolumne Trails. The speakers

    also explained how the honors students could get involved with helping to bring the burned land back to life.

    Then students went to the sports field for the annual stargazing event with pro-fessor Scott Cabral, however, the event turned into a light show because of the smoke blocking the sky. Students instead got to play with colorful lasers originally used to point to the stars.

    Then everyone gathered around the campfire to eat smores and sing campfire songs. There were two students new to the Honors Retreat Program and also to smores.

    Student Jacqueline Nares said that the highlight of her trip was trying smores for the first time.

    On Saturday, the morning was filled

    Experience Cathie Lawrence

    Student Retention & Support Services Director Teresea Archaga speaks with Student Minority Retention Specialist Letta Greene.

    students can come in and say hi to us anytime, we have staff that contacts students by email and phone to remind them of important dates and deadlines that they need to accomplish.

    The former Mustang is no stranger to the adrift-at-sea feeling one can get when navigating community college without help, which is one of

    See HONOR, page 6

    See ALUM, page 6

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    MarqueeMovies just released

    n The Transporter Refuled Rated PG-13 Genre: Actionn The Perfect Guy Rated PG-13 Genre: Thrillern The Visit Rated PG-13 Genre: Horrorn Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Rated PG-13

    Genre: Teen, Drama, Fantasyn Black Mass Rated R Genre: Gangster, Drama, Crimen Captive Rated Genre: PG-13 Drama, Adaptation

    El Campanil eventsThe El Campanil Theatre is located at 602 W Second

    St., Antioch. For ticket sales and additional information visit elcampaniltheatre.com or call 757-9500.

    n The classic childrens story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin will be brought to life and performed by El Campanils Childrens Theatre with showings Today, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. Tick-ets prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for youth 17 and under.

    n The International Film Showcase will be showing a screening of Slovenian film Class Enemy Sunday, Sept 13. at 2 p.m. Tickets prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $7 for students.

    n The band Hotel Californias A Salute to the Eagles will be performed as part of a tribute show for 80s band The Eagles, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors and free for youth 18 and under with a paid adult.

    n Musician James Garner will be performing a tribute show for The Man in Black Johnny Cash Oct. 24 with 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. showings. Ticket prices are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors and free for youth 18 and under with a paid adult.

    n The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, comprised of members ages 15 to 94, will be playing a concert entitled Around The World in Eighty Minutes Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for students.

    There will also be a show performed at the Lesher Center for the Arts located at 1601 Civic Dr.,Walnut Creek on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for youth at the door. For more information visit lesherartcenter.org or call 943-7469 (SHOW).

    Shows at the theaterThe California Theatre is located in Pittsburg at 351

    Railroad Ave. For ticket sales and additional information call 427-1611.

    n Known for his socio-political satire, Famecast Comedy Winner SHANG will be performing a comedy show at the California Theatre Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets prices are $18 in advance and $21 at the door. For more information on Shang and his act visit iamshang.com

    n The Black Diamond Follies, performing in the style of Las Vegas Showgirls, will be strutting their stuff for three shows. Performances begin Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. and will continue to run through Sept. 26 and 27 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children and seniors.

    n The comedic play Moon Over Buffalo will have showings at the California Theatre Oct. 9 at 8 p.m., Oct. 10 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for youth 17 and under.

    n Award-winning comedian Marc Yaffee, known for his original topics and sarcasm, will be performing a comedy show Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $18 in advance and $21 at the door.

    n The classic interactive performance of Rocky Hor-ror Picture Show will be put on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. It is a comedic spoof of Hollywood horror movies. There will be a pre-show beginning at 9:30 p.m. and live shadow casting by The Bawdy Caste. Ticket prices range from $12 to $15,

    Blues Festival this weekendThe 17th annual Delta Blues Festival will be held at

    Waldie Plaza in Downtown Antioch Saturday, Sept. 19. Artists performing include Matt Schofield, The Blues Women of the Bay Area, Aki Kumar and more. Music begins at noon and admission for the event is free. For more information visit deltabluesfestival.net.

    Macbeth at Drama Factory The Drama Factory presents the classic Shakespearean

    play, Macbeth, which will be performed at the Nick Rodriguez Community Theatre at 213 F St., Antioch. Performances will begin Oct. 30 with a 7:30 p.m. showing and will continue to run Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 6, and Nov. 7 with 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. showings. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors.

    Staff art still on displayThe annual art show, Roll Call 3 Los Medanos Faculty

    & Staff Art Exhibition opened Aug. 25 and will run through Sept. 24 in the Art Gallery. The gallery is located in the Library building and the hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 6 p.m. For more information call the gallery at 283-2101.

    compiled from press releases and staff reports

    A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.

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    Austin bids farewell

    Professor retires after 21 years

    Concerts to be performed

    Music in the works at LMC

    Priorities and dreams change

    Experience archives Leah Martin

    Recently retired English professor Barbara Austin shares her passion for creative writing with Los Medanos College students in one of her classes a few years ago.

    Photo courtesy of Julie Watts

    Vocalist Marcus Lance and fill-in bass guitarist Damian Lewin performing on stage with the band Toy Called God Sept. 3.

    By ALEXANDRA RIVAariva@lmcexperience.com

    A new semester has started and the Los Medanos College Music program has scheduled a lot of exciting events for the fall.

    At the end of the month, the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) has recitals scheduled for Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. The recitals will be held in room 710 of the college complex at LMC from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

    A Chamber Strings and Baroque Ensemble will be held Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in room 720, also in the college complex at LMC.

    The following event will be held Oct. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. where the LMC Concert Band will perform. Students Katelyn Ririe and Brenna Raya, who are in the Concert Band, have been showing a lot of enthusiasm for their upcoming event.

    Im excited for the concert, especially because I love playing the French horn, said Ririe.

    Although its early in the semester, the concert date is fast approaching and the students have already begun to prepare.

    We just started practicing and learning the songs we are going to perform for the concert, said Raya.

    Three days following the concert bands event, the recital class will be having a recital from 1 to 2 p.m. The MTAC will put on another recital Oct. 24 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

    The last event scheduled for the month, the Chord Advan-tage Concert, will take place Oct. 27 from 7:50 to 11 p.m.

    There will be fewer recitals the month after that. There are two MTAC Recitals scheduled Nov. 7 and 21, both held from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

    By BEATRIZ HERNANDEZbhernandez@lmcexperience.com

    After 21 years of teaching at Los Med-anos College, English professor Barbara Austin decided to retire from her job over the summer.

    After my dear colleague, Karen Nakajis death, I went in for a routine procedure in May and discovered I had breast cancer for the second time, said Austin.

    With her first occurrence being in 2005, she subsequently decided it was time for her to retire in July following her diagnosis.

    Otherwise, I would have stayed until the students in the classroom had to beg me to retire, said Austin.

    With her departure from LMC being

    so sudden, Austins creative writing class was taken over by English professor Gregory Brown this fall.

    What Barbara understood so well, maybe better than anyone, is the impor-tance Creative Writing can play in any students academic success, said Brown.

    Austins teaching style has been an influence, which has resonated with the LMC community.

    Though creative writing is often thought of by students and instructors alike as a soft discipline, with no real discernible guidelines or aims, Barbara knew the truth, said Brown, Barbara and I were definitely on the same page there.

    Despite her retirement, Austins

    plans for the future include continuing with her private college counseling, financial aid and scholarship service. My 21 years at Los Medanos has taught me above all, humility, and that I was one among 200 fabulous people supporting, teaching and loving students, said Austin.

    While her departure was quick, Austin has expressed admiration for the staff, students and faculty and the memories she has made.

    I am so grateful for all that Ive learned from each one at LMC which in my book stands for Love My Chances, said Austin. It taught me that in teaching others as well as we can, we learn.

    For information about her services, visit www.college-quest.com.

    Star ting on Dec. 2, the LMC Concert Band will have a performance at 7 pm. A Chamber Strings Baroque Ensemble will be held Dec. 7 from 6 to 11 p.m.

    The LMC Recital class will be having two recitals on Dec. 8 and 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. There will be a guitar Recital and a Jazz Band concert Dec. 9, both starting at 7 p.m.

    It is a really cool thing to experience, the atmosphere is a lot different than it was in high school. I like the people I get to work with too, everyone is passionate about their music, said Matthew Sutton, of the Jazz Band.

    The last event this scheduled this semester for the music department is the Piano Class Recital on the Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

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    LMC instructor Kadesta Prothro-Harris claps to the beat with Melissa Hulsey and Bethany Gella.

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    Photo courtesy of pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com

    Screenshot of a new show Moon over Buffalo.

    Its no secret priorities play an important role in life and are essential in achieving ones goals and aspirations.

    For me, music was my priority and the life of a touring musician was something I always found exciting.

    Having the chance to perform in front of hundreds, sometimes thousands of people across the globe, was something I had always dreamed of and finally in 2008, the opportunity came. After all my tireless efforts spanning nearly half my lifetime, I was finally going to live that life on the road.

    For the next four years I traveled throughout

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    Athletics logo gets an update

    The Los Medanos College Mustangs tied the Yuba College 49ers 2-2 Tuesday thanks to two goals from forward Autumn Kish and six saves from goalie Randi Strain. The Mustangs next game is at rival Contra Costa College Friday, Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. Top,Yubas Carina Hernandez and LMCs Janessa Vreonis battle for possession. Right, Maggie OShea-Friedman and Paola Perez block Adriana Zunigas path. Above, Kish runs downfield as Hernandez takes a tumble.

    Photos by Cathie Lawrence Experience

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    On a level playing field

    Breaks ground in 2017

    Adapted by Joseph Delano from tBP/Architecture drawingThe new athletics center is set to begin construction in 2017. The current facilities, including the rented portables that are older than the school, have been there since the college opened in 1974.

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    The logo featured on the LMC football helmets.

    Modern complex in making

    n Shawn Vasquez (NCAA football): rushed for career-high 116 yards and two touchdowns for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 38-20 victory over Missouri S&T.

    n Sterling Moore (NFL): had one solo tackle in season opener as Tam-pa Bay Buccaneers lost 42-14 to Tennessee Titans.

    n Markie Beltram (NAIA football): recorded seven tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in Missouri Valleys 35-28 season-opening defeat to Williams Penn.

    Luke Johnson ExperienceShawn Vasquez, LMC halfback in 2013.

    By BRENDAN CROSSbcross@lmcexperience.com

    My first reaction was My Little Pony, said Los Medanos College Vice President Kevin Horan during the All College Day event held Aug. 14 before the start of the semester when talking about the athletics department logo he saw plastered in the middle of the gym. A new insignia, created by LMC Media Design Specialist John Schall, was unveiled that same day.

    The process of creating the new logo, which was commissioned by Horan, was a collective effort from the Athletics Department, Bookstore, Student Services and Marketing Department. The idea of rebranding came as a result of the gym renovation project, which will start next summer, slated for an Aug. 1, 2016 completion according to Horan.

    A lack of continuity among the various Mustangs emblems worn by the teams or just generally displayed around campus, was also a key in the decision to rethink the look.

    We determined we needed to create a more consistent brand among all of the athletic teams, said Horan.

    Every sports team will feature the updat-ed emblem in some capacity on their game day garb. Renovations to the football field and scoreboards are also in the plans.

    Each of the teams are on a schedule for uniform replacement. The new logo will be incorporated as they update their uniforms, said Horan. Eventually, the football field will need to have the artificial turf replaced. When it does, we will incorporate the new logo. The same holds true for all the scoreboards.

    Horan also added that the update process would have no additional expense to the college as they are not replacing anything outside of its regular replacement cycle.

    Schall exercised many resources when it came to help with conceptualizing the logo, including Angelica Gutierrez, a marketing intern at the time that helped with research, Drama Department Chair Nick Garcia, student Anthony Barrett and Art Instructor Lucy Snows Art 5 class.

    Gutierrez and Schall were invited to speak at Snows class about the process of coming up with the logo, which sparked a class discussion that elicited an overwhelming response from the students that the previous logo was not aggressive enough and needed to better represent the competitiveness of the athletes.

    After spending a lot of time working with the old logo and not being totally happy with where it was going, Garcia became involved and helped conceptu-alize different design options, said Schall. Barrett drew the horse concepts of how a more aggressive

    By GARRETT BELMEgbelme@lmcexperience.com

    Los Medanos College is in the final schematic design phase on a new athletics center that will break ground in 2017 near parking lot B.

    The new athletics center is set to be a big update over the gym and portable facilities.

    It will be a night and day comparison. We will have the best athletic facilities within our district, said LMC Vice President Kevin Horan.

    The new center is long overdue. Horan explained that LMCs current facilities have not changed since the college opened in 1974, more than 40 years ago.

    I am most looking forward to having fac-ulty, students and student athletes being able to take pride in their facilities for the PE and athletics programs, said Horan. The facilities will match the quality of the programs being currently offered.

    LMC baseball head coach Anthony DAlbora explained that the new athletics center will feature up-to-date versions of current facili-ties and classrooms, but in bigger and more functional spaces. The most important thing I think everyone can expect from the new building is a more cohesive athletics space.

    DAlbora said the physical education and athletics programs are looking forward to the new weight and locker rooms.

    Anything new is just about always a better and more exciting option, but more than that to have a new weight room space where our athletes can be more dynamic and explosive in how they train every day is going to help us to advance physically by leaps and bounds, he said. Team locker rooms will be a big piece of all the teams on campus having a safe and shared space to continue developing the relationships and culture it takes to be great on and off the field.

    According to Horan in an All College Day presentation Aug. 14, in addition to larger locker room areas to allow for the overlap of seasons, current planning calls for each sport to have its own team room. He continued with, The locker rooms have been designed to accom-modate all of our current athletics programs and allow for growth in new programs.

    Of course, new athletic buildings do not get built for cheap.

    The college has budgeted over $60 million to fund the combined project of the PE Com-plex and Student Union project, said Horan.

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    Experience Cathie Lawrence

    Veteran Steve Hill sits calmly as he receives a haircut from barber Moe Alvarez during the Stand Down on the Delta event at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds Sept. 11.

    Experience Cathie Lawrence

    Left to right, Jimmie James, John West and Miguel Thompson making survival bracelets during Stand Down on the Delta.

    Europe and the United States, living the dream I had always pursued. Then, one day, reality hit me like a ton of bricks.

    It wasnt the frequent minor injuries sustained from the ev-ery day hustle of the road and demanding physical aspects of performing in a live show. This just comes with the job.

    It wasnt even the boredom and loneliness that often sets in after weeks on end spent gazing through the windows of a tour bus. This is when your mind dwells on those close to you who are, at that moment, so far away that even a phone call is impossible to achieve in an attempt to reach out. This too is part of the job.

    It was the fact that this was indeed a job, yet I wasnt getting paid.

    Something had to change. Finally in the summer of

    2013, I decided to begin my academic studies again, enroll-ing at Los Medanos College. Putting my life as a touring musician aside, I had officially turned in my tour pass for a student ID.

    This is no strange occur-rence in the music industry right now. Members of bands from all across the country are dropping out of the scene and turning toward other sources of income to make ends meet. For some, the jobs are still there waiting for them. For others, like me, it begins with an educational process to help achieve the desired results in acquiring a position in a chosen profession.

    So my priorities had indeed changed. School had ultimately become the driving force in my life.

    Tours were of fered but, alas, turned down due to the fact that the idea of a future career and its accompanying paycheck greatly outweighed gaining a few fans over the course of a month or so and possibly paying a few thousand dollars out of pocket to do it as well. There was just no money in it for me.

    Then something changed.From Aug. 28 to Sept. 6,

    as students and faculty went through their daily routines on campus, I was living the life once again, just like I had remembered from only a few years back. But there was one thing different I was getting paid.

    For 10 days, I traveled through the Pacific North-west, an RV providing shelter and transportation through variations of extreme heat, pounding winds and, something we Californians arent used to seeing, substantial rainfall and hail.

    We raged the stage each night, made new friends, partied like rockstars with the other bands and just lived the life of the road.

    But now its all over, and while I may be a few dollars richer, not much has changed.

    The backpacks filled with cables, sundries and miscel-laneous items have all been replaced once again by text-books and notepads.

    The tour pass has been hung up; an Experience press pass now resides in its place.

    And the concepts of load-ins and set lists have been put out of mind to remember the more important issues of getting to class on time and completing homework.

    Overall the experience was well worth it, and while it may have put a small ding in my studies, the financial gain was indeed something that outweighed missing a few classes.

    Will I ever tour again?I can definitely see myself

    going back out on the road, hitting that stage every night in a different city, bringing my art to the masses. But unlike before, when the thought of living the life of a touring musician was still a dream, the reality still exists that the important things in life such as food, shelter and the ability to be seen by a doctor have become greater priorities.

    I guess the definite answer will come if/when an offer is made with a significant dollar amount attached.

    After all, its no secret that money plays an important role in life and is essential in achieving ones goals and aspirations.

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    mustang should look.The final fiercer-looking

    horse head was then born. Afterward, Schall created the stylized bold typography for the emblem.

    The initial reaction that Schall has received on the logo has been generally positive.

    The feedback has been great overall. The athletics department is excited to use the new brand, said Schall. There have been a few comments of the horse looking a bit too aggressive, but I believe over time, everyone will be proud of the new athletics logo.

    Football head coach Chris Shipe said it took time for him to gain fondness for it.

    When I saw the logo for the first time, I had doubts, but over the last couple months it has grown on me to the point that I really like it, he said.

    Baseball head coach An-thony DAlbora said that he appreciated what having a singular logo does for their department.

    From a coachs perspective, I think its a great idea to have the athletics department on the same page with a new and unified logo. Anytime you can help strengthen a brand and clarify a message, it only stands to benefit the product, he said.

    The bookstore has shirts, hats and other items embla-zoned with the new insignia that are now available for purchase.

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    with workshops by student Jake Teal about his recent as a volunteer in Africa. Professor Marie Arcidiacono also led an activity relative to the Birth Order Theory. Students played a game which put the theory to the test.

    Afternoon activities included archery with professor Cindy McGrath and swimming at the pool.

    The evening included a hayride through the hills followed by the annual Bad Poetry Contest in which top students compete to see who can write the worst poem.

    My favorite part of the retreat was the Bad Poetry Contest, said Cabral. There were so many good ones, I couldnt decide who should win.

    The group traveled on Sunday to nearby Yosemite Valley to hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall.

    It was intense, but worth it, said student Diana Cobian.

    Saitos attempts at getting honors students to bond ap-peared to have been a success.

    I felt anxious because I was going on a trip with nobody I knew, student Guadalupe Mauricio said. After the first day, I was already cool with everyone.

    Todd Snyder said he had a lot of fun, adding, I got to know a bunch of people from school I havent met before.

    If you like the intellectual stimulation of learning, and these activities sound like fun, contact Jennifer Saito at (925) 473-7601 for more information.

    the reasons she suppor ts mandatory counseling.

    If it was mandated back when I was a student it wouldnt have taken as long it took me, she said. It took me six years to leave LMC, and I never met with a counselor. I didnt develop my Ed plan; I changed my major like five times. If I had met with a counselor and didnt try to do things my way--I wouldve been here half the time.

    In addition to required counseling, Archaga would like to see mandated student orientations.

    I think that its very im-portant. I actually would like to see a follow-up to that as a reminder, like maybe a once-a-year thing to refresh your memory. Sometimes if its out of sight, its out of mind and I think its important to reinforce those things, she said.

    Archaga emphasized how important it is for both students and faculty to keep up to date on school policies.

    The common thing we have seen are students saying I didnt know, so I think its really a matter of getting the word out and educating not only students, but even faculty, she said.

    There are some policies that

    they might not even be aware of that may hold a student back-- like dropping a student from a course if that student has a hold on their record, she added.

    If a student does have a hold on their record, a faculty mem-ber cant drop them from their roster through WebAdviser.

    Sometimes students are thinking Oh well, I got dropped from the class, but by the end of the semester they have an F because the instructor didnt take the next step. Its things like that that were working on, trying to get information out to the entire campus community to better support students.

    Maintaining a high retention rate is crucial to the school for securing funding. Along with total enrollment, the number of successful Full-time Equivalent (FTE) students is a prime driv-er for how LMC stays running. Helping students maintain success throughout their time at here is Archagas goal.

    Every student that we can keep here is funds for us to keep doing what were doing, or expand on it, she said. We treat students as they come to us, so we meet them where they are. Our approach will be unique for every single student.

    counties were also there to help veterans sort out citations, and Johnson was able to get a new ID from DMV, in addition to some new clothes.

    Im pretty happy, it couldve been better, Johnson said. They ran out of pants and shoes, he said, referring to the lack of average shoe sizes. You see a lot of small guys around here walking around in size 14s.

    According to DVGs mis-sion statement, its goals are simple. Goals that are desired to bring together all of the various Veterans Service Organizations, [and] remove the barriers and walls that frequently exist between these organizations.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has come under heavy criticism in recent years for its sluggish response when it comes to healthcare claims, which is even more danger-ous for homeless veterans with illnesses like diabetes or hypertension.

    As youre homeless and dont have any access to insurance or healthcare, youre not able to maintain your health, said Fumar. So things like medication running out, not being able to see a primary doctor for follow up, having an illness and it getting worse... Id ask them if they had medication and they would tell me it ran out months ago.

    Aside from physical ail-ments, many homeless veter-ans deal with mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

    When we designed the triage, we wanted to make it

    $1,076,300 in additional rev-enue, said Horan.

    That number, 229, is what LMC figures would be the maximum number of FTES growth at the college.

    While the 20 FTES currently enrolled over LMCs goal may seem low, its important to remember that the college hadnt even been hitting the state set goal for some years and so far is ahead of the number and in good standing to break the spell it has been under.

    An impor tant factor in managing FTES expectations year-to-year is what the college is doing to ensure people attend.

    Retention of current stu-dents and recruitment of pro-spective students is becoming a larger focus for the college.

    We have developed a new retention and support team to specifically work with students that are on some level of aca-demic probation or are at risk of being placed on academic probation, said Horan.

    This work aims to help keep students inspired and on-track in their studies.

    The program would allow dif ferent depar tments to effectively communicate with each other about students that may need help in order to ask why are you struggling and what can the college do to help, said Robin Armour, director of Admissions and Records.

    Another factor that usually impacts enrollment at LMC is the economy, something the college, historically, has a love-hate relationship with.

    Enrollment generally re-flects an inverse relationship with the economy, said Ar-mour, meaning that when the economy is in better standing, enrollment tends to be lower, and vice versa.

    This semester, however, is proving to be a quantifiable quandary, which defies the norm.

    Armour said the influx of students required more staffing for the department during the early days of the semester.

    She also noted that having most student services under the same roof in a more spread out layout helps with getting students the help they need in order to enroll, adding that, the space provides a nurturing environment that encourages students to remain in good standing with their grades and goals.

    The struggle to maintain and grow enrollment numbers will continue for semesters to come, but with new programs and efforts in place, numbers should remain steadily climb-ing toward the level the college is yearning for.

    When inhaled or ingested, both substances have disas-trous effects on the human body.

    Mesothelioma, which is caused by excessive inha-lation of asbestos, is a rare cancer targeting the lining of internal organs, most often the lungs. But, lead poisoning can be more harmful to young children but it could still be detrimental to teenagers and adults, causing pain in the joints and muscles, memory loss and a decline in mental functions.

    No one has gotten sick. We just want everyone to know that we are taking the necessary procedures, said Holt, about the results of the testing done by Terracon. Anytime we are going to do any type of construction, we call a company like this and

    we have the tests done.Structures potentially con-

    taining asbestos, lead or other hazardous materials are always tested before construction is undergone. During the renovations, these materials can become air-borne, allowing inhalation, which could cause people in the buildings to fall ill.

    If our project plans to disturb any of these materials, qualified abatement firms and abatement inspectors will be hired to comply with all laws and regulations regarding working with, and monitor-ing the work on, hazardous materials, said Pyle.

    For those interested in reviewing the full copy of the testing protocol and results, they are available in CC1-138 by appointment during normal business hours.

    nothing that needs water drawn in it, said Holt, add-ing that future landscapes will involve hardscaping or dryscaping.

    LMC is not alone in this decision. According to Contra Costa Community College Dis-trict Chief Facilities Planner Ray Pyle, his new standard will also be district wide.

    For future projects, we have decided that water fea-tures, such as fountains or water bubblers, will not be included, said Pyle.

    Although the fountains use re-circulated water, water loss is still a problem due to evap-oration and the heat. We have been experiencing numbers in the hundreds over the last week, which can make this worse, said Holt.

    Also, providing plants with water at the right time is key to sustainability, so it is done at night.

    We dont do any watering during the day, explained Holt. It helps the evaporation problem and all the water gets to the turf.

    But the college has also recently turned off several irrigation sections and just let the grass turn brown, said LMC President Bob Kratochvil.

    Crews are also monitoring irrigation breaks broken sprinklers and water fre-quency, he added.

    But this type of supervision takes extra manpower.

    Now, rather than just one gardener checking the irri-gation and sprinklers in their area, we also have a second person looking at all areas to help insure that we are using the water in the most efficient way, explained Holt.

    These changes are due to a letter received by the Contra Costa Water District asking for decrease in usage earlier this summer.

    Theyve demanded a 40 percent cutback, said Holt, adding that they supply water to the LMC Lake, which is used for irrigation on campus.

    And although the lake re-ceives water from the water district, the drought seems to be taking its toll there as well, causing an abnormal growth of aquatic weeds.

    Last year we had to harvest it and this is because were not turning that water over very much, said Holt, adding

    that they have also hired a company to clean it using a bacterial method.

    But there may be a solution to this issue rain.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations website, the current El Nio an infre-quently occurring weather pattern has strengthened over the past few months and this could be beneficial because strong El Nios are often associated with heavy winter rains across California.

    This isnt a guarantee, said the governments adminis-trations website, that above average rainfall will occur during the wet season here in California but it does provide favorable conditions for it to happen and provides a bit of optimism for the future.

    Im really hoping that all the warnings of this huge winter coming should clean that lake up really good, said Holt, who added that the pre-dicted record rainfall would help our lake tremendously.

    But if the drought does eventually ease up, Holt said there is no excuse to continue to waste water and the college will be continuing on the path that its on.

    Currently, LMC is also looking to reduce its domestic water usage, which comes from the Pittsburg Water District for drinking and use in the bathrooms, by replacing faucets in the bathrooms.

    The newer stuff we are putting in are a lot more simple and reliable and they dont get stuck for us, said Holt.

    All the new standards seem to be working here at LMC because the first meter num-bers the college received from the water district were encouraging.

    We werent using over our allotment, said Holt.

    But water saving isnt new to the college district.

    We already seek to min-imize water use by using low-flow fixtures and also use recycled water for irrigation, said Pyle. The drought hasnt changed these practices.

    And although the district has not received mandates for water usage plumbing codes have changed recently, requiring new water saving measures in design, explained Pyle. [And] as always, we design to code.

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    so it was very approachable, explained Fumar. I went through their health, then I would ask, How are you emotionally? and then its like an open door, a floodgate. Theyre like Yeah, I have a history of PTSD, I cant sleep at night, etc.

    For the LMC nursing students, the event provided valuable experience, and the triple digit heat and fast-and-furious pace was something they probably wouldnt get in a classroom setting.

    In the past, the nursing students did very traditional hospital rotations, explained Goldfarb. But my vision is to use the intellectual capital of the LMC nursing student to help the very real needs of the community, to have a positive impact on the health of this community. I feel very proud of the nursing students, real good was done.

    The veterans seemed sat-isfied with the care as well.

    They did a good job, said Johnson, they gotta learn somewhere.

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