Vol. 83 No. 6 10-09-15

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    Art shines at showArtist Bonnie Neumann celebrates her new gallery exhibition Water, light and Time page 4

    LMC makes an argumentDebate team went south to compete against the big dogs and is getting ready to do it again page 3

    Stangs score a tieThe LMC soccer teams defense shines in double shutout against Mendocino College page 5

    Salaries and morale to increase

    Experience Cathie LawrenceLos Medanos College Associated Student Body Vice President Sable Horton, Debate President Taylor Gonzalez and LMCAS President Darren Meeks during a recent LMCAS meeting Sept. 14.

    Experience Cathie LawrenceLos Medanos College replaced its sign near the entrance of the college on Monday, Sept. 28. The new sign, which can be seen from Leland Road, is among one of many new upgrades at LMC.

    See PREP, page 6

    See LMCAS, page 6

    See MAP, page 6See RAISE, page 6

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    LMC preps for worstCollege gets educated

    Govt gets a makeover



    Octoberis National Breast

    Cancer Awareness Month

    Nov. 9Veterans Day college closed.

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

    Hug a pet for lower stressThe Los Medanos Col-lege Library and MESA are putting on an event Monday, Oct. 12 to help students de-stress during midterms. From 12 to 1 p.m., students are being welcomed to come hug a pet in Science Room 202 where dogs from the Pet Hug Pack Team will be available. For more in-formation got to losmed-anos.edu/library.

    Volunteers now neededThe Los Medanos College MESA program is looking for volunteers to help with the Antioch High School science students visit to LMC Thursday, Oct. 15. LMC students are needed to be on a panel from 9 to 9:45 a.m. to discuss be-ing a science major and life on campus as well as give tours of the science building from 9:40 to 10:15 a.m. For more information or to volun-teer contact Nicole Trager at ntrager@losmedanos.edu.

    Transfer Day approachesLos Medanos College will be hosting two transfer events Oct. 27. Trans-fer Day will be held in the outdoor quad from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and College Night in the gym from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Representatives from the CSU and UC campuses, along with out-of-state and private universities will be present to answer students questions about the transfer process. For more information, or a list of the colleges that will be present, go to losmed-anos.edu/transferday.

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

    Experience Cathie Lawrence

    Associated Students under new leadershipBy KIMBERLY STELLYkstelly@lmcexperience.com

    In last semesters elections, the Los Medanos College Associated Students were given new positions and earlier this semester. Three new senators were accepted.

    Darren Meeks was voted as president of LMCAS earlier this year. He was surprised he got the job.

    I feel [kind of] shocked. I never thought Id be president of something growing up, said Meeks. Its a great feeling.

    Senator Sable Horton, formerly the com-missioner of campus events is the newly appointed vice president of LMCAS. She

    By JAMARI SNIPESjsnipes@lmcexperience.com

    Community College students are now able to transfer easier and faster to the University of California through a new academic pathway.

    The University of California introduced a new academic roadmap for California Com-munity College students who plan to apply to transfer to UC campuses, according to a University of California press release on July 7.

    The UC faculty, who created the pathway, sought to make it simpler for students to transfer to a UC by having the same pre-requisites required for each of the majors at every UC. This would make it easier for students to transfer to any of the nine UC campuses, which gives them more options of schools to go to.

    The universities noticed a decline in UC transfer enroll-ment, said Transfer Services Coordinator Rachel Anicetti. A task force determined that one of the reasons enrollment decreased was because it was difficult for many students.

    The universities applied the changes to the 10 most popular majors at the UCs, which include: anthropology, biochemistry, biology, cell biology, chemistry, econom-ics, mathematics, molecular biology, physics and sociology.

    Colleges are focusing first on the most popular majors, while gradually adding more majors to the list.

    The university plans to create pathways for another 11 majors later this year. Once pathways are complete for all 21 majors, they will cover two-thirds of all admissions applications UC receives from transfer students, said the University of California press release.

    The transfer pathways will help students who do not know which campus they would like to go to yet, but know which major they are interested in.

    Overall, this is a good re-

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    said she knew she wasnt ready to be president just yet but that shes happy with everything the president has done. Though she wasnt ready to be president of LMCAS, she wanted to be an important part of the board.

    Im happy to help lead the meet-ings, said Horton. She says her new position will help her get to know her constituents.

    Contra Costa Community College District Student Trustee Gary Walk-er-Roberts, formerly Student Body President, is now Parliamentarian for LMCAS and is settling into his job.

    I love my new position and am

    grooving the saddle at this point. We are four months into my term and already about to be at the half way marker. Time flies, especially when youre busy, said Walker-Roberts.

    Senator Yetunde Ogunleye was giv-en the role of Publicity and Outreach Officer. Though her goal was always to help student government, she thinks this new position will give LMC students more insight into what LMCAS is about.

    A lot of people dont know that we have student government on campus, she said. They dont know they can come to us for funding, said Ogunleye.

    Nobody wants to think about these heinous things that happen, but the fact were having a conversation is a start.

    Lt. Ryan Huddleston

    By DAMIAN LEWINdlewin@lmcexperience.com

    Following several months of what United Faculty Executive Director Jeffrey Michels described as intense and sometimes difficult bargaining, members of the Contra Costa Com-munity College District Governing Board ratified the agreement negotiated with the United Faculty to increase the salary schedule for both full and part-time faculty during its meeting Wednesday, Oct. 7.

    By TYLER MORTIMOREtmortimore@lmcexperience.com

    At 10:38 a.m. Oct. 1, a 26-year-old student at Umpqua Community College in Rose-burg, Ore., walked into his English composition class armed with five handguns and a semi-automatic rifle and began shooting his classmates.

    By 10:48 a.m., nine students were dead and nine more were wounded, and the shooter had committed suicide after a two-minute shootout with police.

    Less than two weeks earlier, Los Medanos College had held a staff meeting addressing the possibility of an active shooter on campus, in response to the shooting Sept. 3 at Sacramento City College.

    Its one of those meetings you really wish you didnt have to have, said Los Med-anos College President Bob Kratochvil.

    Attendees were shown Shots Fired: When Lightning Strikes, a video produced by the Center for Personal Protection that details survival strategies to be used in school shootings.

    With the proper mindset and the necessary tools, said video co-host Randy Spivey, Youll be better equipped to react with purpose and maxi-mize your chance of survival.

    The video preached pre-paredness, and instructed the viewer they have three choices when a shooting begins: get out, hide out, or

    take out, referring to a violent neutralization of the shooter, a last resort.

    After the video, LMC police Lt. Ryan Huddleston spoke and responded to questions from concerned faculty.

    Huddleston highlighted the countywide response agree-ment held by the regions law enforcement organizations.

    We have the ability to communicate with ever y agency throughout the coun-ty, said Huddleston in a later interview. Our officers carry radios that have direct commu-nication with the Pittsburg Po-lice Department, the [Contra Costa] Sheriffs Department, some 13 organizations all on their handheld radios.

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    Time and distance have a way of playing tricks with your best intentions. Anthony Kiedis

    Do you know someone who gets really annoyed by certain sounds? Are you one of those people?

    Well, that condition has a name and its called misophonia. When you break it down, it translates into the hatred of sound. It is a condition many people may not be aware of. People who have misophonia typically hate certain sounds. The sounds could include: slurping, swallowing, singing, mumbling, gum chewing, sniffing, snoring, breathing, laughing, etc. It can include repetitive noises.

    The hatred of the sounds could range from slight to chronic. People who have chronic misophonia may suddenly burst out with anger and they might feel like something is crawling under their skin.

    For me, it developed when I was in middle school. I began to become bothered slightly by people when they ate loudly, but I usually ignored it. It wasnt until I got to high school that I developed chronic misophonia.

    In most situations, I cannot eat with my family without getting annoyed by their loud chewing sounds. The sounds would make me cringe and want to throw something at them. That usually does not end well. Not only does my family annoy me when they eat, they also get annoyed when I consis-tently complain about it. They want me to let them eat in peace and I dont want to be selfish, so I leave the room and eat by myself. People who have this may feel like it detaches them from social situations and can ruin their relationships.

    For the longest time, it felt like I was the only one with this condition because the loud slurping annoyed no one else. People give me weird looks when I tell them about my hatred of certain sounds, so I decided to search up what these characteristics meant.

    It was shocking to see that doctors do not know what triggers misophonia, but it is a relatively new researched condition. I was relieved to know that I wasnt crazy and that there are others that are annoyed too.

    Although researchers are still trying to understand why misophonia develops, they have come up with some ideas about why it affects people. According to misopho-nia-provider.com,

    According to webmd.com, it usually appears between nine and 13 years old and happens mostly with girls. Its weird I happen to fall into that category when I developed it. Doctors believe its partly mental and physical.

    Misophonia is not anxiety or an obses-sive-compulsive disorder (OCD) which people often mistake it for.

    I thought it was OCD too, but now I know that its not the same thing though the two seem to have similarities. Its known as a sound sensitivity disorder according to disable-world.com.

    Researchers say that there is no cure, but it can be managed through temporary solutions. They recommend drowning out the noise or focusing on something else that is more important. I manage it by drowning out the sound with more noise in the background. For example, turning on a fan or putting on headphones can help. If there are no other options, finding a quiet area works as well. Hopefully this condition will go away so people suffering with this disorder can eat with others in peace and not be labeled as a weirdo.

    According to misophonia.com, you can also try out the Dozier Misophonia Trigger Tamer available on iTunes for $39.99. Its supposed to let the user repattern their brains to reduce their aversion to certain sounds.

    Dealing with this every day can cause a lot of stress, so finding ways to temporarily cope with the side effects helps. If you have misophonia, you are not alone.


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    I would try and help people get out of the vicinity.

    Tyrell Odom

    I would probably start panicking and start asking around, you know, if anybody knows who the shooter is. Yamilette Gradiz

    If there was a shooting, I would go hide in a secluded location.

    Giancarlos Margasso

    I would pretend to be dead. If someone died in front of me, I would put their dead body on top of me.

    Hazel Recinos

    Stay as calm as possible, not try to get up or run away.

    Mark Baker-Sanchez

    I would probably be hiding in a closet or a cabinet if there is one in the classroom. Sara Sullivan

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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

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    The debate over gun control needs a new direction.

    While society is constantly languishing on whether guns are made too available to consumers, it fails to delve into any other problems regarding gun safety and man-agement, violence prevention and mental illness awareness.

    Students in high school learn about drugs and alcohol; how not to abuse them and what adverse effects they can have on your life and the lives of those around you, but when was the last time a gun safety class was taught in class as a curriculum standard?

    It would seem that with the reported consistency of school shootings by stu-dents, more emphasis would be placed on informing the youth of, not only, gun safety, but awareness as well.

    But even if classes, presentations or campfire discussions occur, a deeper issue remains; mental illness takes many forms and stems from even more origin points.

    In an Alfred University study, more than 85 percent of people agreed, when asked why shootings occur, that bullying and revenge were leading causes.

    Why then, arent there more faculties in place to help intercept at-risk children before they snap, wreaking carnage and havoc on innocents?

    Since 1999, there have been 262 school shootings, according to a Westword.com

    article detailing school shootings since the Columbine High School massacre.

    While that number should be shocking enough, consider this: in a report from

    Quartz.com on a study conducted by the Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at Jay College on school shootings in 37 countries spanning 250 years, it was found the US has virtually the same number of shootings on its own, as the other 36 countries in the study, combined.

    And as much as it may seem satirical, a recent post from theonion.com stated over 50 percent of the nations granite was engraved with the names of victims of murderous acts.

    The post makes sense. What kind of world am I living in where access to a hos-pital, therapist, out-reach program or just plain kind words ate limited to those with means, but purchasing a gun at Wal-Mart is commonplace?

    What results from the fissure of what makes sense and what has become acceptable is that people in desperate need of medical intervention do not receive it.

    Not only do those needing help not receive it, but proper screening, mandated psycho-logical thresholds and educational venues on firearms are so lax that it seems easier to lash out as your only recourse. Hasnt that been what our society has fostered; a habitat of violence and a lack of compassion or courage to confront and combat an issue that shouldnt exist?

    I want to be clear; I am not supporting any shooter in any capacity. If anything, I pity them. There are some people who are legitimately insane, and some who inten-tionally inflict grievous harm to others. The latter is just as helpless as the former, as our pro-gun society has failed both somewhere along the line. I blame the infrastructure in place for not helping before horrific actions are realized.

    The real reason for the lack of interest in preventative care is the cost. The government, private and public companies, including heath insurers, are seemingly not willing to absorb the cost of mental heath insurance.

    If it means a bearer of firearms would need to purchase supplemental mental health insurance prior to purchase, then so be it. The benefits to society would outweigh the cost, especially if the ones paying for it are the end users. They are, after all, our future.

    Kimberly StellySOCIALLY UNWELL

    The tragedy at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has inspired talks of safety and reform around the nation. The tragedy took place Thursday, Oct. 1. A 26-year-old student shot and killed nine people eight students and a professor and injured nine others. The youngest victim was just 18 years old. The gunman died later on in a battle between the responding police officers by gunshot.Los Medanos College is just one of many institutions solidifying their safety measures to ensure something so horrid wont take place on our campus.

    In a dark instance of coincidence, there was a campus safety meeting a few weeks prior to the incident at Umpqua. The meeting included faculty and students with the Police services staff including Lt. Huddleston as the lead in the discussion. He brought up a past instance that took place here at LMC that is truly frightening. A man had come to our school with the intention of shooting at the Childcare Center here on campus. Luckily someone reported the suspicious mans behavior to the on campus police and he was detained.

    The fact of the matter is overall campus safety needs to be taken more seriously here on campus. There are many measures and procedures that are in place to protect those at LMC at all times, but its important to take individual responsibility and know what to do just in case your safety is put in danger.

    The first line of action to take if you suspect a mass shooting were to take place around you, is to be aware of your surroundings and get as far away from the vicinity as possible run as fast and as far away as possible. If running isnt an option, then the next thing to do is find a place to hide and lay low, out of the line of sight of the shooter. If thats not possible, play dead. This strategy actually worked for one of the victims from the recent Oregon shooting; because of playing dead, she survived. The last option if you know absolutely that there is no way out is to attack the shooter. The main goal when attacking the shooter shouldnt be to injure him or her, but to disarm them, then tackle them and wait for the police to arrive.

    Of course, we dont even want to think about the possibility of this kind of shooting happen-ing on campus, but overall,campus security is and always will be the main priority of police services at this campus.Crimes that can occur on college campus are most commonly theft, which includes items like phones, wallets and even cars. Unfortunately crimes also include assault and/or battery and sexual assault. Remember to be smart and be safe.

    Each decade in rock music history had a defined sound: The 1980s were full of leath-er-clad, hard rock and heavy metal bands, the 90s were full of angsty grunge bands and the 2000s were full of commercial alternative rock but what about now? What has rock music become since 2010?

    Though everyone seems to hate the pop-punk era, at least there was a collective sound. Now it seems bands are out of creative ideas and are now making their music sound as if it comes from another time. The way rock music now is almost clique-like.

    You have your psychedelic bands like MGMT; your bluesy bands like The Black Keys or any band Jack White is associated with; your veteran bands like the Rolling Stones or even Green Day; and your Nu Metal bands Like Bring Me the Horizon. These newer bands are just carbon copies of an older sound. They work hard and might make decent music, but it doesnt change the fact that theres nothing unique about them.

    The veteran bands that are still around make good music, but its the same alternative rock sound that has failed to wow audiences under the age of 30. An example of this would be the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their last album, Im With You was Grammy-nominated and received generally positive reviews but some critics made the point that theyre just too tame compared to their mid-nineties sound. Maybe its the lack of drugs or lack of inspiration. Either way, this is a problem with bands that have been around for decades and we cant keep relying on them to save rock and roll.

    Another problem with todays rock music is that the more processed, computer-oriented sound is taking over every genre. Bands that fell under the rock music category have switched over to a more pop-oriented sound. Groups like Linkin Park and Paramore have fallen prey to the all-encompassing music beast that is pop. This is evident in their recent albums. The music isnt bad but its so far from their roots that it can be off-putting.

    Just like R & B, rock seems to be falling in popularity. If there were one kind of sound that defined this decade, it would give future rock fans something to remember us for.

    Its cool to hear so many musicians paying homage to classic musicians and its nice to hear so many different genres under the rock music umbrella but it would be even nicer to be able to describe this generations sound. I dont want the 2010s to just be known for EDM and rump-shaking.

    There are so many media platforms out there though that its going to be difficult.

    Id hate to see a future where kids are head banging to 5 Seconds of Summer or worse, Taylor Swift because our generation cant figure out how to be inventive with their rock music.

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    Breast Cancer Awareness MonthBreast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual health

    campaign to increase the awareness of the disease. It was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Astra-Zeneca to promote mammograms as the most effective method to fight against breast cancer.

    The goal of the campaign is raise funds for research for the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women behind lung cancer with about 1 in 8 women in the US having the disease.

    About 40,000 women and 400 are expected to die from breast cancer each year. There are a variety of events to raise awareness and fund for the disease like walks, runs and even the pink illumination of landmark buildings. For more information about early detection and other info, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org.

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

    dents interested in transferring. The next workshop will learning to complete a CSU-

    Mentor application to schools like CSU East Bay, San Francisco State, CSU Long Beach and more on Oct. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. in Student Services Building Room 412.

    The workshops will be hosted by transfer counselor David Reyes along with CSU representatives. There will be more workshops later in the month and in November.

    AGS to fundraise for veteransAlpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), a California Community

    College Honors Society, is holding a taco fundraiser on Wed. Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in the Indoor Quad on College Complex Level 3.

    The funds will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project, a program devoted to helping thousands of hardships they endure.

    For information on AGS and how to join, visit www.losmedanosags.com

    For more information on the project, visit www.wound-edwarriorproject.org

    Fixed to rethink disabilityIn honor of Disability Awareness Month, a screening

    of Fixed: the Science Fiction of Human Enhancement will take place Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

    The documentary explores what effects human aug-mentation has on society.

    The event, sponsored by LMC DPSP and the Drama and Counseling departments, will also include a discussion after the film with film director, Regan Pretlow Brashear.

    While the event is free, space is limited. RSVP online at losmedanos.edu/access.

    For more information, contact Student Life at 473-7554. Information on the film can be found at www.


    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 is

    now open. 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.

    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.

    The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

    Mark Twain

    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.

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    By LAURENAE LEAKSlleaks@lmcexperience.com

    Many students might not know the fourth floor of LMCs core building exists, but for students interested in obtaining a career in business, it is home. The Busi-ness Academy, which has been around for the past seven years, is set up to help students achieve a certificate to get a jump-start into the real world.

    Its also called the Career Advancement Academy and has worked with various fields for vocational training including wielding and child development. This past summer, they also joined with the Emergency Medical Services program to help them progress.

    This fall semester, they are focusing

    on business students once again. The program is geared towards help-

    ing dedicated low-income students who are ready to get back into the field and earn a certificate in a semester. After the semester, students can chose to seek employment or continue with their education.

    Its a cohort of students that build a relationship with one another, this helps them all stay on track and succeed, said Administrative Assistant Melina Rodriquez.

    The program takes a limited number of students each semester and partners with teachers and counselors on campus to ensure the successful completion of all those enrolled.

    I take them all to the student services

    building, make sure that their financial aid is in place, their registration is fine and I make sure that they dont have any issues, because its hard, especially as a student, Rodriguez said.

    Rodriguez, who is also a business major, has always been excited that she could help students out so that they can be successful.

    They have so many obstacles placed ahead of them in their everyday lives, we want to be sure that they have a smooth transition for school, Rodriguez said.

    Students who are interested in the career academy can go to the fourth floor of the College Core in Room 401 and talk to Melina Rodriquez or Dave Wahl for more information.

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    Sarah Zamjahn debates at the Oct. 7 practice session. The team scrimmaged on the topic of whether or not a post-gender society is preferrable over the current status quo to practice for upcoming debates.

    Team spars in tourney

    Debaters go against big name collegesBy GARRETT BELMEgbelme@lmcexperience.com

    Los Medanos Colleges debate team was in San Diego to compete in the San Diego State University Aztec Invita-tional Tournament from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4.

    The Mustangs went up against a host of big name colleges. LMCs debate coach Marie Arcidiacono, listed them out.

    Our LMC debaters compet-ed and held their own against teams from the United States Air Force Academy, the Univer-sity of Southern California, Cal Poly, Claremont College, Point

    Loma Nazarene University, Regis University, Pepperdine University and the University of La Verne, said Arcidiacono.

    LMC sent four veteran de-baters: Grace Babayan, Taylor Gonzalez, Yetunde Ogunleye and Sarah Zamjahn, who, according to Arcidiacono, competed hard each and every round. While LMC did not break into the elimination finals, she said. Our debaters came out of every round with a smile on their face, positive feedback from other coaches/judges and a new found bag of knowledge to pull from, she added.

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    Richard Stenfield and Kristine Villa debate at the Oct. 7 practice session in preparation for the competition at the USU National Championships.

    Academy helps with businessSee TOURN, page 3

    Program designed to help students into the real world

    Our debaters debated a variety of topics, with 15 minutes of preparation time and no access to the internet on topics that included the

    Pope, military action to deter Russia, elimination of animal subsidies, and regretting the 2nd Amendment to name a

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    MarqueeMovies just released

    n Hotel Transylvania 2 Rated PG Genre: Animation, Family, Comedy

    n The Intern Rated PG-13 Genre: Comedyn 99 Homes Rated R Genre: Thrillern Legend Rated R Genre: Biography, Draman The Martian Rated PG-13 Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fin Pan Rated PG Genre: Thriller, Fantasyn Steve Jobs Rated R Genre: Drama, Biography

    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 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 International Film Showcase will be screening a showing of social comedy 1960s French film The Woman on the 6th floor, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students.

    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.

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

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

    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.

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    Show shines a light

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    Photo courtesy of IMDB.comMatt Damon portrays astronaut Mark Watney in new film The Martian.

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    Artist Bonnie Neumann explains, during a Oct. 1 reception for her exhibit Water, Light and Time, how she conceptualizes her artwork. The show features visual representations of the reflections from bodies of water.

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    healthy lifestylesHELPING YOU thrive

    Put Some Power on Your PlateBy William Lide, MD

    Not all foods are created equal. While some offer relatively little nutrition, others are packed with beneficial nutrients that research shows can help prevent disease and maintain health. And they taste great, too! Here are a few examples of wonder foods that deserve a place on your table:

    Avocados:Rich in fiber and oleic acid, which helps lower overall cholesterol levels while raising good HDL cholesterol.

    Quinoa:A deliciously nutty South American grain that delivers an abun- dance of complete protein, plus manganese, magnesium, and iron.

    Low-fatyogurt:A great source of muscle-building protein and bone- building calcium, plus beneficial bacteria that help boost the immune system.

    Onions:Full of quercetin, a powerful flavonoid that protects against cancer; research indicates eating onions may also reduce heart disease risk.

    Chilipeppers:Their heating element, capsaisin, appears to inhibit inflam- mation, clear congestion, and reduce the risk of dangerous blood clots.

    Parsley:More than a garnish, packed with Vitamin C, heart-healthy beta- carotene, and cancer-fighting folic acid.

    For more tips on eating well, check out Kaiser Permanentes Web site at www.kp.org/nutrition.

    This article is proudly sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

    William Lide, MD, is Physician Site Leader for the Pleasanton Medical Offices.

    By BEATRIZ HERNANDEZbhernandez@lmcexperience.com

    The Los Medanos College Drama Department is bringing the show Ol for Hollywood to the campus community; it will be performed at the Little Theater beginning Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

    Outreach Director Tyrone Davis from the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco will direct the show. The show will explore the

    stereotypes of Latino culture in the entertainment industry and pop culture.

    It explores everything from immigration to body image, said Davis. I hope this play can bridge a gap between people.

    Ol for Hollywood is a sketch comedy, set at an award show called the Ol Awards where every actor in the show will be portraying multiple characters such as Donald

    By GARRETT BELMEgbelme@lmcexperience.com

    Ridley Scotts science fiction thriller The Martian impress-es visually, but falls victim to an extremely predictable plot as the movie repetitively solves complex problems with relative-

    ly simple a n s w e r s along with

    constant comedic misfires. The movie is centered on

    botanist Mark Watney, played by Damon-sel in distress Matt Damon, who is presumed dead, left behind on Mars after a massive sandstorm threatens him and the rest of his crew. With the next mission to Mars scheduled four years out, Watney must find a way to make his food rations last him until then.

    Being the botanist that he is, Watney predictably figures out how to grow potatoes in his makeshift green house.

    Later on, when NASA real-izes Watney is still alive, they begin a mad scramble to send him supplies to last him until a rescue team can reach Mars.

    Does The Martian really ex-pect anyone to believe Watney is in any real danger when all his problems are solved with relative ease?

    Limited food supply? In only a few days, Watney figures out how to grow plants on Mars.

    Only has a tedious commu-nication system with NASA?

    By YETUNDE OGUNLEYEyogunleye@lmcexperience.com

    The Los Medanos College Art Gallery opened a new art exhibit by Bonnie Neumann titled, Water, Light and Time Tuesday, Sept. 29.

    The ar t galler y also brought the experience of the artwork full circle by inviting Neumann to mingle with attendees and give a speech about her work at a reception Thursday, Oct. 1.

    The reception lasted from 4 to 6 p.m.

    Those who attended the reception were offered free snacks and drinks. Bonnie Neumann also provided minnie catalogs featuring pictures of pieces from her col-lections Sea Clouds and Water, Light and Time with their written explanations.

    Neumanns art pieces were interpre-tations of how bodies of water behave and some of the beautiful qualities which often get overlooked and unstudied. She uses mostly blue, silver, green, white and black in the majority of her art pieces.

    The daily pressures of life have a way of making one forget about the beauty that can be captured, when, for example crossing the golden gate bridge.

    The concepts of water, light and time are interwoven together expertly, and are captured most often in the form of light from the sun reflecting and dancing on the surface of the water. This concept has always fascinated Bonnie. She explained that during her presentation.

    NASA instructs Watney on how to hack his rover to somehow allow texting like communication over laptops. Supply rocket is blown up, ensuring he will starve to death long before anyone will reach him? The Chinese offer up their secret superior rocket to get him supplies.

    Through the creative use of video logs as a means to stuff exposition down the viewers throat, we are treated to the use of uncreative jokes littered throughout the video log scenes. Whether its Damon attempt to science the shit

    out whatever situation hes in, or its the cringe worthy space pirate joke shoehorned in during the movies third act, the comedy in The Martian rarely delivers.

    The Martin is a feel good science-fiction movie that the casual moviegoer will surely feel they got their moneys worth when its over. If youre going in expecting to be as in awe as you no doubt were while watching Ridley Scotts other sci-fi movies like Alien and Blade Runner, then maybe youre better off not taking this trip to Mars.

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    Offense had limited chances, goalkeepers strong

    41-point loss season worst

    Experience Cathie LawrenceLMC forward Paola Perez attempts to block the kick from Mendocino defending midfielder Brittni Morgan. The Mustangs are now 1-5-2 overall, 1-2-2 in conference play, good for seventh place in the Bay Valley. Their next home game is against sixth place Marin Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.

    Experience Xavier ValleLMC running back Billy Wells dives into the end zone for the Mustangs only touchdown of the game.

    A: 2 (The Mannings)

    Defensive battle ends 0-0

    By JARED AMBUEHLjambuehl@lmcexperience.com

    The Lady Mustangs tied their league com-petition, the Mendocino College Eagles, 0-0 Tuesday, Oct. 6, taking their overall record to 1-5-2.

    Its difficult to say if the team has turned it around a since the start of league, as they have recorded one win, two ties and two losses in the Bay Valley Conference.

    Tuesdays game at home saw LMCs women start off strong, controlling the game relative-ly well and creating a few chances to score. Mendocino held their backline strong, so there werent many chances for LMCs offense to get anything going, other than a few passes

    finding their wingers.Both teams had their chances in the first

    half, but goalkeeper Randi Strain for Los Medanos College had a solid half, recording a few saves and having a strong outing in the goal kick and drop kick department.

    Strain has been consistent in goal, anchoring a defense that head coach Mark Bryant hopes to one day develop into something that looked like his when he was at Chico State.

    Strain said its all about the teams chemistry on the field.

    Our chemistry is getting better, said Strain. We didnt really have any in the beginning, but we have come a very long way since then.

    LMCs best chance of scoring is getting

    the ball to number 13, striker Autumn Kish. Even when she is on the field, the team

    struggles to score goals, one can only imag-ine how much they struggle when shes not on the field.

    Autumn is one of our best players, and is our best scoring option on offense, said Bryant. When shes not on the field, it re-ally hurts our team and we struggle to get anything going on offense.

    Janessa Vreonis, one of LMCs more consis-tent players this season and last, went down with an injury in the second half.

    The wing player appeared to go up and try to win the ball in the air, but when she came down to the turf, she landed awkwardly, as

    she stayed down. She had to be helped off of the field and could not return to the game.

    Vreonis was another player who was suc-ceeding in making things happen, beating Mendocino defenders on a number of occa-sions and getting a cross in. But when she went down, it didnt look good.

    Trainer Brian Powelson had to wrap Vreonis knee with ice and Bryant thinks his player just might be out for the season.

    The womens soccer teams next home game is Tuesday, Oct. 13 against the College of Marin Mariners. They will look to collect their second win of the season at home against Mendocino Friday, Oct. 9 at Napa Valley College.

    By XAVIER VALLE and BRENDAN CROSSbcross@lmcexperience.com

    The Los Medanos College Mus-tangs surrendered 41 unanswered points from the second quarter on to their undefeated rival Contra Costa College Comets in a 48-7 road loss Saturday, October 3.

    Scoring began quickly as CCCs first drive of the game ended with a 43-yard pass from quarterback Cameron Burston (191 yards, 3 touch-downs) to wide receiver Malcolm Hale (6 catches, 69 yards, touch-down).

    Later in the quar ter, LMC tied the game with a 1-yard gallop into the end zone from r unning back Billy Wells (19 rushes, 74 yards, touchdown), who has now scored in two consecutive games. However, this would be the only touchdown the Mustangs scored, as the Comets piled on the rest of the points in the game.

    CCC running back Harris Ross averaged nearly 9 yards per carry on the evening, running for 142 total yards, highlighted by his 35-yard touchdown scamper in the second

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    Courtesy of the Tampa Bay BuccaneersSterling Moore, LMC defensive back during 2007-08.

    n Sterling Moore (NFL): totaled two tackles in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers loss to the Carolina Panthers.n Taylor Scriven (NCAA volleyball): had a game-high 11 kills along with one block in Alcorn States 3-0 victory over Grambling State.n Terrance Polk (NCAA football): had five catches for 94 yards and two receiving touchdowns in Ottawas 41-25 win against Bethel College.

    Experience Cathie LawrenceLMCs Taylor Green and Savannah Sanchez spike the ball as Solano Colleges Mia Satterfield-PaU and Hope Driscoll defend. The Mustangs won 3-2 and are 5-0 in conference play, second in the Bay Valley.

    Stangs suffer sizable defeat

    Football Schedule *denotes conference game

    Opponent Date Time

    @ Hartnell* 10/17 6 p.m.

    Yuba* 10/24 1 p.m.

    @ Redwoods* 10/31 1 p.m.

    Shasta* 11/7 3 p.m.

    @ Mendocino* 11/14 1 p.m.

    quarter that gave them a lead, and they would not look back.

    On two back-to-back drives in the second quarter, the Mustangs drove the ball down field into Comet terri-tory, but could not make anything of them as they ended on a failed fourth

    down attempt, and a punt.

    The Comets received the ball to begin the sec-ond half, as they orchestrated an economic drive that gained pos-itive yards on each of its eight plays, including a 15-yard rush-ing touchdown

    by Burston extending the lead to 14.LMCs initial second half drive lost

    16 yards, aided by a holding penalty, a false start, and a sack on quarterback Gabe Taylor. The ensuing punt was returned 30 yards by Hale, and gave the Comets great field position on their next drive, which they took advantage of. Burston threw his second touchdown pass of the day,

    this time to wideout Jaelen Collins, his only catch of the game.

    Burston threw his third and final touchdown pass on the opening play of the fourth quarter to wide receiver Sterling Taylor (4 catches, 56 yards, touchdown) that made the score 35-7. Burstons backup, Louis Michael, was brought into the blowout for the rest of the contest.

    Michael only tossed four passes, but one of them went to wideout Maverick Bradford for a 65-yard score. Less than a minute later, an LMC fumble near their own goal line was recovered by CCC and taken to the house, resulting in their final points in the onslaught.

    Before the game, LMC head coach Chris Shipe acknowledged it would be a tough game, and said he expected a very hard battle.

    After the loss, he was determined to look ahead.

    Keeping our heads up and focus is all we need for Hartnell, he said.

    The Mustangs have a much needed bye week as they have more time to prepare for their away game against the also undefeated Hartnell College Panthers Saturday, Oct. 17.

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    few, said Arcidiocono.LMC debate team member,

    Yetunde Ogunleye, explained why LMC debated against universities instead of other community colleges.

    There arent enough other community colleges in British Parliamentary debate to form a league, so we compete with universities from around the country, like UCLA, Pepper-dine, San Diego State, Cal Poly, United States Air Force academy, Claremont, Point Loma, university of Vermont, and others, said Ogunleye.

    Another member of the team, Sarah Zamjahn, de-scribed what it was like to go against the tougher teams.

    Its a pretty stressful sit-uation prepping for a round but once I get into the round I just get really excited to debate, said Zamjahn. Its challenging going against higher level schools but once we realize that were usually the only community college, we think Wow I guess were good enough to go against them.

    It being our first tournament of the season, I think we were a little rusty but as the rounds went on we all definitely saw improvement in our LMC teams, said Zamjahn.

    One highlight of the trip came at the back end.

    On our way home from San Diego we ran into the 27th Cali-fornia Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. The debaters and Tom were able to chat before the flight home and discuss current events. Tom and his wife, Mae Cendana Torlakson even took time to take a picture with our debaters. Zamjahn added, Meeting Tom Torlakson was awesome. He was really nice and seemed really interested in what the debate team does. It happened because Taylor from our team recognized him and went up to him and sparked a conversation and introduced us all.

    The LMC debate team is gearing back up to head back out to southern California for the USU National Cham-pionships held at Claremont McKenna College. Their first public debate this semester will be Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Pittsburg City Hall.

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    Chump or Antonio Bun-deras, whom Drama student Claudia Vasquez will be portraying.

    Each character that comes out is presenting an award, said LMC student Tif fanie Moore, Its like Saturday Night Live meets the Emmys.

    LMC student Lenard Jack-son, who plays variety of characters such as Chris Shock and Kevin Hurt, brought up the issue of representation on television. Minorities are often portrayed in a stereotypical way and it can be hard for someone to identify with them.

    Its a sketch comedy basi-cally based around stereotypes and generalizations, said LMC student Stephanie Lutz who is working on light and design for the show, Theres some serious issues raised by the comedy itself.

    Written by actor and play-wright, Cris Franco, the show has won an Honorable Mention for Best Ensemble at the Ken-nedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in 2006.

    Franco has been brought to rehearsals to update the script with more current events and to write original material for the actors so that each person would have the opportunity to

    play major roles.If you are offended, its

    going to help you realize things that you need to change about yourself and things that you feel need to change about society, said Drama student Robert Dunn.

    A large majority of the show is based on stereotypes and current events involving race and are meant to be a reflec-tion of the negative ways that the entertainment industry portrays minorities.

    Were por traying truth as our society sees it, said Dunn. Expect to come and be offended, but itll be a good offended.

    Ol for Hollywood opens on Oct. 15 and runs Oct. 16, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. with an 11 a.m. matinee showing on Oct. 21.

    Tickets will be $7 for stu-dents and those with military ID, $10 for the general public and $5 for middle school and high school students with an ID.

    When people leave here, theyre going to leave with knowledge, said Kenny Pu-rizaga, who will be playing award show host Cheech Marinjuana. Its education through comedy.

    But even with a rapid, interagency response to a shooting, law enforcement agencies stress that people should be prepared.

    In a 2014 report on ac-tive-shooter situations, the FBI found that 69 percent of shootings ended in less than five minutes, and half of those ended in less than two minutes.

    LMC Police Services has been reaching out around campus to create contingency plans for such a situation.

    People are thinking about it, not that anybody wants to think that this will ever hap-pen, said Huddleston. But the fact that theyre thinking about if it does happen, Im going to do A, B, and C, and if I do A, B, and C, Im putting myself in a position to be as safe as I can when this horrible event is taking place.

    Thanks to a tip, a possibly violent situation at LMC was thwarted a few years ago.

    Six or seven years ago, we actually got a tip from a citizen outside, that there was an individual that was thinking about coming to the college to hurt people, recounted Huddleston. Our officer met with Pittsburg PD, and when he was coming back to the college, as soon as he pulled into the far west entrance, the individual had just entered the college property, and thats when he was taken down at gunpoint, and we did find loaded weapons.

    Police Services has been facilitating this preparedness by giving localized briefings to departments campus-wide, from the Math Building to Childcare Services.

    Depar tments now are understanding that were a resource, said Huddleston. Were asked to come out and talk, we talk for 15-20 minutes, we answer a few questions, and they go about their day that 20 minutes is invaluable. Nobody wants to think about these heinous things that happen, but the fact were having a conversation is a start.

    Interim Library Director Kim Wentworth recognizes the unique challenges the LMC library would present in an active-shooter situation.

    I reached out and asked them to give a talk specially for the librarians and library staff, Wentworth said. We went to the Monday train-ing, and then, because the library is a lot different from a classroom, I wanted them to do some specific training for our staff.

    Wentworth said that while the training was useful, it didnt necessarily put her at ease.

    I really appreciate the police coming, Wentworth said, But the one thing you want to hear them say, they cant that it wont happen here.

    Technical Services Librari-an Christine Kromer said hide

    out doesnt work very well when youre in one large room.

    The first floor of the library, where I spend most of my time theres nowhere to hide, said Kromer. If Im lucky and Im in my office, my office happens to have a lock, but if youre out at the reference desk... same with all the students that are out there, and the study rooms dont have locks on the doors, and they have all those win-dows. This building was not designed with that in mind.

    Contra Costa Community College District Chancellor Helen Benjamin addressed the security dilemma that American colleges, designed for education not terrorism, face.

    We are committed to sup-porting on-campus safety and security measures at our colleges, with a priority em-phasis on prevention whenever possible, Benjamin said in an email. While campus safety is of the utmost priority, due to the open nature of our col-leges, we are all susceptible to these types of events.

    Huddleston said the talks are fairly straightforward, but cover essential questions, like where you should go should a shooting begin on campus, and what sort of odd behav-iors you should look for in a potential shooter.

    I think if we have an under-standing of where exits are, whos around us... not that were going to stare at people all day, but just to say: this is odd, he said. This activity, the way that theyre talking, its grabbed my attention. Maybe I need to alert the authorities.

    Huddleston emphasized the danger of the bystander effect and pointed to the thwarted shooting plot at Summerville High School in Sonora Sept. 30, which was prevented by a student who overheard the boys discussing their plan and reported it to administrators.

    Talking to us [is import-ant], getting on the phone and saying Listen, I overheard something or saw something on social media, he said. You might be the one person who heard it. You might be the one person who read it. Its better to be safe than sorry.

    According to the FBI report, which studied 160 active shooter situations from 2000 to 2013, schools were the second most common location for such shootings, which were often perpetrated by a student or employee of the institution.

    Over the 14 years covered by the study, it was found there was an average of 11.4 incidents per year. The shoot-ings are on an upward trend, however, with an average of 16.4 incidents per year from 2007 to 2013.

    A moment of silence was held on campus Thursday in remembrance of the vic-tims of last weeks Umpqua shooting.

    The three new senators accepted include Makayla Scott-Jefferson, Richard Stan-field and Joseph Cariaso.

    At the Aug. 31 meeting, Stanfield stressed the im-portance of LMCAS having a presence on campus and although he has other respon-sibilities; hes making being a senator a priority. Cariaso said he wanted to focus on groups on campus that were perhaps more marginalized than others.

    Walker-Roberts says his goal is to provide a solid student voice this semester. Representing the students in our district is a job I dont take lightly. The district students have entrusted me to repre-sent them, he said. He also wants there to be working relationship between the AS presidents of each college in the district.

    I strive to keep them aware of the agenda items being dis-cussed on a monthly basis and solicit their input on topics, as they represent their student bodies on a local level, said Walker-Roberts.

    Ogunleye wants to make sure students see LMCAS represented in the right way. She wants there to be an image of LMCAS that reflects what we actually do.

    Im way more invested in it. Now Im more into or-ganization and order, said Ogunleye. She then explained having more responsibility might mean having to be strict even when you dont want to.

    Meeks says he is excited to see what the semester brings.

    Sen. Rose Johnson, Sen. Stanfield, Sen. Cariaso, Sen. Scott-Jefferson, Commissioner of Campus Events Diona Shelbourne and Treasurer Teniesha Little couldnt be reached for comment.

    This is a good raise this year, and we appreciate it, said Michels to members of the Board following their deci-sion. Investing in employees is good for students.

    According to the Sept. 24 edition of the UF Newsletter Table Talk, in accordance with the agreement, retro-active to July 1, 2015, salaries will increase 5 percent overall, although there may be some variations based on full-time and part-time employment.

    Were all glad the agree-ment has been reached, said LMC President Bob Kratoch-vil, adding that not only the monies being available by the district warranted the salary increases, but was also good for morale.

    In addition to a morale boost, Executive Vice Chan-cellor Gene Huff said the

    source for students to follow as a general reference guide showing major-related courses they should follow towards transferring to the UC, said David Reyes.

    Transfer Pathways are not a guaranteed admission to a UC school, but will help make it easier to transfer. Students will still need to meet other re-quirements such as having the minimum GPA requirement.

    Reyes urges students to still visit with a Counselor to go over their educational plan, while also referring to assist.org to see the entire list of major preparation courses for each UC campus.

    For more information on the UC Transfer Pathways, visit the Transfer Services in the Student Services Center on the second floor or go to the UC Transfer Pathways website at http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/transfer/preparation-paths.

    My earliest memory of water was playing with a hose in the front yard as a little kid back in the mid west, said Neumann. I would be making these drawings, these figures and the droplets are coming down mid drawing, in the sun light and it was such a strong impression on me I remembered it many, many, many years later.

    Second year LMC student Eric Cruz, said he experiences the synchronization of water and light the Neumann at-tempts to capture on silkscreen when he crouches down and in front of the piece titled Broad Daylight (sky mirror).

    He catches glimpses of the metallic gold, silver, yellow and white oil paint off the sea foam green, gray, light blue and forest green silkscreen background.

    Water and light with metal has the characteristic of how light reflects you know it captures that. Cruz urges the audience to look at pieces differently from different angles in reference to the broad daylight piece.

    Although this is Erics sec-ond time visiting the LMC art gallery, this experience has

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    change will supply financial relief to those who have gone so long without a rise in their salaries. With the exception of a small 2 percent increase in 2013, Huff said there has not been a pay increase since 2008 when the economy took a turn for the worst.

    Its been a substantial amount of time since the last salary increase, said Huff. The district is very happy to be able provide that kind of increase for our employees.

    This increase will help not only those currently employed by the district, but the many new full time employees that are expected to be hired in the future.

    It makes us a more attrac-

    tive employer, said Huff, who added that the district plans to hire 50 new full-time employees by the Fall 2016.

    Faculty are working harder than ever these days, said Michels. But a good raise and new hires are a boost to morale. And good teachers become great teachers when they feel supported.

    While details on when the increase will first appear on faculty paychecks are still uncertain, Michels said in an email to UF members that the retroactive portion of the salary increase will likely come in the October 31 paycheck for full-time faculty and the November paycheck for part-time faculty.

    made him want to come back.One piece also inspired

    graphic design student, Ariana Benitez. She expressed the wish to be able to afford her favorite of Neumanns artwork, Sea Clouds, a variance of grey, black and silver pieces with one cobalt blue piece in the middle.

    As an adult, I have mem-orys of feeling like my body was a beam of light. So these things have been with me for a long time, said Neumann, explaining her inspiration for her artwork. She then encour-ages everyone their to take that experience with them when looking at her pieces.

    Though she tends to use a similar color palette for most of her pieces, not all of Neumanns pieces feature the same color scheme. One of them features vibrant red, gold, royal purple and soft pink.

    Neumann explains she doesnt always depict water in the traditional method because she focuses on the movement of the water mostly meaning the space between the currents, the negative space, and the water at different times of the day. She explains, Theres a simultaneity about a wave: Its really hard to take it all in at once.

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