Vol. 83 No. 6 10-09-15

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<ul><li><p>New sign for the times</p><p>Art shines at showArtist Bonnie Neumann celebrates her new gallery exhibition Water, light and Time page 4</p><p>LMC makes an argumentDebate team went south to compete against the big dogs and is getting ready to do it again page 3</p><p>Stangs score a tieThe LMC soccer teams defense shines in double shutout against Mendocino College page 5</p><p>Salaries and morale to increase</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>See PREP, page 6</p><p>See LMCAS, page 6</p><p>See MAP, page 6See RAISE, page 6</p><p>V O L . 8 3 , N O . 6 F R I D A Y , O C T . 9 , 2 0 1 5 L M C E X P E R I E N C E . C O M</p><p>LMC preps for worstCollege gets educated</p><p>Govt gets a makeover</p><p>F.Y.I.Important </p><p>Dates</p><p>Octoberis National Breast </p><p>Cancer Awareness Month</p><p>Nov. 9Veterans Day college closed. </p><p>Nov. 20Last day to drop classes with a W appearing on your transcript. </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>Experience Cathie Lawrence</p><p>Associated Students under new leadershipBy KIMBERLY STELLYkstelly@lmcexperience.com</p><p>In last semesters elections, the Los Medanos College Associated Students were given new positions and earlier this semester. Three new senators were accepted. </p><p>Darren Meeks was voted as president of LMCAS earlier this year. He was surprised he got the job. </p><p>I feel [kind of] shocked. I never thought Id be president of something growing up, said Meeks. Its a great feeling.</p><p>Senator Sable Horton, formerly the com-missioner of campus events is the newly appointed vice president of LMCAS. She </p><p>By JAMARI SNIPESjsnipes@lmcexperience.com</p><p>Community College students are now able to transfer easier and faster to the University of California through a new academic pathway. </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>Colleges are focusing first on the most popular majors, while gradually adding more majors to the list.</p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>Overall, this is a good re-</p><p>New map to UCa go</p><p>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.</p><p>Im happy to help lead the meet-ings, said Horton. She says her new position will help her get to know her constituents.</p><p>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. </p><p>I love my new position and am </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Nobody wants to think about these heinous things that happen, but the fact were having a conversation is a start.</p><p> Lt. Ryan Huddleston</p><p>By DAMIAN LEWINdlewin@lmcexperience.com</p><p>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.</p><p>By TYLER MORTIMOREtmortimore@lmcexperience.com</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Its one of those meetings you really wish you didnt have to have, said Los Med-anos College President Bob Kratochvil.</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>The video preached pre-paredness, and instructed the viewer they have three choices when a shooting begins: get out, hide out, or </p><p>take out, referring to a violent neutralization of the shooter, a last resort. </p><p>After the video, LMC police Lt. Ryan Huddleston spoke and responded to questions from concerned faculty.</p><p>Huddleston highlighted the countywide response agree-ment held by the regions law enforcement organizations.</p><p>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.</p></li><li><p>QuotableL O S M E D A N O S C O L L E G E E X P E R I E N C E</p><p>Perspectives 2</p><p>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.</p><p>L O S M E D A N O S C O L L E G E</p><p>ExperienceL M C e x p e r i e n c e . c o m</p><p>MemberCalifornia Newspaper Publishers Association</p><p>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.</p><p> Thomas Jefferson</p><p>Voices</p><p>Experience Jamari Snipes and Lissette Urbina</p><p>F R I D A Y , O C T . 9 , 2 0 1 5</p><p>Time and distance have a way of playing tricks with your best intentions. Anthony Kiedis</p><p>Do you know someone who gets really annoyed by certain sounds? Are you one of those people? </p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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, </p><p>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. </p><p>Misophonia is not anxiety or an obses-sive-compulsive disorder (OCD) which people often mistake it for. </p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Joseph DelanoPERSNICKETY PROSE</p><p>Jamari SnipesSNIPES SNIPPETS</p><p>Editorial </p><p>How many kids need to die?</p><p>Misophonia is a real problem</p><p>I would try and help people get out of the vicinity. </p><p> Tyrell Odom</p><p>I would probably start panicking and start asking around, you know, if anybody knows who the shooter is. Yamilette Gradiz</p><p>If there was a shooting, I would go hide in a secluded location. </p><p> Giancarlos Margasso</p><p>I would pretend to be dead. If someone died in front of me, I would put their dead body on top of me. </p><p> Hazel Recinos</p><p>Stay as calm as possible, not try to get up or run away. </p><p> Mark Baker-Sanchez</p><p>I would probably be hiding in a closet or a cabinet if there is one in the classroom. Sara Sullivan</p><p>Prioritize campus safety</p><p>Rock music lack definite sound</p><p>What would you do if you were present during a campus shooting?C o m p i l e d b y J a z m i n e G o r d o n a n d l u k e J o h n s o n</p><p>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</p><p>New Media Editor .................. JAMARI SNIPESSpecial Projects Editor..........LUKE JOHNSON Copy Chief ........................ KIMBERLY STELLY</p><p>The debate over gun control needs a new direction. </p><p>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. </p><p>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? </p><p>It would seem that with the reported consistency of school shootings b...</p></li></ul>