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Death from MacbethThe Drama Factory releases its newest production based on Shakespeares Macbeth page 4Speaking the hard truthLMC welcomed guest speaker Benson Ocen of I Live Uganda to the Little Theater Oct. 28 page 4Stangs crush the 49ersLos Medanos College football wins 23-6 against rival Yuba College Saturday, Oct. 24 page 5Transfer Day tour comes to Los Medanos See NIGHT, page 6V O L . 8 3 , N O . 9 F R I D A Y , O C T . 3 0 , 2 0 1 5 L M C E X P E R I E N C E . C O MCollege awaits validityExperience Joseph DelanoBrent Snyder of Krazan and Associates Inc. operates a drill in front of the Math Building Tuesday, Oct. 27 to collect core samples from the area.F.Y.I.Important DatesOctoberis National Breast Cancer Awareness MonthNov. 9Veterans Day college closedNov. 20Last day to drop classes with a W appearing on your transcriptPlanetarium school shows Schools and community groups can make an appointment to receive a free and private Los Medanos College Plan-etarium show lasting 20 to 40 minutes. The show will cover the basics of astronomy moons, planets, constellations, galaxies and special content can be request-ed. The Planetarium is located in College Com-plex Room CC2-220 and can seat up to 54 visitors, including wheelchair access. To schedule a show contact Scott Cabral at 473-7722.HBCU Transfer Fair is comingLos Medanos College will be hosting the first His-torically Black Colleges and Universities Regional Fair here on campus Nov. 17. The college fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Indoor Quad. Following, there will be a workshop on how to transfer to an HBCU from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room, L-109. Be sure to bring your transcripts. Students who qualify will have an opportunity to receive on-the-spot admissions. For more information go to http://www.losmedanos.edu/umoja/events.asp.Upcoming Blood DriveStudent Life, in conjunc-tion with the Blood Cen-ters of the Pacific, will be holding a blood drive Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m inside the Library, Room L-109 . You can sched-ule an appointment by visiting the Blood Centers of the Pacifics website at www.bloodheroes.com, clicking on donate blood and entering the sponsor code losMC. Students are encouraged to eat prior to donating. For more information on donating, call the Student Life office at 473-7554.Planning for the futureGetting to the core on campusBuilding prep begins Photos by Joseph Delano ExperiencePatrick Novak of UC Santa Cruz explains materials from his college to a curious attendee during Transfer Day in the Indoor Quad Tuesday, Oct. 27.Event to focus on careers H.S. students take part in College Night Commision to visit LMCBooks Alive set to returnBy SARAH GONZALESStaff WriterThe Los Medanos College hosted a college fair Tuesday night, drawing high school students and their parents to the gymnasium to interact with more than 50 different colleges. The representatives of each school were lined up and available to answer questions regarding their campus life.Deer Valley High School senior Connor Stuart said he at-tended College Night because he is undecided about what he wants to do in the future. He is in the Academic Challenge and Enrichment Academys By JASON FIERROSStaff WriterThe third level of the Los Medanos College Complex was buzzing with conversation as college representatives and students filled the indoor quad Tuesday morning, Nov. 27. The schools annual Transfer Day event featured more than 50 four-year schools ranging from UCs and CSUs to out-of state and private colleges and universities. The event filled the halls as one of the 20 stops on the tour of college representatives that have been visiting community colleges around the Bay Area. Kellie Stubblefield (top) of New School of Architecture and Design discusses her school with a student in the Indoor Quad during Transfer Day Tuesday, Oct. 27.See DAY, page 6By ALEXANDRA RIVAariva@lmcexperience.comLos Medanos College President Bob Kratochvil received an action letter in February from the Ac-crediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges stating a follow up report be submitted to the commission by Oct. 15 and LMC should host a visit by commission representatives. LMC will be hosting two of the original members of the accreditation team in November of this year. They are coming to validate our response to the recommendations, said LMC Vice President Kevin Horan. The two members, Jenny Langrell and Irene Melgrin, will be visiting campus.The recommendations made by the accrediting commission included a reference to the LMC Brent-wood Center and another, which focused on improving the effectiveness of the re-source allocation process. Recommendation response teams were formed and met frequently between February and May to draft responses to the recom-mendations.Recommendation one, regarding the Brentwood Center stated, In order to meet the eligibility require-See VALID, page 6 See BOOKS, page 6By JAMARI SNIPESjsnipes@lmcexperience.comLos Medanos Colleges Books Alive! Event is back again this semester on Nov. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. in Room L-109. This semester the focus is on careers. About 15 people from the local community, including LMC staff and faculty will be giving advice about their careers in L109. The idea originally came from The Human Library, an international organiza-tion that began in Copen-hagen, Denmark. Librarian Christine Kromer got the idea for this event from an NPR report while driving two years ago. She brought up the idea to the librarians and they thought it was a great idea. The library has been hosting the Books Alive! every semester since spring 2014. Transfer and Career Services and the LMC Li-brary are co-hosting Books Alive!: Careers 2015, said Kristin Conner, Director of Transfer and Career Ser-vices. Transfer and Career Services has been assisting in recruiting people to volunteer to be books and promoting it across campus.The event provides the opportunity for patrons [students] to check-out human books [career pro-By JOSEPH DELANOjdelano@lmcexperience.comProgress on the construction of the Student Union and PE Complex buildings was fur-thered Oct. 27 as core samples of the ground beneath the planned zones were drilled.The extracted samples taken will be used in order to analyze the make-up of material under-neath the areas around the campus desired for positioning of the new student facilities. As a part of the project, we need to sample and evaluate the soil in the areas where the new buildings will be located, said Los Medanos College Vice President Kevin Horan in an email.Drilling of the cores was the next step after a designing period of the buildings drew to a close.We have completed the schematic design phase on the PE Complex and anticipate completing schematic design on the Student Union later this week, continued Horan.Knowing what condition the ground is in is important for the planning and construc-tion phases, this according to Brant Wilson, staff engineer for Concord-based geological survey company, RMA Group of Companies. Soil beneath the tested zones is expected to bear the weight and footprint of the two-story Student Union and the PE Complex, and be resistant to shifting for various reasons, including earthquakes.The ideal outcome for the analysis is that the soil is sta-ble, and the survey will come back without any problems, he continued.RMA Group, along with site development engineering firm Krazan, who actually drilled the cores, was on campus Oct. 27 and 28 to do the work.Krazan representatives Rem-ington Alexander and Brent Snyder drilled a number of pits, each measuring approximately eight Inches in diameter, in the grassy practice field area in front of the Math Building as well as the area in front of the existing PE Complex, along with the strip between the pool and the baseball field. Most of the holes were See DRILL, page 6QuotableL 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 EPerspectives 2The 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.L O S M E D A N O S C O L L E G EExperienceL M C e x p e r i e n c e . c o mMemberCalifornia Newspaper Publishers AssociationWere 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. Thomas JeffersonVoicesExperience Cristo ResendizF R I D A Y , O C T . 3 0 , 2 0 1 5You know, Ive always wanted a child. And now I think Ill have one ... on toast! Winifred Sanderson from Hocus PocusJazmine GordonEARTHTHINKERKimberly StellySOCIALLY UNWELLEditorial Scary movies give us thrillsThe anxiety struggle is realThere should be no maximum age because it not just a childrens day people love to dress up. I think everyone should take part in it. Maureen SantosI stopped when I was 12, because I became mature and wanted to do things like go to costume parties, so Id say 12 or 13. Marcus FendersonAt the age of 20, people should stop trick-or-treating, because its kinda weird for someone old coming to your door asking for candy. Jasmin HillI think at around 15 or 16 it becomes awkward. You just grow out of it. Kids that age start to party, and, ya know, trick-or-treating is no longer an interest. Evelyn Martin At 17, because it will let the younger children have a chance to trick-or-treat more, and enjoy their trick-or-treating time. Rohan RathaurThe age of 13, because Im from Japan. In Japan, parents tell their children to be mature by the age of 13 mature adults shouldnt do that. Takahioo FukuiCheck out some live booksPro-gun discussions are flawedAt what age should people stop trick-or-treating and why?C o m p i l e d b y y e t u n d e o g u n l e y e a n d l u k e J o h n s o nEditors-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 LAWRENCENew Media Editor .................. JAMARI SNIPESSpecial Projects Editor..........LUKE JOHNSON Copy Chief ........................ KIMBERLY STELLYAs a kid, scary movies left me with a feeling of fear, panic and nightmares, but as an adult I love scary movies and the tension they build. But I wonder what scary movies do to trigger the fear in our brains. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, Humans have a unique situation where we will seek out things that scare us. Weve got to ask what could make this exposure rewarding? We are excited about being scared, but is it a good thing, considering Halloween is supposed to appeal to children? Halloween brings some superstitions and often links to bad luck. According to an article on history.com, It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. That sounds so similar to what we see in scary movies, such as someone dying or a funeral. The things we see in movies can apply to everyday life to some extent and seeing these things affect us psychologically, but we love it. According to the same article from the Wall Street Journal, at its most basic, fear is an early warning system that senses menace and buys time to flee or grab the nearest frying pan. Dont we usually see that in scary movies the victim fleeing from the killer or striking the killer with a frying pan? It gives us a thrill that triggers our brain when we feel the fear of victims in the movies. It triggers a body-wide reaction in milliseconds, pumping out stress hormones that prime the body for action. So, watch-ing a scary movie is equivalent to riding a rollercoaster or racing a car its a way to relieve stress. This applies to Halloween; it is a way of having a thrill, of wanting to be scared and having bad luck though weve declared Friday the 13th as the day of bad luck not the movie. According to the same article from histo-ry.com, around Halloween, especially, we try to avoid breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks in the road or spilling salt. I admit I naturally avoid bad luck when I can but, when it happens, I feel a rush of excitement. Its not surprising people with thrill-seek-ing personalities like to feel or be scared, but are children more excited to see scary movies, despite the horrifying things they see? According to an article on thedailybeast.com, teens and twenty-somethings are likely to look for intense experiences. that explains the young, wild and free saying, however, people still have fears of scary movies that had haunted their pleasant dreams.I was able to get over my childhood fear of Jeepers Creepers after I watched it recently, but I still have to relieve my fear of Thirteen Ghosts. I noticed that younger audiences tend to be more willing to watch scary situations, such as that classic opening scene in Ghost Ship, when everybody but Emily Brownings character, got cut in half by the cord of the ship. I feel bad for older audiences because they cant watch scary movies like they used to, but it makes perfect sense why they would stay away from them. According to the same article from thedailybeast.com, lifes [real] horrors scare them, or they dont find them entertaining any more or interesting. I dont think Id lose my passion of scary movies but when Im 50, Id probably want to look on the bright side of things, not thinking of Freddy Kruger haunting my dreams. and on top of that id want to focus on my grandchildren gradu-ating school, and the horrible things that happen on the news weekly.So, our hearts race faster when watching a scary movie, but it doesnt seem like its doing justice to our brains psychologically but we still live for the thrill.Tyler MortimoreTYLERS TRUTHHalf an hour into class is when that familiar sinking feeling sets in. Sweat begins trickle down the side of your face. Tears begin to form in the corners of your eyes and your breath becomes uneven. Only 30 minutes left until the teacher lets you out for a break. So you try and focus on anything besides the panic. Finally, its time for a break. Only problem is that ten minutes is hardly enough time to have a complete breakdown and make it back to class in time, thus the struggle of any anxiety-ridden Los Medanos College student. Maybe it started as something small. You misplaced something and over the course of the day, things just kept going wrong. Maybe something truly traumatic happened - I dont know your life. Whatever the case may be, its perfectly understandable but only to those who know what its like. These attacks can be triggered by traumatic events but can also happen as a result of things that are trivial. Though the physical aspects of this experience are pretty terrible and embarrassing, the worst part might be the paranoia and irrational thinking because these things are often the driving force behind the panic attacks. One small thing could lead you to believe you are worthless and alone and no matter how hard you try; your best efforts dont mean anything. Everyone gets anxious about something at some point in their college careers but some people have an actual condition, disabling them from doing the simplest things. This generation has been criticized for being too sensitive, and to some degree, I concur. We can be overzealous with the trigger warnings and social media has made it easier to voice our opinions about every problematic thing people say, but this doesnt justify it. However, its especially important not to marginalize someone who has an anxiety or panic disorder because these conditions can warp the way you see the world, and it doesnt help when people treat you like everything you feel is invalid just because they dont understand mental instability and the things that are often said to people are almost reprehensible. Calm down is one of the most infuriating things one can say. If the person could just calm themselves, they wouldnt have an issue in the first place. Another good one is youre just saying/doing this for attention. Oh Really? Breaking down in public places or feeling some type of way about the situation youre in is actually really humiliating. No one wants to be huddled in the bathroom stall for hours trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.Common sense should tell you not to say things like its in your head or grow up. Some people will flat out ignore the fact that you even have a condition. I thought it was a general rule that people should take care of each other, not criticize them for their mental state. The question is clich but why do people insist on treating mental illness frivolously? Just because you cant see the hurt, doesnt mean it isnt there. Theres enough research about the phys-ical effects of depression, anxiety attacks and panic disorders to fill up all six pages of this paper.More college students in recent years have been seeking treatment for anxiety. This is understandable given the workload we take on, but we can usually get by until the weekend. If you have a panic or anxiety disorder, its a bit more problematic because these things make it hard to navigate daily life but as alone as you feel in that moment of panic and uncertainty, know that youll be okay in a few hours you just have to find people who are going to treat you like you are more than your anxiety. Last week, I was covering an active shoot-er response event in the EMS department. The speaker opened her talk with a puzzling disclaimer.Regardless of how you feel about the issue, she said, gun control wont stop this. She went on to make the tired analogy that meth is illegal, too, and that doesnt stop people from buying it. Shes partially right; gun control will not stop 100 percent of gun violence. But America averages well over 10,000 firearm homicides each year. About 1,500 people under the age of 18 die each year from gun violence, which essentially means that we have the equivalence of one 9/11 worth of childrens deaths every two years due to guns. After 9/11, in which 2,977 people died, we passed mass surveil-lance legislation and invaded two countries, spending trillions of dollars. Ten times as many Americans die each year from guns and we give a collective shrug. Stuff happens, as Jeb Bush said.The UK, Canada and Australia all passed stringent gun control laws after mass shoot-ings. Gun violence dropped in each country as a result. A drop of just 10 percent in gun deaths in America would mean thousands of lives saved.Yes, drugs are illegal and still available. But the difference between guns and drugs is that you cannot grow guns. You cannot go to a pharmacy and purchase the ingredients for a gun. While a lot of drugs come from foreign sources, America is both the largest manufacturer and seller of firearms in the world. Our house is flooding and we refuse to turn off the water in our overflowing bathtub.Many say the Second Amendment protects us from tyranny, but this hasnt been true for a long time. Ben Carson, GOP presidential candidate, recently said the Holocaust was more or less facilitated by German gun control laws. Without guns, he says, Jews were unable to do anything more than passively dawdle into Auschwitz.This view is terribly ignorant. There was plenty of Jewish resistance throughout the Holocaust, from the Warsaw Uprising to the Bielski partisans in Belarus, but militias are no match for world-beating militaries. Thousands of Jews and Poles died in the Warsaw Uprising; 17 Germans met the same fate.That was 75 years ago. Today, we have Pred-ator drones and submarines with Tomahawk missiles. If there was a military coup, they could simply have the NSA print out a list of all the members of Facebook 2nd Amendment groups and start bombing. The 2nd Amendment became obsolete when America decided to spend half its budget on the military for 70 years. As it stands, guns are the easiest way to murder someone right now. Like a camera, theyre just point and click. Handguns are used 2-3 times more frequently to murder than knives, with other guns a close third. On the same day as the Sandy Hook shooting, where 20 first graders were brutally murdered with a rifle, a man in China went on a knifing spree at a school, with a total of 22 young victims. Gun advocates immediately held this up as evidence of gun controls uselessness. But none of the 22 victims died. Knife crime may increase, but its patently harder to kill with a knife versus a gun, espe-cially in large numbers.Unfortunately, we saw after Sandy Hook that even the most basic efforts toward curbing our gun-mania are futile, with the NRA stranglehold on Congress not looking to subside anytime soon. Hopefully it doesnt take many more shot-up schools to finally do the right thing. Every Los Medanos College student member needs to go to the Librarys event Books Alive! 2015. The theme is Advice from Human Books About Careers. Everyone is invited to come and check out a human book, and learn about specific careers from people who work in that field. Students should be taking advantage of this opportunity.This is a community college! Most people are here because they want to do something amazing with their lives, but students dont always know what that amazing something is. These books might be able to help them. They have gone through a process and can show you how to get to their level. But they cant help you if you dont show up and take advantage of this awesome opportunity. This is the perfect time for those who are confused about what job they want to pursue or which study path to take in school. Plus, who hasnt been frustrated by not being able to get a real person to talk to when you need information or help with a problem? In this day and age, most of the time you are directed to a website or have to get through a bunch of options in an automated phone system before you can speak to a human. Now, humans will not only give you information but first-hand accounts of how they got where they are at. So, come on down and check out the event and the books; and for more information on who will be available to check out and what exactly will be going on see the front page story of this issue.Honor-ing HalloweenL 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 ECampusQuotable3NewswatchF R I D A Y , O C T . 3 0 , 2 0 1 5 compiled from press releases and staff reportsBreast 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 to raise funds for research for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of the dis-ease. 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 men 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. Free campus tours availableUnsure of where to transfer? Sign-up for the Transfer Centers upcoming university campus tours online: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.CSU workshops set for fallTransfer Services are offering fall workshops for stu-dents interested in transferring. The next workshop will be learning to complete a CSUMentor application to schools like CSU East Bay, San Francisco State, CSU Long Beach and more Nov. 3. from 1 to 3 p.m. in Student Services Building Room 412.There will also be workshops on learning to complete UC applications for schools like UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara and more. They will be Nov. 4 from noon to 2 p.m., Nov. 5 and 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Nov. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. focused on CSU East Bay Oct. 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Student Services Building Room 412. The workshops will be hosted by transfer counselor David Reyes. Allies to hold weekly meetingsLMC Allies will have meetings every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. in Library Room L-105. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance, provides information, support and community for gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer and questioning people in the LMC area, and for their straight family and friends. Meetings and events offer a safe, friendly and inclusive place and time for our community to convene. For more information, call 473-7861, email the group at lgbt@losmedanos.edu or stop by the Q*Spot at College Complex Room CC1-117Daily 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.Graduation application dates If you have applied for fall 2015 graduation, you will receive notification of your status by Nov.15. If you complete your graduation requirements this semester, you will receive your diploma or certificate by Feb. 15, 2016. Students who plan to graduate in spring 2016 can apply for graduation once they have registered for spring classes. The deadline to apply for spring 2016 graduation is March 1. Please see your counselor to make sure you are on track.Counselors ready to assistLMC 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.Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me sick! Winifred SandersonWhats lost may yet be found Los Medanos Colleges lost and found has numerous items found on campus. If you have lost an item, check with Police Services, which is located on Level One. Inqui-ries must be made in person or no pick-up will be made. A brief description of the missing items will be expected by people wanting to pick them up.Designed in the Mission Renaissance style, the chapel is the center of St. Marys College. Photo from www.stmarys-ca.eduBy BEATRIZ HERNANDEZbhernandez@lmcexperience.comLos Medanos Colleges 6th annual soup cook-off will be held in the indoor quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. The event is put on annually to help the Classified Senate, a sponsor for this event, raise money for student scholarships last year the event was able to raise $887.16. The money is deposited into the Classified Senate account and, in the spring, members from the senate read many scholarship applications and, once decided, then sent the money with who they are awarding it to to the LMC Foundation to award scholar-ships, said Senior Account Clerk Linda Maniscalco.People can join the compe-tition as an individual, group or department.We have only one student competing so far this year and I am disappointed by this, said Maniscalco. I wish more students would enter, as it is a fun event that benefits them.Bowls of soup with a slice of French bread will cost $4 and soup shots are a dollar each Maniscalco encourages people to come out to the event and join in. Get involved, its fun, com-petitive and yummy, she said.There are no ingredient Soup cook-off a goMoney to help with student scholarshipsBy GARRETT BELMEgbelme@lmcexperience.comLos Medanos College will be hosting its second annual Career Focus Friday in the Recital Hall Nov. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is held to get students from the local high schools exposed to different career options that they wouldnt otherwise be aware of. According to an official plan for the event, nine different career groups have confirmed to participate in setting up their own table to give out additional information to curious students.For those high school students who are interested in a program that will not have someone there to represent it, they can still receive information on it as LMC Administrative Secretary of Workforce Development Melina Rodriguez said, We do have fliers on all CTE programs.David Wahl from workforce develop-ment provided insight on whats going to happen during the event. We start with them in the Recital Hall, our career services director will talk globally overall about different path-ways and the ones that we offer here at the college, and then we put them into groups of about 15 to 20 and they have the opportunity to tour the various labs well have set up, said Wahl. During their time touring, they will be split into groups and will be guided by the mentors in charge of their stations.Theyll get a chance to spend about 15 minutes in four different labs, said Wahl. We have ambassadors on campus that will guide them. There will be four labs predetermined for each group and at those labs therell be typically the department Irvin Trigueros Experience archiveMichelle McQuaid serves Peggy Peters alongside Sylvia Benzler and Melina Rodriguez at the Nov. 12, 2013 Soup cook-off.restrictions but, in order to avoid allergic reactions, each contestant is required to list the ingredients to their entries at their serving table so customers can see whats in each soup.Judges for this event are Athletics Counselor Michelle High school students to get infoLMCs Honors Club held a Halloween party Oct. 23 in Library Room L-109. Top, Raphael Antunez, second from right, won the pumpkin pie-eating contest at the Halloween party. Left, Nicole Trager is getting drawn by Martha Magsombol. Bottom left, Jennifer Ner shows off her pumpkin carving. Below, Martha Magsombol draws a caricature of Deanna Rundall.See INFO, page 6See SOUP, page 6Experience Cathie LawrenceL 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 EFeatures 4QuotableF R I D A Y , O C T . 3 0 , 2 0 1 5MarqueeMovies just releasedn Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Rated R Genre: Horror, Suspensen Jem and the Holograms Rated PG Genre: Musical Adventuren Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apoca-lypse Rated R Genre: Suspense, Comedy, Zombiesn Burnt Rated R Genre: Comedyn Our Brand is Crisis Rated R Genre: Comedy, Drama, PoliticalShows at the theaterThe California Theatre is located in Pittsburg at 351 Railroad Ave. For ticket sales and additional information call 427-1611.n Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty will be bringing soul to the California Theatre as part of a Official Blues Brothers Revue concert will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this event are $49.n In its third year, VETJAM, featuring Doc Kraft and Company and Billy Schaub will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Tickets for this event are $10.n Erik Awesome Alston is bringing comedy to the Bay Area Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. at The Erik Awesome Com-edy Show Tickets for this event are $20 general admission and $25 at the door.n The comedic coming-of-age story of 13 the Musical is being brought to the theatre beginning Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. and will continue Nov. 21 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. 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 Contra Costa Chamber Orchastra, a group of 45 musicians ages 15 to 94, will be performing a concert on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for students.n The International Film Showcase will be screening a showing of the sentimental Italian film Cinema Paradiso, Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students.n Presented by the Vagabond Players, Too old for the Chorus But not Too Old to be a Star, a musical about men and women who find themselves to be suddenly 50 Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for youth 18 and under.n The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in the show Dorothy in Wonder-land Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for youth 18 and under.Halloween festivitiesCelebrate the Halloween season by attending one of the various Halloween events happening in the area for children, students and adults.n The first Halloween Fun Run/Walk 5K will be held at Railroad Ave. and 6th St. in Old Town Pittsburg Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m to noon. People are encour-aged to wear costumes to the event. No inappropriate costumes will be allowed as it is a family event. Medallions will be presented to the first three finishers by age group and gender. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $10 for children $12 and under. For additional information call 252-6970.n There will be a Halloween bash and Pumpkin Patch from noon to 5 p.m. held at Small World Park on Saturday, Oct. 31. The park is located at 2573 Harbor St. There will be live music, magic shows, pony rides and a costume parade begin-ning at 2 p.m. The first 800 children 10 and under in the park will recieve a free plastic jack o lantern pail. Ticket prices are $4 for adults, $2 for children 10 and under or free with canned goods. For more information call 252-4842. LMC gallery openingThe latest Los Medanos College art show Dia De Los Muertos opens Tues-day, Nov. 3 and runs through Thursday, Dec. 10. Artwork for the features sculpture, drawing painting and installation. The reception for this exhibit is Thursday, Nov. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. compiled from press releases and staff reportsIts a full moon tonight. Thats when all the weirdos are out. Dani DennisonThe Los Medanos College Chorus Chamber Chorale and Gospel Choir performed at the Choral Experience Concert in the Recital Hall Tuesday, Oct. 27. Featured guests at the event included Choral Director Dr. Scott Hanna-Weir and the Santa Clara University Choral Department. Above, Special guest and operatic soprano Hope Briggs belts a song. Left, professor Silvester Henderson directs the College Chamber Chorale and Gospel Choir.See OCEN, page 6See DRAMA, page 6A story of challengesMacbeth now showingOcen kicks off new seriesDrama Factory brings death to stage Songs from the soulExperience Jamari Snipes Benson Ocen gives a speech at the Little Theater in collaboration with the drama department Oct. 28.Experience Alexandra RivaMax Ballesteros as the ghost of William Shakespeare in Macbeth.Photos by Cathie Lawrence Experience By ALEXANDRA RIVAariva@lmcexperience.comThe Drama Factory, a non-profit organization performing in Antioch since 2013, will be putting on a performance of the Shakespearean Death Scenes Volume one of Macbeth. Written by William Shakespeare in the 1600s, Macbeth, has been adapted from a five-act play into a two-act play directed by John Ballesteros.Youre getting the best parts, but you still have the rest of your evening, said former Los Medanos College student Samuel Logan, who plays the title role of Macbeth. Its great for Halloween, but its great if you can catch it after too.The entire play runs for an hour and a half including one 15-minute intermission.They got a three and a half hour play down to an hour and a half, said Danny Hicks, another former LMC student who plays Duncan, the King of Scotland.Other LMC students in the production include Quinton Ashby, who plays Macduff, Joe Ballesteros, the sound technician, and Max Ballesteros, whose role as Shakespeares ghost was added to the script.In the beginning of the play, Max Ballesteros appears and warns the audience of Macbeths Curse in which many people have been killed or injured while performing Macbeth. This is not limited to the actors, but members of the production crew as well.Murder, treachery, witchcraft, said Max Ballesteros in his opening monologue during a recent dress rehearsal.The stage goes dark briefly, then the three witches appear and fog surrounds them. Their lines, as well as the rest of the play, were not altered in anyway even though some of the original play was cut out. All dialogue and content remains the same as originally written by Shakespeare.The intermission comes just as the tensions on stage rise. When the second half of the play starts, Max Ballesteros reappears, once again speaking to the audience. Soon after, Macbeths iconic death scenes unfold before By JAMARI SNIPESjsnipes@lmcexperience.comAs a part of a new speaker series, which is funded through an inno-vation grant to promote diversity and equity, founder and director of I Live Uganda, Benson Ocen was brought in order to highlight the key messages of the Los Medanos Colleges upcoming production of Ruined. For people going to see the play , it would help them understand whats happening in the Congo right now, whats happening in that part of the world and to meet somebody whos actually on the forefront of making the world a better place, said drama department chair Nick Garcia. From a young age, Ocen experi-enced violence in the Congo. War began in his country when he was 6 years old. The rebels began to abduct children, killing [them]. said Ocen. When Ocen was seven years old, the rebels came to his community and started to attack. People were running away only to run into the rebels with guns. He didnt know where his mother or father was and ran away with his little sister. He ran into his grandma and went home with her. The play ruined deals with women who are victims of severe violence in the Congo and they all find kind of sanctuary at this bar/brothel, said Garcia. So the play really highlights them and their struggles. And Garcia said Ocens personal experiences involve situations like these. Hes the head of an organization that deals with that exact conflict or those types of conflicts on a daily basis, said Garcia. He got some of his training and works with a lot of places in the Congo as well as Uganda. So, the two events are directly tied with each other.Benson Ocen talked about the trauma people go through in Africa relatives are fighting relatives and neighbors fighting neighbors. TriviaL 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 ESports F R I D A Y , O C T . 3 0 , 2 0 1 5 5What is the most recent expansion team of the major U.S. sports (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL)?LMC capitalizes on turnoversSee WIN, page 6See VBALL, page 6A: Charlotte Bobcats (2004)Yuba fumbles ball five times in lossBy XAVIER VALLE and BRENDAN CROSSbcross@lmcexperience.comThe Los Medanos College Mustangs football team came back strong after losing back-to-back road games by beating the Yuba College 49ers 23-6 Saturday, Oct. 24 to move to 3-4 on the season. LMCs first drive ended in a punt that was fumbled by Yubas Joey Thurman and recovered by the Mustangs Justin McDowell, which gave the ball back to the Mustangs on the 49ers 17-yard line. Two plays later, however, quarterback Gabe Taylor was intercepted by defensive back Estephon Richardson-Apari-cio, giving the ball right back to Yuba. They were not able to capitalize on the turnover and were forced to punt.The Mustangs first score of the game came on the last play of the first quarter, as running back Billy Wells took it in from 5-yards out, giving LMC a 6-0 lead after a failed extra point attempt. Yubas drive to start the second quarter stalled as half back Austin Thomp-son fumbled, once again recovered by McDowell. This was the second of five fumbles of the day for Yuba, three of which were recovered by LMC.The 49ers lone scoring drive of the day came minutes later, as quar-terback Jackson Hopking completed an 8-yard throw to wide receiver Dylan Campbell, completing the 10-play 76-yard scoring drive that also ended in a missed extra point kick. With the score 6-6, neither team could get the offense mov-ing to begin the second half until Hopking was intercepted by linebacker Elijah Iakopo, who returned the ball all the way to Yubas 4-yard line. From there the Mustangs wasted no time, as Wells scampered in for his second touchdown of the day, making it 13-6 a lead the Mustangs would not relinquish. Wells was effective when it counted most, rushing 16 times for only 23 yards of the day, but converted his two carries for touchdowns inside the 5-yard line.To make matters even worse for Yuba, one of the afore-mentioned fumbles came on the kickoff, as Dennis once again fumbled, recovered by LMCs Darnell Rose at the 49ers 26-yard line. The Mustangs cashed in for a 25-yard field goal from kicker Blessing Wainiwheh, giving them a 10-point edge heading into the final frame.LMCs first drive in the fourth quarter tacked on the final points of the game, as two big pass plays from Taylor to wide receivers Angelo Moore and Andrew Crawford, for 25 yards and 38 yards and a touchdown respectively, sealed the deal. Experience Cathie LawrenceMustangs quarterback Gabe Taylor scrambles to the sideline and is tackled by Yuba linebacker Jaylon Deas. Taylor led the team with 32 rushing yards and threw for 164 yards, a touchdown and an interception during the teams 23-6 win over the 49ers.Experience Cathie LawrenceLMC running back Kaleb Chelette is tackled by Yubas Chris Brown after a reception.Soccer drubbed 9-0 by FolsomBy XAVIER VALLE and BRENDAN CROSSbcross@lmcexperience.comFollowing a 3-3 tie against Merritt College, the Los Med-anos College Mustangs soccer team was blown out by the first place Folsom Lake College Falcons 9-0. The Falcons scored early and often, knocking in five goals the first half and four in the second. Folsom forward Karina Torres scored the first goal at the 10-minute mark thanks to an assist by defender McKenna Dunn. The next five minutes saw another two goals whizz by the porous LMC defense which lacked aggressiveness from their midfielders. Torres scored her second goal of the game while forward Sam Madsen scored the first of her two goals in the game. Forward Hannah ODonnell then inserted herself into the box score with two goals of her own between minutes 34 and 40 of the first half. The Mustangs came out more aggressive in the second half, but almost to a fault as they lost possessions to the Falcons being careless when with the ball. Madsen scored her sec-ond goal at 50 minutes while defenders Nathalle Allen and Jimena Jovel and midfielder Jaqui Ortega scored the last three goals of the contest at the 76, 80 and 88-minute marks. Before the game, Mustangs head coach Mark Br yant said his team needed to put themselves in a position where they feel confident when they have the ball. After the loss, he said his group tried everything they could against the tough con-ference leaders who are sitting at 11-0-1 for the season. It is a very disappointing loss, especially by this huge margin, added Bryant.The next game for the Mus-tangs will also be a good test as they are set to face Solano College, currently 9-2-1 in con-ference play, at home Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.Worst loss of season by StangsExperience Cathie LawrenceVolleyball players Janessa Seei, Kila Stevens and Aubree Dejesus during the Wednesday, Oct. 28 win against Contra Costa College.Mustangs destroy CometsBy RENEE SMITHrsmith@lmcexperience.comThe Lady Mustangs volleyball team held their heads high as they walked away with an easy 3-0 set win against the Contra Costa Comets Wednesday, Oct. 28. Each set was a blowout, as LMC did not allow their opponents scores to reach double digits.Before the game, the team rallied for a quick exercise and chat to get the girls excited, focused and hungry for the win.Before our game we did this thing called Jigalo, its our cool little thing to do to get ourselves pumped up, said freshman outside and opposite hitter Taylor Green. We had a talk about what we were going to do during the game and we were just all on the same page.Communication was definitely key, as in the first set the Mustangs quickly took a double-digit lead thanks to multiple kills by the of-fensive front line. Set one went to LMC as sophomore setter Aubrey Dejesus solidified the score with a service ace, 25-9.The second set seemed like an easy walk in the park for the Stangs as CCC couldnt answer to any serves, and handed over 12 points in a row. Extremely ill communication between Contra Costa seemed to be their downfall as players began to get frustrated with each other, which LMC capitalized on after giving up three points of their own. The mustangs took the second set 25-3.Contra Costa was beat down by the time the third set was in mo-tion, but did not lie down so easily. Instead, they matched the first set as Los Medanos walked away with L 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 E6WebFollow the LMC Experience online at lmcexperience.comBack TalkDAYFrom page 1BOOKSFrom page 1F R I D A Y , O C T . 3 0 , 2 0 1 5VALIDFrom page 1NIGHTFrom page 1OCENFrom page 4DRAMAFrom page 4DRILLFrom page 1dug to a depth somewhere between 15 and 20 feet, said Wilson, although a couple were drilled up to 50 feet for exploration or until the water table was reached.Groundbreaking for the complexes is expected to take place in 2017, helping to bring LMC into the modern age.It will be a night and day comparison. We will have the best athletic facilities within our district, said Horan. Garrett Belme contributed to this report.ments and accreditation stan-dards, the team recommends that the college ensures it is meeting identified needs of students at the Brent-wood Center including the quality and availability of student services, technology, facilities, and library support services.In addition, it must demon-strate that these services and resources, regardless of location or means of delivery, support student learning and enhance student achievement, fulfilling the mission of the institution.To which the recommenda-tion response team proposed, The college is implementing a number of solutions intended to provide greater assurance of equitable access to services, while also enhancing the experience of the students attending the Brentwood Center.The enhancements to the Brentwood Center include hiring a second full-time coun-selor, a full-time financial aid assistant, extended bookstore services at the beginning of each new semester and a new-ly hired full-time assessment center coordinator among other additions.Recommendation two states, In order to improve the effectiveness of its re-source allocation process, the team recommends that the college close the loop by systematically assessing the effective use of financial resources allocated through the resource allocation process, and use the re-sults of the assessment as the basis for institutional improvement.The recommendation re-sponse team developed and piloted a three-year look-back process to evaluate all funded RAP proposals: Year 1 is the year in which the resources are requested; Year 2 identifies when the resources are re-ceived and implemented; and Year 3 is the year in which the impact of the resources is assessed to determine whether the expenditure improved student success and/or institutional effectiveness.The final draft of the responses was submit -ted to the Chancellor and Governing Board in August of this year and was approved in October. The event is geared to help educate students about possible transfer destinations and answer their questions face-to-face. I think it is definitely a great opportunity for students to explore other options, said David Reyes, an LMC counsel-or for the Transfer Academy. It is all-in-one day where students can explore and talk to all the schools. Even if they dont plan on transferring it is a still a good idea to explore all the schools.Students found this event beneficial and successful for them as well. I wanted to learn more about transferring because I was interested in three different schools, said LMC student Adrian Martinez. It allowed me to learn what school fit me and helped me make up my mind. With all the representatives in one place, it was convenient for students to brainstorm their decision for transfer. It is helping my decision by being able to ask multiple rep-resentatives, said second-year LMC student Kiani Taylor. The representatives let prospective student know what the most unique part of their schools is. Admissions Counselor Eli Diez said, California State University, Monterey Bay is the biggest marine sanctuary on the west coast. He added that the school is Hispan-ic-serving but the school is looking to appeal to a more diverse collective of students. New School College repre-sentative Kellie Stubblefield said she got to talk to a handful of students and added that the perks of attending New School are there arent as many students. Theres an average of, maybe, 16 students per class so its easier for them to have personal conversations, said Stubblefield. Our campus is filled with people really on a mission. Most unique about our campus is the student life. We do a lot of student-based projects. The campus is filled with people really on a mission. Northern California Re-gional Admission Counselor Sarah Moore said Missouri State University of Science and Technology has the sev-enth highest starting salary in the state. We offer 15 different engi-neering degrees, which is very unusual, said Moore a lot of students interested in computer science and aerospace have come up to her booth. Betsie Ruggs Stassen, aca-demic director of Hawaii Pacific University, noted that HPU is the largest private university in Hawaii and hosts about 6,000 students.College representatives also explained what their schools were trying to achieve at these types of events. The main goal is to expose students to [University of California, Riverside] and the opportunities we have to offer, said Jackelin Shoji, an admission counselor who was representing the UC Riverside at the event. I just hope to get students involved in our school.Assistant Director of Out-reach and Recruitment for Golden Gate University Chasity LeDoux said, Im here to an-swer questions for students and inform them about the degrees we have to offer.Representatives agreed students are taking advantage of the opportunity to find out more about schools accepting transfers.The students have been asking great questions. The event has been very well put together, the parking, the ta-bles, everything, said LeDoux. Students have been asking really great questionsAmong the most popular tables during the event featured big names schools such as UC Berkeley and popular local options like CSU East Bay and Sacramento State, and LMC student Eboni Brown was observing the CSUs in particular. I recommend CSUs because their tuition is lower than some of the other institutions, said Brown, and noted that she has her eyes set on Sacramento State specifically because the campus has a chill vibe, theres a lot more to do there and everything is within a 10-mile radius. She added other CSUs dont seem to offer Geriatrics.For more info on transfer services, events and opportu-nities contact student services at 473-7444. You can also email Director of Transfer and Career Services Kristin Conner at kconner@losmedanos.edu or Transfer Services Coordinator Rachel Anicetti at ranicetti@losmedanos.edu.Jazmine Gordon and Kim-berly Stelly contributed to this reportBiotech program and is con-sidering a career in computer science. He said its fun talking to the representatives from UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Humboldt State University schools he is considered attending. Earlier in the day, many of the same schools lined the hallways for the companion Transfer Day event geared toward LMC students planning to continue their education at the four-year level.Theres a lot of activity. Its great to see a lot of colleges from all over, said LMC student Randall Henry who attended the evening event because he was in the class during the morning transfer fair.Among the schools at the college fair were a handful from outside of California, including the University of Nevada, University of Montana and Southern Oregon University.It gets students involved with different colleges that they normally would not be able to see, said Darren Meeks, LMC student ambassador who helped with the College Night set up.David Reyes, transfer acad-emy counselor, said the out-of-state representatives provide a great opportunity for students to receive information about housing, student life and pay-ments directly from the source.Transfer Day and College Night is a wonderful opportu-nity to interact with university representative to learn about schools, public and private institutions, that are in the San Francisco Bay Area and also as far away as Massachusetts and Hawaii. said Kristin Conner, director of the Transfer and Career Services who helped coordinate the event. Students can ask questions to under-stand academic pathways and requirements that will help them be a top candidate when they apply to transfer. Transfer and Career Services is always available to help answer ques-tions related to the application process and exploring options for where to apply.The initial planning for the College Night event began in August, but the attending schools and universities were contacted beforehand by the transfer center in June and July.We email and phone schools asking them to attend, as well as some contact us directly as this is an annual event that they always participated in, said Kristin.The Welcome Center, Ori-entation, and Assessment as well as volunteers from the Honors program had also had a hand in helping the Transfer and Career Services host the College Night event. fessionals] and have 20 minute conversations about current jobs, career paths, educational paths and how majors relate [or dont relate to their current work], said Conner.Some of the careers will include a nurse, a firefighter, a college chancellor, and a high school principal. I decided to become a book at two different Books Alive! [events] because I was interested in the concept and thought it would be a wor thwhile experience, said Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Marie Arcidiacono.Students will be able show up to the event and check out a book for 20 minutes. They can renew once as long as there is no one else that requested the book. I thoroughly enjoyed both Books Alive! events I partic-ipated in. It was really fun to have people check-out my title and then engage in meaningful conversations with the library patrons, said Arcidiacono. We always get positive feedback from participants after the event, said Christine Kromer. So far, there has been an interest in the Books Alive! this semester. Many people have applied to volunteer their time to give career advice as a book. We have had a num-ber of people fill out appli-cation forms and ask for additional information about the event, said Christine Kromer.I think everyone should attend Books Alive!, you never know what you will learn from a living book! A huge Thank you to the Library staff for their efforts to bring this event to LMC, said Arcidiacono. Yuba was penalized 13 times during the game for 134 total yards. With the 4 turnovers they committed, they could not get into an offensive flow and left short fields for LMC to capitalize on. Crawford led the Mustangs receivers with 10 catches for 86 yards and a score. Taylor com-pleted 20 of his 35 passes for 164 yards and the touchdown to Crawford, as well as one interception. He was also their leading rusher, scrambling 8 times for 32 yards. LMC head coach Chris Shipe was very satisfied with the effort from his team but said that there is always room to improve when it came to taking advantage of when the team is on the opponents side of the field.You have to make complete offensive plays in the redzone to take better advantage, said Shipe. The Mustangs sit at third place in the conference with a 2-1 division record and 3-4 overall record. Their next game is at the College of the Redwoods Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.WINFrom page 5the final set 25-9.Honestly, it was a pretty slaughtered game. They kept their head up, kept fight-ing, and they did what they could. I applaud them, its not easy to lose like that, said Green. Smiles all around for the triumphant Mustangs as head coach Lou Panzella praised his hardworking team after a walkthrough win.We ser ved the ball re-ally well and we were very ef ficient. We had very few service errors and we passed the ball pretty well. Everyone on the team got in and got a chance to contribute, said Panzella. We came away with the win which is always a good thing to happen.It is easy to drop down and play at another teams level, but during this matchup Panzella thought his girls did well in keeping up their con-centration and communication to be successful.[Communication] is some-thing we work on every day in practice that we need to have. The better the team communicates, the better they play, said Panzella.The lady mustangs con-tinue their trot upwards in league play as they work to reach their ultimate goal, playoffs.VBALLFrom page 5SPORTS MEDICINE more teamworkWhether youre a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, you deserve excellent care. Our talented team of sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists can help you stay on top of your game.*To learn more, visit kp.org/diablo.*By referral only.Mack, LMC student Robert Reilly, EOPS Assistant Yasmine Flaggs and Dean of Counseling and Student Support Jeffery Benford.The first place winner gets a wrought iron soup ladle and a certificate with their name on it; second and third place winners each get a certificate with their names, said Man-iscalco.In addition to the cook-off, student Life will be having a blood drive and soccer rally and game that day as well. The Classified Senate will also be holding a raffle of prize baskets at the Soup Cook Off tickets for the raffle are $1 each, six for $5 and 13 for $10.Entries for this event will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., Nov. 3 and should be mailed or emailed to Maniscalco at lmaniscalco@losmedanos.edu.SOUPFrom page 3INFOFrom page 3chair, a couple of students who are currently enrolled, and theyll get materials to take home with them. In addition to the group lab sessions, they will have the oppor tuni ty to ask questions face-to-face and discuss things they might have missed.Many of the departments will be tabling in the indoor quad, so during an one-hour lunch break, theyll have the opportunity to talk to faculty and students about programs, said Wahl. If there was a lab they were interested in that they didnt get a chance during the four preselected areas, then they have an opportunity to go to that lab for follow up, he added For more information, email David Wahl at dwahl @losmedanos.edu or call at 473-7415.the eyes of audience members. One by one the characters are picked off, then Ashby makes his return to the stage where he proceeds to fight with and kill Logan.The Drama Factor y is located at 213 F St. in An-tioch. The Shakespearean Death Scenes Volume one of Macbeth will be performed on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., on Halloween at 1:30 and 7:30 pm, Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and the last two performances on Nov. 7 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.General admission is $10 dollars and $8 for senior cit-izens. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted. The box office opens half an hour before the shows begin.The issue of Africa is no longer poverty. The issue of Africa is no longer disease, said Ocen. We have only one problem in Africa true leaders.Jake Teal, an LMC Honors student, has known Ocen for many years, finally got to see Ocen in Uganda over the summer and witness first hand what he does as a trauma counselor. Now, other LMC students can appreciate those experiences as well.I thought he was great. He was so dynamic, intelligent, and his personal experience was touching, said Taylor Gonzalez. I w e n t t o s e e h i m because I had heard of the work he was doing in Uganda from Jake Teal and I wanted to know more. Im really glad that I went. LMC student Alyssa Reyes echoed these sentiments.He spoke with a lot of emotion that gets lost in the news or history lessons, and I think we were all privileged to have [an] opportunity to hear his story, said Reyes.Ocen was the first of 10 in a series of speakers with a theme of love, strength, survival and hope, which was organized and put on by LMC faculty from the drama, English and honors depar tments. The next events are a free panel discussion following with a per formance by Samba Funk Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. in the Little Theater to celebrate the African Diaspora: Diversity within our Commu-nity, and then a $15 comedy show Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in the LMC Little Theater featuring Lenard the KYD Jackson and Friends. p1_FrontPage 10-30-15p2_perspectives 10-30-15p3_Campus 10-30-15p4_Features 10-30-15p5_Sports 10-30-15p6_backtalk 10-30-15

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