Cybervaq 2.2.96 From Glendale Community College, the Mecca for informed insomniacs...

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EL VAQUERO, CYBERSPACE EDITION
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compiled from the 2/2/96 issue of El Vaquero
Editors in Chief: Nars Del Rosario & Brian Schwartz

CONTENTS:

NEWS
Davtian Steps Down as VP
GCC Enters the WWW

OPINION
A Weak LNX in the Chain

SPORTS
Women¹s Tennis Leaves LBCC in the Cold



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DAVTIAN STEPS DOWN AS VP

Alex Davtian, who has served as a member of the Associated Student Body Legislature for more than two years, has stepped down as ASB Vice President, citing lack of interest as the cause.

Davtian¹s decision came about on the night of Jan. 22. ³[That] night I was reminded of an ASB meeting the next day,² said Davtian. ³It was the first time since I¹ve been with the ASB Legislature that I wasn¹t excited about it.²

Still questioning his further interest in student government, Davtian decided to attend the Jan. 23 meeting. After the conclusion of the meeting, Davtian gave notice to ASB President Jeremy Gump that he was stepping down.

³Everyone there was working for a purpose,² said Davtian. ³I didn¹t want to screw up and contribute to slowing down the table. It all came down to the fact that I was not really excited about being on the board anymore.²

In accordance to the school constitution stating that ³in the absence of the Vice President, the Sophomore Class President will assume the duties of the Vice President,² Veronica Amaya has taken over Davtian¹s former office.

³I wish her the best,² said Davtian. ³I hope she knows what she is getting into because a lot of dedication and hours are involved.²

Davtian started his political career when former ASB President Mike Smith recruited him to serve as Men¹s Athletic Representative. Following a two-semester service in that position, Davtian was elected as ASB Treasurer for two semesters. He then ran uncontested for the position of Vice President for Fall 1995.

Looking ahead, Davtian plans to transfer to Cal State Sacramento following this semester. While he is only registered in one class, his contribution to GCC is still felt: he serves the Men¹s Basketball team as an Administrative Assistant.

Davtian said that he still maintains friendships with several members. ³If I disappointed anyone or let them down, I¹m sorry and I hope that they understand my reasons for leaving office,² he said.

GCC ENTERS THE WWW

Glendale College is on the Internet. The school has found its way onto the information highway. To those who know little about the net, it is a link of computers that allows people to communicate ideas and information around the world to anyone with access. Closer to home, in the possible future, it can be a way for people to access scheduling information, pay fees, and reach instructors. For nearly a month, the college has had an experimental World Wide Web (WWW) homepage.

The WWW is the graphical side of the Internet. Pictures can be viewed on the web by using a web browser; for example, Netscape or Mosaic. Online services, such as America Online and Compuserve, have their own web browsers.

Dennis Doyle of the English lab has been doing some of the pioneering work in putting the college on the world wide web. He says that it ³has the potential to recruit new students and provide easy access to research and educational material.²

Glendale College¹s home page is still in its early stages, and much of it is under construction. A dozen or so teachers have addresses, but Doyle expects that students eventually will as well. At the moment, students can gain limited access to the net in the English lab. To use the lab, students must pay a five dollar fee.

If you¹re interested in seeing what the home page looks like and have access to the world wide web, the address is:

http://www.glendale.cc.ca.us

From this page you can access the pages of some teachers and other information sites.

NOT A WEAK LNX IN THE CHAIN

Okay, let¹s talk cyber-space.

As a self-proclaimed cyber-addict, I am always looking for a cheaper way to keep myself online, and when I heard the Glendale Public Library was testing a local system, LNX, I eagerly awaited its arrival. I was anxious to use a system geared to the community, and thought it would be a great way to keep up on city affairs as well as other issues.

When they got the system up and running, I was not disappointed. Many others, however, were not as enthusiastic about LNX as I was. In fact, the system has taken a great many slams from various sources in the past few months. Everyone wants to be on the net. They want web pages and more internet access. Shouldn't a local system stay local? What's all the hype about internet anyway?

LNX is a system that is pretty much used for the more local aspect of cyber space. It keeps residents in contact with the city affairs, entertainment schedules and other LNX members.

The World Wide Web is all fine and good, but a web page is less personal, less interactive. That may not mean a lot to many, but I see LNX as a way to bring more residents in the area together, to interact, share ideas, thoughts and reactions as well as just a means of viewing the latest movie listings.

Besides, for those peering from the on-ramp of the information superhighway, the Web may be a little difficult to maneuver, and what good is a page if not all residents can view it. LNX is fairly easy to figure out, its features are clearly listed. The point-and-click interface may frustrate those with online experience, but why should access to the online community be limited to those who have the know how? A community system should be made for all experience levels. Period.

As far as the increased internet access goes, I can¹t say I am for that either. It would be nice if we could have a little more access, but the expense of keeping watch over everything would be too high. Critics of LNX have already complained about the amount of money spent on the project. Watchdogging internet access would cost more, and that would be just one more thing to complain about.

What more do you people want anyway? LNX offers internet mail, so if you are paying a server for access, you can have your mail sent to LNX, and read it for free. I don¹t see what all the moaning is about.

All I ever hear about LNX is complaints. I¹m not saying I don¹t have mine, the system has a few bugs, but on the whole I¹m satisfied. I have free mail, access to schedules and plenty of members to chat with. It¹s a great way to get to know your community, and, if you aren¹t all that comfortable with the new-fangled online world, learn a little bit about how it all works. We all have to start somewhere.

My hat goes off to all LNX staffers and volunteers. You¹re doing a great job under all the fire, guys. Iguana backs you up all the way.

­Kris Laca


WOMEN¹S TENNIS LEAVES LBCC IN THE COLD

It is always nice to wait for a new season to begin. We have high expectations and are anxious to see how good our team is going to do.

So as the track and field season approaches, people may be anxious to see how the Glendale Community College women's team is going to do this year.

"I think we'll be alright," said head coach Jon Gold. "Third or fourth in conference."

The team will be a relatively young group of runners, including some who are inexperienced. They will have to compete without last year's standouts Anna Hernandez, Tanya Janet, Lee Anne Dillon, and Teena Ung, who have moved on with their careers.

Carrying the load will be returners Ivonne Cardenas in the distance events, Melinda Frey in the sprints, and Lisa Sartoris in the middle and long distance events and relays.

"I would like to prepare [these runners] and qualify them for regionals or for the state," said assistant coach Marilyn Davis, who is in charge of the workouts. "I think they have a lot of talent. I would like to work with them and see them get [personal records.]"

Cardenas appears to be recovered from leg injuries that have been bothering her for the last few months, according to Davis.

"I'd like to see Ivonne do well," she said. "I think she is going to have a tremendous track season."

Among the newcomers the coaches are enthused about are Kelly Doyle (North Hollywood High), Maria Mata (Franklin High) and Ruby Velasquez.

Coach Davis said that all these athletes are very skillful and that with some hard training they should be fine for the season.

"They are tough," Davis said. "I'd like them to work hard and gain positive experience."

Said Gold: "They will need to get used to it. I think they will be fine after a couple of meets... I don't see them giving up. There is too much athletics in them."

The Vaqs will be at full strength at the conclusion of the basketball season, as five basketball players cross over to track and field, the coaches said.

Nicole Codd, Vanessa Cortes, Nicole Jackson, Grace Smart, and Karla Villarroel are the athletes who will transfer their talent to track and field.

"They will help us tremendously," said Gold. "Grace is pretty good at sprints."

The Vaqueros open the season on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Racho Santiago College. The meet is scheduled for 11 a.m.


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