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EL VAQUERO, cyberspace edition

Posted April 4, 1995


compiled by Rick Wood



Allegations Dismissed; ASB Presidency Declared

Cadet Terminated in Aftermath of Trustee Race Accusations

Glendale College Pulls Onto Information Superhighway


Vaqueros Show Off Against Upper-Class Women

Women's Tennis Falls to Santa Monica

Men's Track Runs with Four-Year Colleges

Column of the Week

GCC's Favorite Son Does the Oscars with Style


Arthur Khachatourians has finally been declared Glendale Community College's Associated Student Body President after a controversial election last semester.

Allegations regarding campaign ethics had been brought by concerned students.

The two violations Khachatourians allegedly committed, speaking in a classroom without faculty permission and misconduct of campaigning while voters were in voting booths, were dropped after a grievance committee concluded that there was not enough solid information on which the consideration of the suspension of Khachatourians could be qualified.

-Cindy Arora


Corporal David Dolbee of the Glendale College safety patrol has been terminated for his possible involvement in Mike Smith's alleged attempted entrance into closed offices on the GCC campus March 21.

According to a campus security report, Dolbee had contacted officer-in-charge Corporal Nidal Kobaissi by telephone and asked if Kobaissi would unlock the faculty guild office and "a few other rooms" for Mike Smith and "Smith's girlfriend," a ten-year employee of GCC.

Although Dolbee admits to making the call, he says he only asked for either the GCC mail room or the guild room to be opened, so Smith's girlfriend could obtain a copy of "Chaparral," the staff newsletter. Dolbee maintains that Kobaissi agreed to the arrangement and hung up. "That was the end of my involvement," said Dolbee. "He's the one who told them to come down to the college."

Before his termination, Dolbee submitted a letter in his own defense to Safety Patrol Captain Steve Wagg. In the letter, Dolbee states that he did not "in any way force or persuade (Kobaissi) to do anything illegal or inappropriate."

When asked if he had ever agreed to the arrangement during the phone conversation between Dolbee and Kobaissi, Kobaissi said, "I really don't want to answer that right now."

-John Lyon


Glendale College students will soon be able to access a variety of campus services online due to an agreement between the Board of Trustees and the Glendale Public Library March 21.

GCC will have access to the LNX System, an online information system being developed by the Glendale Public Library. LNX is a locally-based online system that seeks to offer some of the services provided by commercial systems systems such as CompuServe, Prodigy, and America Online. LNX differs from the other systems, though, in that it is a free public service.

The agreement between the library and the college will cost approximately $90,000 to implement, according to GCC President John Davitt.

Eventually, the GCC library catalog will be available through LNX, a LNX kiosk will be placed on the Glendale campus, and class schedules and catalogs will be available through the system. The program may include a magazine index, an encyclopedia, the Los Angeles Times index, access to the Glendale and Pasadena Public Library catalogs, and other general library information. In the future, students will be able to register for their classes through LNX, and new students will be able to apply for admission online. Information on job openings and job training may also be added, according to GCC coordinator Joyce Naumer.

The project is being funded by the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, which has given GCC a grant for $150,000. The grant will be issued during the next five years.

-Brian Schwartz


There weren't any surprises for Glendale College women's track and field team last Saturday, March 25, at the San Diego Invitational.

The Vaqueros did nothing but surpass themselves as they traveled to San Diego to compete against four-year (Division II) universities and other sponsored athletic clubs, such as Aasics, the San Diego Track Club, and the Nike Track Club.

Personal bests were acheived by freshman Lisa Sartoris, freshman Melinda Frey, sophomore Teena Ung, and cross-country crossover Tanya Janet, sophomore.

"We are improving each week," said Gold. "We are getting ready for the conference championships."

-Wilson Solorzano


The Vaqueros men's track and field team showed the improvement head coach Tom McMurray has been talking about all season when they came out on top in the open division at the San Diego Invitational, where two-year and four-year (Division II) schools, as well as a few sponsored clubs, joined the party.

The open division was composed of community colleges.

Isaac Turner won the 800-meter event with a mark of 1 minute, 51.2 seconds. "He did extremely well," McMurray said of Turner, who set a new 800-meter school record with a time of 1:50.55 in the previous meet at the Bakersfield Invitational. The previous record was 1:50.7, set by Bob Blanchard in 1964.

Other highlights for the Vaqueros included. Jacques Sallberg's second-place finish in the steeplechase invitational with a time of 9:29; Michael Milliard's fourth place finish in the hammer event; and Nacho Delgado's 4:16.6 mark in the open long-distance (1500 m) event to come in fifth place overall.

McMurray felt pleased with the results of the team and the individual performances.

"It was a good meet considering that we had our (spring) break," he said. "We had some exceptional individual performances."

-Wilson Solorzano


The Glendale College women's tennis team traveled to the Marina Tennis Club Tuesday, March 21, to play Santa Monica City College.

It was a disappointing match for the Vaqueros, however, as they fell five matches to four, dropping them to three wins and five losses in conference play.

"Santa Monica is always a tough challenge for us. They are always tougher every time we ... meet them," said women's tennis coach Terry Coblentz.

-Marcela Pinzon


I'd like to thank the members of the Academy and my agent Morty and... err... ahh... Whoa, back to earth, Melvin.

The Oscars have come and gone and we have all been Gumped. I had all my money on this little fanciful excursion down memory lane, "The World According to Gump" (sorry, Mr. Irving), but still I bucked the odds and put a little prayer wager on "Pulp Fiction." Tarantino makes great and fearsome films and has been honored all over the world, so losing out on Oscar night was not only expected, it almost seems justified. The Academy just does not go for splatter films.

My arrival at the Shrine was less than ceremonious. After Helga's '38 Packard broke down on PCH, we sat and witnessed the deluge of mud and debris that would block that great coastal artery for more than two days.

I grabbed a taxi and told the man to beat a path to the Shrine Auditorium. The driver was visibly frightened at my request and demanded a deposit before continuing on this trip. After miles of heated debate I told this gentleman, of dubious extraction, to let me off at the corner. He drove off in the general direction of Westwood, flipping me the bird and cursing me in some harsh dialect.

Luck would be my copilot for the rest of the evening. The #3 bus, which runs down Pico almost next to the Shrine, was lumbering up to my locality as the crazed taxi driver sped off. I stepped aboard the bus and contemplated my good fortune. I then realized I would probably be the only member of the press corps that would arrive at the Oscars via public transit.

Sydney, my reluctant MTA chauffeur, was a little hesitant to accept my small bribe. It is not easy, or inexpensive, to get a bus driver to veer from his/her route and make a special stop. But after lightening my wallet, Sydney obliged me and took me right up to the door.

Shrine Security found no humor in this situation. Working journalists were usually dumped off in the back.

After assuming my spot among my peers, I started chronicling the fusillade of stupid questions and the smart-ass comebacks from Oscar attendees.

The real buzz around the joint was what David Letterman would do to perk up the show. Well, his opening monologue was less than inspiring, but the rest of the show moved at a brisk pace.

Te sight of Dave and eventual honoree Tom Hanks standing there on the stage with a half-mad mutt doing donuts on a portable piece of rug was worth the bus-ride alone.

The rest of the show... Well, I didn't fall asleep, so it must not have been all that bad. I seem to remember some meaningless dance pieces and a bunch of songs I didn't like. Aside from that and Mr. Hanks' rather moving, and short, acceptance speech, the evening was a crashing bore.

The parties after the show were, and always will be, the real story.

After being thrown out of The Governor's Ball, held right in back of the stage in the Shrine Exhibition Hall, I pursued my journalistic jones into the night. Helga had enlisted several members of the Santa Monica Fire Department to resurrect the Packard. Helga is very resourceful. I need her. She throws a nasty knuckle ball and one hell of a slider. She helps me keep my batting skills sharp just in case I ever get called up to "the show" again.

After being removed from the Shrine premises by some rather large knuckle-draggers we sped off into the night leaving a conspicuous trail of blue smoke behind us. The Packard was purring.

Later, we made the round of several functions bouncing from Morton's to the Four Seasons/Elton John thing. We were thrown out of that one so fast we didn't even get a chance to take a breath.

"Off to Spago," Helga screamed as we were being whisked out of the Four Seasons' lobby. "Wolfie (Wolfgang Puck) knows how to treat the working press."

The blue smoke trail led next to West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip location of Wolfie's most famous pizza parlor. The valet whisked off with the Packard and we made for the door. The smell of the pizzas alone will drive you mad. Several glasses of champagne later, I was in the mood to get to the real story. Are the Oscar statuettes actually just big pieces of chocolate wrapped in gold foil or really cool doorstops for the rich and famous?

This and more high-class hi-jinks in the future. Tat-tah for now.

-Melvin R. Sumpy

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