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EL VAQUERO, C y b e r s p a c e E d i t i o n

Posted May 2, 1995


compiled by Rick Wood



Plumbing, Electrical Work Cause Closure of Campus Roads

Mitsubishi Targeted in Rainforest Destruction Lecture



On Being the Armor Guy


GCC Heads to Track Conference Championship

Vaq Tennis Tries, Fails in Conference Tournament

Vaqueros Fall Short in Ninth-Inning Rally

Column of the Week

Hell on Wheels


The driveway leading to Glendale College parking lots B and C, commonly known as the cardiac hill parking lots, is closed due to construction.

The project, which started Wednesday, April 19, will take about two months to complete.

The driveway was closed to build new drain pipes and gas lines for the new multiuse building and library addition.

"Another phase is coming immediately after this one," said William Taylor, director of business services. "Starting next week, we`ll be bringing in a new electrical service from Mountain Street."

Other roads on campus will be closed at various times to accomodate the construction.

--Robert Ossio


Mitsubishi, a large Japanese company that owns dozens of consumer and logging companies, was targeted as the largest cause of rainforest destruction in a lecture given yesterday afternoon in Krieder Hall.

The Glendale College Ecology Club sponsored the event and invited Tamar Hurwitz, southern California director of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), to speak.

Hurwitz discussed how the destruction of rainforests affects everyone, on a global scale.

The release of carbon-dioxide gas caused by rainforest destruction was rated as the second-largest cause of global warming.

Other facts given by Hurwitz regarded the resourcefulness of rainforests. Among statistics included were that nearly 90 percent of all species of animals, plants, and insects inhabit the endangered areas, and that 25 percent of medicine used in the United States was developed from the 1 percent of rainforest plants that have been studied.

Hurwitz stated that, according to Newsweek magazine, the rainforests will be completely destroyed by the year 2030 if the current rate of destruction is maintained.

--Brian Schwartz


A plaque will be dedicated to the American veterans of Beirut, Grenada, Somalia, and Desert Storm on May 16. Any veteran who wishes to have his/her name added to the plaque or would like to speak at the unveiling should contact ASB Sophomore Class President David Dolbee or ASB advisor Joe Puglia.

Dance Performance `95 at GCC will be dedicated to the late Terry Markwell. Markwell was a dance instructor here before he passed away April 12. The performance will be choreographed and danced by students in the master class workshop, the production / choreography class, and the ballet workshop. One of the performances, "Carousel," is a joint musical project from the theater arts, music, and dance departments.

--John Lyon


Unless you have no life whatsoever, you probably have a hobby of some sort to take your mind off treacherous term papers and exhausting exams. The list of hobbies is endless; there's reading, card collecting, stamp collecting, bicycling, sky diving, armor making...

Armor making?!

For Glendale College student Nathan Hess, armor isn't just a hobby, it's a business.

Hess has made a fair profit from selling the products of his hobby at reasonable prices. "I make armor that tends to be functional, but not too fancy," said Hess.

While some armorers may sell a full suit of armor for as much as $3,000, Hess will sell the same functional suit for only $600.

Hess has been interested in the medieval era of history for most of his life. He was introduced to armor-making after visiting an armorer's workshop in Burbank.

Some of Hess` work has been seen on the silver screen. Along with making armor, he built some parts for face masks shown in the motion picture "Stargate." Future films may include more of his work, as he is now going beyond armor into swords and movie props.

Hess occasionally puts his armor to work when attending events sponsored by the Society of Creative Anachronisms (SCA), of which he is a member. "(The SCA) is basically a group of creatively displaced people who enjoy reliving the time of the Renaissance," he said.

According to Hess, a large portion of the activities involved with the SCA include simulated medieval combat, with participants wearing armor and wielding weapons much like those used centuries ago.

Different types and pieces of armor take varying amounts of time to build. Chain mail, armor made of series of small chain links, takes much longer to build than a piece of plate armor made from one piece of steel. Hess only spends five to 10 hours a week on armor-making.

While Hess does enjoy his hobby, he has decided to major in liberal arts and may decide to move into the field of medicine. "I would love to (make armor) for a living, but the only way to make a career out of it is to also work in areas such as building movie props," he said.

Hess is supporting and improving his skills by taking machining and welding courses to learn to build better tools. "An armorer is only as good as his tools," said Hess.

--Brian Schwartz


Both Glendale College track and field teams qualified several athletes for the Western State Conference (WSC) Championships in preliminaries two weekends ago.

The best race for the men's team was the 400-meter. Isaac Turner came in first with a personal best of 48.7 seconds, and Frank Vega followed at 50.8.

Another Vaquero to qualify was Ismael Castellanos, with a time of 2 minutes, 9 seconds in the 800 meter and 4:08 in the 1500 meter. Also qualifying in the 1500-meter race were Cesar Mata, with a time of 4:12.6, and Juan Marquez, with a time of 4:15.5. David Quintero qualified in the 400-meter hurdle with a time of 57.8 seconds.

On the women's team, only four out of nine runners qualified for the WSC Championships.

Lisa Sartoris, who ran the 400-meter race with a time of 61.7, will be leading the way for the Vaqueros.

The other Vaqs to qualify included Melinda Frey, Anna Hernandez, Tanya Janet, and Kimberly Madden.

The Vaqueros competed at the WSC Championships Saturday at Santa Barbara City College.

--Marcela Pinzon


Both Glendale College tennis teams traveled to Bakersfield College to compete at the Western State Conference (WSC) Championships last weekend.

GCC ended up qualifying a few players for the state tournament on an individual basis.

In the men's double sets, GCC's number-one team, composed of Justin Drum and Andy Greenleaf, qualified for the Southern California tournament.

In the singles, Richard Silvero, the Vaqs` No. 2 player, lost to Allan Hancock College's No. 4 player, Duncan Sheriff, 3-6, 6-7. Drum lost to Pierce's Ray Kheshvadjian 6-2, 6-1.

In women's singles matches, the Vaqs' No. 1 player, Marites De Los Reyes, defeated Cuesta College's Julie Newell 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 5 player Cathy Rasdel dominated Bakersfield's No. 3 Erin Landis by beating her 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the tournament.

Rasdel lost in the second round to Santa Monica City College's No. 1 player 6-0, 6-0.

Carolyn Gonzales, the No. 6 GCC player, defeated Santa Monica College's No. 4 Dannett Whyte 6-2, 7-5 before losing in the second round to Ventura College's No. 1 player 6-4, 6-4.

The Vaqs will conclude the season this weekend at the Ojai Tournament.

--Wilson Solorzano


The Glendale College baseball team fell five runs to four in a close game against the visiting L.A. Valley College Monarchs Tuesday, April 25, at Stengel Field.

Although the Vaqs had the chance to pull ahead in the ninth with two outs and the bases loaded, first baseman Marc Scorza ended a bout with the Monarch pitcher with a fly out to center field.

Until the fifth inning, the Vaqs had a 3-1 lead; this ended when the Monarchs made two runs and later pulled ahead in the seventh with two more.

After a scoreless eighth inning, the Vaqs entered the ninth inning trailing 5-3, hoping to bounce back and make something happen as the game was coming to an end.

With two outs in the ninth, GCC center-fielder Pete Paciorek hit a solo home run to bring the team to within one. With a single by catcher Steve Mikesell and two walks, the Vaqs loaded the bases for Scorza, who fouled a number of balls before he hit his fly out.

The Vaqs have played two games since the Tuesday one.

--Wilson Solorzano



I`m too young to call myself a man of the world, but I can, with all confidence, say that I`ve been to hell and back. And let me tell you, hell is not a fiery place filled with demons and the smell of brimstone. It is not a place for the souls of the damned.

Hell is an uphill ride on a mountain bike. An hour-long uphill ride. Through rivers and over rocks. Clumsily weaving your way through a pack of reckless mountain-biking children.

Now, I know that being healthy is a big trend now, but I`ve never been one to follow trends. I must admit, of course, that biking through roughage would have been fun, if only it wasn`t so much work.

The worst part about my little lower-plane excursion was the fact that I was dragged there, kicking and screaming, against my will.

You see, I've got one of those friends. You probably know the type (or, you are the type) who loves the constant threat of falling over and getting hurt. Kind of like those skater freaks who laugh when they beef it hard down a flight of stairs.

"Nobody tries to get hurt," my friend told me. "Sometimes, you just can't avoid it. I mean, when you're doing 20 down a mountain trail and you come across a slowpoke hiker, you're pretty much going to nail something. If you're lucky, it'll just be a bush, or something."

You can't avoid it, indeed.

I can avoid it; I can stay home.

Not once have I had to jump off of my TV in fear of running into a tree.

But my friend has an iron will and a persuasive tongue. And before I could say "outtadawaaay" I was slowly cranking my way up some dreadful mountain trail. I could have sworn it was a deer trail -- about two inches wide. And I thought to myself, "How can this be popular?"

After half a dozen breaks, we made the summit. Well, we made the end of the path. Okay, okay. We made it halfway up the path, but I had to stop for a cigarette. I crawled atop a large boulder and curled into the fetal position. Wheezing and hacking uncontrollably, I tugged a cigarette out of my backpack and brought it to my dry chapped lips.

I really didn`t care if it was illegal to smoke in the Angeles National Forest, I was on my death-boulder. I was going to smoke.

It was about 20 minutes before we began our journey back down.

It was only then that I noticed that my helmet had a sticker on it warning that it was for "ornamental use only." I guess the mountain-biker "mushroom-head" image is cooler than I had thought.

Either way, I had stopped caring.

I barreled down that hill like a bat out of hell, except when I came to a river, where I walked like a drunken cowboy carrying a horse.

By the time I was home, I was sore and bleeding, and this was what I learned:

One -- Couches are fun and safe. Try not to go outside unless you have to.

Two -- If you must exercise, remember that no matter how exhausted you are, smoking will always make you feel better.

Three -- People who enjoy mountain-biking are nuts. Avoid them at all costs.

--John Lyon


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