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EL VAQUERO, CYBERSPACE EDITION


compiled from the 10/13/95 issue of El Vaquero

Editors in Chief: Kris Laca & Wilson Solorzano

Cyberspace Editor: Brian Schwartz

CONTENTS:

NEWS

New Drop Off Zone Under Development

SPORTS

Men¹s Cross Country­ Vaqs Score Season Best in WSC Meet

ENTERTAINMENT

Hard Rock with a Conscience

OPINION

No Room for Monkey Business in Classrooms


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NEW DROP OFF ZONE UNDER DEVELOPMENT

Students waiting at the Unocal 76 station across from Glendale Community College were relieved to hear that a new drop-off zone will be established directly in front of the campus.

The zone will be located along Verdugo Road, spanning from the south end of circle drive to the footbridge, according to Bill Taylor, Business Services coordinator. Taylor said the strip should be completed in December.

Student passengers commuting to GCC will be able to access an approximately 240-foot-strip of white zone. Drivers will be able to legally pull over and let their passengers out.

The strip is part of the soon-to-be-completed 280 space parking lot addition, which Taylor expects will also be ready in December.

The new lot and drop off zone are "the result of discussions (over the past several years) with the city of Glendale," which is posting $5.6 million for the projects, Taylor said.

Not everyone is thrilled about the new zone, however, especially business owner James Balesh, president and manager of Jamestown Unocal, the 76 station across the street.

Balesh expressed concerns about the feasibility and placement of the zone, saying that most of the commuters who "trespass" on his property to pick up students also use his location to turn around.

"It's not going to be convenient for them" he said. "It won't make any difference because they want to make a U-turn and go back home, (the college) won't provide that U-turn for them."

Balesh expects commuters will continue to use his property for their convenience.

One commuter also expressed concern over the location of the zone, saying it might not be a safe place to stop a car. Karen Mailyan, who was picking up a GCC student, said, "If everything is safe I'll do it, it's a lot easier than coming in here."

One of the reasons the zone won't be completed until December, according to Taylor, is safety.

In addition to signs and a white-curbed zone, the median strip is being moved 10 feet farther away from the curb, which requires the laying of new asphalt and the re-painting of lanes, but it gives 22 feet of width for commuters to safely pull over, he said.
­John Lyon

Men¹s Cross Country­ VAQS SCORE RECORD BEST IN WSC MEET

The Glendale Community College men's cross-country team won the W.S.C. (Western State Conference) meet number one Oct. 7 at Kenneth Hahn Park.

The runners were outstanding again, with a score of 21 points, a season low. The closest team that came to the Vaqueros was Bakersfield College with a score of 78 points. Coming in third was Santa Barbara College with 89 points and in fourth was Moorpark with a score of 90 points.

The men's team jumped out to a explosive start and never looked back. Leading the way was sophomore Ramon Serratos. Serratos came in first with a time of 22:21.6. Coming in second for the Vaqueros (and third overall) was Edurado Macias. Macias, who missed last week's meet due to employment conflicts, had a time of 22:38.7. Finishing next for the Vaqueros was co-captain Jose Padilla. Padilla's time was 22:40.5. Jose Arias came in fifth for the Vaqs and sixth overall. He had a time of 23:02.2. Bryan Ramos finished a close sixth and seventh overall with a time of 23:12.9.

Coach Ed Lopez was impressed and little surprised. He seemed most impressed with Arias or, more specifically, with the pace he took in the race. Lopez was also impressed by his team. Lopez said that Arias set the pace and helped the rest of the team off to a fast start in the race.

"We are basically sacrificing individual goals for team goals, that¹s how we train and race,² said Lopez. He believes that as long as the team improves and is consistent, winning comes in second in their book. The men's cross-country team has five meets left. Among the tough competitors they will have to face are Rancho Santiago and El Camino. Going into Santa Barbara next week, the Vaqs are looking to repeat as champs once again. Next week could be a preview of the State Finals.
­Davis Hong

HARD ROCK WITH A CONSCIENCE

"In a world grown so complicated, it often seems that one person¹s voice can never make a difference. However when that voice is joined to others who sing the same song, no one can deny the music that it makes!"

No, the source of these beautiful words of wisdom is not some life devoted humanitarian; it's a great group of guys who make up the band "World Affairs."

Scott Ramsay, guitarist and former GCC student was more than happy to talk with me about the band.

Ramsay started the band four or five years ago and this line up of guys have been together for about two years. Ramsay said they went through a lot of changes trying to find the right pieces to the puzzle.

Other band members consist of vocalist Jay Neyens, who works on special effects for films, most recently, Clive Barker's "Lord of Illusions" and drummer Dave Ramirez, who teaches marching band in Orange County.

"World Affairs" just released their first CD, ³Who You Are² (Classic Concert Records). It took them a while to produce their first CD. Everything that could have possibly gone wrong during production, did. The art for the CD jacket is very articulate and kind of psychedelic. Unless you look at the cover very closely, you will miss a lot.

Ramsay describes their sound as a "hard rock vibe" and is very adamant about the fact that it is "definitely not grunge." Bands have to come up with a name that applies to their music, explains Ramsay. "World Affairs" is a socially conscious name.

The band has been playing gigs around town and in and in Vegas. When it comes to rock, the L.A. scene is pretty dead. If you're not mainstream grunge or punk, there isn't much going on. The band has been trying different avenues and are being scoped out by an Indie company in Europe. For now says Ramsay, "we're just playing it by ear."

³Who You Are² contains six tracks. The music is hard, heavy and fast with some excellent guitar and steady rocking beat. The vocals are hypnotic and powerful at the same time and the lyrics are really sensitive and meaningful. "World Affairs" is a group made up of some really talented guys who seem very down to earth.

It's nice to know that you don't have to be alternative or grunge to make it these days. They enjoy playing good, hard core, loud as hell, rock and roll, and you can tell, they're really good at it too. Look for "World Affairs" to be playing in the Valley in the near future.
­Lela Meadow

NO ROOM FOR MONKEY BUSINESS IN CLASSROOMS

Face it, many GCC students just don¹t want to be here. Some of them are trying to get enough credits to transfer to a major university.

They¹d rather be somewhere else, but they study, pay attention in class, or at least appear to, because they know that no matter where they are, education is foremost. They act as college students should.

Then there are those students who obviously don¹t want to be anywhere, and--consciously or unconsciously--they make everyone aware of the fact. They come to class late every day, pass notes and distract other students. Apparently, they feel as though this is a continuation of high school.

I hate sitting next to these people in class. I hate being disturbed while I am trying to learn or at least desperately trying to pay attention. Maybe they are not here to learn but I¹m at GCC to get an education and move on. You are turning me and others into disgruntled students.

One of my professors has the brilliant plan of not allowing high school graduates to attend college until after they have completed two years of social service.

If they get a taste of real life and spend some time doing the grunt work, they¹ll probably come out of the experience with a whole new outlook. (However, if they pass a series of interviews and the professors find them committed and responsible enough to attend college right away, then they may.)

Well, I¹m not sure I¹d go this far, but for those who are not yet sure what they want to do or whether they want to go to school, taking time off is a great thing. And I¹m not just saying this to get all of you unmotivated, irresponsible students out of here. I did it and I¹m more motivated now than I have ever been.

I took a year and a half off after I graduated from high school. Although I had been accepted to a university, I decided I just wasn¹t ready. I moved from the East Coast to the West Coast and back again.

I did internships at an auction house, a science museum an AIDS organization, and worked at a bagel deli. Finally, I realized that the only way I am going to get where I want to eventually be is by going to school.

I¹m not saying taking time off is for everyone. For some people, going directly to college is probably the right thing. But if you have any doubt in your mind, you should not be in school.

So stop being disruptive and immature. You might be having fun, and you might think that you¹re amusing the whole class, but you¹re not. There are many of us who want to make something of our lives, and in your irritating way, you¹re holding us back.

Go get a job at Taco Bell for a year and then determine how important school is to you.
­Lela Meadow


Well, good night... and don¹t forget your glass of O.J. (oops, sorry)... Your feedback is always appreciated.

See ya next week...

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