Cybervaq 10.23.95 First at the scene, last to report it..

From Glendale Community College in Glendale, CA., it¹s the infamous...


compiled from the 10/20/95 issue of El Vaquero

Editors in Chief: Kris Laca & Wilson Solorzano

Cyberspace Editor: Brian Schwartz



Lecturer Calls for Change in Mexico


Soccer­ Vaqs Come Out 'High Spirited¹ at L.A. Mission


Escape Life and be One With Nature


Costumes: The Good, the Bad, and the Creative


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The woman who many consider the queen of Mexican human rights was a guest speaker on the Glendale Community College campus last Tuesday. Rosario Ibarra was in Los Angeles as an ambassador for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, the rebel movement in Chiapas, a state in southern Mexico.

In her campus lecture, Ibarra discussed a number of topics including what she sees as the corruption of the current Mexican government, and the situation in Chiapas.

She discussed how she became a full-time civil rights activist in 1975 when the Mexican army arrested her 21-year old son Jesus Ibarra; he soon disappeared. During the early 70¹s in Mexico, the government arrested many people who it believed belonged to the leftist political movement, according to Ibarra.

³They would arrest complete families,² she said, ³cousins, brothers, men, pregnant women, and children. They would stop buses and arrest all families with the same last names.²

Ibarra and other concerned mothers then initiated an organization called the Pro Defense Committee of Prisoners, Prosecuted, Disappeared, and Politically Exiled of Mexico.

Ibarra¹s goals have become increasingly political. She is now trying to convince the people of Mexico that the country needs a change in government. She believes it is now the leftists¹ turn to run the country because they are more aware of how the real Mexicans live.

³They have had their chance,² she said of the current government. ³It¹s time for a change in Mexico. It¹s time for the poor to get recognition ... It¹s time to let the remaining Indians be a part of our society.²

Ibarra made history in 1982 when she became the first woman to run for the Mexican presidency. Ibarra ran again in 1988.

³If I would¹ve won,² she said. ³I would¹ve got together with different (leaders) to decide on how to run the country. I don¹t think one person alone can run the country. It¹s impossible for a person to have as much power as the Mexican president has. One person can¹t decide the lives of thousands of Mexican citizens.²

Ibarra concluded by explaining the Zapatistas¹ purposes. ³The Zapatistas want true democracy so that we can run our own destiny,² she said. ³We want to fight for the economy, for the health of the Mexicans, for our children.²

She encouraged the 60 plus students in attendance to support the Zapatistas intentions and not those of current Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo.

³Let¹s not let Zedillo, local governors, or a small group of leaders decide our future,² she said.

­Wilson Solorzano


Despite having most of the starting lineup sidelined due to injuries, the Glendale Community College soccer team pounded host Los Angeles Mission College three goals to none last Tuesday afternoon.

The Vaqueros, looking for their first conference victory of the season, felt that they had to win to have a chance to repeat as conference champions. Head coach Joe Agoston¹s game plan was to stay focused in the game for the entire 90 minutes.

After a scoreless first half, the Vaqs headed to intermission wondering if the end would be as sour as it was last week at Santa Barbara City College, where they were blanked 2-0.

With a higher tempo, forward Yaphet Legesse scored a goal 10 minutes into the second half to put the Vaqs ahead. The score came on an attack created by mid fielder Henrik Mirzakhandanyan through the right side of the field

GCC took a 2-0 lead 15 minutes later as forward Arturo Romo scored his first of two goals in the game. The goal seemed to bring Mission¹s momentum down as the Free Spirit looked a completely different team, allowing GCC to create its play.

The Vaqs took advantage and iced the game on Romo¹s second goal. The score came from about 25 yards out as he found the Free Spirit goal keeper out of position.

Defender Cesar Rodriguez felt the team could have played better. ³It was a good game but I think we didn¹t play up to our potential,² he said. ³I think we can do better...This was a must win situation for us.²

Playing a big part in the Vaqs¹ victory was goal keeper José Castañeda. Castañeda denied the Free Spirit a great number of scoring opportunities. With the victory and a tie against Hancock College in the previous game, the Vaqs improved to 1-win, 1-loss, and 1-tie (8-2-2 overall) the Western State Conference (WSC) play.

­Wilson Solorzano


It's another day. As you arrive on campus, you are again greeted by the constant rumble and clanging of the construction machinery. Wishing they would be done soon, you enter into the classroom where the teacher¹s lecture is accented with a loud bang . After class, wanting to study for your test coming up, you go to the library for some peace and quiet, but the bangs don't go away. Having enough of the loud annoyance, you wonder if there is a place where you can study in serenity.

There is. Just across from heavily traveled Verdugo Boulevard and secluded by Verdugo Wash is Verdugo Park. Within a five-minute walk, you can be away from the noisy GCC campus and into the quiet atmosphere of the park. With a leafy, emerald-colored canopy of California Oaks, the park is refreshing. It is here that, sitting down on one of the benches, you can study in peace.

The park isn't just an extension of your study or desk, however. Bring a basketball and shoot hoops when the books test your sanity. If you have been staring at word-studded pages for so long that the words begin to blur, look up and watch the GCC practice and relax.

Mens sano in corpore sano, or "sound mind sound body", is a good idea for everyone -- including students. However, for many students, they are often working so hard on the first part that they don't have time for the second. Now there's no more excuses! Bring a running outfit with you to the park and run the country-like trail which GCC's own track team runs for enjoyment. About a half mile's distance, this run can keep you in shape and keep those unwanted "college pounds" off.

If you're a student and a parent, the park offers a wonderful playground for your young ones while you study for your classes. This can make the college experience more enjoyable for you as well as your kids, for they won't be stuck in the Child Development Center all day and you won't be stuck in the library or classroom all day. If you don't have kids but are a kid at heart, you can relieve the class anxieties and swing on the playground equipment yourself.

Verdugo Park even has it's very own horseshoe facilities. Yes, it's true. Now, exclusively at Verdugo Park, you can play the game everybody is standing in line for. Well -- maybe not, but it does give you a change of pace, and for the busy college student, almost any change of pace will do. Whatever your schedule, you shouldn't miss out on the things Verdugo Park has to offer. If you come school early just for a parking spot, come earlier still and enjoy the sunrise in the park as you sip a cup of coffee and complete the day's homework. Life becomes so routine, but it doesn't have to be

Throw a horseshoe.

­Stephen Archer

Column of the Week


Last year, because I ran out of time and had no money, I wore my Renaissance costume for Halloween. Again. For the third time.

It's a good costume, and most people I met liked it, but after wearing it every weekend for three months, and every Halloween for three years, I've had about enough.

This year will be much different. One, because I have a modicum of money to spend, and also because I still have time. Eleven days. Less than two weeks 'til my favorite holiday of the year.

I'm so excited that, in addition to creating a unique and satisfying costume and demanding the night off from work, I've even resolved to spray-paint a pumpkin white and dress it up like that Jack In The Box head. This year I will be prepared.

You, however, may not even realize how close All Hallows Eve is, and I certainly don't want anyone else to have a dull Halloween. So, as it is my favorite holiday and I've given so much thought to it, I've decided to let you into my brain and give you a few ideas to help you in deciding what you're going to be and do. Most of these ideas are also inexpensive.

1. Dressing up like a Jane or John Doe is easy and fun. All you need is a hospital gown, a red toe-tag and some white make-up. An unidentified corpse can be an enjoyable and creative costume, especially in deciding exactly how you died (gunshot, drug overdose, suicide, or any other pleasant demise.) The grim costumes are also good for scaring away evil spirits in true pagan style.

2. Wearing your favorite university's sweater and going as someone who actually got out of GCC will definitely be appreciated by you fellow Vaqueros! All you need is a rolled-up piece of paper for your GCC diploma, which, so I hear, is all you actually get upon graduation.

3. Going as your favorite cheese is as close as a box with spray paint on it.

4. Buying one of those cheap plastic costumes you were afraid to wear as children might actually be amusing today. And there's such variety! Anything from Barbie to Barney, all the Power Rangers, Batman, Raggedy Ann and more! True, they wouldn't fit quite right anymore, but they'll be very nostalgic to others (and eggs wash clean off.)

5. Going anywhere as a nudist is the cheapest costume available.

6. Trick-or-treating can still be a thrill because you're not kids anymore, to most. Be sure to remember to pack plenty of ammunition. When I was a kid I only got treats. I'd go around the neighborhood and get candy from everyone. All treat, no trick. Now it's time for some serious trickin.'

7. Sacrificing vegetables to the evil pagan god Bhotanus is always a thrill. Sacrificing people and/or animals is illegal (and messy), but vegetables are alive and dispensable. Besides, it'll be All Hallows Eve. A sacrifice will be necessary to maintain the good/evil balance in the universe (Bhotanus loves rhubarb.)

8. Halloween-On-Line is a growing trend. Cyber-costumes leave everything up to the imagination and appear to be the annual rage on the information superhighway. All you have to do is e-mail everyone with a "Trick or treat. I'm dressed as Shapiro's pride­all dark and sticky, or, perhaps, I'm the evil Lord Zed and I'm here to conquer your candy dish." You'll get e-candy for sure. Anything from a Tootsie Roll >==< to a lollipop ---O. You can even send back a happyface licking it's lips with a :-d (look at it sideways). And if you don't get any e-candy, you can trick 'em with a computer virus.

These are the few rare staples for a different and enjoyable Halloween. Remember them. Keep this column for next year. Do anything. Just have a good time, be safe, abolish a few demons, and, for the pete's sake, don't be yourself.

It's the one time of the year you get to be anyone or anything you want. Make the most of it. (eleven days and counting ...)

­John Lyon

Remember, resistance is futile... you will be assimilated... Your feedback is always appreciated.

See ya next week...


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