Cybervaq 11.08.95From Glendale Community College in beautiful(?) Glendale, CA. (THAT¹S CALIFORNIA, OK? NOT ARIZONA.... SHEESH!)
EL VAQUERO, CYBERSPACE EDITION
compiled from the 11/3/95 issue of El Vaquero
Editors in Chief: Kris Laca & Wilson Solorzano
Cyberspace Editor: Brian Schwartz
Avantez Still in Critical Condition, Velez Released
Women¹s X-Country: Vaqs Head to State Meet
The Spectacular Macross Saga Continues...
COLUMN OF THE WEEK
One of Those Harassing Situations...
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AVANTEZ STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION, VELEZ RELEASED
The driver of the red truck in the accident that left nine people hurt last Wednesday at the intersection of Verdugo and Mountain has been released from custody, according a Glendale Police Department spokesperson.
Jose Velez, 38, the driver of the red gardening truck was ³no longer in custody, pending further investigation.²
According to police, the truck was overweight and had faulty brakes, which led to the accident that also involved a Metro Transit Authority bus a white Chevy truck, and a black jeep.
³We can only charge him with misdemeanors traffic violations,² the GPD spokesperson said. However, ³charges will be made depending on the outcome of the driver of the black jeep.²
That driver, Lorena Avantez, is a 21-year-old Glendale Community College student. She remains in critical condition at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.
Although Avantez is still in a coma, she appears to be responding to familiar voices and has limited movement of her arms and legs, according to cousin Marisol Magaña.
Avantez has two broken ribs, one which has punctured her left lung. At this time doctors are unable to predict her future condition.
WOMEN¹S X-COUNTRY: VAQS HEAD TO STATE MEET
The Vaqueros found out Saturday that the season will not be a disappointing one as they qualified for the state meet at the Johnie ³O² Invitational, a qualifier for the state meet.
The Vaqs came in 14th out of 29 teams with a score of 395 points and will head to Fresno to compete at the state meet on Nov. 18.
Winning the Johnie "O" Invitational was Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) with a total of 65 points.
The coaches eventually realized that winning the conference for the second consecutive year was an unlikely goal, so they set their sights on having the Vaqs qualify for the state championship meet as a team.
"It was a good race overall," Coach Marilyn Davis said of the Johnie "O" Meet. "As a team, we ran better the previous week at the conference meet."
Co-captain Silva Vartoomian was the Vaqueros' main force once again. Vartoomian finished 60th overall with a 21-minute, 44-second mark performance.
Davis felt pleased with the individual performances put up by Cardenas and Szarka as both runners' marks were personal bests. "Ivonne and Suzanne had a strong race," Davis said.
The team has nearly a week to prepare for the state championship meet at Fresno.
THE SPECTACULAR MACROSS SAGA CONTINUES...
Animé (ani-may), for those of you that don't know, is what Japanese animated films are called. Most of you probably did not realize this, but a lot of the shows that some of us may have watched as children were Japanese cartoons.
Some of the more recognizable titles you may know are Voltron and Speed Racer. Then there is Robotech, which was formed from three animé serials: Macross, Southern Cavalry Cross and Mospeada. There were other Japanese cartoons before Robotech, but it was the series which brought animé great popularity.
In Japan, Macross, the more recognized part of Robotech, has had many sequels. In 1991, Macross II was released. In 1994, Macross 7 began airing in Japan as a television series. Macross Plus was released in September of last year. The final volume of the series is currently shipping.
Macross Plus is a perfect example of the appeal of animé. The story involves three friends who grew apart. Guld Bowman is the half-human, half-zentraedi man who is in love with Myung. Isamu Dyson is the hot-headed pilot whose only ambition is to be the best pilot in the universe. Myung is the producer of the virtual reality singer, Sharon Apple. During the story, we find Guld and Myung kissing. Later, Guld and Isamu are fighting. Then, we find out that Myung is actually in love with Dyson. Along the way, Sharon Apple gains consciousness and admits that she is in love with Isamu as well.
The movie series is comparable to anything written for animation or live action. You get involved with the characters who actually have believable personalities. The animation itself is superb, fast, and bright. There are also some incredible computer animated graphics like the logo and Sharon Apple's concert. Like I said before, there is a blend of mushiness and violence with a touch of gore.
By the way, just because Macross Plus is an animated series does not necessarily say that it is for children. There are mature topics and language that parents should be advised of.
Whether you are an animé fan or not, you will want to check it out at your local video retailer. Remember, Macross Plus is a four volume series distributed by Manga Entertainment. If you miss one episode, you will end up missing a vital part of the story.
Macross Plus is so involved; everything is important and leads to something else in the story and I don't want to give out more of the story than I already have. Sufficed to say, the series is great.
Go out and get both the series and soundtrack. You won't be disappointed ... unless you hate good entertainment.
Nars Del Rosario
ONE OF THOSE HARASSING SITUATIONS
Women Beware: I've just become a pervert.
It was the damnedest thing. I'm at work behind a counter with three other people (one of them female) it's busy and we were all rushing around trying to help customers and avoid crashing into each other. And when you work in the coffee business, it's important not to burn your fellow employees with 190 degree java. It's just polite. So there we were with a line out the door, doing our best to get 'em inget 'em out. And one technique I've learned over the years is to communicate both verbally and physically with each other for safety's sake.
If I'm rushing behind someone, I say something like "comin' through" or "behind you" so they don't suddenly spin around with a hot bowl of potato-cheese soup. And if possible, I'll touch them on the shoulder or the back or the head, so they know where I am, and when I've actually passed by.
I learned this as a fifteen-year-old busboy. But I guess I learned wrong. To one of my co-workers, it was sexual harassment. And, like any other crime, it was reported to the authorities. So when my boss called me into his office to say that I was the target of a sexual harassment complaint, I almost lost my marbles.
Harassment? Me? Her? I couldn't believe it. I didn't get fired, thank heavens, but it was one of the freakiest things that has happened to me at work.
My boss said she was uncomfortable with me because of, as he said she said (it's one of those deals), "things you did to her."
Things? Could a touch on the shoulder actually be considered a thing? Could it really be sexual harassment, even if it's not coming from the boss? Even if it's common practice, and it's done by a fellow employee with no power to fire, reprimand or even promote?
Guess what, fellas. I found out (the hard way) it very much is. The Fair Employment and Housing Commission defines sexual harassment as "unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature," and goes on to define physical contact as "assault, impeding or blocking movements, or touching."
Touching? How much more vague can they get? Can you imagine being sued for sexual harassment because you thumped a woman on the nose? Could every touch, even a handshake, be construed as being a sexual advance?
No description of location. No exemption for elbows or bumped heads. And most importantly, no mention of intent.
I had always thought that sexual harassment pertained to the big-boss pervert who used his position to manipulate women into sexual favors or into dressing "racier" or whatever else the laws were initially drawn up to stop.
I didn't realize it was also written to protect women from having their feet stepped on, or any other incidental contact.
I suppose I could delve into the problems that arise due to the wording of the law. I could also examine the potential for harmless misunderstandings and flagrant abuses of the law. But there's something more important to be discussed here: communication and respect.
The last thing we need is more laws, more paper, more rules, more interpretations. We need to understand each other and respect each other. Vague laws won't do that. Instead, a stronger effort toward mutual respect on a social level is needed.
I wish my fellow employee had only respected me enough to understand that if I touched her it was because I was walking behind her with a pot of coffee I didn't want to burn her. But instead I was the one burned.
I wish she had just communicated with mea simple "please don't do that"instead of turning an important shield for women's rights into a pointless weapon.
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