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Opinion: Trump sets his sights on colleges over free speech debate

Graphic by Steven Matthews.

President Donald Trump announced at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) this year his intention to sign an executive order that would limit research funding to colleges and universities that didn’t support free speech on their campuses.

Which is another statement that the president has made that is designed to pander to his base without addressing any specific problems and it also shows that he has little understanding of what the issue actually is, if there is one.

During the speech, Trump invited Hayden Williams on stage as an example of someone he felt had his right to free speech stifled by University of California, Berkeley.

The instance in question occurred when Williams, a conservative activist recruiting for Turning Point USA, was handing out literature on the UC Berkeley campus on Feb. 19 and was allegedly assaulted by Zachary Greenberg, a student at UC Berkeley, for his conservative views.

The obvious point to be made is that a university isn’t responsible, nor does it automatically condone the actions of one of its students, so placing blame on the school itself is unjustified.

The only person to blame the actions of Greenberg on, is Greenberg himself.

In addition to that, the school took steps to catch the alleged assailant including passing along the information of the assault to the campus police, which in turn passed it along to the Berkeley Police Department.

Greenberg was arrested and charged on March 1.

So in the situation that Trump referenced to justify his executive order was actually handled by the university the right way, and even then, it wasn’t a free speech issue.

Nobody representing the university had ever tried to stop Williams from recruiting for conservatives.

There is a belief among conservatives that colleges are completely liberal and that they work to silence conservative speech on their campus, but the examples they provide do little to hold up to scrutiny.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a textbook provocateur who often uses his status as a member of the LGBT community and his marriage to a black man as a shield to share various bigoted ideas without dealing with the ramifications of such comments.

That brand of provocation has led to many protests to him speaking on campuses, a couple of which led to riots, one of which being the famous riot at UC Berkeley in 2017 that had led to over $100,000 in damages.

These events, as well as some uncouth commentary regarding pediphilia  have led to Yiannopoulos not being invited onto campuses as much as before.

Ben Shapiro, another conservative speaker who has trouble speaking on college campuses,  has a different experience.

While Shapiro isn’t considered a provocateur, he is an intelligent media commentator who speaks on many college campuses, but he likes to focus his attention on trying to expose unrefined liberal thoughts and easily debate them.

Shapiro has also had some self perceived difficulties speaking on a couple of campuses but upon closer examination, it appears that Shapiro is embellishing his difficulties.

Shapiro was recently scheduled to speak at Grand Canyon University, a private institution,  when they denied his invitation based on lack of unity on views, but after Shapiro and the organization that sponsors his speeches, Young America’s Foundation, brought the issue to a national level, GCU relented and Shapiro is again invited to speak there, but without YAF’s involvement.

Shapiro declined the second invitation based on the fact that he’s worked with YAF for a long time.

So Shapiro not speaking at GCU isn’t the universities’ decision, it’s Shapiro’s.

Another high profile instance that Shapiro has faced was his speech at Loyola Marymount University, in which his sponsoring group, again YAF, made a big deal out of a questionnaire, that all the speakers at Loyola are required to answer.

So looking at these highly referenced scenarios that conservatives use to claim prevents their free speech on campus, it turns out that the universities are well within their rights to deny the speakers, based on high cost security concerns, provocation that borders on hate speech, or like Shapiro’s situation with LMU, the existence of a standard form.

In fact, LMU has had high profile conservatives speak on their campus before, including Karl Rove, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter.

Not exactly the attack on free speech that Trump speaks of.

For LBCC, the process to get a speaker on campus has a few steps, but in no way prevents speakers based on political ideology.

First, they would have to submit an event request through our Nordicsync system.

Then they would have get through a few phases of approval, starting with their club advisor, then the club senate president, and the Director of Student Life and Student Conduct,

They would have to contact facilities, to make sure that there is a venue available and make arrangements for it to be set up.

That’s basically it, unless the speaker is expecting to be paid, in which they would have to get further approval from the Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Services and Director of Business Support Services, as well as provide a copy of their IRS form W9.

In short, the only thing that would typically hold back someone from bring a speaker on campus would be a lack of patience or an unwillingness to take the required steps.

For the students of LBCC, it’s important to not let Trump deceive them into thinking that their campus strives to silence speakers of a particular political ideology.

Whether they are conservative or liberal, they have the ability to bring a speaker on campus that they feel would not only help strengthen their knowledge, but to also introduce ideas to the college at large that may enhance the discourse on this campus.

So, if you as a student want to hear the ideas of your favorite radio host, journalist, or even a politician on campus at LBCC, all you have to do is take the first step, and make it happen.

Students with disabilities now have increased opportunities to transfer

Graphic by Johana Trujillo.

Students with disabilities now have a higher chance of transferring to a four-year university with the help of the GO Project.

The GO Project is a program that helps students with disabilities to transfer out of community college.

According to GO Project Supervisor Erika Thomas-Eddens, it is specifically designed to increase retention, graduation and transfer rates, as well as receiving an associates degree for those with disabilities.

“There’s a lot that we do to support our students and the goal is pretty much to graduate,” Eddens said.  

The program contains 103 students and offers counseling, college field trips to four-year universities, tutoring, and cultural field trips like visiting the Museum of Latin American Art.

It also offers tutoring sessions for students, where tutors are able to engage more with students, unlike other programs like DSPS, where they tend to be limited with time.  

“Our tutoring is usually one on one, the good thing about our tutoring is that the time can be expanded because we’re so small, it can be from an hour and thirty minutes, unlike our traditional free tutoring,” said Eddens.

Counselors also sit with the students individually and speak about financial aid, financial literacy, and what classes to take.

Adjunct Counselor Sophy Hout said, “I meet with students to discuss about their educational goal, I provide application workshops and help students with transferring applications.”

“I try to help students understand the difference of the general educational pattern they’re following, if they’re meeting their goals, for example if they’re planning to get an associates degree then they probably need to follow Plan A.”   

LBCC student Judith Wise and member of the GO Project said, “What I like about this program is that they give students hope that they are capable, because everybody who suffers with a disability, doesn’t mean they’re dumb, because you have some students that are smart.”

“What this program does is reach out to them, so they can finish their educational goal in a timely manner, and that gives them hope, saying hey I can move on further but they have to be willing to transfer to a four-year university.”

To qualify into the program students must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident, enrolled at LBCC, planning to get an associates degree or plan to transfer to a four- year university, and be registered DSPS.

Vikings Baseball late push secures home victory

Sophomore David Balboa at the plate before making a clutch hit to give his team a 8-5 lead. Photo by Malik Reeves

Sophomore designated hitter David Balboa, hit a double to score in two of his teammates, giving the Vikings an 8-5 lead to keep control of the game and secure an 8-6 victory over the East Los Angeles College Huskies on Saturday March 16.

The Vikings were on the board early in the first inning, scoring two runs from sophomore Raul Gonzalez and sophomore Mark Stanford.

Early pitching struggles helped the Huskies to tie the game up at 2-2 in the second inning, eventually the Huskies went on to score 3 runs in the fourth to give them a 5-2 lead.

A pitching change was made by head coach Casey Crook, freshman pitcher Julio Lopez came in to replace sophomore picture Matthew Johnson.

Momentum swung the Vikings way after a forgetful 5th inning for both teams, Vikings would score two more runs to cut into the Huskies lead making it 5-4.

Freshman Tyler Vargas cheering on his teammate as he’s running towards home plate to give the Vikings another score. Photo by Malik Reeves

In the 7th inning the Vikings ran with their momentum scoring 4 more runs including two doubles to center field for sophomore Brett Wells and sophomore David Balboa, which helped the Vikings maintain an  8-5 lead.

Balboa discussed his big time hit that helped score two of his teammates in, “I knew my team needed a big play and I just got a good swing at the ball and made a play to help us take the lead.” Balboa said.

With this win over the Huskies this puts the Vikings overall record at 11-10 and conference record at 5-2.

The Vikings also faced the Huskies two days prior to their game on Saturday, head coach Casey Crook discussed the difference between those two games.

“Last game we were pretty much in control for most of it, this game we had to dig deep a bit we made a few adjustments guys made plays and we got a good result in a win.” Crooks said.

The Vikings next game is Tuesday March 19 at L.A. Harbor, but will return home on Thursday March 21 to face L.A. Harbor once again.

St. Patrick’s day celebrated with root beer and music

Heidi Alsangk, Yvette Deleon, Andrea Rodriguez, all chugging root beer a the root beer chugging contest on LBCC liberal Arts Campus last Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Keith.

A couple won a root beer chugging contest, and a student won $100 in a lip-sync contest, LBCC held these events for their St. Patrick’s day celebration on March 13.

The lip sync contest offered $100 for the first place prize, $75 for second place, and $50 for third and we’re being judged by a group of four judges.

Student Andrea Rodriguez won 1st place performing “Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Heidi Alsangak took 2nd with “I wanna dance with somebody”, and third place was taken by Myra Soriano performing “I’m the bad guy.”

Andrea Rodriguez, winner of the lip-sync battle, lip-syncing “Bang Bang” by Jessie J at the lip-syncing contest held this last Wednesday at the LAC campus. Photo by Dylan Keith.

The Order of Tong, also participated with 4 for their members collectively singing “My girl.”

The root beer chugging contest followed with six girls and five boys participating.

To win the root beer chugging contest, the contestant needed to drink a 32oz of root beer without spilling a majority of it and not regurgitating it.

Yvette DeLeon was the first of the girls to finish and took home a bright big chain that says ‘Lucky’ on it.

“I’ve been on a soda detox for the longest so I’m surprised I won,” said Deleon.

The boys contest took lest time as Joshua De La Paz was taking the lead in the beginning.

De La Paz sealed the first place spot after fighting back regurgitation.

“It was one of the nastiest things I’ve done this year,” said De La Paz.

The lip sync contest was originally scheduled to start at 11 a.m. but after delays from setting it up, the contest kicked off the day around 12 p.m.

The delay didn’t stop students from participating and coming out to support one another with the audience growing more as time went.

LBCC holds a ribbon cutting ceremony for Building P

LBCC Board of trustees has officially cut the ribbon on the P Building entrance before the reception on March 14, 2019. The board of trustees have said positive opinions about the building of the modernization, and how the students think about the environment of the building. Photo by Jorge Hernandez.

Students, staff, trustees and others gathered to celebrate the finalization of the refurbished Building P, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Liberal Arts Campus on Thursday, March 14.

The celebration welcomed staff, students, board of trustee members, and other members of the college.

Attendees were welcome after to eat and socialize while listening to jazz music played by a live band in the quad of the new Building P.

As one of the oldest buildings on campus, Building P was planned to be one of first to get refurbished.

“I love it, I think the architecture preserves the history and it’s wonderful to see that,” said Sunny Zia, president of the board of trustees.

The building is now equipped with classrooms that include Macs that raise and retract, remodeled restrooms, and an open quad with a small stage that allows student to have another environment to socialize and relax in.

LBCCD Superintendent President Reagan F. Romali is speaking to those attended in the P Building Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on March 14, 2019. “Students, We Treasure you, and we value you and this is our gift to you,” Romali said.

“We want students to have a spectacular, current, modern learning environment to live in so that they can have all the tools you need to make a wonderful career of itself,” said President Reagan F. Romali.

Lee Douglas, dean of language arts and communication said, “You really have best of both worlds with this building. You got the old history still inside of it, but all new modern technology.”

In Jan. 2018, Governor Brown approved a $120 million allocation in the act to make LBCC a fully online community college.

According to the facilities master plan, it is scheduled to renovate buildings for both campuses, improvements for Veterans stadium, and even building a parking structure for PCC.

The next buildings to be renovated are the M and N buildings at LAC with $26.806 million for Multi-Disciplinary Facility Replacement.

LBCC will also begin renovating Building-MM at PCC with Phase 1 already starting with drawing construction.

Non-student was having suicidal thoughts at LAC

Long Beach Fire Department and paramedics are evaluating the person on the quad near building C on March 18, 2019. After evaluation, his vital condition of the person is normal. ( Photo By Jorge Hernandez).

Paramedics responded to a person with suicidal thoughts on campus on the quad near Building-C on March, 18 at 11:45 a.m.

The person was unresponsive when officers arrived, Long Beach Fire Department and paramedics were called.

According to the officer K. Stenson, they arrived and evaluated the person and said that his vital conditions were normal.

According to the mental evaluation team, the person was having suicidal thoughts and has been taken in for a mental evaluation at a hospital.

LBCC students rock DiPiazza’s Restaurant and Lounge

SouLocust perform DiPiazza's Restaurant. The band members are, from left to right, Elijah Bluesky, Alexander Blanco, Kyle Davis, and Jaden Karamanos. (Arlene Guerrero)

SouLocust had the crowd dancing with their mixture of rock, funk, and blues music on Thursday night as they performed at the DiPiazza Restaurant and Lounge.

The band made their first performance at a local the Long Beach restaurant, and gave the audience a chance to buy their newly released CD.

The band contains four members that attend Long Beach City College, lead singer and guitarist Kyle Davis, rhythm guitarist Elijah Bluesky, drummer Alexander Blanco, and bassist Jaden Karamanos.

SouLocust members have been together since Renaissance high school where they met in the schools jazz band.

But officially as the band SouLocust for only four months.

The band previously performed in the Fall at LBCC for the Pajama Jam event in the student lounge.

“To finally perform at the DiPiazza’s stage is something we’ve all always wanted and this is definitely the start of something,” said Davis.

Bassist Karamanos was unable to attend Thursday night, so Ommar Ney stepped in as their bassist.

“It was a good learning experience and was very happy with the outcome,” said Ney.

“I only had about a month to learn their songs and adapt to their rhythm, although it only been a month these are very talented guys and I’m excited to move forward from here.”

Blanco was ecstatic to see the audience on their feet dancing Thursday night and sing along to their music.

“I honestly have not seen such a energetic crowd like tonight, I felt their energy and gave me confidence,” said Blanco

“My sweat explains how much fun and work I put in.”

Soulocust released their first album ‘Hickory and Swap Ash’ on Feb. 9, having six songs including their most listened song ‘Blanco y Negro.’

Students evacuated for false fire alarm at LAC

Long Beach Fire Department responded to a false fire alarm in a men's restroom of Building D at LAC on March 15. Photo by Abel Reyes.

Students were evacuated out of Building D for a false fire alarm at Long Beach City College on March 15, at 9:40 a.m.

According to Police Officer T. Do, an alarm was activated by a smoke sensor in the men’s restroom on the first floor of Building D.

“We suspected someone smoking in the restroom. We did not smell any smoke or see anyone in the bathroom. It is possibly a defective alarm,” Do said.

According to Long Beach Fire Department Public Information Officer Brian Fisk, the alarm was not an hazard or an emergency.

“The alarm was tripped, firefighters arrived to the scene and the building was cleared within six minutes,” Fisk said.

About 30 people were gathered outside Building D as the alarm sounded and firefighters entered and cleared the building.

“Every semester the alarm goes off, I expected it this semester,” LBCC student Grace Sebastian said.

According to Customer Service Representative of Long Beach Billing Department Stella Barragan, the city charges a fee for false fire alarms after the first.

“The second one is $120, the third one is $150, the fourth one is $185, the fifth one is $315 and the sixth alarm and every one after that is $430,” Barragan said.

LBCC facilities was contacted for a statement but has yet to reply.

No representation for women at LBCC in March

Graphic by Marissa Lopez.

The entire month of March is Women’s History Month, a month full of women appreciation, empowerment, and recognition, and LBCC has no plans to honor women and their accomplishments although it’s very important that they should.

According to the Student Activities Advisor Jamie Kammerman, LBCC is not coordinating any events or workshops about women’s history on campus for this month.

LBCC will be providing educational posts about the month’s significance and details regarding local events on their social media.

The social media posting did not provide any information on future events around campus and introduced this month as “Womxn History Month.”

The term “Womxn” was introduced by the Wellcome Collection, a museum in London that wanted to create a diverse space.

Womxn is meant to be used as an inclusive term to not only represent cisgendered womxn but trans-womxn, womxn of color, or disabled womxn.

It is so important for women to receive the support, resources, and knowledge regarding the month and it’s history.

This month is meant to allow women to embrace themselves and appreciate the hardships that they face everyday.

Women are constantly being belittled, compared, and underrepresented.

Women are underrepresented in the film industry and women still aren’t paid nearly as much as men for the same type of work.

There is still time for LBCC to honor women in some ways before the month is over by having movie screenings dedicated to films made by women or hosting women empowerment workshops.

The lack of representation is harmful to the minds of women, and by honoring and representing female-identifying students, it can feel a little more appreciated.

Any type of recognition will show students that LBCC is as inclusive and accepting as they say they are.

Women need safe spaces to celebrate themselves, and LBCC is not taking any initiative to show female-identifying students that they are valid, heard, and represented.

Men’s Volleyball sweep Fullerton College at Home

Vikings Men's Volleyball team huddling up after defeating Fullerton College on March 13. Photo by Malik Reeves.

Long Beach City College men’s volleyball team defeated visiting team Fullerton College  3-0 on March 13 having scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-17 leaving the vikings at 8-3.

The Vikings had a scrimmage against the Hornets in late January and studied how they played as  team.

“Playing them earlier this year gave us an understanding on what to expect, and how they play” said starting server Joseph Rocha.

Rocha played all three sets and ended with three kills, four total attacks and 3.5 points.

Viking Freshmen’s Vinicius da Silva and Uriel Batista both ended in double digits for the Vikings.

Having a total of 52 points as a team, Silva contributed with 13 points, and Batista with 11.5 points.

The men went into the game with confidence, and had a week full of good practice using their whole team including bench  players to find the right group.

A main focus for the Vikings was finding cohesion and finding the best group on the floor, including one of the best hitters in the conference  Freshman Kyle Anema

Anema came off the bench in set three having four kills and seven total attacks.

First and third set the Vikings were up and got to business, but the second set it was a closer set, and the Hornets kept pressure on the Vikings.

“Set two we lost our focus, Hornets stepped up their pressure, so we had to re-focus” said head coach Jonathan Charette. “Moving forward we will continue to focus on our offense and defense systems”.

“If we focus on our side of the net, and take care of our ball control and serving at a high rate, we can beat anyone” added Charette.

Although the Men’s volleyball team doesn’t get enough support in the stance, the team shows their sportsmanship on and off the floor.

”A lot of times we don’t have a big crowd or audience, so it’s important for us to support our own teammates” said Rocha
The Vikings will next play on the road at Moorpark College on March 15 at 6pm.