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LBCC Participates in the 35th annual Pride Parade


LBCC’s Viking Float. Photo by Maila Bringas

Story By Karen Ramirez and Maila Bringas

Queer Space club, the LGBTQ on-campus support group, and the LBCC Board of Trustees participated in the 35th annual pride parade along with other organizations and  participants on Sunday, May 20.

Rainbow flags were flown all across Ocean boulevard with sayings “Make America Gay Again”. Flamboyant drag queens walking in high stilettos and full beat make- up waved to the large crowds on the sides, in celebration of gay pride.

“Happy Pride!” shouts drag queen Jewels Long Beach, who is the director of entertainment and marketing at Hamburger Mary’s and the announcer for the parade. “It’s a great day to be gay,” she continues as announces the parade participants.

Erin Gnekow, 30, who came from San Diego said, “My first (pride) parade was nine years ago.” She said ever since she comes down to Long Beach Pride. This year she was there in support of her girlfriend, who was walking in the parade but did not give her name out.

Another woman, Deidre Reyes, who had flown from Hawaii to see her friend participate in the 2018 Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride also said it was her first time attending the parade.

“I think that it’s magnificent that all the elected officials are here, that they are supporting the LGBT community,” Reyes said. “I love the visibility of where I am sitting, and will probably come back next year,” she said.

“I love people having fun.” Spectator Raymond Neal said, attending his third year. “There’s lots of colors, (it is) fun.”

Only one member of the Queer Space club made an appearance and were contacted but no comment has been made.

Long Beach Pride Parade 2018: Photo Gallery

Smoking areas to be relocated by 2019

LBCC is looking to regulate and relocate designated smoking areas on both campuses by 2019.

The Associated Student Body has been trying to steer away from the everyday event planning of student activities and be more involved with the student body by conducting surveys on what should and or can be changed on campus and the majority of students’ views were alike.

ASB Rep. of Students Jocelyn Reyes said, “About 300 students were surveyed and the majority want the smoke zones relocated, specifically the D Building,” at the LAC near the Food Court and the east side of the A Building.

The need for regulation of smoking zones is due to the fact that “these areas are located near main walkways. It gets in the way of students who have health issues and sets a bad example for young students on field trips as well as potentially harming the trees where students leave their excessive cigarette butts,” Reyes said.

The change was proposed originally in 2009 and will officially be presented to the Student Senate for LBCC to vote on the issue in the upcoming year as well as be brought up to the Board of Trustees.

When informed of LBCC plans to relocate and regulate the smoking sections, smoking students were caught off guard and upset. Brittany Truxton, 27, a health Science, 27, exclaimed, “The smoking section was here before the cafeteria was even in earshot of the smoking section. Even so, moving it would cause more of an inconvenience for us because it’s easily accessible and centrally located to reach the crosswalk” as well as being convenient for the student body. Truxton said she met her husband in the LBCC smoking section: It’s not just a place for us to smoke and be a nuisance. You meet a lot of great people here and it becomes a very social and interactive experience.”

Although cigarette smoking is the norm, with today’s modern tech society and the student body also having to consider vaping, kinesiology major Genevieve Engeran, 25, said, “Vaping doesn’t actually harm others, so it should be allowed around campus. I’ve been warned about a citation for even vaping on my way to a smoking section. If they get rid of the smoking sections, we’re still going to smoke. That/s not going to change, but it will probably cause more of a hazard because of the trash. It would be nice if they could build an indoor smoking section, but I doubt it.”

Although the school will be petitioning the change throughout both campuses, Reyes said, “ASB want to assure students and employees that these changes will not mean a removal of these area, but create environment where everyone Is happy.”

Dylan Brekk, 20, commutations major, signs a poster advocating for cleaner air. The poster was on display in the LAC College Center Nordic lounge on Wednesday, May 9

Ole the Viking gets a limited-edition Makeover

    Business Club member Brenda Green shows off the Future 3018 Ole the Viking sticker.
    photo by M.Smith

    Ole the Viking; the symbolic Viking mascot, is making a bold new fashion statement by de-robing  his traditional Viking wardrobe and adding a modern cartoon-like twist.

    Ole, who wears his signature horned-armored helmet and drapes himself in red and black school spirited colors, lined with fur, debuted his new look in the form of a limited edition animated sticker series.

    The Ole the Viking sticker series features six different stickers was created by LBCC Business Club President Ryan Smith to benefitted the LBCC Child Development Center and Learning Lab and the LBCC Business Club Scholarship Fund.

    “ I’m all for supporting a cause even if it’s a dollar, the sticker is cool and it gives back to students as well.” said graphic design major Rebeca Alvarez who purchased the “ Future 3018 Ole” sticker a Futurama parody of Ole’s head preserved in glass display.

    The sticker series was the idea of Smith, who originally had plans for the sticker sale to be only one day and one style, but the campaign expanded to six different Ole stickers styles being sold over the span of three months.

    “I originally came up with the sticker idea for a much smaller campaign,” Smith said.

    “I pitched producing the kawaii (cute in Japanese) Ole for Japan’s Children’s Day in late April and early May with the proceeds benefiting the CDCs,” Smith said.

    “After showing the board the kawaii design and receiving a positive response, I decided to preview a few other Ole inspired designs that I had commissioned for another potential project.  That’s when this fundraising and service project became a whole series.”

    The club’s motto “Strictly Business” became sort of a family business with Nick Carbonaro as their advisor.

    “I was so thankful to Ryan and his leadership for thinking about the CDC and benefitting so many children through this sticker campaign, including my own. ” said Carbonaro a full time faculty member and dad.

    Carbonaro’s son attends the CDC and his daughter who will enroll next year.

    For each sticker release, each business club member went out and sold their sticker packages and logged in their individual sales. The sticker sales were a real-world situation of handling money and Smith used the opportunity to use the process of fundraising as a teaching tool.

    “By raising the money to give to the kids we’re making dreams come true because childcare is expensive”, said Brenda Green a business major and a participant in the sticker sale.

    “The Limited Edition Ole Sticker Series has been a business exercise in budgeting, intellectual property, supply chain, branding, demand generation and general entrepreneurship,” Smith said. “We also wanted to promote to our members the value of philanthropy.”

    Expert on Mexican and Latin American art speaks on opening night of film festival

    To begin the LBCC Foreign Film Festival, a Gay Greatness lecture was presented in T1200 at the LAC on Thursday, April 19.
    The lecture was given by Gregorio Luke, an expert on Mexican and Latin American arts, first secretary of the embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C. and former director of the Museum of Latin American Art.
    Luke’s mother, a choreographer, exposed Luke to gay culture at a young age by keeping him at her side during shows and backstage. There, he looked up to the designers and customers who were “like father’s to (him)”and “later became like teachers of the arts” to him.
    However, Mexico had a very homophobic culture and terrible events of hate and the outburst of AIDs took a large toll on the gay culture.
    With pictures and examples, Luke said, “There is no other group that has been more persecuted than this group.”
    The lecture explained the philosophy of the gay culture, the history, the mythology of gay culture and even talked about the great artists who were and are gay such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Emily Dickinson,and many more.
    “The taste of the world…” Luke explained, “was made by the gays.”
    Luke encouraged conversation and said, “Go out there, get people curious and get them excited. It’s you who starts the spark.”
    The lecture ended with the song “ Love” by Elton John.
    Alexander Lowe, 21, a communications major, said, “I originally just came to this event to receive extra credit for my social-science class, however, I really was interested in how many historical persons were gay. I’m actually named after Alexander the Great, so it was cool to see him in this lecture.”
    The director of the Foreign Film Festival, Cynthia Quintero, explained how important it is to shine a light onto the gay community and start conversation. “I worry about how people may censor the event,” she explained, “People were taking down the fliers we had put up for the lecture and though I want to ask who is removing the fliers. It also just speaks even more to the need of this event.”
    The spaces are filling up for each of the upcoming events and the organizers urge people to RSVP as soon as possible. The last event, “Chavela” on May 19 is at full capacity.
    People may visit and RSVP at or contact Quintero at with questions.

    The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Los Angeles visits the seniors at the PCC

    photo courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Los Angeles

    Learning how to keep the brain healthy has become one of many informal presentations senior citizens attend at the Lifetime Learning Center for free in the series on aging issues in QQ 122 on Mondays from March 12 – May 7.

    Charles Wilcox represents the Alzheimer’s Association of greater Los Angeles and has been a volunteer for 26 years.

    Wilcox gave his time to present to the senior students of the PCC on ways seniors can reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Wilcox’s position as a volunteer is to inform how aging affects the brain, explain normal changing with aging and reducing risks for memory problems.

    Wilcox explained his relation with the disease and how it affects his life as he said, “My mother had Alzheimer’s and so did my aunt. It became a serious problem because she had a lot of money and people began to rip her off and she eventually lost everything.”

    He added, “This is a silent disease and it grows over time as time progressives. By age 65, one in 10 seniors will have dementia and by age 85, one in three will have dementia, so the earlier we can diagnose the better we can reduce the disease, especially since there is no cure.”

    What people should know that can make a difference in health are all of the ways they can live a healthful lifestyle.

    Research suggests that certain lifestyle factors, such as nutritious diet, exercise, social engagement and mentality stimulating pursuits can help reduce risks of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Rue Wycoco, 23, a human-services major, is an intern for the Lifetime Learning Center and explained his thoughts on how the presentation was helpful to him and said, “My father is 69 years old and to learn all the ways what seniors can do to improve their health helps me be able to help my dad use those methods. He use to forget about a lot of things like where he placed his keys and wallet and now that I remind him it’s important to stay active and stimulate his mind he now remembers about his keys.”

    The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Los Angeles provides useful tools: a 24/7 helpline that is available anytime and in any language, care consultation where people may receive a free 1-on-1 service, education and training classes on Alzheimer’s, support groups nearby, and places people can join as a volunteer.

    Anyone is able to contact the Alzheimer’s Association of L.A by calling (844) 435-7259 or visiting for more information.

    They encourage volunteers and will provide no-cost, confidential screenings and evaluations.

    Malware attack is finally over just in time for summer classes

    After over a month of uncertainty about the safety of school servers and personal information, the “cyber incident” that has plagued LBCC in recent weeks is finally over, according to school officials.

    According to LBCC’s website, all systems are back online and operational, with summer registration being pushed back to May 7 and summer classes now starting on June 13.

    The “cyber incident,” as it has come to be called by school officials, started on April 2 when  crypto-currency mining malware was discovered on LBCC computers, according to LBCC’s Chief Information Systems Officer Sylvia Lynch

    LBCC school website, curiosity of LBCC

    Lynch said this initial infestation was resolved quickly, but another was discovered on April 10.

    According to LBCC’s Associate Director of Public Relations and Marketing Stacey Toda, it is unclear if this second infestation was also a result of malware activity on the school’s servers.

    What happened to our system on April 10 was a second attack. The behavior of this attack was encrypting files,” Toda said. “I’ve used the term malware as it is a broad term that covers these specific events. We are still waiting for the final report from the forensic team.”

    Malware or not, the systems appear to be working currently, giving LBCC faculty and staff full access to LBCC’s online resources including Canvas, Moodle, email and Peoplesoft.

    Toda said, “About half the computers were affected by the incident, with some having files encrypted, and that there are currently 17 technicians in the field assisting all employee computers.”

    Computer and office studies to held their own Major Day

    The LBCC Computer and Office Studies department is holding their COS Major Day on May 18 from 11:00 a.m. at 2:00 p.m. to inform students about career opportunities in the Computer and Office studies field.

    This is the 2nd year that the COS department has held the event and they are hoping to top the total of 350 students that attended last year. The goal of the event is to pair students with COS staff to get information on career opportunities through technology, provide various tech demonstrations, and other entertainment as well. The event will give students that are interested in the wide field of office a chance to refine their career goals in a fun environment, and there will also be administration on hand if the student wishes to declare or change their LBCC major at the event.

    Michelle McElroy, 41, an Administrative Assistant major summed it up with, “It was fun, entertaining and educational. It showed me different careers that I could get into that are all based through COS.” McElroy also said that she would definitely recommend the event to students who are interested in a career in COS, and when asked if she was going again this year she responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!”

    One of the event organizers, Zoila Rosillo, an Assistant Professor in the COS Department also shared a breakdown of the event. “COS Major Day is an opportunity for LBCC students and the Long Beach community at large to gain insights into what IT fields are.” She continues, “At COS Major Day, attendees can ask the faculty who teach tech courses about what exactly those fields entail.  Attendees will get to see some examples of current technology and ask questions about it.”

    The examples of current technology that the Professor mentioned was one of the biggest draws for students last year. The students got to fly drones, try out gaming apps, and even test out their lock-picking skills and see 3-D printing demonstrations. This year, all that is scheduled but the students will also get to meet the COS department robot, take pictures with Ole the Viking, and attend a panel sharing tips on how to dress and act for job interviews in the tech field.

    The event will also feature music played by D.J. Ho and there will also be contests and games that will feature prizes.

    The event isn’t just for students as all are invited to attend. Professor Rosillo also recommends that planned attendees pre-register through Eventbright under the search term, “COS Major Day 2018” in the Long Beach area, or at the link ( Attendees who do will get a free lunch, as well as access to the COS selfie booth.

    Cats are the new rabbits

    A cat near Building P at LAC

    Recent complaints from students about the smell of urine near the Journalism building and cafeteria at LAC have reopened the conversation regarding the feral cat population at both LBCC campuses.

    On one side stands many school administrators stating that student safety is the highest priority, and that the cats present a health risk to students. Namely the aforementioned urine and feces smell suggests the presence of bacteria and disease, which brings pests that are attracted to the smell. Feral cats also are known to attract skunks and coyotes, both of which have seen a surge in population in Long Beach the last few years.

    On the other side, advocates of the cat colonies believe that removing the cats could put them in danger if they try to return and become susceptible to motorists or other threats. The advocates believe that the best course of action would be to control the population through neutering them and keeping the colonies in check.

    Communications student Francesca Luna Reyes, 21 voiced the common concern. “I don’t really see the harm off the top, but whose job does it become to take care of them?”

    The feline colonies have only a couple dozen cats across both campuses, but their history is a little more complex.

    A decade ago it wasn’t cats that lived on the LAC but abandoned rabbits instead. The rabbits found their way onto campus largely as abandoned pets from people who didn’t realize the work needed to foster rabbits. It was also believed that some of the rabbits were actually descended from rabbits that lived in the area when it wasn’t as developed. Either way, the population reached over 350 rabbits before a decision was made on what to do about them. It fell between extermination and TNR, which stands for Tap, Neuter and Release and the latter was chosen. Then thanks largely to the efforts of former faculty member Donna Prindle, and her Rabbit Population Relocation Task Force, they were able to neuter and find homes for virtually the entire population.

    Then, with all the rabbits moved out, the cats moved in the very next year and with them the concern on how to deal with an entirely new problem.

    A possum.

    Both sides are dedicated to non-harmful methods of dealing with the situation, but administration has had to go to some extreme lengths to get all the faculty members on the same page. At the time some of the faculty was feeding the cat colonies which caused administration to put out a memo threatening termination to anyone that was caught feeding the animals. That policy has lapsed now as active attempts to help the population is in place in the small courtyard just north of the Journalism building. There are now shelters in place in the bushes there, placed in an attempt to control the health and placement of the cat colony.

    Film Club hosts panel Q & A for aspiring filmmakers

    The LBCC Film Club hosted a Q&A panel on Monday, April 30 at the LAC Studio for students interested in pursuing a career in the industry.

    Erik Martinez is a professor of Screenwriting, Dr. Alison Hoffman is a professor of Film Studies, and David Parrish is a professor of Cinematography.

    With the interest of students becoming film makers or being with in the film industry, Parrish advice that they are the future. “You guys are really gonna make a difference.”

    The panel also gave advice on multiple topics, including screenwriting and answering concerns of the those who asked questions.

    Martinez spoke about the growing change of diversity from an audience question, saying that audience can be attracted with a diverse cast when making films.

    The panel had agreed that working hard and fighting for your work is important as much as contacting the higher grounds and gaining courage makes the difference.

    From left to right: Parrish, Hoffman, Martinez in the panel list

    “One of the nice things about the panel too is that we were all talking with each other.” Said Hoffman about her thoughts after the panel. “It truly became a conversation, as opposed to just (back and forth) question-answer.”

    To view the full panel or more information about the club, visit their social media links on Facebook under LBCC Film Club or Instagram @filmclub.lbcc

    Updated: May 5th

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