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Gov. Newsom visits LBCC to address affordable housing crisis

Governor Newsom gives speech for affordable housing at LBCC Feb. 19, 2019.

Long Beach City College hosts a private meeting for Gov. Gavin Newsom and Mayors of Calif. on Feb. 19 who are not in compliance with affordable housing laws.

Newsom wants to make affordable housing for the state of Calif. to be accessible to residents.

It was a private event at LAC that no one was aware of and no one was allowed inside.

The press conference was held outside the T building at LAC  in front of the private meeting room T1200 as the press waited for Newsom to come out and discuss what was accomplished at  this meeting.

Mayor of Montebello, Jack Hadjinian is out of compliance with the affordable housing laws, “This is an issue that goes back many years. … When I got elected I wanted to address this issue,” Hadjinian said.

Newsom wanted to discuss with the Mayor’s what could be done to make the affordable housing work for the cities who were not in compliance with the affordable housing laws.

Mayor of Seaside, Ian Oglesby also does not agree when it comes to the affordable housing laws, “We feel we were heard, we made a lot of progress. The Governor talked about some of his programs. … Now I think he is going to go back and re emphasis some of these things within the budget,” Oglesby said.

Newsom is currently suing Huntington Beach and in response to that Newsom doesn’t want to sue 47 other cities for not being in compliance with the law.

Newsom wants to understand why the other cities who are not in compliance with the law to help him understand and work on from there, “I wanted to get a better understanding of why they are not in compliance with our quote on quote housing goals,” Newsom said.

40 some people watched and witness Newsom and the Mayor’s who were in attendance at this private meeting.

Everyone in attendance was respectful and courteous to Newsom and the Mayors that made it easy for people to listen.

This is just the beginning of what could be big changes for many cities in California including Long Beach.

Long Beach Comic Expo brings out the creativity

@GhostbustersOC as the GhostBusters at Long Beach Comic Expo on Febuary 16, 2019.

The City of Long Beach hosted the annual Long Beach Comic Expo on Feb. 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.

Cosplayers, exhibitors, artists, and former LBCC students attended the two day event.

Former LBCC students, Eric Coffman and Shannon Howe, attended the event as members of the 501st Legion, an organization that raises money to support charities such as Make A Wish, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and walk events that support research funds for diseases such as autism and alzheimer’s.

“We go to the hospital to see them (the children) when they are sick and can’t come outside. They just wanna see a superhero you know. We go in there in our nerd suits and we are crying on the inside of the buckets but on the outside you know the kids are loving us,” Howe said.

According to their website,, the organization has raised a total of $800,800 for charities.

While attending LBCC, Howe majored in costuming and uses the skills she learned for the school in her job as a seamstress.

Golden Apple Comics attended the event and brought new comic books to intrigue a younger audience.

Rey Wilde who works for Golden Apple Comics understands how important it is bringing in more people, after Meltdown Comics, the biggest comic book store in the West Coast closed last year.

Cosplayer Jesse Olivia, who attended LBCC for one semester as a film major dropped out due to financial issues.

“I had to get a job, which was easy, but it was incredibly boring, and so I’ve always liked cosplayers, and a few years ago I decided to go for it at Los Angeles Comic Con,” Olivia said.

Former liberal arts major Eleana Diaz, attended comic con to promote the upcoming Marvel movie Captain Marvel.

Diaz and her coworkers, Josh Petersen and Paul Diaz,work with a third party company called Allied, the company was contracted by Marvel Studios to promote their movie.

“People here are very very excited about Captain Marvel and this new movie in this universe and this new character in this universe that hasn’t been introduced yet and the excitement really helps to get me more excited to work,” Petersen said

The company has worked to promote other movies such as Teen Titans, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Mary Poppins.

“We just do promotion events for different movies and different events. It is really cool to come out here to promote different Marvel and Disney movies. It is pretty cool, pretty unique opportunities,”  said Petersen.

James Mathis III also attended the event, Mathis is the recurring voice of Black Panther on Marvel animated shows and video games.

“I love doing the voice of King T’Challa and I’ve been doing him before he came out in the movies and when the movie did come out it’s even more awesome when I tell someone I’m the voice of Black Panther,” Mathis said.

Artist, vendors, voice actors, and cosplayers, will have the opportunity to come back to the Long Beach Convention Center on Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, for the semi annual Long Beach Comic Con.

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LBCC to extinguish smoking on campus as part of a statewide ban

Two students enjoy a quick smoke break in between classes at the smoking section near building E.

In an effort to create a smoke free environment at LBCC, elected committee members will roll out a smoking ban on campus starting March 1, and will begin enforcing the ban by fining people after the spring break.

Currently there are eight smoking zones accessible to students, however starting in March, they entire two campuses will be considered smoke free.

Many states are already taking a stance against smoking and California is another state added to that list thanks to a vote by the state assembly in 2016 that banned smoking on state college campuses.

State colleges were given until the beginning of 2018 to comply with the new ban.

For the first offense students will be given warnings,  according to the Student Code of Conduct, and upon failure to comply with that warning, the Student Council may suspend repeat offenders and depending on how severe the case is, will be given fines.

However, when the smoking ban goes into effect, smoking will not be allowed on campus and students will have to continue their habit on public property off campus.

It is still in question how much people will be fined, as it will depend on how severe the repeat offense is but sources have shared that it may be as much as $500.

For AJ Mohammed, a student at LBCC, does not think it is a very good idea, “Dumb idea, takes opportunities away, but I can afford the max fine of $500,” Mohammed said.

Other students, such as  Ritchie Tith, were not aware of the smoking ban, but don’t care anyway, “I smoke in the car on the way out of school,” Tith said.

Officer Omar Martinez, a Long Beach Police Lieutenant and head of Public Safety, explained their role in enforcement, “My understanding is that it’s done through the student Code of Conduct, and our role is to support the Student Code of Conduct,” Martinez said.

Martinez also explained that the role of Public Safety is to enforce the law, and because the smoking ban isn’t a municipal law, their role would likely be limited to referring students to appear before Student Affairs based on the Student Code of Conduct, usually within seven days.

Randy Dip, an anthropology major at LBCC stated, “There should at least be an open space for people who would have trouble quitting or need that quick cigarette,” Dip said.

Students may see first warnings starting Feb. 19, but so far there has not been any flyers or announcements to inform the students of when or how the ban will be enforced.

Join a Club Day was almost rained out at PCC

Andrea Rodriguez, a PNK representative, talks and demonstrates about her club while a student makes her decision to sign up.

Clubs gathered for one day at PCC for Join a Club Day inside the Student Union on Feb. 12.

The day gave an opportunity for students to see what clubs are available on campus and to learn the benefits of the clubs could offer during the semester.

The event was originally going to take place in the EE quad, but due to the rain the event was moved inside the Student Union.

Ian Rubenstein, the club senate president of PCC said, “This event is to promote student life on campus, and to give clubs that are already on campus an opportunity to meet students who may not be part of clubs and gain participation on campus.”

The KLBC Radio Club was playing some music while several clubs were talking about their club and students signing to join.

Several clubs have one expectation this semester, to get more involved with the students and the community on and off campus.

Anthony Montero is the student president of the Reel Productions club where students could gain more experience in the film industry and his expectations for his club this semester is to create a miniseries on YouTube.

Malia Judie represents the LBCC Justice Scholars, whose mission is to have formerly incarcerated students feel that they’re welcome in higher education and also combat discriminatory policies toward students as well.

Hazael Beltran is the president of the male social group The Order of Tong International that does events on and off of campus and gives back to the community.

Free food was also being served to students who attended the event and they were treated with thai food.

Jennifer Lozano, a student who attended the event said, “I think the event was formative and educational, I was thinking of joining the new club that meets my future for occupational therapist but my current major is communications.”

Kris Vi  represented the most active club, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), which is a national honor society that requires a 3.5 GPA and offers scholarship opportunity and leadership opportunities.

Michelle Pecheck is the advisor of PTK and founded the club as a student at LBCC in 2010, and she saw how the club evolve from one person to 1324 today in 8 years.

Reshay Grigsby a student who attended the event said, “I like to see people come together and learn about the clubs but i’m still undecided on what club I’d like to join.”

A rock-paper-scissors tournament was also held at the event and several students and club representatives participated in the tournament, and in the end it was Student Alfredo Cabrera who became victorious in a final match against PCC club vice president, Jenny Nguyen.

Sleep deprivation gives students sluggish start to the semester

Vincente Gonzales is sleeping with blankets covering him on one of the couches inside the fishbowl, located in building E.

As students face the start of a new semester, some have opened up about getting used to a sleep routine again, or lack thereof, and it may come as a surprise to many, but quite a few students sleep on campus at LBCC.

Students have taken to sleeping in their cars on breaks, as well as various areas on campus, to remedy their lack of sleep and gain a boost of midday energy.

Other students have long breaks between classes, like student Reggie Walter, “I do it just to kill time before my next class. I set an alarm so I’m not late,” Walter said.

For some students, sleeping in a car may not be an option.

For those students, the fishbowl in building E is a good place to nap, like Vicente Gonzalez who spoke with us about his sleep routine: “I take naps about two to three times a week and sometimes it makes a positive difference, but sometimes it just makes me more tired,” Gonzalez said.

As popular as on-campus napping seems to be, there are other healthy alternatives that help boost energy.

Students can visit the cafeteria throughout their day to replenish energy, with breakfast and lunch served daily.

The cafeteria opens at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and stays open until 7 p.m., excluding Fridays when it closes at 2 p.m..

Packing a good snack or two for the day and drinking a plentiful amount of water can help as well, like Kaitlyn Mendoza does, “I try to stay awake all day and I eat fruit and protein bars for energy,” she said.

College students have a lot to juggle and maintain within their personal and academic lives.

From holding a job, attending extra curricular activities, balancing their hobbies, and taking a full-time or part-time load of classes, sleep might not be a priority for our fellow students.

Jennifer Musick a professor of Health Education, has good advice to give to students who are lacking sleep, “Depending on the person, seven to eight hours of undisturbed sleep is recommended,” Musick said.

Students are encouraged to get an adequate amount of sleep throughout the week so their academic performance is not altered, Musick explained to Viking News, “Sleep deprivation affects your health and academic performance.”

In most respects, getting a regular night’s sleep is a key component to a successful semester.

Whether students find it most convenient to sleep on campus during breaks or through the night at home, students can find relief in the fact that they are not alone, as many students have reported to be a little more tired than usual at the beginning of a new semester.

Vikings quell the Tartars during annual Coaches vs. Cancer game

Vikings guard Jamiu Akinbile going up for a layup against the Tartars defense.

Guard Jamiu Akinbile lead the LBCC Vikings Men’s Basketball team with 28 points to win over the Compton Tartars during the annual Coaches Vs. Cancer game on Wednesday, Feb. 13 with a final score of 93 – 84.

Akinbile credited the win to the players being able to work together well on the court.

“Just being great teammates, that’s what makes us play together. Having fun on the court. We just got the bond,” Akinbile said

With this win, the Vikings continue their winning streak having won a total of six games so far.

Guards Jace Bass and Charles Smith assisted Akinbile with the win over the Tartars with Bass scoring 15 points and Smith scoring 18 points.

Vikings guard Jace Bass shoots a free throw on Feb 13 vs Compton.

Head Coach Barry Barnes expected a tough game against the Tartars.

“I have a lot of respect for Compton players and also the coaches. No matter our record, no matter if we are winning or losing it is a rivalry game.  I know we are having a good season right now and this team is not but it is going to be a good game tonight.” Barnes said

Akinbile put the Vikings on the board by scoring a free throw in the first two minutes of the game.

Forward Matthew Wooten followed up by scoring a layup.

After the first half, the Tartars led with a score of 55-46 but the Vikings came back during the second half scoring a total of 47 points.

At the beginning of 2nd half, Guard Kester Ofoegbu scored made a jump shot which was followed up by three pointer from Smith.

In celebration of the Coaches Vs. Cancer event, there was a halftime free throw contest that audience members participated in.

Order of Thor Secretary, Arthur Zamorano, won the contest and was given an LBCC swag bag containing items such as a new college sweatshirt.

Barnes was enthusiastic to have this fundraiser in place.

“We are fortunate enough that we didn’t have through the battle, dealing with the cancer. We are blessed enough that we are healthy and also being able to set a foundation like that to give back to people that are cured from it and have been affected by cancer. It is big for us and we do it every year,” Barnes said.  

The annual Coaches Vs. Cancer game is played to raise money for the American Cancer Association to find a cure for cancer.

The Vikings play the L.A. Harbor Seahawks on the road on Friday Feb. 15.

LBCC Athletic Director Randy Totorp resigns

Former athletic director Randy Totorp, who is now the Athletic Director and Assistant Dean at Saddleback College

Athletic Director and former head coach of the men’s volley team Randy Totorp resigns to take new AD position at Saddleback College.

Totorp expressed how difficult the decision was for him to depart from LBCC.

“This was a very difficult decision for me, Long Beach and Long Beach City College has been a big part of my life. The long term impact for me and my family ultimately became my focus over my deep connection to the college and the city”, Totorp said.

He also went on to explain why he chose Saddleback College, “ My new position keeps me in athletics, while adding Associate Dean responsibilities as part of an academic division.

According to Totorp “ Saddleback is a top notch college with a focus on excellence and a strong future, but I am excited to be here to provide leadership for the student athletes, staff and community”.

Totrop who led the men’s volleyball team to 3 state championships, was also a former LBCC alumni, who played two seasons for the men’s volleyball team from 1994-1995.

“His volleyball IQ is off the charts” said one of the volleyball team members Melbe Perez.

Several staff members were shocked to hear he was resigning because he was so respected and appreciated in Long Beach.

“ I was split when I first heard that Randy was leaving LBCC to take a new position at Saddleback, my initial thought was that I was happy for him and his family on getting a better position, but of course I was bummed”, said current head coach of the men’s volleyball Jonathan Charette.

Head coach Jonathan was also a former player for the LBCC volleyball team and played for Totorp while he was head coach.

He mentioned that Totorp “As a coach was very thorough with his vision and had a plan for the team, did a very good job at motivating his players and knowing that they can achieve more”.  

Team members from the volleyball team were also shocked when they heard that Randy was resigning, “ Randy was a great volleyball coach who I’ve known for almost 2 years, he helped me a lot with volleyball and school, making sure I was on track with everything, the athletic department is definitely going to miss Randy keeping everyone and everything intact” said team member Melbe Perez.

Men’s Volleyball loses at home against Orange Coast College

Sophomore Kyle Anema spikes the ball against Orange Coast college to give LBCC an early lead.

The Vikings  men’s Volleyball team hosted Orange Coast College on Wednesday Feb 13, in which they were defeated 3-1, (25-15, 25-21, 25-20,25-22).

Trying to avenge their lost to the Pirates early in the season the Vikings came out with high energy in the first set against a top ranked OCC team, taking an early 12-5  lead against the Pirates, freshman Uriel Batista lead the charge in the first set with 5 kills. The Vikings took control for much of the first set wining the set 25-15.

The second was more competitive one with each team taking turns taking the lead, with a 13-13 tie midway through the set.

The Pirates would eventually regain some momentum and finish off the set against the Vikings  25-12.

Vikings were not able to play with the same intensity as they did in the first set which gave them the huge lead, coach Jonathan Charette discussed how his team failed to execute off their early lead.

“I think we got a bit comfortable, we came out the gate fired up made some big plays everyone was playing very hard, and I just think we got complacent and against a good team like Orange Coast you have to keep your foot on the gas.” Charette said.

The third and fourth sets Vikings trailed big, being down 13-5 in the fourth set but were able to eventually tie the game at 20-20.

The Vikings tried to feed off their momentum but the Pirates were able to close out the final set 25-22. Freshman Kyle Anema discussed what things the team could do differently for the next game.

“We just have to regroup and get better we lost to a good team in Orange Coast but we showed that we can be a real good team when we play together, but we just have to move on to the next game.” Anema said.

We the lost against OCC the Vikings record goes to 4-2.

The Vikings have some time off before playing again with their next game being against Pierce College  on Feb. 27 and their next home game coming in March 6 against Antelope Valley.

Vikings lose by four on the road at Cypress

Second baseman Raul Gonzalez throwing the ball to first after the tag for a double play against the Cypress Chargers.

The LBCC Vikings Baseball team took a loss against the Cypress Community College Chargers at Cypress on Feb.12.

The Vikings began the game by holding the Chargers scoreless until Cypress broke the standoff at the bottom of the 3rd, gaining the lead with four runs.

Outfielder, Rafeeq Rahim waits for the pitch for a chance to get the LBCC Vikings caught up from a four down against the Cypress Chargers.

During the 5th inning, the Vikings put up two points with Zach Rivas hitting a homerun and bringing in Rafeeq Rahim home to put the score at 4-2.

With no other points put up by the Vikings the rest of the game the Chargers scored two more times before the game ended in a loss for the Vikings.

The Vikings finished the game off with a total of 2 runs, 4 hits, and 3 errors on the board.

“Coming into this game we knew we had to throw fastballs early and try to get an early lead but, it didn’t go as planned,” Travis Aversa said, reflecting on the game.

Noel Soto begun the game as the starting pitcher with Jonathan Martz, Sebastian Irwin, And Trevor Sutt following behind.

Starting 2nd baseman Raul Gonzalez spoke on the loss after the game saying “I personally need to work on my timing when I’m up at bat.”  

Catcher Brett Wells, the leadoff hitter for the game against Cypress College.

Coach Casey Crook followed up with, “As a team we have to improve both sides of it, offense and defense.”

The Chargers finished the game with 6 runs, 7 hits, 3 errors.

After this loss, the Vikings have 7-2 so far in the season.

Their next game day is on Feb. 16th at San Diego College where the Vikings have a double header with them being scheduled to play Grossmont & San Diego City.

Art gallery to show off its love for Valentine’s day

LBCC is set to hold a reception for the “Artist Couples” art gallery just in time for Valentine’s Day. Which is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. in building K at the LAC.

This years Art gallery director and LBCC professor Trevor Norris involved couples from outside of campus to showcase their art work to LBCC students.

The art gallery showcases work from a variety of different couples including a few gay couples.

This exhibition is composed of artworks where the couples worked both individually and together on the art pieces.

Norris’s, inspiration for this art exhibit stems from the idea of being in a relationship.

“I’m not really good at being in couples. You get to know people somewhat in a professional sense but working on the show, watching how they reacted with each other was completely fascinating,” Norris said

“It wasn’t necessarily for me to learn stuff I knew that I knew a lot of people who were in these situations”

The idea of the show was inspired by a similar show Norris went to in college, “ Yea, I should do this because I know a lot of couples to show” Norris said.

The college holds a student run gallery once a year, however other galleries brought onto campus are there for the students to learn from.

Art major, Luna Vega, enjoys the art galleries displays on campus and plans to attend this gallery as well.

“I like that they tell you to be different. They don’t tell you to copy other people’s art . They embrace the uniqueness;” Vega said

During the fall semester, Norris also teaches a class demonstrating to students how to design an art gallery.

“When my class is running in the fall, I have my students help me. They ( students) get to then make their own layouts and design the exhibition themselves. They can move things around and decide what goes next to what.” Norris said.

Theater major, Raquel Rodriguez, was intrigued by the art shown in the gallery, that was her first time seeing the artists’ displayed work.

“I always check it out because I know it is always open, every semester, they always have new art here every semester,” Rodriguez said

The art gallery will be open until March 7th 2019.