By Carlo Giurdanella, Staff Writer
“Once upon this Island,” a musical, ends Sunday March 9.
A jubilant adventure of song and dance brought to the stage with whimsical props and heartfelt movement. This production stands firmly on its feet and sails on the winds of each of the individual players.
Entering the MiraCosta College Theatre the sounds of a tropical rainfall set the stage for the story to come. Set in the Caribbean the feel of the islands come clearly to life in the dance and the song delivered by this exceptional cast. A new experience for the MCC theatre department, they’ve taken in new players from the community ages 8 to 12. This addition to the student cast brought cohesion to the performance.
This love story is full of twists and turns right from the car propelled with umbrella wheels and flashlight headlights to the dancer’s moves compel you into the scene.
Audrey Fortuin’s voice radiates throughout the performance bringing life and depth to the piece. She is supported by the ensemble cast in making the presentation flow.
By Bethany Blakeney, Editor in Chief
To celebrate the 110th anniversary of Czech romantic composer Antonin Dvorak’s death, the MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra will be performing this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall, building 2406.
General admission is $10, and $8 for students, staff and seniors. The Orchestra will perform three of Dvorak’s well-known works, “Symphony No. 8 Op. 88 in G major,” “Overture to In Natures Realm OP 91″ and “Slavonic Dances Op. 46 No. 1-4.” His works and compositions were inspired by and reflect his homeland, the Czech Republic, as well as Moravian and other Slavic music.
The MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra is a 70-member orchestra made up of professional musicians and community members, as well as MCC students and faculty. They are led by music director and conductor Branden Muresan. The Orchestra began in 2010, making 2014 their fourth season.
Tickets are available through the MCC Box Office website, and the door or by calling 760-795-6815.
By Bethany Blakeney, Editor in Chief
Sunday, March 16 is the last day to apply for the MCCF 2014-2015 Annual Scholarships, which awards more than 185 scholarships for $500 and higher.
Students may apply who have completed a minimum of six units and have a 2.0 or higher GPA and are either transferring to a four-year school or returning to MiraCosta College.
Students need to complete a personal statement essay and have their unofficial transcript ready. The Financial Aid office offers online guides to help students write their personal statements.
The Spring 2014 Genentech Biotechnology Scholarship will be awarding five $1000 scholarships to students either enrolled in a Biotechnology course or to those who have completed one or more at MCC. A personal statement is required, due March 16.
The 2014-2015 Harry Phillips Social Science Transfer Scholarship deadline is March 16. Students must be an anthropology, economics, geography, history or political science major transferring this fall to a four-year. The scholarship requires an unofficial transcript and personal statement to be submitted.
By Jason Finn, Layout Editor
On March 5 the NAMI On Campus club became certified as a national chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The club became official at MiraCosta College on Dec 6, 2013 when the Student Senate approved the club. The club helps raise awareness of mental health issues and promotes resources available on campus to help fellow students. NAMI On Campus meets from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. every other Friday in the Horticulture Conference room.
The Health Services office is also promoting campus awareness of mental health through a reward of a $5 gift card to Starbucks. Gift cards for each training exercise completed by students and staff members. The goals of these exercises are to measure the awareness of mental stress and the available treatment and resources for students. Inquiries are completely anonymous, impersonal and should not take more than a half-hour to complete. There will be a gift card awarded for each survey, so students and staff members are not limited to only one. Visit http://ccc.kognito.com/ to participate.
By Bethany Blakeney, Editor in Chief
Chuck Smith dribbles the ball through the court. Photo courtesy of Pat Cubel.
Last Wednesday, MiraCosta College Men’s basketball team played their last home game of the season against the Cuyamaca College Coyotes.
The Coyotes scored the first point. From there on, Cuyamaca kept ahead of MCC throughout the first period. At intermission, the Coyotes were in the lead with 39-17. It was during the second half that the Spartans began catching up to the Coyotes.
“The first half was weak,” said #2 Juwan Richardson. “But in the second half, we made a comeback.” Continue Reading »
By Debbie White, Art Director
Brogan Griffin dribbles past with the ball. Photo courtesy of Pat Cubel.
MiraCosta College’s Women’s basketball team continued on their losing streak last Wednesday with a 94-62 loss to the Palomar College Comets. The final home game of the season began on a high note when the Lady Spartans scored the first 2-point shot. The Spartans and Comets kept competition close for the game’s first 12 minutes, but due to a short bench, by halftime the Spartans fell behind, 46-34. Continue Reading »
Priority Registration at MCC will be changed for the fall of 2014. The California Community Colleges Board of Governors changed the way students are able to enroll in classes. The Board of Governors decides policy and gives guidance for all California community colleges. Continue Reading »
By Aaron Finn, Assignment Editor
MiraCosta College Police officer Rebecca Mahan has filed a lawsuit against the college, alleging that she was live-streamed for three years by a surveillance camera installed in the police locker room. According to Dr. Dick Robertson, Vice President of Student Services, the locker room doubles as an evidence room housing dispatching equipment. Officer Mahan dressed and undressed in the room that contains her locker and the surveillance equipment. Mahan alleges the camera was running while she was changing her clothes from street attire to her uniform. Continue Reading »
By Elan Bradford, Lead Copy Editor
Truly a theatre of the absurd.
After 40 years, thousands of episodes, and at least 3,840 hours of live broadcasting, it’s time for Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” to come to an end. Viewers Like You cannot stand Garrison Keillor’s Saturday night rambling any longer. It just can’t be done, American Public Media. If one is able to avoid a fugue state of events prior to the tedium and Keillor’s personal catharsis in Prairie’s two-hour script, what remains is a type of too-pretentious-to-be-innocent humor likely to exit with our eldest living generation. Liberal college students oftentimes naively believe white America’s omnipresent, oxygen-like culture to be shallow at best, if not wholly nonexistent. These people are mistaken—but A Prairie Home Companion provides limitless ammunition to the contrary. With greater pretension, Prairie is as vapid and damaging to the American psyche, and foreign perceptions of it, as “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Continue Reading »
In response to “Anti-smokers’ e-cig ban misguided“
As the school’s nurse practitioner in Student Health Services, I have been following smoking policies on campus closely. The complete ban of smoking on campus several years ago was a day for celebration. Now we, like many other campuses, are facing a new smoking challenge, e-cigarettes. What started in China many years ago as a possible aid to quit smoking has evolved into a billion dollar international industry aimed at making money but leaving further addiction and controversy in its wake. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine, one of the most addictive drugs known. E-cigarette’s value, as a tobacco smoking cessation aid, remains unknown.
In response to Mr. Bradford’s editorial about a “misguided e-cig ban,” there are several issues that need clarification. While I agree “education and awareness” are important, should it really take precedence over legislation? Let’s get the facts straight. Anti-smoking legislation has been a key player in the smoking rate reduction. Thanks to tobacco regulation, including sales to minors, restricting advertising, smoking bans, etc., smoking rates have declined in the United States. But the rate of decline among teens has slowed in the past decade. E-cigarette use among teens has doubled from 2011-2012. In 2012, it is estimated that 160,000 students who reported using e-cigarettes had never even used conventional tobacco. Could the enticing nicotine flavors like bubble gum, cherry, and mint be playing a role in its appeal?
As for the hazards of e-cigarettes, the research still is in its infancy. While e-cigarettes release fewer toxins than traditional cigarettes, some studies have documented carcinogenic nitrosamines, diethylene glycol (an ingredient in anti-freeze) and aerosolized nicotine in its vapor. Not exactly “no trace left behind.
Tobacco regulation has followed a long, arduous climb to get where it is today. Let’s not take a step backwards. Let’s not wait to find out 20 years from now that vapors are not as innocent as users and sellers say they are. E-cigarettes should be banned wherever conventional cigarettes are banned.
MiraCosta Student Health Services