Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Norma, in the Beverly Hills Canyon News Newspaper


The following articles appeared over the weekend in the print edition of Canyon News. One thing that happens, but it didn't happen here is that it has my name spelled correctly. So on the front page is the story of a missing 52-year old woman.

The next is about a Global Warming lawsuit dropped and a case of E.Coli that was found in a mix bag of salad.

And last is a profile on Marlaina Faye and of course Britney Spears' latest hit-and-run charge.
Norma

"What is going on with Talon Marks?"


Media Credit: Norma

That was the question asked before today's ASCC Senate meeting today by ASCC President Jason Macias and ASCC Vice President Michael Barrita. Keys to today's meeting was something that was interesting to me as a student. Is Cerritos look toward a change of its food vendor on campus? The bigger question should be will it work? Don't know about that. With the Student Center getting new carpet this week, there should be some grumbling if that should happen.

It overshadowed the one ASCC Cabinet member and three ASCC Senators who were appointed today and they were:

• Commissioner of Inter-Club Council Nadia Flores
• Senator Manuel Candelario
• Senator Andy Duong
• Senator Gredma Casasola

Another thing that is, looking at the Cerritos College Talon Marks and if, there a way to open the communication lines between those on the newspaper and ASCC? Is TM facing pressure? As for what kind of pressure, I don't know.

The Vice President says that he is going to go over to the TM office to talk about what is at the source of why important issues are not being covered, and...I don't know whatelse.

Barrita said that there will not be a personal attack on Talon Marks because he believes in that communication but the bottom line is, is why is the staff not covering important issues that are leading up to the Nov. 6 Board of Trustees election? That is interesting. Oh yeah, I forgot, there was nobody there from Talon Marks.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Pacific Islanders Club answer to Homecoming: "Not this year"


At least one club has decided not to creat an ASCC Homecoming Float for this year's Homecoming: The Pacific Islanders Club said that its members are skipping the float building process to focus more an club related events. Here is what the following e-mail read:

OUR CLUB DECIDED TO FORGET ABOUT BUILDING A HOMECOMING FLOAT 'N' FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON OTHER EVENTS. SO JUST TO MAKE IT CLEAR, WE WILL NOT BE BUILDING A FLOAT FOR HOMECOMING.

The e-mail states it loud and clear, yet when an e-mail is typed by other then its president every word is in capital letters.

Monday, September 24, 2007

From Canyon News to the San Francisco News


There is a partnership with the Beverly Hills Canyon News and the Bay Area's The San Francisco News. I have seen that some of the stories I have written appear on both web sites. Cool. I don't care which one it is, as long as I do my job...

And...you won't believe this, but I now have FIVE different e-mails.
How much longer is the list going to get?

Norma

Friday, September 21, 2007

My newest photo as a part-time writer for Gibson Overseas


Well, here is my brand NEW photo. I am a new part-time writer for Gibson Overseas Inc. It reads as follows:

Norma has more two years of practical writing experience including serving as the Arts and Entertainment Editor, News Editor and Staff Writer for the Talon Marks, the Cerritos College student newspaper.

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"The people on Talon Marks can't speak English"


One of the ASCC senator really let out her frustration with the Cerritos College Talon Marks. According to her, the Talon Marks staff can't write and speak English. She asked if anyone of the 28 senators had read the newspaper. Only four people raised their hands. Finding out this information is no surprise to me.

There have been four issues so far, and three out of the four have had only four pages. However, the ASCC Senators are not the only ones who have noticed. A former Cerritos student told me, that he has seen a drastic fall of the newspaper. Yet, it is like a re-building of a sports team.


Media Credit: Norma

Following the meeting, ASCC President Jason Macias asked me what I thought about what was said about Talon Marks and its semester issues. I told him the truth, I am not surprised, and that the only way for students to express concern is to write a "Letter to the Editor."

I start at Gibson Overseas Inc. on Thursday and Friday


Well, if you thought the news was about to end, it hasn't. Beginning tomorrow, I will start doing newsletters for Commerce's company Gibson Overseas Inc. And I have begun writing stories for Beverly Hills own Canyon News. To the person who says that companies will begin to fight over me. You're right! The fight has begun. Not only have I begun to write for Canyon News but another newspaper wants me too. I can't only imagine what will happen if the Los Angeles Times do the same.

Anyway, to all of those who have shown support in this incredible journey that I have been on (and you know who you are) I am still here. I am still looking for that one break. While this are internships (two, so far) who knows what is going to happen. I will keep you posted.

Thank you
Norma

Monday, September 17, 2007

Should Trudy Foster be fired?


That is the questioned facing the Cerritos College Student Activities clerk. This came up during a club meeting last Thursday with its members. As for which club it was, that said that she should be fired I will not say. A few members of this club did, however, do to UCLA club chapter and realized that this university is run by the students and for the students. Those who are directly involved in clubs on campus have the authority to hire and fire those who work at the Student Activities office.

With this in mind, students said that with the importance of the Nov. 6 election for the Cerritos College Board of Trustees it was time for the students to take back the campus. It was not limited to only the Student Activites but also for students to be able, and for that matter willing, to attend the Board of Trustees meetings. Having come across Trudy Foster, I find it interesting that this club finds it necessary for her to go. Should she go? Should she stay? It is not my decision to say, adn that is why one of the forementioned Board candidates came to keep to them and said that as a members, they're the ones who serves the students...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Breaking News: Is another newspaper interested in me?


I have just received this e-mail about a second newspaper internship and it reads as follows:

Hello Ms. Palacios,

My name is Jane Tran and I am with The Los Angeles Standard. Our
company is currently hiring new writers and interns and I have read a few of your articles and clips online at the Talon Marks, and have found them well-written and well-researched.

The reason I am writing is because we are a fairly new paper launching
in the next few weeks. Our paper will focus on hard news in the Los
Angeles area, but will also cover anything and everything that has to do with Hollywood. Our goal is to bring news into every home and make it easier for everyone to access it. For this reason, we have decided on launching online first before moving to print, and this also give our writers the ability to work and submit their articles from home.

As of now, we are recruiting for a Senior News Reporter. We need
someone who can be consistent with their work, and produce solid content. I am free to talk, through email or phone.

Thanks,

Jane Tran
Los Angeles Standard


Wow. And all this after Talon Marks.

Norma, the Beverly Hills intern


I was welcomed into the Canyon News family and my first assignments were News Briefs. There are similarities between the Cerritos College Talon Marks and this publication. There is a program called Artman, like Cerritos' College Publisher. However, there is a difference, the interviews are done via phone or e-mail. So, in a sense, I am back to where Talon Marks was, posting stories on-line and doing what I love to do. But my true test comes when my first real assignment is due this coming Thursday.

Talon Marks' deadline was whenever you could post it on the web site. This newspaper has a deadline of mid-night on Thursday. With Cerritos being my home when I was on the paper, that is what is going to happen with this newspaper and the Gibson Overseas Inc. The bottom line is I will not be home. I say what is so unusal about that? Well, if it is not the Los Angeles Times at least I know I am going to love what I do. That's all that matters.

P.S. I will keep you posted on everything.

P.S.S. I promise

Stay tuned for continuous updates

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Board Candidate speaks to M.E.Ch.A. and Puente Clubs


Rosa Barragan a former Cerritos College student just spoke to members of the M.E.Ch.A and Puente clubs and hope to encourage students to vote for the Board of Trustees elections this coming Nov. 6.

Barragan, said that one of the hopes for her during her campaign and tenure as Board member is to remember that she along with four other candidates will be able to create change within the campus.

Those who are seeking re-election on the Board and they are:

• Tom Jackson
• Bob Arthur
• Ted Edmiston

Board member John Moore's seat is also available.


Jackson is the Board Vice President for 2006. He is a retired Cerritos College faculty member. Mr. Jackson was elected to the Board in 2003.

Arthur is the Director of Special Projects for Foothill Transit. He is a former mayor and councilman from the City of Norwalk and past member of the Board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He has effectively chaired a number of special Board committees. He was elected to the board in 1995.

Dr. Edmiston, a chiropractor, is the number one Board advocate for the use of technology to enhance the instructional process. He is a catalyst for entrepreneurial initiatives and has also been named an honorary member of Phi Theta Kappa. He was elected to the board in 1991.

Over the past years, Mr. Moore has worked diligent to ensure that the image of Cerritos College is consistently cast in a positive light. Mr. Moore has also served as a Board member of the statewide California Community College League. He is the senior member of the Board of Trustees having served since 1988.

Information Source: Cerritos College Board of Trustees

The three other candidates running along with Barragan are:

• Cerritos College music instructor Tom Chavez
• Telecommunication technician Martin Greenidge
• Martin Luther King hospital employee Tina Cho


To me, the words that Barragan spoke seemed to be genuine however, as a student journalist I must keep my words nuetral. I know that there have been students who say that this campus belongs to the students.

However, that all depends on how the newcomers run their campaign. Furthermore, can these potential board members come through if they are elected to a seat?

From here-on-out until after Nov. 6 it is all a wait-and see game with anyone who is seated on the Board of Trustees.

Gibson Overseas? Canyon News? Or both?


I have been offered the position of part-time writer within the company of Gibson Overseas Inc. by its Human Resource Department. I called the gentleman who had left me messages left and right and now the ball is in my court to decide what to do. And to be honest, I will have to wait until Friday for that decision.

Up incoming newspaper Canyon News covers the west end of Los Angeles, and I have been intrigued with the challenge of covering stories for L.A. But, also there is Gibson in the city of Commerce where it is closer to home and the company's two newsletters that are put out when it launches new kitchen cookware products. Most of the products that are designed and shipped overseas are made in China.

One of the things that was said about why the position was being offered to me was because the person whom they wanted backed out at the last minute and I was first on the list of a backup. Another thing he said to me was that I was well liked. Hmmmm. I guess. That's where I begin to doubt my ability.

As for the Canyon News I am very excited about this opportunity. Although I don't know what to expect until I am at the orientation on Friday. Anyway...I will be in Beverly Hills in the afternoon and I will see what happens. The ironic thing about this two company; one paids and the other does not. In addition, one wants someone who can write for a newspaper and the other wants someone to do newsletters. I would LOVE to do both.

Any advice?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New faces in the ASCC Senate

The first ASCC Senate meeting is always the hardest but not in this case. This ASCC Senate meeting is also where new faces come into play and that's exactly what happened here. There are more than 20 new senators this semester and it looks to be a group that is willing to help Cerritos College out. I asked two of senators why they wanted to help out Cerritos and they said because it looks like fun and also it was the opportunity to meet new people.

The reason I asked...it is preparing me for the Canyon News internship.

This just in: Gibson's Overseas Inc. looking for me


Well, well. What a turn of events the last 72 hours have been. It seems as if I have been targeted for a position that I was seeking more than a week ago. Gibson's Overseas Inc. had posted a part-time writer position for its company and asking for a journalism student who would be interested.

As it happen, I answered the request and went in for an interview and was told by e-mail that I was only chosen for the position. However, and for an unknown reason the Human Resource Department head is now looking to talk to me about the position for the part-time writer. Now, I will have to call him to see what happened, but more than anything, find out what he has to say.

Still a developing story...stay tuned

But I do have to get ready for the Canyon News internship orientation this Friday and like I said, I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to write for a up-incoming newspaper.


In other Cerritos College campus club news...The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is looking toward doing a performance of the Vagina Monologues in Spanish. Cool. I will see if it happens. Last February and the beginning of March the FMLA had a two-night performance of the Monologues and the event raised more than $1,000 dollars. I was enthralled with each performer and IF it's decided to have it done in Spanish I can't wait to hear it.

The Vagina Monologues are the cornerstone of the V-Day movement, whose participants stage benefit performances of the show worldwide each year between February 1st and March 8 (International Women's Day. The first V-Day benefit took place on Valentine's Day 1998 and many of the local benefits are held on Valentine's Day. The "V" in V-Day stands for Valentine, Vagina, and Victory, linking love and respect for women to ending violence against women and girls. The proceeds from these performances go to programs that work to end violence against women and girls, including crisis centers and women's shelters.


On Feb. 21, 2004, Eve Ensler in conjunction with Jane Fonda and Deep Stealth Productions produced and directed a new series of transgender monologues read by eighteen notable trans women, which documented the experiences of Transgender persons. It debuted in connection with "LA V-DAY until the Violence Stops" with moving monologues documenting the violence against Transgenders. The dialogue entitled "They Beat the Girl out of my Boy or so They Tried" was most moving and representative. Since that debut the Women's' Centers of many universities and colleges have added these three TG monologues to the original production. It is called The Transgender Vagina Monologues and may still be produced with permission except at Catholic Colleges.

The Vagina Monologues has been criticized by a number of people in the pro-sex feminist, gender egalitarian, and individualist feminist movements. Pro-sex feminist Betty Dodson, author of several books about female sexuality, saw the play as having a negative and restrictive view of sexuality and an anti-male bias. She called the play a blast of hatred at men and heterosexuality. Individualist feminist Wendy McElroy shared many of Dodson's views.

Elements of the play critics find contentious include:

*the amount of attention given to brutal sexual encounters compared with consensual or harmonious sexual encounters;
*negative portrayal of male-female sexual relationships;
*In "The Little Coochie Snorcher that Could", a lesbian encounter between a very young woman (13 originally, 16 in revised versions) and a mature woman uses the line: "If it was rape, it was good rape."

This section has been excised from recent performances. Warnings have been issued by the copyright holder that using the line "It was good rape" could lead to legal action. The scene also mentions the older woman giving alcohol to the underage girl. Many have criticized this for portraying statutory rape in a positive light.

Anyway...things are happening and that is always a good thing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Breaking News: Internship Orientation this Friday


Greetings!

I just got an e-mail saying that the internship orientation for Canyon News is this Friday!! I can't wait to get started. I have waited since the end of the last semester to get this off the ground. However, the Human Resource Department from the Gibson Overseas Inc. just gave me a call as well saying that there is a possible opening for a part-time writer within its company. Recently, I was told that my resume was put in file for a year, and now this. I will let you know what happens.

Norma

The Pristines and the Spoken Word event


Media Credit: Jonathan Sanchez

Looks like Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance Club are tentatively scheduling the return of The Pristines for another promotional concert like they had last November. Also, there was talk of holding another Spoken Word event off campus. When I heard this I was like, "Cool!!" I get to see Jamie and Daisy Salas again.

When both of them were here last time, it was great and fortunately I was covering it for the Cerritos College Talon Marks. You know something? I love being a woman and these two are just an example that female empowerment will never go away. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the event to happen...


In other news...there is a plan to hold another Spoken Word event like the one last November and last February. The time and date having been scheduled yet but, you know I do plan on participating...again. During the one last February, it was my first time being able to express myself through writing and I loved every minute of it because I am no longer a virgin...

Spoken word is a form of literary art or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung. Spoken-word is often done with a musical background, but emphasis is kept on the speaker.

One of the most common sorts of spoken word performances is performance poetry, where a poet either reads previously-published poems, or reads poems specifically written to be performed aloud.

Another kind that has gained popularity in recent years is political and social commentary, done in such a way that it is, while still prose, somewhat more artistic than a typical speech. Spoken word artists are often poets and musicians.

Spoken word gained notoriety in the late 1980s and early 1990s through the emergence of "poetry slams," where spoken word artists would square off in cabaret-style duels.

Lastly, this Thursday at the M.E.Ch.A. Club meeting two candidates who are running for the Cerritos College Board of Trustees will be talking about issues that affect students on campus...See you there.

Beverly Hills 90210 intern


More on the Canyon News internship program...

Wow. I can't believe that I got the phone call that I have been accepted into the internship at Canyon News. I never thought that I would be given a chance toward something that I am passionate about. I never thought that there was life after the Cerritos College Talon Marks. However, that is not true. There is life after something that you have been a part of.

To my best of my ability I will bring integrity to the field of journalism. That is something that I stride for when I was part of Talon Marks. I pushed myself as hard as I could and the more I pushed the hard I worked until I could see how far I could carry that limit of punishment. Perhaps that explains why I did the things I did and why I've need regretted or looked back on it with any regrets.

I can't wait to get started for the Canyon News. Can I be honest? I have always doubted my ability in writing. As I was growing up I've been looking for something that would bring me joy, and something where I would be able to express myself in. Journalism, as a career, was always in front of my face. But I never wanted to accept that, it was something I wanted to do. It was not until I walked into Talon Marks that I realize that journalism, being that writer, is something that I wanted to be.

From the classrooms of elementary, middle and high school, to the classrooms of community college. From the boardroom to the newsroom I am looking for to this exciting and adventurous chapter of my life. I have always doubted everything but with this latest development I can't, and I won't, doubt anymore because my writing is my voice!

Still a developing story, stay tuned...

9/11: Six years later


It is hard to believe that it has been six years since the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks. After six years it is still the day that will live in infamy. I remember where I was that day. I was with my mom that day helping her out as she cleaned the house of Richard C. Runyon in Sherman Oaks. Ironically, two months later, Runyon was killed in a plane crash in Santa Monica.

This poem by author Oriah describes what I feel toward that day:

I have sent you my invitation,
the note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living.
Don’t jump up and shout, “Yes, this is what I want! Let’s do it!”
Just stand up quietly and dance with me.

Show me how you follow your deepest desires,
spiraling down into the ache within the ache,
and I will show you how I reach inward and open outward
to feel the kiss of the Mystery, sweet lips on my own, every day.

Don’t tell me you want to hold the whole world in your heart.
Show me how you turn away from making another wrong without abandoning yourself when you are hurt and afraid of being unloved.

Tell me a story of who you are,
and see who I am in the stories I live.
And together we will remember that each of us always has a choice.

Don’t tell me how wonderful things will be . . . some day.
Show me you can risk being completely at peace,
truly okay with the way things are right now in this moment,
and again in the next and the next and the next. . .

I have heard enough warrior stories of heroic daring.
Tell me how you crumble when you hit the wall,
the place you cannot go beyond by the strength of your own will.
What carries you to the other side of that wall, to the fragile beauty of your own humanness?

And after we have shown each other how we have set and kept the clear, healthy boundaries that help us live side by side with each other, let us risk remembering that we never stop silently loving
those we once loved out loud.

Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance,
the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart.
And I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again.

Show me how you take care of business
without letting business determine who you are.
When the children are fed but still the voices within and around us shout that soul’s desires have too high a price,
let us remind each other that it is never about the money.

Show me how you offer to your people and the world
the stories and the songs
you want our children’s children to remember.
And I will show you how I struggle not to change the world,
but to love it.

Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude,
knowing both our absolute aloneness and our undeniable belonging.
Dance with me in the silence and in the sound of small daily words,
holding neither against me at the end of the day.

And when the sound of all the declarations of our sincerest
intentions has died away on the wind,
dance with me in the infinite pause before the next great inhale
of the breath that is breathing us all into being,
not filling the emptiness from the outside or from within.

Don’t say, “Yes!”
Just take my hand and dance with me.


I remember that Runyon had said that it was catastrophic. He will not be forgotten. I will never forget about 9/11 and neither will the rest of the world.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Breaking News: I GOT the internship with Canyon News!!!!


I just got the phone call from Winter Kelly from Canyon News and said that I was accepted into the internship program! I GOT it!!!!
Oh, my God!!! I'm so excited!!!!!

More on this tomorrow......

ASCC Senate set for its first meeting

With Cerritos College in session for the fall semester, the Associated Students of Cerritos College will be back in session as well for the ASCC Senate this coming Wednesday.

Having served as commission of external affairs ASCC Vice President Michael Barrita, will get to work on issues concerning Cerritos students. In addition, Senate and Cabinet appointees will also be up for approval for their position.

After the elections last Wednesday and Thursday, there are 28 Senators who will be appointed (if approved) to their positions. Cabinet members begin the approval process on Sept. 19. Unfortunately one of the Senate candidates dropped. At this time, it is not known who it is.

Despite that hopefully these people are willing to bring change, improvement or ideas to keep Cerritos College going. Lastly, have a good year ASCC.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Update: Me, an intern in Beverly Hills 90210?


Hello everyone! Here is the e-mail that I read this evening from someone named Winter (I love the name). Could I possibly be an intern in the city of the world's most famous zip code?

The e-mail reads as follows:

Dear Norma,
Thank you for coming in to interview with us. Congratulations, you have made the first cut of the application process of our internship program! Since we have received more than 450 applications for a limited number of internship spots, we are very careful about our selection.

We want to make sure that not only you are a match for us, but that our internship program is a match for you. So, we would like to know if you have any questions, changes or any issues that have developed since your interview that would prevent you from successfully fulfilling your role in our internship program.

Second, we would like to know your (a) available start date, and (b) your hours of availability. In addition, we would like to know if you have a point person at school that will be available to talk to us if needed during your internship. As promised, we will have a decision within 7 days of your interview. Your prompt response is greatly appreciated.

Best of Luck!
Winter


Canyon News
9440 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 515
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

I am very excited about this opportunity. I am crossing my fingers!

Still a developing story, stay tuned...

Breaking News: An internship with Canyon News


Oh, my God! I just read an e-mail from Canyon News and it said that I made it through the first process of its internship! Now, as for what they have asked is:

• Did I have any questions, concerns or any changes?
• When can I begin and my availability for the internship?
• Who can the Canyon News speak to during the internship?

As I said in the blog entry before Canyon News was founded six years ago and it serves the following cities on the west side of Los Angeles:

• Bel Air
• Beverly Hills
• Brentwood
• Laurel Canyon
• Los Feliz
• Malibu
• Pacific Palisades
• Melrose
• Santa Monica
• Sherman Oaks
• Studio City
• Westwood
• West Hollywood
• Hollywood Hills

I never thought that this would happen. I'm looking toward a year's internship. Who knows? This might lead to employment with this newspaper. All I have to do now is figure out who from Cerritos College would be willing to help me out when the staff from Canyon News calls during the internship.

Do you have any ideas?

Still a developing story...stay tuned

Friday, September 7, 2007

It wants to be bigger than the L.A. Times

Canyon News wants to be bigger than the Los Angeles Times. I went to the interview this afternoon and two of the questions were "Can you leave your opinion and your ego at the door?" I said yes. Why would Canyon News want to be bigger than the L.A. Times; the answer is because its focus only on the facts and not the left or right wing of politics and its stories. My thought was the same! I say thank God for Canyon News, and also it has been around for six years. Get the facts straight was my goal, and the only goal I had when I was part of the Cerritos College student newspaper the Talon Marks. I will continue my goal to go after the facts and leave my opinion and ego at the door. A thing that I noticed, is its offices in the heart of Beverly Hills were small and it shared its office space with Bank of America. I will hear from them, if I am one of the eight people who got the internship. Incidently, I was told that there have been more than 500 potential candidates for the eight positions.

Still a developing story. Stay tuned...

Update: I'm diving in at Canyon News


I just phoned the Beverly Hills Canyon News Newspaper. I am going to dive in and take a chance with the internship. I am really excited...and who knows what's going to happen. I will have to let you know on Monday. My mom is going to help me out a great deal and take me over to the office of the newspaper. I owe her a lot.

Still a developing story. Stay tuned.

Update: Beverly Hills 90210

For 10 years that was the title of the show. Now, this famous zip code could be my next home. I just came across two local newspapers who want an intern to write for them. One of them is Canyon News. Right now, I am waiting for a reply for a scheduled interview. I didn't get the e-mail until this morning because I was at a Ebell Scholarship Foundation awards ceremony where my mom got a college scholarship last night.

Still a developing story...


First step toward Summer 2008 internship at the Los Angeles Times
Yesterday, I sent out an e-mail to ask those for support, as I prepare for the next step toward a Summer 2008 internship at the L.A. Times. I will now begin the development of a biography, along with selecting 12 sample works to meet the Jan. 1, 2008 deadline. I am beginning to get excited.

Still a developing story...

Thursday, September 6, 2007

"Whose School Is It Anyway? You'd Be Surpise."


Jim Lafferty from the National Lawyers Guild answered that question yesterday in the Lecture Hall Building yesterday and also mention that on Nov. 6 is the Board of Trustees elections. Lafferty, director of the NLG said that it was, and it is important that students exercise their first amendment right. Also he commented that the flyer (at the right) created and posted around campus was impressive. Furthermore, he said that students who exercise their first amendment right, have the right to hold rallies, protest (against the war) and express what he or she feels. The right also extends to passing out flyers, and wearing buttons. For me to be there, it was different to see and hear the concern that instructors have for the students of Cerritos College.

Among those in attendance were Philosophy instructor and Cerritos College Faculty Federation President Ted Stolze, History instructor Walter Fernandez, as well as Public Affairs' Howard Ryan. Stolze, expressed the need for academic success with the equal rights to all of the students. That was the important message of the forum. However, something did catch my attention afterward. It wasn't so much that I was there without a camera, note pad, and pen. It was the fact that Stolze said that he misses me being on Talon Marks. In other words, he has seen the change within the pages of Talon Marks. But he wasn't the only one asking, Leslie Stapp, another philosophy instructor asked what happened. Much in the same way, Ryan said that it was good that I was taking time away and yet, "Don't (you) get the inch to write an article?" Yes, of course I do.

Just now, International Students adviser Danita Kurtz, asked me if I was writing for the student newspaper. When I said no, she mentioned that she had a story that would be good for the paper. I told her to contact the editor-in-chief or news editor. "I would love to do for you" I told her but, I am enjoying my time off. See what happens when people take note?

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A party invitation and Energy 92.7 FM



Host: Arleene Valdez
Location: Havana Mania
3615 Inglewood Ave., Redondo Beach, CA US
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When: Monday, September 10, 7:00PM


My birthday is actually on Sunday but I am carrying the fun over to Monday! Come join me and enjoy some mojito's while you are at it!

P.S. Please try to RSVP so I can get an idea of how many are going!

P.S.S this was also sent on myspace so either or will do!


I came across this e-mail today being invitation to a party by a former Talon Marks writer. To be honest I have NEVER been invited to a party before. I was also considered the outsider who was thought not be a fun person. Yet, someone had taken the time to say, "Want to come to my party." That is what feels good to know. I will think about it.


Last week I discovered this San Francisco radio station Energy 92.7 FM Pure Dance and its coming my station to listen to streaming live. With the height of hip-hop music's popularity I was just looking for a radio station that plays dance music. And so, I was just messing around the web and found this through another web site and came across its web site. I thought this is what KIIS-FM 102.7 sounded like when I started listening to it. Well, as it streams live on the web, I can help but dance away...

Norma



Note: Jim Lafferty of the National Lawyers Guild will be at Cerritos College at 3 p.m.-5 p.m., with a public forum titled, "Whose School Is This Anyway?" A take on what he had to say tomorrow.

I voted for the 2007 Senate Elections


Note: If someone can find out who took this photo I can give credit to that person.

I voted this morning for the 2007 Associated Students of Cerritos College Senate. I was my opportunity for me to vote for those students who will be the voice and hopefully help the campus of more than 20,000 students and make a difference. Before having the chance to vote, I noticed something. There were only a small numbers of those who were incumbents from last year (I think, if I saw it correctly that there were only three who came back to Senate). From what I understand, a couple are currently in the ASCC Cabinet and others to the ASCC Court. Well, as I said, this was the first time that I had the opportunity to vote for those who will be representative. I know that it was early, but there were people who voted after I did. However, there was a down side to it (I had to hurry to class) and I had to be quick about it.

With California going through a heat wave and the weather expecting to be cooler, (I sound like the weather guy) at least this will give those students who are concerned about issues to finally speak up. The set-up for the elections is the same as those of a United States presidential election (with voting booths and voting ballots) like the photo on the right, and the students are able to vote for up to 10 individuals. Well, I don't want to give away as to who I voted for, but I took advantage for the opportunity and I did my civic duty. At least that's how I feel. From what I remember, and the elections being covered by the Talon Marks, there has been great concern about the parking situation. Yet, and unfortunately, there were a group of people who came by the newsroom and said that the parking situation should not have to be a concern.

Being that it was the last issue of the spring semester, there was no time to put it in the newspaper and yet, if I remember correctly they said, "You (guys) got it all wrong." At least that was the same mantra that was repeated when I read the letter from the person who submitted it. I, on the other hand, am not in a position to take sides. I don't think it is right for me too. However, another thing that is a concern to the students here at Cerritos is the book prices. Now, this is something that I would like to spotlight on this blog, and as to why the book prices are the way they are. I spoke to the Cerritos Cerritos Bookstore campus manager and he told me plain and simple that the price listing of the books have nothing to do with the bookstore management. That is as far as I'm going to go with it.

He expressed how and why the book prices are the way they are. I will just leave it at that. He added that the focus on the bookstore prices has been the focus of the Talon Marks, since he has been at Cerritos (I forgot to ask him about how long he's been here). There has been talk about a book renting program, where students would burrow the books for the semester for their classes and the continued support for a college recycling program. I will stay tuned to what happens with this semester's senators...and I just realized something...this is the longest I have written...

Stay tuned...

An open letter to Steven Martin


Dear Steven Martin:

You know it is amazing that you can be as shallow as you are and think that you are doing a great job with the Talon Marks newspaper. Yet, the results have not been in your favor since you conveniently took over the reign of Editor-In-Chief. I look at it this way, you sir, have the attention span of a two-year-old boy who still wears the diapers.

In your eyes I don’t have the right to speak about you or your character, and like I said before, the attitude that you carry makes you less of a man, and for that matter, less of an individual. I have spent time on Talon Marks and seen the battles of individual and clashes of personality, yet, when I came across you there was no doubt in my mind that you Mr. Martin thought that you could control and let you testosterone-driven ego get you far.



That at this point has not happen. From the time that you placed your face into the newspaper you thought that you where the biggest ---- of this planet. However, if I have read correctly your biography on the Staff Page link reads as follows:

“This is my fourth semester on staff at Talon Marks. I have previously served as Managing Editor in Spring '07, News Editor in Fall '06 and Staff Writer in Spring '06 . In the aforementioned term, I was given the "Rookie of the Semester" honor.

I enjoy writing all types of stories including news, features and sporting events, among others. I am also working on becoming a better designer and photographer. I am always looking for ways to improve and learn as much about journalism as possible. Working here has allowed me to do that and I'm looking forward to more.”




The second part of the biography is a lie and you know it. During my tenure at Talon Marks I did NOT see you stick your neck out for what needed to be done and stories that needed to be covered. One of the things that I think would help is if you stopped drooling over your girlfriend and focus on what needs to be done and then you can tell me to f--- off.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

ASCC Senator elections held this week


Associated Students of Cerritos College Senator elections are being held this week to fill in seats on the ASCC Senate. This is the first semester that I will not know how many seats are available for those seeking to help out those seats that are not filled. I, for the first time will be looking in and not know what to do with myself, and that is because I was use to writing about it. Anyway, I will find out who will be in the ASCC Senate soon.

Norma

Gibson's Overseas Inc. is looking for a writer


There is no paper this week from the Talon Marks, yet, I will keep a close eyes on it again. However, that doesn't mean that I have not done things...I have. I went to an interview a week ago at Gibson's Overseas Inc. It is a company that has a focus on kitchen cookware. Among the companies that Gibson creates cookware for are:
John Deere
Coca-Cola
Looney Tunes
Precious Moments
• Snoopy

I wasn't nervous and admittedly I get nervous during an interview. What the company's Human Resources Department is looking for is someone who can write newletters as the company launches new products. In addition, someone who has experience with putting those newsletters together and lastly interviewing those who launch the product. Fittingly, as I have been with the Talon Marks and have used Photoshop during Production Nights of the newspaper, I thought it would be my shot to help these people out.

In addition, I also took samples the stories that I have written. What I didn't realize that I had written more than 200 stories during my time with Talon Marks and yet, that doesn't mean that I got the job. I would hope to find out this week if I got it or not. If I didn't get it, oh well. But I'll wait and hear later.