Archive for February, 2010

FBI Raids Sonoma State

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Most recently, there has been a black cloud of confusion surrounding hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grant money given to Sonoma State University that has all of the sudden vanished. It is alleged that this money was spent on unapproved labor costs, all of which has an even more confusing and uncomplete history of said spending. Amongst these charges by the federal government are the allegations that administrators had received multiple improper payments from nonprofit-agencies which they ran and that the expenses were improperly billed. It is through these series of events that led to a raid of the universities administrative and finances office, in which hundreds of records and materials were seized by the FBI, including faculty computers, as well as whole filing cabinets of records. This makes yet another blundering mess for all ready disliked president, Ruben Arminana, to clean up. Since taking the highest seat on campus in 1992, Arminana has had many controversies surrounding his leadership ability. The percolating dissatisfaction hit a peak in 2007 when the school’s budget was cut to $16 million and state-mandated furloughs were issued. At the time, Arminana refused to lay off administrators while simultaneously cutting classes, and decided not to hire upwards of 100 lecturers.

On Turning 15- Latin Style

Friday, February 19th, 2010

In every little girls upbringing there is a special moment that she looks forward to. A Quinceañera is the one day where a girl makes the transition from a girl to a young lady. The Quinceañera tradition dates back to the ancient Mexican Society and can be traced back to the Aztecs as far back as 500 BC. Back then Quinceañeras were used to reinforce cultural beliefs in girls. In more modern times the ceremony is a reaffirmation of the baptismal vows made by her parents now as it was then a candle is lit during the ceremony to signify this. The only right of passage that comes close to a Quinceañera would be a wedding with all the preparation and religious atmosphere. When a girl reaches her fifteenth birthday in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central or South America, she celebrates her Quinceañera. The Quinceañera starts off her grand celebration with a mass service accompanied by her full quince court and Chambelan De Honor (the main escort). Commonly the Quinceañera will wear flat shoes and later receive a pair of high heels to wear by someone special symbolizing the change from girl to young lady. Many other special gifts are given with a special meaning behind each one. A tiara is worn as a sign of leaving childhood behind and facing the challenges that lay ahead, she is presented with either a bracelet or ring (or both) representing the unending circle of life, earrings are a reminder to listen and pay attention to the word of God and the world around her, a cross or medallion signifies faith and a rosary or prayer book are religious resources to always remind the young lady to remember her devotion to God!. Finally, a porcelain doll is present, usually wearing a matching dress to that of the Quinceañera with ribbons stating the name of the girl and date of the party. The doll also represents her last toy encouraging her to leave childish toys behind. The Quinceañera is the princess for the day and very sought after by much of her family and friends. A lot of her input goes into the party planning and most of the time what she says goes. Anything from what special dress she will wear, to the center pieces, the color scheme, and her quince court the Quinceañera has an input. A lot of the time there will be either a live group performing, Mariachi, a DJ, or sometimes even all three. The cake is also very important and usually decorated with small statues of the Quinceañera and entire court. Usually a special toast in honor of the Quinceañera will take place in which all who attend can say a few words and toast to her. Later on that night a couple of performances can take place by the Quinceañera and her full court, a waltz and sometimes even a surprise performance. Most often keepsakes will be handed out to all the guest in appreciation of their presence and as a reminder of that very special day. The night usually ends on a positive note and memories that will last a lifetime will take place.

 Lesli Nietos

To Form a More Perfect Union

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

I can only imagine that anyone who has written for a news source in their lifetime has the overwhelming desire to make the first article you write your  golden boy. Without hesitation you have to bust out the best news story of your career the first day you write. God only knows that I want this article to be my shining star: it’s just too bad I’m not actually saying anything terribly important. Just know that I’m swinging for the fences with this one, and whether or not I make this script any good, I know I’m going to be disappointed at the final outcome. When Dave Silverbrand announced that he wanted to start up a news medium for the College of the Redwoods students (in spite of the budget cuts hitting the actual school paper, I can only assume), I started thinking that this could be a wonderous opportunity to start doing some extra-curricular activities. The only thing that bothered me at the time was the thought of having so many different styles of people all writing for the same cause. I mean, I’ve never written for a paper before, so I don’t know how it goes in that regard. I wanted to bring up the thought of a democratic idealism amongst the others, yet I knew none of the other people involved. so I contemplated if anyone shared my sentiments, wondering what if it wouldn’t matter. With that said, its a mere hope of mine that personal politics never be brought into the picture, that if you want opinions, turn on your TV, because all of us here could bore you all to sleep with opinions and points of view. The only thing that should be important is that the TRUTH be spread, nothing more, nothing less. So I conclude on this note; all that is necessary is truthfulness throughout one’s being , and if that notion is convoluted beyond comprehension, then the ideology news has truly died.


Ruth Lake — One of 101 Things to Do in Humboldt

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

As the clock ticks 10:00am we head out on our journey north to the Arcata Plaza cancelling our trip to
Ruth lake at first, due to the gradual sprinkle of rain. We take a stroll through eyeing the shops, on the
lousy sidewalks, as Rookery Bookshop comes in view. Catherine and I don’t hesitate to drop in, being
as we love books. Eyeing books of all sorts, I am struck when I cross the three time Newberry Author
Gary Paulson a personal favorite of mine. Maybe you’re interested in books, if so Rookery Bookshop
has books for all ages that range from cooking to Art and everything in between.
 Being that much of the stores weren’t open, with Valentine’s day on a Sunday  morning we
decided to tackle Ruth lake anyway, even with the rain. With a quick stop to grab the map for
reference we were off yet again. Our adventure first lead us through Highway 36 that is known for its
amazing views (overshadowing hillsides) windy road, the Vanduzan river following close by, and the
nice company of countryside homes, RV parks and campgrounds. Before too long we hit Grizzly Creek
Redwoods State Park where giant redwood trees come alive right outside our window and ferns
underline the forest floor. Continuing on highway 36 we begin to reach higher elevation, with my ears
starting to pop more and more I see fog covering the hillsides of trees, like a blanket of snow to our
right.  Up ahead on the Highway we begin to see big openings so big and so pretty you 
let your mouth fall open in awe. Midway through the trip we pass by a snowplow truck on the curvy
and slippery road. To our amazement we begin to wonder what this road has to offer next. Continuing
on we then take 9 miles west off Mad river road and hit Ruth Lake at last.  It’s a wide open serene area
with nice peaceful views in the distance with trees all around.  Quiet and relaxing, with the occasional
hawks nests in the distance, We can’t help but take a few shots at the gorgeous sites all around us.
Traveling around the rest of the lake by car we find art in skipping rocks. To our left there are two
fishermen in the distance hoping for a tag of excitement on the line. After a fun few hours of the
enjoyable area we start heading back to grab some lunch. Destination: the Mad River Burger Bar
located also on Highway 36 with the awesome slogan: “Don’t blink or you’ll miss us.” Here we couldn’t
have tasted anything better as wise as food!! It definitely gets two thumbs up for its food service and
variety of many different foods.
 On our way back we decide to take a quick stop in Loleta, and in doing so cross another thing
off our list of 101 things to do, which was taste Loleta cheese. The Loleta Cheese Factory is a  small
family run business famous for its 34 varieties of Medal winning cheeses, that range from Creamy
Monterey Jack to Smoked Salmon Cheddar. With a few samples of Garlic Cheese and Spicy Cheeses I
I was pretty impressed at the fresh, unique great taste. The factory also has other products on sale. So if you’re ever in to taste some great cheese to satisfy your taste buds, don’t think twice about visiting
the Loleta Cheese Factory!

This is It!!!! On-line Campus Newspaper

Monday, February 15th, 2010

No money?  No newspaper?  No problem.  Dave Silverbrand’s Journalism 5 class is launching an on-line newspaper to satisfy student demand for school information.  This paper will be run by the students and for the students.  Send submissions to  Send us anything about news, sports, campus life–you name it.  We value your submissions.  So write one now.