Los Angeles Valley College - Crown Yearbook (Valley Glen, CA)
- Class of 1974
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EDITOR: VANESSA FINAN
JOHN ROSEN FIELD
STAFF: Wm. L. Crawford, Steve
Fischer, Ken Hively, Michael Hud-
son, Mike lssacson, Margot A.
Meyer, Greg Moreland, Elaine
Nevelow, Adrienne Paynter, Wes
Preston, Carolyn Ristuccia, Mike
Russell, Sherrie Sanford, Lewis S.
Snow, David Thatcher
CONTRIBUTING STAFF: Peter
Brandt, Dale Fink, Apariclo Gil,
Derek Lawson, Marc Littman, Jan-
et Svendson, Greg Wilcox
Edward A. Irwin
Henry A. Lalane
Peter Brandt: 10, 11
Steve Fischerg 5, 7, 34, 46, 47, 52,
'53, 54, 55, 78, 79,101
Aparicio Gil: 8, 9
Ken Hivelyg 26, 32, 33, 34, 35, 50
51, 63, 72, 73, 109
Mike lssacsong 88
Robert Lachman, 1, 2, 12, 13, 14,
15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28,
29, 30, 31, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45,
52, 53, 55, 61, 66, 67, 68, 69, 82,
83, 88, 89, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99,
100, 101, 102, 103, 106, 107,
110, 111, 112
Greg Moreland: 38, 39, 76, 77, 89
Wes Preston, 24, 48, 49, 90, 91,
92, 93, 104, 105, 108
Mike Russell, 36, 37, 70, 71, 84,
85, 86, 87, 88, 89
John Rosenfield: 4, 6, 18, 22, 25,
26, 27, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62,
63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 69, 74, 75, 80,
Sherrie Sanford, 88
Janet Svendsong 20, 22
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Happy 25th Anniversary, Valley College .... . . . 4
Seeds of Change ...................... . . . 8
Seeding Ambitions Bloom ............. . . . 10
A Shortage Fairy Tale ................. . . . 12
Don't Forget to Turn Off the Lights ...... . . . 13
President fora Responsive Government .... . . . 16
The Slate and its Fate .................. ... 18
A Very Good Year .................... . . . 20
Students for R.S. V. P. .... . . . 22
Down Home Hospitality... ... 24
Valley Graffiti .......... . . . 26
Free To Be .......................... ... 28
All Campers Are Edible ................. . . . 30
Dynamics in Harmony ..... .. . ... 32
An insight into Veterans ..... . . . 34
look What's underfoot ......... . . . 36
Godfather of Student Affairs .... . . . 38
Photography Is in the Mind ... . . . 40
Scope on Samuels ............. . . . 42
Halcyon Days of Coach Hunt ...... . . . 44
1Young People Keep You Young'. . . . . . 46
A-Mazed at the Man ........... . . . 48
lt's Become a Habit ..,......... . . . 50
Homework Becomes Life'swork . . . . . . 52
A-B-C's of Learning ............ . . . . . . 56
Riley's Notebook ............. ...... . . . 58
Make-up Metamorphosis ............... . . . 60
What's One Chicken Feather Or Two? .... . . . 62
A Touch of O'Neill ........ ' ............ . . . 64
Guys and Dolls ..................... . . . 66
lt's What's Up Front That Counts ... ... 68
Eye to Eye ............................,. . . . 70
'Cowabunga' ............................ . . . 72
Search for identity-History of the Valley .... . . . 74
Cure for the Common Cold ............... . . . 76
Boot Camp for the Army of Advertisers. . . . . . 78
Hardly a Cop-out ................... . . . 80
70-Minute Hour ............ . ..... . . . . . . 82
Anything Goes ............ ... ... 84
" r A New Door ls Opened ....... . . . 90
' -it ,.,',T' Behind the Scrimmage Line ..... . . . 94
. ,ppl Krauss Gives a 'Season' Why.. . . ... 98
A Down the Road to Victory .... . . . 100
f-ig..- . .Qi 5 .ggi Thank Heaven for Pierce ............. . . . 102
gf: -. 3 5, 1 lr staffs with a Handshake ....... '. .. ...103
,U 4, Spring's Strategy . . . Summer's Game . . . . . . 104
'i,, 5 N The Lion Roars ..................... . . . 106
One Advance Scores a Hit . . . . . . . 108
-'f fif Double Dose of Courage ...... . . . 109
Monarch Bouys Stay Afloat... . . .110
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LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE
5800 Fulton Ave.
Van Nuys, California 91401
look was projected in
this photo to accom-
modate the "Energy
Crisis" that hit many
Utah, was one of the Ski
Club's scheduled trips
for the year. By Robert
V3II9Y COIIGQS Students- CENTERFOLD: Climbing the
By Robert Lach man.
BACK COVER: Marti McHugh
by John Rosenfield.
INSIDE FRONT: Joanne
Romine by Robert
stairs to knowledge are
Cleft to rightj Rick Bellin-
son, Kathy Sulyinger,
and Phillip Krugel. By
OPPOSITE: Valley College
students were partici-
pants in the meteoric
craze of "streaking"
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By Carolyn Ristuccia
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Valley College in its prime in 1974, and then Valley in 1949. A
microfilm machine reels over 25 years of faded photos and
print-vestiges of a rural Van Nuys. A rain-swollen dirt road
known as Burbank Boulevard lined with cow pastures, barns, an
old silo . . , baby pictures of an infant city, a spacious excuse
for 'the building of what was to become one of the most
prestigious, if not the largest, of the community colleges in the
In 1951, when saddle shoes, bobby sox, and prom queens
were the rage, Valley College president Dr. Vierling Kersey cut
the ceremonial ribbon marking the college's official opening on
its present campus. A barnyard collection of bungalows neigh-
boring Van Nuys High School, its purpose, announceda local
newspaper, "would be to serve the surrounding community at
And so, with a faculty of 22 and a student body slightly
shadowing the minimum enrollment requirement, Valley grew'
to colossal proportions.
From an enrollment of 540 students in 1951 to a towering
registration of nearly 20 thousand in 1974, the years came and
went, transforming a temporary collection of 32 bungalows, a
cafeteria and a theatre arts building into a 105-acre educational
Innovative legislation passed in 1907 authorized in 1949 the
S32 million funding for Valley College's creation. The brainchild
of educational maverics Dr. David jordan, president of Leland
Stanford University, and Dr, Alexis Lange, dean of the Univer-
sity of California, the 1907 measure encouraged local high
school districts to offer interested alumni post-graduate courses
in lower division university work.
As the community college steadily grew to precocious matur-
ity, the system established itself as the newest and most
permanent of educational experiments. Setting a national prece-
dent, between 1916 and 1973, billions of California tax dollars
had subsidized the building of some 94 community colleges
throughout the state.
Dazzling the progressive notions of both the "starry-eyed"
sociologist and the "tail-wagging politician," the community
college with its "education for everybody who wants it" appeal
carried the concept of education as a right and not a privilege
closer to reality. '
One of the first schools to provide a springboard curricula of
two-year course programs in academic transfer work and
occupational training, Valley was soon to recruit a pied piper
following of unwavering community support. A
To the utter amazement of city tax assessors, an otherwise
persnickity voting public was suddenly saying "yes" to a most
unpopular issue-increased funding for institutions of higher
learning during a time when student activism on college
campuses throughout the nation was at an all-time high.
In 1968, when the California electorate was particularly
adamant in assigning "no" vote after "no" vote to bond issues
calling for allocations designed to enlarge the state university
system, the community college continued to lasso ballot box
Following an improvement campaign that gave the college
modern chemistry, engineering, physics, and foreign language
facilities, a 100,000 volume library, and an Administration
Building, funding was also allotted for the construction of the
new Music and Theatre Arts Buildings, the Campus Center, a
cafeteria, and two gymnasiums.
With these developments at hand, Valley was able to
accommodate the ever-rising onslaught of enrollees.
Who came, and why they came, is the professional educator's
"once upon a time" storyrthat leaves everyone living "happily
Drawing individuals from every social and economic station,
schools like Valley attracted people with serious and, for the
most part, sincere academic intentions, serious teachers and
serious students. Rather than a "Big U" catch-all for research-
minded Ph.D.'s and self-styled intellectual elitists, Valley offers
a modest but highly efficient example of what education can
be: education for learning's sake . . . minus the pomp and the
Cutting across the class lines that have traditionally reserved
higher education for a privileged few, a no- or low-tuition policy
coupled with lenient admission requirements have provided
many with the opportunity to pursue avenues of personal
expression formerly closed to them. To attend it is not necessary
for one to be wealthy or in the top 4 percent of his high school
graduating class, or even a high school graduate.
Said to give even the so-called "academic loser" another shot
at succeeding by lending a supportive hand to the treadmill
products of what educational psychologist A. R. Ekerman
caustically termed "the system that teaches everybody to
memorize and nobody to think," Valley College has provided a
refreshing change for students who left public school believing
they would never return to any school.
"After I got out of high school," says Barbara Edelman,
second-year chemistry student, "the last thing I wanted to do
was get into another structured learning situation. I was
thoroughly sick of the whole thing." Between the mickey mouse
teacher-student power politics and the "busy work" assign-
ments, Barbara said she didn't know school had anything to
offer until she came to Valley on the advice of a friend.
"Besides liking the fact that I'm here because I want to be," she
says, "I appreciate the luck l've had with instructors . . . they
don't make you feel like a mental peon for not understanding
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This farmland is where Valley College was built. No one knew
at the tlme that someday these grounds would become an
Dr. Robert Horton, fourth president in the
history of Valley College, will be leading
the college in a salute to Valley's
something. You're expected to ask questions. If they don't have
the feed back, how else can they know if you're learning?"
Located in the suburban midst of L.A. County, Valley is large
by any standard of measurement, and after 25 years the college
remains a standing butress of relaxed sophistication in a maze of
As statistics supplied by the office of educational develop-
ment reveal, the Valley College transfer student is inclined to do
better than the high school student who went directly to the
university. This is of special benefit to the high-caliber student
who cannot afford the ever-rising cost of the four-year schools.
By attending the community college he may obtain the equiva-
lent or superior education while at the same time cutting costs
Also running in favor of the community college is the fact
that it provides a better chance for psychological adjustment
during a time of emotional uncertainty reflected in national
figures that show suicide to be the number one killer of college
While the community college and university students face
identical pressures for achieving success, one underlining differ-
ence separates the two groups-that of attitude. Shortly after
making the adjustment from one system to another, the transfer
student is thrown into a state of limbo.
ln opposition to the larger institutions in which a student
suffers from a gnawing sense of alienation, the Valley student is
accustomed to making and maintaining ties preserved long after
At Valley, professors, rather than teaching assistants, con-
tinue to instruct classes in which students are known and
addressed by name. Student-teacher contact is a serious
formality that escapes sacrifice in even the largest of classes.
The Valley student does not lead a campus oriented life style.
As available statistics reveal, the average Valley student is
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two or more children, and carries a full academic load. Unlike
the university student who attends on-campus lectures, films
and concerts as routinely as he attends classes, the Valley
student has little or no time to indulge in such aesthetic
But just as a realistic computation of an average age is limited
to rough approximations, determining the predominant gender
of Valley students is subject to relative generalities.
Statistics, however, clearly indicate that the proportion of
women students is rapidly increasing. There is a change . . .
women are coming to school. ln keeping with a national trend,
women at Valley now constitute a whopping 41 percent of the
student body, contrasted to a mere 25 percent just six years ago.
"Susie Homemaker" has suddenly gone academic. Majoring in
home economics and child care development was fine for Betty
White, but chemistry, math, engineering, even electronics, are
Prof. Locks, one of the few teachers who have been at
Valley since its opening, spends most of his time
counseling and teaching.
But equally as impressive was the interim transformation of
senior citizens into participating students. After a 30-to-40-year
absence, retired men and women are flocking to the college for
what Harry Morrison, 72-year-old history major, terms a "vitality
Freed of time and monetary restrictions, the Ben Gay crowd
have turned in their heating pads and rocking chairs for black-
boards, slide rules, and textbooks. A "tried-and-true" cure-all for
individuals disenchanted with the monotonous "joys" of retire-
ment living, enthusiasts say, Valley serves to retard senility.
"The brain is a muscle," chirps 68-year-old art student Beth
Goldman, "You don't use it, and it dies." A former nurse, Mrs.
Goldman loathes TV game shows, morbid people, and ortho-
pedic shoes. She has found, however, that the intellectual
activity as a student at Valley now heightens and revitalizes her
But whether a student is coming back or going to college for
the first, second, or third time, one is impressed by the
compatible blend of old and new faces.
After counseling, graduating, training and transferring some
students, Valley, in its 25 year life span, has gained long
standing recognition for its ability to rejuvenate the old,
re-idealize the cynical, and stimulate the unmotivated.
Whether the individual sets his sights on an A.A. degree, an
occupational certificate, or transfer or terminal work, the
certainty of receiving the best possible education at the least
possible cost is a guarantee offered to any student interested in
So a quarter of a century later, Valley College, which began
as nothing more than a disheveled network of ruffrock shanties,
has mushroomed from infinitesimal insignificance to ranking
predominance as an institution geared to helping people of all
varieties to utilize and' develop their talents to the fullest
Cesar Chavez, leader of the United Farm
Workers, Valley's MECHA members, and
farmworkers, rallied together at a picket
line in San Fernando.
By Marc Littman
Illustrated byAparicio Gil
The seeds of change planted in the throes of last lune's
tumultuous A.S. government elections took root and bore fruit
in the form of positive accomplishment last fall.
Dominated by a viable contingent of minority students
headed by lo Anne Orijel, the new council quickly asserted
itself and appropriated S9O,220, the third largest allocation of
student funds in Valley College history, for the construction of
the Recreation Room.
David Churchill, the catalyst behind the project despite his
own physical limitations, later surfaced in the political arena
before the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees,
and in a bitter harrangue convinced the board to repeal a ban
on campus cigarette sales.
Indeed, the semester was saturated with fervent rhetoric as
Churchill's fellow council members shed their stilted insulation
and reacted with partisan sentiments to the pressing issues
outside the college including the Mideast War, Gov. Reagan's
tax limitation initiative, the energy crisis, impeachment, the
struggle of the United Farm Workers, and teacher collective
Frustrated in an earlier bid, Orijel and her fellow council
cohorts from MECHA and the B.S.U. mounted a successful
drive to secure Bobby Seale, the co-founder of the Black
Panther Party, as part of their November Campus Speaker
Bobby Seale, co-founder ol the Black Panthers, spoke
before the largest student turnout ofthe year in Valley's
Free Speech Area.
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Mayor Tom Bradley suggested ideas for
accomplishing conservation of energy at a
press-conference in Van Nuys.
Before a predominantly White crowd of over 700 students in
the Free Speech area, the ebullient Black leader enjoined Whites
to "stop being policy-makers" and further expressed hopes of
getting all the minorities to work as a "coalition,"
Several weeks prior to Seale's visit, another issue dealing with
minorities embroiled the council in further heightened contro-
versy. The question of creating an office of jewish Ethnic
Studies augmenting the established offices of Black and Chicano
Studies threatened to render a split over just how much minority
input the government could tolerate. I
The ensuing argument was bantered back and forth with
council members Ben Cheng and David Churchill contemplating
flooding the ruling body with still two other minority com-
missioners, those of Asian Studies and one representing the
interests of handicapped students, if the measure passed. The
threats never materialized, however, as the measure received a
15-T vote placing it on the general election ballot where it was
overwhelmingly approved by the voters.
But overshadowing this apparent preoccupation with minority
issues, an evaluative look of the Fall '73 council's record is
impressive. Besides their achievements already mentioned, they
implemented a workable system of teacher evaluation, prompt-
ed constitutional review, pushed an increase in paid ID sales
from 54.1 percent to 60 percent, established a baby sitting
exchange service, and generally made the workings of student
government more open and accessible to the campus populace.
Congressman James Carman contributed his efforts
to the Impeach the President Campaign at a rally
held in Valley's cafeteria.
Governor Ronald Reagan appeared at Hollywood High
School to support Proposition 1, which was, however,
its chief failures lay in not achieving the flaunted goals of a
child care center on campus and the opening of A.S. elections
to non-paid ID holders, factors which may have accounted for
Orijel's poor showing in the Spring '74 presidential race.
The semester was capped with the official dedication of the
New Women's Gymnasium, a prominent event in the college's
25th anniversary celebration.
The event was marred somewhat, though, by the proximate
firings of 129 long-term substitute teachers districtwide over the
interpretation of the amended Dymally-Robbins Law. And, as
Dr. Leslie Koltai, chancellor of the district, and other board
members shuffled uncomfortably in the dismal rain at the
Women's Gym dedication ceremonies, again, empty rhetoric
could be heard resounding throughout the expansive structure.
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Some capricious friends indulge in folly with
a comrade who has taken up the extra
curricular activity of streaking
The couple that streaks together, stays together.
College fads have come a long way, and streaking'
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The news of the spring semester was
marked extensively with culminations of
numerous major projects related to Valley
Among the first projects to venture into
the news spotlight was the completion of
the new Women's Gym, which was dedi-
cated lan. 8, 1974 by Dr. Robert Horton,
president of Valley College, Mrs. Marion
LaFollette, Chancellor Leslie Koltai, and
President Frederic Wyatt of the Board of
The gym construction was delayed,
since its beginnings last year, by inclement
weather, worker strikes, and two cancelled
dedication ceremonies. These problems,
however, only served to enhance every-
one's satisfaction of its completion.
Several other brand new additions came
to Valley that same week. The first was in
the cafeteria directors office, which be-
came the baliwick of james Loss, the
former director of food services for the Los
Angeles Community College District. Loss
By Wm. L. Crawford
Illustrated by Peter Brandt
assumed the reins of the cafeteria from the
able hands of Mrs. Kay Grabowski.
Another newcomer to Valley was john
Becker who took over the post vacated by
Ed Sowash, former football coach. Becker
brought an impressive record with him
from the University of New Mexico where
he was an assistant coach for two years.
Also breaking into action in a new
position was Frederic Wyatt who assumed
the presidency of the Community College
Board of Trustees. Wyatt took over after
Dr. Monroe F. Richman resigned as presi-
dent but not as a trustee.
The next culmination of effort over a
long-term tfive-yearj project reached the
headlines when the Board of Trustees
approved a proposal authorizing the con-
struction of Child Care Centers at all eight
of the community colleges in the district.
The site of Valley's future Child Care
Center will be in Parking Lot D near Ethel
Avenue and Oxnard Street.
At this time the Community College
Outreach Program reached a high point in
success as it expanded its program to
community members who, for one reason
or another, could not attend Valley Col-
lege. The Outreach Program was initiated
by Dr. Koltai, who sought to increase the
availability of the community college
Valley recognized the existence of the
energy crunch, which imposed a cutback
on energy consumption by 20 percent, by
cutting back on lighting, heating, air
conditioning, and even hot water tem-
perature in the restrooms.
A computer carpool system and a better
RTD system to Valley were also researched
for application at Valley in light of the oil
crisis limiting the availability of gasoline.
The oil crisis, Watergate, the possible
impeachment of President Richard Nixon,
local politics, Women's lib, and many
other topics occupied campus forums.
Speakers included Congressman james
Corman CD-22nd Districtj, 'john Schacter,
president of the Southern California Chap-
ter of the American Civil Liberties Union,
and Frank Wilkinson, director of the Na-
tional Committee Against Repressive Leg-
As if in answer to a need for innovative
projects to be developed after those which
had recently become reality, Dr. Horton
met for the first time on Feb. 25 with
members of the Los Angeles Valley Col-
lege Historical Museum Committee to
discuss plans for the creation in Valley's
library of a museum containing the history
of the San Fernando Valley.
A few of the major problems on campus
this spring, including the eternal, infernal
parking problem, which was aggravated by
construction of a drainage conduit, and
the raising of questions concerning aca-
demic freedom when a Valley student
came into conflict with a professor and
was temporarily suspended. But, no less
noticeable was the outbreak of flesh-
flashing "streak" freaks who caused many
a double take on the grounds. No sooner
had the new craze broken out upon the
college scene when great numbers of
Valley students joined in.
As always, through the entire semester,
the A.S. Council was busy bearing the
yoke of leadership. Among the many
appropriations, concerts and speakers
sponsored, the council worked aggressive-
ly at such problems as open voting, ID
card evaluation and sales, and new pro-
grams on campus, including Women's
Week, Black Cultural Week, and jewish
A major event wrapping up the semester
was the 25th anniversary of Valley College
which was attended by the pioneers of
Valley, including faculty, administration,
and students. Among the student guests
were student body presidents, editors, and
club members from the beginnings of
academic excellence in 1949.
By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Crown Chief Photographer
Once upon a time in the land of plenty
there was an "Energy Crisis."
Although it was heralded throughout
the land, the people were unprepared for
It came sometime before sunrise, when
the populace was unable to see it. The
people looked high and low, although
never finding it, they could feel its pres-
The existing rulers, Wealther and Plen-
telope, were dethroned and exiled to
another time, but swore they would return
when the people were ready to abide by
their laws, accusing them of bringing the
"Energy Crisis" upon themselves.
The new ruler was a monarch, who soon
appointed the Cas Lords to their stations
to dictate virtually every facet of the
Lord Regular placed his beloved Lady
Ethel on a pedestal that loomed over the
people as she charged them exorbitant
prices just to move about the cities.
When winter came, the people were
only allowed to burn seven logs of wood a
day, maintaining a 68-degree temperature
throughout their households, and abusers
were threatened with fines if they did not
Life was hard that winter, for the people
could not psychologically accept the ac-
climatizing, although their bodies could.
Far away in the eighth district was a
small kingdom named Valley College. A
Monarch ruled there also, but he was kind,
and the people barely knew about the new
laws because of the intelligent methods
the Monarch used to accommodate the
A squire in the Monarch's castle named
the Average joe knew that changes were
being made, but all the king's men made
them without upsetting the subjects in the
"l've heard the torches were replaced
with 75 strings instead of the customary
100 strings, but they still seem to burn
brightly," he said, "even though half of
them were removed from the halls.
"The bucket to the well is smaller, and
we're not getting as much water as we
used to, but I suppose it's just as well," he
said. "We wasted a good deal transporting
it to the palace.
"We also discovered that if we keep the
windows washed regularly, we'll only need
candles on the walled sides of the rooms
to balance the lighting," explained joe.
. . . So as the day draws to an end, joe
finishes up his final chores, and he never
has to worry because there are just a few
candles to extinguish.
Dont For et to Yiirn
Whereas some toothpastes can boast up
to 20 percent fewer cavities, Valley Col-
lege can boast of using 46 percent less
The state of California and the eighth
district Community College Board of Trus-
tees demanded a 20 percent energy reduc-
tion, with Valley complying with and
doubling the requested cutbacks as early
as last April.
Even with the addition of the new
VVomen's Gym, Valley is still a district
leader in curtailing energy consumption.
A bulb-snatching corp of men, spear-
headed by plant facilities director julian
Berko, were the working nucleus who
customized the school to accommodate
the energy impoverished conditions that
hit the state full force last fall.
The plant facilities staff scoured the
campus, scrubbing away all the superflu-
ous energy being wasted on empty build-
ings and by cutting down on the Broad-
way-lighted hallways and the tropic-
heated, arctic-cooled classrooms.
Visual cutbacks were seen throughout
the campus as the staff proceeded to
replace 100-watt bulbs and fluorescent
lamps with 75-watt lights.
Heating and air-conditioning were used
less frequently, and 68-degree tempera-
tures reigned supreme throughout the
Electrician Fred Ortiz replaces
fluorescent tubes with tubes of less
wattage to help cut back on
Hall lighting was cut in half, with every
other fixture beaming, and although it
wasn't compulsory, many teachers taught
their classes with alternating rows of lights
The electric water coolers in the hall-
ways were unplugged, and unless students
cooperate and stop turning them on, the
staff might be forced to remove the
cording, caushing unnecessary tax dollars
to be spent, said Berko.
The temperature of hot water in the
restrooms has been reduced 10 percent,
along with the water pressure.
Valley has also conserved on human
energy, Berko said, explaining that timers
were bought forthe lawn sprinklers which
liberated his crew from the cumbersome
task of watering themselves by turning on
the individual systems.
However, his staff has more work to do
now than in the past. Continually search-
ing for new ways to curtail energy con-
sumption, they have discovered if fluores-
cent light fixtures are kept clean and the
tubes are removed when their ends start
greying, this will provide 50 percent better
During their investigation, the plant
facilities staff have accumulated some
helpful hints for administrators as well as
students, said Berko,
On bright sunny days, he suggests that
Thomas Rukivina prepares piping
for a wall heater in one of the
many campus bungalows.
Turning down the air-conditioners
to save on energy, George
De Smet cuts back on the
hungriest energy eater of all.
Wayne Randall adiusts the hot
water temperatures, while VC
students learn to acclimatize to
George Palovitch works on the
electronic lighting control circuits
throughout the campus.
teachers turn off the two rows of lighting
nearest the windows, asserting that avail-
able lighting would be sufficient for class-
Primarily, Berko emphasized, the staff
would like to equip the rooms with light
and heating timers regulated on an hourly
basis, supplying forgetful faculty members
with an insurance policy so the energy
rates won't go up.
lt's become the staff's second nature to
turn out any lights in rooms that are
unused, said Herko. Currently, custodians
only light the room they are working in
during the after-hours cleanup, while the
rest of the building is dark.
"Even with utility cost increases, we feel
that with our conservation programs, we
are holding the line on our energy expen-
ditures," said Berko, emphasizing that the
upcoming sweltering summer months
would prove to be the hungriest energy
eaters ol all.
Valley Colleges president, Dr. Robert
Horton, was among the first to experience
a lighting reduction in his office, and the
faculty had to tote home some of their
convenient, yet energy-eating, appli-
ances. lierko is very optimistic because of
the cooperation received from all.
Oh, but lust one more thing, he said
' "Don't forget to turn off the lights."
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Julian Berko, plant facilities
director, discusses areas for
possible energy cutbacks with
electrician Fred Ortiz.
'Respunsi E Eu ernment'
By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
During confrontations with the Associated Students Organiza-
tion Council of Spring 1973 a large contingent of students
debated the lack of proper representation for minority factions
at Los Angeles Valley College.. Their struggle to create the
offices of commissioner of Black studies and commissioner of
Mexican-American studies was voted down by the existing
The dissatisfied contingent, seeing a need to further its goals
and ambitions, crystalized into a prominent student power.
They organized a slate and regarded themselves as United
Students for a Responsive Government. From there, the voting
student body chose to staff the council with all but two slate
Serving as a nucleus of that group was a certain young lady
who at the time served as president of MECHA. Une recall
election and 59 headaches later she was voted into the office of
AS, student body president for Fall Semester 1973.
For the first time in her career, jo Anne Orijel was a winning
number on the roulette wheel of politics. "I believed that a
different attitude in government was necessary, and that I had
the ability to do the work," explained the 24-year-old Virgo.
"The position of leadership is a hard one, and it becomes 10
times harder when you become a leader of leaders," said Miss
During her experiences while working with fellow council
members, Miss Orijel found each one to be a strong leader.
However, the Latin-American studies major does not plan to
pursue a career in politics.
With a Mexican-American heritage Miss Orijel aspires to
become a teacher of Latin-American studies. The key influence
in this decision was Valley College's Manual Rodriguez, asso-
ciate professor of Spanish. "lt was Dr. Rodriguez's teaching and
his absorption in his subject that really encouraged me to
change my major," explained Miss Orijel.
The former nursing major exhibits a desire to work with
Mexican-American students through counseling. Already, Miss
Orijel has received a reputation as being a competent student
adviser for her efforts in Valley's student advisers office.
Student Body President Jo Anne Oriiel, competently mastered
the techniques of parliamentary procedure while holding her
office. Open council discussion led to student unity
and campus improvements throughout the fall semester.
Massive arches dominate the architecture ofthe
San Fernando Valley Mission. Miss Oriiel interprets
the mission as being a representative symbol
Miss Oriiel explained that when counseling Mexican-Ameri-
cans who did not have the right attitudes impressed upon them
at an early age, she attempts to revamp their philosophies and
enhance their aspirations.
Along with her professional interests, Miss Oriiel enjoys
singing, drawing, and writing.
The San Fernando High graduate held the position of editor of
the school's literary magazine, "Tiger Tales," for two and a half
years, Through this experience she found, "Sometimes it's hard
to translate my feelings to paper, but other times it's my only
As early as the middle of the fall semester, Miss Oriiel
recognized that "This school has really been an experience for
me. It knocks the idealism out of you."
Miss Oriiel initially became involved with student government
because she believed the most important thing was to achieve
an avenue for student involvement. While in office Miss Oriiel
has enlarged her former philosophy and found the real back-
bone of her efforts to be in the promotion of such an avenue
and to gain the interest and help of Valley College students.
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The Slate and its Fate
By Wm. L. Crawford
Illustrated by john Rosenfield
The Executive Council of Fall 1973 actually began
before the elections were held. With the exception
of only four members, the entire working A.S.
Council, headed by JoAnne Orijel, ran on a slate
called United Students for a Responsive Govern-
ment. The main objective of the elected US mem-
bers was open communication and, along with the
four non-slate members the Council, reflected a
refreshing openness and display of concern as the
Vice-President Eric Thompson, eloquently soft-
spoken, is a music major at Valley. His chairman-
ship of the IOC included the direction of the
underprivileged children's Christmas Party and an
attempt to re-evaluate the paid ID.
Another of Thompson's projects while in office
included the continuation of the Teacher Evaluation
Committee in conjunction with Tau Alpha Epsilon,
of which he is a member.
The general aims of Mitch Harmatz, A.S. Treas-
urer, included "the efficient direction of A.S.
funds." Harmatz focused his attention on such
projects as the funding of the recreation center
which is under construction in the basement of the
Chief justice Bill Nelson was also a council
returnee who felt that his wide experience as past
commissioner of elections and also AMS president
would help him bring more participation to the
Associated Students Supreme Court. Nelson also
extended his efforts in the area of constitutional
revision in the judicial branch.
The progression of construction in the recreation
room project and increased concern for the needs of
handicapped students on campus were the main
interest of Commissioner of Campus Improvements
David Churchill. Churchill's constant interest in
campus activities was not hampered by his confine-
ment to a wheelchair, and he was often found
spearheading such action as the students' plea to
rescind a tobacco sale ban on campus, Churchill
said, "l'm majoring in psychology because I must
learn to rely on 95 percent brainpower and use only
five percent physical strength."
Commissioner of Elections Hector Crillone
handled the elections for fair representation seats on
Council and the spring general elections efficiently,
although hampered by a late start. The third semes-
ter T.A. major was appointed to his office in the fall
upon the resignation of the initial elected officer. "l
gave Mr. Cicotti a hard time and kept him on the
edge of his seat, but everything turned out all right,"
Alex Hampton ran for the office of commissioner
of evening division "to give the evening student a
fair shake." One of Hampton's goals was to establish
a permanent stationary suggestion box for night
student use. Another goal was to form a committee
to improve campus nighttime lighting. However, the
energy crisis took precedence. On Council, Hamp-
ton did become deeply involved with the imple-
menting of the office of jewish Ethnic Studies on
Commissioner of Fine Arts Bill Lamphar felt
Valley College should act as the cultural center for
the community. He was also interested in the
evaluation of the A.S. constitution and was instru-
mental in the establishment of a standing evaluation
committee. Lamphar also worked diligently in the
creation of an improved speaker series.
Manuel Suarez joined the US slate because he
"didn't feel the A.S. council was representing the
whole student body in the previous semester."
Suarez was elected to council as AMS president and
took an interest in supplementing the educational
process with a relevant and enlarged speaker series.
Suarez was forced to resign his post due to
Dersonal problems near the end of the semester. The
office was filled by journalism major james Wenck,
who was elected by a two-thirds majority of the
As commissioner of public relations, Barbara
Branson's main project was to form a committee to
study publicity problems on campus. One of her
main objectives was to establish a standing weekly
press conference between Council and campus news
Commissioner of Social Activities Yocee Recht-
man brought musical groups to campus last semes-
ter, as well as a magic show. His main concern,
however, was to "listen to all sides concerned" on
council matters. He also chaired the Governmental
Convention established by council. He said of the
semester's action, "Even with a great many factions
involved, we still accomplished much."
Bobbe McGhie was concerned with setting up a
child care center, which came closer to reality than
in the five previous years. She was also involved
with the establishing of a babysitting co-op on
campus and the furthering of the Women's Rights
cause. "Special concern for the cries of Women's
Liberation and what it ultimately means - that's
what l've worked for," said Ms. McGhie of her term
Commissioner of Scholastic Activities Valerie
Little worked diligently with a scholarship and grant
revision committee and in organizing the annual
Sonya Loya studied the funding problems of the
Women's Athletic Department as Commissioner of
Women's Athletics and the Commissioner of Men's
Athletics, Ben Cheng worked to build Valley's sports
ernhusiasm with the aid of bigger and better pep
,Commissioner of Records Elaine Eaddy, along
with her regular recording duties, was instrumental
in the organization of the alumni homecoming.
The office of Executive Council Parliamentarian
went unoccupied for nearly half this semester. lt
was finally filled when Brian Dennis was appointed.
Dennis showed enthusiasm and the required objec-
tivity in his term and also served as Associate justice
of the Supreme Court.
Two new offices were added to council at the
beginning of the fall semester. They were the offices
of Black Ethnic Studies, held by Robert Wise, and
Chicano Ethnic Studies held by Salvador Barrios.
Wise was, unfortunately, forced to resign his office
near the close of the semester due to a personal
tragedy. The ethnic offices on council were un-
precedented at Valley and served to inspire the
request for the office of jewish Ethnic Studies.
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AVery Good Year
By Margot A. Meyer
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Generally speaking, 1973 was not the most profit-
able year for a certain vice-president of national
renown. But for Eric Thompson, Associated Student
vice-president for Fall 1973, the year brought the
A.S. presidency for the spring semester.
After completing his first semester in student
government office in january, Thompson, a soft-
spoken music major, has discovered an acute addic-
tion to political life on campus. The A.S. presidency
will enable him to follow through on plans that were
set in motion during the fall semester, and initiate
new programs for campus and community improve-
Born and raised in the farming community of
Fairmont, Minn., Thompson left high school to
enter the service when he was 17. He came to the
West Coast in 1965 and has attended Valley for four
As a music major Thompson is attempting to
improve and perfect his skills on several instruments
and in the area of composing. "Music is like any
other parallel art.field," he said. "First, you have to
learn to be a craftsman. Then, when you become
competent, you can adequately decide whether you
want to be an artist."
Channelled into the political vein through his
concern for the Music Department at Valley,
Thompson's ambitions increased with his involve-
ment and were given a boost when he won the vice-
presidency last year.
"I had a multitude of aims by the time I decided
to run for vice-president," said Thompson. "One was
to increase communications on campus, tearing
down the walls, so to speak."
Another goal that the 33-year-old president
brought with him to Spring A.S. Council was the
idea of increasing the worth of the student ID card
by increasing its benefits. Thompson said that he
would like to "give some kind of discount to the
students for purchases in community stores, as well
as on campus."
This effort would promote close communications
with the surrounding community. To upgrade and
encourage a liaison between -the community and
A.S. Council, Thompson created the appointed
position of community coordinator.
Two more objects of business that Thompson
hopes to finish are tying down the ends of a teacher
evaluation taken by A.S. Council during the pre-
vious semester and completion of a constitutional
Among his goals for the spring semester, Thomp-
son plans to investigate forms of comprehensive
health insurance and a possible meal ticket that
would give paid ID holders a discount in the campus
cafeteria. Also in the beginning stages is the estab-
lishment of a women's self-help clinic. He expects
that a major portion, if not all, of these projects will
be accomplished before the year is out.
Voter turnout is usually a cause for concern in
student government elections. And this year's elec-
tions proved no exception. But signs of concern did
surface over the outbreak of war in the Middle East
during several A.S. Council meetings. Although no
formal action was taken by the council, more than
1,200 students signed a petition protesting Arab
aggression in Israel.
To Thompson this "gesture of feeling and moral
outrage" was very significant in measuring the
sensitivity and concern of the Associated Students.
More students signed the petition than had ever
voted in an election since Thompson has been at
In an attempt to learn the 'craft' of being a
politician, Thompson hopes that he can avoid
symptoms of a popular occupational disease -
As a music maior, Thompson discovered the
demanding hours of practice he must put in each week.
Mark Van Proyen
By Michael Hudson
Illustrated by john Rosenfield
For two semesters in a row a group of students
who banded together to form a political slate have
captured a majority of the Associated Student
Last May, the U.S. iUnited Studentsl slate put up
candidates for all 16 of the A.S. Council seats.
lSince that time three more seats have been added
to council. The seats are commissioner of Black,
Chicano, and jewish ethnic studiesi Of the 16 who
ran, 12 were elected.
This semester the slate was entitled RSVP lRe-
sponsible Students for Valley's Progressj, and it ran
13 candidates for office. Of those, 10 were elected.
Their slate took 10 stands.
. . . to work creatively to increase the A.S. in-
come so that each Valley student would derive more
. . . to initiate an objective review of the consti-
. . . to protect the Valley students' mandate that
each ethnic department be represented adequately
. . . to propose formation of a women's self-help
clinic run by Valley students
. . . to be receptive to the voice of Valley stu-
dents through public meetings and more viable
communication with council
. . . to require each ASO commissioner to estab-
lish a task force committee of students to augment
. . . to insure a base for a permanent evaluation
to help students in registration
. . . to inquire into cafeteria policies, especially
pricing and quality
. . . to initiate a Valley College car pool
...and to establish a Valley community co-
ordinator to increase communication between Val-
ley College and the community
All members of the slate have indicated that they
will support these motions in council. Alex Hamp-
ton, vice-president, said that by the end of the
semester he wanted to act on every one of these
motions, either to have them in effect, to have them
come before council, or to put them on the ballot
before the students.
David Churchill, incumbent commissioner of
campus improvements, wanted to end the present
method of posting announcements and worked to
establish two kiosks, pillars 6 to 8 feet tall to display
Cheryl Smith, commissioner of scholastic activi-
ties, wanted to make more students aware of what
A.S. funds are available.
Mark Van Proyen, commissioner of fine arts, said,
"l want to bring to this campus films that have not
been shown in commercial theaters." He worked to
accomplish this goal with the help of Pat O'Brien,
the chairman of video at Cal Arts, Bill Boritz, who is
with the L.A. Film Co-op, and Fidel Danieli, Valley
instructor of art.
Ralph Griffin, Evening Division commissioner
found out the average age of the night student at
Valley, so he could plan activities valuable and
interesting to these students.
Alex Hampton, vice-president, had many projects
involving Valley students. One of the projects will
get the student in the stomach. Hampton worked to
see a kosher style deli added to the cafeteria, and a
10 percent discount to all students holding paid lD's
with purchases of 50 cents or more.
Peg Foster, chief justice of the student court, was
bucking, along with the rest of the RSVP members,
for an "objective review of the constitution by the
Carolynn Kaiser, AWS president, worked toward
establishing a health referral service on campus to
handle women's health problems, and Ms. Kaiser
also supports the campaign promise of RSVP to
propose a women's self-help clinic.
lirn Wenck, AMS president, planned the second
annual "World Pinball Championship," and estab-
lished a men's health referral clinic through the AMS
Brian Dennis, commissioner of elections, worked
to promote an open, fair student body election at
Lester Sloane, commissioner of public relations,
worked toward getting the message to more VC
students about the various activities that concern
them. By making more effective use of the facilities
on hand, he hopes to reach more people. He seeks
better use of the various marquees on campus, more
effective use of LAVC, and better distribution of the
weekly student bulletin.
Sherry Ann Tow, commissioner of social activi-
ties, worked to implement more cultural entertain-
ment on campus. "I would like to bring the student
back to the campus through things like dances and
concerts," said Ms. Tow.
Karen Bird, commissioner of women's athletics,
worked toward establishing a chapter of California
Association of Health, Physical Education, and
Recreation at Valley.
Beatrice Fortson, commissioner of Black ethnic
studies, worked toward giving more information to
minority students concerning their futures. "I have
started to meet with some of the Black students on
campus. l am trying to interest them in certain
activities and encourage them to attend. I am also
trying to promote more Black awareness through
Black history to help us get together," said Fortson.
Ami Corden, commissioner of jewish ethnic
studies, tried to set up information pertaining to
Israel and Judaism, to set up a focal point between
jews and non-jews.
If the total hopes of the Spring '74 AS Council
were attained, they would most likely stop the
student from just coming to Valley and taking
classes, instead, they would be transformed into an
integral part of the LAVC scheme.
An unexpected kiss by Gordie, from
the Students for Animals, surprised
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By Elaine Nevelow
A llama nibbling an avocado - a Latin American village, huts
in the middle of Valley College - Frankenstein going in for a
face lift and a teacher dunked so many times he resembled an
old worn-out Hrillo pad.
Were you one of the hundreds of people swarming over
Monarch Square last Oct. 4? lf so, you know that these
flashbacks were only a minute part of Club Day, a semi-annual
orientation carnival which is held once during the fall and
Club Day's annual program involves campus clubs which
assemble in Monarch Square, each trying to insure its perpetuaf
tion by recruiting new members through informative, interest-
ing, and colorful demonstrations, displays, and booths.
The 36 clubs that participated in Fall Club Day joined as a
unified body to expose a capsulized version of individual club
prerogatives and agendas and make them readily available to
everyone on campus,
Within an unhurried, friendly atmosphere, any interested
student could obtain a wealth of knowledge concerning almost
any topic by just walking TO steps in any direction. One doesn't
ordinarily find that kind of refreshing "down home" attitude and
service in this age of time-conscious impersonalization.
The quad between the main entrance to the college and the
Campus Center stood silent and serene, but within two hours,
hundreds of voices, effervescent activity, and brightly colored
booths came and went,
Enthusiasm on the part of both club members and onlookers
ran high. At T1 a.m., it was the pleasureful duty of club
representatives to insure that the displays were kept beautiful,
and that all fascinated persons were instructed in the intricacies
of the club's programs.
Some booths were more difficult than others to keep in
perfect order. There wasn't much to maintaining mannequins or
inanimate objects in "tip-top" condition. However, those clubs
that were serving food, were seized upon and kept very busy
trying to supply the great demand. Great quantities of cup
cakes, cookies, punch, fruit, and ethnic foods passed from club
members to consumers, It was a very hectic two hours for clubs
with live displays, too.
A carnival atmosphere was the central theme of Club Day last
fall, which was developed by Club Day Chairman Dale Ma,
working in conjunction with an outstanding Club Day Commit-
tee. Each club tried in its own way to follow this theme.
Three awards were given for "Best All-Around Booth." A
round of judges rated the booths according to student body
interest, club participation and appropriateness to club aims.
Also presentation, originality, quality and general impression.
The flow of molecules was dissipated as the hand of the
karate student split the one-inch pine board. This demonstra-
tion, along with a self-defense exhibition, won the Karate Club
first place in the contest,
Second place was awarded to the Latin American Students
Organization for their expertise in building booths that re-
sembled thatched huts with palm leaf roofs. The Latin American
festive village lent itself easily to the "open marketplace"
atmosphere. Inside the huts, club members were selling fruits,
next to the booths were tables with products representative of
different Latin-American nations being displayed and sold.
Third place went to the Psychology Club for their mind-
bending brain-games of perception. These included color
wheels, memory drums, mazes, and a test for colorblindness.
The man whose leadership, direction, and guidance helped to
make Club Day a success was its chairman, Dale Ma, Valley
College student. He felt that its essential purpose is to per-
petuate club participation, and believes that clubs are still a
vital part of college life,
After all the students and clubs have packed up and gone
their ovvn ways, there was nothing left except a few scattered
tables, and some custodians cleaning up the aftermath. But that
spirit of high-intensity energy that was exerted by the students
transferred itself to each club.
Squeeky, a rare hawk, was a guest of the
Students for Animals Club.
With precision and split-second timing, Lynn
Kobayashi struck a blow to Scott McCartor's
Peggy Frank, president of Valley's honor society, Tau Alpha
Epsilon, offers the touch ot her lips tor four bits. TAE,
needless to say finished Club Day much wealthier.
BSU displayed many types of cultural dances
in front ot their booth at Club Day.
By David Thatcher
Noah's ark seemed to be unloading near
Skiers moved about the lawn as if it
Students gathered around a booth to
look up their teachers' photos in ancient
issues of "Crown."
Scenes such as these were not uncom-
mon that spring afternoon called Club Day
The theme of the event was "the '50's,f'
inspired by the current wave of nostalgia,
and the various campus organizations
captured the spirit of the era admirably.
Booths devoted to this period ranged from
a malt shop to a spirited dart-throwing
Renee Stonehocker, president of Stu-
dent California Teachers Association, out-
fitted her members with straw hats, varsity
sweaters, and other reminiscent items as
they mixed a type of soda meant to remind
us of Ozzie and Harriet.
From this point the eye naturally
stopped at the man approaching with the
boa constrictor wrapped around his waist.
None other than the 62-year-old naturalist
Gypsy Boots, working with Larry Frazin's
Students for Animals, proved to the crowd
that a snake need not always be feared.
Students for Animals sponsor Richard
Zucker emphasizes the great deal of plan-
ning that must go into one of their
"Any group could put together the
planning of most of these booths," ex-
plained Zucker, "but the number of peo-
ple necessary to successfully and safely
present our animal projects is seldom
known." Zucker and Frazin were largely
responsible for their unique club's award
of the most unusual presentation two
semesters ago. As they explain, Students
for Animals is the only club on any
campus in the United States with the full-
time devotion to the welfare of animals.
Another inspiring group was Bruce
Creager's Ski Lions and their stunning
demonstration of skiing techniques on dry
land, Creager said that alot of students are
hesitant to join because they feel that they
do not know enough about the sport.
"Actually, the majority of our people are
beginners," said Creager.
An exhibit that proved dangerous, but
only to its operators, was the journalism
club's dart-throwing booth. jim Wenck,
member of the Beta Phi Gamma chapter,
said that it was fun but added, "at times it
was dangerous. Some darts just missed
me!" In keeping with the theme of the
day, targets of the darts were Communist
symbols, reminiscent of the days of Sena-
tor joe McCarthy.
Some clubs, however, have no link with
the '50's. One such is the Newman Club.
Ronny Smith, club president, explained
that the purpose of the club is service
through unity. "Our club is Catholic in
orientation, but members of all faiths are
welcome," Pat Herrick, club member
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Highlighting Club Day was the Floto
Rooter Good Time Christmas Band,
which blared out everything from
classical to contemporary music.
Ami Gordon, commissioner ol
Jewish Ethnic Studies, munches
heartily on his falalel in front of
- -f the Hillel Council's booth.
Rob Curtis sticks his neck out iand
his tonguei with a boa constrictor
at Club Day. Snake was a feature
of the Students for Animals booth.
stressed. The Newman Club, rather than
capturing the past, stayed involved in the
present and provided free refreshments to
those interested in finding out about their
various community projects. "One of our
most successful projects," Smith added,
"is the newspaper reclamation and re-
cycling bin at the north end of the
A timely group now, but hardly 20 years
ago, is The Women's Collective under the
leadership of Helen Lemoine. Their link to
the '50's was in the sale of such domestic
items as potholders. "We can show in this
way that a woman's duties are no longer
servitude," said chairperson Lemoine,
adding, "The domestic arts are truly an art
and we are proud of our abilities."
Also timely to the social awareness of
this day was Emilio Franco's Latin Ameri-
can Students Organization and their
demonstration of the arts, crafts, and
music of the various Latin American cul-
tures. The ethnic group was responsible
for a fund-raising drive to meet scholar-
ship needs of Latin American students.
And so it was that Club Day '74 took
place this spring. An afternoon to remem-
ber for nostalgia as well as the present.
Some clubs are for recreation, some for
community service, and others are for the
development of the members' career
But all are for the thousands of students,
who on that day may have found them-
selves in the teamwork of their friends.
Free to Be
Vardeling down Broadway, Donna
Rae Birmer takes in the majesty of
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Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Amid the vast expanse of silvery whiteness, the determined
man stood alone, poised at the top of the world. As a result of
last night's violent snow storm, a thick carpet of new dry
powder snow lay gently on the ground, still untouched by man
or ski. It was early, the ancient sun had not yet stretched out to
span the horizon. There would never be a better time than now
to make the jump.
The only sounds he heard as he started down the run were the
whistling of the wind, and the faint sh-sh-sh of the skiis as they
glided swiftly over the velvet plushness of the frosty white snow.
It was almost as if he were flying.
The man and skiis were bonded together as one, and like a
speeding bullet he rushed toward the target-The Cornus. The
skiis longingly, desperately reached out to grasp their goal, the
next instant and it would be theirs.
Coming off the jump he soared upward with skiis and body in
perfect parallel alignment, winging his way to another world. A
sensitive, and at the same instant, exciting world, vibrant and
The world from which he had come was deadened by its
harsh gray coldness and the tastlessness of its life. But he had
escaped that world, if only momentarily, and ventured into this
one-an exhilarating, beautiful, and highly sensitive place.
He leaned forward, allowing the skiis to flyback, and
stretched out his arms like a bird spreading its wings. The tips of
the skiis were pointed toward the stars, and he toward earth.
Neither was bound for heaven nor earth, both were in limbo, a
place where time stands still.
Below him the sun was just coming up over the rugged snow-
capped mountains. lt peeked through the trees and bent down
to gently caress the silky white virgin snow, which glistened like
spun sugar under its adornment.
Nothing but the brilliant blue sky surrounded him, and the
little puffy white clouds floating in it. The crisp early morning
air interwoven into the tantalizing scent of the pine trees and
the fresh snow drifted up to him, filling his nostrils with tingling
excitement. A sudden surge of exhilaration shot through his
body, he could hear his heart pounding and the bloodicoursing
through his veins. He was free . . . freer than he could ever have
hoped to be. And he was alive . . f really alive . . . for the first
time in his entire existence.
He was coming out of his somersault now, and back into
parallel alignment with his skiis. What had seemed like an
eternity was merely seconds, for he was now descending rapidly
Some stout-hearty skiers wre willing to weather
a snow blizzard in order to enjoy the benefits of
Alta's excellent slopes.
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through the trees, some skiers
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By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Paul Neal has been forced to concern himself
with one of the most important unwritten laws in
the constitution governing the wilderness. "If a bear
is just about to get your food, you can scare him off
- it still belongs to you. But once he has the food,
there is no way you can get it back."
As president of the newly formed Mountaineering
Club, Biology Major Paul Neal, along with the help
of fall president and club originator, Al Tapia, saw
the year through on the Mountaineering Club's new
Fundamentals of self-preservation in the wilds and
camping techniques are discussed and taught at the
club meetings, which are held Thursdays at 11 a.m.
in Life Science 107.
Tapia explained that club sponsor Gerald Bessey
strongly influenced the club's organization. Bessey,
associate professor of biology, has injected his
knowledge of survival in the wilderness into the
club's very fiber. Hiking, backpacking, rock
climbing and ski touring are the facets of mountain-
eering that are practiced in the club.
Club members who are active not only with the
group, but also on their own time, register indivi-
dual likes and dislikes involved in mountaineering.
Tapia has just recently changed his major from
electronics to outdoor recreation. With a goal set at
becoming a park ranger or lecturer and instructor in
mountaineering sports, Tapia is experienced in the
fields of ski touring, survival instruction and camp-
ing, backpacking and rock climbing.
The biggest rush Tapia gets from mountaineering
is his relationships with people in the wilds. He finds
himself to have undergone a metamorphosis that
has cocooned into his becoming more self-assured
Instructions on howto handle mountain
climbing gear is explained by Club
President Al Tapia.
and an ability to transfer this into his daily trans-
actions in the city.
Tapia said, "You find a meadow and the whole
thing belongs to you - you don't hear the wind,
you don't hear insects, you don't hear people."
Club member Philip Deutschle experienced back-
packing for the first time with the Boy Scouts of
America. Recalling his adventure during his first
solo journey backpacking, Deutschle nearly had a
mountain lion as a bed partner, Making camp after
nightfall, he was unaware of what was beyond the
beam of his flashlight. In the morning he awoke to
find that he was trespassing on a local mountain
lion's territory. Luckily, he was not evicted.
Deutschle's biggest fear, oddly enough, is not the
elements of territorial wildlife, but the "crazy
people" that are frolicking up in the mountains.
When journeying away from his camp, he is com-
pelled to camouflage his gear, lest some confused
campers pass through and confiscate it for them-
Neal is a solitary camper. "l guess l'm sort of the
adventuresome type. I don't like to have to depend
on anyone." He concedes that solo excursions
eliminate the hassle of competition which occurs
frequently when companions disagree on routes,
campsite selections, or scheduled traveling time.
"When you're by yourself, you're the leader and the
tail end of the party."
This enthusiastic backpacker would rather spend
the night at the top of a secluded mountain pass
than park with the multitude at the foot of the pass.
He believes that that little extra effort at the end of
the day doubles itself in rewards when it permits
him to view a valley painted with a sunrise from a
lt's about this time Dennis 0'Leary begins
to think maybe he should take up tennis
or a sport that's more down-to-earth.
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masterfully performs a somewhat dangerous
descent between ragged mountain cliffs.
A veteran of the john Muir Trail, Neal refers to it
as being a zoo or a freeway. He does admit that it
was a profitable experience, but sees it as a one-shot
deal. Neal genuinely wants all people to take up the
art of backpacking, as long as they don't do it at the
same time he does.
Neal would not exactly qualify as a dedicated
disciple of doctrines of Euell Gibbons. Yet, he still is
in agreement that "All plants are edible, those that
taste terrible, those that don't have any nutritional
value, those that taste good, and those that will kill
When describing one of Gibbons' prescribed
beverages, pine needle tea, Neal verified that "lt
tasted exactly how it sounds."
After a full day's climbing Philip Deutschle
scales down a mountain cliff to step onto
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Terri Freeark, LAVC student, plays passionately for
her audience in Monarch Hall, in a scheduled
By Michael Hudson
Illustrated by Ken Hively
The Monarch Hall Concert Series is one of the few
continuing programs held at Valley College that
strive to give a balanced calendar of events to
students, as well as to the community it serves,
Theodore Lynn, assistant professor of music, coor-
dinates the series working with a budget of about
510,000 annually. With this sum, Prof, Lynn plans,
organizes, and books various off-campus profession-
als along with faculty members, and student work-
shop classes to play in Monarch Hall for the students
and surrounding community for free.
Prof. Lynn gets off-campus performers through a
variety of methods. Some he is acquainted with by
reputation, some he knows through studio work that
they have done around Los Angeles. He usually
books five to seven professional acts a year. The
other performance dates in the series are faculty
members, or student workshop classes.
A highlight from the year's off-campus performers
was the Los Angeles Saxophone Quartet.
Another was Clark Spangler, who gave a demon-
stration of the synthesizer used as an instrument,
who was booked by Prof, Lynn because, "he is the
person responsible for most of the synthesizer sounds
heard in television, movies, and radio."
Concert cellist, Dana Ress, appeared at Valley in
the fall semester. In his career he has backed such
professionals as Tom jones, Harry Belafonte, the 5th
Dimension, and was also a part of the Houston
Symphony Orchestra for two seasons.
The eight-piece Bill Broughan Trombone Ensem-
ble, a group that boasts some of the best-known
studio musicians around, also performed at Valley.
David Pittman Jennings, a member in the Santa Fe
Opera Company, one of the most world-renowned
avante-garde opera companies in the United States,
also performed, The Kanter Woodwind Ensemble, a
group of professional studio woodwind musicians,
were also featured artists. Brass performances were
represented by The Modern Brass Quintet. Another
performer in the brass field, Bud Brisbois, is one of
the best high register jazz trumpeters in the world,
according to Prof. Lynn.
As a special concert treat, the High School lazz
festival was held at Valley this past year, and it ran
for seven hours.
DeWayne Fulton, a harpist that gave a perfor-
mance par-excellence, also performed at Valley.
The string portion of the musical spectrum was
represented by Murray Adler. Adler is a well-known
studio musician as well as being a traveled concert
Every faculty member is involved with the series,
in regards to their directing the various workshop
bands and groups on campus. Individual faculty
members performed four times throughout the year
Lorraine Eckhardt, professor of music, was the first
faculty member to display her talent. Prof. Eckardt
performed a number of classical piano pieces to the
critical acclaim of the campus newspaper as well as
the audience at large.
Ms. Eckardt was the only faculty member to
perform during the fall term. During the spring term,
there were three performances by faculty members,
including a rather unusual event. All 11 members of
the Music Department were involved in a recital to
raise money to enable the Music Department to
award two S100 scholarships to talented Valley music
students. Admission was 51. This was the only
performance in the yearly series that was not free to
Eleanor Hammer, associate professor of music,
played an organ recital on the "biggest and best
organ money could rent," said Prof. Lynn.
Dr. Robert Chauls, instructor of music, performed
on the piano, and Dianne Sells, instructor of music
and a soprano soloist, sang for the last appearance by
a faculty member for the year.
The remainder of 21 concerts were composed of
various student workshop classes on campus that
were given an opportunity to showcase their talent.
This included three performances by the Valley
College Symphony Orchestra, directed by Theodore
Five performances were given by the Studio jazz
Band, as well as two performances when the Studio
jazz Band and the Dance Band combined their
efforts. Richard Carlson directs the Jazz Band, and
Don Nelligan directs the dance band.
Six performances of the LAVC Opera Workshop,
featured the operas "The Medium," and "Death of
the Bishop Brindisif' both by Menotti.
Two performances were by the LAVC Wind Ensem-
ble, with Irvin Pope directing, plus one performance
each by the LAVC Monarch Marching Band, the
LAVC Student Artists, and the LAVC Chamber Or-
The rock band "Hoarde" entertained a large crowd ol
students this Spring during a Free Speech area concert.
"Blue Heaven" sang everything from rock to
folk songs during their concert at
at Senator Cranston's office.
By Michael Hudson
Illustrated by Steve Fischer and Ken Hively
When a person becomes a member of the armed services of
this country he becomes something special. As one branch of
the military calls it, "America's finest." But what happens to a
person after he leaves the service and becomes a veteran?
An event took place in the spring of '74 that brought the
American Veterans Movement to the attention of the public. A
group of eight veterans, three of them in wheelchairs, took over
the offices of Senator Alan Cranston, D-CA, in the federal
building on Wilshire in West Los Angeles. The group claimed to
be members of the international American Veterans Movement.
The occupying group also went on a hunger strike to protest
what the international spokesman of the group, Ron Kovic,
called three basic demands:
. . . an end to the disgrace of the veterans hospitals in the
. . . an increase in the rights of all veterans, and
. . . the immediate withdrawal of Donald Johnson as head of
the federal veterans administration.
In an effort to break the back of the strike, Donald johnson
traveled from Washington to meet with the disgruntled veter-
ans. Attempts at talks between the two factions fell apart when
they could not "get together," even though they were in the
same building. Johnson claimed that the meeting had to take
place on federal grounds, and that Cranston's office was not
federal territory. The veterans claimed they could not travel to
Beneath the flag of the American Veteran's Movement,
Ron Kovic enioys the attentions of an admiring
supporter at the end of the sit-in and fast
meet with johnson due to the weakness caused by a 16-day
When the meeting finally took place, johnson was the subject
of severe criticism and, as quoted in the L.A. Times, at one
point felt it necessary to say, "I do not appreciate being accused
of coming here to spout lies."
johnson stood on President Nixon's record in the area of
veterans affairs, saying that veterans' benefits had increased by
56 percent, and that staffing at the V.A. hospitals as a whole
had increased by 30 percent with the staffing at the Long Beach
facility increasing by 40 percent.
But how does that relate to Valley College?
There are 4,200 veterans on the LAVC campus. Of that
number, about 35 requests a week to investigate some problem
concerning veterans, mostly the non-payment of educational
benefit checks, pass through the campus vets office each week.
But how many veterans have no problems receiving the
benefits guaranteed them by law, how many of these requests
for investigations are from the same people over and over?
One vet, Bob Wasdorp, a student counselor in the veterans
office on campus, said the first thing that happens at the
Veterans Administration when a request for an investigation is
made is that the files of the vet in question are pulled. From
there the file could go to other floors or even other buildings. lt
is very easy for the files to be misplaced.
The question then revolves around how many veterans feel
Coordinator of Veterans Affairs John Barnhart
explains the intricacies of filing for benefits to a
Valley College veteran.
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they are receiving what they feel to be fair treatment by the
governmental machine set up to handle them.
The only way to find out is to talk to the man on the street,
the "average joe." Below, are the comments of several veterans
One veteran, who prefers to remain anonymous, said he
would not like to go to the hospital for medical services because
the nurses and doctors don't take a "professional view." "They
treat the patients as if they were broken cars in a garage or
something." "There is no personal touch," he said.
Most of the other vets, when asked about the V.A. hospitals,
indicated that they had never had to go to the hospital for
Mike Shemenski says he has had no problem with his
educational benefit checks for schooling except for the delay
when he 'first signed up for the program.
Albert Valenzuela, father of five, said he hasn't had any
problem with his checks, either. "Except when my wife gave
birth to twins not too long ago, It took a couple of months for
the increased benefits to start, but that is to be expected,"
Richard Lorenson and joseph Huerta both said that they have
had no problems with their checks.
Rick Nemath, one of the supervisors of the LA. County
Department of Military Affairs, a veterans' referral service, and a
student at LAVC, had a case come up where he needed to have
some wisdom teeth pulled. The V.A. hospital put an intern
dentist on the job. Not only didn't the dentist put the patient to
sleep, he only administered novacaine and broke one of the
roots of a tooth he was pulling. The intern didn't bother to
correct the situation or tell the patient. The result was a lot of
pain, and a job so badly butchered that Nemath had to be
referred to a private dentist to fix the tooth.
jack Fuller jr., another father of five, said he, too, had had no
problem, however, he once went to the V.A. hospital to receive
some medical attention. He did not have any l,D. to prove that
he was a veteran and was told to go some place else. "Though
I'm sure that if I went back there with the proper I.D,, there
would be no problem," he said.
Out of the eight veterans interviewed, including the vet
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veterans office, five indicated that they were pleased with the
service that they had been receiving.
Of the other three, one had really had no problem-he just
hadn't liked what he had seen-and the other two talked as if
the problems that they had with their benefit checks was
But considering that these men have done a valuable service
to all Americans, as well as for national interest, perhaps
someday they will be able to boast a 'I00 percent satisfaction,
and not the 40 percent disenchantment that there is now.
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By Adrienne Paynter .
Illustrated by Mike Russell
Valley College is going to have a child care center.
Everybody knows that. The Associated Students have provided
the money and the plan, the Board of Trustees has approved it-
practically no one opposes it. lt's all settled.
But there remains one question. When?
Nobody really knows that.
Red tape can be deadly, consuming valuable years in the life of
a woman with young children, a woman who often must Cope
with supporting a family in addition to educating herself through
a system which is just beginning to acknowledge her special
Not every woman can afford to wait. Any number of students
who began the campaign for a child care center have been
graduated. Many of those presently involved in the project will
never benefit from it. And so there are children loitering
obediently on steps, occasionally sliding down an irresistible
bannister, even waiting in classrooms while their mothers learn-
or try to.
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Illustrated by Greg Moreland
There have been countless ace pitchers in the
annals of baseball the past century - Christy
Mathewson, Cy Young, Walter johnson, Satchel
Paige, Sandy Koufax, Bruno Cicotti . . .
Cicotti, now coordinator of student affairs, was a
24 year-old returning veteran that Summer of 1957
He had just completed a 6-3 season at Valley the
year before and was one of Los Angeles State's top
athletes that year. The chance came - an offer to
sign with the Brooklyp Dodgers.
For personal reasons, he turned the "Bums" down,
but baseball has always been his first love.
"The Godfather," as he is jokingly called by his
associates, later became the first alumnus to return
as an instructor in 1961 - you guessed it, as a
baseball coach, assistant coach to Charlie Mann, his
mentor when he starred at Valley.
Cicotti continued in that capacity until 1965 when
he became top baseball banana, replacing Dan
Means. In 1971, Bruno reached the pinnacle of his
coaching career, a conference championship.
During that decade, Cicotti also helped coach the
"Five years ago," says Cicotti, "I'd say that I
would probably die on the diamond,"
But the gods would not have that in mind for the
tough little right-hander from Providence, R.I.
The "Big B" became P.E. Department chairman in
1967, and, as he puts it, "I got a taste of administra-
tive responsibility - and liked it."
Quickly, Cicotti moved up the administrative
ladder: coordinator of the Narcotics Information
Center, coordinator of Evening Division, and his
present post, coordinator of student affairs.
"This job's very likeable because of the people I
work with . . . the staff, and, sometimes, the
It was during Bruno's first days on the job that his
"Godfather" image came into full bloom.
"We were used to a nice, quiet office," explains
Ruby Zuver, assistant dean of Community Services.
"One day during his first week, he comes charging
out of his office, blows a whistle, and yells 'All
right, everyone up against the walll' From that day
on . . . "
That incident, added to and embellished by his
Italian heritage and imaginative friends, have given
him the "Godfather" moniker.
"lt's something we all can have fun with," Cicotti
says, although his Marlon Brando poster, "Official
Mafia" plaque, and assorted knick-knacks do
nothing to downplay the image.
This is not to give the impression that Bruno sits
at his desk all day, speaking with a gravely voice
and guarded by two amici with machineguns,
his chair is barely worn in as he scrambles from
committee to committee, finance to budget, ad-
visory to athletic meetings.
Bruno's had his problems, though. "I don't like to
make people feel unhappy, I like to make them feel
at home," he says. "But sometimes I just get too
The baseball umbilical still hasn't been cut,
though. Currently, Cicotti is commissioner of the
California junior College Baseball Coaches Associa-
tion, college representative to the Metropolitan
Conference, and author of the new state baseball
He still coaches some baseball, El Camino Real
High's entry in the prep winter leagues, but misses
the steady duty of supervising horsehide, leather,
A college presidency is Cicotti's next goal, but
they just may have to invent a new name for it when
What an impression he'll make - wearing cleats
and a baseball uniform, guarded by two machine-
Who knows - the "godfather" may set education
ahead 50 years.
A day s work done, Cicotti relaxes with his wife,
Carol amidst the dusk rays of the sun.
Cicotti, former head coach of VaIley's baseball team
currently coaches his son Brad's team, the "Yankees.'
By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Ah, to be a photographer. A life of Riley. All you
have to do is click the shutter, and you've got it
made. If you think these are the qualifications for
newspaper photojournalists, you're material for a
good argument with Los Angeles Times Staff Pho-
tographer Bill Varie. But before you attempt to
knock down the walls of lericho, perhaps a little
insight into the day and the life of Bill Varie will
cure you of the deadly snapshot disease.
Eight a.m. Assignment: photo story on the Am-
track train system. lf he decides to accept-of
course he does, considering that photo stories are
In his car, equipped with the latest model in
police radios, Varie leaves his Agoura oasis and
heads up the coast to an Amtrack train station in
His main objective is to photograph the train
enroute, therefore necessity demands that he find a
Traveling up the coast, it soon becomes evident
that the professional makes more stops than a
While looking for the perfect location, the keen-
eyed photographer saw two repairmen working on
the Amtrack rails, which in a matter of hours, would
be occupied by the train.
Taking into consideration another possible aspect
of the train system, he proceeded to pictorialize the
repairmen's efforts on film.
"The thing about a photographer is he should
always be open minded and always accept and
observe things that he doesn't plan on because
those usually will make the best pictures," said the
Valley College instructor of photography,
Talent seems to run in the Varie family. So
does iournalism. Wife Patricia is a reporter
for the Valley News and Green Sheet.
Photography is in the Mind
Varie stops to include an Amtrack
railway repairman in his photo
"lt's just a matter of what I call, and what I teach,
'seeing imaginativelyf Seeing in terms of a picture.
The whole thing is in what you see," he stressed.
"The way I teach photography, technique is very
important, but it's only a tool. Everything else is in
the mind. So, once you have the technique, then it's
up to your mind to create something. Then use your
body and your camera to come up to what your
mind has created."
Three hours and several stops later, the pho-
tographer decided on a location which he felt was
effective background area for the train.
The assignment was more or less stabilized, and
with the permission of good weather, virtually no
elements disrupted the assigned shooting. However,
Varie explained that assignments often had to ac-
commodate unforeseen disruptions. He said ele-
mental factors such as weather, misinformation, and
unexciting surroundings often limited a photograph-
er and his pictures.
Working under the doctrines of professionalism,
the photographer explained when elements prevent
him from competently fulfilling his assignments, a
degree and understanding of respect is practiced
among employer and employees in the professional
"There should be a degree of respect as far as
employee and employer relationships," he said.
"The employer knows that you're going to do the
iob and do it well. But at the same time, there are
certain circumstances that prevent one from doing a
good job, and it's not the photographers fault."
The talents and experience of Bill Varie are not
reserved solely for the professional media. Students
enrolled in his Photography 23 class would be the
first to appreciate this situation.
As a photography instructor, Varie explains the
"best education for photographers is taking pictures
and wanting to be a good photographer.
"lf you want to be a good photographer, you're
never going to really be happy with your product,
and you're continually going to be striving for a
better product," he said. "Youfre going to be self-
examining yourself all the time, striving for some-
thing better with every picture."
After fulfilling his responsibilities to the L.A.
Times and teaching, Varie manages to devote time
to working on a book. Amazingly enough, the
subiect matter is photography.
No one could argue that the photographer has a
hard time getting along with reporters. Why, he
even went so far as to marry one. His wife, Patricia,
is a reporter for the Valley News and Green Sheet.
Since meeting his wife at San lose State College,
where both were studying journalism, a third mem-
ber has been added to the family.
Cara, their white German Shepard dog, rules over
the Varie domain in Agoura. A talent in her own
right, Cara is credited with many professional quali-
ties revered in the dog world. Varie explained her
vast realm of talents, include sitting down, shaking,
rolling over, opening Christmas presents, and "when
I want her to, we can howl together," he said.
However, Cara has her price.
"Her price is a people cracker. They have people
crackers in various shapes," the photographer ex-
plained. "They have mailmen, firemen, and police-
men. I think she likes the policemen most."
Having a darkroom available to him at all
times, Varie finds it easier to make his
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By Carolyn Ristuccia
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Different people possess different talents. Some are blessed
with the capability for making music. Many manipulate words
to make them come alive, while others excel in the study of
foreign languages, mathematics and science. Hut certain people
are endowed with a very special faculty for helping others.
Such is the case with Edward Samuels, associate professor of
biology. A man who loves his students as much as he loves his
subject, Samuels has devoted himself to helping others realize
their own potential for success. He wants his students to learn.
So, they do.
Whether he is in the lecture hall, the bio-tutorial lab, or on a
field trip, the professor works to give his instructional technique
a more intimate kind of appeal. "The instructor has the
responsibility of making the material interesting," he will say.
"lust because the subject is rigorous it doesn't have to be sour.
My objective is to give selection within a conventional but
Recently, Samuels adopted the view that the textbook has
become less important. "The textbook is now more of a
reference than a primary source. The average text reads like an
encyclopedia. lt's much too impersonal," he said. "Fortunately
the Bio-l program has a multifaceted emphasis." In addition to
the individual attention Samuels is always willing to offer, the
student has access to a supplementary tutorial laboratory guide,
written by the professor, along with many slides, tapes, and
Believing that the foremost responsibility of science is to
distinguish between facts and assumptions, Prof. Samuels en-
courages the curious mind. "Today students ask questions and
they want answers," he will say.
As his students well know, all questions are answered in the
style that made him popular. Although he is soft-spoken and
gentle, Samuels' manner is marked by authority, never austerity,
directness, rather than uncertainty. So successful is Samuels'
technique that he almost entertains his students, "even while
examining the intricacies of the DNA," as one enthusiastic
student puts it.
The professor looks forward to the day when all students will
have a practical knowledge of biology. "Biology is not for an
elite minority," Samuels commented. "People must know the
biology of all that surrounds them. In essence, we must attain a
sophisticated level of biological literacy." In this way Samuels
feels that society may provide for the continuing value of
Since coming to Valley College in 1963, he has made tireless
efforts to give Valley's biology program increased relevance.
"Since World War Il, we have witnessed a tremendous explosion
of information. More than ever, the professional educator is
very vulnerable. He can no longer keep up with the facts, per
se. It is increasingly the concepts, rather than just the facts,"
Wednesday afternoons Samuels takes a
break from the classroom to participate in
faculty volleyball games.
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feasibility of a "Colden Age of Learning." "lf man collectively
decides to utilize the knowledge and educational resources at
his command, this will occur," he asserts. "But, this can never
happen if education, as an institution, continues to come under
More specifically, Samuels notes, "if you cease to trust the
professional educator, if you tie him up by demanding that he
conform to an unbending, outmoded, and ritualistic education-
al format, we will lose sight of that 'Colden Age."'
Samuels emphatically maintains that "the good life is just
around the corner." With dedicated professors like Samuels
helping students round that corner, it very well may be.
On a field trip to Malibu canyon, Samuels examines two
specimens found in a shoreline tidepool.
Reading up to four hours per night
in order "to keep up with the
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information," Samuels subscribes
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By Wm. L. Crawford
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
The humorous manner in which Coach Al Hunt
expresses himself must stem from the twinkle found
deep in what must be the very eyes of age. When
Coach Hunt, associate professor of physical educa-
tion, speaks of his years at Valley, he's speaking
from 22 years of experience.
Coach Hunt has been at Valley since 1951. He
came here as an assistant football coach and went
on to become head coach in 1952, a position which
he retained for 10 years. "That was back in the days
when people from nearby ranches would watch our
football practice as they sauntered by on horse-
Coach Hunt has seen many changes in his 22
years at Valley. He has seen the entire San Fernando
Valley grow from open ranch land and orchards to a
bustling metropolis, packed with apartment build-
ings. When the coach moved to the Valley years
ago, one of his pastimes was hiking in the nearby
mountains. Now he says the nearby mountains are
covered with apartment buildings and you have to
drive for an hour just to find a decent mountain to
hike on. And even then you have to climb right to
the top to get above the smog. "l feel I completely
underestimated the growth of this Valley. lt's re-
markable how it has grown just since the early '50's.
When I first came here I used to hunt rabbits in the
Tujunga Wash before it was filled with concrete."
The Coach also feels he underestimated the growth
of enrollment at Valley. "I never expected to see
over 10,000 students here in what seemed, back
then, to be strictly a rural area."
Coach Hunt has not always looked with favor on
the growth of Valley College. "The area surrounding
the Valley College property grew so fast and walled
us in so abruptly that we were bound to suffer for it.
Ethel Avenue is a good example of that." From his
Coach Hunt is as nimble onthe court
as he is in his conversation He loves
playing tennis and teachrng rt
office the coach has a good view of a large portion
of Ethel Avenue. "We shouldn't have that traffic
running through our campus. l've seen a few bad
accidents and a few near misses on that street."
When speaking of near misses, Coach Hunt never
fails to mention Valley's prospects on the construc-
tion of a swimming pool facility. To him, it seems
that the only thing that holds back the construction
is an unusually conservative Board of Trustees.
"There were three swimming pools on the property
when we bought it, but the district decided it would
be better to destroy them and build one big pool.
lt's been 22 years and still no pool."
Another reason the Coach feels that the pool
construction has been neglected is, once again, the
size of the community surrounding Valley College.
"ln many other communities, with colleges to
support, the needs of the colleges are under much
closer scrutiny and most all their problems com-
mand immediate attention. in our community it
isn't that the people aren't concerned - they are.
It's just that we've grown to such a huge population
that many of our campus problems get sidelined in
the overall picture of things."
Al Hunt became tennis coach at Valley and has
remained so for nine years. He played tennis during
his college days at Occidental. "ln those days
playing tennis was not very lucrative," reflected
The coach's approach to teaching reflects his own
personality. "I just try to make sports interesting and
keep it exciting for everyone concerned." The
coach's enduring sense of humor emerged again
when he spoke of his approaching retirement. "I've
been instructing the succeeding tennis coach in
major areas of difficulty around here, mainly -
which freeways to take to get to our various tennis
matches." The coach plans to retire next year and
he plans to travel to El Salvador, a small Central
American country, where he will live on a coffee
farm which is in his family name.
Coach Hunt takes an interest in his individual
students, such as Slonna Safian, whom he
instructs in the correct racket grip.
ln motion with the times, Prof. Barlow keeps
his classes alert physically as wall as
By Elaine Nevelow
Illustrated by Steve Fischer
Bob Barlow has definite ideas about the teacher's role. He
lives by the axiom "the key to the students' approbation and a
successful career is not to dress or act like students, but just to
be sincere and be yourself."
Bob Barlow, assistant professor of geography, believes that if
the teacher has the right attitude he "can make even the dullest
subject exciting." And he tries to keep his geography classes
exciting, first, by "looking upon teaching as more than a job,"
and, second, by "relating the subject to the students and their
needs." He stresses that "the teacher must keep renovating the
subject every semester so that neither he nor the curriculum
Prof. Barlow's interest in geography started when he was in
the Army. "Primarily, becoming a geography teacher afforded
me the opportunity to travel and the chance to meet people, so
I just naturally gravitated toward it," he says.
Originally, Prof. Barlow was a philosophy major, at UCLA,
but changed his major several times. ln 1960, he received a B.A.
in geography, and in 1964 he was awarded his M.A. in the same
field. After his graduation, Prof. Barlow became a lumber
salesman, unhappily, because this job did not let him use the
knowledge he had acquired in college.
With an M.A. in geography, the major categories one can
work in are pretty much limited to writing books or to teaching.
Because Prof. Barlow has always enjoyed working with people
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makes ready to putt and prove himself to be
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he decided to become a geography teacher.
Of course, teachers are much more than just teachers, and
Prof. Barlow, no exception, has many other interests. Outside of
school, he is a husband and full-time father of four children. An
avid golfer, he believes that "golf is more than a game, it's a
A dedicated wine collector, Prof. Barlow started collecting
California Italian wines as a result of writing a thesis on the
wines and their growers.
After dating a girl named Lisa for 13 years, Prof. Barlow
"finally capituIated" and married her. They live now in North
Hollywood and have three sons and one daughter who range in
age from 16 to 21.
Prof. Barlow was born in Phoenix, Ariz., and was graduated
from L.A. High School. He became interested in sports in junior
college and ran on the track and field team as a sprinter.
Perhaps jokingly, he attributes his running ability to the
necessity for speed caused by living in a neighborhood in the
heart of L.A. At Pasadena City College and Occidental College
he played fullback on the football team. This interest continued
in the Army, and Prof. Barlow played halfback on the Seventh
Area Command football team.
When contemplating his future, Prof. Barlow explained, "I
was a professional cartoonist at one time, and I might go back
into that field, or I might try being a journalist. But, right now
I'm having too much fun teaching."
Looking into his crystal globe, Prof.
Barlow loresees the format of his
students' geography course and a
term paper looming in the luture.
The earth, as discussed in relation
to the universe, promotes endless
questions from Prol. Barlow's
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By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Wes Preston
Two words have sprung into a synony-
mous existence through student word of
mouth at Valley College - Psychology
A self-acknowledged morning person,
Frank Pagliaro, professor of psychology,
meets with some of his classes as early as
7 a.m. lf students aren't bright-eyed and
bushy-tailed at the start, it's guaranteed
they will be after the first 15 minutes of
his lecture fespecially when he comes up
and pounds his fist on your desk - to get
a psychological reaction, of coursej.
Often, during the semester, Pagliaro
will ask, "Do you follow me? Well, here,
let me explain it another way." And this is
exactly what he proceeds to do. Pagliaro
utilizes the techniques of tutors, some-
times explaining psychological funda-
mentals using as many as five interpreta-
tions. This style allows a tailored explana-
tion of a subject which adheres to several
students' learning capabilities.
Pagliaro's Psychology l class flows like
Skinner's well-trained rat at a maze en-
trance traveling to the center to receive
his food. Except that the students' reward
For a man who would rather teach than
do anything, Pagliaro finds it can be
exhilarating and at the same time tiring.
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"Each class is a personality," Pagliaro
explained. A lover of spontaneity,
Pagliaro delights in classroom interaction.
Also, the size of his classes permits him
to know the students on an individual
Pagliaro attributes the appeal of
psychology to students through their de-
sire and need to understand the inter-
action between people. "We're fascinated
by people. There's nothing more interesting
or complex than people," Pagliaro feels.
Never one to try to psyche people out,
Pagliaro spends his leisure time doing his
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Prof. Pagliaro discusses the different
philosophies of various psychologists with
favorite activities, walking, swimming,
Pagliaro has been teaching at Valley
since 1953 and also has raised two daugh-
ters, Donna, 25, and lo Anne, 23. He and
his wife, Josephine, live in Hermosa
Beach where Pagliaro does most of his
walking and swimming at the nearby
Pagliaro, who more considers himself a
man than a psychologist, obviously also
wins the latter title with remarks such as
"l mean, really, what's more interesting
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By Carolyn Ristuccia
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Valley's studio jazz Band Ensemble, led by Dick
Carlson and Don Nelligan, far surpasses the ordi-
nary. Hearing them makes me think of my mother
and father "Lindy-hopping" their way around the
Roseland dance floor. I know who Wayne King, Kay
Starr, Lou Marcella, and Shep Fields are. My father,
a relic of those days, made sure I knew, whether I
liked it or not. He simply couldn't tolerate a "cul-
tural ignoramus" for a daughter.
"This is good music," he would bellow, putting on
a scratchy 78 that he had bought some 20 years
before. Entranced, my father would stand before the
record player, cocking his ear and tapping his foot.
He was really the RCA Victrola dog in disguise.
But, as I get older, his collection, like my love of
jazz, continues to blossom. Everyone from Benny
Goodman to Oscar Levant has taken up permanent
residence inside our beat-up record cabinet, and I
am fully indoctrinated. ,
Evidently, other people share my fascination.
They appreciate the old sounds enough so that
during a Valley jazz Band performance, Monarch
Hall swells to nostalgic capacity.
Under Carlson's direction, the best memories of
the big band era are rekindled. A wave of sentimen-
tal slobbism settles over an excited audience that
waits for their share of the shrouded past to come
floating down to them. Guy Lombardo couldn't do
any better. Their timing, like their talent, is perfect-
From the back row of the wind section rises a
female trumpet player who delivers a solo of "Wa-
bash Bluesf' Tall, graceful, and commanding, she is
a majestic reminder of the changing times. As she
draws the piece to a hypnotic close, the audience
obliges her with an appreciative round of applause.
With trumpet in hand, she is the feminine answer to
the Louie Armstrongs of this world.
Her name is Stacy Rowles, a pretty brass musi-
cian, whose foremost ambition in life is to attain
musical excellence as an upcoming jazz performer.
At 18, although her public career is barely five
years off the ground, Miss Rowles has already
received a string of honors usually reserved for the
seasoned veteran. While she was still in high school,
her painstaking efforts jelled into an offer to per-
form a solo before 5,000 people in the 1973 Mon-
terey jazz Pop Festival.
"I told myself that if I thought about that sea of
faces out there, I'd blow it," Miss Rowles recalled
with the smile of a cultivated perfectionist. "I knew
what was expected of me," she explained, "but I
told myself that I had to like what I was doing
before I could please anyone else."
Thanks to a standing ovation, Stacy began to
enjoy the directed confidence that propelled her
into winning the T973 Flugel Horn competition at
Orange Coast College, entrance to the prestigious
Stan Kenton jazz Clinic and the T973 title of "Most
Outstanding jazz Musician" from Burbank High
Although Stacy was active in the music education
programs offered at school, her training began with-
out the regimented complications that turn many
children off to learning an instrument. Chuckling,
she recalls that "except for a few piano lessons when
she was 5," her formal education never went beyond
the coaching she received from her musician father,
On stage, Miss Rowles creates a mystique that is a
personal signature of direction. While she is striking-
ly, almost mystifyingly feminine, there is an illusive
something in her manner that suggests the stubborn
and aggressive temperament of a staunch trouper.
Possessing neither a barrel chest nor steel lungs, her
ability to produce powerful, clear, tones is equal to
that of any male brass player.
While giving a performance, her talent streams to
the forefront. Hitting each note becomes a sacred
ritual. Like the keys on a brass piano, her perspiring
fingers do a feverish dance up and down the
trumpet scale. Her energy is siphoned into manu-
facturing a collage-of contrasting sound patterns.
She is a perfectionist who is repulsed by the thought
of accepting, in herself, anything less than what she
considers to be quality. After all, she reasons, music
is her life, why should she compromise?
But Miss Rowles is not pretentious, just practical.
Practicing up to seven hours a day, both at school
and at home, she plods her way through the
monotony of daily routine by paying zealous atten-
tion to her finished product, every hour counts.
Except for Meg Craig, a female drummer, she is
the only other female in the 23-member group. "I
love it . . . everyone is serious about music, and yet
we still manage to have a good time," she says
convincingly. "But that's music. lt has a way of
doing that to people . .
By David Thatcher
Illustrated by Steve Fischer
"The hardest thing about this," declares nursing
student jeff Carlton, "is to overcome the precon-
ceived notions that some people seem to have."
Some fields, you see, are stereotyped as women's
territory and are hard for a man to break into. Take
nursing, for example.
"Entering a hospital always has to create a cau-
tious ice-breaking period from the female nurses, as
well as from the other male nurses."
Carlton, president of the Student Nursing Associa-
tion at Valley College, represents a new aspect of
the liberated individual. The former numerical con-
trol machinist reflects all the courage and deter-
mination it takes to follow a chosen vocation
despite the inevitable type-casting and misplaced
Carlton explains that the nursing program at
Valley College is not the two-year course of study
most fields represent, but a much more comprehen-
sive study requiring three years and completion of
about 80 units of credit. "It is somewhat difficult to
get into this program," he explains, "because about
600 students are trying every semester." This, com-
bined with general education requirements, course
conflicts, and the departments independent method
of operation and selection, tends to discourage
Previously a general medical student, Carlton
became interested in the nursing major through a
Stacey Rowles, one of the two female members of
the Valley College Studio Jazz Band, performs on
At the end of a busy day, Carlton finds relaxation beside a
warm hearth in the tasteful decor of his home.
friendship with john johnson, former president of
Student Nursing Association. His interest rapidly
developing, he took the first steps necessary to enter
the department. "The Nursing Department,'f he said,
"functions almost like a separate college-they
actually sent me a letter of rejection."
This letter prompted Carlton to contact his friend,
johnson, who was able to get him past the entrance
obstacles. He maintains that his success and direc-
tion, thus far, is attributable to johnson, now a
director of nursing at a large convalescent hospital.
Carlton will complete his studies at Valley College
in june and plans to continue working toward his
master's degree in hospital administration at the
University of California at Sonoma. The tasks of
hospital administration, and the rewards, most
closely resemble the duties of his Army experience.
He was a flight operations coordinator at Fort
Webster tells us that a nurse is "one that looks
after, fosters, or advises." He never led us to believe
it should be a woman.
Webster, also, would have liked Carlton.
YQ X XXX XX
Among his diversified interests Carlton lists antique
car restoration. His look of concern and care
between the Hudsons becomes significant,
considering his choice of careers.
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Illustrated by Steve Fischer
If the American Dental Association is right, then
lan Hamel has a rough time ahead of him.
In the United States for every five dental students
who get into American schools, eight fully qualified
candidates must go abroad to foreign institutions
despite an appalling shortage of working physicians.
Every year since 1963, of the 20,000 students
applying to the 1,446 American dental schools only
7,000 are accepted. Some reapply, but most give
Discouraging, perhaps, but to lan Hamel, a 3,9
organic chemistry student, the picture is not so
HameI's decision to study dentistry did not
materialize as a "spur-of-the-moment" revelation.
"The thought of being a dentist always appealed to
me because l like science and l love working with
my hands . . . particularly if it involves detail."
Carrying a 15-unit study load and working as a
chemistry department lab assistant, the cliche of the
chemistry student as a wild-eyed neurotic, a lekyl-
Hyde type of character, conflicts terribly with lan's
Living on a ranch in Sylmar with his mother and a
menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens,
and geese, lan leads what might be termed the
lan admits, however, that he spends the majority
of his time studying. "lt's true," he says with a
A leisurely stroll through the Valley College greenhouse
finds Hamel checking the growth of one of his favorite
chuckle, ."I study, I work, I study some more, and
then I feed the chickens. Believe it or not, I do that
But Ian's efforts are beginning to prove lucrative,
winning the Dr. Ron Lebaron award, an annual 519100
scholarship given to the outstanding pre-dental
student of the year, Ian was also nominated for the
1974 Bank of America Community College Awards.
. At 21, Ian's spirit of determination has peaked.
Hoping to attend USC Dental School, he believes
that everything takes time, and he is not afraid to
gamble. After all, he has a lot to gain.
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Illustrated by Robert Lachman
"I plan to make Star reflect the best possible
writing, reporting, and photography."
The ambitious words above are worth more than
just passing notice. They are the words of Gregory I.
Wilcox, editor-in-chief of the Valley Star.
Wilcox, formerly an Oklahoma University busi-
ness-journalism major, is no stranger to the demands
and pace of the newspaper world. While a university
student, he worked part-time as a copy boy and
handyman for the Oklahoma City Times. Interest and
aptitude soon led him to accept full-time duties, and
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Does it seem odd that a former university scholar
and full-time newspaperman is now the editor of a
community college weekly? Not at all, if we consider
Wilcox' interesting background and the turn of
events that led him to Valley College.
Leaving Oklahoma University to accept full-time
employment left Wilcox, like so many young men of
his time, liable to the draft. "On April 1, 1970, I was
drafted," he explains, "and managed to spend my
entire army duty as a Chaplain's assistant." At the
time of his discharge, an army friend, Doug Monroe,
was returning to his home in Granada Hills, only five
miles from Valley College. It seems to the young,
adventurous, and now free and unencumbered
Wilcox that California might be worth a try. "We
found an old Plymouth for about 51525, and it
promptly burned up in New jersey." After a few
equally discouraging misadventures, the pair finally
arrived in California.
Wilcox tried in a number of ways to fit into his new
life. After an uneventful series of short-term jobs, he
made the decision to use his army benefits and
complete his education. Fate indeed works in strange
ways, for it was at Valley College that he found his
way to the editor's desk.
As if being editor-in-chief isn't enough to keep
most men busy, Wilcox manages to maintain a
21-unit scholastic schedule. If this isn't impressive
enough, perhaps the 3.8 grade average and his
membership in the honor society will be. In addition
to his numerous responsibilities, the articulate,
27-year-old Aquarian finds time for recreation in
skiing and tennis.
After his graduation in june, Wilcox has plans to
attend either Pepperdine, UCLA, or Cal State North-
ridge to work further toward his communications
degree. "I'll probably go to work for a large metro-
politan paper," he said, "or I'd like to teach part
And so it is that someday many people may read
the words of Wilcox in their morning papers. The
friend he came to California with? Well, fate seems to
have led him to study optometry. Probablymaking
glasses for people to better enjoy their morning
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By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by lohn Rosenfield
A standing ovation performance warrants an ex-
planation of the factors which added up to its
The Theater Arts Departments first major produc-
tion of the year, "The Caretaker," by Harold Pinter,
stands out as a production which cannot dissolve to
mere memory. Even though the sets, props, and
backdrops may never be used again, the material
strongbox of the play's riches lingers on for probable
recycling in the enigma of Patrick Riley's Notebook.
Patrick Riley, associate professor of theater arts,
directed "The Caretaker," utilizing the method of a
production notebook. It was as fundamental a tool
to the cast as their early education in reading,
writing, and arithmetic.
At the time David Arias experienced playing "The
Caretaker's" Davies, he found Riley's Notebook to
be the most effective directional method he had
ever encountered. "The whole point of the note-
book is having an order to what you do," explained
The notebook's primary organs included getting to
know your fellow actor, character analysis, and
"The method of Riley's Notebook, first goes about
by studying one's fellow actor and knowing him as a
human being." Arias started by watching his two
fellow actors, jeff Reese and john Walker. He
observed the way they sat and talked and their
reactions to things. He proceeded to feed his
characterization with data concerning the most
effective devices he could use to arouse a favorable
or a derogatory reaction from his fellow thespians.
Knowing their personal likes and dislikes aided him
in the process.
The Character section demanded the creation of a
plausible and believable interpretation of the char-
acter. The actors had to compile a character history
from as far back as baptism and reaching to future
goals and aspirations.
Arias defines the purpose of a scene as being a
tool used for the passage of time or location
John Walker electrified the audience each time he
appeared on stage.
mf Highlighting his potential as an upcoming prolessional
Dam' Anas 'emamed on stage almost me actor, Jeff Reese holds his own during the "Caretaker".
"The first scene in the play brings in the charac-
ters and the exposition. It tells the audience what's
going on, and it develops conflicts between the
characters," said Arias.
He has learned that it is an actor's responsibility
to inform the audience at the beginning of each
scene where he has come from and why and for
what reasons he is there.
The devaluation of Riley's Notebook is not fore-
seen by Arias, who anticipates using his character
and situational scene notes as possible research
material for future roles.
Aside from experiencing an effective directional
method under which he can work competently,
Arias has developed his own philosophical theory on
"There are no holidays in the theater - just small
- David Arias
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Synthesizing the creases, wrinkles, bumps, and bags
ol old age, actor Ted Samuels prepares for his portrayal
of Mr. De Pinna in the Valley College production of
"You Can't Take lt With You." Samuels creates three-
dimensional skin shadows with white and brown Pan-Stik,
while sharper tones are painted on with theatrical eye
liner. De Pinna's characterization requires Samuels
to hide his tull head of hair under a skull cap fastened
and blended with a latex adhesive. Moustache and
beard are grayed by a tooth brush application of
powdered hair whitener.
By Carolyn Ristuccia
Illustrated by Robert Lachman and lohn Rosenfield
The lanky lady is in character. With fluttering lashes and
scarlet lips styled to cosmetic perfection, she studies her
reflection in a nearby mirror.
Backstage, Katie Nutting, one of the leads in Peter Parkin's
November production of "You Can't Take It With You," resettles
herself in a chair. Smoothing out the folds in her knee-length
costume, Katie crosses her long legs and waits for the makeup
man to add the finishing touches to her "aging face."
The process of transforming a graceful 25-year-old into a
flighty menopause victim requires a working knowledge of
human physiognomy and technical facility with theatrical
Metamorphized by the clever fingers of makeup artist Marsha
McGinley, and a battery of bottles, sponges and pencils, Miss
Nutting, playing the part of Penelope Sycamore, emerges as one
affected by the symptoms of acute schizophrenia.
Everything except the posture of her wiry frame appears
rearranged. Nose, mouth, eyes, and chin exude the essence of
middle-age delusion. The character of Mrs. Sycamore, a scatter-
brained author of off-beat plays, comes to life.
"Do you want me to do anything special?" twitters Mrs.
Sycamore in a lisping falsetto. For the benefit of a photographer
and the small group gathered around her, the comical actress
breaks into a rather retarded rendition of "Tea for Two."
Mike Ham, as Paul Sycamore, finds interest in the
"whys and wherefores" of everything from Trotsky
Grandfather Vanderhof, played by Steve Kaye,
delights in the simple pleasures of life, such as snake
hunting and dodging the internal Revenue Service.
While she gives her impromptu performance, a nest of curls
balanced precariously atop her '40's style Marcel fan "updo" of
tortured tendrils lacquered into submissionj sways like a palm
tree from side to side.
Up close, Katie's face is a maze of artificial lines and
shadows. The crow's feet, the deep furrows in her forehead, the
creases around her mouth, do not create her character, they
merely serve to illuminate.
With makeup, the trying task of slipping into character is
made a little easier. Lending itself as a sort of psychological
slingshot, makeup may cement a bond of dramatic intimacy
between the actor and his audience.
Through its use, subtle nuances of character come clear on a
screen of visual realism. Even the simplest gesture provides the
actor with another opportunity to give added insight into his
role. The batting of an eyelid, the drawing back of lips, the
sporadic twitching of muscles are physical manifestations of the
When actor and makeup artist combine talents to blend the
natural with the contrived elements of personality, life is
injected into the veins of an otherwise one-dimensional charac-
Because those on the departmental production staff were
successful in making these professional distinctions, quality
made Valley's presentation of "You Can't Take It With You" one
of the biggest successes of the theatrical year.
Hector Grillone portrayed the only "human" character
in the "Folderol" cast. As the Mad Hatter, he paid
special attention to create a half-animal, half-human
character, through make-up.
By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Ken Hively
and lohn Rosenfield
Super stars have their clothes shredded,
politicians are drained of philosophical
idealisms, and Clara Bella Chicken is
plucked of her feathers.
It is a rare occasion when after a
theatrical performance an audience can
lavish their love upon fabricated charac-
ters and not be disillusioned by the per-
sonality ofthe thespian behind the make-
Theresa Candiclo, Clara Bella Chicken,
was confronted with hugs and adoration
from children who attended Valley Col-
lege's Chilclren's Theater production of
"Electric Folderolf' The cast competently
retained their characters on stage and off
and gave an admirable encore by social-
izing with the audience after their per-
formance-never once breaking the char-
acter illusions they created on stage.
The cost of an extra bag of feathers was
A familiar face in "Folderol" was
Dan Krecelberg's, as Marchibald
reimbursed a thousand-fold, and can
materialize itself through the obvious en-
joyment the children experienced through
viewing the performance.
The predominantly animal cast was
infiltrated by one human character, the
Mad Hatter, portrayed by Valley College
Student Hector Grillone.
Costuming and vivacious physical
movement were what Crillone felt to be
the prominent emphasis of Folderol's
finished product. He explained Folderol's
styling as being slapstick, with little free-
dom being allotted to the audience's
imaginative realm. Crillone explained that
this technique is not necessarily a standard
procedure in Children's Theater. He attri-
buted pantomime as being the most effec-
tive and descriptive method for visual
communication, and credits children with
having extraordinarily vivid imaginations.
Working from memory and a previous
character appearance sketch, Ken Barker
Randy Sheriff, Talouse the Labrador Moose, gave
Skllfufll' applies his makeup- an overpowering performance, and Ken Barker won
the chiIdren's hearts with his performance
as Maccabe Bee.
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When relating his minority experiences
with Folderol, Crillone said, "I felt left out
because everybody elsewas an animal."All
cast characters were held responsible for
compiling individual interpretations of
their animal characters on a physical level.
Grillone found this task to be extremely
difficult, for he attempted to present
himself as part-human and part-animal in
order to stabilize the continuity of the
" It was surprising to see that the adults
enjoyed 'Electric Folderol' more than the
kids," said Crillone.
The boundless fantasy of Children's
Theater reaches not only the adolescent
mind but succeeds in tackling the intellec-
tual and realistic mind. Perhaps you were
among the gathering group of children
and, as a result of social training, you
forced yourself to go home without asking
for one of Clara Bella Chicken's feathers.
Touch, of ill
By Margot A. Meyer
Illustrated by lohn Rosenfield
f'Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers."
Little Irish-America lent a "touch of blarney" to the Theater
Arts Department this spring with the production of Eugene
O'Neill's "Touch of the Poet."
Known for his revolutionary methods of presenting startling
insights into human nature, O'Neill, in "Poet," presented a
challenge to the actors as well as to the Valley College
Full interpretation was of utmost concern to the case. "lt's a
very difficult pIay," said cast member Debbie Barbarick. "With
O'Neill you have to have so much experience with life to
understand what he is trying to say." Barbarick provided
one-half of the outer conflict on which O'Neill based his story
of an Irish-American family of 1829. She portrayed Sarah
Melody, a young, educated daughter of a tavern owner.
The remaining segment of undisguised dispute was in Dave
Read's interpetation of Sarah's father, Conrad Melody, a pom-
pous and sometimes ludicrous drunkard. But "Poet" went far
deeper into the social circumstances and sufferings of the
Melody family than was apparent in the father-daughter con-
flict, O'Neill used the relationship to illustrate fine points in
human suffering and understanding.
"For me, this play has been like a puzzle," said Linda
Contreras, Conrad's peasant wife. "O'Neill has so many phases
in his writing."
Even as the play neared completion, cast members were still
discovering new facets to many roles. While dissecting an
unusually awkward sentence of a female character, they dis-
covered that O'Neill had purposely structured the grammar of
her speech to indicate an incestuous relationship within her
"O'Neill never puts one word down unless it has a specific
meaning," explained Barbarick. "It's a very subtle but important
approach in portraying the part."
A major tool used by O'Neill to display the culture of the
Melody family was the Irish brogue. "Even some of the words
are spelt a little differently in the script," said Read. "lt's just
like a flavoring, rather than a fully committed transposition to
Irish," he said.
The brogue was used by several characters in varying degrees.
"For me it's very important to have a very heavy brogue, and I
Bruce Burton added atmosphere to
the revelations that were uncovered
in Conrad Melody's tavern.
The occasion was one of many that called for a toast by
tavern locals Ned Gill, Bill Marrone, David Wall, and
am thinking about it constantly," said Contreras. O'Neill's use of
brogue was a constant reminder that, unlike her daughter and
husband, Nora was of uneducated peasant stock.
Conrad reflected his upbringing through the lack of the
peasant class brogue. "This lack represents a well-educated and
gentlemanly station in life," said Read.
lt was Conrad's awareness of his Hgentlemanly station" that
caused him to separate himself from the surrounding "Yankee"
commoners. "He labors under the pretense that he is a great
gentleman, but, in the end, he hammers it into the ground,"
said Read. Conrad strode through O'Neill's play spouting Byron
and recalling his glorious role in the Battle of Talavara under
Wellington. He was consequently scorned by many towns-
"ln the end he is beaten and he starts to speak in the brogue,"
said Read. Read's realization that Conrad could only survive if
he conducted himself as a commoner, must have been very
painful for Conrad, in Read's estimation. "When he starts
speaking the brogue, he insists that it is the way that he really
should have been all those years-the way he was born," he
liarbarick used the Irish dialect only on a few occasions.
O'Neill inserted the brogue into the dialogue of Sarah's charac-
ter mainly to antagonize her father. "Sarah can talk without a
brogue when it is of use to her," said Barbarick,
Learning and effectively applying the brogue in "Poet"
presented a variety of considerations. "There are so many
different types of brogue," said Contreras. "lt's the same with
Puerto Rican, Mexican, and Spanish accents, they all have Latin
premises, but there are certain words that are different," she
"We try only to use a mild brogue,'f said Barbarick. "lf we
used a heavy brogue it would be too hard to understand, and it
would detract from the play itself."
"Touch of the Poet" brought complex excellence' to the Valley
stage. Hopefully, its touch of blarney served as a tonic to the
eaters and sleepers of the world.
Eve Mortensen spurns Conrad's attentions
during a short visit to the Melody home.
David Wall and Ned Gill escort Patrick Kelly
outside after he tries to deliver a bribe to
drunken Conrad Melody.
Dave Read goes through the motions of
threatening his daughter, Debbie Barbarick,
with his dueling pistol as his wife,
Linda Contrares, tries to stop him.
David Arisa lleltl and Chuck
Shapiro represented the "Guys"
during the T A. Department's only
musical production of the year.
Chris Norris sings, "I Love You,
a Bushel and a Peck," during the
"Guys and Dolls" musical
extravaganza. lt's lor certain that
audiences viewing the performance
hoped she meant what she said.
By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Robert Lachman and john Rosenfield
Fred Astaire has a reputation for tap dancing
down the aisles of Macy's department store, doing
kick turns against counters and taking extreme care
to softshoe through the ladies lingerie section . . .
Gene Kelly was the object of a suspicious bypasser
or two as he danced through city gutters "Singing in
the Rain' '... and a young group of thespians have
matched these talents in both song and dance,
leaving audiences thinking they were a lot more
than just ordinary "Guys and Dolls."
Woe to the student who missed the Theater Arts
Departments musical extravaganza which was
awarded an XC rating-X-tremely C-ood.
Under the musical direction of Irving Pope and
the theatrical direction of john Larson, theater arts
students gave a performance that would shake the
dust off reels of motion picture's greatest musicals.
The -thespians cast a spell over their audiences,
drugging them with song and dance in the ambitious
setting of New York's nightclubs and floating crap
Valley's all-star cast supported an intoxicating
performance by Christopher Norris, 'with lohn
Walker nightcapping the show.
Versatile David Arias contributed his expertise to
the production, along with the help of main stage-
newcomer Chuck Shapiro.
Adison Roudall won the audience over with his
theatrics, while Theresa Candido gave a saintly
Combined with the competent performances from
leading cast members was a strong chorus back-
jill Freeman snapped herself into one character
and unzipped herself out of another, sharing her
identity crisis with other chorus members. Miss
Freeman, a theater arts major, said through her
experience with the show she has learned that
chorus members must primarily develop their body
movements as opposed to a leading actor's need to
construct a strong characterization.
The cast religiously performed warm-up exercises,
sacrificing 30-minutes to offer their body muscles
and vocal cords flexibility which was essential in
determining the production's success.
Habitual daily rehearsals began with the show's
spotlighted dancer Tara Sitser, leading the cast in
body warming exercises. From there the group went
"Ha-ha-ha-ha-haing," and "Nee-nay-nee-nay-nee-
ing," under the direction of Hank Fellin, in prepara-
tion of the evening's four-hour rehearsal.
"It's a good feeling to learn," said Chuck Shapiro,
explaining he had come close to passing out during
beginning rehearsals when song and dance were
"Music has always been a really important part of
my life," he said. Pianos, flutes, saxophones and
organs have all felt his adroit fingers stroking their
keys, and guitar strings have experienced his strum-
He said that the first time a full orchestra accom-
panied the rehearsals, a surging motivation en-
hanced his characterization, making him truly one
of the "Guys"
"The movements have to be really tight," said
Shapiro, and Miss Freeman agreed, pointing out that
even when you have the dance routine down pat,
there's still the area of costuming to contend with.
"During the Havana night club dance, the girls
have these big headdresses, and we wear a strapless
bra top," she said. "If you lean back too far, the hat
falls off and chokes you while you're dancing, then,
at the same time, your blouse falls off and you step
on your skirt-it's really crazy."
Whatever preliminary loose ends the "Guys and
Dolls" had to tailor to perfection, their production
was tight and closely bound to perfection.
Always willing to venture a gamble,
Addison Roudall llettl and
John Walker debate the color
of his tie.
Going to all lengths to win a bet, Addison
Roudall introduces Theresa Candida Ueftl to
the broad spectrum of physical pleasures as
Tara Sitser trightl taunts Roudall's gambling
Always a main attraction at the neighbor-
hood night club, Chris Norris attracts
a sizable audience.
In search of an ideal location, the "Guys"
rally in support of continuing the floating
Blowing his trombone to the tune of
"A Bushel and a Peck," Mike Browne
contributes to the performance.
Featured in silhouette, Renee Carpenter
showcases her expertise on the french horn.
By Margot A. Meyer
Illustrated by Robert Lachman and john Rosenfield
Nostalgia is in and chauvanism is out. But even with a title that
would enrage any devout woman's liberation advocate, "Guys
and Dolls" won the Valley College audience over this spring with
its nostalgic '40's music.
"There is a revival of nostalgia music that goes back to the turn
of the century," said production orchestra member Mike Browne.
"Music is going backward so most people are turning back to the
big band sound of the '40's."
Playing this music was an opportunity for the small group of
orchestra members to discover the particular musical styles that
the era of tango, rhumba, and samba produced. The production,
or pit, orchestra provided a training ground for students who
were planning for a musical occupation.
"Working in a pit orchestra is one of the greatest experiences
that a student can get considering that there are not many
outside performances that will hire them," said Browne. He has
found that the current music circuit of the Los Angeles area is
very self contained. Valley's pit orchestra started to provide the
practical experience and training needed for employment last
year with "Man of La Mancha."
What exactly is a pit orchestra? "It is basically like an
augmented dance band with strings," said Conductor Irvin Pope,
instructor of music. "The group is much smaller and, unlike the
music of a symphony, the pit orchestra music is constantly
changing moods, styles, tempo, and rhythm," he added.
Locations of production orchestras vary from play to play, but
their usual position is in front of the stage in a sunken area or 'pit'
ifrom which they receive their second name.J This traditional
position facilitates the orchestra's sound and syncronization
through the conductor to the actors on stage. This position has
not been traditionally placed for the musicians' viewing pleasure.
Because the musician is, in effect, buried from sight, the pit
orchestra attracts a particular type of devoted musician who does
not crave the usual center-stage position that a symphony
"lt takes a certain kind of person who enjoys playing for the
pleasure of that kind of music," said Pope. "lt's a different set of
responsibilities that a musician doesn't have in a regular
performing group. They must be super-musicians."
Instrumentation of a pit orchestra creates a major difference in
the musicians' duties. "Because they are each playing an
individual part, every member has to produce, or that particular
Becky Burlo serves a vital service
with her violin for the thespians on
Concentrating intently on her
music, Betty Laster plays her violin
while cast members take center
Jay Seiden plays his clarinet during
the rendition of "Fugue for
Tin Horns. "
part is lacking," said Pope. Conversely, a member of a symphony
usually has two to ten instrumentalists on the same part,
Another difference is created by combining the varied skills of
vocalists, dancers, actors, and musicians into one cumbersome
package. The pace and timing of the play rests on the musicians'
entrances and tempo. "The actors, singers, and dancers are
totally dependent on the orchestra so there has to be a complete
awareness and alertness on the part of the musicians," said Pope.
Because of the limited area alloted to the orchestra, there is
great difficulty in the maneuverability of certain instruments.
"You have people crawling on top of you to find their places,"
Lack of exposure didn't bother Brown during "Guys and Dolls,"
but he did agree that it "takes a more advanced player with a
professional attitude" to perform in a pit orchestra.
Because of the experience gained last year in previous
musicals, many problems in organizing the factions of a musical
were eliminated in "Guys and Dolls." l
Long before the pit orchestra see their original Broadway
scores, Pope puts in hours of homework. His preparation includes
making mental and written notes on changes in tempo, editing,
and changes in cues in the conductor's score. He must watch and
work with the actors before the first notes of the score are played
by the orchestra.
"The more I see the production, the more I am able to convey
the mood of the music to the orchestraf' said Pope. "The score
gives you the basic notes but it doesn't tell you all that you have
These moods that must be conveyed to the orchestra are
essential to the overall effect of the play. One section of the play
is set inside a Salvation Army Mission, so the music is sometimes
very simple and church-like, and other times it is like a Salvation
Army Band. The same holds true for the music that accompanies
a scene in a second-class night club. "The music sets the mood,
and, in certain cases, helps to identify the characters," explained
That identification with nostalgic '40's music provided "Guys
and Dolls" with an added audience appeal. "People get more out
of a musical because there are more people involved," said
Browne. "The audience can have a whole story told to them with
music and acting." That whole story was well received this spring
with the production of "Guys and Dolls."
From a bird's eye view, Ken Pierce
performs on the drums with the pit
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Practically every Monday and Wednesday during the school
year a group of surfers meet in the post-dawn gloom along a
stretch of beach at the end of Bay Street in Santa Monica.
Some stand with their backs to Synanon, the drug rehabilita-
tion center, gazing out over the Pacific, watching for swells.
Others hunch over their boards, applying a layer of wax that will
keep their feet from slipping when they challenge the waves.
From a distance their bodies, clad in wet suits, resemble wave
splashed rocks shimmering in the early morning sun.
But these aren't the archetype surfing nomads who roam the
coast questing the ultimate wave. They are Valley College
students and members of Coach Jerome Weinstein's surfing
This half-unit class was started during the fall semester.
"The Physical Education Department is always looking for
new classes," Weinstein said, "and I knew that surfing had a lot
of student interest, so I approached Ray Follasco, P.E. Depart-
ment chairman, with the idea, and he liked it!!
Although the sun was shining, a late winter fog had quilted
the area, and Weinstein's breath was expelled in the form of
white clouds. He thrust his hands deep into the pockets of a tan
parka and watched his pupils negotiate small waves.
Weinstein said that besides teaching the basics of surfing, the
course also stresses water safety rules. "We try to have one
person on the beach watching the class and one person in the
water at all times." The safety record has been good, and the
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girls wiped out and didn't clear her board. She got hit in the
nose when she came up, but went right back out."
Response to the class has been good, 60 students are enrolled
in the sections for the spring, and Weinstein said they are trying
to include the class in the summer school curriculum.
Surfing is one of the harder sports to learn, said Weinstein,
who has been surfing one year, because it takes strength,
agility, and guts. "The hardest part for a beginner is learning
when to stand.
"It is a matter of timing and 'feel' and takes beginners a little
while to pick it up."
The initial cash outlay is substantial. Wet suits can cost over
Headless surfer? No, it is Coach
Weinstein winding up a morning of
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Search for Identit
Hi tor of the Valle
By Steve Fischer
Illustrated by John Rosenfield
A band of zealots, convinced they
are helping us regain our lost identi-
ty, are roaming the San Fernando
Valley in search of its past.
This immense project was under-
taken last year by Lawrence Jorgen-
sen, associate professor of history,
and Noel Korn Know teaching at
CSUNJ, when they decided it would
be beneficial to Valley College and
the surrounding community to have
a center for their historical records.
"At the present time there is no
central resource for historical rec-
ords concerning the San Fernando
Valley," explains Jorgensen.
"History has many functions, and
one of those functions is to provide us
with an identity," says Jorgensen.
"Most of us lack this identity, and,
therefore, we have little continuity
as a community."
Since the project was undertaken
in the Spring of '73, Jorgensen feels
there has been remarkable progress
toward regaining this identity. "We
have taken more than 700 photo-
graphs and another 400 feet of
super-8mm film. These photographs
are of historical sites that are unique
to the San Fernando Valley." Among
these historical sites are the Van
Nuys Hotel, one of the Valley's first
hotels: the San Fernando Tunnel, a
6,975-foot tunnel that gave the Val-
ley rail service: and the Oak of the
Golden Dream, where California's
first gold rush was to take place.
"These photographs will give us a
flesh-and-blood account of the Val-
ley's history, rather than a purely
statistical one," said Jorgensen.
Along with these documented
filmed accounts are taped interviews
with some of the "pioneers" of the
San Fernando Valley. Included are
men like Harry Bevis, who has
resided in the San Fernando Valley
since the first World War. Both
Bevis' uncle and brother were active
in Van Nuys real estate and grocer-
ies famong other businesses? from
1914 onward. Harry Bevis joined
them, and has continued in real
estate these past 55 years. Along
with Bevis, there is Whitley Van
Nuys Huffaker, who has the honor of
being the first person born in Van
Nuys. The Huffaker family has a
long record of activity in the Valley's
business and social life, and to this
day does business in the San Fernan-
"Students get excited when I talk
about the Valley's history. I feel they
like to know where the hell they
live," said Jorgensen.
Rob Remar, one of Jorgensen's
hand-picked assistants, shares this
view. "People 50 years ago had an
identity, but as the community has
grown, this identity has split. We
must become more involved in our
own community," said Remar.
Rick Bellinson. another one of
J orgensen's enthusiastic assistants,
feels there is a general lack of
interest in the San Fernando Valley.
"When the Valley was small, it was
easy to keep up with what was going
on. People were concerned about
their community. But now that we
have grown so large people have
stopped caring. I feel the Van Nuys
Project will make us aware of our
community again, and also give us a
sense of identity," said Bellinson.
Bellinson shares Jorgensen's en-
thusiasm over the project's poten-
tial. "The response from the com-
munity has been fantastic, especially
from the older residents."
Eneompassed in the future plans
for the project are field trips, exten-
sive research, and additional inter-
views with people of relevant his-
Jorgensen's impending plans for
the project include providing L.A.
Valley College land the San Fernan-
do Valleyl with a regularly-taught
one semester class. This class will be
based on the project's findings and
will deal with all facets of the San
ln the years to come, Jorgensen
wants to create a center for the
study of the San Fernando Valley at
Valley College. Jorgensen feels that
"in addition to the student and
college involvement in the communi-
ty's past, we will of necessity, at-
tract and involve the community
itself in this undertaking."
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used for heating homes in the San Fernando Valley.
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record of activity in the area's business and social life. To this day they own
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transportation for many years.
Photo by Valley News and Green Sheet
Light streaks across the floor of an abandoned church in Simi Valley. This
church is now being used as part of a movie set.
Crown Photo by Iohn Rosenfield
By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Creg Moreland
One Valley College student has discovered an exclusive cure
for the common cold.
lor approximately one year, Roger Foster has made bicycling
'his sole means of transportation. Immunity from the common
cold is his reward. He believes that this medical breakthrough
might be attributed to his cycling efforts.
foster rides his bicycle an average of 150 miles per week
While other Valley students drive a comparable amount in their
air-conditioned, automatic, bucket-seated automobiles, they
consider their physical fatigue point reached when they have to
walk from the parking lot to their first class.
Foster rides a more strenuous gamut on the city streets than
most drivers do on the freeways. He relies on physical endur-
ance, perseverance, and determination and not the battery in a
Through his enrollment in the advanced class, Foster has
come to appreciate the feeling of "oneness" that cycling offers.
Rural traveling, Foster explained, is one of the most beneficial
experiences that his non-air or noise polluting bicycle affords
him. He described the viewing of unaroused wildlife as being
available only to people on foot and bicycles.
The constant exposure to the elements, a reliable means of
transportation, and its subtle gesture of social rebellion are just
a fegv of the rewarding factors involved in Foster's allegiance to
Students of Ed Bush's bicycle class get into gear as they
wheel and deal their way through class.
foster explained, "lt's not all roses. You have to be on the
defensive a heck of a lot," when commuting within the Valley.
In his opinion, however, generally most motorists return an
equal amount of respect to bicyclers when it is paid to them.
On occasion, lioster has silently been challenged by a
competitive motorist, who noticed the speed that he is capable
of achieving. Man and the automobile might still be apprehen-
sive about accepting the primitive "man mover" as a possible
inter-city transportative equal,
On the car-monopolized streets during the Los Angeles rush
hour, Ifoster maintains an averge of 20 miles an hour. This speed
is upheld by lioster through his innate ability to time stop lights,
thus eliminating treacherous stop and go riding.
When city riding is done, Foster is inclined to feel safer when
on his bike than he would in a car because of its easy
Safety on the streets, bike maintenance and physical fitness
are lust a few aspects of cycling covered in the beginning and
advanced classes at Valley.
liven though most of the students enrolled became affiliated
with bikes at an early adolescent age, bicycling class instructor
ljd Bush, assistant professor of physical education, stresses that
the first thing he attempted to teach his students was how to
ride a bike.
Hush explained that some of his students have sophisticated
10-speed bicycles and during the entire span of their ownership
the student had riden the bike continually in one gear. One of
liush's first tasks, therefore, was to impress students with the
potentiality of their bicycles and how to manipulate them to
their best advantage and riding comfort.
Valley is the first college in the district to initiate a bicycle
class into the physical education curriculum. Because of its
popularity, Valley's bicycle class, with its two-year standing, has
had to turn away students for each available class per semester.
instruction in fundamental bicycle maintenance, physical
fitness, and bicycle safety constitute the beginning curriculum.
The advanced bicycle class is "Based purely on physical
fitness and endurance," explained Bush. "The class is specific-
ally designed for the students who are the top bicycle enthu-
siasts here at the college."
Class excursions include rides between 10-12 miles during one
session. This distance doubles the beginning classes' scheduled
A definite acceptance of the bicycle in our contemporary
times was emphasized by Bush in some statistics made available
through Schwinn's public relations representative, Woody
Crabb reported that for the first time since World War l,
bicycles outsold cars. With the impressive figure of 20 million
bicycle sales for the 1972 year, perhaps Contac is on its way out.
Roger Foster will become a rich man if he can patent
his cure forthe common cold.
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On one occasion Franklin D. Roosevelt
aptly said, "lf I were starting life over
again, l am inclined to think that l would
go into the advertising business in prefer-
ence to almost any other. This is because
advertising has come to cover the whole
range of human needs and also because it
combines real imagination with a deep
study of human psychology."
Harvey Schaefer, professor of art and
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Illustrated by Steve Fischer
instructor of Art 42-45, unquestionably
agrees with FDR. on this subject so
important to his way of living and think-
ing. Advertising has far-reaching psycho-
logical effects on the people who come in
contact with it and one can't help being
touched by it in some way. Every response
that one makes to anything he hears or
tastes or senses in any way has already
been affected by advertising. As Prof.
Schaefer puts it, advertising "influences
you from the time you open your eyes in
the morning to the time you go to sleep at
night. lt even bothers you during sleep if
you're a heavy dreamer."
Advertising either tickles you softly or
slaps you in the face. Whether the
graphics artist wants to subtly lure you
into buying something by using soft,
flowing colors and designs, or wishes to
shock you into buying by throwing hot,
flashing colors and shapes at you, the
basic fundamentals are the same, the only
difference is in the approach. The artist
must learn the fundamentals of his trade
by taking several art classes which will
ultimately lead him into advertising
Prof. Schaefer says, "The purposes of
these advertising design classes are three-
fold: "First, these classes fulfill part of the
occupational program. Second, they pre-
pare students for a four-year college.
Third, they answer a need for the students
who enjoy art," Prof. Schaefer tries to
structure his advertising design classes so
that the individual student will feel as free
as possible to explore his own artistic
Prof. Schaefer strives to channel these
potentialities into practical avenues by
assigning projects like doing the cover for
next year's general catalogue, whose
theme will be the 25th anniversary ofValley
College. One of his other assignments is to
design a personal logo, which will serve as
an identification or trade-mark for the
student's individual style of work, and can
be thus used to enhance a one-man-show
of the person's work in a gallery or as a
decorative piece for an office, shop, or
One of the students in the advertising
design class, lilorina Castellanos, felt that
to make a personal logo that would reflect
her personality she would "have to be in
tune with what's happening" so she could
get her "message across." Miss Castellanos
has been interested in art since childhood
and took this class so that she could get
Ferril Nawil puts the finishing
touches on his 3D self-portrait.
Prof. Schaefer examines a
sculptured balsa wood
3D personal logo.
the experience to obtain a job in her
fathers advertising company.
Some of the other students in the class
are not so fortunate as Florina Castellanos,
because they either have to attend a
four-year college after completing their
education at Valley or will have to hunt for
a job after finishing their two-year occupa-
Linda Rohett, another member of the
class, wants to go to a four-year college
after she fills the requirements for a
two-year degree at Valley. Miss Rohett is
taking this class to get some artistic
background, but she is much more in-
terested in interior design. Her personal
logo reflects this well, as she designed a
3D ceramic window with a shingled roof.
Karl johnson, a student in the advertis-
ing design class, told of his first experience
with the expression of art. "l was 7 or 8
when l drew a picture of what my mother
considered to be Tallulah Bankhead on a
piece of cardboard. Well, that's how I got
my start, and l've been interested in art
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johnson believes it is essential to work
at what he likes and does best. "lt's better
to work in your field 24 hours a day and
get as much practice as possible than to
try and be an artist part-time and a cab
driver full time." Because of Iohnson's
earnest effort and enthusiasm in his field,
he has sold several of his own paintings.
The man who has instructed the adver-
tising design classes at Valley for nine
years finished high school during the
depression and went right to work as a
commercial artist. Prof. Schaefer aspired
for a teaching degree, but because of the
era he lived in, it was impossible for him to
afford college. However, with some
money saved up and the end of the
Prof. Schaefer scrutinizes
Karl Johnson's logo.
depression, it became feasible to think of
Aside from his teaching, Prof. Schaefer
is an accomplished artist. He has sold
several paintings, photos, knotting, and
numerous other forms of art. Prof.
Schaefer plans on taking a trip throughout
the western states on his sabbatical next
semester. His main objective is to shoot
photographic essays on the ghost towns of
the Old West,
Explaining his reason for
graphics design teacher, Prof. Schaefer
says, "lf I can influence young people to
take over where my generation
off, then we will have both improved the
general area of advertising and the taste of
the general population."
By David Thatcher
Illustrated by john Rosenfielo'
"Sometimes you suspect an uneasy feeling in a
classroom, like someone thinks you might be plan-
ning an arrest."
"Once in a while someone wants you to fix a ticket
or something, but nobody really makes you uncom-
"My real friends and my fiancee and my parents
are proud of me, and that is what is really important
These three statements are typical of those heard
from students deciding to make Administration of
justice, formerly called Police Science, their major.
In times of growing distrust and unrest it is encourag-
ing to find students so strong in their convictions. Ed
Arambula is one such student. A full-time patrolman
for the Foothill Division police station, he is devoting
his off-duty hours to the completion of his crimin-
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"I was working for Sears in their appliance repair
division, and a friend of mine got me to thinking
about how the situation was regarding Chicanos and
the law in general," Ed explains. "I knew that I wasn't
completely happy in that job, and we both felt that
more should be done. I talked it over with my wife,
and she agreed that if police work was what I wanted
she would be happy to see me follow it."
Since joining the force, Ed feels that the presence
of an active law enforcement officer in the classroom
does not have to create any more bad will with
students or teachers than would any other profes-
Arambula has had no second thoughts or misgiv-
ings about his decision and cites the many benefits of
the profession, including pay and security. He does
concede, however, that there are some hidden
problems. "Sometimes you have court duty or night
patrol, and teachers may be unwilling to accept
reasons such as that for poor attendance."
With a great many things such as these problems
beyond control of the student, it is gratifying that the
department does list an impressive number of appli-
cants each semester.
Arambula intends to continue with his chosen
career despite the rather well-known problems that
fall on his fellow officers. His future includes
advancement to assignments in vice, narcotics,
special investigation, or whatever else the force
might present to him.
"After all," he concludes, "a lot of people do not
like used car salesmen or insurance people for
reasons all their own, why should a policeman be
Sharing Arambula's views is Mike Toppel. Unlike
Arambula, Toppel comes from a law enforcement-
related background and names among his friends a
number of judges and policemen. "I always knew I
wanted to enter police work when I was in high
school," he explains, "so when I was able to get a job
as a clerk in small claims court, the natural thing was
to continue related studies in my free hours."
Toppel feels that there is no real animosity among
the students toward an administration of
major. "Everybody can make his own good or bad
position with people," he emphasizes, .Hand I can't
help but feel I'm in a good relationship with my
The long hours of required study seldom tire
Kravich. At his desk long after most of the
other students have lelt, he is still hard
X 4 at work.
Toppel's background is somewhat different from
that of Arambula in that he attended private school
and military school for all of his secondary educa-
tion. Briefly attending Cal State Northridge after high
school graduation, he studied several general educa-
tion subjects and then responded to the advice of
another family friend, Theo Gerber, also head of the
Administration of justice Department at Valley Col-
lege, and geared his work experience and studies
toward the law enforcement major.
A third such student is Fred Kravich who looks on
police work in an ideal manner. "l don't like a lot of
the things l have to see going on," he explains
carefully, "and I hope to become able to help
improve things within limits,"
Kravich feels that the Police Department offers
everything he wants in a career. Excitement, variety
of responsibility, promotional opportunity, and the
presence ofa strong central authority are among the
incentives he lists.
Kravich stresses that he feels no ice breaking
problems come from his affiliation with the depart-
ment. "lf any of my friends seem to be changing, I
just ask them why I should suddenly drop from 8 to 6
on a 10 point scale of respect." His convictions go so
strongly as to make him certain that even if he lost
every friend he has, he still would not be swayed in
ln his defense of the position he and his fellow
students find themselves in, Kravich may have
summed it up when he added, "Life is a pretty long
time. What is it all about if you are not doing what
Officers Arambula, Toppel, and Kravich are doing
what they want.
Toppel finds searching the complex and challenging
storage shelves a rewarding task, as well as a valuable
background to his plans for a iudicial career.
A busy research schedule accompanies
Toppel's long working day at the Van Nuys
Courthouse. He confers with his boss,
Gene Hardy, on an especially difficult case.
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By Adrienne Pa ynter
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
lt has become axiomatic recently that the nursing
profession is undergoing profound change. The
challenge to nursing education is equally profound,
for nursing students must be prepared not only for
the substantial demands of the modern medical
world, but for all the possibilities and probabilities in
the future of nursing.
Changes aside, LAVC nursing students display
those reassuring strengths for which the professional
nurse is famous: energy, efficiency, and commit-
Mrs. Ruth Mitchell, for 20 years a Licensed
Vocational Nurse, and now studying to be a Regis-
tered Nurse, displays an enthusiasm as fresh as a
"Nursing," says Ruth, "is a wide-open field," which
she is always happy to recommend to young people
who show a "real interest." Ruth takes pride in the
expanding role of nurses as "part of the medical
team," rather than the obsolete image of "hand-
From her years of practical experience in the field,
Ruth knows that "hospitals care which school a nurse
graduated from," and chose Valley for its highly
rated nursing program.
Despite the demands of her career, and the stresses
No longer are male nursing students rare,
as Steven Grimshaw points out while taking
a patient's blood pressure.
of raising a family, Ruth finds time for needlework
and sewing, and was on the LAVC co-ed golf team
last semester. She couldn't fit golfing into her busy
schedule this year, but retains her interest in the
The male nursing student represents more than
fallout from the rising consciousness of America-he
is part of the process.
Alan Hermanson, who is studying at Valley to be a
Registered Nurse, is by definition a pioneer, but is
perhaps too busy to reflect much on that aspect of
He is currently working toward a B.A, in psychiat-
ric nursing through UC Berkeley's "University With-
out Walls" program. To that end he does supervised
counseling at Olive View Hospital's Outpatient
Clinic, and serves an internship in psychodrama and
group techniques at the Center for Psychodrama
Training at Crossroads Hospital in Van Nuys.
He cited Valley College's respected program and
forward-looking approach as among the reasons for
his attendance here.
Having previously earned an A.A. in drama at
LAVC, Alan is still interested in filmmaking. He also
paints, is a licensed private pilot, a songwriter, and,
he says wistfully, "used to play guitar." Someday he
hopes for the time to play it again.
Alan has noted a few negative reactions to men in
nursing, but feels the trend is generally well-re-
Nursing education, like any other program,
has its lighter moments. Carol Mayan
practices her art on John Rosenfield,
a reluctant "victim,"
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ceived. Besides psychiatric nursing in which he is
specializing, he enjoys work in the obstetrical de-
Debbie Kerr has wanted to be a nurse since she was
a child, inspired by a family that produced several
nurses. At 16 she began doing hospital volunteer
work, and after high school she took a Nurse's Aide
course. She still works as a Nurse's Aide at Valley
Presbyterian Hospital while pursuing her nursing
education at Valley College.
As a Regent chairman on the executive board of
the Student Nursing Association of California, travel
to and from meetings and conventions must some-
how be fitted into Debbie's incredibly active life.
After graduating from Valley ishe can't help
wishing LAVC had a four-year nursing programl,
Debbie's goal is a B.S. in nursing. Her first interest is
in the medical-surgical field, but she is also "fasci-
nated" by obstetrics, having taken a La Maze class in
Debbie takes an optimistic view of the changing
world of nursing. The trend toward nurse-midwives
and nurse-practitioners is not only earning the
profession more respect, but "creating more oppor-
tunities for nurses," Debbie feels.
Typically, Debbie has numerous outside interests
-skiing and tennis among them, and also typically,
she hopes to find more time for them someday.
Nursing students are a special breed. Besides the
obvious qualifications of competence and compas-
sion, they have the apparent ability to be constantly
active-as if they had discovered the 70-minute
hour, 25-hour day.
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Illustrated by Mike Russell
And so this is fashion, that is, anything
is fashion, because anything goes. There is
no set fashion yardstick, no barometer to
measure what's "hip" looking as opposed
to what's tacky . . . these days, what feels
good is what dictates acceptability, al-
though the leading fashion magazines, for
both men and women, whistle to a fastid-
iously different tune.
With fashion designers imploring people
to shave off their eyebrows, reshape their
liplines, color their finger and toenails
every hue from black to puce, the fashion
industry plays fashion "footsies" with mil-
lions of egos around the world.
There is no absolute or final word on
what's tasteful, and yet each year the
professional clothiers set up frantic pro-
duction schedules in the month to month
rush to get out next season's new "line"-
somebody out there is waiting with baited
A most perceptive group, these masters
of the cloth are. Dabbling in fantasy and
visual hocus pocus lonly standard tricks of
the tradej the fashion industry represents a
Disneyland coalition of image makers.
And why not? If the psychologists are
right, amongst man's strongest drives is his
need for stimulus variability. Change, par-
ticularly visual change, provides a wel-
come distraction from the humble monot-
ony of day-to-day routine.
And what else, besides fashion in its
continual state of flux, provides a more
suitable medium? It seems dressing to
accent and project the view people have
of themselves and others plays a predomi-
nant role in costume selection.
On the Valley campus one is sure to see
alittle and a lot of everything from bargain
basement specials to expensive "one-of-a-
Although the mode is largely casual,
many men and women choose to dress
with conspicuous formality, while others
take the more blase view that anything
comfortable is appropriate.
Parading about campus, students give a
panoramic view of varying fashion trends.
Barnum and Bailey couldn't put on a
better show: jump suits, business suits,
superfly walking suits, padded shoulder
Lois Lane suits . . . "baggies," cutoffs,
slacks, pedal bushers, hotpants . . .
Caftans dragging on the cement . . . both
sexes in platforms, spike high heels, ox-
A blue denim halter top and matching bellbottoms make
Laura Grayson shine as brightly as the rhinestones that
stud her outfit.
fords, tennis shoes, pink shoes, green
Nat every woman can wear a hat and
look good. Barbara White is among
the few who can.
The peasant look is complimentary
to Alex Duncan, who prefers the
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shoes, no shoes . . . backless, sideless,
semi-frontless sun dresses . . . perma press
everything . . . tennis this and tennis that
. . . Garbo and Gatsby hats, large, floppy,
and romantic, bubushka and turban style
scarves . . . jackets of the pendleton,
Corduroy, and velvet variety . . . all this in
the Center ring. Either this is freedom or
it's halloween. Diversity being the rule
rather than the exception, each person
sets his own style, creating a mass con-
glomeration of the old and new.
Whoever you are, whatever you are, the
"mode" is a fleeting flash of reality that
assigns an "okay,.dash, question mark" to
everything from japanese walking thongs
to rhinestone halter tops.
While the older, more conventional
modes of dress still prevail in the white
shoe-white pants-sport's jacket tradition,
the stronghold phenomena of the street
Creation continues to reign supreme. The
jean skirt, jacket, and pant tbe they faded,
beaded, patched, secjuinned or thread-
barel are forever popular, just as the "a la
natural" peasant look is slightly passe, but
by no means extinct.
Teresa Cavanaugh can go right
ahead and wear the pants in the
family if she's going to look
A courdoroy iacket and blue ieans
are a must in every man's wardrobe,
and Kenny Wayne fills the bill.
And of course that "oh so ethnic" look is
not to be forgotten, even if your squash
blossom necklace and Dashiki are momen-
tos of an Akron Saturday sale and not your
"Ready to wear" is no longer the manu-
facturer's trademark of assemblyline in-
genuity. Instead, it is an accurate descrip-
tion of what people expect from their
clothes, easy maintenance, durability, and
most importantly, drama.
As most people have discovered on the-ir
own, yesterday's junk is today's treasure.
Not surprisingly, mama's aviator jacket
and Carmen Miranda club-foot correctors
fplatformsl are back. One may obtain their
wearables everywhere from I, Magnin's to
thriftshops, garage sales, closets and trash-
So whether one's self image springs
liberated, flaunting that just off the Kib-
butz look or that Yves St. Laurent "freak of
the week flair," that's just fine. "Fashion is
a sociological movement," says social
commentator Blair Sabol, "and today any-
Comfortable and looking good.
Don Raines doesn't waste his time
on platform shoes or bowties.
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ceremonies performed by lleft to rightl Valley
College President Robert Horton, Board
of Trustee Member Marion La Follette, Board
of Trustees President Kenneth Wyatt and
District Chancellor Dr. Leslie Koltai.
By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Wes Preston
A new door was opened this fall admitting female
students, as well as those of the other gender, into
the first new building on the Valley College campus
since the completion of the Campus Center in 1971.
The new Women's Gym was not necessarily a
Christmas surprise when it opened its doors on
january 8 to welcome students with complete and
effective facilities to enhance the women's physical
Monarchs were allowed a long look into Santa's
bag and were able to watch the 18-month construc-
tion of the gym, which is located near the Men's
Gym, bordering Ethel Avenue.
Upon their first introduction to the gym, students
generally commented, "lt's purple!"
The main gym room is the only one in the district
and possibly the only one in the state to have purple
However, women's Physical Education Depart-
ment chairman Roberta Mulkey said the gym is really
blue. "It's the mercury vapor lighting that makes it
purple," she explained. "We really didn't know until
they turned the lights on that it would be purple."
No one on the Women's P.E. faculty opposed the
blue color that was chosen for the benefit of
athletes who participated in the gym's regularly
scheduled sports of badminton and volleyball.
"We went upstairs into the Campus Center build-
ing because there's a blue classroom up there,"
explained Miss Mulkey, "and we hit a badminton
birdie around to see if we could see it against the
color blue we chose.
"The players that I have talked to from other
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Roberta Mulkey lcenterl meets with Women's
P.E. faculty in the gym's spacious conference
Delighting in the privacy of having her own
otlice, Rosemary Breckell, assistant
professor of physical education, finds the
contrast between this and the one-room
office that used to accommodate all 10 P.E.
teachers in the old gym.
Valley student Michelle Vickers, takes
advantage of the new gymnastics equipment
in the new Women's Gym.
Students utilize their personal gymnastics
equipmentg in the past, they had to share
the men's equipment.
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easier, as student Roberta Taylor proves
through excelling in dance.
schools have liked it very much," said the depart-
ment chairman, explaining that birdies and volley-
balls were easy to spot against the contrasting blue-
In addition to the soon-to-be-infamous "purple
gym," the facility provides a dance studio room, an
exercise and body building room, a spacious locker
room with 1,895 lockers and 33 showers with two
individual dressing cubicles bordering each shower.
An equipment room is located on one side of the
lobby, with seven offices for the teachers on the
other side, Inside the office complex is a conference
room, a first aid room, and a one-time cot room
that has recently been transformed into a student
lounge which is regularly visited by department
majors and extra-curricular sports team members.
Among the most noted improvements of the new
gym are its seven offices which replace one office
which previously housed all 10 P.E. teachers.
When commenting on the benefits of the multiple
offices, Miss Mulkey said, "We're able to get our
work done here where previously we couldn't. There
were so many in the office before, and concentra-
tion was rather difficult. Much of our work was
done at home then, whereas now we can do it
The dance studio room is lined with mirrors and
ballet bars. The exercise and body building room is
equipped with its own gymnastics facilities, whereas
in the past, the women had to share the men's
The department chairman said they were working
on getting a whirlpool and training table for the first
aid room to avoid having to move injured students
to the Men's Gym for temporary treatment.
The women's physical education program has
been enlarged since the opening of the gym and is
expected to grow even more. Miss Mulkey said, "l
think to take advantage of our facilities we really
need another instructor. This would also help us
with the after-school activities."
The department has an increased enrollment this
semester, along with adding several new classes.
Table tennis and ballethave been added to the
curriculum and plans to incorporate a tumbling and
trampolene class are in the formative stages. Al-
though not a direct result of the new facility, surfing
and bowling classes are also new to the P.E.
curriculum this year.
"The gym has opened up three inside classes,
where previously we only had one, which has
helped us as far as dance, badminton, gymnastics,
self-defense and body contour classes," said Miss
Mulkey. "This is very important, what with the
problems occurring on the streets today."
An archery equipment room has been added to
enhance the department, This is located on the east
side of Ethel Avenue. The walk-through equipment
room will allow students to approach the archery
field from behind the firing lines, thus providing
The new Women's Gym is not only closer to the
heart of the campus, but it can now offer a tailored
curriculum to fit the needs of the students.
Along with all the benefits of the gym, Miss
Mulkey points out, "It's neat to be on this side of
the campus with everybody else."
Monarchs find it easy to spot their
badminton birdies in the district's
only purple gym.
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Women's Gym, only to be matched by the ,
comparable impressiveness of the gym's
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' Illustrated by Robert Lachman
After the second gridder clash of the season, Greg Baltad
walked out of the Monarch's locker room with traces of victory
streaking his face,
Loaded down with his tote bag and the pressure of knowing
they could possibly become No. 1, he carried an even heavier
load in the weight of a promise. A plaque protruded indiscretely
from under his arm and read, "Life is tough. You get knocked
down, you pick yourself up. You get knocked down, you pick
yourself up-you pick yourself up."
He explained that the inscribed doctrine dominated his
philosophies, when applied to football and his life in general, as
much as to the personality of the man, behind the words.
The man was the late Bob Binder, a former football coach of
Baltad's while he attended Canoga Park High School. Binder, a
former Valley College graduate and center on the 1957 Valley
College Championship Football team, was the incentive behind
his enrollment at Valley College.
Among the countless things demanded of a serious football
player, the sophomore explained that Binder was instrumental in
teaching him a successful method of facing and overcoming
defeat. Through Binder's teachings, Baltad is the living proof of a
dedicated and competent football player, who borders on the
Linebacker Louis Debose contemplates
play strategy during daily workouts.
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in order to prepare himself for game action.
Team members worked out five days a week,
and each practice entailed vigorous
thin edge of being outstanding. Several times an All-Star football
team player, he recognizes the important facet of team work.
"To have teamwork you really have to love the guys you're
playing with. When you're protecting the quarterback, the
lineman has to be ready to lay himself down-sacrifice himself-
sacrifice his body." Baltad explained that teamwork not only
includes the visual maneuvers that take place out on the field,
but the maneuvers that take place in the minds of the players, as
"Teamwork is when you see a guy losing his composure, and
you pull him back into the realm of sanity," he said.
"Football is a team sport, not an individual sport. lt's 11 guys
doing their job, together-not 11 separate people doing what
they think they should do." l
Baltad explained the average observer's impression of football j
was that it was a mindless sport-with the coach calling all the
plays and the team merely following instructions. Baltad stressed
the dire need for serious ballplayers to be able to follow the
coach's instructions. He said the coach was the objective force in raking fime to cool off, ,john Masjjy quenches his
game strategy, and if game decisions were left to team members, thirst during Practice-
teamwork would be nonexistent or inadequate.
"When l'm playing for someone else, l'm his football player,"
he said. "When I coach a football team, l'll use the plays I think
will work." And that's exactly what he'll probably do.
With definite plans of completing his education at a university
which is credited with having a good football team, Baltad wants
to continue playing ball while fulfilling studies in his P.E. major.
Baltad considers himself too small to play professional
football, but if he is courted by any major league teams, he said
he would tie the knot,
With a second career alternative of becoming a physical
education teacher, and some day coaching his own football
team, lialtacl seems to have his life plays down pat.
"We won! We won!." chanted Tom Morano, 60, a d
Stan Shure, 67, alter the East L A game, the only
Valley College victory
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proved his ability and retained his
Kevin Gunn contributed to Valley College's most
outstanding waterpolo season.
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Illustrated by Robert Lachman
"We won more games this season than
any other two seasons combined in the
history of the college," said Bill Krauss
with an unmistakable gleam in his eye.
"One ofthe most amazing things about
having such a good season," he continued,
"is that none of the city high schools have
swimming pools," for the nucleus of Val-
ley College's waterpolo team are recruits
from neighboring high schools.
The landmark season has made a big
splash this year with another VC first
accomplished when the team won not
only the first but the second waterpolo
tournament. Few can question the Midas
touch of Coach Krauss, professor of bio-
logy, who fully credits the team's success
to its members.
"If we ever get a pool, we'll be great,"
As much time as the aquamen spend in
water, they still avoid a playful comrades
splash, and on the suggestion of Coach
Krauss to swim 1,000 yards to warm up, a
few iokingly say, "I hear my mother calling
me" or "I have to be going now."
Waterpolo team member Andre Livian
lived up to his reputation as last year's top
scorer by repeating his standing again this
A Rumanian immigrant and the team's
most experienced player, he started his
water career at the age of 13.
Recruited for Rumania's junior national
waterpolo team at the age of 16, Livian has
been forced to undergo a drastic change in
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his game techniques and compromise his
lenient international rules upbringing to
meet strict college rules.
"During my first season at Valley, I used
to get kicked out of every game because I
had too many personal fouls," Livian said.
"In Europe you don't get kicked out of the
game unless you pull your opponent's
trunks and obviously drown him, or you
kick him in the face," he said, explaining
that when a player did this, he was fined
45 seconds or was out of the game until
one of the teams scored a point-what
ever came first.
"In my first season at Valley, I was really
impatient because I was getting upset with
the other guys, who had never played
"It was really frustrating for me because
I'd been playing for five years and I was
expecting everything to go smooth. My
attitude toward my teammates wasn't as
good as it should be, so Coach Krauss tried
to explain this to me and correct it.
"Coach Krauss is very understanding, as
opposed to most of the other coaches I've
had," he said.
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team will excel even more than this year's.
When Livian's not spending his time in
the water, he's busy working, funning, and
studying for his degree in business.
With five languages to his credit, he
aspires to enter foreign business manage-
ment for a large American corporation, so
he can indulge in another of his favorite
Having the diversified interests of ski-
ing, surfing, karate and dancing, Livian
lists his only vice as "women," However,
he manages to stay afloat.
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Dennis Viteralli does not lose his stride and is
oblivious of the area surrounding the track.
By Derek Lawson
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
and Steve Fischer
ls it a physical strain or an emotional
joy? Can the idea of winning be stressed
to a team or to just one person? Many
questions of this type had to be answered
before the cross country season began for
The dream of a State bid for the
Monarchs was evident in the talent of the
coaches and the runners. Yet the hours of
running and practice paid off mostly for
only one runner, Freshman Cliff Morden.
"When I get ready for a race, I feel that
my head should be prepared as well as
my body," said Morden. "There have
been times when I thought that I could
have gone out in a race and burned up a
fast pace, yet my body did not react. The
two races where everything went right
were Metro Conference finals and the
"ln the conference meet the whole
team was up because we had to prove
something to EI Camino. I went out hard,
The anguish ofa four-mile race is expressed '
by freshman Hon Adams as he finishes in the
hoping that Thomas Rodriquez would not
want to push too hard at the first half of
the race. Knowing that my strongest part
of the race was still to come, I felt that I
would be able to push my body a lot
harder. Through this action I was able to
hold off Rodriguez and win easily.
The state meet was a different story.
Placing seventh enabled me to compete
at State. I went up to San Mateo with a
mixed feeling of depression and joy. I
placed second to Terry Cotton, which
gave me great satisfaction, knowing that I
was the second best in the state."
Yet, Morden was not the only standout
on the Valley team. Under the guidance
of Coach George Ker and Coach Lazlo
Tabori and with a team made up of five
freshmen and six sophomores, the Mon-
archs compiled a Metro League record of
4-1. The Monarchs only finished as low as
fourth place in the six invitational meets
they entered, and stayed among the top
five of the top 20 Cross Country teams in
The Harriers began the season with a
third-place finish in the Long Beach and
Moorpark Invitational. Then Valley took
"Excuse me please." Among the many hazards of a runner
is the obstacle of a horse or two. Cliff Morden Ueftl and
Jeff Alexander irightl kept their pace just the same.
on arch rival Pierce College and shut
them out 15-48. CLower score wins.J
In the weeks that followed, Valley
remained undefeated with victories over
Pasadena, Bakersfield, and Long Beach.
Morden, jerry Alexander, Scott
Schweitzer, Ron Adams, and Dennis
Vitarelli physically prepared themselves
to meet El Camino in the league final.
Even with the talent of these men, the
absence of injured members Steve Acuff
and Craig Clemmer was felt. Valley lost to
EI Camino by a score of 26-30.
"The turning point of our season was
the MSAC race," said Coach Ker. "The
entire team ran as one and seemed to
impress everyone who was there." Valley
won the large school division, the novice
division, and the sweepstakes award.
There are those who feel that if the
Monarchs had gone past Southern Cals
they would have been State champions as
a team. Yet, as a team this year they went
on to win just about as much as you can.
The pogo stick kid, Rick Garcia, gets ready
to rack up another two points for Valley, while
Rori Davis, 22, guards him from the opposing
By Derek Lawson
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
"Players must have the feeling that they
can beat good teams," said Coach Gaston
Green. "Without the idea of positive
thinking one cannot win in this game of
The Monarchs, who improved their
league record from last year by three
games, added more points per game than
in the year before and improved in their
overall team play.
Rick Garcia, Allen Green, and Rori
Davis were constantly in double figures
this year. Garcia had the highest point
production in one game, with 34, and
played a major part in the league victories
over Pierce and El Camino.
ValIey's first league victory came against
Pierce after being defeated in 14 consecu-
tive games. That ballgame featured Rodol-
pho Arthur who sparked the Monarchs
with eight points in the overtime segment.
Davis and Green were also instrumental in
that victory, which had Pierce tie the
game seven times in the last five minutes.
The second Pierce meeting saw Mark
Holman, Dave Small, and Mark Edwards
control the tempo of the game. Valley
controlled the ball and the backboards at
both ends of the court, giving Green,
Garcia, and Doug Andersen plenty of time
"We must improve quite a bit on our
defense and our rebounding for next
year," said Coach Green, "if we hope to
knock off Long Beach, Bakersfield, Pasa-
dena and extend our winning streak
against Pierce and El Camino."
Airbom, Valley Monarch's Rori Davis, 22, and
Alan Green lrightj, lend their fellow team-
mate, Rick Garcia, a hand.
The referee examines Tom Morand's hold ttopl on his
defensive opponent, determining whether a 'pin'
has been executed.
It Start with
By Elaine Nevelow
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
. . . Two athletes come forward from
opposite corners of the mat, get instruc-
tions, shake hands, and step back. The
referee blows the whistle and signals
"wrestle," They come forward again, eye-
ing each other hard, trying to appraise
their opponent's capabilities. Locked in
combat, pushing, twisting, pulling, they
come crashing clown on the mat . . .
straining, sweating, rolling, till one gets
the advantage . . . forcing his opponent's
shoulders to the mat. . .
Wrestling, at the collegiate level, is a
grueling contact sport that demands
much from its players. lt takes, on the
average, three to four years of high
school training in a good program before
a wrestler is ready to participate in colle-
giate intermural competiton. A minimum
of two'hours a day is spent working out
on the mat, and this does not include the
many hours a wrestler spends running and
lifting weights iust to keep in shape.
Wrestling is not just for the 'big' guys,
there are 10 competition weight divisions
Monarch Larry Hibshman ttopj makes a
human pretzel out of his opponent.
which range from 118 pounds to the
heavy-weights, who can run well over 200
pounds. But not everyone can become a
wrestler. lt takes a dedicated, hard-
working, disciplined, aggressive indivi-
This aggressiveness which a good
wrestler must exhibit while in competition
is not necessarily taken with him when he
leaves the mat. Bernie Christian, Valley's
wrestling coach, feels that many of his
players are not overly aggressive off the
mat, on the contrary, he feels that
wrestling mellows them and gives them
an athletic maturity. Coach Christian be-
lieves that any physical activity is an
excellent "pressure valve" for the release
of tensions and anxieties brought on by
life in our complex society. He also feels
that athletic competition fulfills the void
that was left after man curtailed his
primal instinct of hunting.
. . . The referee counts . . . "one
second . . . two seconds' '... slaps the
mat to signal a "pin," and the end of the
match. Six points for the offensive team!
Robert Castillo and Dave Lorenz
team up for exercises.
Monarch's Coach Ed Bush
watches intently as his team tries
for another win.
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Summer's Game - - -
By Dale Fink
Illustrated by Wes Preston
The batter has one-half second to de-
cide whether to swing at the pitched ball.
"I need more time than that to adjust to a
particular batter and situation," center-
fielder Mitch Harmatz said. "I have to
know in advance how the batter will react
to the pitch."
As the batter steps up to the plate, the
fielders receive word on what pitch Cas-
tillo will throw. The message travels
through the infield to the outfield by a
coded chain communication system, be-
ginning with catcher Eddie Perez.
"I get a sign from Castillo or Coach
Weinstein indicating what the next pitch
will be. I relay the message to the basemen
and shortstop by secret hand signal," said
Perez. The basemen then feed the pitch to
the outfielders by forming sly hand signals
behind their backs.
Watching a winning baseball team play
the outfield, one would immediately see
strong pitching and fielding.
As important to the defensive game, but
not as visible, is the team strategy and
The ability to outsmart the opponent, to
relay an entire forthcoming play to a team-
mate with one subtle gesture, is as neces-
sary to a winning team as physical ability.
A team depends on fast reception of
effective signals to organize and carry out
their defensive strategy, successful com-
munication can determine a win or a loss.
Even before Monarch Robert Castillo has
completed his windup for the pitch, the
fielders know whether he will release a
curve ball, change of pace, fast ball, or
slider. And they know how the batter will
react to the pitch.
Valley pitcher Robert Castillo peers in, as the umpire calls
To the casual observer, it may look as
though an outfielder is isolated from the
defensive game until a batter whacks a fly
ball, or a grounder comes barreling to him.
But the communication circuit is continu-
ous-infield activity is constantly being
relayed to the outfield. "l'm able to pick
up anything that is going on infield,"
Chuck james, Lion right-fielder said. "Af-
ter every pitch, l'm taking signals from
second, sometimes first, base."
"Everybody is really together. This is the
closest team I've played on," said james,
who has been playing baseball since age
After receiving a signal of the pitch, the
fielders lean according to how the indivi-
dual batter will react to that pitch, in that
The fielders must be aware of any idio-
syncrasies in a batter's hitting, as the
pitcher strives to play on the batter's
weakness. Research is done to determine
the appropriate strategy and psychological
warfare. The opponents' assets and liabili-
ties are scouted prior to the game.
"By the championship game, the team
knows how a certain batter hits to a right
or left-handed pitcher, how he hits with
two strikes on him, pitches he can hit
against, where he hits the ball, his speed,
and his stealing pattern," Harmatz said.
"For last year's championship game
against Long Beach we had a 25-page
scouting book to study.
"Baseball is more complicated than
most people think," Harmatz said.
"By the scouting charts," ace pitcher
Castillo said, "I know whether to pitch
inside, whether the batter can hit a curve
ball . . . I know what pitch to throw. It's a
The pitcher must also be receptive to a
catcher's signal for a pick-off play. "When
Perez gives me the sign, l'turn and throw
to second base. When a runner on second
gets a little too far from the bag, he gets
picked off-saves a lot of runs," Castillo
"Reacting to and relaying these signals
becomes a part of you, a second nature,
said Harmatz. "There is no time to think
out there, everything must be automatic."
Stu Bolin starts another double play against a Rio Hondo
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By Derek Lawson
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
"The Lion roars" was the slogan that was being heard around
the 1974 Monarch track team. Great performances by athletes on
the team were to rock the Metropolitan Conference, and with no
surprise to co-coaches Nick Giovinazzo and George Ker, the
Lions did give a roar that was heard up and down the State of
The Monarchs combined the running ability of sprinters and
distance men and were able to put together a fine group of relays
in the different invitationals.
The 440 relay made up of Mike Maye, jeff Leeds, Greg Groves,
and Charles Nash, came through, setting record times and were
one of the top teams in California. These four runners also
combined a foursome that was unbeatable in the 100 and 220,
posting times of 9.6 and 21.4. I
The 440 brought out the talents of Derek Lawson and Kevin
Carroll as they battled all year long to run sub 48 flat quarters.
They were placed on the mile relay, joined by Leeds and Nash, to
give Valley one of its top mile relay accomplishments in several
In the mile through the three mile run, Valley had its highly
talented runners from the championship cross-country team.
Cliff Morden and jerry Alexander led the Monarchs to a
successful season in long distance runs. joel Scott, Richard West,
Ron Adams, Ed Carrey ran personal records, jumping from the
880 to the three mile. Dennis Vitarelli took on the steeplechase
and made a big splash in the event's first year in the Metro.
The events that hurt Valley this past season were affected by
the lack of hurdles. "We gave up too many points in both highs
and intermediates," said Coach Giovinazzo. Hugh VanNess and
Robert Sherman were the two men who tried the hurdles, for the
first time, this season.
Flying through the air,
Johnny Jackson, Michael Bissiri,
and Scott Wedding each displays
his distinctive style
of long iumping.
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At the start of the season the field events were lacking the
scoring ability of other teams. Yet, as the season progressed, the
marks became better. At the end of the season Valley had a least
two top men in every field except the high jump.
Pole vaulters Larry Fuller and Craig Belmont established
themselves as the two men to beat in Conference, while john
jackson and Scott Wedding jumped well over 22 feet in the long
jump and 45 feet in the triple jump,
The weight men had to pit themselves against the huge men
from Pierce and Bakersfield. Leroy Smith and Dan Arnold threw
the shot putt, while Wayne Twedell came through with top marks
in the discus throw.
Another new event added this year was the javelin. Dave Ranes
and Greg Striva were the spear throwers for Valley. Their top
mark was well over 145 feet.
ln a year where track and field seem to excel over most Valley
sports, the track team came through with the talent to maul its
competitors and have the final roar.
Up and over the high hurdles goes Rob
Kutner, during Valley's victory over
Pasadena City College.
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passes the referee on the fifth lap of a
Tony Pazzi iust clears the cross bar in
Valley's meet against Pasadena.
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Illustrated by Wes Preston
Perhaps this tactic is somewhat reminis-
cent of approaches made by the opposite
sex, but it's also a familiar tactic for
Valley's fencing team.
Protective padding, a wire mask, a
leather or suede glove, thick broadcloth
jacket and breeches, over-the-knee socks,
and tennis shoes. This is the difference
between the point of a foil and the fencer's
body. You're not impressed?
The point of the foil is always covered
either by a metal tip or is taped beyond
recognition. The sport itself may be diffi-
cult to accept because of the psychologi-
cal inferences to score a hit with the end
of the blade by touching the opponent
within the body's scoring area.
However, casualties suffered from parti-
cipation in the sport are minimal, and
usually occur as a result of anything
except direct contact with the foil's pro-
"Fencing is a very safe sport," stressed
Donna Forman, Valley College Fencing
Captain. "As long as you wear the proper
clothing and equipment, you can't get
hurt. However, l'm not saying that acci-
dents don't happen. l know at first, when I
started, l used to cringe a little when l was
hit. In my mind, I expected it to hurt. But
after a while, you get used to it, and you
realize that you're not going to get hurt."
Miss Forman was indirectly introduced
to fencing as a result of her love for
medieval history. With one year's fencing
experience behind her, Miss Forman will
be transfering to UCLA in the fall, and will
compete with their fencing squad.
Foil, which is the only category in which
women are allowed to fence, is Miss
Foil, and the two blades reserved solely
for the men's competitions, sabre and
epee, constitute the categories for compe-
tition on the collegiate level.
To any fencer, musical words from an
anonymous referee ring jubilantly in the
fencers' ears when they hear, "Five-zero,
By Margot A. Meyer
Illustrated by Ken Hively
Practice, athletic agility, plus a double
dose of courage are the elements that
make a good gymnast, according to Valley
gymnastics Coach Ted Calderone. Serving
as gymnastics trainer for five years, Coach
Calderone, assistant professor of physical
education, tries to focus on all three of
these areas, plus a few more, when work-
ing with Valley's gymnastics team.
This year the team has only four return-
ing members-Cary Callahan, who placed
sixth in the state last year in the side horse
competition, Sheldon Leon on parallel
bars, Richard Spink, a top prospect on the
side horse, and Cary Wallace, a to
The remainder of the team consists of
freshmen like Craig Corwin, who special-
izes on parallel bars and side horse, and
Richard limenez, a good all-around per-
Today's gymnast has to be more than a
well-coordinated athlete. "It's not like in
the past when gymnasts had to special-
ize," said Coach Calderone.
Valley's competition format consists of
six Olympic events: floor or free exercise,
pommel or side horse, rings, vaulting,
parallel bars, and horizontal bars. A team
member must be proficient in all six of
these areas if he hopes to place in college
Richard Spink completes a high
Because of the varied talents demanded
of gymnasts in the six different areas, a
gymnast should start training at an early
age. If a prospective gymnast benefits
through training in high school, it is an
added plus when he reaches Valley since
"the caliber of competition on the com-
munity college level is very high," said
Coach Calderone. I
Valley gymnasts train all year around.
"We work out in the off-season five days a
week, for several hours a day," said Coach
Calderone. Many team members train on
their own time, sometimes spending more
than 20 hours a week in a gym.
scissor on the horse during a
Gymnastics team member
Bruce Low concentrates on
his parallel bar performance.
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Renaud swims toward the finish.
Nelson Sweeny swims the backstroke
against Pasadena City College.
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By Vanessa Finan
Illustrated by Robert Lachman
Marco Polo, mermaid, lifeguard and dunk'em are all effortless
water games, but when it comes to serious competitions, Bill
Krauss feels that swimmers have to be in perfect physical
As Valley College's swim coach, Krauss said even though
swimming is considered as a low-talent sport, his team members
must depend on their arms, as well as leg strengths, when
"Swimming is the most exhausting sport," said Krauss, asso-
ciate professor of biology, wondering at the same time what
motivational force is the instigator for competitive swimmers.
He said of all the sports, swimming offers few avenues for
professional occupations, aside from Olympic glories which
provide acclaim, but no immediate income.
He said swimmers can't afford to be in anything but top
physical condition during competition seasons. Existing on strict
diets and vitamins, swimmers have to overcome specialized
liabilities that are reserved solely for their sport.
Flying through the air with the greatest of Kevin Gunn stretches to get a good star!
ease, Andrei Livian gets a fast start against lor Valley
El Camino College.
While combating chlorine-dominated water and smog-in-
fested air, swimmers must protect themselves against recurring
eye and ear infections.
Swimming has no natural strokes, said Krauss, emphasizing
that swimmers are fortunate because they very seldom have to
contend with overheated body temperatures. He explained since
the water is always cooler than body temperatures, swimmers
have an automatic cooling system working for them at all times.
Although team members are taken away from their native dry
land and made to thrive in their liquid surroundings, they seem
to be in complete control during their daily four-hour workouts.
When a swimmer is in good condition, he can swim all
strokes, Krauss said, with the crawl or freestyle stroke being the
fastest and the butterfly being the most difficult.
Monarch swim team members have enhanced their talents
this year, said Krauss, and they have undergone a transition in
their stroke specialties.
Chuck Baumgarner swam breaststroke last year, but has
proved his proficiency in the butterfly and individual medley
competitions this year.
Monarch Gary Leeds, who has been exhibiting his strengths as
a distance freestyler, was a sprinter during his high school days.
Coach Krauss said breast stroker Dave Estey "swims incredibly
smooth" and will definitely make All-American.
Attributing swimmer Tad Nelson with having virtually no
defects in his stroke, Coach Krauss said this year Nelson was one
of Valley's best 1,000-yard swimmers.
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while swimming freestyle against El Camino.
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