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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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pushing 30, works a full- or part-time job, maintains a family of
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
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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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