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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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His face reflecting intense curiosity, Hamel
spends long hours in the lab experimenting
with the melting points of a number of
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By David Thatcher
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
he left school. Some related experience with the
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Daily Oklahoman proved to him that he was in the
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
A typical day in the city room finds Wilcox
covering a story by phone "Pica pole" in
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