Los Angeles Valley College - Crown Yearbook (Valley Glen, CA)

 - Class of 1974

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ardly OP-Out 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- fortablef' "My real friends and my fiancee and my parents are proud of me, and that is what is really important to me." 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- ology studies. i,, .,, lm," ' I l ., ,gf -a P .f. ,--I xl!!-tx? f -I-if NT' "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- sion. 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 unique?" 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 justice 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 friends." 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.

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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- tional program. 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 ever since." I o ,- ."-I ii sp . at Na--if i ll 3. 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. ,fi depression, it became feasible to think of college 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 is leaving being a take over where my generation off, then we will have both improved the general area of advertising and the taste of the general population." 79 "Z'Si' VZ'Sli 'Q ra

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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 his determination. 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 you want?" 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. 9... 81

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