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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
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 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-
., ,gf -a
"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.
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Nurse Joan Langer prepares a hypodermic needle.
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
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