Month: March 2010

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COC Softball Sweeps Double Header Against Santa Monica

The offense was relentless, the pitching was flawless, and the College of the Canyons Lady Cougar softball team was never challenged in their sweep of a double-header over Santa Monica College on Tuesday at COC.

The Cougars (20-9, 9-2) followed up an earlier 26-0 win with two more dominant shutouts, winning game one 14-0 and game two 16-0…

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Campus Smoke-Free Policy Meets Resistance

College of the Canyons may be officially a “smoke-free” campus, but despite this, students can frequently be seen lighting up around school, typically in the former designated smoking areas located around the Honor Grove.

Under the new policy, smoking and tobacco usage is allowed only in the parking lots, at least 50 feet from any building, and in one designated area near Cougar Stadium. The change has been met with resistance from students who smoke, many of whom either don’t care, or seem unaware of the possible consequences, such as eventual expulsion, for smoking on campus ….

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Students prepare for Spring Break

Spring Break for COC students is right around the corner. The short vacation is scheduled to begin April 5. But as students here and all over the country gear up for a week of fun and relaxation, there are some things to keep in mind.

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Cross Valley Connector Opens

Santa Clarita residents, council members, and dignitaries gathered Saturday morning to mark the end of a decade long journey with the grand opening of the final leg of the nine mile Cross Valley Connector roadway system.

Planning began 10 years ago, when Mayor Bob Kellar presented the Los Angeles County Transportation Board with plans for a $245 million, 8 1/2 mile, four-lane, highway spanning from Golden Valley Road, an existing 1/8 mile roadway, and Newhall Ranch Road, which was yet to be built. Originally planned to be a series of projects lasting until 2011, the Cross Valley Connector ….

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Daycation: Spend a Day at Griffith Park

Looking for a day trip to enjoy the outdoors, great views and some awesome science? Griffith Observatory fits the bill. Located in the hills of Hollywood high atop Griffith Park, the Observatory waits for you to discover all that’s in and out of this historic Los Angeles landmark.

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Santa Clarita Valley Newsmakers Honored

Local leaders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Valencia this past week to celebrate some of Santa Clarita’s top newsmakers. The awards ceremony covered the last two years of news––2008 and 2009––and celebrated the people who made those years newsworthy.

The event was not only geared towards honoring the newsmakers of Santa Clarita, but also to raise money for the Randy Wicks First Amendment Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to high school seniors planning to major in communications. Attendees were able to purchase raffle tickets and participate in the raffle or donate directly to the Randy Wicks Scholarship Foundation.

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A Real American Hero

American Historical Hero, Deborah Sampson “In the character of a soldier” is a one woman theatrical play, starring Kirsten Eggers. Eggers chose quite a figure to portray.
Deborah Sampson was born in Plympton, Massachusetts. She was born on December 17, 1760.. We have heard many stories of war heroes throughout history, and until now, most of them have been about men. But in an unusual turn, we travel back in history to share a story told about a female who wanted to serve her country and show support for what many in her day, thought was a unnecessary war.

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Entertainment: “Rent” Collected

The Canyon Theatre Guild’s production of Rent was an enjoyable show with a provocative nature rarely seen at the local level. Most impressive however was the ability of the fairly young cast to present the promiscuous and troubled lives of their characters in a believable way.

A young, talented cast completely lacking any shyness displayed the famous story admirably. It was a cast that made up for the lack of harmony on the group numbers with individual personality and talent.

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Cross Valley Connector Nears Completion

Locals ranging from boy scouts to photographers assembled at the intersection of Golden Valley Road and Valley Center Drive Thursday evening for an exclusive hard hat tour of the newest and final phase of the Cross Valley Connector, just a few days before it’s official clearance for public use.

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Media Entertainment Arts Undergoes Facelift

If you are a student at College of the Canyons or have been on the Valencia campus lately you have seen that Mentry Hall is being expanded. What you may not see is the work that soon will start on the 3rd floor.
The Media Entertainment Arts Department has left the building and a brand new state of the art broadcast and teaching environment is moving in; at least it’s starting to move in.

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Fallen Stevenson Ranch Soldier Remembered

Stevenson Ranch lost one of their own, when U.S. Army Paratrooper, Ian T. D. Gelig, was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Several thousand Santa Clarita residents lined the sidewalks for much of the processional route, an estimated 2,000 of them in Stevenson Ranch alone. Some saluted, some held homemade signs saying “Hero” and “Thank You For Your Service”; most waved American flags.

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Cougars Sign Letter of Intent with Kansas Wesleyan

Two College of the Canyons soccer players, Larry Guizar and Juan Morales, signed letters of intent with Kansas Wesleyan on Monday afternoon. Guizar and Morales became the sixteenth and seventeenth players to sign with Kansas Wesleyan since 2004. They will join former COC men’s soccer player Casey Scott who signed with Kansas Wesleyan last year and redshirted the 2009 season for the Coyotes.

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COC Baseball Captures First Conference Win

Ben Nicewicz pitched four no-hit innings, and Cal Vogelsang hit a game-clinching homerun as the College of the Canyons Cougars ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over L.A. Valley College on Tuesday at COC.

Nicewicz replaced starter Devon Ramirez in the sixth inning, and allowed only two base runners, one on an error in the sixth inning and another on a seventh inning walk, while striking out four. Ramirez (2-0) held on for the win for the Cougars…

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COC Students React to Health Care Debate

Health care reform has been at the forefront of Congress since the new president took office. After debating over the last year, President Obama and legislators still have not negotiated a compromise. A recent summit on health care reform had Americans buzzing about the issue.

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Are You Prepared For Disaster?

By Aaron Nurse – Cougar News Staff Writer Can an earthquake actually throw earth off its axis? NASA officials have determined that the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile did just…