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Volume 137, Issue 7



March 23

Hit and run Ocean campus

2 p.m.

A student returned to the north reservoir after class to find that his car had been hit. The bumper was damaged.


April 1

Campus burglary Ocean campus

9:35 a.m.

Paintings were stolen from the Visual Arts Building. Of the four paintings, two were reported to be worth a total of $2,100.


April 2

Routine stop Ocean campus unknown time

An officer stopped a motorist for a traffic violation. The driver had a suspended license, and his car was impounded.


April 4

Break-in Ocean campus 6:20 a.m.

A contractor reported that his car, parked in the north reservoir, was broken into and vandalized.


April 9

Reckless driving Ocean campus unknown time

An officer stopped a reckless driver in the north reservoir. The driver was cited for suspended license, and his car was impounded.  


April 10

Vandalism Ocean campus unknown time

An officer reported that a construction vehicle was tipped over in the north reservoir.

New Workshop Program for Asian Pacific Islander Students
Services include counseling, guidance and tutoring

Staff Writer

An alarming 40 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander students are on academic probation, and the Asian Pacific American Students Success workshop program seeks to address this problem.

"The feeling that we had was that we really had to push this through regarding the growth of that particular student community," said Lauren McClain, project chairwoman and history professor.

McClain has led the development of the program for the past two years.

Besides API students, other students who need guidance, tutoring and counseling will be served.

"Technically, you can't refuse (service) to any student," said Leo Paz, a Filipino Studies professor who helped develop APASS.

After the program budget is discussed April 30, McClain hopes to hire a director along with counselors and instructors fluent in Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese and Burmese.

"Any program that will help any students be successful on campus is important," McClain said.

McClain hopes to have English workshops for students as well as seminars for parents so they can relate to their children's situations.

APASS will be fully operating by spring 2005.

Light Exposes Fabricated Photo


Every college instructor hopes to leave a lasting impact on students, but a "political dirty trick" has turned one City College photojournalism and ethics teacher into both the lecturer and the lesson his students won't soon forget.

Ken Light, City College photography professor, displays his photo of Senator John Kerry ­ before and after it was tampered with by a politically motivated graphic artist. LUBNA TAKRURI /GUARDSMAN

In 1971 Ken Light was documenting anti-war rallies with his camera. At the Register for Peace Rally in Mineola, N.Y., Light took the picture of one speaker in particular: John Kerry. The photo re-emerged last February as part of a politically-motivated plot to discredit the Democratic presidential candidate.

The photo circulated the Internet and thousands saw an iconic actress in the photo with Kerry. However, Jane Fonda, depicted in the circulated photo with Kerry, never attended the protest. Richard Taylor, a conservative graphic artist in Michigan, digitally pasted her into Light's photo.

Taylor even fabricated a newspaper context and appended a fake Associated Press credit onto the photograph.

The Guardsman spoke about the scandal with Ken Light, now a City College instructor and head of the photojournalism department at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

The Guardsman: What effect has this event had on your life?

Ken Light: It's quite disturbing, obviously, that photographs can be used in such a negative way and for a political campaign ­ used against a political candidate.

TG:How much media have you had to deal with ?

KL: Oh, public radio, BBC, MSNBC, NBC. I wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post and I'm writing one for Newsday... I think what happened is it really touched a lot of people.

TG: You mean regular people or journalists specifically?

KL: No, I think regular people. The photograph is seen as something sacred, and more and more, people are starting to realize that it's not. It can be altered with technology.

TG: Does the fact that the creator made this look like a newspaper clipping mean he was definitely trying to pass his doctored photo as real?

KL: I don't know what his intention was, but he clearly created something that looked real.

TG: And that's what everyone saw.

KL: Yeah. E-mail is like rabbits mating. It's exponential. Before you know it, tens of thousands of people see it... Three months later, I'm still getting e-mails saying that my photo is the fake, and Fonda was actually taken out of it.

TG: But you have the negative.

KL: I have the negative. Every picture I've ever made in 35 years, I own. You never know when you'll make a photograph that will be important one day.

TG: What are your thoughts about digital alteration of images?

KL: In general, if I see something on the Internet, I don't believe it.

TG: What feelings do you have towards the man who doctored your photo into a fake?

KL: I hope that we will have our day in court.

TG: So you want a trial.

KL: Yeah. I think it's important to show that this person was wrong. The photo was stolen. He's not repentant... In fact, he bragged about it.

TG: Have you talked to John Kerry?

KL: I haven't, but I have talked to people who have talked to John Kerry. When they're attacked by the right, they bring that up. They use it as an example of the things the neo-conservatives will do to attack a candidate.

TG: What's the lesson to be learned from this story?

KL: The lesson is to take lots of photographs, be conscious that if things don't seem at that moment important, they may be important. Store your film and keep it organized. And be vigilant about how your work is used. This is the challenge in the new digital age. I hope at some point, some smart computer scientist will come up with a solution. Some sort of encryption in the digital file that can't be passed on.

Corbis (Light's photo agency) is pursuing federal criminal charges against Richard Taylor for copyright infringement under provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


Weevil Empire
Pesky parasites infest City College foliage

Contributing Writer

It's called the Black Vine Weevil, a parasite that feeds on the roots of plants, and it's invading City College.

Stanley Ladislau uses his magnifying glass to check for signs of weevil infestation. PHOTOS BY ERIC CHAVEZ / GUARDSMAN

An insect accidentally imported from Europe, the weevil attacks and ultimately destroys small flowering shrubs like Hydrangeas and Rhododendrons.

As the weevils begin their cycle, larvae are laid around the plant's base and begin to feed on root matter, creating openings that become susceptible to oak root fungus infection. Exposure to the fungus then causes the host plant to wilt.

Signs of weevil infestation include half-moon shaped notches on foliage. Close attention must be paid when confirming weevil infestations, as several kinds of insects and caterpillars leave similar markings.

While problems with diseased trees are reported to the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, weevil infestations are handled by the City College Horticultural Department. The parasites have been held at bay with "almost 100 percent success for the past eight years," said horticulture instructor Auguste Broucaret.

Stanley Ladislau uses his magnifying glass to check for signs of weevil infestation.

He added that instead of using harsh pesticides, City College uses beneficial worms called nematodes in its war against weevils.

Guarding against many other parasitic insects as well, these microscopic worms are placed around the base of the plant, and block the path of the weevil's migration. Timing is crucial, as the weevils may have several cycles per year.

Late February and early March are the prime times to use nematodes. After the initial application, the worms should be replaced on a monthly basis as long as infestation is suspected, although Broucaret warns that "the first few months are the most important."


Campus Pulse

Southeast Campus

Recruitment for the Biotech Job Training Program is in progress. Orientation is on May 4 and 18 from 1 - 2 p.m. in Room 313, and testing is every Tuesday from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in Room 418. For more information, contact Marlene Walker at (415) 550-4326.

In celebration of Asian History Month, Eddie Chin, vice president of the Board of Education, will speak on April 29 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. about the history and the struggles of Chinese people in America. There will be a Cinco De Mayo event on May 5 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Alex Pitcher Community Room where entertainment will be provided by Loco Bloco.

Chinatown Campus

Construction of the new campus (which will be built on the site of the Fong and Columbo buildings) is on hold until schematic designs are approved. Tenants of the Fong Building, located at 53 Columbus St., will not be relocated until construction begins. The Columbo Building at 888 Clay St., must undergo testing for historical preservation before construction can begin.

Evans Campus

This is the first year that the campus' Associated Students has funded two clubs. The Carpentry Club is using its allocated funds to set up a carpentry library while the Motor Sports Club is constructing a Cobra race car.

Compiled by Jeremy Tanner. Photos by Anthony Castellano