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Volume 102, Number 1 September 18, 2013 IN THIS ISSUE News ............................ 2-4 Features ............................... 5 Sports ........................ 6-7,10 Entertainment................... 8-9 Calendar ........................ 11 Lifestyle ......................... 12 EL VAQ ONLINE www.elvaq.com NEW PRESIDENT: David Viar brings a wealth of experience to GCC after moving from Sacra- mento’s American River College. Dreaming Big and Flying High at GCC T he little Cessna 172 slowly crept up to the runway at Whiteman Airport on a hazy Sunday as GCC flying instructor Edwin Sahakian checked off the long list of procedures that guaranteed a safe flight before takeoff. “Autopilot off. Brakes all clear. Master control on. Flaps are off. Transponder standby. OK. Clear for take off,” he said into the microphone attached to his headset. Speeding down the runway, the Cessna 172 slowly lifted off and leveled at around 2,500 feet in the air. in-training at GCC, has wanted to fly since he was a little kid. Now in his second year at GCC, he plans to obtain his private pilot’s license by Christmas. Sanchez’s father, an aspiring pilot himself, was kept from earning his pilot’s license by his mother and grandmother who were concerned for his safety. “They actually brainwashed me into wanting to become a pilot,” Sanchez said. His first flight was “exhilarating” and he highly recommends the program. Sanchez has lofty goals. His goal is to be an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), but to first get his private pilots’ FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES: An aerial view of GCC as seen from an aviation department demonstration flight. [See Pilots page 4] “Once you’ve seen the world from a little airplane, there’s nothing like it,” said Curtis Potter, Chief Pilot and Department Chair of Aviation/ Administration of Justice Department. Joshua Sanchez, 19, a pilot- See an exclusive online slideshow of the Back to School BBQ at www.elvaq.com Obama Signs Student Loan Interest Bill S tudents can breathe easier as President Obama has signed into law this month a measure to cut interest rates on undergraduate student loans to 3.86 percent, from the original 6.8 percent, after an impasse in Congress allowed interest rates to double in August. I think the essence of the American Dream is that anybody who’s willing to work hard is able to get that good education and achieve their dreams,” Obama said in a speech at Birmingham University, speaking to hundreds of community colleges across the nation. “The only reason [we’re] here today... is because we got a great education.” The rates will be applied retroactively to loans issued from July 1. The measure does not allow interest rates to go above 8.25 percent. “We anticipate that students come here to avoid loans,” Patricia Hurley, Financial Aid Director and Associate Dean of Glendale College said. “But the amount of students filing for loans has gone up since the economy has gone bad.” So far 671 students in Glendale College have applied for student loans this year, up from 600 in 2012. “This is going to help my family save a lot of money when I transfer out, “ Michael Stevens, 20, a GCC finance major who is transferring to a four-year college in the spring semester said. “The money saved is definitely going to go into my tuition, instead going to loan payments.” [See Loans page 2] Photo by Kathy Bakowicz El Va uero El Va uero G LENDALE C OMMUNITY C OLLEGE W ith the new semester in progess, Glendale Community College is becoming acquainted with its first potentially long-term superintendent/ president since 2011. David Viar, formerly president of American River College in Sacramento, was selected for the position and took office in July. As president, Viar hopes to rebuild an institution that has undergone 10 years of financially stressful times. His career in education goes back a long away. Both of his parents, his aunts and uncles and grandfather were teachers. “Education was really part of what I saw in my family and knew how important it is and what a special profession it is,” he said. Though Viar initially preferred venturing out of the educational field, he always wanted to take courses that would benefit him were he to change his mind. President Brings Experience to Glendale Campus [See Viar page 2] By Alexandra Duncan EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER By Agnessa Kasumyan EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER By Jonathan Caballeros EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER Photo by Kathy Bakowicz

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Volume 102, Number 1 September 18, 2013

IN THIS ISSUE

News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4

Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7,10

Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Lifestyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

EL VAQ ONLINEwww.elvaq.com

NEW PRESIDENT: David Viar brings a wealth of experience to GCC after moving from Sacra-mento’s American River College.

Dreaming Big and Flying High at GCC

The little Cessna 172 slowly crept up to the runway

at Whiteman Airport on a hazy Sunday as GCC flying instructor Edwin Sahakian checked off the long list of procedures that guaranteed a safe flight before takeoff.

“Autopilot off. Brakes all clear. Master control on. Flaps are off. Transponder standby. OK. Clear for take off,” he said into the microphone attached to his headset.

Speeding down the runway, the Cessna 172 slowly lifted off and leveled at around 2,500 feet in the air.

in-training at GCC, has wanted to fly since he was a little kid. Now in his second year at GCC, he plans to obtain his private pilot’s license by Christmas. Sanchez’s father, an aspiring pilot himself, was kept from earning his pilot’s license by his mother and grandmother who were concerned for his safety.

“They actually brainwashed me into wanting to become a pilot,” Sanchez said. His first flight was “exhilarating” and he highly recommends the program.

Sanchez has lofty goals. His goal is to be an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), but to first get his private pilots’

FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES: An aerial view of GCC as seen from an aviation department demonstration flight.

[See Pilots page 4]

“Once you’ve seen the world from a little airplane, there’s nothing like it,” said Curtis Potter, Chief Pilot and

Department Chair of Aviation/Administration of Justice Department.

Joshua Sanchez, 19, a pilot-

See an exclusive online slideshow of the Back to School BBQ at www.elvaq.com

Obama Signs Student Loan Interest Bill

Students can breathe easier as President Obama has signed into law this

month a measure to cut interest rates on undergraduate student loans to 3.86 percent, from the original 6.8 percent, after an impasse in Congress allowed interest rates to double in August.

“I think the essence of the American Dream is that anybody who’s willing to work hard is able to get that good education and achieve their dreams,” Obama said in a speech at Birmingham University, speaking to hundreds of community colleges across the nation. “The only reason [we’re] here today... is because we got a great education.”

The rates will be applied retroactively to loans issued from July 1. The measure does not allow interest rates to go above 8.25 percent.

“We anticipate that students come here to avoid loans,” Patricia Hurley, Financial Aid Director and Associate Dean of Glendale College said. “But the amount of students filing for loans has gone up since the economy has gone bad.”

So far 671 students in Glendale College have applied for student loans this year, up from 600 in 2012.

“This is going to help my family save a lot of money when I transfer out, “ Michael Stevens, 20, a GCC finance major who is transferring to a four-year college in the spring semester said. “The money saved is definitely going to go into my tuition, instead going to loan payments.”

[See Loans page 2]

Photo by Kathy Bakowicz

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With the new semester in progess, Glendale Community College

is becoming acquainted with its first potentially long-term superintendent/president since 2011. David Viar, formerly president of American River College in Sacramento, was selected for the position and took office in July.

As president, Viar hopes to rebuild an institution that has undergone 10 years of financially stressful times.

His career in education goes back a long away. Both of his parents, his aunts and uncles and grandfather were teachers.

“Education was really part of what I saw in my family and knew how important it is and what a special profession it is,” he said.

Though Viar initially preferred venturing out of the educational field, he always wanted to take courses that would benefit him were he to change his mind.

President BringsExperience to Glendale Campus

[See Viar page 2]

By Alexandra DuncanEL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER

By Agnessa KasumyanEL VAQUERO STAFF WRITERBy Jonathan Caballeros

EL VAQUERO STAFF WRITER

Photo by Kathy Bakowicz