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The Voice of Whittier College Since 1914 Quaker Campus GET FIT AND GET FUNKY We rate the gyms in the Whittier area, like we don't have a gym on campus • Campus Life, Page 9 Thursday. March l 1. 2004 Issue 20 - Volume 90 REVIEW OF NEW PLAY We review Our Town which opened Wednesday- night • A&E, Page 12 Web.Whittier.Edu/QC Power company aborts plans to shut off campus electricity Patrick Holmes 1»* ^^B1B1B^BB1^1^ fJT'^'' Patrick Holmes QC News Co-Editor Signs on residence hall doors warned students that campus power would be turned off and switched to generator power Monday, March" 8, . at around 7 p.m. but the power switch turned out be a false alarm. The signs were posted because the school "had an alarm go off that signaled an outage was possible," Executive Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services Jan Meri- deth said. "However, Southern California Edison (S.C.E.) [the company that supplies power to the college] aborted [the alarm]." ' Junior Harris resident Gina Gutierrez saw the signs and said, "I turned off my computer and that morning, before I left the room, I turned of all the lights." First-year Stauffer resident Kim Morrison said, "I saved my essay and I stayed online and talked and I told some of my friends that I might sign off." The reason the reason for the potential shut down is because the school is part of a program called I- 6 through S.C.E. "Since May of 1993, the Col lege has had a contract with S.C.E. to shut down the power 3 :■ :':' PAUL GALLAHER / QC ASST. PHOTO EDITOR The Whittier College generator will provide backup power to the College in case of an emergency, said Executive Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services Jan Merideth. in the event of a stage three power of the contract, S.C.E. can order the shortage," an article in the January College's power shut down for up 18,2001 Quaker Campus [issue 14, volume 87] said. "Under the terms see POWER, page 7 Grocery strike draws to a close Grocery workers approved a tentative contract negotiated by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union that ended the 141- day strike against Albertsons Inc. and Kroger Co., who own Ralphs and Safeway and are the parent companies of Vons and Pavilions on February 29. Although the details of the contract have not been publicized.. CNN reported that the contract requires employees to pay for health benefits and establishes a two-tier system where veteran employees will be paid more than the newer employees. The new contract does not discuss raises. The three-year agreement covers more than 23.000 Albertsons associates in 259 stores in Southern California. According to a statement issued by Albertsons, the President of Albertsons' Southern California Division Dave Simonson said, "We Tammy Marashlian QC News Assistant Editor are thrilled to welcome back our associates. We will be working very hard to win back customer loyalty and make life easier for these customers as they resume shopping in their neighborhood Alberstons store." "I think it was more of an inconvenience for the people who had to go there," said sophomore Julia Diaz. "But for me, I didn't have to go there; so I could shop at Target or Wal-Mart." However, other students such as junior Julie Harrington needed to go to the markets despite the strike. "I felt that they were mean and they yelled at me every time I went because I had to go," said Harrington. Some Whittier students feel unsympathetic toward the grocery workers. "I do not believe that unskilled labor deserves benefits because there are people out there with college degrees who are strug gling for a career, while these workers just demand benefits for pushing buttons and shopping carts— it's unfair," said first-year student Cynthia Zaragoza. The four-and-a-half-month strike, which started on October 11, affected 859 stores from San Diego to San Luis Obispo to Bakersfield and has cost Albertsons $235 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. "From a worker's viewpoint, it was worth it because they got what they wanted even though it took a while," said first-year student Patricia Carlos. "From a consumer' s perspective, it wasn' t worth it because right now the prices are low, but in the long run, it will hurt the shoppers," said Carlos. Among the 70,000 employees that were locked out was senior Harmony Valuet who works at Al- see STRIKE, page 7 Marijuana suspicion leads to three arrests Brycie Jones QC News Co-Editor Three WhittierCollege students suspected of marijuana possession and distribution were arrested by the Whittier Police Department soon after midnight on Wednesday, March 3, according to Assistant Chief of Campus Safety John Lewis. According to Lewis, two large eight-inch by eight-inch Ziploc bags and three smaller, sandwich-sized Ziploc bags full of a "leafy, green substance resembling marijuana" and two scales were allegedly discovered in a third floor Stauffer Residence Hall room the late evening of Tuesday, March 2. Campus Safety was called to the room by a Resident Advisor to investigate apossible marijuana smell coming from the room when the substance was reportedly discovered. Lewis said, "Due to the large quantity of substance, we notified the Whittier Police Department. When they arrived they photographed the evidence and took the three suspects away. [The students] were arrested and booked at the Whittier Police De- partmentjail facility." According to Area Coordinator for Stauffer and Johnson Residence Halls Anne Ehrlich, the three suspects returned to campus the afternoon of Wednesday, March 3. Although College disciplinary action toward the three suspects has not yet been decided, Ehrlich said, "When students do something that warrants involving police, they generally go to the College Hearing Board." According to California Health and Safety Code Section 11357, "every person who possesses more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not more than six months or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by both such fine and imprisonment." The maximum fine "If occupants are doing something wrong, they usually draw attention to themselves. That's how we [Campus Safety]get involved." John Lewis Assistant Chief of Campus Safety for first time possession of less than 28.5 grams is a fine of no more than $100. Distribution or sale of marijuana is considered a felony and those persons found guilty of it "shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a period of two, three or four years," according to California Health and Safety Code Section 11360. According to Lewis, when the Campus Safety officer first went up to the room to make contact with the occupants, there were three occupants by a desk and one occupant on the other side of the room. The officer alledgedly asked the three occupants to move aside and, when the three complied, the officer immediately noticed one of the large bags of the substance and the two scales. The three occupants reportedly stated that the fourth occupant had nothing to do with the evidence when asked by the of- ficer who owned the supplies. The officer, after requesting the assistance of another Campus Safety officer and Ehrlich, reportedly asked if there was anything else in the room and received permission to search the room, according to Lewis. The officer allegedly then found the second large bag in a drawer of the desk and the three smaller bags in a dirty clothes hamper. Lewis compared the incident to another incident during the first semester in which the Whittier Police Department was contacted after Campus Safety officers allegedly discovered marijuana and hallucinogens in a Stauffer Residence Hall room. "[The situation] was not unusual in that the suspects drew attention to themselves... if students are doing something wrong, they usually draw attention to themselves. That's how we [Campus Safety] get involved," Lewis said.
|Title||The QC, Vol. 90, No. 20 • March 11, 1994|
|Publisher||Associated Students of Whittier College|
|Description||The Quaker Campus (QC) is the student newspaper of Whittier College. The newspaper has been in continuous publication since September 1914.|
|Subject||Student newspapers and publications -- Whittier College (Whittier, Calif.)|
|Date||March 11, 1994|
|Format-Extent||16 pages ; 17 x 11.25 inches|
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|Repository||Wardman Library, Whittier College|
|Rights-Access Rights||Property and literary rights reside with Wardman Library, Whittier College. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.|
|Image publisher||Whittier, Calif. : Wardman Library (Whittier College), 2013.|