Moorpark College Foundation 50th Anniversary

Moorpark College Foundation 50th Anniversary

Recently Moorpark College held its 50th Anniversary Celebration! The event was hosted by the Moorpark College Foundation, and it took place on August 26th, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’s Air Force One Pavilion in Simi Valley, CA. A portion of the event included the first ever induction of former alumni into the Moorpark College Hall of Fame. Some of the nominees included instructors who have taught at Moorpark College, and members of the band Incubus.

The Moorpark College Foundation is made up of volunteers who helped to promote the event, plan the event, and run it. The Moorpark College Foundation has been working on this event for over one year, and they were not paid for their time. The MC was Wade Goodwyn of NPR, and the event witnessed dozens of inductees enter into the Hall of Fame.

If you live in the City of Moorpark or for that matter any of the neighboring cities; you know Moorpark College. Either because you yourself attended the College, or a relative went, or you know someone who attended. In fact, over the course of the College’s fifty years of being in operation, you’ve probably been one of the almost 700,000 students that have either taken a class on campus, or have even graduated from the institution. To put that number in perspective, roughly twenty times more people have attended Moorpark College than currently live in the City of Moorpark. It might be taken for granted, but Moorpark College is actually well-known throughout the Southern California area.

Although so many students have come, gone, and have graduated from Moorpark College; one thing has seemed to be missing from the institution’s list of active priorities, and that was an active foundation. That has recently changed though– and the Moorpark College Foundation has more events that they are going to host in the future.

With a “students first” philosophy, Moorpark College empowers its diverse community of learners to complete their goals for academic transfer, basic skills, and career technical education. Moorpark College integrates instruction and student services, collaborates with industry and educational partners, and promotes a global perspective.

Moorpark College offers 1,500 classes a semester in 70 disciplines, including lower division preparation in a wide variety of transfer majors for the Baccalaureate degree and programs which lead to Associate degrees and Certificates of Achievement.

The purpose of the Moorpark College Foundation is to raise funds for scholarships; which will in turn be distributed to students. For example, from 7/1/14 to 6/30/15, the Moorpark College Foundation awarded 243 individuals with funds equaling $146,000. Although this number is impressive, there are still students who can use greater financial help in the payment of their education. The Foundation’s goals are to raise funds through different events to help these students.

The event went over extremely well and future events like this are going to take place in the not too distant future.

If you would like to help out or donate to the Moorpark College Foundation, please visit them on their website or on their social media accounts.

Eyes Without A Face: A Work Of Film

Eyes Without A Face: A Work Of Film

One of the great figures of French cinema, Georges Franju (1912-1987) was the creator with Henri Langlois of the Cinémathèque Française in 1937, a pioneer film archivist, an offbeat documentarist and, finally, starting in his late 40s, a feature director most famous for this classic fantasy movie. The infinitely re-viewable Les yeux sans visage (as it was originally called) belongs in a tradition of horror combining the visceral, the philosophical and the psychological, ranging from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, and it shocked and disgusted audiences when it appeared alongside Psycho and Peeping Tom in 1960.

A work of poetic realism or surrealism, it centres on a scientist (the great Pierre Brasseur) obsessed with restoring the disfigured face of his daughter (Edith Scob) by transplanting the features of young women picked up by his assistant (the beautiful Alida Valli) and lured to his laboratory outside Paris. The opening sequence of the anxious Valli dumping a body beside the Seine at night is truly disturbing.

A perverse fable about creation, hubris, misogyny, the illusion of physical perfection, the terrors of Auschwitz, the function of masks, it’s a film open to endless interpretations and full of unforgettable images, such as the masked daughter wandering about in the professor’s house like one of the sleepwalking beauties in an André Delvaux painting, or his dogs tearing the father apart like something in Greek mythology. Composer Maurice Jarre, veteran German cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan and screenwriters Thomas Narcejac and Pierre Boileau contribute mightily to the overwhelming overall effect.

Jarre composed several scores for Franju, including the sinister tinkling theme for barrel organ and strings in Eyes Without a Face, before going on to larger orchestral works for David Lean and various Hollywood directors. Schüfftan had come to prominence as an innovatory deviser of special effects in Germany during the 1920s, like the sets of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and he turns the misty, wintry Paris into a place of pearly dreamlike beauty. His next assignment was shooting Robert Rossen’s The Hustler in the US, which brought him an Oscar. Narcejac and Boileau, who were celebrated for having written Les diaboliques, had most recently seen their novel D’Entre les morts adapted by Hitchcock as Vertigo, which had been much better received in France than in the US. There are echoes of Vertigo here.

It shocked and disgusted audiences when it appeared alongside Psycho and Peeping Tom in 1960

This BFI double-disc of Eyes Without a Face is accompanied by two Franju documentaries (though, unfortunately, not Le sang des bêtes (the notoriously unflinching record of a day in a Parisian abattoir, once a staple of film societies and guaranteed to make some viewers faint, throw up or head for the exit) and a spoken commentary by the American critic Tim Lucas. There’s also a booklet containing five useful essays and an engaging interview with the intelligent, articulate Edith Scob, who reminds us that she had a cameo role a couple of years ago in Leos Carax’s Holy Motors, where homage is paid to Franju.

Scob also figures in an informative 40-minute documentary, Les fleurs maladives de Georges Franju. He comes over as an engaging eccentric who thought film more real than life, was fascinated by surgery, never discussed matters of motivation with his performers (but, like Hitchcock, took a minute interest in their appearance, deportment and costumes), couldn’t decide whether he was a realist or a surrealist, and insisted that what interested him was anxiety rather than fear.

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Moorpark Is On The Rise!

Moorpark Is On The Rise!

“Moorpark’s a city with a bright future. We have a hotel coming to town, and the economy is growing” Dale Parvin, President of the Moorpark Chamber is quoted saying about the outlook for Moorpark.

When Inocencio C. Villegas’s request for Moorpark to get a Post Office was approved no one could have imagined what Moorpark would become. Moorpark was one of the first cities in America to be run on nuclear power, it was one of the cities that was featured in Southern Pacific Railroad’s Coast Line route which connected Los Angeles to San Francisco, and it has grown to become one of the safest cities in America.

With all of that said, Moorpark is still on the rise, and there are a number of things that builders, business people and the City are doing to make Moorpark even more extraordinary.

One of the first things worth mentioning would be that Moorpark is getting a hotel. The exact specifications about the hotel (how many rooms it will have and the exact location) are still to be determined, but regardless, Moorpark is still getting a hotel and it should be opening in the not too distant future.

Next, the City is getting a Truck Weighing station (similar to the one that exists on the 101 just before the grade the Conejo Grade). This weighing station will help to prevent trucks with very heavy loads from getting onto the 23 or the 118 and damaging the road. Essentially, heavy trucks are responsible for a great amount of damage that freeways and other roads have and are the leading cause for why roads need to be worked on.

A third major point to bring up would be that the economy is growing in Moorpark, and that there are a number of building projects which are already in the works, and others that are in the pipelines. As it stands now, there are three building projects in the developmental stages, with all three tentatively opening their doors to buyers within the next few years. When it comes to the economy in Moorpark, the outlook is good! There have been a number of businesses that have either opened in Moorpark recently, or are in the process of coming here. On top of that, larger corporations that have been in the City for years are growing and/or are looking to expand.

Lastly, the City has big plans for Moorpark, and it is only a matter before those plans come to fruition. One of those plans is to bring new restaurants and breweries to High Street. The general strategy for High Street is to make it a central hub for the City: with a number of good restaurants, places to drink and spend time with friends and family and to have these new restaurants be used for mixed use. Essentially, the owners or the management of these new restaurants or breweries would have their places of residencies exist directly above where they work. Mixed use structures are becoming more popular throughout Southern California as they are a way for business owners to save money on their own rent/mortgages because their individual and business rents are coupled together. Some construction work has already begun on High Street, and more information about those projects will be reported on when that information comes out.

Overall the City of Moorpark is on the rise! The economy is growing, new houses are being built, the City is getting a Truck Weighing Station, and the City is aiming to become more innovative when it comes to mixed use structures.

Moorpark’s a city with a rich history, and the future looks to be even richer.

15 Things You Don’t Know About California

15 Things You Don’t Know About California

  1. California joined the United States with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War, in 1848. The U.S. paid Mexico $15 million for war damages. In turn, Mexico ceded nearly half of its territory, including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and parts of Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. California officially became a state (the 31st) in 1850.
  1. California was originally known as the Grizzly Bear State. As California boomed—and the bear population was wiped out—it became the Golden State.
  1. The grizzly bear on California’s current state flag is a tribute to Monarch, a 1,200-lb. wild California grizzly bear captured by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (or, rather, the reporter he hired, Allen Kelley) in 1899. Monarch was sent to San Francisco, where he was a star attraction at Woodward’s Garden and then Golden Gate Park until his death in 1911. The last reported sighting of a wild California grizzly bear was in 1924.
  1. While Monarch is front and center on California’s official state flag, which was adopted in 1911, the bear flag image dates back to 1846, two years before the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. A group of Americans who’d settled in California, which was then part of Mexico, feared they’d be expelled. They invaded the Mexican outpost at Sonoma and captured the retired general Mariano Vallejo. A few days later, they raised a flag that featured a red star and crudely drawn grizzly and declared the land the California Republic.
  1. And who designed the original flag? William Todd, nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln. It’s a small historical world.
  1. The one-word state motto, an exclamation-point-less “Eureka,” hearkens back to the exciting days of the Gold Rush. But the exclamation of “Eureka!” is attributed to the Greek scholar Archimedes. According to legend, he had an epiphany as he stepped into a bathtub and watched the water level rise—he realized that the volume of the displaced water was equal to the volume of the foot he’d submerged. And then he ran out of the room to tell others about his discovery… while he was completely naked. (More on whether that ever actually happened here.)
  1. California is the only state that’s hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
  1. California is the most populous state (and the third largest by area). To put California’s population, approximately 38 million people, in perspective, one out of every eight Americans is from California.
  1. The fortune cookie was inspired by the Japanese fortune tradition o-mikuji and invented in California.
  1. I can haz state recognition? In 1973, the sabre-tooth cat, Smilodon californicus, became California’s state fossil. A year earlier, Assemblyman W. Craig Biddle had nominated the cockroach-like trilobite for the honor. Nearly 2,000 museum curators and fossil experts backed him, but the bill never made it to a vote. A year later, the sabre-tooth cat made it to the floor and passed. The one no-vote? Senator W. Craig Biddle.
  1. Despite living in Los Angeles—a city known for its traffic—for 78 years, writer Ray Bradbury never learned to drive.
  1. California’s most famous for its Gold Rush which began in 1848, but it also had a Silver Rush in the Calico Mountains from 1881 to 1896. By 1904, Calico was a ghost town.
  1. The mineral benitoite can be found in California, Japan, and Arkansas, but only San Benito County, California, has it in gemstone-quality deposits. The California State Gem Mine in Coalinga allows the public to dig and take home a quart-sized bag of treasure.
  1. Thousands of U.S. banks failed after the 1929 stock market crash—by 1933, only 11,000 were left. All of San Francisco’s banks, however, survived.
  1. The highest point in the contiguous U.S., 14,494-foot Mt. Whitney, is only 76 miles from the lowest point in the contiguous U.S., Death Valley. They’re both in Calif— well, you know.

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Barbara Penney

On June 6th, 2017, Barbara Penney passed away at the age of 78 years old. Mrs. Penney was an incredibly active member of the community, and she is survived by her Husband, Thomas Roger Penney, her children Karen and Brian, and her grandchildren Addison and Ellyanne Penney. Some of the groups and organizations that Mrs. Penney was active in include: the Lions Club, she was an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, she volunteered at the local Presbyterian Church she was a member of, she collected bottles for the troops (along with funds for the troops), and she did other community-event centered activities regularly. Mrs. Penney has been described by people that knew her as “an incredibly special person,” “a joy to know,” “a very nice person!” Mrs. Penney may have passed on, but the work that she did for so many will not be forgotten soon, and she should act as a role-model for others in the community. Every city needs people that will step up and contribute in order for that community to strive. Barbara Penney was one of those people, and the community of Moorpark is worse off with her being gone.

 Barbara Ann Penney was born June 24, 1938 in Windsor, Ontario Canada. She married Thomas Roger Penney on June 20th, 1959 in Windsor, Ontario Canada. Mrs. Penney, along with her husband Roger, immigrated to the United States in 1962 (they first moved to Chicago). In 1976, the Penney family moved to California where they have largely remained ever since. She was a loving wife and mother.

Mrs. Penney was a member of the Lions Clubs in Hemet, where she collected eyeglasses to be donated to low income individuals. She also organized the collection of pull tabs with the Central Coast Lions clubs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda. Her passion for service was only matched by her drive and determination to help those who were in need. She was a member of the Moorpark Women’s Club, and regularly volunteered at community events like Moorpark Country Days, and events hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Penney also helped raised funds for troops.

Christianity played a large part in Mrs. Penney’s life. It was through the inspiration of God’s Word that drove her to be the best possible version of herself– it led her to give, volunteer, and to put the needs of others before her own. Her family was an important point of her life, but so was the community of Moorpark. Mrs. Penney was also a social butterfly who embraced friendships, acquaintances, and meeting new people.

Mrs. Penney’s story, although sad and we wish her family members the best, is not entirely uncommon for the people of Moorpark who love and give back to this community. It is the duty of citizens, regardless of the size of the city they live in, to support and help their communities; to give their time and effort to their less fortunate neighbors, and to exemplify what it means to live in a community with other human beings by helping them.