Aretha Welch


Nader Khalil is a relative nobody…but he somehow came in as the second runner up for LPC’s individual of the year. Khalil was only three votes behind this year’s winner, Academic Senate president Sarah Thompson. Whether his rise from relative obscurity to the top of the LPC totem pole is weirder than the reason he was even nominated is up for question. Eighteen-year-old Nader Khalil was nominated for person of the year after capping 7 votes from members of the LPC community. According to several of his friends, he was nominated because he “can do the Carlton (from the T.V. show Fresh prince of Bel Air) really well. “

While the reason they choose him may seem blithe and trivial, there is more to Khalil that makes him an interesting choice.

The Lebanese born mechanical engineering major moved to Pleasanton from San Diego in July 2011 and hasn’t looked back since, participating in cross country, open mic nights and even the business club here at LPC. But before his move, Khalil, who wants to have a career in developing robotics and troubleshooting robot-programming systems, was all over several local news networks for the research he did during his internship at Sandia National Laboratories while he was back in San Diego.

While only in his first year, Khalil, who is fluent in both Arabic and English and has a working knowledge of French, plans to transfer to one of the University of California campuses in southern California.


Travis Danner

Managing/Opinions Editor

For Las Positas College’s president Kevin Walthers, it wasn’t good to be king.

In October, during a meeting of the school’s Academic Senate, Sarah Thompson, the president of the senate, brought to light numerous complaints she had received concerning the performance of LPC’s president Kevin Walthers. The revelations and subsequent news coverage caused a campus wide controversy.

“They’re sensing a pattern of him being very impulsive, rude and unprofessional,” Thompson said during the Sept. 26 meeting. “Also interference of the job. There’s inability to get something done, because it’s being held up by him.”

Among the allegations aimed at Walthers were that his management style was often abrasive, he did not prioritize saving jobs during a period when the school’s budget was being cut and that he micromanaged issues unnecessarily.

Campus Safety Supervisor Sean Prather delivered pointed remarks criticizing the administration of president Walthers.

“He has made my job extremely difficult,” Prather said. “I’m willing to put my reputation on the line to say that I feel he is unsafe, and he lacks sound judgement being our president.”

The senate was on the verge of presenting a censure letter to Walthers, but ultimately tabled that letter after it was announced that Walthers would be quitting.

Walthers initially denied before finally confirming that he was in the process of searching for another job. He has recently officially presented his resignation to the district’s board of trustees. That resignation will be effective in Dec. 2013, pending Walthers finding another job.

Walthers defended his job performance, highlighting various measures he had undertaken to save the school money and better serve students. Those measures included the Foundation 55 program, raising $60,000 towards the school’s budget and suspending two dean positions which saved staff jobs.

In response to the initial article published in the Express, 40 faculty members sent a letter to the Express decrying the coverage of the issue as detrimental to the school.

“The person in this role (of president) carries a lot of responsibility and requires respect in order to be successful,” the letter read. “It is a journalistic duty to report on issues and conflicts. To do this takes courage. To do it in a balanced and respectful way is challenging, but essential if the integrity of the press is to be preserved.”

The letter also stated that “how an article is written can undermine the work of any future president.”

As a result of the Express’ coverage, two news articles appeared on news web pages in the Tri-Valley area.

In the meantime, Walthers is still the school’s president and LPC will soon begin the search for its sixth president in nine years.

Sandia National Laboratories and the Livermore Chamber of Commerce Announce announced that they are now accepting applications from students for the opportunity to receive the scholarship worth $1,000.

Students applying must have excellent academic record, outstanding leadership qualities and active involvement in activities and community service. Interested students must also have a recommendation from an LPC faculty sponsor.

The application packet can be obtained from the ASLPC webpage. Applications will be open until Feb. 14, 2013. For More Information please contact Student Life Head Cynthia Ross 925-424-1297.

PG&E partners up with to Tradeswomen Inc. to open more career opportunities for women who are interested in working with electronics and electrical equipment, and are technically and mechanically savvy. Or just women in general who feel they can tackle the tasks of an entry-level field operator.

Interested parties need only be physically fit, can pass a drug test, have good basic math and English skills, and a high school diploma or GED certificate. They can turn in applications online for the 60-hour course that aims to prep candidates for employment capabilities with the energy and utilities industry.

The following workshops are also available for further information:

On Jan. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at PG&E HQ, 245 Market Street, San Francisco, CA; and on Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tri-Cities One Stop, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA.

For more details, email or

The Reading and Writing center will have special hours during finals week. What follows is the times students can go in to get help with their reading and writing assignments during finals week, and which tutors will be there during those times.

Monday, December 17

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Chad

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Joe

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Steve C.

Tuesday, December 18

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Dan W.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Steve C.

William Charuhas

Staff Writer

Dec. 21, 2012. That’s the date that the Mayan calendar ends and the date that some say is the end of the world. Now there are many theories as to what exactly will happen, most of it is speculation. Some say the poles will reverse, others say the planet will explode, but one of the most popular theories is that zombies will rise and bring about the end of civilization as we know it. There are many things that should be done in order to prepare if zombies appear. For the sake of being concise, this is going to be rather short. An in-depth discussion will keep us here for the better part of two weeks. What follows is a list of how best to survive a zombie apocalypse, and these are best done in the following order.

Step one: Protect yourself

What do you see most characters in zombie movies holding the majority of the time? A weapon. Why? They have to defend themselves somehow. Against a (mostly) mindless horde of undead, just about anything will do. Hammers, axes, bow and arrows, guns, it’s mostly a matter of preference but some of the best examples in movies and TV have been combinations of ranged and melee weapons. Mainly in the event that one fails, the other is there to fall back on. Having an emergency backup in case both of those fail can’t hurt your chances either. As Sam Raimi once showed the world in “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness,” nothing beats a hero who uses a shotgun and has a chainsaw for a hand.

Step two: Transportation

There really isn’t a standard to go by in this category, some people say that speed is the way to go, others say that fuel economy should be considered as you don’t know if or when society will come back and fuel will likely become scarce. But it all comes down to one thing really, getting away from zombies. If you’re trying to get from a lot of zombies, then something like a Volkswagen Beetle shouldn’t even be an option. Instead, bigger is typically going to be better, as you’ll be higher up and away from the flesh eaters and it’ll be easier for the driver to just run the zombies down.They’re dead already, so don’t bother feeling guilty, they (probably) won’t feel a thing.

Step three: Food and supplies

This one should be a no-brainer with all those disaster relief plans and studies saying you should have an emergency kit for situations where loss of power, food and infrastructure are expected. In any event, stockpiling the following items would increasing your odds of survival: canned and dried food, first aid medicine and disinfectant, bandages and clothing. So get used to eating out of a can, you may not be seeing another pizza for a while.

Step four: Find a “safe” spot

It should be mentioned that very few places would actually be “safe” should the dead rise up, but there are a few places that are safer than others. Provided there aren’t any zombies already on board, large seafaring vessels like cruise ships, freighter ships and aircraft carriers would work for a time. The downside is that those ships would have to put into port sooner or later for supplies. They also require a crew in order to operate effectively. Another option would be a military bunker complex like the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. Once the doors to a place like that close, nothing undead is going to get in. But again, the downside is that those doors can only stay closed for so long until the issue of supplies comes up again. The last place that you could hide out in would be an island. Like the ships, there would have to be no zombies there already for it to offer any kind of real safety, but it would offer some natural barriers and, provided it’s large enough, you could conceivably hunt, gather and cultivate food there for a long time. Zombies would have a hard time getting there as they would have to walk along the ocean bottom, and that’s no easy feat. So a place like Ireland, England, Australia, Madagascar or Hawaii would become prime real estate if they’re not already.

So there is a basic how-to survival guide for the zombie apocalypse. However, if 2012 brings about the robot apocalypse, then the only logical advice is to bow down and welcome our new robot overlords.

Rebekka Wiedenmeyer

Staff Writer

In an Academic Senate meeting held on Dec. 12, the Senate discussed options as to if and how Las Positas College will be offering the new AA-T and AS-T transfer degrees.

On Jan. 31, LPC will be required to present an outline to the state as to how it will be dealing with these transfer degrees. As of now, no option has been definitively agreed upon.

“We are in the infancy of this structure,” Sarah Thompson, Academic Senate president, said.

There were three options discussed by the Senate at the meeting: creating a total of 12 transfer degrees, presenting a comprehensive plan of which courses will have the transfer degrees or making the transfer degrees for all courses.

“It will create an incredible flurry of work,” Thompson said, referring to the creation of new degrees. “Students don’t necessarily benefit from having absolutely crazy faculty.”

At the meeting, the Senate wavered between the options of creating a total of 12 degrees and presenting a comprehensive plan of which courses will have the transfer degrees. Currently, only math, sociology and ECD (Early Childhood Development) have these transfer degrees, and while no final decision was made at the Senate meeting, discussion was held about the level of difficulty that will be reached if any new degrees are created.

“The state’s not making it easy,” Thompson said. “They’re requiring us to do it, but they’re not facilitating the process.”

Lack of facilitation by the state is not the only issue. Classes will have to be added if transfer degrees are added, and in a time when classes are being added and cut simultaneously, tension is created.

“In English, we are being asked to cut,” Elena Cole, Senate vice president and English instructor, said. “We are pressured immensely to serve students. We are beyond maxed, and if we add this degree, we have to add classes. That is a contradiction that is upsetting. It’s disturbing and unethically really, really bothering. That is a huge pressure, and for us to have to add classes at a time when we can’t even serve basic 1As, this is a problem.”

The Senate has until Jan. 31 to decide which option to choose. In the end, it will come down to what best serves students.