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Antwan Tanner

Antwan Tanner

 On April 7th 2015 Moreno Valley College was visited by celebrity guest speaker Antwan Tanner, hosted by Tanner himself as part of The Get Active Tour in conjunction with the Associated Students of Moreno Valley College.

Antwan Tanner, a 39 year old Georgia-born actor, made his debut in Sunset Park filmed in 1994, and has appeared in other films such as Coach Carter, and his most recent controversial series, Black Jesus shown only on Adult Swim.

Through a mutual friendship with president of MVC, Chris Prudhome of "Vote America Now," made Moreno Valley College his second community outreach event, with the topic of “Why We Students Should Vote.”

As voting season emerges, the most prevalent academic concern is the financial support for educational systems, one being community colleges.

Tanner remarks,” A lot of younger people don’t vote and wonder why nothing is happening.”

He clarifies that today's social media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Snapchat should be used more by students to promote the need to vote.

Budget cuts affect the programs the school can have available, and, in turn, the educational learning of students.

“Who are we reaching with this social medium?” Antwan asks the students.

Tanner hopes his coming to MVC may help at least a few students, but is also aware that his attendance caused may cause a small swarm of students hoping for photos and autographs with a celebrity.

"I enjoy entertaining people, so why not entertain and educate at the same time?” Antwan inquires.                              

Mikki Cichocki

Mikki Cichocki

Another speaker Mikki Cichocki, is a teacher and the San Bernardino Secretary Treasurer for the California Teacher's Association.

She informed that students need to acknowledge who we place in position in representing the students’ educational needs.

Cichocki remarked, “Find out who is making the decisions on your behalf.”

With a career in helping at-risk students while building local education coalitions, Cichocki understands the roller-coaster experience of being a college student.

Cichocki encourages students to use their collective voice to be heard.

Though the progression to promote voting differs, many students make take part in voting, some with mixed feelings or some who just do not.

Belinda Vitrano

Belinda Vitrano

MVC student Belinda Vitrano is a 49 year old registered voter, majoring in Computer Science a student for 2 years.

“It’s important to get your voice heard and try to change the system,” Vitrano said, and enjoyed what she saw at the event.

Vitrano is involved in student events and college programs, and feels frustrated that her vote may not count among the majority who do not.

With educational funding, opportunities for students are available without that there will be none.

“Community colleges face budget cuts and other resources it’s important we as students should know what’s going on.” Vitrano commented.

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