Moorpark College Reporter

Nikolas Samuels, Moorpark College journalism alumni, passes away at 27

Nikolas Samuels posing for a profile photo on September 3, 2015 in Moorpark, CA.

By Ryan Bough, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2020

Nikolas Samuels, 27, a Moorpark College journalism alumni and former reporter for the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 23 due to undetermined causes. Samuels was born in West Hills, CA on Sept. 27, 1992. He is remembered by many for his caring personality and commi...

A love for the game leads Moorpark’s star guard to the next level at Sacramento State University

Sophomore guard Jazzy Carrasco comes off a screen during their home game against Riverside City College on Saturday, Feb. 29. Carrasco reached a milestone of 1000 career points during the game. Photo credit: Danny Stipanovich

By Nick Sweis

May 21, 2020

Jazzy Carrasco’s basketball journey will continue after announcing on April 4 that she accepted an offer from Sacramento State University to play Division-I basketball. Moorpark College's second-leading scorer last season made it official after signing her National Letter of Intent on April 17...

A day in the life: Student workers shine at Moorpark College

Spencer Burnett operates one of the checkout kiosks in the student bookstore on Thursday, Jan. 23. According to Burnett, he was hired as a student worker to help the store at the beginning of the semester. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Susana Suffolk

February 5, 2020

Around campus in every department student workers help things to stay afloat. Whether it’s appointment making, helping students locate buildings on campus, or assisting students with their academic goals. Student workers are the hidden secret to making all these tasks run more smoothly.DeAnna Grove, du...

Leveled Up: The evolution of game design at Moorpark College

Katie Perea, a game design student, works on her computer on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the game design classroom. Perea hopes to join a team of game designers to contribute to larger project in the industry, she said. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Dominic D'Amico

November 6, 2019

The U.S video game industry is a behemoth, earning $43.4 billion in 2018 alone according to the Entertainment Software Association. But while games like Red Dead Redemption 2 shatter sales records and garner widespread acclaim, Moorpark College's Game Design program is busy preparing students to break ...

Kristen Robinson: Guiding students on their journey to success

Kristen Robinson presses a sticker to chest while speaking with ASMC members on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Robinson assists associated students in hosting Tuesday Bluesday on Raider Walk. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Jennifer Ojeda

November 1, 2019

Kristen Robinson is the Director of Student Activities at Moorpark College. Robinson's role is to assist students as they navigate their way through student life at Moorpark.Robinson explains what brought her to become a Student Activities Specialist and the drive behind her initiative. “This job is the perfe...

Easy Fire spread rapidly amongst strong winds, threatening Ventura County

Firefighters unspool hose as the flames of the Easy Fire approach East Olsen Road in Simi Valley, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Whitney Bussell

October 30, 2019

The Easy Fire erupted early this morning just after 6 a.m. beginning with 30 mph winds. The Ventura County Firefighter Department acted swiftly as evacuations needed to happen fast. At 10 a.m. it was reported that the fire spread to 1,300 acres according to a tweet made by the VCFD PIO. The scene from the R...

Deborah Brackley: The hidden drive behind student success

Deborah Brackley poses for a photo outside of the library on Oct. 17, 2019.

By Madina Safdari

October 25, 2019

Deborah Brackley's office sits in the corner of the tutoring center, behind the check-in desk, and can be missed if not looking close enough. More often than not however, Brackley can be found in meetings, overseeing the tutoring center and checking in with her hand selected Course Embedded Tutors.The jo...

The brotherhood of sport, on and off the court

Freshmen Steven Weese, left, and Ryan Horan talk strategy mid-game during Moorpark's first conference game against Santa Barbara City College, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Moorpark. College gym. Weese, Moorpark's setter, ended the night with 35 assists. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Danny Stipanovich

May 22, 2019

As freshman setter Steven Weese kicks his foot back to reach his Adidas Harden Vol. 2 basketball shoes, he gives them one last wipe before he throws up the ball to serve and kick off the third set of a home matchup against the Long Beach City College Vikings. While he may wear Harden’s shoes and ...

Moorpark College Characters: A national winning speaker with a passion for civil activism

Aveista Helmandi discusses with the members of the Moorpark College Forensics team on how she won a debate tournament with her partner Kailtlyn Carpenter in parliamentary debate. Photo credit: Margot Rowe

By Margot Rowe

May 21, 2019

Avesita Helmandi, a Moorpark Colleges student, is driven by her passion to be a lawyer and a voice for the voiceless. She dedicates her time to the Moorpark College Forensics Team which spends each year competing in many speech and debate tournaments. This passion has led her to victory as a California...

History professor dedicates career to documenting the lives and accomplishments of America’s ethnic pioneers

Professor Patricia Colman poses for a photo on Thursday, April 25, on the steps of Fountain Hall. Colman has been a Moorpark faculty member for 14 years. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Ulises Koyoc

May 15, 2019

In America, the subject of race has been a controversial topic for decades. However, a Moorpark College history professor is challenging those controversies head-on. Not only is she bold enough to provoke a student’s perspective on race, but her scholarly research is aiding in the dismantling of the...

Perseverance and Motivation: Why nothing can keep Calhoun off the court

Freshman Breanna Calhoun maneuvers around a Merced College defender during the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Semifinals, held at Ventura College on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  Moorpark defeated Merced, 73-68.  Photo Credit: Jace Kessler

By Robert Gonzales

May 13, 2019

When Breanna Calhoun tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee, she thought she would never be able to play basketball again. “I was just crying [and] crying, it was just so emotional,” Calhoun said. Playing professional basketball seemed impossible now. A dream she had been chasing ...

A veteran’s return to life as a student

Spires happily reflects on one of her favorite experiences in the Navy. In 2017 she decided to return to civilian life to pursue an education and prepare for a future family. Photo credit: Michelle De Leon

By Ashton Blatz

May 7, 2019

Moorpark College has many student veterans on campus, but former sailor Ryan Spires shares her views on transitioning from military to academic and civilian life. It was her stepdad who had spent 25 years in the navy that inspired Spires to follow in his footsteps. Before enlisting in the military,...