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October 4, 2009: Bulldogs Outmuscle COC, School Administrators Outmuscle Canyon Call


Allan Hancock College wide receiver Marquelo Suel (1) gets by College of the Canyons defensive backs Kalen Powell (15) and Larry Smith (23) on Saturday during the Cougars’ 19-16 loss to the undefeated Bulldogs in overtime. (Photo courtesy of Phil Vitek /For The Signal)

Allan Hancock College wide receiver Marquelo Suel (1) gets by College of the Canyons defensive backs Kalen Powell (15) and Larry Smith (23) on Saturday during the Cougars’ 19-16 loss to the undefeated Bulldogs in overtime. (Photo courtesy of Phil Vitek for The Signal)

The College of the Canyons football team knew it was going to have to battle in order to beat undefeated Allan Hancock College.

What the Cougars were not ready to overcome were missed opportunities.

COC failed to convert on three drives inside the 5-yard line and Hancock running back Thomas Sua scored from 1 yard out to beat the Cougars 19-16 in overtime in both teams’ National Division, Northern Conference opener on Saturday at Cougar Stadium.”

That was the story lead of staff writer Paul Putignano’s article in today’s edition of The Signal. Big news, four columns, above the fold in the Sports section. A nicely written story about the struggles of the College of the Canyons football team as it hosted undefeated Allan Hancock College on homecoming night.

Conspicuously absent from Cougar Stadium was the presence of anyone from the Canyon Call, the now-defunct, student-published newspaper of College of the Canyons. Ever since school administration pulled the plug on the award-winning paper and the five journalism courses that support it, there is no longer a Canyon Call reporter up in the press box honing a game story or on the field conducting post-game interviews. Canyon Call staff photographers no longer dot the sidelines practicing their craft, and there is no longer a newspaper in campus newsstands the following Tuesday giving the student body an inside look at the game.

And it goes far beyond football, the flagship of the College of the Canyons athletic program. Students can no longer pick up the Canyon Call to find out what’s happening in any of the other sports that comprise COC’s athletic program — namely baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, and volleyball.

The Signal does an excellent job covering Cougar football, but the paper’s staffing limitations preclude it from devoting much ink to the other sports on campus. That job used to fall on the Canyon Call, but those days are gone as of the fall 2009 semester. That means dozens of athletes, most of whom come from local-area high schools, will labor in relative obscurity going forward.

There are important stories that will never be told. News of significant individual accomplishment and inspirational group effort will not see the light of day. Simply put, it’s a damn shame, and the students and the community deserve better.

It’s time for COC administrators to reverse their decision to shutter the newspaper. There are creative ways to work around the budget shortfall. Administrators at Cerritos College proved it when they came up with a way to save the print edition of the Talon Marks by combining a handful of journalism courses to meet minimum class-size requirements.

COC administrators must find the means and the will to bring back the Canyon Call. There are currently 25,000 students who are missing out on news of the school’s athletic program and have also lost their best opportunity for a First Amendment voice on campus.

Please take the time to voice your opinion about the loss of the Canyon Call to the administrators on the left-hand side of this web site.

Click here to read The Signal’s coverage of the COC/Allan Hancock football game.

Click here to sign the online petition to save the Canyon Call.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 42