Ohlone College Monitor, October 10, 2013
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OHLONE COLLEGE MONITOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 10, 2013 Vol. XLVI No. 4 The women’s volleyball team is tearing through the regular season. See story on page 7. THE OHLONE PANTRY FREMONT, CA OHLONEMONITOR.COM BOARD OF TRUSTEES Feeding California college students TOP aims to help those in need Salary hike for Ohlone employees Board approves 1.57 percent pay increase for faculty, staff LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief In this day and age it is hard to believe that someone can be without food. Yet many Americans fight a daily battle over where their next meal is going to come from. The Ohlone Pantry workers are doing the best they can to make sure this is not a trend that will affect students here. Last year, the pilot run of Continued on page 3 LOUIS LAVENTURE AND TAM DUONG JR. / MONITOR The Board of Trustees on Wednesday night ratified agreements that will raise salaries for full-time and part-time employees 1.57 percent across the board. Ohlone Community College District and the United Faculty of Ohlone reached a tentative agreement that was ratified by union members before being approved by the board during its meeting Wednesday night at the Newark campus. The increase will be retroactive to Aug. 1. The cost of the salary increase amounts to an additional $313,114 per year out of Ohlone’s budget. Unrepresented employees and members of the California School Employees Association and the Service Employees International Union also received 1.57 percent salary bumps. Those increases are retroactive to July 1, and will cost the district an additional $238,206 combined. The extra costs created by the salary hikes already were incorporated into the 2013-2014 budget, which was approved at the last Board of Trustees meeting on Sept. 11 at the Fremont campus. Counselor Susan Myers was a key member of the Ohlone negotiating team. “We certainly had different opinions about a lot of items,” Myers said. “I can say, everything that we were able to negotiate in our final agreement was something that was agreeable to both sides involved.” STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASOC boasts yearly budget of $113K MARISSA MARTIN News editor The Associated Students of Ohlone College will spend $113,600 this school year on everything from campus events to graduation. Nearly half of the ASOC budget, approved by the Board of Trustees in June, will go toward four areas: $20,000 in money requests, $16,000 for a part-time student worker, $10,000 for the student handbook and $10,000 for campus events. Other big-ticket items include exhibits, festivals and programs. While ASOC’s income might seem like a lot, the budget actually has decreased over the past five years To see the full ASOC budget visit our website at ohlonemonitor.com. During the 2008-2009 school year, ASOC took in $136,400. Since then, the budget has dropped nearly $23,000. In fact, the student government was taking in more money as far back as 1998-1999, when its budget was $120,619. According to Debbie Trigg, ASOC adviser and the director of Extended Opportunities Programs and Services, money for big-ticket items such as money requests used to be upward of $60,000. “I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that ASOC has a huge budget – they do a lot of stuff,” Ohlone student Tristan Gamez said. “I just never really thought about where the money came from and how it was actually being used.You kind of just assume they have the students’ best interest in mind.” The budget committee, Continued on page 3 SRUTHIE KONDAMOORI / MONITOR Nearly half of the ASOC budget will go toward four major areas. 2 MONITOR OCTOBER 10, 2013 NEWS BITES Speech team wins big The Ohlone College Speech and Debate team got its season started on a bright note at its first tournament at San Francisco State University this past weekend. All of the students on the team took home awards in their respective categories, as well as a third-place showing in an overall sweeps category. Darryl San Pedro, Mike Svetik, Sarah Dorman and Phillip Enguancho all placed in competitions for Ohlone against 21 other schools. Former nun to give speech The Ohlone College Psychology Club will continue its speaker series at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Mary Johnson will include excerpts from her award-winning memoir “An Unquenchable Thirst” and analyze some of the text. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students with identification. For more information, go to www.smithcenter.com. Ohlone night at Warriors The Student Activities Department, in conjunction with the Ohlone College Foundation and the Golden State Warriors, has arranged an Ohlone College Night at the Oracle Arena at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 when the Warriors take on the Memphis Grizzlies. A portion of each ticket price will be donated to the Ohlone College Foundation Scholarship Fund. The deadline to order tickets is Oct. 21 and the first 75 people to purchase will be allowed to sit courtside during player warmups from 6 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Nick Smith at 510-986-2247 or email email@example.com. New facilities manager Dave Orias was named the new facilities and grounds manager for Ohlone College. Orias, who has been with Ohlone since 2006, has worked as interim assistant director of facilities as well as bond project manager for Measure A. NEWS BART strike still looming ALIZAIB LODHI Staff writer BART and its largest labor unions continue to negotiate to forestall a possible strike that could happen as early as Friday morning. The unions announced late Monday that they were not ready to issue their customary and voluntary 72hour strike notice because they wanted to take every opportunity to reach a deal. But it still remains unclear whether the unions are ruling out a Friday strike. Unlike in the past weeks, both sides agreed to a federal mediator’s suggestion that they not discuss the details of bargaining with the media. BART will charter as many as 200 buses to take workers from nine stations to downtown San Francisco – nearly triple the number ALIZAIB LODHI / MONITOR Ohlone student and BART rider Abdul Salam Aljuberi stands on the platform as his train arrives. it ran during the July strike. Caltrans will run extended carpool lanes and hours. AC Transit plans to run larger buses on its Transbay routes as well – if they don’t strike the same day as BART. AC Transit management has been negotiating for seven months with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents 1,625 operators and mechanics. ATU leadership approved a contract in August, but the agreement was rejected by the union’s rank-and-file membership. A new round of negotiations is under way. Obamacare not affecting Ohlone workers LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Implementation of the Affordable Care Act likely will have little impact on full-time Ohlone College employees, district officials said. The law, dubbed “Obamacare,” was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010. Some provisions have been taking effect over time, but the most significant are slated for next year, when all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Beginning Oct. 1, Americans could compare health care plans and buy insurance through online marketplaces. Coverage will take effect in January. Most people are eligible to use the marketplaces, but they are not required to do so if they already are happy with their insurance plan. Ohlone is required to provide affordable coverage to its approximately 394 full-time employees – which it already does – or face a huge penalty. “The school is not considering taking the penalty as an option,” said Shairon Zingsheim, associate vice president of human resources and training. “We plan on continuing to ensure that our eligible employees are provided with affordable medical care.” The act aims to help those who can’t afford insurance and also to regulate a medical insurance industry that over the years has become increasingly erratic. Starting next year, all Americans will be required to have health insurance. The law also requires every business with 50 or more full-time employees to offer workers acceptable coverage or face a $2,000 penalty per worker, per year. However, that requirement has been pushed back until 2015. Still, the cost of reform is proving to be so high that some small businesses are considering taking the penalty instead of paying for their employees’ health care, the Wall Street Journal reported in April. Ohlone, though, is not considering this option. “The cost of a penalty is $2,000 per employee,” Zingsheim said. “Even though one employee goes to the exchange and gets a subsidy, the district would be penalized for the entire number of eligible employees. For example, we have about 394 eligible employees – the penalty would be 394 times $2,000. The district has no reason to choose to take the penalty. We already provide affordable coverage for our eligible employees.” Given that district officials are not considering taking the penalty and already meet the standards of the act, Ohlone is likely to see little change to the primary structure of its health coverage for full-time employees. Students, meanwhile, pay a Health Services Fee of $19 per semester and $16 for the summer term so they can obtain care at the Student Health Center. The nurse practitioner can act as students’ primary provider and refer them to specialists for low-cost services. In addition, students younger than 26 can be insured on their parents’ policies – part of the law that already has taken effect. The open enrollment process began Oct. 1 to very mixed reviews. Several states and regions reported total failure of the access site online due to the heavy traffic that the websites received. “I tried to sign up but every time I went to the website it gave me an error message,” Warm Springs resident John Saltese said. “Working part time is rough; I’ll take all the help I can get if the computer doesn’t stop me.” Open enrollment for Obamacare lasts until March 31. For more information, go to California’s online marketplace at www.coveredca.com. to appear during a cold. Depending on which virus you got it from, you might get different symptoms, and the symptoms begin in one to five days. Usually, the nose or the throat is where it starts. After seven days, it goes away. The same goes for the flu. Usually, it starts off with the same symptoms but leads to a very high fever and aching all over your body. The flu is caused by the virus influenza, where- as the cold is caused by a viral infection. The flu tends to be more serious than the cold. You don’t have the energy to get out of bed and it sucks. Here are some common tips for getting past the flu season. Eat a whole, balanced diet rich in Vitamins C and E Get plenty of sleep; try not to induce stress. Stay warm and covered up. Try to avoid getting into big crowds. The flu is highly contagious, so to reduce your chances just try to be anti-social. Make sure always to wash your hands whenever you get the chance. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer around. Drink a lot of Green Tea. There’s a lot of good things in it that get rid of bad toxins in your body. Organic coconut oil kills some germs in your body as well as organic lemons in water. Drink loads of water. Staying healthy during fall season LUIS MORALES-MEDRANO Staff writer Fall has arrived, which means the flu and cold season also is here. It’s good to know the difference between both sicknesses. When you get a cold (viral infection), the three most common symptoms are nasal stuffiness, sneezing and a runny nose. Sometimes your throat gets a little sore or you might get a fever, but it’s not common for a fever NEWS OHLONE COLLEGE MONITOR STAFF: Editor-in-Chief: Louis LaVenture News editor: Marissa Martin Features editor: Magdalena Jurys Sports editor: Louis LaVenture Opinions editor: Amelia Neary Photo editor: Tam Duong Jr. Online editor: Shannon Sorge Monitor Staff: Yahya Burhani Erika Heredia Sruthie Kondamoori Alizaib Lodhi Luis Morales-Medrano Hung Ngyuen Santiago Perea Mary Joy Tantingco Majtabah Walai Mitchell Walther Adviser: Rob Dennis Printer: FP Press California Newspaper Publishers Association Journalism Association of Community Colleges General Excellence Fall 1994 Fall 2000 Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Fall 2013 CONTACT US: Offices: Room 5310 Call: 510.659.6075 E-mail: monitor@ohlone. edu Read: facebook.com/ Ohlone.Monitor www.ohlonemonitor.com Opinions expressed in the Monitor are those of the respective authors and are not necessarily those of the staff, the college or the Associated Students of Ohlone College. MONITOR OCTOBER 10, 2013 3 Roadwork could cause traffic delays MONITOR STAFF City of Fremont officials have rescheduled roadwork along Mission Boulevard for Saturday and Monday. The slurry and seal work will take place along Mission from near the Interstate 680 off-ramp to just north of the Pine Street campus entrance. Mission will remain open but traffic will be slow. Buses still will travel their normal routes. The work will cross in front of the north entrance at Anza Drive and Witherly Lane. However, drivers still will be able to use that en- trance much of the time. Ohlone students and staff can avoid the anticipated traffic slowdowns on Mission by taking Washington Boulevard to Bryant or Ellsworth streets. Ohlone pantry ASOC works donations help with less money students in need Continued from page 1 the Ohlone Pantry, also known as TOP, experienced some great success in its primitive stages in the spring semester in 2013. “Hopefully we will be able to continue and grow with this,” said Debbie Trigg, director of student services and extended opportunity programs and services. Renee Gonzales, student activities coordinator, wanted to do something with hunger and an intern inspired her to help create the program. Sergio Gil-Billoups was all too familiar with being hungry growing up in a rough and challenging environment where meals were never guaranteed. Combined with Gonzales’ enthusiasm the Student Activities Department was able to create the pilot program, which is still functioning this semester. Any Ohlone College student is eligible to receive food from the pantry while supplies last. Any student interested in obtaining food from TOP can visit the Student Life window located on the second floor of Building 7. Anybody interested in donating food or volunteering can also visit the Student Life window during their operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Donations also can be taken to the Newark campus, where they are received in the Associated Students of Ohlone College Recreation Room, which is located on the first floor next to the café. All nonperishable items are encouraged to be donated. Some of these items include rice, pasta, peanut butter, cereal, instant noodle soups and crackers. The pantry also accepts monetary donations, which will be used to stock the pantry. Anybody interested in giving money can take their donations to the Ohlone College Foundation. For more information, go to the website at www. ohlone.edu/org/studentlife/theohlonepantry. html or contact Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org. Continued from page 1 headed by the treasurer, meets with Trigg every year to discuss how much money goes into specific categories on the budget list. The list then is presented to the full ASOC governing body, which approves it. The Student Activity Fee is vital to the ASOC budget, since it provides the bulk of the income – $87,000 this year. Every student on campus, when paying for their tuition, has to pay an additional $27 registration fee on the side. Within that registration fee, about $5 is set aside as the Student Activity Fee. The fee yielded $100,700 for ASOC for 2009-2010, but that has dropped over the years because of cuts to classes and fewer students returning to Ohlone, Trigg said. The remainder of ASOC’s income comes from the bookstore, Pepsi and Superior Vending. The Pepsi fee has been cut in half since 2009-2010 – from $20,000 to $10,000. “A solid $300,000 would be good,” Trigg said, when asked what an ideal income would be for ASOC. 4 FEATURES MONITOR OCTOBER 10, 2013 On the Road with MITCHELL WALTHER Fremont native makes mark in Hollywood SHANNON SORGE Online editor Berkeley Girl Every day we have conversations with people. These moments with strangers are often the greatest opportunities for us. There are so many factors and thoughts that cover every word we say to them. Who we are, our dreams, hopes, visions, likes, dislikes, morals, opinions, passions, past mistakes, future goals, deepest regrets and greatest memories. Now, realize this clear fact: Every single other person has exactly the same things you do. They are just as complicated as you are, if not more so. That is a beautiful soul whose only hindrance to greatness is him- or herself. About a month or so ago, my friends and I went to Berkeley. We didn’t really have a plan in mind, just got lunch, looked in shops, and talked to whoever was willing to say hi back. I love the Berkeley area, if only for the fact that everyone there cares about something. While we were walking down the street that day, though, I almost ran into an epiphany, quite literally. I was walking on the sidewalk when a girl came out of a door. I sidestepped to avoid running into her. We still had that weird moment though, when you’re both looking at each other but talking to someone else. We made eye contact, and I noticed something. She was smiling and laughing. Her eyes were alive with joy. Now, that doesn’t seem too strange, does it? She was happy, so what? As I kept walking, though, I realized something. I will NEVER know what she was smiling or laughing about. That one passing interaction will be all I ever know about her, and all she will ever know about me. As I continue to live and notice though, the more beautiful it becomes. That passing smile and laugh may be the only thing I know about that Berkeley Girl, but it’s a good thought. Each time I joke with a person I’ll never see again, another thread is connected on this planet. Over a lifetime, a quilt of connections can form all over the Earth. Former Fremont resident Artin Shahhosseini is better known by his stage name Artie Shase. Shase was cast to star in a music video for the song ‘Echoes’ by Henrik B., Niklas Gustavsson and Peter Johansson. Music video roles have been known to be a career kick-start in a tough industry to break into, so we thought we would get some insight from a Fremont native. Q: Did you ever have a big break here locally, or any big opportunities in the Bay Area in the entertainment industry before moving to Los Angeles? A: I did a few short films with the Ohlone film students and some commercial work through an agency, but nothing really big. Q: Can you talk about the music video you starred in and how that opportunity arose? A: There was a posting online for the role of a male lead of a song I haven’t heard before, but I knew the director’s previous work such as Avicii’s “I Could Be The One” and Cazzette’s “Beam Me Up”. So I went to audition for it and I got a call the following day, saying I got the part. Q: What made you interested in acting? Were you in theatre or performing arts while attending Irvington High School? A: It kind of just came to me and soon enough after a few films, I realized that it’s my passion. I wasn’t in any productions in high school but I did take a drama class, which I enjoyed a lot. Q: A: What’s up next for you? I’m currently doing some small work and really focusing on my craft. Also, I am going to be concentrating on working on a short film and hopefully have it be successful in festivals. Q: A: Is it harder to make it here in the Bay Area in your industry? It definitely is harder to “make it” in the Bay Area compared to Los Angeles because of all the resources that’s available. But there can be a lot of opportunities in the Bay Area, especially San Francisco. Q: Was this a factor in your decision to move to Southern California? A: It definitely influenced my decision to move here because I knew my career would move much faster than it would in Northern California. Q: What advice would you give for people trying to get into this industry (entertainment)? A: I would say to really focus on what direction you want to go in because that’s what you are going to be most passionate about and you can put a lot of your efforts into it. Q: Have you attended any acting, film, drama schools or had any prior experience or training? A: I have taken one acting class but I mainly have gained experience from actually being on set and working with other actors. COURTESY OF ARTIE SHASE Fremont native Artie Shase and his co-star Sara Zanelletti take a break from the music video shoot for ‘Echoes’ to pose for a picture. Gallery offers students display space AMELIA NEARY Opinions editor Come all! Ohlone’s LouieMeager Art Gallery is getting a fresh coat of paint for the fall season, and students can display their own art while renovations are under way. Students from the art department are giving the gallery a much-needed makeover, scheduled to be finished in the coming week. At the same time, students are encouraged to come in and display their own art. It can be anything from a painting to jewelry, or even just a doodle on the wall. “Everyone has wanted to draw on the wall as a kid, and we won’t yell at you for it,” said Elizabeth Johnson, an Ohlone student who has been helping set up the gallery for the upcoming silent auction. This will allow artists to submit their work and showcase their unique styles to the student body. The gallery also will hold an art competition for the upcoming production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” put on by the Ohlone theater department. Artists can come in during rehearsals and draw their own vision of the smash hit. They then can submit their work to the gallery to be judged, and the winner will receive a cash prize of $100. Everyone has wanted to draw on the wall as a kid, and we won’t yell at you for it. -Elizabeth Johnson MAJTABAH WALAI / MONITOR Marie Cole paints the Louie-Meager Art Gallery last week in the Smith Centeron the Fremont campus. The idea is to get students involved and enthusiastic about art. When asked what stu- dents’ reactions have been to the changes to the gallery, Johnson replied: “A lot of people didn’t know we even had a gallery.” Allowing the students to come in and have the freedom to display their own art might give them a better appreciation for what the gallery has to offer. Students can submit their work for the silent auction in the gallery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Artists keep 70 percent of their sales. The remainder of the proceeds will be used to help support the gallery. The auction opens Monday and closes at 1 p.m. Oct. 31. A closing reception and raffle will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31. For more information, go to www.ohlone.edu/org/ artgallery, or contact gallery director Dina Rubiolo at email@example.com. FEATURES LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief For residents of Fremont and most of the South Bay, professional sporting events can be tough to get to. There are four options and three of them include traveling to Oakland or San Francisco, generally during high traffic times. The best choice for people near Ohlone College is to bundle up and make the short pilgrimage to the SAP Center in San Jose, which is the home of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks. With the San Francisco 49ers moving to Santa Clara beginning next season this will be the last full professional sporting season with just one professional team in the area. Since 1991 the Sharks, originally named the Blades, have been dazzling crowds with precision skating and fierce aggressive play that intrigues even the casual fan. Many Ohlone College students have gotten into the Sharks spirit. On any given day if you scan the campus you will notice the iconic Sharks teal color peppered throughout. Which is what I noticed in the Quad on the Fremont campus. Two young ladies, one in a jersey the other in a shirt, were having a conversation about the Sharks game they would be attending later. “I love the Sharks, going to the games is soooo fun,” Jessica Nuñes said. “It really is the only close team to me, since I live in Milpitas.” Many fans from this region feel the same way. With just one professional sporting team within a reasonable distance, it is almost as if they are forced into supporting the South Bay skaters. “You know, I do love the Giants and 49ers, but it is just so far from where I live at,”Vanessa Baze said. “It just feels like I am almost forced to be a Sharks fan, because if I want to go to a game it is really the only close option.” Iceoplex, the company that owned the ice skating facility went out of business in 2005, which is when the Sharks stepped in and bought it, remodeling and rebranding it with their own signature. Since the winter of 2005 the Warm Springs location has served as several different things for local residents. There are lessons, public skating, youth and adult hockey leagues as well as birthday parties, group or corporate events, and the facility even boasts a bar and a pro shop. This has generated a lot of new fans in the area who otherwise would dismiss a sport like hockey which is on one of the bottom rungs of the professional sports ladder. The Sharks are more than just a team. For their die-hard fans, it is a way of life. Banging on the glass and yelling is a tradition not just for San Jose natives but for anybody who has loyalty to the team. The San Jose Sharks provide an outlet for loads of knowledgeable fans who for years have been orphans of baseball, basketball and football. Soon the 49ers will put an end to the misery of South Bay fans who crave the action and drama of professional sporting events. However, for now, fans will just have to appreciate the MONITOR OCTOBER 10, 2013 5 one true professional gem in the area to quench their thirst for pro athletic action. The San Jose Sharks are very similar to the Oakland Athletics. Both teams have an eerily similar pattern of being hugely successful in the regular season but falling flat in the playoffs. After aposting a stellar 43-29-10 record last season, the Sharks once again felt the disappointment of not hoisting the Stanley Cup in front of a raucus San Jose arena. The Sharks and their fans are hoping for a very different end to this year’s season, especially after they got off to such a quick start. San Jose is a perfect 3-0 early in the season, which bodes well for the playoff hopes of everyone connected to the South Bay darling. The San Jose Sharks will have just one more season to be the lone professional outlet in the South Bay Area with the 49ers moving into Levis Stadium in Santa Clara next season. The Sharks will play the Vancouver Canucks at 7 tonight in Vancouver. Their next home game is at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. For more information or to buy tickets, go to http:// sharks.nhl.com. Photos by Erika Heredia Top: San Jose Sharks mascot SJ Sharkie entertains the crowd with his souvenir gun between the second and third periods of the Sept. 24 preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks at the SAP Center in San Jose. Center: Forward Matthew Nieto skates before the game starts. Left: The referees attempt to break up a fight between the Canucks and Sharks players. Above-center: The after-effects of a puck being stuck to the rinkside glass. Right: San Jose Sharks players begin to appear out of a Shark’s mouth for their introductions to the home crowd while goalie Antti Niemi gets ready to defend his net. 6 OPINIONS MONITOR OCTOBER 10, 2013 Technology blurs lines for sexting MARISSA MARTIN News editor LUIS MORALES-MEDRANO / MONITOR Bees have campus buzzing ALIZAIB LODHI Staff writer Have you noticed all those beehives on campus? They’re everywhere. It’s ridiculous. You can spot them on top of any building, if you look closely. Students are having a hard time enjoying their peace by the swamp or eating their lunch without getting harassed by these bees. They won’t leave anybody alone no matter what you do, whether it’s sitting at a different table or hanging out by the Quad. One thing you can do to protect yourself from bees and wasps is avoid colors such as red and black. These resemble predators and are likely to cause bees to be more aggressive toward you. If you get caught, they’re probably going to go for areas such as collars and cuffs. Those are areas that resemble weak spots like the eyes and nose of predators. Oh, I forgot to mention: bees are attracted to smells more than they are colors. If you’re spending more time outdoors on campus than inside then you might want to avoid wearing perfume and scented lotions. A helpful solution would be to try to stick to white or lighter colors. Beekeeper suits are white for a reason! Bee stings are painful and can be deadly, if the victim is allergic to bee venom. The western honey bee is native to Africa, Asia and Europe. In the early 1600s, the insect was introduced to North America. Since then, they have spread throughout the Americas. Honey bees survive winter as a colony, and the queen begins egg laying in mid to late winter. So expect to see them next semester here at Ohlone, unless somebody does something about it. The situation is getting out of control. The population of bees is augmenting fast, which will be a huge problem in the near future. A bee colony typically contains anywhere from 8,000 to 60,000 bees, or more. I think it’s about time that we call some professionals to remove these beehives. Many beekeepers will happily remove a beehive of wild bees for free. Engaging sexually with someone exclusively in person is now a thing of the past thanks to the innovative technology of the 21st century. Yes, the future has indeed arrived and if you and another person ever want to talk dirty or let them know what you’re really wearing right now, your cellular device can help. Sexting is incredibly risky and requires trust from both parties involved, but I believe it is something that can be done regularly, if done responsibly. Please, let me explain myself. Sexting has been an ongoing trend for the past decade, ever since cellular devices have become the norm of society. “Sexting,” according to Dictionary.com, is “the sending of sexually explicit photos, images, text messages, or e-mails by using a cell phone or other mobile device.” As you can see, the definition itself is loose in its meaning and can pertain to any sexually related thing sent from one mobile device to another. The question is, should you take part in the act of sexting? Well, it really depends on the situation you are in. The fact of the matter is, anything you text someone can be copied, saved and shown to anyone the receiver pleases. The problem is not so much in the dialogue exchanged between the two people, but the pictures that are sent. Nude photos pose a risky situation because you run the chance of having your photos “leaked.” But a quick fix like cutting out your head from the frame should work right? Wrong. Other items in the photos can give away your identity such as tattoos, bracelets you always wear, and even your phone case. When somebody’s nudes are released, the people viewing them will do ANYTHING in their power to prove that the person in the picture is who the public wants them to be. If one person notices that the girl in the picture has the same charm bracelet that Sally has, then the public consensus will be that the girl in the photograph is Sally. So even if nudes do not have someone’s face on them, there are several other ways to identify them. Scared yet? Because there is actually one instance where I will let sexting slide, and that instance is being in a healthy and trusting relationship. In this instance, sexting is completely fine because it is being done between two people who undoubtedly love and trust each other. You heard it here first: the key ingredient to sexting is trust. But how do you know if you trust someone? The only advice I can give regarding trust is to rely heavily on your gut feeling – it will steer you in the right direction. Sexting can be fun, but with fun comes responsibility. So please, students, faculty and staff of Ohlone, be careful to whom you are sending your nude photographs. CAMPUS COMMENT What are you going to do now that ‘Breaking Bad’ has ended? MASON WILLIAMS UNDECLARED “Watch the last season” LIZZY JOHNSON NATURAL SCIENCE “What’s ‘Breaking Bad?’ ” RITCHIE BROWN BROADCAST “Move on to ‘The Dome’ ” NATASHA TRUSSELL BUSINESS “Rewatch the whole thing, feel all the emotions” RON DAVALOUS BROADCAST “Classes. I haven’t had time to catch up on it or ‘The Walking Dead’ ” SPORTS MONITOR OCTOBER 10, 2013 7 Lady Renegades setting themselves up for playoffs You know when we play our style and truly stick to the system we are really tough. We just have to buy in, play our style and we will be fine. LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Playoffs is where everybody wants to be come the end of the season. The Lady Renegades are on the path to the postseason if they can keep stringing together wins like they have early in the 2013 season. Ohlone was able to win its first Coast Conference South game of the early season defeating Cañada College three sets to zero. The Lady Renegades were tested by a tough Cañada team that made every set close. Ohlone was able to secure the victory by scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 2520 in a much closer contest than coach Jeremy Penaflor would have preferred, I’m sure. Ohlone is now 7-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. DeAnza College was able to get the best of the Lady Renegades last week in a tough road test in Cupertino. Ohlone made the third set close, narrowly losing 26-24 and ultimately 3-0. “You know when we play our style and truly stick to the system we are really tough,” Penaflor said. “We just have to buy in, play our style and we will be fine.” Emily Marden has been a rock in the middle setting for Penaflor all year, rarely coming out of the game. “Last season and the girls on the team really helped prepare me for the role I have on this year’s team,” Marden said. “It is a lot of fun to be in the game a lot. I really enjoy it.” Marden, along with fellow returners Jackie Class, -Coach Jeremy Penaflor Taylor Presley and Brittany Creel, have been carrying the workload so far this season for Ohlone. “Emily is really our only setter so she is big for this team,” Penaflor said. “Brittany and Jackie get a lot of opportunities throughout the game, and a lot of that comes from Emily.” With conference play just beginning, wins become vital come playoff selection and seeding time at the end of the year. For now, Penaflor and the Lady Renegades are just taking it one game at a time in hopes of mounting an impressive playoff resume. The next game up for Ohlone is at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus, when they take on conference rival Chabot College. The Lady Renegades were able to send the Gladiators home with a loss in their final meeting of the regular season in 2012. Hopefully that confidence, and the momentum that Ohlone has built, can help secure yet another win for the Lady Renegades. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ohlone will travel to San Bruno for yet another conference contest when they take on Skyline College. LOUIS LAVENTURE / MONITOR Left: Emily Marden focuses on a set for Jackie Class. Right: Taylor Presley gets air jump-serving. 8 MONITOR OCTOBER 10, 2013 Got Me Feeling Some Type of Way with LOUIS LAVENTURE MEN’S SOCCER Renegades facing uphill climb to top LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Balling on a budget I hate to sound ungrateful, but it is really hard not to when it comes to the Oakland Athletics. Since Billy Beane took over as general manager in 1997, the A’s have seen much success. In large part due to Sabermetrics, Beane manages to put a competitive team on the field every year despite having one of the lowest payrolls in professional sports. The A’s have made the playoffs numerous times since 1997, but haven’t reached a World Series since 1990. For all the success that “counting cards” compiles it is still missing one key ingredient. Championships. The process made famous by Hollywood in the film “Moneyball” has given the A’s the most possible bang for their buck in the regular season, but it hasn’t translated to the ultimate success of winning a World Series. The A’s defied all odds last season when one of the smallest payrolls in the league still managed to capture the American League West title. Then they ran into a familiar foe in the form of the Detroit Tigers, who dismantled Oakland, sending everybody home with an empty feeling. That foe has returned in 2013 with an eerily similar coincidence. Once again, the A’s are American League West champs and again they run into the dreaded Detroit Tigers. With the series tied 2-2, the fifth game showdown will be this afternoon. This season, the A’s rank 27th out of 30 Major League teams, with a budget of $60.4 million, while the Tigers rank fourth with $148.4 million. Yet Oakland still managed to win 96 regular season games, which is more than five other playoff teams whose payrolls dwarf that of the A’s. Hopefully, this time Beane and the A’s can find a way to continue their success past the first round of the playoffs. SPORTS The Ohlone College men’s soccer team suffered a few tough losses over the past weeks. First, it lost 6-0 to the undefeated DeAnza College in Cupertino on Friday. Then the Renegades went on the road again, this time to take on Cabrillo College on Tuesday. This game was closer but Ohlone still fell 4-1. Ohlone is now 0-42 overall and 0-3-1 in conference play. Next up for Ohlone is a double-header against Mission College beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Central Park in Fremont. TAM DUONG JR. / MONITOR Ohlone and Chabot College players battle for a ball in Fremont. MEN’S WATER POLO Renegades fall in home opener LADY RENEGADES SOCCER TAM DUONG JR. / MONITOR Eliana Vargas gets a header against rival Chabot College. Soccer earns success Women victorious in conference game LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief TAM DUONG JR. / MONITOR Renegade Jerry Wong rises over the defense to take a powerful shot on goal in Fremont last week. Men’s water polo team loses tough matchup LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief It’s been some pretty choppy waters for the Ohlone College men’s water polo team early in the 2013 season. The Renegades came in to Wednesday’s doubleheader against Modesto and American River colleges with a not-sostellar 1-4 overall record and 0-1 in conference. The losing streak continued as the Renegades fell to Modesto 10-5 and SANTIAGO PEREA / MONITOR then to American River 16-8. The losses put the Renegades in a hole for postseason consideration with a 1-6 record overall with just six events remaining before the conference championships. The Coast Conference is known for its tough aquatic competition, not just in swimming and diving but also men’s and women’s water polo, especially in the South. Next up for Ohlone is a trip to Cupertino on Friday and Saturday to participate in the De Anza College Tournament, which is scheduled for all day. There is nothing better than a win following a tough loss. The Lady Renegades soccer team learned this lesson in full Tuesday when they defeated conference foe Cañada College 4-0, garnering their second shutout of the early season. “We play well together and things really seem to be clicking out there,” Coach Larry Heslin said. “It’s always great to get a conference win.” Ohlone was able to bounce back after losing a tough battle to perennial powerhouse San Francisco City College 3-1. The Lady Renegades are now 5-1-2 overall, but more importantly their conference record is still nearly perfect at a sparkling 4-1-0. Conference records go a long way when it comes time for playoff seeding and selection. Ohlone’s next game will begin at 4 p.m. Friday when they play a double-header against Las Positas College at Central Park in Fremont.