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December 13, 2013 (Vol. 25 No. 12)

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Maybe we’re editorializing, but we think beer is pretty awesome Kalama Hines

Features Editor

Lager. Ale. Stout. Porter. With all the colors, flavors and depths there’s a beer for everyone. According to the History Channel Magazine, the first proof of beer is dated back to 3400 B.C. in Sumer, an ancient city found where modern Iraq is now located. Now a beer enthusiast can find a micro-brew in most cities across America; micro-brews that focus on the styles from different areas of the world — from the Ales that call England home, to the Wheat Beer (Weizen) of Germany. Beer has been around for millennia, and has found its way to every corner of the globe, making it one of the oldest and most diverse beverages available. Beer is comprised of four major ingredients. Water, hops, yeast and malt. Hops, which are flowers, are used to create the bitter flavor — Ales are normally high in hops. Malt, made by soaking grain (Barley) in water, this process creates a sugar — sugar is what gives way to an alcohol content. Yeast, a single-cell organism, is the catalyst for the fermentation process (the process that breeds the alcohol content) by consuming the sugar and producing alcohol. Beer, page 5

Fires strike LPC twice Blaze in theater second on campus in short time period — fire captain deems latest event potentially ‘suspicious’

Brandon Clutter

Tristan Pico/The Express

Staff Writer

Two students sit in LPC’s amphitheater. Completed in 2010, five events have been held there since its opening.

Two fires in a week at Las Positas College caused evacuations while students were prepping for finals. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a fire broke out in the back of the main theater of the Mertes Center for the Arts. According to the Livermore fire captain, the cause of the fire is undetermined. Campus Safety Supervisor Sean Prather, who was called to the theater after the incident, said, “The fire captain was on scene, and he said that the cause was undetermined, but deemed suspicious.”

After three years, amphitheater still seldom used Brianna Guillory Staff Writer


Fire officials are currently investigating the cause of the fire. They found no evidence of an electrical device to start the fire, but also found no evidence of an accelerant to fuel the fire. Fire, page 2

It’s large. It’s grassy. It’s the elephant in the room. The Mertes Center for the Arts outdoor amphitheater was constructed as a companion piece to the building’s indoor Main Stage Theater. A tunnel was even constructed to connect the two stages to each other. Seating up to 1,500 people at a time, the amphitheater is the largest theater on the LPC campus. But its amount of stage time is the smallest. “The amphitheater has been used for about five events,” Renee Pegues, executive assistant for

administrative services said. That is, five events in the past three years. All but dormant since its construction, the LPC amphitheater has barely been touched by the school and has not once been rented out to the outside world. This is partly due to the fact that the amphitheater has yet to be completed. According to the Las Positas College website’s latest strategic plan log on April 11, 2012, the Mertes Center for the Art’s outdoor amphitheater was listed as one of the school’s completed projects. Amphitheater, page 4


NEWS New classroom building proposed

Las Positas College Express

December 13, 2013

RAW Center assistance provided during finals With finals coming up, some students will look for a nice, quiet place to study. From Dec. 16 to Dec. 19, room 2401 will be open for students to have a comfortable place to study without many distractions. Reading and Writing Center assistance will also be provided for those who need it.

Bookstore holds buyback event The bookstore will be holding its regular buyback event the week of finals, beginning Dec. 16 and ending Dec. 20. Students have the opportunity to make up to 50 percent of the original prices of their books. As a reminder, the last day to turn rented books back in to the bookstore is Friday, Dec. 20.

Express recruiting writers, photographers for spring 2014 The Express Newspaper is looking for students to join its staff in the spring 2014 semester. If you write or take pictures, then The Express is the class for you. The class is MSCM 16a, and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m.

Music department hosts Jazz night On Saturday, Dec. 14, the music department will be hosting a Jazz Night in the main theater of the Mertes Center for the Arts. The event starts at 8 p.m.

Theater department holds auditions for ‘Spring Awakening’ Join the theater department on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to audition for “Spring Awakening,” a rock musical adaptation of a play by Frank Wedekind.


A map  depicting  where  on  campus  the  proposed  new  classroom  building  will  be  located.  The  new  classroom  building  (B100  and  B300  on  the  map)  will   replace  the  current  100,  200  and  300  buildings  and  add  32,000  square  feet  of  classroom  space  in  a  two  or  three  story  building.

New classroom building would replace buildings 100, 200, 300 — would be two or three stories tall and adjacent to Mertes Center for the Arts Travis Danner EDITOR IN CHIEF

The original Las Positas College may soon be replaced by the new LPC. What opened as the “Valley Campus” of the Livermore Education Center of Chabot College in 1975, will soon give way to Campus Boulevard and the changing face of the school. A proposed new two-or-threestory classroom building, made possible by remaining Measure B funds, would be built on the

space that is currently occupied by the 100, 200 and 300 buildings. It would be part of the new look of LPC, replacing the oldest buildings on the campus with a new facility that would also be capable of increasing the amount of students that would be able to attend LPC according to Vice Chancellor of Educational Planning and Facilities Jeff Kingston. The proposal was discussed at the Oct. 21 meeting of the District Facilities Committee meeting. “(We would build) a new twostory building across from the Mertes Center that would create your other entrance to the campus,” Kingston said, according to the minutes of the Facilities Committee meeting, “and create a leading edge of your campus.” “It would be a signature build-

ing that would go right on the corner,” he added. “The visuals are there.” A mock-up of the proposed building is available in the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District’s (CLPCCD) facilities master plan, the building will have a U-shape, with the bottom of the “U” facing parking lot B. Being so close to the Mertes Center for the Arts, the building could create a new visual first impression as people drive up from the turn off of Collier Canyon Road and up Campus Hill Drive. It will also integrate the “Campus Boulevard” which aims to create one fluid pathway through LPC to improve what Kingston referred as “way-finding” for students. The project may be on the

Fire in theater damages property in Mertes Center Fire, page 1 The theater fire proved to be most severe, as it burned a couple of boxes containing LED light strips, damaging four strips, and burning carpet used to cover other boxes. LPC student Jay Sharma, who is a stage manager for the theater, was the first person to notice the fire in the theater. “I was walking up and down the working rail, checking the ropes, and as I made my way to the top and set down my stage directions, I notice a small flickering shadow in the back,” Sharma explained. “I went to go check, thinking that it was a cigarette, but as I got backstage, I realized over the top of these containers that they were flames, and were reaching almost six feet in height.” Sharma immediately found his supervisor, Technical Performing Arts

Instructional Specialist Mike Rinaldi, who alerted the students in the theater of the fire, and then found the fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Rinaldi then called in Campus Safety, who checked that everyone was safe, inspected the location of the fire, and then called in the fire department for the rest. “I got there afterwards, but when I learned that a fire occurred, the fire department was called,” Prather said. “Once they came in it was their job. They removed the boxes that had caught on fire and put them outside.” The day before, another fire happened in the 2100 building, where a too-hot Starbucks coffee cup burned trash and caught fire. Campus safety was alerted, inspected the area, and then the fire department was called, while classes were evacuated.

fast-track as there is a time-constraint for spending remaining Measure B funds. According to the language of Measure B, the district must reach certain spending goals over the next two years, and according to Kingston the district can support two large projects, one at Chabot and one at LPC. The building would have 32,000 square feet of usable space. In total, the current plan is for it to be 40,000 to 45,000 total square feet and could be either two or three stories tall. The building will also allow for LPC to reach what Kingston referred to as its “capacity load,” which the school is currently under. “Capacity load is determined by ‘butts to seats,’” Kingston said. “(Currently) there are more butts than seats.”


December 13, 2013

Las Positas College Express


LAS POSITAS COLLEGE IN 2013, A SCHOOL IN TRANSITION. The past year has been an eventful one at LPC. It featured many people coming and going, the beginning of a dramatic face lift to the look of the college and the unprecedented success of several students, clubs and teams. These are the top 13 stories of 2013, all of which will be re-posted on our website,

1.) The passing of Coach Costello Las Positas men’s basketball coach Tony Costello died on Aug. 25 at age 57. Costello succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a long battle with the disease, but his legacy as the founder of LPC’s basketball program will live on. Not only in the hundreds of victories as a community college basketball coach, but in the lives of the young men and women he helped shape as a coach and teacher. “He was a good coach and a family man,” former player Cedric Young said. “He pushed you out of your comfort zone to make you go hard on yourself, and he always made sure everything was right in the classroom. A caring person who let you come from nothing and have something. In all of my years of playing basketball, my favorite times were playing at Las Positas with coach Costello.” There is a plan to name the court at LPC “Costello Court” after the late coach.

2.) New President selected

3.) Walthers departure from LPC

As of late November, Las Positas College finally received a permanent president since Kevin Walthers’ departure in July. Dr. Barry Russell, previously the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s office, stated he hopes to assist LPC toward a brighter future in a time when budget issues are still prominent and accreditation is just around the corner.

Previous Las Positas College President Kevin Walthers officially departed LPC at the beginning of July this year, after finalizing a contract at Allan Hancock College. His departure came amid a rather tumultuous tenure at LPC, with some on campus voicing their dissatisfaction with his leadership. Walthers time at LPC ended officially on July of this year.

4.) Chancellor position filled

5.) SSA building transforms LPC

Along with getting a new school president, LPC, in conjunction with Chabot College, also gained a new district chancellor. Chosen just before the beginning of summer was U.S. Army veteran Dr. Jannett Jackson. One of the most important of Jackson’s responsibilities was the hiring of a new school president for LPC which she accomplished with the selection of Barry Russell.

It would seem like it has been around forever now, given the ease that it has brought to student life around campus. But in reality, the Student Services and Administration building (1600) was only just officially opened at the very end of the spring semester, with the ribbon cutting ceremony occurring on Sept. 17. Despite the length of the project and the $40 million budget, it is hard to say that the 1600 building has not made campus life easier at LPC. With the addition of a new cafeteria, plus brand new offices for many student services, the 1600 building has now become a hub of student life at school.

8.) New model for budget 9.) Espinoza speeds to LPC record book restores LPC funding

6.) Swim team brings LPC athletics to new heights

7.) Talk Hawks continue to soar

For the first time in school history, Las Positas brought home a conference championship. The women’s swim and dive team pushed themselves hard and secured the only banner hanging in the gym. With new records set by their relay team and swimmer McKenna Stevulak, they set a total of seven new records on their way to a narrow 535-521 point win over Ohlone. Stevulak went to the state championships where she tied for first in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 24.81 seconds to become the first state champion in school history.

Over the course of the year, the Las Positas College forensics team, also known as the Talk Hawks, have scooped up almost a hundred awards at the various tournaments they have competed in. The reason for their success could be talent. It could be hard work. It could be coaching, the fact that the team is a family or a careful formula for preparation. “(The coaches are) very involved and really care about the team on an individual level, and as a whole. From that, just in the short time being with the team, I’ve just seen a lot of encouragement. We’re really supportive of one another. The team has great team players that run with the reputation that LPC has already, and just a lot of respect for our team and teams at other tournaments. I think that’s what marks LPC as different,” said Talk Hawk Heather Crockett.

With the new budget allocation model approved by the Board of Trustees in the spring, the district is taking steps to continue climbing out of the hole and into a more financially stable state for LPC and Chabot. One of the problems with the previous model, approved in 1996, was that LPC was being underfunded by about $1.3 million. This is restored by the new model, as the equitable sharing factor between the schools was modified. “Having that ($1.3 million) restored will certainly help us as a campus generally,” previous Academic Senate president Sarah Thompson said in the spring. Because Chabot is a larger school, it now receives 58.92 percent of funds and LPC receives the remaining 41.08 percent.

LPC has a history of producing crosscountry standouts, but 2013 saw perhaps one of the school’s greatest runners ever in Abraham Espinoza. After making history in the first meet of the year, fastest finish ever at the Fresno Invite, Espinoza followed that up with numerous recordbreaking performances. The climax of the season happened on Oct. 5 in Folsom at the Beaver Invite. Espinoza finished first in a field of 136 runners and his time of 20:22 in the four-mile race set the all-time course record. “He’s in very good company,” Head Coach Steve Navarro said. “One of the greatest runners we’ve had in school history.”

10.) Website posts “revenge porn”

11.) Crimes occur at normally peaceful LPC

12.) LapTechS program logged out

Imagine having nude photos of yourself posted in a place where anyone could see them. That is the case with (shorthand for “anonymous image board”), a website where intimate photos of young women are posted without their permission. The practice is known as “Revenge porn.” While hearing of photos of nude women being on the Internet isn’t altogether shocking — this story hit home as The Express was able to confirm that some of the women on the site were current or former LPC students. New laws have been enacted in California against revenge porn but the site remains active.

In February, Administration of Justice instructor Mark Tarte intervened when a student in the library seemed ready to instigate a fight with another student. The student/suspect took off through the library and was chased by campus security through campus. Livermore Police Department was called, and when they arrived on the scene, Tarte had already placed the suspect under citizen’s arrest. On Halloween, campus security spotted a group of students in the parking lot with what looked to be weapons resembling AK-47s. LPD was called and came to campus with a full tactical response. After approaching the group and asking them to put the weapons down and keep their hands up, it was discovered that the “weapons” were actually airsoft, spray painted to look real. Because of the presence of other weapons, the group was given a citation and released. Disciplinary action for the students involved is under review.

A program that taught students how to learn computer repair skills while helping the LPC community, LapTechS arguably had some benefit to the campus. Because of the need for other classes with higher enrollment and higher funds, however, it was cut at the end of spring. “I think it’s a real travesty,” Leslie Gravino, Work Based Learning Coordinator and LapTechS adviser, said to The Express at the time. “It’s not about me teaching and my future. It’s about the worthiness.” It was a student run business in the form of the class, modeled in a way that students benefitted from the hands-on computer repair work while the owners of the PCs benefitted from the low prices. It even helped students with leadership roles, as they had the ability to climb the ranks after their first semester in the class. LapTechS became a program of the past.

13.) Soccer returns to postseason after long absence After having not made the playoffs since Game Boys were the hottest thing on the market, the LPC Hawks men’s soccer team broke the 16-year drought. Not only did the Hawks make the playoffs, they were crowned Coast Conference North Division Champions. The squad then marched into enemy territory in the first round against Taft College and upset the higher-ranked Cougars in an exciting win in penalty kicks. The Hawks’ run came to an end on Nov. 26 when the team lost 2-0 on the road against Hartnell College.


Las Positas College Express


December 13, 2013

Dance and Orchestra collaborate on ‘A Modern American Nutcracker’

Tristan Pico/THE EXPRESS

Clockwise from top right: 1 - Special guest artist Jim Hurley on the Electric Violin performs his adaptation of Tchiakovsky’s holiday classic ‘The Nutcracker’. 2 - Paul Simon dances to ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’. 3 - The Zoot Mice, choreographed by Taji Mekki, end their routine. 4 - Pam Aguilar performs to ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’. 5 - The dancers and orchestra pose for a DVD cover photo.

Rarely used outdoor amphitheater to get a face lift Amphitheater, pg. 1

The log states, “In addition, completed in 2010 were the College Center for the Arts — with a 500-seat theater, 1,500seat amphitheater, and classroom space.” This is apparently only half true. “It is not completed. There have been some issues with it,” Director of Student Life Cynthia Ross said, who was originally told that the Associated Students of Las Positas College (ASLPC) could not utilize the amphitheater. While the foundation has been laid out and the structure has been molded, the amphitheater has a list of repairs and additions that must be made until it can finally be deemed 100 percent complete. The Facilities Committee has currently classified it as a small project. “The amphitheater is a small project that has certainly secured funding to have the grass replaced with concrete,” facilities committee chair, Catherine Eagan said. The grass is one of the more noticeable issues. Muddy spots can be found in various patches because of drainage problems in the underground watering system. “Basically, the drainage system is wrong. The grass died, and this is what we have,” said Performing Arts Coordinator Cindy Browne Rosefield. Ripping out the grass and put-

Photo illustration by Brianna Guillory/The Express

ting in concrete is the minimum of what she suggests should be done to make the amphitheater more inviting. “We currently have several requests. But with limited functionality, we have lost potentially interested renters, which result in lost dollars to the college,” was stated on the “Deferred Maintenance/Small Projects” form submitted by the Division Faculty to the Facilities Committee. On the request form is a list of things that still need to be com-

pleted and were on the original design for the amphitheater. The list includes a truss system, a covering and sound, mixing, lighting and cabling systems. “I have not yet heard whether the costs of the truss system, covering, sound system, mixing system, lighting system or cabling system have been estimated or approved,” Eagan said. “My understanding is that these things were supposed to be completed when the amphitheater was originally built but were not.” Originally valued out for bud-

get reasons, the completion of these additions would enable the amphitheater to hold a handful of events such as outdoor concerts, graduation ceremonies and summer musicals. The Facilities Committee plans to use funding through LPC’s remaining bond money to address the amphitheater’s needs. How high it is on the list of priorities has not been confirmed, but the amphitheater is only one of over 40 small projects and also competes with construction plans for another school building.

But while all these plans are in discussion, the amphitheater still has its uses on campus. Events and performances that require little to no technology can still be held for students and the public to enjoy. “Anyone can use it right now. All they need to do is a facilities request through Renee Pegues,” Browne Rosefield said. This means that the ASLPC, clubs and outside vendors are able to rent and use the amphitheater to host virtually any kind of event. The Performing Arts Program itself has held drum circles on the amphitheater’s stage during the previous school year, on Friday afternoons. Events for the spring semester are also said to be planned. Students can also be found lounging around and taking naps on the amphitheater’s stage and bleachers. “I don’t think it is really a waste of space. It is actually a really peaceful area to have quiet time to read a book or relax,” communications major April Harper said. Harper looks forward to the completion of the amphitheater and hopes to see outdoor concerts and movie nights for students to enjoy. “We will hear the results of the consulting firm’s cost estimates for the amphitheater at the next Facilities meeting,” Eagan said. The next Facilities meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m.


December 13, 2013

Las Positas College Express


With so many varieties of beer, there’s one for everybody


A beer flight at Sauced BBQ and Spirits in Livermore, Calif. highlights the depth of color and texture between different styles of beer.

Beer, Page 1 “There’s a delicious beer for almost every pallet,” said Anheuser Busch sales representative Neil Sullivan, “I’ve been to bars all over the place and there’s always one constant — that beer is accompanied by smiles.” For the 21-year-old (or older) members of the LPC student body, there is an abundance of

breweries strategically placed for your enjoyment. Schubros Brewery, in San Ramon, the home of some delicious brews; one of which being Festbier, described as a Bavarian Lager. It is, however, exactly what it is called — a Fest Beer — making it available only from Sept. to Dec. “It made sweet love to my taste buds,” said Wente Vineyards bar

manager Josh Craig, “(it) held my satisfaction tightly in its bubbly grasp, and as it departed down my gullet, my brain smiled.” Schubros also provides a few other delectable offerings including Nico American Wheat (a Belgium wheat) and 680 IPA (Indian Pale Ale). Both brews are rich and malty, with high alcohol contents (alcohol by volume — ABV).

Livermore itself is home to an exceptionally esteemed brewery — Altamont Brew Works(ABW). ABW is home to several different Ales, and is focused on “super hoppy” lower ABV beers. “The beer (at ABW) speaks for itself,” Sarah Bailey told the ABW website, “and (it) will make you jump for joy that this brewery is from a town that is heavy in the wine market.”

The area surrounding the LPC campus is also home to many beer houses. Establishments such as Tap25 (Livermore), The Hop Yard (Pleasanton and San Ramon) and The Great Plate (Tracy) offer an array of choices for the budding beer connoisseur. So this is your invitation. Get out this weekend, blow off a little steam before finals and find your favorite beer.

A six-pack that you may not know, but certainly should STOUT:


Originated in England. A thick, dark and non-carbonated beer. Known for flavors of chocolate and coffee and a wide range of alcohol content (ABV). Our choice: Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Company. A rich, chocolaty beer with zero head. 14.2% ABV


Originated in England. An amber Ale. Known for a high hop content, which is accompanied by a tangy flavor, and a high ABV. Our choice: Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company. A crisp, citrusy with a touch of honey, joined by a light head. 11.25% ABV


Originated in Germany Very light, golden beer. Known for it’s low temperature brewing, giving way to a light crisp flavor, and a low ABV. Our choice: Primo from Maui Brewing Company. A sweeter, dry beer with a light golden color and limited head. 4.5% ABV

Origination is unknown. A beer built from honey base. Known for its sweet flavor, as well as a rangy ABV. Our choice: Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Brewery. A sweet Citrusy creation, formulated from the residue found in a goblet in the Tomb of King Midas. Light head. 9.0% ABV




Originated in Belgium Also referred to as White Ale. Known for it’s citrusy flavor, and high level of malted barley. Above average ABV. Our Choice: Sameon Saison from Schubros Brewery. A lightly hopped and citrusy bitter beer, comes with decent head. 6.2% ABV


Most beer enthusiasts know of Pliny the Younger. What brings this beer to our list is the fact that it is only available one week a year, and only at certain bars. recently voted the Younger the best beer in the world. This Triple IPA is brewed at Russian River Brewing Company, in Santa Rosa. 10.5% ABV.



Las Positas College Express

December 13, 2013


Take time to take care of yourself during this finals season Martin Gallegos STAFF WRITER

One second I was listening to the radio, and the next second my body shut down. It started as a normal Wednesday drive home from school on Dec. 4. Suddenly, I started to see the other cars in front of me on the highway moving in slow-motion. Small noises I normally never even pay attention to like the sound of a boxing glove keychain hitting against my rearview mirror became deafening. To best describe it, I felt like a video game character whose energy level was completely drained. My world turned completely dark and I passed out. Unfortunately, time felt like it was moving so fast that I had no chance to pull over on the side of the road. When I woke up, I was in an ambulance vehicle with two paramedics sitting next to me. I asked them, “What happened?” The paramedic proceeded to explain to me that I drove off the Altamont down a steep hill. When I got to the hospital, the doctor told me I had experienced Syncope, the medical term for fainting or passing out. There are many things that can cause this to occur, but he believed the cause of me fainting was dehydration. Luckily, other than being very sore, I sustained no serious injuries from the accident. However, the accident did leave me wanting to write this piece in order to prevent something like this from


happening to you. With finals week coming, we all can tend to get stressed out. I know you all will be studying like crazy wanting to pull allnighters, but I strongly encourage you to get an adequate amount of sleep.

Also, always carry a snack and some water around with you at all times. I didn’t feel like I was dehydrated, but if I had a bottle of water with me in my car that day, perhaps the accident could have been prevented.

Dime Dialogue 10 QUESTIONS. 10 ANSWERS.

Psychology professor Cynthia Ross shares with The Express What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

What one song best describes you?

Love yourself. Realize your potential. Be confident.

Clapton, my love.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?

When was the last time you cried from laughing?

Alice, from Wonderland.”



If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where “Bell Bottom Blues” by Eric would you go?

At the movie “We’re the Millers.”

What would your last meal be?

If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who Lots of wine and pizza with would it be?

artichoke hearts, zucchini and mushrooms.

What is your favorite food from the LPC cafeteria? I like the rice bowl with chicken and veggies.


Can there be more than one? Can I have a dinner party? Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy and Hillary Clinton.

There are so many places. I can think of about five. I would go to Belize.

If you could pick any two celebrities to be your parents, who would they be? Bill Walsh, who was a 49er football coach, and Gloria Steinem. She was a feminist in the early 70’s when I was burning my bra along with everyone else.

In the news story of your life, what would the headline say? Holy S---.


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Las Positas College Express


Local soccer team gives a chance to go pro UPCOMING EVENTS Swimming Feb. 1 Modesto/Sac City Livermore, 11:30a.m. Feb. 2 NorCal Relays @ Santa Rosa, 10 a.m. Feb. 14 Coast Kick-off @ West Valley/De Anza 12 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Dec. 13 - 15 @ Skyline Tournament San Bruno, TBA Dec. 21 San Jose City College Livermore, 3 p.m. Dec. 28 - 30 @ Chabot Tournament Hayward, TBA Jan. 3 @ Monterey Peninsula College Monterey, 5 p.m. Jan. 8 @ Chabot College Hayward, 7 p.m. Jan. 10 Ohlone College Livermore, 7 p.m. Jan 15 @ Cañada College Redwood City, 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Dec. 13 - 15 @ Fresno City Tournament Fresno, TBA Dec. 17 Foothill College Livermore, 5 p.m. Dec. 29 @ Butte Los Altos, 5 p.m. Jan. 8 @ Chabot College Hayward, 5 p.m. Jan. 10 Ohlone College Livermore, 5 p.m. Jan. 15 @ College of San Mateo San Mateo, 5 p.m. Jan. 22 Skyline College Livermore, 7 p.m. Jsn. 24 @ San Jose City College San Jose, 5 p.m.


Martin Gallegos STAFF WRITER

A new local indoor soccer team is giving aspiring young soccer players their chance to go pro. The Professional Arena Soccer League awarded the city of Livermore with an expansion team, Bay Area Rosal. The team has been playing its home games for the 2013-2014 season at Cabernet Sports in Livermore. Rosal was founded by Chris Rockenbaugh in 1998. While he’s owned the team for over a decade, the road to getting the team into the pro ranks was not an easy one. The team first played in Concord until 2001 when Rockenbaugh moved the team to Hotshots Indoor Sports in Livermore. They did not stay in Livermore the first time around for very long as they ended up moving to Bladium Sports Club in Alameda later that year. “We started as an amateur team,” Rockenbaugh said. “Then it was semi-pro and now we’re a professional squad, the highest level of arena soccer.” After winning multiple championships in the lower divisions, Rosal was rewarded with a move to the professional league. Luis Orellana is the Director of Operations for Bay Area Rosal. Orellana’s resume is nothing short of impressive. From being a member of the Sacramento Knights pro indoor team to playing for the national team of Nicaragua for the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, Orellana brings a great deal of experience to the young players.

“This is a great opportunity for young players to take their game to the next level,” Orellana said. “We do have players from different countries, but we’d like to find talent here in Northern California.” One of those players taking advantage of the opportunity is LPC student Gerardo Garcia. Having played his final year as a member of the LPC Hawks soccer team, Garcia will now have an opportunity with Rosal as a midfielder in their developmental program. “It’s cool to be a part of a pro team,” Garcia said. “Even though I’m not a part of the active roster right now, I’m gonna work hard in practice and earn a spot.” Garcia thinks more players from around the area will join the team as the years go on. “There’s a lot of talent around the area,” Garcia said. “Knowing that there’s a pro team around here now, I think it’ll be motivation.” Aside from providing local players with a chance to go pro, Rockenbaugh also hopes to give Livermore residents a chance to go watch a professional sports team at an affordable price. “The average price for a San Jose Sharks single ticket is $51,” Rockenbaugh said. “One ticket to a Rosal game at Cabernet costs an average of $12. We want the whole family to be able to experience a professional sporting event.” The team is currently five games into its debut season in the PASL. Rosal’s next home game takes place Sunday, Dec. 15 at Cabernet Indoor Sports in Livermore against the Toros of Tijuana. With games going on until Feb. 16, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch Livermore’s newest sports team in action.

Las Positas Basketball: Conference preview William Tanner A&E EDITOR

It’s that time of year again. While most students are looking forward to winter break, the men and women of the Las Positas College basketball teams are gearing up for their conference season.


The season is still young. Though they have a few more games to go before taking on their conference rivals, they know exactly what has to be done to win the conference. “Rebounding, taking better shots and taking good shots,” said Jake Contreras, LPC guard. “We’re a little undersized still and we’ve watched enough film to know that’s part of our process.” The Hawks have won four of their first seven games, crafting a surprisingly successful start to their season compared to last year. This, despite playing their first season without their founding coach: the late Tony Costello. One of the keys to getting better at rebounding is their defensive focus. Coach Lon Rork, in his first season as a head coach after leaving Diablo Valley College’s

bench to replace Costello, said he has stressed defense in his practices and he’s seen an improvement from Day one. Their last game against Delta proved that. The Hawks went into Delta, ranked No. 8 in the state, and left with a 78-74 victory. The upset, they seem to believe, was fueled by their defensive intensity. “When we work harder on defense, we play better on offense,” said Uche Okpaluago, who is in his final season with the Hawks. Rork said he was pleased with his team’s effort at Delta, the Hawks’ second consecutive win “The game against delta was a big win for us,” said Rork. “The fact that we went into their place and pulled out another win in overtime was great.” Conference play begins Jan. 8 with a home game against the Hawks rival, Chabot. The newly reformatted Coast Conference North is loaded this year. Four of the teams were ranked in the preseason, led by No. 1 in Northern California, City College of San Francisco. LPC is seeking to make the playoffs for the second time in three years. “We know that any single day

we are one of the best teams in the conference,” said Contreras. “We’re anxious to get out there and show what we can do.”


After a disappointing finish at the Cuesta College Phillips 66 Tournament, the LPC women’s basketball team wasn’t deterred. They responded by winning their next game against Hartnell, 70-51. “The team is starting to pull it together,” said Shaelyn Lawrence, a freshman guard. “I’m pretty confident that when we get to conference we’re going to be able to take care of business and do what has to be done.” Coach Clarence Morgan said that he sees the team’s progress while acknowledging they aren’t where they want to be. Heading into the conference season at the beginning of January, Morgan says his team knows what they have to get done. They explained it as a three-point plan. Step one, says Guard Gaby Barbalinardo, is to limit their mistakes. “Since day one we have struggled with turnovers,” said Barbalinardo. “If we can just cut it

down by five it’ll be a big accomplishment for us.” Another problem spot for the Hawks is rebounding. “If we’re pulling down more offensive boards, we have more shot attempts that we are going to put up,” Guard Shaelyn Lawrence said. “The longer that you have possession of the ball the better it is for you. Our guards need to do a better job, myself included, of putting a (woman) on the girl they’re guarding and just getting in front of them.” The third issue, Morgan said, is nailing down their shots. The Hawks are averaging just 46.7 points per game. In a stacked conference that’ll be tough. The Hawks face a daunting opponent in the 2012 Coast Conference champion City College of San Francisco (CCSF). Hawks players said they are confident that if they can nail down the three trouble spots. They say they will be in contention with CCSF for the title. “Coach says at the beginning of every game to play together, play smart, play hard,” Barbalinardo said. “As long as we work together and play our game, we have a win.”


Las Positas College Express


December 13, 2013


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