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The sound of pile drivers sinking supports through sand and rock have been keeping even the most fatigued students awake in class. But Ohlone President Gari Browning says it won’t last forever.

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Opinion: Debate Roger James GUEST WRITER


Traffic in front of Ohlone’s Fremont campus

Congestion Conundrum Dina DeLeon STAFF WRITER

It’s not often that anyone gets from one place to another without running into traffic in the local area. Students are often stuck in this traffic while commuting to both the Fremont and Newark campuses. During the past several years housing, businesses and new projects have been brought to this area causing more of a commuter increase. Fremont is no exception to the increasing Bay Area traffic. According to a released report by the traffic data and measurement company INRIX the San Francisco Bay Area has the third worst traffic in the country, the two top locations being LA and DC. The Fremont/Hayward location is ranked as number two in the top 10 con-

gested locations in the Bay Area. The traffic peak times are the worst in the morning according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. With Fremont expanding its downtown area, building new homes all

all I have to do is leave extra early to be able to get to class on time.” Students who attend Ohlone College come from all over the Bay Area. Another student, Christina comes from Tracy. She commutes to Ohlone because many of the classes she needs for her major are offered here and not offered at the colleges closer to her home. She attends Ohlone on Tuesdays and Thursdays and usually has to leave at least two hours before her classes begin just to be able to make it on time. There are many alternatives to driving such as public transportation such as the Bay Area Rapid Transit. The local BART system just approved a $3.5 billion general obligation bond measure that will fund BART’s plan to increase train

There is no way around it” -- Alex/student

around it, traffic has already gotten worse. Several Ohlone students in the area such as Alex have found it quite challenging to get to class on time. His commute is from San Leandro and most of his classes are in the morning, as he says, “There is no way around it,

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Well, the first presidential debate of 2016 is now history and yet the voters still have no answer to one burning question moderator Lester Holt never thought to ask: Is Bill and Hillary’s marriage a love match or a sham for political reasons? Trivial you say? Maybe, but in a race where the two main contenders are not trusted by a majority of Americans, much of that lack of trust is centered around the less than honest and shady personal lives and transactions of the candidates. And so while Holt pushed Donald Trump on his tax returns, he never entered the moguls personal life, of which a legend is forming. Overall the debate was as spirited as Hillary Clinton’s bright red pant suit….could we expect anything else? From the start viewers were treated to something totally unexpected…Trump had actually memorized some facts and figures which he used to attack Clinton through both her husband’s and President Obama’s foreign and domestic record. Yet Donald made a telling verbal mistake when pressed by Hillary, who claimed the reason he won’t

release his tax returns is because for years he never has paid income tax. “That makes me smart,” he said. Holt and Hillary didn’t jump on this callous quip. The subjects of Benghazi and Trump University weren’t mentioned this time around. And to be honest, Holt’s questions were rather basic and un-challenging, except for hitting Trump with his turn around on Obama’s birthplace. Amazingly Donald defended his stance saying he did what Hillary couldn’t do, by having Obama produce his birth certificate. Even though much of the crowd at New York’s Hofstra University seemed to favor Clinton, it was Trump who carried the fight to her with accusation after accusation against her handling of foreign policy and her husband’s hand in the NAFTA agreement, which he claims has cost millions of US jobs. In this regard Trump had an advantage. He could attack her and Obama’s record, things that have happened, while Clinton had to depend on convincing voters what she would do in office. Yet, Hillary landed some good

A Foreigner’s Perspective

stand that this is because the U.S is a democratic country, and it is also one of the leading countries in the world. I can see that citizens have their own individual voices, and have rights to show their own intentions, and the government takes full consideration on those comments. In my country, citizens do have their own voices as Continued on Page 3


From my perspective as a non-citizen of the United States, the current election debates seems to be very overwhelming. I can under-

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MONITOR SEP 29, 2016

NEWS BITES Flu Shots The Student Health Center will be administering flu vaccine at the Newark Campus on Thursday, September 29, 2016 between 9am-6pm in Room 1214 of the Student Health Center. The cost for students is $10 and the cost for staff is $20. Please call the Ohlone Campus Health Center office at (510) 659-6258 or email Studenthealth@ for an appointment. The hours of the Student Health Center are Monday-Thursday from 9am-2pm and 4-6pm.

Fall Career Fair The Ohlone College Foundation and the TriCities One-Stop Annual Fall Career Fair is quickly approaching on Friday, September 30th from 9:30am-1:30pm. Employers will be looking to fill seasonal, part time and full time positions at the Ohlone College Newark Center. Attendees at the job fair should dress for success in business casual attire and have their resumes ready to present to employers. Currently, 32 employers will be present, including Autism Treatment Solutions, ComPeer, and Hickory Farms. To help attendees prepare for this event, the TriCities One-Stop Career Center is offering a series of Career Expo readiness workshops. Visit http:// for scheduled workshops and more information.

Ohlone Science Night Coming Yumyat Thwe STAFF WRITER

Ohlone College is hosting its 2nd annual ‘The Night of Science & More’ October 15 at the Newark Campus with no entrance fee and no prior registration. The event is open to the public and aimed for all ages. The Night will include: Fun Interactive Exhibits & Mad Science Shows Star Gazing with Telescopes Aquaponics Farming Area Outdoor entertainment & Live DJ 49ers NFL STEM Education Workshops Health Sciences Area Guest Speaker John Collins, The Paper Airplane Guy “Mission Mars: The First Human Journey” Virtual Reality Room, Creation Station, E-Sports Gaming Area and much more! This year’s biggest addition is John Collins, the Paper Airplane Guy. Collins is “the current world record holder of distance paper airplane flying. His design of the paper airplane flew 66.94 meter,” said Nabeel R. Naqvi, the head coordinator of the Science Night. He will explain and demonstrate the techniques he used to make this happen as well

as explain the aerodynamics behind paper airplane flying. Additionally, there will be a Health Science exhibit “where people can see how humans breathe, and apply those techniques in their daily lives to help their respiratory systems,” said Naqvi. The numbers of activities have been increased this year. “The community will be exposed to more than 70 interactive exhibits that night, that will demonstrate different areas of physics such as light and human perception, electricity and magnetism and electron flow,” said Naqvi. Ohlone hosted the Science Night last year and turned out to be an unexpected success. There was an “estimated crowd of over two thousand and five hundred,” said Naqvi. This year the attendance is expected to reach 4,000. “So it is one of the biggest, if n ot the biggest, event of Ohlone College in recent times,” said Naqvi. Ohlone Newark is the home for several science departments which are integral parts of the event: Nursing, Astronomy, and Environmental Science. “To have science night in this facility makes so much

sense, and to open it up to the community makes even more sense,” said Kimberly Quinto, President of the ASOC. The whole campus will be used for this year event; however, without “specialized rooms such as labs, or nursing rooms that would need special attention to move the equipment,” said Naqvi. The main purpose for this event is to receive more recognition towards Science Departments at Ohlone College. It is also expected to promote Ohlone and Science Education. Through this event, Ohlone intends to inspire and expose STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to the community with the help from Ohlone students, faculty, and staff, showcasing our college’s talent, expertise, interests, and knowledge. This event also serves to promote Ohlone College to potential students, looking at the future of the school, with the expectations of benefitting towards both community and Ohlone College itself. Last year’s event was fund-

ed mainly by Associated Students of Ohlone (ASOC) and donations. However, due to the huge successful outcome, the Administration decided to fund and support The Night of Science. “The Administration actually wanted the event to be institutionalized,” said Quinto. The event also is expected to receive more positive feedbacks from the crowd than it did last year. “The changes made have certainly given the night a new look and the audience will enjoy that night for sure,” said Naqvi. The Night of Science event is being put together by ASOC, faculty, and staff. The leader of the Science Night is Nabeel R. Naqvi, and the event coordinator is Renee Gonzales. The marketing is done by Kimberly Quinto, the president of the ASOC. “Although Renee and I oversee all the planning for this event, this really is a team effort. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all the staff, faculty, and students that have/are working tirelessly to make Ohlone College’s The Night of Science A More Raging Success,” said Naqvi.

Student Lounge Due to an administrative issue brought forward by Alameda County, the Ohlone Student Lounge was closed Wednesday, Sept. 28. The issue is about the types of food that can be served in that location. “The inspector did not identify any problems with the quality of food served in the Student Lounge during his inspection.” (Announcement). “The college is resolving this issue in a timely manner so that Fresh & Natural can resume operations and reopen the Student Lounge.” (Announcement). The cafeteria was opened for business as usual. – Compiled by Monitor staff


Counselor Jennifer Jovel talks to students Kerena Fajardo, Alejandra Rodriguez, Katie Flores and Jesse Paek, about opportunites for Hispanic students at Ohlone College.

Bienvenidos Students: Hispanic Heritage Month Ronnie Lozano STAFF WRITER

Ohlone held a student welcome event at the Newark Campus Thursday in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event, planned by the Ohlone Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (ODIAC), was geared to make incoming Latino students feel at home while they transition into college. One of the goals of the event was for Ohlone faculty members to share their experiences with students and let them know there is somebody there for them if

they need help with problems they may face on and off campus. Most of the speakers at the welcome party were of Hispanic descent and related to incoming students by sharing their backgrounds in education. For example, Jennifer Jovel, an assistant professor in Sociology who got her Master’s and PhD at Stanford, started her academic career at Ohlone. Jovel said “the connections I made at Ohlone with other people helped me believe I could make it college.” For communications in-

structor Larissa Favela the purpose of the event was to make students feel like they’re “not alone” and “even though they are minorities they can achieve.” Favela also shared the story of her grandfather who was in the U.S. Army and earned his PhD when he was 60 years old, a story of persistence used to help motivate students. Another objective was to “put on an event that promotes inclusion and diversity” according to Professor Jeffrey Dean, who has worked at Ohlone for 20 years.

Creating a sense of community and family was the central focus for the members who organized the event. For EOPS/CalWORKS Counselor Nancy Navarro Leca, the welcome was about showing students that “struggle is natural”, and she is there to help inspire them in their time of need. Bringing “a community feel” and “embracing differences” was the emphasis for Debbie Triggs, who is the Umoja Coordinator at Ohlone. Continued on Page 3


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Continued from Page 2 Triggs also shared her unique story to help encourage new students. Triggs decided to go back to community college when she was in her 30s, and ended up earning her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan. In addition to the inspiration the others provided, Vivien Larsen shared her experiences with helping develop Chicano culture in the Bay Area. Larsen, a member of the Ohlone Board of Trustees, emigrated from Chile and marched with the United Farm Workers movement before becoming a counselor at Newark Memorial High School. Larsen said, “I distinguish myself for being a student advocate and bringing resources to underrepresented students and their families.” A few of the students she helped inspire are now doing the same for students at Ohlone. Both Mike DeUnamuno and Brenda Reynoso, who spoke at the event are counselors who were assisted by Larsen at some point in their academic careers. As withLarsen, the faculty members who spoke at the event hope to bring a feeling of community and encouragement to incoming students, and the Latino Student Welcome helped them get their message across.

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reliability and reduce traffic. Many of the BART board of directors know that this will help reduce traffic in the area, so they are excited that this bond was approved. As stated by Emily Loper, Bay Area Council, “Without BART, the Bay Area doesn’t move. It is the backbone of the Bay Area economy. This bond will help crucial safety and reliability and crowding concerns.” With this bond going through more people will rely on public transportation in the local area such as BART. This will help students such as Alex and Christina’s commute a little less congested when they have reached the Fremont area. Another student

Browning Continued from Page 1 Construction is progressing on the Academic Core transformation, and as with all construction projects,



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Above: Counselor Brenda Reynoso about to talk about how she can help students with her classes and financial aid process. Below: Vivian Larsen talks about her experience as a counselor at Newark Memorial and Ohlone College.

body blows with charges around Trump’s lack of business ethics…of him cheating people out of money he owed them…chargesTrump denied. Donald seemed to become flustered in his attempt to deny he had originally backed going to war in Iraq, repeatedly citing Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity as the person who could prove he was against the war. If that wasn’t funny enough the debate drew to a close with the levity of Trump claiming he has a better temperament than Clinton.

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Larsen said, “I distinguish myself for being a student advocate and bringing resources to underrepresented students and their families.” A few of the students she helped inspire are now doing the same for students at Ohlone. Both Mike DeUnamuno and Brenda Reynoso, who

spoke at the event are counselors who were assisted by Larsen at some point in their academic careers. As with Larsen, the faculty members who spoke at the event hope to bring a feeling of community and encouragement to incoming students, and the Latino Student Welcome helped them get their message

named John lives near the Ohlone campus in the Mission District and says even he gets caught up in the middle of traffic on his way to school. His classes are mainly in the evening because he works in the mornings. Upon getting closer to Ohlone, he says he gets stuck between Mission San Jose High School and the intersection to get into 680. John stated that between the traffic and the lights, it has taken him at least 2530 minutes just to get to campus. Not only do students face a problem but many Ohlone faculty members do as well. Ohlone has professors from all over the area, some are local; others come from cities or towns outside the bay area to come teach here. Christina had made a

comment that her professor comes from the Daly City area and had been late to her class last week due to traffic being so backed up from his drive from Daly City. This happens to many other Ohlone faculty members. Professor Sheldon Helms, a psychology professor at Ohlone says he’s been working here since 2000 and commutes from San Ramon. It used to take him about 20 minutes from his driveway to the parking lot. Now it can take him as much as 40-45 minutes, even if he takes an alternative route that doesn’t involve the 680 freeway. This not only affects him emotionally but also affects his job, deciding whether to get off campus as quickly as possible or stay and later face the consequences on the road.

noise and vibrations are part of the building experience,” Dr. Browning says. “The contractors have been breaking up rock and have started drilling the foundations for our future learning spaces. “The Measure G Team is aware that the noise and

vibrations create very challenging learning environments for our faculty and students, especially in the classroom and labs nearby. “Adhering to our construction schedule is essential to complete the project on time and on budget. We are not able to stop the

well, but if the government does not like the comments, or if some comments are extreme, those people will get punished. However, I am going to say something that will make most people argue with me, or even hate me. Well, I don’t care. I am only saying the truth as I see it. After all these crazed things are over, I highly doubt that the major problems, for instance, racism, will be solved. In November 2015, Burma held its first open contested election in 25 years, and it was a total mess. Daw Aung San Su Kyi was released from her home confinement. And everyone is hoping for a better country where everyone is treated the same. However, it’s funny and embarrassing to admit that, but I don’t see any of that actually happening. One similar thing that is going on currently in both United States and my home country Burma is that racism is making humankind kill each other. Here in United States, most of the cop shooting cases are about white cops shooting black men. Honestly, I think no matter who, either Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump, becomes the president of the United States, racism is not going to disappear in thin air, like nothing has ever happened. As for Burma, there is a huge conflict going on between Buddhists, and Muslims.

construction nor schedule around class times without causing delays,” she says in explaining every effort will be made to minimize the construction impacts on our campus community.




Ohlone Student Pushes Prisoner Outreach Plan Roelle Balan

how I live my life,” she said. This tool would help Johnson in her strive to find solutions for those who are incarcerated. “I’m using these steps to treat myself from this disease and to help others understand this is not the right way of life,” she said.


Everyone is nosy. But most people are probably not as nosy as Fiani Johnson. She admits she was so nosy she used to follow the ambulance, firetrucks and police cars when an emergency happened. She eventually stopped after getting a ticket for following these emergency cars too closely. Her curiosity got the best of her because now she wants to change the lives of inmates. Fiani Johnson is like most Ohlone students, she grew up in a home with parents and siblings and went to school, very eager to learn. She has two kids and a partner she’s been with for 14 years. There was one problem, she was caught up by the law and ended up going to jail for a year. During her time in jail, her compassion for people in prison grew. Her observations while in jail inspired and moved her to start a non-profit to help those who are incarcerated. “I just want to give them that opportunity to show they are good (people),” she said. Fiani was born and raised in East Palo Alto. She is a tutor at Ohlone College’s Communication Labs and volunteers in a local state prison. Here she hopes to continue her research on services that are missing in California prison systems. Education is where it Starts School, at first, was not in Fiani’s future. Before going to Ohlone Johnson had only completed the 8th grade, was expelled in the 9th grade, then dropped out. She eventually received her GED when she

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Photo by Roelle Balan was eighteen years old. She thought of going school because of her kids. Johnson said her son was already thinking of college by the time he was in 5th grade. Fiani felt motivated by her children to “keep up” with her own education. “What a better way to get them interested is lead them by example,” she said. Johnson finished her Associates in Human Development in May and is now taking classes to wrap up her Associates in Communications. Johnson also plans to major in Psychology at Holy Names University and eventually get a Master’s degree. Johnson’s plan is to become a Psychologist for the non-profit she plans to start. Johnson uses Tools to Prevent Violence She is passionate about learning. While finishing her Associates in Communications she took a 3-day course about violence prevention. The course is called “The Alive and Free Prescription Training,” and was

developed by Dr. Joseph E. Marshall Jr.. Marshall also hosts a weekly 2-hour radio program on 106.1 KMEL called “Street Soldiers.” The 3-day program is only one tool that helped her build her non-profit. When talking about her organization and her willingness to help the incarcerated she says it all starts with “Social AIDS”. The term was developed by Dr. Marshall, with “AIDS” used as an acronym for “Addiction to Incarceration and Death Syndrome”. Johnson said, talking about “Social AIDS,” her incarceration and living in East Palo Alto, “It’s easy to get infected. I too have been infected.” The symptoms of “Social AIDS”, as Johnson explains, includes “Travelling in packs” and “going in and out of jail.” Phrases of “Social AIDS” included “Get thy respect” and “shall be no punk.” Johnson said she can relate to these symptoms. “I wasn’t like a gang member or drug dealer…but those are the people I associated myself with so their way of life is

Johnson was sent to jail for carrying more than 28 grams of marijuana. The charge was formally called “marijuana possession for the purpose of sell in California.” Johnson said she never sold narcotics, but the amount she had with her at the time was enough to arrested. She was sentenced to three years in prison, but it was brought down to 1 year in county jail at Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas and a $10,000 fine. Johnson describes her time in jail as a building full of supportive services for inmates. “It’s like another world, they have churches, they have hospitals, it was crazy, it was like a little town,” Johnson said. Fiani describes reasons why one would end up incarcerated. “Everything is an addiction, you don’t have to be addicted to drugs and alcohol.” Johnson explained one can also be addicted to the “fast life” or the life of crime- things that one would end up in jail for. Becoming one of the Founders of a NonProfit Fiani’s plan is to start up her non-profit by this coming spring, either in East Palo Alto or Oakland. Her goal is to offer the post-prison services statewide. She wants to call it “Prison to Productiv-

ity.” She is looking forward to being the psychologist more than one of the founders. “I don’t want to be the director…that takes me away from individually counseling these men and women, it takes me away from establishing a rapport with them,” she said. Johnson is preparing for the start of her non-profit organization through research, volunteering at a local prison and with her upcoming Bachelor’s program in Psychology. The main function of her organization she said, is to help inmates “…find other ways to help them cope with their reality, their stresses, their truth without re-offending.” The term “re-offending is to cause another offense on an existing criminal record. Johnson mentioned how it’s hard, especially for men and women of color to accept therapy as a solution to their problems. “I want to offer therapy where they don’t know that it’s therapy,” she said about the services she plans to offer formal inmates. Johnson’s plan is not only to help inmates, but stop the ongoing cycle of violence and crime in society. “When you’re walking on your way to school and you see a crime, your natural instinct is to turn your head…not doubt the police…but now we have to speak up, speak out and quit letting these people take over our streets,” she said. “The only way I’m going to take it back is to help people coming home (from prison) who are willing to learn.” Fiani wants to change the way the public views prisoners. She said, “I’m looking for a way that these people can come home from prison and society won’t judge them based on their past mistakes.”

The Good, the Bad, and that Good Good Alexa Felix STAFF WRITER

Good bud has long been a staple in the Golden State. The legalization of marijuana for recreational use will be on the California ballot as Proposition 64 November 8th. There are many ways to use marijuana and so answers to the question, “would you like marijuana to be legal?” will vary considerably. What is important, though, is not so much the reason for wanting legalization but instead what one is willing to offer society

in order to get it. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, “Legalization means price comes down; the number of users goes up; the underground market adapts; and the revenue gained through a regulated market most likely will not keep pace with the financial and social cost of making this drug more accessible.” Leaving us with the question: Are California Marijuana legislations actually good for marijuana consumers? Former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called it a

“flawed initiative that would bring about a host of legal nightmares and risks to public safety.” The specific design of state legalization would dramatically impact projected taxes collected and rates of use, including how high a tax is used, differences in taxes and regulation of potency, home cultivation of the drug, advertising, and the development and management of the regulatory system put in place. This would be in conflict with federal law under which marijuana would still techni-

cally be illegal. Alternatively, according to, legalization will in turn reduce overall legal harm, create jobs, save money, and promote consumer safety. An article by the Los Angeles Times stated “Only 34% of the 1,879 respondents to the survey said they would vote against the ballot measure [Proposition 64] if the election were held today and 8% said they had no answer to the question.”—that’s a huge change since Prop 19, a ballot item to legalize recreational marijuana, went

before California voters in 2010 but failed to pass. Public support for legalizing the use of marijuana has clearly increased over the past decade. But another question arises, will the momentum continue to build or level off as new investigative data reveals the true nature of the substance? And is Proposition 64 everything it promises to be to recreational users? Check out a Monitor investigative piece about the truth behind Proposition 64 in the coming weeks.


Getting in the habit of working out every day can seem like such a hassle. There are many alternatives to working out at the gym such as hiking. Not only is hiking physically helpful but it also mentally beneficial. In the bay area we are very fortunate to have as many hiking trails as we have. Some of these trails are strenuous for those who like a challenge while other trails are more moderate to easy

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for those who just want to get outdoors for a bit. There are many local great hiking trails in our area that should be explored. Here are a few. The most popular trail in the Fremont area is Mission Peak which is a great advantage to all students since it is overlooking Ohlone College. There are about four ways to access Mission peak and the trails vary from moderate to hard. Mission Peak is very steep so it recommended that you bring lots of water on this hike. The main trail


“That’s My Girl,” which was penned by R&B singer Tinashe, was used to soundtrack NBC ads featuring the US gymnastics team, who competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

FIFTH HARMONY’S NEW HIT RECORD: Despite the ongoing amount of setbacks plaguing pop music, the group Fifth Harmony is marching forward with the release of its new single from the 7/27 album titled “That’s My Girl.” Directed by Hannah Lux Davis, “That’s My Girl” finds the fivesome in a postapocalyptic world as they dance their way through the streets and save folks from the crumbling destruction. Throughout the clip, viewers get a look at the girls marching with flags, ultimately looking fierce. Even if there’s trouble in paradise for the chart-toppers, you wouldn’t know it based off a view of the visual. Just a few weeks back,




Mission Peak Trail on Mission Peak is about 5.5 miles. This trail is accessible all year and offers nice views of the Bay Area especially on clear sunny days. Another popular trail is in the Sunol area. This trail is known as Canyon View to Little Yosemite. It about 3.8 miles and is considered moderate. This place is called Little Yosemite because of the rocks that surround this area. Getting to the end of this trail near the river takes a bit of time so bringing a lot of drinking water is also recommended. The trail is mostly uncovered but once you get towards the end to the river you will see many small waterfalls along

the way. You can take a dip in the river to reward yourself upon arriving there; this trail is accessible all year. In the Newark/Fremont area we have Coyote Hills Regional Park. The most popular hiking trail in Coyote Hills is the Bayview Trail Loop. This trail is about 5.7 miles and is considered moderate. This trail offers a lot of great views from many different locations. You can see views of the bay and the marsh including the Dumbarton Bridge. This is a great place to get a nice workout and is a bit cooler and much less sunnier than Mission Peak and Canyon

View to Little Yosemite. This trail is opened all year and the park is also great for bikers. If you are looking for something a bit easier, Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area offers an easier trail. This trail is 3.6 miles total, it is completely flat and has no steep hills. It is nice for an easy walk, for a nice jog and a stroll. The trail loops around the lake and this is a good place to start a simple workout. It is also great for bicycling and is opened all year round. For more information on any of these trails

and wrote, “Teaching these little ones dance brings me so much joy. “It’s so refreshing being with children,” she added. “You’re reminded of the unknown once again... let’s all keep learning.

some crispy cauliflower, beet salad, vegan gnocchi, truffle Parmesan fries, and Chinese water spinach and broccolini during their dinner.

the more weird you are going to be, but she is just super nice, super real and normal. We had a chat. I was trying to not be in her way or bug her. She is really sweet.”

BRITNEY SPEARS MILEY AND LIAM ON AND TEACHING: THE TOWN: Pop princess Britney You can tell just how well Spears revealed she once considered trading in her singer Miley Cyrus and actor microphone and recording Liam Hemsworth are doing studio for a No. 2 pencil and as a couple based on their recent weekend outing in a classroom. In an interview with Brit- New York City. Amid an extremely busy ish music outlet NME, Spears said she has considered few days for Miley’s “Voice” retiring from being a pop promo circuit, which insuperstar to become a teacher. cluded a stop at “The Tonight “Sometimes I’m like, ‘What Show With Jimmy Fallon,” am I doing? Like, I could be the power couple made sure a teacher,’” she said. “But to sneak in some one-on-one then I see other people doing time at the Catch Chinese it too, and I’m like, ‘Well, restaurant in Manhattan’s you know, it’s probably all Meatpacking District. Rockthey’ve known for so long, so ing some heavy denim pieces, it just kind of makes sense.” the pop star showed off a grin Spears did not specify from cheek-to-cheek as she which subject she thought and Liam made their way about teaching, but instruct- passed the paparazzi. In case you were wondering a dance class is a possibility. Last week, the singer ing, the chemistry between shared videos of herself the two looked better than teaching a group of girls a ever as they held hands and new dance choreography reportedly chowed down on

CARRIE UNDERWOOD MEETS ADELE: When Country music princess Carrie Underwood headed to the Grammy Awards earlier this year, she was surprised to find a massive dressing room waiting for her backstage. Apparently, the show’s organizers assumed she’d bring baby Isaiah, so they made sure she had plenty of room. Adele was also given a built-in nursery in her dressing room that night, and although neither she, nor Carrie brought their babies with them, they did put the rooms to good use. It turns out, the British star’s room was attached to Carrie’s, and much to her delight, Adele poked her head into her room, using her signature line, “Hello, it’s me.” Carrie was elated, saying, “She is normal. I don’t know why that surprises me. I think you expect the better you are

HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE HIT SINGLES FOR THIS WEEK: 1. “Cold Water” – Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber 2. “Closer” – The Chainsmokers f/Halsey 3. “Send My Love” – Adele 4. “Cheap Thrills – Sia 5. “Treat You Better” – Shawn Mendes FOR YOUR WEEKEND LISTENING PLEASURE: Pop stars Alessia Cara and Demi Lovato will be special guests this week on the Top 40 music radio show, “Most Requested Live with Romeo.” The show is aired every Saturday night from 4-9pm on over 150 radio stations worldwide. More information about the show is available on their website:




Then & Now

Artist renderings of Ohlone’s Fremont Campus

Will all the noise be worth it? The above rendering should answer that.

A drawing of the future Ohlone Campus in the December 1969 Monitor.

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The Ohlone Men’s Soccer team wrapped up its pre-season and are focused on the 2016 season. I had the opportunity to speak to Defender, Carlos Castellon, and he informs me that this year’s team is ready to turn some heads. Castellon is a full-time student and also works part-time at Sweet Tomatoes. He is very dedicated to his team and it starts every morning when he wakes up in San Jose and commutes to Fremont. As Castellon continues to adjust to the collegiate level, he says, “Soccer is my passion, I’m in it for the love of the game. At this level of play I don’t standout because of my skills, it’s because I

never give up.” When asked how he’s experienced playing for coach Cordova, he stated, “Playing for coach Cordova is an honor because he’s not just a coach, as many people know he was once a player here at Ohlone! With that being said, he has a lot of experience with the game and history here on campus.” Every day, Coach Cordova pushes the team to elevate each other’s skill set. According to Castellon, this off-season, the most surprising player has been Juan Vanegas. He has scored four goals and assisted on two other occasions. With the increased play of players such as, Vanegas, I asked Castellon, what makes this team distinct from Ohlone’s teams in the past. His response was, “Being a family on and off the

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field is what makes this team special. The amount of work and effort every player puts on a daily basis is excellent – we are a unit with the same responsibilities and duties.” The Men’s team have gotten off to a rough start, losing a conference game to rival school, Chabot. The match up in early September went 2-0 in Chabot’s favor.

Flanagan on the field Ronnie Lozano STAFF WRITER

The best leaders lead by example and that is exactly what Sydney Flanagan does. As the captain of the Renegades’ Women’s Soccer Team, leading by example is a trait that is vital to the success of her team. She carries the characteristics of a captain, displaying “natural leadership qualities” and “strong communication skills on the field,” according to teammate Esmeralda Rojas. Flanagan is always on the practice field early and considers “getting to practice on time as late.” The commitment and work ethic she displays is a by-product of her love for soccer. Flanagan has been playing

organized soccer since she was seven, and says she’s “never loved another sport like soccer.” Her passion for the game has helped her build strong relationships with teammates, who according to Flanagan, are “like family on and off the field.” On the field, Flanagan plays Center Back, a position that requires her to have exceptional quickness both laterally and on her transitions. Her job is to be the last line of defense, a task that requires mental fortitude and skill. Flanagan’s passion for the game helps her handle the responsibility. The passion, along with talent helped her get recruited by Ohlone following her senior season at

Most of the players on the roster are looking forward to their second meeting in November. Castellon said, “Every game is important but I believe everyone is looking forward to play against Chabot because it’s the closest rival and most of the players from both teams know each other pretty well from high school.”

Earlier this week, the Renegades tied against West Valley 3-3. The Renegades look to bounce back this Friday, September 16 at 1:30 PM, when they take on Foothill College at the Fremont Soccer Complex. Come out and support our Renegades!

Washington High School in 2015. The man who recruited her, Larry Heslin, said Flanagan has become “respected for her hard work, commitment, and obviously her playing ability,” since she has been at Ohlone. The hard work and commitment she possesses helps Flanagan in the classroom and on the pitch. Although she loves soccer, her studies at Ohlone are still very important to her and she considers herself a “student before an athlete.” As for the upcoming season, she said the team’s goal is to “win another conference title.” With the leadership qualities Flanagan exhibits, the Renegades are in good IVAN VARGAS/ MONITOR hands with her at captain heading into the regular Sydney Flanagan taking control of the ball. season.




Tragedy in South Beach


For Jose Fernandez, who escaped a nightmare in Cuba, dominating at Marlins Park in front of his compatriots made it his field of dreams. But unfortunately his life was cut short early Sunday morning. Fernandez, 24, was killed in an accident along with two others when their boat crashed into rocks flipping over near Miami Beach in the middle of the night. Growing up a baseball fan watching my favorite pitcher dominate the other team was the best thing I could ask for, but unfortunately many fans will not be able to experience that anymore because baseball

has lost one of its brightest stars. When I first saw Fernandez pitch I knew he was different because only a handful of pitchers hurl with the flair he displayed. Whether he was blowing a fastball through the top of the zone or getting a hitter to chase his nasty slurve, Fernandez always found a way to entertain. Fernandez was one of the best pitchers in baseball. But the sport lost more than just a flamethrowing righty. His skill was matched by the passion and personality he displayed both on and off the mound. Fernandez had the style and substance that would put an end to the “baseball is boring” fallacy. But before he became an ambassador for the game he had to fight through adversity. He escaped his homeland, Cuba, at the age of 15, successful on his fourth attempt which followed a prison sentence for a previous defection attempt. During their escape, Fernandez saved his mother from drown-


For those who do not know, there is a table tennis club here at Ohlone and the president of the club is National Table Tennis Champion, Ying Wang! Wang’s road to success started at age 6, when her parents put a ping pong ball in her hand. At a young age, Wang received training in her province of China that prepared her for intense competition and since then she has dominated the sport. With all of Wang’s accomplishments, she never forgets to contribute her success to her teammates and coaches who constantly motivate her. When asked, what makes Ohlone’s

Table Tennis Club special, Wang says, “Teamwork makes the Ohlone Table Tennis Team special. We all try to foster an environment to support, care, and learn from one another. Table tennis is a sport that requires a playing partner in order to practice. As such, it would be extremely difficult to improve if one had to train by oneself. I would say that ultimately the Ohlone Team is special because all of our achievements could not have happened without our complete team effort.” Like all sports, teamwork is pivotal in determining your success. Some sports may require you to be a certain size or have special athleticism; table tennis

ing in dark waters in the Gulf of Mexico without even knowing who he was trying to save. That’s the kind of person he was. His pitching talent surfaced when he got to America and in 2011 he was drafted by the Marlins. He excelled through the Marlins’ organization in 2013 and immediately grew into one of the faces of Major League Baseball. After becoming an All-Star and winning National League Rookie of the Year in 2013, Fernandez struggled to stay on the mound. Between ‘14-’15 he made just 19 starts because he injured his elbow which required Tommy John Surgery, despite the injury, he was still able to post a 2.71 Earned Run Average in limited action. After two years of barely getting to see him pitch, fans got a dose of what they would have hoped to see in the future. Fernandez became an All-Star again in 2016 and was second in MLB with 253 strikeouts requires the heart and determination. Wang says, “Both technical and physical training are essential for players to grow. Technical training disciplines the player’s individual technique to improve their playing efficiency, so that the player could have more power, more spin, and more control when the player strikes the ball.” Wang appreciates and acknowledges all of the recognition she has received since becoming a National champion. But for her, becoming a champion isn’t her ultimate goal, Wang states, “ I feel the benefits I got from playing table tennis has much more value than a single term “champion”. I am honored to be the national champion because it gives me a lot of opportunities to help promote table tennis and females in sports.” As

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José Fernández of the Miami Marlins walks off the field during the third inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Marlins Park on Aug. 24, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

despite pitching less innings than the rest of pitchers in atop the list at the time of his death. Jose Fernandez had a chance to become one of the all-time greats, but will be known for much more than his electric

pitching repertoire. Although his life was taken prematurely, Fernandez set an example with his genuine personality and refreshing displays of joy, something that will never be forgotten.

IVAN VARGAS/PHOTO EDITOR Ohlone table tennis team members, from left Coach Yong Gao, and players Weida Guan, Ying Wang and Chang Chen. Photograph taken on Spring 2016

of lately table tennis has been growing as a sport, it has been in the Olympics since 1988. Wang hopes that her accomplishment as a National Campion will inspire young women to become athletes not just in table tennis, but in any sport! As the club leader, Wang

encourages anyone that is interested in joining the Ohlone Table Tennis Club to feel free to check them out online at the Ohlone “clubs” page or you can also come to the club meetings that are held on Fridays from 1:30-3:00pm in Building 5 at the Ohlone Fremont Campus.

Conference Game Win YUMYAT THWE


Ohlone College Men’s Water Polo team won its first home Conference Game of the season against De Anza College. For the first half, DeAnza was beating the Renegades 8-6. However, for the third quarter, Ohlone came from behind to outscore De Anza 14-11, finally, going on to win 16-12. Above - Left: A Renegades player passing the ball. Above - Right: Renegades scores. Below - Left: The opponent team player trying to pass the ball. Below - Right: The opponent player failed to block the Renegades player’s pass.

Ohlone College Monitor, September 29, 2016  

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