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Volunteers from St. Vincent de Paul unbox Thanksgiving turkeys. See story on Page 5

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Bay Area protests election results TOMI BOYD OPINIONS EDITOR

• Latinos from Mexico are rapists, drugrunners, criminals -- we will build a wall to keep them out. • Muslims are terrorists—we will deport them; send them back from where they came. • Global warming is a construct of a competitive market structure. In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, it is messages like these that have struck fear into communities nationwide. In the Ohlone College community, students and faculty have come together in solidarity to support one another through open dialogue. Immediately after the results of the presi-

dential election, the STEP Up Ohlone team, a mental health and wellness program, released a message to the Ohlone community connecting them to election stress support through the JED Foundation. The JED Foundation listed simple steps to reducing election-based stress, including limiting social media time, spending time with supportive friends and family, and engaging in pleasurable and meaningful activity. In the closing statements of Ohlone’s Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 9, Trustee Ishan Shah remarked “today was a tough day for people who believe in a lot of the things that we believe in here at the college…keep faith, remember the Continued on Page 6

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Personal notes decorate the Unity sculpture at Lake Elizabeth.

Mueller show

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Students react to election MIRA CHANDRA NEWS EDITOR

COURTESY OF PAUL MUELLER

Crestone, Photographic Exhibition by Ohlone professor and artist, Paul Mueller, above, at Louie-Meager Art Gallery from Nov. 7 - Dec. 8. Story, photos on Page 4.

Protesters gather in Oakland after the presidential election outcome.

In case you haven’t heard (which I doubt) Trump is our new president-elect. Although we’re not the only state completely shocked by the results, given how liberal and progressive Californians are, mass hysteria has broken loose at the prospect of having a misogynistic, bigoted, racist-and one could argue-- a rapist of a president. Violent protests have broken out against Donald Trump, in the hopes our federal government will hear them out. But protesting his unavoidable presidency is futile. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want Trump to be the leader of our “free” world, but I’m not going to protest against him-- here’s why: 1. What will happen because of these protests will not be change, but a further perpetuation of complacency. People will protest, realize “voicing their opinion” has not made any modification in who becomes our president, and then believe it doesn’t make a difference to oppose an unfair status quo or

OPINION injustice. And finally -- when the time comes to actually band together and rise against decisions made by our federal government -- there won’t be any passion, because people will feel there is no point in opposing an oppressive regime or unfair state of affairs. So the passionate protestors we see today will have grown complacent, inevitably enabling the unfair treatment they want to stop. 2. Where was all this rage filled passion to support Hillary Clinton before and during the general election? 3. How can people who didn’t vote, who cast a write-in vote for Harambe (11,000 votes, I’m not making this up) or for Mitt Romney, be upset by the election’s results when they in part contributed to his success? 4. For whoever is protesting, there is no real goal other than to “voice an opinion” and proclaim “Donald Trump is not my president.” News flash: our government is more than aware of the unrest plaguing America.

If the goal is for feelings to be recognized and anger to be acknowledged-- the best, most convenient and peaceful means to do so are right at our finger tips; A.K.A. The Internet, and to be more specific: social media. Instead of protesting the president-elect, we need to unite and focus on what’s more problematic: the policies which may be created, reformed and pushed through by a right-leaning federal government. Given Trump’s racist and misogynistic rhetoric, it can be assumed he intends on repealing reproductive health care laws, instigate violent immigration policies, impose gun laws with barely any regulation and more. When and if any of his major policies are accepted and enforced, that is what the American people need to fight against. Moving away from Trump protests, what’s truly disheartening is not the fate of this country alone, but the deep divide between people in our country, the dissatisfaction of so many Americans that has manifested itself in the form of desperation and ugly nativism, Continued on Page 3


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NEWS BITES Engineering showcase

Engineering students will exhibit posters illustrating sustainable solutions to problems around the world in the cafeteria on the Fremont campus Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The posters, stressing the theme of Humanitarian Engineering, were created by approximately 60 fall semester Introduction to Engineering students. Admission is free. The host is engineering Professor Rose-Margaret Itua.

Modern romance

Ohlone’s Fall Theatre Production Spending The End of the World on OkCupid last three performances are Nov. 17, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. in the NUMMI Studio Theatre. The play, written by Jeffrey Lo and directed by Michael Navarra, is about people who find out they have 12 hours to live, but then decide to spend their last minutes on an online dating site.

Post-election support groups Post-election support circles will be held on both the Fremont and Newark campuses today for people feeling overwhelmed by the results of last week’s presidential election. Dr. Ali Chavoshian, clinical psychologist, will head the groups, designed to allow people to share their feelings, get support, or just discuss the results. The Newark circle will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room NC1222 on the first floor of Wing 2. The Fremont circle will be held 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Conference Room B in Building 19.

Toy drive on both campuses Bring holiday cheer to needy children in the TriCity area. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy and place it in one of the League of Volunteers(LOV) Annual Toy Drive bins located on either campus. • Fremont campus: Inside the Mailroom (FP-29) and outside Building 27 • Newark campus: First floor lobby and outside Student Services (Room NC1312) Toys will be collected through Dec. 13 – Compiled by Monitor staff

Ohlone recognizes Veterans Day RONNIE LOZANO FEATURES EDITOR

In honor of Veterans Day, Ohlone hosted representatives of the armed services for seminars, workshops on Thursday, and even put a Humvee on display next to the Pond behind Building 5. The event was held in the cafeteria and included tables with information about the Armed Forces and veterans, along with workshops. There were tables from multiple branches of the military, with the Army, Navy and Marines all giving out information. “The goal is to educate students and raise awareness about veterans on campus,” said Deborah Griffin, director of Veteran Affairs. The workshops included a table where students could learn about the food soldiers eat. There was also a Humvee for participants to get into and a soldier’s backpack for them to carry. Another workshop was a fitness challenge in which students could try exercises military members do, including pull-ups. Griffin said the interactive stations were intended to help students understand what it’s

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Students were given the opportunity to sit in a Humvee. like to be in the military. “We want students to gain perspective about soldiers,” she said. Griffin has made strides to establish a veteran presence at Ohlone. Last spring, she played an instrumental role in opening the Veterans Resource Center. The topic hits close to home for Griffin because her father served as an Army sergeant in

World War II. Other veterans who were there to spread knowledge talked about bringing awareness on campus. “There’s a misconception about veterans, but we’re just like everybody else trying to get an education,” said Army Staff Sgt. Warren Martinez. A college education isn’t the first thing most servicemen and women get out of high school.

Instead, they mature in a more orderly and straightforward environment. “It’s a culture shock, it’s the first experience as an adult for most of us” said Victoria Koenig, who served in the Navy. Students in the cafeteria also stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem which were performed during the event.

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4 billion years old meteorite collected by Eric Wegryn set next to coins and washer for comparison.

Science talk by professor on travels YUMYAT THWE STAFF WRITER

On April 26. Ohlone instructor Eric Wegryn found himself in Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster, exactly 30 years after it happened. Wegryn hadn’t planned it that way. He was taking two weeks to visit nine countries in Europe to sort of stitch together his interest in nuclear weapons, power plants, space stations, satellites, rockets, and cosmonauts/astronauts. He described his trip and reflected on his findings for students Tuesday in Room 2100 on the Newark campus. Wegryn is a former engineer

and NASA scientist who has been teaching physics, engineering and astronomy at Ohlone for more than 12 years. Wegryn also has written several books, including Just Twelve Men, and Eclipse Journey, which is about travelling to Turkey in 2006 to see the total solar eclipse. The countries he visited included Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Moldova, Belarus and Poland. “I decided to go to Ukraine before going to Russia. I am into physics so it was immediately apparent to me that Ukraine was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

So I thought to myself, If I’m going to Ukraine, should I go to Chernobyl. Honestly at first, it was a joke,” said Wegryn. However, he visited Chernobyl, and went on a tour near Reactor No. 4 nuclear power plant. According to Wegryn, the background radiation now is pretty close to normal, however, there were a few hotspots in the nearby forest. The guides had Geiger counters and they kept track of the radiation measures through the tour. In 1986, the explosion blew the reactors’ upper plate off through the roof of the building and that total loss of cooling water further spread the nuclear reaction. This led to a

total meltdown of the fuel. “The sun generates its energy thru nuclear fission of hydrogen and helium, so whenever you see a mushroom cloud, it is representing a hydrogen bomb and nuclear explosion. Think of that as a little piece of the sun here on earth,” said Wegryn. “The official death total form the disaster is 37 to 38 people, so not terribly high, but I can tell you one thing, the men who took this picture died from acute radiation poisoning and so did the men who were flying the helicopter,” said Wegryn.


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resulting in stubborn support of such a candidate. Years of hard-earned progression now may be rolled back by even more than 50 years. But maybe Republicans in our government will actually step up to the plate and advocate for serious change to support Donald Trump’s proposals regarding education, environment, small business renewals -- and maybe even intervene and fix the many problems set in motion by the Democratic Party. But one can also expect serious retaliation against his ideals pertaining to immigration, foreign policy, guns, women’s reproductive rights and health care if it were to be seriously implemented. This could be a time for Americans of all beliefs to unite, but given the divide in consciousness being so apparent and exposed -- nwho knows. This year’s general election was a huge commentary on the reaction to technologybased growth and globalization -- how it’s helped some and not others. Disaffected white backlash against a technology-emphasized economy and black president, and the embracement of a self vs. other mentality are reasons why Donald Trump had such a successful campaign. Since the election, many Trump supporters have claimed, “I’m not racist, sexist or angry at others -- I just feel Trump can bring our jobs back and that’s why I wanted him” Well, what a privilege it must be to disregard all of Trump’s blatantly horrible and hateful rhetoric and only vote for him based on his unrealistic promise to “bring back jobs.” The truth is, yeah, you aren’t racist, sexist, or angry. You just didn’t care about everyone else who will be affected by his presidency in the worst way possible, because it’s not you-- you embraced the “self is more important than the other” mentality. Instead of putting out flames, we need to address the root of our country’s problems. There needs to be education reform, so more people can have access to an affordable education. Voter education in particular needs to be improved and finally there needs to be an awakening period for all Americans. Everyone in this country has to understand the plight, suffering and agony of one another before we can continue on. This country needs to heal. Until we do so, we may never be able to unite and only inflict more violence and hate on each other.

My birthday radio wish list With my 49th birthday coming up this Wednesday(Nov. 16), I came up with my birthday radio wish list. Here are the top three things that I would like to see in the coming year:

1. The syndicated Top 40 radio show “Most Requested Live with Romeo” to finally get an affiliate here in the Bay Area. This highly interactive show lets its listeners interact with the show’s cast and also other fans from all over the world through their various social media websites and also their request lines. But for now, you can check out this show, which is aired every Saturday evening from 4-9p.m. on over 160 radio stations worldwide, including WIOQ(Q102) from Philadelphia. This station is available through the iHeart Radio app, which is available from your favorite app store, and it’s free. 2. Do you remember listening to KLOK in San Jose back in the 1970’s and 80’s? I would like to see this station make a comeback in 2017, with the MOR/Oldies format that they programmed in the 70’s. The person responsible

for programming this station back then was the late Bill Weaver, who was elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame several years ago. Weaver sold the once popular radio station in 1988 to a Spanish language broadcaster. Today, KLOK programs a brokered Asian language format. I would write a column about the history of this radio station, but there is not much information about its history. 3. KYLD (Wild 94.9) morning personality JV to get a show on Sirius/XM Radio. You can expect a high energy, fun, LOL show with some happy tears and I think he can expand his experience to satellite radio without testing the limits of the Federal Communications Commission. The JV Show’s signature segment “The Moment” can be heard every Wednesday. The Moment is when someone contacts the show with an issue and they air out their problems on the show by contacting the person that humiliated them. HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S TOP FIVE HIT RECORDS: 1. “Closer” – The Chainsmokers f/Halsey

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2. “Let Me Love You” – by DJ Snake f/Justin Bieber 3. “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots 4. “Starboy” – The Weeknd f/Daft Punk 5. “I Hate U, I Love U” – Gnash f/Olivia O’Brien FOR YOUR WEEKEND LISTENING PLEASURE: Be sure to tune in to “Most Requested Live with Romeo” this Saturday because their special guests will include Lady Gaga and Jason Derulo. The show is aired from 4-9 p.m. on more than 160 CHR stations worldwide. More information about this show can be found on their website at http://www.mostrequestedlive.com Monitor Radio Columnist Henry Ochs has spent many years working in radio and keeps track on all of the latest happenings in the radio business. He can be reached at DJHammerinhank@gmail. com or on Twitter @DJHammerinhank.


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Photographer captures small town images ROELLE BALAN STAFF WRITER

Ohlone photography teacher Paul Mueller wanted to capture a small town in photographs. He thought of Crestone, Colorado, because his friend moved there for a job as a cook. The town was very small — about 1,000 people live there. Mueller said he wanted to take photos of a small town because it offered an opportunity to get to know the people in the photos better. “The small size of the population meant that I’d have a chance to talk with people in a way that might be more authentic than the brief interactions I usually have in a larger city,” Mueller said. Some of the photos he took in Crestone are on exhibit at the Louie Meager Art Gallery through Dec. 6 in the Smith Center on Ohlone’s Fremont campus. Mueller said trust needs to be established when taking a picture of a person. “Trust was essential because a portrait is always a collaboration between the photographer and the subject, and without trust the photos would likely seem shallow or false,” Mueller said. Mueller used a Mamiya 7 Rangefinder, a 6×7 medium format film camera for this project. This type of film is expensive, because he only has about 10 frames per roll. He did not use flash and he said the shutter was very quiet. He has been teaching at Ohlone since 2004.

Mueller made three trips to Crestone from 2014 to 2015. He walked around town and introduced himself as a photographer. Eventually he met a woman who gave him phone numbers to people in town that she knew. Fortunately, people were really open to Mueller. “Many people invited me into their homes and allowed me to shadow them around for a while. They were incredibly generous,” Mueller said. Mueller wants people to form their own opinions when interpreting his photographs. “I’m trying to depict something that seems authentic and worth looking at. The best photos make us more curious. A good photo can give hints about possible narratives, but it’s the viewer who completes those stories by bringing his or her own experience to the viewing process,” Mueller said. Dina Rubiolo, the Louie Meager Art Gallery director and a teacher at Ohlone, said, “The photographs are meticulously composed with all aspects of the frame thoughtfully considered. However, with close observation, the patient viewer is rewarded as we discover subtle and evocative clues, revealing a richness of common humanity.” Mueller’s art is on display at the Louie Meager Art Gallery inside the Smith Center at Ohlone’s Fremont campus. His other photography projects can be found at www.paulography.com.

COURTESY OF PAUL MUELLER

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Helping other families this Thanksgiving RONNIE LOZANO FEATURES EDITOR

As people filled their bags with food, the effort volunteers put into making their Thanksgiving less stressful was being rewarded. Wednesday morning, St. Vincent de Paul handed out supplies for the holiday dinner, including turkeys, to 60 families. They have been donating Thanksgiving meals at St. Joseph’s Church in Fremont for a decade. Over the past five years, Peter Oey has been the president of the St. Joseph’s Conference for the volunteer group. Given that he leads the group, keeping tradition alive is important to him. “St. Vincent de Paul has been at our church for almost 58 years, and it’s about serving the less fortunate in a time of need,” he said. The volunteers were also

helped by other organizations along the way. Raley’s and Whole Foods donated canned goods and pastries. Some of the sides they provided for Thanksgiving included: cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and stuffing. In order to get the turkeys, they also received a joint donation from the Oakland City Council. The volunteers collected money shared from a $400,000 joint disbursement at the council. Although the holidays may be the most important time to donate, St. Vincent de Paul is always charitable. The rest of the year, they give out food and gift cards to those in need five days a week. They spend roughly $4,000 a month to provide for the less fortunate. The money they use helps supply 1,100 grocery items during that span. “We feel some people are

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Peter Oey and volunteers cut open boxes filled with turkeys. disadvantaged financially and we’re happy to provide an extra boost for them”, said Joann Miller, who’s been volunteering for St. Vincent de Paul for 12 years. The assisting they do through-

out the year helps families with their budget, so they can spend money elsewhere. “This isn’t the only time I come here, they give 10 items a month, that can save me up to $50, which helps me pay

for my bills,” said Thomas Kandefer as he waited in line for the donation. St. Vincent de Paul will also be aiding people for Christmas by handing out gift cards and toys to children.

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St. Vincent de Paul truck waits to unload turkeys.

Arming Ohlone campus police

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Given the current state of America, open-mindedness to change is important, especially when it comes to guns. Ohlone wants to make a decision on whether or not campus police should carry them. There was an open forum held Monday with the purpose of discussing the matter. They wanted to provide an unbiased platform for students and faculty to talk. Those who led the panel had statistics ready but they were more focused on the feedback of campus constituencies. “We had the quantitative data, but qualitative analysis was just as, if not more important to us today,” said Kelly Wilmeth, director of Accommodation and Interpreting Services. The panel wanted to get the input from whoever felt it was necessary to get involved in the discussion. One of the elements they

factored in was what local campuses do in regard to arming officers. Other subjects included: the training officers go through, use of force and defense tactics. They emphasized the process of gathering information in order to make a knowledgeable decision. Although there was a lot of healthy dialogue, an outcome is still to be determined. “It’s a complex issue, so it’s going to take some time,” said Wilmeth on reaching a final decision. They want to assure a decision is made that is the safest and most beneficial for students. In addition to holding another meeting on Nov. 30, Ohlone plans to include the matter in its upcoming climate survey. “We want to make a decision that’s best for this campus,” said Shairon Zingsheim, associate vice president for Human Resources.

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Bay Area protests election results ‘You may as well think big...’

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silver linings.” Miguel Fuentes, student representative on the Ohlone College Board of Trustees, reminded the community that fear is only a weapon that is used to divide. He urged students to respect and support one another. Dr. Gari Browning, president/superintendent of Ohlone College, in her Nov. 10 letter to the community said: “At this time, let us be clear that we are an institution committed to education, but in order to educate we must create a supportive and safe environment that encourages open dialogue that is respectful to every member of our community. Fostering respect is even more important now than ever.” Dr. Browning, Dr. Minh-Hoa Ta, vice president of Student Services, and Shairon Zingsheim, associate vice president of Human Resources and Training contrived to provide the college community with support and resources to promote

unity and solidarity. Dr. Ali Chavoshian, a clinical psychologist, was temporarily hired to assist faculty and students in leading support circles and open discussions. Dr. Chavoshian will facilitate support circles on both campuses on Thursday, Nov. 17. Support circles will be held on the Newark campus from 12-1:30 p.m. in NC-1222 and on the Fremont campus from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in HR Conference Room B, Building 19. Students and faculty are invited to participate in open dialogue to share feelings, offer support, and gain skills and insight into providing safe and welcoming environments for students to dialogue. Outside of Ohlone College, the Fremont community is coming together to support one other. At the Unity sculpture at Lake Elizabeth, messages of support and love are displayed for all to see, with extra notes and markers for those who wish to add.

The morning after.. how do you feel about the election results?

MICHELLE SULERA

DARYL DEO

“Honestly like I have no words for the President.. It was just like so surprising, like last night, I was keeping up with the results and just to see all of the states that were pro-Trump… like was just so shocking because we live in like a liberal state, so we’re so used to like diversity and we’re so used to people supporting the Democratic parties... and being progressive. Just to see all the states that support him.. wow. You would think after all the things he’s said in the media, the things he’s done—he would’ve been eliminated by now, but our country just like went through with it and it’s just crazy. I’m a little worried just because some people are saying just because he’s President like we aren’t going to allow a lot of his things to go through—like Congress won’t allow it to go through, but past presidents have like—they’ve been bad and our country has been in full effect from that.. like Nixon and Bush.. and I heard and it all hasn’t been Republican like this since the early 20’s.. and have you seen all the demographics for this? It’s insane.. you would think it’s Donald Trump.. what?”

“Honestly like I have no words for the President.. It was just like so surprising, like last night, I was keeping up with the results and just to see all of the states that were proTrump… like was just so shocking because we live in like a liberal state, so we’re so used to like diversity and we’re so used to people supporting the Democratic parties... and being progressive. Just to see all the states that support him.. wow. You would think after all the things he’s said in the media, the things he’s done—he would’ve been eliminated by now, but our country just like went through with it and it’s just crazy. I’m a little worried just because some people are saying just because he’s President like we aren’t going to allow a lot of his things to go through—like Congress won’t allow it to go through, but past presidents have like—they’ve been bad and our country has been in full effect from that.. like Nixon and Bush.. and I heard and it all hasn’t been Republican like this since the early 20’s.. and have you seen all the demographics for this? It’s insane.. you would think it’s Donald Trump.. what?”

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“I do remember that I saw a tweet saying America would rather have a racist misogynist bigot be president rather than a qualified female and we truly live in a sexist society, and I do agree with it. I do feel like our times have not changed, that we still live in a sexist racist society, and although we don’t show it that much, maybe by little things that show segregation, I don’t know, we can see it. In my opinion, I don’t think Trump is qualified. He has no political experience. However, he is a businessman. I do think he will help our country economically. However foreign affairs -- he’s going to f*** us over. I mean, even his education plans, have you seen Trump university, and what happened there? Education-wise we won’t really have cheaper schools, in my opinion. Financial aid still won’t be great. I mean, I know someone who is currently struggling trying to receive financial aid. His family income is low, but still doesn’t meet those requirements, even though he himself pays for college. Um.. I also don’t think he’s going to help with women’s rights. About abortion and pro-choice -- I don’t think he’s going to give us women that many rights. I’m worried for our country, for our citizens and the safety for them. I feel like I’ll be affected. People may see me and assume I’m white but, my family actually immigrated here so I’m actually the first generation born here and I’m more European than anything, I don’t identify as white. I mean I even saw that snapchat has these stories where you can see people’s reactions to his win and they’re all white. I mean did you look at his headquarters?? He said the election is rigged, and then he won, so then there’s something up, you know, there’s some issue there. I remember seeing an SNL sketch that they think some Russian teenagers are going to hack into the system and change the votes—and I don’t know, maybe Putin’s in on it! I don’t know—He LIKES TRUMP, maybe.. ”

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“I don’t agree with it. I don’t agree with the results.”

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“I’m an international student you no, so I think.. I think he will be good for China, so I’m happy about that.. but what he says about international people.. I don’t think that’s so good.” AKSHATA MURALYDHAR

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“I came here to this country six years ago, I came when Obama was president and at that point I was like. wow this country is so accepting of other races, because I remember standing in the immigration line and seeing people of different nationalities.. Right now after seeing all the election results, I was like WOW.. I didn’t know majority of all America were still so close minded. Like I am lucky to live in California because everyone is so accepting and open -you know so diverse, but the rest of America isn’t like that. I mean I’m shocked. I mean I know it won’t affect me personally that much, but I have friends who will be affected. I’m mostly disappointed because of the values Donald Trump stands for. It’s nothing which I stand for.. I just don’t agree.”

CASSANDRA QUERO

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“Oh my gosh.. um, for the results uh.. For one I felt a little indifferent. They’re both not really good candidates anyways, and my dad’s a republican as well, so it’s like, I get both sides. I mean I’m just kind of indifferent.”


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Rage against the machine VICENTE VERA

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

What comes to mind when the subject of robots is brought up? Maybe we think about a rusty assortment of tin cans that recite the phrase “does not compute” over and over again. Maybe we think about an evil higher intelligence that rebels against its creators and grows a mind of its own. Well when Elon Musk envisions robots, he sees them possibly taking the jobs humans have been doing for generations. In a recent article published by CNBC, Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, outlined his predictions about robots slowly taking over our workforce. “There is a pretty good chance we end up with universal basic income…” Musk said, regarding the inevitable rise in unemployment once robots start taking jobs from Americans. Good or bad, losing many jobs to artificial intelligences with have a huge effect on our society. Having robots take the workload off of our hands and having universal basic wage be

implemented into our society can be quite beneficial. For instance, the Americans who have found their way out of the job market and our now receiving universal basic income, will no longer have to worry about whether they will be able to live comfort-

“It’s probably a more interesting job” Musk told CNBC. Though there are many positives to this argument, there are also many negatives. Both sides of the subject must be taken into consideration for a proper dialogue to be established. Going from working the same job every day to suddenly hav-

left without a reason to get up in the morning. Without a proper job, some may also turn to a life of crime and illicit activities. Georgia Tech did a study regarding the effects of unemployment on crime rates in the United States. What they found was, a 1 percent increase in the un-

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President Obama said the idea of universal basic wage cannot be ignored for much longer. “Is it going to be accepted by a broad base of people?” Obama asked, regarding the subject “That’s a debate that we’ll be having over the next 10 or 20 years.” It looks as though technology is advancing at such an alarming rate, that robots will be taking over many jobs before we know it. What is not known however, is are the American people ready for this colossal transition? As with many important questions, the American public is starkly divided. The ambiguity of robots taking our jobs, and universal basic wage being put into place may excite some people, but will also scare just as many. The main component that separates robots from humans, is our ability to commit error. It is also this ability that allows us to advance as a race and learn from our mistakes. Hopefully when the time comes, and robots start taking over the job market, we will learn to adapt, just as we always have throughout history.

“There is a pretty good chance we

end up with universal basic income” ably. With the endless hours of free time they will have at their disposal, they can use it to further their own education. These workers who might have not had the time or money to continue their education, can now go back to school and learn a new trade. Musk also stated that many of these workers who will lose their jobs to robots can have a career in handling these robots and monitoring their actions.

ing endless free time, can impact people much differently. According to a study conducted by Lancet Psychiatry, unemployment is linked to more than 45,000 suicides worldwide. Without a proper job or place to be, many people may feel as though they have no purpose, which in turn may lead to depression. Having your career taken away from you by a robot may incite frustration among citizens who are now

-- Elon Musk

employment rate will increase the violent crime rate by 14.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. Unemployment aside, many Americans may not even agree with the idea of universal basic income. When Swiss voters were given the chance to implement a proposal that would give adults in Switzerland a basic income of $2,500 regardless of employment status, they rejected the plan. In an interview with WIRED,

Gambling with online video games VICENTE VERA

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Imagine you had the chance to possess the rarest video game accessory in the world. An accessory that would make everyone in the online gaming community admire you. Imagine you could have it for just $1,000. Does this seem like a fair price? To the readers who do not play video games, it would seem like a ridiculous offer. But to the gamers, this would be an offer they could not refuse. Everyone has played video games at some point in their lives. But has everyone played a videogame that allows them to gamble for money? With the world of online gaming growing more popular the past few years, online gambling has finally merged itself into the gaming scene. A popular game emerging from this scene is known as Counter Strike: Global Offense. It is at the center of this growing trend, and it is becoming a huge problem. Counter Strike is a firstperson shooter, in the same category as Call of Duty. The game was developed by the company Valve in 2012 and has since become one of the most popular online games. Part of what makes Counter Strike so popular is the accessories you can buy for your characters

within the game to make them look more unique. They are called “skins.” The way you acquire these skins is you pay a few dollars in real-life currency to buy a crate that contains random guns. The crate then opens and one of the random guns is selected for you. Much like gambling, winning a rare gun is left up to chance. T h e s e guns can be traded between other players, and even sold for real money. The accessories being traded and sold can range in price from pennies, to even $1,000. These crates in the game operate like a slot machine and when they are opened it is equivalent to pulling the lever and praying for a big win. The online game Counter Strike may have components of gambling, but there are websites that allow players to gamble their accessories with other players. According to a study done by Deakin University, children have already become desensitized to gambling because of gambling ads that come on during sporting events. This study suggests that these ads make children yearn to participate in gambling.

Websites related to Counter Strike have created a new platform for players to take their gambling to the next level. On these websites, dozens of players can take their accessories won from the video game and put them in a pot, then a random player is selected as the winner, and they keep all of the accessories in the pot, much like a lottery. This is where the fine line between virtual games and real life gambling gets blurred. Not only are adults participating in gambling on these sites, children are as well. Since there is no regulation on these sites and no age requirements present, there is nothing stopping children from finding their way onto these sites. How do children find their way onto these sites? Well, not only are gambling ads playing during sporting events, the ads also run on child-friendly content, content that is readily accessible to children on a social media platform known as Youtube.com There are gamers on Youtube who film themselves playing the game Counter Strike and send

A gateway to

real-life gambling”

it out to their loyal viewers. They have amassed millions of followers, and most of their audience are young, easily impressionable children. These children look up to content creators as their role models, and follow every move they are told to make. According to a 2016 article published by The Daily Dot, Youtube personalities Trevor Martin and Tom Cassell recently became defendants in a class action lawsuit filed by parents of children who lost money on Counter Strike gambling sites. The lawsuit alleges that both Martin and Cassell promoted a gambling site called CSGOLotto.com to their audience without disclosing their ties to the site. They didn’t just have ties to the site, they owned the site. “I found this new site called CSGOLotto.com that you guys are going to love,” Martin proclaimed in one of his videos. Martin and Cassell posted videos of themselves winning thousands of dollars to entice their child audience to go on their site and participate in gambling. Not only is this immoral, it is illegal. It is misleading to their audience. They believe that they, too, can win big if they participate in the sites gambling. In reality, the website does nothing to prevent children

from participating in gambling. Video game gambling can be a gateway to real-life gambling, which in turn can cause these children to turn into hard-core gamblers. So as you can see, gambling within the online video game community has been going on for years, but has now just been exposed to mainstream media. As of today, most of these Counter Strike gambling sites, including CSGOLotto. com, have been shut down, though many still lurk in the dark corners of the web. Valve has also cut ties with these sites and has since denied having any involvement in third party gambling. Meanwhile in Australia, a senator, Nick Xenophon is trying to get a bill passed to regulate games like Counter Strike the same way one would regulate a casino. The comparison to a casino can be easily seen as Counter Strike and the gambling websites seem to operate much like a lottery. A lottery accessible to anyone old enough to get their hands on a keyboard, and credit card. Looks like the world of online gambling has officially merged itself into the gaming scene. So I pass the question on to you, would you pay $1,000 for rarest video game accessory in the world?


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SPORTS

M O N I TO R NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Oakland Raiders should stay in Oakland LOUIS SHAW GRAPHICS

One of the biggest stories in the NFL right now is the potential move of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. I’ve been a fan all my life and it would be heartbreaking to some fans if they left the East Bay. I, for one, am against the move. The rough, rebellious Raiders are a perfect fit for the tough blue-collar city of Oakland, which prides itself on being a little bit different from its more glamorous neighbors. It’s no coincidence that fans all around the world love and identify with the Raiders and their pirate image -- it resonates with people on a primal level. The City of Oakland encapsulates this spirit like no other place. Ripping the Raiders away from Oakland again is morally wrong for this city. The fans have never wavered in their support of the team and have showed up for bad season after bad season to an awful

stadium to cheer this team on. They do this out of love and devotion. To move this team now, right before their moment of triumph, is to spit in the face of the loyal fans and rob them of the reward for all the years of suffering through bad football. The soonest the Raiders could play in Las Vegas, considering a decision is made in this upcoming summer, would be 2019. This would be a positive for the fans of Oakland that live in Oakland. Why? Because this gives them two more seasons to show support and in a way plead their case with the owner. Say the move is approved, then the Raiders have backto-back sellouts and playoffs appearances, it would vastly increase the odds of the owner deciding to stay in Oakland. It

would be hard for any owner to walk away from something like that.

the NFL regarding public conduct of NFL players. Everyone can already see the problems with just the bars, and a move hasn’t even been approved. Gambling is looked at as the ultimate sin in sports. Pete Rose, who was caught gambling in the MLB, is still banned from the Hall of Fame to this day. We all know of the gambling stories from Las Vegas. That’s just with normal people. Once again, add NFL players (with a boatload of money) into the mix? It doesn’t seem good for the league or the players. Roger Goodell would have to be stricter on the gambling policy, which would then cause the media to launch attacks at Goodell for being too strict. This would also hurt players who would drink, go to clubs and gamble their money away or get caught up in prostitution. Of course the argument could be made that it

The rough, rebellious Raiders are a perfect fit for the tough blue-collar city of Oakland, ” -- LOUIS SHAW

The proposed location of the stadium is on the Vegas Strip somewhere near the freeway. The strip is filled with casinos and bars. Mix that with NFL players? You got a recipe for disaster. Without Vegas, there are enough arrests and lawsuits in

falls on the players to not make bad decisions, but when the situation can be avoided, then it should stay avoided. As of now, only Mark Davis has said that he wants to make the move. None of the players have come out to support the proposed move. This should be obvious as veterans and rookies alike don’t want to trade away everything they have built in the Oakland community, just to move and start all the way over. This situation seems very similar to the LA Rams move. The players came out saying they wanted to stay in St. Louis as most, if not all, of the players had been playing in St. Louis all of their careers and were not around when the Rams were in LA. If a move is announced, it would ruin some fan support, mostly the loyal fans, which would drain player moral, which would lead to the lack of Team Chemistry, which then would lead to in-team problems, on and off the field.

Renegades head to SoCal Renegade soccer

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Freshman Jack McDonald practicing his 3 point shot. JULIAN MONCALEANO SPORTS EDITOR

The Ohlone Renegades Men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season this past Sunday against Modesto, leaving their season at 5-1. This game went down to the wire as The Renegades led by 12 at the half, but Modesto came knocking on the door with a bit more urgency in the second half, as they climbed their way back into the game. Regulation period was not enough time to decide a winner. As this contest headed into overtime, Modesto gained new life in the overtime period and outscored The Renegades 12-7 and outscored them by 17 in the entire second half.

The Renegades had 16 turnovers to 14 assists and this caused the offense to look out of sync. Although they did a great job out-rebounding Modesto, they have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. Down the stretch, ball control becomes very critical, and pivotal turnovers can cost you the game. Throughout the first six games, Ohlone has been led by freshman Jack McDonald, who has averaged a team-leading 11 points per game. McDonald agrees that the rest of the team is focused on moving forward after this loss. “We knew it was going to be a close game,” he said. “It came down to a few plays down the stretch. Obviously, starting

5-0 and getting that first loss was tough, but now we have to move forward.” On a majority of teams, if your leading scorer has 11 points per game, you most likely aren’t doing too well. But that’s not the case with this Ohlone Renegades team. “Everyone is chipping in and doing their job. Everyone has continued to play their part. Nobody really stands out on this team in particular, we play more of a team game,” said McDonald. It truly makes the game much easier when every player has bought into the system and isn’t worried about who’s having the more dominant statistics. The Renegades were coming off a stretch that included five consecutive wins to start the season. They now look forward to starting a new streak this weekend, when they travel down to the County of Los Angeles. They will be competing in the Allan Hancock Tournament in Santa Maria. This is a big three-day weekend and will most certainly be a test to see exactly how good this Renegades team really is. Their first opponent in the tournament is San Diego City College, who have started 4-2 through the team’s first six games. “We’re looking forward to this weekend. There will be good teams and this will be a god opportunity to bounce back. We definitely want to bounce back the boys are looking forward to it,” said McDonald. After this weekend we will be able to tell if The Renegades are real contenders for the state championship.

comes to an end The Lady Renegades were off to a hot start this season, going 11-2-2 through their first 15 games. This month things haven’t gone in the same direction, and the Lady Renegades ended their season with five consecutive losing matches and have completely dropped out of the playoff race, ending the season at 11-7-2. Tori Larsen continued to try and lead this team to victory, but it was evident that more players

All over for soccer, needed to step up if they wanted to clinch a playoff spot. At times, especially in the first half of the season, many players stepped up in critical situations to ease the load off of Larsen’s back. Like we said earlier, the second half was nothing like the first half. The Lady Renegades were amongst the top of their division all season long, up until this five game skid. With returning players coming back next year, we can expect the Lady Renegades to work hard this off-season. They look forward to bouncing back after ending the season in such

tragic fashion. As for the men, they did not do much better than the women. Just like the women, the men started the season with a promising 3-0 start. But after that start, they only managed to win two of their next 19 matches, ending their season at 5-12-5. The men were led by Juan Vanegas, who finished the season with a team-leading 15 goals. That was good enough to earn Vanegas a spot in the top

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20 in state with goals scored. He finished sixteenth in the conference in goals. With a season filled with disappointments, Vanegas was pretty much the only exciting thing that happened for the Renegades during the 2016 campaign. That sums up the season for Renegade soccer. While the Lady Renegades kept it interesting, the men suffered and ended at the bottom of their division. Both teams look to improve and grow during the off-season. Expect both respected clubs to come back harder next season!

Ohlone College Monitor, November 17, 2016  

The Monitor, Ohlone's student newspaper.