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DECEMBER 1, 2016 Vol. LI No. 12

Ohlone basketball goes to 8-2. See story on Page 8


Many opinions, strong feelings on gun question

Your favorite memes


The Monitor surveyed students, asking for their favorite memes. Here’s the most popular one out, an Evil Kermit. See survey on Page 4.

The 12-member task force studying the controversial issue of whether to arm Ohlone College police held its third and final public meeting in the Smith Center Wednesday afternoon. The members reported their findings on such questions as: • How many Bay Area community colleges have armed police? The answer is generally nine are armed and three are not, but there are many conditions involved. • Do armed police provide a safer campus environment? • Do armed police result in a reduction in violent crime? • Have any students been shot by accident as a result of arming police? Members of the task force found, in general, that information on the topic was often difficult to find, inconsistent and vague. They also found that there continues to be a wide range of opinions on the topic, often passionately expressed.

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The Alexander Hamilton of Cuba: Che Guevara


The hit musical that everyone is in love with, Hamilton, captures the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most influential founding fathers. Hamilton helped establish America’s bank, America’s revolution and the structure of America’s government with his writing and fighting. But there was another founding father who did those very things for the country of Cuba, his name was Che Guevara. “Every other founding fathers story gets told, every other founding father gets to grow old” is a line sung during the closing number of Hamilton, and it is just as relevant to Hamilton as it is to Guevara. With the recent passing of Fidel Castro, this is the perfect time to look back at the life of Castro’s “right hand man,” Che Guevara. Ernesto “Che” Guevara was born on June 14, 1928 in Argentina, ever since he was a child, he knew he wanted to help humanity. He was a chess fanatic and a bookworm, having studied the works of Sigmund Freud and Karl Mggarx as a young man. A 1958 declassified CIA biography described Guevara as “fairly intellectual for a Latino.” Though Guevara was a guerrilla warfare and military expert, he started his career as a doctor studying medicine, with hopes of a career as a medical research scientist. But his dreams of embarking on a

OPINION future in medicine were halted when he began a motorcycle journey through many Latin American countries. Guevara witnessed people being too poor to afford medical care, and too used to it. In a speech given to the Cuban militia, he described the situation being so bad that “a father can accept the loss of a son as an unimportant accident.” Guevara was outraged at the travesties he witnessed and began researching on the cause of these problems and how to solve them, as a revolutionary. Guevara believed that the United States along with other capitalist countries exploited small Latin countries for monetary purposes, at the expense of the Latin citizens. This ignited a rage in Guevara, that’s when he met up with Fidel and Raul Castro to start a vanguard revolution that is now known as the 26th of July Movement. The purpose of this movement was to overthrow Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Batista was notorious for abusing his power, killing anyone who spoke out against him and letting the United States influence most of his decisions. Guevara knew he wanted to help humanity, he knew he wanted to help the people of Cuba, and he did not throw away his shot. Continued on Page 6


From left; Rose-Margaret Itua Professor of engineering with Marina Gonzalez Student Support Specialist for Engineering.

Student engineering showcase makes its debut at Ohlone ROELLE BALAN STAFF WRITER

The Ohlone cafeteria was filled with aspiring engineers who want to change the world. Boards were being propped up and tables were being rearranged as engineering students dressed to impress, hoping to land an internship and possible job in the industry. On Friday, Nov. 18, Ohlone’s introduction to engineering

class held a showcase of their projects, based on humanitarian needs, at the Fremont campus cafeteria. Private industry professionals acted as spectators who asked the students questions about their prototypes and gave feedback. Rose-Margaret Itua teaches the introduction to engineering class. Itua organized the showcase with Marina Gonzalez, the

student support specialist for engineering and STEM activities at Ohlone College. About 60 students are in that class presenting their projects to engineering employers. The theme this year was Humanitarian Engineering to Solve Social Issues, Itua said. She said engineering themes that involve humanitarian needs, “..engages female and underrepresented Continued on Page 2




NEWS BITES Annual ‘Holiday Extravanganza’

Four Ohlone bands will play a variety of traditional and modern holiday tunes at the ninth annual “Holiday Extravaganza” Saturday starting at 1 p.m. in the Smith Center. A highlight will be a “holiday fanfare” performed by the 100 Brass Players from all four ensembles. There will be a baton auction, with the winner conducting the Ohlone Wind Orchestra playing Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Admission is $15 general and $10 for students, staff, seniors and youth 12 and under. Parking is $4.

Music ensembles to perform Friday A variety of Ohlone music groups will perform Friday starting at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Theater. Included will be the Ohlone Singers, directed by Sandra Peter; the Vocal Ensembles, directed by Janet Holmes; and the Instrumental Ensembles, described as an “eclectic mix of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion,” directed by Tim Roberts. The selections will range from classical to modern, with some Broadway tunes and holiday music. Admission is free, but event parking is $4.

‘Nutcracker’ live

at Jackson Theater Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” will be performed by Yoko’s Dance & Performing Arts Academy and the Fremont Opera Orchestra Dec. 10-11 in Ohlone’s Jackson Theater.. Conducting the orchestra will be David Sloss. Performance times are 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $45 general admission and $15 for students. Parking is $4.


From left: A student talks to Michael Richardson, second-year aerospace engineering major; Salma Elnaggar, first-year human biology major; and Alex Gomez, first-year undeclared major.

Student engineering showcase makes its debut at Ohlone Continued from Page 1 students, which is what we are trying to also achieve.” Itua also said when, ”..female students see that they’re nurturing the world through humanitarian projects, they get more engaged in engineering.” Itua said this year was the

Gonzalez said the engineers were undercover judges looking for possible interns. The employer asks questions on ways to improve their project and provide feedback. These judges then give the students a score and write on feedback sheets. The class then

Broadcasting job available The broadcasting department is looking for students to broadcast Renegade sporting events next semester. These students will develop a schedule of games to be broadcast, scout the sites, determine equipment needs, assemble a regular crew of students who will work the games, and then do play-by-play. Pay will be approximately minimum wage. The students will also try to find sponsors for the broadcasts. Ideal applicants would be sports-minded students who are studying journalism, broadcast or athletics. For more information, contact Gary Kauf, director of Broadcasting, Film and Television, at

– Compiled by Monitor staff


From left: Samir Saif, second-year engineering major; Anastasiia Makhniaieva, first-year computer science major; and Alejandro Ruvalcaba, first-year electrical engineering major.


From left: Max Reyna, first-year aerospace major explains his project to his classmate. first time they did a graded project showcase. Everyone in the introduction to engineering class had to work on a project and participate in the fair, Itua said. Itua expects students to gain industry skills like interpersonal communication. “We’re giving students an opportunity to present their work, their posters and their prototypes, to industry employers,” Gonzalez said.

gets to find out who scored the highest. Seven engineers were at the event that day, Gonzalez said. The employers at the event included Variant, On Vector, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Type A Machines and Schmartboard. Gonzalez also organizes mock interviews and workshops for engineering and STEM students at Ohlone. She offers career help and assists

students with applying for internships. One poster was a seethrough bucket with plants on top, with pebbles as a soil replacement. Michael Richardson, a second-year aerospace engineering student at Ohlone, said the goal of this plant project is, “To create a sustainable food system that can be off the grid.” Richardson also said they used the same water for the plants for five weeks. He said it is, “...combating world hunger one system at a time.” One group created a project that would be able to provide

internet to villages in other countries that don’t have any access to wi-fi. “By providing internet to foreign countries that don’t have internet access, you’re also providing an opportunity for education, business, and also you’re helping the financial stability of that country,” said Alejandro Ruvalcaba, a first-year in electrical engineering. “And you’re also giving the people that don’t have a voice, a voice, through social media and whatever means of internet connections.” By providing internet, it also provides a non-bias education, Ruvalcaba said.




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Kevin Durant and Steph Curry during a home game in the Oracle Arena.

Warriors returning to form


For the Warriors, dominance was never in question, it just seemed like they needed to learn how play together. Although it became a viral joke that they blew a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in The Finals, the punchline had some merit. They needed to find a way to beat LeBron James and Co. So, while everybody was planning on setting off fire-

Task force considers police guns Continued from Page One Members of the committee include Leta Stagnaro, vice president of academic affairs; Shairon Zinsgheim, associate vice president of Human Relations; Leigh-Ann Elizondo, CSEA president; Stephanie Foisy, CSEA vice president; Ben Peralta, campus police officer; James Keogh, lead campus safety officer; Mark Lieu, dean of Language and Communication; Bob Bradshaw, interim dean of Science, Engineering and Math; Rob Smedfjeld, math instructor; Jennifer Druley, senior human relations analyst; Kelly Wilmeth, director of accommodations and interpreting; and Jennifer Harper, counseling. After more than an hour of reports and discussion, it was clear that this is a complicated issue and there is a lot of interest in its resolution. No date has been set for a final decision. This is not the first time Ohlone has considered equipping its police officers with guns. Eleven years ago then-President Doug Treadway decided against arming campus police.

OPINION works on July 4th, Kevin Durant let off some of his own. He made the decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder after they blew a 3-1 lead to the Warriors. The irony was as sweet as Golden State’s face paced offense. It was definitely polarizing,

but the move to get Durant was risky because while they got one of the top three players in the world, they lost depth. Perhaps the most glaring hole the team had to address was at center. They traded Andrew Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks and Festus Ezeli signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. The problem with getting Durant was they were getting better at something they were already the best at --scoring and

shooting. In the meantime, they were losing interior defense with Bogut and Ezeli’s departure. After starting last season with 24 straight wins, the transactions they made in the offseason were put into question. Why would the Warriors blow up a team that went 73-9? They began this season with a 129-100 loss at home to the San Antonio Spurs and their “Super Team” looked like it needed to go through an adjustment period. A week and a half later they lost to the young Los Angeles Lakers 117-97 and dropped to 4-2. The next game Stephen Curry broke the NBA record for three-pointers made with 13 and since then they’ve turned back into the scariest team in the NBA. Golden State has won 12 games in a row by an average margin of 18.0 points over that span. They’ve averaged 120.3 points with their highest total coming on Nov. 25 at the Lakers, when they scored 149. The key has been their willingness to share the ball, as they lead the NBA in assists for the third straight season with Steve Kerr as their head coach. If they have an area of concern to watch out for later, it may be defense. But for now, their “Super Team” is ahead of schedule, even if they still have adjustments to make.




What’s your favorite meme?


Memes have become a social phenomenon. They spread throughout all platforms via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. They usually involve a picture of a famous person or cartoon character with a funny caption that expresses a social or cultural behavior that the person sharing it knows about or have personally experienced themselves. Here, Ohlone students share their favorite memes.

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2016 Radio Golden Oak awards Welcome to the 2016 Radio Golden Oak Awards honoring those in the radio industry who made life interesting this past year. And now, without further ado, here are 2016’s Best in Radio! LOCAL DIVISION: BAYAREA RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR: KYLD(Wild 94.9) This station wins this award because of their great morning show “The JV Show” and also the great music that they play. I wish I still worked there and maybe someday I’ll get a chance. HONORABLE MENTION: KRTY(95.3FM) This station has been a constant leader in the Country music format for many years and their local ownership is constantly involved in the South Bay community. BEST LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY: JV(Wild 94.9) His great humor and also his involvement in the community helps keep this station on top of the San Francisco and the San Jose radio ratings in its target demographic.

HONORABLE MENTION: Celeste Perry(KFOX) This radio vet knows how to keep her Classic Rock listeners entertained with great music and also her celebrity tidbits! BEST RADIO COMMERCIAL: The Sleep Train commercial promoting their holiday sales. They do a good job selling to their customers. HONORABLE MENTION: All of the Jack-In-The-Box commercials for their excellent humor. CLASS ACT AWARD: Tony Michaels (KRTY) At least he’s trying to tell me not to give up on my goal of returning to radio someday. BEST RADIO SPORTS REPORTER: Ken Korach. This Oakland A’s play by play announcer has been doing a great job covering the games ever since Bill King passed away several years ago.

BEST LOCAL RADIO PROMOTION: KFOX’s Mystery Riff Contest. Morning DJ Chris Jackson has listeners guess what guitar riff he’s

playing for a chance to win cool prizes.

on-air personalities make this radio station fun to listen to.


BEST RADIO PERSONALITY: It’s a tie between Tim “Romeo” Herbster and also Maxwell(Nick Radio). They know how to keep their listeners satisfied with good music and great interaction with their target audience.

BEST SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: Most Requested Live with Romeo. This highly interactive radio show keeps its listeners busy every Saturday night. Whether they’re requesting their favorite songs, interacting with other listeners through its various social media websites, or asking a question for an artist who comes on the show, they keep coming back for more every Saturday evening. HONORABLE MENTION: American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest. He keeps listeners entertained by counting down the 40 biggest hits. BEST RADIO STATION: WIOQ(Q102) in Philadelphia. They keep their listeners entertained with good music and their on-air personalities try to have a positive attitude towards their target audience. HONORABLE MENTION: WWPW(Power 96.1) in Atlanta. Good music and great

BEST RADIO APP: iHeart Radio. This app lets people access radio stations from all over the United States and keeps them entertained with good music. BEST RADIO COMMERCIAL: The Progressive Insurance commercials featuring Flo. These commercials are well produced and very funny. CLASS ACT AWARD: Carson(Q102 Philly). He tries to keeps his listeners satisfied with his good sense of humor and plays what they want to hear. BEST RADIO PROMOTION: iHeart Radio’s Music Festival concert. I heard that the performances were great. I wish I could attend one of these events.

Once again, a big shout-out to all of this year’s winners. FOR YOUR WEEKEND LISTENING PLEASURE: Pop Music recording artists MGK, Camilia Cabella and One Republic will be special guests this week on the Top 40 radio show Most Requested Live with Romeo. This show is aired every Saturday from 4-9 p.m. on more than 160 radio stations worldwide. More information about this show is available on their website at http://www. Monitor radio columnist Henry Ochs has spent many years working in the radio industry and stays updated on all of the latest happenings in radio broadcasting. He can be reached at or on Twitter @DJHammerinhank.

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Intolerance has no place in U.S. MIRA CHANDRA NEWS EDITOR

Phobia of mass proportions is sweeping the nation now more than ever— in this article, specifically toward Muslims and police officers. How can the two be the same? Well they’re not— they’re completely different, but both are based on an extremely high level of intolerance. Ever since it became known Donald Trump will become our president, hate crimes against both parties have dramatically increased. I’m not claiming these incidents are happening because Trump will be our leader, Islamophobia and distrust towards police has existed much before his win, but they certainly have increased since the acknowledgement of his victory. On one side of the extreme hate spectrum, Muslims are being targeted and profiled as terrorists. Women are being choked by their head scarves which racists forcefully yank off, children are being bullied in school, they’re experiencing violence on massive proportions— sometimes which even result in death. On the other side, we witness violence and hate towards police officers as well. There are definitely a good amount of officers who abuse their power and under the guise of the law murder innocent civilians in broad day light—just as there are good officers, who do their best to fulfill the duties of their jobs, and protect us. In both extremes there are obvious cases of intolerance and generalization, due to fear. In this year alone, out of the 1,233 victims of antireligious hate crimes— 13.7 percent were of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias, and compared to the 38 police officers shot and killed in 2015, the death toll has raised to 62. Intolerance can no longer

be appropriated when it’s only continuing to thrive at the expense of people’s lives and sense of self. how many incidents will it take of a man being shot for simply pulling someone over for a moving violation or of a woman being raped and murdered for being “a terrorist bitch” before we as Americans understand that hate and violence is not the answer to fear? Every American is responsible for this problem of hasty generalization and the embracement of the “self vs. other” mentality. If we aren’t addressing the issue at hand with legislature, propositions, education, literature, proper news portrayal and awareness— then we’re just turning a blind eye and allowing intolerance to spread in uglier, more malicious ways. We’re saying, “we don’t care.” By no means does anyone have to love everyone, and yes there are terrorists who exist, There are Islamic terrorists, there are police officers who do kill when they shouldn’t, who are racist; but this does not mean every single police officer is just another “trigger happy cop” or every Muslim is suspicious. We are America. We are one of the most progressed and developed countries in the world— we have to be more evolved than this. We need to be kind, and realistic. We need to educate one another to not be racist and fight against big-

oted processes of thought, rhetoric and actions. As for good news, Ohlone College’s faculty senate is

will make a decision on the proposed Diversity and Inclusion/No Hate Resolution item given the pressing

all students, which prohibits harassment or discrimination against anyone on the basis of person’s actual or perceived race, national origin, ancestry, gender or sexual identity, age, religion, physical or mental ability, medical condition and more will be widely publicized to all segments of our community, including the Board of Trustees, ASOC, Facurgency. ulty Senate, SEIU, CSEA If agreed upon, a state- and be included in all colment which strives for di- lege publications where it’s versity and inclusiveness of considered appropriate.

We are America. We are one of the most progressed and developed countries in the world— we have to be more evolved than this.” considering action regarding a “no hate statement”. On Dec. 7, on their last meeting of the semester, the senate


The Alexander Hamilton of Cuba: Che Guevara Continued from Page 1

In The Battle of Santa Clara, Che Guevara had the highest command over his guerra army and led his men to capture the Cuban city of Santa Clara. This victory led Fulgencio Batista to flee Cuba and never return, the revolution was a success thanks to Che Guevara. For Cuba, the world turned upside down. Fidel Castro was now the president of Cuba, with Che Guevara holding many high positions in government, Guevara became involved in land reform,

education reform, as well as being a minister to many different countries. Thanks to his education reform, the literacy rate in Cuba went from around 70 percent, to around 95 percent. Guevara spoke out against racism happening in the United States during the 1960s, calling them out for discriminating againstAfrican Americans at the time. Guevara had also tried to help a revolution in the Congo but was unsuccessful. Though he left the Congo shortly thereafter, he felt unwelcomed in Cuba, so he did not return.

Instead he wrote memoirs and books about his travels, just like Hamilton, he wrote like he needed it to survive. He eventually returned to Cuba, but only to say farewell to his family, and to Fidel Castro. He wrote to them “Always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world. This is the most beautiful quality in a revolutionary.” Guevara then tried to form a revolution in Bolivia Unfortunately, this is where he met his demise. He was turned in by his own men, and killed by Bolivian

army sergeant Mario Teran. He was 39 years old. “Wherever death may surprise us, let it be welcome, provided that this our battle cry may have reached some receptive ear and another hand may be extended to wield our weapons.” Guevara wrote this in his own epitaph. Alexander Hamilton and Che Guevara have many similarities, they are both unique and influential in revolutions all over the globe. They were both immigrants who came from the bottom, never quite made it to

the top, but only because they put the interests of those in need, before their own. When looking up “freedom” in the dictionary, don’t be surprised to find Che Guevara’s face next to the definition. Freedom: the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Every other founding fathers story gets told, every other founding father gets to grow old. Guevara didn’t have the chance to grow old, but his young spirit lives on in the hearts and mind of those who know that they too want to help humanity.




Ways to handle holiday pressure and not stress out



Well, here we are, the winter holidays are upon us. And, what do the end of the semester and the holidays have in common? Stress. As much as we want to have fun with the festivities, friends/ relatives we’ve not seen for a long time, vacations which have been planned for sometime, we must prepare now with a positive outlook, and a flexible attitude. Here’s how: • Use your body as a signal • Recognize YOUR signs of stress. • Stop, look and listen Take a moment to slow down and do a check-in with your self: • What are you telling yourself? (Is your self-talk positive? Are you predicting success or disaster?) • How are you feeling? Mad, sad, glad or scared? With whom can you safely share your feelings? • Remember the added pressure of the season…if you have lost a loved one, moved away from family, or have had other losses/changes you are more vulnerable to stressors. Plan

Fake news mayhem


“Believe nothing you hear, and only half that you see,” is a famous quote by Edgar Allen Poe, and it is especially relevant to the recent controversy surrounding fake news on social media. Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for seemingly doing very little about false or manipulated news circulating Facebook. This may not sound like a big deal to some people, but major outlets have suggested that fake news on Facebook may have played a big part in the Presidential election of 2016. The Pew Research Center for Journalism and Media claims that 6 in 10 Americans get their news from social media. This is a problem. When most people only get their news from social media, they are likely reading a one-sided or even completely false story without even knowing it. Buzzfeed News found that 38 percent of news posts from right wing Facebook pages are false, while 20 percent of news posts from left wing pages are false. Why would anyone trust a news source that is posting false stories 20 to 38 percent of the time? Because they are blind to the fact that these stories are

false, biased, or just taken out of context. Ironically, Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook responded to the allegations through a Facebook post. He said, “Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99 percent of what people see is authentic,”

their advertising service from websites that post false or misleading content, which would apply to fake news sites. One can assume that many fake news sites post misleading information with the intention of attracting more visitors. More visitors equals more money from ads placed on the site, but now that Google will be taking off ads from these sites, many of them may die out. Facebook soon followed and changed their guidelines to match Google’s, fortunately. Unfortunately, that does not stop the fake news outlets who post false information with the intention of purposely misleading readers, with money not being a priority. Looks like fake news is barely starting to come under fire after being circulated for a long time, and it might remain in mainstream media for a while. You may be wondering, what can I do to help stop this? If you see fake news being shared by friends, don’t be afraid to correct them. Hopefully in the future we can start to believe all of what we hear and all of what we see.

“ 6 in 10 Americans get their news from social media .”

-- Pew Research Center

though it seems many of his employees disagree with him. Buzzfeed News reported that many Facebook employees have created a secret task force to address their concerns over fake news circulating on the platform and presented it to their senior management. The employees chose to remain anonymous over fear of losing their jobs. Though Zuckerberg might have dismissed the claims against Facebook, Google, on the other hand, seems to be doing something about it. Google said it would cut off

a way to get support and not shoulder loss alone. • Learn to relax Stop what you are doing. Clear your lap and place both feet on the floor. Place one hand lightly on your stomach. Imagine that favorite place where you would really like to be this minute. (Did you know that just the simple act of visualization will slow your heart rate down? It’s a mini-vacation you can take without going anywhere.) OK. Now, gaze down or close your eyes, and take a deep breath from your diaphragm. (You will know you are breathing from your diaphragm because your hand will feel your belly expand and release and your shoulders will be still.) Repeat this three times. Nice and easy, deep, slow breathes, inhaling through your nose and exhaling out through your mouth. Let distracting thoughts slip away and just pay attention to your breath. Feel relaxed? Make a practice of relaxing and quieting yourself. • Laugh more No kidding. Laughter, like deep breathing, is our natural antidote to stress. It triggers positive biochemical changes in the body and mind. It lowers blood pressure, increases and oxygenates blood flow. And it’s contagious, and when people are laughing with you, who can be stressed? • Watch expectations Unrealistic expectations get us in trouble. Ask for what you want (don’t expect anyone to read your mind), and let go of the outcome. Be creative, challenge the old traditions and do something different this holiday season. Plan ahead. Allow extra time for everything, rushing will only make you blood pressure rise. Limit your social engagements and choose how you want to spend your time and with whom. • Know your limits Know when to say yes and when to say no. “Under Promise and Over

Deliver.” (Agree to do only what you can realistically manage. Then, if you are able to deliver more than what’s expected, you shine! You’ll feel good about yourself and others will take notice.) • Time management - self management The truth is, there is enough time. The trick is in managing ourselves. Become friends with selfdiscipline. Prioritize. Do what needs to be done first and complete it. Move on to the next thing. Schedule a break and take it. Stretch, go outside, and drink some water. Smile and say hello to someone. Give yourself a change of scene. You will be refreshed. Set a timer for 20 minute work spurts. Know your best work routine and follow that… not someone else’s. Plan to be 10 minutes early to every meeting/class tomorrow, enjoy bliss and reward of extra time and good self-management skills. • Setbacks happen Face the setbacks with style and grace and you will enjoy yourself more and stress less. (And those around you will be positively influenced as well.) We can’t control other people. We can choose our response. Notice if you are stirring the pot with your thoughts and reactions, and then decide how you want to turn yourself around and be “drama-free”. Respond rather than react. • Get support Write down the names of at least three people you can call for help, brainstorming, a positive word. Call them and ask if they will be on call. Spend less time with those negative people who rain on your parade or put you down. Ask for help. Expand your circle of those friends who energize you and nurture your spirit. Give to someone else. Kindness is a spirit booster. Treat yourself well with kind words, good nourishment, plenty of sleep and exercise. Happy Holiday To YOU!




Renegades improve record to 8-2 JULIAN MONCALEANO SPORTS EDITOR

The Ohlone Men’s basketball team is back from their threeday tournament in Santa Maria. After losing their first game of the tournament to San Diego City College, the Renegades finished strong in the consolation bracket with two wins. “We have to do a better job rebounding. In the second half we had chances to execute and we didn’t,” said Sophomore Forward Thomas Sowell. “We also had more opportunities in overtime and we didn’t take advantage. Coach drew up some good plays and we just failed to make it happen.” Coming into the tournament, the Renegades were looking forward to continuing their stellar play as an entire unit. With consistent play from Jack McDonald, the Renegades were in need of someone to step up

this past weekend. When asked what could help improve the Renegades’ opportunities, Sowell said, “We have to overcome injuries, but our big men have to step up by grabbing boards and having good rotation on defense.” Although the Renegades

It feels good being back at home, we look forward to playing in front of our crowd.” -- Shykil Byrd


Shykil Byrd works on his jump shot during practice.

came up short versus a very well coached San Diego team, they only lost by 4 and won their remaining games by an average of 26 points per game. The Renegades have also averaged 19 turnovers per game in their last three contests. With their loss to San Diego coming down to a couple possessions, it is very evident that the Ren-

egades need to protect the ball. “We have to go back to fundamentals; we can’t throw passes down in traffic. We have to jump stop and use our ball fakes instead of trying to force it.” During shoot-around before Wednesday night’s matchup against San Jose City College, freshman guard Shykil Byrd was very optimistic about the Renegades’ chances. “We played them earlier this season, we both have experience playing one another, so the game should be interesting,” Byrd continued to say,“ It feels good being back at home, we look forward to playing in front of our crowd.” Coming into the game Wednesday night, the Renegades were pretty confident about their chances versus San Jose. The first time these two clubs played each other the Renegades won by 19points. Wednesday night was not too different, as the Renegades prevailed 79-54 and improved their record to 8-2. The Renegades’ next game is on Friday here at Ohlone and they’re taking on Gavilan.

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