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Khanna to speak at Ohlone

New buildings take form



Now that the heavy rains have let up for a while, workmen have been making the foundations of Ohlone’s new Academic Core buildings. Following the destruction of three buildings from the 1970s, the new construction has been going on for more than a year now, with many classrooms being held in portables. Funded by bond issues. Ohlone’s new campus is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.

After his contentious election victory over Mike Honda, newly elected Representative Ro Khanna of District 17 will host his first Fremont town hall meeting at Ohlone College on Feb 22. He’ll discuss recent developments and current legislative activities in Congress and additionally address questions and concerns from constituents. Ro Khanna will tackle matters regarding the economic and job developments of District 17, political reform and pressing local issues of Silicon Valley. The Congressman is expected to hold his town meeting in Building 7 on the Fremont campus from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday. The town hall meeting is free and open for all to attend. For more information about Ro Khanna, visit

Ohlone, sanctuary cities ready to resist MIRA CHANDRA EDITOR

Due to President Trump’s recent decisions to sign executive orders which will cut billions of dollars in funding to sanctuary cities and enforce the construction of a “wall” in between North America and Mexico, many immigrants — both legal and illegal – find themselves in a space of emotional terror and

potential physical removal from the country. Trump’s order states, “Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States.” In agreement with the defunding, President Trump claimed on Feb. 7, “These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable

harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.” According to a reputable political news website – politico. com – about 42-48 percent of eligible voters in America support our president’s ideas regarding immigration bans and extract laws. In stark contrast, leftist states, such as California, not only

disagree with Trump’s policies, but are actively fighting against them by upholding their commitment to protect immigrants through sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are cities that follow certain procedures which shelter illegal immigrants and do not permit municipal funds or resources to be applied in furtherance of enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Although these cities can be found across the country, there are three right here in the Bay Area: San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Shortly after the election, before any orders were signed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf took a strong stance against the president, stating, “We’ll proudly stand as a sanctuary city Continued on Page 4

be the one that wreaks the most havoc in the country. They have a pretty good track record for picking the right strain but those years that they get it wrong, result in a lot more people getting the flu. This year’s flu is a bit different than the traditional flu, as it mostly affects the respiratory system. People start off with a sore scratchy throat and then begin feeling fatigued, tired, and dizzy. Soon they have a stuffy nose and a bad cough as well a fever and chills. Some people do have bouts of nausea, diar-

rhea, and vomiting but most simply lose their appetite and feel weak. Once you have the flu, you really won’t want to go to class and you really shouldn’t. “Stay home so you’re not exposing everyone else,” said Family Nurse Practitioner Sally Bratton of the Ohlone Student Health Center. Bratton also cautions that instructors shouldn’t let sick people “sit in the back of the room because when they cough, all the [germs] fly forward,” infecting everyone in front of them. People with the flu are

typically contagious one day before showing symptoms and then four to five days into the flu. So what’s the best way to avoid the flu? “Wash your hands several times a day or use hand sanitizer,” Bratton advices. Touching “door knobs, sharing telephones, and sitting at tables… where everybody else coughed and sneezed,” are all great ways to catch the flu but washing your hands can help to minimize that risk. If you do happen to be unfortunate enough to catch the flu, you need to “treat the fever with Advil, Tylenol, or

ibuprofen, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest”. Nyquil, Dayquil, Mucinex, and Theraflu all work well for the congestion. The main symptoms of this year’s flu typically last four to seven days but the cough and fatigue can linger for up to three weeks. These lingering effects need to be watched closely because they could lead to more respiratory issues like bronchitis and pneumonia. Flu season usually peaks between December and March but can last all the way until May.

Not just a cold – it’s probably the flu ROB ADAMIC STAFF WRITER

Chances are you’ve heard someone violently coughing in at least one of your classes this semester. That’s not just a head cold. It’s the flu. This flu season there are twice as many cases as usual and if you have had a flu shot you’re still not protected. That’s because the Center for Disease Control picked the wrong flu strain to vaccinate against this year. The CDC has to make an educated guess each year as to which flu strain will



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Editor in Chief: Mira Chandra Features editor: Alexandra Romero Opinion editor: Vicente Vera Sports editor: Sara Biela Reporter: Sabrina Omar Adviser: Cristina Gastelu Villarreal Printer: FP Press

How to win Twitter argument VICENTE VERE OPINIONS EDITOR

Have you ever seen a social media post that doesn’t line up with your set of beliefs? Have you had the urge to reply to said post with your own “superior” opinion, but stopped by the fear of possibly making a fool of yourself? Well, in just a few easy steps, you will learn how to refute ignorance and bigotry without sounding pretentious, or idiotic. STEP ONE, make sure to have credible sources. One of the biggest mistakes a person can make while engaging in Twitter beef can be inadequate sources. Avoid sources that contain the keywords “ThisNow,” “Buzzfeed” or “The Onion.” You may get away with citing Encyclopedia Dramatica when arguing with strangers in person, but that won’t fly on the internet. Though citing satirical news sites is unacceptable, citing memes is worse. It might feel convenient at the moment to respond with a meme, but consider that your internet reputation and public image are at stake. It is always possible to come back from a losing argument, but the moment you respond with a picture of Hitler’s mustache photoshopped on Donald Trump’s face, you’re lost. STEP TWO, don’t be racist. This should go without saying. Unfortunately, many people seem to fly over this crucial unwritten rule. I’m sure it may be tempting to call someone a “stupid mayo colored red neck gringo,” but it just isn’t ok..

This may come as a shock to some, but fighting racism with more racism is not an effective form of rebuttal. You are effectively using the same logic as the person you are arguing against, therefore you both look equally unintelligent. Take a few classes on the history of oppression within the white community and sober up before logging back onto Twitter. The final, but more important step cannot be ignored, as it is fundamental in the philosophy of arguing with strangers on Twitter. STEP THREE is, don’t argue with people on the internet. We have all given in to the temptation of sharing our point of view with people on the internet, without inquiry. Constructive conversations are ok, but name calling and crying, that’s not ok. Winning an argument with a stranger online is much like winning a participation trophy. The only reward you truly receive is food for your insatiable ego. Sharing our opinions is okay in the right situation, but the internet isn’t necessarily the best forum to inform people on how much we pretend to care about a subject we’ve done very little research on. Like the great philosopher Lil Wayne said, “G’s move in silence like lasagna.” I hope these steps help you to become a better amature online debater. If you follow these steps correctly, then you should be able to receive enough approval from your echo chamber of followers to get off of the computer and turn your views into action in the real world.

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Imagine a rape victim having their consent stolen in the worst way possible, then afterward, the attacker still has control over her body. This could be the scary reality for victims in Arkansas after The Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act, was signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. According to the Independent newspaper, this law gives a woman’s husband the right to stop her from having an abortion, even in cases of spousal abuse. As stated in the title, the purpose is to protect unborn children from abortion. According to OnTheIssues. org Gov. Hutchinson of Arkansas voted yes on a bill sponsored by Ileana RosLehtinen called The Child

interpretation up to the states. This leaves more conservative states like Arkansas the power to impose strict abortion laws onto women, even laws that favor the abuser. One thing they didn’t consider is how unfair it is to give a rapist the final say in whether a woman should keep the child he forced upon her. Truly, continuing to have control over the traumatized woman. If the abuse results in pregnancy, the father should’ve lost all rights to the child, let alone to the woman’s choice. Many women who have gone through this do not wish to keep the child. A 2004 national survey conducted by the Guttmacher Institute showed that each year about 19,500 U.S. abortions are undertaken to end pregnancies that occurred as a result

of abuse or incest. Supporters of the Act are quick to point out the main focus of the act is being not to protect abuser, but to protect the father in a consenting marriage. As previously stated, the Act gives the father the final say on an abortion. While there are people who argue that the potential life of an unborn child shouldn’t be terminated because of the horrible acts of another person, disagreements claim it shouldn’t be the business of others whether the mother finds it appropriate to have a child or not. It’s bad enough woman have to live through the trauma of being betrayed by their spouse, they shouldn’t be forced to have the child. This enables the father to continue tyrannizing the them.

players. Coming off a 2-14 season with all kinds of problems, Jed York actually thinks this is a smart move. With the recent hiring of new head coach - Kyle Shanahan from the Atlanta Falcons - York wanted to make sure he had a general manager and a head coach who could be on the same page. An amateur partnering with former Assistant Coach of the Year. That’s an interesting combination. JOHN LYNCH When it was time to tell ating and acquiring talent. I the family, almost everyguess Lynch could ask other one seemed to be on board. general managers for help Lynch’s 9-year-old daughter, when it comes to scouting Leah, didn’t take the news

so well. While sobbing, Leah told her Dad that “the 49ers are horrible.” At this point in time, she isn’t wrong. Lynch responded by saying “well, I think that’s why they hired your daddy.” It’s definitely clear that Lynch is unqualified for the job - however, that doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of getting the job done. He does know the game of football. Who knows, he may surprise everyone. All we can do now is wait to see what Lynch has in store. This could either work out well, or spell disaster.

Custody Protection Act. This Act makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for the purpose of obtaining an abortion. International news agency, Reuters, quotes supporters of Act 45 as calling abortion “barbaric,” due to “dismemberment” of the fetus. In the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion. Unfortunately, this right must be balanced against the state’s interests in regulating abortions. Though this court case secured a woman’s right to an abortion, it did not secure clear enough circumstances in which women can seek an abortion, instead, leaving this

New 49ers GM has zero experience


San Francisco 49ers replace General Manager Trent Baalke with former NFL safety and FOX analyst John Lynch in late January. Out of nine possible candidates who actually have the résumé and experience to build a team, the most inexperienced guy is selected for the job. There’s no front-office experience, just knowledge as a player and on television. Supposedly, Lynch has been “connected” to front-office jobs - like that’s enough. Zero background in evalu-



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Applications available for A.S.O.C. MIRA CHANDRA

the best experiences I’ve had thus far in my collegiate career because of the motivation I felt being surrounded by so many leaders. I felt inspired to move onto other paths where I can contribute my time into making Ohlone an even better school for us all. I learnt so much about our school, my community, the students and government itself during my time as a senator [...] I think it’s an integral part of Ohlone College and does an excellent job helping bring the campus community together and making it stronger.” A.S.O.C. has been responsible for working with Campus

Activities, clubs, administration, peer mentors and more to host successful and popular events such as Science Night, Transfer Day, Club Days and coming up soon- a Know Your Rights workshop. According to an Ohlone student who has attended several A.S.O.C. events, Sabrina Omar, a communication major, stated, “A.S.O.C. has hosted a bunch of stuff that I’ve really enjoyed attending. At first I didn’t even know we had a student government on campus, but after I attended a coffee with the council I became aware of all the different things going on at

ALEXANDRA ROMERO Oakland” for those looking to watch it. The motion picture is about In honor of Black History the struggle of four young Month, a film was presented black men living in “the by Big Spence on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the Smith Center. hood” of Oakland and trying “Set Me Free” was directed to be set free from it. Keith, the main character, and produced by Big Spence, is trying to make it on his who spoke at the Ohlone own with his music and not showing. “Set Me Free” is the origi- let himself be influenced by nal movie title and it is now his surroundings. Keith is known as “Straight Outta ultimately influenced by his

friend Kevin, who is a drug dealer. Kevin’s struggles don’t end at drugs – he secretly takes care of his sick father, who got injured and verbally abuses him. Kenny, another friend of Keith’s, is a full-time college student who chooses to take on a parental father figure role with his cheating girlfriend’s daughter. Finally, Korey is Keith’s cousin who is inde-


A.S.O.C.- Associated Students of Ohlone College- is the student government of our campus. They serve as a voice for the Ohlone students and work along side administration and Campus Activities to host events and make decisions on policies which benefit the student body and positively contribute to campus life. In an exchange I had with Student Trustee- and former A.S.O.C. Senator Miguel Fuentes, he stated with much sentiment, “A.S.O.C. was one of

school. I’m even thinking of applying to be a senator next Fall because I think what they do is awesome.” If you’re interested in applying to be a senator, applications will be available in the fall. If you would like to run for an executive position such as president or treasurer for the A.S.O.C., applications and petitions are available from Feb. 13 to March 13 in the Student Activities office in Building 7. For mroe information email Student Activities Coordinator, Renee Gonsalez, at

This is part of an exhibit called City Works at the Louie-Meager Art Gallery through Feb. 23.

Director appears at movie showing FEATURES EDITOR

cisive on what he should do with his life. Additionally, the film was vaguely based on Big Spence’s life. Each characters faced similar issues that he had gone through. With Keith’s character, it was that Big Spence had found someone that changed his life. Kenny had a bad relationship with someone. Korey didn’t know what to do with his life

and lastly-Kevin was trying to receive love and approval from a parent. Big Spence said his film is about “mental bondage” and how “freedom is a state of mind”. His characters are trying to set themselves free and live a better life. If you are interested in learning more, then go to the Ohlone’s academic website for more events.



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Ohlone’s pool now is shallower, for more efficient heating.

Ohlone’s new fields, pool finally here ALEXANDRA ROMERO


New construction has given Ohlone a different atmosphere. Among the new editions to the campus is a renovated swimming pool located next to Building 9. The pool’s noticeable difference is its depth. Chris Warden, the

Dean of Athletics said, “the pool went from being 19 feet deep in the deep-end to 9 feet deep”. There is also an upgraded mechanical system with higher energy saving efficiency. The heater and filtration system will warm the pool faster and ensure it remains heated for a longer period of time. The diving boards were

removed and it received a fresh coat of paint and a new deck. The decision to construct a soccer, softball and baseball fields was something in the works “for quite a few years,” said Dean Warden. For the past five years, soccer has been off campus due to the lack of a field.

Teams ready for season


As a new spring semester starts at Ohlone College, some of the sports teams are anxiously looking forward to competition after months of practice. The Renegades baseball, softball and swimming teams will kick off their seasons in late January/early February. After an impressive 25-11 season last spring, fourthyear Head Coach Michael Curran and the Renegades baseball team will look to continue their success. “We have a good group of guys,” Curran said. “They work well together and the teamwork is great.” The Renegades will be the first team to play on their new baseball field. The fields

finished construction last year and both teams were able to start practicing on them in the fall. Curran said, “The field is nice; plays nice too. Nice tool for guys and recruits.” Curran and the rest of the coaching staff are confident and ready to accomplish their goals. “We want to improve the culture of the program,” said Curran. “The goal is to win the conference championship.” Ohlone’s softball team hopes to shine under new Head Coach Julie Marshall. Marshall joined the team last year as an assistant coach, and will begin her first year as head coach. Catcher Savina Gonzales had nothing but kind words to say about her. “She’s amazing. One of the best coaches I’ve ever been able to

play for. She creates a bond with the team that’s like no other,” said Gonzales. In addition to a new coach, the softball team will also start playing on their new field. “It’s a dream come true,” said Gonzales. “I’m beyond lucky to be on the first team that has a chance to play on it every day.” Under third-year Head Coach Casey Fleming, the men’s and women’s swim teams will compete in eight meets. The first meet at Ohlone will be Friday, Feb. 17, starting at 10 a.m. For the first time since 2014, Ohlone will be hosting two of the eight meets in the newly renovated pool. For full schedules for every sport, visit www.ohlone. edu/org/athletics.

The baseball field shifted 90 degrees to face a different direction for aesthetic purposes. Dean Warden specified, “if we brought the backstop and the diamond closer to softball, then the audience can come to softball then go to baseball and soccer.” Additionally, a new field house has been built in

between the fields. It has a treatment area, an ice room and a storage room for equipment to maintain the fields. According to Dean Warden, “the three fields are competition, college levels fields, with the soccer field being as big as a football field, which is 120 yards by 75 yards.”

Ohlone joins effort to protect immigrants

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– protecting our residents from what we deem unjust federal immigration laws – fight all forms of bigotry.” Following this sentiment, San Francisco, being one of the most well-known sanctuary cities in the state, also became the first city to sue Trump over his order to defund sanctuary jurisdictions on Jan. 31 2017. On that same day, S.F. Mayor Ed Lee said in his State of the City Address, “The misguided executive order makes our cities less safe, and we believe, is unconstituional. If President Trump is truly invested in making America safer, then it is imperative that the new administration and congress pass comprehensive immigration reform.” The San Francisco lawsuit accuses Trump of overreaching his power. According to the 10th Amendment, the sovereignity of local jurisdictions is protected. Supporters of Trump’s immigration policies believe it’s of utmost importance to protect the country from all aliens. To learn more about immigration policies from immigration attorneys, attend the free “Know your rights!” workshop hosted by A.S.O.C. on Feb. 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Building 7, Room 7101 on the main campus and, same day, on the Newark Campus from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room NC 1100.

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