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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 Vol. XLVIII No. 3 What would it be like to be an Ohlone student in the ‘70s? Find out on Page 6.


Then & Now 40 years on the hill 1974 The current Fremont campus opens on Mission Boulevard. Classes had been held at the Serra Center since 1967.

1995 The Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts opens. Actor Tom Hanks appears at the gala opening.

2002 Ohlone opens the Morris and Alvirda Hyman Hall, a business and technology center on the Fremont campus.

2009 The Student Services Center, paid for by Ohlone’s Measure A bond, is completed. This aerial photograph shows Ohlone College’s current Fremont campus after it opened in September 1974. Before that, classes were held at the Serra Center on Washington Boulevard.

Fremont campus celebrates anniversary ABIGAIL MONDEDA Staff writer Much has changed since Ohlone College’s Fremont campus first opened four decades ago. Fremont was less than half its current size, with a population of a little more than 100,000, and much of the area surrounding the campus remained rolling hillside. Local historian and author Lila Bringhurst said the small community welcomed the new campus. “Mission San Jose had a lot of vacant land,” she said.

“I think Ohlone was greeted with open arms.” Irene De Alba, a longtime Fremont resident who works at the Mission Museum, said the area was “just beautiful brown hills” with little other development. “Mission San Jose was only five streets when I moved here in 1959,” she said. The college district first was established in 1965 to serve the communities of Fremont, Newark and Union City. It was named Ohlone College in June 1967 in honor of the Ohlone Continued on Page 3





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The Student Health Center has received a $306,000 grant that will allow it to continue its STEP Up program until 2017. The program’s goal is to to promote student mental health and well-being. For more information, go to

Grand opening for new lab There will be a grandopening party Oct. 14 for the new Kay Harrison Communication Lab on the Newark campus. The party will be from noon to 2 p.m., and will include a tour, food and entertainment. The lab, in the Newark Learning Resource Center, Room 1110, can help students with presentation, including research, organization and delivery techniques, as well as creating visual aids. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The lab is closed Friday.

Workshop tackles difficult behavior A “lunch and learn” workshop next week will discuss how to identify and deal with difficult behavior. The workshop will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus. It will focus on defining difficult behavior, identifying unhealthy reactions, learning how to set limits and respond in productive ways when confronted with bad behavior, and changing behavior to create harmonious relationships at work and home. To RSVP, go to www. MQM737C.

Speech explores gender in sports Nick Chivers will speak about “Construction of Gender in Sports Media Messages” today at the Newark campus. The free speech, part of the Communication Colloquium Series, will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room NC 1100. – Compiled by Monitor staff

Above: Ohone College student clubs set up tables and booths Tuesday and Wednesday at the Palm Bosque to solicit interest and encourage recruitment. Right: Two Ohlone students enjoy the music, dancing and food during Club Days on Tuesday and Wednesday. LAURA GONSALVES / MONITOR

Author to lecture on study of twins MONITOR STAFF Author Nancy Segal will lecture at Ohlone College next month about a 20-year study into twins who were raised apart, as part of the Psychology Club Speaker Series. Segal, professor of psychology and director of the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton, has written about 120 scientific articles and four books. She has appeared on Good Morning America, 20/20, the Oprah Winfrey Show and Discovery Health. Her most recent work is “Born Together – Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study,” which won the 2013 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. Her lecture, “Twins Raised Apart: the Science

Behind the Stories,” will present an overview of the Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart, launched in 1979 at the University of Minnesota. The study, a psychological and medical assessment of 137 separated twin pairs, produced more than 170 scientific publications. The Speaker Series is organized by the Ohlone College Psychology Club with the support of the Associated Students of Ohlone College. All proceeds are used to pay for future educational talks. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Jackson Theatre at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Tickets cost $15 for general admission or $10 for students with ID. Parking costs $2. For more information, call the Smith Center box office at (510) 659-6031.


Author Nancy Segal will speak Oct. 10 at Ohlone’s Fremont campus.





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This stack of old documents shows some of the history of how the Ohlone Fremont campus came to be. A: An aerial photograph taken on May 3, 1972, shows construction of the campus under way. B: The first issue of The Monitor to be released after the completion of the Fremont campus, on Sept. 16, 1974, shows college President Stephen Epler posing with a vending machine (the only source of food on campus at the time). C: A deed, dated Nov 22, 1922, documents the purchace of the land where the Fremont campus now sits. Thomas and Blanche Witherly purchased about 1,000 acres for $10. D: A survey conducted on Jan. 1, 1955, shows the land E.E. Huddleson purchased from the Witherlys in 1948 and subsequently sold to the Ohlone board of trustees. Construction of the campus began in 1972.

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- LILA BRINGHURST Continued from Page 1 Indians who lived here, and the first classes were held later that year at the former Serra Center on Washington Boulevard. The next year, college officials selected the 534-acre Huddleson Ranch property off Mission Boulevard as the home of the future Ohlone College Fremont campus. Construction began in 1972 and the campus opened its doors on Sept. 16, 1974. Enrollment stood at 5,021 students, roughly half the current number. Two buildings, including the gym, still hadn’t been constructed. Library furniture and other equipment wouldn’t arrive until later. “Be patient and keep the pioneering spirit,” college President Stephen Epler told students in a letter published in the first Monitor the day the new campus opened. “Better days are coming.” The new gym would come to be named after Epler, Ohlone’s first president and a well-respected man on campus, Bringhurst said. “Dr. Epler was a gentle-

man,” she said. There was one gripe about the new campus that will be familiar to current Ohlone students, Bringhurst said. “I remember the biggest controversy being the walk from the parking lots to the actual campus itself,” she said. “People complained.” In the years since, the college has expanded with the surrounding community. The Smith Center theater opened in 1995, with actor Tom Hanks as the guest of honor. The Hyman Hall business and technology center arrived in 2002. Voters in 2000 approved a $150 million bond, Measure A, which paved the way for the Newark campus in 2008 and the Student Services Center on the Fremont campus in 2009. Now, the 40-year-old Fremont campus is facing its biggest upheaval since it opened, as the core is being razed and rebuilt. By 2018, students who attended those first classes in the fall of 1974 will be hard-pushed to recognize their campus on the hill.

Above: Ohlone College board member Lyle Edminson (left) and the Huddleson family attend an event relating to the construction of the Fremont campus. Below: A young man sits by the pond behind Building 5 while the original construction of the Fremont campus was under way. MONITOR ARCHIVE




Instructor teaches traditional Indian hand drumming ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor Rohan Krishnamurthy, an accomplished international performer, composer and educator, is Ohlone’s newest music instructor. Krishnamurthy is a master of the mridangam, an ancient popular drum in India. It is a dual-sided tonal drum that is played using a split-finger technique. He has performed all over the world, sharing the stage with well-known Indian classical artists, and he has collaborated with numerous Grammy award winners. He also developed a revolutionary new tuning system for the mridangam. Krishnamurthy even performed for former Indian President Abdul Kalam. Krishnamurthy, 27, grew up in Kalamazoo, a small town in southwest Michigan – a highly unlikely place for a person to specialize in Indian drumming. He began to take lessons at age 8 from Damodaran Srinivasan, a local Indian drum teacher. Srinivasan eventually moved to Boston, but Krishnamurthy still received lessons over the phone to continue his passion for the mridangam. He then received lessons from Indian percussion maestro Guruvayur Dorai, who has been teaching him for the past 15 years. Kr ishnamurthy’s adventure continued at Kalamazoo College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music and chemistry. From there he earned his master’s degrees in musicology and ethnomusicology and then his doctorate in musicology from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. CELEBRATING



Krishnamurthy is now based in San Francisco and gives lessons through a variety of platforms on top of his newest gig at Ohlone. “The Bay Area has long been one of the most active scenes for Indian music and dance,” Krishnamurthy said. “It is a wonderful opportunity to teach here at Ohlone. This ensemble is really a way to bridge the campus and the community, bring the wonderfully diverse community together with our wonderfully diverse student body.” Krishnamurthy said he looks forward to teaching at Ohlone because many people have different musical talents and backgrounds. “This ensemble is offered virtually nowhere else in this country,” he said. “It’s a very unique offering. This is an ideal place to offer that.” Aaron Sandoval, a student taking Krisnamurthy’s ensemble class, said he already has learned a lot from the mridangam technique, and how to apply it to other forms of drumming. “The split-finger technique has opened my mind to a lot of possibilities in sound and rhythm that lie outside of what is conventional,” he said. “He made me realize how there is a lack of emphasis on the rhythmic ideas behind a lot of music, and often when I’m improvising or banging on my desk I think more about how I could integrate some of the ideas behind some of the pieces we’ve learned.” Sandoval said he’s always looking for more students to join his Thursday night class. “I think the ensemble is welcoming to newcomers, and you don’t really need to know much to participate other than how to speak and use your hands, he said.” YEARS






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Music instructor Rohan Krishnamurthy is teaching traditional Indian hand drumming techniques.

FEATURES 30th annual golf tourney raises cash for sports MITCHELL WALTHER Features editor The 30th annual Ohlone College Foundation Golf Tournament took place Monday, calling on donors to participate in a fun day of golfing. Hosted by Fremont Bank and Fremont Orthopedic and Rehabilitative Medicine, the tournament offered a chance to raise some money for the Ohlone Athletics Department. The daylong tournament cost $250 per player. In addition, advertisers contributed tax-deductible donations ranging from $250 to $10,000. Proceeds will help pay for facility upgrades, travel, equipment and uniforms. Put on at Castlewood Country Club near Sunol, the beautiful hill was filled with golf carts as donors finished their fresh-made

breakfast before tee time. After a shotgun start around 11:30 a.m., the golfers hit two different courses and played throughout the day. The army of plaid shorts and polo shirts grabbed their ham-andcheese boxed sandwiches and off they went. There were many different people on the hill taking part in this event. Experienced golfers and amateurs alike showed up to play. Athletes from all departments of Ohlone showed up in full force to help make the tournament a success. The student volunteers worked at jobs ranging from parking cars to serving ice cream in order to make sure donors had a day to remember. Politely clapping and quietly supporting the players, the volunteers made it a special time and gave the event a professional feeling.

Above: A golfer takes a swing Monday during the 30th annual Ohlone College Foundation Golf Tournament. The tournament raises money for the college’s athletic teams.Right: A bag of golf clubs awaits the start of the tournament. MITCHELL WALTHER / MONITOR






Consent law well-intentioned but misguided RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief “Is it OK if I dance in a way that causes my genitals to rub against your hip, thigh and/ or butt area?” Imagine yelling that to a potential dance partner over the din of conversation and loud club music. That is the burden that the Legislature has voted to place on college students across the state. The affirmative-consent bill passed late last month is, at best, well-intentioned but misguided. At worst it a toothless piece of legislation that seems to protect students from sexual assaults, but actually only serves to muddy the waters and potentially tread on the rights of students. If the bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it would make colleges adopt a student conduct policy requiring explicit consent to engage in sexual activity. I can only assume the Legislature didn’t actually think through the implications of that. If the music is too loud, students may want to resort to writing the question out on a napkin. In fact, it would probably be safest to have them initial their permission on the napkin just so you have a written record of the “affirmative consent.” That type of dancing may soon go out of style for college students. After all, it is exhausting enough without having to verify regularly that affirmative consent is still continuing through the entire process, as required by the bill.

The process may be somewhat streamlined during actual sexual intercourse, as cries of “YES!” and “Keep going!” can be continually shouted by both parties, thereby satisfying the requirement that each party ensures he or she has the continuing affirmative consent of the other. Students must bear in mind however, that moaning and grunting should be avoided as it may be viewed as overly ambiguous communication. More clarity may be required to satisfy the requirements of the law. Additionally, phrases such as “No! Don’t stop!” and “No, don’t! Stop!” can be easily confused in the heat of the moment and should definitely be avoided. While affirmative consent must be explicitly given, the law does stop short of requiring the consent to be verbally provided, which the deaf community should be relieved to read. However, commenting on the logistics of expressing ongoing affirmative consent throughout a sexual activity is beyond my limited experience with ASL. Essentially, where the bill completely falls flat on its face is in criminalizing an activity that could be consensual but not expressed. Two people could be engaged in consensual sexual activity, but still be in violation of a conduct policy because they are comfortable enough with each other to accept implied consent. Lawmakers are in an understandably difficult position in trying to tackle sexual assaults on college campus-



The Monitor staff poses for a photo in the fall of 1974, the semester the current Fremont campus opened. Standing, from left: editor Mike Baptista, photographer Jim Bogush, columnist Bob Schaak, news editor Kevin Dwyer, and artist and writer Kent Kavasch. Seated, from left: photo editor Mike Creed, ad manager Vicki Fisher, feature editor Burt Dekker, and sports editor Sue Trevarthen. Not pictured: reporter Dianne Geib.

PHRASES SUCH AS “NO! DON’T STOP!” AND “NO, DON’T! STOP!” CAN BE EASILY CONFUSED IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT es. No man or woman deserves to be the victim of sexual abuse. We all deserve to feel safe on and off our campus. The bill is not a complete failure. The requirement for colleges to make any local assistance programs and other applicable services available to victims of sexual assault is admirable. Likewise, the mandate to implement sexual violence prevention programs is a step in the right direction.

However, stacking the odds in determining a violation is not going to serve anybody. Nobody deserves to be kicked out of school because they “probably” did whatever someone decided to accuse them of. Which, of course, is the crux of the problem. Most of these cases will routinely boil down to a case of, “He said, she said.” No piece of legislation is going to make that situation easier for college administrations. If you raise the standard of

proof, you risk perpetrators of sexual assault escaping justice, and victims becoming reticent to come forward. However, if you lower the burden of proof, you risk soliciting false accusations from students who know that the onus will lie with the accused. Students’ reputations and college careers could be ruined as a result of a false accusation made out of spite or even “buyer’s remorse.” The plus side of this piece of legislation is that it may force some of us who are shy to come out of our shells in the bedroom. After all, communication is the key to any satisfactory relationship. Let’s just hope that it is cries of affirmation and not accusation that echo through this state’s college dormitories.

What would have been the best thing about Ohlone in the ’70s? CHAYA PRASAD Business Administration

“The cost of books. I wish they were cheaper” ANALI VARGAS Nursing

“The clothing, style, maybe even the atmosphere ” GABRIELA REYES Fine arts

“Clothing, friends and socializing” JOEY TORRES Communication

“Ooh, the ’70s. The women, maybe. The music, definitely – and the clothing”

MAX DIAZ Sports broadcasting

“Easier lifestyle”




Ohlone defeats Las Positas College 5-2 Continued from Page 8 a phenomenal individual effort by Analysia Flores, who darted past defenders and drilled a 35-yard laser, making the score 3-1. Vanessa Villanueva later kicked a beautiful lead pass to Mendoza, who found the back of the net for the second time and increased the lead to 4-1. The Lady Renegades controlled the pace for much of the first half and outperformed Las Positas in almost every aspect. Las Positas began the second half looking reenergized and quickly scored in the opening moments of the second half. Both teams stepped up defensively in the second half, turning the match into a game of grinding defensive play. Ohlone did cement their victory with one final goal, when Urena dribbled past two defenders and put a shot on goal. Urena’s shot was blocked by a defender, but the ball deflected off a post to the well-positioned Izabel Blancas, who secured the goal and the 5-2 win. The Lady Renegades’ next game will be another conference game against Chabot College on Friday.


Cristina Mendoza (above) scoring one of her two goals against Las Positas College, leading the Lady Renegades to victory.

Letter: Sensitivity not a virtue Regarding the opinion article in the Monitor on Sept. 11, I have to disagree with the idea that our media needs to always treat stories with “sensitivity”; I believe our news media spends far too much time covering stories with “sensitivity. sanitizing events, not covering stories that don’t support a particular agenda or might offend or upset some, or putting a spin on events in order to support a particular political bias or to avoid offending people. Unfortunately, a press that sees its interest in pleasing the powerful and being inoffensive is not particularly effective. Such a press would never have considered publishing the likes of Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, or even Mark Twain, as their styles of reporting were often considered offensive and insensitive. The problem with sensitive, inoffensive reporting is that it does not inform, it reassures. And this can have dangerous consequences. A very underreported story is the recent incident

where a particularly insensitive reporter, Dan Joseph of the Media Research Center, decided to see what would happen if he circulated a petition in support of ISIS at George Mason University. He found students willing, and even eager, to sign. Although the situation in Iraq and Syria has been in the news for weeks, many had no idea of what ISIS was, but signed anyway. Others had heard of ISIS and signed the petition because they were opposed to war. One intellectual giant insisted that one of the beheaded journalists was “Mossad” and anyway, he was probably Jewish and had it coming. Now, I’m not into frightening the horses; but I suspect that if the videos of ISIS killing little Yazidi children and beheading journalists had been shown on the US media it might just be that fewer students would have signed a petition in support of a homicidal, fascist dictatorship. NADJA ADOLF CNET student






The Ohlone College women’s soccer team beat Las Positas College 5-2 at Tak Fudenna Memorial Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Lady Renegades dominate Las Positas ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor The Lady Renegades put on a show offensively, leading them to a 5-2 victory in their first conference game, against Las Positas College. Ohlone is on a two-game win streak, improving their overall record to 3-4 and their important conference record to 1-0. The Lady Renegades struggled to score goals earlier this month. They went through a three-game losing streak, only scoring one goal in those three games. The past two games, Ohlone has registered seven goals and won both of their match-ups. “The DVC (Diablo Valley College) game got us going last Friday and hopefully we can start a little roll here,” Head Coach Larry Heslin said. “(It) was a good way to start out conference. ... We have a fantastic group of girls who have a lot of attacking talent and we saw a lot of that.”

The offensive outburst was a team effort. Eight different players contributed to the stat sheet. Cristina Mendoza led the way with two goals and Melissa Urena scored a goal and an assist. “It was all about selfmotivation,” Mendoza said about the team’s performance. “We’ve been practicing real hard and we played how we practiced.” The well-practiced Lady Renegades began the first half attacking the net and Las Positas’ defense struggled against the sustained pressure. In the third minute, Madison Cook hurled an impressive 30-yard throw-in toward a cluster of players, and Urena headed it into the back of the net, putting the Lady Renegades up 1-0. Ohlone’s attack continued as a ball passed through the Las Positas defenders and reached a sprinting Mendoza. She dribbled past an overaggressive

Upcoming Renegades games MEN’S SOCCER


Friday, 1:30 p.m. vs. Shasta College, Accinelli Park, Union City

Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. vs. Canada College, Epler Gymnasium, Fremont campus

Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. vs. Monterey Peninsula College, Tak Stadium, Fremont

Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. vs. Gavilan College, Epler Gymnasium, Fremont campus

Oct. 3, 4 p.m. vs. Gavilan College, Central Park, Fremont

Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. vs. Skyline College, Epler Gymnasium, Fremont campus

WOMEN’S SOCCER Oct. 3, 1:30 p.m. vs. City College of San Francisco, Central Park, Fremont Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m. vs. Skyline College, Central Park, Fremont Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m. vs. Evergreen Valley College, Tak Stadium, Fremont

MEN’S WATER POLO Oct. 10, 3 p.m. vs. West Valley College, Swimming Pool, Fremont campus Oct. 22, 3 p.m. vs. De Anza College, Swimming Pool, Fremont campus


goalkeeper and tapped it into the net. The Lady Renegades’ 2-0 lead didn’t last long however. Las Positas scored in the 11th minute, following a misplay by Ohlone’s back-

line that left the goalkeeper out of position and gave Las Positas a wide-open net. Ohlone responded to Las Positas’ comeback bid with Continued on Page 7


Above: Sarah Hardin clears the ball, starting another scoring chance. Below: Nicole Costello grabs the ball from a Las Positas player.

The only things certain in life are death, taxes and the San Jose Sharks losing in the playoffs. Fourteen of the past 15 seasons the Sharks have made the playoffs, but they have yet to win the Stanley Cup. Last season’s playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings was arguably the worst disappointment in Sharks history. They were leading three games to none, but found a way to lose the next four games. They lost the series and brought the hopes of fans and players alike crashing down. The postseason was such a let down, General Manager DougWilson began talking about “rebuilding.” We all braced for management to blow up the roster, fire the coaching staff and change the culture of the team. The Sharks didn’t do enough this offseason to improve their chances in the playoffs. Removing Joe Thornton as captain, replacing Drew Remenda and adding in-game eyecandy – I mean, ice girls have nothing to do with their playoff struggles. If they don’t want the older key players like Thornton and Patrick Marleau to lead the team, why not trade them? They could build a team around their younger core players like Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Brent Burns and Thomas Hertl. The veterans can be traded for draft picks – the next batch of Pavelskis, Coutures, Burns and Hertls. Trading Thornton or Marleau also would free up room under the salary cap, so the team can improve via free agency. That money definitely could have been used to improve the goaltending. If Wilson said that the team should rebuild – they should actually do it. I’m not saying they should decimate the team, but they should make the necessary changes to the roster. Losing every year in the playoffs with the same lineup is unacceptable. Fourteen years is enough. Let’s build the San Jose Sharks Stanley Cup Champions, not the San Jose Cubs.

Ohlone College Monitor, September 25, 2014  

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