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Former trustee seeks state office

Auschwitz survivor to speak at Ohlone

RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief Former Ohlone Trustee Bob Brunton will face off Nov. 4 against San Jose City Councilmember Kansen Chu for the 25th State Assembly District seat. Chu, a Democrat, finished first and Brunton, a Republican, was second in the June primary. Both candidates are vying for the seat left vacant by BobWieckowski, a Democrat, who is making his bid for the 10th State Senate District seat in November. The 25th Assembly District includes southern Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, Santa Clara and part of San Jose. Brunton received 23.7 percent of the vote in the primary election, in which he was the only Republican on the ballot. Chu, who received 30.4 percent of the vote, was competing not just against Brunton, but also against three other Democrats. According to Chu’s campaign webpage, two of the other candidates, Ohlone Trustee Teresa Cox and Craig Steckler, endorsed Chu after their defeat. If the Cox and Steckler voters give their support to Chu instead, he will be on track to receive nearly 60 percent of the vote. Running in a traditionally Democratic district is not the only obstacle in Brunton’s path. According to the state Continued on Page 3

Smith Center to host a story of survival and hope through the holocaust LAURA GONSALVES / MONITOR

Holocaust survivor Magda Brown will speak twice this week in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Brown, who was born in of 28 years presented him Miskolc, Hungary, was 17 with a slave as a gift before in 1944 when she and her she died, he set the man family were taken to the free, Haneef said. Auschwitz-Birkenau con“What slave does not centration camp in Poland. yearn for freedom?” Haneef After arriving, Brown asked the audience. was separated from her People mocked Muham- parents, aunts and uncles, mad when he claimed to be cousins and friends. She a prophet – threw things would never see them at him, slapped him and again. cursed his existence. Still, Brown will tell her story he remained humble, Ha- of survival and hope from neef said. noon to 1:30 p.m. today “It was nice to hear and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. about a culture from their Friday in the Smith Cenown perspective,” Ohlone ter. Admission is free, journalism major Stephane and refreshments will be Pera Pena said after the pre- provided. sentation. “I never realized The event is co-sponhow many people make sored by the Student Acassumptions. I was guilty tivities Department and of it myself before, but not Ohlone College history after this meeting.” instructor Stephen Hanna.

Imam battles misconceptions ABIGAIL MONEDA Staff writer Imam Azhar Haneef, the national vice president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA, took part in a multimedia presentation about Islam on Sunday at Ohlone College’s Fremont campus. Haneef and other AMC members organized the event to combat negative stereotypes about Islam, many sparked by violence committed by ISIS and others in the name of the religion. “The purpose of this event was to give people the knowledge of the true meaning of our Islamic culture,” said Saleem Qadir,

director of publications for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. People misinterpret Islam and fail to see the good in the religion, Qadir said. For example, the word “jihad” today is used to promote warfare, he said, but it is derived from a word meaning “to strive.” “The biggest jihad is found within ourselves,” Qadir said. The presentation illustrated the story of Muhammad and how he became an Islamic prophet. Many non-Muslims believe Muhammad was a ruthless ruler, but he always showed great compassion, Haneef said. When Muhammad’s wife

Ohlone hosts City Council debate Several candidates for Fremont City Council took part in an open forum at Ohlone College last week. Five of the nine candidates for City Council on Nov. 4 came out to speak their piece: David Bonaccorsi, Lily Mei, Nancy Liu, Rick Jones and appointed incumbent Raj Salwan. They are running for two seats on the City Council. The other incumbent, Councilmember Anu Natarajan, cannot seek reelection because of term limits. The Ohlone College De-


Imam Azhar Haneef speaks about Islam on Sunday to an audience at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus.


MITCHELL WALTHER Features editor


bate Club organized the event, held in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus. About 30 students attended. One issue was clearly important to all five candidates who spoke at Ohlone: economic development. With minimal differences of opinion, each politician reinforced the idea that Fremont’s downtown development on Capitol Avenue was a key progression. Rick Jones, a retired police officer, also said he wants to see more police and firefighters hired. Attorney David Bonaccorsi said he has “a passion for fun” and wants to see

more public art in the city. Lily Mei, a school board member and business consultant, said the city’s budget needs to be fixed. Councilmember Raj Salwan, a small-business owner, was appointed to the council two years ago and is seeking election to serve a full term. He said the city is doing fine right now, and he will work to keep things moving in the same direction if he is elected. Nancy Liu said she wants the city to organize free seminars to teach local residents how to keep their property clean and maintained – and fine them if they don’t.



Count Dracula will make an appearance at Ohlone College at the end of this month. Read the story on Page 4.




NEWS BITES Flu vaccine now available Flu shots now are available on the Fremont and Newark campuses. The vaccine costs $10 for students and $20 for staff. The shots will be not be available today or Tuesday on the Fremont campus, but will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday. On the Newark campus, shots will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, and from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Day of the Dead festival in Newark M.E.Ch.A., Ohlone Puente and the Associated Students of Ohlone College will hold a Day of the Dead Festival next week on the Newark campus. The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30, will include a presentation by Chicano Studies instructor Ralph de Unamuno, Calaveras poems, sugar skulls, a Day of the Dead altar exhibit, and face-painting. Attendees can bring a photograph or memento of a dead loved one to display at the altars. Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday celebrating those who have died, traditionally runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. People build private altars that often include marigolds, the dead person’s favorite food and drink, and photos and memorabilia of them.

Cafeteria to host Halloween event The Student Activities department is organizing a Halloween costume contest and pumpkin-decorating event next week in the Cafeteria on the Fremont campus. The event, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30, will include free minipumpkins and decorating stations. The Soul Surge openmic event will be held at the same time, also in the Cafeteria. The event is for Ohlone students only, and a student ID card is required. Signup is at 11:30 a.m. Performance slots are limited. – Compiled by Monitor staff

Alameda County Student art displayed releases Ebola information notice MONITOR STAFF The Alameda County Public Health Department on Tuesday issued an update reminding local residents that the risk of catching Ebola remains low and explaining some basics about the disease. As of Oct. 1, the Centers for Disease Control had looked into about 100 Ebola scares in 33 states. Last week, authorities cordoned off a section of Southwestern College in Chula Vista, outside San Diego, amid fears of an Ebola case that turned out to be unfounded. “While we know the spread of Ebola in West Africa has been concerning, the risk to residents across the U.S. and in Alameda County continues to be very low,” according to the health department’s release. “To date, only U.S. health care workers who have treated Ebola patients in West Africa and two health care workers who treated a patient from Liberia diagnosed in Texas have developed Eb-

ola virus infection.” Symptoms include fever (greater than 100.4 degrees), severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. It is not spread through casual contact or through the air. It is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids (including blood, urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a sick person, or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. Symptoms appear an average of eight to 10 days after exposure. The full range is two to 21 days. “Only persons who have traveled to the affected countries within the past 21 days and either have symptoms … or known exposures to persons with Ebola virus disease are considered at risk for developing Ebola infection,” according to the release. For more information, contact the county’s Acute Communicable Disease unit at AcuteCD@acgov. org or 510-267-3250.


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Brunton outspent in election campaign

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Continued from Page 1 campaign finance reports, C h u h a s r a i s e d m o re than $530,000 for his

campaign. Meanwhile, Brunton’s campaign fund only took in the $8,000 he donated to himself. “There is a large difference and it will make a big difference,” Brunton said. “There is no question, with the same amount of money I would win the election. Kansen (Chu)

has the special interest groups such as big labor and big construction.” Chu did not re s p o n d t o the Monitor’s request for comment.

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Three turkeys cross Pine Street from Old Mission Park into a residential neighborhood a few blocks west of Ohlone College’s Fremont campus on Wednesday morning.

Math event at Ohlone MONITOR STAFF The Student Math League, a national competitive math exam at the pre-calculus level, will be administered Nov. 7. The exam will be from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Hyman Hall, HH-218. Gift cards for $75, $60, $50, $40 and $30 will go to the top five scorers, while two $20 gift cards will go to two second-tier scorers chosen at random. The event is sponsored by the Math Department, the Associated Students of Ohlone College, and the Math Club. To prepare for the exam, competitors can search online for “SML old exams,” where there are 22 old exams. Students can work alone or join the Math Club as its members discuss recent exams in HH-218 from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fridays. The topic for this Friday is the February/March 2013 SML exam, which may be found on the rack outside HH-220.





Bollywood dance party hosted by ASOC


Top-left: Ivann Gelico (center) busts a move with other dancers Wednesday afternoon during the Bollywood Dance Party in the Cafeteria at the Fremont campus. Above: Sara Tagliaboschi shows off the henna design drawn onto her hand at the Bollywood Dance Party. Left: Dancers show off their Bollywood moves during the Dance Party in the Fremont cafeteria.

‘Dracula’ brings chills to Smith Center MITCHELL WALTHER Features editor Looking for a creepy night out this Hallows’ Eve? Ohlone’s award-winning theater department has put together a local production of Bram Stoker’s classic horror tale “Dracula.” The bloody and downright terrfiying story comes just in time for the season of pumpkins and ghouls. The origin of modern tales such as “Twilight,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “True Blood,” “Dracula” is the tragic tale that started the vampiric trend. With more than 20 adaptaions containing Dracula by name, and countless vampire-centric series, it’s obvious that we are both terrified and in love with the bloodsucking fiend. Ohlone’s production, complete with Victorian era asylums, Transylvanian castles, and America-bound ships, tells the epic tale of the struggle between Dracula and Abraham Van Helsing. The ageless Count Dracula abandons his ancient

castle in Transylvania and boards a ship for England in search of fresh prey. There he begins anew his campaign of terrible, tortuous desire and bloodlust. Written by Stephen C. Wathen and directed by Michael Navarra, the play guarantees a gruesome evening of vampires, bats and wolves galore. The play opens on Halloween night, and there will be a costume contest, so be sure to do your best to upstage the actors. The grandest outfit will

land someone a $100 grand prize, so come prepared. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 6 through 8, and Nov. 13 through 15. ASL interpretation services will be provided during the showing on Nov. 7. Adult tickets are $20, while student, senior and child tickets are $12. There is an event parking fee of $2 as well. To buy tickets, go to www. or call the box office at 510-659-6031.





A taste of the Cheesetaster RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief


hen I arrived, it was 11:35 a.m. on a Monday. I expected to see how the Cheesetaster Delicatessen held up to the lunch-hour rush. So I was surprised to see only one other customer at the counter. Except for the “Sharks Territory” sign hanging on the wall, the deli could have been transplanted into today from 50 years ago. The Cheesetaster Delicatessen is on Mission Boulevard, just across from Mission San Jose and right down the road from Ohlone College. It’s a fresh, white-painted building that only shows its age once you walk inside. Chips in the counter and floor tiles match the antiquated gold-hued wallpaper. Although it carries something of a rundown look, the cleanliness of the shop gives it a quant, old-timey feel rather than just an old hole in the wall. Although sandwiches appear to be the biggest seller, half of the shop still holds to its original purpose of a cheese shop. The board on the wall boasts cheeses from 10 different countries. Shelves full of crackers, a counter full of deli meats, and logs of salami hanging from the ceiling offer potential pairings to the cheeses offered for sale. I didn’t have very long to take in the ambience before I was up to order. I chose the salami and pastrami with provolone on honey wheat bread. According to my server, it’s one of the most popular choices. The service was efficient and very friendly. About half the customers who came in were greeted by name, but everyone was greeted with a smile. I hoped the implication of these repeat customers might make up for the lack of a lunch rush. One person even came in and actually ordered, “the usual.” I waited a little more than five minutes for my sandwich to be brought to me. It was a sandwich-making speed that might be shunned at Subway, but fell well within the range of fast enough and with proper care and effort, in my opinion. The sandwich was an impressive sight in the little “drive-in burger” style basket. The provolone, shredded lettuce,


Above: The menu board of the Cheesetaster Delicatessen is flanked by logs of dry salami hanging over the sandwich counter. Top-right: A salami, pastrami and provolone sandwich on honey wheat bread, ordered for dining-in and served in a basket. Middle-right: The Cheesetaster sells local honey in addition to cheese, meat, crackers and sandwiches. Bottom-right: The menu board above the cheese and meat counter shows what cheeses they have in stock, along with their country of origin.

sprouts, tomatoes, pickles, mayo and mustard were dwarfed by the thickly piled slices of meat. It isn’t often that a sliced bread sandwich arouses concerns of being too thick. I was somehow able to manage and was rewarded with a big bite that tasted crisp and cool from the greens, but was followed by the warm and peppery flavor of the meats. I’m a fan of texture in my sandwiches, and so was quite pleased with the addition of sprouts to give it some crunch. My only disappointment was in the tomato. It was perfectly normal, but that’s all. To be fair, however, I must confess that I’ve been spoiled by a family friend I’ve dubbed the “Tomato Whisperer.” This past summer, he turned his backyard garden into a veritable tomato jungle. The tomato gracing my Cheesetaster sandwich was clearly of the ordinary store-bought variety. It was not particularly meaty or flavorful. On the plus side, however, it was at least ripe. Nothing ruins a sandwich for me as often as an unripe tomato thrown in because the shop wants to be able to buy in bigger bulk. That’s a crime of which the Cheesetaster was not guilty. All in all, I was happy with my lunch. The size of the sandwich made me glad I had no date to see the mustard and mayo that kept getting on my face, but it more than satisfied my appetite. I look forward to giving the deli my business again in the future, especially if it were to ever organize a festivalstyle pairing with the craft beer shop next door. Well-applied collaboration between those two local businesses would be an exciting opportunity for the Cheestaster Deli, to show it can be a little less deli and a little more Cheesetaster.



Ebola response echoes WWI influenza policy

NADJA ADOLF Contributing writer An open letter to the president, the Senate, and the House: I have growing concerns regarding the handling of Ebola in the country, and I am writing to share them with you. Overandoverwehaveheard Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, tell us that Ebola will be contained in the United States, that health care staff needonlyfollowthesamerules as are followed in handling tuberculosis patients, that it is safe for health care workers to careforEbolapatients, that the CDC has protocols that it has shared with hospitals, and that we don’t need to restrict travel by those from countries with Ebola infections as long as we take their temperatures at the airport. Unfortunately, we have two health care workers who were infected while following protocols that hospital nursing staff have said were constantly changed. Nurse Amber Vinson, concerned about a low-grade fever, repeatedly contacted the CDC before flying from Ohio to Texas. The CDC told her it was safe for her to fly because her temperature was not high enough to be a cause for concern. Vinson flew on a crowded airliner that later was used for other flights without disinfection. We have no idea of how many contacts she had during her travels. As the disease incubation period can be as long as 21 days, it is quite possible that someone could be infected and asymptomatic – or have a low-grade fever likeVinson.


We are assured that all precautions are being taken; but when Vinson was being transported to Emory in Atlanta, the news media clearly showed an individual standing within three feet of her who wore no protective gear at all. He seems to be in good company, as health officers in regular clothing repeatedly entered and left the contaminated Duncan apartment. Why are 4,000 members of the U.S. military being sent into the heart of the epidemic in West Africa? They are not trained as public health officers, nor are they trained in handling Level 4 pathogens. Why are we sending them into an epidemic area in the midst of civil disorder? These are areas where the families of the sick are attacking police, health care workers, and soldiers. It is unclear to me why we are sending U.S. troops into Africa. Can you explain this to me? Has Congress voted on this? Why are we permitting people from the epidemic area to enter the U.S.? Quarantines are a very basic public health practice, yet the CDC director seems to be completely ignorant of them. Is Frieden as ignorant and incompetent as he appears with his continual statements regarding the disease that are almost instantly proved wrong by the disease itself? Or is he acting as President Woodrow Wilson’s Surgeon General Rupert Blue did during the Great Influenza and lying in the service of a political agenda? Historians still marvel that Blue permitted the Great Influenza to ravage the entire Continued on Page 7


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If President Obama owed you a personal favor, what would you ask for? LU YUAN Business

“I would have him help me get into UC Berkeley” MELISSA NG Biology

“I’d ask him if aliens were real” NICHOLAS BISCONER Undecided

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Ebola response echoes past Continued from Page 6 nation and spread overseas in the name of the World War I morale. Rather than quarantining the area of Kansas where it was first reported by a local physician, Blue not only permitted free travel in the civilian population, but also approved transporting troops who had been exposed to the disease throughout the country and overseas. Instead of warning people of the dangers of the disease, the public was constantly assured the disease was ordinary influenza, and that they need not be worried. These measures were taken so that neither war morale nor war bond drives would decline. Unfortunately, this led to a worldwide pandemic. The prevention advice offered the public was laughable – it included such ancient Hippocratic ideas as “keeping the bowels open.” The main results of this advice were death, terror and an entire generation addicted to laxatives. Between 20 million and 40 million people worldwide paid for Blue’s perverting his

position to benefit Wilson’s political agenda to support the “war effort” at all costs. As a result, 675,000 Americans died in the pandemic, 10 times as many as were killed during WWI – and half of all American military deaths in Europe were from influenza. Please do not say that it is selfish to do whatever is required to prevent epidemics and pandemics from erupting in this country; no matter how many Americans die, their deaths will not save one life in Africa or elsewhere. Given our inability to handle the disease within our own borders, it is unclear whether any efforts we undertake elsewhere will be effective. We need to do what is needed to stop the spread of, and to contain this disease; if we fail to do so, we run the very real risk of spreading it to India and China where it could result in horrors beyond anything we can imagine. I am also very uncomfortable with our open borders. It defies credulity to ask us to believe that the Enterovirus D68 outbreak is unrelated to

the massive dispersal of migrant children that occurred in the same time span, especially since our own government has documented the presence of Enterovirus D68 illnesses in Central America. It does not instill confidence in the CDC when they can give us no information on the source of the disease, and makes one wonder again if the CDC is incompetent or lying on behalf of a political agenda. One would think that resources would be devoted to tracing the origins of a disease that is killing and crippling American children, yet we have been given no answers. I have come to believe that the U.S. will take no meaningful actions against the spread of these and other imported diseases unless a politician, a large campaign donor, or their families becomes infected. An epidemic of huge concern is going on in West Africa that supposedly requires the presence of 4,000 U.S. military members. Would you want your child, or sister, or brother, to be sent into the heart of that epidemic?


No. 2 Jerry Wong watches his scoring chance hit the crossbar.

Ohlone loses 13-5

Continued from Page 8 With De Anza attacking, a player inadvertently gave the ball away to Ohlone player Knight. Knight passed the ball from the middle of the pool to his goalie to setup the offense. However, his pass attempt went straight into the hands of a De Anza player who scored just a few feet in front of Goalie Elias Mendez. De Anza added three more goals, making the score 12-4 at the end of the third quarter. “If we can’t win the game, let’s win this quarter,” player Jerry Wong said to his teammates before the start of the fourth quarter. There was some improvement in the fourth as

the Renegades limited De Anza to just one goal. The quarter would end up in a tie after Travis Bravo scored for Ohlone. The Renegades are now 7-14 overall and 0-3 in the Coast division. The loss against De Anza was a division game and they leapfrogged Ohlone in the standings with the win. Sadly for Ohlone, they’re last place in the Coast division despite having a better overall record than De Anza. “They just played poorly today. They just had an off day,” Kendall said when asked if there was anything the team needed to improve on following the loss. “That’s the way it goes sometimes.”




“Just win, baby!”


Above: Parker Knight winds up for his goal against De Anza College. He scored one of five goals in the 13-5 loss Wednesday.

Bad day at the office for Ohlone It was just a really a bad game overall for us. That’s the worst I’ve seen us play all year. -Coach Gene Kendall ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor The Ohlone men’s water polo team suffered one of their worst losses of the season against De Anza College on Wednesday afternoon. De Anza beat the Renegades in convincing fashion 13-5, but the score wasn’t the worst part of the loss. They lost to a reeling De Anza team who was on a 10-game losing streak. Ohlone had De Anza’s number this season, beating them in each of their

previous three matchups – but that wasn’t the case Wednesday. “It was just a really bad game overall for us,” Coach Gene Kendall said. “That’s the worst I’ve seen us play all year.” The game was competitive at the start and after the first quarter, they were knotted up 3-3. Walid Sadat scored two goals for Ohlone and Zack Nelson added another. The second quarter, though, spelled the beginning of the end for the Ren-

Upcoming Renegades games MEN’S SOCCER


Oct. 31, 4 p.m. vs. Foothill College, Central Park, Fremont

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

Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. vs. West Valley College, Accinelli Park, Union City Nov. 11, 3:00 p.m. @ City College of San Francisco

WOMEN’S SOCCER Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m. vs. Chabot College, Central Park, Fremont Nov. 11, 4:30 p.m. vs. Cañada College, Tak Stadium, Fremont Nov. 14, 2:45 p.m. @ Skyline College

Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. vs. Foothill College, Epler Gymnasium, Fremont campus Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. vs. West Valley College, Epler Gymnasium Fremont Campus

MEN’S WATER POLO Friday, 4:00 p.m. @ Cabrillo College


egades. De Anza poured on four goals and Ohlone struggled to get anything going on offense and defense. Kendall was visibly upset at the end of the quarter with the team down 7-4, and he emphasized hus-

tling and staying in position. Parker Knight scored Ohlone’s lone goal in the quarter. The frustrating day for Ohlone was summed up on a sequence of plays halfway through the third quarter. Continued on Page 7


Above: Goalie Elias Mendez gets ready to stop one of many shots. Below: Chris Bennet guards a De Anza player.

The Oakland Raiders are the only winless team in the NFL this season. Dating back to last season, they have lost 11 straight games and haven’t won a game since Nov. 24. The past decade has been ugly in Oakland. They’ve had eight different coaches, multiple draft busts, and a handful of overpaid and unproductive free agents. Their “Commitment to Excellence” the last 11 years has resulted in all losing seasons – excluding back-to-back 8-8 seasons in 2010 and 2011. Without breaking down the X’s and O’s or mentioning how many close games they’ve squandered in recent years, I believe the Raiders’ struggles the past decade can be described in one word: unlucky. One can look at the Raiders in retrospect and criticize them for making awful decisions, but those decisions at the time mostly made sense. Unfortunately for the silver and black, those decisions didn’t work out. Shall I remind you of Jon Gruden? The Raiders traded him and the next season he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory in the 2002 Super Bowl – against the Raiders. I’m not saying that Gruden would’ve brought a Lombardi trophy to Oakland. But he was successful – never had a losing season during his tenure. If JaMarcus Russell took the time to learn how to play like a smart quarterback; would the Raiders have wasted all those draft picks trading for Carson Palmer? What if other first-round picks like Rolando McClain, Darren McFadden or DJ Hayden weren’t always hampered by injuries or, in McClain’s case, always in trouble with the law? The team would have a core of players to build around. If the draft picks worked out, they would have fewer reasons to overpay free agents like Javon Walker, LaMont Jordan and Kevin Boss. I’m not saying that the Raiders didn’t waste their money, draft picks or the fans’ time, but they’re not only on an 11-game losing streak – they’re on an 11year unlucky streak.

Ohlone College Monitor, October 23, 2014  
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