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Board hears from equity workgroup VANESSA LUIS Editor-in-chief The Student Equity Workgroup presented a summary of their goals and efforts at achieving student equity on campus during the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday night. The workgroup was launched in the fall to implement the Student Equity Plan, which aims to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students by creating a learning community for African-American students, expanding the Puente program, and other measures. English Professor Alison Kuehner delivered the presentation, mentioning several projects and accomplishments such as the upcoming Veteran Resource


Above: Stacey Lynn Bell, right, and Idrees Najibi perform a scene from “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley. Right: John Vargas, right, and Amir Hasan perform a scene from “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh. They were practicing for a competition in Denver.

CSU faculty union threatens April strike

STUDENT ACTORS TO COMPETE IN AUDITIONS RISHABH SINGHAL Staff writer Two Ohlone students will travel to compete in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Denver next week. Idrees Najibi, 22, and JohnVargas, 23, were nom-

Center, Student Voices, Embedded Tutor program, and Nishati-Umoja, a program to help African American students achieve success. The Student Equity Workgroup also attended student focus groups, taking notes on the student perspective. After the presentation, Trustee Jan Giovannini-Hill asked, “On the Student Equity Workgroup, do you have any student members?” Kuener replied, “We talked about having a student on The Student Equity Workgroup but I think we thought it might be more productive [to have] these, for instance, having a student focus group … because we want to find out many students’ perspectives. Also, meeting twice a month for an hour and a half seemed like a lot of commitment for a student.”

inated to compete in the auditions Monday through Feb. 20. They will be accompanied by their acting coach Michael Navarra Smith and scene partners Stacey Lynn and Amir Abdullah. According to the Kennedy Center’s website, the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships “provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to

outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education.” Najibi and Vargas will audition to win the $500 scholarship and be named national finalists. If they are selected to compete nationally, they will get the chance to win a $5,000 Continued on Page 4

BRIANNE O’SULLIVAN News editor The California State University faculty union on Monday announced its plan to execute a five-day strike in April that would bring teaching at all 23 campuses to a standstill, should the union and CSU system fail to reach an agreement over salaries. The strike is scheduled to be held on April 13 to 15 and April 18 to 19. Cal State employees are asking for a 5 percent raise across-the-board and an ad-

ditional 1.2 percent increase for some faculty, which is estimated to cost the CSU system $102 million. As of now, the CSU administration has offered a 2 percent raise. During the Great Recession, faculty members agreed to meager COLAs and virtually no raises. However, faculty association President Jennifer Eagen, a professor at CSU East Bay, announced that they agreed to the meager funding “in the hopes that when the good times came, Continued on Page 3

Trump: not the last person I’d pick for Oval Office COMMENTARY BRIANNE O’SULLIVAN News editor Since announcing his candidacy, Donald Trump has gotten an unprecedented amount of attention from the media, American people, and, in all likelihood, some extraterrestrial life. People either love his “tell it like it is” attitude or slam him for his hate speech and xenophobic “solutions.” While I do not believe Donald Trump can, or will, “Make America Great Again,” he is not the last person I would want to see in the Oval Office.

Were it to come down to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz as the next President of the United States I would pick Trump faster than you can say toupée. And here’s why: Planned Parenthood Annihilating women’s reproductive rights is one of Cruz’s top priorities. He is for defunding Planned Parenthood and is staunchly pro-life. He doesn’t believe in exceptions in the case of rape or incest and considers some forms of birth control, such as the IUD and Plan B, abortion. These extreme stances are totally out of

line with those held by the majority of Americans. When asked to detail Cruz’s stance, spokesman Rick Tyler, simply answered “Life at conception, no exceptions.” What a catchy-yet-terrifying almost rhyme. Kind of a flashback to when Ted Cruz read “Green Eggs and Ham” on the Senate floor. It should be noted that Donald Trump has made conflicting statements about his stance on Planned Parenthood. But recently, he said he supports the status quo. Government Shutdown In October 2013 Cruz orchestrated the 16-day government shutdown

over Obamacare. Last year around the time when false allegations were being thrown at Planned Parenthood, Cruz threatened another government shutdown if Planned Parenthood wasn’t defunded. Many of his fellow Republicans were aghast at the thought of shutting the entire federal government over the issue. It even played a role in Speaker John Boehner’s resignation. Trump, a businessman at heart, is at least willing to compromise and strike a deal. A president who is willing to stop everything over one matter is dangerous. Trump has threatened a government shutdown before. But the difference

between him and Cruz on this issue is that a) Cruz has actually done it before and b) “The Apprentice” star’s political rhetoric is more about garnering a reaction than making promises. Tea Party The Tea Party Movement arguably ruined the Republican party. The small but absolutist sect has held the GOP and our government hostage on numerous occasions by making uncompromisable and harmful demands. At the center of it lies Texas Senator Ted Cruz. So far, politicians who subscribe to the Tea Continued on Page 3





Math League exam March 4

The Student Math League will be administered on Friday, March 4, in Hyman Hall. The league, a national competitive math exam at the pre-calculus level, will be administered from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Friday, March 4, in HH-218. The Associated Students of Ohlone College has provided gift cards for $75, $60, $50, $40, and $30 that will go to the top five scorers, while two $20 gift cards will go to two lucky second-tier scorers chosen at random. Students can prepare by taking old exams. Go to amatyc.html and then click on previous exams. Math Club members will discuss more recent exams, from 2014 to 2015, in HH-218 from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Fridays. Members will discuss the 2014-15 school year exams on Feb. 19, and the Fall 2015 exams on Feb. 26.

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Ohlone music instructor and jazz/rock guitarist Tim Roberts will join his bandmates for a live performance of the compositions from his recent CD, “Chinese Malibu,” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors, and children younger than 12. For more information or to buy tickets, call 510-659-6031 or go to www.ohlone. edu/org/smithcenter/box.html. To learn more about Roberts and his music, go to

The Faculty Senate is seeking nominations for a graduation speaker for the annual Commencement Ceremony on May 20. The speaker will talk for no more than 10 minutes after the ASOC president’s presentation and before the valedictorian’s presentation. The speaker should have a strong connection to the college. Additional criteria include outstanding academic achievement; significant social or community service; statewide, national or international recognition in their field; extraordinary career service; and acknowledged leadership. To submit a nomination, provide a brief summary and additional documentation to Faculty Senate President Jeff Roberts at jroberts@ohlone. edu. Nominations are due by Friday.

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we’d be able to negotiate a good contract. Then the good times came, and we’re still not able to negotiate a good contract.” According to the union, the average employee makes about $46,000. Nick Chivers, a communications professor at Ohlone and San Francisco State University, said that after graduating with a master’s degree from SF State, he worked as both a part-time professor at SF State and a shift supervisor at Starbucks Coffee. After taxes, medical benefits, and other costs, working as a barista paid better than being an educator, he said. “It’s a sad state of affairs, given the amount of dedication and years of education it takes to earn a master’s degree and choose to be in education, that a coffee company is a legitimate

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ASOC members (left to right) Renee Gonzales, Waffa Elshawarbi, Sonia Patel, Austin Lee and Jamila Wardak invite Ohlone students on the Newark campus to participate in the next election.

economic competitor for an adjunct faculty member,” he said. Despite the economic drawbacks, Chivers pursues his career as an educator because he has a passion for “changing the lives of students.” Should the strike happen, it would be the first systemwide strike in CSU history.

CSU administrators argue that if they were to give faculty the 5 percent increase they ask for, other priorities would fall by the wayside, including expanding access to courses, increasing enrollment, facility upgrades, and hiring new faculty and other student-support service employees. The strike would affect

the 460,000 students in the Cal State system. “This isn’t an issue that is unique to the CSU system,” Chivers said. “The monetary value of educators is a much larger social, cultural and political issue reaching kindergarten teachers to tenured university professors, and some are hurting much worse than others.”

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Party agenda have been limited to positions in Congress. Electing an Executive who has a seat at the Tea Party would be a serious blow. The largest Tea Party group in America has endorsed Cruz. The Tea Party’s temperature on Trump is mixed at best. He has a few connections to the far-right movement, but for the most part is not explicitly tied to them or their beliefs, whereas Cruz is a key and extreme player in their game. Supreme Court justices,

nominees and amendments Probably the most important duty the next President will have is nominating as many as four Supreme Court justices. This could reshape the direction our country takes for decades. Cruz wants to fundamentally change the nature of the Supreme Court. The judiciary branch is the most stable wing of our federal government and the least likely to cave to public opinion. This allows for our nation to progress at a steady pace. Cruz supports a constitutional amendment

that would subject Supreme Court justices to retention elections every eight years. This drastic change to the Constitution would make the judicial branch, which has for the most part operated above political mania, extremely political.

He’s cold, methodical, calculating Donald Trump is an intelligent, successful business-

man and he would never give up the chance to let the world know that. He is arrogant, requires endless admiration, and is prone to compulsive comments and insults. Not characteristics you want in a Commander in Chief. Ted Cruz is also intelligent. He attended Princeton and Harvard Law School, but he is content in keeping his intelligence and calculating way of thinking from the public.

Deadline approaches SUDOKU for Sweden study trip MONITOR STAFF The deadline is Feb. 25 to enroll in a study abroad trip to Sweden this summer. English Professors Melanie Fernandez and Tracy Virgil will lead the trip to Stockholm from May 30 through June 12. The trip, which costs from $5,285 to $5,645, will include airfare and all transportation costs in Sweden, four-star hotels, one meal per day and some dinners, and entrance fees to museums and guided tours. The program involves taking two hybrid courses (registration costs not included in the trip cost) taught by Virgil and Fernandez: Modern Fiction (3 units) and Memoir Writing (3 units). The courses will include some meetings on campus before and after the trip, two weeks in Sweden, and an online component. Students who put down a $95 deposit when they enroll will have access to Tripfunder, a tool to get family and friends to donate money to help pay the costs. To enroll through EF Travel and view the itinerary and costs, go to For more information, email mfernandez@ohlone. edu or


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American Crime Story On Feb. 2, FX premiered “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. This 10-episode limited series engulfs you in the O.J. Simpson trial, in which the prosecution and defense battle to either convict or acquit the football legend. The case focused on the double homicide of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles more than 20 years ago. The series is based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is a compelling behindthe-scenes look at the case. Produced by Ryan Murphy (also known for his work on “Glee” and “American Horror Story”), the series is an emotionally layered work with Murphy’s classic production style. The casting is dynamic and spot-on. Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story” veteran, plays Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial. Paulson does a beautiful job of bringing the character to life with a clear hunger for justice in her eyes. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the infamous O.J. Simpson. Gooding’s performance is incredible, as he brings forward Simpson’s eccentricities and an unmistakable anger. The writers do a phenomenal job at supplying background and information subtly through

Random radio news I’ve been searching the radio news websites so that I could come up with a few interesting things for this week’s radio column. Here’s some of what’s been happening in the radio industry lately. Last week, I wrote a column about a highly interactive radio show called “Saturday Night Online Live with Romeo.” Here’s

dialogue, rather than troubling us with the common problem of dialogue that is much too expository. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” is quickly becoming one of the most compelling TV dramas I have watched (that does not contain superheroes or other supernatural creatures). The series focuses on the case as it is with all of its media exposure, drama and overall spectacle, rather than having an emphasis on somehow exposing the truth behind the trial. The series is a realistic and factual depiction of the “trial of the century” that took place so many years ago. Even for those of us who were much too young to remember the actual case, this series does a great job of starting at the beginning, and provided all of the needed information. Another great thing about this series is the cultural significance here in the United States. This case was so highly watched all around the country that everyone knew of this case, and there was a racial divide over the innocence (or lack thereof) of O.J. Simpson. There was an inherent distrust of the police by black Americans in this time period; what is great about the timing of this series is that there is a certain relevance because of the more recent events and protests that we are seeing in the U.S. now. In this series, we see how the Los Angeles Police Department’s history with the city’s black community was a significant factor in the media frenzy that ensued when a black athlete was accused of murdering his ex-wife, a white woman. You can watch “The People vs. OJ Simpson” on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesdays. Tweet Me @vanessamluis a follow up to last week’s story. Beginning Feb. 20, the popular Top 40 music radio show will be rebranded as “Most Requested Live with Romeo.” “We are excited to continue to grow and expand our highly interactive brand,” Romeo told the music industry website All Access. “Connecting with our listeners from all across North America and playing their most requested songs is our imprint. The brand update is simply a reflection of what we do best, interaction and programming the biggest weekend party live in real time.” Do you think the “Most Requested Live” show will finally get an affiliate here in the Bay Area? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, you will have to listen to it


Stacey Lynn Bell, left, and Idrees Najibi rehearse the climax of a scene from “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley. Najibi was nominated to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Denver.

Student actors to compete in Denver Continued from Page 1 award to a school of their choice. This is the first time for both Najibi and Vargas to be nominated. “An adjudicator came to see One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest last fall at Ohlone,” Smith said. “They picked John and Idrees after watching the show.” Ohlone College’s Fall production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” also won six Meritorious on any of their 150 affiliated radio stations, including WIOQ (Q102) in Philadelphia, which is available through the iHeart Radio app. You can download it from your favorite app store. This show will continue to air from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. *************************** Do you remember listening to “The Doghouse with JV and Elvis on Wild 94.9? The show that dominated the Bay Area morning show ratings for many years by having its cast members doing all these crazy stunts and doing their very funny prank calls? Hosts JV and Elvis have recently got back together for a new afternoon show of the same name, this time on KKSF-AM (Talk 910). JV will

Achievement Awards from the Denver festival. The awards were given to students who worked on the production. Najibi and Vargas will perform a monologue and two partner-assisted scenes each for the Irene Ryan audition. Their scenes are adapted from classic plays, including Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Neil LaBute’s “Filthy Talk for Troubled Times.” According to Bell, who was an Irene Ryan nominee

in 2013, “The scenes were chosen so they could showcase the talents of Idrees,” who is the main actor. “I am here just as a prop.” The two theater majors have been preparing for the audition for the past three months. They performed a rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon in front of a casual audience. “It really helps to perform in front of an audience, because once you’re able to do it for one, you can do it for any.”

continue hosting his morning show at WiLD. I plan to write a column about this show in an upcoming issue.

longtime anchor at KPIXTV. He covered major news stories including the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the 1991 Oakland Hills fire. He retired in 2000 to take care of his wife, Sally, who had been diagnosed with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

*************************** Bay Area radio has lost a legend, as longtime KCBS news anchor Al Hart died last month in an Alamo hospice after a long illness. He was 88. He started his storied Bay Area radio career at KABL in 1960, serving as the station’s program director. He then left for KNBR in 1965 and joined KCBS a year later, serving as producer and sidekick for Dave McElhatton, another Bay Area news legend. Two years later, Hart became a news anchor. He became lead anchor in 1976 when McElhatton switched to television to become the

************************** That’s about all I have this time. If you see anything happening in the radio business that I need to know about, please let me know. Until then, peace in your hood! Radio columnist Henry Ochs can be reached at DJHammerinhank@gmail. com or on Twitter @DJHammerinhank





The band OneRepublic performs on the City Stage at Super Bowl City in San Francisco on Friday night. Above and left: Lead singer Ryan Tedder. Right: Cellist Brent Kutzle. Below-left: Tedder, right, and lead guitarist Zach Filkins. Below-right: A fireworks show at 10 p.m. caps off the night. For more photos, check out Instagram user six. twentytwo




Sanders, Trump victorious in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Primaries were held on Tuesday. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primary with 60.4 percent of the vote and Hillary Clinton came in second with 38 percent. Sanders had been expected to win the liberal hotspot. The Republican results were a bit more surprising. Donald Trump came in first with 35.3 percent. John Kasich, one of the lesser known candidates, came in second with 15.8 percent. Kasich is a more traditional Republican who, if he were to make it to the general election, would appeal to independents and those who fall more toward the center of the political spectrum. Ted Cruz, the winner of the Republican Iowa Caucus, came in third. He was closely followed by Jeb Bush. And Rubio came in fifth – a poor showing, but not all that surprising considering his last debate performance. Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspended their campaigns after New Hampshire. Ben Carson and Jim Gilmore are still in the race for the GOP nomination. But after poor showings in New Hampshire and with little hope for South Carolina, it is very doubtful they will stay in the race for the long haul. Historically, winning the New Hampshire primary Continued on Page 7


Three ways to love someone with schizophrenia PATRICIA PRAKASH Contributing writer I was 16 when a member of my family was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a scary word, and it is described by another scary word – degenerative. Schizophrenia is currently believed to grow worse with time. In my personal experience with this family member, I






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have not seen the disease grow worse, but I will not presume to say what the future holds. After all, when something as frightening as schizophrenia hits this close to home, it becomes very necessary to take it one day at a time. Schizophrenia is debilitating but the care of this person has not fallen onto my shoulders; rather, it has fallen onto my family’s collective shoulders. If I am burdened at all, the burden

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is feather light. All I really have to do for this person, in fact, is love him. Loving a schizophrenia patient is just like loving like anybody – difficult and worth it. Here are three ways I know to show love to this person. One part of showing love to a person struggling with mental illness is treating him or her as normally as possible. It took a long time for us to understand what should have been intuitively

obvious – the person does not always want to talk about his disease. My mother would often ask him about whether he was still hearing voices, and if so, what were the voices saying. She really meant well – she thought that talking about it would ease the fear, which it does sometimes. However, my cousin would often ask Continued on Page 7

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Upcoming games WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Friday, 5 p.m. vs. City College of San Francisco, at the Fremont campus. Wednesday, 5 p.m. vs. College of San Mateo at the Fremont campus. Feb. 19, 5 p.m. at Chabot College in Hayward.

MEN’S BASKETBALL Friday, 7 p.m. vs. City College of San Francisco at the Fremont campus.

Wednesday, 7 p.m. vs. Cañada College at the Fremont campus. Feb. 19, 7 p.m. at Chabot College in Hayward.

BASEBALL Friday, 1 p.m. at College of the Siskiyous in Weed. Saturday, 1 p.m. at College of the Siskiyous in Weed. Feb. 18, 2 p.m. vs. Feather River College at Milpitas High School.

Feb. 19, 2 p.m. at Porterville College.

SOFTBALL Friday, 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., vs. West Hills College and College of the Siskiyous in Coalinga. Saturday, 10 a.m. at College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Tuesday, 3 p.m. at Chabot College in Hayward. Feb. 18, 3 p.m. at San Mateo College.

SWIMMING Friday, 10 a.m., Coast Conference Kick Off Invitational in Livermore. Feb. 26, 2 p.m., vs. City College of San Francisco, Cabrillo College and West Valley College in San Francisco. March 4, 10 a.m., De Anza Invitational in Cupertino. March 11-12, 10 a.m., Cuesta Invitational in San Luis Obispo.


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has been an important indicator of who will get their party’s nomination. The next primary is South Carolina’s on Feb. 26. Super Tuesday, an incredibly important day because multiple states hold their primaries, will be on March 1. California’s primary is on June 7, so be sure to register to vote!

Loving a person with schizophrenia SUDOKU SOLUTION Continued from Page 6 him whether he wanted to play a video game, and if so, which one. This person really gravitated to the latter, because he could feel normal in his presence. Another part of showing love to a person struggling with any mental illness is guiding him into calming situations. I think the best thing I ever did to this person was dragging him to church one day. Church is undeniably calming – with beautiful gospel music and people at their kindest, and a promise that someone greater than ourselves can take care of us. I don’t always have perfect faith, but hearing our pastor say that “God has

us in the palm of his hand” is utterly therapeutic to me and has proven to be helpful to this person as well. This mental illness used to cause him great fear, but the message that God will take care of us largely eases it. A third part, and the last tip I have for loving a person struggling with any type of mental illness, is to stay optimistic. Many mental ailments have a component of stress connected to them, and like anybody else, patients can be harmed by stress. It is essential to realize that stress is absolutely contagious. For the person’s sake as well as your own, take it one day at a time. Don’t stress out over what you cannot change. Be brave against the odds.



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Baseball team off to hot start, wins first 3

CRISTIAN MEDINA Sports editor Spring is right around the corner, which means America’s favorite pastime is a few months away from coming back. At Ohlone, however, baseball and softball are in full swing, with both teams already a few games into their seasons. The Renegades baseball team is off to a hot start, having won its first three games.

Ohlone opened their season traveling to Folsom Lake College, where they delivered a beat-down and shut out the Falcons 14-0. The Renegades’ latest win came against Cañada College. After the Colts broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with a run, Ohlone immediately responded with a two-run top of the sixth. An insurance run in the eighth and a strong pitching performance was plenty to lift the

Renegades to a 5-3 win. The victory was secured in large part due to pitcher Grant Goff, who came into the game in relief in the middle of the third inning. Goff went five and twothirds innings, only giving up one run on six hits with four strikeouts to earn the win. Ronnie Reed struck out two in the ninth to close out the game. Softball has had a slow start to their season and

are hoping to get back in the win column on Friday when they play in the COS Tournament. After opening their season with a tie against Diablo Valley, the Lady Renegades exploded for fifteen runs in a 15-1 rout of Modesto Junior College. The success was shortlived as Ohlone has lost their last three games. Their most recent was a 7-5 loss at the hands of Santa Rosa.



Above: Chris Martin, lead singer of the British band Coldplay, starts the Super Bowl 50 halftime concert with “Viva la Vida” from the album “A Head Full of Dreams” at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. Below-left: Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller tries to tackle Cam Newton in one of the few chances the Carolina Panthers quarterback had in the game. Below-right: Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (No. 22) tries to pass a Panthers player while Broncos center Matt Paradis follows him as a backup.

New Sheriff in town There is a new Super Bowl champion of the NFL. The Denver Broncos put on a defensive clinic at Levi’s Stadium, holding the Carolina Panthers high-powered offense to just 10 points the whole game. Leading the charge was linebacker and eventual game MVP Von Miller. Miller forced two fumbles against quarterback Cam Newton, with one recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. Newton had been named AP Offensive Player of the Year as well as the overall Most Valuable Player the night before. Cam Newton had little help from his receivers and offensive line, and was sacked six times. The Broncos offense was also less than impressive. The difference proved to be the defense, with Denver’s giving them just enough more chances to score and secure the victory. As Newton put it very briefly in his controversial postgame interview, “We got outplayed.” While many criticized Newton for “not being able to face the music,” he claimed that he became upset after being able to hear Broncos cornerback Chris Harris boasting his team’s win to the media within earshot. Unfortunately, all of the unnecessary negative attention given to Cam Newton has made it one of, if not the main, talking point following Super Bowl 50. It has drawn away from the real storyline of this game: Peyton Manning. In what was possibly Manning’s last game, the veteran quarterback capped off his worst season statistically with a poor performance statistically. Manning barely amassed 141 passing yards with an interception and no touchdowns. He also was sacked five times. This was overshadowed by the storyline and significance of the game perhaps being the Sheriff’s “last rodeo.” Just like Broncos General Manager John Elway, Manning will more than likely end his career as a champion and ride off into the sunset. Manning’s Super Bowl TAM DUONG JR. / MONITOR 50 victory also cemented his legacy as the winningest starting quarterback in NFL history.

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