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FEBRUARY 4, 2016 Vol. LI No. 1 A variety of art exhibits and theatrical productions are coming to the Smith Center. See story on page 2.

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BRIANNE O’SULLIVAN News editor College President Gari Browning touched on Ohlone’s successes and laid out a vision for the future Jan. 22 during her State of the College Address. Here are some of the key issues she discussed: Measure G The Academic Core, a construction project funded by the Measure G bond, was originally scheduled to open in Fall 2018. However, due to legal and bureaucratic setbacks, the opening date has been pushed back to Spring 2019, as long as there are no further delays. Rain delayed the opening of the baseball and softball fields until late March or early April. The opening will depend on how much it rains in January and February. The soccer field is expected to be Continued on Page 3 IVAN VARGAS / MONITOR

Above: A fireworks show in the sky over the Embarcadero in San Francisco on Saturday night celebrated the opening of Super Bowl City, a theme park offering food, art and music in the week leading up to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

SO YOU CAN SEE PROGRESS IS A LITTLE UNEVEN, BUT WE’RE GETTING THERE

Right: Throngs enter Super Bowl City on Market Street on Saturday night. On Monday, players and coaches met with thousands of journalists at the Opening Night media event at the SAP Center in San Jose. See story and photos on Pages 4 and 5.

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Comedian, author Copeland to perform on Fremont campus VANESSA LUIS Editor-in-chief Actor, author, comedian and radio show host Brian Copeland will perform his solo play “Not a Genuine Black Man” at the Ohlone College Fremont campus next week in recognition of Black History Month. The play, the longest running solo show in San Francisco history, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Room 7101. The show, which premiered in 2004 at The Marsh in San Francisco, features

a monologue on “housing discrimination and suicidal depression.” The show divulges a secret history that lies within the Bay Area. In 1971, San Leandro was named one of the most racist suburbs in America. The media covered the epidemic and civil rights groups held congressional hearings about the problem. At this time, Copeland was 8 years old and a new resident in San Leandro. He explores his experience with racism and depres-

sion. Not a Genuine Black Man has been described as “A beautiful mix of wry humor and heartbreak” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Copeland is the author of “The Jewelry Box: A Memoir of Christmas” and the memoir “Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as an Outsider.” He also hosts a Sunday talk show titled “The Brian Copeland Show” on KGO Newstalk 810. Check out our next issue for a review of “Not a Genuine Black Man.” Tweet me @vanessamluis

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Brian Copeland, as his grandmother, checks the price of a potential Christmas gift in his one-man holiday show “The Jewelry Box.” Copeland will perform his solo show “Not a Genuine Black Man” on the Fremont campus on Feb. 11, in recognition of Black History Month.


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NEWS BITES Spring music events

Four concerts are coming to the Smith Center in March. Jazz/rock guitarist Tim Roberts and friends will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, staff and seniors. The following week, the Mission Peak Brass Band will perform at 8 p.m. March 11. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, staff, seniors and youth 12 and younger. The Ohlone Wind Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Tickets are also $15 and $10. Finally, the Ohlone Community Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, staff, seniors and youth 12 and younger. For more information, go to www.ohlone.edu/ org/smithcenter.

Safety training on Tuesday A safety training workshop about workplace violence will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in Building 19, HR Conference Room B. Such violence ranges from threats to verbal abuse, physical assaults and homicide. To RSVP, go to www. surveymonkey.com/r/ Y363TSL.

College hires facilities director Oscar Guillen has been hired as the new director of the Facilities Department. Guillen has more than 24 years experience working in facilities, first at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then at Cabrillo College.

Board to meet Wednesday The next meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus. Board meetings are open to the public and streamed online. The agenda and accompanying documents are posted beforehand at www. ohlone.edu/org/board. – Compiled by Monitor staff

Faculty art on exhibit through Feb. 16 RISHABH SINGHAL Staff writer A diverse group of Ohlone faculty contributed paintings to the latest exhibit at the Louie-Meager Museum of Art. “The point of the show is to demonstrate the wide breadth of talent at Ohlone, and generate a sense of community around the museum,” said curator Dina Rubiolo about “Professor Painter Artist Educator,” which will be on display through Feb. 16 at the gallery in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Two of the featured artists, Helena Ha and Sandy Tsau Chen, are from Ohlone’s microbiology and music departments, respectively. Denise Owen is a faculty member in the Interior Design Program. Art instructor Gabriel Navar contributed a number of paintings related to cultural imagery and iconography. He visited the exhibition with his “Introduction to Painting” class on Tuesday to show students how to present their artwork. “I decided to take an art class because I’ve always liked painting as a hobby, but wanted to learn more about the technique and style,” art student Rhea Kerawala said. Navar’s favorite of his works is titled “instragram-

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Art instructor Gabriel Navar stands in front of his painting “instagrammin’ October love,” part of the “Professor Painter Artist Educator” exhibit in the Louie-Meager Art Gallery in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus.

min’ October love,” which depicts the “Shrek” character dramatically reacting to an image on his smart phone. “My style has been concerned with various contemporary topics over the years,” Navar said. “What has remained constant is my interest in figurative work and surrealism.” Perhaps the most striking work on display is George Rivera’s “Lifting the Veil, Letting in the Light.”

In it, an illuminated female subject stands with crossed arms, surrounded by darkness. The painting’s cinematic style captures the immediate attention of exhibit-goers. Displayed on the hallway outside the gallery is a collection of student art pieces inspired by nature. The exhibit, titled “Out There,” is curated by Ohlone student Jessica Peralez and features the work of seven artists.

It includes art expressed through paint, charcoal and photography. Those who want to learn how to curate art galleries should take “Museum and Gallery Techniques” at the Smith Center. Students “learn all aspects of how to present a show, from handling the artwork and talking with the artists to social networking and hosting receptions,” class instructor Rubiolo said.

Art and theater events RISHABH SINGHAL Staff writer Spring will bring a number of exciting exhibitions and performances to the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Take a look at the schedule below to get up to speed with art and theater events that are open now or coming soon. Louie-Meager Museum of Art, Smith Center, open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday “Professor Painter Artist Educator,” now through Feb. 16. The gallery features paintings by five artists from the Ohlone faculty and staff, including George Rivera and Gabriel Navar. Free admission. “Out There,” Student Exhibition and Reception, now through Feb. 20. This is a collection of work by seven student artists. Free admission. Reception will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb 20. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. Multimedia Art Gallery Exhibit, Feb. 22 through March 12. The free exhibit will feature artwork by multimedia professors such as Isabel Reichert

and David Folker. Student Repertory Theatre, Smith Center “Thursday Night Live,” 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10. This is a performance of student-written short plays as well as comedic sketches adapted from “Saturday Night Live” and “Kids in the Hall.” Free admission. “The 22nd Annual Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival,” March 18 and 19. More than a thousand students and teachers from all over California will come to Ohlone to compete in one of the state’s largest high school theater festivals. Ohlone College Playwrights Festival, May 5 and 6. The Student Repertory Theatre will produce 10-minute student-run plays based on more than 400 submissions by emerging playwrights all over the country. Jackson Theatre, Smith Center “The Box” Dance Production, 8 p.m. April 21 through 23 at the Jackson Theatre. Every dance class on campus will collaborate to perform this production, written by Janel Tomblin-Brown. Free preview performance at noon April 20.

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Supporters of Ethnic Studies hold a vigil last semester. The college has established a task force to analyze the need for such a program.

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completed on time in August. In December, the swimming pool was emptied and its renovation started. The changes to the pool are meant to better fit Ohlone’s needs. The new pool is expected to save water, energy and chemicals. The renovation is expected to be finished by August. “So you can see progress is a little uneven, but we’re getting there,” Browning said. Budget Browning then went on to address the college’s funding from the state, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s preliminary budget, released in January.

“Reaction to the governor’s proposal from the community colleges is mixed at best,” she said. “There is concern about the lack of ongoing money in favor of one-time and restricted money.” It seems Governor Brown has made climate change, paying down debts, and alleviating poverty his top priorities this year. Funding for education is adequate but many note that it is down from last year. Culture of Inclusiveness Ohlone has always been on the forefront of celebrating diversity and cultivating an inclusive environment for members of the community, Browning said. But she discussed initiatives the

college is taking to further expand this culture of inclusiveness. Ohlone is establishing a task force to “analyze the need for an ethnic studies program” and what effects it would have on improving the academic experience of underrepresented students. Jennifer Jovel, a sociology professor, has agreed to head the task force. In an effort to spearhead an inclusive agenda, the Ohlone Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (ODIAC) was created and is in its beginning stages. The committee is hoping to hold a few events this semester that address relevant social issues. Browning welcomed ideas, saying, “If you have particular concerns or sug-

gestions, please send them directly to me or the chairs of ODIAC, Shairon Zingsheim and Jeff Dean.” To watch a recording of the State of the College Address go to www.ustream. tv/channel/ohlonecollegeevents.

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COUNTDOWN TO SUPER BOWL 50 From ESPN reporters to the new Miss Universe, San Jose was the place to be as the SAP center was the center of the NFL on Monday night. Silicon Valley became host of the league’s annual media day for the two remaining teams playing in the Super Bowl. This was the first time the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers had addressed the media since arriving to the Bay Area to face each other in Super Bowl 50. The NFL changed the time, day and name of the event to Opening Night so that it could signify the start of the week leading up to the biggest game in sports; the start of a week not only for players and the media, but for the fans as well. Opening Night had previously been called Media Day and held on a Tuesday morning with limited fan access. This year, the event was held on a Monday night and aired in primetime with an array of coverage and special guests. Some of the big names to make appearances were Jerry Rice, Marcus Allen, Jim Plunkett, Fred Biletnikoff,

Deion Sanders and Kurt Warner. Members of the media were given one hour with each team to ask questions and snap photos. The atmosphere was nothing short of a frenzy as reporters and photographers alike shuffled around the arena floor looking to get sound bites and snapshots of players and coaches. The main focus of the night was Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The big question was whether Sunday would be Manning’s last game. The 39-year-old had an injurystricken season, but came back and salvaged Denver’s season en route to their second Super Bowl appearance in three years. “I don’t know the answer to that question yet,” Manning said when asked if he would retire after

Story by Cristian Medina Photos by Ivan Vargas Sunday’s game. All signs point to Manning hanging up his cleats if the Broncos can win this weekend. It would surely be a fitting way to end a Hall of Fame career the same way his team’s owner, John Elway, did. However, if the Panthers prevail, it’s much more likely that Manning will return for his 19th season – possibly with a new team. While there’s no argument that Manning’s play down the stretch helped Denver reach the Super Bowl, he gave most of his team’s success to the defense. There’s no doubt, however, that both he and his defense will have to play their best against Cam Newton and the 17-1 Panthers if the Broncos are to prevail. Regardless of the outcome of the game, Peyton Manning’s legacy will be firmly cemented into the history of pro football. Even though he

I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED AS A GOOD TEAMMATE - PEYTON MANNING

shied away from answering questions on his possible retirement, he knows exactly what kind of impact he hopes to leave when he does decide to walk away from the game. “I want to be remembered as a good teammate,” Manning said. Even though the Carolina Panthers are seen as the statistical favorites to win this game, they are also playing the role of villain come Sunday. There is no bigger name that represents everything seemingly evil about the Carolina Panthers than quarterback Cam Newton. Newton, who is arguably this season’s MVP, had the year of his career and led a high-powered offense to a one-loss regular season record with his cannon arm and elusive running. However, his enthusiastic nature and touchdown celebration dances – topped off by his signature “dab”

– have made him an easy target of scrutiny and doubt. But Newton doesn’t see his behavior as brash or cocky. When asked about people calling for his celebrations to be banned he said, “Guess you’re gonna have to get used to it, ‘cause I ain’t changing it.” Even though Newton is simply having fun and taking in this extraordinary season, he still takes what he does seriously. For Newton it’s all about being prepared to react on the field. He said his father would teach him this using something he called the “five p’s to success.” “Proper preparation prevents poor performances,” Newton explained. “It’s all about reacting.” He also is very aware of where he comes from and how lucky he is to have the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl and have the

[THERE’S] NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY WHERE I DISCREDIT MY BLESSINGS - CAM NEWTON

life he has. “[There’s] not a day that goes by where I discredit my blessings,” Newton said. Manning and Newton weren’t the only centers of attention on Opening Night. The event had its share of fans and reporters who drew cameras their way. Reporters wearing capes, luchador masks, and morphsuits navigated their way around the floor alongside ESPN reporters like Chris Berman. Even the infamous Leprechaun Broncos fan was in attendance. The Opening Night media circus was just the beginning, and with the countdown under way, all hands are on deck for a Super Bowl to remember. The anticipation is certainly building for what is projected to be one of the best matchups in Super Bowl history. Will the Denver Broncos be victorious and send Peyton Manning riding off into the sunset with one last ring, or will Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers spoil the Sheriff’s potential going away party and capture their first Super Bowl in franchise history? We’ll find out this Sunday.

Left, top to bottom: Denver Head Coach Gary Kubiak. Quarterback Peyton Manning, Safety T.J. Ward. A band performs on stage. Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach interviews Kapri Bibbs and Ryan Murphy, members of the Broncos’ practice squad. Center-bottom-left: A San Jose police officer and dog inspect the equipment of the press members before the event, one of the strict security measures authorities have been taking to avoid any possible terrorist attack. Center-bottom-center: Nickelodeon host Jeff Sutphen dressed in a gold and black superhero costume. Center-bottom-right: CBS reporter Bill Reiter with Rocky the Colorado leprechaun, a Broncos fan. Right, top to bottom: Carolina Head Coach Ron Rivera. Quarterback Cam Newton. Cornerback Josh Norman. Norman is wearing a Panthers Lucha libre mask. Joe Webb, Philly Brown, Demiere Byrd and Devin Funchess (left to right) salute the fans.


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Iowa On Monday, the American people got their first chance to have their say on who would be the presidential nominee for each party. And by American people, I mean a fraction of Iowa’s population. The results are in. For the Republicans, Cruz came in first, Trump second, Rubio third, and the remaining candidates all filed in. Clinton beat Sanders by the thinnest margin in Iowa Democratic Caucus History – 0.3 percent. Every year people ask, “Why are the Iowa caucuses important?” The answer is quite simple if not a little ridiculous: we make them important. The turnout in Iowa is quite low. As Mitt Romney’s chief strategist Stuart Ste-

vens said in 2012, “What is the difference between first place and third place in Iowa going to be, 4,000 votes? It’s like a student body election.” Yet the results of the Iowa caucus are taken so seriously because everyone treats them that way. The media attention is nonstop, political experts weigh in, and polls are pored over. Donors take results seriously because they’re more likely to direct their funds to candidates they believe can win. Voters also pay attention to the media coverage of this caucus and that influences who they plan on supporting in the coming months. It’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, this does not mean the caucus isn’t crucial on the campaign trail. In past election years, the Iowa caucus has both bolstered seemingly long-shot candidates and brought presumed nominees to their knees. Be sure to follow the New Hampshire primary, the next key stop on the trail, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Want to talk shop? Tweet me @bri_osullivan

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Grease: Live! One of my all-time favorite movies is also a musical – “Grease.” This past Sunday, the FOX network premiered a televised adaptation of “Grease” featuring talented actors such as Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Carlos Pena Jr. and many more.

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The adaptation is nearly identical to the original (beside some interesting puns and extra songs that we’ll get to later), which is fantastic if you’re not a big fan of change; but for anyone expecting something new and interesting, you’re pretty much out of luck. One thing that I found refreshing about the adaptation is that there is much more focus on the lives of the supporting characters. We see a new solo song by Marty (Keke Palmer) and more appearances by Patty Simcox (Elle McLemore) and Eugene (Noah Robbins). I was highly disappointed that there was very little focus on the rival school’s greasers and the Thunderbirds. To be frank, the rivalry in this adaptation

is like a turf-war between toddlers on the playground. I didn’t shake in my boots, even once, at the thought of these dangerous teenagers going at it. Let’s talk for a second about my personal favorite part of this adaptation. I found the performance of “The Worst Thing I Could Do” by Rizzo (Hudgens) to be particularly magical. Not only does Hudgens bring Rizzo’s cynical and sensual personality to life, but she clearly brings her own spark to the character. However, I found that most characters (including Rizzo) fell short in terms of chemistry with their respective lovers. I Continued on Page 7

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A radio show for the digital age Are you looking for a way to fight boredom every Saturday night and to make new buddies at the same time? Then you should check out this highly interactive radio show. Saturday Night Online Live with Romeo is hosted by radio veteran Tim “Romeo” Herbster. Every week, Romeo plays hits based on listener requests, and also does candid interviews with music superstars such as Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes. His show reaches listeners across multiple platforms: on-air, online and via various social media platforms such as USTREAM, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Snapchat, connecting listeners with today’s music superstars. The SNOL audience can chat with celebrity guests, make new

friends through social media, or choose the next song to be played – and they keep coming back for more. It’s like a big family reunion that goes on every week. Romeo first took to the airwaves as a teenager in Pennsylvania. He has worked in Nashville, Salt Lake City, Detroit, New York, Paris and Philadelphia, and now is back in New York, although his show is available coast-tocoast. He has appeared on E! and MTV, and been featured in Rolling Stone, People magazine and the radio industry trade publication Friday Morning Quarterback. His cast members include Maxwell and producers Coleen, Tony, Tracy, and Tyler. Some of the artists who have had their music world-premiered on the show include One Direction, Selena Gomez, Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony. “I’ve been lucky to establish incredible relationships and friendships on the label side over the years, and have had enlightening discussions with all of them on digital integration and breaking artists,” Herbster told Friday Morning Quarterback. “We understand each other’s goals

and hit a lot of home runs.” SNOL also has an hourly 15-minute mix show called “The Twittamix,” with DJ Jay Mac and DJ Prostyle. All of the requests that are aired during this segment come from their Twitter followers. Here are a few reasons why you should check out Saturday Night Online Live with Romeo: to meet new buddies through social media; to discover hot new music; to learn about artists that you don’t already know about. Saturday Night Online Live airs from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday on your choice of 150 affiliated radio stations nationwide, including WIOQ (Q102) in Philadelphia. This station is available through the iHeart Radio app, which is available from your favorite app store – and it’s free. If you would like to find out more about this show, visit the website at www.saturdaynightonline.com. Monitor radio columnist Henry Ochs has many years of experience working in radio, and keeps on top of all the latest trends in the radio business. He can be reached at DJHammerinhank@ gmail.com or on Twitter @DJHammerinhank.

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Grease takes gentle jabs at era’s misogyny Continued from Page 6 was majorly unimpressed by the power couple, Danny (Tveit) and Sandy (Hough). I found it refreshing that there was an effort to make the cast more realistically diverse. We don’t see this often with adaptations, as in the past there were predominantly white casts in

most movies. It seems that Hollywood is finally taking the hint and casting the best person for the job first. Throughout the performance, there are some gentle jabs at the prominent misogyny of the time period. I guess this adaptation will receive a 7/10 rating. Tweet me @vanessamluis

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‘Too bad they don’t make BandAids for feelings’

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Ohlone and College of the Siskiyous players battle for the ball during a game last semester. The Lady Renegades are 0-17 on the season.

Rough break for basketball teams CRISTIAN MEDINA Sports editor Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams struggled over the winter break. The Lady Renegades have not had the season they were hoping for under new Head Coach Steve Picchi. Through 17 games, they are still looking for their first win. Ohlone came close twice

over the break, losing a double-overtime game to Las Positas on Dec. 29 and losing again to Las Positas in overtime on Jan. 6 in their next game. While playoffs are beyond out of sight, the Lady Renegades will try to win their first game of the season when they play San Jose City College on Friday. The men’s team had a hot start to winter break

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Above: Ohlone player Clarence Kaye charges forward during last semester’s game against Gavilan College. Right: Renegades player Maurice Jordan in the same game.

against non-conference opponents, but went cold against teams in their conference. Ohlone had a three-game win streak before going 1-6 to start conference play. Their one win came against Skyline College on Jan. 15. The Renegades will try to snap a four-game losing streak and get back on track Friday when they host Foothill College.

What: Basketball double-header When: 5 p.m. Friday Where: Epler Gymnasium, Fremont campus

Cam Newton dances when he scores a touchdown. Get over it. Whether you like it or not, Newton is playing a game and having fun doing so. If it offends you or makes you mad, that’s too bad. He is having the season of his career and he deserves to be celebrating when he does something exceptionally well. We teach children that it’s not about winning or losing – it’s about having fun, right? Isn’t that all Newton is doing? He’s having the time of his life playing a game and playing it well. He has earned every right to celebrate. Yes, there is a level of professionalism that should be taken into account; but why shouldn’t he be allowed to express himself? Athletes celebrate all the time. No one seems to bat an eye when Aaron Rodgers “discount double checks” or Marshawn Lynch grabs his privates as he jumps into the end zone. And it’s not just the “dabbing.” Any sort of dance or celebration from Newton is met with criticism. Just let the man enjoy his job. Angry fans have even felt the need to write letters to Cam Newton voicing their displeasure with his on-field actions. Seriously? You have nothing better to do with your lives than write a letter to a football player because he danced after scoring or threw your team’s “12” flag on the ground (Which is a tradition you stole from Texas A&M, by the way)? Unbelievable. Newton and the Panthers are favored to win the Super Bowl, yet they still receive so much criticism and disrespect. It is unfair to call Newton “Classless Cam” or label the Panthers as potentially being the “Worst team to start 11-0”. If and when Cam TAM DUONG JR. /into MONITOR Newton gets the end zone on Super Bowl Sunday, he will dance. He will dab. He will celebrate. Deal with it.

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