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Tim Roberts, Sweet Peaches rock the Smith Center. See review and photos on Page 5.


Getting to first cut on ‘Real Housewives’ ACE train derails in canyon ALEXANDER LYKINS Staff writer

He has the power to make you look like the hero, or look like a complete jerk. His work brought memorable reality television moments to life, rife with the sort of drama we expect from the genre. On Friday, video editor Peter Gamba, whose credits include “The Real Housewives of New York” and “Child Geniuses,” came to Ohlone’s TV Studios next to the Smith Center to share his experiences with editing for reality television. Gamba told the audience of film and television student hopefuls about how he got into video editing, starting in production engineering in television news around the 1970s. “When I was a kid, I was told to try and learn a business from the ground up,” Gamba said. If you want to work in the bottling plant, go work on the floor first Continued on Page 4



Video editor Peter Gamba, who has worked on “The Real Housewives of New York” on Bravo, and other reality TV shows, speaks to film and television students at the TV Studios on the Fremont campus on Friday.

Altamont Corridor Express trains were running again on Wednesday, after a derailment in Niles Canyon. The number of people using the ACE train as their choice of transportation on Wednesday dropped by about 200 people on each train. ACE officials said they were unsure if the dip in ridership was due to people being wary of the trains, or if people were just unaware the trains were back in order. About 7:30 p.m. Monday, an ACE train heading from San Jose to Stockton struck a downed tree on the tracks, causing the train to derail. One of the cars was submerged in the Alameda County creek. Nine people were injured and four of those were serious injuries. It was “an absolute miracle” that no passengers were Continued on Page 3

5 candidates vie for congressional seat BRIANNE O’SULLIVAN News editor On March 1, the election to represent the 17th Congressional District, which includes the Ohlone campus and the rest of southern Fremont, gained a new contender: San Jose Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, who is running as an “independent” Democrat. Pierluigi says he doesn’t entertain special interests, promotes political transparency, and isn’t afraid to speak candidly about his opinions on issues.

Two other Democrats, incumbent Mike Honda and Ro Khanna, are facing off again for the seat. There are also two Republicans in the race, Ron Cohen and Peter Kuo. Cohen, an accountant from Fremont, has said that if elected he would try to join the Freedom Caucus, a group of staunch conservatives in the House. One of his main concerns is fiscal reform and paying down the federal government’s debt. Kuo ran for State Senate in 2014 and was well-known for his opposition of “un-American”

affirmative action policies. In 2014, Honda won the seat by a slim margin against Khanna. This election cycle has seen the mudslinging and tensions rise between the two camps. Honda is currently under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. At the California Democratic Party Convention in San Jose last month, Khanna made sure to speak his mind on the matter. “I do think it [the investigation] disqualifies Mike Honda from running,” he said. “It’s my honest opin-

ion. It represents cronyism, it represents giving favors to donors and it’s wrong. And I will speak out about that,” Khanna told reporters. Honda maintains that the investigation is still under way and so it has yet to be determined if he broke a House rule. He also emphasized that the Ethics Committee investigation is not a criminal investigation. Oliverio has taken note of the tone in the race. “Rather than having a mudslinging race, maybe there can actually be a discussion of issues that are facing the country,”

he told an interviewer. “I think the current campaign is like Donald Trump and Marco Rubio yelling at each other. But with me in the race, we can have a civil discussion like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.” Oliverio making it past the primary in June and to the general election is considered a long shot by many. Honda and Khanna, easily the two front-runners in this race, are almost identical on issues. Their intense rivalry may show the generational rift in the Silicon Valley.

Multimedia exhibit at Smith Center RISHABH SINGHAL Staff writer The Louie-Meager Museum’s latest exhibit features the artwork of five Ohlone faculty members from the multimedia department, and is open to the public through Wednesday. The exhibit’s contributors include Isabel Reichert and Sean Fletcher, Merav Tzur, Sarah Wang and David Folker. Reichert is the chair of Ohlone’s Multimedia department and worked with Fletcher on “Terms of Dis-

agreement.” The art installation displays signs of protest such as “I’m sick and tired of your empty promises!” in red, white and blue text. Reichert and Fletcher went to an Oakland City Council meeting where they held up the signs from opposite ends of the hall during proceedings. A video of them doing this is featured on a monitor along with the signs. “Politicians use the concept of ‘family’ to support their party’s beliefs all the time,” Reichert said. “Using the elements of political protest, we presented

a domestic argument about wants, needs, trusting, and cooperation.” Across the room from Reichert’s installation are a series of digital paintings by Wang. The artwork explores the Taoist philosophy of self-harmony by depicting the natural beauty of flowers alongside Chinese calligraphy. “It creates this calming presence in the gallery while `Terms of Disagreement’ is shouting a tirade at us,” curator Dina Rubiolo said. “So it Continued on Page 3


Artist Merav Tzur looks at the video documentary by Isabel Reichert and Sean Fletcher, titled “Terms of Disagreement.”





New club aids homeless Ohlone College Helping Others, a new community service and volunteer club, is organizing a Hygiene Drive this month to benefit St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. The club, which was launched last semester, is hosting its first event to benefit the homeless community of Oakland. The group is seeking shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, soap, feminine products, flip-flops and shower sandals, new packaged white T-shirts, socks and underwear, and other items. Donors can take a selfie while making their donation and show it at the Newark campus lobby on March 30 to be entered in a raffle for a $25 or $50 Visa gift card. Ohlone drop-off locations will be at the ASOC window in Building 7 on the Fremont campus, and at the Tri-Cities OneStop Career Center on the Newark campus. All of the donated items will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center in Oakland, which provides showers and care facilities to the homeless for free.



A curious squirrel explores the Smith Center lobby on Friday evening, and then thinks better of it.

Brown to speak tonight Holocaust survivor Magda Brown will share her story tonight in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Brown will present her speech – “Overcoming Evil: Surviving the Holocaust” – at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre at the Smith Center. It is the latest installment in the Psychology Club Speaker Series. Tickets cost $15 for general admission or $10 for students with ID. For more information, go to www.

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Multimedia exhibit in gallery until Wednesday Continued from Page 1 all feels like it ties together and highlights the multifaceted interests that the faculty have.” Tzur contributed two projects to the exhibit: “CherubWatching at Lakeside Park” and “Reenactments of a Happy Woman in Relationship.” “Cherub” is a performance piece built around a constructed reality in which cherubs exist in nature. It includes a looped video of a group of “cherub-watchers” observing the creatures in their natural habitat. “Reenactments” is made up of a succession of staged images of the artist and a collaborator posing as a happy couple. According to Tzur’s website,

she “searched ‘woman in relationship’ on Google Images, and reenacted the images and common themes. I then manipulated them with Photoshop to create compositions.” Also featured in the exhibit is a selection of highly-focused photos of small insects by David Folker. “The pictures depict these creatures that we rarely look at up-close, and looking at them like this really lets their personality come through,” Rubiolo said. A reception was held for the artists on Friday at the gallery. Coming up, The Annual Juried Student Awards Exhibition will take place at the gallery from April 11 through May 13.



ACE train derails

Continued from Page 1 killed, Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly told the Associated Press. The accident and closing of Niles Canyon Road caused more traffic and even longer commutes. Ohlone student Katie Anderson’s commute to the Newark campus from Livermore via Route 84 was doubled. “By the time I got to Newark it wasn’t even worth going to my first class, I was so late,” said Anderson, a graphic designer for the Monitor. The car that plummeted into the lake has an estimated value of $2 million to $2.5 million. ACE officials are hoping to repair the car, because it is more time- and cost-effective than buying a new car. ACE train officials announced that they were looking into getting motion sensor detectors that would detect debris on the tracks. This type of technology could prevent accidents like the one that occurred Monday night.

Memorial service for Griffin MONITOR STAFF Ohlone will celebrate Hal Griffin’s life on Wednesday afternoon on the Fremont campus. Griffin, who worked at Ohlone from 2000 to 2009, died Feb. 9 at the age of 76. He was a popular figure on campus, known for his skill

with the ukulele and yo-yo, and as a dedicated follower of the men’s basketball team. Employees can share their thoughts and fondest memories of Griffin with his wife and family at 2:30 p.m. in Building 19, Conference Room B. RSVP for the event at NGX9FJQ.

APASA registers marrow, stem cell donors MONITOR STAFF The Asian Pacific American Student Association will continue to register bone marrow and stem cell donors today at Hyman Hall on the Fremont campus. APASA partnered with the Asian American Donor Program for the registration, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside Hyman Hall or, if it’s raining, in the Hyman Hall lobby. The group also registered donors on Wednesday. There is a critical need for

donors from Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, African-American, Latino, Native American, and multi-racial backgrounds, so the National Marrow Donor Program paid the Asian American Donor Program to encourage more members of those ethnic groups to join the the Donor Registry. The AADP is dedicated to helping save the lives of patients with life-threatening blood diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, which are curable by a stem-cell transplant.


Those registering will provide a cheek swab sample, from which the AADP can obtain a “tissue type” or HLA type. Ethnicity is one of the key factors that determine whether a donor marrow match can be made. To register, prospective donors will need to submit a short health history, driver’s license or Social Security number, and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of two friends or relatives. All information is confidential. For more information, go

to or www., or contact the APASA at ohlone.apasa@

Corrections A Feb. 11 story about students headed to Denver to compete in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions gave the incorrect age for Idrees Najibi. He is 24. The same story used the wrong stage name for one of the students. He is Amir Hasan.

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Student actors return from scholarship auditions

RISHABH SINGHAL Staff writer Ohlone acting students Idrees Najibi and JohnVargas returned to Ohlone from scholarship auditions in Denver last month, where they got the opportunity to showcase their talents and meet other performers. “It was a great experience. I learned so much from the whole process and have grown as an actor. I feel very blessed and privileged to have been given this opportunity,” said Najibi. Najibi, 24, and Vargas, 23, performed in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Denver from Feb. 15 through 20. According to its website, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival “encourages, recognizes, and celebrates the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.” The ac-

I LEARNED SO MUCH AND FEEL I HAVE GROWN AS AN ACTOR - IDREES NAJIBI tors were nominated after their performances in the Ohlone production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” last fall. They were accompanied by their acting coach Michael Navarra Smith and scene partners Stacey Lynn and Amir Hasan. Each chose two scenes and one monologue to perform in front of an audience of judges. Their scenes included the titles “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley and “The Pillowman” by Martin McDonagh. “The need for strong, dynamic and contrasting scenes that showcased my acting was the main criteria when looking for scenes,” Najibi said. He added, “My partner (Bell) would take on the role as a guide and mentor as she has more theater experience than I do, so I would look to

her for advice.” Bell has previously competed in the Irene Ryan competition both as a nominee and partner. The actors rehearsed over a period of three months at the Smith Center. “The whole process, from rehearsals to the auditions, required a great deal of collaboration and trust,” Hasan said. The group also attended workshops and seminars at the festival with actors and playwrights from all over the country. Neither of the actors made it to the next round of competition this year, but said the opportunity still was invaluable. “I didn’t let the results dampen my spirits. I learned so much and feel I have grown as an actor,” Najibi said.


Stacey Lynn Bell, left, and Idrees Najibi rehearse a scene from “Doubt.”

Video editor describes career working on reality TV shows before you start getting customers.” The advice Gamba received helped to shape his career in video editing, which he now does for “The Real Housewives of New York” on Bravo, set to premiere Season 8 in early April. He described what he had to work with in reality television as being a “monster,” having to edit down hundreds of hours of footage into a single episode. He said a season is never set in stone, as what could originally be the first episode could be pushed to

later in the season. “It drives us batty,” he said. “You think you have the show down, and all of a sudden it’s like, ‘no!’ You change stuff and it’s kind of crazy.” Gamba also spoke out on his experience with show executives and having to revise his previous show edits to fit their vision of the show. He said that having a thick skin was important to dealing with the harder executives, but also noted that an editor of a show could be seen as more valuable than the executives funding it. “You can make a show without executives,” Gamba said. “You can’t make a show

without editors.” Toward the latter part of his lecture, Gamba showed clips from both “The Real Housewives of New York” and “Child Geniuses,” describing how each scene had to have a rhythm to it so that the transitions from one to the other weren’t jarring. For him, editing is all about storytelling, and he’s the first voice and, after everyone else’s input is put in, the last voice in the completion of a show. “I do the first cut,” he said. “Fifty percent of my first cut lives. The other 50 percent gets changed. Still 50 percent mine.”

country formats. Will the John Boy and Billy Big Show finally get an affiliate here in the Bay Area? Maybe someday. Meanwhile, the program’s availability on the Internet has made fans out of listeners as far away as Israel, Mexico and Australia. The show also regularly receives emails and fan letters from U.S. military personnel stationed in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Tune in every Monday through Saturday from 3 to 7a.m. on 99.7 The Fox (WRFX) in Charlotte, which is available on the iHeart Radio app. More information about the show is available on the show’s website at www.

FORMAT CHANGES: On March 1, Cumulus Media dropped the country music format known as NASH-FM on KSJO in San Jose. The company decided not to exercise its option to buy the station and, as a result, returned the 92.3FM frequency to its owner, Universal Media Access, which began airing a South Asian format. NASH-FM never really put a dent into chief rival KRTY’s ratings. Speaking of Cumulus, KSAN/KFOG Program Director Jim Richards has left the building, sparking rumors that KFOG could flip to a country music format or begin a simulcast of sports talker KNBR 680. I’ll keep you posted if events warrant. TUNE-IN ALERT: Pop-

ular recording artists Shawn Hook and Fifth Harmony will be special guests this Saturday evening on Most Requested Live with Romeo. The show is aired Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m. on more than 150 Top 40 radio stations nationwide, including Q102 in Philadelphia, which is available through the iHeart Radio app. Mo r e i n f o r m a t i o n about this week’s show is available at the show’s website: Monitor radio columnist Henry Ochs has spent many years working in radio and can be reached at DJHammerinhank@ or on Twitter @DJHammerinhank.

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Video editor Peter Gamba, who has worked on “The Real Housewives of New York” on Bravo, and other reality TV shows, shows a clip during a lecture at the TV Studios on the Fremont campus on Friday.

An entertaining morning show No matter how much you dislike going to work, at least you’ll have something to talk about when you get there, thanks to the John Boy and Billy Big Show. Johnny “John Boy” Isley and Billy James began working together in 1980, and their on-air antics

made them one of the top morning shows in Charlotte, N.C. The duo first began discussing the idea of syndicating their show to other markets in the early 1990s, which led to the launch of The John Boy and Billy Radio Network. They signed on their first affiliate in 1993. John Boy and Billy provide an insider perspective on NASCAR racing, since most of the sport’s top teams are based in the Charlotte area. Still, the show has grown its fan base far beyond its original market in the South, from Kansas and Nebraska to Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. In 1999, “The Big Show” began offering live satellite feeds in both rock and



Ohlone Associate Professor Tim Roberts and his band of friends performed Friday night in the Jackson Theatre on the Fremont campus. Bottom-left, bottom-right and second-from-bottomright: Sweet Peaches was the opening act of the evening.

Roberts proves instrumental is anything but boring SAM CAMPBELL Contributing writer Most people would describe instrumental music as boring and just lacking any type of hook, but Ohlone Associate ProfessorTim Roberts proved on Friday that instrumental music is anything but boring. When opening act Sweet Peaches lit up the Jackson Theatre stage with their glowing presence, I knew I was in for a treat. As a band comprised of all Ohlone students, they really showed what kind of talent we foster here in our music department. Lead singer Brianda Goyos’ amazing voice, coupled with the perfect harmonies from her band mates – Cole Berggren on guitar, Jamie Maxfield on bass, Nick O’Connor on

organ and Alexander Lefkort on drums – to display their talent and passion. With the mood perfectly set, Roberts took to the stage with his band of good friends: Ohlone Professor Jim McManus on bass, Ohlone alum Francisco Hernandez on guitar, and Kent Reed on drums. His set was comprised of songs from his latest album, “Chinese Malibu,” and featured tunes from his previous work. His eclectic style made for a unique guitar experience. Playing every-

thing from original songs to some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, Roberts had no problem commanding the audience’s attention. The acoustic set in the middle of the performance took the show to an entirely new level. His fingerpicking style coupled with his jazz and blues experience made for a sound you can’t find anywhere else. What set this apart from just listening to his CD was the experience of seeing his love for the music and being able to hear first-hand the stories behind his music. Overall, the night was filled with amazing musicians and wonderful people. You could feel – and hear – the love from his students in the audience. It was definitely a night to remember.








Left: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, U.S. senator from Vermont. Above: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state. In the Democratic primary system, powerful party officials known as superdelegates can decide the nominee if the race is close enough. COURTESY OF WWW.BERNIESANDERS.COM

Dems: Do away with superdelegates nominees in both parties are fighting to win enough delegates in order to win their party’s nomination. However, the Republican Party does not have superdelegates. In order to secure the Democratic nomination, you need 4,763 total delegates. There are 712 superdelegates, which comes out to be approxiSuperdelegates, an as- mately 15 percent of the pect of the Democratic overall total. Party’s primary system, So what, or who, are are not very democratic superdelegates? They are (little d). Presidential elected officials or party

elders who count toward the number needed to secure the nomination. Let me make this clear, in state primaries or caucuses, everyday people are voting for their preferred candidate. Based on these primary and caucus results, delegates are proportionally divided and given to each candidate. Very democratic (little d). However, by and large, the American people do not vote for superdelegates. Instead they are in-

siders in the Democratic party; individuals who already hold considerable power and influence. Superdelegates could be your governors, mayors, congressmen, senators, etc. In the 2008 election, each superdelegate had the influence of about 10,000 voters. If the race is close, superdelegates could decide who the nominee will be. It should be noted that superdelegates can vote for whichever candidates

they’d like, and that the candidates they support are typically in line with public opinion. However, there is something inherently undemocratic about the superdelegate system and the Democratic Party should seriously reconsider it. Maybe even more importantly, the American people, especially those who identify with the Democratic party, should demand that superdelegates be done away with.

membering seems to focus on the accomplishments and milestones of white women? Much as history is seen through the lens of a white man, women’s history is seen through the lens of white middle-class women. This is an erasure of the history from all different cultures and backgrounds. When the feminist movement started, there were no people of color. People of color were not accepted and were actively fought against by the heros you know and love like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in order to further their own agenda.

We must remember that women’s suffrage was not gained in 1920; no, white w o me n’s s u ffra ge w a s gained then. Native American women were not able to vote until 1924. Asian women were not able to vote until 1952. Black women were not able to vote until 1965 in Southern states. It is time that the media bring more recognition to women of color for their success and milestones, rather than whitewashing our history. Now, let’s talk about dismissing mainstream feminism (which has that awful

habit of leaving out anyone who isn’t a white middleclass woman) and instead embracing intersectional feminism (which looks at all the different intersections that make up who a person is, including race, gender, religion, disabilities, sexualities, and so much more!). Intersectional feminism looks at the world through a much more broad and inclusive lens. For example, I am a Latina, Cis-Gender (meaning identification with the gender you were assigned at birth), Bi-Sexual, Atheist, Able-Bodied woman. This recognizes that every woman has some

challenges and some privileges that they encounter in their life, rather than focusing on the problems of one group. This Women’s History Month, let’s all take steps to celebrate all women: black women, native and Latina women, Asian women, white women, disabled women, straight women, immigrant women, bisexual women, Muslim women, Christian women, transgender women, and any other type of woman that you can think of. In the words of Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I a woman?”

We should celebrate history of all women Tuesday was International Women’s Day. March is Women’s History Month. However, why is it that the history we are re-


3 concerts coming to Ohlone MONITOR STAFF Three concerts are coming to the Smith Center on the Fremont campus over the next few days. Kicking off will be the Mission Peak Brass Band, which will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students, staff, seniors and children 12 and younger. Next up is the Ohlone Wind Orchestra at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets also cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students, staff, seniors and children 12 and younger. Finally, the Ohlone Community Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $5 for students, staff, seniors, and children 12 and younger. All three bands will play at the Jackson Theatre. Event parking is $4. To buy tickets, go to smithcenter/calendar. html.


Upcoming games BASEBALL Today, 2 p.m. at College of San Mateo. Saturday, 1 p.m. at De Anza College in Cupertino. Tuesday, 2 p.m. at Skyline

College in San Bruno.

SOFTBALL Today, 3 p.m. at Gavilan College in Gilroy. Saturday and Sunday, TBA, Ohlone March Madness, Fre-

mont Softball Central Park.


March 17, 3 p.m. at West Valley College in Saratoga. March 19, noon and 2 p.m. vs. Hartnell College and Merced College in Salinas.


SWIMMING Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m., Cuesta Invitational in San Luis Obispo. March 25, 2 p.m., CCSF/ Cabrillo/West Valley (quadmeet) in Saratoga.



Solutions for the puzzles on Page 3. Sudoku lovers can check out a talk by math Professor Geoff Hirsch on sudoku strategies from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Friday in HH-218 in Hyman Hall on the Fremont campus.




Baseball bounces back; softball improves

CRISTIAN MEDINA Sports editor The Ohlone Baseball team bounced back from a tough loss at the hands of Modesto Junior College by beating Mission College on Wednesday afternoon. The Renegades jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and added an insurance run in the eighth to beat Mission 4-2. The early offense paired with a good pitching performance by Josh Calmerin, who came on in relief for starter Ronnie Reed in the third inning. Calmerin pitched the rest of the game, only allowing one run on three hits and striking out four. The victory was Ohlone’s 11th of the season as they improved to 11-3. The Renegades’ preseason play has thus far been phenomenal, and with two games left until conference play begins, the club will look to ride the momentum straight into the regular season. Their next game is

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Construction continues on the new baseball field on the Fremont campus, seen here late last month. Heavy rains in March have delayed the opening of the baseball and softball fields, which now are expected to be ready for use later in the spring or perhaps in the summer, depending on the weather this month.

against College of San Mateo at 2 p.m. today. The Lady Renegades softball team improved their conference record on Tuesday, beating San Jose City

College 6-2. A joint pitching effort by Kassondra Kochan and Jasaiah Gholston along with a five-run fourth inning secured the victory.

Ohlone improved to 3-1 and only trail the College of San Mateo in the standings. The Lady Renegades will play Gavilan College at 3 p.m. today.

#STOPCHARLESBARKLEY2K16 COMMENTARY CRISTIAN MEDINA Sports editor The Golden State Warriors have continued their spectacular season by breaking the Chicago Bulls record for consecutive home victories. They’ve now won 45 straight home games and show no signs of slowing down. Steph Curry also became the first player to make 300 3-pointers in a single season and continues his streak of consecutive games with a three at 132 straight games. The Warriors are very much on pace to break the Bulls’ other more notable record of most wins in a regular season at 72. While teams like the Spurs, Cavaliers and Thunder are enjoying impressive seasons, the Warriors also look poised to make another playoff run and win the title yet again. They’re exciting, explosive and winning. A lot. All the attention on them should be pretty much positive right? Right? Wrong. Doubters and haters that oppose the style and success of the Warriors still run amok. They seem to either be annoyed with the finesse jump-shot style that “wouldn’t have survived in the old NBA,”

or simply can’t find a better excuse for their record other than “they’re just overrated.” 57-6 is not overrated. Sorry about it. Now, I can understand that the NBA used to be a lot more aggressive and the Warriors may not thrive in that style of play, but that’s not the way the NBA is anymore. You can’t discredit Golden State’s historic season by comparing their style of play in 2016 to the style of play 20 years ago. That just doesn’t make any sense. Yes, the game has gotten less physical and, sorry, but there isn’t a whole lot you can do about it. The game changes; it evolves. Everything does. The sooner the critics realize that, the sooner they can stop being so angry all the time that a skinny 6-foot-3 kid is dominating the league with shots and skills that can’t even be replicated in a video game. It’s almost like it would take the Warriors five consecutive undefeated seasons and five straight championships just for critics and former players to cool it with the bashing. Although after they lose their first game in five years, I’m sure the cackles of “overrated” would quickly return.

Which brings me to the man of the hour. The man who has been the face of the anti-Warriors campaign. Mr. Charles Wade Barkley. Oh, Chuck. Now, let me start by saying I’m not downplaying your illustrious NBA career in any way. You’re an 11-time all-star, you’ve won an MVP award, you’ve even been part of the Dream Team. You’ve more than earned your spot in the Hall of Fame, don’t get me wrong. But come on. You went on the Late Show and made a pretty bold prediction: “They’re not gonna win the championship this year.” Now, of course you’re entitled to your own opinion and that’s perfectly fine of you to think that. I too am entitled to my opinion and in my opinion, your opinion is a little ridiculous. And here are three reasons why. One: They have close to if not the most depth in their lineup and bench in the league. Two: they are led by hands-down the best shooter in the league and more than likely the MVP again. Three: The playoffs start in about six weeks and they’ve only lost six games all season. I know it’s the playoffs and anything can happen in a seven-game series against the same team, but losing hasn’t been part of their routine this season and it probably won’t be anytime

soon. You also don’t have a very good recent track record for predictions, might I add. I know you apologized after being wrong in your Cavs over the Warriors finals prediction, and I appreciate you owning up to that. However, them winning was still not enough validation for you. You still made the Kyrie and Love excuse. What else do they have to do other than win backto-back titles to earn your respect? Beat the Monster Squad? Even then, how many championships would it take for Golden State to win before you bought into their style of play? Not two, not three, not four, not five? - Sorry, Lebron, I had to. I guess the Warriors will just have to keep on winning and breaking records and you’ll just have to keep on making incorrect predictions and criticize a team that has already achieved so much and even won a championship, something you said a jump-shooting team couldn’t do – That shirt looked good on you, by the way. Eventually the Warriors lose or you’ll just stop criticizing and appreciate Golden State’s current historic success. In the meantime, please, for the love of God, practice your golf swing.

UFC 196 lived up to the hype this past Saturday with two big fights that did not disappoint. Holly Holm, fresh off her upset defeat of former belt holder Ronda Rousey, was unable to defend the bantamweight title. Miesha Tate took Holm down and dominated in the ground game, winning the fight by submission in the fifth round. With Holm dominating most of the match points-wise, Tate shocked the crowd and the UFC world by putting the new champ to sleep in a rear naked choke hold. With this win, the women’s bantamweight division has been turned upside down yet again. The UFC will have to decide if Ronda Rousey will immediately challenge Tate for the belt or if she will have to meet Holm for a rematch before she gets a shot to reclaim the title. The second fight and main event of the night saw the featherweight champion Conor McGregor square up against Stockton’s own Nate Diaz. The “Notorious” McGregor planned on fighting to be the first dual-weight champion featherweight and lightweight - and was expected to face lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in his first fight. However, after breaking his foot, Dos Anjos was forced to pull out of the fight. Nate Diaz, a welterweight fighter, was selected to replace Dos Anjos and had just two weeks to prepare for the fight. McGregor tacked on 25 pounds for the fight, which some feared would take away from his abilities. Despite this, McGregor came out aggressive, landing several punches on Diaz in the first round, but he was stunned by Diaz in the second round. McGregor questionably went for a takedown of Diaz – ground game is not McGregor’s strong suit – and it quickly backfired on him. Diaz took advantage of the mistake and made McGregor tap out after a quick submission and choke hold. There’s no question that with the two headlining TAM DUONG JR.UFC / MONITOR fighters losing, president Dana White will have his hands full planning future fights. The plot thickens.

Ohlone College Monitor, March 10, 2016  

The Monitor, Ohlone College's student newspaper.