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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 Vol. XLVIII No. 1 Oddities and curios at the Niles antique fair. See photos on Page 5.

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Portables remain vacant in Fremont Modular classrooms not ready at start of fall semester RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief

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ABIGAIL MONEDA Staff writer On Sept. 11, 2001, a national tragedy struck America. The stories told by two Ohlone students show that echoes of that event continue to affect Americans today. Abdullah Khan Niazi, an Ohlone student and a Muslim, was 7 years old when the attack happened. He was subsequently bullied and the victim of racial slurs targeting his cultural and ethnic background. Niazi and Thant M. Thini experienced this hate- and fear-filled fallout from different perspectives. Thini, an Ohlone biotech major, was also a child in 2001, but she grew up in a Christian household. She had many Muslim friends. In the aftermath of 9/11, Thini’s family forbade her from being friends with Muslims.

“I didn’t care what my family had to say,” Thini said. “I know my friends, and I know they would never do anything to hurt me.” Both Thini and Niazi suffered constant harassment from people who generalize that all Muslims are terrorists. Every time someone insensitively accused Niazi of being a terrorist, it made going to class less and less tolerable for him. He knew he wasn’t the one at fault, but he still needed to find the strength to realize who he really was as a person. Thini knew that a person being Muslim did not mean they were associated with the attack, but it took a lot of courage to go against her family’s wishes and act on what she believed to be right. “America needs to be more open-minded,” she said. Continued on Page 3

About 30 portable classrooms are sitting unused this semester on the Fremont campus after there was a delay obtaining permits. In addition to occupying 455 sorely needed parking spots, the decision not to use the portable classrooms and offices caused confusion for students looking for classes that had been moved last-minute, and frustration for faculty forced out of offices or shuffled around. Heidi Birch, a program manager with Gilbane Building Co., said the plan was to use the buildings this semester, but in the end, teachers would not have had adequate time to set up classes and offices. The problem was a delay in obtaining the necessary permits from the Division of State Architect, officials said. The classrooms are leased from Mobile Modular. A contractor is then hired to connect all the power, data, plumbing and sewage. The DSA oversees construction on state-funded schools, ensuring it is done according to applicable building codes. Ron Little, Ohlone’s vice president of finance, said the portable classrooms, or “swing space,” were being rolled out in two phases. The first phase included the general classrooms and several offices. The second phase will include the specialized classrooms and the remaining offices. Continued on Page 3

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New coach brings Hall of Fame pedigree ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor After spending the last four years as an assistant coach at the University of Hawaii, Fremont native Scott Fisher stepped up to the head coach position for the Ohlone men’s basketball program. Although Fisher said his time at UH was a great learning experience, he said he is looking forward to being a head coach again. Fisher is one of two new basketball coaches at Ohlone. Liz Rizza will head the women’s basketball team. “The Ohlone job should

be more fun and what it will take to enjoy this job again,” Fisher said. Before his time at UH, Fisher was the head coach for the Perth Wildcats in Australia’s National Basketball League, where he led the team to the NBL finals in each of his four years there. Fisher played professionally around the world for 16 years. Winning most valuable player twice and three league championships highlighted his time in Australia and explains his place in the NBL Hall of Fame. Fisher was naturalized as an Australian citizen in Continued on Page 7

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New Head Coach Scott Fisher shoots a free throw during basketball practice in the Epler Gymnasium.


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NEWS BITES Instructor honored Computer applications teacher Christine Sibley has been named the Faculty Person of the Month for September. Sibley worked in the health care industry and probation department for several years before pursuing a career in education. She has worked as a librarian and computer applications instructor at Ohlone for six years. She serves on the Computer Applications and Occupational Technology Advisory Committee, and the BSM Supervisory Committee.

Cafeteria to host Soul Surge The Soul Surge open mic event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Cafeteria on the Fremont campus. The event is for Ohlone students only, and a student ID card is required. Sign-up is at 11:30 a.m. Performance slots are limited.

Club Days Sept. 23-24 Ohlone students can find out more about the variety of clubs on campus at Club Days, coming up Sept. 23 and 24. Club Days, including free food and activities, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Hyman Hall.

Care package for trustee Ohlone officials are organizing a “care package” for Trustee Garrett Yee, who is serving a yearlong deployment in Kuwait. Recommended items include: - Edibles such as k-cups (coffee), beef jerky (make sure package states USDA beef), candy (not chocolate), energy bars, chips, pretzels, nuts, and cookies. - Non-edibles such as baby wipes, lip balm, hand lotion, and AA and D batteries. Items should be dropped off to Jackie Whitehouse in the Foundation Office, Room 1141, by Friday so the package can be sent to the 335th Signal Command by mid-September. – Compiled by Monitor staff

Ohlone bus stops relocated New pickups near Witherly on south side of Fremont campus MONITOR STAFF The bus routes serving the Fremont campus have been moved from Pine Street to Witherly Lane because of construction work. AC Transit lines 210 and 217 now will pick up and drop off passengers at two new stops off Witherly, at Key A near Building 4 and at Key B west of the Smith Center. In addition, two new stop signs have been added on Witherly at Key B to make it safer for buses to turn. Line 210 will continue to serve its regular stops on Bryant Street at Pine Street and on Bryant Street at Anza Street. The changes will not affect bus service to the Newark campus. Meanwhile, Lot P is still restricted to authorized

Tee-up to support Ohlone College MONITOR STAFF The 30th annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 22 at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. The daylong tournament costs $250 per player. Proceeds from the tournament support Ohlone’s athletic programs, helping to pay for facility upgrades, travel, equipment and uniforms. Registration for the tournament will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by breakfast at 10 a.m. and tee off at 11:30 a.m. A banquet, including awards and an auction, will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. For more information about the tournament, go to www.ohlonefoundation. org/events, email registration@ohlonecollegegolf. org or call the Ohlone College Foundation office at 510-659-6020.

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Ohlone students board an AC Transit bus at a new stop near Witherly Lane on the south side of the Fremont campus. Lines 210 and 217 were moved because of ongoing construction work.

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Lot B next to Hyman Hall, where the portable classrooms have been placed, is closed, including the unfenced area along the east side of the lot. In Newark, the previous temporary lot is now paved

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Portable classrooms not ready Continued from Page 1 Little said the low voltage and data connections were not necessary for the general classrooms and offices, and so the plan was to complete them during Phase Two of construction. However, the DSA required that those connections be completed for the Phase One buildings before the necessary permits could be granted. “It was a tight schedule to begin with,” said Little, explaining the decision to delay use of the buildings. While the delay did end up causing some confusion at the start of the semester, it will not directly cost Ohlone any extra money, Little said, explaining that Ohlone will not begin lease payments to Mobile Modular for the classrooms until the buildings are actually occupied by students. Also, Little said, there

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Access is restricted to the portable classrooms as construction continues during the fall semester.

is an upside to the delay. When students begin using the classrooms next spring,

the asphalt should be resurfaced, the landscaping should be completed and

the area should look more like a village than a construction site.

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Niazi said he still is treated as though he had something to do with the tragedy that happened on the other side of the country, but he doesn’t let it affect his self-image. Sept. 11, 2001, will always mark one of the most tragic days in American

history. The outcome left many people bitter, and sometimes created strife between Muslim and nonMuslim Americans. Here however, amid the diversity found on Ohlone’s campus, is an example of how strength of character can overcome the oppressive influence of fear and hatred.

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A flower grows near the Flight 93 memorial in Union City.

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RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief The accreditation team, which evaluated Ohlone College last March, released its official report over the summer. The report reaffirmed Ohlone’s accreditation for another six years. “This is the excellent outcome we were striving for,” Ohlone President Gari Browning said in her State of the College address in August. Browning went on to say Ohlone was one of seven colleges to be reaffirmed out of 18 colleges looked at by the commission. “Some of our neighbor colleges, including West Valley, Mission, Evergreen Valley, and San Jose City were among those sanctioned,” Browning said. The accreditation report included eight commendations for Ohlone. According to Browning, most colleges receive only two or three commendations. “In several areas where other colleges typically receive recommendations, we received praise,”

she said. The report also included seven recommendations for Ohlone. Three recommendations address urgent issues Ohlone should address in order to meet accreditation standards. Ohlone will have to provide a follow-up report addressing those is-

sues by March 15. The other four recommendations are intended to help Ohlone increase its institutional effectiveness. Ohlone is expected to show progress on those issues by the time its midterm report is due, in three years. The accreditation report

also followed up on recommendations made at the time of the last evaluation in 2008. The report indicated that Ohlone had successfully met all eight of the previous recommendations. The entire report is available at www.ohlone.edu/ org/accreditation


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‘Boyhood’ grips, makes movie history MITCHELL WALTHER Features editor Experiments are usually saved for the science lab, but themovie“Boyhood”takesthe test tubes out onto the silver screen. Directed and written by RichardLinklater,“Boyhood”is a literal coming-of-age movie. Filmed over a period of 12 years, the film follows the character of Mason, a young boy who grows up to be a man. The actors play the same characters throughout the movie, and they age over the course of the film. Acting in such a movie would take considerable dedication, and Ellar Coltrane maintains a strong lead, maturing and playing a normal everyday boy, a rebellious pre-teen, and an existential young adult. The rest of the cast is superb as well, starring Ethan Hawke as Mason’s estranged father, Patricia Arquette as his troubled mother, and the director’s daughter Lorelei Linklater nailing a performance as Mason’s sister. “Boyhood” is a movie everyone should see, but it is also very hard to pin down. Surreal is how you will feel

throughout the film. The events they talk about, the music on the radio, the shows on TV; they are a perfect representation of the past dozen years. Something simple like copying reality succeeds and creates a strong air of nostalgia. It offers a great opportunity for young adult viewers to really ponder the world they grew up in. The culture around Mason progresses naturally as we see him move from city to city and watch him find himself surrounded by different music, activities, and people. If Linklater’s goal was to capture reality on film, then COURTESY OF IFC FILMS this movie is a monumental achievement. Ellar Coltrane as Mason in “Boyhood,” which also starred Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. WritReality is all around us ten and directed by Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” was filmed over 12 years with the same cast. though, so is the story worth the almost three-hour run time? Careful pacing allows us While it’s impossible to call world he lived in to take deep breaths through- this film anything other than a did. out and completely submerge drama, you will laugh almost Boyhood is a ourselves in this boy’s life. as much as you want to cry, journey worth takWith twists and turns that and smile the whole while ing, and though feel truly stranger than fiction, through. The saddest bit will long, is definitely the simplicity of events make not come from an on-screen nowhere near the this a movie you won’t want tragedy, however, but from 12-year advento have end. feeling like you truly know ture the creators Each stage of early life is Mason. put themselves given sufficient screen time As the credits roll, you’ll through to give us and explored in all of its victo- have to remind yourself that this breathtaking ries, failures and silver linings. he doesn’t exist, even if the work of art.

A summer in review Bliss presents Running Starring in Rocking the 5k ‘Sweeney out at Color Run Todd’ BFD CINDY LEWIS Ohlone student

MARLENE VIRELAS Ohlone student

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I just moved to the Bay Area in April. Participating in the Color Run 5k Marathon in downtown San Jose was my first exposure to my new community. So May 31 we put on our shoes. The real fun began once the runners were released into the streets. Every kilometer or so there was a different color station, with volunteers enthusiastically dousing runners in colored paint powder. At the end of the marathon an immense festival greeted us. Participants were given their own packets of powder and a battle ensued. I swear I was stained green for a week. It was definitely an energetic experience all around, and I’m looking forward to my next 5k on Oct. 18. This time it will be a Blacklight Run through the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds at dusk. See you there.

This summer I was cast in Ohlone’s Summerfest production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” It was directed by Ryan Weible. It was a musical of epic proportions and we were lucky to have sensational people working on the show, both performers and tech. It’s not every summer you get to act alongside such an amazing group of individuals. Even with such a dark-toned story, whenever the audience couldn’t see us, we were all smiles. As a member of the ensemble, I was fortunate enough to see it all come together. All of the quirks and perfect moments made it a time I will never forget. It was amazing to be onstage and be a part of the murder, revenge and cannibalism. It was an insane amount of fun that I’d do all over again.

There are so many music festivals over the summer, it’s easy to lose track and forget where you ended up. I had a chance to go to radio station Live 105’s BFD festival. Headliners included Fitz & The Tantrums, Kongos and Foster the People. The only thing I can really say is it was a blast! There was a good mix of local and well-known artists, and the Subsonic Tent put on a good party. As with any big event, the beer was overpriced and I gritted my teeth through one Stella before I decided I didn’t want to make my wallet too angry. The rock scene defintely feels different, though. The bands are mellow compared to previous years, and people are more focused on a good time than a wild ride. Overall, BFD was easily a highlight of the Bay Area’s summer and I can’t wait to go back next year and rock out.

‘Precious Gems’ dance show

ALIZAIB LODHI Online editor Bliss Dance Co. will perform “Precious Gems,” an Ohlone College Summerfest fundraiser show, at the Amphitheater on the Fremont campus next week. The show, about a w o m a n’s j o u r n e y through the mystical

world of diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds, will begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20. Guest artists will include GroovMekanex Lockers, Floetic Movement and Epic Footprint. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for children, students, staff and seniors.


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Annual antique fair shows off treasures MITCHELL WALTHER Features editor Every year on the last Sunday in August, Fremont’s Niles neighborhood puts on a town-wide flea market. This year was no exception, as locals poured out every garage-sale item they could find. From little totem heads to vintage welcome signs, if you wanted it, chances are you could find it. This annual event has been a tradition for so long that strange items have been traded from house to house. Someone buys it, keeps it a year, then sells it back on the street 365 days later. A fitting finale to the summer, friends and family can scrounge up whatever cash they can find to spend on a few treasures. Pick any home in the Niles area, and it’s almost a guarantee the interior is filled with flea market prizes. There’s also food and dancing, with the grills fired up and the zumba blasting down main street. Though this year’s fair has come and gone, keep your eyes peeled next August.

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Left, top to bottom: The Niles Antique Faire and Flea Market on Aug. 31 offered a variety of items for sale, from signs to sewing machines. Above: Crowds gather at the event. Below: A worker fires up the grill. Bottom: Collectible bicycles were among the offerings.


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Beheading coverage presents dilemma MITCHELL WALTHER Features editor Hopefully most people know about the recent beheadings of reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff by ISIS militants. The killings were filmed and uploaded to the Internet, accompanied by the speeches of both the victims and the terrorists. Graphic decapitations don’t make it onto CNN or FOX, though, and even YouTube had them taken down within minutes. A quick Google search will surface the videos, but the question remains: “What is the responsibility of news outlets when it comes to showing the public the true nature of war and terror?”

Do we need to see what these people are willing to do to our own, or is being told of the atrocities enough for the American public? This double-edged sword of journalism is not a new issue. The censoring of war has been going on since before we could even take pictures. Stills of victory will always make it onto the front page over photos of the dead. Even just a couple years ago, the question of published war crimes was active, as Ohlone ethics Professor Wayne Yuen pointed out. “Does it have to be the full video, with the gore included?” he said. “I really asked myself this when Daniel Pearl was beheaded in 2002. I watched the whole video, and

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it was very uncomfortable to watch. But it also helped me understand the lengths that (al-Qaida) was willing to go for their cause, which made me get a better sense of their flawed character.” When our government gets called out, and our civilians are brutally murdered, should officials be the only ones to hear? Ohlone journalism Professor Bill Parks’ opinion is clear: “Of course the public needs to know what is going on, and it is the duty of the press to tell them.” It’s not a black and white issue, though. There are the victims to think of.War begets humiliating forms of death, even if faced fearlessly. The brutality of our enemies is something we need to con-

front, however, and sheltering the public from reality will only stifle the resolve of a country and promote further ignorance. Yuen is quick to remind us of the importance of tact, however. “I think that the media also has an obligation to report on these beheadings with a touch of sensitivity as well,” he said. “How the media reports on these topics could deeply harm people who are connected intimately with these reporters. Families and friends are grieving for their loss, and it may be difficult

for them to escape their loved one’s last moments, since it is now recorded saved on the Internet forever.” The respectability of this doesn’t end with news station or the journalists. Once the facts are made clear, people have to make a choice. They can opt not to allow these beheadings to serve as terrorist propaganda. News is a vehicle and catalyst, not the end of an issue. “If the public demands responsible journalism, that’s what they will get,” Parks said. “Education, awareness, action.”

IF THE PUBLIC DEMANDS RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM, THAT’S WHAT THEY WILL GET. - BILL PARKS

How did the events of 9/11 affect you? ASHLEY WHEN Psychology

“My mom’s co-workers were killed in the Jewish Center next to the Twin Towers” DANIEL MARQUEZ Undecided

“I was really scared. … My aunt was in New York at the time” YUSVA ILYAS Computer engineering

“After 9/11, they changed the immigration laws, which made it harder for me.” DANIELE GALVANO Biology

“When I was young, I thought it was a movie on the TV screen. I remember being scared”

KAMONI WELLS X-ray

“I was in second grade and I woke up to see my brothers and sisters sad.”


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The new faces of Ohlone basketball Continued from Page 1

1993 and represented the basketball team that placed fourth in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Coaching wasn’t always what Fisher wanted to do after his playing career. “I stayed away from basketball,” he said. “I did TV work for two years.”

The Perth Wildcats eventually convinced Fisher to become their head coach, but the transition from being a player to a coach wasn’t easy at first. “As a player I worried about myself first, but as a coach, it’s how could I put the players first,” he said. Fisher has been coach-

ing for nine years now, and has found himself back in his hometown of Fremont, where his basketball career began. He attended Mission San Jose High School, class of 1981, and actually played his last ever game for MSJ at Ohlone’s Epler Gymnasium. Fisher’s coaching style is “always evolving” and

focused on “trying to get better and learn a little more every day,” he said. Fisher views his return to the Bay Area as an “opportunity to give back.” He said he wasn’t interested in earning coaching accolades, but intends to focus on the Ohlone players. “I’ve done all that: I’m in

three hall of fames, I’m a two time MVP in Australia and I averaged 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds) in three different countries,” he said. Fisher’s coaching debut will be here at Ohlone’s Epler Gymnasium at the Jonathan Wallace Tournament, which starts on Nov. 6 and ends on Nov. 8.

Left: Liz Rizza is the new head coach of the Ohlone women’s basketball team. The team was the Coast Conference champion in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Rizza replaces Julia Allender. Right: Scott Fisher is the new head coach of the men’s basketball team. The team last captured the Coast Conference championship in 2009 and 2010. Fisher replaces John Peterson. COURTESY OF OHLONE COLLEGE

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Renegades split ‘classic’ ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor After getting swept in the first match against Lassen College on Wednesday, the Ohlone Lady Renegades turned in a great performance to defeat Los Medanos College in the second match 3-1. “We played a solid game,” Head Coach Jeremy Penaflor said about his team’s performance against Los Medanos in the Ohlone College Classic. “We had favorable match-ups and we used that to our advantage.” After middle blocker and captain Shelby Bolduc was lost for the season due to a torn ACL, newly appointed captains setter Briana Hill and outside hitter Jennifer Brochu picked up the slack for their injured captain. “Jenny played like a captain. She’ll always be a good offensive threat,” said Penaflor, describing Brochu’s 22-kill performance. The first game started out even as both teams exchanged points, but the Lady Renegades led 15-8 midway. Ohlone dominated the rest of the game as they scored points in a variety of ways to win the first game 25-16. Los Medanos came out on fire in the second game, taking a 10-6 lead. The Lady Renegades rallied to tie the game 11-11, and then kept the scoring up to take the lead 15-11. The rest of the game was close but Ohlone prevailed in the end, winning the game 25-21 off a great tip by Alexis Chang. The third game was all Los Medanos as the Lady Renegades struggled to score and made some costly errors. Ohlone did make a comeback led by the play from Brochu, closing the gap to one point, but Los Medanos responded with

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The Lady Renegades scramble to save a tipped ball during the Ohlone College Classic.

a surge of their own and only allowed the Lady Renegades to score one point after the rally. Los Medanos won the third game 25-17. Penaflor made adjustments before game four, adding another setter to the lineup, and the move helped as the energized Lady Renegades got off to a hot start, 9-3. Los Medanos put up a good fight, keeping the score close at 15-10 as Ohlone struggled to get a rhythm going offensively. With the score 24-12, the Lady Renegades were one point away from winning the match but Los Medanos made things interesting, scoring six straight points to make the score 24-18. Their rally was cut short, however, and Ohlone wrapped up the game and won the match 25-18. The Lady Renegades’ next game is Friday against Columbia College in Sonora.

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Above: Jennifer Brochu celebreates a scoring a point against Los Medanos. Below: Abegail Pimentel digs a hard spiked ball to keep the rally going for the Renegades.

Upcoming Renegades games MEN’S SOCCER

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

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

Sept. 26, 1:30 p.m. vs. Shasta College, Accinelli Park, Union City

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

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

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

WOMEN’S SOCCER

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Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m. vs. Las Positas College, Tak Stadium, Fremont

Oct. 10, 3 p.m. vs. West Valley College, Swimming Pool, Fremont campus

Oct. 3, 1:30 p.m. vs. City College of San Francisco, Central Park, Fremont

Oct. 22, 3 p.m. vs. De Anza College, Swimming Pool, Fremont campus

Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m. vs. Skyline College, Central Park, Fremont

WOMEN’S WATERPOLO Canceled

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It’s an exciting time to be a fan of Bay Area sports teams. The Bay Area is spoiled with a number of successful sports franchises. The San Francisco Giants have won two World Series the past four years. In Oakland, the Athletics haven’t won a World Series since 1989 – against the Giants – but they have a roster that’s consistently in the playoffs and have the potential to win it all year after year. The San Jose Sharks have made the playoffs for 15 consecutive seasons, and although they haven’t won the Stanley Cup in their 23-year existence, there’s no denying that the Sharks have been the most consistent winning team in the Bay Area. The Golden State Warriors went from a team that could barely win 20 games in a season to making the playoffs the past two seasons, earning the reputation of one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA. The San Francisco 49ers have come close to being Super Bowl champions the past three seasons, including making it to the big dance in 2013. The Oakland Raiders obviously haven’t been as successful as other local teams, but I can say that the transition from the late Al Davis is coming to a close and they seem to be going in the right direction. The NFL season started last weekend, and MLB playoffs as well as the NBA and NHL season start in October. Let’s kick back and enjoy this wonderful time for Bay Area sports, and try not to remember the years of bad draft picks, missing the playoffs, barely winning any games, and all the years of frustration.

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