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Lady Renegades take down De Anza College. See story on page 7.



JOHN WEBB 1937-2013

Remembering a local legend

Violence infects sports Hits on the field spill over into the stands ALIZAIB LODHI Staff writer


Linh Dang, Andrea Trisler and Phuong Phan light candles at a vigil for former faculty member at Kennedy High School in Fremont John Webb on Nov. 26. Webb was struck and killed by a car on Interstate 680 on Nov. 23 after leaving a San Jose State football game.

Former coach struck by car while helping direct traffic around accident SHANNON SORGE Online editor Kennedy High School teacher and former coach John Webb, commonly known as Coach Webb, was killed Nov. 23 in an early morning crash involving three cars on the northbound

section of Interstate 680. Webb, 76, was returning home with a friend about 1 a.m. after attending a football game at San Jose State University when the Corvette he was driving struck a stalled van, California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel said. Webb got out and tried to direct traffic. A Toyota Corolla then hit Webb’s car, which struck and killed him. Webb was a former Kennedy High School athletic director and co-head football

coach, adviser of student activities, and teacher of mathematics, English and woodshop. “He was a very trustworthy man towards his students,” said Majtabah Walai, Monitor photographer who served as vice president of the Kennedy High Muslim Student Association in 2010, when Webb was the adviser. “He trusted us enough to be on our own and was always there when we needed him.” In 2009,Webb’s course was

voted “coolest curriculum” among Kennedy students. “I enjoy the students more or as much as I enjoy the curriculum,” Webb said in response. “It makes it easy Continued on page 3


John Webb.

Violence among fans at sporting events is becoming a frightening new trend. Meanwhile, professional and college football leagues have changed the rules in an effort to make the sport itself less violent. The NCAA and NFL both have introduced rules that penalize any player leading with the helmet into a defenseless player. Ohlone College head trainer Jeff Roberts previously worked as a certified athletic trainer at Stanford University and was with the football program at all of their games, including the Rose Bowl in 2000. He is also an independent contractor for the NFL. “I see it (violence); I deal with it regularly by the nature of the job with the responsibilities I have,” Roberts said. “I have been fortunate in my career to not see more of the typical broad mainstream definition of violence, relative to athletics, but certainly there are unique types of things that happen.” According to data complied at the National Center of Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, 1,006 direct and 683 indirect fatalities were reported as a result of Continued on page 6


Slew of performances slated for Smith Center MARISSA MARTIN News editor A slew of holiday events are coming up in the next few weeks at Ohlone College’s Smith Center on the Fremont campus. The Ohlone Jazz/Rock combos will be playing at 7 p.m. today and Friday. The annual OhloneWinter Dance Showcase consists of a wide variety of dance styles taught on campus over this past fall semester. The dance showcase will be at 8 p.m. today through Sunday.

The sixth annual Ohlone Bands Holiday Extravaganza will showcase different bands on campus, including the Ohlone Clarinet Choir, Ohlone Tuba Ensemble, Ohlone Wind Orchestra, Mission Peak Brass Band and Ohlone Community Band, all of which will be conducted by Tony Clements. This event will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. The 40th annual presentation of the Berkeley City Ballet Nutcracker will take place over the winter break. The Nutcracker will be at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22.

General admission for these events will be $15. Tickets for students, senior citizens, students, staff and youth ages 12 and younger will range from $10 to $12. Prices are different for the Nutcracker performance, which costs $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, staff and students, and $15 for children 12 and younger. There is a 10 percent discount for purchases of 10 tickets or more. For more information you can call the Smith Center Box Office at 510-659-6031.


Members of the Berkeley City Ballet perform the Nutcracker, which will come to Ohlone College on Dec. 21 and 22.





ASOC provides Thanksgiving feast

NEWS BITES Open Faculty Positions Starting in the spring, Ohlone will recruit five new faculty members for the Fall 2014 semester. The positions available are accounting, biology (A&P), speech and communication studies, sociology and theater. Currently, Ohlone has 113 staff members with a base of 114. With the addition of five new staff members, Ohlone’s base would increase from 114 to 118. Administrators won’t have a final count of faculty retirees for the 2013-2014 school year until June.


The Associated Students of Ohlone College provide a free Thanksgiving meal to students at the Fremont campus on Nov. 20. The meal was served by workers at the Fresh & Natural Café and included all of the traditional holiday favorites.


Ohlone official honored for public relations LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Patrice Birkedahl is used to sharing Ohlone College’s good news with the public, but she has some of her own to pass along this year. Birkedahl, the college’s public information officer, and her colleagues have garnered a plethora of awards for Ohlone. Five awards were collected by Birkedahl’s department in 2013, including two first-place awards. Birkedahl and Ohlone received the first-place awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization in two separate categories: brochure and direct mailer, postcard and flier. Ohlone also received awards for the class schedule and the advertising campaign for theater and performing arts. The college also received a 2013 award of distinction for the 2012 Season of the Arts campaign. The award honors excellence in marketing and communications to community colleges. “A lot of these awards are done by mailing them in so it is a little hard to keep track of them at times,” Birkedahl said. “It is still really nice to be recognized for the work that we do here.” In addition to her work as the director of the Office of College Advancement, Birkedahl has found herself pulling double duty this semester, filling in for the Ohlone College Foundation, which is seeking to

replace its executive direc- considering all of the tasks tor. that the office is responDouble sible for. d u t i e s “I’m fillcombined ing in for with the the founlooming d a t i o n Measure G right now projects set so I have to impact a lot going the Freon,” Birkemont camdahl said. pus make “It’s a lot the awardof work but winning atit is very m o s p h e re rewardeven more ing.” impressive SRUTHIE KONDAMOORI / MONITOR Birke-

dahl and the Office of College Advancement were responsible for putting up the signs around the Fremont campus informing people of the impending closures of parking lots due to the Measure G construction and demolition. The Office of College Advancement is located on top of the Fremont campus in Building 27 but will be displaced next semester, when President Gari Browning will call the building home.


Ohlone club explores mysterious estate


Members of the Ohlone Psychology club visit the legendary Winchester Mystery House in San Jose on Nov. 11.

Ohlone hires new dean Ohlone College announced that Laura Weaver has accepted the position of dean of enrollment services, supervising the areas of Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Veterans. With more than 28 years of experience in the community college environment, Weaver has directly worked with admissions and enrollment services, veterans, public relations, and international students. In addition to this experience, she has her master’s degree in education and has other experience in marketing, government affairs, and accreditation. Weaver started work on Monday.

Ohlone goes to New York The Ohlone College Class Tour will be visiting New York this year. Mark Nelson will be the instructor for the trip, which also will double as an actual credit class through the college. The trip, from May 22 through June 1, will include nine nights hotel accomodations at The Comfort Inn Manhattan, daily breakfast, a seven-day unlimited NYC subway system pass and admission to The Museum of the City of New York, among other perks. A $250 deposit is required to secure a spot. Anybody interested in participating in the tour can contact Nelson at or 510-813-9903. –Compiled by Marissa Martin



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Former coach dies following crash Continued from Page 1 to come to school every day when you know you like the people you work with.” Webb, who worked at Kennedy for nearly three decades, was an inspiration to many. “Coach Webb was more about tough love,” said Monitor photo editor Tam Duong Jr., who played football at Kennedy his junior and senior years, from 2004 to 2006. “He would tell you what you needed to hear and not what you wanted to hear. It

was his honesty that let you know you needed to shape up to help guide you down the right path.” More than a thousand people attended a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at Kennedy to pay their respects, give thanks and say farewell to their beloved Coach. “I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up,” Webb said in the 2007 yearbook when he was voted “most down to earth.” “I’m still living life like I’m a kid.”


A huge crowd mourns John Webb in Fremont on Nov. 26.

Ohlone presents the 12 trees of Christmas

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The Cooperative Agency Resources for Education, better known as CARE, held a Christmas tree decorating contest in Building 7 on the Fremont campus on Wednesday.First, second and third place winners, receiving $150, $75 and $50 in gas cards, will be contacted. Participants also may contact Sandy Bennett at 510-979-7549 or




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Friday fallout Malls are weird. It is a hub of people and corporations with a singular purpose: to take your money. They don’t want to offer a service to you unless failure to do so would cost them money. They even sell food, not to feed you, but to keep you there. Last weekend we all survivedtheordealthatwasBlack Friday. Many spent the last hours of theirThanksgiving in line just so they could get into those malls. It wasn’t about family, friends or fellowship, but about deals. Black Friday exists to get businesses into the “black,” or positive revenue,beforetheendoftheyear. People joke that the black in Black Friday refers to the darkness and dirtiness of the day,andIagreewiththatsentiment. Since the beginning of Black Friday, four people have beentrampled,shotorbeaten to death over shopping, while more than 60 have been hospitalized. Lives have been ended over this “holiday.” Theworkforcethatmanned the shops on Black Friday was dominatedbyteensandthose of college age. Target opened at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving for Black Friday.That pulled their workersawayfromtheirfamiliesbeforenormaldinnertime wasover.Idroppedmycousin off at work that night, and the line in front of his store was wrapped around the back end.Peoplehadbeentherefor hours. The familial holiday of giving thanks is being erased so we can buy things. America is a materialistic country, this can’t be denied. We are also a country that loves our family, though. Thanksgiving represented community, surviving a hard year of perseverance by enjoying our harvest. It was a moment to pause and collect ourselves. The end of November should be one of reflection in preparationofthefinalmonth oftheyear.Insteadit’saraging, rampaging hustle and bustle of cash and anger. We’ve stripped the turkey of its stuffing, poured out the wine glasses early, and all but forgotten the pumpkin pie. America may be the country of the red, white and blue, but we’ve been staring at that green shade of money and envy for far too long. Thanksgiving has come andgone,sopleaseenjoyyour Christmas season, and don’t forget what it’s about, your nearest and dearest family and friends.


Mustafah Walai sorts through dry-cleaning tickets at his Fremont computer-repair and dry-cleaning business last month.

Former Ohlone student breaks new business ground


Bay Cleaners on Driscoll Road.

Dry-cleaner, computer-repair shop creates new genre in Fremont AMELIA NEARY Opinion editor We are living in a time that is both uncertain and unstable in economical terms. Finding a job that pays the rent is like trying to find a needle in one of the biggest haystacks in the world. One could argue that it seems more sensible to start a business than to spend all your energy pounding the pavement, sometimes to no avail. Mustafah Walai has owned and operated Bay Cleaners, located on Driscoll Road in Fremont, for three years. After a semester at Ohlone College, Walai (brother of Monitor photographer Majtabah Walai) decided to take a sabbatical from school and take over the family business. “I always wanted to be my own boss,” Walai said. The dry cleaners also serves as a local stop for computer repairs, which wasWalai’s first business.

He is hoping to move his businesses to a bigger location in the next year, in which he also will be rebranding both ventures to“Fasthuma,” which translates as “Fast Phoenix.” When asked what advice he has for anyone planning to start their own business, Walai replied, “It’s always best to start a business with no overhead.” Walai decided to take over the family business when it was not doing very well financially. At the time he was running a computer repair business out of a small office in Newark. Running two businesses in two separate locations became impractical, as it was both time-consuming and

expensive. In order to eradicate this issue,Walai decided to relocate his computer repair business to Fremont. From there he decided to combine the two businesses, attracting a wider clientele. In doing so, Walai transformed a business in financial difficulties to one that thrives in an otherwise failing market. Walai plans on going further in the electronics business and plans on branching out into software, graphic design and web design. With his growing success he is also looking to start up a car dealership in the future. Any future businesses also will carry his brand name Fasthuma. “Find what you’re good at,

specialize in it, and market yourself,” Walai said when asked what it takes to start your own business. His advice to anyone planning to start a business from the ground up is to start small, with something that will cost you little to no money. No one wants the stress of a big loan hanging over their head while trying to make a business successful. He suggested building a website from scratch, creating an app, and getting your brand out into the mainstream where people can know about it. Walai recommends keeping it simple. “Start with one business,” he said. “If they are in the same location you start to think of them as one.”


MustafahWalai repairs a laptop computer at his dry-cleaning and computer-repair shop in Fremont.




USS Hornet provides glimpse into history The San Francisco skyline is viewed from the USS Hornet, which participated in World War II and the Apollo 11 space mission and now is a museum in Alameda.

Photos by Erika Heredia


An American flag waves in the wind on the Flight Deck at the end of the ship facing the city of San Francisco.

The control tower is located at the center of the ship on the Flight Deck. The tower includes a GPS system as well as the primary steering tools.

Control tower

American Flag

This Grumman F-14A Tomcat was flown in the Gulf War. It is located on the Honor Deck near the entrance to the museum.

This crew living quarters, located on the second deck of the ship, provided a resting area for many sailors.

Fighter plane

Living quarters




Violence can strike anyone at sporting event LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Having been a season ticket holder of the Oakland Raiders it is safe to say that I have seen my fair share of violence at sporting events. Most of these incidents involve fans, which is short for fanatic, which should give some insight to the mental state of the individuals in question. These altercations aren’t just limited to the drunken rowdy fan violence. Accidental and unexpected violent acts are just as likely to occur as two belligerent idiots causing a melee in a packed crowd.Too many times I have seen people getting out of the way of a fight and in the process trample or run over somebody else. That person takes offense and then a new violent altercation begins for no apparent reason at all. I am not naïve and I clearly understand that alcoholic lubrication has a lot to do with many of the violent incidents that take place at sporting events. My point is that alcohol is not behind every incident. Somebody says something negative or derogatory about your favorite team or player and a fan in attendance feels justified in initiating physical combat in the name of their team. Two seasons ago at a Raider game in Oakland I saw a Kansas City Chiefs fan beaten unconscious because Dwayne Bowe scored a touchdown and he was celebrating in his jersey.Three Raider fans were detained and arrested while several

other assailants slipped into the crowd, narrowly escaping the long arm of the law. These types of incidents are unacceptable and should carry a huge sentence in a court of law. Unless there is significant physical injuries most of these incidents are punished by a couple of hours in the drunk tank and a drunk in public or disorderly conduct citation.This is in no way a deterrent to any person who feels the need to physically punish somebody for rooting for another team. Raider fans and games are historically known for being rowdy events that are not for the faint of heart, especially in “The Black Hole”where the diehard Raider fans take in the contests. These type of innocent bystander incidents and the language that is used at sporting events is definitely not child-appropriate and to be honest I am not sure where it would ever be appropriate. People get worked into such a frenzy by the adrenaline of the game and the crowd that they allow themselves to commit acts of violence and disrespect that would never be tolerated anywhere ever except at a sporting event. Venues provide a lot of security and police patrol during the events but with 30,000-plus fans at an event they are outnumbered to say the least. When attending a sporting event please drink responsibly and by all means root for your team, just do it respectfully keeping in mind that children are watching.



Sports violence becoming too common Continued from page 1 participation in organized football in the United States from 1931 to 2006. Severe injury and the possibility of paralysis was a risk for those participating in hockey, football or other sports. Roberts says times have changed since then, though. “Penalty flags are now being thrown, suspensions are dealt out, fines are being levied on players because of violent hits, hitting a defenseless player, helmet-

to-helmet contact, things along those lines,” he said. “So that’s the evolution from these past few years.” The dangers aren’t confined to the playing field, though. Violent incidents occur regularly in the stands at Bay Area sporting events. The rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers is one of the biggest in sports. For the second time in three seasons, serious violence

has erupted outside the stadium. About two years ago, Giants fan Bryan Stow suffered permanent brain damage when he was attacked in Los Angeles by a Dodger fan. More recently, Dodger fan Jonathan Denver died after being stabbed at AT&T Park in September. “I just can’t understand how, sporting event aside, society’s gotten like this,” Giants general manager Brian Sabean told local media. “It’s bizarre to me.”

What would you do to prevent violence at sporting events? CORY CALL Psychology

“Making sure there is adequate security” KAREN CRUDA Kinesiology

“Usually, like, to keep things positive and talk about positive things” DAVID HUBERMANE


“Trained referees to help defend and figure out how to make peace” ESTHER FOWLKS Communications

“Keeping positive energy in the crowd. No booing or condemning”


“More security guards and scanners”





Lady Renegades close out De Anza Lady Dons


Kianha Farrish shoots a jumper on Monday in Fremont.

Ohlone stifles late comeback push to secure victory 72-69 LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College women’s basketball team dominated the non-conference matchup with the De Anza Lady Dons at Epler Gymnasium on Monday until the end. With just a few minutes remaining, De Anza put together a furious comeback but fell short to the Lady Renegades by a final score

of 72-69, making the contest appear much closer than it was. Ohlone is now 4-2 overall and riding a three-game winning streak with conference play rapidly approaching. De Anza guard Chyna Cole nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer but it was not enough to take down Ohlone. “Ohlone is a really good team and everybody makes mistakes but they made us pay for them,” Cole said. “We just kept on encouraging each other. That’s how a team is successful.” Cole provided a spark off the bench, amassing 8 points but also turning the ball over five times. The comeback was an impressive one considering the score at halftime was a lopsided 40-21 favoring Ohlone. Redshirt sophomore guard Kianha Farrish was one of the primary reasons for that huge halftime lead for the Lady Renegades, nailing a couple huge 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the contest. “I had my shot going ear-

ly so mentally I was trying to get the team involved,” Farrish said.“We weren’t rebounding and they were aggressive.” Farrish finished with a team-high 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Deajanae Conic was impressive for Ohlone all night, establishing a presence inside and outside for the Lady Renegades. “We got a little sloppy toward the end and we start-

ed to fall apart a little bit,” Conic said. “We huddled up a few times and picked each other up energy-wise.” Conic was all over the floor for Ohlone and Coach Julia Allender, who nearly left over the summer to go to Holy Names University. Conic was impressive in the winning effort, totaling 15 points and seven rebounds. Ohlone is averaging more than 70 points a game while

shooting more than 45 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind. Ohlone will travel the next two weekends to participate in the Comet Classic in San Pablo and the Caren Franci Tournament in Santa Rosa before returning home. The Lady Renegades will take on Foothill College at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus.


Candy De Los Reyes takes some contact from the De Anza College defender while scoring in a victory for the Lady Renegades on Monday at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus.




The women’s soccer team was the lone playoff representative for Ohlone College this fall, before losing 4-0 to Santa Rosa College on Nov. 23. These are some of the players who made it happen.

Ohlone College Monitor, December 5, 2013  
Ohlone College Monitor, December 5, 2013  

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