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THURSDAY APRIL 9, 2015 Vol. XLIX No. 7

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ASOC to hold elections next week MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-chief Four candidates are running unopposed for the Associated Students of Ohlone College’s executive officer positions in an election next week. The positions are president, vice president, secretary and legislative representative. No student has filed a petition to run for treasurer. Meanwhile, five candidates are vying to be the student member to the Board of Trustees. The voting process will take place on April 14 and 15.

Students can vote at the voting stations, located at the student lounge on the Fremont campus or in the first-floor lobby of the Newark campus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m.They can also vote online from 12:01a.m. Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday. March 17 was the deadline to file a petition to run for the positions, and now the candidates’ names have been released. Still, this does not mean students are locked out of the election process. Besides being able to vote for the current list of candidates, students can

also do write-in ballots. Students can write in the name of any qualified candidate they believe is suitable for any of the executive officer positions. There are requirements for a write-in candidate t o q u a l i f y t o r u n . To be eligible, the student must: Maintain enrollment in at least five units at Ohlone College. Have and maintain a minimum of a 2.00 GPA, or be a first-semester student. Obtain or update their student ID card each semester. While the position of

president, vice president, secretary, and legislative representative only have one candidate each, the student member of the Board of Trustees has five previously approved candidates.

If you have any questions about the elections, election process, or candidates, feel free to contact Renee Gonzales, Student Activities Coordinator at or 510-659-7311.

Read statements from candidates for the executive officer positions on Page 3. Read statements from candidates for the student member to the Board of Trustees on Page 6.

Career Expo in Newark May 1 MONITOR STAFF


A student is interviewed by a reporter from Ohlone TV on Wednesday afternoon during the “Day of Dialogue” on the Newark campus.

‘Day of Dialogue’ raises awareness about mental health ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor Ohlone students took part in a “Day of Dialogue” on Wednesday, part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness about mental health on campus. The Day of Dialogue “really was started with President (Barack) Obama,” said Rosemary O’Neill, life coach at the Student Health Center. “After

the Sandy Hook (shooting) incident, he really wanted to start a national campaign to get people talking.” The event was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the first-floor lobby at the Newark campus. “Last year it was at the Fremont campus, but I think this arena, this venue is very good because it’s so open,”


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Counselor Maria Ramirez poses for photos at Wednesday’s event.

Up to 70 employers are expected to turn out for the Ohlone College and Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center Annual Spring Career Expo on May 1. The event, open to Ohlone students and the general public, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newark campus. Employers from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, biotech, retail, health care and logistics, will seek to fill both fulltime and part-time positions at the fair. The Career Center recommends students dress in business-casual attire, and bring plenty of resumes. Students who’d like to get their resumes reviewed and submitted to employers before the expo can visit the Career Center in Room 1211 at the Newark campus. Career Fair preparation workshops also are available. There will be professionals available to assist those looking for advice. For more information, go to or call 510742-2323.




NEWS BITES Staff training to prevent suicide STEP Up Ohlone and the Human Resources Department are sponsoring a training seminar for faculty and staff about suicide prevention on April 20. The event, held in partnership with Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, will discuss the early identification and referral of students at risk for suicide. The training will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus. To RSVP, go to www. s u r v e y m o n k e y. c o m / s/7QH3FJY. Faculty will receive flex credit and staff members will be granted release time for attending the training. Refreshments will be provided.

Officials solicit input on plan College officials will hold the Strategic Planning Summit from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the gym on the Fremont campus. The purpose of the summit is to solicit input on Ohlone’s five-year plan. All students, faculty, staff and administrators can participate. The summit will include a broad range of goal topics and objectives, including student learning and achievement, employment preparation, diversity and equity. The information gathered at the summit will be used to help finalize the college’s 2015-20 Strategic Plan, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees in June.

Event to inspire high-schoolers The Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center is organizing an event April 24 to expose high school students to the Ohlone campus and programs. The goal is to inspire students to apply for community college and get support for submitting applications and completing the placement assessment. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. in Rooms 2200 and 2201 at the Newark campus. Conley-Caraballo High School in Union City and Robertson and Bridgepoint high schools in Fremont are scheduled to attend. – Compiled by Monitor staff

Auditions ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT slated for ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’


Ohlone’s Theatre and Dance department is holding auditions for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” the classic play by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey. Auditions will be from 6 to 10 p.m. May 13 at the Nummi Theatre in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus, with callbacks held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16. Email to make an appointment; drop-ins also are welcome. Participants should prepare a 90-second monologue of their choice. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 8, and performances will be Nov. 6 to 21. All actors cast in the production must enroll in TD-124 Rehearsal and Performance class (4 units). For more information, go to theatredance/20142015/ cuckoosnestauditions.html.

Walk to raise awareness Continued from Page 1 O’Neill said. “It’s very conducive for students just wandering by and saying, `Hey, what’s up?’” The event included emotional wellness bingo, information tables and depression screenings. “We did 38 screenings, which we think is very successful,” O’Neill said. “So we are very happy with how it went today.” The event was organized by STEP Up Ohlone, the college’s campaign to promote student mental health, prevent suicide, and reduce stigma and discrimination over these issues. On Wednesday, STEP Up Ohlone is organizing the annual Out of the Darkness Walk, held to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. This year, walkers will make their way around the Newark campus. Registration is at 11 a.m. and the walk begins at noon. Last year’s walk raised $2,715, drawing a total of 63 walkers and 10 volunteers. For more information or to view a map of this year’s route, go to or contact Student Health Center Director Sally Bratton at 510-659-6258 or sbratton@


Ohlone will celebrate Earth Day on April 24 with a discussion about the environment and how to make a difference. The event will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus.

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MONITOR Meet the ASOC candidates



Bubba Manzo

STAFF: Editor-in-Chief: Mitchell Walther


Sports editor: Albert Rebosura

“Serving on the ASOC council for the past year as the Newark representative has been an exhilarating experience. It has allowed me to serve and represent students in the best way

Photo editor: Laura Gonsalves Online editor: Ivan Vargas Staff writers: Maria Garcia-Hernandez Martha Nunez Oden, D. Charles Tuttle Ad manager: Ryan Parcher Ad staff: Ricky Cardenas Adviser: Rob Dennis Printer: FP Press

possible. Also serving as the Vice President to the MEChA C l u b a n d t h e St u d e n t Sustainability Club has helped me become a better leader in many aspects.

I have gained the knowledge and experience to chair the ASOC council and plan on representing the student body to the best of my ability.”

Kimberly Quinto Vice President “Salutations everyone! My name is Kimberly Quinto, and I am running for the office of ASOC vice president. If elected as vice president, I would serve as the chair of the Ohlone College Inter-Club Council and report regularly on

club activities to the General Council. As you all know, ASOC has lots of resources that people on campus are not aware of. Because I believe that all clubs should be able to succeed in whatever p l a n s t h e y m a y h a v e,

I would do my best to encourage all clubs to use ASOC as their main resource.”

Jack Smith

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General Excellence

“Hello! I’m Jack, and I am running for the position of ASOC secretary, because I care about our college, and for some strange reason, I also enjoy organization. I am currently the secretary for Ohlone’s Inter-Club Council (ICC),


Journalism Association of Community Colleges

where I have gained experience in committee organization, inter-club p l a n n i n g , a n d p a p e rwork management. A little about myself: I like long walks on the beach, getting caught in the rain. I tidy my room every weekend,

and I make sure I do my homework before seeing friends. I care about Ohlone and the students here, and if elected I will try to give each student a reason to care too.”

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Online: 2005, 2013 CONTACT US: Offices: Room 5310 Call: 510.659.6075 E-mail: monitor@ohlone. edu Website: Facebook: www.facebook. com/OhloneCollegeMonitor Twitter: @OhloneMonitor Opinions expressed in the Monitor are those of the respective authors and are not necessarily those of the staff, the college or the Associated Students of Ohlone College.

Harmeet Kaur

Legislative Representative “He l l o, m y n a m e i s Harmeet Kaur. I want you to vote for me as legislative representative for the ASOC student government. Why? I am a responsible, passionate, and caring person who is willing


to go the distance. I’m already involved in student government as an ASOC senator and I’ve experienced first-hand how things run. If you have any comments, questions or concerns and if you want

your voice to be heard, vote Harmeet Kaur for legislative representa tive!”

kaurharmeet321@gmail. com

No candidate Treasurer

No candidate has applied to run for the position of treasurer. However, students may write-in a candidate for the office on the ballot. On the days of the election – Tuesday, April 14 a n d We d n e s d a y, Ap r i l

15 – students may write in the name of a student that they think deserves the job of treasurer. To be eligible, the student must: Maintain enrollment in at least five units at Ohlone College.

Have and maintain a minimum of a 2.00 GPA, or be a first-semester student. Obtain 50 student signatures on the petition. Obtain/update their student ID card each semester.



ON THE ROAD with Mitchell Walther

A gig is a gig There is this growing opinion that to enjoy your job it has to be problem-free and you need to enjoy every second of it. This of course is the rebuttal to the opinion that jobs are grinds you just need to do because that’s what you do. Learn. Work. Suffer. Die. These are both bullshit. Jobs are hard, but should be fulfilling. It’s not about what you do, but how you do it. Finding little treasure chests throughout your shift, day or however long you’re doing what you do. Making people laugh, changing the course of a day, making the job easier for your coworker. You find the goals throughout the day that will keep you focused on the positives, and brighten people’s days. These aren’t altruistic, selfless acts. These are the actions that keep you happy and save you from insanity. Your career is a job you can enjoy a bad day at and still look forward to the next. Your day job is a place you remind yourself of your goals and dreams daily, and then break your shift into golden moments. Some people think they are one and the same, and end up doing something they hate for a living. Others see these two kinds of jobs as complete opposites and can’t concieve being unhappy in their career. The problem is that you have bad days wherever you are. It’s not about suffering throughout your day. And it’s definitely not about hating every job for its problems until you find your dream gig. Do that, and when hard days come at your career, you’ll doubt your dreams, and that will be the end of them. And that can be the end of your passion. The devil is in the details, and the angels are in the tiny treasure chests. Add me to your myspace Top 8



College club Seminar to discuss screens censorship `The Imitation Game’ documentary CHARLES TUTTLE Staff writer

CHARLES TUTTLE Staff writer Censored stuff is censored for a reason. There are many issues taken into account for censorship. T h a n k f u l l y, “P r o j e c t C e n s o re d T h e Mov i e : Ending the Reign of Junk Food News” is here to shed light on the subject of said censorship. T h e Oh l o n e Co l l e g e Project Censored Club will provide a free screening of the film later this month, including a question-and-answer session with Project Censored interns and Ohlone history instructor Nolan Higdon, the Project Censored faculty affiliate. Carl Jensen, a professor in communications stud-

ies at Sonoma State University, founded Project Censored in 1976. Each year, the project compiles a list of the 25 most censored and under-reported news stories in the United States. The film, a 2013 documentary about the news m e d i a i n t h e Un i t e d States based on the work of Project Censored, was written and directed by Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker. The goal of the Ohlone screening is to open wide the topics of media censorship and media literacy to students, outlining the importance of true self-government and free press. In addition to being an extra-credit opportunity, students will be able to

You like movies? You like science and math? You like extra credit? You like seminars? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Professor Jeff O’Connell has just the thing for you. On Friday, O’Connell will host a seminar about the life and accomplishments of British mathematician Alan Turing, dis-

cussing Turing’s work with mathematics and his use of the subject to crack the G er man Enigma machine. The seminar also will discuss how the recent feature film about Turing, “The Imitation Game,” got its name. The free seminar will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 3201 on the Fremont campus. Sign-in sheets will be available for students attending for extra credit.

participate in deconstructing media narratives and creating alternative ones. The screening will be at 6 p.m. April 23 in FP-2 on the Fremont campus. For more information, go to

They don’t make chickens like they used to NADJA ADOLF Contributing writer

In the early 20th century it is unlikely that passengers on a train would have been surprised by the sight of fluffy white Leghorn hens perched in the trees of plum, peach and other orchards; city dwellers were used to seeing poultry, and even dairy cattle, living in urban yards. Their modern descendants have been known to see chickens roosting in a tree, and then ask poultry keepers if chickens – and eggs – grow on trees. Before the creation of the Federal Housing Administration during the Roosevelt years, it was very common for people to keep urban livestock and the practice was far from discouraged. In the early 20th century, there was an annual contest in Portland, Ore., for youth urban poultry yards that offered a first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50. To understand the incentives offered to the participating children, one should remember that in 1910 the average U.S. wage was 22 cents an hour, with the average U.S. worker earning between $200 and $400 a year. Pigs, poultry, meat rabbits, goats and dairy cattle were not unusual in many urban areas before the Great Depression and the advent of the Federal Housing Administration. The FHA insisted that homeowners in the loan program agree not to raise livestock; this was in part an insistence by elites that the

“working classes” adopt a way of life that progressives considered more acceptable – but it was also a means of social control that deliberately cultivated dependence on government assistance while creating additional markets for commercial agriculture. One hundred years later the locavore movement, heavily powered by romantic idealists with no practical knowledge of agriculture, let alone the specifics of animal husbandry, has encouraged people to adopt backyard chickens and this lack of knowledge has led to a great deal of unintentional animal cruelty. Romantics hearken back to “grandma’s day” or even “great-great-grandma’s day” and aspire to free-range poultry in a manicured back yard, and at best offer only grains as a supplemental feed. They fantasize about Grandma in her fluffy white apron running into the yard and tossing a handful or two of corn to her flock of hens before entering the coop and returning with an abundance of eggs, as every hen had, as a matter of routine, laid an egg that day. The reality was something quite different, and the failure to understand these differences leads to Biddy dying a horrible, slow death. Biddy cannot survive on a few bits of corn and the grass in a back yard because Biddy is not an herbivore. Biddy requires a diet that is generous in calcium and phosphorous, and contains at least 16 percent good quality protein to be healthy

and lay eggs. Back in “grandma’s day,” Biddy lived on the kitchen garbage, and there were likely to be abundant maggots in the backyard trash heap or parasites in the manure of the other backyard livestock. When the maggots thinned, she had a reasonable chance of finding mice, baby rats, young squirrels and even small, wild birds to supplement her diet. Anyone who has kept chickens for any length of time does not tend

to question the zoological assertion that Biddy is the closest living relative of Tyrannosaurus Rex, especially after one has seen an incident of “food running” where the hens tear apart some hapless mouse or bird they have caught. Making our sterile suburban back yard and scratch diet even more dangerous is the reality that the Biddy of today is not at all the Continued on Page 6




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Above-left: One of the many jumbotrons at Levi’s Stadium, the location of Wrestlemania 31. Right: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ronda Rousy make a surprise appearance.

Ohlone alum ‘rigs’ Wrestlemania at Levi’s Stadium ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor Wrestlemania 31 – the Super Bowl of professional wrestling – was hosted at Levi’s Stadium on March 28. I was among the 75,000 in attendance, and it was a dream come true. The whole event was amazing. It was the best Wrestlemania I’ve ever watched – and I’m not just saying this because it was the first one I watched live. It’s hard to imagine how many people were involved to make such an event possible. Not just the wrestlers, but all the people behind the scenes. Among those people was former Ohlone student and Monitor photographer Remy Jacque Orvis. Here’s a Q&A that I did with her about her experiences: Q: How did you get the job at Wrestlemania and what did that job entail? A: I work for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 134 union in San Jose. I am a stagehand and hired under specific skills for roles such as hand (to help roadies), pusher (loading gig cases to trucks), lighting (hand to lighting roadie), video hand, climber-scaffolding rigger, carpenter, etc. Local 134 was contracted to assemble the gear for the show, i.e. lighting, sound, video, stage and structure equipment. I was assigned to the lighting crew, so for the entirety of the load-in, I assisted the lighting company UpStaging, installing and fixing their equipment for the show. At load-out, I unplugged and dismounted lights and their equipment from mounts after the riggers dismantled it from the truss. The union is contracted for live entertainment (e.g. stage and arena) shows at the SAP Center, McEnery, Levi’s Stadium, San Jose State University Event Center, Children’s Musical Theatre, California Theatre, Center for Performing Arts,

and other San Jose local venues. I got the job with Local 134 through a climbing friend that I met while working the front desk at Studio Climbing in San Jose. I was first hired by the union as a hand for the Apple event last summer at the Flint Center. My first job was with lighting, but I have had work with the union handling audio and video as well, to name a couple. My bosses were impressed with my level of expertise and workmanship, so they kept giving me work with other shows, and then eventually hired me for the Wrestlemania gig. Q: I imagine that there is a lot of preparation and rehearsals leading up to the show. What was that like? A: I was not there for actual show preparations. Rather, I set up the show and then tore it down. I did get to see a lot of little things behind

the scenes, but not much. Unfortunately, I was on another call in downtown San Jose during the Wrestlemania show call (the crew call immediately following the actual show, that is), so I missed all the real action. I spent a week installing lights on the way tippy top of the stadium. I tell you, that place is magnificent from up there ... and scary. It took me a day or two to adjust to the heights above the stadium seats. The hardest part was lugging 10-pound lights up the stairs. What a workout! While seeing those lights in the background of the show was pretty cool, it’s even cooler to see the ones above the stage dance during the show. It’s not much, but I like seeing my lights in action, even if all I did for those was hoist them up the riggers. I also installed lights above the main stage, ones that I ac-

tually plugged in and secured onto poles and then hoisted up to riggers who fastened the poles onto truss. Q: Did you have a “Wrestlemania moment?” A: There were a few moments, such as handling the gig cases for wrestlers and seeing certain props, that made it a “real” experience for me. A few nights before the show, I took a small break during light/ sound/vid check to soak in the magnificence of it all from the field. Levi’s is quite spectacular, actually. But it was superb to stand next to the ring, run my hand over the ropes, and peer upward at the big “Wrestlemania” video letters and video walls. Nothing like it. It took days and lots of men and lots of patience and attention to assemble the stage, the videos and lighting and such. I rarely get to see the finished product, so this one was a

real treat. Q: How much of the show were you able to watch? A: I haven’t seen it yet! I know... I have plans to buy it to watch at home on the big screen. Actually, I’ve seen little bits online. Q: What was your favorite moment during your Wrestlemania experience? A: I liked seeing the Russian tank that Rusev rode in on. I also enjoyed working next to the ring. The light/ sound/vid check I mentioned earlier was pretty fantastic. I’m not a football fan, but Levi’s is definitely one of my favorite places now. You might not know it, but the place seems way smaller from the field. The fans are right there, in the players’ faces; you can see the faces of your fans, you know? I can imagine that to be somewhat intense for some players and performers.


Wrestlemania 31 culminates in a fireworks show after the heavyweight championship title match. Seth Rollins won the title in epic fashion.




Candidates for student member of the Board of Trustees Rahul Patel

Luis Lujan

Daniel Ayers

“To me, “student trustee” means trusted student: someone who is dependable, diligent and believes in what Ohlone can be for all of us. Yes, we’re all here to ultimately transfer, but for the time ahead, I want to build a sense of a community. As ASOC senator I assisted students with a variety of issues and dilemmas – I loved it. I want to work with all of you and make a difference here. As your devoted student trustee, I want to serve as your voice, your representative and your friend. So vote me, Rahul Patel, for your 2015-16 student trustee!”

“Being an older student, I have better insight into the needs of the student population. As a husband and father of four children, I have insight into what hardships and sacrifices parents are forced to make to further their education as they balance school and family. Being a veteran, having served 13 years in the military, I learned valuable leadership skills and in turn, became a great leader. Currently I serve as the Ohlone Veteran’s Club as secretary. The cost of education is increasing, burdening the student. I plan to voice my opposition to any further unnecessary increases.”

“I want to be the voice for all of the students at Ohlone College. I want to make a difference in the world and this position as student member of the Board of Trustees would be a great opportunity for a future career in city planning and to make a bigger difference in the world. I have become more a n d m o re i n vo l ve d i n my community through volunteering, and this will be an amazing new way to help.”

“As your student member of the Board of Trustees, I will work to represent YOU! To be an advocate to YOUR needs, as a student. And support any actions that will enhance YOUR experiences as an Ohlone student. I believe that we must str ive to continuously learn, grow and lead in an environment that promotes cooperation, respect for one another, creativity and innovation, and pursuit of excellence. By receiving your vote today, I pledge to serve and represent YOU! I’m a humble public servant who desires to continue learning and helping others to reach their goals.”

“I have been an international student in Singapore, Australia and Taiwan. I enjoy being involved with organization, making a contribution to society, supporting other students and spreading positive energy to make life better. I have previous experience working with a students’ organization in Australia and youth in temple. I value education and understand students’ struggles. I had managed a family business and worked for other people, thus I can understand both sides’ interests. I focus on problem solving and good in contemplating possibilities of solutions for problems. I enjoy being part of a team and helping it succeed.”

Not your grandma’s chicken

stopped laying until spring. Despite the harsher conditions, Grandma’s Biddy put a great deal less stress on her body, and when maggots and other favorite foods were less available in the winter, Biddy semi-starved. The Biddy of today, kept in a lighted coop, and expected to lay as much as an egg per day on a diet of backyard grass and scratch, supplemented by the few insects she will find in the typical suburban back yard, starves far more rapidly. Grandma’s Biddy, if brought back to our time by our intrepid lo-

cavore time traveler, would not lay an egg a day, no matter how much light or how much high-quality feed was offered to her – because Biddy lived in the early 20th century, before a researcher forever changed both poultry and the poultry industry. In the first decade of the 20th century there was a consensus among poultry researchers that egg laying was of very limited heritability, if it was inheritable at all. The idea of a 300-egg hen was considered impossible at worst, and if such a bird were ever to live, she

would be a very rare fluke of nature. At Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University), Professor James Dryden disagreed with this consensus and performed a series of breeding experiments. His results so profoundly changed the hen that the university was able to build a number of campus buildings entirely funded by the sale of OAC poultry breeding stock – and resulted in his being the only poultry man in the National Agricultural Hall of Fame. Next: Lady MacDuff and Oregona change the world.

Continued from Page 4 same Biddy as great-greatgrandma’s Biddy. Today’s locavore expects poor Biddy to produce at least four to five eggs a week year round; if today’s locavore traveled back in time and told greatgreat-grandma that suburban chickens laid four to five eggs a week, Grandma would consider said locavore insane – not for the time travel, but for the claim that hens could

lay so many eggs. In 1910, the average pullet laid 103 eggs a year. In 1910 Biddy spent a lot of time outside because no one knew what vitamin D was, which meant there were no artificial vitamin D supplements. Biddy stopped laying in the fall because Grandma didn’t have artificial lighting in the chicken house, so when the natural light fell below fourteen hours a day, Biddy


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What was your worst cooking disaster? ALEX GONZALES Anthropology

“Popcorn in the microwave, accidentally pushed 30 minutes and set it on fire.” BRENDA RIVAS Biology

“Put milk into a coffee maker and you’re supposed to put water so it ended up breaking. PRITI DARKE Zoology

“Boiled rice, I left it on for two hours and it just literally just burned up.” DAVOD ZAZAI


“I was in culinary art school and then the towel got on fire.”


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SPORTS Monitor Sports Guy’s Player of the Week ALBERT REBOSURA Monitor Sports Guy I have chosen baseball’s Brock Pradere for this week’s Player of the Week. The speedy center fielder had a productive week despite the offense’s struggles against Gavilan’s pitching on Saturday. He drew three walks and scored Ohlone’s only run in the 2-1 loss against Gavilan. On Tuesday, he had two hits – including a double – one run and a steal in the 8-4 win against West Valley.

Season Totals Brock Pradere

Brock Pradere

He has 21 steals this season, which is second in the entire CCCAA.

H R RBI HR AVG OBP SB 34 28 6 1 .298 .416 21

SPORTS TWEET OF THE WEEK “#SFGiants family & Bay Area lost a true gentleman this morning when HOF broadcaster Lon Simmons passed away at age 91” @SFGiants On Sunday, the legendary radio broadcaster Lon Simmons died. He was the iconic voice for both the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers.

Baseball wins 8-4


Ronnie Reed winds up for a pitch against Gavilan on Saturday.

Continued from Page 8 hit. In 15 relief appearances this season, he has pitched 35 innings, compiling a 4-1 record and two saves. He also has an impressive 1.54 ERA. With seven games remaining – all division games – this season, the Renegades are in good shape – first place in the Coast Pacific division. “We don’t even really look at the standings,” Curran said. “We don’t pay attention to that stuff. It isn’t important to us. We’ll see where everything will work out at the end of the season.” He added: “We don’t really look ahead. We just go one day at a time. Quite honestly,

I couldn’t tell you who we’re playing after our game tomorrow (Thursday).” Ohlone plays at Gavilan today. The last time they played was Saturday. It was a 15-inning marathon that Ohlone lost 2-1. Every game remaining is an important division game and today’s game against Gavilan is even more so, because a win can put the Gilroy team in a second-place tie with Skyline, one game behind Ohlone. “The guys know what they need to do,” Curran said. “They need to show up every day and they need to come and work and be ready to compete every single day.”



Ohlone falls 11-1 Continued from Page 8 When asked if there were any positives that came from the loss, Fan pointed out the early lead and Rygg’s effectiveness during the game: “She has been a spark-plug for the offense all season and she played well again today.” Rygg and Saavendra’s hits in the first inning were the only hits that CSM’s ace Lauren Berriatua allowed in the game. She had seven strikeouts and pitched a complete game. Her .30 ERA is the lowest in the state. The Lady Renegades

were coached without Head Coach Donna Runyon who has been away from the team the past week because of a family emergency according to Fan. Fan said that she should be back soon. Despite the loss, Ohlone seems to be locked in second place with their 9-4 division record. The thirdplace Foothill squad (6-6 division record) would need Ohlone to lose the rest of the season and win the rest of the season to move up. The Lady Renegades play today, 3 p.m., against Foothill at the Softball Field.

Upcoming home games SOFTBALL


Today, 3 p.m. vs. Foothill Saturday, noon vs. HartCollege, Softball Field, Fre- nell College, Renegade Field, Fremont campus. mont campus. Saturday, 10 a.m. vs. Napa Valley College, 2 p.m. vs. Merced College, Softball Field, Fremont campus.

Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. vs. Skyline College, Renegade Field, Fremont campus.

Tuesday, 3 p.m. vs. Mis- April 21, 2:30 p.m. vs. De sion College, Softball Field, Anza College, Renegade Field, Fremont campus. Fremont campus.





The real MVP


Ohlone catcher Billy Damon shows the ball to the umpire after an attempted tag at home against Gavilan College on Saturday.

Renegades end two-game losing skid Ohlone’s batters each had a hit, combining for 17 in Tuesday’s win ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor The Renegades’ offense shined in an 8-4 victory against West Valley College on Tuesday. The team had a lowly .163 batting average the past two losses. On Tuesday, the onceslumping offense erupted with 17 hits. “I think our guys did a good job bouncing back after a couple tough losses,” said Head Coach Mark Curran.

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“Our hitters did a good job hitting the ball up the middle.” “They played loose and they played hard. Good things will happen when your guys are playing loose and hard and doing all they can to execute.” First baseman Joey Torres had a team-high three hits.

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Seven of the nine batters had multiple hits. Third baseman Pablo Artero had a teamleading two RBIs; Torres, Isaiah Maddela, Justin Chase, Isaiah Bond and Jeff Ancog had one RBI each. “Obviously when you bang out 17 hits, you know there’s going to be an effect there,” Curran said. “I think our

guys felt good about their approaches, and as a coaching staff we were pleased with what they did.” Despite the outburst on offense, Curran doesn’t want his players to get too far ahead of themselves: “We try and keep our hitters on an even keel. We don’t want them to get too excited when we do really well and not too down when we don’t do so well.” Elias Bedolla struggled against the West Valley hitters, allowing three runs – only pitching 2.2 innings. Josh Calmerin replaced Bedolla and pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, only allowing one Continued on Page 7


College of San Mateo breezes past Renegades Ohlone makes things interesting with early run, but the Bulldogs win easily, 11-1.

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ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor The College of San Mateo softball’s dominance this season continued against Ohlone Saturday, winning in convincing fashion, 11-1. This was a disappointing loss for Ohlone who was facing the top-ranked school in the state and a Coast North division rival. “We really wanted to rise up to the occasion,” said Assistant Coach Kylie Fan following the loss. “We definitely want to see them again.” CSM left the Ohlone game undefeated, and after putting up a football-like 31-0 score


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Ohlone catcher Heather Rygg reaches for a pop up March 12.

against San Francisco City Tuesday, are now at 33-0. The Bulldogs played well in all facets of the game Saturday, but they were slow out of the gates and Ohlone took an early first inning 1-0 lead. “We had a lot of energy af-

ter we scored in the first inning,” said Fan. Heather Rygg led off the inning with a single and hustled to second base after a bobbled ball in the outfield. She advanced to third base off a wild-pitch and scored after a

single by McKayla Saavendra. Oceana Orndoff made the start on the mound and escaped the first inning unscathed – the only inning CSM wouldn’t score. Continued on Page 7

Warriors’ star Stephen Curry is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player this season. I know most people in the Bay Area agree with me, but I’ve heard way too many people on various media outlets make other choices. Here’s how I see it: 1. Curry, 2. James Harden, 3. Russell Westbrook. Harden has been the popular choice over Curry and I strongly disagree with everyone who believes that. Statistically, Harden has played the most minutes this season, he leads the league in points-per-game and is in the top five in a number of other categories. My problem with Harden is that his offensive numbers are more quantity than quality – leads the league in shot attempts and is second in shots missed. His numbers on offense are inflated due to his lack of effort on defense. He makes up for his infamously horrible defense by scoring more. Harden is having a phenomenal season and has carried the Houston Rockets all season, and they are the second seed in the West. Statistically, Curry is right on par with Harden. He leads the league in 3-pointers made, he’s sixth in points-per-game and is also in the top five in other categories. He’s the best player on the best team. On top of that, he’s so good that he hasn’t played in 16 fourth quarters! Curry’s Warriors have a better supporting cast than Harden’s Rockets and one can argue that without Harden, the Rockets wouldn’t be the second seed. I know this is a stretch, but for the people who say Harden is doing more with less think about this: Michael Jordan won MVPs with a great supporting cast. Curry has led the Warriors to a historic season. They lead the league in both offense and defense rating . They have 63 wins with four games left in the season – any more wins would put them in the top-5 wins in a season all-time. The beauty about MVP voting is the different perspectives of their decisionmaking. It will be a close vote, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the voting at the end of the season.

Ohlone College Monitor, April 9, 2015  

The Monitor, Ohlone College's student newspaper.