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MARCH 17, 2016 Vol. LI No. 5

The High School Theatre Festival returns to Ohlone for the 22nd year. See story on Page 4


Board awards contract for Academic Core VANESSA LUIS Editor-in-chief The Board of Trustees on Wednesday night awarded a contract of more than $126 million to build the new Academic Core Project at the center of the Fremont campus. The board approved the bid by Balfour Beatty Construction on Wednesday night in a special meeting held after the second bidder, McCarthy, contested Balfour’s bid. In November, college officials prequalified the two bidders to prepare bids for the new Academic Core

buildings. The bids were received Feb. 26. “Review of the bids submitted identified Balfour Beatty as the responsive and responsible low bidder,” college President Gari Browning wrote in a memo to the board. Balfour’s bid was $1 million lower than McCarthy’s. However, McCarthy protested the bid award, saying Balfour made a mistake on the bid price and listed incorrect license numbers for subcontractors. Ultimately, though, trustees sided with Balfour repContinued on Page 2


This artist’s rendering shows the planned Academic Core buildings on the Fremont campus.

Brown relates story of Holocaust survival Committee fosters diverse work force


To share the story of the Holocaust, the Nazi-led genocide of millions of European Jewish people, is to recall the horrors endured and the cruelty inflicted on innocents. It is Magda Brown’s story, and the 88-year old survivor of one of World War II’s darkest moments came to Ohlone’s Smith Center on Thursday night to share her experiences, personal tragedies, and how she survived Auschwitz, one of Germany’s concentration camps, in the hopes of reminding students of the horrors she and others endured so that they are never repeated. Brown came to speak as part of the Ohlone Psychology Club’s Speaker Series, which started in 2009 and has hosted a speaker almost every semester since. A near-full theater of students came to listen

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Holocaust survivor Magda Brown tells her story on Thursday night in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus.

to Brown tell her tale of how her life in Hungary changed when Nazi Germany occupied the country in 1944.

“Genocide does not happen from one minute to the next,” said Brown. “It builds gradually until they reduce

your freedom, until they reduce your livelihood … Continued on Page 2

Ohlone’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee is up and running with a broad agenda: to ensure equal employment opportunity, and to help celebrate the college’s diversity. On Friday, the committee co-sponsored a screening at the Smith Center of “Just a Piece of Cloth,” a 34-minute documentary in which Bay Area Muslim women share their stories about wearing and not wearing hijab. The screening is just one of the events planned by the committee, which was formed as part of the District’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. Its goal is to establish fair hiring proContinued on Page 3

New club’s goal is to help others RISHABH SINGHAL Staff writer Ohlone College Helping Others, a new community service and volunteer club, is organizing a Hygiene Drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. “I started the club with four other students from my speech class last semester, and now we have over 30 people join our club days,” club President Candis Greene said. “We wanted to show people that it is

really not difficult or timeconsuming to be active in the community – in fact, it gives you energy.” The club is hosting its first event to benefit the homeless community of Oakland now through March 31. Ohlone drop-off locations will be at the ASOC window in Building 7 on the Fremont campus, and at the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center on the Newark campus. All it takes to be involved is to donate toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner

bottles, toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and soap. Other items such as feminine products, flip-flops and shower sandals, new packaged white Tshirts, socks and underwear are also welcome. Donors can take a selfie while making their donation and show it at the Newark campus lobby on March 30 to be entered in a raffle for a $25 or $50 Visa gift card. “We decided to organize Continued on Page 2


Claudia Castillo, right, of the Ohlone College Helping Others club volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul last semester.




NEWS BITES Ohlone hires new VP Ohlone has hired Susan Yeager as the new vice president of administrative services. She will start Tuesday. Yeager earned an associate’s degree from Napa Valley College and a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Sacramento State University. She is pursuing a doctorate in education from Drexel University. Most recently, Yeager worked as the director of facilities, facilities planning, and utilization at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. At Ohlone, Yeager will be in charge of Business Services, Facilities, Bond Management and Modernization, Purchasing and Contract Management, Risk Management, and Campus Safety and Security.

Board passes charging fee The Board of Trustees last week approved a new $3 fee for electric vehicle charging stations on the second level of the South Parking Structure. The new fee will take effect April 1. It will be in addition to the staff, student or daily parking permit. The fee will pay for the electricity used, and any leftover revenue will be used for parking structure maintenance and other expenses – helping to reduce a $143,000 deficit in the Parking Fund.

Colleges sign transfer deal Ohlone and Gallaudet University signed an agreement March 2 allowing students in Ohlone’s two-year associate’s degree interpreter preparation program to transfer credits to Gallaudet’s bachelor’s degree program. The Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone, which opened in 1972, serves about 800 students in deaf studies courses, American Sign Language courses, and in the interpreter preparation program. Gallaudet, located in Washington, D.C., is the only university in the world to offer interpreter programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level in an ASL-immersive environment, according to the college. – Compiled by Monitor staff


Above: Magda Brown, left, speaks to Irvington High School student Sukhman Singh after her speech at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus on Thursday night. Right: Brown listens to a question during her speech, “Overcoming Evil: Surviving the Holocaust.”

Brown recalls horror of the Holocaust Continued from Page 1 until you don’t even have self-esteem left in your own power.” She witnessed the eventual breakdown of her rights, and the rights of all Jews living in Hungary, as they were stripped of jobs, property and personal belongings, and forced to march into ghettos, where they would live until they were eventually piled into cramped trains and sent to concentration camps. Brown and her family were sent to Auschwitz on June 11, 1944, just days after the allied invasion of Normandy and on Brown’s 17th birthday. She endured a three-day train ride in which she had to remain standing all three days because of the cramped train cars, and suffered through dehydration along with those in the train car with her. “You cannot fathom - I won’t even wish it on my worst enemy on this earth – to go for three days without any water,” she said. Upon entering Auschwitz, the Nazi guards at the camp separated Brown from her family as they divided the men from the women, and later from her mother. Brown told her mother that she would see her later.

“Unfortunately, later never comes,” she said. It later dawned on Brown that her mother was sent to be killed as part of Adolf Hitler’s “Final Solution,” which resulted in the deaths of millions of Jewish people under Nazi Germany’s orders. Brown then spoke about surviving the cruel conditions of Auschwitz, having to fend for herself without her family. She befriended a trio of sisters in the camp, and when the Germans marched them out of Auschwitz toward the end of World War II, they made a daring, desperate escape attempt to hide in a barn under cover of night. They were later discovered by American soldiers, who liberated them from Nazi captivity. At the end of her lecture, Brown urged the audience to protect their freedom, to think before they hate, and to stand up to skeptics and deniers of the Holocaust. “We are so fortunate to live in a country where freedom is practiced,” Brown said. “Do everything in your power to protect freedom, because next to your health, the most important commodity is freedom.” After the lecture, students were invited into the theater lobby to ask questions, take pictures with, and receive

Hygiene Drive benefits St. Vincent de Paul Continued from Page 1 a ‘hygiene drive’ benefit because we learned that in community service these items are often ignored, even though personal care plays a major role in overall

confidence and morale,” Greene said. All of the donated items will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center in Oakland, which provides showers and care facilities to the homeless for free.

an autograph from Brown. Many students marveled at her courage, and the experiences she endured. “I’ve heard many tragic things about the Holocaust,” said Alex Dornfest, a mechanical engineering student whose own great aunt survived the Holocaust. “Whenever she was talking about Auschwitz, about the trains … those words resonated, because I’ve heard horrific stories.” Mario Cervantes, a nursing major, took note of the picture of a young Magda Brown that was shown during the presentation, one of the only possessions Brown had after all she suffered. “Something that was so innocent before now is like a

symbol of this horrible thing that happened.” One thing those in attendance could agree upon is how courageous Brown was for sharing her story. “All of the horrible things she went through, she’s so open about it,” Leah Kryzwicki said. “A lot of people would keep that within themselves.” For Brown, it is her hope that the audience, along with the Ohlone College community, came away from her speech with new knowledge. “I am hoping they have learned something from my testimony, and will live a decent life in a free society, so never again will mean never again,” she said.

Balfour awarded Core contract Continued from Page 1 resentatives and awarded the company the bid. Balfour’s subcontractors also showed up at the meeting Wednesday to lend their support. Ohlone’s Academic Core Project, the reconstruction of the heart of the school, was delayed after college officials changed the process to award the construction contract. The delay is indirectly due to a court’s decision in the Davis v. Fresno Unified School District case. The ruling called into question Fresno’s practice of using a lease-leaseback transaction to build a new elementary school. Many K-12 and commu-

nity college school districts have used the lease-leaseback delivery for significant construction projects, because it allows cashstrapped schools to select specific consultants and pay them in increments. Ohlone had planned to use this process. After the Davis v. Fresno decision, however, school districts have been advised either to put their leaseleaseback projects on hold or to proceed with a different delivery method. Therefore, Ohlone put the Academic Core Project back out to be competitively bid on. Work is expected to start on the Academic Core in April and be finished by Fall 2018, with the buildings occupied by Spring 2019.


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Partisanship, stakes high in SCOTUS nomination On Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Garland, 63, serves as the top judge in the D.C. circuit. While he is respected by leaders on both sides of the aisle, he was not unanimously confirmed for the position he holds now. Some key Republican senators voted against him in his 1997 nomination process to the D.C. circuit: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and other still-serving senators. Some wonder if Garland’s age – he is significantly older than previous SCOTUS nominees – and important Republican sen-

ators’ past opposition of Garland could be considered a concession. Obama did consider Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy in 2010, but ultimately decided to go with Elena Kagan as his nominee. Garland is sure to face a nasty and intense confirmation process. Republicans want to wait until the next President is sworn into office before filling the late Antonin Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat. Scalia was a steadfast conservative, and nominating a more liberal justice to the seat would shift the court’s ideological leaning. McConnell and other GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee have made it clear they do not intend to vote on anyone Obama nominates. They have even refused to hold hearings on the matter. Democrats are crafting this into a huge political issue for the 2016 election, calling on the GOP senators to #DoYourJobs. Polling has shown that Democrats and Independents believe Obama should nominate a reasonable justice and the Senate should confirm his nomination.

MONITOR MARCH 17, 2016 Garland’s nomination may disappoint avid liberals. Garland is more on the moderate side, with ties to the Democratic party and liberal-leaning ideologies. When he was appointed to the D.C. circuit, he garnered support and praise from some Republican senators. At that time, Sen. Orrin Hatch, now a member of the Judiciary Committee, said of Garland that


“his intelligence and his scholarship cannot be questioned.” When Obama nominated Garland, Hatch announced: “I like Judge Garland. But my issue here is not about who the person is. It’s the timing.” Clearly the extreme partisan atmosphere and stakes of seating a Supreme Court justice have contributed to the absolutist stance of the GOP.


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cesses, and also sponsor or co-sponsor workshops, speakers and other events that celebrate and promote Ohlone’s diversity. The committee has two areas of focus: 1. Equal employment opportunity: to establish and maintain fair hiring processes, to ensure that processes result in a more diverse and excellent work force, and to track statistics for hiring and the availability of diverse candidates. 2. Diversity and inclusion advisory: to increase awareness and educate faculty, staff and administrators; to celebrate and promote Ohlone’s diversity; to sponsor and co-sponsor events; to create space for continuous dialogue about diversity and inclusion; and to advise college President Gari Browning about campus issues and challenges. Jeff Dean, professor of English, and Shairon Zingsheim, associate vice president of human resources and training, are the co-chairs of the committee. In a presentation given at the board meeting on Feb. 10, Dean and Zingsheim answered questions about the committee. Dean and Zingsheim emphasized that the committee consisted of “all the groups,” with more than 20 members from faculty, staff and administration. There are no student committee members.

Thus far, ODIAC has had a number of discussions, including one that was centered around the book “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time)” by Claude Steele, which they read individually. Committee members also have shared articles with one another online. Members are planning many more speakers and events for staff and management to increase their knowledge and acceptance of diversity and inclusion. Members also attended an Equal Employment Opportunity workshop in which they were able to learn and understand different techniques for diversity and inclusion in the hiring process. One idea that is being discussed is a themed diversity month. Communication Professor Brenda Ahntholz said she is “hoping for LGBTQ topics associated with the themes.” Other oppor tunities could be models from other schools, a possible committee website, potentially partnering with the Student Equity Taskforce, and learning from other professionals. Among some of the challenges mentioned by Dean during the presentation was time to plan and execute, funding for speakers and training, schedule coordination, and ultimately high campus expectations. However, Zingsheim said there have been positive

responses to the committee. “We are excited that the college has embraced ODIAC,” she said. Committee member Larissa Favela, professor of speech and communication, described the committee as an “exciting and inspirational collaboration between faculty, staff and administration to realize a collective vision that Ohlone has of celebrating diversity.” The Ohlone Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Commit-

tee meets once a month from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 7107 on the Fremont campus, and by video conference in Room NC1317 at the Newark campus. Meetings are open to everyone. The next meeting is scheduled for March 31. For more information and to view meeting agendas and minutes, go to www.ohlone. edu/org/diversitycomm. Anyone with concerns about diversity at Ohlone can send an email to the committee at



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Lamar’s new album doesn’t overstay its welcome

DAVID LOPEZ Contributing writer Back in 2015, Kendrick Lamar released his third studio album, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Even after an entire year, the ripples of TPAB’s impact are still being felt in the form of new music videos, awards and now a new compilation album. Lamar had kept very quiet about the release of this album,“untitled unmastered.,” and although it may seem to be a trend in the music industry to release things un-

expectedly, this album manages to deliver content that is both rich in complex themes, and just an overall interesting listening experience. Every track is listed as untitled, followed by a number, and then the date, presumably when the song was either started, or finished. All tracks included in this album originally were meant to be included in TPAB, but just didn’t make the cut, so listeners will not be too surprised by the similar production and stylistic choices found in “untitled unmastered.” Each track does have a very experimental feel, which makes sense, seeing as how these are all rough B-sides, and it’s probably the closest fans will ever get to a Kendrick Lamar demo tape. Although this album is technically the extras from “To Pimp a Butterfly,” it seems

to contain its own compelling narrative, with similar themes.This just goes to show the amount of creativity that was going through Lamar’s head during the creation of “TPAB.” Each track is unrefined, sounding messy and almost chaotic, but in this context it works amazingly well. The bass line in the first track moves the song along nicely and aids Lamar’s aggressive vocals, cutting through all the chaos of synthesizers and percussion. Following this, the second track on this record features an almost intoxicated sound, where perhaps Lamar is rapping in his most honest form. Paired with the eerie production, this track comes off as “the aftermath” of where Track 1 left off.The pacing in“untitled unmastered.” is amazingly timed, with each song always

adding onto the previous, and providing a great introduction to the one that will follow. Lamar’s love for free jazz really begins to show on the fifth track on this album, with irregular time signatures scattered throughout and a variety of brass instruments accompanying the gritty drum beat that continues throughout the song. The album then quickly changes pace once again, moving to a more funk-inspired beat, along with the vocals of Cee Lo Green. The one element that stays consistent throughout this album is the very rough percussion, but that could either be a design choice, or the album simply being unmastered. Makes one wonder what this album would have been like if the sound of each track had been refined just a bit more. But the real beauty of this

compilation comes from the raw creativity that it manifests itself as. Although only 35 minutes long, “untitled unmastered.” does a great job of not overstaying its welcome. It’s very easy to listen to, and you can get the gist of what it will be after a single playthrough. This of course shouldn’t be seen as anything more than just a side project of B-sides, and it definitely needs to be fleshed out in some aspects; it is not Lamar’s best, but it’s not meant to be. If you were not a fan of Kendrick Lamar’s after“Good kid m.a.a.d. City” and “To Pimp a Butterfly,” then this project most likely isn’t going to sway your view either. But it showcases Lamar’s talent as an artist. Even when he isn’t showing his best music, it’s still pretty great. I give “untitled unmastered.” an 8/10.


Above: Dancers take part in last year’s Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival on the Fremont campus. More than 850 students are expected to compete in the 22nd annual festival this weekend. Below: Francesca Caruso prepares her Victorian-era outfit for her performance at last year’s festival.

Ohlone to host high school festival MONITOR STAFF More than 850 high school performers will gather on the Fremont campus this weekend for the 22nd annual Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival. The festival, the largest of its kind in Northern California, draws high school students in grades 10 through 12 from all over the Bay Area and as far afield as GrassValley and Hollister. Thirty teachers, nearly 100 judges and 60 Ohlone student and staff coordinators will help run the event “We are excited to welcome back high school students from all over California to support the work they do in theatre, dance and film,” festival organizer Professor Michael Navarra said in a statement.

“Ohlone is proud to cultivate and celebrate the next generation of artists.” The festival will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Students will compete for 100 awards in 35 categories in performance, improvisation, dance, technical theatre, and design in dramatic, musical, contemporary, or classical theater. Theater professionals from around the Bay Area serve as judges. Three top awards are given to high schools with the most points scored: the Festival Sweepstakes for the highest cumulative score, the Judges Sweepstakes for the highest scored single performance, and the Tech Sweepstakes for the highest total score for tech and design.




Peak performance


The Mission Peak Brass Band, directed by Tony Clements, performs “Horizons” on Friday at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. The concert included “Overture from South Pacific,” “Orient et Occident,” “Ishfahan” and “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and a selection of fanfares, marches and waltzes.




Ohlone joins right side of history restroom comfortably without fear of judgement or violence.

What are Gender-neutral bathrooms and who are they for? Who else can use these bathrooms? What has Ohlone done to accommodate our community and why? Here, I will answer all of these questions and more. Gender-neutral Bathrooms 101 Gender-neutral bathrooms are designed to accommodate persons who do not identify with the social construction of gender, known as the gender binary. The gender binary is the idea that there are only two genders: man and woman. However, many people, much like myself, understand and acknowledge the fact that gender is much like a galaxy in which a person can identify as any gender (or no gender). People who identify outside of and refute the gender binary have a problematic experience with using the restroom: Anti-Transgender Bathroom Panic. If a trans person is not “passing” (meaning they have opted not to take hormones or have not been on hormone treatment long enough to visibly appear as the gender they desire) they are often gawked at and verbally harassed by cisgender people if they enter either restroom. Single stall, gender-neutral bathrooms allow transgender people to use the

Who else can use genderneutral bathrooms? Gender-neutral bathrooms are not just for transgender people! Anyone can use this restroom. For example, people who have a larger or non-normative body type, disabled students with their caretakers, parents with children, students who need the privacy for religious reasons, and anyone else who needs the privacy of a single-stall lockable restroom. Ohlone, joining the right side of history. After a year of the LGBTQ+ community publicly asking for accessible gender-neutral bathrooms on campus, Ohlone has finally taken action to make our voices heard. On Monday, Ohlone distributed a campus-wide email disclosing the locations of all the new and previously existing (but not readily accessible) genderneutral bathrooms. Facilities has labeled the bathrooms on the map, put up signs, and installed new lock hardware. In case you missed it, here are the locations of the gender-neutral bathrooms, also identified in the accompanying map: 1. Newark campus:Wing 2, second level near the RT lab/ Faculty Copier Room 2. Fremont campus: a. Building 19 (CD-112) b. Fremont Portable (FP19) c. Fremont Portable (FP25) d. Hyman Hall, first floor (HH-122) e. Building 20, first floor (20-102) f. Building 5, 3rd floor (5300)


This map shows the gender-neutral restrooms on the Fremont and Newark campuses.

In addition, according to Patrice Birkedahl, director of College Advancement, the new Academic Core buildings will have two genderneutral bathrooms. We have a large LGBTQ+ community here at Ohlone College, and this is just one step forward on the right side of history. We can set the example for other schools to become more inclusive, and

celebrate diversity in our communities. The administration’s decision to take action this week

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is proof of what we can do if our community stands together and establishes our need for change.


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“I think it’s a great idea because everyone can feel equal and not different”

“I’ve been waiting for this to happen for awhile and I’m very excited for the people who get to use them”

“Extra bathrooms are always convenient on campus. This might also help us men practice our cleanliness and actually keep the restroom clean for others!”

“I am so happy that Ohlone is doing this and making the school a more equal environment”

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Speech to clear up misconceptions of bisexuality VANESSA LUIS Editor-in-chief On March 29, one of our very own students will be speaking about the common misconceptions of bisexuality. The speech by Sam Campbell is titled “Greedy or Confused? The case for validating bisexuality.” In their (the preferred gender-neutral pronoun) speech, Campbell will explore the idea that femme-

phobia (fear or rejection of feminine qualities) is directly related to bi-phobia (fear or rejection of bisexual people). Campbell says their goal is for people to “understand that the world does not operate in the binary. We can’t continue to ignore the sexuality spectrum and galaxy that exists. We can’t be afraid to stray from the binary.” Campbell is a double major in business and

speech and communication; a contributing writer to the Monitor; a member of the Speech and Communication club; and an active member of the music department. Campbell takes a particular interest in Gender and Women Studies. The time and room for the speech are to be determined. Visit for updated information in the next week.

Upcoming games BASEBALL Today, 2 p.m. at Skyline College in San Bruno. Saturday, 1 p.m. vs. West Hills College at James Logan High School in Union City. Tuesday, 2 p.m. at West Hills College in Coalinga. March 24, 2:30 p.m. at Gavilan College in Gilroy.

March 26, 1 p.m. at Gavilan College in Gilroy. March 29, 7 p.m. vs. Monterey Peninsula College at James Logan High School in Union City. March 31, 2:30 p.m. at Monterey Peninsula College. April 2, 1 p.m. at Cabrillo College in Aptos.

SOFTBALL Today, 3 p.m. at West



Valley College in Saratoga. Saturday, noon and 2 p.m. vs. Hartnell College and Merced College in Salinas.

SWIMMING March 25, 2 p.m., CCSF/Cabrillo/West Valley (quad-meet) in Saratoga. April 1, 2 p.m., CCSF/ Cabrillo/West Valley/Las Positas (penta-meet) in Cupertino.


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“This is madness!”


The Ohlone March Madness tournament was canceled due to rain at the Fremont Softball Complex in Central Park last weekend.

Weather delays sports fields BRIANNE O’SULLIVAN News editor Some of Ohlone’s athletic fields and facilities are expected to face further construction delays. The baseball, softball and soccer fields started construction last year. The expected completion of the construction of all three fields has been pushed back due to the heavy rainfall we’ve experienced in the past few months. Joel Heyne of Gilbrane, the construction company responsible for the athletics facilities, told the Board of Trustees on March 9 that the fields openings “depend on how wet March is.” The clay-like soil that is native to the area makes it difficult to proceed

with construction unless the soil is dry, which is why the timeline is so sensitive to the weather. The Athletics Department and sports teams are prepared for this setback. All of the teams, except baseball, have scheduled away games this season. For scheduled home games, baseball will be using James Logan High School’s field. Chris Warden, the Dean of the athletics department, said both athletes and coaching staff are taking the construction delays in stride. “Ultimately, they all see the bigger picture that once this project is complete, they will have an amazing field to practice and play on,” he said.

Baseball team loses three in a row


The Ohlone baseball team has lost its last three games in a row in what has been a rough end to their preseason and a less than ideal start to conference play. After a strong preseason, the Renegades lost their last two games before starting the regu-

lar season. Ohlone fell to College of San Mateo and De Anza before opening against Skyline on Tuesday. The Renegades jumped out to an early one-run lead in the first inning, but soon gave up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off an RBI double and a Skyline home run. Ohlone responded two innings later, posting a

three spot and taking a 4-2 lead. But everything unraveled from then as they went on to give up nine runs over the next three innings. Even though the Renegades came within one run of tying the game at one point, a three-run bottom of the eighth by Skyline proved to be the fatal blow in the 11-7 loss by Ohlone.

Ohlone’s bullpen proved to be the deciding factor in the loss, as the offense was able to put up big numbers. Grant Goff started and went five-and-two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out five. The Renegades will try to even the series when they take on Skyline again today in a rematch.

March is upon us and that can only mean one thing; the most wonderful time of the year. A time where we all gather together to celebrate, cry, and tear our hair out. I know what you’re thinking, “What sick twisted holiday is he describing?” No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, it’s not even one day. For the rest of the month and into April, we will all be witnesses to one of, if not, the greatest tournament in all of sports; The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, better known as “March Madness.” Ah yes, March Madness. The time where people varying from basketball analysts to the casual fan can fill out the infamous bracket in hopes of correctly picking the national champion from a pool of 68 teams. I usually fill out more than one bracket in hopes that maybe, just maybe, I’ll strike gold one year and do what no one has done before; fill out a perfect bracket. I have a main bracket that I’m putting all my eggs in one basket for, so I’ll share a few predictions from that one. Oregon, surprisingly, was awarded a No. 1 seed in the West bracket ahead of some other possibly more deserving teams. I have the Ducks going to the Sweet 16, but falling to a physical Baylor team there. For my Final Four, I have Kansas taking on Oklahoma and North Carolina facing Michigan State. This will eventually set up a Kansas versus Michigan State contest where the Spartans will edge out the JayHawks. It’s definitely their year. As far as upsets, most of mine occur pretty early on in the tournament, which could potentially set up my bracket for disaster. The most exciting part of March Madness is the “cinderella teams” and the underdog 12-seeds that fight their way deep into the tournament. Only time will tell which is the team of destiny that will come out on top when all is said and done. So make your picks TAMcross DUONGyour JR. / MONITOR and fingers. Because the only thing predictable about March Madness is its unpredictability.

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