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ASOC Student government elections MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-Chief

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 20.

White House proposes free community college CHARLES TUTTLE Staff writer President Barack Obama announced during the State of the Union last month his plans to make two-year colleges free for all American students. The goal is for the two years of free education to be applicable toward an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or job training. The White House estimates the plan could affect more than 9 million fulltime community college students across the country,

including those at Ohlone. Students could save an average of $3,800 a year, according to the White House. The program is still in the idea stage, though; no legislation has been introduced yet. “I want to make it free,” Obama said Jan. 9 in a speech at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Community colleges should be free for those willing to work for it – because in America, a quality education cannot be a privilege that is reserved for a few.”

That doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be restrictions, though. Jeff Tiller, director of specialty media at the White House, provided the Monitor with some details about the plan. Students taking classes full time who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher would be eligible. According to a fact sheet provided by Tiller, the Obama administration has no intention of halting current financial aid programs, and actually plans to double its investment in Pell Grants. Continued on Page 2

Fremont campus to host community discussion on race, social injustice MARTHA NUNEZ Staff writer Oh l o n e w i l l h o s t a “Community Dialogue on Race and Social Inj u s t i c e” i n re s p o n s e to the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris and controversial grand jury verdicts in the deaths of two black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. The discussion provides an opportunity for the community of Ohlone and surrounding neighborhoods to discuss extremism and injustice. The event, co-sponsored by the Communication Studies Department and Ohlone College

Human Resources Department, is open to Ohlone students, staff, faculty and administrators, as well as community members. It will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday in Room 7101. Light refreshments will be served. On July 17, 43-year-old Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York, after a police officer put him in a chokehold. A grand jury in December decided not to indict the officer. This follows several cases in the New York area with similar results. The decision came a little more than a week after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., decided not to indict the police officer who shot 18-year-old Mi-

chael Brown, who was unarmed. Thousands of people took to the streets in cities around the country to protest the verdict. Then, last month, two gunmen killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in response to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. This killing of extremism has brought the topics of press censorship, freedom of speech, and the art of parody and satire to the forefront of the media. For more information about the Ohlone event, contact Brenda Ahntholz at bahntholz@ohlone. edu.

Students have until March 17 to petition to run for student government executive officer positions. The Associated Students of Ohlone College executive positions available are president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and legislative representative. To apply to run for office, pick up a petition packet in front of the Campus Activities Window in Building 7 on the second floor. The packet must be filed by 3 p.m. March 17. The election will take place later this semester. In the same election,

students will chose their repres entative to the Board of Trustees. The ASOC acts as a liaison between Ohlone s tu d e nt s a n d a d m i n i s t rat o r s. T h e y b r i n g student opinions and concerns to the attention of the college’s Board of Trustees, and also lead multiple fundraisers and outreach programs throughout the year. ASOC meetings, which are open to the public, are held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus. For more information, contact Student Activities Coordinator Renee Gonzales at rgonzales@ ohlone.edu or call her at 510-659-7311.

Ohlone students show spirit for Club Days MONITOR STAFF Students set up tables promoting their clubs for the past two days in the lobby on the first floor at the Newark Campus. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, students perused tables of information from sports clubs, music and band clubs, a variety of scientific clubs, and many more. For more information, email studentlife@ohlone.edu.

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Right: Kevin Estabillo with the Volleyball Club. Bottom: Nabeel Nagri with the Astrophysics Club.


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NEWS

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NEWS BITES Exhibition runs through March 13

PARKING ON THE RISE

The Louie-Meager Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of the works of interdisciplinary artist Bessma Khalaf through March 13. The gallery is free and open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Khalaf will present a lecture on her work at a closing reception in the gallery from noon to 1 p.m. March 12.

Prep meetings for summit Preparation meetings will be held next month for the third College-wide Planning Summit. Classified staff, administrators, managers, and full-time and adjunct faculty can attend the preparation meetings to learn background information and other data relevant to the strategic planning process. The first meeting will be from 2 to 3 p.m. March 12 in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus; it will be live-streamed to NC 1317 on the Newark campus. The second will be from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 1100 on the Newark campus. The summit, to be held April 10, will gather input for the college’s next fiveyear strategic plan.

Trio to perform at Smith Center The Zodiac Trio will perform at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13. The ensemble, playing clarinet, violin and piano, was formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music. The trio has performed at Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Radio France Montpellier, the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, Tishman Auditorium and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, and many other venues. The music has aired on France 3 Television, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, and NBC. Tickets for the Ohlone show will cost $12 to $20. For more information, go to www.smithcenter. com. – Compiled by Monitor staff

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Construction crews work on the new multi-story parking structure on the south side of the Fremont campus. The structure, which will provide more than 900 parking spots, is one of a series of construction projects paid for by the $349 million Measure G bond approved by voters in November 2010. It is scheduled to be finished in time for the fall semester.

Obama plans free college Continued from Page 1 If the plan goes ahead, it won’t be the first time California has had free higher education. The state’s 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education banned tuition fees, but the free system gradually was eroded in the 1970s. In the State of the Union, Obama said his deal would “work for anyone willing to work for it.” “Education helps us be better people,” Obama said in Knoxville. “It helps us be better citizens. You came to college to learn about the world and to engage with new ideas and to discover the things you’re passionate about – and maybe have a little fun.” However, Ohlone President Gari Browning said she wasn’t hopeful that Obama’s proposal would work. She said students already can qualify for scholarships that do exactly what the president’s program intends. Also, California doesn’t have the money to pay for Obama’s plan, so any funding would have to come from the federal government, she said.


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Ohlone event to register donors MONITOR STAFF Ohlone College is hosting an event next month to register potential marrow/ stem cell donors. The registration drive, organized by the Ohlone College Asian Pacific American Student Association and the Asian American Donor Program, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 outside Hyman Hall on the Fremont campus. The registration is part of an effort by the AADP to encourage more donors from Asian, Pacific Islander, African American, Latino, Native American and multiracial backgrounds to join the Donor Registry. Ethnicity is one of the

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key factors that determine whether donor marrow match can be made, and there is a critical shortage of donors from these backgrounds. To register, donors will need to submit a short health history, driver’s license or Social Security number, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of two friends or relatives who do not live with the donor or each other. For more information, go to the Asian American Donor Program website at www.aadp.org or the National Marrrow Donor Program at www.marrow.org, or email APASA at ohlone. apasa@gmail.com.

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Ohlone student Kimberly Perez donates blood on Feb. 18 during an American Red Cross blood drive in the Cafeteria on the Fremont campus.The event also included a mobile van on the Newark campus. For more information, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

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FEATURES

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ON THE ROAD with Mitchell Walther

Sins of Cinema So, who watched the Oscars? No? That’s what I thought. No one watches the Oscars, but everyone knows someone who has watched the Oscars. So the day after the big event, everyone scurries out to their cubicles and registers to ask one another, “Hey, did you see who won the Oscars?” This is the biggest problem, we see the Academy Awards as a competition because we didn’t watch them. In actuality, the night of the Oscars is a red-carpeted evening of respect, glamour and movie loving. It isn’t about seeing who is better than whom, but about the simple fact that these incredible movies got made. We get annoyed that the movies we loved didn’t win, but the ridiculous fact is they are all winners. Yes, it sounds like an elementary school teacher’s speech after the nerdy kid was first out in a game of dodge ball, but it’s true. “Birdman” is a masterpiece. “Boyhood” is a masterpiece. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a masterpiece. “Selma” is a masterpiece. Hell, “The Lego Movie” is in my opinion the best animated film that was made this year, and it wasn’t even nominated! But I got to listen to “Everything is Awesome” performed live at the Academy Awards, so my nostalgic child-like anger was satiated. The Academy Awards is not about who is better, but enjoying the fact that we all love movies, and that we love all the people who put work into the movies we love. That’s why the memoriam is my favorite part. There’s no competition, only respect for those who have passed on. No one died in December trying to get in at the last second for the Best Deceased award at the Oscars. There’s a legacy at work when the red carpet is unfurled. The movies that came before, the movies we enjoyed this year, and movies that will shower us in wonders we have never even imagined. Film is art. Art is people. The Oscars are about loving people.

Formal Oscar party offers Hollywood feel While most of us watch the Oscars from our couches, there are more and more options to make us feel like we’re part of the show. One fun way to watch the Oscars in style is by attending an Oscar party, and former Ohlone student Bella Ohlmeyer did just that at the Vine Cinema in Livermore. “It’s really fun to dress up and feel like a celebrity,” Ohlmeyer said. The Vine hosted its sixth Oscars party Sunday night, featur ing a red carpet, beer and wine, and a lot more. Some of the celebritystyle fun included a professional photographer and take-home goodie bags. The Vine has two theaters with a total of 400 seats, and as in previous years the event sold out. “A lot of locals and the same people come to the event every year, so that the past few years we haven’t even had to advertise,” owner Kenny

Way said. Ohlmeyer barely made the cut. “We were on the waitlist, but they called and said someone canceled so we were able to come,” she said. In addition to beer and local wine, the event includes a full menu with appetizers, entrees and desserts. When purchasing a package, the guest has the option to watch t h e s h ow i n a c l a s s i c theater seat or upgrade to a more comfortable couch. Ti c k e t s ra n g e f ro m $30 to $40 depending on which package is purchased. Guests at an Oscars p a r t y a re e x p e c t e d t o d re s s u p, a n d t h e s e party-goers didn’t miss a beat. The majority of them dressed in gowns and tuxedos, giving the evening even more of a Hollywood feel. “ I t ’s s o m u c h f u n ,” Ohlmeyer said. “It’s like watching movies with a bunch of friends where everyone laughs and is interactive and has a good time.”

New York

Panama

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Three spring concerts coming to Smith Center MARIA GARCIA-HERNANDEZ

Staff writer

Ohlone College bands will take to the stage next month in three concerts in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Maestro Tony Clements will direct all three ensembles at the Jackson Theatre in performances that will include “a wide range of musical styles suited to please everyo n e’s m u s i c a l t a s t e s,” said Dan Smith, music library and technical coordinator at the Ohlone College Music Department. The Ohlone Community Band will perform “Let

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A theater appreciation trip to New York is planned for late May. Just after the spring semester is over, Mark Nelson, professor of Theatre Studies, is taking students to the Big Apple. The cost of the trip is about $1,520, plus food and other travel costs. The initial fee covers airfare, hotel, a hop-on hop-off tour, a week pass for the subway, and airport transfers. “We stay in Manhattan and see museums, Central Park, Ground Zero, lots of movie stars and celebrities, as well as attending some of the hottest shows on Broadway,” Nelson said. Contact Mark Nelson at mnelson@ohlone.edu.

Ohlone’s nursing student program trip to Panama is drawing near. Partnering with the International Service Learning, the excursion will teach prospective medical students through working with health care providers in Panama. The goal is to provide a self-sustaining health program for those who need it around Panama City. The dates of the service learning will be from June 6 to 16. There will be a Panamanian Night fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. March 27 at the Newark Pavilion on Thornton Avenue that will include information about the trip, along with a spaghetti dinner and silent auction.

A study abroad trip to Greece and Turkey will be from May 24 to June 6. The trip itinerary i n c l u d e s t h e A g o ra i n At h e n s, t h e p a l a c e o f A g a m e m n o n a t Myc e nae, the battlefields of Salamis, Marathon, and Thermopylae, the theater and ruins of Ephesus, and the architecture of Istanbul. Famous locations targeted on the sojourn include the Parthenon and the Blue Mosque. The trip costs $4,200, including flight from San Francisco, all hotel accommodations (double occupancy), all land and ferry transportation, and some meals. More infor mation is available on the Ohlone study abroad webpage.

For more information, go to: http://www.ohlone.edu/org/studyabroad/

there be light … and dark” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. Some of their musical selections will include Rossano Galante’s “Raise of the Son,” St e ve n Re i n e k e’s “ T h e Wi t c h a n d t h e Sa i n t ,” and “Danse Bacchinal,” from the opera “Samson and Delilah,” for its grand finale. General admission is $10. Tickets for seniors, students and staff cost $5. For more information, go to www.OhloneCommunityBand.org. Next, the Mission Peak Brass Band, a 30-piece b r a s s a n d p e rc u s s i o n ensemble, will perform “Out of This World!” at 8 p. m . F r i d a y, M a r c h 20. The band will play c l a s s i c s s u c h a s Pa u l Lovatt-Cooper’s “Enter the Galaxies,” John Williams’ “Cowboy’s Overture” and film music for “ S u p e r m a n ,” a n d t h e Queen classic rock song “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Ti c k e t s c o s t $ 1 5 f o r general admission and $10 for seniors, students, and staff. For more information, go to www. mpbb.org. Finally, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, the Ohlone Wind Orchestra will perform “Reflections,” a series of pieces that reflect inspiration from the real world, including folk songs, Bach and band camp. The concert will begin peacefully with Haydn Wood’s tone poem “Mannin Veen” and Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City,” and then transition to a more energetic feel with Percy Aldridge Grainger’s c l a s s i c “ Ye Ba n k s a n d Braes O’Bonnie Doon,” Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Jesters,” and other favorites. General admission is $15. Tickets cost $10 for s e n i o r s, s t u d e n t s a n d staff. For more information, go to www.OhloneWindOrchestra.org. “Each band will play a variety of music to be both fun for the audience and yet challenging to the players,” Smith said.


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Local rock bands pack Fremont bar Ohlone students take stage for show, short-album release MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-Chief Mojo’s Bar and Lounge is known for holding concerts on Saturday nights. They offer a buffet of local music for anyone interested in a band and beer. Jan. 31 was no different, as Fremont bands Talkie and Bound by Vows, whose members include Ohlone students and alumni, both took the stage. Using the evening as a chance to celebrate the release of its short album, Talkie headlined the night as Bound by Vows opened up the evening. Bound by Vows’ full album “Brightness and Con-

I LOVED PLAYING THE SONG ‘DESTINY’ BECAUSE OF THE BASS RIFF IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SONG. AND ‘WHY’ IS FUN TOO; I THINK WE NAILED MOST OF THE HARMONIES.

trast” was made public on iTunes and Spotify late last year, and the band was giving copies of that record away Saturday night. “It was my first show and I was very excited to play,” Ohlone student and Bound by Vows bassist Alex Morgan said. “It went great. A lot of friends and family came out to see us.” From the first raging riff to the final drumb e a t , B o u n d by Vow s brought the rock all night long. Never-ending drums mixed perfectly with some rather complicated basslines and kept the energy high. “I loved playing the song `Destiny’ because of the little bass riff in the middle of the song,” Alex said, “and ‘Why’ is fun too. I think we nailed most of the harmonies for that song.” Alex said Bound by Vows ended with some newer tracks. “We also played two songs at the show that aren’t on the album: `What you Want to Hear’ and ‘Paralyzed,’” he said. As patrons continued to meander in, it wasn’t long before Mojo’s was standing room only. When Talkie took the stage, the audience was electrified with anticipation. Starting off in four-part harmony, Talkie dipped and weaved through several strains of rock and

roll. It was clear to those listening that this was a tight-knit band whose members knew what they were doing. Their first musical set managed to work in the songs from the new short album. “Lavos” and “Bugs” offered an edgy beginning, showing off some heavy vocals and undeniably catchy riffs. “Church” carried us through with one of the catchiest anthems I’ve heard in a bar in a long time. Opening their second set with The Beatles classic “Drive my Car” set the tone for what was going to be pure rock and roll, but with a tender side. Songs like “Dark” and “Pretty” offered glimpses at honest heartbreak that few bands allow us these days. There was a spattering of unreleased songs, as well as an older jam called “Maggie” that has a demo on SoundCloud. The bands jammed late into the night, wrapping up shortly before last call. Bound by Vows retired to practice some more for upcoming albums and shows. Talkie is now preparing for their show at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco at 8:30 p.m. March 18. Talkie will headline the night, with Sea/ Son and The Insufferables opening.

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Top: Ohlone student Alex Morgan croons out harmonies during ‘Bound by Vows’ opening music set. Middle: Jonny Knockout Gomez explains the meaning behind a new ‘Bound by Vows’ song before opening with a guitar riff. Above: Brothers Matt (left) and Brad Hagmann belt out some classic tunes as ‘Talkie’ takes the stage.


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MONITOR FEBRUARY 26, 2015

THE VIEW FROM OVER THE HILL

Atrocity envy and moral equivalence NADJA ADOLF Contributing writer On Feb. 3, in the middle of negotiations between Daesh (the Islamic State) and Jordan for the exchange of captured Jordanian pilot Lt. Moaz alKasasbeh for an Iraqi woman failed homicide bomber, Daesh chose to release a very high-production-value propaganda video – a video showing the captured pilot being burned alive. Daesh negotiated and manipulated the hopes and feelings of this man’s family, tribe and country while knowing all the while that he had been dead for a month. World reaction was unusually swift. King Abdullah of Jordan vowed justice and revenge, while the head of AlAzhar – the most influential religious educational institution in Sunni Islam – mildly suggested that Daesh fighters should be executed by either crucifixion or the less labor intensive method of simply chopping off their arms and leaving them to die. President Barack Obama, never one to let an injustice go unacknowledged – nor a crisis to go to waste – chose to take this opportunity to stand up and warn us of the grave crimes committed by the Crusaders and other Christians: “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and

Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.” Now, I would be the first to agree that the sack of Beziers was a bit excessive, but it took place in western era 1209. As for the Crusades in the Middle East, they were a rather belated response to the Muslim capture of the dioceses of Africa, Egypt, the East, Asia, Pontus, Thrace, etc. The “invading Crusaders” actually waited several hundred years before attempting to recapture what was once a major portion of the Christian heartland. Mind you, the Crusades were a nasty, bloody business, but then the original Muslim conquest wasn’t always particularly nice and polite, either. I am quite sure that both sides would have preferred to kill off the other side by peaceful means, but even today no such methods have been found. As for slavery and Jim Crow, while the descendants of slaves brought to the United States are citizens with rights, the descendants of slaves in parts of the Muslim world, such as Mauritania, are slaves. The government in Mauritania has been so troubled by allegations and proofs by anti-slavery advocates that slavery still exists in Mauritania – despite legal abolition in 2007 – it has found it necessary to arrest, prosecute and imprison anti-slavery advocates.

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To be fair, one slave owner has also been arrested and prosecuted. I am still unclear on the relationship between the Crusades, Jim Crow and the actions of Daesh; does our president truly believe that Daesh feels compelled to commit greater and greater acts of horror out of envy over the atrocities committed by long dead Christians? Do IS terrorists sit around and wish that

they could top the horrors of the sack of Beziers? Given the moral equivalence inherent in President Obama’s statement, I wondered if he intended to offer U.S. assistance to Daesh, or simply remain neutral; after all, Christianity had a head start of 600 years over Islam in the race to commit the most atrocities, and perhaps it could be considered unfair to interfere before Muslims had a chance to close the

gap. One of my greatest fears is that as people accept moral equivalence, and respond to news of any atrocity with the sage statement that someone, somewhere, possibly one of our own ancestors, has done as bad or worse, and that we must not judge nor criticize, that we will descend into a barbarism that will leave future generations viewing Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot as humanitarians.

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Losing streak spells end to promising season Continued from Page 8 was feeling it.” Rizza will have six returning freshmen for her second season as head coach. Among the sophomores leaving are Tarryn Clark, Mikaela Sablan and twins Crystal and Candy De Los Reyes. Crystal and Candy led the team in scoring, averaging 14.8 and 12.2 points per game. Their offensive contributions will be missed, but it looks like freshman forward Jessica King will step in as the primary scoring option next season. King had an impressive first season, playing and starting all 26 games, averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 13.3 rebounds per game. Rizza cited road wins against San Jose City College and Las Positas College as the highlights of their rebuilding season. The Lady Renegades finished fifth in the Coast North division with a 4-8 division record and an 8-19 record overall.

Men’s basketball

The Renegades started the season strong but lost their last seven games – squandering their playoff chances – wrapping up a disappointing end to their season with a 9484 loss to Chabot. Ohlone lost 69-54 in their previous matchup against Chabot on Jan. 28 – the game that started the losing streak. Despite not being in playoff contention, Ohlone played hard the whole game, keeping the score close but falling short at the end. Filling in for Head Coach Scott Fisher, assistant coach Steve Kline took the helm for

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Assistant coach Steve Kline watches point guard Ryo Tawatari run a play on offense. Tawatari ended the season as Ohlone’s top scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game. Kline stepped in for head coach Scott Fisher, who was unable to coach the season finale.

the Renegades. Fisher was unable to coach due to an accumulation of technical fouls. Kline made numerous substitutions throughout the game, and Ohlone’s rotation of players scratched and clawed their way to a 46-45 lead after the first half. “We were having a hard time keeping the ball in front of us, and it’s been a struggle the past few ball games and it happened again tonight,” said Kline about Ohlone’s defense. “The difference tonight

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is we were able to score.” The Renegades offense wasn’t enough; the team only scored 38 points to Chabot’s 49 in the second half. Chabot’s Raymond Baldwin and Decarlos Frank combined for 42 points – 21 each – leading the Gladiators to victory and clinching a playoff spot. Fisher’s inaugural season as head coach looked promising with a 16-6 record on Jan. 24 – ranked tenth in the state. The losing streak came at the

wrong time as they lost important division games, falling out of playoff contention. Ohlone finished last in the Coast North division with a 3-9 division record and a 1613 overall record. Sophomores Ryo Tawatari, Javier De La Blanca, Mike Bethea, Guru Sanghera and Dani Busto all played their last game for Ohlone. Tawatari was Ohlone’s most consistent offensive threat leading the team with 13.5 points per game as well

as 4.1 assists. Jesse Wilesmith is in line to take Tawatari’s role next season. Fisher will lose size in the frontcourt in De La Blanca, Busto, Sanghera and Bethea, but will have experienced starters returning in Taylor Meekor, Marcus Holmquist-Pollock and Elliot Warren – who all started more than 20 games. “We have a lot of freshmen. We’ll see how many come back and go from there,” said Kline about the upcoming season.

Standings Men’s Basketball

Baseball

Coast North W L PCT CON

Coast Pacific W L PCT CON

S.F.

20 8 .714 9-3

Gavilan

9

3 .750 1-0

Chabot

17 12 .586 8-4

Cabrillo

7

5 .586 1-0

Canada

21 6 .778 7-5

Monterey

5

8 .385 1-0

Skyline

17 9 .654 5-7

Skyline

6

3 .667 0-0

Las Positas

16 12 .571 5-7

Ohlone

11 2 .846 0-1

Foothill

12 16 .429 5-7

Canada

8

3 .727 0-1

Ohlone

16 13 .552 3-9

Hartnell

2

10 .167 0-1

Women’s Basketball

Softball

Coast North W L PCT CON

Coast North W L PCT CON

Chabot

26 3 .897 11-1

San Mateo 16 0 1.000 3-0

S.F.

20 8 .586 9-3

Foothill

9

5 .643 2-0

Skyline

17 8 .680 8-4

Ohlone

5

7 .417 1-1

San Jose

10 17 .370 5-7

De Anza

2

13 .133 1-2

Ohlone

8 19 .296 4-8

Chabot

4 11 .267 0-2

San Mateo

6 19 .240 3-9

S.F.

0 7 .000 0-2

Las Positas

11 17 .393 2-10


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MONITOR FEBRUARY 26, 2015

ROUNDUP

Random thoughts

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Forward Jessica King (white) fights for possession with a couple Chabot players. King is one of six returning freshmen for Ohlone.

End of the road for Ohlone basketball

Women’s season expected, men’s season ends in disappointment ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor

The rollercoaster season for Ohlone’s men’s and women’s basketball teams ended in a pair of losses to Chabot on Friday.

Women’s basketball

The season that head coach Liz Rizza dubbed a “rebuilding season” came to a close Friday when the team

lost to Chabot 80-57. Beating Chabot would have ensured that Ohlone would be a bubble team for the NorCal playoff tournament bracket. However, they were facing a 26-3 Chabot squad that blew them out in their previous meeting 84-47 on Jan. 28. “We did a lot better our second time against Chabot. The first time we only had 12 (points) in the first half, this time we had 27 and were only down by six,” Rizza said about her team’s improvement. “We just ran out of energy in the second half.” The Lady Renegades

couldn’t buy a field goal in the first half, but were only down 33-27 with the majority of the points coming from the freethrow line. Chabot established their dominance in the second half as they poured on 47 points to Ohlone’s 30, securing a comfortable victory. Chabot’s Michigan Statebound point guard Morgan Green was playing on another level. She filled up the stat sheet with a triple-double: 26 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. She also had a teamhigh six steals. “You can’t stop her. It’s like she drives and you help but

she’ll find a 3-point shooter,” said Rizza about how hard it is to stop Chabot’s star player. The combination of shooting 24 percent from the field and committing 24 turnovers made it difficult for the Lady Renegades to keep the score close. Despite the poor offensive showing, freshman shooting guard Mickie Ferrer was a bright spot off the bench for Ohlone, scoring 18 points. “She had six 3-pointers. I think that’s a record high for her,” said Rizza. “She Continued on Page 7

Ohlone drops first games of the season An 11-game win streak ends with two losses MARIA GARCIA-HERNANDEZ

Baseball beat writer

It was a sunny day with a clear blue sky last Saturday afternoon at Renegades Field – the perfect setting for a baseball game against Los Medanos College. The perfect setting wasn’t so perfect for Ohlone. Los Medanos made themselves at home, beating Ohlone 6-4. It was revenge for Los Medanos, who lost to Ohlone 11-3 on February 18. The loss put an end to the Renegades’ undefeated start to the season. The Renegades were off

to a slow start. The quiet first inning foretold what was the start of a loss. Starting pitcher Anthony Olmo couldn’t pitch out of the first inning – struggling to keep opponents off base. The Los Medanos pitcher “was doing a good job, keeping us off balance,” said Coach Mark Curran following the loss. “We had a little hiccup in the first inning with our pitching, we didn’t locate real well so we got behind early.” Losing 6-0, Ohlone’s offense was completely shut down until the sixth inning. Brock Pradere, Pablo Artero, Josh Roman and CJ Giles each had RBIs cutting the deficit 6-4. Left-handed pitcher Josh Calmerin, making his fifth appearance, looked fresh and

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Pitcher Carter Glick winds up for a pitch Feb. 12 against West Hills. He pitched in the ninth inning against Los Medanos. Glick has pitched 2.2 innings in four appeaances with a zero ERA.

was throwing strikes, helping the Renegades cut the lead to 6-4. Fans quickly found hope in Calmerin calling him, “a lefthand relief.” “I was just pounding zone, letting them hit the ball,” said Calmerin after enhancing the team’s performance. He continued, saying Ohlone needs to come out “guns blazing… and keep the momentum go-

ing out on the field.” Ohlone lost again Tuesday against Gavilan College and the team’s record now stands at 11-2.

See standings and schedule on Page 7.

• Holy NBA trade deadline Batman! Nine percent of the league was traded on the most historic deadline day in NBA history. Tracking the trades during class had me thinking – what if you could make school-related trades? For example, I would trade my seat in Anthropology 101 for your priority registration for next semester. Or maybe trading professors? • The five-year anticipation is over: Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will fight May 2. • Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s have blown up the roster once again – making numerous moves and frustrating A’s fans everywhere. Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training last week, and among those reporting for the A’s – Barry freaking Zito. What a story it would be if he actually makes the roster. I’m really hoping he amazingly returns as the 2002 Cy Young pitcher he was – so teams next offseason can throw seven-year $126 million contracts at him. • Did I mention the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight is finally happening? • The San Jose Sharks played an outdoor hockey game against their rival L.A. Kings at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday. More than 70,000 fans showed up, making it the third-largest attendance in NHL history. It was a spectacle seeing Levi’s transformed from a football field to an ice rink. The outdoor game dubbed the “Stadium Series” is a win, and embodied the growth in popularity of hockey in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, the Sharks disappointed more than 70,000 fans by losing to the Kings 2-1. It was another big game on a big stage that the Sharks couldn’t seem to win – nothing new. I think it’s time that the Sharks stop pretending to be contenders to win the Stanley Cup. Pull a Billy Beane and revamp the roster. • Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is – in fact – actually happening.

Ohlone College Monitor, February 26, 2015  

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