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Students show talent at Soul Surge open mic event. See photos on Page 5.

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Ohlone ranks third in state among peers

MENTAL HEALTH ON CAMPUS

MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-chief Ohlone ranks third among medium-sized community colleges in California, according to data provided by the state Chancellor’s Office and published on the EDsmart website. EDsmart’s article about the “Top 15 Community Colleges in California” includes five schools in each of its large, medium and small categories. Ohlone earned third place on the medium list with a 52.1 percent graduation and transfer rate – the sixth Continued on Page 5

College offers aid, support, counseling

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Above: Christiana Dawson, left, and Cathy Dawson carry the banner in the Out of the Darkness walk for suicide awareness in April on the Newark campus. Campus safety officer Stewart Dawson, Christiana’s brother and Cathy’s son, killed himself in 2010. Below: Sally Bratton, director of the Student Health Center, embraces Christiana during the event.

Stress, depression and other mental illnesses can be college-long battle for some students. With programs like STEP UP Ohlone and mental counseling available by appointment, though, there is help; students just need

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to know about it. “We take a holistic approach that our students’ emotional, mental, and physical health all depend on how they’re feeling and how they’re doing in school,” said Sally Bratton, director of the Student Health Center.

Ohlone is gearing up for a busy summer, as instruction and student services move to the Newark campus to make way for the demolition of Buildings 1, 2 and 8 and other construction projects on the Fremont campus. Hard demolition will begin June 1 and continue through mid-August, with construction starting in the fall semester. Building 7 staff will move to Hyman Hall and Newark at the end of May and remain through early August. T h e n e w f i ve - s t o r y, 900-space parking structure

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Mother Nature activism brings discussion, free water bottles MARTHA NUNEZ Staff writer Ohlone celebrated the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with an educational and fun-filled week of activities. Every day, during the week of April 20-24, featured an event at either the Newark or Fremont campus, with discussions of environmentally friendly topics such as saving water, reducing waste and preserving energy. The H2O to Go event,

held at the Newark campus April 21, provided information about Ohlone’s new hydration stations. These refillable stations are located in Buildings 5, 6 and 9, along with some at the Smith Center and Hyman Hall at the Fremont campus. There is one in the main lobby at the Newark campus. Other perks of attending the H2O to Go event included a free nacho bar, a live DJ, and free refillable water bottles encouraging students to break free from plastic

bottle waste. Some events, like The Water Display, offered a view of how the drought is affecting our food supply, while others asked participants to get more handsy with Mother Earth. Students got down and dirty at the Biodynamic Garden on April 23 for the Grow Local event put together by Ohlone’s Student Sustainability Club. For the grand finale, instructor Krista Phair and Continued on Page 3

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The 14th annual Multimedia Festival will be May 14 in Hyman Hall on the Fremont campus. The free festival will show work designed by students and juried by multimedia experts, featuring web design, digital imagery, video game design, poster design and 3-D animation. The award ceremony will from 4 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception and exhibition from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in Hyman Hall 116 and Hyman Hall 209. For more information, contact Isabel Reichert at 510-659-7337 or ireichert@ohlone.edu.

Seminar tackles economic stress A seminar about “stress and resiliency in tough economic times” will be held this afternoon on the Fremont campus. Economic stress can lead to physical and mental health issues, and can increase the risk of developing problems such as depression, anxiety, compulsive behaviors and substance abuse. Seminar participants will learn to build resiliency and develop coping techniques to manage stress. The seminar will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 7101. RSVP online at www.surveymonkey. com/s/H8BPSLR.

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Above: Kevin Lee, left, speaks with members of the Walnut Creek Police Department during the Ohlone College and Tri-Cities One Stop Career Center’s annual Spring Career Expo at the Newark campus on Friday. Right: Javier Alvarado speaks to an employer at the expo. Below: Ohlone students and other jobseekers meet with employers at the expo.

Orchestra joins world gathering The Ohlone Wind Orchestra has been selected to perform along with 20 other symphonic bands from around the world in July at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in San Jose. WASBE, a nonprofit international association for people, institutions and industries interested in symphonic wind bands and wind ensembles, has more than 1,000 members in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The Ohlone Wind Orchestra, conducted by Tony Clements, will perform July 14 at San Jose State University. For more information, go to http://wasbe2015. com/schedule/repertoire-sessions. – Compiled by Monitor staff

Parking structure work continues through July

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Continued from Page 1 on the south side of campus is nearing completion. Lot P will be closed from May 14 through mid-June, and close-out work will continue through July. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Aug. 12. Other projects will include re-roofing of the Smith Center and the TV, radio and dance studios, installation of utility infrastructure, and tree pruning on Olive Lane. AC Transit will stop bus service to the Fremont campus from May 25 through Aug. 23. Bus stops at the front of the campus on Mission Boulevard will continue to operate.

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Ohlone students scored in the top 10 nationally for the sixth time in the last 11 years in the Student Math League competition. Above are six of the nine students who made it happen. From left to right: Yaner He, Yiyi Han, Dennis Shen, Kelly Martinez, Wu Sun and Li Cao show the gift cards provided by ASOC for outstanding performance. Also winning gift cards were Kuang Li, Paing Zin Htet and Xi Zhou. Students take tests in the fall and the spring for the competition.


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The second celebration of “The Other Prom” was held in the cafeteria on the Fremont campus on Friday night. This is the second year in a row the Gay Straight Alliance has organized this black-and-white tie event highlighting the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community. Sandals, jeans and tshirts were barred from entrance, but no one was tur ned away as suits, dresses and everything in between made their best appearances. The GSA aims “to bring fun, access to equality on campuses for all LGBTQ+ students, and knowledge and empowerment to our communities.” The event featured “amateur and experienced drag queens and kings from all over the Bay, best dressed prom court elections, and a great DJ,” according to the event Facebook page. Small appetizers and virgin cocktails were available while supplies lasted. The event was for ages 16 and older, and admission was by donation only. No one was turned away for lack of funds and everyone was able to have a great time. Party-goers were required to sign a release form at the door. One pa-

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Top: The tropical throne sits where attendees were able to pose and take pictures so the memories of “The Other Prom” would last forever. Right: A local DJ prepares tunes for a night of dancing.

tron joked: “If anyone gets an STD in the bathroom, it’s their problem.” Attendees were dressed to impress, while a tropical-themed throne offered dancers a chance to take a break and snap some memorable pictures. The GSA will release photos detailing the entire night on “The Other Prom” Facebook page soon.

Ohlone hosts week of environmental events Students share tips to save water Continued from Page 1 her group communications class put together the Get Active event, which was held at the Fremont campus. Get Active brought the community together to discuss burning issues such as climate change and global warming. Students could write their thoughts and tips on how to better take care of the planet on blank posters displayed around the room. Students also got the opportunity to get their own garden started with soil and seeds for two types of tomatoes and flowers. The event finished up with a competitive game of “Jeopardy!” with themes such as media, events, activism and awareness. Reusable water cups were given away to the winners, with candy prizes distrib-

uted to those who participated. While some students opted out of playing the game, everyone got to take home their new garden in a cup, along with new tips to be more environmentally friendly. Ohlone student Mariam Ahrari attended the event and learned a thing or two about water shortage. “Shorter showers and not letting the water run,” she said about making changes to her daily routine. “When I do dishes I do that a lot.” One way Ahrari is already helping the environment is by recycling. “Just reuse all of your old stuff,” she said. “You don’t need to throw everything away.” Psychology major Logan Hobson also shared some water-saving tricks practiced in his household. “We put a bucket in our sink, and the leftover water from the dishes and washing our hands waters the plants outside,” he said. “So on the weekends you basically get your whole backyard watered with the excess water.”

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Support for veterans brings hope As The Guardian put it in a 2013 story, “More of America’s serving soldiers died at their own hands than in pursuit of the enemy.” Dr. Jan Kemp, the VA’s national mental health director for suicide prevention, told Stars and Stripes last year that the reasons for veteran suicides are unclear, but that the pressures of leaving military careers and readjusting to civilian life, along with combat injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, all play a role. Christina Bass, a clinician and recruiter for the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas – Dallas, defined PTSD in a U.S. News & World Report story. “The brain and nervous system, overwhelmed, are unable to process the past trauma,” she said. “As a result, the emotional response tied to the past events is interjected into the present – meaning the person frequently relives and responds to the past.” No one wants open discussion about mental health more than veterans

like Franklin and Tommy Brandy, both of whom attended Ohlone’s Out of the Darkness walk last month in support of suicide awareness. “One of the big problems though, that I feel, is the stigma with getting help,” Franklin said.

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to change my perspective on various stresses of life and strategies for dealing with them.” Studies show that when students are addressed with stressful life issues, they have a tendency to let their schoolwork and personal life falter. “When I first came to Ohlone and met Dr. Sally and her staff, it was after the worst time in my life,” student Jenn Shue said. “They were the first people I felt I could really open up to and get the help I needed. … Outside of Ohlone there wasn’t a lot of help, and it wasn’t designed for students.” O’Neill offers students up to six counseling sessions per semester. The student health center is available to all students with or without current medical insurance for only $19 per semester. Entering college can be a tough time in a young adult’s life, especially if he or she has decided to leave home in order to do so. O’Neill helps students learn all of the basics of living in the real world, coping skills for dealing with the stresses of life. “It’s good to talk about p r o b l e m s ,” s h e s a i d . “There’s stress in our lives. We’re a busy culture. We have so much going on. There’s no reason to think we have to hold that inside and on our shoulders.”

MITCHELL WALTHER and VANESSA LUIS Editor-in-chief and contributing writer Veteran Kevin Franklin was somber as he recounted his friend’s suicide. “None of us saw it coming,” he said. “And hindsight is 20/20. Still, none of us saw it.” Post-traumatic stress disorder and depression are common enemies of veterans, and suicide takes the lives of our returned troops at an alarming rate. A 2013 study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that an average of 22 veterans kill themselves every day. “One of my friends committed suicide in my own bedroom, in the closet with one of my old firearms,” said Franklin, a member of the Ohlone Student Veterans Club. “And I walked in on finding that. After a few days, I walked in and found it.” Suicide in the military is not a new issue. In 2012 the number of active-duty military personnel who killed themselves, 177, exceeded the 176 who were killed in combat, according to the Department of Defense.

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Bratton star ted the health center in January 1996, and more funding and services have become available over the years. Some of the services include primary and urgent care, TB testing, physicals, i m m u n i z a t i o n s , ov e rthe-counter medications, community health referrals, and smoking cessation. I n 2 0 0 4 , Ro s e m a r i e O’Neill was hired as the mental health counselor and life coach. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who ran her own practice before she joined Ohlone’s staff. She’s been a practitioner for more than 25 years. O’Neill now specializes in addressing student relationships and coping with life issues. “ We w o u l d n’t re a l l y have suicide if people felt they could get help,” she

said. “But I think there’s that stigma of ‘oh, there’s something wrong with me.’” Students can be embarrassed or ashamed to address mental health issues, and this is a leading factor in why some people will never discuss their emotional issues or address the true problems at hand. Fo r t h o s e w h o d o, though, the results can be remarkable. “The mental health program helped me tremendously after bouts of depression and an anxiety attack,” student Khalil Iqbal said. “Rosemary, my therapist and life coach, was able to provide me with the tools to proactively deal with depression and anxiety through nutrition, exercise, selfexploration and creative expression. By implementing these tools diligently in my life I was able

Ninety-eight veterans were enrolled at Ohlone last semester, according to data from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. There are resources both on and off campus to help veterans returning home. The Veterans Affairs Office helps Ohlone veterans obtain their GI benefits, and assists them with college services such as financial aid, priority registration, counseling and other programs.

Veterans who need help can call the confidential, toll-free Veterans Crisis Line 24 hours a day at 800-2738255 and press 1 to reach a Veterans Affairs’ representative for support. Brandy wants to reach out to those who feel hopeless. “I don’t agree with suicide – it’s not an option for me,” he said. “But some people, they feel as though they don’t have any way. … There are other options and there are ways out. So no matter how far down that dark place that you think you are, there’s always a hand and a way out.” Kemp said officials have seen decreases in suicide rates when veterans take advantage of the VA health system. “What we’re seeing is that getting help does matter,” Kemp said. “Treatment does work.” Franklin, who has been diagnosed with two major depressive disorders, is studying psychology to help people with PTSD. “It’s like taking my own traumas and experiences and switching it,” he said.

His mission is to facilitate greater conversation for those voices he believes are not heard. “I want to bring trauma counseling to firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and those people,” he said. “Because they have the same rates of PTSD as veterans do, and nobody talks about it.” While optimistic, Franklin maintains that the dialogue about mental health needs to be stronger. “What we need to see is a greater national debate,” he said. “Because this grassroots stuff is great on the small run, but if we’re not talking about it in everybody’s kitchen, on the news, and on the radio, the majority of society doesn’t see it.” For more information about Ohlone’s Veterans Affairs Office, call 510659-6199 or go to www. ohlone.edu/org/veterans. The office is in Room 7249 in Building 7 on the second floor of the Fremont campus. For more information about the Veterans Crisis Line, online chat and textmessaging service, go to www.veteranscrisisline. net.

Oh l o n e a l s o h a s a n outreach program, STEP Up Ohlone that has been hosting numerous events around campus to raise awareness about mental health and invite student and faculty participation. “That’s our big campaign to educate people about mental health and to try really sincerely to break the stigma that it means there’s something wrong with us if we have an emotional problem,” O’Neill said. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a tion, go to http://stepup o h l o n e. o rg . To s e e a personal counselor, or visit a primary care provider for a check up, call

510-659-6258 to make an appointment, visit the third floor of Building 7 or go to www.ohlone.edu/ org/healthcenter. St a f f w r i t e r s A l b e r t Rebosura, Maria GarciaHernandez, Martha Nunez and Mitchell Walther contributed to this report.


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Left: Nour Ben Ali of Tunisia (in yellow) and Sara Kassed of Morocco play tambourines during the Ethnic Festival on Monday at the Newark campus. The free event, co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association and Punjabi Student Association, included a fashion show and music. Right: Nadia Dadgar, center, leads the multicultural parade. Bottom-left: Adriana Gonzalez of Mexico (with sombrero) and two students from Saudia Arabia explain their customs to students.Bottomright: Sara Kassed and Abdessamad Kajjaj of Morocco talk about their country and culture.

EDsmart article: Ohlone ‘a richly diverse campus’ Continued from Page 1 highest out of 112 community colleges in the state – and a 91.1 percent first-year retention rate. The list also included the cost of attendance and approximate number of students. The article described Ohlone as “a richly diverse campus,” featuring“a unique center for deaf studies.” “Ohlone is proud of the dedicated administration, staff, and faculty who work hard to provide quality education to students,” according to a college statement about the ranking. California ranks 20th nationally in community college graduation and transfer rates, although that’s a step up from its position as No. 24 just two years ago, according to EDsmart.

“ The tr uth is, many students start their posts e c o n d a r y d e g re e s i n college as a money saving factor,” EDsmart said in the introduction to its rankings. “If your goal is to attend a four-year university, the name of the game is to pay attention to the graduation and transfer rate of the community college.” Work ethic and study remain the most important parts, though. Student drive and ambition are what help to get community colleges’ rankings up. “What ultimately matters most is your own academic performance,” according to the EDsmart introduction. “Keep your head down, work hard and you’ll be able to make it.”

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Above: Ohlone student Vito Annotti dances in a style known as “popping” during the Soul Surge open mic event on April 30. Right: Ohlone student Christian Goyos plays “Oh! Susanna” on the harmonica during Soul Surge.


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Pay-per-blues follows uninspired boxing match ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor

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I’m sitting on my couch disappointed – for my fellow Filipinos and how much people could’ve spent $100 on anything else but the fight. Luckily, I didn’t pay for the fight as I was amongst the many Filipinos at viewing parties – where we all found out later that the food was the best part of the night. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao did their best “Tom and Jerry” impression in a boxing ring. Mayweather being Jerry: running away, getting some punches in and being victorious. Pacquiao being Tom: desperately chasing after

Mayweather, landing a few shots but ultimately losing. This game of cat and mouse disappointed everyone but you know what – we all should have known this was going to happen. The disappointment started five years ago – when the fight should’ve happened. It took so long for the two to settle with negotiations – or should I say for Mayweather to agree – that we watched two boxers out of their prime. I hesitate calling the match between the two a fight – it was more boxing than fighting, which Continued on Page 7

How Lady McDuff and Oregona changed the world NADJA ADOLF Contributing writer The productivity of laying chickens was very low in the early 20th Century, and egg prices varied widely with the seasons. Hens without supplemental lighting had a tendency to stop laying when there was less than 14 hours of daylight, and they tended to stop well before then and become broody; that is to say, they tended to sit on their eggs and hatch them. Eggs were put in cold storage in the spring and summer, and then shipped around the country during fall, winter and early spring. These storage eggs were not as good in quality as fresh eggs. Good eggs were far more expensive in fall and winter than in summer; and in some areas they were a comparatively expensive food. There was controversy about not only whether or not laying performance could be improved, but whether the damage done to the attractiveness and purity of the different

breeds was unacceptable. Professor Gow of the Maine Agricultural Station did not believe that selective breeding of chickens could greatly improve fecundity, the number of eggs laid by a hen. Harry Lamon, the creator of the Lamona dual-purpose chicken at the Bureau of Animal Industry, thought breeding could improve fecundity, but he decried the failure to maintain breed purity and “good conformation” by James Dryden and others who were attempting to increase productivity. It is easier to select breeders for one or two phenotypical traits than it is to breed for many. If one focuses on egg-laying ability and efficient feed use, one can achieve an efficient egg layer far faster than if one also focuses on the depth and evenness of barring in the feathers, or the exact correct angle of a comb or tail. In any event, it was soon

proved beyond all doubt that many of the various conformation points that had been seen as “indicative of a good layer” were orthogonal to laying. Short-backed chickens with shallow abdomens often cranked out two to three eggs for each single egg laid by a hen with perfect conformation. Crossing chicken breeds was controversial for reasons incomprehensible to us today. Eugenics and racism reared their ugly heads, and even the legislature got into the act and expressed concerns over the “racial amalgamation” of domestic fowl. Legislation was proposed to prohibit cross breeding of chickens, leading to Dryden making the clear point in his book, “Poultry Breeding and Management,” that it had been quite some time since Asian fowls had been “amalgamated” with European fowls, and that this had been found to be far from a disadvantage. All chickens came from

Asia, where they were domesticated thousands of years ago. Gallus domesticus provides nutritious eggs and meat to the people of every continent. She doubles as pest control and a garden tiller. Some selective breeding has occurred since the first Asian man brought home a pair of jungle fowl roosters to show his friends the first cock fight. It seems Biddy was domesticated as a corollary of people raising roosters for fighting. Biddy soon demonstrated other virtues. As time went on, people began to eat surplus roosters and hens that had quit laying and brooding. As animals mean to people or less inclined to lay were eliminated early from the flock, a selection pressure to not attack human children and to lay longer into the year developed. Those early chickens laid a bit in spring, and possibly into summer. The pullet, or first year layer, of 1910 laid around 100 eggs per year, with a few outstand-

ing layers producing more. By then people had become aware that some breeds laid more eggs than others. Dryden decided to take pullets whose mothers had been high layers and whose fathers were the offspring of high layers and measure their production. He began to select only outstanding daughters and grand-daughters of high laying mothers whose fathers came from a line of high laying birds. He not only selected for fecundity in the immediate generation, but he attempted to choose breeding stock only from lines that had demonstrated ongoing high productivity. He encountered the occasional exceptional bird in a line of rotten breeders; he encountered regression to the mean – but more and more, it became clear that a high-laying bird was most likely to come from line of high laying birds. He published his results. Continued on Page 7

would you have done rather than watch CAMPUS COMMENT: #TwitterEdition What the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight? KRISHTINA LONTOC @krishzl

“Honestly I would’ve gone to Krispy Kreme to get doughnuts” MIKHAIL CROSBY @MikhailCrosby

“Rehearse at drumline. Which is what I did lol.” JAMIE JAVIER @akajaymizzle

“I would have rather cleaned my room or slept.” ANNADINE MIRRAMONTES @annadizzzle

“I would rather have watched the Bruce Jenner Interview”

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“I was at work. But if I wasn’t working I would have watched the A’s game”


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a disappointment Continued from Page 6 should have been another sign that we would be disappointed. Mayweather as a boxer is a genius. He’s a boxer not a fighter. We all expected to watch a fight Saturday but were let down because of Mayweather’s tactics. These tactics have been Mayweather’s calling card his whole career. He relies on his speed to bob and weave, making his opponents look silly. He mostly throws counter punches – not with the intent to knock out his opponents but to win points with the judges. He does the absolute least amount of work to get the job done. He’s in the ring for the money, not to put on a great show. Someone on Saturday’s broadcast said Mayweather fights like a businessman, and that’s what we all should’ve expected.

With so much money guaranteed for both fighters, and no bad blood between the two, created an uninspired product in the ring and looked more like an exhibition boxing match. Pacquiao looked happy just to be there. He thanked Mayweather during the weigh-in and that was confusing – another sign this was going to be a disappointment. I wanted some oldschool boxing angst between the fighters. Two people who hate each other in the ring, boxing with the motivation to prove who the better fighter is. We thought Saturday was going to prove who the better fighter was but found out that Pacquiao was the only one trying to fight and Mayweather was doing his usual thing. We wanted a fight but got a boxing match. But there were more than enough signs to warn us.

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He wrote a book, “Poultry Breeding and Management.” The book stayed in print for decades. The poultry industry was electrified. There were pictures of Lady MacDuff, whose record of 300-plus eggs in her first year of lay and her 679 eggs in 36 months had been scrupulously documented. There were pictures of Oregona, the result of his return to the research barn in search of a chicken with a long, productive, laying career who would save the farmer the cost of raising replacement pullets every year or two. Oregona definitely fulfilled his criteria, being the first hen documented to lay more than 1,000 eggs in her lifetime and who, over the course of six or seven years, accumulated a lifetime record of 1,188 eggs. He used trap nests to discover who was laying, and how often. He culled rigorously. And the sale of breeding stock from the OAC breeding program built many of the buildings on campus. Before Dryden, people had selected and bred chickens for centuries; but they did so often without understanding what they were doing, for

example in culling the hens that quit laying first, or eating the roosters that attacked children. They often bred for traits deliberately, such as feathered legs, or crests, or silkie “woolly” feathers. But until Dryden it seems that no one set out to focus almost entirely on a very few productive traits in a systematic manner. We do know that for a brief period the Romans were trying to produce better chickens as a food source for the army; they may even have brought the heavy laying Egyptian breed, the Feyoumi, to Rome, where she may have become the ancestor of the modern Leghorn. The Feyoumi was tricky to raise outside Egypt as she was disinclined to incubate her own eggs, and in Egypt there had been large, successful, underground artificial incubators operated by extremely skilled tradesmen in the realm of the Pharaohs to propagate “the bird that gives birth every day.” In the fall, when light fell below approximately 14 hours per day, these chickens, too, had a tendency to stop laying. With Dryden’s work, we have part of the puzzle. We have productive layers who can easily produce at least

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200 eggs per year and be feed-efficient doing so. We do not yet have modern feed, although the “New Hen” has a much higher need for highquality protein and other nutrients, nor do we have a way to end the perfidious cannibalism that killed up to 15 percent of Leghorn flocks, both before and after Dryden. And we still do not have an affordable, tender meat bird. Chicken is a luxury meat. Small fryers and broilers are made from surplus cockerels on the farm. Some dualpurpose male birds make a decent roaster before turning tough or “staggy” with age. The luxury market favors the capon, the chicken version of a steer who may take up to 18 months or more to reach market. Most chickens seen at home are old “spent” laying hens, known as stewing hens, or staggy, tough roosters who require hours of cooking at a very low temperature. The children’s song, “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” commemorates “a company best supper” in the 19th century – A tough old red rooster stewed with dumplings. Next: The Franken chicken of tomorrow – an insensitive efficiency.

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Brandon Sewell dives back to first base last month against Gavilan. Ohlone swept Solano in the first round of the playoffs last weekend.

Renegades sweep, advance to next round NEXT SERIES Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m., Sunday (if needed), noon, at Fresno City College, Fresno. Ohlone baseball’s play-

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off hopes continue as they swept their first-round series against Solano College 2-0 last weekend. The series sweep was impressive for the 10th-seeded Renegades as they upset Solano – the seventh seed. Both Ohlone and Solano had no trouble getting hits in their first game Friday – they combined for 25. The Renegades prevailed in the high-hitting affair 5-3. Ohlone starting pitcher

Jaramy Jacobs pitched 8.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out three, earning the victory. It was his longest outing since throwing a complete game against Cañada on March 26. Shortstop Pablo Artero and right fielder Jeff Ancog each led the team with three hits, second baseman Isaiah Bond and third baseman Isaiah Maddela also had a couple

each. Catcher Billy Damon had a team-high three RBIs, which came on a sixth-inning double. Ohlone made a comeback, walking off to a 3-2 victory Saturday to clinch the series. The rally started in the sixth inning with Ohlone down 2-0. Left fielder Josh Roman doubled in two runs, tying the game. He advanced to third base on an error, but was

stranded after first baseman Joey Torres struck out. With runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, DB Vidal hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Alec Iniquez who was pinch running for Damon. Ohlone’s next opponent is the second-seed, Fresno City College. Fresno City had an impressive 31-8 record during the regular season. They swept their firstround matchup against Skyline College handily, 16-6 and 11-8. The series starts Friday in Fresno.

SOFTBALL

Ohlone loses series 2-1, eliminated from playoffs ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor The Lady Renegades season ended this weekend at the hands of San Joaquin Delta College. The first-round exit was a disappointing end after Ohlone’s 26-15 regular season. Ohlone, the ninth seed, faced a similar opponent in San Joaquin Delta, who had a 26-16-1 record and was the eighth seed. The Lady Renegades offense couldn’t get going in Game One on Friday, losing 4-1. They took Game Two by the score of 2-1 Saturday after a brilliant pitching performance by Jasaiah Golston. Ohlone pitching struggled Sunday in the series finale, however, allowing eight runs while only scoring four. With only five sopohomores moving on, the young team can build on their season with their one year of experience under their belts.

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Caressa DeRossett prepares to tag out an opponent. The sophomore played her last game Sunday.

SPORTS TWEET OF THE WEEK “This fight has more hugs than an AA meeting.”

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Comedian Daniel van Kirk shares his feelings about the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.

• The Warriors’ Stephen Curry won the NBA MVP award, as I predicted a couple columns ago. In case you missed it, I said that the voting shouldn’t be close and Curry was the clear winner – which was reflected in the actual voting results. The Warriors are currently tied in their series against the Grizzlies 1-1. Despite struggling offensively last game, I’m still picking the Warriors to win in six games. • The NFL draft happened last week and I felt that both the Raiders and the 49ers improved their rosters with quality draft picks. The Raiders used their first-round pick, drafting wide receiver Amari Cooper out of Alabama – Roll Tide – who will help QB Derek Carr. The Niners selected defensive lineman Arik Armstead out of Oregon. He’s a raw prospect who I see as a viable replacement for Justin Smith, who might announce his retirement in a few days. Jameis Winston was drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL teams should draft how I draft my fantasy teams – never take risks in the first round. I know the NFL is a QBdriven league, but I would never take chances with my first-round pick. For example, Mario Williams was drafted first overall in 2006 before Reggie Bush, Vince Young and Matt Leinhart – players who all had the same hype as Winston. Williams has had a better and a significantly longer career than the aforementioned players. When I see Winston, I see JaMarcus Russell 2.0. I hope he’s not, but I sort of hope he is – to build my ego. • The athletics season is coming to a close for Ohlone. With softball losing, baseball is the last sport standing in the playoffs. It’s been a crazy year covering all the teams, but I have yet to cover a playoff game. So let’s hope baseball advances and continues their playoff run. Follow the Monitor Sports Guy on Twitter @ErmeloAlbert

Ohlone College Monitor, May 7, 2015  

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