THURSDAY OCTOBER 17, 2013 Vol. XLVI No. 5
Lady Renegades tie conference rival Las Positas College. See story on page 7.
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Corinthian Colleges sued over advertising ALI LODHI Staff writer
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KC Delacruz shows her vocal range at Ohlone Students Got Talent at the Fremont campus cafeteria on Friday. Darryl San Pedro provides the sound with his guitar as they perform the Swedish House Mafia song “Don’t you worry child.” See story on page 5.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is suing the for-profit company that operates Wyotech in Fremont and other area trade schools for misrepresenting job-placement rates, advertising for programs it doesn’t offer and using military seals in ads, according to a complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court. Corinthian Colleges Inc. and its subsidiaries offer job-training programs at 111 campuses in North America, including the Everest and Heald colleges in Hayward as well as Wyotech. The complaint alleges Corinthian intentionally targeted low-income, vulnerable Californians through deceptive and false advertisements and aggressive marketing campaigns that misrepresented job placement rates and school programs. It also alleges that Corinthian has run online and mobile ads saying it offers ultrasound, X-ray, radiology, and dialysis technician programs at its California campuses, even though it doesn’t. Also, Corinthian used official military seals in mailings and online without authorization and in violation of California law, according to the complaint. “The predatory scheme Continued on page 3
CHILD CARE INVESTIGATION
Kidango cited after incident at Ohlone Center LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The state Department of Social Services has cited the Kidango organization after a child was inappropriately touched by a staff member at its facility on the Ohlone College Fremont campus, according to the department’s complaint investigation report. “The investigation found that a staff member, during nap time, did touch a child inappropriately by rubbing the child’s vaginal area as he
was rubbing the child’s stomach to help her go to sleep,” according to the report. “The staff member admitted to the police that he did this and that he knew it was wrong.” A Kidango worker at the Ohlone facility declined to comment. Dan Trimble, director of development for Kidango, told the Monitor the incident happened July 31. “Once we were notified of the incident, Kidango and the Fremont Police Department immediately launched
investigations into the matter,” Trimble said. “All of the investigations determined that this was an accident, and while the employee was eventually terminated, no charges have been filed.” Quincy Session, whose son attends the Kidango facility on the Fremont campus, spoke to the Monitor about his feelings regarding the July incident. “I think that they sent out a letter or something kind of explaining what happened,” Continued on page 3
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The state cited the Kidango organization after a parent reported an incident with a staff member that took place July 31.
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NEWS BITES Transfer Day ‘huge success’ Ohlone’s Transfer Day, held Oct. 1, was a huge success, counselor Stephanie Ramos said. An estimated 600-plus students attended the fair, which featured more than 45 different universities. Student volunteers from the Asian Pacific American Student Association club, peer mentors, and 35 faculty and staff volunteers helped make the annual Transfer Day a success, Ramos said.
Police: Hands off the wildlife Attending Ohlone College has many advantages, such as being exposed to the wildlife of the Mission Hills. Still, campus police advises anyone coming into contact with an injured animal to contact police to take care of the animal, rather than touching it. On Oct. 10, two students handled an injured bat between Buildings 1 and 8. Because they handled the animal, the responding animal control officer had to euthanize the bat and examine it for rabies because it came in contact with humans.
Kuehner named faculty of the month Professor Alison Kuehner has been named the faculty member of the month for October. Kuehner, a member of the English and Gender and Women’s Studies departments, “loves, loves, loves teaching,” said Professor Christine Bolt, faculty professional development coordinator. “And if she isn’t teaching, she is thinking about teaching, or her students, or she is working on something related to teaching.” Kuehner is married with two children.
Library to display pet pics In November, the library will celebrate “Adopt a Senior Pet Month” displaying photos of Ohlone faculty, staff and their pets. Bring one or two photos of you and your pet to the library or email them to egrantz@ ohlone.edu by Oct. 25. –Compiled by Marissa Martin
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Professor Brenda Ahntholz talks to her intercultural communications class on the Fremont campus last week.
Class provides safe haven for differences YAHYA BURHANI Staff writer Our world is becoming more interconnected every day. Transportation is easier and there is instant communication, making it easier to share information. Still, people communicate differently, and that’s what Professor Brenda Ahntholz explores in her intercultural communication class (Speech 105). The class teaches people how they communicate and the cultural patterns – verbal and nonverbal – that shape the communication, comparing and contrasting cultural values. The goal is to educate students on a
better approach to understanding different backgrounds – and their own. “This class changes how you think, which then changes how you communicate,” Ahntholz said. Students are taught to expand their perspectives on culture and to communicate better. They first learn about the culture that surrounds them, American culture. They’re taught to analyze what American cultural values are and what values they carry. Ahntholz calls it “self reflexivity,” a concept that means to reflect and have an image of yourself. She explains that a lot of Americans see normal as being
American, because they “don’t have the contrast.” For example, immigrants to America can compare and contrast their values with American values, making them more aware of what their culture has taught them. Understanding American culture first is necessary so they can understand that what’s normal in one culture may be strange in another. Ahntholz said the word “normal” often is taken to mean “culture,” but that it’s not necessarily that it is normal to do something but that it’s cultural to do something. So when students learn about a country’s differ-
ent values they can relate it to their own, finding similarities with people of different lifestyles. “There are universal values that extend to other cultures, which are `happy families, we all want to get along, be successful,’ ” Ahntholz said. However, we also have “fundamental differences,” she said. For example, some cultures such as America encourage selfadvancement, while Asian cultures generally encourage advancing as a group. For students who want to understand people and the world better, Speech 105 is more cost-efficient than traveling abroad.
Former False alarm on Fremont campus nun’s speech delayed LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Psychology Club Speaker Series set to feature former nun Mary Johnson has been canceled. The event, which would have been at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Smith Center, will be rescheduled for next semester. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are forced to cancel Mary Johnson’s talk,” said Sheldon Helms, associate professor of psychology. Anybody who purchased tickets can get a full refund by visiting the Smith Center Box Office or calling 510-659-6031.
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An Ohlone maintenance van passes a fire truck after a false fire alarm went off in the child development building at the Fremont campus on Tuesday, requiring a visit from the Fremont Fire Department. Everybody was evacuated and there was no actual fire, according to campus police.
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Wyotech, Heald among schools in complaint Continued from page 1 devised by executives at Corinthian Colleges Inc. is unconscionable,” Harris said in a statement. “Designed to rake in profits and mislead investors, they targeted some of our state’s most particularly vulnerable people – including low income, single mothers and veterans returning from combat.” Kent Jenkins, a spokesman for Corinthian, said the company was “disappointed to learn” of the lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to the complaint, Corinthian “advertised job placement rates as high as 100 percent for specific programs when, in some cases, there is no evidence that a single student obtained a job during the specified time frame.” “I know for a fact that I never received any job placement from my school,” Wyotech graduate Adam Jones told the Monitor. “I knew somebody in the industry I wanted to be in and that’s how I got my job. After I was done I never reached out or got any assistance
finding a job.” About a third of the 81,000 Corinthian students live in California, according to Harris’ statement. The company, which has assets of more than $1 billion, charges an average tuition of $40,000 for an associate’s degree and $34,000 for an online associate’s degree, according to a recent Securities Exchange Commission filing. The average tuition for Corinthian’s nondegree health care programs is $17,000. “They did offer me some help when I finished up
there,” Heald graduate Alicia Chavez told the Monitor. “I ended up working a few temporary jobs in my field before I found something full time on my own.” The attorney general is seeking civil penalties and a court order to stop Corinthian. “My office will continue our investigation into the for-profit college industry and will hold accountable those responsible for these illegal, exploitative practices,” Harris said. Read the full complaint on the Monitor’s website at www.monitoronline.com.
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But nobody was elected to the seat. However, Francis Phirri was elected representativeat-large, easily defeating Jodan Ledras 195-61. The position of legislative representative was filled by Amit Sandhu, also in a landslide, 206-25. In the closest vote on the ballot, for the position of marketing and communica-
tions representative, Rajbir Rai narrowly edged out Rabiah Damji, garnering 120 votes to Damji’s 114. Only 278 students voted in this year’s fall elections – a miniscule number compared to the more than 10,000 students who attend Ohlone. The ASOC now can get down to business, and began Friday by holding its
first general meeting Oct. 18. “When we do these type of run-throughs, I really have to depend on the more experienced people to kind of jump in and lead the way,” ASOC President Mat Weber said at the meeting. ASOC executive meetings will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Fridays in Room 7101, followed by general meetings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ASOC wraps up special elections The Associated Students of Ohlone College filled several key positions in its fall elections, although there was one glaring vacancy. Given that the ASOC has a budget of $113,600, the treasurer position would seem to be one of the more vital slots to be filled.
State cites Kidango Continued from page 1 Session said. “I didn’t trip too much about it. My kid had missed a lot of time around then so I don’t even think he was there when it happened. I hope not.” Kidango has been around since 1979 and has slowly grown over the years. Today, the organization has centers in more than 11 cities throughout the greater Bay Area serving more than 2,500 children.
Kidango has operated the Child Development Center on the Ohlone campus since 2004. The building houses four children’s classrooms (infant, toddler, young preschool and preschool). There also is a college lab classroom. Kidango must post and provide copies of the department’s report to parents of current and prospective students for the next 12 months effective immediately.
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On the Road with MITCHELL WALTHER
Chased by the sun It’s 5 a.m. and I’m sitting in a car headed for Santa Cruz. There are four of us huddling for warmth in the car and the sun is chasing us to the horizon. We have eggs, bacon, coffee and a Dutch oven in the backseat, just begging to be used on the beach. Mornings like this just feel fully seized. An air of superiority wells up in me. Mostly everyone else I know is still asleep, and I don’t feel bad for being up earlier than them. Who cares that I’ll be nodding off in Algebra II in six hours? Who cares if my coffee has grounds in it? Who cares that the sun rises in the east and not on the West Coast? I love life. Mornings like this are rare, and I can’t explain just how much everyone needs them from time to time. The bits of sand that got into my eggs remind me bite by bite just what world I live in. Seagulls and gusts of wind remind me who’s in charge, and it’s not me. We get so little time away from the ebb and flow of life, that we forget where we came from. Slowing down is strangely the hardest thing to do, but it’s what we live each day striving for. Too much sowing and not enough reaping is overwhelming us. You have to pause and ask yourself if it’s even worth it. That grade, that promotion, is it worth me sleeping in my car, never seeing my friends, and overall throwing my life out the window so that I can have a “better” one? You can’t go crazy on the other side either, though. Work needs to be done, and days need to be enjoyed. It’s that balance we work so hard to find.
COURTESY OF AMY DO
Amy Do takes a break from working on “Star Wars: Episode III” at Skywalker Ranch in 2005 to pose with the legendary Chewbacca.
Former Ohlone student makes bunny doc LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Lights, camera, rabbits? Not the first thought that hops through the mind when the subject of film comes up. But Ohlone graduate and Fremont native Amy Do managed to buck the trend and create a documentary titled “Rabbit Fever,” chronicling the lives of youths competing for the prestigious title of rabbit king and queen. The Kennedy High School alum managed to turn her love for the species and a chance encounter into an award-nominated documentary about the culture that surrounds these rabbit shows. “I always loved rabbits and I missed them a lot,” Do said. “I couldn’t have one during film school because of my living situation but as soon as I could I started looking into getting one.” Do contacted a breeder whom she met at one of the shows, which she described as, “very similar to the classic dog shows, but with rabbits.”
At the event, Do discovered a subculture that immediately fascinated her and got her creative wheels rolling. She started the film as a school project, but once her instructor saw the work that Do had produced he encouraged her to finish the project and even helped her do so. “This started right around 2001, when the show `Survivor’ premiered and reality television was just beginning to take off,” Do said. “I have been to so many rabbit events that I knew exactly what I wanted to do, focusing more on the rabbit king and queen competition.” Do followed several youths involved in the world and developed an attachment as she watched them grow up. For Do, the success of her project must have seemed par for the course considering her prior professional experiences. After attending Ohlone from 1997 to 1999 Do transferred to the University of Southern California to attend their prestigious film
school. Just a year after graduating from USC, Do moved back to the Bay Area and began looking for jobs and internships. In 2003, Do was hired for an internship with Kodak to assist with their Cannes Film Festival festivities. “Cannes with Kodak was really big for me, it gave me a lot of experience and some insight to the entertainment world,” Do said. “The next year I was lucky enough to get an opportunity at Lucasfilm working behind the scenes.” For Do it was a little overwhelming being her first paying job and working for George Lucas while living on the legendary compound. “I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming in,” Do said. “It was almost like being on a permanent vacation being surrounded by the forest.” Do started as an intern at Lucasfilm but once her boss heard of her prior experience she began working a camera, which eventually led to editing. “The whole time I was
there we were working on Star Wars,” Do said. “I was working the behind-thescenes camera capturing the process of it all.” In May 2005, Do was invited to travel with the Lucas family to Europe for the red carpet premieres of StarWars Episode 3. Do documented the trip for Lucas, beginning in Cannes and traveling through Germany, Rome and Monaco before winding up in London. “It was so weird to experience it all as they did with such VIP access,” Do said. “It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.” After finishing “Rabbit Fever” in 2010 and receiving some critical success, Do is now working as a freelancer, applying what she has learned along the way. “I used to stay up all night after I got done working, editing and putting stuff together,” Do said. “You have to go above and beyond if you really want something. Don’t settle. Don’t be status quo. Put in the work.”
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Above: Ohlone College student Pamela Hughes, 21, performs solo, without her dance group Fresh Dynamix, in the cafeteria Friday. Right: Jerry Fan, 21, takes a break from his Ohlone studies to play the famous “Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Ohlone’s Got Talent Photos and story by Shannon Sorge
The Communication Department held a talent show in the cafeteria on the Fremont campus from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Guests of all schools and ages were welcome to show the public what they’ve got, and they did just that. There were varieties of talents, including poetry, guitar, singing, dancing, piano and drum performances; you name it and they had it.
“Ohlone Students Got Talent was a huge success,” speech club secretary Alex Elabed said. “The speech club met its goal of drawing a variety of artists to showcase their talents to involve the campus in our own creative community.” Not only was the entertainment “on point,” but there was free pizza and other delicious treats to snack on.
Ohlone College student Samantha Campbell belts out an original song titled “He who shall not be named,” which was written for a family member.
Left: Doe Peifer, 20, George Vargas, 17, and Amrit Mahi, 20, combine to form the Creed cover band Tapestrees, which incorporated some dancing in the set list Friday in the cafeteria on the Fremont campus. Above: Ohlone student Loi Tran performs his original poem, titled “L.O.V.E.”
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Distance can be deceptive MITCHELL WALTHER Staff writer
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Scoot over, motorcycles LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief So you’re cruising along in a packed parking lot on the Ohlone campus searching for an empty spot to park your vessel so you can make it to class on time. Familiar situation, I am sure many have been here before. After what seems like an eternity you finally see that beacon of light shining between two cars like the pearly gates of heaven. A sense of relief comes over you as you bow out to get a better angle to pull into your spot, and just as you cut your wheel and begin to pull in you see it. A motorcycle. It is parked all the way into the spot as deep as possible so to the naked eye the space looks empty. Then the frustration sets in, you have to back out, people are honking at you, you’re late – it slowly turns into a nightmarish situation. Now, while I am not a two-wheel aficionado, I am not a motorcycle hater. I always scoot over when I see a bike trying to squeeze through my lane in the traffic. However, for this reason, I believe that motorcycles and all two-wheeled
vehicles should have their own spots. I have seen these at other places and schools. A bunch of spots lined up together that are a fraction of the size of a normal spot and specifically made for these vehicles. In a normal parking spot on the Ohlone campus I would be willing to bet that two or three bikes would fit in a spot comfortably. I am sure motorcyclists also take issue with having to park so far away when their vehicles take up such a small amount of space. While people will say that bikes get away with too much as it is, I say if you have the skill to maneuver your way through Bay Area traffic on a two-wheeler then you deserve your own spot. Motorcycles and scooters already get parking discounts so why not go all the way and give them some location and specific spot perks as well. It would help not only the cyclists, but also the frustrated drivers who have tried to pull into a spot where a bike is taking up less than a third of it. I hope the administration factors this in when building the new parking structure, for the sake of future students of Ohlone College.
Distance shouldn’t be relative. If I live closer to school than you, I should be able to get there before you. It seems life doesn’t always like to play by the rules, though. I live on Thornton Boulevard (stalkers, please leave me alone). This means I live in Fremont. It takes me 30 minutes to get from my parking spot to the Ohlone campus. Thirty minutes. My friend lives in Milpitas, and she casually mentions from time to time the 15-minute drive she has from her house to school. One morning about a month ago I stayed with my cousin out in San Ramon. Math class called me to the campus the next morning, however, so I hopped into my car for the commute. Ten minutes. I can’t explain the dumbfounded expression that I had as I walked into class that day, 15 minutes early. Ohlone’s Fremont campus is one of the most difficult places in Fremont to get to, and that in and of itself is hilarious. That $25 in my gas tank can’t last long against the stoplights of Paseo Padre Parkway or Fremont Boulevard. A year ago, when I took the bus to school, I thought the 40-minute commute was crazy. “I can get to school so much faster than this
hunk of junk!” That’s what I always thought. Once I got my hands on a steering wheel, though, my greatest attempts could only shave nine or 10 minutes from the travel time.
I NEVER THOUGHT COMMUTING TIMES COULD TEACH ME THAT LIFE ISN’T FAIR. From 7 to 9 a.m., all drivers forget that their cars can go faster than 40 mph and decide to wait for the red lights to stop them. That’s why the key to success is to be isolated from everyone else. My friend lives in Newark and hops on Cedar Boulevard, and just takes it all the way to Auto Mall Parkway. Twenty minutes. He literally lives on the same street as me, farther away, but he can get to our campus faster than me. I never thought commuting times could teach me that life isn’t fair. All wheels are not created equal, it seems. All roads may lead to Rome, but sometimes the closer road is somehow the longest one.
Where do you live and how do you get to campus? COURTNEY HENDERSON UNDECLARED
“I live in Hayward. I get to school by ride and bus”
CHARUL RAMTEKKAR COMPUTER ENGINEERING
“I live in Fremont. It’s like a 20-minute walk, so I walk every day” DAVID SANDER HISTORY
“I live in Fremont. I get to school by taking the bus”
JESSICA CRUZ FILM
“I live in Fremont. I drive”
LANSTON JACQUET UNDECLARED
“I currently live in Pinole and I take BART and the bus to school”
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Lady Renegades tie on home turf LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The pristine record of the Ohlone College women’s soccer team took a hit Friday when it tied Las Positas 1-1 at Central Park in Fremont. The Lady Renegades are now 5-1-3 overall and 4-1-1 in the tough southern division of the Coast Conference. “We have to be smarter out there,” coach Larry Heslin said to his team during halftime. “We have to keep getting better and make smart decisions.” Ohlone forward Anali Vargas netted her fifth goal of the season for the Lady
Renegades on an assist from Maddie Cook. “When we play together and do the right things we are pretty tough,” forward Morgan Collyer said. The Ohlone defense was stifling, allowing just three shots on goalie Kami Herley. Collyer has amassed six goals and two assists so far this season and is the leading scorer for the Lady Renegades. “There is a lot of competition on this team and every minute of playing time is earned,” forward Cristina Mendoza said. The next home game for Ohlone will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at Central Park in Fremont against conference foe Cabrillo College.
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Above left: Cristina Mendoza jumps to get her head on the ball against Las Positas College on Friday at Central Park in Fremont. Above: Adriana Segovia battles Haylee Sifuentes for a header.
Water polo suffers sinking loss Continued from page 8 “Coach kept reminding us about how we played last game and how we pushed the ball really aggressively,” Angela Longarini said. “We have to play that way to be successful.”
Alex Hagmann also noted her team’s early struggles in the contest. “Once we picked up our defense and started to press, good things began happening,” Hagmann said. “We can’t get down like
that – we’ve got to shake off the cloudiness and keep our heads in the game.” Next up for Ohlone will be the crossover tournament in Stockton, which is scheduled for all day Friday and Saturday.
ERIKA HEREDIA / MONITOR Cali Bachelder fights through the Merced defenders to get a shot off in an Ohlone loss in Fremont on Wednesday.
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Ohlone sends Chabot home with loss
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Changing the game
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Sophomore Emily Marden saves a ball while Taylor Presley and Brittany Creel look on at Epler Gymnasium in Fremont on Friday.
LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Lady Renegades volleyball team was able to capture a conference victory Friday at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus defeating Chabot College 3-0. Ohlone is now 8-5 overall and 2-1 in Coast Conference South play. “The difference in intensity was clearly evident, but I thought we did a good job of staying consistent and not playing to the pace of Chabot,” coach Jeremy Penaflor said. The Gladiators were able to keep the opening set close before Ohlone was able to pull away and close it out by a final of 25-21.
The Lady Renegades were able to control the final two sets, imposing their will on Chabot and dominating, doubling the score with a final point count of 50-25. Sophomores Emily Marden, Brittany Creel, Taylor Presley and Jackie Class have been solid all year, resulting in a formidable record at just around the halfway point of the season. “Emily has been a huge presence for us so far this season, she rarely if ever comes out,” Penaflor said. Marden has been the rock in the middle for the Lady Renegades this season, setting anything that comes her way for her hitters. “Last season and the girls really prepared me for my role on this year’s team,”
Marden said. “It is a lot of fun.” Marden is a vocal leader on the court as well who is not afraid to show emotion and try to motivate her teammates. Several other players let their emotions shine through after a few lengthy volleys between the two teams. Creel exclaimed, “Yeah! Come on! Let’s go!”, after one similar exchange in the second set. Ohlone also defeated Cañada College last week for their first conference victory of the season. The Lady Renegades were able to win the match three sets to none although Cañada put up a tough fight los-
ing 25-21, 25-17 and 25-20. Ohlone fell to Gavilan College in its second conference game of the year at home 3-1. The Lady Renegades came out on fire and managed to take the first set by a final of 25-20. Gavilan came out with a renewed purpose in the final three sets and despite a great effort put forth by Ohlone managed to put the Lady Renegades away with final scores of 2522, 25-17 and 25-22. Ohlone has back-toback home games at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 25 on the Fremont campus against Foothill and West Valley Colleges, respectively.
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Lady Renegades fall to Merced at home LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College women’s water polo team fell to Merced College in the Lady Renegades’ third conference match of the season. Merced was able to defeat Ohlone handily by a final of 17-9. “Teams are pretty much going to play the same no matter where the game is being played,” Head Coach Edgar Kendall said. The Lady Renegades put themselves in a huge hole, trailing Merced 7-1
after the first quarter. “We really struggled in the first quarter and gave up way too many goals,” Kendall said. “We had a poor warmup and it really showed in the beginning before we got things together.” Things definitely got better for Ohlone. The Lady Renegades did manage to make it a game by holding Merced to just 10 points over the final three quarters while Ohlone only manage to score eight of their own. Continued on page 7
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Lady Renegade Brittney Kinney passes to an open teammate.
It is that time of year when the most popular sport in the world gets completely ignored. For the majority of American professional sports fans this is the season to cherish. The National Football League season is in full swing, nearly at the halfway mark. The Major League Baseball season is flourishing on its biggest stage, the postseason. Even the National Basketball Association has begun its schedule with the regular season just around the corner. But what about the pound-for-pound No. 1 sport in the world? Soccer. Or Futbol as it is more commonly referred to around the globe. It seems that everywhere except the United States the pitch is the field of choice for sporting fans regardless of season. When a baseball game is low scoring it’s called a pitcher’s duel. When a football game is low scoring it’s a defensive struggle. But when a soccer game is low scoring it’s boring. Soccer has a stigma in the United States and I think I have a firm grasp on why. You can’t use your hands. Americans love to touch, feel, experience and know things, but in soccer that is the No. 1 rule: no hands. The second thing is the goals are too small. While I know soccer fans will hate me for this there just isn’t enough scoring. Nothing is worse than watching a 90-plus-minute match that ends 0-0. If the nets were bigger it would directly lead to more scoring and in turn more American fans. While some will say this will wreck the integrity of the game and records I think it will get the most powerful nation in the world on board with the sport that is already No. 1 in the hearts of fans everywhere except here. For whatever reason soccer hasn’t caught on here like the other major three professional sports, but with some innovations there is no reason it couldn’t.