MARCH 5, 2015 Vol. XLIX No. 3
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Ohlone students and staff gather Friday for a discussion about race and social injustice on the Fremont campus. Below: The event included an exercise with rainbow-colored yarn.
Campus community hashes out injustice
MARIA GARCIA-HERNANDEZ Staff Writer The “Community Dialogue on Race and Social Injustice” on Friday b ro u g h t t o g e t h e r s t u dents and staff to interact about some of the issues that have been affecting our society. Speech and communications Professor Larissa Favela and other facilitators tried to encourage openness and different perspectives on issues such as the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine
in Paris and controversial grand jury verdicts in the death of two black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. The event included Pow e r p o i n t p re s e n t a tions about racism, prejudice and social injustice. Large writing pads with hashtag phrases such a s # Mu s l i m L i v e s M a t ter, #BlackLivesMatter, #ThinBlueLine were hung around the room. Everyone who attended the event was given a felttipped pen and asked to write how the phrase
made them feel. The facilitators then gathered everyone in circles to discuss what they felt about the phrases and comments they saw. They were told to promote honest, passionate and respectful responses, rather than debilitative emotional ones. One student said she once had been the victim of a racial slur. “Although it was a joke, it bothered me, making me become physical, Continued on Page 2
Onlone Pony carts students up hill MARTHA NUNEZ Staff Writer If we had to describe Ohlone in a word, “stairs” would be the one. The walk to any building on the upper campus leaves students out of breath and almost crawling, but college officials have come up with a solution to help students survive the dreadful stairs
and construction detours: the return of the Ohlone Pony. The new Pony shuttle picks up and drops off riders from a number of stops around campus to make it easier to get to class and avoid the oftenchanging detours due to construction. Student Mary Kate Dizon said she found the Pony useful.
“After walking up the hill so many times and you’re down here again, you need something to take you up again: the Pony is here,” she said. Starting at parking lot G, the pony makes its way through lots H and E, and then up the hill, stopping on the north side of the portables. It then Continued on Page 4
Festival to premiere plays MONITOR STAFF Beginning next week, the Ohlone College Playw r i g h t s Fe s t i v a l w i l l s h owc a s e w o r l d p re m i e re s o f 1 0 - m i n u t e plays written by profess i o n a l a n d e m e rg i n g playwrights around the country. Ohlone’s Student Repertory Theatre Co., made up of student directors, producers, actors and designers, is producing the festival. The selection of comedic and dramatic plays explores topics oriented toward young adults, including love, hate, dating, murder, relationships, family, racism and fame. “For years, one of the biggest concerns in professional theater is that, as our audience ages, we are not attracting younger people to theater,” said Michael Navarra, the producer of the festival and Ohlone College faculty member. “We started this festival, soliciting original work from playwrights all over the country, to pro-
mote and cultivate new plays that will engage and speak directly to a younger audience.” The playwrights’ published work has been seen Off Broadway and at other venues including the Metropolitan Playhouse, Soho Playhouse, Milwaukee Reper tor y Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Jose Re p, P l a y g r o u n d , L a MaMa ETC, Playwrights Fo u n d a t i o n a n d t h e American Globe Theatre. The festival’s first bill will be on March 12 and 13, and the second on May 7 and 8. The plays for the first bill are: “Brendan’s Damn Good Day” by Jeffrey Lo; “Brothers of Emery” by Jake Arky; “Poetic License” by Karen Macklin; “Peabrain” by Jacob Marx Rice; “Stupid Dividers” by Jacob Marx Rice; “A Joke” by Cleavon Smith; “Changing Colors” by Me rc e d e s S e g e s v a r y ; “Tumble Dry Low” by Syche Phillips; “Hooking Up” by John FranceContinued on Page 3
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NEWS BITES Professor honored Anthropology Professor Jo Rodgers has been selected as the March Faculty Person of the Month. Rodgers began teaching anthropology at Ohlone in 1984. She pursued an MBA in international business while working full time and teaching at night. After completing her business degree, she taught anthropology and business for several years, and also earned a doctorate in educational leadership. Rodgers was a member of the Ohlone Pioneers, a group of early online instructors, and has been a member of the Distance Education Committee since its inception. She is the faculty adviser of the Ohlone Multicultural Anthropology Club.
Event fosters passion against social injustice Continued from Page 1 although that wasn’t any good either, but it’s how I felt at the time,” she said. Speech and communication Professor Nick Chivers then presented a game where people shared parts of their lives and identities with one another to reunite and connect people – through the use of a rainbow-colored ball of yarn. Everybody stood in a large circle and Chivers asked a series of questions: Who has experienced discrimination on the basis of race, gender or other factors? Who likes tacos? Those who raised their hands grabbed the
yarn, which criss-crossed the circle and tangled, a symbol of how everyone’s identities are unique and complex, but inevitably linked. The activity also represented the idea that everyone was responsible for treating one another with respect, because if someone let go of the strings everyone was affected. “I know this is a little kumbaya,” Chivers said. “I know we’re just passing around a ball of rainbow yarn, but if you buy in for a second and let your imagination truly visualize the message we are trying to create here, it can be incredibly powerful.”
DeVry to hold career fair Dozens of employers will be recruiting March 12 during a career fair at DeVry University’s Fremont Campus. The career fair is open to the public from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at DeVry’s Student Commons, 6600 Dumbarton Circle. Employers will include both private companies and government agencies, including All Star Swimming School, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fremont Marriott hotel, Hewlett Packard, Siemens and Verizon Wireless. To register or for more information, contact Career Services at 510-5741230 or cservices@devry. edu.
Seminar to discuss breast cancer Biology Professor Shyam Sundar will present a seminar Friday titled “Battling Breast Cancer with Broccoli: Estrogen Signaling modulation by Indole-3-Carbinol.” The seminar, sponsored by ASOC and the Division of Math/Science/Engineering, will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 3101 on the Fremont campus. A sign-in sheet will be available for students receiving extra credit. – Compiled by Monitor staff
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A participant in Friday’s event responds to a question by speech and communication Professor Nick Chivers.
Students take part in Soccer Bash MONITOR STAFF Ohlone students will be among the participants in the fifth annual “21” Soccer Bash on Saturday at James Logan High School in Union City. The event, which helps raise money to pay for night games, uniforms and buses to away games, is held every year in honor of the late Logan soccer player Julian Gutierrez, whose uniform number was 21. It consists of two exhibition games – the Logan Frosh team against the Logan Junior Varsity team, and the Logan Varsity team against Julian’s family and friends, some of whom are Ohlone students. There also will be food and a raffle for several gift baskets and a new Go Pro camera. The Soccer Bash will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Logan’s soccer field, 1800 H St.
ASOC Student government elections MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-Chief 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. For more information, contact Student Activities Coordinator Renee Gonzales at rgonzales@ ohlone.edu or call her at
510-659-7311. The election will take place April 14 and 15. In the same election, students will chose their repres entative to the Board of Trustees. Applications are available in Room 7210. For more information, call Shelby Foster at 510-659-7369. 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.
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MONITOR STAFF The Ohlone Psychology Club will present a private screening April 3 of the awardwinning documentary film “An Honest Liar – the Amazing Randi Story.” The 90-minute film, about magician James Randi, includes interviews with celebrities such as Bill Nye “The ScienceGuy,”AliceCooper,Adam Savage of “Mythbusters,” and Penn and Teller, who discuss how Randi has influenced their lives and careers. Filmmaker Tyler Measom will introduce the film and answer questions after the screening, which is part of the Psychology Club’s Speaker Series. To view a six-minute trailer, go to https:// w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=MVMl36t2cLc. To buy tickets, go to www. ohlone.edu/instr/psychology/speakerseries.
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schini; and “Campfire” by Richard Lau. The plays for the second bill are: “Night Terror” by Rachel Bublitz; “Tyger, Tyger” by Robin Lynn Rodriguez; “The Random Function of a Smile” by Cleavon Smith; “Umoja” by Cleavon Smith; “The Phantom of Youth” by Joni Ravenna; “A Twin Tale” by Tanya Grove; “Send Message” by Syche Phillips; “Why Therapy is Necessary” by George Freek; “Better Safe Than Sorry” by George Freek; and “Plan B” by Paul McCormick. All performances are at 8 p.m. at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Tickets are $10 and may be
purchased by calling the box office at 510-659-6031, at SmithCenter.com, or at the door. For more information, contact Navarra at 415-2252985 or mnavarra@ohlone. edu.
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ON THE ROAD with Mitchell Walther
Beer. I like beer. If you’re like me, you probably like beer too. If you’re also like me, you probably go to Ohlone and can’t drink beer on campus. This is stupid. I’m an adult college student. On a sunny spring semester day, I would love to crack open a book, crack open a beer, and enjoy my afternoon. But Ohlone tells me I can’t. A l l r i g h t , i t’s n o t Ohlone’s fault. The state of California apparently has a law that prohbits the drinking of alcohol on community college campuses. This is still stupid. The California State University, Humboldt, has a bar on campus, for heaven’s sake. So does the University of California, Los Angeles! Same government, but community colleges have been singled out for some reason. This is not about alcohol, though it stems from my desire to have a beer right now. This is about equality and the ridiculousness of asinine rules. Sports games would garner higher attendance if fans could buy drinks during the game. The cafeteria would become a more popular nightspot for students if there were a bar managed by students. No one is going to stumble into class dropdown dr unk. And if someone is that wasted, then discipline them like an adult and hold them responsible for their actions. I’ve seen students take shots to make it through boring English classes. No amount of rules is going to stop people from abusing alcohol, and it only keeps responsible students from enjoying a drink responsibly. Our Ohlone Pony driver isn’t going to get pulled over a DUI, and I have a feeling some of our teachers could really use a drink. It’s just so hilarious to me that the community college system, an educational institution that caters to older returning students, doesn’t allow possession of a completely legal commodity. God, I need a beer. Send me a little TLC on Twitter:
Yeehaw! All aboard Ohlone’s little pony Continued from Page 1 continues to go up to the designated pick-up and drop-off zone before the Smith Center and makes its last stop at lot U, right above the Smith Center. Even though every lot has a designated pickup zone, riders can wave down the Pony and the driver will stop to pick them up. Although the shuttle can fit 15 passengers total, as the day goes on the Pony may not have enough energy to pick up and drop off a full load to the highest destination. The Pony runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and then c h a r g e s ov e r n i g h t f o r eight hours to make sure that it can get passengers to their destinations. As the semester unfolds, the pony is becoming more and more popular and students are taking full advantage of it. “When I started out it
was only about 21 riders, but I’ve had 72 riders today,” said driver Rick Mendonca with 30 minutes left until the end of his shift. If you’re trying to avoid the busy time or if you
want to make sure to get on the Pony before it fills up, Mendonca has some useful tips. “Lot E is a busy lot, and I’ve noticed that anywhere between probably 8:30 to a little after 10,
that’s the busiest and the rest of the day it’s even,” he said. Between these times, “who knows, I may pick up 30.” For many years, students have complained about the draining hikes up the stairs. Now, with the Pony, their prayers have been answered. “Sometimes students get on and just ride up and down a couple of times just for fun,” Mendonca said.
After walking up the hill so many times and you’re down here again, you need something to take you up again: the Pony is here. LAURA GONSALVES / MONITOR
Top: Rick Mendonca drives the Ohlone Pony. Below and bottom: The Pony picks up passengers.
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‘Slow West’ offers refreshing, stylish Western MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-chief The Western seems like a dead genre at times. The age of Clint Eastwood grit and John Wayne heroics has come and gone. In the halls of the Cinequest film festival in San Jose, though, “SlowWest” shows the west is still wild. Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Rory McCann, and directed by John Maclean, “Slow West” is the adventure tale of a Scottish boy seeking his love, Rose. The movie is like a Scottish ballad of lost love, with the western plains serving as the backdrop of this Odysseus-like classic. Chance encounters go awry for most, leaving our heroes stranded, neardrowned and with more blood on their hands than anyone should have to have. Fassbender plays a perfect gruff cowboy. After gunning down men in Army fatigues, Silas (Fassbender), in his Southern drawl, is quick to remind the wide-eyed Scottish hero Jay (Smit-McPhee) that “wearing a dress don’t make her a lady.” With just the right amount ofWestern archetypal fun, and just enough tongue-in-cheek
humor, “Slow West” ends as a fun adventure for most. When there is violence, though, some may be startled by the jarring viciousness of the film. Gunshots are not turned away from, and blood and gore selectively cover the screen.
Our characters aren’t impervious, and the film is better for it. Arrows through hands, bullets in legs, and heartbreaking revelations plague our title cast. “SlowWest” is slightly above the regular crop of Cinequest films. Because of its slightly
star-studded cast and a more than notable budget, you’ll probably find this movie on DVD or in theaters before too long. Keep an eye out for it, because this film is more than worth a trip west, and the wild is calling.
The potential of finding a masterpiece is what has drawn people to Cinequest for the past 25 years. The 2014 Georgian film “Corn Island” is one of those masterpieces. D i re c t e d by G i o r g i Ovashvili and starring Ilyas Salman, this beautifully shot drama gives us a poignant look into a slice
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Silas (Michael Fassbender) shows Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) the finer art of shaving with a knife in the Wild West.
‘Corn Island’ heralded as masterpiece MITCHELL WALTHER Editor in Chief
Cinequest, one of the largest film festivals on the West Coast, will run through Sunday in San Jose.
of life few are privileged to see. On the Inguri river, the spring drought leaves islands of fertile soil littered in its waters. The river sits on the border of Georgia and Abkhazia, so citizens row out to claim their lands for the harvest season. The movie follows a weathered grandfather and his naive granddaughter as they build their home, plant
the fields, and reap what they sow. While this movie brings lots of atmosphere, beautiful scenery, and some of the most powerful expressions I’ve seen in film, it doesn’t offer much dialogue. There is a total of maybe four conservations each lasting a total of five minutes each. The best part is that “Corn Island” didn’t need any of those conversations. The looks the characters give one
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Grandfather (Ilyas Salman) and Grandaughter (Mariam Buturishvili) tend to their island of corn.
another and the way they interact tell the story we want to hear. The island is meant to be their place of peace, but the world invades their paradise. The gunfire at night and motorboats of soldiers in the day act as constant reminders of the present danger. The movie is about the relationships we see on screen, though – the tale of one growing old and one growing up. As the corn stalks rise, the themes of age are made clear, and we are given the gift of one of the most somber coming-of-age tales put to screen. “Corn Island” may be playing at the Cinequest independent film festival, but it has already gotten much of the credit it deserves. It has won 18 awards since its 2014 release, including Best Cinematography and Grand Prize at the Baltic Film Festival. Masterpiece is not a word to throw around. But from the moment the grandfather’s boat touches land to the last somber pitter-patter of rain, “Corn Island” is exactly that: a masterpiece.
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Ohlone students: Don’t bear down for midterms DANIEL ODEN Staff writer If you interviewed a crosssection of American adults who were blessed with the privilege to attend college, I’d have to draw the assumption that the majority of them would say it was the best chapter in their lives. The parties, alcohol and good times, the hook ups, the break ups, trips to the clinic the morning after a questionable evening, the brief A’s with professors you love, and the prolonged visits semester after semester with the ones you hate. Up and downs summed up, it was still the best time of your ever-so-fragile and meaningless life. As an observer from the future taking an overview of the past, we tend to forget the real reason we attended college in the first place. Can you remember? Oh yeah, It was to get a good job and make good money. Maybe meet the love of your life … three or four times, and for those of you who didn’t make that trip to the clinic for the coveted Plan B pill, maybe you started the family of your dreams along the way too. That being said, you’ve still forgotten the whole point of school. The point is to get a degree, no matter the path you choose to take in order to get it. And how do you get a degree again? By passing a series of tests, duh. Your professors lecture you with a multitude of things you need to study, your labs are in essence study in practice, your homework is study from home, your class projects are typically group study, and even when you date someone new for a prolonged period of time they call it, “going steady.” Study, study, steady, study. And the climax of all of this studying is two words college students despise: midterms and finals. AHHH! Real Monsters! How many times have midterms crept up on you un-
expectedly? One moment you’re taking a shot with friends, discussing what you’re going to do with your three-day weekend, and the next you’re stocking up on coffee, calling your “connect” for some “learning materials” and indulging in a 72-hour binge of book stock and caffeinated substances. Sleep? What’s that stuff, some kind of new controlled substance that I’m too busy studying to abuse? Who needs it? Gandhi went 21 days without food on multiple occasions, and he was a spiritual guru! So, no sleep or food is the recipe to success? Wrong. No food and no sleep + stress = death. Studies show that people who have stressful lives with lack of sleep live shorter than people who are more carefree and happy-go-lucky. And if you don’t eat, you will die. It’s a fact. Trust me, I looked it up. Now, your three-day weekend is coming to a close and the day of the test has finally arrived.Two and a half hours in the same room and the same seat with one 15-minute break. You’re on a roll. All the answers are fresh in your mind because the ink is still wet in your memory. You relax a little because you know you’re going to ace it and you begin to let your brain wander. Did you pay the electricity bill? That guy next to you is cute; I wonder if he has a girlfriend. Where do you and your bestie want to go for drinks after the course … All of a sudden the teacher yells, “Pencils down!” and you wake up frantically from a blissful dream to realize that you slept through the rest of the test! You beg and plead with your professor to let you retake it, but he or she says no, you should’ve gotten more sleep. Your head held low, you exit the
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Psychology major Angela Jane Dumdumaya, left, biology major Ryan Strickland, center, and kinesiology major Claudia Lui study for midterms in the Student Lounge on the Fremont campus.
classroom cursing the day that Mr. Blank ever failed you and begin to hatch a plan to eviscerate him from the higher education community. So, what’s the moral of the story? I’m sure to those of you who are currently in this situation, the moral is,“Down with all tests and teachings!” In your frustration, you make loose plans to drop out and join some militant group out of country that has the use for a physics major that almost but didn’t quite get his degree. At least that way you’d get to see the world. As pleasant as that may sound right now, that was far from the point. The moral is, relax, take a deep breath, take care of yourself, and take life one step at a time. A lot of youngsters use a phrase: YOLO (you only live once). Now, being someone who is still relatively young, I can agree with that notion to a certain degree. I also have a counter notion.YOYO (you’re only young once).
Youth is a time of life that we typically take for granted until it’s too late. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be “grown.” Then on the day of my 18th birthday I got arrested for some minor infraction of the Penal Code and suddenly didn’t wish to be an adult anymore. As sad as it seems, that is far from the only reason that I like to say you’re only young once. In my youth, I lived by the saying “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,” so I tried everything: Sex, drugs and alcohol, school as well as being a rock ’n’ roll star. I went to college for the first time at the tender age of 16. I dropped out shortly thereafter to be a rap star and toured California. I performed shows in front of new groups of beautiful women every night, and stuck almost any substance into almost every orifice on my body. It took me years to finally see the back-dated effects of all the abuse I’ve done to my body. My hair is now falling
out, my bones are old, I have permanent bags under my eyes, and, for lack of a better term, my musket doesn’t load as quickly as it used to. And all for what? A few fleeting moments of bliss and the accomplishments of your hard work accompanied by more moments of stress and lack of relaxation than you know what to do with. No bueno. I digress, but the moral of the story still stands and applies to the college life more now then ever. When it’s all said and done you won’t remember if the answer is ABC or all of the above, and you won’t remember the name of the professor who failed you two semesters in a row. You remember the good times and the friends, the parties that led to the nights that you can’t remember and the mornings after waking up to someone you regret. Life is a test and there are no wrong answers. Each path Continued on Page 7
What do you think of President Barack Obama’s free two-year college plan? DAMILOLA SHONAIKE Sociology
“Great! I think it would encourage people more to go to community college” ENRIQUE GOVEA Environmental Engineering
“I feel like to put more money into this it has to be taken out of something (else)” LILY PLATERO Art
“I don’t really have a lot of background information on it” SEAN DAVIE Chemistry
MARCUS PALMER Biology
“It’s a step in the right direction”
“I like the idea that we’re trying to put more money into the education system ... but I also know that money is not going to come from our current budget”
OPINION/SPORTS Don’t bear down Continued from Page 6 brings new experiences and opportunities for you to tackle. Succeed or fail, there is no try. Once you make it to your destination, you will realize that it was those tests that life throws in your path that allow you to live the life you live today. Without those dreaded tests you’d still be working at some unnamed fast-food chain, and driving some bucket that’s way past its date of expiration.
Life is what you make it. If you decide to see stress in every situation, stress will always be in your path. Take these times to see these stressors as obstacles in the way of greater success. Overcome them and see endless possibilities for new amazing opportunities and challenges. So the next time you’re worried about failing another test, take a deep breath and remember that there is always next semester. In the words of Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t worry, be happy.”
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Renegades lose in extra innings Despite an 11-4 record, Ohlone falls into last place after another division loss
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ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor The Renegades couldn’t recover after blowing a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning Tuesday, losing in 12 innings to Mission College. After allowing a single and a walk, pitcher Josh Calmerin was replaced by Josh Nobriga with no outs in the ninth. With runners on first and third, Nobriga threw a wild pitch and the baserunner scored easily, tying the game 4-4. Both teams were held hitless in extra innings until Mission College started a rally in the 12th inning. After a double and a sacrifice fly, Mission College took the lead 6-4. The Renegades made things interesting in the bottom of the 12th after backto-back singles from the top of their batting order: center fielder Brock Pradere and shortstop Pablo Artero. Pinch-hitter Max Diaz and third baseman Brandon Sewell both struck out, leaving it all to first baseman Joey Torres to keep the rally alive. He grounded out to second and Mission College completed the comeback. Pitcher Elias Bedolla had a rough game, but had a no-decision in his fourth start of the season. He allowed three runs, eight hits and three walks.
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Above: Elias Bedolla trys to pick off a Mission College baserunner throwing to Joey Torres . Below: Pablo Artero (2) and Josh Roman score after a single from Brandon Sewell in the fifth inning.
Despite the rough outing, Bedolla still has stellar numbers this season. He’s 3-0 on 27.2 innings pitched with a 2.60 ERA and 22 strikeouts. Getting on base wasn’t a problem for the Renegades in the tough loss. The team had 10 hits and was disciplined at the plate with six walks. Ohlone just couldn’t drive in the runners on base, stranding 10 in total. The extra runs would’ve padded the lead and put less pressure on pitchers to hold the one-run lead. Pradere had a solid game, getting on base all four plate appearances with a steal – he leads the Renegades with 12 steals. Sewell led the team with two RBIs. With another division loss, Ohlone falls to last place in
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the Coast Pacific division. With the standings heavily weighted toward division games, Ohlone’s 11-4 record doesn’t mean much. Their 0-3 division record is something
to improve going forward. The Renegades will try to get back to their winning ways against Hartnell College at 2 p.m. today at Renegade Field.
Ohlone hires new Team faces De Anza water polo coach
Lady Renegades will play a reeling squad on an eight-game losing streak ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor
The Lady Renegades will host division foes De Anza College at 3 p.m. today at the Softball Field. They are coming off a 6-3 victory against Porterville College and are looking to string together back-to-back wins – something they haven’t done since the first two games of the season. Freshman infielder Haley Keahi has been shouldering the offense all season, leading the team in RBIs with 20 to go along with her .304 batting average and three home runs. Keahi is currently on a three-game hit streak. Catcher Heather Rygg has been setting the table for Keahi and the offense. She leads the team with her 13 stolen
bases, 55 at-bats, 17 hits and 18 runs. Starting pitcher Jasaiah Gholston is projected to start against De Anza. She has made a team-leading 10 starts and has a 4-4 record. In her 76 innings pitched, Gholston has a 4.05 ERA with 41 strikeouts. She’ll look to get back on track today after allowing six runs and walking four batters in her last start. One month into the season, Coach Donna Runyon’s softball squad is 8-9 with a 2-1 conference record. De Anza has a dismal 2-17 record and is currently on an eight-game losing streak. Offensively, De Anza isn’t much of a threat – they’re batting .166 as a team. During their losing streak, they have only scored 11 runs, and they have surrendered 100 runs in that span. This easy matchup can elevate Ohlone into a tie for second in the Coast North division.
ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor Ohlone has hired Alyssa Hess as the new women’s water polo head coach. She played four years of Division II water polo at Azusa Pacific University, recently graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She led the team in scoring in 2011. Prior to her time at APU, she was a four-time AllMVAL player for Newark Memorial High School. According to a statement by Ohlone, Hess has a history with the school from her youth: In 2001, she was a part of the Ohlone Renegades Water Polo Club coached by Joseph Martinez and Gene Kendall IV. She is currently at Cal State East Bay, working on her master’s degree in kinesiolo-
gy as well as wrapping up her collegiate water polo career. Hess takes over the Water Polo program that was canceled during the 2014 season. In 2013, the Lady Renegades went 0-10 under former coach Edgar Kendall. “The Ohlone Renegades Water Polo Club is where I found my passion for the sport,” Hess said in a statement. “I am extremely excited to be part of a program where I learned and grew as a player and student of the game. This is a place I call home.”
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From altercations in the NBA to scuffles in college basketball, a 14-second Ronda Rousey beat down and a peewee hockey linebrawl in Russia, fighting has been all over sports news for the past week. With all the fighting lately, it gives me a chance – more of an excuse – to explain one of the most misunderstood and controversial topics in sports: hockey fights. Fighting is a five-minute major penalty and players can fight a maximum of three times a game – which is extremely rare. If they do, the fighters receive a match penalty and are ejected from the game – along with a possible suspension for future games. Fights are mutual agreements between two players and referees intervene when they tire out or fall to the ice, or when a player is unable to defend himself. Sometimes a player will “instigate” a fight with an opponent, who is then forced to fight. This usually happens after a huge hit or a dirty play. The player instigating the fight receives an extra two-minute minor penalty on top of their fiveminute major. Fighting in hockey is an integral part of the game – not just two guys beating their faces for the hell of it. There are actual reasons why players fight. They mostly fight to defend their teammates or get their team going. Let’s say that a player’s team is losing or is playing sluggish; a player will try to find a willing partner to fight to motivate his teammates. It’s a unique way that hockey players govern and police one another – which is especially important in a physical sport. It keeps players accountable and lets them know that there can be repercussions for their actions. Each team usually has one enforcer – a player who is always willing to fight to defend his teammates and intimidate opponents. There’s a little more to it, but those are the basics and all I can fit in this column. If you want to learn more, I reccomend reading Brandon Prust’s piece on theplayerstribune.com about his experience as an enforcer. Fight the Monitor Sports Guy on Twitter @ErmeloAlbert