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THURSDAY APRIL 24, 2014 Vol. XLVII No. 7

44th annual Earth Day gives cause to celebrate. See stories on pages 4 and 6. Graphic by Sruthie Kondamoori




Five apply Event aims to raise awareness Students elect new to replace officers trustee The Associated LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief

Five community members have applied to replace former Ohlone College Trustee Kevin Bristow, who stepped down last month after he got a job outside the college district. The five applicants hoping to replace Bristow are: Taha Champsi, Steven Chan, Donald Jedlovec, Ishan Shah and Rakesh Sharma. Jedlovec is a freelance photographer who is very familiar with Ohlone, shooting many events on and around campus. Ishan Shah is a former Ohlone student who later transferred to the University of Southern California, and ran for a position on the Ohlone Board of Trustees in 2010. The college has 60 days to replace Bristow, and a board meeting will be held May 14 to interview applicants and possibly to select a new board member. “We have a 60-day window after the vacancy was declared,” Executive Assistant to the College President Shelby Foster said. “We need to appoint somebody by May 14.” Sharma, a former Fremont planning commissioner, also Continued on Page 3

Students of Ohlone College welcome new members



Grant Brands reaches for a dove held by his mom, Christiana Brands, after a dove release during the fourth annual Ohlone College Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on April 14. The walk raised money and awareness for suicide prevention. A mental health fair was held from 10 a.m. to noon, and the walk began immediately afterward.This year, 63 walkers and more than 10 volunteers took part, and $2,715 was raised for suicide-prevention research. There is still time to donate; the deadline is June 1. The first walk was held in April 2011 in honor of Stewart Dawson, a campus safety officer who took his own life. For more information, go to

Ohlone College students last week elected five of their peers to represent them on the Associated Students of Ohlone College, and another election will be held next month to select the group’s remaining executive officers. Amitoj Sandhu won the two-horse race for president, defeating Sahizpreet Kaur 380-174 in the election, which was held April 15 and 16. The new vice president is Sonam Babu, who beat Bart “Bubba” Manzo 370-196. Sheena (only one name was available) ran unopposed for the position of secretary, garnering 305 votes. In the race for representative at large, Rowan Youssef defeated Rahul Patel 197-151. The closest race was for the position of marketing and communications representative. Surina Gulati received 181 votes to win, narrowly fending off challenges from Francis Phiri (172 votes) and Kirtanpal Ghoman (168 votes). Four positions remain to be filled: legislative representative, treasurer, student Continued on Page 3


Board of Trustees moves ahead with frontage deal Carmel Partners tapped to develop land along Mission Boulevard LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College Board of Trustees on April 16 selected the company that will develop the frontage property along Mission Boulevard on the Fremont campus. The board decided at a special board meeting April 16 to go with Carmel Partners instead of Clark Realty Capital. “The board selected Carmel over Clark,” board President Garrett Yee said Wednesday. “The overall bid was slightly better from Car-

mel and the board felt that Carmel was the right fit for Ohlone College at this time.” After both written bids were accepted at the April 9 board meeting, a representative from Carmel Partners issued a verbal bid adding an one-time payment of $200,000. The original bids from Carmel Partners and Clark Realty were nearly identical financially, and both included an initial payment of $1 million. “Carmel Partners and our development team members are uniquely qualified to execute the college’s vision for the Mission Boulevard project due to our financial capacity, vertically integrated structure, and proven Continued on Page 3


A rendering of the buildings planned along Mission Boulevard in front of the Fremont campus.




NEWS BITES Faculty of the month named



Administration of Justice Professor Rich Cominos has been named the faculty of the Month for April at Ohlone College. Cominos, who earned a bachelor’s degree in penology and a master’s degree in criminal justice at San Jose State University, served for 25 years as a police officer in Palo Alto, and began teaching at Ohlone after he was injured at work. He has taught here for 14 years, becoming a favorite of many students.

Talk covers science of love Ty Tashiro will speak Friday on the Newark campus about his book “The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love.” Tashiro first began researching relationships while he was pursuing a doctorate in psychology at the University of Minnesota. He later taught at Minnesota, and also at the University of Maryland and the University of Colorado. He now lives in New York. The free seminar, sponsored by the Associated Students of Ohlone College and Ohlone’s Math, Science and Engineering Division, will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Room NC1100.

Study abroad trip to Italy in January Ohlone students can sign up now for a study abroad trip to Italy in January. Only 20 spots are available for the trip, from Jan. 6 to 16, which will cost about $3,300, including flight, hotel, transportation and some meals. A three-unit transferrable GE course will be earned in Speech 105 (Intercultural Communication) as part of the trip. Students will tour Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome, Pompeii, Capri and Sorrento. For more information, email Brenda Ahntholz at or Kay Harrison at – Compiled by Shannon Sorge


A snake found its way to the stairwell at the western end of Building 4 on the Fremont campus on Tuesday afternoon.


Newark to host tai chi demos MONITOR STAFF Ohlone College will host World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on Saturday on the Newark campus. The free event, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include performances by Rhythm Dragon Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, the Ohlone College Tai Chi Qigong Competition Team, and the Ohlone College Tai Chi Club. Among the presenters are Sifu Bryant Fong, coach for the Martial Arts Program at the University of California,

Berkeley, and festival organizer Sifu May Chen, who was awarded the Tai Chi Master of the Year Award in 2010 from the World Qigong Congress. Other experts will conduct seminars about traditional Chinese medicine, guided imagery for health and well-being, and acupressure connections. Last year, more than 300 people attended the event. For more information, go to health/worldtaichiqigongday.html.


Center schedules SJSU campus tour MONITOR STAFF The Transfer Center has scheduled a tour of the San Jose State University campus on May 5. Anyone interested in taking the trip should contact the Transfer Center at or 510659-6241 to reserve a space on the tour, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students also can sign up for the Transfer Achievement Celebration on May 15, when students can celebrate their acceptance at university and meet with others who are transferring to their school. The celebration will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 7101.


Ohlone hires new dean of counseling ALIZAIB LODHI Staff writer Ohlone College has hired Susan Gutkind as the new dean of counseling and special programs. Gutkind comes to Ohlone from Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, where she was dean of kinesiology and athletics, and athletics director. Previously, Gutkind was the assistant athletics director for Student-Athlete Services and an athletics counselor at Fresno State, and before that she had the same job at Tennessee Technological University. Gutkind grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the Bay Area after earning her master’s degree. She taught middle school in Hayward and came to love the area. After teaching for almost 10 years, Gutkind went to the University of Tennessee to work with the Lady Volunteers student athletes while she earned a doctor-

ate in sports psychology. “When working in Student Services with student athletes, I loved watching them grow during their college years and helping them figure out college, life, career and themselves,” Gutkind said. “It’s such a privilege to be able to build those relationships and be a part of somebody’s life like that. I miss it.” Although she won’t have as much direct contact at Ohlone as she did before, Gutkind will try to help counselors serve students better. “There’s just a great diversity at Ohlone and it brings a lot of cultural wealth,” she said. “You don’t get that everywhere. I’m coming home and everyone I’ve met at Ohlone has been incredibly welcoming.” First, Gutkind plans to learn as much as she can about the students’ needs and how things work at Ohlone. In addition, the state has come out with


Ohlone College has hired Susan Gutkind as the dean of counseling and special programs. Gutkind previously worked at Foothill College.

new student-success requirements that need to be implemented by the fall semester. “So there’s a lot to do in the next few months,” Gutkind said. “After that, we’ll see where it takes us.”

Gutkind said her overall goal is to contribute to a campus environment in which everyone knows they make a difference to the community, and students feel empowered to go out and do great things.






Board picks Carmel for development

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Continued from Page 1 track record working collaboratively with other colleges, universities, and community organizations,” Mark Garrell, vice president of development for Carmel Partners, wrote in the plan submitted with the bid. As part of the bidding agreement, Clark Realty will be refunded the $80,000 deposit that was required to submit a bid. Carmel Partners’ deposit will be applied to the base rent now that the company’s bid has been accepted. Carmel and the college district now will negotiate a ground lease for the frontage property, consistent with the provisions of the bid. The deal involves nearly 15 acres of land, which Carmel plans to develop into 314 housing units and 25,000 square feet of retail


Top: An artist’s rendering of the proposed frontage development along Mission Boulevard on the Fremont campus. Above: How the frontage property looks today.

space. The property would be leased for 60 years with an option to extend it for

another 30 years. The base rent to the college would be $600,000 a year paid in monthly installments.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 14 in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus.

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is very familiar with Ohlone; he spoke in support of college officials’ plan to develop the frontage property along Mission Boulevard at a board meeting April 9. Chan is a retired den-

tist and who served on the Ohlone Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for several terms, including one as the chair of the committee. The deadline to apply for the vacancy was April 16. During his final board

meeting on March 12, Bristow said his decision to leave Ohlone was a difficult one. “Although this next chapter in my life is incredibly exciting, the truth is that leaving a position and an institution that I’ve worked

so hard for and care so much about is a bittersweet moment, to say the least,” he said.

Second ASOC election in May Continued from Page 1 member of the board of trustees, and Newark representative. That election will be on Tuesday, May 6. Online voting will be available from 12:01 a.m. until 5 p.m. Polling booths will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the first-floor lobby of the Newark campus, and in the cafeteria on the Fremont campus. For more information, contact ASOC at 510-659-6063 or campusactivities@ohlone. edu.




TV personality to perform on Fremont campus

LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College Fremont campus got a visit from NBC Bay Area traffic reporter Mike Inouye on Friday. The South Bay native and Fremont resident visited the school to talk about his life and his upcoming guest appearance in the ComedySportz Improv comedy show at 8:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Smith Center’s Jackson Theatre. “I have always had a real passion for this type of stuff,” Inouye said. “I have performed with them before and it should be a lot of fun.” Inouye got his start with NBC as an Internet reporter and a technician working behind the scenes before making the jump in front of the camera. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I kind of knew I wanted to be performing somehow,” Inouye said. Inouye graduated from Mountain View High School and received a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lived in the South Bay for the majority of his youth before moving to Fremont. Inouye is of Asian descent, and living in a city with a large Asian population, combined with the recognition that television brings, has given him some added responsibility. “I do feel a sense of responsibility somewhat – not just to Asian people, but to the entire community,” Inouye said. “I don’t feel any pressure


Hungry to learn


NBC Bay Area’s Mike Inouye discusses his life and career while promoting an upcoming ComedySportz Improv show he will guest appear in at 8:30 p.m. in the Smith Center on May 2.

to be something that I’m not, but I definitely feel the responsibility to the Asian community, especially locally.” Inouye said that he doesn’t get recognized at an alarming rate, but when he does it makes his work feel worthwhile. “Occasionally I will get recognized or somebody will say, `Hey, that’s the news guy,’ ” Inouye said.

“An Asian guy with some gel in his hair isn’t exactly a unique look in Fremont.” In addition to doing voiceover work and performing, Inouye also is involved in several local celebrations and traditions. Inouye has been a staple at the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, although he had to miss this year because of some family commitments. The father of one is looking

forward to performing next month with the improvisation group that normally calls San Jose home, sharing a familiar building with the legendary Psycho Donuts downtown. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students. For more information visit org/smithcenter/20132014/ comedysportz.html.

Newark campus hosts Earth Day Show and Tell


Students on the Newark campus take part in Earth Day Show and Tell on Tuesday. Local resource management agencies and campus groups set up tables at the event, one of a number of activities held during Ohlone College’s Earth Week.

Turning 20 was living for two decades, and so it felt strange. I wasn’t old, but I felt like a dinosaur. After that I turned 21, and the world was mine, and so were all the hangovers. This year I’m 22, and it caught me totally off guard. I didn’t feel old or powerful – I felt scared. “What am I doing with my life?” If college students had their own country, this would be our national anthem. Stuck in school, or having just graduated, the future has never been so unclear. We feel like our best days are supposed to be ahead of us, but we can’t seem to focus on just what makes them better than the days before. Travel Writer Anthony Bourdain put it more beautifully than I can: “If you’re 22, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” I find peace in the fact that while my car has seen better days, I still haven’t. I think the key to this is learning that it’s not about me. Bourdain isn’t telling us to travel for our own adventure, but to meet the people of this world. Twenty-two years have passed, and hopefully we have some sort of grasp on who we are as people. Now the rest of the world is egging us on, telling us to come catch it. The other driving force is desperation. Until now we’ve coasted off the high school graduation high.We figured graduating college would give us that same butterfly feeling. Now we need to decide whether that feeling will let us fly or not. Doing whatever it takes to take that next step forward is important. Deadlines, risks, investments and the occasional unwise decision are the power sources that move us forward. Personally, I know if I don’t put it all on the line, I’ll never get it done. I think that’s the main fear we’re all fighting, whether or not we’ll really go forward. That’s why, if we keep learning, we’ll never slow down.

FEATURES 5 Café takes pride in its beans MONITOR APRIL 24, 2014


Devout Coffee, located on Niles Boulevard, is partially open for business. The coffee shop is expected to be completed and fully functioning by the end of August.

MITCHELL WALTHER Staff writer A new coffee shop has sprung up in the city of Fremont. Devout Coffee is no Starbucks, though, and you can’t quite compare it to Suju’s either. Located at 37323 Niles Blvd. in Downtown Niles, Devout is a specialty coffee and roasting company. They source, roast and sell their own blends of coffee. Owned and founded by brothers Steven Pape and Jonathan Fisher, a former Ohlone student, Devout Coffee has offered their

individual roasts online for about a year, but now they have a location to serve you personally. The Niles storefront isn’t fully constructed quite yet, but they’ve been kind enough to put up a fake wall so they can still serve us from behind their Slayer Espresso machine each morning and afternoon. The wooden counter against the window holds their unique pourovers, where they prepare each single cup of coffee, one by one. “We think of coffee in the way a wine drinker thinks of wine,” say the owners, and

a single cup of coffee will prove just that. For example, the Guji Uraga blend from Ethiopia claims cranberries and orange candy with subtle raspberry tartness in its flavor profile. That’s a black cup of coffee mind you, not a macchiato or a latte. The baristas from Devout Coffee, mostly young adults, have all worked with this upstart café since its beginnings. Jordan Simas and Anthony Pereira both worked for Bellanos in San Jose before coming alongside Fisher and Pape. Ryan Swihart

prepared coffee in Kansas City and then joined Devout Coffee while working at Convergence House of Prayer. Jordan had a chance to give me a tour of what Devout will become once it’s fully open. Between the spacious interior, visible roasting room, and quiet side patio, this café is sure to become a students’ haven in the coming summer and fall. I got to see downstairs into their cellar, as well. Originally purposed as a prohibition-era rum-running front, it now will be the home of their testing sessions. De-

vout Coffee explains what that entails better than I can: “We test multiple brewing methods and ratios to find what we feel best highlights the specific coffee.” Swihart said the coffee shop probably will have its full opening in late August. “We just got our plans approved,” he said. “There are a couple things the city wants to see on paper, so we’ve got to get those to them.” So there’s work ahead of the young men at Devout Coffee, but that doesn’t have to stop any of us from going in for a specialty cup of Joe.


Above: Steven Pape, left, and Jonathan Fisher, a former Ohlone student, are the owners of Devout Coffee, located on Niles Boulevard in Fremont. Left: Coffee drips into a Devout cup.



Every day should be Earth Day LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Even 44 years ago, America was full of forward thinkers. On April 22, 1970, former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson decided to raise awareness about protecting our Earth after an oil spill in Santa Barbara inspired him to create Earth Day. Environmental protection and a healthy, sustainable environment were the primary goals of Nelson, and his vision of Earth Day has gone further than even he could have imagined. For many people, including myself, Earth Day used to be a reminder to recycle more and take care of our planet while wearing a trendy green color. Yet Earth Day stands for so much more, and the meaning of the day goes way deeper than that. Humans have become so industrious and creative that it adversely affects the planet that we have come to know and love. Automobiles and factories that produce emissions are a huge part of the problem, yet the problem only seems to get bigger and bigger. I think people are forgetting that we don’t have another planet to go to. We can’t live like we have


somewhere else to go and we will be okay once we destroy our planet. There is nowhere else to go. This is it. It is here or nowhere. Maybe in the future, Earth allowing, man will have the technology to venture deep into space and find another planet that we can eventually destroy, but for now we need to treat ours correctly. My worst fear is being forgotten, and how are we supposed to be remembered if there is no memory of anything? I really wish there were laws about how many cars a family could have, and the sizes of cars are ridiculous. Soccer moms and suburban weekend campers should not be driving Hummers and Escalades, destroying our environment one acceleration at a time. Earth Day should be every day, and people should be reminded that it is more than just recycling and turning off the water. It is so much more and bigger than that. It is about securing a safe environment for our future generations for millions of years to come. We can only live on through the future, and how can that happen if we



continue to destroy our planet? Instead of focusing on one day and trying to make up for the rest of the year everybody should take it upon themselves to make Earth Day an everyday event. We need to stop being selfish and quit living for now, so we can secure a future home for everybody.


How often do you recycle? JADE LIMTIACO Business

“All the time, because there is the option. If they put it out there I will do it” SHELBY HOERNER Environmental Studies

“I recycle all day, every day”

MONICA MARTINEZ Environmental Science

“Every day. I do my best to minimize my impact on the Earth” IAN SCARBROUGH Environmental Science

“Every day. I compost, too”

RYAN SMITH Undecided

“I recycle every day, everything that I can”





Lady Renegades wrap up regular season Playoffs a familiar sight for Ohlone and Coach Donna Runyon LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College softball team ended their 2014 regular season in grand fashion, taking its act on the road to San Francisco City College and handing them a 12-0 defeat on Monday. The Lady Renegades finished the season with an overall record of 26-12, including a remarkable 13-5 in a tough Coast Conference. “We just want to get better every day and let everything else fall into place,� Coach Donna Runyon said. Freshman hurler RaeAnn Garza picked up her 19th victory of the year, improving her overall record to 1910. Morgan Meyer collected three hits and a base-onballs in her four at-bats during the triumph over CCSF, increasing the playoff hopes for the Lady Renegades.


Savanna Ulloa and fellow Lady Renegade Morgan Meyer celebrate a scoring play during a home victory in Fremont in March.


Celina Mendoza shows some emotion during a victory over Chabot College last month at the Fremont campus.





Postseason approaching for Renegades


The 2014 Ohlone College baseball team lines up for the singing of the National Anthem before a conference home game at the Fremont campus in March.

With just one regular-season game remaining, the Renegades have their eyes on the state playoffs LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College baseball team finished 2-3 in its last five games, bringing its record to 25-10 overall and 14-9 in Coast Conference


competition. The recent losses are unfamiliar this season to the Renegades, who opened up the regular-season campaign on a scorching pace with a sparkling 16-2 record. “When we come together and play like we can, we win,” Jacob DiThomas said. “It feels good to win, but we’ve got to stay humble and stick together.” The final regular season game of the year is at 2:30 p.m. today when the Renegades go on the road to take

on Cañada College in Redwood City. Cañada is 23-12 overall and 16-7 in conference play, leaving a distinct possibility that they can make the postseason. Ohlone won its previous game on the road against Monterey Peninsula College 6-4 on Tuesday. Joe Marcucci picked up his first victory of the season for Ohlone in one inning of work allowing a home run and collecting a strikeout in the victory.


Left: Ohlone outfielder Jacob Lopez prepares to catch a fly ball during the early innings of a 4-1 loss to the visiting Cabrillo College on April 19 in Fremont. Right: Renegades catcher Josh Egan misses a tag on a close play at the plate during a 4-1 conference loss to the visiting Cabrillo College on April 19.

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