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The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a non-binding letter of intent Wednesday night to develop about 15 acres of surplus property along Mission Boulevard on the Fremont campus for rental housing and retail space. According to the letter of intent, Clark Realty Capital LLC would lease the property for 60 years with an option to extend the lease for another 30 years. The property would be developed to include about 300 units of rental housing and 20,500 square feet of retail space. “The property is being offered for lease, not for sale,” Ohlone consultant Andy Plescia said. “The lease is for 60 years with the option of 30 more.” The board also voted unanimously Wednesday night to solicit competitive bids for the lease of the property, as required by the state Education Code. The deadline for bids is April 9. Clark will pay a deposit of $80,000 within five days, which will be refunded if it is not the successful bidder. The district issued a request for proposals in October 2012 to develop the Mission frontage property, Continued on Page 3



Ohlone officials and construction personnel break ground on the new parking structure at a ceremony on the Fremont campus, which is scheduled to be completed by August 2015.

Ohlone breaks ground on new parking structure District decides not to add temporary lots at Fremont campus LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief College officials have decided not to build temporary parking lots on the Fremont campus to help make up for the closure of lots B and C next week. “We re-did the count to determine how many spots are needed and it was determined that the temporary lots are not necessary,” college President Gari Browning said Wednesday night

after administrators, board members and construction personnel gathered in Lot M for the groundbreaking of a new multi-story parking structure on the south side of campus. “Based on the number of spots we need, there was no need to invest that much money if we don’t have to.” The new parking structure is part of a series of construction projects paid for by the $349 million Measure G bond, approved by voters in November 2010. Lots B and C, north of Hyman Hall, will close Tuesday to make room for portable classrooms to be used dur-

ing the demolition and construction in the center of campus, which is scheduled to begin in Spring 2015. The original plan was to construct a temporary parking lot with 350 spaces in mid-February and another with 251 spaces in the fall to make up for the loss of 455 spots when lots B and C close. However, officials said the extra spaces aren’t needed. “We have been exceeding our expected surplus by hundreds of parking spaces,” said Heidi Birch, senior program manager for Gilbane Building Co., Continued on Page 3

After one semester, most students and staff are complying with Ohlone’s new campus-wide smoking ban, officials said. The ban took effect Aug. 26. Volunteers have been spreading the word about the new policy since then, and new “No Smoking” signs have been posted around campus. Still, there are a few holdouts. “Officers are now coming in contact with repeat offenders, who have been warned previously,” campus police Chief Steve Osawa said. “Issuing of citations will begin soon and it is anticipated that many of those repeat violators will stop once they know that they will be cited.” Officials are still debating how much violators will be charged. “The College Council is working on a system to fine Continued on Page 3


Former Ohlone College trustee dead at 79 Longtime Fremont resident lobbied for college’s founding SHANNON SORGE News editor Former Ohlone College trustee Joseph McCord, who lobbied for the college’s founding in the 1960s, died Jan. 1 in Peoria, Ariz. He was 79. Born in St. Paul, Minn., on April 24, 1934, McCord moved to California in 1946. He graduated with a major in English and a mi-

nor in political science in 1960 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he edited the UC Pelican. Alan Kirshner, a retired Ohlone political science and history professor, met McCord in a chess group when McCord was serving on the college’s Board of Trustees. “He was a liberal democrat and had a sincere sense of community service,” Kirshner said. “He ran for congressman once even but didn’t get through – too bad. He was just really bubbly, fun, passionate, energetic,

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kind. I mean, any positive word you could think of fits him.” McCord worked in insur-

ance sales, journalism and electoral campaign management. He also served in the Air National Guard in the 1950s and re-enlisted in the Army National Guard in the 1960s. He later served actively in the Army, studying at the War College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and in the Pentagon Liaison Office in Edgewood, Md. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 28 years of service. McCord lived in Fremont for many years, and became active in politics and community affairs. He helped form the Ohlone

College district and served as trustee during the construction and opening of the Fremont campus. “He was very passionate about the community, education and he really wanted young people to succeed,” Kirshner said. “He was instrumental in getting the campus here on the hill and in my opinion it is beautiful and made the right way.” McCord moved in 1995 to Peoria, Ariz., where he ran an automotive news magazine and served as a board member of the Peoria UniContinued on Page 3





Wreckable life I’m a lot like my car. We’re both 21 years old, a little rough around the edges, and we both have to get fed ridiculously often. My car has seen better days though, and my prime is hopefully still ahead of me. A big thing though is my car and I are totally wreckable. My car’s hood is a different color than the rest of the car, its bumper is hanging off and its sound system is a speaker I’ve plugged into the cigarette lighter. With every bump and jostle I feel on the freeway, I beg my machine to make it just a few miles more. Any second I feel like one good pothole or fender bender could end my little Accord’s song for good. While I’m better put together than that, I feel I’m also one pothole away from a wreck. I’m a college student; one inconvenience can decimate my savings account. A word of advice from a family member could ruin all my future plans. These years we spend as “young adults” are spent threading the needle. We’re constantly a moment from disaster, and that’s really how it’s supposed to be, I guess. We’re figuring it all out as we go along. The road opens up before us, whether it’s an old path or a new one. We have to gun and take the freeway where it leads us, and pray our axle doesn’t break every moment we hit a crack. Repairs are costly, and they’ll have to be made sooner than later, but we need to make our destinations. I turn up the music in my car so I can’t hear my engine, just in case it sounds bad. Every time I turn the key and hear the engine turn over, though, I know I’m going to make it one more day, and that’s what counts.

Ohlone for Kids selects winner LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Sixth-grader Stephanie Guan has won the Ohlone for Kids drawing contest. Stephanie will receive four free summer classes, and her entry will be featured on the cover page of this year’s Ohlone for Kids catalog. Mary Zhu, also a sixthgrader, finished in second place and Serena Yeh, a third-grader, finished in third place. Ohlone for Kids is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual summer program this year, and sent out an open call for drawing submissions to create the cover artwork


Winning entry submitted by sixth-grader Stephanie Guan.

for the 2014 Ohlone for Kids catalog. The contest was for students in grades 3 to 10. Participants were asked

to create something “that reflects the activities and experiences that are typically enjoyed by students in the summer enrichment program.” Contestants were asked to incorporate five required elements into their submissions: the official Ohlone College logo and motto, cultural diversity, 25th anniversary, and “educational enrichment themes, activities or courses offered in the OFK program.” All entries were done on 8.5-by-11-inch plain white sheets of printer or copier paper. To see all submissions, go to www.ohlone. edu/org/ohloneforkids/ drawingcontest/.

Kidango facility leaving campus LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Kidango Child Development Center will move off the Fremont campus because of the ongoing construction work, college President Gari Browning said. “In addition to the building and parking space needs, the college is concerned about safety issues, especially for small children, and increased traffic around the building Kidango currently occupies,” Browning said during her State of the College speech last month. Administrators have notified Kidango that the college will discontinue its lease agreement for the

WE WILL TEMPORARILY REPURPOSE THIS SPACE FOR CLASSES, OFFICES AND PARKING. – GARI BROWNING building at the end of May until the Academic Core is completed and fully operational. “We will temporarily repurpose this space for classes, offices and parking through the construction period,” Browning said. “In addition to the need for space to move existing classes during construction, we are already starting to add back classes that were cut, and we must have room

to do this.” Administrators are working with the Early Childhood Development faculty to make sure the program will carry on uninterrupted after the move, Browning said. Both lecture and lab courses will continue during construction, although two of the observation lab classes will move off campus to other qualified child care centers.

Campus Activities celebrates Valentine’s Day

NEWS BITES Speaker series returns The Ohlone College Psychology Club speaker series kicks off the spring semester with Mary Johnson and her compelling story: “How I Became a Nun and Disappointed Mother Teresa: An Examination of Commitment Mechanisms by a Former Nun.” Johnson was a nun in the congregation of Mother Teresa, sometimes even traveling with her to prepare fellow nuns for their final vows. Johnson also will read from her award-winning memoir “An Unquenchable Thirst” during her appearance here at Ohlone. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Jackson Theatre at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students with identification. For more information, go to smithcenter/.

Landavazo faculty of the month The Ohlone College faculty of the month for February is Lenore Landavazo. Landavazo is an adjunct counselor as well as an Ohlone student. She has earned degrees at Ohlone, California State University, Hayward, and Pepperdine University, as well as a credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Before coming to Ohlone, Landavazo worked as a social worker, trainer, recruiter and supervising social worker for a foster family agency. Landavazo takes tap dance and jazz classes here at Ohlone between her counseling duties and other activities.

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Campus Activities celebrates Valentine’s Day on Wednesday in the cafeteria on the Fremont campus. Students had the chance to create a Valentine’s Day card with a plethora of supplies provided by Campus Activities. There also were free cupcakes, games, prizes and the chance to take a picture with Cupid. Sergio Gil-Billoups dressed up as the mythical matchmaker, allowing students a great photo opportunity with Campus Activities members taking pictures of participants.

The Emergency Response Team will hold a brown bag drop-in session from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Fremont and Newark campuses. The session is titled “Introduction to AED” and is geared to help people get acquainted with the automated external defibrillator, a portable electronic device that diagnoses and treats life-threatening heart conditions. –Compiled by Louis LaVenture



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Continued from Page 1 those who are not compliant, which will probably begin in fall,” said Sally Bratton, director of the Student Health Center. “We wanted the first two semesters to just be an educational time.” Smoking is now prohibited in all college vehicles, buildings, indoor and outdoor facilities, disabled and general use parking lots, and all open areas of district property.

The nearest spots to smoke or use “e-cigarettes” are still the sidewalks on Mission Boulevard, Witherly Lane and Pine Street. Ohlone became the first smoke-free campus in Northern California back in 2000, but the policy included designated smoking areas. Since then, the health department at Ohlone has been pushing for an entirely smoke-free campus, parking lots included. “This really sucks,” student Matthew Pensiatti said

Continued from Page 1 fied School District from 2008 until his death. He wrote a novel, “Stephan’s Journey,” which was published in 2012. “He mattered so much. What a difference Joe McCord made,” Peoria City Councilmember Cathy Carlat said at McCord’s memorial service last month, according to an article in a

local Arizona newspaper. “McCord was a guy who was always all in. Joe jumped in with his feet first no matter what he was involved with and made a big splash.” Close friend Bud Hesterman described what McCord meant to him and the communities he served. “You made our country and our world a little better by your having been a part of it, and I’m proud to have

walkways, and plants and bushes. “For me it doesn’t matter since I am not a smoker anyways,” Ohlone student Jessica Olivares said. “Honestly, I hate cigarettes and smoking so I think that this is a really good thing. Anybody who gets caught smoking should get a ticket.” For more information, call the Student Health Center at 510-659-6258 or Campus Police Services at 510-6596111.

had you as a friend,” Hesterman said. McCord is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Lynn Ikard McCord; his children, Kathy McCord, Kevin McCord, Sean Michael, and Shannon McCord; nine grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; five stepchildren; and nine stepgrandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a

scholarship fund in McCord’s memory through the Peoria Education Foundation at Checks may be mailed to Peoria Education Foundation, PO Box 5544, Peoria, Ariz. 85345. Share your memories of McCord at http://heritagefuneralchapels.tributes. com/show/Joseph-Joe-McCord-97552738.

Board of Trustees approves letter of intent Continued from Page 1 a project that has been discussed for many years. District officials then reviewed the proposals and negotiated with selected applicants before reaching agreement on the letter of intent. “G a r re t t m e n t i o n e d (that) in his first board meeting 11 years ago, this was brought up,” Trustee Richard Watters said, re-

ferring to board President Garrett Yee. “In my first meeting six years ago this was also brought up, so it’s nice to see this finally moving forward.” The letter of intent outlines the minimum acceptable terms, but bidders may go beyond them. If the agreement with Clark goes ahead, the base rent would be $600,000 a year, paid in monthly in-

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Oh l o n e’s c o n s t r u c t i o n management firm. “There are backup plans if we need additional parking, but it doesn’t appear to be needed. This could save potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars.” The district conducted studies in the first three weeks of the semester to gauge the number of spots that are being used on a daily basis, said Ron Little, vice president of administrative services. “We originally based our need for temporary lots off projections, but over the last three weeks we determined they weren’t necessary,” Little said. “We had a peak need of 2,100 spaces at the beginning of the semester but as the

Opinions expressed in the Monitor are those of the respective authors and are not necessarily those of the staff, the college or the Associated Students of Ohlone College.

about the smoking policy. “I used to just smoke anywhere, in the parking lot or by the bus stop, but now? Where am I supposed to go to smoke? All the way to Mission (Boulevard)? Cigarettes aren’t illegal. Why am I being treated like I am doing something wrong?” While some continue to ignore the new policy, students and employees said they are seeing fewer people smoking and seeing fewer cigarette butts on the ground in parking lots,

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demand drops so does the need.” Ohlone already lost 387 spaces at the start of this semester, when lots M, N and O were closed so construction could begin on the new multistory parking structure. Part of Lot P also was closed, and the remaining spaces are for people with disabilities and college administrators. With the impending closure of two more parking lots, Ohlone has put up signs all over campus and asked instructors to inform their students of the changes during class. “I already park so far as it is – that can’t be good,” student Taylor Dahl said. For more information, go to www.ohlonebond. com.

stallments over the lease. Clark would start paying half the rent – $25,000 a month – two years after the lease takes effect or after the first certificate of occupancy is issued for a residential structure, whichever is sooner. “$600,000 is the annual base rent which will be phased in based on milestones being met,” Plescia said. “The base rent resets

every 30 years and will increase every five years.” Once 150 residential units are occupied, Clark would pay another $18,750 a month. Finally, when at least 7,000 square feet of retail space is occupied, Clark would pay the remaining $6,250 a month. Regardless, Clark would begin paying the full rent of $50,000 a month after three years.




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Every day I drive past one of the most iconic structures in th sion San Jose. For Ohlone students and faculty, this building should be app own backyard. “I never even heard of it until I started going to Ohlone,” stud “One day I was leaving school and I just had a sudden urge to was all about. I am really glad I did because now I love bringing Mission San Jose is one of only 21 missions in the state of C Francisco de Lasuen “began the clash of two cultures,” accord Centuries at Mission San Jose, 1797-1997.” “It began a time of upheaval, cultural disorientation and cha belief in their God for a new Christian faith.” Gradually, however, the Ohlone adapted to this new way of l In 1809 the Mission Church was dedicated and made out of their website and brochure. In 1868 a massive earthquake destroyed the church and the o the museum. It was restored in the mid-1980s. In 1997 Mission San Jose celebrated its 200th anniversary and make it structurally sound and earthquake safe. While Mission San Jose does receive grants and outside fund the gift shop. “The only income we have here is the gift shop in front,” Adm tors are children on field trips, but we welcome and encourag all over the world.” As many as 50,000 students have visited Mission San Jose. M Costa counties, but some come from as far as Placerville to tak For more information contact Mission San Jose at

Top-center: A bird flies off after perching on the cross atop Mission San Jose in Fremont. Top-left: A view of the church from the back of the structure. Center-left: A statue of Jesus peers down on patrons in the church of Mission San Jose. Above: The graveyard of Mission San Jose from the outside. Top-right: A courtyard where visitors are encouraged to take in the historical scenery. Far-right: A map of the 21 Missions in California and the dates they were founded.


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Singles can enjoy Valentine’s Day LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Well here it is again, that one day of the year that almost everybody loves: Valentine’s Day. For those with a significant other, this day can be very fun, but also stressful. Nearly every restaurant will be booked and forget about choosing the right gift – that’s nearly impossible. All you can do is make sure your Valentine knows he or she is loved and appreciated, and you will be sure to have a great day. Then there is the other side of the coin for those who are single. While most people in relationships will be spending the day together in some type of romantic setting, it can be a little lonely for singles, especially in the evening. You will find that far fewer of your friends and family will be available, so it is up to you to make the best of the day. In the past few years, singles parties have become increasingly popular on Valentine’s Day and what better way to meet your potential future mate than on a day dedicated to love and romance. Don’t let the day get you in a funk. It is designed to celebrate and that is exactly what you should do, even if you are single on this day. Get all your single friends together and celebrate it together, or get together with some family members and just have fun, because it doesn’t have to be all about the romantic aspect of it.


Valentine’s Day is more than cute cards, candy and flowers. To me it is about feeling love and showing people that you care. According to legend, the Christian St. Valentinus was imprisoned for performing forbidden marriages and ministering to Christians, which is where the romantic aspect comes from. He risked jail to marry people who were in love but not allowed to be married because of their living situations. Valentinus was just trying to help people and it wasn’t even all about love and relationships. He even wanted to help teach religion to those who did not have the freedom to choose which religion they wanted to believe in. So, even to its origins, Valentine’s Day has always been more than love and relationships; its true roots are helping those who need it. So, in honor of its true meaning, make a Valentine’s Day tradition of your own. Don’t be tied to society’s view of it. Just make sure you spread love on the day that is devoted to the emotion. While some people can let their own emotions get the best of them on regular days, so it is understandable that emotions could go overboard on a day dedicated to love and lovers. The key to maintaining a single person’s sane mentality is to just realize that this is just like any other day. Find some family or friends to have a good time with and create something of your own that you can be proud to celebrate.



Campus construction confusing ALIZAIB LODHI Staff writer If you haven’t noticed already, construction has finally started at Ohlone. For the moment, most of it’s on the south side of campus, near the Pine Street entrance. Parking Lots M, N and O will be closed until August 2015 to make way for the new 905-space South Parking Structure. Lots B and C will be closed soon, although temporary lots will be added. It’s been so stressful finding a parking space in the first two weeks of the spring semester. I think the least they could have done for us was to make parking free for just two or three weeks. Some other community colleges, such as De Anza College in Cupertino, give their students a grace period to orient themselves. I totally understand that officials don’t want outsiders coming to Ohlone and leaving their car here, making parking even more compli-

cated than it already is. Still, as it is you have to deal with the long line of cars going around just to find an open space. After all of that, if you haven’t purchased a semester parking permit, which can be found on the Ohlone website, you end up waiting at this yellow machine for your daily parking permit. What I hate about these machines is that they only take $1 bills, coins and debit cards. They don’t accept credit cards or large bills, so be sure to bring change. Also, there have been incidents where the permit machine was malfunctioning. It happened to me twice last semester. Then you hike up those staircases as you get even later to class than you already are. You run into couple of friends on your way up but you tell them you’re running late or can’t talk right now as you try to catch your breath. Finally, after your long journey, you take your seat in class.

Here’s my advice: Try to save $2 a day by parking your car on Mission Boulevard, although you should be careful to avoid receiving a ticket. I don’t recommend taking any chances by leaving your car at local businesses down along Mission. It’s a risk and your car could be towed. There’s no worse feeling than coming back from class and not seeing your car there. If you have any medical conditions try to use the elevators, which can be located in every building. Also, Lot P is open during construction, providing about 24 spaces for people with disabilities. Another eight spaces for people with disabilities are available in Lot A, along with eight more below the stairs in front of Building 1. Construction will be with us for quite some time. Until it’s over and done with, be sure to leave your house early to avoid traffic and delays finding parking on the Fremont campus.

Does it take you longer to get to class with the construction? KAYLEEN FONTE Photo Journalism

“Yeah, of course. I just wish things were more accessible and easier for us” CORY CALL Psychology

“Yeah. Longer walk but it’s not bad, better exercise. Cardio is good” JUSTIN LEONARDO Computer Graphic Design

“No, not really. It’s pretty much the same thing for me- just all those stairs” JOEL THOMAS Business Administration

“No, not really. I’ve worked in construction so I understand it. Gotta do what you gotta do I guess”

RONALD CHO Undeclared

“Not really. Just sucks that I’m here for the construction but won’t be when it’s done”





Lady Renegades ride three-game winning streak LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Lady Renegades basketball team improved to 16-8 overall and 7-1 in Coast Conference South play with a 71-50 triumph over visiting Las Positas College on Feb. 5 at Epler Gymnasium in Fremont. Despite losing their coach, Julia Allender, at the 13:36 mark in the second half, after she disputed a non-call on a double dribble violation, Ohlone kept its cool and eventually pulled away for a blowout victory. “That’s a double dribble!” Allender exclaimed twice to the official, before drawing two technical fouls resulting in her ejection from the game. “We really have to play hard for each other and that’s part of it,” freshman point guard Crystal De Los Reyes said. “We always have a team effort here and we put a lot of hard work in so we can do better.” Emily Osagiede and the Ohlone interior defenders

had their hands full with Las Positas center Breanna Wilson who was a presence inside, amassing 20 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. “I know how it is on the court when everything is moving fast, I just have to keep working hard all the time,” Osagiede said. “If I get frustrated on the court I don’t let it get me down, I just go even harder on the next play.” Osagiede did just that – gathering a team-high 13 points, eight rebounds and a steal. The Lady Renegades defense was smothering, collecting 13 steals and forcing the Rams into 26 turnovers, leading to several fast break conversions for Ohlone. The loss drops Las Positas to 7-16 overall and 0-8 in conference play. Ohlone then traveled to Hayward to take on conference rival Chabot College on Feb. 7. The Lady Renegades pushed their win streak to three games, defeating the Gladiators 73-60, and bol-


With 13:36 remaining in the second half of a home contest against Las Positas College on Feb. 5, Coach Julia Allender is ejected after arguing a double dribble violation that was not called.

stered their record to 17-8 overall and 8-1 in conference play. Next up for Ohlone will be a 5 p.m. home game against the College of San

Baseball earns comeback win Continued from Page 8 every at bat but I just take deep breaths and focus on every pitch.” Shortstop Jacob DiThomas got the rally started in the ninth inning, lacing a double up the middle to tie the game at 5-5. Just one inning prior, DiThomas struck out looking and disputed the call with the umpire before walking off. “It felt really great to get

that hit in the ninth, especially because it was a really long day for me at the plate,” DiThomas said. “When I am at the plate I have to stay positive. I can’t let my emotions or frustration get the best of me up there.” Brady Moore picked up his first win of the season for the Renegades, going one and a third innings allowing just one hit. Daniel Edmondo went five strong innings and was

relieved by Frank Maldonado, who went two and two thirds innings in the winning effort. Infielder Jordan Meier knocked in a teamhigh two runs for Ohlone on two hits, striking out once. Next up for the Renegades is a road test on Valentine’s Day against Lassen College, which is currently 0-2. The next home game for Ohlone is at 2 p.m. Feb. 21, when Feather River College travels to Fremont.

Softball loses tough game Continued from Page 8 Ohlone got a 1-0 lead early in the game, but couldn’t muster any more offense for Garza. “I just feel like even though we had a lot of mistakes that shouldn’t have happened – we can still come back,” sophomore infielder Gabriella Reyes said. “I like to forget my mistakes, work harder and focus on how to get better.” This is not a typical season for Ohlone. With just three sophomores on the team, there is a lot of youth and with youth comes a lack of experience. This is also the last season for the baseball and softball fields,

which will be the end of an era here at Ohlone College. Coach Donna Runyon and the Lady Renegades have amassed a staggering number of wins and titles on the familiar Fremont field, which will be replaced by a new, updated version in 2017 thanks to Measure G. Freshman Morgan Meyer talked about some of the circumstances surrounding the field closure. “We just really want to send coach out on a high note. We want to win a championship and close this field the right way,” Meyer said. Coach Donna Runyon is a legend in her own right, getting the most out her tal-

ent year in and year out. Next up for Ohlone is a trip to Visalia on Valentine’s Day when they will play a double-header against the host team, College of the Sequoias. The next home game for the Lady Renegades will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Fremont, when San Francisco City College comes to town. Savanna Ulloa and Alyssa Raguini are two of the three sophomores on the team and were also named team captains. They will have to step up for Ohlone this season if it is to be a successful one. Meyer and Garza also were named captains for the 2014 season.

Mateo on Valentine’s Day at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus. The Bulldogs are 12-11 overall and 4-5 in conference games this season.

With just three regular season contests remaining on the Lady Renegades schedule, every victory can go a long way in playoff seeding.





Lady Renegades fall at home Ohlone loses to Santa Rosa 3-1 LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Santa Rosa College came to Fremont with one thing in mind: win. They were able to do just that, defeating Ohlone 3-1 on Tuesday. It was a tough loss for Ohlone, especially with a dazzling pitching performance from freshman RaeAnn Garza.

Garza went the distance for the Lady Renegades and despite a strong performance, couldn’t secure a victory. “We made some mistakes out there but I can always do better and make better pitches out there,” Garza said. “My defense talking to me really helps during tough spots. Sometimes I just have to step back and tell myself, what I am doing wrong and regroup.” Continued on Page 7


Ohlone catcher Bianca Zelaya misses a tag on a close play at home plate in a 3-1 loss to Santa Rosa College on Tuesday.


Kyle Yoshikawa and David Gunnar try to get a rally started during a home game on the Fremont campus. The baseball team is now 5-1 with their next home game at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 against Feather River College.

Ohlone baseball victorious in walk-off Renegades mount comeback in bottom of ninth inning, defeat Contra Costa College 6-5

The Ohlone College baseball team earned its most exciting victory of the early season in walkoff fashion, defeating visiting Contra Costa College 6-5 on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. The Renegades improve to 5-1 on the season after catcher Josh Egan hit a towering fly ball to center field, plating Isaiah Bond for the go-ahead run and walk-off win.

“I love it. I live for stuff like that,” Egan said. “When they intentionally walked my teammate in front of me it felt great because I want to be in that moment.” Egan was referring to the intentional walk that third baseman Brock Pradere received to load the bases and set up the game-winning hit for Egan. “I felt good up there but I understand what they were trying to do,” Pradere said. “You get a lot of feelings Continued on Page 7


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Ohlone players celebrate a victory on their home field, improving to 5-1 on the season.

I was flipping through the channels on one of my much-needed days of rest over the weekend and several times I caught a really interesting commercial. There’s snow, crowds, yelling, screaming, flipping, flying, gliding, skating, spinning and sweeping. Wait. What? Sweeping? Yes, it is not a misprint. I said sweeping. Curling finally makes its way back to the human lexicon, thanks to the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Sochi, Russia, over the next few weeks. For those of you who aren’t familiar, curling is the sport where a stone is pushed down the ice toward a target while two teammates sweep frantically in front of the stone as it glides toward its mark. The exciting part is when the stones hit and knock one another around – all in the name of points, of course. This is one of the most obscure sports I have ever seen and this is why the Winter Olympics will never be as revered as its older, hotter sibling, the Summer Olympics. There are certain winter sports that I will not even consider watching while any Summer Olympics sport seems to captivate me and have me glued to my chair. I may tune in to see “The Flying Tomato” Shaun White do his thing on a snowboard, or even watch speed skating or the biathlon, which incorporates skiing and shooting guns. While there are niche sports that can grow on you, the winter games just don’t have the same appeal that the Summer Olympics do. With the billions of dollars that go into creating this event every four years, it is surprising that more money isn’t spent on how to incorporate and include more appealing sports and events for the everyday sports fan. Why not include something that everybody could relate to, like a snowball fight? How cool would it be to see an Olympic gold medal awarded to a champion snowball team? Very cool.

Ohlone College Monitor, February 13, 2014