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NOVEMBER 20, 2014 Vol. XLVIII No. 9

Former Ohlone student develops successful career as artist. Read story on Page 5.




College declares interest in pilot 4-year program Baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy may be offered in future RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief


Crowds shop at the many tables displaying goods during the Ohlone Super Flea Market on the Fremont campus.

Ohlone Super Flea Market to close soon RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief On Dec. 13, Ohlone’s Fremont campus will host its last Super Flea Market for what likely will be four years. The flea market has happened the second Saturday of every month for the past 28 years. Local residents fill the parking lots with tables full of homemade crafts and secondhand goods for sale, and even more people come to shop at those tables. Elaine Nagel retired from her full-time job at Ohlone eight years ago, but stayed on to run the flea market,

and she is not happy about it closing. Nagel has written to several local newspapers, including The Monitor, trying to raise awareness of the impending closure in an effort to change administrators’ minds. “Let the college and Board of Trustees know that the Ohlone Super Flea Market should continue,” she appealed in her letter to the editor, printed on Oct. 16. Following her own call, Nagel has appeared at the last two board meetings to plead her case to the board. “It was just arbitrarily decided that it made sense Continued on Page 2

Ohlone is applying to be one of the 15 community colleges authorized to offer a baccalaureate degree as part of a pilot program. The college has submitted a Certification of Interest to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the first step in the application process. This is in response to the passing of Senate Bill 850 in September. The law authorizes the Board of Governors, while working with California State University and University of California, to establish a statewide baccalaureate degree program at 15 community colleges. This will be a pilot program that aims to have the selected colleges offering upper division courses by the 2017-18 school year. The law focuses on regional workforce needs, and seeks to use capable community colleges while preventing any possible competition between community colleges and CSU or UC. Leta Stagnaro, the vice president of academic affairs at Ohlone, made a presentation to the Ohlone Board of Trustees about the program on Nov. 12. She explained that it must not duplicate one already offered by a CSU or UC, and that a participating community college will be required to document their consultations with the four-year schools in order to demonstrate a collaborative approach. “There is a strong commitment to working with the CSUs and UCs to make sure they understand the purpose of the degree Continued on Page 3


Students choose newest ASOC leaders RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief The Associated Students of Ohlone College special election earlier this month successfully filled all the vacant positions on the student council. Ohlone students elected John Collan as treasurer of the ASOC, Raveena Chahal as marketing and communications director, and Bubba Manzo as Newark representative. Collan defeated Nadia Khan 152-121 and Chahal beat Alina Farooq by 18873. “ The election was a learning experience that

I will cherish and use for years to come,” Chahal said. “I am always open to new ideas and feedback from my peers, which is absolutely necessary for executive positions. As Marketing and Communications representative, I am excited to take advantage of social media and get different events broadcasted to a larger body of students. Thank you again to everyone for voting.” Collan could not be reached for comment. Manzo, who was running unopposed, received 241 votes. “First, I have to give a

big thanks to the elections staff, Yifan Gong, and Alex Vu and everyone from ASOC who staffed the election booths,” Manzo said about the elections. “Without them, this would have never taken place. To all those who came out to cast a vote, thank you for being a part of this election. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of ASOC and to represent the needs, wants and concerns of the students at the Newark center.” Students cast their ballots Nov. 4 and 5 online or in person on the Fremont and Newark campuses. Amitoj Sandhu was elect-

From left to right: John Collan, Bubba Manzo and Raveena Chahal.

ed in April to serve as ASOC president for the 2014-2015 school year. However, he resigned in July along with newly elected Treasurer Dennis Yang. The council appointed Vice President Sonam Babu to replace Sandhu and Newark repre-

sentative Rajbir Rai to take Babu’s place. Marketing and communications representative Surina Gulati also stepped down, leaving her position and those of treasurer and Newark representative to be filled.




NEWS BITES Gallery auction through Dec. 4 A silent auction featuring the work of Ohlone students, faculty and staff is under way at the Louie-Meager Art Gallery. Artists will keep 70 percent of their sales, with the remainder helping to support Ohlone’s LouieMeager Museum of Art. The gallery is in the Smith Center on the Fremont campus. It is open from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Dec. 4. A reception for the close of the auction will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Bidding will end at 1 p.m.


Above: A flea market vendor, Armando Bravo, hopes the community will rally and prevent the flea market from closing. Top-right: Knickknacks are dispayed on a flea market table. Middle-right: A magical hobo clown is hoping to find a good home with a flea market shopper. Bottom-right: Jewelry and military medals are displayed for shoppers to see. Below: An antique mechanical game sits near a walkway on the Fremont campus during the flea market.

Student Activities holds food drive The Student Activities department is holding a food drive through Dec. 5 to benefit the Ohlone Pantry. Donations are being accepted for canned fruit, stews, soups, meats, vegetables and juices, as well as boxed or packaged cereal and noodles. Donation bins are in the Newark campus lobby, and on the first and second floors of Building 7, in Hyman Hall and in the campus police building on the Fremont campus. The Ohlone Pantry was started last year to help feed students in need. Since then, it has provided assistance to nearly 50 students. The pantry receives donations from stores, the community and campus students and staff.

Holiday concert on Fremont campus The Holiday Extravaganza concert is coming to the Smith Center on the Fremont campus on Saturday, Dec. 6. The concert includes performances from the Ohlone Community Band, the Ohlone Wind Orchestra, the Mission Peak Brass Band and the Ohlone Tuba Ensemble, all conducted by Tony Clements. It begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $10 for students and seniors. They are available at the door or by calling the box office at 510659-6031. Parking is $2. – Compiled by Monitor staff

Flea market closure could last 4 years Continued from Page 1 to close the 28-year-old Ohlone Super Flea Market to give the construction crew more room to put their equipment,” Nagel said. “Does it make sense (to close the flea market)?” she asked repeatedly. “This college needs good PR because of the increased traffic on Mission Boulevard caused by construction.” Nagel pointed out the large community following that the flea market has developed and the increased business received by shops and restaurants in the area the second Saturday of every month. However, Ohlone College President Gari Browning, speaking to the Monitor on Wednesday, said the decision made sense. “It’s mostly about safety,” she said. The Fremont campus is the site of a massive construction effort. A parking structure is being built, terraced parking will follow on

the other end of campus, three buildings are being remodeled and three others will be demolished and rebuilt. All of the athletic fields and the swimming pool are being reengineered. The infrastructure is being upgraded, including water, power and data. Ramps, elevators and landscaping are being done. “It is probably the biggest project going on in the state,” Browning said. In order to limit impact on students and keep any visitors as safe as possible, the most hazardous and impactful work will be done when students are not on campus. “Things like asbestos removal will happen on weekends, breaks and over the summer,” Browning said. She went on to explain that the college is also trying to get things done as quickly as possible. “Delays cost money,” she said. “The more we can get done quickly, the more we can ultimately get done.”

The flea market is not the only place where the impact of the construction has been felt. In trying to get as much done as possible, Ohlone will not even host any classes over the summer on the Fremont campus. All classes will be limited to Newark. Browning reiterated that safety was the biggest driving force behind the decision. The school is trying to limit outside entities’ use of the campus during the construction, she said, pointing out the closure of the child-care center last June. With all of the construction going on at the Fremont campus, the Newark campus is already absorbing much of the resulting overflow. About 15,000 square feet of temporary classroom space has been added to the Newark Campus. The resulting loss of parking-lot space, as well as additional construction projects in Newark, prevent the Newark campus from being an adequate alternative location, Browning said.

The Ohlone Super Flea Market is officially being temporarily closed. A lot of people have been asking Browning when the flea market will be able to return. “The academic core buildings should be finished in spring of 2018,” she told The Monitor. “By then, the south parking structure will be complete as well.” Browning hopes the flea market will return then. She admitted it would take some coordination and marketing effort to get the Ohlone Super Flea Market back up and running. It is unclear however whether Nagel will be here when that time comes. “Elaine (Nagel) is an Ohlone employee,” Browning said. And when the flea market goes away, “she won’t have a position anymore.” “It has been excruciatingly painful for me and my staff,” Nagel said about the pending closure. “When you have a program you want to keep going, you have to fight for it.”





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- LETA STAGNARO Continued from Page 1 and what we can do to help fill a gap in the workforce for that unmet need,” Stagnaro said. The Certification of Interest that was submitted is for a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care. “There is a movement right now that by 2020 a respiratory therapist would need a baccalaureate degree, and so that is one of the driving forces behind looking into this program,” Stagnaro said.

Until all the documents are sorted out at the chancellor’s office, it is unclear which colleges Ohlone may be competing with in order to enter the program. “Foothill has a respiratory therapy program,” Stagnaro said. “They are not going to pursue a baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy. They are interested in working with us and we have a collaborative agreement with Diablo Valley for

prerequisites, so we have a … couple of other colleges who support us.” Ohlone’s current respiratory therapy program is highly successful, with a three-year licensure pass rate of 100 percent. “We have been awarded several awards over the past few years for the success of our program, which I think gives us a competitive advantage,” Stagnaro said. In order to be selected for the program, Ohlone must document an unmet workforce demand in the area. Stagnaro pointed out growing demand for respiratory therapists in Alameda and Santa Clara counties. According to the program

timeline, applications are to be sent out to interested colleges today. Once the application is received, Ohlone should have a better understanding of what will be required for the application process. Ohlone will have to notify the Chancellor’s Office of its intent to apply by Monday. The Chancellor’s Office will make its recommendations to the Board of Governors by Jan. 8, and the final selection of pilot colleges is scheduled to be announced on Jan. 21. “Overall, I think we do have a good opportunity here to continue to explore this and see whether or not we will be able to be part of the pilot program,” Stagnaro said.

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The Monitor won “general excellence” and eight other awards Nov. 8 at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ NorCal conference. More than 180 students from around Northern California gathered at Sacramento State University for the conference, which included workshops, onsite contests and an awards ceremony for last semester’s publications. Monitor features editor Mitchell Walther won first place for on-site opinion writing, and also took home a first-place award for column writing in the publications contest. Former Monitor editorin-chief Louis LaVenture and former photo editor Tam Duong Jr., both of whom are now attending Cal State East Bay, picked up several awards at the conference. LaVenture and Duong won first place for informational graphic, and Duong finished second in the same category. Duong also had second-place finishes for inside page layout and advertising design, while LaVenture picked up a thirdplace award for sports story. The newspaper’s current editor-in-chief, Ryan Parcher, finished second in the feature story category.


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Turning the world This semester has been fraught with dangers. Politicians have been desperate to snatch up our key demographic. “Grown-ups” are always on the fringes as well, reminding us just how important it is to vote. So this election, when two-thirds of the nation decided not to vote, I think our point may have been made. Our generation is drowning in helplessness. Now, before I come off as some suburban-emo blasting Dashboard Confessional from my one working car stereo, let me explain. We have seen wars we didn’t agree with, been subjected to laws that rob us of our freedoms. We can’t even stop a fiscal wave of inequality, no matter how long we camp outside Wall Street’s doors. All this defeat to say, the powerlessness of our generation has gotten almost laughable, both by our enemies and by us. Now, we’ve had our victories. Our social media and online presence has protected Internet neutrality. We’ve stayed connected and communal in the face of subsidized and corporate living. These waves of online community sadly amount tomereescapismmoreoften than not.We are powerful in the information age, but our presenceonthegroundcan’t seem to gain any. The key problem is this: We have pushed hard, been knocked down, and so we have begun creating worlds of our ideal design rather than trying to the fix one we failed to save. We grew up hearing storiesoftheFreeSpeechMovement. We saw draft cards being burned and will never stop hearing The Beatles’ “Revolution.” All is not lost, though, because we may have won without knowing. In the 1960s, the plan was to stop the machine from working. In this modern era, I believe we have taken control of the machine, or at least are attempting to. We didn’t vote, that is a problem. But we aren’t lying down. Our voices are strong enoughtostoplaws,asSOPA revealed. We have been stunted by the monotony of university, but I see a day coming soon. We will be turning the world on its axis before too long.

‘Gone Girl’ holds audiences in perfect suspense MITCHELL WALTHER Features editor The mystery thriller is a genre that seemingly will never die. From Sherlock Holmes to now, audiences love to the have the wool pulled over their eyes until a late third act reveal. “Gone Girl” is no exception, creating a tense, dramatic tone throughout its suspenseful entirety. The movie is based on a novel by popular author Gillian Flynn, who adapted it for the screen. David Fincher, director of “Fight Club” and “The Social Network,” came aboard to design another masterpiece. Throw in an all-star cast of Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Rosamund Pike, and “Gone Girl” begins to look like a perfect storm. Clocking in at two and a half hours, this movie thankfully delivers. Weaving in plots that dance throughout the movie’s nonlinear timeline, the main attraction of “Gone Girl” has to be its storytelling. What initially appears to be a love story that involves a kidnapping is able to turn from calm to pseudo-horror at the drop of a hat. The tense and altogether claustrophobic tone definitely leaves the audience feeling trapped with Affleck’s character, for better or for worse. Rosamund Pike’s narrative, the only confident voice in the film, adds a sense of helplessness and psychotic overtones as the film plays out. It is hard to talk too much about the story without revealing the essential twists of the plot. During the film’s runtime, you will spend much of the time wondering just what everyone is up to, and who is actually doing the right


Above: Ben Affleck, center, stars as Nick Dunne in “Gone Girl,” directed by David Fincher. Bottom: Rosamund Pike stars as Amy Dunne. Below: Affleck and Pike in a scene from the film.

thing. No one is perfect, and everyone is crazy. This seems to be the story Flynn is trying to get across. There is individual lunacy that is dealt with, as well as a national mob mentality that gets its own criticisms in the movie. Sitting on the New York Times No. 1 Bestseller list for eight weeks, it is easy to see why Flynn’s novel attracted so many readers. It tackles both the realities of a relationship and the darker fantasies of someone seemingly trapped in an unhealthy one. Our image and how we portray ourselves are touched upon as well, and the fake image we promote can lead to our own eventual downfall. As I said earlier, no one is totally in the right in this film. There is no hero per se, but the film’s journey is definitely the pursuit of just who is the real villain. And let me just say: there is an answer.

There is also a lot in the movie about the identity of the female image. Producer Reese Witherspoon mentioned she was drawn to the book by the strong female characters. The question has to be asked, though: who are those characters? Between the manic sister, the obsessed police officer, and the sociopathic wife, I would more lean to praising the film for its realistic and hurt characters. These hurts and hang-ups,

though, can pale in comparison at times to the problem Affleck is wrestling with during the movie. “Gone Girl” is truly a tale of what happens when the normal relationship problems go too far. The mystery, intrigue and horror are beautifully offset by the raw human honesty each actor and actress communicates on screen. Flynn’s dialogue flows effortlessly and drips like honey, while Fincher’s pace, tone and angles never let us forget just how trapped we are in the suspense. When the credits finally roll, the mystery has been solved. There is an eerie feeling, though, that we as the audience don’t get to walk away scot-free.

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A stirring thriller. This will keep you on the edge of your seat. This film is worth your theater ticket price. Look forward to the Oscars for this one.





Below: Former Ohlone student Bhavana Misra doesn’t copyright her award-winning art because she wants everybody to enjoy it. Above: Some of the artwork in Misra’s studio.

Former student discovers artistic passion Misra wants her paintings to be enjoyed by all ABIGAIL MONEDA Staff writer Bhavana Misra has been exposed to art ever since she was a little girl. Misra always had an interest in the arts. Her family and teachers noticed her artistic ability in her drawings and paintings as a child. During a break from her full-time job in the information technology field, she took drawing and painting classes at Ohlone College during the spring 2009 semester and the 2011 fall semester with instructor Jian Wu. She received perfect grades in both classes. After that, her paintings were

accepted into the Spring Student Juried Show. From then on, Misra chose to pursue her passion for arts as a career. “My source of inspiration is the elegance of nature and sincerity in people,” she said. “Both are too pretty to express in words.” To create these wonderful images, Misra uses charcoal, pencil, oil and pastel for her work. Portraiture is her chosen genre, but sometimes she paints other things as well. She works from life as well as photos. Along with Misra’s career came many awards. Her painting “Woman in Pink Pastel” won a Silver Award in the Juried Fine Arts Show held at the Fremont Arts Association this year. Another painting, “Vita ben Visuta” was an oil con-

trast that was one of the three artworks accepted by The Hayward Area Historical Society for the Day of the Dead exhibition. In July, Misra started two series of paintings: “Friends,” an oil contrast, and “America,” a group of patriotic paintings in mixed media/digital. Misra does not copyright her work because she wants everyone to enjoy it. She has a husband and two kids to share her accomplishments with. In her spare time, she enjoys taking photos and writing short stories. Being a portrait artist, Misra is always looking for new faces to paint. Anyone interested in being a model for one of her pieces can reach her at bhavna.misra@ or visit her blog at




Protesters interested in looting, not social justice NADJA ADOLF Contributing writer It is Sunday night, and police and residents in Oakland are on the alert, concerned about possible rioting if a grand jury decision in Missouri angers activists. People all over the country are anxious about the reactions that could follow the grand jury decision regarding the shooting of teenager Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. The fears are greatest nearest Ferguson. In Ferguson itself, local residents are purchasing and wearing apparel emblazoned with “I Love Ferguson” as part of a fundraiser to help local business owners who had their businesses damaged or destroyed during the previous riots. They fear that the grand jury decision will lead to more arson and destruction. Some note that protesters seemed more interested

in looting and vandalism than in social justice. They are saddened by the loss of treasured local businesses, including a well-loved barbecue restaurant that was burned down by rioters. Most of the remaining downtown Ferguson businesses have been decorated with tasteful, unpainted CDX plywood sheets or steel grates over windows and doors, in the hope that rioters won’t be able to break in, steal and burn them down. In Ha ze l w o o d , t h e school district plans to release students early if the decision comes on a weekday, saying that the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office has promised to give it an early warning of the decision. The district has formulated a plan to take children home, and close and secure the schools. In Florissant, a town

whose residents have many ties to neighboring Ferguson, some residents fear being targeted by spreading violence, a fear that seems reasonable given both proximity and the fact that there isn’t much left to loot in downtown Ferguson. Florissant residents have expressed worry. “I’m hoping that we can have a peaceful settlement,” said a retired black resident who drives a bus part time for additional income. “I hope we don’t go back to what it was like last time. I was in the military during the 1960s race riots and it’s sad to be seeing all of that all over again.” One Florissant resident noted that, “I have problems with the government too – I think we are overtaxed and underrepresented. You want to speak out, I’m there. But throwing rocks, spitting on cops? That’s over the line. This isn’t a black and white

issue, it’s a right and wrong issue.” One woman wondered, “If you’re demonstrating and they tell you to stay on the sidewalk, why can’t you stay on the sidewalk? Why is that so hard?” Although vandalizing looters, in both Ferguson and Oakland, insist that they are somehow fighting against injustice, the end result is that they are fighting against business investment and employment opportunities. It is very difficult to persuade people to open a business or invest in an

area where they can expect rioters to repeatedly trash their premises; and following riots, even businesses that have been in the area for decades decide to rebuild elsewhere. Meanwhile, it seems that a bunch of neo-KKK types have decided to go to the Ferguson area and use the anticipated riots as a recruiting tool. I suppose it is good to see blacks and whites working together for a common goal; I just wish the common objective wasn’t racial hatred.




Thanksgiving non-break gets no thanks from me Strange schedule made me miss family vacation RYAN PARCHER Editor-in-chief On Monday, my fiancée will pack my two sons in the car and drive down to southern California to visit her parents for Thanksgiving. My sons attend two different schools in Fremont. My fiancée is a college student currently completing her master’s degree and a middle school teacher in Cupertino. I am a student too, here at Ohlone. The only difference is I won’t be joining them on

Monday. Unlike the other four schools in my family’s lives, Ohlone doesn’t give us Thanksgiving week off. In all my years as a student, I’ve never had to attend classes during the week of Thanksgiving. Ohlone’s decision to schedule classes leaves me in the unpleasant position of having to sacrifice my work ethic by cutting classes, or sacrifice time with family that is already too rare. I suppose Ohlone makes up for the lack of a Thanksgiving break somewhat with its abnormally long winter break, but I can hardly do much vacation during the times that the rest of my family are in school.

I feel frustrated enough that every spring my kids, my fiancée and I all get different spring breaks. What on earth is so hard about coordinating school holidays? Instead of getting a break during my mid-semester holidays I instead am tied down to my house, and while my kids are on holiday I’m forced to try to find some way to provide daylong day care for them since my fiancée and I are still bound up in classes. With all that going on, it seems the least Ohlone could do is give us the entire week forThanksgiving. Thanksgiving should be an easy one. It’s a secular holiday, so you don’t have to worry about people “not believing” in it,

and every other school (that I’m familiar with, anyway) grants the entire week. I would be tempted to take the entire week off to spend with my family, but Ohlone’s eccentric scheduling already has my classes in a crunch. One of my science teachers has lamented in numerous lectures the loss of a full week of class time.We missed a day for Veterans Day and we will miss one for Thanksgiving. “How do they expect me to teach a 15 week course in 14 weeks?” he asked the class. That is part of the reason I won’t be joining my family until I can fly down on Wednesday. How do they expect me to pass a final that covers material that wasn’t

ever lectured on? I have to make sure I at least get what information and preparation I can from the teachers. I just wish flights weren’t so expensive. I would happily attend one more week into December in return for a decent thanksgiving break and the entire 15-week class I registered and paid for. I look around this semester and the parking lot seems packed but the classrooms are almost vacant. With all the focus on the massive construction project, I wonder if administrative tunnel vision won’t lead them to a big shiny new school that nobody wants to go to anymore.




Ohlone wins in OT

Continued from Page 8 nell’s credit, they battled back as well and made an amazing shot to tie it up.” Busto had a breakout performance, scoring a teamhigh 22 points, going 7-8 from the field and 8-11 from the foul line. His dominance began in the second half, and he was the focal point for the rest of the game. He scored even when Hartnell doubleteamed him. One play, he split the defenders to rise up for a dunk and a foul resulting in a three-point play. “We haven’t had a ‘fiveman’ or inside player really step up on a consistent basis,” Fisher said. “Each one of them has played well on occasion and tonight was Dani’s situation.” “I saw him catch it inside and there was no way they were going to be able to stop him and we had

to keep going at that.” Fisher added that playing through Busto wasn’t planned, and it evolved as the game went on, but joked, “I should take credit for it.” He addressed the turnover problem, saying, “When we make a misread and we turn it over – that I can understand. But it’s the unforced errors that we have and are still having. We’ve got to get rid of those. We have to be mentally stronger to make sure we don’t have those unforced errors.” Fisher had a different starting lineup than the first games, replacing Tawatari for Willesmith at point guard and Javier De La Blanca for Guru Sanghera at center.


Renegades 1-4 in opening games RYAN PARCHER / MONITOR

Top-right: Women’s basketball coach Liz Rizza and team are 1-4 through the first five games. Above: Jenni Brochu spikes the ball. She is sixth in the state with 365 kills. Below: Men’s soccer goalie Kyle Doser saves a shot attempt.


Center Javier de la Blanca scores against Cabrillo on Nov. 8.


Continued from Page 8 They lost in overtime to the tournament host Merced College 58-51 in the first round. They won 71-64 against Lassen College to advance to the consolation final. The final was close but Ohlone couldn’t overcome committing 18 turnovers and shooting 54 percent from the free-throw line. They fell to De Anza 68-61. Ohlone only had seven healthy players available in the tournament. Crystal De Los Reyes led the team in scoring in all three games. She scored 19 points in the first game, 18 in the second and 23 in the final. She’s averaging 16.8 points per game, fifth best in the Coast-North division. The Lady Renegades are now 1-4 to start the season.





Women’s soccer clinches playoff spot Other Renegade teams unlikely to make postseason appearances

Give it a shot

ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor The Ohlone women’s soccer team has made the playoffs after they wrapped up their season Friday with a 1-0 win over Skyline College. The win capped off a great week for the Lady Renegades. They beat Monterey College 8-0 on Tuesday. Eight different players scored the eight goals. Cristina Mendoza assisted on three goals. After beSATURDAY’S ginning the GAME season with Renegades (12-5-2) at a 1-4 record, Feather River the Lady Ren(12-6-3), 1 egades have p.m. been on a tear with a 10-1-2 record since. They end the regular season with an impressive 12-52 overall record and a 5-1-2 division record, second place in the Coast-North division. They earned the ninth seed in the Norcal Regional Playoff Tournament. Their first-round match is

on the road against the eighth seeded Feather River College, Saturday.


Chances of making the playoffs are slim after losing key games down the stretch the past week. Last Wednesday, the Renegades beat Skyline College 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 19-25, 2516). Jenni Brochu’s stellar season continued with 26 kills, 12 digs and two aces. Setter Camaryn Bricker added a teamhigh 45 assists and middleblocker Audrey Vaughn had three blocks. They lost Friday to Foothill College 3-1 (25-12, 18-25, 25-


Madison Cook (21), Alexandra Mejia (14) and other Lady Renegades warm up before a game against Las Positas College. They lock horns with Feather River College on Saturday.

20, 25-15). Brochu had her usual production, leading the team with 17 kills. She’s maintained a remarkable efficiency – more than .400 for six consecutive games. Their regular season finale was a loss to West Valley College, 3-0 (25-23. 25-17, 25-20). Since the top two division teams make the playoffs, the Lady Renegades find themselves in a rough spot at third place. They are an “at-large” team but their 4-6 division record makes their chances very slim.

Men’s soccer

The team’s dismal season came to an end on Friday. Injuries and a lack of roster depth has been the main reason for the Renegades’ disappointing season. They limp off the season with a 1-19 record.

Women’s basketball

The Lady Renegades basketball squad went 1-2 last weekend at the Merced Basketball Tournament. Continued on Page 7


Renegades weather the storm

Hartnell makes things interesting, but Ohlone holds on for victory ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor

The Ohlone Renegades overcame 18 turnovers and a Hartnell College buzzer-beater that forced overtime to get the win 74-68. Despite being careless protecting the ball and not taking advantage of their size advantage for most of the game against the much smaller Hartnell team, the Renegades found themselves with a 3-point lead with half a second left in the game. Then a Hartnell player made an unbelievable contested shot, fading away just a few feet in front of half court. The Renegades responded well in overtime after Hartnell’s 3-point prayer. They outscored Hartnell 12-6 and sealed the victory 74-68. The turning point of the game came midway through the second half. Ohlone had a 39-36 lead,

but Hartnell caught fire. Their offense was firing on all cylinders, making every shot they took, and after a 10-0 run they were on top 46-39. Following a timeout, Ohlone appeared to play more aggressively in all aspects. Center Dani Busto led the charge, establishing a presence in the post but more importantly using Ohlone’s size advantage. His energy off the bench rubbed off on his teammates. Forward Elliot Warren was like a crazed man snagging rebounds on offense and defense. He ended the game with a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Point guards Jesse Willesmith and Ryo Tawatari forced turnovers that translated to easy layups. Forward Marcus Holmquist-Pollock played stifling defense, not allowing any room for Hartnell’s top-scoring option. “We were down there at the end of the second half and we did great to come back and get the lead,” Head Coach Scott Fisher said. “To HartContinued on Page 7


Above: Center Dani Busto goes up for a layup against Cabrillo College on Nov. 8. Below: Point Guard Ryo Tawatari surveys the defense after a rebound.

Too many people overlook the quality of college sports in the Bay Area. Last month, I went to Ohio State University to tour the campus but – more importantly – I watched a Buckeyes football game. During the game, their 104,944-person stadium – the Horseshoe – was rocking and I felt like the stadium was going to sink to the core of the earth every time the Buckeyes scored a touchdown. Ohio State is one of the top collegiate programs in the country, which is one reason why they have such a large following. But in all honesty and with the utmost respect, there isn’t much to do in Columbus – which is why everyone loves OSU. With so much attention and emphasis put onto the Bay Area’s professional teams, it seems like nobody cares about sports college-wise. In my opinion, other than enrolled students, alumni or the few people who follow college teams – nobody really cares. I’m not expecting the Bay Area to go bonkers for local universities or junior colleges but there are great teams here. Stanford’s women’s basketball and volleyball teams are some of the best in the country. Cal’s swim and rugby programs, too. We have some great teams here at Ohlone as well. I’ve watched everything so far this semester and unfortunately there was very little attendance at all of the games. Women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball have been playoff-caliber teams in recent years. The men’s soccer team had a disappointing 1-19 season but I watched when they got their only win – from a miraculous 40-yard kick – and it has been my favorite game that I covered this season. Go out and watch some college games – especially here at Ohlone. They’re astronomically cheaper than professional games and you get just as much entertain-

Ohlone College Monitor, November 20, 2014  

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