THURSDAY APRIL 23, 2015 Vol. XLIX No. 8
Masters teach the art of tai chi and qigong on the Newark campus. See photos on Page 3.
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Communication Studies major Vanessa Luis, a Monitor contributing writer, was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and a binge-eating disorder. “It took all the strength I had” to overcome it, she says.
Ohlone, other colleges see rise in stress, depression
Seeking help: one student’s story
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I was in a dark place and it gradually got darker. I gained 50 pounds, I lost most of my friends, my binge eating was up, and my school performance was down. I lost all motivation, I slept too much, and I was angry all the time. I felt confused, helpless
Jenn Shue had just graduated high school, and was struggling with health issues and a host of new pressures. She was moody, often cried and was prone to panic at-
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tacks. It all became too much for her. “The sad truth is if it hadn’t been for Sally (Bratton, Ohlone’s Student Health Center director) and her team I wouldn’t be here toContinued on Page 4
and out of control. I didn’t understand why I was no longer interested in doing anything. I had this urge to quit my job. I dropped most of my classes. I would close myself in my room, draw the curtains and avoid everyone. The most confusing part Continued on Page 5
Rahul Patel elected student rep to college’s Board of Trustees MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-chief Rahul Patel has been elected as the student member of the Board of Trustees. Students also elected four of their peers to Associated Students of Ohlone College executive officer positions during the April 14 and 15 voting. “As ASOC senator, I assisted students with a variety of issues and dilemmas – I loved it,” Patel said in his candidate statement. “I want to work with all of you and make a difference here.”
Four candidates – Daniel Ayers, Irma Casteneda, Ameila Angdjaja and Luis Lujan – vied with Patel to be the student board member. Another four candidates ran unopposed for four ASOC officer positions. Bubba Manzo was elected president and Kimberly Quinto vice president. Jack Smith snagged the secretary spot, while Harmeet Kaur was elected to be legislative representative. The newly elected officials will be sworn in next month. No student ran for treasurer. Though a student ran
as a write-in candidate, the student didn’t receive the 50 votes needed to qualify. A treasurer will be appointed Friday by the ASOC board. The ASOC acts as a liaison between Ohlone students and administrators. They bring student opinions and concerns to the attention of the college’s Board of Trustees, and also lead fundraisers and outreach programs throughout the year. The student member to the Board of Trustees will sit on the board during LAURA GONSALVES / MONITOR
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Sara Kassed, right, votes in the ASOC elections on April 14 in Newark.
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NEWS BITES Forensics team wins at nationals The Ohlone Forensics Team returned from The Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in Cleveland with two silver medals and two bronzes. Sarah Goulart earned a silver in prose; Kivraj Singh won a silver in program oral interpretation and a bronze in poetry; and an undefeated Manveer Singh won a bronze in IPDA Debate. The Forensics program will hold a showcase at Ohlone sometime in May. Details will be available soon.
OFK seeks site monitors Ohlone for Kids and Teens is seeking students to work as site monitors for its summer program. The program offers a blend of academic and special-interest classes to students entering grades 4 through 11. Site monitors help instructors, deliver supplies, collect attendance, supervise students between periods and during lunchtimes, and perform a host of other tasks. A high school diploma is required, and experience working in K-12 programs is preferred. The program runs in three sessions: from June 22 through July 2; from July 6 through 16; and from July 20 through 30. Applicants should email their resumes to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to www.ohloneforkids. com.
Panel to discuss sociology A panel of former Ohlone sociology and social work students will meet April 30 to discuss their degrees and careers. Alumni will talk about obtaining degrees in sociology and social work at four-year universities, what they wish they’d known before they transferred, and what they have done with their degrees. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. in FP-16 in the portables on the Fremont campus. – Compiled by Monitor staff
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Top: Performers dance and dive around the stage during a dress rehearsal for “Soul House,” Ohlone’s 17th Annual Spring Dance Production.
Bottom: Anna Weideman, right, and Ashley Diamond put on a stirring performance during the dress rehearsal.
MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-chief Ohlone’s Smith Center will be home this weekend to Janel Tomblin-Brown’s presentation of “Soul House,” the 17th Annual Spring Dance Production. The dance tells the story of spirits that inhabit a famous performance venue. Performances will be at 8 tonight, Friday and Saturday in the Smith Center.Tickets cost $12, or $10 for students, seniors and staff. Audience members are invited to donate used shoes to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that distributes shoes and clothes to people in need. Bins will be located in the Smith Center lobby and scene shop.
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Lizzy Johnson poses with her art piece Wednesday afternoon during the reception for the Ohlone College Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Johnson received the Jurors’ Recognition Award in Sculpture. The student work will be on display at the Louie-Meager gallery in the Smith Center through May 14. Sixty students submitted nearly 200 artworks for the show.
meetings, give advice and counsel during proceedings, represent students, and cast advisory votes only. ASOC meetings, which are open to the public, are held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays in Room 7101 on the Fremont campus. For more information about the elections, contact Student Activities Coordinator Renee Gonzales at 510-659-7311 or email@example.com.
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Rahul Patel, the new student representative to the Board of Trustees.
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Top: The Ohlone Tai Chi and Qigong Club and guests warm up before their demonstration Saturday morning on the Newark campus as part of the third annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Open House. The event included demonstrations, performances, and hands-on seminars about tai chi, qigong, mindfulness and traditional Chinese medicine. Right: Joree Rosenblatt, who has a masterâ€™s degree in counseling psychology, teaches a seminar on mindfulness. Right, second from bottom: Traditional Chinese medical practitioner Mamie Chow takes the pulse of Gerry Mooney during a seminar. Bottom-right: Master May Chen, tai chi and qigong instructor at Ohlone, lectures about breathing. Below: Master Bryant Fong, a former team leader, coach and athlete with the U.S. National Wushu Team, takes part in a demonstration.
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Finding our way forward
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Mental health on campus
Colleges see increase in stress, depression ness include anxiety disor- school and other settings ders, behavioral disorders, for at least six months. Atday, I would have given up,” eating disorders, substance- tention Deficit Hyperactivity use disorders, mood disor- Disorder is a common type Shue said. Shue is one of a grow- ders, personality disorders, of behavioral disorder. Eating disorders include ing number of students at psychotic disorders and anorexia nervosa, binge eatOhlone and colleges around suicidal behavior. “Mental health encom- ing and bulimia. the country who are dealing Substance-abuse with stress, anxiety, depres- passes our emodisorder is when sion and other mental ill- t i o n a l w e l l being,” said nesses. illegal drugs A third of college students R o s e m a r y cause a pernationwide had difficulty O’Neill, a son to exfunctioning due to depres- life coach perience sion, and almost half of the and mena mental students experienced over- tal health health whelming anxiety, according counselproblem, to the 2013 National College or at the or when Health Assessment – a survey O h l o n e people Estimated number of Ohlone that examined more than S t u d e n t use alcostudents who have attempted 125,000 students from about H e a l t h hol, drugs suicide. 150 colleges and universities. Center. or substancSource: STEP Up Ohlone “If we are At Ohlone, 61 percent of es to self-medstudents had “some” or “a depressed or if icate. This disorlot” of trouble with depres- we are anxious, if we der usually involves sion in the previous week, had a traumatic event in our people who suffer with deand 70 percent had trouble life and are suffering from pression, anxiety disorders, some post-traumatic schizophrenia and personalwith anxiety, accordstress disorder ity disorders. ing to STEP Up symptoms. … Ohlone. Mood disorders, also comIt’s about the mon, include depression, According state of our bipolar disorder, seasonal to a 2011 emotional affective disorder and selfOhlone well-be- harm. College ing.” National Personality disorders inA n x i - clude antisocial personality Assessety disor- and borderline personality m e n t Percentage of Ohlone students ders are disorder. d a t a who had “some” or “a lot” a m o ng survey, 3 Schizophrenia is a psyof trouble with depression the most chotic disorder, and people percent in the previous week. c o m m o n . experience hallucinations of Ohlone Source: STEP Up Ohlone O b s e s s i v e - and delusions. Suicidal bestudents atc o m p u l s i v e havior is another common tempted suidisorder, panic dis- form of mental illness. cide in the past order, phobias and post12 months. With 10,270 “Of students that I see, I students admitted in Fall traumatic stress disorder are see all of those symptoms,” 2014, however, that 3 per- all types of anxiety disorders. O’Neill said. “Students come Behavioral disorders tend to me if they’re depressed, cent would indicate about 308 students had attempted to happen with children who and they’re depressed for have shown a pattern of dis- a million different reasons. suicide. Categories of mental ill- ruptive behavior at home, Breakup of a relationship is very significant; it causes a lot of pain and hurt. Family complications or family communication problems. The death of a family member, perhaps, or a loved one. Sometimes economic crisis in the family impacts students’ mental health. Students come to me for a variety of reasons.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages, and 38,000 Americans die every year because of it. Monitor photo editor LauLAURA GONSALVES / MONITOR ra Gonsalves lost her nephew Julian Gutierrez to suicide Ohlone students Matt Onofre-Gomez, front-right, and Victor Gutierrez, rear-right, sell merchandise during a fundraiser in March for the Logan in 2011. Gutierrez, who died a week High School soccer team in the name of Gutierrez’s brother, Julian before his 15th birthday, Gutierrez, who took his life a week before his 15th birthday in 2011.
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of the $3,000 goal. To donate, go to http://stepupohlone.org. Ohlone College began the Out of the Darkness walk after campus safety officer Stewart Dawson killed himself in 2010. Dawson’s mother, Cathy, and sister, Christiana, have been present at the walk every year. “The walk in itself – it’s difficult and yet at the same time it gives us a lot of hope,” Cathy Dawson said. STEP Up Ohlone is the college’s campaign to promote student mental health, prevent suicide, and reduce stigma and discrimination about mental illness. “The sorrow is mixed with joy that you see in things like this – the walk and the promise of a better tomorrow,” Cathy Dawson said. Aldriene Ladlad of the Associated Students of Ohlone College said he has family members who have attempted suicide, and he hopes the event is an eye-opener. “I love Ohlone College,” Ladlad said. “The college has always been family-oriented.”
is that I was happy sometimes. I would have a good day or a good couple of hours where I would smile, laugh and enjoy myself; yet the happiness was always fleeting. My smiles didn’t last for long, and when I was alone again with my thoughts I was miserable. After six months of this, and putting my loved ones through hell, my mother suggested I speak with someone. One week later I was on the couch in a dimly lit room. A therapist sat across from me. She was reading the questionnaire I had filled out and every once in a while she would nod, or look up at me. That day, after hours of questions and answers, I was diagnosed with moderate-to-severe depression, anxiety and a binge-eating disorder. My therapist suggested I see a psychiatrist for a second opinion and an anti-depressant prescription. I was ashamed – I thought I was supposed to be ashamed. I couldn’t fully grasp this information and it threw me into a depressive episode; I cried, I slept, I binged – a constant destructive circle. Finally, I gathered myself and saw the psychiatrist. I got my second opinion: I was confirmed a person with depression, anxiety and binge-eating. My psychiatrist prescribed Prozac and I began to take the pills in secret – afraid of what my mother and family might think. After a month, I started feeling better than I ever have. I was looking at things more positively, my eating and sleeping were under control, and I was enjoying the company of people
“I’m a student, I carry two jobs, I’m a tutor and I’m preparing to transfer in the fall,” Shue said. “Saying I have a lot on my plate is the understatement of the year.” “Right after graduation I was picked up by a school to play sports and I was over the moon,” Shue said. “After moving out of my home with my family and into the apartment with the roommate from hell, things went downhill. … I had a hard time juggling my studies, practices and trying to take care of myself like the adult I thought I was.” On top of her school struggles, Shue also had minor symptoms of IBS which intensified, and she became moody, often cried and was prone to panic attacks.
“I have learned to open up to others. I’m not ashamed of my IBS, anxiety or depression, I have really learned to accept myself and understand that I can get through anything now,” she said. Ohlone student Khalil Iqbal, who has been counseled by O’Neill, said raising awareness about mental health is key. He had a friend who delayed therapy for more than a year because she was afraid of how it would be perceived. “Unfortunately, there is a negative stigma surrounding mental health,” he said. “People use words like ‘crazy’ when talking about those
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Campus safety officers Nick Maurer, left, and Gweneth Murphy speak to Cathy Dawson and her grandson at the fifth annual Out of the Darkness Walk on April 15. Dawson is the mother of the former safety officer Stewart Dawson, who killed himself in 2010.
Walk raises money, awareness to prevent suicide VANESSA LUIS Contributing writer Students and faculty walked for suicide prevention at the Newark campus on April 15 in honor of those suffering from and loved ones lost to mental illness. STEP Up Ohlone organized the fifth annual Out of the Darkness Walk in an effort to raise awareness and prevent suicide. Students, staff and faculty wore colored beads signifying their support and walked three laps around the Newark campus. The walk is one of the many steps Ohlone is taking to help reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. This stigma hinders the ability for people to heal, said Kevin Franklin of the Ohlone Student Veterans Club. “People are afraid to get the help they need,” he said. Registration was held at 11 a.m. and the walk began at noon. Participants could donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and so far the event has raised $1,771 out came from a large, close-knit family in Union City. “We were shocked and in disbelief,” Gonsalves said about how she and her 200 family members felt following the death. “After that year, we still haven’t taken a family photo since.” “For him to commit suicide – it just didn’t make sense. No one has ever committed suicide in our huge, extended family.” One of the tougher obstacles for Gonsalves and her family was trying to discover why he did what he did. “To this day, we don’t know why,” she added. Gonsalves was at Ohlone
at the time of the death and decided to drop most of her classes. “My heart wasn’t in school anymore,” she said. “I was depressed and had sensitive reminders (about Julian).” Grieving, counseling and talking to others helped Gonsalves cope with the depression. She also sought help with O’Neill at the health center, but to this day she hasn’t completely gotten over the death and said she never will. “You just learn to deal with it – cope with it better,” she said. “It doesn’t occupy most of my time anymore.” For many college students, the college grind is overwhelming and sometimes leads to mental health problems.
“The final straw was when I had to move back home,” she said. “I lost my license so I wouldn’t drive and I wouldn’t leave the house unless for school or family functions, because I was terrified.” “I stopped even caring about my appearance. I figured if I wasn’t going anywhere, why get ready for the day. It was just a horrible time for me and I had no way of understanding what was happening or how to deal with it.” Still, Shue sought help at the Ohlone Student Health Center and was able to piece her life back together.
more. I suddenly wanted to do things and I had my motivation back. My family noticed the changes and I decided to open up about the diagnoses and the medication. They were cautious but supportive; anything that would help me be happy. I applied full-time for the spring semester at Ohlone, prepared for a trip to Italy, celebrated the holidays with my loved ones and didn’t feel a need to get away from everything and everyone. I branched out and embraced myself during my trip abroad. I came out of my shell because I was not afraid, I was no longer withdrawing within myself, but rather I was embracing life with open arms. It is six months later now and I am at the best point in my life; I’m involved at
school, I’m focused, I’m happy and I’m enjoying things. I required help to overcome this challenge. It took all the strength I had to take that step and decide I needed help. I’m not ashamed of this, nor should anyone be. If you had a broken leg, no one would tell you to get over it. Mental health is no different; mental health is biological and uncontrollable. If you have addictions and other mental illness in your family, you may be at a biological predisposition for mental illness yourself. Seeking help is hard, whether it is for yourself, a friend, a loved one or a colleague, but if you arm yourself with knowledge and empathy for mental illness, you may save a life. It could be yours.
who seek help for mental health issues.” O’Neill concurred, saying people think there’s something wrong with getting sad or depressed. “We like to think we shouldn’t talk about our problems outside of the family,” she said. Society focuses on health from a “superficial physical perspective,” Iqbal said. “If you take care of the body and neglect other parts of health then you are not taking a holistic approach to self-care,” he said. “A holistic approach is much-needed when dealing with the stressors
of everyday life.” The more families and children are educated about mental health, the more it will help people become comfortable communicating with others when they have mental health problems, O’Neill said. “There’s more awareness now,” she said. “When I reach out to someone, they’re going to reach out to someone and my goal and my hope is that it becomes more and more OK to get help.” Staff writers Martha Nunez and Maria Garcia-Hernandez contributed to this report.
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Genuine interest key to online parenting Monitor Editor-in-chief Mitchell Walther wrote the following story for the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ on-site opinion-writing contest. Students watched the same speech and then had an hour to write their stories. MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-chief The Internet can be a beautiful and terrifying place. In recent years, countless advances have offered us sites and applications of which we never dreamed, and new crimes and social issues of which we never conceived. Sexting, cyber-bullying and social deprivation have become dirty words in the parenting and education world. How do we protect our kids from issues only they can see on their tiny little screens? No n p r o f i t m ov e m e n t Above the Fray has been trying to solve this problem since 2013. Above the Fray seeks “to educate parents and teachers about what life is really like online for younger people, and to give adults the tools they need to begin meaningful dialogues at home and at school,” CEO Thomas Dodson said in a speech at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ State Convention on April 10. This is a nice sentiment, and Dodson’s heart is definitely in the right place. The problems begin, though, when he begins his presentations meant for parents. He maintains that parents can and should read their kids’ texts, and know their login information for sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I maintain this will turn parents into Big Brother before they can say, “But I’m doing this for your own good, honey.” He also says parents should
be present and involved in their children’s online world. This is not bad advice, but it is far too broad to be useful. Children will run to another platform the minute they fear they are being watched. Dodson’s presentation was copyrighted last year, and Reddit and Twitch didn’t even appear in his list of social media platforms. Kids have felt pressured, and they have run. These three specific lessons of Above the Fray’s would cripple parents. The organization is telling parents to get involved and learn about the Internet at the same time. The sad truth is parenting from a place of ignorance robs adults of their authority over their child. The first step is not about guidelines, boundaries or rules. It needs to be about having a casual conversation before assuming control and looking over a child’s online shoulder. Above the Fray had conversation – bad conversation. Its mission statement cites focus groups that it ran last year. These groups consisted of 24 anonymous teens talking to Dodson and his team about their online lives over a period of four weeks. During his JACC presentation, Dodson said the groups were split into age sections of 11-to-14 and 15-to-18. That is, 24 students spread over a decade of a young person’s life. The study showed that 47 percent felt parents did not have the right to see what was on their phones. The study did not specify which half of the decade of children felt this way. This is crucial because you cannot parent an
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Monitor staff writer Maria Garcia-Hernandez tweets during the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ State Convention in Sacramento.
11-year-old the same as you can a 17-year-old. This should be painfully obvious to Above the Fray and Dodson. The 11- to 14-year-olds have just finished getting a basic handle on language, and are just truly discovering empathy. Why are we trusting them with smart phones, tablets or laptops? In an interview, comedian Louis C.K. said he wasn’t going to buy his kids cell phones, because children need to “build an ability to be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what phones have taken away.” Then there are the 15to 18-year-olds. These are rebellious, unorthodox people taking their steps toward adulthood. They are forging the new ground before them, and need to be allowed to stake their claim. Trust is earned, and hopefully a teenager can at least earn a chance at privacy. Their account information and private
texts are theirs alone. Sorry, Dodson: There is no “obligation” for parents to see what their kids are doing online. The solution to all this is not security, it’s genuine interest. For all his involvement with the subject, Dodson showed wariness and disinterest in online endeavors. When commenting on the rise of “fandoms,” Dodson told parents, “You’ll probably hate it,” but get involved anyway. Feigned interest will only ensure that your child never tells you what they are passionate about. Interest should be the key for parents. You’d be interested if your kid scored a touchdown, so be interested if they garner more than 11 likes on Instagram. You’d be interested in that “A” they got in computer science, so be interested when their tweet gets retweeted by Leonardo Di Caprio.
Parents need to learn to be involved in their own social media. Don Prewitt, known on Instagram as @ Don62, is a parent of six. He is also an Instagram celebrity, known for his #ViewfromBelow series. His kids are also on Instagram, and they enjoy seeing one another’s photos. There is a shared respect and therefore, Don Prewitt is able to talk with his children about what they are up to on the Internet, because they feel he is invested in it, just like they are. There is a balance to involvement. Be interested and ask questions, but don’t hound. Above the Fray has a good heart. So do the parents and teachers who are trying to find a way to meet their children with understanding. But the key to online parenting is an open mind and a willingness to see the Internet as something new, not just another playground.
Monitor brings home JACC state awards MITCHELL WALTHER Editor-in-chief Most of the Monitor staff attended the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ State Convention two weeks ago. JACC puts on a statewide convention each year as an opportunity for community college journalists to learn, compete and network together. More than 400 students from around the state joined us at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento to engage in some healthy competition. The Monitor, for its part, took home several awards.
Editor-in-chief Mitchell Walther grabbed fourth place for his weekly column “On the Road,” as well as a student leadership award. Fo r m e r e d i t o r- i n chief Louis LaVenture snatched third place for sports game story, and for mer pho t o g ra p h e r Hung Nguyen got third place for sports feature photo. Fourth place in sports action photo went to Laura Gonsalves, and Sruthie Kondamoori earned an honorable mention for student-designed advertisement.
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The Monitor staff attended the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ State Convention April 9 to 11.
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CCCBA Coach’s Poll
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17t 17t 18 19
as of April 14
Coast North W L PCT CON
Coast Pacific W L PCT CON
San Mateo 35 0 1.00 16-0
25 10 .714 14-9
25 13 .658 11-4
22 12 .647 14-9
17 17 .500 8-8
20 15 .571 13-10
27 .206 2-12
19 15 .559 12-11
30 .118 1-13
14 21 .400 10-13
18 .143 0-11
17 16 .515 9-14
8 26 .235 6-17
School San Joaquin Delta Fresno Feather River Santa Rosa San Mateo Ohlone Solano Marin Consumnes River Gavilan Merced Folsom Lake Skyline Sequoias Mission Cabrillo Butte Taft De Anza Napa
Pts 540 513 441 440 427 395 383 340 338 290 287 214 195 169 130 108 100 105 75 67
SPORTS TWEET OF THE WEEK “PELICAN’T HOLD A LEAD” @LOLKNBR Local sports radio KNBR’s parody account pokes fun that the Pelicans couldn’t hold the lead against the Warriors. The Warriors currently have a 2-0 lead over the Pelicans in their first-round playoff matchup.
Monitor Sports Guy’s Players of the Week ALBERT REBOSURA Monitor Sports Guy Softball’s Haley Keahi and baseball’s Elias Bedolla are my players of the week. The Lady Renegades won their only game this past week 16-9 against De Anza – you’d think they were playing football with that score. Keahi went four for five with three RBIs on two singles, a triple and a home run. She also had a steal. She’s having a phenomenal
season, leading the team in hits, home runs, RBIs and doubles. Baseball pitcher Elias Bedolla helped the Renegades break their recent two-game losing streak, winning 6-2 Tuesday against De Anza. He pitched seven innings, allowing one earned run and striking out three. In 12 starts this season he has pitched 69.1 innings, compiling a 6-2 record, 2.99 ERA and 45 strikeouts.
Season Totals Elias Bedolla
APP GS IP W 14 12 69.1 6
Season Totals Haley Keahi
R RBI 36 37
HR AVG OBP SB 6 .430 .456 6
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Ohlone wins 6-2, controls playoff destiny Pitching and small ball lead to win against De Anza
Leave Tebow alone
ALBERT REBOSURA Sports editor Ohlone got a much-needed outing Tuesday from starter Elias Bedolla to snap a twogame losing streak and put the Renegades in the driver’s seat to clinch the North Coast Conference today. “Elias Bedolla pitched well, he threw seven innings and gave us a great effort, and a great outing like he always does,” Head Coach Mark Curran said after the 6-2 win against De Anza. “He did a great job locating his pitches and getting first-pitch strikes.” Bedolla bounced back after losing his previous start against Monterey on April 6. He allowed two early runs but settled down and had a solid outing in a losing effort – Monterey’s Dylan Thorp had the Renegade batters’ number that day. Out of Bedolla’s 12 starts this season he has allowed two runs or fewer eight times. With the win over De Anza he has a 6-2 record with a 2.99 ERA. Ohlone did what they did best: play small ball. “Offensively, the guys did a good job grinding out at-bats and competing,” Curran said. He was pleased with the team’s sacrifice flies, bunts and steals – which translated to runs scored in four different innings. “We always stress being able to execute,” Curran said. “It’s part of playing good baseball. At this level you don’t have players hitting the three-run home run consistently, so you have to do those small things to put pressure on the defense, and our guys do a good job at that.” The Renegades had six successful steals on nine attempts. Brock Pradere had a team-high three steals – but left the game in the fifth inning after getting dinged up on his third steal. “We like to put pressure on the defense,” Curran said. “We’re fortunate enough to have a few guys with some speed. We really coach them up on how to be good base runners.” Josh Calmerin had another good outing, earning his third save of the season. Despite earning the save, Calmerin still serves as Curran’s “Swiss Army Knife” out of the bullpen – pitching long relief one game and then closing the next. He has made 19 appearances this season, pitching 46 innings with a team-low 1.37 ERA. “He’s just a gritty competitor,” Curran said about
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Pitcher Elias Bedolla throws a pitch as third baseman Brandon Sewell prepares to field on Tuesday.
At this level you don’t have players hitting the three-run home run consistently, so you have to do those small things to put pressure on the defense, and our guys do a good job at that - Head Coach Mark Curran Calmerin. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff – most guys at this level do not. What separates him is that he has the ability to consistently throw strikes early in the count.” “He’s also able to locate his pitches really well. He’s a really tough kid; there isn’t really a situation that’s too big for him. He just gets on the mound and pounds the heck out of the zone. He’s a tough competitor and a great kid.” Ohlone plays their regular-
season finale at 2 p.m. today against Cañada College. Cañada is 17-16 and is coming off a loss against Monterey on Tuesday. The Renegades have had Cañada’s number this season, winning their previous two matchups 6-4 and 2-0. A win would clinch the
Coast Pacific division and home-field advantage for Ohlone – which is tied for first with Gavilan. The Renegades would fall to second place with a loss and a Gavilan win, but if both win, Ohlone owns the tiebreaker. CCCAA will announce playoff seeds on Sunday.
See standings, rankings and the Tweet of the Week on Page 7.
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Brock Pradere is attended to for an injury. He was injured after a steal in the fifth inning.
There isn’t a more talked about football player in the NFL than Tim Tebow. Tebow signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and social media blew up. Twitter had mixed reactions – mostly calling Tebow a joke and saying he is a terrible football player. My Twitter was full of Tebow love. At first, I jokingly was a Tebow super fan from his days at Florida to annoy my friends, but as I paid closer attention to who he is as a person I became an actual fan. Everyone points out his terrible throwing technique, but his technique isn’t the real reason why he can’t stay in the league – it’s the media’s fault. His media over-exposure scares off teams that would take more chances on him. Tebow’s throwing technique is bad, but is he really not talented enough to be a servicable backup QB? Blaine Gabbert, Jimmy Clausen, Chad Henne? I can list more unrecognizable backups but I think you get my point. Tebow is better than all of them. Everyone steers clear of him because wherever he goes, the media follows. That’s crap – or what Monitor Editor-in-chief Mitchell Walther wrote in his last column: bullshit. He hasn’t done anything outside the football field to gather this much unnecessary media attention. His popularity is unique. The media tends to be attracted to controversial figures like Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel, butTebow isn’t anything like them – except they’re all Heisman winners. Tebow is different. He’s not going to rehab, he isn’t stealing crab legs, he isn’t a criminal, he doesn’t have five kids with five different women. In a sport with players such as Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Aaron Hernandez – albeit the latter two now are out of the league – Tebow is a bona fide role model. The media needs to leave Britney – I mean Tebow – alone. I’m talking to you, Skip Bayless: shut up. Tebow’s a good enough backup, and a better role model than everyone not named J.J. Watt in the NFL.