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Leasing land not unusual

MARCH 6, 2014 Vol. XLVII No. 3

Renegades baseball wins again. See story on page 7


Student strives for balance



LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief If Ohlone goes ahead with the development of its frontage property along Mission Boulevard, it won’t be an unusual move. The Education Code allows a community college board to lease surplus property for a term of no more than 99 years, and many California community colleges have taken advantage of the opportunity. Among those who have leased land or tried to do so are theWestValley-Mission Community College District, the Santa Clarita Valley Community College District and the Long Beach Community College District. “Other colleges have done this,” Ohlone board President Garrett Yee said. “If the terms are right, the development of the frontage property is good for Ohlone College.” The process can take some time, however. College officials have been working on a potential frontage property deal for more than a decade, and twice decided not to go forward with projects because they were not satisfied with the bids offered. “Developing land is a process that inherently takes a lot of time since it involves a lot of stakeholders,” Yee said. The Board of Trustees last month voted to solicit competitive bids to develop about 15 acres of surplus property along Mission Boulevard on the Fremont campus for rental housing and retail space.The deadline to submit bids is April 9.


Math team ready for second round ALIZAIB LODHI Staff writer


Ohlone student and entrepreneur Cassandra Manansala discusses how she balances going to school full time and working in an interview Friday at the Fremont campus.

17 units, photography business require organization, hard work LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief Have you ever watched a tightrope walker and marveled at how they are able to keep their balance and not fall while walking on a rope or cable? Being a college student and working simultaneously is the more mundane equivalent of this death-defying


act, and Cassandra Manansala knows all about it. A full-time student currently enrolled in 17 units can be a large enough workload for anybody, but then you add your own photography business to the mix and there you have it: a tightrope act. Getting into the business proved to come as natural as taking photos for Manansala. “My last year of high school

I got an internship at a highend wedding photography company,” she said. “I got a lot of great experience there and it led to a senior photographer position at Lifetouch portraits, where I got most of my studio training.” Manansala has been walking that rope since graduating from James Logan High School in 2012 and launchContinued on Page 3

Ohlone will compete Friday in the second round of The Student Math League, a challenging national competitive math exam. The exam will be administered from 11 a.m. to noon and from noon to 1 p.m. in Hyman Hall, Room HH-218. Ohlone’s math team, which has finished in the top 10 nationally three of the previous four years, scored No. 24 in the country in the first round last semester, tying Irvine Valley College in Southern California. From 180 to 200 community colleges compete in the nationwide math competition, in which students figure out difficult math problems to place nationally and win cash prizes. Friday’s exam will be administered by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). The highest level of math on the exam will be Continued on Page 3


Smith Center gearing up for spring performance schedule LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College Smith Center has its calendar full this month with a packed slate of entertainment. First off, the Mission Peak Brass Band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Jackson Theatre. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students, children younger than 12 and seniors age 65 and older. Next, the Nummi Theatre will be alive with drama at 8 p.m. March 12-14 when the Student Repertory Theatre One Act Plays, Bill 1, will be presented by the Ohlone Col-

lege Department of Theatre and Dance. The Ohlone Wind Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. March 16 in the Jackson Theatre. Tickets will be the same prices as those for the Mission Peak Brass Band performance. At 7:30 p.m. March 19, the Jackson Theatre will welcome the Ohlone Community Band for a night of musical stylings. Tickets for this event are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, children younger than 12 and seniors age 65 and older. At 7 p.m. March 30, in the Jackson Theatre, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra

will perform a “Celebration of Fremont” with guest performances by Diablo Ballet and silent film pianist Jon Mirsalis. Also featured in the celebration will be the winner of the symphony’s 2012 Young Artist Competition, Connor Kim. The symphony will present the history of the Fremont community and emphasize the energy of its citizens. For more information or to buy tickets for this event, go to www.fremontsymphony. org. For more information about all performances, go to the Smith Center website at


The Fremont Symphony Orchestra will be performing in the Jackson Theatre of the Smith Center at 7 p.m. on March 30.





Lost in the Destination I love driving in the rain. The millions of pitter-patters add a serene soundtrack to the road ahead of me. When the streetlights bounce off each individual prism I’m always spellbound by all the colors on my windshield. It can turn any boring ride home from work into a moment to just drive and think. Sometimes I just turn my wipers off and let the raindrops flood over my view. Like a tiny quilt they sew together across my eyes. It’s amazing to me how I’m able to shift my gaze to look at the street I’m going down or refocus on the little wonders in front of me. Obviously this isn’t the safest act, but on a quiet night, I feel the risk is worth the peace it brings. Each day I wake up is pretty much the same. I can live for the weekend like most of us, and keep on keeping on toward that goal at the end of the week. Stopping to focus on the windshield in front of me, though, can be far more fulfilling at times. Getting lost in your destination can be just as bad as never getting there. I can get so focused on just getting home that, before I know it, I’m in bed asleep and my evening is wasted. If my commute is just that, then there are hours of my life that I’m never getting back. My time is too important to waste. It’s not about being efficient or making sure you stop to smell the roses, it’s simply about enjoying walking past the flowers. I don’t need to slow down the pace if I find a way to enjoy the speed in the first place. Finding something of worth in each drop of rain can help keep us sane.


Association seeks marrow donors LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Asian Pacific American Student Association took to the Ohlone College Fremont campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, encouraging everyone to register as a bone marrow and stem cell donor. “We really just want to raise some awareness, especially for ethnic samples,” Jean Coronejo said. “We do this annually in order to reach out to the community, especially minorities.” According to the Ohlone College Health Center website, “There is a critical need for donors from Asian,

ERIKA HEREDIA / MONITOR Jean Coronejo and Yliza Yngayo urge people to register as a potential bone-marrow and stem-cell donors for the Asian Pacific American Student Association in Hyman Hall Wednesday in Fremont.

Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Native American and multi-racial backgrounds.”

For more information, go to the National Marrow Donor Program website at


Cinequest brings flicks to South Bay MITCHELL WALTHER Staff writer It’s cinema season in San Jose again. Every year, one of the biggest independent film festivals in the United States takes place on our doorstep, and most of us miss it. The Cinequest Connect Film Festival is a citywide event. For the next 13 days, six theaters in downtown San Jose will host more than 200 movies made by students and up-and-coming directors. With more than 50 countries represented, and 88 of the movies being U.S. premieres, there’s a lot to enjoy. Many of the films this year showcase well-known names as well. Actors such

as Patrick Stewart, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Elijah Wood and Emilia Clarke all star in their own respective films. On the other side of the spectrum, many movies with a workingman’s budget also will find their way to the silver screen this spring. Elijah Wood’s Grand Piano is playing tonight at the San Jose Repertory theatre, and this is its only screening this year at the festival. The Cinequest week is a great time to enjoy a couple movies, and since student tickets are only $5, they are relatively affordable. With so many big-budget blockbusters losing money in the box office last year, this year’s set of movies may be playing on the independent themes. There is a greater

spotlight being shown on these personal stories and a greater outlet for us to see them here in the Bay Area. Whether you like comedies, dramas, action movies or even musicals, there is a movie for you at Cinequest. Most cafes around the Bay carry schedule booklets, so finding your way to the right film isn’t too hard to do. After the screenings are over, reviews will start to come out, and hopefully these films will find a greater audience in theaters nationwide. Until that day comes, though, our local San Jose Cinequest Film Festival is the only way you or anyone else can catch these films. See you at the movies. For more information, go to


Mardi Gras graces Ohlone Fremont campus

NEWS BITES Flea Market on campus Saturday The Ohlone College Flea Market will be on Saturday in Parking Lots E and H on the Fremont campus. The flea market is held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month. Admission is free but parking permits costing $2 are required. No pets are allowed at the flea market. For more information, go to http://fleamarket.

Foundation offers scholarships The Ohlone College Foundation opened its spring scholarship program Saturday, offering more than 80 scholarships totaling more $120,000 for Ohlone students. The deadline to apply is April 1. For more information about the scholarships, go to the foundation website at www. student-scholarships.

Five-minute makeovers The Student Activities department will provide free five-minute makeovers by a MAC makeup artist from noon to 1 p.m. on March 10 on the Fremont campus. The makeovers will be on a first-come, firstserved basis in the cafeteria, and are offered only to Ohlone College students. Free treats also will be available. For more information about upcoming student activities, go to studentactivities/.

MSA to host hijab event


The Student Activities department held a Pinterest Party at the Fremont campus on Wednesday celebrating the legendary Mardi Gras celebration that takes place once a year in New Orleans. Students were able to enjoy snacks while creating a Mardi Gras-inspired mask with supplies provided by Student Activities.

The Muslim Student Association will host a discussion titled “The Truth Behind Hijab” at 7 p.m. March 14 on the Fremont campus. Guest speaker Shaykh Abdur Rashid Khan will lead the discussion, which is scheduled to last until 8:30 p.m. It will be in Room 7101. It is a discussion of modesty and separation, as well as the concept of the hijab (headscarf ) in Islam. This is a free event for students. –Compiled by Louis LaVenture



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Student flourishes as photographer Continued from Page 1 ing her photography business and website. “I always had a blog going, back to high school,” Manansala said. “My first real paid gig was a piano concert in San Jose in 2011.” Manansala’s business has snowballed from there. She shoots weddings, parties and special occasions all over the Bay Area while maintaining her student status at Ohlone College. “Most of my jobs I book are on the weekends, since nobody really wants to shoot during the week,” Manansala said. “However, I have shot stuff between classes and had some really long nights editing photos.” In addition, Manansala

somehow finds time to be the secretary of the Ohlone College Psychology Club as well as the club photographer. She also is a tutor in the Communication Lab on the Fremont campus – as if her plate wasn’t full enough. “(Cassandra) is the secretary of the Ohlone Psychology Club and has been a great leader in that regard,” said the club’s adviser, Professor Sheldon Helms. “She also volunteers to be our club photographer and has a great deal of talent.” Speech and Communications faculty member Brenda Ahntholz also is impressed by Manansala. “Super responsible and creative,” Ahntholz said. “Great student and professional. All around super stu-

dent. She is also a wonderful tutor in the Communication Lab.” Manansala said the photography business has its good and bad aspects. “Over the summer I am really booked with photos, since it is the season for weddings and portraits which carries over into fall,” Manansala said. “I try and take a lighter school load in the fall so I can give working more time.” She also discussed a negative aspect of the business that she has found a way around. “Since I started in this industry, it really has been male-dominated,” Manansala said. “I find an edge in being a female photographer. In many ways, it makes

me more relatable to women and families.” In January, Manansala shot a same-sex wedding at City Hall in San Francisco, where she does a lot of her photography. She hopes to transfer and continue her education next year at San Francisco State, where her organizational skills will be put to the test. “The key to my schedule is being organized,” Manansala said. “I keep two separate calendars – one for work and one for school – which helps me stay organized.” Manansala hopes to keep walking her tightrope to success, completing school and advancing her business. For more information or to view her work, go to www.

Ohlone mathematics faces test Friday Continued from Page 1 pre-calculus, and the test will consist of both multiplechoice and short-answer questions.The grand prize for the student who earns

the highest score nationwide is a $3,000 scholarship to be used toward a fouryear university. Mikayla Lin, league member for Ohlone, said her team not only is preparing

for the Math League, but also is trying to invite more students to join them, hoping to get back that top-10 ranking. Math Professor Geoff Hirsch said the best way for

the team to prepare is to take old SML exams, which can be found on Google’s search engine by typing “SML old exams” or going to the Student Math League website at

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LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The International Programs department has developed a peer-mentoring system for foreign students. The International Peer Mentors help students from other countries transition to a new country and college. On Monday, the group held one of their annual discussions titled “iTalk,” which is short for International Talk. “The idea behind this event is to get international students to share their experience about subjects that are relevant to them,” said Tony Le, the international peer mentor program coordinator and counselor. “They hold events (like the one Monday) as a way to get international students communicating with each other.” Many subjects are covered at these discussions, all geared toward helping students’ transition process be as smooth as possible. Some of the subjects covered are: how to get a driver’s license; how to buy


International students meet a group of peer mentors hired by the International Programs department to help with their transition to a new country and college on March 3 in Building 7 on the Ohlone College Fremont campus.

a used car; how to deal with homesickness; good places to eat in the area; fun places to go; how to do better in

classes; and how to get an on-campus job. A new feature being promoted by the group is Office

Hour in the counseling lobby, where students can get one-on-one time with an International Peer Mentor.




South Bay set to wel

Photos by Erika He

Top-center: A view of the outside of the new home for the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Staduim in Santa Clara. Above-left: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara will open its doors in A rendering of the final stadium provided by Above-right: The primary parking structure, located adjacent to Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San F and media rooms, among other things, are lit up at Levi’s Stadium in February. Bottom-right: An employee points to a doorway in a part of the home team’s locker room at Le


lcome 49ers


The National Football League off-season is picking up some steam for the upcoming season, which will welcome a new home to Santa Clara for one of the most iconic franchises, the San Francisco 49ers. Fans will be delighted by the abundance of local amenities, including Great America just across the street. With less than six months until the season kicks off, the Monitor was granted access to see the progress of the 49ers’ new South Bay home.



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$32 Million

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$1.2 Billion


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August to eager San Francisco 49er fans looking to start new traditions after leaving behind a legacy of memories at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Above-center: A Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara. Bottom-left: Installation of seats and work to the field continues at Levi’s Stadium in February. Bottom-center: Club seating, luxury suites evi’s Stadium, which is scheduled to open in August in Santa Clara.



NFL seeks to banish racial slurs LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief

The National Football League has proposed a rule to penalize any offender 15 yards for using a racial slur in any manner. There is no doubt that this proposal was prompted by two recent incidents involving blatant racism and the use of the “n-word”: when offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was bullied by former teammate Richie Incognito, and, even worse, when a player accused an official of calling him the “n-word” during a wild-card playoff game last season. Whatever spurred this on is kind of irrelevant, and there is a much bigger issue at hand here. What qualifies as a racial slur, and who will decide which words are inappropriate? For example, while most people despise the “n-word,” and rightly so, many use a variant of it on a daily basis. To some, “nigga” ending with the letter “a” has become socially acceptable to a certain extent, though it still has its opposition. “My nigga, or nigga – damn, I can’t stop saying it. I find myself calling my white friends ‘nigga,’ ” said Ohlone student Chris Sampson, who is African-American. “Nigga is a part of my life, I feel like we took the word back and made it a positive. Lemonade out of lemons.” However, Sampson’s friend Darius Franklin, also African-American, sees it differently. “It is a word made to disrespect, belittle and enslave us as a people,” he said. “I hate


when people use it in any form. It really has no place anywhere, let alone sports.” While the term isn’t exclusive to sports, the two are very familiar with each other. During the NFC Championship game, Seattle Seahawks running back and Oakland native Marshawn Lynch let the term fly several times during the game, which was broadcast live. “When I say nigga, I don’t mean no disrespect by it,” Lynch said. “Where I’m from that’s how we talk, it’s a normal word just like dude or homie. It just comes from a really negative place. I don’t say my friends. I say ‘my niggas.’ ” Hip-hop icons Jay-Z and Kanye West struck platinum for their award-winning track titled “Niggas in Paris,” which was heard around the globe. Socialite Paris Hilton took some flak when a viral video surfaced of her saying the word “nigga” while rapping the song at a performance. Last year, Italian-American comedian Lisa Lampanelli tweeted a photo of herself with “Girls” creator Lena Dunham (also white) saying, “Me with my nigga @ LenaDunham of @HBOGirls - I love this beyotch!!” Multi-platinum recording artist Young Jeezy currently has one of the most played songs on the airwaves titled “My Nigga,” which he uses as a term of endearment. “First thing first: I love all my niggas,” Jeezy says in the opening line. Where I come from, South Hayward, not only is this term acceptable but you don’t have to be African-



Where I’m from that’s how we talk, it’s a normal word just like dude or homie. It just comes from a really negative place. I don’t say my friends. I say ‘my niggas’ -Marshawn Lynch American to use it, so I am a little desensitized to it. I’ve seen a white guy call a black guy “nigga” on a regular basis with no issues at all. Depending on what neigh-

borhood you are from and whom you hang out with, this is an often used and widely accepted term throughout the Bay Area. While I don’t agree that the

word is acceptable, I do feel like the NFL has bigger fish to fry than to worry about terms that are used with regularity all over, whether they are wrong or right.

What do you think of the proposed National Football League rule penalizing players and coaches for using racial slurs? DOUGLAS MIRANDA Mechanical Engineering

“I don’t think that has anything to do with the game of football” KAYLA MOBERG Science

“I think that is fine. No one should use racial slurs. It’s 2014” MARCUS PALMER Pathology

“I would actually kind of agree with that. A 15-yard penalty is a worthy penalty” TALA JAMJOUM Health Science

“That puts more responsibility on the coach, I feel, but it might make them watch their mouths”


“I think that is good, because less racial slurs is better”

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Dodging the issue I was blown away when basketball player Jason Collins came out as a gay man, becoming the first openly gay athlete in the four major sports. At least, I thought that was the case. Then one day I got home real late and caught an episode of Keith Olbermann’s new show on ESPN. Olbermann detailed the life and career of Berkeley High School alum and Oakland native Glenn Burke, the first openly gay athlete in the four major sports. Yes, you read that correctly: Nearly 40 years ago, Burke defied all social stigmas and let the world know he was homosexual and proud of it. “They can’t ever say now that a gay man can’t play in the majors, because I’m a gay man and I made it,” Burke said. Burke only played four seasons in Major League Baseball, with many feeling that he was denied employment opportunities because of his sexual orientation. By 1978, Burke felt that “everybody knew.” The Los Angeles Dodgers even offered him a bonus if he married a woman, shortly before the team traded him to his hometown Oakland Athletics. On a side note, Burke also is credited with inventing the high-five. In 1977, Burke was playing with the Dodgers and on deck when Dusty Baker hit a home run. As Baker rounded the bases and made his way toward the dugout, Burke had his hand raised and Baker, not knowing what to do, slapped it. Burke was out of professional sports by the age of 27, later claiming, “Prejudice just won out.” He died in Oakland in May 1995 of complications due to the AIDS virus. So now, when I see all of the hoopla surrounding Collins, I am forced to think about a Bay Area icon who was Collins before Collins. The first openly gay professional athlete and he invented the high-five – let’s give Burke his rightful place in history. Sorry, Collins.

Renegades defeat Mission 5-4 HUNG NGUYEN / MONITOR

Justin Chase knocks the ball away from the Gavilan College catcher Alex Hagiperos, drawing a safe call from the umpire, in a 10-2 victory for the Renegades on Feb. 25 on the Fremont campus. Ohlone followed up with a 5-4 victory over Mission College on Tuesday.

Ohlone off to blazing start: 13-2 overall, 2-1 in conference play LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief First-year Ohlone College baseball coach Michael Curran is doing something right in Fremont these days, because he has the baseball team off to one of its best starts ever. The Renegades are now 13-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play following a late-inning rally over Mission College on Tuesday. The season is approaching the halfway mark, and hard work seems to be the key to success for the 2014 baseball team. “I just love to be out here hitting,” Jacob DiThomas said. “It’s all about getting better.” The Renegades found themselves down 4-1 in the top of the eighth inning against Mission when the bats woke up, exploding for four runs in the inning and taking the lead for good, 5-4. Outfielder Jacob Lopez had a day, going two for four at the plate and driv-

ing in three of Ohlone’s five runs. Lopez had two doubles, one of which came in the top of the eighth inning, scoring Josh Egan and Josh Roman en route to a Renegade triumph. Mission College is now 8-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play with their next game coming at 2 p.m. on Friday against Chabot

College. Ohlone catcher Egan talked about what a late comeback win can do for the team, following a walkoff victory in Fremont last month. “These type of wins are really huge; it shows that we can win close games,” Egan said. “It feels really good to get a win late. It’s exciting.” Three of the Renegades’

last five games have been decided by one run, lending some credibility to the fact that they can win close games. Next up for Ohlone is another road test at 2 p.m. today when the Renegades travel to Salinas to take on Hartnell College, which is 6-9 overall and 1-2 in conference competition.





Renegades fall in second round Ohlone hoops squad loses to Santa Rosa Junior College by score of 67-60 LOUIS LAVENTURE Editor-in-chief The Ohlone College men’s basketball team’s playoff dreams came to an end Wednesday night when it traveled to Santa Rosa to take on the Bear Cubs only to fall 67-60. Santa Rosa now moves on to face the winner of Cosumnes River College and Fresno City College. For Ohlone, this marks and end to a brilliant season in which the team finished 23-7 overall and 8-4 in conference competition. Just four of the 14 players on this year’s team are listed as sophomores, meaning next year’s team will have a ton of experience. The Renegades were able to defeat the visiting College of the Sequoias handily in the opening round of the Northern California Regional Tournament on Friday at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus. “It feels great to get this win,” sophomore guard Andy Mitchell said.“We just played our game and did what we do best.” Mitchell was a beast on the defensive end of the court, including a late game steal and finish which helped seal the deal for Ohlone. Almir Hadzisehovic was a force inside for the Renegades, shooting 50 percent from the field and amassing 8 points and 5 rebounds in just 19 minutes of playing time. “We just came out strong and really played hard,” Hadzisehovic said. “Coach really knows what he wants us to do and we did it.”


Tokyo native Ryo Tawatari fires a pass to a Renegade teammate during a 64-53 opening-round playoff victory over the visiting College of the Sequoias on Friday at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus.

Half of the 2013-2014 men’s basketball team is from outside of the United States. Here is where Ohlone College attracted its international talent from. B C A





A: Javier De La Blanca, Madrid, Spain. B: Henrik Davidsen, Oslo, Norway. C: Johan Stenberg, Visby, Sweden. D: Almir Hadzisehovic, Belgrade, Serbia. E: Isaiah Omamogho, Adelaide, Australia. F: Jordan Jacotine, Cranbourne, Australia. G: Ryo Tawatari, Tokyo, Japan.

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