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Bicycling to Los Angeles to fight AIDS
Softball team going to regionals
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MONITOR OHLONE COLLEGE
Vol. XXXX No. 15
Thursday, May 5, 2005
They want their teacher back
This group of students staged a protest Wednesday afternoon to publicize the fact that one of their favorite teachers,
Newark campus groundbreaking shows some glitz By TONY C. YANG and FRANKIE ADDIEGO Staff writers After an afternoon groundbreaking ceremony, an evening extravaganza will be held May 24 for the new Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology, a “momentous occasion” for Ohlone College. Construction on the 76,100square-foot center is set to begin after the groundbreaking; a secondary Ohlone campus, near
Dadbeh Rouhbaksh, was not hired for a full-time biology instructor position. See story on Page 5.
Long-time instructors retiring
Newpark Mall, which will focus on technology and science. The special gala and reception at the Fremont Hilton will feature “pageantry and dance” while supporters feast on filet mignon or salmon steak. An Ohlone dedication ritual will be performed, and Deaf dancers from Gallaudet University will join Ohlone students in a rendition of “Cirque du Soleil,” as well as hip-hop breakdancers and world-class tango dancers. Not only that, Miss Chinatown Continued on Page 3
Speak now, or... If you have a letter to the editor you intended to fire off this semester, now is the time to point your browser at the Monitor and pull the trigger. Next week’s edition (May 12) will be the final one this semester. Our address is email@example.com.
Photo by Tony Yang
Four teachers, including one who was hired when Ohlone was born in the 1960s, were honored at a retirement party Tuesday. From left are Jim Klent, Dennis Roby, Gloria Reed and Howard DeWitt. See story, Page 6.
MONITOR May 5, 2005
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OPINION There is a dearth of handicap parking spots on the Ohlone campus By INEZ BLACK Staff writer The general parking situation has improved since I began attending Ohlone in 1997. Now in 2005, day after day I drive from disabled parking lot to disabled parking lot and all of them are filled. As a last resort, I have parked in staff/faculty parking; however, this semester a campus security officer stated that I could be ticketed for using faculty parking. Granted, as disabled students, we are sometimes limited as to the time of the classes, and it is frequently during peak times. As the staff/faculty requiring handicapped parking typically arrive at 8a.m., frequently, students fight over whatever parking is left during peak class times. To further exacerbate the disabled
parking situation, every day, all the spaces are filled, yet the motorcycle lot between Lots U and W has five parking spaces, (in addition to nine motor cycle spaces), which remain empty, as they are posted “Motor Cycle Parking Only - Cars will be towed.” The motorcycles are parked next to the “Ohlone for Kids” building, which used to be the Campus Security building. I can understand the motorcycle theft problem, and the reason for parking them next to the Campus Security building when Campus Security was located between Lots U and W, but Campus Security building moved at least two years ago to the Victorian house next to Parking Lot C. If a person is fit enough to ride a motorcycle, then obviously their
parking can be moved down the hill, closer to the Campus Security building, and they can hike the hill, giving disabled students the spaces currently used by the motocycles (as well as the five unused parking spaces in the motorcycle parking areas). As it stands, I end up hiking up the hill, while motorcyclists whiz past me to their preferential parking. As the result of traumatic brain injuries, I sustained what is known as “invisible disabilities,” including a major artery dissection, as well as several cranial nerves which were permanently partially damaged resulting in horizontal vertigo, vertical vertigo, positional vertical, and disequilibrium. By the time I hike the hill, I am light-headed, slightly disoriented, prone to falling, rendering me useless for learning for at least an hour.
Add to this orthopedic injury to left knee affecting stability. Many disabled students have invisible disabilities, and like me, try to operate within the limitations of our medication and disabilities, but the Ohlone hill for the disabled is generally beyond the limitations. Ohlone has an excellent reputation in providing services for the deaf, however, providing adequate parking close to classrooms for students with other disabilities is also essential. For these students to be able to arrive at their classes in physical and mental shape to learn, adding five or ten more parking spaces between Parking Lots W and U would significantly improve the situation on one side of campus. Also, Lot P — is the most handi-
capped accessible parking lot on the other side of campus — needs more spaces allocated to disabled students. The overflow parking from handicapped parking spaces allocated in Lot P face a steep grade and other obstacles when they use Lots O and P handicapped parking. To get to the Quad classrooms from Lots O and P, handicapped students with orthopedic, neurological or other disabilities affecting flexibility and balance, are at a disadvantage, as there are no railings or protected areas there. Further, it is a maze to get from Lots O and P to buildings other than No. 7 or No. 8, if flat pathways and elevators are required. Increasing the number of handicapped parking spaces in Lot P would reduce the risk and hardship.
Junk food is dominating the lives of the American population By JESSICA LOSEE Staff writer If the serpent of Eden had tempted Eve with a creamy, golden Twinkie hanging on a branch of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, would the world be different today? Would we say “A Twinkie a day keeps the doctor away”? Or perhaps the succulent apple offered to Eve is the real junk food. Just look at what taking one bite
brought her; and she wasn’t the only one - - it was an apple that put Snow White into her slumber. Perhaps Eve’s temptation is the reason why, despite man’s greatest efforts to resist their delicious enticement, people cannot help but eat all natures of sugary, salty unhealthy goodness. One must consider how junk food effects everyone’s lives, I mean, what would happen if people couldn’t eat their cookies? What if we couldn’t eat
Oreos and Twinkies and drink Double Big Gulps or have a hot fudge sundae from Baskin Robbins? Could we really live without 31 flavors? Would 7Elevens be erased from this earth, and if they were, where would we go when we crave sugar at 3 a.m. and need a quart of cherry Slurpee? Junk food does affect our lives; we spend billions of dollars on junk food every year, and that doesn’t even include the money
we spend at fast-food restaurants. Some might say that junk food and fast food don’t impact our lives that much, but would someone really make a hit documentary about getting fat off of McDonald’s, or a woman slip her dead aunt’s finger in her Wendy’s chili bowl if they were just some unknown mom-and-pops place? “Americans eat more than 500 million Twinkies each year,” proudly
states the Twinkie website www.twinkies.com and McDonald’s posts the number of hamburgers sold right below their alluring Golden Arches, even though by July 7, 1992, their 90 billionth hamburger had been sold. Face it. Our lives are junk food, and there’s no escaping it unless we wage a full-on war right now. I guess I’ll pick up a three-pack of Twinkies while I protest outside of 7-Eleven.
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May 5, 2005 MONITOR
Students voice their opinion in support of instructor EDITOR: This letter is in regard to a request for a story about the recent petition in support for Microbiology Professor Dr. Rouhbaksh. Two hundred students signed a petition and many of these students sent emails to the dean directly and those
signatures and letters went unanswered. Dr. Rouhbaksh has been a professor at Ohlone for 8 years and he is finishing a 1-year contract this summer. The students here support Dr. Rouhbaksh and want people to know what an excellent professor he is and that due to a selection process that
didn’t take into account the voices of the students and the years of service that professor Rouhbaksh dedicated that professor Rouhbaksh dedicated to Ohlone students, he will no longer be teaching here at Ohlone. A rally in support of Dr. Rouhbaksh was held at the free speech area in front of Building 1
on Wednesday at 1 p.m. More than 60 students showed their support by attending. This rally was student organized and Dr. Rouhbaksh had no involvement. When a student asked the Editor of the Monitor why they wouldn’t run a story about our petition, we were informed that because the
position had already been filled and the news was too old. This letter is so that the students of Ohlone can be informed and heard. Present and former students of Dr. Rouhbaksh: Shayna Gastellum, Cassandra Shambaugh and Denise Harada Ohlone Students
Newark groundbreaking planned
Photo by Melody Marquez
Gabriel Chu relaxes while he waits to donate blood.
Blood drive results improve over fall By MEENU KAUSHAL Staff writer Ohlone’s Spring Blood Drive collected seven more pints than the drive last fall. The student health center organized the April 26 drive in the Cafeteria. This event was also sponsored by the ASOC. “We had 35 pints in the fall and 42 pints this spring,” said Sally Bratton, director of the Student Health Center. “The collection data from the other blood drives are usually about the same.” The blood drive is not an event limited by time and occasion. Students can consider donating blood on any other day. Many people think that donating blood is unnecessary, which causes people to ignore, but this simple act on your part can save lives. According to the American Red Cross statistics, blood donation saves more than four million American lives each year in a demanding need of blood every three seconds. According to the American Red Cross, one out of three people needs donated blood in their lifetime. One out of 10 hospital patients needs a transfusion. Blood is indispensable when it comes to treating patients of serious diseases like cancer, hemophilia, surgery or accident patients. “That is why blood drives are done every year, because people need blood,” said Bratton. Students interested in donating at any time can go to http:// www.beadonor.com. You can also come to the Student Health Center in Building 16, call (510) 659-6258. “The blood collected at Ohlone goes to the American Red Cross,” said Bratton. According to the American Red Cross, the eligibility criteria to give blood for transfusion to another person is that, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old or 16 years old if allowed by state law, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated
blood in the last eight weeks (56 days). “Healthy” means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. Students must not have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure. According to the American Red Cross, other aspects of each potential donor’s health history are also discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and blood count (hemoglobin) are measured. Making donations for your own use during surgery (antilogous blood donation) is considered a medical procedure and the rules for eligibility are less strict than for regular volunteer donations.
Continued from Page 1 U.S.A., Miss Asia, Miss Vietnam, Miss Japan, Miss Punjab, Miss Thailand and more will be on hand to add to the exciting atmosphere. The Mayor of Newark and Delaine Eastin, California’s superintendent of public instruction round out the dignitaries attending. To top it all off, Ohlone’s very own Foundation will kick off a capital campaign by capping off a $20,000 scholarship giveaway to students. “First class entertainment and first class meals,” said Foundation Executive Director Josephine OngHawkins. “To ensure we will continue to grow.” The events will begin at 4 p.m., to include a press conference and tribal dancing, consecrating the ground for future construction. Ohlone President and Superin-
tendent Doug Treadway; the Mayor of Newark, David W Smith; and the principle architect of the new campus are expected to appear at the groundbreaking. After the ceremony is complete, the gala starts at 5 p.m. at the Hilton nearby. These celebrations are to “kick off the capital campaign,” said OngHawkins. “We want to thank the community, our donors and recognize students.” The Newark campus has been a point of discussion in almost every Board of Trustees meeting this semester. It has been the subject of much controversy, since its construction was approved in a $150 million bond measure by local voters in 2002. $450,000 has been spent on dealing with endangered owls in the area of construction. Out of California’s 109 commu-
nity colleges, the Newark center will be the first “green campus,” meaning ecologically constructed out of environmentally sound materials. “It’s going to be a state-of-theart facility for training people,” said Treadway earlier this year. Classes are expected to begin at the completed Newark Center in the fall of 2007. The administration is considering a shuttle service between the Newark site and the main campus in Fremont. This would also make it easier for students without cars to attend classes at both campuses. The Newark site is at 39370 Cherry St. For interested parties, you must RSVP to the Ohlone College Foundation by May 15 to attend the ceremonies. Call (510) 6596020 for more information.
MONITOR May 5, 2005
FEATURES Art show awards talented students
Tony C. Yang
By ALISHA FRANCISCO Features editor
Every day is Mother’s Day Your mom. She is such a great person, she deserves the best on her special day. Which day? The one federally designated by corporate interests, of course: this Sunday, May 8. You can be sure that single mothers, working mothers, mothers of all stripes will be thanked on this single solitary day- that will make up for the rest of the year’s worries, fights and heartaches. Uh-huh. In reality, mommy dearest ought to be valued and cherished 365 days out of the year, not allotted one lousy day in May. It is unconscionable for us to spend hundreds of dollars on flowers, spa treatments or fancy dinners on her one weekend, but forget to call her every other weekend. This type of purchased filial piety, masquerading as love, is as false as water and even murkier. Let’s take a look at the facts, shall we? According to the U.S. Census, there are about 82.5 million mothers out there, and that’s a lot of nurturing to be thankful for. Whether it’s a natural birth mother, stepmothers, grandmothers or some other female guardian, most people have been raised by a mother figure, and it is only through the sheer love and dedication of these wonderful parents that we have turned out the way we have. And so, Americans spent $10 billion on moms last yearcompared to only $8 billion for dads. This year, the National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $11.4 billion “to tell mom they love her.” Isn’t that sweet. Is anyone else disgusted at this? Sure, we really want to express our feelings to mom, but to turn these emotions into a Burberry purse? Please. There have got to be better ways to show our love and devotion to our beloved mommas. George Washington once said, “All I am I owe to my mother.” I guess we all owe a heck of a lot to Washington’s mother, too. No matter what kind of mother you have, a “kissing mother” or a “scolding mother,” or both, you must admit you would not be where you are without her. Moms work really hard yearround, and perhaps some regular appreciation for the difficult and oft-unrecognized work that they do would be nice. More than jewelry, more than chocolate, more than a bushel of bouncing grandchildren, I think moms would appreciate a sincere and heartfelt “thank you.” And a bear hug. It costs nothing, yet is worth more than anything to her. So why don’t you go thank your mom while you still can.
Photo by Melody Marquez
Maxine Visaya, art student, stands with her boyfriend and first prize piece titled “Diva Divan” at the Fine Art and Design Student awards show.
The Louis Meager art gallery was crowded at last Tuesday’s student art and design show. Later in the evening, awards were given out to more than 30 students based on the artwork they submitted. Cindy Luckoski, ceramics and graphics design instructor, started the ceremony by introducing the presidential award, a new award given to chosen participants in the art show. Along with these awards, the students were invited to submit their artwork to be displayed in the circulating art gallery in his office. Several students who received the presidential award were also nominated, by the panel of art instructors, for a $5,000 art award. “It’s amazing to see the quality of work and enthusiasm that is out there,” said Denise Owen, interior design instructor. Owen presented the awards for the winners in the sculpting category in the art show. The winners received
cash awards from participating businesses and the Associated Students of Ohlone College (ASOC). “I've been really impressed with the outcome from the photography department,” said Paul Mueller, first year photography instructor. Mueller presented numerous photography awards and gift certificates from the Negative Space in and Peninsula Digital Imaging. The monetary awards and gift certificates were all donated by various businesses like the Ohlone bookstore. The ASOC also granted $2,000 along with $900 from the Ohlone Foundation and a cash donation from Dan Archer, member of the Board of Trustees. Although this tradition has been going on for more than 20 years, a lot has changed since then. “Doug Treadway has definitely showed support for our department,” Luckoski said. “This is one of the best events of the year,” said Luckoski and with a group of dedicated art instructors and students, it can only get better.
Hand-woven art exhibit in president’s office By MEENU KAUSHAL Staff writer Hand-woven fabrics by artist H. Joan Long, adjunct instructor, are exhibited in President Doug Treadway’s office. The exhibit is called Fabric Design Retrospective. “A retrospective exhibit is one that includes work done in the past by the artist or the designer. My experimental weavings were done between 1970 and 1978. At that time I had a studio in Mansfield, Connecticut known as ‘The Loom Room’ where I also taught weaving,” said Long. “From 1970 - 1976, I wove prototypes of fashion and home furnishings fabrics and wall hangings. From 1976 until 1978, I lived in Mexico and did research on the hand weaving techniques in various regions of Mexico and continued to weave fabrics," she added. The exhibit displays two doublewoven tunics, one of which was woven in Mexico. Both the tunics are completely formed on the loom.
“Usually three such designs are completed at a time to eliminate the tedious process of dressing the loom and to the designer products to sell.” As you enter the room, you see the artist’s pictures. In one of the pictures she is weaving a fabric. Next to the pictures are two fabric blankets. They are examples of multiple pattern design possibilities, which could be selected for production yardage. The blankets were produced by a variety of threading and weaving techniques. “The green fabric displayed is an example of yardage in which the design was selected from such a process,” Long said. There are other fabrics including a red colored sweater, mats, wall hanging, multi colored blanket with purple, cream and black colors. She began weaving at the University of Vermont, Riverside Church Craft Center and the Wesleyan Potters Craft Center. Long began weaving in graduate school at Wayne State University
and has also studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Haystack Craft School in Maine. Long said she found weaving yardage for fashion too time consuming and found that changing colors and patterns for future fabrics had more appeal. Now most fabric designs are woven on computer-generated looms. There is little need for hand woven experimentation except for personal use and one of kind constructions. In Long’s textile class, she teaches her students to experiment with pattern and texture on frame loom. “While some students found weaving tedious, for those who persevered, the resulting work of art was its own reward.” Long, who will be teaching a class on color theory in the fall, said, “Like the students, I find working with color and texture exciting and I miss having the time and equipment needed to be able to seriously weave again. However, the application of color is never far from my
Photo by Shari Wargo
H. Joan Long, adjunct professor, stands with her fabric art that is in President Treadway’s office. mind,” added Long. In her class in fall, Long said she hopes to share the insights of color rendition which she has learned from color selection and design in weaving.
Ohlone student rider with a cause By TONY C. YANG Staff writer Do you want to know how it feels to ride a bike 585 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles? Ask Ohlone student and cyclist Corie Howell: she’ll be able to tell you in less than a month. From June 5 to 11, Howell will be participating in the fourth annual AIDS LifeCycle, where she will be riding south with at least 1,200 cyclists to Los Angeles for charity. Despite working and going to Ohlone, Howell, 21, has a brandnew road bicycle and is training every other day. “It’s hard because I have full-time school and work,” she said. “The toughest part of training is getting in the mindset.”
Ironically, Howell was in a donut shop when she first came across an advertisement for this year’s AIDS LifeCycle 4- and become interested in the race for the “challenge of it.” The fact that it was for a good cause didn’t hurt either. As a charity bike ride, each rider must raise $2,500 to qualify for the race. She is currently 1/10 of the way there, with around $270 raised for her LifeCycle fund, June 5 being the final funding deadline. After Howell raises enough money and is prepared to ride, she will be embarking on a six-day adventure from northern to southern California in June, along Highway 1 and the Pacific Coast Highway. Through rolling hills, artichoke fields and dusty side paths, thousands of her fellow cyclists will con-
verge on Dodger Stadium at the end of the LifeCycle to commemorate their accomplishment and to remember those who have passed away or still suffer from AIDS and HIV. More than 55,000 Californians have AIDS and an estimated 125,000 have been infected with HIV. The two main recipients of the LifeCycle charity funds will be the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. The LifeCycle raised $5 million last year for AIDS charities. Howell seems anxious but excited about her cycling prospects: “It’s scary when you think about it.” But she is comfortable with the whole ordeal because, in its fourth year, the LifeCycle seems “wellorganized” and “so professional.” “I want to see if I can do it,” she
Photo courtesy of Corie Howell
Cyclist Corie Howell said. “To test myself physically.” It promises to be the ride of her life. You can help her on her way by contributing to her LifeCycle charity fund by visiting: http://www.aidslifecycle.org/6864
FEATURES Ohlone instructor invited to show work By ALISHA FRANCISCO Features editor Ohlone professor “nose” what she’s doing in her first invitational gallery in San Francisco, Scents of Purpose. Katie Frank, art instructor, created a large nose that is painted with a cloudscape for this event. The nose is made of ceramic with a couple of crystals encrusted in it. “Everyone walks around with the experiences the spices of life,” said Frank. Scents of Purpose invites 90 artists and architects to reflect and interpret on the Jewish symbol, the spice box. The spice box is a crafted box that is filled with aromatic spices. During Havdalah, a prayer service that concludes the Sabbath, the spices are inhaled and passed
on from person to person. According to the invitation, “This is the moment of transition - when holy time is linked with ordinary time, the spiritual with the material, light with dark, rest with resumption.” The artwork at the event is then sold at a silent auction and part of the proceeds will benefit The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s education programs. Frank was contacted by The Contemporary Jewish Museum last summer and started brainstorming ideas for this event. After missing the catalog deadline, Frank tossed her first idea and started over. “The other one wasn’t what I had envisioned.” Frank said she is proud to be associated with good people. One of the architects in the show helped
After gathering 200 signatures in the span of two weeks, a group of former students of Biology instructor Dadbeh Rouhbaksh staged a rally in the free speech area below Building 1 Wednesday. The rally was staged to accomplish two goals, to raise the student body’s awareness concerning the
administration’s failure to hire Rouhbaksh as a full time, tenure track employee and to publicly question why the Ohlone Monitor did not run their petition in the previous week’s paper. A large portion of the students that attended the rally cut classes to have their voices heard, “It would be a disservice to the students of Ohlone to lose such a great teacher,” said student Kammy Cobarrubua.
Abigail Plevin, daughter of student protester, rallies with other concerned students.
Para Mi Raza II Ohlone College will be hosting its second annual Para Mi Raza (For My People) II on May 12 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Gary Soren Smith Center. This event is free and open to the general public. It will honor J.J. Amaya, Ohlone radio personality, for his 25 years on the airwaves on this radio show, Lowriding with J.J on 89.3 KOHL FM. J.J. Amaya will be honored for his Latino outreach in the community and his accomplishments on the radio. The event will be an evening of entertainment featuring the Chicano Secret Service, a comedy group based out of Los Angeles. There will also be Aztec dancers, lowrider car show, food, giveaways, music, games and more. "We want the Latino community to see what Ohlone College has to offer. Across the nation, the number of Latino students enrolled in colleg ehas dropped considerably. Ohlone College is committed to promoting open access to higher education and actively reaching out to underserved populations," said Doug Treadway, president of Ohlone College. Admission and parking is free. For more information about the event, please call Renee Gonzales, Student Services Assistant Campus Activities at (510) 659-7311.
Power of the media
Photo courtesy of Katie Frank
Katie Frank, art instructor, poses with her piece. build the new Twin Towers. Another artists are the head of the ceramic department at UC Berke-
ley. “This is a huge deal to me. I’m in it with great people who I’ve admired for many years.”
Students protest faculty hiring process By SEAN CRAWFORD Editor-in-Chief
May 5, 2005 MONITOR
“Our money is welcome here, but not our opinions,” added student Rebecca Tai. The group was not acting with the consent of Rouhbaksh, but he was touched that his students would stage a rally to support him. “I really appreciate what the students did for me,” said Rouhbaksh. Rouhbaksh was interviewed for the tenure track position and was among the finalists, but ultimately was not selected. “I was not hired even though I was fully qualified, so I resigned on principle [instead of continuing as an adjunct instructor for the fall semester],” said Rouhbaksh. Ohlone President Douglas Treadway was confronted by the group as the rally was wrapping up while on his way to a meeting, but
took time to explain his position on the matter, which he reiterated later in a letter to the Monitor: "I understand that the students were frustrated that their support of a specific candidate was not made a formal part of the faculty hiring decision process. In meeting with some of the students it was clear that they did not fully understand how the hiring process works and since it had apparently not been explained to them, they came up with a petition in order to make their views known. Since we have hired a new instructor for the position there is nothing more to be done for this situation. However, this concern has alerted me to the need to review the hiring process and student participation going forward."
Photos by Sean Crawford
President Treadway explains Ohlone’s hiring policies.
New stars of month By ALISHA FRANCISCO Features editor Don’t ever let someone’s work go unnoticed. Instead, nominate them to become Ohlone’s star of the month. The stars of the month for April 15 until May 15 are none other than Marge Segraves, computer studies instructor and Maria Chi, cashiering assistant in financial services. Several people in the business office nominated Chi. “She was nominated because of her hard work and dedication,” said Kay Harrison, coordinator of the stars of the month program. Along with Chi, several members of the computer studies department nominated Segraves because she is “willing to go beyond what
was is expected,” Harrison added. Born and raised in Fremont, Segraves has been teaching various computer courses at Ohlone for four years. “I enjoy teaching,” Segraves said. Besides teaching, Segraves also enjoys spending time with her family of 3 children and five cats. Being star of the month is new to Segraves. “It feels very strange,” she said, “I never expected it because there are many other people who are so great.” Each person chosen to be star of the month receives a certificate, coffee mug, free lunch and parking at the top of the hill. Nominations can be sent via email with an explanation of why your person deserves to be star of the month. For more information, visit the Ohlone website.
The most powerful tool ever created by men was the media. By far the nuclear bomb is the most destructive tool ever created; but in many ways the media has been just as destructive as 10 nuclear bombs. When the media is used in a destructive way it can lead to catastrophes like the genocides in Nazi Germany. In this case people with twisted agendas took to the airwaves in campaigns of disseminations that forever changed the world. As maniacal and twisted as Hitler was, he could not have held such a powerful influence over his followers without utilizing tools such as his racist rant, Mein Kampf, and having access to German airwaves. As evil as he was, he was a master media manipulator. For the longest time, the racist whites in Hollywood studios controlled country images of African Americans. They created the image of the Sambo and many other demeaning images. A man named D.W. Griffith, whose film, Birth of a Nation, championed the Ku Klux Klan and portrayed the Black characters as villains, produced one of the first blockbuster films by an American. Yeah right, the KKK are righteous saviors, whatever. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that we took control of our own images. I submit to you that 1971 was a pivotal year for Blacks in films, television and music. Here’s why: In 1971 director Melvin Van Peebles released the seminal classic Sweet Sweetback and his Baaadasss Song. This was the movie that started what would later become the “Blaxploitation” era; it was far from the greatest movie ever, the movies attraction at least for Blacks, was that it was the first time that a brother stood up to “the Man” and fought back. On television, a former high school dropout and street hustler from the South Side of Chicago named Eric Monte arrived in LA, and was a writer for a show called All in the Family; he was the guy who created the characters of George and Louise Jefferson. Later he created the first all black TV sitcom Good Times. In a recent conversation I had with Mr. Monte, he related to me his determination to overturn the degrading stereotypes that Hollywood writers were so adept at creating of Blacks. He told me how in the first meeting he had with the writers for the show, Good Times, they wrote dialogue like, “I be wantin’ to go down by da ribba.” You see, they had been writing junk like that for years because they believed that was how we spoke. They had been writing it for so long that other people believed it too.
May 5, 2005
Math team places 9th in the nation By TONY C. YANG Staff writer If your mathematical skill extends beyond the Pythagorean Theorem or the multiplication table, the Ohlone math team wants you. Beating the odds, Ohlone garnered a grand total of 252.5 points in the AMAYTC (American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges) Math League test to win ninth place in the nation for 2004 to 2005. The combined scores put Ohlone over the edge to become one of the top 10 math squads in the nation, beating out tough local competitors such as DeAnza, Chabot and Foothill College. For 2004 to 2005, Ohlone was ranked No. 5 in the Western Region. The campus team consists of Jin
Cai, Daniel Dzoan, Merline Hidayat, Long Tai Lai, Hai Lin, Trang Nguyen, Nikita Shvachko, Ling Zheng and David Zimmermann. Zimmermann was the top student from Ohlone, being ranked No. 6 in the West and No. 20 nationally. “I am very happy,” said Zimmermann. “It’s terrific.” Shvachko added, “Even though I never went to any meetings, we all took eight or nine practice tests to prepare.” Discussion and further quiz sessions rounded out the training for the math team, and went a long way in terms of getting students ready for the test. The AMAYTC website states: “Problems (are) selected at the college algebra/trigonometry level” but the student test-takers say it is much harder than it sounds. In addition, the contest is given through-
out the year in multiple rounds, at one hour each, in multiple choice format. According to Hirsch, what accounts for Ohlone’s success in the AMATYC SML exam is three key elements; location, teachers and practice. The reasons for success are, “First and foremost, natural talent nurtured in a diverse location,” said Hirsch. “Second, [the students] all had excellent math instructors at Ohlone. Third, most, if not all, took plenty of practice tests.” The students themselves are no strangers to hard work. “It was hard at first,” said Hidayat. “But I’m glad I did it.” One of the females on the team, she will be returning in the fall to see if Ohlone can rise even higher in the rankings. Hirsch is eager to see new mathematical talent in action. “I encourage all with mathematical talent to join us in our practice next fall,” he said.
Photo by Daniel Kwan
Student Yani Chen, left, and Genentech employee Paige Lloyd talk at the Biotech Fair on Wednesday at the Smith Center. Elaine Johnson, national director of BioLink, was the keynote speaker.
Ohlone sees off veteran teachers By TONY C. YANG Staff writer Retirement is never easy, but it can be softened when accompanied by strains of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, by Franz Liszt. That’s exactly what happened at the Best House at Palmdale Estates on Tuesday, May 3, when longtime Ohlone instructors Howard DeWitt, Jim Klent, Dennis Roby and Gloria Reid were serenaded into retirement by pianists President Doug Treadway and Foundation Director Josephine Ong-Hawkins. More than 70 guests affiliated with Ohlone crowded in and enjoyed refreshments and cake at a retirement celebration put on by the faculty senate and Ohlone Foundation. At the Best House on Palmdale Estates, various speakers from Ohlone’s past and present got a chance to laud the four departing luminaries, who, together have served a total of 112 years at the college. Philosophy professor Dennis Roby, whose daughter, Sarah Roby, continues the family tradition teaching psychology, was very gracious and low-key in accepting the many congratulations; “I’m so happy to have been able to teach.” Several speakers gave their testi-
monials and praised Roby, before he took the stage. Speaking about Roby, the 34-year Ohlone veteran, and the other retirees, Biology instructor Jeffrey Watanabe said, “It’s a wonderful thing to see how dedicated faculty members are.” One of Roby’s students, Devina Deo, said, “He was really funny and eccentric. His lectures didn’t put you to sleep.” Jim Klent, an “explosive” fixture in the chemistry department, ended his 38-year service at Ohlone by saying “I’ll miss my five-minute commute.” His distinguished career kept extending longer and longer, because: “Jim loved being a teacher, and he touched thousands of students’ lives.” If you walk by the chemistry labs, and carefully note the gouges in the stucco walls, you’ll be able to see part of Dr. Klent’s rocket experiments that caught so many students’ (and teachers’) attention. A history instructor, prolific author known as “King Author” by his friends and sometime Beatles poet, Howard DeWitt spent more than three decades teaching in or around the vicinity of Ohlone, un-
Mohammed wins By CLIFTON M. DER BING Staff writer
OHLONE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION (EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2004) POLICY: OHLONE COLLEGE IS A DESIGNATED SMOKE FREE COLLEGE. REGULATION: SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN ALL COLLEGE VEHICHLES, BUILDINGS, INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES, HANDICAPPED PARKING AND ALL OPEN AREAS EXCEPT FOR GENERAL USE PARKING LOTS. THIS REGULATION APPLIES TO ALL PROPERTIES AND FACILITIES OWNED OR LEASED BY THE OHLONE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. SMOKING CESSATION For those interested in smoking cessation, please visit the Student Health Center. We are available to help you formulate a plan of action. You may also call the California Smoker’s Helpline at 1800 NO BUTTS.
less he was traipsing around the world. Retired biology instructor Walt Halland said of DeWitt, “He is one of the most extraordinary teachers, who helped students.” There were always crowds of students by his office, Halland said, and DeWitt would always be giving advice or writing letters to help students. A published author 20 times over, DeWitt also wrote inspiration on the minds of many of his students. One of DeWitt’s former students, an accomplished college jockturned-successful businessman, gave a moving tribute to his abilities to motivate and teach: “I truly believe that the best measure of [a person’s] success is the quality of the product of their labor. I am the product of [DeWitt].” Reid announced her retirement fromher position in Reading and Developmental English in a March 9 agreement with the college. “We’ll miss them,” said speech instructor Kay Harrison, who was in charge of the ceremony. Administration of Justice head professor Rich Cominos said, “They were all great -- great mentors.”
Sarfraz “Raz” Mohammed has been elected president of Associated Students of Ohlone College by 14 votes. Mohammed received 264 votes, compared to 250 for Angie Hazeri. A total of 561 votes were cast, up from 334 cast in May, 2004. Wendy Lao was elected vice president, receiving 277 votes. Sara Mirza finished second with 153 votes. Tristan Tilma was third, with 107. Karina Laiwalla was elected representative at large, with 426 yes votes and 60 no votes. She was unopposed. Ekta Patel was elected legislative representative with 60 writein votes. Heta Desai was elected treasurer with 47 write-in votes. No one ran for student board member, so the position will be appointed by the new president.
The final results were not determined until 1:30 a.m. Thursday. In other ASOC business, the proposed new student activity center in the Building 1 lobby was discussed at the Tuesday afternoon meeting. The purpose of the center is to have a central, established place on campus that will serve as a bridge connecting all students to campus organizations and events. Both the student government and the InterClub Council will utilize this area in order to promote upcoming activities and even recruit members. Committee Chairperson Wendy Lao and her team members have drawn a tentative design of what the future area will look like. The plan sketches several uses for different parts of the center: areas for club brochures and flyers, an event calendar, main welcome table, ASOC suggestion box, photo ID window kiosk, as well as a Monitor newsstand and a “Letter to the Editor” box.
May 05, 2005 MONITOR
CAMPUS EVENTS MAY
College Council Meeting-- From 10 a.m. to 11:30
5 College Recruiting-- All
a.m. in the Library Video Conference Room, Building 1, Room 1307.
day in the Transfer and Career Center. California State, East Bay, will be answering questions. Stop by the transfer and Career Center to make an appointment.
13 EOPS Awards Cer-
Awards Ceremony-The Reception is at 5:30 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre Lobby, and the Ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre. Come and show your appreciation for the hard work of our students at the 23rd Annual awards Ceremony held by The Associated Students of Ohlone College (ASOC).
Media Festival-- From 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m in Hyman Hall. Awards will be given for student projects. Any one who is interested in Ohlone's Multimedia Program is Welcome to attend.
emony-- From 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre. Join us in congratulating EOPS students as they complete their goals at Ohlone College.
Ohlone Community Chorale-- At 8 p.m. in the Gary Soren Smith Center at Ohlone College. Moments With The Masters includes performances by the Ohlone College Community Chorale, Centerian Choir, Centerville Presbyterian Church, Fremont Christian High School, Advanced Vocal Ensemble, and Revelation Brass Quintet. The event also features Rachelle Perry-Ward (Soprano) and Michael W. Rogers (Baritone) from the San Francisco Opera. Call the Smith Center Box office for more information at 510659-6031.
5 Informational Forum- 15 - From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m in Room 2133. Dr. Treadway has scheduled a campus-wide meeting to discuss the revised Fremont campus master plan and land use concepts, and the student services building (initial design).
Brown Bag Seminar-From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 3201. Jim Baxter will be discussing "Insects As Vectors of Disease Transmission."
Festival Submission Deadline-- Today is the deadline for the 4th Annual Ohlone College Film, Video, and Multimedia Festival.
Sleeping Beauty-- At 2 p.m. through the Dance and Theatre Department. Call the box office for more information.
A Night Of Fiction- From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ohlone College Library. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend and hear readings performed by writers from Creative Writing English 111A and 111B. Refreshments will be served after the readings.
Board Meeting-- At 7 p.m. in the Child Development Center.
Ohlone Chamber Orchestra-- At 8 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre. A spring Concert featuring the Bay Area's pianist Russell Hancock. For more information visit the box office or call 510-6596031.
12 Student Rep. Second Bill-- At 8 p.m. in the Nummi Theatre from May 12-14. For more information visit the box office or call 510-659-6031.
Academy of Art University Field Trip-- From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Transfer and Career Center in San Francisco. Go to the Transfer and Career Center for more information about this tour.
Ohlone Wind Or-
chestra-- At 5 p.m. in the Smith Center. For more information contact the box office at 510-659-6031.
ONGOING The Monitor invites your comments. Letters to the editor should be 250 words or less and should include your name and relationship to Ohlone College. Letters become the property of the Monitor, and may be edited for spelling and length.
Ohlone College Super Flea Market – Held the second Saturday of every month in Parking Lots E and H, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact Elaine Nagel at (510) 659-6285. Free and Anonymous HIV Testing – Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Student Health Center, Building 16. No appointment necessary. Call (510) 659-6258 for more information. Smith Center Box Office – Open Tuesday through Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Call (510) 659-6031 or visit www.smithcenterpresents.com Library Display Cases There are four display cases in the Library that feature different interest for those at Ohlone College. For more information call Librarian KG Greenstein at 659-6000 x5272. Gay/Straight Alliance meets every Thursday in room SC-116 in the Smith Center. Meet new friends and join in our activities and rap sessions. Open to all students. Friday, May 6 is the deadline for submissions to the fourth annual Ohlone College Film, Video, and Multimedia Festival. Entries must be an original work no longer
Read the Monitor online: http://ohlone.edu/org/monitor/ than 15 minutes. Only DVD, DV and VHS formats will be accepted. Call the TV Department for more information.
JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS For more information on Jobs & Internships visit Transfer & Career Services in Building 1, 4th Floor, Room 1405A. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Closed Friday.
OFFICE ASSISTANT-- Full or part time internship, $8.50-10/ hour in Hayward. Must have general familiarity with using Microsoft Office Suite and have strong organizational, verbal and written communication abilities. Duties include answering multi-line phones, customer and vendor contact, assisting with accounts receivable, serving as departmental support, and performing other duties and/or projects as assigned. #1428476 RECEPTIONIST-- Part time, $7-10/hour, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Fremont. Must have Microsoft Word processing, Excel, and good communication skills. This job includes answering phones and basic office work. See Transfer & Career Services for more information. OFFICE HELP-- Part time, $810/hour, Monday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Fremont. Must be able to answer phones, transfer calls, and file. Computer skills are also needed. This position may lead to other job openings. See Transfer & Career Services for more information. DESIGN INTERN-- Full Time, $12-15/hour, 40 hours/week in Fremont. Must be a self-starter, able to multi-task, have a good sense of design and basic understanding of construction, 2 years of experience, education in Architecture/ Interior Design or related field, and Proficiency in AutoCAD. Duties include working with principals of firm on drawing in CAD and hand sketches, presentation drawings, and some administrative support. Typical drawings include floor plans, elevations, sections, detail and layout plans. #1434393 GENERAL OFFICE PERSONNEL-- Full time, starting at $7/ hour, Monday through Friday in Hayward. Must know Mandarin Chinese –written and spoken, be familiar with Windows XP and basic software, be able to file, and type at 30 wpm. Duties include general office duties in an import export business, phone sourcing and research, and working with production personnel in various aspects of the business. #1433569
MONITO ONITOR S P O R T S OHLONE COLLEGE
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Softball enter Regional Tournament as 7th seed Lady Renegades to take on three teams they’ve defeated during season By STEVEN CHAVEZ Sports editor The Lady Renegades found out their fate last Friday in a meeting of most of the softball coaches from around the state, landing in the number seven spot for the Northern California Regional Tournament this weekend. Ohlone is the seventh ranked team in the state according to jucaltransfer.com, but recent losses hurt their ranking. They were slotted in with the foursome that will play at host West Valley College in Saratoga, with games beginning on Saturday, May
7 at 2 p.m. Ohlone will take on Taft College, whom Ohlone defeated during the March Madness Tournament, in the first game of the tournament. The winner of that game will move on to play the winner of the game between West Valley and Solano. The loser of the first two games will play each other, with the winner advancing and the loser going home. The bracket will continue in this manner until three teams have lost twice and are eliminated. Ohlone also defeated West Valley and Solano College earlier in the season, so this bracket could
bode well for them. There will be three other brackets consisting of four teams that will be playing in the same style of tournament this weekend, with groups playing at Delta College, Shasta College and Siskiyous College. The winners of each of these brackets will then be paired with the four winners of the brackets from Southern California, which will make up the teams for the state tournament. Also over the weekend, Ohlone found out that they had five players make the jucaltranser.com state team, two making the first team.
Pitcher Kristine Beristianos and shortstop Keri Macinsky both recieved first team honors. Possibly more encouraging to the future of Ohlone’s program though, freshmen first baseman Missy Cross and catcher Kelly Taylor made the second team and utility player/designated hitter Angelina Franceschini rounded out the five players by making the third team. Ohlone has had over a week now to get their players healthy and their minds focused on the task at hand. “Shame on us if we’re not ready to play,” said Head Coach Donna Runyon.
Photo by Taylor Dunn
Kristine Beristianos will try to lead Ohlone to victory.
Mommy’s day and birthdays take precedent Happy Cinco de Mayo los niños! As some of you know, it is my birthday today and I’d just like to say thank you for all the cards and emails that I’ve received from my faithful readers... er, wait. I haven’t received anything? Oh well, I still love you all. On a better note, I’d like to abuse my forum to send out an über Happy Mother’s Day to all The Final Score’s reader’s mothers for this Sunday. You’re a good lot for helping to produce the readers of this column. And, of course, to mine own mom: I don’t know what’s appropriate and what isn’t on this stage, but I love you lots and you’re the best. This is where the Karate Kid music comes in, “You’re the best around...” On to the news: John Rocker: You kind of have to love this guy don’t you? Sure he’s a foulmouthed, racist, hypocritical moron, but you have to love his stick-to-it-iveness. During a game for the Long Island Ducks of the independent minor league Atlantic League, Rocker was pulled out of a game after surrendering the tying and go-ahead runs while retiring only one batter.
While Rocker was being yanked from the game, a fan of the opposing team yelled to Rocker, according to witnesses, “It’s a long way from Atlanta,” to which Rocker replied, “I’m still a millionaire.” I’m not here to call Rocker a bad guy, everyone else has and/or will do that for me, but you’ve got to love the guy for sticking to his guns and not becoming a classy guy. What got him to the pros in the first place is what is going to get him back or he’s not going at all, I guess. His attitude may not be exemplary but it is surely an example of how to ruin a perfectly good career. Listen up kids. Brett Favre: This is hardly headline news, but as you all know I’m a huge Brett Favre fan. I love the way he plays the game, I love his passion and I love his character. I love that you can always look to Favre to see how things should be done, and I’m not talking about on the field; I’m talking about off of it. This time, he’s giving sound advice to a teammate, Pro Bowl wide receiver Javon Walker. Walker was a no-show at Pack-
The Final Score By STEVEN CHAVEZ Sports editor ers mini-camp this week, holding himself out for an extended contract with more money. Favre said, “If Javon wants to know what his quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I’d tell him he’s going about this the wrong way. When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I’d tell him I’ve been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you.” If I’m Walker, I’d listen. Walker recently hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent, the same agent that told Mike McKenzie to hold out for more money from the Packers. McKenzie was traded a few weeks into that season. Barry Bonds: The Giants, so far, have been just what I said they’d be, a .500 team. Nothing really spectacular, nothing really horrible. Just
a team stuck in the middle, like the Padres. There are two problems though: first they lost closer Armando Benitez for at least four months, which would make his return very late this season if at all this year. Second, their best player, Barry Bonds, just had the third surgery on his right knee in the past four months and hopes for him returning anytime before the All-Star break are looking like prayers. What does this mean for the Giants? Two words: not much. The team is going on as if they aren’t going to see their best slugger in the lineup anytime soon and that seems just fine with them. The team is actually improving after their horrendous start and this squad of role-players seems ready to play with the big boys. The biggest surprise this year has to be Lance Niekro and his penchant for the long ball in tough situations. The rookie is big, strong and is going to be an All-Star within the next three seasons with playing time, which is never guaranteed to a Giants youngster. Also surprising, only to me apparently, is the reemergence of
Foundation Scholarships Corner Check out this week’s featured scholarships: • JVA Business Services Scholarship for EOPS/ Care students • Fremont Bank Scholarship • Jones Hamilton Scholarship for Chemistry & Engineering Students • Pepsi International Student Scholarship • Washington Hospital Foundation Scholarship for Health Sciences
Students can visit the scholarships web site to find out more information and to apply. http://scholarships.ohlone.edu
Edgardo Alfonso. Alfonso is hitting .341 with 2 homers and 16 RBIs so far this season and is making himself a strong case early for comeback player of the year. Bonds, however, may simply be playing the role. How many times in the past two or three years have you heard the Bonds mantra that he was tired and he was old? I’ve heard it many, many times and I’m starting to think that his plan is to take the first few months off until the Giants need him. Notice how he keeps getting better, then the Giants start winning and he gets worse. Bonds is simply biding his time this season before he comes back and passes Babe Ruth and wins his first world championship all in the same month. Yeah, and I’m the new columnist at the Chronicle. Frank Francisco: Anyone see that the man famous for throwing a chair at a fan during a fight at the Oakland Coliseum was lost for the season recently due to an elbow injury? No? Guess you can’t become infamous without using racial slurs these days. Violence doesn’t cut it. Terrell Owens: Last and least, the man who can’t be satisfied, Mr. Owens. Mr. Owens believes that it is his right to claim more money than the contract that he signed last season requires. He believes he is entitled to this extra money because, as he so eloquently put it, he’s not... wait, I’ll let the man speak for himself. When asked what more he could have done to help the Eagles defeat the Patriots in the championship game: “Nothing, I’m not the one that got tired.” Owens, of course, was referencing quarterback Donovan McNabb and the rumors that he was so tired at the end of the game that he was throwing up on the field. McNabb has always denied this rumor, saying that had nothing to do with the interceptions he threw at the end of the game. That’s a great way to try to get into the good graces of management and your teammates, taking a cheap shot at the team’s leader. Mr. Owens, shut up and play.