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Board boots Bob Brunton off presidency By Emily Burkett Staff writer Board of Trustees President Bob Brunton was removed from the rotational presidential seat after much commotion from faculty and staff in regards to several controversial statements and actions. In the same move, the Board selected Trustee Nick Nardolillo to take Brunton’s place, effectively ending Brunton's term two months earlier than planned. The Board’s actions were taken after a standing-room-only meeting on Sept. 27 in which a wide range of college community members demanded that Brunton not only be removed as president but also resign. Brunton has made several contentious statements to the press in regards to Ohlone College President Doug Treadway. In his interview with “The Tri-City Voice” Brunton stated, “My perspective is long term for Ohlone, while Dr. Treadway may be looking at things differently
since his 5-year contract ends June 30, 2008 has not been extended.” Treadway then approached several organizations about the implications of these comments, namely that Treadway would not be allowed to continue his administration at Ohlone and eventually spoke in his own defense at the Sept. 13 Board meeting. Treadway’s speech served as a veritable call-to-arms for the rest of the college community with enormous crowds amassed at both the Sept. 27 and Oct. 11 meetings. At the meetings, faculty, staff, students and community groups listed the wrongs Brunton had supposedly committed against Ohlone College. Brunton was previously removed from the Board presidency due to misconduct and was later plagued by several other scandals. Predominant among these was the “Sex for Grades” outrage centering on the new faculty contracts. Brunton refused to ratify the conContinued on Page
The 150-person audience of the Wednesday Board of Trustees meeting applaud Ohlone professor Alan Kirshner as he addresses the board.
Ohlone to promote disability awareness By CHEN LIN Online editor Ohlone will hold its first annual Disability Awareness Week this month in recognition of National Disability Awareness Month. The event will take place from Monday, Oct. 16 until Thursday, Oct. 19 and will feature an array of events and disabled speakers, including a basketball match and magic tricks. Motivational speaker Tim Piccirillo will deliver his keynote address on Monday at 11 a.m. in Room 7204, starting off the event.
Piccirillo, who has suffered from Tourette’s Syndrome most of his life, will comment on his disability using magic tricks and comedy. Other promoters, including Michael Muir, great grandson of Sierra Club founder John Muir, will perform throughout the week, also at 11 a.m. in Room 7204. All four speakers either suffer from some disability or work regularly with the disabled. Muir, engaged on Wednesday, has Multiple Sclerosis, a nervous system disorder that can sometimes impair mobility. Tuesday’s presenter, Gary Karp, was paralyzed from the waist
below after falling from a tree at 18. On Thursday, director of the Stellar Academy for Dyslexics Judy Taber will be in evidence. Wednesday, the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program wheelchair basketball team will play against the Ohlone Renegades in the Epler Gym at 10:30 a.m. Disabled sometimes from the chest down, the BORP team competes in regional wheelchair basketball leagues and has played against national title winning teams before. Films dealing with disability will be shown Monday through Thursday at 1 p.m. in Room 7204.
“Murderball,” which last year won the Documentary Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival, describes the sport of wheelchair rugby and its quadriplegic participants. It will be shown on Wednesday, only about an hour after Ohlone’s match against the BORP wheelchair basketball team. Lunches will be available throughout the week in the Quad at noon Monday through Wednesday. They will be sponsored on Monday by Fresh and Natural, the company that runs Ohlone’s cafeteria, on Tuesday by the MeCHA club, and on Wednesday by the Asian
Pan Pacific Student Association. The lunches will cost between $5 and $7. Ohlone is one of the last community colleges in California to have a Disability Awareness Week, according to Victor Cardenas, disabled students programs and services instructional assistant at Ohlone. The event is meant to answer questions and raise awareness about various disabilities. Disability Awareness Week is organized by DSPS. More information and an agenda can be obtained from the Disability Awareness Week website.
However, he did miss a mandatory candidate meeting. Steadman is, at the moment, holding a volunteer position within ASOC and has no voting power. At the meeting, Steadman said, “I just wanted to stand before you right now and let you know that I love Ohlone College. And I’m not at this ASOC meeting to cause trouble. I’ve never wanted to cause trouble. I want the best things for this school. I want the best things for the students. I want the best things for the administration, the faculty staff. I want this to be a happy place.” There were several other items that ASOC addressed on their
agenda. A representative from the Chinese Students Association asked ASOC to help fund a camping trip to Half Moon Bay planned for Oct. 20. Vice-President Tatyana Hamady had several issues with the request. The primary concern being that it seemed the CSA did not think of organizing their event ahead of time and that ASOC was being expected to grant monetary funds as a last minute solution to the fiscal quandary. This is an issue that ASOC also had with other clubs last semester. Additionally, Ohlone’s theatre department requested $2,100 in order to host a two-day program for high school students to experience
what the department has to offer its pupils. ASOC discussed how to fill the three vacant executive office seats of secretary, treasurer and legislative representative. These positions had no candidates running during the recent election. The issue of how to proceed with the candidates who lost during the ASOC elections but hope to become senators was also brought up. Such appointments are not currently addressed within the ASOC constitution. An advisory vote was taken for all of these agenda items. Director of Campus Activities and EOPS Debbi Trigg said that an advisory vote is a vote that expresses the
ASOC’s current intentions regarding the item. The advisory vote was explained as part of ASOC’s parliamentary procedure. After the necessary information on an item is presented, the ASOC decision-making process starts with a motion by an ASOC member, which is then seconded by another member and then put before the whole organization as an advisory vote. At the next meeting, the final vote is held unless further discussion is deemed necessary. Official votes for this week’s agenda items will take place at next week’s ASOC meeting. That meeting will be held on Oct. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 5301.
ASOC holds first official meeting of year By Manika Casterline Staff writer The newly elected executive staff of the Associated Students of Ohlone College held their first official meeting of the school year this week. The Tuesday meeting began with a ceremonial swearing in of the newly elected president, Candice Kirk. She then swore into office the new executive officers and student senators. Ken Steadman, a former ASOC senator, made several brief remarks regarding his desire to continue service as an ASOC senator. Steadman said he met all the requirements to be a senator this semester.
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America needs leader with strong moral background By Manika Casterline Staff writer The sex scandal plaguing former Congressman Mark Foley is not about what you think. It is not about politics or liberals versus conservatives. Nor should it be blamed on what his particular sexual preference is. In a diversified culture that embraces television shows like “Will & Grace” coming out of the
closet does not resonate with the same narrow-minded ripple effect that it did when comedienne Ellen DeGeneres came out in the ’90s. What it comes down to is the blatantly extravagant usage of the drug PCP - Power, Corruption and Privilege. This is a different drug that can seep into the veins of an individual and with each incremental increase, the toxicity morphs into something lethal.
“Pagegate,” as it were, broke in late September 2006 when the “Stop The Predators” blog posted explicit e-mails stating that Foley had exchanged with former Congressional underage pages. After the news came out, inappropriate personal messages sent by Foley were also released to the populace. In said correspondence, Foley alludes to lewd conduct and in one conversation offered to provide
alcohol to a minor. The Congressional Page program began in 1839 and is no stranger to scandal. There have been three other separate incidents that have occurred in the history of the program. In 1983, Illinois Republican Congressmen Dan Crane and Massachusetts Democrat Gerry Studds were accused of having inappropriate relationships with their congressional pages. In 1996, five
pages were let go because they participated in underage drinking. And in 2002, eleven pages were found to possess marijuana and were discharged from the program. Apathy and lack of leadership go hand in hand. When the electorate perceives their politicians to be corrupt they are naturally less inclined to re-elect the official. What America wants and needs is a leader of strong moral integrity.
understand that every event stated above is a direct consequence of my actions, but you’d be amazed at how fast life’s problems can overwhelm you. I first found myself homeless in the springtime of 2006. The exact date is hard for me to remember. I didn’t have a car, so on nights when I couldn’t convince friends to stay out all night with me I would pick a bus and ride it to the end of its line and then beg the driver to let me ride back to the VTA station because I had gotten on the wrong bus. Most drivers were sympathetic and would let me stay on, but there were a few times when I got kicked off and would have to find someway to get back to my local area. I can remember one night when I found myself lost on the east side of Santa Clara and being followed
by another bus passenger. I walked to a shopping center where I called my boyfriend and begged him to come pick me up. That was the day I realized just how much danger I was putting myself into every night by traveling and sleeping alone. On nights when I got lucky and was able to get a ride to the main VTA station, I would sleep at the station pretending to wait for a certain bus. Other nights I would sleep near the library in Milpitas, or at Cataldi Park in San Jose. The key was to not let anyone know I was homeless. I even told my mother, who had kicked me out of the house, that I was living with a friend. I didn’t want anyone to see me vulnerable, I didn’t want anyone’s help, and that I now know was one of my biggest mistakes. For awhile I made it to Ohlone using the bus. Sometimes if I
missed my transfer I would miss my morning class, but for the most part I did OK. I had been signed up for the Total Gym Fitness class that semester and while I quickly stopped going to the gym, I would use the showers in the locker room. I started to develop a routine. I hated to ask people for money on the street. It made me feel so ashamed and embarrassed that I would have preferred to just not eat anything. I had a job, so for the most part I always had a little money, but there were weeks when I couldn’t get into my checking account and had to make do with whatever I had in my pocket. My brother tried to teach me how to scam cashiers out of a few bucks by asking for change several times in a row, but I could never get it to work. After a few weeks I was able to move back in with my mother,
only to get kicked out again about a month later. This time I was able to take my car with me. Having a car made everything a lot easier. This time I was dead set on making it on my own. In an effort to make more money I upped my hours at work and started working full time. I dropped out of school because the real price of gas to drive from San Jose to Fremont was my breakfast and lunch for the day. I slept on the couches of a few friends, I slept in my car, I went out to parties just so I wouldn’t have to deal with where I would sleep that night. I would sit at Denny’s reading and drinking coffee all night just because I had nowhere else to go. I even went to my father’s wedding while I was homeless. I thought I had everything under control, but really I was just in Continued on Page 3
Student faces life trials, overcomes homelessness By Morgan Brinlee Features editor I never understood the homeless. “Get a job,” I’d think, “Go to a shelter, get help, do something! How do people get this far without realizing that their life is spiraling out of control,” I’d wonder. It wasn’t until I became homeless and found myself a step away from rock bottom that I began to understand how fast things can get beyond your control. In the span of one year I had been homeless on two different occasions, dropped out of college, gone through an outpatient drug treatment program, attempted suicide, moved across country and back again, all by the tender age of 19. Please do not get me wrong, I
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How long would you survive homelessness?
LITA VO Undecided “Six months, maybe.”
MAKENZIE DECUIRE Performing Arts “Probably like, a year.”
KUSHBOO CHABRIA Biology “Two weeks.”
VEASNA MOTH Undecided “As long as I can live in my car, it’s all good in the hood.”
HESSAM NIKFARJAM Business “Unless I’m doing serious drugs, I wouldn’t be homeless.”
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Faculty calls Brunton an embarrassment Continued from Page 1 tracts until a clause was included prohibiting faculty from dating students. Later, Brunton presented his views to the press on this issue and implied that the exchange of sex for grades had been a problem at Ohlone. Members of the faculty took affront at this implication and while the issue itself had died down in the intervening time, it was brought up again when faculty members aired grievances against Brunton. Brunton was also accused of distributing personal business paraphernalia at a meeting with Chinese business and educational leaders who came to Ohlone on school time. Richard Grotegut and Walt Birkedahl have both volunteered their accounts of Brunton's misconduct during the meeting with the delegation. “I’m wearing two hats today,” Brunton reportedly said with a laugh. Brunton later defended his actions by stating that he had been naively overeager but this statement was met with much skepticism from the college community. Brunton’s presidency was of primary concern. As Board president, the college community felt that Brunton represented the sentiments of the Board as a whole and
thus when he presented derogatory statements to the press, they were not statements of personal opinion but those of the entire Board. Legal counsel consulted by the Board as well as the administration stated that while individuals have the inalienable right to voice their opinions, it is recognized that a greater responsibility is undertaken when an individual is elected to a political office. Brunton’s actions caused a tumult among faculty and staff leading to a special College Council meeting as well as two Faculty Senate resolutions. The two resolutions, one in support of Treadway and the other condemning Brunton, have respectively collected the signatures of 117 and 116 of the 149 full-time faculty members. The resolution of no confidence against Brunton called not only for the Board to remove Brunton from the presidential office but also for Brunton to resign from the Board entirely. Susan Meyers read the two resolutions at the Sept. 27 Board meeting and received a standing ovation. However, Meyers later had to reread the resolutions for the benefit of Brunton who was absent for much of the meeting. Spotted lurking outside, Brunton
was formally invited to join the meeting by faculty member Bob Bradshaw approximately an hour after it began. Shortly thereafter, another faculty member, Dennis Keller, gave Brunton a brief summary of the proceedings. “All in all, in short, we want you gone,” Keller announced. Keller was not alone in these sentiments. Harry A. Avila also came forward and demanded Brunton's resignation. Avila repeatedly shouted, “Shame on you!”at the Board president and then demanded “Out!” Board of Trustees member Garret Yee, currently serving in Iraq, submitted a letter reprimanding Brunton and requesting that if Brunton refused to resign, the rest of the Board vote him off. As the meeting progressed, Trustees Bill McMillin and Dan Archer also asked Brunton to resign from the Board. When asked point blank by audience members to officially remove himself from the Board, Brunton replied simply, “No.” Those in the audience who were hoping for the Board to act that night were to be disappointed as the only real action occurred when an ambulance was called for octogenarian Dan Archer.
Continued from Page 2 denial that everything was slipping away from me. Fast forward about two months and I had moved out of California. Drugs, depression, insomnia, money and family were all big and constant problems in my life. I was, by a fantastic stroke of luck, able to finally reconnect with my mother who moved out to Kentucky for a job transfer. I moved into her apartment complex, which made life a lot easier. By this time I had become addicted to the sleeping pills I took for my insomnia. I would have to take six or seven a night just to fall asleep. I started taking them during the day on days when I didn’t have to work. I worked at Kroger’s grocery store and was, to be honest, slowly destroying myself. The apartment complex I lived in was about one block outside the ghetto of Lexington, Kentucky. It was certainly a step up from where I had lived before but its location made a lot of dangerous situations and substances more prevalent. I really wanted to be able to go back to school but didn’t have enough money. I made $6.25 an hour at Kroger’s but it never added up to enough. I was depressed at the thought of having to spend another semester out of school, and the acceptance letters from colleges in NYC only sent me into further desperation. I began to make deliveries for one of the local drug dealers. I continually told myself “as long as I don’t look at what is in this envelope I won’t have a problem, just get in there and get out.” It seemed like an easy hundred dollars but after a few jobs the stress and anxiety of what I was doing caught up with me and the money didn’t look as good. I spent the next week and a half locked inside my apartment. I quite
literally drove myself to insanity. I would sit in the dark for hours, I ate only watermelon for two weeks, getting up and taking the dog for a walk became a monstrous task. I was so afraid to go outside, to face the consequences of my decisions that I simply confined myself to my apartment. I began to get more and more depressed. I would cry all day for reasons I couldn’t articulate to anyone. It got so bad that I actually begged my mother to help me. I told her that I wanted to hurt myself, that I felt out of control and that I needed help. I don’t blame her for turning her back, she didn’t know what to do, I had always been the more responsible and stable child. I’d never had problems I couldn’t deal with myself and as she tells me now she simply felt overwhelmed. That same night I took around 80 or 90 sleeping pills. It’s a slow and very painful way to die, I have found. Your heart beats faster than it ever should and your whole body goes numb limb by limb. My mother found me later that night and, with medical assistence, saved my life. I should have been more thankful than I was. I started
therapy after that and voluntarily went through a drug treatment program in an effort to get my life back on track. I’ve come a long way in a short amount of time and I feel that I am very lucky to have been able to bounce back as well as I have. Through the kindness of strangers I found a place to live here in California as well as a job. I pay my rent on time, I try and focus all my energy on school, and I try to make things work. When I look back at the past year of my life I think being homeless was really one of the smaller problems. Of course it’s tough, of course it sucks, but it’s manageable. In fact for many students in San Fransicso it’s an actual choice. I think that if I had been a stronger person, if I had been able to face my problems head on rather than being stubborn and using drugs to numb the pain I would have had a better chance. While I’ve been clean for about three months now and have been able to get myself back into school I feel the effects of my actions everyday. Every day I work on repairing the life I ruined, every day I pay the consequences.
It’s a hard knock life
The movement to postpone any action was forwarded by Trustee John Weed in an effort to preserve due process and supported by McMillin and Trustee Ruthe Foster. McMillin cited the Brown Act, reminding Board and audience members that action could only be taken on agenda items. There was an immediate movement to place reorganization of the Board on the next agenda that was seconded and passed. A community member then requested that the Board launch a self-evaluation targeting ethical practices as well as conflict of interests stemming from business or membership on other boards or panels. The meeting was adjourned shortly thereafter. When the Board next met on Oct. 11, reorganization of the Board was the first agenda item. With emphasis on the advice of legal counsel and that their actions were purely those of an administrative rather than punitive nature, the Board removed Brunton from the presidency. Brunton was again not present, despite repeated statements that he would attend via teleconference. Directly after Brunton’s removal, McMillin read a letter that Brunton
had previously submitted to the Board. “I ask that you delay action on this item until at least until [sic] the earliest scheduled board meeting that both I can join you in person, and that all the potential due process and investigation of issues have been dealt with,” Brunton's letter read. Brunton had already been removed. He went on to call the statements made by faculty, staff, students and community members “threats and emotional hysteria.” He also stated that if the Board were to take action, they would be giving into “special interest groups.” Brunton went on to question the advisability of faculty and staff groups meeting on school time to discuss these issues. “I am concerned about the use of district time and resources spent on this matter and a full accounting should be made,” recommended Brunton. The Board has moved to create a specific procedure to be followed in the case of a violation of a code of ethics. The subcommittee includes three Board members and will be working closely with the College President. Brunton was not one of the three selected.
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Culture Pirate By OMER AHMED News editor
The comfort of uncertainty
Ohlone’s University Express Program continues to grow in popularity By Eric Dorman Staff writer The University Express program is alive and well at Ohlone and continues to benefit students by linking notoriously tough classes together. Those University Express students are almost always glad they attended, said History Professor Darren Bardell, who teaches two classes with University Express cohorts. “My students like that they’re taking classes in a group,” said Bardell. “And they are consistently successful in my courses.” University Express is a program designed for new students interested in transferring to a four-year college but unsure of which classes to take. Students who enroll in this program take a group of three or four classes together with 30 other students, who are all taking the same classes. The instructors of these classes work together in an effort to make sure everyone keeps up. There are three sections of University Express: University Express 101A, University Express 151B and University Express 151A. Each section has a different level of difficulty, said Dean of Language
Arts and Social Sciences Mikelyn Stacey. 151A is the most basic, 151B is slightly more difficult and 101A is the most challenging. Which section a student is placed in depends on how high he or she scores on the English placement test. The main advantage of the program, according to Bardell, is that University Express links certain classes. For example, 101A links english, biology and history. Bardell meets once a month with the other instructors to form parallels between the courses. One such parallel is the environment. For example, biology students will learn about it directly and Bardell will lecture on how history has impacted the environment. The English instructor might talk about how to write an essay and present an essay about the environment as an example. Another thing that Bardell noticed was that his 30 University Express students came to class more than his 100 regular students. He thinks that peer pressure is a big factor. “Some students might skip class for a week, and not think anything of it,” said Bardell. “But in University Express, each student is part of a larger group. There’s more pressure
to attend class.” Another advantage of the University Express, said Stacey, is that it lets students get some tough courses out of the way as well as ensuring they get into those courses. Each section also has a different combination of classes tailored to fit its level of difficulty. For example, 151A has Developmental Reading and History of the United States, while 151B includes Introduction to Sociology and 101A has Biology. The classes of all three sections give students UC and CSU-transferable credits. Some classes, such as English classes, are entirely made up of a group of University Express students. Larger classes, such as biology and history, are made up of regular students as well as those in University Express. Stacey noted that the The University Express students often score higher than the students independently enrolled. In addition to these classes, each section includes a Personal Development class in which students meet with counselors to try and plan their classes for the rest of the year. Stacey suggested that this class may be the most beneficial of all.
“So often when you go to a big four-year college or university, you take your math, you take your english and you have no idea how it’s all tied together. You don’t find out until your senior year or so. I think one of the advantages of University Express is that right away, it shows you how the classes are all relevant.” Bardell noted that the Personal Development class is not for everyone. One change he and the other instructors plan on making is non-mandatory attendance of this course. Though it can help some students, he said, others already have their futures planned out and do not need the course. The biggest challenge the program faces, said Bardell, is recruitment. This year, the instructors had trouble meeting their 30-person quota. Overall, Stacey is confident that the program is a success. “I think when you have instructors working together and students working together, things gel earlier,” she said. Interested students may go to www.ohlone.edu/org/univexpress for more information on how to become involved with the program.
EOPS discusses the benefits of MySpace versus face-to-face By MANIKA CASTERLINE Staff writer From lyrics in a Gym Class Heros song to a reference in the “Boondocks” comic, MySpace has seeped into our pop cultural fabric. Extended Opportunities Programs and Services hosted a “Cutting Edge Hot Topics” event on Oct. 11 at Blomerly Hall from 11:45 a.m to 12:45 p.m. The open discussion was prompted by the question of the ease of male and female communication via MySpace as opposed to face to face. “Cutting Edge Hot Topics” is based on the format of the popular ABC television “The View”. EOPS conducted this event with special guest Dr. Bennett Oppenheim and audience volunteer Roxanne Garcia. The program’s founding principle is to be a discussion tool for issues that are applicable to a vast array of students and to inspire contemporary learning methods.
The audience interactive dialogue opened up further questions about the validity of sites such as MySpace and what it can potentially mean to interpersonal communication. The discussion also raised points about how some individuals view MySpace as either a substitute for reality or reality itself. An audience member commented, “The thing is MySpace is not the real world. So I don’t think that is gives you adequate training wheels for real relationships, face to face relationships...I think that...people spend hours and hours at a time on MySpace gaining thousands of friends sometimes who aren’t really their friends, don’t really know these people. It’s just like feeding a desire to have close relationships, but at the same time it’s perpetuating the inability to have real relationships because you are so far removed from all these people”. On the contrary, Oppenheim said, “I don't think it's taking away. I ac-
tually think it is contributing to the degree of interaction and intimacy between a lot of people. I think it's just an additional vehicle that enables (people) to connect with one another”. MySpace, however, has been subject to many security concerns. First of all, MSNBC claims that the popular website is a breeding ground for the Internet agitator known as spyware. It is also not safe from child sex offenders who utilize the site to solicit underage children. There is rampant profile identity theft, too. The main reason people do not agree that MySpace is a good thing is due to the fact that people are not held to be accountable for their actions and are not forced to be honest. Things posted on one’s MySpace can be taken out of context. Oppenheim replied, “Yes, I think that it can be misinterpreted, as are different kinds of words that we use or things that we gesture in face to
face relationships and interactions. In as much as we are human there is always going to be misperception... interpretation of what one says,w hat one intends, what one means - and part of relating to a person is conveying that and sharing enough depth and breadth so that they know who we are and where we are coming from. And each of those layers that is peeled away through interaction, I think makes us that much more cultural.” Tom Anderson, a graduate of U.C Berkeley and UCLA, Chris DeWolfe, a graduate of USC Marshall School of Business and a small programmer team founded MySpace in July of 2003. MySpace is considered a powerful interactive social networking website which allows users to do almost everything from post pictures to upload streamable video. In the short span of three years it has emerged as the world’s fourth most popular English-language website.
October is breast cancer awareness month By Noah Levin Staff writer This month is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness and helping to promote prevention. This month is also used to send out recognition and acknowledgement to those women who are fighting or have had breast cancer. “A lot of fund-raisers and 5k walks happen to raise awareness and support,” said Sally Bratton of the Ohlone Student Health Center. “It's about education and awareness.”
The Student Health Center is always able to provide information and awareness. If students don’t have insurance, they can go into the Health Center and be referred to the Tri-City Health Center or the Newark Health Center - both can send patients for low or no cost mammograms. Men, though rarely, are also at risk, and can be checked at the Health Center. Some students, such as Sara Cattaneo, have been walking the campus handing out posters and pamphlets with the purpose of informing people about the various activities relating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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The moral landscape of the U.S. increasingly amazes me. There is a polarization of views. We are either pro-choice or pro-life, pro-war or anti-war, conservative or liberal, etc. What specifically amazes me is how so many people can make up their minds so completely one way or another in black and white terms. Few things a human being can do in this world should be seen as absolutely good or absolutely wrong. Everything has validations. Stealing bread to feed one’s family is the classic example and many would say such theft is acceptable. Stealing butter to make the bread a little tastier, on the other hand, suddenly makes the situation less acceptable. When we try to make overarching absolute judgment on any issue, we ignore the people, context and intentions behind real life situations. It is one thing to be strongly against abortion, it is another thing to demand that a young girl forgo an abortion even though her body is barely old enough to handle birth, her parents will abandon her and she has no way to feed two mouths. Life always reminds me how we don’t live in a black and white world. I pre-ordered a video game more than two months ago and planned on patiently waiting until its official release before playing it. Then I downloaded an illegal early release of the game last week. Basically, I stole something I had already paid for. Does that even make sense? It is still theft under intellectual property laws and I could be prosecuted like many other software pirates have been. Everyone I have asked has said I am ethically in the clear or, at the very least, higher on the sliding scale of morality. I’m not too sure they are correct but I don’t feel particularly bad about my “theft” either. Just thinking about whether a single action of mine is ethical or not is mentally exhausting enough. I can’t imagine making up my mind absolutely and completely on massive issues such as nuclear proliferation or our current foreign entanglements. This is especially so as I understand how little I know about life and the world. Essentially, any conclusions I come to about any moral, ethical or other broad topic are, at best, educated guesses and, at worst, shots in the dark. Living in such a morally uncertain world might seem scary. This is why I believe society is gravitating towards a black or white interpretation of existence. However, when we admit the possibility of our world not being black or white but grey, the uncertainty can be reassuring and frees us from the need to be perfect.
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Devil's Advocate By Anna nemchuk Editor-in-chief
Grow up, world
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Mich Millich, ‘The Coffee Cart Guy’ begins his daily routine of grinding and brewing coffee despite construction work on Building One. Below, detour signs outside Building 1
Campus construction affecting many By Michael Aburas Staff writer As remodeling provided by Bond Measure A continues, faculty and students in the vicinity of Building One may have noticed scaffolding, men in hard hats, rhythmic hammering, sand blasting and dust. The construction the last few weeks of school has affected both students and faculty. Students have observed plastic sheeting outside the library’s windows and blue tape preventing dust from coming in. Librarian Kathy Greenstein’s office, however, was not completely immune. Since the construction she has removed all her trinkets and knickknacks to dust the windowsill off. “Dust, dust and more dust,” was Greenstein’s comment. It wasn’t until a few days after construction that tape was put inside the offices of the library staff. Jocosely, Greenstein said, “My office looked like Oklahoma in the 1930’s.” Sarah Zentner, assistant to Ohlone President Doug Treadway, said “We [Zentner and Treadway] are role-modeling what it’s like to work through construction.” She also said in order for progress to occur these are the steps that need to be taken. For some students, especially those with disabilities, the construction has been more of an inconvenience. One disabled business major, who asked that his name be withheld, said if they block off a certain route “I have to go up a completely different route to get to the same location.” He also said this could make him late for class if he doesn’t know ahead of time what routes will be blocked off. “It’s not the fact that I have to take another [route], it’s the fact that they don’t tell you ahead of
time or don’t put out detour signs,” remarked the source. Since he voiced his opinion two weeks ago to the Disabled Students Program and Services, Buildings and Grounds has begun to post detour signs around campus. Currently, there is a detour sign posted by the Palm Bosque stating “the stairs from the Palm Bosque lower ponds to the upper ponds, next to Building 1, will be closed 10/11/06 through 12/06” as stated in the Bond Projects Update e-mail, which is sent to Ohlone faculty members but not to students. Another person who has been directly affected, and in some regards in a positive manner, is Mitch “The Coffee Cart Guy,” Millich. Construction had an impact on Millich before even the fall semester started. Two days before school began, Millich was notified by Buildings and Grounds that he had to move the coffee cart from the front of Building One. Millich was not open for business the first day of school because power was not available at his new location. The school did get him plugged in by the next day. Millich had the option of being placed in the quad, or conducting business in front of Building Two. He chose Building Two because it was a more convenient place to get power and water, both necessities for him. Millich said business has been better for him this semester than last. “The music department has been very welcoming and patient,” said Millich, about being parked in front of Building Two. In addition, the construction workers have increased his sales. “The construction workers have been very nice and have become some of my regulars,” said Millich. Although dust has not affected the coffee cart, it has had an impact on
Photo by Michael Aburas the Human Resources department. When the construction team began sand-blasting on the upper floors of the northwest end of Building One, a large amount of dust permeated the Human Resource Department on Monday Sept. 18 - so much so, that President Treadway sent the whole department home. Human Resource Manager Tina Miller said when she arrived at work there was a lot of dust in the air and some of the doors needed to be sealed. “When I arrived he [Dr. Treadway] had already walked through,” and told the department to go home, commented Miller. Miller took some things home to work on while two others in her department worked from the library. The Human Resources Department was only sent home for a day while the construction team was immediately sent in to clean up the dust and debris and set up fans. “My office was fine, it was the common areas that were dirty and Grounds sent someone to vacuum,” said Miller. Dave Lozano, assistant director of Buildings and Grounds, said that the tape already in place had lifted up, allowing dust to enter the
building. The construction was shut down immediately and everyone on the construction team was sent in to clean and re-tape. “Everyone on the construction team is very conscientious about the environment for the students,” said Lozano. The construction team reacts very quickly to the needs of the students and faculty, he explained. Last week, students and faculty, including deaf students, noticed the pounding hammers from inside the library. Deaf student and fine arts major Eriko Ando said the hammering bugged her; even though she couldn’t hear it, she could feel the vibrations. Other than that the construction hasn‘t bothered her, said Ando. When asked if the construction had affected her, music major Katrina Kelinda Kawaguchi hesitated before saying “no.” Business major Ati Chen said, “not really, but sometimes there's a lot of noise and smells.’ Construction will continue through March 07. For questions or advance notice of detours, contact Buildings and Grounds at (510) 659-6105.
In a move highly utilized by 3-year-olds and teenagers around the world, North Korea has thrown its collective hands in the air and declared with vindictive eagerness “Look at me, Mummy! I’ve been SO bad!” Congratulations, guys – as the skill involved in blowing up stuff has long been lauded to the skies, I’m sure everyone’s just in awe of your manly explosive powers. Hmm, I wonder why this butter isn’t melting in my mouth? I’ve always been a huge fan of science fiction. Science fiction writers have tended to be fans of detonating things quite a lot so perhaps my failure to be duly impressed by N. Korea’s posturing is simply a result of overexposure, a bit like being disenchanted by a bar fight after a decade of playing “Mortal Kombat.” Bush, of course, is posturing right back. At Wednesday’s White House conference, he declared that he intends to “ensure there are serious repercussions for the regime in Pyongyang” and “that North Korea understands the consequences if it continues down its current path.” Realizing how redundant, never mind idealistic this will sound, enough with the chest-pounding! We know that most of the free world has the capacity, in one way or another, to end life as we know it on this planet for at least a few centuries, thereby giving Mother Nature a much-needed break, something I live in fear of die-hard environmentalists realizing. However, as one generally does not chop off a foot because of a broken toe, I would hope that most people also comprehend that nuclear war, while being a solution, is a tad more permanent of one than most would vote for. Unless you’re a religious fanatic who’s of the opinion that annihilating all while saving their infidel souls is a nifty idea, in which case I fervently desire for you to go start with yourself in an abandoned warehouse. Laying aside the irony that most of that free world is currently scurrying about attempting to verify North Korea’s claim in the first place, I’m a bit baffled as to why a country that alleges to have personal welfare as a chief priority (That is what communism aims at, really.) would decide that threats – vague, unproven and disastrous to their own citizens as well as everyone else if upheld – are the cat’s meow of strategies. The rest of the world is supposed to take them seriously now? Hang on, they didn’t want to do it, they were forced. According to the country’s foreign ministry, they “were compelled to conduct a nuclear test because of the US nuclear threat and pressure of sanctions” and “are ready for both dialogue and confrontation.” But, Mummy, he pushed me first!
October 12, 2006
Teacher reveals the ‘Physics of Music’ By Frankie Addiego Staff writer The connection between music and physics was explained in detail last week as part of a Brown Bag seminar for students and faculty. Ohlone astronomy instructor Charles Hepburn was the speaker and he titled his presentation “The Physics of Music.” He began by explaining the relationship between theory and experimentation, which is central not only to the relationship between music and physics, but also to science in general. “The first music was made by experimenting, as opposed to trying out a theory,” he said. “It’s only when we get to electronic music... do the theory and the experiment go hand-in-hand.”
Throughout the lecture, Hepburn demonstrated the various physical theories behind how music is created with a number of different instruments. Among the instruments he brought to class were a variety of different flutes, clarinets, other wind instruments, brass instruments, a synthesizer, an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar. He demonstrated the theories behind sound waves with the different wind instruments. He pointed out that, unlike with some instruments, the material out of which the wind instruments are made makes a difference. This includes the metals, woods and even the reeds in the mouthpiece. He also went into the differences between cylindrical and conical wind instruments. He explained the role a phenomenon called the Bessel function in
drums and other percussion instruments, he said that it creates dissonance and an “infinite tone.” While he barely used either of the guitars he brought to demonstrate the theories behind them, he did demonstrate how a string creates waves. He said, “the frequency for the guitar string will be a little bit like we had with the sample string,” referring to a string that was not from a musical instrument which he had dangling to demonstrate a more broad theory of movement in physics. After the lecture was over, a number of attendants stayed to ask him questions about his equipment and instruments. One of the most popular pieces of equipment among those who stayed for the question and answer session and unoffi-
cial post-lecture symposium was Hepburn’s wind synthesizer. The device is blown into and held like a normal wind instrument, but can electronically emulate the sounds of any other wind instrument, similar to how keyboard instruments can reproduce the sounds of other instruments. The Ohlone Brown Bag seminars are hour-long presentations which usually include a lecture followed by a question and answer session. The next Brown Bag will be presented by Brittany Touitou, a former Ohlone student. Her presentation is titled “A Flight Without Wings: the Story of a Methamphetamine Survivor” and be presented on Oct. 20 in Room 3201 from 1 to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public at no cost. Refreshments will be provided before the seminar.
Instructor Charles Hepburn plays his wind synthesizer at the Brown Bag.
years old,” said Systems Librarian Kathy Sparling. In addition, the server got an upgrade as well. “There is a standard called Unicode, which our system is now compliant with,” said Sparling. The previous program was not Unicode compliant. The “Voyager with Unicode Release Handbook” explains that “Unicode is an encoding scheme for written characters and text. The standard is international in scope and includes characters (more than 40,000) from all of the major scripts of the world, as
well as commonly used technical symbols...The Unicode standard includes support for all of the JACKPHY languages (Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Hebrew and Yiddish), as well as a number of other scripts including Cyrillic.” In other words, it will be easier for Hans to upload and display things like Chinese characters. Even though there isn’t very much material in Chinese available at the library. Other improvements include the
book bag feature becoming visible. According to Sparling, “The book bag works like an online shopping site, where you can save things you’re shopping for and look at them later.” Although Hans will have some improved capabilities for students, it will mainly remain the same. It’s the behind-the-scenes changes for staff that will be improved. Students can still reserve books and use all previous functions. Hans was named in dedication of Hans Larsen, the first director of
the Ohlone College Library and also stands for “Have a Nice Search.” Additionally, Voyager, the program used to check out books at the circulation desk, came back online recently. It was offline for about a week. Employees at the circulation desk had to check books out with paper slips and faculty access was unavailable. “We’re able to process books using Voyager, we’re not using paper anymore,” said Library Technician Lynda Ernesta Shagnusson.
Photo by Michael Aburas
Hans gets a behind-the-scenes upgrade By MICHAEL ABURAS Staff writer Fall has been a season of updates. The first of the semester was WebAdvisor, now followed by the library database Hans. Hans is a module that is part of the Voyager program. The upgrade is mandated by the Endeavor Company - they provide the software and upgrade their product annually. “This upgrade was more complex because of the server upgrade. The old hardware was about six
Campus Events October 13 Women’s Soccer -- 4 p.m. vs. West Valley College here at Ohlone. 14 Ohlone College Super Flea Market -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in parking lots E and H. No pets allowed. Every month, there are hundreds of vendors selling things like home-made crafts, jewelry, food, tools, gift items, toys household supplies, collectibles, electronics and more. Parking is $2 and admission is free. 16 Disability Awareness Week Activities -- Some of the events for this day are: 11 a.m. - noon, Tim Piccirillo, a humorous motivational speaker, will talk in Room 7204. From noon to 1 p.m. BBQ in the Quad hosted by Fresh and Natural. 16 APASA Meeting -- 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in Room 2201. The Asian Pacific American Student Association, a club on campus, meets every Monday. Everyone is welcome. 17 Community Band -- 8 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre. For more information regarding the performance and to purchase tickets you can visit the box office window or call (510) 659-6031. 17 Men’s Soccer -- 4 p.m. vs. Hartnell College here at Ohlone. 17 Disability Awareness Week Activities -- Some of the events for this day are: 11 a.m. - noon, Gary Karp, introduced by Dr. Doug Treadway, will speak in Room 7204. From noon to 1 p.m, lunch hosted by MeCHa Club. 18 MECHA Meeting -- 2 p.m. in Room 8204. Club meets every Wednesday. Refreshments are served, everyone welcome. Come check out the excitement. 18 Disability Awareness Week Activities -- Some of the events include: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. wheelchair basketball introduced by
Fred Hilke in the Epler Gym. From 11:30 a.m. to noon, Q&A Adaptive P.E. From 11 a.m. to noon, Michael Muir will speak in Room 7204. Noon to 1 p.m., lunch hosted by APASA Club. 18 Women’s Water Polo -- 3 p.m. vs. DeAnza College here at Ohlone. 19 Disability Awareness Week Activities -- Some of the events include: 10 - 11 a.m. myths and misconceptions panel. 11 a.m. - noon, speaker Judy Taber, director of Stellar Academy, Room 7204. 1 - 2:30 p.m., ATC open house, Room 4203. 2:30 - 3 p.m., Universal Learning Design: studying more effectively with the use of technology, Room 4203. 19 Information Session: Bio-Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Certificate Program -- 9 a.m. to noon. This is an accelerated classroom/lab training course, including topics in chemistry, biology, math and more. The course meets 20 hours a week during the day at Ohlone. To reserve your space, call (510) 259-3831 and leave your name, telephone number, e-mail address and date of session attending. 20 Ohlone Chamber Singers -- Performance is 8 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church located at 2020 Fifth St., Livermore. This is the seventh annual Masterworks Concert with voices of the past and present that will be featuring Mozart’s Requiem. Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for adults and can be purchased by calling (510) 659-6031. 21 Ohlone Chamber Singers -- performance at 8 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre. This is the seventh annual Masterworks Concert with voices of the past and present that will be featuring Mozart’s Requiem. Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for adults and can be purchased by calling (510) 659-6031 or going to the box office.
Jackson Theatre. Performance will featuring harpist, Dan Levitan, performing Debussy’s Dances Sacred and Profane for Harp & Strings. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and can be purchased by calling (510) 659-6031. 23 New Art Show -- “My Meager Retrospective," by Tony May. This wellknown artist works in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media. His art has been seen in museums and galleries on the California, national and international levels. It will be in the Louie Meager Art Gallery and can be seen Monday - Friday, noon - 3 p.m. and Wednesday evenings by appointment.
CLASSIFIEDS WE ARE HIRING -- We are in need of Child Care Workers all over the Bay Area. Please give us a call if you are interested.We need you. Call the California Staffing Service at (650) 8727870; (925) 522-0102; (866) 994-7823 or email us at calstaff@sbcglobal. net.You can visit us on the web by going to www. californiastaffingservice. com. HIRING MUSIC TEACHERS -- Are you musically talented and looking for a highpaying part-time job? We are looking for a few motivated, musically-gifted teachers to help teach weekly music private/group classes in the Cupertino area. Looking for teachers in the following areas: String, woodwind, brass, piano/ percussion instruments, also conducting, band, composition and voice. If interested, please contact Carol Liu, Director of Joyful Melodies Inc. at
(408) 725-9049 or Mail@ joyfulmelodies.com. HAPPY FISH SWIM SCHOOL -- Seeking smart, friendly swim instructors to work with children & adults. Indoor heated pool open seven days a week. Pays $9/hr$12/hr DOE. Part Time Availability, Fun Environment, & Friendly People. Flexible/Steady schedule works well with school schedule. Print application at www.SwimHappyFish.com. Hiring Office Help -- An engineering company, located in Fremont, is seeking part-time or fulltime office help. Responsibilities: General office help, assisting with accounts payable/receivable, purchasing, shipping and receiving, matching with purchase orders. Requirements: Strong organizational and communication skills, reliable and multi-tasked, familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), and QuickBooks is a plus. Send your resume to tooltekeng@ gmail.com. P rofessional Piano LessonS -- Private lesson with qualified teachers cer-
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tified by Royal Music School. Great coordination training with lots of fun! Individual and group rates are both welcome. Wonderful relaxing atmosphere and practical progressions. Try it out and develop your musical sense now!! Interested parties please call Christy @ (510) 648-0066. Hiring mechanical drafter -- An engineering company, located in Fremont, is seeking a part-time or fulltime mechanical drafter. Responsibilities: Drafting of par ts and assemblies, working with Bill Of Material and detailed drawings, suppor ting design/engineering depar tment and constructing BOMs. Requirements: Strong organizational and communication skills, reliable and multi-tasked, familiar with AutoCAD, Pro/ENGINEER is a plus. Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Seeking piano instructor -Looking for a person to take piano lessons from. Must be affordable and in the Fremont area. Must already teach lessons to others. Please call (510) 304-2538.
22 Ohlone Chamber Orchestra -- 2 p.m. in the
Library Announcement Our Ohlone Library has 4 glass-enclosed display cases available to showcase student, faculty & staff talent (artistic, literary) as well as to promote campus clubs and upcoming community events of potential interest to the campus at large. Bookings are for a 2 week period and are accepted on a first-come basis. Several of the cases are lockable. To learn about availability this semester, please stop by the Library Information Desk or e-mail Librarian Elizabeth Silva at email@example.com.
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Thursday, October 12, 2006
First and 10 By JEFF WEISINGER Sports editor
By RAHUL BATRA Sports writer
More to life than sports
Tigers control ACLS over A’s
The life of a professional athlete is usually based on the sport they play, and how good they are at it. But in all honesty, how important is it really? Picture this. Game one of the League Championship Series, and when asked how important the game is, anyone would answer: Not very important at all. Early Wednesday morning, a charter plane piloted by New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed into a 50-story apartment building in Manhattan. Lidle sent a distress call moments before crashing into the thirtieth and thirty-first floors of the Manhattan highrise in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Lidle was only 34, and leaves behind a wife, Melanie, and son Christopher. Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi was Lidle’s teammate in high school, and when they were with the Oakland A’s in 2001. “Right now, I am really in a state of shock, as I am sure the entire MLB family is. My thoughts are with Cory’s relatives and the loved ones of the others who were injured or killed in this plane crash. I have known Cory and his wife, Melanie, for over 18 years and watched his son grow up. We played high school ball together and have remained close throughout our careers. We were excited to be reunited in New York this year and I am just devastated to hear this news,” said Giambi in an interview with ESPN on Wednesday. Cory Lidle is the second Yankee, and sixth major league baseball player to die in a plane crash. The last major leaguer to die in a plane crash was Yankees catcher Thurman Munson in 1979. Munson was killed after his plane crashed in Canton, Ohio. Also in 1972, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente was killed in a plane crash near Puerto Rico. Including Lidle, there are 47 known cases of athletes or teams being killed in plane crashes, the earliest being in 1925. All of yesterday's events lead up to my next question: Do we separate the importance of sports and life? Well, their job is, technically, to play a game, but in the end, it’s still their job, and after their work “shift,” they go home to their families and do things that us “normal” people do. We still do not realize that these professional athletes have more going on in their life than their sport. It is sad that it takes a death of an athlete to begin to realize that in the end, the professional athletes we look up to are still people in the end.
Nobody gave the A’s credit to go past the first round in the playoffs. Seeing how they have not advanced any further since 1990 and that they are 0-9 in game-clinching games in the postseason, anything other than elimination was not expected. Well, that all changed. Game three of the divisional playoffs between the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland Athletics saw the A’s turn disbelievers into believers. I went to the game and even caught a foul ball from Milton Bradley in the fourth inning, which ended up on ESPN HD for five or six seconds. Once I caught the ball, I got phone calls from friends and family members saying they saw me on television making a sweet catch – barehanded! I was also very fortunate to see some of the A’s that same night up in Walnut Creek at a bar called Krogen’s. What that showed me was that this young ball club really knows how to bond together off the field and play as a team rather than show individualism and selfishness. Nonetheless, those traits seemed far away during game one of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night in Oakland. Starting A’s pitching ace Barry Zito lasted only 3 2/3 innings. The first three innings showed he is an offensive threat in the postseason. However, with two outs in the third inning, Brandon Inge, the Tiger’s ninth batter, struck first with a homerun to left field. Later in the inning, a questionable pitch on a 3-2 count to Placido Polanco, which could have gone either way, shifted the momentum from the A’s to the Tigers. Instead of a strikeout to end the third with just the one run deficit, Zito ended up allowing five runs on seven hits (including two homeruns and two doubles) before getting taken out in the middle of the fourth. He also walked three batters. From that point on, nothing was working. Detroit had solid pitching from Nate Robertson, who threw five shutout innings and allowed only six hits. Strong outings from the bullpen by Fernando Rodney and Joel Zumaya, who both threw into triple digits on the radar gun, also helped seal the victory for Detroit. The A’s could not get over that hump of sending their base runners to home plate. They were 0-13 with runners on base and grounded out into four double plays. Which is an ALCS record. The final score was 5-1 in favor of the Tigers. Games three, four and five will all be played in Detroit from Friday through Sunday.
Photo courtesy of men’s basketball team
With 11 players returning from last year’s team, the men’s basketball team is a contender to win the division and go on to state competition.
Men’s basketball begins countdown to tipoff By Brittany Wilson Sports writer and Jeff Weisinger Sports editor Ohlone basketball season doesn’t start until the beginning of next month, but don’t tell that to the Men’s Basketball Team. After going 21-12 in the 2005-2006 campaign, Head Coach John Peterson looks forward to the upcoming 2006-2007 season with 11 players returning from last year, eight of which were starters at one point during last year. Last season showcased the Renegades defense. They were a tough defense that finished third in the state in points allowed, giving up an average of only 62 points per game, while forcing about 20 turnovers per game and averaged about 8.2 steals a game. On offense last year, the Renegade were led by Sam Kim, who finished fourth in the Coast North Conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 36 percent, and led the conference in free throw percentage at 80 percent. Ohlone had three players last year in the top 10 in Field Goal percentage including Jermaine Smith, Mike Holmes and Renardo Bass. Overall, Ohlone finished second overall in the tough Coast North Conference. Last year also marked the fifth time Coach Peterson had completed a season with more than 20 wins. That kind of record ranked the team 18th for state and eighth in Northern California. Earning the tenth seed in the state playoffs last season, the Renegades made it to Northern California’s
Sweet 16, losing to Siskiyous College who at one point was ranked first in the state of California. This season is a new beginning, however. With last year in the books, Coach Peterson and company look forward to winning the league this year, while at the same time looking foward to winning the state championship. Key players returning this year are Renardo Bass and Bert Whittington, both of whom were named to the All-Coast Conference Team last season. Sophomore Jermaine Smith who led in field goal percentage at 63 percent last year also returns this year for the Renegades. Coach Peterson says that this year’s team is his most talented team. The Men’s Basketball Team has a good tradition of sending its players to four-year colleges, as 32 players who’ve played under Coach Peterson have gotten sent to four-year colleges. Next month the men’s basketball team will host their annual Jonathan Wallace Memorial Tournament on the weekend of Nov. 10 to Nov. 12. Jonathan Wallace was a graduate from Ohlone College, graduating in 2004 receiving his A.A with Honors. He played on the Men’s Basketball Team from 2002-2004. On Aug. 8, 2004 he was killed in a car accident in Placer County. The Men’s Basketball team opens the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at home against DeAnza College at 7 p.m. During Thanksgiving break, the team will play in the Diablo Valley College Tournament in Pleasant Hill, and during the first weekend of Christmas break, they will play in the San Joaquin Delta Tournament in Stockton.
Rough start for women’s soccer By Jeff Weisinger Sports editor It has been a tough season so far for the women’s soccer team. They haven’t won too many games his year, and a tough 3-1 loss to Cabrillo College on Tuesday does not make things look any better. Cabrillo struck first, taking an early 1-0 lead, however consistent play in the net by goalie Danielle Anderson and good play by Katie
Marshall helped Ohlone tie up the game at 1-1 in an even first half. However, the second half was a new story, as Cabrillo scored two quick goals, giving them a 3-1 lead early in the second half. Ohlone battled for the rest of the game, but was not able to catch eventually losing the game 3-1. Head Coach Larry Heslin said that even though his team has had a rough start, a tough loss on Tuesday and the loss of a couple of
key players due to injury, they have been showing signs of improvement with each game. This season has also been somewhat of a learning curve for the team, as they’ve been learning to come together as a team with only eight returning sophomores, and the remaining 10 being freshmen. The women’s soccer team hopes to show their improvement as they will take on West Valley College at Ohlone on Friday at 4 p.m.