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Stairs closed until Dec. 6 By Chen Lin Online editor
Dennis Keller raises his baton as the Ohlone Chamber Orchestra rehearses in the Jackson Theater Wednesday night.
Concert honors Mozart
Starting last week, the stairs going up from the palm grove have been entirely closed so construction there can be completed. Only the handicap ramp near the bottom remains open. The stairs will remain closed until Dec. 6, according to Capital Projects Coordinator Diana Garza. Students can still climb the hill by way of the Smith Center or the stairs along Building Seven. Until last Wednesday, Oct. 11, only the south half of the staircase had been closed. However, because access to both sides is required by workers, and because construction creates “unsafe conditions” for
From left, the candidates at Wednesday’s forum are Jan Giovannini-Hill, Richard Watters, Olga Borjon and John Weed. Candidates hear questions from audience and each present their views on issues ranging from funding to the community’s perception of Ohlone College.
By Eric Dorman Staff writer The Ohlone Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Singers will perform their 7th Annual Masterworks Concert Saturday; President Doug Treadway will sing with the Chamber Singers. They will perform Mozart’s “Requiem” in honor of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. “Mozart was the most talented composer of all time,” said Dennis Keller, director of the Chamber Orchestra and Ohlone music instructor. “And the ‘Requiem’ was his last piece before he died.” This year is also Ohlone’s 40th anniversary. To celebrate both events, said Keller, the concert’s pieces will “progress through life.” First, “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copeland will symbolize birth, next a Lithuanian wedding folk song will symbolize marriage and the “Requiem” will symbolize death and rebirth. Mozart’s “Requiem” was commissioned by the Count Franz Von Wallsegg in 1791. Mozart himself did not compose most of the “Requiem,” he died before he finished the piece and, alhough he outlined the composition, 80 percent of the notes were written by others. Curtain time is 8 p.m. in the Jackson Theater. Tickets are $25 general, $15 for students/seniors and $10 for children under 12.
passersby, the entire staircase had to be closed, according to Dave Orias. “We got as far as we can go [without working on both sides],” said Orias. While the staircase is closed, the waterway down the center will be retiled and resealed. In addition, the walls will be restuccoed and the handrails repainted. Restuccoing is the process that prepares the exterior layers of a wall for repainting. Sandblasting, in which particles of sand are expelled at high velocity to remove paint from a hard surface, is the first step to restuccoing and will be under way at the side of Building One facing Building Seven during the weekend.
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Board candidates make their pitches By Emily Burkett Staff writer With scandals plaguing the Board of Trustees and the recent removal of Trustee Robert Brunton from his presidential office, Board of Trustees candidates are under intense scrutiny from the college community. The Ohlone College Forensic Team (Speech and Debate) held a Candidates’ Forum Wednesday to allow community members the opportunity to get to know the candidates’ policies and ideals. Candidates for each of the two contested seats gave five-minute speeches followed by a question and answer session in which the audience voiced concerns ranging from the failure of the joint library
to the use of bond money. There are four seats up for election in November; however, two seats, those of Trustees Garrett Yee and Bill McMillin, are uncontested. Garret Yee is currently serving in Iraq and is due to return next January. McMillin is running unopposed while two candidates vie for retiring Ruthe Foster’s seat. Foster will not be offically retired until January. Foster’s seat is one of the two Newark seats, meaning that all candidates for this seat must maintain residences in Newark. The two candidates are Richard Watters and Olga Borjon. Watters spoke with great enthusiasm and passion at the forum, emphasizing his career in school systems as a key qualification. Watters has been endorsed by much of the political community in
Fremont and Newark including Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman, two other City Council members as well as Newark Vice-Mayor Luis Freitas. Borjon, in turn, stressed the changing Fremont demographics and the need to better represent the population. Borjon is of Mexican descent and she herself went through the community college system. “My education at the community college system was critical to my eventual graduation from St. Mary’s College and to my 30-year professional career.” Borjon said. John Weed is the only contested incumbent, with Jan GiovanniniHill opposing him. Weed has served on the Board for 29 years and recently retired from the Air Force with the status of colonel. Giovannini-Hill has worked in the
California State University system specializing in Student Services. In addition, all four of Giovannini-Hill's children have attended Ohlone College, giving her a vested interest in the school. The candidates are all well qualified; however, it is felt by much of the college community that the candidates’ enthusiasm, demeanor and integrity will be the deciding factor for voters. Following the events culminating in Brunton’s removal, the candidates agreed that it is vital to ensure that electees will portray a positive image for the college in both the media and the Board meetings. The two Board of Trustees seats will be determined in the upcoming midterm election set for Nov. 7.
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Extraordinary rendition violates civil rights By Emily burkett Staff writer
term coined by the CIA to describe an extra-judiciary procedure by which the CIA “out-sources torture.” In essence, American officials have used extraordinary rendition to weasel their way out of such trivial laws as the Geneva Accords, the Fourth Amendment and due process. Never mind the law of the land. Who cares? Typically speaking, the U.S. kidnaps an individual like Arar and then gently nudges a pro-torture government into issuing a warrant for that individual’s arrest. The usual range of receiving nations includes Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Israel and Lebanon.
However, a simple warrant is not enough. Before the U.S. can turn over an unsuspecting person to a country that will inevitably use torture techniques, the U.S. must first procure assurances from the nation that they will not use torture. But these assurances are merely for show; basically, our way of covering our behind. The U.S. has seen repeated examples of the torture used in the nations to which they send people. Uzbekistan is known for boiling either the hand or arm during interrogation techniques and there have been several reports of suspects boiled to death. Furthermore, when
the U.S. demanded the return of a suspect held in Egypt, Egypt readily complied. However when the suspect was brought back, he was wrapped mummy-style in duct tape. Egypt’s secret police, the Mukhabarat, is particularly known for its brutality. Prisoners have reported sleep deprivation, electrical charges to the genitals, standing in pools of water, threats of rape, beatings and other atrocities. Surprisingly, it isn’t the act of extraordinary rendition that is the problem but the lawlessness with which it has been carried out since 9/11. Previously, extraordinary rendition was used as a last resort,
viewed as an evil but a necessary one. Today, extraordinary rendition is being carried out on an exponentially larger scale. An estimated 150 people have been rendered and this count is not including individuals held in places like Guantamano Bay or Abu Gharib. Furthermore, instead of allowing a foreign nation to commit the torture, American officials are directly interrogating suspects under duress. The former head of the counterterrorism branch of the CIA, Cofer Black, gave clues as to the extent of extraordinary rendition’s expansion in an address to the Senate and Continued on Page 3
ground is expected to peak in about five years and the soldiers dying in Iraq is proving a cost much greater than the $2.50 we’re paying at the pump. So why not look into a new source of energy - solar power? Even at first glance, solar power seems like the obvious method of choice to break our oil addiction. The sun will be around as long as we will, and using its light doesn’t cost much, either. Furthermore, any sort of organic energy we use, be it oil or ethanol, was originally made through photosynthesis. Why not bypass this entire process, and
harvest directly from the sun? Solar critics are fond of reminding us that it is not possible to power the nation using only solar panels, and if it were, we would have to cover our open spaces with black panels. Few realize that to power the nation purely by solar, we would need to use only about a quarter of the roof and pavement space in our cities and suburbs, and none of our precious open spaces, says the August 2005 edition of National Geographic. America powered by solar alone! Other than initial installation and upkeep fees, we
would have free and environmentally-friendly power. Just last Monday, Google revealed plans to have 30 percent of its Mountain View campus running off solar power by next spring. The 9,200 solar panels that will be installed will generate 1.6 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1,000 California homes. Google estimates that the investment will pay for itself in about 10 years. Solar technology has improved substantially from the bulky black panels many envision when we think of solar power. A company
named Nanosolar is developing solar panels that are 50 times thinner than the current variety—and could be sold at 50 cents a watt, a price that could compete with today’s utilities. Sadly, our current administration has done precious little to fund any sort of solar research. Washington has spent $83 million this year toward solar energy, less than half of what America is spending in Iraq per day. C’mon, Bush—is that all you can spare? As college students, what can we Continued on Page 3
KAMRAN JOHAL Peace and Conflict Studies
Maher Arar, a naturalized Canadian citizen, was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport on Sept. 26, 2002. He was not informed of the charges against him, or of his rights. Instead, Arar was detained at the airport and questioned for 13 consecutive days before he was placed in handcuffs and leg shackles and transported to an executive jet with a flight trajectory ending in Syria. Arar had become one of the many victims of extraordinary rendition. Extraordinary rendition is the
Solar research is not getting its deserved attention By Eric Dorman Staff writer Turn on the news sometime and take a look at some of the problems that afflict the world today. You’ve got global warming, the war in Iraq,and the price of gas. At the heart of every one of these problems is one thing—oil. Let’s face it: in the long run, oil isn’t going to work for us. The amount of oil we pump out of the
Campus Comment > > > Does file-sharing cause more music variety?
“If they want to share music, more power to them!”
“I don’t think it’s due to file sharing, but changing tastes.”
“Sharers have the opportunity to, but most listen to what they have.”
“Yeah, I think there is.”
“I don’t think so. I don’t think music has evolved because of it.”
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Ohlone focuses on worldwide education By Eric Dorman Staff writer Ohlone may be one small dot on the map, but it’s doing its best to make that dot appeal to students internationally. Evidenced by a recent speech made by President Doug Treadway entitled “Ohlone as a Global Community College” and the hiring of a new international relations director, the college has made expanding its global presence a top priority. The main goal, said Gary Mishra, electronics professor and international student director, is to not only broaden the college’s current study abroad program, but also attract students from colleges worldwide. In particular, the college is looking to expand relations with China, India and Mexico. This goal, as well as several others, was outlined in Treadway’s speech, which he delivered for the California Colleges for International Education third biennial conference on Oct.6, co-hosted by
Ohlone. The speech summarized a paper written by Mishra and Treadway entitled “Ohlone as an Emerging Global College” which will be presented in the prestigious 2007 National Association of Foreign Student Advisers conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The speech emphasized the need for global action in a world made up of interacting countries. “The acid rain now falling on this city is coming from Southeast Asia, our golden eagles are dying from infection by migratory birds that eat toxic pesticides in Argentina, humans are dying of AIDS from Africa and we have bird flu from China,” said Treadway. “We are gathered here because our students will decide whether or not our entire world is interconnected in the future.” Already, Ohlone has begun to connect with “sister colleges” worldwide. Just recently, students and faculty traveled to Taizhou community college in China, where an exchange of students and faculty with Ohlone could take place as
soon as fall of 2007. As yet, the exchange is still in the planning stages. In the more immediate future, Ohlone has scheduled a semester in India for interested students this spring. The students will travel to the Birla Institute of Technology, which has expressed interest in sending students to Ohlone in the near future. But the college’s new global outreach program is not just about giving students a chance to see new cultures, it is also about allowing faculty to travel as well, said Eddie West, recently appointed director of international programs and services. For example, a teacher from China might come and teach a course here and an Ohlone professor might travel to China for a semester. Already, said Mishra, many faculty were eager to try the program. But why is Ohlone putting so much time and effort into expanding their global presence in the first place, when they have an incredibly ethnically diverse campus
already? Mishra has an answer. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, international student enrollment dropped considerably because of the decrease in international travel to and from the U.S.. If more international students come to junior colleges such as Ohlone, they can then “feed into” the larger four-year universities. Thus far, added West, the college’s international student enrollment is substantially below that of other Bay Area community colleges. At De Anza College, 9 percent of the student population is made up of international students and at Foothill College it is 7.5 percent. The national average is 4 percent. Ohlone’s average is less than 1 percent with around 70 students. Recruiting has also been a big issue effecting Ohlone’s past “semester abroad” programs, where the 10 to 15 student minimum often been quite hard to come by. West thinks the solution lies not in handing out more flyers, but in giving
students incentives for studying abroad as far as working toward their degree. “I think one of the biggest hurdles students face when they consider studying abroad is that they will be ‘behind the curve’ as far as their degree,” said West. “Our ultimate goal is to give students a chance not only to continue working toward their degree while studying abroad, but also advance more toward their degree than they could at Ohlone.” Besides all that, West said, traveling to another country, if only for a semester, can be an incredibly eyeopening experience. Furthermore, in a world made up of global interactions, international exposure has never been more imperative. “If you look at some of the most pressing global issues today, you come up with things like crime, terror, and environmental degradation, which are all by nature global in scope,” said West. “These are global problems, and we need to come up with global solutions.”
will help Ohlone become a much more transparent campus and will help students and members of the community keep track of what the “powers that be” are up to. The streaming video is currently limited. “The only streaming video we use, we use it for the Board videos,” said Arnie Loleng, operations
technician for the ONTV Center. “Basically, we stream from one to ten.” The amount of hits these videos can get online is also finite, but well suited for their purpose. Gary Kauf, head of Ohlone’s TV department said, “if you look at how many people hit the sight, you might have 200 people at one time.” As
for the number of visitors a typical video might receive, he said that the on-demand video is rarely more than 20 at any given time. Ohlone’s streaming operations use a program known as V-Brain. It takes audio and video sources and puts them onto streaming video. The college spent about $5,000
for V-Brain appliance and $13,000 for lighting, cameras and other appliances. The streaming of the board started earlier this semester. “I think the board really wanted to have their meetings available live,” said Kauf. “The last couple of meetings have drawn a lot of interest.”
ONTV and trustee meetings go online By Frankie Addiego Staff writer Ohlone TV news broadcasts will soon be available online, thanks to a streaming technology that the college has purchased. They will be joining the already available Board of Trustees meeting stream. This
Outsourcing torture not ‘American way’ Continued from Page 2 House Intelligence Committee. He stated, “This is a highly classified area. All you need to know is that there was a ‘before 9/11’ and there was an ‘after 9/11.’ After 9/11, the gloves came off.” Maher Arar wasn’t the only person abducted and rendered to a foreign nation for the purpose of torture. In fact, Maher was only released because the Canadian government intervened on his behalf. The frightening truth is that there is no accurate approximation of the number of individuals who have been victims of extraordinary rendition. So what argument does the Bush administration give to justify their actions? The individuals rendered are not part of the Geneva Accords. They are “illegal enemy combatants.” The term has been driven home over and over again in President Bush’s speeches but many are unfamiliar with the implications of this phrase. Former Deputy Attorney General John C. Yoo coined the phrase to exempt detainees from the protections provided by the Geneva Accords to civilians and POWs. According to the current Administration, because terrorists are not members of a formal militia, they are not covered by the Geneva Accords’ torture ban. Some contest this by citing the Accords' protection of civilians but Yoo and others refer to Afghanistan as a “failed state” which nullifies these protections. Unfortunately, the practices of the government have led to a pool of detainees who cannot be reinstated into the judicial system because of the interrogation techniques used against them and cannot be killed because the public is now aware of their existence. Left outside the safety of due process, the fate of these detainees has not been determined.
Solar energy solution
Continued from Page 2 do to promote solar energy? We may not be able to afford solar panels on our houses, or hefty donations to solar research companies, but we do have one asset—our vote. If we can show clearly where our priorities lie, and back it up with our votes, maybe politicians will sit up and take notice. We need to explore solar energy in much greater depth than we are today. Solar power remains the most valuable resource in our fight to break our addiction with oil, and we need to give it the time, money and attention it deserves.
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Culture Pirate By OMER AHMED News editor
Mo’ support for Mozart
Photo by Enily Burkett
The Subtle Way rocks out at a recent show.
Photo by Emily Burkett
Jamie Tahirkheli salutes crowd of fans at show.
Ohlone students are preparing to take band on interstate tour
By Emily Burkett Staff writer
I thought my right eardrum had died. That’s what I got for turning down the earplugs Jamie Tahirkheli, vocals and guitar for local band The Subtle Way, had offered me. It took the band a grand total of three minutes to turn a local café into a readymade stage and go from the freezing air outside to being warmed up, ready to go, and blasting away the last vestige of hearing my right ear had to offer. But rendering unsuspecting journalists partially deaf in record time with incredible music is all in a day’s work for a band ready to break out of the local scene. “We work together a couple hours a week, practice on our own, any time we have, basically,” Tony Rego (bass) said. “When we all work and go to school, it’s hard to set down a practice. It takes a lot of work.” The Subtle Way has been working diligently to increase their notoriety through tours, local shows, and even using modern media features (a.k.a. MySpace) to get the word out about their band and what it has to offer. The Subtle Way is a post hardcore, screamo, metal fusion band that’s managed to duck the expected mainstream barrage while still ap-
pealing to a large audience. They have a total of 80,000 plays on their MySpace page with an average of about 300 to 400 plays a day and draw a better than decent crowd to all their local shows. The Subtle Way has been around for about a year with the current lineup and sound but during their substantive stint in Fremont, the band has undergone numerous changes. Rego has been in and out of the band, first as a drummer and now playing the bass. Jason Miller, guitar, vocals and keyboard, and Tahirkheli are the only two remaining original band members and with the addition of Marcelo Sedano, The Subtle Way now boasts three guitars, a bass, keyboard and drums. “The Subtle Way’s different because there’s not a lot of fighting,” Mike Vu (drums) explained. “We stay away from drinking and things like that that’ll mess us up.” Basically, for members of The Subtle Way, the band is the number one, all-important priority that takes precedence over everything else. Tahirkheli, Rego, Vu, Sedano and Miller have dedicated themselves to making music that leads in quality and edge. At their latest show in Elk Grove, however, they were short one guitarist/keyboardist as Miller
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attends classes at the University of California Riverside while the other band members attend Ohlone and other local colleges. The band coped well, using some prerecorded material and adapting quickly when Sedano’s guitar string snapped. It’s a high energy band with Tahirkheli, Sedano and Rego jumping and headbanging across the makeshift stage; the crowd fed off of The Subtle Way’s innate dynamic. The Subtle Way also brings their own light show, controlled by Rego during the performance itself. The set seemed to end almost before it began, the band dissembling quickly while simultaneously greeting fans and loading up their trailer for another two-hour drive back to Fremont. But why would such an amazing band pack up and drive a total of four hours to play a set that lasts about half an hour? “We try to get out of Fremont as much as we can,” said Rego. “We feel pretty established here so we try to expand and branch out. We’ve actually traveled a little bit so it’s become easier now that we have the trailer and everything.” The Subtle Way really does travel far for a show. They had their first tour in August and this December, they’re planning a second interstate tour through most of California,
Arizona and possibly Washington and Oregon. The band will spend approximately six hours a day in their van while on tour and even sleep in the vehicle some nights. “We’d rather have the cold than [the] heat. The heat would just be gross,” joked Sedano. Four guys in one car for several weeks in an Arizona summer? Gross? No way! However, it’s a small price to pay for the chance to headline a show at a major venue. “This comes before everything else. We’d essentially give up everything to make this work,” said Tahirkheli. The band still has fun, though. “We’re all each other’s best friends. We hang out, go see stupid movies. We’re really boring,” Rego laughed. The band came out with a CD “Against Our Own Retreat” in September of this year that hardly qualifies as boring. The 11-track CD features “Skies,” “No Use for Needles,” “The Perfect Lens” and “Love Notes In the Infrared.” It’s available at any of their shows or online for $10. For more information about The Subtle Way, including show locations, tour dates and to listen to tracks off of their new CD, visit www.myspace.com/thesubtleway.
Support group Photo by Manika Casterline
250 years ago, a man was born who changed the way we listen to music. That man was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his effect on our culture and art can be seen in the simple fact that he is a household name. People who can’t name the first five presidents of the United States know and can identify him. Unfortunately, these same people are unlikely to actually know the title of any of his operas or anything about him. Last semester, I went to see Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” in San Francisco. Before I went, I checked the SF Opera website to see what I should wear. Surprisingly, the dress code was very lax and almost seemed to encourage people to come in jeans. Given free reign, I dressed up in a punkish parody of formal dress and was expecting to see a wide variety of people. I was to be sadly disappointed. In the hallway before the opera started, almost all people I saw were old men in suits and women in conservative evening dresses. Except for a small group of Asians and the Hispanic man serving $5 drinks, everyone in attendance was Caucasian. When I finally got to my seat, I made a concerted effort to try and find someone who looked to be college-aged or younger. Upon failing, I was perplexed as the SF Opera website seemed to be at least somewhat youth-oriented. It even had a young opera-goers’ organization and cited a sourceless statistic that youth 21 and under attendance had risen by 18 percent in the last few years. What the website did not cite was the New York Metropolitan Opera House’s report that the average opera attendee is 60 years old with the average expected to rise in the coming years. This is not too surprising. The last time I mentioned Mozart’s “Requiem,” which is coincidentally being performed this Saturday at the Smith Center, the person I spoke to thought I was talking about a United Nations referendum. College students as a whole simply aren’t as interested in or knowledgeable about classical music and opera. We recognize Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and the other greats as masters of the musical arts because we have been taught to, not due to any real appreciation. This is unfortunate, as these guys deserve real respect. Despite the depressing age and ethnic homogeny of the SF Opera crowd, Mozart’s composition was enough to make the experience worthwhile and recommendable. An experience worth saving for future generations. So go the opera in San Francisco or, if you are too lazy to make the trip to support a dying art, listen to the Ohlone choir this weekend. At the very least, download some classical music online.
By Manika Casterline Staff writer Everyone has some problems. For many, the quandary is relationships and for others it’s feeling overwhelmed by course work. Tristan Tilma, former ASOC president, has started a peer support group in order to help out his fellow Ohlone students. He first presented the idea to ASOC Adviser Renee Gonzales and she referred him to Rosemary O’Neill, the Ohlone Health Center counselor. According O’ Neill, the goal of the group is to create a place where students can come to discuss any issues they may have. Meetings are Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 7102.
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Devil's Advocate By Anna Nemchuk Editor-in-chief
Let’s not get HPV
Photo by Eric Dorman
Steven Barnhill conducts the Ohlone Community Band during their Tuesday night performance.
Folk theme for Community Band By Eric Dorman Staff writer The Ohlone Community Band performed a series of folk songs before a sparse but appreciative audience Tuesday night. Though the band’s performances usually do not have themes, as this performance did, Conductor Steven Barnhill thought it worked out well. “Folk songs work well because they are by nature melodic,” said Barnhill, who has conducted the Band for nine years. “They have simple harmonies, but those har-
monies can be greatly expanded upon.” Attendance at the concert, entitled “A Celebration of the Folksong Suite,” was slim - no more than 40 showed up to watch the performance which took place at the Jackson Theater in the Smith Center. Despite the small crowd, the band showed plenty of vitality throughout the performance. The concert began with “Symphonic Fanfare #2,” composed by Richard Strauss, a trumpet-heavy piece that started out a bit off-key. From that, the band broke into three English Folk Songs composed by
Ralph Vaughn Williams, starting off with a bright song “Seventeen Come Sunday” with plenty of flute and clarinet, moving to the more somber and Scottish-sounding “My Bonnie Boy” and finally culminating in “Folk Songs from Somerset,” a rousing country tune. Subsequently, the band moved into four French melodies, composed by Darius Milhaud. The songs all employed quite simple harmonies, with the third in particular crescendoing to a rousing percussion finish. After a brief intermission, the band moved to American
songs, playing “Down the River,” “Shenandoah” and “Glendy Burk.” Each song led into the next, starting briskly, then slowing to the melancholy “Shenandoah,” finally turning into “Glendy Burk,” a dance-like song with an infectious beat. After two Cajun songs, the second of which Barhill described as a “rip-off” of Appalachian Spring, the band concluded with a Korean Folk Song, which started out slow but built into a tumultuous finish. The band’s next performance will be Dec. 5 at the Smith Center, featuring Evergreen Valley High School Wind Ensemble.
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On display Oct. 23 through Dec. 4 at the Louie-Meager art gallery will be the Meager Retrospective a 40-year look at artist Tony May’s career. Depicted is May preparing to mount a case of 10 paintings called the “Home Improvement Paintings.”
The BOCP hosted a wheelchair basketball game.
Full week of disability awareness By Frankie Addiego Staff writer In an effort to raise appreciation for people with handicaps, Ohlone College has been hosting events and vendors this week, which are meant to give insight and perspective into the world of disabilities through a number of activities and events. Perhaps the most significant contribution Disabilities Awareness Week gave to the campus was its impressive roster of guest speakers. The speeches had high school and junior high students attending. Monday’s guest speaker was Tim Piccirillo, a magician and author who has become a motivational speaker. Piccirillo told the audience that he owes his career to reading
and he encouraged people to read. He decided that he wanted to be a magician at age 15. To his audience he said “laser focus on what you want to do.” He also discussed his own battle with Tourette’s Syndrome. The following day, Ohlone hosted a speaker named Gary Karp, a man who was injured in a tree-climbing accident when he was 18 and has since been using a wheelchair. Karp’s major focus was on how people with disabilities can live normal lives just like everybody else. “People say, ‘you’re so inspirational, I could never do what you do,’” he said, “but that’s not inspirational, that’s the opposite of inspirational.” He also discussed
his marriage and said that it’s also important for the disabled and the people who love them not to base their relationship on pity, and that it has to be about love like any other marriage. The final speaker was Michael Muir, grandson of famed pioneer John Muir, who made a presentation on his Access Adventure program, which seeks to take the handicapped on cross-country journeys. He showed a documentary about the program’s first major trip, which was called The Journey Across America. “We had so much fun doing that,” he said, “we thought it would be a one-time thing.” Stephanie Pintello, an interpreter who did most of the sign language translation for the speakers, said
of Disabilities Awareness Week, “I was actually very happy to see that there were so many high school and junior high students...it helps them see that...disability does not mean inability.” Meanwhile, the campus held a number of other functions in honor of Disabilities Awareness Week. Movies such as Rain Man and FAT City were shown in Room 7204. In the gym on Wednesday, Ohlone joined the Bay Area Outreach and Creation Program - an organization that provides people with wheelchairs and bicycles - for a game of wheelchair basketball. Throughout the week, a number of booths were set up in the Quad, to educate students about various disabilities.
If you could reduce your daughter’s chances of developing the second most lethal cancer worldwide by about two-thirds, would you? Or would you let your ideology stand in the way? Four strains of the Human Papilloma Virus now have a vaccine – Gardasil, developed by Merck. HPV is the cause of about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and more than 80 percent of sexually active individuals will contract it in their lifetimes. Four out of five people. Why? Don’t condoms help? Somewhat, but the virus is transmitted by genital skin contact and unless you generally get busy under industrial strength sheets of plastic, there’s simply too much exposed skin. Once infected, you become a carrier and can pass it on whenever the virus count is high on your skin surface – something you really have no way of distinguishing. In addition, HPV is more often than not asymptomatic, the physical manifestations when present in the form of genital warts are generally small and may disappear on their own and any outward signs may not occur for years, if ever. In other words, this is a sucker that’s damn hard to avoid. STDs are not a topic many parents think of in relation to their third-graders. However, as the newly licensed Gardasil is approved by the FDA for use in women between 9 and 26 years of age and considered most effective before the onset of any sexual activity, parents are suddenly slapped with a decision about reproductive health before they get to make one about what backpack to buy for fourth grade. The vaccine has been tested and found safe. So what’s the problem – this is great! Get a couple of extra shots now, almost eliminate HPV in a generation. Will the Christian right please stand up? “Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a license to engage in premarital sex,” said Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council, a Christian lobby group, in an interview with the British New Scientist magazine. This, of course, is what’s keeping girls virginal – the threat of cervical cancer. The possibility of staying a “good girl” for a couple of decades, waiting for the sanctity of marriage, only to contract HPV from your husband is so ironic as to be hilarious, if it weren’t so sad. The debate of religion versus science is a healthy one and everyone is entitled to their opinion. But to refuse to protect your child’s life because of an idealistic and completely unrealistic dogma – that’s going too far.
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Prop. 1D to give junior colleges $1.5 billion By Manika Casterline Staff writer After the upcoming November vote, Ohlone stands to gain a substantial increase in fund from Proposition 1D. Director of Business Services Joanne Schultz explained that, if the proposition passes, “It will allow [Ohlone] to complete building projects without seeking alternative funding.” California is comprised of 132 public higher education campuses. Collectively, California Community Colleges account for 76 percent of the state’s higher education budget.
Proposition 1D proposes that $1.5 billion of California taxpayer money be allocated to CCCs. The University of California system would be appropriated $890 million and the California State University system would receive $690 million. In total, Prop. 1D will add $10 billion from a tax-payer funded bond to the budget which funds both higher and lower education. The funds will be utilized to propound various efforts. Proposition 1D states that the funds are to be used to revitalize campus infrastructure and lead to more buildings that are earthquake-safe. It also allows for the construction of more
schools to curb overcrowding in the present facilities. Additionally, the funding can also be used for science and engineering labs in an effort to modernize higher education. New facilities for vocational and technological education are earmarked in the proposition so that schools can provide a diverse career-oriented curriculum for pupils seeking job skills. According to the California General Election Official Voter Guide, Prop. 1D bond will cost the state approximately $20.3 billion if voters approve. The principal would be $10.4 billion with $9.9 billion in interest. Annually the state will pay
approximately $680 million. The State Senate and the State Assembly have already voted 58 to 12 and 29 to 8 in their respective chambers in favor of the bond. There have been two propositions among the Los Angeles Community Colleges that set the precedent for the statewide Proposition 1D. Proposition A and Proposition AA both address the critical issues of repairing community colleges and upgrading facilities in anticipation of future needs. Prop. A focused on the general campus-wide improvements. Prop AA went beyond the initial demands of Prop. A. It ensured that assets
went to the development of occupational training programs and to the redistribution of class sizes. Proposition A was passed by the electorate in 2001 while Proposition AA was approved 2003. Proposition 1D is also known as the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006. 1D encompasses K-12 schools as well as higher education facilities in the CCC, CSU and the UC systems. It is also backed by State Treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides and current Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
To access the iTunes U lectures for Ohlone, student must go through iTunes.ohlone.edu and download the audio file from there. A press release from mid-May said Ohlone was selected from over 1,000 applicants to be one of a few select colleges and universities piloting the program for Apple. The use of the iTunes U server is free for Ohlone. Apple informed Ohlone that its emphasis on students’ needs and high rate of successful transfers were why Ohlone was selected over other applicants for the program. Classes taking part in the program cover a wide range of subjects and range from business administration to math, English, English as
a second language, history, music and computer sciences. However, of the many subjects offered, only four currently have any content available to students and all of it is audio. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Jeff O’Connell had material available through iTunes U but eventually took it down and relocated it to his personal site due to bugs in the system. O’Connell said, “There have been minor technical difficulties, which is why I took off what I had up.” Once the final bug fixes are completed, it is expected that instructors will be able to easily post lectures, change content and allow students to upload their own content to share
with the class. Eventually, students will have the ability to browse through all available content and teachers will be given the ability to configure files to be openly or securely accessible as needed. Ralph Kindred, vice-president of information technology, stated that Ohlone students and faculty alike showed a definite interest in the project when Ohlone’s participation was announced. Ohlone joined the program to give its students more flexibility, said Kindred, while also emphasizing that the school was still in a pilot phase of the program, with only 10 faculty members currently learning the program. A “coursecasting” training workshop was held in Hyman Hall early
in the semester, with 25 faculty members attending and participating, indicating strong faculty interest and support. Though aimed at distance students, the service is available to all students on and off campus. This leaves some teachers wary of using the program and uploading lectures, not wanting to encourage students to skip class and instead download a lecture from iTunes U. O’Connell said that he believes more teachers will use the service when the problems are worked out. Fears aside, the program is still young and experiencing bugs; the number of instructors who will actually use it remains to be seen.
Teachers ‘coursecast’ through iTunes U By NOAH LEVIN Staff writer Students in a few tech-savvy courses are listening to their lectures and discussions with their iPods and other mp3 players this semester. This is due to Ohlone College being one of the first 200 schools to take part in Apple Computers’ iTunes University. “iTunes U” is a free service aimed at students, specifically those taking distance courses, and allows them to download educational audio and video content such as lectures or class discussions to mp3 players via iTunes on their computers. Students can also play the audio directly on a computer without an mp3 player.
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October 19 Disability Awareness Week Activities -- Events include: 11 a.m. - noon, guest speaker Judy Taber, Director of Stellar Academy in Room 7204. 11 a.m. - noon California School for the Blind orientation & mobility workshop. 1 2:30 p.m. ATC open house in Room 4203. 2:30 - 3 p.m. Universal Learning Design: studying more effectively with the use of technology in Room 4203. 1 - 3 p.m. Return to FAT City video in Room 7204. 20 Women’s Water Polo -- 3:30 p.m. vs. Chabot College here at Ohlone. 20 Brown Bag Seminar: A Flight Without Wings: the Story of a Methamphetamine Survivor -- 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 3201. Guest speaker will be Brittany Touitou, former Ohlone College student. Brown Bag Science Seminars is a program at Ohlone College sponsored by the Math, Science and Technology Division. The purpose to is stimulate interest in and awareness of topics, trends, and careers in science. This event is free. 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 calling (510) 659-6031. 20 Women’s Soccer -- 4 p.m. vs. Chabot College here at Ohlone. 20 Men’s Soccer -- 4 p.m. vs. West Valley College here at Ohlone. 20 Men’s Water Polo -- 3 p.m. vs. Chabot College here at Ohlone.
Requiem. Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for adults and can be purchased by calling (510) 659-6031 or going to the box office. 22 Ohlone Chamber Orchestra -- 2 p.m. in the 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 well known 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 in the Louie Meager Art Gallery and can be seen Monday through Friday, noon - 3 p.m. and Wednesday evenings by appointment. 23 APASA Meeting -2:15 to 3:15 p.m., in Room 2201. The Asian Pacific American Student Association is a club on campus. It meets every Monday. Everyone is welcome. 24 Women’s Soccer -- 4 p.m. vs. Evergreen Valley College here at Ohlone. 25 Women’s Volleyball -6:30 p.m. vs. San Jose City College here at Ohlone. 25 Men’s Water Polo -- 4
p.m. vs. West Valley College here at Ohlone. 25 MECHA Meeting -- 2 p.m. in Room 8204. Club meets every Wednesday. Refreshments are served, everyone welcome. Come check out the excitement. 26 Gay/Straight Alliance Club -- In the Smith Center Green Room, Room SC-116, from 2 to 3 p.m. A student club for gay/ straight/bi/or curious students who meet to talk, make friends and meet like-minded people. 27 New Art Exhibit - "Dias de los Muertos." In honor of the Mexican celebration of their ancestors, the gallery presents an ofrenda with authentic artifacts. This new exhibit will be in the Louie Meager Art Gallery through Nov. 10 and can be seen anytime 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.
HIRING MUSIC TEACHERS -- Are you musically talented and looking for a highpaying part-time job? We are looking for a few motivated, musicallygifted teachers to help teach weekly music private/group classes in the Cupertino and Fremont 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 full-time 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
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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 certified 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 par t-time or full-time 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.
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.
20 Women’s Water Polo -- 4 p.m. vs. Chabot College here at Ohlone. 20 Women’s Volleyball -- 6:30 p.m. vs. Gavilan College here at Ohlone. 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
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First and 10 By JEFF WEISINGER Sports editor
By RAHUL BATRA Sports writer
Raiders: Can it get any worse?
A new era for Golden State
When was the last time the Raiders started the season 0-5, on an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season, and as the worst team in the NFL? To be historical, the last time the Silver and Black was this bad: 1964, when Al Davis was in his second year as the head coach. The Raiders haven’t been so bad in 42 years. Currently, the Raiders are so bad, not only are they the laughingstock of the NFL, but many sports websites have polls up asking fans if they think the Raiders will win a single game this year. To be honest, I can’t even tell if they can avoid the embarrassing 0-16 season record that they’re on pace for. They have an offense that has only scored 50 points so far all season, averaging a league low 10 points a game. Some of the other teams have put up close to as many points in one game this year. Wide receiver Jerry Porter is complaining, even though he hasn’t played in a regular season game yet, quarterback Aaron Brooks has been sidelined since week 2 with a right shoulder injury which led to Andrew Walter becoming the starter. It is like the Raiders are in a "Great Depression"-like state ever since their Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay about three years ago. However, we can shine some light on this. You know what they say, when you have lemons, make lemonade. Although the Raiders have struggled this year, we have been able to see what the future holds for the Silver and Black, especially at quarterback. Although Aaron Brooks was brought in to be the future quarterback for the Raiders, and with the struggles of Marques Tuiososopo we’ve seen the development, and a glimpse of the future in secondyear quarterback Andrew Walter, whom despite the fact he is 0-3 as a starter, has plated fairly well throwing for 611 yards and two touchdowns. That's two more than Aaron Brooks has thrown, by the way. Defensively, Oakland has looked better on defense. The only reason for the struggle defesively is the fact that the offense has struggled. The Raiders offense has had the least time of possession in the league, thus putting their defense on the field too much. Oakland looks forward to stopping Matt Leinart and the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday in Oakland at 1 p.m. on FOX. This game against Arizona could be Oakland’s only chance at winning a game this year.
The Golden State Warriors made an impressive move this off-season. No, it wasn’t a stellar trade for a small forward or a center. It was the hiring of legendary coach, Don Nelson. Nelson has proven that he is one of the best and most successful coaches in NBA history. He is also very well respected throughout the league for his creativity, leadership and strategical skills. For those of you who don’t remember, Nelson was a huge and intricate part of the Warrior’s organization during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Now, at age 66, he enters the league as the second highest winningest coach in the NBA with 1,190 wins trailing Lenny Wilkens by 1,332. Nelson has said that the Warriors organization always has a special place in his heart along with the great fans of the Bay Area. Throughout his career, he has led his teams to a total of 17 playoff appearances and ranks 10th on the NBA alltime playoff win list with 70. Nelson will be a tremendous addition as a coach for the Warriors. He tenure at Dallas has showed why he is a great coach. Molding players such as Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki into outstanding MVP talent was phenomenal. Not to mention mentoring and tutoring former Warrior Avery Johnson into an elite NBA coach. And now, he will certainly help the Warrior’s young talent achieve its maximum performance. With the addition of two great draft picks earlier this summer, the Warriors will bring size, depth, mobility and toughness to the court. Patrick O’Bryant, of Bradley, and Kosta Perovic, of Serbia, will be two outstanding seven plus foot centers to this team. The Warriors are already looking terrific. In their first two preseason games, they are 2-0 and Nelson is already looking very comfortable coaching such superstars as Jason Richardson and Baron Davis. Hopefully this year, they can get over that hump and make it to the playoffs. The Warriors will look to right the wrongs of a 2005-06 campaign in which they went 34-48. They open the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at home at 7:30 p.m. against their Southern California rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. Their first nationally televised game of the season will be against the Sacramento Kings at home on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. on TNT. Hopefully the Warriors, now led by Head Coach Don Nelson, can get over the hump and into the postseason.
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The Renegades played very well defensively against their opponent Hartnell College this past Tuesday, but still lost 4-0.
Men’s Soccer still struggling By Jeff Weisinger Sports editor They play hard, play with a lot of heart, but in the end, what matters is the score. Don’t tell that to the Men’s Soccer Team. With only two wins in season, the Renegades looked to showcase their improved play, and get a win against Hartnell College at home. A 4-0 loss on Tuesday to Hartnell College was not what they had in mind. The score does not tell the whole story however. The Renegades played well for most of the game against a Hartnell team with a good defense. Goalie Charlie Schultz played well in the net for most of the game, however a weak showing by the Ohlone offense eventually created a tired a defense in the end made Schultz’s job even worse, as Hartnell eventually found ways to score on him. Even with the weak showing on offense, the Renegades did show that they can move the ball downfield. Julio Castano of the Renegades was almost able to put Ohlone on the scoreboard in the first half as he found a seam in the tough Hartnell defense. However, his lone attack was stopped by a Hartnell defense that hustled to catch up with Castano, ending his attack. Hartnell’s offense also struggled
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Ohlone’s Andrew "A.J." Peisoto attempts to move the ball past a Hartnell defender. in the first half, as most of their attacks were stopped by a Renegade defense that played very well in the first half. The second half was a different story for the Renegades defensively. As Ohlone continued to struggle on offense, the defense began to tire out more and more. Ohlone founds ways to move downfield with the ball, however they would give up
possession and have to run back to try and stop Hartnell from scoring, which didn’t work all too well. Ohlone’s “fight till the end” mentality would not be enough as they would end up being shutout by Hartnell College 4-0. The Men’s Soccer Team will look to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss as they take on West Valley College tomorrow at Ohlone at 4 p.m.
Battle of the sexes, Round 4 By Jeff Weisinger Sports editor and BRITTANY WILSON Sports writer Three years ago, two teams started a rivalry. The Women’s Softball Team and the Men’s Basketball Team have played each other in a game of softball every year since the rivalry started in 2003. Men’s Basketball Coach John Peterson and Women’s Softball Coach Donna Runyon started and fuel this three-year old rivalry not out of pure hatred for each other
like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox do, but as a way to build camaraderie not just between the players of their respected teams, but with each other as a whole. “It’s great to interact with all the sports,” said Coach Runyon as she believes that it’s good for all the sports to be involved with and support one another. For example, the girls go to the guy’s basketball games, and the guys go to the girl’s softball games and they cheer each other on. The rivalry originally started out with the boys challenging the
girls for food. The Men’s Basketball Team started out strong, as they won the inaugural game in 2003, but it has been the Women’s Softball Team that has dominated the past two games in 2004 and 2005, and leads the series 2-1. This year, a barebeque is on the line, as the women look to continue their streak today at 2 p.m. at the softball fields. Coach Peterson said that his team is “absolutely winning this year.” We’ll see if the men can come through and even up the series.