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Former Gallaudet official explains deaf culture Former Gallaudet official explains deaf culture By Brian Chu Staff writer Former Vice President of Gallaudet University Roslyn Rosen spoke regarding the international perspective on deaf culture at the second World Forum of the semester Monday. “It is important to increase cultural awareness and understanding. The goal for this conference is to share this world view with everyone. One to two out of every one thousand persons is deaf,” signed Rosen. Rosen is among a group of people that rejects the term “hearing impaired.” “A community should not define themselves by how they do not live up to another’s expectation. Is a black person called white impaired? A woman, man impaired? No.” She promotes a view that uses a more humanistic term to refer to the deaf experience. “The first response others have of deaf people is

that of pity,” signed Rosen. “What these people do not realize is that deaf people identify themselves as people first. We identify ourselves lastly by our inability to hear.” Rosen claimed that this type of “audism” (a word play on auditory racism) only serves to split the human community. Rosen advocates sign language as a resource for all people. It is not just the deaf that use it, but the parents and loved ones of deaf people, teachers, interpreters, social workers and other hearing persons who have chosen it is a language to learn. “We want to switch from deafheid to deafhood. In Venezuela, sign language is one of the official languages by their constitution,” signed Rosen. Rosen represents the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), an international rights group for deaf and disabled individuals. They are heavily affiliated with the United Nations and are the only organization in Continued on Page 3

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Former Gallaudet University Vice President Roslyn Rosen explains the world of deaf culture at the World Forum Monday.

Board provides input in search for new president By Barry Kearns Staff writer The search for Ohlone’s next president began last Thursday at the restaurant Papillion, with a toast and well wishes for the holiday season. During the course of the evening, the College Board of Trustees discussed what they wanted in a new president and talked about what issues lie ahead. One of the biggest obstacles in finding a new president, the Trustees discovered that evening, might be themselves.

The evening discussion was led by Search Consultant Pamila Fisher, who explained the upcoming process with the Board. Fisher started by talking about the position profile for a new president and how the announcement should be on the website before the holidays. A watchword for the evening when it came to the committee was confidentiality; Fisher reiterated several times how important it was for the committee to not discloseinformation about the applicants. Fisher also said that it would not be prudent to

Treadway looks back --Page 5 announce a top choice for president until official negotiations have taken place. The reason for this, said Fisher, was so the pool of applicants not become tainted. Fisher also said that the Human Resources department would not be involved, except to use contacts and place

advertisements for the position. Fisher said that she hopes to have the presidential interviews in March and warned beforehand that regardless of the amount of time the notice of the position is up, most applications will come in the last week. After the process of selecting a president, a retreat should be set up within the first 60 days with the president and the Board to discuss goals and priorities. Current President Doug Treadway said the welcoming process for the new president should be

improved and that the new president should be given more time upon arrival and some resources to help with getting settled in the area. As the evening progressed, discussion of the Board itself came up as Fisher said that the candidates for the position would be looking as closely at the school as the school is looking at the candidates. She went on to say that some candidates could be scared away by the taped Board meetings. The Board Vice President Garrett Yee conceded that Continued on Page 3

Instructors weigh in on ‘iTunes U’ experiment By Kathy Sung Staff writer A year ago, iTunes University was invented to help students take classes from the comfort of their own homes. According to a press release, Ohlone College “has been selected by Apple Computer as one out of 200 institutions chosen to be part of Apple Computer’s iTunes University (iTunes U).” A year later, there are some instructors who continue to engage in using iTunes U. Adjunct History and Political Science Instructor Matt Freeman said, “iTunes U is a great tool for students who want to engage instructor content from home.” With the iTunes

U application, students download audio or video content onto their iPods and listen to the material wherever they want, whenever they want. With this new technology, teachers never have to repeat themselves in a lecture and students who miss a class can catch up with the lectures. This new technology has been a useful tool helping Freeman teach his classes. Math Instructor Jeff O’Connell also tried out the iTunes U application. O’Connell first submitted a few video lectures to be tested on the site about a year ago. O’Connell stopped using it after he realized there were two major issues. It “wasn’t easy to get content on there” and “with iTunes [you] have to download the

file onto the machine you are using” before you can watch it. He decided instead to upload his videos to his own website so that students can view them in a streaming video. He noticed that the new tools had a positive effect: students stopped trying to write all the notes down and paid more attention to what the teacher was actually saying. History and Political Science Professor Alan Kirshner also used iTunes as a tool to help teach his self-paced History 104A class. The problem he had with the actual lectures and iTunes was that iTunes only allows low resolution videos to be put onto the internet. If the videos were taken with a high resolution camera, other people had to

reduce the resolution before the videos could be uploaded. Students as part of the distance learning program helped Kirshner reduce the resolution on his videos, allowing him to publish the videos on iTunes. However, despite having the videos on iTunes, Kirshner recommends students take the class in person so that a teacher can stand over them “with a whip” to make sure they do their work. iTunes University has been widely successful in areas like UC Berkeley, where the lectures of professors are automatically taped and posted. Most professors only have to turn on the microphone. The professors at Ohlone are hopeful that they will able to use the application more in their future classes.


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If we do not pick up the trash, who will do it? By Monika Moore Correspondent How many times a day do you walk past trash? Not in a trash can, but lying on the ground. Here in the Bay Area, there is trash everywhere. It lines the freeway medians, it blows about urban streets, it even decorates Ohlone College in classrooms and out in the courtyards. For most of my life I’ve tried to ignore the trash that I see in the landscape. It’s ugly, it’s dirty and

it’s not mine. I felt that if I wasn’t the one littering, then the trash really wasn’t my problem, and I could continue to feel mild disgust toward the people who do litter. Litter bugs, you know who you are. Flicking a cigarette butt out your window, well that’s littering, in case you didn’t know. Letting a gum wrapper drift to the ground as you absently shove that gum into your mouth, well that’s littering too. But this is not a diatribe against litterbugs. In fact, regardless of the origin of

this trash, be it litterbugs or spilled trash bins or grocery bags blown in from wherever, it is my problem. In fact, it’s your problem, too. We live in a society that loves to consume and doesn’t love to reuse. Most products are made to be disposable, like the excessive packaging your fast-food meal comes in, or the pricey flat screen HD television that will be obsolete in a few years. It is this lifestyle trend that leads to over-flowing landfills and piles and piles of rubbish that could have

easily been recycled, composted or somehow reused. When was the last time you bought a small item, had it bagged in a brand new plastic or paper bag by the cashier, only to walk out of the store, remove your item from the bag, and simply throw the bag away? Often we do this without even thinking and it goes against our natural instinct to refuse the bag if it means we are inconvenienced. I have purchased a plethora of reusable canvas bags for my grocery trips, but probably 75 percent of the

time I forget to bring them with me and end up bringing home a dozen or so plastic bags that I then have to find some way to reuse. Our hesitation to find new ways to replace these products (or better yet, reduce our consumption) and our natural tendencies to do things the way we’ve been doing them all these years, even when we want to change, is why there is trash everywhere. Maybe that bag on the ground is filthy and I’d rather not pick it up. But if I don’t, who will?

Handicapped parking allocation and location unfair By inez black Staff writer Just like real estate, the issue for handicapped parking spaces at Ohlone is location, location, location. After all the factors are considered, more than100 disabled students who are mobility impaired, or with fatigue limitations, vie for limited handicapped parking spaces in Lot U on the Witherly Lane side of the upper campus in the morning, or early afternoon, when most classes

are scheduled. Closing Lot P for construction removed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation of close parking for mobility impaired students. Additional handicapped parking spaces were not added to Lots T and W, and around Building 25. From Lot P, it was 75-100 steps to the center of the Quad. All but a few mobility impaired students travel from Lots M and N, taking about 400-600 steps, to arrive at the center of the Quad. They are now traveling the same distance

as the able-bodied students, which is unfair. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 uses a formula to determine the required number of handicapped parking spaces. It also requires that the parking spaces be close to the entrance of the buildings. When I started the semester, the handicapped parking spaces in Lots M and N were so full I had to wait for a space to open. Today, there are only one or two other cars in the handicapped spaces in Lot M, with more in Lot N. Although a

lot of students drop out during the semester, based on the cars missing from handicapped spaces in Lots M and N, the drop-out rate for mobility impaired disabled students could be two or three times the norm. Of the 500 disabled students at Ohlone, more than 100 are mobility impaired, with a few using motorized wheelchairs or manual wheelchairs who can drive. Checking Lot U in the morning and early afternoon reveals that all but two or three of the handicapped parking spots are used by disabled faculty and staff who arrive prior

to 8 a.m. With the addition of this statistic, the reality is over 100 mobility impaired disabled students vie for two or three handicapped parking spaces in Lot U daily. Motor cyclists have preferential parking next to Lot U. Patrons of the arts buying tickets at Smith Center have a parking space on the upper Witherly Lane side, which is empty most of the time, and there are a half dozen specialty parking spaces which are empty most of the time. Can’t more spaces be allocated in Lot U for wheelchair only?

Campus Comment > > >

What’s the best thing you learned this semester?

Alex Hilke Political Science “To stay out of trouble.”

Ashley White Fashion Design “Never take things or people for granted.”

bryan gordon Undeclared “I’m not cool, unless, I like Quiet Riot.”

carlson Thai

ChRIs clifton

Economics

English

“Maintaining control of work. Work ethic.”

“To value your opinion.”


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News/Opinion Board clarifies qualities to look for in new leader Continued from Page 1 “sometimes we are a high maintenance Board.” The Board and Fisher discussed the matter further and the Board recognized it’s “high maintenance” tendencies. The group went on to discuss the qualities they desired in the next president. While characteristics like courage and integrity were discussed, the Board also mentioned a desire for a president that would be knowledgeable concerning technology, proactive, part of the community, enterprising, accessible, able to articulate a vision, having the ability to complete projects and close deals and having a true appreciation for diversity. Among the characteristics that were not desired in a president was someone who was closed or displayed exclusivity. Some of the challenges the Board agreed the new president would face would be con-

sidering a future bond for the school, fiscal sustainability and continuing the commitment to green technology led by Treadway. The next morning in the Jackson Theater, Fisher met with a forum of faculty, staff and students to discuss the selection process of the president. Fisher explained that the selection committee would be made up of 18 people and that neither the president nor any of the vice presidents would have influence on the committee’s selection process. The forum discussed the needs of the schools and the challenges a new president would face, among them the need for a new facilities bond, an emphasis on diversity training for the faculty and the need for both an active grant writing process and a research staff. In both meetings there was an unspoken sense that the legacy of Dr. Treadway would leave large footprints for a new president to fill.

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Math Club adviser Geoffrey Hirsch returns SML exams to, from left: Truc Do, Jun Fang, Karlo Palomares, David Pan, Thomas Hamilton, Terence Lee, Alekh Jha and Ryan Underwood of the Math Club. The exam scores rank Ohlone 1st in Northern California and 4th in the U.S.

World Forum examines deaf culture Continued from Page 1 existence aside from the UN itself that is allowed to display the trademarked blue and white “world in olive branches” logo. The federation is “of, for and by the deaf people,” signed Rosen. The WFD’s mission aims are to advocate human rights, support equality and quality in life and improve education and access to info and services for all deaf people worldwide. The group also emphasizes sign language as a human right and one of their major goals is to create laws in every country that protect disabled rights, much like the United States Americans with Disabilities Act. The organization was established in 1951 and convenes once every four years. It is made up of 128 national deaf agencies, each one representing a country. The delegates that attend must be deaf as per regulations, though there currently is one country in a probationary phase that has a hearing representative. Because each country has their own version of sign

language, the delegates communicate in “international gesture,” a type of basic body language speech. In the last convention, the WFD discussed the international law concerning the rights of persons with disabilities and how to best promote and protect those rights. Also mentioned were ways to ensure full access and equal human rights on a local, national and international. Full access including education for sign language, interpreters and communication related technology. Rosen sees changing “megatrends” in attitudes. From pathological to humanistic, from deafness to deafhood, from “deaf” to sign language user, from homogeneity to cultural ethnic diversity, from paternalism to partnerships, fragmentation to networking, and from impossible to empowerment to make something possible. According to the WFD, there are 70 million deaf people in the world. “We should have a voice,” signed Rosen.

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An interpreter relays Roz Rosen’s signs at the World Forum Monday.

Letters

Response to ‘Big Brother’ article in Nov. 15 issue Editor: Your Nov. 15 article “Big Brother, Bigger Surveillance, Less Privacy” has misplaced concerns. You fail to note that the surveillance cameras local police use came into operation around the country in the 1990’s, prior to the 9/11 incidents. Also, U-2’s and recon satellites have been used [in the fight] against narcotics since the 1980’s. In other words, most of the technology you complain about appeared over the

lifetimes of most of the student body of Ohlone College. So far, we don’t have a totalitarian state. What worries me is the influence of people who build their lives and careers around looking for racism behind every tree and stone. I am more concerned people will lose their jobs over the wrong word or some gesture that will be misinterpreted, either deliberately, or otherwise. You write, “Once upon a time, America, with all its faults, really was more free than the rest of the world.” That freedom came at a very high price through constant struggle

at home and abroad. And not only on the battlefield, in many previous conflicts, there was a domestic front as well. Today in 2007, fighting a war against an enemy whose adherents may well reside in our own country, we have a sensitivity toward civil liberties earlier generations would have found ridiculous. Abraham Lincoln once asked, “Is there, in all republics, this inherent and fatal weakness? Must a government, of necessity, be too strong for the liberties of its own people or too weak maintain its own existence?”

The federal government has been obsessively cautious about taking up commonsense measures in internal security, including stronger border security, for which there is great demand. What small measures they have taken, have been met with alarmist hysteria. I was asked not too long ago to sign a petition circulated by someone who was under the belief that he was “saving the Constitution.” Subsequent to this, the Congress changed hands, so we were in no constitutional jeopardy after all. Compared to previous conflicts, the last six years have been very

mild, from a civil liberties stand point. There has been no Sedition Act as was the case in 1798 and 1918, no large-scale internment, not even congressional committees to investigate groups that raise money for terrorism at home and abroad. We are still very much at risk for a far greater attack than was experienced six years ago. We should be aware we are fighting on a global scale a war against an enemy who can take advantage of our own laws to wage war against us. John Kenney Adjunct Professor of History

Campus Comment > > >

What’s the best thing you learned this semester?

Heather Woudstra Mass Communication “Professor Bardell’s ‘Total War Family’.”

Isidore niyongabo Psychology “Continuing through challenging times.”

Jake Small Video Production “I temporarily gave up coffee.”

Mich millich

Rob Kossayian

“Basket Weaving”

English

“I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”

“How to use chopsticks.”


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Polar bears are focus of Brown Bag By Michael Aburas Opinion editor As of Jan. 9, Polar Bears will be placed on the U.S. endangered species list, according to Conservation Biologist Juliet Hoffman, at last Friday’s Brown Bag seminar on the condition of the Polar Bear in northern Canada. Hoffman spent the last six years in Churchill, Canada working with the wildlife and residents and studying polar bears. Churchhill is located at the western shore of the Hudson Bay which made it ideal to study polar bears. “It’s the first place to freeze, and last place to lose its ice [in the region],” said Hoffman. Polar bears are highly dependent on ice and distribution of seals, which are their main prey, added Hoffman. According to NASA, within the next 100 years, the melting polar regions of Greenland, Antarctica and Canada will raise global sea levels by 7 to 15 inches. Hoffman informed the audience that the U.S. declaring Polar Bears an endangered

species is a step forward. “Canada is reluctant to admit this because it means you haven’t been doing a good job of taking care of the environment.” As a result of the receding ice, Hoffman observed decline in weight by 15 percent in cubs. The ice is an integral part of the polar bears’ habitat. “Ice, if you were to flip it over, would be like a giant underwater garden,” said Hoffman. In addition, within the last year there has been three confirmed starvations, compared to one documented starvation within the previous 10 years. The polar bears also use the ice and snow to hibernate. “Dens protect cubs and form surrogate wombs to protect them from freezing,” said Hoffman. Hoffman also included the physical characteristics of polar bears, whose scientific name is sea bears, during her presentation. For instance, males grow to be two to three times bigger than females. The bears grow to about 5 feet to their shoulder, and may stand up to 10 feet tall when upright.

Polar bears have extremely sharp claws, which allow them to have traction on ice and can smell a seal up to 20 miles away. “They can go out on three inches [of ice], which is pretty amazing because of their weight.” During the summer, polar bears are forced to live on land, eating berries and kelp for food. Because of the ice retreat and, in effect a longer summer, the bears are unable to return to their normal diet of seal to gain a higher weight for hibernation. This has resulted in lower birth weight. The lowest concentration of ice in the Hudson region was in 2002, however, a new record was set in 2005. “Without the reduction of greenhouse gases, you’ll have habitat destruction. It’s not a hunting issue,” said Hoffman. “I’m not asking people to give up their cars. I’m not planning on giving up my car.” Hoffman explained that she was not trying to argue whether or not global warming exists, but said in her opinion, “There’s no excuse for wasting resources.”

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Biologist Juliet Hoffman explained that polar bears will soon be an endangered species.

ASOC wraps up semester with holiday bash By Barry Kearns Staff writer The Associated Students of Ohlone College (ASOC) met for the last time this semester, but discussed plans to resolve unfinished business. ASOC President Tatyana Hamady announced that the ASOC would be celebrating a holiday bash on Dec. 15 at either Yuki’s or Sushi Harbor. The ASOC approved a $250 money request to partially fund the celebration; the rest, Hamady said, would come out of the members’ pockets. She also announced that there would be volunteers needed for the Green Tie Gala. Two last-minute “emergency” items were added to the agenda. A money request came from the cafeteria for the sum of $9,372.17 to repair a rice and meat steamer that had been non-operational for several weeks due to short circuits in the wiring. In the mean time,

the cafeteria has been using a rice cooker to do the job. The ASOC decided to postpone a decision as they reviewed their financial obligations to the cafeteria. Student Member, Board of Trustees Ken Steadman announced that bids for the frontage property would be received on Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Jackson Theater. Representative at Large Zuhal Bahaduri announced that the some members of the ASOC still had to turn in student ID discounts and that the current number of discounts is at 26 of the proposed 50. Senator Dan Zhou announced that after going over 500 surveys regarding the state of the cafeteria, he was able to come up with a rough assessment. Among complaints and recommendations for the cafeteria surveys were that the students believed the food was too expensive, appliances were old and students wanted the ability to pay with ATM or credit cards.

During the committee reports, the parking committee announced that they had not yet had a chance to meet. Steadman added himself to the committee and stressed the importance of getting permits to students at the beginning of the next semester. The committee will meet to discuss the criteria for getting a permit to park in the 20 spots allotted to the ASOC in Lot N. Ohlone Foundation Executive Director Dave Smith and Vice President of Student Services Ron Travenick addressed the ASOC to discuss fundraising for the Newark Ohlone Campus. Smith explained that the cost of construction had increased and that the NOC now needed another $10 million to furnish the campus. The ASOC agreed to allocate $50,000 for the NOC and would hold executive meetings in the future to discuss the dispersement of the funds. The ASOC voted to support the concept of giving carpools preferen-

tial parking and granting discounts for fuel-efficient vehicles, but in a second motion rejected the policy that came with it. The policy, the ASOC felt, left too many holes and unanswered questions regarding the criteria and enforcement needed to award spots and discounts. Faculty members Chris Warden and Robin Kutokuri presented a program that would call for five new automated external defibrillator units to be placed on the campus. During a slideshow presented to the ASOC, Warden explained the benefits of having more units on campus for faster response times and accessibility. The addition of the units, according to Warden, would ensure a three minute turnaround to bring the unit to a person experiencing a heart attack. The AED units run from $1,200 to $3,000 each and might also require up to $300 additionally for accessories and expenses such as placement.

While no action was called for or taken, Warden explained that the purpose of the presentation was to “get the word out.” An amendment was made by the Life Club in their money request to show the film “the 11th hour.” The amount requested increased from $355 to $500 to pay for unforeseen expenses. The ASOC granted the increased money request. In what may have been one of the most contentious decisions among the ASOC the request for the sum of $1,685 for the Latina Leadership network was denied. Critics of the request stated that they felt that the funds of the students should not go to a group that was specific to a ethnicity or gender. Other members of the ASOC argued that Hispanic females were underrepresented and drew parallels between the network and the ASOC that did receive funds to attend conferences. The decision came to a roll call vote, where the money request was denied.

Seminar to offer internship tips

College plans to optically digitize student records

By Kathy Sung Staff writer

By ANDREW CAVETTE Staff writer

December’s Brown Bag Seminar will affect all students who are searching for internships this coming summer. Laurel Egenberger, a representative from Berkeley, will lecture on having students apply for the Community College Internship (CCI) program at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. The event will be held this Friday in Room 3201 from 1 to 2 p.m. It will be the last Brown Bag of the semester. The website for Berkeley Lab says, “The Lab is managed by the University of California, operating with an annual budget of more than $500 million (FY2004) and a staff of about 3,800 employees, including more than 500 students.” The website also says that the “Berkeley Lab conducts unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines…[such as]…quantitative biology; nanoscience; new energy systems and environmental solutions; and the use of integrated computing as a tool for discovery.” Yvette Niccolls, the Math, Science, and Technology Coordinator, arranged for this Brown Bag Seminar because she said that “a student who does an internship has an advantage in anything they apply to.” The internship offered will involve “working with a science researcher in various scientific fields.” The internships are usually rewarded to people who have excelled in science and already taken courses in the science field. Students are granted internships based on GPA, essays and teacher recommendations.

Students and counselors will soon have access to their own digitized, paperless records. As reported in the Nov. 29 issue of the Monitor, Ohlone is purchasing optical scanning equipment and software that will allow the college to create digitized versions of a student’s records.   Project analyst Gillian O’Farrell has worked on the optical scanning project for more than a year and is currently involved in the purchasing of the scanning equipment. O’Farrell said Ohlone faculty and staff will begin learning how to utilize the system in January 2008. The optical scanning project is funded by a Title III federal grant.  Overall, the college’s objective for the annual $350,000 Title III funding is to improve student success. Title III is currently providing the funding for a diverse assortment of projects, including an update for

Webadvisor. According to O’Farrell and Title III project coordinator Deb Parziale, implementing technology like the optical scanning equipment will assist the college in achieving this goal. “All of the student records are going to be scanned in so that everything is available online [in an internal network],” said Parziale. “When a student meets with a counselor, they’ll have the transcripts and the data they need and they won’t have to go to Admissions and Records [to get them].” Currently both students and counselors do not always have immediate access to all of a student’s records. O’Farrell noted, “In a community college it’s a little tricky because students are not assigned to a specific counselor.  Typically they will find one they like, but if they can’t get in to see that person they will go see whomever [is available].” O’Farrell said that sometimes there was a disconnect with the

students information, “There was not a [universally accessible] depository for that information.” The digitized records will be accessible to all authorized staff members, including all counselors on both the Fremont and Newark campuses. In this way, they will be better equipped to collectively help students.   Not only will all of the documents be viewable on the counselor’s computer screen, but the counselor will be able to attach electronic notes, reminders and comments to the documents for future use without disturbing the document itself. O’Farrell said the college “initially thought of it as an electronic file cabinet, but once we got in and started looking at the software, we realized there is a lot more that we can do with it.” She also noted when the system is fully functioning it “relieves the students from having to be responsible for their [own] documents.”


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Treadway reflects on past, hopes for the future By ANNA NEMCHUK Editor-in-chief At the end of his next-to-last semester at Ohlone, President Doug Treadway feels that everything is coming together. There’s the planned parking structure, for which the administration will present a developer to the Board of Trustees at the next meeting. The frontage property development opens for bids next week. A new baseball field is in negotiation. The nearly completed six-year accreditation study for the national Accrediting Commision for Community and Junior Colleges will also go to the Board.

“There’s this real sense I have that these projects I’ve been working on the whole time I’ve been here are coming to a conclusion,” Treadway noted in a recent interview. Next semester, there’s a major project in the works - the extension center in China - and an anticipated formal agreement with Cal State University East Bay. “I’ve been meeting with their president. It will probably include something about international exchange [and] a bachelor’s degree in environmental science [and nursing] that could be offered all or in part at the Newark campus. “I call it collaboration - we’ve always had cooperation - but this

is actually joining our programs together. Next fall, we’ll have the environmental science degree; it’d be possible for a student to go to Newark and do the whole four years there and get their bachelor’s degree there. “We might be the second or third in the Bay Area to do this [type of agreement]. We have the new campus and the facility and the labs for environmental science, more advanced than even the university has.” Students going to work for a biotech company as a technician or a hospital as a nurse can advance their careers while working for the same employer. As for his successor, Treadway

has one wish - “I’d like to see the really good things we’re doing continue.” When asked about any other changes he might recommend, Treadway smiled. In his five years here, “if there was something major I thought should have happened, I would have already raised it. I think we’re one of the better community colleges and I have every confidence that we’ll keep doing those things.” For example, Treadway hopes that someday all seven high schools in the area wil participate in the College Connection program. “That would be an example of something that’s been going well and could expand.”

Personally, Treadway is looking forward to spending time with his family, working part-time and volunteering. Denying any set plans, he expressed interest in international consulting and volunteering opportunities. “Those kind of things will start to pop up. Some I’ll go after, some will come to me; we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be fun.” Any regrets? “No. You know why? Because I never do that about anything. It doesn’t do any good to worry about the past. You can’t change the past; you can learn from it. But I’m basically the kind of person who lives in the present. And that’s been my philosophy.”

Nutrition study shows students badly informed By Brian Chu Staff writer Ohlone students lack knowledge about obesity and food serving sizes, according to a recent study by Nutrition Instructor Jassi Kaur and her nutritional studies class. Survey evaluators went out and questioned 110 random persons from the Ohlone population. A survey analysis done by nutritional students Erika Caoili and Vasudha Singh stated that although

the majority of students knew what obesity is and how to lose weight, most were uneasy and unfamiliar with its toll on children and teens. They also did not recognize or acknowledge that the numbers on obesity are increasing at a staggering rate, especially among children and teenagers. Half of those asked had no idea what the different food groups were. “The lack of knowledge of what causes obesity really shocked me,” said Caoili. Her analysis of the sur-

Ohlone to expand to China, India By Margarita Kitova Staff writer Ohlone hopes to open an office in the Suzhou College of Science and Industry in China next year. The college in the city of Suzhou - commonly known as the Chinese Silicon Valley - is Ohlone’s newest partner, along with Hong Kong University, which has a community college branch in Suzhou. There are many Bay Area companies that have manufacturing plants in the city and there is already a lot of commerce and business between Fremont and Suzhou, said President Doug Treadway. Ohlone is the only American educational institution that has been invited. Ohlone’s relationship with Taizhou Radio and Television University and Taizhou Community College began in August 2004 when a delegation from Taizhou, China, visited Ohlone. That visit was followed in November 2004 with a trip to China by a group of Ohlone personnel. From these meetings came an agreement between Taizhou and Ohlone to work together to enhance learning at both institutions. The plan for next year, starting this spring semester, is to elevate the program from student and faculty exchange to maintaining our own office in China. Dr. Xisheng Fang, coordinator of Chinese programs, will be the director of Ohlone’s office in Suzhou. Taizhou Community College, in turn, will have its own office on the Newark campus, Treadway explained. In the college’s center, students won’t have to speak Chinese, although the interest at Mandarin classes is high.

Treadway himself is taking a Mandarin Chinese class along with Ohlone students. The second exchange agreement is with Hongzhou Private University, which has sent delegations here and accepted Ohlone faculty members there. The third partnership in China is with the Shanghai College of Theater and Dance, also involved in student exchanges. All of Ohlone’s partner colleges in China have been invited to the opening of the Newark campus and several university leaders will be here Jan. 26 and 27 for a weekend conference on environmental education. Ohlone also has a three-year partnership with Alliant International University in Mexico City and their headquarters in San Francisco. Alliant has the only English-speaking campus in Mexico City and has invited Ohlone to use it. Language Arts Instructor Alejandro Wolpe is involved in setting up classes there. This program will make it possible for Ohlone students to go to Mexico City, complete classes in English and learn Spanish at the same time. Ohlone is planning further sister college agreements with India, as well, and, more specifically, with Bangalore, known as the Silicon Valley of India. Representatives have already been invited by some Indian universities. Mexico, China and India are the three most prominent countries on Ohlone’s strategic plan for international college agreements. “These are the three main countries where the action is, but these programs are for everybody; they are accessible to the average student at Ohlone,” explained Treadway.

veyed data concluded that obesity is a “consequence of awful habits of overeating, lack of exercise and being lazy.” The study notes the importance of portion control. “It is alright to enjoy food but it is important to do so in moderation. Between a small piece of cheesecake and two large slices, the taste remains the same.” said Kaur. Kaur, who is a registered dietitian and Ph.D., wanted to remind students that it is important to be

conscious about weight control from a health standpoint and not merely for the sake of looks or fashion. Singh and Caoili’s study also focused on how to achieve a healthy weight: “ under a physician’s care, consider family history and fat distribution pattern, the history of the weight itself over a period of time.” The major factor in weight loss is achieving a balance between energy intake and output. To have

a proper balance, a person must be familiar with caloric values of food and physical exercise, as well as height and weight standards. “Losing weight is possible and can be done by anyone who puts their mind into it,” said Singh. When asked what the most effective way to deal with obesity problems and health issues resulting from a diet lacking nutrition, “the old famous saying is true, prevention is better than cure,” said Kaur.

Animals provide therapy By Elise Leon Staff writer The Psychology Club introduced participants to the world of Furry Friends, an organization that helps people going through personal issues and attending therapy with the help of animals, at a meeting last Friday. Four dogs were introduced at the meeting; Jazz, Montana, Bubsy and Jesture. Along with owner Phil Kopee, Montana, a golden retriever named after Joe Montana, has been a part of the Furry Friends group for approximately three years. “I retired and wanted to start volunteer work,” stated Kopee. He described Montana as a high-maintenance dog who must have special dog food due to a high sensitivity to food ingredients. Bubsy, a greyhound owned by Mary Collins, has been a part of Furry Friends for about 10 years. He fell sick before a dog race but fortunately he and the litter were rescued. “I love working with

animals,” said Collins, “It’s very rewarding.” Their owners believe that Bubsy and Jazz are related through a great-grandfather. Jazz is also a greyhound who started racing at 8 months but, due to not turning well and running clockwise, was in jeopardy of being put down by the owners of the dog race when he was rescued. Jesture, a Dalmatian and the youngest of the four, is known to be a very goofy, yet sweet, dog. Jesture also volunteers at the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto. Furry Friends has been known to bring laughter and kindness with the touch of a cat or dog to patients of all ages, some of which had not spoken a word in weeks due to a loss of a family member or illness. The technique of using animals to cheer up patients has been known since 1792. Studies suggest that individuals with pets have lower blood pressure and tend to live longer. Furry Friends has over 200 sites in the Bay Area. For more information, go to Furryfriends.org.


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Features Weighing Anchor By Eric dorman News editor

Politicians: use less mud Americans might be dreaming of a white Christmas, but this yuletide season will be only mudcolored if our political frontrunners continue to fling insults and launch attacks at each other. If there was a time politicians took on feelings of peace and harmony during the holiday season, that time is long gone. Ironically, a little peace and goodwill would probably go a lot further to advancing their campaigns than all the mud they can carry. A fitting example of the kind of attacks the candidates are making to kick off the holiday season occurred Sunday, when Hillary Clinton accused fellow Democratic candidate Barack Obama of being all talk and unwilling to take action. “I think [the American people] want someone with a real record—a doer, not a talker,” said Clinton in a direct jab at Obama’s Senate voting record. Obama had some accusations of his own to fling back. Tuesday, he claimed that Clinton could never win because too many Americans viewed her negatively. “If you start off with 47 percent negatives, you have a pretty short field to work with,” he said, referring to her 47 percent negative approval ratings. Interestingly enough, a different Democratic candidate is looking to benefit from the fracas going on between the two front runners. John Edwards, a candidate who has been trailing Obama and Clinton in the polls since the race began, is taking a step back from the action after a year of aggressiveness has failed to increase his popularity. “Listen, I don’t think America benefits from any personal fighting between candidates,” said Edwards. Other politicians would do well to follow his example. Republican front-runners Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney have succumbed to personal attacks as well; in a debate last Wednesday they both accused each other of being soft on illegal immigration. While it may be tempting for candidates on both sides to bash contenders out of the way with cheap personal attacks, the strategy is ultimately an empty one. When it comes down to leading the nation, it will be the content of a candidate’s character—not their ability to point out deficiencies in another—that will define who they are as a leader.Furthermore, Americans do not have an unlimited tolerance for continued low blows such as these; candidates should avoid too much negativity if they want to keep their poll numbers up. As a Christmas gift to America, it’s time for our politicians to clean up their acts and reevaluate their campaign tactics. Only then can we have a harmonious blue, red, and white Christmas.

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Auer’s art shines at Olive Hyde By Andrew Cavette Staff writer Executive Assistant in the President’s Office, Shelby Auer, showed and sold works of folded paper at the nearby Olive Hyde art gallery over the weekend. The Olive Hyde Art Guild’s annual “Holiday for the Arts” show celebrated its 25th anniversary with a well attended gala event on Nov. 30. The sale continued through Dec. 2. The City of Fremont as well as several foundations and corporations sponsor “Holiday for the Arts.” Tickets to Friday’s gala event cost between $12.50 and $15 and the proceeds from the show benefit visual arts in the community. Auer’s work included handmade cards and other framed, folded paper pieces. She likes to use a great deal of recycled paper goods. Auer salvages everything from old envelopes to used wrapping paper for use in her art. Auer said, “I’m a really sentimental person and I like letters and cards... I’ve always been a collector; I get that from my parents.” Her technique combines origami with influences of Danish paper work and Victorian era paper craft. Auer said her mother first taught her the basic folding techniques. She recalled, “It was always something I did on the side as a labor of love. It doesn’t generate much money.” For the Olive Hyde show, Auer’s foldings included a variety of subjects, among them: small, framed kimono dresses as well as hearts with swirling centers in the shape of a camera’s aperture. Some of her work uses photography, which she does herself. “I always had a camera, probably since the age of 6. I used to take pictures at the zoo.” She got the

Photos by Andrew Cavette photography bug from her father, who also enjoyed photography. “One of the last things he did before he passed away, was that he gave me a camera.” Her favorite subjects are flowers and butterflies. Auer observed, “I’m always trying to seek out beauty” and of photography said, “Sometimes I see something [beautiful] and think I might never see it again.” Auer said both of her parents were very creative people when she was growing up near Los Angles and always supportive of her work. Auer has pursued her artistic endeavors with more drive in recent years, but said that doing paper folding as more than just a hobby “was kind of a fluke.” She

Shelby Auer stands by a rack of her handmade cards on sale over the weekend at the Olive Hyde art gallery in Fremont. began by making a few things for a friend’s art show at Aurora School in Oakland in 2004. She said, “the cards sold really well.” Auer remembered, “The first year I did it, I had a few people that came back the next year [wanting more]. I still have a few friends who call me around Christmas time saying ‘I need more cards.’” Auer sold her work at the show for three years before her friend moved out of California. “This year I didn’t know if I was going to do anything and then I decided to try to be a little more ambitious.” Auer auditioned her work for the Olive Hyde show in September, something she had never done before. Though she has had some

success with her cards, Auer is still very modest about her work. She said, “I went over there [to the audition interview] and had no idea what to do. The woman came up to me afterwards and said ‘We love your work, but one thing... when we put it in the show, please make sure you put your name on it.’” A week after the interview, Auer received word that she had made it into the guild’s 25th anniversary holiday show. With no plans to make a living from her artwork, Auer believes, “Life is too short not to fully involve yourself in your creative pursuits.” And, if nothing else, she said, “It makes me happy.”

3 1/2 plays to premiere on Ohlone TV By Inez Black Staff writer “Teacher’s Pet,” “Toupee Incident,” Perfect Marriage,’and “Prey” offer murder, comedy, surrealism, and a thriller, all in less than 30 minutes, on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. on ONTV, Channel 28. The 3 1⁄2 One Act Plays are based on the premise of “Misunderstandings.” Tom Blank of the Drama Department stated, “Dominic, Gary and I all have contacts with the industry. Usually we get some scripts from LA -- some pilots that are kicking around. We shoot it and send it to them. We got the Ally McBeal script before it was shot - the pilot. It was brilliant, but you don’t get that quality all the time.” Gary Kauf, former KTVU reporter and head of the TV Department, teaches and supervises post-production. Kauf said, “This year we did not have any good scripts from Hollywood.” Blank said, “I think they knew the writers’ strike was on, so they were being protective of their scripts.” So, Blank assigned his class to write a one-paragraph summary of a scenario with the premise of “misunderstandings.” Then they pitched

them to the class, assuming they would receive $500,000 to create the pilot. From 24 proposals, scripts were written, and it was narrowed down to four scripts. Kauf stated, “It happened that we had four students who were unusually talented in writing - very young, very green. Only one of them has written anything like that before. We worked with the students, especially Tom, who helped shape the scripts.” Blank indicated, “It’s the first time we went from doing one long project to doing four short projects. Each play is about eight minutes and the trailer is 3-4 minutes. Dominic Bonavolonta, instructor in the Broadcasting Department, said, “’The Toupee Incident’ is very funny. The ‘Perfect Marriage’ is a surrealistic look at marriage. I’m only with the students while it is being shot, so I don’t get to see it from the beginning to end as Tom does.” Blank and Bonavolonta explained that the budget is five days per shoot, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. That includes arriving at the studio, getting the equipment, getting to the location for the shoot. The actors arrive and dress in

costume, then go to the location. Lighting is set up. They frequently don’t start shooting until 3:30 p.m. and they can lose the lighting during the winter. The approximately 80 scenes will be edited to eight to 10 scenes, for the eight-minute production. Meghann Bird wrote the screen play for “Teacher’s Pet.” It is about a teacher who abuses his position. It was produced by Lila Salinas, directed by Jake Baptista, edited by Lila Salinas, and stars Barry Kearns and Kaly Vadlamudi. Kearns said, “I played one of the leads, Professor Morrison - a young handsome teacher!... I thought I did fine until I started watching the scenes.” “Toupee Incident” is a comedy written and directed by Barry Kearns about a mispronunciation. It was produced by Erika Wicks and edited by Sho Ansari. It stars Michael Callan, Diane Wagner, James Devreau and Lisa Teller. “Perfect Marriage” was written, directed, and produced by Von von Lindenberg is a surreal look at a marriage. It was edited by George Bader. Von Lindenberg enrolled in the class to learn how to produce his songs.

He said, “I enrolled in this class and had no idea that I would have to write a script. I’m a songwriter. Most of the songwriting I do is about joy, happiness, awakening, and finding answers. It is a turn of event to write a drama about a not-good ending - a psychotic woman.” Blank quipped, “Where did we get the 1⁄2? We ran out of time... The lighting and the complexity of the shoots far exceeded the time we allotted to them. We told Tommy we have two days left to shoot.” Tommy Jernigan offered to make a trailer to present it to someone in an effort to obtain money to produce it. “Prey,” the thriller trailer, was written, directed, produced and edited by Jernigan. He said, “The story is about a woman stalked by this random person. She gets to her house, and she calls her husband. He shows up scares the stalker away, but the stalker returns... It’s based on a real woman who married a guy and killed him for his money. Then she moved, changed her name, and did it again.” The three plays will be available on demand on the website ohlonetv.com, in Video Archives after Dec. 14.


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Features Cool winter stuff While the rest of Ohlone goes into its annual winter hibernation, the Smith Center will continue scheduling events that have been greeted with enthusiasm and praise. They’ve packed their calendar with plays, ballets and visiting performers. The first performance begins on Dec. 6 and carries on to Dec. 8 as Ohlone presents its annual Winter Dance Showcase with curtain at 8 p.m. The Dec. 8, performance is almost sold out, so advance purchase is recommended. But before the dancers take the stage on Friday, spectators can enjoy the melodic sounds of the Jazz/Rock combo at 7 p.m. The following Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., the Ohlone Chamber Orchestra will perform their Orchestral Spot-

light. The following weekend, the Berkeley City Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and again at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Ohlone Chamber Singers will perform in their 22nd annual Christmas at the Mission Performance, which will take place at Mission San Jose in Fremont on Dec. 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. But in January the, stage will again change hands as Star Struck Theater begins their performance of “Honk!” on Jan. 11. Smith Center Presents will bring a foreign act to the stage on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. when the Italian Saxophone Quartet takes the stage just before the spring semester begins.

Bliss Dance performs By Elise Leon Staff writer The Bliss Dance Company performed Labeled on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Smith Center. The background for the performers varies. Some are students at Ohlone as well as other schools, while some are professionals that work, and some of them have degrees. “The performers rehearsed every

Sunday,” stated Cassie Begley, the artistic director of the company, “working on the show for about seven months.” The music used in the performances ranged from Enya to Bjork. The performance Labeled has to do with the way society associates with women’s figures and stereotypes. Individuals who are interested in participating in the Bliss Dance Company, please contact Cassie Begley at info@blissdance.com.

NUMMI students By Andrew Cavette Staff writer If Tseten Dolkar looks like she hasn’t had much sleep, she can be forgiven. A student at Ohlone College, Dolkar also works full-time at the NUMMI automobile plant in Fremont. “It is absolutely crazy,” Dolkar said, “I don’t recommend it to anyone who needs to get a lot of sleep and cannot sacrifice their weekends because you have to be really wellplanned with your schedule.” Dolkar is now in her second year at Ohlone and though she did have to drop one class, she said, “I’m so grateful to be in school right now. When I’m at work, I’m thinking about school.” Dolkar is not the only student to balance a full workload at Ohlone while working at the auto plant. In fact, Ohlone has a long-standing history of collaboration with the NUMMI plant. The NUMMI Theater in the Smith Center is named after the plant. President Doug Treadway recently visited NUMMI to speak with them about contributing to the capitol campaign for the Newark center. According to Treadway, Ohlone once offered enough courses at the plant for workers to get an associate degree. Ohlone would send professors to the NUMMI plant to teach the courses onsite. The program ended two years ago due to budget constraints. Dolkar is currently a temporary worker at the plant. Like many of her coworkers she is contracted for a six-month stint before NUMMI decides if they want to hire her more

permanently. She said she enjoys working at the plant, but is also keenly aware of the time constraints it puts on her life. Dolkar said, “You have to prioritize. You learn along the way the things that are really important: school, work and your health. You are managing your time, no one is telling you what to do [with your own schedule]. If you slack off at school you suffer grade wise. If you slack off at work they might not call you back.” There was a period last year when Dolkar got out of class at 3:20 p.m. and had to be working on the line at 4:30, which meant she often had to be at the plant by 4 p.m. in order to be ready to work. She said the timing was difficult. In Dolkar’s experience the Human Resources Department at NUMMI has been very helpful in accommodating her school schedule. She said, “Everyone is really supportive. Everyone who knows I’m going to school asks me constantly about how I’m doing [in my classes]. Because I’m going to school, HR is willing to work with me on minimizing my [work] hours. It’s a huge plant, but after all it is made up of people.” Dolkar said she is going to college so that she will not need to work at the plant forever. She often reminds herself “It’s either school or this. I’m lucky; for some people they have no other options. Go to school, get your degree because if you don’t go to school, this is what you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life... until time gives up or your body gives up.”

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Devil’s Advocate By Anna Nemchuk Editor-in-chief

One happy addict As another semester comes to a close, I’m struck with this awful, sinking feeling - whatever shall I do now? Sure, I have work and friends and family and books...but the almost two months until spring look awfully bleak from here. Could it be? Am I truly addicted to this school? Let’s consider: I plan my work schedule around classes, (kudos to my wonderful, obliging boss) almost my entire social circle attended Ohlone at some point, I‘ve memorized alternate routes to the cleanest bathrooms, I consider ratemyprofessor.com a legitimate news site, my parents won’t even talk to me on Wednesdays, (deadline night) I’ve brought cats, grandparents and dates on campus, I’ve answered my cell “Monitor, editor speaking,” campus security knows my car and regularly waves, I could have bought a motorcycle with funds spent on parking tickets, the thought of transferring leaves me with a not-entirely-unpleasant, nauseous sensation akin to contemplating a three-foot high chocolate cake and I take classes based on whether the professor is likely to die or retire soon. Jan. 28, huh? Where’s that needle?


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December 6 LIFE Meeting -- 2:40 to 3:40 p.m. in the Palm Bosque if the weather is good, or Room 14A if the weather is bad. LIFE meets on Thursdays and stands for “Liberated Individuals for the Environment.” Everyone is welcome. 6 Campus Tour -- 4 p.m. in the lobby of Building 1. The Ohlone Student Ambassadors conduct campus tours on the first and third Thursdays of every month. Tours begin promptly at 4 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Wear comfortable shoes. 6-8 Winter Dance Showcase -- 8 p.m. in the Smith Center. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit the Ohlone Box Office. 6-23 Bookstore Sales - Throughout December the bookstore will offer 25 percent off general books, 30 percent off Christmas ornaments and gifts, 25 percent off calendars, 30 percent off fleece jackets and vests and 50 percent off selected office supplies. 7 Book Club Discussion -The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 1307. Kick off the opening of our green Newark Center campus by reading a book that expands on the idea that “…the way we

eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world.” This event is free, 7 Brown Bag Science Seminar -- Summer Internships at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 2133. This seminar will be presented by Laurel Egenberger. 7 Jazz/Rock Combos -Student performance at 7 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre. To purchase tickets, please visit the Box Office. 8 Super Flea Market -- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in parking lots E and H. Vendors sell a variety of things like jewelry, food, tools, gift items, toys, household supplies and collectibles. Flea markets are held on the second Saturday of each month. Parking is $2 per vehicle and admission is free. All proceeds support Ohlone College programs. Just in time for holidays. 9 Ohlone Chamber Orchestra: Orchestral Spotlight -- 2 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Ohlone Box Office. 10-14 Fall 2007 Final Exams -- Check the schedule on this page to find out when your exams are, or go online for the rest of the schedule.

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7 p.m. vs. Foothill College here at Ohlone. 16 Ohlone Chamber Singers -- 22nd annual Christmas at the Mission, "Glorias & Carols." This event is at 4 p.m. at Mission San Jose in Fremont. For more information or to buy tickets please visit the Ohlone Box Office. 24-26 Closed for Winter Break -- The whole campus will be closed for winter break. 28-1 Closed for Winter Break -- the whole campus will be closed for winter break.

January 3 Grades Available -Fall grades available via WebAdvisor; grade reports are posted as received. 5 Women’s Basketball -- 2 p.m. vs. Feather River College here at Ohlone. 5 Men’s Basketball -- 5 p.m. vs. Cabrillo College here at Ohlone. 9 Women’s Basketball -7 p.m. vs. College of San Francisco here at Ohlone. 11 Women’s Basketball -7 p.m. vs. Mission College here at Ohlone.

13-16 Berkeley City Ballet: Nutcracker -- 8 p.m. in the Smith Center. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event, please visit the Ohlone Box Office. 14 Fall 2007 Deadline to request grade report -- Fall 2007 Deadline to request printed full grade report for pick-up. 15 Ohlone Chamber Singers -- 22nd annual Christmas at the Mission, “Glorias & Carols.” This event is at 8 p.m. at Mission San Jose in Fremont. For more information or to buy tickets please visit the Ohlone Box Office. 15 Women’s Basketball --

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Sports Giants miss out on youth Triples alley By Tomás Ortega Chief-Sports Writer

A wise person once said, “jealousy makes no man a better man.” Thats not true, but I try to tell myself that every day. More so now that the biggest fish, pun intended, Miguel Cabrera, has been shipped along with Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers. Now Detroit puts together a strong lineup that rivals only the BoSox and Yankees. Cabrera is every bit the monster that his numbers portray. He puts up numbers that you have to look over twice to fully comprehend. His resume includes a .313 AVG over a five-year career with 100 runs, 189 hits, 31 HR’s, and 118 RBI’s. The only issue with Cabrera was his playing weight. Since he arrived in ‘03 for the fish at 185, he has ballooned to 255 pounds this past year, which probably caused his National League leading errors he committed at third. However, there is very good news for Detroit. Both L.A. Dodgers catcher Mike Napoli and Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen have seen Cabrera and both were surprised at the amount of weight he has lost.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure if Cabrera was going to be able to keep himself at a suitable playing weight, especially after hearing the Giants were strongly pursuing a trade for him. Then again, the Giants couldn’t get Cabrera without parting with either Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain. Just the thought of having one of the best, young hitters in the game at the moment would delight even the most casual Giants fan. Therein lies the problem. Trading a part of the face of the Giants franchise. It likely would have received the type of reaction that ensued after the Matt Williams for Jeff Kent deal in the 90’s, which didn’t end up being so bad, considering Kent helped the Giants reach the World Series. Don’t think for a second that the Giants weren’t testing the waters for a possible LincecumCabrera or Cain-Cabrera swap. If it weren’t for the fact that the Marlins asked for the moon in the form of Lincecum and Cain both, we may have seen the only strength of the Giants organization quickly be diminished for just one bat. Now with biggest bat of the market going to a team in the high-powered American League, the Giants must look from within and do some serious evaluating. Could they scratch and claw through the year with kids Kevin Frandsen, Rajai Davis, Fred Lewis leading the youth? Or will the roles of veterans Rich Aurilia, Randy Winn and Dave Roberts be expanded? Hopefully the organization sticks with the pre-announced “youth movement” that was once suggested.

2007: Simply crazy From Boise State’s “Statue of Liberty” play in overtime to upset Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl in January, to the Colorado Rockies making their first World Series, let alone playoff appearance in franchise history, 2007 has been anything but an ordinary year in the world of sports. It was a year full of game-winners, major upsets and complete turnarounds for the best and the worst of teams. There were many clutch plays in 2007. From Peyton Manning’s game-winning touchdown pass to beat the favored New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, to a walk-off home run by Dalton Carriker that helped Warner Robins, Georgia win the 2007 Little League World Series over Japan and a gamewinning home run by Yorvit Torrealba propelled the Colorado Rockies through the NLDS and, eventually into the World Series. Let’s not forget about Division I-AA .Applachian State blocked a field goal to defeat Michigan and Bo McNally’s fourth quarter

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interception of Josh David Booty helped Stanford upset then number two USC. Notre Dame football went from the best to worst, along with Cal going from possibly being number one to becoming unranked as they lost six of their last seven games. The Golden State Warriors “believed” their way into NBA playoffs for the first time in over 10 years and upset the heavily favored Dallas Mavericks in the first round. The Philadelphia Phillies lost their 10,000th franchise game in the regular season and still found themselves in the NLDS for the first time in over 10 years, but were swept by the Colorado Rockies, who found themselves in the playoffs for… the first time in franchise history. The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers hit an all-time low as the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys hit an all-time high. From Peyton Manning finally winning his first Super Bowl to David Beckham moving to Los Angeles to play for the Galaxy

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of the MLS, 2007 was also full of great accomplishments and debuts. As Peyton (finally) won his first Super Bowl, his coach, Tony Dungy, became the first black NFL head coach to coach in and win a Super Bowl. Barry Bonds finally became the all-time home run king as he surpassed Hank Aaron’s 755 mark, asterisk or not. Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach the 500 HR mark with the Yankees. Brett Favre broke the record for touchdown passes in a career against Minnesota, surpassing Dan Marino, and two weeks later broke the record for most interceptions thrown in a career. David Beckham, along with Victoria and kids, made the move from highly known Real Madrid of to the L.A. Galaxy. And yes, soccer has gained in popularity since his arrival this past summer. It was also a year of loss. From the deaths of Broncos’ cornerback Darrent Williams to the passing of college football coach Eddie Robinson, to the recent death of Redskin safety Sean Taylor, this year has been a year to also realize there’s more to life than sport. With 2007 almost in the books, we now look ahead to 2008. With a year this crazy, who knows exactly what’ll come next.


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Sports in review Clockwise from top: Allie Glogovac looks to shoot against the Cabrillo College defender; top, Forrest Moulton drives the ball downfield for Men’s Soccer; top right, Volleyball Head Coach Jamie Cortez directs her team; right, Demi Wilson keeps her cool during her volleyball match; bottom right, Mikayla McGlory pushes the ball away from the defender Photos by Tomas Ortega and Jack Husting

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