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Vol. XXXVI No. 1
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Week of events planned for opening After three years of construction and more than $100 million, the Newark Campus is ready for a party. A week’s worth of events are planned to kick off the opening of the Newark Campus, including a ribboncutting ceremony today, a dedication Thursday and Grand Opening Green Tie Gala Saturday. The festivities were to begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today at 7:30 a.m. in the Newark Center lobby. Rather than using conventional wooden scissors to cut the ribbon, however, resident Ohlone Indian Andy Galvan has opted to instead use an obsidian blade to slice the “ribbon,” a rope formed of tule reeds. Historically, both obsidian and tule played an important role in Ohlone Indians’ daily lives, said Anthropology Professor George Rodgers. Also during the cutting, Service Employees International Union President Jimmy Dempsey will release a flock of doves. Although Al Gore himself proved too expensive for the opening—as part of the private sector, he charges $175,000 per appearance—members of his climate group, a group of followers trained at an institute in Gore’s native Tennessee, will be present to speak on climate change Thursday morning from 8 to 11:30. Also during that period will be two screenings of “The 11th Hour,” a film showing the effects of climate change.
The dedication will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Newark Center quad between Wings 3 and 4, although the ceremony could move indoors to the lobby, depending on the weather. The list of dignitaries numbers roughly 150, including California Lt Gov. John Garamendi, Assemblymembers Ellen Corbett and Alberto Torrico, Newark Mayor Dave Smith, Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman and Union City Mayor Mark Green. Also featured will be representatives from Sen. Barbara Boxer and Congressman Pete Stark, as well as former Ohlone President Floyd Hogue. Also on Thursday will be the Focus the Nation “Teach-In” event, aimed at “Mobilizing the Nation about Global Warming,” which will take place from noon to 2 p.m. In the event, teachers and guests will have a chance to connect with students about ways to act on climate change. On Saturday, the community will have a chance to engage in a more upscale celebration with the Green Tie Gala Grand Opening Celebration. The Gala will begin with a 5 p.m. reception at the Newark Campus, followed by dinner at 7 at the Newark/Fremont Hilton, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark. Dinner costs $150 a plate, which goes to help fund the Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology. The donations will be matched by the Wayne & Gladys Valley Foundation. For more information on the week’s events, go to www.ohlone.edu/org/newark/grandopening.html.
State $14 billion in debt; Ohlone to slice $350,000 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared that the State of California is in a financial crisis and has proposed cutbacks in funding for Community Colleges, including a $350,000 reduction in this year’s Ohlone College budget. Statewide, there are proposals
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By ANNA NEMCHUK Editor-in-Chief
Classes at the Newark Campus start today.
By Eric Dorman News editor
Vote. Just do it
Treadway gives emotional final speech to faculty
Campus ready for students
By Barry Kearns Staff writer
Student to broadcast games live
Basketball teams have been busy
ASOC welcomes students
for a $40 million reduction of the budget for the 2007-’08 year for community colleges. Next year the budget may be cut $400 million. State Assembly Member Alberto Torrico has an even more pessimistic view of the budget. According to Torrico when he spoke to the Board of Trustees on Wednesday night, the state deficit is closer to $20 billion than the $14 billion cited
by the governor. Ohlone does have a “rainy day” fund of $1 million set aside. One of the unique opportunities for Ohlone to raise revenue is through the international students attending the school. These students pay $180 per unit and that money stays in Ohlone College. There are also some other contingency funds put Continued on Page 4
With tears in his voice, President Doug Treadway delivered his final State of the College Address to Ohlone faculty Friday morning. He received a standing ovation. Rain enveloped the newly constructed campus Friday morning. The outside, steel blue, contrasted with the bright green lawns dotting the chilly grounds. The inside, warm and spacious, smelled like a new car. Small bundles of wires and tape lurked in the corners while construction workers carrying ladders dodged the wandering faculty. Facing a few hundred faculty members in a room made airy by a soaring wall of windows, Treadway spoke both of the college’s past and its future. The current budget cutbacks will
be alleviated greatly by the district’s preparedness. Treadway assured the room that retaining all full-time staff would be one of the college’s main priorities and Ohlone’s Rainy-Day Fund is available as backup. And folks, it is raining, he quipped. Increasing international enrollment will also be a chief goal, as just 100 international students bring in almost half a million dollars. Regular enrollment is doing well – up 8.8 percent, with full-time student enrollment up 7 percent. In keeping with the Newark Center’s green approach, Treadway stressed environmentally friendly ways to save money and added that knee-jerk reactions are to be avoided at all costs. “It’s like the question of how do porcupines make love to one another. The answer is: very carefully.” Continued on Page 2
SSB work continues
A crane lowers a steel beam on the framework of the new Student Services Building. The walkway from parking lot M to the President’s office in Building 1 will be temporarily blocked several days this week due to the crane’s activity. The noise of construction will continue throughout the semester as workers hammer and rivet the beams and decks.
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It’s a free country, so don’t forget to vote By Andrew Cavette Opinion editor In an election year with the California primaries approaching on Super Tuesday next week, how many Ohlone students registered to vote by the final cutoff date of Jan. 22? Whatever the number may be (even if it is rather high) it is too few. It does not make any sense, with the ease of voter registration, with the increasing importance of each election and each piece of legislation, not to have every col-
lege student – who would otherwise meets the requirements – registered to vote. In a progressive world (spelt brave), voter registration would be a prerequisite for student enrollment at any state or community college. While this would call for more paperwork, and thus more bureaucracy for Admissions and Records to deal with, it would no doubt increase voter turnout among young people and this could only be a welcome occurrence. In fact, not only should it be a
requirement for college admission, but voter registration should become an across-the-board requirement for all citizens who reach the age of 18. You blow out the candles and send in your card. According to the 2006 U.S. census report, there are 21,324,000 people in the U.S. between the ages of 15 and 19. Even if you nominally divide that figure equally among the five ages, it means we have roughly 8,500,000 people of voting age. If all of them were registered to vote, it would be like having the combined population of Arizona and Iowa
entirely comprised of 18- and 19year-olds ready to vote. Whether or not a citizen chooses to vote in a particular election should be left up to the individual, but the ability to vote should be gently forced upon us all. Just as it is done now, if you vote in each election, you would still be automatically reregistered. If you opt out of enough elections (oh come on) and become unregistered once again, you would simply be required to register again. Yes, it would be a lot of work, but good things always are. Yes,
it would involve the government sticking its nose into how you live your life, but they do that anyway and for reasons far less noble. My own Machiavellian plans aside, it is desperately important to participate in how the world around you is run. The cheapest, easiest, most effective and satisfying way to effect change in this world is to speak your mind in a free and open society. Vote. And before you do, make sure you can. Voter registration forms can be found online at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/english. pdf.
ASOC welcomes students to spring semester By Jackie McCulley ASOC Vice President Welcome back Ohlone students, from the A.S.O.C Council. We left Ohlone last year with a sense of accomplishment. Thanks to you, the students, we were able to have several success-
ful events. We hope to start off the New Year with that same sense of accomplishment, but to apply the energy and the thoughts of change to this next semester. With the thoughts of change still fresh in our minds, we are excited about the opening of the Ohlone Newark Campus. Along with the opening of
the additional campus, ASOC will still be going full force with more events such as Club Days, where you the students can meet reps from the various clubs on campus. Don’t forget the many other events including Rock the Hill and Rock the Bay, where local bands come out to both campuses and play for
you the students. And the biggest event will be Unity Days, where we as students and staff come together amidst our diversity and join in one common goal of making our future better and brighter. If this sounds appealing to you, come and join us by becoming a
Senator. Senator applications will be available in the Fremont Campus at EOPS window of Building 1. If you cannot join us, then at least come out and vote for your future representatives during the ASOC executive elections, who will speak for you the students in the upcoming year.
John Garamendi will be the keynote speaker. Wednesday, April 16, the Jackson Theatre will see Malcolm Margolis, author of “The Ohlone Way” in “Ohlone Indians: Past and Present.” In conclusion, Treadway spoke of his childhood, “spent in the other
side of the tracks.” Junior college and teachers in particular offered him a way out. “When I talk with Ohlone students, I see myself in many of their eyes. “In my first State of the College Address, I talked about the quality
of Ohlone College and especially our diversity and our genuine concern for one another and our students. I was right about those matters, even more than I first knew. “I want to thank you one and all for your dedication to the students’
wellbeing. Thank you for including me these past years into your world - the Ohlone Community College family. Thank you for listening to all of these speeches I have made, for your support and understanding and your friendship.”
Treadway gives emotional final speech to staff Continued from Page 1 Treadway also announced two upcoming World Forums. The Newark Center will host the Global Climate Crisis talk on Thursday, Jan. 31 at noon. California Lt. Gov.
Campus Comment > > > Staff Edition Predict the best headline for 2008
Eric Dorman News Editor “Beachside real estate market booms in Kansas.”
Barry Kearns Staff Writer “Edwards shoots seven; proving political relevance.”
Anna Nemchuk Editor-In-Chief “Tila Tequila receives Kennedy Center Honors.”
Tomas Ortega sports editor “Ohlone pond spawns radioactive frogs; thousands hospitalized.”
Jacque Orvis Staff Writer “Hot-dog stand falters after nude beach closing.”
brian Chu Staff Writer “France rumored to seek WMD; U.S. invades.”
Tseten Dolkar Staff Writer “Obama moves into ‘White’ House.”
Andrew cavette Opinion Editor “Vladimir Horowitz iTunes sales overtake American Idol star.”
Campus Events January 28 Grand Opening -- 7:30 a.m. at the Ohlone Newark Campus. This is a grand opening event which includes ribbon cutting. 30 Make FAFSA Your New Year’s Resolution -- 10 a.m. to noon in the Lobby of Building 1. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend this exciting event. Our main goal is to encourage our students who will be attending Ohlone during the 2008-’09 academic year to apply for financial aid as early as possible. You will receive free information about how to identify the options that are right for you and find out where to locate the appropriate forms. In addition, you will learn more about free upcoming FAFSA workshops and events at Ohlone where you can get one-on-one assistance with the forms. This event is free. 30 Free movie: The 11th Hour -- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre, or see the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. This movie is presented by the LIFE Club at Ohlone. Intrigued by the Inconvenient Truth? Don’t miss this great opportunity to view the 11th Hour for free and on the big screen at Ohlone. This documentary, produced and narrated by Leonardo di Caprio, discusses the current environmental crisis and the impact that human actions have on the planet, while also offering hope and solutions. 31 World Forum: Global Climate Crisis / National Teach-In -- Noon to 2 p.m. “Focus the Nation” is coordinating teams of faculty and students at more than a thousand colleges, universities and K12 schools in the United States, to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion about “Global Warming Solutions for America.” Focus the Nation will culminate Jan. 31 in the form of national symposia held simultaneously at over a thousand campuses, businesses, and other venues across the country. On that day, each Focus the Nation team (including Ohlone) will invite local, state, and
federal political leaders and candidates for office to come to campus and participate in a non-partisan, round-table discussion of global warming solutions. Details will follow on the World Forum website. 31 Election Forum -- 79 p.m., Ohlone Forensics Team will host an analysis and discussion of the propositions on the Feb. 5 state ballot. Admission is $5 at the door. NUMMI Theater, Smith Center.
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semester in India. 5 Women’s Basketball - Game is at 5:30 p.m. vs. Cabrillo College here at Ohlone. 9 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, and collectibles. Flea markets are held on the second Saturday of each month. Parking is $2 per vehicle.
31 Free movie: The 11th Hour -- 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Jackson Theatre, or see the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. This movie is presented by the LIFE Club at Ohlone.
February 1 Last Day To Add A Class Without A Signature -Last day to add a semester-length class without an instructor’s signature. 1 Women’s Basketball - Game is at 5:30 p.m. vs. Hartnell College here at Ohlone. 3 New Art Gallery Exhibit -- Up until February 28 in the Art Gallery. This exhibit is “Grief Work. Art Heals.” Personal expression occurs in all walks of life. Both nonartists and professional artists are showing their artworks made while mourning a lost loved one. Dr. Sarah Katz, director of the Hospice Programs at Kaiser, has created a series of no-cost “grief art workshops” with volunteer professional artist and Ohlone Fine Art faculty member, Lisa Levine, leading the sessions. The deeply expressive and magical qualities of art help us find new images and renew memories in meaningful, stress reducing, healing ways. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from noon to 3 p.m. 5 Last Day To Drop and Get A Refund -- All day, this is the last day to drop a semester-length class and be elegible for a refund. 5 India Summer Semester Abroad: Information Meeting -- 4 p.m. in Room 5209. Come to this informational meeting to find out all the details about how you can spend the summer
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Student broadcasting games live via Internet By Tseten Dolkar Staff writer Students can now listen live to Ohlone College Renegades basketball home games. Tomás Ortega, the sports editor for the Monitor, has, with the help of KOHL’s Bob Dochterman and Rob Adamic, launched a webcast that covers games play-by-play. Ortega initially wanted to broadcast the games on Ohlone’s radio station, KOHL. However, KOHL didn’t want to break its format. Bob Dochterman, director of radio operations and his team used their expertise to help Ortega set up the equipment. Using the website, Stickam.com (the videocast version of myspace, as Ortega calls it), and a mixer, Ortega runs this operation directly out of his laptop. With the help of Ohlone’s webmaster, Cheryl Lambert, up and running is a link on the Ohlone Atheletics homepage that streams the games. Anybody can listen live to the webcast whenever a game is scheduled. The schedule itself can also be found on the page.
Beginning Jan. 5, Ortega has already covered several mens’ and womens’ basketball home games. He’d like to cover all sports, but because of limited internet access outdoors, he is confined to just the gymnasium, where there is also no internet access. To make it work, an internet cable is run roughly 50 feet from the snack bar to the scorer’s table. He encourages future broadcasters to volunteer and give him a hand. He needs people who can provide color, or secondary comment, and player profiles while he’s doing the play-by-play. Those with an interest in sportscasting can use this opportunity to get a head start in their careers. Ortega would also like sponsors for a possible future crew. Ortega gives “thanks to Bob Dochterman and Rob Adamic at the radio station and Chris Warden,” Ohlone’s athletic director. He said he hopes to eventually transition to live TV because “[Ohlone] has the capability.” When asked how he manages this one-man show, he replied, “It’s tough, but I’m loving every minute of it.”
Student Tomás Ortega calls a basketball game Wednesday night. The commentary is broadcast live over the Web.
Mens’, womens’ basketball stay busy over break By Tomás Ortega Sports editor It’s been six weeks since you last stepped foot on this beautiful campus known as Ohlone College (and the very first time if you have a Monday morning class at the first green campus in the nation in Newark). So if I were to tell you that you haven’t missed much, I would be lying. Let me break it down for you: 17 games played, including eight at the Epler Gym between the mens’ and womens’ basketball squads and 12 wins to show for it. So it’s been a busy “vacation,” you
could say, for the teams. The mens’ basketball squad has picked it up as of late, winning five of their last seven opportunities. Big contributors have been the lethal scoring threat Chancious Rose (averaging 15 points), James Hancock and Nate Liggins. On nights when Rose can’t get to the bottom of the net, the Renegades don’t just rely on the above-mentioned. They have the right mixture of guys that can get the points needed to keep their team in the win column. So far, though, Head Coach John Peterson still thinks the troupe has
some things to iron out. Peterson noted, “Come playoff time we’ll be good. It’s going to be another 3-4 weeks before we have it all figured out.” Since the Renegades play in one of the tougher Northern California Conferences, they’ll be grinding it out against quality teams. That’s exactly what they did against CCSF (Community College of San Francisco) a few weeks back, when they lost by three. CCSF is one of the top teams in the state and it says a lot about Ohlone’s skill level to hang around until the final shot with them. According to Peterson, the
Renegades “play in the toughest conference in the north. So [they] have no more easy games.” As for the Lady Renegades, the following should spell out what type of season they are having until now: 6-1 since Jan. 5, including a 4-0 record in their conference. That’s about as good as it gets without going undefeated. Their only blemish was a tough non-conference loss at home to CCSF. Other than that, this Lady Renegade team, with their defensive prowess, looks to head back into the playoffs come the end of February. They are led by Taylor “The
Pickpocket” Lyons, who has too many steals to count, and by leading scorer Kelly Fisher. The Lady Renegades expect to see themselves in the playoffs come March, especially with the CoastSouth Conference not being as big a player in Northern California. These Lady Renegades just have to keep their bodies above their feet when they face off against DeAnza Feb. 15 in the Epler gym. That would be a telling ballgame that can determine the playoff seeding for the ladies. So, how did you spend your vacation?
State is $14 billion in the red, Ohlone has to cut $350,000 Continued from Page 1 aside for equipment that is available to the school, but Dr. Doug Treadway believes that with careful budgeting we may not need to go to the reserve funds until later. In his regular State of the School speech made to faculty and staff on Friday morning, Treadway discussed the impact of the budget cuts on the college. This was also the last speech Treadway will give as president of Ohlone. Treadway announced during his speech that Ohlone’s current budget would be cut $350,000 and that he’s currently working with budget managers to make reductions without going into the reserve funds. Treadway
in keeping with his mission of efficiency also made suggestions about curbing power usage and reducing the amount of paper waste to help with the budget. The governor’s budget also allows for only a one percent growth in enrollment for the community colleges, while Ohlone’s growth is already significantly higher, with the brand-new Newark Campus. One of the additional challenges Treadway mentioned in his speech is that the state disperses the funds to the college monthly while the college plans the budget for the year ahead. Treadway also warned that there may be a delay of two months when it comes to the end-of-the-
year payments to the school. Both President Treadway and Vice President of Business and Administrative Services Mike Calegari mentioned that they were balancing the budget and avoiding any layoffs at all costs, but they did say that if some positions became vacant it might be a while before those positions are once again filled. Treadway also stated that the budget cutbacks would not have any effect on the development of the Newark Ohlone Center or the new Student Services building that is currently under construction. With the current setting for the budget, Treadway said that some of the planned spending would be
Kirshner heads faculty union; Board focuses on budget cuts By Jacque Orvis Staff writer Political Science Professor Alan Kirshner was named the new United Faculty of Ohlone President at the College Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday. The Board also focused on issues surrounding the state’s budget crisis, how it will affect education, the economy and upgrade prospects. The trustees are taking into consideration the $350,000 budget rollback for this fiscal year caused by cuts in the state budget. Currently, there is a $14 billion deficit to be dealt with at the state level. Short -term plans include saving the loan from the state for Ohlone’s 2008-’09 budget. President Doug Treadway
stressed the need to stay focused on the budget crisis throughout the semester to take care of the business deficit efficiently and completely. The trustees also discussed the current process in which representatives are elected by residents of their respective cities. Though it makes sense that Newark residents vote for Newark representatives and Fremont residents vote for their own as well, concern has grown about the intention of voters if they are sectioned to their city. The Board agreed that if the trustees are elected to serve the district as a whole, it would prevent development of a chasm between Newark and Fremont. There are currently two Newark and three Fremont representatives serving on the Board.
put off, in this case on modernizing equipment. While discussing possible cuts that may be made to the budget, Treadway did mention the possibility that some courses with
low enrollment may be pared back and that some staff positions may be reduced in hours. “We’ll get hit,” Calegari said, “but we’ll weather the storm.”