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Accreditation team visits Ohlone CSEA pickets before team
Team meets in open forum
By Brian Chu Staff writer
By Maxwell Stephens Staff writer
The California School Employees Association (CSEA) at Ohlone College has initiated a protest against the administration. According to Linda Evers, the head of the CSEA chapter on campus, the administration refuses to meet their end of the current employment contract. The CSEA showed their displeasure by addressing the College Board of Trustees at their meeting Wednesday. Also at attendence at the meeting were members of the accredidation team, who were there for a workshop that took place before the meeting. After hearing Evers’s presentation, Political Science Instructor Alan Kirshner expressed disappointment at the fact that the administration was refusing to honor their contract. “Contracts should be honored,” said Kirshner. “No question about it.” The CSEA is a workers union that includes the school’s white collar workers and support staff (minus teachers). Tutors, lab workers, Information Technology officers, office and desk staff members are all included. Ohlone’s CSEA chapter has approximately 146 members. The average salary of a CSEA member at Ohlone is roughly $38,000.
Students, staff and other Ohlone community members were able to voice their thoughts about the college during the accreditation team open forum, held Wednesday morning in Jackson Theatre. Many of the speakers in the forum had only good things to say about Ohlone. “Such a friendly campus,” said Janice Fonteno, of the Early Childhood Studies Program. “[Driving] to work is a pleasure every morning.” The accreditation team, whose job it is to determine whether the school receives state funding, has been at Ohlone all week, talking with the administration, visiting classrooms and walking the campus. The team will present its findings today at 1 p.m. in the Jackson Theatre. Along with praise for the school and general appreciation for the college, many attendees expressed their gratitude for the improvements made to help students succeed in school. At the open forum itself, there was a sign language translator and a typist for the hearing impaired, in part to show the improvements being made around campus. One man expressed his gratitude of the wheelchair accessibility that has been improved around campus since his time here.
Photo by Pei Ju Chen
CSEA Chapter Head Linda Evers holds a candle with her fellow CSEA members during a protest at the College Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday. The contract in dispute was signed in 2005 by both the administration and the CSEA at Ohlone. It stated that the CSEA would receive a pay increase in the 2007-’08 school year that would be equal to the largest pay increase of any other workers’ union in the school. The teachers workers’ union received the largest
pay increase and the CSEA expected that the school would increase their pay percentage accordingly. However, the school administration is stating that the language used in the contract is “confusing and open to dispute and interpretation.” Continued on Page 3
ASOC finds itself in the midst of a money drain By Barry Kearns Staff writer While weighing the benefits of a new constitution, the Associated Students of Ohlone College (ASOC) learned that their resources for the rest of the semester had shrunk more than they had expected. ASOC, in a contract with Fresh and Natural, is responsible for equipment and will have to pay
$1,500 to replace the food steamer, another blow to their already reduced finances. With current expenses for the semester and some unexpected costs, most notably buying the new ID Card Machine for the Newark Ohlone Campus which cost the ASOC $6,728.31, the ASOC now has $9,498.42 for the rest of the Spring Semester. Board of Trustees Student
Member Ken Steadman announced that he was drafting a new ASOC constitution. The constitution is currently held on a USB flash drive on a lanyard carried by Steadman. He encouraged members of the ASOC to meet with him Friday to discuss the new constitution. Steadman also requested two consecutive workshops to be held during ASOC meetings so that the constitution could be explained and
Three bands share Hill during music festival By Tseten Dolkar Staff writer Three minutes before the first Rock the Hill concert of the year was scheduled to begin Thursday, only 10 students were in attendance, scattered around the outdoor amphitheater. It wasn’t until 30 minutes into the show that more students began to arrive, perhaps lured by the wellloaded Associated Students of Ohlone College (ASOC) tables sporting Subway sandwiches and Little Caesar’s pizza. One student who stayed for the entire show, from 1 to 4 p.m., was Liesse Gomez. Gomez and her friends, Adrien Sutton and Chris Clifton, sang and rocked to the songs with the type of enthusiasm that artists feed on.
Jokes for Feelings, the first band to perform, described themselves as “straight-up punk rock.” Vocals singer Amy Aimless added comical and self-deprecating comments between their songs. After Jokes for Feelings, the sound from the stage changed from punk rock to hip-hop. BigRich Records’ artists Armando Diaz (aka 510), Caprice and the label’s producer Richard Bishop (aka RichKidd) performed songs embodying the Bay Area’s highly publicized Hyphy Movement. Midway through their third song, Caprice tried to liven up the thinning crowd by changing songs. At one point in their performance, he asked, “When does school let out? Where the people at?” Around 2 p.m., Drunken Public began playing, starting out with a very short and energetic song. Clad Continued on Page 5
any problems ironed out. The staff of the Ohlone College Midnight Magazine, led by Journalism Instructor Bill Parks, appeared before the ASOC to make a money request for the printing costs. Producing 2,000 copies of the 40-page magazine will run up about $4,500 in printing costs. The ASOC also discussed a bonding trip for the end of the semester with the Niles train trip. The date
of the event, which was scheduled for May 11, was changed as it was brought to the ASOC’s attention that the Sunday it was planned for was in fact Mother’s Day. The $100 request to fund the trip brought feelings of apprehension among the ASOC as they considered their current financial state. The ASOC decided they could pay their own way for the train trip.
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Dustin Carpenter of the band Anthem plays in the ASOC’s Rock the Hill concert Thursday. Anthem was one of three featured bands.
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E-Tattoo will raise ethical concerns, but still cool By Sandeep Abraham Features editor Like almost all surgeries, it begins with an incision on your arm, a tiny one just wide enough to squeeze a tightly rolled, less-than-paperthin sheet of electronic filament through it. Once the filament goes through, it unfurls, creating a new layer between your skin and muscle. The filament comes attached to two nodules which reroute one of your blood vessels, allowing them to harness energy produced in your blood stream from sugar and oxygen.
Once the energy is processed, the filament lights up in grays, blacks and whites. Behold the electronic tattoo, currently in the works by inventor Jim Mielke and others. Once installed, a mere stroke of your skin brings up an iPod-like display, showing you anything from vital signs to the latest news headlines. Given the right conditions and technological accessories (i.e. a cell phone), you might one day be able to make video phone calls literally on the palm of your hand. Although this technology is in
its infancy, it should soon find itself wading through a nasty sludge of ethical questions. Even as a concept, this clearly shows that there is no such thing as being too wired. If used as anything more than mere body art (though even that’s suspect), you essentially turn the human body into a living, breathing cog in the world’s emerging technological network. Man and machine come together, in Borg-like fashion, sublimate one another and become “of one flesh.” Taken even further, if these filaments were then connected to the
brain through intravenous wiring to allow you handless control of the computer in your skin (which, remember, is still connected to the internet), imagine what havoc a well-developed virus might wreak. OK, I admit I am getting ahead of myself here, but it is possible. Even if internet porn viruses do not hack into your body through these tattoos, we still don’t know the medical side effects of putting something electronic between your skin and muscles. Then again, the benefits are a little hard to ignore. At any given moment, I can say with complete sincerity
together. At the time, I did not know how to express my feelings. A lot of questions were flying inside my brain. What about their education? Both are students right now and are going to graduate after this semester. Don’t they want to get a higher degree? What about the financial issues? Will they have a stable income source, a good job to provide for their married life? And most importantly, are they really thinking clearly when they jump into such a big commitment at this young age? Personally, I believe it is better
to not get married when people are too young. Young people have neither enough life experience nor enough maturity to deal with the imperfections of adult life. This may cause problems if they cannot communicate well. Life in school and life after graduation are totally different. In my opinion teenagers, even people in their early 20s, are still learning the basics of adulthood. Between college graduation and their early 30s is when people really learn about being adults. During this period, they find out that a lot about themselves will change. It can be difficult to maintain a marriage while they
become different people. Money is another problem for young married couples. Oh, don’t tell me that love is everything...be realistic! Usually, young couples live on a tight budget. They often do not have enough money after paying bills, taxes and everyday expenses (and it gets worse if they have children). The lack of a good income will often cause quarrels, especially if they do not yet know how to manage their money. However, couples who get married after finding a career have learned how to manage their money and have a stable income.
that I carry a small electronic store on my person. I’ve usually got my cell-phone, laptop and iPod, not to mention the various notebooks and textbooks stuffed in my backpack. If I could simply condense all these into a paper-thin filament and absorb it into my skin, words wouldn’t begin to describe my relief. And none of this even touches on the fact that an electronic, bloodpowered tattoo is by far one of the cooler things man has invented. Sarcasm aside, the ensuing delicious street cred would make the iffyness of electronic body art more than worth it.
Despite love, marriage at a young age is unwise By Pei Ju Chen Photo staff Last weekend, I got a phone call from one of my friends, and I was so shocked when she told me that she was going to get married this June. She is in her early 20s and I asked her why she decided to get married at this young age. Why were she and her boyfriend in such a hurry? She replied that they have been dating for many years and love each other deeply. They were ready to begin their lives
Education is another risk young married couples will face. If one of them wants to continue their studies and the other works full-time to support them, it can lead to marital tension, even resentment. What’s more, some couples stop their education after getting married, leaving them with only a high school or bachelor’s degree, when they might otherwise have gone further. If you are thinking about getting married at this young age, why not finish your education, find a good job, talk about your future with the one you love and get married later, when you are really ready? True love waits.
Campus Comment > > > What question would you ask Ohlone’s administration?
Aman Deep Singh
“Why do international students pay so much per unit?”
“When are you going to build student housing?”
“Why did you put Ohlone on top of a hill?”
“Why are textbooks so expensive?”
“Are you counting the days to the end of the semester?”
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Weekend math program gives rise to parking chaos By Andrew Cavette Opinion editor Enforcement of the handicapped parking in Lot N was almost nonexistent at Ohlone last Sunday during the annual math examination held by the Multi-Process-Model (MPM) math program. The math exam for elementary school children is held in the first week of March and Ohlone hosted this year’s exam in Room 3201. According to the Ohlone website regarding parking, “disabled parking spaces are enforced 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. No exceptions. Students, staff and visitors may not park, stop, leave vehicle standing (even if occupied), or block access to any handicap stall or wheelchair access.” Many of the parents were confused by the out-of-date parking instructions issued by MPM officials when they arrived to pick up their children at 2:30 p.m. as the exam ended. Red arrows on a handout mailed to parents by MPM clearly indicated that Lot P would be the best parking option for the exam. Many of the parents hunting for spaces that afternoon in Lot M and Lot N looked befuddled
after realizing Lot P was closed for construction. “No one told us where to park,” said Rosie Guillermo. “The handicap spaces were the only ones empty.” Guillermo and her family decided against parking in the reserved spaces and ultimately choose to park farther down the hill in non-handicap parking. Some other parents chose to park in the restricted spaces without a handicap placard. John Min of Pleasanton was parked in a handicapped space in Lot N without a placard, but said his wife went onto campus to get their son and would only be gone for 10 minutes. Min was observed reading The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan while waiting in that same handicap space for more than 20 minutes. Murray Harris was on campus to use the basketball courts in Building 9. He said the parking situation was terrible and figured that those who had parked in handicap spaces thought to themselves, “I guess we’ll take our chances.” A family who arrived in a Toyota minivan parked in the space reserved for the president’s office. Another parent decided to park in
the E-plate or government-only space at the top of Lot N nearest the campus. Though the owner of the black Infinity G Sedan could not be determined Sunday, no E plate was visible on the vehicle. Ohlone police have limited staff on the weekends and were unaware of the situation as it was happening. After being informed of the parking situation by phone, Miguel Mendoza, the officer on duty, said they would begin issuing tickets. However, on Monday it was confirmed with Campus Police Chief Steve Osawa that no citations had been issued for Sunday. Osawa explained what happened that day: “Officer Mendoza was in the process of passing on information [about the parking situation] to the next on-coming officer, Officer Mike Silva, and preparing to go off duty,” Osawa wrote in an email. “Officer Silva received a call to open Hyman Hall and responded. After clearing that detail, he drove up to Lot N approximately 45 minutes after being advised by Officer Mendoza of the call and situation.” The officer observed a vehicle parked in the restricted E-plate area
Photo by Andrew Cavette
An unauthorized car parks in a governmentonly spot during parking chaos on Sunday. but the vehicle left immediately upon seeing the police vehicle, police said. When Silva arrived, no vehicles were parked in the handicapped spaces, police said. “Sometimes, Fremont P.D. comes up and the officers will issue citations or they will have the Disabled/Handicap Parking Enforcement officers come out and do enforcement,” Osawa wrote in an email. Unlike the normal $28 parking fines levied by Ohlone police for
non-handicap spaces, handicap space violations are $275. Parking permits generate income for the district and so do the parking fines. In addition to parking nightmares, cigarette smoke wafted around Building 3 as parents waited outside for their children to finish the exam. There was also an obvious increase in the amount of litter in the area. The Fremont campus was cleaned last Tuesday in anticipation of the district’s accreditation visit this week.
NUMMI gives us money but pollutes like crazy By KYLE STEPHENS Staff writer New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc., (NUMMI), a major employer in Fremont and abroad, “is considering an investment in the Newark campus” according to Foundation Executive Director Dave Smith. NUMMI has a history of philanthropic deeds in the community, with various donation and sponsorship programs. Such programs include Community Service Projects, wherein NUMMI sponsors volunteer projects
in the communities of its employees, its Team Member Giving Campaign wherein about $700,000 is given to local charitable organizations and families all over the Bay. NUMMI also has donated “some 75 vehicles to Regional Occupational Programs as well as local government agencies.” Community Service Grants are also given, “To encourage volunteerism and community involvement…More than $25,000 in grants is awarded annually.” A program called Community Stars highlights outstanding community volunteers with donations to a
nonprofit of their choice. Grants are also given to the Fremont Unified School District, with grants for promising teachers and technology grants. Also sponsored are American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days, a yearly awareness promotional event. NUMMI also host Fremont’s annual Compost Giveaway. If NUMMI decides to donate to Newark, perhaps they could take some cues from the ultra-green campus: NUMMI made number eight on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Top Ten list of polluters in the Bay Area in 2006.
According to a press release from NUMMI Community Relations Manager Lance Tomasu, “Since 2004 NUMMI has reduced its Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) chemicals by more than 38 percent and currently operates at less than half of its permitted emission levels. NUMMI strives to do even more. “NUMMI has had ISO-14001 certification since 1998. This means that we have strict environmental procedures that are audited ...on a regular basis. There are toxic reductions targets built into the ISO program, so we are constantly reducing our impacts.”
College and state budgets looking brighter By Rachael Funk Staff writer The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance and Facilities met last week to discuss budget reductions and the Golden Handshake program. It has been determined that Ohlone will not be eligible for the program in the 2008-’09
school year. Without the Golden Handshake, Ohlone would be required to issue layoff notices March 15, but thanks to sufficient budget management, the school can plan without laying anyone off. Even with recent information from the Legislative Analysts Office expecting a larger discrepancy, Ohlone’s “rainy day”
reserve of $1 million will allow the school to avoid layoffs this year. The Golden Handshake program encourages staff to retire in a certain year so that newer staff who are paid less can take over the others’ jobs. This way, the school saves money without needing to lay anyone off. The 2007-‘08 deficit announced
CSEA protests over administration contract Continued from Page 1 According to Evers, the school administration has not offered a contract alternative, nor do they want to go to arbitration. These disputes may prove to be a major problem in the forming of the new CSEA contract (they are created and signed every three years) that is to be drafted this year. CSEA members all over campus are wearing blue t-shirts as well as doing informative protests in response to the situation. They have also spoken out during the accreditation open forum that happened on Tuesday at the Newark Campus. “We will protest on our own time; there will be no work stoppage. We will use vacation or leave time to get the word out.” Lyle Engeldinger, the administration mem-
ber that informed the CSEA of the change in contract agreements, said “We disagree with the CSEA. Other than that I have no comment.” Evers stated that Engeldinger was relayed the decision from President Doug Treadway (who is currently serving his last year here at Ohlone). In closing, Evers said “We support students. That is our job. Every time you talk with someone at a window, a classroom worker, someone working in Hyman Hall or in computer tech, you are speaking with a support staff member. We do our jobs because we care about students. We love students. We work at half the salary that could be paid if we worked outside of the education system. All we ask for is respect and for the administration to honor what they have agreed to.”
by the Governor in his January Fiscal Crisis message has been settled for the community colleges. The state legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger agreed to return $31 million—from unused categorical programs and growth allowances—to the state budget. Originally, Schwarzenegger had wanted $40 million, but his settling
for the smaller amount has worked out well for the college, resulting in no local budget cutbacks. Ohlone’s preparation and conservation of money is also working in the college’s favor. While the school is not eligible to provide the Golden Handshake, money has been managed well enough that there is no need for layoffs this year.
Board discusses probation By Jacque Orvis Staff writer Counselor Jennifer Harper presented Ohlone’s Student Success program on campus as an effective way to get students off of academic probation and back on track to finishing school to the Board of Trustees Wednesday night. With over 500 students enrolled in the program, Harper’s goal is to create workshops online to get even more students involved in academic assistance. According to Harper, students of all ages struggle with probation. Board Student Trustee Ken Steadman brought to the Board’s attention that some students struggle with reading, which prevents
academic success. Another concern is that students register for too many classes, only to drop most of them afterwards. The Board also discussed California’s change in regulations that affect the requirements for Associate Degrees. According to regulations, General Majors must be detailed as much as Occupational and Transfer Major curriculums. This would provide students with more goal orientation, rather than taking random classes to meet requirements. The Board briefly discussed the budget calendar and listened to reports on the Newark Campus’ conditions and the development of the Student Services Building.
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Weighing Anchor By Eric dorman News editor
Free-range free speech Ask any American what makes their country great, and chances are the word “free” will appear somewhere in their answer. It’s always surprising, then, when one witnesses a blatant degradation of our most basic freedom: freedom of speech. You don’t have to look far to see your right to free speech compromised; take a look at your own college campus. If you’re on the main campus and you want to speak freely, you’d better head down to the designated “free speech area” near the Palm Bosque. If you frequent the Newark campus, you’ll have to wait to speak what’s on your mind—the Newark campus currently does not have a free speech area, though there are plans to designate an area for the purpose soon. Free speech areas are not a new concept: they were developed in the 1960s and ‘70s to keep rowdy protesters from disturbing classes. In recent years, the idea has been embraced anew by the Bush Administration, which has repeatedly confined dissenters to distant areas during presidential events, such as motorcades. In a 2003 incident that resulted in an ACLU lawsuit, a Pennsylvania man was arrested after he refused to relocate to a faraway “free speech zone” designated for protesters during a Bush motorcade. The First Amendment puts matters in no uncertain terms with regard to the right of Americans to free speech: it states that “Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech... or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” Notice that there are no caveats concerning whether that free speech happens to be spoken at a college, or whether that speech consists of words that are negative or unpopular. The right it grants doesn’t change, whether the speaker is promoting Jesus or protesting the war or urging membership in the John Birch Society. The amendment is clear in its assertion that free speech is a right granted to all. The defenders of free speech areas often point to the fact that the speech itself is not censored; it is only restricted in terms of the time and place it can be spoken. They fail to realize, however, that those restrictions do amount to censorship because they have the effect of removing the speaker from public view. These defenders claim that these areas prevent students from being disrupted. While physical disruption should clearly not be tolerated, the disruption of new ideas is one that might benefit all of us. When you see your rights slipping away, speak up. If you wait, you might not be allowed to.
Photo by Tomás Ortega (top) and Barry Kearns
Ohlone faculty and ASOC all christen the new Student Services building by signing its crown.
Student Services crowned By Barry Kearns Staff writer A ceremony celebrating the capping of the new Student Services building was held on Feb. 29 and March 3. The Monday meeting saw John Weed of the Board of Trustees, Sally Bratton of the Student Health Services and members of the Associated Students of Ohlone College. The steel construction of the Student Services building is at 70 percent at day 280 of the 630 planned. Senior Project Manager Ethan Cliffton said that “everybody’s having a great time,” and that all who attended were “very enthusiastic.” The lantern cap was raised Wednesday morning and connected to the building, making a “spectacular lift,” according to Cliffton. Metal studs will next be implemented into the structure. Cliffton also said that the construction will proceed at a much quicker pace after this point. The building was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design group’s Silver certificate. The amount of recycled steel in the building is estimated to be at 25 percent. ASOC treasurer Kevin Feliciano commented that the new building means “more space to the ASOC and clubs and will be the first stop for student services.” He also added that he’s “glad to be here for it.”
Features Bollywood meets Indie horror By Kyle Stephens Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Sunny Moza
Former Ohlone student Sunny Moza has gotten off to a scary start in filmmaking. A software engineer based in Fremont with a master’s in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University, Moza has put his filmmaking designs into practice with his most recent feature, “Kurse: The Night of Halloween.” Taking Ohlone classes such as Voice and Diction, Acting for the Camera and Screenwriting, Moza has learned how to properly make
a movie. Moza took “Kurse: The Night of Halloween” as a challenge to make a horror movie. There isn’t much the genre hasn’t seen, so having a fright flick in Hindi certainly is a novel approach. The plot revolves around some old friends meeting at a newly bought home, only to find a curse that befalls the house every Halloween. The movie, along with information on previous exploits, is available at Moza website www.sunnymoza.com, and comes with English subtitles and extra features. Shooting the piece involved lots
of clever or just necessary independent film maker tactics. He shot over winter break, for example, because his equipment rental spanned the break’s extra days. Lighting was done with what was on hand, and all the actors and crew were friends of Moza. For his next feature, Moza plans to do a 40-50 minute comedy, with an actual budget. The advice Moza gives for burgeoning filmmakers is to just shoot something. If you have an idea and the means to execute it, now is the time.
Ohlone hill is considered rocked
Photos by Japneet Johar
Drunken Public guitarist Rich Ryans jams and Jokes For Feelings guitarist Josh Raphael jam as ASOC members Farrah Naqvi and Cynthia Garcha enthusiastically cheer on the rockers. Coninued from Page 1 in black, the San Francisco residents joked about the hot weather, saying “How do you guys go to school out here?” Although Drunken Public had great chemistry and vocals, the end of their performance saw the crowd lessen down to just 15 students. As an in-between act, rap group Possetive Funk, which was formed right here at Ohlone, gave their first ever performance to beats by Noli Frias. Possetive Funk’s members Alan Casio and Naveed Sharif emphasized that the message behind their songs was to inspire young people to have a positive outlook on life. The concert came to a satisfactory conclusion, the results of the effort put in by ASOC Board of Trustees Student Member Ken Steadman and Senator Farrah Naqvi. Steadman hoped that “with this year’s show’s success, the ASOC will take us more seriously.” The concert, first among a series of concerts taking place this semester, was funded by the ASOC. Three “mystery judges” have been assigned to choose the best band from each concert based on musicianship, professionalism and showmanship. The chosen bands will then come together one last time for a Battle of the Bands type of contest. The grand prize winner band will shoot a music video. Second and third prize winners will go home with gift cards from Guitar Center. ASOC plans to throw another Rock the Hill concert on March 13 at the amphitheater. Steadman encourages students to stop by and enjoy great music, good food, and the best company.
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Devil’s Advocate By Anna Nemchuk Editor-in-chief
Fluffy is as fluffy does The uber-PC days of the ’90s are gone, thank deity, but some remnants are still kicking around. The old “don’t judge a book by its cover” adage, for instance. How ridiculous is that? I can pinpoint a category from 6 feet off – regular fiction has a faux-realistic, drab feel along with a penchant for female feet, fantasy and sci-fi sport bright colors and swirly patterns, sport books always sport a creepy spokesman on the front, religious fiction drowns in pastels, history books are usually landscapes while cooking and art are selfexplanatory. Same with people. While you can’t always plumb the inner depths of the human soul by whether it’s clothed in Gucci or thriftstore (chances are the plumbing’s stopped up anyway and what you really need is some Draino), you can usually estimate something of who they are by what they choose to look like. This brings me to hair. (Or does it?) I recently cut mine. Didn’t mean to, but there’s just something about the snip-sniping of steel that lulls me into a sense of serenity and keeps me a-snippin’. (I should never be a rabbi…) Now’s it the shortest it’s ever been. My best friend spent three hours perched on the edge of his chair, periodically snuffling my head suspiciously. Which brings me to the wellknown stereotypes. Long blonde hair on a girl reveals a bubblehead, a cheerleader or a Playboy bunny. The same on a guy spells surfer dude or beach bum. (Presumably since the sun lightens hair, though that fails to explain Africa, India and pretty much everywhere other than California and Norway.) Short blonde on a girl smells the same but a guy might look vaguely businessy. A female redhead is fiery, short-tempered and prone to lobstering if you leave her in the sun unattended. A guy is either a comic book artist or psychology grad student. Lives with his parents until the age of 42. Potatoes and bagpipes creep in somewhere. Long red hair on guys spells h-ip-p-y. Brunettes are given more credit but aren’t as coveted. Long female hair can be femme-fatalish but it’s also the most respected guy color. Silver brings grizzled and distinguished in guyspeak, Diane Keaton in women. White is your duena. Purple is gothy, boi-cultury or just plain confused. We should wear name tags. Disclaimer for the humor-deprived: anyone taking this column seriously should reread its title, take a deep breath and cut their hair. It’s quite liberating. Though a bit drafty.
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Council visited by team By INEZ BLACK Staff writer The Accreditation Site Visit Team observed Ohlone’s College Council in action last Monday. The then newly-appointed President Doug Treadway created the Council in 2003-’04, following recommendations from the previous accreditation evaluation conducted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Community and Junior Colleges. Ohlone’s College Council carries out the shared governance of the Ohlone Community District for all matters of policy and major items of budget and strategic planning, as well as serving as the Accreditation Self Study Steering Committee. Vice President Ron Travenick’s slide presentation updated the Council and Accreditation Team
on Ohlone’s progress toward the recommendations in student development services. Travenick addressed the increase in the proportion of full-time students, including learning communities, cohort groups, enhanced facilities including Hyman Hall and the new student services building and improved course availability including the wait-listing program. Travenick said that each semester 800-1,000 students arrive on campus the first day of classes with application in hand. All need placement tests before they can register for classes. If they are not registered for classes within 15 days, these students are not included in the census information for the semester as enrolled students. With the new web applications and other computerized assessments, this process now can be completed within 15 days.
Treadway stated, “We have the first census, where we report for the 15 days to the state so they know if they are on budget for the 109 campuses…This affects the interim payments which we receive every three or four months. “Next summer when we get our final payment for the year, every student that was enrolled here counts.” Previously, students who attended Ohlone only one semester a year had to complete all the paperwork of a new applicant. This is no longer required for returning students. Travenick introduced improved student services implemented since the 2006 Interim Progress Report submitted to the Accreditation Team, including new services available this semester through WebAdvisor to assist students in planning their academic program.
Newark free speech area to be designated By Kyle Stephens Staff writer Preliminary plans are in place to create a free speech area at the Ohlone Newark Campus. Campus Activities Coordinator Renee Gonzales is set to meet with Assistant Vice President Leta Stagnaro of the Newark Campus next Monday to begin drafting a policy on the Free Speech Area. Gonzales said in an email that input “in conjunction with input from students, staff, faculty and the Board of Trustees” will go into the policy as well. Free speech areas exist as a way for colleges to regulate the demonstration of free speech. The areas are controversial because some believe that free speech should not be regulated to a specific area; however, colleges defend the areas as keeping classes from being disrupted. This week, accreditation of Ohlone has been occupying many teachers’ and staff members’ time, slowing the drafting process for the time being. Questions, comments and concerns can be forwarded to Renee Gonzales at email@example.com.
Talk explores engineering By ANDREW LE Staff writer San Jose State University Professor Yasser Dessouky informed about 45 students about the opportunities in Industrial Engineering at the second Brown Bag Science Seminar of the year Friday. The seminar began with Dessouky, an industrial engineering professor, asking the audience, “can anybody tell me what industrial engineering is?” The question was met with silence; it seemed that no one in the audience knew what industrial engineering was, exactly. Dessouky tackled the question himself, explaining that an industrial engineer is a quality and efficiency engineer and how unlike other engineering fields, industrial engineering is “broader.” To emphasize the broadness of the field, the speaker listed off a wide range of employers that hire industrial engineers, such as entertainment companies, armed forces, government
agencies, hospitals and more. Dessouky also brought up a more personal series of events involving Disneyland looking for interns from the industrial and systems engineering department at his own school, SJSU. The industrial engineering department of SJSU itself was formed in the early 1950s and is ranked by US News as the fourth best industrial engineering program in the U.S. (for a school without a doctoral program). ISE or industrial systems engineering students at SJSU learn to do things such as improve the quality of products, minimize costs, improve security, reduce risk of injury, minimize delay and improve accommodation for the disabled. According to the speaker, upon graduation an expected starting salary for an industrial engineer with a BS is around the $55,000 range. Dessouky also gave examples of the things industrial engineers have done in order to give the audience a better understanding of the field.
Among the examples Dessouky touched upon were virtual waiting lines at hospitals, online scheduling for the DMV and Disneyland’s estimated wait time signs, among others. One aspect Dessouky particularly focused on was the fast pass at Disneyland, which was introduced in order to increase revenue for the park and customer enjoyment via shorter wait times. The interesting thing about this example was the industrial engineering-orchestrated chain effect that the fast pass had; the customer given the fast pass would go to the assigned ride to skip the line, the ride assigned could bring more flow to a lesser populated area of the park, more even distribution of people means lesser waiting times, less time in lines more time spent buying things. The next Brown Bag will be Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room 3201. It will be centered around the human larynx.
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March 6 U.C. Berkeley Rep Visit -- Christina Tinsley will be here to meet with students @ 10 a.m. in the Transfer Center. 6 Title III Project Staff meeting -- Meeting in Room 1407 @ 9 a.m. 6 Title III Monitoring Team meeting -- Meeting in Room 1407 @ 1 p.m. 6 Exit Report by Accreditation Evalutation Team -- Exit Report in Jackson Theatre @ 1 p.m. 6 Men’s Baseball -- Home vs. Mission College @ 2 p.m. 6 Women’s Softball -Away vs. Mission College @ 3 p.m. 7 Last day to apply for Spring 2008 Graduation or Certificate of Achievement
JOBS For more information on Jobs & Internships visit Transfer & Career Services in Building 1, 4th Floor, Rm 1405A. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon. & 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Friday.
7 Brown Bag Seminar -- The Larynx and the Evolution of Language @ 11:45 a.m. in Room 1302. Dr. Gessica Johnston will talk about the biology of the human larynx. Its transformation is crucial to breathing in an upright position. It also enabled the wide variety of sounds that led to language
cafeteria room @ 2 p.m. 11 Men’s Tennis -- Home vs. Cabrillo College @ 2 p.m. 11 Men’s Baseball -- Home vs. West Valley College @ 2 p.m.
11 Sydney Abroad -Come and learn more about the exciting Semester Abroad program for Fall 2008 in Sydney Australia. Meeting on Newark Campus, lobby @ 6 p.m.
11 Women’s Tennis -- Away vs. Mission College @ 2 p.m.
13 Rock the Hill -- Everyone is invited to the Smith Center Amphitheater for free food and music @ 1 p.m.
11 Women’s Softball -Home vs. Chabot College @ 3 p.m.
13 Men’s Baseball -- Away vs. Canada College @ 2 p.m.
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13Women’sSoftball--Homevs. College of San Mateo @ 3 p.m. 14 Men’s Basketball -- State Finals. Time and place TBA 14 Women’s Basketball -State finals. Time/place TBA. 14 Men’s and Women’s Swimming -- Cuesta Invitational. Time and place TBA. 14 Women’s Tennis -- Away vs. Monterey Peninsula College @ 2 p.m.
7 Men’s Tennis -- Away vs. DeAnza College @ 2 p.m. 7 Women’s Tennis -Away vs. DeAnza College @ 3 p.m. 8 Men’s Basketball -- Regional Final Playoffs. Time and place TBA. 8 Women’s Basketball -- Regional Final Playoffs (away) 8 Flea Market -- The regular Flea Market is held the second Saturday of each month throughout the year in Lot E and H. Parking is $2. 8 Men’s Baseball -- Away vs. SJCC @ noon. 9 Ohlone Wind Orchestra: Wind in my Wings -- Concert in the Jackson Theatre @ 1 p.m. Buy tickets online or at the Smith Center Box Office. 10 Sydney Abroad -Come and learn more about the exciting Semester Abroad program for Fall 2008 in Sydney Australia. Meeting on Fremont Campus, staff
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Ohlone beats Cabrillo; awaits Fresno By Jerome Nepacena Sports writer Ohlone’s game against Cabrillo College last Friday night looked, sounded and felt like a playoff game, which is exactly what it was. The Renegades rode into the playoffs determined to make a statement and they got their chance with a 70-62 victory. The Renegades were able to withstand a late run in which turnovers allowed Cabrillo to come back from a deficit that ballooned to as many as 15 points. With this victory, the Renegades were able to not only get a little revenge for their 72-62 loss to Cabrillo earlier this year, but also pick up their first win of the playoffs. In the first half, the Renegades were able to keep some distance between themselves and Cabrillo by playing good defense and forcing 10 turnovers. “The key for us was keeping them from penetrating into the paint; I just thought we did a great job of that, especially for about the first 30 minutes,” Head Coach John Peterson said, “We did a great job of taking away what they wanted to do.” The half ended with Ohlone holding a 28-20 lead. The Renegades looked to finish the job at the start of the second half which opened with a 3 point shot by Forward James Hancock, who followed the 3 with a short jumper in the lane to push the lead to 10. The run continued, and Ohlone stayed hot behind another 3 pointer, this time by guard Amarildo Matos to extend the lead to 14. The lead was short-lived, though, as Cabrillo answered with their own run behind some nice inside scoring and free throw shooting to help them get back into the game. The fact that the Renegades began to turn the ball over themselves didn’t help matters. “We tried pretty hard to give that away
By Nate Gil Sports writer
Best in west?
Photo by Pei Ju Chen
Alpha N'Diaye excites the Epler gym with a monster two-handed dunk. there for a minute,” Peterson said, “But that’s ok, that’s part of being pressured.” The late rally by Cabrillo helped them cut the lead to as little as 6 points with less than 3 minutes to
Softball has good run early in season By Tomás Ortega Sports editor The Ohlone women’s softball team has had one hell of a year. So far they are 12-4 overall including a stellar 8-0 record within the Coast Conference North. Their dominance continued against the Merced Devils when they struck the final nail on the coffin with a 7-2 victory Saturday afternoon. Renegade hurler Danielle Yee improved her record to 3-0 with an impressive line. Through seven innings, Yee surrendered just two earned runs on seven total hits. She also struck out seven while walking none in her brilliant performance. Yee didn’t allow a run until late in the sixth inning, when the Devils’ lead-off batter reached with a first pitch triple to the right-center field gap. She would later come around to
score on a base hit two batters later. The second run came in a short top of the seventh. Sunday, the Renegade softball team decided to make play a bit of cat-and-mouse with Sacramento City College. However, they would drop this ballgame 3-0 in Sac-town. That’s what usually happens when you can only manage four total hits through seven. Kelly Colker wound up taking the loss bringing her to (6-3) on the season. Fortunately for Colker, Tuesday would prove to be her rectifying performance against CCSF.Colker wound up going seven strong, while only allowing 4 hits. When asking Head Coach Donna Runyon about her pitchers’ performance, she said they teach their pitching staff to “pitch mad” and to “not show emotion”. With those keys, the Renegades are likely to take the Coast North.
go in the game. The Renegades responded by hitting big shots, the biggest shot coming from Matos, who scored on a layup and was fouled. Matos then proceeded to complete the
three-point play. The Renegades’ next opponent will be Fresno City College in their home town Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Fresno beat Chabot Saturday night 81-74.
Tough game ahead
Photo by Pei Ju Chen
James Hancock’s presence inside the paint will be needed when the Renegades take on Fresno City College Saturday night.
Finishing the 2007 season with a miserable record of 71-91, the San Francisco Giants were a substandard team at best. The rose-colored Giants fan would believe the 2008 season should be looked on with optimism hopes of a fresh start and a shot at being a playoff contending team. Unfortunately the Giants are ranked 19th in hitting and dead last in fielding percentages this spring. With the loss of the home run king, the Giants’ hopes for success in the clean-up spot lie in the bat of Aaron Rowand, who batted a very respectable .309, with 27 homeruns and 89 runs batted in during 2007. But that’s about all the Giants have as far as offense goes. Sure, they have a promising young pitching staff, but without any run support, the odds of having an above .500 season are very slim. The only real talent for the Giants is the starting pitching. However this spring, history is showing signs of repeating itself through the arms of our young bombers. Noah Lowry is coming off a 1 1-3 inning start in which he threw 9 walks to the 12 batters he faced and managed to throw 40 pitches in which only 4 were for strikes. He has now recently been diagnosed with tendonitis in his left wrist and must leave Arizona to see a specialist in San Francisco. The rest of the Giants starting pitching staff seem to be plagued with some form of lack of talent this spring as well. With a sevenyear-$126 million contract with the Giants under his belt, Barry Zito is expected to make a dramatic turnaround from his 2007 struggle. A 22.09 ERA is not what Giants fans hoped to see out of Zito this spring, but hey, he’s an Athletic at heart; they always start out kind of slow. The four other teams in the Giants’ division are all solid teams. They have young talent making them all playoff-contenders for many years to come. The Giants, however, are at a frustrating standstill; the organization has developed a bad habit of picking up players who are on their last legs hoping it would let them sneak into the playoffs. Now this tactic has backfired, leaving the Giants with soon-tobe-retired players and no signs of improvement anytime in the near future. The rest of the league’s growth in talent, the Giants’ lack of aggression during the off-season to acquire big-time players, and the Giants’ middle-aged roster assures this season will be another long and frustrating one for the team by the Bay.