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Fremont, California

Vol. XXXVIII No. 3

Ohlone tries to keep feet dry Ohlone has until 2011 to complete this project. To prevent water from running Ever since Ohlone first opened into the buildings anymore than it its doors, water runoff down from has, the water coming down the hill the hills has been a problem, leaking will be diverted around the buildings using pipes. The water will then and into buildings on campus. This underground water intru- be re-injected back into a water table sion problem has caused minimal below the surface. The water will damage though, according to Vice not be flushed down storm drains President of Business Mike Cale- because it is too costly. It was previously thought that gari. “There was carpeting redone in an office or two, ceiling tiles the fountain by the stairs between were damaged. Mostly things got the Building 1 second floor and the wet and dried out.” He did make Quad might have to be removed due note, though, that “this can be a to water damage to Ohlone’s records vault, located serious problem beneath the over time, so it’s fountain. Acbetter to correct it cording to now.” Vice President The state is slatof Student ed to give Ohlone Services Ron $12.2 million for Tr a v e n i c k , construction and “[the founrepair, pending tain] was damthe passing of the aged last year. state budget. [But] it’s been Some conrepaired. You struction has alcan’t see the ready been startdamage now. ed, but will progIt was mostly ress over several damaged from years. Calegari is the two-week hoping construction will disrupt Photo by Nicole Johnson rainfall last year.” campus activities Ohlone’s records vault Travenick as little as possible. Different was damaged by water added, “the records vault is routes may need seepage. not in danger to be established to get to certain buildings. Nothing of flooding and we are planning is set in stone yet, as the project is to make the walls impenetrable to water.” still in the planning stage. Walking around Building 1, ceilFacilities, consultants, and contractors will be performing most ings may still be seen with water of the work. Before construction stains. “The Financial Aid office had can start, it must be approved by to be relocated and wallboards were the state via the budget funding it. replaced,” said Travenick. NecesTheir plan is to seal the exterior of sary steps will be taken within the the buildings affected most by the next few years to curtail the seepage, runoff, beginning in a year or two. so expect more construction.

Don’t place limits on free speech.

September 18, 2008

Circus! Circus! Circus!

By Nicole Johnson Staff writer

Photo courtesy Sweet Can Circus

Performers from the San Francisco circus group ‘Sweet Can’ weave a unique blend of musical and theatrical performance. Their show, ‘Habitat,’ will be presented Friday, Sept. 20 with shows at 2 and 8 p.m. in the Jackson Theater. Tickets are available at the box office.

Enrollment soars, but state money still scarce

By KATHY SUNG Staff writer Ohlone is in the midst of experiencing one of its highest levels of enrollment in several years. Though at one point Ohlone had enrollment up 18 percent from the previous year, after students finalize their schedules, adding and dropping classes, the figure is projected to be closer to a 10 percent increase in enrollment, with about 11,088 total students and 3,771 full time students.

Despite the record growth, Ohlone will not benefit financially from the influx of students as much as the increased enrollment would call for. The college receives money from the state based on the number of FTES (around $4,000 per FTES); however, once a certain enrollment figure has been met, the state will not fund the college any further. In this case, the state cap for 2008 is 8,274 FTES, which is certain to be exceeded this year, meaning the college will lose money. Vice President of Student De-

velopment Ron Travenick said that Ohlone “can absorb the influx for a year.” However, a 10 percent increase sustained over several years would quickly overwhelm the college’s peak capacity, he said. Still, until the state passes a budget, the college will receive no funds from the state. In the mean time, in order to conserve money, the college has implemented a hiring freeze on replacements for retiring faculty and staff. Should funds remain tight in the future, some classes could be

eliminated. One possible factor in the sudden increase in enrollment is the new WebAdvisor “update my profile” option. This new feature allows students to update their profile directly online and apply without the process of turning in paperwork to Admissions and Records. With this elimination of wait time, the new system has allowed returning students to take advantage of the newly streamlined process and register for classes earlier. Another contributing factor

was Ohlone’s decision to shift the start of the semester back a week compared to previous terms. This combination of more time to enroll and a smoother process of enrolling helps out the students. Also implemented in Ohlone’s new system is a smoother flow of waitlists. Rather than having staff manually enter students on the waitlist into the class, WebAdvisor automatically controls and update the waitlist. Every opening when a student drops out from a class will be replaced with a student on the waitlist.


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Ohlone free speech zone is unconstitutional Dear Editor: Ohlone’s Free Speech Area, originally located in the Quad, was host to speakers on topics and issues of importance to Ohlone students and the community at large. Due to minor conflicts that initiated educational debates between two groups, the institution decided to move the Free Speech Area from the Quad down to an isolated area across the Palm Bosque. The first revision of the “Time, Place and Manner Policy,” which included policies and limitations for “Student Meetings and Open Forum Use,” was on Aug. 18, 1994, almost 30 years after they were established. At that time, Anne Golseth, Vice President of Student Services, and

Lisa J. Waits, Director of Campus Activities, sent out a memorandum to the distinguished bargaining units of the college to have the new revisions approved. Purposively, according to the memo, Ohlone’s move from a less restrictive to a more restrictive policy was to, “[clarify] and expand current policies in accordance with the Education Code of current practices.” After only three years, Golseth sent out another draft of the “Time, Place and Manner Policy” in June 1997. With this new revision came a new designation for the Free Speech area. Prior to the memo it was located in the Quad: an open and visible area for the free flow of ideas to occur. In 1997 the new location was to be designated as

the result of an educational debate that took place. The new location, according to one of the documents, stated the following, “Propose: Bus stop area, bench level and area on south side. Paint boundaries in green existing wood dividers. Post signs: Open forum area 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.” According to many Ohlone members, the purpose of moving the Free Speech area to an isolated area was to prevent disruption of classes to occur as well as to prevent having large numbers of “involuntary” audiences – people who are forced to listen to the speaker merely because of proximity. Another issue to be considered is that the current Free Speech Area’s, “use of conduct” in our “Time,

Place and Manner Policy,” is illegal and limits our First Amendment right. Quarantining free speech to only one single area located across from the Palm Bosque to the far right corner displays disregard for the role of free and unregulated communication in an educational institution. Just this limitation in of itself is enough to render it unconstitutional. However, Ohlone College compounds the offense to liberty (the right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one’s own choosing) both by restricting free speech within a small area to a time constraint requiring prior reservation and by allowing it only to be used Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as a “first come

first serve basis.” To whom do we give the power to decide when Free Speech can be used? To safeguard democracy and continue our high growths of success, this institution must be able to recognize the importance of Freedom of Speech. Colleges have a moral and legal obligation not to restrict expression to areas like Free Speech areas. By limiting free speech to a minuscule fraction of its campus, Ohlone sends the message that speech is to be feared, restrained and monitored. This message is completely contrary to the ideal of a free society and stands in harsh opposition to central ideals of higher education. Because the current area for the Continued on Page 3

the first place. A few years ago, a group of Christians posted in front of the book store trying to guilt some heathens into converting in a very aggressive manner. People got offended and so the free speech was moved to a bus stop, where the only audience possible is the occasional squirrel. There haven’t been any complaints involving free speech until now, and in my book, that’s a success. I know the other article is all about how designating free speech to an area is violating our First

Amendment, but it really doesn’t. Obscenity, sedition and libel are but a few of the things that are restricted. I can’t say the words f*ck monkey at a pre-school, yell “new Dunks on the shelf” at a Nike store, or post on the location of Russia’s missing nuclear arsenal. So it seems fair to me that if I can’t do all that fun stuff, Neo-Nazis wearing SS uniforms shouldn’t be allowed to run around Ohlone waving picket signs about how the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere was totally dope.

Ohlone is a practical school for practical people. We come here to make the grades to go to other schools or learn the skills needed to pull in more bank. A lot of us have jobs or other time constraints, and even though I’m sure the kids going through their eighth (parent paid) year of post-graduate education in Tahitian Witchcraft through an Existentialist perspective would have the time to argue with every whackjob who runs around screaming at whatever it is that whackjobs scream about nowadays, most of us

are just trying to get our academic grind on. The free speech area was implemented for a good reason, the factors that necessitated such a place still exist, there is no student demand for a free speech area, and there is no constutional violation. If it ain’t broke, then there is absolutely no reason to fix it, unless what’s not broken is a South-American Communist government, in which case we should break said government and fix it with a pro-American fascist dictator.

Free speech should conform to limits of practicality By Andrew le Features editor Free speech ain’t free, at least in the strictest sense; it never was, currently isn’t, and never will be. I know that in an ideal Marxist utopia, people would give whatever they can and take only what they needed, while saying whatever they want whenever they want, but things don’t work out that way. It didn’t work at Ohlone; that’s why it was limited on campus in

Campus Comment > > > Should there be limits on free speech?

Elaine Hernandez BIOLOGY

“No, free speech is free speech.”

Stella Xie

Alexis Bennett

Jiang Ang Xi

Stephanie Heath





“Probably if you were offending someone or threatening them.”

“There shouldn’t be, because everyone is entitled to opinions.”

“I don’t see any, everyone should have the opportunity to talk.”

“You can say something as long as it doesn’t hurt someone in the face.”


College to be plagued by power outages By William O. Martin Staff writer Ohlone’s Fremont Campus has suffered at least two power outages this semester and may be facing more to come. For the past several years, during the summer peak electrical load times, the Fremont campus has lost power on numerous occasions due to primary fuses blowing on the PG&E equipment that supplies electricity to the campus. With the addition of the new Student Services Building and the information technology system upgrades, the electrical requirements of the campus are steadily increasing and our old equipment that was at one time sufficient is now outdated and not powerful enough to supply the rapidly evolving campus. Ohlone’s immediate solution to the problem is to try and minimize power use during peak hours, which includes cutting the air condition-

ing. Over the Christmas break, the Facilities Department plans to work with PG&E to upgrade the current equipment to 100 amp interrupters, which are similar to circuit breakers, in hopes of permanently eliminating the problem. The estimated cost of the project is $60,266, which PG&E requires to be paid in advance. The rolling power outages is just a temporary Band-Aid until the electrical upgrades are made. On Monday, Temporary Buildings and Grounds Assistant Frances Jenson released an announcement that said, “It will be necessary for the Fremont campus to curtail air conditioning electrical loads today to prevent potential loss of power to the College. Rotating outages will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. Please help us conserve energy by eliminating all unnecessary uses of electricity in your area.” Until December, these announcements may be more frequent.

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Exploring exit strategies

Photo by Japneet Kaur

Fiona Tedds of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) talks to a student at Transfer Day on Wednesday. Tables were set up inside and in front of Building 1.

Techcomm considers buying new computers Ohlone’s Tech Committee (TechComm) is considering bringing in new computers for labs, replacing the old ones with more updated models, members announced at their meeting Tuesday. First on the agenda were plans to purchase new computers for labs and for the rest of the campus’s faculty and staff offices. The committee talked about the need to propose the proper amount of funding for these computers, and why there is a need for them. Considering that many of the computers are around six years old, their very components worn to near nonfunction and their software out of date, it is understandable that there is a need to acquire new ones. Committee Co-Chair Jeff O’Connell brought up that if the sum of $80,000 to $90,000 - a figure equitable to an Ohlone employee’s

yearly salary - could be raised, instances like computer crashes and other such related problems that arise from lack of updated computers would not have to be dealt with. “It will be better for everyone, it would be so much more efficient,” O’Connell said. Chief Technology Officer Bruce Griffin added, “We should know what labs need, who uses them, and how many computers we should purchase, and if we are just replicating present labs,” instead of tailoring new labs to their intended purpose. Vice President of Instruction Jim Wright mentioned that “it’s about time we define ‘labs,’ ” for the sake of proper allotment of funds to these facilities. More than budgets and financial matters, the committee also talked about the need to know what model of computer and how many to purchase. A sub-committee that will research more about this was formed to ensure that they get the right number and type of

computers. In addition to the committee’s plans to bring in new computers in replacement of the old, they are also thinking of changing the school’s email server to Microsoft Exchange to allow staff and faculty to use a more robust program with a much better interface that will enable them to work from their homes and bring their work to the office. The Microsoft Outlook software to be used will be synced in with the client’s (faculty’s) desktop and will be more compatible with Macintosh computers. If this pushes through, the clients will have the option of transferring data into their new e-mail account but it is not suggested, since the data might be dissolved by other programs that are spyware (malicious applications installed surreptitiously) in nature. This change will promote consistency within Ohlone’s e-mail system.. The tech committee is also planning to improve Ohlone’s web

Continued from Page 1 Free Speech zone is located in an area considered to be most like a sidewalk, it also blocks the flow of pedestrian traffic since it lays situated right in front and on the side of a row of stairs. According to a court case in Texas of 2004, Roberts v. Haragan, the federal court concluded that “to the extent [that a] campus has park areas, sidewalks, streets, or other similar common areas, these areas are public forums, at least for the University’s students, irrespective of whether the University has so designated them or not.” The college’s policies restricting free speech can no longer stand the current zone for free speech. Our policy should support more speech instead of placing more

limits onto it. Our policy is hatching out fearful silent individuals into a society where free speech is highly valued, not censorship. The Ohlone mission statement reads, “Student learning success is highly valued.” Unfortunately, success cannot be created through censorship. In our Core Values section, it states that Ohlone will promote openness to differing viewpoints and promote open communication. Due to the restrictions placed by the Time, Place and Manner Policy, it can be argued that Ohlone does not promote openness to differing viewpoints by also isolating the Free Speech Area after a minor event. Nor does Ohlone truly promote open communication due

to the many restrictions placed on students who wish to address themselves to issues of concern. We cannot continue with our motto, “A world of cultures united in learning” when our college does not foster the free exchange of ideas. We will not learn lessons of democracy if we are not able to experience them firsthand and instead are thrown back to the books to silence our voices. The Ohlone Administration and Board of Trustees MUST revise the current Time, Place and Manner Policy if it is to truly live up to the ideals expressed in the college’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.

By Anna Biaritz Roldan Staff writer

Free speech shouldn’t be confined

Zuhal Bahaduri ASOC Representative-at-Large

sever and setting up an intranet for Ohlone. They are thinking of transferring the website log to the Newark and making it more virtualized. They tagged this matter as “Mission Critical.” Another of the committee’s concerns is the less-than-reliable faculty directory on campus. Directories are somehow inconsistent, and one reason is because some people limit the contents despite it being confidential. The committee’s answer to this is the implementation of a comprehensive directory. They formed another sub-committee that will try to figure out what the directory should include, what kind of database should be used that will be able to store information to make it all more organized and accurate. Matters regarding a program called Software Inventory Automation were also discussed. The committee is planning to engage the campus computers in software that can detect and automatically

send information on what software is being used at the moment and how many are using them to one main computer. This system will track software usage and allow conversation within the campus’s computer system, which will be better use of data. Beneficial as this is, the committee was concerned about how faculty and staff might perceive this. Some might find it an invasion of privacy, but as one mentioned, this should not be so. The school’s computers are owned and paid for by the school. In addition, the software will only track programs and not the data they contain. Lastly the TechComm conferred about setting up intranet for the use of faculty and Staff. They are not clear on this as of now and have yet to determine who need it, who will manage it and who will feed it, but one thing they are clear about is how much it will improve networking and understanding among the Ohlone community.

College to get look at Board candidates The League of Women Voters and Ohlone College will sponsor a Candidate Forum for the Ohlone Board of Trustees Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Child Development Center on the Fremont campus. Attorney David Sheen and Greg Bonaccorsi are running for the seat being vacated by Trisha Tahmasbi. Teresa Cox is challenging incumbent Trustee Bob Brunton, and Trustee Nick Nardolillo is running unopposed for reelection. Three of the board’s seven members are up for election. For information about registering to vote, see the Ohlone website at The deadline for registration is 15 days before the election, which will be on Nov. 11. Also on Sept. 25, candidates for the Alameda County Water District will appear at 8 p.m., also at the Child Development Center.


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The Right is Right

Reality exhibit opens Friday Photos courtesy Peter Langenbach (Left), Alice DeBrincat (Right, Bottom Right)

By Brian Chu Opinion editor

Appreciate free speech

Ohlone being a college in the Bay Area, there is of course going to be a large population of liberal students and professors. In a center of higher learning, the expression and exchange of ideas that involve critical thinking and promote debate are highly encouraged. In a region of America with a high count of liberal Democrats, you’d expect us to be in the Mecca of uncensored thought exchange. Instead, disguised under the euphemistic lines of “progressive thinking,” the shunning of Republican and conservative views and idealisms on campuses is at an all-time high. McCarthyistic witch hunts of fellow coworkers and students increase as the election date looms closer. Instead of communists, however, conservatives are the ones being hunted. Instead of looking for socialist traitors giving away military secrets and reporting them to the government, students and even more shamefully, teachers, take away from class time to make bias liberal comments and then gleefully look around for hidden awkward expressions of conservatives in the room. How is passing out miniature copies of the New Testament any different than distributing literature pamphlets? It isn’t. Liberals decry that having the word “God” in the pledge of allegiance makes them “involuntary” participants and therefore victims. You don’t like it? Don’t say it. No one is going to force you. However, when there’s a gay pride parade in San Francisco and commuters can’t get to the bridge back to 880, they too become an involuntary participants. When opinions are voiced all of a sudden, it becomes a “hate speech” issue. I applaud Zuhal Bahaduri’s research work and strong stance to extend the free speech zone to the entire campus. I only hope that the administration and if necessary, campus security will do their jobs accordingly in a fair and even-handed manner regardless of personal or local popular opinion. Even if that means allowing nonviolent Neo Nazi, KKK, Black Panther, NAMBLA rallies. Because remember. Free speech is NOT a human right. It is an American right, and one that is slowly being eaten away by an all pervading cancer known as political correctness. If you don’t believe me go to North Korea and try to talk sh*t. Appreciate your right to it and respect that others have it too and may disagree with you. Being a conservative or a liberal does not determine how open or close-minded you are. How you decide to filter and evaluate information that disagrees with your belief doctrine determines how open or close-minded you are.

The reality exhibit opens at Ohlone's Louie Meager Art Gallery this Friday. The show's reception will be held this Saturday, Sept. 20

Entomer’s ecstatic artwork By Anna Biaritz Roldan Staff writer

Ohlone’s prodigy, Bryant “Entomer” Sina started drawing when he was in 4th grade. He ventured into graffiti art four years later and began painting with a brush when he was in his junior year of high school. Byrant was able to hone his talents with dedication, practice and of course self-education at our very own Ohlone College. Byrant Sina or “Entomer,” as he would prefer being called, took classes in painting, photography, descriptive drawing, 2D design, sculpture and ceramics. His biggest influences as artists are Alex Pardee, Greg “Craola” Simkins,

Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, Shepard Fairey (OBEY), Eric Bailey and Silvia Ji. His interesting and creative pieces; animated and yet to some extent realistic, have so much more meaning to them than one might think. When asked what his paintings are really supposed to mean, he answers, “Most of my paintings are sometimes about my life and how my mind wonders and gets lost. My female series is about accepting the beauty that women have.” He adds that “life is a dream and you can make it what ever you want it to be with enough imagination. I wanted to combine the animated/graffiti style with the

traditional realistic way of painting than fusing them together to create a new perspective about life.” Entomer understands that life can have discrepancies as seen by one person and another’s point of view. He believes that the meaning and emotion embodied by his paintings varies and at the same time increases as it is showcased to more people. Entomer sells his works so he can share with everyone what he sees and what he hopes will make everyone see and understand so much more. He plans are to transfer to California College of the Arts and get a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustrations degree to be a step closer to achieving his dream of

being a world renowned artist. Furthermore he would like to have a Masters in the Arts to give him the option of sharing his skills and knowledge as a teacher someday. Entomer’s art works may now be seen and bought up until Sept. 27 at an exhibit in Paddy’s Coffee House not far from Ohlone and at Union City’s Art Festival on Sept. 28. Entomer's sculptures are priced for as low as $10 to as much as $300; wall clocks from $85 to $150 and paintings from $200-$300. Even though some of the pieces are on the higher end of things, they should appeal to who shares the same passion for painting, ceramics and displays or even art in general

play is called Trilogy, you may be correct to assume it has three parts or in this case three stories that it is based on. The three-featured stories include Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Case of Amontillado,” Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” and Rudyard Kipling’s “The Mark of the Beast.” With the cast working hard on memorizing and getting this play together, audiences await its arrival. The play is still searching for more cast members along with an auxillery crew to assist the thespians in applying makeup. Along with makeup technicians they could use a few more people for lighting. The play will be coming out in October and will proceed into November. Showings include the following dates: Oct. 23, 24, 25 at 8 p.m. at the Smith Center as well as Oct. 30, 31 and Nov. 1 at 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. at the Smith center.

Halloween, humor, and skeletons will come to Ohlone this October.

Combining horror and comedy By Anna Biaritz Roldan Staff writer

What better way to combine horror and humor into one piece? Well, that question will be answered through Mark Nelson’s fall production of the Halloween Trilogy. Originally a Leonard Nimoy production, Nelson has taken up this piece and with the help of students and staff, has managed to put together a mind-blowing play. Other departments have joined in working with his department to give the play a 1950’s thriller movie feel. They have also added high-tech staging to create some memorable chills and thrills. To add to the fun and perhaps the best part about this play would be that they will be providing the audience with 3D glasses to obtain a greater visual effect. Since the second part of the

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Weighing Anchor By Eric dorman Editor-in-chief

Drilling isn’t the answer

Photo by of Nicole Johnson

Kenney Mencher's new exhibit at the Los Gatos Museum.

Ohlone professor displays art By Nicole Johnson Staff writer Ohlone Professor Kenney Mencher said he “does not have hobbies, [he] has passions.” Now, his passion is being displayed in the Los Gatos Art Museum. "Sex, Politics, and Misogyny" is the name of the exhibit that also features artist Peter Langenbach. Mencher has been painstakingly struggling over his working on this exhibit for nearly three years. Mencher met Langenbach at a gallery and invited him to do this exhibit with him. This is Professor Mencher’s first big exhibit with a total of over thirty pieces. He has said the magnitude of the exhibit makes him feel “almost important as a painter.” Mencher isn’t the one that came up with the name "Sex, Politics, and Misogyny". In fact, he doesn’t really like it.

“The name bugs me,” Mencher said. “The curators came up with it. It makes the exhibit sound more controversial than it really is.” “I want my art to fit in with the world that surrounds it,” Mencher said. What interests Mencher about art is the way he can make pictures on paper look like what people would actually be seeing in real life. He also likes how pictures communicate ideas and how symbols are used. “It tells a story,” he said Mencher said his paintings are about relationships and how people see them. In his work, women are perceived as strong and the men seem weak. “I’m making fun of stereotypes in the 1950s. I’m poking fun at them.” Mencher's inspiration comes from realist painter Diego Velázquez, a Spanish painter during the contemporary Baroque period. “I try to emulate his work, or at least

rise to his level. He is the best artist, I think, that ever lived.” Mencher said knew he wanted to be an artist as soon as he picked up a pencil. “I was seven or eight years old. I got my parents’ art history textbooks and started copying drawings out of them,” Mencher said. Menchers draws inspiration for his paintings from real situations and has a very thorough creative process. “I do a photo shoot first. I take lots of photos. I write my ideas down as a sentence. I pose my friends and take close-ups of hands and faces. There are usually 20-50 pictures for one painting. I use Photoshop on my laptop to blow up the picture, and then I can see color and structure of the picture.” “It takes about 80 hours to do a large painting,” he added. Mencher grew up in New York City but then proceeded to move around the country from Florida to

What that means is that the mother agency will always get their cut; if he goes to Paris or Germany and signs with an agency there, City Model Management will automatically be paid. He said, “I was interested in modeling for a while. I never expected to go this far with it. Once I signed with city they started talking to me about the potential I had and then I got a little more interested.” Since Gill was planning to watch the Red Sox vs. Yankees game with a good friend in New York City, Nate’s management sent some photos to agencies all around New York City. The response was good. He said, “I went to 12 go-sees and got 12 contract offers it was crazy overwhelming.” Although he has had a lot of success, it isn’t all that and a bag of crisps. There is a lot of hard work and dedication involved with being a male model, such as keeping your body in shape and making sure to eat right every day. He has lost 35 pounds over the course of the sum-

mer to prepare for modeling. He said, “The hardest part is leaving my friends and family, and polo team. Big props to my polo team, and congrats if they won one [laugh out loud]." When asked what he did in his free time he responded, “IF I’m [not] taking pictures I’m working out. Other than that if I get a little free time[s] the[y] guys and I will chill go out to clubs or play basketball or something.” But less free times means more working which Gill does not mind since it means more cashflow. Since Gill has shown so much promise in the modeling world he has decided to put his education on hold for now. His agency has informed him that after a year of fulltime modeling he would be able to model part time and attend school. Meanwhile, Nate is taking online classes and working toward his AA. When asked about school he said, “Ya I’m a college drop out but hey, so is Kanye West.”

Ohio and then back to high school in New York. He then went to the University of Cincinnati, Ohio . He also attended college at City University of New York and earned a BA in Art History. From there he went to University of California, Davis and received an MA in Art History. He concluded his college education in at University of Cincinnati, Ohio with a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) in Painting. Mencher has been an Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Ohlone since 1999. He said he wants his students to keep in mind that “You have to work hard. The time and effort you put into [your work] is the quality you are going to get.” However, as an artist he “wants to be known as a good artist, not a censor artist.” For more on Kenney Mencher and Art you can visit:

Student makes it in modeling By Benjamin Chang Staff writer

Nate Gill has gone from being MVP on the Ohlone water polo team to working as a rookie model in NYC in the span of under a month. Although he has been modeling for only a month, he is already considering it as a career path. At first Gill said he was hesitant to check out City Model Management Inc. in San Francisco because he was too involved with water polo and school, but a friend of his who models for the same agency told him to give it a chance. Around three weeks ago he finally decided to attend an open call at the City Model Management Inc and the rest is history. They were instantly interested in signing him and within a week he had the top ten model agencies in the nation offering him contracts. The day of the open call City Model Management became his mother agency.

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Nate Gill is making it big in New York.

The summer heat may have subsided, but it appears that in our congressº, cooler heads have yet to prevail. After a summer of record fuel prices, the House appears poised to take a step toward a policy that amounts to a dangerous distraction: the lifting of a decades-old ban on drilling in previously protected offshore areas. Both Democrats and Republicans have responded to our national panic over rising gas prices, with both parties drafting bills that would open up areas of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to drilling. While the Democrats’ plan is somewhat more responsible than that of the Republicans, both plans are dangerous in that they distract from the main issue America needs to keep addressing: our dangerous addiction to oil, domestic as well as foreign. On face value alone, drilling seems like an attractive option. When you’re paying $4 per gallon at the pump, tapping some of the black gold hiding beneath the waves seems like a pretty attractive option. And if you have any guilt about the environmental impacts, you can take heart in Republican Energy Bill author Rep. John Peterson’s words: “The legislation not only will put our great nation on the road to energy independence through increased domestic production of natural gas and oil, it will serve as a strong bridge to the renewable energy future.” Not so fast. Were we to drill every drop of oil estimated to exist in the OCS (about 18 billion barrels), it would only satisfy the world’s voracious thirst for oil for about six months. Furthermore, even if we began drilling today, it would be a minimum of seven years before the drilling operations provided any real production. Is waiting seven years for a negligible quantity of a fuel we’re already hopelessly addicted to really a step toward energy independence or sustainability? So drilling may not help tremendously, but could it hurt? In fact, the potential environmental impacts from the increased drilling will last long after the last hydrocarbon has been burned. Each drilling well unearths about 180,000 gallons of mud laced with toxic metals, most of which is dumped untreated into the surrounding waters, according to the National Resources Defense Council. When it comes down to the facts, proposing drilling for oil as a cure for America’s addiction to the substance is akin to “curing” an alcoholic by stuffing a pacifier in his mouth. It won’t work for long, and when it’s gone, we’ll come crying for more. We need to find a real cure by devoting our attention solely to a real sustainable energy source.


September 18, 2008




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20 Newark -“It’s Magic” Show reception at Newark Community Center and Park.

18-21 Newark - “It’s Magic” 53rd Annual Newark Days Celebration at Newark Community Center and Park.

Development Center at 8 a.m.

26 Women’s Volleyball - Away vs. College of Alameda at 6:30 p.m.

6 College Council Meeting in Room 1307 on Fremont Campus at 3 p.m. 7 ASOC - Meeting in Room 6105 at 4 p.m.

30 ASOC - Meeting in Room 6105 at 4 p.m.

22 College Council Meeting in Room 1307 at 3 p.m.

19 New Art Gallery Exhibit - Realism Show: “Reality” runs through Oct. 17. Reception Saturday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. This is a show of contemporary realist paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by Bay Area art educators and MFA students.

23-24 Club Days - Club Days 2008 in Palm Bosque at 11 a.m.

19 Men’s Soccer - Home vs. Hartnell College at 4 p.m.

23 Men’s Soccer - Away vs. Las Positas College at 7 p.m.

19 Women’s Soccer - Away vs. Cabrillo College at 4 p.m.

24 Women’s Volleyball - Away vs. Skyline College at 6:30 p.m.

19 Women’s Volleyball Home vs. Laney College at 6:30 p.m.

24 Board of Trustees - Meeting on Fremont Campus in Child Development Center at 7 p.m.

20 Sweet Can Circus – Presents “Habitat” at 2 and 8 p.m. Adult $25; Student/Staff/ Senior over 65 $20; Youth under 12 $15. Tickets at the Box Office or at (510) 6596031.

26 Women’s Soccer - Away vs. West Valley College at 4 p.m.

23 ASOC - Meeting in Room 6105 at 4 p.m. 23 Women’s Soccer - Home vs. Monterey Peninsula College at 4 p.m.

26 Academics - Last day to petition to complete a class on a credit/no credit basis. 26 Men’s Soccer - Home vs. West Valley College at 4 p.m.

30 Men’s Soccer - Away vs. CCSF at 4 p.m. 30 Women’s Soccer - Away vs. Hartnell College at 4 p.m.

7 Men’s Soccer - Away vs. Chabot College at 4 p.m. 7 Women’s Soccer - Away vs. West Hills College in Lemoore at 4 p.m.

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p.m. 10 Men’s Soccer - Home vs. Cañada College at 4 p.m. 10 Women’s Volleyball - Home vs. Hartnell College at 6:30 p.m. 11 Ohlone College Flea Market - Located in parking lots E and H. Parking is $2. 11-12 Qigong Symposium - Grandmasters from China at Newark Campus at 9 a.m.


8 Board of Trustees - Meeting in the Jackson Theatre at 3 p.m.

1 Campus Event - “Bingo Ballin’” in Palm Bosque on Fremont Campus at noon.

8 Women’s Volleyball - Home vs. CCSF at 6:30 p.m.

1 Faculty Senate - Meeting in Room 1307 at 3 p.m.

9 Academics - Last day to apply for Fall 2008 Graduation or Certificate of Achievement

14 Women’s College - Home vs. Evergreen College at 4 p.m.

10 Women’s Soccer Home vs. CCSF at 1:30

15 Faculty Senate - Room 1307 at 3 p.m.

1 Women’s Volleyball - Away vs. CCSF at 6:30 p.m.

14 ASOC - Meeting in Room 6105 at 4 p.m. 14 Men’s Soccer - Away vs. Hartnell College at 4 p.m.

3 Brown Bag Seminar - Curing the Ailing U.S. Health Care System in Room 3201 on Fremont Campus at 1 p.m. 3 Women’s Soccer - Home vs. Chabot at 1:30 p.m. 3 Men’s Soccer - Home vs. Foothill College at 4 p.m. 3 Women’s Volleyball - Home vs. Gavalan College at 6:30 p.m. 4 Making the Connection - A Conference for Early Childhood Educators in Kidango Child

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Ohlone Volleyball trumped in season opener Chabot wins in 3 games via sweep By Ankita Chhabra Staff writer With a new coach, a young team and a long season ahead of them, the Ohlone Women Volleyball team tried their very best to live up to the expectations, but fell short to the Chabot Gladiators in 3 games, losing 24-12 each time. “This was our first real competitive match, so the girls were very nervous, but they got a taste of it,” said Coach Jeremy Peñaflor, who was also quite nervous himself about the game. He is, though, hoping the girls are fired up to run through the rest of the season. The Gladiators dominated all three games, even though the Renegades tried their best to keep the score as close as they could. They kept close early on in the first game, until they lost focus and communication, which led them to losing all three games. “There is a lot of room for improvement,” said Captain and returning center Vanessa Ridao, who is hoping to improve from this game and go far this season. Even though the team is still getting use to its fresh new faces, the girls need to improve on their communication skills which cost them a lot of their points. The girls tried to work together despite their size restrictions and line-up mismatches against Chabot’s top players. Most of the points the Renegades did earn were due to bad serves committed by Chabot. The Gladiators stayed consistent, spiking the ball all over Ohlone’s side of the court and the well-placed balls they threw between Ohlone players. Chabot also kept scoring consistently through all three games, testing the anxiety of the Ohlone girls, which showed as they slowly started to lose concentration and started spotting bad shots and missing the ball. However, they still have some good spotters that might be players to look out for. Including team captains Vanessa Ridao and Stephanie Phan. If the girls tidy up and become more consistent with their plays, they could have great potential this season and reach their peak. “I’d like us to pass better,” said Coach Peñaflor. The season might have opened with a loss, but that is not shutting down the ladies hope to come back in their next games. The Lady Renegades season will run through the end of November.

Photo by Tomás Ortega

Frustration came over Renagades Angelica Benjamin and Maria Susana Bumb after geting swept in three matches Wednesday night.

Womens Soccer storm past Foothill Owls By Ankita Chhabra Staff writer Our parents usually tell us to use our heads more often and that is exactly what the Ohlone Women Soccer Renegades did this Tuesday as they won their first league game, 3-0, against the Foothill Owls. The game started off with a strong effort from the Owls as they kept the ball to themselves, giving the defensive line a good test. Goalie Danielle Anderson, too, did her best as she kept the ball out of the net, leaving the Owls hungry for a goal. The 0-0 tie was broken in the first half by Casey Tuoto, which flew into the goal perfectly leaving the Owls questioning if what they just saw had happened. After the game, Casey explained how the team worked. “We do well when we are relaxed and focused, but when we stop doing the two we start doing bad.” She is also looking forward to future wins and hoping that this team will get first in conference finals. Forwards Fanny Koloko-Green and Alissa Henderson tried their very best at taking the ball to the goal, but were held back by the Owl’s defensive line.

Even though Foothill played harshly through the first half, they fell short in the second half when they lost one of their players to an ankle injury. She was rushed to a hospital by the paramedics, but after her departure the injuries seem to have continued on the Owls as more players showed weaknesses.  “Their players were depleted, and we fought hard and had come to win,” said Coach Larry Heslin, who after the game was proud of the girls’ performance on the field. He wants to keep the season going with more wins like the this one by making the girls believe in the theory of winning. The Renegades scored their second goal from defender Stacey Saephanh, who put it in by a header off the foul kick. She felt great about her goal and was proud she got it in because it was something she has been working on to improve. “We have a lot of control and if we keep working hard we will get the wins,” said Saephanh. The game was closed off by Alissa Henderson as she made the final goal by bringing the keeper down and making her way to the net. The girls are looking good, and so does their score book. The girls will be facing Cabrillo College this Friday at 4 p.m. in Aptos.

Photo by Tomás Ortega

Stacey Saephanh uses her head, giving the Renegades their second score.

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