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Vol. XLI No. 3
Former Ohlone professor dies at age 92
Ohlone wins title over Las Positas
Amid recall, Toyota takes responsibility – Page 2
February 18, 2010
Ohlone pursues $350 million bond measure By KATHRYN DIXON Staff writer Ohlone College will place a $350 million bond measure on the November 2010 ballot if the Board of Trustees approves a resolution to do so at its July meeting. The $150 million Measure A bond approved nine years ago is more than 90 percent depleted and is being frugally conserved for necessary building repairs and emergencies. This money would go toward complementing the Newark Center for Health Science and Technology, which was built by prior bond money and provides training in health sciences and technology. The prior bond money was also used to build Building 7, the Student Services Center.
As of the November 1999, about $4 million in bond money remained and most of it was committed to projects, such as placing laboratories into science modulars to meet safety standards. In the midst of the recession, Ohlone needs to make a case to the voters that the college needs bondfunds to improve education for the community. An important project that the new bond measure can fund will probably be the building of a new Center for Science and Engineering at the Fremont campus. The new Center for Science and Engineering would centralize science, engineering, chemistry, geography, biology, anthropology labs and classes, which are currently being distributed between Building 6 and Building 8. President Gari Browning said
in the draft Educational Master Plan for 2010 to 2015, which was presented at the Jan. 20 Board of Trustees meeting, that, “It is fairly certain that construction of a new Center for Science and Engineering would be more cost effective than remodeling Building 8.” The Master Plan further stated: “The Center for Science and Engineering will include sufficient spaces for students to study and gather throughout the day. The plan also includes an expanded Science and Engineering Learning Center for drop-in tutoring.” In addition, the closer proximity of the science and engineering laboratories will make possible the sharing of laboratory equipment and facilities between these disciplines and support the development of more interdisciplinary programs.”
According to Joanne Schlutz, dean of Business Services, the new bond will provide for “safety, accessibility and renovation of existing buildings at the Fremont campus.” California and federal law requires accessibility for disabled students regarding all buildings. This is a challenge for a campus perched on the side of a mountain. Elevators, ramps and automatic doors and other assistive devices for the blind and deaf/hard of hearing are expensive. Some buildings are approaching their design service life of 40 years and need substantial renovations, such as Building 1. Some buildings are starting to deteriorate and need urgent or immediate repair. Plumbing system deficiencies and roofing problems, earthquake damage, and water intru-
sion mandate repairs. The buildings must be renovated to meet the latest seismic and fire safety standards. Because of the recession, the state can no longer help the college with these problems. The college must help itself. At the Jan. 20 Board meeting, Ohlone’s draft 15-Year Master Building Plan was presented. It revealed general plans to refurbish and rebuild buildings in connection with enhancing the educational qualities of Ohlone. This plan will eventually provide details about projects which will require new bond funding. Passage of the new bond ,requires a 55 percent majority among voter in the Ohlone Community College District, which encompasses voters in Tri-City area. Continued on Page 3
Emotions run high
Go get ’em, Tiger
By EAN TAJERON Staff writer Emotions behind the upcoming protest for educational funding are running so high that Legislative Representative, Andie Morhous broke into tears when the ASOC turned down her request for $10,000 to attend the march. However, after some parliamentary maneuvers, ASOC approved the funds. Following the meeting, Morhous explained her emotional outburst. “I didn’t cry because the initial vote failed, I cried because I’m emotionally attached to the advocacy of the efforts for the March in March.” When discussions were opened to explain any issues with the request, where the funds would come
from, the senators voted to close discussions. The senators then voted 11-10 to deny the money. After the first vote, Morhous quickly asked if the General fund included the Reserve fund, to which President Kevin Feliciano replied, “Sorry, but discussions are closed.” After the senators unanimously voted to reconsider, Morhous told stories of students who have greatly suffered from the budget cuts. Then the motion to grant the money request with the funds taken from the Reserve fund was unanimously approved. ASOC will swear in new senators next week. And the total number of ASOC Senators will reach 57.
$200,000 for Deaf lab By DENISE ANN BURGAN Staff writer
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Campus activities celebrates the year of the Tiger with a roaring performance by the TaGe dance troupe and Chinese line dancers from the White Crane Association.
The East Bay Community Foundation, in support of the teaching of American Sign Language and the understanding of Deaf Culture, has awarded the Deaf Studies Division of Ohlone College a grant in the amount of $200,000. The grant money was donated on behalf of the estate of an individual wishing to support the work of the Deaf Studies division. Genie Gertz, dean of Deaf Studies said, “I responded to the request by the Foundation for a proposal by working with our faculty and our Information Technology staff to develop a proposal for their review. We then met with officials from the
Foundation to answer additional questions. Based on this process, the Foundation decided to award the funds.” Utilization of the awarded $200,000. includes moving the current American Sign Language Lab in Building 1 to Building 6. According to Gertz, “The grant funds will be used to establish an ASL language lab which will be focused on American Sign Language and English. “The funds will be used to acquire furniture and technology to promote the teaching of American Sign Language for both hearing and Deaf students, as well as teaching English to Deaf students.” Details are still in the planning stages.
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Toyota: Trying to be responsible despite recalls By FARRAH SIDDIQI Contributing Writer As a proud driver of a Toyota, when I first heard about the recall, I was pretty concerned firstly about safety, but after discovering that my vehicle was not involved, I began to worry about the reputation of my beloved and soon-to-be tarnished brand. Now, with further research, I feel the likelihood of getting hit by lightning twice might be higher than having an unsafe Toyota.
Okay, obviously the manufacturer was alarmed enough about safety to have the largest recall in its 50-year history, but the fact that this has happened proves to me that they care and are willing to take a big hit to make things right. The real issue for me was about the coincidence that this would happen now, while our American automotive industry is already suffering. It’s ironic that a government agency, NHTSA, is identifying all the Toyota incidents after the government became GM’s owner,
which happens to be Toyota’s primary competitor. NHTSA’s website also says the CTS accelerator pedal is not only used for Toyotas, but also many other vehicles, specifically GM’s Pontiac Vibe. Fremont’s own Nummi plant is where GM and Toyotas are made together using this accelerator pedal. Yet we’re not hearing too much about them. Honda also uses the pedal. Really, the bigger issue should not be about pointing fingers to a specific car company but about how to determine if your particu-
lar accelerator pedal, whether you drive a Toyota or not, is an affected pedal. It’s nice to see that despite the recall, Toyota seems to be doing a lot to make things right for its customers. Not only did they stop production immediately, but also they mailed letters to owners of affected vehicles and they have extended dealership hours to accommodate for the repairs, some even to 24 hours. They are not hiding. Information about the recall is right on the company’s homepage. GM’s
online recall information can only be found after clicking on the news link and picking the corresponding headline on their website. Spending hours in research to determine which car companies CTS makes its pedals for might become exhausting. Their website isn’t clear at all. They outline having received awards for their pedals from Toyota and Honda, but no other company is mentioned on their website. The NHTSA’s government website seems to be the most clear in help Continued on Page 3
traditional feel of Monopoly has been completely taken away. The shape repulsed me and finding out about the credit cards turned me off even more. I know this sounds ridiculous how I am reacting to a game but this isn’t just about the board game. This is more about how Monopoly mirrors real life and the fact that Monopoly has adapted to the new electronic age just seemed too modern for me. I guess I am afraid of how fast things are changing in our world. I am afraid of how buildings are being built, torn down and reconstructed all within a few years. I am afraid of how technology is rapidly taking over everything in our society. The idea that some day people will never see each other in person and instead use a web-conferencelike device to go online-shopping
together really freaks me out. I am afraid of one day losing one of the things I enjoy most, in-person human conversation. Another thing that I find scary is how this game makes perfect sense. I mean, in just a few years cash will probably not exist at all. No one will have to use cash when they have their credit cards. What’s the point of printing money when technology can easily calculate a person’s earnings and expenses with codes and whatnot. It just makes sense that Hasbro would come up with this new Monopoly edition and forget about the old and traditional one, so much sense that it’s scary. Upon thinking about this idea of technology and change that is truly just mirrored from real life into Monopoly, I found myself thinking, “Will there come a time when peo-
ple completely forget about their old values and traditions as they allow themselves to be consumed by technology?” It’s a huge question for me because secretly, a part of me was amused by the new Monopoly and I cannot hide that I too am a huge fan of change and technology. Pondering on this idea served as a wake-up call to me. It made me realize that because of my love for new things, I might find myself without values and a part of some new tradition. I may be going over the top here, but if you really think about it, why not? Why wouldn’t we all lose ourselves along the way? We already have, haven’t we? I mean, there are barely any guys out there who take their time in courting the girl they like. Most guys just call, or worse, text message and chat to win the hearts of the girls they like. Also,
the number of families that eat dinner together at the table really has decreased. Instead of eating together, we’ve all found it so much more convenient to watch television in our own rooms or work on the computer while eating by ourselves. It’s sad how technology and change has affected all of us in such a negative way. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against technology—it has its up-side too—and I have nothing against the new Monopoly. Hey, maybe someday I might even get one. It’s more like the realization of how much the changes in our world seem to be taking away much of the comfort we have living in tradition and old values. It’s just threatening. What I hope for everyone is that we learn to work with these changes that come, while still applying tradition and values in our daily lives.
Monopoly: Tradition being replaced by technology By ANNA BIARITZ ROLDAN Opinion Editor About a week ago I came across an online article that featured the new Monopoly that’s definitely far from the original version. This new edition is circular and does not involve any play money. Instead, it provides players with a credit card and a pin number that is used with the calculating ATM-like machine. There have been many Monopoly editions like the Star Trek, Junior Disney Princess, Electronic Banking and even the online City Streets edition. Honestly, I have never played any of these editions aside from the original one and that is probably why hearing about the latest round edition surprised me. My first reaction to this change was, “Why?” I didn’t like how the
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Campus Events Building upgrade
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Continued from Page 1 The last bond passed at about 56 percent and Newark voters overwhelmingly voted for it and pushed it to victory. It is expected that college staff, faculty and students will phone banks, speak to community groups about the need for the bond, and pass out fliers to obtain votes, just as they did to pass the prior bond in 2002. Last year, Ohlone employed the opinion research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin & Associates and it found that 74 percent of the respondents polled believed state budget cuts harmed Ohlone. In accordance with state law, bond funds can be utilized only for infrastructure improvements and cannot be spent on salaries and supplies. A bond oversight committee oversees all expenditures of bond money. Ohlone has an excellent track record regarding bond oversight and audits, which is a facter, regarding passing a new bond.
18 Chinese New Year Celebration with entertainment, music, games & more, in the Cafeteria, Building 5, second floor at 11 a.m.
Former teacher dies By DENISE ANN BURGAN Staff writer Longtime teacher of German and French, Professor Milos Collins, passed away on Feb. 7, at the age of 92. Collins was a member of the faculty for more than 24 years, from 1969 until 1993. Born in 1918 in the Czech Republic, she met and married her husband Lawrence Collins in Belgium.They remained married until his passing in 1982. Collins graciously earmarked the Ohlone College Foundation as the recipient of any and all donations made in her honor. Professor Collins will be missed by not only the Ohlone College
community, but by her many loving friends throughout the Bay Area. A memorial mass is scheduled to take place at a later date.
February 18 African-American Club meets every Tuesday in Room 7101, from 11:45 a.m to 12:45 p.m. 18 Black History Open Mic featuring poets D’Dra,
20 Men’s Baseball home vs. Sacramento City College at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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22 Curriculum Committee Screening meeting in Room 1407 / NC-1102 at 3 p.m.
18 Women’s Softball, home vs. Foothill College at 3 p.m. 18 Safety Committee in Room 5209 at 3 p.m. 19 Science Seminar: Internships Genencor Biotechnology Inc. in Room 3201, from noon to 12:50 p.m. 19 Men’s and Women’s Swim/Dive, away vs. Chabot / West Valley Tri-Meet. 19 Women’s Basketball vs. Foothill College at Los Altos Hills at 7 p.m. 19 Men’s Basketball away vs. Chabot College at 7:30 p.m.
Continued from Page 2 -ing to find out. But only through looking at incident reports. So is the government specifically pointing out issues with its competition or will it be fair and recognize that its own GM products also have the exact same yet widely uncovered issues? To me, it seems that Toyota has a wide range of vehicles tailored for everyone; the Prius for the ecofriendly; the Scions for the underground cool; all the way to the Lexus for the uber-elite. Although right now the media seems to be attacking the entire fleet, I believe that Toyota will be able to rebuild its status just by being the way it always has. Whether it’s a conspiracy or not? You decide. In the meantime I’ll keep driving what I feel is my reliable and safe Toyota.
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Renegades win league title against Las Positas By Nick Zambrano Sports editor
Photo by Alex Glanville
Celebration time: Ohlone guard Quaran Johnson holds up the net in victory.
The motto inside the Ohlone Renegades’ locker room has always been: “Do not look past any opponent.” The motto has been installed by Head Coach John Peterson since day one, and the team has chosen to live by it. And with a rematch with Chabot scheduled for Friday night, Ohlone did not look past Las Positas with a 82-58 win during last night’s sophomore night. The win also marked another Coast Conference title for Peterson, the fifth of his tenure. “We do want to play them badly,” said sophomore center Reggie Jones about the rematch with Chabot. “But we’re looking at the bigger picture and they’re just a small piece in the bigger picture, so right now we’re just focusing on that.” Back on Jan. 27, Ohlone suffered their first loss since November when the Gladiators upended them 64-53. Chabot also managed to hold Jones to just 11 points in the contest.
Since that game, Jones has managed to average 27.5 points per contest. However, it wasn’t Jones that lit up the scoreboard against the Hawks of Las Positas. Lavon Gray led all Ohlone scorers with 17-point output. He did so while also collecting four rebounds. Ronnie Sawyer notched 14 points, as well as hitting the Renegades’ lone three-pointer. Coming off the bench, Maurice Briggs collected 12 for himself while also going four for four from the free throw line. A detrimental part in Ohlone’s clutch victory was their second half performance. To open up the half, the Renegades went on an 18-4 tear in the half’s first seven minutes. “Tonight, it was about the energy levels,” Peterson said. In the Renegades’ last victory over City College of San Francisco, they also exploded in the beginning of the second half for a 31-6 run. Ohlone would go on to win that game, 76-57.
Now, with Las Positas behind them and another conference title waiting to be hung in the rafters of Epler Gymnasium, Peterson and the Renegades can now look toward Chabot. “It’s a personal deal for them, no question about it,” Peterson said about the rematch with the Gladiators. “There will be (extra motivation) probably. But we haven’t even really talked about it.” The Chabot affair will also be the last regular season of the year. With the clinching win, Ohlone now stands at 21-4 overall, they also add an extra notch in their conference win total, which is now at 10-1.
FINAL SCORE Las Positas: 58 Ohlone: 82 Next game: Fri. Feb. 19, at Chabot 7 p.m.
Strike 2: Ohlone bats silenced in second loss of year By Jeff Weisinger Editor-in-chief It’s not often that the Renegades lineup struggles, but in their 5-3 loss to Diablo Valley College on Wednesday, that was the case. “Today, we had opportunities to score early,” said Ohlone baseball Head Coach Jordon Twohig. “There’s some guys that are doing a good job and some guys that are struggling.” The Renegades run production has fallen a bit since their 14-run, 17-hit performance at Diablo Valley in the season opener. Ohlone has outscored opponents 27-5 in their three wins, while being outscored 16-9 in their two losses.
“I think we’re giving ourselves a good chance to score runs,” Twohig added. “We’re just coming up a little short on timely hits.” “We just have to battle a little more,” said sophomore leadoff hitter Steven Ramos. “I think we’re doing just fine. We’ll pick it up.” The 5-3 loss on Wednesday comes a day after Ohlone won 5-3 against Los Medanos. It’s the first pair of back-to-back games the Renegades have played since the 2009 playoffs. The Renegades had a good chance early on in the bottom of the first off a single by Ramos. Ramos would advance to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Foster, and would steal third with one out. However, Viking freshman right-hander Steven Swift ended Ohlone’s chance to start with an early 1-0 lead,
FINAL SCORE DVC: 5 Ohlone: 3 Double Header:
Sat. Feb. 20, vs. Sac City
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. striking out designated hitter Jeff Johnson and Christian Weeber to end the inning. His counterpart, Ohlone right-hander Mark Mercer, pitched well in his home debut, pitching six innings, allowing two runs on six hits including four strikeouts in a no-decision. The
Renegade infield helped Mercer out, turning three double plays on the day. The Vikings took the opening lead in the top of the third off Justin Manci’s two-RBI double with one out. The Renegades would get a chance to take a 3-2 lead with Kyle Holmstrom reaching third, however catcher Michael DiRocca struck out swinging to end the inning. Ohlone would attempt another comeback, clawing the deficit to 5-3 as Michael Ussery scored off Foster’s sacrifice with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but the Renegades were held hitless in the last two innings. Ohlone (3-2) will look to come back from the loss in Saturday’s doubleheader against Big 8 opponent Sacramento City College.
Mission unable to handle Lady Renegades By Kevin Yin Staff writer The Ohlone Lady Renegades earned their 25th consecutive conference win with a 75-57 victory over the Mission College Saints last Saturday night in Fremont.
FINAL SCORE Mission: 57 Ohlone: 75 Next game: Fri. Feb. 19, at Foothill 7 p.m. The game featured the top two scorers in the Coast Conference South division in Ohlone guard Jasmine Rubin and Mission center Angelica Williams. “She’s definitely a powerful force,” Ohlone head coach Julia Allender said of Williams. “We didn’t want to let her cut or catch.” Williams entered the contest averaging 21.2 points per game but
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Going all in: Ohlone guard Ashley Valenzuela fights to recover the loose ball. Valenzuela finished the game with six points. was held to just 19 points Saturday by the tenacious tandem defense of Ohlone forwards Elise Spain and Jayme Leftridge. “I thought Jayme did a great job. Played her tough, really contested shots,” Allender said, “I think Elise did a great job as well.”
Mission was equally impressive defending Rubin. Rubin spent most of the first half in foul trouble after picking up two quick fouls in the game’s first 1:58. Fortunately, Ohlone packs a powerful second scoring option in guard Ganeaya Rogers.
During a 14-3 run, the Lady Renegades pressed the issue relentlessly, with Rogers and guard Jazmine Duenas seizing every opporunity to get into the open court. “When you have athletes like I got,” Allender said of her team’s aggressive play. “You want to get
them out in the open floor as much as you can.” Ohlone closed the half with an 18-8 run that gave them a 38-27 lead at intermission. Rodgers had 10 points for Ohlone during the run. She would finish the game with 24 points on 12 of 15 shooting and 6 assists. Early in the second half, sharp Mission jump shooting and sloppy Ohlone offense would let the Saints close the lead back down to six at 42-36 with 15:08 left to play, but this scare was little more than a wake-up call. A 12-4 Ohlone run over the next 4:32, fueled by intense defensive pressure and three Leftridge baskets down low, placed the score at 54-40 almost midway through the second half. After the game, Allender praised her team’s focus and preparation. “We’re really pushing them, and they’re doing a great job.” The Lady Renegades (16-6, 11-0) faced De Anza College at home on Wednesday night. Results of the game were not available at press time.