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Vol. XLIV No. 9


Fremont, California

November 29, 2012

Pinterest Party jump-starts holidays

Gari Browning

Board approves Browning contract By MANIKA CASTERLINE Senior editor

The Ohlone College board of trustees secured President Gari Browning until 2016 by approving a two-year contract extension on Nov. 21. Browning’s contract was set to expire in 2014. She will continue to receive an annual salary of $226,390, which is up from the $207,000 she was paid before a 14 percent raise in January 2011. At the time, Browning’s raise was a subject of debate. Gender pay equality and the passage of the bond initiative, Measure G, were given as the rationale to why Browning deserved a raise. During the Jan. 12 2011 board meeting, trustee Garrett Yee said that if Browning were a man, gender would not be a factor in the board’s argumentive discussion. Browning’s local community college contemporary, Chabot College President Susan Sperling, makes $206,162 annually. However Sperling’s contract stipulates that a raise of 3.3 percent can be allocated every year based on job performance. There are numerous fiscal differences between both presidents’ contracts. Browning has a professional allowance of $500 per month for in-district expenses and is reimbursed on a cost basis for out-of-district expenses. A housing allowance shells out $2,458.86 per month. Sperling is allowed $1,245 per month for in-district expenses and is required to have an operable vehicle at her disposal at all times to perform her duties as president. Since Browning moved from Palm Desert when she accepted the position as Ohlone College president, the board gave her one-time moving expenses, unlike Sperling.


Students participate in Ohlone College’s second ever Pinterest Party on Nov. 28. Students got in the holiday spirit and create their own scented bath salts. By MARRA MARIE MAGSAKAY Features editor

Once the rain settled and the sun peaked from the clouds, the Associated Students of Ohlone College and Campus Activities hosted their second Pinterest Party on Nov. 28 at noon in the cafeteria. Students made homemade bath scrubs with a choice of either vanilla and brown sugar or lemon scents. ASOC and campus activities provided all natural materials needed to make the scrub. The materials needed for the vanilla and brown sugar bath scrub is brown sugar,

granulated sugar, sunflower oil and pure vanilla extract to be dumped in a Ziploc bag. Students gathered at one end of the cafeteria to shake, mold and mix the homemade recipe together. “It [bath scrub] could be given as gifts,” said ASOC Newark Representative Sonia Patel. “One Ziploc bag makes two jars.” Many ladies enjoy making their own bath scrubs. Another plus is that making the scrubs was free. “It’s fun because it’s more hands on and it makes really good gifts for someone,” said student Melodie Robinson. She also said she would try

to make it at home. “It’s messy but pretty MARRA MARIE MAGSAKAY / MONITOR fun,” said student Jennifer Hsu. “It and his friend were also asked takes my mind off of school.” to join the activity. The event was not only open “It was fun,” said Dhillon. to women. Male students made “It’s easier to make with two their own bath scrubs. people.” Student Auburn Wilson Student Rebecca Soltau has and his friend said they “were a Pinterest account but said, chilling over there and one of “I used it a lot before school the ladies [ASOC representa- started.” tive] asked us to join.” Accompanied by her boyConveniently for Wilson, friend, Chris Clifton, he made Wednesday was his mom’s another jar for her. birthday. He made a jar of Students enjoyed being homemade bath scrub as a hands on and getting together gift for his mom. to make homemade gifts for Student Harjant Dhillon the holidays.

Prop 30 passes; Spring classes are on board 2013, said Ron Little, Ohlone College vice-president of administrative services, during With the passage of Propo- the budget forums held on sition 30, Ohlone will restore Nov. 19 and 26. 155 course sections to Spring Little previously had projected that if the proposition failed on Election Day, Ohlone would have to eliminate at least 210 course sections over the next year and summer school. Classes were removed from WebAdvisor until after the vote. Graphic depicts As many which counties in as 60 to 65 California voted f u l l-time ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on sections Prop 30. must be restored into By MANIKA CASTERLINE Senior editor

the system, said Little and Ohlone College President Gari Browning. “We can all breath a huge sigh of relief going forward,” Browning said. “It stopped the bleeding, but it didn’t make us whole again,” said Browning. Proposition 30 created the Education Protection Account, which will help to fund K-12 and higher education programs. The question that will plague the state Legislature over the next six weeks is how the money will be restricted within the language of the proposition. The Ohlone College board of trustees will certify how the money gained from Proposition 30 will be used in the coming months. “We are spending our reserves over the next three years in order to meet our budget obligations,” said Browning. Both Browning and Little addressed alternative ways

in which Ohlone college can gain any revenue in the coming years. “We need to look at other ways that we can generate money and not be reliant on this up and down budget in the state,” Browning said. While the idea of either selling or leasing the frontage property that the college owns has been discussed for years, a deal has never been reached between all the developers, campus officials and the community. Ohlone College has put out a request for proposals to developers that are interested in the land that borders Mission Boulevard. These proposals will need to be done by January. College administration will give a recommendation to the board to vote upon in late 2013. “I think the earliest we would see some revenues generated from the frontage property would be 20152016,“ Little said.

OPINIONS Cyber Monday leaves Black Friday in the red

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By HEATHER HEGEMAN Opinions editor At the start of this holiday shopping season, consumers could take two roads: the more traditional path of waking up early to stand in line for Black Friday deals or the relatively new phenomena of online shopping on the Monday following Black Friday. Black Friday is a mainstay of American consumer culture, but it is time that the tradition received the long overdue update that is Cyber Monday. According to IBM Commerce’s 2012 poll, more than 68 percent of 2011’s Black Friday shoppers stayed home this year, opting for the much safer and more convenient Cyber Monday. One thing synonymous with Black Friday are the long lines that begin forming hours – sometimes days – before the stores open or the deals begin. This is an event that takes place during one of the coldest times of the year and the day after a major family holiday. Getting a good deal on Black Friday often means sacrificing time with family or missing out on the all-important Thanksgiving meal. According to an article

from CSNBC’s website, Cyber Monday offers many of the same in-store deals as Black Friday but there is often a 5 to 10 percent price hike. This year at Best Buy, one

have always done Black Friday, but the shoving and crowds and stores that are so torn up you can’t find what you came in for, it’s just not worth it anymore,” said Ohlone student Laura Sampson. The savings of showing up in store is not worth the hassle of Black Friday for many people. In addition, most online retailers offer free shipping on Cyber Monday, offsetting some of the costs. Cyber Monday also provides a better guarantee that the item customers are after will not be out of stock. Major retailers advertise massive savings on key items to draw customers in, only to provide a limited number FRANKIE ADDIEGO / MONITOR of the item. They of the doorbuster deals was a rely heavily on the customer Samsung’s 55-inch LED TV buying a similar item that’s in store on Friday it for $799, not marked down; therefore but on Monday the same exact driving up sales with impulse TV was $879 online. buys. “I love shopping and The limited number of big-

ticket items has historically and consistently made Black Friday dangerous. Large crowds and early morning darkness make shoppers ideal targets for robberies as they return to their cars with their purchases. In 2010, a woman peppersprayed 20 fellow shoppers as soon as a Los Angelas WalMart unveiled the doorbusters deals in the electronics deprtment so that she could be the first to grab the heavily discounted Xbox. In 2011, a customer at a San Leandro Wal-Mart was shot after refusing to hand over his newly purchased television to a gunman. Black Friday has always a consumer driven event, but it is starting to infringe on the family holiday that comes immediately before it. This year, the Great Mall in Milpitas opened at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to begin Black Friday deals. People began lining up in front of the anchor stores at 6 p.m. In overall benefit to shoppers, Cyber Monday is the clear winner. It is more convenient and safer while providing the same deals as the more chaotic in-store experience of Black Friday.

has two parties with her family every Christmas. “We gather at my auntie’s house for Christmas Eve and have dinner on Christmas Day. “My family goes to my grandmother’s house, has traditional Mexican food and opens gifts at night,” she said. Palomino says she enjoys spending time with her family every Christmas as the original way of celebrating Christmas. Another student’s story of Christmas Day is Kayleen Parsons, Ohlone College student. She also celebrates Christmas with her family and friends. “I exchange gifts, watch

Christmas movies and decorate a Christmas tree with my family and friends,” said Parsons. Ohlone student Eunah Lee was invited by American family in Fremont last Christmas and had wonderful day with them. “I was very thankful for them for warmly inviting me for Christmas,” she said. “I remember I spent time with three families in one house. They were friends each other, so they gathered to have Christmas day together.” She added, “I met many kids and hung out with them. We played some games and the

has changed as the Internet developed. The use of the digital cards by email is an easy way to send to many people at the same time. “I don’t feel like moving over to digital cards,” said student Stella Kim. “It takes away from the holiday experience. Regardless of whether I get Christmas cards by email or by paper, the meaning of Christmas cards doesn’t change. I think this change is just because the time is changing.” The way of celebrating Christmas is not important, but just enjoy the big coming holiday.

Ohlone students follow holiday traditions By AMY HYEIN PARK Staff writer Christmas is one of the biggest holidays in United States and it’s coming up in less than a month. Some people have started to be ready for Christmas already. They have decorated their houses with colorful lights or Christmas stuff. They have bought Christmas trees from the stores. Christmas is also an important holiday for people all over the world. Let’s see the Christmas story of Yessenia Palomino, Ohlone College student. She

little kids sang a Christmas song for us. We had a big dinner together, and finally every single person gave all of the kid gifts.” She celebrated like a traditional American Christmas holiday last winter. Many people point out that the original nature of Christmas has changed. However, actually most people have stuck to the original way of celebrating Christmas; they spend time on having Christmas dinner and exchanging gifts with their family. On the other hand, the way of sending Christmas cards

Campus Comment >>> What do you think is the best part about the holiday season?

JESSELIN NARTE UNDECLARED ‘Family gatherings and the food.”

GEORGY PHILIPS COMPUTER SCIENCE “Families cherishing moments that few families get to have.”

ROXY STANCU DEAF STUDIES “Decorations. That’s the best part. I like the lights.”


STEPHANIE LAU LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE “For me it is shopping and hanging out with friends.”

NEWS Ohlone veterans unite on campus

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By ASHLEY LAM Editor-in-chief

Editor-in-Chief: In tribute to Ohlone veterans Ashley Lam and in lieu of Veteran’s Day, Ohlone held a Veteran’s Lunch Senior editor: Social through the campuses Manika Casterline new Step Up Ohlone Program. This program is aimed towards News editor: improving student health and Joe Nichols mental wellness. “We want to make students Features editor: comfortable talking about Marra-Marie Magsakay their problems, whether it is finals or veterans assimilating Sports editor: back into the classroom enviLouis Laventure ronment,” said Christine Lee, the Step Up program assistant. The lunch social included Opinions editor: Heather Hegeman free lunch and gifts for the veterans and their families. Photo editor: There was a good turn out with Joe Nichols about 50 attendees, said Lee. “I’m excited for this event. Staff writers: In the past, we had issues Cameron Lopez reaching out, but the turn Norihiro Sasaki out looks really positive right Ryan Tiglao now,” said Lee. “This event is for us to really Jason Wardoff show our appreciation to our Graphics: vets,” said Lee. Veteran Joyce Espinosa Amy Hyein Park Hannah Walrod has been studying at Ohlone Adviser: Jeanie R. Wakeland

on and off since 1985. She is working towards fulfilling her AA degree. Her experience with veteran’s services on campus has all been positive. “It is great that Ohlone is hosting these events. I think that it is great that veterans get the opportunity to meet other vets like themselves on campus. Otherwise, we are just going to class, not knowing who is a vet is who’s not,” said Espinosa. History major Daniel Ballard has been at Ohlone for two years. He spent three years stationed in Japan. His experience assimilating back to Ohlone has been pretty good, said Ballard. “Coming back to school (Ohlone), I appreciate it a lot more than I did in high school,” said Ballard. His main motivation for coming back is to be linked to finding a job at this point, said Ballard. Robert Peña, a readjustment counselor from the San Jose Vet Center, staffed a booth


Robert Peña and a coworker from the San Jose Vet Center staffed a booth at the veterans lunch social.

at the veteran’s lunch social. He works closely with combat vets who suffer from feelings of isolation, depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). The San Jose Vet Center offers both counseling sessions and group meetings to U.S. veterans. This is the first time that Ohlone has partnered with the San Jose Vet Center. “It is great that Ohlone is doing this, because especially during the holiday season. A

lot of vets often don’t react well. They don’t have the background they used to have and they have to deal with the loss of friends and family,” said Peña. “The main problem that I see is that vets are not informed. They don’t know about the services that are available to them,” said Peña. “I’m really happy that Ohlone is doing this. It is a great outreach program,” he said.

Strickler’s memory lives on at Ohlone

JACC NorCal By MARRA MARIE Student President: MAGSAKAY Manika A. Casterline Features editor Printer: Carolyn Strickler, an Ohlone FP Press College faculty member since 1965, died Friday, July 20, 2012. She was 71. Her last few words were, “Here is my hand, mom. I’m on the way,” said her husband Wayne Strickler. California Newspaper Carolyn Strickler was diagPublishers Association nosed with colorectal cancer in 2007, but that did not hold her back from teaching. “Her concern when she was diagnosed was that she had to stop teaching for a semester,” Journalism Association of said her husband. Waiting for each new school Community Colleges day, she drove up Mission JACC AWARDS Boulevard, parked at the lowest and farthest parking Mail in winners lot and climbed up the hill Enterprise news writing towards the stairs of knowlNews writing edge. Although not especially Sports game writing athletic, she was a blonde, Feature photo healthy proportioned woman Editorial cartoon who avoided elevators and On the spot winners enjoyed the long walk towards News writing the Fremont main campus. Opinion writing A veteran of the college for 42 years, she was no stranger Copy editing to the campus. Shairon Zingsheim met Contact us: her the first time in 2010 and Offices: Room 5310 described her as “very warm Call: 510.659.6075 and friendly. If she was sick, E-mail: you couldn’t really tell.” Read: “She had been sick for a while but she aged graceOhlone.Monitor www.ohlonemonitor.wordpress. fully,” said Christine Bolt, com Ohlone Business Administration faculty member. “She seemed almost ageless. She did not seem to change.” Opinions expressed in the During her battle against Monitor are those of the respec- cancer, “She had two sepsis, tive authors and are not necessarily those of the staff, the college or a nasty bacterial infection,” the Associated Students of Ohlone said her husband. “Sepsis has College. 50 percent survival rate and

she pulled it off twice.” Her husband said that After a year of fighting in- Strickler really felt attached ternal battles, “She went back to Ohlone College. It was like into teaching and taught an- her baby from the beginning. other year,” said her husband. “Professor Strickler sup“Determined to finish the ported, and throughout her semester in Spring 2010, she was insistent,” said Donna Ireland, executive assistant of the Information Technology Department of Ohlone who worked with Strickler for three years. Toward the end of Strickler’s last semester at Ohlone College, she did not walk away emptyhanded. During the Pre-Grad Dinner ceremony in May 2010, Ohlone faculty members recognized her hard work and dedication to the college. Strickler received Carolyn Strickler the Lifetime Achievement 42-year career at the college, award and Business Admin- became a watchdog assuring that the college administration istration award. “As one of the first faculty adhered to the principles of members at Ohlone and a shared governance,” said Kirfaculty advocate, Professor shner. “Professor Strickler, in Strickler was responsible her own quiet reserved manfor helping to creating the ner, helped make the words culture of the college. That shared governance a reality at translates to what we refer the college so that the culture to as the ‘Ohlone Way’,” said that began in 1967-68 with Alan Kirshner, an emeritus the first year of the college, professor of political science remains true today as the and history at Ohlone Col- Ohlone Way.” In 1969, Strickler fought lege. “Professor Strickler, with a few other early faculty for student representation to members, fought to create the Ohlone board of trustees. an atmosphere of openness, In 1971, became the presicommunication, respect and dent of the first union, the interaction between faculty, Ohlone College chapter of administration, staff and stu- the American Federation of Teachers, at Ohlone College. dents.”

She also helped create the first constitution of the United Faculty of Ohlone and was on the committee to negotiate our first contract. “I cannot remember a year when Professor Strickler was not active in some capacity with the Faculty Senate, the Ohlone Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, the United Faculty of Ohlone, serving on a myriad of college committees and acting as an advisor to some student club, said Kirshner. “She loved being the faculty representative for statewide committees, travelling to their meetings often at her own expense.” Even though she was very involved in molding the college, her focus was on teaching and her students. “She helped build the business administration and accounting course into a strong transfer program,” said the Vice President and Deputy Superintendent of Academic Affairs Jim Wright. “Carolyn also provided leadership and support to develop the Accounting Lab.” Strickler stayed loyal to Ohlone College and her students. “Carolyn had a quiet, reserved personality but her actions in support of her students did all her talking for her,” said Wright. “She loved teaching and loved her students.” “She could have made more money as a dean, but that’s not what she wanted. She wanted to bring students into the accounting world,” said her husband. “Education was a big thing to her; accounting

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FEATURES Winter: The most wonderful time of the year 4 monitor November 29, 2012


Winter is approaching. Ohlone’s diverse student population will celebrate many holidays for their culture with their own traditions. Winter holidays represent a dedication to life, freedom, rebirth and enlightenment. Hanukkah: Dec. 8-16 The eight-day Jewish holiday is a festival celebrated around the world. “Hanukkah is the celebration of freedom,” said Rabi Abi Schulman of Temple Beth Torah in Fremont.

“The Israelites were suppressed in the three-year battle.” Hanukkah is an eightday celebration because the Maccabees were suppressed in the threeyear battle and were not able to celebrate the Jewish fall holiday, Sukkot. After the Maccabees revolted, they dedicated Hanukkah to freedom to the temple and to their homeland. They had enough oil to light one flame, but it was a miracle that they had oil to light the flame for seven more days. “It is possible that Hanukkah is a week because it’s a rededication to Sukkot through Hanukkah,” said Schulman. “The important part is lighting the Menorah and gathering the family together,” said Schulman. Families light the candle after sundown while they recite specific blessings and sing a variety of songs. One tradition is cooking latkes, a potato pancake fried in oil. It is significant because “the Maccabees only had enough oil for one candle for one day but it lasted a week,” said Schulman.

Diwali: Nov. 13 The Hindu festival is “celebrated for Rama [an ancient heroic idol] who came back after exile to [his] city/town,” said Rakesh Kapoor, administrator of Verdic Dharma Samaj Fremont Hindu Temple. “They [people of the town] put lights outside and inside the house to welcome him.” It symbolizes the victory of the battle between good versus evil. “Darkness is considered a bad thing,” said Kapoor. In India and America as

Bodhi Day: Dec. 8 “It celebrates the achievement of enlightenment of Buddha,” said Rev. Carol Himaka of the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church. Bodhi Day is a special holiday and a special service addressed by the minister. It is meant to observe the achievement of enlightenment. According to, Bodhi Day is a way of integrating winter holidays with Buddhism. The website suggest ideas

Kwanzaa: Dec. 26, 2012-Jan.1, 2013 According to, Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanza in 1966. “After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Karenga searched for ways to bring AfricanAmericans together as a community.” He based Kwanzaa on “fresh fruit” (harvest) celebrations like those of the Ashanti and the Zulu.


well, they light fireworks and candles to celebrate Diwali to symbolize the victory. According to the website, “The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present Diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.” “My favorite part of Diwali is that families get together to celebrate the holiday, eat, drink and enjoy,” said Kapoor.

of how people could celebrate the holiday. He/she can start off his/ her day with a traditional breakfast of milk and rice, light a candle every night to symbolize enlightenment and buy a potted live ficus tree to represent the Bo tree. Lights and a string of beads could be added to the tree symbolize how everything is united in the world

“On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed.” Families celebrate by singing songs and dances, playing African drums, storytelling, poetry reading and a big feast. Another big African feast called Karamu is celebrated on Dec. 31.

The seven principles are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, purpose, creativity, and faith. According to, “Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.” Christmas: Dec. 25 Christians celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. “It’s a birthday,” said Pastor Jeff Keyes of Saint Edward’s Church in Newark. “The date celebrates the birth of the

savior.” Keyes said the giving of gifts comes from the scriptures. However, “our country has become superficial over the years,” said Keyes. One tradition is the nativity scene of the barn with baby in the cradle. The baby savior is surrounded by the three kings, the mother Mary and Joseph. “Another ancient traditionsfor Christmas is a song called ‘Hodie Scietis’ in Exodus 16: 6, 7,” said Keyes. “But Christmas has grown up.” Modern songs that people sing are “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and “Come All Ye Faithful.” For Catholics, there are four different masses for Christmas. “It is a kind of celebration that is a mystery,” said Keyes. “Midnight may have another set reading and prayers compared to the morning masses,” said Keyes. “You celebrate the mystery [of Christ] but you can’t grasp the whole idea.”


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Students give back to the less fortunate By NORIHIRO SASAKI Staff writer

Volunteer activity is a perfect job for students who want to give back to the community. “My parents are positive about giving back to our community and suggested me doing volunteer job,” said Amit Patel, president of ASOC. He used to work at TriCity Homeless Coalition (now Abode Services), where volunteer staffs provide housing and services to homeless people. “I worked at a soup kitchen and provided food. There were many people from every walk of life. Each of them has his or her own background, so it is important to ask them what they need and to make their lives easier,” said Patel. “Unfortunately, I’m so busy now, so I can’t do it. But I think it is very important to do volunteer, because our community raises us, so we should help to promote healthy community.” Volunteer work is also beneficial not only to community but also to students themselves. Marina Sawada, an international student, had not been particularly interested in doing volunteer work. “My host mother is a volun-

Ohlone feeds the soul By JASON WARDOFF Staff writer

The Ohlone campus sponsored a poetry night Nov. 16 to express powerful poems and lyrics to the public. Only a few poems were written by the readers. Most poems were only quotes from poets who wrote them and were read by the students. The feeling forged by the warm community was really great. The audience made for a wonderful experience as old and new poems were read aloud – some classics, some fresh talent. The audience and performers did something together that night – a picture was painted. The picture they made consisted of colors: • Blue: The sensation of the words relating directly to the audience’s personal lives about how directly they relate to them. • White: The reason making the audience attend in the first place. • Green, being the shade we add our own to. • Red: The audience’s

teer staff of Abode Services, so I started to work there. Honestly speaking, however, I didn’t have so much interest in it,” Sawada said. “But now, I really enjoy working as volunteer staff. I love cooking, so I’m so happy when people enjoy eating what I cook,” she said. “In addition, I can make friends and study cultural difference between the U.S. and Japan. It’s really good,” said Sawada. Terrie Lin, an international student, has worked as a volunteer since she was an elementary school student. “When I was in Taiwan, I did volunteer work in library. When I was in Japan, I did a fundraising campaign for the Tohoku district. And now, I cook a meal at Abode Services,” Lin said. “Through volunteer works, I can understand I was brought up in a good environment. If people have troubles, I want to help them. When we help them, they thank us with so wonderful smiles. It is awesome,” said Lin. In Abode Services, many staff members strive to help people in poor condition return to their independent lives. Besides Abode Services,

there are many opportunities to work as volunteer staff. SAVE is a local nonprofit community-based organization founded to address the needs of victims of domestic violence. SAVE plans to hold 40 hours of training sessions in January and February in Union City. Students can give back to their community with various ways. “ Vo l u n t e e r makes me understand how important bonds of community is,” Lin said. For more information on Abode Services, visit: or call 510-6577409. For more information on SAVE, visit: http://www. or call 510-794-6055.

opinion of how well the performer was performing, with readiness to call out a mistake. • Black: The things that well maybe we all didn’t understand. • Yellow: The direct emotion implied when the readers used strong emotion

to express their feelings. The main topic of the poems read were fairly similar in the sense that most evolved around the same theme “I am.” The readers used solid objects, direct ideas and suggestions to identify themselves in


Student volunteers cook and serve food at the Tri-City Homeless Coalition kitchen in Fremont.

rhyme story form. It was really interesting to experience an art like this; in the sense members of the audience really got to relate to the readers. “I am art, I am an open freeway, I am a rainy morning, I am a good joke; I am

my cousin’s cousin.” Those who attended the Nov. 16 event are a little bit more in tune with themselves and everything around them. They are able to appreciate it is for everything that it is. The poets did an exceptional job.

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was very important.” Bolt said the Stickler was reserved in a way that she was very dedicated to her work. Two things made her special, said Walt Birkedahl, dean of Fine Arts, Business and Communication Division and Strickler’s former supervisor. “Her love of teaching and her willingness to always seek ways to improve, even after teaching for many years,” he said. “She was very committed to providing students with skills and knowledge in the field of accounting, which they could use to be successful in their careers and for success at the university.” She respected her students and wanted to be a good example to others, said Ireland. Strickler always had a great big smile on her face and “she always dressed professionally, like she was on a cover of Vogue,” said Ireland. Strickler, a truly committed founding faculty member, will always have a place and great memory of her incredible role towards Ohlone. The last words Kirshner wished he could have said to her were: “Carolyn, I respect you most because you make decision based on a love of humanity and without any animosity.” Many students today might not have had the chance to meet this wonderful, devoted and stylish woman.

News bites Two concerts The Chops Big Band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in Jackson Theatre. The Chops Band, directed by Ken Crowell, will play “Unnumbered, in the Front.” The Community Chorale concert will start at 3 p.m. Saturday in Centerville Presbyterian Church, 4360 Central Ave, Fremont. The Ohlone Chorale, directed by Darryl Guzman, hosts a concert titled “Holiday Prelude.” For more details, go to

Lecture “Professionalism: Creating a Powerful Image,” by RaeAnn Ianniello, instructor of Speech and Communication Studies at Ohlone College, will start from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 30 at the Room 2133 on Fremont campus.

While the foundation will continue to offer scholarships to students, it will be consolidating and publicizing more of the total scholarships offered altogether. Another change to the direction of the foundation will be to help support the college’s strategic plan by supporting programs and operations, Browning said. The Sustainability Committee, a council subcommittee, reported that it has been installing secure bike racks at the Fremont campus. According to Committee chair Jeff Watanabe, “Achievements of the sustain-

ability committee include, having all district employees sign a green pledge, a green house gas inventory of the Fremont campus and installing charging stations for electric vehicles at both the Fremont and Newark campuses.” College Council members also heard from the accreditation teams working on issues for the college’s accreditation to identify key resources and financial resources. Browning advised the accreditation teams not to get sidetracked by other issues, “not on the standard you’re working on.” Vice President of Academic

Affairs Jim Wright said, “It’s impressive that the teams are so far along in the process. If teams want to conduct a survey, the should consider sending survey questions to the questions to Mike Bowman, Dean of Admissions and Records Research and Planning.” The council also moved on to the implementation of the newly implemented ban on smoking on the Fremont campus. Some of the ideas for implementation include a 30-people, 30-days campaign and other ways to promote the campus as smoke-free.

While the cost of the actual permits may not be going up, Ohlone may find itself footing Starting next semester, the the bill. Ohlone College bookstore will no longer be selling parking permits. That’s because permits will now be sold online at ParkingPermit.aspx and at the Ohlone College bookstore website. According to Campus Security, the change has to do with bookstore operations changing hands. “The bookstore is no longer operated by the college, but administered by Follett Inc [a private company specializing in educational goods, which] did not want to be responsible for the sales of and distribution of parking permits,” said Steve Osawa, Chief of Ohlone Campus Police. “Follett was not being paid for this service and was spending a great deal of time and resources.” Still, passes will be available online at the bookstore’s website. “The decision to go with online parking permits is not connected to Follett taking over the bookstore,” said Joanne Schultz, Dean of Business Services. “There are features to this system that will benefit the students and security as well as the Business Office.” Spring parking permits will cost students $18 for motorcycles and $35 for any other vehicles, with a $7 discount for vehicles that are considered fuel-efficient. Daily permits will still be available in the parking lot, but not online. With a new policy in place for purchasing permits, some students may be concerned about a possible price increase. “As far as I am aware, there will not be an increase in the parking fee for spring. An increase requires board [of trustees] action,” according to Schultz.

“The college district will be absorbing a cost for the handling of the sale and mailing of the parking permit[s],”

said Osawa. “This will impact the college parking fund by thousands of dollars each semester.”

By JOE NICHOLS Staff writer

Ohlone President Gari Browning gave an update from the board of trustees to the Ohlone College Council on Nov. 5. Browning highlighted some of the key board actions, including approval of the first quarter budget and the renewal of Browning’s contract for the next school year. Browning also spoke on a board workshop held Nov. 26. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss possible changed to the direction of the college foundation.

Parking permits to be sold online By FRANKIE ADDIEGO Correspondent

SPORTS Lady Renegades Season, playoffs ends for Ohlone volleyball team soccer booted from playoffs

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By LOUIS LAVENTURE Sports editor

American River College used the momentum it created by not losing a game in almost a month to defeat the Ohlone College women’s soccer team 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 17 in Sacramento. The Beavers had not lost since Oct. 30 against Santa Rosa College. Their hot streak continued in the playoffs. The Lady Renegades played well defensively and had several chances on offense to score, but just could not manage to put the ball in the net. “The first goal that they scored was right before halftime. To me, it seemed like she played the ball with her hand,” coach Larry Heslin said. “It was tough to have that call not go our way, but we still came back. Samantha O’Brien hit a ball off of the post just before halftime that would have tied things up.” The ball that American River freshman forward Ceci Velazquez seemed to hit off of her hand just before halftime found its way through goalkeeper Melissa Grey. Velazquez also scored the other goal for the Beavers, giving her a total of 13 this season. Her team is still alive in the playoffs, with two more victories over Santa Rosa and City College of San Francisco. While the season did not end ideally for the Lady Renegades, they still have a lot to be proud of especially for the departing sophomores who have created a winning environment. “This is the most success-

ful two seasons that I have ever had,” Heslin said. “We expected more and would like to still be playing, but we are proud of what we have accomplished here so hopefully we can build off of this success.” Ohlone finished the season with a 9-4-6 record as well as a host of other accomplishments. Grey had a great season for the Lady Renegades and was named the Coast Conference North Division goalkeeper of the year. She logged more than 1,000 minutes in the net for Ohlone this season, giving up 10 goals for an average of less than one goal per game. “It’s bittersweet to know that my time at Ohlone is coming to an end, but at the same time it’s exciting to know another door is just opening up for me to a four-year school,” Grey said. “Ohlone has taught me a lot, shaped me into a better player and I don’t regret anything.” Grey and fellow sophomore Presley Strother will both be playing in the annual Sophomore Showcase at Mt. San Antonio College in Southern California in December. The showcase is a chance for sophomores looking to transfer to display their skills one more time for coaches from all over. Jessica Hernandez led the Lady Renegades with 8 goals and 18 total points. Racquel Hamblen led the Lady Renegades in assists with five and the freshman midfielder will be a key returner for next year’s squad. Lora Lee, Elizabeth Mooney, Heidi Moreno and Celia Ochoa are the other departing sophomores.


Lora Lee attempts to steal the ball from a Cabrillo forward.

a little tight and nervous at first,” player Jennifer Covey said. “It was a really fast place that caught us off guard a little bit but we were determined and did our best.” Covey was impressive in the loss just as she has been all season for the Lady Renegades. She led the team in kills with seven and also had 10 digs and a service ace. Elise Menicou also played a tough game at the net with five kills of her own. Selina Samorano and Brittany Creel also had four kills each in the losing effort. “As a whole we didn’t do as well to accomplish our game plan of serving pressure,” coach Jeremy Penaflor said. “Compile that with Sierra’s good ball control and that was enough to keep us off balance both offensively and defensively.” Sierra College now advances to play American River College, which defeated Foothill College in their opening round match up. For Ohlone, this brings their best season in a long time to an end. Covey talked

about it candidly. “It is unfortunate and bittersweet that we lost, but we did our best and that is all anybody can ask for,” Covey said. “We are really close; I feel like not only do I have nine new best friends but I have nine new sisters.” The bond that the team has making them so tight knit was a huge factor in the Lady Renegades’ tremendous success this season. Menicou also talked about the closeness of the team a few weeks before the playoff game. “Everybody is just really friendly. We get along great and I am sure that helps us on the floor.” Penaflor has a lot to look forward to for next year with five returning players, includ-

ing key contributors Jackie Class and Creel. Emily Marden, Marcela Chinn and Taylor Presley also will return next year giving the 2013 squad a veteran feel to it. The success of this season should go a long way in recruiting new athletes for next year’s team. Ohlone dominated the North Division of the Coast Conference and that should be a major factor for incoming freshman who want to play for a successful program. Penaflor does things the right way and his success with his team is a direct result of that. So while the season did not end ideally, it is just the beginning for the Ohlone College volleyball team who will look to build off this success.

SPORTS Renegade Revealed: Capt. Jennifer Covey 8 monitor November 29, 2012

By LOUIS LAVENTURE Sports editor

Being cut from a high school sports team can be devastating for impressionable teenagers. Just ask Michael Jordan. Jordan was cut from his varsity basketball team in his sophomore year 1979 and he used it as motivation to become arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. Jennifer Covey can relate to that story with a similar one of her own while attending Bay Area volleyball powerhouse Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose. Archbishop Mitty has a nationally recognized volleyball program that includes two national championships in 2008 and 2009. The school attracts students from all over. That makes the competition for the team very stiff. For this reason, Covey was cut her sophomore year taking away the sport that she “loved to play.” “After I got cut my sophomore year, I was done. I was going to throw all of my volleyball stuff away and just move on,” Covey said. “My mom said no, to keep it all even if it was just for memories. Thankfully, I did because I ended up needing it.” The two months that followed were different for Covey, but they ended up being a blessing in disguise

‘ Jenn does it all.’ --Womens volleyball coach Jeremy Penaflor


Jennifer Covey prepares to take on rival Chabot College.

that allowed her to branch out socially and regain her passion for the sport. Covey discovered a world outside of volleyball that she had played since fifth grade at Holy Family. She was able to make new friends who she would normally not have the time to meet She is still very close with several of them today. “I started making other friends besides athletes,” Covey said. “Two of my closest friends I met my sophomore year and they are not athletes what so ever, but were very supportive and accepting.” Eventually during the layoff, she began to miss playing volleyball. A few months later Covey heard of open tryouts for a club team and decided it was time to get back in to the sport. She made the club team and continued to play throughout

high school, which gave her the pedigree to become a team captain on one if not the most successful Lady Renegade volleyball teams ever. Teammate Elise Menicou spoke highly of the hardhitting sophomore captain Covey. “She is always the one who comes through in the clutch for us,” Menicou said. “Her jump serve is awesome and has helped us a lot because sometimes teams don’t expect it and aren’t ready.” Coach Jeremy Penaflor, who has known Covey since her club days, has nothing but positive things to say about her. “She has fought through injuries, never making excuses. Instead she leads by example, doing the best she can,” Penaflor said. “Her jump serve is impressive, hard and she has a tremendous amount of power

Volleyball loses opening playoff match to Sierra By LOUIS LAVENTURE

host Sierra College. Despite having a stellar 19-4 record, the Lady RenOne of the most successful egades received a relatively seasons in Ohlone College low seed at No. 12, which gave volleyball history came to an them a tough matchup against end Nov. 20 in Rocklin when the fifth seeded Sierra College. the Lady Renegades lost their It is the first time the Lady opening round playoff game to Renegades have made the Sports editor

playoffs in 12 years and set the bar extremely high for all teams that follow. Ohlone got settled in late, but it was a little too late and lost in three sets: 25-15, 25-14 and 25-22. “I think we just played Continued on Page 7


2012 Ohlone College volleyball team and coaches lined up after the playoff loss to Sierra College. Back row: Jackie Class, Emily Marden, Elise Menicou, Selina Samorano, Brittany Creel, Lindsey Otsuki, Melisa Randall. Middle row: Jeremy Penaflor, Nicole Rodamer, Olivia Downing, Marcela Chinn, Lindsey Calabrese, Taylor Presley. Bottom: Jennifer Covey.

hitting the ball.” Covey has been plagued by a lingering shoulder bicep tendonitis since last season. “It kind of started at the end of last season and then I felt it come back over the summer,” Covey said. “I did a lot of rehab and for the most part it felt better. I just do a lot of exercises and tape up.” Covey’s shoulder got better as the season progressed, which helped her lead Ohlone to a 19-4 overall record and 8-2 in conference play. The Lady Renegades made the playoffs but lost in three sets to Sierra College in Rocklin Nov. 20. Covey could have let being cut or even her injury stop her from succeeding in the sport she loves. Instead, much like Jordan did, used it as motivation for her success. “I just go with the flow and never get stressed,” Covey said. “I tend to stay calm when things aren’t going my way or don’t work out.” Covey was even been bit by the coaching bug a few years back. She’s now in her second year and first as a head coach. She loves working with kids

and said she hopes to make a career out of it, eventually utilizing her occupational therapy major. Covey also puts her family first and is very close with her parents as well as her two siblings and many others. Covey made it clear that her family would have a clear impact on her future decisions. “I am really close with my family, who has always been there for me through my best and worst times,” Covey said. “Ideally, I would like to stay here locally because of how close I am to my family, but I know I have to do what is best for me and they will support that.” Covey would like to continue playing following her Ohlone College career, but is also prepared to pursue her educational and professional goals if that is not in the cards for her. Penaflor talked also talked about Covey in regards to what she means to the team and her plans following Ohlone. “Hitters will get their kills but its all the other stuff that makes an outside hitter great and Jenn does it all,” Penaflor said. “I hope she moves on to contribute to another successful volleyball program.” Whatever path Covey chooses, she is sure to have a lot of support and motivation to pave the way for her success.

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