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Vol. XLIII No. 11

April 26, 2012

Fremont, California

ANNUAL FESTIVAL BLOOMS IN SF Second largest Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates 45 years


Performers marched from Civic Center plaza in San Francisco in the Grand Parade on the last day of the 45th annual Cherry Blossom Festival. See story and photos on Page 4.

Campus cop’s memory honored at ‘Out of Darkness’ By JOE NICHOLS Opinions editor

Ohlone College hosted its second annual out of the Darkness Walk Tuesday on the Fremont campus. The walk, co-sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, not only raises funds for the research and other programs offered by AFSP but helps to raise awareness of the issue of suicide. “Last year we had 161 participants and raised $2,500. This year’s event brought out 151 participants and raised almost $1,000 more than last year,” said Ohlone Student Health Center Director Sally Bratton. The walk first started on campus last year after the suicide death of Ohlone Police Officer Stewart Dawson. This year’s walk began with an opening ceremony in the upper quad between BuildJOHN HUGHES / MONITOR ings 5 and 1, which included the release of doves by Ohlone At the walk’s opening ceremony, doves were released as a symbolic gesture and a remberence Custodian Jimmy Dempsey. of those who have lost loved ones due to suicide.

The walkers took two laps around the campus and ended back in the upper quad. Gordon Doughty, chairman of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area chapter of AFSP said, “This is one of the local events we host.” “It is very well organized,” said Dawson’s mother, Cathy Dawson. According to Doughty, 85 percent of all the funds raised by the AFSP goes directly to help fund the programs and research projects conducted by the AFSP. The concern over suicide issues extends beyond the walk, said Bratton. “Ohlone is also the only community college in the nation to use the AFSP interactive screening program,” she said. The screening program is sent randomly to students in the form of an interactive questionnaire. The goal of the questionnaire is to help students that Continued on Page 3


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Here we go again Much has been made about democratic pundit Hilary Rosen’s comments on CNN regarding how Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, “had never worked a day in her life.” This may seem like a newsworthy story, but the reality is that scrutiny against the family of public figures is a deeply ingrained part of our genetic makeup. This has happened again and again in American politics. More often then not, families are used as pawns to soften the image of the candidate projected in the media. In 2008, John McCain’s daughter Meghan started a website called The site personalized a side of McCain during his presidential campaign because Meghan posted images of the family on the campaign trail such as one of her and her mother Cindy jumping on a hotel bed. Ann Romney is using the social networking website Pinterest in a similar manner. She posted an anniversary video of her and Mitt. She is also posting recipes that Mitt likes, such as meatloaf. Hillary Clinton famously was quoted as saying: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.” Clinton stepped out of her husband’s shadow and is now one of the most powerful women in the world. What Ann Romney is doing is no different from what the wives or children of candidates have done before her, but either way, it makes her a woman in politics. Whether or not Ann Romney becomes the next First Lady is up to the voters to decide, but shouldn’t we stop to notice that this is a conversation we have had before? The conversation is about how public figures have private lives and look to those close to them for support in difficult times. When Ann Romney made her first appearance after the Hilary Rosen incident April 23 she said, “Here we go again,” in regards to the treatment of her husband. Here we go again in trying to define a candidate by his family instead of the issues on the table.

America’s oldest teen dies at 82 By JOE NICHOLS Opinions editor

American cultural icon, prolific broadcaster and television producer Dick Clark died April 18. Clark, who had just undergone surgery to relieve, a condition knows as acute urinary retention, suffered a heart attack the day after his procedure. Clark’s broadcasting career spanned over five decades. He is often credited as being a primary force in the legitimization of rock and roll. During his tenure as the host for “American Bandstand,” Clark introduced many big name acts making their national debuts. These include Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Simon and Garfunkel and The Talking Heads – all made their debuts on “American Bandstand,” which ran from 1957 until 1987 and is the longest running variety show in TV history. According to singer Paul Anka, Dick Clark, nicknamed “America’s Oldest Teenager,” was responsible for creating


American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, ran for 32 seasons and a total of 2,766 episodes between 1957 and 1989.

America’s youth culture. Clark, who also ran Dick Clark Productions, brought American TV many shows such as “Where the Action Is,” “TV Bloopers and Particle Jokes.” “Dick Clark’s LIVE Wednesday,” a variety show similar to “American Bandstand.” The show included many well-known celebrities such as Frankie Avalon, Bo Diddley, Connie Francis, Annette Funicello, Melissa Gilbert, Bobby Gentry and Andy Kaufman ran through out 1978.

The other shows credited to Dick Clark Productions include “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction,” “The American Music Awards,” “The American Country Music Awards,” the Golden Globes presentations, “American Dreams,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” has become a staple during New Year’s, being broadcast every year since 1972 with Clark as host. The exceptions were 19992000 when ABC preempted

it for its special coverage of millennial celebrations across the world and again in 20042005 New Year’s when he was recovering from a stroke. In his later years, Clark scaled down his hosting duties starting in 2006, allowing Ryan Seacrest and celebrity hosts such as Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas to pick up where he left off. He still gave his traditional countdown to midnight and his speech to ring in the New Year wishing every one a happy new year. In 2007 Clark sold his production company for $175 million to Daniel Snyder. Clark has received many accolades over the years: a Peabody in 2000 for acting as the Time Square correspondent for ABC 2000, several Emmy Awards including the Daytime Emmy Life Time Achievement Award in 1994. He was also inducted in to several Hall of Fames. These include the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1990, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Academy Hall of Fame in 1993. Dick Clark will be missed by many people.

Campus Comment >>> How far would you go to talk a friend out of suicide?

Santiago Contreras

Chloe Blancas

Roberto Cisneros

Stephan Cayaban

“I would try and stop the sands of time.”

“I would buy them ice cream and make them feel special.”

“I have helped people out of depression.”

“I will pull the trigger of realization for them.”





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Walk looks to prevent suicide News bites Quiet

Editor-in-Chief: Manika A. Casterline

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. On May 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. the library will hold a book club discussion on “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. For more information please see http://www.

Features editor: Ashley Lam Sports editor: Joe Nichols Opinions editor: Joe Nichols Online editor: Isabella Ohlmeyer Staff writers: Thomas Phy Isabella Ohlmeyer Marra-Marie Magsakay Heather Hegeman Deeba Nabizad Sophia Vaughn John Hughes Allen Krimmel


Distribution manager: Joe Nichols Photo staff: John Hughes Sophia Vaughn Claire Ewing Shamir Eijaz Graphics: Amy Scott Scott Pegueros Ad manager: Jamie Madamba Ad staff: Amy Park


Adviser: The “Out of Darkness” event is in its second Jeanie R. Wakeland year and honors Stewart Dawson who was a JACC NorCAl Student President: Manika A. Casterline

campus security officer who committed suicide last year. The event offers information about suicide prevention. Above: Sally Bratton makes a speech to open the event. Right: Dawson’s nephew was born last year on the day the walk occured.

Printer: FP Press Continued from Page 1 are potentially suicidal with early intervention. There are also some national and international events that are put on by the AFSP, according to Doughty. The conference for the California Newspaper Publishers Association survivors of suicide is an international day to help people who have lost loved ones to suicide. It starts with a video Journalism Association of Community Colleges Contact us: Offices: Room 5310 Call: 510.659.6075 E-mail: Read: h t t p : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / Ohlone.Monitor www.ohlonemonitor.wordpress. com

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Presenter Brandi Lawless explores the communication strategies between class groupswider society ideologies. This project emerges from research done with one U.S. nonprofit organization trying to end poverty. In this organization, people in poverty are paired up with middle-class “allies” in an attempt to pull them out of poverty. This critical/applied approach to communication research seeks to uncover positions of power and marginalization that emerge in this organization’s practices. For more informaton please see http://www. seminars.html#mar30.


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Bay Area residents join San Francisco Japantown’s celebrati

‘Chinese Americaness and Trying to Find Chinatow By ALLEN KRIMMEL Staff writer

judged by just your physical appearance and not by your knowledge and family hisWhat is it like to grow up tory? in a Chinese household in These were just a few America that only wishes for things covered April 20 duryou to adopt Chinese tradi- ing a presentation by Aaron tions? What is it liked to be Correll, Matthew Zweier

and Johnson Eung called “Chinese Americaness and Trying to Find Chinatown” by Performance Studies students from San Jose State University. The first segment was titled “Ways to San Jose.” In


Aaron Correl, Matthew Zweier and Johnson Eung take questions after their performance of “Trying to Find Chinatown.”

this segment, Johnson Eung portrayed many generations of Chinese men. He showed what it was like for the first generation to migrate from China all the way to San Jose up until the current generation, which is more of a mesh between both Chinese and American. By using his performance arts skills, Johnson showed how each generation changed their social skills to adapt to that of the rest of American citizens. Although each generation tends to forget more Chinese, they never fail to appreciate the history of their country and family. The second segment, titled “Trying to Find Chinatown,” was performed by Aaron Correll and Matthew Zweier. This segment focused on the encounter of a traveling Caucasian man and a Chinese American violinist. After the Caucasian man compliments the violinist, he also asks him for directions to Chinatown, which highly offends the violinist because he believes

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rnia Cherry Blossom Festival

ion of spring and culture


Above: Judy Satoh, who is a Mataro Kimekoni doll crafter, has been attending the festival for the past three years. Left: Children from the Rosa Parks Bilingual Bicultural Program danced along the parade route to the song “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. Below: Handmade frogs are a Japanese symbol of good luck.


A year after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeastern region of Japan, the 45th annual Cherry Blossom Festival continues to represent many petals in the emerging flower that is Japanese culture. While the Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration that honors the spring awakening, members of the Japanese community were affected by the natural disaster that happened last year. The 2011 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen Jeddie Kawahatsu said, “Our court realized that because of these events we have an even greater responsibility to represent and support both Japan and the Japanese American community during our year.”

One of the recipients of the Cherry Blossom Festival Community Service Scholarship, Lindsey Anne Keiko Wong also worked on Japan relief fundraising efforts. The Grand Parade, which akes place on the last day of the festival is a vibrant and colorful display of Japanese culture featuring dancers, musicians and community groups. It draws in spectators from around the Bay Area. Asaki Osato who serves as the 2012 Northern California Cherry Blossom Queen rode on a float decorated in flowers with her royal court, first princess Megumi Yoshida and princesses Manami Kidera, Chihiro Hirai and Miki Fukai where each of them were wearing a flowing satin evening gown. Children from the Rosa Parks Bilingual Bicultural Program danced along the parade route that started at Civic Center and ended at the intersection of Post and Fillmore streets to the song “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. A popular aspect of how Japan’s culture has transitioned from the East to the West is through the medium of anime and the influence of Harujuku style. Traces of Japanese fash-

ion, from brightly hued hair and anime character attire were sprinkled throughout the throngs of Cherry Blossom festival attendees. The festival embraced the link with an anime costume contest and anime talent show at the Peace Plaza stage. The artistic side of Japanese culture is showcased in various exhibits and demonstrations. Origami and shishu is shown, which is traditional Japanese embroidery and Mataro Kimekomi dolls. Mataro Kimeoni dolls start out as blocks of wood chipsand trace) their history back to Mataro Kanabayashi, who discovered a way to mold a base of sawdust with glue. Judy Satoh, who has been crafting Mataro Kimekoni dolls as well as attending the Cherry Blossom Festival for the past three years, observed that this year there have “been more students and younger people.” The Cherry Blossom Festival was held over the past two weekends in San Francisco’s Japantown. The event is the second largest festival in the country. Tbe largest celebration is in held in Washington D.C.

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ts a scroll of his ancestor in “Ways to San Jose.”

the Caucasian to be generalizing. He immediately pegs the Caucasian man as a racist. The Caucasian man pegs the violinist as a traditional Chinese émigré. It turns out that both of these men were wrong about one another. The Caucasian man had not only taken Asian American studies, but had also been adopted by Chinese American parents. The violinist said that he didn’t label himself as a certain race and he also added that he believes race doesn’t affect identity. It turns out that these two characters couldn’t have been more wrong about one another. The final segment was the

most simple, but displayed the most emotion. As music played in the background, Johnson Eung danced to show what it was like living with a traditional Chinese family. Then he went on and danced to a different tune, which showed what it was like once he had received more exposure to how most other Americans live their lives. Johnson felt that both cultures believed that only one and not the other was the right thing to adopt. Although it is hard to mesh two identities together, eventually it gets clearer. and Johnson finally danced to a song that meshed both of his cultures together. After the floor opened up to questions, an audience

member asked what kind of performance art they used. “Duo, forensic speech and debate,” said Zweier. “The characters can’t touch each other, or make eye contact. “They only communicate with the audience, unlike traditional theater.” Following the Q&A session, Communications Professor Brenda Ahntholz said that their performance method “co-created meaning with the audience and transformed it into being social activism.” If this performance taught its audience anything, it is that people must communicate rather than make assumptions concerning one another because communication is the glue that knits society together.

FEATURES Tom Blank produces his last Student Rep show

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“Wish Fulfillment” is a repetitive small scene play “It is sad. My theater ex- iel, is sitting down by himself about coming out as a gay perience basically only in- having a beer when suddenly person. volves Tom. I did not do Kevin, played by Edward In the show, there are theater in high school, only Ochoa, comes in and tries to a mother, father, son and here at Ohlone. I have taken hit on him at the bar. daughter. They weave in an Cinfio is the director of out of each others lives. so many classes with Tom and it is weird knowing that both “Wish Fulfillment” “There is no set rules for it is the end of his teaching and “Passive Belligerence.” them, but in essence vari“Passive Belligerence” is ous fears about coming out,” days.” Busbee will portray the about a married women who Cinfio said. lead role of Daniel in the one is interviewing potential “I chose these shows beact play, “Daniel on a Thurs- candidates to be her full- cause I wanted to do someday.” According to Busbee, time lover. She is interview- thing racy, violent, sexual the setting takes place in a ing both men at the same and funny. I had some peogay bar. His character, Dan- time; sex and chaos ensues. ple in mind while casting,

whether theyended up being in my show or not. The lead woman Kim Dutrow, did not even try out for my show, but I liked her as that character.” Bryan La is a Human Development major and director of the show called “Controlling Interest.” “ “It is four boys in an office. They are 20-year-old men, but you cannot define them by their age because they are 20-year-old men acting like 8-year-olds,” La said. “Two girls walk in. They are powerful, bratty and corporate women. “If you translate that into an 8-year-old, you get a brat.” “Tainted Love” actress Renee Whitehouse encouraged people to participate in the Student Rep shows for the Spring 2013 semester. “If anyone is thinking of doing it, do it. You meet a lot of people and get a chance to open up in so many different ways. It is probably the most fun thing you can do in college.”

Fans of the show “Home Improvement” will also be happy to know that Tim Allen does his iconic mangrunt while explaining how chimps use power tools to get the food they desire. One aspect of filmmaking that an audience may never really notice during a documentary is the music. Nicholas Hooper, who scored two of the “Harry Potter” films, composed the score for this film. The music better invests its viewers in the film because it lets moviegoers know when the stakes are high or when they should be at ease. While the only thing that sets “Chimpanzee” apart

from Disneynature’s other films is its unique narration, it is absolutely worth watching. Rarely are human eyes treated to such rare footage of animals doing what they do best.


Not only is the upcoming production of Student Repertory Theater the last student directed show of the semester, but will also be the last time Theater Professor Tom Blank will be producing the show. The final showcase of Student Rep Theater Bill 2 will occur May 3 to May 5 at 8 p.m. in the Nummi Studio Theatre. Communication major at Ohlone Matt Busbee heard the news about Blank’s retirement for the first time in an interview and it caught him off guard. “That actually surprises me a lot. Tom is a great teacher and director. He will be missed, but it will also be interesting to see someone new take his place,” Busbee said. Communications major Rich Cinfio was sad when he heard about Blank leaving Ohlone and his last time producing this show.


Ohlone acting students Charlie Olson and Steven Vogel will play in the upcoming show, “Playwriting 101” directed by Joseph Floyd.

One-act Student Rep plays that will be performed: “Proof” “Daniel On a Thursday” “Almost Maine” “Tainted Love” “Wish Fulfillment” “Playwriting 101” “Controlling Interest” “Passive Belligerence” “Pancakes” Tickets $12 for Ohlone students and seniors.

Documentary ‘Chimpanzee’ explores primate life

By ALLEN KRIMMEL Staff writer

Beginning with the release of the film “Earth” in 2009, Disney had launched a division called Disneynature. This division releases a new documentary every Earth Day weekend capturing various types of life on the planet in its natural habitat. This year, Disneynature released “Chimpanzee,” reestablishing just how incredible any species can be when captured on film in its own environment. While these types of films usually don’t offer up much of a story, the audience is lucky enough in this film to

be treated to heartwarming tale as it follows a 3-yearold baby chimpanzee by the name of Oscar. Throughout the early stages of this documentary, Oscar spends almost all of his time with his mother as she provides just about everything for him. However, after a run-in with a group of rival chimpanzees, Oscar is separated from his mother and she is never seen again. The film captures Oscar’s story, showing how he must learn to take care of himself at such a young age and how the most unlikely of chimps in his group come to his aid. As always with any of these documentaries, they aren’t

typically watched for their stories, but for their amazing cinematography. This film is no different, as it shows how beautiful and how dangerous the jungles of Africa can be. The film was produced over the course of four years in this unforgiving climate, as these filmmakers put their lives on the line to make this film happen. The choice of Tim Allen as the narrator also works out for the best. He doesn’t provide the typical voice over for a documentary because he made the creative choice to be more humorous when it can be applied and it makes the film all the more enjoyable.


The Ohlone Chamber Singers wrap up season By ISABELLA OHLMEYER Online editor

“Of Thee I Sing” is the third and final concert for the Ohlone Chamber Singers, which will be held May 5 at 8 p.m. in the Jackson Theater. The Chamber Singers are directed and conducted by Michael Morris. Morris took over in 2011 for former Chamber Singers director Dennis Keller, who was on sabbatical in China. According to Morris, “The concert will feature the works of American compos-

Thee I Sing” comes for the second line of the popular American song “America.” The first two lines of text are: “My country ‘tis of thee/ Sweet land of liberty/ Of thee I sing.” “I thought it was appropriate since all of the music in the concert is American music,” COURTESY OF / OHLONE CHAMBER SINGERS Morris said. The concert will feature The Ohlone Chamber Singers gather at the San Jose Mission. the talents of many of the ers, for example Aaron Co- tune “Simple Gifts” and the members of the Ohlone pland, William Billings and great Southern hymns such Chamber Singers. as “Bound for the Promised Stephen Sondheim.” The event will highlight It will also feature the “mu- Land” and “Battle Hymn of several solo spots with such sic of America” with such the Republic’,” Morris said. works as George Gershwin’s The title of the concert “Of “Summertime” sung by selections as the Shakers’

Kathy Parmentier and the “Java Jive” sung by Kathy Parmentier, Bev Heinj, Pat Rodgers and Debbie Milboune. In addition, two of the piano accompaniments will be played by pianist Hsin-Yee Shih and members Pat Rodgers and Rebecca Dhand. “This is not only a celebration of American music, but a celebration of the talents within the Chamber Singers,” Morris said. Tickets can be purchased at the Smith Center box office for $10 for Ohlone staff and students.

SPORTS Renegades triumph over Gavilan Rams

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Ohlone baseball players Sean Goodall, Matt Owen, Tyler Helms, Blaine Carilile and Matt Chaidez provided some excitement in the 9-8 Renegade victory over Gavilan College April 21. By JOHN HUGHES Staff writer

Ohlone used four pitchers to pull off another ninth inning 9-8 victory over visiting Gavilan College April 21. Starting pitcher Jackson Zarubin pitched the first two innings. Relief pitcher Michael Slifer followed with two and two thirds innings, before Sheldon Shisido took over retiring the Rams after eight full innings.

In the bottom of the fifth inning on a blistering hot 90-degree day, the Renegade bats got as hot as the weather. Tyler Helms led off the inning with a base hit. The home plate umpire rewarded him second base because the Gavilan pitcher had trouble getting the baseball out of his glove. Tyler scored on a sharp single by Trevor Ramos and was knocked in by another single by L.J. Kalawaia. “I got a nice pitch to hit, and

put a good swing on it,” Matt Owens said after belting the first of three doubles in a row. Blaine Carile said, “It was a hitter’s count. I trusted my hands and hit it well,” after blasting his own double down the right field line. “After seeing the first two batters work the count, I jumped on the first pitch and hit it well,” Sean Goodall said after hitting the third double of the inning. In the top of the eighth inning, Rams infielder No.

3 Julio Cortez was retired by Renegade second baseman Matt Chaidez on a ground ball to end his perfect fourfor-four day. The first batter for the Rams at the top of the ninth inning hit a screaming line drive to center field. “I got a good jump and believed in my speed to get to the ball,” said Owens after catching the line drive to record the first out of the inning. Gavilan College didn’t score any more runs and

Ohlone needed one run to win the game going into the bottom of the ninth. Renegades catcher Tyler Helms, who was hit by a pitch, ended up scoring the wining run on errant throw down the right field line to end the game with a Ohlone 9-8 victory. “It was hot today, but it’s going to get a lot hotter when we play in the Central Valley,” Coach Julian Russell said after the game to prepare the Renegades for the weather in the upcoming playoffs.

Ohlone baseball wounded by loss to West Valley By THOMAS PHY Staff writer

Ohlone baseball’s ninegame win streak came to an end Wednesday as they fell to the West Valley Vikings. The streak marked the second longest of the season for the Renegades, who won 11 games straight back in March. Despite the final score of 11-3, Ohlone was well within reach of the Vikings until a wild seventh inning blew the game open. Ohlone went into the seventh inning down only one run, but things quickly fell apart after West Valley second baseman Jason Brady led off the inning with a bunt single. The Vikings went on to score seven runs in the inning, three of which coming

game situations,” said Lewis. this season. “We’ve had some guys that “It’s a bigger [game] than it we’ve relied on all year that seems,” said Lewis. “We beat have got the job done but them once and they beat us - COACH DAN LEWIS we’ve got to see what other once so we’re looking to take guys can do.” the series. You never want to Ohlone’s final game of the lose a series in conference,” by way of wild pitches and a efit of the result. regular season comes on the said Lewis. balk. “It’s frustrating for the road against conference rival Ohlone will begin to preOhlone starting pitcher guys because we’ve been Skyline, who split their previpare for the CCCA regional Francisco Leon had pitched winning so much lately, but ous two games against Ohlone tournament that begins May 5. well up until that seventh at the same time it’s good for inning, giving up three runs them because they need a through six innings. little kick in the ass after rat“I felt pretty good,” said tling off that many [...] wins,” David Makki Leon. “I was just trying to said Lewis. throw strikes.” With a first place finish Professional Tutoring Ohlone had opportuni- in the Coast-Pacific Divi15 Years Teaching Experience ties of their own at the plate, sion already guaranteed, stranding the bases loaded the coaching staff had the Reading Writing Math in the sixth inning after opportunity to use the game grounding into an inning against West Valley to see History Science Economics ending double play. the depth of their squad be510-396-7643 While the loss was de- fore heading into Regionals. feating for the Renegades, “I’ve got to give a couple Assistant Head Coach Dan guys shots because I got to Lewis saw the potential ben- see what they can do in real

“It’s good for them because they need a little kick in the ass.”

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Raza Day encourages transition to college By HEATHER HEGEMAN Staff writer

Prominent local leaders from the Latino community showed up to Ohlone’s Newark campus to support Ohlone College’s 7th annual Raza Recruitment Day on April 20. Educators and authors came to encourage Latino high schools students to consider college as an option and to emphasize the benefits of an education in career planning and life. Among the speakers were five-time Grammy nominee John Santos, author poet and activist Caesar Cruz and Ohlone science instructor Maru Grant. The event, which lasted HEATHER HEGEMAN / MONITOR

Ollin Anahua perform at Raza day, which was held at the Newark campus.

from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., was open to all high school juniors and seniors from Newark, Fremont and Union City. It opened up with a traditional Aztec dance performance by the group Ollin Anahua. Along with keynote speakers, the event also included a variety of workshops that the students were invited to take part in, all geared at preparing them for the college experience. More than 100 high school students from five local schools showed up for the event. The students spent the day listening to inspirational speeches as well as receiving useful information about every aspect of college from financial aid to the Nishati Student Success program offered at Ohlone. Paris Gibson, a peer mentor for the Nishati program, explained that the program

“helps students achieve their goals through counseling and academic intervention.” Keynote speaker John Santos was also a highlight of Raza Day, according to students who attended. “My favorite part of the whole field trip was when John Santos was giving out the speech of our Raza because mainly our Raza holds old grudges from our ancestry, so we need to break that hold and succeed and think positive,” said Alondra Borroel, a senior from Milpitas High School. The day wrapped up with closing words from Gari Browning, Ohlone College president. Andrea Hernandez, a junior from Newark Memorial, said, “Even though I still have a year, I liked the workshop about the online application process the most. It really helps.”

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