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Internships: Alverto Santana-Silva

Ohlone student shot in Berkeley MANIKA CASTERLINE Senior editor

U C Be rk e l e y p o l i c e confirmed that Ohlone student Alverto SantanaSilva, 21, died from gunshot wounds early Sunday morning in the Berkeley hills after he was shot near Grizzly Peak. UCPD Lt. Marc DeCoulode said that Santana-Silva intervened when a number of people were having a discussion that turned into an argument early Sunday morning. Santana-Silva did not know the people involved in the confrontation and the cause of the dispute remains unknown, DeCoulode said. A few individuals who were involved in the incident left the scene and returned approximately 20 minutes later. Police are looking for a Hispanic or Filipino male in their mid 20s to mid 30s, who is 5 feet 8 inches and 200 lbs. He is bald headed and was wearing a white t-shirt and a black sweatshirt. They are also looking for Asian female that is approximately 5 feet 3 inches and 160 lbs. She has black hair and it was in a ponytail. She was wearing a black shirt and black shorts. Santana-Silva was sitting in his car when someone came up to his vehicle and shot Santana-Silva several times. The victim attempted to escape the scene at Grizzly Peak Boulevard by driving away, but stopped at an offroad embankment. UCPD have made no arrests in the homicide investigation, but are looking for two persons of interest. Santana-Silva lived in Fremont and had attended Continued on page 10

Breaking into the job industry


Ohlone does not have an official internship program that links students with specific companies, but career guidance is available.

ASHLEY LAM Editor-in-chief Internships today are the gateway to getting a job or first stepping foot into the workforce. Work applicants are often expected to have work experience when they apply for their first job. Internships give students work experience that set them apart from other potential candidates, said Lesley Buehler, Ohlone dean of Business, Technology and Learning Resources. Buehler said it is a good idea to go through an internship so students have a real idea of what they are getting themselves into. Internship programs vary depending on the department. Ohlone has general systems that help students

connect with businesses and organizations to get internships. Career workshops are also available to students. “At Ohlone College, we offer workshops on resume writing, how to interview and how to act professionally,” said Gale Carli, Dean of Health Sciences and Environmental Studies. For the most part, internships at Ohlone are held on a case-by-case basis, said Wayne Takakuwa, dean of Counseling and International Programs and Services. “Students can use the Ohlone Transfer Center blog to find internships,” said Takakuwa. All a student has to do is visit http://ohlonetransfer. and select what field they are interested in and a list of potential in-

ternships will pop up. “Right now, Ohlone is mostly offering informal internships. This means if a student comes looking for more information about a career field, we will try and help that student connect with someone on campus or off campus. Depending on what a student is interested in, we will set up a job shadowing or informational interview with a professional in the field,” said Takakuwa. Ohlone College offers the program WEX, which stands for Work Experience. This program leaves finding internships completely up to the student. Students find their own internships that are paid or unpaid and receiveCa credits for them, said Buehler. Buehler said there are two

options in theWEX program: general work experience and occupational work experience. “For general work experience, students can earn up to three units of transferable elective credits in one semester. For occupational work experience students can earn up to four units per semester. Students who take these courses will develop personalized learning objectives with the assistance of their employer and the work experience coordinator,” said Buehler. If students are interested in pursing this program they should check out the WEX website at http://www2. wex/. While most departments Continued on page 3

Weber voted president -- again FRANKIE ADDIEGO Staff writer Mat Weber, of the Speech and Debate Club, was once again voted as the new president of ASOC – following the second time the ASOC elections have been held in two weeks. With a total of 103 votes, Weber surpassed the 90 votes he earned in the previous election. In both elections, Weber was a write-in candidate, as was his closest rival in the previous election,the ASOC’s current Vice President Sonia Patel. In the last week, the ASOC had to re-run the elections after Associated Students of Ohlone College President Amit Patel mentioned at the May 8 Board of Trustees meeting that elections for

Patel said that the ASOC would have to hold a new election because the electronic ballot in the first election did not contain a ‘no’ option.

the ASOC’s key positions would need to be held once again. After the meeting, Patel said that the ASOC would have to hold an all new election because the electronic ballots in the first election did not contain a “no” option

for candidates on the ballot. ASOC senator winner Susan Lee also earned more votes in this election with 453, as did Jiangnana Zhang, who was elected treasurer, this time with 362 votes, and Prabhjot Kaur, who was once again elected Student

Trustee with 397 votes. Sonam Babu, who garnered 390 votes, this time had fewer winning votes compared to 401 votes in the election last week. As with the last election, some positions have yet to be filled. No candidate for the secretary, representative at large, legislative rep and marketing/communications rep positions gained in excess of 50 votes, which a write-in candidate needs in order to be counted. When asked about the future of the positions that have yet to be filled, the ASOC advisor Debbie Trigg said, “The council goes through their appointment process and appoints the empty positions” after the last election yielded similar results.



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NEWS BITES Tenure medal awarded The annual Ohlone College Tenure Medal event recipient is Learning Disabilities Specialist and Instructor Diane Cheney. Normally the award ceremony is scheduled for the afternoon of graduation. This year it will be given at the staff awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. May 24 in the cafeteria on the Fremont campus.

Vacant position filled Ohlone College President Gari Browning announced May 8 that Leta Stagnaro is the new vice president of academic affairs. “Leta’s great knowledge, creativity, enthusiasm and dedication to Ohlone made her stand out,” Browning said. “I am confident that I have made the very best decision for Ohlone’s future.”

Debate team wins awards The Ohlone College Forensics Speech and Debate Team collected three awards at the Spring Fling Tournament May 8 including a first place showing by Nile Le. Chelsie Gho garnered a second place award and Kaylin Lewis managed to pick up a third place award. Nicole Sandoval coached the team for the Oral Communication of Literature class.

Ohlone graduation set May 24 The 46th annual Ohlone College graduation ceremony will take place on May 24 at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and graduates must arrive on the second floor of Building 7 by 6:15 p.m. All Ohlone students who completed their Associate’s Degree requirements in Fall 2012 or have applied to graduate for Spring 2013 or Summer 2013 are eligible for the full ceremony. This year there has been a change in the attendance policy. Each graduate is allowed six tickets. The tickets will be given to the graduate when they purchase their cap and gown from the bookstore on the Fremont campus. -- Compiled by Louis Laventure


Whether finals are essential or not varies by teacher. There are many different types of finals and some professors opt out of them altogether.

Evaluation: the price of finals LOUIS LAVENTURE News editor It is finally that time of year when students spend early mornings, late nights and every minute they can get in between to stuff their heads with knowledge. All of this is for the greater good of a high score on a final exam. With the end of the semester bearing down on Ohlone, it brings to mind all of the ways students study for finals. Some cram, some study throughout the year and many do not study at all. Whatever method a student chooses, the more important factor is what type of final the instructor will give. “I suppose some people believe strongly that mak-

ing a student review all the material in a class is important – and others do not,” Biology professor Gessica Johnston said. “In a class like Biology 101 where you have to know some things before you can go on to a more advanced class, I think it is important to have a comprehensive final. In a survey course like Biology 109, I do not think this is important.” Take-home, in class, essay, open book, project or fill in the bubble – you name it and instructors assign them all to assess their students’ ability to retain information. The class and the particular information that goes with the course determine the method of final examination an in-

structor chooses to implore on their students. “As far as I know, all instructors are supposed to have a final. At least in the English department, we do. I don’t really know why one would not be given,” English professor Robert Mitchell said. “Sometimes perhaps a teacher counts a project stretched over the semester as a culminating project. Classes in different departments might have other methods of final assessment.” All students learn differently and teachers understand this, shaping their final to what they feel the students must know to successfully complete the course. “I would prefer a take-

home style of test ideally, but an open note or book works for me, too,” student Alexis Renalles said. “Sometimes they are harder though, because a teacher expects you to be able to answer anything if you have those resources available.” There will always be a differing of opinion on the how the best way to gauge what a student has learned throughout a semester, so students should be prepared for every type of final examination. “My personal opinion is that what counts is what the students learn,” Johnston said. “Depending on the subject matter and class size, there are all kinds of ways to assess student learning.”

New parking structure coming in 2015 FRANKIE ADDIEGO Staff writer Ohlone College will soon be home to a massive parking structure, which is just one of the many ways in which Fremont’s Measure G is being used to make improvements on the campus. The project, which is expected to be completed in 2015, will be erected in the southern part of the campus. “The project’s budget is approximately $22 million,” according to Ron Little, Ohlone College’s vice president of Administrative Services. “Selection of the builder will take place at the end of May 2013. We

are in the process of reviewing final candidates.” Voters approved Measure G in 2010. The bond measure allowed the college district to issue up to $349 million in bonds to use on certain projects pertaining to any campus improvements. “Measure G can be used for construction, technology, infrastructure and facility upgrades in accordance with Prop 39,” said Little. “To date, approximately $1 million has been spent on repairs across the Fremont campus, with additional projects currently in progress or preparing to start,” said Little. “[Many] of

our efforts over the past two years [have] been on assessing needs and planning.” In addition to the $1 million figure, the Board of Trustees approved $411,840 in hazardous material abatement and removal and a new environmental studies lab building for the Newark campus. “Our District Facilities Master Plan that the Board of Trustees adopted last year was a huge step forward for the college in its efforts to revitalize the campus over the next five to eight years,” he said. In addition to smaller repairs, other major new projects include major ren-

ovations to Buildings 5 and 9 for $8.9 million and $15.4 million respectively. An $8 million project to build new athletic fields is also in the design stages, as is a $1.029 million bond for 300 additional parking spaces at the Newark campus. Building projects and other uses of Measure G funds are frequent subjects of discussion and actions at Ohlone’s Board of Trustees meetings, where citizens can make their voices heard on the issues. Citizens concerned with questions about how the bond money has been spent can visit http:// w w w. o h l o n e b o n d . o r g .


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Vice President Jim Wright leaves office ASHLEY LAM Editor-in-chief Vice President of Academic Affairs Jim Wright will be leaving Ohlone in June. “I began working at Ohlone on July 1, 1994, so I am finishing my 19th year at the college,” said Wright. He has made his mark as a “pragmatic visionary,” according to Ron Travenick, vice president of student services. Travenick said this means that Wright had the highest goals and ideals for Ohlone’s program. Wright said the mission of community colleges has always intrigued him. “Ohlone College is a very unique college. We have what we call the ‘Ohlone Way,’ or Ohlone spirit, which means we always try to work together to help students succeed. This type of collaboration sets Ohlone apart from some colleges,” said Wright. Looking back,Wright said: “We are proud of the Newark campus and student services building that we built with the $150 million Measure A bond and are hard at work to transform the Fremont Campus with the $349 million Measure G bond. We are definitely proud of being No. 2 in overall student success out of 112 community colleges in California; and No. 5 in overall transfer rates.” Wright said his fondest memory of Ohlone would have to be opening of the Newark Campus, when doves were released and flew around the new facility. Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Leta Stagnaro said that she thinks Wright’s biggest contribution to Ohlone is “ensuring quality teaching and

Jim Wright Vice President of Academic Affairs

learning and making sure faculty and students have the resources they need to succeed.” Travenick worked with Wright for 14 years on a number of things. “Wright has a hands-on approach that appreciates all the details and efforts that are necessary to accomplish any task,” he said. In the past, Wright and Travenick worked to develop enrollment management efforts, high school partnerships (including the college connection program and concurrent enrollment) Measure G, cross functional efforts between academic and student Services and numerous other projects, said Travenick.

“I will always remember working on Ohlone’s $349 million bond, Measure G and especially election night when it became clear that the measure had passed. It still chokes me up. I also remember him checking in regularly when he was away from the college, even from his vacation in Europe, pretty impressive,” said Gari Browning, Ohlone’s president. Travenick said he describes Wright as a “valued friend, confidant and role model” Who will be greatly missed. Travenick said he admires Wright’s ability to keep his perspective and humor from day to day. But Travenick’s and Wright’s relationship be-

came much more than professional. “My fondest memories are of playing in the Ohlone golf tournament each year in Jim’s foursome. I have seldom laughed so hard from our group’s flubbed shots, constant repartee and triumphs. In many ways, these rounds of golf through the years simply reflected our day-to-day efforts. We always worked very hard, but we could always admit and laugh at our mistakes and encourage and cheer each other on and not get distracted by our failures,” said Travenick. Wright has been working in public education for 41 years, with almost half of them at Ohlone. Browning said that she does not expect things to be the same with Wright gone. “Our new V.P., Dr. Leta Stagnaro, will bring her own considerable talents and style to the job. We will take Dr. Wright’s departure as an opportunity to take a fresh look at things,” said Browning. “I feel now is a good time move into another phase of life,” said Wright. Wright said that he is still exploring what he wants to do with his time in the future. He said that he hopes to remain in contact with his friends and colleagues at Ohlone. “Over my years, I have always found the students to be friendly and very focused on their studies and futures. We are lucky to have such great students. Also, the faculty and staff at Ohlone is top notch. This combination of great students and wonderful faculty and staff makes Ohlone a very special college. It has been my honor to work here,” said Wright.

College Council discusses green measures MICHAEL DELAHOUSSAYE Staff writer The College Council met May 13 to discuss Ohlone’s latest progress, including going green and other administrative tasks. Printed schedules of classes were discussed and whether or not Ohlone needs them. ASOC Vice President Sonia Patel presented results of a student survey in which 54 percent said they didn’t want a printed schedule. According to the survey, even more students thought it would be just as easy to register for classes without one. In the event of the printed schedule’s eradication, the ASOC recommends a plan to phase out the schedule. Counselors at Ohlone felt differently, stating that the printed schedule helps them do their job more efficiently.

Patrice Birkedahl presented information on what other colleges are doing with printed schedules. Only Foothill and De Anza no longer print their schedules. Public Information Officer Patrice Birkedahl presented information on what other colleges are doing with printed schedules. In the Bay Area, only Foothill and De Anza College no longer print their schedules. In other business, an effort to link Program Improvement Objects (known as PIOs) to the college budget and planning, all 309 PIOs were collated and categorized by the budget managers. Institution Improvement Objectives (known as IIOs) that will be funded include a document scanning and im-

aging tool, which is needed to go paperless and to ensure secure documents. There is also a class schedule app, which the ASOC may fund. There is also the possibility of a dean of International Education joining Ohlone. Accreditation Reports Standard covering learning programs, leadership and governance were also brought up in the meeting. Jeff O’Connell and Leta Stagnaro presented accreditation and all standards that were met. No recommendations were made from the last accreditation . Mark Lieu presented stan-

dard IVA, citing only one standard as not having been met. The unmet standard being that the faculty and administration have substantive and clearly defined college governance. Administrative procedures are in the process of being written and by June 2013 the roles should be clarified. Bruce Griffin presented the standard IVB and only one standard was not met. This standard that the Board act in a manner consistent with their policies and bylaws was the one not met this time. Standard IVB had five recommendations from the last recommendation cycle and the visiting team will look at this very carefully. The board of trustees report and Third Quarter Financial Report were postponed until the June 10 meeting due to time constraints.


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Out of the shadows: Student opens up about Tourette’s MANIKA CASTERLINE Senior editor Imagine sitting in a psychology class during the first weeks of a semester. The professor is spouting off a list mental illnesses when a student sitting chimes in by mumbling various expletives. The reaction is either that somebody is desperately seeking attention or is this display being staged to get some point across? Is this class part of some experiment? The truth is neither. Ohlone student Katherine Snider’s action in class that February day happened so that her professor would have an example of Tourette Syndrome and include it in the classroom discussion. Although it wasn’t a real tic, Snider is no stranger to tics since being diagnosed years ago with Tourette’s when she was 15 years old. According to the Tourette syndrome Association, it is a neurological disorder that becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence before the age of 18. Tourette Syndrome is defined by multiple motor and vocal tics lasting for more than a year. Snider had experienced post-traumatic stress disorder prior to her diagnosis based on an incident that occurred when she was 7 years old. “My family member played with me in an inappropriately,” she said. For Snider, the symptoms started out as coughing that no typical medication such as cough drops or cough syrup could help. It then moved on to grunting, high-pitched squealing and culminated in full-blown physical tics. “When my mom first heard of me having the coughing, she thought I was sick,” Snider said. After she was diagnosed at the Westwood Behavioral Health Center in her former hometown in Ohio, her mother’s approach became more hands-on. “My mom would ducttape my mouth shut or tie me up with a bandana. She wasn’t doing it to be horrible to me. It’s just people were staring at me and being rude,” Snider said. Sometimes her family would just leave her in the car when they went on public outings. At the high school she attended in Virginia, Snider said she was taunted by peers, who claimed she was faking Tourette’s symptoms because she craved attention or was outright lying about it. “Kids were whispering behind my back, saying

I’m just a regular person who has something a little different. - Katherine Snider

crude things. I came home lots of times crying,” Snider said. She said some of the people who were talking about her actually did care for her, especially a boy who found a suicide note she had written and not acted upon. Snider admits that to some extent she attempted

to commit suicide. “I’m just a regular person who has something a little different,” she said. Snider said, “The most I can do is keep myself relaxed because if I get upset like nervous or excessively twitchy, I will start having tics. If I get extremely angry, I’ll have tics. If I’m afraid, I

will have tics.” She deals with stress by channeling energy into activities such as reading, writing or playing certain video games. In her opinion, one of the worst episodes she has had occurred during a Spanish class party during her sophomore or junior year.

“I had a flashback tic where I was rolling around and talking about what happened to me when I was 7,” Snider said. “You can’t break me out of it when I’m having a tic when I’m here in the present,” she said, “but it’s really difficult to break me out of it when I’m stuck in the past.”

FEATURES 5 The hunt for secret treasure MONITOR MAY 16, 2013


The best way to describe the phenomenon of geocaching is Sherlock Holmes meets CSI. All over the world, geocaches or caches are hidden just waiting for would be treasure hunters to snoop them out. Each geocache has coordinates that can be entered into any GPS enabled device giving detailed directions to the frugal treasures. There are several of these on the Ohlone’s Fremont campus. Once you sign up on the website, which is free, Geocachers can access the coordinates on a map of the world of all of the available geocaches. The game sprung up in May 2000 when Oregon native Dave Ulmer posted the first coordinated location, which contained such things as food and money according to Most caches now contain small inexpensive trinkets that treasure hunters are encouraged to be take as long as they replace it with something of equal value. “I got in to this about five years ago when my son [Jason] told me about it,” Hayward native Bob Mendelson said. “There were several in our neighborhood and we created one in the tree in front of our house. It’s a lot of fun.” The geocaches are usually in a jar or container of some sort. Geocachers will also find a log that anybody who finds the item must sign to keep an accurate record of its existence. The first cache at Ohlone was easy to find while the next two weren’t. “Some are small and hard to find, while some are big or easier,” Jason Mendelson said. “That’s what makes it fun, some are a challenge and hard to find.” The website also gives hints including how big the container is and how high off the ground it is. Some are in trees and some are buried in the ground. The website also lists the difficulty of finding each geocache. “This game keeps me young,” 61-year-old Matthew Astrias said. “Keeps my exercising fun.” GRAPHIC DESIGN AND PHOTOS BY CELIA FREIRE / MONITOR


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SFMOMA expansion strikes a minimalistic chord in its Howard Street entrance. The museum will reopen in 2015 and will be closed to the public starting June 2.

SFMOMAlocksdoorstoundergoremodel FRANKIE ADDIEGO Staff writer One of the Bay Area’s most prominent cultural landmarks, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, will close its doors on June 2 for renovations. It is scheduled to reopen in 2015. The museum has been a popular destination for field trips in Ohlone’s art courses, as well as pthose in countless other schools in the Bay Area. The Los Angeles Times reports that the changes will include eliminating the Botta Staircase and completely altering the look of the building from

the ground up. “I think something that San Francisco should be incredibly proud of is the fact that we’re expanding our support of arts and culture,” said San Francisco District 6 Superintendent Jane Kim. While the museum is closed, other museums such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts — both mere blocks away from the museum — will be showcasing some of the museum’s permanent collection. “While it’s really disappointing that they will not be open for three years,”

said art instructor Katie Frank, “it’s exciting that they’re collaborating with other museums in the Bay Area.” Frank is planning a field trip to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, which will hold an exhibit titled “Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art.” “We bring in hundreds of works into the collection every year,” said Jill Sterrett, director of Collections and Conservation. “When we move into the new building, the program will expand two to three times. The new conservation studio will be adjacent

to the galleries.” The new restoration studio will be just one of the many new features the museum will undergo. “When we reopen and a visitor comes to the third floor,” said Sandra S. Phillips, “they will see this enormous space devoted to photography that pays attention to the history of this community and what’s going on worldwide.” The museum is home to a number of famous works of art, from Henri Matisse’s “Woman in a Hat,” from 1905, a renowned masterpiece of the fauve movement, to Jeff Koons’ ceramic sculpture “Michael

Jackson and Bubbles,” which was created in 1988. In the past, the useum has featured exhibitions featuring the work of Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and Cindy Sherman. Current exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art include Christian Marclay’s video installation “The Clock,” “the Elise S. Haas Bequest: Modern Art from Matisse to Marini” and an exhibit of the late photographer Garry Winogrand. Upcoming events include a screening of Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye” and a discussion of Lynn Hershman’s “Agent Ruby” project.


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Fadingintothelonggoodbye TARA INGRAHAM Staff writer

Louis Laventure, age 2, with his grand father Walter Castro in front of Castro’s house in Hayward, in August 1985.

Before Alzheimer’s took hold of Mary Graves, she was an independent and active woman who loved walking, going to parties, dancing and dating. Mary Graves is no longer that woman. “She constantly calls the house, questioning everything that is going Mary and Norman Graves’s first wedding on around her,” said her dance at St. John’s Catholic Church in grandson, San Lorenzo on Dec. 29, 1956. Ohlone student Chance Graves. “She would switch from regular conversation to her asking when she is supposed to eat, when she last bathed and why someone needed to be with her while she bathed.” Alzheimer’s disease has both direct and indirect victims. Dealing with it can have detrimental effects on a person’s mental state including students that already have stressed lives. According to the National Institute on Aging, along with the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia Afonso Freire and his family pose for a and is portrait. From left to right Afonso, Car- the sixth melita, Celia, Iraides and Celso. leading cause of death within the United States, affecting more than 5 million Americans. The National Institute of Alzheimer’s describes the disease as “an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.” Diane Weddington, author of “Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Care: A Guide for Community-Based Programs,” said it has been called “the second death” due to its slow process and the effects. “Sometimes people completely change after the dementia gets worse,” said Weddington. She continued saying, “Children and grandchildren of Alzheimer’s patients have different experiences.” “For grandchildren around their 20s, they will usually visit their grandparents if forced, but


they often see it as a timecrunch that they cannot afford,” said Weddington. “The exceptions depend on how obliged they feel towards the sick grandparent.” One exception is Ohlone student Louis Laventure, who moved in with and cared for his grandfather during his final two years. “He was my best friend. We were pretty much inseparable.” said Laventure. “He would often forget what time period he was in, but he was still the same person because he never completely developed dementia before he died.” For families, Alzheimer’s is emotionally wearing because “it is often very hard reversing the roles,” said Weddington. “We would bump heads a lot because it was hard to be patient and repeat the same things over and over,” recalled Laventure. “I had to put my life on hold, which was difficult.” After years of dealing with Alzheimer’s, families become strained because “there is no cure, no getting better and it can last for years,” said Weddington. The father of Ohlone College student Celia Freire died earlier this year. “In his last years, he did not know who I was,” she said. One day, her father said to her, “People are telling me that I have children. That is a lie. I never got married; how can they say I have children?” Freire said, “To make him feel better I, his daughter, had to lie and say he was right, he never got married and he never had children.” Before her father had dementia, Freire said she didn’t know how to approach a person with this type of disease. “Now I know to just listen and when things get stressful the best thing to do is leave them alone and avoid the risk of being rude or impatient,” she said. Weddington said hundreds of drugs are available and genetic research is being performed but she, the National Institute of Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association have all confirmed there is no cure. According to the aging institute’s website, studies suggest that Alzheimer’s Continued on page 10


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Going to a foreign country changes you NORIHIRO SASAKI Opinions editor Maybe some students are wondering if they should go and study abroad. Last August, I came to live and study in the United States. And I want to say: Absolutely, you should. In eight months, I have had many culture shocks that I would never have experienced if I had decided not to go. Unless you go to other country, you never understand it. The first thing I realized is that it is extremely inconvenient to live in this country without cars. My country of Japan has developed public transportation systems. Buses and trains come every 10 minutes so that people don’t have to check bus or train schedule. My house is 10 minutes walk from three stations. Most of my friends in Japan neither have cars nor even driver licenses. So I was so surprised when I realized how much people in the United States depend on cars. Most people, even students, have their own cars. You almost can’t do anything without cars. And public transportation systems in the United States are so undeveloped. Buses comes only every 30 minutes, or every hour on weekends. What is worse, they come behind schedule so often. When I asked a bus driver why her bus was so late, she said laughing, “Ha, ha, ha, I’m sorry.” That’s all. It’s not only the Japanese who think that way. Eunah Lee, an international student from South Korea, talked about how different the United States is from the South Korea. “Korean transportation is really developed more than U.S,” she said.“ Even though it is at night, like 10 p.m., people walk around and hang out. ” However, it doesn’t mean America is inferior to Japan or South Korea. This country is too big to develop public transportation systems. Roads in the United States are much bigger than in Japan and maybe in South Korea. If Americans drive in Japan, they may be surprised how cramped Japan roads are. As I lived in this country, I realized Americans respect who they are – although there are some exceptions, such as the gay marriage problems. Japanese are said to love the idea of “Wa,” which means harmony. While the idea symbolizes Japanese culture, it often denies diversity. In Japan, most univer-


This photo was taken in Monument Valley in January. America is huge, beyond my imagination.

sity students start working when they are 22 years old. If they start working a year late, it’s still OK. But if they start working two years late – and that’s what I will do – it may cause serious problems. A job interviewer may interrogate you, asking, “Why couldn’t you graduate like others do?” That’s why I hesitated to come here. What should I say when they interrogate me? But my boring idea was smashed as I spoke with my friends in the U.S. Their ages vary from person to person. While some are still teens, others are much older than I am. They also have different colors, religions and political views. Jon Kuo, my friend, laughed when I asked how he thought about his age. “Who cares?” he said. “I’m older than you. Some are younger than you. So what? Who cares? Here is the U.S.” They don’t care about the difference. On the contrary, they love it. The biggest thing I realized in the U.S was the fact I didn’t know anything about it. Japanese people are familiar with American culture. In Japan, You can find MacDonald’s (but no In-NOut), watch “Iron Man 3” and buy Hollister clothes. Although I had never been to the U.S, I felt I knew it to some extent. I would make fun of how Americans misunderstand Japan even after coming here. When I went to watch “G.I. Joe” movie with my friend Nathan Punzalan, I was dumbfounded to see how American people depicted Japan. In a rooftop “Japanesestyle” garden in Tokyo,

a black old blind guy preached to a Korean guy wearing white Ninja suits. No Japanese person was in the movie, as far as I remembered. There was no way they can express Japan like that way. Everything was weird. After having watched it, I said to Nathan, “It was a compilation of misunderstanding against Japan.” He laughed, “Oh really? But we see Japan like that.” This semester, I wrote an opinion titled, “Japanese

think there is little needs for guns” after the Sandy Hook elementary School shooting. I grieved over the incident and I thought it must change American views. That’s why I was astonished when President Obama failed to pass gun reform bill. I was confused. How do Americans think of the 20 children who were killed by guns? Why can’t they give up guns? Then I understood. It is not only Americans who misunderstand Japan. I’m

the one who doesn’t know America at all. Right or wrong, this country can’t exist without guns. I haven’t changed my opinion about gun topic, but I’ve realized keenly that it is useless to say: “Japanese can do without gun, so Americans can do the same.”Each country has its own laws, history and culture. Although I’ve stayed here less than a year, the short period is enough to understand my ignorance. From traffic difference to big cultural one, you can find so many differences between countries. At the beginning of this opinion story, I wrote, “Unless you go to other country, you never understand the country.” But I would like to say one more phrase: “Unless you go to another country, you never understand your country.” This summer, I will return to Japan. Everything will be familiar. But everything must be different because I’ve exposed myself to totally different culture. Whenever I will see something in Japan, I’ll compare it with the United States. I can take a different viewpoint. That’s what I get from living in America. So if you wonder if you should go abroad, you should do it absolutely. It may change you. It may change your world.


What does the job market look like for graduates? SAFA BEN-HARCHACHE ARCHITECTURE

“There are a lot more job openings for business, finance and engineering; going into the medical field right now is tough.” JESSICA ALKAKOS NURSING

“It depends on the field you are going into. Some are more in demand, and others are just difficult to get into.” YAMA NEROW BUSINESS

“Those who have job experience are the ones who will get the first pick of the jobs.”


“It is going to be hard for students who have a lot of experience unless you know someone in the business who can help you out.” SORRAYA WIENEKE MULTIMEDIA

“We have a lot of good graduates, but they have a tough road before them. You really need to know what you want to go into.”

ASOC needs focused effort LOUIS LAVENTURE News editor When I think of a student governing body, the first few things that come to mind are change, responsibility and vision. However, when it comes to the Associated Students of Ohlone College, these things seem to be lost in the shuffle. Most recently, invalid online ballots marred the 2013 ASOC executive officer elections. “There were several instances of candidates violating campaign rules, as reported by authorized election staff members,” vice president of student services Ron Travenick said. “In addition, when the ballot was built by the company, the election ballot failed to give voters a choice to vote yes or no for all unopposed candidates.” Something as vital as who will hold office next year at Ohlone was botched, requiring a new election on May 13 and 14. I would like my student government to embrace positive changes and take responsibility for their initiation as well as create a vision for the school. Not just a vision for their tenure, but they should also create a vision that reaches past generations of students who are so far ahead we can’t even fathom. While this ideal is what I would want in my student government, you don’t always get what you want.


Instead, our student government provides “wish lists” to College Council in hopes that a united front on an issue will garner their stance more validity. At several ASOC meetings during the spring semester, members discussed at length their recommendation for the future of the printed class schedule. However, several members of the ASOC kept referring to the schedule as the “catalog,” which adviser Debbie Trigg picked up on and made them aware of the difference between a schedule and a catalog. “I think some of you are confusing the catalog with the schedule, which are two different things,” she said. While it may be a little optimistic of me, I think that our student government should be concerned and focus its efforts on more important and progressive matters. Matters include what students really are concerned about, such as outrageous book prices and protecting our campus from a school shooting. I think gauging students and really identifying what students want changed around Ohlone would be a great start for a fair representation of the entire student body. I guess it’s easy for me to point these things out on the outside looking in. I just always hoped for more from the government that represents me and my fellow students.


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The Spring 2013 Monitor staff wishes all our readers a happy summer. Staff members from left, first row, are Tara Ingraham, Manika Casterline, Ashley Lam and adviser Jeanie Wakeland. In the second row are Tam Duong, Celia Freire, Norihiro Sasaki and Louis Laventure. Standing in the back are Joshua Mobley, Frankie Addiego and Mike Delahoussaye.

People should pay attention to local politics FRANKIE ADDIEGO Staff writer Our nation was founded on a platform of dissent. We are a nation of the people, by the people and for the people. And yet, somehow, in covering city council meetings, it’s rare to see people engaged, and when they are, they often turn into some sort of self-caricature who nobody takes seriously.


For one thing, a lot of people may not realize how serious local politics can be. After all, it’s not like they’re going to declare war or legalize bank robbery or something. But as with the state and federal governments, they’re using your tax dollars, and as such, you have the right to know what they’re using them for. It wasn’t long ago that Ohlone’s campus in Newark didn’t exist. It cost $150 million in taxpayers’ dollars and took several years to complete. While most voters are perfectly happy with the measure, some undoubtedly felt that it was too much taxpayer money for something they may not have seen the need for (OK, I think I’m the only one who felt that way) and had those who had been against it spoken up, we might not have gotten this facility, for better or worse. Of course, in admitting that I was skeptical about the Newark center, some of you probably think I’m crazy and, well, that’s another reason people need to get more vocal about politics: Often, when someone offers a dissenting, non-mainstream opinion, they come off that way, and the kinds of people who are vocal at city council meetings tend to come off a bit touched in the head. In every city council meeting, there’s time set aside from citizens to speak at the podium. Usually the speaker is some-

At every city council meeting, time is set aside from citizens to speak at the podium. one who’s concerned about the environment or some other singular issue. The fact that our drinking water contains fluoride is a popular topic, and while the people talking about why this needs to change do make good points, they can come off as a bit obsessive. Then, there are those who complain about the budget, but often sound like they’re more interested in bashing the mayor and council members, than the issues themselves. This is a shame because the sad fact of the matter is that once something is on the agenda in a given city, it’s rare that it gets voted down. Having covered several city council meetings, I’ve rarely seen an agenda item being voted against by a single councilmember, let-alone be defeated. But if more everydaypeople with thoughtful, reasoned arguments were to speak up, maybe that would change, and the voice of the people would be a more powerful one.



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NEWS BITES Internships available to students in all departments Korean BBQ raises money The Ohlone College Korean Student Association held a spring barbecue May 4 at the Fremont campus. Over 50 students attended the “kal bi” or Korean barbecue on campus for a good cause. “We would like to contribute a part of the ticket proceeds to the Ohlone TOP program to support our fellow students,” club President Lucy Park said. “We would like to share our early success with our campus food pantry, helping out students just like us.”

Recreation room opens The Associated Students of Ohlone College recreation room at the Newark campus is now open. The recreation room received a massive overhaul, which was deemed necessary through student polling according to ASOC President Amit Patel. On May 7, ASOC hosted a grand opening at the Newark facility coinciding with a Pinterest party introducing all of the new features to attending guests. The recreation room now provides new services that include video games and music as well as academic and professional assistance.

Students to receive awards The 2012-2013 Students Awards Ceremony will be May 16 at the Fremont campus. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. in the Smith Center lobby with light refreshments and music provided by Ohlone students. The awards presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the Jackson Theatere in the Smith Center. Student award winners are recognized for their “top performance and superior commitment to learning” in a particular area of study.

Rock combos to perform The Rock Combos Class led by Tim Roberts, featuring the Horn Dogs, will perform at the Smith Center on the Fremont campus May 17 at 7 p.m. The students will perform live rock music of the past and present at the Jackson Theater, including Mumford and Sons as well as Earth, Wind and Fire. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students and youth under 12. Event parking is $2. More information is available at the Smith Center box office.

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would like to have career guidance programs, funding is an ongoing barrier. Walt Birkedahl, dean of Arts and Social Sciences, said that he would like to see an internship program in the future, but due to limited finances, he doesn’t see it as a possibility any time soon. Birkedahl said he envisions a future program wherein “Someone tries to find internships, sets up a database of companies interested in taking interns and works with students to match them with employers.” Carli said that she wishes there could be a program that helped Ohlone students get internships. Again, there are financial obstacles that are prohibiting these programs. Although there are no internship programs, Ohlone’s department of Health Sciences sends students to Washington Hospital, Kaiser Fremont, Kaiser Hayward and St. Rose for clinical rotations, said Carli. “Health care facilities are not endorsing these types of programs. This has to do with the Joint Commission for Accrediting Hospital organization. Any person who steps foot in the hospital

When I was an undergraduate, I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Labs on the UC Berkeley campus and it was part of the inspiration for me to pursue a career in the sciences. Laurie Issel-Tarver, Assistant Professor of biotechnology and biology needs to clear a criminal background check. This gets expensive for hospitals. Also, there are lots of privacy issues surrounding patient identification and safety. Third, it costs the hospital money to have a preceptor for interns,” said Carli. After potential nursing students get their degree, programs are available. “There is one program selected hospitals are using, it is called the RN residency program. A student who has graduated from an accredited nursing school and passed the national licensure exam (NCLEXRN) can apply to this type of program. Usually it is three months long, no pay, 40 hours a week. At the end of it, there is no guarantee of a job,” said Carli. Laurie Issel-Tarver, assistant professor of the biotechnology and biology department, said that there

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Ohlone College for two years. He also worked as a kitchen manager at a Fremont Chipotle. He aspiredtoworkinthemedical field, said his sister Maribel Santana.“My brother is a very outgoing person who

had always stood up for what he believed in,” she said. Adriana Ruiz, who worked with him when he was transferred from a Chipotle location in Castro Valley a little more than a year ago, said that he was always willing and wanted to do his best.

are no substitutes for getting a real work experience that an internship provides. “When I was an undergraduate, I worked at Lawrence Berkeley Labs on the UC Berkeley campus and it was part of the inspiration for me to pursue a career in the sciences,” said IsselTarver. The biotechnology department offers internship opportunities for our students. There are two types of internships available – internal and external – said Issel-Tarver. The internal internships allow biotech students to practice their lab skills on campus with prep labs associated with Ohlone’s teaching laboratories. Interns work with Ohlone’s lab technicians to prepare solutions, grow cells, sterilize instruments, and organize materials for classes, said Issel-Tarver.

“External internships give students the chance to work at biotechnology companies in the local area. We have partnerships with some large and some small companies. Each company has its own personality, its own philosophy. It’s a great opportunity for students to get real world experience in the field of biotech,” said Issel-Tarver. Students in the biotechnology department are taking their own strides. Recently, they formed a Biotechnology Club. The club will start activities next year. “One focus of the club will be networking, career preparation, resume writing and learning interviewing skills,” said Issel-Tarver. Internship programs in place or not, the first step students should make is to take matters into their own hands when it comes to starting their career.


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develops through a long and complex process in the brain. “It is likely the causes include some mix of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors; therefore, the risk may differ from person to person.” Weddington said that the possible side effects to current medications also vary from person to person. When Mary Graves took Aricept pills in 2008, her daughter Julie Meyer said that Graves had nightmares where “it felt like someone

was chasing her,” and she would wake up exhausted. According to the Institute, studies have linked Alzheimer’s to the gene APO lipoprotein E, but having Alzheimer’s does not guarantee the carrier will get it. “One of the things we are about to encounter,” said Weddington, “is a massive increase in the elderly population including people with Alzheimer’s disease and we do not have the facilities to care for them or the cure.”

Big bands end season The Bay Area’s own Chops Big Band will bring its 18-piece music machine to the Fremont campus of Ohlone College on May 17 at 8 p.m.

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Renegade sports come to an end LOUIS LAVENTURE Sports editor The time of year currently staring us all in the face can really make a collegiate sports fan sad. Summer. The school year is quickly coming to an end. While there will be summer classes, there will be no sports. School sporting events are one place where students, faculty, family, friends and community members can come together and connect in the name of the Renegades. Whether it is the Lady Renegade hoops team or the men’s and women’s swim and dive team, sports can create a common ground for strangers who otherwise would have nothing to talk about. So while Californians enjoy some of the best summer weather anywhere in the world, they also miss out on the same thing everybody else likes: college sports. Winter sports The winter sports season set the tone for the year with incredible seasons by both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Both Renegade basketball teams successfully reached

I DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE ANY REGRETS LEAVING OHLONE AFTER MY LAST GAME, SO I JUST MADE SURE I GAVE IT EVERYTHING I HAD REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION WE WERE IN. -Jackson Zarubin the playoffs, winning their opening rounds respectively. Both teams lost their second-round matches against very tough competition. “It was a good game. We knew that Merritt had a good team and that most playoff games come down to the last possession,” freshman Fredrik Boehn said. “I never thought that Merritt would win it on a crazy threepoint shot at the buzzer.” It was not as dramatic of an ending for the Lady Renegades basketball team but they still saw the same fate in the second round of the playoffs at Sierra College. “It is tough to go on the road and play a really good team,” coach Julia Allender said. “They play in one of the best conferences in the state and they face tough competition all year long.” Jarrad Jackson, Jason Bi, Vinnie Toor, Chris Read, Ashley Stephens, Warren Wright and Ring Ayuel are listed as sophomores or red shirt sophomores for the men.

Sopheap Chan, Berika Egberuare, Alexous Robinson, Rebekah Yang, Josephine Vieira and Alexa Martin were all listed the same on this year’s Lady Renegades team. Spring sports Winter gave way to spring and the outdoor sports of baseball, softball, swim and dive. In a rare oddity, both baseball and softball missed out on the post-season, something that rarely happens at Ohlone. Despite not making the playoffs, both teams put together very solid 2013 campaigns, coming up just short. “We knew going into the final game that it would be our last at Ohlone, so it was definitely a sad moment,” baseball pitcher Jackson Zarubin said. “We’ve developed relationships with both the coaches and players and have become a family over the past two years, making it hard to swallow a disappointing last season and game. I didn’t want to

have any regrets leaving Ohlone after my last game, so I just made sure I gave it everything I had regardless of the situation we were in.” The Renegades will have a tough time replacing the departing talents of arguably their best bat and arm in sophomores – LJ Kalawaia and Zarubin. Softball players sign It was a little bit tougher of a pill to swallow for the softball team and coach Donna Runyon. Despite posting a winning record, the Lady Renegades still were not able to secure a playoff spot since a winning record does not guarantee that. However, it didn’t end all bad for the ladies of the diamond. Ariana Marquez, Mackenzie Bush and Katy Weger all signed letters of intent to play at four-year schools. Marquez will attend Holy Names University in Oakland. Bush will have a little bit more of a journey as she

heads to Nebraska and the York College Panthers. “We are all so blessed and proud to have these opportunities in front of us,” Bush said. Weger will stay instate and become a Wildcat at the California State University, Chico. “This has been my dream since I was 5,” Weger said. The swim and dive team trained all year long for the Coast Conference championships where the men managed to qualify in three events. While their efforts came up short at the state championships, they still had a stellar season led by coach Gene Kendall. “All season long we are trying to get ready for the conference championships, everything leads up to that,” Kendall said. Justin Cox swam in all three of the events for Ohlone at the state championships in Los Angeles last month. “You really just have to look at your times and push yourself to get better, selfmotivation is key,” Cox said. With most of the Ohlone sports teams moving on players, next year will bring with it a new batch of incoming freshmen to captivate fan’s hearts and minds.

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With the 2012-2013 year quickly coming to an end, it got us thinking. Which Renegades would make the perfect athlete? First team academic All-American softball player Katy Weger has the brain power that the ideal Renegade athlete would need to be successful.

Lady Renegade guard Sopheap Chan has the vision a great Renegade athlete would need. Pinpoint passes make her eyes the pick.

Baseball slugger LJ Kalawaia is our choice for the heart of a great athlete. He batted over .400 on the year and was a rock in centerfield for Ohlone.

Ohlone swimmer Justin Cox swam on all three relay teams that qualified for the state championships in April. His lungs are ideal for the our Renegade.

Volleyball player Selina Samorano has the hands an athlete would need with strength and finesse.



Our athlete would have the right arm of Jackson Zarubin. The baseball pitcher was solid in his two seasons in Fremont often overpowering.

The feet of the perfect Ohlone athlete would come from Jessica Hernandez. The striker amassed a team-high 18 points in 2012. “Jessica can hit shots off both feet with a lot of pace,” Lady Renegades soccer coach Larry Heslin said. She hits rockets.”

Greivin Pacheco Quesada was a goal scoring machine for the men’s soccer team this year. His legs were the reason for so many wins collecting 11 goals and five assists in 2012. The Costa Rica native has quick and deadly feet for the ideal Renegade.

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