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Bulldogs ranked second in nation It might risk jinxing the team for a coach to admit it, but the football team is now ranked #2 in the nation— the best ranking in the 87 years of Bulldogs football. The Bulldogs started off the season hosting Fresno City College on Sept. 11. They were preseason ranked #2 in Northern California while FCCC was ranked #13. Despite many turnovers and mistakes the Bulldogs pulled out the victory 32-24 before a raucous College of San Mateo crowd. “A win is a win, but we still have a lot to improve on,” said Bret Pollack, second year head coach. “We had a bunch of big plays but not many sustained drives. We still have a lot to work on but those things are fixable.” The first big play of the game for the Bulldogs happened early in the first quarter— quarterback Julian Bernard hit Rashaan Vaughn on a screen pass. With some great blocks down field, Vaughn was soon being congratulated by teammates—celebrating

a 42-yard touchdown pass. “We call that play ‘Zebra’. I have to give all the credit to my linemen for their great blocks down field. I just followed them to the end zone,” Vaughn said of the play. The Bulldogs took a 9-0 lead in the game after a 23-yard field goal. Then, in the second quarter, after a Bulldog fumble deep in their own territory, FCCC’s James Holland burst into the end zone, but botched the extra point attempt— leaving the score at 9-6. Later in the second quarter the Bulldogs went on their best drive of the game, a seven play 87-yard march down the field capped off by a seven-yard touchdown run by Bernard (10 for 17; 210 yards and two touchdown passes), who amassed nearly 260 yards of total offense. Fresno finished off the scoring in the half with a field goal as the Bulldogs had a 15-9 lead. The Bulldogs started the second half with a bang as sophomore transfer Therman McGowan broke numerous tackles for an electrifying 80-yard touchdown return. “His energy is contagious,” Pollack said of McGowan.

“He brings energy every day to practice and the team feeds off it”. FCCC was driving on their first possession of the half but was stopped as Mike Wallace had his second interception of the day. “He played very well today. He got the game ball,” said Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Tim Tulloch. After another field goal by Anderson FCCC answered with a score of their own to bring the score within one possession. After a Bulldog turnover, Jon Settle scored from one-yard out and a two point conversion by Trent Hicks made the score 25-17. As the momentum swung in FCCC ‘s direction Vaughn again came up with a huge play. Pollack called the same exact play Vaughn scored on in the first half and the result was the same. Vaughn took it 54-yards this time for a touchdown. Vaughn finished the game with 3 catches for 101 yards and two scores. With the score 32-24 and under three minutes to go a huge defensive play sealed the victory

list of pipelines due for evaluation and maintenance Sept. 20. The San Bruno pipeline wasn’t included within this list. PG&E defends the list— the list is not a high risk assessment, but a list intended for planning future planning, said PG&E spokesperson Katie Roman. They have set up a Customer Outreach Center at 900 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno. The center was set up to “help residents take advantage of PG&E services” such as talking with local contractors during the San Bruno rebuilding phase, said Roman.

A special charitable fund of $1 million was donated by PG&E to local non-profit groups such as the American Red Cross Bay Area, United Way 2-1-1 Program, and Blood Centers of the Pacific. PG&E also established the San Bruno Fund, a $100 million pledge, of which $12 million has already been contributed. This includes $7 million relief checks and, $.6 million for Visa prepaid gift cards for displaced residents, $3 million donated to the City of San Bruno, and $1.5 million for environmental redevelopment. But, despite continued efforts

of PG&E, there is still an uphill battle to redesign pipe lines. The distinction over which pipelines require auto shut-off valves and which should be monitored by federally licensed operators isn’t at all clear. There is a call for new legislation lengthening the distance between the gas and water lines. While in concept these new regulations may seem necessary, they will also be costly. “If they can give multi-million dollar bonuses, they can afford this,” said Yee’s Chief of Staff Adam Keigwin. “People have a right to know they’re safe.”

JeffryAldinger The San Matean

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Bulldogs defensive back Dwaine Simpson breaks up a pass in the season opener against Fresno City Community College. The Bulldogs are 3-0 in the season and currently ranked #2 in the country.

October 4, 2010

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San Bruno begins the slow work of rebuilding

Jason Pun and Khiry Crawford The San Matean Three weeks after the Sept. 9 gas line explosion, San Bruno begins to settle down while new information is released and more fatalities are announced. Amidst the 66 injuries, 34 houses destroyed, 15 acres razed, and 7 reported deaths, another San Bruno Resident died Monday, Sept. 27. James Emil Franco died after 16 days, hospitalized after the blast. Franco’s death brings the total fatalities to eight. His body was scheduled for autopsy Sept 28, but

the San Mateo Coroner’s Office had no comments on Franco’s cause of death beforehand. A new bill, the Strengthening Pipelines Safety and Enforcement Act, will establish redefinitions for gas line regulation. These include stating that 200 safety inspectors are responsible for 2,000 miles of pipeline, electronic shutoff valves, “smart pig” robots for pipeline inspection, the prohibiting of keeping natural gasses at high pressures without inspection, and prioritizing old pipes closest to seismic areas. PG&E released a “top 100”

Campus construction work means closure of Hillsdale parking lot Tyler Huffman The San Matean The daily struggle, searching for parking, is only going to get tougher with the planned closing and renovation scheduled for midOctober. The scheduled upgrades are needed, but because the lot is used by so many students, parking is likely to be more difficult, said Rick Bennett, executive director of the construction planning department. The project is predicted to take place in phases for the next two

to three months, said Bennett. “Because the Hillsdale lot is used least amongst the student lots, we are starting this project during the fall semester” he said. Upgrades to the Hillsdale lot will include improved lighting for the evening classes, de-rooting and repaving the rocky pavement in the lot, restriping the lines for the lot, and constructing a new stairway to make the campus and lot more accessible to students walking to and from classes. “They will be recycling as much of the current asphalt as possible,

and using a minimal amount of new asphalt,” said Marianne Duggan, Project Manager of Construction Planning Department. “The new stairway is being built to meet standards and eliminate erosion that lays under the current stairway.” There is no information yet on the exact date that the project will commence, only that it will begin in mid-October. “We are still figuring out the new design of the lot,” said Bennett. There is also no word on how many spaces will be lost when the project begins.

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Hillsdale parking lot, which is slated to be closed for upgrades.


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Campus Briefs

by Jessica Ritter

If there is an event that readers would like listed in Campus Briefs, please submit it to The San Matean at Bldg. 19, Room 123, or, or call 5746330. Submissions should be typed neatly. San Mateo’s Farmers Market Every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CSM Lot 1B CSM Art Faculty Exhibition Noon to 1 p.m. At the San Mateo Library until Oct. 27 For more information contact Jude Pittman at Notre Dame de Namur University Campus Visit Monday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upper quad near Buildings 16, 17, and 18 For more information contact Transfer Services ACSM Oktoberfest Monday, Oct. 4 to Friday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upper quad near Buildings 16, 17, and 18 For more information contact Fauzi Hamadeh At or 574-6141 Meet the Ambassadors Monday, Oct. 4, 1 to 3 p.m. Building 5, Lobby For more information contact Alex Guiriba At or 574-6645 CSM Health Fair 2010 Tuesday, Oct. 5 to Wedndesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Building 36, Lobby For more information contact Gloria D’Ambra At or 574-6396 Wonder Boys Film and Discussion Tuesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building 3, Theater Followed by discussion and book signing 1 to 2 p.m. Bldg. 2, Room 150 For more information call CSM Library Universiy of California Santa Cruz Campus Visit Wednesday, Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Building 16, Lobby For more information contact Transfer Services University of California, Berkeley Campus Visit Wednesday, Oct. 6, noon to 2:30 p.m. Bldg. 1, Room 115 For more information contact Transfer Services President’s Lecture Series Diverse Voices in Writing Michael Chabon, Thursday, Oct. 7, noon to 2 p.m. Building 3, Theatre For more information contact Library at 574-6232 University of Phoenix Campus Visit Thursday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Building 16, Lobby National Coming Out Day: The Accidental Activist, Dr. Ronni Sanlo, Out in History with Dr. Dyke! Monday, Oct. 11, 12:10 to 1 p.m. Building 3, Theatre San Francisco State University Campus Visit Monday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bldg. 1, Room 115 SPORTS CSM Football vs. Chabot College Saturday, Oct. 2, 1 p.m. CSM Football Field CSM Cross Country Crystal Springs Meet Saturday, Oct. 2, 3:30 p.m. At Belmont CSM Cross Country Toro Park Meet Friday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. At Salinas CSM Football vs. Los Medanos College Saturday, Oct. 9, 1 p.m. CSM Football Field

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Petitions for Professor Alex Farr The San Matean Students continue to pressure the administrations of district colleges in support of popular instructors— first for Instructor Jesus Moya at CSM, now for Adjunct Professor Robert Ovetz at Cañada. Ovetz learned this semester that he would not be offered a class to teach in the spring and in response, the budget cut protest group Cañada Strikes Back is drafting and distributing a petition to have Ovetz reinstated. “He’s made a connection—getting students to look at things in a new light,” said Lilliam Castellanos, an organizer with Cañada Strikes Back. Ironically, considering the leading voice that Ovetz provided in budget cut protests in the spring of 2010, budget related cuts in classes seems to be the cause of his not being offered a position in the spring. “I was told one of the classes of the full time faculty member of the department was cut, so they gave my class to him,” said Ovetz. The petition to reinstate Ovetz says that “Professor Ovetz has taught students to: ... Connect the social and political world with an individual’s quality of life,” among other things, and suggests using Measure G funds to “attract and retain high quality instructors.” Once the signatures have been gathered, it will be brought to Cañada President Tom Mohr. “It would not be the first consideration,” said Mohr of the influence of a petition on the administration’s decision making process. “We tend to make decisions that respond to the academic needs of

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Professor Ovetz at the March in March in S.F., March 2010. the students.” Those circulating the petition don’t seem to be satisfied. “Those parking lots, the staff parking lots are empty...” said Castellanos. “My class has tripled in size in the last two years—and now I have a waiting list for the first time ever,” said Ovetz of the student demand for enrollment in his classes. “The demand is certainly there.” “It was all about scheduling,” said Jennifer Castello, interim Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. “It’s a whole big process and things are shifting all over.” The class Ovetz is currently teaching will be taught by Professor Bob Lee in the spring. Lee is a full-time instructor in the Sociology department, which will be

a one person department without Ovetz. “We have a number of departments that are one person departments,” said Castello. “It’s a tragedy for the community college system,” said Ovetz. “There’s a massive increase in student demand but the college is thinning out faculty, despite the fact that the community has been willing to pony up more money with Measure G.” “How does that affect that teacher’s performance?... having to prepare for new classes?” said Castellanos. “Coordinating the curriculum is a big job— scheduling is a real important piece and the most important piece is student need,” said Castello. “With the budget, we’re having to cut and be as strategic as possible.”

epidemic, the TDaP vaccine is being made available to adults. The vaccine covers tetanus, dyptheria, and a-cellular Pertussis. “Pertussis is not predictable and extremely contagious, but vaccine preventable. While no vaccine is 100 percent sure, it’s important to create a cocoon of vaccinated individuals around infants,” said Jeff Dimond, Center for Disease Control Spokesperson. Pertussis has had an uptake around the country. “It’s been spotty and sporadic. There have been reports in upstate New York,

Minnesota, South Carolina, Michigan and Ohio. There has been some spillover from California into Nevada and Arizona,” he continued. The first reported case was this past May in Fresno. “There have been no confirmed cases of whooping cough in the childcare center,” said Louise Piper at the Childcare Center. The Health Center is offering the TDaP vaccine, as well as the DTaP, which is for infants. The vaccine is $10, according to Gloria D’Albra, office assistant at the Health Center, Sept. 24.

Reports of whooping cough in county Rachel Nielsen The San Matean Pertussis, or whooping cough, is running rampant in both the county and the state. “There have been a confirmed 63 cases in the county, and this is definitely something we want to keep in check,” said Robyn Thaw, spokeswoman for the County Health Department. There is an another case under investigation and there have been nine infant deaths in the state, she continued. In response to the apparent

Campus Blotter Tuesday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m. — A Blackberry was lost or stolen in the men’s room in Building 19 and there is no suspect. Monday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m. — A purse was lost with a Mexican ID inside. Tuesday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. — A wallet originally reported lost on Sept. 8 was found. Thursday, Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m. — A student reported that, while in class, his vehicle was burglarized. A glass jar containing ½-ounce of “medical marijuana,” a pipe, and cash in various denominations were taken from his gym bag. — Sylvia Vasquez The San Matean

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Yee working to aid fire victims Jason Pun The San Matean

State Senator Leeland Yee continues to fight for the Sept. 9 San Bruno fire victims by pushing the new SBx6 21 bill, and calling for a declaration of disaster by President Barack Obama. The bill is aimed at providing a $7,000 property tax exemption for the 39 families who lost their homes during the Sept. 9 fire. It will also allow residents to write off their loss of income on their taxes— protecting home-run business owners, as well as commuters, who lost everything in the fire. SBx6 21 will also protect the County of San Mateo, the City of San Bruno, and the local school districts by compensating for their loss of property tax revenue from the houses in that area.

This new piece of legislation would address “things not covered, to minimize the burden they’re facing,” said Chief of Staff for Senator Leeland Yee’s Office, Adam Keigwin. The budget for the state and the county won’t be adversely affected by the bill. The $7,000 dollars was already guaranteed to the home owners, so the bill assures that the displaced victims still receive this benefit from the state, said Keigwin. This is the beginning of a new wave of legislation to address the fire. New laws are going to be passed to prevent system failures brought to light by the fire. These include mandating auto-shut-off valves for gas lines, and increasing the minimum distance between gas and water pipes. The aid for San Bruno is largely

contributed by donations and activism of the public. On Saturday Sept. 25, there was a “Rally for San Bruno” at the San Bruno Recreation center, with 200-300 attendees, along with Senator Yee. Yee admitted that there are still more difficult times ahead, however he feels proud of the reaction of the community. The rally, as well as the support, was “a testament to the family of San Bruno.” Yee, in conjunction with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, recently applied for a federal declaration of disaster from President Barack Obama’s office, however it was turned down. The Federal Emergency Management Agency concluded that the cost of the response and recovery was well within the capabilities of the local authorities, making the declaration of disaster

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Senator Leland Yee and Dan Lieberman at a Rally for San Bruno.

unnecessary. FEMA measures the severity of the disaster by categories consisting of voluntary agency assistance, insurance cover-

age, damages, trauma to state and communities, and special populations, said FEMA spokesperson Brad Carroll.

Cañada Students target $1000 for San Bruno Petero Qauqau The San Matean

Associated Students Cañada College is working to raise $1000 by Sept. 31 for the San Bruno Relief Fund, while also conducting a blood drive. ASCC Vice President Gabriella Kasley said they were on target with over $800 already raised and that they were aiming for the full $1000 originally targeted. “We had initially had a target of $200 per week and we aim to get the amount,” said Kasley. “We have had a good turnout for the fundraising and blood drive and this was also a good way to unite students, staff and faculty,” added Kasley. Also, ASCC organized and ran a blood drive with Blood Centers of the Pacific on Sept. 28 in honor of the victims of the San Bruno fire. Blood Centers of the Pacific’s

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Tabitha Uelese,18, a Cañada College student, donates blood aided by Nurse Jaclyn Kwong.

Penninsula Account Representative JoEllen Myslik confirmed that there were 52 possible do-

nors— out of which 36 were able to donate. She also confirmed that 36 pints

of blood were collected. “Based on past history our target was 37 pints,” said Myslik.

“There is always an important need for more blood but we have had the additional support in honor of the San Bruno fire.” Meanwhile, led by College of San Mateo student government president Vivian Abellana, Associated Students at CSM kicked off the San Bruno CSM relief fundraising, raising $111 at the CSMFresno City College game on Sept. 11, at the Bulldogs football stadium. Aaron Schaefer, Coordinator of Student Activities at CSM confirmed they were hoping for a greater response from students and that all funds would be matched by ASCSM and channeled directly through a community based organization to help the victims. “This has been a terrible tragedy affecting the community just up the road,” said Schaefer. “We will continue to hold the fundraising until the need lessens.”

Fire forces building evacuated, class cancellations at Cañada Petero Qauqau The San Matean A Fire, whose causes are yet to be determined, forced the cancellation of 12:45-4 p.m. classes at Cañada College’s Bldg 13 on Sept. 28 and the relocation of 12 other evening classes to other buildings. Smoke was seen coming from Bldg 13’s Room 122 sometime before noon, when the fire alarms went off. Woodside Fire Department Fire Marshall Denise Enea confirmed that they were still investigating the cause and had ruled out electrical fault. Investigations are being made into the possibility of the fire being caused by a computer that was in the room, Enea said. She confirmed that they should have something later in the week. Staff and faculty helped with the evacuation of the building before firefighters from the Woodside Fire department arrived at the scene. Cañada’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Robert Hood, said the room in which the fire broke out was empty at the

time of the fire, but the building had ongoing classes which were stopped and evacuated. He confirmed all classes until 4 p.m. in Building 13 were cancelled for the day. A school e-mail from the Cañada College President’s office confirmed the relocation of 12 evening classes to other buildings. One Spanish language class was cancelled for the evening. “The office was empty but a Public Safety Officer and Dean Janet Stinger was on site and they did a good job of containing the fire,” Hood said. Woodside Fire Department Battalion chief Emil Picchi said a fire call dispatch was made at 11:58am. He also said Building 13 was evacuated with smoke still coming out of the windows. Cañada College President Thomas Mohr was just about to return from the San Mateo County Community College District office in San Mateo where he had a meeting earlier when he received the call informing him of the fire. “Everyone handled the situation perfectly including the students, everyone in Building 13 was evacuated appropriately and

the staff worked out everything,” Mohr said. He confirmed, however, that the cost of the damages wouldn’t be known until later on in the week. Lashanda DeRosans, 37, a Bill Encoding student was in her Medical Terminology class when the fire alarms went off. Fearing for her life she left her bag behind. “We were in class and the next thing you know the sirens went off and everybody immediately left the classrooms,” she said. “For me my life is important when the sirens went off, I forgot about my books.” Nancy Chrismas, 26, a Medical Assistant student was near Room 122 in Bldg.13 and on her way to get ready for her 1:30 p.m. class. “I was walking into my class from another class,” she said. Chrismas added that a security guard ran past her and shouted smoke but she didn’t pay attention cause she thought someone was smoking. It wasn’t until she saw smoke coming out of the room after the security guard opened the door that she realized what was going on, said Chrismas.

“I was on my way to my Medical Transcription class,” she said. Robert Hood confirmed later

that afternoon that they had yet to receive a report on the cause of the fire.

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A fire broke out in Bldg. 13, Room 122 at Cañada, Sept. 28.


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Sports Spotlight Name: Rashaan Vaughn Sport: Football Position: Wide Receiver (#1) Class: Sophomore High School: Washington H.S in Fremont Favorite Athlete: Jerry Rice Best CSM Moment: Being a part of the CSM Family S.M.: When did you start playing organized football? R.V.: I started playing football when I was 8 years-old. I played for the San Leandro Crusaders. I have been playing organized football ever since. S.M.: What are your thoughts on the season? R.V.: I believe this is going to be a good season. We are a young team that needs to learn from our mistakes each week. Tell the Truth Monday (when the team watches film with the coaches each Monday) is when we learn from our mistakes. As long as we continue to improve I think we are going to have a good season. S.M.: What are the team’s and your individual goals for the season? R.V.: I can’t talk about our team goals (things talked about in the locker room stay in the locker room) but individually I want to be one of the leaders on the team. To help build the team and get closer as a team. S.M.: What schools are recruiting you? R.V.: The University of Arizona, The University of Utah, University of Oregon, and the University of Hawaii.

Editor’s Note: Vaughn, an All-Bay Area selection in football while in high school, started the season off in style. His first catch of the season was a screen pass in which he turned into a 42 yard touchdown. Later in the second half, Coach Pollack called the same play this time resulting in a 54 yard touchdown. For the season he had 11 catches for 176 yards and four touchdowns. He has been clocked in the forty at 4.37 seconds.


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for the Bulldogs. With FCCC in Bulldog territory, on fourth down, linebacker Justin Sagota sacked quarterback Kevin Orender to end the game. Offensively, Seta Pohahua led the Bulldog’s with 58 yards on 12 carries and Bernard had 47 yards with the same number of carries. Defensively, James McCullough and Brandon Frescesconi led with nine tackles each. On Sept. 18, in a rematch of the Northern California State championship from last year, the Bulldogs rewrote the record books as they beat up on Reedley, 51-10. The Bulldogs ran for a then school record 459 yards, battering the old mark of 431 yards against Solano in 2006. Overall the Bulldogs had 554 total yards and 31 first downs. CSM took the lead early in the first quarter on a McGowan 11-yard touchdown run. Vaughn again came up big again as he scored on back to back possessions, the first a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bernard, the second coming from quarterback Miles Freeman from 15-yards out. Bernard threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this one a 17-yard strike to wide receiver Antoine Turner as the Bulldogs rolled to a 30-3 halftime lead. Tim Celestine set a school record to begin the second half with a 100-yard kick return touchdown to make the score 37-3 with only a few seconds gone in the third quarter. With the score 44-10 in the fourth quarter, Freeman finished off the scoring with a 74yard touchdown. Freeman ran for 146-yards on 13 carries. Bernard had 10 carries for 67 yards, and McGowan ran for 59 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Bernard was 7-15 for 80 yards and two touchdown passes. Those two touchdown passes went to Vaughn who had 6 catches for 66 yards.

While breaking the record for rushing yards, Pollack was pleased with the play of the offensive line. “Our starters played well and so did the guys who back them up. We are a running team and the offensive line play is always important. We have great depth in our offensive line and we ran the ball extremely well today.” Leading the way defensively was Sagote with six tackles and Brandon Francesconi and McCullough had five each. Francesconi also had an interception while the team held Reedley to only 281 yards offensively. A week later, on Sept. 28, the Bulldogs again set records in their 77-14 rout of West Valley College. After a 7-7 first quarter the Bull-

lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Tyler Ippoliti but the Bulldogs proceeded to score on their next eleven possessions to take a 77-7 lead before a late West Valley touchdown at the end of the game. Freeman again led the ground attack again with 155 yards on seven carries. He had touchdown runs of 39-yards and 20-yards. After a tough opening game, Freeman has responded well in the last two. “He is now playing with a chip on his shoulder,” Pollack said. “He is a competitor and proving he is not the player he was in the first game of the season.” Pohalua also went over 100 yards, with five carries, tallying 109 for the game including a 59-

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Rashaan Vaughn

2 yards, Nate Newman had two of his own on back to back possessions in the third quarter. Celestine added a 34-yard touchdown run himself, and Mike Jubilado finished up the scoring with a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs got their first score on defense this year when linebacker Ronald Fields returned a fumble for a 42-yard touchdown in the third quarter. For the season, Freeman is leading the rushing attack with 309 yards on 22 carries and 3 touchdowns. Freeman is ranked thirteenth in the Northern California in rushing yards and second in yards-per-attempt. Pohahau has 202 yards and one score and is ranked third in Northern Califor-

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Fresno Rams Defensive Backer Trent Hicks misses a pass in the third quarter, on Sept. 11.

dogs scored an amazing 70 points in the final three quarters, 63 of those in the second and third. The Bulldogs smashed oneweek-old records with 592 yards on the ground, and also set school records for touchdowns in a game (11) and extra point conversions (11 by kicker Juan Garcia) West Valley took an early 7-0

yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Bill Nyantyaki ran for 87-yards and Nate Newman had 60. Overall 13 different Bulldogs ran the ball throughout the game. Tani Afeaki caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Bernard for the Bulldogs only score in the air the entire game. Vaughn Smith had two touchdown runs of 6 and

nia in yards-per-attempt. Through the air, Bernard is 22-39 for 344 and 5 touchdown passes while Freeman is 2-4 with a touchdown pass. Vuaghn leads the squad with 11 catches for 176 yards and 4 touchdown catches. Vaughn’s four scores have him tied for second in touchdown receptions in Northern California. Turner and

Afeaki have one touchdown each. Anderson has made both his field goal attempts and Garcia made his only attempt. The Bulldogs are the number-one scoring offense in Northern California, with 53.3 points per game and second in total-yards-per-game, behind San Francisco City College. Defensively, linebacker Francesconi leads the Bulldogs with 21 total tackles, 13 unassisted, followed closely by fellow linebacker McCollough with 18 total tackles. Sagote, Wallace, Mataele “Lucky” Dozier, Nick Pula, and Nick France are all in double digits for tackles. Maka leads the team with three sacks, followed by Sagote with two. Wallace has two picks and Francesconi has one. Fields has two fumble recoveries, while Dozier, Mataele, France, and Mike Paolucci have one each. The Bulldogs are ranked fourth in Northern California in points-pergame at 16. After three impressive wins to start the season off the Bulldogs are now ranked second in the country by, their highest ranking in school history. Meanwhile, they are ranked sixth in the country by Number one ranked Mount San Antonio Junior College travels this week to number seven Bakersfield Junior College. The Bulldogs have a challenge, this Saturday, as they play high scoring Chabot College here. Chabot is also 3-0 and they have beaten West Valley College 6513, Redwoods College 24-3, and Hartnell College 55-38. Chabot is currently ranked # 17 in Northern California and is led on the ground by Bryan Jones who has run for 222 yards for the season. Quarterback Travis Gardner has 11 touchdown passes and over 500 yards in the air for the season so far. “This will be our toughest challenge so far,” said Tulloch. Game time is 1 p.m. Pertussis, or


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Bulldogs lose third straight match Bruno Manrique The San Matean The CSM Women’s Water Polo team fell to Big 8 opponent Santa Rosa Junior College, 9-2 on Friday, Sept. 24. Coming off a 15-5 loss to Sierra College and dropping their first conference game in a 4-7 loss to Merced College, the Lady Bulldogs (3-8 overall, 0-1 conference) were limited to two goals and could not run their offense due to constant defensive pressure and bad passing. Santa Rosa’s (4-7 overall, 1-1 conference) leading scorer, captain Caitlin Risden, who was third in steals with 44 and led her team with 72 goals last season, stayed on to play for another season. Risden and sister Courtney, form a two-player tandem that has racked up a combined 46 goals and 44 steals for the Lady Bear Cubs this season. Both sisters have scored more than 20 goals this season, and are the only ones in double-digits scoring, with freshman driver Becky Bennigson trailing with seven of her own. From the start of the game

Santa Rosa was more aggressive, more organized, and executed better than the Bulldogs. Their willingness to take the shot when the opportunity arose was key to their 4-0 halftime lead. CSM’s defense was out of place most of the game, often finding themselves too out on the perimeter, allowing the hole player to get a comfortable angle to the goal. Santa Rosa subbed out AllAmerican goalie Ariel Lockshaw after a very strong performance in the first half. CSM goalie Zoe Aquila had only six saves for the game, the goalpost did the rest, saving the Lady Bulldogs five times from an even larger deficit. Aquila was often forced to pounce and keep her team from a defensive breakdown, but it proved fatal in the fourth quarter as one of those risks ended up in the net with Risden’s backhand goal from the two-meter line. The Lady Bulldogs wasted a one-on-one chance on goal, when backup goalie Becca Woodruff sent the shot back with the left hand for her fourth save of the game.

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Freshman Angelica Medina takes shot on the goal against Santa Rosa Junior College.

Najelah Najdawi and Melissa Chao scored a goal each for CSM, Courtney Risden led the Bear Cubs with 4 goals, her sister Caitlin followed with 3. “Santa Rosa was a good team, their goalie was really good and they played a good game,” said CSM driver Andrea Chan. CSM’s lack of scoring chances was mainly due to very poor passing and hesitation to take advan-

tage of their few clean looks at the goal. The Lady Cubs hounded and pressured the ball, often resulting in shot-clock violations. “Everyone lacked energy, there was a lack of focus and passion, we didn’t look like we wanted to play water polo,” said Najdawi. The Lady Bulldogs’ constant turnovers have been a big problem for them all season long, often having to trail opponents ear-

ly. Their passing woes resulted in transition opportunities for Santa Rosa, giving away great looks at goal, which they capitalized on. “We must have a passion to score, and desire to score,” said CSM coach Randy Wright. “We have a week to find that attitude and make it happen.” CSM will host Cabrillo College in a conference game on Friday, Oct. 1 at CSM.

aerial attacks and also capitalizing on six out of seven times in redzone opportunities. Every CSM touchdown before the fourth quarter came in six plays or less, testament to the team’s intuitiveness and innate

high, we do things well and we do them over and over again,” said Head Coach Bret Pollack. The defense also did its job, holding the Vikings to a combined 273 yards in 66 plays. Linebacker Brandon Francesconi led the team

Bulldogs was kicker Juan Garcia, who nailed 11 of 11 extra points in the game. “We’ve missed an extra point in earlier games this season, and even going back to last season, our only two losses were by one point, so yeah, it does make a difference,” said Garcia, 19. “It’s a confidence booster to go perfect on extra points, Kenny and I have been kicking consistently so that is good for our team. We can’t slack off.” The Bulldogs set three different school records on Saturday - most points in a game (77), most touchdowns (11), and most extra points scored (11). CSM will host Chabot College on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. “We have to be 4-0 before we can be 5-0,” said Pollack, “We take it one week at a time and just think about the upcoming game. We’ll do what we do every game, we’ll run the ball and we’ll stop the run, this is how we structured things, recruit, etcetera.” Pollack’s ideas are constantly backed up by his players, showing a real sense of team mindset. “It’s not about how we prepare for Chabot, it’s about how they prepare for us,” added Freeman.

Bruno Manrique The San Matean SARATOGA - CSM’s football team set several school records after an impressive rushing barrage in their 77-14 routing of West Valley College on Saturday, Sept. 25. A week after a record-setting 51-10 win against Reedley College, rushing for a combined 459 yards, the Bulldogs (3-0 overall) scored 77 consecutive points, letting their backs loose for a total of 592 yards on the ground and nine rushing touchdowns. The team averaged an astonishing 12.1 yards per carry and had two players rush for more than a 100 yards each. West Valley (0-3 overall) was the first to get in the end-zone after a one-yard run by Vikings’ quarterback Tyler Ippoliti. CSM evened up the score with 3:37 left on the first quarter after Vaughn Smith’s 6-yard rushing TD. “We wanted to show them what we can do,” said Smith, 20. “We can play with anybody, we played them like any other team.” Then came the avalanche... The Bulldogs torched the Vikings for 6 touchdowns in the second, starting with the first play of the quarter. Quarterback Julian Bernard connected in a 30-yard strike to slot receiver Tana Afeaki to give CSM a 14-7 lead. The Bulldogs continued to bully West Valley on the ground after two touchdowns by freshman backup QB Miles Freeman, who broke for two big runs and converted into scores (39, 20). “It feels good to me just to get on the field,” said Freeman, 19. “It feels better to help my team win.” Freshman defensive back Ron Fields returned a fumble for 42 yards to give CSM a 42-7 lead. Fields had two fumble recoveries for 75 yards. CSM’s biggest run came in the first minute of the third quarter,

when sophomore back Seta Pohahau broke loose for 59 yards on the ground to give the Bulldogs a 56-7 lead. Freshman running back Nate Newman followed Pohahau’s efforts with two consecutive touch-

The Bulldogs take a moment to reflect after a record setting game.

downs of his own. Other rushing touchdowns were scored by Smith (2), Tim Celestine, and Mike Jubilado. The Vikings scored their last touchdown with 5:46 left in the fourth quarter with a 20-yard receiving TD by wideout Ken Fox. With two minutes remaining and the ball at the Vikings’ 2-yard line, the team and coaching staff showed great sportsmanship by calling three straight kneeldowns to end the game. CSM got the most out of a hardnosed rushing offense and only ran eight passing plays, completing six for a total of 97 yards. The Bulldogs had no mercy and punished West Valley for defensive mistakes, abusing the Vikings into double-digit yard runs, surprising them with effective

ability for big-time plays, amassing 689 total yards for the game. “I’m sure our confidence is

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Campus Spotlight Name: Nick Dellaporta Title: Library Support Specialist Age: 40 SM: What do you do at CSM? ND: My title is Library Support Specialist. I work at the library’s circulation desk and answer non-reference questions. Very big difference in what I do and what the reference staff does. Reference deals with research on specific subjects. I’m part of the circulation staff. I handle more procedural questions, like if someone needs to check out a book. Mostly, I help students with library cards and checking books out. I’m usually the initial go-to-person. People usually come to me for questions first. SM: How long have you worked in the district? ND: I’ve been working in the district since 1997. Before CSM, I was at Skyline College from 1997 to 2000. I had a part time job at Cañada College in the learning center for a semester. It was closer to home and at the time was what I wanted to do. Then I started working at CSM, since 2000. All three positions have been rewarding. SM: What is your most memorable event while working at CSM? ND: Well, the Peninsula Library System had an event called One Book, One Community. It was an event designed to encourage people to read and have discussions and events related to books. One year, “The Kite Runner” was featured. CSM had a big event with an Afghan dance troop with live music. It was memorable because the library staff did a lot in promoting the event and getting it implemented. SM: Where were you born? ND: I was born in California and raised in the Bay Area. SM: What was your childhood like? ND: When I was growing up, I had a golden retriever when I was four. I grew up with her until she passed away when I was 17. After, my siblings and I convinced my parents to buy two more, who then passed away when they were 12. When I was 6, I traveled to England for the first time and at age 11, I traveled to Greece for the first time. Also when I was in seventh grade, I was in a play called “Bye, Bye, Birdie.” SM: What were your parents like? ND: Well, my father is full Greek and my mother is half Greek and half English. My father was born on a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. He came to the U.S. in the mid-’50s for a while. First, he came to New York, then after a while returned back to Europe where he married my mother. Soon they moved back to New York and arrived in San Francisco in the early ‘60s.

Photo by Nick O’Shea of The San Matean

Nick Dellaporta and some of the books he tends with such care.

SM: Any other notable places you’ve traveled to? ND: Locally; the Eugene O’ Neill National site on Mt. Diablo, Santa Catalina Island, and Yosemite. I’ve also been to England three times and Greece four times. SM: Do you have a family of your own? ND: I’ve been married for five years. I have one son, Matthew, who is 16 months old. My wife’s name is Lynn. The most interesting thing in the past ten years is being a husband and father. It’s the most transformative experience. They’re life changing. These experiences have made me learn a lot more about myself. SM: Any hobbies? ND: I like going to restaurants and trying new restaurants that have food from different cultures. I enjoy Middle Eastern food and food from different European cultures. I also enjoy vintage movies and going to the Stanford Theater in Palo Alto. I also enjoy taking walks in regional parks and visiting historical sites. SM: What are some of your favorite movies? DV: “WALL-E” was a nice movie I enjoyed. “Rear Window” is a great movie, and so is “North by North West”. Also “Pink Floyd’s The Wall”, which I got to see in theaters. SM: What’s your favorite type of music? DV: I’m a product of the 80’s. It was a great decade. I like 80’s pop and contemporary rock, also a lot of current rock. I also enjoy traditional Greek folk music. Some bands I listen to are Journey, Def Leppard and The Eagles. —Erasmo Martinez The San Matean

In the Mix By Nick O’Shea

What would you roundhouse kick if you could?

Sandra Preza, 23 Cosmetology, Redwood City

Claudio Castro, 18 Transfer, Houston

Catherine Burgei, 39 Nursing, Pacifica

Tryn Miller, 31 Human Services, Montara

Ben Naufahu, 21 Undecided, San Mateo

“A lot of things! Probably my couch.”

“A ukelele.”

“People I’m close to.”

“A punching bag.”

“A bamboo shoot.”

October 4, 2010


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Opinion & Public Forum

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Editorial Preacher and listeners What’s a preacher with no listener? It’s villainous. It’s sinister. All through class, professors profess while students just tend to their social “obligations.” Devoting their attention to their text message inbox and the strategic abilities of their Tetris game— students spend all class learning nothing. With present day technologies making communication seemingly more and more convenient, distraction is seeping into the mentality of society and wearing away at attention spans. With texting, comes the ability to talk without speech; it can even be done secretly if one is skilled enough. And students in the classroom take advantage of this more than the cavemen took advantage of the invention of fire. While a subject is taught in class— the mind of the student drifts back to the inbox. Waiting for responses, they stop thinking of math, biology, etc.. Their minds get pulled back to the fire, back to the warm comfort of convenient.. ignorance. Students pay for classes. They pay outrageous amounts of money for books. They take time out of their lives to attend class, but just waste that time playing Tetris. Solitaire. Texting their friends about how drunk they got the weekend before. “Forget the math teacher, tell me about your pot smoking abilities.” But when testing comes around, when grades boomerang back into the hands of the student, it becomes the fault of the professor. It wasn’t that fact that no one was listening. It is the instructor that gives the grade, so it must be their doing... Right? Are kids becoming deaf these days, or are the professors just being droned out by the hum of all the electronics in the air? There’s no problem with technology. In the same way that there is no problem with religion, no problem with drinking or smoking, etc. But, there is an appropriate time for these things. There is a proper place. Ipods may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but that doesn’t mean the professor deserves to be ignored. As an act of respect, and responsibility, put your tech away and pay attention... Unless you’re in an electronics class. What’s a preacher with no listener? It’s villainous... It’s sinister.

October 4, 2010

Back Talk by Nick O’Shea How will health insurance reform affect you?

Steve Rueda, 52 Solar Tech, San Carlos

Roxanne Chiu, 19 Nursing, San Bruno

Rich Ruiz, 39 Fire Science, San Mateo

“I‘m a veteran, so i get medical through the va. It won’t affect me too much.”

“I’m still dependent, I don’t think it’ll affect me personally.”

“With my health care benefits, it really won’t hurt me.”

Marilynn Mariano, 65 Business, San Francisco

Steven Nowalski, 53 Cosmetology, San Mateo

David Wilcox, 75 Business, San Carlos

“It’s rather scary to think that they’ll turn up the rates.”

“It’s still very unclear, not all the details are out yet.”

“It either won’t affect me at all, or affect me adversely. It really depends.”

First Amendment Update:

Digital Media curriculm approved

The San Matean is involved in an ongoing dispute with the administration concerning the future of its newspaper and website. A 2008 program review of the media programs threatens the future of the publication and its associated website. An overview and outline were created by the Digital Media faculty which was voted on by The Academic Senate at its Sept. 28 Governing Council meeting. The Senate approved the work of the Digital Media Faculty which includes eight tracks for the Digital Media Program. These tracks include Digital Audio, Journalism, Web Development, Digital Video Production, Television Production, Wed Designing, Multimedia/ Interactive Media, and Graphic Design. The Digital Media program will run as approved for a period of time which is yet to be determined. The San Matean will continue to publish its newspaper and website under the new Digital Media Program. See for more information.

San Matean

Spin Cycle

Give money a chance

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With budget cuts everywhere one looks, national policy seems to be downplaying the importance of funding cuts on education. “Money without reform won’t fix schools,” said President Barack Obama to Matt Lauer, but where’s the proof? Maybe providing enough money, so we can all judge for ourselves whether or not it is enough to fix schools, would be a useful means to prove the point—but schools aren’t being given the opportunity even to prove themselves failures.. California currently ranks 50th in the nation in students per teacher ratio, according to statistics compiled by the National Education Association. Is it any wonder test scores are not faring well? “In the early to mid-1970s, California spent about the same share of its personal income on public education as the rest of the country did, about 4.5 percent. However, in the late 1970s, the share of personal income that Californians devoted to their public schools fell to about 1.2 percentage points below the national average and remained well below the national average through 2000,” as indicated by studies by the Rand Corporation. Again, indications are that funding for education has dropped. Meanwhile, California school test results have also dropped. The notion that the two trends are unrelated seems like madness. Could it be that Obama is—simply wrong? If test scores fall at the same time that funding falls, is it really so crazy to suspect a correlation? Is it so crazy to take a year or two— to test the hypothesis that “money without reform might actually fix schools”? In the name of educating US students in the scientific method, if nothing else, doesn’t the national government owe the state and local governments the chance to, once and for all, carry out the experiment?—What would happen if education was completely funded and students had a truly broad reach of available educational paths? What would happen if there were sufficient money to provide enough teachers to keep class sizes down and classes available for all interested students? Or maybe local students would be better served by learning to dismiss scientific curiosity and instead to defer to institutional judgement about what is possible/reasonable? What could be more educational, really, than learning that lesson? Reform of the scientific method— which has now, apparently, been trumped by the laws of supply and demand.

The San Matean is printed thanks to a generous donation of printing services by the San Francisco Newspaper Company and John P. Wilcox, President and Publisher.

—Alex Farr The San Matean


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