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VAWA: victory for women By Amy Silva
This February, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was reauthorized. It expanded and now encompasses gay, lesbian, transgender and Native American victims of domestic violence as well as
purpose is to improve and increase the criminal justice requiring colleges and uni- response to domestic abuse. versities to record on-camDrafted by (then Senapus sexual abuse data. tor) Joe Biden in 1994 and “All women deserve to passed by President Bill live free from fear,” Presi- Clinton, the Act established dent Obama stated at the a national domestic abuse signing ceremony. The bill, hotline, officially recogwhich was passed by the nized rape crisis centers, Senate on Feb. 11, 2013, is and domestic abuse shelnearly 20 years old. Its main ters and defining domestic
Thursday, March 14, 2013 abuse crimes. The hotline receives more than 20,000 calls per month. Domestic abuse crimes include dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Men are also included under VAWA. Other aspects of VAWA include the creation of the Office on Violence Against Women and the Rape Shield
Law. This law prevents victim’s past sexual behavior from being used against them during trials as well as prohibits the publication of a rape victim’s identity. In 2000 and 2005, VAWA expanded the definitions of domestic abuse and included more protection for immigrants. Legal VAWA, page 2
World Series Trophy Tour comes to Hayward
The Giants World Series Trophies (2010 left, 2012 right) at Hayward City Hall on March 12, 2013.
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Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, a member of the Little Rock Nine, speaks about her life, the challenges she faced and overcoming those barriers at the Reed L. Buffington Visual & Performing Arts Center at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. on March 12, 2012 as part of the Chabot College’s Women’s History Month 2013.
Little Rock Nine
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By Edrene Abueg
On Tuesday March 12, 2013, Chabot College had the distinct honor of welcoming Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, a member of the Little Rock Nine, at the Performing Arts Center. Dr. Beals, along with eight other African-Ameri-
can students attended Little Rock Central High School, which at the time was previously segregated until 1957, when the groups was allowed to attend the school by President Eisenhower and were thus called the Little Rock Nine. Dr. Beals went on to become a journalist, earn-
ing a master’s degree in Journalism while attending Columbia University. She has written many books including “Warriors Don’t Cry.” In 1999, Dr. Beals and the other eight members of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Rock, page 2
Bruce Giles and Larissa Ramos from Hayward, Calif. get their photo taken with both World Series trophies at Hayward City Hall on March 12, 2013
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By Galia Abushi
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013 people gathered outside the doors of Hayward City Hall to take photos with the San Francisco Giants World Series trophies from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event was part of the World Series Trophy Tour
followed by the Giants winning the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers on October 28, 2012. Those who attended included Giants staff members, members and volunteers of the Junior Giants Program and the Hayward Police Department. Giants, page 2
to hear many stories of the abuse she had taken from her time attending Little Rock Central High School in 1957, which included the time where some of the students at Little Rock would light up paper towels and throw it over the stall she was in while she was using the restroom, having her chair smeared with peanut butter and broken glass, and having students spray acid on her eyes using water guns causing her vision to be damaged. Dr. Beals also shared with the Chabot audience
www.thechabotspectator.com how she was able to stay strong and not let anyone or anything get in her way of reaching her goals, even after taking so much abuse and hatred. “Martin Luther King told me to not be selfish. You’re not doing this for yourself, you’re doing it for future generations.” said Dr. Beals in her speech. After Dr. Beals was finished with her speech, some of the Chabot students were able to ask her questions. One question was coming from a mother asking Dr. Beals what can she do for her child to overcome all
VAWA, Native American women will be further included in the scope of the law. Tribal courts will now be granted more rights to handle domestic abuse cases. Lesbian, gay and transgender victims will also share more rights as many barriers against them will be lifted.
“Campuses will have more tools to educate students about sexual violence,” said Vice President Joe Biden at the signing ceremony of the bill. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE) will now require victims to be provided with their rights in writing. Cam-
Hayward, California As part of Chabot College Women’s History Month 2013, Dr. Beals visited Chabot College to speak to the students about her life, the Little Rock Nine, the challenges she faced, the barriers she had to overcome, and to also give inspirational advice to the students. Many Chabot students, instructors, and staff attended the event as the Performing Arts Center was packed from the first row all the way to the upper deck. They got
assistance programs were created for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Children and teenagers were now included in the law, as well as federal funding for rape crisis centers. In this years renewal of
these challenges and barriers that children are facing today to get the best education for their kids? Dr. Beals responded to the woman saying, “Never say the words give up. You should knock down that wall. They told me that my kids would never be successful because of their learning disabilities but both are now very successful.” When the event was over students were able to purchase a copy of her book “Warriors Don’t Cry” and were able to meet her face to face in room 200 and puses will also be required to record sexual assault, dating violence, and similar abuse data, and include it in annual campus crime reports. Awareness programs will be available to incoming students and employees. Full remarks by the President and Vice Presi-
Thursday, March 14, 2013 have her personally autograph their book. “I’ve heard speech presentations for 26 years here in Chabot, that was as inspiring and as perfectly on the mark of how a person wanted to get their message across to the students as I’ve ever seen.” said Dr. Susan Sperling, President of Chabot. “It was an incredible honor to host this event with Dr. Beals and its so inspiring to see this long line of students to meet her and to listen what she had to say. It’s very powerful.” dent during the signing of VAWA can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/thepress-office. More information on the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act can be found at http://www.securityoncampus.org/campussexual-violence-elimination-save-act.
The event was sponsored by Bank of America. The next trophy appearChris Balison from Hay- ance will be in Reno, NV ward was first in line and at Aces Ballpark on March first to take a photo and re- 16, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. ceived his photo for free. He said it was great and he didn’t have any problem waiting in line as he was excited and anxious to see the trophies. Outside of City Hall was a mobile Giants dugout store for fans to purchase Giants gear and accessories. Giants fans wait in line to get Regina Hernandez said, their photos taken with both 2010 “We were waiting in line and 2012 World Series trophies at with people who weren’t hayward City Hall on March 12, very crazy so it was very 2013. allen s. lin/Staff Photo tamed and the wait wasn’t that long. and will also be featured “Yes, I am excited. I at AT&T Park during the am hoping to come back World Baseball Classic in in 2014. World Champi- San Francisco from March ons,” said Doria Hal from 17, 2013 to March 19, 2013. San Francisco.
Sean Reinhard, Library Director of Hayward (middle row left) and Marvin Peixoto, Hayward City Councilman (middle row right), pose for a group shot with Hayward Police Dept. officers (back row) and U.S. Army Tri-City recruiters (front row) at Hayward City Hall on March 12, 2013.
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By Omar Gonzalez
There are clubs at Chabot that offer different services such as helping students with transferring to universities after community college. One of the programs is called the Puente program. The person in charge of the program is Sandra Geneva, the advisor of the Puente program. Kristan Land is the English instructor and advisor of the Puente club for Puente students and Hector Amaya is the president. The Puente club has about 15 to 20 students that attend each meeting.
The Puente club advisor Sandra Geneva explained, “The main goal of the Puente program is to expose students that focus on education and academic excellence and service learning. Puente has been over 30 years in Chabot since 1981. And also in the Puente project only students get help to transfer to universities but in the Puente club students are building a sense of community in campus,” advisor Sandra Geneva said. The club got started so students can still be active after their one year program. The club is open to ev-
eryone but students must be in English 102 and next be in English 1A with the same teacher and same group of students. The Puente program has been involved in different kinds of activities including Breast Cancer Awareness day and Puente students raised $200 and donated to the Breast Cancer foundation. Also for the Katrina storm they raised $300 and donated it to the Red Cross, and participated in the reading partners program to teach kids from local schools to read. For this semester there are events that are going
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to happen. Sandra Geneva explained, “On Friday April 26 we will be having a dance called Fiesta Caliente and the money will be donated for scholarships for students and also there will be a live Mexican Banda in the dance.” Hector Amaya, Puente club president gave details about the tickets for the dance. “The price for the tickets will be pre-sale tickets for $10 and tickets at the door will be $15 and students can come and buy the tickets at the office.” Puente students will be having fund-raising activities one with a Mexican
restaurant on March 21, and a car wash but the date will be announced. They will be participating in the Salsa concert at Chabot on March 22. They are also trying to do a game night and get students to make friends. Information will be available around campus regarding the events that are coming up. If students are interested in being part of the Puente club they can come to meetings that take place on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. in room 861 in building 800. Students can talk to Sandra Geneva or Hector Amaya for more information.
Who are the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society? By Omar Gonzalez email@example.com
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Chabot College has different types of clubs and in every club there are different types of discussions but they are some stuff that students at Chabot have to do to be in one of these clubs. One of the clubs that Chabot has is called the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society. They have meetings monthly and they have discussions and talk about important stuff regarding the club. The Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society was founded in 1925 as the honor society of the California community colleges. Students involved in the AGS are involved in campus events, socials, fundraisers, and community services. Secretary from the program Karla Tlatelpa explained what are what things you need to do to become a member. “in order to become a member you need to have a complete form, have a 3.0 GPA at Chabot and also complete 20 hours of community service and be in good standing at Chabot
also there are other stuff including have at least six units each semester so if anyone is interesting talk to the Advisor of the program” Secretary Karla said. If students are wondering if there is a cost to be in the AGS there is a small cost. It’s a membership that you have to pay and it is $10 dollars per semester or $15 dollars for 2 semesters. Like the secretary Karla said each student needs to complete 20 hours of community service each semester. A few students that are involved in the AGS also mentioned that the being part of the AGS is great because you get to learn new things and especially help the community and on campus also you get to meet new people. If students at Chabot are interested in being part of the AGS you can contact the Advisor Lisa Carlsen and you can email here at firstname.lastname@example.org and her office is located at building 2300, room 2311.
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Helpful tips for students to transfer on time By Galia Abushi firstname.lastname@example.org
Depending on majors, a student’s “transfer schedule” can take longer than expected. The process for students to transfer begins with a student declaring their major. Once their major is declared, they can begin completing the necessary requirements to be transferred to their desired school. Jane Church, counselor here at Chabot said that a student who hasn’t declared a major and is trying to transfer probably will not succeed in doing so. “When student transfers they are expected to take junior level courses in a specific major. Four year schools make admissions decisions based on a student’s readiness to take junior level courses in a specific major,” Church said. She added that students should also maintain their GPA and complete admission require-
ments along with completing the necessary courses for transferring. In order to transfer, a student needs to complete 60 California State University, CSU, or University of California, UC transfer units. These units are included in general education courses. Church provided an example where a student enters Chabot, tests into English 1A and MTH 43 (Statistics), which is a transfer-level Math class. Then the student declares a major with lesser lower division preparation classes (ex. Sociology). Then the student takes 15 units a term, which is five three unit classes, for four semesters (or completes 30 units an academic year). Then they will be “transfer ready” in two years. (4 semesters X 15 units/semester = 60 units). Students also stumble upon issues and problems that can affect their “transfer schedule”. Such problems are work, repeating classes, financial problems and only applying to one
school. It is important that when students come up with these schedules, they are important and as accurate as possible. “I advocate developing a balanced schedule. There are only 168 hours in a week, so time management is a key factor in learning how to manage time. Having to repeat classes because you might have overloaded your schedule can lead to discouragement. One needs to be realistic about what can be accomplished, “Church said. It is very important for students to declare their major and meet with a counselor as soon as possible. That way, a student’s schedule can be more balanced and organized. For more information, contact the Career and Transfer Center located in the 700 building or call (510) 723-6720. Students can also visit http://www.chabotcollege.edu/Counseling/ TECS/.
“Secret” menus are not so secret anymore
Protein Wrap, lettuce replaces the bun.
Pie McFlurry, pie blended into your McFlurry.
Frito Pie, Fritos topped with chili and nacho cheese.
Rasberry Cheesecake, white chocolate mocha is added with a few shots of raspberry.
Pizza Sub, tomato sauce, salami/ pepperoni and cheese on any choice of bread.
Animal Style Fries, cheese, spread, grilled onions and pickles are the toppings.
Dr. Pepper Orgasm, mix of Dr. Pepper, lemonade and Poweraid.
Biscotti Frappuccino, barista blends the cookie into any frapuccino.
The Old Cut, bread is not sliced but dug into like a trench.
By Alex Harmon
Animal Style at In-N-Out, Crunch Berry Frap at Starbucks, and the Pink Starburst at Jamba Juice - you won’t be able to find them on the menu but on their “secret” menus told by the word of mouth or posted online. “It’s fun; [it] gives me something different to put together and makes the customer happy,” says Kevin, a barista at a local Starbucks. Many of the Starbucks’ secret menu offerings are a twist of menu-listed Starbucks drinks including the Crunch Berry, Twix, Mint Frappuccinos, Raspberry Cheesecake Mocha, and a “Short Size” offering along with their menu-
listed Tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta size drinks. Make sure your barista is aware of the combinations or let him know of it. Jamba Juice, another spot with a popular secret menu, has offerings including the Pink Starburst, Peanut Butter & Jelly, SourPatch Kid, and Fruity Pebbles as some of the many secret smoothie flavors they have to offer. Many of the employees usually have a card with the list of flavors and ingredients unlike Starbucks. In-N-Out, the popular California burger chain with locations along the southwestern U.S., has a well-known “Not So Secret Menu” with items including Neapolitan Milkshakes and “Animal
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Style” fries which include spread, cheese and grilled onions on top of the fries. Along with the normal cheeseburger and Double-Double, there is the 3x3 and 4x4 which, as the name describes it all: number of patties and slices of cheese. Other burger variations include Protein Style which is lettuce wrapped instead of a bun. If you want nothing but patty and cheese, the Flying Dutchman is for you, or just keep it simple with a Grilled Cheese. Those were just some of the most popular secret menus available at various restaurant chains. More can be found via the word of mouth from friends and family, or a quick online search will lead you to many of the more menu possibilities.
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Hayward to terminate intersection cameras By Maria Maniego
Red light cameras in designated intersections around the city will soon be terminated as voted upon by the Hayward City Council on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Mayor Michael Sweeney and majority of the city council members voted for termination as soon as possible of the 10 red light cameras installed. The proposal was presented to the council by the Hayward Police Department. In the city council meeting, Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban explained that “there’s no proven correlation between red light camera systems and consistently decreasing crashes.” The initial purpose of installing the cameras was to reduce collisions at the installation areas. Concerns about the effectiveness of the red
light camera program were realized through the department’s data-driven approach to traffic enforcement. Chief Urban presented three options. The department recommended a gradual phasing-out of the cameras in a span of two years. Another option would be to continue the program until the last camera installation expires in 2015. City council members opted to terminate the program immediately. This option would cost the city $108,000 as penalty for leaving the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems early. However, council member Barbara Halliday voted against the termination and would have preferred a gradual phasing-out of the cameras. “This would have avoided the city’s obligation to pay a penalty,” she
A red light camera (REDFLEXred) on the intersection of Winton Ave and Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward, Calif. on March 13, 2013.
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stated. “It’s not about the money. It wasn’t about the money when [the program] was implemented and it’s not about the money in terminating it from my perspective. It’s about the safety of the community,” council member Greg Jones said as he made the motion to terminate the program. “They should have taken
BART to run trial week for bicyclists By Amy Silva
Bicycles may soon be allowed on more BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains, following a trial week of tests to be conducted in March 2013. Starting Monday, March 18, 2013, bicycles will be allowed in BART stations and on trains during commute hours (approximately 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.). However bicycles will not be allowed in the first three cars during these hours. The temporary bicycle allowance will last until Friday, March 23, 2013. The first trial of BART’s modified bike access program occurred in August 2012. Bicycles were allowed on trains during rush hour each Friday of the month. Changes were made according to the original test and will be applied during the second phase.
The purpose of the test week is to survey the impact of having bicycles in the stations during commute periods. If this trial week is successful, BART hopes to propose a permanent change to bike regulations. The new bike regulations would provide easier access
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to BART for people wanting to avoid a car commute. “Expanding access and parking for bicyclists encourages riders to ditch their cars, freeing up car parking spaces for those who have no other option than driving,” said board member Robert Raburn in a news article on the BART website. Currently, bicycles are restricted from being in
stations and on trains during rush hour. Bicycles are never allowed on the first car of trains. “I don’t see a problem with it, yes they will take up space, but people need them to get from one place to another,” said Lilliam Luna, who rides BART occasionally, though not always during rush hour. Safety rules still always apply, such as not blocking aisles, doorways and yielding seats to the disabled and seniors. BART will also be adding more bike lockers and racks in stations. By June 2013, the Board of Directors hopes to have finalized a new car configuration that is more spacious. Questions, comments and reactions to the second phase of testing will be recorded in a survey at www.BART.gov/bikes, available during and after the test week.
[the cameras] out sooner,” said a Chabot student. He shared his previous experience having been caught by mistake. In one incident, he was turning left on a green light when a camera snapped a photo. To his relief, there was no citation that came in the mail. “I really don’t think there’s a ‘pro’ at all because it’s like surveillance.
I mean, just let us drive. If a police officer finds you, let them pull you over,” he adds. “The message that I want to send to the community isn’t that you can now run red lights; it’s just exactly the opposite. We now more than ever need to be diligent and respectful of driving,” Chief Urban said.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013 After their performance at the Buffington Center for the Arts Theater on March 6, 2013, the Wind Ensemble takes a bow in front of the Chabot audience in Hayward, Calif . Jyra Valenzuela/Staff Photo
Wind Bands in Concert By Lulu Ugarte email@example.com
On March 6, 2013, Chabot College Wind Ensemble hosted a concert with a special guest ensemble from the Castro Valley High School Symphonic Band where students and parents alike came to watch this event. The concert was very entertaining and fun event to attend. Many parents were there
to watch their children play the concert. Terri Abbey who is father to one of the players on the Chabot College Wind Ensemble, Andrew Abbey was there to watch his son play and to support the Castro Valley High School conductor. Another parent was there for his son, Joshua Grubb who plays the trumtammy lee/Staff Photo pet at CVHS. What was really a fortunate thing to
Into the Pit Metal Night By Tammy Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
KCRH 89.9FM’s “Into the Pit” had their metal night and played to a packed crowd at the historic Gilman located at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley on March 8, 2013. The Gilman showcases punk rock, heavy metal, ska punk and industrial music and is renown for it’s rich
history including having bands such as Green Day and AFI grace it’s stage. Many of the bands who performed at the Gilman on March 8, 2013 were local bands, some have known each other since high school, and it is obvious that they all had a loyal following as the audience members really got into the songs. The bands who per-
music would reach a crescendo and then slowly ease into sweet easy-going see was all the parents sup- melody. This kept the audiporting their children at ence attention engrossed the the concert. Some students entire time. The songs that were there for extra credit the Chabot College Wind for Timothy Harris’ Music 1 Ensemble played were class to bump up their grade Children’s March, Down a with a couple points for at- County Lane, Chorale and Shaker Dance and Nobles tending. The songs that the of the Mystic Shine. Many of the pieces were CVHS played were Yestervery light and fun to listen. day’s Joy, Like a Fairytale and Flashing Winds. The The transitions of the instrumusic was very light and ment were very good as each had many times where the person finished playing, the next instrument would start.
Timothy Harris’s concert was spectacular and great kick off to the new year of the many shows that will be coming forward this semester. Timothy Harris was very impressed with the CVHS Band and how ready they were able to play. They showed no fear and nervousness toward the audience they were entertaining that evening. The first Chabot College Wind Ensemble concert was the great one that started the semester spectacularly.
formed included Nephilim, Umbilical Noose, Dammit!!, Zombie Death Stench, Hemorage, and the headliner, Star Destroyer. Nephlim was by far, the most interesting as they showed up in full demon costume and the guitar player was wearing a wolf head. Umbilical Noose played next and the crowd and audience were really getting into their music and the mosh pit was in full force.
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Umbilical Noose, Dammit!!, Zombie Death Stench, Hemorage and Star Destroyer gathered together at the end of the evening at the Gilman for the traditional Into the Pit Metal Night group shot on March 8, 2013 in Berkeley. Tammy Lee/Staff Photo
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It was during this performance that concertgoer Danica Lopez stated, “The music so far has been lively and scary as I’m trying not to get stomped on or hit in the face!” Dammit!!, a trash metal band consisting of older guys, held their own and kept the crowd and the mosh pit going with their energy. Perhaps the most liveliest band was Zombie Death Stench, who’s bassist had a skeleton wrapped around his microphone stand and the crowd went wild when they performed “10,000 Mutants” and “The Last Vanguard.” Hemorage, who was performing at the Gilman for the first time and drum-
mer Beto Escobar said, “The sound (at the Gilman) was incredible!” The headliner was Star Destroyer who capped off the night with their energetic performance as they interacted with the audience and handed the microphone to various people in the crowd to let them sing along as well as jumping into the mosh pits with the already amped up audience. Unlike the more mainstream artists, “metal” bands, at least the ones who performed at the Gilman, perform for their love of music and seeing the audience reaction serves to fuel and boost their performances as they engage their audience with their music.
Spring brings in good tidings Hayward, California
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By Luz Elena Hernandez
With the first sunny spring days beginning to arrive, this gives way for Chabot students to start feeling energized. Spring will officially begin on March 20, 2013 but its fast approach is already starting to be noticed. There’s the most noticeable change, the weather. The scenery goes from dark, gray landscapes of barren trees to one of sunny days in which flowers and trees begin to bloom. There is also a shift in clothing where before everyone was bundled up in scarves, sweaters and jackets but in the spring temperature start to increase and we can say goodbye to wearing all those layers. Yes there may be some spring rain but in the end it isn’t for too long and rain ultimately helps our agriculture grow and help beautify our scenery. Another exciting spring time event is that our days get longer so we can have time to do more activities. On March 10, 2013 daylight saving time began and we had set our clocks one hour forward to compensate for our longer day. Alex Aguilar likes the spring time because it allows him to return to activities that he couldn’t do in the winter. “I like to surf so spring time is basically when I start because the water starts warming up.” In regards to the new spring semester he said, “I feel really good, it’s the start of a new year, new experiences and I think it’s going to be a good year.”
Flowers bloom along side of Building 800 at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. on March 13, 2013.
For some Chabot students like Josh Tagoylo, although days are longer, that doesn’t necessarily mean classes feel the same way. “It feels much shorter because we had the six day break with the president’s weekend and the two flex days and then spring break is coming up which I’m really excited for because all my friends from other schools will be back in town and I can meet up with them.” Because of the nice weather this gives way for friends and family to all start meeting up
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again and spending quality time with one another. Christian Lupian is excited for about spring. “I’m excited for the weather. The spring weather boosts up your energy and you’re anticipating the summer. It gives you that much more motivation to try and finish school strong and it’s just a bunch of barbequing and going to the beach and having parties. Just the thought of having fun motivates, motivates me at least to try and do better. So I’m trying to work hard to play hard.”
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Tennis and tenacity By Elise Reyes
If you’re a part of either Chabot tennis teams or if you’ve been to a Gladiator tennis match, you know who head coach Rick Morris is. You can spot him observing the matches, talking to his players, in his office and just doing what every good coach does--being there for his teams. Morris has been a coach at Chabot since 1991 and has been teaching since 1995, and is the head coach for both men’s and women’s tennis. “It’s unique working with both teams,” he said. “You get a variety of people to coach.” So far this season, the men’s team has gone undefeated with a 3-0 record and the women’s team has held a 2-1 record. “Some highlights of the season have taken place at tournaments,” he said. “The men got off to a good start in the Modesto tourna-
ment placing third out of 14 teams with Gerald Mahone reigning as champion. For the women, they took fourth place in the Mission tournament with Namrata Sher being a singles finalist.” Two of his players have played key roles in leading their teams throughout this season. “For men’s tennis, Brook Workeneh was the number one All-American singles leader last year. He has a good work ethic, is a good student, and sets a good example for his teammates,” Morris said. “Other teams comment on his good sportsmanship and he’s just a good guy all around. “Namrata Sher has been a leader for the women’s team,” he also said. “In 2011, she was All-American for singles and doubles and is currently undefeated. She’s ranked as one of the top five players in the state.” Although successes play a part in every sport and with every team, everyone
www.thechabotspectator.com has things they can work on. “It’s been hard to make sure that everyone has a working schedule,” Morris said. “It can be difficult to get everyone here. Some players have work and other studies [to attend to]. Being a student comes first.” As for things the players can work on as a whole, Morris had a few words to say. “We need more work on our doubles and our returns,” he said. “I want them to play smarter and not give their opponents any chances to beat them.” Even with obstacles and things to work on regarding game performance, Morris and his teams have been able to positively progress through the season. “We’ve gotten better, and though there is lots of work to be done, we continue to work on our games and get better every day,” he said. “Our top goal every season is to win the conference title,” Morris added. “If you win that you get a good play off seeding. If we can
Chabot’s American Martial Arts Club By Nathan Ramos
Chabot College American Martial Arts club provides community members in the area as well as students with a great way to get physically active. Rudy DeGuzman, an veteran advisor for the club, extends his invitation to all students and community members to join. The club meets in room 2903. “Anyone can drop in at any time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at either 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. or in the evening at 6:30 BASEBALL Ohlone - Mar. 12
Cabrillo - Mar. 19
SFCC - Mar. 21
Mission - Mar. 28
SOFTBALL West Valley - Mar. 12
Gavilan- Mar. 14
MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT IN FREMONT MAR 16TH
San Jose City
SWIMMING Alumni Meet - Mar. 23
Gladiator Fundraiser Mar. 23
TRACK & FIELD Chabot Relays - Mar. 30 9am
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Tennis Coach Rick Morris for Men’s and Women’s tennis team has been a coach since 1991 and teaching from 1995
achieve that, we’re on the look out for the team state title.” To be the best, you have to work at it. Morris shared a few player and coach essentials when practicing or preparing for a game. “Players should work hard at every practice and come with a strong racquet and a good meal before-
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hand,” he said. “Off the court preparation matters just as much as what happens on the court. “As a coach, I always want to be on time, be prepared, and work hard. We all have to give our best effort and our best shot. We constantly strive for excellence.”
members were very dedi- stuck together, while the cated and passionate about rest of us with little experip.m. - 8:30 p.m.” In Rudy’s health, learn taekwondo, learning new techniques and ence learned the basics from 12 years of instruction, he kicks, and spar” for about improving on the technical a fellow leading student. The entire experience has advised the variety of 3 years now. He extends training. Just learning a few lessons that the club offers an invitation to people who techniques helps you strike was very demanding, from which including “martial are looking for “exercise, and takedown an opponent its cardio work to the physiarts, taekwondo, self de- knowledge, confidence, from one of the experienced cally engagment. From a fense, and forms of MMA.” self-esteem, and safety”. member to another. After a alternative stand point lookSome cool perks that he points out is “anyone can join ranging from any level of experience, whether they are a student or a community member of any age”. Interestingly, the club is attractive especially to people who are looking to train, whether it is for the military, police force, or even as a firefighter. In the past, Rudy remembers the club used to be offered as a class and for credits. He remembers, “this room used to be packed wall to wall with people, which is good and bad at the same time.” “The club had enough people to Taekwondo student El Cid Exequien, a Yellow Advance student, holds a body shield while a fellow stujoin events such as tournadent works on her rear leg round house kick. ments, but the club was also Davis Dichoso/Staff Photo full of people who were not very passionate about the El Cid likes seeing people couple takedowns the high ing and recommending this art.” Now, “the club is full from all different ranges of of adreneline was more than to anyone else who wants to have fun work out in a non of dedicated members that experience and even points expected as of satifiying. Later on, people who traditional gym setting this look to spread their knowl- out that also kids come out were interested in learn- is the place to be. edge of martial arts with to this martial arts club. To join the club, you just other community members While, joining them ing some basic taekwondo with passion for martial in the day of training and broke off into a small group need to come by room 2903 arts.” it was a real exciting exe- and also those who were near the swimming pool, El Cid Exequien, a 22 perince. They’re willing to interested in sparring some and an easy payment of year old student with a fire- help out anyone with abso- more in wrestling, kickbox- $12.00 a month registration fighting major, attended this lutely no experience on the ing, and MMA style. The fee for the entire remanding club to “promote physical mat for training. All of the more experienced members of the semester.