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Hayward, California

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Americans vote Obama GRAPHIC BY ALLEN S. LIN






On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 President Barack Obama was reelected against Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, to serve his second four-year term as president, finishing with 303 electoral votes. To win the presidency, a candidate must reach 270 electoral votes. Gov. Romney finished with a total of 206 electoral votes. CNN reported that generally, President Obama led the election by 40,000 votes and with 75 percent of the unofficial national count. President Obama left his hotel room in Chicago and headed to the Obama rally of supporters to conduct his victory speech. “Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best

is yet to come,” the president said. of politics—the best—the best “Whether you pounded the ever—some of you were new this pavement or picked up the phone— time around, and some of you have whether you held an Obama sign been at my side since the very beor a Romney sign, you made your ginning.” voice heard and you made a differPresident Obama went on to ence,” the president added. say, “…and whether I have earned President your vote or not, Obama also I have listened acknowledged to you. I have PRESIDENTIAL EL EC T I O N the hard work learned from and great run you, and you’ve % from Gov. made me a bet% Romney. ter president … “ F r o m and with your OBAMA ROMNEY George to Lestories and strugnore to their gles, I return to son, Mitt, the the White House POPULAR VOTE Romney fammore determined GRAPHIC BY ALLEN S. LIN ily has chosen and inspired than to give back to America through ever about the work there is to do public service and that is a lega- and the future that lies ahead.” cy that we honor and applaud to“We are and forever will be, night.” the United States of America.” The president thanked his camAs President Obama wrapped paign team and all the supporters up election night, he said, “…and for his 2012 campaign. together with your help and God’s “To the best campaign team grace, we will continue our jourand volunteers in the history ney forward and remind the world 60,085,524

By Galia Abushi

just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on earth. Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States.” Gov. Romney also came out, but delivered a concession speech rather than a victory speech. “I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their two daughters.” “Thank you, and God bless America. You guys are the best. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thanks, guys,” Gov. Romney said to close out his speech. CNN exit polls showed that 60 percent of voters thought that the economy was the most important issue. 59 percent thought that abortion should be legal. The exit polls also indicated that 73 percent of the voters were white, 13 percent were African American, 10 percent were Hispanic or Latino and 3 percent were Asian.



Hayward, California

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hayward Promise Neighborhood kicks off

by Jackson Street to the north, Harder Road to the south and Whitman Street to the east. The Jackson Triangle was selected as the “Hayward Promise Neighborhood” recently, one of few neighborhoods selected nationwide. The Hayward Promise Neighborhood project will work with students and families in the diverse neighborhood with more than 10,600 residents including the majority from low income families. The project was selected to receive funding nationally in December 2011, receiving a $25 million grant from the US Department of Education for the next five years. It is the only site located in the west coast and one of two led by a university. The nearby California State UniverBy Alex Harmon sity - East Bay is leading the project. The fair was the first event the Hayward The Hayward Promise Neighborhood partner- Promise Neighborhood has held for the public, ship hosted a fair featuring information and hosted and showcased many services provided to programs for the community last Saturday after- the neighborhood, including: city agencies, Haynoon, Nov. 3, 2012 at Harder Elementary School ward Area Recreation and Park District, 4C’s of in Hayward. Alameda County, California State University The Jackson Triangle is a triangle-shaped East Bay and many more. Food and drinks were neighborhood in the center of Hayward bordered provided by Jamba Juice and Tacos Uruapan.

The entertainment was from Radio Disney AM 1310. “I’m honored to be part of the Hayward Promise Neighborhood because I’ve been independently making a difference in the community for the past 18 years,” said Carmen Gonzalez, owner of Carmen’s Playground, a home daycare located in the Jackson Triangle. A main focus of the Hayward Promise Neighborhood is for children to succeed from “cradle to career” meaning from birth, school, college, and a 21st Century career. The Hayward Promise Neighborhood will provide additional support for children and families. “I’m excited to partner with the event and the community to promote health and fitness to Hayward especially the Jackson Triangle,” said Sabrina Smith of VCS! AmeriCorps, one of the many organizations at the event. The event included many families in the Jackson Triangle Promise Neighborhood and some from other parts of town. For more information on the Hayward Promise Neighborhood please visit the website at

Is the term “illegal immigrant” a misnomer? Misnomer [mis-noh-mer] noun: 1. A misapplied or inappropriate name or designation. 2. An error in naming a person or thing.

er documents is a civil offense, not a criminal one.” Vargas also pointed out on whom he was keeping a close eye on. “Right now, my two main targets, and I say that politely, are going to be The New York Times and the Associated Press.” Kent concluded his piece by summarizing the root of the issue. “Finally, there’s the concern that ‘illegal immigrant’ offends a person’s dignity by suggesting his very existence is illegal,” continued Kent. “We don’t read the term this way. We refer routinely to illegal loggers, illegal miners, illegal vendors and so forth. “Our language simply means that a person is logging, mining, selling, etc., in violation of the law — just as illegal immigrants have immigrated in violation of the law.”

By Edrene Abueg

“Illegal immigrant,” a term that has caused much debate, is back in the news again as the Associated Press made controversy with their recent stance on how they use the term. Over the past several months, the Associated Press (AP) and news organizations such as The New York Times have been pressured to stop using “illegal immigrant.” Tom Kent, a representative for the AP and deputy managing editor for standards and production, released a memo clarifying the AP stance about using the term. Kent stated that, when using the term accurately, “we do think the phrases ‘illegal immigrants’ and ‘illegal immigration’ are accurate, factual and as neutral as we can manage under the circumstances. “It is, in fact, illegal to enter, live or work in this country without valid documents. Some people worry that we are labeling immigrants as ‘criminals’ but we’re not. ‘Illegal’ is not a synonym for ‘criminal’ (One can even park ‘illegally,’ though it’s not a criminal offense).” The pressure grew even more recently when a campaign was started to ban the term back in September by Jose Antonio Vargas. Vargas, a journalist, who has written several articles for The New York Times newspaper and magazine, has been observing the use of the term in the media. Back at the 2012 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet in San Francisco on Sept. 21, Vargas told reporters, “The term dehumanizes and marginalizes the people it seeks to describe. “Think of it this way, in what other context do we call someone illegal? Ironically, describing an immigrant as ‘illegal’ is legally inaccurate … being in a country without prop-


By A. Marcus Frates and Jessica Caballero

Born to Mexican parents in California, Sergio Romo sent a message during the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade this Halloween when he wore this shirt that solicited a tweet response (above) from Jose Antonio Vargas. ALLEN S. LIN/STAFF PHOTO

Measure I, the Chabot Las Positas Community College District parcel tax, failed to pass the two-thirds supermajority vote which was required for approval. Measure I proposed increasing taxes for owners of single-family homes and would have affected an estimated 200,000 parcels in the district. With 61.58 percent of respondents voting yes on the tax it fell short of the supermajority by 5.08 percent. If it had passed, Measure I would have generated $5.8 million every year, resulting in total revenue around $33.6 million over the six year lifespan of the measure.



Hayward, California

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day of the Dead exhibit in Art Gallery 1000 By Galia Abushi

From Nov. 5, 2012 to Nov. 21, 2012, an exhibit in Building 1000 is open to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The exhibit will feature artwork created by students, and people are encouraged to place an item, whatever it may be, representing a loved one or to support a cause. In the opening week of the exhibit, the Art Gallery is having food for sale, face painting, sugar skull painting and Chabot’s radio station KCRH 89.9 FM will be there playing music. Items for sale include food, such as tamales, hot chocolate and pan de muertos (Spanish for “bread of the dead”). Other items for sale include framed student artwork created for Dia de los Muertos. Some of the altars on display in the Art

Gallery represent activists, Marines, loved ones and even kittens. The Gallery opening night reception will be Fri., Nov. 9, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “I would like the students and faculty to know that this event is for everyone to come and enjoy,” said Pauline Cabello, adviser here at Chabot. “Hopefully [this] will bring Chabot and our surrounding community together during this event and exhibit.” “They will be amazed at the talented student artist[s] we have here at Chabot,” she added. There is no fee to attend the exhibit. If students would like to have an altar on display, however, there is a fee. Contact Pauline Cabello at for more information.

Attendees of the art gallery can write names of loved ones who have passed away on a large paper mâché skull by Clayton Theil. SERGIO ALMODOVAR/STAFF PHOTOS

Preview: “Particulate Matter” By Edrene Abueg

“Untitled Work” Women holding flowers by Paty Gonzales.

A student altar for kittens.

Small skulls for sale made by Pauline Cabello.

From Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, the Chabot College Theater Arts Department will be performing “Particulate Matter” at the Reed L. Buffington Performing Arts Center. “Particulate Matter” is a new play written and directed by Chabot’s very own Rachel LePell. The play follows Josh, who is having trouble in his public and private life. Josh is an activist fighting against a power-plant being built in his community, and is having communication issues with his wife Lilly. During his protest, Josh befriends Dorrine, a woman who also is an activist. Their passion for the environment leads to their relationship being more than just friends. LePell was inspired by the Russell City Energy Center being built in Hayward. “I was particularly observant of the power-plant opposition when it was happening here in Chabot, I was moved and curious.” Robert Christopher plays main character Josh. “Josh is a very passionate guy you know, he’s just trying to fight for the things he believes in and he’s losing sight of what that is in a lot of ways; his wife, and all the passion,” says Christopher. Johnna Joy Murch plays Josh’s wife Lilly, a Ph.D. candidate at the local university and a biologist. Lilly is paralyzed and is in a wheelchair. “She’s been through a lot. She’s been in an accident, which is how she became paralyzed. Through the play, people comment at how it didn’t really affect her. She didn’t really let it hold her down, she kind of bounced back right away.” “I really want the audience to come and enjoy the story and the humor. There’s a good plot line, there’s sex. It’s got sexy stuff. It’s got funny stuff. It’s got wild, crazy characters.” says LePell. “It’s going to go fast, it’s going to be funny, it’s going to be deep, you could just go along for the ride.” “Particulate Matter” show times are Nov. 7 through 10, at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10-11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors and Chabot students/staff. For more information please visit http://www.



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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hayward, California


Thursday, November 8, 2012

PROPOSITIONS *Percentages provided by the California Office of the Secretary of State






53.9% Y / 46.1% N



39.2% Y / 60.8% N



43.9% Y / 56.1% N



45.4% Y / 54.6% N



47.2% Y / 52.8% N



81.1% Y / 18.9% N



68.6% Y / 31.4% N



46.9% Y / 53.1% N



27.7% Y / 72.3% N



60.1% Y / 39.9% N



71.4% Y / 28.6% N

What will happen: The personal income taxes on earnings over $250,000 will be increased for seven years and the sales taxes will be increased by 0.25 cents for four years. The additional revenue will fund education and it guarantees public safety realignment funding. The fiscal responsibilities of the California legislature and Governor are not going to be altered. Unions, corporations and government contractors will continued to be subject to existing campaign finance laws. Insurance companies will not have to offer new customers a discount on automobile insurance premiums based on the number of years in the previous five years that the customer was insured on other insurance plans. The California death penalty will remain intact. Offenders convicted for murder may continue to be sentenced to death rather than life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Convicted human traffickers will be required to register as sex offenders and will now be subject to increased prison sentences and fines. Also, registered sex offenders will be required to disclose their internet activities and identities. Revises the law to allow criminal offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions who commit a certain non-serious, non-violent felonies with lighter terms in state prisons. Additionally, offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions who are currently serving life sentences for many non-serious, non-violent felony convictions may be resentenced to shorter prison terms. Food sold in California will not be required not have labeling if genetically modified. State personal income tax rate will not be affected. Multistate businesses will be required to pay income taxes based on the percentage of their sales in California. This will increase the state revenue by $1 billion annually. The State Senate districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission will continue to be used.

Victoria Williams fills out her ballot on the stairs inside the lobby of Hayward City Hall in Hayward, Calif. on Nov. 6, 2012.


Residents of Alameda County fill in their ballots at the polling station set up inside the lobby of Hayward City Hall in Hayward, Calif. on Nov. 6, 2012.


An electronic ballot reader manufactured by Sequoia Voting Systems of Oakland, uses paper ballots and high-speed optical scanners at the San Leandro Community Center in San Leandro, Calif.

“I Voted� stickers in English, Tagalog, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. ALLEN S. LIN/STAFF PHOTO

Residents of Alameda County wait in line to check in to vote in the lobby of Hayward City Hall in Hayward, Calif. on Nov. 6, 2012.






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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Campus voting and involvement posters proclaiming “Yes on Prop. 30!” to keep further budget cuts from taking more from our With all of the emphasis on national voting in education. From the outpouring of support and the last year, another set of elections at Chabot promotion on campus blasting these issues, it’s College have gone seemingly unannounced obvious that students care what happens to our and generally unnoticed, those of our stu- educational system. dent government, our Associated Students of Why, then, aren’t students voting and Chabot College. voicing their concerns about other things Students have been pushed to the national they care about? polls with many on-campus voter registration Students at Chabot don’t even vote for their events and forums explaining candidate plat- student government. Last April, there were elecforms and propositions. Measure I for the Chabot tions for the ASCC Senate and according to the and Las Positas Community College District, for certified results of that election, only 72 students example, has been heavily publicized around voted. Total. campus all semester because the money gained According to Dr. Carolyn Arnold, Chabot’s from the measure – had it been passed - would coordinator of institutional research and have gone directly into our classrooms, to our grants, there are currently around 13,550 stupersonal education. dents enrolled at Chabot. 72 votes out of our Around every corner, there are informative campus population amounts to a little over half of one percent. This means that 99.5 percent of students take no say in electing student senators who make important decisions around campus. ASCC ators plan events, oversee clubs and vote on issues that affect the quality 2009 General Excellence 2012 Online General Award Winner Excellence Award Winner of the college experience students are getting on campus. EDITORS Even worse, it seems that few stuEditor-in-Chief ......................................................... Allen S. Lin dents even want to be a part of our Business/Managing ......................................... Jessica Caballero student government. In the last school Chief Copy Editor .............................................. Sarah Suennen election, every position was filled by a candidate that ran unopposed. News ................................................................. A. Marcus Frates A Spectator source from within the Campus ................................................................... Galia Abushi ASCC admitted that little ing was done by the candidates and Local ................................................................ Cristoffer Zuniga not much was done to publicize the Scene ............................................................... Sergio Almodovar elections (held in the cafeteria lobby, Sports .........................................................................Tammy Lee Building 2300) because there was no real choice to be made -- other qualiPhoto ....................................................................... Sam Stringer fied students showed interest but failed Multimedia ........................................................... DaSean Smith to submit their applications and Brian Chua Online ........................................................................ quired materials by deadline. By Jessica Caballero

In October 2011, a student satisfaction survey was given to 1,597 students in 68 classes at Chabot. 71 percent of those students claimed that they had never been a participant in Chabot athletics, student clubs or the ASCC. In fact, 21 percent of those surveyed had never even heard of the ASCC, and 58 percent of respondents knew about it, but never used any of its services. There are many departments and offices on campus that follow the same trend: services are available to help students that they are not using, but that they know are there. In the offices of The Spectator, we have attempted to provide positive, informative news to students that we hope they find interesting …

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but we don’t know if that’s true. We provide the email addresses of our writers and editors because we care what the populace thinks of our work. We would like feedback, to know people are reading and to hear what students want to know more about. We are open to your criticisms and affirmations. Instead, there is nothing. At a time when we emphasize the importance of voting, having a choice and making an imprint on the world around us, students are not taking the opportunity to choose representatives -- or to be representatives -- that will make changes that matter in their immediate environment and could set them up for success in the rest of their lives. Having an impact on campus is about more than passing legislation, it’s about getting involved everyday as an active citizen of Chabot -- where it seems to be often forgotten that we are, first and foremost, a community college.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

ARTIST PROFILE: DJ Razberry By Remy Farah

Chabot College has been the leading local radio provider in the East Bay Area for over two decades. Birthing many radio personalities and careers, as well as helping to catapult some extraordinary talents. As an on-air disc jockey, Razberry has been through it all. From having a hectic school schedule, to her own radio show, and being a part of the KMEL Street Team, this DJ set a new bar for upcoming competition in the region. Razberry has been involved in many community and school events while promoting for Rich Kid Academy clothing. “Growing up, I was fascinated by music, fashion, dancing, deejaying, everything about music made me want to be somehow a part of it,” she said.

DJ Razberry at KCRH 89.9 FM for her show, “The Morning Tea”in Hayward, Calif.


erage to a growing audience. Aside from multiple awards from the radio and television department of Chabot College, she has been involved with youth programs focused on educational growth. Now, Razberry runs a sports program she started in 2009 called “Balling For Success” at James Madison Middle School, working with over a hundred students. She launched another program in 2010 called “Rich Kid Media,” which is focused on teaching videography, photography, and music to middle school students, “The past few months have been really hectic, school is probably taking most of my time but I’m working on more events and promo with other artists,” she added. Most people are driven by passion, and acDJ Razberry deejaying during College Hour at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. cording to this DJ “Hard work pays off.” RazberDJ Razberry’s show, “The Morning Tea” has ry is not hard to find, and is consistently pushing been on-air for over two years, and continues to her career forward while working with her new bring great music, entertainment and media cov- team “The Dragons.”

You can find this phenomenal DJ every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at KCRH Radio in Building 100, or on-air at 89.9 FM East Bay Area and streaming live at http://

Butler, on a board out in the water. When the movie picks up again, it’s seven years later and we’re introduced to a 16-year-old Moriarty. One morning he follows Hesson, who is headed up north to surf the mythical Mavericks near Half Moon Bay. When Moriarty realizes Hesson can surf the monster waves, he convinces Hesson to teach him. Gerard Butler, as Frosty Hesson in the film, has to work on his American accent and it is made very evident as this film progresses. PHOTO COURTESY OF FILMOFILIA.COM Throughout the film, we hear hints of his ScotBy Raymond Magallon tish accent peeking through, but that is just the “Chasing Mavericks” focuses on Jay Moriarty, tip of the iceberg. While the movie was really focused on Moplayed by Jonny Weston, and his efforts to become a great surfer. Moriarty made a name for riarty and surfing, the moments focusing on Mohimself in 1994 by surfing Mavericks, a surfing riarty’s home life seemed very rushed. The writers did a poor job at allowing the characters to location just north of Half Moon Bay, Calif. From the start, the film portrays Moriarty as a develop in the eyes of the viewer. We saw Moriarty’s mom go from a drunk likable and happy young man with a love for the that can’t wake up in the morning to a successwater who really falls in love with surfing after seeing his hero Frosty Hesson, played by Gerard ful shift manager with great attendance in the

course of a few scenes. The shifts in character from scene to scene leaves the audience puzzled. Eventually the audience loses interest in the family plot line and has to put the focus entirely on the surfing. This film does a good job honoring the memory of Jay Moriarty and the events that led to his rise to fame, but it could have taken more time in creating a finished product with developing plot lines.

DJ Razberry dances with the Nesquik Bunny during College Hour at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. on Oct. 25, 2012.

Chasing Mavericks wipes out

‘Chasing Mavericks’

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Rating: Rated PG - Drama Cast: Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Leven Rambin, Abigail Spencer, Taylor Handley Director: Curtis Hanson Running time: 1hr 51 min



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Thursday, November 8, 2012


Over a million and a half people showed up to see the San Francisco Giants’ Championship Parade on Halloween this past week in downtown San Francisco. The morning commute saw Giants’ fans drinking in the streets and on BART making their way to San Francisco. The city was packed by 7:30 a.m., cheers and chants echoed throughout the city streets. The energy was electric. There was no other date more suitable to fit the theme for the Giants playoff run, “Orange October,” than Halloween. Costumes were seen from “Where’s Waldo” to girls in tutus, but most of the outfits consisted of black and orange. The Giants celebrated their championship run with fans in attendance stretching from the Civic Center all the way down to the Embarcadero. Fans were showered with over three thousand

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee waves to the fans along the parade route.


Buster Posey waves to fans while his wife Kristen records the parade on a GoPro during the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade along Market Street in San Francisco on Oct. 31, 2012.

pounds of black and orange confetti. People were standing on rooftops, statues and trees just to get a glimpse of their Giants bringing the championship trophy home. There were so many varieties of people bonding in

a way that only sports can bring people together. In most aspects the parade was very peaceful, but there were a few fights that started because of lack of space mixed with frustration. Nonetheless,


the Giants brought solidarity to the community -- even if it was just for a day. They provided an experience that many will remember for the rest of their Brandon Lee and Rochi Bautista lives, bringing a champion- enjoy the festivities during the Giants World Series victory parade. ship back to the Bay. TAMMY LEE/STAFF PHOTO

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