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Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Dr. Seuss’ AMERICA By Justin Tonel STAFF WRITER
With March 2 just around the corner, the National Education Association’s (NEA) ‘Read Across America’ annual reading motivation and awareness program will be taking place across the country: in classrooms, libraries, hospitals and wherever a child can be read to. In conjunction with the birthday of children’s author, Dr. Seuss on March 2, the program will celebrate reading and its importance, both fundamentally and foundationally, for greater learning. First celebrated and created by a small NEA task force on March 2, 1998, the Chabot College Children’s Center will be hosting an event at noon on March 2, 2011 to inspire reading. The annual event has grown to include the participation of state and local officials, volunteers, celebrities and communities throughout the nation, as well as over 3.2 million education professionals in NEA’s membership. The first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will be joining NEA President Dennis Van Roekel once again to share their love of reading with hundreds of local school children at the Library of Congress.
For more information regarding the NEA and to take part in pledging for March 2 please visit www.nea.org. For resources and reading materials for personal and private events please visit www.firstbook.org. First Book is a non-profit organization that provides books to kids in need. Those interested can register their school or program with First Book then browse the marketplace and order a book for around $3. Feb. 8 was the last day to get books to arrive by March 2; however, those interested may continue to order throughout the year. Contact the First Book help team at help@firstbook. org or 866-READ-NOW. The Hayward Public Library will also be hosting an event March 2 at 3:30 p.m. Located at 835 C St., Hayward, Ca 94541, Hayward Main Library will host special guests in celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday and welcomes prospective participants to wear their best Cat-in-the-Hat inspired hat to win prizes. Contact the Hayward Main Library for more information at 510-293-8685. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss
Being read to and learning how to read can potentially be one of the greatest influences in a child’s life, as well as a cherished memory. Reading to a child about colorful characters like those in “The Cat in the Hat” or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” can spark a child’s imagination and creativity, far beyond the gaze of a television screen. Helping a child to read early on can have an invaluable impact by igniting confidence to excel in the classroom. According to the NEA, “Research has shown, children who are motivated and spend more time reading, do better in school.” The children’s center at Chabot College invites everyone to bring their children, siblings and loved ones to share in the enjoyment of reading at the March 2 event.
Located in building 3500 the children’s center offers programs and curriculum to encourage problem-solving, creativity and open-ended thinking. For more information please call 510-723-6684 or fax 510-723-
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Newsline... Chabot College Band Festival & Wind Symphony – February 25 The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information call 510-723-7233. Financial Aid Festival – February 26 There will be help with FAFSA, tax preparation, and scholarships. There will also be informative presentations. This event takes place in building 700 South beginning at 9 a.m. For more information or to reserve your spot, go to www.chabotcollege.edu/finaid. Huntwood Avenue area clean up- February 26 Join the Keep Hayward Clean & Green task force and clean up Huntwood Avenue, between Tennyson Road and Harder Road. For more information contact Chuck Horner at 510-596-9677. Student Veterans Organization Meeting – February 28 Join Veterans of Chabot College for a meeting to discuss upcoming events and issues surrounding veteran affairs. Meeting begins at 3 p.m. in room 405. Black & Gold pep rally – March 1, 8, 14, 17, 22 This event will take place during college hour (noon), the location is not currently posted on ASCC Calender. More information to come soon. Chabot College Guest Artist Jazz Band Concert – March 3 The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information call 510-723-7233.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Triangle Fire Anniversary Forum – March 24 March 25 is the anniversary of the tragic Triangle Factory fire in 1911. Instructors Jane Wolford and Sara Parker are hosting an informative forum about this historic event that changed the working conditions in factories for ever. More information TBA Bully Awareness Forum – March 25 Come participate in making the community healthy for all with an event sponsored and organized by the Lighthouse Community Center. Come by at 7 p.m. to discuss; media portrayal, parental intervention and neighborhood/community activism. The Lighthouse Community Center is located at 1217 A Street in Downtown Hayward. For more information go to www.LGBTLighthouseHayward.org. Wellness & Fitness Forum – March 26 Come learn about Spinal Health, Nutrition and health over all. Also watch a yoga demonstration all at the Lighthouse Community Center located at 1217 A Street from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.. For more information go to www.LGBTLighthouseHayward.org.
Flex Day – April 1 No instruction for classes before 4 p.m., evening classes will be held.
By Ian Williams The Online Editor
Planning for the worst, the office of the governor and the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) have created a potential list of cuts if the $12.5 billion in tax increases fail to pass the public vote in June. The cuts make significant changes to an already grim situation for California students. The current proposal increases tuition at the community colleges from $26 to $36 per unit, which amounts to a $10 increase. However, it will be raised by $40 if taxes do not pass the vote, raising the total per unit cost to $66. There would be a cap on our state-funded credits in the amount of 90 units. The cap is estimated to save approximately $250 million in costs. Another painful cut would be to the subsidy for intercollegiate athletics, saving the state approximately $55 million. College financing issues will still exist for those students who transfer out of the community college system, because students who do transfer to the University of California (UC) or California State Universities (CSU) systems will experience more cuts of the same sort. These two university systems will see a 7 percent increase in tuition to include a 5 percent reduc-
Chabot Jazz Festival – March 5 The show is from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information call 510723-7233
Flea Market – March 19 The flea market is held the third Saturday of each month in parking lot B and begins at 5 a.m.
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Faculty Inquiry Network – March 4 – 5 This event is the culmination of 2 years of work on a multi-million dollar grant that was run here at Chabot College. The grant supports faculty/student research teams at 18 community colleges up and down the state. The grant has been a huge success–and we are looking forward to this conference to being a real celebration of all the great work. There is no cost to Chabot folks who wish to attend. For more information or registration go to http://fincommons.net/
Black & Gold Pep Rallies – March 8, 14, 17, 22 This event will take place during college hour (noon), the location is not currently posted on ASCC Calender. More information to come soon.
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Flex Day – March 3 No instruction for classes before 4 p.m., evening classes will be held.
International Women’s Day – March 8 This day marks the 100 year anniversary of the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honored the first time. For more information go to http://www.internationalwomensday.com
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tion in enrollment at the CSU’s. There will also be reductions in operating expenses, saving a total of $1.84 billion for the state. Financial aid programs won’t be left alone, either. The proposal sets a goal of savings at $209 million. Parents of school aged children, will see their child’s education impacted as well. The K-3 Class Size Reduction program will be eliminated, as well as the reduction or elimination of other educational and supportive programs, totaling $4.55 billion in savings. The more the budget information keeps coming in, the more it worsens and worsens, which is why the public needs to be aware of the situation and informed of the power they each hold in their hands. The vote in June will have dramatic impact on student’s lives, and as much as we may all hurt to pay for taxes, it is a necessary cost to preserve the integrity of our educational choices. California, having one of the more revered educational systems in the United States, must be rallied to, before the dismantling of its systems of education are left in ruins for the people of California.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Scholarship named in memory of employee
Chabot is raising funds for the new MaryLou Cisneros Memorial Veterans Scholarship By Josephine Grasso Chief Copy Editor
The Admissions and Records and Counseling departments of Chabot College will be jointly hosting a silent auction March 17 to raise funds for the newly established MaryLou Cisneros Memorial Veterans Scholarship. The auction will take place in building 700 with bidding starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. Those wishing to contribute to the fundraiser can donate items to be auctioned off, which can be dropped off at the office of Dolly Balangitao the international student admissions coordinator, in building 700. The scholarship, intended to aid Chabot’s deserving student veterans, honors the memory of former Veteran Benefits Specialist MaryLou Cisneros. According to Heidi B. Finberg, assistant director of the Chabot College Foundation, criteria for and the amount of the scholarship will be determined in the coming weeks by the foundation and the Student Veteran’s Organization of Chabot College. The amount, specifically, will be determined by the funds collected at the silent auction fundraiser. Tax-deductible donations are also welcome via check or credit card. Checks must be made payable to the Chabot College Foundation, room 727-G, and note Cisneros’ name. For credit card donations contact Finberg at 510-723-6936 or firstname.lastname@example.org to provide her with the needed information. Donors may also choose to make a one-time or ongoing contribution via payroll deduction. All donors will receive a letter of acknowledgement for tax purposes, while the foundation will send a card with all donors names to Cisneros’ family. Cisneros lost her battle with cancer on December 23, 2010. She served Chabot College and its community from 1970 until her passing. Over the years she held the position of payroll technician, student services assistant and, finally, veteran benefits specialist. In an announcement of Cisneros’ passing sent out to the Chabot community, Dr. Howard Irvin Jr., vice president of student services, wrote, “She was a very pleasant and dedicated employee who always went above and beyond to serve ‘her’ veterans, the Chabot College student population and her colleagues.” “This is a great loss not only for Chabot and the Chabot – Las Positas District, but also for the community,” wrote Irvin.
Cisneros was born in Hayward on August 7, 1951. She married Cruz Cisneros on October 10, 1970, and had two children, Mario and Danielle. According to a message approved by Cisneros’ family, “Family was very important to her. She was very proud of her children and stressed the importance of family values and education. She always attended their games, events and extended family functions.” Many of Cisneros’ colleagues remember her especially for her smile. Finberg wrote, “I have known MaryLou for almost five years and was proud to have worked with her. She had a huge heart and passion for working with our veterans and always had a cheerful word and smile to share.” Patricia Posada, articulation specialist of Chabot College and dear friend of Cisneros, said in an e-mail correspondence, “You can see her at such a distance and she was already smiling with you without even having a conversation yet.” Posada also noted Cisneros’ dedication to her work at Chabot: “She was passionate about her veteran students and the college who could not have picked a better person to handle that special student population. She’s always put them at ease. Students would come asking for her and although others would offer, they’d say, “I’ll be back and see her later.” Melva Garcia, counselor and instructor at Chabot College, wrote in an e-mail, “She was a dear friend who I miss very much. Ruben Hernandez and I served on her hiring committee in 1992. How she is remembered, are many of same [sic] reasons that we recommended her to be hired.” “She had a good heart, we knew that students would be well served because of her willingness to go that extra mile. She also had a smile that was contagious. I was honored to have served as both her children’s counselor,” continued Garcia. Posada, summing up how most people who knew Cisneros feel, now that she is gone, wrote, “Miss you my dear colega, hermana, friend, comadre, you were one positive link to Chabot that is no longer there today. :( <3” A silent auction fundraiser in honor of MaryLou Cisneros will be helf March 17. For more information about the auction contact Dolly Balangitao at dbalangitao@ chabotcollege.edu or 510-723-6715.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Hiking the trail at Heron Bay Adventure, just miles away. Are you ready?
By Jon Comeaux Staff Writer
Not too many people think about scenic beauty when they think about the East Bay. It seems many people forget just how beautiful the Bay actually is. Next time you feel like exercising, biking or simply going out for a walk, think about taking a stroll over at Heron Bay hiking trail, located at the end of Lewelling Boulevard where it turns into Bayfront Drive in San Leandro. The trail is accessible to hikers and bikers, and is a popular spot to bring dogs. It’s a relatively flat trail so it won’t ever be too treacherous for those worried about difficulty. It’s all about the surroundings here. The Heron Bay Trail guides you alongside the shore of the Bay where you can get a clear look of San Francisco and the other Peninsula cities. The scenic trail also brings you alongside the marshlands of San Leandro where
wildlife can certainly be spotted. Critters like lizards and jackrabbits run along the marsh, as well as herons and other birds. If you start at Heron Bay, the trail stretches for roughly four miles and ends at the San Leandro Marina Park. The trail is concrete until about two miles in where it turns into rocky gravel. But don’t worry; even with this month’s rain it shouldn’t be muddy. If you get too tired or would just like to take in the scenery of the bay, there are a few benches scattered throughout the trail for hikers to rest and relax. “I love coming out here to jog. It can be long and tiring but there’s too much beauty around for me to care,” hiker Tina Sandoval said with a laugh. The Heron Bay Trail will leave a lasting memory in anyone’s mind when the sheer beauty of the bay is seen. The sun glistening off the water as it accentuates the loveliness of San Francisco is also relaxing as it crashes along the rocky edge of the shore. So instead of hitting the treadmill, taking a jog around town or walking your dog around the block, make a change and take a trip to Heron Bay. You won’t be disappointed.
Healthy Fruit Salad By Michelle Martinez Staff Writer
Ingredients: 2 kiwis ½ Fuji apple 4 strawberries ½ cup blueberries 1 container Activia peach yogurt 2 tablespoons low-fat cottage cheese Prep time: 15 minutes Servings: 1-2 Michelle Martinez / Staff Photos
Directions: It’s simple, easy and delicious. * Remember: Wash all fruit. Step 1: Peel kiwis and dice into cube-like pieces. Cut one-half apple and strawberries into cube-like pieces as well. Step 2: Place cut fruit and blueberries in a medium size bowl. Step 3: Add Activia peach yogurt and two tablespoons of low-fat cottage cheese. Step 4: Mix ingredients together and enjoy!
Great alternatives for this fruit salad are adding some of your favorite fruits, such as bananas, pears, mangos, raspberries, honeydew melon, pineapple, etc. You can also replace Activia peach yogurt with your favorite, such as strawberry, blueberry or even plain yogurt. Another great alternative is to add your choice of granola or almonds to make it even more delicious. Don’t limit yourself with options.
Focus Thursday, February 24, 2011
Global Centenary A day of remembrance to promote and protect rights of all women globally
Pets of the week: Gypsy, Kiwi & Reina
By Barry Ngu Staff Writer
It’s a day of remembrance; to promote and protect rights of all women. International Women’s Day (IWD) pays tribute to the many hard-earned accomplishments along with the struggles that women still endure worldwide. The 100th anniversary commences March 8 and amplifies Women’s History Month. Views of this holiday differ. Some may ask, “How is this fair? Why don’t men have a special holiday?” On the contrary, there is an International Men’s Day. (IMD) However, that article would be premature since IMD falls on Nov. 19. So for the time being …. An event cited by Wikipedia exemplifies some lack of harmony felt by members of a community in London: As an act of goodwill, Tower Hamlets Council elected to celebrate IWD by barring men, male staff included, from entering one of its libraries. Upset patrons labeled it “discrimination” as they were forced to utilize another location for the day. Others have been more open-minded about cultural shifts, women and equality, calling it feminism. Bear in mind that feminism does not necessarily brand an individual into some radical category. Dictionary.com defines feminism as, “a person who advocates equal rights for women.” Beginning in the early 1900’s, centuries of oppression created a climate of unrest that gave voice to politically charged women. InternationalWomensDay.com references a 1910 conference held in Copenhagen at which “unanimous approval” paved the way to recognize IWD as an official holiday. The following year more than one million women and men participated in rallies for “women’s rights to work, vote … hold public office and end discrimination,” as described on the IWD Web site. A week later the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire erupted in New York City on March 25, 1911. Located on the eighth through tenth floors, women were locked inside to keep them from leaving the factory early. Bystanders recalled seared images of screaming, trapped women jumping to their deaths, some already engulfed in flames. Over 140 lives, mainly immigrant women, were destroyed by the fire. The notorious fire drew much needed attention to alter the abhorrent working conditions and labor legislation within the United States. This tragic incident has been connected to the fight for equality on a national scale, as well as beyond. As the world’s largest international organization, the U.N. has also taken an active role in IWD. According to UN.org, its powerful reach has “generated more intense and widespread support than the campaign to promote and protect the equal rights of women.” In spite of years of effort, Jennifer Ruddy
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and Joyce Green, authors of “International Women’s Day: Not Just Another Hallmark Opportunity, Eh?,” believe “the female population continues to be disproportionately responsible for unpaid work, underrepresented in parliaments, overrepresented in poverty and outrageously susceptible to rape, sexual harassment and violence.” Some countries have forgotten the original meaning of IWD, opting to advertise flowers and candy similar to Valentine’s Day. Likewise, Ruddy and Green are adamant that “marketing the day for commercial gain cheapens its political significance.” “A recent UNICEF report found that female genital mutilation in one region of Ethiopia had fallen from 100 percent to 3 percent, largely as a result of innovative public education programs,” stated Julie Bindel in a 2010 New Statesman article, “A weapon against half the world.” Clearly there is still much work to be done. Leading the way to intellectual equality are two of Chabot College’s esteemed professors, Dr. Jane Wolford of the history department and Dr. Sara Parker of the political science department. These professors have devised a program to take place Thursday, March 24 in recognition of Women’s History Month. Wolford shared, “The topic is a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire … and how it changed the American workplace.” Parker and a few of her most dedicated political science students will also present on workplace safety issues of domestic and global proportions. Chabot student Alexis Daniel has recently established a new club on campus called Chabot Women’s Group. Wolford will be the club’s advisor and Daniel is its newfound president. The club’s motto is, “To empower the women of Chabot College and help build future leaders with a stronger voice.” IWD and Women’s History Month are often forgotten but this year they will be remembered. For information about upcoming Women’s History Month activities contact Jane Wolford at email@example.com or go to http:// chabotwomensgroup.wordpress.com.
Kiwi is a young, playful, friendly little soul. He is very calm, and, unlike many rabbits, Kiwi loves to be held. He is a little scared of dogs, so a home without dogs would be a better fit for him. He was the favorite at a recent rabbit adoption event, and loved to be cuddled by everyone who visited. Kiwi is in a foster home, but is available for adoption. Call the shelter to ask about him! (510) 293-7200, ext. 7.
Reina (A072079) Simply wonderful Reina, a 3-year-old Chihuahua, is one of the sweetest girls around. She is very loving and a pure cuddle bunny! Add some liveliness and alertness and you have a playful, smart dog with a big heart with plenty of love to share. Fit for children 13 years old and over. To visit these animals or other animals, come to the Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Ct, Hayward. (510) 293-7200 ext. 7. Or go online to see their available pet listings at petfinder www. petfinder.com/pet-seasrch?shelter_id=CA678.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Chabot voices will gather at the State Capital ‘March in March’ opposes education fee increases The power of people uniting to gain what has been deprived of them is proving stronger then ever. Egypt and Tunisia rose from under the thumb of oppression. Right now individuals are forming, to become a greater whole at standing against the oppressions that impact them all. They are rising all across the world, in many cities, regarding various matters. You have the opportunity to be a part of a local rising. The opportunity to pursue, or continue a higher education is on the verge of significant changes. A possible rise in unit cost may be approaching Chabot – up to $66. Higher cost per unit are just the beginning of government’s decisions that impact students. Students who are striving for a higher education, are cut short by the government’s lack of integrity and priority to educate. The government is ignoring the budget problems, by kicking the can down the road and allowing loopholes to exist. These loopholes that make the rich richer, off of valuable California resources, occur while the government looks the other way. The moment for you to rise has come. On March 14th you can stand with fellow students from across California in front of the governor’s office, with the March in March. There will be two chartered buses leaving Chabot, for students and faculty to participate in the march. The rally will begin on the Capitol’s north steps at 11 a.m. If you are an individual that would like to get involved, please contact an Associated Students of Chabot College representative at 510-723-6743 . You are an individual who can stand by others and spread ideas that can change minds, lives and the future. An individual might fret to take a stand, take action, hold ground, or make a change. Individuals, establish a baseline of how they view their own power, based upon personal experience. If experience teaches people they can’t control or change their environment then the desire to affect change is pointless. The conditioning of disempowerment has won. Though it is true that one person can do very little by one self, it may be just enough to start an idea. We all remember from
‘Inception’ the words “Ideas can be resilient and highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold in the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. A person can cover it up or ignore it, but it stays there.” And they still ring true. Once an idea begins to spread, once people recognize the power of that idea, the truth within it then gains attention. With attention comes change. Individuals always have the power to change the supposed truths of life. Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison for the crime of sabotage for being an anti-apartheid activist. Four years after his release he became the president of a fully democratic South Africa. Simon Bolivar led the fight to liberate six countries in Latin America from Spanish colonialism. This is change. These people were not the initiators of idealism but rather the ones willing to carry it out. Perhaps we are not oppressed in the same manner that Egypt and its surrounding countries are. However we still have a lot to fight for. If I stand next to you, and he stands next to me, and she stand next to you, then we are not alone. We must come outside our comfort zones, set our personal intimidations aside, focus on the values that we believe in and hold our grounds.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Troublesome final game before the playoffs By Roger Molina Staff writer
The men’s basketball team lost their final home game of the season against Cañada College last Friday. The loss gives the Gladiators an overall season record of 19-8 and 8-4 in conference play. A win against the Cañada Colts would have given the Gladiators sole possession of second place in the conference and a likely top four seed in Northern California. Cañada College came into the game fresh off a one-point
loss against Foothill College, a team the Gladiators beat by six points a couple of weeks ago. The Gladiators came into the game without their starting 7-foot center Kyle Luckett. Luckett was finishing off a two-game suspension that was assigned to him after the San Francisco City College game on Feb. 11. The Gladiators controlled the opening tipoff but did not take advantage of it. The Colts scored first and set the tone for the night. After the first three minutes passed the score was 6-3 with Cañada leading, scoring all their points in the paint. A minute later guard Randy Newell slashed his way through the defense and scored two points, getting fouled in the process. Newell finished the play off by scoring his free throw and completing a three-point play. That gave the Gladiators their first and only lead of the night with the score being 6-8. Shortly
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after Cañada College took the lead and made big three point shots from the top of the key. The Colts were in good shooting rhythm and worked well with each other through the game. The Gladiators struggled to knock down shots but still played decent defense. A big block by forward Colin Chadwick denied the opposition’s shot at the buzzer. Defense kept the Gladiators in the game at the end of the first half with the Gladiators trailing 38-31. The opening minutes of the second half proved to be the weakest point of the game for the Gladiators. In the first six minutes Cañada College went on a 12-4 run making the score 50-35. “We had some 3s and we just missed them,” said Head Coach Dennis Aye after the game, “And they’re (Cañada) a good shooting team and they made their 3’s.” The Gladiators would cut the lead down to 12 points on two different occasions late in the game. The missed shots, however, really cut their effort short. The final score was 77-58 giving the Gladiators their second loss in three games. “They’re a great group of guys. We just need to continue to work hard and see if we can get our confidence going because now the real season starts – the playoffs,” added Aye after the game.
Left: Chabot basketball Head Coach Dennis Aye encourages his team after making a three point late in the second half Right: Jourdan DeMuynck #24, is fouled during the first few minutes of the game against Cañada
Upcoming Sporting Events Feb. 24th - March 5th 24
Basketball Playoff 2/25 vs Cabrillo 7p.m. Baseball:
2/24 vs Sierra 2p.m. 3/1 vs Skyline 2p.m.
2/24 vs Mission 3p.m. 2/25 vs Redwoods 10a.m. 2/25 vs American River 2p.m.
3/1 vs De Anza 2p.m .
2/25 vs De Anza 2p.m. 3/4 vs Mission 2p.m.
3/4 vs SF/West Valley 2p.m.