Playoffs loom for Ohlone soccer teams

Sports editor

Both the Ohlone men and women soccer teams only have one game remaining in the regular season. The first round of the CCCAA Playoffs begin on Nov. 17 and both teams hope to be a major factor.

Women’s Soccer

The Lady Renegades improved their playoff chances on Tuesday by defeating Canada College 6-1 in Redwood City.

Ohlone is now 9-3-4 overall and 7-3-2 in conference play with just one game remaining. The regular season finale is Friday against Las Positas College at Central Park in Fremont at 3 p.m.

Goalkeepers Melissa Grey and Kami Herley were nearly perfect against Canada allowing just the one goal.

Jessica Lerma led the way for the Lady Renegades scoring two goals and an assist in the game. Those were Lerma’s first two goals of the season and her second assist.

Coach Larry Heslin was aware that players would have to rise to the occasion in the absence of several key injured players.

“People are just going to have to step up,” Heslin said.

“Injuries are a part of every game and we just have to respond well to the adversity.”

Step up is exactly what several players did for the Lady Renegades in the win like Samantha O’Brien who
scored her first goal of the season as well in the victory over Canada.

Lora Lee, Morgan Collyer and Ramsay MacKenzie also had goals in the winning effort for Ohlone. Cindy Tsai, Heidi Moreno, Elizabeth Mooney and Maddie Gray all had assists on goals for the Lady Renegades.

There are so many varying factors that determine who makes the playoffs so it is still unclear if Ohlone will make it. Finishing the season strong with wins will go a long way in determining its fate.

Men’s Soccer

The Renegades fell to DeAnza College on Tuesday at Central Park in Fremont 2-0.

The loss puts Ohlone at 4-10-4 overall and 3-8-2 in conference making it a lot tougher to take one of the
coveted playoff spots.

On Friday Ohlone College was able to defeat Mission College of Santa Clara 3-2 in Santa Clara.

Chris Lopez, Olivas Cesar and Greivin Pacheco Quesada all scored goals in the win and Antonio Garcia was credited with an assist.

Pacheco Quesada has been stellar for the Renegades, amassing 10 goals and five assists on the season for a total of 25 points.

For Lopez and Cesar, it was their first goals of the season and they needed all of them to
squeak out the victory.

Goalkeeper Michael Beigarten had another great outing in net for Ohlone making several key saves to preserve the win for the Renegades.

It is not for sure if Ohlone, will make the playoffs or not yet, but a win in their final game will go a long way.

The final game of the regular season will be Friday when they travel to Salinas to take
on Hartnell College. Hartnell College is 11-1-7 overall and 8-1-4 in conference play.

Volleyball set and ready for post-season

Sports editor

The Lady Renegades volleyball team split its last two games, defeating Chabot College and losing to Gavilan College to improve to 17-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

With the CCCAA Northern California Regional Playoffs first round just two weeks away. Ohlone has put itself in the driver’s seat for an excellent seed.

On Halloween, the Chabot Gladiators were able to take the Lady Renegades to the edge but Ohlone was able to pull it out in a thrilling 3-2 victory.

“They came out really hungry and were set on trying to beat us after last time,” Sophomore Elise Menicou said.

Menicou was referring to the other close five-set win that the Lady Renegades were able to win over Chabot just a few weeks earlier.

“We were able to pull out that game in five sets, but they played very well and definitely were in position to win before we were able to get it together and secure the win,” Menicou said.

“We just wanted it more in the end and we were able to do some things that caught them off guard.”

Ohlone’s Brittany Creel and Jennifer Covey collected 24 of the Lady Renegades’ 43 kills. Selina Samorano and Jackie Class also impressed for Ohlone with several big kills.

Samorano, Covey, Menicou and Class have been solid for Ohlone this season and huge factors in the great season and record the team has posted.

On Friday, Gavilan College took on Ohlone in a rematch that the Lady Renegades dominated 3-0 in Gilroy earlier in the season.

Ohlone played tough but Gavilan came out determined, handing Ohlone its first home loss of the season that blemished their home perfection winning 3-2.

“We were prepared for them. We knew their style, having beaten them pretty easy the first time,” Menicou said.

“I think we just lost a little bit of focus. They were good at hitting off blocks and tipping balls over.”

Creel, Covey, Samorano and Class all had several powerful kills in the losing effort. Lindsey Calabrese had a jaw dropping 31 digs, but couldn’t pull out the victory despite the great performances.

The final game of the regular season will be Nov. 14 at Epler Gymnasium on the Fremont campus at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Renegades were able to handily defeat Skyline College last time the two teams met in San Bruno by a final of 3-0.

Ohlone will be hoping to add one more win to its impressive resume in hopes of a high seed in the playoffs which begin on Nov. 20.

Fremont elects new mayor, council

News editor

Voters went Democratic and with mostly familiar faces in Alameda County elections on Tuesday.

Voters in Fremont, Newark and Union City passed Ohlone Measure K with 72.89 percent of the vote.

Measure K changes the way board members are elected.

The current at large system allows any voters with in the district to vote for any board member.

Measure K will change the system to a district system. It will set up clearly defined geographic areas.

Voters in each respective area can vote for trustees from only that area.

Fremont Councilman Bill Harrison won the mayor’s office with 35.28 percent of the vote, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters tally.

He was followed by Steve Cho with 31 percent. Ana Natarajan held third place with 25.78 percent.

Teen candidate Aziz Akbar came in fourth with 5.52 percent, while perennial candidate Linda Susoev trailed behind with 2.23 percent.

The Fremont City Council has two new members. Vinnie Bacon and Suzanne “Sue” Chan won seats on the council with 25.27 percent and 22.55 percent respectively.

President Obama won Alameda County and beat out Republican rival Mitt Romney 77.63 percent to 19.33 percent, according to results published on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website.

Incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein beat her Republican challenger Elizabeth Emkin 80.83 percent to 19.17 percent for the U.S. Senate seat for California.

Mike Honda will continue to serve California’s 17th Congressional District. Honda, who has served since 2001, beat challenger Evelyn Li 71.79 percent to 28.21 percent.

California voters saw 11 different propositions on the ballot this election.

Prop 30, the public education funding measure, passed with 72.72 percent voter approval in Alameda County.

Prop 31, the state budget measure, was rejected by voters in Alameda County with 62.81 percent. Prop 32, the payroll deductions for political donations, was voted down with 70.71 percent.
Alameda County voters also voted to reject Prop 33.

Alameda County voters approved the initiative to repeal the death penalty – Prop 34 – with 61.33 percent of the vote, but statewide it lost 58.2 percent to 47.2 percent.

County voters cast their ballots to pass Prop 35 by 79.19 percent.

The initiative would levy stiff penalties for those who are convicted of human trafficking. Those penalties would include jail time and required registration as a sex offender.

Prop 36, the three strikes reform law, passed in Alameda County with 77.94 percent.

Prop 37, which would have required the labeling of any food products that contain genetically modified organisms, gained 57.3 percent of Alameda County voters’ support , but went down to defeat statewide by 47.2 percent.

Alameda County residents approved Prop 39, which changes how out of state companies pay taxes in California with 73.50 percent of the vote.

The State Senate redistricting approval measure Prop 40 passed with 75.14 percent of Alameda voters.
This measure approves the new district lines drawn by the Citizens’ Redistricting Commission.

Students hang on through ‘Flight’

Staff writer

“Flight,” the new Denzel Washington film, is a thrilling drama.

Washington stars as a flight captain on a passenger jet when a manufacturing problem occurs on one of the rotary joints in the rear elevator flap.

This results in the plane being forced downward, taking a full on nosedive toward Earth.

As the plane descends from 10,000 feet and continues falling.

The audience feels the entire time as if they’re right in seat B1 watching it all unfold.

Whip (Denzel Washington) awakes from a hangover nap while in the cockpit and he quickly reacts to take control.

To decrease speed and regain stability, he orders his copilot, who has lost all sensibility, to empty all the fuel and coolant from the tanks.

This brings the total weight down but isn’t enough for the plane to begin gliding out as he intends.

Instead drastic measures are taken in order to land the plane safely, to level the plane out, Whip commands his crew to take evasive action.

In one full swoop, Whip and his crew manage to save the plane from direct impact.

The crash only resulted in six deaths.

It is later found out that no other pilot could have landed the plane like Whip had.

Everything he did was nothing short of a miracle – Whip being an obsessive alcoholic or not. The movie takes place at Whip’s trial to discuss the criminal side of the plane malfunction.

If Whip was at fault, he could be charged with six murders and be detained for the rest of his life by due process.

The movie plays for 2 hour and 15 minutes.

Every moment is fresh with new events that keep the audience watching.

Students find a career in communications

Staff writer

Ohlone College Speech and Communication Studies Department and the ASOC held a “Degrees and Careers in Communication” panel discussion on Friday Nov. 2 at the Fremont Ohlone campus.

The Ohlone College invited two presenters, Jason Tang and Lars Ahntholz.

Jason Tang, who earned a communication degree from University of California, San Diego, had a presentation on success in transferring, based on his experience.

He stressed that students should choose their major.

“First, find the major that interests you. Ohlone has a great communication studies program,”said Tang.

“Stay focused on the course after transferring, build your social network such as making friends, find professor in your discipline that will help you and relieve your stress,” he said.

“Stay away from distractions like partying, drinking, smoking and drugs and have a stress relieving activity,” he said.

Ahntholz, a product marketing manager from Plantronics in Santa Cruz has 20 years experience in the communication and marketing fields.

He let the students participating know about real communication world with some videos from Plantronics that showed the kind of images can attract people to buy products.

“People like photos and video,” Ahntholz said.

Ohlone will hold one more communications seminar in fall 2012: “Professionalism: Creating a Powerful Image” from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 30.

HIV testing for students available at health center


Opinions editor

Cost-free and needle-free, the student health center offers anonymous HIV testing to all Ohlone students, faculty and staff.

Testing is done on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Health Center, room 7302 on the main campus.

Appointments are not necessary; testing is done on a first come first serve, walk-in basis only.

The test results are ready in two weeks and must be picked up in person.

Anonymous testing means that nothing will be written down, including the name of the person being tested and nothing will be saved to medical charts.

The Student Health Center uses the Orasure Method, which collects fluid from the mouth via cotton swab, requiring no needles or blood work.

It does not take a sample of the saliva, but rather HIV antibodies in the cheek and gums.

Orasure is 99.7 percent accurate and HIV testing is done by a State of California Certified HIV/AIDS test counselor, according to the Ohlone student health website.

Orasure is an easy and painless method.

But its biggest benefit by far is that it reduces the risk of accidental transmission of the virus by eliminating the need to draw blood.

Testing can be done for any reason. Students are urged to go before they think they have been exposed.

Any unprotected sex, sex with or prior to a new partner or sex with an HIV positive person is reason enough to get tested.

Those who have been the victim of sexual abuse, a female considering pregnancy or those who have shared needles are also encouraged to be tested.

Getting tested simply to know one’s status is one less thing to worry about.

In addition to testing, Student Health Services provide students with a variety of resources and support should the test results prove positive.

The health center is there to assist students through all steps of this process and to provide whatever help may be required afterwards, according to the student health website.

It is important for students to understand that they will not be left to handle the outcome of the results on their own.

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Bold shapes and colors attracts Ohlone’s eyes

Features editor

Students, family and friends gathered in the Lou-Meager Art Gallery on Nov. 3 for the presentation of painter Cathy Lui’s latest pieces.

Student Dakota Jordan described her work as “busy, but simple and mellow.”

“All [pieces] are inspired by life and how shapes fit together,” said Lui. “How it starts and how it ends.”

Her bold, colorful paintings pop out to students’ faces.

Her abstract yet straightforward artwork lures students in to analyze and figure what the meaning is.

Student Nany Lui said her favorite piece is “Floraandfaun” because is has “different perspectives,” said Lui.

In one perspective, she saw eyes and in another way she saw an exotic flower.

Student Zhou Yuhao stood in front of the piece called “Contained Thoughts” and called it “fancy but contains symbols,” said Yuhao.

He found the shape of the comma repeating in this piece and in others.

“I just like the combination of squares and circles coming together,” said Yuhao.

Student Sergio Viramontes also saw symbols.

“She uses a lot of organic themes like cells,” said Viramontes.

Lui’s mother Doris Frank-Lui attended her daughter’s gallery reception to support her daughter’s latest work.

Like mother like daughter, the two have an artistic talent in their blood.

Frank-Lui said she knows how to draw but is currently focused on her poetry.

“When she was little, I gave her supplies and encouraged her,” said Frank-Lui. “She made her own welcome card with construction paper.”

Frank-Lui’s favorite card from her daughter was a Mother’s Day card.

She said tht there was a bear on the card and her daughter put a pearl necklace around the mother bear’s neck.

“She was very creative at 9 years old,” said Frank-Lui.

Now her daughter’s talent “has a very steady hand,” said Frank-Lui. “I’ve watched her.”

Viramontes said that Lui explained to the gallery crew that she would go over and over the lines so she would get her strong, intricate lines.

Before her art career blossomed, Lui graduated from San Jose State University and received a degree in Italian.

Even though she loved painting, her college career did not lead up to that.

“I was working Mother Jones magazine and needed something to balance the work,” said Lui.
Lui’s talent does not stop there at painting.

She entertained the attendees with her new lovely instrument, the ukulele.

Lui played the ukulele and sang with elegance.

Her husband jammed on the bass while their good friend made the beat with the drums.

The band played some calming upbeat songs that the audience enjoyed and awarded with applause.

She said learning how to play an instrument at an older age opens up a different part of her brain.

Lui’s sweet mellow voice mixed well with the island/exotic music made by the three different instruments.

Attendees ended the night with good live music by the Lui and her band, free food and images of Lui’s colorful bold paintings.

Car theft breaks streak for Ohlone vehicle crime


News editor

Ohlone College just experienced its first vehicle theft in a number of years.

According to the Fremont Police Department report, someone stole a dark colored 1997 Honda Civic from a Fremont Ohlone campus parking lot some time between 5:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Police recovered the vehicle the next day in the parking lot at Unite College at 4733 Warm Spring Blvd., according to the report.

“The owner was contacted and they retrieved the vehicle. Some parts had been stripped from the car,” said Fremont Police Public Information Officer Geneva Bisques.

According to the Ohlone crime rate report published by the Ohlone Campus Police Service, the act of stealing a vehicle is not considered a major crime on campus. Back in 2011, there was only one car was stolen from the Ohlone campus.

A report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows that the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont Metropolitan Statistic Area (MSA) ranked sixth in the nation in 2011 with 23,223 vehicle thefts.
San Jose-Santa Clara MSA ranked 20th in the nation with 7,460 vehicle thefts just last year.

The NICB report advised car owners to use several layers of defense to protect their cars from theft.

The first layer of defense against vehicle theft is common sense.

Removing keys from the ignition, rolling up windows, locking car doors and parking in well-lit parking areas are all some common sense things to do to keep from becoming a victim of vehicle theft.


The next layer is some type of warning device.

Types of warning devices include audible alarms, steering wheel and break pedal locks as well as VIN etching and microdot marking.

The third level includes some type of immobilizing device.

The NICB said the final layer of protection is some type of GPS tracking device, such as a LoJack.
According to the group’s website, LoJack boasts a 90 percent recovery rate.

Ohlone prof caught in Sandy



Ohlone Director of Broadcasting Gary Kauf was in New York when Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast last week. While on his trip, Kauf said at first nothing was out of the ordinary until the hurricane struck.

“I suddenly heard a huge bang,” said Kauf. Devastation loomed over the East after Hurricane Sandy rolled through. This late season post-tropical storm has caused both death and destruction to millions of families.

At first New Yorkers didn’t take it very seriously when the hurricane hit as they decided not to follow requests to evacuate, said Kauf. The condition in Manhattan was not bad at all. Kauf said restaurants were still open and there was not much damage in Chelsea.

His trip home was delayed, as flights out of the John F. Kennedy Airport back to San Francisco were sparse. JFK was underwater and the water only went down enough by Wednesday for a few flights to go out at all.

“There were only three Delta flights available that covered the entire Northern United States,” said Kauf.

“They jammed us in there, took off and got us out.”

Kauf began his academic career as a journalism major before later moving onto broadcasting. Kauf recalled covering past natural disasters like Hurricane Gloria vividly.

“It was not a great time to be there (in Hurricane Gloria) unless you were a reporter,” said Kauf.

This time around, experiencing Hurricane Sandy when he was no longer a reporter on the job made for a very different experience, said Kauf.

“Hurricanes are great fun to cover” said Kauf.

Kauf said that Hurricane Sandy was an indication that California should look out for future fluke weather patterns.

“California got an early wakeup call,” said Kauf.

Seeing the damage in New York Kauf points out that New York and California alike need to better prepare for natural disasters. This is why the reconstruction of the Bay Bridge is an important step towards taking necessary precautions, said Kauf.

“People have to work together, all people. Usually people in New York don’t even look at each other in the eye as they are walking down the street. But when the hurricane hit, neighbors were helping each other to the best of their abilities. It’s too bad that people aren’t like this on a daily basis,” said Kauf.

Majority passes Prop 35

Opinions editor

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley spoke to increase community awareness of domestic human trafficking Oct. 31 in the Jackson Theatre.

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery.

O’Malley defined trafficking as any individual acting as if they own another.

O’Malley’s department is responsible for more then five pieces of anti-trafficking legislation, including Prop. 35 on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Prop. 35, which California voters approved by a 4-1 margin, strengthens punishments for human trafficking cases and also require those who are convicted to register as sex offenders.

It is a bigger problem in Alameda County than many people realize, O’Malley said.

She said her office has identified victims that originated as far south as San Diego and north as far as Eureka.
However, 64 percent of victims are from Alameda County and 75 percent of those are from Oakland.
H.E.A.T. (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Watch, founded by O’Malley’s office, has five key goals.

It trains police to not criminalize victims, to prosecute vigorously the offenders, to provide adequate resources, to advocate programs and to get policy makers and the community really involved within the issue.

Since its founding in 2005, H.E.A.T Watch and O’Malley’s office has charged 276 cases of human trafficking, leading to 178 convictions with 49 cases pending.

In the same period of time, only 290 human trafficking cases have been tried in the country.

Every trafficker convicted saves between 15 to 30 victims, O’Malley said.

In 2006, human trafficking became a crime and is listed under Penal Code 236.1.

However punishment for this crime is still relatively weak, O’Malley said.

A person convicted can leave court with only probation.

Many in the audience found this shocking.

“It’s crazy that you can beat woman, rape them and who knows what else and not get any time,” said Brittany Robles, a student at Ohlone.