Friday, October 31, 2008

Ricky Clark - Soccer Recap

Men's Soccer tied City College of San Francisco 3-3 on Friday night. The Gladiators pulled off the tie after a 0-3 first half with goalkeeper Chris Nguyen making important blocks. Goals were made by Dupree Gant, Nick Arredondo, and Andres Ponce.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Alfredo Sanchez - Ever heard of Cobra Starship?

Whether you have heard of them or haven’t doesn’t matter because a more pertinent question is- do you like to have fun?
October 29th- mark that date on your calendar if you like all night dance parties. The Sassyback tour will be coming to San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. Cobra Starship will be bringing down the house with likes of Forever the Sickest Kids, Hit the Lights and Sing it Loud.

Cobra Starship’s brand of pop-punk electronica will be sure get you to drop your inhibitions- think Justin Timberlake meets Nintendo. Opening acts Forever the Sickest Kids, Hit the Lights, and Sing It Loud are also rock/pop/indie/electronica acts similar to the headliner, but each with their own flavor. The final mélange is will leave a fantastic taste that’ll stick around for days.


To purchase your tickets you can go online to

or call (415) 346-6000. If you end up procrastinating you can also buy your tickets at the door. The ticket office opens at 7:00 pm

So if you decide to have fun next Wednesday night head on over to the Fillmore.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Ricky Clark- Chabot sports go 1-2 Friday night

Photography by Sean Jones

Volleyball - The volleyball team suffered a tough and disappointing loss to Foothill College 1-3. The Lady Gladiators won by a high-margin in the first set 25-16, yet this proved to be the only bright spot of the night for the team.

Men's soccer - The Gladiators were shut out 3-0 against Cabrillo College. Throughout the game, the Glads struggled to get the ball in enemy territory.

Women's soccer - Only women's soccer was able to record a victory in Friday's match-ups, pulverizing an outmatched Hartnell College 10-0.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ricky Clark - World Series thoughts

I’m going to admit, I’m on the Tampa Bay Ray’s bandwagon. This team should win the World Series, even though game one was lost 3-2. The Ray’s have the better starting rotation (Scott Kazmir, James Shields, and Matt Garza) and the Philadelphia Phillies are going with a four-man rotation. This means Cole Hamels (the ace and game one winner), the Phillies won’t be able to have him throw until game five.

Overall the Phillies rotation can be sporadic and this could cause them the series. On offense, the Ray’s have enough firepower in B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, and Carlos Peña and enough bullpen talent with David Price being a valuable arm to get the job done. The Ray’s depth will be the deciding factor.

A controversy brewing over the World Series now is the event is losing its glamour and losing its magic. I’m enjoying the shift in power between teams. The series gets boring when it’s just the New York Yankees. Seeing the Red Sox now being champions is great for baseball. The story is as good as it gets, from historic losers to now top dogs.

Ricky Clark - Wrestling recap

Last night the wrestling team was defeated by Skyline College 28-17. Despite the loss, the team was able to have key victories. Stephan De La Cruz (CH) quickly beat Kris Swatsbaugh by fall (1:40), Daniel Musselman (CH) outgunned Greg Kelly 2-10, Kyle Wright (CH) gave his all to defeat Joe Bultra 7-9, Tafari Robinson (CH) flipped Tim Ferrick over and over again for a 2-10 decision. The rest of the Gladiators weren't able to pull of wins unfortunately.

Joey Brownlee - Win doesn't mean anything for Raiders

TO THOSE WHO think the Raiders are back on the road of perpetual success after a 16-13 OT win over the pathetic Jets, think again.

Sunday’s victory wasn’t merely a step towards achieving pay dirt. The contest illuminated a myriad of problems, beginning with discipline.

Fourteen penalties totaling 85 yards is unacceptable and is the foundation for most of Oakland’s futility since returning from Los Angeles. Obtuse infractions –false starts and illegal formations- such as the one’s incurred Sunday will hinder offensive continuity, and moreover, retarded the progression of this young offense.

Run defense; or lack thereof. I couldn’t find it Sunday –and I was there. 252 yards allowed – 159 by Thomas Jones and 59 to Brad Smith. Yes, Brad Smith on four carries. I don’t know who he is either.

Davis committed more than 159 million in contracts during the off-season and isn’t getting a bang, or boom, for his buck. And Mr. Tommy Kelly, he of the richest contract ever giving to a defensive tackle, and fresh off a DUI. You’re paid like an elite run-stuffer, but are playing like an elite buffet-stuffer.

Tackling, a basic fundamental of this barbaric sport, yet it’s a concept this group doesn’t seem to comprehend. Leon Washington practically walked through the defense, bouncing of feeble tackles, during his 11-yard run, which tied the score at 10-10, in the fourth quarter.

Third-down efficiency is make or break in this league, and it broke Oakland during the second-half’s vs. Buffalo and San Diego. 4-17 on third down conversiuons will not cut it against Baltimore this Sunday. Better teams will exploit this shortcoming.

If Jet receivers had better traction in the final 15 minutes, the outcome most certainly would have resulted in a Raiders loss. But at the end of the day, a win of any kind in Raider land is revered; no matter how ugly.

However, if they don’t rectify these obvious holes, with diligence, reducing the number of fights in the stands will be the only victories seen in Oakland.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ricky Clark - Gladiators (football) manage to win

Photography By Sean Jones

In Saturday night's contest vs. the Merced Blue Devils, the Gladiators had enough offensive production to hold off their opponents in a 28-18 win. Thomas Lanto once again received the majority of the playtime at quarter back and is starting to establish himself as a capable leader for the Gladiators.

During the second quarter Lanto connected on a 37-yard pass to Lee Pinkston that eventually set-up a 5-yard touchdown pass to Roy Polk.

Defensively the Gladiators allowed some big plays that led the Blue Devils to score, often the defensive line pressured the Blue Devil quarterback.

Free safety Tiquan Payne was an active force in the Gladiator secondary, finding himself around Blue Devil ball carriers for tackles most of the time. The key play of the game for the Gladiators came in the fourth quarter when defensive back Matthew Parker returned a kick off for 80 yards.

This effort set up running back Tyler Mason for a two-yard rushing touchdown which was the final Gladiator score (28-18). The Gladiators are now 3-3 on the season.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Jennifer Falcon - Prop 8

Hello all you Spectators out there!

It was an exciting week for news at our own campus with many things going on with Prop 8. It amazes me how something so tiny can cause such a huge uproar on a college that is so diverse and is full of so much hope and potential. Its sad to let this issue divide not only our school but our faulty as well. With there cent hateful words that some faculty is saying to one another on the email system is disheartening to say the least. To see our school divided makes me as a student feel very angry.

By staff and faculty fighting over Prop. 8 it saddens me to see some people who are apart of Chabot singling out any group of Chabot students and staff. No one questions a straight person after they ruin their marriage and cheat on their spouse. Its still legal for them to remarry, they are not made uncomfortable at their place of work or school. You would never see a campus wide email talking about a faculty member who got a divorce.

We are offending people who are merely trying to be comfortable in their own skin, the truth is when it comes to Prop. 8 the school should realize that they cannot have a healthy debate on this issue without offending their own students or colleges. I respect the schools stand against Prop. 8 and I think it’s a great thing for the college to encourage and support diversity. Why deny anyone rights based on any reason. We are taking a step backwards at the school if we allow anyone related with the school to say things such as “If you don’t like I hear there are other job openings at in other countries, perhaps you should move there?” or “oh so civil union just isn’t enough for ya huh?” How hurtful is that to say to someone who just wants to fit in and be like everyone else.

I felt I didn’t belong anywhere, and to see someone have to feel this way at their place of education or job makes me feel so bad. Homosexual students and faculty are being unfairly discriminated and it creates a negative vibe on campus for any student.

I wish the said faculty could go back and re-read some of their statements and realize just how hurtful and sickening they really are. I think NO ONE has the right to say the quotes above and should be reprimanded just as any student would be. We should not tolerate any kind of slander or hate at Chabot.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ricky Clark - Yay for the Rays (a doubter turned believer)

I’ll be one of the first to admit, I never thought the Tampa Bay (Devil..err.. nvm..) Rays would have a winning season in the AL East. I’ve doubted this team all season long, expecting the Yankees to somehow pull it all together and take the wild card spot along with the Red Sox winning the division. Not only have the Rays had a winning season, they won the division and are just one game away from the World Series.

It’s not that I hold any bias towards the Rays, I just enjoyed them more when the team were the bottom feeders of Major League Baseball. When I was a kid playing Ken Griffey Jr. Slugfest on Nintendo 64, my choice of team was the [Devil] Rays. A line-up stacked with past their prime sluggers Wade Boggs and Fred McGriff and a bunch of no-name pitchers. I remember all the constant defensive blunders and offensive meltdowns.

This team has come along way in such a short period of time, and they don’t look like they will slow down in years to come. Evan Longoria will win AL Rookie of the Year, and he’s already one of the best third basemen in the AL. Longoria is a player that will lead this team and challenge for MVP awards if his career isn’t derailed by unfortunate things. The pitching situation looks promising as well for the Rays. David Price who was just called-up in September has the potential to be a dominating hurler, throw in other pitching prospects like Wade Davis and Jeff Neimann the team has more depth to add to their all ready strong starting rotation.

So in looking dumb for doubting this team..

Good luck to the Rays in hopes of gaining a world series birth!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Carmen Shiu - ABDC tour: Everything a fan can possibly want…almost

With electrifying energy both from the performers and audience, the America’s Best Dance Crew concert was nonetheless amazing and truly displayed what the show is all about.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, five crews from MTV’s ABDC stopped at Oakland’s Paramount Theater as part of their nationwide tour.

Though the newest champions were season two’s Super Cr3w, it was obvious that it was really all about the JabbaWockeeZ, winners of the first season. The crowd cheered the loudest for them, as they should.

The show started with each crew performing a never-before-seen routine of their own, starting off with Fanny Pak, BreakSk8, A.S.I.I.D., Super Cr3w, and finally JabbaWockeeZ.

Afterwards, all the crews come out to introduce themselves to the crowd. Shout-outs were given, including the families of Phil from JabbaWockeeZ and Tiffani from Fanny Pak, and as well was the late, JabbaWockeeZ member Gary Kendall, known as Gee.

Fans were then in a treat as each crew performs some of the most memorable moments on the show. Yes, that’s right. SuperCr3w brought some of their most amazing tricks live on stage. That highly-praised Fanny Pak performance to Missy Elliott’s “Get Your Freak On?” It was there. And who can forget when Kid Rainen of the JabbaWockeeZ spun on his head for longer than most can handle? It was all there live on stage. ABDC fans really have to appreciate the crews and even the producers to include such pieces into the show.

All the crews performed together as a whole to pay tribute to old-school hip-hop after. This was where fans were able to actually see the JabbaWockeeZ unmasked. Personally, it was both weird but entertaining to see the members without the mask.

After looking into the past, the show shifts gear and goes into the future. Who/what exactly is the future? Of course, that was the JabbaWockeeZ. They performed a total span of 6-7 minutes with new routines that seemed to have only amazed the crowd.

A 15-mnute intermission was scheduled afterwards. During that time, it was announced that they will be a very special guest appearing onto the stage. For the fans who research ABDC information online, they know very well that Bay Area’s ABDC finalist, Supreme Soul, was going to make an appearance. Many of them pretty much figured that they were the special guest.


As the lights dimmed low so that the audience knows that the show is about to begin again, a “mysterious” voice came about. It turned out to be Big Von, a DJ from local radio station, KMEL 106, asking the audience to please welcome Bay Area rap ambassador, E-40.

Yes, you read that right. E-40 was live on stage. Of course, none of that was ever expected. Before the show started, there was no word online that E-40 was going to be at the show. This definitely hyped up the crowd and was an excellent way to restart the show again after the intermission. E-40 performed his newest single, “Wake It Up,” and the real turning-point single in terms of mainstream radio, “Tell Me When to Go.”

To pay tribute to the Jacksons, members of all crew (with the exception of the JabbaWockeeZ) performed together as they did on the show itself for season two to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.”

The JabbaWockeeZ then gave the same performance as they did on the show live on stage and that was the routine to Michael Jackon’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).”

Each crew then had a segment on the big screen to thank the fans, look silly to entertain, and also to introduce their routine. Some of the routines were from when they performed on the show, while others were brand new.

JabbaWockeeZ performed the popular routine entitled “Red Pill,” which consists of their originally-created beat. Fanny Pak did a new performance to Pussycat Doll’s “When I Grow Up” that started out with them in baby cribs and then came out to perform in typical career outfits, such as astronauts.

The show ended with all the crews in a “battle zone” that has each so-called battling each other, even though it is obvious that it was all choreographed.

As the music ended and all took their final bow, the crowd rushed to the front of the stage while the members shook everyone’s hands.

The show was approximately two hours long. Right after it ended, many fans stood around the tour buses to wait for the dancers to come out in hopes of meeting them. Although it took a while, they finally did. Contrary to some rumors out there, all of the dancers were extremely kind and wanted to talk with all of their fans. They made sure every fan that was still there are pleased with autographs and pictures.

Overall, the show was truly amazing. For any real ABDC fans, that was where they really had to be Saturday night. The performances are even better in person and to watch all of the crews live were simply breath-taking. It really is almost what every ABDC fan would want for a show. And by almost, I really wish the show was longer. Two hours may seem long to some, but when you’re actually there, it feels short. Also, the fact that Supreme Soul turned down the offer of appearing on the show, which was a down point for those who wanted to see them perform live.

If there is a tour next year for ABDC, it is definitely a tour that you would not want to miss at all. Truly, it was well worth the money, regardless.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Miuson Chi - Prop 8 is ridiculous and unfair

In my point of view, Proposition 8 is ridiculous and unfair to the country. Frankly speaking I don’t have much information about Prop. 8, however, it seems to be getting more and more serious. One of the reasons that attracted me to gain more knowledge about Prop. 8 is the $100,000 donation by Brad Pitt. When I start reading more documents about Prop. 8, I started to be more concerned about homosexual people.

What if there is an offer at Harvard University given to you with a scholarship of two years and after they said it was just a joke, they are not going to offer you anything. Meanwhile you have already prepared to quit your job, and concentrate on your studies. How do you feel? It is just not fair to anyone, right?

The same thing is happening to homosexuals. California allows gay couples to marry. Now if we pass Prop. 8, then the gay marriages will be stopped. Come on! Stop fooling others around. What is the point to take away rights once they've been given? Everyone should have their own right to have the equal fairness of love.

We allow criminals to get married with their partners, but we don’t allow same-sex marriage? So does it mean that gay and lesbian people are even worse than criminals? It really sounds like non-sense to me.

One of the reasons people support Prop. 8 is because they want to preserve marriage. The supporters think that it is not an attack on the gay lifestyle. Prop 8 doesn’t take away any rights or benefits of gay or lesbian domestic partnerships. So if they are really saying they are not taking away rights then why are they supporting Prop. 8? Does it make sense that they are actually against some people to get married, but they think they are not exploiting their rights? Domestic partnerships are not a substitute for marriage, are they?

Laws treat everyone equally. And I believe the equal protection under the law is the foundation of American society. We have the freedoms of religion and speech, why not the freedom of marriage? If Prop. 8 succeeds against the same sex freedom, we might have Prop. 9, Prop. 10 later on against the speech and the religions beliefs of society.

Sorry, it shouldn’t be up to the government to decide who can and cannot get married. Marriage is not a business of the whole country. If people have so much time to be concerned and care about the rights of another person, they should try to spend their time to make our country thrive.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Joey Brownlee - Maybe Al is on to something

If you’re a Raiders fan who thought nothing iniquitous could happen during a bye-week, oh how naïve you were.

Al Davis not only told you what’s obtuse with his franchise, he read it out loud and illuminated it with an over-head projector. He called Lane Kiffin a “flat-out liar,” and was heard after the presser if he called him a liar enough.

Truth is: Al Davis was the only liar in that room.

“There are reasons which I could go into,” the devil begins. “But I thought what I would do is bring you up to (the time that led to the firing)…”

OK, so, you, Al, you don’t want specific dirty laundry to get into the open? Then, what was the purpose of projecting the letter you gave to Kiffin? Or so you say, “I sent him a letter,” he says. He quickly corrects himself and utters, “gave it to ‘em, actually and Federal Expressed it to him.”

Reads like a lie, doesn’t it?

Later on he feels a sense of regret because, “I hired the wrong guy.” Sorry, Al. He actually was the right guy, but you never gave him a real opportunity to prove that.

My gosh, perhaps, another fib. Maybe Al is on to something.

Subsequently, Davis rambles on why he didn’t offer his version of the story due to the fact he “didn’t want to win in the press, I want to win on the field.” Then why hold a 45-minute conclave with the media bashing Kiffin?

Kiffin said that Davis and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan were in constant communication about schemes. Davis ordered Ryan to publicly refute that claim. Last week former Raider Warren Sapp helped corroborate Kiffin’s assertion on Showtime's Inside the NFL.

"I remember one time we had a defensive game plan because we were struggling against the run. We were going to get our safeties and put them up in the box and almost have a nine-man front. We practiced this thing 80 percent of the time on Wednesday and Thursday. We showed up that Friday morning, [defensive coordinator] Rob Ryan came in and he looked like someone had just shot his dog. He said [Davis] pulled it on us. ... He snatched the teeth out of our defense," Sapp said.

Another lie by the domineering proprietor/general manger/I’m in the market for a convalescent home dictator named Al Davis.

The only propaganda bellowed in that room was what Davis sold to the gullible media in attendance. Davis was on the point of an entity lying. He failed to differentiate himself from Kiffin.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Alex Miranda - Here we go again.

It was the Democrats! It was the Republicans! She said he said, they said he did. Who’s to blame for the $700 billion not going into use? Both sides of the party had people vote against it.

But it seems people from both sides of the party are blaming each other for the rejected plan.

What happens know? I keep waiting for it to start raining blood and the coming of the Prince of Darkness. WOO EEHH UMMM!

They keep comparing this situation to the Great Depression. But the Great Depression had people taking swan dives of the dang Chrysler Building in New York.

I’m so broke I can’t sleep at night. Everything I own is on credit, even my education. I feel like I’m being robbed of my college experience.

I’m in college; I should be worried about STDs and getting laid. I should be worried about trying new and exiting things, like drugs or even the weird drunken nights in a Circus Circus Las Vegas hotel room. Where my guy friend and I are too drunk to remember if we did stuff together. But it’s apparent cause we’re both naked, cuddling.

Insomnia over the credit crisis has led me to sleep walk and write POV’s such as this one. I wake in a cold sweat from a dream where I’m talking in front of an audience and I’m naked. So I run and try to buy clothes with my credit cards. But I end up not being able to because of the crisis, and have to walk all day naked.

Don’t get me wrong. I like being nude, but the point is these dreams and nightmares are beginning to take a toll on me. I’m getting to the point I feel so stressed out I’m breaking out in hives.

I’ve tried replacing thoughts of the whole nation running in chaos with pictures of little puppies and unicorns. But it doesn’t work. Even repeating the scene from that one movie where you can see Angelina Jolie in – I’m getting off topic.

The only thing that helps me get through it is imagining me driving to Washington, D.C., and bitch slapping each politician in Congress.

Point is I feel we’re going down a rabbit hole. I fear I’ll turn on the TV one of these days, and see people jumping out buildings running from financial burdens.

Out off all the countries that hate us, I fear ours the most. Because it’s our own country that has betrayed us the most.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Karen Swain - Cell phone etiquette

The communication culture has exploded in America. We are bombarded by commercials trying to sell us the newest gadget. We have iPhones and blackberries that can text, send e-mail, surf the Internet, blah, blah, and blah. I can’t deny that I have a love-hate relationship with my cell phone.

Am I the only one that finds these technological toys annoying as all hell at times? These days you couldn’t escape cell phones if you tried. You can be on the toilet, minding your own business, when you’re interrupted with and you hear the person-in-the-next-stall’s conversation. As much as we all love our cell phones, can’t we admit that there’s a time and a place for them?

I often wonder if this technology has grown faster than the etiquette surrounding the culture. In this modern day, is it considered rude to carry on a cell phone conversation at a restaurant? Anyone working retail can relate to the frustration one feels when someone in line can’t hang up on their conversation for 20 seconds and acknowledge the cashier as a person.

It seems as though our society is growing less personal, and technological innovation is taking over. Most of my friends have cell phones and their popularity is undeniable. We buy them, throw our money down this bottomless pit, and loose our manners at the same time.

It is not uncommon to see a 12-year-old boy or girl with their very own cell phone. Shit, call me old fashioned, but in my day it was walkie-talkies. If I had even asked for a cell phone at that age my parents would have literally laughed in my face.

American culture has embraced cell phones and marketed them to be items of necessity rather than luxury items. Everyone has them, we must need them, and not simply want them.

What I want to someday be a trend is cell phone etiquette and courtesy. Think about your surroundings before you chat non-stop with your friend over the phone. Be considerate of those around you and for goodness sake, don’t talk on your phone in a bathroom stall at Chabot!

Although I haven’t had an Office Space moment as of yet, where I smash my cell phone into little pieces and kill the damn thing; I’ve day dreamed about it.