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Las Positas College held its first ever Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry Drive on Nov. 14.

There were 58 potential donors at the drive.  Among all of those people who wanted to make a difference in somebody’s life was LPC cross country runner Taylor Peissner

Peissner was initially hesitant to go through with it.  He could not make such a big decision without the input from his loved ones.  After conversations with his family and his coach, he decided to become a potential donor.

“I didn’t do this for any reason except to possibly help save somebody’s life,” Peissner said.  “There are a lot of people out there who are affected by these diseases.”

One main disease is Leukemia.  Many patients are dependent on bone marrow transplants to survive.  According to the Be The Match website,  70 percent of patients, or 10,000 patients annually, rely on the marrow registry.

LPC cross country head coach Steve Navarro was asked by Peissner what he thought about him potentially becoming a donor during the season.  While Navarro was surprised about the possibility, he told Peissner he would support whatever decision his runner made.

“I couldn’t tell him what to do but I think everyone agrees that saving someone’s life is a great thing to do,” Navarro said.  “It’s an amazing selfless thing that he is doing.”

While it is small, there is always a risk when donating bone marrow.  According to marrow.org, a small percentage (1.34 percent) of donors experience a serious complication due to anesthesia or damage to bone, nerve or muscle in their hip region.  Peissner understood this and was still willing to sign the waiver.

“I knew about the small risk, but there’s a risk in anything that we do,” Peissner said.  “That was the last thing on my mind.”

Julia Stansberry, Vice President of the Biology Club, organized the drive and was glad Peissner and the rest of the donors took that small risk and showed up.  The goal that they had for the number of people to show up was easily met.

“Our original goal of registering 50 potential donors was exceeded and will give hope to many patients with life-threatening cancers and diseases,” Stansberry said.

The process of donating bone marrow can look intimidating.  In order for the donation to happen you must receive an injection for five straight days to move blood-forming cells from your bone marrow to your bloodstream.  Peissner is prepared for the process if and when he is called upon for a possible donation.

“I knew what I was getting into when I signed up,” Peissner said.  “If they need me to donate I will be ready to go.”

Peissner was recently contacted about possibly finding a match for a transplant. It is a woman who he has never met and might never meet.  The opportunity to meet her would depend on the transplant center and the recipient’s consent.

“They told me they will let me know in late December for sure if it will happen,” Peissner said.  “That would make for a great Christmas present for her.”

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2012 came with the 40th anniversary of an educational equality amendment that was cheered into signing during the Nixon administration.  Hope Solo, Serena and Venus Williams, Candace Parker and Marion Jones all have this law to thank in helping their cause in becoming world class athletes.   With its passage, it was promised that men and women would receive equal federal funding in educational environments.

Title IX is a federal law that mandates schools that receive federal funding equally disburse funds between men and women, specifically in collegiate athletics.  Las Positas is not quite meeting these requirements as both women’s coaches are part time, while the men’s coaches are full time positions.  To make matters worse, the college could lose federal funds as a result and could be sued for millions of dollars.

“Having access to their coach (benefits the student athletes), in a full time capacity to discuss classroom issues or athletic issues,” LPC Athletics Director Dyan Miller said.  “Whether it’s counseling, figuring out what classes to take and practice times.”

LPC meets all other requirements of title IX when coaching is excluded, but that is still not a shield from the possibility of a lawsuit.

Over the years since Title IX was signed into law in 1972, there have been several high-profile lawsuits, however the dollar amounts in settlements are rarely available.  Some notable cases have hit major universities such as the University of Tennessee, UC Berkeley and Duke, along with a recent case which is pending at Penn State.

“You look at the availability of students to their coaches, times of practice, which could be one or three because those people are leaving to go to a different job,” Miller said.  To address the problem, she said that LPC needs to hire at least one of the part time positions so that they are equitable.

“You can’t even say that there’s balance because there’s a full time position for a men’s sport and a part time position for a women’s sport,” Miller said.  “What you’re saying is that the priority has been put on male sports because all of them are full time.”

For the Lady Hawks basketball team, the fact that there has been only a part time coaching position has been a problem.  The team is now on their third coach in three years, now being led by Clarence Morgan.

During the spring semester, Miller sent out an email appealing to the LPC administration to look into hiring a new full-time faculty member in the physical education department to help the school meet the Title IX requirements.  The P.E. department ranked high enough the process to hire new faculty members, which is ranked by need, but the request was denied because of fiscal constraints.

With the current fiscal state of LPC, it may seem like a naive thought that the school would hire a physical education faculty member, but it is a move that could save the school from a huge lawsuit and the potential loss of federal funding.

Beginning the season at 6-4, a vast improvement from last season, the Lady Hawks have four games left to prepare for conference play

Jason Leskiw

Sports Editor

Doing a tad better than the men’s squad, sporting a record of 6-4 so far this season.  Two of those four losses were against the same team also, Modesto, who the Lady Hawks don’t have on their schedule anymore during the regular season.

The real test for the Lady Hawks will come in early January however; with conference play beginning at home against Foothill College on January 11.

Until then, the team will have only four games during the month of December to prepare; something that head coach Clarence Morgan has been visibly frustrated with.

“The non-conference games are when we can really see what we got,” Morgan said.

“With only four, it’s going to be a real challenge to figure all of that out.”

Sophomore forward Carlie Bonderer has been the rock of the team, scoring 27 points in the team opener at Lassen College in Susanville, to go along 14 rebounds.  Bonderer also led the team in scoring in a win against Napa with 22 points.

Brianna Estrada and Stephanie Eubanks have been an intriguing part of the roster, from scoring or simply moving the ball to the right person.

After the month of December ends, coach Morgan should still have a good idea of what his roster can do. Eubanks, who played forward last season, is now starting at point guard during her sophomore season.

Bonderer also switched positions, while Cierra Green has been absent from the bench for unknown reasons.  One major change from the past season is the presence of an assistant coach.  Tiffany Ducker, who played set records while in college at Oregon state has taken a serious role in practices.

“I give (Ducker) a lot of leeway,” said Morgan. “I think she’s going to make a great head coach one day.”

Morgan has a resume that would lead most people to think that he know’s his stuff and ideally for the Lady Hawks, that would rub off on them.  The contrast in records from last season suggests it may have already.

There will be 12 games for the team in January and February, and the team should need to win six or more to be in the postseason.

From there however, the team will more than likely face Modesto once more, and need to win to compete further.

Martin Gallegos

Staff Writer

It was the big one.  The race for all the marbles.  28 schools competed to see who would become the kings of the state.

The LPC Hawks men’s cross country team was in Fresno for the state championship.

The result was not what everyone at LPC had hoped for, they finished in 19th place overall.  The meet took place on Nov. 17.

In an upset, Sacramento’s American River College took first overall and beat out the very stiff competition from southern California.

For LPC, the 19th place finish is tied for their best finish at a state meet.  They were 5th best among all northern California schools.  Head coach Steve Navarro would have liked to have a better showing, but he is still proud of his runners.

“It was the best of the best running out there, all the schools there were very good,” Navarro said.  “Overall I’m proud of the hard work these guys did to get here.”

The Hawks could have finished with a better showing, but about 250 meters into the race, star runner Jesse Chestnut took a hard fall which cost the team valuable seconds.

Assistant coach Geoff Smyth felt Chestnut was never able to fully recover from the fall in the race.

“Physically and mentally he lost contact with the rest of the team, and never really recovered,” Smyth said.

Even with the fall that Chestnut took, coach Navarro gives credit to Chestnut for not giving up and finishing the race.

“Just to finish after having a bruise on his leg and being cut up, he could have easily just given up,” Navarro said.  “I’m proud of him for finishing the way he did.”

For Chestnut it was not the way he wanted to end the season.  After he came in first at the Toro Park Invitational back in October, he had an up and down end of the season.

“My performance did not go as well as I would have liked to end the year,” Chestnut said.

The Hawks are not state champions.  Still, even with this finish, standouts Jesse Chestnut and Arthur Ruvalcaba definitely had a good enough season to garner attention from four year schools.

“Arthur and Jesse have both been offered scholarships from St. Mary’s University and San Francisco State,” Navarro said.  “It’s good to see them getting rewarded.”

Next up for Navarro is track and field.

Workouts begin in late January and anybody interested in joining can contact coach Steve Navarro at snavarro@laspositascollege.edu or coach Kyle Robinson at kjrobinson23@gmail.com

Two tournaments and two games remain before conference play begins

Jason Leskiw

Sports Editor

The Hawks have begun the season at a slow pace.  That’s a mild truth.

After beginning the season with a nice run during the LPC tip-off classic, they have faltered and fumbled and often look like their own worst enemy.  Since the tournament, the team has lost four of their last five -their last by one basket in double overtime.

That game was against San Joaquin Delta College, at home this past Friday.  It was heartbreaking to say the least, with a final score of 96-94.

That loss was preceded with a loss at home against Hartnell, which followed a loss against Butte.  Guard B.T. Shabazz posted his best scoring numbers of his young season at LPC during that game with 27 points.

The teams only win since the opening was against Siskous College, a thin win of 70-69.

Around this time last season, then coach Tony Costello’s main goal was “to not allow so many second chance shots.”

Rebounding has historically been a slowly learned need for the team and one that was definitely reinforced by tough losses last year.

Once that team did start crashing boards with both hands, the losses slowly became more rare and uncommon, when the team found themselves competing for the state championship.

This season, interim coach Ward Farris has not been able to reinforce the rebounding issue, yet.  The season is still young and there are still two tournaments and two games until conference play begins in January.

The tournaments will be the best time for the young team to sort out their weaknesses and build on their strengths.

One strength, B.T. Shabazz, is one that can really materialize with hard work.  Shabazz is 32nd in the state for points-per-game.

That ranking could find it’s way into the top 10 if the team can move the ball and dampen the attention he gets from defenders.

In the loss to Hartnell, sophomore forward Jacob Contreras played nearly the entire first half and logged three steal and seven points, albeit committing four personal fouls in the game.

Freshman Juwann Springfield is also somebody who is a proven shooter, along with Kellen Sweetwyne who’s averaged 10.9 ppg along with 71 rebounds on the season.

Their division, the Coast Conference North Division, is one of the more competitive in the state and once play begins within the conference, every possession will count.

Their first is Jan. 11, against Foothill College at ‘The Nest.’

Jason Leskiw
Sports Editor
Friday November 30 marked the beginning of club dodgeball tournament that has been apart of LPC culture for several years.
Business Club, International Students Club, International Business Club, Chemistry and Journalism Club are regulars in the tournament but there are several other clubs that came to the competition.
These clubs compete for $300 in funds during the biannual ICC dodgeball tournament.  The tournament however has had a recent history of mismanagement and cheating.
During last springs competition, the Chemistry club lodged a complaint to the officials that the Business club was cheating and vise-versa.
The complaints were not without merit either as Sophomore Roy Rissas, who is six-foot-seven and started on the LPC men’s basketball team, was documented while playing for a club he was not apart of.
There has also been complaints regarding the lack of a bracket, which The Express has available online.
Another primary complaint was that players would not exit the game when hit by a ball.
The game is has been played primarily on the honor system and while there are two to three referees, the tournament has multiple matches going on at once.
Onto the more positive and entertaining, club members often dress to a theme.
Chemistry club dressed up in white lab coats and goggles last spring and other clubs dressed up as super heroes and movie characters.
Journalism Club member Diego Castillo dressed as Will Ferrell from the movie “Dodgeball.”
Whichever club wins will be able to spend the $300 on anything they choose, as long as it is within the ICC rules and bylaws.
Any club can compete as long as they are registered and have eight members on their team.

Jason Leskiw
Sports Editor
The Hawks lost to Hartnell College in a game that had no late margin of less than five points.
The score was 40-41 entering the second half but double fouls on point guard BT Shabazz, one being a technical, made the loss even more frustrating for LPC.
It wasn’t the same starting five however this time around at the tip-off, this time Jacob Contreras spearheaded a group of players that normally came off the bench.
During that first half, there was no wide-open lead for either team but LPC did lead for the majority of the game.
During the second half- when the normal starting five entered the game- Hartnell was able to take a commanding lead right away and ran off with the game.
The technical called on Shabazz came after he yelled an expletive just when he was being called for an offensive foul.  It was a mistake that has become all too cliche’ for the freshman guard.
Shabazz was a non-factor for the majority of the game and Conteras shined in his absence of light.
It’s not uncommon for the LPC basketball team to begin the season looking rusty but this year appears to be much different that seasons passed.
Shabazz’s technical should have been a one way ticket to the bench. It wasn’t.
The fouls committed and the inability to harness the team emotion to create a run for LPC was the reason they lost.
The only lead for LPC came with the second string on the court during the first half, something reminiscent of last years Golden State Warriors “Dubstitutes,” who played just as well as many NBA starting five.
Maybe these bench players shouldn’t be sitting on cushioned folding chairs and maybe they should be on the court more than the typical group of players.
After all, they earned the right during Wednesday’s game.