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Ohlone tackles terror, murder: College's new courses to examine hows, whys behind groups, killers

By Barry Shatzman, Staff writer.

Thursday, August 4 , 2005—Reprinted from The Argus.

Fremont—With terrorism and murder being the subjects of two new classes, Ohlone College's fall semester is shaping up to be a real killer.

"Terrorism" will examine terrorist organizations worldwide - from al-Qaida to the Ku Klux Klan to animal-rights activists.

"These guys use the same techniques," class instructor Ken Berzin said.

A former Fremont police officer who since has developed an expertise in terrorism, Berzin said the class will explore the subject from more than just the law enforcement perspective. It also will examine how terrorists think and operate.

"(Berzin) knows terrorism backward and forward," Ohlone instructor Rich Cominos said.

Cominos, also a former police officer, will be teaching "Murder in America," which will take a look at the history of mass murder and serial murder, and reasons a person might become either a killer or a victim.

"(Most studies show) there are more serial murderers in the U.S. than anywhere. Is it cultural?" said Cominos, referring to one topic the class will study.

Also offered for the first time at Ohlone will be introductions to Islam and Arabic.

In addition to the new classes, the college will offer two new associate degrees, in computer science and music. Students who earn the new degrees will be able to apply their credits in the subjects to a four-year degree at University of California or California State University schools. That hasn't always been the case, Ohlone President Doug Treadway said.

"California is one of the only states that doesn't have a whole-sale transfer policy. You needagreement with each school. In other states, there's no quibbling over credits," he said.

Ohlone also is making it easier for students to fit classes into their schedule.

Along with the 18-week semester that starts Aug. 15, the college offers a 15-week semester starting Sept. 9 and a nine-week term that starts Oct. 17.

Some classes will be taught in Newark. Day classes in Newark will be taught at the University of Phoenix, 40440 Encyclopedia Circle near Stevenson Boulevard. Night classes will be at Newark Memorial High School. Both are near the college's future Newark center.

To sign up for classes, visit http://www.ohlone.edu.

Barry Shatzman can be reached by calling (510) 353-7003 or by e-mailing bshatzman@angnewspapers.com.

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