UHWO The Hoot Issue 12
student newspaper THE HOOT U N I V E R S I T Y O F H A W A I ʻI - W E S T O ʻA H U APRIL 2013 THE END OF AN ERA: INTERVIEW WITH CHANCELLOR GENE AWAKUNI West Fest 2013 Prepping for Finals, Poetry, and much more! U niv e rs ity o f H awai ʻi - Wes t O ʻahu THE HOOT S tu d ent N ews paper P. O. B o x 970151 · Waipahu, H I 96797 Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Staff Writers Copy Editor Web Developer Designer Photographers Mellissa Lochman Jordan Luz Rosie Barfield Marissa Choy Chris Davis Jessica Gardien Kelsie Valentine Titaina Willis Kat Duran Christian Pasco Sargie Mae Agcaoili Kelli Maeno Shannon Takai Alyssa Yomes-Takushi Business Manager Carly Young Sergeant-At- Arms Keola Jimeno Faculty Adviser CONTENTS Colleen Lucidine Sharla Hanaoka Feedback and Submissions email@example.com Advertising Inquiries Businesses/Organizations firstname.lastname@example.org Student Clubs/Organizations email@example.com Social Media twitter.com/thehootpress instagram.com/thehootpress thehootpress.org University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability of the information. Nor does the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu warrant the use of the works is free of any claims of copyright infringement. All views expressed are those of the page author and not of the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu and/or the University of Hawaiʻi system, and any concerns or comments about these pages should be directed to the page author, and not to University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu. Copyright © April 2013 The Hoot 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Around Campus 10 11 Tech Reviews: PS4 and Wii U Gene Awakuni Interview | Sustainability April Fool’s Day Campus Voices | He Says, She Says Music and Poetry Senior Spotlight Faculty of the Month Kimo Knows A BIG mahalo to the donor who made this Hoot print edition possible. ❤ AROUND CAMPUS WEST FEST 2013 WRITTEN BY JESSICA GARDIEN This semester student government decided to put on a big event known as “West Fest” that both students and community members could come and have a good time. This alcohol free event was held on April 5th from 3pm to 10pm on the great lawn. The event was sponsored by FM 100, Coca-Cola, Photo Graphix Unlimited, Zippy’s, and Power 104.3. It also featured great music from local bands and idols such as Kawao, Jasmine Nicole Idica and Sweet Keys, BP Tru, Jay Kahea, and T.T.Y.M. In addition to the entertainment, there were also several clubs that generously donated their time to feed and entertain the visitors such as the Glee club, the Investment Club, and the Madd Houze Entertainment Club. Plate lunches, waffle dogs, and Dave’s Ice Cream were some of the yummy treats being sold at the event. Photo Graphix Unlimited even opened up a photo booth for everyone to enjoy at no charge. Furthermore, great prizes including an IPod Nano were being raffled off to guests throughout the course of the event. This was definitely a spectacular event and hopefully UH-West Oʻahu will be able to carry on the tradition in the foreseeable future. Despite it being an active and joyous event, there were many concerns that were raised by the student body. Among those concerns was the timing of the event. Evidently, not many students are here on campus on Fridays. Some students even felt like they didn’t want to come to school on a Friday if they didn’t have any classes at all. However, the event did generate a good crowd and everyone had a good time. One of the coordinators of the event stated that the event was created so the students would be able to enjoy the event during the day with community members being able to flow in during the evening hours. Overall, this was a great event for our campus for it shows how close knit we are as a community. We want everyone to know how much our campus cares about the community and its students. Hopefully, people can witness through this event that big things are certainly in store for this campus. Even a small event such as West Fest can have an everlasting impact on the community. West Fest Photos Continued on Page 10. CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS In cooperation with the Library, several clubs have come together to open up a concession stand for your late afternoon munchies. Snacks range from healthy choices of trail-mix and fresh fruit to yummy comfort foods of chocolate bars and chips; and if you are running out of fuel we even offer chilled water and hot coffee, all library approved. So come and satisfy your munchies and support some of the campus clubs! All proceeds will go towards next year’s club events. The Glee Club and the Birdcages, A QSA at UHWO will be holding a fundraiser on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 39 Hotel at 6:00 PM. Tickets will be $10.00, $1.00 to support Life Foundation and $1.00 to support Music for Life Foundation. Come support our clubs and have fun with good music. This fundraiser is a 18+ event, photo IDs required. THEHOOTPRESS.ORG 3 THE END OF AN ERA Interview with Gene Awakuni WRITTEN BY JORDAN LUZ After spending 8 wonderful years at UH-West Oahʻu, Chancellor Gene Awakuni has finally hit the finish line for his illustrious journey here. At the end of this semester, he will be stepping down and will be moving on with his career. Awakuni has most definitely left his mark here at UH-West Oʻahu. He believes that the most defining moment of his career would easily be seeing the new campus here in Kapolei open. Although it has taken over 30 years to have the new campus built and to change from a 2 year to a 4 year college, this is just the very beginning of what UH-West Oʻahu is expected to become. Residence halls, a retail village, and major works of art are just a few things that are in store for UH-West Oʻahu in the near future. You know the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Despite having such a definitive career here, Awakuni still feels that there are some major things that he could’ve done better on. Upon arriving back in Hawaiʻi in 2005, his expectations of the new campus being built was unrealistic. With the major recession that was going on during that time, it was very difficult financially to secure the funds that were needed along with hiring more faculty and staff. However, as we look ahead, the future is tremendously bright for UH-West Oʻahu and it will only continue to grow. As Awakuni prepares for his last semester at UH-West Oʻahu, he had a few messages for current and prospective students: “When you begin to dream and envision your goals, don’t limit yourselves. Be expansive!” In fact, Awakuni never envisioned becoming a chancellor. If you had asked him if he planned on becoming a chancellor when he was younger, his answer would’ve been “You’re crazy!” It’s all about seizing the opportunities that are presented to you and living life with no regrets. Anything is possible so let’s take his advice into consideration and dream big! Not only did he have a message for the students, he also has a message for the new chancellor Rockne Freitas that is set to take the reins once the semester is over. According to Awakuni, Freitas is “very astute.” He appreciates Freitas’ local cultural knowledge and that he was born and raised here in Hawaiʻi. Awakuni hopes that he gets to know the people and culture of UH-West Oʻahu and listen to what they have to say. Receiving input from everyone in the campus community is vitally important for the future. Nevertheless, he wishes the best of luck to Freitas in the future. How does Awakuni want to be remembered here at UH-West Oʻahu? As someone who helped to realize the dreams of all the students and people at UHWO and to establish and create their own identity at this university. He wants to be known as the person who helped realize their dreams. In all honesty, he will surely be remembered as someone who definitely made the dreams of many students here at UH-West Oʻahu come true. You know the saying; all good things must come to an end. But why stop there, UH-West Oʻahu is in good hands and is most definitely going to evolve into something grand. SUSTAINABILITY REPORT WRITTEN BY KEOLA JIMENO The University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu hosted the 1st Annual Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit, a two-day conference for policy planning and program sharing about sustainability initiatives in the University of Hawaiʻi 10 campus system and higher education colleagues at Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Brigham Young University— Hawaiʻi, and Chaminade University. The event was organized by a collaborative group of faculty, staff, students, and administrators throughout the state and supported by University of Hawaiʻi System President and the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges. The Summit achieved the goal of the conference – to refine a draft UH System Sustainability Policy and provide an opportunity for building cross campus collaborations by sharing insights and best practices. A participant evaluation of the event is being completed electronically and the draft UH Sustainability Policy will be revised based on participant input and reviewed by the UH Council of Chancellors on May 1st, 2013. 4 THE HOOT Guest speakers included Leith Sharp, Chair of the Sustainable Futures Academy and Harvard Sustainability Instructor; Kamuela Enos, Social Enterprise Director at MAʻO Organic Farms; Matthew St. Clair, Sustainability Manager at the University of California Office of the President; MRC Greenwood, University of Hawaiʻi President; John Morton, UH Vice President for Community Colleges; and Jeffrey Acido, UH Student Regent. Over forty presenters from across the state also shared operational, academic, student, and community outreach programs and projects from individual campuses. A strong theme of the event was the importance of the integration of Native Hawaiian cultural and values into the growing statewide higher education sustainability initiative. Over two hundred participants met and exceeded the key outcomes and expectations: • Encourage collaboration and coordination across the state’s higher education institutions • Develop a University of Hawaiʻi Draft Sustainability Policy • Share case studies, best practices, and challenges through concurrent sessions • Share ideas and strategies in key topic areas such as recycling, energy efficiency, transportation, curriculum, student life, food systems, and campus operations • Encourage student leadership; host a Student Forum to explore the creation of a statewide student network for sustainability • Establish this event as an annual summit • Build lasting relationships among participants APRIL FOOL’S WRITTEN BY CHRIS DAVIS Of all holidays, April Fool’s Day is the favorite of many, giving pranksters an excuse to get away with their usual antics for a full 24 hours. The inspiration this holiday is drawn from traditions that evolved from ancient cultures into the types of tricks that are common today, showing that even before our time, people have never understated the value of a good prank. The origins of this “lighthearted holiday” actually date back to the 16th century. Romans and Hindus celebrated the beginning of the New Year on April 1st with “days of foolishness”; the Roman celebration was called “Hilaria”. However, in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the new Gregorian calendar that celebrated instead on January 1st. Not everyone complied with this change, though (especially because back then it would often take years for information to travel around Europe), so some continued to celebrate on the first day of April. One of the ways in which these “traditionalists” were teased was by being sent on “fool’s errands”, or being made to believe false information, or sticking a fish on the back of a child (in France, this was called Poisson d’Avril, alluding to a naïve, easily caught fish). The phrase “wild goose chase” was birthed thanks to Roman mythology: Ceres (the Goddess of Harvest) spent an eternity looking for her daughter, Proserpina, who was abducted by Pluto (God of the Dead). Proserpina would call out to her mother from the underworld, but Ceres was never able to find her. Regardless of its questionable historical background, the holiday continues to celebrate lightheartedness and humor, and here are some fun facts about April Fool’s Day: • “kick me” signs are said to have been traced back to Scotland • The holiday is sometimes called “All Fools’ Day” • Radio stations, television programs, and websites have set up gullible listeners/readers. In the past few years, Google has announced converting their e-mail service to an all-paper system, and invited their users on a Mars exploration project. • According to Alex Boese (curator at San Diego Museum of Hoaxes), “large, institutionalized media hoaxes” are becoming more common • Interesting discoveries on April 1st: whale snot can be collected using a remote-control helicopter, swearing relieves pain, and roller coaster rides can treat asthma • April 1, 1996: Taco Bell announces purchase of Liberty Bell from the city of Philadelphia, and their plan to rename their restaurant “Taco Liberty Bell” Happy April Fool’s Day! “LIKE” THE HOOT PRESS ON FACEBOOK The history of April Fool’s Day, however, is debatable. It has been said to have been celebrated in England prior to the institution of the Gregorian calendar. In April 1983, Joseph Boskin (history professor at Boston University), explained that the holiday had originated from a Roman emperor who valued humor and thus declared a holiday to celebrate absurdity. Just weeks later, though, it was discovered that Boskin had indeed played an April Fool’s hoax on the press! ADVERTISE HERE Want to advertise with us? Businesses/Organizations: firstname.lastname@example.org Student Clubs/Organizations: email@example.com THEHOOTPRESS.ORG 5 CAMPUS VOICES What are your plans for the summer? This summer I will be going to Hong Kong and Southeast Asia with some friends. BRADLEY RAMIL, SOPHOMORE My summer plans are summer school and working, but making use of my spare time by spending it and having fun with family and friends. CATHLYN JOY ROSETE, JUNIOR Got something to say? I’m going to Japan in June to train the Bogart’s Japan employees. We want to hear from YOU! Let us know what you like about the Hoot CHELSEA HO, SENIOR and send it to UHWOTHEHOOT@GMAIL.COM JORDAN LUZ MELLISSA LOCHMAN HE SAYS, SHE SAYS The best ways to prep for finals • Try eating on a regular basis. I know cramming for exams can have you cramming down your food at odd hours of the night and early morning but following a normal and healthy eating pattern can really improve your concentration and quality of sleep, even if all you’re getting is a few hours a day. • Don’t try to do all your studying for every class on one day. The brain only recalls on average about 10 percent of what we read so it’s important not to do too much at once, or to unduly rush through what you’re trying to memorize. A good idea is to set a goal of an hour or two with small 15 minute breaks in between. This gives your brain a break and also gives you a reward of downtime to help motivate you. Depending on your abilities of concentration you should change the amount of study and downtime to what suits you best. • Find an environment that allows you the maximum amount of concentration. I know personally, I really need natural light to concentrate. You should try to assess if you need a silent environment or one that has background noises as well. If your room is really the best place for you, then try to work out a study schedule for yourself. I hope all of these tips prove useful to you. Gentlemen and ladies, you have your missions; good luck on all your exams and have a wonderful break full of relief when they’re over. I hope all of these tips prove useful to you. Gentlemen and ladies, you have your missions; good luck on all your exams and have a wonderful break full of relief when they’re over. 6 THE HOOT Summer is right around the corner and the only thing between you and the beach is final exams. With a few weeks left in the semester, this is not the time to slack off! Here are some tips to help you avoid cramming for these very important tests! • Try to explain the coursework to a friend or classmate. If you are able to convey the concept enough to make them understand, it not only helps you to remember but also boosts your confidence in the subject! • Create flash cards. Make the flashcards small enough to where you can carry them around with you at all times. If there is a small break between classes or your waiting in a line, bring out those bad boys and get your study on. Want to go paperless? Download Evernote and Evernote Peek to create flash cards on your IPad. • Utilize the Noʻeau Center. If you are feeling lost, get some help from the Noʻeau Center! To get the most out of your visit, write down the questions you want to discuss in advance. • Create mnemonic devices. Sometimes, when I ask my friends to help me study for a test, they usually try to drop hints if I get stuck on a question for too long. Usually, their explanation is totally wrong, but sometimes a silly response is what sticks with you. Try to create a silly rhyme, acronym, or song to help you remember lists, order of operations, etc. Congratulations to Erin Tagamori for being the winner of the Hoot’s First Ever Poetry Contest! Thank you to all who participated! Here is Erin’s winning poem, “Crayon.” Enjoy! “Crayon” WRITTEN BY ERIN TAGAMORI I’ve come to rest where I’ve rolled to a stop Amongst dried-up insect carcasses and fuzzy dust bunnies Where no janitor’s mop ever reachesWhile I was among my kind, I was never popular No match to the vibrant hues of azure, cardinal, or forest greens That bring to life little children’s creations of lakes, fire, or beautiful trees I have the ability to color western bridal gowns with snowy satin silks and clean lace I am one of the patriotic colors of the American flag, along with red and blue I am the color of sushi rice, Hot chocolate marshmallows, Eggshells And blank paper Even if someone wanted to put me to use, White crayon on white paper is invisible to the eye A wasted effort A wasted motion A waste of space. Being the lone white crayon in a box of 64 is worse than being chosen last for kickball I am never chosen at all Still in pristine condition, my sharpened tip towers above the other colors that have all been dulled down to nubs A ivory beacon of aversion and apathy Singled out to be tossed from the box in favor of acquiring another variation of blue Ignored and forgotten Out of sight and out of mind on the cold classroom floor. A FOOL FOR POETRY April is not all pranks WRITTEN BY KELSIE VALENTINE Who knows the origin of April Fool’s Day? There are a number of different explanations for it; some say it’s because of changes in calendars, or that it’s an excuse for Spring Fever. But my theory is this: April 1 is the grand opening for National Poetry Month. It is only fitting that the most creative month of the year starts off with witty pranks—it’s all about expressing our feelings! The word “poetry” can be intimidating because it is thought to be boring and difficult to understand. But, like a good prank on April Fools, poetry is not as dull as it looks. It can be fun, exciting, and very dynamic—we see this every day through music. Just think about where you would be if there were no songs on your IPod with lyrics to sing along to? There are too many people who overlook the significance of poetry in our lives. Aside from poetry being an ultimate art form, it is also the basis for establishing language and literature world-wide! National Poetry Month was established in the U.S by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 to promote awareness and appreciation of poetry. It’s also celebrated in other countries—this minor holiday has earned a fixed place in the cultural calendar. FAVORITE MUSIC WRITTEN BY CHRIS DAVIS Music is, of course, an important part of all of our lives. As students, we love to listen to our favorite tunes whenever we are doing our homework, hanging out with our friends, or riding down the highway. We wanted to know some of students’ favorite songs currently, and what they are listening to this month! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Rihanna – “No Love Allowed” Fiji – “One Word” Haley Reinhart – “Keep Coming Back” Rascal Flatts – “What Hurts The Most” Planet Shakers – “The Anthem” Ellie Goulding – “Anything Could Happen” Metric – “Youth Without Youth” Ed Sheeran- “Lego House” The Story So Far – “States And Minds/Roam” Mongol800 – “Chiisana Koi No Uta” Walk Off The Earth – “Gang Of Rhythm” Zedd featuring Matthew Koma – “Spectrum” Miguel – “Adorn” Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko – “Stay” The Weeknd – “The Morning” Bruno Mars – “Show Me” Macklemore featuring Ryan Lewis – “Thrift Shop” Matisyahu – “Sunshine” THEHOOTPRESS.ORG 7 SENIOR SPOTLIGHT Clinton Nishida WRITTEN BY CHRIS DAVIS Every month, the Hoot interviews one of the seniors here at University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu, giving all of us a chance to get to know some hardworking students and gain knowledge about the campus, and maybe draw some inspiration from the experiences of others. This time, we decided to interview Clinton Nishida. Clinton is a senior who is very involved in our school community, taking on classes, two jobs, and extracurricular work. Read on to find out more about Clinton! Would you like to introduce yourself? Well, I guess you could say that I’m a non-traditional student. I came back to school in 2010 after working fulltime for 5 years. What does your position as President of QSA entail? Being the now Board of Director’s Chairperson, I see it as my opportunity to maintain a conversation with our club members about what we would like to see on our UHWO campus. We try to address the serious issues that affect the LGBT students around the country, and also do fun activities to help build the fellowship among our members and peers. I have also been working, behind the scenes, with faculty members and administrators on figuring out how our club can encourage a safer learning environment for all LGBT members at UHWO (students, faculty and staff). I believe that in an academic setting, it is important for us to nurture a accepting environment which can really help our peers find the confidence to succeed. What attracted you to working with the organization? It first started when I decided to work on a writing assignment for Dr. Brenda Machosky’s English 200 class. We had to find something on our UHWO campus to write an article about. To help us generate some ideas, Dr. Machosky provided us with a list of possible topics, and I saw the campus’ Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) as one of them. Being somewhat “closeted”, I wanted to learn more about this student club and what they stood for. It was through my research and interviews with Dr. Emily Nye, Aaron Gorospe and Aimee Takaki from the Noeau Center is when I became interested in the campus’ 8 THE HOOT GSA. Of course I had to do more research on my own to really understand what a GSA is for. Thankfully, I was also taking a course from Dr. Amy Nishimura who was one of the Faculty Advisors, and through a few discussions, I decided to help start this club up again. You said that you took a break from school a few years ago. Was there something specific that fueled your decision to return to school? I’ve always wanted to come back to school, and in fact I made several attempts to take a class each semester while I worked full-time. But I think what drove me to come back to just finish my degree was seeing how far I could actually get without my bachelor’s degree. How have your professors had an impact on you outside of the classroom? Being an English major, we take a look at the messages about our society and self in books, movies, and music and I think that this is something we can all take into our daily lives. I think that we as individuals look for what’s new, but also who we are. From taking English classes, I began to see how we are all conditioned to see things a certain way. For instance, the controversies surrounding Marriage Equality questions and challenges the “normal” ideals of the meaning of marriage. It is not just the course material that impacted my life, but the professors who have challenged my way of thinking. Most importantly, it is their passion in helping us question the ideas presented to us which has encouraged me to want to become a teacher too. What motivated you to help improve communication between organizations on the UHWO campus? Having been a club officer for a couple of clubs, I started to see that just working within the club, we would work the events alone, and after a while we ran the risk of getting burned out, but our events tended to be a bit small. Then last year, I began to talk with a few of the other club leaders and we were all looking forward to the campus’ move to Kapolei. Last Spring, a few of us participated in the West Oahu Day planning committee, and we turned the one-day event into three days! We wanted to showcase our pride in our school and our student body, and it was an amazing event. From that point, we looked for opportunities to plan combined events. This year, a few clubs changed leadership, and with the addition of new clubs, it became apparent among the few collaborating organizations that we needed to try to help each other out. Since we weren’t receiving much support, we wanted to start something up to build support among each other. There were meetings with administration and the support offices on campus, which has enlightened all of us on how our campus operates and how we can better serve our clubs by learning how to effectively plan. I also hear that you work in the No’eau Center. What kind of work do you do there? Within the past couple of years, I have been not just a writing tutor, but I have also stepped in to help with event planning and some administrative work. Initially, becoming a tutor was to help me see if teaching was something I wanted to do. But as time passed, our former Director tried to tap into my other skills from my time working in an office. A group of us would plan what the center would do for the West Oahu Day festivities, as well as Open House and Compass Prep workshops. As a senior managing a school club and two student assistant jobs on top of his schoolwork, do you have any advice for current undergraduates on balancing one’s responsibilities? Balancing school, clubs, and work is no easy task. There have been times when I struggle with the juggling act, but I think this is really normal. What gets me through these struggles is remembering why I’m doing all of this. By looking at my goals and trusting in my club officers and committee members, somehow everything seems to really fall into place. Granted everything will not come out the way you envisioned it to be, however, the important thing is that your event turns out well and your audience enjoy themselves. What has been your favorite college memory so far? This is such a hard question to answer. There have been many good memories on this campus, and most of them involved my work with the clubs. But if I had to choose one, it would probably be my experiences working on my Senior Project. The process from researching, discussing with my Advisor, and just being forced to face myself in written form was a very enlightening experience. The beauty of the Humanities majors (especially the English concentration) is that we are able to tailor our research to our lives and interests. In my paper, I examined the representation of the gay closet in literature, and how three authors negotiated the power that our society uses to oppress LGBT individuals. Overall, the process of the senior project allowed me to evaluate the prescriptions we subscribe to, and how we have the opportunity to forge our own path. On a lighter note, do you have any plans for the summer? This summer I will be busy trying to find a job. I also look forward to catching up with my pleasure reading (which has been piling up), as well as take some time for myself to enjoy the island life we so often forget about. Conference Room. With support from the Student Government, the Noʻeau Center will be offering free pizza. But what is studying without rewards? As a special treat, there will be door prizes, (compliments of UHWO) the West Shop and the No’eau Center. Come to the Noʻeau Center to reserve a table for your study group or private tutor session! Clinton is a great example of a student who takes the knowledge that he gains in his classes and brings it out of the classroom, using it to motivate his work with different school organizations, and deciding that he wants to become a teacher that brings learning into the minds of others in the way that his teachers have. From all of us here at the Hoot we would like to thank Clinton for the opportunity to interview him, and we wish him great success in the future! Anything that you are working on now that you want to let UHWO students know about? Well, at the Noʻeau Center we are planning a “Cram Jam” for Wednesday, April 24, from 5PM to 9PM. We would like to call out to everyone to come out and study together in the Library and the Library Staff will extend their hours until 9PM for this event. There will be writing tutors on hand for 30-minute sessions for individuals or groups that can help with citations and formatting. For math and statistics, there will be study sessions in the Noʻeau Center and the Library FACULTY OF THE MONTH: JOSHUA COOPER WRITTEN BY MARISSA CHOY Professor Joshua Cooper teaches various Political Science courses at UH West Oʻahu including Politics and film, Environmental Politics, Feminist Theory, and American Politics. Cooper started teaching at West Oʻahu in 2002 and has acquired 15 years of teaching throughout his lifetime. Professor Cooper has also taught at International Training Center for Teaching Peace and Human Rights in Geneva and Switzerland University of New South Wales Diplomacy Training Program in Australia. He has also taught at a university in Geneva, as well as mentored in other countries that are struggling. Professor Cooper has trained hundreds of indigenous activists on the fine points of the human rights framework, empowering them to advocate for themselves in local, regional, national, and international situations. Cooper believes on doing hands-on activities with his students and he encourages them to go out into the world to apply the knowledge they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world of politics. He has also contributed as well as been a representative of the US Human Rights Network and is asked to be a spokesperson in many conferences around the world. Professor Cooper makes sure that all his lessons are going to impact the students’ lives in some way and he teaches them to do that by “Testing theories to impact lives.” The many readings assigned in Cooper’s class not only helps students to be aware of the political world around them, but it gives them ideas of what they can do to get involved in their societies and communities. Cooper is also working on creating a program for the upcoming semesters where students can take a political science class, and then during the summer they can travel to a conference somewhere so they can actually witness the topics being discussed and gain a new unique perspective in politics. UH West Oʻahu students are grateful to have such a great and fun Political Science instructor that encourages them to do more for themselves and to become extraordinary people. THEHOOTPRESS.ORG 9 TECH REVIEW WRITTEN BY ROSIE BARFIELD Hey all you gamers out there! Still wondering what new console to shell out those hard earned bucks for? Well have no worries, we have some reviews for the new PS4 and Wii U systems to help you decide. First off, the new PS4, I would say this system is great for those hardcore gamers, and is a much needed improvement from the PS3 graphics and performance wise. This new model has an updated 8 gigabytes of RAM a huge upgrade for the 512MB that the PS3 had. What does that mean? That your gamers are going to be bigger, better, and the AI will be smarter. Remember those annoying long downloads every time you turned on your PS3? That’s a thing of the past with the new PS4, featuring a new low-powered chip processor that can continuously download updates in the background. Also if you purchase an online game it will be available to play right away. The core of the game will be downloaded then the user can play while the finer details download simultaneously. Even the controller got an update; with a new touch pad sensor which I’m sure will be integrated into game play. These are fantastic upgrades but considering that Sony is the high-end of consoles this system should have included a few more goodies. What the PS4 will look like, and price has not been announced yet we’re all really excited to find out on its release date, Holiday 2013. WEST FEST 2013 10 THE HOOT Now, the new Wii U is a fantastic system as well but I would suggest this product would be better suited for the casual gamer. It does not have as many features as the PS4 and cannot handle the same type of graphics, but it is still a fun system to have. Who doesn’t love playing Just Dance? What really makes the Wii U stand out is its new GamePad which looks like a controller and a tablet mixed together. It synchronizes what’s on your TV screen and displays it on your controller. Although their battery life is something to be desired clocking in at only 3.5 hours with a rate of 2.5 hours to be fully charged. For now the GamePads are sold with the system and not separately. Excitingly enough, classic characters like Mario have been ushered into HD with titles like New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land. A strong selling point is the Wii U is totally backwards compatible with old Wii controllers and games. The Wii U also features a new interface; much like the DS one with small apps to click on which now include favorites like Netflix and YouTube. The Wii U is out now and sold in bundles of 300-350 dollars. KIMO KNOWS SHAKEY’S WRITTEN BY KIMO YAMAGUCHI CONGRATULATIONS to the UHWO Class of 2013! One of the things I missed from my college days was ordering pizza. Pizza was a staple of my college diet and the main reason why I have the body I do today. It was either getting delivery from Domino’s, Pizza Hut or Nicola’s (mom & pop restaurant in Portland, Oregon). I can’t believe how expensive pizza has gotten. It seems that unless I have a coupon, I need to take out a small loan to enjoy a pizza. I have been experimenting with several frozen pizzas but with very little success. I need an industrial pizza oven to get the crust just right. I do however have the solution for those pizza blues. Shakey’s has a bunch of lunch all you can eat buffet. Pizza, pasta, mojos and salad for the incredible price of $10.99 and is available Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The pizza is hot and fresh and you can even request a pizza for the line. The Texas BBQ Chicken and Hawaiian Delight are two of my favorites. I also enjoy the macaroni salad that is on the salad bar. So next time you get that urge for pizza, stop by Shakey’s. Miso Sauce Recipe Ingredients • • • • 3 1 1 1 T White Miso 1/2 T Sake 1/2 T Sugar T Shoyu Directions Mix ingredients. Marinate in chicken, steak, pork or fish in Miso Sauce for about 1 hour and then grill. Fire should be medium to medium low as the sugar will caramelize. CFA CHALLENGE Shakey’s Waipahu Town Center 94-060 Farrington Highway Waipahu, Hawaii 96797 Su – Th: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm F – Sa: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Congratulations to Dr. Franklin Kudo’s Accounting Honor students who took second place in the Hawaii Regional CFA Challenge competition on February 15th. These students were given a publically traded local company to perform a complex stock valuation and analysis. UH West Oahu students’ competed against UH Manoa Shidler School of Business, BYU Hawai‘I, and HPU MBA graduate program students. BY CHRISTIAN PASCO THEHOOTPRESS.ORG 11 WestPress express CLEAR FORM Event Title: Location (Building or Address): All fields are required unless indicated Please fill out this form for all news and event information to be included in the West Press Express bi-weekly electronic newsletter. Email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday preceding the following Friday delivery date. Indicate the last date to run the news or event listing in the box marked “Post Until” and complete the form with all required information. Summer U-PASS C141 Date: 4/9/13 Time: Noon Post Until: SUBMISSION FOrM August 31, 2013 Description U-PASS AVAILABLE TO UHWO STUDENTS: Do you ride the bus? As a student (100 words or less): at UHWO you are eligible to purchase a U-Pass—a reduced rate bus pass tailored to the needs of Hawai'iʼs University students! Cost is $90 (cash only) and will be valid from May 1 - August 31, 2013. Bring your validated student ID to the Student Services Office, room C-141. Passes available for purchase from April 18, 2013 until June 28, 2013. Department/Club: Event Contact Information t Name: Student Services Phone: 689-2900 Website (optional): Email: email@example.com LIBRARY NEWS NEWS FROM THE UHWO LIBRARY Preservation Week The UH West Oʻahu Library will be celebrating Preservation Week from April 21, 2013 through April 27, 2013. Preservation Week was developed by the American Library Association and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services as a way to motivate people (not only information professionals but the general public as well) to preserve their collections, whether it be on a library, archival, or personal level. It was also created to raise awareness of the role of libraries and archives as a source of information for preservation. The UHWO Library will be hosting a presentation by ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi on Thursday, April 25th, at 1:00 PM in the ʻUluʻulu Exhibit Space on the first floor of the library. This presentation will highlight their work in preserving and providing access to the films of Hawaiʻi, as well as giving simple home care tips in caring for your personal collection. Studying for Finals? The Library and the Noʻeau Center for Writing, Math and Academic Success will be hosting the Cram Jam on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. The library will be open an extra two hours that evening, and the Noʻeau Center will have tutors available for writing, math, Social Science statistics, accounting, and economics – plus door prizes, free pizza and drinks in the center! Also, if you’re studying or writing papers off-campus - did you know that you can chat with a librarian on the library website (http://www2.hawaii.edu/~uhwolib/index.html)? Just type your question into the chat widget in the left-hand column of the homepage, and one of the librarians will help guide you to relevant resources for your research. UHWO Library Summer Hours: The Library will be closed from Saturday, May 4 through Sunday, May 19 and will re-open on Monday, May 20 with new summer hours: Monday through Friday: 8AM to 5PM (Closed Saturdays during the summer) The library will be closed from Monday, August 19 through Saturday, August 24, and will re-open to begin the fall semester on Monday, August 26th.