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February 28, 2013

Vol. 47 Issue No. 18

Fighting for

Healthcare Pg. 6

Viral Trend Sweeps Campus Pg. 8 STUDENTS came together and held candles at Quarry Plaza in response to the recent violence on and around campus.

Daniel Green

Vigil Raises Crime Awareness

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Two Detectives Slain

UCSC Goes Global

Shootout in midtown ends in tragedy

By Ardy Raghian

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or the first time in the history of the city of Santa Cruz, officers of the Santa Cruz Police Department were killed in the line of duty. Police Chief Kevin Vogel called the incident the “darkest day” in the department’s history. Detectives Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Elizabeth Butler were conducting a follow-up investigation into suspect Jeremy Goulet’s prior arrest on Friday. They arrived at his home on Tuesday Feb. 26, in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. with the intention of questioning him. A brief gunfight ensued, leaving both detectives dead. Goulet stripped the officers of their weapons and stole Baker’s car before fleeing. A perimeter was set and teams of SCPD,

Santa Cruz County Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol and the FBI immediately began conducting sweeps within the area. Around 4 p.m. Goulet was encountered near Doyle Street, resulting in a shootout in which firefighters and bystanders had to duck for cover before Goulet was shot and killed. He was wearing body armor. In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Phil Wowak said he did not know whether it was stolen from Baker’s car or if he had already been in possession of it. Branciforte Avenue, among other nearby streets, was shut down for hours following the incident. Two schools near the incident were put on lockdown and residents were advised not to leave their homes as helicopters flew overhead Tuesday night.

See SHOOTING on p. 4

Three courses now offered on Coursera.org By KellyAnn Kelso

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ver fall off the class attendance horse and use eCommons to get back on? Thanks to the energy surrounding online education, millions worldwide can use the internet to get on in the first place. UC Santa Cruz announced Feb. 20 that it will now be offering a selection of classes online — for free. Coursera, a for-profit online education platform has listed UCSC alongside 28 new partner schools, doubling the number of schools as the Silicon Valley-based startup approaches its first anniversary. Chancellor George Blumenthal said offering courses, free of up-front charges, to anybody with an internet connection is in line with the democratization of education that UCSC supports.

Three classes currently under development — Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally, C++ programming, and The Holocaust — will be available by this summer, with potential for additional classes to follow. Most, if not all of the class materials will be available online free. In a university press release, professor and senior advisor for online courses Ira Pohl said the invitation to join the platform in proximity to world-renowned universities such as Princeton, Duke, Columbia and Brown has shed UCSC in a positive light. While the Coursera offerings target those unable to attend UCSC and don’t earn university credit, the UCSC extension offers hundreds of fee-based online courses, which may be applied toward concurrent enrollment. Response to Coursera will inform how

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MEMBERS and volunteers of CARe pose for a group photo at the end of the fall 2012 full-scale clinic, where they provided hair cuts, foot washes, hygiene supplies and doctor consultations for Santa Cruz disadvantaged.

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Reclaiming Our Safe Haven

Students, police, faculty and community members work to protect themselves from recent crime spike

Daniel Green

SAMANTHA BERLANT, a volunteer for SAFE, recited a monologue to increase rape awareness at the Safe in the Dark: Reclaiming Our Space candlelight vigil.

By Lauren Romero & Phil Garbrecht lromero@cityonahillpress.com pgarbrec@cityonahillpress.com

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spike in crime in the Santa Cruz community have left many students and residents in a state of shock and fear. On the evening of Feb. 9, a Santa Cruz local was fatally shot near the Red bar and restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz in what was said to be a gang-related drive-by. A few days later on Feb. 11, a UC Santa Cruz student was robbed and shot in the back of the head while waiting for a bus near Natural Bridges. While many students were away for the long weekend, a visitor to the UCSC campus was assaulted and raped near the Quarry Amphitheater and Classroom Units on Feb. 17. The rape and assault is still being investigated by both UCSC and Santa Cruz Police departments. Most recently, on Feb. 26, two detectives from the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) were shot and killed by a suspect they were attempting to question. The suspect was later killed in a firefight with other law enforcement officers. Recent efforts to establish safety include a Campus Safety Forum, held on campus Feb. 20, followed by a student-organized candlelight vigil in the Quarry Plaza, as well as several Assault Prevention Workshops at OPERS. Campus Safety Forum Among those who attended the Campus Safety Forum were Vice Chancellors Sarah Latham and Alison Galloway, UCSC Chief of Police Nader Oweis, Deputy Chief for SCPD Steve Clark, dean of students Alma Sifuentes and other members of the Santa Cruz community. During the forum, Oweis and Clark dis-

cussed measures they are taking to ensure the safety of students on campus. The Santa Cruz Police Department is offering rewards of $5,000 for tips leading to the arrest of the criminals. Police officers have been working overtime to have extra patrols on campus. Deputy Chief Clark said the reward money and the pay for the extra patrol hours took quite a chunk of the police department’s budget, but that it was necessary. In addition, Oweis said that all of the reward money comes straight from the budget. In addition to the extra patrols, Oweis and UCSC’s Community Safety Program have introduced the Night Safety Escort Service, providing escorts to students who would otherwise be walking alone late at night. Candlelight Vigil Shortly after the campus safety forum, a candlelight vigil titled “Safe in the Dark: Reclaiming Our Space,” was held a short distance away from where the forum took place. Over 200 people huddled together in the cold at the student-organized vigil to listen to students perform spoken word poems, songs and speeches in honor of victims of violence. The Facebook invite page for the vigil accumulated over 4,000 invites and over 1,000 confirmations in under 48 hours. Cynthia Friedman, who helped organize the event, said the rapid response to the event signified the importance of coming together as a community. “Part of the event is to not let fear in. Even if you’re afraid, you have to make goals to not be afraid and to stand up against it,” said Cynthia Friedman, fourth-year linguistics and feminist studies major. “If the whole UCSC community is against violence, anyone who wants to try it has so much to fight against.” The spoken word verses heightened the sense of community by delivering messages of perseverance for victims of rape and sexual

assault. Members of the Sexual Assault Facts & Education program, a program at Student Health Outreach and Promotion which provides support, information and resources to survivors of sexual violence, also performed skits to help students defend themselves against sexual assault. Dean of students Alma Cifuentes also urged students to take advantage of the resources on campus like the Women’s Center and the Counseling and Psychological Services. Darryl Trinidad attended the forum and performed a spoken word poem at the vigil. He said the news of the rape left him in shock and fear. “I’m trying not to let this fear overwhelm me because I feel like we should feel safe in our own space,” Trinidad said. “We need to be aware and we need to empower ourselves.” Assault Prevention Workshops Self-defense instructor Leonie Sherman offered advice and other assault prevention and response tips to her 32 students during a Feb. 26 Assault Prevention and Self-Defense Class, held from 4:45–6:30 p.m. in the East Field House Activity Room of The Office of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (OPERS). The class was one of two held specifically for those who identify as female. OPERS sent out an email Feb. 21 notifying UCSC students, faculty and staff of their ability to participate in this series of free workshops. The class began with students circling up to discuss verbal prevention strategies. Sherman said the simple word “no,” when said in a deep voice can alter the mindset of a potential assailant. Students learned how to say “no” in a way that shows the assailant “no” rather than only telling it, by using the diaphragm to speak in a deep and commanding tone. After the 32 female students spent a minute

roaring their most commanding “no,” Sherman taught them how to fight back after “no” doesn’t work. Sherman instructed students in a three-step motion to fight back against an assailant. While simple, Sherman insisted that this motion be committed with the same intensity in which the “no” was roared. “Even if you were fighting some 6-foot-4inch mutant, you could still kick their kneecap effectively,” Sherman said. In the ready position, the defendant stands with his or her stronger leg forward. For step one, step forward with the weaker leg. In step two, bring the strong leg up and kick forcefully at the kneecap of the assailant. In the vital step three, recoil the foot after impacting the kneecap. After these steps, step back and return to the ready position. After practicing the three-step kick on martial arts pads, each student went on to learn universally vulnerable points of the body to retaliate against such as the groin, eyes and nose. A Community Effort These various efforts on the part of UCSC Chief of Police Nader Oweis, the rest of the campus and city police departments and self-defense instructor Leonie Sherman aim to ensure that residents of Santa Cruz can feel safe on campus and in their own town. The candlelight vigil also aimed to stand as a symbol of the community’s resilience and solidarity in facing down the recent rise in violent crime. “This is a time for our community to come together because we really need to take care of one another,” said Chief of Police Nader Oweis. “Officers from the city, our parking enforcement and our [Campus Security Officers] are all doing extra patrols and extra checks and we are working very well together to make sure everyone’s staying safe.”

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Inside the Prison Cell

Barrios Unidos reveals the realities of incarceration in mobile model prison By Christina Asadourian

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arrios Unidos and College Ten’s Social Justice Issues Workshop (CLTE 85) unveiled their replica model of a prison cell Feb. 20. The event, titled “Locked Up: A Look Inside the United States Prison System,” was held in the College Nine/Ten Multipurpose Room from 7–8:30 p.m. The event included not only the opportunity to experience the prison model firsthand, but also a discussion featuring several key-note speakers that shared firsthand accounts of the realities of incarceration. “We want the event to be a look inside the realities of incarceration and the prison system,” said Shelbby Bambrick, a fourthyear psychology major and the College Ten Social Justice and Community CoCurricular Programs Chancellor’s Undergraduate Internship Program intern. “A lot of times when we talk about incarceration itself, we’re talking systemically or politically but we forget that real people are experiencing these real things. These holding cells, these beds, these walls — they’re not just concepts, they’re realities.” The Social Justice Issues Workshop, a twounit course where students tackle a different social justice issue each week, contacted Barrios Unidos to fundraise for the project. Barrios Unidos is working in collaboration with the College Ten CoCurricular Programs Office and the Social Issues Workshop to improve and finalize the prison cell model.

Mark Rad

BARRIOS UNIDOS’ PRISON CELL REPLICA shows students the perils of prison life. After last week’s event at Colleges Nine and Ten, students toured the cell’s insides. One of the integral features of Barrios Unidos is outreach done with youth in the Santa Cruz community. Programming involves kids as young as five. Whether it be through high schools, juvenile halls, jails or in prisons, Barrios Unidos staff seek to provide both a preventative and alternative measure to those at-risk academically.

The Barrios Unidos Prison Project has been a long-standing project, with its main architect working on this for nine years. The cell is meant to simulate a Pelican Bay prisoner cell. “The people that are creating this model, those molding it or painting it, are not only volunteers and interns, but people that have been in the system,” Bambrick said. “This is

their way of telling their story and saying this is what I went through and this is not what I want you to go through.” “We are taking the prison cell to the community. We want to engage the community about the realities of the incarceration,” said Sarah Emmert, Prison Project coordinator. Held outside the College Nine/Ten Multipurpose Room, students were able to participate in the cell. Most were there for an average of five minutes, however one student chose to stay in there for as long as 40 minutes. “They first told me to put their uniform on. I suddenly realized how people are stripped of their individuality. I then started to pace back and forth, unsure of what to do and started to lose my perception of time,” said Gisselle Stayerman, a fourth-year psychology major. “I was in there for 40 minutes, but I realize for some people it’s their whole life.” The Social Justice Workshop and College Ten CoCurricular Programs Office are still fundraising to improve and finalize the model. “We want every sense connected to it — hear noises, smell things. Maybe through that simulation, people will want to create a change,” Bambrick said. The completed Prison Project hopes to make appearances in courts, schools and even possibly Kresge College, Emmert said. “This model will hopefully prove that incarceration is not only a theoretical or structural conversation, but something that’s real,” Bambrick said. “The model will probably outlive me.”

SHOOTING: Two dead COURSERA: Continued from front

you as they have for the last 150 years.” Wowak said in a press conference that Goulet had moved to Santa Cruz only months The two detectives were both SCPD veterago. Goulet had a criminal history and was ans. Baker, survived by his wife, two daughportrayed as mentally unstable. Wowak said ters and a son, had been on the force for 28 acquaintances described Goulet as “desponyears. Butler, who graduated from Kresge coldent” and “distraught” and said they thought lege in 1996, was survived by her partner and he was likely two daughters. “suicidal or She had been on “There are absolutely no words for homicidal.” the force for 10 me to adequately describe what my Candles and years. flowers were “It’s been department’s been going through displayed near devastating,” since yesterday afternoon.” the site of the Vogel told reporters. “There shooting on Wednesday are absolutely — Kevin Vogel, and numerous no words for me to adequately Santa Cruz Police Chief elected officials released describe what statements my department’s expressing their condolences, among them been going through since yesterday afterCalifornia Attorney General Kamala Harris noon.” and Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel). All officers of the Santa Cruz Police De“While the words of comfort we offer topartment were given the day off on Wednesday are sincere, our actions and deeds will be day, with Santa Cruz County Sheriffs and the true test of our resolve,” Farr said. “If we Califonia Highway Patrol picking up the slack are truly committed to ending gun violence until they are ready to return to duty. in our communities, we must be willing to “They can’t help you until they help themanswer that question and seek real solutions selves,” Sheriff Phil Wowak said. “So we’ve to prevent this type of senseless shooting from asked them to take the time they need to repair their agency and develop the internal occurring again.” strength to come back and continue to serve

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Illustration by Caetano Santos

Classes hits the internet Continued from front

online education at UCSC evolves. The Baskin School of Engineering in particular is looking to advance the M.A. in Engineering degree through online education. In their last meeting, the UC Board of Regents, in concert with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Gov. Jerry Brown, revitalized online education research — citing efficiency as a top priority. As part of the larger conversation about online education, Student Union Assembly Chair Nwadiuto Amajoyi expressed her hesitancy to accept online education as a beacon of education democratization in her Feb. 15 letter to the San Francisco Chronicle. “The plan may increase access for students from communities who otherwise wouldn’t be able to have a UC education and may result in more much-needed graduates,” Amajoyi wrote, “but will it be at the expense of a quality

education?” Also published on Feb. 15, professor and chair of the Committee on Educational Policy at UCSC’s Academic Senate Tracy Larrabee’s oped commented on the importance of staying realistic about the so-called boom of online classes. “Sometimes when people talk about online education, the implication is that we are choosing between a small room where an instructor practices the Socratic method and a cold, two-dimensional course with little flexibility and no human contact,” Larrabee wrote. “I [use online education as] a warm, personalized middle ground that has evolved for not only my comfort and efficiency but also for the comfort, flexibility and elucidation of my students.”


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Campus Voice: CARe

Student organization operates health clinics for people who are economically disadvantaged By Phil Garbrecht pgarbrec@cityonahillpress.com

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e all believe in being healthy and having access to the things that will make you healthier,” said Community Aid and Resources public health coordinator Vanessa Kies. “It’s just a human right.” Community Aid and Resources (CARe) is a SOAR-registered organization in which UC Santa Cruz students research, plan and operate health clinics for people who are economically disadvantaged in Santa Cruz County. The organization is currently rallying its resources in preparation for a full-scale clinic coming up March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Homeless Services Center in Santa Cruz. CARe was formed in January of 2011 by UCSC alumna Sophia Petraki and other collaborators. Since spring quarter of 2012, CARe has been led by student and director Matthew Musselman. Petraki modeled the organization to resemble a 23-year-old UC Berkeley organization, The Suitcase Clinic. For the past two years, CARe

has picked up the mission laid out by the Suitcase Clinic: to provide free foot washing, haircuts, warm clothes, hygiene kits, doctor consultations and many more services. CARe provides small-scale services like those offered by the Suitcase Clinic. In addition, some full-scale CARe clinics have also offered produce and consultations with dentists. Each of the 40 current volunteers and members in CARe goes into a clinic with the same game plan. “With the foot washing and the haircuts,” said CARe public health coordinator Vanessa Kies, “you’re giving the client real human-tohuman contact. You’re having a conversation with them and not treating them like dirt on the street.” Members of CARe notice that seemingly basic services protect against many health ailments. Foot washing aims to prevent fungus and legions. “We saw a guy at the last clinic who had lots of cuts all over his feet,” said fundraising coordinator Yasmin Peled. “We were able to clean them out so his feet didn’t get infected and he doesn’t end up with something really serious.”

Courtesy of Brandon Tabula

MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS of CARe provide free haircuts for those who are economically disadvantaged in Santa Cruz. According to the Watsonville newspaper Register-Pajaronian, Eddie Tate, who was staying at the Salvation Army in November of 2011, said of CARe at the time, “I’m staying here right now with 30 other guys. They kick us out at 6 a.m. and

then I don’t have anywhere to go, but I’ve been blessed right now, getting my nails clipped.” CARe director Matthew Musselman said people who are economically disadvantaged need rejuvenation in emotional form just as much as physical form. Musselman first introduced a “pre-registration” structure at the full-scale clinic on Dec. 1. Now implemented at all full-scale clinics, it gives the clients a plan — a relatively small plan but one that translates into goals for the future. “We have people sign their name and tell us which services they are looking forward to doing,” Musselman said. “We recognize a lot of clients don’t follow through with their plans, because they do not have a really predictable lifestyle. But when they do, they’re following through with a commitment, demonstrating that they want to seek help and want to improve their lives.” CARe volunteers said they often form close bonds with their clients. “You can see the gratification,” said training coordinator Patrick Huynh. “You know it’s real. During the clinic last quarter, there were times when people would come up and talk to me. I said, ‘Hey, let’s just sit down and talk.’” CARe both conducts its own research and draws from professional insight in order to maximize its benefit for the underserved population. Doctors from the Student Health Center communicate often with CARe members, to help the organization know which ailments most threaten people. Doctors have contacts with other public health workers and a beat on healthcare

research — CARe applies both in the application of its scarce resources. Musselman analyzes data from surveys that the organization asks its clients to complete at every clinic. Data has shown foot washing and haircuts are the most favored of currently offered services. As CARe grows, it plans to focus more energy on researching a population and specific area in depth, in an attempt to know which services will best suit that clinic even before said event happens. In the fall of 2012, CARe had a seminar course held in Kresge College aimed at giving students tools to research health disparities in Santa Cruz and the rest of the United States. CARe is thankful Kresge College has worked to bring this class back in fall 2013 as an official class in the course catalog. “We’re an action based organization,” Musselman said. “But in order to do that effectively you have to think critically about what you’re doing. So having an academic focus dedicated to improving the process of what we do helps us improve.” In the move to open its umbrella of aid to a wider area of people who are economically disadvantaged, CARe hopes to begin collaborating with several graduate students at the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. CARe hopes to extend its services outside of Santa Cruz and to a broader base — possibly to veterans and recently released prisoners. In light of the organization’s growth over two years, Kies reflected on what it really means to “care.” “We’re there to ease [and to] do what we can,” Kies said.

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Community Seeks Changes to Health Care Coverage

Protestors disagree with proposed premium increase, lifetime cap and costly dependent coverage By Lauren Romero & Phil Garbrecht lromero@cityonahillpress.com pgarbrec@cityonahillpress.com

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he University of California’s Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) is preparing to take a major premium increase. Although the plan aims to provide more affordable health care for enrolled students — increases in premiums, lifetime caps and costly dependent coverage is sending students and faculty to Sacramento to fight for a better UC SHIP. The UC SHIP offers primary care, urgent care, nutrition services, an on-site pharmacy and laboratory, counseling and psychiatric services and allergy immunotherapy to all UC students. According to a newsletter from the UC Student and Workers Union (UAW), UC executives are reporting a loss of over $57 million in the student health financial plan due to miscalculations. This deficit is said to be paid for by an increase of up to $600 per student enrolled in UC SHIP. Because this decision has not been made final, students throughout the UC system have been rallying and protesting to stop the premium increases. A council of chancellors from the UC System will decide by June 1 whether to stay with UC SHIP or implement an alternative student health insurance plan. At the protest held in front of the Cowell Student Health Center on Feb. 13, students and faculty stood together to make their voice heard. Josh Brahinsky, an activist for the UAW, said the protest was planned ahead of time by a group of students and faculty. “The folks who organized this rally got together last week and said, ‘Let’s all do a rally.’ We started with 20 people a week ago and now we have 100 here today,” Brahinsky said. Protesters picketing in front of the Health Center walked around in gauze casts and on crutches to demand changes to their health care plan. Protesters called for an elimination of lifetime caps as well as more affordable dependent coverage. “I imagine a system that does not

profit over the misery of many, where no one is left without care and everyone is cared for,” said protester and undergraduate student David Padilla. “I know that this is only a vision, but if we do not make steps toward changing it today, we are doomed to keep perpetuating a broken system.” The UAW’s newsletter also stated that the UC management has been exploiting a loophole in the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare — to avoid the banned ceilings on health care payments, thus denying coverage of lifesaving care to UC students. While Obamacare requires all group health plans to prohibit lifetime coverage limits, self-insured student health plans like UC SHIP have been exempt from this mandate. UC SHIP currently limits enrollees to a lifetime cap of as little as $400,000 and an annual prescription drug cap of $10,000. One of the students who spoke at the protest was Micha Rahder, a graduate student who relies heavily on her health care plan. “Shame on the UC, shame for exploiting a loophole in the health care system to slap a charge on the back of students and workers,” said Rahder as she spoke out of a megaphone at the protest. Rahder has held many jobs at UC Santa Cruz. She is a teaching assistant and a teaching fellow for the anthropology department and has coached women’s rugby. She has been diagnosed with a neurological condition that has forced her to reach her lifetime coverage before she could graduate. Rahder has been required to pay over $20,000 out-ofpocket in medical bills because UC SHIP has removed her from their

cap,” Rahder said. Many UCSC students also have dependants that need health coverage as well. For those that do, health coverage can cost upwards of $200,000 a year. Said amount can increase by up to $900 for dependants if plans for premium increases are confirmed. House Leader Nancy Pelosi has also voiced her support for the UC and has signed a letter addressed to UC President Mark Yudof calling for a reform in student health care coverage. Pelosi speaks on behalf of the White House as she says they understand the UC is not subject to the ban on lifetime — Josh Brahinsky, limit, but UC Student and Workers Union activist they are troubled by the UC’s not adapting the industry stanplan, claiming that she’s run out of dard of no coverage limits. benefits. Rahder has plans to take a “We urge the university to work leave of absence from UC Santa Cruz with your students, workers and their to move back to Canada, where she’s representatives in ensuring UC’s originally from. health benefits are fair and maintain “Financially, health wise, my parity with industry standards like education, everything has just sort of lifetime and annual limits,” said … I’m trying to think of a word you Pelosi in the letter to Yudof, speaking can put in the newspaper. I’ve been on behalf of concerned Congresscompletely fucked by that lifetime members. “UC students and workers

“We started with 20 people a week ago and now we have 100 here today.”

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Daniel Green

STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF rallied in front of the health center on Feb. 13 to protest the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) premium hike, in addition to other health coverage issues. should have the access to the same health care protections that millions

of other students, student workers and Americans already enjoy.”

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Arts & Entertainment

THE “BARN RAISING” EXHIBITION shows the future restoration of the historic barn on campus. This exhibit is open until March 17.

Daniela Ruiz

MAH and UCSC Raise Barn

Exhibition of “Barn Raising” gives visitors an opportunity to learn about historic Cowell Lime Works By April Stearns astearns@cityonahillpress.com

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istory lies at the base of UC Santa Cruz in a crumbling, decaying form. Unusable since 2006, the Cowell Lime Works Hay Barn demonstrates what campus was like before the school was founded. The barn, which was built on the UCSC campus about a century before the school began, had an important role in the manufacturing of lime and limestone products in California. The barn housed oxen that hauled these products to the wharf for shipment. After being purchased by Henry Cowell, the barn became part of his local business named Cowell Lime Works. The barn is being preserved by the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District. This group is planning to renovate the barn and transform it into a modern building available for campus use. According to the group’s website, the organization “works to restore and preserve the old lime kilns and historic buildings of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.” The group’s president Frank Perry attributes the barn’s steady deterioration to years of weather damage. “It’s no longer in use because it’s in too bad of a condition and it’s not safe to go in,” Perry said. “After periods of storm damage, the barn became unsafe.” A fight for the restoration of the

barn has been going on for the past few years through many proposed project ideas. “For one reason or another, [the ideas for restoration] just didn’t work out and finally about a year ago, there were some people who had a serious interest in saving the barn,” Perry said. “It’s possible now that it will be in fact fixed up and put to use by the campus. It’s just a matter of finding the funding and so that’s what a number of people are working on right now.” Dean Fitch, who is in charge of physical environment planning at UCSC, said the barn’s feasibility study is in its final review stage. The planned reconstruction will maintain the original heavy timber frames while also meeting current building codes. The complete design and environmental analysis of the rehabilitated barn project still needs to be defined, which may take about a year. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) became involved with the project about a year ago when the museum got in touch with the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District. The museum’s “Barn Raising” exhibition, which will be open until March 17, focuses on the future of the Cowell Lime Works Hay Barn. “Since we are both an art and history museum, we’re all about investigating the history of Santa Cruz,” said the curator of “Barn Raising,” Marla Novo. “So we thought it would be great to turn [the barn’s restora-

tion] into an exhibition.” The exhibition consists of different pieces of art and historical artifacts that are related to the barn’s history, such as photography of the barn throughout its years, various belongings of workers who were involved on the barn’s site, timber framing tools and a hay fork trolley. The exhibition’s main attraction is an interactive model of the hay barn under construction, which can be taken apart and put back together by visitors. “It’s really fun when we have volunteers actually pound out the pegs and put the hay barn together,” Novo said. Novo said the exhibition is a chance for students to learn some history about their home away from home. “We thought it would be wonderful to show our community something like timber framing and have an exhibit that uses interactivity so people can come and actually find out a little bit about the Cowell Lime District up at UCSC,” Novo said. Daniel Press, a UCSC professor of environmental studies, said he predicts the newly reconstructed barn will be used for numerous projects like storing fruits and vegetables for the on-campus Community Supported Agriculture program, as well as holding classroom workshops, office space and exhibits. “My goal and hope is that people would be fighting for space in the barn,” he said. “It would be that busy.”

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News

Chowder for Charity Boardwalk tradition raises tens of thousands for good cause By Dylan Byrd

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asty morsels were a-brewin’ in colossal cauldrons at Santa Cruz’s 32nd annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off & Festival. Thousands of visitors made their way to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk last weekend to purchase tasting kits and ballots, partaking in the tradition of having some fun in the sun while promoting local charity. “We do this every year,” said Anne Rambaugh, co-manager of a booth with the Santa Cruz Kids organization. “It’s always fun and the kids love it.” The cook-off is a fundraiser for the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department and it amassed nearly $60,000 last year, according to its organizers. With round-trip tickets, cash awards and the grand prize of admittance to the 2013 World Food Championships in Las Vegas on the table, many of the participants were in it to win it. “We came in close second last year and that’s not good enough. We’re gunning for number one,” said Tim Bowers of team Wine with Swine. Bowers’ team won the People’s Choice award in last year’s Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off, and based on the feedback they

received, the team worked new spices into their chowder recipe — a move they hoped would propel them to the top. As a troupe that competes upwards of eight times a year around the nation, Wine with Swine does professional culinary events like these for a living. “The Boardwalk’s our favorite,” Bowers said. “People are starting to recognize us and it feels good to showcase what you love most — cooking.” The competition was split into four categories: Manhattan and Boston style chowders, in both individual and professional divisions. Several other categories were eligible for acknowledgment, like “Most Original” and “People’s Choice.” With individuality abounding from contestant’s costumes to booth design, the judges were hard pressed for a decision. Many prominent members of the community, including Mayor Hilary Bryant and City Councilman Ryan Coonerty were chosen to be judges. They underwent hours of blind tasting, basing their decisions upon consistency, flavor, color, as well as each soup’s overall coherency. Brigid Fuller, six-year publicist for the boardwalk and UCSC alumna, said the criteria for finding judges was high. “[Judges] are leaders involved in the community and they take its victories seriously.”

Results at a Glance: Daniel Green

A COMPETING CHEF prepares a batch of chowder at the 32nd annual Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off & Festival.

- Best Professional Boston: South Beach Pizza of Santa Cruz - Best Individual Boston: Aly’s Louder Chowder, Alyson Rodrigues of Milpitas - Best Professional Manhattan: Severino’s Bar & Grill of Aptos - Best Individual Manhattan: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Lisa Woonick of Santa Cruz

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hen second-year sociology major Phillip Schroeder decided to stage a Harlem Shake video at the Porter squiggle on Feb. 24, he wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out. “I just made a Facebook page and invited a few of my friends and thought, ‘Hey, I guess we’ll see what happens,’” Schroeder said. Word spread and the page quickly took on a life of its own. More and more people invited their friends and eventually about 400 people showed up at the squiggle with props and costumes in tow. Schroeder said he was pleased with the turnout. “A lot of people at Santa Cruz were against doing a Harlem Shake because they thought it was too mainstream,” Schroeder said. “I thought it was fun though and I was really stoked with how many people came out to participate.” His favorite moment? The clash between a student “surfing” on a board held up by the crowd and an aggressive giant shark balloon. “Yeah, he got hit with the shark balloon and then the guy on the surfboard totally ate it,” Schroeder said. “It was sick.”

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Digital Age of ‘Peer Gynt’

Experimental production blends tradition and innovation

By Janelle Gleason jgleason@cityonahillpress.com

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or a play that was first performed in Copenhagen in 1876, “Peer Gynt” — and its eponymous lead farm boy with a serious case of wanderlust — has some surprising staying power.

Written by Henrik Ibsen, the play is five acts of rhymed Norwegian verse, clocking in at around five hours when performed in its entirety. But don’t let that intimidate you — it’s a classic. “It’s the Nutcracker of Norway,” director Kimberly Jannarone said. “It’s the ‘to be or not to be’ of Norwegian drama.” Ibsen’s most popular work, the play has been in constant production around the world since its early days in Copenhagen, but the playwright’s blatant disregard for the conventions of stagecraft poses some issues. Moving freely in time and space among realism, fantasy, the conscious and the unconscious is a challenge for traditional theater and forces many productions to make sacrifices, some as large as cutting the entire fourth act. But

started to click.” The first three acts will follow a more traditional structure in the Experimental Theater as the character Peer copes with the cruelty of his conformist surroundings and struggles to maintain his individuality. In the fourth act, all hell breaks loose when the audience heads to the DARC space to explore shipwrecks and asylums before returning to the theater to see the conclusion of the play. “In the DARC space, the audience can pick and choose what they explore,” Jannarone said. “They don’t have to see everything to understand Act IV, but it has a real sense of adventure and we wanted the audience to feel adventurous, too.” With two venues, actors, visual artists and musicians, “Peer Gynt” is a project that requires a village. While Jannarone oversees the whole

“In the DARC space, the audience can pick and choose what they explore. They don’t have to see everything to understand Act IV, but it has a real sense of adventure and we wanted the audience to feel adventurous, too.”

of the production, many decisions regarding specific details fall in the hands of numerous producers and curators working together. The associate producer of the play, Brandin Baron-Nusbaum, heads the Concept Design Group, a team of selected graduate students and undergraduate theater and art majors who have been participating in what sounds like a theater

— Kimberly Jannarone, director Jannarone had a better idea. After working with Digital Arts and New Media students on “Stop the Press!” in 2010 — an elaborate production about the rise of digital media — Jannarone had the idea to incorporate visual artists into the play’s dizzying Act IV, granting her the freedom to produce the play of her dreams. “I’ve always wanted to do this play but it’s a monster of a production,” she said. “Then I had the idea to incorporate installations in the Digital Arts Research Center [DARC] and it all

design reality show since March 2012. “Every week we would have a design challenge, then come together and talk about what solutions were produced and other ways to solve the problem,” Baron-Nusbaum said. “In spring, we were just putting ideas on everything. In fall, we were really editing and cutting back, paying attention to when the work needed to be visual and when it just needed to be heard.” Despite the fact that the play is nearly 150 years old, its themes continue to speak to the contemporary moment and resonate with the collaborative creative process shaping its

newest incarnation. “Peer Gynt” is a play about adventure, individuality and redemption — but at its core, it is a celebration of the artistic spirit. It is art about art and an ode to those who dare to be different. Baron-Nusbaum said this idea rings as true today as it did in 1876. “Artists, writers, anyone who chooses to pursue a different job is taking a risk, taking a big gamble on life,” Baron-Nusbaum said. “And that’s important to talk about.” Peer Gynt runs March 1-3 and 7-10, at the UCSC Experimental Theater (performance moves to Digital Arts Research Center midway through the play). Shows begin at 7 p.m. (Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.). “Peer Gynt in a Digital Age,” an international conference of scholars, designers and dramaturgs, will take place March 8, 9 and 11 to discuss the history and adaptation of Ibsen’s quintessential work.

ACTORS Nancy Carlin and Todd Pivetti (top left) and Danny Scheie (left) bring Henrik Ibsen’s verse-play “Peer Gynt” to life on multiple stages at UCSC.

All Photos Courtesy of Steve DiBartolomeo

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Arts & Entertainment

Weekly Picks

Your weekly guide to the best Santa Cruz has to offer in arts, entertainment and events By Cassandra Cronin

Ladysmith Black Mambazo — Paul Simon’s favorite Zulu “a capella” troubadours take their mobile academy around the world again, educating eager audiences in the tradition of South African culture and peace, love and harmony. Their latest release, “Songs From A Zulu Farm” (2011), received some of the best critical acclaim frontman Joseph Shabalala and his octet family have ever garnered. Ladysmith Black Mambazo prevails in balancing Zulu composition with melodic Christian gospel sensibilities, touting the group’s trademark nonverbal percussive effects. $30 for general admission. March 6, doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., the Rio Theatre

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“Picturesque Flora Wallaceana: Botanical Ambulations In Greater Wallaceana, 1854–1857” — Watsonville artist Scott Serrano cultivates a swath of the surreal within a botanical artscape, comprised of travel journals, photographs, fabricated specimens and drawings, as inspired by the book “The Malay Archipelago” by Alfred Russell Wallace. Think Darwin circa his science travel writing debut, getting all starry-eyed in the Galapagos and returning to England, brimming with inspiration and drawings of winged wonders. Serrano’s work approaches the edge of the believable with the revival and invention of artifacts and fictional flora, all the while his critical eye on scientific observation refuses to blink. Exhibit runs until March 15, Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mon.–Tues. 7 to 9 p.m., the Cabrillo Gallery

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Comedy Joust — The jesters from the tiltyard pull their newest comedic trick from the great helm, and this time it’s here for extended play — between 20 and 40 minutes long, to be exact. Enter CRAM, the Comedy Joust Long Form Division, where the satirical spears have been sharpened for full tilt. Get your chain mail adjusted and prepare to do battle, because Comedy Joust conjures up laughs that will leave you keeling over in delight. Admission is free. March 1, show at 7 p.m., UCSC Jack Baskin Auditorium 101

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Illustration by Maren Slobody


Through Our Pens

Illustrating Natural Beauty

By Caetano Santos

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love being in beautiful landscapes. Part of the reason why I decided to come to UC Santa Cruz was because of its natural beauty, so I thought it would be fitting to show my perception of my new home as a freshman. I come from Los Angeles and one thing that reminds me of home is being at the beach. The beach is a calming place where you can relax and it was a really humbling experience to sit down and separate myself from my surroundings in order to focus on these landscapes. Coming from the concrete jungle of L.A., drawing the majestic landsapes of Santa Cruz was inspiring and enjoyable. Santa Cruz has an abundance of beauty and it’s nice to incorporate that in my artwork.

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SPORTS

Rolling into Regionals

After an inconsistent season, UC Santa Cruz men’s roller hockey club rallies for the playoffs By Monica Matthews mmatthews@cityonahillpress.com

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espite being the last team to qualify in the upcoming Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League Regional Championship, the UC Santa Cruz’s men’s roller hockey club is confident. With players healed up and ready to go, the club is at full strength. Men’s roller hockey has had a rocky season because of an injury to senior Erik Steggall and a general lack of cohesiveness, said club captain John Hart. As a result, the club has a 7-7-2 record, just enough to be seeded sixth in the Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League’s Division II. “We don’t have time to practice and it makes us make errors,” Hart said. “We all have different styles of play and there are miscommunications sometimes ... The defense will advance to score but no one will come back on to cover them. That’s been a problem this year.” Hart said he thinks the club will click when playoffs come. “Now we’re more like, ‘let’s get serious,’” Hart said. Despite what Hart calls a disappointing season, the club has complete faith in their ability to be competitive in regionals for the weekend of March 2–4. With a full strength squad, Hart expects UCSC hockey to be more difficult to play than their win-loss record indicates. UC Santa Cruz men’s roller hockey is a club registered through Stevenson College and not the UCSC club sports program. Hart proposed to UCSC sports club supervisor Kevin “Skippy” Givens for the team to become an official club sport through the UCSC Sports Club program, but was declined due to budgetary reasons. “They stated a good case, wellorganized,” Givens said. “The things I look for are: Do they take ownership of what their responsibilities are? If they were to become a sports club, we need to guard against them adding significant additional workload to me and to the staff. They have a good track record. I know that they’re highly competitive. They’ve tried to compete for a national championship. I’ve nothing but good things to say about them.” Despite the fact that the Sports Club program was unable to lend its support and funds, Hart said that coordinator for residential education

KYLE KARAZISSIS (left), of the UC Santa Cruz men’s roller hockey club, looks to find the open shot. Stan Prather from Stevenson College has helped the club immensely in being sponsored by Stevenson College. Prather even drove the team to nationals in Utah in 2012. With this level of support from Prather and with talented players who have played roller hockey for years, the hockey team has had some successful seasons — last year especially for captain John Hart. “[It] was the third year we had all been playing together,” Hart said. “Seven out of ten of the players had been playing for us for three straight years.” In 2011, the club went to nationals in Wisconsin, but the club’s current record does not exemplify that former competitiveness. The team hopes to restore the winning culture of previous years with training, practice and some hard work in the playoff games. Captain John  Hart has scheduled the team for some “dry land training” and training in their blades to give them extra edge.

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“We’re getting back into the swing of things,” said junior member Jake Hennings. “Our first game for the season against Chico, we

lost 7-1. They’re going to come in feeling pretty confident but I like our chances. I’m really not nervous about any team that we might be playing.”

Courtesy of Steve Hart

The Western Collegiate Roller Hockey League Regional Championship will be held on March 2 in Corona, Calif.


OPINIONS

PUBLIC

Would you rather take a class online or in person?

DISCOURSE

Compiled by April Stearns & Sal Ingram

“In person, because I feel like a real student. I wouldn’t feel like a real student sitting at home online all day.” Daniel O’Shea Second-year, Cowell Marine biology

Connie Chu First-year, Cowell Film and digital media

“I would take it in person so you can talk more with the professor ... I’m an interactive learner.”

Cristina Bolanos First-year, Oakes Legal studies

STAFF EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Michael Mott Mikaela Todd MANAGING EDITOR Eli Wolfe CAMPUS NEWS Jayden Norris, editor David Orozco, editor Christina Asadourian Phil Garbrecht KellyAnn Kelso Lauren Romero Susan Sun Monica Thunder

“It depends on what class. Some classes, it’s easier to learn from a professor teaching you. Others, it’s easier online.”

“If I had an online class, I would cheat everyday.”

Elpitha Evangelatos First-year, Oakes Politics CITY NEWS Kayla Sikes, editor Ryan Boysen, editor Dylan Byrd Ardy Raghian Phillomina Wong

COPY Rachel Singer, chief Sophie Cox Sierra Norsell Lauren Schwahn, fact checker Anita Chan, fact checker

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Jon Vorpe, editor Cassandra Cronin Janelle Gleason April Stearns

PRODUCTION Gabby Areas, manager Jayden Norris Nicole Kresky Samved Sangameswara

SPORTS Mark Rad, editor Monica Matthews

PHOTOGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION Christine Hipp, illustration editor Salvador Ingram, photo editor Caetano Santos, illustrator Maren Slobody, illustrator Daniel Green, photographer Daniela Ruiz, photographer Jessica Tran, photographer

OPINIONS & EDITORIALS David Orozco, editor MULTIMEDIA Jesseca Simmons, videographer MARKETING Laura Santoro, marketer WEB Diana Luu, web developer

ADVERTISING Amanda Botfeld Cory Fong BUSINESS Tommy Palmer, manager

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Editorials

Coursera and the Future of Education

UC Santa Cruz’s new online course offerings will mean big changes for the university Illu stra t

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C Santa Cruz will now begin offering classes online for free through Coursera’s online education platform. Coursera began in April of 2012 with Stanford, Michigan, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania as its initial partners, according to an announcement from the University newsletter. Coursera currently makes over 200 college level classes available to the public for free online. City on a Hill Press believes that this is admirable and supports universal access to education. The mission of Coursera is to provide a free education to all and to eliminate the impediment that high tuition often imposes on individuals seeking an education. While Coursera does not offer a degree to those who complete its online courses, it runs on the idea of education for education’s sake. Now more than ever universities need innovative ideas for making cheap education a reality. We believe that UCSC’s new partnership with Coursera is going to help achieve that ideal. However, we would also like to raise some concerns about what the Coursera partnership means for the future of education. First of all, students pay for their degrees. Increasing the number of available free classes potentially means diminishing the prestige of a degree. With more online students obtaining the same education and skills as degree-

holders, there’s also the possibility that this will diminish the value of a college degree on the job market. If this is where the future of education is headed, universities may one day have to radically reassess how they attract thinkers and innovators without the lure of a degree. A college degree, however, may now be seen as something separate from an education. Practically speaking, it is still the major prerequisite for attending graduate schools, which in turn opens up numerous employment opportunities. Although online education may be gaining more legitimacy, employers still put faith in degrees. There are also less tangible advantages in a traditional college education. Interacting with peers in the classroom, talking to professors at office hours and living in a university environment all offer benefits to students that can’t be found in a monitor screen. Education ought to be accessible to all. Not having the resources to obtain an education should never stop anyone from becoming educated. Coursera stays in step with this ideal and we at City on a Hill Press are grateful for what it offers to students. But we do not believe online education has reached a point where it can supplant the benefits of a degree. With this goal of equal access to education in mind, whatever change it brings to education, is a change that we welcome.

Not having the resources to obtain an education should never stop anyone from becoming educated.

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Editorials

Oversight and Negligence

UC SHIP’s discrepancy should not be fixed by picking students’ pockets clean

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couple weeks ago Santa Cruzans — students, faculty and staff of the UC Santa Cruz campus — turned out in force to protest vigorously against the recent $57 million discrepancy found in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) budget. UC SHIP is projecting this $57 million deficit, a mistake of enormous magnitude, due to lack of oversight and overall negligence. UC SHIP originally hired Aon Hewitt, a consultant company and insurance broker, to help set the premium rates for those who opted into the insurance plan. In the end, these premium rates were set too low to cover the costs of health care at the UC. On Jan. 11, Alliant Insurance Services, an actuarial firm hired by UC SHIP, released a report finding that the $57 million deficit was accrued over the 2010–13 plan years. The UC chancellors will soon hear from an advisory committee and steering committee on their recommendations for the now glum future. The chancellors hope to have their future plans known and decided upon by June 1 of this year. What we know now is that the UC has replaced Aon Hewitt, which is a good start. But now, the financial deficit problem is set in the laps of the UC administration. And what do they plan to do with it? You guessed it: increase premiums for students opting into UC SHIP — possibly by 20 percent year after year until the deficit is closed, or longer. UC Santa Cruz, and indeed most if not all UC campuses, are speaking out against this ridiculous proposed solution. Whoever in the UC administration thinks it’s okay to fix Aon Hewitt and the administration’s problems on the backs of already financially-stunted students deserves to bear the brunt of the deficit themselves. What is apparent is that health care should be affordable, regardless. The UCSC website states that the health insurance plan they offer is “affordable,” “convenient,” and “accessible.” But the numbers don’t add up. The UC SHIP plan costs $501 per quarter,

according to the UCSC Health Center website. Whether that is affordable or not is debatable, but increase that by 20 percent and you’re looking at paying $601.20 a quarter — and it only gets less and less affordable from there. And as for quality, we are not getting what we deserve. UC SHIP is self-funded, meaning they are exempt from laws like Pres. Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act that state that you cannot place a limit on the amount of money a patient costs the insurance company as of September 2010. This means UC SHIP may place limits on certain “liability” areas, or things the university insurance is responsible for covering financially and medically. Everybody who is opted into UC SHIP pays insurance, but some people take out more than they pay for. UC SHIP caps those people — people with expensive treatments who may need insurance the most. Also, there is a large list of “exclusions” that will not be covered by the insurance, including intercollegiate sports injuries. The Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. policy states that they will not cover, “Treatment of Injury sustained while participating in, practicing or conditioning for, or traveling in conjunction with, any intercollegiate sport, contest or competition, or any University-sponsored (including intramural) program in the martial arts, except as specifically allowed in plan description.” Setting quality aside, the UC should not be allowed to move forward on increasing health insurance premiums to such a large extent in order to cover their own accumulated deficit. Instead of turning to students’ pockets for the money to close the gap, why doesn’t the UC take legal action against Aon Hewitt, make health care affordable and leave students out of the equation? We already struggle to pay off the premiums we are given now and the administration needs to see that. The protest a couple weeks ago was only the beginning of a long dialogue we need to have with the administration to let them know we are here, and that we will not be taken advantage of anymore.

Illustration by Christine Hipp

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