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GSO members pushing collective bargaining bill The bill was introduced at the end of January, and since then, the GSO has been seeking individuals to submit testimony. Both the House Committee on Labor and Public Graduate student workers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have not received a salary in- Employment and the House Committee on Higher crease since 2004 because they cannot organize to Education passed the measure. The bill passed its second hearing and was referred to the Finance advocate for their rights. Committee on Feb. 17. Now, members of The UH System is the third-largthe UH Mānoa Graduest-earning company and the thirdate Student Organizahighest employer in the state, emtion are urging the ploying over 8,000 people. There Finance Committee are 5,800 graduate students, and to schedule a hearabout 20 percent of those are ing for House Bill estimated to be employed by 2859, which supports the university. graduate student em“Many of these workers ployees’ rights to colare low-paid graduate stulective bargaining. dents who are teaching and “HB 2859 offers an researching. Some are lowinvaluable opportunity er-paid lecturers,” said forfor Hawai‘i to recognize mer GSO president Sharain the value of accessible Naylor. “All of us contribute higher education while to the state economy now. upholding its constitutional And all of us pay significommitment to collective cantly more in fees, tuition bargaining,” GSO president and the cost of living, but Anjali Nath said. “Healthier have not received a proand respected graduate stuportional boost in our meadent employees can help to creger earnings.” ate a stronger and more successDue to recent budget cutful University of Hawai‘i System.” backs, UH Mānoa eliminatHB 2859 would remove an imed ofﬁce and administrative pediment to forming a union by positions, further limiting taking graduate students employed employment opportunities of by UH off the list of state employees graduate students. statutorily barred from inclusion in “Faculty and staff are able an appropriate bargaining unit. Curto collectively bargain, but it rently, graduate students are classiﬁ ed is ﬂat-out illegal for students as “student help” and cannot organize. to do so in Hawai‘i. Collective If passed, the bill would be effective bargaining is a value of the starting July 1. people in Hawai‘i,” said Naylor. “Hawai‘i’s public universities de“As a state, we need to ensure pend on student labor, but the state’s students’ basic needs are met current collective bargaining laws deny NICHOLAS SMITH / KA LEO O HAWAI‘I so all students can focus on their students ordinary, reasonable worker education, earn degrees and then give back to rights,” said Amy Donahue, Ph.D. and former GSO Advocacy Committee chair. “The currently our communities through our contributions in the workunequal treatment afforded by the state to student force outside of the university system.” The heads of the Labor and Public Employment workers negatively affects graduate student ﬁ nancial health, and in some cases leads to lifelong ﬁ - and Higher Education committees did not respond to emails requesting comments on the bill. nancial distress, including poverty conditions.”
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Features audience and the entertainment behind it,” he said. “Today, I just wanted to have fun.” He plans on spending his $175 bookstore gift card on art materials for his puppetry class, chocolate and macadamia nuts.
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Cindy dela Vega, Amber Lindsay, Vaimoana Atonio and Jossio Timoteo (L-R), sang songs by Anuhea, Bruno Mars and Whitney Houston. M IKE H ANSON Contributing Writer Campus Center Ballroom was buzzing last Friday, as dozens of students gathered for the spring installment of Mānoa’s Got Talent. The talent show offered ﬁ rst-, second- and third-place prizes for individual and group categories.
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Yasu Ishida earned his undergraduate theater degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Originally from Iwate Prefecture in Northern Japan, Ishida is now a ﬁrstyear graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Between Minnesota and Hawai‘i, Ishida spent a year in Hollywood working at the Wizards’ Inn magic shop. “I did everything there,” said Ishida. “I taught magic. I performed magic. I did negotiations
for the performers and other sides of the management.” When on stage, Ishida feeds off the energy of the crowd to bring his magic to life. “I just feel happy, like that is where I’m supposed to be. I’m very scared on stage, but that is the place I am happiest,” he said. Ishida found his inspiration in Patch Adams. “When I was in Japan, I watched the movie with Robin Williams, and I was so inspired that I thought, ‘this is what I want to do.” he said. Ishida then saw the real-life Patch Adams in Japan for a workshop, which encouraged him to become a professional clown. “I want to be a culture performer, and my major right now is [a] Master of Fine Arts in theater for young audiences,” Ishida said. He loves engaging the crowd, and feels that it is the most important aspect of live performance. “It’s all about connection with the
Jossio Timoteo, Vaimoana Atonio, Cindy dela Vega and Amber Lindsay won over the judges with a vocal and instrumental musical compilation. The performers’ mashup included segments of Anuhea’s “Simple Love Song,” Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” Even with only a week of preparation, the foursome impressed the crowd with Timoteo on ‘ukulele and Atonio, dela Vega and Lindsay on vocals. While two of the four were performing for their ﬁ rst time in front of a live audience, Lindsay repeated her victory from last semester’s talent show, when she also performed a group medley. Like Ishida, the group was mainly out to have fun. Timoteo said, “During practice we’re like, ‘Oh gosh, do we got this?’ But then before we performed, we’re like, ‘It’s just for fun anyways.’” Even though it was just for fun, Timoteo was glad to edge out the second-place break-dancing group – who, coincidentally, were his roommates. The four will enjoy a $300 gift card, which they will have to split among themselves.
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Why the youth vote is giving up on â€˜Hopeâ€™ SAR AH NEAL Contributing Writer The presidential election is in 10 months, and my options are already stressing me out. It appears that Mitt Romney will be the Republican elected to run against Barack Obama, and my liberal little heart canâ€™t vote for a man as conservative as he is. In a perfect world, this inability to vote for the Republican nominee would result in a default vote for our incumbent president. However, Iâ€™m not so sure I can bring myself to vote for the man who has been such a disappointment. Obama has done great things during his time in ofďŹ ce. His presence and speaking ability have brought eloquence and poise back into the presidency. â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tell,â€? and the Iraq war have ended under his watch. His ac-
complishments deserve to be recognized, and the president should be lauded for them. Unfortunately, he has also overseen several unsettling changes in the nation. The healthcare plan he proposed was great, but he and congressional Democrats ended up giving too much away to the opposition to pass the watered-down bill that eventually became law. While it is positive that everyone will be allowed to purchase insurance, the concessions to conservatives and the removal of the public option offers no incentive for insurance companies to lower their rates to prices working-class people can afford. Requiring all Americans to purchase insurance with no public option places an additional ďŹ nancial burden on people who are already struggling. As the healthcare debacle is forgivable, so are many of his other disappointing actions. After all, Congress has been a mess during this time, and the opposition to
Democratic plans has been outrageous. It canâ€™t be easy to lead a nation when so many of those who are supposed to be working with him have had the audacity to publicly declare that their only goal is to ensure that our â€œKenyanMuslim-terrorist-socialist-fascistcommunist-dictator of a presidentâ€? does not see a second term. He can only get so far when the rest of the government has lost its mind and has stymied so many plans that he was elected on. But Obama has done things during his time in ofďŹ ce that are not forgivable. It is unconscionable that he continues to stand by the intrusive and unnecessary screening methods implemented by the TSA. It is unforgivable that a man who campaigned against the overstepping of George W. Bushâ€™s administration has established himself as the ďŹ rst president to execute a U.S. citizen without due process. But the most atrocious thing he has allowed to come to fruition during his presidency is
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K EVIN FOX Staff Writer The Rainbow Wahine Wahin ne softball s ftball so team (12-0) is right wheree it t it wants to be b at at this this th is point point nt in in the the season. seasson se on on. “Right now the chemistry of the team is gelling to the point where we don’t have any issues in regard to anyone not really being where they need to be,” said head softball coach Bob Coolen. “We have our starters, we have our role players, we have different players that we use in certain situations. We’ve been getting an op-
portunity to use some of our backup p rttu po players playye and nonstarters so they can keep ke k eep p the edge as well.” “I “ know that we’ve been scoring a lot lot of of runs and that’s great, but we’ve also allso had games where we haven’t been scoring as many runs. ... We still feel that support and that constant drive to win, and that kind of support and chemistry from the team is really carrying us far,” said senior left-ﬁelder Alex Aguirre. “It’s exciting to see this early in the season.” Hawai‘i is off to its best start in school history after sweeping the
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Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas a week ago. And with a week off to rest and recover, the ’Bows have to focus on retaining momentum for this weekend’s battle. “It’s been really good that we’ve been able to run through a lot of teams,” said junior center fielder Kelly Majam. “We did really well over the past two weeks, so we have a lot of confidence in ourselves and in each other. ... It’s been a great two weeks, and I hope that this break will help us recover a little bit coming from
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the road and [we’ll] just have time to refocus and get used to playing at home again.” Up next for the Rainbow Wahine is the Bank of Hawai‘i Invitational. The tournament will feature Florida State, Radford and UC Santa Barbara and will run this Friday through Sunday. “We have the whole month of March that we play at home. It’s just by design each year that our month of March is three tournaments and we’ve opened at home with our WAC [Western Athletic
Conference] opener,” said Coolen. Hawai‘i cracked the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/ USA Today Poll at No. 25. This is the Rainbow Wahine’s first ranking of the season. “For the teams around the country, the people that are voting for us, they’re the ones that have seen us play,” said Coolen. “They know we have pitching, they know we can hit the ball. It’s just a feather in the player’s caps for what they’re doing on the ﬁeld and off the ﬁeld that is giving them that recognition.”
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Reaching a national milestone M ARC A R AK AKI Sports Editor
For the ﬁ rst time in program history, the Rainbow Wahine tennis team has cracked into the national polls. “It’s a great accomplishment as of right now,” head coach Jun Hernandez said of the team’s No. 74 ranking. “I know we have bigger goals as a team. We set our [new goal] of top 50 in the nation, and I believe we have the talent and work ethic to do it. “Recruiting is definitely going to help. More Americans will definitely take a look at us. Athletes really take a look at the rankings all the time, and if you’re not ranked then you’re not going to be the first choice, that’s for sure.” Senior Barbara Pinterova, who alternates the No. 1 singles duties with junior Katarina Poljakova, feels excited to raise the team’s goals. “It’s amazing that we are ranked, and now for sure we just want to do better and better,” Pinterova said. “And that’s why we set the goal from top 75 to top 50, and I’m sure we can get it.” “It feels great,” Poljakova said. “We’ve been working hard and now it’s ﬁ nally paying off.” And if there’s a time for the Rainbow Wahine to improve their ranking, it’s now.
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The Rainbow Wahine will feed off the leadership of junior Katarina Poljakova, shown above, as she battles with senior Barbara Pinterova for the No. 1 singles spot.
Hawai‘i (3-3) will host 11 matches in a row at home over the course of the next month and a half. The Rainbow Wahine will begin their home stand with Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the University of Hawai‘i Tennis Complex. Admission is free to all UH women’s tennis matches. “It ’s really good for us because we don’t need to travel. We
don’t have the time difference ... we don’t need to account for new weather conditions and we can be at home,” Pinterova said. “Most importantly, we are playing on our home court.” And for Hernandez, staying home allows the team to be close with its fans. “We have a lot of boosters who’ve been supporting our program,” Hernandez said. “And for the past few years, we’ve been traveling so we don’t see them as much as we like to. We have four new girls on the team, so it’s a great opportunity for them [our fans] to get to know our players.”
HOW DOES IT WORK? Tennis matches are scored using a point system. There are six singles matches and three doubles matches. Singles matches are played to a best out of three sets, while doubles matches are one set long, ﬁrst to eight games. Singles winners receive one point for their teams, while a team needs to win two out of three doubles matches to secure one point. Thus, singles matches are weighted more heavily than doubles matches. “Doubles, though, gives you such a momentum boost because we start with doubles,” head coach Jun Hernandez said. “Even though singles gives you one point, it gives you a lot of momentum going into singles. “It’s not as tough to win three out of six singles versus four out of six singles. But actually we did it two times already ... we lost the doubles point and came back and won four out of six singles against ranked schools (Penn State and UC Irvine).”
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