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‘Taiko Drum and Dance’ promises powerful performances NICOLYN C HARLOT Associate Features Editor Kennedy Theatre will host its opening weekend for “Taiko Drum and Dance,” an energetic collaboration between the University of Hawai‘i at Mā noa Dance Department and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble. Taiko is a type of Japanese drum but broadly refers to the art form of ensemble drumming. The upcoming performance will feature drums of various sizes, pieces composed by well-known taiko artist Kenny Endo and dances choreographed and performed by members of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble as well as UH students and professors.


Most of the pieces will concentrate on modern and contemporary dance, with visual emphasis on the dancers while the drummers remain on the side. Many of the dances focus on powerful musical elements, but the dance, “Yamamba de Ko‘olau,” (“Wandering Mountain Spirit”) tells a story. The piece, about a powerful older spirit and a young girl who is trying to portray her, is notable because the

dancer depicting the spirit Yamamba will wear a beautiful wooden mask and spend a lot of time interacting with the drummers. Chelsea Van Billiard, a junior dance major who plays Yamamba, said, “Taiko is so exciting because it’s not just dancing to music that’s on a CD – they’re playing live right next to us and [dancing] with live music is such a different feeling. … It’s so nice to have that power right next to you, ‘cause it really gets you going.”

T H E D RU M S One of the pieces will center on taiko without any other dancers. Another will involve all of the dancers drumming and all of the drummers dancing, which will make for a lively performance. What is important for the audience to recognize is that the drummers are not just playing music on the side – they are an integral part of the show. “ They work so hard and put their heart and soul into all these drum beats, and I hope that the audience gets that, and I think they will, just because it’s so powerful,” Van Billiard said. “We’re having a blast out there, so we want them to see that and really feel that.”

“Taiko Drum and Dance” will show on Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KENNEDY THEATRE

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F E B . 1: BLAZING DUMPSTER At 4:28 p.m., a resident advisor called Campus Security to respond to a dumpster that was on fire near the Frear Hall loading docks/basement area. The Honolulu Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 4:35 p.m. CS officers, housing staff and HFD firefighters put out the blaze before it could spread. Flames melted at least one of the dumpster’s plastic lid covers. The cost of the damages is unknown at this time. Case closed.

JA N . 31: D I S T R AC T E D D R I V E R At 8:49 p.m., a female student called CS to report that a male UH student had driven a black Toyota Tacoma into the construction fence at Ching Field along Lower Campus Road. The driver was reportedly looking down at his cellphone when he drove into the fence. He

was not intoxicated. HFD and HPD arrived on the scene, along with EMS personnel who examined the driver. The driver was not taken for further treatment. The student’s father was contacted and said that he will pay for the damages. Referred to HPD.

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Campus Security received a call from the Information Technology Center construction site at Bilger Hall at 7:47 p.m. Construction equipment fell onto a one-inch natural gas pipeline, causing it to rupture. CS set up a perimeter and evacuated Bilger, Physical Sciences, Keller and the Art building. HFD Hazmat No. 3 unit arrived on the scene at 8:08 p.m. HFD temporarily plugged the leak, and the gas company made an assessment. After 9:43 p.m., the gas company began repairing the damage. The area was declared “all clear” at 10:05 p.m. Referred to the Work Coordination Center. | Caitlin Kelly Editor | Alex Bitter Associate

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News Kaimuki’s Boston Pizza Micah Leiato, a senior at UH Mānoa, will complete his degree in travel industy management and a minor in history within four years. CAROLINE ANDERSON KA LEO O HAWAI‘I

NOELLE F UJII Contributing Writer Tuition increases, like those defended by University of Hawai‘i at Mā noa officials at the legislature on Tuesday, are a cause for concern when full-time students in Hawai‘i take an average of 5.8 years to earn a four-year degree. To combat this growing problem, UH launched the 15 to Finish campaign in spring 2012 to target the fall 2012 freshmen. At UH M ā noa, UH West O’ahu and UH Hilo, students can save $12,000 on a four-year degree if they take 15 or more credits a semester – students pay one rate for 12 credits or more. “If one three-credit course costs about $1,500, in eight semesters students taking only 12 credits have passed up the opportunity to enroll in courses worth about $12,000; that is, they left $12,000 on the table,” said Linda Johnsrud, University of Hawai‘i executive vice president for academic affairs/provost. In fall 2012, 55.5 percent of freshmen took 15 or more credits, which is a 21.8 percent increase from fall 2010. “[The campaign will work] because I think it’ll help to motivate students to take [more] classes,” said freshman Kathy Oyadomari, who took 15 credits during the fall 2012 semester.

Is graduating in four years possible? Johnsrud said the Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative found that students were not graduating on time because they weren’t taking at least 15 credits a semester. An analysis of student data showed that a majority of students in the UH system were only taking 12 to 14 credits a semester. Data showed that the grades of those taking 15 credits were on average better than those who took less. The initiative also found that students who completed 30 or more credits in their first academic year had higher graduation rates. According to fall 2007 cohorts, 32.3 percent of UH freshmen who completed 30 or more credits during their first academic year graduated in four years. “Students in any major ought to be able to graduate in four years,” Johnsrud said. She explained that additional summer courses in the summer may be necessary to graduate on time; those who double major and those who change majors are exceptions.

SAV I N G T I M E A N D MO N E Y A survey on reasons for not taking 15 or more credits was conducted with 648 fall 2012 freshmen. Twenty-five percent responded that their personal schedules did not allow them to take more, about 15 percent desired courses that were not available and 13 percent noted that financial resources prevented them from taking 15 or more credits.

The Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative will be conducting follow up research on an on-going basis to see how the fall 2012 freshmen perform while taking 15 or more credits and if they continue to take as many in future semesters. The initiative will also look at fi nancial aid and try to eliminate potential barriers identified by students who enrolled in 12 to 14 credits. This campaign was presented at Complete College America’s annual meeting in December 2012 to representatives from 32 states at the state capitol. According to the blog “UH Matters with M.R.C. Greenwood,” Hawai‘i was one of three states chosen by Complete College America to develop specific strategies to improve college completion outcomes. Members of the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning are currently gathering information on the school’s advising system as a result of issue 21.13 that was referred to them by the Senate Execute Committee from input provided by a faculty feedback survey. The issue involves examining academic advising, which decide exceptions to the rules and the relationship between advising the 15 to Finish and Do-it-in-4 campaigns. The 15 to Finish campaign costs $58,000 and leveraged an additional $150,000, with the media campaign appearing on 648 public service announcements and 3,081 radio announcements.


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Opinions ROTARY EXPERIENCE: Reevaluating peace

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Keynote speaker Aung San Suu Kyi and Wilfred Wilkinson, chair of the Rotary Foundation, attended the Global Peace Forum hosted by the Rotary Foundation, which was established in 1917. VERONICA F REEMAN Contributing Writer As a college student, it is easy to become consumed by an onslaught of parties, papers to write, places to go and things to buy – it is easy to take for granted the luxuries we have at our fi ngertips. We can easily forget that the country we live in comes at a cost, and numerous countries around the world are suffering from problems we can hardly imagine.


The Rotary Global Peace Forum at the Hawai‘i Convention Center on Jan. 25 was the second of three forums that will take place this year. The first was in Berlin, Germany, and the last will be taking place in Hiroshima, Japan. All three areas were chosen because the great effect World War II had on their citizens and the lessons the world has learned from their histories. The opening ceremony featured several speakers, including Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, Hawaiian storyteller Pua Kanahele, Blue Planet Foundation Founder Henk Rogers and soon-to-be worldwide voyaging captain Nainoa Thompson. Despite a world of different backgrounds, all in attendance seemed to agree on one thing: Education of the future genera-

tions is the greatest way to promote peace. Nainoa Thompson said in his speech, “…this generation measures how bad the earth is but never before has it come together more.” Despite different ethnic backgrounds, difficulty in understanding accents and at times clumsy hugs and handshakes, the universal understanding and sanctity of the event was undeniable.

M E A N I N G O F P E AC E The dictionary definition of peace is an “environment with the absence of war;” however, each person has a different definition based on their experiences. Former Rotary International Director Paul Netzel and his wife, Dianne, both shared their viewpoints openly. “I think [the] world right now is faced with many of the governments of the world [who] do not appear to be addressing the root causes and root issues. … You can look at the environment, and you can look at fi nances – I’m more concerned about the absence of peace,” Netzel said. A fter having a heart attack and reevaluating his life, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa graduate Henk Rogers started the Blue Planet Foundation, whose mission is to “end the use of fossil fuel in Hawai’i.” “[Blue Planet Foundation] started because I read an article

in the newspaper that said ‘Oh, by the way, we’re going to kill all the coral by the end of the century,’ and I said ‘No, we’re not.’ We can’t be doing this.” Since then, the program has “replaced nearly 300,000 incandescent light bulbs with CFLS, saving residents more than $40 million and displacing 190,000 barrels of oil over the lifetime of the bulbs,” according to the BPF website. Rogers said that his definition of peace was “the ability for people to live together without the resort to armed conflict … on a basic level, if we can accomplish that [we have peace].” After interviewing several speakers about their own defi nitions of the word “peace,” I started to believe that peace is not about putting down guns and ending war but rather a state of mind in which we can universally accept others. This is developed through education – the more aware the next generation is, the better we can understand one another.

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A P P R E C I AT I O N Attending the peace conference made me realize peace isn’t a word we encounter often, but we should be using it more. By incorporating “peace” into our daily vocabulary, we can remember to achieve peace in our own lives where it truly starts.

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The center of attention JOEY R AMIREZ Sports Editor

W ith eight reg ular season games re ma ining in his R a inbow War r ior basketball career, it is di f f icult to choose which ac complishment best descr ibes senior center Vander Joaquim. It could be how he was named first team A ll-Western Athletic Conference in 2011 and preseason A ll-Big West Conference this year. It could also be how he played for the A ngolan national basketball team in the Lusophony Games when he was just 16.

He is also shooting 49 percent from the field as opposed to the 56 percent he recorded last year. However, this has less to do with Joaquim’s talent than how his opponents are scheming against him. “He’s an all-conference selection,” junior center Davis Rozitis said. “People doubleteam him, triple-team him and he feels the pressure on himself, and he gets other people open. If you look at the statistics, we have like three or four guys scoring in double digits, and that’s only because Vander is doubleteamed, Vander kicks it out and other guys get open shots.”

People double-team him, triple-team him and he feels the pressure on himself, and he gets other people open. But perhaps most impressive is the fact that last month, Joaquim became the 15th player in R ainbow Warrior histor y to eclipse the 1,0 0 0 -point mark – a feat he achieved despite playing his freshman season at the College of Eastern Utah. “If you would have told me when he first got here that he was gonna score 1,000 points, I wouldn’t have believed you,” head coach Gib A rnold said. “But he’s done a remarkable job working on his game. He’s been ver y coachable and to be able to score 1,000 points in [three] years is remarkable.”


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Five weeks before the 2012 season began, Joaquim tore his MCL during a preseason workout. It was uncertain whether Joaquim would be able to play in the season opener, but he worked his way back to health and has not missed a game all year. In fact, the Luanda, A ngola, native is currently 12th in the Big West in scoring (13.9 ppg) and second in re bounding (8.2 rpg). “If you work hard, good things come to you,” Joaquim said. “ … These past three years I’ve always worked hard [even] after practice and before practice. The first year I didn’t really have anything going for me, but [now] I’m the player I wanted to be.” Despite his high ranking amongst his conference peers, Joaquim has seen his scoring and rebounding averages fall from their 14.3 and 9.5 marks set during his junior season.

DEFYING PRESSURE In fact, Joaquim has evolved even further as a player this season, as evident from his freethrow percentage rising from 63 percent in his junior year to 73 percent as a senior. In addition, Joaquim, who had not made a single three-pointer in his previous two seasons combined, is shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc on 22 attempts this year. “He’s having a really good year,” A rnold said. “His leadership role has increased, and he’s done a much better job of being a team leader and really keeping emotions in check. He’s an emotional player, which helps him, but he’s been able to keep that in check so he doesn’t go overboard with that. It ’s been a big change in his game; I think he’s really matured as a player.” Joaquim will look to show off his pro gression tomorrow at the Stan Sheriff Center as he leads the Rainbow Warriors against UC Ir vine at 7 p.m.

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