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New initiatives help incoming freshmen and graduating seniors
NOELLE F UJII News Editor Freshmen who have not yet declared a major and seniors who are about to graduate but face an obstacle will receive help through two initiatives the campus will implement next fall. The Office of Undergraduate Education will implement the “Exploratory Student” and “Come Home to M ā noa” initiatives in fall 2014, offering workshops and advising assistance. The goal of these initiatives is to increase the campus’ graduation and retention rates, according to Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Ronald Cambra, Ph.D. “All of these initiatives that have worked are all based on one theoretical frame, and that is you cannot be passive if you’re going
to be a student here at the University of Hawai‘i at M ā noa,” Cambra said. “We want you to be active with us from day one.” The ofﬁce hopes to ﬁnd ways to actively engage undergraduate students in the campus, which is one of its central themes. According to Cambra, if students are actively engaged, they will become a partner and eventually a steward of the campus. “And if they’re partnered here with us, then yes they will graduate, and we will improve the graduation rates on campus,” Cambra said. Cambra said these three themes are important because as tuition increases, more of the ﬁ nancial burden falls on student dollars. “And as that happens and as the value or the amount of tuition is charged, the length of time that a student stays with us become critical,” Cambra said.
E X P L O R AT O RY S T U D E N T S T RY D I F F E R E N T M A J O R S About 30 to 35 percent of the incoming freshman class did not declare a major upon being accepted to the M ā noa campus, according to Cambra, who said this percentage has remained relatively steady for a number of years. “ They’re in the category called ‘general,’” Cambra said. “We’re going to change that category to ‘exploratory.’” He said graduation and retention rates are still a concern. “The biggest population that seems at risk are the students that still seem unsure of what to do when they get here,” Cambra said. The initiative will include a way of identifying students’ interests early in their academic careers. Continued on Page 2
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According to Kyle Van Duser, director of Mānoa’s First Year Program, if a student is uncertain of their desired major when applying online to UH, they will select the “general exploratory” option. Once accepted and once the student has submitted the tuition deposit, he or she will use the STAR pre-registration system to help guide him or her into choosing a broad interest area, or “Learning Interest Area,” and selecting coursework. “Each broad interest area will have guided course options, which align with degree attainment within four years,” Van Duser said. “This way, even though a student is still exploring, they can continue to make forward progress towards graduation in four years.” Students will then be asked to complete a brief major/occupation assessment, which will help students explore their own values and interests. Students will be provided the opportunity to process the assessment with a UH professional staff member upon beginning the fall semester. “And that will be the ﬁrst steps in bringing them into the advising center to work with specially trained advisers that will assist them in identifying their goals, assist them in identifying things they want to study, what they’re interested in and then showing them what the options are in terms of degrees,” Cambra said. According to Megumi Makino-Kanehiro, Ph.D., director of the M ā noa Advising Center, new and continuing M ā noa peer advisers were polled for their opinions in terms of how they saw groupings of majors. “I think it is safe to say that they helped us to address issues in ways that we hadn’t thought of before and this impacted the way in which we are classifying, labeling and explaining the interest areas,” Makino-Kanehiro said. “For example, students highlighted the fact that major clusters do not always match the way majors are clustered under colleges here at Mā noa.”
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Ronald Cambra has been the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education since April 2010. There will also be a two-credit course, IS 197 (Academic Exploration through Advising), that will help students go through the process of understanding what their strengths and interests are and how that might tie in with an academic major. The ofﬁce will pilot test the course this spring for two credits and will offer it again in the fall for three credits. Matthew Eng, an academic advisor in the Mānoa Advising Center who will be teaching the course, said that “an emphasis on self-reﬂection and decision-making will serve as the core of the course.” “The course will use a workbook developed by the instructor, extensive in-class discussion, online journaling and other written assignments, projects and assigned texts to identify and explore strengths, abilities, interests and goals,” Eng said. IS 197 will be designated as a writing-intensive course. “The whole purpose here is to get students to start thinking about a major,” Cambra said. “And then to assist them in identifying the areas that interest them so that they can start making decisions
about what they would like to do while they’re here with us.” Sophomores Maggie Chung and Isabella Yu both had trouble deciding on which majors interested them. “I think it’s really good because, honestly, I’m really confused about what I want to study,” Yu said. Chung had trouble deciding between two majors. “For me, I was kind of stuck between two,” Chung said. She is now a pre-psychology major.
STUDENTS ʻCOME HOME TO MĀNOAʼ The ofﬁce will be implementing its “Come Home to Mānoa” initiative for seniors who face obstacles that prevent them from graduating. “We have a large number of seniors that for whatever reason do not complete their degrees,” Cambra said. “Now some of those students, we suspect, are students that are in good academic standing and come across challenges economic challenges. So they either drop out or they either simply forgo coming to school until they you know make enough money to come back and make it through.”
The “Come Home to M ā noa” initiative will be tasked with examining the services necessary for students to finish their degrees at UH M ā noa, procedural issues that create hurdles to graduation and methods to better communicate with students about degree completion. “So for example if a student drops out and they’re missing one course and all they need is to get through one more course, we can work with them to help them with their registration, get them signed up with class, see if there’s a way to address whatever issue was problematic for them and then try to get them back into the campus to see if we can get them to graduate,” Cambra said. “So we’re going to go aggressively after those students to see what we can do to assist them in getting through with their degrees.” Senior Mike Justa, a marine biology major, said the university should be helping its seniors to graduate. “I mean it sounds like that is an awesome way to help students,” Justa said. “It’s what the university should be doing.”
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La Raza Unida
hopes to unite Latino students on campus I EVA B YTAUTAITE Staff Writer
Mercedes Ramos established La Raza Unida, a new Latino student organization, this semester to raise awareness of Latino culture and population on campus. “There is a lot of misunderstanding of Latino culture,” said Ramos, a senior psychology and sociology major. “People have a lot of misconceptions and that’s how stereotypes start.” Ramos said the goal of the organization is to bring Latino students on campus together, create a home away from home, raise awareness of Latino culture and have a Latino graduation. “I am from California, where the majority of the demographic make-up is Hispanic, so it was pretty different moving to Hawai‘i where Hispanics are underrepresented culturally,” senior psychology major Adriana Quijano said. Quijano joined the organization because she wanted to represent a minority group that is seeking higher education. She will also be competing for Miss Latina Hawai‘i 2014 title, a scholarship pageant, in the spring. “It will be an opportunity to represent my culture in a positive light,” Quijano said. “As a Hispanic, I grew up in a culture where it’s rare to go away to college far away from home. There are family obligations that we have, especially if you’re the oldest. And when you go away it’s hard to swallow your pride and admit that you miss home without having to hear from your family ‘told you so.’” Claudia Lara, a junior ethnic studies major and one of the founders of the organization, said that the Latino community in Hawai‘i has grown significant-
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About 2 percent of undergraduates at UH Mānoa identify as Latino. ly through the years, but lacks an organization. “Even on campus, you know there is a Latino presence but no place where we can all come together and feel a sense of home,” Lara said. “I hope that the organization will eventually become that – a home away from home.” Although the organization is focused on raising awareness of the Latino community on campus, it is not exclusive to one ethnicity and anyone can join. “We are not trying to isolate ourselves,” Ramos said. “Anyone can join. You just have to be respectful and willing to learn about the different cultures.” Besides focusing on spreading and teaching students about Latino clubs through its social events, the organization also wants to get politically involved in issues that affect not just the Latino community but also other ethnic minorities. “Recently, a policy was passed in Hawai‘i that allows undocumented students to get in-state tuition,” Ramos said. “Micronesian students are ex-
cluded from this, so we want to work with their club and hopefully change that. We want to work with different allies on campus. We need to embrace our differences, instead of making them drive us apart.” Any UH student can join the organization, and currently there is no application process. For more information contact Mercedes Ramos at mramos77@ hawaii.edu or Adriana Quijano at email@example.com.
The first events the organization has planned is a social on Nov. 14. “Everyone is welcome to attend,” Ramos said. “We will be having Mexican food and will be learning about different Latino cultures. Eventually, we want to teach people through our organization, to understand, embrace and become allies with all minorities.” The event will be held in QLC 412 from 4-6 p.m.
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With the release of “Battlefield 4” and “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” gamers are faced with a choice of which gaming titan is most worthy of their time and money. Below is a point-by-point comparison of the two, designed to help you figure out which game you’ll spend $60 on.
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who are you looking to game with? Players looking for a more immersive, realistic play experience may prefer Battlefield with its better graphics, full environmental destructibility and state of the art warfare audio. Teamwork is also more imperative to BF4 than Ghosts, so those looking to join gaming clans or receive battlefield support are more at home here. Matches take longer as the maps are massive and support 64 players. This may overwhelm some players, but can offer various opportunities in warfare tactics.
Adrenaline junkies crave CoD for a reason. With such small map sizes and quickshot kills, danger is at every corner. It’s a First Person Shooter playground. If you choose to play solo more often or to play with a friend on the same console, then “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the better choice. Although you are assigned a team, players tend to focus on kills rather than objective points, which detracts from teamwork. The game also has a split-screen option, so you can see what your friend is doing and vice versa.
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CoD fi rst hit the scene in 2003, but didn’t receive its mass attention until “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” in 2007.
The BF franchise was established in 2002 with game Battlefield 1942.
Players : - Twenty-four players on current gen, 64 players on next gen and PC, plus two “Commanders.” -No co-op or splitscreen.
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- In-battle perks system. -Kill-streak and Strikes award additions and alterations. - Deathstreaks removed. - Dynamic Map Events (Player-triggered traps and map changes).
- “Levelution” (Map evolves as players progress through match). - Battle Pickups (see “Weapons” row). - “Commander Mode” through tablet integration. - Sea Combat.
Campaign : BF has always struggled to get good campaign reviews. Campaign tends to be longer than CoD’s, but lacks the plotlines desired.
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No nuclear fission, no new Fukushimas ROMAN K ALINOWSKI Staff Writer Almost three years after the earthquake and tsunami that caused meltdowns of three nuclear reactors in the Fukushima power plant, more than 1,300 spent fuel rods remain, which must be manually removed. If just one fuel rod were dropped or exposed to air, it could burn and cause a fission chain reaction that would set off an explosion containing as much radiation as 14,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs, forcing the evacuation of more than half of the island of Japan. Nuclear fission is a dangerous form of energy generation and must be phased out worldwide in favor of nuclear fusion and other renewable methods.
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nature is also constantly threatening regional nuclear Armageddon, striking Fukushima with a 5.0 earthquake on Sunday and a heavy typhoon last week which caused additional releases of contaminated water.
F I S S I O N VS . F U S I O N There are several differences between nuclear ﬁssion and nuclear fusion in terms of their risk, materials and place in society. Nuclear ﬁssion is the result of the breakdown of uranium and plutonium into lighter radioactive molecules, which gives off some heat energy. This heat is used to boil water in nuclear power plants, producing steam that turns the plant turbines, generating electricity. Fission releases no greenhouse gases directly, but pollutes during mining of uranium and plutonium ore, as well as during storage of nuclear waste that remains hazardous to life for thousands of years. As there are only about 200 years left of ore reserves at current consumption rates, ﬁssion is ultimately unsustainable. Fusion is the result of hydrogen being fused into progressive-
ly larger elements, which gives off heat and is the process that occurs in the sun. In contrast to ﬁssion, fusion materials are only dangerous to life for about 50 years. While fusion is still a developing technology, it is a truly sustainable form of energy with worldwide supplies of deuterium, a hydrogen isotope, enough to last more than 100 billion years at current consumption rates. Fusion combined with the harvest of naturally occurring geothermal, solar, wind and wave energy will provide the planet with pollutionfree energy as the technologies become cheaper and fossil fuels become scarcer and costlier.
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tling its 17 reactors by 2022 as a result of the latest meltdowns. Thankfully there are no nuclear plants in Hawai‘i, but in the rest of the U.S., nuclear plants almost 60 years old are in the process of falling apart. More than half of the reactors are on the East Coast, subject to hurricanes like Sandy, which almost caused cooling pumps to fail at a reactor in New Jersey. Unfortunately, there are currently plans to add four reactors to America’s total of 104, which will be the first new ones in decades. The people of the U.S. and the rest of the world must follow the Japanese departure from nuclear fission before another reactor melts down and untold hundreds of thousands die of cancer and radiation sickness. If enough Americans vocally oppose all new nuclear projects by means of protest and petition, fission power can be replaced with safer, more efficient and economically viable technologies. Listen to “The Morning Jive” with Roman Candles on Thursday at 8 a.m. on 90.3 KTUH FM for more on Fukushima.
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‘Bows look to avenge home loss to UCSB
Freshman outside hitter Nikki Taylor is second on the team with 192 kills. JESSICA HOMRICH KA LEO O HAWAI‘I
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H AYLEY MUSASHI Staff Writer In what was expected to be another f lawless conference season for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (18 -4, 7-3 Big West), this fall campaign has seen the ‘Bows through their ups and downs. But no matter the outcome, this season is one for the record books. The Rainbow Wahine were off to a fast start this season, overthrowing top-ranked Texas in four sets and taking the title in four-of-four preseason tournaments. In addition to the team’s success, head coach Dave Shoji was honored as the winningest coach in Division I history when the ‘Bows took down Santa Clara on Sept. 6. Entering conference play, the Rainbow Wahine were 11-2 and looking to defend their seat atop the conference standings with another perfect 18 - 0 record, the first Big West team to do so since UC Santa Barbara in 2002. But Hawai‘i’s record-breaking campaign was abruptly brought to an end when UCSB defeated UH in a shocking five-setter at Stan Sheriff Center on Oct. 11. The loss to UCSB (13-8, 8 -1 BWC) snapped a 77-match conference winning streak dating back to the 2008 season when UH was still a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
Two weeks later, the ‘Bows lost two straight conference road matches against Cal State Northridge (19 -4, 9 -1 BWC) and UC Davis (14-9, 6 -4 BWC). CSUN currently stands atop the Big West conference leaderboard. The trio of losses leaves Hawai‘i ranked third in the conference. “Losses happen — they’re part of the game,” senior outside hitter Emily Hartong said. “We learn from them and move on.” In a season that has tallied the most conference losses in almost two decades dating back to the 1994 team that finished 15 -3, the Rainbow Wahine have displayed a characteristic that is hard to deny — resilience. “We used the losses to ﬁ nd our strengths and weaknesses,” Hartong said. “And during practice, our mindset changed because we had to change those things.” A fter the back-to-back road losses, the Rainbow Wahine returned home this past weekend to sweep their conference matchups against UC Ir vine and L ong Beach State. The ‘Bows will look to take down opponents Cal Poly (10 -12, 4-5 BWC) and UCSB this weekend on the road. UH swept Cal Poly in their first contest, and the Wahine hope to even the score when they face off with Santa Barbara on Saturday. Cal Poly is coming off a loss in straight sets to UCSB and cur-
rently sits in sixth place among Big West teams. The Mustangs are led by senior outside hitter Chelsea Hardin, a Honolulu native and ‘Iolani graduate who is averaging 3.11 kills per set. UCSB is currently riding an eight-match undefeated streak dating back to Sept. 28 and is currently in second place in the Big West. The Gauchos only conference loss this season was a five-setter in their BWC opener against Long Beach State. On the attack, the Gauchos are averaging 12.9 kills per set with a .232 hitting percentage. The offense is led by senior opposite Katey Thompson, who has tallied 227 kills this season. The Rainbow Wahine will look to their leaders in this weekend’s face-offs. Hartong leads the team with a total of 377 kills this season and a .293 hitting percentage. Senior libero Ali Longo and sophomore middle blocker Jade Vorster lead the defense with 332 digs and 79 blocks, respectively. “I’m excited to play them (UCSB),” Hartong said. “It should be a good, exciting crowd, and we’re ready to play.”
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