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HAYLEY MUSASHI Associate Sp Sports ports Editor While the athletics department departm ment boasts a handful of siblings sibl si blin ings gs and parentpar a en entchild duos, this season, the Rainb Rainbow n ow Warrior Waarrio or volleyball volleyyba b ll team welcomes third generation gene n raation student-athlete stu tude tu ent-athlete freshman Kupono Fey to their ohana. Fey’s grandfather is former UH football All-American Harry “Clown” Kahuanui, and his mothert, Shelley (Kahuanui) (Kahuanu ui) Fey, played basketball for the t e Rainbow th R inbow Wahine. Ra “It was my decision to come to UH, but the fact f ct that my family has ties to fa o athletics athl hlet hl e ics here re e at Hawai‘i Hawa waai‘ii helped me fina nally n lly decide,” Fey said. “My parents try and always help me the best e make th he be b st choices, and ch d I’m ’ happyy to to be a third thi hiird r generation genera rati t on student-athlete here.”

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PREP STAR As a dual dual-spor l - spor t athlete in hi h high gh school, scho o ol o , Fey lettered d three yyears eeaa r s in basketball both volleyball and basket t ba b ll aatt Punahou the P Pu naho na h o u Sc ho School. Fey le led th h e vo vvollleyball team consecutive leyb b all all te e am to consec c utt iivv e st sstate t att e 2013 three ttitles ti t es tl e s iin n 20 22012 12 and 201 1 3 an and d th thre r ee ree re straight League stra st raig ra i ghtt IInterscholastic n t er erscholast stic t icc L eeaa gu u e of o Honolulu Ho o no nolu lulu lu lu ttitles itles from frr om o m 22011-13. 0 1-13 01 13. To 13 o senior outcap ca p of o f f hi h i s se his e niorr sseason, easo ea s o n, son n , the e out ut-ut hitter wass n named sside si de h itte it terr wa w a me e d a Honolulu Ho o no o l u llu u Star-Adver tiser Star St a r -Adv ar A dv dver v er ti tise serr Fa se F a b 15 sselection Fab eellec l ec ecti t on ti and first-team firstt te team am aall-league, ll-l ll -lea eagu g u e, sselected elec el l ecte ted d to the HHSAA A state s ta tate te championship c ha hamp mpio p io ion n s h ip nsh ns all-tournament team picked all-tourname e ntt tea e m an ea aand d pi pick cked ed d Volleyball Magazine’s Fab for Volleyba a lll M a gazz in ag n e’ e s Fa a b 50 550. 0. member Ku‘ikahi VolleyAs a mem embe be er of o K u ik u‘ ikah hi Vo Voll lley-ll Fey bronze medal ball Club, F ey eearned arne ar ned d a br bron onze ze m edal al the California Volleyball iin n th he Southern South th her ern nC ali ali lifo forn fo rnia rn ia V olle ol le leyb eyb ybal alll al Association Tournament in 2013 and was also wa als named to the Junior Nationals U-15 al ls U -15 15 aall-tournament ll-tto ou urn nam ament te tteam. am m. “I didn’t decidid dn’ n t make makee my my college co oll lleg lleg egee de d ci-ssion si ion on until unt ntil t about abo boutt the the h middle mid ddlle off my ssenior sen eni niorr year,” nior yea ear, r,”” Fey Fe ey said. saaiid d. “II wanted wan ante ed to o get ge et a full fu ull experience exp xperrienc ncee of of what wha hat all hat all off the he he schools sc cho h ols ols could ol cco oul uld offer, off fer fer, and and nd it it turned tu ur ned ed d out out ut that Hawai‘i was th hat a Haw aw wai‘i ai i w as the best fit for me.”

LOOKING AHEAD Known for his late-game heroics when the match is down to the wire, the freshman outside has made 13 appearances on the court this season, averaging a .271 hitting percentage — the best stt of of any any freshman fresh fres hm and hman nd third thi hird rd starting amongst tthe he st star arti ar ting ti ng llineup. ineu in eup. eu p p. Now halfway haa lf lfwa w y through wa thro th roug ugh h conferconf co n ernf ence play, y thee Punahou P un unah ahou ou graduate g ra radu duat atee hass seen playing h ha s en aample se m le mp e playi y ng time on the cour t — a place pll ace that has as been a second d home to o him. “I’ve been around this t hi h s place placc e Fey (UH) H for a while,” F ey said. d “My goes mom still go g ess to alumni basketball games grandpa ga am me es e s and d my yg r a n pa is in the Stan rand ra Sherif f, so th tthat’s a ’ s a great at att feeling f eeling g just just that to be a parr t off tth h att aatmosphere.” t ospher tm ere.” er “He’s “He H ’s He ’ s been n around athletics his entire en n ti tire r life,” liff e,” head h ead coach coa ch h Charlie i ie Wade volleyWa W a de e ssaid. aid. “It’s nott eeven ven just volle e yyball. His b ba all lll . H is mom mo o m is a coach, and d I think thin th ink in k thatt a coach’s c oa oach ch’s h ’s kid k id understands und nder erst stan ands d s more m or o e aabout ab out the game, g me, which has cer tainly ga helped him.” help he lped lp ed h im.”

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And An nd while wh hil ilee the the outside th outs ou tsid idee hitter hitt hi tter er cercer er-ttainly ta tain ain inly ly y boasts boast oast oa stss the th he lineage, line neag ag ge,, he he attributes attr at trib ibut utes es recent hard work hiss re hi rece ceent ssuccesses cent ucce uc cess ce sses ss es tto o ha h ard rd dw orrk an ork and d around the environment enviro r nment arou ound ou n him. “We “W We have h ve five freshmen, ha fres esshm h en, and d we’ve we become season,” be eco ome really close this th sea easo on, n,” Fey “We see ourselves ssaid. sa id d. “W We se ee o ou urselves ass tthe h ffuture he utur ut ture ur of ur program, nice know be the th he pr pro ograam, sso og o it it’s n i e to ic o kno ow II’ll ’ll ll b e time with guys.” sspending sp en ndi ding the tim din me wi ith tthese he ese s g uy uys ys.” And And though An thou ug gh h his his fi firrst rst st season sea easo s n as a been Rainbow Warrior Warrrrior hass be Wa Warr b een a success, suc ucce cess, has Wade h a his as iss sights set on tthe he ffuture. he utur ut urre. “He’s just ju ust st a smooth athlete,” ath hlet hl etee,” Wade Waade d watched volleyball and said. “I watch ched him playy vo oll lley eyba ball ll an nd basketball. But then there’s there e’s another ano oth her part, too — getting to know his hi fammily a little bit and finding n out what his character and what wh hat his i work ethic is like. Those thingss are really important, and he’s just a great kid all-around and going be player iss g oing to ob e a great p l yeer fo la fforr us.”


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g n i r a h s e k i b s e t u o r s y t u i C p m a c a o n ā M o t A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SHARING BIKES The City Council Committee on Transportation approved a resolution in support of the bikeshare at its Feb. 27 meeting, according to Frank Streed, Breene Harimoto’s chief advisor. Harimoto is chairman of the committee. The resolution, titled “Supporting Bike-share in the City and County of Honolulu,” will be forwarded to the full City Council to be heard at its March 12 meeting, where it’s likely it will be formally adopted. “I can’t image that they wouldn’t pass it,” Streed said. The resolution noted that in 2012, a Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Transportation Vehicle Miles Travel reduction working group and the state Department of Health identified bikeshare as a key strategy for reducing vehicle miles traveled and achieving healthy outcomes.

NOELLE FUJII News Editor At least five or six bike-sharing stations may be placed on campus before the end of 2015 under a city bike-sharing system. According to Shem Lawlor, a transit-oriented development planner for the city Department of Planning and Permitting, the initial phase of the system would span from Chinatown to Waikīkī to UH Mānoa, an area of about five square-miles. The city had a bike-share organizational study conducted in 2013 by Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates Inc. to recommend an organizational structure that would be best for a bikesharing system in Honolulu. “Basically what we hired them to do was take a look at the local conditions, talk to all of the government agencies and nonprofits and business interest and kind of figure out what’s the best type of organizational structure to govern and implement a bike-share system in Honolulu,” Lawlor said. They recommended launching with a system of 180 stations and just under 1,700 bikes – a dense system, according to Lawlor. “There’s a lot of people that could use bicycles for some part of their transportation needs,” UH Mānoa grad Daniel Alexander said. “But because, obviously, when they don’t carry a bicycle around with them, when the opportunity arises, it’s not there. But when there’s bike-share around, that’ll be something that they’ll be able to do.”

SHARING BIKES AROUND THE COUNTRY According to Lawlor, almost every major city in the country either has a bike-share system already, or they’re in the process of planning or implementing one. There are also 30 or 40 different systems already in operation with some being run by city governments and others by nonprofit organizations. Nelson/Nygaard recommended that Honolulu use an administrative nonprofit organizational structure for its bike-share system. This means, according to Lawlor, that the city should establish a nonprofit organization that would administer the program but not operate it. “They would hire a private firm to actually provide the equipment and operate the day-to-day operations,” Lawlor said. On Jan. 2, Bikeshare Hawai‘i was officially founded as a statewide nonprofit organization. “So the idea is we’re going to launch in Honolulu, in urban Honolulu, but then it can expand to other parts of O‘ahu and also to the neighbor islands,” Lawlor said. Bikeshare Hawai‘i is the organization that is going to implement the bike-sharing system, according to Lawlor, but the bikeshare effort is a collaboration between the city, state, different organizations and individuals. Bikeshare Hawai‘i will be governed by an eight-member Board of Directors, who in the next few months are looking to raise startup funding, which will cost $550,000, according to Lawlor. Part of that money will go to hiring an executive director and to community outreach.


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According to a Commuter and Fleet Services presentation at Chancellor Tom Apple’s Campus-wide Conversation in April 2013, which cited a Transportation Demand Management survey from 2010, 9 percent of campus affiliates bike and 36 percent of survey respondents who do not currently bicycle to campus said they would like to bicycle to campus. According to TDM Coordinator Crysttal Steiner, the campus continues to support the bike-share project and improvements to the bicycling infrastructure. She said TDM is expecting to do another transpor tation sur vey this spring. Alexander thinks bike-sharing would be an incentive to the university to ease up congestion and parking around the area. “The extent to which the university can get people to choose a different means of traffic, and for example, walking or bicycling are the least-polluting of those modes — there’s a big possible benefit to society there,” he said. Bike-sharing would open up another form of transportation, allowing students who drive to school to take a bike to get to and

from campus for errands or lunch, rather than driving, according to Alexander. Alexander is also involved with the Cycle Mānoa student organization whose mission is to improve cycling on campus. He said the organization supports the bike-sharing project but is not actively involved in it.

HOW A BIKESHARE SYSTEM WORKS Bike-sharing is membership-based, with membership periods ranging from one day to one year. Membership can be purchased online and a key fob will be sent in the mail to check out the bikes. “Every time you want to rent a bike you just stick that into their little docking station right at the bike,” Lawlor said. “And they’ll give you a green light to take the bike out.” Typically, with memberships, riders take the bikes for free for a period of time — usually 30 to 45 minutes. “So what that means is you can take as many trips as you want, millions of trips, and they’re all free as long as you’re under that 30 minutes,” Lawlor said.

Founded in 2008, Cycle M ā noa is a student, volunteer organization with a mission of improving and enabling cycling at UH. One of the main events that the organization holds is a bicycle-recycling program every Sunday evening from 5-8 p.m. where old bikes are brought in, repaired and sold inexpensively to students. On Wednesdays, Cycle M ā noa holds an open shop where students and community members can come in and learn how to fix their bikes with the assistance of Cycle M ā noa members for free. “Anyone can come up, and if they’re willing to get their hands dirty and they’re willing to learn, we’ll help them fi x their bike and it’s totally free of charge,” Daniel Alexander, a member of Cycle Mā noa, said. For Cycle M ā noa’s weekly schedule and more information, go to cyclemanoa.org.


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Award-winning artist Beili Liu is presenting a site-specific installation that incorporates bamboo, salt and fire. Thousands of cylinders of charred bamboo containing handfuls of salt will be used to create pathways through an evocative circular field in the University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery. Receptions and a lecture by Liu will also be held. Where: UH Mānoa Art Gallery When: March 9–April 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, 12 to 4 p.m. on Sundays Cost: Free More info: hawaii.edu/art/exhibitions/art_gallery

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Who can survive on $7.25? Hawai‘i faces the highest cost of living in the country – almost 60 percent higher than the national cost – yet our minimum wage is just 7.25, lower than 20 other states.

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L ISA GR ANDINET TI Contributing Writer

No one can thrive on minimum wage, especially in Hawai‘i where we experience the highest cost of liv ing in the nation. As income inequalit y climbs to historic highs, families across the countr y are str uggling to purchase basic necessities, to send their kids to school and ultimately, to sur v ive. Just one aspect of this inequality, and the most publicized at the moment, is poverty wages. The Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice calculated some statistics that demonstrate our need for an increase in the minimum wage, which has remained stagnant at $7.25 since 2007. We often complain about the widely accepted fact that Hawai‘i is an expensive place to live, but ways to alleviate these costs are rarely discussed. Since a bill to raise the minimum wage was introduced in the Legislature last year, however, the people of Hawai‘i have started a conversation about what we can do to better our lives and our futures.

THE GOOD NEWS This year, House Bill 2580 and Senate Bill 2609 continued this dialogue by attempting to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 during a three-year period. The original drafts of these bills included a repeal of the tip credit, which allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage with help from a subsidy from the customer, and linked future minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index, also known as inf lation. These provisions would ensure tips serve as gratuity for workers instead of functioning as subsidies for their employers and that the people won’t have to go through this grueling process in the future for every necessary increase in the minimum wage. Despite the fact that, according to U.S.

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Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, if the minimum wage were to have increased with worker productivity since 1968, it would be $22, there are still some who hold objections against raising the minimum wage. Many of the myths that people use to oppose minimum wage are debunked.

workers have money to spend. In addition, the National Employment Law Project, Census gathered data from the 2009-11 Census, which revealed that large corporations employ 66 percent of low-wage workers. The rhetoric around small businesses is clever, but not revealing of the true effects of wage increases.

J O B L O S S?

P R I C E I N C R E A S E?

Contrary to common belief, raising the minimum wage will not put a damper on “job creating” employers. In fact, since 2002, the minimum wage has been increased four times. During the 12 months following each increase, the Research and Statistics Office of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations reported that the number of jobs increased by an average of 2.2 percent. How can this be? It’s rather simple. Seventy percent of our economy is consumer-based. When Hawai‘i’s workers are paid more, they have more to spend in local businesses. Workers are the true job creators, and raising the minimum wage would help all of us.

U P WA R D MO B I L I T Y Many also believe $7.25 is a suitable minimum wage as it is merely a starting point, motivating workers in the name of upward mobility. In contrast, economist Robert Reich said, “The probability that a poor child in America will become a poor adult is higher now than it was 30 years ago, and higher in the United States than in the United Kingdom, which has a long history of class rigidity.” Similarly, research by the Economic Mobility Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts showed 65 percent of Americans born in the bottom fifth of incomes stay in the bottom two-fifths. The reality is we cannot rely on “upward mobility” to lift people out of poverty because more often than not, it doesn’t.

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A report conducted by Saru Jayaraman, director of the Food Labor Research Center, and Chris Benner, an associate professor of Community and Regional Development at UC Davis, showed that raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.80 during three years would have a miniscule effect on prices. Even if employers passed along the wage increase entirely to consumers, grocery prices would increase less than half of 1 percent. The fact is that a single parent of one child working full time, year-round for minimum wage should not fall 16 percent below the federal poverty line. Unfortunately, the original drafts of HB 2580 and SB 2609 have been amended to exclude the linkage of minimum wage to infl ation and the repeal of the tip credit. The House bill increases the wage to $10 during a four-year period and the tip credit from $0.25 to $1. The Senate bill increases the wage to $10.10 during a three-year period and the tip credit to an unnamed amount.

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Laura Hanson Sophomore “I think (the minimum wage) is a good starting point for a job. You can always get raises later, but $7.25 is a good place to start.”

H OW T O H E L P Keep up with these bills on the Capitol website at capitol.hawaii.gov. Write a letter to the editor. Write a letter to or call the chairpersons of both committees making decision on this issue, Sylvia Luke and David Ige at repluke@capitol.hawaii.gov and sendige@capitol.hawaii.gov. And, most importantly, continue the conversation. Talk to friends and family about this critical issue and remember to do your part when election season comes around.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CARRIE IWAMOTO

Carrie Iwamoto Junior “(The minimum wage) seems pretty low for such an expensive state. The cost of living and food here is so high, so I don’t see how someone could support themselves very well with such a low minimum wage.”


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Last year, Matt Cooper tossed his two shutouts against Gonzaga (March 12) and Wichita State (March 23).

THE VICTORIOUS ERA

SHANE GRACE KA LEO O HAWAI‘I

UH ace Matt Cooper dominates early season competition K EN R EYES Senior Staff Writer

A fl awless ER A and an aggressive command on the mound — yet he is still unsatisfied. Senior right-handed pitcher Matt Cooper is always looking to prove himself on the mound. As Hawai‘i’s fi rst man in the rotation, he shoulders the responsibility of setting the tone for every series. And after three starts into the season, Cooper, who has yet to allow an earned run, has already proven to be more than competent as the team’s ace pitcher.

H I G H E R S TA N DA R D S

After transferring from Bellevue, Wash., prior to his junior year, Cooper started off as a middle reliever for the team. However, due to the amount of injuries that devastated the pitching staff,

he was hurled into the rotation. From there, he excelled as one of the team’s most reliable starters. Along with posting a team-low ER A of 3.14 in 16 games with 12 starts last season, Cooper also padded his resume with 69 strikeouts and two shutouts. Despite his potency on the mound, UH’s poor run production led to Cooper fi nishing 2013 with a 3-8 record. “You look at his numbers last year,” head coach Mike Trapasso said. “We didn’t give him any support offensively. So from a winloss record standpoint, it wasn’t good. However, his pitching numbers were outstanding.” Now that he has stepped into a heavier role on the rotation, Cooper set the bar higher as a pitcher and as a teammate. “I want to go deep during the game when I pitch during the fi rst game of every series,” Cooper said.

“The less we have to go to the bullpen, the better. I want to be effi cient with my pitch count, get deep in the games and give my team the best chance we can to win.” After struggling a bit against Oregon and Albany during the start of this season, the Washington native was at the top of his game last Wednesday against Pepperdine. He boasted a complete-game, three-hit shutout and matched his career-high of 10 strikeouts. “Obviously, (my expectations are) to do what I did that night,” Cooper said. “I won’t leave here happy unless I do that, so there’s always something to get better on.”

T H E A I M T O S U S TA I N As with any pitcher on top of the hill, control of the ballgame also comes alongside consistency and mental toughness. Though Cooper has always maintained a

calm demeanor on the field, he also weaves in aggression and intensity into his pitches. It is that attitude that keeps him going through stale and rough innings. “He’s our number one guy, and he’s a competitor, fi rst and foremost,” Trapasso said. “He’s a fi ghter. I think that was evident by him keeping us in games.” Trapasso is also a witness to Cooper’s struggle on the mound as well as his masterful performance on Wednesday. The head coach praised him for his tenacity and talent, acknowledging the right-hander’s capability to frustrate his opponents. “His fi rst two starts didn’t really have Matt Cooper stuff, yet he kept us in game by his toughness and his ability to throw strikes,” Trapasso said. “What we saw on Wednesday, obviously, was all four pitches working for him.

“When he has those pitches, that’s the kind of outing you see. He can dominate teams.” Even after the recuperating pitchers are shuffled back into the Rainbow Warriors’ rotation, Trapasso still remains confident of Cooper’s ability to man the first spot of the rotation. “We’ve got different guys to plug in,” Trapasso said. “But Coop is our number one guy right now, and obviously the way he threw on Wednesday night, he’d be anybody’s number one guy.”

UPCOMING GAMES Hawai`i at Texas Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. (Doubleheader) Sunday, 8 a.m.

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