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UH president’s initiative seeks to attract, retain students with associate degrees. Currently, transfer students must fill out an application for UHM and pay the application fee. With automatic admission, the application process will be waived. UH Banner will be used to determine whether the student is admissible, and eligible students will automatically be admitted. “Down the road, this will increase the transfer enrollment,” Yang said.

PAIGE L. JINBO Staff Writer To ensure that University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood’s Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative is successful, UH Mānoa administrators are focusing on ways to increase enrollment. While the university system as a whole saw an increase in students, UHM saw a slight decrease of 0.2 percent, a 44-student drop. However, according to UHM Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, this fluctuation between the fall and spring semesters is normal. Although the small drop in enrollment may be normal, Alan Yang, UHM’s associate vice chancellor for students and interim director of the Offi ce of Admissions and Records, attributes the decrease to economic factors. He said that students are opting either to halt their college careers or attend institutions where costs are lower — community colleges. But overall, enrollment at UHM has increased by between 10 and 12 percent over the last decade, Hinshaw said. A rise in matriculation correlates directly with Greenwood’s graduation initiative. During a historic joint session of the legislature last February, Greenwood unveiled the initiative, which will focus on affordability and student access. “Simply put, we want more local students to attend and graduate from the University of Hawai‘i,” Greenwood said. The goal of the initiative is to increase the UH graduation rate by 25 percent by 2015. According Ala Moana 947-9988 Pearlridge 488-8811 Kalihi 845-9300 ext. 207

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UTILIZING RESOURCES FOR COMMUNIT Y OUTREACH UHM administrators have already started to reach out to prospective and current UH students. Yang, along with the Office of Student Affairs, hosted UHM’s fi rst phone bank on Feb. 1. For two hours, administrators, including Hinshaw, phoned high school

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According to Hinshaw, external support is of critical importance for the initiatives to be effective. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and his team remain committed to the university and its needs. He has maintained that the university is a vital component to fi xing the struggling economy. “As for the University of Hawai‘i, I have high expectations for how it will transform our state under President Greenwood’s leadership,” Abercrombie said during his State of the State address. “Through its Hawai‘i See Graduation rate, next page

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battle for both civil unions advocates and opponents. “I know that many of us have been working since the ‘90s to see things through in terms of having relationships recognized,” said Camaron Miyamoto, LGBT Student Services Office coordinator. In 1993, the Supreme Court of Hawai‘i ruled that due to the state’s equal protection clause, denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples was a form of discrimination. In response, Hawai‘i Constitutional Amendment 2 was passed on Nov. 3, 1998 which gave the legislature rights over the power of marriage and associated benefits. In 2010, civil unions legislation passed both the Hawai‘i House and Senate, but was vetoed by then-Gov. Linda Lingle in July. In November, Abercrombie was elected governor and campaigned on a platform that included a positive stance on the issue of civil unions and gay rights. The civil unions issue was

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NEWS DESK On Wednesday, both the federal and Hawai‘i state governments took steps to further gay and lesbian rights. At the national level, President Barack Obama ordered the Justice Department not to uphold the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, calling it unconstitutional. Locally, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill allowing both homosexual and heterosexual couples to form a legally recognized civil union with all the provisions and strictures of a traditional heterosexual marriage. “I think it’s a great day in Hawai‘i that we join a handful of other states in taking a leadership role in supporting equal rights for all people,” said Gary Hooser, longtime civil unions supporter and current director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control. Wednesday’s victory is the culmination of a years-long

revived early this legislative session, in the form of Senate Bill 232, and swiftly passed through both houses of the Legislature. The Senate passed the bill on Jan. 28, and the House followed suit 14 days later. The signing of the bill is a positive development for many Mānoa students. “So many students were excited yesterday saying that ‘you know what, I don’t have to leave home anymore to have my relationship recognized. I grew up here, and I can stay here – I’m not going to be forced to leave.’ And just that, they were saying, just means so much,” Miyamoto said. Hawai‘i is now the seventh state to take this step toward legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill is slated to become law on Jan. 1, 2012. The term “civil unions” is not interchangeable with samesex marriage. Marriage is a social term of commmittment, whereas civil union denotes a legal status.

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Graduation Initiative, UH will increase the number of college graduates by 25 percent by 2015. We can achieve this goal by keeping education affordable and reaching out to students across the state who have not been traditionally well served at UH, including Native Hawaiians and neighbor island students.” Because UHM produces 79 percent of all baccalaureate degrees within the system, Hinshaw emphasized the importance of the governor’s support. “We’re the engine for the state,” she said. “We need people to understand the contributions we add and the value we provide for the state of Hawai‘i; it’s critical for the success of Mānoa.”

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“Sometimes the university in your backyard does get the recognition it deserves.” Greenwood exuded confidence in UH’s ability to fulfill these new challenges at the Faculty Congress and Senate meeting on Feb. 16. “It’s a difficult time for the university, but I’ve never seen a state where the overall system has the potential that we have here at UH. “And I believe that we can meet these goals of improving graduation rates and enrollment and our capacity to change the state and, at the same time, growing new fields and developing incredible excellence that only a research university can.”

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Food for mana‘o The KCC farmer’s market A LIK A PFALTZGR AFF Staff Writer A swarm of people have already accumulated on Kahala’s rain soaked pavement by 7:30 a.m. on a brisk Saturday morning. Fragrant plumes are imbued with a heady confl uence of Nalo Greens, oven-baked delicacies and freshly caught opakapaka. Welcome to Kapi‘olani Community College’s farmers market. Since the market’s inception in 2003, KCC’s Parking Lot C has played host to a myriad of booths and vendors striving toward the cultivation of an interdependent agricultural network. Each Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m., droves of prospective patrons fi ll the walkways, forming lines around lines in attempts to obtain their favorite local dishes.

Dean Okimoto, president of the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Federation and Nalo Farms, estimates that the market hosts around 65 booths weekly. Operating the Not Just Desserts booth, Kate Wagner has been with the farmer’s market since the beginning. “It’s been growing healthily ever since I’ve been here, and I’m always excited to see who’s going to be offering what,” Wagner said. A chef for 23 years, her tables are brimming with chocolate-infused confections and haupia-laden cakes, made with chocolate grown in Kona. In addition to the KCC farmer’s market, she frequents Kailua’s new market on Thursdays, and runs the Not Just Desserts store, a bakery in the back of Chinatown. The farmer’s market came together with help from Conrad Nonaka, director of

The Culinary Institute of the Pacifi c at the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges. The HFBF approached Nonaka about the prospect in 2003, and it proved to be a worthwhile investment for both parties. The event also provides a good opportunity for KCC’s culinary students to learn the inner workings of food marketing, as their department reserves two booths for them each week. The students are hired to work in order to finance educational tours to culinary hotspots such as France and Thailand. According to a survey conducted by the HFBF, the market draws roughly 7,000 people a week. However, the recent eco-

nomic downturn has visibly affected the regular ebb and flow of customers. “Business has been slow lately. We used to pop four bags of kettles every week, but lately we’ve been struggling to pop two,” said Nick Nakamura of Paniolo Popcorn. The business has been participating for four years, and hopes to continue. Despite the downturn, many remain optimistic about the enterprise, and other See Farmer’s market, page 8


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Films often keep us on the edge of our seats by being unpredictable. English director Danny Boyle’s latest, “127 Hours,” keeps the audience in suspense by doing the exact opposite: it is very clear what will happen in the end, but the audience does not know how or when it will happen. With this approach, Boyle is able to create an intense piece about a man fighting for his life in the direst of circumstances. Based on a true story, the film stars James Franco as Aron Ralston, an engineer from Colorado who spends his weekends backpacking in the mountains. The film documents a weekend in 2003, when Ralston headed to Blue John Canyon in Utah without letting anyone know where he was going. While venturing through the Canyon, Ralston comes across two lost female hikers. While he helps them through a shortcut, the girls ask if the rocks could move. Foreshadowing the rest of the movie, Ralston replies, “Sure they will, everything’s moving all the time!” Fifteen minutes into the fi lm, while hiking through another crevice, a boulder falls and pins Ralston’s right arm against the canyon wall. For the remainder of the film, Ralston’s battle gradually shifts from man vs. nature to man vs. self. While in severe pain and battling the elements of the desert, he attempts to free his arm, first chiseling away at the boulder and later trying to make a pulley. All attempts fail, and days into his ordeal, Ralston comes to terms with his impending death.

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Academy Award Best Actor nominee James Franco faces a life-or-death situation in “127 Hours.” As he starts filming goodbye messages to his family, the film flashes between memories of his life, dreams and hallucinations. During these fl ashbacks — most notably one in which he ignores his mother’s phone call the day before the trip — you can sense Ralston beginning to appreciate what he has to live for. This culminates in visions of what he thinks his son would look like, and at this point, he decides to amputate his arm. While extremely gruesome, the scene showcases the emotion of a man who is, in every sense of the phrase, stuck between a rock and a hard place. For a movie that spends the majority of its time in one setting with one character, “127 Hours” keeps the limited story going by utilizing great photography. Shots

that pan through the Utah desert are visually stunning, while extreme close-ups, such as one shot through Ralston’s bottle as he’s sipping his last bit of water, create a more intimate connection to his character. If you’ve seen Boyle’s hit “Slumdog Millionaire,” the same style comes across, with split screens and fl ashbacks recurring throughout the fi lm.

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“127 Hours” is a uniquely composed adventure fi lm which allows the audience to relive the ordeal of a man facing death. The gruesome sights and sounds of broken bones and self-amputation may be too much for some, but Franco’s performance and Boyle’s direction make this a great fi lm. 4 out of 5 stars.


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Biker jackets and food trucks have gone high fashion, so don’t be a ninny – head outside to Friday night’s food fest. The fair will feature local favorites like Melt (for the grilled cheese lovers), Fairy Cakes Hawai‘i (for cupcake addicts), and Le Crepe Café (for the Parisian wannabes). It’s a great event for foodies and fatties alike! Cost: free Where: 555 South St. (in Kaka‘ako) When: Feb. 25, 5 to 9 p.m. Contact: streetgrindz@gmail.com

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It used to be if you were really good at playing one instrument, you could be set for life in the musical world. Whether it was shredding on your guitar like Slash or ripping on your violin like Joshua Bell, you had an irrefutable talent. These days, however, the next big thing is being a multi-instrumentalist. Big names like Brian Jones, Jack White and Prince all played several instruments, giving them a musical edge. Loch Lomond is made up of six such talented people. It is an entire band of multi-instrumentalists. There’s Ritchie Young (vocals, guitar, percussion, violin), Scott Magee (clarinets, percussion, vocals), Jade Eckler (percussion, glockenspiel), Dave Depper (bass, guitar, keys, voice), Jason Leonard (vibraphone, guitar, bass, banjo,

percussion, sound treatments) and Johanna Kunin (piano, flute). It’s an abundance of talent. Loch Lomond, named for the Scottish lake (the largest in Great Britain, if you were wondering), classify themselves as “indie chamber folk.” The term is apt enough; they use several orchestral instruments, as well as the traditional indie rock accoutrements. It’s similar to another indie band, Lost In The Trees. Every member of the band also sings, allowing them to make beautiful choir-esque harmonies. Even with this plethora of instruments, they are still able to make use of silence, allowing the sparse accompaniment to bring out their vocal talent. Loch Lomond’s new album, “Little Me Will Start A Storm,” is arrangement heaven. Each song is gorgeously arranged, though not necessarily with complicated rhythms or insane instrumental so-

los. Every instrument just seems to work together, using harmony and cadence to create one solid work of music. The fi rst track (“Blue Lead Fences”) uses guitar, bass and pizzicato violin (along with various percussion), making a sound suggestive of The Decemberists. Young, the lead vocalist, uses his voice powerfully, not screaming but resonating. The next track, “Elephants & Little Girls,” begins with a slightly classical/folk feel, using strings, clarinets and mandolin for an old-timey feel. Young sings in a light half-falsetto, making it almost into a lullaby. The sextet shows off their ingenuity in the instrumental track “Water Bells.” It begins once again with a folk feel on guitar and mandolin, but now with an ethereal quality through the use of a saw. Yes, a saw, as in a cello bow on the back of a wood cutting tool. By no means is it a novel instrument, but it’s still not something

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districts around the island have followed in KCC’s eco-friendly footsteps. Makiki, Mānoa, Kailua and, most recently, Kāne‘ohe have organized weekly farmer’s markets of their own, with much success. KCC’s version remains the largest, and is venerated for its heavy emphasis on locally grown products. All of the food is required by the HFBF to be grown locally, which helps to promote island wide sustainability.

Dale Russel is a regular customer, and appreciates the warm atmosphere and abundance of sumptuous plate lunches. “I’m from South Dakota, and our farmer’s markets pale in comparison to this one in terms of breadth and scope. The diversity can’t be beat.” Hawai‘i’s growing network of farmer’s markets encourages communal reciprocity on a scale that’s needed now more than ever. Mai e ‘ai (come and eat).

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end the light-flickering policy. I volunteered to address the entire office on the matter. The second message was a mistake. I wrote the supervisors an apology and asked them to support me in making the change. Possibly fearing revolt, a supervisor told our boss about my plans. If I had simply apologized and withheld my agenda, I may have been able to make a change for the better and still work that job today. My final blunder was mistaking my boss for a friend. The morning of my next shift, my boss phoned me and asked that I come in a few minutes early. I entered the office before my shift and my boss asked me to explain my side of the story. My defense was to no avail. My boss told me I had already been “terminated” and handed me my final paycheck. My legs were figuratively cut out from under me and my mouth was stapled

shut. I never got the chance to stand up for what was right. Please learn from my mistakes, but do not keep quiet. Control your emotions and plan strategically because you can make a difference no matter how big or small the issue. If you often feel unhappy and anxious at work, rely on the ones you know you can trust, rise up together and pull the knives out of each other’s backs. This was my fi rst and last behavioral misconduct, but if your passion is as strong as mine, you may have to go down swinging. Just know that personal and profane attacks are never the way. The workplace may take your job and paycheck away, and terminate you as well, but I am taking solace in the fact that they never got their hands on my most valuable possessions: my voice and my heart. I just wish I had gone about it in a different manner.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Top-notch schedule continues for ’Bows RUSSELL TOLENTINO Sports Editor The Rainbow baseball team plays top teams during its nonconference schedule, head coach Mike Trapasso wouldn’t have it any other way. “We could easily schedule a non-conference where we start up 25-5, but that’s not doing anybody good,” Trapasso said. “[Easy competition is] not why our kids come here to the University of Hawai‘i. They come here to play in a great atmosphere in front of great fans, against great teams.” This year is no different. Last week in its season opener, No. 30 Hawai‘i went 2-2 against the then-No. 9 Oregon Ducks. This week, the ’Bows will play the No. 7 Texas Longhorns in a threegame series Friday to Sunday. They will also face No. 19 Cal State Fullerton (March 25 to 27) and No. 23 Wichita State (March 30 to April 2). “That’s what our goal was, to have a top-10 non-conference schedule,” Trapasso said. “I’ve had a lot of people tell

me they think I over-scheduled because it’s a great schedule.” Junior pitcher Matt Sisto said the competition is exciting. “You got all these teams that are perennial College World Series teams, so you get pretty amped up to play these guys,” he said. Trapasso also said playing good teams exposes areas the team needs to improve. “It lets you go to work on those weaknesses immediately and start making adjustments to get better for when you get into conference play,” Trapasso said. Sophomore third baseman Pi‘ikea Kitamura said the team needs to shore up its defense against Oregon. Hawai‘i made 10 fielding errors. “[The series] defi nitely gave us a good look on where we need to work on things. We made an error in each game, so our defense — we need to tighten that up,” Kitamura said. “If we want to win ball games, we need to put a zero under that error column.” Still,

Kitamura was encouraged by the team’s split against the Ducks. “[Oregon] showed us that if we play our game the right way, we can hang with just about any team,” he said. For Sisto, playing top-notch opponents also teaches the ’Bows how to battle. “Ever since I’ve been here, we have [had] one of the toughest schedules,” said Sisto, who struck out three Oregon batters last Friday night. “It ’s good because it ... lets us deal with some adversity in the beginning of the year, so when it comes to the end where we have to win the game in the conference or regional, you’re used to playing the caliber-type of team. In the end, it helps us a lot.” Last season, second baseman Kolten Wong hit a two-run walkoff home run in the 10th inning against Louisiana Tech and sealed UH’s win in their fi rst game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Hawai‘i then went on to win the WAC title and advanced to the regional fi nals of the NCA A Tournament. They were the WAC’s only postseason team

and also had the conference’s top preseason schedule. The same fi ght was evident against Oregon as well. In the two games, the ’Bows rallied to win, despite trailing in the bottom of the ninth inning. “I like for teams to go through adversity early, because it brings them together and it makes them make adjustments that maybe they wouldn’t if they were going along, starting the season 25-5,” Trapasso said.

H O O K ʻE M H O R N S Last season, Texas was 50 -13 and lost in the NCA A Super Regionals. They feature preseason All-American selections senior pitcher Cole Green and junior pitcher Taylor Jungmann. Kitamura said he is excited to play Texas and believes the team can do well against the Longhorns, considering their performance against the Ducks. “We went out there and beat Oregon with their top two [pitchers], so we definitely have the confidence that we can do the same to Texas,” Kitamura said. “We just need to stick to our plan offen-

sively and we’ll be OK.” Texas is 3-2 on the year. Its team batting average is .274 and its earned run average is 4.19. The team is coming off a single-game 8-7 upset loss to Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. For Hawai‘i, juniors Zach Swasey (.455), David Petersen (.455), Wong (.357) and Collin Bennet (.333) are the only hitters batting over .300. Senior pitcher Blair Walters picked up both of UH’s wins against Oregon out of the bullpen. As a team, Hawai‘i is batting .250 with a 4.11 ER A.

No. 30 Hawaiʻi vs. No. 7 Texas F R I DAY AT 6 : 35 P. M . S AT U R DAY AT 3 : 05 P. M . S U N DAY AT 1: 05 P. M . GA M E S AT L E S M U R A K A M I S TA D I U M . U H M Ā N OA S T U D E N T S G E T I N F R E E W I T H A VA L I DAT E D I D.

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Michael Blake (right) slides into home, scoring the winning run in the 8th inning for the first game last Friday against Oregon.


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