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Editor in Chief Will Caron Managing Editor Jaimie Kim Chief Copy Editor Karleanne Matthews Assc Chief Copy Editor Paige Takeya Design Editor Beth Shiner Assc Design Editor Justin Nicholas News Editor Kelsey Amos Assc News Editor Emi Aiko Features Editor Maria Kanai Assc Features Editor Alvin Park Opinions Editor Boaz Rosen Assc Opinions Editor Justin Francisco Sports Editor Marc Arakaki Assc Sports Editor Joey Ramirez Comics Editor Nicholas Smith Photo Editor Nik Seu Assc Photo Editor Chasen Davis Web Specialist Blake Tolentino Web Editor Jefferson Speer Special Issues Editor Candace Chang Ka Leo O Hawai‘i is the campus newspaper of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. It is published by the Board of Publications three times a week except on holidays and during exam periods. Circulation is 10,000. Ka Leo is also published once a week during summer sessions with a circulation of 10,000. Ka Leo is funded by student fees and advertising. Its editorial content reflects only the views of its writers, reporters, columnists and editors, who are solely responsible for its content. No material that appears in Ka Leo may be reprinted or republished in any medium without permission. The first newsstand copy is free; for additional copies, please visit the Ka Leo Building. Subscription rates are $50 for one semester and $85 for one year. ©2010 Board of Publications. ADMINISTRATION The Board of Publications, a student organization chartered by the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents, publishes Ka Leo O Hawai‘i. Issues or concerns can be reported to the board (Ryan Tolman, chair; Ming Yang, vice chair; or Susan Lin, treasurer) via Visit for more information.

L E T T E R F RO M T H E E D I T O R Aloha, students of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. It’s been my honor and privilege to have served you as editor in chief for the past two years. One of the most exciting things for me during this time has been watching the changing landscape of campus, both its faces and its development projects (though I say an indoor skate park would still be better than an indoor track), and watching how we’ve changed along with you as an organization. We’ve made incredible progress this year, providing valuable information in a well-designed package that (we hope) both educates and interests – or at least gets you through that 75-minute art history lecture. Our new website allows for better news coverage, video features and interactivity (vote in our polls!) and we’ve expanded our presence on campus through the Ka Leo Arts Festival, Relay For Life, Groove in the Garden and job fairs. All of this progress is geared toward making Ka Leo the go-to source for information on campus. With your help and your participation, we’ve gotten a lot closer to that goal.

Next year promises to be an exciting one for Ka Leo and the university as well. Though I may be graduating, the paper will still be in competent hands and with a higher level of continuity than is common in many professional organizations. Next year will be our first year participating in the Mountain West Conference, our first year with a new chancellor and the second time Ka Leo will be covering Barack Obama in an election year. To those of you who are graduating too, good luck with your careers, your lives and your student loans. And to those of you who will be here in the fall, stay interested and involved and look for the Ka Leo Welcome Back issue, hitting the stands Aug. 20. If you can, stop by our office and apply for a position.

WILL CARON Editor in Chief Ka Leo O Hawai‘i

P.S. To celebrate all of our accomplishments as students this past year, come join us for the final Groove in the Garden this Thursday at 3 p.m., featuring KTUH DJs spinning live and a CD sale.

Finals & Grad Issue JAIMIE K IM Managing Editor

Welcome to Ka L eo’s Spring Finals & Grad Issue. For those who are graduating, you’ll be able to find helpful tips and advice on the next steps to take in life (we’ve even included templates for resumes and CVs). But even if you’re not graduating, the stories in this issue will equip you with the skills needed for obtaining things like letters of recommendation and will point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a job. The end of the year is also a ref lective period, and the editors of Ka L eo have let our guards down and shared with you, our readers – and we hope you do the same. And to all Spring 2012 graduates: congratulations!

Special Issues Editor The Finals and Grad Issue and other Ka Leo special issues are coordinated for content and design by Candace Chang, special issues editor. | Kelsey Amos Editor | Emi Aiko Associate

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The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s 101st Annual Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, May 12, at Stan Sheriff Center. More than 1,400 undergraduate students are eligible to receive bachelor’s degrees in the morning, and nearly 800 will receive master’s and doctoral degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates in secondar y education in the afternoon, according to a university press release. U.S. Sen. Daniel A kaka and Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami will receive honorar y degrees during the graduate degree ceremony in the afternoon.

GUESTS No tickets will be distributed; the ceremonies will be open

to guests on a first-come, firstser ved basis. Graduating students are being asked to limit their guests to five individuals, but nonetheless officials recommend arriving early. The gates to Stan Sheriff Center will open at 7:45 a.m. and will be closed when the stadium reaches full capacity. The ceremony will also be broadcast on the Internet at http://w w dl/commencement/.

PA R K I N G A ll parking on campus will be free and open to the public, except for the area near the ROTC buildings. Officials expect congestion and are advising guests to come early, particularly those with disabilities who need handicapped parking. There will be Rainbow Shuttle service for the morning cere-

mony that will transport people who’ve parked on upper campus to the stadium. The Wai‘alae entrance to lower campus will be closed and reopened as an exit route after the ceremonies.

SPEAKERS The undergraduate cere mony begins at 9 a.m. and will feature two speakers: Claire Asam, a trustee of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust and Kuhio Asam, executive director of Lunalilo Home & Trust, and a University of Hawai‘i Foundation Trustee. Both are alumni of UH Mānoa, and have worked extensively in education and medicine, respectively. Anton Krucky, co-founder of Tissue Genesis, Inc., a clinicalstage company in regenerative medicine, will speak at the graduate ceremony, which starts at 3 p.m.

More information All graduates must register by May 8 in order to participate in the ceremony. Register at commencement/register/entry.php. Graduation regalia can be purchased at the UH Bookstore, and photographs will be taken of individual students as they receive their degrees. For more information on participating in the ceremonies and meeting graduates afterward, visit http://manoa. or contact the commencement coordinator at or 808-956-6145.

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F is for finals (what not to do) M ARIA K ANAI Features Editor If you want to go against the flow and aim for an F instead of an A on your finals, here are a few methods that will work for you. As long as you put your mind to it, you’ll get that shining F on your exam like a boss.

M E T H O D 1: PA R T Y T O O MU C H Just as you settle down for some serious studying, you receive a text from your friend inviting you out to Varsity. Waver, wondering if it’s a good idea to go out drinking the night before an exam. Then promise yourself you’ll be back by 10 p.m. and head out. Come back at 2 a.m. and take your morning exam with a hangover.

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Put away all thoughts of exams from your mind. To ensure this, stay away from your textbooks and refuse to attend your classmates’ study sessions. Instead,

choose to take a walk, watch a movie or play “Diablo III” for eight hours. The day before your exam, remember belatedly that this test counts for 25 percent of your grade. Sit down and experience a full-blown panic attack. Proceed to drink three cans of Red Bull and pore through your notes, swearing to pull an all-nighter. Wake up drooling on your desk at noon the next day and miss your exam.

M E T H O D 3: B E D I S T R AC T E D Settle down in front of your computer with your paper, and open up a new Word document. Since you’re clicking, check your Facebook. Post a status complaining about your 10-page paper and then go back to Word to write your topic sentence. See three Facebook notifications in your tab bar and feel compelled to check. One of your 537 friends posted a meme link, so surf memes for an hour. Return to your paper and write

a paragraph. Check Facebook. Return to your paper. R inse and repeat. By 2 a.m., feel frustrated at your lack of progress and churn out the last five pages in a rush, complete with blaring typos and grammatical errors for your teacher to see.

M E T H O D 4 : F O RG E T T H E T E AC H E R You never understood algorithms in your calculus class, and you are aware it will be a large part of the final. Ask your friends for help, even though they cannot explain it well ( probably because they don’t understand it themselves). Google your question and read your textbooks over and over again, hoping that repetition will somehow illuminate your brain. By all means, do not ask the teacher for help. If you do, he/she will help you understand and you will score full points, which will take you further away from an F.

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Commencement capers SHELBY AGUINALDO Staff Writer It’s graduation day. You’re sitting in your seat listening to the speakers, watching awards get handed out and waiting for your name to be called so you can shake a few hands and get out. Such a crucial moment in your life should be preserved forever. After spending years in school, going through admissions, the pains of registration and investing large amounts of money into your education, why not do something a little crazy while you’re walking the line? It’s not every day that you graduate from college.

DA N C E YO U R WAY T O YO U R D I P L OM A You don’t even need to know how to dance to do this. A simple fist pump or even a rhythmic skip across the stage will suffice, but if you’ve got the moves, show ‘em off. Moonwalk across the stage and dougie back to your seat. If you’re not afraid to get down and dirty, worm your way there. Get creative with this one.


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Hol Ho olly Ca Can ann nno nol olli, Yoou Diid It! SNEAK IN A CAMERA Take group pictures while you’re sitting with your fellow colleagues, and don’t be afraid to be silly. T hese pictures will be much better than the faraway professional shots being taken of the group as a whole. If you’re feeling a little nervous, remember it is your last big oncampus appearance and you will probably never see the majority of these people again. So go for it.

For a lot of people, ple, it’s one of their biggest fears to o get on stage and ruin their big moment oment by tripping and falling in front ront of everybody. So why not take this fear and embrace ce it? With some prior practice, ractice, trip on stage and make everyone sit up in their ir seats in suspense – only to see you end the stunt with a graceful pose and a big smile.


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Finals & Grad Skip the pomp and circumstance Walking at graduation – just do it PAIGE TAKEYA Associate Chief Copy Editor

JAIMIE K IM Managing Editor

I am not walking in this year’s commencement, and I’m totally fine with that. It ’s not because I don’t get the real diploma at the ceremony, or because I want to fight the system – it ’s because I sincerely feel that there are legitimate reasons to argue against participation in this symbolic event.

I am walking at graduation. And while I don’t particularly look forward to sitting through a three- to four-hour commencement full of pomp and circumstance, I am biting my tongue and doing it. Though I had originally been completely against the idea, for most of the reasons Paige cited, I have no qualms in saying that she is completely wrong.

LOGISTICS Commencement is a logistical challenge – perhaps even a nightmare – for guests. There’s the expected traffic and parking problems, for one; the long, oftdull ceremony itself; and the claustrophobic task of finding a single graduate among a vast sea of thousands in the football practice and soccer fields. This issue is further compounded by the fact that interaction with graduates during these ceremonies is generally minimal. You get a split-second glimpse of the graduate while he or she receives the fake diploma, and then afterwards you have a two-minute encounter in which you confer the post-ceremony hug, lei and breathless words of congratulation. It hardly seems worth it to force anyone to spend all that time and energy (and money) for that brief of an encounter. I just don’t want to make my family (and friends) bear that burden. People have to f ly in from other islands, from other states. Sentimental or not, that whole business can be exhausting, expensive, frustrating and time-consuming for ever yone involved. W hy stress? I would rather spend quality time with my loved ones; a quiet dinner, or even a party at home, seems more practical and intimate.

I D O N ʼ T K N OW T H E S E P E O P L E

In high school, you more or less know most of the people in your graduating class. You’ve had lots of classes with them over four years. You’ve probably known some of them since elementary school, even. This is not so in college. Due to the fl uid nature of college, everyone moves at their own pace. Not everyone graduates in four years – not everyone graduates, period. The people in


your classes are not on the same path to completion that you are. Realistically, you just might not interact that much with people outside your major – for instance, I just don’t run into that many business students in my upper-division English classes. Consequentially, the likelihood of you knowing everyone in your graduating class is pretty slim. The bond that exists among graduating high school seniors does not exist for graduating college seniors. My point is this: If I don’t know the vast majority of these people, then why would I feel any special need to sit through a three-hour ceremony with them? My graduating friends and I will hopefully remain friends after the ceremony anyway.

N E E D L E S S C E R E MO N Y Practical arguments against commencement aside, I honestly don’t need a fancy ceremony to commemorate my time as an undergraduate at UH. For me, the college experience was about what happened in the classroom and on campus. It was about how I changed as a person, and how I grew intellectually. I don’t need to move a tassel around on a hat to close the door on this chapter of my life. My UH college experience will be exemplified when I go to the A rts and Sciences office a few weeks from now to pick up my diploma – no frills, no fuss. That ’s how it was – and that ’s how I’d like to remember it.

The thing about problems with logistics is that they can always be modified to accommodate and better please everyone. So stop complaining about traffic. Just tell your family members and friends who plan on attending to arrive early to beat traffic and ensure they find parking. You’re also not forcing anyone to attend just by telling them about it or asking if they can go. If they really didn’t feel like attending the ceremony because of logistical reasons, they just wouldn’t go. Trust me, I’ve been doing it for the past few years.

YO U D O K N OW T H E S E P E O P L E By this point, you should have made friends in classes you’ve taken for your major, not to mention the friends you have made in extracurricular activities on campus. Sitting through a graduation ceremony for college is not the same as having to sit through one for high school – you actually get to choose who you sit with, as long as they are in the same school as you. This may also be the last time you see some of the acquaintances you’ve made, as some people will be moving out of the state for jobs or additional schooling. Take this opportunity to celebrate (or commiserate) with your friends during the ceremony. I plan on spending my time during the ceremony sneaking my phone out periodically to take a turn on Draw Something and talking with my Ka L eo comrades. If you are going to sit through a several-hour ceremony, you might as well do it with people you know you’ll have fun with. This way, your memories of graduation will be

good ones, which is far better than them being nonexistent.

MU C H - N E E D E D C E R E MO N Y Though there are students putting themselves through school, many have relied on their parents to pay their tuition throughout their college years – I definitely did. Even if you put yourself through college, walking will give your parents the pleasure of having a visual memory of the ultimate accomplishment of college (especially from UH Mānoa): graduating. It is a personal “thank you” to your parents for either financially helping you through college or mentally and emotionally supporting you – or all three. My primar y reason for deciding to walk at the ceremony is because when I asked my dad if he wanted me to, he answered, “ You might as well.” This is, of course, a parent ’s passive-aggressive way of telling you they want you to do something without having to force you. I firmly believe that graduation falls into the categor y of things parents feel are important for their child’s life, and that any parent would want to see their child graduate from college. You may not care (I definitely don’t), but they do. So just do it.


The Associated d Students d of the University of Hawai’i would like to congratulate the class of 2012 for a job well done and wishes you the best of luck to come. We look forward to continuing serving you in our centennial year and are excited to bring you the very best and continue to improve your college experience.

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Cap-ture your college experience CANDACE C HANG Special Issues Editor

There are many reasons why you should pick up your glue gun and get to work on the standard green mortarboard that you have just purchased. One, it ’ll make you stand out of the crowd, making it easier for your loved ones to spot you amongst the masses. Two, it ’s a good way to make a statement, whether it ’s showing pride in your major or thanking a loved one.

SPELL IT OUT Got a message you want everyone to know? Put it on your grad cap. Whether you’re begging people to hire you or proclaiming your graduating class, you are

guaranteed an audience of roughly 2,000 peers and all their friends and families. This type of decoration is really easy to accomplish. Just take some colorful construction paper, cut out the letters you need and carefully glue them on to your cap. If you’re too lazy to do that, buy stickers instead. For an added touch, you can take your decorations into the third dimension by using refrigerator magnets, foam stickers or even candles (please don’t light them) to add texture and color to your otherwise dull cap.

I F YO U L I K E D I T T H E N YO U S H O U L D H AV E P U T S OM E BLING ON IT Bust out the glitter glue and

don’t skimp on the rhinestones. For a sparkling touch, use glitter glue sparingly, brushing it over decorations and designs that you’ve already laid out with paint, construction paper, or any f lat, dried surface. If all you want is a little bit of a generic twinkle, I recommend using common variety silver glitter, since it does not compete with the background colors or create unsightly f lecks against light backgrounds. I used Crayola’s 3-D glitter sticks to write my personal notes and added glittery f lowers that only cost $5 at Walmart and come in a large bag including yellow, purple and pink options. A more favorable local option, that is also classy in its simplic-

ity, is the one of the small plumeria fl owers that are used for hair pieces and pens. However, they’re several times more costly, and do not come as stickers.


When it comes to constructing your cap, any shortcut possible is a welcome relief. Colorful ribbons with unique patterns are an easy way to instantly give your mortarboard some pizzazz. Choose your favorite colors, school colors, or the most chic pattern, and simply wrap the ribbon over the top. You can choose to do stripes, a criss-cross pattern, or cover the entire thing. Simply tape the

ends of the ribbon on the underside of the cap to spare yourself from the sticky mess of glue. Use masking tape, as scotch tape is ineffective on the cloth covering. Hot glue also opens up a world of possibilities, as you just need to buy premade items such as hair accessory pieces, fake jewels or even small figurines. For a while, I considered a small stuffed animal, but ultimately was limited to items that were less unique. Be careful not to burn yourself. Graduation day should be one to remember, and with caps like these, you’ll be able to keep a part of those memories forever. Come up with your own cre ative touches and don’t be afraid to put what made your college experience unique on display.

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Your pre-graduation gift guide PAIGE TAKEYA Associate Chief Copy Editor

After a seemingly endless stream of research papers and stress, your fi rst instinct may just be to turn that final exam in and never look back. But instead of running for the door as soon as summer starts, show your appreciation for those professors/co-workers/ friends who have helped you through those stressful times.

A P P RO P R I AT E G I F T S There is a certain degree of tension when it comes to giving gifts to your professors or bosses, as you don’t want to look like you’re bribing someone. This being so, avoid expensive or intimate gifts like clothing. You’ll also want to avoid giving books or

movies as gifts unless you know your professor fairly well – you don’t want to offend or start any ideological arguments with them. Gift cards fall into a strange middle ground of suitability – on one hand, it’s like giving money to someone, but on the other hand, the practicality of a Starbucks (or other coffee shop) gift card is undeniable in a college environment. Just be sure you don’t give more than $10 – any more seems questionable.

BAKE D GOO DS AN D S N AC K S Food is an appropriate gift for just about anyone. The kitchen-savvy can make their own treats to pass out, saving money and adding a personal touch to the gift, but even those who lack the skill to concoct their own goods can find affordable presents.

Cookies are probably the safest bet. To avoid problems with allergies and picky eaters, stick to something simple like chocolate chip or snickerdoodle. Package cookies in a cellophane bag and tie it with a ribbon instead of just putting them in a Ziploc to dress your gift up. Cupcakes are trickier. As a more transport-friendly and creative alternative to standard cupcakes, try making cake pops. You can wrap them up like lollipops for aesthetic appeal. Warning: Don’t overdo it it by giving any individual an entire cake or pie. Only bring a large treat if you’re giving something to share in an entire office or department. Banana bread or other pseudodessert treats (like mochi) are good for those who don’t like sweets.

If you want to stay away from the genre of baked goods altogether, consider picking up local fare like senbei, dried squid or crack seed. Be aware, however, that these kinds of treats tend to be an acquired taste.

T H A N K -YO U N O T E What matters most in the end is that you convey your appreciation to your professors/co-workers/bosses/ friends for everything they have done for you over the year. The simple gesture of writing someone a thank-you note may seem cheesy, but it does convey your feelings directly. Handwriting a card is a nice touch, but emailing your thanks is no less meaningful. Be sure, however, to use your best grammar: You don’t want to make your English professors despair that they haven’t taught you anything.


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Hopefully by now you’ve developed a rapport with several faculty members in particular and have demonstrated your best academic work through research or extended projects under their guidance. At least a month before you need your letter, ask a few of these professors. If they seem hesitant, don’t push; you don’t want anyone who’s not enthusiastic writing on your behalf.

S T E P 2 : P ROV I D E M AT E R I A L The strongest letters of recommendation cite speciďŹ c, detailed reasons for your professor’s endorsement, rather than vague,

adjective-ďŹ lled praise. Expect to remind your professors of these details yourself. Type up a neat list of achievements your professor might want to include, such as “Took the initiative to organize classmates and transform group project into community service,â€? or “Sought advice even beyond the class in revising an A-level paper for submission to an undergraduate conference.â€? Your professors will be able to use these details as anecdotal evidence of your accomplishments. If you know what you’re using the letter for, also provide your professor with the deadline, the criteria of the position and a stamped, addressed envelope.

S T E P 3: F O L L OW U P At least a week before your letter is due, follow up with your professor. Even if you don’t have a speciďŹ c deadline, check back in about a month. Be tactful; instead of asking, “Hey, did you ďŹ nish my letter yet?â€? try “Thank you again for agreeing to write me a letter – is there anything else I can provide you with to make it easier?â€? Since your professors are (hopefully) smart people, they’ll know that it’s a not-so-subtle reminder to get going. But they’ll probably appreciate your polite nudging.

STEP 4: GIVE THANKS If you’ve been an excellent student, most of your professors will

be happy to recommend you. But it’s good to remember that they are taking time out of their busy schedules to write your letters with no promise of compensation. Simple gifts or thank-you cards (see page 9 for more ideas) will show them that you’re not only a great student, but considerate and conscientious as well.

S T E P 5: S TAY I N T O U C H

Don’t simply disappear after graduation. When you decide to use your generic letter (or you want to use virtually the same letter elsewhere), you’ll probably want to ask your professor to update it. Sending a polite email to your former professor asking if he or she wouldn’t mind putting a new date at the top and sending off a copy is a lot easier than asking a professor from two years ago to dredge up enough detail to write you a brand-new letter. And asking for an updated letter will be much less awkward if you periodically stay in touch with your favorite professors, either by email or dropping by your department occasionally. Try to stay engaged with the academic community in your discipline; UH hosts many events and lectures that are open to the public, and by attending you’ll be able to keep up on any academic developments and continue networking with the people who are most likely to get you a job in your ďŹ eld.

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The pros and cons of going to graduate school A DVA N C I N G YOU R KN OWLE DGE AN D N E T WORK

Graduate school allows you to continue your pursuit of knowledge and be up to date with developments in your field. It also allows you to have a personal relationship with professors who can help you on to new opportunities.


If you are graduating this semester, you’re probably more than ready to get out of school. Whether you want to join the job market, go traveling, join the Peace Corps or work at the family business, going back to school for a higher degree may be the last thing on your mind. But if you are considering a leap into graduate school, here are some pros and cons to continuing your college career.

Grad school is highly competitive (in varying degrees) depending on the field of study. First off, enrollment is limited. Secondly, there is always competition within graduate programs for grants, research positions and getting into the good graces of the supervisor.

N O G UA R A N T E E O F A H I G H E R S A L A RY In these harsh economic times, with a job market that changes its knowledge and skill sets at an exponential rate, a higher salary with a higher degree is no guarantee. This is especially true if you are not pursuing a professional degree such as engineering or law. You may find yourself coming out of grad school with the same earning power – but with greater debt.

If you enjoy learning and the college environment (or not having a serious 9-to-5 job), graduate school may be perfect for you. Staying in school means you can further delay your entrance into the “real” world.




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The first thing you’ll need to do is determine how many and which schools you will be applying to. Applications generally come with fees to pay, so if you’re going to be dropping $2,000 on application fees (as one of my friends did), you’ll definitely want to know in advance. Be realistic about it: Don’t apply to 20 schools in hopes that at least one will choose you, but don’t place all your bets on just one school either. I suggest keeping your options to between four and five schools. It’s also important to figure out what deadlines and requirements different schools have, so you will know what kinds of materials and tests to have on hand. Compile a list and keep it handy; you don’t want to end up rushing frantically near the end just because you assumed all the schools were the same.



Tests like the GR E and L SAT can have a huge impact on your likelihood of getting into a competitive school. As such, they are not to be taken lightly. Because it takes time to send your scores to different schools, it ’s advisable to take the test as early as possible, in case you

need to retake it later. Summer offers you the time to study and prepare properly for the tests. Some schools weigh these standardized tests more heavily than others, so your success here may be critical to your acceptance at your dream school. Certain programs emphasize these tests more than others – for example, English is not a program of study that places too much importance on the GR E, but something like computer science might be more invested in how well you did. Take some practice tests and prepare as best you can, because these tests are expensive. The GRE will cost $175 to take after July 1, while the LSAT costs $132 per try. Keep in mind that the LSAT is only offered four times a year, and you can’t take it more than three times in two years. The GRE is offered almost every day, but you can only take the test once a month. Remember that all your scores, not just your best one, will be reported to your schools.



You will almost undoubtedly need letters of recommendation from professors in your field of study for your application. Figure out which professors would be willing to write you letters, and keep in contact with them. If you haven’t had classes with them in a while, shoot them emails and keep yourself alive in their memories. Don’t let them forget you – the more specific and detailed their letters are, the stronger they will be – but don’t annoy them, either. If you haven’t been connecting with your professors until now, your road will be tougher, but

not impossible to traverse. You’ll just have to work extra hard once school starts up again to illustrate your excellence as a scholar. Plan on asking them well in advance for letters. Watch your deadlines and give them at minimum a month’s notice when the time comes, so they won’t feel rushed.



The personal statement (or statement of objectives; it goes by many names) will be one of the most difficult pieces you will ever write in your academic career. In a short paper (the one I wrote for UH was a total of one single-spaced page) you will have to sell yourself as a shining example of academic potential and humanity, and most schools weigh it fairly heavily. Different schools will, again, have different requirements, but generally admissions officials want to hear about you and your academic/professional goals. W hat is it that sets you apart from the rest, and are you capable of expressing that in a unique and interesting way? Its brevity means that every word must be carefully crafted. It will need to be revised, and if you can get it edited by your professors or peers, even better. Use the summer to scratch together a few rough drafts to see what works. Your immediate concern is content, the meat of what you’ll say. Think of a good angle and a strong hook now; worry about your word choice and grammar later. You don’t need to have everything done and ready to go when school starts, but having a foundation and game plan for your future admissions battles will help you and your chances of getting in to the grad school of your dreams.

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generally focus on your professional experience, rather than academia. If you don’t have a resume already, you can use this template to get started. Once you make yours, keep the file on your

computer and update it regularly. You’ll need to keep it short while giving yourself as much credit as you deserve, so know that you’ll leave less impressive aspects off – and that’s OK.

Make sure to provide contact information that will still be valid after graduation. Also think about what email address you’re using: If it’s your account from middle school, it’s time to get an easy-to-remember address using your real name.

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Education University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa B.Ed. Secondary Education (English), May 2012 James B. Castle High School Graduated magna cum laude, May 2008

Information from before high school should never be included unless there’s a particular reason (such as applying to teach at a school you attended). Keep this section brief, but if you have any outstanding academic achievements, you can note them next to your graduation date.

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Counselor, Camp Summer Fun, Summers 2008-2010 Duties: Overseeing children aged 12 to 15 in daily recreational time at a summer day camp; attending meetings with camp directors and other counselors to prepare exciting yet educational activities for campers; coordinating with local educators, parents, and businesses to develop, fund, and implement an afternoon reading program for campers. Stockroom worker, Chic Boutique, November 2006-May 2008 Duties: Organizing new shipments, often on a tight timeline; ensuring that physical stock ours. rs. corresponds with inventories; restocking the store after hours. Dedicate the majority of your resume to

The skills and qualifi cations you list should be relevant to the specifi c position you’re seeking. Being able to eat 10 hotdogs in a minute isn’t going to get you a job as a teacher.

your employment history. Starting with the most recent job, list the company, your position and the dates of employment for each. Then give details on what you are/were expected to do at each job.

Skills and Qualifications Conversational fluency in Japanese Certification in both basic first aid and CPR Thorough knowledge of both MLA and Chicago styles Competency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Publisher) References available upon request

There’s debate over whether you should put this, actually list your references or just wait to be asked. If you decide on either of the latter two, make sure you have contact info for your references typed up on a separate sheet that you can either transfer to an application or hand in with your resume.

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Creating your curriculum vitae K ARLEANNE M ATHEWS Chief Copy Editor A curriculum vitae (literally “course of life”) is much longer and more detailed than a resume and places more emphasis on academic achievement. If you’re continuing

past undergrad, it’s expected you’ll always have a current CV ready. But even if you’re not thinking of continuing on in academia, consider keeping a CV and updating it regularly anyway; since you’ll list practically all your accomplishments, it’s a great tool to have when you’re

tailoring your resume to a specific job and want to see which of your experiences is most applicable to the position. Remember, yours will be much longer than this example (typically three to 20 pages) when you type it out, since all of these sections are truncated.

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People disagree about the order in which you should put the sections of your CV. Decide which aspects of your life are most impressive (professional, academic, etc.) and place those first.

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Employment Reading Tutor, Makiki Elementary, August 2011–present Duties: Working with children aged 8 to 12 three times weekly to improve reading speed and accuracy, as well as overall reading comprehension. Other Activities and Experience Volunteer, Honolulu Food Bank, August 2011-present Volu Vo lunt ntee eers rs twice twi wice ce monthly mon onth thly ly to to pick pick up up donations, dona do natio Volunteers drive them to a small storage area, sort This section can cover activities that don’t under em- te them to local shelters. and inventory distribut supplies, andfall then distribute ployment. Think about your volunteer work or campus involvement. Remember you don’t needand to worry Founding Member,that Dolphin Reading Music Group, Gr August 2011-May 2012 about relevance; you don’taknow when a seemingly trivial Organized group under rgr of 10 UH Mānoa undergraduates to arrange monthly events at the Mānoa librarytofeaturing reading and songs for f children aged 3 to 5. experience might be crucial a future job opportunity. P f P Performer, Pau H Hana, M May 2011 Practiced with the Japanese dance class at UH Mānoa for a semester before performing in an end-of-the-year showcase featuring a variety of Asian and Pacific music and dance forms. Don’t simply list your awards; specify what you Honors and Awards did to earn or be eligible for the distinction. Educational Achievement Scholarship, Spring 2012 ed on academic excellence and Was voted by faculty to receive a scholarship based commitment to education. It’s unlikely you have too many of these as an Dean’s List for the College of Education, Fall 2011 undergrad, but as you gain scholarly experiAo verall for the fall semester. Maintained a 4.0 GPA in major, and a 3.75 GPA overall ence, add sections for publications, conference presentations and received grants. Professional and Scholarly Affiliations American Copy Editors Society If you’re a part of any honor societies or Golden Key International Honour Society organizations, list your memberships. Additional Skills and Qualifications Conversational fluency in Japanese Just as in your activities, Certification in both basic first aid and CPR you can list a wide variety Thorough knowledge of both MLA and Chicago styles of skills here. Since you’re Competency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Publisher) not applying for a specifi c gu uitaryou Advanced performance skills in both piano and cello; basic knowledge of guitar for don’t know whethjob, accompaniment er your computer skills or The same debate discussed regarding resumes applies here. your musical talent will be References Refe Re fere renc nces es a available vail va ilab able le u upon pon po n re requ request. ques estt. more valuable.

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You may be asked to get coffee on occasion, but interns in most companies gain field-specific skills. M ARIA K ANAI Features Editor When was the last time you had a real summer vacation? For most college students, the long, lazy days of lemonade stands and sleeping past noon have been replaced by summer school and work. It’s perfectly normal. And if you are gunning for that dream career post graduation, you need to take a look at the possibilities of an internship.

W H Y YO U S H O U L D T RY The age-old speech about resume-building is classic for a reason. Internships, paid or unpaid, are fantastic for your resume, especially if you work at a reputable company that is related to your future dream job. More importantly, an internship provides

real-world experience that you will never have in a classroom setting. The skills that you learn in an actual company will help you in your job-searching down the road.

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O N C E YO U H AV E O N E H OW T O F I N D T H E M If you haven’t already, begin reaching out to companies immediately. Send a business letter or email politely inquiring about internship positions. But hurry, because these positions are often taken during the summer by likeminded college students. You can also ask your professors and faculty advisors whether they know of any good internships available. Network and ask your peers or business professionals at mixers and parties. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa offers a list of possible

A n internship is what you make of it, so be proactive. Don’t sit around at the intern desk waiting for something to fall in your lap. Take advantage of the opportunities available, and make sure that you ask your supervisor if there is anything you can do. If you dislike your job as an intern, you can even let your supervisor know that you would like to try some new things. Prove yourself to be a valuable asset to the company, and you are one step closer to a possible job offer once your internship has ended.

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Most campus jobs are managed through the Student Employment and Cooperative Education database, which allows student workers to search for jobs and submit their timesheets, among other things. JAIMIE K IM Managing Editor For graduates, the end of the summer unfortunately does not mark long days at the beach replenishing Vitamin D or catching up on the booksfor-pleasure you purchased during the semester but weren’t able to get to because of assigned readings. Instead, the end of the spring semester means entering the competitive workforce and crossing your fingers that a potential employer will call you. For those of you who have just realized you need a job, here are some resources worth considering.


The closest place for students to look for jobs is located on campus at the Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services. The Mānoa Career Center’s resources are available to graduates for up to five years after they leave the school. Students can meet with a counselor to discuss a variety of careerrelated topics ranging from resumes and cover letters to job searches. “We encourage incoming students, continuing students and recent graduates to make an appointment with a career counselor or take a look at our website to learn more about how we can assist them in achieving their career-life goals,” said career counselor Brent Fujinaka in an email. “You have to get out there and meet people, look

and apply for jobs and get your name out there, as scary as that may seem.”

H AWA I I J O B E N G I N E .C OM Though was only recently launched on April 2, the online database already offers approximately 740 jobs with more than 240 different companies, according to its founder Kristian Nielson. The site features videos with individuals like KHON2 president Joseph McNamara, Honolulu Weekly president Laurie Carlson and Inspiration/Honolulu Design Center owner Thomas Sorensen, which are meant to encourage and inspire job seekers. “Every industry and area are all very well represented and more jobs (are) added all the time,” wrote Nielson in an email. For those of you still in need of a resume, the site also offers a resume builder which only requires the user to input the necessary fields of information that can later be downloaded and saved as a PDF.

CRAIGSLIST Craiglist is well-known for offering anything from puppies to housing options, so it comes to no surprise that it also has a link specifically for job seekers. Craigslist is known for its shady past, so it’s important to carefully examine jobs and be able to discern a scam from a potential employer. Be on the lookout for postings that are

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too vague or do not provide company information. If you receive a suspicious response from the potential employer, be sure to use the links and forms on the website to ensure others do not fall into the same trap.

LINKEDIN LinkedIn functions more as an Internet networking tool for professionals. Users can create profiles and connect with past and present coworkers. It’s one way to keep yourself up-to-date on the professional successes of your friends. In addition to its networking capabilities, users with LinkedIn profiles are also encouraged to provide detailed work experiences and skills possessed in the event a potential employer stumbles on your profile. If you’re connected with past employers or professors, you can also ask that they write and upload recommendations for you.

MO N S T E R Users of this site are prompted to utilize the search engine at the top of the homepage which allows job seekers to search for available jobs by job title, skills or keywords, and location. In addition to posting available jobs, users of the site are also able to access career advice articles. Similarly to LinkedIn, Monster also allows its users to create profiles, post their resumes and apply for jobs.

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Credit cheatsheet K ARLEANNE M AT THEWS Chief Copy Editor Graduation (hopefully) leads to becoming financially established and independent. But regardless of earning power, anyone who wants to be fiscally stable needs to have a basic understanding of how credit works, how to establish it and how to fix it if things go downhill.


To help educate UH Mānoa students about credit, finance professor Rosita P. Chang shared her expertise:

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What is the biggest misconception college students have about credit?

When most students think about credit, they concentrate on credit cards. Credit means much more than simply credit cards. Because of the lack of understanding of “credit,” many students are afraid of either obtaining one or use it recklessly when they get one.


What is the most important thing all students should know about establishing credit?


Students should view credit as a privilege and not a right. This means they should be responsible when they have credits established. … Before you even ask for a loan, you should plan how to pay off the loan.

Three national credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) maintain a credit report on you. They contain information on how many credit accounts you have (not just credit cards, but any loans), the limits of your credit cards, how long you’ve had various credit accounts and how much you owe. They also note public records such as bankruptcy or tax liens. These reports are used to calculate your credit score. According to materials distributed by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Financial Literacy Program, the two most important factors in determining your credit score are your payment histor y and the amount you owe. Most of the time, your credit is rep resented by a number between 350 and 850, though a few other scales exist.

HOW CAN I BUILD MY CREDIT? To build your credit without getting in debt you can’t repay, start slowly. Always pay on time, and keep your balances below 30 percent of your credit limit on credit cards. If you have trouble getting a loan, ask a qualified family member to consider co-signing with you. At least once yearly, review your credit reports to make sure there are no errors (you can obtain free copies once a year through, and file a dispute if there are.

W H AT I F MY S C O R E I S A L R E A DY BA D? The first thing to do if you have bad credit is to face the problem and determine its cause so you can find solutions. Contact your creditors to see if alternative payments plans are available instead of just ignoring bills you can’t pay in full. If you can’t pay the debts you already have, immediately stop purchasing with credit. If you’re going to improve your score, you’ll need to learn how to live off of what you earn. It may take time – up to 10 years depending on the severity of the damage – but know that you can repair your credit. If you need help, you can contact the National Foundation for Credit Counseling at 800-388-2227. If you’re not graduating just yet, take advantage of the campus Financial Literacy Program and personal fi nance courses offered for credit.




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Campus catwalk A NTON GLAMB Staff Writer ANTON GLAMB / KA LEO O HAWAI‘I

Fashion tends to focus on women. But when it comes to professional attire, men have nearly as many options. Here are four fashionable guys to help get graduating men on the right track for professional clothing in their new careers. Do you dress differently when it’s not a “professional” situation? Yes. When I am at home, in school or hanging with friends, I dress comfortably and wear my usual clothes. Though sometimes I do dress up, even if it’s not completely a professional situation. What does professional attire signify? It shows that you can be a true professional in a given situation and do what you need to do in a mature and professional manner.


Do you ever push the boundaries of professional attire, or do you try to excel within the confi nements? I try to excel within the confi nements. Describe professional attire in Hawai‘i: Professional attire in Hawai‘i is similar to that in the mainland or anywhere else, but with the addition of business “aloha attire.”

How do you choose your professional clothes? I choose my clothing based on the situation or event and what I fi nd to not only be comfortable, but also what looks nice and professional. How long does it take you to get ready? Again, it depends on the situation – if it’s for a time that calls to wear professional attire, though, not that much longer than how long I usually take to get ready. What are you wearing and what brand is it/where did you get it? Green shirt: Express Black “photographer” slacks: Express

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Campus catwalk: ‘competence, expertise and success’ from previous page

Do you dress differently when it’s not a “professional” situation? When it is not a professional situation, I do dress differently. I usually dress casually with a simple Tshirt, jeans and Converse shoes. I like to dress casually because it it much more comfortable. What does professional attire signify? Competence, expertise and success. Dressing professionally shows respect and readiness to present oneself, whether it is in interviews or in-class presentations. Do you ever push the boundaries of professional attire, or do you try to excel within the confinements? I do sometimes add my own touch to my professional attire, such as a light cardigan. When the weather is humid I would roll up long sleeves. Describe professional attire in Hawai'i: I usually imagine khaki or black slacks and an aloha shirt. How do you choose your professional clothes? Many of my friends are business majors, so I usually ask them for advice on dressing professional and choosing professional wear. A few of them help me

pick out pieces to dress professionally. How long does it take you to get ready? When I need to dress professionally I take about an hour to shower, dress, remember how to tie a necktie, etc. On casual days, I would take about half an hour. Is there anything you wish you could wear when being professional? Maybe heavier jackets, since lecture halls get so chilly. Do you have any grooming rituals? I shower often and have to shave every morning. What are you wearing and what brand is it/ where did you get it? Slim-fit pinstripe dress shirt: Calvin Klein, from Macy’s ($50) Slim-fit pinstripe slacks: Calvin Klein, from Macy’s ($50) Dress shoes: Rockport, from Macy’s ($90) Necktie: Arrow, from Sears ($15) Hooded cardigan: SeventyAge, from ($38) Belt: Dunhill, gift

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Campus catwalk: comfortably professional from previous page

Do you dress differently when it's not a "professional" situation? Yes ... I have a casual and laidback style. What does professional attire signify? My professional attire signifies my personality. I tend to dress accordingly to the event at hand. For example, when meeting clients (in Hawai‘i), I will not overdress by wearing an entire suit. I rather choose to wear a dress shirt (formal or aloha) and slacks. Do you ever push the boundaries of professional attire, or do you try to excel within the confi nements? I do like to stick out. Most guys typically wear black, whites, and grey – I consider and sometimes favor using colors. Describe professional attire in Hawai‘i: I believe it is much more laid back compared to the mainland. You normally don’t need to go into an interview wearing a suit here in Hawai‘i.


How do you choose your professional clothes? Just browsing by shops. At the moment, most of my professional attire (aside

Do you dress differently when it's not a “professional” situation? Yes, I dress in a more casual fashion because it is easier and more comfortable. Some shorts or long pants with a plain shirt and street shoes or slippers. What does professional attire signify? It signifies the mindset and mood to be professional, something that is done and out of our control in the business world. Do you ever push the boundaries of professional attire, or do you try to excel within the confi nements? Dressing professionally is not something that I try to stand out in or excel at. It is a necessary attire for certain situations.


Describe professional attire in Hawai'i: Professional attire is more casual in Hawai‘i, which fits the setting. Warmer climates tend to be more lax in dress code.

from what I’m wearing) comes from Banana Republic. How long does it take you to get ready? It takes me about 10 minutes to shower, 5 minutes to do some oral care, and 5-10 minutes to dress. Is there anything you wish you could wear when being professional? Maybe some day when I make the big bucks I can upgrade from my Banana Republic attire to something more suitable for a billionaire. Do you have any grooming rituals? Yes, I do shave once a week, get a haircut once every 1-2 months and get waxing work done once every 1-2 months. What are you wearing and what brand is it/where did you get it? Collared shirt: Quiksilver Brown slacks: Quiksilver Dress shoes: Aldo Cologne: Versace Man Hair product: American Crew Fiber

How do you choose your professional clothes? Something that is comfortable, easy to care [for], good price and something that matches easily with many colors/types. How long does it take you to get ready? Less than 5 minutes. Is there anything you wish you could wear when being professional? Nothing more, nothing less. Do you have any grooming rituals? Shave, comb my hair. What are you wearing and what brand is it/where did you get it? Shirt: Alfani, from Macy’s ($30) Belt: Uniqlo, from Japan ($20) Pants: Banana Republic ($50) Shoes: Large shoe store in Japan ($50)













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Moving into the knowledge economy BOAZ ROSEN Opinions Editor It is reasonable to think that everyone should have equal access to education. In the United States, that is the message from politicians and lawmakers. But reality shows something very different. In America, education is earned through payment. This seems obvious – we live in a capitalist society where every institution relies on business models to generate funding and income. We passively endure countless tuition raises because we are conditioned to believe that college is a priceless investment. But comparing this model to that of other countries raises some questions. Europe boasts some of the oldest academic institutions in the world. The University of Oxford in the United Kingdom has been teaching classes since 1096, and Italy’s University of Bologna is believed to have been founded even earlier, in 1088. In Europe, there is

a sense that education is not a commodity to be sold, but should be open to anyone who strives to learn and contribute to the pool of collective human knowledge.

C H A N G I N G MO D E L S Tuition prices in Europe are a world away from America’s. There are countries that offer free tuition. In Finland, the Ministry of Education fi nances all academic institutions for the public. In Norway, even international students do not have to pay tuition. In Austria, tuition is waived if you come from an underdeveloped country. Not all of Europe’s academic institutions are free, but for a long time their prices paled in comparison to American institutions. They also offer grant money and scholarships, making higher education more accessible for more people. But many countries in Europe are beginning to shy away from these methods.

In 2005, Germany lifted a ban on education fees, allowing institutions to charge tuition. Through Prime Minister David Cameron’s conservative government, the United Kingdom has been aggressively raising tuition prices in the last decade and is looking to develop a similar model to the U.S. If European institutions have been providing accessible education to its citizens for so long, why is it now beginning to model itself on the U.S. system? Shanghai Jiaotong University’s top 500 ranking of world universities provides an answer. Out of the top 20, 17 are in the U.S., including No.1 Harvard and No. 2 Berkeley. The reason why the U.S. has dominated the world in higher education is precisely because of the businesslike focus of its academic institutions: Since U.S. universities generate the most profit, they are able to provide the highest-quality education. The Economist provides some relevant examples: “American universities currently employ 70 percent of the world’s Nobel Prize winners, 30 percent of the


Oxford University claims to be the “oldest university in the English-speaking world.” Its exact foundation date is unknown, but classes have been taught there since 1096.

world’s output of articles on science and engineering, and 44 percent of the most frequently cited articles.” American universities can afford to bring in all-star professors, build new facilities and invest in athletics, a wide variety of research programs and diverse classes. There are those who would argue that it is precisely because U.S. institutions do not solely rely on the government for funding that they are so successful. U.S. institutions mainly rely on philanthropists, corporate deals, partnerships and, of course, tuition from students. Some may see this as a good thing, but these business values also take us away from the true value of education.

MO N E Y B R E E D S S U C C E S S? In the U.S., we have created a knowledge economy. The values of higher education have shifted to profiteering. With the rising demand for higher education, universities

can hike their tuition, understanding the numeric value of knowledge offered. This might be less of a problem if the money was actually used to improve the quality of the education. But many U.S. institutions choose instead to put that money in places where more money can be made. This translates to investing in large fancy buildings or spending great amounts on athletics and entertainment. American universities have an advantage in their ability to organize and allocate funds independent of too much government control. European universities seem to be slowly moving towards this model, but are still trying to reconcile it with their value of universities as institutions for pursuit of knowledge, rather than profit. Unfortunately, in a globalized world that has begun to equate knowledge with monetary value, such systems seem destined to fail.

The Campus Center construction woes got you down? Read on to see what all the fuss is about. Why do we need the Renovation & Expansion? Campus Center is over 30 years old and has not gone through major renovations to replace equipment and repair the building: • To create access to recreational facilities and programming on upper campus • To meet the demand for more study spaces and areas to gather • To upgrade technology, equipment, energy-efficient lighting systems, etc. • To meet student demand for a better student union • To create a community where student organizations can network and partner together to meet student needs

What do we get out of this Campus Center Renovation & Expansion Project? Convenient access to recreational facilities with extended evening and weekend hours: • Showers and lockers • Weight training and cardio equipment • Multi-purpose gyms and studios • Multi-sport gyms for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and indoor soccer

• Brand new areas for more programming (e.g. concerts, performances, intramural sports) • Late-Night café & juice bar • More study areas and lounges • Greater variety of food choices • New and improved facilities (e.g. computer labs, bathrooms, meeting rooms, etc.)

When will the Recreational Center be built and how long will it take? Construction began at the end of summer 2010 and will last for about 24 months.

How is the Recreational Center being financed? The financing of the Rec Center is coming from a combination of Capital Improvement Monies from the state and revenue bonds financed through student activity fees.

Will I have to pay to use the Recreational Center? If you are a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa fee-paying student, your membership is inclusive of the Campus Center operations fee. Membership for others will be available.

Why build the Recreational Center when the economy is bad?

What will happen to the historic buildings at the Engineering Quad?

We are able to build the Rec Center because the funding source is separate from the university’s operating budget. Th is project will actually help the economy by providing jobs. In addition, once the building is constructed, we anticipate more student employee positions.

Two of the Engineering Quad buildings will be preserved; the Ka Leo and Duplicating Services buildings. These buildings will be part of the Recreational Center and function as multipurpose rooms.

Will the Rec Center be a studentdriven center? Like the Campus Center Board, a student organization that governs the Campus Center, the Recreational Center will also be governed by students.

How will the building of the Recreational Center affect the landscape? As much of the existing, including historical, landscape as possible will be preserved. Trees and plants that can be preserved will remain and those that can be relocated will be relocated either on site or somewhere on campus. Unfortunately, the Ficus benjamina tree or Weeping Fig was in the center of the Recreational Center footprint and was too large to relocate. The Ficus benjamina has been propagated. The monkey pod tree at the Campus Center will be preserved.

Will the Recreational Center be a “green” building? Sustainability is one of the priorities for this project. Such efforts that will be included in the building of the Rec Center are: • Use of storm water for irrigation • Use of natural ventilation • Maximizing natural lights • Use of four modes of air circulation: from natural air to air conditioning • Rooftops being prepared for green roofs • Use of energy-efficient light fi xtures and equipments • Use of light sensors and sprinklers with rain sensors • Upgrading and centralizing the HVac system • Use of tinted glass to prevent overheating

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Seniors start their futures DAVID TER AOK A Staff Writer It’s the time of the year when many of our students move on to bigger and better things. What do these aboutto-be college graduates have in mind for their futures?


Name: Evanthia Kuchera Major: Anthropology What is your next step after college? I’m going to fi nish up my last six units in Bolivia in about six weeks. What are your plans for the summer? Traveling up and down the coast of California and South America. Are you walking at commencement? Why/why not? This is the class I have been with for the past two years, and I want to graduate with my class, so I want to walk early and have a good time.

Name: Shane Takamune Major: Electrical engineering What is your next step after college? After graduation, I’m going to work full time at this place I have been interning at for two years. What are your plans for the summer? Rage every day that I have off. I have a month. Rage every weekend. Eat, drink, sleep, and do it all over again. Are you walking at commencement? Why/why not? You only walk once. Well, twice – electrical engineering has its own convocation.

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Name: Trisha Todd Major: Geology/geophysics What is your next step after college? Going back home and working in L.A. What are your plans for the summer? Working all summer, looking for a job in Hawai‘i. Are you walking at commencement? Why/why not? Defi nitely. This is a degree I have been working on since I was fi ve.

Name: Laci Thompson Major: Psychology What is your next step after college? Either be a skills trainer or a manager at Abercrombie. What are your plans for the summer? To party, party and work. Are you walking at commencement? Why/why not? Yes, I’ll be walking. I’m actually the fi rst in my family to graduate, so I don’t have a choice!

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Name: Jordan Do Major: Computer science What is your next step after college? Probably grad school, here. What are your plans for the summer? Work, relax. That’s it. Are you walking at commencement? Why/why not? I think so. [For] my parents.


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It has been fun – to say the least – to share my experiences, knowledge and advice on everything from sexual positions to social commentary in my sex column this year. But whether you liked the individual articles isn’t the most important thing – what is important is that we are free (and mature) enough to openly advance sexual awareness. As I stated in my first article, “Don’t think of it as a debate, but as a discussion ... matters addressed in this column are merely foreplay for your own sexual identity – it isn’t a means to an end, but a beginning.” So for my last article, I’d like to put forth what I think every graduating student should know about sex and relationships; but remember, this is just for play, so take it for what you will.

R E L AT I O N S H I P S I N GENERAL Be honest, even if it isn’t in your best interest; it makes you a better person even if no one notices. Be modest, yet confident. People will treat you as badly as you let them treat you. Tr y to really listen to people, as conversations and relationships become much easier when you talk about something other than yourself. Don’t hold grudges; nothing positive ever comes of it. Don’t lose sight of your friends because of intimate relationships. Never miss a chance to tell someone that you care about him or her.

NEW ENCOUNTERS Meet people now; enjoy it while it lasts, before too many more real-world responsibilities take hold of us. Be assertive – the fantasy

that someone will choose you while quietly waiting in the corner is a social myth. You need to fight for what you want. Be light-hearted and humorous, especially about yourself. Don’t depend on alcohol to be confident; liquid courage is only temporary, while valor is forever. The longer you make someone wait to have sex with you, the greater the chances that the potential relationship will be about more than sex.

T O WOM E N Don’t be afraid to touch and get to know yourself. Tell men how you really feel, as a lot of us aren’t good at picking up cues, blatant as they may seem. Talk to us about these feelings, not your girlfriends. We know y’all have the power, so share some of it, please. Men are physically possessive, and seeing another guy touch you drives us insane. Similarly, we are visual creatures, which is why we like looking – at other girls, porn, but more than anything else, naked pictures of you.

TO MEN Respect women for who they are and not how they look. Turning women on isn’t as easy as getting naked (as it typically is for us). Just take your time and be deliberate. Don’t be afraid of cunnilingus; the word is scarier than the act itself. Be thankful for what women endure: the makeup, the shaving, the uncomfortable but cute clothes. Take care to use three shallow thrusts for every deep thrust. Be comfortable with your sexuality, even if you’re the guy that loves romantic comedies, are into style and likes anal play (even if it’s only from women). Cheating isn’t just physical. It is a compliment to you to have your partner hit on, so stop being unnecessarily jealous; it shows you

lack confidence in yourself. You don’t have to always get the girl. Some might be more into your buddy, so help him out once in a while. Dedicate as much, if not more, time to body parts other than the “big three” (nipples, clitoris and buttocks).

BOTH SEXES Less is more. Don’t be overbearing, insistent or clingy. Spend more time on foreplay than sex. Gently caress your partner post-coitus, but only if you care about him or her – otherwise you might give off the impression you do when you really don’t. Become flexible; it makes sex exponentially better. Learn to like pleasing people. It makes them want to please you more. Be responsive to what is happening at the moment; know when to go hard, and how long it takes to get there. Idle hands are no fun. Use them for something other than propping yourself up. Noises in the bedroom shouldn’t just consist of grunts and moans. Communicate your desires and affections with your partner, because it never hurts to ask. Take care of yourself and become comfortable; feeling good about yourself makes you more receptive. Success in an intimate relationship isn’t as simple as finding a single -factor objective explanation, but instead requires avoiding many separate possible causes of failure. L earn the game, play it and have fun; that is why it is called the “game.” But understand that each person has a different game with different rules, so you need get to know every person before you start playing.

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CANDACE C HANG Special Issues Editor

Forget about tripping on your way to the stage. You’re doomed as soon as you turn in that infamous goldenrod and get your graduation applications cleared. Once you leave the role of student behind, the soft world of academia that has cushioned you for the majority of your life falls away, leaving you exposed to what is often called “the real world.” It’s a big, scary place out there. Here are some reasons why it might have been better to have failed that last exam, or delayed graduating in lieu of a second, or even third, major.

1: I T ʼS YO U R MO N E Y O R YO U R L I F E

American students are more in debt than ever before, and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa students are not exempt from this trend. Thirty-five percent of 2010 graduates at UH Mānoa left school with an average of $16,528 of debt, according to Although a majority of students borrowed from the government, federal loans carry an interest rate of 6.8 to 7.9 percent. At that rate, assuming you do not pay it all off immediately, you can expect to pay an estimated $1,000 in interest fees just for the first year. In a standard payment plan, the minimum payment expected is $50 a month, but if you want to pay your debt off in 10 years, it ’ll take 120 payments of $138 per month to cover the average UHM student ’s debt – not including interest. Luckily, there is a way to defer payment without accruing more interest. Those who are unemployed or meet the qualifications for economic hardship can apply to defer their payments for up to three years. You can also go back to school part time, and your government loans will be automatically deferred.

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2: FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS If you’re graduating, say goodbye to student discounts. No more $20 semester-long bus passes. No more free tickets to the UH athletic events. No more free access to a gym. Maybe this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but remember that students rely on discounts outside of school too. From restaurants to the Honolulu Zoo, your world becomes more costly as a graduate.

3: JOB FORECAST: GLOOMY, WITH SCAT TE RE D SHOWE RS “What are you going to do after you graduate?” I’ve heard this question so many times since announcing my graduation that I’m no longer sure how to answer. The truth is that the unemployment rate for graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree is five percent. And that number only goes up depending on what you majored in. Architecture majors are the least fortunate, with a 13.9 percent unemployment rate, followed by art majors (11.1 percent) and humanities majors (9.4 percent) according to The Huffi ngton Post. But this rate doesn’t include the number of graduates who are now flipping burgers at McDonalds or stocking shelves at Walmart. According to a study done by the Associated Press using government data, 50 percent of college graduates are either jobless or severely underemployed. So not only does your world become more expensive, but you also have less opportunities for income, since you no longer qualify for work study, student employment, scholarships or grants to cover your cost of living. Once you’ve earned that degree, roughly half of you can expect to be unemployed, underemployed and generally unable to pay for anything. If you’re now thoroughly depressed about the upcoming Commencement Ceremony, then maybe it’s time to reconsider. Too bad it’s too late to apply for grad school in the fall.



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“The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.” – Anthony Robbins Time spent on social events wasn’t (totally) wasted. Life is about relationships, and honing your communication skills via the transitory networking provided in college is paramount to your future success. Yes, maybe being out till 4 a.m. isn’t the best means of schmoosing (or is it?), but this too can manifest into some of your most enduring relationships, inebriated or not. “The times, they are a-changin.’” – Bob Dylan There are many that oppose too much of a reliance on technology – for good reason – but if you refuse to evolve, you won’t survive. Our parents’ generation was born on the cusp of the technological revolution. Those who refused to keep up with technology when it was still new are now dependant on the tech-savvy younger generation to get by. Economist Leo Cherne once stated, “The computer is incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Man is unbelievably slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. The marriage of the two is a force beyond calculation.” “Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you choices.” Although it is true that money isn’t everything, it does provide peace of mind, the means to more opportunities and security for your loved ones. You have to realize that a degree

doesn’t guarantee you shit, and no one owes you anything for your 124 credits (in reality, you may owe the government thousands in financial loans). Learn to live within your means, and stay out of debt. The point is to find something that can support you while making you happy. Your income and your happiness should never be a dichotomy.

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein You don’t have to be remarkable to make a genuine difference in the world; you just have to not be abysmal. The great pioneer of the assembly line, Henry Ford, cautioned, “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business,” yet his brainchild planted a seed with detrimental social consequences. Use what you’ve learned for the betterment of society, and not to monetarily succeed at the expense of others. Theodore Roosevelt warned, “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

“There is just one life for each of us: our own.” – Euripides Parents are remarkable sources of support and stewardship, and instinctively they want to protect you from uncertainty and pain. But you’ll never succeed if you forever remain under the wing of mother stork. Although parents are quick to offer advice, the guidance is only reflective of their own failed and successful experiences. So make your own. There is a reason these are called commencements – it is because it is the beginning, not an end. Graduation is meaningless if you learned nothing along the way, because education isn’t confined to years of schooling. Education is merely equipping you with tools to advance a personal yearning for knowledge. And remember that a diploma is no justification for intellectual hubris – just a reminder of how much you paid for it.

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When it comes to writing your resume or curriculum vitae (see pages 14-15 for tips), people generally want to make themselves look as good as possible. Selling yourself effectively is a signiďŹ cant part of snagging that coveted admissions letter or job opportunity. Academic accomplishments, such as high GPAs and standardized test scores, while very important (particularly when it comes to applying for graduate or law school), are not quite as differentiating as extracurricular honors. Academic achievement certainly helps you to move to the top of the pile, but what makes you truly unique is what you do outside of the classroom. This is the point at which clubs, volunteer work, jobs and honor societies come in. People pursue different extracurricular activities that they are interested in, which hopefully present, via the resume/ CV, an accurate depiction of themselves as model individuals.


The system begins to fall apart when people stop doing extracurricular activities because they want to do them, and start doing them solely because â&#x20AC;&#x153;it looks good on my resume.â&#x20AC;? Societies like PBK and Golden Key are, in my eyes, the worst symptoms of this phenomenon. The brochures accompanying the invitations emphasize that once you pay the membership fee and get initiated, you literally need do nothing else for the rest of your life. No meetings, no community service, nothing. You can be involved if you want, but when the ďŹ rst sentence after â&#x20AC;&#x153;What obligations will I have to PBK in the future?â&#x20AC;? reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you have been ofďŹ cially initiated into the society, you have no further obligation for the rest of your life,â&#x20AC;? clearly one of the societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perks is your noninvolvement. Just put it on your resume and wait for it to work its magic. The end. When one of the highest honors for a humanities student is to be invited to join this organization, what does that say about the system as a whole? What kind of people are we trying to become when our future is potentially decided by some fancy initials on our resumes/CVs, instead of our actual achievements?


Of course, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to build a resume/CV. But it is still possible to do things you enjoy and build an impressive resume. My own extracurricular pursuits, for example, have generally revolved around writing (appropriately, as I am an English major). If you must join honor societies, majorspeciďŹ c honor societies are a way to network with people with similar interests. But if your actions are motivated solely by some abstract idea of future gain, then please, reconsider. If you can get into the school or get hired for the job of your dreams while still staying true to who you are as a person, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel all the better for it.

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Ka Leo grows up COMPILED BY JAIMIE K IM Managing Editor

We all remember our days as children when we played imaginative games in which we took on roles in our idolized professions. Ka Leo’s graduating editors have shared with you their dream professions as children and as adults. We invite all graduating seniors to share with us, and the rest of our readers, the same thing. Tweet using #KaLeoGrowsUp or leave a comment on our Facebook or website and share with us your past and present aspirations.

WILL CARON Editor in Chief When I was a kid: I wanted to be Aragorn, son of Arathorn. That dude lives to be like 300, marries an elf princess, saves Gondor and resists the power of the Ring. Pretty badass. Now that I’m grown up: I’d like to be the best writer/artist combo that I can be so I can tell stories through comics that inspire people the same way Tolkien inspired me as a kid.

JAIMIE K IM Managing Editor When I was a kid: There were many things I wanted to do, like becoming a librarian because of my fascination with their date stamps, or becoming a lawyer so that I could own a closet full of suits and argue for a living, or joining the FBI because I wanted to be Scully to someone’s Mulder. Now that I’m grown up: I

would like to continue doing what I do for Ka Leo and to be an editor of a magazine or own my own publication – I’ve already rounded up these graduating editors to join me.

K ARLEANNE M AT THEWS Chief Copy Editor W When I was a kid: I wanted to be an archaeologist like Indiana Jones, discovering ancient secrets with my scholarly knowledge, plus just generally kicking ass. Now that I’m grown up: I want to help people discover awesome (though perhaps more modern) secrets in books. I still hope to kick ass someday – with knowledge. PAIGE TAKEYA Associate Chief Copy Editor When I was a kid: I wanted to be a thousand different things, like an astronomer, or a novelist, or a zoologist, or a Pokemon Trainer. Now that I’m grown up: I realize that I am better suited to nurturing the dreams and ambitions of others, so I want to be an English professor or teacher (but I could be an excellent Pokemon Professor as well). M ARIA K ANAI Features Editor W hen I was a kid: I wanted to be a writer of fabulous novels like the Redwall or Narnia series. I was ruining my eyes every night by reading with a fl ashlight under the bed covers

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(consequently, I had to wear glasses by the time I was 10). I lived, loved, breathed books. Now that I’m grown up: I hope to have a comfy writing space with a mahogany desk where I can sit down every night and get paid to churn out a novel that will be real enough to move people. I also wouldn’t mind writing dessert reviews on the side so that I get to eat cookies for free.

COMPILED BY JAIMIE K IM Managing Editor The editors of Ka Leo admit that they are not perfect in everything they do (though they try hard to ignore this flaw), and throughout the year have taken note of their mistakes. We offer to you a list of some of the regrets we have had over the year. Ka Leo regrets that the “S” is nearly invisible on its staff T-shirts and they consequently read “Cream out loud.” Ka Leo regrets that Hawai‘i News Now had nothing better to do on Feb. 10, 2012.


Associate Opinions Editor When I was a kid: I wanted to be an architect. I remember creating the most elaborate shapes and designs with colorful acrylic geometric tiles. Now that I’m grown up: I still want to be an architect and am eligible to enroll in UH’s D.Arch program, but I fi rst have made efforts to go to the Peace Corps, and now I want an MBA. Someday I’ll be a licensed architect, it just won’t be anytime soon.

CANDACE CHANG Special Issues Editor When I was a kid: I wanted to be a mad scientist. But I realized science was not one of my strong points. Now that I’m grown up: I am, and would like to continue being, an editor. I really love reading, so I determined that I should be a reader for the rest of my life, and do something useful with what I’m reading.

The copy desk regrets spelling courtesy wrong at least once monthly. On the other hand, the copy desk does not regret the extreme creativity that goes into misspelling it in so many different ways. Will Caron, editor in chief, regrets spelling his friend Christian’s last name wrong in the Nightlife Guide. Will also regrets not having more regrets. Jaimie Kim, managing editor of Ka Leo, regrets spelling Austen Dabboul’s first name wrong in the Spring Break issue. She still has the text message that has the correct spelling. Jaimie also regrets having a brain fart and subsequently writing in Ka Leo’s Spring Housing Guide that the housing fair was being held in February. Yes, this unfortunately means that time travel is still not possible. Kelsey Amos, news editor of Ka Leo, regrets getting the owner of The Varsity’s last name totally wrong in the Fall Dining Guide, but she does not regret that he doesn’t know what she looks like and she can still drink there anonymously. The features desk regrets losing BC Burrito numerous times in this vast campus. We love your chicken mole burritos. Maria Kanai, features editor of Ka Leo, regrets never writing an epic cookie graphic guide for the Dining Guide. Ka Leo does not regret the April Fool’s stories it ran on its website. Particularly the graduation cancellation and implementation of “Hunger Games” methods. How this fooled anyone is beyond us. Nicholas Smith, comics editor, regrets having to draw shameless advertisements and sketches of cartoon characters from the ’90s when he can’t think of an actual idea for a comic strip. Nicholas also regrets making advertisements that probably scare away more potential comic artists than they draw in. We at Ka Leo regret that the Seattle publication The Stranger thought of this first, thereby making ours completely unoriginal.

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2012 All-Ka Leo Teams

Ka Leo Men’s 2nd Team Ka Leo Men’s 1st Team Jarrett Arakawa – So., baseball Steven Hunt – Sr., volleyball Zane Johnson – Sr., basketball Bryant Moniz – Sr., football Matt Sisto – Sr., baseball

Jonathan Brooklyn – So., tennis Douglas Cohen – Sr., diving T.J. Kua – Sr., golf Pi‘ikea Kitamura – Jr., baseball Royce Pollard – Sr., football

Ka Leo Men’s All-Freshmen Team Kaeo Aliviado – baseball Scott Harding – football JP Marks – volleyball Chas Okamoto – tennis Stephen Ventimilia – baseball

Ka Leo Women’s 2nd Team Ka Leo Women’s 1st Team Jane Croson – Fr., volleyball Kanani Danielson – Sr., volleyball Jessica Iwata – Jr., softball Kamilah Jackson – So., basketball Brittani Lum – Sr., soccer

Samantha Balentine – Jr., track Amarens Genee – Jr., water polo Emily Hartong – So., volleyball Kelly Majam – Jr., softball Barbara Pinterova – Sr., tennis

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Ka Leo Women’s All-Freshmen Team Alissa Campanero – basketball Jane Croson – volleyball Krystal Pascua – soccer Jamie Pawid – tennis Kayla Wartner – softball












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Miah Ostrowski was a dual-sport athlete, playing both football and basketball. He finished the 2011 football season appearing in 10 games with six starts at slot receiver. Ostrowski, a native of ‘Aiea, had 65 receptions for 687 yards, which was good for third on the team. Following the Warriors’ last game against BYU on Dec. 3, Ostrowski joined the Rainbow Warrior basketball team in Hawai‘i’s seventh game of the season against UC Davis. He was named a tri-captain and finished the season averaging 5.4 points per game, leading the team with 76 total assists and 26 total steals. Following the basketball season, Ostrowski was honored with the Ah Chew Goo Most Inspirational Player annual basketball Award at the banquet.

Ostrowski wski will return for his final year of eligibility with the Warrior football team am in the fall. Ostrowski wski on his inspiration throughoutt his career: “Of course my mom and my dad and my family. They always ys were there for me. [My dad] taught ht me everything. He taught me how to b be e a winner and how to be humble and approach the game the right way. That’ss my biggest life lesson – just the way esson you approach ach things and the way you humble yourself. ourself. ... Do what’s right and good things hings will happen. I’m honored to have havve that award aw ward [Ka Leo male athlete of the t year], year]], and I dedicate it to my dad.””

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Stephanie Ricketts – Sr., softball


Stephanie Ricketts set mulStephani tiple records on the mound for the Rainbow Wahine softball team. She iis currently main1.02 ER A with a 25-3 taining a 1.0 Ricketts, a native of record. Ric Calif., is the UH proSan Jose, Ca career leader in wins gram care strikeouts (791), shut(99), strik (33), innings pitched outs (33) (897.0), aappearances (157) and starts ((135). The season is not over for the ’Bows, as the team heads to the WAC TournaTuesday-Friday. ment this Tue

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Ricketts on concluding Senior Day with a three-game sweep over Fresno State: “Every win against Fresno [State] means a lot because we’re both fighting at the top of the standings. It means that much more and it’s a big morale thing. It’s more than just a win; it’s all for a booster going into the WAC Tournament. I’m sad that I won’t be pitching on this field anymore [Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium], but I’m really excited on the way we ended our career here.”

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COACH OF THE YEAR Bob Coolen – Softball

M ARC A R AK AKI Sports Editor Bob Coolen is in his 22nd season as head coach of the Rainbow Wahine softball team. Coolen guided the ’Bows to a 40-5 record, and they are currently No. 1 in the WAC. No. 14/17-ranked Hawai‘i has its sights on winning the WAC Tournament and reaching the NCAA Tournament.


Coolen is the third-longest tenured coach at the University of Hawai‘i behind women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji (37 years) and sailing coach Andy Johnson (23 years). Coolen on the season and winning the award: “It’s an honor to be considered for [the award], and it’s just been a miraculous year for our team – and an emotional one too. We’ve gone through a lot as a senior class.”

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The Rainbow Warrior basketball team upset then-No. 14 Xavier on the second day of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on national television. Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i trailed by 15 points with 13:52 remaining, but the comeback was complete when junior Hauns Brereton nailed a double-clutch three-pointer with two seconds remaining to force overtime. Then, in the overtime period, junior Joston Thomas put up a jump shot with one second remaining that seemed to take an eternity to circle the rim before falling in. The basket gave Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i the 84-82 victory.

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In front of a sold-out crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center, the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Bows fell to then-No. 7 USC in a ďŹ ve-set marathon in the regional semiďŹ nal of the NCA A Tournament. Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i jumped out to an early lead, taking set one, 25-19. The Trojans then won set two 29-27 before the Rainbow Wahine took set three 25-19. Set four went to the Trojans 25-23, and USC kept the momentum rolling by taking set ďŹ ve 15-12.

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Senior T.J. Kua captured the individual title at the Kauaâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;i Collegiate Invitational at the Puakea Golf Course in LÄŤhuâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;e. Kua shot rounds of 69, 67 and 66 for a three-round total of 202, good for a sevenstroke victory and Kuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst win of his career. Kuaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance also helped the Warriors seal second place as a team, with Nainoa Calip, Cory Oride and Tommy Yamashita placing in the top 10 individually.

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Before the University of Hawai‘i athletic season officially ends, Ka Leo takes a look at the top 10 sports moments so far.


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In the bottom of the 10th inning, junior shortstop Jessica Iwata belted a walk-off tworun home run to seal Hawai‘i’s victory over No. 1-ranked California, 3-1. In front of a capacity crowd of 1,200, senior pitcher Stephanie Ricketts earned the win over the Golden Bears, who were previously 23-0. Both teams went scoreless for nine innings. In the top of the 10th, Iwata committed an error, which allowed the Golden Bears to strike first. However, in the bottom of the 10th, senior third baseman Sarah Robinson ripped a single, which advanced freshman catcher Kayla Wartner to third base. Wartner then scored on an errant throw. Iwata then redeemed herself with a homer that sent the crowd into celebration.


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Norm Chow was selected as the 22nd coach in program history on Dec. 22, 2011. Chow succeeds Greg McMackin, who coached for three seasons. This is Chow’s first head coaching position, and he is the first Asian-American head coach of a major college football program. Chow was an assistant coach for 39 years, spending 36 with college teams and three years with the Tennessee Titans. He coached six first-round NFL draft picks, three Heisman Trophy winners and was a part of three national championship teams. Chow and the Warriors just completed spring practice with the “Spring Fling” on April 27. The team will return for fall camp in August. FILE PHOTOS / KA LEO O HAWAI‘I

Backed by seniors Barbara Pinterova and Aglae Van den Bergh, the No. 61 UH women’s tennis team captured its fi rst ever WAC Championship over No. 51 Fresno State in Las Cruces, N.M. The ’Bows defeated Nevada and Idaho in nail-biting fashion with freshman Martina Kostalova clinching both victories, 4-3. This season also marked the fi rst time in program history that the Rainbow Wahine were nationally ranked. See Top moments, page 46

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