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Learning communities grant contributes to public education COMPILED BY DANIEL JACKSON Staff Reporter
S U N DAY, O C T. 10 A student reported the theft of an HP laptop, valued at $400, from the Sinclair Library. The laptop disappeared from the study area after the student left it unattended while he went outside to smoke. F R I DAY, O C T. 8 A student reported the theft of a mo-ped from the Hale Wainani bike rack. A student reported the theft of a bicycle from the Hale Lokelani bike rack.
T H U R S DAY, O C T. 7 A non-student, who had been reported in the past for disturbing others, was trespassed from Campus Center for criminal property damage and harassing students. According to witnesses, the suspect, who appeared confused, borrowed a pen, which he then used to write on a display board, “There is no loose Japanese translation for automaton.” A Hale Aloha Ilima resident reported the theft of a cell phone from the student lounge.
W E D N E S DAY, O C T. 6 A student reported being assaulted in the parking lot behind the Hale Aloha Cafeteria. The victim stated that he was approached by a small man, who he thought See CampusBeat, page 3
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The grant for Smaller Learning Communities will not only restructure traditional classrooms, but will also change the way in which classroom materials are used. DANIEL JACKSON Staff Reporter Under a federal program that is revolutionizing the way teachers teach, ﬁve Hawai‘i schools were awarded $10 million as part of a strategy designed to create a more personalized learning experience for students. McKinley, Pearl City, Castle, Maui and Kapa‘a high schools will use the grants to reorganize traditional, and often large, classrooms into more efﬁ cient “smaller learning communities.” “Teachers should expect revolutionary transformations in the way that we do schooling. In fact, teachers must embrace the changes and play a central role in the transformation,” said Jeffrey Moniz, Director of Secondary Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education, in an e-mail response.
In a Sept. 30 press release, the U.S. Department of Education announced almost $100 million in grants aimed at high school reform and education improvement, with $52.2 million earmarked for Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) programs. The program awards are granted to large public high schools with student enrollments of 1,000 or more to implement smaller learning communities and activities designed to improve student academic achievement. The Hawai‘i schools were awarded $3.4 million for the ﬁ rst two years of the grant, with the balance of the $10 million to be awarded for the following three years, said Ann Mahi, principal of Roosevelt High School and one of the writers of the grant. “The focus of the SLC grant is to prepare all students to be college and career ready upon graduation
from high school,” said Mahi. The strategy includes not only restructuring traditional classrooms, but also redeﬁ ning the tools through which classroom material is exchanged. Much of this reorganization is happening via technology and social networking sites that “ﬁt well with recent advances that have transformed the ways people connect and form community,” said Moniz. “Teachers have become learners,” said Mahi, stressing the importance of understanding and utilizing the most current technology in order to give students a more global perspective. Research has shown SLCs and complementary personalization strategies to reduce disruptive behavior, create a more orderly learning environment and increase attendance and graduation rates, according to the program’s website.
“The advantages of being small stem from having more opportunities for personal contact from caring teachers. Students don’t get lost in the shuffle. Large public high schools can be intimidating, impersonal places if they don’t have ways to institutionalize smallness,” said Moniz. Used as an organizing tool for large schools, SLCs include innovations, such as freshman academies, multi-grade academies organized around career interests, groups of students, known as “houses,” that remain together throughout high school, and schools-within-a-school. SLC teachers in certain subjects serve as “core teachers,” responsible for the same group of students for several years. Students are able to specialize in “career pathways” designed to provide them with an early introduction to careers and occupations. Arts and Communication, Business, Health Services, Natural Resources, Industrial and Engineering Technology, and Public and Human Services are among those available in Hawai‘i public schools. Students are provided “a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary education, as well as a satisfying career,” through the use of Career Pathways, according to the Career and Technical Education Center at UH. According to Mahi, Roosevelt High School, which received SLC grants in 2002 and 2008, has implemented the Career Pathways model and now boasts an 89 percent graduation rate, with 73 percent going on to pursue degrees at two- and four-year colleges. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average freshman graduation rate for Hawai‘i in 2008 was 76 percent. “All of this is because we are being supported by the Smaller Learning Communities grant,” said Mahi.
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Smashing pumpkins in your mouth, not your ears Pumpkins are a member of the Cucurbita family, which includes squashes and cucumbers. Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica. JOEL KUTAKA KA LEO O HAWAIâ€˜I
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Fall means pumpkins, and here are some scrumptious ways to get your pumpkin ďŹ x in Honolulu.
1. JA M BA J U I C E ĘźS P U M P K I N S M A S H
This creamy indulgence is ice-cold and will get you through the muggy fall air of Hawaiâ€˜i. If you like pumpkin pie and ice cream, this frozen yogurt-based drink is reminiscent of Thanksgiving. As University of Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄ noa student Joy Honey Chen said, â€œIt â€™s my favorite!â€? A nd the fact that it â€™s only 390 calories will give you even more to be thankful for.
2 . S TA R B U C K S Ęź P U M P K I N C R E A M C H E E S E MUFFIN. The cream cheese is what gives this spicy muffin an extra edge, giving it a bit of cheesecake f lavor. From first bite to last, this muffin is moist with a lingering nuttiness worth drooling for. Though the calorie amount has not been exposed, itâ€™s worth the muffin-top.
3. YO G U R T L A N D ĘźS P U M P K I N P I E YO G U R T On its ow n, it â€™s not as special as it could be. But mi x it w ith the New York cheesecake yog ur t and mounds of cheesecake bites, and it
t astes just like a blended St arbuck â€™s P umpk in Cream Cheese Muf f in might . A nd aside f rom the cheesecake pieces, it â€™s also incredibly low in calor ies. With the pumpkin pie yogurt weighing in at a mere 36 calories per ounce and the New York cheesecake yogurt containing only 37 calories per ounce, this treat will indulge your pumpkin cravings without distressing your waistline.
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Odds are that when you signed up for that check ing account or credit card, you also signed up to be par t of that bank ’s rewards program. Over the months, or even years, that you’ve been using your card, you’ve been rack ing up rewards points w ith many of your purchases, but are you ma x imi zing the amount of points you get f rom these t ransact ions? The first step is to learn how you earn reward points. If you’re using a credit card, you’re probably accumulating points with ever y purchase you make. However, if you’re using a debit card, many banks only give you points when you sign for purchases made with your card (e.g. using it at a restaurant to pay for the bill). Check your bank’s website to find out. W h i le you’re at you r
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Honolulu International Film Festival turns 30 A LIK A PFALTZGR AFF Contributing Writer The Honolulu International Film Festival (HIFF) has been widely re garded as the most prestigious film festival in the Pacific, premiering films that usually never see A merican distribution. The program has advocated films across the globe
lu xur y ma inst ay L ouis Vuit ton, and premium beer manufact urer Stella A r tois, among others. Since its inception, HIFF has ser ved as a lof t y haven for critically acclaimed actors and directors alike. Previous years have seen the likes of Park Chan-Wok (“Oldboy,” “ T hirst ”), Samuel L . Jackson (“Pulp Fiction”), Kevin Smith (“Clerks”),
HIFF provides an invaluable experience for aspiring filmakers, offering them the opportunity to expose their work to a broader audience... since 1981, with Asia contributing the majority of contributed films. T he fest ival t akes place f rom Oct . 14 to 24, and w ill celebrate its 30 th anniversar y this month. A s a non-prof it organizat ion, HI F F has relied heav ily upon its sponsors to generate enough revenue to procure the big t itles and appearances that they ’ve become k now n for. Past sponsors have included
as well as local f ind, Maggie Q (“Mission Impossible III”). This year, pop culture ﬁ xation Roger Ebert will be in attendance, where he will be receiving the Vision in Film Award. Ebert will also be signing copies of his latest book, entitled “The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of The Rice Cooker,” - an aptly named cookbook that’s sure to carry considerable local appeal.
A lso on hand this year will be director Peter Berg, who made his directorial debut in 1998 with the cult classic, “ Ver y Bad T hings.” Berg is currently in the midst of directing the $20 0 million sci-f i epic “Battleship” here on O‘ahu. Previous notable premiers have included such heavily lauded f ilms as “Once Were Warriors,” “ T he Piano,” “ Y Tu Mamá También,” and “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.” Most recently, the Japanese f ilm “Departures” held its U.S. premier at HIFF in 20 08. A f ter winning the coveted Audience Award, it went on to accumulate numerous accolades and praises, including the 20 09 Academy Award for Best Foreign L anguage Film. HIFF also reserves a special night for the Academy For Creative Media, where the UH ﬁlm program screens selected works from competent young students. HIFF provides an invaluable experience for aspiring filmmakers, offering them the opportunity to expose their work to a broader audience than they’re accustomed to.
N O TA B L E F I L M S : “To The Sea” - Oct. 18 at 9:30 p.m. (Jorge Machado, Nestor Marin). Before their inevitable farewell, a young man of Mayan roots and Natan, his half-Italian son, embark on an epic journey into the open sea. “Boy” – Oct. 15 at 5:45 p.m. (James Rollesten). Taika Waititi’s follow-up to “Eagle vs Shark,” “Boy” follows an incompetent hoodlum who returns to find a bag of money he buried years before. “Uncle Boonemee Who Can Recall Past Lives” - Oct. 16 to 5:15 p.m. (Apichatpong Weerasethakul). On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee, recalls his many past lives. “Moke Action” – Oct. 24 at 2:15 p.m. (‘Āina Paikai). In a gritty section of West O’ahu, an accident lets two men’s egos get the best of them. “Confessions” - Oct 15 at 10:30 p.m. (Tetsuya Nakashima). A psychological thriller of a grieving mother, turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisted master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter’s death. Visit hiff.org for a complete list of show times and schedules.
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Fighting over free speech: Snyder v. Phelps MORGAN CARMODY Staff Writer
In 2006, Matthew Snyder, a U.S. Marine killed ﬁ ghting in Iraq, was buried by his family in Maryland while Pastor Fred Phelps and seven protestors waved signs saying “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Hates Fags” and “Don’t Pray for the USA” roughly 1000 feet away. Mathew Snyder was not gay. Matthew’s father, Albert Snyder, sued and the case reached the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Oct. 6. As stated by the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 7, “Albert Snyder sued for emotional distress and a jury awarded him $2.9 million of compensatory damages and $8 million in punitive damages. That verdict was overturned by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court will now determine whether such speech can be regulated and whether the law permits tort liability for hurtful speech.” According to ﬁ rstamendmentcenter.org, “The Topeka, Kansasbased Westboro Baptist Church displays such inﬂammatory antigay statements when protesting the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq. The church asserts that God is punishing the country for its support of gay rights. The Rev. Fred Phelps, the church’s founder, and members of his family have garnered many headlines through the years for their vehement protests against homosexuality, including picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay man beaten to death in Wyoming in 1998.” This case concerns both the right to the family’s privacy and Pastor Phelps’ right to free speech. None of us would want to bury a family member under these circumstances, but then again, our country was founded on the basis of free speech. Is this going too far? Should the Supreme Court’s ruling place limits on free speech?
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Reverend Phelps’ church protested the election of a gay student to a prom court at a high school in Hollywood, CA. Above, Phelps’ daughter Shirly displays signs similar to those waved at Matthew Snyder’s funeral. Forty-one states already have laws in place concerning protesting at funerals, but Hawai‘i is not among them. The protestors stood at a distance of roughly 1000 feet, so they posed no real physical threat, but is this still acceptable? This case is made increasingly difficult by the intense emotional nature of it. I think that the actions of the Westboro Church were within their legal rights. However, just because you have
the legal right to do something does not mean that it is the moral thing to do. We are all human and no one wants to lose a family member, let alone a child who died for a noble cause. Out of sensitivity for the issue at hand, I think Pastor Phelps could have found a more appropriate time and place to protest, one that would have been less inflammatory. The ruling of the Supreme Court case Snyder v. Phelps, has yet to be determined.
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First year Rainbow Warrior head coach Gib Arnold is enjoying life in Hawai‘i. “It ’s been great,” A rnold said. “Family’s all settled in and we’re loving it.” And things have also gone well for his assistants and players. “ My st a f f a nd I , we haven’t had a bad day yet ,” A r nold sa id. “ We got a long ways to go to build t his prog ra m, but we’re pleased w it h how ha rd
t he g uys have worked a nd we’re rea l ly pleased w it h t he com munit y a nd how g reat t hey ’ve been to us. “We’re looking forward to putting this team on the ﬂ oor,” Arnold continued. A lt hough t he season doesn’t st a r t for a not her mont h, A r nold a nd his R a i n bow Wa r r iors a nd t he R a i nbow Wa hi ne basketba l l tea m w il l k ick of f fa l l pract ice w it h f un. See Hoopfest, page 11
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day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Combine creative effort with your favorite person. Two heads are better than one when solving today’s tasks. Don’t spin your wheels alone. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Get your associates to focus on work early in the day. If you wait until later, you lose valuable rhythm. Listen to ideas from the oldest team member. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Co-workers must act as a unit to achieve best results today. Blend your talents into your projects. You achieve almost seamless results.
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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Take extra time with your appearance today. A difficult task seems easier when you know you look your best. Relax at home in private celebration. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Today you see the value of recent efforts. Stress eases when you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Take care with written communications. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 5 -- Passionate dreams come true today, by combining efforts with a trusted group. If everyone works together, you get the desired results. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today
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ʻOhana Hoopfest Schedule
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The two teams will host the University of Hawai‘i ‘Ohana Hoopfest this Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center at 9:15 p.m. following the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team’s match against San Jose State. Admission is free. “ We a re excited to host t he ‘Oha na Hoopfest as we open up t he 2 010 -11 basketba l l sea son,” sa id R a i nbow Wa hi ne head coach Da na Ta ka ha ra Dias, who is i n her second yea r w it h t he prog ra m. “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be entertainment,” Arnold said. Arnold and his team are looking forward to appearing in front of their fans for the ﬁ rst time. “Hoopfest will allow a sneak preview of the team members as well as show a fun-loving side of our personalities,” Takahara-Dias said. Arnold had a similar response. “(The players) are excited,” Arnold said. “I kind of want the fans to see them and their personalities outside of basketball. Usually when they see
them, they see them in a pretty intense game situation. But this is a time where they can see them a little more relaxed and having some fun.” The men’s and women’s teams will be introduced to fans; the teams will also perform skits and there will be a celebrity game. Chancellor Hinshaw, Carole Kai, Sweetie Pacarro, Mike Cherry, Billy V, Big Steve Naeole and Tony Silva of Da Braddahs are a few of the celebrity guests, according to Takahara-Dias. At half-time, there will be a UH student half-court shooting contest with four inter-island tickets to be given away. Students can register at the sports marketing table at Gate A by 9:30 p.m. There will be an autograph session for fans to close the night. Both teams will open their season with exhibition games against the Chaminade Silverswords. The women will play the Silverswords on Nov. 4, while the men will play them on Nov. 6. Both games are at the Stan Sheriff Center and begin at 7 p.m.
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9:15 p.m. – UH Dance Team performance
10:00 p.m. – Student half-court shot contest
9:23 p.m. – Hypersquad Dance Co. performance
10:05 p.m. – Introduction of menʼs team
9:30 p.m. – Introduction of womenʼs team
10:20 p.m. – Menʼs celebrity game
9:45 p.m. – Womenʼs celebrity game
10:40 p.m. – Menʼs and womenʼs autograph session
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The Rainbow Wahine is coming off of their longest break of the season, having not played a match since Oct. 1. Hewitt admits that it was a timely break for the team. “It’s a good thing,” Hewitt said. “Our bodies needed (the break) for sure.” Despite a rest f rom com pet it ion, Shoji st il l feels t hat t he ’ Bows push t hemselves i n pract ice i n prepa rat ion for up com i ng matches. “We’ve been able to rest some people, but we’re back in the practice gym and going hard in practice,” Shoji said. “We got a few days off, but now we’re back at work.” “In practice we push each other, so I know we’ll be great,” Hewitt said.
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Sophomore defensive specialist Emily Maeda digs the ball against Saint Mary’s on Sept. 11. at the Stan Sheriff Center. Maeda has 95 digs and eight aces on the season.
M ARC A R AK AKI Associate Sports Editor
Sophomore middle hitter Brittany Hewitt, of the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team, is taking the Western Athletic Conference by storm. Hewitt leads the WAC in two statistics with a .386 hitting percentage and 1.77 blocks per set. In Hawai‘i’s last road trip, Hewitt played a near-perfect game against New Mexico State, hitting .917 with 11 kills on 12 attempts. She then hit .714 with five kills at Louisiana Tech two days later. “Dani (Mafua) was setting me up in all the right situations,” Hewitt said. “She was able to see when all their blockers were up,
or a lot of the time, blockers were off with Kanani (Danielson). That just cleared it up for me.” Head coach Dave Shoji is high on Hewitt’s development. “She (Hewitt) is becoming a well-rounded middle blocker,” Shoji said. “She’s always been a pretty good blocker, but now her offense is really rounding into form. She’s connecting with Dani and she’s hitting for a very high percentage.”
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS Hewitt and No. 4 Hawai‘i (141, 4- 0 WAC) will take the court this Friday and Sunday against San Jose State and Fresno State. Friday’s match is set for 7 p.m. while Sunday’s match is
at 5 p.m. Both games are at the Stan Sheriff Center. San Jose State (8-12, 3-4 WAC) is coming off a win over Louisiana Tech in straight sets. Sophomore
lani Marple (La Pietra ’06). Fresno State (7-10, 2-4 WAC) is coming off of a loss to New Mexico State. Sophomore middle blocker Marissa Brand
(Hewitt’s) always been a pretty good blocker but now her offense is really rounding into form. middle blocker Alex Akana (Kamehameha ’09) led the Spartans with 13 kills while hitting .455. Along with Akana, San Jose State fields three other athletes from Hawai‘i. Junior outside hitter Brianna Amian (Moanalua ’07), sophomore setter Caitlin Andrade (Kamehameha ’09) and senior defensive specialist Lei-
and senior outside hitter Lauren Berger led the Bulldog charge racking up 11 kills each. “ We’re just looking at it like any other opponent,” Hewitt said. “ We have to respect the other side of the net no matter who’s on the other side. ( We will) get prepared the same way we do any other match.”
With UCL A defeating Stanford last weekend, there is no undefeated team in NCA A Division I women’s volleyball. And for the first time this season, Hawai‘i is receiving firstplace votes in the AVCA poll. “Definitely, I think it is (a positive thing),” Hewitt said. “But we can’t let it go to our heads. We need to work harder and get better every practice and every match, but I definitely see us going all the way.” Stanford, along with Penn State and Texas – last season’s two national title participants – have also lost this season. “Stanford losing and Penn State losing – it just means that there’s a lot of great teams, not just one dominate team now,” Shoji said. “ Texas and Penn State were the dominate two teams. Now there doesn’t seem to be one team that has their shoulders above everybody, so I think there’s hope that we can win the national championship.”
Published on Oct 13, 2010