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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -1st Amendment to the United States Constitution Censorship is the illegitimate child of fear and power, both of which foster its growth. It receives its education in government and is employed by dictatorship and tyranny. Its responsibility is to maintain complete control over a body of governed people, through suppressing any voices attempting to fracture the foundation of that control. Hitler recognized the deterrent that is censorship, like a weapon wielded in the palm of an iron fist. He censored media, film and music, including banning forms of expression simply because it originated through Jewish thought. The Nazi regime made certain that the German people would only see, hear and engage in things that the government deemed appropriate. George Orwell’s “1984” is exemplary in showcasing censorship at this height, along with its tyrannical roots and practices. Big Brother controls every possible source of information, controlling the population to the point that it can rewrite history at any time without public opposition to any contradictory information. Oceania created a language that stifled a person’s ability to speak in opposition. Newspeak and the idea of Doublethink neutralized rebellion by disabling an individual’s ability to conceive thoughts that go against the established order. Censorship is utilized by these types of leaders because of its ability to suppress and eradicate those in opposition to that seat of power. Throughout time, there have been subjects that were deemed corrupt and off limits. Sure, we’ve come a long way, as the range of acceptable topics we can openly exchange dialogue about has grown through time, but we still have room for growth. Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” addressed the abortion issue without ever having to say the word. Now, as impressive as that is, how necessary is it? Who decides what topics are out of bounds? There are still topics that one has to walk around. I ain’t politically correct. Maybe I’m not sensitive enough to the feelings of others, but there should never be a point that I am not allowed to speak on my past or my opinion. I performed at the pool party at the Student Life Center, and once again (this has happened in the pavilion as well), I was asked to stop my performance after three songs. I got pulled. Do I have to use your euphemisms for life’s tough questions? Must I stop being a realist and give you a flowery version of existence? Do I have to hide the hard truths and remain mute on the problems that the powers that be would rather slide under the rug? And, for the sake of us all, must I lock away my past? I have my own way of speaking, describing and telling the story and experience


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I have had in my 24 years. I don’t speak with acceptable terms because I didn’t grow up under acceptable circumstances. I express life as I have come to know it. Anybody with a similar past has to feel me. The fact that person has changed and no longer partakes in certain aspects of life does not entail memory loss. I am a different man, but my past will always be a part of me. None of us should have to consider censoring, or worse, rewriting, our pasts. They have shaped the people we have become, regardless of how far we have come. I don’t understand why the rose that grew from concrete isn’t praised. Tupac never did either. Those who overcome obstacles should be considered role models and leaders, not outcasts and rebels. Success is measured in the lengths one has travelled from their starting point, not in the actual success attained. Some say that censorship promotes moral goods and stops the spread of harmful information, but whose moral good are we protecting? Censorship protects the moral good of those in charge, not any particular, right moral good. It’s their morality that is being insulated. Censorship leads to distorted ideologies and tainted biases by preventing the spread of information. The label “harmful” is slapped on by whoever has a stake in ceasing a message’s dissemination. It prevents any questioning of the established order. Morse v. Frederick debated a high school’s right to infringe a student’s right to the freedom of speech over a student writing “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” on a sign during an off-campus, non-school event. This debate was never about college students. We better damn well be fit and mature enough to see and hear adult-based content. Let us remember that professor Dan Peterson was forced to resign, stemming from his use of a profanity in the classroom. This is college. We are all big boys and girls. If a person has been sheltered and can’t stomach issues and ideas, they should have never come to higher education to try to digest them. Shit, we might as well start burning books again. Winston found that, regardless of how much he questioned or how far he pushed, the governing body’s ability to suppress and enslave the minds of its people exceeded that of the people’s ability to oppose it. By stopping my performance, they were telling me that I had to rewrite my past. They were saying that these topics are prohibited. They took the onus on themselves to decide that my story isn’t worthy of expression. It tells me to fall in line. The established order doesn’t like it when people cuss. I say fuck the world if that’s what they consider just.

Anthony “Trumps”Holzman-Escareno E.I.C.

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Editor in Chief-Sports Editor-Sports Writer|Anthony Holzman-Escareno

Business Manager|Karyle Saiki

News Editor-News Writer|Michael Pankowski

Arts&Community Editor-A&C Writer|Le’a Gleason

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Staff Writers|Chelsea Alward - Bren Chance

Noelani Waters - Dorothy Fukushima Staff Photographers|Bryan Patterson - Lea Black - Hi’inae Miller Graphic Design|Assi Broan Copy Chief|Nick Conway Circulation Manager|Laura Bronson Webmaster|Alya Amirah Binti Azman Staff Advisor|Tiffany Edwards Hunt

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Letter to the editor page 19 Mission Statement Ke Kalahea is the student news publication for the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College. We express the voice of the student body using our rights to the freedom of speech and press. The mission of Ke Kalahea is to provide coverage of news and events affecting the university and our community. We offer a forum for communication and the exchange of ideas and provide educational training and experience for students in all areas of the newspaper’s operation. Ke Kalahea operates a fiscally responsible organization, which ensures our ability to serve the university well. Through Ke Kalahea’s publication, we encourage students to take advantage of academic and personal opportunities—ones that will deepen their knowledge, enhance their experiences and broaden their perspectives.

Welcome back to school

An interview with new Director of Communications for the University of Hawai‘i Bren Chance | Staff Writer On Thursday, March 15, 2012, I was honored and excited to interview someone I’ve looked up to: Jodi Leong, former KITV news anchor. When I spoke to her, it was her very first day as the new University of Hawai‘i System Director of Communications. Her new position requires her to be the public face of the UH system. She filled me in on the details of her job and the special combination of strengths and experience that will help her successfully promote Hawai‘i’s public university using new communication technologies. University of Hawai‘i’s new Director of Communications, Jodi Leong. Photo courtesy of Jodi Leong

Bren Chance: It’s your first day on the job. What kind of things have you tackled today? Jodi Leong: They basically gave me a lot of time to move into my office and settle in, figure out the computer system and the printers. I went to a Board of Regents meeting at 12:30 with Lynne Waters, Associate Vice President of External Affairs and University Relations. She gave a presentation on the plan for the department, and how she’s transitioning the department from a print organization to a new media, visual arts department. Kinda more modern, you know. She told them what kinds of resources she will need. I was so proud to witness her addressing the regents.

BC: Why are you leaving television for the university system? JL: Because I’ve been a broadcast journalist for over 20 years now, and I feel that I’ve done everything that I wanted to accomplish. I worked from an intern to a producer to a reporter and anchor, then a full-time 5, 6, and 10 p.m. anchor. I just feel like I did it all. Also, after I adopted my daughter from China, I needed to slow down and find a job in an educational field, without teaching. I was lucky enough to have worked with Lynne Waters before. She said I should look at this job, and I did. I was very lucky, because as a single parent, it’s difficult to get up at 2:30 in the morning and go to work at 3 a.m. on the weekends. Initially, when the director asked me to do that job (hosting KITV’s weekend morning news show), I balked because I had nobody to watch her. How am I going to find a babysitter at 2:30 in the morning? But, I have a village around me. I have tons of friends who have slept over to watch my daughter so I don’t have to wake her up. I’m excited for a new challenge. After doing some of the same things for 20 years, you start looking for new challenges. Lynne is taking the communications department in a new direction, more toward new media and television and video, where earlier it had been more on the print side. I’m excited to be part of that transition. BC: UH Hilo has a fledgling radio station, URH. Can you and will you help with its development? JL: I’m gonna write that down, because I will. I can influence, for sure. Ms. Leong added that internet, television and radio are a part of peoples’ everyday lives. She sees these outlets as a way of making the University of Hawai‘i look good, function well and capable of keeping the islands up to date with information. Developing our student media outlets is an exciting opportunity for her, and she plans to use these outlets to their full potential.

BC: You’ll be operating in a public relations capacity? JL: Yes. I think it’s more all-encompassing because it’s the University of Hawai‘i system. Our department covers all 10 campuses. We’d be doing a variety of things, including answering media questions on immediate stories like the fire [on Feb. 12, 2012] or the hiring of a new football coach, to hiring a prime researcher who has new information on, say, the study of stem cell research. It’s a big range, what we’ll be covering. BC: What’s your experience in marketing? JL: I have absolutely no experience in marketing. What I do know is exactly what a news room will cover. I know how to sell a UH story. Something new and innovative, anything immediate, anything being debated in public, that’s what’s going to get covered. I know how to position the university to get good news coverage, because I’ve been on the other side. Also, with things like the fire that happened, how best to release information on that. BC: You have a background in political science. How has that helped you in reporting? JL: I minored in political science when I was a journalism major at UH. It only helped me at the very beginning, maybe 15 to 20 years ago, when I first started covering the Legislature. I found I learned the most about politics by covering it, so I would say being a television news reporter was the biggest, best education of all, aside from all the foundation that was laid at the University of Hawai‘i’s journalism department. Political science helped me think more critically when it came to politics, and not just record what someone told me, but think about the philosophy and why they were taking this course of action. It helped me think more in-depth.


UH Hilo’s Big Island Press Club Member of the Year Dorothy Fukushima | Staff Writer Tiffany Edwards-Hunt has won the Big Island Press Club’s Member of the Year award. She was honored for her award and achievements at a banquet held at the Hilo Yacht Club on March 3, 2012. Edwards-Hunt is the publisher of the Big Island Chronicle and the staff advisor for UH Hilo’s student newspaper, Ke Kalahea. According to Peter Sur, former press club president and reporter for the Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald, the award is given to members who improve the awareness of journalism. EdwardsHunt’s UH Hilo Media Symposium did just that and earned her the honor. The purpose of the October 2011 symposium was to allow students the opportunity to mingle with journalism professionals and to learn about the different tools used in media, new and old. It brought together writers and government officials to give students an encompassing view of all media outlets ranging from the local to the national level. Workshops included Old vs. New Media, Fair Use in the Age of New Media, Sunshine Law Basics, and Intro to Blogging, to name a few. Initially, the Big Island Press Club was set to sponsor the event, but due to conflicting media philosophies, the club withdrew its sponsorship of the symposium. Alternative funding was secured through several local businesses and university associations. Edwards-Hunt’s symposium was so successful that another one is being planned for September 2012. It will focus on the digitization of Hawaiian language newspapers. The success of October’s event and subsequent recognition by the Big Island Press Club award validated Edwards-Hunt’s choice to organize it from the beginning. The Big Island Press Club was founded in 1967 for widely varying reasons. First and foremost, it was established to encourage intra- and inter-media communication. Later, there was an emphasis on awarding scholarships to aspiring journalists. As stated on the press club’s webpage, its mission is “protecting the people’s right to know.” Big Island Press Cub Member of the Year, Tiffany Edwards-Hunt Photo by Hi’inae Miller

Making a little history

UH Hilo sweeps Hawai‘i Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference Members from UH Hilo’s National History Honor Society chapter, Alpha Beta Omicron, answered the call of a history conference to present their research papers and make a little history. The students managed to accomplish just that by taking home wins in three of six categories at the 28th Annual Regional Meeting of Phi Alpha Theta on March 10, 2012. Six UH Hilo students of the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, competed by presenting their research papers, some of which ran as long as 30 pages, on historical subjects and problems. According to chapter president, Ruby Secrist, history majors Jon Abraham, Tyler Chinen, Martin Hodapp, Marianne Hodapp, Jenna Harburg as well as herself traveled to the conference on ‘Oahu. They were accompanied by history professor Yucheng Qin, who offered support and served as a photographer for the event. Secrist, Chinen and Abraham took home wins in their respective categories. Secrist’s paper, “Trotsky,


the Devil’s Bastard or Russia’s One True Revolutionary,” won for the Idus A. Newby Historiography Prize category. Chinen won the Herbert F. Margulies Prize for best paper in American history for his paper, “Battlefield Innovations of the Civil War.” Abraham shared a joint three way win, the first time in conference history, for his paper “From Yam to Spam: An Evolution of Pacific Islander Food Culture.” The split was for the Sara Sohmer Prize for best graduate or undergraduate research in Hawaiʻi or Pacific history. Professor Qin praised the students, saying, “They gave very good presentations. They were very wellprepared and did a good job.” Prizes included a fifty dollar check and a book from the keynote speaker, Dr. Kathy Ferguson, a professor of political science and women’s studies at UH Mānoa. The prizes were funded by GFWC History Club of Honolulu. Airfare and room accommodations

History students (from left) Tyler Chinen, Jenna Harburg, Jon Abraham, Ruby Secrist, Marianne Hodapp and Martin Hodapp hold up their certificates of participation. Dr. Klaus Hodapp, professor Qin and Dudley the dog accompany.

Dorothy Fukushima Staff Writer

Tyler Chinen presents his research paper “Battlefield Innovations of the Civil War” at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference.

at UH Mānoa’s Hale Manoa dormitory were paid for by UH Hilo’s history department. The competition was open to both undergraduate and graduate students from the university campuses of the UH system, and it was hosted by the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa chapter, Alpha Beta Epsilon. A total of 41 students and delegates participated in the event. The conference is exclusive to Alpha Phi Theta members, so those interested in presenting a research paper for the next regional gathering should consider becoming a member. Membership is not limited to history majors, but there are requirements for entry. Applicants must have completed 12 credit hours of history courses and have received a 3.1 GPA as well as maintaining a 3.0 GPA overall. Aside from being able to compete in the regional conference, members can also enter the national conference. Members are also eligible to apply for Phi Alpha Theta grants and scholarships. Said Alpha Beta Epsilon Advisor Bob McGlone, “We continue to believe that Phi Alpha Theta is a good early step toward making a career in history.” For more information on that career or for conference information, please visit Photos courtesy of professor Qin

UH Hilo hosts 6th Annual Relay for Life An Evening Honoring Life after the fight

Dorothy Fukushima | Staff Writer

Hi‘inae Miller | Photographer

UH Hilo continued its alliance with the American Cancer Society to battle against cancer with its 6th Annual Relay for Life. From 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9 until 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, participants took to the relay course and ran, walked or jogged around a path lit by various luminaria placed around the University Classroom Building’s first level. UH Hilo hosted the relay to raise money and awareness for families affected by cancer. In keeping with the “More Birthdays” theme of the American Cancer Society, the theme of UH Hilo’s relay was “Birthday Splash.” It was a nod to the rain that usually accompanies the month of March, and it doubled as a phrase inspiring the hope for more birthdays beyond cancer’s reach. There were a total of 336 participants and 26 teams who helped with the success of the event. As per the agreement between relay organizers and participants, at least one member of each team was present for the entire 12 hours. Teams ran booths that sold concessions and merchandise to raise money, and six booths made it their mission to educate A row of paper bag lanterns, better known as luminaria, call participants to remember those who fought valiantly against cancer. the public on different types of cancer. Circle K offered insight into colorectal cancer, and the Hawaiʻi Pre-Vet group gave information about breast cancer. Rotaract Club provided skin cancer facts, College of Pharmacy covered nutrition and the Sociology Club had a tobacco display. The nursing program representatives focused on educating the community on testicular cancer awareness. “The best medicine is preventative medicine,” said UH Hilo nursing senior Maria Bunyi. They provided games and activities as well as free blood pressure readings, pamphlets and models at their booth. They also sold food from Tex’s Drive In and Baker Toms. The relay drew in people from the community such as Gaylen Kalipi and his family, who were marching in memory of their grandmother, who passed away from cancer, and their nephew, a cancer survivor. The UH Hilo Sāmoan Club performed beautiful dance routines that were both inspiring and uplifting. They not only contributed to the Relay for Life event, but honored a club member who survived cancer. Put into words by Sāmoan Club member and marine science senior Sean Felise, “Be strong and have faith and hope.” According to Director of Campus Center Ellen Kusano, over $30,000 had been raised as of March 22, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. As listed on UH Hilo’s Relay for Life webpage, the top three contributing teams were the College of Pharmacy, Keaomalamalama Ha- Tricia Adams, pictured here, was the 2012 Hawai‘i Pacific Hero of Hope honored at the waiian Club and UH Hilo Nursing. They raised $3,667, $3,503 and $3,128, Fighting Back Ceremony. respectively. Everyone is reminded that there is still time to make a difference and help fight cancer. If you would like to donate please visit UH Hilo’s Relay for Life webpage at The event was put together by a 14 member committee that included a group of UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College students headed by Mattson Mukai, Arian Blair, Kusano, Dr. Cecilia Mukai and American Cancer Society staff partner Cathy Hashimoto. Kusano stressed the impact that Relay for Life can have. “There are so many people in our campus community who have been touched by cancer … either as a patient, survivor, family, friend, caregiver … by partnering with the American Cancer Society, we’re able to be part of the effort to ensure more birthdays for everyone.”

The Relay for Life hand pledge wall honored those on front lines.

The crowd joins in with Adams for some late night dancing during the Fighting Back Ceremony.


University of Hawai‘i at Hilo social media policy

Social media use and policy need Social media is undoubtedly a force not only in the way individuals talk story with one another, but also in the way institutions and organizations communicate with their constituency. It is really no surprise then that the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has begun the process of drafting a social media policy that will help to guide the use of social media platforms by departments, groups or individuals representing the university. Sunny Walker, UH Hilo’s IT specialist and webmaster with the Office of Campus Technology, understands that social media is the medium through which many UH Hilo students communicate with friends. In an interview, he cited an infographic from VisibleGains, an email and video messaging solutions company, that gave several interesting statistics about the teenager’s perception of email (see the infographic at http://www.visiblegains. com/is-email-dead/). It showed that better than half of the teenagers polled felt that email was a popular business tool, but less than a quarter of them said they would use email more in the future. To Walker, this speaks less to email’s value and more to the value of finding out where those future college students are communicating if it isn’t by email. As it turns out, many are using social media platforms. This is one of several reasons why Chancellor Straney and the 2011-2015 strategic plan have called on departments to improve overall communication at UH Hilo. In response, a joint committee has been formed. The Marketing and Steering department, the Communicators! committee and the Office of Campus Technology have met monthly since Feb. 2, 2012 to continue to work out the details of a social media policy for the university. One of the ways the university will be able to enforce its social media policy once it becomes official is through the best practices language of section IV: responsibilities. Among the responsibilities for any group or individual representing UH Hilo with a social media account are the requirements of submitting a Social Media Brief and providing “administrative access to all sites representing UH Hilo to Publishing Services.” According to the policy as it is written now, this provides both a backup administrator in case the acting one leaves or the account is allowed to remain dormant, as well as a way to monitor account activity “to ensure guidelines and policies are followed.” Walker wanted to be clear that the current policy as it reads now (see it for yourself at policy.php) is a draft and can still benefit from feedback. It is unclear when the draft process will be completed or when an official policy will be adopted. Until then, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to review the draft and offer comments. It may even be prudent to begin thinking about university social media use in terms of the policy to facilitate compliance when it becomes a reality.

Conversation between Dori Yamada (program coordinator at the College of Continuing Education and Community Service) and Michael Pankowski (news editor for Ke Kalahea)

MP: So how does the CCECS use social

Michael Pankowski News Editor

Conversation between Sunny Walker (IT specialist and webmaster in the Office of Campus Technology) and Michael Pankowski

MP: Was there any other impetus for this

media right now?

social media policy beyond social media’s omnipresence with the students and everything?

DY: Right now (again I say we: CCECS),

SW: A little bit, as you know with the strate-

we’re still in the very infant stages of use. We do have a YouTube page and we post a lot of our videos that we design specifically for marketing that high school to college age sect in tone, in approach, in everything. It does look and feel more contemporary.

gic plan, the 2011-2015 strategic plan, one of the goals is to improve communication not only with students but inter-communication within departments, and all aspects of the university community.

MP: Got ya.

social media?

MP: Does that seem like an easy mesh with

SW: Yeah, there’s no conflict. It’s just when DY: So instead of being like, “Come to the

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo,” if you can find a way to talk to them at their speed and use the words that they use and communicate with humor you’ll get in. With the videos and with YouTube we try to present a kind of coherent and sort of a one stop place where they can get that information. We also have a facebook page.

Conversation between Vincent Recinto (marketing coordinator for the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i) and Michael Pankowski

MP: How does ‘Imiloa use social media to its advantage?

VR: Historically, we started probably back in

2007 and from what I recall facebook was still pretty embedded in a lot of things. There was a lot of conversations starting up about facebook and we were asked to look into some of the media because there’s actually a lot of media stories about social media; facebook and myspace, so we researched it a little bit and at that time there really wasn’t a lot of guidelines. We started the accounts and basically let it sit for a bit. Our social media really kind of helps our organic process of our website. We have a static website and we wanted to make it more relevant, so we added the blog and through the blog we kind of figured out through twitter and facebook and some other things. So that was our organic process.

MP: So facebook isn’t the main thing you use. It’s more of a tool?

VR: Yeah, and then what we were using it for

more or less is pushing out our events initially. Now we tend to use it as kind of a social integration of the community…and we haven’t done a lot of the best practices which are more of the paid practices; hitting a launch site and then joining in and then having an offer. So we’ve been pretty organic about it.

MP: Have you seen any tangible benefits from using social media?

VR: Tangible in a sense. I mean, we do run a couple contests on facebook via the blog but we also do on facebook. We did a membership one, and those definitely tend to find more “likes” and clicking, and so we see that.

you’re utilizing a different mode of operation you need to remember that all the rules still apply.

MP: Right. Understood completely.

SW: The policy is to kind of help remind us

and protect us that we need to be mindful of how we communicate. We need to be mindful that we are acting as an agent of the university, so we need to speak appropriately. Where the policy is really aimed is for accounts that are by and for the university, such as the main UH Hilo twitter is by and for the university. Underlined in the social media policy is all the UH executive policies, like the acceptable use of technology as acceptable communication.

MP: I was curious how many people pro-

vided feedback to the social media policy when that request went out?

SW: As was expected there wasn’t a torrent

of feedback because policy is a stodgy and boring document, and in many instances it’s kind of written in not quite legalese but in that vein, and so you’re eyes just kind of glass over.

SW: But there was some very substantial

feedback from some people, and one of them really felt awkward with the policy in that it seemed very Draconic in its implementation. Unfortunately that wasn’t the intent of the policy, but it was only me thinking about it, and so having all these different eyes looking at it really helped.

MP: Was there anything else you care to get out there about social media in general or maybe about the policy?

SW: Just that we’re very interested in feed-

back and things like that. Suggestions. This is certainly something that shouldn’t be only driven by a small group of people, and so the more feedback we have the better we can make the policy and the strategy. One of the tools for feedback is on the home page; there’s a little feedback button.

SW: Ask people to provide their contact

info when giving feedback so questions can be answered. And I’m sure, by and large, there’s things that we never thought of that the public at large can provide us feedback on. By them voicing their opinion we can either redirect our focus or include that, whatever they suggest, in our goals.

Jamaica Augustin, communications major, is a daily social media user. “Social media is like your social life. There should be no boundaries to it.”

Pre-nursing major Grant Emerson says, “I don’t think it’s right, just because it’s their computers, they shouldn’t be regulating personal stuff like that.” Jessica Henry, culinary arts major, says she uses social media 3-4 times a week. “Due to the fact that the government can’t even regulate the internet or facebook right now, as long as it doesn’t contain violence or porn, (the university) really has no right and it’s against our civil rights.”

Nathan Ermitano says social media is “a chance for us to get together and the university shouldn’t regulate that.”

Freshman Melissa Lowe is a daily social media user. She says regulation “makes sense to a certain extent.”

David Lau, business administration major, says, “You gotta look at both sides. On one side there’s a free speech thing, but the school has liability and it could hurt the way you associate with the school. If you’re posting negative things, then it really reflects badly on the school. It depends on the circumstances.”

Business technology major Stephanie Ham uses social media often. “It’s good for the university. It’s a big university.”


UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College Film Festival Hilowood’s fresh crop of award winning films A brand-new outlet for Hawai‘i’s budding film makers emerged in Hilo in the form of the Annual Student Film Festival held this past March 15 and 16 at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Denyse Woo of DWoo Films and UH Hilo’s Lava Shoot film organization wanted to create an event that would draw positive attention to Hilo and give local artists a chance to shine. There were 22 films submitted across four categories: Animation, Experimental, Documentary and Narrative. Woo says the judges had to look at the film based on what it is labeled as. Some films fit into more than one category and were given the opportunity to be submitted more than once. She said this was something she will make clearer in the submission guidelines of future film festivals. There were seven judges who rated each film on a scale system. Based on those ratings, two films from each category were selected to be shown the first night of the festival. Woo said the purpose was so those films could be voted on for the Audience Choice award. The winner of that award was Alec Lievens for “Moonlight Flight.” The cartoon featured

a baby that seems to be launched to the moon. The sound synced nicely with the hand-drawn frames, and the animation showed a Mike Judge influence with a unique style that flowed from sweet to funny to creepy and beyond.


Hi’inae Miller Photographer

Guests and filmmakers enjoy free concessions during the awards ceremony.

Lorraine D’Anna, first place winner of the Narrative category and second place winner of the Documentary category.

Alec Lievens adds a bit of melodrama to the acceptance of his award in the animation category and of the Audience Choice award.

Bren Chance Staff Writer

Lievens does his animation entirely on his own. He did the voices with help from his friend, Alvin Franco. He says he gets his inspiration from online cartoonists such as flash artist Egoraptor. Lievens won not only the Audience Choice award, but “Moonlight Flight” also took first place in the Animation category, and Lievens received a production credit for Alvin Franco’s “The Lost Kiwi Bird,” runner-up in the category of Narrative. Lorraine D’Anna had two winning films. She took first place in Narrative for her drama, “Balancing Emma,” and second place in Documentary for “Wainaku Tea.” D’Anna filmed “Wainaku Tea” in her own backyard, all in one day. Her documentary was historical and informative, as she showed and

spoke about how to harvest, process and prepare tea. She wrote the script and did the camera work, shooting over her shoulder as she also acted in her film. She had a friend do the narration. Part of D’Anna’s prize package was full admission to the Big Island Film Festival. She says she has always wanted to go. “Now I can, and I won an Ali’i Pass, so I get to go to all the special parties.” The most exciting prize for her was After Effects, computer software mainly used in post-production for animation and special effects. Experimental, the smallest category, Woo says can be the trickiest to film. She described a movie she made where she filmed the bathrooms at Hawai‘i Community College. “In postproduction, I enhanced it with different effects and music. It looked like someone was stalking somebody in there. It made it look spooky.” She cited “The Blair Witch Project” as a Hollywood example. Woo says these are her favorite films to make. “It’s a free-for-all. Your imagination can go anywhere with an experimental. You don’t have any dialogue, you don’t really have any actors. You can do anything with it, manipulate it in any way.” She adds that, hopefully, more people will get creative with that for next year. Some of the films were not finished when submitted. Woo says that’s fine. “Everything is a work in progress. Next year, since we’ll have more time, that will give the filmmakers more time to complete the deadline. I knew we have creative people here. It was nice to see their interpretations of what they did.” Not all of the films were made by trained videographers. Says Woo, “The majority of them came from the digital media arts program at Hawai‘i Community College. Some are self-taught.” Woo adds that the Hawai‘i Community College program may become an associate’s offering in the future, but for now, is only a certificate program. Many of the digital media arts students are currently planning to pursue film at other schools with more developed course offerings, such as the program at Mānoa. Woo hopes more of them will now have a reason to stay in what has been affectionately coined Hilowood.

Getting ready for Merrie Monarch 2012 A beginner looks to the experienced for hints Michael Pankowski | News Editor The 2012 edition of Hilo’s Merrie Monarch Festival will start on Sunday, April 8 with a ho‘olaule‘a and end the following Saturday with the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade. Throughout, hula will play a prominent role as multiple performances show how the festival meets one of its main purposes of “the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula,” according to the Merrie Monarch Festival website. Because of its cultural foundation and modern popularity (reignited in part by the open support of its practice by King Kalākaua in 1883), the main attraction – hula – has truly seen a renaissance in popularity and practice. That popularity can easily be seen in the sellout crowds that gather for each year’s festival and hula competition. This might also hint at how important the tradition of hula remains to modern practitioners; the competition is taken very seriously by participating hula schools, or hālau. All of this history and importance can make becoming interested in and a follower of the tradition of hula an intimidating experience. As a beginner, I looked to a much more seasoned hula practitioner for hints on how to prepare for and understand the experience of hula at the Merrie Monarch Festival. After visiting with alaka’i Charles Jimenez from the Hilo branch of Aloha Dalire’s hālau, Keolalaulani Hālau ‘Ōlapa O Laka, and reading about the tradition (including Dr. Ishmael W. Stagner’s book, Kumu Hula: Roots and Branches, recommended by Jimenez), I found that paying attention to the cultural, physical and competitive nature of hula is a great way to get ready to be an active spectator in this year’s festival. One of the most important things to remember is that every kumu hula, or person who has great knowledge and experience in hula, and his or her hālau practice an individual style of hula. As an example, Jimenez commented on the style practiced and taught at Keolalaulani Hālau ‘Ōlapa O Laka. He explained that Aloha Dalire’s hālau has a style based on small steps through the various moves. He went on to explain how today’s hulas have come from the generations of kumu hula that passed down their unique styles to haumana, or dedicated students. “We branch out from there,” he said in reference to the genealogical aspect of hula. “It’s like a tree, but as the branches goes on there’s changes that happen, but we keep that certain style that we learned from them, yeah?” There are some distinctions that can be made to help the onlooker understand cultural significances.

Jimenez explained that every hālau practices both an ancient form of hula (hula kahiko) and a modern style (hula ‘auana). Kahiko uses traditional instruments and oli, or chants, to accompany the hula while ‘auana uses modern musical instruments or musical recordings to accompany the hula. Other differences like style of dress and theme also distinguish the two but this marks one of the more apparent. The dancer’s movements in hula performances express not only the interpretation of a mele (song) or oli, but also the physical endurance necessary to be a dancer.. According to Jimenez, his hālau starts training as early as September for the festival in March. This includes practice sessions that last for five hours a day. All levels of performer are expected to practice and contribute to the finished production. “Footsteps I think is one of the hardest when it comes to a beginner because you have to get them to train their body to flow one into the other,” Jimenez asserted. Stagner’s book comments on the overall importance of physical expression. Everything from the feet, ankles and knees to the hips, shoulders and arms, right down to the wrists, hands, fingers and face all play an important part in the presentation of hula. The novice hula enthusiast must remember that when the Merrie Monarch Festival reaches its peak on April 12, 13 and 14, all of these cultural and physical aspects will be framed by the nature of the competition. Audience members can benefit from knowing how the judges (kumu hula selected for this purpose) will be evaluating hula hālau performances. According to a KFVE article written by kumu hula Uncle Ed Collier, the judges look at the ka‘i (entrance chant or song), interpretation, expression, posture, precision, feet and body movement, ho‘i (exit chant or song), authenticity of costume, adornments, grooming and overall performance. When asked how his haumana pay attention to that array of criteria while performing, Jimenez said, “You know it’s hard to explain. It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication from each dancer.” That dedication will undoubtedly make for an incredibly entertaining evening for anyone who watches the competition. With many thanks to alaka‘i Jimenez and his explanation of some of the finer details, I feel that even those not familiar with hula’s tradition (including myself) can and will experience a wonderfully rich 2012 Merrie Monarch Festival.

Droste awards now accepting submissions for English majors and minors

UH Hilo art department to host Poetry Scores director

The spring 2012 Droste awards for outstanding student work in fiction, poetry and academic writing are made possible by a generous bequest by the estate of the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, longtime faculty members who taught a combined total of 45 years at UH Hilo. Since 2010, the UHH English department has sponsored events and activities that benefit students and promote excellence in writing. This includes the 2012 Poetry & Blues Project, a workshop with poet Tamara Wong-Morrison, bookstore vouchers and awards for outstanding creative and academic writing. The English department encourages students enrolled in ESL/ENG 100/T; ENG 209, 215 and 225; and ENG 200-level literature and film courses to submit outstanding work in these categories. Each of these three awards is $250. There are also three award categories for English majors and minors: fiction ($250), poetry ($250) and upper-division paper ($500). Winners will be presented with their award at the CAS Student Award Convocation at the end of the term. Papers submitted for consideration must be written for a class that corresponds to the category entered. All papers, except fiction writing, must be written in proper MLA format. Students may submit only one paper per category. Submissions may be emailed to with the subject heading of the category entered. Additional restrictions apply. Please see posted flyers around the English department, or contact Kirsten Mollegaard at mollegaa@

Chris King, cofounder and creative director of Poetry Scores, which develops translations of poetry into other media (music, visual art and digital cinema) will be in-residence at the University of Hawaii at Hilo from April 15 to 20 to celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2012. Poetry Score projects include “Ever-Ready Bank Accounts” by Wole Soyinka; Nigerian Nobel Laureate in Literature in collaboration with the Istanbul art-rock band Bicycle Day; a selection of Confucian Odes translated by Ezra Pound in collaboration with the Pound Estate; and development of a Hawai’i Poetry Scores project devoted to the work of the late Hawaiian poet Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-1984). On Tuesday April 17, 6 p.m. in University Classroom Building (UCB) 127, King will give a public presentation on the history of Poetry Scores and show the project’s first feature movie, “Blind Cat Black,” which was recently screened at Contemporary Istanbul 2011. Additional materials like CDs and books produced by Poetry Scores projects will be available during the month for review at the UH Hilo library. For more information, please contact art department professor Michael Marshall by phone at 808-974-7524 or by email at Or visit: @chriskingstl @poetryscores

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Hairspray It’s colorful, it’s dynamic, it’s comical. It’s “Hairspray.” The time has come again for UH Hilo’s Performing Arts Center to present their well-anticipated annual spring musical. This year they bring to Hilo an internationally musical production based on the book by Mark O’Donnell. “Hairspray” was later adapted for the stage with music by Marc Shaiman, with lyrics by Scott Wittman. The original Broadway production of “Hairspray,” produced in 2002, is the winner of eight Tony awards. Set in 1962, the story follows Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenager living in Baltimore, Maryland, whose dream is to dance on her favorite daytime television series, The Corny Collins Show. When she lands a spot in the cast, Tracy becomes a celebrity overnight and begins a campaign to integrate AfricanAmerican dancers into the production. “Hairspray” is a social commentary that weaves racism, body image and social class into a comical and accessible production for the entire family. All are invited to “Hairspray” April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April


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15 and 22 at 2 p.m. at UH Hilo’s Performing Arts Center. Under the direction of Jackie Seaquist, musical direction of Cheryl ‘Quack’ Moore and choreography of Celeste Staton, this 43-member cast, comprised of both seasoned community performers and university students from virtually every major, brings “Hairspray” to life. Stage manager Nina Ivantosch, costume designer Jackie Johnshon and the crew have worked tirelessly over eight weeks to polish this production behind the scenes. Becca Barrett, who plays lead character Tracy Turnblad, is true to her role as a vibrantly outgoing and bold addition to the cast. Barrett is a 17-year-old high school senior at Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea. Her love of performance began at the early age of five while singing “My Favorite Things” for a local talent show and has blossomed into a long-lasting love for the stage. Barrett said, “I have never been somewhere I feel so accepted as I do in theatre.” Landing this role came as a surprise for Barrett, who has dreamt of playing Tracy since seeing the 2007 musical film adaptation. She intends to major in musical theatre at a university on the mainland this fall. Dailee Morrone, who will be playing Tracy’s best friend, Penny Pingleton, first discovered her love of the stage with ballet classes at Island Dance Academy in the second grade. From there she enrolled in voice lessons and choir, then in middle school began working with Hilo High’s Performing Arts Learning Center. Morrone has since been a strong and diligent member of our local musical theatre world as she pursues a theatre degree here at UH Hilo. She recently auditioned and was accepted to the American Music and Drama Academy in New York City. When asked what keeps her loving theatre, Morrone said, “It’s always exciting, it’s always fresh, it’s always new. You can always bring something new to

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any process, rehearsals, even shows. It takes perseverance and stamina to keep it fresh for you.” Portraying the confident and dynamic ‘Seaweed’ is Justin Chittams, a marine science turned music and performing arts major, hailing from Washington, D.C. His first pursuits in theatre began in middle school, though he directed most of his attention to sports, trombone and playing the drums. Chittams hopes his career will sprout from his passion and time spent writing songs and performing music. Chittams recalled being sucked into the musical theatre department here at UH after performing with last year’s spring musical, “Go Dog, GO,” and a last minute audition for “Hairspray” landed him a principle role. “Theatre at UH is a nurturing environment. And I love the way I get to combine everything: music, acting, dancing, stage presence…The thing that keeps me performing is peoples reaction; the audience having fun and you know that’s what they’re talking about when they go home,” Chittams said. Playing the teenage heartthrob, Link Larkin, is performing arts and drama major Scott Wuscher. From the moment he performed as Ellison Onizuka in third grade, Scott has loved the limelight of the stage. His passion for theatre is rooted in his love of interacting with people. He noted, “People experience a moment with you, you can’t relive the exact same moment ever again. The gift I am giving and receiving back is in seeing peoples reactions to my performance.” “Hairspray”s original version calls for some specific casting of body types and skin colors. For example, women are not allowed to audition for the lead role unless they stand less than five-feet tall. But the melting pot of ethnicities and culture here in Hawai’i means that our community possesses a far more complex dynamic than simply black and white, as this play originally presents. On the racial themes present in “Hairspray,” Chittams said, “There is a lot of colorblind casting in Hawai’i. The lines are blurring.” An idea like this cements the appropriateness of this musical for its venue, as it highlights controversial issues such as racism, body image and social class that are current and ongoing issues in our campus community and beyond. “So much can be learned and communicated through music,” said Barrett. And perhaps most importantly, noted Morrone, “[‘Hairspray’] inspires the quest to find confidence and happiness with who you are.”

Hairspray! at UH Hilo’s Performing Arts Center April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets: UH Hilo Performing Arts Center box office, open Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 2 hours prior to show. Available for online purchase: http://


Seven for seven Alcoholism: a plague for the apathetic Le’a Gleason | A&C Editor It’s Saturday night and at I’m at home watching the dog and folding laundry, all except for one article of clothing: a green t-shirt with a picture of a tuxedo front and the words “me lucky shirt.” It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and my boyfriend is at the bar wearing it. Later, after the Irish libations are consumed, he’ll call his DD (me) for a ride. But I get the feeling not many are abreast to the practice. Over the past several years, two girlfriends of mine have lost their boyfriends to drunk driving accidents, one being our own Ted Braxton, killed in a tragic moped accident last year. This is two too many. During the Braxton case, it was divulged that the offending motorist, Keolaokalani Kailianu, who hit and killed Braxton, had consumed the equivalent of 24 drinks at a local bar. Posts to the Big Island Chronicle’s website immediately following the accident read, “How can we help to stop this madness?” written by local resident Graham Ellis, and “I wonder how do we convince people not to drink and drive, if not to save themselves, to save our friends and loved ones,” written by Ke Kalahea’s Tiffany Edwards-Hunt What is it about alcoholism, and driving under the influence (DUI), for that matter, that we have come to accept as an adolescent tradition rather than a disease that plagues us? Off the top of my head, I can count at least seven people I know personally who have been charged with DUI’s, two of them racking up an unbelievable three offenses! Was it not clear the first or even the second time that they were lucky to be alive, and, for that matter, not to have killed anyone else? Though slightly varied, the general response from most of these people was basically, “Darn. I got a DUI. Oh well.” Tiffany Edwards-Hunt reported for the Big Island Chronicle on March 14 that there had been 31 motorists arrested for DUI by Big Island police in the prior week alone. There have been 281 DUI arrests so far this year, reported Hunt. This was a 2.7 percent increase from last year’s figure of 274 around the same time. In addition, 293 major accidents involving alcohol have occurred so far this year compared with 274 during the same period last year, an increase of 6.9 percent. There have been seven traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far, compared with six last year, an increase of 16.7 percent. So we’re seven for seven. Seven people I know with DUI’s, seven people dead. Of course, these incidences do not correlate and I am merely making an example, but it’s interesting how the numbers match up.

If my friend, a young lady who I’ll call Lisa for privacy, had hit and killed a young man full of life and potential like Ted while driving under the influence, would she have cried at her sentencing like the 42-year-old Kailianu did? I’ll bet her response would have at least been more dramatic than “Oh, darn.” Why has alcoholism become so prevalent in our society, particularly in young adults, and why is the response to alcoholism so apathetic? We, as friends, peers and onlookers, have the power to affect positively each other’s lives, but given the chance, we don’t. We avert our eyes. I cannot count the amount of times I have been at a party, sitting in the corner sober, watching some guy or girl fall/puke/pee all over themselves, break down crying, start an unnecessary fight or some other incidence that can only be attributed to a complete lack of rationality. But what happens when that one girl or guy is always the one starting the fight, or falling down, or passing out? One such person came over to my house one night after an evening of drinking that had occurred elsewhere and peed in his sleep on my couch, which we then had to throw away. In response, my unconcerned roommate said, “Oh, he’s just an alcoholic.” I was shocked. Just an alcoholic? Since when are we so accepting of this disease? You would never hear someone say, “Oh, don’t worry ma’am, it’s just your liver that’s failing.” Oh, don’t worry sir, you’ve only hit and killed someone. Several months later, Mr. Pee flipped over his car while drunk driving on the highway. He and his girlfriend, the passenger, are lucky to be alive today. Sadly, according to the Alcohol Addiction Information and Helpline online, one in 13 adults in America abuse alcohol or are alcoholic. Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths annually. We cannot continue going seven for seven. At the conclusion of Keolaokalani Kailianu’s sentencing, I sat on the edge of my seat as the judge’s gavel fell, sentencing the man to 10 years in prison. His posture hunched, his eyes squinted through wet tears as he stood up, he gave one last mournful glance toward his family pensively seated behind him. He gave one last solemn nod as if to say, “This is it,” and disappeared through the side door in the unforgiving grasp of a guard. I shiver to think this could have been prevented. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with alcohol addiction, PLEASE call 1-888-827-7362

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How #acpsea changed my life The first thing an employer will do is google an applicant and make sure they’ve been using social media to their professional advantage. This is just one of the things I learned at the 2011 Midwinter Associated Collegiate Press National Journalism Convention in Seattle. It’s basically a fancy name for a conference where students from all over the country get together to discuss their respective publications. My trip was made possible partially due to a Student Ambassador Scholarship funded by UHHSA, who offers supplemental money to students presenting at conferences. If you are planning to present your work, I suggest you look into this extremely valuable resource. But amidst the planning, packing and general panic that comes with traveling, I could not possibly have planned for the experience I would have in Seattle. I have two words for you: black peacoat. Do not attempt a vacation to the continental United States during the winter any time soon unless you own one of these. Do not attempt to network with an individual who possesses one of these, especially if you are wearing orange. Apparently it’s a cold, cold world out there. While I encountered a horde of knowledgable media professionals and handfuls of students that hold positions at their respective colleges just like I do with a bevy of information to share, I marveled at the fact that they didn’t want to share it. Print, and now the up-and-coming broadcast and online media, is an extremely competitive field in a world where people continue to lose their jobs every day. If you sit in a room with others of your discipline, you had better be able to look right or left and feel confident that you’re significantly better than the people sitting next to you, suggested the famed Linda Thomas, previously of NPR’s Morning Edition. As did most presenters, Thomas brought with her a powerpoint presentation. One slide showed a mysterious date and a picture of a cupcake, marking the anniversary of the day she joined twitter. One hundred percent of Thomas’ professional connections have been established on twitter, she said, and this information was backed up by several other twitter enthusiasts as well. If you had something to say during the conference, you’d better save it and mark your tweet with the hashtag. What did I just say? In English, twitter is a website used for networking. Members create “tweets” marked with “hashtags” which tag locations or topics. Other members can search by hashtag to see what people have been talking about. When you want to talk to someone, you use the @ symbol followed by their username. So if I wanted to talk to my coworker and travel buddy Chelsea Alward, for example, I might say “@chelseaalward I had a great time at #acpsea” which was the hashtag for the convention. This all seems unnecessarily complicated to the girl who was taught that professionalism means being in person, on time and coming with your resume printed out. Now they’re saying if your resume isn’t submitted digitally, they won’t even look at it. But in the sea of black peacoated twitter-ers, I did eventually spot some friendly faces and have a few laughs. I was humbled to find that many collegiate newspapers across the country are produced daily, which means the students who work as editors devote their lives to the newspaper, putting academics second.

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In a humorous workshop titled “Sex on Deadline: Covering Campus Love and Lust,” I learned about students who’ve taken reporting into their own hands and off the deep end. One such column was called “Sex and the UniverCITY,” a play-on-words from the popular series…well, you get it, I’m sure. The bottom line? People, particularly young people, all over the place are pushing the envelope. As reporters, editors, bearers of the news, the voice that reaches into the skulls of young people who are already too packed with academic information, it is our duty to grab attention. It is our duty to report what YOU need to know and want to read. There is someone out there, whether your personal demon wears a black coat or simply a pair of slippers, who is going to be better than you. And there is something in you, if honed enough, that will make you better than them. Yes, it was troublesome wandering around in that big, bad world, in the cold, bustling city of Seattle. But as my mom always said growing up, “Wherever you go, there YOU are.” Or as Linda Thomas would put it, “If you want to make it big, brand yourself.” Produce a creative product so unique that nobody else can compete. Devise your professional image in a way that nobody else can take it away from you. Or, as I like to put it? When everybody else is wearing black, it doesn’t hurt to be the girl wearing orange. And that’s what I learned in Seattle.


Illuminating an experience I stood looking out over the Seattle city lights as the sky got darker in contrast to the cityscape. This was a different kind of world indeed. It was a Saturday night and I had boarded the glass elevator up the Seattle Space Needle for a whopping $20, just to say I had done it. It was well-worth the investment, in spite of the fact that it made the “Sleepless in Seattle” Space Needle scene much harder to believe. As the cold air slowly numbed my face, I was more aware that I was farther from home than I had been all week. A world full of people moving all the time, as if they were part of a choreographed dance that didn’t know its end. Walking full circle around the incredible building, I captured the view of the still water and, directly opposite, the glowing pulse of a society seemingly oblivious to its presence. I thought back to all that had transpired between the beginning of our trip and my current moment. It had all moved so fast it felt like a blur. When we had boarded the plane four days earlier, I opted for the mindset most travelers hope to have when going somewhere new: Optimistic, but not too expectant. I was eager to leave. Don’t get me wrong, I love Hilo. But after only visiting attractions within biking distance of home for seven months, a travel bug seems to sneak out of nowhere and give you a fever that you just can’t cure. There was nothing particularly unusual about our flight out of paradise. Roughly six hours in the air, some decent airplane food and a cheesy chickflick later we arrived at our destination. Stepping out of the plane, my skin was instantly met with the cold, dry air that would remind me of home in Alaska for the next five days. I had missed the cold. Delirious, as most travelers are, we excitedly made our way to the light rail and found our destination. In the heart of downtown Seattle, we would be attending the Associated Colligate Press (ACP) Convention for our student publication at UH Hilo, Ke Kalahea. The next several days were a marathon of journalism workshops, sleep deprived madness and sightseeing excursions whenever possible. I had hoped for a restful getaway and found that with each day, I grew more exhausted. The trip

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itself was wonderful. It was the challenges that arose that took it out of me. Whether it was our bright colored clothing that stood out against the blacks and greys or our oblivious juvenile excitement at our accommodations, it seemed everywhere we went we were obviously not “local” and most certainly not from the mainland. We encountered difficultly forming networking connections with our peers, got lost downtown a time or two (to be expected) and it was all topped off with the “live concert” we attended. The musical event I was so looking forward to ended up to be a 21 and under battle of the bands with an angsty teenage crowd. I = cougar. However, to base my “experience” on the things that were difficult would be to rob me of all the things that were good. During my time in Seattle, I met a real life superhero, ate my first piroshky (a Russian potato dumpling) and had the opportunity to meet and listen to successful journalists who have thrived in a dying art: print. Back at the Space Needle, I took in another deep breath of the chilly air. In spite of our difficulties and my altered expectations, I had already learned so much in a short 96 hours. Looking out at the city once more from 500 feet up, I decided one thing for sure: an experience is what you make of it. It is our experiences and what we take from them that makes one an individual. It is our outlook on life when things get difficult. It is our ability to embrace whatever creative gifts we possess and show the world what we think. These are the things that make us stand out. My own experience and what I choose to do with it is what sets me apart. My words of wisdom to you, dear readers, are to make the best of every opportunity and embrace learning experiences. Is this not what college is all about? Living the life of a Hilo college student, we know very well a life lived with ramen as a food group and rain a constant. But in each challenge there is always the opportunity to find the good. The way an experience lives in your mind is shaped by the things you choose to remember.

Community Calendar: April 6 at Hilo Town Tavern First Fridays: Live art and art show. Come and support local artists, musicians and dancers in a lively atmosphere. April 8-14: Merrie Monarch Festival A week-long celebration of hula and Hawaiian arts, with halau from around the world. April 14: Merrie Monarch Royal Parade, 10:30 a.m. downtown Hilo. April 13, 14, 15: “Hairspray” at UH Hilo Theater Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. A 60’s musical where love triumphs controversial issues.

Hit the ground running Running Start gives high schoolers preview to college academics Sheri Matsuzaki Waiakea High School senior Student Intern to Ke Kalahea Advisor Tiffany Edwards Hunt

High school and college sometimes appear as two vastly different worlds, but the Running Start program at Waiakea High allows teenagers to experience challenging university-level work. Twelfth grade counselor, Penny Yanagisawa, explained the basics of the program through reference documents: “Running Start is a program that allows high school students to enroll in college classes and earn credit toward high school graduation and a college degree.” Students looking to challenge themselves and prepare for the future can enroll in Running Start and study aside college students. Waiakea High School senior, Andy Lin, provides a first hand perspective on the Running Start experience. Hoping to earn college credits in advance, Lin decided to try the college experience. He also explained that Running Start gave him the opportunity to take higher-level math classes, as he had already taken high school calculus.

Lin confessed that his Running Start classes are more time consuming and require more studying. However, he sees this in a positive light; it gives him a sneak-peek as to how vigorous college can be. This preview of college isn’t only limited to students like Lin. Any 11th or 12th grade student can participate in the program as long as they are willing to pay UH tuition and fees. Some may receive financial aid to help them during this process. The Running Start program encourages students to speak to their counselors and learn more about the requirements before making a decision.

A glimpse of light: Vuls comeback victory a glimmer of things to come? Eric Jimenez | Staff Writer Photos by Kelly Leong

There’s always that ring of madness in March, though the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament isn’t the only madness in session. The PacWest conference has its own share of insanity. The University of Hawai’i Hilo baseball team stumbled across flashing lights in St. Georgia, Utah. The Vulcans fought against all odds to snap their 14-game losing streak, defeating Dixie State College 8-7 in a March 19 double-header. UH Hilo stormed back from a 5-0 deficit, bringing men across home plate in the last three innings. The dramatic comeback was triggered in the seventh inning when multiple base hits brought in a total of three runs, narrowing the gap to 5-3. UH Hilo’s Casey Bohlmann pitched two shutout innings to keep his team close heading into the ninth inning. Dixie State started the ninth with two runs to increase their lead to 7-3. The Vulcans never lost their composure and put together five runs led by the bat of Larry Valdes, who hit the game winning RBI. Alongside Valdes were other key components to the Vulcans’ victory. Consecutive single-base hits by John Abreu, Jonathan James, Travis Stancil and Tyler Nitahara initiated the madness that turned into a wild rally. The three runs in the seventh were brought in by the sacrifice fly balls of Keenan Kaluau and Jordan Murai. These first three runs gave the Vulcans a glimpse of light and the belief that a comeback was still in play. When a team is on a 14-game losing streak, a win is a win. It takes a certain amount of heart and passion for a team to come together and pull out a comeback victory. This win is significant for the team’s confidence and their season at large. After a rough start to the season, it seems that the Vulcans are ready to get their feet wet. On the win, coach Joey Estrella stated, “We just executed better, were much more competitive and our concentration level was a lot better, so I think that is why we were able to compete a lot better.” With this execution and effort, along with the confidence built in Utah, the Vuls look to keep the momentum rolling as the season progresses. The Vulcans have yet to make it out the tunnel, but they are beginning to see light. With their confidence being boosted after the last win, they look to continue to improve their 5-20 record (2-13 in conference) as the second half of the season gets ready to begin. With our Vulcans starting the second half of the 2012 campaign on the road, the team looks for contributions from their seniors and a little support from the community to push them through this rest of their schedule. For seniors like pitchers Bryan Raines, Dane Kinoshita and Tyler Simao; catcher Daniel Reitz; outfielders Tyson Goo and Steven Riddle; and first baseman Travis Ogimi, this last half of the season is all or nothing. With all the players catching a glimpse of the potential they possess, they remain optimistic about their chances moving forward. Though the march to the end of the tunnel is a long road, the light makes the road well worth taking.

Junior pitcher Casey Bohlmann

Senior outfielder/infielder Steven Riddle

Junior infielder John Abreu


Freshman infielder Keenan Kaluau

Senior pitcher Tyler Simao

Demonstrating Dominance UH Hilo's Waracka continues superior play in senior season Eric Jimenez | Staff Writer Photos by Kelly Leong

Catcher Bryanna Hardy

Infielder Nicole Alconel

Senior pitcher Amber Waracka stares down a batter from her position of power.

Dominance is not a word used in a simple context. The word provokes visions of soldiers, ninjas, warriors or silent assassins, each demonstrating their ability to execute responsibilities with great precision and poise. Similar characteristics can be found in our own University of Hawai’i Hilo Vulcan, Amber Waracka. She dissected the Dominican University batting rotation during the four-game series spanning March 9-10. Waracka struck out 14 batters and did not allow a run through 17.2 innings of work. This earned her PacWest Player of the Week honors for the week of March 5-12. The warmth of the sun, the smell of the wet grass and the warrior stripes under the eyes of Waracka only signifies one thing: it is game time. As Amber approaches the mound with the number 16 on her back, she is concentrated and warm, and the only thing on this pitcher’s mind is winning. The thought of performing well and getting the win is more satisfying than any individual goal she could receive. Teammate Jessica Pepin also threw a no-hitter during the Dominican series. Waracka brings a background of success to the UH Hilo program, and nothing would be more fulfilling than accomplishing something as a team and doing it in dominant fashion. Waracka is no stranger to success, as she continues to follow in her own footsteps, trying to match the stellar performance she blessed the Vulcan softball fans with last year. The 2011 first-team PacWest selection as a flex player as well as second-team honors as a pitcher set the bar high. She was also elected to the 2011 Daktronics, Inc. NCAA Division II All-West Region’s second-team as a pitcher. She pitched a perfect game in her junior season against Brigham Young University-Hawai’i. She has picked up where she left off, impressing all with her 6-0 start to the 2012 season. The senior has allowed a mere 27 hits on 147 at bats. She has left 50 batters swinging to the dugout in 44.2 innings of pitching this year. This exhibition of magnificent pitching, alongside the powerful bats of seniors Bryanna Hardy and Nicole Aloconcel, allowed the Lady Vulcans to chain along an impressive 11-game winning streak before losing to Academy of the Arts in back-to-back games March 16. Regrouping, Amber and the Lady Vuls look toward their upcoming road trip where they can add to their 13-6 start to the season. Before Amber’s journey at UH Hilo began, she started making a name for herself in Honolulu during her senior season at Kamehameha High School in 2008. In high school, Amber earned many prestigious awards, including the 2008 Gatorade Hawai’i Player of the Year, 2008 HHSAA State Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 2008 Honolulu Star Bulletin Pitcher of the Year and a two-time allstate selection. Dominance is not something that is new to Amber, but it is something she has grown accustomed to over the years. She has owned the mound. Amber displays great commitment, sportsmanship and a great attitude each and every day. Whether it is conditioning, practice or a game, Amber is ready for whatever challenges await her at the plate: nothing but a still face, warrior paint under the eye and a fast ball that no opponent has sent back. Her senior season has the potential to become dominating.

Jessica Pepin assists Waracka on the mound, contributing a no-hitter in a game against Dominican University.


It Gets Better 2012:

Videos for hope, acceptance and equality

In schools around the world, millions of young people suffer bullying and abuse for their sexual identities. Researchers have found that suicides among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) youth are comparatively higher than among the general population. According to the D’Augelli study in 2002, 37 percent of lesbian, gay and/or bisexual youth (ages 14 to 21) had attempted suicide at some point in their young lives. One UH Hilo Pride group member explained, “My parents, when I came out, did not take it well and they disowned me.” It is no wonder why the suicide rates soar among the LGBT community. In September of 2010, Dan Savage, a sex columnist, thought up the project It Gets Better while he was riding the Air Train shuttle to Kennedy International Airport. He was thinking about Billy Lucas. Lucas was a 15-year-old boy from Indiana who committed suicide on Sept. 9, 2010. The local news media in Greensburg, Indiana reported that Lucas was bullied regularly. A couple days prior to Savage’s trip, he had blogged about the tragedy. Savage brought life to the It Gets Better Campaign by creating a YouTube channel. A reader responded to Savages’s blog by stating, “My heart breaks for the pain and torment you went through, Billy Lucas. I wish I could have told you that things get better.” At the end of each video, they show the contact information for the Trevor Project, a toll-free telephone line and online chat site for gay youths at risk. With the overwhelming amount of news stories about gay teenagers feeling isolated and committing suicide during that time, Savage realized a story needed to be told. “[The videos are] a way of using the technology at hand to save lives,” said Stephen Sprinkle, a professor at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth (who posted a video about the loneliness he felt before identifying as gay). Recently, the case of Tyler Clementi ignited a national debate about the prevalence and consequences of cyber-bullying and homophobia. This worldwide It Gets Better video campaign uses the internet to spread a message of hope and understanding, so that cases like Clementi don’t reoccur. They also offer LGBT youth an opportunity to feel support, love and acceptance when they may feel isolated or alone. Sexual orientation has been claimed by some to be a lifestyle choice. Therefore, it does not yield the same protection that gender and race have. Antimiscegenation laws were once restrictions of marriage. They enforced racial segregation in marriage and intimate relationships. This made interracial marriage a criminal offense. It wasn’t until 1967 that the Supreme Court deemed the remaining antimiscegenation laws to be unconstitutional. In these cases, gen-

Jean Kluwitz Contributing Writer

der and race were seen as something that cannot be chosen, so discrimination was easily seen. However, when referring to sexual orientation as a lifestyle choice, most research suggests that choice is irrelevant in the matter and most professionals agree that sexual orientation and gender identity are not things that a person can change. “This is who I am,” stated a member from the Pride group and participant in the Pride/NRHH It Gets Better Campaign. “I’m not gonna change.” It is important to be aware that depression and drug use among the LGBT community have shown increases when laws that discriminate against the gay community are passed. “I knew that I liked boys, but something was telling me that no, it just wasn’t right ‘cause of societies norms,” stated the vice president of the UH Hilo Pride Club. “It’s definitely a journey being an open person in this world,” Joshua Kamaka explains in the UH Hilo It Gets Better video. A courageous group of students decided to take a stand and worked together to create an It Gets Better video from UH Hilo students to the youth of America. The group included the UH Hilo Pride Group and a new student organization that has emerged in university housing and is slowly reaching out to affect the entire student body. Kamaka, a student at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, stated, “It’s one of those things. It’s hard for society to accept it. That our children are being treated this way across America.” The UH Hilo chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), which has also been known as the Recognition Committee, has just begun at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and is seeking members. This group’s purpose is to give back to the community through acts of service, promoting academics and giving opportunities for student leadership. Their mission is to recognize the hard work that is put into the community by their peers. This project, which was proposed by a student within the group, is meant to create allies and support among the LGBT community on our campus. A student worthy of recognition is a senior within the group, Jennie Immanuel, who voiced that many in her community back home in Palau were not accepting or understanding of those who identify as gay. Ms. Immanuel became the director of the Equality Project, and when asked about her reason to do it, she replied, “I believe in the cause. I believe in equality. I believe that people should be able to love who they want to love.” The Equality/Ally Project started with the NOH8 Campaign. The NOH8 Campaign was made possible by the participation of the Pride group on campus and a talented student photographer, Pili Gardner. This project also included an It Gets Better video for the UH Hilo Campus. Since then, the video has been posted on YouTube and two cameras have been donated by a local organization to the University of Hawai’i at Hilo Women’s Center for future videos of awareness, acceptance and alliance. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center estimated that between 30 and 40 percent of LGBT youths have attempted suicide. The risks are real. Will you be in our video next year as an ally for change? It Gets Better Video: NOH8 Campaign:

Letter to the Editor March 15, 2012 Dear Editor, In Kurt Vonnegut’s 1961 short masterpiece “Harrison Bergeron” US citizens who are exceptional wear “handicaps” to equalize them with the normal population: weights strapped onto the exceptionally strong, eyebrows shaved for the exceptionally good looking, and ear pieces which broadcast random, thought-scattering noises for the exceptionally intelligent. In Vonnegut’s story the handicaps are not voluntary—there is a “Handicapper General” who is in charge of enforcing “normal”. When I walk on campus and am nearly run over by head-bowed people who are checking their smartphones rather than the path in front of them, I am reminded of “Harrison Bergeron”. Otherwise exceptionally strong, good-looking, intelligent people are normalizing themselves down to a level of incompetence; and, unlike the story, they are doing so willingly. Randal McEndree, Lecturer, Hawaii Community College

Ke Kalahea, the school’s bi-weekly publication, is looking to fill the following positions for the 2012-2013 school year: • Editor in Chief • News Editor • A&C Editor • Sports Editor • Layout Editor • Copy Chief • News Writer • A&C Writer • Sports Writer • Layout Design • Graphic Design • Advertising Manager • Webmaster Applications can be picked up in the Ke Kalahea office (CC 215) or Campus Center’s office (CC210). The EIC and editing staff will need to be prepared to work over the summer. Contact us: 808-975-7504


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Issue 5, Spring 2012  

Issue 5, Spring 2012

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