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students subscribed to the plan, an increase in students choosing to opt may lead to higher prices overall. Currently, S.H.I.P. costs approximately $282 per quarter for undergraduates. According to McDaniel, it is still too early to estimate how much the prices would increase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of factors go into the cost of student health-care plans,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, the number of students enrolled will have an impact. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still too early to tell... but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still trying to work out a time frame [to determine the new rates] with our broker and insurance carrier.â&#x20AC;? For Eleanor Roosevelt College freshman Danny Fishman, the reform means he will likely opt out of the program by next fall. Fishman said that, had the bill not passed, he would have been removed from his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insurance plan when he turned 19, and would have subsequently signed up for S.H.I.P. However, his plans have changed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the price of S.H.I.P. increases while Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still on my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to stay on my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need for me to get S.H.I.P. anymore,â&#x20AC;? he said. The reform is particularly beneficial to students like Fishman who have undergone a medical procedure in the past. Fishman would have had a dif-

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An in-the-works proposal to bring the San Diego trolley system to UCSD has narrowed down three possible routes, and could be completed by 2016, according to Director of UCSD Physical and Community Planning Brad Werdick. The prospect first arose in 2004 when San Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Regional Planning Agency suggested extending the current trolley system from the Old Town Transit Center to the UCSD area, through University Towne See TROLLEYpage 2

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Following a $75 million donation from Irwin and Joan Jacobs UCSD Health System, which oversees all UCSD hospitals, has announced plans to build the Jacobs Medical Center, which will take over some responsibilities from the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. Critics from Scripps Medical Center in La Jolla argue that the new facility will have adverse effects on the Hillcrest location, which currently offers services such as advanced surgery and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s care to many underprivileged San Diego residents. These services would move to the new center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moving health-care services from an underserved community will create a ripple effect with all providers in the region,â&#x20AC;? Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If UCSD provides fewer services in Hillcrest, the other providers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as Scripps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be responsible for a larger share of the underserved communities.â&#x20AC;? According to UCSD Health System spokeswoman Kimberly Edwards, however, these are not valid concerns. She maintains that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;two-campus strategyâ&#x20AC;? will actually improve patient care in San Diego. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surgery and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests will be moving [to the Jacobs Medical Center], but everything else stays â&#x20AC;&#x201D; trauma, emergency, AIDS/HIV, inpatient, outpatient,â&#x20AC;? Edwards said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In fact, bed for bed, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have more room for people down here. So the complaints that are coming from Scripps are not right at all.â&#x20AC;? According to Edwards, decreasing the number of beds from 321 to 300 is still more than enough to house the average 255 patients in the hospital daily, and removing services will increase the number of private patient rooms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only service leaving Hillcrest [completely] is baby delivery,â&#x20AC;? Edwards said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen for another six years.â&#x20AC;? One of the main focuses of the new medical center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which will also house the Hospital for Advanced Surgery and the Hospital for Women and Infants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be the Cancer Hospital, devoted to addressing the needs of patients afflicted with the No. 1 cause of death in San Diego County.

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Cigarette advertisement embellished with flashy pink packaging may seem frivolous, but a recent UCSD study revealed that these campaigns illegally target impressionable adolescent girls, despite a 1994 industry agreement to discipline such practices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cigarette ads have a powerful effect on childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curiosity,â&#x20AC;? UCSD Cancer Prevention and Control Program Director John P. Pierce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Curiosity is a powerful drive that is more likely to lead to experimentation.â&#x20AC;? In 1998, four of the largest U.S. cigarette companies, including Phillip Morris USA, Lorillard Tobacco Company and Camel manufacturer R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

Company, signed an agreement with the California State Attorney General to stop targeting youth, in response to studies showing that teens are more highly receptive to advertising. However, statistics gathered from a five-year telephone survey study suggests that even after this agreement, teens exposed to a 2007 Camel No. 9 ad were more likely to use cigarettes. The Moores Cancer Center polled 1,036 male and female adolescents from 2003 to 2008 about their experiences with smoking in order to gauge the effect of advertisements. Participants were asked whether they had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;favorite ad.â&#x20AC;? According to Pierce, although the percentage of boys with a favorite cigarette advertisement remained stable over the five years, the number of girls who had a favorite advertisement showed a significant jump after the fifth survey, which occurred immediately after the Camelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release of the No. 9 ad. In the fifth survey, 21 percent of female participants claimed they

had a favorite advertisement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a significant increase from the previous yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report of 10 to 13 percent. Overall, 44 percent of girls named a favorite advertisement during the fifth survey, compared to 31 to 33 percent in the first four years. Pierce attributed this spike to the No. 9 campaign that targeted young girls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Previous studies show that these girls who identify with a favorite ad are at a 50 percent increased risk to start smoking in the future,â&#x20AC;? Pierce said. Congressional leaders have complained that Reynoldsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign violates the agreement, he added. For the No. 9 campaign, Camel placed the advertisements in magazines such as Vogue and Glamour, where ads often appear as fashion spreads designed to entice women with giveaway prizes such as lip balms, cell phones and purses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We identified that the jump in 2007 was due to the Camel No. 9 campaign that was specifically targeted [toward] girls,â&#x20AC;? Pierce said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And this shows they are still doing something they agreed not to do in

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â&#x2013;ś HOSPITAL, from page 1 Of the predicted $664 million required for completion, the Jacobs Medical Center received $350 million from external sources â&#x20AC;&#x201D; such as state bonds, reserves and capitalized leases â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and $131 million from charity donors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are extremely pleased to support this state-of-the-art medical center, which will provide both outstanding care for patients as well as resources for UC San Diego physicians, researchers and their colleagues across the La Jolla Mesa to rapidly translate medical research into improved health,â&#x20AC;? Irwin Jacobs said in a press release. Jacobs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who also financed the Jacobs School of Engineering â&#x20AC;&#x201D; served as a professor of computer science

and engineering at UCSD from 1966 to 1972, and founded Fortune 500 company Qualcomm Incorporated in 1985. In 2003, he and his wife donated $110 million to the Jacobs School of Engineering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be the largest gift ever given to UC San Diego Health Sciences, and it is nearly impossible to express the depth of our gratitude,â&#x20AC;? Chancellor Marye Anne Fox said in a statement. The new medical center will cover 490,000 square feet, and will stand 10 stories high. Construction is set to begin in 2012 and the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doors will be opened for patient care in December 2016. Readers can contact Connie Qian at coqian@ucsd.edu.

â&#x2013;ś TROLLEY, from page 1 Center, Old Town and downtown San Diego. Since then, SANDAG has been mapping the area to determine an optimal route for the extension. The SANDAG Transportation Committee will make an official presentation to the its board of directors on April 16, who will then vote on which routes they would want to pursue. During a 30-day scoping period May 3 through June 1, 2010, the public will be able to give feedback on the routes. The project would extend either the trolley or a light-rail transit service 11 miles north of its starting point at the Old Town Transit Center to one of three proposed stations at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive or Balboa Avenue. The extension would run north to UCSD along I-5 from Gilman Drive, and then follow Voigt Drive and Genesee Avenue to a final station at UTC. Other alternatives are also being explored. According to SANDAG spokeswoman Anne Steinberger, one possible route from Voigt Drive to UTC is along Regents Road and Executive Drive; another possibility is along Genesee Avenue. Stations have also been proposed

at University Center Lane, UCSD West, UCSD East, Executive Drive and the UTC Transit Center are all proposed stations. Werdick said the project has the potential to improve public-transportation services and reduce traffic congestion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students, staff and faculty are hesitant to take buses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and frankly, a lot of the routes coming to campus are not the most direct routes,â&#x20AC;? Werdick said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The trolley would open up a new alternative transportation method on campus which [is] going to be a lot more attractive.â&#x20AC;? San Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trolley line, called the Mid-Coast Corridor Project, was first suggested in 1987 and then officially created when San Diego voters residents voted in November 2004 to include the initiative in an existing half-cent transportation tax called TransNet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The region has set this as a transportation priority,â&#x20AC;? Steinberger said. TransNet, implemented in 1988, will fund 50 percent of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated $1.2 billion cost. According to its Web site, SANDAG officials believe that the Federal Transit Administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Starts program â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which funds fixed guideway systems such as light-rail systems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will fund the remaining 50 percent.

According to Assistant Vice Chancellor of UCSD Strategic Campus Resource Initiatives Brian Gregory, the trolley system would reduce the number of cars on campus emissions and the need to build expensive parking structures. He added that the trolley would allow students to travel to and from campus, and to other areas, more conveniently. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will benefit UCSD because it will give us options for the UCSD community to get to the campus, and then to go [to] other places from the campus,â&#x20AC;? Gregory said. Muir College sophomore Amber Elsaad said she would not benefit from the trolley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I probably wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use it,â&#x20AC;? Elsaad said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried taking the bus downtown, and public transportation just takes too long.â&#x20AC;? If the recommendations are approved, SANDAG will hold a conference at UCSD to gather feedback on possible routes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UCSD has the opportunity to be very involved in this and contribute to expanding transit to the UCSD campus,â&#x20AC;? Steinberger said. Ticket pricing for the route has not yet been set. Readers can contact Sarah Smith at sjs001@ucsd.edu.


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t’s election season, and that means a strange — for lack of a better word — A.S. Council meeting. At least two hours were spent in a state of confusion: first, over a Students for Justice in Palestine event, and second, over judicial board members’ availability for the A.S. elections. Three students in costume — two in suits and shades, and one in an orange jumpsuit with a black bag over his head — addressed councilmembers during public input on KELSEY WONG their recruitklw009@ucsd.edu ments for C.I.A. (Criminally Insane Assholes). Leaders from the UCSD ZOR dance team pleaded the council to help fund their trip to Boston, so they could attend nationals for the first time. After much debate over the ethics of allocating funds for travel — something the council typically doesn’t do for student organizations — councilmembers voted to fund the full $7,600 it would take for 18 ZOR team members to attend the competition. During member reports, talkative presidential candidate Tanvir Dhillon announced his appearance in next Tuesday’s Mr. Alpha Chi beauty pageant, where he would represent the A.S. Council. AVP Concerts & Events Alex Bramwell said Friday’s Bear Garden will be moved to RIMAC Field in an attempt to boost attendance at the men’s volleyball game afterward. During the question period, Campuswide Senator Carli Thomas asked a pertinent question: “Where is Utsav Gupta?” [Editor’s note: He was at Foodworx, campaigning.] In fact, only 17 voting members attended the meeting — just one more

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than needed for quorum. After a funding request from Students for Justice in Palestine for a hip-hop activism event and a “Writings on the Wall” event, an hour of debate ensued over the criteria for content-neutral student-org funding. “You all are picking and choosing with your freedom-of-speech battles,” VP Finance and Resources Peter Benesch said. “It’s really weird.” About 50 students, presumably contacted via text message from friends at the meeting, arrived to pressure the council to fund potentially controversial event speakers. As it turns out, many councilmembers were instead debating SJP’s spoken-word event, which was not the event in question. In new business, a motion to appoint four new members to the A.S. Judicial Board temporarily became another contentious debate. Three of the four applicants were from the Sixth College Judicial Board — trained the same way as members of the A.S. Judicial Board. The council debated the partiality of these members, and every other move was described as “shady.” A.S. Executive Assistant Heather Lucas said that the judicial-board chaos was her fault. “These people didn’t specify that they were graduating in spring, and were not going to be here in the fall… I should have followed up on it,” she said. Councilmembers argued about the judicial board with no motion on the table, and the general ridiculousness continued until someone wrote on the projected computer screen, “Resolution to impeach Utsav Gupta, WHEREAS it would solve everything.”

▶ S.H.I.P., from page 1 ficult time securing independent health insurance under the old system. “I had a medical procedure done two years ago,” he said. “If I tried to apply to Kaiser as an independent — because of that prior medical history — I wouldn’t be accepted.” The bill prohibited that anyone under 26 be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions. In addition, a provision will go into effect on September 23, 2010, that prohibits insurance companies from dropping customers from their plan when they become sick. According to Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego), who spoke at UCSD on April 6, the bill will also empower students whose parents do not have health insurance by making them a large demographic health care companies will listen to. “If you’re a student and your parents don’t have an insurance plan, in a few years, you’ll be able to join a pool of uninsured people — and that gives you leverage as if you were a part of a big company,” Filner said. He added that the “leverage” would make it more likely that major insurance companies offer lower rates. Filner also said the health-care

reform will provide students — and you still lose a lot of your salary to the general population — with a taxes, and that would be hard to live government subsidy, based off of. The bar for governon a person’s income. ment-supplied insurance “If you have zero should be higher, since income, you’ll get almost so many people make so 100-percent subsidy,” If the price little money.” Filner said. Effective July 2011, the of S.H.I.P. When the bill goes into health-care bill includes full effect in 2014, every increases provisions that will create American will be required while I’m a 10-percent excise tax on to purchase a minimum still on my the use of indoor tanning health-insurance package, beds. and will be fined anywhere father’s plan, Muir College freshman from $750 to $1,000 if they I’m going to Julie Luu said the excise do not comply. tax was a good idea. stay on my In 2014, individu“Tanning beds are a father’s plan luxury,” als with income levels at Luu said. “Every 133 percent of the pov- — there’s no little penny [to fund the erty line — approximately need for me health care bill] helps, $15,000— will be eligible to get S.H.I.P. so it’s probably a good for Medicaid, a governidea because health care ment program providing anymore.” reform needs a lot of help health insurance for lowand it’s a good start.” The DANNY FISHMAN bill also allows those who income families. In 2009, FRESHMAN, ELEANOR the average starting salary ROOSEVELT COLLEGE receive federal subsidies for new college graduates for health insurance to was $48,515. purchase abortion coverMarshall College freshman age for a surcharge. Additional reporting by Ayelet Tiffany Lee said the threshold for Bitton. government subsidies is too high. “I’ve worked a minimum wage job as a waitress, and it wasn’t a lot Readers can contact Cheryl Hori at of money,” Lee said. “Even with tips, chori@ucsd.edu.

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s journalists, we are instinctively programmed to fight, kick and scream for the eternal preservation of free press. The pillars of our value system include equal distribution rights for any and all publications, and absolutely no censorship nor government-influenced propaganda. These ideals, however, when dealing with student fees, must not interfere with the stark pragmatism of the almighty dollar. Because, as it turns out, free press isn’t really all that free. Ink and paper — no matter how necessary to communicating the diverse views of the student body — are among the more costly resources covered by the A.S. Council. In the case of student publications on our campus, these provisions carried a price tag of roughly $40,000 this quarter — all approved and paid for by the council. That’s an awful lot of bank to ensure that Fashion Quarterly can comment in full color on the latest Library Walk trends, or that the Koala’s marijuana leaves can finally print in green. All criticism aside, though, the wealth of publications at UCSD makes for an invaluable forum of public discourse. They show us that our campus, however notoriously anti-social, is filled with exuberant young people busting with creative, political wit and activist fervor — and they’re eager to show it off. Thanks to the A.S. Council’s “open forum” media org funding model, however, there’s no real limit to how much media orgs can request to fulfill their vision. Though allocations are still subject to the council’s discretion, as of this quarter, media-org funding has surpassed the figure in the council’s budget by about $35,000. A significant chunk went toward edgy new fashion magazine No. 15, which requested $8,693.43 to print 3,000 issues on glossy paper. Associate Vice President of Student Orgs Andrew Ang justified the amount by explaining that the publication wants to be a work of art that isn’t just “thrown away.” After their brief foray into the seedy underbelly of absolute media control, it seems councilmembers like Ang are practically throwing money at campus newspapers to compensate. They’re itching to prove just how much they adore the concept of free speech, frantically scrubbing their hands of any blame for last quarter’s unconstitutionally biased targeting of the Koala in particular. With such liberty, however, comes significant financial risk. Though the council is sitting comfortably on a rejuvenated bank account after student activity fees were nearly doubled for Spring Quarter 2009, it’s only a matter of time before the budget begins to strain again. During last quarter’s media funding freeze, A.S. President Utsav Gupta proposed media-org guidelines that would allow the council to distribute a pre-determined base amount to any organization who wished to publish. We think that’s a great idea. Unfortunately, Gupta’s proposal also allowed for the council to pick and choose which publications would receive the paid A.S. advertisements. That’s where things get messy. The idea of offering direct financial support based on a set of Principles of See MEDIApage 5

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ately, I’ve been feeling guilty about drinking water. It’s not the same sort of gluttonous regret that sinks into my stomach after inhaling a doubledouble cheeseburger with fries at In-And-Out, nor the same fiscal recklessness I feel when I blow half my measly Guardian paycheck on a pair of cowboy boots — only to realize three days later they give me blisters. No, my water-drinking guilt has more to do with a phenomenon that has pervaded my thoughts ever since I hauled my ass to college: my consumer conscience.

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Some time during my four-year stint at UCSD, I realized that almost every purchase I make somehow contributes to the demise of our planet. For every gallon of gas I pump, an endangered baby seal is clubbed in Alaska. For every page I print of an essay, an acre of redwood trees is annihilated. When I bought my first Russell Brand sweatshirt at the UCSD Bookstore, I was indirectly whipping the back of a Honduran infant for not sewing fast enough. But the image that most haunts my purchase-induced day terrors is that of a helpless Nemo-esque clownfish being driven from his kelpy wonderland by a colony of Aquafina bottles somewhere in the North Pacific Garbage Patch. No matter how parched my lips, every time I grabbed a bottle of water at the Sunshine Store, my guilt far outweighed the quench. So, my first step in consumer redemption was to choose the selfproclaimed Mother Teresa of H20: Fiji water. Marketed as the trendy green choice for eco-concerned consumers like myself, it seemed like the least of evils I could turn to in times of thirst. That is, until I happened upon an investigative article on MotherJones. com revealing that, despite the water company’s success (which has secured both Paris Hilton and Barack Obama as consumers), Fijians themselves are suffering from typhoid outbreaks because of the island’s faulty water supplies. Not to mention, the brand’s edgy square bottles are made of Chinese plastic and cranked out in a dieselfueled plant polluting some far-off land. Somehow, in attempting to make a sustainable choice, I’d added Typhoid-ridden Fijians to my list of day terrors. Now I wish I hadn’t lost the trendy Whole Foods canteen my mom got me for Christmas. I’d buy myself another one, but those things are like $25. Maybe tonight I’ll sacrifice a couple hours locating my long-lost stocking stuffer — if not to prevent spontaneous sunstroke, then to dissolve my thoughts of diseased islanders. And if I can’t find the canteen, maybe I’ll just continue being really, really thirsty all the time. I hear San Diego’s suffering from a pretty severe draught — maybe I can do my part with some good oldfashioned activism in the form of dehydration.


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to publish two issues per quarter, including full color on the front and back covers of each issue. (This would allow for a color centerspread at no extra cost.)For publications wishing to take the form of a magazine, the allotment would be slightly higher, due to the cost of glossy paper. Based on the rates of Guardian printer San Diego Web Offset â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whose prices are generally in the midrange â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the cost per quarter to fund a single tabloid newspaper would be just over $900 per issue. For a magazine, the cost would be approximately $1,100 per issue. The organizations would still be required to detail the specifics of their spending, but allotments could be capped there.

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After receiving their base funding, the media orgs would be free to publish whatever they pleased. To cover any costs above their cap, however, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to seek advertisers, hold fundraisers or solicit donations. Again, as newsies, it is difficult for us to criticize the distribution of unlimited free money to our peers. To continue funding these organizations without restraint, however, would be to support an ultimately unsustainable model wherein costs could skyrocket one quarter and plunge dramatically the next. Adopting a universal basefunding system, on the other hand, would provide for equality, council neutrality and continued support for free press on our campus.

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Dear Editor,   I was reading the April 1, 2010 Guardian article â&#x20AC;&#x153;Board Passes Housing, Dining Fee Increases,â&#x20AC;? and I was a little disappointed and confused about the information given. Overall, I thought it was a well-written and clear article, but I was quoted as saying that I believe UCSDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing rates are the lowest in comparison to all of the other UC campuses. The next line of the article then said that UCSD is actually the third cheapest UC campus behind UC Merced and UC Riverside. Perplexed, I visited both UC Merced and UC Riversideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web sites and found that the on-campus housing cost at UC Merced is $12,801 for the 2010-11 academic year; UC Riverside costs $11,600. According to UCSDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site, our estimated cost for next year is $11,527. Relying solely on the information provided on the schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Web sites, it seems that both UC Merced and UC Riverside are actually more expensive than UCSD, so I was a little confused as to why the article said they were cheaper. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Daniella Shulman Committee Representative, Housing, Dining and Hospitality â&#x2013;ś The Guardian welcomes letters from its readers. All letters must be no longer than 500 words, typed, double-spaced and signed with a name and applicable title. Letters must also contain a phone number. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity. Letters may be dropped off at the Guardian office on the second floor of the Student Center or e-mailed. Send all letters to: The UCSD Guardian Opinion Editor 9500 Gilman Dr. 0316 La Jolla, CA 92093-0316 e-mail: opinion@ucsdguardian.org

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ey, guys?â&#x20AC;? Rachelle Fuhrer asked the harmonizing cast of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seussical the Musical,â&#x20AC;? most of whom had just returned from a pizza break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re back!â&#x20AC;? she snapped. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seats,

please.â&#x20AC;? Like complacent kindergartners in a nostalgic Norman Rockwell, they plunked into the chairs before her, eagerly awaiting instruction.

Their picturesque obedience was broken only by a mohawk, a pair of leopard ears and the candy cane-striped top hat of the Cat in the Hat among the crowd. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a weighty thing to direct the annual Muir Musical, and yet another to transform such a hodgepodge of drama students into the smiley inhabitants of Whoville. Somehow, though, despite a double major

in mathematics/computer science and interdisciplinary computing and the arts, Fuhrer has managed to pull off both Thing One and Thing Two. The cardboard cutouts of the tropical Jungle of Nool whisk her from her everyday black-andwhite world of binary code arrangements to the See SEUSSICAL, page 8

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When we left off, Compton Cookout: The Party (namesake of my dear musical, which I proposed as therapy for monster racial tensions running through the cold eucalyptus groves of yesterquarter) was starting to really get loose. Bros were aiming balls at sluts, sluts were harmonizing misogynistic Lil Jon and Lil Jon lookalike Jiggaboo Jones still lingered â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wizâ&#x20AC;? in scar tissue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as a burn on our view of the awesome crimson curtain down back. So, just when the sluts and bros think theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re safe beneath the memory of Jiggaboo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who will, on the closing curtain, return to take maternal responsibility for white sluts who dress as ghetto chicks when bros on Facebook tell them so â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a mysterious goo begins to fall. Bucket after bucket of deconstructed purple drank is overturned from the rafters, unleashing a glistening waterfall of ingredients: streams of chicken broth, Kool-Aid, chicken broth, Kool-Aid. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;all you bitches crawlâ&#x20AC;? chorus melts into a hearty â&#x20AC;&#x153;make it rain on dem hoesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this time, just the boys, in baritone! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and purple drank washes the remaining friedSee NARROW, page 8

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hink of the lineup for Warren Live as a miniature version of the Sun God Festival we really wanted. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two parts dance, one part rock and unlimited parts awesome. While San Diego natives Delta Spirit ease us into the evening with a nicely homespun brand of blues-rock, electro-poppers Junior Boys and Pop Noir really set the grind: Get ready to sweat and choke on glowsticks all night long. Pop Noir â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a Los Angelesbased dance-rock trio formed by British-born twins Joe and Luke McGarry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been quickly picking up speed from debut single â&#x20AC;&#x153;DIY.â&#x20AC;? The music

video recently peeled some eyelids after scoring a spot on the rotation for MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new show â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Freshmen,â&#x20AC;? setting their signature sound with an mmmbop chorus and driving beat straight out of a long-forgotten pop ballad by Manchester luminaries New Order. Pop Noir Guitarist Joe McGarry took a moment to talk with the Guardian about the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identity, starting a record label and whether we can expect a little tasteful violence at the show on Friday.

INTERVIEW G: â&#x20AC;&#x153;DIYâ&#x20AC;? is kind of your signature song and aesthetic. Why the decision to start your own label and do all of your own

publicity? JM: I think the main thing is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re control freaks. We do everything. As well as the music, we do illustration and graphic design, and we wanted to have the excuse to do all of our own artwork and promotional materials. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to pay anybody to do it, and we enjoy it. Then we figured while weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing that we might as well keep total control over the music we release, and all the rights to it, too. We are sort of weird about anyone else having input on it. G: As both musicians and artists, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more important? Does the music ever influence the illustration, or vice versa? See NOIR, page 8

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t’s no surprise that Usher chose divorce as the theme of his sixth album, considering his recent separation from Tameka Foster. After 2008’s Here I Stand delved similarly into the tormented pop star’s personal issues, his R&B has taken a serious departure from its roots, transforming from club-ready, hurt-numbing bump ‘n’ grinds to a long soulful whine — causing sales and critical reception to (deservedly) suffer. But on Raymond v. Raymond — whose name is inspired by 1979 Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep divorce film “Kramer vs. Kramer” — Usher’s two personas try to reconcile. He bounces between reflecting on his failed domesticity and

dropping it like it’s hot for Billboard. The result is an incoherent hodgepodge of momentumless emotion that hardly manages to budge the empathy meter. Raymond may parade a potpourri of hotshot producers — Jermaine Dupri, Will.i.am, Polow da Don, RedOne, Danja and T.I. — but they only add to the overall inconsistency of the tracklist. Oedipal lead single “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home) makes a desperate attempt at distracting us from its redundant R&B groove with a creepy pedophilic confession. Usher’s signature rich tenor and impressive range are undeniable, but his muse has left the building: Overtumbled loops and overuse of the pimp-in-the-club fantasy

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border on intolerable. We do get a breather with “Papers” — the first moment of honesty on the album — whose falsetto almost resembles that of (dare I say it?) a certain Mickey Mouse Clubber gone soulman, not to mention Usher’s young protigee Justin Bieber. Bubblegum synths make “Guilty” a less catchy “Baby,” as Usher’s maturity level likewise drops to that of a 16-year-old: “I guess I’m guilty for wanting to be up in the club/ I guess I’m guilty for leaving and having a little fun” and “Your honor, she accused me of cheating.” We can excuse Bieber a few rosy-cheeked playground jabs, but Usher just comes off R. Kelly creepy. — Neelab Nasraty

“Whip It Up” features a silky-smooth Gucci Mane crooning about an “early morning hustler tryin’ to make a living,” and “Bitch” stars the oily Too Short as a soft-spoken counterpoint to 40’s punchy baritone. The campy “shake them dreads” mindset that E-40 popularized on My Ghetto Report Card still thrives here, but sheer double-disc quantity reveals the 42-yearold’s inability to discern the badass from the ugly. Uniform Day ditties like “Duck” and “The Weedman” drag on like a tenured professor. On the other hand, Night Shift suffers from an entirely different ailment: All tracks are semi-tolerable, but none

otorious for a madlib lyric format and synthed-out jive beat, Bay Area native E-40 doesn’t stray far from the winning formula on the 38-track double disc Revenue Retrievin’. The album is made up of mild-mannered Clark Kent (Day Shift) and his Mr. Hyde counterpart (Night Shift) — combining for a five-hour mixed bag that, by omitting the artist’s own hubris, could have been culled to a three-hour hit machine. Day Shift imbues the drudgery of the daily grind with the glamour of the big pimp. Its high notes are are wall-shaking neo-classics that throw back to 2006’s “Tell Me When to Go”;

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packed with enough juice to warrant a hit’s worth of enthusiasm. Still, Night openers “Over the Stove” and “Nice Guys” kick off Retrievin’ part deux right, the latter wuth a charmingly vigorous proclamation that nice guys — you guessed it — finish last. Regardless of 40’s lazy lyrical missteps and meandering midway tracks, Retrievin’ boasts a quickpaced, oft-electro backbeat and a host of witticisms as loveable as a foul-mouthed Dora the Explorer. This here might as well be vintage E-40, so keep shakin’ ’em like you been doin’ it all along. — Neda Salamat Staff Writer

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more prismatic language of Dr. Seuss, brought to life onstage in a whirlwind of feather boas and polka-dot stage lighting. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seussical,â&#x20AC;? Fuhrer explained, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;no formula â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no right answer, no wrong answer. The idea, visually and theatrically, is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a storybook coming to life.â&#x20AC;? But her affinity for numbercrunching doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt either. When it comes to financial matters, she and stage manager Janessa Marks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a major in (you guessed it) economics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are â&#x20AC;&#x153;organizationally OCD, and nazis with money,â&#x20AC;? and have allocated only 80 percent of the itemized budget to each team in production. Like all tales in the Dr. Seuss canon, the musical also carries an underlying moral lesson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Seussicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is not just about a cutesy elephant,â&#x20AC;? Fuhrer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are very real problems, like child abandonment and drug addiction. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just sugar-coating it in Dr. Seuss style.â&#x20AC;? Her own sugary personality seems to stick the cast obliging and the show intact. Having acted in three previous Muir Musicals and choreographed last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiss Me, Kate,â&#x20AC;? Fuhrer now directs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seussicalâ&#x20AC;? with the intent of keeping the process â&#x20AC;&#x153;organic.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The actors are not puppets,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re people and want to have their own heart and soul in what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing.â&#x20AC;? Somewhat contrary to Fuhrerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amicable personality, her mantra throughout â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seussicalâ&#x20AC;? has been that â&#x20AC;&#x153;directing is the art of correcting the

mistakes you made in casting.â&#x20AC;? Of course, she hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t told that to the cast yet. But throughout rehearsal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; less than a week before opening night â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a string of onstage mishaps are more than enough to explain the wasteland of empty bottles on the table behind which she and Janessa critique the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run-throughs: Diet Coke, an oversized can of Monster and a venti Starbucks cup. Cueing the music to stop, Fuhrer shouted at the actor playing Horton the elephant: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jordan, you should still be wearing your scarf!â&#x20AC;? With a line of assault-rifle props pointed at him, Jordan is scissoring the air with his feet, perched atop a 15-foot papermache tree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh,â&#x20AC;? Jordan replied coyly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Should I go get it?â&#x20AC;? Rachelle continued fist-pumping the cast and crew through the second

act. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to learn to love it!â&#x20AC;? she shouted. At the Circus McGurkus that followed, one of the performers pointed out yet another technical problem: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t back-flip in a corset.â&#x20AC;? She did a run-through with it off, but another problem soon surfaced: Jordan is on stage when he should be in the air, back up on the tree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do I get back on?â&#x20AC;? he asked, Hortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pinkand-purple ball clutched childishly in his hands. Whether or not Horton finds his way back up come opening night, the air of familial ease bouncing between director, cast and crew in Mandeville Auditorium will make for an authentic storybook experience. Ninety-nine and three-quarters guaranteed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seussical the Musicalâ&#x20AC;? runs April 8 through April 10 at Mandeville Auditorium.

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stage, while of course giving the audience a great feeling of solidarity with this chugging train of Black Student Unioners and whoever else may be marching beneath a body suit. The next scene takes place at the Student-Run Television studio. Joose cans litter the floor. A row of witnesses with their hands over their eyes encircle the ratty centerstage sofa, where a particularly hairy man sits in a poncho. He bobbles his head and unleashes a string of letters in no particular order for five or more minutes, until it becomes excruciatingly incomprehensible. There is a brief pause of welcome silence until he leaps up for his operatic battle cry: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ungrateful niggers!â&#x20AC;? The witnesses move their hands to their ears in a grand slap and

begin to repeat his toxic phrasing like larks on a loop, climbing in octave until we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even hear the words anymore. Lights down. Remember, this is art. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to make you angry. The BSU block marches through once more, so that Joose cans may be brushed to the stage gutters and the SRTV office may be closed for business. They pace a little longer this time, but eventually part their rectangle to reveal the limp figure of M.A. Fox, hanging from the ceiling by a piĂąata levy, manned by the heroic Penny Rue. We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even need a real actress for Fox â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a dummy with red-rimmed orbish eyeballs will do. Sit tight until next week. The real Cookout has only just begun.

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influenced us the most are from when we first started going to shows locally. Bands like Dance Disaster Movement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who were originally a duo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were running everything through loop pedals so they could play everything themselves. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually how we started out: with the two of us, a drum machine and two or three loop pedals, just looping everything. So they were a major influence on us when we started out. And I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of why we went into dance music so naturally. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really no other choice when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two of you and a drum machine. G: Do you consider yourself more of a Manchester band or an LA band? JM: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of tough for us because we mostly play in LA and are based in Orange County, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from Manchester and our drummer is Chilean. So we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really consider ourselves anything. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not an OC band really, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not an LA band really [and] weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a UK band really. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of like our accents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neither one or the other. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not American or English. We have no identity, I guess. G: So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the twin thing like? Ever get all Liam/Noel Gallagher on each other, or do you work well together? JM: We do get in fights, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never Gallagher-esque. I guess thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the benefit of being brothers or twins

in a band, especially having moved between the U.S. and the UK so much. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sort of each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best friends, whether we like it or not. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feelings. If Luke is doing something that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like, I can just tell him, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stupid. Stop it.â&#x20AC;? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be tactful. Even if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upset with me, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fine in an hour. We have this close relationship so that we can say anything to each other. G: It might be more interesting if you guys started blatantly hating each other. JM: We probably should have more animosity between us. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work on that. At the show on [April] 9 Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just punch him in the face on stage. G: Apart from brother-on-brother violence, what else should we expect from the show on Friday? JM: So far, we have yet to have a terrible show. If there [are] people there, I think everyone can have a good time. If nobody is there, whoever is there can expect to have a good time. My theory is that people tend to dance more if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a huge group of people and no one can see you dancing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as long as you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand out. But I am expecting to have a good time, so I hope everyone else is too. Pop Noir will take the stage at Warren Live on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Warren Mall. Free.


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that the score is 56-55 Duke, and I think to myself: “FML for missing this game.” 3:16 minutes left: I watch the little white sundial go round and round, but there aren’t any updates. Blue Devils fan continues to ask if there’s an update, while bad-breath guy talks about the business he supposedly runs. I think he’s lying, so I use my phone to verify his story, and it checks out. I contemplate which company has the best waiting icon. Apple’s pinwheel makes me dizzy, and the Windows hour glass of death actually makes me feel like I’m aging more quickly than usual. I decide the iPhone sundial is the best and wish I had a real-life one to gauge if Blue Devils fan has ever actually thought before speaking. An

update finally pops up: The score is 60-55 for Duke after two Nolan Smith free throws. Blue Devils fan throws out high-fives to anyone willing. 1:42 minutes left: After almost 10 minutes of real time, we finally get an update. I am deathly sick of Blue Devils fan. I begin thinking I should challenge him to hold his breath between updates. 54 seconds left: Butler scores and makes it a one-point game at 60-59. This sends Blue Devils fan into a rampage. He paces up and down the aisle of the train and almost knocks over a lady carrying two bottles of wine from the dining cart. I think I just found my after-game refuge. 13 seconds left: It’s still a onepoint game, and Butler has the ball. I try to hide the info from Blue Devils fan so I won’t have to deal with him.

I also want to slap bad-breath guy so he doesn’t breath down my neck any longer. God he smells. The anticipation is starting to get to me. Three seconds left: Game over. Zoubek makes a free throw, and Butler’s only hope is half-court prayer. I update Blue Devils fan and he jumps with joy, nearly breaking a leg when he lands. He lets out a yelp of pleasure and goes back to his seat. Bad-breath guy sighs heavily, which makes me immediately wish I had a gas mask. Fortunately, he leaves my personal space and returns to his seat. The poor lady who was stuck in the same proximity as us glances at me and nods her head in approval. Apparently, she was a fan, too. God bless technology. Without it, I would’ve missed the almost bestgame-ever.

!/IUM<ZQ\WV?QV;\ZMIS-VL[)OIQV[\=VZIVSML;IV*MZVIZLQVW ▶ BASEBALL, MYVTWHNL with two home runs, one triple and five RBIs. Junior third baseman Evan Kehoe had a great day at the plate, going five-for-five with a home run and a pair of RBIs. Junior second baseman Blake Tagmeyer also had a two-home run game, plating five Tritons in the process. Senior righty Kirby St. John improved his record to 7-1 as he tossed six and two-thirds solid innings. “We expected a tough series because they are a talented team that has been winning a good amount of games this year so far,” Lee said. “As a team, we refocused and played very well in game two to even up the series.” UCSD returned to Triton Ballpark on Saturday looking to win the series in a doubleheader. Senior righty Matt Rossman threw eight innings of onerun ball, allowing eight hits and striking out six as the Tritons eased to a 12-1 victory.

Alongside Rossman’s skill on the mound, Gregorich and Kehoe did their part on the offense, serving up a combined five-for-ten day at the plate, including four RBIs and a home run by Kehoe. The second game of the doubleheader lasted seven innings, each one controlled by the Coyotes. With a series split in sight, CSUSB put in just enough effort for a 3-2 win. Junior right-hander Guido Knudson grinded out six and two-thirds sweaty innings, allowing three runs on ten hits. He struck out six batters and allowed zero walks. Aside from a solo shot by Bauman, the Triton offense only managed three total hits. UCSD threatened an upset in the final inning by loading the bases and coming within a tying run, but couldn’t bring it home. “Coming back to our home field for games three and four is always a great situation for us, because we

have a good amount of success playing at home,” Lee said. “In game three, we came out swinging, and Rossman pitched extremely well. We were feeling confident and ready to take the series in game four after that win. However, San Bernardino’s pitcher held our offense to only three hits, and the way we played is not reflected in the score.” The Tritons now stand at 30-5 overall and 20-4 in California Collegiate Athletic Association action. They dropped three spots to No. 4 in the national rankings. UCSD will now set its sights on Cal State Stanislaus in a four-game series. The Warriors have won six of their last eight games. While the Tritons head the league with a team Earned Run Average of 3.36, CSUS ranks right behind them with a 3.53 ERA. Readers can contact Cameron Tillisch at ctillisc@ucsd.edu.

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On April 5, Duke University defeated Butler University 61-59 in the final game of the 2010 NCAA D-I National Basketball Championships. It was the smallest margin of victory in a final since 1989.

The junior posted his team-leading 14th win of the season on April 6, defeating Trent Brown of crosstown rival Point Loma Nazarene 6-2, 6-3 at number-five singles. However UCSD fell to 10-9 overall in 2010.

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fter an incredible run that pushed the team to a No. 1 ranking, the Tritons’ momentum finally came to a halt against San Bernardino last weekend with an uncharacteristic shelling of their ace pitcher, junior right-hander Tim Shibuya. UCSD saw its record 19-game win streak come to an end with a 4-3 loss to Cal State San Bernardino on April 1. By April 2, the Tritons had lost another of the four games in the series against the Coyotes. It was the first time they did not win a series since February. Shibuya took his first loss of the season in game one, when he was tagged for four runs on eight hits in six and one-third innings. His record fell to 7-1.

Senior center fielder Robert Sedin’s single drove in two runs, and junior outfielder Aaron Bauman hit a solo homer — but that was all the scoring the Tritons could muster, despite their total of nine hits in the game. The men loaded the bases in the ninth inning but could not come through in the clutch. “In game one, we battled and played well, but came up a little short,” senior catcher Kellen Lee said. “We had many opportunities to drive more runs in, but couldn’t capitalize. That is something we definitely need to improve on.” The Tritons rebounded in game two with a 14-7 victory on Friday. The offense exploded for 20 hits and 14 runs, with most action coming from the middle of the lineup. Senior first baseman Brandon Gregorich went four-for-five See BASEBALLpage 11

SERIES HIT TING STATISTICS GAME 1

R

H

AB

SO

E

UCSD

3

9

33

4

0

CSUSB

4

8

27

8

0

GAME 2

R

H

AB

SO

E

UCSD

14

30

42

2

0

CSUSB

7

22

36

3

0

GAME 3

R

H

AB

SO

E

UCSD

12

16

39

1

0

CSUSB

1

8

33

8

3

GAME 4

R

H

AB

SO

E

UCSD

2

3

22

3

0

CSUSB

3

10

31

6

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My ill-advised confidence guided me to choose a late train home. Hey, I thought, it’s not like I’ll be missing anything more than a repeat 20-point championship blowout. Good thing I’m not a betting man. As my train-seat rumbled beneath my stupid assuming ass and a crowd of people began clustering around my seat, all I could think was: Thank god for my iPhone. Ten years ago, I used to carry around a portable TV. I would sit in class with the TV under my desk and the antennae perfectly angled to run along the bottom of the desk so I wouldn’t miss a second of action. But the TV wouldn’t have done much good bouncing from train station to train station like a hot potato. Had last Tuesday fallen 10 years before, I would’ve been screwed. But it wasn’t, and I was fortunate enough to have my cracked, yet faithful, iPhone in tow — equipped with a divine 3G network. Let me first say that if AT&T truly is the fastest 3G network on the market, I’d rather carry around a hamster running on a wheel to power my phone. I mean, come on; if an offensive lineman can run a 40-yard dash in under five seconds, a multibillion dollar company like AT&T ought to be able to do it in half the time. But, in the end, the slower-than-molasses-in-winter blue bar running across my Safari Web page only added to the angst and excitement on the train. As the game wound down to a close, I found myself sharing my elation with strangers I was quite certain I’d never see again. Fans in Indianapolis, Ind. got to breathe the tension with some 70,000 others. Fans at home got to sit on the edge of their comfortable La-Z-Boy with their closest buddies. What did I get? I got some guy who hadn’t brushed his teeth in at least three days, a hardcore Blue Devils fan that yelled in my ear every time an update appeared on my phone and some helpless lady who probably would’ve rather been standing before a firing squad than sitting near us. In a game that I never expected to come down to the final minutes, much less the opening tipoff, I’m just glad that I had my handy-dandy 3G with me. Here’s a breakdown of my experience in the last few minutes of the game. 5:06 minutes left: ESPN.com’s GameCast takes forever to load. Blue Devils fan keeps asking if there’s any update on my phone. He asks more times than a five-year-old would ask “Are we there yet?” on a long family road trip. I start getting annoyed, and pray Blue Devils fan will shut up. Unfortunately, there isn’t an app for that. I decide to switch to ESPN’s ScoreCenter app. We finally discover See FACTpage 11


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