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he University of California may create a formal pathway for undergraduates to complete their degrees in three years, based on a suggestion by the UC Commission on the Future. While the proposal is still in early planning stages, proponents of the idea say that a defined three-year program could help students save money, as well as alleviate decreased enrollment by letting in more undergraduates. According to the Commission on the Future â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a group of administrators, faculty and students charged with reviewing the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations and drafting proposals to help overcome an $813 million cut in state funding as of Spring Quarter

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The A.S. Campus Affairs Committee voted 7-8 last night to indefinitely table a controversial resolution calling for the UC system to divest from General Electric and United Technologies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; companies the document claims are profiting from alleged Israeli human-rights violations in the Palestinian territories. Because the resolution was tabled during the committee meeting, it was not brought up during the council meeting last night, and will not be brought up again next ONLINE year unless the resolution is rewritGet ďŹ lled in on the ten and submitted as a new item. divestment Campuswide Senator and A.S. debate. President-elect Wafa Ben Hassine, a member of the committee, said the issue was tabled because councilmembers thought it was repetitive to vote on an issue that had not changed since the prior debate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People used the rhetoric that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been through the same discussion last year, and since it was the same legislation, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to go over it again,â&#x20AC;? Ben Hassine said. Arts and Humanities Senator Omar Khan said he originally wanted to re-discuss the resolution at last nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, but withdrew it because he worried it would divide the campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried to pull it from committee because I was unaware that this is an issue that could be brought up again,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I withdrew the motion because I realized that failing it or approving it would create a schism between the communities, and we want to continue the conversation.â&#x20AC;? The resolution was first proposed at last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, which drew an audience of over 200 students. During that meeting, councilmembers amended the original resolution to remove any mention of specific nations or companies, revising it to state that the council should condemn all war crimes in general. A special committee was then charged to review the resolution. It included representatives from both SJP and Tritons for Israel, the latter of which opposed the original language.  SJP member Leena Barakat, who helped draft the original resolution, said the two groups were unable to agree as to whether Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions in the Gaza Strip could be considered human rights violations, or whether Israel should be classified as an occupying force.  

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You can finally can your ProActiv subscription: Bioengineering graduate student Dissaya Pornpattananangkul is developing a new acne treatment that utilizes the compounds derived from coconut and human breast milk, but lacks the usual side affects associated with current acne drugs. Pornpattananangkul, who works in the Nanomaterials and Nanomedicine Laboratory, said she is experimenting with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;smart delivery systemâ&#x20AC;? that could treat acne by directly delivering potent molecules of lauric acid â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a compound proven to stop the bacterium that causes the skin problem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the site of irritation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our main goal is to prepare nanoparticles with lauric acid in order to kill bacteria that cause acne vulgaris,â&#x20AC;? Pornpattananangkul said. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;smart delivery systemâ&#x20AC;? is made up of liposomes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; microscopic sacs that act as carriers â&#x20AC;&#x201D;filled with

lauric acid. The liposomes are attached to gold nanoparticles, which help locate acne on human skin based on characteristics of the skin such as pH. This way, lauric acid can be applied directly to the source. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The delivery system will allow us to deliver several molecules of the drug to acne at the same time,â&#x20AC;? Pornpattananangkul said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That will cause an even more effective way to kill bacteria.â&#x20AC;? Approximately 85 percent of teenagers and over 40 million people in the United States are affected by acne. The lack of side effects of many drugs now available such a benzoyl peroxide include crusting and blistering. These side effects are drastically reduced when lauric acid is applied. Since the compound is a natural product found in both coconut oil and human breast milk, Pornpattananangkul says it offers a safe alternative to the commercialized acne treatments currently available and is less likely to irritate the skin

while killing off the bacterium causing inflammatory acne. The project began when Pornpattananangkul, nanoengineering professor Liangfang Zhang and graduate student Sage Olson teamed up with a group of researchers from the division of dermatology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We discovered that lauric acid had the ability to kill bacteria effectively,â&#x20AC;? Pornpattananangkul said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once we knew that this worked, we wanted to improve it even more by improving the delivery system.â&#x20AC;? Although the project has been in progress for almost two years, Pornpattananangkul said that there is no finalized ending date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not plan to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;get it doneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because we plan to improve it as much as we can,â&#x20AC;? Pornpattananangkul said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, first we get to prepare one nanoparticle. After that one is done, we do another nanoparticle that releases the drug inside the lesion only, but not outside. There are a lot of ways we can improve our system.â&#x20AC;?

Though the group is currently focusing its research on lauric acid, they are also exploring other fatty acids that could potentially fight acne. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are also interested in combination therapy [where we] combine our drugs and other drugs in the market to one nanoparticle to reduce the toxicity of those market drugs,â&#x20AC;? Pornpattananangkul said. Readers can contact Connie Qian at coqian@ucsd.edu.

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“If the public makes an effort to come out to meetings, then I’m willing to stay here all night to listen to them,” Ben Hassine said. She might be the only one. Members of the Da Real Punjabiz dance group asked council to give them $6,000 for traveling expenses to a May 8 competition. Sound familiar? A few weeks back, the UCSD ZOR dance team asked for a similar amount for travel, and was acquiesced. Vice President of Finance and Resources Peter Benesch scolded the council for setting an irresponsible fiscal precedent. “Bad financial decisions costs you tens of thousands of dollars, but does get you reelected,” Benesch said. The vote to fund the dance team’s latest travels passed 16-7-5. Vice President of External Affairs Gracelynne West gave a numberheavy presentation on the 2010-11 UC Student Association budget. The proposal included adding a full-time media and communications director to staff and opening an office in Southern California.. In a rather lighthearted presentation, Advocate General Parminder Sandhu described the attendance of associate vice presidents in one word: atrocious. He submitted 11 impeachments this year, two of which were passed by the council. Councilmembers also voted to establish a stipend for senators. Those in the position next year will receive $10 per week. Campuswide senator Tobias Haglund presented his A.S. Store budget to council, and — after much debate — the council passed it.

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<ZQ\WV[NWZ1[ZIMT"4IVO]IOMWN );:M[WT]\QWV1[,MKMX\Q^M ▶ RESOLUTION, from page 1 “They couldn’t agree that internationally recognized, documented human rights violations have occurred,” Barakat said. “They tried to play it off as opinion. They have accused these organizations — United Nations, Amnesty International — of bias, and they have made it clear that they don’t believe in unconditional human rights.” TFI member Lior Abramson said the issue is unrelated to whether a certain group recognizes Israel’s actions as human rights violations. “I think the wording of the resolution implied that if you weren’t for it, you didn’t support human rights, and that’s not true at all,” Abramson said. “I support human rights, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, but we cannot support divestment from a company that supports the Israeli Defense

Forces, which are what keeps our friends and family safe back home.” She added that TFI has not yet taken an official stance on whether “occupancy” is an accurate word to describe Israel’s actions in the Palestinian territories. “The committee didn’t work because our goals were mutually exclusive,” Abramson said. “As a gesture, since no student fees directly go toward investment in Israel, it is anti-Israel — and we are a pro-Israel community.” SJP member Chris Westling said that multiple students in the TFI community have expressed support for the resolution. “There are at least 15 campus orgs that support our cause, and a very small number of one — one that’s fragmented anyway, and one in which many members support our resolution —  which is essentially exercising veto

power,” he said. TFI member Daniel Friedman and Abramson disagreed with Westling’s claim. “As with all good Jewish communities, there’s a lot of opinions and a lot of things going on,” Friedman said. “But at the end of the day, when we sit down and discussed it, everyone came to the same consensus. On the TFI executive board, there were different opinions voiced, but it’s a democratic thing. We voted, and what came out of the vote is what was represtend by the elected officials at committee.” Abramson said that, though there may be individual disagreements within TFI, the group itself remains united. “We are 100 percent unified on this issue,” she said. “Of course, people have individual opinions, but we have See RESOLUTIONpage 6

;\]LMV\8]JTQKI\QWV[6W_:MY]QZML\W8ZW^QLM8ZQV\MZ9]W\M[ ▶ MEDIA FUNDS, from page 1 Finance and Resources-elect Andrew Ang, along with Mania Magazine Editor in Chief Rose Eveleth. Quarterly publications will now be limited to a hard $4,000 per quarter, and annual publications will be eligible to receive a maximum of $6,000 per year. However, cheaper publications will be required to stay within 10 percent of the quarterly average of their 2009-10 allocations, unless special circumstances arise — such as an increase in pages per issue, or more frequent distribution dates. The new guidelines state that funding requests exceeding the 10-percent margin must be defended by three quotes from competing printer companies. Ang said the revisions are in response to over-allocations that occurred under the council’s previous system. In the beginning of the year, the council set aside $45,000 for

media-org funding, but subsequently overallocated by over $20,000. “The original system wasn’t really a cap — just suggestions that people could choose not to follow,” Ang said. “This has concrete numbers on how much money each organization gets per quarter.” Ang said the new limits are based on operating costs reported by the organizations over the last several years. “We looked at the allocations over the past few years — both for publications that published quarterly and publications that published annually — and saw that the allocations per quarter per org ranged from $3,000 to $5,000 dollars for quarterly, and $6,000 to $9,000 for yearly publications,” Ang said. “So that’s how we came up with those cap numbers.” Under the new guidelines, quarterly publications will receive $12,000

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a year, but yearly publications will only be able to receive $6,000. Ang said this was because yearly publications typically only print a few more pages than quarterly publications. “Yearly publications don’t print the equivalent of all the quarterly publications once a year,” he said. “They print once, with less content, but typically higher quality.” Eveleth said the new guidelines emphasize fiscal responsibility by requiring all organizations to present three price quotes, ensuring they receiving a fair price. “We took out production deadlines, partially because they’re somewhat arbitrary, and every publication is different in that no publication publishes on the same schedule — and sometimes things fall through, and if you can’t publish on schedule, you See CHANGESpage 6

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any of us here at the University of California tend to regard ourselves as pretty damn intelligent. We openly flaunt the difficulty of our course loads, complain loudly about any sub-par grade we happen to receive (read: ‘B+’) and brag with enthusiasm about the number of hours we’ve gone without sleeping during finals week. But even the most selfinvolved of overachievers are downright impressed upon learning that a peer intends to graduate in three years. It’s a sign of superior organizational abilities, exceptional work ethic and, in many cases, a distinct lack of social skills. No matter how many college alcohol parties one has to skip to get that diploma early, the hard work is paying off in a big way — in the form of a whole year of tuition. And while a select few students have been independently pursuing the three-year option for as long as there have been universities to graduate from, the fringe benefits that would come from instituting this ambitious pathway are just now registering on the university’s radar. A group of administrators tasked with solving the pressing UC financial problems recently recommended that the three-year squeeze be adopted as an official academic program — a move designed to free up space for incoming freshmen while launching college graduates into the workforce at a faster rate. It sounds like a decent enough prospect: Take an existing option, institutionalize it, give it a fancy name (something like “UC in Three!”) and shuttle students through the system at breakneck speed. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. In order to ensure that students on this official three-year path graduate on time, they’d be offered priority course enrollment status, thereby placing regular four-year students at a disadvantage once WebReg season rolls around. And what if you sign for the three-year plan, lose steam and drop out? Then you got all that priority privilege without earning it. What’s more, the program

would likely also require participants to enroll in summer courses each year — a condition that basically eliminates the whole “save money by graduating early” thing. Sure, summer school is cheaper, but not by a lot. The recommendations for the program also suggest that these summer courses be taught by non-tenured faculty and teaching assistants. Translation: lowerquality instruction for nearly the same price you’d be paying during the regular school year. Though it’s not unheard of for TAs to take on more than they should, institutionalizing cheap labor to such an extreme degree would come at a significant life cost to those enrolled in the classes. As we mentioned, the program would have its benefits to the university: more room to enroll new students, lower instructional costs and the “streamlining” of a few generaleducation courses (sketch). Take note: the most significant benefits of this program are benefits to the university, not to students. Applicants admitted to the threeyear fast track would be getting an inherently hastier education, meanwhile cheapening the UCSD degree for all of us. And the university knows it. As if to confirm our greatest reservations about the plan, the UC Commission on the Future’s list of recommendations mentions a few of the negative impacts the program would have on its participants, including “less time to develop interpersonal skills” and “fewer options available within the curriculum due to scheduling restrictions.” Meaning they’ll be even less equipped with liberalarts well-roundedness than they already are, and they won’t likely be able to change their major once they’ve shaken on the deal. No doubt about it: Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the three-year plan would be a no-cost way for the UC to become more accessible to California students. Any way you look at it, though, the plan will translate to a lower-quality education. And once we’ve set that precedent, UC history will tell we’re unlikely to restore what was lost.

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closet. I own approximately 26 pairs of shoes. I wouldn’t call myself a “Hoarders” hotshot, but that’s still a shit-ton of stuff. I’m really not sure how I accumulated it all, but here’s my guess: Over time, humans have evolved to rely less on their bodies and more on their brains. As a result, we’ve accumulated a set of life accessories, which we must have with us at all times. At the dawn of mankind, these possessions were fur pelts and sharpened rocks; today, they take the form of smart phones, credit cards and bags — thousands and thousands of bags. Plastic bags, in particular, are perhaps the most omnipresent thing in the modern household — the container/vehicle of all fringe doodads. In my immediate line of vision, I can currently see two: The first is of the Geisel, book-toting species and the second a thin-skinned CVSer wrapped around my trash can. But I know there are more. As the cockroach of the modern living space, the plastic bag nudges its way into a home’s every crevice and almost immediately multiplies. When I brush my teeth tonight, they will stare at me from the bathroom cupboard. When I make breakfast tomorrow morning, they will threaten to spill from a basket near the microwave. Wherever I am, there they are. You can hide or discard the thin waxy demons, but you can never kill them altogether: Plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. The receptacles I toted my groceries home in last Thursday will outlive me. They will outlive my children. They will outlive my grandchildren. And, in a country whose citizens use about 50 to 80 billion plastic shopping bags a year, it’s no surprise I can’t escape them. With such power in numbers, they need a place to go. For a long time, they seemed only to settle for highway gutters and landfills — but recently, they’ve recently been sighted blizzarding through the streets of China, floating north of the Arctic Circle and conferencing with other waste in a garbage patch way out in the North Pacific. While their ubiquity is by no means welcome, I have little idea how we could possibly fight a movement this gigantic. There are only a few select California communities — San Diego not included — that have exiled plastic bags altogether. As an individual, I am especially weak in

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Lock Your Doors: The Big, Bad Bag Is After Your Family â&#x2013;ś CONSUMER, MYVTWHNL the ways of responsible consumption: My reusable, eco-friendly bag lays dusty and neglected beneath a pile of (you guessed it) plastic bags, and I often forget to request that my purchases be sacked in paper. But even if I did, how many more people would need to do the same for the plastic shopping bag to go extinct? How can we eliminate a species we so enthusiastically created when our reliance on its ephemeral function is still so instrumental? How, in the first place, did we develop such a flimsy, disposable item with such incredibly resilient materials? Why do sea turtles mistake them as food? Is a sea turtleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

think â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they will storm our civilieyesight really that bad? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to get all conspiracy- zation like they did that one street in â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Beauty.â&#x20AC;? theory on you here, But instead of looking but I think they They will storm whimsical, they will might be after us. our civilization suffocate your young. You probably all So, be wary of those think the manmade like they did innocent-looking sleepinvention thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going that one street ers peeking from your to enslave us is the in â&#x20AC;&#x153;American kitchen drawer. Poke computer, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Beauty.â&#x20AC;? But holes in them to hingot news for you: Computers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fly instead of looking der their gift of flight, and/or recycle them like ninjas. Plastic whimsical, they at Whole Foods while bags can. And they will suffocate your we wait for the immiwill. Once theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve nent showdown. In the decided thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not young. meantime, you know enough room on the planet for both of our species â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and what to do next time the store clerk asks, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paper or plastic?â&#x20AC;? that time will come sooner than you

Dear Editor, In the past year, you have probably created about 1,700 pounds of trash. So did everyone you know and everyone they know. However, there is one man who decided to reduce that number to zero: Colin Beavan, also known as No Impact Man, made it his project to reduce his impact on the environment to nothing. His is an extreme effort, but Beavan demonstrates the courage and initiative that we should all take. After seeing the documentary produced by Beavan, also titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Impact Man,â&#x20AC;? my house â&#x20AC;&#x201D; H-House, in Muir College â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was inspired to see what changes we can make in our lives to reduce our impact on our planet. I am writing to encourage all of you to take part in this challenge with us. For the next week, my housemates and I will give up eating meat, using the elevator, driving, creating trash and wasting water.  Although some of these actions may be difficult, the point is not to go cold turkey. Rather, we are trying to find out which eco-friendly behaviors we can accommodate in our lives. I urge you to take a refreshed look at the way you live by trying this experiment with us. We owe it to our community to take this first step on the way to living in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Monica Datta Freshman, Muir College

Regulating Internships Only Limits Opportunity Dear Editor, In her April 26 article entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unequal Pay for Equal Labor,â&#x20AC;? Kelsey Marrujo applauds the govern-

ment for â&#x20AC;&#x153;standing up forâ&#x20AC;? the student against internship exploitation. Marrujo applies dubious arguments in support of further labor regulations, including appealing to emotion by pointing at the rise in tuition costs. While I admit that a paid wage is far more lucrative than an unpaid internship, regulation does more harm than good. The decision to accept an internship is voluntary. As such, the student enters the contract aware of the conditions. Contracts can be broken if such an action behooves the student. Any claims that internships represent a form of exploitation are clearly nonsensical. Regulating internships will hurt the student because it will inevitably decrease the availability of internships. Businesses will no longer offer positions if they are coerced into paying their interns, and, as a result, they will deny students valuable work experience. This means that the few fortunate enough to have interned will have advantage over those that did not, thanks to state regulation. Before jumping the gun and berating employers for exploiting students, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remember that all internships are voluntary in nature. It follows that unpaid internships are indeed advantageous to the student. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jonathan Finegold CatalĂĄn Resident, San Diego 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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=VLMZ6M_:]TM[5MLQI7ZO[+IV;\QTT:MY]M[\5WZM+I[P )KKMTMZI\ML,MOZMM?W]TL?IQ^M/-[ â&#x2013;ś CHANGES, from page 3 get a hard time,â&#x20AC;? Eveleth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that most media orgs are in favor of it. I personally talked to a few media organizations, and they said they read it and were happy with it.â&#x20AC;? A.S. President Utsav Gupta said he thought the cap was set too high. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It might not seem like a lot of money individually, but $4,000 under our overall count is only enough to fund five media organizations a quarter, and if you want to fund all of these with this cap, that could be $60,000,â&#x20AC;? Gupta said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know it might not seem popular, but we have limited sets of resources and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allocate like that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is why I would ask for additional reflection on the cap.â&#x20AC;? Eveleth said the number was meant as an extreme, not the average amount of money allocated. She stressed that the data came from figures previously collected by the A.S. Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The $4,000 number comes from the actual data in the past,â&#x20AC;? Eveleth said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we set the cap any lower, we would be hurting the major newspapers on campus.â&#x20AC;? The new guidelines also allow

student media orgs to request funding for one additional issue during a quarter they did not originally request money for â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though the request may not exceed $3,000. Powers said this allows for emergency issues to be released under last-minute circumstances, such as Winter Quarterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black Student Union crisis. According to Ang, there may be exceptions made if organizations wish to request more money. Either the AVP of Student Orgs or Vice President of Finance and Resources â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the position Ang will take next week â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â would be able to allocate more money as needed. However, Ang said he would recommend that the cap not be broken. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The AVP and VP can extend beyond these rules, but it has to be a specific circumstance,â&#x20AC;? Ang said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have to come in and show proof to the SOFAB that you have a publisher â&#x20AC;&#x201D; show us your budget, your plan, your number of pages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; before weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll allocate more than the cap.â&#x20AC;? Eveleth echoed that more money would be handed out only in specific circumstances,. One example of a publication with

a high start-up cost is No 15 Magazine, which received nearly $9,000 in student fees to print 3,000 copies of its first issue. No 15 Magazine Editor in Chief Kevin Nguyen acknowledged that, if his organization had tried to request funding prior to these changes in policy, it would have hindered their publication process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still had something printed out, but it would be a lot harder to get started,â&#x20AC;? Nguyen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it definitely puts a little strain on new publications, because starting up is really tough â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough funds for it.â&#x20AC;? However, Nguyen said he is in favor of the new funding cap, and supports the flexibility the new system offers to startup publications. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There definitely needs to be some regulations about that, because people can be requesting so much money here and there,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I think that keeping the startup money â&#x20AC;&#x201D; allowing new publications to start up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a great thing. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely fair what they did.â&#x20AC;? Additional reporting by Regina Ip. Readers can contact Angela Chen at shchen@ucsd.edu

+W]VKQTUMUJMZ"1[ZIMT8ITM[\QVM,Q[K][[QWV;PW]TLVÂź\-VL0MZM â&#x2013;ś CHANGES, from page 3 a board that decides for the group, and if anyone was angered by our decision, they would have left and not been in our group.â&#x20AC;? A.S. Associate Vice President of Enterprise Operations and SJP member Rishi Ghosh said he wishes to see the council continue pursuing the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My idea toward the council is that you can run but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hide,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good things have happened, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to further work with the pro-Israel community, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confi-

dent that people will continue to work for this.â&#x20AC;? Friedman said the indefinite tabling of the resolution is a welcome end to the debate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the ideal thing, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what [the committee] decided,â&#x20AC;? Friedman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully now the communities will start working together to have conversation about the topic and bring them together.â&#x20AC;? Ghosh said it is possible that a similar resolution will be proposed to the 2010-11 council, which takes office next week.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It might have more success next year with a new council, if those new senators are willing to read the legislation and not just listen to the rhetoric surrounding it,â&#x20AC;? Ghosh said. Abramson said that TFI will continue to oppose the divestment resolution if it is reintroduced next year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this resolution comes up next year, TFI will keep coming out and speaking out against it,â&#x20AC;? Abramson said. Â Readers can contact Angela Chen at shchen@ucsd.edu.

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â&#x2013;ś TRACK, from page 1 The report also states that if a UC student graduated even one quarter earlier, he or she could save an estimated $8,895 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though this figure does not account for the cost of the additional summer courses a student would be required to take as part of the three-year program. The three-year degree program, though still in its planning stages, would require participants to enroll in mandatory summer school, â&#x20AC;&#x153;streamlineâ&#x20AC;? their major and general-education requirements and choose a major before attending a campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What you can do is you can ask that programs look at their requirements and see if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way that they can maintain the quality of their degree in a way that can compress that into three years, including summer offerings,â&#x20AC;? Bruce Schumm, a member of the Education and Curriculum Working Group for the UCCF, said. The university would guarantee three-year participants early class selection and course availability. Some general-education requirements might also be waived in order to ensure that all classes could be completed within three years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For people who have the capability and interest in finishing in three years, the vectors for doing so are not in place, and so the idea was to look into the possibility of offering â&#x20AC;Ś certain degree areas more amenable to that,â&#x20AC;? Schumm said. Although the three-year degree would be available at all UC campuses if implemented, each campus would be able to regulate certain components of the program independently, such as which majors would be offered on the faster track and how much flexibility would exist in class selection. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The UCOP would direct the campuses, but either way itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s implemented, it will certainly be implemented at the campus level,â&#x20AC;? Schumm said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So we might decide to implement something

here in a slightly different way than, say, Berkeley or Irvine might.â&#x20AC;? However, Schumm added that the effort required from departments to create a â&#x20AC;&#x153;streamlinedâ&#x20AC;? major may ultimately cost too much to be practical, especially since the university will bring in no profits from this program, according to the UCCF report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the end, it may be more effort than itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth,â&#x20AC;? Schumm said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no guarantee that you achieve these efficiencies or improvements in quality.â&#x20AC;? There is also no guarantee that students will be interested in such a plan. According to an academic counselor at Warren College who wished to remain anonymous, most students who wish to graduate in three years instead choose to pursue a double major. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are pros and cons to graduating in three years,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beneficial to students who are ready. Some students need more development. Four years is important for selfexploration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if you shortcut that, you may have to catch up later, which may be harder to do.â&#x20AC;? In 2002, only 2.5 percent of all UC undergraduates graduated in three years or less, compared with the 53.3 percent who graduated in four years, and the 22.6 percent who graduated in five years. An additional 3.9 percent of students took six years to graduate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For freshmen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or students that come in as freshmen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very, very few who ever graduate in three years,â&#x20AC;? a representative from the UCSD Office of Student Research and Information said, who also wished to remain anonymous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last time I think we actually published it was back in 1996; for years and years, the number was 1 percent, or less than 1 percent, so we just stopped publishing it.â&#x20AC;? Additional reporting by Ayelet Bitton. Readers can contact Elena Chang at eachang@ucsd.edu.

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It’s OK; I’m not jealous. This just means the final act in my winterquarter irono-drama needs to blow the fucking roof off Galbraith Hall. As you probably don’t remember, I left the M.A. Fox piñata hanging from the rafters in Act Two — levied by dependable sidekick Penny Rue (that’s vice chancellor of student affairs, to you). They exist in a pool of light on the right third of the stage. One of Rue’s hands is holding the rope, the other an oversized bullhorn — into which she screams, “Done! Done! Done!”, her burgundy centipede mouth rippling in waves of heartsickness. That’s when a second pool of light blinks on, onto the next third of the stage. A group of giggling girls in skirts and berets are skipping there, using a length of green rope (what the hell kind of rope is green?) to play double Dutch. If the berets haven’t tipped you off, these are the vis-arts geniuses who got a little too creative with their scrap pile on the seventh floor on Geisel Library one fateful Tuesday. Now the second pool of light starts blinking, because everyone knows it’s not an art party without a strobe. But the girls soon grow bored, despite the cool slow-mo effects the rope is making in front of their fickle pupils, and take to the next pool over, where they begin to wind the rope around the See NA NARROW, RROW, page 9

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e forewarned: This Friday, flash-mob dancers and dudes in bizarre costumes might block blo your daily route to Geisel Library. Lib The Arts in Action Festival tiv is open-air performance to make you look — a daylong event ev in which students, alumni and an faculty will align the fights against prejudice toward blacks, ag Latinos, women and homosexuLat als. Beginning at 2 p.m., theatriB cal pieces pie on the history of the movements moveme will unfold at various locations: the Triton Steps, the 40 Years Legacy M Mural at Peterson Hall, the Women’s Center and the LGBT Center. At 3 p.m., participants will move to the Silent Tree before marching to the Mandell W Weiss Theatre for an interactive “Opera “Oper of Meaning” (bring your laptop or iPhone) and open forum. Followed, of course, by a dance party at 8 p.m.

“Arts in Action came about because a few of us sat down and said, ‘We believe that this campus needs a place for its artists to respond to the racial emergency and events of last quarter,’” event organizer Heather Ramey said. At Mandell Weiss Theatre, a student mural will be collaged with a live mural created by Chicano artist Mario Torero, while a fence you can play like a harp stands by. Full-body knitted masks by Master of Fine Arts student Zac Monday (left, right) will be displayed during the gay-rights performance at the LGBT Center. And, just to make sure we don’t doubt the “multi” in this media, the festival will also feature a series of musical, spoken-word and digitally interactive performances, along with live coverage by SmashTV. “I really hope students will attend the event, come with their own questions, keep on working on these questions and keep thinking about the role

of art in constructing and deconstructing social identities.” artistic director Jade Power said. According to Power, festival organizers drew inspiration from UCSD’s history of radical protest art, which included body bags full of bloody animal parts strewn across ss Library Walk during the Vietnam War. “The performances are to remind nd students about the power of bodies in action, the links between performance nce and politics and to highlight the chalallenges faced and successes achieved d via protest throughout history,” Power said. Ramey said she realized the importance of documenting UCSD’s’s charged past during the sit-in at thee Chancellor’s Complex in February. “The [Black Student Union] alumni association came by and said, ‘You know, we were here before you doing this stuff. You weren’t the first,and you’re not going to be the last.’” Ramey said.


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ith a soft tempo and sincere sensitivity, Canadian super-group Broken Social Scene’s fittingly named Forgiveness Rock Record becomes the optimal soundtrack for a moody onset evening. Dramatic song titles, unassuming sonic textures and open-heart sentiments scream formulaic breakup album, but the care with which understated vocals are laid over the newage folk beat — devoid of the whine so common in choked-up emotional endeavors — creates a cohesive whole that’s more genuine feeling than forced connection. Album opener “World Sick” begins with a single guitar string, plucked and plucked again, an acid teardrop on the band’s history of soul-consuming shoegaze. But then they arrive: the drums, followed by synthesizers, all building to a charged chorus of electric guitar with an explosion of cymbals behind it. Despite the natural disaster in the background, lyrics are never tempted away from straightforward — even when addressing the complications of chronic lovesickness. By omitting the show of lyrical selfishness so common

in breakup ballads, “World Sick” instead lets a talented group of players become the internal earthquake behind a frail, hurting human voice. But they also know when to break the trend. A persistent buzzing kicks off album highlight “Sweetest Kill,” soon joined by a twonote bass track that sends itself rollicking. The balance is reversed: This time, background noise is sparse, while the vocals warble and echo, drawing out the last disillusioned note of a failed relationship. “Water In Hell” similarly tips the balance the band has so carefully cultivated — but doesn’t betray the heartsick theme — by launching into a state of denial. It begins with a twangy, country intro completely devoid of TLC. Nasally vocals are overwrought, senseless inanities (“From what I can tell/ There’s water in hell”) shouted onto a numbing backdrop. In a much kinder manner, the rest of Forgiveness proves that Broken Social Scene can be the introspective therapists we need in a rough patch — and somehow, we still feel cool. — Angela Chen

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o.B. may have hit his claim to fame stringing together niceties about a gal who pays her taxes and keeps a gangster’s eye from wandering, but instead of filling debut The Adventures of Bobby Ray with likeminded good-guy tracks, newcomer Bobby Ray Simmons pulls a 180 with a genre-straddling album that packs more juice than we ever would have imagined. B.o.B’s devotion to homehitting topics like hope for fame, success and love won’t have hip-hop’s big dogs rehashing their battle raps to keep up anytime soon, though. When B.o.B busts out his best Kanye impression alongside Jay-Z on the Top 40, it only serves to expose the 21-yearold’s relative inexperience. It even happens on his own album. Hitmaker Eminem injects a gold-clinching rage that cripples B.o.B’s comparatively flimsy verse on “Airplanes, Part II,” while T.I.’s rapid-fire cameo guns down the new guy’s self-conscious ego trip on “Bet I.”

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Bobby Ray may play up the pauper-to-prince angle to cringeworthy extremes, but the beats on bottom make up for every second. “Don’t Let Me Fall” showcases an appreciation for rock ‘n’ roll, as B.o.B pleads for advice from the screaming cords of an electric guitar. Throw in a shout-out to indie chart-toppers Vampire Weekend on “The Kids” and the beautiful pain of Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams on “Airplanes,” and it’s obvious that the rapper isn’t feeling pressured to find a niche — yet isn’t overrreaching either, a la Lil Wayne’s latest hardrock endeavor. While the excitable sense of variety is certainly admirable, it does occasionally come across as schizophrenic. But the boy’s got guts — and the game always rewards those willing to lead the pack. B.o.B. will perform live at the Sun God Festival on May 14. — Neda Salamat senior staff writer

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f normal-dude jokester Asher Roth had the guts to take himself seriously, he might sound something like the Mack ‘N Biz. UCSD’s own nerdcore hip-hop duo is about to release their first full-length mixtape, Just the Tip — and while the album may be more filler than killer, they do show off the chillaxed type of honesty and slick, popped-collar production that no gimmick group could hope to pull off. On tracks like “Fuck Class,” Andy Mack and AJ Biz bring a frat-boy swagger to the macho sensibility that has too long been the province of grim-faced gangstas owning the genre. It’s the album’s standout track, full of shoutouts to campus landmarks like Porter’s Pub and that one weird-looking guy who works at the parking office. The duo struts through verses, trampling a sea of triumphant synthesizers: “Fuck

class, I don’t wanna do that/ I just wanna get high and rap.” Their direct approach is admirable, and when they pull it off, the complete lack of self-consciousness is a powerful contrast to clowns like Roth. The stuff about love, though, becomes embarrassing: “Electric Bitch” brings ghetto misogyny to the suburbs, while “Dreamin’ Bout You” could only be meaningful to a 14-year-old. Their venture into politics fares no better, with “State of the Union” mired in cliche, a whiny tirade against capitalism and George W. Bush, the easiest asshole to hate on the face of the Earth. Ironically, their most mature songs are about the most immature topics, like the technicalities of getting fucked up. Now that’s a rap we can relate to. — Bryan Kim staff writer

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Gin and Pimp Juice Make Downey a Stock Stud ▶ MAN, MYVTWHNL cheekers rampant in the comic-turnedfilm’s first installment. In “Iron Man 2,” Stark is caught in the middle of a legal clusterfuck, fast-talking his way out of handing the Ironman suit over to a concerned U.S. government working in conjunction with opportunistic sleazeball Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). Stark boldly claims that no one could possibly stumble upon similar technology within the decade. How wrong he is. Just days later, muscle-bound Russian Ivan Vanko (an electrifying Mickey Rourke) whips the superhero around in a suit made with identical technology. The rivalry comes to a head at Stark’s Expo, culminating in a metal-crunching standoff that makes for one hell of a shrapnel show. It takes a special type of swagger to turn iron to gold — and Downey’s

performance as the iron-hearted Stark does just that. Charming and snarky, Downey is a winner alongside Paltrow, exchanging high-speed banter and throwing self-indulgent parties at which he gets smashed and dances like a baffoon. Downey plays up Stark’s fallibility, breathing life into a hero so frequently described as godlike. Antagonists Rourke and Rockwell never fade from view, either. Rourke growls in good Russian — spitting blood, peppered with metal — and Rockwell verbally bombards anyone unfortunate enough to fall into his greasy web of egomania. Even storemannequin Scarlett Johansson is surprisingly well -placed, deadpanning throughout as taciturn, bra-flashing badass Natalie Rushman. Bolstering the cast, director Jon Favreau keeps the special-effects team to the grindstone as well, churning out

streaming lighting blasts and enough gasoline-packed explosions to power Stark’s Audi. The effects are engaging enough to capture even the girliest of filmgoers, filling the void left by the nauseating plotline of metal-mashing giant “Transformers 2.” But “Iron Man 2” has its sharp edges. Favreau makes little effort to forge any new ground in the way of unexpected twists; Vanko’s thirst for vengeance on his family’s behalf is exhaustively expected. Though the flimsy storyline is lacking the kind of weight delivered by “The Dark Knight,” the film’s colossal effort in all other departments nearly irons out its shortcomings. And for those hankering for more hot iron-on-man action, be on watch for the clip that rolls after closing credits — looks like the next Marvel film is already being hammered out.

Not to Fret: Sun God Can Heal All Unhappy Endings ▶ NARROW, MYVTWHNL chancellor like a lopsided Maypole. (This, of course, makes it difficult for whoever is playing Rue. Ever tried maintaining a sympathetic centipede mouth with a bullhorn in one hand and a baited fishing line in the other?) Seeing as the second pool of light now goes unmanned — a strobing party one at that — the hairy “ungrateful nigger” in the poncho runs back out to centerstage, this time struggling to drag one fat side of a refrigerator box along with him. It’s taller than he is, with “Compton lynching” written on it in Comic Sans — because, of course, that’s the mock-handwriting font of choice for all those still living in the “post-racist” utopia that is a kindergarten classroom. (You know, where the only person you’re prejudiced against is the fool who wiped snot on the Lincoln logs? Those were the days.) Poncho man finally lifts the king-sized scrap above his head with a grunt of satisfaction, yelling, “If you don’t read I’m-a read it in a couple of seconds!” This is where we’re going to need some ballerinas. They can be shitty ones, though. And all we’ll need to play

A.S. President Utsav Gupta is another superstar piñata, silhouetted by a final pool of light on the far left, frozen in pirouette above a circle of chairs. The A.S. councilmembers, scattered around the podium, are wearing gray politician suits five sizes too big, back-alley negotiator hats that flop over their eyes and clown-sized dress shoes with ballerina tips. Extra black, for solidarity. They try to find their spots for a few minutes, but — thanks to the hats and square toes — end up a discombobulated swarm of “’scuse me” and “motion to find a chair” and “check your boner off my hipbone” and snaps (to make themselves known). Sort of like Marco Polo, if no one ever knew whose turn it was. Or how to swim. In the deep end. You’ve been very patient with me. Here is your reward: the grand finale. The rectangular snake of protestors returns from Act Two, still dressed all in black but for their orifices. The noose girls — who have been going all S&M on the M.A. Fox piñata — scamper off, and the angry block systematically begins to pummel the chancellor with a set of matching bats, chanting “We need to know!” at the bits of tis-

sue paper that fly from her frail papermache skeleton. “Done! Done! Done!” shrieks Rue on the other end of the rope, her caterpillar mouth more of a sin wave on psychedelics by now. A small way into the beatdown, cash starts pouring from the Fox. (OK, that’s wishful thinking. In reality, all we found in the piñata was a feast of committees. What a shitty party.) That’s when Koala man gets an idea: He pulls a spare keyboard from his poncho and starts putting his best sloshball slugs into the Gupta version. Score! Pennies flow like pain. Peripheral members of the protest mob flood stage left, getting in wherever they fit in. Only one thing could truly put the shit in this storm, and it’s called March Forth. Hundreds of students, loaded in Strike Barbie accessories, rush the stage to shout “Gay!” “Broke!” “Bored!” “Ahhh!” until it all blends into one causeless roar. The strobe takes over the stage, the tech guy says “Fuck it” and spews his whole stock of lasers on that bitch, and the audience joins in for a game-ending dance party. Because that’s how this thing should go down. See you at Sun God, beautiful people.

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<ZQ\WV[\W.IKM+PQKW;\I\MQV;\WKS\WV ;WN\JITT;MI[WV*MOQV[?Q\P8ZWUQ[M+Z]UJTM[QV)XZQT ▶ BASEBALL, MYVTWHNL seven innings, allowing three runs on eight strikeouts. His performance was more than enough for the Tritons to seal the deal at 8–4. Rossman said the series was an encouraging end to the regular season, but added that the team still has unfinished business. “I thought we clicked really well in the SFSU series,” Rossman said. “We threw, hit and fielded very well. It was a good weekend to finish up the regular season and head into the postseason on. This time of year is what we strive for, what our goals are. We’ve achieved one goal: winning the CCAA. We’re not satisfied, and still have two more goals to accomplish.” The Tritons will now aim to win CCAA tournament, where Cal State Dominguez Hills, Chico State University and Cal State San Bernardino will all be in attendance. Over the regular season, the Tritons went 4–0 against CSU Dominguez Hills, 2–2 against Chico State and 2–2

against Cal State San Bernardino. For the first round of the CCAA Tournament, UCSD will face Chico State on May 6 in Stockton. Lee said the Tritons’ pre-match preparation this season has been the key to their success. “We are preparing for the playoffs the same way we have prepared for every other weekend of games,” Lee said. “I have said this before, but we focus on quality of practice. I attribute my personal success to confidence and trusting my preparation.” Rossman agreed with his catching partner. “We’re not doing anything different for playoffs,” Rossman said. “We just went about our business as usual today, with a normal practice. We’ve worked real hard as a group. We’ve earned everything we’ve achieved, and we’re just taking it a day at a time.” Readers can contact Cameron Tillisch at ctillisc@ucsd.edu.

6I\QWVIT[-T]LM=+;,/WTNMZ[)OIQV ▶ GOLF, MYVTWHNL Jon Klingensmith from Colorado Christian. Going into the final two events of the season, Oksaki admitted his performance had been sub-par as of late. UCSD’s lead man throughout the season, Okasaki’s final-stretch struggles peaked on the 7,100- yard Classic Club course, where he shot above his season average of 75.1 strokes in all three rounds. In his third year on the team, Okasaki followed up a stellar sophomore season with a solid junioryear campaign. The golfer tallied a pair of top-10 finishes at the Sonoma State Invite and the 60th Annual SoCal Intercollegiate in March. Despite a strong string of tournaments during the middle of the season, Okasaki struggled toward the end, finishing

outside the top 20 in each of UCSD’s final three tournaments. During the 33-year tenure of head coach Mike Wydra, UCSD has qualified at least one golfer for the regional event every year, but nationals remain elusive. With the majority of the roster returning next season, the Tritons appear poised to break that streak. Oksaki, senior Raj Samra and junior transfer Richard Morris will lead UCSD into next year’s season, while Wydra will spend the offseason trying to solve the same problem he has faced all season: finding consistent play in the fourth and fifth spots on the starting roster. Readers can contact Matt Croskey at mcroskey@ucsd.edu.

▶ SOFTBALL, MYVTWHNL seen since 2001 with a 30-20 record, and four members of the team earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors. However, despite their efforts, UCSD finished the season sixth in the league, failing to qualify for postseason play. On the upside, the team had its standouts: sophomore right-hander Camille Gaito was selected as co-pitcher of the year and earned a spot on the All-CCAA First Team, along with junior outfielder Kris Lesovsky and senior catcher Nicole Sauari. Freshman infielder Nicole Spangler was selected to the All-CCAA Second Team. “The season did not end on a good note because we expected to go to the playoffs, but even though it was disappointing, I have no regrets,” senior captain Saari said. Because there were many underclassmen members on the team this year, junior infielder Sarah Woofter said there was not enough time for them to learn what it takes to be a playoff team. “Nobody wanted the season to end,” Woofter said. “But we need to learn from it and use it as a learning season.” The Tritons started off the season on a winning spree, but faltered down the stretch. At the end of March, the Tritons were holding a 23-11 record and third place in the conference; however, they went just 7-9 in April, and fell out of the playoff race during their final weekend of play. The Tritons consistently struggled with hitting consistency and bringing in runs in the earlier innings of games throughout the season: Five of their victories required them to come from behind. The Tritons were, however, able to improve their defensive game, committing fewer errors per game as a team than last season. The Tritons also posted a season-best nine-game win streak between March 5 and March 26, finishing the month with a 15-3 record.

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The women’s softball team finished the regular season 30-20 overall, and 20-16 in the CCAA.

Individually, Saari ranked third in school history with a fielding percentage of .991, and came in second on the team this season in doubles, runs batted in, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging. As the true stars of the season, the team’s pitchers — Gaito, senior right-hander Christine Zankich, junior right-hander Brittany Sheats and sophomore right-hander Tess Granath — wreaked havoc on opposing hitters. The staff combined to post a conference-leading 1.96 ERA, holding opponent hitters to a .265 batting average and totaling nine shutouts (eight of which belonged to Gaito). The Triton offense could not consistently provide its excellent pitching staff with adequate run support, with the team ranked just sixth in the con-

ference in both batting average and runs scored. Lesovsky was a bright spot in the Triton offense, finishing with a .413 batting average, 10 home runs and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. Junior infielder Jennifer DeFazio said team members respect each other as equals — regardless of age and experience — and now know what it will take to make it to the playoffs next season, with all but three players returning. “Through all the struggles we go through everybody has the same goals in mind, and we need to just work harder individually and as a team to get ready to go as a full force,” Woofter said. Readers can contact Yvonne Chow at ychow@ucsd.edu.

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In 1915, Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth made his pitching debut and hit the first home run of his career against the New York Yankees. Boston lost 4-3 to New York in 15 innings.

STEPHANIE HEINRICH | W. WATER POLO The senior was ejected three times (removed temporarily for rules infractions) in UCSD’s 10-7 victory over Sonoma State on April 30 in the quarterfinals of conference playoffs. She set the school record this season with 19 single-season ejections.

+ZM_0WVWZML I\+WVNMZMVKM 5MM\QV6WZ+IT Liam Rose

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CREW — Competing at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships from May 1 to May 2, the men’s and women’s crew teams managed to earn a bit of honorable mention — including the Efficiency Trophy on the men’s side. The award is given to the team that has the best results based on the number of boats in competition. Held in Gold River, Calif., the championships featured top competition from the West Coast. On the men’s side, three boats competed in the finals on Sunday, having qualified on Saturday. The junior-varsity eight won their race, and the novice eight finished second. However, the varsity eight — unable to overcome a slow start — did not fare as well, finishing sixth in their race. The novice boat, hot on the tail of the Orange Coast College squad, was welcomed to the finish line with the flash of a camera — and it was only after an official review that the Tritons were declared the runners-up. UCSD head coach Zach Johnson was named WIRA Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year, and junior Jon Seibert was selected to the All-WIRA second team for his influential performance on the junior-varsity eight over the weekend. Third-place finishes by both the varsity and junior-varsity eight-boats led the women’s team, while the second novice eight-boat took sixth place in its race. Despite an inexperienced roster, the Tritons pushed to make themselves viable contenders. “We have a young team,” women’s coach Pattie Pinkerton said. “It takes a couple of years to build the strength and endurance needed to compete on a national level. But we had some courageous races, and I was really excited to see that.” Senior Brianna Patterson raced in five separate boats over the weekend, and her versatility earned her a spot on the All-WIRA second team. While the final WIRA races signaled the end of the men’s season, the women’s team will return to Gold River on May 15 to compete in the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships for a final weekend of competition.

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or the past three years, the UCSD softball team has advanced to the California Collegiate Athletic Association playoffs. This year, even with one of its better records in recent seasons, the team fell just short of its goal. The Tritons recorded the highest winning percentage the program has See SOFTBALLpage 11

Readers can contact Liam Rose at lfrose@ucsd.edu.

TRITONS CARRY PLAYOFF INTENSITY TO FINAL SERIES 7SI[ISQ¼[*QL Cameron Tillisch

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UCSD concluded its season with a 20-16 conference record.

BASEBALL — The nationally No. 1 nationallyranked UCSD baseball team, having claimed California Collegiate Athletic Association regularseason honors after sweeping a series against the San Francisco State Gators from April 30 to May 1, will enter the postseason as heavy favorites. In the series opener on Friday, The Tritons sent their reputation even further, scoring in every inning except the fourth and collecting a total of 24 hits. Junior outfielder Kyle Saul and senior shortstop Vance Albitz jump-started the offense at the top of the lineup with four hits apiece, while sophomore designated hitter Danny Susdorf and senior catcher Kellen Lee combined for eight hits and runs batted in. Junior right-hander Tim Shibuya tossed six innings of onerun ball, and the Tritons cruised to a 19–3 victory. Lee said his team faced the Gators as if they were already competing in the playoffs. “We approached the SFSU series as if it was the first weekend of the postseason,” Lee said. “In essence, we practiced playing in the postseason — so when it starts up this weekend, we will already have felt the postseason atmosphere.” On Saturday, the Tritons and Gators played a doubleheader. Behind senior right-handed pitcher

Matt Rossman, CCAA player of the week, UCSD cruised to a 9–1 win. Rossman tossed five innings, allowing one run while striking out nine. Rossman said his focus on pitch location — specifically for off-speed pitches — has helped improve his game. “My success has come from just pounding down in the strike zone to both sides of the plate and locating off-speed pitches for strikes,” Rossman said. “I try to keep it pretty simple.” On offense, the Tritons churned out a total of 17 hits, while junior second baseman Grant Bauer hit his second home run of the season. In Game Two, the Gators shook the Tritons up a bit by jumping out to a 3–0 lead by the second inning. However, a seven-run fourth inning propelled UCSD into the lead, and the team went on to bag a 9–5 win. Senior starting pitcher Kirby St. John earned the win by tossing six innings, during which he allowed only five earned runs. Michael Benton hit his fourth homer of the year, while Saul and Albitz combined for six hits at the top of the lineup. On Sunday, the Tritons completed their fourgame sweep against the Gators behind the arm of junior starter Guido Knudson. Knudson hurled See BASEBALLpage 11

NWZ6I\QWVIT[ .ITT[;PWZ\ Matt Croskey

Associate Sports Editor

GOLF — On May 5, junior Keith Okasaki almost became the first Triton golfer to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Championship. But after tying for 65th place in the NCAA D-II Central/West Regional in Palm Desert, Calif., Okasaki didn’t quite make the cut. As he qualified for the regional event as an individual, Okasaki needed to finish as the top individual who was not a member of a team already advancing to nationals to qualify for the tournament. His three-round total of 16-over par, 232 put him 13 strokes behind national qualifiers Patrick Boag from Western Washington and See GOLF page 11

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