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ollowing a heated public clash between a prominent proIsrael activist and a member of the Muslim Student Association, representatives from Tritons for Israel began meeting with sponsors of the

annual Justice in Palestine Week — an MSA-sponsored event that presents students with information about Israel’s alleged war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories — to persuade them to rethink funding an event that they perceive as hurtful. “It’s not necessarily discouragement as much as [telling departments to] have a discussion with this organization before sponsoring these organizations, and asking them, ‘Well, what are you going to do at this event? What kind of speakers are you

bringing? What are their points of view?’� Tritons for Israel President Dafna Barzilay said. “They can have this week; it’s just that the way it’s done right now is hurting our community.� Newly elected MSA President Sarmad Bokhari said that such a retraction of funds would limit the organization’s free-speech rights. “One of our biggest concerns is that there is big pressure on UCSD administration and the MSA to censor its discussion on conflict,�

Bokhari said. “Any discussion on the apartheid — on the unconditional support of the United States for the Israeli government — is literally being censored on university campuses, and being done so by lobby groups such as [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee].� Tensions came to a head on May 10, when the Young Americans for Freedom invited radical pro-Israel commentator David Horowitz to

In Context On April 29, the A.S. Council debated a resolution to divest from U.S. companies invested in Israel.

Online Read full interviews with the leaders of the Muslim Student Association and the Young Americans for Freedom.




Green Center Opens Doors to Students After months of negotiations, student advocates finally share control of space with admin. By Ayelet Bitton Associate News Editor

Members of the Student Sustainability Collective celebrated their official move-in to the new Sustainability Resource Center in Price Center on May 17, after finalizing the terms of a legal document that allows them to share space with university staff. The SRC was designed to be an informational center where students can learn about sustainability careers and eco-friendly products. It was funded by the university and private donors, and opened its doors last November. However, after being verbally promised shared usage of the center by administrators, SSC members were initially denied open access when it opened last November. They were mostly at odds with Campus Sustainability Coordinator Maggie Souder, whose office is housed in the center. The two parties could not agree on the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding, which would act as a legal document to officially establish the terms of the shared space. Without it, students were legally denied the ability to co-manage the SRC. In a January 21 Guardian article, both Souder and one of the six SSC student directors, Rishi Ghosh, said the MOU drafting process was impeded because SSC members clashed with Souder over how much access each party would receive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the details is where it falls through,â&#x20AC;? Souder told the Guardian reporter. As a result, students and staff met throughout Winter and Spring Quarters to draft a MOU that served both their interests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the MOU, we had a few rough spots, but we basically increased the frequency of our meetings to the point where we were meeting at one point 10 hours a week almost,â&#x20AC;? Ghosh said. Members recruited the help of Vice Chancellor




he University of California will redirect $500 million from administrative services into academic sectors within five years, finance experts announced during the May 19 UC Board of Regents meeting in UC San Francisco. According to UC Chief Financial Officer Peter Taylor, the reallocation is part of an ongoing initiative to restructure the UC budget so that it reduces wasteful spending and puts emphasis on academics. Since 2008, the university has redirected $232 million from areas such as risk management and insurance into academic affairs. Taylor said the changes are based on a series of UC Office of the President efficiency reports detailing how to streamline university spending. Currently, there is no set of standard criteria by which administrative sectors throughout the UC system will be restructured, but Taylor said he hopes to reduce â&#x20AC;&#x153;procurement,â&#x20AC;? or the acquisition of items such as office supplies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We spend $4 billion a year on everything from pens to calculators to fancy printer paper,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By deploying See FUNDINGpage 2

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â&#x2013;ś CONTROVERSY, from page 1 Palestinian paramilitary governspeak at Price Center. He arrived in ments within the disputed territothe middle of the MSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Justice in ries of Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, Palestine Week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which included a respectively. The organizations receive Library Walk recreation of the Israeli significant popular support from the security wall that separates Israel Palestinian people, partly because they provide social services like schools and from the West Bank. During Horowitzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; presentation, he hospitals. However, their sponsorship of violent attacks against began a rapid-fire debate Israeli citizens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as with UCSD student and official statements theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve MSA member Jumanah released condemning Imad Albahri, who asked Zionism and denying the him to back up his claim Holocaust â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have made that Muslim student That video is organizations in the U.S. being exploited them controversial. Young Americans for are funded by terrorists. or being used Freedom chairwoman The debate peaked when Gabriella Hoffman called Horowitz asked Albahri to manipulate Albahriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comment threatto definitively condemn her words.â&#x20AC;? ening and anti-Semitic. or support Hezbollah â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a SARMAD BOKHARI â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being Jewish, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hurtgovernment that the U.S. PRESIDENT, ful that someone in my classified as a terrorist MUSLIM STUDENT university would want to organization in 1999. ASSOCIATION kill me, my friends that I â&#x20AC;&#x153;The head of associate with, the faculty Hezbollah has said that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a lot of the community he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to hunt us down [at UCSD] is Jewish,â&#x20AC;? Hoffman said. However, students on both sides globally. [Are you] for it or against it?â&#x20AC;? of the debate have said that, given the Horowitz asked. context of her debate with Horowitz, â&#x20AC;&#x153;For it,â&#x20AC;? Albahri said. Albahri declined to comment fur- Albahri likely did not intend to conther, but said in an online statement done genocide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know her personally,â&#x20AC;? that she originally misunderstood the MSA member Leena Barakat said. question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My answer, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;for it,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the context in â&#x20AC;&#x153;But as an active member of the which it was said, does not mean â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;forâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MSA, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually believe that genocide,â&#x20AC;? Albahri said in the state- this is what she actually condoned... ment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was referring to his initial because it goes so far against the question that asked me for my position beliefs and practices and teachings on Hamas, a topic that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for his own of Islam. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anti-Zionist, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s propolitical reasons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he was relentless Jewish. She isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anti-Jewish at all.â&#x20AC;? Bokhari said that a video posted in pursuing. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;For itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was not a legitimization of Hezbollahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or anyone of Albahriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comment was misleadelseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credo for that matter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that Jews ing. should be exterminated.â&#x20AC;? See CONFLICTpage 3 Hezbollah and Hamas are both

â&#x2013;ś FUNDING, from page 1 resources from that area, a conservative estimate says that we can save $100 million without cutting jobs.â&#x20AC;? Taylor said this kind of consolidation would preserve the academic independence of the campuses while reducing the need for each campus to have an autonomous administrative sector. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a university that values autonomy and independence on the academic level, and the academics are what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re known for,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily need autonomy and independence in the administrative level. I have a definite bias for system administration to be centralized.â&#x20AC;? Under the plan, the overall amount of campus funding allocated to each campus would not change. Taylor said that each campus has a block of funding that remains constant; savings will be made by shifting funds from administrative sectors into academic affairs instead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UCOP wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the commandand-control central of where this money goes,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the chancellorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision of which academic sector to put the extra money, â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether it be another poli-sci instructor or a biology researcher.â&#x20AC;? Another reallocation effort will be consolidating human-resource centers. Although each campus will still have its own center, this plan would synchronize the various HR computer systems into a single database. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someone in HR working at Berkeley and then goes down to UC San Diego, the different HR databases might not communicate, so he has to be added in as an employee again,â&#x20AC;? Taylor said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a waste of time and money, and the kind of thing we want to avoid. Same thing with payroll â&#x20AC;&#x201D;







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onight’s two-hour A.S. Council meeting kicked off with a short discussion about the pros and cons of the various trolley lines proposed by the city of San Diego, planned for completion in 2016. A.S. Enterprises Advisory Intern and former Campuswide Senator Tobias Haglund then presented a list of potential names for the newly approved A.S. Store, which will be located in Price Center and sell Greek ANGELA CHEN merchandise. Suggestions included “Black Pearl” and “Maelstrom Dome,” although Haglund said he was unsure what “Maelstrom” meant (one councilmember defined it for him as a “violent storm”). Haglund said that the store, which councilmembers originally hoped would open in Fall Quarter 2010, would more likely make its debut next Winter Quarter. During public input, Muslim Student Association President Sarmad Bokhari spoke about a recent incident in which a Muslim student — when prodded by proIsrael speaker David Horowitz — implied that she supported a second Jewish genocide. According to Bokhari, the student, Jumanah Imad Albahri, is not and has never been an elected representative of the MSA, and her views do not represent that of the organization.  Vice President of Finance and Resources Andrew Ang announced that he would be submitting associate vice president nominations to New Business next week. Transfer Senator and Transportation Policy Committee member Adam Powers gave a



lengthy presentation recapping the Transportation Referendum — a fee that would go toward preserving buses and shuttles on campus that was proposed in Fall Quarter, then failed Winter Quarter on the recommendation of the A.S. Transportation Committee. “The options were ‘Pass this referendum or we’ll cut shuttles,’ and that was a little too ‘A or B’ for us,” Powers said. “I think we need to cut ties to them.” The next meeting of the Transportation Policy Committee, who will ultimately decide the effect of the failed referendum on campus shuttles, will be Monday, May 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Price Center West Bear Room.  The council then approved A.S. President Wafa Ben Hassine’s nomination of Muir College freshman Elizabeth Garcia as her chief of staff.  Sixth College Senator Parminder Sandhu said that further meetings of the Electronic Policy Committee had been cancelled, as “the university librarian says there’s not enough to discuss.”  Ben Hassine reminded everyone that the official 2010-11 executive budget would be proposed at next week’s meeting. “This will be a short meeting,” she said, amid skeptical laughter from councilmembers. She reminded them of a new process in which only the most pressing issues will be passed, and the rest of the budget will wait until Week Three of Fall Quarter. “Take my personal guarantee that this will be a shorter meeting,” she said. “It’s the fall meeting that will be the longer meeting.”

▶ STATEMENT, from page 2 “That video is being exploited or being used to manipulate her words, because she did not mean to say the words that she did,” Bokhari said. TFI President Barzilay said she understands the pressure that Albahri was under during her debate with Horowitz, but that the statement was nonetheless unacceptable. “[We are] understanding that she’s human, and that she was forced,” Barzilay said. “Based on the speech and how extreme he was, it wasn’t very effective the way he asked her. But it proves these views exist. It proves that racist views that happened during the ‘Compton Cookout’ still exist.” The main focus of Justice in Palestine Week was the wall — representing the 400-mile West Bank barrier — that stretched down Library Walk, displaying facts, maps and personal accounts supporting the Palestinian cause. MSA representatives said the wall was also meant to promote awareness of the Israeli

government’s alleged human rights violations in Gaza and the West Bank. Some pro-Israel students reacted negatively to the wall, which they said contained exaggerations and false information. “The [West Bank barrier] is to barricade any danger coming into those areas, so people can live peacefully,” Hoffman said. “To present it as apartheid is just wrong and misconstrued — it’s not the truth.” Students with TFI have met with Justice in Palestine Week sponsors to ask that they cease their support, on the grounds that it negatively targets their community. The MSA received the majority of its funding for Justice in Palestine Week from the A.S. Council, with additional sources like Thurgood Marshall College, the ethnic-studies department and the Black Staff Association. “It’s just progressed; the level of feeling alienated and uncomfortable has increased,” Barzilay said. “I do

feel threatened in some respect on campus. I’m a Marshall College student; to know that they sponsored the events that for a whole week made me feel uncomfortable walking on Library Walk — it hurts me.” Bokhari said the week-long event was not meant to target or alienate the pro-Israel students on campus; rather, he said, the goal was to raise awareness about the human rights violations the Israeli government has committed against the Palestinians living in the occupied territories. “This week, this cause, is not Muslim versus Jews; it’s not anti-Semitism, but rather anti-Zionism — the idea of an exclusive Jewish state in Palestine,” Bokhari said. “The main purpose of the event is to raise awareness and to let college students know what the Palestinian narrative actually is, because they won’t hear it from mainstream, regular media.” Readers can contact Nisha Kurani at

;\]LMV\[6MOW\QI\M.]TT)KKM[[\W;][\IQVIJQTQ\a:M[W]ZKM+MV\MZ ▶ CONTROVERSY, from page 1 of Resource Management and Planning Gary Matthews and Assistant Vice Chancellor Russell Thackston to help expedite the process. “When we realized discussions weren’t going anywhere, we called in help,” SSC student director Elizabeth Elman said. “[Matthews and Thackston] were very willing to listen to our concerns and help us negotiate with the staff — which, in my opinion, was the critical concern holding us back.” When discussions came to a halt in late January, SSC members threatened Souder that they would take the case to University Centers administrators — who have the power to alter the terms of the SRC — as a negotiating tool.

“None of those escalation tactics were necessary, because we were ultimately able to work it out among ourselves,” Ghosh said. Staff and students finalized the MOU last week, then sent it to Thackston and A.S. President Wafa Ben Hassine for final approval. Ghosh said he expects the document to be approved within two weeks. According to the drafted MOU, students will manage half the SRC’s floor space — including the lounge area, which will also function as student office space. SSC members will also now be allowed to use the center’s storage space for materials such as informational pamphlets. The six SSC student directors have additionally been granted full-time

access by way of a fingerprint scanner at the center’s entrance. Before, students were only permitted to enter the space when Souder was present. Lastly, the MOU grants SSC members the ability to schedule projects and meetings in the SRC without requesting approval from Souder in advance. Ghosh and Souder both said separately that the agreement is a step forward for campus sustainability. “It was great to see the happiness and enthusiasm that was apparent at Monday’s move-in celebration,” Souder said. “The collaboration occurring in the space continues to shape UC San Diego’s sustainability future.” Readers can contact Ayelet Bitton at


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Props to the Loft for its new “Be Lofty” initiative, which gives students the option to pay $25 for a yearlong all-access event pass. But flops for giving it a stupid name. Flops to 2012 London Olympics organizing chief Sebastian Coe for signing off on a mascot that looks like a “Teletubby, but with more of a cyclops influence,” in his own words.


Just Add Air: Sun God in a Can Despite a budget that pushed the half-million mark, this year’s festival revealed a sad reality: Even our most resistant rabble-rousers are vulnerable to the administration’s threats.


Basically, authorities made the only move that would ensure people got hurt. If you place all $550,000 worth of Sun God events in one small space and then tell everyone they have to stand idle on a cold, moonlit field — watching from the sidelines as the dance party of the year rages on without them — you’re going to have some broken ankles on your hands. The Dance Tent is not the same as the Main Stage, where back-and-forth shoving can lead to lung-crushing quarters and the infamous domino effect. It’s the very same Dance Tent used at Coachella, where everyone walks away fine (or as fine as they can be after reenacting “Flashdance” on MDMA). Hormonal chicks aren’t generally straining to reach the stage so they can kiss the feet of the main act; in fact, ravers tend to leave themselves some dancing room. And if students felt suffocated during Z-Trip, they could have woven their way out — that’s what the row of giant arc-openings along the sides of the

t appears one cage just wasn’t enough for the powers that be at this year’s Sun God Festival. After confining the best day of the year to RIMAC Field last Friday, they decided to erect yet another barricade — this time around the Dance Tent, where DJ Z-Trip was laying down a set for the ages. Anyone catch that “Ring of Fire” mashup? Hot damn. According to A.S. Associate Vice President of Concerts and Events Alex Bramwell, there were still 1,000 students who wanted to belly up to Z-Trip after the tent had reached its 3,000-person capacity. So he made the decision — along with his UC Police Department and University Events Office cohorts — to block out the remaining 1,000 so that the crowd wouldn’t become dangerous. Then, when the blockade itself became dangerous (surprise, surprise), they shooed Z-Trip offstage an hour early. (Fat chance Z-Trip, or any artist in his circle, will bother showing up at our poopy party anytime in the near future.)

tent are for. The most ironic part is that, by confining the festival in the first place, coordinators created the overcapacity problem themselves. Until 2008 — when, in response to the chaos of Sun God 2007, all booths and day stages were swept from around campus into the stifling RIMAC dustpan — wristbands didn’t even come close to selling out. Officials have cited the higher number of health emergencies in 2007 as the reason for the new caged format. However, we’d like to personally deliver the breaking news that, despite all campaigns toward sobriety, the same stuff still goes on — just behind the closed doors of dorms, apartments and offices across campus. From the administrative standpoint, another main drawback to the all-campus format was the mess it left behind. Maybe if the A.S. Council hadn’t blown $5,000 to $6,000 on a Sun God blowup doll (redesigned by A.S. graphic artists to resemble a disfigured sci-fi insect,

the perfect muse for their circlejerk), and instead paid a janitorial staff to clean up after Friday’s campuswide debauchery, we could have let off some real steam. It’s clear the force of youthful funbellion on campus is moot when the fearless assholes from student newspaper the Koala don’t even have the balls to set up their annual waterslide on Sun God Lawn — the only thing the rest of us can agree to like them for — due to a few official-looking e-mails threatening legal action. (Major flops there, gentlemen.) Or maybe they were just shamed by that See SUN GODpage 5




;YL]VY*V_ OPINION EDITOR The UCSD Guardian is published twice a week at the University of California at San Diego. Contents © 2010. Views expressed herein represent the majority vote of the editorial board and are not necessarily those of the UC Board of Regents, the ASUCSD or the members of the Guardian staff.


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ollege radio stations — not unlike extremist newspapers and humanities professors — are a more subversive trademark on any campus. They often lack advertisements. They’re populated by indie vinylphiles. They would rather face nuclear warfare than air the latest Miley Cyrus single. On this campus, student radio is also a hidden Student Center niche. However, the managers of KSDT have recently expressed new interest in spreading their programming to a greater population. UCSD’s “fiercely independent” station is currently only broadcast online, but co-manager Meredith Wong and executive at large Marcus Rosario want to invest in an oncampus radio tower to finally take them on air. Due to San Diego’s overcrowded airwaves though, Wong said there are precious few FM radio frequencies available. Therefore, an AM radio station — which would prob-

ably only be broadcast on campus, so as to avoid Federal Communications Commission restrictions — would supposedly be the most feasible avenue to get on air. While every Even if student org we ignore has a right to the fact that its share of the the gathering A.S. Council’s ’round the AM radio for annual $3 community million, entertainment is about as this is an a colunprecedented popular lege pastime chunk of as a game of (non-strip) change to Candyland, request. it’s estimated that an on-campus tower would require an initial investment of a whopping $100,000 — which would be entirely funded by student fees, if approved by the A.S. Council. While every student org has a

right to its fair share of the A.S. Council’s annual $3 million, this is an unprecedented chunk of change to request. KSDT hasn’t even begun to investigate all the obstacles implicit in needing the administration to sign over a sizable plot of land for the tower. (Wong, for the record, said that the station is “really serious about it, but hasn’t started much of the research.” Go figure.) Before pursuing a six-figure investment in antiquated technology, Wong and Rosario would be wise to look into more cost-effective ways to make a name for their station. Partnering with dining halls or oncampus coffee shops such as Perks and Cafe Roma — which could possibly broadcast the station’s live radio stream — would be a much more affordable first step toward reaching out beyond KSDT’s Student Center speakers. Though it may sacrifice some of the station’s hipster cred, it wouldn’t

hurt to add a KSDT feature to the existing UCSD iPhone application for greater visibility. The station could even approach our school’s own iPhone App Programming Club (or other likeminded student techies) to develop a live streaming application for mobile devices. Doing so could garner a fresh crop of listeners while maintaining the fierce independence that a government-sanctioned AM broadcast might compromise.



n my 21-year career as a TV watcher, I can only vividly recall one commercial: the one where Sarah McLachlan’s saintly “Angel” hymn pervades the room, and my glowing screen is filled with a scrunch of brown fuzz, complete with round eyes, a soft button snout and a floppy pink tongue. I love puppy.

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But something’s wrong: It seems he’s lying on a vet’s icy examination table, looking sick and vulnerable as all hell. I wonder if he’s OK. He stares back helplessly as my heartstrings tighten. Just when they’ve wound so devastatingly tense that I’m beginning to emote out loud, the helpless McKitty FurFace takes the stage and the cycle starts all over again. It follows McLachlan’s somber piano until she asks me to donate to the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I jump to find my phone and debit card — eager to rescue as many doeeyed fur folk as my paycheck permits — but I abandon the mission when “America’s Next Top Model” returns from a commercial break, pushing the sad, snuggable stares out of my mind. Almost gets me every time. BCSPCA sure knows how to make a tearjerker. But the organization’s key to my heart is neither its B-list celebrity rep nor its reminder that my helpless domestic companions are suffering everywhere. More than anything else, I am moved by cuteness. It might just be the most powerful marketing tool since sex. The scientific side of our reaction to cute is that — as a species that births some of the most incapable, drooly infants on Earth — we are programmed to tend to anything that exemplifies even the most remote trace of babyish need. In fact, our Darwinian instinct runs so deep that some studies suggest cute things stimulate the same feelings of pleasure in the brain aroused by a delicious meal, sex or cocaine. The ad-market translation: Consumers go crazy for adorable things. Like babies, we love to bring them home, hug and squeeze them and show them to all our friends. I’m not talking about blatantsucker buys like those of my stuffed animal-obsessed housemate, who returns with a new bright-pink, floppy-limbed friend each time she visits CVS for some toothpaste. I’m talking subtle qualities, things as unnoticeable as a shoe’s rounded toe or a car’s wide-eyed headlights. If you want a corporate example, take the iPhone — a product many millions pine for. Its body is smooth, its corners rounded and its face covered in colorful, bouncy icons. It makes cute noises. You want it to have and to hold, to touch and to stroke — and that attraction has nothing to do with what it can actually do. If it did, then HTC’s very capable (but hopelessly banal) Droid might actually have an advantage over Apple’s iconic gadget. Maybe we should all keep an eye out for this marketing ploy, avoiding the endearing gaze of the cuter candidate when we’re picking products. But then everyone would only own ugly things. And I don’t care how predictable my desire for the darling may be — sometimes it’s the superfluous pretty stuff that counts.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR /]IZLQIV Crossword Has Gone Downhill Dear Editor, I am writing to express my concern over the new weekly crossword puzzle that has been published in the Guardian the past two weeks. It does not match the high quality of the previously published crosswords that were probably from the Los Angeles Times. In fact, the current crossword could be from People magazine. As co-creator and administrator of The Finer Things Club, an organization that sips tea while conversing and doing the crossword, I ask that you please return to the previous crossword, as it is much classier. Thank you. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Andrea Villeneuve Co-creator, The Finer Things Club

;QVKM?PMV,QL+WVĂ&#x2026;VMUMV\+W[\<PQ[5]KP' â&#x2013;ś SUN GOD, MYVTWHNL mountainous, chest-pumping blowup slide the A.S. Council spent $1,000 to set up on Thursday in the Koalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional spot. Student-run radio station KSDT, likewise, was coerced into holding its Student Center minifest the day prior. Once Friday came around, when students referred to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sun God,â&#x20AC;? it was clear they meant the setup on RIMAC â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not the entire awesome day in general. Unless we wanted to get creative, there was simply nowhere else to go. So you got us where you wanted us, dear student leaders. We showed up to your birthday party. And then you had the nerve to tell us that, in the interest of our own safety, the only

option at prime rage hour was to listen to some shitty Christian-rock band you booked on a self-suckling nostalgia trip. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get us wrong: We had a fucking blast on Friday. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the Student Center was our (desolate) jungle gym, and most of our friends without wristbands somehow managed to sneak in unpunished (to both the main cage and the mini one). Even through the mind-altering haze, though, two things were glaringly clear: 1) The UCSD administration finally won the thumb war against the most resistant of its citizens, and 2) Our student government is isolated and ego-tripping â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hard. To all you Sun God virgins, the

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There Is No Place for Anti-Semitism on Campus Dear Editor, As a member of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and an attendee of the Horowitz event, I wanted to share my opinion regarding the controversial statements of another student attendee. Without question, the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;For itâ&#x20AC;? statement is indubitably out of line with the core Islamic values on which the MSA stands (Quran 5:32). She makes that explicitly clear in her personal statement, which can be found on www.fortruthforjustice. Nonetheless, there is no place on this campus for anti-Semitism. As a member of the MSA, I feel the organization has taken a powerful stance against anti-Semitism dur-

ing our recent Justice in Palestine Week. This is evidenced by the numerous Jewish students working alongside MSA members in condemning the unjust policies of the Israeli government and military. Our guests have included Dr. Norman Finkelstein and Hedy Epstein, both well-known Jewish speakers who have immediate connections to the Holocaust. It is noteworthy to add that the next MSA student who asked Horowitz a question at the event readily condemned Hamas. The MSA itself is clear by condemning â&#x20AC;&#x153;all Palestinian factions that have rejoiced in the killing of innocent Israeli civiliansâ&#x20AC;? ( Thus, to make an effort to cherrypick facts so as to tie the MSA to anti-Semitism is entirely misleading and disingenuous. It seems that the Glenn Becks and Sean Hannitys of the world are eager to paint the entire Muslim college population with a single brush, but this is obviously far from the facts, and entirely inaccurate. These Glenns and Seans are making a strong effort to detract from the real message of the MSA, which is to shed light on the injustices taking place in Palestine and to encourage activism towards positive change. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Adnan Akil Junior, Warren College 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:


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hen most of us think about student film, we can’t help but imagine shaky camera work, middle-school dialogue and plotlines that shoot leagues too far into the deep end. Tonight, though — beginning 8 p.m. at the Loft in Price Center East — a lineup of short films will attempt to disprove that stereotype. They’re roughly seven minutes each, and they’re all part of the Up&Coming film festival: a showcase of the best and brightest camera work within the UCSD community.




My most recent ponder takes me down memory lane — or, more specifically, to that corner of Library Walk where a little shack of Japanese knickknacks and cell phone accessories stands every other week. I don’t make a habit of visiting this shop, but sometimes, I find myself in a terrible bout of nostalgia that forces me to take a peek. You see, I — like a sizable handful of other nerds on this campus — was one of those kids who grew up most identifying with the weird Japanese action figures, comics and television shows that populated hobby shops and the Internet. Luckily, these days, I’m strong enough to walk past a window display of action figures and not experience an overwhelming urge to buy them all — though all that restraint is probably what led me to take a look around the shack. What I found most interesting this time around weren’t the accessories, but the stacks of anime DVDs on display. To my surprise, I recognized every single one — some of them dating back two decades. What should have been a heartwarming observation — that the shows I adored growing up are still somehow relevant — actually struck me with a pang of sadness. I agree that these animes are classics to keep around, but where are all the new ones? I grew up in a sort of golden age of anime. The shows that typified my childhood were dense and highly sophisticated sociological and philosophical commentaries: romantic transvestite martial-arts comedies laced with bestiality and robot apocalypses, centered on religion, life and death. Today, the most popular animes are typified by conflicts between the same old badasses and newbie-withhidden-potential protagonists — an tried-and-true conceit, but without any depth to keep my eyes open. What happened to the nuances? It’s as if all the new shows are mashups of old formulas. Perhaps I’m just giving them a hard time, or becoming that old guy who doesn’t get it and has a hard time adapting to generational change. Perhaps anime has always been like this: every new show simply a revision of a previous one. Perhaps all media follows this pattern, and I’m in denial. But come on — does it all have to be so terrible? I’m all for re-introducing old concepts in new shells, but only when they’ve got some sort of fresh idea involved. I can’t be the only one moping over the complete rut of creativity and progress in which an industry I once adored has recently been stuck. Guess I’ll just go take my place in the hall of purists, where hip-hop heads scowl at the new school of sameness and grandparents spit on anything fancier than the phonograph.



eing the ponderous artist that I am, I feel I possess a collection of deeply philosophical thoughts that are in dire need of relinquishing. Though I usually try to express them through comics, sometimes the uneven balance of sparse words and heavy images just isn’t enough to do them justice. Good thing I have a column.



According to Sixth College senior Liz Hood, the energy and quality of the films at the festival always varies. The filmstudies department tends to employ more guest lecturers than permanent professors, making it difficult to predict the particular styles and influences likely to stand out each year. This year, student directors have been blessed with inspiration from spirited professors like Michael Trigilio and Babette Mangoldte, who have made it a point to promote collaboration above individual isolation — ensuring diversity, if nothing else.

Established by Art Power three years ago as a way to celebrate innovation in the undergraduate circle, the festival consists of eight shorts in 2010, pre-selected by a jury of local film experts and critics. Each pick highlights student achievement in a specific area, including screenwriting, experimentation and narrative development. “The students are doing wildly different kinds of work,” Trigilio said. “It really spans the gamut.” Members of the review committee included KPBS film critic Beth Accomando and New York Museum of Modern Art video curator See UP&COMING, page 8


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MUSIC FOR MONARCH PORTER’S PUB / MAY 20, 7 P.M. / $5 AT BOX OFFICE, $7 AT DOOR Give back to the community at Porter’s Pub this Thursday with Musicians for Monarch, a benefit show to raise money for Monarch — a school for underprivileged kids in downtown San Diego. Local act Mad Traffic will share the stage with student deejay David Navarro and Jacob Landman. And if a little philanthropy isn’t enough to clear your Week Eight fog, the noise might please you too; that is, if you’re down for a pseudo-ska horn section and the DVC’s signature untz, untz, untz. (AS)


Southern Spin on Greek Classic Takes Tragic Leap Into Unfamiliar Territory. By Gretchen Wegrich


want to fight for control of the gaunt, dirty and irector Charlie Oates’ version of “Seven poverty-stricken people who live there in the Against Thebes” — based on the third play first place. The play grows increasingly disin Aeschylus’ Oedipus trilogy, and running jointed as actors in filthy rags and lean-tos rattle as the current headliner at the Mandell Weiss off lengthy speeches about their nonexistent Forum Theatre — falls simplistic and hokey “city” in twangy Southern accents. in its attempt to reimagine the famous drama That’s not to say that the rural setting isn’t about a divided Grecian family. In the original, Oedipus’ two sons’ fight for control of Thebes — compelling. Setting the stage with familiar bluegrass tune “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” told through a series of dramatic monologues, the play’s soundtrack mimics performed by Theban that of another retelling of an citizens and the city’s ancient Greek saga: the Coen ruler, Eteocles. The drama is brothers’ “O Brother, Where meant to culminate in an allSTARRING CHRISTOPHER JAMES CORTEZ Art Thou?” Still, while the gosout brawl between Eteocles DIRECTED BY CHARLIE OATES pel injects some much-needed and his exiled brother PolyMANDELL WEISS FORUM THEATRE energy into the drama, there nices, taking the piece on MAY 20-22 remains a distinct undercura thought-provoking foray rent of melancholy that keeps into the morality of war. the action serious. For his rendition, howSadly, the music is not enough to make ever, Oates uproots and replants the plot in Civil “Thebes” come to life. Made up almost entirely War-era Kentucky. To complicate things even further, the play was directly translated from the of monologues, the play lacks any actual movement. Only the messenger — played by Chrisoriginal Greek by theater professor Marianne topher James Cortez with acrobatic gusto — McDonald — meaning the script brims with references to Greek gods and locations that have breaks up the monotony of the stage directions. Somewhere between ancient Greece, Kennothing to do with the American South. tucky and UCSD, “Thebes” lost the edge that While the brother-vs.-brother and dividedmakes it the quintessential depiction of power nation themes mesh well with the new setting, the play never justifies the random displacement struggle to this day. Aeschylus’ meta-commentary on violence and the human condition may of mythological heroes, polytheistic deities and still ring true, but Oates abandons his audience a besieged ancient city. What’s more, a lack in the Bluegrass State with nothing but straw to of sufficient plot buildup leaves the audience chew on. wondering why an exiled brother would even

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What would UCSD be without the Non-Sexist Dance? The LGBTQIA-friendly campus tradition is a crucial and familiar stressreliever — but this time, for the last dance of the year, it’s being displaced from Porter’s Pub to Price Center Plaza due to growing popularity. The venue change is lame, but it does create some grand opportunities: The fountain awaits. So extend your Sun God another weekend with a second serving of public debauchery. And don’t forget to stick to the jungle theme. (AS)

OK GO HOUSE OF BLUES / MAY 22, 2 P.M. / $20 When power-pop phenoms OK Go hit the House of Blues this Saturday, they probably won’t bring along any treadmills or Rube Goldberg machines. That doesn’t rule out all possibilities for weirdness — after all, the their latest was produced by the guy who mixes for the Flaming Lips. Even tracks with morose names like “This Too Shall Pass” have plenty of energy. And, of course, bouncy guitars and optimistic vocals on older hits like the feel-good “Here It Goes Again” are guaranteed to get you grinding. (MP)

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WHAT GREEN HELL IS THIS? Shrek’s Midlife Crisis Makes for One Depressing Ever-After to the Four-Part Dreamworks Dynasty By Jenna Brogan Hiatus Editor


he “Shrek” franchise has been pumping out sequel after sequel for the last decade, on a dragon wing and a prayer that Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy can still make the kids giggle. Hmm. How to break this to them gently? In the latest and final chapter of the seemingly never-ending series — which has almost reached “Land Before Time” proportions — our jolly green anti-hero is stuck in a midlife crisis. With three wee ogies, an inexhaustible honey-do-this list from Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and a day-in day-out diaper routine, Shrek (Mike Myers) longs for the good ol’ days, when his sole responsibility was terrorizing the townsfolk. His frustration comes to a boiling point at the triplets’ birthday party, where he smashes their cake

offers up any one day of his past in before storming off into the woods. It’s here that the film begins to walk exchange for one day in the life of a carefree ogre. In a poof of evil green the line of prequel and sequel. Turns smoke, Rumpelstiltskin chooses the out villainous ginger Rumpelstiltskin day Shrek was born, and the world’s (Walt Dohrn) — who rivals Lord most lovable monster is thrust into a Farquaad in height and Pee Wee sad, dark world Herman in voice in which he never — was making a existed. deal with Fiona’s In this alterparents just as nate reality, Shrek was savSTARRING MIKE MYERS, EDDIE MURPHY & Rumpelstiltskin ing her from CAMERON DIAZ reigns as king the dragon’s DIRECTED BY MIKE MITCHELL with the help of keep in the RATED PG 1:33 his witch minions, 2001 original. and — get excited, Rumpelstiltskin feminists — Fiona agreed to free is the leader of the Resistance, an Fiona from her curse in exchange for underground ogre movement deterthe keys to the kingdom. mined to overthrow the tyrant with Seeing as his original plan was pitchforks and chimichangas. obviously thwarted, Shrek’s current An obvious homage to “It’s a predicament becomes the perfect Wonderful Life,” this installment is a opportunity for Rumpelstiltskin’s revenge. Blinded by frustration, Shrek helluva lot weightier than the previ-

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ous three. Sure, the burps, farts and snarky pop-culture references are all there, but only to cover up the fattest load of overlying adult existentialism we’ve seen so far in the series. More than ever, underlying messages are bound to get lost in translation to the rows of confused kindergarteners in the theater. The “Shrek” series has never been entirely innocent — as per the infamous “Maybe he’s compensating for something” joke, in reference to the size of Farquaad’s castle — but the swamp humor used to be enough to keep the kiddies entertained while the more mature jokes flew stealthily over their heads. Sadly, though, the innocent-slapstick side of the scale is unbearably light this time around. Who goes to an animated comedy to be told that See SHREK, page 9

Rajendra Roy. But the true success of a festival will be measured by the caliber of its student entries. “As the director, everything falls on you, so it’s really stressful,” senior Joanne Park — at the helm of “Just Curious” — said. With a run time of 10 minutes, “Curious” is one of the longest pieces at the festival — a hefty undertaking that Park said required her to feed and pay actors from her own pocket, just so they’d sit through the end of grueling takes. Her dedication shows: Throughout the piece, Park’s HD camera captures her intricately control of color contrast and lighting, putting an eerily professional sheen on an otherwise familiar story about a student with a crush on his brilliant TA. Held up by Park’s clever script, the film is an arty look at a genuine, unpretentious slice of life at UCSD. That same type of honesty characterizes Hood’s “Again Comes November” — a heartbreaking tribute to her departed friend Gho. Haunting narration explores a string of memories, told through black-and-white stagings of the silly, the romantic and the tragic — divergent moments that defined their relationship. “Black-and-white has a certain separation from reality, Hood said. “And while memories are based on reality, they just aren’t.” Though far-off moments range from prom to running through a park in nothing but underwear, each is brutally candid, demonstrating Hood’s ability to move an her audience by capturing head-on the type of yearning we often try to suppress. “Nothing is worse than people who don’t understand you or [what] you’ve been through,” Hood said. “In sharing experiences, people learn that they’re not alone.”


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t appears Nas hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t written off hip-hop completely. Four years after he first lamented the death of the genre, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going back to hiphopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roots to try and revive it from the ground up, collaborating with Damian Marley for an invigorating blend of rap and reggae on 13-track narrative Distant Relatives. Mostly produced by Marley himself, Relatives meanders through a varied blend of laid-back rhythms and upbeat jams, live instrumentation and looped-out samples, hand percussion and standard drum kits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; keeping the project fresh from start to finish. Together for their first full-length, the artists engage in a balanced game of give-and-take that never feels forced, their mutual maturity more evident than on any solo work either has produced since the last time they collaborated: on 2005 single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Road to Zion.â&#x20AC;? The marriage between Nasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strong, raspy raps and Jr. Gongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapid sing-song shines brightest on fastpaced opener â&#x20AC;&#x153;As We Enter.â&#x20AC;? As they pass the mic atop an old-school drum track and simple synth arpeggio, their divergent vocalizations merge in poetic perfection. Nasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; flow is as thick as ever, and he opts against recording doubles on his verses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; instead turning up the reverb

to match Marleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s echoey dub vocals. Marley plays with tricky melodies on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patience,â&#x20AC;? at the same time providing his complex lyrical critique of Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social turmoil. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s given even more depth alongside a minimal, halftime beat held together by a stuttering hi-hat and quick acoustic downstrokes. Socially conscious â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Generationâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring a cough-syrup cameo from jailbird Lil Wayne â&#x20AC;&#x201D; samples a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choir on the hook, beginning to teeter on the brink of cheesy. But a heavy, trembling bassline thickened by Marleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forceful delivery and Nasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; solid schemes bring it back to reality: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can you blame my generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s subjective gentrification/ Depicting their frustrations over ill instrumentation?â&#x20AC;? Relatives rides a largely unexplored sound, tied down by unwavering lyrical focus on the connections between the artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; musical and personal backgrounds. As Nas puts it, the duo takes it back to â&#x20AC;&#x153;a world buried in time, uncovers it with rhymesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; giving us a modern-day classic while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it. Nas and Damian Marley will perform live at UCLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s JazzReggae Festival on May 31. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Janani Sridharan senior staff writer


f Jack White is a lunatic (not entirely impossible), then supergroup the Dead Weather is the hotwired Oldsmobile with which he runs down innocent bystanders while screaming insane one-liners about mayhem and destruction. Sophomore Dead Weather effort Sea of Cowards is Icky Thump on steroids: 35 minutes of vicious guitar solos and enough crazed screech sessions to make System of a Down blush crimson. At its rollicking best, the chaos is cathartic, but too often the fury fails to instill in us anything beyond a fleeting, blood-pumping high. Luckily, band members Allison Mosshart and Dean Fertita are too talented to let the album dip below mediocrity. White ditches his trademark guitar for the drums, while Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age fame) delivers a steady barrage of sufficiently disturbed lyrics. In fact, the drums are the only

tame aspect of Sea of Cowards, while both bass and guitar work to assault the listener like a sonic boom and White and Mosshart take turns pouring rage into the microphone. And there are just enough twists in their ferocity to prevent either vocalist from becoming a mosquito in our ear. Likewise, the brevity of the album (all 11 songs come in at under four minutes) prevents its guitars from becoming grating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Die by the Dropâ&#x20AC;? is a highlight, with a gritty keyboard and guitar intro that segues into a massive hook â&#x20AC;&#x201D; laying down the groundwork for a blistering vocal clash between White and Mosshart. Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lack of inhibition is always a pleasure, but this particular project never achieves greatness â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hampered by a shortage of catchy hooks or memorable guitar lines that no flurry of passion can rectify. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Imran Manji staff writer


tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only been two years since blues-rock duo the Black Keys emerged with debut Attack and Release â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but that short period has seen an exhausting list of releases, including a hiphop collaboration album with heavyweights like RZA and Mos Def, not to mention solo albums from both members. It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come as a surprise, then, that Brothers trades the energy of Attack for a more relaxed and immersive stoner vibe; there was only so long they could blaze such a fiery trail. First single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tighten Upâ&#x20AC;? is the only track produced by Danger Mouse (one-half of both Gnarls Barkley and Broken Bells, and the producer of all Attack). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleek and poppy: Every instrument carefully follows the melody, as echoed vocals and occasional keyboards are underlaid with the same ringtone-ready guitar riffs that defined their debut. But the rest of Brothers is designed to suck us further in,

with buzzing-kazoo guitars and keyboards that split from the core melody â&#x20AC;&#x201D; forcing us to pick through distorted layers if we wish to understand the entire track. Everything about the album is geared toward a holistic listening experience â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even the way drummer Patrick Garney clicks away at the cymbals in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sinister Kidâ&#x20AC;? with Farmville intensity. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the energy to immerse us, but wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give us a reason to stand up and yell. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a jarring change in character, though the Keys do politely pass on the opportunity to break out Floyd-esque intricacies that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need Bose headphones and Planet Earth on Blu-Ray to appreciate. But they end up lost somewhere in between, stripping away snappy riffs for muddy rhythms. Light up and lay back, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cause Brothers will never bring you to the edge of your seat. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Matthew Pecot associate hiatus editor

Leave Your Little Sister at Home for Donkey Overdose â&#x2013;ś SHREK, MYVTWHNL â&#x20AC;&#x153;happily ever afterâ&#x20AC;? is just an illusion? We go because we want to see the Gingerbread Man squeal until his gumdrop buttons pop off. Perhaps thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason director Mike Mitchell opted for kid-friendly 3-D, sending broomsticks careening toward our faces and at least allowing us to laugh at how everyone looks in dorky spectacles.

But the franchise can no longer rely on cutting-edge technology for popularity (just compare its animation, which was revolutionary in the early 2000s, to Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Train Your Dragonâ&#x20AC;?). Instead, the series, which averages about $341 million per installment, will continue to be critically acclaimed for its devotion to the formula: Woo children with furry woodland creatures and entertain their

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tied for a team best eight home Association, which includes all runs, while senior shortstop Vance D-II public schools in California. Albitz became the all-time Triton Come May 22, senior right-hander hits leader. Like the pitching staff, Matt Rossman and junior righty the UCSD offense is deep with talTim Shibuya will lead off the rota- ent: Ten players racked up 30 RBIs tion. Rossman — a transfer from throughout the season. UC Riverside — has gone 9-0 At the helm is head coach Dan with a 2.45 ERA in an impressive O’Brien, who — in his 13th season senior campaign, earning CCAA — has turned the program into Pitcher of the Year honors for his one of the nation’s best. For the efforts. Shibuya, a Wyoming native second straight season, the Tritons and Triton walk-on, has also put earned a CCAA regular-season together an outstanding title, a CCAA tournaseason, going 12-2 with ment title and a trip a 1.95 ERA. College World Series. Having two aces like His efforts have not Shibuya and Rossman gone unnoticed: is a rare luxury for any We are O’Brien snagged team, but the Tritons’ preparing by his second straight real pitching strength CCAA Coach of the lies in their depth at the having solid Year award in 2010. and quality position. The Tritons will Rounding out the practices with open championrotation are rightship play in a double a great focus handers senior Kirby St. elimination tournaJohn and junior Guido and intensity.” ment against southKnudson. St. John east region champion GUIDO KNUDSON Georgia College & is 11-1 on the year — STARTING PITCHER State University — compiling a 3.92 ERA — while Knudson is 9-3 which holds a record with a 4.09 ERA. The of 39-15 — beginning bullpen is led by senior closer at 5 p.m. EST on May 22. The Daniel Simmons, who has given tournament will be held at the the Tritons a solid game-closing USA Baseball National Training option this season with a 2.25 ERA Complex. and three saves. “We are preparing by havThe team’s pitchers have seen ing solid and quality practices no lack of offensive support. with a great focus and intensity,” Overall, the Triton offense has bat- Knudson said. “We are going to ted .371, and leads the CCAA in keep working hard in being fully hits, runs scored and nearly every prepared for that first pitch in other offensive category. Cary.” Their stacked lineup is headed Should UCSD win its opening by senior first baseman Brandon game, they will face the winner of Gregorich, who has batted in 84 the Tampa and Central Missouri runs — a school record. He also match-up. The Spartans and the led the team in average (.469) and Mules are ranked second and third hits (99), earning him the CCAA in the nation respectively. Player of the Year award. Aaron Bauman, Evan Kehoe Readers can contact Cameron and junior catcher Kellen Lee Tillisch at

▶ BASEBALL, MYVTWHNL about our lack of a football team, we fail to notice that our men’s baseball team is the country’s No. 1-ranked team in Division-II, and — in one week’s time — could very well be the D-II College World Series champions. Now that’s something worth cheering about. On most other campuses, the baseball players would be celebrated as heroic student-athlete gods, negotiating crowds of adoring students everywhere they went. Here, senior first baseman Brandon Gregorich — who was recently named the player of the year in the West Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association — is about as anonymous as the next pre-med major. Sure, sports aren’t for everyone, but it’s a shame that — now that we actually have some legit athletic talent — sports are still seemingly for no one. For Triton athletes, all this means that their last two years of work — during which they’ve posted a jaw-dropping 92-22 overall record (averaging a staggering eight wins every 10 games), earned back-to-back regular-season, conference and regional championship titles and won countless individual and team honors — has gone completely unappreciated by the average UCSD student. The brilliant work they’ve put in on the playing field has garnered the praise of college baseball analysts perched in high media towers across the nation, but is unrecognized at a school where feats in a laboratory or lecture hall are far more worthy of mention. Perhaps no better an indication of the general disregard for the team is its home-field location. The underwhelming Triton Ballpark was plopped way out in the desolate concrete jungle of East campus, impossible not to overlook. There are a few bleachers, a regulation field and little else. No bright floodlights. No stately scoreboard. No proud Triton billboard — nothing even slightly resembling the sort of amenities one would expect on the field of the nation’s finest D-II team.

Literally right across the street stands the unmistakable pride and joy of UCSD: Scripps Hospital. It’s tall, imposing and proud, with a multistory parking lot out-glowing the evening dusk. Apparently, it’s been deemed a more appropriate location for floodlighting. In fact, when standing behind home plate at night, the light from the hospital illuminates the field better than anything actually inside the stadium. The juxtaposition of the wellendowed hospital — home to a team of reputable medical practitioners — to Triton Ballpark — humble field home to equally surgical ballplayers — is a telltale symbol of our priorities. But we shouldn’t have to choose. Last week, when the Tritons competed from May 13 to May 15 at the NCAA West Regional Championships for a spot in the NCAA D-II College World Series, they had earned the No. 1 seed’s right to home-field advantage But, in the end, they were denied the chance to claim that right. The regional tournament, which includes some night games, had to be moved from Triton Ballpark due to its lack of sufficient lighting. Because of this inadequacy, the Tritons were forced to claim regional honors in Compton, Calif., on a field closer in proximity to direct rivals Cal State Dominguez Hills and far less familiar than their La Jolla playing plot. Still — despite being virtually neglected by what is supposed to be their fan base and sold short in homefield accommodations — this year’s baseball players cannot be stopped. They have shrugged off waves of national recognition — in the form of polls, power rankings and individual/ team awards — with exactly the same indifference that this campus shows toward their record accomplishments. Neither national recognition nor local neglect has affected their game. Senior catcher Kellen Lee, who earned NCBWA honorable mention for his contribution to this year’s pitching staff, exemplifies this humble attitude.

“We are proud that the entire country recognizes us as one of the premier teams at the Division-II level,” Lee said. “But we try not to get caught up in the rankings.” It’s a wonder that the Tritons have made it so far, considering the constraints on the UCSD Athletic Department. Though he is not equipped with the ability to attract premier baseball prospects with competitive athletic scholarships, head coach Dan O’Brien has built a winning program from the ground up, stressing the time-tested creed of good, hard work. O’Brien, in his 13th season, now heads a perennial powerhouse of a program, despite his sparse recruiting resources. For the second straight year, he is the CCAA Coach of The Year — an accomplishment this fan would argue is as exemplary as any medical honor received across the street (OK, different degrees of importance, but still). To the people of UCSD: Get your heads out of your textbooks. You’ve wanted something to cheer about, something to pride yourself on — and now you’ve got no excuse not to cheer. Thirty-eight of your fellow students have handed you an opportunity for school spirit on a platter. The current baseball team is arguably the greatest in UCSD history. Even if you don’t like baseball in particular, take a second to recognize their feats. If you see a Triton player walking around campus in his warmups, wish him luck this weekend. If you do like baseball, tune in to the live stream on on Saturday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. when they take on Georgia College & State. When the College World Series kicks off this Saturday in Cary, N.C., the UCSD baseball team — whether it wins or loses — will be representing our school on a national stage. Even if you are the most indifferent, sportsapathetic student on campus, consider turning on the game in the background as you study or play video games. You might just get inspired.


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he most important week of the Triton baseball season has arrived. The No. 1-ranked team will head to Cary, N.C. this weekend for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division-II championships. This is the second straight year the Tritons have earned a spot in the eight-team D-II College World Series: Last year they bowed out in a heartbreaking loss to Emporia State in the semifinals. The Tritons currently have a 51-7 win-loss record overall, and are 35-5 in conference play. Though the team was ranked No. 3 nationally in the preseason, it had moved into the top spot by mid-March. Following a stumble against conference rivals Cal State San Bernardino, the Tritons dropped to No. 4 on April 9, but regained the No. 1 spot on May 5, where they currently sit. UCSD will enter the tournament on a hot streak, having just won the D-II west regional title and 18 of their last 19 games overall. “We look forward to performing well there, and finishing what we started last year in Cary, North Carolina,” senior catcher Kellen Lee said. The Triton pitching staff has stayed solid all year long, combining for a 3.17 earned run average — the lowest in California Collegiate Athletic

he secret’s out: UCSD is no athlete’s paradise. Our school spirit is most apparent during team study sessions in Geisel, not in the stadium cheering on our teams like most other cool college kids. Most of us adopt a habit of bitching and moaning about how we lack school spirit — constantly complaining about how no one is as cool as they themselves are — but often do nothing to help the situation. That’s why, while everyone bitches

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