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Volume 136, Issue 28

Presidential hopeful brings corporate know-how Lyell Marks Staff Writer

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Presidential candidate David Steele, College of Business dean

SJSU presidential candidate David Steele became the dean of the College of Business in 2008, and has since overseen a program that embodies the diversity he believes the university represents. “We have a tremendous diversity within the student body,” he said. “But we don’t have the sensitivity to the diversity that I think we should.” According to Steele, the College of Business’ undergraduates are made up of 75 percent non-Caucasians — that percentage increases to 80 percent if we consider the graduate program, which includes international students. He said the diversity fostered at


Japan survivors face long cleanup as waters recede

SJSU has bred graduates who are more capable of combating global obstacles. “When I talk to employers, the first thing they always say is that your graduates hit the ground running,” he said. “They communicate across cultures and have incredible work ethic.” Born in Venezuela, his first language was Spanish but later became fluent in English, German, French and Italian. He admits having lost his fluency with French and Italian, but said it does return from time to time during his travels. Steele has lived in eight separate countries and said he stopped counting after he traveled to his 60th country. Steele sees his multicultural background as an instrument to facilitate communication through-

out such a diverse campus of both students and faculty. “I believe in listening to the faculty,” he said. “It can bring incredible value to a process that is often a top-down process.” Should he become SJSU president, Steele said he believes his background as a corporate leader for Chevron Latin America will complement his educational experience as a dean for two other universities. After becoming the president of Chevron Latin America, Steele managed projects with capital outlays of $950 million over three years, according to the CSU website. John Engell, chair of the department of English and comparative literature, asked Steele how his corporate experience would

translate into the educational field, wanting to know if there were potential advantages and/or obstacles that come with such a background. Steele said his experience has given him a broad perspective of how different the operating instructions and resources are for a university compared to the corporate world. “There is a lack of information technology in most public institutions,” he said. “The accounting and management systems are arcane to what we had at Chevron.” Steele said this was also the case for the other two private universities he has worked for, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Allied forces launch missile strikes in Libya

John Glionna McClatchy Tribune NAKANOSAWA, Japan — They covered the body with a children’s blanket, a fluffy blue-green cloak decorated with white lilies. Beneath the cloth was a man, maybe in his 40s, missing his right arm from the elbow — a final insult to one of the countless victims of this agricultural town’s tsunami nightmare. On a warm late-winter morning, four recovery workers bent low, slowly lifting the corpse in silent deference, before splashing through the muck and ooze of the rural rice field toward the road. On Sunday, the ritual was repeated again and again at least a dozen times as teams — many dressed in hazmat gowns — finally had an opportunity to reach the bodies of friends and neighbors that had languished in a sea of mud and wreckage for nine days since the earthquake and tsunami struck March 11. On this day the floodwaters at last receded, giving Nakanosawa a chance to collect its own. “Before today, this field was an ocean,” said volunteer officer Hideaki Suzuki, gesturing with a hand sheathed in a blue surgical glove. Nakanosawa, located 220 miles north of Tokyo in isolated Iwate prefecture, is one of many coastal towns in northeastern Japan that have been decimated by nature’s mayhem. A few literally have been swept out to sea — people, houses, cars and all. Others, like this farm community of 23,000, are reeling from a one-two earthquake-tsunami punch from which many here wonder if they will ever recover. To date, the ranks of the missing in Nakanosawa number 1,800. Authorities have so far recovered 700 bodies, but have been handicapped by a lack of resources — including gas and electricity — as well as floodwaters that had stubbornly refused to recede. The weather and water finally relented. Days ago, the field — located nearly three miles inland — was covered with a film of snow, but on Sunday the sun shone through, bringing a hint of spring that belied a grisly task.

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Executive: Be confident in the workplace

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A Libyan man fires off a few rounds on Friday during a celebration of the U.N.-imposed no-fly zone over Libya.

Gadhafi vows retribution against targets in Mediterranean region McClatchy Tribune TRIPOLI, Libya — U.S., French and British forces blasted Libyan air defenses and armor on Sunday, drawing tracer and anti-aircraft fire over Tripoli.

Nic Aguon Staff Writer

A senior vice president and general manager for accounting software-maker Intuit spoke last Wednesday at Morris Dailey Auditorium about the top 10 ways employees shoot themselves in the foot in the workplace.

French fighter jets, and U.S. and British warships firing more than 110 cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea, struck military targets to protect rebel-held areas of Libya. Gadhafi declared he was willing to die defending Libya and, in a statement broadcast hours after the attacks began, condemned what he called “flagrant military aggression,” vowing to strike civilian and military targets in the Mediterranean. On state television later Sunday morning, Gadhafi said: “We will win the battle,”

Nora Denzel’s lecture began with a brief introduction about how she got to where she is today. There were more than 150 attendees, not including the walk-ins. Members from business fraternities Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi were also in attendance. Denzel opened her lecture with a few anecdotes that stirred laughs all around the

and “oil will not be left to the U.S.A., France and Britain.” “You are transgressors, you are aggressors, you are beasts, you are criminals,” he said. “Your people are against you. There are demonstrations everywhere in Europe and the U.S. against this aggression on the innocent Libyan people. The people are with us. Even your people are with us.” Seeking to rally regional opinion to his

auditorium. The first piece of advice she gave was to control your own public relations. “Every time you open your mouth, it is a press release,” she said. “You are your own public relations agent.” Her second piece of advice was to “aim high” — career aspirations are important and should be realized early. “Aim high, even if you have

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doubts,” she said. Moving on, her next tip was to learn how to ask questions. She said there are so many things a person can get by asking, and used the example of an attendee who inspired her to come speak at San Jose State University. Senior business management

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Food, fashion and music mesh at I-House breakfast Twenty-eight years ago, SJSU’s International House started a tradition that dared to provide breakfast with a tasty side of live music and a full serving of global fashion. The 28th I-House pancake breakfast was held Sunday, supplying all who attended with an assortment of food, music and fashion displaying the diversity and collective talents of the I-House’s residents. “It takes a tremendous amount of coordination and outreach,” said Leann Cherkasky Makhni, director of the International House. “The resident advisers have been planning this since the first week of school.” Bacon, served with the boisterous melody of bagpipes, was complemented by a stack of pancakes serenaded by soft piano. Vanessa Duke and Nnamdi Nwaigwe were responsible for the primary planning of the breakfast, but R.A. partners Ace Antazo and Cecil Robert contributed to the process and provided a lot of support, Cherkasky Makhni said. The musicians performed for nothing more than a complimentary breakfast, filling the room with a variety of selections from several instruments. Josh Agee played the bagpipes, demonstrating his seemingly endless lung capacity for onlookers. Troy Curtis and Florencio Tenllado Vallejo performed on guitar, while Kinsey D’Aquila and Paul Tumason played banjo.

It originally started as just a fundraiser to pay for room and board ... It caught on fast and has been held every single semester since.” Leann C. Makhni I -House director There were also two international fashion shows put on by the residents, who wore their choice of traditional dress, choosing from a collection of garments from around the world. Almost all of the clothing was donated by Doris Menendez, who grew up in China and collected many traditional outfits during her travels, Cherkasky Makhni said. Representing 28 countries, the I-House is a coed residence for 72 U.S. and international students, established by Alan and Phyllis Simpkins in 1978.


“One of the things that bothers me about San Jose State is that we seem to be behind the curve,” he said. “Why is it that San Diego State has a graduation rate that is 20 points higher? I would argue that San Diego State is a premium university in the CSU system and that we should be learning from them. We should at least be as good as the best CSU in the state.” According to Steele, solutions aren’t likely to come from the state. When another member of the audience asked Steele what kind of techniques he would use to secure funding for projects such as upgrading the seismic standards of the Science building, Steele painted a bleak image of the state economy.


“If you look back over the last 10 years, the contributions of the general fund were 60 percent to this university,” he said. “It is now at 50 percent. I don’t see that changing.” Part of the solution, Steele said, lies in external funding. He said it is the only other avenue aside from raising tuition, which he considers to be unsustainable. “The college of business has an estimated 25 donors that have the capacity to give $5 million or more,” he said. “We have around 207 that can give $1 million or more and we have 275 with the capacity to donate between $500,000-$1 million.” Steele said he has done the math, and that group of more than 500 alumni have the potential to contribute half a billion dollars. “All we need is 10 percent of that,” he said. “I think we have the opportunity to raise the money externally.”

wins the contest. Similarly, she advised her audience to “act as if.” An example is acting as if you were at a job interview. You would say something like “I have researched your company extensively and I am interested in the opportunities you have to offer.” She said learning how to act builds confidence and learning to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable is important. “Everything she said was completely on par with what I have experienced at Cisco as an intern so far,” Kong said. “The workers willing to take a risk are rewarded more.” Denzel said people who seem comfortable in the workplace are good at hiding their discomfort. Moreover, she said to be confident and embrace criticism. “Criticism is the gift that keeps on giving,” Denzel said. “Don’t get defensive — ask clarifying questions and have the ability to take it.” Taking in negative criticism may be difficult but she said people who can learn to absorb and reflect upon criticism will get far in their careers. Denzel said to have an atti-

tude where you make the rules. She said leaders do this, deciding what they think is right, even if there is a rule in place. “Even with guidelines, people test the boundaries of those rules,” she said. Her last piece of advice is to always remember what you are being judged on and your results. She used the example of a game of basketball and asked how someone can score a basket with no teammates while facing five other defenders? She said it takes teamwork and helping colleagues to make work more efficient.


major Wilson Kong said Denzel’s lecture was informative and knowledgeable. “School will only get you so far because social skills are essential to success,” he said. Denzel said people early in their careers should lighten up — personal relationships are the key to success and that everyone has a role in the workplace. “Students new to the field are ambitious and want to work,” Denzel said. “Leave the game on the field, don’t bring it home.” Consequently, she said being the nicest person will not always lead to success, and used the example of being a quarterback to emphasize her point. “If you want to be the quarterback, you need to make sure you’re doing everything to fulfill that position,” Denzel said. “Stay focused on what you want and be aware of what it takes to get there.” She also said to kill “Miss Congeniality,” holding the title up as an example of the idea that the nicest person never

The first pancake breakfast at the I-House was held in 1983, starting a tradition that hundreds of international students have been a part of over the years. “It originally started as just a fundraiser to pay for room and board,” Cherkasky Makhni said. “It caught on fast and has been held every single semester since.” Tae Gyung Kang, an I-house resident from South Korea, was helping serve breakfast and said residents had to wake up around 8 a.m. to cook the food and prepare for the three and a half hour event. Schehrbano Khan, a sophomore molecular biology major at SJSU, is a resident at the IHouse from Pakistan who took part in her second pancake breakfast. Khan complimented this year’s musical guests but said the attendance wasn’t as high as the last pancake breakfast, likely because of the downpour that persisted most of the morning. “It’s a busy time of year,” she said. “Besides the weather, I think a lot of students are busy with midterms or work.” Those who attended were treated to an international house of pancakes and entertainment that was far from the daily breakfast routine. “It’s great to see SJSU has such a community here at IHouse,” said Chance Decker, a guest of the event. “The students are welcoming and you can really see the effort behind this. The food, fashion show and musical performances all show how diverse cultures can come together.”



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The music started as early as 9:45 a.m. with Jamie Martin on piano, but the festivities also included dance performances by Khalilah Ramirez, SJSU Salsa and the Pride of the Pacific dance group at SJSU. “Every aspect of this event is done by volunteers,” Cherkasky Makhni said. “I think of it as a link among all alumni that they can relate back to, just like they can relate back to their overall experience at the I-House.”

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NEWS BRIEFS International Egyptians approve constitutional changes Compiled From McClatchy Tribune

CAIRO — A majority of Egyptian voters, 77 percent, supported constitutional changes leading to general elections within six months, according to results released Sunday after the first voting since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. Mohammed Ahmed Attiyah, head of the judicial committee in charge of the referendum, said 18.5 million Egyptians voted on Saturday in favor of the changes, which strip away many of the broad executive powers and political restrictions of the Mubarak era. Turnout was 41 percent, more than double the turnout in the last election under the former regime. Whether for or against the proposed amendments, Egyptians were overjoyed at what they considered their first real vote, discounting the decades of rigged polls under Mubarak. Monitors reported no widespread fraud, but noted smaller irregularities and raised concern about the use of religion to persuade voters. A power struggle is brewing between Islamists and secular Egyptians. Both sides invoked religion in their campaigns ahead of the referendum, but the Islamists in particular hammered home the message that a “yes” vote was a vote for Islam.

National Japanese earthquake stirs South Florida waters Compiled From McClatchy Tribune

MIAMI — The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was felt thousands of miles away in South Florida’s water table. About 34 minutes after the magnitude-9.0 quake shook the island on March 11, water levels from Orlando to the Florida Keys rose and fell by up to three inches, according to the South Florida Water Management District. The reverberations were felt for two hours. “It shows that the flow in the aquifer is pretty fast, which is good and bad,” said Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami earthquake researcher. “It’s good because we can filter a lot of water through there. But it’s bad because in the case of pollution, it can travel very quickly.” Florida’s porous limestone allows water to flow easily below the surface of the earth, Wdowinski said. That’s probably why the water table registered changes. “The water can flow fast and respond better to the pressure changes induced by a wave,” he said. The water management district uses deep and shallow wells to monitor the quality of ground water in the Floridian and Biscayne aquifers, which provide much of the drinking water for the area. Changes in the water table were also measured after the Haiti and Chile earthquakes last year.

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From Page 1 “These aren’t faceless victims — I know most of these people,� said Suzuki as he directed a line of traffic that included passing drivers who covered their mouths in shock and teenage gawkers taking pictures on their cellphone cameras. “Just a few moments ago, they carried out a volunteer fireman. It’s hard to watch. But it’s worse when you know them.� The day’s salvage effort focused on a rice field along Route 45, a one-time thoroughfare for families en route to the nearby beach, now transformed into a grim avenue of death. Several miles long, at places a mile wide, the field sits littered with detritus — parts of upside-down houses, trucks and cars carried here from who-knowswhere. Here and there lay snapped-off tree trunks, shards of wood, blankets, car tires, dolls, an ice chest, a wooden ornamental sake bucket, a dismembered refrigerator door and a children’s book called “Setting Free the Bears.� The adjacent country road, mostly cleared of wreckage, weaved between mountains of debris at some places 40 feet high, from which the tail ends of cars protruded like Christmas tree ornaments. There was a yellow crane, toppled on its side, that was too big to move, so the road just swerved around it. At first light Sunday, the search teams fanned out into the field, picking their

way along paths marked by muddy footprints, crossing small inlets of standing water over bridges made from wooden doors and window sills. Workers said little as they went about their task. A parade of men in white suits walked in formation, sweating in the sun. At one point, the first in line sighed and dropped a heavy portable generator as the others passed in silence. Amid a sickening smell of decay, the crews found so

at the nonstop images of disaster. He volunteered. “Who knows where these bodies came from,� said Suzuki, dressed in hip boots, a blue kimono, white belt and helmet. “There was nothing to stop the water. Now this place is a disaster zone.� Nearby, a dozen workers congregated on the road as their counterparts carried out two bodies at once, both covered by the same blue tarp — the men supporting their load solemnly, as though part of a funeral procession. “I don’t think they’ll ever replant this field,� Suzuki said. “They’ll let it sit fallow. They’ll be afraid to find more bodies.� In Nakanosawa, it seems as though nearly everyone has lost a loved one. At a nearby communications center, Mayor Futoshi Toba looked wan with shock as he consulted with workers. After 18 years in office, Toba finds the town he has come to love has been crippled and himself with it. His wife Kumi is missing in the floodwaters. The last time he saw her was the morning of the quake when he left home for work. When he returned, there was nothing left of his home but its foundation. Now his wife’s parents have taken up the search for her remains. Toba, 46, admits he’s too busy keeping his community from coming apart at the seams. “Many people here have lost family — I’m not the only one,� he said, his eyes glassy. “We all have to keep working.



From Page 1 side, Gadhafi cast the military campaign as another example of Western colonialism and a Christian “crusader� mentality toward the predominantly Muslim countries of the Middle East. Government spokesman Mousa Ibrahim said 48 people were killed and 150 were wounded near targets in Tripoli, Tajoura, the Gadhafi stronghold of Surt, rebel-held Misurata and the eastern town of Zuwara. “If Libya goes down, the whole Mediterra-


nean shall go down, the whole of Africa, the north of Africa,� Ibrahim said. “We are arming our people, men and women. We will not allow Libya to be lost like Palestine, like Iraq, like Somalia, like Afghanistan.� In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the executive committee of the Organization of the Islamic Conference issued a statement welcoming the U.N. resolution authorizing the strikes and asked member states to help in its implementation. Qatar announced it would join the alliance and provide unspecified military support. With the U.S. military engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama said U.S. forces would play a limited role in the Libya operation.


“Who knows where these bodies came from. There was nothing to stop the water. Now this place is a disaster zone.� Hideaki Suzuki

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many bodies that they ran out of space to store them. At one point they stopped carrying their finds to the roadside, instead marking them before moving on to the next. Submerged for days, many of the corpses had simply fallen apart, forcing workers to collect what limbs they could find. Susuki watched from the roadside, shaking his head in disbelief. The 27-year-old truck driver and his wife and 1-year-old son were safe, but he couldn’t just sit in front of the TV gawking

On March 21, 1996 Spartan Daily reported that ... • (Above) University police officer Joyce Caldwell found a missing bicycle during a nightly patrol around UPD’s jurisdiction zone, which extends for one mile around SJSU. • A low turnout of students voted in the Associated Students elections, with the majority of SJSU’s 24,700 students feeling that A.S. representatives would do as they wished, regardless of student input. • George Castro, associate dean of the College of Science, was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame for his contributions and achievements during his 27-year career as a scientist working for IBM prior to working at SJSU.


Santa Cruz tallies damage in wake of tsunami surge City seeks federal aid in recovering from losses McClatchy Tribune SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Rep. Sam Farr visited the Santa Cruz, Calif., harbor Saturday morning to take a tour of the areas damaged by the March 11 tsunami surge and provide an update on federal assistance efforts. Though recovery efforts continued to be postponed because of heavy rain and high surf conditions, Farr got a firsthand look at Santa Cruz’s chances of receiving federal aid. “The process of getting a declaration of emergency is essentially assessing property values and counting both public and private losses in order to get financial help,� he said. “The $44 million figure has to be hit in order to get federal funding. The state is still counting its losses, but it has not yet hit that threshold.� Farr remained optimistic about the state’s ability to get some assistance, however, saying that many harbors have not submitted their damage numbers yet and there is still time to file for federal aid. The deadline to declare losses is 30 days after the tsunami surge.

“It’s a bottoms-up process that begins with damage assessment,� Farr said. “There is no free lunch in this process — you don’t just get a bunch of free money — but aid would trigger things like disaster housing, help with loans, uninsured property losses, repairs, legal assistance and Social Security benefits.� According to Port Director Lisa Ekers, 13 vessels sank and two were raised with no pollution threat.

“We raised eight vessels that were environmentally hazardous and we’ve collected 200 gallons of gas and oil, for my supplies.� Capt. Jay Jewess San Francisco Coast Guard Friday, port officials said 14 boats sank and two remain on the ocean floor. The damage estimate to Santa Cruz harbor facilities is currently at $26 million. “We raised eight vessels that were environmentally hazardous and we’ve collected 200 gallons of gas and oil,� said Capt. Jay Jewess

with the Sector San Francisco Coast Guard. “There are still some obstructions out there, so we have to make sure the channel is clear before we let any vessels through.� Coast Guard Commander Todd Haupt said after performing a sonar scan by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration throughout the entire harbor, one obstruction was identified in the north harbor and another in the south harbor. He said divers went down to investigate the south harbor obstruction, but were unable to locate it. “The weather is keeping us out of the harbor, so we won’t be going down today, but we will as soon as possible,� Haupt said Friday, adding that there is a technical issue with the sensor that needs to be fixed first. In the meantime, the Coast Guard Auxiliary has set up camp outside of the harbormaster’s office to help escort people to their boats and answer questions. The 46 volunteers were recognized during Farr’s press conference for their dedication to keeping the harbor safe and going from door to door to make sure all boats were accounted for. While Farr recognized that the weather would impede the damage assessment process, he said he was grateful for local efforts.






















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Student wins $50,000 scholarship Whitney Ellard Staff Writer Freshman psychology major Priscilla Elizalde no longer has to worry about taking out loans or paying out-of-pocket for her college tuition. She was selected as the National Sun Life Rising Star winner and awarded $50,000 toward her college tuition. In addition to the prize, Elizalde and 21 other students were awarded $5,000 in tuition in the first round — before she was selected as the national winner. She and the other first-round winners were flown to Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 28, where they had the opportunity to meet tennis star Venus Williams and Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington and wide receiver Davone Bess. Elizalde said it was amazing meeting Venus Williams, someone she now looks up to. “We have similarities,” Elizalde said. “She showed it doesn’t matter where you come from, as long as you have a desire to achieve, you can make it anywhere in life.” Elizalde was nominated by Barrio Logan College Institute, a nonprofit, community-based organization she has been involved with since the third grade. The program was one of others nationwide that applied for a grant from Sun Life. Sun Life is a worldwide financial services company that has been around for more than 140 years, according to the company’s website. “The application process consists of the nonprofit organizations telling us (Sun Life) about the work they are doing in the community and

how they are making an impact,” said Kaitlin Jaquez, philanthropy senior consultant for Sun Life. She said organizations are also required to choose a student who they feel is deserving of a $5,000 scholarship and has overcome odds in his or her community. Elizalde, coming from a low income family, said she has defied the odds within her community. “Many lack furthering their education or even education at all,” Elizalde said. “I come from a low-income Hispanic community and most of the parents do not have an education at all.” Launched last year, Jaquez said the goal of the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program is to recognize nonprofit organizations that are working with students in underserved communities and also help students achieve their educational goals while preparing them for college and careers. Elizalde said she is beyond thankful for being nominated and chosen as the winner. “It was amazing,” she said. “I felt so lucky and so honored. I don’t even have words to describe it.” Elizalde said she is also relieved she does not have to pay off loans after she graduates and that her family is proud of her. “I’m the only in my family who has made it to college,” she said. Jaquez said Sun Life is proud to have chosen Elizalde as its winner. “She’s so inspirational and so well-spoken,” she said. “We are proud of all of her accomplishments and all that she plans to do with her career and the community.”

Spartapalooza promotes healthy living through learning Staff Writer

The Student Union Ballroom was packed with students coming to see interactive and informational booths aimed at teaching them about living a healthier life Thursday. The event was the Spartapalooza Wellness Festival, which tries to promote healthy living and wellness to the students on campus, according to Laurie Morgan, assistant director of campus wellness. “The concept of this was to create an event that would allow people to test out new ways of healthier behaviors,” she said. Morgan said this year’s theme was sustainability — in both environmental and personal wellness — so the organization put on an environmental-themed fashion show. At noon, students took to the stage to present themselves in clothes made out of reusable products, from old soda cans to pure hemp. “The idea with the fashion show was to have a dual message,” Morgan said. “One was to represent ideas around making sustainable choices with clothing, using different kinds of products that are less detrimental to the environment, and the other message was healthy

body image because that’s a lot about what we do at my office, which is love your body and feel good about your body.” Jeanette Matthews a senior nutritional science major who came to the event with a friend, said events such as these are good for promoting wellness on campus. “I think it brings people together because of the type of event that it is, and it’s kind of exciting actually,” she said. “You encounter some new ideas that you maybe didn’t think of before and you get to know what else is on campus.” Morgan said the event is in its third year and works to find creative ways to make students more aware of healthy behaviors and techniques. “When we invited our booth participants we asked them to find out what kind of interactive, engaging booth ideas or activities you have,” she said. “They have to have something that really engages with the participants and hopefully that can serve as a trigger for participants to learn about the practice or activity.” Rebecca Mockabee, a junior nutritional science major, ran a booth that helped students identify food proportions and show them how much they are consuming in an average day. “The proportions you are getting today are out of con-

trol,” she said. “They’re huge and you really don’t need all that, so if you get smaller portions you can get a larger variety and a more balanced diet.” Mockabee said she feels most students have responded well to the booths and that they came away with more knowledge regarding their health. “I think they’re shocked,” she said. “People are shocked about how many calories are in their food. A lot of people are just not aware.” Jared Tadio, an industrial technology major, said he felt more aware of healthier eating after visiting Mockabee’s booth. “I think it’s very informative,” he said. “I learned a lot of things here that I didn’t know before. This is a really fun event since it’s free.” Domingo Castellanos, a senior kinesiology major and member of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club, was running a booth that demonstrated physical therapy practices. He said the booths at Spartapalooza aim to give students the most accurate information possible so they can make healthier decisions.

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Construction puts ATM parking spaces on temporary hiatus Whitney Ellard

aware that while the elimination of the spaces is temporary, ticketing exceptions Staff Writer are not being made, and students will be ticketed for leaving their cars in a staff or Students may have noticed that the handicapped space while making a run to an 30-minute parking spaces near the campus ATM or the Student Union. ATMs are no longer available. Renelle also said the school is in the proParking in the lot between the ATMs cess of putting two five-minute parking and the Facilities Develspaces in the parking lot opment and Operations until the construction is building was eliminated finished. toward the end of last “We are hoping to get semester and some stuthose done within the dents are frustrated. next few days depending “There’s nowhere to on the weather,” he said. park except for faculty Renelle said the spacspots,” said senior socioles can help the waiting ogy major Nicole Lunatime for trucks coming Pickens. “It’s just another through, that will only inconvenience for stuhave to wait a couple of dents.” minutes for people to Students may be move their cars. pleased to find out the Following the compleparking situation is temtion of the construction, porary because of the Renelle said the plan is Lt. Jim Renelle construction of the Stuto have the ATMs located University Police dent Union. inside the new Student “It’s for the footprints Union and make the of the trucks to come parking lot a full square through for the student parking lot, taking over union construction,” said Lt. Jim Renelle of where the older apartment building used to University Police. be. However, ongoing construction means Parking services is also looking into prothat no end date has been set for the spaces’ posing the creation of a drop-off area for closure. the Student Union. Renelle said the city placed alternative 30-minute parking spaces on San Fernando and 10th streets, alongside the parking lot. Students should be


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Lily Swann performs on the beam during the WAC Gymnastics Championship on Saturday.

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Katie Merritt performs on the bars during the WAC Gymnastics Championship at the SJSU Event Center on Saturday.

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Senior all-around Shanice Howard and freshman all-around Cassandra Harrison took home awards from Saturday’s meet.


No. 9 Spartans stave off Harvard in victory Shirene Niksadat Staff Writer The SJSU women’s water polo team played Harvard University on Wednesday afternoon, winning 8-5 at the SJSU Aquatics Center. Senior utility player Adrianna Vogt posted the first score of the game, putting the Spartans on a path to victory in the first quarter. The Spartans maintained that lead throughout the entire game. The No. 9-ranked Spartans started off the first half of the game with a weaker offense than was desired. “We had seven offensive fouls in the first half, which was negative,” head coach Lou Tully said. “There is no real need for offensive fouls.” Junior 2-meter player Allie Stewart, who scored three goals for the Spartans, felt the team’s defense needed some work in the game. “Our defense was a little flat to start off with,” she said. “Once we slowed it down and took a deep breath, we were able to play through.” The second quarter kicked off with a goal from freshman 2-meter player Timi Molnar, scoring a quick goal setting the game at 3-1.

She followed her goal with a turnaround shot block on Harvard’s Monica Zdrojewski. In the third quarter the referee gave Molnar an exclusion — where the player is ejected from the game until the ball is turned over to the other team. Harvard, who was issued a few exclusions of its own, was more intrusive throughout the game.

“We expect that, it’s part of the game,” Stewart said. “Some teams are just grabbier than others, so we just have to play through it.” After four wins this past weekend, Vogt was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation player of the week. Vogt said she felt the Spartans played an overall good defensive game. Thanks in large part to junior

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Junior utility player Dani Curran attempts to block a shot during the Spartan’s 8-5 win Wednesday.


SJSU and New Mexico split double-header Whitney Ellard Staff Writer SJSU women’s softball split its doubleheader against New Mexico on Wednesday. In the first game, the Spartans put runs on the board first, scored by sophomore infielder Cheryl Freitas in the first inning. “Our hitting was intact and we did really good staying on top of it,” Freitas said. SJSU held the Lobos to only one run, coming in the third inning. “They picked me up well,” senior pitcher Jennifer Ames said. “Definitely made good plays and stepped up.” Freitas was the only Spartan to score runs and topped it off with a home run to center field in the fourth inning, leading the Spartans to a 3-1 victory. “I felt really aggressive at the plate today,” Freitas said. Coach Peter Turner acknowledged Freita’s first game performance. “She did a great job,” Turner said. “She picked up the big hits when we really needed them.”

The second game did not go as well for the Spartans. New Mexico held the Spartans to one hit the entire game while SJSU allowed 12. The final score was 10-0 in six innings. Pitcher changes were made in the second inning when Alex Molina came in for Elyssa Fox. After a couple of innings, pitcher Janessa Gutirrez came in for Molina in the fifth inning to finish game. “I think when we face slower and junk ball pitches we can’t stay back on the ball,” said Ames. Turner discussed his team’s struggles in the second game. “We did not pitch well, hit well and did not field well,” Turner said. “When you put the three components of the game together like that you’re not going to have good results.” The Spartans lost Saturday to Arizona 6-14 in six innings and to Illinois 2-14. SJSU ended their weekend with another loss to Pacific 5-11 in five innings finishing the Judi Garman Tournament. The Spartans record is now 12-17. The team will host a double-header against Idaho on Tuesday.

goalkeeper Meagan Minson, Harvard scored only two goals in the first half of the game. “You have to have the patience and faith in what you’re doing on the offensive end and know that it will come eventually,” Vogt said. “But you always have to play a good defensive game. If you can hold them to a certain amount of goals, the offense will come.”

This proved to be true in the case of Wednesday’s game. The Spartans offense came through in the fourth quarter with four goals to finish off the match. The Spartans hit the road for the next game against No. 7 Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., on March 26, and return home for a conference match up against UCLA on April 2.




Monday, March 21, 2011


Despite elimination, SJSU ends tourney on high note Daniel Herberholz Contributing Writer After being eliminated from championship contention with a 6-1 loss to Michigan State on Wednesday, the SJSU hockey club team posted the only shutout of American Collegiate Hockey Association Division-II National Tournament in a 3-0 victory over Montclair State on Thursday at Sharks Ice. “This last game was really emotional for me, because tomorrow — that’s it,” senior wing Mickey Rhodes said after the win. Rhodes, along with grad student center Andy Dickerson and senior defensemen Jeff Sawhill and Adam Steadman, played their final game as Spartans (18-12). “This was a culmination of a couple years on all of our parts to get this tournament here (at Sharks Ice) and try and show well,” Dickerson said Thursday night. “Unfortunately we didn’t advance on like we wanted to, but we came out and put up a shutout, and it was the only shutout of the tournament.” Senior goalie Alessandro Mullane made 15 saves. “We came out and we performed — we brought 60 minutes of hard hockey,” Mullane said Thursday. “I wouldn’t have done it without stellar D and stellar back-check by our team today.” In the tournament, Michigan State (18-131) went on to beat Michigan (15-17-1) 9-3 in the semifinals before losing 6-1 to Grand Valley State (24-10) in the finals. Photo: Jesse Jones / Spartan Daily Season Adrift Senior wing Mickey Rhodes celebrates after scoring the game-tying goal for SJSU against Several Spartans attributed the team’s Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday. The Spartans lost 3-2 in overtime. struggles in the tournament to the two-week break they had in February when the uni“The tank was empty,” he said Wednesday. that record, because that means the team is versity suspended the team for an allegation “Everybody just ran out of gas after last night — winning,” Dickerson said after the game. “For of alcohol abuse. After an investigation, the they gave everything they had last night.” the time being, I’m happy to have it.” team was exonerated and the suspension liftGlasow said Mullane, who saved 33 shots, Sawhill, Dickerson’s roommate, said for the ed on Feb. 11. had a great game. three weeks leading up to the National Tour“I really believe the lay-off really killed us,” “It was pretty devastating for all of us,” nament, their house has been a mess. Head coach Ron Glasow said Wednesday. “We Mullane said Thursday. “We were pretty “This kid puts in every single ounce of energy haven’t had a game in two months. That’s, I pissed off because we all wanted to make it he has into this team,” Sawhill said of Dickerson. think, really a shame. We hate to blame things, (to semifinals).” Rhodes said without Dickerson, there but (the suspension) definitely had a big deal Broken Record would not be SJSU hockey. to do with how we played.” The final game of the week for SJSU, the Fitting Finish Dickerson pointed to a lot of what-ifs victory win over Montclair State (20-9-1), feaA game which began without many penalabout the season. tured milestones for Dickerson and Rhodes — ties changed as the game went along. The sec“That couple weeks we had off, it pulled for assists and penalty minutes, respectively. ond period included seven penalties, and the us together as a team,” Sawhill said Thursday. Midway through the second period with third had 13. “But just being off the ice and not being able the score knotted at zero, Dickerson passed the to practice took away from the momentum puck to Rhodes, who then sent it on to Cimino. that we could (have been) building towards “I was uncovered and (Rhodes) found me this tournament.” right in the wheelhouse so I was able to get Senior wing Steven Stichler said Wednes- a quick shot off,” Cimino said Thursday. “It day that the second semester has been a went low and under the goalie’s leg.” “lumpy, botched up, partition of a season.” The assist tied Dickerson with Mason Nave, “A key word for Ron (Glasow) is adversity, who played for the Spartans from 2002 to 2007, and this year was the definition of it,” he said for all-time leader in the category with 174. Saturday. SJSU extended its lead later in the period Throughout the suspension the team was when a shot by Rhodes rebounded off the back scrambling to put together the national tour- wall and Dutra slapped it toward the middle nament, Stichler said. of the net. Junior wing Robbie Vaughan stuck “Are we even going to be able to play in the puck in for a goal. our own tournament Another rebounded that we’re putting down shot, this time by Stichler, $50,000 down for?” said smacked off the wall and Stichler, the club’s trearight to Norris near the surer. “I’m signing checks right goalpost. Glasow then every week, and I don’t slipped the puck into the know if I’m going to be goal — or so he thought. able to participate in “It was underneath the that or not. It was a huge goalie’s arm (and) the goalgamble for us the last few ie’s arm was in the net,” months — but all in all I said Stichler. “He didn’t think it went well.” know he had it. As he was SJSU lost its openreadjusting himself, he ing game of the tournapulled his arm out of the ment 3-2 in overtime to net, and that’s when the Florida Gulf Coast (38-3) ref saw the puck.” Andy Dickerson Tuesday, on what Rhodes Montclair State assisCenter called “a fluky goal.” tant coach Ryan Bourke “That overtime goal said the Red Hawk bench just killed our spirits a little bit, killed the con- wasn’t sure what happened. fidence,” Stichler said. “When I asked (goalie) Kevin (Fox), he said he Next-Day Hangover just rolled around real quick, flipped his glove SJSU quickly found itself in a hole over and when he looked he couldn’t actually against Michigan State on Wednesday, al- believe the puck was in his glove,” Bourke said. lowing a goal without three minutes gone The save was one of 32 for Fox, who saw 17 in the first period. more shots-on-goal than Mullane. Michigan State tallied two more by the end “Your goaltender stood on his head,” said of the second period, and then struck in an- Montclair State assistant coach Christian Valother 24 seconds into the third period. vano. “We just couldn’t put it past your boy.” Down 4-0, Glasow said he told his team In the third period Dickerson connectto try for a goal every five minutes of play. ed with Cimino again, while the Spartans Stichler accomplished that in the first seg- were shorthanded. ment of the third period on a pass from senior “Sawhill broke up the play behind the net and wing Richie Norris. he kicked it out to me, and Sam was breaking,” “I shot (the puck) and just kind of turned Dickerson said. “The guy batted (my pass) out of around, because I knew where I was placing it midair, but he batted it right down to Sam.” on the goalie, I just didn’t know if (the goalie) Cimino said he was bout to slow his would nail it or not,“ Stichler said after the breakaway when he saw the puck bounce game. “As I turned, I saw … one go up on the off the defender. board and everyone erupt.” “I just turned with it, made a little move, Stichler said the team was telegraphing the tried to fake the goalie out backhand and location of its shots. Rhodes pointed to SJSUs brought it back forehand and was able to put power play, as Michigan State killed all five of it in,” Cimino said. its penalties. With the assist, Dickerson pulled into the Glasow said it was more than just special all-time No. 1 spot. teams. “I hope someone comes along and breaks

“As soon as he started going at it with the guy, I looked to the guy at my right and I say, ‘He just wanted to hit 450.’”

“Frustration kicked in with them, and they got a little chippy,” Glasow said after the game. “It’s the last game of the season, and they really have nothing to lose at that point.” This is where Rhodes’ record came in. Glasow said when Rhodes started playing for SJSU as a freshman, he heard the winger was a fighter. “The team changed him,” Glasow said. “He became disciplined, and he became so much stronger — he would take physical punishment and not retaliate.” With less than 90 seconds to go in the game, Rhodes was put in a headlock by Montclair State’s Erik Perdon in the back left corner of Red Hawk ice. In this case Rhodes, already the No. 1 alltime leader in penalty minutes in club history, was ready to retaliate — and thus reach 450 career minutes in the box. “As soon as he started going at it with the guy, I looked to the guy at my right and I said ‘He just wanted to hit 450,’” Dickerson said. “I swung by the bench and said the same thing, and the entire bench started busting up.” Rhodes landed a jab on Perdon, who was still wearing his mask, and came out with a bloodied hand. Both players were ejected from the game by the refs. “(Rhodes) was the first San Jose State guy that ended his career being thrown out, and it’s fitting,” said Glasow, who has coached the team throughout its 20-year history. Stichler said the game was a perfect end for both Rhodes and Dickerson. “Mickey took himself off the ice, but Ron kept (the seniors) out on the ice to finish our last game,” Dickerson said. “Keeping the three of us out there, I’m very happy about that.” Rhodes called senior Adam Steadman “a hell of a defenseman.” Sawhill leaves the team as the all-time fourth-highest scoring defenseman. “Sawhill has been one of our strengths on defense, a big physical presence who can also score,” Glasow said. Dickerson and Rhodes said Sawhill’s character was a strength for the team, even when it was losing — which wasn’t the case Thursday. “We came out here today with the one goal: win one for the (seniors), that they want to remember forever,” Mullane said Thursday. “A 3-0 win is a good memory.”


Monday, March 21, 2011


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Try alternative options in the Bay Area at affordable prices that starving college students can enjoy Nic Aguon Staff Writer With spring break approaching, some students have big plans. However, there are those who have yet to decide what to do. If you are one of those few, there are still things that are close by and cost efficient. Whatever your reason may be, everyone should enjoy their spring break. The weather may keep some bottled up inside their homes. But despite bad weather, you can enjoy your break inside by inviting some friends over for game or movie night. Drawing expressively in a sketch book or cooking a savory meal are also fun things you can do at home. Personally, I like to sketch and enjoy drawing creatively on my down time. From architectural concepts to modified versions of the Chevrolet Silverado Super Sport truck, I like to express whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on my mind through drawing. If you are up to spend a little bit of money, then make a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the San Francisco Zoo. Both venues have the potential for an adventure and an enjoyable time out. You never know, animals do some ridiculous things â&#x20AC;&#x201D; clumsy or intentional. Recently, I went to the SF Zoo and witnessed a gorilla lick his lips like he was trying to seduce the people looking at him. In addition, there was

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ible, let the top down and soak up the sun. Speaking of Highway 1, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to head to the beach. Twin Lakes State Beach or Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk can amount to a fun and thrilling outing. A nice walk along the beach, a barbecue or a bonfire are some things you can do. When I go to the beach with my friends, we play football, volleyball and Frisbee. However, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about pranks such as burying your friends in the sand or squirting an entire bottle of sunblock on their backs as they sleep on the beach. Packing bags and heading off to camp at Big Basin has the potential to be more than memorable. Big Basin is located off Highway 1, 15 minutes north of Santa Cruz. Campfire stories, roasting marshmallows or taking a hike at night are a few possibilities. Catching up with old colleagues from work or high school friends is an option as well. Sitting down for some drinks, reminiscing about the past with old friends can bring back memories. I understand that some people will be working extensively during spring break. However, time can be made if you make the opportunity plausible. Whatever your prerogative, utilize the time off from school to enjoy doing things you usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time for. The break is going to pass quickly, so enjoy it.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Driving down Highway 1 with the windows down, you can take a breath and relax.â&#x20AC;? The Warriors are young and talented and are sure to put on a show for any fan of basketball. Tickets are not expensive and you can travel to the game on BART. The Warriors play an aggressively paced game of basketball that is not short of thrills. This is a time to get your mind off things and enjoy yourself. Take a drive with that significant other or some friends. Driving down Highway 1 with the windows down, you can take a breath and relax. Highway 1 is a beautiful and scenic drive that should not be overlooked. If you have a convert-

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Spring fashion trends burst with citrus and flare Whitney Ellard Staff Writer Many of us do not have the time or the bank account to keep up with the continuously evolving world of fashion. However, that does not mean we cannot update our wardrobes with a trendy piece or two and stay with the times. For women, minimal whites, bold colors, pajama-inspired pants, metallics and a bit of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s glam are in this season. Light sheer fabrics and floral prints have also continued from fall into spring trends.

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the runway during New York Fashion Week and made a huge splash. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comfortable and relaxed glamour. Mixed fruit patterns are in as well. Designers such as Stella McCartney and Prada added a touch of Vitamin C and citrus fruits to their lines this spring. A touch of metallic accessories to enhance a party outfit is also in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; however, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overdo it. A bag or belt is just enough for sophistication. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to take a break from those five-inch heels. Flats are in this spring! Elegant flat sandals with clasps around the ankles and ballerina shoes are all the rage. Both men and women can add a splash of color to their wardrobes this season. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tomato red, vivid citrus or electric blue, adding a little color to your look will keep you in style. For both sexes, the biker look is in this season. Grab a leather or studded biker jacket and add a little motorcycle chic and rough edge to your style. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a guy trying to keep up with some of the latest spring trends, here are a few pieces you can add to your wardrobe. Death to the skinny jeans! The flared jean is in for you this season and also summer, so give the family jewels a breather because flared jeans are back in. Gingham and floral prints are in this spring. Grab a print and add a little travel resort style to your wardrobe. The double-breasted blazer brings a different look to an old-time classic. It adds a touch of elegance to sporty blazer. For spring, simply mix a little bit of old with a little bit of new. Add a splash of color, a print or any one trendy new item to your wardrobe and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in this season. Stores such as H&M, Forever21 and Urban Outfitters are great places to shop for spring trends. But do not forget about stores that have recycled fashions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they have great stuff as well.


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Monday, March 21, 2011



Japan: A nuclear warning in the making Search the news for the word “meltdown” these days and you’ll probably get one of three main hits: the situation in Japan, the economy and Charlie Sheen. Celebrity gossip is a powerful palliative for troubled times, and most of us know about as much behind the science of nuclear reactions as we do about the inner workings of the economy. Sheen? We know him all too well. The Japanese disaster weaves together a number of common threads that could serve to jolt people out of their complacency if the knowledge was widely disseminated — but unless a cloud of radioactive death arrives in America, that seems unlikely to occur. We live in such an egocentric culture that commentators like CNBC’s Larry Kudlow can blithely utter callous statements about Japan and still remain on the air: “The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that.”

Watching news clips of the natural disasters in Japan makes us realize yet again the enormous power of nature and the limits of our capacity to control such power. Large buildings, roadways and bridges buckled before the shockwaves of the earthquake. Cars and trucks, even houses, seemed like small toys being tossed around willy-nilly as they were swept away by the tsunami hitting the Japanese coastline. In Japan, electricity has been knocked out for millions of people. But the dangers are far greater than those associated with a temporary loss of electricity. Some of Japan’s 55 nuclear reactors lost primary and backup power, which in turn led to core cooling problems, partial meltdowns and radiation releases within the reactor control rooms and into the atmosphere, with possibly far worse radiation releases still ahead. Three of Japan’s 55 nuclear reactors have reportedly expe-

Praying for Japan During my senior year of high school, my family and I finally made our “sacred pilgrimage” to see Japan. For those who can’t tell from my picture I’m actually half-Japanese, half-American. Hence why I have the “Can’t drive for s**t” eyes” but have a Scottish last name. Going to Japan, though, remains one of the coolest and most interesting experiences of my life. Up until my trip, I had always felt that I was pretty well versed in Japanese culture and in my understanding of it. I spoke a little Japanese, I knew a lot about its ancient history, and even took kendo, which is samurai swordsmanship. Oh yeah, and I ate lots of rice as well. But understanding a culture and actually seeing it firsthand are two different things — it’s like saying one truly understands South Af-

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On The Contrary rienced explosions. More than 200,000 people have reportedly been evacuated from around the damaged nuclear power plants. So far, there has not been much reporting on problems with spent fuel storage pools, but these pools that hold used fuel rods could prove to be the most dangerous of all facets of the disaster. They contain vast amounts of radiation, several times the amount found in a reactor core. If these spent fuel pools lose their cooling source, they

could spew radiation into the atmosphere, creating a tragedy of even greater proportions than the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl. The major lesson to be drawn from the tragedy in Japan is that nature’s power is far beyond our ability to control it. Nuclear power is uniquely unforgiving, as Swedish Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hannes Alfvén said, “No acts of God can be permitted.” The nuclear industry, in Japan and elsewhere, has arrogantly pushed ahead with their dangerous technology, assuring the public there is no reason for concern. The reassurances of selfinterested nuclear “experts” are not to be trusted and the nuclear power plant failures in Japan are a final wake-up call to replace nuclear power with safe, sustainable and renewable forms of energy. There are 440 commercial nuclear power plants in the world, according to the International Atomic Energy Agen-

cy. Of these, the U.S. has 104, nearly twice as many as Japan. Many of the U.S. plants are of the same design as those that are failing in Japan. President Obama’s 2012 budget calls for $36 billion in loan guarantees to subsidize new nuclear power plants. California, known for its propensity for earthquakes, has two nuclear power plants, one at Avila Beach, north of Santa Barbara, and one at San Onofre, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Both plants are located near major fault lines. We know that we humans cannot control earthquakes, nor can we control tsunamis or other natural disasters. What we can control are our own technologies and do away with technologies that are catastrophically dangerous. Mother Nature has given us a deadly warning that it is past time to end our reliance on nuclear power and invest instead in solar power. There is a reason why the only safe nuclear reactor that exists is 93 million miles from Earth.

Probably the biggest rica because they saw Morgan thing I enjoyed about the Freeman play Nelson Mandela country were the peoin “Invictus.” ple I met. Going there with my family Despite not being was the only way for us to truly able to say more than see and understand the culture, a few broken words and going there helped me see of Japanese to them, my Japanese side on a more perevery one of the citisonal level. zens I had a chance to The first thing that stood out speak to or converse to me was how incredibly clean with were courteous the country is, how despite and showed a strong there not being any trash cans Wesley Dugle degree of respect toon the streets, there was not a Staff Writer ward me and my famsingle piece of garbage on the ily, despite us travelground. People actually don’t litter in Japan and ing around like a bunch of tourists. Even in my short time in Japan I saw a more wait until they get home to throw away their personal side of my culture that I’ll never forgarbage. What a concept! I joked to myself at the time I probably get and I was never more proud of my heritage could eat sushi right off the streets of Tokyo, than when I was in that country. So when a week and a half ago I heard the they were so clean. The next thing I truly loved was how futur- news about the earthquake and tsunami that istic and modern the country looked. From the hit Japan, I started to reminisce about my time tall, all white buildings with large video screens in the country and the people I met there. I, thankfully, have no direct Japanese relaa la “Blade Runner,” to the more silly things like every single toilet I found being electronic, it tives who live there but I still found myself was astonishing to see such a great metropoli- worrying about how the citizens of that countan city like Tokyo. try are doing.

The question is, will the disaster in Japan open our eyes to the need for change, or will we be content to continue to tempt fate and simply hope that we do not become the next place on the planet where nuclear power fails catastrophically? What the events reveal is the thinness of the margin on which modernity lives. There’s not a country in the world more modern and civilized than Japan — its building codes and engineering prowess kept its great buildings from collapsing when a much milder quake in Haiti last year flattened the city of Port-AuPrince. But clearly it’s not enough. That thin edge on which we live, and which at most moments we barely notice, provided nowhere near enough buffer against the power of the natural world. “On The Contrary” is a weekly column appearing on Mondays. Salman Haqqi is the Spartan Daily Executive Editor.

The devastation is still shocking to me — not only because of the damage caused by the tsunami but also the possibility of a nuclear crisis with the damaged reactors. It truly is scary thinking about what it would be like to be in the area of Sendai right now, where thousands of Japanese have perished and in Tokyo and other parts of the country where power outages are still occurring and the threat of meltdowns remain. I hope to one day return to Japan with my own family on our “sacred pilgrimage” to show my children the country and the people that they are from. So I pray for the people of Japan and I hope that they can recover from this crisis as soon as soon as possible. I hope the people I met there, and their families are safe and stay strong during these difficult times.

“I hope the people I met there, and their families are safe and stay strong during these difficult times.”

Save the state parks, cut from the wealthy instead come to live in California no matter what As is the fashion in government capithe tax structure is, because it’s one of the tals the world over these days, Jerry Brown most beautiful places on Earth. is making a move to cut liberal-sounding Which brings us back to the state parks. things from the budget. As you’re reading this, some trust-funded A move which is meant to satisfy, I asidiot who’s never worked a day in his life is sume, some specter of an austere, conservasipping a glass of champagne on the balcony tive attitude that I am not convinced actuof some palatial seaside estate somewhere in ally exists in California. California, chortling about the fate of those Lots of ink has been spilled over the isbeneath him in society. sue of education cuts, but there’s something Politicians of every stripe bend over backeven stupider on the chopping block — the ward to maintain rich people’s lifestyles. state parks. They make sure they don’t pay taxes on To some idiot in Thousand Oaks or Palo Matthew Gerring their inheritances, that they are taxed lower Alto or someplace similar, a move like this Staff Writer on the interest they didn’t have to work for sounds great, like total common sense. than working people are taxed on their payIt couldn’t possibly be the billionaires in checks, that they don’t have to give so much the upper echelons of American aristocracy that live on our coast and pay good money to avoid paying to social security, and that the property tax in his district remains low. their fair share of taxes to the state, could it? Meanwhile, near Half Moon Bay, the livelihoods of peoEvery time somebody points out the fact that the ultrarich hire tax avoidance attorneys to pull all kinds of tricks ple who depend on tourism to the state parks are threatened to avoid paying what they owe, somebody inevitably chimes because the idiots who run our state are going to lock the in with that old right-wing chestnut, “But higher taxes will gates on the roads to the beaches to scrape up a few milruin the business climate. It’s good to have the rich around. lion dollars that our trust-fund babies probably have lying They create jobs just by being here!” around somewhere. The truth is that millionaires and billionaires will always In the interest of allowing our theoretical playboy to

maintain low maintenance fees on his beachfront property, we’re going to lock mere mortals out of some of our beaches entirely. What’s worse is that the state has no idea what to do with the closed parks. They plan to let them sit, idle and unused, until someone comes up with enough money to hire a ranger or two. Or, more likely, until we have a Republican governor who sells them so they can have more palatial estates built on them. Let me tell you one thing they’re not going to do with the land: There’s no way they’re going to let the dispossessed occupy it. I have friends right now who are living in a van because they can’t find work, parking somewhere new every night to avoid the police. A semi-permanent camping spot on a closed beach would be great for them, absolutely luxurious compared to present conditions, but I guarantee you that the cops will still be arresting homeless people once the parks close, probably some of them for “trespassing” in the closed parks. These are supposed to be public lands for everyone to enjoy. They’re going to take them away from us to protect the excessive wealth of others, and I’m sick of it. It’s time to cut from the top.

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Do research, save money to study abroad, says panel Alex Wara Staff Writer

Students who traveled abroad debunked some of the concerns of potential study abroad students during a panel presentation on Thursday. In Clark Hall, three seniors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Amanda Grunwald, Camille Woods and Denise Degelos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; answered questions about studying abroad and discussed their experiences living outside the U.S. In front of a group of about 10 students, the panelists answered questions to educate potential students interested in participating in the study abroad programs. Study abroad adviser Veronica Malki moderated the discussion and asked questions about the experiences the three students had and what they did to prepare for their programs. Undeclared freshman Pedro Martinez said he hopes to study in Australia and attended the panel to find out information on studying abroad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was looking for something that would be life changing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to get new experiences and see what is out there.â&#x20AC;? Grunwald, a political science major, shared her reasons for going to study in France. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up thinking that I would study abroad because my parents actually met when they were studying abroad,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up hearing stories about my parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experiences studying abroad in Austria.â&#x20AC;? Grunwald told the panel she was also ready for a change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really excited to see something new,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt that my whole life had been spent in the South Bay and I really wanted to get out and see something different.â&#x20AC;? Panel members also discussed the financial

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costs of traveling abroad. Woods, a global studies major who went to Canada, told the group that her financial experience worked out fine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the benefits of going to Canada is that the Canadian dollar is always weaker than the American dollar,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So by me studying abroad I saved over $1,000 by leaving my home university.â&#x20AC;? All the panelists agreed that it was easier to enroll at foreign universities because the universities were not feeling the setbacks from budget cuts. The summer before leaving for her trip was the most stressful, Grunwald said. She advised the audience to save money before going on the trip, look into financial aid and research whether a department has any scholarships it gives to students studying abroad. Degelos, a Spanish major, spent a year in Spain and said her experience allowed her to grow as an individual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would not have been able to speak in front of a class, and now I feel like my public speaking skills have improved immensely,â&#x20AC;? Degelos said. All three panelists went abroad for a year and agreed the experience gave them time to immerse themselves in a culture, making it feel more like home than a short vacation. Woods added that traveling abroad has changed the way she looks at the world. Just being able to meet people from all over the world was one of the best experiences, she said. After hearing the panel, senior photography major Justin Zetterlund said he is even more motivated than before to study abroad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has encouraged me more to do it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have traveled to Europe before, but now understanding how they have stayed there for a period of time, I would probably now just want to go and experience it.â&#x20AC;?

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