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Staff editorial >> pg 6 The Campanil discusses Bay Area gentrification.


Sports & Health

ASMC Candidates >> pg 3

Senior support >> pg 7

Meet your AMSC candidates.

Find out about counseling servies for seniors.

Business Profile>> pg 4 Read about community based clothing store Oaklandish.

Tuition to increase by Back by popular demand: 3.5 percent in fall 2014 Theater returns to Mills Abbey Flentje On March 14, President DeCoudreaux announced a 3.5 percent increase in tuition for the 2014-2015 year — raising the tuition to $41,618 from its current cost of $40,210 for a fulltime undergraduate. Tammi Jackson, vice president of finance, stressed that it is still the College's goal to keep Mills “accessible and affordable.” “We strive to build a balanced budget that is centered on our core mission and furthers our Strategic Plan,” Jackson said in an email. “The tuition increase will assist with maintaining high academic rigor of our institution and in the classroom, while enriching the student experience.” The national increase for private institutions is 3.8 percent, and other liberal arts schools in the west have an average increase of 4.1 percent. Mills remains below all averages,

national and regional. According to President DeCoudreuax's email to the College, the Board of Trustees of the College approved the new increases in tuition for next year in order to “keep Mills as affordable as possible” while adjusting to the new cost of “providing the highestquality education.” In addition, the email stated that the housing and meal plans will also experience an increase. Residence plans will go up by 2.5 percent, while meal plans will go up by 2 percent. The health insurance fee will also be going up from $3,600 to $3,960. This coming year, however, there will be two lower scale options, each with less benefits and available at a lower cost. According to the email, 95 percent of undergraduate students received financial aid in 2013-2014, the average package being $37,959. The message made no mention of whether or not more aid would be given in 2014-2015. However, see

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Mills professor Anna Valentina Murch dies at age 65


Murch’s art installations, such as the one above, have won numerous awards. See page 4 for the full story.


Starting in fall 2014, Mills will be partnering with the American Conservatory Theater in SF.

Amanda Polick It’s time to dust off the old props and costumes that have been hiding in the depths of Lisser Hall — theater has returned to Mills. As part of a new collaboration with the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, Mills will now offer a major and a minor in Drama beginning in the fall of 2014. For Associate Professor of Dance Sonya Delwaide, this has been the final piece in a long journey to get theater back at Mills. When Delwaide arrived at Mills in 2003, the drama department was just collapsing. “I thought, ‘Oh, great! Just as I arrive, the theater department leaves,'” Delwaide said. The Tony Award-winning ACT has one of the most prestigious MFA programs in the country, producing such talents as Denzel Washington, Annette Bening and

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Danny Glover. ACT has many programs including their Young Conservatory and Studio ACT which can be taken for college credit or even as a stepping stone to other ACT courses. However, ACT wanted to expand and reach out to undergraduate schools across the country (including Mills) and invite students to spend a semester in San Francisco. As Conservatory Director Melissa Smith explained, the San Francisco Semester would be an intense and deep exploration of the Bay Area theater community and the area as a whole. The 17-credit San Francisco semester would be completed in 15 weeks if students decide to do the entire course load at once. But Smith emphasised that students may take individual classes if their schedules did not allow them to take the entire semester. If students did complete the entire semester at ACT, they would have finished their drama minor and only need six more classes at Mills to com-

plete their drama major. In the past, Delwaide brought in teachers from Berkeley Repertory Theater to teach acting. Students loved it so much that they wanted to take acting classes at Berkeley Repertory. Delwaide knew that she needed to do something to bring theater back to Mills. “I don’t know what happened before with the drama department, but I’m only looking to the future," Delwaide said. "I’m not interested in going back.” To Delwaide, it seemed that Mills and ACT were meant to find one another — Delwaide's husband has worked at ACT on occasion and in the Bay Area theater scene for a number of years. Part of the attraction also came from ACT’s passion for advancing women in leadership positions in the world of theater. This fall, three of the six core courses needed for the drama see

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DeCoudreaux announces upcoming tuition increase from Tuition page 1

it did suggest filling out FAFSA forms and talking to the Mills’ Office of Financial Aid to “maximize” options. First-year Christine Mumm wanted to know if there would be more aid given, rather than just loans. “It’s already a huge sacrifice to be here, and the higher the prices

go, the less accessible education is,” Mumm said. This increase concerns many students as they are worried whether they can continue their education here. Sophomore Dani Sherman is one such student. “The incline in tuition year after year is a difficult situation because students, especially ones past their first year, are stuck because it’s really too late to transfer out to a


The recently-announced tuition increase has left many students wondering if more financial aid will be offered.

cheaper option,” Sherman wrote in an email. “I would like to see a breakdown or complete explanation as to where the increase is coming from and what it is covering because just hearing ‘we’re increasing our tuition less than other schools are raising theirs by‘ isn’t good enough, in my opinion.” President DeCoudreaux reaffirmed Mills’ mission in light of this tuition increase in an email she sent to The Campanil. “In establishing tuition rates, Mills always remains committed to affordability and accessibility and continues to do everything in its power to keep tuition and fee increases as minimal as possible,” President DeCoudreaux stated in the email. Attached to the email sent out by the President is a full list of the differing prices for the coming 20142015 year, which can be viewed at the following link: http://issuu. com/thecampanil/docs/tuition. fees.2014-2015.

Mills to begin partnership with American Conservatory Theater from Theater page 1

major will be offered including History of Theater, Acting Fundamentals, and Embodied Movement. Delwaide hopes that even students outside of the dance and theater department will try a class or two. Classes such as Body Movement can be beneficial in terms of learning about body language and how people interact with one another. “It’s good experience for life,” Delwaide said. Delwaide hopes that with students from other departments taking classes in the dance and theater department, it will encourage more collaboration between departments. Many courses on campus already have some overlap into the world of theater, such COURTESY OF ONLINE ARCHIVE OF CALIFORNIA as Shakespeare taught in the Pictured above is a theatrical performance at Mills in 1910. English department. This fall, the drama program will return to Mills. Although Delwaide is currently on sabbatical, she and the rest of will be on hand to answer questions registration. Delwaide can be conthe dance and theater department or assist students with upcoming tacted at

Managing Editor Natalie Meier

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events April 16: 5:00-6:30pm, Faculty Staff Lounge: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response April 17: 12:00-1:00pm, Student Union: Safe Dating with Futures without Violence April 22: 6:30-9:00pm, Student Union: Take Back the Night 6:30 to 9 pm Campus march, performance, speakers and open mic April 23: Denim Day 12:00-1:00pm: CHRC tabling April 24: 6:00-7:30pm, Rothwell Sutdent Union: Self Defence Class by Christine Schoefer April 26: 10:00am, SF: SFWAR Walk Against Rape. Contact for info.

Ally Week April 7: Campus Teach-In Workshops (for list of workshops, see online) April 8: 12:15-1:00pm, Solidarity Lounge: Community & Healing 7:00-8:30pm, Danforth Auditorium: Film Screening of “BLEACHED” with Filmmaker, Jess dela Merced April 9: 12:15 - 1:00pm, Solidarity Lounge: Social Justice Bite: Allyship TED Talks April 10: 12:10-12:50, Mills Chapel: Meditation 5:15-6:00pm, Cowell 113: Visible & Invisible Disabilities 6:30-8:00pm, Student Union: Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible film screening April 11: 1:00-3:00pm: Solidarity Lounge Dropin Discussions 4:30 - 6:00pm, Student Union: Free Land, A Hip Hop Journey from the Streets of Oakland to the Wild Wild West workshop

April 12: 10:00am-6:00pm, Mills College Oval: Mills College Pow Wow

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ASMC candidates for 2014-2015 Executive board speeches: Wed. April 9 during lunch

Elections: Electronic, Thurs. April 10 - Sun. April 13

Skylar Crownover Running for: ASMC President

Samantha Gatton Running for: ASMC Vice-President

Ashleigh Bell Running for: Academic Chair

Larisa Gearhart Running for: Judicial Chair

Demeshia Jones Running for: Student Affairs Chair

Katie Laackman Running for: Student Affairs Chair

Jaylina Vay Running for: ASMC Historian

Kat Kabick Running for: Student Affairs Chair

CJ Roessler Running for: Transfer Senator

Emma Ishii Running for: Natural Sciences Chair

Danelis Padron Running for: c/o 2016 President

Arianna Martin Running for: c/o 2016 Vice-President

Erin Clark Running for: c/o 2017 President

Sarah O’Neal Running for: c/o 2017 President

Brooke Parker Running for: c/o 2016 Accountant

Margarita De La Torre Running for: c/o 2017 Historian ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF CANDIDATES



Arts & Entertainment

Beloved Mills Art Professor Dies, 65 Ari Nussbaum

Anna Valentina Murch, professor of studio art at Mills since 1991, died on March 26 as a result of cancer at the age of 65. Murch was born in Scotland and grew up in London, where she earned degrees from the University of Leicester, the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association. Murch had an interest in art installations, scultptures and ecological design. She often collaborated with her husband Douglas Hollis, who is an environmental artist. Together the two completed numerous commissions which were displayed in places such as the San Jose Civic Center Plaza, the US Federal Courthouse in Fresno and La Fiesta Plaza in Brea, Cali. According to a March 29 article on, Murch and Hollis met at the San Francisico Art Institute in the 1980s and were married in 1988. “We were soul mates,” Hollis told Murch came to the Bay Area in the 1970s and taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Berkeley before she began teaching at Mills in 1991. During her tenure at Mills, Murch was awarded the Faculty Development Grant numerous times and served as the Joan Danforth Chair of Studio Art from 2005 to 2007. Her work has been showcased in numerous installations, collections and exhibitions; she also has a long list of awards, including the SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architecture. “Anna is very proud of the work she was able to accomplish and knew it would be a part of her legacy, but at the same time she was deeply proud of her teaching at Mills,” Hollis said in the article. In lieu of flowers, Hollis has requested that donations be sent to the art department at Mills.

Album Review: Foster the People’s “Supermodel” Natalie Meier

After exploding onto the scene, Foster The People disappeared for three years, returning March 14 with the release of their muchanticipated second album, Supermodel. Part of what made Foster The People’s debut album Torches so successful — going platinum in two countries, gold in four, and being nominated for a Grammy — was its infectious pop-synth layered beats, occasionally drowning out the dark lyrics of songs like “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Warrant.” Surprisingly for some fans, Supermodel involves a lot more acoustic guitar and spotlight on lyrics that sound like they came straight from Foster’s diary rather than the eargasmic, catchy tunes heard on the previous album — although some of that is still present. Foster and the band played a few shows to promote their new record, including a Los Angeles concert in front of the building mural dedicated to Supermodel, located just a few blocks away from Foster’s home. Citing influences such as David Bowie, The Clash and the sounds of West Africa for the new album in an interview with Billboard, Supermodel is Foster’s attempt to truly let his fans feel what it’s like to be inside his head. All in all, I’d rate Supermodel a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars. Some songs, like “A Beginner’s Guide to

Destroying The Moon” and “Goats In Trees,” don’t quite connect singer and listener and could have been left off the record all together. Foster’s attempt to let his listeners inside his mind seems to have only partially achieved what he set out to do. To read the rest of Natalie’s album review, check it out at: http://


Foster the People’s second album takes on a different sound that some listenesters may be surprised by.

Oaklandish’s dedication to community ALL PHOTOS BY CHARDONNAY HIGHTOWER-COLLINS

Oaklandish dedicates its time and money to the Oakland community and artists. Chardonnay Hightower-Collins Contributing Writer

Located within Oakland’s bustling downtown, Oaklandish carries a wide variety of apparel and novelty items that represent Oakland culture, and the proceeds from the sales in turn helps to give back to the community. According to non-profit rating website B Corps, “Too many media outlets focus on the negative aspects of our town, while overlooking everything that makes this city legendary: its contributions to art, music, social justice and trailblazing style.” To many Oaklanders, Oaklandish is a representation of Bay Area life, carrying many items that display pride and loyalty to their city. Such items include t-shirts displaying the famous Oakland roots tree and posters with maps of the city on them. According to Oaklandish’s webpage, Oaklandish’s “roots” logo, which is displayed on many of their items, began as a part of a street art campaign designed to “illuminate local history and the unique cultural legacy existing here in ‘the Town.’” While Oaklandish produces and sells Oakland-specific merchandise, they are also involved in community programs. Oaklandish Community Liaison Chinwe Okona shared a bit about what Oaklandish is currently involved in. “Right now we just did a collaborative cap for the Oakland High School baseball team,” said Okona, “as well as a collaborative shirt with Chabot Space and Science Center. We’re also going to be at [the] A’s Opening Day on March 31st, and it’s just about time to start the planning of Fairyland for Grownups.” Okona also admires the climate that Oaklandish creates. “I appreciate the way in which the atmosphere at Oaklandish encourages us all to be ourselves,” Okona said. I would even say our success thrives on it. To have so many different perspectives at the same company has allowed us [to] create something that appeals to a wide variety of people.” Oaklandish has made its mark in the Bay Area; it has won over 20 Best of the East Bay awards, including Best Public Art (2002), Proudest Hometown Merchandise

(2005), Best Gallery Openings (2006), Best East Bay Product (2008-2010) and Best East Bay Idea (2011). The store partners with other local businesses on various projects to promote civic pride and celebrate Oakland spirit. Some of their partnerships include Brown Sugar Kitchen, Chop Bar and Oakland’s Eat Real annual festival. These various businesses, in partnership with Oaklandish, create tshirt logos and even help organize community events. Oaklandish also donates to local non-profits, community groups, independent businesses and artists. Some of the places they donate to are the Lake Merritt Garden Center, Oakland Public Library and the Pangea Global AIDS Foundation. Their donations range from supporting community centers and high schools in the area to local rappers and artists such as Zion I and Hieroglyphics. Oaklandish is also environmentally conscious and strives for sustainability, as most of their gear is made in California, and all apparel prints are printed by hand in Oakland. Oaklandish also has what is called the “I am Oaklandish” program, which supports the creativity of young local artists in Oakland. Each year, a specific artist becomes the official Oaklandish sponsored artist for the calendar year and represents the culture of Oakland for that year. One of the sponsored artists is Chinaka Hodge, a poet and playwright from Oakland who was also named Best Poet by the East Bay Express in 2008. Not only recognized as a pillar of the community, Oaklandish is also considered to be a B Corporation. According to the B Corps website, they are “certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.” These corporations are redefining success in business and distinguish themselves from large corporations by proving themselves to be a positive force in the marketplace. B Corps use a scoring system looking at governance, workers, community and involvement to assess the impact of the organization. Eighty out of two-hundred points are needed to be eligible for

certification. In an August 2012 report, Oaklandish’s company score was ninety-one, scoring the highest in the community section, demonstrating a clear connection to community service and sustainability. With an apparent dedication to the community and environmental sustainability, Oaklandish remains a crucial part of the Oakland community. Mills first-year Melissa Castro seems to agree with Oaklandish’s positive stamp on the Oakland community. “I really appreciate what Oaklandish does for the community,” Castro said. “I feel like they are deeply invested in the Oakland community and truly desire to make Oakland and the Bay Area a more positive place.” Oaklandish has two Oakland locations, one in Downtown Oakland at 1444 Broadway (between 14th and 15th), and a new location in Oakland’s Dimond district at 3419 Fruitvale Avenue. Both stores are open Monday through Friday from 11am - 7pm, Saturday from 10am - 7pm and Sunday from 11am - 6pm. On First Fridays, the Downtown Oakland store is open until 10 pm. For more photos of Oaklandish, check out our Flickr album.


The Oakland Roots logo, a popular design promoting community love for Oakland.

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Alum Profile: Under the blouse — ­ Marin Camille Michele Kilmer Contributing Writer Mills ‘05 alumnae Marin Camille, an art history major with a double minor in studio art and film studies, has finally been able to reconcile two seemingly disparate parts of herself — she is both a passionate feminist and a lingerie designer. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign and a serendipitous personal connection with her business partner Julia Zolinsky, their company, Blackbird Underpinnings, is launching their first line of vintage-inspired lingerie in 2014. Part of Camille’s inspiration for this collection originated at Mills. The architecture of the stucco buildings she lived in and being able to work in the library archives, especially the Heller Rare Book Room and special collections, stuck with her. “It was an amazing and important part of my time there [at Mills],” Camille said. “I was so invested in the archives there. It’s beautiful, I didn’t want to leave.” Janice Braun, who runs the Heller Rare Book Room and the special collections for the FW Olin library, said she remembers Camille well. “She was bright, creative and a

pleasure to be around,” Braun said. Camille says the creative space at Mills and its long history of supporting the arts is the basis for this new project. As an art history major Camille says she spent a lot of time in visual culture classes looking at the female nude. “We were always dissecting images of women,” Camille said. “It really took me a long time to get to the point where I had the agency to make my own images.” Camille, who describes herself at that time as an “angry feminist,” struggled to bring together her ideas of being comfortable as a straight woman who likes to wear make-up and a feminist. “It wasn’t serving me anymore to be angry. I needed a little time to mature,” Camille said. “I realized I can rewrite history. I don’t have to worry that if I wear lingerie I’m pandering.” She was particularly empowered after reading works by Anaïs Nin, who is best known for being an author, particularly of erotica in the 1930’s and 40’s. “She was a feminist not because of what she wrote but because of who she was. She was unapologetic. I [realized] it’s all about being true to myself and enjoying who I am and honoring who I am,” Camille said. The collection itself is inspired by Nin’s quote: “And the day came

when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” The collection is called Mavens; each piece is named after a creative woman of the 1920’s or 30’s, including Josephine Baker, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf and Coco Channel. “I enjoy finding expression through these things,” Camille said. “I realize that [lingerie] is not the key to empowerment for everybody.” This is lingerie with a feminist twist, envisioned for a variety of body types with the intention of expanding their size range as the business grows. This is not the form-crushing style of, say, a Victoria’s Secret piece of lingerie. These pieces are flattering for all types of women. After what Camille and Zolinsky describe as a lighting bolt moment to partner up, they hit the ground running to learn everything they could about the apparel industry and local manufacturing while holding down their jobs in fundraising. “We spent the first year [of building the business] taking classes and immersing ourselves in the apparel industry,” Zolinsky said. Camille works in individual fundraising with SF MOMA and Zolinsky currently works in corporate fundraising at the

Oakland Museum. “We were like sponges,” Camille said. “Reading lots of books and just learning an entire industry.” They have received a surprising amount of support within the Bay Area. In an industry that has a reputation for being “cutthroat and backstabbing,” they have experienced nothing but camaraderie. “It shocking how much people want to help and get excited about what we are doing,” Camille said. The 1970’s and 80’s were the heyday of clothing manufacturing in the Bay Area, but when the big companies like the Gap and Levi’s moved production to China, it left behind an infrastructure of factories, vendors and subcontractors who started taking up smaller clients. “This is a particularly good time to be in the industry in the Bay Area,” Camille said. “But it’s not like you can just look up vendors on the internet or in the phone book.” Networking and joining industry associations like People Wear SF has helped them learn about sourcing materials and which vendors work with small designers. “It’s a small dynamic community and there is plenty of room for everyone,” Camille said. One aspect of manufacturing locally Underpinnings is particularly proud of is that San Francisco is the

most compliant in the country in terms of labor laws, fair practices and work environment. “It’s really important to us that people are treated well, and that we are supporting the local economy,” Zolinsky said. They got their seed money from family and friends, and then were able to raise $40,000 on Kickstarter. Because of the PR required to have a successful Kickstarter campaign, Blackbird Underpinnings got noticed in the industry and were invited to participate in New York’s Lingerie Fashion week. They were showcased in an exhibit of emerging designers and participated in a group runway show on closing night. Again this proved a very supportive and inviting environment where people really want to lift up small businesses and send a positive empowering message through lingerie. “It was a childhood dream come true,” Camille said. “It took me, like, a week to after we got back to process that this had just happened. I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was a little girl and into my teens. I never thought it would happen.” Look for the launch of their first collection coming in the next month or two. To view and purchase lingerie go to


Senior Deadlines

2005 Mills alumnae Marin Camille and business partner Julia Zolinsky have teamed up to design the lingere line “Mavens” which will include lingere for all body types.

Shout-outs: March 3-May 14 Visit the Audio-Visual Offices to record a 30 second message for friends, family and loved ones. Shout-outs will be broadcasted throughout Holmgren Meadow before the commencement ceremony begins. On-campus Grad parties: April 1-May 2 Reservations for a location to host a party on campus can be made through the College’s events office. Nominate a Grad speaker: April 15 Nominations are due for the Graduate speaker at commencement.

Loan exit documents: April 30-May 16 Perkins and Mills College loan recipients should complete required exit documents during this time via the Financial Counseling Website. Financial Aide Exit documents: Federal Stafford and Federal Graduate PLUS loan recipients must complete exit documents online at Academic Regalia: May 1-16 Can be picked up (if preordered online) from the College bookstore. Regalia can be also be purchased in the College bookstore after April 5. Student Account Balance: May 7 Students accounts must be paid in full.




Staff Editorial

Bay Area Gentrification As Mills students, we are located in Oakland, truly one of the most diverse cities in America. Over 130 languages are spoken by people who have lived in Oakland for generations, are recent transplants, or have just immigrated to the United States. There is a wide range of socioeconomic statuses, from higher to lower class brackets. The residents are one of the main reasons Oakland is so incredible. Oakland places us within a historically rich city that is also undergoing change due to the increased cost of housing, which results in the influx of new residents as older residents who cannot afford the increase are pushed out. This is called gentrification. If you have walked outside of campus, you might have noticed the vast difference between neighborhoods; if you have lived here for a couple of years, you might be aware of the way neighborhoods are changing. The Oakland Wiki defines gentrification as the “phenomenon of wealthier residents moving to poorer neighborhoods” for the cheaper rent “and in the process raising neighborhood property values, eventually pricing out previous residents who can no longer afford higher rents and cost of living [so that they must move elsewhere]. Gentrification is the ‘opposite’ phenomenon of white flight [where upper and middleclass white residents move from cities to suburbs].”

Are you tired of hearing about it yet? Gentrification as a topic is not exactly new. For some, it is pervasive not only in the classroom but also in daily conversation. But does that mean we should care less? One editor argues because gentrification is something we just talk about that detachment is possible. How do we use our knowledge and apply it to avoid glazed-over eyes and blunt objectivity? Gentrification is mobilized as a kind of buzzword nowadays, especially in reference to the techie boom in San Francisco and how the surrounding Bay Area neighborhoods are affected. One Campanil editor writes that in the Mission District in San Francisco, people are being evicted from homes because their landlords want to renovate once dilapidated buildings into fancy expensive lofts for techies to rent. It’s becoming more difficult than ever to buy a home; techies are buying up property with cash ready at hand. SF is becoming a playground for the wealthy and white. The East Bay is affected similarly as young professionals or those pushed out of their SF neighborhoods flee the high prices of the city. Gentrification is problematic because Oakland is shifting. Mia McKenzie, creator and blogger for Black Girl Dangerous, writes about her #WhitePeopleEquivalents hashtag where people can tag on Twitter the ways in

which issues, ideas and concepts are skewed to align with white heteropatriarchal viewpoints. She uses Aamer Rahman’s Tweet as an example when he writes, “Gentrifying a neighborhood=improving a neighborhood #WhitePeopleEquivalents.” Gentrification can be spun as positive because with gentrification comes more money, renovation, trendy stores, eateries and the like. This requires us to ask the question, who is this city for? Obviously there is not one clear answer. But as Mills students, we must implicate ourselves and ask this question. We must be aware as many of us are coming to Oakland from other cities or countries. We must keep our own actions in mind as we choose where to live if or when we move off campus. Another Campanil editor explains that if Mills wants to differentiate itself from the other institutions that are exploiting the Bay Area, we need to find a way to reconnect with the Oakland community. It is crucial to narrow the distance between our Oakland neighbors and us as students. We live in Oakland yet the Mills campus can act as a membrane separating us from the city we inhabit. Gentrification threatens the security of its residents, the residents that make Oakland what it is. If you don’t think Oakland is beautiful, or has something to offer, you should get out more.

OVERHEARD DIALOGUE* *These are overheard snippets in passing and are in no way representative of the entire student body.

“As employees, we had no idea about any of this until the students told us.”

“Be kind enough to remember me at all times.”

“It was the confidence, obviously.”

“The way I disguised myself on OkCupid was to sign up as straight.”

“The name of my sex-ed class in 7th grade: You and Others.”

“When two black holes are close they actually begin to bend light in a different way, and then begin to tear each other apart.”

An Open Letter from Jingles Thalia Moore

Contributing Writer


My name is Thalia Moore but people prefer to call me Jingles. I attended Mills in 2011. Race has always been something that I’ve had to deal with, but I didn’t fully understand. A student named Daisha asked me to come to the BWC (Black Women’s Collective) and she told me that it was a safe space. I didn’t know exactly what that meant until I noticed that there were only two black girls on my floor in Warren Olney, and one in each hall. I didn’t know what that meant until I had girls—who I didn’t know— ask if they could touch my hair, ask if my hair was like pubic hair because it’s so curly. I’ve had girls ask me if I tanned because there is no way that I was truly black. I’m not sure what that even means. It does not come as a surprise to me to learn that there still is a race culture at Mills and I am proud that it’s no longer being ignored. There are people who would discredit my actual being there because they assumed that I was black and I got a full ride. The only financial aid I had was a $5,000

music scholarship, which I earned. Mills is supposed to be a place where I can feel empowered regardless of my skin tone, and there were times when I felt more trapped. It’s a subject that no one can really understand unless they have been there. To those who have a problem with someone using the world “privilege,” please understand that it’s not meant to demean you or hurt your feelings. It’s just a fact. Privilege does not come from money. It comes from the fact that you will never have to know what it feels like to have someone spit on you and call you a n----- (which I have). It means never having to worry about someone questioning your worth or if you’re “meant” to be on campus. The world is full of bigots and closet racists, but a place like Mills shouldn’t have them in such abundance. I’m proud of the BWC and I have never wanted to return to Mills more than I do right at this moment. They’ve made a change and a path for future students of color that may be easier to walk on.

Sports & Health



Life After Mills: Support Group for Seniors Taina Libbey Contributing Writer The Life After Mills Support Group for Seniors is an exciting first for the Mills community. While there have been a number of support groups on campus, Life After Mills is the first group that caters specifically to graduating seniors. Life After Mills Support Group is led by Shannon McDonell, a career counseling intern, and assistant director of counseling and psychological services and Mills College counselor Jennifer Panish, PsyD. As part of her masters counseling program internship at Mills, McDonell thought it would be beneficial to have a space where seniors could come together and support one another during this hectic time in their college career. With wanting to address students’ futures, values and passions, McDonell also believed it would be helpful to discuss specific skills and resources that are needed to move forward. Looking back at her time as a senior, McDonell real-

ized how beneficial it would have been to recieve help and guidance during such a frantic time. Graduation can be an exhilarating time in a student’s life, but it can also be very daunting. Emotions and stress levels are high, and with a looming finish line in the distance, questions begin to arise that can make graduating seem lackluster: What will I do after school? How will I stay in touch with my friends? Will I find my dream job? Am I really ready to leave? When asked about how life has been after graduation, Jesse Ewing, a recent Mills graduate, says that life has been pretty good, but there have been some struggles that she has faced. “I’m struggling to figure out how I can use my current degree to get a decent job while I’m attending school for my next degree,” Ewing said. “Deciding what additional degree I want has also been a struggle.” McDonell and Panish have singled out topics that will be discussed every week to help address the assortment of concerns faced

Play Ball! Mills Softball is back

by seniors. These will include grad school, resume building, financial independence, navigating changes and many others. “Students would have an opportunity to address those gaps that they may have in terms of moving from academic life to post-grad life,” McDonell said. “Life After Mills will give people a chance to sit and process feelings that could hit you all at once.” As with any of the support groups on campus, there is a strict confidentiality clause that prohibits everyone from sharing intimate details outside of the group. So the fact that you may have eaten two boxes of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies instead of finishing a midterm will stay within the group, judgment free! “These support groups are a great way for folks to not only talk about what’s on their mind, but hear from other students about similar and different struggles,” Panish said. The biggest hurdle that Life After Mills has faced is the lack of students involved. A number of fliers were placed around campus to

help bring awareness and student engagement to the support group, yet the group’s first meeting only garnered a handful of participants. Maintaining regular attendance is another concern. While most support groups close at a certain point, Life After Mills will remain open and welcomes all seniors who may find this experience rewarding. In the past, Mills has tried to create a culture of support groups on campus, hoping to show the Mills community how useful they can


Mills Chapel is the newest home to the Support Group for Seniors.

UPCOMING EVENTS Free Fitness Classes

Tennis April 11 vs. Notre Dame de Namur 2pm

Jolena Pamilar Contributing Writer The Softball Club is a new club on campus that gives students the opportunity to play recreationally without the commitments of an intercollegiate team. The club was created based on student interest and is sponsored by the ahletics, physical education, and recreation (APER) department. Members meet every Monday at 5:30pm on the soccer field and there is still time to join. “We meet for only about an hour once a week right now to practice,” said Head Athletic Trainer and softball coach, Natalie Spangler. “We will be competing in a local slowpitch softball league beginning March 17th.” Members like second year MFA student Megan Susman and first year graduate student of education leadership Erica Dominguez have expressed positive feedback about joining. “I joined this club because I used to play in high school, and once I saw a notification last semester in the student news about it, I realized how much I missed it,” Susman said.“I find softball cathartic; there’s something about throwing a ball and sprinting and hitting things with a bat that relaxes me. It’s a great way to get rid of stress


and have fun.” Even if members do not come to the club with a background in softball, Spangler provides support for novice players. “The coach, Natalie Spangler, is stellar,” Dominguez said. “Last semester I had zero experience playing the sport, but Natalie reached out and took extra time to truly help me improve on my throw and swing. Even if you are a beginner, the club is about learning and having fun in the process. Come and join us!” Spangler was glad to be the point of contact for the club based on her own personal experiences with the sport. “I love teaching new players how to play what’s considered America’s favorite past-time, and also seeing experienced players have fun doing what they love,” said Spangler. “It’s definitely my favorite sport, and I am so glad to bring it to Mills.” The Softball Club has plans to possibly watch a UC Berkeley softball game and attend the upcoming A’s game on April 18th. These will be members only events, paid for by the club budget. If interested in joining, contact Natalie Spangler at

be. Unfortunately, the turnout has not always been great. By leaving this support group open, Panish and McDonell have allowed for more accessibility. “I hope these groups offer not only concrete advice for people, but a place where they can feel safe, heard, understood and heal,” said Panish. For more information about support groups and/or individual counseling sessions, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 510.430.2130.

Water Walking Every Friday @ Mills Aquatic Center 7:15-8am

April 19 Family Doubles Event 2pm

Wellness Events Safer Sex Talk April 10 @ Rothwell Student Union 12-1pm

Fit for All Workshops April 17 @ Haas Pavilion 12-1pm Please RSVP

Off-Campus Hike April 18 @ TBD 12-1:30pm Transportation Provided Please RSVP

Weekly Support Groups Academic Anxiety Fridays @ Chapel Lounge 2-3pm Depression Wednesdays @ Cowell 110 12:15-1pm

Support Group for Seniors Fridays @ Chapel Lounge 12:10-1pm

Survivors of Sexual Assault or Abuse Mondays @ Cowell 110 6-6:50pm Healing Circle for Black Women Tuesdays @ Solidarity Lounge 12pm


Sports and Health


Health Matters: A Guide to Menstrual Options Mackenzie Fargo Women are frequently not educated about different options for dealing with menstruation. For many biological females of menstruating age, periods are multiple times per-year realities, yet most women are only familiar with tampons and pads. This is because female sanitary methods are largely undiscussed. The more aware women are of the options the more informed their decisions can be. Even between tampons and pads, women are made to feel as if they should be furtively choosing on aisle six only to dash to the checkout line. The popularity is for a reason. They’re convenient — use once and throw away. Because there is no reuse, they are also easier to keep sanitary. Women have been using forms of tampons and pads for centuries—ancient Egyptian women used softened papyrus as tampons; pads have been made out of mosses, absorbent grasses, pelts and rags. As noted by the “Random Facts” website, women of the recent generations who live in urban environments have roughly 450 periods in their lifetimes. For either disposable tampons or pads, a lot of waste is generated. The National Women’s Health Network states that women contribute approximately twelve billion pads and seven million tampons to landfills every year. They are also expensive. Because they cannot be reused, they must be bought over and over. At Walgreens Pharmacy, a box of sixteen Tampax tampons runs about $4.99. A package of eighteen Kotex pads costs about $4.99. According to the Whole Foods Market website, American women spend about two billion annually on tampons alone. But most pressing to think about are the materials that come in very close contact with the body. Part of the appeal of tampons and pads is how little interaction the user has to have with blood. Yet many women are unaware that tampons contain chemicals such as dioxin, that’s present because of the cotton bleaching process. According to the Whole Foods Market website, “Conventional cotton is one of the ‘dirtiest’ crops in the modern world.” In 2003, the USDA released that U.S. farmers applied 55 million pounds of pesticides to their cotton fields. “Seven of the 15 most commonly-used cotton pesticides have been identified as possible human carcinogens by the EPA.” Pads are often scented, which adds additional chemicals to the mix. The effects of the chemicals women are exposed to are largely unknown to the public. For those who still love the efficiency of a tampon, brands like 7th Generation have created organic and pesticide-free cotton tampons that don’t have synthetic additives, which can be purchased at health food stores. Reusable pads are one option for women desiring a less environmentally and economically wasteful menstrual product. A Bay Area student recently spoke about her positive experiences with washable pads. “[When I’m on my period], I’m throwing away

like six pads or more,” she said. Because it’s so wasteful, “why not reuse them?” The brand she uses is Lunapads; she has a few on rotation while she’s on her period so she can bring an extra with her when she’s out and about. When one is full, she squeezes it out and washes in the sink with a hypo-allergic soap (though they can also be put in the washing machine after being rinsed, for those with less sensitive skin). For her, the biggest benefit is that they feel comfortable. “It’s next to my body,” she said. “I’ve got to feel comfortable.” Reusable pads are highly accessible; they can be bought from online sites like Etsy, and in stores like Whole Foods and Walgreens Pharmacy. The Lunapad intro kit costs $59.99, which includes an array of pads and pantyliners that are supposed to last five years. Another Bay Area woman uses sponges that are inserted like tampons into the vaginal tract to absorb blood. They are comparable to tampons but are more flexible. “[They are] more raw, more in touch with my body,” she said. “And they come in a range of sizes.” Sponges may seem strange but women have been using natural sponges for menstruation since the seventeenth Century, according to the Natural Menstruation Products website. “But you have to be very comfortable sticking your hands in your body and wringing out your own blood,” she said. There are possible downsides. Like other tampons and pads, when the sponge is full it can leak. When it is rung out in the sink, it can be difficult to squeeze all the water out. “It can also be hard in public bathrooms,” she said, because of having to squeeze and rinse it in front of others. A variety pack of three different sized Sea Pearls Sea Sponge Tampons cost $18. They should be replaced about every six months. Sponges are available online from multiple websites as well as many natural and health food stores. The DivaCup is another option. The website describes the cup as a “reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow.” The DivaCup requires the user to be comfortable with her body and her blood as well. However, the cups are a little easier in public restrooms because you can empty the blood in the toilet. The cup is supposed to last without leakage for about ten hours and should be rinsed out two to three times every twenty-four hours. When not used, they should be cleaned and stored in a cloth bag. One costs $39.99 and it is recommended that it be replaced every year. Divacup is a specific brand but other period cups exist and have existed since 1937. The different brands may vary in efficiency and quality. Divacups are available online, in pharmacies and there is even a store locator on their website.

Cyclone of the Week:

Alessandra Cuenco


Cyclone of the week is first-year nursing student, Alessandra Cuenco. She has been a consistent presence at the #6 singles position this season, but in the team’s match against NDNU last Friday, she was bumped up to the #3 position. She stepped up to the challenge and pushed her comfort zone by making changes to her usual style of play. Her effort paid off and she won the match in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-2. Alessandra has been motivated to make key shifts in her game that has translated to a lot of growth this semester. According to coach, Loke Davis, “her willingness to work hard and make these shifts have benefited the entire team and I look forward to her continued growth this season.” Congratulations, Alessandra! Cyclone of the week is provided by APER’s Allie Fox.

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Spring 2014 Issue 4 of The Campanil.

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