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A student surveys the new medical marijuana policy, posted in every residence hall.

Natalie Meier For students with medical marijuana cards, Mills has until now been a place where students can use their prescribed medication without having to leave campus. However, this year Mills has implemented a new policy on the use of medicinal cannabis, falling in line with the way other universities handle its presence: it is no longer permitted on campus — at all. The current policy, as it stands in the 2013-2014 Mills College Student Handbook for Undergraduate and Graduate Stu-

dents, states the following: “As of August 2013, in accordance with federal law, Mills College does not permit the use of marijuana for any purpose on College property even if the use meets the qualifications of the California Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 215.” According to the California Department of Public Health, Proposition 215 of the California Compassionate Use Act essentially allows medical marijuana users to legally possess their California physicianprescribed amount of marijuana and use it for consumption. Some of the maladies that can be treated with medical marijuana under Proposition 215 include cancer, anorexia, severe nausea, insomnia, glaucoma,

AIDS, chronic arthritis, pain and migraines. In the past, the policy has been a little more lenient. While the use of medical marijuana was not actively promoted on campus, students could register their stateissued medical marijuana IDs with Services for Students with Disabilities. “It appears as though in the past there may have been policies that allowed for medical marijuana usage/cards on campus, however that is not the case now. The federal law now states that any institution that receives federal funding can not allow marijuana usage/ingestion of any kind, on campus,” said LaLane Coaxum, Cowell’s administrative assistant, in an email. Even when the policy on medical marijuana was a bit more lax, the college’s policy on smoking still stood firm: no smoking within 30 feet of any building entrance and absolutely no smoking of marijuana anywhere on campus. One student who wished to remain anonymous said she had registered her medical marijuana card with SSD for the 2012-2013 school year and was informed about the smoking policy on campus, but felt alienated and unsafe smoking marijuana outside the college gates. “I was told to never smoke on campus, so I would go to the neighboring areas... around Mills, and I once encountered a woman who told me that this was not my place to smoke and that I could not smoke in her neighborhood,” the anonymous sophomore said. “This left me feeling like I was not safe smoking on or off campus, so I decided that it would be better to just smoke on campus to avoid unwanted attention and remarks.” Mills policy now clearly states that stu-

dents may not “possess, store, provide, or use” marijuana anywhere on campus regardless of whether they have a medical condition that falls under Proposition 215. For some students, the implications of the zero tolerance policy for medical marijuana on campus could pose a serious health risk. “It’s basically asking that people who use medical marijuana just go to a dispensary and use all of their product before they return to campus,” sophomore Emi Serna said. “This isn’t a safe or helpful way to use medical marijuana in most circumstances.” Serna maintains that having a policy that forces student residents to leave campus when they need to use their medicine is not only unsafe, but also unrealistic and has the potential to radically change her opinion of Mills as a whole. “If it gets enforced beyond just a verbal ‘next time, don’t do that,’ I am going to be very disappointed,” Serna said. “This school has always been very supportive of my and my fellow students’ well-being, and I don’t think I could say the same if we were to enforce this new policy.” The Office of Residential Life is responsible for enforcing the college’s policy on marijuana in the residence halls. Director of Residential Life Monique Butler said that because Mills receives funding from the federal Department of Education, school policies must reflect the federal law. “If we know that marijuana is being used, we have to follow up and investigate that in the way that that’s a policy violation,” Butler said. “We can be compassionate about it, but we have to uphold what the Department of Education says.”

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Ari Nussbaum ognize her new name — Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Shortly after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Private Bradley Manning, came out as transgender. In 2010, Manning was charged with leaking thousands of classified documents, such as battlefield reports and video footage, to the website WikiLeaks. Manning was demoted from private first class to private, and will be dishonorably discharged from the Army. According to an article recently published by CBS News, the earliest Manning will be eligible for parole will be 2020. Manning’s legal expenses — including the fees for her attorney, David Coombs — throughout the trial were paid for by the Private Manning Support Network, an organization dedicated to raising money for Manning’s defense and campaigning for her release. The Private Manning Support Network was formed by a group of people that includes several activists and veterans, and originally operated under the title Bradley Manning Support Network. Coombs stated that Manning does not yet plan to have gender reassignment surgery nor does she expect to be placed in a women’s prison. According to Coombs’s statement, Manning would just like to begin hormone therapy, change her name

“I think it’s pretty symbolic of our government’s position on transgender people. The sentencing and that they’re not giving her hormone therapy makes me mad,” sophomore Destynee Norwood said. After Manning’s gender identitiy was made public, the Army stated that they would not provide hormone therapy for her, despite the fact that the US Bureau of Prisons normally provides this type of treatment to transgender prisoners. Since some doctors consider this treatment medically necessary for patients with gender identity disorder, denying hormone therapy could be considered cruel and unusual punishment — a violation of the Eighth Amendment. In a statement posted on their website, The Transgender Law Center said, “Regardless of how people feel about Manning and WikiLeaks, Private Manning has a basic right to dignity and to access medically necessary care while incarcerated, which may include a prescription for the hormone estrogen.” The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which surveyed over 6,000 transgender-identified people, found that of those polled who had spent time in prison, 12 percent reported being denied healthcare and 17 percent reported being denied hormone therapy. The

same report also said that maleto-female transgender people are more likely to be sexually assaulted by another inmate or officer while incarcerated, while 15 percent of those polled who had been imprisoned reported being sexually assaulted. The US Bureau of Prisons’ current policy is to house transgender inmates based on whether or not they have had gender-reassignment surgery; if they have not had such surgery, they are housed by their birth sex. For example, a female-to-male transgender person who has had gender reassignment surgery would be housed in a men’s prison, whereas a female-to-male person who has not had surgery would be housed in a women’s prison, regardless of how long he has identified as male. This system of housing often leaves transgender inmates more susceptible to harassment and assault, according to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Manning will be placed in Fort Leavenworth, an all-male military prison in Kansas. “I thought that the press reaction was horrible because they assumed that she was coming out because women’s prisons are safer, and people kept misgendering her,” Katy Schluntz, also a sophomore at Mills, said. Although the Army responded to Manning by maintaining that they would not provide hormone therapy, they did state that they had “implemented risk assess-


Originally provided by the US Army, this photo of Chelsea Manning has been circulating the Internet in the weeks following her gender identity announcement.

ment protocols and safety procedures to address high risk factors identified with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.” Manning herself stated that if the Army does not pay for her hor-

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While you were away... AV room to change location Emily Mibach


The A/V room in the library has a new home near the New Books section and will be opening up for student use soon.

The Audio Visual Listening/Viewing Room in the F.W. Olin Library is in the process of being moved from its previous location by the Heller Rare Book room to the back of the first floor near the New Books section. The move is paving the way for a new lounge in the library. This is the first redesign of the library to create collaborative spaces for students to work on assignments without disrupting other patrons, according to Associate Library Director Janice Braun. In an email, Braun wrote, “The next phase of the redesign includes the creation of several new spaces for group study and collaboration.” The project is currently in progress and will be done soon. Over the summer, work stations were moved throughout the library in order to allow room for the A/V annex. The items moved from the old A/V room to the new location include TVs, VCRs, DVD players and other audio listening devices. Also this summer, the F.W. Olin Library was certified by the Mills College Sustainability Committee as a Green Department at the platinum level. The library has also introduced “subject guides,” a new way to search the library’s online catalog for subject-based research. Subject guides were constructed with Mills curriculums in mind, and provide information via databases, journals, and books.

Mills print system to go green Kate Carmack This year, Mills is implementing a pay-for-print system called GoPrint. The new policy was developed as a result of the college’s commitment to being a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly school, according to the GoPrint FAQ webpage. GoPrint will tally student printing from network computers, subtracting each print job from the student’s balance, which starts at $25, or 500 pages, at the beginning of each semester. When students print from within the Mills network, a new GoPrint window pops up, asking for the student’s Mills username and password. After logging in, students will be able to print their documents and see their remaining balance. While the tracking of print jobs begins this semester, the $25 charge for additional printing allowances will not be implemented until January 2014. This means that students will not be charged for what they print this semester, but they will need to visit the help desk in Stern (room 21) to request additional printing capabilities if they surpass their 500 pages. Students should be aware that any printing done during the summer session or winter break will be included in the subsequent semester’s print tallies. Printing credits will not roll over from one semester to the next: your initial allowance of free printing for GoPrint will expire when the semester ends, regardless of whether you still have pages available. But money that is added to students’ GoPrint accounts will roll over as long as you are still enrolled as a student, according to the GoPrint FAQ webpage. When students are required to print multiple copies of assignments for class, such as for a workshop, Mills recommends that students print one copy of the assignment and go to the Mail and Copy Center in Rothwell or coin operated copy machines in the library to make additional copies. For more information, search GoPrint on the Mills website.

Cady named English department chair Natalie Meier

Dr. Diane Cady, associate professor of English and devoted medievalist, has been promoted to chair of the English department. The previous chair, Cynthia Scheinberg, has been named dean of Graduate Literary Studies. Cady, a first-generation college student who received her Ph.D in English from Cornell University, said in an interview that she became a medievalist in part because of the misconceptions and stereotypical imagery people have when they think about the Middle Ages, and how those notions flood today’s cultural imaginary. “I became very interested in how people got their perceptions about the Middle Ages and how we use the Middle Ages in the modern age as a way to mitigate our own anxieties about what’s happening in our current moment,” Cady said. “It’s less invested in dividing different kinds of realms like politics, race, gender and sexuality — all of those things sort of promiscuously co-mingle in the Middle Ages, which I find interesting.” As the new chair of the English department, Cady hopes to facilitate more professional development for undergraduate English majors through constant curricular development by offering a variety of English courses and pointing students in the best direction of the many opportunities available to them. Other goals Cady has for the English department include student readings for undergraduate English majors to showcase their works-in-progress as well as more classroom interaction between the undergraduate and graduate English students. Cady hopes to tie the English department’s larger objectives to what those in the Mills community want from its English courses. “I envision, in terms of literary studies, engagement with literature as a kind of lens for seeing the world and engaging with history and culture,” Cady said. “I’m very hopeful that my colleagues and students will come to me and say, ‘These are the things that we think are really useful, the kinds of things we’re interested in and the questions we want to ask.’”

Arts & Entertainment 09.10.13 5 An adventure of food: Scottish style


Janice Rabe Food Columnist It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Pleasanton, California. The muggy air is nearing eighty-five degrees, and without a cloud in the sky it looks to be relentless. The Alameda County Fairgrounds are dotted with trees to provide some shade for the thousands massed here, as well as myself- Janice Rabe, reporting food enthusiast. We’ve come to celebrate pipe bands, heavy eventsgames such as caber tossing and hammer throwing- and traditional British, Irish, and Scottish fare. It’s the 148th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games and you don’t need a kilt to enjoy the festivities. Not only is this the largest Scottish festival in the country, but it also gathers clans from all over the West Coast and Canada. Walking through the different booths: English Fish & Chips, Irish Corned Beef and Cabbage, Funnel Cakes, I can hear bagpipes off in the distance. Since it is a Scottish festival, I am only interested in one thing; suddenly, I smell a familiar, enticing scent and as I draw closer I realize that my nose was right: Scottish meat pies. Just what I was looking for. Heritage Meat Pies is a company

based out of Santa Maria, Ca that makes food for festivals and fairs. They produce an assortment of meat pies as well as sausage rolls, haggis, Scotch Eggs, crumpets, and lemonade. The meat pies are all handmade, and come in varieties such as Scottish Meat (seasoned meat and spices!), Steak and Mushroom, Chicken (like our pot pies), Cottage, and Beef Shepherd’s Pie. These are not your everyday sweet pies sized to share, but your own handheld, easily carried, personal pies of savory goodness. The lines at Heritage Meat Pies’ booths are notoriously long- I once waited for forty-five minutes while at a Pirate Festival, and have heard tales of lines upwards to an hour or more- especially around lunch time (this time I waited for a good 25 minutes). However, their pies are well worth the gruesome line. When I finally reach the front of the queue, I order the Scotch Eggs, a Sausage Roll, and a Cottage Pie. A Sausage Roll is simply a length of sausage surrounded by puff pastry. When it comes to flavor though, Heritage's are anything but simple. I couldn’t wait to taste it and forgot to take a picture while it was still whole. The sausage is spiced and seasoned with hints of black pepper, garlic, and fennel, while the pastry is warm and cooked to achieve just the right amount of crunch, has a soft


squish when chewed. Next I move on to Scotch Eggs, which are one item on Heritage’s menu that many wait for. They are THAT good. If you’ve never had one before, they’re nothing to be frightened of. Scotch Eggs are large chicken eggs that have been hard boiled, wrapped in sausage, tossed in breadcrumbs, and then fried to a dark brown crunchy layer of delectableness. Heritage uses the same fennel based sausage as in the Sausage Roll for the Scotch Eggs, and fries them to a crispy brown finish. The peppery brown sausage makes for a great contrast to the creamy yellow yolk. On the outside, the Cottage Pie is a golden-brown pie of crusty puff pastry. At first bite, I realize it is so much more than that. The Cottage Pie is made up of steak pot-roast, cubed potatoes, and carrots all inside the flaky, buttery puff pastry crust. Also, it is filled with an abundance of beef gravy that is thick, flavorful and rich in taste. A spork was offered to eat the pie with, but I find it is much more fun to dive headfirst, or “handfirst” in this case, into the savory pie. Because anyway you try, you will get messy. No utensils needed. Napkin necessary. Later in the afternoon I decide to participate in the lovely tradition of an English Afternoon Tea.

Luckily for me the Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) Tearoom is serving not only hot tea and coffee, but also Iced Tea, a necessary addition on this hot August day. At the tearoom I decide to perk myself up for more hours of pipe competitions, Celtic dancing, and sheepdog trials with an assortment of baked goods. I go with a lemon tart, a cranberryorange scone, and a piece of currant teacake along with my iced tea. In the land of teahouses the only condiments necessary are lemon curd, fruit jams, and butter, so I make sure I get plenty of each. The lemon tart is simply an excuse to eat lemon curd. What is lemon curd you may ask? Well, lemon curd is a custard made by combining butter, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a dash of salt. Basically it is the sweet cousin to Hollandaise. The DBE Tearoom’s tart’s crust is light and the perfect vessel for their velvety, lemony curd. The Cranberry-Orange Scone is a dense cake-bread filled with bits of orange zest and dried cranberries. Topping the scone is a silky smooth orange icing. The DBE made this scone in the griddle style, where the batter is poured out onto a griddle making it more like a hard pancake. Dipping the tart scone in the sweet blackberry jam makes it like an explosion of flavor in my mouth. The tang of the orange meets the sugari-

Photo of the Week


Check out this photo that Office of Student Activities (OSA) posted on their Facebook for Throwback Thursday! This is an aerial photo of Mills Hall from 1920. Check out our “Lost Mills” series starting next edition to find out some interesting Mills History!

ness of the jam and I am hooked. I scoop up every last bit of that scone, licking my fingers happily. Next I move on to the teacake. It is a cake of shortbread with a generous amount of currants (cousins to raisins) and cinnamon and dusted with powdered sugar. It is cut into a flower shape and is light and airy. When paired with the lemon curd it becomes a soft, sweet, gooey mouthful of deliciousness. I add plenty of Lemon Curd. After tea, and as the day is drawing to an end, I decide to wander back over to Heritage Meat Pies for one more pie before the closing ceremonies. I’ve had it at a number of other festivals and find it scrumptious. The Shepherd’s Pie uses a shortcrust pastry crust, which is more like our traditional fruit pie crusts and frozen pie crusts, for the sides and bottom. Crowning the top of the pie is a heap of mashed potatoes that have been baked to a golden brown, while inside the pie are peas, carrots, and a good amount of aromatic ground beef. It tastes just as wonderful as I remember, all melding together into one satisfyingly savory squishy bite. The Scottish Highland Gathering and Games happens each year during Labor Day weekend. With food as appetizing as I found, I know I will be returning for more. Besides, I completely forgot to leave room for haggis!




Staff Editorial Do Mills students lack

school pride?

With a new school year comes a plethora of new students. The first few weeks of the semester is often when first-year and transfer students gain their first clue as to whether or not they made the right decision in coming to Mills — whether they will find the sense of solidarity and community they were looking for, and the pride that comes with it. The Campanil has noticed a lack of community when it comes to participation in campus events. Sporting events at other colleges boast full stadiums of screaming student fans, but at Mills it seems that the majority of attendees at sporting events are either family members or friends of the athletes. The small number of activity-goers isn’t just true of athletic events: readings, music performances, dances, and other events often take place in near-empty rooms. We believe that the lack of participation is partially because the current generation is largely

apathetic, but many of us also feel that word does not get out enough about happenings on campus. We need a cohesive campus calendar, which is something The Campanil wants to get off the ground. Lack of event information makes it difficult for many students to find the sense of community they want. Furthermore, it seems that a fair amount of the students that do know about events are unmotivated to go unless they are required to do so. A lower level of pride and overall campus energy could also be attributed to the fact that Mills is significantly smaller than other nearby colleges, or that Mills does not place as much emphasis and value on athletics and the like as a larger or coed college does. The Campanil believes that a unique place like Mills has the potential to be bustling with pride. Some of us believe that our level of pride has dramatically changed since the days of the Strike—are any of us so prideful of the Mills

we know and (hopefully) love that we would skip our finals if someone dared to change us? Maybe our students still harbor that pride and would step up to take action if the situation called for it, but perhaps the reason we don’t see as much action within the Mills community as we once did is because it now takes place online and through social media. We at The Campanil believe that while Mills does have pride, it is a pride much different from that of other colleges, such as UC Berkeley. Maybe Mills students don’t walk around covered in blue and gold face paint, or flock to every sporting event, but many of us would like to believe that students are still proud to be at Mills even if it is not outwardly expressed in the typical college style. Perhaps Mills students show their pride through their academic achievement and dedication rather than through how much Cyclone paraphernalia they have in their closet.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK What’s is on your mind right now?

“My responsibilities and trying to invest enough time in everything I signed up for and making sure I do my best in all of them.”

—Tara Sreekrishnan

“I’ve been worried about staying ahead in my classes and making sure I have time to do all my work.”

— Monica Plasencia

Printing Issues Unwound by a Concerned Student “The health of gut bacteria.” In addition to this year’s tuition and fee hikes, Mills students now have to pay for printing. Starting this year students will receive 500 pages of printing for free each semester with a charge of $25 for an additional 500 pages. Mills is integrating the new printing system this semester and will refill students' printing queues for free, upon students request in person, until Spring 2014 when the new printing fees will be implemented. Mills migrated to a pay-for-print system because the college wanted to make students aware of the amount of printing they were doing and raise awareness of waste on campus. Even though Mills will not start charging students for printing until January 2014, it already has me being vigilant of my print numbers. I understand the importance of what the college is trying to do. But for most of my classes I have around 20 articles that range from 10-20 pages each (about 400 pages per class) that are available online for student access — most of which I print because I annotate, highlight, and write notes on them to be prepared for class. True, we are not required to print out course materials, but that is, in my experience, what most students do: print them ALL out. How do I print less when I still have the same amount of online course readings? I'm with you Mills, we print too much...but how can I print less and still be prepared for class? Since such a huge part of my printing is course material, why don't professors offer bound readers instead of leaving it to students to print all the readings separately? I mean we are paying for it now anyways, right? Mills could even solicit a small printing shop to

make bound readers for students at a potentially discounted rate, while also supporting a local business. If only Mills had some solution to printing that would allow me to accomplish annotation and class prep without the unwanted paper waste. True, we do have Blackboard, but what about an application that allows students to access, highlight, and take notes on digital documents — a thesis project for a master’s student perhaps? Maybe that is just what I’m hoping happens. I’m wondering if Mills has other plans to this end? Is Mills moving towards a paperless age? This change could foreshadow laptop-required classes where all students have access to all course material and student work in class, real time — work-shopping and sharing documents virtually in class, a paper-free campus, totally green! I kind of like it. It seems most professors are on board with the change. I can already see adjustments to the majority of my syllabi: assignments due online, and workshops taking place via Blackboard or class alias instead of printing out multiple copies. However, the looming amount of online course material that need to be printed is still an unaddressed complication for me this semester. Come on Mills... help us print less! Overall, I think this printing change is a good thing. Especially if Mills can help students achieve the goal of using less paper, or even none. We should be aware of how much paper we use. And 5 cents a page is pretty cheap, even if we do have to pay. Kate Carmack is an editor at large at The Campanil and can be reached at

— Laura O’Donohue

““I’m thinking, ‘where is more of the overtly political stuff on campus?’”

— Megan Rue

“My brother’s in high school now, which is weird, and I’m in college now, which is even weirder.”

— Clarissa Johnson


Sports & Health 9.10.12 Cyclone Spotlight





Julia Harencar

Valeska Muñoz

Team: Varsity Volleyball

Team: Varsity Volleyball

Team: Cross-Country

Year: Junior transfer, first year as Mills athlete

Year: Junior, third season as Mills athlete

Year: Senior

“To be a Mills athlete is to have the ability to incorporate athletics and education into the future profession that you choose.”

“Being a Mills athlete wasn’t something I thought about before coming to college here, but now that I am, it has become a big part of how I identify with Mills as an institution and with the Mills community.”

Brittany Docherty

“I have a feeling the friendship of my coaches and teammates will make my last year at Mills infinitely more special.”

Mills pool gets a makeover


The Mills pool was closed for a over a month during the summer to tile and replaster the bottom, which now bears the Mills name.

Upcoming Games Cross-Country At Sacramento State Sept. 14, 2013 At Mills College Mills College Invitational Sept. 21, 2013

Soccer At Bethesda University Sept. 12, 2013 at 7 p.m. At Menlo College Sept. 17, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Volleyball At SOKA University Sept. 14, 2013 at 7 p.m.

At Menlo College Sept. 13, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Home vs. Simpson University Sept. 18, 2013 at 3p.m.

At UC Merced Sept. 14, 2013 at 5 pm.

At Simpson University Sept. 21, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Home vs. Walla Walla Sept. 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.



Arts & Entertainment

‘N Sync and ‘N our hearts: respecting former pop stars Anna Ayala Pop Culture Columnist

While all the talk has been about Miley Cyrus’s now infamous VMA performance with Robin Thicke that aired August 25th, a far more important event occurred the same night, which was largely overshadowed by the former Hannah Montana star’s unconventional performance. I’m speaking of course about the reunion of ‘N Sync, a boy band that undeniably encapsulates what it meant to be alive in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group only released three albums; their first, in 1997, self-titled *NSYNC, debuted on the charts at the #2 position. No Strings Attached, released in 2000, is a modern masterpiece that is irrefutably on par with such albums as The Beatles’ White Album or Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited. That’s what makes the group’s performance, one that lasted a little over a minute in the middle of Timberlake’s fifteen minute miniconcert, an unsatisfying and disrespectful event for both the viewer and for Joey, Lance, JC and Chris. Not that it is uncommon for artists who have gone solo to snub their former band mates in this way: Beyoncé’s recent Superbowl halftime show featured appearances from other Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Though the show was touted as a reunion, it certainly fell short of expectations. Much like ‘N Sync did for their gig at the VMAs, Destiny’s Child emerged from their cryo chambers, sang a medley of their hits for a blip of time, then exited stage left and right, or in the case of Joey and the boys, were lowered back into their holding tanks where they will remain until Justin calls upon them again. It seems there is a pattern of one member breaking away and leaving the others behind with nothing but a half-filled Wikipedia page — notion that isn’t necessarily true. More commonly not one of them really becomes a solo superstar, but instead a group of B-list names likely to appear on “Dancing With the Stars.” Take the Backstreet Boys for instance — if asked to name one of

the boys from the Backstreet, the likely first answer is Nick Carter and that’s only because his little brother, Aaron, released the single “That’s How I Beat Shaq” and it is the greatest jam of all time. Similarly, Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block can claim some of his fame to the success of his younger brother, Mark, who’s known for being that guy who produced “Entourage” and has three nipples. The ambassadors of girl power, the Spice Girls, break this mold, having not one but two moderately successful flavors delighting the palate of mainstream culture. Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) solidified her name in the media and secured a place in the palace by marrying walking underwear catalogue and soccer player David Beckham (but also by being crazy fashionable) and Mel B (Scary Spice) is now a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” Despite being the notable names of their respective music groups, none of these talents are their group’s equivalent of a JT or a Queen B, which is not necessarily a negative thing. In today’s world, if you’re not at the absolute top, you’re a loser with no career, which is a narrow way to look at success. These celebrities who have “fallen by the wayside” of Hollywood’s standards have accomplished more in entertainment than most aspiring musicians ever dream of. No Strings Attached was one of the longest running number one albums of 2000, Spice (1996) is the biggest selling album by a girl group, selling 28 million copies worldwide, and you’ll always have “Everybody (Backstreets Back)” stuck in your head. So, when you see Donnie Wahlberg in Saw XVI or the Backstreet Boys’ twentieth reunion tour roll through your town, don’t roll your eyes. And when Justin Timberlake announces that he’s letting the boys out of their pods to perform with him for his 100th Grammy Win-APalooza show, write him a strongly worded tweet demanding they get three minutes of stage time instead of one and a half.


*NSYNC at the 2002 VMAs

Mills’ bees-knees Meredith May Emily Mibach Meredith May: beekeeper, teacher, award-winning journalist and 1991 Mills graduate. For students of the college who have not yet taken her Journalism 1: “Telling True Stories” class, you may at least have seen her name on the Notable Graduates page on the Mills website. May, who graduated in 1991 with a degree in government, has been teaching Journalism 1 at Mills for the past eight years, when she took the class over from Program Head of Journalism Sarah Pollock. Not only does May teach at Mills, but she has also been at the San Francisco Chronicle since July 1999. Since being at the Chronicle, May has won numerous awards, and her 2004 series “Operation Lion Heart” about an Iraqi boy and his family’s plight received attention nationwide and won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for photography. But before May landed a job at the Chronicle, she spent five years freelancing and worked at three different publications. One of those was the West County Times in Richmond, where she was a poverty beat reporter. It was with her reporting at the West County Times that May finally received attention from the Chronicle.When she was first hired at the Chronicle, she was an education reporter for the Oakland bureau. May attended Mills from 19871991, and is proud of the fact that she attended Mills during the 1990 strike when the administration tried to make the Mills undergrad department co-ed. “I was one of those who camped out,” May remembered. “Our strategy was to put tents in front of the main administration doors and shut the school down until we got what we wanted.”

While at Mills, May was published in three publications, one being UC Berkeley’s student newspaper The Daily Cal. When the strike was going on, May approached an editor at The Daily Cal and asked if they wanted her to file some stories. “I wrote a few stories about the strike, which I would love to see again,” May said. “I was on assignment in the middle of trying to change the world.” May also wrote for The Weekly, The Campanil’s predecessor, and Gleanings of Bee Culture, now known as Bee Culture, where she wrote about her grandfather’s honey factory in an old WWII army bus. “Sarah [Pollock] told us that if you want to get published, the first thing is to get published in small places,” May said. “I thought, what’s something I know about? Oh, beekeeping.” This story is a favorite of May’s and also of Pollock’s, who tells the story to some of her journalism classes. Pollock has been May’s mentor since May was in Pollock’s first-ever class at Mills. “She was a delight as a student, and I mentored her until she became a colleague,” Pollock said. ”I couldn’t ask for a better arc.” About teaching, May said, “At first I was nervous and thought ‘What do I have to say?’ But over the years I’m surprised at how much I love it. I look at my table on the first day of classes and I’m looking at myself, so I know what every student is feeling and I know it intimately,” And students love May. Natalie Meier, The Campanil‘s current news editor, said, “Meredith made me feel like I could be a real journalist. She made me feel unafraid to fail and pushed me to try things I was unfamiliar with. She was my first taste of journalism and I’ll always remember that.” In May 2006, May wrote a se-

ries called “Diary of a Sex Slave,” where, according to the Pulitzer Center, she “broke journalistic ground by telling the story of a Korean woman who was trafficked to San Francisco and forced to work in a massage parlor.” Another story May wrote was about Nepali girls who were sold as domestic slaves to wealthy people by their parents who could not afford to raise them. “I lean towards the little guy,” May said of her work, ”because I was a poor kid. I was raised by my grandparents in Carmel Valley, stood in the reduced lunch line with the three farmer’s kids. My sympathy always goes to the person who is different, who doesn’t fit in.” “When people talk about bias in reporting, bias can be what makes you cry,” May said, “and it makes you understand the impact of that story.” Aside from her career in journalism, May also has a long history with beekeeping. She grew up at her grandparents’ house in the Carmel Valley where her grandfather was a beekeeper and delivered honey to other homes nearby. Now she is the beekeeper for the Chronicle’s two rooftop beehives, which have been there since the Chronicle‘s Home and Garden Editor Deb Wandell had the idea to start them in 2010. “She and I started two hives and I thought I knew a lot, but I realized I had a childhood memory of making honey. I had no idea about managing hives, or dealing with it, or mites,” May said. The hives are healthy and occasionally people stop by to check in on them. San Francisco State professors have actually partnered with the Chronicle beekeepers to study their bees. “It’s funny, my childhood and career are merging,” May said. The rest of us can hope to be so lucky.


Top: May checking a friend’s beehive in Oakland. Bottom: May breaking down a story in class.

8 Sept 10, 2012

Meet the Press

The mission of The Campanil is to serve the Mills College community through the practice of ethical and responsible journalism. Knowledge and progress in all areas of life is accomplished through the sharing of correct information. The Campanil strives to accomplish this standard by reporting and writing the truth in a way that enlightens and informs our entire community, while providing information in a manner that seeks participation through thoughtful response, dialogue and action. Our clear objective is to serve the student body and we realize the importance and impact of this endeavor. We do not make news but cover the events that stimulate and change our community and college life.

Tessa Love Editor in Chief

Chorel Centers Managing Editor

Natalie Meier News Editor

Emily Mibach Arts and Entertainment Editor

Ari Nussbaum Opinions Editor

Kate Carmack Editor at Large

Francesca Twohy-Haines Design Editor

Melodie Miu Online Editor

Fatima Sugapong Assistant Online Editor

Jen Ramos Marketing Manager

Fall 2013 Issue 1  

First issue of this semester features stories about new policies on campus and stories about new pop culture topics and trends.

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