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Not My Precedent >> pg 3
Punk is Dead >> pg 7
Panelists discuss Japanese internment and the recent anti-Muslim travel ban.
Editor tackles new claim by conservatives.
Health & Sports
Arts & Entertainment Karthik Pandian >> pg 5
Vegan Friendly at Founders >> pg 8
Art-lecture series explores his artistic process.
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Berkeley protest against alt-right speaker sparks local resistance Erin Strubbe Chief News Editor
A light was tipped over and set ablaze during a demonstration against Milo Yiannopoulos.
Julia Morgan girls organize panel on courage and activism
Smoke and the sound of drums filled Sproul Plaza just minutes after the scheduled beginning of the protest against Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ talk at UC Berkeley. Yiannopoulos, known online as the face of the alt-right movement, which has long been noted for its white supremacist views, was scheduled by the Berkeley College Republicans to appear at UC Berkeley at 8 p.m. on Feb. 1. The announcement was met by outrage across both the Berkeley campus and surrounding schools. By the time of the scheduled event, thousands of protesters filled the courtyard in front of the Berkeley Student Union, waving
signs, making music and chanting resistance, while hundreds more stood side by side on the steps of Sproul Hall, which was illuminated with rainbow colors for an LGBT+ dance party that had taken place earlier in the day. The plaza was packed through the night with students, community members and outside activists, voicing their outrage against Yiannopoulos’ presence on the campus and barring the entrances to the Student Union, where the talk was meant to be held. Protestors, some of whom were Mills students, expressed concern for the safety of marginalized students on the Berkeley campus, especially as Yiannopoulos’ talk was rumored to include outing several undocumented students. see
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Current MCAM exhibit comes at a topical time
Alexina Estrada Online Editor Despite the cold and rain, people gathered in Littlefield Concert Hall for the 4th Annual Women of Courage Panel. Large posters with quotes and brochures laid at the entrance, and as young girls and their families talked and found seats, four women sat on stage facing the crowd. The panel was hosted by the Julia Morgan School for Girl’s Girls in Government, Leadership, and Service (GGLS) on Tuesday, Feb. 6 in honor of Rosa Parks. The event brought forth students from the school, family and Mills community members, all of whom were unaware of the inspirational night that lay ahead. see
Elena Dorfman’s work focuses on the Syrian conflict by photographing and filming teenagers affected by the civil war.
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that what he was going to say there was going to be harmful and that it was also going to inspire others like him to feel more powerful and confident in their views,” Sophia
Cook-Phillips, a Mills student who attended the protest, said. “I just felt like the more people showed up to that, the better.” Mills sophomore and Clubs & Orgs Peer Advisor Hannah Horten came to the protest early in the night, along with Cook-Phillips, to help block entrances to the Student Union. “Clearly [Milo’s presence] was making an unsafe place on campus, and how the administration at Berkeley really ignored that, I think, reflects a larger institutional issue,” Horten said. “It was frustrating to see it so close to home and also in a place that is seen as so progressive.” Shortly after 6 p.m., when the protest was scheduled to meet, an industrial light placed in the plaza was tipped over, with “Milo” spray painted onto the side and crossed out. Shortly after, police decked out in riot gear, patrolling the balcony of the Student Union, called out that the event had been cancelled, and that Yiannopoulos had left campus. Just minutes later, an unidentified protester set fire to the pool of oil dripping from the overturned industrial lamp, sending up a fifteen foot blaze that caught several branches of a nearby tree, and narrowly missed the balcony of the Student Union. “I’m happy that Milo was not able to speak. I’m not happy that people got hurt, but I do think it’s a good thing that he wasn’t able to speak and I think that it’s too bad that it took people getting hurt for
the university to cancel the event,” Britt Hart, a Mills senior who attended the protest, said. The crowd, with no clear leadership, save for members of the now well known Black Bloc protest organization and representatives from the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, remained in the plaza after the event’s cancellation, some to celebrate, some to continue to assert their defiance against the ideals that Yiannopoulos and others like him stand for. “In the name of humanity,” one Revolutionary Communist Party member shouted to onlookers, “we will not accept a fascist America.” The protest overall was powerful, Horten thought, but she noted that the crowd seemed to lose direction after several hours. “I truly do believe that when it comes to destruction of property, it can be very intentional and very powerful,” Horten said. “But towards the end, it didn’t seem like there was a clear purpose or leader, and it seemed like there was a lot of confusion and there were a lot of people there who were looking to wreak havoc.” The protest was punctured with frequent warnings by police to disperse or face arrest, and even threats of tear gas, but protestors refused to leave, remaining en masse both within Sproul Plaza and, later, moving into the streets and taking over sections of Bancroft and Telegraph. Counter-protesters appeared several times throughout the night, several of whom were seen
shouting Nazi slogans, goading protestors and getting involved in physical skirmishes with protesters. “I really didn’t agree with people when they said that not allowing Milo to present was inhibiting his free speech, which I really don’t think is an appropriate view to take on this issue at all,” Horten said. “Especially considering how much privilege he has and how powerful his voice already is.” Similar talks by Yiannopoulos have been shut down by protestors at other schools around the country, such as UC Davis and University of Oregon. The Berkeley College Republicans, in response to the protests, issued a statement on their website: “The Free Speech Movement is dead. Last night, the Berkeley College Republicans’ constitutional right to free speech was silenced by criminals and thugs seeking to cancel Milo Yiannopoulos’ tour. Their success is a defeat for civilized society and the free exchange of ideas on college campuses across America.” Hart said that, when it comes to free speech, a line must be drawn when it presents a direct danger to marginalized people. “If it’s at a public university and he’s saying things that incite violence and there have been other reported incidents of violence at his events, then that crosses a line into hate speech, which I don’t think should be allowed,” Hart said. “It’s not only on the basis that I disagree with what Milo is saying, it’s on the basis that it’s making people unsafe.”
two weeks, compared to President Obama’s total of five). In the Bay Area, a region known nationally as the home of various social movements in the late 20th century and its leftist political tradition, rejection of right-wing extremism has appeared in many forms, as formal as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ halt of an executive order banning travel from primarily Muslim countries, as empowering as the Women’s March (in which several Bay Area cities participated the day after the inauguration), or as direct as protesters shattering windows of the student union at U.C. Berkeley when Milo Yiannopoulous, known for his racist internet presence, was scheduled to speak. At the local governmental level, resistance can be seen in the various sanctuary cities and campuses that will not comply with the federal immigration officials as they target undocumented immigrants. The mayors of Oakland,
San Jose and San Francisco affirmed their commitment to protecting their communities from the threat of deportation, after the president signed an order that would remove immigrants “who have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense” and cut federal funding to sanctuary jurisdictions. The order expressed the new administration’s view that these cities “have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.” San Francisco became the first city to sue the president for this order, citing its violation of the 10th amendment right to local sovereignty. Large crowds gathered at the San Francisco Airport, and Lake Merritt as well, following the travel ban on Muslim countries and joining other demonstrations across the country. But despite its reputation, the Bay Area is not a leftist utopia free of political controversy.
The region has high levels of economic inequality, gentrification and homelessness, social issues that have been at the forefront of discussion in recent years. How exactly the actions of the federal government will influence the politics within the Bay Area is difficult to say. The opposition to the new president might distract from these issues, or it might encourage an even more progressive agenda. It also depends on how involved people become in local politics as a means of resisting Donald Trump’s
presidency. For now, and likely the next four years, to live in America is to try to reconcile a government in conflict with itself and with the majority of the electorate. At the rate it’s going now, the nationwide dissent may tire itself out. But hopefully we are just warming up.
Protesters gathered in UC Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza to block a planned talk by alt-right journalist Milo Yiannopoulos. from
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“I just think it’s really important right now to not be complacent about what’s going on and recognize
Political Column: How the Bay takes on the Feds Caroline Berg Staff Writer
Just weeks into the term of the 45th president, political resistance has made itself known across the country. The new administration has shown little hesitation in implementing a number of the policies discussed during the campaign, largely through the use of executive orders, such as a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and reduction of environmental review for infrastructure projects. The president also signed an order restricting travel from 7 primarily Muslim countries, presently suspended by the judiciary. Though the number of executive orders the president has signed so far is typical for his time in office, he has, however, set the record for the number of lawsuits filed against a president or administration in our country’s history (55 in the first
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Mills students participated in the Oakland Women’s March.
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Involvio app streamlines student event planning Sarah Denis Staff Writer
In an effort to promote student involvement with on-campus events, the Division of Student Life is introducing Involvio, a new event planning app, to Mills. Currently, events at Mills are communicated using flyers, emails, word of mouth or the student forum. However, the Division of Student Life is introducing Involvio, a student engagement app that helps students access resources, connect to peers, stay organized and attend events. With this app, students can more easily keep track of what events they’d like to attend and find more events nearby. According to their website, Involvio helps students from orientation to graduation stay connected to their community. “Programs all over get more connected. You can see all departments,” Katherine Genis, coordinator of Student Life said. Usually, people in a specific department receive emails about events for that department, but if they want to attend an event hosted by a different department, they have to see a flyer about it or have someone invite them. “To my knowledge, there isn’t a standard engagement app [for promoting events at colleges],” Genis said. Involvio is better than Facebook event announcements, Genis said, because students don’t have to first find the page for the event or have Facebook accounts. However, posting an event on Involvio is different than posting an
event on Facebook. “Staff with admin privileges are able to create groups. Unfortunately students can’t, but the admins can create the page for them,” Genis said. Having administrators create groups centralizes and organizes the information so the club board can make sure everyone has the information they need. Clubs currently share information using group emails, but if students aren’t on the email list, they don’t see upcoming events unless there is a flyer or poster put up. Using Involvio, students can see the upcoming events of the clubs they may not be a member of but still follow. “Users who attend events create data that tells event hosts what times work best and whether an event was popular by checking into events; however, this is not mandatory,” Genis said. Staff are hoping to gain better ideas about what events work and when to hold them to attract the most people. Checking into events means they can get an idea of when more people come to events and what types are most popular. Involvio is not just used for event calendars either. “It [also] has all the locations of the all-gender bathrooms on campus,” Vanessa Olgin, transfer student advocate and employee of the Division of Student Life, who has been trained in using the app, said. The app is available for both Android and iOS systems and Mills posts events there. DSL is working with Bon Appetit to offer free drinks to students if they download the app.
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The GGLS is composed of 6-8th graders who work together to learn and educate others about government, rights and activism. Among other projects – like keeping up with the 2016 elections – the group put together the conference to celebrate and honor Rosa Parks for her courage and work in the Civil Rights Movement. The Panelists included Ericka Huggins, an activist, educator and leader in the Black Panther Movement; Julie McDonald, engineering and technical operations manager for Nimble Collective, film producer, former NASA employee and supporter of women; Kadijah Means, an alumnae of Julia Morgan School for Girls, activist and part of the Black Liberation Movement; and Mimi Silbert, activist and founder and executive director of Delancey Street, a self-help organization for ex-convicts, the homeless and
substance abusers. 8th grader Lucy Farnham, a member of the GGLS, was one of many in the crowd moved by the panelists’ answers. “I was part of the event but I also didn’t know what their answers were going to be,” Farnham said. “I wasn’t expecting it be as powerful and inspiring as it was.” Huggins spoke about her life events leading to her joining the Black Panther Party, including losing her husband and being incarcerated. McDonald shared her experience in animation, and expressed the importance of telling a story, even if it’s through a cartoon. Means talked about one of her missions being to help other Black students love themselves, as well as fighting the idea of respectability politics. Silbert finished by explaining that failure is okay, that everyone fails, but what not everyone does is get back up and try and try and try again,
because there should be no limit to second chances. As the panel came to a close, the GGLS members went up on stage and all turned their backs to the audience. One by one, a student would turn around and name a marginalized group they stood for, ending with “I will not be silent. I am Rosa Parks”. “I was not expecting such a moving and emotional event,” Tina Barseghian, Farnham’s mother said. “There were multiple times where I got goosebumps and I was like: ‘Wow, I can’t believe I’m sitting here in this after-school event feeling this way’.” Following the panel’s conclusion, people waited in line for the panelists’ autographs, pictures and final words of advice. “It felt really good participating in something so powerful as this,” Farnham said. “And I feel like we touched a lot of people and inspired a lot of people.”
exclusion and registry of Muslims in America. “It’s an honor and a heartbreak to be here tonight,” said Vivian Chin, the moderator for the event, and associate professor of ethnic studies and co-department head for Mills College. Karen Tei Yamashita, author and professor of literature and creative writing at University of California, Santa Cruz, started the reading with her essay in which she reflects on a trip she took across the country with her niece and sister. On this trip, they visited several internment campsites. She noted the profound relationship between people and their material possessions from the perspective of the Japanese Americans, who had been separated from theirs. Through the objects the Japanese Americans were able to save, Yamashita described how “their stories continue to reverberate and haunt the present.” “These sites and their caretakers stand as places of evidence, accountability, resistance and hope,” Yamashita said. Betty Nobue Kano, artist and co-founder for The Asian American Women Artists Association
(AAWAA), later spoke on the internment camp artist Hisako Hibi, who, through her paintings, helped illustrate what life was like in the camps. Kano also spoke of her own work that she produced in response to the challenging times of the 1970s activism era. “I think challenges provoke art to become more activist. There’s more concern about relevance, and some artists can be driven by insight and energy, even fury,” Kano said. Kano emphasized the importance of finding community in spaces like AAWAA, especially for groups who are more marginalized. “There is a struggle even to be seen or recognized,” Kano said. Kano concluded her presentation by reflecting on her own feelings towards this time in America. “I don’t feel depressed; I feel that this is a time to talk. It’s very important to try to engage what you want to see ahead,” Kano said. Philip Kan Gotanda, Guggenheim fellow and playwright, began his reading by passing out physical copies of Executive Order 9906, issued to Japanese Americans in 1942, to illustrate the need to remember the
reality of the internment camps. Gotanda continued by reading from his plays, one of which, “Sisters Matsumoto,” illustrated the effects of the internment camps through the story of the lives of three sisters in their return from the camps. In an interview after the panel, Gotanda took notice of the intensity in which the nation is resisting the potential ban of Muslim individuals. “The key is to continue to keep that voice of outrage and resistance loud and growing and tactically evolving on all levels of action,” Gotanda said. Following the panel, Chin shed light on the key differences between the time of the internment of the Japanese American people to now, saying that there were indeed resistors but back then they were “further endangered, silenced and erased” than those of today. “The nation requires anthems, flags. The poet offers discord, rags,” Chin said, citing a line from Salman Rushdie. Chin suggests that Rushdie’s quote stands as a reminder that in times like these, “the poet and author can offer resistance to the state power.”
Not My Precedent: Learning from America’s mistakes
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The 1942 executive order for the internment of Japanese Americans.
Dani Toriumi Design Editor It was standing room only in Danforth Lecture Hall as local Japanese American creators took the stage, speaking to the parallels and differences between the recent travel ban placed on seven majority
Muslim nations and the executive order that lead to the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans in 1942. Hosted by 100 Days of Action and Slide Space 123, “Not My Precedent: A Reading and Conversation,” came in response to Trump’s campaigners who claimed that the Japanese internment would act as precedent to the potential
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Pauline Oliveros Tribute Photos The current exhibit in the library honors Pauline Oliveros, a nationally renowned composer and accordionist, as well as a visiting professor at Mills since 1981.
Resilience and power at Awaken Cafe’s poetry slam Sam Barnett asst. arts & ent. editor
Deep Listening Band Pauline Oliveros, David Gamper, Panaiotis, and Stuart Dempster Deep Listening Band, 1991 Photographs by Gisela Gamper
The Living Drawing Pauline Oliveros, David Gamper, Panaiotis, and Stuart Dempster Deep Listening Band, 1991 Photographs by Gisela Gamper
New Music Theatre Poster Sampling of posters from the Pauline Oliveros papers.
Cecelia Jordan, the 2016 Oakland Slam Grand Champion and 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam Oakland representative, stepped onto the backlight stage at Awaken Cafe’s Poetry Slam and urged the crowd to start organizing and thriving. “This is survival, not war,” Jordan said during her open mic performance. Jordan was the featured poet of Awaken Cafe’s monthly open mic, and was greeted by the crowd with joyous foot stomping and cheering. Jordan, who teaches U.S. and World History at Ralph J. Bunche High School in West Oakland by day and energizes audiences with her revolutionary activist poetry by night, told the crowd that poetry is a prayer. Jordan emphasized the importance of reflecting on trauma
and “naming the things that you don’t wanna name” in order to heal and revitalize communities of color. The cafe hosts the Oakland Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. The top two winner’s of February’s slam will go on to represent Oakland at the semi-finals for the National Poetry Slam, which will be held in Denver, Colorado, on August 7-12. Both of the night’s semi-finalists were poets of color whose work powerfully confronts systemic racism with intimacy and unyielding honesty. Jamie Williams, who scored second place out of the evening’s performing poets and will go on to compete in the semi-finals, performed a piece about Black motherhood, a tribute to his own mother’s perseverance in the face of unrelenting poverty. The Bay Area poet who performs by the name of Camilla, scored first place and will also go on to represent Oakland at the semi-finals,
performed a startling piece about Mexican women’s struggles against a continuing history of colonization and structural violence. “The 13th amendment had two loopholes called handcuffs,” Camilla said during her performance, as the crowd roared their approval. In another poem, Camilla said that if Jesus was alive today, he would be seen as a terrorist to be deported by the U.S. government.
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Review of Kehlani’s new album “SweetSexySavage” Emily Burian
Deep Listening at Mills Book
Oakland: Smackdab Press, 1997 Responses to the class in Deep Listening (Music 157) taught by Pauline Oliveros, fall semester, 1996. Limited edition of 100 copies.
Oakland’s very own Kehlani released her longawaited, 19 track album “SweetSexySavage” – channeling TLC’s “CrazySexyCool” – but doesn’t rely on the nostalgia of this reference to guide the album. It feels refreshingly contemporary and straight to the point, with some staple Bay Area hyphy beats. Her reflections on her past infamy and looking to the future are equally balanced in sweet, savage and sexy. It starts off with a goosebumpinducing heartfelt slam poem about the complexities of her womanhood and how that affects her relationships. The last line, “I’m still searching for someone to understand me better,” reverberates in the void of the track and sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Keep on” eases into the rest of the album, with a grimy R&B beat and vocals to warm your soul. The contrast between her voice, the background beat and vocals allows the listener to feel like it’s Kehlani’s heartbeat in internal conflict. When all eyes were on her for the public love triangle between past lovers and a current lover on social media, she pushed through all the hate and misogyny she experienced with this album. “Do U Dirty” is being honest and upfront about her intentions. “Undercover” goes into this some more, and her
Original Paste Up Notation Circa 1981 Tashi Gomang for orchestra Smith Public.
Pauline Oliveros and Deborah Hay Mount Temper, New York By Barry Bryant, 1982
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COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Kehlani’s latest album, “SweetSexySavage,” was released on Jan. 27.
line “one way or another imma love you, they don’t wanna see ya happy” explores her reactions to having her love be out in the open for public comment. “CRZY” is the most quotable song on the album, with “Everything I do it with a passion, if I gotta be a b**** imma be a bad one,” and in turn is freeing, for her to be so unapologetic about being crazy and having emotions. She delves into her Oakland days in “Not Used to It” and reminisces over growing up, seeing gun violence and drinking with her friends, and how she’s handling all the fame that has come her way. She doesn’t hide who she is, and has tweeted before about her past in Oakland . My personal favorite, “Too Much,” has some early 2000s
R&B beats that propelled me to get up and dance. She adds her own Kehlani twist of carefree girl power. It makes me feel like I’m 9-years-old singing JoJo, thinking about the boys I’ve never lost. Her sweetness flourishes in the end, as she allows herself to be emotionally vulnerable with “In My Feelings” and “Hold Me By My Heart.” The honesty about her past is a story of empowerment, after a rough patch in her career and turmoil in her life. Respect, love and reflection shine through “SweetSexySavage.” Kehlani being unapologetically herself is something to blast in your car going down the 580, or listen to on a night in when you’re upset about a past relationship.
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Current MCAM exhibit tells different stories Calli Storrs arts & ent. editor A sculpture rests on the stark white walls of the Mills College Art Museum (MCAM). Multicolored drips crawl down the piece. The audio from the video viewing room fades in and out, mingling with the sounds of footsteps. From Jan. 18 to March 12, the MCAM will host Diana AlHadid and Elena Dorfman’s work in the main gallery. On assignment with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Dorfman’s work focuses on teenagers affected by the Syrian Conflict, shown through photographs and a video. Al-Hadid is Syrian-born, but Ohio-raised, and works in sculpture and largescale pieces. “Some people have seen or interpreted Islamic or Middle Eastern patterning in [Al-Hadid’s] work,” Jayna Swartzman-Brosky, MCAM program director said. “Once an artist’s work leaves its studio, it is open to interpretation.” The exhibit is a traveling
show, and arrived at Mills from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the art was originally curated. While the exhibit comes at a very topical moment, considering the current political climate, Stephanie Hanor, the director of the MCAM, says the relevancy and timing was unplanned. “We’ve been thinking about them and knowing they’ve been coming for a year,” Hanor said. “We had no idea how relevant it would be.” Although their work is very different in mediums, focus and style, the two artists have been combined in this exhibit. “Each of them requires different mediums to tell different stories,” Swartzman-Brosky said. Much of Al-Hadid’s work is abstract, repeating the use of dripping imagery, whether in bronze and stainless steel sculpture or wall art made of gypsum, plaster and other materials. There are seven pieces, five wall structures and two sculptures. All use the drip imagery, to a sometimes obscuring effect.
Black History Month Event Calendar February 15, Monique Morris will discuss her book “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.” February 17, the Annual Black Faculty-Staff Appreciation event happens. This will include food and entertainment. February 16, local activists and leaders will talk about political strategy in a post-Obama age. Panelists include Saleem Shakir, Hodari Davis, Peggy Moore and Chaney Turner. On February 26, The Jazz Brunch featuring Maestro Curtis and his band will perform, and the 11th Annual Art of Living Black at Mills College.
February 28, 2017, features a panel discussion on Social Media and Movement Building led by Mills Student Brea Watts.
You can find out more on the Mills website.
Swartzman-Brosky’s favorite piece, The Seventh Month, seems to have a faint image of a woman, possibly the Virgin Mary. “I really like the 7 month piece, because I think Mary’s holding a sword in it, and she’s 7 months pregnant,” Swartzman-Brosky said. “[Its beauty] can’t be erased.” Hanor’s favorite piece is also from Al-Hadid, a sculpture piece called Head in the Clouds. However, both Swartzman-Brosky and Hanor agree that Dorfman’s work is still incredibly moving. “It’s just a very lonely and resigned photograph,” SwartzmanBrosky said of a photograph called Dvaa. “It conveys a feeling of being lost or unsettled.” The topical nature of the show makes it even more impactful, art and technology major Laura Elizarras said. “This is one of the prime times when art can be a tool to educate people on the realities of the world,” Elizarras said. The MCAM is open Tuesday through Sunday. More information about hours and the exhibit are available on MCAM’s website.
DANI TORIUMI Elena Dorfman’s work documents the experience of teenagers displaced in the Syrian Conflict using photographs and video.
Karthik Pandian’s art is fluid, not static Calli Storrs arts & ent. editor Danforth Lecture Hall’s cozy interior slowly filled with people for the first Art Lecture Series speaker of the spring semester, Wednesday, Feb. 1, to present multimedia artist Karthik Pandian, for a talk on his creative process and art work. Pandian graduated from the Arts Center College of Design in 2008, and has gone on to be featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Rhona Hoffman Gallery and other notable institutions both nationally and internationally. He has worked in film, sculpture and, more recently, dance. He started off his lecture by sneezing. “I’m really interested in a physical reaction to a stimulus,” Pandian said. “Something where we can’t quite separate the involuntary from voluntary.” Like a sneeze, he considers his art to be a physical reaction to an outside stimulus. When delving into the process behind his work “On Earth,” he described when he first saw the Cahokia Mounds in Missouri, earthen structures from prehistoric times, and uncovered the layers of history that surrounded them. The visual impact of the mounds struck him. “I need to have this moment of enchantment tinged with suspicion for me to get into it,” Pandian said. From there, he researched, noticed connections between the sun’s path and the mounds’ architecture, and attended an exhibit on the Cahokia Mounds. He incorporated archaeologists’ pink thread and grids into his ideas,
and then tried his hand at making a square pillar of compacted earth. “I almost never know what the hell I’m doing in the beginning, and I love that,” Pandian said. He found some free dirt on Craigslist and set up shop in his friend’s parking lot, ramming earth inside a wooden mold. Pandian went on to show pictures of the first iteration of his exploration of the Cahokia Mounds, the second and then the third. For each show, he would build and then subsequently destroy each pillar in the gallery room. “On Earth” was not his only project. He introduced his love of film in his exhibit called “Darkroom,” and his new direction into choreography in “Atlas Revisited.” “It all began with ‘Darkroom,’” Pandian said. “The two [shows] in between represent the high point after ‘Darkroom.’” His lecture called on many themes, including questioning his own art, freedom, the ever present ‘un-freedom’ as he calls it, and layers of thought and history. Supplemented with pictures and videos, Pandian’s lecture conveyed a sense of peace, but also, paradoxically, a sense of constant questioning, never completely settled. “I keep bothering the work – I can’t leave it alone,” Pandian said. “I get obsessive and I also radically want to move on.” Freedom and the possibility of not having it anymore is inevitably tied to the present. Pandian keeps both in mind when working, believing that freedom itself is tied to constraint. “One thing I try to remind [people] in my work is that un-
freedom is nearby,” Pandian said. “If we acknowledge and honor that tension, we could live freedom instead of go on about it in speeches.” Catherine Wagner, a professor of studio art at Mills, first saw Pandian’s work about two years ago. Since then, she invited him to speak at Mills in the Art Lecture Series. “I was fascinated by how formally beautiful [his work] was and how intellectually rigorous it was,” Wagner said. “He was a high-level example of how process becomes part of the medium.” Something Pandian continually came back to was suspicion of his work; as he questions the world around him, he also questions himself, but he continues to produce art. “There is a contact with ecstatic truth, when you’re learning something new,” Pandian said. “My motivation is to keep digging into the well, and the other is to share it.” Studio art major Juli Lopez attended the lecture and found Pandian’s artistic development for each show fascinating. “A lot of people think of art as precious, but he thinks of it as a process,” Lopez said. “He lives in his art. He is so in tune with everything around him.” Currently, Pandian is working on “Atlas Revisited,” filming camels performing Merce Cunningham’s choreography in collaboration with his friend Andros Zins-Browne. The Art Lecture Series is organized by the graduate MFA students in studio art, and continues through the spring semester. Please check out the MCAM website for more information.
Finding myself before I leave Mills: What it’s like to be first generation and low income at a private institution
Alexina Estrada Online Editor There were times in the last four years when I was unsure if I would be able to continue financially at Mills, impatiently awaiting to receive a bill and calculate if I could afford the next semester or not. It always worked out some way or the other in the end, but the uncertainty was always extremely stressful thanks to a few factors. Now, I want to let it be known that I have had financial aid which helped lessen the burden of tuition. My family has also always been a huge support system in many ways, including financially. They have always offered to send me money and help make tuition payments; I more often than not will gratefully decline. There is nothing wrong with accepting help from your family, especially if they are able to offer it. In fact, there are a few times when I did ask for help. I was also fortunate enough to get a work study position my first year at Mills at the Office of Admissions. With the money I make from work study, I have been able to help out and pay for tuition on my own as much as possible. The constant stress of not knowing how to pay for tuition,
for many students like myself, is a constant and everyday reality. Especially at an institution like Mills, where the tuition just continues to increase more and more while salaries and bank accounts don’t. Learning to juggle work and school is a hassle, and I would like to give a shout out to all the people reading this who are juggling school, home responsibilities and work (whether it’s one job or four), and everything else in life, from activism to extracurriculars. The students who have no one else to turn to because their families can’t help at all or won’t, who choose between a week’s meals or a textbook, and who deny themselves the simplest of things, like a coffee, in order to have enough money to finally get the hold off their accounts at the M Center are all truly inspirations for determination, resilience and courage to prove that we belong. As a first generation college student trying to learn the ropes of higher education, as well as trying to figure out where the tuition payments would be coming from so as not to add an extra worry for my family, having the support of my peers, my work and my family has been extremely important to my education. Thank you to my friends who have taught me tips and tricks on how to save money, about the apps that help me shop cheap, and reminded me that we are all in this together. Thank you to my supervisors at work who have always offered support and flexibility in helping me to balance my job and schoolwork. Thank you to my family, who have always been willing to send me money when I ask or don’t ask. My situation is not the same as anyone else’s, but I hope that in one way or another people understand that first generation and low income students do have additional responsibilities atop of the “expected” higher education workload.
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Staff Editorial The donkey in the room: Democratic party flounders to restore base
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(From left) Staunch conservatives James Mattis, Nikki Haley, Elaine Chao and John Kelly were easily confirmed with little opposition from Senate Democrats.
Following their widespread loss in last year’s election, it has become clear that the Democratic party has some soul-searching to do. With a Republican controlled presidential administration, in addition to loss of power in the House and Senate, it would seem that the odds are stacked heavily against them. However, in the wake of Trump’s presidency and the national outrage that has followed, liberal, progressive voters are making their voices heard. Protests such as last month’s record-breaking Women’s March have made it clear that, despite the outcome of the last election, the country is far from lacking in support for the no-longer dominate Democrats. By appealing to this backlash against the Trump administration and strengthening the bond with progressive voters, the party has the potential to rebuild its base and, as it tried futilely to do during the last campaign, finally develop an appeal to millennial voters. There have been some rays of hope, such as Democratic senators’ unified voice and battle against the appointment of now Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, as well as efforts, made prominent by Elizabeth Warren, to warn the public about the racist views
of now Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Although both highly questionable candidates were ultimately appointed, and vicious, GOP backlash has ensued, this is the attitude and approach we need from our Democratic lawmakers right now. But sadly, the party has been far from unified or resistant to many of Trump’s other cabinet picks. Defense Secretary James Mattis, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly were voted in easily, with little in the way of hesitation or protest from Democratic senators. These picks, rather than having ambiguous, bipartisan platforms, are instead strictly conservative and directly against the interests of the party’s constituents. The reason for this divide is best summarized in the explanation of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “...I have to say we’re capitalist and that’s just the way it is,” Pelosi told a young voter at a CNN town hall event on Jan. 31. Although Pelosi went on to critique the problems with capitalism that are evident in modern-day America, her firm commitment to it as a system is reflective of her party as a
whole, which is at the root of issues connecting with young and progressive voters. While the rise of the alt-right and the election of Trump have given a platform to populist conservatives dissatisfied with the status quo, little has been done on the left to reach out to those on the left eager for change. Dissatisfied liberals have come out in full force in the wake of Trump’s election. We’re not hard to find, and we’re in desperate need of a party and leaders we can trust. As the Democrats flounder for a new direction and ways to make up for past downfalls, it has become clear where their loyalties lie: despite an outcry of support for something, anything besides Trump and the modern-day Republican party, softening their commitment to capitalism and working in the interests of their constituents are far from the minds of Democratic leadership. It has become clear that Democrats have little hope of success in their current predicament. Despite some valuable voices of dissent, such as Warren’s, the best the party can offer us in its current state is a cautionary tale for what progressives hopeful for change shouldn’t do.
The world is a dark, scary place–but at least Kristen Stewart is gay Abbey Flentje Editor in chief Folks, Kristen Stewart is gay. Amidst all the goings on in the United States, the former Twilight star announced on Saturday Night Live, “I’m so gay, dude.” What relevance does this have to anything? To be quite frank, not much. A Hollywood celebrity coming out is cool and all, but it doesn’t do a damn thing to help in the political fight against Trump’s grand brigade of bigots. Stewart’s sexuality is hardly a topic that will be beneficial to the difficulties faced by marginalized communities or millions of people whose lives are being destroyed by the current presidential administration. It’s also something that isn’t particularly surprising, since Stewart has been dating women for a little while now. Even so, I found this little piece
of news that Stewart – my girlhood crush – finally utter the words “I’m so gay” on national television to be an amusing diversion from some of the more horrible things going on in the world. Her takedown of Trump for his obsessive string of tweets about her in 2012 was also quite funny. Every morning I wake up and find my phone filled with new notifications about some horrendous piece of breaking news in the national news. In the past few days, I’ve seen multiple notifications about the ban enacted on seven majority Muslim countries; a rightwing Christian fundamentalist from my home state was the reason for a historic tie-break in the United States Senate for a presidential cabinet appointment; an alt-right demagogue managed to manipulate his way onto the National Security Council; and a notoriously racist senator from Alabama has been confirmed as the nation’s
attorney general. I find myself lying awake at night, anxious that one of these days we’re all going to wake up in some dystopian future. The dystopian genre makes for quality entertainment, but is not so good in terms of an actual living situation. In these troubling times amidst the struggle against those in society who seek to oppress others, there needs to be some way of maintaining our sanity. We need to find ways to destress from the news feeds that pop up on our phones in the middle of the night to announce that things are falling to pieces faster than we can fight back. Doing this isn’t easy. In fact, for many it can seem downright impossible. But if we don’t find some small things to find solace in, we’ll eventually get consumed by the crap we read on our newsfeeds. For me, the “announcement” that Stewart was gay is good enough for at least a few minutes.
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In a four minute monologue on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Stewart both announced she was gay, while at the same time addressing tweets Donald Trump made about her five years ago.
There’s nothing counterculture about conservatism
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In an alternate universe, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez would come together to sing about all the justice capitalism has done.
Emily Burian Managing Editor This past weekend, in a flurry of other oppressive political news, some Twitter conservatives took to social media to call conservatism “the new punk rock.” Just to set the record straight, punk is dead. It had its funeral when Joe Carre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, set $6 million worth of punk memorabilia on fire. That’s the most punk anyone can ever be, and now it’s dead. The opinion itself seems like trolling, which tends to be conservatives’ favorite way of arguing their point. However, it is reflective of an idea that has been gaining popularity among token millennial Republicans. It reminds me of a sign I saw on Berkeley’s campus as a first year, from the Berkeley College Republicans, advertising a meeting and claiming to be the “new counterculture.” This claim is a surface level cultural understanding if you think everyone is a liberal, and that “liberal” is a catch-all for people who aren’t conservatives. Our society is constantly shifting with culturally accepted ways of thought. Counterculture in its definition is a new way to view culture and existing thoughts, something different and shocking from the societal norm. Racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism and capitalism are nothing contrary to popular sentiment.
They’re written in our history. Conservatism is a widely accepted culture in America, and one highly nostalgic for the country’s past. The goal is to keep the culture stagnant by the people who want to keep themselves in power, not to counter it. Despite it being a vastly ahistorical statement, what would their rallying cry be? No healthcare for poor people? Love the police? Hate trumps love? I’m sure the lead singers of these bands would strongly denounce property destruction. They would simultaneously call the show a non-safe space while also whining in a song because they were called fascists by snowflake liberals (the most insulting thing they can conjure up). In the early 20th century, the futurist art movement in Italy evolved into fascist support, since a key founder, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, was one of the first members of Mussolini’s National Fascist Party. The Italian fascists of futurism didn’t absorb any other contemporary or past art movement as their own. They didn’t claim they were the new impressionism or the new Baroque. Not only is it ahistorical and absent of logistics, but it’s lazy and co-opting past movements. Aside from everything else, anything claiming to be the “new’ anything, is sheltered from the world. In the words of Jean Luc Goddard, ‘There are no new waves, there is only the ocean.” In conservatives’ case, they’re the boat in the ocean that is sinking.
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Sports & Health
Trail running class goes the distance Marisa Tangeman
sports and health editor
Each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7 a.m., 15 students pile into vans, still rubbing sleep from their eyes but excited to be driven off campus for the trail running physical education class. The trail running class has been part of the curriculum for at least eight years, and is instructed by Cross Country Coach Ivory Veale. The class is offered during the spring semester only; Veale teaches hiking instead during the fall. The class goes from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and the students are transported to off-campus trails in the Mills shuttles. The running destinations range from Alameda, to Redwood Regional Park, to the Pinetop Trail on campus. Sophomore Taylor Rose enjoys being introduced to new running trails, although she finds it difficult to wake up early for the class. “It’s hard when my alarm goes off, but that’s the hardest part of the class,” Rose said. “After that, it’s really nice to be out in the early morning.” Rose’s favorite part of the class is getting to be out in nature and wishes she had more time to do it. “The only thing I would change about the class is a larger time
slot so I can appreciate the trails and scenery.” Sophomore Hannah Horten also enjoys getting off campus and out in nature first thing in the morning. Since she doesn’t have a car, the class provides her with the opportunity to go out and run trails she wouldn’t regularly have access to. “My favorite part of the class is that I get to start my morning somewhere in nature,” Horten said. “The class is a good opportunity to get off campus and get some exercise.” The class is accessible for all running levels, and many students opt to walk the trails instead. The classes are designed around the students’ individual fitness levels so that every student is able to get something valuable out of the class. “I have a lot of friends who just walk, and they love it,” Horten said. “The first hour of their morning, they get to go on a hike.” Horten tries her best to run the entire allotted time, but finds that can sometimes be difficult. Students are encouraged to run and to challenge themselves, but are able to choose their own pace. “Coach Ivory will definitely push you to run and encourage you to, but he won’t force you to do anything,” Horten said. “He’s definitely very encouraging.” This is Veale’s second semester teaching the course, and he enjoys
watching students make progress throughout the class. “My favorite part is seeing the student’s progression to the end of the class,” Veale said. “Seeing those who started off as walkers go to joggers, and joggers go to runners.” Veale would recommend this class to any student, regardless of their running level. He encourages students to challenge themselves in order to make progress. “I would encourage any student to take this class, not just a student experienced in running,” Veale said. “Because there are always progressions in anything you’re doing, you will always get better at whatever it is that you start.”
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The trail running class offers students beautiful views.
Tips on making Founder’s vegan friendly
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and filling go-to meal of mine is making a salad at the salad bar and getting a warm bowl of soup. This is especially satisfying on a cold, rainy day. 4. Always proceed with caution. MARISA TANGEMAN
The salad bar is a great resource for extra veggies if your meal is lacking in the nutrients you want.
sports and health editor
As a vegetarian with a dairy allergy, it can be difficult to eat healthy, well-balanced meals while in college. Although Mills was ranked in the top college dining experiences by College Rank, I still have trouble finding something I both can and want to eat at Founder’s Commons. Here are a few tips I have developed for making Founder’s vegan friendly. 1. Get creative with the salad bar. Even if salads aren’t your thing, you can still use items from the salad bar to add extra veggies to your meal. Dark, leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and arugula (the salad bar is always stocked with one of these options) offer a great source of vitamins and minerals. The USDA recommends eating half a cup of leafy green vegetables a day, and spinach and broccoli
act as a great source of protein for vegans. Next time you find yourself wishing that the soft tacos or stir fry had more vegetables, head over to the salad bar and add your own! 2. Don’t forget about the fruit. Fruit is also rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and is often much tastier than raw vegetables. It’s easy to forget about the fruit hiding on the bottom shelf of the tables of fruit-infused water at Founder’s until you’re on your way out, but it can be an excellent supplement to your meal. Add sliced apples or oranges to your salad for some extra fiber and vitamins, or top some peanut butter toast with banana slices for a good source of potassium. Dipping apple slices in peanut butter is one of my go-to snacks when I need some extra energy but want to satisfy my sweet tooth. 3. Opt for soup and a salad. Founder’s always offers two soups for dinner, and at least one is usually vegan. A healthy
Some of the items, like the veggie burgers and veggie breakfast patties, contain eggs and dairy. Although one would assume that most meat replacements are vegan, many have ingredients like egg and whey protein. The breakfast foods are often unlabeled on weekday mornings, so many people don’t realize that the veggie patties aren’t vegan. If you’re dairy-free but still eat eggs, it is also important to know that eggs used to make scrambled eggs and omelets are often cooked with milk. 5. The comment cards are there for a reason. If it’s your fourth night in a row of eating cereal for dinner and you still feel like you can’t find something to eat at Founder’s, you can always leave a comment card on your way out. The Bon Appetit staff regularly checks the comment cards to make sure students’ dietary needs are met. College is hard enough already without dietary restrictions to worry about. These tips will help you get more creative at Founder’s, and help put together healthy, well-balanced meals to boost productivity and focus for your schoolwork.
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