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Tuesday | Oct 5, 2010
Class of ‘11 honored at Convocation
President Janet Holmgren addresses students, faculty and guest speakers at the 20th and last convocation of her presidency at Mills. Convocation speaker Dolores Huerta and her daughter, Camila Chavez, look on as Holmgren acknowledges Huerta’s numerous accomplishments in the worker and immigrant rights movement.
President Holmgren, labor leader Huerta, lifetime trustee Thorne address Mills community Lauren-Marie Sliter BREAKING NEWS EDITOR "Women matter, but we have to take it a step further and say, 'women rule!'" said Dolores Huerta, farm workers’ leader and human rights activist to a crowd gathered in Littlefield Concert Hall. The auditorium was so full, overflow had to be directed to Lisser Hall. Huerta spoke at this year's Convocation on October 1 about the importance of women leadership in today's society. She was joined in this message by Mills College President Janet Holmgren and lifetime Trustee Evelyn "Muffy" McKinstry Thorne. This year also marked Holmgren's 20th and final Convocation as President of Mills College. She met the crowd of students with enthusiasm, calling to each class to shout out their
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class colors. "This was an inspiring and authentically Mills event," she said in an interview after Convocation. "It showed our commitment to higher standards of celebrating women." Convocation is an annual Mills College event bringing together students, faculty, alumni and other members of the Mills community in celebration of the new academic year. It is also a time for honoring high-achieving students, faculty and members of the 2011 graduating class. During this year's celebration, Huerta and Thorne were each given honorary degrees from the College. Huerta's speech focused on how women are an important part of solving equality issues in society today. Specifically, Huerta used racism and workers' rights as examples of areas that need improvement.
"Unless you're a Native American, your people came from somewhere," she said. "We need to eliminate racism altogether. We are one human race." Education was also a key point in Huerta's speech. She stressed the importance of educating women to be powerful leaders at all levels of society. "If we do not have women in those decision making positions, they will make the wrong decisions," she said, emphasizing such issues as reproductive rights, equality of marriage and women and immigrant rights. "We need women in leadership, she said in an interview after the event. "We need to take the next step - running for office. When it comes to public campaign reform, that's a major issue for us all." Huerta's message of community action drove the crowd to cheer, clap and stomp. She led the audi-
ence in a chant of "Si, se puede!", or "Yes, we can!", her slogan during the fight for immigrant workers' rights. "Dolores Huerta was amazing," said Audree Scheffer DeAngeles, an alumna of the College and a current parent of a Mills senior. "There is something about her energy that makes you want to do whatever she says." The other honorary degree recipient, Evelyn "Muffy" McKinstry Thorne, class of 1948, spoke about how the College has changed since she attended it. "The College has made great strides," she said, acknowledging the achievements in diversity on campus. She , however, recognized elements of college life when she was an undergraduate that she felt the school could use today, including a regulation basketball court and a public speaking requirement.
"After all, you never know when you might get an honorary degree," she said, laughing. One of her biggest concerns was the lack of a drama department at Mills. "It's time to restore that program," she said. "You can't have a liberal arts education without the dramatic arts." She also noted the quickly fleeting greenery on campus. "No more buildings - we miss the green space and I fear we're running out of it." Her final words were to the students. "With your minds and hearts unfurled, you can change the world."
Heather McDaniel, Nicole Vermeer and Ellen Newton contributed to this report. See page 12 for more pictures.
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Controversial violence prevention measure in Oakland gains national recognition Lauren-Marie Sliter BREAKING NEWS EDITOR The city of Oakland received over $3 million from the federal government this September in an attempt to continue and improve Measure Y, a violence prevention act started in 2004. In November, Measure BB will be on the ballot. If passed by voters, this controversial measure will amend certain aspects of the older violence prevention measure. Measure Y (2004)
Measure Y provides the city of Oakland with close to $20 million annually for the next 10 years. The measure's funds are collected through a parcel tax and parking fees. Measure Y’s programs include youth comprehensive services, family and domestic violence prevention, youth and adult reentry programs and crisis and incident response efforts. The measure's funds are also used to hire special police officers called Problem Solving Officers (PSOs), according to a mid-year report dated 13 May, 2010 and released by the city administrator’s office. PSOs offer community outreach in particularly crime-heavy areas in Oakland. $4 million of Measure Y’s funds go to keeping all fire stations open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Of the funds remaining, approximately 40% go to violence prevention programs and 60% go to hiring additional police officers in charge of problem solving, truancy, domestic violence and special victims units, according to the Measure Y website. After Measure Y’s implementation in 2005, total crimes reported continued to increase through May 2008, according to the 2008-09 Crime Trends report, released by Gibson and Associates and the Resource Development Associates. It is important to note the difference between actual crime rates and reported crimes rates, said the report. “For example, an increase in reported crime between 2006 -2008 may be explained by the fact that Measure Y efforts succeeded in building trust-relationships with community members, so that an increased proportion of previously unreported crime was then being reported. Or, more crime might have occurred during this period,
leading to higher levels of reported crime,” the report concluded. During this time period, property crimes were reported most frequently, says the report, and sexual crimes least frequently. Reported crime rates decreased in each month following June 2008, the report continues. It highlighted declines in property and violent crimes. In the first years of Measure Y’s implementation, it was supposed to increase the police force by 63 officers. This goal, however, was not met. “The problem was, the size of the police force went down instead of up,” said Marleen Sacks, an Oakland resident and attorney who sued the city of Oakland in 2008 for misusing Measure Y funding. The mayor of Oakland, Ron Dellums, used an estimated $15
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restore community police officer positions...” it is not clear if the city will be required to rehire the officers laid off earlier this year. “I do not think Measure BB alone lets us restore the police officers (laid off), but it prevents further layoffs,” said Sara Bedford, the policy and planning manager for Measure Y. According to Bedford, the City would need additional measures on this year’s ballot to pass, such as Measure X which would levy an additional parcel tax in order to fund public safety programs, in order to rehire those laid off earlier this year. Sacks said Measure BB does not guarantee an increase in public safety. “I am vehemently opposed to Measure BB,” Sacks said. Sacks said that Measure BB will not only allow the city to tax
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million of Measure Y funding to staff regular police officers, as opposed to special PSOs promised in the text of Measure Y, between the time the measure was enacted through 2008, according to Sacks's litigation. “I wrote the city and told them 'you're not allowed to do this,’ but they did it anyway,” Sacks said. And so she sued the city. Sacks’ suit rested on more grounds than the misused funds alone. She also alleged that the City had not filed the annual audits required by Measure Y, nor had it discontinued collecting the Measure Y tax even though the police staff was below the required number of officers. Sacks won her lawsuit against the city based on her two conclusions about the misused funds and the lack of annual audits. Currently, the case has been appealed by the
city and is still in review. Since the 2008 lawsuit, Sacks has sued Oakland for additional violations to Measure Y, such as its failure to hold police academies. “They have to have regular academies to keep the staff even,” Sacks said. The city has not held an academy since the fall of 2008. Without police academies, the city has allowed the police force to decline, Sacks said, using retirement rates to save money. Oakland did not discontinue collection of the Measure Y parcel tax until it laid off 80 police officers this year. The offices of the city auditor, Courtney Ruby, and the city attorney’s legal communications director, Alex Katz, said neither were at liberty to discuss the pending litigation between the city and Sacks.
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Measure Y’s effectiveness is now dependent on whether or not the city of Oakland can continue to fund its programs. “Crime prevention cannot work without the officers on the streets to back up the programs,” said Mills College director of Public Safety, Michael Lopez, in an email. “With the recent layoffs of police officers, the city crime rate in certain areas jumped dramatically. We need our neighborhood police officers back on the job.” On this year's ballot, Measure BB, formerly titled the Amend the Violence Prevention and Public Safety Act of 2004, has been proposed in order to allow the city to continue collecting the Measure Y parcel tax despite having fewer police officers on staff. Though the measure reads, “To
its citizens “no matter how small the police force is,” but it will also decrease the effectiveness of public safety programs. Without a legal obligation to staff the police force to a certain number, the city will lose all incentive to do so, she said. “The minimum staffing language is in there for a reason,” she said of the police staff minimum of 739 officers. “If Measure BB passes, the police force will drop even further.” The Grants
Measure Y has brought in over $3 million worth of grants for the city of Oakland. Though Measure Y encompasses many different programs, the city has received grants mainly focused on the measure’s crime prevention and youth and adult reentry programs.
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According to Bedford, the grants include a $2.2 million dollar Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, aimed at replicating the nationally recognized ceasefire model of violence prevention. The grant money will be spread over three years. Though the ceasefire model was created for use in Chicago, Bedford said that the model Measure Y uses was adapted specifically for Oakland. The purposes of the ceasefire model are to provide youth with alternatives to gang related behavior, educate violent-prone communities and increase awareness about the dangers of youth violence, according to a press release sent by the Department of Human Services in Oakland on Sept. 23. The two smaller grants, both worth $750,000 for one year, are aimed at successfully returning juvenile and adult offenders to school and work immediately after their release. Besides funding Measure Y programs already in place, the grants will also allow the city to use social marketing to reduce crime. "It will allow us to create a community message of anti-violence," Bedford said. Sacks, however, has her doubts. "I am not convinced that these violence prevention programs are that effective," she said. Her main concern is that the evaluations published on Measure Y programs are bias. "The companies that do these evaluations get paid a lot of money and want to get hired again," she said. Sacks also said she had received tips from the community that any problems or ineffectiveness with Measure Y tends to get "swept under the carpet." Both the Oakland Mayor’s office and the city administrator’s officer could not be reached for comment. Though she is not convinced that Measure Y deserves the national recognition it has received, she also sees the grants as proof that violence prevention programs in Oakland will survive without Measure Y funding. "Most programs that get Measure Y funding were in existence long before Measure Y," she said. "They will be O.K."
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Female candidates prove tough competition in Oakland election Shelby Gibbs and Lindsey Bozym CONTRIBUTING WRITERS When Oakland City Councilwomen, Jean Quan, attempted to pay her husband’s way through medical school in the early 1970’s, credit card companies told her she would need her husband’s permission to qualify for credit. Today, Quan, along with councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, is vying to become Oakland’s first female mayor. Voters will decide between nine mayoral candidates, including top contenders Quan, Kaplan, and Don Perata. According to a poll commissioned last month by an Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Perata currently leads with 26%, followed closely by
Quan with 22%, and Kaplan with 12%. While this could be a woman’s first time as mayor of the city, the Oakland City Council first had a female member in the 1920’s, according to Sue Piper, community liaison for Jean Quan. The council currently has a female majority with six City Councilwomen out of eight total seats. Nancy Nadel is the only other woman to have run for Oakland mayor in 10 years. She and Ignacio De La Fuente lost to Ron Dellums in 2006. “Women have a different political style. We tend to be a bit more cooperative, even in politics,” Piper said. For some, this perceived difference translates to weakness. People often ask Quan if she is “tough enough” as a woman to be mayor of Oakland.
“Yes!” said Quan, who added that her dedication to her mayoral campaign was important enough to
The possibility of a female mayor could set more young women on a path in politics. give up her council seat. According to Kaplan’s campaign website, at age 38 she was elected as the youngest and first openly lesbian council member in Oakland history in 2008. Efforts to reach Kaplan were unsuccessful.
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This year’s mayoral candidates are vying to take over City Hall.
The possibility of a female mayor could set more young women on a path in politics. “Women are so under-represented in American politics. We haven’t seen vast numbers of women going into politics,” said Carol Chetkovich, professor and director of the public policy program at Mills. “Seeing other women run makes other women want to run – role modeling, women supporting women.” Mills students agree that seeing women running for public office breeds political involvement and interest. Isabel Cortes, president of the Mills College Fem Dems, believes that more students will participate in this election due to the strong female presence on the ballot. In her first year of leading the Fem Dems, Cortes hopes to bring more political awareness to
the campus. “We’re really excited. We hope women become more aware of what’s going on,” Cortes said. The Quan campaign hopes that her potential win will encourage both young women and immigrant families. As the first-ever AsianAmerican woman mayor of a major city, Quan’s win would show young women, immigrants, and the children of immigrants “that we’ve broken through the glass ceiling in Oakland,” Piper said. This lack of women in power, however, does not mean that women are elected less often than men. It is a symptom of few women running at all. “Today, research suggests women win as often as men when they run – women not winning is more of women not running,” Chetkovich said.
Women assaulted in popular Lake Merritt area Stephanie Scerra FEATURES EDITOR Two women were robbed and sexually assaulted Sept. 19th near Lake Merritt. While the incidents occurred separately, police suspect the same perpetrator committed both crimes. According to Oakland Police Department's Public Information Officer Holly Joshi, the crimes occurred in the late evening about two hours and two blocks apart – on the 1400 block of 3rd Ave., and E. 18th St and Lakeshore. Joshi stated that both victims were young adults – one in her twenties and another in her early thirties – and robbed and assaulted in a similar manner. Police describe the suspect as a 6-foot African American male in his twenties who was carrying a weapon. Many Mills College students who spend time around Lake Merritt expressed concern. Business MBA student Julie McDonald, who frequently walks around the lake with her twelveyear-old daughter, finds Lake Merritt more dangerous in the evening. “The whole personality of the lake really changes at nightfall,” McDonald said. “There are just fewer people around, so if there were to be a problem, you couldn’t call for help. Normally the lake is a really busy place and it feels safe, even if you have questionable, shady characters.” While the suspect has yet to be apprehended, Joshi said the
Oakland Police Department has received numerous tips since a community alert was sent out via email on Sept. 21. “The public has been very forthcoming,” Joshi said, unable to provide concrete details on the case. Despite the recent crimes, many students intend to return to the lake. “I’ll still go to Lake Merrittt. I’ll just be more careful,” Mills student, Lutita Molina said. McDonald, too, plans to take extra precautions. “I think Lake Merrittt is a great and beautiful place, and I hate the fact that there is any kind of crime down there,” McDonald said. “Frankly, I think the main thing is to go during the light and go in groups of two or more. I would not go around the lake at dusk at this point.” Mills College Public Safety had similar advice. “Try to travel with a friend,” Officer Dennis Bernardo said. “And if you are unfortunate enough to be a victim, be the best witness you can be. Report everything you see.” Officers of both the Oakland Police Department and Public Safety encourage students to never underestimate the chance of a crime to occur. They stressed, however, that “in that particular area, there aren’t huge crimes,” Joshi said. Contact the Oakland Police with information on the suspect of the Lake Merrittt robberies and assaults or any other crimes at 510.238.3641.
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Human rights activist Dolores Huerta poses with members of the Mills College Mujeres Unidas, a club that strives to meet the needs of Chicana and Latina students.
Si se puede: Human rights activist inspires the Mujeres Unidas club Loren Sanchez CONTRIBUTING WRITER
When thinking of Mills women, many people think of activism. Convocation keynote speaker Dolores Huerta fits the profile with her nationally-recognized involvement in human rights. “I think it really ties in with what we’re doing,” said Linda Northcott, director of College events. “With her background, she seems like a strong individual, overcome with so many odds to protect the rights of workers and unions. If you look at Mills, protecting to be a women’s undergraduate school, they are similar.” As co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, Huerta helped farm workers gain better wages. She supported the farm workers by leading the national table grape boycott strike that led to the California Agricultural Relations Act, which allowed farm workers to organize for better wages and working conditions. Students and staff expressed excitement over Huerta’s visit. “She’s...out there in the world,” said Cindy Beitmen, the early music professor. “I think it is fabulous because she looks out for the little guy or little woman.” At convocation, Huertas’ daughter Camila Chavez, who graduated from Mills College in 1998, introduced her with stories that presented Huerta, not in a different light, but as the same strong women and organizer people know her as. “I liked all her stories and the jokes. She made it entertaining, especially the introduction her daughter Camila Chavez made
whom have parents who are immiabout her sisters picketing against cially for being Chicano. She is on lion actually vote. their mom,” said freshwoman the same level as Martin Luther “It was very moving because grants to the U.S. “I liked this event. I think that if Kelly Wong. King, and Rosa Parks. And being my parents are immigrants. It is Another freshwoman, Ashley here with Mills women, it’s unfor- nice to teach younger generations we could get a little more time it Diaz, was impressed with the gettable,” said Ricardo Castillo, to continue what was started not would be great. What she said was words of Huerta herself. father of student Gabriela Castillo. that long ago,” said Iyari Ortiz, sen- good because I come from an immigrant family. It is an issue that “I didn’t know what to expect, Huerta emphasized the need to ior Mills student. but it inspired me to be more dili- educate “our people” and the need Huerta also spoke about how is close to me. I love having her gent with my studies and taking ... to get them involved in voting, much immigration discourse is here,” said Maria Mejia, sophoopportunity,” Diaz said. especially in this upcoming founded on racism. She pointed out more Mills student and co-presiAfter her convocation speech, November election, for the issues that attacks on feminists and then dent of Mujeres Unidas. “It was amazing,” said Gina Dolores Huerta had a lunch meet- that affect their community, such as the LGBT community, were paralRosabl, director of student diversiing in the Solidarity Lounge with immigration reformation. The peo- lel to attacks on immigrants. the Mujeres Unidas club, whose ple that attended seemed to respond Her time at the lunch with ty programs. “She’s such a powermission is to serve the needs of the when she mentioned that in the Mujeres Unidas was not as long as ful and inspiring activist, the way Chicana-Latina population at Latino community, 20 million have expected, but she had a serious she really looks and lives the interMills. Deborah Berman Santana, the right to vote, but only 10 mil- impact on the group, many of connection of struggle.” professor in ethnic studies, mentioned what a pleasure it was to have Huerta with them at an informal time. In the intimate setting, Huerta spoke in Spanish and began by asking everyone how one felt about having their citizenship taken away. She mentioned issues concerning immigration, like the law in Arizona and how scary it is. An example she gave was about Walmart being built in other countries and how it replaces the small store owners already in that country, and asked a rhetorical question, why is it that people leave their country? “It was really inspiring intellectually. She brought up a lot of things I never thought of before, like the causes of immigration,” said Berkeley graduate Juan Lara. She brought up many topics about the people, la gente, and about how the politics of today greatly involve immigration issues. Her topics not only pertained to Mills students, but also to visiting family members. COURTESY OF NATALIE DIAZ “It was a great opportunity and the greatest event in my life espe- Dolores Huerta discusses women’s and political issues that affect both Mills students and family.
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Top: King speaks to a captivated audience. Bottom left to right: Tour guide Jane King; an Art Building arch; King gives historical background; Post Road once Bula.
A Walk to Remember: Alumna Jane King leads campus-wide tour Heather McDaniel and Stephanie Scerra CHIEF NEWS AND FEATURES EDITORS
With her silvery-white hair, grandmotherly sweater and playful grin, Jane King is not the typical Mills College tour guide. Yet for well over 30 years, King has attracted a captive audience of prospective students, parents and fellow alumnae to her campus tour during convocation, and her tour this year on Oct. 1 was no different. Her tour, nicknamed Jane’s Stroll, takes spectators on a historical walk through the College campus. As a Mills alumna of 1942, King provides a jaunty combination of his-
torical commentary and personal anecdotes about various Mills landmarks as she putts around in her golf cart. “I think that, for a person who has been here for so long, she has a remarkable sense of knowledge about how it used to be,” said Joan Rice Holmes, class of 1960. King showed off her knowledge with unique facts about some of the Mills buildings, like the Reinhardt Alumnae House, which was built and dedicated in ‘49. “[The architect] Bill Brown literally designed it on the back of an envelope,” King said and continued to devulge other littleknown details of Reinhardt’s construction, like the plan to build an apartment behind it. However, King does not have a sentimental story for all of the campus’ construction. “There's absolutely no point or purpose to it,” King said of an archway near the Aron Art Center.
Many tourists enjoyed King’s comparisons of how Mills was at one time and how Mills is now. From simple changes, like Post Road once being called Bula and the Student Union, to large changes, like the additions of buildings, King had something to say. “It was called The Pot Shop,” King said of the Ceramics Studio. King attributes the name change to the fact that “it didn't seem appropriate to have a pot shop on campus,” a remark that elicited a few laughs. According to King, the Vera M. Long Building has gone through many changes, including years as a children’s school, the Public Policy building and, now, the Social Sciences building. When King was a student, the building was a health center. “I remember my freshman year, having a terrible case of the measles,” King said, who had one of 4 cases that year. The cases were so serious that each student had to have her own private nurse. King did not fail to point out all of the things Mills used to have but now does not. According to King, the original plans for California Highway 580 went through the College. Although the freeway stayed offcampus, the old horse stables were removed.
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“The horse stables had to go anyway, because students stopped brining their horses with them to school,” King said. A small thing Mills now lacks consistently across the board: a support of alcohol. According to King, the Commuter Lounge in Rothwell Center used to house a resturant called Mills Grill, the first place on campus to serve alcohol. The Faculty Lounge, too, supported Mills women and their alcohol. “At one time the Faculty Lounge had lockers so they could lock up their liquor,” King said. But most suprising to fellow alumna were all of the new buildings. “It used to be wilder, rougher, less buildings. It still has the same kind of flavor though,” said Nancy Marwick DeMuth, class of 1970. Holmes agreed. “A lot of this wasn't here in the class of ‘60,” Holmes said. “By being here, you can ask questions and see what life's like on the campus.” The new Moore Natural Science Building sparked particular interest. “I'm going to be quite honest with you. I think it looks like a Footlocker. But it wasn't much to look at before,” King said. Ultimately, many participants enjoyed the tour, for both its historical content and King’s wit. “It's charming,” Demuth said of King’s historical tour.
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Japanese band rocks with American fans Christina Macias ASST. DESIGN EDITOR In 1998, X Japan’s farewell concert, The Last Live, opened with a voice-over: “Welcome...We have been looking forward to this moment...Thank you for being here. We’ll show you the place where dreams and life become one. Memorize this night we will spend together, and keep us in your hearts.” Seven years later, On Sept. 28, 2010, the same words echoed in the same serene female voice within Oakland’s Fox Theatre, beginning the second show of X Japan’s First World Tour. In the tradition of X Japan’s old reputation for perennial tardiness, the doors to the venue opened nearly half an hour late to admit the line of devoted fans that wrapped around the building. Fans came decked out in their rock concert best: sporting everything from tour t-shirts to band member cosplays, and carrying plush dolls of hide and “Yoshikitty” (the product of collaboration between Yoshiki and Hello Kitty). Once inside, the fans filtered toward the stage to the sounds of orchestral renditions of X Japan’s ballads “Forever Love” and “Say Anything” playing over the venue's speakers. Loud cheers greeted Yoshiki’s iconic crystal piano and drum set when the tarps were removed from each. As 9:00 showtime drew near, the crowd grew louder, and began calling out members’ names: “Yoshiki!” and “hide!” At intervals, the audience would chant “X! X! X!” while they pressed anxiously against the barricade in front of the stage. About 15 minutes after X’s scheduled onstage time, the house lights darkened, and the crowd went crazy. The band’s scarlet “X” icon flashed on the giant screen behind the drum platform. Slowly, triumphantly, the silhouette of Yoshiki emerged. He only had to stand at his drums, surveying the crowd in the darkness, and one would believe God himself was on that stage the way the audience roared. As the stage lights began to illuminate, the shapes of Heath, Pata, Sugizo and Toshi emerged and took their places. The audience grew louder with each band member. Once everyone was present, Toshi opened the set with a shout of his own, and the band launched into “Jade”--a song released shortly after the band’s 2007 reunion. After “Jade” came “Rusty Nail,” a crowd favorite from the band’s heyday. The rest of the set list included both old standards such as “Silent Jealousy” and “Kurenai,” as well as some of the newer releases, such as “I.V.” During the band’s anthem, “X,” Toshi led the room in the iconic “X Jump,” where one jumps while crossing their arms in an “X” at certain intervals in the song. The other members onstage also jumped at the appropriate cues, with Yoshiki crossing his drumsticks overhead. At the end of the song, the band led their classic, passionate call and response: “We are--” to which the crowd replied “X!” The show also included piano and drum solos for Yoshiki, as well as an electric violin solo for Sugizo. Toshi and Yoshiki addressed the audience in English whenever they spoke. The band was very active, with the guitars and bass constantly running around to play next to one another. Toshi himself often moved around the stage to stand next to the other band members, even venturing up behind the drums to sing with Yoshiki. Anyone could see from their interaction how much these men loved being onstage together. The set ended with “Tears,” and the band left the darkened stage as fans screamed for an encore. True to form, the band was a bit late, leaving the fans to call for them in the dark somewhat longer than most other shows. Once Toshi and Yoshiki returned to the stage, they opened with a brief speech. Yoshiki mentioned that the band was just as excited to be here as the fans were to have them. “I can’t believe we’re actually doing it!” he laughed, referring to the US Tour. He also credited the late hide, who passed away in 1998, with bringing them back together, adding, “He loves you, too.” At the end of the show, the members gathered at the front of the stage to have their photo taken with the audience. Then, as per tradition, they joined hands to bow several times before jumping in the air together. Several fans milled around for awhile, reluctant to leave. For those who had come from as far away as Los Angeles, Illinois, Taiwan and Japan, this was a pilgrimage. For everyone present, though, this night proved to be, as the opening voice-over called it, “the place where dreams and life become one.”
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Opinions & Editorial STAFF EDITORIAL
A Tale of Two Initiatives: Oakland’s Measure BB and California’s Prop 19 As ballot-casting time draws near, it becomes increasingly important to gain a clearer, more complex understanding of the issues at stake this election. The Campanil staff have chosen two issues to explore and explain in hopes of helping to inform your important decision — Measure BB and Proposition 19. Here for your participatory democracy viewing pleasure is our understanding of these initiatives and some questions to raise before marking those boxes this November. Measure BB is a revision of the 2004 election’s Measure Y. Under Measure Y, citizens of Oakland were taxed to fund the staffing of at least 739 police officers in the Oakland PD at all times. The measure also provided that if this number was not maintained, taxes would no longer be collected. In July of 2010, the city laid off 80 police officers— bringing the number employed to below the quota and preventing the city from collecting the taxes. This is where
Measure BB comes in: it will remove the requirement of keeping 739 officers employed in order to collect taxes, postponing the deadline for meeting the employment quota until 2015. Other changes the measure will make include loosening restrictions on what types of violence prevention programs may receive funding from the city, allowing the city to accrue debt and also allowing that debt to be paid by taxes collected from the measure, removing the existing requirements to keep at least 25 fire engines companies and offer mentorship programs at firehouses. The amount taxable will be able to reach the full annual tax limit – $90.00 per year. The full text of this initiative is not available for public viewing— this is one of many questionable aspects of Measure BB. If the 739 officer employment requirement is postponed, it will excuse the city from re-hiring the 80 police officers laid off in July. The measure will also protect the city from fur-
ther litigation surrounding its inability to meet the Measure Y requirements — the city is already involved in an ongoing court case as a result of this inability. Proponents of the measure argue that the funds raised will help to re-employ these officers and hire even more, but the fact remains that this is not written in the bill. Increased coverage of violence prevention and youth and adult reentry programs seems to be a definite upside of the measure. If this was made into a separate measure or was the only provision of Measure BB, there would be little contention within the staff to its merit. Probably slightly more familiar as it has been more publicized — making its way onto T-shirts and billboards across California — is statewide Proposition 19. Yes, you can already legally use marijuana if you have a “weed card,” but Prop. 19 would legalize a wider scope of “personal marijuana activities.” If you’re 21 or over, you will be able
ADD: The “Funny” Disability? Most people have heard it before — your friend, after too many cups of coffee, starts talking a mile a minute and decides to change the subject from school to work to Lady Gaga. “Oh, ha ha, sorry guys, I’m so ADD.” However, ADD isn’t really a laughing matter. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Attention Deficit Disorder is a neuro-biologically-based developmental disability that affects 4.5 million people in the United States. Some research indicates the disorder may be genetically transmitted. The cause is believed to stem from a chemical imbalance or chemical deficiencies in the brain responsible for regulation of behavior. Put simply, people with ADD struggle with inattention and impulsivity.
Common symptoms include: being forgetful in daily activities, not seeming to listen when spoken to directly, propensity to not follow through on instructions and being easily distracted by “extraneous stimuli” (i.e., Facebook).
“. . . making jokes which belittle and trivialize a serious problem is ableist. Cracking such insensitive jokes show a lack of knowledge and understanding of able-bodied — or perhaps “able-brained” — privilege.” For many people who aren’t affected by ADD, the condition can be considered either an amusing joke or an irritating personality flaw. Unlike the example above, ADD is not something that happens
condoned by current state law between marijuana and citizens is zero contact. This is not the reality of California. Legalization would promote and help to de-stigmatize the drug and develop a healthier relationship between cannabis and its many users. Although Prop. 19’s allowance for local government regulation will make the state more involved in the distribution of marijuana, illegality is the harshest regulation a government can impose on a substance. Most members of our staff agree that it is not the government’s job to regulate what citizens ingest, nor is the government qualified to make moral decision for its citizens. However, some staff members are skeptical of Prop 19. Marijuana will still be sold illegally by individuals outside of local governments. It is not certain that the revenue generated from taxes will be substantial or worth what could be interpreted as a state endorsement of recreational marijuana use.
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to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana for personal consumption, grow marijuana at a private residence (as long as your weed garden remains confined to 25 square feet), and use marijuana in nonpublic places — i.e., residences, cannabis clubs and dispensaries. The initiative will allow local governments to regulate the commercial production and sale of marijuana and allow the local governments to collect taxes and fees to raise income or to make up for any costs arising from marijuana’s regulation. Also, Prop. 19 will authorize criminalizing certain marijuana-related activities, mostly similar to the way certain alcohol-related activities are criminalized: i.e., selling marijuana to a minor and driving under the influence of marijuana will remain illegal. Most of our staff are proponents of Prop. 19. All drugs are dangerous when abused — including legal vices such as alcohol and cigarettes. Except for those with medical cards, the only relationship
once or twice in a personal conversation. People with a history of ADD are almost 10 times as likely to have difficulties that interfere with friendships and professional relationships. Imagine a life time of losing friends because you forgot their birthday, of bosses saying you have a lot of enthusiasm but you’re fired, and professors and teachers saying that you have so much potential, so why don’t you get your work in? People begin to avoid you because they think you are flighty, ignorant, lazy and a liar. So why is ADD so funny? Perhaps making a joke of it is a coping strategy that makes it more palatable for those affected by it. But I argue that making jokes which belittle and trivialize a serious problem is ableist. Cracking such insensitive jokes show a lack of knowledge and understanding of able-bodied — or perhaps “ablebrained” — privilege. So next time you are feeling “ADD,” think twice before proclaiming a diagnosis — maybe you are just momentarily distracted!
Convocation is an academic tradition in colleges and universities world wide, which has been observed for centuries. It is the ceremony at the beginning of the academic year where all members of the academic community come together to officially mark the beginning of the academic year. It is also an opportunity to welcome the new students to the campus and is a time to celebrate and honor the academic achievements of students and faculty and to award an honorary doctorate to a distinguished guest. At Mills, each class wears their class colors. The Class of 2011 is blue, the Class of 2012 is purple, the Class of 2013 is red and the Class of 2014 is green. The outgoing class shares their color with the incoming class, so the tradition continues every year. This year, Mills is observing the 20th anniversary of the College's recommitment to women's education and is recognizing the Strike of 1990, where Mills students overturned the Board decision to con-
sider co-education at the undergraduate level. Dolores Huerta is a groundbreaking national leader who cofounded the United Farm Workers and has worked tirelessly in the ongoing fight for social justice, human rights and women's rights. We could think of no better person to address our campus community in this 20th anniversary year of our recommitment to women's education. Camila Chavez, the daughter of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, is a Mills alumna, having graduated in 1998. She will be introducing her mother during the convocation ceremonies. With the ringing in of the academic year, the serious tone of academic inquiry is set, and the excitement of convocation sets the tone for a sense of community among the Mills campus and begins the students' connectedness to Mills tradition and the various constituencies of our community.
—Renee Jadushlever, Vice President for Operations
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Oct. 5, 2010
How has Mills changed since you were a student?
"There’s a big sign in Warren Olney saying ‘NO SEX IN THE BATHROOMS.’ That wasn’t here when we were undergrads. And Strawberry Festival is gone.”
— Simone St. Laurent, ‘91, Teri Mon, ‘90, Karen Holly ‘91
“There used to be a pool in Adams Plaza. And they turned our bedrooms into classrooms.”
"The feel of the campus. More buildings, fewer trees. We have mixed feelings about the new building–it doesn’t match.”
— Anissa Primus Aiston ‘90, Nicole Baird Bates, ‘90
— Jennifer Sedna, ‘00, Heather Hamrick Matthews, ‘00
Students reflect on time at Mills so far My first weeks at Mills back in the fall of 2009 were filled with emotion. I left a career as a senior technical writer because my workplace had begun to unravel – jobs were being eliminated or sent abroad. I no longer felt that I wanted to be a part of what was happening. A co-worker suggested I look at Mills to complete my bachelor's degree. After reading the words, "Remember who you are and what you represent," on the Mills website, I was transformed. Several weeks later I was accepted by Mills as a junior and I began my preparations to leave the working world. I live off campus and commute 25 miles one way. One of the toughest things for me as a resumer student is making time for those at home and managing all the other tasks it takes to keep a home running. I've made friends with a handful of students who are also resumers and many of them have voiced concern about this. Sharing study strategies with them has been tremendously helpful. I have really enjoyed learning from professors and my classmates, including those who know me and those who do not. For me, Mills classes are refreshing as they challenge me to think and grow. At Mills, I feel so fortunate to have professors who know me by first name and are available almost always. I've recently been meeting with Professor Cady
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Originally, this article was going to be a satire on how “great” I thought Mills was —essentially a bitchfest of complaints, digressions, and an underlying plot of my desperate need to transfer. After reading it to some of my floor mates, they all stared at the carpet and muttered in unison, “That is so sad.” At that point, I realized I was doing something wrong – and it was sad. Before I came here I pumped myself up with the idea that Mills would be what I made of it, and in my first month here I essentially failed to make my experience what I wanted. I retreated to my room instead of socializing, didn’t address issues amongst my teammates, and clung too tightly to my life back home. Since that sad reading, I have taken a proactive steps to make my life at Mills
who has been helping me shape my senior thesis idea for next semester. Like others, I had no clue what social justice meant when I entered Mills. The first time I encountered the phrase, I went to librarian Michael Beller and asked him to explain it. He said, "It's leveling the playing field." He said it so simply and so well. Recently I went to an Oakland middle school for research on a project for my Intro to Public Radio Reporting class, taught by Holly Kernan. There, the staff and principal explained how they have implemented genderbased math and science classes. I was particularly interested in this topic and wholeheartedly support its concept. I've called the San Francisco Bay Area "home" all my life. I am used to the marine west coast climate and where I live there's a constant breeze in the afternoon. I call it "natural air conditioning." It happens whenever California's central valley heats up. That heat pulls in the cool air from the ocean through the natural opening of the bay. I always miss the bay breezes when I am away. I am loving my Mills experience and as a senior am realizing my time at Mills is getting shorter. It has truly been an extraordinary experience and the best decision of my life. I look forward to a new career and never forgetting the words that brought me here, "Remember who you are and what you represent." I am confident my classes at Mills will inform my future.
into what I want. By reaching out to people, I learned that I’m not the only woman who is homesick and lonely — I was able to join together with people and finally make some friends. I joined the volleyball team, I stopped pouting and keeping to myself and am trying very hard to win the respect of the women on my team. Instead of counting down to November, I am trying to make the best out of every game, practice, and teambonding outing. I forgot that college was about learning to live and function with dynamic, new groups of people — classes aren’t just composed of random strangers. When I reached out to my fellow classmates I received more help and positive responses than I could have ever imagined alone in my room. Remember, you are never alone and the people around you are an asset, so use them – in a mutually beneficial way, of course! —Shelby Duncan, first-year
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—Louise Leck, senior
If you were planning to sabotage class tomorrow, how would you do it?
“Bring up Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mention that it is a feminist masterpiece.”
— Amber Hopkins, junior
"Break into song and dance, starting with making a pre-arranged comment about the reading. It would be highly choreographed and involve the tables.”
— April Angeles and Ariel Heyman, first year graduate students
“We’d release some vermin, then watch the mayhem ensue.”
— Lindsea Wilbur and Mari Hill, sophomores
"Seal the windows and doors and then fill the room with helium so everyone would speak in high pitched voices. Then I’d get people to come in dressed in early 20th century garb and stare everyone down in a haunting, ghostly manner."
— Jenny Irizary, senior
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Sports & Health
Goalie Chloe Faircloth hangs from the goal post as she watches the ball fly over. The junior was later pulled from the game when she was kicked in the face.
Mills soccer game gets bloody against Menlo Bonnie Horgos SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR The afternoon heat of 100 degrees quickly turned bloody when goalie Chloe Faircloth was kicked in the face. The junior stood in the goal on Tuesday, Sept. 21 with minutes left in the game, Mills losing 6-0 to Menlo at the time. The ball came rushing towards Faircloth. She reached out for the ball, her grasp coinciding with a forward's kick to her face. Faircloth collapsed to the ground, grabbing her head. Faircloth's resulting injuries were a mild concussion, a chipped tooth and a cut on her bottom lip. "I remember going to get the ball, and then I don't remember what happened," the 20-year-old said. "I remember being in the goal, and then I remember the trainer Natalie Spangler was there." Faircloth sat on the ground for about one minute before Spangler ran onto the field along with head coach Colette Bowler and assistant
coach Dario Arredondo. The three staff members of Mills Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation attended to Faircloth for about three minutes before they helped her walk off the field. "The coach came up to me after the game and said, 'Sorry, my player should have known to jump,’" Bowler said. "As a forward, you should jump. The foul could have been avoided." But the player didn't jump, and Faircloth sat on the ground somewhat disoriented. "When it comes to any sort of head-related injuries, we tend to be pretty conservative and pull them from the game," Bowler said. Spangler ran a variety of tests on the scene to see if Faircloth was actually concussed. "I basically am there for onsight injuries and care," Spangler said. "Usually on the field I would check for memory loss. I would ask the player if they remember before the event, the actual incident and after the event." After evaluating injured athletes, Spangler has to decide if the
players should stay in or sit on the sideline benches. "I normally take them out immediately," Spangler said. "It's hard because injury is so subjective, so I have to go off of what the athlete says." With Faircloth, though, the ultimate decision was for her to sit out for the remaining few minutes of the game. Injuries aside, the match had been an afternoon of misfortunes. The players toiled in the record afternoon. Menlo scored four points in the first 15 minutes on goalie Rene’e Gallison before Faircloth stepped in. Faircloth missed two shots, increasing the score to 6-0 before Gallsion stepped in ane the final goal was scored on her. Regardless of Faircloth's injury, she said she was still pleased with her performance. "The game was going really well," Faircloth said. "I had a lot of saves and two almost impossible goals that slipped past me, but I stayed focused and committed to my role as a goalie."
Faircloth icing her lip after the game. The 20-year-old was advised not to play soccer for three days after the game.
APER features two Cyclones of the week A public service announcement FROM APER
APER selected Angie Sandoval as the Cyclone of the week for Sept. 20 and Maia CaballeroSilverman as Cyclone of the week for Sept. 27. With nearly 200 runners from 14 schools, the Mills Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 18 was a signature event on the Cyclones’ home course, Pinetop Trail. Sandoval, co-captain of the cross country team, led the Mills contingent both on and off the course. “Angie is very talented, but her
success is due to her consistent hard work,” said head cross country coach Lache’ Bailey. “She has run first for the Mills team all year, but what has impressed me most about Angie is her leadership and devotion to her teammates.” Sandoval came in first for the Mills team at 21:07, placing 17th out of 116 runners. She also made sure the team was warmed-up, registered and ready to go before the race as the coaches were administering the race and out on the course. Playing soccer in the sun has been a new challenge for the Mills soccer team in the blistering heat of
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the last couple weeks. CaballeroSilverman, senior ethnic studies major, brought determination to the field against Marymount College on Sept. 24, Bethany University on Sept. 25 and Menlo College on Sept. 28. As a defense stopper, CaballeroSilverman plays a critical role in protecting the goal. According to soccer coach CaballeroColette Bowler, Silverman is intelligent and impressive to watch on the field. In addition to her strength, “Maia rocks,” Bowler said. “She has a great attitude and makes coaching Mills so much fun.”
Sports & Health
Oct. 5, 2010
Mills’ views on Cal’s cuts of baseball, gymastics, lacrosse & deranking rugby
UC Berkeley announced on Tuesday, Sept. 28 that the university planned to eliminate men’s baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse, and to demote the rugby team to a club due to budget cuts. The Campanil caught up with staff members of the Mills department of Athletics, Physical and Education Recreation to see what they had to say.
Themy Adachi, APER director
What’s your reaction to UC Berkeley’s athletic cuts? “Obviously I don’t know all the sides of the story; I do know that the UC system has had to make cuts stay with the budget. It does seem like it was a thoroughly thought-out decision, not a kneejerk decision. It’s unfortunate, and I think the main issue is state funding of education. Hopefully people keep that in mind when they vote in November.” What do you think the chances are that Mills would have to make similar decisions? We’re a little bit different in that we’re a private school, so our funding isn’t coming from the state. I feel like the college will support athletics as best and as fairly as it can.”
How important do you think sports are for students? “Based on evaluations, student athletes have said after their experience it transforms lives. I stay in this business because it changes people’s lives and makes them more confident.” Of the cut Berkeley sports, which is your favorite? “I was a softball player at Cal for four years. Softball’s the women’s parallel to baseball, so I’d have to say baseball.”
Colette Bowler, soccer coach
What’s your reaction to UC Berkeley’s athletic cuts? “I was shocked for one thing. My neighbor was UC Berkeley’s assistant baseball coach, so I feel bad for him.”
What do you think the chances are that Mills would have to make similar decisions? “I have no idea; it really just depends. I feel like this campus is very supportive of athletics and I’ve never had that feeling where we’re going to cut athletics. President Janet Holmgren values our athletics and would never cut them. I hope our new president will do that as well.” How important do you think sports are for students? “Mills values the athletics department. We have a really high retention rate with our athletes coming back to Mills.” Of the cut Berkeley sports, which is your favorite? “I played hard-core rugby for many years. Rugby is such a great sport for new-comers. Also, I always hate to see women’s programs cut.”
Natalie Spangler, athletic trainer
What’s your reaction to UC Berkeley’s athletic cuts? “I’m shocked just because of the caliber of their athletic program and they come across as being so financially stable. For them to have to cut so much is really shocking. It’s really sad for the athletes that have been recruited and the coaches who are losing their jobs. It’s a sad time for Cal athletics.” What do you think the chances are that Mills would have to make similar decisions? “It just depends on the College. I think as far as athletics go, I think we’ve done a good job at keeping our financial stability. Whether we’d have to cut sports or not really depends on our support from Mills. Hopefully that doesn’t happen; we’re all crossing our fingers.”
How important do you think sports are for students? “Sports are important, even though we’re not on television and don’t have to keep a certain level of appearance.” Of the cut Berkeley sports, which is your favorite? “Baseball. I grew up playing softball and it’s my favorite sport. But I know that gymnastics there is huge. They have Olympic athletes there who have to find a different place.”
Elese Lebsack, compliance officer
What’s your reaction to UC Berkeley’s athletic cuts? “I have mixed feelings about it. I obviously feel bad abour the student athletes. I can totally have empathy for them. I know that institutions’ funding often dictates decisions, specifically with athletic departments. I’m just going to trust that they’re going to make the best decision. What do you think the chances are that Mills would have to make similar decisions? “I feel solid about the support that we have from Mills as a department. I feel very strong support from the institution that they know the value that we bring.”
How important do you think sports are for students? “I think for the student athletes who participate, the sports are important. It offers an experience to challenge and support; the individul challenge of just pushing your body to new limits and time management.”
Of the cut Berkeley sports, which is your favorite? “I really love baseball but just at the non-collegiate level. I just like to watch it.”
Nicci Van Dyke, coordinator
What’s your reaction to UC Berkeley’s athletic cuts? “I would say it’s unfortunate that the athletic cuts have happened, but I’m aware of their overall budget problems just from hearing about them.”
What do you think the chances are that Mills would have to make similar decisions? “To our sports programs? Hopefully not. I think that because we are a small college, there’s probably a higher percentage of our students who are athletes.”
How important do you think sports are for students? “When students are athletes, there’s a sense of belonging and the positive experience that student athletes have. I think getting people to learn how to work as members of a team is important. There’s individual performance, but also working as a team. That’s a life skill; sacrifice, discipline and working hard to accomplish something. Learning that it does take commitment to see things through.” Of the cut Berkeley sports, which is your favorite? “I’ll say as a spectator, probably gymnastics. I think it’s amazing what people can do.”
Mills students revive badminton club Bonnie Horgos SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR Just as the Mills badminton club began their first practice on Sept. 22 in Haas Pavilion gym, five basketball players strolled in, ready to start their own separate match. "They want to play basketball, so we have only one net set up," said badminton club founder Lauren Kong, pointing out the badminton match's crammed gym half. "Normally it isn't so crowded." Badminton, which originated in mid-18th century British India, has had intermittent popularity at Mills. With clubs and classes throughout the past 10 years, badminton players have come and go. The current club revived by students has dusted off the rackets, aiming for a weekly club. But first the club had to find a practice space. Basketball hoops automatically descended from the ceiling, the sound of bouncing balls echoing through the Cyclone home base. Three people stood on either side of the five-foot net, a rare occurrence in the racket sport that has up to two players on each side. Regardless, the athletes held
their rackets, ready to hit their version of a ball, a birdie, as a basketball game ensued next to them. If anyone can deal with less than a little elbow room, though, it's a badminton player. "Anyone can play this sport," Kong, a 20-year-old sophomore, said. "There's no strenuous running or anything like that; it's in a confined space. It's easy unless you're playing someone really good." But Mills badminton hasn't been consistent; this isn't the first time students have bat the birdie. Themy Adachi, director of Physical Education and Recreation, taught a badminton class over 10 years ago. Adachi said the class ended around the time she became director in 2000. "Basically I became a director and I didn't have time to teach it anymore," Adachi said. "Right now there's no one on our staff who would be able to teach it." Not that Mills students need a class to initiate a game or two. Students organized a badminton club around five years ago, an informal weekly get-together where students played the nearly 300-year-old sport. Due to lack of interest, the club petered out around three years ago.
Not that badminton has left the minds of Mills students, though. "When I first came here, I really liked badminton and I knew a lot of people who liked to play it," Kong said. "There was equipment already here from the old club. That was really helpful. I didn't have to go online to find goodquality rackets or birdies; it was all already here." Badminton goes beyond offering athletic variety, however. For Maria Epstein, 21, joining the club is a way of returning to the junior's rallying roots. "I've played badminton since I was little," the Berkeley native said. "It's been five years since I've played. All of my friends are really good, so it's embarrassing to play with them." Regardless of rustiness, Epstein said it was refreshing to stand beside the net once more. "I like how it's not a contact sport," Epstein said. "I couldn't play soccer or basketball because I'd be afraid to hurt someone." And although the chances of badminton becoming a contact sport were increased with a concurrent basketball game, the badminton club isn't ready to be the underdog just yet.
Badminton club founder Lauren Kong practices with a racket and birdie, badminton’s version of a ball, provided by APER.
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Convocation at a glance
Left: An overflowing crowd gathered in Littlefield Concert Hall for Convocation. Top right: Mills faculty members participate in convocation from the stage. Bottom right: Children from the Children’s School wait outside of Littlefield Hall, chanting “Si, se puede!”, the slogan coined by labor movement leader Dolores Huerta.
Garden reception at the President’s home Left: After a full day’s worth of Family Weekend activities, guests gathered at the President’s House for a garden reception on Friday, Oct. 1. A large white tent was set up in the grassy backyard; formally dressed alumnae, faculty and parents of current students drank bubbling champagne and ate hors d'oeuvres. Bottom left: Towards the end of the reception, retiring President Janet Holmgren stepped out onto the garden terrace with a microphone. The whole backyard grew silent listening to the retiring president discuss a brief history of the President’s House. Bottom right: Reception attendees flow into the President’s yard, on their way to the garden reception. ALL PHOTOS BY MELODIE MUI
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