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Tuesday | April 16, 2013

Students concerned for safety on buses

KATE CARMACK

Mills College students continue to ride AC transit even though some have experienced issues of harassment. Clipper cards are provided as part of the Easypass progam.

Kadija Elgarguri Contributing writer

While most Mills College students living on campus view the Alameda County (AC) Transit EasyPass program as a welcome feature of the Mills College experience, many have concerns about bus safety, with some reporting harassment and threats of violence as a regular part of their experience riding AC Transit buses. “I have definitely experienced sexual harassment and violent behavior directed towards me on the bus,” said Marie Cruz, a Mills College student who lives on campus and frequently uses public transportation. Although Cruz acknowledged the dangers associated with riding AC Transit buses, she said she is not afraid and dismissed the incidents as a regular part of living in

an urban environment. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for passenger safety on the AC Transit system, an Oakland-based public transit agency with local buses running within Oakland’s Alameda County as well as transbay routes connecting students to the greater bay area. “Without the patrol by the C.H.P. and Alameda County, we wouldn’t have any presence in many areas,” said Sgt. Christopher Bolton, the chief of staff to police Chief Howard Jordan of the Oakland Police Department (OPD), in a March 10 New York Times article. According to a March 18 article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the understaffed OPD is currently undergoing a redistricting plan that will divide Oakland’s two large police districts into five smaller districts. Each new district will be under the command of an experienced police captain tasked with targeting

and reducing crime. Beginning spring 2009, after an undergraduate student survey yielded 84 percent approval, Mills College began requiring students to pay a $50 fee each semester to participate in the AC Transit EasyPass program. The program provides each participating student with a Clipper card that permits unlimited entry onto all AC Transit local and transbay vehicles. In spring 2010, 62 percent of a pool of eligible graduate students voted to participate in the EasyPass program. Students have easy access to AC Transit lines as there is a stop directly in front of the main campus entrance on MacArthur Boulevard and stops just steps away from the pedestrian gate by Seminary Avenue. Erika Kahle, a sophomore living on campus, uses her Clipper card for off-campus excursions in OakSee

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Mills introduces expanded course catalog for summer Kate Carmack Asst. News Editor Mills College is launching an expanded summer course list with more departments piloting new classes. Faculty members and students are excited about the session, but students have some reservations about taking them due to the lack of available financial aid. The new summer session includes 28 courses spanning nine departments, including Art History, Book Art, Chemistry, Economics, Education, English, Ethnic Studies, Management, and Psychology. Each class must have a minimum of 10 students enrolled for a class to be held this summer. Some departments, such as Edu-

cation and Business, have been offering summer classes for several years, while other departments, like English, Chemistry, and Book Art, are offering summer courses for the first time this year. According to David Donahue, Associate Provost, the administration started planning for the summer session earlier this academic year when faculty were asked to submit courses that would appeal to a wide variety of Mills students. “The response from faculty was very positive,” Donahue said. He said that many of the offerings are courses that faculty have been looking forward to teaching. As chair of the English Department, Cynthia Scheinberg said she See

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New classes for summer session Summer from page 1 tried to ensure a balance of options from which students could choose by offering different types and subjects of courses to meet students’ needs. “We chose a strategy of offering courses that are not offered during the regular academic year, but could fulfill some of the credits and requirements our students need,” Scheinberg said. Summer session is seven weeks long, while fall and spring classes meet for 14 weeks. “The summer session is not shorter; it’s condensed” said visiting Assistant Professor Tarah Demant, who will be teaching Banned Books this summer. Although the summer session is half as many days as a normal semester, students will spend more hours in class per class day. “The five hours of weekly class time means that we can explore the course material in even greater depth” said Darshan Campos, visiting assistant professor in Ethnic Studies. “A student can be sure they’re getting the same quality as a fall or spring course with the added bonus that... the professor’s attention [will not be] split between other classes” Demant said in an email. Mills faculty members are excited for the new summer session, where departments will have the

chance to expand on topics and test-drive new courses. A summer course allows instructors to maintain smaller class sizes and offer new courses that departments may not have space to offer in fall or spring. Associate Professor of Book Art, Julie Chen, said that with the limited number of courses the department can offer every year, some topics have to be left out or only lightly introduced. “The summer session opens up an opportunity to focus in-depth on a special topic in a way that is not really feasible during the semester,” Chen said. While summer classes could be a good opportunity for students, some are concerned about the lack of financial aid, saying that inadequate time to plan financially will keep them away. Students will not receive financial aid awards for summer courses, according to Mary Diaz, the student accounts coordinator, but current students who register for summer classes (not including internships or directed research) will be eligible to receive up to $2,000 in loans from Mills for each credit they are registered in. “All students who have registered in a summer course by April 28 will automatically be emailed an offer for the Mills loan,” Diaz said. The loan is meant to cover the cost of tuition for the classes only

and will not cover the additional $85 Campus Comprehensive Fee that each registered student will be charged, according to Diaz. “There will be no alternate or additional form of financial aid for living expenses,” Diaz said. Students who do not wish to take out a loan can either pay their summer balance in full by May 19, 2013, or set up a payment plan by meeting with a student accounts staff member. Lydia Ruesch, a Post-baccalaureate, said she won’t be taking summer classes at Mills because

she does not think it is worth the cost. “I like the idea of summer courses, but would rather take them at a junior college,” Ruesch said. Harshita Beeravolle, who is majoring in Bio Chemistry and is the current senator-at-large, would like to take extra classes but is concerned with the cost of summer classes and housing. “Dorms are not available during the summer,” Beeravolle said, “and if less than 10 students enroll in a class it will

be cancelled.” Dorothy Calimeris, Director of Auxiliary services in Sage Hall, confirmed that Danforth House is the only housing available over the summer, unless a student is living in Underwood or Courtyard, which are both available for year-round housing. Olivia Mertz, a senior studying Creative Writing, goes home to Colorado for the summer but was interested in the classes. “Since I’m in Colorado for the summer, I would be interested if Mills was offering on-line classes.”

Students shrug at harrassment on busses Transit

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“Having a Clipper card is really convenient for me because the stops are so close to campus and buses come frequently,” Kahle said. Kendall Anderson, also an undergraduate at Mills, noted the convenience of AC Transit but also reported having experienced instances of sexual harrassmant, the most recent of which occured a month ago. Anderson said the incident began with lewd comments but quickly escalated to the point where the police were called. “After I told this guy to stop harassing me and my friends, he got in my face and threatened to kill me, describing what he’d do to me while he did it,” Anderson said. Anderson said that although she tried to fight back and the bus operator pulled over to assist her, she still felt helpless. AC Transit drivers are trained to defuse violent or threatening situations as part of the Alameda County Sheriff Department’s efforts to in-

crease passenger safety on the AC Transit system. “It was nice having the driver there to help, but it was really scary when I realized the police weren’t showing up,” Anderson said. “It took 20 minutes for the police to get there,” Anderson said. “And by then the perpetrator had run off,” Anderson’s concerns were mirrored by other Mills College students, who said that while they’re aware and capable of navigating the inevitable dangers of riding public buses in an urban environment, they found it worrying that if an incident were to occur, the police may not be able to show up on time. “I don’t really feel unsafe riding the bus, and I’ve seen plenty of crazy stuff happen,” said Louisa Angleton, an undergraduate living on campus, “but it’s kind of scary knowing that the police might not be able to make it in time to help if anything major did happen.”

News from around the Bay Chevron refinery explosion report released

Waterfront development plans unvield

Tragedy on the tracks

Reports on the reasons for the August 6, 2012 Chevron refinery explosion have been disclosed. The explosion occurred due to a failure to inspect the refinery properly as well as a lack of proper attention to the leaking gas pipes.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced a plan for a major development on the Oakland waterfront. Oakland has partnered with Zarsion Holding Groups of Beijing to fund the $1.5 billion “Brooklyn Basin” deal. The development plan includes high rise apartment buildings, shops and restaurants.

A fifteen-year-old boy died playing a game of chicken with his friends on the Amtrak train rails in San Lorenzo on Thursday, April 11. The two other boys involved were left unharmed.

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Opinions & Editorial

STAFF EDITORIAL

Shooting leaves us with questions At 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, KTVU took to Twitter to report a shooting near the Mills campus. The tweet read, “#BREAKING: A man was fatally shot at a gas station at Seminary Ave. and MacArthur Blvd. at around 10:30 p.m.” Mills students’ phones began to beep around midnight as they received the Mills alert system automated text message: “Police are investigating an incident near the Valero gas station near Sem./Mac. The Oakland Police Department (OPD) has advised us there is no threat to campus.” The Campanil staff feels that being provided with information about the shooting an hour and a half after it happened is unacceptable. Because Public Safety is responsible for keeping our campus safe, they should be reporting incidents to us as they happen (especially in such close proximity to campus) rather than after

they happen. Instead of telling us there is no threat to campus, we believe it would be better to be alerted of incidents that happen near campus, and updated as new information comes. Regardless of the fact that the shooting was deemed not a threat to campus by the OPD, that does not mean that we, as students concerned for our safety, should have to discover these incidents from outside news sources before we hear from our own campus security. The realm of specificity is also murky when it comes to information students received from Public Safety. The text message did not include anything that indicated the “incident” was in fact a fatal shooting. We at The Campanil have also found that calling Public Safety for information is unhelpful and does not alleviate the concerns that students might feel for their safety; some of us called Public Safety about the shots fired shortly after they were

heard near campus, only to have concerns effectively dismissed. Those of us who live off campus also feel that timely alerts and more transparency about what goes on outside the gates would be helpful. It is a question of protecting ourselves in case we decide to walk home, or to leave campus for a Mills hoagie during a late-night studying session. If we are left in the dark about what is going on until we receive notice that there is no threat to campus, the notification is not useful. The Campanil staff is unsure of where Public Safety is on the receiving end of information. We do not know the OPD’s policy on updating our campus security. We don’t know if calling the OPD directly with inquiries is a better option. We don’t know the alternatives to learning information when it happens. These are questions that concern increased transparency on Public Safety’s part. What is our best option?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Do you think alerting the students of the recent shooting near campus was handled adequately?

“I think it was handled well because everyone who wanted to be alerted was alerted, and I’m pretty sure we all received emails, and that’s really effective.”

—CJ Roessler, Sophomore

“I guess so. I wish they did alert us of the other shooting. I expected something from them. They promised they’d alert us when it was all clear. They never did.”

— Chelsea Carminito, Sophomore

Student Voices Student News needs an upgrade Elizabeth Rico copy chief

Student News needs a makeover. The automatic subscription that delivers an email to your inbox every day is supposed to be an open means of communication that allows everyone on campus to stay informed about events on campus, ask for help, or sell old items to new homes. Anyone and everyone can post to Student News. It’s great, in theory. But in practice it’s often more trouble than it’s worth. Events get buried when people forget to delete old news, and finding the message you want becomes a treasure hunt. Then you have people who post the same announcements several times in a row. Admittedly, these are more minor annoyances than anything, but they affect how students interact with the medium. The biggest problem Student News faces is the inability to actually reach students. Even if the posts were perfect everyday, stu-

dents still wouldn’t know what was going on around campus. I learned first hand working on The Crest Yearbook last year that a large number of students fail to check their Mills email. I don’t understand why it is so difficult to sign in and check a second inbox, or even forward your Mills email to an address you check frequently. That’s what I did the minute I signed into the Portal for the first time. I suppose we could rely on the announcements posted on the side of the Tea Shop; however those flyers are often missed as well. How do I know? Because when I talk to people about events I’ve attended they often ask where I heard about the event in the first place. To which I reply, “There was a poster at the Tea Shop , and it was on Student News.” And the answer I receive at that point is, “Oh, I didn’t see that.” And I get it. We’re all busy. We’ve all got class, work and life to deal with. But we should be taking an interest in the happenings around campus as well.

One possible solution could be to place a large monitor, like those in the Natural Science Building or the MBA Building, in the Tea Shop above the condiments station. We spend most of our time there when we aren’t in class. Doing so would cut down our paper use and allow us to be a little more sustainable. We could even make it solar powered! Okay, that might be a little pricey at the moment. So what are our options? What about creating a website where students could post announcments? It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be made on Tumblr or WordPress. We could link it to the main Mills website and several other social media sites. Someone would definitely need to be put in charge in order to regulate the posts and prevent repeats or spam. Division of Student Life might be a good choice since they have to approve any flyers that go up anyway. Sorry in advance for the extra work, but if it gets more people involved on campus wouldn’t it be worth a try?

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“I thought they did a good job, especially since it’s for a large group of people.”

—Sasha Reed, Sophomore

“They might want to change their approach. I didn’t know it was a shooting because of the word ‘incident’.”

—Riley Wise, First-year grad student

“Yeah, otherwise I wouldn’t have known what happened.”

—Deirdre Holloway, Sophomore

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Train your way to Support your Cyclone Teams the top: our newest at upcoming games! health column Rowing Date: April 19, 2013

Date: April 19, 2013

Opponent: Santa Clara University, Opponent: Santa Clara University, Sonoma State University Sonoma State University Location: Lexington Reservoir, Los Gatos, CA

Location: Lexington Reservoir, Los Gatos, CA

Tennis Date: April 20, 2013 Opponent: Family Doubles Tournament Location: Mills College, Oakland, CA Time: 10 a.m.

Natalie Spangler is the Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Education Instructor in the Mills College Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (APER) department. After graduating from the Athletic Training Program at Fresno State, Spangler worked with world-class athletes and coaches at Cal Berkeley as a Graduate Assistant before coming to Mills six years ago. As a certified athletic trainer, she promotes wellness daily to the Mills student-athletes through injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. She often gives advice to other Mills students passing through, looking for answers to their aches and pains. As an instructor for various Physical Education classes at Mills, she pushes her students to work hard to increase their physical fitness. Natalie’s students in Advanced Conditioning have said they love her dynamic mix of workouts, even though their legs are shaking on the way out. Who would’ve thought “Freeze

Tag” was such a good workout? You may have seen her name around campus as the contact on Cyclone Century Club flyers and free fitness class calendars. Natalie has recruited over 150 students, staff and faculty into the club and already 20 of them have completed 100 hours of exercise and are wearing their free t-shirts around campus. You may have even attended her free Boot Camp fitness class or Body Weight Circuit. She personally enjoys exercise and likes to try new things regularly. In the past few years, she has learned to swim, indoor cycle and even erg (the rowing machine people love to hate). Natalie is knowledgeable about strength training, proper lifting technique, as well as improving overall fitness, and she is willing to share these tips with you weekly in The Campanil. She is adept to modifying exercises for all fitness levels and abilities to try to maximize your workout experience and prevent injury. We hope you will tune in weekly for Natalie’s health and fitness tips.

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Health & Sports

Student athletes shine during sports awards banquet

Mills President Alecia DeCoudreaux welcomes everyone to the banquet.

Senior student athletes receive sashes for graduation from their coaches.

Mills student athletes and Athletics Physical Education, and Recreation (APER) staff gathered in a transformed gymnasium to celebrate the athletic leadership accomplishments of our Cyclones. Each of the awardees were given recognition for their outstanding academic achievements both as individuals and as an entire team. As a Division III school, a higher priority is placed on academic excellence, as opposed to excelling in their sport. That is not to say that these Cyclones don’t shine in their respective fields, courts, or boats as well as they do in the classroom! Their academic achievements have subsequently driven these Cyclones to pursue leadership roles, involving themselves in various clubs ranging from the Associated Student of Mills College (ASMC) to the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Each of these Cyclones are on their way to pursue big and bright futures, but for now they are here with us spreading Mills College spirit everywhere. Emmalee Myers-Parraz retells the soccer team’s most memerable moment of the season.

--Eden Sugay

Erika Colstad is the volleyball representative from the Student-Athlete Advisory Commitee.

The newly formed cheer squad performs for their first time ever for the audience during the sports awards banquet. Lora ChauDavis claims the Janet Holmgren Student-Athlete Service award from Sara Nevin.

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Maribel Garcia shares the volleyball team’s most memorable moment with the other attendees. ALL PHOTOS BY JEN RAMOS


News 2 April 16, 2013 Keys now needed to enter Mills’ Seminary Gate Chorel Centers Copy Editor The pedestrian gate that separates Mills College campus from Seminary Avenue was outfitted with a new lock last week, so that students, faculty, and staff who access campus from the back entrance must now use a physical key to open the gate, rather than entering a code into an electronic keypad. The back gate is often more convenient than the entrance on Richards Road for students and professors who have classes in the Education Department, and students also use the gate to get to the stores across the street. Some who use the gate are unfazed by the change to a physical key, while others who use the gate are unhappy with the change. “I’m not a fan of the key, personally,” said Dr. Connie Robinson, who teaches an education course in Westmore Lodge, a building located steps away from the gate. Robinson emphasized the swiftness with which Mills has processed the change; she said that while obtaining the key was a painless experience, she does not like the inconvenience of carrying a physical key to maneuver on campus. “With the key, there’s something for me to lose, something I have to carry,” Robinson said. And, if she forgets her key, she has to wait at the gate for a security officer to interrupt what he is doing to let her in. “I’m a woman, I don’t want to wait out there. I don’t think that’s

particularly safe,” Robinson said. Asked if the physical key might be more secure than a code that can easily be shared verbally, Robinson said that she often allows people through the gate with her key. “I make an assumption,” she said. “I see them standing there; I don’t know if they go to Mills; they look like a really nice person.” Robinson concluded that she was unsure about whether the key would be more secure than an electronic code. “I can’t answer that question,” she said. O. Stevens, a fourth-year English major, said she overheard one student telling another the code last year, and has used it since then to access the gate. She has many education classes near the gate and prefers the convenience of the back gate, which has several bus stops nearby. Stevens found the switch to the key inconvenient, and is concerned about the $25 deposit that is required to maintain use of the key over the summer, which she plans to do. “For something that was just a code, to now have responsibility for paying back the key if you lose it,” poses a concern for Stevens. “I lose keys all the time,” she said. Robinson noted that the switch to a physical key that she has to carry is not only an inconvenience for her, it is also a technological regression. “It has gone backwards in the age of electronics and technology,” Robinson said. “The manpower is very inefficient.” She added that this would particularly affect students who might leave

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The coded lock on the back gate boardering Mills College and Seminary has been changed to a key lock.

campus through the gate to get food across the street. Jenny Schurk, who has been at Mills for her undergraduate career and is now getting her teaching credential, lives in a residence hall in close proximity to the Seminary Avenue gate. Schurk said that she uses the Seminary entrance frequently for the facilities across the street, which include food, a convenience store, and an ATM. “I eat burritos over there all

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the time,” said Schurk. When she found out the code had been switched to a physical key, Schurk said that even though this is her last semester, she would probably get a key because, she said, “what if I need a burrito?” Schurk doesn’t object to the switch from code to key. “I think it’s kind of cool, too, that it’s a key,” Schurk said. “But I’m a key person.” Of the 100 new keys that have been made, about 20 have

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been distributed, according to records kept by the Housing Management and Dining Services (HMDS). Niviece Robinson, Director of Public Safety, said that the keypad has been replaced multiple times. “We’ve gone through about three of them,” Robinson said. According to Robinson, the electronic keypads suffer from wear and tear in the rain and from “people punching on it,” not from

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To the Internet and Beyond.

Rachel Levinson, resident pop culture columnist Spring Breakers: A story told through Dubstep and 90s Pop Music

“Everytime I try to fly I fall without my wings I feel so small I guess I need you baby And everytime I see you in my dreams

It is one of the most important pieces of satire based on our generation that may be ever made. Spring Breakers has been marketed like any other low-budget teen movie that revolves around alcohol and sex. The draw for those who aren’t familiar with Korine’s works is the fact that it looks like a cokefueled Urban Outfitters summer

and Ashley Benson) in on the joke? We’d love to think so but it’s a gray area. Then again does the answer really matter? The movie opens with boobs accompanied by Skrillex. I truly wish there was a more graceful way to state that. This opening scene blasts the song “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” and is the epitome of

ence and character reach a level of surrealism that does not seem attainable. The callbacks to the song “Hit Me Baby One More Time” simultaneously shows the girls silliness, relative innocence and brimming sexuality. The best scene in the movie is perfectly paired with Spears’ song “Everytime.” It features the girls dancing around

I see your face, it’s haunting me I guess I need you baby” - “Everytime,” Britney Spears Vulnerable. Sincere. Poetic. These are not the words that you would expect to be used to describe Harmony Korine’s infamous new film “Spring Breakers.” The movie features four college students, Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith (Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, and Selena Gomez), who journey down to Florida for the ultimate spring break experience and wind up with the getaway they never expected. After successfully robbing a local restaurant by telling themselves to “pretend like it’s a video game,” the girls have enough cash to party with their peers for the rest of break. Once they get arrested due to their debauchery, they are introduced to Alien (James Franco) and his local world of hustlin’ and glamour. The story really goes into a completely different universe from there. Let’s back up though. Before I even begin to write more about this movie, I feel like I should make my opinion on it clear. I loved it. It is a cult classic that I can’t wait to drunkenly take part in annual showings of at the Castro Theater.

concerning cinematography, casting, and even an overarching theme of Alien being a Christ-like figure (he literally proclaims that he is not of this world). The thing is that even Harmony Korine isn’t interested in plot. In a recent interview with Marc Maron he stated that, “If you’re a person who’s going to plot your life, I don’t want to be around you. Why would I plot my movies? Stories and characters are what I like.” Don’t let this dissuade you. “Spring Breakers” is a movie I want to watch weekly and also never see again. It’s intense on the scale of “The Notebook,” in that you can only watch it so often for the sake of your own mental health. Go catch it while it’s still in theaters with a group of friends and be prepared to laugh, gasp, and grab the arms of your neighbors during the many “what just happened” moments. At worst, you’ll have neonthemed stress dreams narrated by Britney Spears while trying to forget what you just watched. That’s not the worst, right?

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The group of four Spring Breakers partying it up in the beautiful waters of Florida.

catalogue that came to life. One of the big questions my friends and I have been asking each other is, “Who was in on it? “It” being the fact that this movie criticizes the Millenial generation through our own narcissism. Was Skrillex, who was responsible for most of the soundtrack, in on the joke? Yes. Was James Franco, who plays a character very closely based off the rapper Riff Raff, in on the joke? Most likely, yes. Were the “Disney princesses” (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens,

“Spring Breakers.” It is equal parts techno daydream followed by invasive distorted bass drops. The music makes me stare wide-eyed and then neurotically blink hard until I can get out of that moment. It’s like a balloon constantly popping. Still Skrillex and Cliff Martinez did an amazing job creating a soundtrack to perfectly push scenes over the edge while also embodying what the characters themselves would willingly listen to in that moment as well. Britney Spears helps the audi-

Alien’s outdoor grand piano in neon pink ski masks with various guns replacing the dance ribbons you would expect. The song pushes everyone involved (including us) to realize how intense the cohorts relationship has become. It’s codependent, unhealthy, and potentially dangerous. It’s the perfect moment when half of the movie theater leaves and the rest of us buckles in because the ride is actually about to start. There’s a lot of the plot that I left out and a lot more to talk about

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James Franco as Alien.

Photo of the Week A photo of Mills College’s Carnegie Hall designed in 1906 by Julia Morgan, architect, visionary, and trailblazer. COURTESY OF CALIFORNIALANDMARKS.COM

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5 Cyclones all over the world: Bonnie Horgos Emily Mibach Asst. Art & Features Editor To become a journalist in this day and age, between the lack of subscribers for newspapers and the overall switch to the Internet, is getting to be harder. However, recent graduate of Mills, Bonnie Horgos, is proving otherwise. Horgos, 23, a Santa Cruz native, now writes for The Santa Cruz Sentinel, where she started writing after graduating from Mills in December 2011. Horgos was a music major and a journalism minor. She was the Arts and Features editor for The Campanil as well as an invaluable member of the swim team. Horgos was also a mentor to the current Arts and Features editor, Joann Pak. “Her intelligence, generosity, and curiosity always motivated me,” said Pak. “Without her encouragement and presence in The Campanil news room, I probably wouldn’t be here today.” Horgos’ love for music didn’t

fade after leaving Mills. Horgos is a trained opera singer and also plays a slew of instruments. She enjoys going to shows in Santa Cruz, and often reviews them for The Sentinel. “My time at The Campanil was invaluable,” Horgos said, “Mills prepped me for my career.” Horgos had three internships while at Mills, which ultimately helped her land her current job. She interned twice at The Sentinel, before her junior and senior years, and during her senior year, she interned at the Yoga Journal in San Francisco. Between her internships and writing as both a columnist and features writer at The Campanil, Horgos brought plenty to the table as a freelancer for The Sentinel for six months before landing a job as a staff features writer, where she did a lot of food and beer writing. Horgos has written about beer multiple times for The Sentinel, in her column “Bonnie’s Beer of the Week,” and is known for being a beer connoisseur. “I obviously really like beer,”

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Horgos said. Which isn’t to say that it was a walk in the park for Horgos to get her job as a staff writer on The Sentinel. What really helped was her friendship with the features editor at The Sentinel. Horgos had heard that someone was leaving the paper, and she told the features editor that she wanted the position. However, Horgos had to convince The Sentinel to hire her. She showed them just how much they were paying her to freelance, which in comparison to how

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much her wages would be as a staff writer, were almost the same. So they hired her. Starting this month, Horgos will be focusing more on news in Santa Cruz for The Sentinel, specifically government and education. “I never really wrote hard news,” Horgos said. “It’s very important to have a news section, but it’s very cut and dry, which I will be doing more of in this

upcoming journey.” While this is a new step for Horgos in her journalism career, she’s optimistic that she will hit the ground running with her transition into news writing, and also with the future of journalism all in all. Horgos thinks that the current and future generations of new journalists will front the move to newspapers moving online. “We will see how long print will last. I think once the older people are gone, we will see more of a move towards online,” Horgos said. Besides Horgos’ love for journalism, her Type 1 diabetes is also a passion of hers. Horgos is a counselor at the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Camp. She has been attending the camp since she was 12, a year after being diagnosed with diabetes, and eventually became a counselor. It’s a big part of her life; she even wrote about it in The Campanil in 2011 in her opinions piece “How diabetes camp changed my life.” Music, diabetes, beer and journalism: Bonnie Horgos, everybody.

April 18 MFA Dance Thesis Concert -Into the Current

Lisser Main Theatre 8 pm – 9:30 pm Into the Current showcases the culminating thesis works of Mills College Dance Department MFA candidates. Expressing both the choreographic and performance aspects of the degree, the performances present works in both solo and group choreography and provide an eclectic composition of pieces that defines each choreographer’s interests and showcases them in their own light.

April 20 The Queen is Dead: Morrissey & The Smiths Dance Party

Editor’s picks for upcoming events May 4

April 16, 2013

Milk Bar 1840 Haight Street, San Francisco 9 pm It’s the death of a disco dancer with Milk Bar’s “The Queen is Dead” dance party featuring the music of The Smiths, Morrissey and other brit-pop, new wave and post punk heavy-hitters. Free with RSVP, $5 at the door.

April 20 Art Swap

2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening

Mills College Art Museum 1 pm-4 pm

Mills College Art Museum 6 pm- 9 pm

The Art Swap is presented in conjunction with Spontaneous Order: Senior Exhibition on view from April 2- 21, 2013. Bring any completed or uncompleted artwork lurking around your home or studio and swap it for new-to-you art! All mediums including sculpture, painting, photography, performance, video, music, dance and crafts are welcome. Bring up to five pieces no bigger than 5 x 5 x 5 ft and no heavier than 50 lbs each.

Join the Mills MFA graduate class of 2013 for the opening of their thesis exhibition. Refreshments provided.

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Issue 21 Spring 2013