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LOOKING BACK on a F13RCE YEAR
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Mills Community’s Year in Achivements
Three Years & Two Degrees
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHLEBY DUNCAN
by Ari Nussbaum
his year at Commencement, Shelby Duncan’s family will be beaming: not only will she be the first in her family to graduate from college (itself a major accomplishment) Duncan is also graduating a year early, and with two degrees, in Economics and International Relations. “They’re pretty complementary,” Duncan said of her two majors. “I started out as just an International Relations major and then we talked about economic development and other economic points, and I realized that that was more what I was interested in, so I added the Econ major.” Duncan came to Mills with a semester’s worth of credits from AP high school classes already under her belt. She said she did not originally plan on graduating early, but began taking a full course load each semester and eventually set up a plan to finish in three years rather than the typical four that it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree. Despite having a full course load and two majors, Duncan has managed to be an active member of the Mills community. She has served as president of La Vida, the Spanish and Spanish-Studies club; has been the treasurer of Model United Nations; and was also the president of the Mills Giving Tree. “Mills is a really unique place,” Duncan said. “I’ve had a hard time finding a group of friends, so it’s been a bit of a roller coaster.” Although Duncan’s time at Mills has been challenging, she has a few treasured memories. “I remember, during my first year, me and my best friend had a bonfire at a beach, and then we went to the Fetish Ball the next night,” Duncan said. “It was nice to do the cliché Mills thing.” Duncan feels that studying at Mills has left a lasting effect on her. She has learned to be more aware and perceptive of other people’s needs and of different backgrounds.
Artist & Activist by Ari Nussbaum
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGELICA ADDISON
raduating senior Angelica Addison balances being an avid visual artist, active member and leader in numerous organizations both on and off campus amongst many other endeavors. Also an alumni of the East Bay Consortium, Addison will begin graduate school at Mills College to study Infant Mental Health next school year — but one of her most notable achievements is that she manages to do all this in spite of being autistic. According to Addison, her autism affects her when she is trying to process or understand something. She finds that she must often ask more questions, and requires more time and repetition to learn something. Addison also struggles with hyperactivity, speaking, and social anxiety; but she has found that Mills has helped to lessen her anxiety. “Being here, my social skills have improved compared to my previous years when I used to have a lot of social anxiety or I had struggles interacting with other kids, so socializing has always been a battle for me,” Addison said. In addition to easing her social anxiety, Mills has also allowed Addison to explore other passions. “This campus also helped me get back into writing poetry, because I hadn’t written poetry since high school,” Addison said. Addison was raised by a single mother who always looked for community resources for Addison’s autism. She has previously had a speech therapist and other accommodations, and has learned different ways to cope, such as reading, exercising, and maintaining a healthy diet with the proper nutrients. Addison has also found that visual art, such as painting and drawing, helps her to cope with her autism and the anxiety or other symptoms. “I love painting and drawing because they are both great coping mechanisms,” Addison said. “They give me flow and catharsis and they inspire me to keep moving on.” Addison has many fond memories of her time at Mills, including a movie night her sophomore year, a course she took about Greek mythology, and being able to take part in the inauguration of President DeCoudreaux, which Addison said was an honor to be a part of. Addison will be graduating with a degree in Psychology and plans to be a clinical child psychologist so that she can assist at-risk youth with disabilities. “My background has driven me to help other vulnerable youths who need outreach,” Addison said.
Queering Love: Re-Imagining Power PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
by Shanna Hullaby & Joann Pak
any people have pondered the meaning of love. Shakespeare crammed love into iambic pentameter in his sonnets. Scribes wrote about the love of a shepherd boy and village girl in the bible. Perfume ads claim to sell love in a bottle. Teen queens can be heard crooning away about love on every top forty radio station. It’s always the same type of love: one girl and one boy, one love. How can love exist in such a small area? This past year, Iva Dubyak, a senior at Mills College, challenged the ideas of love and romance myths with her panel series Queering Love: Re-imaging Power. The project was originally meant to be part of her independent study, but quickly turned into something bigger. “I realized I wanted to write a book that could critique our society and the way that all these machinations of oppression take up all this space and construct our lives,” Dubyak said. The panel was held in a large lecture room in Lucie Stern Hall and the seats filled up as panelists Charles Arpe, Iva Dubyak, Kim Garcia, Professor Priya Kandaswamy, Rebecca Luisa, Professor Ajuan Mance, Taijhet Nyobi and April Peletta discussed their desire to interrupt romance narratives, queer the confines of how love is defined, and expand possibilities for humanizing spaces. Although the audience was very large, the panelists engaged them in the conversation, creating the feeling of a collective community. Luisa poignantly remarked that love is a muscle that has to be exercised. Allowing love to be free of societal confines is powerful. When asked what she wished to achieve by doing the panel, Dubyak responded: “My idea is that the panel be a moment similar to the idea of falling in love. The moment where people feel that everything is possible, a collective movement of feeling that anything is possible and we do not have to be defined by our categorization and relationship to power.” Many people lingered long after the panel was over to bask in what seemed to be a very special moment. The word “love” intermingled with laughter and echoed through the hallways. Looking back, Dubyak successfully created a safe intellectual space for discourse in queer love for the Mills community, and turned her independent study into a tangible practice that made an impact this year.
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Doing it ALL in only two years. Senior Maya Lama’s Journey
COURTESY OF MAYA LAMA
by Tessa Love
aya Lama’s journey to Mills College has had its fair share of speed bumps. After several years of stop and go enrollment in community college, Lama finally transferred to Mills two years ago and quickly began to rise. Now at the age of 28, Lama is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and admission into the 4+1 MBA program for finance with more honors than you can count on one hand. “It’s been a long journey,” Lama said, “but this was definitely the right time for me to be here.” Lama served as vice president for the class of 2013, a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and co-captain of the cross-country team. Her long list of achievements includes recognition as a Forte Fellow for the MBA program, inclusion in the Palladium honors society for combining academic excellence with service to the college, and three awards for athletics highlighting her excellence in leadership, academics and athletic performance. “I’ve been very blessed,” Lama said. “I worked hard, but I didn’t think I was going to get any awards. It’s a nice touch.” Though Lama’s deep interest in economics and passion for running led to a full and exemplary life at Mills, it was the community as a whole that contributed to her time here. Not only does she feel that she became “a voice for the transfer community,” a group that often feels displaced, the campus has clearly left its mark on her, too. “My perspective towards life has changed. I’m more open to different ideas and accepting of failure and successes,” Lama said. “Mills has made me a really strong, smart, bold woman.” As for the future, Lama is not certain where she will go after the MBA program. Though she is looking into financial and data analysis, and maybe law school down the road, she’s happy where she is right now. “It’s been great at Mills,” she said. “I’ve loved every second of it.”
Q & A with Dr. Helen Walter: The Scientist and Educator by Elizabeth Rico
riginally from Westbury, a small town in the west of England, Dr. Helen Walter came to the United States in search of teaching experience. As luck would have it, Dr. Walter found herself working at several universities in the Bay Area and was drawn to Mills’ nursing program in 2005. Currently Dr. Walter teaches a full course load as an assistant professor in the biology department, is the Director of the Hellman Summer Science & Math Fellows Program and the Center of Academic Excellence, and is a visiting scientist at The Center of Immunology & Vaccine Development at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. The Campanil was fortunate enough to sit down and chat with Dr. Walter about her academic journey. The Campanil: Who would you say inspired you to follow a career in science? Dr. Helen Walter: My grandma is, I think, what made me be a scientist. She would play doctors and nurses with us [and she’d say science is] “like a cooking experiment. You put all these things together and you create something new and different. You can make cures for diseases.”
COURTESY OF DR. HELEN WALTER
TC: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome as a student? HW: Exams! I hate exams! I wasn’t quite sure about how to study. TC: If you had to choose one class to teach for the rest of
your life, what would it be and why? HW: Immunology, because we’re looking at the immune system. It’s fantastic in how it protects us from invasion, bacteria, viruses and from everything else. But at the same time, there is so much randomness in the system. TC: What do you do for fun? HW: I scuba dive, I also belly dance, and then I’m an actual WoW [World of Warcraft] addict. I manage to squeeze in a couple hours a week to go raiding and stuff. TC: I understand that the research you’ve done at Mills on a vaccine for Neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) is competing with a Swiss lab to publish the results. Please tell us a little about the publishing process for scientific research. HW: It’s all dependent on who gets done first, who gets the paper in first, and how comprehensive it is. Because even if we put our paper in, and we’ve missed a key experiment, they’re going to send it back. Well if they’ve gone in behind us, but they’re not missing that key experiment, they may get in before us. So, we kinda need to get it out first. And hopefully we will. TC: If the Mills team is selected for publication, what is the first thing you’ll do to celebrate? HW: Sleep. And then there would be some kind of celebration.
Celebrating John Cage with David Bernstein by Emily Mibach
his last year, 2012 would have been experimental musician, artist, writer, and former Mills faculty John Cage’s 100th birthday. Current faculty member David Bernstein traveled to a few conferences and gatherings this past year in honor of Cage’s centennial. Bernstein has been at Mills since 1989. Since then he has become a Cage scholar, and wrote the book “Writings through John Cage’s Music, Poetry, and Art,” with Christopher Hatch. Bernstein attended the “John Cage’s Music of Changes and Its Genesis,” international symposium in Berlin, Germany in March 2012. Where he spoke at the conference and also greatly enjoyed being back in Berlin, where Bernstein had lived in 1985, before the Berlin Wall was torn down. “It was great to be back in Berlin, it’s such an exciting and vibrant place,” Bernstein said, “I really like going to international conferences to meet people and see the different cultural context.” Bernstein also traveled to a conference in Rome, Italy in April 2012, where Bernstein became friends with Italian harpist Floreada Sacchi. Sacchi performed Cage’s music and her own at a small gathering and asked Bernstein to give a short pre-concert talk. “It was such a special experience. To get to know people, it was like a think tank, to get to interact with different scholars,” Bernstein said. Bernstein liked the feel of the international conferences, where he said they’re very different from the more American conferences that seem to be based around the job market in order to make connections and adCOURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS vance their careers. Which is not what happened at these conferences. Connections were made, but in a much more friendly way. Bernstein feels really lucky to work at the same place Cage did. While Cage left Mills in 1992 shortly before his death, Bernstein only had one real interaction with Cage, where after a performance, he shook Cage’s hand and talked to him briefly. “I feel so lucky because Mills has this history in which John Cage was such a prominent figure in what we have now. Especially from when he worked with the dance department and tradition of experimental music,” said Bernstein.
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See what some Mills groups did this year:
COURTESY OF VALA BURNETT
JEN MAC RAMOS
by Fatima Sugapong
he Senior Class, also known at the F13RCE Class, successfully raised $5,000 for their class gift, beating last year’s class participation at 46 percent. The Senior Class Council made their presence known on campus by hosting several fund-raising events during senior week as well as tabling at Adams Plaza with little red piggy banks. The class council has been spear-headed by Class President Aisha Gonzalez, Accountant Dawna Williams, and Class Advisors Allison Marin and Laura Engelken. “It’s not just about the money,” Engelken said. “It’s about cultivating that sense of ‘I want to give back to Mills.’” Senior week has resulted in very many successes, including the INDY 13 Race, the tricycle race that took place on Holmgren Meadow. Its success led to making it an annual event, according to Williams. The senior auction also raised a total of $4,740 with donations like a vacation home in Mexico and a traditional quilt, made from donated Mills t-shirts. The red piggy banks were a marketing strategy created by Williams. According to Williams, this idea was inspired by a photo of pig in red boots she came upon while researching marketing strategies online. The idea was to allow seniors to slowly but surely fill up their own pigs with their spare change. The small size of these pigs made it feasible for each student to donate something, thus allowing the class participation to grow. The pigs hold about $10 in change and some students have filled up multiple pigs. Williams and Gonzalez began planning for the year in the summer of 2012. They set out to leave a legacy behind with the senior class gift. Their original goal was to raise $5,000, which was just enough for the scholarship to be awarded to any incoming student as a part of their financial aid packet as well as budget relief for student services. Historically, according to Marin, class participation has been below 9 percent. Last year’s graduating class, the class of 2012, set the bar high at 42 percent class participation. President Alecia DeCoudreaux promised to gift the class with $2,013 if they reached 35 percent and Mills Trustee Kathleen Burke promised to do the same if they reached 45 percent. The senior class is currently at 46 percent and counting. According to Williams, the previous class only included the Spring graduates as a part of their class. This year, Winter graduates are also included, giving the class an additional 67 graduates. With 233 Spring graduates, the entire graduating class adds up to 300 students. “It’s not just the senior council, but it speaks highly of the senior class that people have this desire to be engaged and to make it happen,” Engelken said.
Mouthing Off !
by Emily Mibach
ith only seven members in the fall semester of the 2011/12 school year, and even fewer in the spring semester, the future of Mills’ LGBTQ* club Mouthing Off! was looking bleak. But with an insurgence of new first-year members, lots of advertising, and enthusiastic new leaders, Mouthing Off! has become one of the better-known clubs on campus this year. Sophomore and Campanil staff member Natalie Meier and first-year Skylar Crownover, the president and vice president respectively of Mouthing Off!, have brought new life to the club. There now are 40 active members, and, because of all the new members, annual traditions like the Drag Dance in the fall and the Fetish Ball in the spring were once again the buzz on campus. “There was simply no one to put on the Fetish Ball last year,” Meier said. “This year, we prepared months in advance for it, and it was a huge success. We had about 150 people show up and two rope bondage performers, both of whom performed for about 45 minutes.” As for next year, Mouthing Off! plans to host the Drag Dance and Fetish Ball again. Meier also expressed hopes to work with other clubs on campus, such as the Black Women’s Collective (BWC), to host collaborative events with them. Mouthing Off! has also hosted guest speakers such as bisexual educator Robyn Ochs and porn star Jiz Lee. They are planning on hosting more LGBTQ* speakers and performers next year. Mouthing Off! started around 2001 and will continue next year. “It’s pretty awesome and I’m really proud to be part of an organization that students care about,” Meier said. Mouthing Off! meets on Thursdays at 7pm in the Bender room in Carnegie Hall. They welcome students who are LGBTQ* identified, straight allies, or none of the above to come together and facilitate dialogue and action around the LGBTQ* community. (taken from COURTESY OF MOUTHING OFF! Mouthing Off’s! mission statement) For more information, check Mouthing Off!’s Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/ Mouthing-Off
by Fatima Sugapong
ADICAL, a club spear-headed by seniors Chloe Gonzalez and Desire Johnson, has created a safe space for survivors of sexual assault and their allies. RADICAL, which stands for Rooted Ancestral Determined Indigenous Cooperative Attaining Liberation, wanted to create a space that provides a support system for students seeking solidarity and affinity. Gonzalez and Johnson found inspiration to start this club from their struggle to find a connection to campus life. RADICAL began in the Fall of 2012. “This group began as a three-in-the-morning study group,” Johnson said. “We were unhappy with experiences and spaces that are supposed to create solidarity and affinity, but they were ignoring our personal lives outside of school.” Last semester, the members of RADICAL wrote a letter to Dean Kathleen Rice addressing the many social justice issues that students face on an everyday basis. This includes housing issues, resources for food, or conflicts encountered at the M Center. Their goal was to simply create awareness of these issues and allow the administration to find ways to recognize them and help students find better resources. RADICAL focuses on community outreach. Gonzalez and Johnson wanted to close the gap between Mills and the East Bay community by bringing Mills off-campus and vice versa. They collaborate with other groups off campus like USSAIV (Unrestricted Survivors of Sexual Assault and Intimate Violence) and MISSSEY (Motivating Inspiring Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth). “We wanted to come together and provide a support system,” Johnson said. “But also just a real group that addresses social justice on a personal, interpersonal and a systemic matter.” Their first successful event was co-hosted with USSAIV. They gathered together to share their personal experiences as survivors of sexual assault. They also hosted a larger event, Take Back the Night, where survivors were given the opportunity to share their stories of sexual abuse. Take Back the Night was in collaboration with members of the Mills faculty and staff, MISSSEY, and local artists. According to Gonzalez, Take Back the Night embodied a lot of what RADICAL is about. “It was just kind of a magical moment. I don’t really know how else to explain it,” Gonzalez said. “It was overwhelmingly powerful.”
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Poetry for Scientists
by Annie O’Hare
ALL PHOTOS BY EMILY MIBACH
I feel it is important to remind myself and those around me that we are all beautiful and special, and that our imperfections are what make us wonderful.
his reporter attended the final reading of the Poetry for Scientists club and left in a sort of impressed daze. Performers played music, recited or read poetry — everything blended and stood apart. Kate McCobb, the club’s founder, was happy to see most of the nearly 100 chairs filled in the Student Union on April 26. “I didn’t recognize, I’d say, 75 percent of them,” McCobb said, smiling. McCobb founded the club two weeks into the spring semester and it has gained an impressive loyalty since, with about 10 attendees each week. McCobb said having a final event was important to the development of Poetry for Scientists and the retention of its members, serving as a bonding experience as well as a final deadline to keep excitement and anticipation up. What has really kept the club cohesive, McCobb feels, is that every member can have the opportunity to share. Every meeting opens with a 15 minute freewrite, based on the group’s discussion of a certain reading or concept. After, everyone is encouraged to share their work. “We’re kind of in a unique position as a club because we have people that are so immersed in all these different topics,” McCobb said. The core group of regular attendants are mostly math or various science majors. “We’re really face down in text books.” In addition to the reading, the club put out a zine and developed a blog this semester. Next year, McCobb plans to invite creative non-fiction writer Amy Leach, who McCobb credits as the inspiration for the reading, to come speak to the club. Until then, McCobb seems to consider the club precious. “I feel like it’s a baby and I don’t want to drop it,” she said. The Poetry for Scientists blog : poetryforscientists.blogspot.com
by Natalie Meier
PeerHealthExchange by Emily Mibach
eer Health Exchange (PHE) is a national program that has taken up shop at Mills since 2008. PHE equips college students to go out into their communities and teach high school students in the Bay Area about health-related topics through a series of workshops. There are 13 workshops in all, with topics ranging from sex, relationships, communication, drugs and alcohol, and both physical and mental health. The Peer Educators decide which workshops they will be teaching and teach them throughout the school year. As of this past year, PHE is now implemented in all of Oakland Unified School District’s high schools, which is an accomplishment for the program. “[It’s] really cool,” said Avalon Baldwin, a junior who has participated in PHE for all of her three years at Mills. “Although California requires all schools have a health class, it’s usually one of the courses that suffers the most.” Mills is not the only Bay Area college working with PHE; UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, and St. Mary’s also participate. PHE is also offered in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Baldwin said that PHE focuses on laying out all the choices for teens in a “here’s what you should do” style involving scenarios with drugs and alcohol. While PHE has been a program Mills students have been able to participate in for the past five years, the organization will not be returning next school year due to a lack of funds and participation. A few committed students like Baldwin may participate with UC Berkeley’s PHE branch next school year.
PHOTO CREDIT: STEPHANIE STANZO
he Body Positivity Club has provided a positive space for students on campus, especially since the launch of Facebook’s Mills College Confessions page, where anonymous posters confessed negative feelings about their bodies. Kendall Anderson, founder of the Body Positivity Club, started the club to provide the resources lacking on campus to students with negative body image issues and eating disorders. “I notice a lot of negative ‘self-talk,’ body shaming, dieting and food calorie talk around campus,” Anderson said. “College students are so susceptible to these issues, and especially with the high achieving standards at Mills, and the diverse student body, we need to put something in place to start combating and fighting against negative body image.” Anderson believes that the Body Positivity Club has made a positive impact on campus, even though it is not an “official” club since it was formed halfway through the spring semester. Because of the Body Positivity Club, Anderson says the general awareness about being body positive has gone up among the student body. “I feel that the club has served its members as a place of support for those struggling, or even people who just want to learn to love themselves a little more,” Anderson said. “I also feel this club has benefited Mills campus as a whole; even people who don’t regularly attend meetings see and hear about our group on Facebook, and members bring what they learn in our meetings and apply it to their friends and every day situations.” The club has implemented several measures to promote positive body image on campus, such as posting body positive signs on the mirrors in every bathroom in the first-year dorms. The club meets every week to have productive discussions around raising body positive awareness on campus. They also have several projects planned for next year including a body-positivity photo shoot, collaborating with the Figure Drawing Club, and an event with Connie Sobczak, founder of The Body Positive, an organization that works toward transforming people’s negative body image beliefs into positive ones. Anderson writes a weekly column for The Campanil’s online blog about the importance of body positivity. Her personal body positive philosophy is appreciating her body and taking care of herself through eating what she craves, surrounding herself with other people who feel good about their bodies, and committing herself to an active lifestyle. “I feel it is important to remind myself and those around me that we are all beautiful and special, and that our imperfections are what make us wonderful,” Anderson said. “I want to treat my body with the utmost respect, because it does some pretty awesome things.”
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The cap is a unique element of the Mills graduation garb. Graduates wear the Oxford tam, which is soft and rounded, rather than the more widespread square mortarboard cap.
Oakland celebrate by Chorel Centers
ills College will hold its 125th Commencemen will be marked by a week devoted to the colle The hood an official proclamation in April declaring May hangs down the back the college’s chartering in 1885. of the gown and designates “The idea was proposed by Dawna Williams, our class tre the class of 2013. “With the help of the president’s office, p the alma mater and the subject and vice president of operations, we were a of the degree earned. The outside “When we first sat down and started pl color signifies the degree: (BA, BS, liams, “I knew I wanted to do something t ment year for us, a milestone year… why c MFA) and the inside color is that Initially,Williams had hoped for just a d of the university. For Mills, the alma mater and her graduating class. inside of the hood is gold “For them to come back that it would be In the document, the proclamation open and white. the students who will receive “the rights, p The proclamation also makes note of M education whose “educational leadership h Bachelor’s series of ‘firsts’” including being “the first w business school in the W gowns are worn closed The proclamation wa and have squared sleeves. by the mayor’s office, ac the numbers meticulous Master’s and doctoral gowns with multiple sources fo can be worn open, with arced the college was chartere sleeves; sleeves are also trimmed The seed of Williams the Seminary Gate, whic with blue or black bars of velvet liams also added to the S to signify alma mater and that it could be tied in w degree awarded. dates to 1926), the quot of her college and her cl
BACKGROUND PHOTO BY CHANTELLE PANACKIA
Some universities also use honor cords to signify whether students are graduating with Latin honors— cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude. Mills does not award these Latin honors until after graduation, so these cords do not appear during Commencement. The Mills College Bookstore sells the Stole of Gratitude, but many organizations have stoles for their members. Stoles designate particular societies in which the graduate has been involved. Honor societies, club membership, and, this year, military service, can be signified with stoles, worn draped forward around the neck. TEXT AND PHOTO CHOREL CENTERS
Provost Sandra Greer shows off some graduation regailia.
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Mills welcomes Holly Gordon
COURTESYOF KAREN GORDON
that put things in perspective for Gordon. Now, almost three years later, she is graduating with her degree in Creative Writing. Gordon transferred to Mills in the Fall of 2011. She is a certified apprentice midwife, a doula, and a folk music singer and currently works as a bookkeeper doing tax prep work. “As a jack-of-all-trades type of person, surrendering to a major was an accomplishment,” Gordon said. After graduating Gordon will continue to work as a bookkeeper to pay the bills, but aspires to write a memoir in the near future and continue to work on projects reporting for radio.
ills College is honored that Holly Gordon will be speaking at Commencement this year. She is one of the executive producers of the documentary film “Girl Rising” and the executive director of 10x10 Fund for Girls Education, a global campaign dedicated to the empowerment of girls. After a groundswell of communities and individuals expressed interest in viewing the film, Regal Cinemas picked up the THEDOCUMENTARYGROUP.COM documentary in April for national release. The film follows nine girls from nine countries to demonstrate that everyone benefits when we educate girls. Holly Gordon spoke with The Campanil to reflect on her own education and how the film been received globally. The Campanil: You’re career has been pretty dynamic, with many years at ABC, different responsibilities at the Tribeca Film Festival. Looking at your history it seems like you’re constantly shifting gears. Was that something you sought out? Holly Gordon: In all my jobs and throughout my career I have sought new opportunities that feel like a roller coaster, a little dangerous, like I might be a little out of control, but with that you know you’re learning new skills. You’ve been educated in a completely different environment than I. There was no email when I graduated from college. In today’s world being able to be dynamic with your mind, being able to learn things quickly and adapt your skills to the needs of the environment around you are really important because organizations are more global. My team is all over the map but we’re working on a project that takes a ton of organization, it doesn’t matter where we are. Being able to be flexible with your career and looking for opportunities as opposed to waiting for them to present themselves is really important in today’s world. TC: What are some of your favorite reactions “Girl Rising?” HG: [A screening at a high school in Malawi, when the students were asked to write essays in reaction] a young boy said, “I have seen my mother and the role that she plays in my life in a totally different way because she has an education and I see how important that’s been to my family and my progress and the fact that I’m in school. So, of course girls should go to school so that they too have mothers like mine who could help to earn a living.” It was so intense. It was this recognition not just of the progress in their own communities, but the progress that could happen with that sense of individual leadership. That they, these kids in Malawi had a role to play in global leadership. And that’s exactly the same responses that were getting, you know, in a school in Denver or outside L.A. That young people really see this film and say, “Okay, I’m beginning my life and I can make a difference here.” TC: You graduated with a BA in International Relations from Brown, how did visual storytelling become the main focus of your career? HG: I realized that I thought the best application of my fascination with the world and my desire to be involved with international politics and diplomacy was actually to go into the news business. I saw the evening news as the most powerful tool to tell the most important stories around the world and I thought visual storytelling was the most powerful way to do that. I fundamentally believe in the power of video and film making to be a drive of social change. This whole project grew out of the sense that traditional journalism channels were failing. In the old days it was all about exclusivity. “How can I get the most viewers to my one night exclusive with, like OJ Simpson?” and then everyone reruns that cut. That doesn’t happen anymore. Now it’s about ubiquity: “How can I get my interview on as many channels as possible?” TC: What was your favorite part of college? HG: I’m so not a geek, you’ll see that I’m not a geek but my favorite thing about being in college was I really love to learn, that’s the other reason I became a journalist. College is this wonderful time in your life when you’re basically there to learn and to have interesting conversations with your friends. Actually, some of my most interesting conversations happened when I was at college late at night in my room or in our apartment trying to figure out the world and your place in it. It’s a really amazing time. There’s only one time in my life that I would probably want to go back to and do again and that would be college. TC: What was your least favorite part of college? HG: I didn’t spend enough time going to parties.
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Alana Ortiz by Eden Sugay
ometimes dreams do come true. And in the case of senior Alana Ortiz, her dreams are about to become a reality this summer. Ortiz auditioned for, and was accepted to attend, the professional division Alvin Ailey Dance Intensive in New York City for the 2013 Summer season. The six-week long program gives motivated dance students the opportunity to continue studying dance in a professional environment. With one woman in charge of the audition, Ortiz said the process was simple but intimidating. “She seemed kind, but stern... she did not smile once during the entire process,” Ortiz said. “Being that I am such an extrovert and enthusiastic person, this only added to the nervousness I was feeling.” Ortiz recalls anxiously dancing her way through these combinations; just as she was beginning to feel warmed up, the dancers were dismissed. “I was shocked,” Ortiz said. “I had never been to an audition that only took 30 minutes. I left with a feeling of disappointment because I felt that my nerves got the best of me.” To Ortiz’s surprise, she received an acceptance letter just three days later. “I could not believe it,” Ortiz said. “I often second-guess myself during audition processes, but I have learned you just have to breathe and roll with it.” Ortiz has been training to become a professional dancer since she was six years old. Originally from Santa Fe, N.M., Ortiz moved to Oakland, Calif. to continue her dance studies at Mills College. California’s environment was quite different for this young dancer, and she anticipates New York to be even more fast paced and stimulating. “I have never been to New York City, so I know that will be a culture shock in and of itself,” Ortiz said. “I have heard from several dance professors, colleagues, and friends that New York is the center of the dance world in the United States, and I cannot wait to be immersed in this thriving art world.” Ortiz anticipates developing new levels of professionalism, along with learning to rely solely on herself to take care of herself both emotionally and physically. “I know that I am going to be faced with a lot of challenges,” Ortiz said, “but I know in the end I am going to be a transformed dancer and being.”
Ortiz’s daily summer schedule will consist of several technique classes, which will be taught and accompanied by several teachers and current members of the company. Last year’s choreographers included the recent resident choreographer in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreographers Lab, Malcolm Low; Ray Mercer who is performing on Broadway in The Lion King; former Netherlands Dance Theater dancer, Jean Emile; and former Ailey II member, Daniela Malusardi. The summer intensive will allow Ortiz to continue to engage in collaborative opportunities, which is one of her favorite things about Mills College. “As a dance major I have been able to collaborate and learn about a variety of art forms: electronic music, intermedia arts, photography,” Ortiz said. “I loved being able to collaborate with different artists and share new ideas about art.” For example, Ortiz’s friend and senior intermedia arts major Carmen Elster collaborated on several different projects to create dance videos that were works of art. “Before collaborating with Carmen, I was terrified of cameras and the editing process,” Ortiz said. “But sharing these experiences furthered my curiosity and I am now making dance videos of my own.” Ortiz has no final plans once she steps outside of Mills’ gates and walks onto the streets of the concrete jungle. “As a dancer, it is nearly impossible to plan for the future,” Ortiz explained. “You never know who you are going to meet and what relationships you will form. I know that in New York I will be working with some of the greats in the dance world, and my plan is to take as many classes as I can in a variety of studios to connect with my colleagues and teachers, and hopefully find a job as a professional dancer.” Ortiz’s hopes are high, as Ailey has five renowned choreographers to reside in this summer’s intensive, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre members Kirven Boyd, Vernard J. Gilmore, Sonia Dawkins, Carlos Dos Santos, Jr., and Jonathan Lee, who will be setting works with the professional level students. “I am not too worried about the ‘what next’ as much as the ‘now,’” Ortiz said. “If I continue giving dance my all, the rewards will keep coming.”
// May 7, 2013 //
COURTESY OF SONYA TEMKO
Sonya Temko by Kate Carmack
April Peletta by Natalie Meier
raduating senior April Peletta won’t be finished with school when she is handed her B.A. in Creative Writing at Commencement: she is off to the University of California, San Diego in the Fall to continue studying poetry — fully funded. “I was really excited to get in, shocked because they accept five people, but they made six for me,” Peletta said. University of California, San Diego only accepts five people a year to their MFA Creative Writing program, but Peletta was too impressive to pass up. In 2012, University of California, Berkeley awarded the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize to Peletta for her collection of poetry called Bone Cradle, which became the basis for her undergraduate thesis project. In addition, Peletta’s work has been accepted to the National Undergraduate Literature Conference in Utah and the University of Ottawa’s History, Memory and Performance Conference. She will be spending three years in the UC San Diego MFA program on the UC San Diego Diversity Fellowship, which entitles her to waived tuition, exemption from teaching during her time there, and a stipend of $18,000 a year. Peletta did not let the dollar signs stop her; she used every resource at her disposal to collect money for the applications. “I fundraised all summer through garage sales and PayPal accounts on my blog where people could make donations,” Peletta said. “It was really worth it, especially to get into a really good program where I could get the attention that I need to get published.” She will be able to focus solely on her poetry while at UC San Diego and will have this summer to do the same. “This summer, I’m traveling around, camping through Northern California for my collection of poetry that deals a lot with natural landscapes,” Peletta said. “Landscapes that have been shaped by recent development and geology — so, the tension between those two things.” She transferred to Mills as a junior after graduating from Sacramento City College in the spring of 2011. She sees herself teaching at the collegiate level at some point, but hopes to focus on using creative writing as a tool to raise awareness around literacy. “I do that currently, teaching kids who don’t have access to education that they have a voice, and that their voice has value for creative writing,” Peletta said. “Even if they don’t have the grammar, they have the ability to express themselves in writing.” Aside from camping, Peletta plans to spend her time before UC San Diego teaching creative writing at Sacramento summer camps for kids, and doing wine tastings.
onya Temko is the Mills College 2013-14 Fulbright award winner. After graduating this year with a double major in French and Francophone studies and English Literature, Temko will work in France as an English teaching assistant. The Fulbright Program is highly selective; this year only six recipients were chosen from 200 applicants across the nation. Those who are awarded will teach in priority education zones. Priority education zones, also known as ZEPs (Zones d’Education Prioritaire), are immigrant communities segregated into ethnic minority populations, where students face lower graduation rates and impaired academic success than the rest of the population. According to Jacqueline Costa-Lascoux, research director for the National Center for Scientific Research, the objective of ZEP is “to contribute to correcting social inequality by selective reinforcement of educational activity in the zones and social environments in which the level of failure at school is the highest.” The ZEPs was one of the draws for Temko who has long been interested in this aspect of French society. “One of the things that really interested me in France, and what I’m writing my thesis on, is the French system of integration and how that relates to their colonial past,” Temko said. Temko came to Mills in 2009 as a freshwoman and studied in Paris during her junior year. While studying in France, she also volunteered by teaching English to local high schools students. “I got really comfortable classroom managing... I really like it,” Temko said. Another thing Temko was involved with during her time at Mills was her participation in Peer Health Exchange (PHE), a nationwide program that has had a chapter at Mills. (see PHE article on page 5). “[PHE] was really good for me,” Temko said. “It made me realize I liked teaching and could do it.” In fact, Temko hopes to start a health education program in the high school where she will be teaching — Lycee Alexandre Ribot Hight School in Northern France. “I am hoping to start a program similar to Peer Health Exchange to empower teens to make healthy decisions,” Temko said. With her passion for teaching, her experience with French culture, and her Liberal Arts education, Temko is a scholar to be watched. JEN MAC RAMOS
10// May 7, 2013 //
Retiring and remembered Hung Liu
by Joann Pak
idely recognized as America’s most important Chinese artist, Hung Liu currently lives in Oakland and is a tenured professor in the art department at Mills College. As a renowned figure in the Bay Area art scene, Hung has had quite a year with a retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California, an installation-heavy exhibition at Mills College’s very own Art Museum, and another summer exhibition queued up at the San Jose Art Museum. It’s no wonder that many of the programs and events she is involved with this year are stating that it’s the Spring of Hung. Born in Changchun, China in 1948, a year before the creation of the People’s Republic of China, Hung lived through Maoist China and experienced the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. She was trained as a social realist painter and muralist, and came to the United States in 1984 with a full scholarship to
University of California, San Diego. She was one of the first people from mainland China to study abroad and pursue an art career. Even with her extensive travels and worldwide exhibitions, teaching continues to be an essential part of Hung’s life
by Jen Mac Ramos
rofesor Ken Burke came to California in 1984 after having taught at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Tex. for seven years. He left after not receiving tenure because he “didn’t fit the mold of SMU,” he said. He ended up in San Jose, where he was working in as a producer and production manager for Panorama Productions. “I do seriously think California was an eye opening experience,” Burke said about moving out west. In 1987, Burke met Nina Kindblad, [who was] his wife, at a Paul Simon concert. Soon after, Kindblad gave him directions to her place in Oakland. Burke drove up from San Jose and saw a sign that said “Mills College” on the side of Interstate 580. “I wondered what Mills College was,” Burke said. Burke stumbled onto his career at Mills. After three years at Panorama, there was no longer a job for him creating media. Soon after, he heard about an opening at Mills. In the fall of 1987, Burke began teaching at Mills in the Communications department, teaching classes such as sociology of mass media, video production, and screenwriting.
Burke found the experience of being at a small women’s college an interesting challenge after having attended University of Texas at Austin and teaching at SMU and Queen’s College, City University of New York. He also recalls the Mills College Strike of 1990, which he remembers as an immpressive sight.
by Tessa Love
repare yourself, Mills: one of your favorite members of the community is about to leave the building. Beloved Professor John Harris is wrapping up the final weeks of his 27-yearlong career in the biology department. Since coming to Mills in 1986, Harris has advised hundreds of students, has taught a variety of biology courses, and is currently both the co-department head and program head of environmental science. In his time here, Harris has become most known for his love of birds. Though he will be gone, his legacy will live on through the Birds and Birding class, a class he began in 2002 and is one of the campus’ most popular courses. Harris joined the Mills biology department a few years after receiving his PhD from the University of California, Davis, where he studied ecology with a focus on small mammals. Before that, he received his Bachelor of Science from Stanford, where he began as a history major. A summer job at a zoo that brought him around to biology and a later bird-enthusiast roommate that led him back to the world of birding.
But Harris is so much more than just Mills’ token bird guy. He also leads wilderness exhibitions in his free time and plays the renaissance trombone in local band, Alta Sonora, but even these hobbies have been somewhat Mills-influenced: in the early ‘90’s, Harris took recorder lessons though Mills and au-
and it’s no surprise as she comes from a long line of educators. And though Hung had planned to retire this year, she will be returning in the fall to teach Advanced Painting before she permanently retires to focus on her studio practice. Hung was pursuing her MFA when she first met Dr. Moira Roth, Trefethen Professor of Art History at Mills College, as well as the late and great Allan Kaprow, who were both faculty members of UC San Diego’s art department. It’s no coincidence that her journey is omnipresent in her body of work, as it represents a confluence of history, culture, and identity as a multicultural artist. By examining themes of memory, history, and cultural identity through mediums of painting and installation, Hung’s works often explore the complex journey of immigration and returning home. Hung has exhibited internationally at several renowned museums and galleries, and her work resides in prestigious private and institutional collections around the world, yet Hung is humble and grounded and still calls Mills College and Oakland her home. PHOTO COURTESY OF HUNG LIU
“It was absolutely invigorating to see the passion from students,” Burke said. It wasn’t just the students that Burke learned from, but faculty and staff members, too. Being without a department for a few years led to Burke calling himself a nomad at the College. After the communications and drama departments were terminated, Burke was department-less until he was asked to join the art department. Since December 2011, he has been writing a film review blog with Bay Area theater critic Pat Craig. The blog, Film Reviews from Two Guys in the Dark, has been Burke’s project that he will continue once his retirement is official on May 31. With the blog, he said he feels no responsibility to a publication or to please people with his reviews. The reviews are longer than what one sees in a newspaper because he does research while writing. “It’s a slow process because I’m a slow writer,” Burke said. Though the future of film studies at Mills remains in the air, Burke hopes people will see the importance of mass media. “I’m certainly a visual enthusiast,” Burke said. “[I] hope I have imparted some of that on students.” PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN BURKE
dited a music theory class, eventually playing in Mills’ Early Music Ensemble with close friend and music professor David Bernstein. Harris has regarded his friendships developed within the Mills community as an important part of his experience here. Bernstein and Harris, along with Mills philosophy professor Jerry Clegg, even guided a trip together through the High Sierra ten years ago with Harris serving as the trip’s naturalist. So what will a professor so immersed in the Mills community do with all his free time? Don’t worry — he’s got plans. With a yard perfect for birding, Harris plans to spend time bird watching from home. Harris also hopes to take bird trips out of the area, visit family, write, play music, and dive into research projects including one about the little-known distribution of his favorite bird, the phainopepla. Harris himself admitted he won’t be able to stay away from Mills for too long, so keep a keen eye next semester for a visit from your favorite rare breed: the commendable Mr. John Harris. For a full profile on professor Harris, check out the article online: bit.ly/10aF2fx PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN HARRIS
// May 7, 2013 //
A few of Mills’ most beloved Then
by Eden Sugay
THE CREST, 1972
ffectionately known as “Dr. Bob,” Robert Anderson has been a member of Mills College’s faculty since 1960 as the professor of Anthropology and Sociology. Throughout his time here, Anderson has seen many changes across campus. The one thing Anderson has noticed to remain the same throughout his time here is the quality of our students. “Mills women remain strong, independent thinkers, and actors just like those alumnae we so love and respect who went on strike 23 years ago,” Anderson said. “I am blessed with too many wonderful memories of Mills to be able to identify one that is a favorite.” Anderson expressed that the best thing that ever happened to him in his academic career was when he refused tenure-track job offers from a number of universities, including the University of Massachusetts, Cornell University, and the Université de Montréal. When asked why, Anderson simply replied that he loves Mills College. And Mills College loves you right back.
COURTESY OF BOB ANDERSON
by Tessa Love
arah Pollock has a way with words. After a full career as a reporter, writer, and senior editor for various publications, Pollock came to Mills College in 1987 to teach journalism and creative writing. During this time, Pollock has served as an inspiration to generations of aspiring writers and continues to motivate each member of The Campanil staff every day. She is currently the director of Mills’ undergraduate journalism program and The Campanil’s amazing advisor. Here’s to another 27 years!
THE CREST, 1988
by Eden Sugay
THE CREST, 1970
COURTESY OF SARAH POLLOCK
f you ever have a question regarding the history of Mills College (or the history of anything, really), Bertram Gordon is the man you should turn to. Gordon began working with Mills College during the 1969 fall semester. Not only is he a professor of history who specializes in the history of Modern Europe, he also acts as the department head. Much like several of our other long-time professors, Gordon has seen certain changes throughout the campus, including a greater number of students who live off campus, work, and carry on many more family and work-related responsibilities beyond their studies. After 44 years of stepping onto Mills College’s grounds to teach, Gordon still feels that each day is just like the first. COURTESY OF BERT GORDON
12 // May 7, 2013 //
Graduating Campanil staff say their final goodbyes Lauren Sliter
COURTESY OF LAUREN SLITER
Editor In Chief
hroughout my life, the most important lesson I have learned is that family is more than simple blood relation and home is not necessarily where you were born and raised. Being adopted by the most loving and special people was the beginning of this lesson. Finding a place like Mills and a passion like journalism were the culmination. Home is a place you can be yourself. It is where you can grow and change without being afraid to fail. It is where you find comfort and peace. I fell in love with Mills the day my mom and I visited the campus for an accepted students tour. Driving through the flourishing trees on Richards Road for the first time, I felt like I was home already. Four years later and I haven’t once questioned that feeling.
I did not want to go to an all-girls school. Eighteen-year-old me envisioned the children of my past, friends and foes, who were self obsessed and cruel, all bundled together into a tiny private school; a perfect recipe for disaster in my mind. But my mom made me apply. And I am so very grateful she did. What I dreaded was an all-girls school, but what I fell in love with was a women’s college. And, almost immediately, I also fell in love with journalism. As I’m sure many of our readers know from my past two columns as editor in chief of The Campanil, my first introduction to journalism was in Meredith May’s Journalism 1 class at Mills. It was absolutely terrifying. And I loved every minute of it. It was during that first fall at Mills that I published with The Campanil. I championed over my social anxiety and my irrational fear of talking on the phone to write several stories, all of which wound up in the newspaper. I had never been so proud of my own work than when I saw my first stories printed in The Campanil. The second semester of my first year was when I truly became a member of The Campanil staff. I was offered a position as calendar editor. Not super exciting, but I had an opportunity to work with other brilliant writers and editors and to travel to two collegiate media conferences. I learned so much from those trips and they inspired me to pump some life into what had been a stagnant calendar section by keeping track of campus crime and safety. And so, the Events and Information Page was born. That was all in 2010. Three years later, I really just want to be the calendar editor again. It would be better than saying goodbye. Family is being there for someone even when you do not want to. It is loving someone so much that even their worst flaws are beautiful. And it is knowing when someone needs you without them asking. The newspaper is a part of my family now. Every member of its staff, old and new, has been there for me when times became unbearably hard. These amazing writers have loved me, even when I spent an hour ripping their stories apart and putting them back together. Or when I called them up telling them half their section was blank and needed more content. Or when I asked for their help with student government and administrative woes. My advisors are not simply liaisons between myself and graduation requirements, they are dear friends and true inspirations. Fred Lawson enlightened me with his international relations courses and his passion for truly amazing research and writing. And his support has followed me all four years at Mills, allowing me to succeed even through challenges I thought insurmountable. Sarah Pollock pushed me to become the writer I am today. She not only believes in me as a journalist, but as a human being, too. Knowing she was there, behind me 100% at all times, was what allowed me to take The Campanil to new heights and to take new risks in my writing and editing. So, too, the Division of Student Life at Mills has followed me through the hardest year of my life, beginning with emergency surgery and ending with the loss of my father. Every step of the way Kennedy Golden and her colleagues have ensured that I could succeed at Mills, regardless of my situation. I am so grateful for their endless support. But I am also not that surprised by it. My first day on campus, even though it was a simple tour of Mills, I felt the love and energy that resonates throughout this school. I knew from that day forward that I would be taken care of at Mills and that I would find a family in its students, faculty and staff and a home within its gates.
“It must be recognized that open, on-the-record discourse without fear of backlash is an essential element of growth.”
- Annie O’Hare
haven’t been at Mills very long. Transferring in as a junior, I knew I would only have four semesters to squeeze as much out of the experience as I could. That’s not a very romantic way to start a farewell, but I would be lying if I said I started my time at Mills smelling of school spirit. It just didn’t seem like it was my place, as I planned to get in and out quickly and quietly. Clubs? No thank you. Group projects? How awkward. It wasn’t until I started writing for The Campanil that I began to understand a responsibility to my peers at school. News editor, I was christened by fire and pushed past where I thought I was ready to go. It forced me to pay attention to the space around me, to collaborate with people, and know when writers needed more time or to be pushed. The staff of The Campanil has been immensely supportive; Lauren Sliter both listened to my weekly nauseated concerns and made it clear that no one was coming to save me. The paper would go out with a News section. That was that. It is a strange thing for an organization to continue while the people who make it up are always changing. A college newspaper, by nature, is constantly in flux. Leadership changes, people graduate. As people leave they try to ensure scaffolding is in place for the next cast. When people enter they try to gauge how much of the structure they can shift in order to make it their own without risking too much of the load-bearing beams. When I joined the paper I felt my greenness. We are students, we make mistakes. Every week obscured my view, and the paper as a whole became a sum of each week that felt like it was the only week that would ever be. How I wanted to leave the paper when I left was mostly concerned with not burning the place down. The nature of news in the world is changing, but it has never been more clear to me that a healthy independent newspaper, in whatever form, is essential to a college. This is especially true for a small private school, which is not obliged to make its every movement public record like a public university is. The newspaper should provide the space: it should be the forum where students, staff, faculty, and the administration can show solidarity and get things done. I believe we all want Mills to continue to grow in strength and service. It must be recognized that open, onthe-record discourse without fear of backlash is an essential element of this growth. We have had some hiccups. I have learned to address problems without beating my chest and begging for forgiveness. There will always be opportunities for improvement, and we are not handing over a perfectly tuned and oiled newspaper. What we are handing over is a dear passion to immensely capable and dynamic hands. This semester has been tough but it was with a sort of manic glee that I watched the challenges bring forth a team that I am deeply impressed with and proud of. I feel very lucky for my time at Mills. What a wonderful place where professors are not only passionate about their fields of study, but about their students as well.