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VOLUME 96 ISSUE 10

Tuesday | Feb. 1, 2011

Mayor Quan thanks Mills for support, calls on college to strengthen ties with Oakland Nicole Vermeer MANAGING EDITOR Jean Quan, the first female mayor of Oakland and the first Asian-American mayor of a major U.S city, spoke at Mills on Jan 24 in Littlefield Hall. Her purpose: to give back to those who helped her reach her goal of becoming Mayor. “There’s a saying in politics that ‘you dance with the ones who brung ya,’ and I’m assuming that most of the girl students who voted here (at Mills) voted for Rebecca or me,” Quan told Campanil reporters in an interview after her speech. “And even if they voted for Rebecca first, I still got their votes as number two, for the most part.” Quan expressed that she felt a strong connection to Mills and its community because of the personal similarities she shares with Mills women. “We bring the same optimism and the same radical bold spirit,” she said. Quan’s speech focused on education, jobs and community organizing to improve Oakland, specifically how the Mills community could help make Oakland a safer and more tightly-knit community. A stronger Oakland “We had quite a few students work with us on this project to make the connection between the Laurel district and the school,” she said. “So that students would feel safer … and be more a part of the community … it was very important to me because I want more Mills students to get involved.” Before taking office as Mayor of Oakland, Quan resided over the Laurel district as city councilmember. President Janet Holmgren echoed Quan’s call for collaboration between Mills and the surrounding Oakland community. “We are making long standing and fresh ties with the city … we have a whole community ready … to step up,” Holmgren said. Holmgren has recently been named as a member of Quan’s transition advisory board as an expert in K-12 and higher education. Quan’s plans to strengthen Oakland’s communities also include hiring 2000 volunteers to mentor the city’s youth. She is looking for 2000 volunteers specifically because 500 Oakland high school students are arrested each

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Left: Oakland mayor, Jean Quan addresses members of the community on Jan 24 in Littlefield Hall at Mills College. Right: Audience members respond to a question from Quan about visiting the Art Murmur in downtown Oakland.

year, 300 age out of foster care, and 1200 miss 20 days of school or more, totaling an estimated 2000 students who are in need of guidance. “My goal is 2000 volunteers in 4 years,” she said. “What I’m going to do is talk to fraternities and sororities, particularly in the black and Latino communities, and go to a lot of churches and work particularly with the (baby boomer) generation.” Fighting crime differently Since her first day as Mayor on

Jan 3, Quan has received criticism from a wide range of sources on her initial plans to not increase spending on the police force. “If I’m going to bring down crime in this city it’s not going to be just with more cops,” she said regarding her decision to lay off 80 more police officers. Her alternative plans to an increased police force include education and crime prevention programs. “You have to have both (police and prevention programs) … it’s that story about throwing the people into the river. You can pull them

out, but maybe you should go up stream and figure out who’s throwing them in,” Quan said. Quan also said that balancing the budget came before increasing the police force, and in order to do so, police officers would had to have put more money into their pension funds than they were willing to. “We voted to balance the budget,” she said. “What we voted was that we would balance the budget if the cops paid their share of their pension.” Other cities have created similar pension plans in order to cut

back government spending, according to Quan. “Had they agreed to pay that 9% (of their income for their pension), we would not have laid off any officers, but they refused to do that,” she said. “Arnold Swarzenegger got the highway patrol to pay 9%, San Francisco pays more than 9%, San Jose pays more than 9%, and so we were a little stunned that they wouldn’t even take it out to a vote to their members and just decided to force us to do the layoffs.” see

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Retail leaving the city Oakland loses about $5 billion in revenue that would otherwise be spent within the city to other cities, according to a study Quan cited in her interview with The Campanil, equaling millions in tax dollars. “Oakland’s leakage is much proportionally bigger than other cities,” she said. “So I’m asking every Oaklander to consider spending just 25% more, I’m not asking for 100%, but just 25% more in the city.” Quan plans on bringing in some “big box” stores to Oakland in order to provide all communities within the city equal access to healthy food. “Some communities in this city don’t even have a basic grocery store and so we’ve been negotiating with Kroger and a couple of other major chains to get them to go to East Oakland, near the coliseum and West Oakland,” she said. Quan noted the importance of having a balance between local and chain stores, such as Target. “A lot of the things that they (Target) sell are not really readily available yet in the neighborhoods,” she said. Creating a more transparent government Transparency was one of Quan’s major campaign issues and she pointed to her public appearance at Mills College as an example of how she plans to create

a more transparent local government. “I don’t turn down invitations,” she said about her relationship with the media. “We are going to do town hall meetings in every council district.” Along with appealing more openly to the media, Quan has chosen to take a 25% pay cut, which is the same percentage the rest of the state and city government has had to sacrifice in order to balance the budget. Quan also said she wants to have a booth at the Chinese Lunar New Year’s celebration in China Town on Jan 29 because she feels the Chinese community deserves a “thank you” from her. “We think they were a big part of our margin of victory,” she said about the Chinese community. “And so we are thinking of doing a sort of Lucy sign. Instead of saying ‘The doctor is in’ it will say ‘the mayor is in.’” Quan has also taken steps to connect with youth culture: she tweets daily and made an attempt to do so while she was attending a dinner with Chinese leader Hu Jintao in January. “I tried to Twitter at the White House, but they took away my cell phone,” she said, laughing. Her main goal is to bring together all the communities with Oakland. “When we come together,” Quan said. “It will be really hard to stop this city.”

Right: Oakland mayor Jean Quan addresses an audience of Mills students, faculty, staff and Oakland residents in Littlefield Hall on Jan 24. Her speech focused on education, business revenue and building a strong Oakland community.

Left: Quan and President Janet Holmgren share a moment after Quan’s speech. Quan clutches a bouquet given to her by Isabel Cortes, president of the Fem Dems at Mills College.

Right: Quan chats with students after her speech at Mills College in the lobby of Littlefield Hall. Quan mingled with the community for approximately 30 minutes after her speech.

Bianca Butler and Lauren Sliter contributed to this report.

ALL PHOTOS BY LAUREN SLITER

Campus cat coalition installs feeding stations for feral cats Lauren-Marie Sliter CHIEF NEWS EDITOR Members of the Mills community have been reaching out to solve the campus-wide feral cat problem for some time now. Within the last year, a group of Mills staff and students created The Free Roaming Cat Coalition (FRCC), which has organized to trap, spay and neuter, and feed the feral cats on Mills campus. The program’s managers, Linda Zitzner, Assistant Vice President of Campus Planning, and Ileen Erickson, MBA Career Service Director, have recently designed and installed six feeding stations around campus. The stations are designed to both allow for cats on campus to have a safe eating area and to keep unwanted wild animals, such as raccoons, away from the cat food, according to Zitzner and Erickson. “We strategically placed the

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feeding stations,” Zitzner said. “We wanted to move the cats away from natural habitats like Lake Aliso and away from Founders.” Originally, 10 feeding stations were built, but Zitzner and Erickson do not plan on having the remaining 4 stations installed in addition to the 6 already in place. “We don't want to encourage more of a population,” Zitzner said about installing more feeding stations, fearing that too much food could invite other stray cats onto campus. The FRCC relies solely on donations and volunteers to feed, medicate, trap and fix the cats on campus. Erickson and Zitzner plan to keep the FRCC as a volunteerbased program. “It gives it more heart and gives it more commitment when it is on a volunteer basis,” Zitzner said. The feeding stations are also still a work in progress, according to Zitzner. “Raccoons are still managing to

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hoist themselves up into the stations,” she said, even though the stations were designed to avoid the raccoons from jumping inside. The primary goal of the FRCC is to reduce the number of newborn cats on campus, hopefully to zero, according to Erickson. “No new babies,” she said. “We want to avoid kittens being born here. And if there are kittens being discovered, we need to be called immediately.” The methods the FRCC is using at Mills, specifically the “trap, neuter, return” method, are widely used at other colleges around California and the country, including Stanford University, Saint Mary's University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, according to Erickson. The “trap, neuter, return” method is lauded by Fix Our Ferals, a nonprofit in Berkeley specializing in controlling feral cat populations within Alameda and

Contra Costa counties. “It’s the most efficient way to control wild cats on campus,” Erickson said about the “trap, neuter, return” method. The Mills FRCC has set up an intranet site in order to track campus cat populations and to educate the Mills community about them. The hope is that people on campus will get to know which cats have been trapped and neutered and which ones haven’t so that the FRCC can be quickly notified about any new feral cats on campus. The site, which can only be accessed by people with Mills login names and passwords, shows a list of all the trapped cats, their names, genders, identifying traits, whether they are spayed or neutered and where they live on campus. “Keep your eyes open,” Erickson said about tracking new cats on campus. “And no rogue feeding.”

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Opinions Editor Lauren Soldano

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Features Editor Stephanie Scerra

Multimedia Staff Bianca Butler

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Pitch, one of the college’s resident cats, perches in one of the new feeding stations.

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Oakland Museum of CA What: Free Admission every first Sunday of every month. When: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Where: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The Agony and Ecstasy of Streve Jobs What: The storyteller Mike Daisey’s monologue When: Showing through Feb. 27 Where: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025

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Opening Night of Art Sucks, I Quit Patrick Wolff Trio and INDIEFEST What:Mixed Media assem- Sextet What: SF Independent Film blage & sculpture by Lily What: Show with many Festival Black w/ Art Murmur recep- other musical acts When:7:00 p.m -9:00 p.m. tion. When: Feb. 3- 17 When: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Where: Jazzschool, 2087 Where: Individual tickets to Where: Kuhl Frames + Art, Addison St., Berkeley screenings vary. 412 22nd St., Oakland Cost: All Ages, $12

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Guest panelists teach Mills students that all consensual sex is good

Lauren Soldano OPINIONS EDITOR A crowd of Millsies and visitors, a table full of refreshments and cookies, and a classic panel setup - it seemed like pretty typical Mills event - except for the giant vagina poster outside and some guests speakers who more than just a little bit “gay famous.” The room was packed with about one hundred attendees, all eager to learn how to be “sex positive.” Students and visitors gathered in the Fine Arts Annex last Friday the 21st for a Sex Positivity Panel, hosted by the Women’s Health Resource Collective (WHRC). “Sex positivity is the ideology that all consensual and legal sex is good sex,” said co-coordinator

Colleen Kimsey, a junior at Mills. “Whether it’s a couple who’s been married for two years having intercourse—gentle and loving—or whether it’s two strangers having consensual needle play (the practice of piercing a partner with needles, not to harm or decorate them, but to pleasure them). As long as everyone is safe and happy, it’s all good.” Panelists came from a variety of backgrounds and experience even from the College itself - to discuss the sex positivity movement, which extends beyond Mills. More widely known as the Kentucky Fried Woman, former Mills employee Krista Smith leads a plus-sized performance troupe called Flabulous and also regularly teaches a workshop for other

queers called “How Fat is Your Gender?” She began her talk by bluntly asking the audience to raise their hands if they had ever slept with a fat person, which elicited responses like, “Well I'm just not really attracted to fat people.” According to Smith, fighting to ensure society treats all bodies including “fat” ones - with the same respect is one of the things sex positivity is all about. “They answer as if the question took place in a vacuum, as if we didn't live in a society where fat people were shamed and presented as being ugly,” Smith said. The panel consisted of a Q&A session featuring student questions asked on the event’s Facebook page, questions on topics like polyamory - having more than one

intimate relationship at a time with the consent of all involved - and the relationship between feminism and sex positivity. “Everybody thinks they have a right to have an opinion about ‘alternative lifestyles’ whether they have any information or not,” said Dossi Easton, panelist and author of the book The Ethical Slut. Easton argued that people have many misconceptions about sexual practices outside of the cultural norms. Easton, as well as other speakers at the Fair, hope to promote sex positivity by educating people on such alternatives to mainstream sex practices. Attendee and senior Veronica Beatty found the panel informative. “I learned that porn is a sex toy,” Beatty said, “and that I

should interrogate my desires.” While she found the panel equally enlightening, freshwoman Shanay Salais was disappointed by the lack of diversity between the panelists. “I thought it was a fantastic introduction to the world of sex positivity,” Salais said. “However, I’m bummed out that the panel was dominated by white folks. If I was not already comfortable in a sex positive world, I would have felt alienated as a queer femme of color.” Nevertheless, Kimsey and other WHRC members were pleased with the turnout and hope that the Panel will be an annual tradition to help promote the WHRC’s other efforts to support the Mills community.

LAUREN SOLDANO

Panelists from a variety of experience and backgrounds gathered to educate and discuss an ideology called sex positivity with Mills College students and guests. Find more stories, photos, videos and live updates at www.thecampanil.com


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Art of the 21st century: Dreamlike video installations show women in modern way Joann Pak DESIGN EDITOR In the darkly-lit room, there are arbitrary sounds bouncing off the walls. Other than those sounds, there is stillness. Quiet. It’s hard to recognize that this enchantingly peaceful space is the Mills College Art Museum. Yet its newly-arranged, gray walls and feel are vital components of the Museum’s current exhibition Floating Female, a collection of video installments by Danish artist Laerke Lauta. For Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Director of the Mills Art Museum, showcasing Lauta's pieces was in response to the strong student interest on campus in video, as exhibited by the Video I and II classes offered at the College. “In terms of artistic practice, (Lauta's installment) was a great opportunity to show a large-scale video installation in our space,” Hanor said. Commissioned directly by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Floating

Female broadcasts five channels of video, each of which is projected on its own wall with its own sound. Each video - which is accompanied by individual sounds like the flow of water in a lake and the beat of music in a nightclub, depending on which channel you are watching - portrays people and nature in a dreamlike fashion. In one video channel, a girl covered in white feathers reminiscent of wings hangs upside down from a tree. In another, a girl in a red dress dances in a nightclub as a man drinks beer in the background. Though the channels are separate videos on separate walls, Lauta’s collection feels like a continuing movie sequence that delves deeply into the internal and external. Students who have seen Lauta’s video installation said they were impressed by her work. “Never quite seen anything like it,” said Elena Silva, a freshmen who works at the installation. To see more by Laerke Lauta please visit http://www.lauta.dk/video.html. Floating Female will be showing until March 13.

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Top: Floating Female is a collection of video installations by Danish artist Laerke Lauta. The following are stills. Middle: A woman with white feathers reminiscent of wings hangs from a tree. Bottom left: Lauta’s installments have a lot of emphasis in nature. Bottom right: The girl in the red dress is one of Lauta’s trademarks.

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Opinions & Editorial STAFF EDITORIAL

What it would really mean to “win the future” in Obama’s new-era America President Obama covered a wide range of topics in his State of the Union address last week— America’s economy and job market, the health care reform bill, tax cuts. As always, his words were eloquent and moving. However, members of our staff had mixed feelings about some remarks the President made—or failed to make—in regards to education (particularly higher education). Don’t get us wrong, Obama did make some points about education that made us feel like cheering. For example, during his call to stop the deportation of undocumented college and university students our hearts thumped in agreement.

Message from the President

Dealing with the pressures of fulltime school as well as the fear of being deported is a sad reality for many of our colleagues across the nation, and we wish that Obama’s words could have ensured as much—unfortunately, they are not a guarantee for these students. Many of us were also relieved by the announcement of the replacement of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) by the new program, Race to the Top. It remains to be seen if this program will truly deliver the transformative results Obama described—in other words, whether it will be an extreme enough reform—but it is certainly high time for the largely unsuc-

I am happy to add my enthusiastic words of welcome to Alecia DeCoudreaux, who will succeed me as the 13th President of Mills College in July. I am truly pleased with her selection by the Board of Trustees and look forward to working with her during the time of presidential transition. I very much enjoyed the opportunity that I had last week when she was on campus to meet with her and to introduce her to our College Officers. Mills is fortunate, indeed, to have identified as its next leader such an impressive and dedicated woman. Her commitment to excellence in women’s education and the advancement of women’s leadership will be very strong assets in her work on behalf of Mills as its next President. I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the trustees, faculty, staff, and students who served on the Presidential Search Committee.

If You Don’t Have Your Health

Sincerely, Janet L. Holmgren

Today I finally went to the post office and figured out how to send letters to the U.S., took my first salsa lesson at El Bar, had my first session of Reading and Writing the Revolution, and got my hair cut. Or, at least, that’s what would have happened if I weren’t stuck in bed with a sore throat. There is nothing worse than being sick in a foreign country, and this is my second time. The first time was a stomach infection. Despite acting like a paranoid tourist—brushing my teeth with bottled water and avoiding all street food and tacos—I threw up seven times in eleven hours less than a week after arriving here. Oh, those were some good times—going to the hospital, getting an IV for the first time in my life while squeezing the director of my program’s hand in a death grip, wearing a lavender hospital

present—indeed, he clearly insisted on making those pursuits possible for all Americans However, some staff members were concerned that he seemed to be mainly calling for the bettering of “innovative” areas of higher education such as maths and sciences, with no attention to humanities departments. Humanities departments are already losing funding and merit throughout the nation, and will continue to do so if they, too, are not recognized as intellectually valuable. Finally, some staff members were appalled by Obama’s open invitation for military recruiters to set up at colleges and universities.

Supposedly the invitation was extended to put into practice the “fairness” gained by the passing of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but some of us remain skeptical that participation in the military necessarily means that we are all “equal.” In fact, some of us believe that schools, colleges and universities may be one of the most important places to start building a counterrecruiting movement and begin to unlearn the need for a military as an undisputable fact. To end wars—to put an end to war profiteering as a profitable business (the end of Blackwater, the end of Haliburton)—would truly be “winning the future.”

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Terra Mikalson CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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cessful and certainly misnamed NCLB program to come to an end. We were also all pleased to hear the President ask for a $10,000 tuition tax credit for those who complete four years of college—but unfortunately, this will not benefit all students—students at two year colleges and vocational schools, as well as those who are unable to complete their degrees but still owe mountains of debt. Furthermore, that promise does not alleviate the horror of trying to enter the recession-impacted job market armed with only what may be a useless degree. Obama’s endorsement of higher learning pursuits was certainly

gown, getting X-rayed, peeing into a cup. But at least I had a comfy hospital bed, the kind that you can adjust with a button, and lots of Friends reruns with Spanish subtitles to keep me company. Being sick yet again has made me think about taking better care of myself and, concomitantly, what I want to do with my time in Guanajuato, México. Nothing is stopping me from going out every night—not my host family, not the program, not my age, and not my class schedule, for the most part. It was great to let loose that last week and bond with my new friends, but I don’t want to treat being here like one big semester-long vacation. I came here to learn, I came here to reflect, and I came here to make meaningful connections with other people (which, I suppose, could happen between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am on occasion). There is so much to do and see here. As one very wise friend reminded me recently, “Terra, you’re in MEXICO!” She’s right. And I can’t live out that fact from a bed, rewatching Doctor Who and drinking chamomile tea. Well ... maybe for just a little longer.

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Real American Patriotism Rose Sutton CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Americans love their guns. So much so that the gun has become the quintessential symbol of American patriotism. The origin of the constitutional right to bear arms has been rooted in our history from the beginning. Though the politics of gun control is as timeless a debate as ever, things have changed since the second amendment’s adoption in 1791. It is precisely these progressions that should cause us to reassess the validity and costs associated with allowing Americans to possess firearms. Citizens must come to apprehend the sobering reality that guns have no place in the twenty-first century. Unlike Americans today, early American settlers legitimately needed their right to possess firearms for purposes of actually organizing militias, defending against real threats of foreign invasion (and for forcibly acquiring land from Native Americans), for enforcing martial law, and hunting for the necessity of human survival. The justifications made a lot of sense, at the time. But can we say the same for modern day gun rights? In 1791 the gun was a tool to be used when needed for the sake of life and something called “liberty”; it meant much more than a recreational toy to be shot off for amusement. The kinds of guns the framers had in mind when drafting the second amendment are pathetic in comparison to the monstrosities that are currently being purchased;

semi-automatic shotguns and assault rifles capable of pumping out a hailstorm of bullets and tearing through flesh and bone like butter. At the time however they were rudimentary and firearms like the musket, blunderbuss, and smalllever action pistol were sometimes less than reliable. With parts made from gunsmiths these single shot weapons were filled with gunpowder, loaded through the muzzle, and activated by use of the flintlock. Americans must come to realize this very grotesque contrast; with the only remaining commonality being their ability to still kill. It seems the defense of using firearms for self-defense has empirically been a myth. In a recent TIME article author Michael Grunwald cites “Nationally, less than 1% of all gun deaths involve self-defense; the rest are homicides, suicides and accidents.” The truth is you probably can’t think of someone you know who has used a firearm in self-defense. American gun culture warrants a second look. In the wake of the Tucson shooting it’s hard to rationalize the acceptance of something as dangerous and passé as the gun. Buy a bow and arrow if you’re so inclined to harm something or someone, at least your victim will have a better chance of survival. American patriotism isn’t about our ability to bear arms, but our ability to know the worth of giving up something that has long brought us strife. I want you to simply think for yourself; consider the role of guns in the America you live in today. In an America where we censor people’s first amendment rights in rap lyrics for being seemingly “too violent”, but not people’s second amendment rights for legitimately committing violent acts.


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Swimming against the current Getting down to business and gearing up for swim meets Bonnie Horgos SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR

I’m a few weeks into being a part of the M i l l s College swim team, and so far I have managed to survive practices six days per week. However, survival may soon get a bit hairier. We’ve been practicing for our swim meet in Los Angeles on Jan. 28 and 29. As the days get closer and closer, the tension continues to build. So what does it take to prepare for a college swim meet? Happiness is being decked out in head to toe Mills College swim team gear. I've never been a jock, but I've always been envious of athletes representing their team in polyester suits. And now I'm one of those people; I get to swagger around campus in a navy blue track suit with a matching backpack, both displaying "Mills College Swim Team" in white thread. You might even catch me wearing my thick over-sized parka as well. I've been doing more than just checking myself out in the mirror in my TYR tracksuit, though. I've spent hours in the pool refining my flip turns and strokes, getting ready for our swim meet in Los Angeles against other colleges including Cal Tech, Whittier, Occidental, Chapman, Vanguard and Biola. Plus, I feel like I have a purpose, a goal now. Why? I have a specific event to work towards for our swim meet: the 500 and 1000 freestyle events, along with shorter distances in freestyle and breaststroke. Frankly, I'm pretty excited about the distance events. While most events consist of 50 to 100

KURT LOEFFLER

Preparing for a coilege swim meet consists of sprint swimming, refining stroke technique and lifting weights for overall strength.

yards, the 500 free is 20 lengths of the pool, the 1000 free is 40 lengths. It's a mental test, a balance of sprinting and endurance. Now why would I want to subject myself to such brutal agony? First thing's first. I know my stroke is funky; my stroke, flip turns and kicks aren't the sharpest they can be. And sprinting is all about finesse after all. The 50 free is an event done in less than thirty seconds, so everything has to be perfect. There's no room for error when you're in and out in less than a minute. With the 500 and 1000 free, I have room for error. I'm also used to distance. I did a couple mile races with my parents growing up, swimming my first when I was 10. We swam around the Santa Cruz Wharf; I was the youngest person there and I

won a medal (mind you, I was the only one in my age group.) Still, a mile was no big deal. It was kind of fun. And even though there's more pressure at a swim meet, I know I have endurance at least. If I raced a mile when I was 10, I sure hope I can swim around a third of a mile now. Most of all, though, I enjoy the internal journey of swimming distance. I often create songs in my head when I swim, a sort of fugal modulation I'll repeat to myself over and over again. When I swim distance, I'm reminded why I'm in the pool in the first place: because I like to swim. Preparing for these long courses is a complex system. It consists of refining my technique as much as possible with drills, getting faster with sprinting on specific intervals

Upcoming Cyclone home games Swimming Date: Feb. 11, 12 p.m. Opponents: Laney, Chabot, City College of SF Date: Feb. 12, 12 p.m. Opponent: California Institute of Technology Tennis Date: Feb. 4, 1 p.m. Opponent: Foothill College Date: Feb. 11, 11 a.m.

Oppenent: Notre Dame de Namur

and lifting weights to build some muscle. It also means actually learning how to dive off the starting block, the white stand mounted at the end of the pool used to start races. We had to dive off the blocks about a week into practice. I was so afraid of diving into the pool head first that I'd repeatedly belly flop into the water, my stomach red with pain. Our assistant coach Merritt Lander pulled me aside one day and had me repeatedly dive into the pool just from the side, letting my body naturally fall after my head. I eventually began gliding in, the impact of belly flopping receding into the distance. I got onto the block and dove right in. I gently streamed through the water, preparing to take my first stroke.

I bobbed up in the middle of the pool and turned back. "I did it!" I said, an enormous smile on my face. I was just happy I probably wouldn't look like the ridiculous newbie drowning first thing at the swim meet in Los Angeles. But if I do drown, at least I had the chance to wear head to toe Mills gear, swaggering on the pool deck like the hippest jock on the block. Coming up next week I’ll report back after the Mills College swim team’s meet in Los Angeles. How will I fare at my first swim meet since I was nine years old?

Spring semester pool hours Mills community only Fridays 11 – 12 p.m. Saturdays 10 – 11 a.m.

12 – 2 p.m. 5 :30– 7:30 p.m. (Rec. and Lap) Friday Lap Swim: 7 – 8:45 a.m. 12 – 2:45 p.m.

Date: Mar. 5, 1:30 p.m. Opponent: Dominican University

Monday, Wednesday Lap Swim: 7 – 8:45 a.m. 12 – 2 p.m. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Recreational Swim: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Date: Mar. 15, 2 p.m. Opponent: Dixie State

Tuesday, Thursday Lap Swim:

Date: Feb. 20, 10 a.m. Opponent: California Institute of Technology Date: Mar. 4, 2 p.m. Opponent: University of LaVerne

Saturday, Sunday Lap Swim: 12 – 2:45 p.m. Recreational Swim: 12 – 2:45 p.m.

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Feb. 1, 2011

Sports & Health

Yoga deals and steals in the East Bay Anna Corson & Bonnie Horgos PHOTO AND SPORTS & HEALTH EDITORS Yoga is supposed to be relaxing. While students pose in a yoga class, the teacher may tell the class to stop thinking. She may tell them to let the pressure of life drop away; stop worrying about school, work and money. Money? That may be a harder worry to stop thinking about. Teachers regularly repeat and regurgitate the yogi philosophy and lifestyle as people perform pose after pose in hardwood floored, candle-lit, Nag Champa incense filled studios. And while yogis may appreciate much of this spiritual lifestyle, it can be hard to let go of finance induced stress when just one class can often run nearly $20. So how can Mills students get the best yoga offered while paying fair but not obscene amounts of money for it? Yoga studios all over the East Bay have stumbled upon a new way of getting more students into their studios: new member specials. These introductory offers allow people to take yoga classes for as little as one dollar per day for unlimited classes. Plus, yoga studios all over offer deals to members where regulars can get discounted classes. Loka Yoga in Oakland offers a free introductory class for newcomers. After, the studio's rates are five classes for $70.00, 10 classes for $120 or 20 classes for $220. Loka Yoga instructor Alice Joanou said not only does the complimentary class allow people to get a feel for the studio, it may draw in more prospective clients as well. "You just walk in and it's a nice way to get introduced," Joanou said. "It works out. With that kind of feeling of good will, I think we have more people interested." Creative writing major Veronica

Phillipsborn tested out Loka Yoga in Oakland a while back when the studio was offering an introductory rate of three classes for $15. The senior said despite the low cost, the classes are high in quality. “The teacher is super nice and accommodating," Phillipsborn said. "And even with a new class, she called everyone by name and took the time to correct newcomers as well.� For students who want to break a sweat without breaking the bank, Yoga College of India Oakland offers newcomers 10 days of unlimited Bikram yoga for $10. After the introductory first ten days, their normal drop-in rate is $15, a 10 class card for $100 and a variety of other offers. Bikram yoga is a series of 26 postures performed in a room heated to an average of around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Yoga College of India Oakland's 3000 square foot studio can hold up to 35 sweaty stretchers at a time. Yoga College of India Oaklan'ds director Tony Carr said he started offering the introductory rate to keep up with local yoga businesses. "I started that in 2002," Carr said. "I started it because the competition was doing it." Not into all of that sweat? Monkey Yoga Shala in Lake Merritt offers a variety of yoga practices including Vinyasa and postnatal yoga at $20 for two trials weeks. After the two week trial, their drop-in rate is $15, or four classes for $48 or twelve classes for $120. Monkey Yoga Shala instructor Tim Thompson said he found that the discounted entry rate helps people decide if the 1200 square foot yoga studio is a good fit or not. "How long does it really take to know if you really like something?" Thompson said. "Five times? 1o times? I think it only takes five times." And with so many offers for newcomers, it's easy to test the waters and see which yoga studio fits best.

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Tim Thompson, director of Monkey Yoga Shala in Oakland, strikes a pose. The local studio offers an introductory rate of $20 for 14 days of unlimited classes in its 1200 square foot yoga space.

Studios and specials

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A. Loka Yoga Telephone: (510) 917-6900 A d d re s s : 27 01 Ma c A r thu r Boulevard, Oakland Cost: First class is free

E. Namaste Yoga in Rockridge Telephone: (510) 547-9642 A d d r e ss : 5 4 1 6 C o l l e g e A ve . , Oakland Cost: $30 for three classes

B. Yoga College of India Oakland Telephone: (510) 625-9642 478 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland Cost: $10 for 10 days of unlimited classes

F. Namaste Grand Lake Telephone: (510) 832-9642 A d d r e ss : 3 2 2 9 L a k e s h o r e A ve . , Oakland Cost: $30 for three classes

C. Monkey Yoga Shala Telephone: (510) 595-1330 Address: 3215 Lakeshore Ave., Cost: Oakland $20 for 14 days of unlimit ed classes

G. Mountain Yoga & Massage Telephone: (510) 339-6421 A d d r e ss : 2 0 7 1 A n t i o c h C o u r t , Oakland Cost: $25 for three classes

D. Flying Yoga Telephone: A d d r es s : 4 3 0 8 T e l e g r a p h A v e . , Oakland Cost: $20 for seven days of unlim ited classes.

H. Yoga Mandala Telephone: (510) 486-1989 A d d r e ss : 2 8 0 7 T e l e g r a p h A ve . , Berkeley Cost: $30 for three classes


Issue 2, Spring 2011