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The Anime Alliance draws a crowd of Mills anime-lovers.


Brown calls for special election to solve fiscal crisis

Lauren Sliter CHIEF NEWS EDITOR “California faces a crisis that is real and unprecedented,” California Governor Jerry Brown told members of the legislature, constitutional officers and California citizens, in his State of the State Address, Monday, Jan 31. Every talking point in Brown's speech focused on the fiscal downturn in California: job creation, education, budget cuts across the board. The 14 minute speech emphasized the difficult decision the California government would have to make in terms of the state's financial deficit. “Where we go from here— either more austerity or more stimulus—is hotly contested,” Brown said. “If you are a Democrat who doesn’t want to make budget reductions in programs you fought for and deeply believe in, I understand that. If you are a Republican who has taken a stand against taxes, I understand where you are coming from.” Ultimately, Brown turned to the voters for guidance on the state's fiscal decision-making. “It is time for a legislative check-in with the people of see

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Increasingly stressed students may wait up to six weeks for counseling Bonnie Horgos SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR Recent studies indicate that first year college students are more stressed than ever before, leading to an increase in student demand for counseling services. In an article recently published by the New York Times on Jan. 26, 2011, it was revealed that female students’ “emotional health” (a term used to explain general contentedness) had dipped to around 50%, in contrast to 60% in 1985. The New York times attributed this rising statistic to financial worries including college loans and debt. The news reports also reveal that freshwomen appear to be twice as frazzled as their male counterparts. Mills first year, Jessica Lix,

agreed that students are stressed, pointing out the challenges that students face. “Mills is just a very academically challenging school,” the biopsychology major said. Kim Baranek, Director of Wellness and Community Outreach at Mills, said student lives are inherently stressful. “I think students are always stressed; they’re juggling a lot of demands,” Baranek said. “Also Mills is a very rigorous academic institution and I think the workload is pretty intense.” Baranek noted that Mills students face financial pressure as well. “Students are under pressure to keep a certain GPA to maintain their scholarships,” Baranek said. While Mills College offers 10 free counseling sessions per semester for students feeling

stressed or anxious, students may often have to wait up to six weeks for an appointment with a counselor. “We’ve had quite an increase in counseling appointments lately. I think that’s true nationally as well,” said Dorian Newton, PhD, head of the Mills counseling department. “We’ve had a significantly longer waiting list lately.” The Mills Counseling Center has six counselors and four trainees for an undergraduate population of 961 students. In comparison, Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA has a population of 2621 undergraduate students with an eight-person counseling staff and walk-in hours 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The college also has emergency appointments available where students can be seen immediately or on the same day. A representative

at the Saint Mary’s Wellness Center said students may face waits up to 2 to 3 weeks long. So why the wait at Mills? An increase of students are seeking out psychological services, with around 20% of the Mills population receiving counseling sessions on campus, according to Newton. A student who asked to remain anonymous and works for Mills Counseling & Psychological Services started to notice an increase in student s coming in last Fall. “There have been a lot more people, especially last semester,” the student said. “There were a lot of people coming in for counseling, more than ever before, and we had to start making some people wait.” see

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Student scientists pinpoint problems with pesticide Diana Arbas ASST NEWS EDITOR


Lauren McDougald and Amanda Clark show off their research on chloropicrin, a widely used pesticide, at the Western Spectroscopy Association Conference on Jan. 20 in Pacific Grove, CA.

Two Mills undergraduate chemists shared their research results with grad students and postdocs at the Western Spectroscopy Association Conference on Jan. 20. in Pacific Grove, CA. Junior Lauren McDougald and sophomore Amanda Clark spent their summer studying chloropicrin for Dr. Elisabeth Wade, the project’s lead scientist and Mills College’s chemistry department head. First employed in chemical warfare, chloropicrin is now used as a fumigant—or pesticide—for many California crops, such as strawberries, which tend to develop parasitic worms. “If you ever grow strawberries in your backyard, you see the see


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California,” he said. “At this moment of extreme difficulty, it behooves us to turn to the people and get a clear mandate on how we should proceed: either to extend the taxes as I fervently believe or cut deeply into the programs from which--under federal law--we can still extract the sums required.” Brown noted that, if further cuts are approved by voters, those cuts would most likely come out of lower and upper public education, public safety, prisons and health care programs. Though Brown promised to begin working on issues surrounding education, public safety, health care and job creation, he noted that the first priority of his office was to balance the state budget. “But let’s not forget that Job Number 1 – make no mistake about it – is fixing our state budget and getting our spending in line with our revenue,” he said. “Once we do that, the rest will be easy— at least easier because we will have learned to work together and earned back the respect and trust of the people we serve.”

Mills women share pesticide research at CA science conference effect,” Wade said, referring to the parasites. “The first year, the strawberries are very big. Then every year after that, they get smaller and smaller and smaller.” Farmers spray strawberry fields with chloropicrin before anything is planted, sterilizing the soil. “It just kills everything," McDougald said of the pesticide. Wade and her research assistants wanted to know what happens chemically when the liquid form of chloropicrin evaporates

into the air. “One of the scary things about chloropicrin is it hasn’t had this kind of research done on it," Clark said. Farmers haven’t always used chloropicrin as a pesticide. “We’ve replaced a fumigant that was bad with something that we don’t know is better or worse," Clark said. That first “bad” fumigant was methyl bromide, which has been banned because it hurts the ozone layer, according to Clark.


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she continued on in physical chemistry. “There were a lot of lasers,” Clark said, laughing. “I got lost in a lot of the laser talk, to be honest. It showed me that there’s a lot more to learn.” McDougald said it felt good to be a Mills woman at the conference. “I remember this one chemist from Berkeley,” she said. “He was like, ‘Oh, Mills has a chem. department? I didn’t know that.’ And I was like, ‘Grrr,’”


Farm workers harvest strawberries in Salinas, CA. Chloropicrin is often used as a pre-plant fumigant for many California crops.



Chloropicrin works well as a fumigant because it’s a good warning agent against overexposure to the pesticide. Not only does chloropicrin give off tell-tale fumes, but farmers know they’re reacting to the pesticide when they tear-up or vomit, according to McDougald. “It’s kind of safer for the farm workers,” Clark said, “but is it better for the environment?” The research showed that when chloropicrin is exposed to sunlight it forms two other chemi-

cal compounds, phosgene (also once used as a chemical weapon and which has potential affects on the ozone layer) and nitrosyl chloride (a highly toxic compound). This was expected, McDougald said. But when oxygen was added to the mix in order to imitate a farm’s actual atmosphere, smog contributors (NO2 and N2O2) showed up, too. “We just get even more dangerous chemicals from a dangerous chemical,” McDougald said. After collecting and analyzing the data for Wade, McDougald and Clark shared their results at a talk last fall, which was open to the Mills community. They then turned their talk into a poster, which they presented at the spectroscopy conference in Asilomar this January. It was a first-time experience for both, and they were one of the few undergraduates there. The vast majority of attendees were grad students and post-docs. “At first I was so intimidated to go there and have to talk to these people,” McDougald said, “but then I talked to them and they’re just normal people. Just like me.” Clark said she felt something similar. “There were times when I thought, ‘Okay, too much science. I’m not quite sure what they’re saying anymore,’” she said. “But then I’d look over to the grad students and I could tell there were points when they were saying, ‘Okay, I’m not sure what the speaker’s talking about either.’” But meeting grad students at the conference allowed Clark to imagine what it would be like if

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McDougald laughed. “It was nice to be there and show people that, oh yeah, Mills, this little bitty college, it does have a chem. department that actually does stuff.” And that chem. department has its undergraduates out of the classroom and doing stuff early. “A couple of my friends back home were surprised that I already had an internship (with Wade) just after freshman year," Clark said. "I get that exposure early on, instead of reaching senior year and going, ‘Oh my God, I have to apply to grad school. Do I actually want to do this?’” Clark, just a sophomore at Mills and with an internship and conference under her belt, said she definitely wants to study chemistry further. Lab partner McDougald hasn’t always felt the same way. Over winter break, McDougald came back to work for Wade without Clark. “I was pretty much the only person in this one little dark room, doing my little trials. It was so depressing. I was all alone all day in the Natural Science Building. I got to the point where I was like, ‘Screw this research. It doesn’t even matter. Nobody’s going to care.’” But many people at the conference cared. “This one guy I met there,” McDougald said, “he was just so thankful that we were looking at the fumigant. He was like, ‘When are you going to publish? When are you going to show this to people? This needs to get out there.’" “It made me feel like what we were doing is a lot more important. It made me just want to get back to doing work.”

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Recycle Mania Begins What: Dorm battle. Who will recycle more? Winner gets an ice cream party When:Feb. 8- 25 Where: On campus Cost: Being green




Black History Month Dinner What: Enjoy southern food with live jazz When: 5 p.m. Where: Founders Cost: $9.50



Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? What: Starring, comedian, Josh Kornbluth When: Runs Feb. 9- 27 Where: 1901 Ashby Ave. Berkeley Cost: $23



Be Mine Valentine: Etsy Craft Show What: Buy a one of a kind, hand made craft for your valentine When: 6:30 p.m. Where: 2504 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley



Stress Management Yoga What: Come and do yoga specific to minimizing stress in your life. Where: 1808 University Ave. Berkeley When: 12 p.m. cost: $10

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On-campus organization allows students to share unfinished work Tarin Griggs CONTRIBUTING WRITER Linda King took to the podium in the Bender Room. In her theatrical reading, the volume and inflection of her voice rose and fell to reflect different characters and scenes she introduced in her writing. Her words were vivid, striking and compelling. On Feb. 1, first-year graduate student Linda King began the semester’s first of five Works in Progress Readings, an ongoing series hosted by on-campus organization The Place for Writers that is meant to help writers make their written words come to life. While this reading series is open to the entire Mills

Second-year Vanessa Ta, another reader, also sees the importance of reading work aloud; she said the experience is different when a poem is heard out loud instead of read. “I’m interested in sound, (and) the way sounds can portray different meanings and how breaking words in certain different places can alter how you perceive them,” Ta said. “When you read something you have to choose how you read it anyway.” For other participants, the Works in Progress Series provides a way to share unfinished pieces, some of which may be deeply personal. “I’ve been rewriting (my thesis) and revising it and writing new stuff since being

grad students' concerns about the future. In March, the organization is hosting Pitch Fest, a networking opportunity for graduate students to share their work with agents. “I definitely want to finish my novel and, hopefully, get it published,” UsherCarpino said. “I guess that’s kind of a longterm goal.” But for Dunbar, it’s about the actual

experience of reading the work for an audience. “The audience is always going to get a really interesting viewpoint on literature and poetry and hear amazing new work,” Dunbar said. “For me, the focus is more on what the readers get out of (the Series).” The next Works in Progress readings are scheduled for Feb. 22 and March 1.

“TThe audience is always going to get a really interesting viewpoint on literature and poetry and hear amazing new work. For me, the focus is more on what the readers get out of (the Works in Progress Series).“

– Eboni Dunbar community, it is most popular among graduate students that want to support their friends and colleagues. According to their website, the Place for Writers, which is staffed by English grad students, aims to build relationships between Mills students, writers, publishers and teachers. Eboni Dunbar, a teacher's assistant for The Place for Writers and one of the readers, views the series as a way for graduate students like herself to begin to perfect the art of reading aloud by reading their theses. “When you hear your work read aloud you start to realize, ‘That doesn’t work the way I thought I did.’ Some people get stuck on the page,” Dunbar said.

at Mills,” said second-year reader Brenda Usher-Carpino. “My life impacts my work to a great extent. That’s what I draw on when I write.” Putting their work out there for the Mills community has made some writers question how they want to present their work in the future. “Sometimes you can get the idea that (writing is) just an expression; it’s just a creative outlet,” Dunbar said. “When you’re looking at master’s programs, you have to think about what’s coming afterward: Are you sending work out? Are you going to teach?” The Place for Writers attempts to cater to


Top: Brenda Usher-Carpino, a resumer getting her MFA in prose, reads her work in progress from the podium. Bottom: An audience gathers to support the readers.

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Anime-niacs Unite

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Top: Treasurer of Anime Alliance Hannah Muenchau draws an angry rabbit on the board to show that the Alliance has been in the room. Drawing at the end of the meeting is an Alliance tradition. Bottom Right: First year Ellie Ralls' plush backpack, which is shaped like the floppy-eared Black Mokona character from the xxxHolic Series.

Club provides community for anime fans Melodie Miu ONLINE EDITOR A deafening scream rips through the sky as the black Night Fury dragon pelts down into a dangerous free-fall. It wasn't until the frightened female viking Astrid apologized for insulting him that the creature slowed to a gentler flight. The dragon flew her through the soft pink sunset, and Astrid ran her fingers through the clouds as they passed. “It’s like Aladdin,” one audience member said, referring to the Disney movie’s iconic magic carpet scene. Another jokingly sang, “I can show you the world,” which elicited laughter from the rest of the club. The screening of the animated film How To Train Your Dragon is one of many Thursday-night activities put on by the Mills College Anime Alliance. The club showcases a different movie every week in order to showcase all flavors of animation. Senior and Alliance president Alliah Gilman Bey started the club in early Fall 2009 as a way for students who affectionately call themselves otaku - a Japanese slang term for ‘an obsessive fan’ - to get together. Bey realized that quite a few Mills students she talked to were interested in anime but there wasn’t a way for them to connect, to organize or to go to a convention. “(Having this club) makes me feel more open and less ashamed

about loving anime so I’m not such an anomaly,” Bey said. “When people think of anime, they think of Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon and Japanese stereotypes when it’s so much more than that. If I tell people I enjoy it, they look at me strangely and ask me a million questions. I mean, I can collect 150 Barbies but the moment I collect a Gundam Wing figure, I’m weird?” Bey was still in the process of transferring into Mills College when she met up with Mandy Benson, the assistant director of Student Activities, in Summer 2009 who sparked her interest in creating a new student group.

“(Having this club) makes me feel more open and less ashamed about loving anime.” - Alliah Gilman Bey “(Bey) was hesitant to, probably because she was a new student, until I showed her how easy the process was,” Benson said. “I see Japanese animation getting even more and more popular. It’s not the fringe culture it once was here and its ripple effect is definitely becoming a big part of our entertainment.” The Alliance is admittedly small - less than ten people regularly show up - but the high energy makes it easier for a newcomer to

relate. The members engage in rapid-fire discussions about anime, manga and video games and then watch movies on a huge projection screen. It isn’t strange to see students sitting in the back to do their homework under dimmed lights while still participating. “I know these three girls who have such different majors and schedules that they wouldn’t have became really good friends if it hadn’t been for (the Alliance),” Bey said. Wearing a screened T-shirt with Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing in a tree and showing off silly photos from Space Mountain, junior Hannah Muenchau is no doubt a huge Disney fan. However, she regularly shows up for screenings of anime movies and is now the Alliance’s treasurer. “I really like the social aspect of the club. It’s fun and recreational, and they can always bribe me with Disney movies,“ Muenchau said. Bey said people join to make friends and the quieter people in the club would find the courage to interact more with others than they did before. In addition to weekly meetings, The Alliance organizes group outings such as karaoke, spa and costume-shopping days. Sometimes, they even cosplay, or dress up as their favorite anime characters on the club’s annual event Hero Day. Bey was especially proud of a quiet first year, who was unavailable for comment, who bravely walked across campus wearing yellow hair ties, a white and blue schoolgirl outfit and a red armband unique to her character,

Haruhi from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Series. “She was very cute,” Bey said of the member. Alongside academic clubs and sports teams, The Alliance remains one of the only organizations oncampus that caters to pop culture and media crazes. They have big plans this semester that include group outings to the Cherry Blossom Festival and WonderCon events at San Francisco in April. With OSA, The Anime Alliance is also going to be hosting a Final

Friday special with Little Mermaid sing-along and karaoke event on Toyon Meadow on April 29. “I admire students like (Bey) who have a vision then go on to create a community, bringing a fun, lighthearted social activity to Mills that hasn’t happened on campus before,” Benson said. The Anime Alliance meets every Thursday at 6:15 p.m. in Lucie Stern 107. You can contact the Alliance by e-mailing them at

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Lyon-Martin Health Services Must Remain Open On January 25th, the Board of Directors for Lyon-Martin Health Services announced the clinic would be closing its doors—unless $250,000 could be raised to keep it open. Since the announcement, over $230,000 dollars has been raised. The rapid rate at which this emergency donation fund has accumulated—a fund which could not have been built so quickly without the hard work of many individuals devoted to preserving Lyon-Martin’s mission, including activists here at Mills—makes it seem likely that the clinic will remain open after all. Although it seems the closure will be avoided, the Campanil staff still find it important to express our

support for those fighting to keep Lyon-Martin open, as well as why we, too, believe it is crucial for the clinic to remain open. Named after lesbian couple Phyllis Ann Lyon and Dorothy “Del” Martin, the clinic was founded in 1979 by a group of medical providers and health activists as a clinic for lesbians to receive affordable and non-judmental health care. Over the years, it has come to serve other members of the LGBTQ community—most notably, members of the transgender community—as well as many people unable to afford healthcare from large corporate health providers such as Kaiser. Of the over 2,500 patients they

served in 2010, 84% lived below 200% of the federal poverty level according to a newletter released by the Lyon-Martin Board President. Addi-tionally, 42% of patients are queer-identified, 33% are people of color, and 17% are homeless or marginally housed. Last year saw the closure of another San Francisco clinic focused on serving LGBTQ individuals and those without access to health care otherwise when New Leaf Clinic closed in October. If Lyon-Martin closes, many of their patients will have nowhere else to turn for services. Those who are not LGBTQidentified may not understand the difficulty of receiving adequate

treatment for these individuals at a facility which is not designed to meet their needs. Although “homosexuality” has finally been taken off the medical books as a psychological disorder, transgender individuals must still undergo a pathologizing diagnosis (“Gender Identity Disorder”) to receive treatment like hormones or surgery. At Lyon-Martin, these treatments were available with less hassle for trans patients—the clinic provided many patients with hormones which these individuals might have otherwise had to buy off the street (as the Board President’s newsletter also states), as street hormone prices are often much cheaper than usually charged

by clinics. Lyon-Martin provides care for many marginalized, disenfranchised individuals who likely will have a hard time receiving services if its doors really close. The Campanil staff strongly believes that everyone deserves equal access to health care, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, financial situatution, or ability. We strongly support LyonMartin, their mission, and advocates for LGBTQ health care everywhere. Our staff urges you to get involved by donatingonline at to ensure the clinic will raise the funds it needs to remain open.


Support Economic Policy That Helps Families Stay Together Nadine Dixon CONTRIBUTING WRITER

All children deserve to grow up in a stable loving home surrounded by family and community that nurtures and supports their growth. Child welfare funding needs to be directed towards keeping families together. The parents of poor children are not extemporaneous to the well being of their children. What has the world come to that children

in the richest nation in the country have no permanent home, parents or community? Our welfare system gives less monetary support to poor families than it gives to other people to care for children once in foster care. In a 2010 report, CLASP, a national non–profit organization seeking to improve the economic security of low-income people, reported that 63.85% of California Child Welfare spending went to Title IVE, foster care funding. While in that same year TANF, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, received only 13.90% of California Child Welfare spending. The child welfare system in the United States is charged with protecting America’s youth. With

all the funds directed at protecting children many kids still age out of the foster care system without having found a permanent family. This issue needs to be addressed by every person in our society. Abused and neglected children are taken from their homes to be protected. Families in economic distress succumb to dreadful circumstances and take their woes out on the weakest in most need of care: children. Poverty is one factor that leads to child abuse and yet the very system set in place to prevent child abuse and neglect does less for a family in crisis than it does for an institution to care for kids. Child welfare funds need to be directed at families in crisis and not wait

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for children to be abused to support them. In California in 2006, 1,700,910 children lived in poverty and 76,129 children were in foster care (CLASP, 1/2010). In 2006, Title IV-E received $1,314,454,00 and TANF $286,103,00. A child in the home of the natural family is no less worthy of funding than a child that has already suffered some atrocity. Why wait for a child to be harmed before we lend a helping hand? Parents need monetary support to care for their children. Yes, people that are willing to care for abused children need incentive and affirmation, but parents deserve the same support to keep their family together. Government needs to invest in

early intervention for families living on the margin. Give families realistic support, enough to go to school, see doctors and eat healthy food so that they are able to give their children the tools they need to become successful in society. Existing policy largely gives funding to children that are already injured, giving them less than adequate care and expecting them not to repeat the woes of their family of origin. Child welfare funding should really break the cycle of abuse and neglect that children have faced in our society for generation upon generation. The economic crisis has hit families very hard since 2006. How many children have lost their families due to poverty?

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as easy as a resting count and a right turn becomes as easy as a basic, you know you’re making progress and won’t have to be in the beginner class forever. And when having lunch and talking with your host family seems almost as natural and comfortable as speaking in English to your friends back home, you know you’re making progress then, too. We all lead hectic, busy lives during the semester to the point where it can seem that every beat is an active beat, that we have to constantly contort and catapult ourselves through movement after movement. But the beats in between, where we stand still and take a breath, are what make all the other ones possible. One, two, three, rest, five, six, seven.


For several decades, the world of classical music performance has been in a panic. Audiences have aged and dwindled, ticket sales have declined, and orchestras have faced fierce competition for scarce philanthropic dollars. Many have wondered aloud about the demise of an age-old tradition. At a 2008 TED conference (a non-profit dedicated to supporting technology, entertainment, and design), conductor Benjamin Zander summarized the dismal outlook pervading the music profession: “They say three percent of the population likes classical music. ‘If only we could move it to four percent, our problems would be over!’” In the prevailing narrative of classical music’s impending doom, professional orchestras play a starring role. Anxious attention is lavished upon its supposed harbingers, like the recent liquidation of the Honolulu Symphony and the Detroit Symphony’s four-month musicians’ strike. Even warhorses like the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra have seen drastic budget cuts in their struggles to remain solvent. The evidence is mounting: professional orchestras are no longer the unshakable cultural institutions they once were. Maintaining them on life support is no longer a viable option. In fact, a save-the-orchestras mentality is likely to do more harm than good. If the tradition of classical music performance is to survive the next century, it must be liberated from the confines of the concert hall.

To take on new life, it must reach new ears. Moving beyond the concert hall requires a fundamental reorientation for classical music’s patrons and practitioners. Many are mired in a dogmatic (and historically unsound) allegiance to the concert hall, refusing to see film music and contemporary genre-mixing as legitimate branches of the classical music tradition. Yet it is precisely this rigidity that makes the concert hall a hostile setting for new listeners. A strict code of behaviors and protocols governs the concert hall, reinforcing a sense of classical music’s elitism. The novice concertgoer who offers applause between movements is almost certain to receive a few cold glares. In his TED talk, Zander rightly insisted that four percent will never cut it. The future of classical music hinges on making performances accessible and relevant to the other 97% of the population. Some groups have adopted this philosophy and pioneered ventures into new musical spaces. The Metropolitan Opera has made live broadcasts available in movie theaters worldwide. The San Francisco-based Classical Revolution offers chamber music performances in cafes, bars, and even at Food Not Bombs dinners. In its golden age, classical music was a living art form. Legends of Beethoven’s improvisation contests evoke a spirit of creativity and democratic participation that may be more recognizable in today’s freestyle rap contests than in the concert hall. For classical music to move beyond the concert hall, the music establishment will have to contend with the disruption of cherished traditions. Both music and performance practices will be cut up, altered, and remixed. But for those who love classical music and wish to see it thrive, perhaps a bit of change is welcome.

Uno, dos, tres, y, cinco, seis, siete. After a week of beginner lessons at El Bar, the rhythm of salsa runs through my head constantly. I wake up thinking it, I surreptitiously mark the basic step to it while sitting in class, and from 7-8 pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, when the music blares and the instructors say, “¡Se va!” I let it consume me fully. The rhythm of salsa can also be broken down into “rápido, rápido, lento” or “fast, fast,

slow.” One, two, three and five, six, seven are the beats that get all the action. Step, turn, arm swing, place change—all of this happens on those beats. Four and eight are the rests in between. They are where you return to your center, to your base position so that you can be prepared for the next complicated move. The art of salsa bears a striking resemblance to the daily dance of being in another country and speaking a second language. Every conversation I have in Spanish, every class I take, every time I try to figure out the bus system is like a quick turn, which is sometimes completed gracefully—at other times a bit sloppily and off balance. When the basic step becomes


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If Mills were the set for a romantic comedy, what would that movie be called?

“The Monster and the Lake. It would be about a couple trying to get saved from a monster in the lake—the plot twist would be that one of them has an affair with the monster.”

— Anna Basalaev-Binder, senior

"The Ex Factor.”

— Alysson Raymond, senior

When At Mills..... It would tell the story of a girl with a one-eyed fish who finds love in all the wrong places.

"There’s Something About Janet."

— Tanya Sarmina, senior

— Sophia Colmenarez & Isabella Vargas, first -years

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Feb. 8, 2011

Sports & Health

Swimming against the current

How to win a college swim meet, one stroke at a time


The Mills College swim team at Chapman University in Orange, CA on Jan 28. The swim meet was back to back with a competition at Cal Tech the previous day.

Bonnie Horgos SPORTS & HEALTH EDITOR After nearly a month of being a part of the M i l l s College s w i m team, I finally got to put my training to the test: my first swim meet. I traveled with the team to Los Angeles, where we competed against Cal Tech, Chapman, Biola and Vanguard. I dove head first into the swimming competition, hoping to come up with some decent times. So was I a little fish in a big pond, sinking beneath a surface of college athletes? Read on.

I wasn't expecting to win the event as I dove into the pool. My greatest hope at the time was survival. Yet there I was, neck and neck with a Cal Tech swimmer during my 50 yard leg of the 200 yard relay. Three other Mills College swimmers had swam their 50 and I was the last one. The swimmer before me had put us in first, her strong arms chopping through the water. My job? To close the deal. I propelled my arms as hard as I could, taking in as little breath as possible to keep my momentum. I flip turned at the other side of the pool, pushing off on my back and rotating forward. 25 yards left to go. My body aching, I tore back to the other side, not stopping until after I'd slammed my hands against the wall. I looked up and saw the three other relay swimmers, faces wet and smiling.

We had won the final event of our day. And calculating in all the other events, we had won the whole swim meet. I hoisted myself out the pool, joyously celebrating with my teammates. Our last few weeks of rigorous training had paid off and we had data to prove it. I wasn't always swimming with the team, though. I also swam the 1000 freestyle, the longest event of the day consisting of 40 lengths of the pool. It felt amazing to glide through the water for 15 minutes, feeling my muscles ache as I heard my teammates shout out my name as they crouched at the end of the pool. I was competing against two other people, both from Cal Tech. One of them held a faster pace, while the other swimmer kept right by my side for a majority of the swim. I felt comfortable, though, as if I had a lot left in me. I wasn't so sure if she did.

The faster swimmer finished, while the other began to fall behind me. I had a feeling I would eventually lose her as the race went on; it seemed as though she was pushing an unnatural pace to keep up with me. The last few laps blurred by, my breath becoming shorter with each stroke. The end seemed like an impossible achievement, but my final lap came and I slammed by body through the water as hard as I could. I splashed into the wall, exhausted but thrilled that I had finished. I had just completed a 1000 yard race, coming in second of three. I was thrilled. The race wasn't over, though. I turned around, cheering on the Cal Tech swimmer still completing her race. I had been in her place mere seconds ago and I knew the agonizing pain of an endurance race. She came in and the three of us shook hands, satisfied and relieved that

the race was over. And that's the thing with swimming. Although you're a team, at the end of the day, you're the person staring at the line on the bottom of the pool, pushing yourself to finish the event as quickly as possible. Even if you win or lose in the event, you know each person hurt just as much. It would kind of be rude if the swimmer next to you didn't shake your hand.

Coming up next week I’m coming to the end of the Mills College swimming team season. Will I be able to stay focused for our final swim meets at Mills on Feb. 11 and 12?

Stress from page 1

Kaiser an additional option for students seeking counseling First year Lix said she tried to schedule a counseling appointment last semester after a traumatic event happened in her dorm. Lix turned to the Mills counseling center for guidance. "I had one appointment and I was really excited," Lix said. "But after they told me I had to wait one month before the next appointment was available." Lix tried to book another appointment by calling Counseling & Psychological Services. She got

in touch with the center within a couple weeks; they told her to come by at 6 p.m. one evening for an appointment. "I left practice early, ran over to the building and nobody was in the building," Lix said. "It was really annoying. It was something I was looking forward to; I was excited to talk to someone." Newton said that the center has counseling slots reserved for emergencies, however. "We try to do some things to

help students stay connected with resources such as Kaiser," Newton said. "They have classes, support groups and private sessions." Private counseling sessions' costs are on a sliding scale , depending on the student's personal Kaiser plan. According to Newton, the Counseling & Psychological Services is funded through Mills College's general operating budget, with a certain amount set aside for staffing and operational costs of the

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facilities. "The College is continually looking at and re-evaluating the needs of the student body in making funding decisions for the Counseling Center as well as other student services," Newton said. And students' needs may be changing with the increase in stress levels. Lix said that while counseling at Mills provides services for students, the center may not be prepared as students become

increasingly stressed. "I would say that unless you tell them that it's life-threatening, don't expect to get in," Lix said. "I think that they need to hire a few more people to placate to the students." Newton said that one solution to making sure students receive free counseling sessions at Mills is to either hire more counselors or extend the current counselors’ hours. Newton said that this would increase the costs of operating the center however.

Issue 3, Spring 2011  

Issue 3, Spring 2011

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