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Dr. Joi to leave Mills

Assault increases resource awareness Ruby Woods Breaking News Editor


Dr. Joi Lewis after completing the 23rd annual cross country invitational in Sept 2010.

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About 30 administrators and two students attended a 17-minute meeting on Feb 9 called by President Alecia DeCoudreaux to address the departure of Dr. Joi Lewis from Mills College. After serving five years at Mills, Lewis will be returning to the Midwest to reunite with her family and assume the position of Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. DeCoudreaux emailed the Mills

community about Lewis’s departure the same day as the community meeting, stating that the meeting was held in order “to continue to build a more open, collaborative community” with students, and to wish Lewis well. “For all of us, it’s loss (and) we will have a period of mourning,” De Coudreaux said at the meeting, “but it’s hard to stay in that place in view of the fact that this is such a joyous time for her.” DeCoudreaux and administrators who spoke at the meeting assured the Mills community that this Division of Student Life (DSL) leadership transition, effective after Dr. Joi’s exit, would not affect the department’s quality of service. “We are here to support stu-

dents,” said Angela Batista, Associate Dean of Students and Community Life. “We don’t want students to step away because of this transition.” While a national search for a new dean takes place, Batista and Kennedy Golden, Associate Dean of Students and Operations, will report to DeCoucreaux. Themy Adachi, Athletics Director, Dorian Newton, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, and Monica Wilson, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Student Life, will report to Golden. Though no specifics have been given about the process of finding a new dean of student life, DeCoudreaux said that “a search committee will be formed with constituent See

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A Mills College student was sexually assaulted on campus on Feb 6. Within 24 hours, the Division of Student Life sent the community an email, raising questions about what the community can do to offer the victim support and how to prevent another assault. “Social constructs have set us up to second guess ourselves, especially women, with sexism being conditioned in us from a young age,” said Dean of Student Life Dr. Joi Lewis, who was unable to release specific details about the assault. No one should blame a victim for circumstances beyond his or her control, Lewis said. “It’s not your fault,” Lewis said, “Things can happen, even with someone you know really well.” Nonetheless, students are worried about their safety on campus and in the residence halls. “Anytime someone in the community has been harmed or hurt, it raises questions and concerns around others’ individual safety, the safety of the campus, the safety of the community,” said Residential Life Director Monique Young. Preventative measures are in place to protect students at Mills. “There are four levels of separation,” junior Emily Kaput said, “The gate, the guards, the door to the residence hall and the door to your room.” According to the Feb 7 email, the assault took place in the residential community. By invading students’ personal space — their home essentially — the assailant has changed students’ perspective regarding their safety. “It’s not just you who’s affected,” junior Lauren Martin said, “Everyone else is affected too.” There are precautions students can take to be safe, including being self aware. “The biggest thing is to always be mindful of your own surroundings, who you are inviting to the community and who you are engaging with,” Young said. “Sexual assault happens, unfortunately, in society, and Mills College is no different. The best thing we can do as individuals is always be conscious of who we’re around


Lewis and President DeCoudreaux at the Feb 9 meeting discuss Lewis’s upcoming exit from Mills.

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and what we’re doing. Personal safety, I think, is the key for everyone.” Kim Baranek, Director of Wellness and Community Outreach Services, advises that when partying with friends, designate one person to remain sober, and check in with that person throughout the night. “You should also never take a drink that you did not see poured yourself,” Baranek said. “And keep an eye on it – don’t leave it unattended.” Baranek suggested that another helpful trick is the “Circle of 6” iPhone app, which allows for individuals to contact their friends with a message specific to the situation they find themselves in, and hopefully prevent any violence from occurring. In the event of a sexual assault, there are resources, both on and off campus, for victims, their friends and family to help him or her recover from the event. On campus, there is counseling available, as well as pamphlets in the Community Health Resource Center (CHRC). However, no one will pressure a victim to do anything that they don’t feel they are ready for. “It’s important to maintain that the student is in charge,” Baranek said. “They make the decisions.” Rape Trauma Syndrome is a common after-affect of being sexually assaulted, and Mills provides a high level of service, according to Baranek, as it understands that many areas of a victim’s life can be impacted, including school. “The earlier a survivor gets support, the better outcomes there are in terms of healing,” Baranek said. There is legal protection for sexual assault victims, among other types of victims. Proposition 9, also referred to as the “Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008” or “Marsy’s Law,” ensures that victims of crimes are provided with constitutional rights and that the state respects those rights. There are steps that students who have been sexually assaulted can take to put them on the road to recovery. One such option, according to Baranek, is to have a medical exam at Highland Sexual Assault Center, a branch of the Highland Hospital in Oakland, which has services including a 24-hour crisis line and ongoing counseling for both victims of assault and a victim’s friends and family. All of the See

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JAM aids campus collaboration Ruby Woods Breaking News Editor While studying at Mills College several years ago, alumna Adrianna Hutchinson noticed that the same eight to 10 students were doing everything for the clubs on campus, from posting flyers to organizing events. “They seemed to be competing for, rather than sharing, resources,” Hutchinson said. Having assessed Mills’ need, Hutchinson decided to form an organization that would unify groups on campus. She dubbed it “jamaa,” the Swahili word for “family.” “Next, I had to find a name that actually fit with the acronym JAMAA,” said Hutchinson, who finally settled on “Joining All Mills Affinity Groups and Associations.” JAMAA acted as a liaison between different student clubs. For example, if one student was posting flyers for one club event, that same student could post flyers for another club at the same time. “It decreases the quantity of work, while maintaining the quality,” Hutchinson said. Following Hutchinson’s graduation, JAMAA became JAM (Joining All Mills) and has grown to

include not just students, but Mills faculty and staff as well, who were feeling disconnected from student life. JAM hosted an on-campus reception for students, faculty and staff on Feb 13 to celebrate and foster a sense of community and create an opportunity for dialogue about diversity. “It’s like a big Mills family reunion,” said Rebecca Freeman, Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) Vice President and Diversity Committee Chair. JAM “connects organizations to build coalitions and works to have effective programming,” Freeman said. “JAM is a way for clubs and organizations to network, as well as share resources and ideas about social justice.” Due to recent changes at Mills, including the loss of various staff and faculty members, it is now more important than ever that the Mills community remain connected, according to Freeman. “JAM is about brainstorming, collaborating and hopefully organizing around existing ideas or new innovations,” Freeman said. While JAM has undergone changes of its own, Hutchinson is pleased with the direction it seems to be headed in. “JAM, or JAMAA, is meant to

bring people together,” Hutchinson said, “It adapts to what students need.” Associated Dean of Students Angela Batista is enthusiastic about JAM, describing it as “the result of the strong commitment and efforts of students around social justice.” Hutchinson described the Feb 13 reception as a chance to “facilitate discussion between different groups.” Freeman planned a special activity for the reception: a JAM wish jar. “We write our hopes and wishes for Mills’ future on little slips of paper, and put them in a jam jar, creating a time capsule,” Freeman said. “However, we haven’t decided yet whether the wishes will be for every four years or every ten years.” JAM is prepared to move forward as well. “As students change, JAM should change with them,” Hutchinson said. The organization is, first and foremost, a place of equality and acceptance. “JAM is intended to promote a safe and healthy community for all identities to be represented,” Freeman said. For more information about JAM, email asmcsocialjustice@

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Local news bites Oakland Iced Tea Dear Mom, a bar in the Mission, invented a drink called the Oakland Iced Tea. It’s like a Long Island Iced Tea but also contains Hennessy and Sprite. Mills alumna artist Julie Siegel, Mills studio art BFA and Colorado artist, is The Livery Playhouse’s artist of the month. For the last 12 years, Siegel has operated True Faux, a decorative painting business specializing in exotic finishes, woodgraining, stone and plaster repair. She has also been commissioned to paint murals, children’s

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play structures, illustrations and portraits. Boxing Association ends After 25 years of service, the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA), who provides free after-school programs to kids, may have to shut its doors due to lack of funding. This loss of resources is due in part by the death of four EOBA leaders in the past few years. Directors are now asking for support from civic leaders and community members to keep the association alive. EOBA is about five miles from Mills College.


Joining All Mills (JAM) logo pictured above. JAM aims to opens up dialogue and collaboration among different campus groups.

England “Charlie Bit My Finger,” the 56-second clip of baby Charlie Davies-Carr biting his brother Harry’s finger, has become the single most viewed noncommercial video in YouTube history, having been watched 417.6 million times. Greece The Greek government announced last week that 15,000 civil service jobs would be cut this year in the wake of new austerity measures needed to protect new debt agreements. In the country’s two-year financial crisis, this is

the first time the usually protected state jobs have been cut. Finland Sauli Niinisto became the

first conservative president to be elected in Finland in five decades last week. He took 63 percent of the vote.

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Mexico Josefina Vazquez Mota was nominated last week by the National Action Party the first female presidential candidate to run on a major-party ticket. Spain The winner of the 2010 Tour de France, Aleberto Contador, has been found guilty of using steriods and was stripped of his 2010 victory. The Spanish cyclist claims that tainted steak he ate during the tour contaminated his blood, but authorities could not find proof to support this claim.

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representation” to replace Lewis by the fall semester. The committee will include a student voice as promised by DeCoudreaux and will be formed as soon as possible. “We want this to be as collaborative and inclusive a process as possible,” De Coudreaux said. As DeCoudreaux said in her email, Lewis has made important strides at DSL, including the development of such programs as The Narrative Project, the Belonging Initiative, and the Soup and Substance program, which have all aimed to increase student retention. As an advocate for social justice and equality, Lewis’s focus at Mills has been on creating community amongst the student body’s diverse population. She helped form the Diversity and Social Justice Center, established the Community Health Resource Center, and played an important role in enabling the Kaiser Student Health Center to open on campus. Reactions to Lewis’s departure throughout the Mills community have been mixed. Though beloved by many students, some still harbor hurt feelings about the lay-offs that took place in DSL last semester. “Does anyone stay at Mills anymore?” Mills alum Kirin Khan wrote on The Campanil’s Facebook page. “Between transfers, budget cuts, and firings, I am struggling as an alum to feel connected to my alma mater.”

Kirstyne Lange, one of two students who attended the Thursday meeting, had more sentimental feelings towards Lewis. “She has been a pillar to my growth in the last few years,” Lange said. “And I truly appreciate her for extending herself to me. I am saddened to see her depart Mills.” MaggieJo Banken, who is on break from Mills but will return as a senior next spring, felt that Minneapolis was a good place for Lewis. “The twin cities (Minneapolis and St.Paul) is where, Minnesotans go to college. People come from all over the state, from farms and small towns to get an education,” Banken wrote. “Who better to help students be well equipped to live in a diverse world than Dr. Joi?” Though some do still feel upset about the lay-offs, the appreciation of Lewis’s service to Mills runs deep. “Even with the lay-offs when I was feeling upset about all that,” junior Kiaonno Bradley said, “I could still go and talk to [Dr. Joi], respect her decision and know it was nothing personal.” At the end of the meeting, De Coudreaux asked the attendees if there were any further questions or comments. She was met with silence. But as the meeting was dismissed, everybody in the room stood to give Dr. Joi an extended ovation.

Statistics Sexual assault victims range in age from infants to the very elderly. In 80 percent of sexual assaults, the victim knows the assailant. He or she is a schoolmate, spouse, fellow employee, date, neighbor or relative. Sexual assault can happen anytime. Thirty four percent of sexual assaults occur in the daylight. A sexual assault occurs every seven minutes. Sexual assault can happen anywhere. Twenty seven percent of all rapes occur in the victim’s own home. Rape is not just a “woman’s problem.” Rape and sexual assault affects women, men and children of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. One in four girls, one in three women, one in six boys and one in eleven men will be victims at least once in their lifetime.


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“ I have a great deal of gratitude for the Mills community, particularly for the students, who have and will continue to be, huge teachers to me.” -Dr. Joi Lewis


Top: Dr. Joi Lewis around campus in 2011. Bottom: Lewis accepts praise at the Feb 9 meeting.

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services are free, and the center’s social workers stay with a victim throughout the entire process. “Evidence can then be turned over to the police,” Baranek said. “However, the advocate-victim relationship is protected, meaning that the advocate does not have to divulge any information to law enforcement.” Other centers include Alameda County Family Justice Center, which provides legal counseling, and Kaiser Permanente Support Groups that include coping with trauma and survivors of violent crime. For a victim’s friends and family,

Baranek’s advice is to “listen without judgment, inform the victim of different resources that are available, let the survivor make decisions about what they need – don’t be pushy – and deal with your own reaction to the assault in a way that won’t negatively impact the survivor.” Recovery is a long and arduous process. But those closest to the victim must be patient and show her or him that they are true friends and will continue to stand by them, Baranek said. No matter what, Lewis said, “No one ever has the right to violate your body, your mind.”

Resources The Highland Sexual Assault Center (510)534-9290 or (510)534-9291 1411 E. 31st Street, Oakland, CA * 24-hour crisis line * Emergency medical examination and treatment * Rape evidence collection and support groups for the victim and/ or family. * And more.

Alameda County Family Justice Center (510)267-8800 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA


A one-stop center offering free services like getting a restraining order and filing a police report for victims of domestic and sexual violence, child and elder abuse.

A) Mills College is close to B) The Highland Sexual Assault Center and C) Alameda County Family Justice Center.

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Feb 14, 2012

Arts & Features

Campus Clothing Swap A Fashionable Success

Fatima Sugapong Contributing Writer

At the Student Union on Feb 9, Mills students rummaged through tables upon tables of treasures and potential fashion finds. After rifling through ripped jeans and beaded tank tops, many came away from the event with a few new pieces to add to their wardrobe. The Tuesday’s Club, a club dedicated to creative community building, hosted the clothing swap. Club President and senior Kyla Kelley, came up with the idea after having a successful clothing swap with her friends. “I thought it would be a fun thing to bring to Mills,” Kelley said. This is the second year in a row Tuesday’s Club hosted a clothing swap on campus. Last year, they rounded up all the clothes left over at the end of the swap and donated them to a local charity in San Leandro. This year, however, they’re doing something new. The volunteers who helped clean up the event got to take a box of clothes and donate them to a charity of their choice. Shannon Cook, a sophomore, just transferred to Mills and recently signed up for the Tuesday’s Club at the Block Party on Jan 27. Even though she did not intend on taking any clothing for herself, she volunteered to help donate any clothing


The Mills Clothing Swap hosted by the Tuesday’s Club in the Student Union included crowds of students rifling through colorful tables of clothing and shoes.

left over after the event. Cook did not have a particular charity in mind, but said, “I’ll just take the box wherever they tell me to.” Elena Ruiz, a junior, also volunteered at the event. Although she was busy, she still wanted to make sure she took part in the swap. “I talked to Kyla and told her that I want to go, but it would only be fair if I work it,” Ruiz said. Club members like Amy Alaman, the Co-Publicity Chair, heavily publicized the clothing swap via Facebook, Student News and even handmade fliers. Casey Honath, a sophomore, heard about the event through Mills’ Student News and made sure to bring her friend Valeska Munoz, also a sophomore, along with her. Like the rest of the participants, they were looking for some new clothing to update their wardrobe. Clothing may often hold fleeting sentimental value and a clothing swap is just one of the many successful ways to recycle and share your treasures with others. Kelley came up with a thrifty and genius solution to bring those old treasures to life again by giving them away to someone else who will wear them all the time just as you once did. She also shared a funny anecdote about the time she ran into someone wearing something of hers last year and said, “It was really exciting seeing one of my Mills sisters wearing something that I used to wear all the time.”

2012 Sex Positive Fair On Feb 10, the annual Sex Positive Fair took place at the Student Union. Various vendors from the Bay Area set up shop to sell items such as bondage gear, porn, and erotic chocolate. The Community Health Resource Center also had a table at the fair with all things condoms — male and female condoms along with fun condom crafts. Burlesque dancers and bondage instructors were also on hand to add more flair. The fair was followed by a special bondage class for a fee. The proceeds benefitted Mills College’s Face Aids chapter.


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Arts & Features

Feb 14, 2012


A contemporary guide to Valentine’s Day A modern look into a non-traditional way of celebrating the day that St. Valentine allows the general public to cherish.


The ultimate Valentine’s Day dinner: follow the steps detailed below in order to have your own fabulous night of romance. Celebrities and clip art not included.

Jen Ramos Asst. Arts & Features Editor Valentine’s Day. February 14. We’ve all been there at some point in our lives — especially if you’ve survived all of the holidays that occur between January 1 and December 31. But what’s there to do when you don’t want to celebrate the pseudo-saccharine, romantically serialized day? Our resident Singles Expert on the Fine Arts has compiled a list of things to do alone on Valentine’s Day.

Dress up in a Chewbacca costume and troll Berkeley with romance Why wouldn’t you dress as a Wookiee around a college town on a romantic day? Get in between your favorite couple like Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa and be the hairy third wheel. Hand out holographic roses and Corellian chocolate. Shout out your favorite romantic lines from the Star Wars saga at randoms walking down the street. No one can resist the charm of Chewie yelling “Han Shot First!” and “That’s no moon!” Sing

Lionel Richie’s at Starbucks


Take the time out of your day and your latte-acquiring time to serenade baristas and customers with the Lionel Richie classic. Make everyone in the room ask, “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” Sing your heart out and get the whole place to join in. Just don’t do this while standing outside of the building and staring a customer down. That’s just creepy. Hit up convenience stores after Valentine’s Day Chocolate prices are slashed by 50 - 75 percent in order to make room for Easter candy. No point in eating copious amounts of ridiculously priced chocolate on Valentine’s Day when you can get it at dirt cheap prices the day after. Let your inner sugar shopaholic run free at CVS and buy chocolate roses for $0.50! If you endure the grueling pain of Valentine’s Day, you can treat yourself to reasonably priced candy on the 15th.

Go to Chuck E. Cheese When you think of Valentine’s Day, it’s common to imagine a host of fancy restaurants and roses — the wining and dining of romance. Chuck E. Cheese is amazing in that it’s the absolute furthest thing from romance. With a giant mouse forever stuck in late ‘80s neon skater gear patrolling the place, arcade games, young children running around, and greasy pizza, it screams “after school hangout” more than a hot date. Order a whole chocolate cake for yourself and maybe some chicken wings, too! Spend hours playing Skyrim Enter the magical world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and spend the night surrounded by dragons. Skyrim can always be substituted with any video game you wish, but the sentiment still stands. Go see The Vow by yourself and smuggle KFC into the theater Go buy yourself some fried chicken and bask in the magic of the Channing Tatum/Rachel McAdams movie. Don’t share your fried goodies with anyone. Spend hours on the internet Why not get consumed by the wonders of the World Wide Web? Check out your favorite social networking websites, read random Wikipedia articles, join a subreddit, or look up LOLCATS. Maybe xkcd has a new comic up or your favorite blog has a new post. Before you know it, it’s Feb 15, and the wretched holiday is over.


Play hide and seek in popular Valentine’s Day locations Get a friend to go with you to various locations — such as a fancy restaurant, a chocolate store, a Victoria’s Secret store, a jewelry store — and hide in the most inappropriate places. It’s fun for all. Clip art craft time Do you remember the GeoCities craze on the internet? Even if you don’t, just google “GeoCities clip art,” print out your favorites and make crafts out of it. You can make a papier-mâché lamp shade using terribly illustrated art while playing your favorite songs in MIDI format!

Buy cardboard cutouts If you’ve got the means to do so, buy a cardboard cutout of someone you fancy (in a non-creepy way, of course) or someone you like to laugh at. Bring it around everywhere you go and take photos with it. Or, you can buy two cutouts and set them up on a date! Post your romantic photos on Reddit for karma. Rent Blue Valentine Or a movie of equally depressing value. Something preferably with Ryan Gosling. In fact, Valentine’s Day should just be a Forever Ryan Gosling Day where you spend the entire day watching his films while consuming chocolates and strawberries. With all these options to have a rollicking time on Valentine’s Day, why focus on being single? Only you can stop yourself from dwelling on the negatives and try some fun things out!

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Feb 14, 2012

Opinions & Editorial


QUESTION OF Occupiers fail to occupy building ... And our attention THE WEEK In recent Occupy Oakland news, occupiers attempted to “move-in” to the abandoned Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to no avail. Remember that? Yeah, it was weeks ago now. Who can keep track of all of the movement’s actions? Mills seems to have cooled off from the once hot topic of Occupy Oakland. Is it because we are getting frustrated with the movement, which has been receiving more bad press than good? Is it because the movement’s more violent members are taking the spotlight? In the news are stories of burning American flags, destruction of public property — specifically a children’s art exhibit that was destroyed by the protestors — which must mean that these protestors are anti-Americans with blackened hearts, right? Who else would dare destroy the art of innocent children? The coverage of the violence and destruction of Occupiers may be part of the reason for Mills’ step back from the movement. The Los Angeles Times reported that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan called the Occupy movement “a constant provocation of the police with a lot of violence toward them.” Even supporters of the movement here at Mills think that the violence is leading the movement astray. We think that the tactics of the Occupiers show discrepancies between their goal of social justice and the methods used to achieve that goal. How can complaints about police brutality be substantiated when violence coming from protestors is also victimizing the police? Police are often cast as the antagonist by Occupiers, but the same reasoning could be applied by police to Occupiers when they

are attacked by projectile bicycles, which did occur on the Jan 28 “move-in” day. Besides the ethical problems many may have with the violence seen in downtown Oakland, college students are just busy. Who has spare time to stay up to date with the movement’s agenda when classes require our constant procrastinating attention? When we are staring at our books with brain cells struggling to do their brain jobs, how can we take extra time to work with a movement that is based on ideas with which we aren’t feeling connected. The Occupy movement worldwide is based on the idea that those without jobs and homes are unfairly handed a dismal sentence. This may be hard for us as college students to relate to twhen we are housed and working a 40 hour week at our current “job” that requires our daily attention. But, this is why the Occupy movement does affect us. Our goal as college students is to change the world and maybe help ourselves out and get a job along the way. Remember that, regardless of the hard work we put in, graduation could lead to unemployment in the current economy. We do have a stake in this. But what can we do about it, we’re busy! Awareness is always helpful, but the availability of unbiased news about the movement is sparse and the decrease in activity of Occupy Mills means we have to search for the news on our own. Also, the Occupy movement has to work pretty hard to get coverage in the mainstream media. The popular press relies on sensationalism and tends to forget about Occupy

when things are less controversial. Many critiques of the movement take issue with the lack of a clear, concise vision. A vision for the future demands critical thinking and an in-depth understanding of society, and this requires a welldeveloped mind which is often a product of higher education. A devotion to school can lead to a devotion to world change. And so, as students, we are all involved. There are more roles in this than being arrested in the street or sleeping in a tent by City Hall. Don’t think that because you aren’t marching in the streets with signs you aren’t a part of the movement. Being a college student is important. An establishment like Mills College is where we enlarge the future big brains we need to get these problems solved. People need to be in the streets yelling, but there’s much to be done on the sidelines, too. We can really do a lot by succeeding in school. So, put down your picket signs, put on your sweat pants, and stare at the blinking cursor on your computer, waiting for you to solve the problems of your homework, not the world. You’ll get to that later.

“Good; I would have the Republicans and Democrats fall in love.”

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If you had Cupid’s power of cherubly love would you use your power for good or evil?

“Good; I truly believe that there is someone for eveyone. So, I would use my power to match them up.”

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post-bac student

“Good; I would use it to make people just happy-in-love with themselves in a non-narcissistic, self-discovery way.” — Cuauhtemoc Peranda, second-year grad student

Letter to the Editor Dear Editors, I am writing to respond to the letter published on Jan 25, 2012, titled “Not a Mills woman-at least, not yet.” As the Dean of Undergraduate Admission at Mills and a proud graduate of the class of 1993, I would like to assure prospective students, current students, and members of the community that the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Mills carefully evaluates each application to the College. We follow

specific standards for admission, which are outlined in our admission materials. In addition, the College complies with state and federal non-discrimination laws. Admission to Mills is competitive and the College simply cannot admit every applicant who applies. As a result, many students receive disappointing admission decisions from selective colleges like Mills. Anyone who is denied admission, however, may appeal the decision by submitting new academic cre-

dentials and a letter of appeal to the Admission Committee. We are eager to admit students who meet our admission standards and who will succeed at the College and persist to graduation. Mills remains committed to enrolling and providing support to a diverse population of students. ­­­­­­­­ — Giulietta Aquino ‘93 Dean of Undergraduate Admission

“Good; I would help all the world countries that are currently hating on each other to fall in love with each other.”

— Priscilla Yuki Wilson, junior

“Good; I would use it to provide love to those who don’t have it.” — Carlos Loera bookstore employee

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Health & Sports

Feb 14, 2012


HEALTH AND THE BROKEN HEART Eden Sugay Health & Sports editor

I’m sitting here on Valentine’s Day with a dull day-long itinerary full of work, but the second I clock out, I have a romantic evening awaiting me in my apartment: spending time with me, myself and I and an extensive Ryan Gosling movie marathon. I’m not too torn up over the fact I won’t be spending my night with someone better (because let’s face it, there really is no one better than Ryan Gosling) or that there isn’t someone who both holds my heart and has given me theirs to spend the fluffy, candy-coated holiday with. But I do remember the times I have been torn up about it. Hell, I’d even wager I have felt nearly heartbroken over the situation. There was the time when my crush in the third grade didn’t accept my handmade Valentine’s Day card or when my boyfriend in the tenth grade broke up with me three days before our big Valentine’s Day date that I had spent weeks both planning and looking forward to it. Whenever I hear my friends telling me they have a broken heart, I silently scoff at the idea. You’re going to tell me that you are so upset, so sad, so distraught over someone or something that your heart has taken full control over your body and left you incapacitated? As it turns out, I should

have been the one scoffed at. According to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2005, injuries – and even deaths – underwent a high level of evaluation and scrutiny when a total of 19 different patients (the majority older women) developed symptoms similar to a heart attack almost immediately following a bout of severe emotional stress. The puzzling thing about these patients’ cases, however, was that once they were evaluated, their doctors found no signs of symptoms related to heart disease usually present in those who suffer from heart attacks. The doctors evaluating the cases were inclined to believe that all the patients suffered from heart attacks because their electrocardiography (EKG) levels and blood work were abnormal, but there was no evidence of any blockage within their arteries. Since this study, more patients appeared with similar symptoms, having weakened hearts and clear arteries. The confusion continued as the results revealed that the levels of the patients’ stress hormones were consistently elevating and interfering with normal blood flows, a major reason why their hearts were becoming weaker. The degrees of damage on the patients’ bodies consist of chest pain, fluid entering the lungs, irregular heartbeat and short, sharp breathing. These copy cat heart attacks are other-

wise known as stress cardiomyopathy or broken heart syndrome. Broken heart syndrome, as defined by, is when a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the remaining parts of your heart can either function normally or start acting with even more forceful contractions. This condition can be triggered by news of a loved one’s death, abuse, loss, physical stressors such as accidents and trauma caused by break ups. “That makes perfect sense,” says sophomore Sophia Colmenarez, agreeing with the triggers of broken heart syndrome and the condition itself. “I remember having a difficult time when my first boyfriend in high school broke up with me. It wasn’t like we were in love or anything, it was probably only infatuation at most, but it still hurt. It wasn’t the kind of gut-wrenching, pain-crippling pain that loss from love seems to create in the movies, and I’m also not the type of person to wallow in my self-pity, but there were days I did just want to stay home and do nothing but lay in my bed. I believe humans are meant to be social beings. When you create a strong dependency on another person or thing and then it’s taken from you, I think the depression from the break caused by that kind of loneliness can lead to physical injuries and maybe even death.” Fortunately, once the syndrome has been diagnosed and treated, most

patients will successfully recover. The confusion around why broken heart syndrome develops in people to begin with is still prevalent. Many believe genetics play a role in the condition. Broken heart syndrome is most commonly found among postmenopausal women, which may suggest that their decline in estrogen levels play a factor in their condition, as stated later in The New England Journal of Medicine. “I feel like it’s mostly a mental thing,” Colmenarez says, “The brain is a powerful muscle and our hearts are equally as strong; when the two of them work together, people underestimate how much their collaboration can affect their bodies.”

Sophomores Christina Williams, Mariah Taylor and Cynthia Garcia gained interest in of Black water, which is a new Canadian mineral water from a Canadian spring in the Sandiland Forest Reserve, during dinner one evening at founders. Instead of coffee, Garcia and Taylor were drinking the newly popular Canadian spring water. Where the water is comes from is surrounded by humic and fulvic minerals. These minerals are a natural substance found within plants deeply embedded in the Earth. The minerals of the water naturally filter itself and the sand that enriches the water gives the drink it dark hue. According to the blk (the company that produces the drink) Facebook page, the benefits of consuming its product can “naturally boost your energy, enhance your immune system, kick start metabolism, removes toxins from blood (cells), high in antioxidants, and contains essential amino acids and 77 trace minerals.” Mills’ Professor of Chemistry John S. Brabson explained that the fulvic acid present in Black Water appears to be a compound related to a diuretic which makes you urinate and lowers blood pressure, making you feel more

naturally energetic and less tired. However Brabson did mention that fulvic acid places a burden on the liver and that our digestive system “hasn’t evolved to digest the fulvic acid” and cautioned people about the alleged health claims Black Water makes because you can achieve the same health outcome for less money. Brabson suggested “taking a cat nap to give your kidneys a break” will make you experience the same affects of drinking Black Water. The Tea Shop is notorious for selling drinks that are notably healthy for you, such as the drink called Kombucha, which is a fermented tea that is said to have many health benefits that run along the lines of detoxifying your body. There are several other unusual, healthy drinks found at The Tea Shop; perhaps Black Water will be the next addition. Megan Fisher, catering manager with Bon Appetit, said they “are always open for suggestions and happy to look into it.” “I’m so curious to try it, I’d buy it if the Tea Shop had it,” said sophomore Avalon Baldwin. Her interest in the drink came after being initially put off by it, but after some research Baldwin was willing to try it.

Black Water can be bought online through Amazon for $55.00 for a 24 pack of 16.9 ounce bottles. You can also buy the beverage through Blackwater Online for $3.95 for one 12 ounce bottle. Local health food stores such as Trader Joe’s, Farmer Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Berkeley Bowl and Piedmont Grocery do not have Black Water in stock. The Black Water drink is produced in Canada and distributed mostly on the East Coast of the United States because the Sandiland Forest Reserve is located near the borders states of North Dakota and Minnesota. Barbara Bowman, Associate Professor of Biology has never heard of the Black Water Drink but did give advice from a book called “Food Rules” by Michael Pollan. This book gives simple rules that can help you eat better, one of them that Bowman highlighted was “don’t eat anything that makes a health claim.” The logic behind this is that a product that makes a health claim would have to put it on the packaging, and if it is packaged, it is most likely processed. It is difficult to shy away from a packaged product, however, when its packaging is equally as intriguing as the product itself.


Take care of your hearts and bodies this Valentine’s Day, Millsies! xoxo, The Campanil Staff

“Blk” is the new “black” Ahleli Cuenca asst. health & Sports editor

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Feb 14, 2012

Health & Sports

Living well: Balance Lunges Do this, not that: tips for

healthy living and feeling better

Eden Sugay Health & Sports Editor It is never easy talking about our insecurities when our insecurities involve our bodies. I still have trouble admitting which parts of myself need more work and which parts of myself need to be maintained and that’s what keeps any progress from occurring. I have gained a little more security in myself so that I can now openly admit which areas of my body are my least favorite and are my goto targets whenever I hit the gym. I have been dancing for the majority of my life and my training has caused the muscles in my legs to be bigger and stronger than most people’s. It took me a very long time, however, to attribute this strength as a good thing. I’ve always had qualms with my hips, thighs and butt; they were always “too this” or “too that.” It also took me a long time to try and figure out why I was so displeased with these parts o my body and who I was trying to impress. Once I realized there really is no one I need to impress, other than myself, then I was able to start using this strength to my advantage and work towards getting stronger.

Eden Sugay Health & Sports Editor

Create a mental checklist.


Above: Freshwoman Melissa Carlson executes the balance lunge perfectly! Her form and posture are great; two extremely crucial aspects to fostering proper exercise techniques.

- This exercise is great for targeting your thighs and butt. - Begin with your hands on your hips. Stand about two to three feet in front of a bench or chair. Place your right foot on the bench or chair. - Start to slowly lower your body in a straight line, making your left knee bend at a 90 degree angle. Push back up, then begin the process again. Do 10-12 reps on each leg, then switch legs. As you push back up to start, keep your weight on the heel that’s planted on the ground to target your gluteal muscles. And keep in mind that your focus should be the journeys you make as you go up and down; it’s not about speed, but form! Modifying this workout: Instead of keeping your hands at your hips, hold weights in each hand and let them hang by your side. This will create resistance and help tone your shoulders and arms while you do your balance lunges.

living. Instead of completely branding calories as the enemy, here’s what could be of more use for you:

I’m sure we’ve heard it countless times before; the secret to losing weight and getting fit is to count your calories. This is true for most cases, except when counting calories becomes an obsession. Research held by five nutrition experts from Harvard University state that when you stress over each little thing you ingest because its calorie count is “too high,” that’s when problems will arise. Obsessing over calorie count can become unhealthy because it will more likely than not cause you to skip eating some meals all together, resulting in a serious loss of major nutrients our bodies need. I can’t say with all honesty that there hasn’t been at least one day in my life where I passed on going out to eat with friends or passed on eating something all together(especially a food that I love) because its calorie count was too high for me. I also can’t say that I am not notorious for coming off as a calorie snob whenever I do decide to go out to eat, since I’m always the only person at the table who asks the server if I could take a look at the additional nutritional menu and determine what to eat from there. On the flip side of it all, I can’t say I don’t do those things anymore, but I can say that I do those things within a much greater range of reason. I’m all for searching for better, alternative approaches to healthy

Starting to eat healthy doesn’t solely revolve around the number of calories in the food you eat or the total amount of calories you ingest per day. What matters is the nutrients that are actually in the foods you eat (besides, there are greater evils in food aside from calories, such as saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium that should be monitored closely!). Our bodies are very receptive and respond to what we put into it and if we don’t give our bodies enough of what it needs (vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, etc.), then we will undergo cravings and reach for the closest thing in sight without any hesitation. It is important to monitor what we eat and learn to read the nutrition facts and labels carefully. It will take a while for this habit to stick, but when you eat, make sure each meal (or snack) you have contains plenty of protein found in lean meat, beans and dairy products, healthy carbs in fruit, vegetables and whole grains and healthy fats (yes, I said fats!) in nuts, avocados and fish. It’s also extremely important to take note of the fact that what might work for someone else might not work for you. Each person’s nutritional mental checklist will differ from the next person’s and could provide good alternatives to adjust your own. Once the calorie counting obsession dies down and your mental checklists pick up, you’ll be one step closer to healthier living.

Above: Carlson is keeping in mind a very important exercise tip when performing any kind of lunge, by not letting her knee pass her foot. Below: Melissa performing the modified version of the move.

Important tip! When you perform your lunges, make sure your knee doesn’t pass the front of your toe. This will cause several complications in your leg, as well as causing you to pull your muscles. These exercises are easy to do once you’ve gotten the hang of them. It’s always a good (and fun) idea to go to the gym with a friend, or even invest in a trainer (if you have the funds and the time for that kind of luxury). Having this kind of support and friendly competition will motivate you to push yourself and the limits you’ve set for your own body.

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Many of us attribute weight loss and gain to the amount of calories we ingest per day, but calories are not the biggest component in our struggles with our weight. Don’t be ashamed the next time you want to have a snack and it has a slightly higher amount of calories; having a high amount of calories could compensate for a lower level in something else much less healthy (like sodium).

Issue 17  

A Valentines Day special edition of The Campanil.

Issue 17  

A Valentines Day special edition of The Campanil.