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Tuesday | March 13, 2012

Mills fights proposed Cal Grant cut


Sophomores Christina Williams and Alhelí Cuenca rally on the steps of the state capitol building for continued Cal Grant funding for private school students.

Diana Arbas Chief News Editor Governor Jerry Brown proposed a 44 percent cut to the maximum Cal Grant award private school students can receive for the 20122013 fiscal year. If approved, the cut would affect Mills College students, a third of whom are Cal Grant recipients. The cut is one of many proposed in the Governor’s 2012-2013 Budget, which is attempting to close California’s $9.2 billion deficit. The budget proposal also emphasized a commitment to protecting education from “the worst of the cuts.” Reducing the maximum award from $9,708 to $5,472 for the estimated 30,000 Cal Grant students at independent, non-profit institutions like Mills College seems like a pretty bad cut to many, said admissions counselor Casey Near. “A cut to the Cal Grant, particularly at Mills, is a cut to diversity,” Near said. According to the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), 60 percent of all private school Cal Grant students identify as people of color, and the average family income ($40,896) of a private school Cal Grant student is less than the average family incomes of Cal Grant students at UC ($41,442) and

CSU ($59,568). In Mills’ own undergraduate population, 42 percent identify as people of color, 16 percent are resumers (23 years old or older) and over 30 percent are first generation. A Cal Grant cut is also a cut to women role models, Near said. “You cut a Cal Grant at Mills,” Near said, “and a lot of women would have to drop out. That’s one less woman who can serve as a role model to other women and an advocate in her own community because we find so many Mills graduates serve in the public sector.” Mills fights back A range of Mills community members — from the students to the Board of Trustees — have already begun fighting the proposed cut. President Alecia DeCoudreaux urged all Cal Grant students in a Feb 22 email to share their personal stories with state lawmakers. “Let them know the importance of the Cal Grant in enabling you to achieve your educational goals and the impact that this drastic cut would have on your educational and/or career plans,” DeCoudreaux wrote. “They must hear from students whose ability to continue their studies or whose ability to graduate will be affected by these cuts. They must know that the State’s investment in higher education and our workforce is vital to the economic recovery of California.”

Brown’s Budget will be revised in May and enacted this summer, so it is not yet known if the Cal Grant cut will go through. If the reduction happens, though, DeCoudreaux wrote, “Mills College will make up the difference and assure that (students) receive the full $9,708 aid award as (they) have in the past.” The President’s Cabinet made this recommendation to the Board of Trustees, who approved it, according to DeCoudreaux. Given the College’s $3.5 million budget deficit, her announcement regarding the Cal Grant cuts was met with surprise. “I’m not actually entirely sure where that money would come from,” Near said, “but that is a wonderful call to action by President DeCoudreaux!” Student government action Maja Sidzinska, Academic Chair of the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC), did not know about the College’s commitment to making sure students received the $9,708 maximum award — whether the state pays for it or the College does. “That’s actually news to me,” Sidzinska said. “If the College is pulling in money to cover gaps in financial aid, that means other student services probably won’t be funded as well. The money has to come from somewhere. Hopefully the Governor can be persuaded to

not make up the state deficit at the expense of students.” Brown’s proposal was of special concern to Sidzinska. Days after (but independent of) DeCoudreaux’s email, Sidzinska presented to the ASMC full board a resolution to oppose the Cal Grant cut, which was passed without opposition. Sidzinska said she plans to mail ASMC’s resolution the Governor’s office. For the last few weeks, Sidzinska has been raising awareness on student news about the proposed cut and posting a link to the “Maintain the Maximum Cal Grant Award of $9,708” petition, urging all students, whether they receive Cal Grant or not, to sign it. “When we walk around on campus,” Sidzinska said, “these people who get the Cal Grant are our friends. To me, it’s standing up for your community. Even if you don’t care about the money, then do it on behalf of your friends who get Cal Grants and would be hardpressed to attend college without them. And signing the petition is just really fast and easy.” As of March 9, the petition — which needs 10,000 signatures — had 8,393. Mills women at the Capitol Last week Near accompanied sophomores Alhelí Cuenca, who is The Campanil’s Assistant Health & Sports Editor, and Christina Williams, who represented Mills as

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they shared their personal stories with state lawmakers at California’s capital and advocated for continued Cal Grant funding for independent non-profit schools. The full day of lobbying was organized by the AICCU, of which Mills is a member. “All day we were trying to drive home the point: ‘We need this (Cal Grant) more than you think we do,’” Williams said. Williams — a biology major and sociology minor and whose goal is to be a pediatrician — has three jobs: campus tour guide, Children’s School office assistant and M Center Student Records assistant. She is also in the Black Women’s Collective, Workers of Faith and Dance Club, and she plans to run for ASMC. Cuenca, William’s fellow Mills representative at the state capitol, knows she wants to be a journalism minor, but is still choosing between a sociology or PLEA major. She works as a campus tour guide and for the Telephone Outreach Program. She’s also part of the Dance Club. Cuenca doesn’t yet know what career to pursue, but she does know she wants to be a voice for those who don’t have one. “It’s not that you’re taking money away from students,” Williams said, “you’re taking money away from our futures, our hopes, our dreams. Also California’s future. If you keep investing in private institutions, we as students will pay See

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Campus food provider implements animal welfare policy Ruby Woods Breaking News Editor Imagine being on a plane for five hours straight. The seats are cramped and uncomfortable, and there is not a lot of room to move around. Now, imagine being confined to a crate or a cage barely larger than your own body for as long as five years. This is the life that pigs and hens on factory farms, establishments that raise high numbers of livestock in a closely confined space, are subjected to. In an attempt to help change these conditions, Bon Appétit Management Company, which supplies Mills College’s Tea Shop and Founders Commons, has begun to implement a policy outlining ways that food providers can improve their practices. “This is the most comprehensive animal welfare policy of any food service provider in U.S. history,” said Josh Balk, a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States, an organization that is instrumental in the protection of animals. Bon Appétit should be applauded for its innovative policy designed to improve animal welfare, according to Balk. Eight states have already banned gestation crates, including California. Although a California-based company, Bon Appétit runs the dining operations at more than 400 colleges and universities in 31 states. Many of the food producers that Bon Appétit buys from are certified by Animal Welfare Approved, Food Alliance, Humane Farm Animal Care and Global Animal Partnership, programs that have set high standards for animal welfare practice. “We buy as much from local providers as we feasibly can, but we also have to be sensitive to prices that students can afford. We are also an extremely large company,” said Powell. “There is very little local pork production in California and there is a lot of competition for it from fine dining restaurants. There are also very few egg producers. We believe very strongly that getting the ‘big guys’ – large national producers – to improve

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their practices is more effective than simply vacuuming up all the products of local small producers.” According to Helene York, Bon Appétit’s director of strategic sourcing and research, the policy’s purpose is to take a strong stand in favor of animal welfare and against animal cruelty where buying power can make a big difference in changing the way food is produced. In addition, Powell said, Bon Appétit is pledging that by 2015, they will buy at least 25 percent of their meat, poultry, and eggs from producers who not only don’t use crates or cages, but who have also been certified by four independent, high-level animal-welfare groups that encourage farmers to allow animals to engage in natural behaviors, such as wallowing in the mud for pigs and nesting for hens. According to Bonnie Powell, Bon Appétit’s director of communications, under the new policy the company is requiring that all pork be produced without gestation crate confinement systems (crates for pregnant livestock), and that the pigs be allowed to roam free. They will also require all liquid eggs, where the yolk has been separated

“Good animal welfare isn’t just about the animals. It’s about starting to dismantle a system that has enormous costs for our society.” —Helene York from the shell, from hens in battery (wire) cages to switch to hens living in cage-free farms, and will entirely eliminate from menus foie gras (livers of force-fed ducks and geese) and veal from calves confined in crates. Currently, pregnant sows (female pigs) are confined to gestation crates for over four months before being transferred to another type of cage for weaning, which takes a

few weeks, and returned once more to the gestation crate. This cycle is then repeated for four years. “The crates are barely larger than the pigs’ own bodies,” said Balk. “The crates are so small the pigs can’t even turn around.” As for hens confined to wire cages, “they can’t even spread their wings,” said Balk. “Each hen is given less space than a single sheet of paper to live on for her entire life.” By Sept 1, 2012, veal that is not certified crate-free will not be permitted on any Bon Appetit menu, while humanely certified beef patties will be available in all regions that Bon Appetit services. By Aug 1, 2013, Bon Appétit hopes that all eggs (liquid or shell) will have become humanely certified eggs. Finally, gestation-crate-free pork products will be in every account by 2015. The whole policy will be phased over the next three years, hopefully completed by 2015, according to Bon Appétit sources. In the meantime, certain aspects will go into effect immediately, including the elimination of foie gras, which is achieved through force-feeding ducks and geese through a process known as gavage, from Bon Appétit operations. Bon Appétit CEO Fedele Bauccio was horrified by what he learned about factory farms after he served on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, an in-depth examination of the farm animal industry, from 2006 to 2008, and made it a companywide commitment to start changing the policy regarding animal welfare immediately. “We’ve been trying to switch what we can to animal-welfare-certified suppliers,” said Powell, “But it hasn’t been easy. We’re already having hard conversations with our current suppliers, who will have to change their practices by our deadline or else lose our business.” A press release following the announcement of Bon Appétit’s change in animal welfare policy stated that the company is also fighting against the routine use of antibiotics in farm animals, both to protect their effectiveness in humans and to end the factory-farm conditions they enable by increasing productivity of the animals they are released into.



Bon Appétit’s new policy requires pig products like those served at Founders to only come from pigs raised cage-free.

This point brings up the question of the health benefits of eating free-range meat as opposed to meat processed through factory farms. “There are no studies that I am aware of that indicate there are any differences in taste or nutritional makeup,” said Powell. “Anecdotally, most people do believe humanely raised meat tastes better since it is not accompanied by horrible mental images of suffering. The real benefits are not for personal health, but for the animals, the workers in these factories and the communities where they are located.” According to Balk, Bon Appétit is exemplary because it cares about making the world more humane and sustainable. In a post to the blog “Civil Eats,” titled, “Inside One Corpora-

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tion’s Decision to ‘Go Humane’,” York said, “Good animal welfare isn’t just about the animals. It’s about starting to dismantle a system that has enormous costs for our society, including the loss of medically important antibiotics, the pollution of our air and water from animal waste, and horrible working conditions in factory farms.” “With its innovative policy,” said Balk, “It’s no wonder, then, that all students interested in animal rights and welfare should be thrilled that Bon Appétit is the food service provider of choice at Mills.” According to Powell, Bon Appétit is the only food service company, to date, to have made such a commitment to animal welfare. “This is a historic announcement that hopefully all food providers will follow,” said Balk.

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The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), of which Mills College is a member, represents 74 higher education institutions. from

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the state back in our occupations, in our taxpaying dollars, in our contributions to the community.” While in Sacramento, Cuenca and Williams focused on clearing up the misconception that private school students don’t need financial aid. “What (lawmakers) don’t realize,” Near said, “is that people go to private schools because they get better financial aid packages than public school.” Last semester, 97 percent of all undergraduates received financial aid, according to the Mills College website. 95 percent received some of their aid directly from Mills, and the average award was $35,220. “Mills really prides itself on that,” Near said. “We’re able to get a much more diverse student body because we’re able to get a lot of students who are first generation or are paying for themselves, who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks elsewhere.” About 100 diverse private school Cal Grant students, education staff and supportive lawmakers rallied on the capital steps last week — Cuenca, Williams and Near among them — and students took turns at the mic, sharing moving personal stories. Williams shared her story, too. “The reason why I was there,”

Alice in Oaksterland Mills MFA alumna (‘00) Jackie Graves’ play “Alice in Oaksterland” premieres at Laney Fusion Theater. Recently relocated to Oakland, Alice follows a white rabbit art car, which sends her on a journey careening down the tunnels by Lake Merritt and deep into her own mind.

Williams said, “fighting to save the Cal Grant, was because I didn’t want my mom’s sacrifices to go in vain.” Williams voice cracked on the phone as she retold her story. “Oh my God, I’m getting emotional. My mom has definitely, um … ” Williams sniffed. “I’m sorry. Whoo.” She paused a moment before continuing. “My mom has definitely done a lot and taking out a lot of loans for me to be at Mills College.” Williams has two other siblings, one in college and the other a junior in high school. Williams’ mother is recently divorced and now a single mother. “I don’t want my mom to feel like she has to choose between her children,” Williams said. “Or choose which child gets the best education and who doesn’t. Fighting for the Cal Grant, to me, means fighting for my brother and sister to have opportunities here in California.” Williams’ mother has only ever wanted her children to achieve higher education. “If the Cal Grant were to be cut,” Williams said, “I feel like my mom’s sacrifices would mean nothing because I probably wouldn’t be able to continue at Mills. My brother wouldn’t be able to continue at Sac State, and my sister — she’s not even in her senior year of high school. College would not be an option for my sister if that Cal

Grant is cut.” Cuenca heard a lot of heartfelt testimonies from fellow private school Cal Grant students and even legislators who put themselves through college once upon a time. But when Cuenca heard Williams tell her story to a legislative staffer, she had to hold back her own tears. “The part where Christina said, ‘I don’t want my mom’s hard work to be in vain’ — that hit home,” Cuenca said. The youngest of six children, Cuenca was told by her parents that they might not be able to send her to Mills. “We don’t know where to take money from,” Cuenca remembered them saying. “We don’t have anymore money.” It was a shock for Cuenca, but her parents, aided by financial aid like the Cal Grant, were able to make it happen. “It boggles my mind to know that my dad came from Mexico with a couple dollars, built this family up and has been able to put three daughters through private school — two at Mills. Hearing Christina’s, ‘I don’t want my mom’s sacrifice to be in vain,’ it’s just, oh my goodness. We have so many discussions about our parents’ sacrifices and our hopes for our future. To hear her articulate it in that way in that setting, it was powerful.” Cuenca said, “That one’s going to stay with me.”

Save our sports Oakland is fighting to keep the Athletics, Raiders and Warriors here, but the teams are being courted away from the Coliseum. On March 6, city lawmakers approved $3.5 million toward a significant Coliseum upgrade modeled after L.A. Live, but Oakland doesn’t have the money for construction.

23rd Homicide of 2012 Last week Oakland resident Kelly Surrell was shot while driving near 87th and Bancroft, about 3 miles from Mills. He continued driving, went over a median, and hit two cars, one of which carried two children. Surrell later died at Highland Hospital and is Oakland’s 23rd homicide of the year.


Sophomores (and roommates) Alhelí Cuenca and Christina Williams participated in a full day of lobbying in Sacramento.

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Uprising’s Second Chance Troubled Oakland youth find acceptance at Youth Uprising’s Evening Reporting Center and after school program where they can participate in activities such as art, sports, and music. Lives are already being changed, as one youth has now become a mentor in the program.

Vendors Unite Oakland food vendors are banding together for protection as a result of the many robberies and shootings that police have been slow to respond to. Rather than report these events, vendors say they have stayed silent because they doubt the city’s ability to catch the criminals.

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Arts & Features

Signal Flow Music Festival

A showcase of Mills College’s experimental music scene Fatima Sugapong Contributing Writer

The stoic darkness of the Littlefield Concert Hall was lightened up this weekend as the musicians of Mills’ Music Department enlightened audiences. Instrumentalists collaborated with composers and brought their music to life. Signal Flow was there. It was a music festival hosted by the Mills College Music Graduate Program in the Littlefield Concert Hall and the Chapel from Thursday, March 8 to Sunday, March 11. The electro-acoustic sounds, a combination of acoustic instruments with computer music, blasted out of the speakers while the audience sat back and immersed themselves in a new sound that is unique to the graduate students of the Music Program at Mills. This showcase was a studentrun event that stared the secondyear graduate students in the music program every year. It featured experimental music like elec-

tronic, electro-acoustic, computer music, installation based sound art, improvised sound art, improvised music, multi-media performance, instrument building and idiomatic instrumental. Brandon Rolle, a second-year graduate student responsible for organizing the festival, performed one of his own pieces. “Signal Flow and the graduate music department are a really important part of the history of Mills College and of contemporary and experimental music in the United States,” Rolle said. Rolle, who is earning his MA in music composition, performed in an acoustic ensemble with six instrumentalists and a computer. He drew inspiration for his piece, Listen, fromthe novel Slaughterhouse Five. The science fiction nature of the novel is translated into his music through the piano, vibraphone, guitar, drums and a recitation of an excerpt from the novel by his colleague. Nick Kanozik, a fellow performer and student, guided the audience through the time traveling life of Billy Pilgrim, the main char-

acter in the novel. “Performing on [Rolle’s] piece, it’s a great document of me as a narrator,” Kanozik said, “It’s good for me as a performer to be able to expand my own prowess helping a friend and also making my work happen too.” Each student worked on their own pieces as well as performed in each other’s pieces. Not only were these students responsible for performing their “thesis pieces,” according to Rolle, but they also worked behind the scenes by getting the word out about Signal Flow. “Every student gives their fullest possible attention to this festival, whether it’s helping others or themselves. Often times, we can’t do this by ourselves. We need help. It’s like a give and take thing, we help each other. If I’m performing in someone’s piece, then they’re mutually going to help me,” Kanozik said. His colleague, Ryan Ross Smith, performed alongside him as well as performing a piece of his own. He ran electronics and piano for Rolle. His own piece, however, was a

multi-media performance with his notations projected on screen featuring 15 percussionists and electronics as he also played the piano on his laptop. A series of metronomes played on screen while the percussionists stood at the bottom of the stage. Each percussionist played according to their corresponding metronome. Kanozik’s piece was a play with three acts. The play was a “synesthetic drama” that featured book art, visual art and theatrical gestures. His piece was an installation based sound art, which means that his music interacted with the space. Every student comes from a different musical background, whether they’re coming to Mills with computer savvy or just an interest in multimedia music. The variety of students play a major role in how students collaborate. “We’re all here for the same thing,” Kanozik said, “we all have different tools.” Emily Wingren, a senior whose majoring in music, came to gain some inspiration for her senior show. “I just love the experimental

music that comes out of Mills. It’s one of the things that brought me here,” Wingren said, “there were some staging things that were so great. [Benjamin Tinker’s piece] was so exquisite. It just lulled me into this, tragic, dream realm and then just POW with that bass.”

Check out other events by the Mills Music Department Mills Music Now: Music of Roscoe Mitchell Sat. March 31, 8-10:30 p.m. Littlefield Concert Hall Performers Include: Thomas Buckner, baritone Petr Kotik, conductor Eclipse Quartet William Winant, percussion Mills Music Now: Sandra Soderlund Harpsichord music by J. S. Bach and Elizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre Sun. April 15, 4:00 p.m. Littlefield Concert Hall


Right: In Littlefield Concert Hall, a graduate student performs his piece on stage. Left: A view of Mills College’s Littlefield Concert Hall’s stage.

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March 13,2012


Mills’ Math Club goes thespian

Michele Collender Opinions Editor

It’s a classic story of a man and a woman falling in love and conceiving — only, in this case, their offspring is a mathematical theorem instead of a human infant. A Difficult Delivery was the skit performed by the Mills’ math club, which plans to perform this and an additional skit on March 29, in Danforth Lecture Hall. The skit was written by mathematician Colin Adams about an algebraic geometer and a number theorist who fall in love and soon discover that they are “with theorem.” The play is a parody of the typical cycle of child-bearing between the two characters Karen and Jeff, played by sophomores Kaila Stevenson and Abby Diamond Massarano. At a recent Computer Science and Mathematics department dinner on March 5, the Math Club per-

formed at the Reinhardt Alumnae House in front of a full audience. Yet, some of the language was not familiar to all in attendance. “It was hilarious and surprisingly accessible considering I didn’t know how to apply half of the math terms used within the dialogue,” said Kim Ip, a sophomore computer science major. The dialogue between the lovers has been substituted by math puns that more than just math enthusiasts can enjoy. Although some of the lingo is a bit technical, the performers bring enough personality to entertain a varied audience. When asked what those who are out of the math loop will be able to enjoy from the skit, Massarano said, “I will be giving birth to a theorem which will be hilarious.” Averett, the advisor of the math club, and the club say the plays aren’t about testing your math vocabulary, but more about bringing an appreciation for math and breaking the stereotypes of math students as having a strictly technical mindset.

“Even mathematics majors won’t get all of the jokes,” said Professor Maia Averett, one of the audience members who understood every joke. “I was explaining that it was a lemmas class, not a lamaze class,” she said, “A lemma is a baby theorem that is used in proving another theorem.” And a lamaze class is a breathing exercise for pregnant women. The club made sure to take their audience into account. “I read a packet of skits and chose the two I thought would be the most accessible for those that aren’t in math,” said Tala Councilman, president of the math club. Along with A Difficult Delivery, the club will also be performing A Killer Theorem about Mangum P.I. In this case the name is Mangum instead of Magnum and P.I. stands for principal investigator instead of private investigator, another math joke. Anyone who has earned the National Science Foundation grant for mathematics is given the title principal investigator. Both written by Colin Adams, the two

plays follow similar cliched stories that are only unique in their use of math vocabulary. “It’s a parody of old film noir,” said Councilman, describing A Killer Theorem. Adams is the author of the textbook for the special topics class Topology taught by Professor Maia Averett, who suggested the skits for the club to consider performing. Adams wrote the plays for the Mathematical Intelligencer, a scholarly mathematics journal that aims at a less technical audience. The mini-plays are entertainment for those math experts that have a sense of humor. These and other writings by Adams can be found in the journal through the Mills library in print or the online catalog as ebooks. Averett suggested the club consider performing the plays and provided the group with multiple options to choose from. “I’m always looking for fun activities to spread wider appreciation for math to those who aren’t in the math community,” said Averett.

The club also plans an upcoming movie night where the film Fermat’s Last Tango will be shown. The movie is about a proof written for a theorem 356 years after the theorem was originally set forth, as described on IMDB. Look for the date in student news. Last semester the club got the mathemagician Art Benjamin to speak at Mills. Benjamin combines magic and math to amaze his audience. You can find his TED talk online. At another meeting, the club held an event to bring together the arts with math called the Mathematics of Doodling. This lecture showed that boredom-driven doodling actually has mathematics behind it.

The math club meets on alternate Tuesdays at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in CPM 206. The next meeting will be held on March 27 and is open for anyone to join.

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Mar 13, 2012

Opinions & Editorial STAFF EDITORIAL

Invisible Children: Show me the Kony

You may have seen the KONY 2012 video circulating the webernette last week. You may have spent 30 minutes of your day watching said video. If you did, you now know that Kony is a “bad guy” who “takes children from their parents and gives them a gun and makes them shoot other people,” according to Jason Russell, an original founder of the Invisible Children nonprofit organization. Their website states, “Invisible

Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA- affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.” In the video, Russell explains the tragedy in the simple terms stated above to his son, who is featured throughout the video. His son is employed as a means to describe the situation in language that is boiled down for the rest of us. You

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know, Americans who can’t handle such complicated and horrific situations as those that are going on in Africa. And while he is oversimplifying a surely complex political problem, we are not sure what that will do to help it. This video seems like another trendy cause that, while valid, is also spreading some deceptive ideas. For instance, the idea that we can “like” something on Facebook and change the world. We agree

Bon Appetit doesn’t satisfy my appetite Fiona Fotherby Contributing Writer For residential students, like myself in Ethel Moore, Founders Commons is a daily go to for energy and nutrition. However, with the average five and a half hours Founders is open each day, students become stuck to the establishment’s schedule. I’ve noticed very few students attend breakfast, possibly only 100 on weekdays, as it closes at 9 a.m. Many wish it could last longer. I’ve heard students say that they wish it was open all day. Few students adhere to the same schedule, and many students have experienced a semester where they could barely afford time for lunch. This speaks to the accessibility to Founders. Anybody living in Ethel Moore or Mary Morse can attest to the fact that walking to Founders is a drag. As a hilltop resident, I often times find myself wondering if the 15 minute one-way walk is worth it. The answer is easily “no” when I only have a thirty minute period for lunch in between my classes.

A full-course dinner follows lunch by a mere four hours, operating from 5-7:30pm on Mondays through Thursdays. For students studying late into the evening this early dinner leaves them feeling hungry later on. The work load at Mills keeps me and other friends busy most nights until at least midnight. This forces me to eat at Founders as late as possible, because around midnight I get the tummy rumbles. And I am not alone! Because we pay for Founders, and are required to have a meal plan, it is our main source of food. Many students can’t afford the luxury of buying meals out or at the Tea Shop when they miss a meal due to their schedule. I often can’t even afford the time it takes to leave campus to buy snacks for studying energy. The only substitute, the Tea Shop, has prices that are as absurd as their grill schedule, which closes for an hour during the middle of the evening - really? Weekends at Mills are even less accommodating to residential students’ sustenance. Founders only serves four meals over the two day

period. Some students I know leave campus early on the weekends without their “healthiest meal of the day.” With weeks of never-ending classes the weekends are my prime time for studying; yet, it is hard to come by the food I need to focus. The Tea Shop is closed all day on Saturdays and only open on Sundays for six hours. If Founders wishes to continue its strict meal schedule, the Tea Shop should be open longer on weekdays (past the current 10pm) and more on weekends. Another solution could be to allow students to use their excess meal points at the Tea Shop. Also, each residential hall has a beautiful and underutilized dinning hall. I know that there once was a time when light meals were offered in such common areas. I wonder why they’re not offered anymore, because walking to Founders to eat and go to class thirty minutes before 9 a.m. for breakfast is getting to be too much for me! Students then could get the food they pay for at the time they want to eat it. Bon Appetit!

that spreading awareness of serious humanitarian issues such as this is a good use of social media sites. But, how is it aiding in bringing people to action? By encouraging them to purchase an “action kit”? This packaged, ordered online type of activism does not lead to individual thinking. This collection of bracelets, stickers, and posters are delivered right to your door with the instructions to “blanket every street in every city,” on April 20.

We understand organized action, but this seems more like following a set of prescribed orders. This “action kit” is literally commodifying political action, how much more disconnected can we get? Activism is about personal thought, not private interest. Invisible Children, Inc. is a private interest, interested in paying off their large production costs rather than helping Ugandan children.

Samantha Bueno Contributing Writer

How important is a first impression? Who is to say that we are supposed to make a great first impression so that we can do something? For a job interview you only have a few minutes to make an impression last. But when it comes to yourself, you may not notice that you judge people by their first impressions, but you probably do it subconsciously. Walking around Mills, you probably do not even realize that you are already making some sort of judgment based on how you view some person. However, once you get to know someone, the impression they first gave off could be proved wrong. You could be thinking, “Look at her outfit, it is so…” and three weeks later, you can turn out to be friends. The first impression may stick, but what are commonly remembered are the bad times. The times you remember are the times that someone stepped on your foot and did not apologize, or when you dropped your books and someone walks right over you. Those are the times that you remember. When you first meet someone make sure to think about the way you may be perceived. Just like you remember a first impression of someone else, they remember the first impression of you. Just think, when you make a stereotype about someone based on how they look, someone else is assuming something equally similar about you.

On first impressions

When you first look at someone, what do you think? Or when you first look at yourself, what do you think? What is the other person thinking about you? First impressions are everything. Sometimes you are remembered by the first thing that you did, and other times for the last thing you did. However, you can improve from the first impression. Say you got yourself drunk last night and could not remember what you did. If everyone else remembers exactly what you did, you must do something incredibly awesome to get rid of it. Sometimes, first impressions are completely wrong. Take for example, this girl in my hall. At first, I saw her as this person who was highly intimidating. She entered the room, completely late, wearing attire that demanded attention. All I could think was “Here we go, this girl is super late. She’s probably scary.” But, turns out this girl became my best friend, and we’re completely inseparable. First impressions are not always correct. If you have ever wondered why someone is not my friend, then they are probably supposed to be a friend. If you’ve thought, “Hey this girl is completely in my space and needs to leave.” Then they should probably be outside of your space, and leave.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK If you could party with anyone in the world over Spring Break, who would you choose? Special Best Friends Forever Answer:

“Rick Santorum because he’ll have a lot of free time.”

“President Decoudreaux because she has super buff arms and I bet she’d be good at keg stands.”

“Experiment with all the different ways of dying.”

“I wanna party with Ryan Ross Smith.”

“I wanna party with Nick Wang.”

— Richie Loeb

— Kelly McCoid

—Judene Small,

—Nick Wang,

—Ryan Ross Smith,

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second-year grad student

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Health & Sports Weekly fitness tip:

BOSU ball squats

Mar 13, 2012


Do this, not that: tips for healthy living and feeling better

Eden Sugay Health & Sports Editor

If you’ve ever walked into a gym or fitness center, chances are you’ve come across at least one piece of equipment that’s completely foreign to you. A particular piece of equipment that was intrigued by before I knew how to incorporate it into my exercise routine was the BOSU Balance Trainer, or the BOSU ball, as it is most often referred to. The BOSU ball can easily be identified as an inflated, soft, curved rubber hemisphere attached to a hard and flat bottom platform that resemble a large suction cup. Sometimes the BOSU ball is referred to as a “blue half-ball,” since it looks very similar to a stability ball cut in half. “BOSU” is an acronym for “Both Sides Up,” which refers to the two different ways a BOSU ball can be positioned depending on the kind of exercise you are doing. A BOSU ball is most often used for balance training. When you place the BOSU ball on the ground with its dome side facing up, the BOSU ball provides an unstable surface for you to exercise on – allowing for a wide range of athletic drills and aerobic activities – while the other side remains stable on the ground. If you flip the BOSU ball over with its flat platform side facing up, the instability of the device increases and works harder to increase your muscle balance. Muscle balance is the ability to keep your center of mass over your base of support, better described as the body parts in contact with a support surface that exerts a counterforce against your body. Your base support, however, can also be described as the relationship between the left and right side of your body. When you perform exercises while standing on the flat side of the BOSU ball, the left and right side of your body begin working equally together to ensure that your body does not wobble from side to side. This bodily response means that you are less likely to develop a strength imbalance from left to right and increases your lateral muscle balance. Exercises performed on a BOSU ball also help improve your proprioception, which is your innate awareness that allows you to know exactly where your limbs are and what they are doing despite not being able to see them. The constant shifting created by the BOSU ball’s instability improves your lower body proprioception, since the shifting challenges your muscles and nervous system. Additionally, exercises performed on BOSU balls coordinate and condition your body. BOSU exercises require multiple groups of your muscles to work simultaneously, enhancing your coordination. Many BOSU exercises place


Stretches are particular to each exercise. Which works for you?

Eden Sugay Health & Sports Editor

Above Junior Charity Walden prepares for the BOSU ball squat as described in step 1 of excercise.

Above: Walden proceeds to lower her body into a deep squat. Paying mind to keep her core engaged and stay balanced.


Above: Walden performs the modified version of the BOSU ball squat by adding weights to create tension and resistance.

an indirect load on your core muscles – the collective term referring to your abdominal, lower back and waist muscles – to stabilize therr are around your spine. Modified move: Perform the exercise as described, but add weights into the equation. Holding and lifting the weights in your hands as you perform the squat adds resistance. The resistance will tone your arms in addition to the balance and core conditioning the BOSU ball already provides. This becomes a lot trickier than the ex-

ercise without weights, so I suggest you work on your balance training without weights until you feel confident enough to add them into your workout routine . Important tip! Remember to breathe! It’s extremely easy to hold your breath as you exercise, especially as the movements become more difficult and you start to feel more strain on your body, but holding your breath when you exercise pose a lot of dangers, such as raising your blood pressure. So inhale and exhale every chance you get!

Forced through years of physical fitness and gym classes, all the way from grade school to high school, properly stretching before any sort of physical activity was always strictly enforced. So by nature and conditioning, those who do routinely exercise put on our running shoes, stretch for a few minutes and feel ready to begin exercising. However, the fact that some stretching and procedures of how to stretch may hinder our health and athletic performance, rather than help it, is not generally talked about, or is not known or something is not enforced as much. Stretching is given a lot of attention, since there’s no denying the potential benefits stretching reaps, such as developing and maintaining your body’s flexibility. Stretching also has the ability to relax your mind as well as increase your range of motion, which helps prevent muscle related injuries. These positive qualities of stretching have been tested and taught by personal trainers, health instructors and physical therapists. The negative, and often dangerous, qualities of stretching have been looked at just as closely. The dangers of improperly stretching range from strains, pulls and tears within your muscles, and most frequently occur when using incorrect technique, such as an incorrect type of stretch preceding the type of exercise you intend to do or if you are not properly warmed-up before you begin to stretch. These injuries may seem minor at first, but they have the ability to greatly reduce your body’s capacity to move and could even escalate to the point where surgery is required. To avoid any of these muscle injuries, no matter how serious, one of the most important things to do is to listen to your body. Understanding your body’s limits is equally as important. Stretching muscles to a point of blatant discomfort or pain is never advised. The American Council on Exercise stressed that cold muscles should never be stretched. Usually, we’re taught to stretch before we engage in any physical activity, but William Levine, the director of sports medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, states that

performing a small warm-up prior to stretching will allow blood to flow into your muscle tissue, thus helping to avoid any damage. There are different types of stretches – static, dynamic and ballistic – and it’s important to note which works best for your body. Many people use the term “passive stretching” and “static stretching” interchangeably. However, there is a distinction between the two. Michael J. Alter’s “Sport Stretch” defines static stretching as a stretch that involves holding a position, meaning you stretch to the farthest point you can reach and then hold the position. Passive stretching is a technique in which you are relaxed and make no contribution to the range of motion. Instead, an external force is created by an outside agent, either manually or mechanically. Dynamic stretching involves moving parts of your body and gradually increasing reach, speed of movement, or both. Dynamic stretching consists of gentle controlled leg and arm swings that take you to the limits of your range of motion. In dynamic stretches, there are no bounces or “jerky” movements. An example of dynamic stretching would be slow, controlled leg swings, arm swings, or torso twists. Dynamic stretching improves flexibility and is quite useful as part of your warm-up for an active or aerobic workout. Ballistic stretching uses the momentum of a moving body or a limb in an attempt to force it beyond its normal range of motion. This is a warm-up stretch, including bouncing in our out of a stretched position. Ballistic stretches involve trying to force a part of the body beyond its range of motion. These stretches are generally not the type to engage in to prepare for a workout, so steering clear of these movements would benefit your body in the most ways. Author of “Stretching Scientifically,” Tom Kurz suggests that dynamic stretching exercises should be performed in sets of 8-12 repetitions and to only do the number of repetitions that you can do without decreasing your range of motion. Performing more repetitions than necessary may cause you to lose some of your flexibility. What you repeat with a greater effort will leave a deeper trace in your kinesthetic memory, playing into the saying “quality over quantity.”

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Mar 13, 2012

Health & Sports Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Stout Bailey’s Cream Cupcakes healthier because soy milk is used in place of other variations, the amount of sugar used is reduced and no eggs are needed in the recipe at all! These cupcakes are a great alternative (or addition) to drinking the holiday away. Ingredients for the cupcake:


A beautiful example of this upcoming holiday’s festive treat.

Eden Sugay Health & Sports Editor St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday notorious for those who celebrate by getting as happily intoxicated as possible (but what holiday doesn’t warrant that, right?). I don’t know what it is about St. Patrick’s Day, but once March 17 rolls around, everyone runs to the nearest pub. A famed drink for the holiday is known as the Irish Car Bomb (whose name is rather questionable, but it sure does make for a

hell of a drink). Irish Car Bombs consist of a glass of Guinness stout with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream and a shot of Jameson Whiskey dropped into the stout. Once the “bomb” has been dropped, you then chug the drink. Good times, right? Unfortunately, not everyone is legally allowed to partake in the sweet pleasures of intoxication, but this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Stout Bailey’s Cream Cupcakes is just as good! This is a healthy version of Guinness Stout chocolate cupcakes with Bailey’s cream frosting. It is

3/4 cup soy milk 1 tsp apple cider vinegar 1 cup flour 2 tbsp flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup Guinness 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup canola oil 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Ingredients for Bailey’s frosting: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 2 cups confectioner’s sugar 1 pinch table salt 3 tbsp of Bailey’s Irish Cream 1 tbsp soymilk Green sprinkles for decoration (optional)

Nutritional information (amount per serving): 158 calories 60 calories from fat 7 g total fat 605 mg saturated fat 0 g trans fat 0 g cholesterol 87 mg sodium 23 g total carbohydrates 1 g dietary fiber 13 g sugar 2 g protein * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Set them aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the soy milk and the vinegar. Add the Guinness, sugar, oil, and vanilla to the soy milk mixture and beat until foamy. Add the dry ingredients in two batches and beat until it’s well incorporated. Fill your cupcake containers of your choice 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 min-

utes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly touched. Meanwhile, in a clean mixer bowl, cream butter until very light and fluffy. Add salt, and slowly add confectioner’s sugar spoonfuls at a time. Do not run the mixer above the low setting, or the sugar will spray out of the bowl. Add Bailey’s and milk until a smooth, thick spreadable consistency is achieved. When the baking has finished, remove the cupcakes from the oven and transfer them onto a wire rack. Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting and decorating (and consuming!).

Have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day (remember to drink responsibly!) xoxo, The Campanil Staff

CYCLONE OF THE WEEK Alheli Cuenca Asst. Health & Sports Editor Jessica Lix is this week’s Mills College Student Athlete Cyclone of the Week. Lix helped Mills College Swimming place 11th place with 86 points at their first ever Liberal Arts College Championship meet. She had 14 swims over the course of three days and made the consolation final in all her individual events, as well as all four relays she participated in. She broke three school records at this meet: in the 50 backstroke, leading off the 200 medley relay with a time of 29.79; 50 freestyle, where she placed 12th with a time of 25.71; and in the 100 freestyle, leading off the 400 freestyle relay

with a split time of 56.62. The 400 freestyle relay, along with Katie Young, Kelsey Mercado, and Kerianne Brownlie, improved the school record by more than four and a half seconds, swimming a time of 4:00.12. Lix anchored the 200 freestyle relay, along with the same trio above, to a new school record time of 1:48.97. She also swam the second fastest times in school history in the 100 backstroke, with a time of 1:05.23 to place 11th, and 2:22.21 in the 200 back stroke to place 12th. According to Head Coach Neil Virtue, Jessica is a relative newcomer to competitive swimming. Lix’s ability to rise to this racing level and her natural feel for the water have allowed her to achieve these accomplishments.


Sophmore Jessica Lix swims her heart out to become Mills College’s Cyclone of the Week.

Swim: Mills College Cyclones that qualified for finals at the Liberal Arts Championship 200 medley relay – Jessica Lix, Iris Corey, Katie Young, Kerianne Brownlie, 2:04.23 400 medley relay – Jessica Lix, Iris Corey, Katie Young, Kerianne Brownlie, 4:37.78 400 individual medley – Kelsey Mercado, 5:55.14 200 butterfly – Desirae Tongco, 3:17.18 Find more stories, photos, videos and live updates at

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Our 20th issue of the year: proposed Cal Grant cuts, animal wellfare policies, Signal Flow, Mathematics and the dramatic arts, Kony 2012, an...