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Proposed credit change gives pause Natalie Meier Opinions Editor The proposed credit conversion scheme, spearheaded by the Mills College Provost’s office, has been garnering wary reactions from students and faculty. The Social Sciences Department opposes the new conversion scheme. Eirik Evenhouse, Associate Professor of Economics, calculated that if Mills adopts the proposed credit scheme, the workload students usually take on to satisfy degree requirements will increase by approximately thirteen percent overall. “When you look at the breakdown of classes in terms of what students take—eighty to eightytwo percent being one credit classes and six percent being one and a quarter classes—it implies a rate that is effectively thirteen percent lower than what you would need for a neutral rate,” Evenhouse said.

“So, you’re cheating everybody in a sense by saying now you need to do more work to graduate.” A neutral conversion rate, which is close to what Mills is using right now, is equal to 3.5 semester hours per credit, meaning each course that a student takes for one credit should be worth, on average, 3.5 hours per week in a semester. “The key thing that social sciences is focused on is getting the average rate right, otherwise it’s like a country going from one currency rate to another, but getting the exchange rate wrong,” Evenhouse said. “If the average rate is less than 3.5, which it currently is in the proposal they’ve given, we’ve got a macroeconomic problem and we’re struggling to persuade our colleagues in other divisions of that.” It currently takes 34 one-credit Mills classes to receive a Mills diploma. If the proposal is adopted, it will mean that students must take 40 one-credit Mills classes to achieve an undergraduate degree.

The new proposal suggests that credits will be determined by seat time, meaning how long students are present in each class. By that logic, some science students argue that they deserve more credits because the typical science course has a mandatory lab attached to class meeting. According to the Mills Undergraduate Course Catalog, the typical science course at Mills meets fifty minutes three times a week, and again in a mandatory three hour lab each week. For example, General Biology 1 with Lab is worth 1.25 credits. However, some science classes with a three hour lab attached are only worth one credit, such as Genetics with Lab or Microbiology with Lab. “Mills should absolutely follow the federal guidelines and we should have credits that reflect the work we do,” senior Mo Kaze said. “Having a one-credit course on my transcript for a work/time intensive science class with lab

role model for students.” Smith’s approach to mentorship is very hands-on. She assists her mentees with professional development and guided fieldwork, allowing them to gain experience in an active learning environment, which is key to retaining women in the sciences, Smith said. The Jill Barrett Biology Research Program, initiated in 1998, helps fund students to continue research in the sciences at Mills; students in the program work closely with faculty in the Biology department. The program is funded by Richard and Elaine Barrett in memory of their daughter Jill, who attended Mills in 1993. The Barrett Program supports students by providing scholarships, including paid stipends, to students accepted into a 10 week long summer research project guided by a faculty member from the Biology Department. Students prepare for their summer project by doing year-long research with individual faculty members to prepare for the project, according to the Mills website. Smith currently has four students in the Barrett program, with nine students total that she mentors in professional development and various researches. “Students can get credit for their research to count towards

their degree, but the main goal is professional development and sampling success in the sciences,” Smith said. One student from Smith’s Marine Biology class, also a Barrett Fellow, Kate Lee Newcomb, said she became interested in working with Smith because she works with animals in the field. “Her Marine Biology class has exciting field trips that show the practical applications of the field,” Newcomb said. Valeska Munoz, another mentee of Smith and a Barrett Fellow, said having Smith as a professor is an amazing privilege. “It’s spectacular how much time and energy Professor Smith invests in her students and classes, though we know she has additional research to do and articles to write,” Munoz said. “She’s definitely a professor I can say made a difference in how I think of myself as a women in science.” John Harris, who has been teaching at Mills for the past 27 years, feels that Smith is the right choice to replace him. “I think that Jenn is a fantastic addition to our faculty and community,” Harris said. “We are very lucky to have found her.” As assistant professor, Smith introduced a new course focused on animal behavior in the fall semester that Harris said was well-

should be viewed as a standard 4-5 unit class like it would be at other universities.” Classes in other departments like English or Art History typically meet once or twice a week for exactly two and a half hours in total and also receive one credit or more for their course. One idea that has been proposed to remedy the issue is extending the hours that students will be in each class, increasing the so-called seat time to match the credit value of each course. Fred Lawson, Professor and Department Head of Government, believes that such a solution could be problematic. “If we deal with the discrepancy by increasing seat time, both students and faculty will have to be in the classroom longer to get the same amount of credit that everyone is getting now,” Lawson said. Lawson remarked that since he first started teaching at Mills, there has been a belief that students do

more work outside the classroom for each course than they do at other major colleges and universities. “Some of my colleagues think that that myth no longer holds and, in fact, students seem to do about the same amount of work outside class that they do anywhere else, which means that we are giving more credit for courses than ‘we should,’” Lawson said. “What if we do start telling students that a normal semester’s load at Mills is five of our existing courses? I’m not sure what might happen, and I’m increasingly worried about what will result.” If the new credit scheme is adopted, the average course load a student would have to take to graduate in four years would rise from 4.25 credits, four classes, to 5.0 credits, five classes, per semester. Some students argue that this would not allow for other activities outside of school, like holding a job. See

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Professor introduces classes, energizes department Kate Carmack Asst. News Editor Jennifer Smith, Assistant Professor of Biology at Mills College, will be taking over classes for John Harris, Professor of Biology, when he retires at the end of this semester. Smith has plenty of experience, having worked on several research projects, and she is interested in the evolution of social behavior, Harris said. Smith said she is driven by the opportunity to train and advance women in the sciences. “I am deeply committed to advancing women in the sciences because women continue to be underrepresented in the sciences,” Smith said. According to Lisa Urry, Professor of Biology, Smith was one of about 130 applicants in the nation-wide search Mills conducted to fill John Harris’ Ecology faculty position. When Smith came to Mills for her campus visit and interview, students and faculty loved her pedagogical approach, her expertise, and her enthusiasm, Urry said. “Jenn’s teaching and research experience was unique, and her application moved her to the top pool among our applicants,” Urry said. “She is an advocate for women in science, and a great

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Jennifer Smith fit in well at Mills when she was hired this Fall.

received by students and appeals not only to Biology majors but also those students focused in biopsychology and psychology. In her new animal behavior class at Mills, Smith introduces students to fundamental principles based on recent advances in primary literature in the field. “It’s perfect to have research that goes along with your classes,

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because you can read primary literature on a current theory, then go out into the field,” Smith said. Diana Ruiz, a student of Smith’s and a Barrett Fellow, said Smith’s style of teaching is a balance of imparting years of expert knowledge and sincere interest in the advancement of her students See

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as women in science. “While Dr. Harris’s retirement is a tremendous loss for Mills, he could not have done the community a better service by helping us gain Professor Smith,” Ruiz said. The group of students participating in the Barrett Program that Smith is mentoring through field research is called the Smith Lab; the group is working collectively on research projects. One long-standing biological question Smith and her team are focusing on is why animals cooperate. “From an evolutionary perspective, if an animal is doing something, like cooperating with a group, we hope to explain it by looking at the benefits of that behavior,” Smith said. Students who are currently doing research in the Smith Lab are exploring animal cooperation among California ground squirrels, feral cats, and hyenas. They hope to start location research on California ground squirrels in East Bay Regional parks this

spring, according to Smith. Lauren Kong, who sought Smith out after taking her Animal Behavior class this fall, has also been accepted into the Barrett program over the summer to study California ground squirrel behavior and physiology. “Dr. Smith is an amazing person,” said Kong. “She is understanding, caring, and quite eager to help students.” Student research on California ground squirrels includes observation and field experiments, and study of the animals to understand their behavior. Students take their observations and field experiments to the lab and analyze hormones from their findings. One of the goals in Smith’s research is to get all these squirrels marked so they can track them individually for many years. Setting up a long-term study will allow for students to be trained, so that they will eventually train and mentor one another. “I think that mentoring is one of the most important ways to retain women in science,” Smith said.

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Jennifer Smith comes to Mills with lots of experience in the field and has proven a popular instructor. She has studied Hyenas in Kenya (above). Minnie Vo (right) is one of Smith’s mentees and is in the Barret program.

Proposed new credit system controversal Credit from page 1 “Since we have a rise in costs every year, it’s unrealistic for those of us who have to pay for school by ourselves to stop working in order to take another academic class,” first-year Stephanie Szanto said. “Mills is already hard enough.” The credit scheme will be “grandfathered in” if Mills chooses to adopt it, meaning that the new conversion rate will begin with the next incoming class, the class of 2017. “The change would be real nonetheless – we would have made it harder to get through Mills than it is right now,” Evenhouse said in an email. “That means more students would get bad grades or drop out,

or that professors will have to reduce the content in their courses or start to grade more leniently.” Evenhouse and other members of the faculty believe that in the long-term, the credit conversion scheme as it is proposed would be “detrimental to the long-term interests of the college.” Cal Grants expire after four years, so if students are unable to take 5 courses every semester, they will be at Mills longer than eight semesters--without their Cal Grants. Whether or not Mills will decide to change it’s credit conversion scheme will be decided at the next faculty meeting. ASMC is currently working on scheduling an open forum for students and faculty to share their thoughts.

News from around The Bay Oakland school superintendent to step down

Feds keep control of inmate health facilities

Tanker crashes into Bay Bridge, captian blamed

Superintendent Tony Smith announced recently that he will be stepping down from his position. His last day on the job will be June 30. Smith was the first locally appointed superintendent since 2003, after Oakland public schools were returned from state financial control four years ago.

Jerry Brown’s bid to regain control of the states mental health facilities for inmates and reduce prison populations was rejected. Though four experts told U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton they had seen adequate facilities, the judge held that the state had done little to reduce inmate suicides.

According to an investigation by the State Board of Pilot Commissioners, ship pilot Captian Guy Keess is to blame for allowing the tanker Overseas Reymar to crash into a tower of the Bay Bridge on Jan. 7. The captain's license has been revoked, but the matter will continue to trial.

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Meet your student government candidates It’s time to vote for your student government! The executive board candidates will be speaking at 12:15pm in Adams plaza April 10. Voting will take place April 11- April 13. Check for statements from those running.

Meghan Hinsch Year: 2014 Major: Research Psychology Current Position: Judicial Chair Running for: ASMC President

Maribel Garcia Year: 2014 Major: Anthropology, Sociology Current Position: Class of 2014 President Running for: Class of 2014 President

Natalie Meier Year: 2015 Major: Creative Writing Current Position: Class of 2015 President Running for: Class of 2015 President

Danelis Padron Year: 2016 Major: Econ & Int’l Relations Current Position: Class of 2016 President Running for: Class of 2016 President

Deborah Gartside Year: 2014 Major: Psychology Current Position: Senator-at-large Running for: ASMC Vice President

Brooke Parker Year: 2016 Major: Biopsychology Current Position: Class of 2016 Accountant Running for: Class of 2016 Accountant

Skylar Crownover Year: 2016 Major: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Running for: Senator-at-Large

Larisa (Risa) Gearhart Year: 2016 Major:
Environmental Science Current Position: Education Senator Running for: Sustainability Senator

Rachel Cefalu Year: Junior Major: P.L.E.A. Current Position: Class of 2014 Historian Running for: Class of 2014 Historian

Harshita Beeravolu Year: 2015 Major: Biochemistry Running for: Academic Chair

DeeAnn Williams Year: 2014 Major: Biopsychology
 Current Position: Disability Senator
 Running for: Disability Senator

Mel Petricko Year: 2014 Current Position: Senator-At-Large Running for: Student Affairs Chair All Photos courtesy of candidates

Not Pictured: Cristal Lopez Current Position: Solidarity Lounge Senator Running for: Student Affairs Chair Kelly Dingman Year: 2014 Current Position: Social Sciences Senator Running for: Internal Affairs Chair/ Social Sciences Senator

Alexandra Shepperd Year: 2015 Current Position: Class of 2015 Historian Running for: Class of 2015 Historian Kay Singh Year: 2016 Current Position: Orchard Meadow Senator Running for: Senator

Akari Goda-Maurezzutt Year: 2016 Major: English Literature and Science Current Position: 2016 Historian Running for: Organizations Senator Tayla Muise Year: 2016 Running for: APER Senator

Lisann Zentner Year: 2014 Major: Chemistry Running for: Natural Sciences Academic Senator Nicole Lemon Current Position: Health Senator Running for: Sustainability Senator

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Arts & Features April 9 U P C O M April 14 I N G

To the Internet and Beyond. Rachel Levinson resident pop culture columnist

(Non) Binary Thinking, Culture, and Revolution Faculty/Staff Lounge 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Justin Timberlake and the return of the Dapper Pop Star

We met in elementary school… met may be the wrong word, but I certainly never forgot the day I saw him. It was innocent enough with us dealing with occasional awkward dance moves and poor 90’s fashion choices. He got caught being inappropriate with a girl in public and I didn’t see him for a while. People changed and I went through middle school distracted by boys with flat-ironed bangs and heavy eyeliner. Then, one day, he came back. My best friend called in near tears, “He’s so cute. He lit-

Join this workshop examining why people think in binaries, with conversation focusing on sex and gender. Ideologies are at play, and how the college can create a world beyond binaries through the use of arts and culture. Sponsored by Diversity and Social Justice Resource Center.

berlake at the height of luxury singing next to Jay-Z. They made the right move not to push it for too long. Instead, his charm took over NBC for two weeks with a night of hosting Saturday Night Live, followed by a full set on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to be dubbed “Justin Timberweek.” His album was available for streaming on iTunes for the duration of those weeks and garnered millions of pre-orders. The album is filled with feelgood shoulder dancing songs like

April 13

6th Annual Hip Hop for Change Conference Student Union 10 am – 5 pm

Hip Hop for Change is a free day-long conference that brings together youth and community from across the Bay Area. This day is a venue to explore and build on the ways we use Hip Hop and youth culture for social justice and positive change. Using our culture, creativity, critical consciousness and the elements can be the answer to violence and injustices, making our world better.

Farallon Recorder Quartet Littlefield Concert Hall 4 pm

The Morning Star – Music from Northern Europe performed by Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake, and Rotem Gilbert.

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erally brought sexy back, Rachel. Rachel, he’s so cute”. Since the day he returned, we’ve been inseparable. Sure, he’s married now but our relationship has never been stronger. Justin Timberlake will always have a special place in my heart and ears especially with his newest album “The 20/20 Experience.” While I’m positive that even Dick Cheney can’t resist yelling out a “go ahead be gone with it” to accompany the 2006 single “Sexyback,” Timberlake has remained on the pop culture radar as a charming man-about-town. As of two weeks ago, he became a member of the Five Timers Club when he started his fifth round acting as host on Saturday Night Live. He has cemented himself as one of the rare species of successful musician/actors that we haven’t seen at his caliber since the days of Bing Crosby. This blend of class (I refuse to seriously write the word “swag”), talent, and charm will woo you right back into his arms like the first time you saw him and the rest of ‘N Sync singing “I Want You Back”. His PR team realized the magic of a dapper looking Timberlake on anyone’s eyes and ears. They decided to release “Suit and Tie” a collaboration with Jay-Z as his debut single but apparently didn’t listen to it beforehand. The song, while not bad, is not nearly as seductive or dance-inducing as the rest of his album. However, it does provide material for a video literally showing Tim-

“Mirrors” and “Let the Groove Get In.” Timberlake explores his musical style between sexy pop exercises like “Pusher Love Girl” and hip-shaking vocalizations with “Strawberry Bubblegum.” Sometimes his boy band roots begin to show through over processed vocals over a drum machine like in “Tunnel Vision,” but we can work out to this song and pretend that it belongs with the rest of our 90’s pop music playlist. I will always admire Timberlake as an artist and as an extremely good looking person. “The 20/20 Experience” provides a solid hour of dance music and potential drunken falsetto karaoke material. It is available for purchase starting today and make sure to check out his NBC hijinks for some giggles too!

April 18 MFA Dance Thesis Concert -Into the Current

Lisser Main Theatre 8 pm – 9:30 pm


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Into the Current showcases the culminating thesis works of Mills College Dance Department MFA candidates. Expressing both the choreographic and performance aspects of the degree, the performances present works in both solo and group choreography and provide an eclectic composition of pieces that defines each choreographer’s interests and showcases them in their own light.

April 20 Art Swap

Mills College Art Museum 1 pm-4 pm The Art Swap is presented in conjunction with Spontaneous Order: Senior Exhibition on view from April 2- 21, 2013. Bring any completed or uncompleted artwork lurking around your home or studio and swap it for new-to-you art! All mediums including sculpture, painting, photography, performance, video, music, dance and crafts are welcome. Bring up to five pieces no bigger than 5 x 5 x 5 ft and no heavier than 50 lbs each.

May 4 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening

Mills College Art Museum 6 pm- 9 pm Join the Mills MFA graduate class of 2013 for the opening of their thesis exhibition. Refreshments provided.

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Art Week Update Joann Pak Arts & Features Editor

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Michael Beller’s Corner

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Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu An amazingly expansive retrospective of Mills College’s very own tenured Professor of Studio Art, Hung Liu, is currently on exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California. “Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu” offers an extensive view of her body of paintings, which is a nice contrast from the Offerings exhibit at Mills that was installation heavy. The show starts with a drawing that her mother had from when she was just five years old. Exemplifying a keen artistic talent since

an early age, the pencil drawing illustrates a sea of people with one hand holding up a Mao poster. One of the most prolific Chinese American artists living in America today, Hung’s rich historical context and experience that not many artists of this generation have, including living through Maoist China, the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward. With such a vast array of paintings on display, the space is curated into almost mini gallery spaces

for various series. Hung creates a fluid feminist ideology and strong matriarchal sense with ties to the body in her work . The focus of the female as a strong character and the relationship of mothers and daughters in the retrospective is spatially expansive, but the content and spirit of Hung work is still very intimate and inviting. It’s Spring of Hung and she’s here to stay, or at least until June 30th at the OMCA.

Influential Bay Area figure passes away Artist, educator, and activist Carlos Pedro Villa passed away March 21. A renowned Bay Area figure who passionately represented and advocated multicultural aspects within the arts community, Villa had deep roots and foundations in the Bay Area. He received his MFA at Mills in 1961 and started teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in 1969. Villa’s teachings helped shape and influence many artists in the Bay Area, ultimately cultivating a huge network of artists, many of them lifelong friends and students. In 2011, Mission Cultural Center had a successful show with a great body of his work, and in 2012 he was a recipient of then Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts. SFAI is planning a public memorial where individuals are welcomed to contribute their memories of him. For more information visit:

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The F. W. Olin Library: it’s a curated collection of cool, full of fabulous facts, daring data, and triumphant texts. It is comprised of enough startlingly lovely book covers that you almost can’t help but cheer (but please don’t. I’ll shush you). Over the next weeks, I hope to demonstrate the wonderful array of library resources available to you as part of the Mills College Community. From the incredible books and magazines found in our general collection, to the treasures found in our Special Collections, to the sublime knowledge found in our collection of databases, I want you to know why libraries are my favorite places on earth and if you are already a library lover, hopefully you will find more reasons to view libraries as amazing. One of my favorite things about the library is the remarkable variety of stories you can find about virtually everything. Pick a topic, any topic and you find a story. The story might begin in a newspaper article I discovered on Google, then continue in an encyclopedia, weave a plot through one of our online databases, and reach the startling conclusion in a book I found on the shelves. It is a magical process! One of the best examples of this began one day when I was wearing my lucky polka dotted outfit at the reference desk. A patron came over to ask me a question, paused to appreciate my lucky suit, and then asked me who invented polka dots. I was stunned. I had spent my entire life taking polka dots for granted, never before considering that they might have a history. Telling the patron that I would find out more about polka dots and get back to her, I ran off into reference shelves and quickly grabbed one of my favorite resources, the

Oxford English Dictionary. Sure enough, I was able to find their entry for Polka Dot. It was right there under the main entry for Polka! What did that mean? It meant that polka dots, in fact, had everything to do with the polka. Reading on, I discovered that the polka had its first mention as having been danced in Prague in 1835. It swept across Europe becoming so popular that business owners did their best to link their products to it the same way that today’s fast food restaurants attach themselves to every single animated movie that comes out. There were polka dresses, polka hats, polka curtain-bands, and polka dots! Triumphantly, I reported my findings to the library patron, bringing over volume XII of the Oxford English Dictionary so that she could read it all for herself. She seemed happy to have an answer, but quickly excused herself and went back to her research paper. For me, however, this was just the beginning. The Mills Library had just subscribed to the newly created New York Times, a historical database that has almost every single article published in the New York Times back to its origins in 1851 (predating historic Mills College by only one year). I figured that with the first reports of polka dots having happened in Prague in 1835, a time that had no Internet, television, or even radio, it would take some time before the polka and polka dots would make it to the United States. Sure enough, it was on March 26, 1880 that the polka dot was first mentioned in a New York Times article, a piece about that season’s new fashions that were certain to find their way into all the best wardrobes. Better still, I found an advertisement in the May 4, 1879 issue from the shop Lord & Taylor that described polka dots as being “especially fashionable.” Discovering that the pattern that made up my favorite outfit had such an awesome history and would have been considered especially fashionable in 1879 made it even more special. It also heightened my love of libraries that I could make such an unexpected discovery. That love was increased again when the library subscribed to the online edition Oxford English Dictionary, which allowed me to search the entire 20+ volumes in seconds. Using that magnificent resource, I found out that a person who excitedly jumps around and exhibits the characteristics of the polka can be described as “polkaic.” Libraries make me polkaic. Hopefully, they make you polkaic as well.

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Upcoming fine art senior thesis exhibitions Into the Current 2013 MFA Dance Thesis Performances The Mills College Dance Department presents Into the Current, which will showcase the culminating thesis works of the 2013 MFA candidates. The concert will be held at Lisser Theatre on the Mills College campus in Oakland on April 18-20, 2013. Expressing both the choreographic and performance aspects of the degree, the performances present works in both solo and group choreography and provide an eclectic array of work, which defines each choreographer’s interests and showcases them in their own light. PROGRAM A April 18 at 8pm, April 20 at 8pm Choreographers: Jeanette Male, Garth Grimball, Adrianne Cherry, Erica Pinigis PROGRAM B April 19 at 8pm, April 20 at 2pm Choreographers: Rebekah Brown, Nataly Morales, Rachel Holdt, Carmen Roman

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$8 Students and Seniors with ID

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SPONTANEOUS ORDER 2013 Mills College Senior Thesis Exhibition The Mills College Art Museum announces “Spontaneous Order,” the 2013 Mills College Senior Thesis Exhibition, on view from April 2 through April 21, 2013. “Spontaneous Order” alludes to a natural phenomenon––when individuals come together, without force or a plan, to create something complex. In this 2013 thesis exhibition, 17 artists who utilize disparate media and concepts emerge from the chaos as a confluence. Artists include: Juliana Bradley, Sasha Brown, Lindsey Cady, Zoë Frost, Ash Garcia, Sarah Knigh, Katy Kondo, Malena LopezMaggi, Rosa Page, Caroline Ziep Pham, Lucille Raisch, Katherine Rudebusch, Asa Scheibe, Jessica Tang, Elsy Tobar, Brittany Watkins, Daisy Wong.

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Opinions & Editorial Staff Editorial More action needed from marriage equality Oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California same-sex marriage ban, and DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act declaring marriage between one man and one woman, were heard by the Supreme Court on March 26 and 27. In response, Facebook erupted in an ocean of red as users began a movement of support, changing their profile pictures to white equal signs over a square red background. These red squares were often accompanied with hashtags like #MarriageEqualityNow, #UnitedForMarriage, and #TimeForMarriage. We at The Campanil believe that the mass change in profile pictures are a great symbol of solidarity for the marriage equality movement. In today’s society, social media is the main source of information for many people. From Facebook to Twitter to Tumblr to YouTube, people look to social media platforms

as a way to pick up on trends like the “sea of red,” as it’s been dubbed in the blogosphere. Millions of people changing their profile pictures to squares of red makes a statement: A large portion of users on social media support marriage equality, and they’re doing it in an extremely visual way. However, we also believe that the amount of time, funds, and resources being spent on the marriage equality movement is potentially problematic when the LGBTQ* community has a host of other issues they are concerned about as well, ones that are not receiving national attention. Some of these issues include suitable housing, adequate health care, and human rights for all LGBTQ* associated communities, particularly ones that are less visible in the media, like the trans* community. Even if the LGBTQ* community is allowed access to legally-

recognized unions, marriage is not the only answer to achieving equal rights for LGBTQ* individuals. Some of us also feel that changing a Facebook profile picture to show support for marriage equality is the easy way out; more action should be taken in terms of showing support for the movement. This kind of activism has been titled “slactivism,” or slacker activism, and is a way for people to use social media to claim an activist role rather than physically venturing out into the world to make a change. For example, Facebook also turned to changing profile pictures during the Kony 2012 movement. We at The Campanil believe that while such (in)action provides a type of movement in that it gives some voiceless individuals a chance to speak up, and has given rise to LGBTQ* movements such as “It Gets Better,” it is not vigorous enough action from supporters.

Fetishes with C & M Hey sexy people! It’s C and M here with some sexy facts. We are your new sex columnists here at The Campanil and we are excited to get down and dirty with all of you as we discuss the spectrum of everything and anything that constitutes sex. I bet you all can guess this week’s theme! I’ll give you a hint: Mouthing Off!’s recent offthe-hook event! Fetish. What’s the first image or thought that came to mind? Was it handcuffs? Leather? Bondage? A foot fetish? I’m guessing for some of you, it was the latex suit from American Horror Story. According to Urban Dictionary, a fetish is “an object thought to have magical, especially magically sexual, powers.” But, according to, from a psychological understanding a fetish is “any object or non-genital part of the body that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation.” So, what do we think? M says: I remember thinking that I had to be into something “kinky” in order to have a fetish. But later on, when I was able to find out about more of what fetishes really are, I was able to understand

that I actually do have them and they don’t necessarily have to be “kinky.” I mean, there is nothing wrong with being kinky — if anything I am really open to it. I just used to base my definition of fetish on the amount of kinkiness I had. Research really helped to further my knowledge in the topic, and now I understand that the degree of kinkiness does not directly relate to whether something is a fetish or not. Also, there is always room to experiment! C says: As ridiculous as it may sound, my fetish is consent. (On that point, if you have a fetish, go you! It is completely natural, and when you think about it, really, we all have them.) Anyway, I am really open to trying new things and experimenting with my sex life. Blindfolds and handcuffs? Let’s go! But I’ve run into some very unsexy fetish/kinky experiences when consent was not necessarily at the forefront of my partner’s mind. I remember one experience when my hands were tied behind my back and everything was fine and dandy until I started to panic about feeling restrained. At that point in my sexual career, I had no clue about

safe words. So there I was, stranded, panicking, and without a safe word... yikes! That’s a moment I don’t want to relive. Fortunately, I was able to communicate with my partner and get everything squared away. My advice to all of you out there who would like to experiment and try some new fetishes: do some research before you get started. Talk with your partner. Create a safe word! And have lots and lots of sexy fun times. Consent is sexy! So, here’s a quick recap: Fetishes are sexual desires, and they do not have to be kinky; in fact, they could even be something we might not think about every day, like lace! Be safe, get consent, and enjoy your very own brand of kinky sex! We’re looking forward to seeing all your fantasies and kinky dreams on display at the next annual Mouthing Off! Fetish Ball! If you have questions that you would like answered by C & M, send us an email at Stay tuned for a chance to live chat with C & M to get your burning questions answered. Until our next encounter...

April 9, 2013


Q U E ST I O N O F T H E W E E K What is your ideal prank to play on a friend or loved one?

“One of my friends hid in a closet for a good 5 minutes while I was in my room. She jumped out and scared me.”

—Chelsea Satterwhite, Senior

“Slap their candy out of their hand as they go to take a bite.

—Jazmine Fortes, Sophomore

“My grandparents did this to my brother. He wanted a remote control car and they put a remote in a box with a Hot Wheels car.”

—Meghan Hinsch, Junior

“For April Fool’s, my friend got Oreos and replaced the white cream with toothpaste.

—Cynthia Garcia, Junior

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— Kayla Isaacs, senior

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Health & Sports 8 April 9, 2013 Cyclone Spotlight: a Upcoming APER fitness classes reflection from the coaches The last two Free Fitness Classes provided by APER are quickly approaching! Each of these classes are open to all students, staff, faculty, and alumnae. Any Cyclone Century Club member can count these classes as two hours of exercise! Students also have the opportunity to attend these classes to make up for an absence in a physical education class–all you need to do is pick up a completion slip at the end of the class. Raffle tickets will also be given to all attendees of the Free Fitness Classes for a chance to win a free personal training session. The more classes you attend, the better your odds are of winning!

Workout in the Water

This class will allow you to find an alternative way to get your heart rate up in addition to using the water as low-impact resistance. Date: Friday, April 19 Time: 9-10 a.m. Location: Mills College Aquatics Center Staff: Neil Virtue, Head Swimming Coach

Rowing Machines

Kurt Loeffler

Sophomore Amanda Ridley exhibits the hard work she puts in (and off!) the water.

“Amanda’s hard work and focus on improving technically made her a significant factor in us closing the gap between Sonoma State and our Varsity eight over the course of two weeks. Amanda is developing into a key player in and out of the boat. Her striving to improve her fit-

ness and be the best contributor she can be are huge for what it means to the Varsity eight. But even more importantly, it is what Amanda does outside of the boat to make the team better for everyone that is so significant. Amanda has taken it upon

herself to coordinate team activities that are inclusive of all levels of rowers to help build a really cohesive team. Her leadership and enthusiasm are appreciated by everyone!”

Formatted as a spin-style class, you will receive a great short workout and the opportunity to learn how to use the rowing machines in the gym and cross-fit classes. Date: Wednesday, May 1 Time: 12-1 p.m. Location: Haas Pavilion Gym Staff: Sara Nevin, Head Rowing Coach

For more information regarding the classes, contact Natalie Spangler at or (510) 430-3323

–Head rowing coach Sara Nevin

Upcoming Games Schedule Rowing Opponents: Santa Clara University, Sonoma State University Date: April 19, 2013 Location: Lexington Reservoir, Los Gatos, CA

Tennis Kurt Loeffler

Junior Phoebe Minette’s skills on the court brought home another victory for Mills.

“Phoebe Minette, junior Anthropology major of Glendale, CA, has earned the Cyclone Spotlight for her recent efforts on the tennis courts. In her 3/16 match vs. Biola, Phoebe fought back to secure the sole win for the Cyclones at the #2 singles position in a 10-2 tiebreaker after splitting sets with her opponent, 2-6, 6-1. During the team’s Southern California trip over spring break, Phoebe was a tough competitor in both the #1 and #2 singles and

doubles positions. She and doubles partner, junior Casey Honath of San Diego, CA, posted the team’s highest doubles scores at each of the four matches they played that weekend. Phoebe stepped up for the Cyclones’ final SoCal match vs. Pacific Lutheran after her teammate sustained an injury earlier in the break. It was Phoebe’s eighth match (four singles, four doubles) over a 42 hour period. Phoebe has proven to be a wonderful addition to our team this season.

Since she joined the team in the Fall, she has strengthened her versatility and steadiness in her game. Phoebe is extremely motivated and leads by example. Her hard work ethic and positive attitude have not only helped her grow this season, but has pushed the team as a whole to grow as well. I’m psyched that she chose to transfer to Mills and I look forward to seeing her progress through her time here!”

The next two tennis matches are home games, so make sure to come support your fellow Cyclones as they reign over their home Opponent: Dixie State Date: April 12, 2013 Time: 4 p.m.

Opponent: Family Doubles Tournament Date: April 20, 2013 Time: 10 a.m.

–Head tennis coach Loke Davis

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Issue 20 Spring 2013  
Issue 20 Spring 2013  

Issue 20 of the Spring 2013 semester