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Students share ideas on college spending Diana Arbas Asst. News Editor Although this fall’s 4.5 percent tuition increase has been hard for some, students have said they wouldn’t mind the annual increase if they experienced direct benefits, like better facilities and more individual time with professors. Others have suggested that fellow students should look for ways to reduce college costs by being conscious of waste, although a college officer pointed out that waste diversion alone won’t allay future tuition increases. The recent tuition increase isn’t exactly news to Chloe Dahl, a senior PLEA major. She’s watched the tuition go up every year that she’s been here. “We always get that letter at the end of the year that says what the increase is going to be. And it’s like, ‘Are you serious? We’re already paying this amount of money,’” Dahl said. “How can they expect everyone to pay a little more when they’ve already got things around campus that already aren’t working perfectly for students?” Higher tuition rates have never been an issue for Dahl and her family, but Dahl has seen fellow students struggle. “I think if we would see a lot more changes happen around campus that would benefit us more directly, people might be a little more willing to pay the changes,” Dahl said. Keeley Driscoll, a senior business economics major, has also experienced the regular tuition increases, but she was especially affected by the most recent one. When she reviewed her 2011-2012 finan-

JEN RAMOS

Tuition revenue helps pay for benefits like library services (upper left) and updated science lab equipment (right). Waste diversion (lower left) and powering down help reduce costs.

cial aid package, she was shocked. “I had to really go to the M Center and say, ‘I won’t be able to afford Mills for my senior year if I don’t receive the funding that I was promised as a first-year student,” Driscoll said. Everything eventually worked out, but Driscoll noticed that while the tuition increases each year, the financial aid offers decrease. “Financial aid is the only reason why I was able to come to Mills in the first place,” Driscoll said. “I wanted to come to Mills, but it was also the school that offered me the highest percentage in terms of the tuition. Other-

wise, I would have gone to a state school where I wouldn’t have a huge tuition. It would be much more affordable, but then there’s the price of being one of 300 in a class instead of being one of 25.” Driscoll’s story numbers among many. According to the College’s website, 97 percent of all undergraduates received financial aid in the last academic year. Total financial aid amounted to $32 million, of which Mills funded $16 million. Jamie Nickel, Interim Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, told the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) in March that the high student financial aid discount

rate makes it harder for Mills to provide a quality education on less money, hence the tuition increase. Dr. Sandra Greer, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, said increased academic costs are some of the visible expenditures being paid for by the tuition increase. Revenue from the tuition increase helps pay for promoted faculty members’ salary increases, increased library costs (books, subscriptions and online services) and scientific lab equipment that needs replacing –– among other improvements around campus she said. Nickel writes in a recent email that costs go up each year for

things the College doesn’t have much control over: insurance, required facilities, IT maintenance and other regulatory compliance. Other increased college costs come from debt issued for new building construction, like the Natural Science (NSB) and Graduate School of Business (GSB) buildings. “We have tried very hard to keep controllable costs down,” Nickel writes. “Staff and faculty went two years without any cost of living increase to their salaries. Departmental discretionary budgets have remained flat or even decreased over recent years. We’ve renegotiated contracts and gone to less expensive vendors where possible.” College revenue sources, like endowment payout, are down because of the market. Gifts and conference rental revenue is flat, Nickel writes. “Then our only option is to try to increase revenue from students. Universally, costs increase over time for everything. Tuition is no different,” Nickel said. Students like Driscoll have a few ideas for what they’d like their extra tuition dollars to pay for. “If I’m going to pay more tuition,” Driscoll said, “I would like to see smaller class sizes and more one-on-one work with faculty and staff. But with this increase in tuition, I feel like class sizes have also increased. It’s a little upsetting because that’s another reason I came to Mills — the class sizes and being able to have a name and be a person and not just a student. If the tuition were to increase even more, I would want class sizes to return to the way they were my first and second year, which were smaller.” See

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Unofficial gender policy implemented in English Department Ruby Woods Contributing Writer The buzz around Mills campus is the addition –– however unofficial, according to English professor Ajuan Mance –– of a policy being implemented by professors in the English Department, urging them to ask students which gender pronoun they would prefer when being addressed. While the Diversity and Social Justice Committee on campus has been striving to improve awareness of students’ gender pronouns preferences, Mance was instrumental in bringing the policy to many English professors’ syllabi. According to Mance, the new policy has been a work-in-progress for The Committee since the spring of 2009. The Committee’s goal is to promote diversity and social justice among all

members of the Mills community, according to the Mills website. “While Mills remains a singlesex undergraduate institution, the College and its faculty are increasingly putting in place practices to respond to the needs and interests of students who identify with a variety of genders or, in some cases, with no gender at all,” Mance said. Distinctions between gender pronouns in the classroom would help “raise awareness of gender diversity by honoring any student’s gender identification,” Mance said. Some have felt that Mills should be addressing issues regarding student gender pronoun preferences. “The biggest issue,” said Shaun Salas, a sophmore who prefers being addressed as ‘they’ and ‘them,’ “is not being asked what gender pronoun a person prefers.” According to Salas, gender pronouns are “used to describe

someone not by name. There are gendered pronouns, such as ‘he/his’ and ‘she/hers,’ and then there are gender-neutral pronouns, including ‘they/them’ and ‘ze/zir/zirs.’ ” Going into their second year at Mills, Salas wanted to take a proactive role in bringing change to the campus, so they created a card for students to give to their professors. The cards allow individuals to indicate their preferred gender pronouns. “The gender pronoun cards JEN RAMOS started out as a way for me and my friends to let professors know how The Mary Atkins Lounge offers some gender pronoun cards. we wished to be addressed,” Salas portant (and will) add visibility to Survey of African American Litsaid. But as more students became the number of students who choose erature. “Correct implementation will aware of the cards, using them be- alternate gender pronouns.” However, Kravette said that the (only) make students feel more came “an act of solidarity, creating policy of asking students which accepted,” Kravette said, which a larger community,” Salas said. Evan Kravette, a sophomore gender pronoun they would prefer they hope will create a positive who also prefers gender pronouns “is not really being implemented, atmosphere that is conducive such as “they” and “them,” said except in certain English classes,” to learning. that this new policy is “really im- as in, for example, Mance’s own

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Tuition increase concerns students From

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Driscoll would also like to see better campus facilities. “Besides NSB and GSB, I feel like facilities are kind of outdated. Our pool could definitely be redone. Our gym, our locker rooms. I’m a dancer, so I feel our dance studios could be redone,” Driscoll said. “Our library is a big thing. I’ve gone to other schools where their libraries are immaculate. They’re beautiful. People want to go there. And I don’t want to go the Mills library because it’s so dark and dingy. Uninviting.” Ana Sanchez, a senior ethnic studies major, said it seems like the College is spending money in the wrong places. “I know that there’s all these big screen TVs, like in Cowell. The money’s not being spent on the students directly. It’s spent on these unnecessary items,” Sanchez said. Sanchez said she can understand the poor economic reality and that the students could help the situation in their own way. “I always go back to the amount

of waste and the amount of electricity used on campus,” Sanchez said. Students might want to be conscious of ways to reduce energy costs when using a computer or flipping on the lights. “Maybe that could be deducted from our tuition in some way.” Sanchez has recognized that the faculty has tried to relieve the burden of paying for college. “We’ll have to purchase books,” she said, “and they’ll do that thing where we purchase a reader instead. So it’s all in one place, and you won’t have to buy six books. You just pay for the reader. But it’s still expensive.” Ana Reidy, a senior public policy and economics major, said that the tuition increase is hard, but it’s necessary given the economy. “I make a challenge to not only the College, but students, to think realistically about what services are most important, what can we do away with, how can we use resources more efficiently and how, as students, can we save our institution money (like saving electricity, saving on printing, etc),” Reidy

Local news bites - On Sept. 8, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Mills alumna Barbara Higbie was chosen as Yoshi’s Oakland jazz club resident artist. - Mills alumna Cheryl Travis-Crawford won the Women in Default Servicing (WinDS) Leadership Award at the Sept. 12 WinDS Networking Event. WinDS is an organiztion that helps to advance the careers of women in default services, while enhancing their personal and professional success.

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- Oakland residents commented on a draft of the Lake Merritt BART Station Area Plan and shared ideas about future area development at a Sept. 12 community meeting. For more info about how to get involved, email lake_merritt_plan@oaklandnet.com. - The New York Times profiled Robert Hudson, the East Oakland drug dealer targeted in a driveby shooting that killed 3-year-old Carlos Nava.

said in an email. Waste diversion does yield net savings, said Linda Zitzner, Assistant Vice President of Facilities, Auxiliaries and Campus Planning, but will not, by itself, allay future tuition increases. “Mills still has to pay for the waste to be hauled,” Zitzner wrote, “albeit at a lower rate than the landfill stream. We also have to purchase biobags which are more expensive than regular bags.” Zitzner wrote that it is better to look at the campus holistically from a sustainability and cost reduction perspective. In addition to savings from waste diversion, there are energy and water savings. We only call for Power Down Days when PG&E mandates it, but this should be a part of our culture. Electricity, gas and water usage contribute significantly to the cost of running the campus and to our overall green house gas emissions,” she wrote. The College is always exploring ways to reduce usage. “For example, starting in 2009, all irrigation was from non-

potable water, which resulted in tremendous savings,” Zitzner wrote. “We work very hard to contain costs and are always open to suggestions and input from all Mills constituencies.” Jamie Nickel asks the student community to stay tuned on how to give input on college funding priorities. Meanwhile, students can participate in ASMC. Last year, the College solicited student feedback at ASMC meetings on matters like whether or not to increase the undergraduate ASMC fee. Nickel also explained and fielded questions about the 4.5 percent tuition increase at one of the ASMC meetings last semester. The first full board ASMC meeting is Monday, Sept. 26. For more info, email asmc@mills.edu.

Where the money goes - As tenure-track faculty members advance in their careers, their salaries increase. - Rising costs for hiring adjunct faculty. - Increased services from the Center for Academic Excellence. - Annual library costs increase. - Replacing broken or outdated scientific laboratory equipment.

Keeping up with the World

- The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide-bomb attack that killed 20 people in Quetta, Pakistan. - After representatives of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s government attempted to procure weapons in Bejing, the Chinese government announced plans to restrict procedures regarding the sale of arms on the world market.

- North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il appeared at a national celebration with his son and heir apparent

Kim Jong-un. The rare father-son appearance underlines a planned third generation of dynastic rule.

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- At least 133 Pakistani residents have died due to flooding, though the number is expected to rise. About 900 villages have been affected by the disaster, and an estimated 100,000 homes have been destroyed in the southern provinces of Pakistan. -A German court continued a ban on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. The court previously ruled that elements of the tablet were copied from Apple’s iPad.

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This revolution will include glitter Joann Pak Asst. features Editor

IMAGE COURTESY OF RALLY THE TROUPES VII

Rally the Troupes VII will perform a variety of burlesque and dance pieces at Mills College’s Littlefield Concert Hall on Friday, Sept. 16. The show will include plenty of lingerie and play.

Mills College’s Littlefield Concert Hall will be more “glitterific” than usual on Friday, Sept. 16, thanks to a production put together by prominent Bay Area activists and performers Kentucky Fried Woman, Drew Montana and Starr 69. “It’s a show that will make you laugh, turn you on and make you think,” performer Starr 69 said. “What could be better than that?” The event, Rally the Troupes VII: The Revolution will Include Glitter, will include a wide variety of special theatrical treats, from butch tap dancing to drag burlesque, all oriented around social justice, anti-racism, body positivity and queer performance. While the performance will focus on these issues, there will be plenty of strutting around in lingerie to make it an enjoyable evening for all. How did Mills land such an act? Colleen Kimsey met Krista Smith, also known as Kentucky Fried Woman, last year at the Sex Positive Panel, which Kimsey also helped host. Kimsey, the president of the Team Awesome Club on campus, was extended an invitation by KFW to come to one of her shows in the near future, but Kimsey, age 20, couldn’t attend due to many of the shows being held in bars. Since Kimsey couldn’t hit the bars, she brought the performance to Mills. “I’m a huge believer in, if you

want something done, then get it done,” Kimsey said. “It’s one thing to talk about things and another to actually make things happen.” Kimsey, who also helped host Andrea Gibson’s performance earlier this school year, said she thought Mills would be the perfect place for the event. “Mills’ strong rhetoric for body postivity seemed like a good fit,” Kimsey said. The extravaganza is free for the first 100 Mills students, so be sure to get there early. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. After the first 100 free tickets, student tickets are $5.

IF YOU GO What: Rally the Troupes VII including Brock Cocker, Brush Arbor Gurlz, Chan Dynasty, Charleston Chu & Jai Arun Ravine, GlitterAction, House of Glitter, Keshet Crew, King McQueen, La Chica Boom, Let Me Out, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Project Monochrome, The Dangers and many more. When: Friday, Sept. 16 Where: Mills College’s Littlefield Concert Hall Cost: First 100 to arrive get free admission; $5 after

A Delicate Balance delightfully delivers drama Bonnie Horgos Features Editor Performing a writer’s play in front of them must be beyond nerve-racking. And when the playwright is Edward Albee, eminent writer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and three-time Pulitzer winner? That can push it over the edge. So it was probably for the best that the actors performed opening night at Berekeley’s Aurora Theatre without knowing that the 81-yearold scribe sat in the audience. The performers delivered a solid interpretation of the play, three acts ripe with reflections, regret and amusing recollections of years gone by. Although the play premiered in 1966, the plot and themes remain current: Tobias and Agnes, a couple cut with unsettled anxiety, permanently house the wife’s alcoholic sister Claire. Soon they take in their close friends Harry and Edna, a couple haunted by their unhappy marriage. Just to add to the kooky mix, Tobias and Agnes’ daughter Julia comes home in the wake of ruining her fourth marriage. The plot develops subtly, unfolding in the couple’s living

room, a charming set complete with plenty of cocktails, cigars and cigarettes. The audience’s seats intimately wrapped around the sofa, chairs and coffee table — which was stacked with copies of The New Yorker — making it seem as though people are eavesdropping on the ever-augmenting exploration of anguish. Yet, while the play deals with life’s greater anxieties such as death, divorce and delirium, it’s done so in a comedic manner. The booze-loving Claire elicits more laughs than the endless nightcaps she consumes, Agnes attempts to control the chaos in a riotously rigid manner and Julia is just plain crazy. One of the night’s highlights was Claire’s incessant playing of minor chords on an accordion to mock the building tension in the living room. Her physicality and facial expressions alone had the audience in stitches, despite the unfolding chaos. Perhaps the play’s true appeal lies in the fact that Albee presents life’s hard knocks in a way that makes them seem manageable. Just have a few laughs and know that the morning will in fact come again. And when the going gets tough, the tough get drinking.

DAVID ALLEN

Left to right: actors Charles Dean, Anne Darragh, Carrie Paff, Ken Grantham and Kimberly King deliver an emotionally hysterical performance of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance.

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Local getaways on a budget

While an exotic weekend getaway may sound enticing, sometimes pennies need to be pinched. This doesn’t mean a little exploring can’t happen; in fact, there are plenty of hangouts here in Oakland to create the perfect staycation, or a mini trip without breaking the bank. Check out these three highlights and plan accordingly.

Tilden Park Zoe Salvnave Contributing Writer

Tilden Park may seem like just another park to the untrained eye, but when you venture deeper into it’s well hidden forests you will discover all that Tilden has to offer. Besides the basic park elements such as tables for barbecuing and parties, Tilden has many exciting sites for camping and day adventures. Tilden’s Little Farm is a small zoo that attracts inspired photographers and young children alike. The Little Farm is largely run by enthusiastic volunteers and support from the community, and is host to animals such as goats, ducks, pigs and chickens. Many of the East Bay grade schools take their students on field trips to the Little Farm for all of its educa-

tional opportunities, and for the younger students, the interactive, animal petting zoo. Aside from it’s central entertainment, The Little Farm is circled and crisscrossed by multiple paths that lead through the Farm and outward into other parts of Tilden, including a small lake with a bench ideal for resting. Another one of Tilden’s mostvisited sites is Lake Anza. This inviting lake has developed over the years into something of a small community waterpark, with a fully-stocked snack counter, marked off water depths, a grassy hangout perfect for Ultimate Frisbee, and a multitude of showers for getting sand off of toes. Tilden also hosts the Brazil Building and an 18 hole public golf course. The Brazil Building is a gorgeous structure often used for elaborate wedding and other upscale parties and events. The venue has an amazing panoramic view of

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the Park and all its visual appeal. The full golf course is open to the public but also offers its own services in golfing practice and cart rentals. The course also features a restaurant for when hard swinging on the green inspires a bit of hunger. Other highlights in this 2,079 acre regional park include luscious camping sites and horse stables. Tilden’s well-traveled, winding paths are great for both the experienced hiker and the more casual dog walker. Benches dot Tilden’s paths for recuperating, in addition to flattened valleys for summertime camping and afternoon barbecues. Tilden Park is perfect for anyone looking to spend a day, or more, with nature at its best. While Tilden is widely used for camping and hiking, it’s just close enough to the urban city to escape for just a couple of hours.

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Tilden Park features a wide array of plants including Redwoods and a variety of mushrooms.

Oakland Chinatown Bonnie Horgos Features Editor

Tucked in between downtown and Jack London Square, Oakland Chinatown is a multicultural mixture of hidden restaurants, clothing stores stuffed to the gills, and grocery stores spilling out onto sidewalks. In addition to a largely Chinese population, the sixteen square blocks offer Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Japanese goods and services. The layout of Chinatown alone is an exercise in exploration. The crosswalks run every which way including diagonally, making it a pedestrian’s paradise. The shops are stacked from floor to ceiling with gifts varying from ornately detailed silk slippers to small statuettes, all for pocket change. With a little bit of time and patience, people can push up their sleeves and dig into these delightfully crowded stores. One hotspot not to miss: J & L Trading Company, a tiny shop complete with hair accessories and eclectic Chinese fashion magazines. For delectable dumplings made with fresh dough, try Shan Dong Restaurant. In addition to these treats, which Shan Dong proudly displays at the entrance, this wholein-the-wall also serves up handmade wontons and noodles in thick sauces with fresh vegetables. How

fresh? Depending on the time of day, the chefs will sit amongst the patrons shelling green beans. For an on the go treat, Cam Huong Restaurant around the corner creates banh mi, traditional Vietnamese sandwiches. These flavorful Subway alternatives feature a select protein with pickled vegetables and a smear of homemade mayonnaise on top of a freshlybaked roll, all for a few bucks. But the appeal of Oakland’s

Chinatown goes beyond restaurants. For unique produce at a low price, the various grocery stores throughout this neighborhood such as Orient Market are worth hitting up. They get a bit crowded at times as people dig into crates filled with herbs, roots and vegetables outside the stores, but the commotion is worth it; people are sure to come away with goods they wouldn’t have found at Trader Joes or Safeway.

The Morcom Rose garden is one of Piedmont’s highlights.

Suzzana Mathews Contributing Writer Piedmont Ave., a stretch of road between MacArthur Blvd. and Pleasant Valley, feels a world away from the day-to-day fast paced urban life. Like the Île St Louis in the center of Paris’s most visited tourist spots, or the Via Margutta in everbusy Rome, Piedmont Ave.—located just steps away from the bustling Kaiser Medical and the traffic buzz of the MacArthur Maze—is lined with coffee shops, interesting little book shops, art galleries, boutiques and flower stands. It’s the perfect place to spend a lazy weekend day. There, things are a bit slower-paced —expect to see families out for a stroll and to be smiled at by people passing by. Go in the morning, and make like the Parisians—sit a while with

a cup of delicious French Roast, and a fresh morning bun at La Farine, then people-watch or browse the dusty bookshelves at Book Zoo and Black Swan Books. Or, order an espresso and biscotti at Cafe Trieste and peruse the selection of international magazines at Issues, just around the corner. Take a newly-purchased book or magazine and walk up Linda Ave., making a right at Oakland Ave. Find a bench in the shade past the shaded steps leading to the Morcom Rose Garden on the corner of Oakland Ave. and Olive Ave. In the evening enjoy a romantic and authentic French dinner at Chez Simone, and be sure to ask for a seat on the patio. Then, catch a movie at the Piedmont Theatre. Before strolling the avenue and discussing the movie, try a scoop of local (and organic) gelato from Lush — ­ the next best thing to a cone of the luxury ice cream French Berthillion.

IF YOU GO

People can discover new and adventurous selections to eat in Oakland Chinatown such as the uncooked phoenix talons pictured above.

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La Farine: 4094 Piedmont Ave Book Zoo :14 Glen Ave Black Swan Books: 4236 Piedmont Ave. Cafe Trieste: 4045 Piedmont Ave. Chez Simone: 4125 Piedmont Ave. Piedmont Theatre: 4186 Piedmont Ave. Lush: 4184 Piedmont Ave.

Tilden Park: 2501 Grizzly Peak Blvd J & L Trading Company: 341 9th St. Shan Dong Restaurant: 328 10th St. Cam Huong Restaurant: 120 Webster St. Orient Market: 410 7th St.


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Mills College’s Hip Elite Fatima Sugapong Contributing Writer

ALL PHOTOS BY FATIMA SUGAPONG

Carter Steinmann shows off her floral button up dress, perfect for a hot day in Oakland.

Reyna Demos in a white lace piece dress and tan leather wedged sandals.

Summer is coming to an end and many Mills students said they’re eager to show off their favorite fall pieces. The Bay Area breeze brings a wide range of fall accessories, from slipped on cardigans to cozy footwear. But realistically, it isn’t feasible to finance habitual shopping sprees for the sake of following all of the latest trends. Keeping up with the ever present changes in fashion is difficult, especially as a college student whose work ethnic belittles the importance of staying fashionable. However, difficult is not synonymous with impossible. For Sophomore Quinn Harris, her favorite accessory is her patterned tights, an easy item that costs less than $20 at Urban Outfitters. She said this layered look encompasses her need to experiment with eclectic prints and bold colors rather than simply matching. And even though the tights are light on her wallet, Quinn said they make her feel fierce. Whenever she’s about to put them on before beginning her day, Quinn said she thinks

to herself, “Just do Quinn.” First-year Carter Steinmann finds other ways to stay hip without breaking the bank. Her interest in vintage, which ranges from her wardrobe to her room decor, lets her hunt out the best deals. “I really like garage sales,” Steinmann said. “I’ll find things that are sold in retail for $40 for like $1.” But people don’t necessarily have to buy pieces that are already created. First-year Lily Hubka tailors her fashion interests to the iconic look of the 1940s female, complete with flirty frocks and tights. Hubka said she “doesn’t like immodesty” and sews her own clothing to emulate her “own version of sexy,” creating alluring looks without flashing too much skin. And then there’s that favorite piece of clothing, accessory or pair of shoes that people love to wear beyond its faded repair. People can become especially attached to their garments as they age, from an old, perfectly worn-in peacoat to a flannel that’s softened with time. What’s first year Reyna Demos’ favorite item? “I can’t wait to wear my boots,” Demos said.

Lily Hubka in a bold red dress with a waist-cinching belt to flaunt her figure.

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Opinions & Editorial STAFF EDITORIAL

PETA’s single-issue strategies are a far cry from activism

Back in our Dec. 7, 2009 issue, The Campanil published an editorial titled “Pornography for the Ethical Treatment of Animals?” condemning the actions of animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as blindly single-issue and offensive. Recently, PETA announced they will, indeed, soon be launching a porn site. That’s right: if you thought the “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign was racy, that was vanilla compared PETA’s newest

scheme. While watching the XXXrated content, viewers will be intermittently exposed to other graphic images, namely videos depicting different brutality and suffering experienced by animals in various locations, (i.e., laboratories, factory farms). What better way to think about the politics of an animal product-dependent society, right? Certainly PETA is aware of the “controversial” nature of their campaigns, evidenced by the Huffington Post’s quote from spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt: “We live

Tumblr: Not the next great social network I have never been a person who has been into social networking or blogging. I do, however, love the Internet. It allows me to find information I’m looking for and gives me the ability to see peoples’ art from all over the world which I would not have access to otherwise. Recently, I’ve heard many people talking about the blogging site Tumblr. A site I regularly visit, deviantART, a place where artists post their work and writers post their stories, has users who all seem to be making Tumblrs. Tumblr is a site for microblogging, short-form blogging where anyone can post text or images on just about any topic. This has similarities to Twitter, with not only followers and micro-blogs, but also the “reblog” function which reminds me of re-tweeting, reposting what someone else has written — with credit to them, of course. A difference between Twitter and Tumblr is the character limit restrictions— while Tumblr is for microblogging, users are allowed to make posts as long as they want provided they add a “read more” break in the text. After a week of having my own Tumblr, I must admit it’s not as addicting as I hoped it would be. Yes, there are interesting topics, such as ispyafamousface where people put pictures of celebs in lesser known roles, but this is the kind of thing I may look at once and never feel the need to look at again. I also feel this is a site based on how popular you are, which seems to be the case for every social networking or blog site. From my experience, if you don’t have a link to this site on your Facebook or Twitter, people don’t want to “follow” you. Not having a Facebook or Twitter, I have a following of about zero people. Or maybe I’m just a really boring person. Either way, it seems, at least starting out you have to

in a 24 hour news cycle world, and we learn the racy things we do are sometimes the most effective way that we can reach particular individuals.” Uh, which particular individuals are those, exactly? Maybe these individuals will have an epiphany that will go something like this: “Hm, sexy chicks getting boned spliced with footage of chickens getting their beaks sawed off? That’s kind of bizarre — and disgusting. Wow, maybe I should really start reading up on vegetarianism and

animal rights!” We can only hope that this new campaign — which, honestly makes sense as the climax (ha) to years of porny ads — will result in some group of vegans who actually practice anti-oppression lifestyles marching over to PETA’s HQ and beating everyone senseless with a copy of The Sexual Politics of Meat. What makes us even angrier is that PETA receives more resources than any other animal rights group — their donations totalled over $32

million for its 2009 fiscal year. It makes sense — ludicrous, alienating campaign after campaign probably gets really expensive, plus there’s PETA international President Ingrid Newkirk’s salary to pay. PETA has long embarrassed those of us who identify as vegetarians or animal lovers (and especially The Campanil’s lone vegan), declaring idiotic ploys as “activism.” We are tired of being associated with the sleazy vegangelicals over at PETA and we’re pretty tired of PETA itself, too.

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have some people you know to follow you. These don’t need to be “in real life” friends but can be people you know from other sites. Another con for me was that no page popped up making sure that I read the rules or ToS (that’s terms of service in case you don’t know). In my opinion, this is a problem because there is no big page that says to read what we can and cannot do on this site or even if there is a specific age limit, such as no one under thirteen should make an account. There are terms to read, but they don’t seem to be followed, such as “no material deemed threatening or obscene.” Two days into exploring the site, I saw a lot of pornographic or non-tasteful nudity in the art and illustration section. There are good aspects to the site. For example, there is Microaggressions, where people share their stories about negative encounters they’ve had due to their gender identity, sex, race or sexual orientation. These “no big deals” in our society cause people to feel excluded or alone and oppressed, and it is great to see people dedicated to informing people against saying negative things. There is a whole section dedicated to LGBTQ — that is, Lesbians, Gays, Bi, Transgender and Queer — which I have not seen on a lot of other sites. Tumblr is a good site if you’re fighting for something or into short blogs. I’ll admit, there are also fun blog topics, like, once again, ispyafamousface, or a place to see peoples’ art and photography. But if you want a site that doesn’t make you fall into traps of rated M photography or images, stay on Facebook or Twitter. I’d probably have a better time chatting with friends and posting on those two sites.

Shanna Moncuse is a sophmore majoring in creative writing. When she isn’t online she is either spoiling her two favorite beagles or avoiding homework (though she does it anyway).

Mills must change restrictive admissions policy to truly welcome “all women”

Mills inspired the world in 1990 when student activists organized to prevent the dilution of women’s education by admitting men to the college. The students and alumni protested against this idea — that it was created unfairly and for profit — and created the chant, “Strong Women! Proud Women! All Women! Mills Women!” Successful in reversing the decision at the undergraduate level, Mills remains an institution dedicated to women’s empowerment and education, but not all women are welcome here. Unfortunately, Mills has yet to adopt a policy that acknowledges the full range of gender expressions of those who aspire to be Mills women. Despite being coercively assigned male gender at birth, transwomen are women too. Mills should celebrate their brave truths rather than reinforce prejudices against certain queer women. Transmen are admitted to Mills, and indeed the College provides a safe space for many to transition. Yet hypocritically, transwomen who have not (or are unable to) change their government IDs from “Sex: M” to “Sex: F” are not allowed here, which privileges people who have money and can afford the extremely expensive cost of therapy, hormones, and other things needed to be recognized as female by the state. This policy also privileges those who have solidified their gender identity and who are older than 18 (as gender and name changes often require parental approval before 18).

Officially changing one’s gender or name can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on location, which means Mills is inadvertently admitting students based on class. The policy is heterosexist because it offensively places time limits on transitioning, a personal experience that cannot be sped up by strangers or educational institutions; nor should it require government validation, because we should all respect chosen pronouns and names. Everyone must have the freedom to discover their true gender and to be accepted when they do declare it. Mills can only better advance social justice and empower women by accepting a diverse student body that encompasses the entire spectrum of what it means to be a “woman.” Mills’ current admissions policy alienates other members of the LGBTQIIA community. Where do intersex people fall in the admissions process? If someone finds out they have mostly male reproductive organs, are they suddenly less welcome in the school? For people who have varying concepts of their gender, can they only apply on days when they are feeling more like a woman? All of these people will benefit from an education for women, and each different perspective on womanhood will only further enrich our community. It’s surprising that Mills is practicing the opposite of what it teaches and preaches, which is social justice and equality. There is a strong queer community sup-

ported by professors and peers alike. For example, Thea Hillman, who has served on Mills’ Board of Trustees, is also a literary and verbal advocate for the intersex community. By refusing to consider all who identify as women, Mills may soon be left behind by ever-progressing state and local anti-prejudice laws. Regardless, Mills should make the statement that anyone who does not identify as a man should have opportunities outside of male-centered, “co-educational” institutions. In 2004, Oakland enacted Chapter 9.44, becoming one of the first U.S. jurisdictions to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, government and government-funded or supported services. Similarly, California has already taken steps to protect genderqueer students in its schools under California Education Code § 200. Mills is a great institution because it stands for activism, and thus it is not afraid to accept when it must change. As a member of the Mills Community, I urge Mills to write a clear doctrine for its admissions process that will bring the full diversity of femininity to our campus. I advise that Mills practice acceptance of all who identify as a woman, female or genderqueer. Mills now celebrates those protests of 1990. How many more protests are needed until Mills is finally fortified as a safe place for all women? —Jenna Spagnolo, sophomore

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Opinions & Editorial Political Corner

Erin Connolly provides a saucy perspective on conservative politics over the summer It was another tense and swampy summer day in Washington when a group of Senators sat down to lunch. The United States was hours away from debt defaulting, which would result in an economic fall similar to Wile E. Coyote stepping off a cliff — the global financial markets as the ACME anvil trailing behind. The whole world was indeed watching. But who were these Senators and what were they discussing? They were none other than Tea Partiers, conversing desultorily on the difficulties of finding Washington housing and schools for their kids — anything and everything except their recent individual meetings with Majority Leader John Boehner. Struggling to appease Tea Partiers and gain the needed votes to pass the bill to raise the debt ceiling, Boehner baldly asked them what they wanted in exchange for their vote. “Nothing,” Tea Partiers each answered in turn, surprised Boehner “just didn’t get it,” and then left to attend a prayer meeting. This exchange encapsulates the Tea Party fringe. They are ideologues, not politicians. The Republicans let the crazies into the tent, and now find that the crazies have taken over, leaving Republican elders with a subsequent inability to control their party. Tea Partiers are purists, and as such have no interest in plum committee appointment, moving up the political food chain, negotiating for their state’s benefit, or even re-election. They care little for the standard operating procedures and even less, reasons for them. Why would they waste time learning the ropes of institutions they’ve pledged to destroy? This ideological purity in the face of political expediency places the Tea Partiers in the awkward position of railing against perceived government intrusion while their supporters hold signs that shout, “Government keep your hands off my Medicare!” Who knew white, working class,

impotent rage, fueled by Koch Brothers’ money and organized by Dick Armey’s conservative astroturf (not to be confused with grassroots) organization FreedomWorks, could backfire so catastrophically? By the end of the summer, the line up of 2012 Republic presidential candidates became nothing more than a gift to Stewart and Colbert. Leaders in the race include company man Mitt Romney, boreto-a-snore-all-around-nice-guy Jon Huntsman, Tea Party wacko Michele Bachmann and relatively progressive libertarian Ron Paul, along with Creationist Rick Perry and Savagely ruined Rick Santorum (Google his last name. Dan Savage has promised to define his first name as well, if he lobbies on an anti-homosexual platform). Meanwhile, Palin continues a political strip tease of attending Republican rallies and stealing thunder without actually declaring herself in the running. It’s an embarrassment of riches for the Democrats. Bachmann purports to support individual rights and limited government while personally benefiting from farm subsidy programs and TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) monies. She wants government out of citizens’ lives, yet simultaneously supports limiting reproductive rights. And then of course there are her views on homosexuality, “It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is “gay”. It’s anything but gay. 
It’s profoundly sad,” she said at a 2004 speech at the 2004 National Education Leadership Conference in Minneapolis. It’s an oxymoronic position: It’s none of my business what lifestyle you choose, but you will go to hell for being gay. Indeed, Bachmann has become a master of dodging questions related to gay rights, striving to maintain that her personal beliefs will not affect policymaking. This is all the more humorous considering how low and fast her husband comes in on the average gay-dar. Fruit blindness, anyone? The man is as gay as Black Friday at Nordstrom’s, and yet he manages to have a therapy practice

specializing in “reparative therapy” to help gays overcome their homosexual tendencies. It is a capacious closet in which he lives. Ricky Perry compared homosexuality to alcoholism in his 2008 book, On My Honor, suggesting gays simply abstain, while Romney, Bachmann and Santorum have all signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge. I’m not sure which is more disappointing: their primeval, unfounded stance that sexual orientation is a choice, or the fact that I’m not surprised. Also jarring is the promise of smaller government, lowered taxes, yet somehow a balanced budget and job creation. Two hundred and seventy-eight members of the House and Senate have signed the Orwellian “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” agreement to never, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Rather, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge balances the budget by incinerating entitlement programs, infrastructure support, and social safety nets, as well as government protection of water, air and food safety — a Charlie Sheen level crazy. Unfortunately, the Reaganomics of lowering taxes for the rich to create jobs works well theoretically, but fails when applied. Still, the renegades cling to the pledge of reducing government intrusion, aside from regulating every uterus in the entire country, and let’s not forget: down with the EPA! All in all, the summer was nothing short of entertaining and an excellent jumping off point for more ridiculous extremist campaigning. It seems President Obama has his work cut out for him, campaigning at a time of dismal economic forecasts and nine percent plus levels of unemployment. The upside is the current Republican presidential field is even more dismal than the recent jobs report. The Dems can only hope for a Palin/Bachman ticket in November 2012. Erin Onora Connolly is a junior at Mills and a Psychology major. This is her first time writing for The Campanil.

Letter to the Editor Mills NSCS Chapter welcomes new pledges and honors past members Dear Mills Community; The Mills chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) hosted their annual induction ceremony on Aug. 29. Eleven new members were welcomed into NSCS at the induction ceremony and we honored two distinguished NSCS Members. Mills music professor Dr. Nalini Ghuman was recognized as a Distinguished Member because

of her support of students and contribution to the well being and diversity of Mills. Congresswoman Barbara Lee was also recognized as a Distinguished NSCS Member. Congresswoman Lee is a Mills alumna from the Class of 1973 and has inspired many students to become strong female leaders within their communities. The Congresswoman’s office is now offering an internship for

students interested in working in the Oakland District Office. NSCS strives to make opportunities such as this available to its members and offers numerous scholarships and internships itself. For more information about the Mills chapter of NSCS please contact Chapter President Ziyong Lin at zlin@mills.edu. —Ziyoung Lin, senior

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK! What is a “First World Problem*” you have experienced recently? “I got seagull poop on my car. I felt as though seagulls were personally targeting me. Plus, I had to wash my car.” —Angie Young, first-year

“There aren’t enough mic cables in the Center for Contemporary Music.” —Moni Gbadebo, second-year grad student

“I don’t feel inspired enough to work on my creative writing thesis. Also, I just almost got into a fist fight over sharing soy sauce at Founders.” —Tarin Griggs, senior

“I couldn’t turn on my television.” —Alecia DeCoudreaux, Mills College President

“Subway didn’t have the Teriyaki chicken option. I was mad because it was the second or third time it happened this month.” —Nae Medina, junior *The Campanil does not intend to reinforce the offensive and problematic term, “Third World,” but prefers to stick to the definition of “First World Problems” provided by knowyourmeme.com: “frustrations and complaints that are only experienced by privileged individuals in wealthy countries. It is typically used as a tongue-in-cheek comedic device to make light of trivial inconveniences.” COMPILED BY LAUREN SOLDANO AND ZARA SEDORE-MALLIN

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Health & Sports A word from the Cowell Therapists Dorian Newton, Ph.D.

“The idea of going to counseling…talking to a stranger about things that are intensely personal can feel scary. It’s not easy to discuss painful experiences or confront aspects of our own behavior that are no longer serving us well. But the more we understand about the ways we engage with the world, the greater our freedom to make healthier and more meaningful choices.”

Dai To, Ph.D.

Jenniffer Parnish, Psy. D.

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Eden’s pose of the week

Vriksha-asana The Tree Pose

“I love working at the Counseling Center at Mills. It’s such a beautiful campus, with an interesting and diverse student population and dedicated staff and interns to work with.”

Harriet Curtis-Boles, Ph.D.

Standing on the right leg, bend the left leg and tuck the left foot in the inner thigh. Stand thus like a tree on the ground. The aim is to feel a sense of rooted-ness in your concentration and balance. PRISCILLA YUKI WILSON

Health Matters

Bryn Baumer Contriubuting Writer

Davina Kotulski, Ph.D.

“It’s exciting for me to work with such a diverse group of women. I’m inspired by their motivation and desire for personal growth. I love being able to help people find their authentic selves and give voice to their personal truth. Being a therapist provides me with the opportunity to assist people in removing limiting beliefs, past experiences and/or self-defeating habits and behaviors that keep them from the success and happiness they seek. Therapy is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves, because it is the gift of living consciously, rather than through old reactions and habit patterns.”

Ana Noles, Psy.D.

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF DORIAN NEWTON

“Being in a couple is not always easy. But it offers both partners an incredible opportunity to grow and learn about themselves, about each other, and about being in relationships. It can even help in reworking old ways of thinking and acting. I love helping couples understand what’s happening in their relationship, how they each react individually, and how this plays out between them so that they can find opportunities for building a rewarding relationship together.”

Tips for Managing Your Stress throughout the School Year from the Cowell Therapists 1. Sleep 2. Exercise regularly 3. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grain foods 4. Don’t abuse drugs or alcohol 5. Make time every day to sit quietly 6. Practice relaxation techniques (meditation, deep breathing, progressive relaxation) 7. Schedule pleasurable activities (music, dancing, a hot bath) 8. Spend time with friends, reach out to other. Don’t isolate! 9. Practice random acts of kindness 10. Find a place on campus where you feel peaceful. Visit Lake Aliso or take the Healing Plant tour 11. Be assertive about your needs. Every “yes” means a “no” too 12. Think about your values and priorities and plan accordingly

Here on campus, there are many free health services available to students, but the majority of them are unknown and underutilized according to Kim Baranek, Director of the Wellness and Community Outreach (in the Division of Student Life). The main resources and programs are: Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), Wellness and Community Outreach, the Community Health Resource Center (formerly the Women’s Health Resource Center) and the Mills Student Health Center. Baranek added that the the main reason students postpone pursuing wellness issues is due to a lack of time and inconvenience. However, if needed, there are a variety of options available for students to squeeze in some time get some aid and care. Counseling and Psychological services (CPS) provides 8-10 free counseling appointments per student, per academic year. The Counseling Center also provides workshops, referrals to additional resources and on-campus assistance to students with all their mental health needs. The Wellness and Community Outreach Office is another free resource that can help students with anything from navigating their own personal health insurance to legal and financial support. It’s a starting place for any and all students who are experiencing troubles but are unsure of where or what type of help they might actually need. “Mills staff is here to support students in whatever they might be challenged with, from physical and mental health issues to supporting the whole well-being of all students,” said Kim Baranek, director of the program. Yui Ueno, a second year M.B.A. student, has his own insurance

health plan and was unaware of all the free resources Mills provides. “I didn’t know Mills had a center where I could go for free,” he said. “I didn’t know any of these resources existed.” After hearing about his health options as a student, Ueno said he was curious about where the health centers were located so he could find them if he needed to sometime in the future. Mills requires all students to have an insurance health plan either through the Mills-Kaiser paternership or through their own personal insurance health plan, but there are all these extra programs that students can take advantage of. The Community Health Resource Center is a peer-run center which provides free pregnancy tests, safer-sex supplies and information on all aspects of healthcare, from sexual health to crisis information. And there’s also the free clinic. The Mills Student Health Center is a student health center operated by Kaiser through which all students may receive unlimited physical exams at no cost. The clinic does not require students to have the Kaiser student health insurance plan in order to receive these benefits, only a valid Mills ID. The clinic takes walk-ins, but appointments are highly recommended. In addition to providing access to physicians, the Health Center also has a health educator available for assistance with smoking cessation, nutrition and stress management. All of the services above are located in the Cowell Building, with the exception of the Student Health Center, which is located in CPM 117. To find out more about these programs, stop by the Cowell building. Health Matters is a column written by the second year nursing students participating in the Nursing Leadership Class.

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Fall 2011, Issue 3