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Charter school for black youth opens


A mural hangs on the wall of the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community School. The charter school focused on educating black youth opened on Sept 4.

Fatima Sugapong Staff Writer

A charter school for black students ages 5-10, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community School, opened in Oakland on Tuesday, Sept 4. This year, they will be teaching kindergarten, first grade, and fourth to sixth grade, with a projected enrollment of about 375 students. By the year 2019, they will expect to be open for grades K-12, with a projected enrollment of about 975 students. “(100 Black Men of the Bay Area) provides various services to uplift those children, to make sure that they have a great start in life,” said Mark Alexander, Chairman of the Board of Directors of 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. “Mentoring is the foundation of our organization.” 1oo Black Men of America is an organization that got its start during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. A diverse group of successful black men adopted the name, “100 Black Men, Inc.” as a

sign of solidarity. Their first meeting took place in New York after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Since then they have branched out across the country. The San Francisco branch, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, was established in 1988. Their mission was to heal the disconnect of African American youth with their community. They have given out over $1 million in scholarships to deserving black youth. The Bay Area school focuses on boys in Oakland because of their high suspension and drop out rates. The school is essentially serving as a model for other Oakland schools to provide young black men with the tools they need to succeed beyond high school in areas other than sports. According to Alexander, most of the students want to become athletes or entertainers. Their goal is to open up the students’ minds to other areas of study, like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). First grade teacher Edward Yule is highly regarded and respected by his students, who are constantly greeting him in the hallway and stopping by the classroom to say goodbye before their parents sweep them up. Yule’s time with his first

grade students has been enjoyable and a learning experience for him as well. Yule said, “I look forward to what we accomplish at the end of the year. What I’m focused on right now is raising [the students’] reading levels, math assessments, and writing skills. I’m looking forward to seeing how all the hard work has paid off.” Brother Boze, the Program Coordinator for after school programs, where students are engaged in organized activities, serves as a mentor for the students. This past week, Boze has built trusting relationships with the students in the after school program. The Kindergarten class, in particular, are willing to help him with setting up snacks or carrying things around. “I’m really looking forward to the way these young brothers adapt and adjust to various academics and the cultural experiences that they have here,” Boze said. “I would love to see how they develop after three or four years of being here.” The school is hidden in the East Oakland hills, small and quiet on the outside. On the inside, however, are hundreds of boys running around while the peacemakers, those who serve

as mediators and mentors for the kids, try to talk them down from all the excitement of the after school program beginning. There are coordinators and teachers that refer to the students as “scholars,” as they remind them that they have to come in quietly. According to Alexander, there will be more after school programs made available to the children beginning in January of 2013. Some students will be involved with a pre-med program, where they will learn what various diseases are, how to prevent them, how to check blood pressure, and more about human anatomy. They will have physicians come in to talk to the kids, take the kids on field trips to hospitals and college campuses like University of California San Francisco and Stanford University. Engineering programs will also be made available to the students through aeronautics and robotics. Fifth grade students will be able to learn more about how to fly planes and will be taken out to flight lines and gain more experience in the field. Students will learn the fundamentals of engineering in the robotics club. They are aiming to form a robotics team in order to compete at the national level.

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Anthony Robinson, a Peacemaker, wants to instill a mutual respect among the students. As an Oakland native, his childhood experiences inform his interactions with the kids. “We just want the kids to be able to work with each other...we have them at such a young age and we want to give them some type of maturity before they go to middle school,” Robinson said. Robinson said that it has been a challenge to work with the kids in the beginning simply because everyone is still getting to know each other and they are still building that trust with each other. Although the students come from different backgrounds, the school aims to emphasize equality. Robinson said that the uniform policy demonstrates that equality. “As educators, we have to have a passion and love for the kids [more] than anything have to love this job and these kids because a lot of these kids come from backgrounds and homes that need that kind of love,” said Amin Walls, a Peacemaker at the school. 100 Black Men of the Bay Area aims to be very See

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New charter school focuses on educating young black men

Budget constraints: Mills aims to cut costs by hiring graduate students in the Center for Academic Excellence Ruby Woods Staff Writer


100 Black Men of the Bay Area Community charter school.

community oriented. Walls is a part of the effort to include the parents into their child’s education more. He will be conducting home visits, which entail going to the students’ homes after observing their behavior at the school. According to Walls, these home visits will only occur after several warnings to the students. Parents like Tatiana Stewart and Nicole Price are excited about their sons attending the new school. According to Price, the school nurtures the “whole student,” meaning they are uplifting the kids through academics and encouragement through example. Before the school got its start, Price as well as other members of the community, attended community meetings to

discuss black male achievement. She was able to voice her opinions about what she and her family wanted to gain from the school. Before the school began, they said had a clear understanding of the community’s needs. Stewart, a single mother whose son is in the kindergarten class, said as her son jumped into her arms, “I think it’s very important to support our a city where violence is portrayed, [there is] a huge stigma on African American males...I think this [school] is a positive on our culture.” More schools from the 100 Black Men organization are expected to open across the Bay Area, in Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco.

In order to save money, the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) on campus has taken to hiring Mills graduate students to fill administrative and tutoring positions. Graduate students are able to gain teaching experience through their work with CAE, and the department saves money by partially paying their student workers through tuition scholarships. “We pay half money, half tuition,” said Helen Walter, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence. “So if we were to hire someone from outside, we’d be spending twice as much out of pocket. Our budget is very tight right now and we need to utilize all our resources.” Walter said hiring graduate students to work for CAE was strictly a matter of using the department’s funds wisely. “It’s just utilizing our resources in the most efficient manner possible,” she said. “And if we’re talking about other candidates as being undergraduates, then we have an issue if they have to administer an exam for a friend or if they have a full course load and we need 18 hours per week.” Walter said undergraduate students are restricted to working 18 hours a week, whereas graduate students can work more. “We are restricted by the M Center on the hours that students

work,” Walter said. “All of our peer tutors are restricted to 10 hours a week of work on campus. Furthermore, the 18 hours has to be from Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm, which is quite restrictive, too.” There are three positions that graduate students are hired for at the CAE, according to Walter. First is the assistant coordinator position, which is very similar to an administrative position, and requires 18 hours per week. Whoever holds this position helps to administer Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) examinations. The second position is a master tutor, who helps to train all other peer tutors. The master tutor must be certified by the College Reading Learning Association

“Our budget is very tight right now and we need to utilize all our resources.”

(CRLA), an international peer tutoring association program. Mike Oppenheim, a 2011 graduate of the Mills MFA Fiction program, is the only student who holds the third position, which is in place for those students who need help with their English language skills. While enrolled as a graduate student, Oppenheim worked as a

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teaching assistant for the English class Fundamentals of Grammar for Academic Writers. He has since been hired to work at CAE as an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor, and also spends four-and-a-half days in San Francisco teaching English as a second language at the Converse International School of Languages. “When you’re a graduate student, Mills hires you to help pay off your tuition,” Oppenheim explained. “This is a standard practice for most colleges. The point for me, however, was the practice in teaching.” The amount of money paid to graduate students for their work is an intricate system, according to Rosa Osborn, Payroll Director at Mills. It is not just one person or area that does all the work; it is a coordinated effort. The head of each graduate program that is applying for financial aid notifies the M Center that there is going to be a certain number of assistantships, which are a way for graduate students to work for Mills in their chosen field and gain experience while continuing with their education. Financial aid counselors then calculate how much money will go to tuition and how much the student will receive as a stipend. A portion is then set aside to be applied in six payments per semester. Sometimes the money is less; sometimes it is more. It all depends on the financial aid package worked out by financial aid counselors, as not all students need the money every semester. “We’re just a piece of the pie,” Osborn said. “There’s a whole mechanism that goes into this.”

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College merges career services department Saleha Ahmed Contributing Writer

Beginning at the end of September, the Career Services department will merge with Human Resources. The new department will collaborate closely with Alumnae Relations to create a more varied and tailored service for students. Career Services and Human Resources will also introduce new hires starting this year. Many changes have occurred within the Division of Student Life in the past year. Three employees were laid off, including the Director of Career Services, Kate Dey. The Career Services department considered reorganizing the department, though it would still be in complicance with the regulatory requirements to help students get jobs after they graduate. Now, however, it would consist of a different structure. Currently, there are two Career Development Advisors, Felby Chen and Christina Hernandez. According to Lesa Hammond, interim Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, Career Services is operating smoothly despite the lack of an official department head. Hammond is hoping that the merge will give students and alumnae the best of both worlds, with student services assisting students with career development , and Human Resources teaching students the logistics of getting a job. On September 30th, Lesa Hammond will accept the positions of Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Director of Career Services. Regardless of the large number of changes Hammond is optimistic about what the future holds. “For the short term, I can see us having a commitment to do every-

thing we can to engage every firstyear student with Career Services, so that it isn’t a mysterious department until their fourth year,” said Hammond. “I hope that four years from now, every student in Mills will have a connection with Career Services and have it as resource for them to tap into to lead them into a career path.” Along with the departmental merging, there will be many new events geared toward helping students and alumnae both explore and find jobs. Beginning in October, monthly networking events will be held for Mills students to socialize with those who have already entered the working world, including Mills alumnae. The same month, Alumnae Relations will begin its monthly “Movie Night.” There will also be an on-campus graduate school fair to publicize the Mills graduate programs, as well as transportation to graduate fairs for other programs held off campus. There will also be a strong emphasis on all students to get an internship before they graduate, which will help them understand a career and test it out to see their compatibility with it. For fourth year undergraduates, there will be on-campus recruiting periodically starting this year, where the Career Services and Human Resources department will assist students in signing up for interviews and then helping them prepare to put their best foot forward. Other proposed changes include collaboration between Alumni Relations and Career Services, says Elizabeth Coyle, Associate Director of Alumnae Outreach and designated liasion between the departments. Monthly “Career Conversations” will begin in October, an opportunity for students and alumnae to network and discuss their career paths. “Our goals [for this collabo-

ration] is to bring students and alumni together to make these connections, build relationships, and to receive guidance and advice..” says Coyle. “We want to create opportunities for alumnae to share their career expertise with students”. Christina Hernandez, one of the two Career Development Advisors currently working with Coyle on the “Career Conversations” events. Hernandez hopes that this will be a solid platform for students to explore what careers they may potentially be interested in. Hernandez shares Hammond’s desire to work with all students. “It’s a myth that we’re just targeting the alumnae and upperclasswomen. We’re emphasizing the importance of starting students’ career paths from the very beginning.” said Hernandez When asked about Hammond’s feelings about this shift, she responded with caution. “Change is always difficult, and it takes some trust on the part of students to accept it, [but] I’m excited for the merging because it creates a model where students can be prepared for jobs helping students figure out their careers and get them over that threshold.” Recent graduate Esther Honig encourages students to allay their fears that changes to the departments might negatively effect its usefulness. She currently works as a Public Relations Intern at Kiva, and she vehemently believes that she couldn’t have done it without the Career Services department at Mills. She is continuing to look for jobs, and works with the department to develop her profile. “Hernandez’s guidance is helping me build my resume.” Honig’s faith in Career Services is an indication of a bright future for the department. Says Honig, “I think it’s definitely going in the right direction.”

Sept 18, 2012


Mills student attends Democratic National Convention


Natasha Middleton (left) holds a campaign sign with delegate Leslie Robertson at the Democratic National Convention.

Annie O’Hare News Editor The Mills community may have recognized a familiar face while watching the television coverage of the Democratic National Convention last week. Public Policy graduate student Natasha Middleton attended as an alternate delegate. Middleton said she grew up watching conventions on television and always wanted to go. “It’s one of those things that makes our democracy what it is,” Middleton said. Middleton returned home inspired and energized by the experience, even if the constant excitement of convention left her sleep deprived. She pulls a massive packet of papers out of her bag, the printed itinerary of events for the week of the convention. She laughs and explains that a person couldn’t have attended everything they wanted. For example, she was disappointed to have missed the Planned Parent-

hood event, called “Sex, Politics, and Cocktails.” Some highlights of her time include meeting the First Lady, shaking Dr. Jill Biden’s hand and hearing political strategist and author Donna Brazile speak. “[Her] speech was just so inspiring and amazing and made you want to just get out there and do it. You knew it wasn’t just about the president, it was about what you knew needed to happen,” Middleton said, also describing the sense of responsibility that comes with getting to attend and event like the DNC. “When I attended these caucuses, I knew I was privy to things that they were sharing and stuff that they’re trying to get out there and you don’t get a chance to be a part of that platform unless you go out there.” Middleton is excited about this generation of Democratic leaders. While she admits they are “steering the boat” of the party, Middleton appreciates how much importance they put on individual efforts and passion.

World and Local News MythBuster helps search for dog Grant Imahara, a host of the popular television show “MythBusters,” helped find a lost dog, who was last seen on the Mills College campus, in the Maxwell Park neighborhood. Imahara tweeted that he helped joined the search for Faraday, the dog, on Thursday afternoon. Faraday’s owner, Matthew Noble, is a member of the “MythBuster’s” crew. After a search, Faraday was eventually found and returned to Noble safely.

BART allocates $1 million for removal of pigeons

Japanese government to phase out nuclear energy

Guatemalan residents evacuate due to volcano

Due to the ongoing battle against pigeon waste, BART will spend $1 million in hopes to prevent pigeons from perching in high places in stations. The $1 million comes from a $10.8 million budget surplus from their last fiscal year. BART hopes this action will help prevent health and aesthetic problems.

Japanese government hopes to eliminate nuclear energy in the country by phasing it out in the next 30 years. This is part of Japan’s plan regarding their energy policy following the Fukushima disaster in 2011. The Japanese government hopes to overhaul the policy and rely more on renewable energy sources. Previously, the country hoped to increase nuclear energy use to 50 percent by 2030.

In Guatemala, Fuego volcano’s eruption has caused approximately 11,000 people to evacuate from their homes. The Fuego volcano, located about 25 miles from Guatemala City, has two lava flows streaming down and caused ash and smoke to fill the sky. The eruption’s strength has not calmed and may hinder residential evacuation processes.

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Arts & Features

Mills Art Museum presents : Sept 18, 2012

Dance Rehearsal: World of Ballet Joann Pak Arts & Features Editor

Peeking through the curtain we can see a performance of elegant ballet dancers.

Soft bellowing palettes of blue welcome visitors to Mills College Art Museum’s (MCAM) newest exhibition Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre. Visitors are immediately greeted by warm lights and the soft chirping of birds from the first video installation as they stroll through the door. The show is MCAM’s first since its new renovations, and the first solo show for Kilimnik in the West Coast. A famously reclusive artist, Kilimnik lives in Philadelphia and, though she is familiar to the East Coast audience as well as the international realm of contemporary art, it will probably be for many here in the Bay Area, a first glimpse at her body of work. MCAM’s guest curator Melissa E. Feldman who has been active in the Bay Area since 2003, is an independent art curator, art historian and writer. Feldman featured Kilimnik’s works from 1988 to the present, creating a weave of impressive mediums from the artist. Celebrating the dialogue that Kilimnik establishes between history and visual art creates a depth of intimacy in being allowed into the process and mind of an artist who’s making such connections with dance, art, and theatre. The show is similar to that of a collage exploring the profound allusions of dance to cerebral visualization of dance as art. The wide spectrum of the works shown vary from videos, photos and installations, to paintings and sketches. One piece at the front of the show alludes to the great Edward Degas, who lived when the pinnacle of the fine arts scene in Europe, was essentially the Paris Opera Ballet.

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a fantastical world of dance and theatre Karen Kilimnik’s and Theatre The piece, Entrance of Masked Dancers c.1889 Degas (2011), is homage to the great impressionist artist who clearly influences many of her works. Straight across from the Degas inspired painting are five intimate photographs taken by Kilimnk of a dance rehearsal in 1999 for the ballet, Giselle. Though some may assume Kilimnk’s works will lean towards the feminine ethos, as she emphasizes the nature and engagement of historical theatre and ballet, that was the last thing I thought when I was viewing the show. I thought more about the understated strength of the ballet dancer, mental and physical strength, as well as the grace and poise, rather than focusing on the normative and gendered ideals that tie to femininity and ballet. It is apt that her first solo West Coast be shown here at Mills, as there is an unspoken connection created by the campus’ fecund atmosphere, lush attributes, and surroundings which closely reflect and inmitate Kilimnik’s aesthetics. Not only does the setting connect, but also the rich history of Mills College’s renowned Dance department presents another parallel to her collection. Dance Rehearsal closes on December 9, and will then head to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver before Kilimnik’s first solo foray in the West ends. Reflective, dreamy, and whimsical are all words that come to mind when I think of Kilimnik’s show, but I think guest curator Feldman said it best, Kilimnik truly takes the viewers into the intimate journey of the “phantasmagorical world of ballet and theatre.”

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Sept 18, 2012

Opinions & Editorial STAFF EDITORIAL

Sex positivity: what it means for you and me What does it mean to be Sex Positive? Despite being the 21st century, sex is still a taboo subject for many women. For a lot of us the only way we learned about sex is through classes called Family Life or other pro-abstinence classes at school. For others of us, our sex education came the hard way via back seats and sweaty awkward fumbling. I would liked to have sat down with my parents and talk about sex and my body and what happens to it but

I never had that kind of rearing. I had never heard the term “sex positive” until I came to Mills. I’m not sure if this is because it’s a relatively new term or if I just wasn’t in the right places to hear it discussed. As far as I can tell, sex positivity is a couple different things: I think sex positivity has a lot to do with the ability to be an in open and welcoming space — however large that may be — and be able to speak about sexuality and your body, rather than keep-

ing it hushed and repressed and one of those unspoken things we know about, but don’t really know about. This can often lead to confusion. How do women around our age not know what a cervix is? Being sex positive is an affirming action that people take in order to be more comfortable in their own skin/vagina/whatever. We can all affirm our Sex Positivity by accepting all sexes and genders and identities as valid; taking care of our bodies; being safe

(protection, but also mentally safe) while engaging in sexual practices; acknowledge all kinds of sex consensual sex between adults as valid. Most importantly being Sex Positive means not treating sex as something weird or gross but as something normal. I think it means you are aware of your sexuality. Sexuality means, sex like boom chica boom boom. It means being comfortable with yourself in the bedroom with your partner or alone. You should also

be comfortable with sex meaning gender and how others choose to express that. Being comfortable in the skin you’re in. Being Sex Positive also means being aware of your rights as a sexual human being. Comfort with your skin is what I feel sex positivity means. Being sex positive for me means looking in the mirror everyday and saying “damn you are looking hella fioone” It also means not saying, “Eww” as much

Fiona Apple shares inspired words after a 15 year hiatus Shanna Hullaby Opinions Editor

I never knew the magic of being a writer until I began to covet someone else’s words. I remember the moment very vividly. I was ten years old and I had just spent two weeks worth of my allowance money buying Fiona Apple’s first album Tidal. Language used in such a complex way was really shocking and intriguing to my ten-year-old mind. I had just wrapped my mind around expletives and I was not afraid to use them. This was in the mid-nineties back when MTV stood for Music Television. They used to play hours of non-stop music. At eleven o’clock each night they had a show called “120 Minutes” that played “cool,” “alternative” and up-andcoming artists.

One night on “120 Minutes” I saw her. A big-eyed, gaunt teenager with brown hair was writhing in a bathtub while an anonymous man ran his foot across her face. She sang, “What would an angel say that the devil wants to know?” It was not the sexual nature of the act but rather that question that made me want to be a writer. It was subversive, sexual, and provocative. It just gave me weird “uh oh” feeling and made me wish I was smarter. Two weeks worth of allowance money later I went to my local music megastore and I bought the CD. I listened to it obsessively. The experiences she was writing about were way beyond me. The vocabulary was thick. I remember getting an old paperback dictionary from my mom’s closet and looking up the word “undulate” from the song “Never is a Promise.” I learned what a simile was from the song “Pale September.” I knew the seasons changed but I never imaged

the effect of the seasons on my skin. I had never assigned them weight or texture, hardness or softness. I never knew words could do that. I knew that I had to do that. 15 years later Fiona Apple is still inspiring me to think. Her lyrics, voice and command of language have never gone out of style. After a seven-year hiatus her fans are more rabid than ever. A short brown kid with green eyes and a track jacket was holding a sign that said, “I came all the way from Israel to see Fiona.” Conversations were buzzing with joy that the seven year drought was over. This was a bookish crowd. Jeremy, a concertgoer, new friend, painter and student at San Francisco State University, said that Fiona inspired him to write poetry. This comment brought on a chorus of “Me toos” from strangers throughout the audience. I felt camaraderie in knowing that I was not the only one. Books and Kindles were scattered among

the crowd as we huddled together waiting for the opening act to come on. When I asked the people around me what their majors were in college most of them said English or Music. Released on June 18, 2012, the album entitled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do throbs with metaphor. She uses startling juxtapositions of not only sound but also lyrics to engage and challenge the listener. It is guttural, beautiful and rhythmic. The crowd was different from other concerts that I had attended. People weren’t just talking about their favorite Fiona song; they were talking about their favorite metaphor and the use of irony. She came on stage focused on singing and playing the piano. She expressed each song with intimate emotion that brought many of the audience members to tears. She played all my favorite songs. She

was as twitchy and weird and skinny as you think she would be. Yet, she barely spoke to the audience. It was as if she was giving us a piece of herself while simultaneously not trying to win our favor. The words were enough. She didn’t need a hokey anecdotal story. The charm was in her music. The story of each song was reflected in every wild gesticulation and intense thrash of the piano. As she sang “Anything We Want” her body relaxed. “My scars were reflecting the mist in your headlights/ I looked like a neon zebra shakin’ rain off of stripes. And the rivulets had you riveted to the places that I wanted you to. Kiss me when we find some time alone and then we can do anything we want.” She looked up past the ceiling at something only she could see and smiled. It reminded me of that feeling I had when I was ten years old, the first time I had ever thought of seasons as dresses. I smiled too.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Who is your favorite First Lady of the United States?

“Michelle takes action for health and wellbeing in our country”

— Perla Melendez, first year MFA

“Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton because they both represent female empowerment”

“Michelle Obama! She juggles a lot of different aspects of herself gracefully and I respect that”

— Venus Jones, first year MFA

— Mel Petricko, junior and transfer senator candidate.

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“Hillary Clinton’s political life has been so complicated. She has been resilient through all of it.”

— Abe Smith, first year MFA

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Sept 18, 2012


My new best friend: The Mindy Show New romantic comedy caters to the “modern” woman Rachel Levinson Contributing writer

There are few things more wonderful than seeing your best friend on a TV sitcom, aside from perhaps rolling around in a pile of puppies or watching the show on a couch nestled between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. While I do not personally know Mindy Kaling, the creator/writer/ executive producer of the new FOX sitcom “The Mindy Project,” the lead character she stars as (aptly named Mindy Lahiri) is a doppelganger of the girl I like to call my best friend. Not only do I wish that Mindy Lahiri was my best friend, but she resembles my actual best friend since 8th grade, who happens to share Lahiri’s affinity for sequins and Colin Firth. Mindy captures the essence of being the best girl friend. She’s the one who already has the kernel of eccentricity that pops into extreme sincerity when we project our own faults and desires her way.

The pilot opens with a voiceover montage dedicated to Mindy’s lifelong obsession of romantic comedies in a tone that would make Carrie Bradshaw proud. The problem is, Mindy Lahiri has spent the first 20-something years of her life working hard to become an OB/ GYN and basically relied on Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts to fill the gaps in her social life. Just when we’re ready to settle into the idea of watching this overachieving post-college woman merely attempt to socialize with other people outside of work, both of us (Mindy and the viewer) are struck on screen by the adorable dental surgeon Tom (played by Bill Hader). Mindy even recognizes that her life has suddenly become a perfectly scripted Hugh Grant movie when she and Tom meet in a broken elevator. After this golden hued moment (literally), we are pushed into a dark holding cell with a marginally sober and extremely sequined Mindy, providing a face for what has been the voice-over monologue. Throughout the rest of the show we see Dr. Lahiri’s daily life as the only female OB/GYN in her

hospital and are introduced to more supporting characters. But wait. We still haven’t been introduced to the essential romantic comedy ingredient – the two equally desirable male love interests. On one end, we have the flirtatious, fit and British Jeremy Reed

“This show will be an extreme romantic comedy written for and by the modern woman.” (played by Ed Weeks) who seems to already have a casual fling happening with Mindy. Opposite him, we have Danny Castellano (played by Chris Messina), a previously married, Bruce Springsteen loving,

OB/GYN cowboy. Obviously since Mindy already has Jeremy in her romantic life, we’ll slowly start to see Danny sneak in as well (whether they are aware of it or not). The inclusion of both male characters takes care of Kaling’s message throughout the entire pilot episode, that this show will be an extreme romantic comedy written for and by the modern woman. She’s driving it home that even if it is too cliché, you will watch it while in your Snuggie with a glass of Franzia once a week and you will love it. Most of us don’t have successful gorgeous doctors wooing us from left and right. Still, Kaling’s character fills the scenes with a healthy balance of wit, emotional stability and poise. She shines even in the scenes that lack those attributes. We still enjoy occasionally checking the Facebook statuses of that adorkable friend who wore child’s bike shorts to a wedding party or the angst-y doctor who is surrounded by coworkers hot enough to be fresh off the morning griddle. Kaling’s Mindy provides a new friend though. She’s the one that we

would call for consolation when we hear about Amy Poehler and Will Arnett getting a separation. She’s the one whose best friend Gwen (played by Anna Camp) is supportive of our antics even if she leads an extremely normal life. She’s the one who would sit through a Ryan Gosling movie marathon without making snarky comments or wondering why we’re not watching a Disney musical. She’s just a girl standing in front of a TV camera, asking us to laugh with her. So take a break from your “Law & Order” Netflix marathon, your “Breaking Bad” Tumblr .gifs, and even from Honey Boo Boo (although I’m sure both Mindys would understand). All I’m asking you to do is watch this one episode, which is already available for FREE on Hulu. Since women have suddenly become funny (sarcastic reference to the “women in comedy boom”), I think this show has a lot of potential to provide a balance between the wacky girl next door and the brooding doctor/detective/vampire. Basically, please watch “The Mindy Project” on September 25 at 9:30 p.m. on FOX.

A first year perspective Mills boasts a community atmosphere like no other Emily Mibach Staff Writer Why am I here? It seems like such an existentialist question. But really, why am I here? Why am I at Mills? The community. The fact that I can go out into the hall and knock on peoples’ doors and talk to them about something after just two

weeks of being on campus really shows just how great of a community we have on campus. While I do count in the very definite fact that my Living Learning Community (LLC), is composed of rather cohesive people, where most of us get along, and if they don’t, there is an attempt to get along. There is also the fact that Mills has LLCs, which gives first years a group of people you know you can see around, albeit in your hall or in a class that you all share, like the

Women’s Studies LLC or the Ethnic Studies LLC. Just thinking about the community reminds me that less than 3 months ago, when I was considering which college to go to, and when it came down to it I was deciding between Mills and St. Mary’s. Community was really one of the huge mitigating factors to my ultimate decision to attend Mills. I went to a really small high school in a rather eclectic neighborhood;

my home school district is the second most diverse school district in the nation, so I have always been right at home with an eclectic group of people to surround myself with. Which is something that I saw so much more at Mills, it made me feel at home, different types of people is what I am comfortable with and can feel like I am learning not only from the teachers, and now college professors. I am also constantly learning from the people I am surrounded by, their back

stories, culture, and just general outlook on life creates a fantastic learning environment, and in turn, a fantastic living environment. I can already tell just how great of an experience my first year will be, with such a sense of community built into my LLC, I can imagine that they will be my support system away from my home support system. The fact that I have felt such a strong sense of community already makes me very hopeful for the rest of my year here at Mills.

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8 Sept 18, 2012

Health & Fitness

The Perfect Sidekick Fitness center in Oakland aims to provide LGBT community with a safe space to work out Eden Sugay Health & Sports Editor

Two years ago, The Campanil highlighted a unique fitness service in Oakland catering to the LGBT community: The Perfect Sidekick. The Perfect Sidekick was founded in 2010 by Nathalie Huerta, a former Mills graduate student. Huerta’s vision was of an open and welcoming space for the LGBT community to exercise and gain valuable information regarding health and fitness. Since 2010, The Perfect Sidekick has seen some huge changes, including expanding their location and adding new services. “We expanded to a larger location since 2010 and plan to expand

once again before the end of this year,” Huerta explained. Nutrition services geared toward educating clients on what to consume and what not to consume, massage services, and an upgrade to participating in four outside events per month have also been added. “The Perfect Sidekick currently has seven talented staff members, the largest staff we’ve had to date. Two of which have lost over 150 lbs. each,” Huerta said. With the new school year ahead, The Perfect Sidekick is offering new student discount rates and deals. Student memberships are highly discounted and have access to a wide range of valuable resources. “Apart from the discounts, student members are able to access diverse group workouts ranging from yoga, kickboxing, boot camp, rehab and stretching, and each group for group workouts is small,” Huerta said.

With no more than 10 people per class, very direct attention is given to each member (following a similar suit to classes here at Mills!). As a member, you are granted access to all the trainers and their unique styles, which is especially advantageous because the same trainers who teach private clients also teach group training sessions. Constant and consistent contact between client and trainer is encouraged. “We measure and track members’ progress on a monthly basis by having them meet and check in with a private trainer, which ensures that they are maximizing their time at the gym and are actually reaching their goals,” Huerta said Mills Faculty and students have been loyal patrons of The Perfect Sidekick, finding success in their time spent there. Former Mills students Kathryn Hall and Jasmine Abele

are both current and past clients respectively. “Since I started at the The Perfect Sidekick, I’ve lost over 50 pounds,” Hall said. “I didn’t realize that I was really looking that different until I started getting the reactions.” Hall joined The Perfect Sidekick because it sounded different that other gyms she’d tried. “What I had done and where I had gone before never really kept me interested, so I thought, ‘why not?’” she said. “The Perfect Sidekick is different because the entire team is there to help you reach your goals.” “The gym is more like a family,” Hall said. “The trainers are always available talk about you, your training, or anything about your life in general. We even do things outside of the gym together.” The Perfect Sidekick creates memorable experiences and

lasting relationships. “The Perfect Sidekick is so wonderful, I want to renew my contract,” Abele said. Abele continued on to explain that there is a great sense of community found at The Perfect Sidekick. “The gym instructors are awesome and people get real results!” she said. “The class sizes are small so it is easy to make friends, which helps me stay motivated to go often. The instructors give great attention to every clients’ workout needs and abilities. The most exciting thing about The Perfect Sidekick is the results! It has been amazing to watch friends and fellow clients transform right before your eyes.” “There is nothing like being able to do a push up for the first time on your toes when you have spent the last years of your life unable to do one on your knees,” said Hall.

Cyclone Spotlight Courtney Jacobson balances the sciences and sports as a member of the Volleyball team Joann Pak Arts & Features Editor

This week’s featured Cyclone, junior volleyball player Courtney Jacobson, can serve up some serious moves in the court, which she proved last week as Mills College’s volleyball team went head-to-head with some competitive teams at the Cal Lutheran Tournament in Southern California. At the tournament this past weekend, Jacobson truly stepped up with a last minute position change to “accommodate a vacancy in the line-up” stated Elese Lesback, Mills’ Associate Director of Athletics. Jacobson “stepped up and went from an Outside Hitter to Middle Blocker “ said Lesback, “with only a week notice.” Even though she falls literally a little short as she stands at 5’7” compared to her Middle Blocker counter-

parts who generally average at 6’ she held her ground. Her stats from this weekend’s game included 6 kills meaning successful, legal point-scoring spike attack from 29 swings. She also managed to block 7 times as well as 3 assists. Much of Jacobson’s success can be attributed to her flexibility and swiftness. “I’ve always been moved around, but I adapt pretty easily,” she said. Her ability to take over various positions makes her Her flexibility came as an aid to the team and her attitude and performance under pressure exemplified the driven ethos of the Mills Volleyball team. With her ability to be a versatile athlete on the field, her dedication is the same when she hits the books. Her heavy-hitting academic schedule includes studying both Biology and Psychology, as she has been always fascinated by the human psyche. On top of all this she manages to attend ten hours of volleyball practice a week, held in the mornings from 6 to 8 am.

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Hailing from Sacramento, Jacobson has been playing volleyball for ten years. Jacobson started her volleyball career at Mills in her sophomore year and since then she’s been inseparable from the sport. She said, “I balance science work and early volleyball practices by taking many naps and getting to sleep as early as I can.” She also added that she “felt as though something was missing when only taking academic classes” during her first year and it clicked that she need volleyball in her life once again. One of the things Jacobson values the most about the team is its family-like community. She said there is a bond between players and returning players. Despite its close-nit community, Jacobson said she wants to reach out more to her fellow classmates. “To be more social and vocal with my teammates,” she said about her goals for the future with the volleyball team. “I just have a really quiet and shy personality.”

Issue 3 Fall 2012  

A new charter school opens in Oakland focused on educating black youth; Meet a Mills student who attended the Democratic National Convention...

Issue 3 Fall 2012  

A new charter school opens in Oakland focused on educating black youth; Meet a Mills student who attended the Democratic National Convention...