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First Mills Choir in over two decades

The first choir students in 22 years participate in rehearsal at the Mills College Chapel on Wednesday, Sept 26 to prepare for their performance of “Fires of Wisdom” at Convocation on Sept 28. The nearly 40 singers will be performing their Winter Concert in December. The choir was started by senior Rebecca Johnson this semester and is conducted by Cindy Beitmen.



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Undeclared students could become a lower priority Kate Carmack Contributing Writer

Faced with a decrease in state funding, the California Community College system may be giving “undeclared” students the lowest priority in terms of registration and admission. Senate Bill 1456, waiting to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would push students who are not committed to an academic plan in order to achieve a certificate, degree or transfer qualifications to the back of the line to register for classes. This would refocus resources to student services aimed at helping students put a plan in place and start achieving their goals. More than 470,000 community college students in California were placed on wait lists for the 2012 fall semester according to the Community College Chancellor. SB1456 is aimed at getting more students with an academic plan into the classes they need. If passed, students who are undeclared could find California

Community College doors shut next fall because there simply are not enough classes to accommodate the amount of students flooding these campuses. According to Kathryn Baron at EdSource Today, “(Chancellor Jack) Scott warned that if Proposition 30, the governor’s ballot initiative to raise taxes, does not pass, community colleges could lose another $338 million in addition to the $805 million already cut from the system.” Mills transfer students make up about a third of the college’s overall student body, 950 of whom are undergraduates, approximately 317 students. Denise Benavidas, a current Mills transfer student is concerned this sudden need for efficiency will cause more pressure for students to commit to a major before they have enough knowledge and experience in that field to make an educated decision. “Community college should be a place where you can explore and find what you are interested in. If I did not attend community college and have the opportunity to explore different majors, I would never have made it to Mills and

be graduating this year,” said Denise Benavides, current senior at Mills College. “Nearly 140,000 high school graduates found themselves shut out of classes at California Community Colleges in 2010 due to lack of classes and funding decreases,” said Sonia Ortiz-Mercado, Dean of Matriculation and Assessment of California Community Colleges. According to the Student Success Task Force, appointed by the California Community College Board of Governors to improve educational achievements in California, this new plan will increase opportunities for new high school graduates with the implementation of a new ranking system and decrease the funding for lower priority students who are not on current academic plans. Community Colleges technically does not turn students away, however, new implementations of the Student Success Act of 2012 will allow schools to rank students based on their educational goals and prioritize registration based on students rank status, not just the number of units accumulated thus far. The goal is to help students who

are pursuing a certificate, degree or transfer to get in and out of the system as quickly and efficiently as possible. “Currently one third of students fail to meet with counselors and 54% fail to transfer, graduate or receive any type of certification,” said: Paige Marlatt Dorr, Director of Communications for California Community Colleges of the Chancellor’s Office. SB1456 is not solely based on students meeting with counselors, but also student’s lack of ability to get through the system successfully. One community college student, Nichole Lerwill, claims to have been trapped in the system for over seven years after getting the run around from multiple counselors, changing majors twice and struggling with financial aide requirements. She was maxed out of financial aide due to her total credits exceeding the limit allowed for the duration she has spent at the school, yet she did not accumulate enough credits to attain a certification or a degree. This occurred despite her meeting with counselors multiple times and having a plan in place. De Anza Community Col-

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lege professor RaeAnne Ramsey is concerned that this new implementation “blocks a large number of people who need it most out of the system. Also, it would expect students to set goals and create academic plans without the resources to do it.” When students enter community college for the first time, most are unsure of their career path and need to take some classes first to discover their goals. Also, in order to create an academic plan and complete it students need the support of advisors. Current budget cuts are creating a decline in the support staff of counselors who are already struggling to keep up with students already in the system, let alone the incoming rush of high school graduates every year. Lake Tahoe Community College student Ryan Silkwood said:, “It’s not fair. I don’t know what I want to do yet and I don’t have enough knowledge or experience in the field I am pursuing yet to know if I can do it as a career. There is too much pressure to declare a major early which creates anxieties over if it was the right choice and a risk to have to start all over again if its not.”



Oct 2, 2012

Public transit poses problems for students


Students exit the Mills College shuttle. Though the college encourages students to use public transportation, some options are too difficult for night travel.

Natalie Meier Contributing Writer Mills College encourages commuters to use public transportation and the Mills Shuttle instead of driving. For residential students without cars, these options often fall short of their expectations. The Bay Area is well known for its broad range of public transit commuting options, like AC Transit, BART, and Muni. Mills College also has its own form of transportation: the Mills Shuttle. Mills is encouraging its students to use Bay Area modes of public transportation for their commute — BART and AC Transit — as opposed to traveling by car. Mills uses its website and brochures to advertise the attractions of the San Francisco Bay Area, and encourages students to explore off campus. Under the ‘Campus Life’ section of the Mills Undergradu-

ate Admissions website, “SF Bay Area” has its own tab, including it as much a part of the student life as on-campus aspects like dining and athletics. “One of the goals of sustainability for Mills this year is to get faculty, staff, and students to commute more,” said Niviece Robinson, the director of public safety on campus, referring to the public transit options available to students. “The shuttle has been accessed by students who have concurrent enrollment with UC Berkeley. It has always served two purposes: to get students to and from UC Berkeley, and to get them to and from the Kaiser Health Center when they can’t be seen here at Mills.” The Mills College shuttle has been a point of contention for many students, especially ones without any other form of transportation. Although the purpose of the shuttle is to take students to and from their classes at UC Berkeley and Kaiser, and Mills campus, some students have other obligations in Berkeley

that they use the shuttle to fulfill. First-year Arizona Milotich commutes on the Mills shuttle to attend her UC Berkeley Fencing team practices, which meets Mon through Thurs from 8:30 p.m. to as late as midnight or 1 a.m. “Most nights I take the shuttle there, and then I take the 1 and the 57 back to Mills. I have pepper spray with me at all times, but I still don’t feel safe taking the buses back late at night. I even asked the 1 bus driver if I could stay on until the 57 got there because I didn’t want to get off. It takes a really long time to get back and sometimes I won’t arrive on campus until about two in the morning,” said Milotich. She has to take AC Transit from Berkeley to Mills if she misses the last Mills shuttle which leaves UC campus at 10:25 pm. Some feel that the shuttle is a vital part of their every day lives, but does not necessarily meet all of their needs. “I have to work to support myself, there’s no way around it. The

way my schedule is this year is perfect: the shuttle comes in time for me to get to work, and leaves Berkeley right when I get off. But I do think it presents some safety issues because when I miss the shuttle, I have to take AC Transit and won’t get back to Mills until late at night. I don’t feel safe taking the bus home that late anyway,” said Jillien Davey, a sophomore who lives at Mills. In addition to working off campus, students who are interested in the nightlife the Bay Area has to offer often find themselves in nearby towns like Rockridge or Berkeley, which are only accessible by car or public transit. “Most social things we do are in Berkeley, and we have to take taxis home sometimes. It would be nice if the shuttle ran later because we wouldn’t feel like we don’t have a safe way to get home,” said Davey. With students frustrated over the fact that they may not be able to safely stay in Berkeley later than 10:25pm on a Friday night, they

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raise questions about why the shuttle does not run later in to the night. “Drivers can only drive so many hours during the day; we have to think about rest periods. We have to think of the added cost of the drivers plus current overhead, like an oil change every month. We know if we add 5 more runs, this is what it’ll burn our gas up to. And right now, part of our sustainability goal is to lower our greenhouse emissions, so we have to consider if we’re really utilizing the bus to the best ability,” said Robinson. There are other options for late night transportation instead of the shuttle or AC Transit if students feel too unsafe to use it. “We have a cab voucher service that can be billed back to your student account, and there are some buses that run late. We also have a U-Car Share system on campus. If students are trying to commute, it may just mean leaving an hour or two earlier and taking the time to map out your trip on,” said Robinson.

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Oct 2, 2012

Oakland a hotbed for illegal dumping

Illegal dumping in Oakland has reached a point where it may be a traffic and health hazard for residents. Last year alone, Oakland’s Public Works Agency cleaned up 1,624 tons of illegally dumped garbage and received 11,500 service calls regarding the waste, according to Safety and Training Administrator, Kristine Shaff. Shaff said the garbage collected by Public Works does not include the trash picked up by Waste Management or by private property owners. “It’s actually a hazard for driving, because you don’t know what’s in it,” said Linda Little, an Oakland resident who frequently passes a dumping hot spot outside of Mills College. The dumping spot that Little is forced to pass on a weekly basis is behind the Mills Art Museum. Little thinks the dumping could be minimized if the dark under-

been dumped on his doorstep over the weekend. “This is where we work everyday, and we want it to look nice,” Rennel said, regarding his decision to adopt Poplar Street. Rennel’s assistant, Dave Echel, called the problem a “culture of dumping.” The more people dump their trash illegally and get away with it, the more acceptable it becomes for others to follow. According to Shaff, most of the dumping does not even come from Oakland residents. She says that people hear about the accessibility to secluded dumping spots in Oakland, and bring their trash there as opposed to a dump where they would have to pay. Public Works has taken the issue as far as posting a billboard that reads “Dump Your Boyfriend in Oakland but Not Your Couch.” A $1,000 fine is the punishment if one is caught dumping illegally, however few people are ever convicted. Dumpers must actually be witnessed, and reported. However, even after that, offenders can be hard to track down. Shaff said that another problem with dumping is that “the more we pick it up, the more people dump.”

pass, located beneath the 580, had better lighting. The majority of the illegal dumping problem lies in pockets of Oakland such as Prescott Neighborhood and the Ralph Bunche neighborhood, both located west of Market Street and south of Grand Ave, the issue has become so widespread that dumpers continue to trash the streets in broad daylight. Core Foods, a company that distributes healthy on-the-go snacks to Whole Foods and other natural food stores, has taken matters into its own hands. The company office, located in the Ralph Bunche neighborhood, is a targeted spot for dumpers. According to Core Foods founder, Corey Rennel, dumping in the area has become relentless enough to drive them to adopt the street their business is located on, Poplar Street. Similar to Caltrans’ AdoptA-Highway program, adopting the street will provide the business with the tools and resources necessary to clean up the waste, as well as graffiti and street damages. Rennel said dumping in front of his office happens on a weekly basis. Rennel spoke on the phone with the Public Works Agency, requesting a pick up for the pile of construction debris that had

Dumpers have no need for remorse or guilt when they know the heap of their dumping will be picked up within the week. Shaff also cites the “Broken Window Theory” as an explanation for why illegal dumping continues. The theory predicts that if one window is broken in an urban neighborhood, graffiti and litter will follow. This idea also extends to serious crime; where petty crime is common, serious crime will follow. Core Foods aims to reverse such a cycle through the adoption of Poplar Street. Oakland residents have one free bulky pick-up each year. Most residents either do not know about the pick-up or they choose to ignore it, said Shaff. Between this free resource and other Public Works events, such as the Bulky Item Drop Off Event on Sept 29, Shaff believes that there is no excuse for people to dump their waste. Public Works urges Oakland residents to report any activity of illegal dumping to the public call center at (510) 615-5566. If you do have any waste that needs to be dumped, Waste Management of Alameda County will provide your household a one time pickup for waste that cannot exceed three cubic yards.

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Mills Choir includes nearly 40 students, faculty and staff Lauren-Marie Sliter Editor in Chief As the sun set in the Chapel last Wednesday, nearly forty Mills voices soared to its rafters — something that has not occurred here in over two decades. The Mills Choir, established this year by senior Rebecca Johnson, is a student club involving undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff of all musical abilities, ages and genders. After only a couple rehearsals, they performed the Mills Hymn, “Fires of Wisdom,” at Convocation on Sept 28. “I felt like Mills needed to have (a choir),” Johnson said. “All of the top women’s colleges have a choir, we’re the only one that doesn’t.” Mount Holyoke College, Bryn Mawr and Barnard College all have choirs open to their students, but Mills has not had an official college choir since at least the 1980’s. “Even 22 years ago (the Mills choir) wasn’t really an on-going thing,” said Cindy Beitmen, the Mills Choir conductor and Director

of the Ensemble course at Mills for the last fifteen years. The goal is to make this Mills Choir last and become an integral part of both the Mills and Oakland communities. “Our hope is to move into the Oakland community,” Johnson said. “We want to bring Mills out there, or the community in here.” But in order to pursue this goal, the choir needs funding. Currently, the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) is supporting the choir, giving it $2,800 for this school year in order to pay Beitmen for her time and for other expenses such as the choir’s T-shirts and music. After this year, however, ASMC does not plan on funding the choir any longer. And that is more than the Music Department could afford. “Funding is almost impossible for new classes here,” Beitmen said. Despite the choir’s relatively small budget, the member response has been enormous. “There has been such a great response only in the first semester,” Beitmen said. “It’s only going

to grow.” In order to maintain the choir after ASMC ceases to fund it, Kelsey Whiteside, the choir’s fundraising chair and a Mills music major, is planning events and contacting alumnae on behalf of the choir. “I’m excited to be a part of it,” Whiteside said. “There are a lot of music people here, and having something big they can join at all skill levels is important.” Beitmen keeps the choir rehearsal fun while maintaining a palpable level of excellence among the singers. Throughout the two hours of rehearsal time, there was not only beautiful music, but significant laughter and encouraging praise from Beitmen. “You can really change a person simply by singing,” Beitmen said to the choir after a particularly amazing run through of one of their pieces. President Alecia DeCoudreaux listened in to one of the choir’s first rehearsals this semester, according to Whiteside. “She realizes the importance of it,” Beitmen said. “This is the beginning of a new era.”


Nearly 40 singers gathered in the Chapel on Sept 26 to rehearse music for the new Mills Choir. The choir includes undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff members. This is the first year in over two decades that Mills College has had an official campus choral program.

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Top: Mills Choir president, Rebecca Johnson, laughs with Conductor Cindy Beitmen. Middle: Students rehearse their repetoire in the Mills Chapel. Bottom: Conductor Cindy Beitmen leads the choir through one of their pieces during rehearsal.

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Scenes from Mills College Convocation 2012


Upcoming Events


French Cinema, Wine & Conversation Polk Gulch Alliance Française of San Francisco 1345 Bush Street, San Francisco $5 @ 6:45 p.m.


Oakland A’s: $2 Ticket Day vs. Texas Rangers Oakland Coliseum $2 @ 12:35 p.m.


2012 Election Film: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington San Francisco Main Library FREE @ 12 p.m.



Oakland Art Murmur, First Fridays Art Walk Broadway/Telegraph, Oakland FREE @ 6 - 9 p.m.

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Free First Sunday Admission for Oakland Museum of California FREE @ 11 a.m.


Monday Night Tights: Creepy Horror Ballet Film Night Mills College Art Museum FREE @ 7 p.m.

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Oct 2, 2012

Opinions & Editorial

STAFF EDITORIAL We are as different as fingerprints or zebra stripes. We all have varying goals, aspirations and identities. One bond that ties all Mills women together is our almost pathological need to succeed — to be the best in all of our classes, win the race, have the most Cyclone spirit. We cram work, extracurricular activities and classes taught by world-class professors who think they are your only world-class professor into our schedules leaving very little down time. We study, study, study. The reason why they call us Cyclones is because we spin around like crazy trying to balance our lives. What happens when we fail? What happens when a Mills woman can’t balance the fifty-bazillion

things life throws at us? We can be really hard on ourselves, crying in the meadow over a B +, holding our professors hostage over an Aand calling the emergency hotline over a C+. Midterms are almost here, and everyone is gearing up for that midfall breakdown. Chill out. Take some time to love yourself a little bit more this semester. Loving you more means making a conscious effort not to beat yourself up. There is no need to be your own worst critic; there are too many others to do that for you. Be positive, and confident. Loving yourself is a really difficult thing to accomplish, which sounds silly because it should be inherent. Why should we think to ever not love ourselves? When we were younger, there was such a

distinct time in our lives when we absolutely loved ourselves and everyone and everything around us. And then something happened in between that point of blissful unawareness and where we are now. Loving yourself is something that shouldn’t need work. Like how loving someone else can be effortless. Love yourself more today by understanding that you are human. Everyone makes mistakes. Rather, use them as a tool to build yourself up better than ever. As a human being, recognize that you have something to contribute to the world. So, kick of your shoes and feel the grass on your feet. Run a hot bath, read and relax. Put down your schoolbooks and read a book for fun. Take some time to love yourself a little more today.

Sexpertise with Millie As resident Sexpert at the Campanil, I have been called to bestow my knowledge upon you. I am here to show you — or should I say, tell you — how to have a fun, safe sex and positive healthy relationships with yourselves and others. My name is Millie. I talk about sex a lot. There is no subject too tame or too taboo for me. My team of Sextroverts, the goddess of love Aphrodite, and her number one admirer poetess and lady charmer Sappho, have my back. Sex is still a taboo subject for many women. Mills women are sex positive. It means being comfortable in the bedroom, whether or alone with a partner. Be comfortable with the term sex denoting gender and how others choose to express that. Be

confident. Being sex positive also means being aware of individual rights as a sexual human being. It also means never being forced to do anything uncomfortable. I am advocating safe, responsible sex and open discourse about it. Many people see sex as something “icky” or “vulgar.” I don’t blame you — gross body fluids, smells, moaning and intimacy — ew. Some people just aren’t ready for that kind of thing. Some people certainly are. All relationships have depth and complexity. The one with yourself is the most complex of all. For those who love sex and want to tell the world all about it share it with me and I will share it with the world. I want to know how you do

it, when you do it and where you do it. All submissions are anonymous and protected. Send me your questions, comments and concerns about love, life and health at Share with me your stories. I will share them with other Millsies, and together we will be united as confident, strong women. Mills is full of great Resources like the Wellness and Community Outreach center. Now you can add me to that list.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Where do you see yourself in ten years as a Mills grad?

“Being at Mills has given me the confidence to assert myself as pediatric cardiology.”

— Heraa Hasnat, Sophomore

“Working at a childrens hospital as a neonatal nurse.”

— Lydia Barajas, Senior

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“As a neonatal nurse working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”

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— Priscilla Reyes, Senior

“Traveling to developing countries and providing care as a missionary.”

— Kristy Trinh, Senior

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Oct 2, 2012



Becoming a Mills woman one step at a time Khadija Awad Contributing Writer

You can tell Mills natives apart from its newcomers; they exude a seemingly effortless aura of Millsness, a confident familiarity with their surroundings, coupled with a sense of purpose and direction. As a transfer student on my first day at Mills, this familiarity seemed out of reach, as the campus was still a whole new world for me. That first day, I stepped off the bus outside the imposing iron bars of Seminary gate, and was completely lost, standing in the outside world amidst traffic and sirens, looking in at a sanctuary of Eucalyptus-shaded walkways and imposing buildings oozing with academic authority. Not knowing how to get in, I looked around uncertainly and noticed a girl purposefully walking

towards the pedestrian gate. I approached her with my Mills ID out, and she helpfully showed me how to key in the code. Her friendliness and helpfulness saved me the trip around the perimeter of campus to the main gate, which I was about to undertake with a Mills map in hand. It was instances like that, where a total stranger offered advice or directions. Through experience and interaction with the Mills community, I slowly began to find my niche and get into the rhythm of things. Between classes, I discovered the little corner in the library with upholstered benches perfect for curling up to read the hundreds of pages assigned by my various professors each week. The library is just cozy enough to be comfortable while still being academically conducive, and the librarians, especially Michael Beller, are amazing. I remember when I first walked in there expecting the usual host of dour librarians and came across Michael, whose

distinct style and subtle wit are the antithesis of dour. When I’m not catching up on reading or writing papers in

The process of transitioning into a Mills students was not only knowing who you are, but how you fit into your community and world.

the library, I usually head over to the busy Tea Shop to pick up something to eat in the commuter lounge. I make sure to free my

hands by dropping off my load of textbooks at the nearby commuter locker. In the commuter lounge, which had seemed cold and empty during orientation, I discovered a warm place to kick back with fellow commuters, and learned that the fuzzy couch by the pool table is far more comfortable than the brown leather one on the opposite end of the room. At first, I wasn’t sure how to take advantage of the commuter services at Mills, but when I made my way to the Office of Student Activities over at Rothwell Center, the fabulous Kendra Caesar was more than helpful. Her energy truly captured the helpful spirit of the Mills community, which I noticed everywhere I went, be it within the hallowed halls of learning or the lush expanses of greenery outside. Shaded hiking trails and peaceful fountains are always tempting me to explore, but there never seems to be enough time in between classes, which works for

me because the classes themselves are my favorite part of the Mills experience. The smaller class sizes were an adjustment, but made for enhanced interaction with my professors and peers, whose diversity and broad knowledge base make Mills a true hub of academia. As a part of Mills, I realized that the process of truly transitioning into a Mills student was not only knowing who you are, but how you fit into your community and world. That aura of Mills-ness exuded by those who have been at Mills for a long time can be described as the perfect blend of individuality and community, the embodiment of the Mills motto, “One destination, many paths.” As a Mills student, I am now able to navigate campus with relative familiarity, and the days where I carried the tricky campus map around with me are long gone. There are still a myriad of Mills experiences that I have yet to explore, but I am well on my way to achieving my Mills-ness.

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Health & Sports

Inspiring others through rowing Eden Sugay Health & Sports Editor

When Kate Smith, Class of 2012, joined Mills’ Rowing team in the Fall of 2008, she had no idea that a hobby would lead her to her post Mills career. Smith was double majoring in Economics and Public Policy specializing in Criminal Justice, which was a major that Smith created herself. Under the guidance of coaches Kari Davis and Sara Nevin, Smith’s interest in crew grew along with her talent. After her sophomore year, Smith was invited to participate in a development camp at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The whole experience revealed to her that while she loved competing, she really wanted to coach. “I love the sport, and naturally I want to share that,” Smith said. “I couldn’t see myself pursuing my Criminal Justice degree unless I wrote episodes of Law and Order,” laughed Smith. Smith considered a coaching job at University of Pennsylvania, but decided to stay local. Nowadays, you can catch her helping coach the Mills Crew team twice a week, while leading six weekly practices for the

Norcal crew team in Redwood City. Norcal is a girls crew team comprised of fourteen to seventeen year olds that hail everywhere from Palo Alto to Redwood City, where the team practices. To get to practice on time, Kate gets up every morning at 4 a.m., but she explains that the early hours are worth it. “I love explaining crew to them,” said Smith. “Seeing them be eager to learn when they have so much else going on in their lives, like tests and college applications, and getting them to enjoy the sport.” As much as she loves working with the Norcal team, Smith has other aspirations as well. Smith is currently studying for personal training certification and a separate exam that would certify her to become a fitness nutritionist. She loves dry land training, which is a type of crew training that takes place outside of the boat, her team and training kids one on one. Ultimately, Kate would love to see crew become more accessible, especially to at-risk youth. She believes the non-contact sport of rowing has a calming effect and can help those in adverse situations. “It’s hard to be aggressive when you’re doing 2k on the erg (the rowing machine),” Smith says. Until that happens, however, Kate is still training the Norcal crew team and inspiring determination in the girls she coaches one day at a time.


CHRC offers resources for healthy choices Francesca Twohy-Haines Contributing writer

The Community Health Resource Center, first opened in 2008, is most commonly known for providing the Mills Community with information on sex positivity. However, the CHRC aims to provide us with resources regarding more primary health concerns. “The student-run Community Health Resource Center provides a confidential and safe access to information and resources for the Mills Community,” CHRC Event Coordinator Natasha Munguia said. The CHRC offers more than just safe sex supplies. According to Munguia, the center also offers other services such as resources on affirming positive outlooks on sex and sexuality, reproductive rights and justice, LGBT rights, rape and sexual violence, crisis information, and nutrition and body image.

“The services are free and open to the whole Mills Community,” Munguia said. “And people can pick them up at the Community Health Resource Center.” Munguia also added that there are three major events coming up at the CHRC including, the ‘Sex Positive’ Panel and the ‘Sex Positive’ Fair. On October 4, and the ‘Coming Out’ Party, sponsored by the CHRC. Those involved with the CHRC hope to add more services to promote health in the community. “I’d love to see us sponsor on-campus HIV testing, breast exam workshops, binding safety classes- all kinds of things,” said Colleen Kimsey, a CHRC volunteer and Mills student. “I’d love to have enough funding to have a condom, dental dam, glove and packet of lube for every Mills student.”

Kimsey also wishes to see the CHRC promote other health concerns, such as good sleeping habits. “We spend lots of time talking about sexual health, but the number one health concern of Millsies is that no one’s getting enough sleep,” she said. “Wouldn’t a sleep week, where we talked about good sleep hygiene or got some Craiglist couches and set up nap centers, be great?” The CHRC has also undergone changes since it opened in 2008. According to Munguia, until just last year, the CHRC was known as the ‘Women’s Health and Resource Center’. However, issues began to arise concerning the center’s name and how it reflected the center’s purpose. “Students felt that the center wasn’t being inclusive of all genders,” Munguia said.

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“Since our space welcomes all genders, we agreed that our name should reflect that, so we changed our name from Women’s Health Resource Center to Community Health Resource Center.” According to Munguia, the Mills community can also get involved with the CHRC through volunteering, supporting and participating in CHRC events, and even viewing the CHRC Facebook page. “The CHRC is now officially open but currently we are trying to completely staff the center since it is a new year and a lot of volunteers don’t exactly have a set schedule yet,” Munguia said. According to Kimsey, the CHRC tries to provide thoughtful and respectful services to all members of the community. “What people should keep in mind is that one of the things the CHRC does best is take feedback and change. Don’t like our language on a poster or at an event? Tell us. Better yet, join us,” she said. “We are the organization we are because of people who bring their sometimes radically differing opinions to the table, and the solutions that arise from when we work together.”

Issue 5 Fall 2012  

Read about Mills College's new choir, illegal dumping in Oakland, changes to community college processes and on campus health services.

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