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IN THIS ISSUE: THE COMPUTER CENTER’S

NEW PRINTING POLICY

DIVERGENT

UOG FOUNDER’S DAY

GAL A FREE | VOL 36 | ISSUE 3 | APRIL 2014 | UNIVERSITY OF GUAM


TRITON’S CALL: Publisher: Aristides Pereira Editor: Kyle Santos Co-editors: Katrina Palanca Pauline Patacsil

Staff: Ruzelle Amparo Candice Ananich Catherine Bungabong Jaydee Damaso

Cherelle Daniel Blaze Hubbard Rebekah Kim Mariah Ramos

Travis Simpao Cam Uncangco


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Divergent. a review.

By Mariah Anissa Ramos

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he time has come for Divergent fans to rejoice because the movie finally ziplined into theatres on March 21, 2014. The film is based off of Veronica Roth’s young adult trilogy’s first book, Divergent that debuted on April 25, 2011. Beatrice “Tris” Prior lives in a dystopian Chicago that is divided into five factions based on virtues. When she discovers that she doesn’t belong to any faction, meaning she is “divergent,” she must choose to blend into society or figure out what makes her and others like her dangerous. In the trilogy, a majority of the books is told through Beatrice’s point of view with the last book

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divided between Beatrice’s and Four’s point of view. In Beatrice’s world, Chicago is divided into five factions based on the virtues of selflessness, honesty, peacefulness, fearlessness, and intelligence. The five factions are Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). When children are sixteen years old, they take an aptitude test that will determine which faction they belong in apart from the faction they were born into. When Beatrice takes her test, she discovers she holds aptitude for three of the five factions: Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. This makes

her “divergent” and she is warned to keep it a secret, as this is a threat to her life. On Choosing Day, Beatrice chooses Dauntless, the fearless faction and changes her name to “Tris” to signify the big change. As Tris goes through Dauntless initiation, she discovers a conspiracy with Erudite and Dauntless planning to get rid of Abnegation headed by Jeanine Matthews. She is compelled to act with the help of her instructor and love interest, Four, to protect the faction of which she was once a part. The first book has sold over 5 million copies as well as held a spot on the New York Times Chil-


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dren's Chapter Books Best Seller in 2011. With the success of Divergent, Veronica Roth fleshed out two more sequels with Insurgent in 2012 and Allegiant in 2013 along with four short stories told through the perspective of Four. The science fiction action film stars Shailene Woodley of The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Tris, Theo James as Four and Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews. Woodley delivers a strong performance as Tris with her petite frame and cherubic face capturing the innocence, toughness, and emotional journey

of Tris that helps the audience root for their heroine. James’s performance as Four was both smoldering and breathtaking as well as his chemistry with his female lead helped attract audience’s thirst for more. Winslet delivered a smart and sinister performance as the main antagonist, her scenes with Woodley creating a perfect contrast between their characters’ morals. Along with Woodley, James, and Winslet star some familiar names. Zoë Kravitz as Tris’ best friend, Christina, Maggie Q as Tris’ proctor, Tori, Ansel Elgort as Tris’ brother, Caleb Prior, and Miles Teller as Tris’ nemesis, Peter. As well as

Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd as Andrew and Natalie Prior, Tris’ parents. Divergent is a gripping film that is fast paced and action packed. The film is quite faithful to the book with a few differences that are perfectly acceptable for cinematic purposes. It is a beautiful thing to see the world written on the page turn into a live action adaptation with the characters coming to life and the conflict playing out on the big screen. Divergent wastes no time in capturing the audience’s attention and holding it until the very end.

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ANNUAL FOUNDER’S DAY

By Catherine Bungabong

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reat entertainment, prizes, food and company in a grand, beautifully decorated venue-that is what you can expect at the next University of Guam’s Founders Day GALA that will be held at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort on June 28th this year. The 3rd annual GALA will be even better this year with the theme, “Duets: Celebrating UOG’s Connections.” This, as the head chair of the event, Norman Analista, says perfectly encompasses the mission of the University. “The GALA will be our signature event for the year where we will celebrate the relationships and collaborations that have been cultivated on campus,” he says. The event will feature couples to perform ballroom dances and other performances that showcase the partnering of people. This ties back to the collaboration that goes on in the University between all entities involved including the different colleges at UOG, students, teachers, faculty, and even with the community. “It’s all about celebrating how far reaching the University’s mission is and how it can affect so many people in the community,” says Analista. What better way to celebrate the University and it’s accomplishments than to showcase it’s own talent? In addition to ballroom dancing, the line of entertainment will also include fun performances by alumni and faculty, the University Singers, the University Jazz Band and also the University Theatre. If you’ve been to any of UOG’s events coordinated by Norman Analista, you would know that he aims to wow guests! In addition, the committee is looking for students that are interested in volunteering with entertainment, managing the reception table and other logistics. This will afford students an opportunity to experience one of UOG’s biggest events! Grand prizes include two business-class, round trip tickets from United Airlines to Micronesia, Asia, or Cairns, Australia! Tickets are $150 each. 100% of the proceeds will go to UOG’s Endowment Foundation towards the Capital Campaign. For more information, contact Norman Analista at 735-2586 or nanalista@uguam.uog.edu

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Saturday, June 28, 2014 Sheraton Laguna Resort & Spa 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Formal Attire $150 / Ticket

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Passive !Printing !!Policy Despite the new printing policy at the University’s Computer center, students continue to abuse the printing service. Most students print out their documents in the Computer Center because it is free. They print their essays, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, PDF files, pictures, and other materials for class. On a busy day, students occupy all 47 computers, while the lab’s printers churn out page after page. One technical professional estimates ten to fifteen reams of paper are used a day—that is an average of 5000 to 7500 sheets. Printing used to be a hassle. Students memorized a print code and student number unique to each computer and input the information onto the printer. Lines formed if students had a hard time remembering their codes. Now, students can press print and the printer will automatically print the document. However, now if a particular print job is long, students have to wait for the printout to finish. All the computer monitors have the same notice attached to the lower right corner:

“Due to abusive printing, students will be limited to printing 10 sheets of paper per day.” Although the policy was put in place last semester, it continues to be unenforced. The abusive printing persists because there is no system to monitor an individual student’s printing. Dr. Nguyen, the head of Data Control, discusses the policy’s aim for improving services at the computer center. The top priority of the lab is to help students as much as possible. “Resources are limited, so we find the best way to use that,” he says. “Most students say ‘my report is five to ten pages the most’ that’s why we come up with something like that.” The ten-page limit is more like a guideline rather than a maximum. However, the guideline is still ignored as the trash boxes near each of the printers are filled with essays that came out wrong or handouts that have grammatical errors on them. Dr. Nguyen describes one example of abusive printing: students printing out a whole book. Printing a 200-page book, he

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says, would take time and a whole of resources to print. The lab tries to accommodate students’ needs but large print jobs make it hard because it takes up resources that might not be enough for the next student to use. One of the odd things about the policy is how the staff knows when a student reached their ten pages for that day. The computers have no system in place to regulate and monitor the printing. Dr. Nguyen says, “If we really wanted to do that technology-wise, yes we can do that. We tried to improve the system in the future so that we can control the level [of printing]. The minute you log in the system, you know how many pages you printed in a day.” The lab has no immediate plans to start such a system, but he says, “in the future, we can automate it completely.” “We are trying to provide at least if you don’t have resources and a computer, a place but not a total solution. It’s not perfect yet. If it was perfect then you can print a 100 page at a time,” Dr. Nguyen said. The lab continues to help students as much it can.

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When asked how students can cut down on printing, Dr. Nguyen says, “Couple things to mention is that we need the cooperation of students. The other way is that the faculty have to consider accept electronic format function of report. That’s one of the key things.” The university already has an online campus through Moodle, where students can submit reports electronically. However, not all classes offer a Moodle version and even some classes insist on a hard copy to be turned in with the electronic copy. Dr. Nguyen says, “I think it’s the time we have to do it, but it requires some transition time to make sure the faculty feels comfortable. Only the better right?” Jessica Craig, a senior and English major discusses the policy: “The limit on printing—which is currently 10 pages per student—is an interesting idea, but ultimately moot since it is not enforced.” She went on to describe problems with the ten page limit in certain situations. A student requiring passing handouts for a presentation will not be able to make them under the policy. “The idea is to be applauded, but the execution needs work. And I really hope that they do work on it. Like I said, it’s a fabulous idea and a step in the right direction,” she says. Jessica is a member of the Green Army, UOG’s environmental group. As the semester rolls on, students still use the computers for their Facebook, Youtube, and printing needs. Whole PowerPoint slides are printed single sided for students to study and essays typed and printed at the last minute. Maybe someday that notice on the lower right corner will disappear as the University goes completely paperless, but until then, that policy is a suggestion and not a rule.

The limit on printing—which is currently 10 pages per student—is an interesting idea, but ultimately moot since it is not enforced. – Jessica Craig, English major

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Triton’s Call By Rebekah Kim

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he Student Government Association unanimously passed a bill to allocate $1,500 to Triton’s Call for printing costs. The bill also passed with a resolution to recognize TC as the official publication of the University of Guam, but it brings students concern as the funding is only for this fiscal year. “Under the 52nd [SGA], it will end with 52nd. Once the new SGA comes in, they will have to do another resolution to recognize all the SO [student organizations],” said Derick Hills, president of the 52nd SGA. Triton’s Call had been without funds and prints for about a year since the 51st SGA amended its constitution. Prior to the amendment, SGA followed its constitution, which says to transfer 10% of funds of the fiscal year to the Student Publication. However, the 51st SGA held a ballot session to decide whether funding should be requested only by student organizations. At least two-third of the SGA officers voted yes along with over 250 students. All the while, the 51st SGA failed to inform what would happen to the student publication. After the amendment passed, two provisions conflicted. TC has been the only student publication on campus, and thus, deserves 10% of the funds. Since only recognized student organizations can get funds from SGA, Triton’s Call—an academic course—could not tap into the money. With no funding for TC, members of student government and the publication met to resolve the problem in the fall of 2012. “The resolution as I remember was that they [SGA] would pay for 4 issues a semester at $1,400 we agreed with GCI [Graphic Center Inc,]. Unfortunately they didn't do that,” Jasmine Stole, TC former editor in chief said. On the other hand, Hills stated that funds were never approved. “Prints were printed and the price was given to us in a receipt, but we never approved of the price, meaning if they had pre-approved this, was there money available?” Hills asked. However, in response to Hills’s statement, Stole claimed that SGA agreed that TC would send the issue to the publisher first and then notify SGA. “I remember the agreement to be that I would send the issue to the publisher and let SGA know and they would release the funds. For the first issue, they did it via emergency procurement. Second issue, they did it. Third issue was printed and GCI wasn't paid. The next semester, we had two issues, but GCI still had to be paid for the third issue in Fall 2012. And SGA argued they never agreed to it.” Stole further claimed that TC should be funded without having to request funds like other student organizations do. “All other sitting SGA bodies have not had an issue printing a publication, since 1965. My stance is that the TC is explicitly mentioned as being part of student fees, so there is the commitment. As for approval? There need be none.”

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! If you’re in the mood to travel to an affordable destination, but don’t know where to go, look no further. The perfect place to visit is Bangkok, Thailand. Here are some pointers and tips on places to go during your next vacation.

Getting Around: In Bangkok, it’s easy to get caught up in traffic regardless of whether it is day or night. Traveling to a foreign land can sometimes be nerve-wrecking, but thanks to Thailand’s various modes of transportation, getting around is surprisingly easier than you think. Ready to start your journey into the beautiful Kingdom of Thailand? Grab a cab and get on your way. Thousands of brightly colored taxis are at your disposal offering some of the best fares on Earth. The meter starts at 35B (about $1.10) for the first 2km and then 4.50B-5.50B (about $0.15-0.20) per additional kilometer. Overall fares vary depending the distance from your point of origin to your destination. Though fares are quite affordable in Thailand, beware of taxi drivers who attempt to scam foreign visitors by telling customers their meter doesn’t work. Instead they quote you a flat rate such as 300B (about $9.30). Don’t fall for it, trust your intuition. If you feel uncomfortable about the taxi driver, kindly decline and wait for the next taxi driver who will use a meter. You’ll spend less using the meter versus travelling on a flat rate. Though taxis may be the most convenient way to get around, Bangkok’s Mass Transit System (BTS) Sky Train is the cheapest and fastest way to navigate the city. The BTS Sky Train is strategically mapped out along several train stations,

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giving you the opportunity to discover the interesting sites and activities surrounding the area. You can purchase different passes catered to your traveling needs. There is a single journey pass that ranges 15B-45B (about $0.47-1.40) depending on the distance of your destination station. Another option is to purchase a o n e

15,000 stalls you can literally buy whatever you want at great prices. Clothing, souvenirs, and household goods can be found at every corner. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the street food sold by the various food vendors. If outdoor flea markets are not your thing, MBK Mall offers several items that fit your every need. Clothing, footwear, bags, jewelry, cosmetics- you name it, they’ve got it! Talk about a bargainer’s paradise; add these to your list of “must do” festivities. You won’t be disappointed! Adventure:

d a y pass granting you unlimited rides around Bangkok for the whole day. Shopping: It isn’t a trip to Bangkok unless you’ve experienced Bangkok’s renowned Chatuchuk Weekend Market. With over

If you’re not big on shopping, marvel at the elegant temples and architecture Bangkok has to offer. Visit the Grand Palace, home to intricately designed sky high temples. You can also explore the temples by the Chaophraya River and see Thailand’s various Buddha’s. If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie, the place to visit is Siam Park City. It is an amusement and water park all in one. If you want to see exotic animals, check out Safari World.

Whether by foot, cab, or train; bask in the beauty and wonder of Thailand. Shop, explore, and take a journey into a city rich in culture and tradition. Book your ticket and hotel today. Thailand awaits.

Bangkok

By Jaydee Damaso

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“Lesbian, lithe, lick, lust, love, life, labels, liberal” are some of the words t h a t w i l l fl o a t o n s c r e e n a s Showtime’s original series “The L Word” opens title and continues for the complete six seasons emphasizing the letter L. With its debut in 2004, the series trended with other extensive and intersectional shows like House, Lost, Sex and the City, and since then has marked its tagline “L hath no fury.” As to lesbianism, women connect mentally and physically. Writer Kathy Greenberg along with her team of producers are blunt with the show’s graphic display of female to female intercourse, social stereotypes of the LGBT community, and constitutional injustices. These issues are raised in the show’s pilot when a small town Jewish woman, Jenny, moves to Los Angeles with her boyfriend, Tim, and find themselves in the middle of a homosexual society. Unexposed to some of L.A.’s liberal norms, Jenny and Tim become the next door neighbor to a domesticated lesbian couple, Bette and Tina, who introduces them to the event in their lives that would change them forever. Enters Shane. Shane McCutcheon, played by Katherine Moennig, turns this hexagon storyline into a web of lesbian connections. Her androgynous persona persuades anyone male or female to fall madly attracted to her since almost every character has at one point tried to be “Mrs. and Mrs. McCutcheon”. Despite her charm and alluring personality, Shane is hopelessly devoted to her infidelity and a bachelorette throughout the season. Though now exposed to sapphism the straight Jenny eventually leaves longtime boyfriend because of her obsessive infatuation with a wealthy and provocatively sexy Italian barista. However, while the alternative lifestyle continues to seduce Jenny she is also conflicted with flashbacks of her childhood as they begin to unfold her victimization of sexual abuse more and more as she becomes a pansexual.

affairs become more knotted in a web and the connections drawn from the tangle is nothing but subjection and projection.

“Same sex. Different city” is a concept viewers have recognized to be unconventional and yet can still appreciate its familiarity. TV.com comments on the Repressed memory or not the L in life series unflattering portrayal but nonedoesn’t cease here. Soon these lesbian theless intriguing. “This is where all

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your questions about lesbians are answered,” according to box set review critics from The Guardian. On Guam, although it is more openly accepted today than in the 90’s, the LGBT community can find value in some of the issues raised in the series, and the rest of the community can gain new perspective to different lifestyles.


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South Park Th e St ick of Tr uth By Blaze Hubbard

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eleased on March 4 of this year, South Park: The Stick of Truth was met with great reception from its target audience – fans of the show. The game features jokes and references from 17 seasons of raunchy, flatulence-filled television gold.

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The main character of the game is the new kid in town, controlled and customized to the player’s content, which embarks on a journey to be…popular. From the start, Eric Cartman recruits the new kid to his army, where the choice between classes takes place. The options are a football helmet-wearing warrior that specializes in kicking enemies in the balls, a generic “spell”-using mage, a backstabbing thief, or a faithful, circumcision-performing Jew. After a few missions of fighting the other faction, The Wood Elves, the Elf King requests an audience with the new kid. It turns out to be Kyle Broflovski, whose camp is literally next door to Cartman’s. Then, the player is given the choice between either army.


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Once all of the main characters come to light, a larger story unfolds, involving alien abductions, farts, Nazi zombies, hobos, farts, Canadians, Al Gore, farts, and well, more farts. Outside of combat, there is a heavy emphasis on solving problems like using an anal probe to teleport from one place to another and using farts to distract, destroy, or explode obstacles. During combat, which is turn-based, the option to attack, use items, or use special attacks become available. Attacks are based on the character’s stats and weapons equipped. Amongst the many weapons in the game are wooden swords, basketballs, kitchen knives, tampons, flaming katanas, dildos and a bunch of other obscenely hilarious and cool choices. The items range from snacks and drinks that replenish health and summoning items that call upon characters from the series that have come up countless times to aid in combat,

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including a machinegun-toting Jesus and a magical Mr. Hankey. Gameplay aside, The Stick of Truth delivers endless hilarity with the hijinks that ensues. Like the show, comedy is a key ingredient and when it isn’t dealt with in battle, the storyline provides enough, if not more than enough, laughs to keep it fresh and exciting. With a medley of hilarious jokes that push the boundary of acceptability, Southpark: The Stick of Truth is a great turn-based RPG that keeps the flow of the show with a great amount of interactivity. Chapters feel like seasons-worth of material that could not be better represented than in this phenomenon of a game.

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