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a closer look student privacy
THOUSANDS of you received an unsolicited email from me. Here’s how I did it.
New Drop Policy in Cases of Cheating Under proposed change, professors can no longer re-enroll students accused of plagiarism or cheating. By Nicole CHan Associate News Writer
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By angela chen • Editor in Chief have, saved on my desktop, a beautifully organized spreadsheet with the personal information of over 25,000 UCSD students.
The spreadsheet — which covers all undergraduates and graduates enrolled as of Winter Quarter 2012 — includes names, emails, phone numbers and addresses, and could have covered more if I had so requested. The only people not included are those who have specifically restricted their information; according to University Registrar Bill Haid, less than 10 percent of students have done so, meaning that my document provides access to 90 percent of our campus population. There’s a short answer to the question of how I got the spreadsheet: I paid for the information in a completely legal transaction, one that any UCSD student can go through. After that, it’s just a question of uploading the spreadsheet to the appropriate mail server and clicking “send.” But the transaction itself is part of a larger discussion about student privacy rights, access and online communication. For me, the process of obtaining the spreadsheet started with the allcampus email Utsav Gupta — former A.S. President and current Alumni Office employee — sent on Feb. 29 encouraging students to vote in favor of the Division I referendum. Since there was no anti-Division I email, members of the con campaign accused the administration of bias, assuming that they approved Gupta’s email. As I started interviewing, I heard allegations from professors suggesting that Gupta had improperly accessed an all-campus listserv without the approval of the appropriate vice chancellor. But when I spoke to Gupta, he maintained that he had sent the email without accessing any listserv or using university resources. I set out to learn more about student privacy rights and how this was possible. As evidenced by the process I went through in late March and the email I sent out to a random sampling of thousands last night, it is entirely possible
HOW TO RESTRICT INFO 1. Sign into TritonLink using Single Sign-on 2. Click the “Personal Tools” tab, then select “Addresses” 3. Click the tab labeled “Public Information Restriction” 4. Restrict RELEVANT INFORMATION
A proposed change to the academic misconduct code would allow students accused of cheating to drop a class — and receive a ‘W’ — without being forced by a professor to re-enroll. Originally, students who dropped a course after being accused of academic misconduct could be re-enrolled by the professor, who could then issue ‘F’ grades before the charges were proven, Committee on Educational Policy Chair Bill Griswold said. “The purpose of that is to permit the administration to hold the student accountable for their performance in the course,” Griswold said. “The problem with this is that the student may have dropped the course for reasons unrelated to the academic misconduct.” According to Griswold, students who dropped a class during Week 3 could be re-enrolled if the professor discovered a problem (based on the student’s original performance) a few weeks later in the quarter, at which point the student would be unable to pass. “[Under the old policy], if you had cheated in a class or been accused of it, if you tried to drop once charges were filed, you would be automatically re-enrolled,” Committee on Educational Policy undergraduate representative Mac Zilber said. Under the proposed policy, students cannot receive a grade until they have been found guilty of academic misconduct. “If a student doesn’t want to deal with academic consequences, they can drop the class and the professor wouldn’t be able to give them an ‘F’,” Zilber said. However, students can still receive administrative consequences that can be detrimental to their careers, Griswold said. “Medical schools and law schools frequently request [dean] certification [to ensure] there was no misconduct on the student’s record,” Griswold said. “The conduct code includes both academic and nonaca-
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Study Shows People Who Regularly Eat Chocolate Weigh Less But because the data published last month were gathered from a cross-sectional study rather than an experiment, Dr. Golomb said that no causal effect can be established yet. Without doubt, though, regular chocolate consumers have lower BMIs on average, despite higher overall caloric intake. Dr. Golomb said the study’s outcome is good news for chocolate fans like herself. She came up with the idea for the experiment at a medical conference. The conference served generally healthy food for dinner. Dr. Golomb and a colleague were surprised by the arrival of a dessert cart containing slices of chocolate cake. The juxtaposition of healthy and unhealthy caused Dr. Golomb to think about the health benefits of chocolate that had already been established. Chocolate, she knew, is known to lower blood pressure, increase sensitivity to insulin and improve blood lipid profile. Stearic acid — the predominant fatty acid in cocoa
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Eating chocolate regularly is linked to lower weight, a UCSD study has found. Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor at the UCSD School of Medicine, presented the counterintuitive finding that more frequent chocolate consumption is linked to lower body mass index (BMI) in her most recent paper, published Mar 26 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Predictably, such tantalizing results have attracted significant media attention over the last two weeks. UCSD researchers interviewed 1,017 otherwise healthy men and women for the study. They gathered data on diet, lifestyle and physical activity. The team found that chocolate consumers’ average BMI was 1 kg/m2 less than that of that of those who do not eat chocolate. The finding is statistically significant: A difference of 1 kg/m2 is too
large to reasonably have occurred due to chance. The data indicates that even though chocoalte eaters consume more calories and saturated fat, they weigh less. “Chocolate is my favorite vegetable,” Dr. Golomb said. “And that’s not completely a joke. It’s a plantderived product that’s rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. And in moderation, it can even help you lose weight.” The study did not take into account the amount, brand or type of chocolate. Only data on consumption frequency was used for the study. “The findings don’t appear to represent a proxy for more healthful behavior overall,” Dr. Golomb said. That is, it is the consumption of chocolate itself, rather than healthy lifestyle choices that might be associated with chocolate, that seems to be behind the lower BMIs of regular chocolate consumers. This fact offers support for Dr. Golomb’s current hypothesis that chemicals in chocolate can stimulate metabolism.
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Council Discusses Revised Student Conduct Code, LipDub
his week, A.S. Council looked to the future as it discussed reforms that will be implemented in the 2012-13 school year. Associate Vice President of College Affairs Leonard Bobbitt announced a competition between the colleges to tally Daniel Song the most voters email@example.com in the A.S. elections, which are going on right now. “This time pizza is not the object of our desire, it is cake,” he said. Marshall Senator Bryan Cassella reported that About the Music, a foundation that provides grants to teachers in 42 districts in the San Diego area, will be sponsoring by Sun God for a Cause. Associate Vice President of Enterprise Brian McEuen explained that the council is running a Student Fee Survey to gauge student interest in Student Fee-funded programs. He also told the council about Triton Outfitter’s popularity with new families on Triton day, and the inclusion of Triton Outfitters for Tots in the Sun God merchandise. Revelle Senator Meena Kaushik announced that the first renovation meeting for Plaza Café will be held next week. “One of your favorite dining halls, Plaza, is going under renovation,” she said. It’s definitely among the top six in terms of dining halls. The council sang a rousing “happy birthday” song to Associate Vice President of Student Advocacy Bryce Farrington. Farrington and former Associate Vice President of Student Advocacy Arohi Sharma proceeded to present
council with the revisions being made to the Student Conduct Code. Sharma noted that the rewritten code is a step in the right direction, but voiced her concern with the lack of administrative accountability and the remaining vagueness in process, procedures and regulations. “I can’t emphasize that point enough,” she said. Farrington explained the mechanics of the Community Standards Board, which will replace the Campuswide Judicial Board in dealing with cases of possible suspension, dismissal, jurisdiction appeals and cases that involve multiple students from different college councils. Farrington stressed the inclusion of the line “other disruptive activity incompatible with the orderly operation of the campus,” “This can seriously affect everyone—this could literally be anything,” he said. Bobbitt, who was also named Councilmember of the Week, presented his plan for the future of the freshman council, including an expansion of the council without a limitation on membership. During the debate, Campuswide Senator Matthew Bradbury noted the lack of criteria available to judge applicants to the freshman council. After much debate, the council voted to expand the freshman council, passing the measure 22-1. Council passed a more lighthearted measure sponsored by A.S. President Alyssa Wing declaring the superiority of the ASUCSD LipDub over the ASUCI Lip Dub.
Drop Policy Developed After Two-Year Academic Review Process ▶ INTEGRITY, from page 1
demic infractions. If you’re caught stealing or vandalizing, it all goes on your record.” Griswold said that “administrative consequences” can range from educating people on academic integrity to dismissal. First-time offenses can result in suspension for a quarter, which can delay a student’s graduation, Griswold said. If the student drops the class before charges are filed, she cannot be given an ‘F.’ (though the student can still receive an ‘F’ if she drops the class after the charges are filed). According to Griswold, if a student is found guilty of academic misconduct, his or her grade is subject to the professor’s guidelines. “Usually [academic consequences] aren’t very severe,” Griswold said. “If you fail the class, you can
retake it and it doesn’t count on your GPA.” Under the proposal, there are two ways a professor can file charges if he thinks a student has cheated. Professors can meet with the student before submitting a formal charge to the Office of the Academic Integrity Coordinator. They can also submit formal charges directly to the Academic Integrity Committee. Griswold said that the committee advises faculty members to file a complaint with the administration before meeting with the student. According to Zilber, the new policy developed after a two-year process during which the Academic Senate gathered input from other campus committees. The Committee on Educational Policy weighed in on the issue during its 2011 session, debating whether professors should
give students a ‘W’ as academic punishment if they plan on dropping instead of an ‘F,’ Zilber said. The CEP proposed the change to this academic misconduct policy after questioning the policy’s consistency with other existing academic integrity guidelines. CEP passed the proposal at its Feb. 13 meeting. According to Griswold, the proposal must go through the university Rules and Jurisdictions Committee and be voted on by the Academic Senate Representative Assembly before the current policy can be officially changed. According to Senior Senate Analyst for UCSD Academic Senate Miky Ramirez, the CEP last met on March 19. Readers can contact Nicole Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal Information Can Be Released Without Student Consent ▶ PRIVACY, from page 1
to have an independent list and send unsolicited mail to the majority of our campus population. And Gupta and I aren’t the only ones who can do so. *** The names, emails, numbers and addresses I have fall under the category of public directory information, and were previously available through the online student directory on TritonLink. Before September 2011 — when administration shut down the directory due to student privacy concerns — anyone could search for students and pull up any information not explicitly restricted. From September on, those who wanted the information would either need to ask the Registrar informally
or go through the same process I did, which Registrar staff say has been in place for at least 19 years. According to David Loy of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 stipulates that this official directory information can be released without consent — again, unless a student has explicitly restricted this information. (See our front-page infographic for information on how to do so.) Directory information includes, in addition to the data mentioned above, most recent educational institution attended, major, units enrolled, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, degrees and honors. Transcripts, personal identification numbers, high school test scores and photos are deemed confidential and cannot be released without a
student’s consent once she turns 18 or attends university. Though this confidential information is available to all faculty due to “legitimate educational interest” — for instance, faculty would need access to full transcripts to write a recommendation letter — it cannot be released to third parties without explicit consent. *** I first tried to obtain the information via the California Public Records Act, which generally mandates release of public information that should have included directory data. I sent an email requesting the names, emails, numbers and addresses of all graduates and undergraduates, but was denied access. According to Paula Johnson See REPORT, page 9
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Short on Proof A report by the California Association of Scholars bases its claims of politicization’s negative effect on UC campuses on logical fallacies and anecdotal evidence, a problem that hurts the validity of the report.
Making the Slate: Don’t Vote on a Color Scheme
have been on the A.S. Council longer than most people would advise to stay sane and have, along with a few others, won and lost elections at all levels of the organization. The time I’ve spent on council has allowed me to offer insight into the elections process, going on right now. The processes in which slates are created usually runs something like this: Someone who is interested in running for A.S. President looks for others who want to run for executive positions. This group can either run under a slate
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he University of California is giving its students an unbalanced liberal education, according to a study by the conservative group California Association of Scholars. The April 1 report, titled “A Crisis of Competence: The Corrupting Influence of Political Activism in the University of California” alleges that UC humanities departments are focusing core curriculum on the study of minority grievances rather than the study of classics — in line with a leftist bias. The group claims that this liberal tilt in college education compromises the quality of education by giving students a limited worldview and hurting their reading, writing and reasoning skills. The problems with the study are several-fold. First, the study fails to acknowledge that while the Democrat-to-Republican faculty ratio seems skewed, this does not immediately correlate with professors teaching leftist ideologies. True objectivity is extremely difficult, if not impossible to achieve while teaching a class but as long as professors don’t aggressively push their ideologies in class, it is not that bad. After all, it is possible to be biased but balanced. Furthermore, the report’s link between lower quality education and left-leaning professors is ill-supported. The report relies on anecdotes, weak statistics and inflammatory, ideological rants. The statistics declaring that the UC system is heavily populated with liberal educators are endless, and though the information may be true, the system is not based on any sort of biased hiring practice. The study drones on and on with statistics citing that in 1969, 45 percent of
university faculty nationwide held liberal views, and that this number has 38 years later skyrocketed to “extreme” levels with an 8:1 ratio of Democrats to Republicans. But researchers have found qualitative explanations for this discrepancy in professor ideologies. According
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to a study by Harvard sociology professor Ethan Fosse and University of British Columbia sociology professor Neil Gross, most professors tend to lean to the left because they share advanced degrees, a nonconservative religious theology, a tolerance for controversial ideas and a disparity between salary and schooling. While UC faculty may be composed of more liberals than conservatives, California Association of Scholars fails to correctly link
liberal educators to pushing their political agendas on students. One such example the report uses is that one in five professors in the social sciences is a self-declared “Marxist” — a dramatic proportion that leads the authors to believe there is an illegal political test in hiring that favors anyone to the left. Yet, never once does the report connect educator beliefs to a greater output of Marxist students. A before and after study of students’ political views to show any type of indoctrination of these ideas is absent. The report says that the public is “alarmed about the professoriate’s radical leftism,” but has no substantial evidence as to why these fears are founded. The authors grasp for evidence with their use of student anecdotes. One such example was a professor who asked the multiple choice question, “What system is based on the division and exploitation of classes?” and only gave credit to those students who answered “capitalism.” This is an example of a complete breach of a professor’s duty to her students. But this anecdotal evidence presents a problem that must be dealt on an individual basis by investigating and even eliminating biased professors based on student reports, and is not as a cry for a UC system-wide crisis. The California Association of Scholars makes some rather radical statements about a college graduate’s ability to write, read or even reason. One specific portion of the study cites “widespread” employer discontent with their new hires’ inability to draft simple memos. But their link between a lack of critical thinking in classes and See Left, page 5
that existed in prior elections or create a new one. They then look for other members to join the slate — the process for interested candidates to join a slate is more about who you know than what you know. There may be someone who is very involved in the campus community but, because few people in A.S. Council know about the existence of this person, they will not be included in any major slate. Campuswide senator candidates benefit tremendously from being on a slate, as proved in the past election cycle with the Board the Wing slate sweeping nearly all of the positions. This year the three main slates are BOLD, TIDE and Student Voice. TIDE is the slate most similar to Board the Wing in composition and philosophy, though it is more willing to take up external issues. BOLD is a slate that was created shortly before the filing period elapsed. In fact, there was an exodus of several members from TIDE leaving to be a part of the newly created BOLD slate. These reasons can be mainly attributed to internal tensions, with some members feeling more comfortable with the BOLD exec candidates. BOLD can be described as similar to Tritons First, with some veteran members of the first incarnation of the slate two years ago returning for another round of elections. Tritons First traditionally has been the slate supported by the Greek community and focused on issues centered towards student life, and BOLD continues this tradition. Student Voice is basically Students First with a different name and different slate color. This slate is the one that is most affiliated with protests and members of the slate are unapologetic activists. Some longtime members of the council have argued that their politics are too divisive and their methods create considerable tension. This Student Voice has little in common with the Student Voice of the 2009-10 elections, a slate that consisted of both Student Affirmative Action coalition candidates and members from the Greek community. This year the executive candidates lack experience in terms of years in council, so the best advice I can offer to those voting is to vote for individuals based on their qualifications, not entire slates. See you on the fourth floor.
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Accusation of Decline in Education Not Based in Facts ▶ left, from page 4
anecdotes. For the writers of the study, their main Before the Regents political ideologies is simply backed by solution to remedy this ideological shift is to a rant with no facts cited — not even a decide to follow urge the UC Regents to reinstate balance to random anecdote. Instead, the section has the faculty and promote a broader teaching statements such as “if students were asked the advice laid out view. This will be done through intrusive to evaluate different political stances, by the study, they campus reports about whether the campus they would have to think, but when they heading back to intellectual health — a should first question are only pressed to adopt one, they are being told to stop thinking.” The section the validity of the of failure to do so, the study suggests, would result in the replacement of an academic continues with more broad statements administration. But before the Regents with no credible facts to back it up. There the study’s claims. decide to follow the advice laid out by the are dozens of other examples of the study, they should first question the validity study’s weak link between educational of the study’s claims, while using critical politicization and a supposed decline thinking skills and logical reasoning that the study in the education of college students and graduates, most clearly lacks. all either weakly cited by irrelevant studies or sparse
Dear Editor, In our three years on A.S. Council, we’ve learned three important truisms about effectiveness on A.S. One is that there’s a steep learning curve — it is near impossible to be a highly effective council member without spending a year muddling around first. The second is that some degree of ego, or proclivity toward self-promotion, is generally necessary to be viewed as effective among your council peers. And the third is that successful people on A.S. don’t easily give up power — anybody who can get elected will run. We write because we believe there was one important omission from last week’s article, “The A.S. Honor Roll” — AVP Student Advocacy Bryce Farrington, who is the exception to all of these truisms. Bryce first started being noticed as the masterful manager of Alyssa’s slate last year. Board the Wing ultimately won 27 out of the 30 elections it ran in, leading to a year of peace, harmony and efficiency on council. Farrington could have had any appointed position he wanted, but instead he planned on serving in an informal role until he was asked to serve as AVP Student Advocacy, when he was told he was only person who could do it. The Advocacy Office has a high learning curve and workload — it generally promotes from the inside, choosing AVPs with years of experience to weather the highly technical work of managing a staff of quasi-lawyers. Bryce had never been an advocate before, and was immediately thrust into the middle of Conduct Code negotiations. We haven’t seen a single person come into council over the past three years that would have
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Gas House Baby As its name implies, third-year MFA playwright David Myers’ “Gas House Baby” is a pressure-cooker family drama in the most electrifying sense. But like Myers’ past scripts, his latest promises to defy convention. “My play is about a young man who goes from being a son to being a father,” Myers told the Guardian in an email Tuesday. “His mother refuses to let him go and the two get locked in a turf war over the leadership of the family and the house. Things are made more complicated as the family home is on top of a large and valuable natural gas reserve. The potential for enormous wealth and enormous poison filter throughout the play and transform the characters’ lives.” Myers’ last play, “Small Prophecies,” premiered at last year’s Baldwin New Play Festival and was nominated for the San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Play. “Recently, I’ve been writing about family a lot,” Myers said. “I hope that my play this year is a nice mix of a political hot button issue — fracking for natural gas — and the family drama. The Baldwin New Play Festival is one of my favorite things about UCSD, and I hope that lots of people come check it out.” At the Mandell Weiss Forum Theater Wednesday April 18 through Thursday April 26. $10 for UCSD students. Doors open at 8 p.m.
UCSD’s yearly showcase of plays written by our own talented MFA playwrights returns next week with four brand new productions from some of the most groundbreaking voices in contemporary theatre. This year, the Baldwin New Play Festival offers everything from searing family drama and historical fiction, to collegiate coming-of-age and one diabolical, hookhanded son of a bitch.
santa barbarians Set amid the semi-nostalgic throes of 2005 — the economic downturn, the war in Iraq, the second half of the Bush administration — “Santa Barbarians” follows four recent college grads as they face the impossible task of figuring out what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives. “As they play poker, wait tables, hook up and get high, the pressures of the world grow until one fateful night when all hell breaks loose,” says playwright Sharif Abu-Hamdeh on the Baldwin New Play Festival website. “Nothing will be the same afterwards.” Abu-Hamdeh was introduced to the-
atre during his time at UC Santa Barbara, where he co-founded and edited the art and literary magazine Mused. His first play, “Habibi,” was an intimate portrait of a Palestinian immigrant family living in the United States, and was produced by the Campo Santo Theatre Company in Fall 2010. In “Santa Barbarians,” AbuHamdeh brings his poignant and humorous character studies to the forefront of our impending post-college anxiety. The play is directed by Joshua Kahan Brody. At the Mandell Weiss Forum Theater Friday April 20 through Saturday April 28. $10 for UCSD students. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Hookman Writer of last year’s delightfully oddball and sentimental “A Man, His Wife, and His Hat,” Lauren Yee returns to the Baldwin New Play Festival with “Hookman,” an existential comedy about surviving your first year of college (and a deranged, hookhanded murderer). ““Hookman” explores the typically nondramatic: ambivalence, awkwardness — the intangible moments of life that fill so much of our days but are rarely closely examined,” Yee told the Guardian in an email Wednesday. “It is a slasher play where the title character may be more than just terrifying, just as death is simultaneously terrifying, mundane, awkward and awesome.” Dually inspired by a childhood ghost story and Yee’s own emotional ambivalence after the death of an acquaintance, “Hookman” translates uncertainty and teenage turmoil into full-blown B-movie gore. As the mysterious Hookman begins his bloody rampage, Lexi (Sarah Halford) must navigate early adulthood’s proverbial crossroads without being literally hacked to pieces. “Producing our work at the festival with the kind of production values and care that can be had at UCSD is amazing,” Yee said. “You ask for something impossible and, generally, they can make it happen. For instance, “Hookman” calls for a giant girl-killing hook that squirts blood all over the place.” At the Theodore and Adele Shank Theater Thursday April 19 through Saturday April 28. $10 for UCSD students. Doors open at 8 p.m.
cry old kingdom Winner of this year’s Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, Jeff Augustin’s “Cry Old Kingdom” takes place in 1964 Haiti, amidst massive political unrest. As Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier terrorizes citizens and Haitian rebels plot a violent overthrow, a young man (Maurice Williams) builds a boat with the hopes of escaping to America. He is befriended by a painter in hiding (Gerard Joseph), while the painter’s wife (Jasmine St. Clair) joins the revolutionary front. “In Haiti, at night, entire villages gather around fires and candlelight to listen to folklore from a single storyteller,” Augustin said in a statement sent to the Guardian Wednesday. “This tradition has heavily influenced my writing. The other worldliness, the power of lan-
guage... but I’m also interested in our battle with history. How it defines us. How we embrace it or try to escape from it.” With the help of director Kate Jopson, Augustin’s “Cry Old Kingdom” may be his most personal work to date. “My mom was born a year before Duvalier came into reign, and left Haiti a few years after his son came into power,” Augustin said. “My mom would tell these stories about growing up during that time. I became fascinated with that era and what it did and has done to the people of Haiti.” At the Arthur Wagner Theater Friday April 20 through Saturday April 28. $5 for UCSD students. Doors open at 8 p.m.
to as the anti-”Glee” would try to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. But first, let’s go back in time a bit. When the pilot for “Smash” premiered in early February, critics showered it with adulation — and rightly so. The show started out strong, with all the necessary star power to drive the series: Steven Spielberg as one of the producers and an ensemble cast featuring experienced actors Debra Messing, Jack Davenport and Anjelica Huston. Many theater fanatics hoped that “Smash” would be the show that spread the cheer of Broadway to the masses. And such optimism would be totally valid. In the initial episodes of this first season, “Smash” seamlessly combined the talent of Broadway singing with a comprehensive look at all the players in the Broadway world — the writers, the producers, the directors, etc. There was something fresh and unique about examining the personal relationships between these musicalobsessives while also showcasing original musical compositions and the vocal talent of the actors (Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty). Now back to the present: “Smash” sucks. Every new episode just pushes the show a step lower on the downward spiral that it initially tried so hard to avoid. As we near the end of the season, it’s apparent that the original premise of the show (two up-andcoming Broadway singers competing for a part in a new musical based on Marilyn Monroe) has become completely bogged down with overly dramatic side plots, shallow, unlikeable characters and overproduced pop covers. By shifting the focus from the genuinely interesting interactions between all the characters as they produce the musical, to a focus on each individual character’s unrelated life, writers are able to bring more storylines into the show, resulting in the overly dramatic, tedious nature of the latter half of the season. What is particularly irritating, for example, is the affair that Debra Messing’s married character (the songwriter of the Marilyn musical) has with another one of the stars, complete with her husband finding out, getting upset and crying. The writers have also stretched the plot’s main dilemma too thin: The turmoil of the “who’s going to get the part of Marilyn dun dun dun” conflict between the two main characters — Ivy and Karen — has cycled through so many contrived See Column, page 7
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twists and turns that it has become tiring to watch. The main thing “Smash” had going for it was the wonderfully choreographed and composed original musical numbers. Why the writers have now decided to focus more on canned subplots and covering mainstream popular music is beyond me, but it’s safe to say that the higher quality musical aspects of “Smash” have all but disappeared. Now, most of any given episode is rife with wooden dialogue and a bad Rihanna or Adele cover. Instead of offering a viable,
mature alternative for disgruntled “Glee” fans, “Smash” has essentially turned into a lesser version of “Glee.” Now there’s a huge problem with that: the whole premise of “Glee” is to caricature and deconstruct stereotypes, arguably justifying the contrived and irritating characters that complete the show. “Smash,” without this sort of anthropological endeavor, has no excuse for all of its aggravatingly annoying and weak-willed characters. And no, the attempts to have famous guest stars like Uma Thurman and Nick Jonas guest star in every other episode do not help
at all. Regardless of what I have to say, the continual decline in ratings for “Smash” speaks for itself. The only reason why “Smash” has managed to stay afloat is due to its strategic placement behind the popular musical reality show, “The Voice.” Sure, “Smash” was renewed for a second season, but in doing so producers also fired head honcho and show creator Theresa Rebeck, realizing that things need to change in order for this show to stay alive. Hopefully that will give “Smash” the time it needs to develop into something actually worth following.
nga Copeland and Dean Blunt, formerly known as Hype Williams, are among the stranger artists signed to UK dance label Hyperdub. Unlike more dancefloorminded labelmates such as Burial and Ikonika, Copeland and Blunt craft spacious, minimal experimental rock reminiscent of artists like Sun Araw and Peaking Lights. Their
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third album, Black is Beautiful, represents a tightening of their sound. Opening track “Venice Dreamway” (each of the album’s other fourteen tracks is titled “Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland”) sees the duo in familiar territory, exploring dusty synthesizer atmosphere and cluttered samples. The second track, a cover of Donnie & Joe Emerson’s smooth 1979 soul song “Baby,” is unusually conventional for Copeland and Blunt; its steady drums and clean vocals lending it a sense of straightforwardness that seems almost haunting when presented alongside the chaos of the rest of the album. Other tracks indulge in a more refined version of Hype Williams’ sound. Their usual cacophony of improvised percussion is slightly
restrained and their samples bear less distortion than normal. This is still very experimental music though, and sometimes the band’s willingness to explore outweighs their ability to write cohesive songs, resulting in an album that often fails to engage with the listener after repeated listens. That’s not to say that Black is Beautiful isn’t a rewarding listen: Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt are talented producers, and they often stumble upon fascinating artistic ground. However, there isn’t enough reward across Black is Beautiful’s fifteen disorienting tracks to warrant the moments of dull experimentation.
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House of Blues/ APRil 13, 9 P.M. / $5 Though the last year has seen an onslaught of quirky, pop-flirtatious UK dance experimentalists, SBTRKT, with their classic R&B vocal melodies and sleek, radio-friendly house beats, represent one of the most promising young English producers currently making music. Check out tracks like the infectious “Heatwave” (featuring Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon on vocals) or summer anthem “Pharaohs.” Featuring an opening set by gloomy, romantic 2-step producer Machinedrum. (AW)
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Approx. 60 People Have Requested Student Information Since 2009; All Affiliated With Schools or Orgs ▶ REPORT, from page 3
of the UCSD Policy and Records Administration, FERPA legally allows for the release of such information, but does not require the university to release said information to third parties. Though I had emailed my request using a UCSD email, I did not explicitly state my current status as a student. “The university withholds this information to protect student privacy,” Johnson said. “We do not release this information to third parties.” She explained that while students can access this information — and it was therefore possible for me to obtain the spreadsheet internally through the Registrar — the university avoids releasing it to protect student privacy. Johnson cited specific provisions of the CPRA — Govt. Code § 6254(c) and 6255) and the California Information Practices Act (Civil Code § 1798 et seq; e.g., 1798.24 and 1798.60) — which showed that there was no legal ground for third parties to obtain this information. She referred me to the Registrar. *** Although denied by Johnson and the CPRA, I received a response from Melissa Ciandro at the Registrar. She first asked me if I had business with the university, since the Registrar tries to confirm the reason for the data request to best tailor the information provided. I explained that my data request was out of personal curiosity, and identified myself as a member of the Guardian staff. The UCSD Policy and Procedure Manual provides a form that needs to be filled out for each request; I did this electronically, providing my name, address and phone number. I did not need to provide my PID, student ID card or photo identification. Throughout this exchange, I never saw Ciandro face to face. She then explained that the charge for the information is $75 per hour, with a one-hour minimum to set up the file I requested. I was required to provide my personal information so the Registrar could set up an account to record the charge. Usually, Ciandro will create an invoice, send it to the requestor and the request sends back a check made out to the UC Regents — this ensures that she
does not release the information tion could be used — or the consewithout receiving payment. After the quences if I leaked the document or file is released and the check depos- decided to use my new knowledge of ited, Ciandro sends the receipt back personal addresses to harm someone. There is a UC Policy on to the requestor. In my particular Resources and case, I did not write a check and Safeguarding instead charged the document to the Investigating Misuse of Resources, Guardian’s account. I also had the last amended in 1981, but the version option of renewing the list each quar- online does not specify consequences ter with new enrollments, for a recur- for said misuse. ring charge. I declined. *** After 14 emails and a $75 charge, I had the document. There’s two pieces of good news. Any student can access this inforFirst, both Haid and Ciandro said mation, Haid said. “Students can walk up to the that although any UCSD student can Registrar’s office and informally ask go through this process, the Registrar for information about another stu- does not provide directory information to third parties. dent,” he said. “If we Second, relativehave it on file, and the ly few people have student has not opted accessed this informato restrict it, we will tion in the past three provide this public years. I requested a information. We don’t Students can walk second spreadsheet often get requests. The up to the Registrar’s detailing everyone $75 fee is meant to be who has requested a deterrent, and it is office and informally data since 2009. The a one-time fee, as we ask for information included 60 names, ask that the informaabout another student. list mine included, all of tion is provided solely them affiliated with to the person who paid If we have it on file, an organization. The for it and cannot be re- and the student has people included had released.” requested various Ciandro also not opted to restrict emphasized that tthe it, we will product this combinations of information (seniors only, document she propublic information. 18+, all incoming male vided was for personal freshmen, all students use and could not be Bill Haid with 3.0+ GPAs, etc). re-released or shared. Those who requestShe specified that the UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR ed the information information was for included the milipersonal use, and the tary (as required by document should not the Solomon Amendment, which be duplicated or shared. It’s been nearly a month since I allows the Secretary of Defense to first requested the information and, deny funding to universities if they as far as I know, there is no way for block recruitment activity), various the Registrar to keep me accountable UC campuses, the UCSD Bookstore, to my promise of keeping the infor- the Associated Students, UCSD mation private. I can think of no way Extension and the Phi Sigma Pi for them to know if I have forwarded honor fraternity. “All of these customers agree to the contact information to anyone, made copies for a different student this data being used by them only organization, or sold it illegally to and a one-time use,” Ciandro wrote pesky credit card companies that live in an email. “All students with FERPA to prey on college students’ debt. holds are excluded from the data files. Although I have not done any of the All data requests are routed to me and above, the release of this informa- I investigate as I did with you to find tion seems to operate on an honor out who you are and what you need system without a way to ensure that the data for.” But after all this, I still don’t the information is not widely released have exact confirmation that Gupta once one person has a copy. I did not receive a briefing on the requested information from the legal limitations of how this informa- Registrar to send his all-campus
email. He was not directly included in the list of students who had requested access to such data, although there is an October 2009 request for all student data from Associated Students under then-Director Lauren Weiner’s name. This request occurred during Gupta’s 2009-10 tenure as A.S. President, showing that the Associated Students then, at least, had access to the information during that time. Weiner requested the same information in October 2010; in 2011, the Associated Students requested data for all seniors and transfer students. Personally, I restricted my information as a freshman in Fall Quarter 2009. I still received Gupta’s email, although this could easily be because we have been communicating via my UCSD email for years. *** With each week bringing another story about employers asking applicants for their Facebook passwords or a trend piece on varied uses of email, online communication is clearly changing. Haid, of the University Registrar, sat on the Student Messaging Committee charged by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Penny Rue to revise campus communication guidelines. The group, which concluded its work in February 2012, has made two main recommendations to Rue. In September, the group successfully took down the aforementioned student online directory. “Even though an online directory and its info is legal and public, students don’t realize that it is easily available and there’s a trend among UCs to have more restriction on this type of info,” Haid said. Currently, the student directories of UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Irvine UC Davis and UCSC are open to the public, though most provide only the student’s email. UC Santa Barbara’s student directory can only be accessed by those who sign into the campus email server. Haid said that the change was spurred by occasional complaints from students concerned about their information and worried about identity theft and safety, especially in regard to ex-boyfriends or girlfriends. The group realized that since the
university has no legal obligation to make the information publicly available, it would be in the best interest of student privacy to take down the directory. “The directory started as a paper book, back when technology was different and people needed more access,” he said. “Now, with technology changed, there are so many other avenues in which one can find this information. We provide class lists and rosters, and people can use Facebook.” Haid said that the group chose not to make directory information an opt-in process (in which students would have their information restricted unless they acted to unrestrict it) because there was not enough demand. “We rarely ever receive complaints about the directory, and we addressed the issue by taking down the directory,” he said. “Creating an opt-out system would require redesigning the entire system, which we felt wasn’t necessary.” Student Messaging Committee Undergraduate Representative Alex Greco applauded the group’s efforts. “They pushed [the closing of the online directory] through in fall, and it really addressed a lot of issues,” he said. “The opt-out idea didn’t really come up; the purpose of the group was to analyze these issues and see what was lacking, not necessarily tackle anything as a problem.” The second recommendation of the Student Messaging Committee was to divide university communication into mandatory and non-mandatory emails. If this recommendation is implemented, students will still be responsible for reading mandatory emails — about grades, admissions, enrollment — which will be labeled with a special banner. Nonmandatory emails — for instance, parking, construction and event notices — will be labeled differently and students will have the ability to opt out. “I personally think that this is a very important process that will potentially impact students for some time to come,” Greco said. The Student Messaging Committee presented its recommendations to Vice Chancellor Rue in April. Readers can contact Angela Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Softball Clinches Tournament Berth ▶ SoftBALL, from page 11 of the eighth inning, Willmon singled to left field with two outs. Sophomore catcher Caitlin Brown struck a big single to center field. With Willmon on second and Brown on first, Swanberg came up big again for the Tritons, singling to bring home Willmon. Gaito retired the next three batters in order to seal the win for the Tritons.
game 4 3-0 UCSD Manuel recorded her first full game of the season, as she took her fourth season win in the last game of the series. UCSD struck first, when in the second inning, sophomore Mya Romero tripled down the right field line to score Swanberg. Manuel made quick work out of the next three batters in the bottom of the second. Back at the top of the order in the third inning, Lesovsky singled to left field. With one out, Willmon had another big at bat, striking a triple to right center to score Lesovsky. She was brought home on the next at bat, as Brown bunted for an RBI. Readers can contact Rachel Uda at email@example.com
Track Shows Strong at Dual Meets By Nick howe Associate Sports Editor TRACK & FIELD — This past weekend, April 6 to April 7, the Triton Track and Field team split itself between the Mangrum Invitational and the 33rd Annual Arizona State Sun Angel Invitational. At Mangrum, junior Ryan Eckert won the shot put with a toss of 51’1”, outdistancing a talented field coached by Olympian Jarred Rome. Senior Dane Sandifer also had a standout performance, taking second in the discus with a throw of 152’2” — 10 feet off his personal record recorded a few weeks ago. In the hammer throw, UCSD alumnus Fred Cook won the competition with an effort of 183’2”, barely edging out redshirt junior and Lebanese national record holder A.B. Shaheen, who threw 182’10”. On the women’s side, UCSD alumna Danielle Thu won the event with a great early season mark of 190’3.5”. Junior Shana Emile took fourth with her throw of 147’4”. Conditions at Mangrum were good for all events, with a slight wind helping the throws and the straight track sprints, as evidenced by freshman Keith Rose taking second and third place finishes in the 200m and 100m dash, respectively. His time of 21.94s in the 200m bumps him up the CCAA conference list to sixth. His sister, Jackie Rose, leads Division II for the 400m. At only 0.4 seconds off the top of the conference board, the younger Rose is trying to make as big of a splash as his sister has made in her career at UCSD. Senior sprints captain Rose was at the meet in Arizona, where she ran well enough to take third place in the premier/elite level of the 400m dash. At 54.8 seconds — more than a second slower than her personal
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record from last week — Rose was barely behind Great Britain’s Margaret Adeoye, who ran a 53.4s. UCSD graduate jumper Linda Rainwater took third in the high jump, clearing a mark of 5’9”. “The post-collegiate Tritons are really a testament to how far the Track and Field program has come,” head coach Tony Salerno said. “To have members challenging for positions on the Olympic Team is amazing.” Alumni hurdler and Sri Lankan Olympic-hopeful Christine Merrill also finished third in her event, the 400m hurdles, with a time of 57.62 seconds. Graduated sprinter Kelly Fogarty finished fifth in the 200m and fourth in the 100m dash. “Our athletes that are training post collegiate continue to add energy to Triton Track and Field,” UCSD coach Darcy Ahner said. “Their continued help with the program gives the team a great feeling of legacy, because having so many athletes close to the qualifying standards for USA Olympic Trials is just phenomenal. Its really
spectacular for any team at any level.” Senior Erin Langford finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 18’8.5”. Nick Howe, senior throw captain, popped off a javelin hurl of 229’ to take second place in the javelin competition after U.S. Olympian Mike Hazle fouled his first three throws. His throw moves him up from third to first in all of Division II. This big of a throw early in the season is huge for Howe, who suffered dismally last year at the 32nd Sun Angel Invite, where he threw only 176’11”. Freshman Nash Howe also performed well in the javelin, throwing 178’8”, just a few feet off the top 10 UCSD all-time list. The only Triton to set a personal record at Sun Angel was Quentin McWhorter. The junior jumped 48’4.5” to annihilate his 46’9” personal record from earlier this season. This provisional qualifier is good for No. 17 in Division II, but the perky transfer says he’s still got more in the tank despite a pulled hamstring earlier in
the season and a torn up knee, both of which are healing properly. Coach Salerno commented on the strength of McWhorter’s performance in the Sun Angel meet. “Well it was about 90 degrees hotter than it was last year, so that was really nice, but also Quentin McWhorter’s triple jump moves him to number three on the [UCSD] All-Time list and puts him right on the bubble for [NCAA] nationals,” Salerno said. Moving into the following few weeks, the Tritons are easing up their weight-lifting regimen to focus more on skill training in preparation for the coming CCAA meet, which is shaping up to be a great competition between perennial rivals Chico State and UCSD. The two schools have traded the conference title several times in the past few years. The Tritons travel to Pomona Pitzer this Saturday, April 14. Readers can contact Nick Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Baseball Preparing for Postseason Play ▶ Baseball, from page 12
On Thursday, April 5, every Triton in the starting lineup scored at least one run to take the first game of the series 11–6. UCSD won its second game by a closer 10–8 margin with the help of junior Richard Siegel’s two-run homerun. The Tritons took the second game of the day 4–1. On Saturday, April 7, the Tritons came from behind, recording three runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 6–4 win. Now, the Tritons have overtaken first place in the CCAA and
By Rachel Uda Sports Editor SOFTBALL — Coming off of a lackluster showing at the Tournament of Champions the weekend prior, the Tritons won three of the four-game series on the road against Sonoma State last weekend, April 6 to April 7. “We did not perform as we would have liked to,” sophomore catcher Caitlin Brown said in an email interview. “Our offense was struggling, but at the end of the weekend, even though we did not come out of the tournament with the record we would have wanted, it was good motivation to show people the team we really are in our series against Sonoma.” With just one regular season series remaining, the Tritons are one of two CCAA teams to have clinched a tournament berth. The tournament — held at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton, Calif. — will feature the top four seeded teams.
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important series of the year,” Avila said. “We constantly remind our guys to play the game one pitch at a time and take it one game at a time.” UCSD continues its homestand with two games at Triton Ballpark this Thursday and Friday, April 12 to April 13. The Tritons will then travel to Dominguez Hills where they will complete the series the following day, Saturday, April 14. Readers can contact Rachel Uda at email@example.com
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continue to rise in the national rankings, receiving 18 points in the weekly NCAA Collegiate Baseball poll. The Tritons have three homeand-away CCAA series remaining, with a nonconference two game series against Grand Canyon to cap regular season play. But with 12 games left to play and three games separating first place from third place, Avila says the coming CCAA series will be crucial for the Tritons. “This weekend against [CSU] Dominguez Hills is the most
“It’s great knowing that we clinched a berth to the tournament but we are all still looking to the next series to try and improve our standings,” Brown said. “We aren’t going to change a thing from what we’ve been doing the whole year. We are going to continue to practice hard and make improvements until the very end.”
game 1 3-0 UCSD The Tritons went up by two runs in the top of the first inning, as sophomore Charly Swanberg doubled to left center to score leadoff hitter senior Kris Lesovsky and junior Kirsten Willmon. Senior Camille Gaito kept the Seawolves scoreless for the remainder of the game. The All-American allowed five hits, two walks while recording five strikeouts.
1-0 Sonoma Sonoma scored one run in the third inning to steal the win in the second game of the four-game series, when Seawolf third baseman doubled to right field to score Ancia Purdy. Freshman pitcher Michelle Escamilla and junior Jennifer Manuel split time on the mound. The two were outdone by Sonoma pitcher Samantha Lipperd, who recorded her second no-hitter of the season on top of seven strikeouts.
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The third game of the series pitted the two CCAA aces —Gaito and Lipperd — against each other. The game went into extra innings, as neither pitcher conceded a run until in the top See softball, page 10
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“We are going to stay hungry and focused and realize that we have not accomplished our goals yet.” — Eric Newman, Head Coach
AftersweepingtopoftheconferenceSonomaState,theTritonsovertookfirstplaceintheCCAA,12gamesoutfromtheend of regular season play. By RACHEL UDA • Sports editor
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fter an overhaul of the Triton coaching staff, which saw 14-year tenured head coach Dan O’Brien’s departure for a coaching position at Division I Santa Clara, UCSD logged a sluggish start to the 2012 campaign. The Tritons quickly dropped out of the national rankings after suffering losses to West Region rivals Western Oregon and formerly No. 10 nationally ranked Chico State. “We knew coming into the season we were inexperienced in virtually all facets of the game,” assistant coach Rob Avila said in an email interview. “Our schedule did not allow for us to ease into things as we faced off against four veteran teams filled with many junior college and Division-I transfers. When you play experienced teams they will take advantage of your mistakes and that is why we lost many close games during that first stretch of the season.” At the start of conference play, the Tritons split their first three four-game series — good,
but not great results for a squad that was used to sitting at the top of their conference. “After going 4–4 to start out in the conference, we thought we would still have a very good chance to make a run at the conference championship,” Avila said. “The guys bought in to staying the course and continued to work hard every day. Things started to click offensively and a few guys and we haven’t looked back.” UCSD seems to have turned the corner in their home series against CSU Monterey Bay, where the Tritons went 3–1 against the then-No. 29 nationally ranked Otters. UCSD followed up by going 3–1 again at San Francisco State and at CSU Stanislaus the weekend after. “The difference between the last five series and our first five is our resolve to practice well and play our style of baseball,” head coach Eric Newman said in an email interview. “Things have really clicked.” Last weekend against top of the conference
Sonoma State, who sat at the fringes of the national rankings, the Tritons recorded their first series sweep of 2012. “Our mindset going into the Sonoma series was to play our style and not focus on what anybody else was doing,” Newman said. “We didn’t make a bigger deal about that series than the other teams we played just because they were in first place; we just stayed true to who we are and let that speak for itself.” The Triton rotation was firing on all cylinders against the Seawolves. Junior starter Ryan Goodbrand pitched six innings, for his sixth straight win, in the first game of the series. While junior southpaw Richard Kilbury had a big weekend, picking up his first two wins of the season. Against Sonoma, UCSD was in no want of offense, as the Tritons recorded 31 runs in their four games. See Baseball, page 11
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