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The Health, Recreation, and Well-being Cluster hosted its second annual Good Life Festival at Town Square and Matthews Quad with attractions aimed at promoting healthy living. The event featured a climbing wall, human hamster balls and henna artists. Other attractions included Zumba, as well featured performances by student organizations and DJ Harry Bui.

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Bomb Threats Hit Two CSU Campuses Police investigate at San Diego State and Fresno State after receiving bomb threats last week.

Incoming A.S. Council Transitions Into New Roles Meggie Le heads her last meeting as A.S. Council president as the newly elected councilmembers transition into their new positions. BY davis liang

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Associate News Editor California State University campuses in San Diego and Fresno received bomb threats within two days of each other, San Diego State on April 30 and Fresno State on May 2. Two notes were discovered in separate men’s bathrooms at SDSU claiming that there was a bomb on campus. Police evacuated the university’s Love Library and searched the area around the building with bomb-sniffing dogs. The library was re-opened that night after police determined that there wasn’t an immediate threat. Investigators plan to review campus security footage, but have not determined who left the notes. Campus police at Fresno State received a bomb threat around 8:30 See Bomb threat, page 3


he 2013–2014 A.S. Council transitioned into their new positions during a meeting at Price Center Forum on May 3, 2013. The Wednesday night meeting marked the last time the current A.S. Council, headed by President Meggie Le, would meet. The outgoing A.S. executives reflected on last year’s A.S. accomplishments, words of wisdom for the newly elected members and their future goals. The current A.S. Council will begin governing this Wednesday. The weekly A.S. meeting will be converted into a retreat where the newly elected council will participate in team-building workshops and a review of Robert’s Rules, a set of formalities that help create efficiency and structure during council discussions. Next Friday, the A.S. executives will be making edits to the standing rules of A.S. council. The A.S. executives have also been pre-

paring for their new terms with meetings and projects that are already underway. Andy Buselt, A.S. President, is handling the transition into office by establishing several ethnic studies minors and by working on a plan to tackle the transportation issue. “I’ve been shadowing Meggie every meeting,” Buselt said. “I’ve also met with Robert Holden, the head of facilities. I’m also looking at an Islamic studies minor, Asian American studies minor and South Asian studies minor. The purpose of this is that each will not only focus on retention but student empowerment. I’m also working on establishing the bike committee as well.” Linda Le, A.S. VP Student Life, is working on the publicity and visibility of A.S. Council and a transfer mentorship program with ACTA, the All Campus Transfer Association. “On a more personal level, I’ve been having many meetings with Heather to move See transition, page 3

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Chancellors approved the 31-member UC SHIP Advisory Board’s recommendations including eliminating the lifetime coverage cap and other health benefits. At the May 1 meeting, all chancellors approved an advisory board recommendation to exclude premiums that will aid in reducing the $57 million deficit. “There were a number of issues facing UC SHIP as it moved toward the next plan year,” University of California Office of the President Media Specialist Brooke Converse said. “We wanted to make sure that students on all the campuses and all the administrators involved were all getting a chance to be informed about what was going on and have a say in how to move forward since it’s a plan by and for students.” Students and student health directors from each UC campus, as well as some administrators from campuses and UCOP, make up the UC SHIP advisory board that looked over the list of recommendations facing the program. The UC SHIP Advisory Board shared the information with other students and got their opinions on the recommendations. Campus representatives voted on the recommendations after the process was complete, which included one vote from each campus followed by the approval of the executive committee. The group of students and administrators then passed the list of recommendations to the Council of Chancellors, which included chancellors from all ten UC campuses and the UC Hastings College of Law. The chancellors confirmed that some UC campuses would keep SHIP while others would leave. UC San Francisco and UC Santa Barbara will leave parts of program. UC Berkeley is the only campus leaving SHIP completely, including medical, dental and vision. “UC SHIP was created with extensive input from students,” a UC Newsroom release stated. “Students emphasized the importance of an affordable premium and low co-pays.” Other recommendations included supporting a UC SHIP waiver, allowing group-level participation in UC SHIP, varying benefit designs for cost sharing, and more consistency of in covered services across campuses. Formalized SHIP program improvements for the 2013–2014 plan year include implementing a better reporting system which will take effect on Aug. 1.

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▶ Scripps Students Suspended: 33 students from Scripps Ranch High School were suspended and banned from attending prom and commencement following a twerking video released on YouTube. In the video, which was created by students in the school’s media class using school equipment and property, 32 teenage girls were seen popping their hips and dancing suggestively to a song by rapper YG. According to one of the disciplined teenagers, all seniors involved must now request permission to attend prom and graduation ceremonies in front of a panel. “I don’t think they should have gotten suspended,” senior Brooke Carlucci said in an interview with NBC 7 San Diego. “I think the filmers should have been suspended, but not the girls involved.” ▶ Nathan Fletcher Joins Democratic Party: UCSD professor, former California assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher is joining the Democratic

Party after a one-year stint as an independent politician. “I’m proud to join the party and comfortable with my decision,” Fletcher wrote in an announcement on his Facebook page. “I hope you will respect my decision and not fall into the cynicism that so often dominates our political discussions.” Fletcher left the Republican Party in March 2012 to run as an independent status San Diego mayoral candidate, finishing third in the primary. He began teaching California politics and elections courses at UCSD in winter quarter of this year. ▶ UCSD Professors Join National Academy of Sciences: The National Academy of Sciences elected UCSD professors Peter J. Novick, Nicholas C. Spitzer and Nancy Knowlton to join the academy for distinguished achievements in research. Ninety-five UCSD members were previously elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The number of academy members on university faculty is used as a benchmark

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to compare the strength of research across the nation’s institutions. “These individuals are the world’s recognized leaders in their respective fields, and their presence on our campus is confirmation of the quality of our faculty and the excellence of our research university,” Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said. ▶ UCSD Health System Receives Outstanding Achievement Award: The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer awarded UCSD Health System’s Moores Cancer Center the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer patient care. The Moores Cancer Center is one of three programs in California to receive the award and recently entered the National Comprehensive Cancer Network as its first San Diego-based program. ▶ “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” Casting San Diego Locals: “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” — the sequel to the 2004

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Friday, April 26 2 p.m.: Citizen Contact ▶Someone contacted the UCSD Police Department with secondhand information of suspicious emails from an ex-employee in the Leichtag Biomedical Research Building. Report taken. 4:30 p.m.: Demonstration ▶There was a demonstration for the World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week at North Torrey Pines Road and Genesee Avenue. Information only. 4:35 p.m.: Sexual Battery ▶A male tried to hug a female at Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane. Informational report taken. 10:14 p.m.: Citizen Contact ▶The reporting party contacted the UCSD Police Department with concerns about their adult daughter’s choice of lifestyle. Information only. Saturday, April 27 4:36 a.m.: Disturbance, Argument ▶A UCSD Residential Security Officer reported hearing an argument between a male and a female. The female was driving away when the RSO stopped her. The 20-year-old female was arrested for battery against a spouse and DUI of alcohol or drugs. Closed by adult arrest. 4 p.m.: Hazard Situation ▶There was a live rattlesnake on the road near the greenhouse of Campus Services Complex, Building A. Information only. Sunday, April 28 3:50 a.m.: Disturbance, Fight ▶A fight broke out at Pangea Parking Structure and a 19-year-old male student was arrested for disorderly conduct due to alcohol. Closed by adult arrest. Monday, April 29 8 a.m.: Citizen Contact ▶A group of adult males on the UCSD Hillcrest/Campus Shuttle were tak-


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ing pictures of females with their cell phones. Informational report taken. 12:41 p.m.: Suspicious Person ▶The subject was seen ducking in the bushes while looking at a vehicle at La Jolla Shores Drive and Naga Way. Unable to locate. 3:39 p.m.: Suspicious Package ▶There was secondhand information of a possible bottle rocket or other device hiding behind a tree at North Torrey Pines Road and Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. Unable to locate. 4:20 p.m.: Citizen Contact ▶The reporting party received threats from a previous student at the Women’s Center. Informational report taken. Tuesday, April 30 1:54 p.m.: Citizen Contact ▶A parent contacted the UCSD Police Department with concerns about strange text messages she had been receiving from her daughter. Information only. 11:39 p.m.: Suicide Attempt ▶The reporting party received a text message from a friend about possibly attempting suicide. Transported to hospital for evaluation.

forward on how we address intercouncil relationships as well as A.S. visibility in general,” Le said. “I’ve been meeting with A.S. graphics studios, and I’m currently working on a plan in promoting A.S. next year and planning out retreats. I’ve also talked to members of ACTA for a transfer mentorship program.” Vanessa Garcia, A.S. VP External Affairs, has been working on restructuring council goals. “I’ve been meeting with SOVAC, TLC and local affairs to figure out

how external should be restructured to have less overlap,” Garcia said. “I’m also working on having more defined goals that directly reflect in council membership within external. We will also do strategic planning to outline our goals and initiatives for the rest of the year.” Sean O’Neal, A.S. VP Finance & Resources, is meeting with senators, AVPs and administration to iron out next year’s budget. “I’ve been meeting with every senator, and I’ve also been meeting with the student sustainability collective, SPACES, student life

business office,” O’Neal said. “We’re all meeting with Gary Radcliff the AVC of student life because finance has to get started right away. We have to assess all traditional events to see which ones will be funded. I also need to meet with student orgs to come out with a summer budget and funding guidelines. I’ll meet new AVPs that are coming in and leaving to finish the assessment on financial sustainability of Associated Students.”

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Investigation Continues After Bomb Threats Are Dismissed ▶ Bomb Threat, from page 1

a.m. on Thursday and alerted the campus through an email notice later that morning. Fresno State Police Chief David Huerta asked students to stay alert in the campus-wide notice.

Wednesday, May 1 11:15 a.m.: Citizen Contact ▶A posted flyer or poster was destroyed at One Miramar Building 1. Informational report taken. Thursday, May 2 1:42 a.m.: Citizen Contact An officer saw a small group of people in the Jacuzzi at the Natatorium. Field interview. 8:21 a.m.: Vandalism A small amount of white writing was near an elevator in One Miramar Building 4. Referred to other agency – Facilities Management.

“We take all threats seriously and put the safety of our students first, as well as the campus community.” he said. “As always, we ask students and the campus community that if you see something suspicious, say something immediately to authorities.” Officers and housing

administrators searched several residence halls, as well as the grounds and bushes. The threat was dismissed after nothing was found.

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CSD will have another good reason to boast about its excellent science program. Beginning in Fall Quarter 2013, the UCSD School of Medicine will offer its first undergraduate major, a Bachelors of Science in public health. UCSD is the third UC campus — behind UC Berkeley and UC Irvine — to administer this major. This new development shows UCSD’s commitment to continuous growth as a top-notch science university, and the public health major will help a wide range of UCSD students begin their careers in a quickly developing health field. UCSD’s implementation of the public health major will set the university apart as an institution offering an especially broad variety of science disciplines. In 2003, the Institute of Medicine recommended that all universities offer public health education to their undergraduates. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, only 16 percent of the 837 institutions surveyed offered undergraduate public health programs as of 2008. It may have taken eight years for the developing process to start, but the decision to create a public health major in 2011 was the right move for UCSD. The addition of a public health major benefits students as well as the prestige of the university. The division of biological sciences is ranked ninth best in the world according to the Center for

World-Class Universities’ 2012 Academic Rankings of World Universities. This ranking is based on factors such as the number of Nobel Prizes and Field Medals that alumni and faculty have won, how widely staff research has been cited and the per capita academic performance of a university. While many universities may have majors and minors similar to public health, such as Yale University’s history of medicine major, none are as specifically developed as the new program to be started at UCSD this September. Previously, UCSD’s closest major to public health was a Bachelors of Arts in human development and a global health minor under the Eleanor Roosevelt College department. The public health major at UCSD will not only increase students’ options and diversify our See health, page 5

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The School of Medicine’s implementation of a new undergraduate public health major in Fall 2013 increases student options into different fields of science and continues UCSD’s growth as a leading scientific research university.

The Millennial Generation Is Not That Selfish or Narcissistic BY Angel Au-Yeung Staff


Prioritizing money and image over self-acceptance and community, a declined interest in charities and the environment — these are a few of the shining attributes given to young adults born after 1983 to the early 2000s, according to a 2012 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. This penchant for the self shows in trending Internet activity. The so-called Millennial Generation, Generation Y, or “Generation Me” prefers reading essays they can personally relate to or articles that outline how to succeed in their own lives. The myriad of Thought Catalog confessional essays or lists of lifestyle tips littering Facebook news feeds exemplifies just that. Following the trend, Elite Daily, a website that boasts itself as “The Voice of Generation-Y,” recently published the inspirationally entitled “The 20 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Your 20s.” If Millennials want to be the welleducated compassionates changing

the world — not selfish, moneyhungry chauvinists — then they are better off disregarding that article (and any others like it) as nothing but the rantings of jaded sociopaths. The compilation offers some sensible counsel — family comes first, save money, karma is real. However, it labels women as “bottle whores,” a bad job as “a bitchy girlfriend who gives bad head,” and is tirelessly self-concerned. This article confirms the egomaniacal presuppositions given to the Millennial Generation. Therefore, here are two excerpts from the list, followed by researched rebuttals from a Generation Y’er, to regain some vestiges of good sense and a conscience. “19. Thinking that this is the right time to fall in love. Your 20s are entirely too crucial for your personal growth … the last thing you need is to be bogged down by an insecure lover.” In the longest-running longitudinal study ever beginning 1938, researchers followed 268 Harvard University undergraduate

men for 75 years, measuring psychological, anthropological, and physical traits to find the secrets to a good life. The team gathered its findings in 2009 and wrote “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on [the study] points … to a straightforward five-word conclusion: ‘Happiness is love. Full stop.’” With such differing perspectives, it may be best to compare both institutions’ credentials. Harvard was established in 1636 and consistently makes the top three in world university rankings. Elite Daily started in 2013 and is currently in its beta phase of development. “6. Spending your money on women who aren’t escorts. Instead of [showering] your woman with cash and prizes for the mediocre sex […] deal with a professional as soon as possible […] Want a best friend? Buy a puppy. Want great sex? Call an escort.” The Prostitution Research and Education organization conducted a 2009 international

study, interviewing men who hired escorts. Researchers observed it was common for these men to normalize rape. Many expressed feelings of loneliness and disappointment with their lives. Describing his experience with escorts, one individual said, “It’s unfulfilling. There’s no reward […] You come out feeling even more empty and unloved.” Hiring escorts should not be brandished as the way to living a happy life. Encouraging developing minds to do so is not only ill informed — it is dangerous. Historians will remember college students of the late ’60s and early ’70s as the activists who rallied on their campuses against the Vietnam War with hopes of bettering the world. If Millennials want to be known for more than self-obsessed tendencies, they should make something of their lives — sans escorts and with all the optimism and love in the world.

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Let’s Shift Our Focus to Preventative Healthcare JUSTICE IS SERVED


In 2008, the state of Oregon initiated a healthcare policy to demonstrate the effects of expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults. This experiment is noteworthy because it sheds light on the future of Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which intended to provide affordable healthcare to all Americans. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that Oregon’s expanded coverage had no significant health benefits on low-income adults in tests for hypertension, cholesterol and diabetes treatment — all manageable chronic conditions given proper care. The problem with the focus of Oregon’s experiment is that it ignores other core issues necessary to improve the U.S. healthcare system. Universal coverage is an important step toward social justice, but we need to make substantial changes to the system’s fundamental approach to chronic disease treatment. America needs to shift its focus to preventative care. Dr. Nick Yphantides, UCSD alumnus and chief medical officer of San Diego County, noted in an interview with the Guardian that our current healthcare system is the product of the past. Historically, most medical issues were related to infectious, catastrophic or industrially caused ailments — all of which are transient, impermanent cases. However, in modern-day medicine this approach is inadequate because the majority of health problems are chronic conditions — issues of lifestyle choices and behavior. Dr. Yphantides offers a simple mnemonic: 3-4-50. Three behavior-related risk factors — poor nutrition, a sedentary lifestyle and tobacco — use contribute to four chronic diseases: heart disease/ stroke, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and respiratory conditions like asthma. These four diseases constitute 50 percent of all deaths in San Diego. The problem in our current healthcare system is its focus on “sick care,” fixing maladies that have already occurred, rather than preventative “health care.” According to Dr. Yphantides, less than one percent of this “sick care” medical expenditure goes toward modifying behavior. This is problematic because behavior is the root cause for the four chronic diseases that guzzle 75 percent of American healthcare spending. The U.S. currently spends more baseline healthcare dollars per person than any other country in the world and almost doubles that of the next highest country. The way to implement change is by transitioning from episodic, volume-based sick care to a more proactive, value-based system using financial incentives. One method is through the use of Accountable Care Organizations, held responsible for the quality, appropriateness and efficiency of treatment. If we incentivize the delivery of services to patients by focusing on the value of treatment — for example, if a doctor successfully encourages a patient to lose weight and manage diabetes — the system saves money, and the doctor should be rewarded. A value-based system will lead to improved quality of life and significant taxpayer savings. Dr. Yphantides woefully suggests that it may take crisis for change to occur, because people are unwilling to change their behavior until disaster strikes. Let’s hope we’re wiser than that.



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Students Studying Public Health Will Enter In-Demand Field ▶ health, from page 4

science program, it will also attract more students to the university. Generally, a public health track differs greatly from that of typical lab-oriented science majors such as chemistry. Public health addresses issues all across the medical board from rising healthcare costs to disease prevention, rather than focus on the micro-level causes behind diseases as biology does. All public health majors at UCSD will be required to take seven brand new courses under the department of family and preventive medicine. Unlike Berkeley’s impacted program, there are no prerequisites or a formal application to declare the major — making public health more

available to the entire UCSD student body. UCSD’s program is unique in that professors from the School of Medicine will teach undergraduate courses, allowing students to receive a deeper insight into the medical field. When designing the program, FPM modeled the curriculum after a Masters program to create a smoother flow for students who wished to pursue a Masters degree after completing the major. Students have much to gain from the addition of a public health major. Students majoring in public health will have the opportunity to jump into an in-demand medical field without necessarily going to medical school. The Association of Schools of Public Health predicts that by 2020, the U.S. will be short more than

250,000 public health workers — a number that current graduation rates cannot compensate for. This is due to the diminishing number of people entering the field as well as a spike in public health workforce retirements in the past year. The addition of a public health major is beneficial to students as well as the university. As one of the most in-demand fields in the America today, this new major gives UCSD students a large lead in the cutthroat job market. While there is controversy in many of the decisions made on campus, the implementation of a public health major shows that UCSD still does many things right.

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Dear Editor, Founder’s Day at the San Diego Zoo is the first day of each October, with free admission for everybody on that day and for children under 12 during that one month alone. Additionally, military personnel from any country receive free admission all year long. Each adult member before now received four coupons good for admission, but this perk has been eliminated — while the price for the Diamond Club (adult) membership has been raised to $156. Another irksome depredation is “bracket creep” for children: Paying $10 less while adults were charged $15 is an altogether different deal than paying $10 less when adults pay $44 (which is the current cost). A 2006 comparison with 50 profit and nonprofit zoos and/ or aquariums in the United States showed the San Diego Zoo’s single adult admission charge was then more than for any other similar nonprofit institution in the country. In 2006, the Bronx Zoo charged adults $14, children between the ages of 2 and 12 $10, and seniors 65 and over $12 — with Wednesdays as a free day for everybody. The San Diego Zoo began as a small menagerie of staybehind animals after the PanamaCalifornia Exposition of 1915. By 1917, the menagerie had been moved into a gully of the Cabrillo Canyon just west of the fiveacre Indian Village and Painted Desert. Doctor Harry Wegeforth had a talent for raiding the heart and purse strings of San Diegans. Wegeforth insisted that children should always be admitted free,

claiming the zoo’s purpose was “to entertain and to educate children.” To finance the zoo, voters in 1934 approved a property tax of two cents for each $100 of assessed real and personal property within the city of San Diego for the exclusive maintenance of zoological exhibits — a tax that in 1998 netted the Zoological Society $3,748,735. In December 1921, Ellen Browning Scripps donated $9,000 for fencing to enclose grounds and animals, thus allowing the charging of admission fees to everybody (except children, who were always to be admitted free). The San Diego Zoo then grew from 32 antiquated animal cages on the east side of Park Boulevard to 99-plus acres from Zoo Drive to the slopes of Cabrillo Canyon on the east. There are no family memberships at the San Diego Zoo despite the Scripps’ generosity and belief in family. Moreover, memberships are valid for ZIP codes 91900-92899 only. While Los Angeles residents are good to get a membership, Tijuana residents aren’t. Animals have adapted through eons of evolutionary change: Co-existence is necessary for survival. A hope is that by visiting zoos, children will undergo a process of maturation which will have benefits for us all. Doubtless, to be true to life in the wild, polar bears should be allowed to hunt down and devour seals (with the boldest adults and children looking on). Yet, carrots are so much better for polar bear consumption because the bears don’t need to fatten themselves up in order to hibernate in Southern California anyway. — Richard Thompson Alumnus ’83

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Sparking Ideas With “Innovation and Tradition” Directors of TEDxUCSD Jody Mak and Jack Goodwin talk about their upcoming event, the road to establishing their platform and assembling a team. BY Emily Polachek

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ome of the world’s greatest innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders have spoken at TED, a nonprofit organization that holds a yearly conference about “ideas worth spreading.” Since its launch in 1984, TED — Technology, Entertainment and Design — has introduced a series of miniature TED events called TEDx. In hopes of inspiring others, organizers all over the globe are hosting TEDx in their communities, including the upcoming TEDxUCSD event. TEDxUCSD became a possibility when Revelle College senior Jody Mak and Earl Warren College junior Jack Goodwin recruited a team of UCSD undergraduates to help organize the event. After a year of planning, TEDxUCSD will finally become a reality for Mak and Goodwin this Saturday, May 11 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall. The initial idea for TEDxUCSD took hold last spring when Mak

attended TEDMED, a live broadcast TED event in Sorrento Valley. At the event, he had the opportunity to apply in becoming a TEDx organizer. Three weeks later, and after some persistence on Mak’s part to receive approval before the end of spring quarter, TED granted Mak a license to organize TEDxUCSD. “TED brings global awareness to the amazing things that happen at UCSD, given its universal platform,” Mak said. “More importantly, TED just announced having one billion views online, and I think UCSD should have a presence there.” Mak noted that TED is unique because anyone can have access to the TED events without actually attending one. For every TED conference, videos of each speaker featured are available on the TED See TEDx, page 8 A Social Venture to Reduce Disposable Cup Waste at UCSD BY Stacey chien

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Purchasing a cup of coffee on any given day is one transaction that many college students can’t go without — but this consequently leads to an excess of tossed-out paper cups. However, six graduate students from UCSD’s Rady School of Management believe they’ve found a way to minimize the collection of disposable coffee cups that pile up in landfills each year. With their new sustainability campaign,, they hope to encourage coffee drinkers at UCSD to bring their own reusable mugs when buying coffee anywhere on campus by giving away prizes to those who reuse. The campaign, funded by a $3,000 university grant from UCSD Housing, Dining and Hospitality, began last month and will continue through May 26. Those who upload photos of their coffee purchases with their mugs to the campaign website (each person is limited to posting one photo per day) are entered into raffles to win Triton Cash gift cards, with both daily ($10) and weekly ($50) prizes awarded. Additionally, a grand prizewinner will be selected from the entire pool of participants to receive an Apple iPad at the end of this month. “We’ve doubled in growth every week in terms of the number of pic-

tures that get uploaded,” KillTheCup. com CEO Drew Beal said. Cash prizes aren’t the only incentives provided through the campaign — free coffee is also up for grabs. “At least five days a week, we’ll tweet where we’ll be [at one of the six UCSD HDH markets],” KillTheCup. com Chief Operations Officer Mike Taylor said. “If someone happens to bring their mug, then we’ll buy their coffee.” According to Beal, integrating social media with the incentive of larger prizes has garnered tangible results. He said that based on sales records provided by UCSD HDH, there’s been an increase in the percentage of those who bring their own mugs for coffee. “[UCSD HDH] told us that for the first half of winter quarter, the average reuse rate was 12 percent,” Beal said. “In the last two weeks of this quarter, it was about 17 percent. So more and more people are bringing their own cups — that’s exciting for us.” Unlike the data observed on campus, Beal noted how coffee shops that offer 10-cent discounts for those who bring in their own mugs, such as Starbucks, haven’t seen substantial increases in reuse rates. Most on-campus markets, including Goody’s Place and Market and Roger’s Place and Market, offer these discounts as well. “We’re proving that people

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respond to [what we’re doing],” Beal said. “And the coffee stores like it, because they’re using less cups.” But there appears to be more to than numerical

value alone. “[The students] get it right away, and they have a lot of fun with it,” Taylor said. “The goal of the project was for us to have fun, and we’re

glad to see that that spreads to other people when they join us.”

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UCSD undergraduate brings aerial silks to campus. BY Stacey chien

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Cirque du Soleil performers aren’t the only ones with a license to climb and dangle from suspended silks. A spectacle of UCSD students scaling up lengths of red fabrics to do acrobatic tricks in the air can be witnessed regularly in the Main Gym’s West Balcony. These students are enrolled in varying levels of aerial silk acrobatics classes, which are offered by UCSD Recreation each quarter. The classes, instructed by Eleanor Roosevelt College sophomores Troy Campbell and Chloe Jackson and Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ph.D. student Elizabeth Sibert, are open to all students — with no experience required at the beginner level. Though the classes have become one of the most popular classes offered by UCSD Recreation (they normally fill up the night of registration), aerial silks was only added to the roster of classes last spring. But before the classes became a possibility, a lot of work had to be done. “Main Gym hired some engineers, and they had to look at the architecture of the space to find the most stable points to have such pressure applied,” Campbell said. “They installed these eye bolts into the ceiling, and from there, we had a professional aerialist with his own company that does rigging shock test everything and make sure that everything was safe before we got started. It was a very long process, but it’s still going on. We’ve expanded from three or four classes to nine or 10. The number of silks we have has also increased.” Campbell, who had the initial idea to bring aerial silks to UCSD,

said that he never thought it would happen. While the idea was planted in his head after meeting Jackson at their freshman orientation and stalking her Facebook page (discovering that they had a shared background in aerial acrobatics), the two had always laughed off the conversations that followed between them about starting an aerial silks program at UCSD. But one day, while passing by the Main Gym, Campbell decided to take the initiative and pitch his idea. “I showed [the UCSD Recreation staff] a video of my high school [aerial performance team] on YouTube, and on the spot, they said they wanted to hire me and they wanted me to teach classes,” Campbell said. “It was really, really exciting.” Since then, Campbell’s enthusiasm as an aerial silks instructor has catapulted. “At first, I thought I’d like it,” Campbell said. “I didn’t think I’d become obsessed with it. I feel like this program is so much a part of me, because now, I’m in class — and I shouldn’t be doing this, but I’m getting lesson plans down and I’m thinking about how we can expand — what new things we can bring to [the students] and how we can enrich their experience.” Regardless of plans for enhancement, Campbell emphasized that safety, above all, remains his top concern. But he said that teaching safety first is sometimes a challenge within such a thrilling environment. “I think sometimes people are so excited by what they’re doing, and I can totally relate,” Campbell said. “From the very first class, you’re upside down and you’re up in the air and you have so much adrenaline See silks, page 8



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website, so poor college students can afford to be inspired by TED talks as well. However, Mak insisted that attending a TED conference or even a TEDx event is an experience worth paying for. By the beginning of summer 2012, Mak had assembled a team of 10 undergraduates devoted to bringing the TED experience to UCSD. He was then contacted by Goodwin, his soon-to-be planning partner, over the summer while he was studying abroad in England. In early August, Goodwin attended the National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance training conference in Connecticut, where he was introduced to TED. For the same reasons that motivated Mak to request a TEDx organizer’s license, Goodwin was compelled to organize a TEDx event for UCSD as well. “After attending the weeklong training conference that inspires innovation and entrepreneurial-ship, I started to research TED and how to organize a TEDx event,” Goodwin said. “I found Jody’s name on one of the websites, and, seeing that he was from UCSD, I Facebook stalked him and eventually sent him a message about doing TEDxUCSD together.” With Goodwin on board as Mak’s co-director, together they decided the theme for TEDxUCSD, “Innovation and Tradition.” They both agreed that the theme fits well with UCSD’s values and the research being done on campus. “All TED themes are supposed to be kind of ambiguous and open to interpretation,” Goodwin said. “So innovation and tradition fits, because it is the spectrum in between. For example, in this changing world, some problems need to be solved

through innovation and others through tradition.” Mak added that the ambiguity of the theme allows them to incorporate a broad range of speakers. All 18 speakers were selected through a nomination process and represent a mix of UCSD Ph.D. students, alumni and faculty from all disciplines. The lineup also extends to Californian and national leaders like Guy Kawasaki, who was the chief evangelist of Apple Inc. Out of the 70 UCSD student applicants, three Ph.D. students were chosen to speak at TEDxUCSD, representing the cognitive science, biology and electrical engineering departments. Although Mak had wanted at least one undergraduate to speak at the event, he highlighted the importance of what each Ph.D. student had to offer in describing his or her line of work and its global impact. According to Mak and Goodwin, over 500 people will attend TEDxUCSD. Tickets have already been sold out to both students and the local public. “For how big we wanted to go, the hardest thing was to raise enough money,” Goodwin said. “And we have barely been able to meet our goal of $32,000, mostly because we are using Qualcomm as our venue, which has cost us $10,000.” Unlike TED, TEDx is an “independently organized event” (that’s what the x stands for), meaning the organizer receives no funding from TED. Therefore, the choice of a venue depends largely on the entire event’s budget. Mak and Goodwin explained that Qualcomm had actually allowed them to use the space free of charge, but the catch was that Mak and Goodwin would have had to hire 11 Qualcomm employees to run their own equipment.

As the event date approaches, the main concern is to continue raising money. Some of the sponsors of TEDxUCSD include the UCSD Alumni Association, the UCSD Office of the Chancellor, UCSD Office of Research Affairs and other UCSD associations. Mak also pointedly stated that the event received no funding from A.S. Council throughout the year because TEDxUCSD would be held off campus. “We didn’t pick Qualcomm on accident,” Mak said. “It was because Irwin Jacobs was one of the founding faculty members of the Jacobs School of Engineering that we wanted to have that connection to UCSD.” Mak added that he is happier that the event will be held off campus, joking that it’s more novel for students to go off campus and not have to experience TEDxUCSD in Price Center. The next step for the TEDxUCSD team is to make its platform as sustainable as possible by recruiting new organizers, especially since Mak will be graduating in June. Both Mak and Goodwin hope to speak at a TED event one day, whether it’s at the big TED conferences held in Long Beach, Calif. and Edinburgh, Scotland, or the smaller TEDx events. “It’d be really cool if we spoke at TEDxUCSD five years down the road,” Mak said. “But, it’s ultimately not about the speakers, it’s about the audience and the conversations that happen after the event. It’s the cross-cultural, cross-generational and cross-disciplinary collaboration that make TED events unique.” Videos of the speakers at TEDxUCSD will be made available on the TEDx YouTube channel.

Campbell Believes That Everyone Can Learn How to Do Tricks on Aerial Silks ▶ silks, from page 7

that sometimes, people don’t always listen. They’re taking pictures, and they’re having a great time, but they don’t always hear every important thing. So I guess to overcome that, I just make sure that I am very, very clear.” While some students have only dabbled in aerial silks for a quarter, others have stuck around through thick and thin. “We have a lot of students who took [the class] the very first quarter we offered it and are still with us today,” Campbell said. “Especially in those classes, it’s like this really special family. They’ve all struggled through these horrible, horrible moves and whatever conditioning and all these things that we’ve done together. It’s very hard to put into

words — it feels like a community.” But no matter what their experience level, Campbell believes that anyone can learn. “I think everyone in all of the classes has learned that it looks so challenging, but it’s something that you can do,” Campbell said. “It’s very important to me to make people feel capable — to make them just really get to be excited and do something really crazy. Aerial silks is for any body type, any fitness level. I’ve seen women who’ve had babies two weeks prior climb to the top of the silks their first time. It’s really something that anyone can do.” More aerial silk classes will be offered over the summer. Registration begins on May 28.

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shot put, while senior A.B. Shaheen finished in second in the hammer. Sophomore Keith Rose — another legacy with an All-American for an older sibling, alumnus Jackie Rose — broke his own personal record, winning with a time of 10.62 in the 100-meter sprint. In the 200-meter sprint, Rose broke another school record, finishing in third with a time of 21.64. On the track, Levy took first in the 1000-meter sprint with a career-best time of 30:58.93, beating second place by just under two seconds. “Winning the [100-meter sprint] was an amazing feeling,” Rose said. “After learning that I am the first to do so at UCSD, [it] made me feel as though I’m helping to bring new talent and earn respect for our athletes, and I’m proud to be a part of that.” On the women’s side, freshman Kristin Sato earned All-CCAA Freshman of the Year for her showing in the triple jump. Right behind her was sophomore Chantia Justice, who earned second place in the triple jump. Sato was the only Triton woman to win her event, but UCSD picked up points where it

could. On the track, junior Lorato Anderson earned second place in the 800-meter sprint (2:16.92), while sophomore Sabrina Pimentel — last season’s All-CCAA Freshman of the Year — finished in second in the 400-meter sprint (56.11). In the heptathlon, sophomore Veronica Bradley took second place. The Tritons have one last meet and one last shot to qualify before those who make the cut will travel to the NCAA Division II National Championships. UCSD ends its regular season at the aptly named Last Chance Qualifier at Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, April 11. On the men’s side, the Tritons have eight provisional qualifying marks, with Nagengast qualifying for both the hammer and the shot put. For the women, UCSD currently has 10 qualifying marks, with Pimentel qualifying in both the 400-meter and the 800-meter sprints. “I guess that to have the team finish in second bodes well for the future, and we’re excited to see what we can do next year with another year of a maturity, and a good class of incoming athletes,” Ahner said.

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he came out. I respect anyone who chooses to not come out as well. It’s really that individual person’s choice. But the fact that he did — I support him 100 percent.” So although Jason Collins is making a sensitive issue less sore to

the touch, the future of other gayrelated issues remains unclear. The younger generation of boys and girls who thought sexuality would be a problem in achieving their dreams can now do anything.

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Raising the Bar Women’s Track finishes 2nd, Men 3rd at CCAA Championships

A Gay Tremor in the Sports World Guest Columnist chris walinski


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nash howe



Howe’s first-place finish in the javelin marked the fifth consecutive occasion on which a member of the Howe family has won the CCAA Championship. For the past four seasons, older brother Nick Howe — a three-time All-American and now a UCSD assistant coach — has claimed the title. This season, Nash Howe won the title with a personal best of 221’4”, significantly farther than secondplace redshirt senior Kiley Libuit (189’1”). The Tritons continued their dominance in the throws, as senior Ryan Eckert and junior Zach Nagengast scored big points for UCSD, going two-three respectively in the

ou have probably all heard of the black pro athlete who came out as gay. Jason Collins. And he’s in the NBA. Why is this big news? He is the first male pro athlete to come out while still playing ball. Still, why is this surprising? In a male-dominated sports world where everyone is assumed to be straight, he is defying the heterosexual norm. Many people retain the stereotype of the manly straight guy playing sports. But the gay guy? No way. He’s too feminine and too delicate to play professional sports. Collins is a twin to Jarron Collins, who is married (to a woman) and has three kids. Although initially shocked, his twin brother was completely supportive. This raises other issues. Although the gay marriage debate continues, we cannot deny the existence and prominence of gay people in American society. There really is no “normal” in the 21st century as unconventionality becomes the norm. What Collins did seems colossal now, but it won’t be a big deal in the future. He has paved a road for other pro athletes to follow suit, because it is currently somewhat taboo to do so. People will not be afraid to be themselves anymore, and the mentality that they will be seen as “less manly” will be broken down. Professor Jessica Graham of the UCSD history department said she feels that while Collins’ actions are to be commended, the reaction by the county, however good, is an embarrassment. “How is it that more than a decade into the 21st century, we are still concerned about the sexuality of a professional basketball player, or anyone else, for that matter?” she said. “How is it that this milestone is only occurring now, in 2013? It seems we are still deciding whether or not we really believe in that human equality thing, and gay rights is just one part of the unresolved issue. I do, of course, appreciate the historical significance of this moment. This is progress. Such advances mean that in the not-sodistant future, an openly gay athlete will be drafted into the NBA with zero hullabaloo just as no one so much as bats an eye when a black player is drafted by a Major League Baseball team. I look forward to that day. NFL, you’re next. The other side of the token is this: Why do we need to know about Jason Collins’ personal business? Isn’t that something that he can keep behind closed doors? Indeed, this should not affect his basketball-playing career, so why mention it? It’s not like every other straight athlete is bragging about his or her heterosexuality. But that’s it exactly: Collins is making a statement. He is assumed straight until suspicions arouse or comes out as gay. In this professional world of sports, he is “straight,” and being gay transforms this space. However, it’s not as big a deal as it would have been 50 years ago. A third-year sociology major at UCSD opines that, “It’s good that

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ryan eckert shotput 2nd place

400 meter 1st place

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sabrina pimentel 400 meter 2nd place

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javelin 1st place

ompeting at the California Collegiate Athletics Association Track and Field Championships, the UCSD women finished second, while the men finished in third.Four Tritons won their respective events. Sophomore Nash Howe took first in the javelin, sophomore Keith Rose won first in the 100-meters, junior Kellen Levy took the 1000-meters and freshman Kristin Sato won the triple jump.“I feel like [the team] competed very well,” UCSD head coach Darcy Ahner said. “They put it together as well as they could have. And it’s always disappointing to not win, but I’m very happy with a lot of performances.”

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heptathalon 2nd place


MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013, VOLUME 46, ISSUE 51


MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013, VOLUME 46, ISSUE 51