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BY DANIEL SONG Staff Writer Two associate vice president appointments were blocked at A.S. Council’s 10.5-hour meeting last week. Last Wednesday, March 30, A.S. Council approved new appointments to the open AVP positions based on recommendations by AVP selection committees. AVPs are responsible for overseeing various departments that focus on specific services. While they are not voting members of council, they receive a compensation package of around $3,500. The selection committees are made of senators and an ex-officio representative that provide recommendations to the executive in charge of the AVP’s office. At the last council meeting, two candidates for AVP positions received recommendations from their respective committees, but were blocked by the respective vice president. The AVP Local Affairs selection committee unanimously selected 2011-12 Muir Senator Leah Wong for the position. But when her appointment was put to a vote, an objection was raised and council closed its meeting to the public for the next two hours. After doors re-opened, council put the appointment to a second vote that failed. Council will not be able to appoint someone to the position until the beginning of Fall Quarter 2012. Vice President of External Affairs Olamide Noah, who ultimately appoints the AVP Local Affairs position, expressed concerns that Wong was not the most qualified candidate. “I tried my absolute best to highlight the fact that I’m doing everything I’m doing according to the bylaws, and the rules enforced by council,” Noah said. AVP College Affairs Leonard Bobbitt said that council acted inappropriately and that it was crucial for someone to be appointed ASAP. “I don’t doubt the intentions of the VP External, she just doesn’t believe Leah fits her vision but if the office is unfilled, not much can come out of it,” Bobbitt said. “Having these positions during summer is the most important time to have them, because with the students gone there needs to be someone who continues to advocate on their behalf.” See COUnCil, page 3

Administrators had threatened to fire Richard Biernacki over a controversial manuscript. BY AYAN KUSARI Staff Writer


t’s been a long wait for sociology professor Richard Biernacki. After fighting in court for two years — and taking out a second mortgage to fund the attorney fees — Biernacki’s formerly banned manuscript has finally been published. The work, titled Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry, was released for sale

by Paul Grave Macmillan publishers this Sunday, June 3. It has been over three years since the UCSD Social Sciences department placed a gag order on Biernacki’s manuscript, which is about peer review in the social sciences. The order, written by Dean of Social Sciences Jeff Elman, asked Biernacki to stop “harassing” a colleague within the UCSD Sociology Department whose research methods Biernacki critiqued in his book. The gag order also stated that Biernacki could be fired if he requested data from the National Science Foundation. In response, Biernacki See COURT, page 3


Top: Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will step down as chancellor this summer after eight years on the job. Read an exclusive interview with Fox in Thursday’s issue of the Guardian. Bottom: Imports at UCSD, an on-campus car enthusiast club, hosted an exhibition June 1 on Library Walk.



UCSD Receives $100K Gates Grant BY JAVIER ARMSTRONG Staff Writer UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering has received a grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for its “pregnancy tattoo” device used to monitor premature pregnancies. The Grand Challenges Explorations grant will provide $100,000 to the project’s first phase. The project, called “Epidermal Electronics for Continuous



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release, the scientists will use the device to monitor contractions, fetal heart rate and oxygen. The technology has the potential to allow wireless and continuous pregnancy monitoring of at-risk patients. The device consists of a flexible tattoo-like electronic system that is mounted on the skin. It is a patch made of circuits, sensors and wireless transmitters that can stick to the skin like an electronic tattoo. The monitor can flex and stretch with the skin as

well as overcome problems of sweating and continuous cell turnover of the skin. The tattoo electronics are laminated onto the belly of the mom and will continuously measure uterine contractions, EKG heart signals of the mom and fetus, body temperature and blood oxygenation of the mom. The measured signals will then be transmitted wirelessly on a


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UCSD ▶ Fallen Star, the newest addition to the Stuart Art Collection, formally opens on June 7. Visitors will soon be able to go inside the one-room house that is perched atop the Jacobs School of Engineering. ▶ Officials have fined UCSD Medical Center $75,000 for failing to ensure the health and safety of an obese patient who refused to leave an emergency room in 2010. UCSD was one of 13 California hospitals to receive a fine last week. ▶ UCSD alumni Ira Rubenstein, who is vice president of 20th Century Fox, and actor James Avery, will be among the speakers who will address graduates at the nine commencement ceremonies later this month. In total, there will be 11 ceremonies this year.


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▶ San Diego teenager Snigdha Nandipati won the 85th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee last week. The 14-year-old won the contest by correctly spelling “guetapens.”

▶ A new public opinion poll shows that more than half of Californians oppose plans for a high speed rail plan from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area.

▶ A May 31 fire in a Rancho Santa Fe home has caused an estimated $800,000 in damage.

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▶ A parolee who attempted to board a flight at San Diego International Airport is behind bars after a flight attendant noticed an extra passenger on the Los Angeles-bound flight.

▶ State legislators passed a bill last week that calls for stronger regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries.

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LIGHTS & SIRENS Thursday, May 24 1:14 a.m.: Disturbance, domestic violence ▶ A male student was arrested for battery on his “spouse.” Closed by adult arrest. m.: Suspicious person ▶ Someone was sleeping in the Engineering Building. Field interview administered. 3:38 p.m.: Medical aid ▶ The subject at Radiation Oncology Center had low blood pressure. Transported to hospital. 9:36 p.m.: Suspicious person ▶ The subject was standing outside Café Ventanas, asking people for cigarettes. Report taken.

Sunday, May 27 1:48 a.m.: Information ▶ A pizza box left on a stovetop in Muir Apartment caught on fire, but the fire was extinguished. Information only. 9:35 a.m.: Animal call ▶ There was a dead rabbit in front of Robinson Complex Building 2. Referred to other agency — EH&S. 11:43 a.m.: Medical aid ▶ The subject at John’s Place and Market passed out. Transported to hospital by medics. 11:54 a.m.: Citizen contact ▶ The subject’s laptop was taken and damaged by an ex-boyfriend at Beagle Hall. Information only.

Friday, May 25 10:04 a.m.: Welfare check ▶ The subject was talking and laughing to himself at Pines. Checks OK. 12:41 p.m.: Medical aid ▶ The subject was lying in the roadway at Science and Engineering Research Facility. Paramedics responded.

Monday, May 28 4:05 a.m.: Traffic stop ▶ A male at Parking Lot 104 was arrested for driving under the influence. Closed by adult arrest. 6:30 p.m.: Report of robbery ▶ The subject reported a robbery of $31 that occurred during Sun God Festival. Report taken. Tuesday, May 29 3:54 a.m.: Disturbance, general ▶ The subject was using different names to get medicine at Thornton Hospital. Gone on arrival. 1:59 p.m.: Medical aid ▶ The subject at Home Plate had chest pains but refused treatment. Information only. 9:15 p.m.: Medical aid ▶ The subject had “abdominal pain” at Burger King. Transported to hospital by medics.

Saturday, May 26 1:15 a.m.: Throwing objects from moving vehicle ▶ The subject was throwing objects at pedestrians from a moving vehicle in Lot 501. Unable to locate. 2:26 a.m.: Disturbance, fight ▶ A large group of people were involved in a fist fight at Pangea Parking Structure. Report taken. 12:18 p.m.: Fire ▶ There was a fire at Preuss School. Referred to other agency - SDFD, UCSD Facilities, and EH&S. 1:46 p.m.: Explosion ▶ There was a “loud pop explosion” at Biomedical Sciences Building. Checks OK. 10:50 p.m.: Disturbance, noise ▶ Subjects were running and screaming at Asante Hall. Will cooperate.

Thursday, May 30 10:56 a.m.: Disturbance, general ▶ The subject was going to take his or her granddaughter out of school at Preuss School. Cancelled after dispatch. — COMPILED BY SARAH KANG Staff Writer

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hired an attorney and took the case to court. After two years of conflict, both in and out of court, the administration retracted its order last June. Biernacki said that the university administration’s misinterpretation of his work as a personal attack on another faculty member was both a personal and professional setback. “My salary was kept artificially low, because I wasn’t promoted,” he said. “The recognition that I would have received in my field two years ago did not come my way. I had to pay a steep attorney’s fee to fight the UC legal team in Oakland. Being on a level playing field is costly. If you have to bankrupt yourself to protect your academic freedom, then academic freedom is dead.” Biernacki’s book states that peer review is frequently less thorough in

the social sciences than in the natural sciences. Biernacki argues that this lack of peer review in his field has led to the widespread generation of data that is ambiguously valid and non-replicable. He said that his book was intended to be a methodological critique, not a personal attack. “All the examples in the book are about problems that come along with trying to interpret the meaning of primary texts,” he said. One of the book’s chapters appraises the reasoning used by sociologists to classify the statements made in the autobiographies of Nazis. Another chapter critiques sociologists’ attempts to classify book reviews as positive or negative. “I can see why people feel uncomfortable, because I’m critiquing methods that are so widely used,” he said. “But I’m not exempt. I’m critiquing my own use of these

methods as well, because I have used them myself. I think social scientists treat each other with kid gloves, because we’re so unsure of what we’re doing.” Biernacki said that a written order from the administration was the wrong avenue to use in handling his case. “If someone had a complaint about my critique, it’s the academic senate they should have gone through,” he said. “We have a faculty-run legal court on campus. We don’t need the administration to get involved.” Diane Hamann, Director of the UCSD Academic Senate, could not be reached as of press time. Social Sciences Dean Jeff Elman is on sabbatical and could not be reached. Readers can contact Ayan Kusari at

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Among other AVP appointments, 2011-12 Campuswide Senator and 2012-13 A.S. presidential candidate Karen Liang applied for a position as AVP of Athletic Relations. The selection committee recommended Liang, but Vice President of Student Life Cody Marshall overrode their decision and appointed Revelle College sophomore Sarah Snook for the position instead. Leah Wong could not be reached for comment as of press time. Readers can contact Daniel Song at

rials science, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering,” Coleman said. The Grand Challenges Explorations grant program focuses on overcoming the most persistent challenges in global health. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $100 million to the grant. More than 700 grants have been awarded to early stage projects in 45 different countries since the grant’s inception in 2008. “We have won the first phase of the Grand Challenge Grant, which is $100,000 over 18 months starting May 2012,” Coleman said. “A second

Coleman said that in the first phase, the researchers will test the device in UCSD hospitals while pregnant mothers are in labor. In the second phase, they will deploy the devices worldwide. “With the advance of epidermal electronics, we imagine that the boundaries between human bodies and electronics will continue to be blurred,” Coleman said. “New technology will enable us to interact with each other as well as with computers.” Readers can contact Javier Armstrong at

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Under Control

THE ISSUE: Effective August 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is requiring all new health insurance plans to cover women’s health services such as birth control, emergency contraceptives and abortion medications.

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nimal sacrifices are made every day in order to find new cures for diseases in biomedical science. Somehow, I have managed not to sacrifice many rodents; I’d rather study humans. In science, we are told that the killing of animals is a “necessary evil” in order to model the types of diseases that we are trying to cure. It’s

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Law Challenges Religious Principles

Demand for Birth Control is Universal

Coverage Not Responsibility of Schools

Under President Obama’s new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all health insurance plans will be required to include women’s health services including contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing medications. Although this mandate will benefit a great number of women, the law ultimately infringes on the First Amendment rights of private religious groups to oppose contraception. Notre Dame University, a well-known Catholic school, is one of many groups that are filing lawsuits against the legislation. Notre Dame Student Health Services will now have to offer birth control pills to students without charge, which goes against the religious beliefs that the university was founded upon and still follows. Universities like Notre Dame should not have to violate their own rights to express their religious views in order to abide by the law. Due to this act, a few religious universities including Ave Maria University have shut down student health centers and decided not to offer health services for their students. The college will still require students to have health insurance, but the cost of an insurance plan outside the university is undoubtedly much higher. The school is choosing to put the convenience of its students aside to uphold its religious values. The PPAC act should accommodate the values of religious groups by softening the requirement instead of enforcing this legislation on ‘all health insurance plans. The act specifically allows churches to opt out but does not lift the requirement for religious nonprofits including universities and hospitals. These religious establishments should receive the same treatment as houses of worship because both are founded on age-old religious principles. Even if religious universities claim exemption from this law, students will still have a wide variety of resources off campus to obtain contraception, and this is a much better alternative to students having no access to health services on campus.

This past January, the White House Department of Health and Human Services announced that under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all employers must fully cover women’s health services including such contraceptive medications as the “morning after” pill. Since then, a slew of Catholic colleges and universities have sued the department over the mandate. As understandable as their aversion to contraceptives may be, administrators at religious and secular universities alike should meet the need for birth control that exists on their campuses. Around 77 percent of pregnancies in college are unplanned, according to a 2008 report published by the National Campaign to End Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The study found no significant difference in pregnancy rates between students at religious and public universities. Given these statistics, it is unrealistic for Catholic universities to expect — as they currently do — that their students engage in abstinence, and that they therefore do not need contraceptives. According to statistics released in 2011 by the Guttmacher Institute, a NYC and Washington DC based non-profit organization that conducts reproductive health research, 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women aged 15 to 44 have used contraception. Eighty-one percent of students at Catholic universities are Catholic. Moreover, 58 percent of Catholics — higher than the national average of 55 percent — say that religiously affiliated colleges should be required to cover birth control as part of student health insurance. The National Campaign’s report found that the abortion rate was higher in regions where contraceptives were not readily available. This makes sense, given the stigma surrounding contraception at religious universities. Sexual activity is a reality at all college campuses, including religious ones. To avoid unplanned pregnancies and abortions among university students, contraception should be made available, regardless of a university’s religious affiliation.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates that all health insurance plans provided by employers and universities must cover “women’s health services,” including birth control and Plan B with no co-pay. This has created a political firestorm for the Obama Administration, as religious universities strongly oppose this measure on religious and moral grounds. These universities have valid arguments, as it is not a university’s obligation to cover birth control and students are competent enough to find contraceptive solutions themselves. While schools should not be required to offer emergency contraceptives carte blanche, they can take steps to ensure students have the knowledge of where and how they can acquire birth control or emergency contraceptives. In a May 2012 study by Eszter Hargittai and Heather Young of Northwestern University, one in three students could not find any relevant information regarding emergency contraceptives online, and a majority could not find an efficient way to obtain contraception in general. Universities can at the very least provide pamphlets that give the locations of pharmacies or clinics within a reasonable radius that offer such services. The problem becomes murkier for students who attend college in rural areas — where pharmacies and clinics are not as bountiful. It is then up to the university to advocate the building of clinics nearby, or arranging transportation to such places if they are located far away. It is not a learning institution’s responsibility to provide birth control, but it is their responsibility to give students the tools that they need to find birth control at a clinic or pharmacy near them. Though schools should solve this problem without violating their own religious standards, the schools should do so with minimal invasiveness to the privacy of students and allow students to retain their dignity while seeking medical services.

— Revathy Sampath-Kumar Staff Writer

— Ayan Kusari Staff Writer

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Kholsa Needs to Prove Promises Have Substance Dear Chancellor Khosla, I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature as well as an affiliated faculty of Ethnic Studies and the Critical Gender Studies Program. I am also the Vice President of the San Diego Faculty Association, a local chapter of the American Association of University Professors. I am also one

of the faculty members who joined the Black Student Union, Mecha and other student organizations to protest the racist, homophobic, sexist and classist incidents that occurred on our campus in 2010. Finally, I am a supporter of labor groups on campus, especially AFSCME. While you look forward to a six digit salary and many other perks, our brothers and sisters from AFSCME are being asked to work more hours for the same or less money while putting their health at severe risk.

I’m not telling you all of this to legitimize myself or to speak for any of these groups. I am letting you know who I am and who I have been in contact with for the past seven years — years in which I have listened and heard many concerns.  I am writing this letter to express one concern that is shared by many. Like many students, faculty and workers, I never had the opportunity to ask you questions in an open, unscripted forum when you were a candidate (hint: organize such a forum. It is

never too late). I read with curiosity and attention your interview in the Guardian, and I have some doubts, questions and comments about your responses. In response to a question about the future direction of the university, you said that UCSD “has achieved a lot in the last 50 years. And it has achieved that partly because of the entrepreneurial nature of the faculty, partly because of strong leadership See Kholsa, page 5

true. Most of what we know about the human body, even basic things like blood flow, comes from studying animals. The polio vaccine, discovered by Jonas Salk, harvested this virus from animal brains, then tested it on monkeys. However, he didn’t receive the 1954 Physiology and Medicine Nobel Prize (although many people feel he should have). Instead, it went to three scientists that cultivated it in human skin-muscle tissue, making it capable for mass production without being extracted from animal brains. Although much of what we learn in medical and pharmaceutical science comes from animal models, we can’t immediately translate our results to humans. For example, Ron Evans’s group at the Salk Institute famously discovered an “exercise pill” (AICAR) that improved the endurance of mice, but failed to ever work in humans. It’s also difficult to generate animal models of complex psychiatric disorders, like schizophrenia. Researchers try to emulate schizophrenia in mice by giving them high doses of ketamine, an animal tranquilizer that doubles as a raver drug among humans. Another new schizophrenia model recently published in 2011 gives mice chronic doses of LSD. Over the past few years, a technology has emerged that could help us learn more about schizophrenia. In 2007, Shinya Yamanaka’s group (Kyoto University, Japan) successfully made the first human pluripotent stem cells from human adult skin cells, and many scientists believe that he will receive the Nobel Prize for it. Utilizing this technology, “Rusty” Gage’s group (Brennand et al.) at the Salk Institute published the 2011 paper: “Modeling schizophrenia using human IPS cells.” Essentially, they took skin cells from schizophrenic patients, turned them into neurons, and compared them to neurons that were derived the same way from people without schizophrenia. Then they were treated with an antipsychotic to see what the effect would be. The major novelty was that the neurons came from the skin of a person with schizophrenia, instead of the brain of a mouse that had been frying on ketamine or LSD. The San Diego community seems supportive of this type of research. Right by Gliderport stands the newly erected Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, a collaborative effort between UCSD and four other world class institutions. This center will focus on developing these types of technologies for translational medicine. Kudos.



Kholsa Needs to Take Active Approach in Fixing Tuition and Diversity Problems ▶ Kholsa, from page 4 and partly because of both.” My Translation: you are mostly concerned about the profit-making centers of the university, mainly the hospitals and research centers that are connected to federal grants and corporate interests. Many of us are not surprised that you see the university as a corporation and yourself as a CEO. We know that you managed a $50 million portfolio for DARPA (a military agency) and that you served as a consultant for several companies and venture capitalists. However, we are also part of this public university, and we ask you: Do those of us who are not entrepreneurs or revenue generators have a place at UCSD?  Do those who work in academic fields that promote the public good over profit motives have a future at UCSD? The typical response to this concern is that UCSD development teams are working on raising funds for the Humanities and those fields that cannot support themselves. It is always so interesting how administrators label the things they like to expend money on (i.e. chancellor’s salaries) as “investments,” while the things they don’t like to expend money on (i.e. humanities departments) are labeled as “costs.” The problem, however, is that even accepting your philanthropic logic, there are entire fields of knowledge and disciplines that “do not get donors excited.” Are we condemned, then, to sacrifice entire fields of knowledge on the altar of corporate interests? When you were asked about the possibility of increasing student fees 6 percent in the fall, you said you wished there was a magic bullet to avoid tuition increases. You added that without this magic bullet the way to fix the lack of funds “is over time, to raise more money for student

scholarships, for undergraduate scholarships. But that is a process that can take one, two, three decades, to get to a point where everybody can go to school for free, it’s nearly impossible.” My Translation: You will support any tuition increases in the near future regardless of the effect that it may have on the students and their families.  You appear to be a supporter of the so-called “Michigan Model” of high tuition with high aid — that is to say, passing the “cost” of education to the “student/consumer.” Do you know that this model generates astronomical student debt and that it disproportionately affects working class students and students of color? In this regard, Bob Meister, a Professor of UC Santa Cruz, writes that, “the price of public higher education has been growing at twice the rate of the economy, twice as fast as health insurance, and three to four times more quickly than consumer prices in general” (“Debt and Taxes: Can the Financial Industry Save Public Universities? Privatization Is Now the Problem—Not the Solution”). Are you going to participate in the expansion and consolidation of the student debt bubble or will you make a firm commitment to consider other options? Finally, you were asked about the future of diversity initiatives on campus and you responded: “clearly I have a goal of increasing enrollment, but I have to work with my senior staff, the faculty and students, because I’m sure there are many good ideas floating around that I am unaware of.” My Translation: Like Chancellor Fox and the UCSD administration, you think that racism and lack of diversity at UCSD have been resolved, so you plan on taking a dangerously passive approach that has been the modus operandi of administrators. The problem is that there are signs of

continued deterioration, because the problem is structural. The so-called “Compton Cookout” emerged from a long history of structural inequality at UCSD. Because of the brave actions of students, especially the groups previously mentioned, the administration had to face some of these problems. Yet, they addressed the issue only superficially, never getting at the roots or systemic problems. They put a band-aid on things, and then used the students’ struggles in their slick marketing campaigns to promote “campus diversity.” Contrary to that fantasy of campus, UCSD continues to be a toxic space for historically underrepresented minorities on campus, especially Muslim and Arab American students. I don’t have a

quantitative study to substantiate this claim, but I have eyes, ears, and a heart. At the very least, Chancellor Khosla, you should commit the funding for the BSU resource center out of UCSD money. Do not wait for private donations. Your support for this effort would be a step in the right direction and a sign of good faith. I realize that many members of the community may think it is too soon to raise these criticisms. Unfortunately, after seven years at this institution I have learned to expect nothing but empty words from the administration. Perhaps you can prove me wrong. Perhaps you can show me and the UCSD community that there was a deeper substance behind your words in the recent interview. Then, I would be

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the first to admit that I was “lost in translation.” Prove me wrong, and I’d be happy to sit down there with you and the people. We could talk, listen, and imagine new ways of opening the doors of the university to everybody in the state of California, regardless of class, race, gender or ethnicity and honor the heritage of the California Master Plan. If this sounds too much like fiction to you, then I guess I will see you at the next protest in the Chancellor Office Complex, or at the next building reclamation, or wherever there are good people opposing the full privatization of the UC system. —Luis Martín-Cabrera Associate Professor, Department of Literature


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or the first time since I created my Facebook over five years ago, I have chosen not to list anything under my “Political Views.” Until now, I’ve attempted to summarize my beliefs in a concise little textbox with a one-word descriptive like “liberal,” “moderate” or the cliché YouTube link to the idealistic and inspiring “The Greatest Speech Ever Made” by Charlie Chaplin. I even went through a phase when I was disenchanted by the politics, and all I wanted to do in life was become an Impressionist painter. Even then, I still didn’t want to leave the box blank. So I listed my political views as “Gustav Klimt.” But now I’m finally acknowledging my life-long identity crisis. After 20 years, it’s just now that I realize how little I know, and how unqualified I am to imply a certain correctness in a one-worded political ideology by listing it under my “political views.” By admitting that, and consequently deleting that part of my profile, I’m accepting that I don’t have all the answers. As editor of the Focus section, I’ve found that my section mirrors this realization. It’s been over 20 years since Focus (which used to go by “Perspective”) was created. It’s been loosely defined as a “features” section, running articles that are longer,

less time sensitive and written with a lighter voice than news pieces. But after the two-plus decades since its nascence, Focus still begs for an identity, often referred to as a “catch-all” or “filler.” Being the Focus editor has been a unique struggle. Aside from the universal challenges of a newspaper editor, like meeting deadlines, grappling with typos and AP style errors and trying not to mess up photo and art credits, it’s hard to determine what role Focus should play in the Guardian. I feel like I’ve been in charge of raising a bright, but shy teenager uncertain of his role in the world. It’s a struggle that resonates with all of us. As college students, we fear the looming future. We squirm uncomfortably when people ask us, “What are you doing after graduation?” As we grapple with our own undeveloped sense of purpose, we are also at a uniquely challenging moment in time as we face a stagnant economy, lackluster job market and ever-growing student debt. If only there were a oneword answer to all of these challenges that could fit into your Facebook profile and provide the solutions. But during crises and hardships, we have the opportunity to look at


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▶ Focus from page 6 the underlying forces, the mechanics of the institutions that not only control our lives, but that we often are in control of. It’s when we struggle with finding the answers that we realize how little we’ve known all along. Ending the year, I’m still not sure how to describe Focus. But I think I’m onto something. There’s decisiveness to indecisiveness. The blank “political views” on my Facebook implies an explorative state. The lack of a belief system defines me perfectly well—it reflects my eagerness to learn, and my continued dedication to finding truth. And Focus may not provide the answers, but acknowledges the question, and seeks to explore. And I believe the right questions are much more important than haphazard answers. With this knowledge, or lack thereof, I’m optimistic about Focus’s role as we end this year and begin the next. We plan on linking Focus with news, and running even more investigative articles taking a closer look at the issues covered briefly in news. And by keeping around the profiles, science features and InFocuses, we plan on giving students a small glimpse of the enormous and vibrant culture at UCSD. I’m one confused 20-year-old, but with every Lady music session with Editor-in-Chief and good friend Angela Chen, my young soul grows wiser (I recommend “Yankin’” and “Teach Y’all” if you seek some good old fashioned female empowerment). With the year to come, I’m excited to witness Focus’s own soul search.


BOOK ART A t a time when classic bookbinding is challenged by the advent of Kindles and computers, contemporary artists are finding ways to turn the age-old book into new works of design. At the San Diego Book Arts Fourth National Juried Exhibition held in Geisel Library and co-sponsored by UCSD’s Mandeville Special Collections Library, these old books can be found transformed by innovative combinations of images, text and format, revealing both the creative process and the soul of the book artists. From the images of approximately 200 artists’ books submitted electronically from across the country, 60 that demonstrated creative typography and binding skills have been selected to be featured in the exhibition running until July 8, 2012. Examples of transformations include making the iTouch into the future book, rolling up papers of the book into threads for knitting and forming beeswaxes into fortune cookies with narrative teabag tags. As the director of the Mandeville Special Collections Library and a board member of San Diego Book Arts, Lynda Claassen has been playing a significant role in this biannual exhibition as a head coordinator. “Geisel is a perfect place to hold the exhibition because here in the Special Collections, we already have a very significant collection of artists’ books as part of the permanent collection and we have a national

reputation for that,” Claassen said. Book artists convey their ideas through a myriad of elements — images, words, materials, forms, colors and shapes — instead of just text, to create their narratives in some kind of a book form. “Book art is a synthesis of form and content that provides us a bridge between the traditional book and contemporary art,” Claassen said. “The creative opportunity to structure, format and interpret book art is endless – dreams and imagination has not gone wanting here.” Time dedicated to book arts varies from book artist to book artist. According to Claassen, some book artists spend years finding inspiration and completing their pieces, but others are stricken with an idea and finish in a couple months. The opening reception was held on June 2. As the juror of this year, the book artist and the sole proprietor of Ninja Press, Carolee Campbell came to decide the winner of the exhibition, a new rule that has been introduced this year. “I’m not sure how I feel about selecting a winner for the prize,” Campbell said. “There shouldn’t be a standard at which a juror is to judge the quality of art works. Who is to judge the amount of time and effort the book artists put into their works?”

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— Ashley Kwon Staff Writer




n the battle against cancer, researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center are shedding new light on the mysteries of the human cell that might unlock possibilities for anti-cancer drugs. These new findings about a copper transporting “pump” within cellular membranes might give scientists a new means of understanding cancerous cells. The team — composed of San Diego Supercomputer Center research scientists Igor Tsigelny, Yuriy Sharikov, Jerry P. Greenberg, Mark A. Miller, Valentina L. Kouzentsova, Christopher A. Larson and Professor Stephen B. Howell of the UCSD School of Medicine — recently published their findings in journal Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics on May 9. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease, and accounts for almost one of every four deaths in the nation. According to statistics gathered by The American Cancer Society, 1,638,910 new cases are expected for 2012. Traditionally, one of the greatest challenges of cancer treatment is finding a way to deliver the effective medicines to the cancerous cells in a person’s body. There have been multiple medicines that destroy cancer cells, but over time are found to have less and less of an effect during cancerous relapses. But what the team of researchers recently discovered is the importance of one element: copper. The human copper transporter 1 protein (hTCR1) is a critical pump

located in the membranes of human cells that allows for copper atoms to pass into the cell cytoplasm. While the body needs only a small amount of copper, it’s a vital component in creating cellular enzymes and used in the performance of other bodily functions. In addition, the protein is also used to transport cisplatin, one of the most commonly used anti-cancer drugs. Unfortunately, most anti-cancer drugs lose their effectiveness over time. Some researchers have theorized that this diminishment could be caused by the cancerous cells somehow warping the gateway into the cell. In order to study this elusive phenomenon of diminishment, the research team created a complete 3D model of the transporter protein to find answers and better understand how the pump works. Tsigelny’s team invented a brand new programming tool named METBIND for their experiment. METBIND scoured the transporter protein samples for traces of any atom that could potentially be a copper ion. According to the 3D model, the copper transport protein forms a trimer — a structure composed of three proteins — within the cell’s membrane, with the top end sticking outside of the cell and the bottom end extending into the cell’s cytoplasm. This structure, including six receptor sites that signal the cell’s interactions, and nine negatively charged amino acids that latch onto copper ions combine to create a pumping system that allows copper to enter and exit the cell. “This model is instrumental in

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understanding the structural composition of the protein,” Stephen Howell said. Howell, a professor of medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine and associate director of clinical research at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, specializes in research that focuses heavily on the interactions of cisplatin and the DNA of tumor cells. “This has helped us to understand how the transporter uses its components to bring different material into the cell,” Howell said. These findings could allow researchers to begin mapping out potential blue prints for enhanced

anti-cancer drugs that use the hTCR1 and can better travel through the transporter without losing any potency. However, there is still much work to be done. “It is important to note that we have to be careful that it is only a model,” Howell said. “There are still many different tests and experiments that have to be run.” “The next steps would be additional mutations in the protein, and see if this inhibits or increases the hTCR1’s capacity to transport copper,” Howell said. “For example, we should predict that if X protein or acid is

altered, then it will change the ability to transport copper.” A stronger version of cisplatin or a new drug in the battle against cancer is still a long time away. However, the findings of Tsigelny and his team provide a new platform from which scientists can explore. Thanks to their efforts, cancer patients in the future may have the possibility of a chemotherapy treatment that lasts longer and acts stronger against a disease that has plagued people around the world. — Brendan Orta contributing Writer


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41ST GROVE GALLERY ANNUAL SPRING SALE CRAFT CENTER The Crafts Center Grove Gallery carries a fine selection of handmade ceramics, blown glass, jewelry and more. Come and see what has been made this year by our lovely instructors and students, and purchase a gift that is sure to please the eye!!



The Beat is presenting their big annual spring a cappella concert, Beat to the Future! Come destress and travel through time with us as we make pleasant noises with our mouths and punny jokes! Treat your ears to songs from jazzy toe-tappers like Michael Buble, country hand-clappers like Taylor Swift, and classic tear-jerkers like Jeff Buckley. And as tradition goes, we will be interweaving it all into a hilarious play, just for your entertainment! Did we mention that our concert is FREE FREE FREE? Come out and bring all of your friends, grandmas, second cousins once removed, and pets! Location TBA, will be updated on Facebook Event (see URL).

THU6.07 1:30pm THERAPY DOGS! FREE EVERY THURSDAY THE ZONE Drop into The Zone every Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm to get some love from adorable, professional therapy dogs! Studies show that petting an animal can lower stress, and the smiles on students' faces proves this to be the case every time.

9pm PATRICK WATSON AT THE LOFT - THE LOFT Patrick Watson first broke through to audiences in 2006 with his album Close to Paradise. Watson's latest offering, entitled Adventures in Your Own Backyard, is in his own words, an effort on the band's part to 'make the kind of music we would want to listen to at home'. The album's title is both a nod to this sentiment, and to the fact that it was recorded almost entirely in Watson's apartment in Montreal. Both Close to Paradise and Wooden Arms were recorded over long periods of time, in many different places. Wooden Arms is especially scattered in its geography, with a number of the songs having been informed by the band's extensive travels in the wake of the success of Close to Paradise.







In 'Migration-Trust Networks: Social Cohesion in Mexican U.S.-Bound Emigration', Professor Nadia Y. Flores-Yeffal uses ethnographic longitudinal data collected in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico as well as the U.S. to introduce the concept of Migration-Trust Networks (MTN) from a transnational perspective. Religion, paisanaje, bounded solidarity, and enforceable trust are among the social mechanisms that influence the behavior of network participants to act collectively, trust one another, and offer mutual support in the challenges of migration. Assisting fellow migrants is expected of MTN members, while reciprocating the assistance is not. Instead, a form of risk pooling occurs in which migrants 'return' favors by helping future migrants. Nadia Y. Flores-Yeffal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University.

5pm 'TASTY TUESDAY' FREE WEEKLY COOKING DEMO - THE ZONE Drop into The Zone every Tuesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for amazing live cooking demonstrations, complete with free food! With local sponsors such as Whole Foods Market, Housing and Dining Services, Recreation, and Student Health, we'll have you heating things up in any kitchen, at any time. Come hungry, leave healthy!



FREE FITNESS CLASS: ZUMBA - THE ZONE Drop into The Zone every Friday from 11:00-11:45am for Fitness Fridays, a fun and FREE exercise class offered by FitLife. From Zumba to Yoga to Pilates and more, every week features a different work-out. Zumba combines Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow dance moves to put the FUN back in your workout. Fast and slow rhythms are combined for an aerobic and toning workout that confers the benefits of interval training. You don't need to bring anything other than comfortable clothing. Please arrive early as the class is first-come, first-serve. All levels welcome!

12pm 48TH ANNUAL WATERMELON PAGEANT REVELLE PLAZA To watch the newly crowned queen (whoever she or he turns out to be) throw the honorary melon from the top of Urey Hall, come to Revelle Plaza on Friday, June 8th from 12pm-2pm! Immediately following, join us for some Melon Madness with FREE BBQ, FREE watermelon, and more FREE refreshments. Take a picture with the new queen, too! You don't want to miss out on UCSD's oldest tradition. Come, come, come!

Come out to the Revelle Plaza, on Wednesday, June 6th from 12pm-2pm to see the crowning of the 48th Annual Watermelon Queen. Contestants of all genders will be showcasing their amazing talents, so you'll be in for a treat! But that's not all!

2pm FREE FITNESS CLASS: HATHA YOGA - THE ZONE The practice of Hatha yoga increases vitality, concentration and a sense of well being through the use of body postures and breathing techniques. Mats are provided; you don't need to bring anything other than comfortable clothing. Please arrive early as the class is first-come, first-serve. All levels welcome!

8pm UCSD FREQUENCY A CAPELLA'S 4TH ANNUAL 'FREQ SHOW' - CENTER HALL 214 Come out for an exciting night of live, a capella music featuring the men of Frequency A Capella. Complete with songs from Kings of Leon, Chris Brown, and even classics from N'Sync, we are determined to bringing you a fun and entertaining break from your studies. The show will run about an hour, and admission is FREE! More information on Facebook, like our page and attend our event!



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UCSD Athletics Finish 2012 Season With Promise for 2013

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to first-seed Loyola Marymount. Regardless, the UCSD Women’s Water Polo team finished the season with a 21–14 overall record, tallying the most wins in a single season since 2003. UCSD ended the regular season in second place, behind No. 7 nationally ranked Loyola, much to the credit of the Tritons’ five graduating seniors — Kirsten Bates, Katherine Biehle, Jessica Tran, Natalie Peng and Allie Taylor — along with WWPA newcomer of the year Rachel Brooks and sophomore standout Sarah Lizotte. In 2013: The 2013 squad will certainly look much different from the team fielded in 2012. A lot will be riding on the incoming class of recruits, as the Tritons will lose five of their seven starters. UCSD has plenty of talent on the bench. Sophomores Lizotte, center Melissa Bartow and utility Leah Gonzales will likely be tasked with stepping into leadership positions in the coming season.

Men’s Volleyball Record: 21-5 Despite finishing regular season play with a 21–5 overall record, 17–5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the 2012 season counts as one of the men’s volleyball team’s best finishes in program history. As the only Division-II team in their conference, amongst perennial powerhouses UCLA, Stanford and BYU, the Tritons have always been considered the underdogs. Coupled with the loss of two of the Tritons’ best players — setter Phil Bannan and middle blocker Calvin Ross — UCSD came into 2012 leaning heavily on their underclassmen. The Tritons’ younger players

stepped up. Junior outside hitter Carl Eberts and freshman Chase Frishman both garnered All-MPSF honors, while sophomores Vaun Lennon and Sebastian Brady both had breakout seasons. In 2013: Looking to improve on 2012’s 21-5 record, the Tritons will return their entire roster to the court next season. And with an extra year of experience under their belt, a new set of incoming recruits and the same coaching staff, UCSD is sure to look dangerous in 2013.

Men’s tennis Record: 13-10 The men’s tennis team won 12 of its first 14 matches, before falling off and out of the national rankings by stringing together eight straight losses. The Tritons finished with a 13–10 overall record, although a bad end to the season killed any hope for NCAA qualification. The doubles team of junior Austin West and sophomore Devon Sousa had an exceptional start. The pair took the title at the USTA/ITA West Regionals to qualify for the National Small College Championships. West and Sousa also won the UC Santa Barbara Doubles title. The duo was unable to sustain their success down the stretch. In singles competition, freshman Max Jiganti proved to be the Tritons’ most consistent performer, winning 19 of his 22 matches in the No. 3 or 4 singles spot. In 2013: The Tritons will continue into 2013 without graduating seniors Chapman Chan, Sam Ling and Jason Wall — three of UCSD’s strongest singles players. However, this season’s underclassmen — particularly Jiganti

and No. 4 singles Kona Luu, along with junior Junya Yoshida have shown promise. The Tritons are also likely to remain strong in doubles competition.

women’s Tennis Record: 8-15 The women’s tennis team finished 2012 well under .500 with an 8–15 record — far worse than 2011’s 13–10 overall record. No player on the Triton roster is over .500 in individual matches, although seniors Katie Mulloy and Krystal Mizugochi are both 9–8 in their singles matches. Sophomore Tara Vanooteghem and senior Samantha Yeung are both 10–12. In 2013: The Tritons have a lot of room for improvement. Although they will lose Mulloy, Mizuguchi and Yeung, UCSD will retain their No. 1 doubles pair of juniors Melissa Breisacher and Jacquelyn Davis.

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Golf Even with the loss of Triton Keith Okasaki — likely the best golfer to come through the program since UCSD’s move to Division II — the UCSD Golf team had one of its best seasons to date. In 2012, the Tritons earned a team-qualifying berth to the NCAA Regionals, after collecting four topfive finishes throughout the season. In 2013: UCSD finished 14th at the Super Regional, but the Tritons look to be in good shape going into the next season. UCSD will return its entire roster, which includes standouts freshmen Jay Lim and Marc Herrmann and sophomore Lewis Simon. Readers can contact Rachel Uda at

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Perception and the Athlete’s Performance



n the world of sports, the influence of perception plays a vital role in the performance of athletes. Whether it is an individual sport such as track and field or a

By Rachel Uda • Sports Editor

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Nick Howe

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The No. 24 UCSD Women’s Softball team made their second consecutive appearance at the College World Series. The No. 24 Tritons fell in the title match to No. 1 Valdosta State.

Record: 23-13 The UCSD softball team’s postseason run counts as one of the most remarkable in the program’s history. After finishing season play with a 23–13 record to just barely qualify for the CCAA tournament with the fourth-seed, the nationally unranked Tritons upset their CCAA opponents to clinch a spot in the West Regionals. The sixth-seeded Tritons fought their way through eight games, going 6–2 to enter the College World Series as the lowest ranked squad. But pitching just one arm — two-time All-American Camille Gaito — the Tritons fell short in the title game to No. 1 nationally ranked Valdosta State in the title game. In 2013: UCSD will return all but four of its roster, but head coach Patti Gerckens will have some holes to fill. The Tritons graduate Gaito — arguably the best pitcher in Division II — as well as senior centerfielder Kris Lesovsky. All-American Lesovsky currently leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and hits. The four-time letter winner has also served as the Tritons’ leadoff hitter for the past four seasons. Still, UCSD will retain the likes of All-CCAA selections sophomores Caitlin Brown, Kirsten Willmon and Charly Swanberg, to continue strong into 2013.

baseball Record: 33-24 The 2012 season could have been dismissed as a rebuilding year. After the Tritons graduated their ace Tim Shibuya — now playing for the Minnesota Twins’ farms system — and long-time coach Dan O’Brien left his post for a position at Division-I Santa Clara University, no

one expected much from the Triton Baseball team. But with a new coaching staff that included head coach Dan O’Brien and former MLB All-Star Morgan Ensberg, the 2012 squad refused to

garnered All-CCAA and All West Region honors. The junior, who hasn’t seen much time on the mound in his previous seasons, has grown to become UCSD’s most reliable starter.

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lie down. The Tritons logged a tough start to the beginning of the season, but rebounded midway in the year to capture the regular season title and the CCAA tournament championship. Unfortunately, the Tritons’ endof-season momentum wasn’t enough to pull the squad through the fourteam West Region finals. In 2013: Despite losing for the second straight time in the West Regional round, the Tritons will come into 2013 with only one Triton — Gregg Ringold — missing from their batting order. All West Region selection centerfielder Danny Susdorf will return to leadoff along with the CCAA’s Most Outstanding Player Nick La Face. The UCSD bullpen, on the other hand, will graduate five of its best arms — Justin Burns, Jeff Rauh, Greg Selarz, Elias Tuma and Tony York. The Tritons will retain junior righthander Ryan Goodbrand (11–0), who

The UCSD Men’s Track and Field team finished the regular season in third place behind CSU Chico and CSU Los Angeles in the CCAA tournament, while the women finished second behind Chico for the third straight year. Both the men’s and women’s teams relied on the performances of their underclassmen, in lieu of several graduated perennial senior podiumwinners. Freshman Sabrina Pimentel won the 800m in dramatic fashion while fellow freshman Nash Howe came in second in the javelin. Pimentel — a member of the AllAmerican 4x4 team of Irish, Roberson and Rose — is the first freshman to get to nationals on the women’s side since six-time All-American Kelly Fogarty did way back in 2008. Keith Rose, another freshman, broke the 200m school record at the CCAA meet and is now training as a guide for blind athletes in the upcoming London Paralympics. Rose is the first Triton male sprinter to have a shot at an AllAmerican title at the Division-II level. Next year the team has another faster sprinter, incoming freshman Chad Smith. A graduating senior of El Capitan High School, Smith has already run faster than Rose in both the 200m and the 100m. This year’s top-performing seniors included Deyna Roberson, who provisionally qualified for the 400m hurdles and was a member of the 4x400 team. Caitlin Meagher provisionally qualified in the 400m hurdles, and finished 2nd at CCAAs in the 100m hurdles. Jacqueline Rose, team sprint

captain, won the 400m, 200m, 4x1 and 4x400 at the CCAA meet and then continued to garner AllAmerican status in both the 400m and 4x4 at NCAAs. On the men’s side, Senior Ka Wai Ng finished second at NCAAs after winning the conference meet. Team captain Nick Howe won his fourth consecutive CCAA title and finished 5th at NCAAs. Donnie Douangchak is also graduating after breaking the 150’ barrier in the hammer at CCAAs. Graduating so few seniors means the team, with an incoming freshman class of more than twenty females and ten males, will be in serious contention for a CCAA crown. “We had a great 2012 season, both men and women,” head women’s coach Darcy Ahner said. “They were able to overcome some gaps in depth by really stepping it up elsewhere and competing great.”

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team sport like soccer, how athletes feel about the space in which they’re competing has a profound impact on their performance. Boiling things down: If you look good and feel good, you play well. In that order. If a place is designed to make you feel good, you will perform well there. Certainly, many things come into play in creating an atmosphere beyond just the buildings and landscaping, namely; memories of past victories or losses make a difference in the mental state for positive or negative reactions. The latest instances I have experienced were at NCAAs in Pueblo, CO and at the recent UCLA meet at Drake Stadium. In Pueblo, the throwing fields were still being laid as we arrived for practice on Wednesday afternoon. The discus field was made out of dirt rather than grass, something our coaches have never seen at an NCAA National meet in their combined 50-plus years of coaching across the country. The end of that field went straight into a ditch 30 feet deep. Lined up next to this field was the javelin runway, which was a narrowly defined patch of grass that ended abruptly at 230’ in dirt and another ditch. Despite these conditions, however, several throwers had personal best throws while other choked (like myself). Those athletes weren’t concerned with the conditions, I was. The banquet dinner, with the blue NCAA logo painted across the newly laid grass, put them in a perceived location above the actual dusty, 40-miles per hour wind. Those athletes transcended their surroundings to achieve their goals. This self-reality, this dreamland created by those athletes is needed when visiting teams visit hostile environments in foreign trips. This past Saturday, June 2nd, the sun was out and dispersing 78-degree heat evenly across the runway, was a perfect day. The state of mind on that day, and the perfect conditions, while not producing a great mark for any of us, still set us all up with the confidence needed to really put it all on the line this coming Saturday, June 9 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. While the stage is not the entire play, it does help that the actors know their role better and it can make a huge difference in the emotions perceived and expected from a situation. For us, the perceived and real often combine to either help us turn a poor situation into a dream, or a great situation into an even better one. Then again, it can be your downfall and lead to some of us choking.

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