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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
UCSD TO YOUTUBE
SDSC Partners With Small Businesses UCSD’s Supercomputer Center will provide data management to local companies via the cloud.
Successful filmmakers and former Tritons behind Wong Fu Productions discuss their transition from La Jolla to L.A.
Employees 3299 workers, who plan to strike at UC campuses on Nov. 20. UAW may join them in solidarity. UAW members claim that their annual pay, purportedly an average of $17,000, is not nearly enough to live on without taking a second or third job. Like AFSCME workers, UAW representatives believe that the UC
The UCSD San Diego Supercomputer Center created the Industry Partners Program last week, a collaboration between the center’s researchers and small businesses. The high-performance computers, or “supercomputers,” offered by the SDSC are used by several tech-based companies in the San Diego area. Built primarily for academic researchers, the SDSC rents out space on its large cluster computing systems to local businesses, which use the computing power for activities such as managing data and running simulations. According to the announcement, SDSC provides quarterly workshops, private meetings with researchers and an annual review of recent research projects to members of the Industrial Partners Program. The center charges member companies between $10,000 and $25,000 each year for these services. The pilot program held its first annual research review on June 12 of this year. The Supercomputer Center’s resources are used largely by manufacturers, who create intricate simulations to test designs for their products. For instance Hunter Industries, a manufacturer of water-efficient irrigation products, has used the SDSC’s computers to update its line of sprinklers; the high-performance computers allow the company to simulate the movement of water through the sprinklers, aiding in the creation of a prototype. Hunter Vice President of Marketing Gene Smith explained that his company would rely more on high-performance computers in the future. “HPC [high-performance computing] will certainly be a valuable tool for us going forward as we increase our reliance on CFD [computational fluid dynamics] simulation to reduce costs and time associated with prototyping and design,” Smith said in a UCSD News Center press release. The services SDSC currently offers to small and medium-sized businesses have been made possible by the advent of cloud computing, which allows the Supercomputer Center to offer computing power on demand over the Internet. Traditionally, high-performance computers have only been accessible to large corporations, mainly in the automotive and aerospace industries, which have the resources to buy and maintain their own supercomputer units. SDSC’s Director of Industry
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STARS AND STRIPES
Miniature American flags adorn the lawn west of Library Walk this week in honor of Veteran’s Day and fallen soliders. A new veterans resource center opened last Thursday on the second floor of the Student Center.
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My friends tell me that ‘The LW’ is one of the best parts of our university. But if I’m here for one purpose, it’s to take a dump on everything you love. And that’s exactly why I am giving it the Triton Side-Eye.”
- Kevin Fuhrmann Triton Side-Eyeing LIFESTYLE, PAGE 9
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UC PRESIDENT NAPOLITANO PROPOSES TUITION FREEZE
Tuition for UC undergraduates may remain constant for the third consecutive year as the Board of Regents discusses alternatives.
niversity of California undergraduate tuition may be frozen for the third consecutive year, according to a recent policy plan proposed by UC President Janet Napolitano. The plan was discussed at yesterday’s Board of Regents meeting in UCSF — if approved, it will keep the current undergraduate California resident tuition rate at $12,192 in annual systemwide fees. In her first meeting with the Board of Regents this year, the newly appointed UC president explained that she hopes the proposed policy will provide enough time for administration to create a more sustainable and stable tuition setting for all UC campuses. “We need to figure out, in the real world in which we live, how to bring clarity to, and reduce volatility in, the tuition-setting process,” Napolitano said in an address to the Board of Regents. “It’s time for the university to collabora-
tively come up with a better way.” Napolitano mentioned the idea of “cohort tuition” — in which freshmen enter college with the expectation of a stable four-year tuition price — as a possibility for a new UC policy, although she also emphasized the need for the Regents to explore a variety of options. “We will also look at expanding our other revenue possibilities: grants, public-private partnerships, joint ventures, philanthropy,” Napolitano said. “These revenues must all be harnessed if we are to continue to be the world-class university we are, while being as low-cost as we can.” While speaking about reasons for past tuition hikes, Napolitano cited overall economic difficulty and decreases in state funding and described the current importance of increasing cost-efficiency within the UC Office of the President. In addition to campus-wide cost of opera-
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graduate student teachers and readers who now have the authority to strike in protest of alleged intimidation tactics used by the UC administration. The vote comes a week after the union’s no-strike clause expired in its contracts with the University of California. UAW has expressed support for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal
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SDSC Study Finds American Media Consumption Rising Nearly two thirds of Americans’ daily routines may be spent interacting with digital media by 2020, the new study finds.
Americans may be exposed to an average of approximately 15.5 hours of traditional and digital media per person per day by the year 2015, according to a new report from San Diego Supercomputer Center researcher James E. Short. In Short’s report, “How Much Media? 2013 Report on American Consumers” created in conjunction with University of Southern California Institute for Communications Technology Management, he examines how the relative growth and total volume of media changed from the years 2008 to 2012 and the years beyond. According to his report, media consumption grew at just over 5 percent a year, and, averaged across all media sources, media delivered in bytes grows at a rate of 18 percent per year. The report defines media consumed as flow of data delivered to households and people. It does not
account for multitasking and attention to or consumption of media. Media consumed at work such as using work email or taking notes in class is not included; the study focuses strictly on entertainment-orientated media including social media browsing. “For me, it is important to know the volume of media that is delivered,” Short said. “[It is] important that people know that this number [15.5 hours] is what you get if you add everything up — and it’ll go over 24 hours in a media day very soon.” By 2015, the report estimates that Americans will consume a total of 1.7 trillion hours each year of traditional and digital media. That is equal to 6.9 zettabytes — according to Short’s study, if 6.9 zettabytes of text were printed in books and stacked across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, the pile would be almost 14 feet high. The volume of media was examined through a baseline study of 30
media types including satellite radio, tablet computers, smartphones and mobile video. The report takes data from public sources such as Neilson and ComScore, media company disclosures and analysts. Surprisingly, traditional media such as TV and radio remains responsible for the highest levels of daily media consumption, contributing 60 percent of the hours. Mobile computers are a growing sector — in 2008, it accounted for 3 percent of all bytes, which increased to 10 percent in 2013. The report says that the 15.5 hours is requested from media services and providers, but it does not mean that it is the amount of information a person actively attends to. The study indicates the growth in volume but not actual attention or comprehension of media. “The simplest example is when you go home and turn on the TV to watch a football game but walk out of the room,” Short said. “This means that what people are requesting and what is
being delivered by providers is increasing, but consumptive time is not. It is flat.”
CORRECTION In the Oct. 24 issue “Site Seen” Lifestyle article, the sentence should have read: “The UCSD location marks a new beginning for Dlush. Not long ago, the topperforming flagship operation in the Simon Mall at Fashion Valley lost its lease upon renewal. It was a disheartening experience for the company, but UCSD offers a place to start anew.”
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students. While informing the stuTo begin with, hat week was dent body is important, it might be forgotten by all but three members even more important not to overload of A.S. Council, whom I presume them with far too many Listserv might have been dressed for the emails to delete. occasion by accident. AVP Concerts and Events Sarah In similarly grim news, speakers Harley revved up excitement for during public input announced that this Fridayâ€™s Hullabaloo festival by campus service workers â€” including TAs â€” would be going on strike next announcing that the event will feature the first portable zip line to ever week. Council was encouraged to be present at UCSD. join the strike in In other excitsolidarity with =<U))S5?C=<?? ing events, Sixth the workers. The B8S6C<;;8))D;<C?OT78= College Senator speakersâ€™ appeal )<=,&-!>:(!-.;,.( Allison Bagnol included promadvertised for her ises of free pizza, event to support student education the presence of a band, and Edna Montserratâ€™s claim that â€œItâ€™s gonna be on fair trade; it includes free fair trade ice cream and bananas. Free a really fun strike.â€? Fun is the point food? Count me â€” and most other of striking, after all. students â€” in. I wish Iâ€™d heard her In a special presentation from say the date. the Transportation Task Force that Revelle Senator Soren Nelson was established earlier this year, the announced â€” again â€” that there results of the Keep it Moving, We are still no applications for the open Decide, Letâ€™s Ride campaign survey position of Revelle College Senator. were publicly presented to council. Best of luck filling the position. Itâ€™ll â€œMore than 60 percent marked happen. If youâ€™re reading this, apply. either support or strongly support a Please. Do it for council. fee referendum, and so that was sort VP Finance Sean Oâ€™Neal tried of our go-ahead to continue with the referendum,â€? Revelle College Senator to give $2,700 to PARSA, but, when asked what PARSA is, hesitantly Soren Nelson said. â€œWeâ€™re confident said, â€œWell â€Ś theyâ€™re a student org that we have a lot of support behind on campus.â€? However, after a more the referendum.â€? eloquent description of the organiAlthough the details of the referzation, which turned out to be the endum have not yet been finalized, Persian Association for Rendering council voted on a resolution simply Science and Art, the motion was declaring their support for moving ultimately passed. ahead with the referendum. This led Finally, council got excited to an inevitable debate â€”Â not over the actual context of the referendum, for Campuswide Senator Jordan Coburnâ€™s Nov. 20 event at The Loft but whether it was relevant or necesfeaturing a panel of adult entertainsary â€”Â but the resolution eventually ers. And, since this event begins at passed 18-5-1. 8 p.m. and council plans to attend, Campuswide Senator Jordan next weekâ€™s meeting will end at the Coburn recommended that a blessed time of 7:55. Thank you, campus-wide email be sent out with council, for the promise of a lessthe surveyâ€™s results and proposals, aiming to greater involve and inform than-two-hour-long meeting!
State of California Plans to Increase Funding for UC System â–ś TUITION, from page 1
tion reductions, Napolitano urged the state of California to actively participate in stabilizing tuition rates, mentioning that such a partnership would be crucial in creating an effective tuition policy. â€œThe State of California must do its part,â€? Napolitano said. â€œThe university needs additional funding for
UC Retirement Plan and enrollment growth.â€? This increase in state funding for the 2014â€“15 university budget plan is set to be discussed at todayâ€™s Regents meeting, with a proposed $64.1 million toward the UC Retirement Plan, $21.8 million for enrollment growth and $35 million for â€œreinvestment in academic quality,â€? according to the UC Regents Committee on Finance
agenda. â€œThe fight for low tuition â€” a hallmark of a public university â€” is something all of us have a stake in,â€? Napolitano said. â€œI know we can create the clear, predictable tuition policy our students and their families need and deserve.â€?
Supercomputer Services Available for Manufacturer Simulations â–ś COMPUTER, from page 1
Relations Ron Hawkins appreciates the research collaborations the Supercomputer Center has fostered with small businesses in the San Diego area. â€œWhile designing and operating leading-edge HPC systems for academic researchers is SDSCâ€™s core
mission, high-tech businesses have realized the benefits of leveraging the centerâ€™s services and expertise for their own needs,â€? Hawkins said in a press release. â€œIn addition to having a potential impact on the local economy and the competitiveness of U.S.-based companies, we appreciate the interactions and potential for developing deeper research collabora-
tions with our industrial HPC users.â€? The Supercomputer Center is offering an eight-part webinar series for IPP members in the upcoming months; the first, entitled â€œDemystifying the Data Scientist,â€? will be held on Dec. 5.
UC Administration Negotiating Contracts With Several Unions â–ś STRIKE, from page 1
administration acted unlawfully when it asked union members if they were planning to go on strike. The union published a report titled â€œTowards Mediocrityâ€? that outlines how undergraduate and graduate success is tied and how quality education depends on both. â€œWe are the front line teachers and researchers in the UC system [...] we have observed a decline in educational quality and accessibility at the UCs,â€? the report read. â€œWhen an introductory class in the sciences has 300 students and one Teaching Assistant, students struggle. So does the TA. Even heroics on the part of the teacher canâ€™t keep 1/4 of the class from failing out.â€? The UC system has been nego-
tiating contracts with several of the unions that represent its workers in addition to UAW, including AFSCME, University Professional and Technical Workers and the California Nurses Association. According to UC officials, CNA will strike in conjunction with AFSCME this month. UPTE-CWA, which represents research and technical employees in the UC health system, agreed not to participate in any strike activity and will instead return to contract negotiations. University of California Vice President for Systemwide Human Resources and Programs Dwaine Duckett released a statement on AFSCMEâ€™s planned strike. â€œGiven the hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding cuts UC has absorbed over the past five years, we
must be fiscally prudent,â€? the statement read. â€œUniversity leaders have to be mindful that large, programmatic increases in pay and benefits for these workers drive up the cost of services they provide.â€? UC officials believe that an increase in employee pay will inevitably result in fee hikes for both students and patients across the systemâ€™s health centers. However, AFSCME alleges that students have already seen fee increases to offset six-figure salaries for the systemâ€™s top executives. AFSCMEâ€™s last strike in May cost the UC system upwards of $20 million, and a UAW strike could mean a major academic labor loss as TAs and readers go on strike.
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SAN DIEGO MAYORAL ENDORSEMENT
NATHAN FLETCHER DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Though not endorsed by the Democratic Party, Fletcher offers promising plans for San Diego jobs and education.
ith our endorsement for Democrat Nathan Fletcher as San Diego mayor, the Guardian Editorial Board is doing something we haven’t done in a long time — challenging the endorsement of the Democratic Party, which supports Fletcher’s fellow Democratic candidate David Alvarez. The Nov. 19 Special Election for San Diego mayor finds San Diego’s Democratic Party in an interesting — and perhaps troubling — position. When the non-partisan special election to replace sex scandal-plagued Democrat Bob Filner was announced this past August, Fletcher was presumed a de facto front-runner. But the Democratic Party endorsement of San Diego City Councilmember Alvarez in late September introduced a second strong Democratic candidate — and with him, the risk of splitting Democratic votes and handing the election over to Republicanendorsed Kevin Faulconer. Fletcher’s move to the Democratic Party on May 4 marked his second party switch in just over a year — he switched from Republican to Independent in March 2012, when the Republican endorsement went to Carl DeMaio. Because Fletcher is a newly minted Democrat, we can understand the motivation behind the Democratic Party’s decision to endorse Alvarez, a longtime
registered Democrat who grew up in Barrio Logan and attended college at SDSU. Aesthetically, Alvarez is a candidate that the Democratic Party can safely present to its stable voter base, but Fletcher’s platform objectives better suit our — and San Diego’s — interests. Fletcher’s education plan pushes the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, initiative, which aims to enforce educational programs in those areas. The focus on STEM makes sense for San Diego, whose rapidly growing technology sector provides an opportunity for schools in the area — UCSD included — to gain a competitive edge. And since Fletcher has close ties to tech industry leaders such as Qualcomm CEO and Jacobs School of Engineering namesake Irwin Jacobs, we expect that he’ll be able to make real headway in partnering with businesses to advance STEM in schools. His other plans for San Diego prioritize job creation — he has pledged to bring 130,000 new jobs to San Diego by 2020 — and repairing city infrastructure to improve struggling neighborhoods. Alvarez’s education plan as mayor focuses mostly on bringing culture, arts and career education to the K-12 system — a goal that, while admirable, does not capitalize on San Diego’s growing tech industry. Alvarez, born and raised
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;\ZQSM6MOW\QI\QWV[)ZM6MMLML\W8ZM^MV\.QVIVKQIT,QNÅK]T\QM[ For the second time this year, UC health and maintenance workers are going on strike after months of unsuccessful negotiations with UC administrators. The 24-hour strike to improve working conditions will be held on Nov. 20, including a walkout and picketing at UC campuses and medical centers. Last May’s two-day walkout cost the UC health system an estimated $20 million, an amount we cannot spare again. This failure to agree has resulted in 96 percent of the union’s approximately 13,000 members voting to execute their last resort plan. Although discussions have been less than amicable on both sides, a decision needs to be made before students and patients of the medical centers take on the burden of the dispute and are hurt further. Workers from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 3299 have spent the last year negotiating pen-
sion terms with the UC system. A UC administration mandated pension contribution increase of 5 percent to 6.5 percent is leaving workers with a smaller take-home paycheck. The union has filed an official complaint with the Public Employment Relations Board claiming that the UC system is using illegal tactics, but PERB has not made a ruling on the matter. According to union president Kathryn Lybarger, the prevailing belief among union members is that after a year of respectful and thoughtful negotiations, the UC system has resorted to “bullying” workers. Like any large bureaucratic institution, the top-down hierarchy of the UC system often pushes those that are already at the bottom to the wayside whether they be students or low-wage workers. Although the typically apathetic student body may roll their eyes at another fight for funds, any disregard for the
“invisible worker” may ultimately affect them, as any effort to compensate for funding gaps may result in higher premium costs for students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. It is not AFSCME that has predicted such an issue, but the UC system itself. According to a university statement, the UC system will not allow more fees to fall on students; although surprising, this is appreciated. This strike comes at a politically advantageous time for the workers. With new UC President Janet Napolitano having only been in office for six weeks, workers are making their demands to a vulnerable audience. Napolitano knows that she must swiftly react well to all requests as she is under the scrutiny of many skeptical constituents. AFSCME does not necessarily want such costs being pushed onto students, but an alternative funding source has not been clearly defined.
An increase in SHIP premium costs is unacceptable given the already sorry financial state of the program. Following the bureaucratic suit of most UC issues, finances are stealing the spotlight of this contentious debate but it’s the patients who will ultimately suffer. In a game of “he said/she said” (read: white collar/blue collar), it’s difficult to determine who is in the right. We may not know who is right, but we know what is right. UC health and maintenance workers need appropriate retirement packages, and the financial turmoil should not fall on students. Someone needs to take action prior to the costly Nov. 20 strike that will be hurt the university greatly. And of course, it is imperative that all parties involved keep patient care in sight. For a university that teaches such liberal concepts, it is hard to watch the university system’s practice contradict what it preaches.
hen a celebrity gets a haircut, it becomes front-page news on both sides of the Atlantic, and Yahoo News writers break their keyboards in excitement. Last week, “The Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence became the latest in a growing number of celebrities to go short and get a pixie. As much as I am loath to suggest following Hollywood trends, I wish more people would similarly ditch what’s safe and comfortable and experiment with different hairstyles. If there’s ever a time to see if you can rock hot pink hair dye or a half-shaved head, it’s now, before you graduate and actually become accountable for looking like what the job market deems a respectable adult. According to health and beauty psychologist Vivian Diller, hair is one of the top three features — alongside height and weight — that people use to describe others and is prominently remembered after social interactions. Unlike other physical features, you can readily alter your hair through cutting, dyeing and highlighting and control its appearance through straightening, curling and styling. The way you present your hair immediately sends cues to others about your character and personality. Wealthy men during the American Colonial times wore white powdered wigs to project wisdom and sophistication. Diana Ross channeled disco diva with her voluminous ‘fro. Carrot Top would only seem half as neurotic without his bright-red, curly hair. If you’ve been hiding behind the same curtain of hair since high school, consider trying a new look. Most women balk at the idea of venturing outside of their comfort zones and shearing off all of their locks. I took the plunge myself two summers ago on a whim, when I went in intending to get the usual noncommittal trim and ended up leaving eight inches on the salon floor. It was 105 degrees Fahrenheit that day, and I would have honestly been happy going for a Sinead O’Connor. At first I hated my new, chinlength bob. I was convinced I looked like a boy. I would tug on the ends of my hair in a futile attempt to stimulate follicle growth. When I woke up in the mornings, I would look weirdly retro, because the ends of my hair would flip outward. I tried curling what hair I had left to see if it would look more presentable that way (it didn’t — instead of Flo, I looked like Shirley Temple). But I just had to give it some time: I started to appreciate not having the same mid-backlength hair as every other girl, and I’ve kept my hair short to this day. A little switcheroo won’t kill you, and you might even be pleasantly surprised by the results. For me, the next step might be trying cheetah print hair dye (just kidding, I would be judged pretty hardcore at work). If you’re curious but afraid, make a change now as the weather gets colder — if the results are disastrous, you can always cower under a knit beanie for the next few months; everyone else will be none the wiser.
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both staunch Democrats who have been strong advocates for the UC system. Brown authored Prop 30, which passed in November 2012 and hiked taxes on the rich, and prevented over $500 million in cuts to state colleges. The point is that even though Fletcher hasn’t been a Democrat for long, his plans indicate a commitment to values we can support. When we endorsed Democrat Bob Filner for San Diego mayor in November 2012, we called him the “lesser evil” against Republican Carl DeMaio. Filner got our endorsement as the only candidate who supported the Prop 30 — and Carl DeMaio’s questionable economic plan pushed us over the edge. When
Filner won the election, he became the first elected Democratic mayor San Diego had seen in 20 years since Democrat Maureen F. O’Connor was elected in 1992. Fletcher’s detractors anchor their complaints with the argument that Fletcher is a “flipflopper,” but these criticisms come out of a rather unwarranted fear that any candidate that isn’t party-bred cannot be trusted. Though Democrats have been hesitant to embrace Fletcher, we don’t feel that his recent switch to the Democratic Party will marginalize his efficacy. In fact, his transition assures us that he won’t merely serve as an institutional puppet for the party machine.
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Dear Editor, There are five women in this cafe. We probably have much in common, something to look forward to, stress, a hurt we wish would heal. The grim reality is that one of is also, statistically, the victim of a sexual assault. According to a comment that ran in the Guardian, that person was probably lying. This is a demonstrably false claim that violates our Principles of Community and must be corrected. The Department of Justice claims 20 to 25 percent of women will graduate having experienced a sexual assault. When our Principals of Community claim a commitment to “decency toward all,” it is hypocritical, cruel, and unfair to print the false statistic that these women are probably lying. The citation used is an incorrect interpretation of data originally printed in an online publication. Doing so invalidated and re-victimized our sexual assault victims by bringing their experiences into question for literally no reason at all. “False Rape Accusations..,” by Wendy McElroy, appeared on FOXNews.com in 2006. McElroy is not a social scientist, which may explain her incorrect interpretation of a 1996 report by the National Institute for Justice. In her article, she claims that DNA evidence has invalidated 25 percent of rape accusations. It has not. It has invalidated 20 percent of convictions referred to the FBI for reinvestigation. The National Crime Victimization Survey tells us there are 237,868 sexual assaults every year. 40 percent are reported to the police, and 3 percent of perpetrators serve jail time. The study McElroy references investigated convicted rapists from
the “mid to late 1980s” which, let’s say, is a five-year period. If 3 percent of rapists are imprisoned each year, that’s 35,680 people. Of these, only 10,000 were referred for reinvestigation. 2,000 were found to rule out the perpetrator based on DNA evidence. 2,000 instances out of 35,680 is not 20 percent. It is 5 percent. In a five-year period, about 1,189,340 people were sexually assaulted. Forty percent, or 475,736, reported the crime to police. Two thousand of these accusations were later overruled by new DNA evidence, which is .4 percent of all rape accusations. In other words, of all the accusations of rape that were made in a five-year period, less than half of 1 percent were found false. The data McElroy uses to support her claim that false rape accusations are common not only fails to support her argument, it actually demonstrates the opposite: DNA evidence shows no statistically significant rate of false rape accusations. 20 to 25 percent of women surviving sexual assault means, if you have four or five close female friends, you will know a survivor. While some may never tell anyone what happened to them, some survivors will. They may even tell you. If you are trusted with that information, remember that the NIJ found less than half of 1 percent of rape accusations to be false. Your friend is not lying. It is up to you to believe her. — Whitney Russell UCSD PhD Candidate, Anthropology ▶ The Guardian welcomes letters from its readers.
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CLAIRE DE LUNE COFFEE LOUNGE 2906 UNIVERSITY AVE.
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Pass on your typical cup of Starbucks and take a drive over to North Park’s Claire de Lune Coffee Lounge. Not only will they pump you full of jitter inducing espresso, they’ll also serve you a fat bagel sandwich. The breakfast bagel sandwich ($5.50) comes with a generous amount of egg and is topped with cheeses, tomato and onions. After 11 a.m., Claire de Lune switches from bagelwiches to regular sandwiches and freshly made soups — though it might be hard to think about an actual lunch when beautiful cheesecakes are staring back at you from inside Claire de Lune’s crystal case. Claire de Lune doesn’t just do coffee and food; it also showcases San Diego talents on the weekends. Recent performances have included ZZYMZZY Quartet and folk rock singer Whitney Steele. With a room full of leopard couches, Claire de Lune’s quirky, homey decor makes for an excellent study break. Grab some friends and give your study group a nicer view than Geisel’s gray tabletops. Heck, if you really fall in love with the place, you and your partner can one day get married at Claire de Lune’s indoor venue, the Sunset Temple.
Off the Record isn’t a music place that just happens to have some vinyl, it’s a vinyl place that happens to have CDs. One thing we students seriously lack in La Jolla would be thrifty music shops. Luckily, Off the Record is only a short drive and can cure our cheap music withdrawals. Not only does Off the Record keep older music in stock from Iron Maiden to Janet Jackson, but also some of the CDs are priced as low as one dollar. Nothing feels better than finding a CD you’ve “needed” for years, but haven’t found at a good price. Don’t feel bad about spoiling yourself with Amy Winehouse’s “Lioness” because now you won’t have to keep it on a loop on Spotify. Not only is Off the Record great for a broke student’s wallet — in comparison to buying it from that wretched Amazon — but it also supports small, local businesses. Win-win situation.
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SIPZ 3914 30TH AVE. Sipz started out as a small coffee and boba place, and now is a mustgo for San Diegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Sipz’s menu is huge and draws from Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, with dishes such as sweet-and-sour soup and vegan sushi. If you find yourself in need of a break, Sipz has happy hour all day on Tuesdays. Most appetizers are either $3 or $5, and all beer or house wines are $3. Don’t forget to grab a dessert. Spoil yourself and try the sweet rice with mango ($5.95). Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
RANCHOS COCINA 3910 30TH ST. When I hear about restaurants that call themselves vegetarian “with vegan options,” I imagine a measly three vegan entrees and terrible faux cheese. But at Ranchos Cocina, you’ll find that vegan-friendly “V” markings cover the menu. If you find your wallet near empty and your stomach grumbling, don’t fret: Ranchos Cocina makes three, huge, delicious pancakes that will fill you up for only $6. And while you’re waiting for them to arrive, you can snack complimentary chips and salsa, made in house. Ranchos Cocina serves Mexican cuisine made traditionally and modified to suit vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan diets (there are vegan pancakes on the menu, too). Although Ranchos was busy, the surrounding customers and staff won’t bother you. Lighting that’s easy on the eyes and a friendly staff make Ranchos great for a lunch break when you can escape the dining halls on campus. Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
HEAVEN SENT DESSERTS 3001 UNIVERSITY AVE. The only issue with Heaven Sent desserts is that their cupcakes are too pretty to eat. These are the cupcakes you skip lunch for because God only knows how many calories live inside them. They make the Chocolate Banana Cupcake ($3.50) with chocolate devil’s food cake filled with banana mousse with bananas inside and top it with a healthy amount of frosting. Their Chocolate Pumpkin Pie ($6.25) is a single serving of pumpkin pie with chocolate whip on top and a slab of thin chocolate – probably just to make it look artsy. I’m pretty sure everyone deserves to spend a fiver on a single cupcake, and Heaven Sent is the place to do it. Mon., Sun. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tues. - Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri., Sat. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
VEG-N-OUT 3442 30TH AVE. Take a short drive off of University Avenue, and you’ll find Veg-N-Out, the “original veggie burger spot.” Walk through the turquoise accented door and grab a menu, because you’re going to want to stay for lunch — or at least a bowl of their natural acai sorbet. Their menu is packed with creative burgers (made of plant proteins) like the Juanito ($9.25) with feta and jalapenos or the Western burger ($9.75) piled with onion rings. If you’re looking for something a lighter, then go for a sandwich. The Very Vegan is definitely enough for two because, while it might be a regular sized sandwich, it’s dense. Veg-N-Out makes the Very Vegan with Follow Your Heart cheeses (a vegan cheese alternative), vegenaise, avocado, tomato, sprouts, onions and — get this — apples. Take a walk down the veggie side and see all that it has to offer. Mon. - Thurs., Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
NORTH PARK FARMERS’ MARKET 3150 N PARK WAY Nothing makes a person feel holier than buying fresh produce from local farmers. Plus, the North Park Farmers’ Market has fun specialty food vendors like Bitchin’ Sauce and their almond based sauces; or Baba Foods’ many different hummuses, like kalamata olive and pesto. Food wise, you can’t go wrong with PubCakes – beer plus cupcakes, really – or Pho Realz?! take on Southeast Asian street food. Chances are, if you’re craving it, then you can find it at North Park Farmers’ Market. Thurs. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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ear readers, I am sad to inform you that not all is well with your beloved columnist as of late. During this past month, I had to end my relationship with the person I have been dating for a while. Some of you may be familiar with him because he has been mentioned a good couple of times in the history of this column, and mostly in a good way. Now, it was a thing that needed to be done because of lots of reasons no one has paid me to list, so we won’t go over those. What we will go over, however, is breakup sex. I’d like to start by saying that it’s not something for everyone. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not something that’s for me either, but maybe that will be something we can discuss next time around when I’ve ironed things out a bit more. Anyway, there are people out there that will say breakup sex is the most “mind-blowing” sex you can have. (Why is good sex always called mind-blowing? I’m sorry, I’m irrationally angry.) This is an argument that has some merit. There are a lot of reasons people will tell you this. Now that the commitment is gone, so are any inhibitions you might have harbored. You’re finally free to be as crazy in bed as you can be because you no longer have to worry about scaring your partner away. For me, I think the flare comes from the fact that both of you know that you’re moving on, and there’s a mutual understanding that since this is the final note, it has to be good. You want to go out with a bang — so to speak — not a squeak. And so, you pull out all the stops. Maybe there’s something to that no-more-inhibition thing after all. I also did a little research to see the man side of things, but I stopped when one of the reasons breakup sex was said to be awesome was because semen chemistry will change to cause spontaneous ovulation. Not once have I had my mind blown by ovulation, so that’s off the table. The thing is, for most people at least, breakup sex cannot remain all by itself in a vacuum of intense, uninhibited sensations. There are all kinds of emotions tangled up in there, for both people involved. Sure, you can tell yourself, “Of course I can do this no strings attached — I made my choice, and I’m sticking to it and this is just for fun!” But you probably won’t mean it. Unless you are far more badass than me — which is entirely possible because I am not very badass when it comes to being emotionally uninvolved — I’d say our attempt at fun was, at best, pretty misguided. It opened up a lot of issues that I had hoped had finally been closed and drew out the process of breaking up to even more painful levels. I guess what I’m getting at here is that I don’t recommend having breakup sex. Sure, it’ll be “mindblowing” (maybe), but all the lingering doubts and all the questions it’ll raise for you afterward just aren’t worth it.
WORLD TOUR El Salvadoreno
l Salvadoreno, an authentic Salvadorian restaurant, is a pleasant surprise wrapped up in a tough exterior. It’s located in Grant Hill, a working-class neighborhood near National City, and the outside of the restaurant looks more like an abandoned warehouse — complete with bars barricading the windows and doors — than the quaint, homey, family-owned atmosphere you’ll find inside. The restaurant’s specialty is its pupusas ($2.25), stuffed corn tortillas made with quesillo cheese that come filled with beans, meat and vegetables and topped with curtido (pickled cabbage). This dish is great for college students on a budget: It’s cheap, and it fills you up quickly. Meat lovers will enjoy the pupusas de chicharron (pork), or, if you’re vegetarian, try the pupusa y jalapeno or the pupusa y loroco (an edible flower stem). For dessert, the platano frito con crema ($4.50) — fried bananas covered in sugar, with a sour cream dip on the side — won’t disappoint.
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The problem with many restaurant’s pupusas is that the food is either too greasy or not cooked long enough to melt the cheese. El Salvadoreno’s pupusas have a slight crunch on the outside and a gooeycheesy inside, minus the stomachache later in the day. Salvadorian food is heavy. Although the pupusas are good, and you’ll want to stuff your face, limit yourself to two or three, especially if you’re going to order dessert. The platano frito con crema comes with just three bananas cut in half and fried, but what the dish lacks in quantity, it makes up for in denseness. The ensalada (pineapple juice and fruit chunks) and the horchata salvadorena are great drinks, so don’t waste your time with water. If you get the horchata, be warned that Salvadoran horchata isn’t the watery, and over-sweetened Mexican horchata that most San Diegans are familiar with. Salvadoran horchata is thick, grainy and delicately sweet. When you enter the restaurant, you
might not be greeted or seated right away, as the restaurant has a small staff. If you’re Hispanic, be prepared for the waiters speak to you in Spanish, but don’t worry, everyone’s fluent in English as well. The menu is written in Spanish, but there are English translations below, along with a photo of the dish to give you a better idea of what you’re about to eat. Driving all the way to Grand Hill for some food may be too much for some, so make the most out of your trip. Chicano Park, a nationally recognized Mexican heritage park located in Barrio Logan, is right next door. If you want to explore San Diego and experiment with foods from new cultures, El Salvadoreno is the place to go. From its cheap prices to its hearty dishes, it’s great for college students who’ve had to tighten their purse strings without sacrificing quality.
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HOMECOMING Three former Tritons and current filmmakers discuss their success in the industry. BY NATHAN COOK STAFF WRITER contact: email@example.com
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he San Diego Asian Film Festival hosts a great many interesting and powerful films from directors across the world — Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, even Iran. But sometimes it hosts films from much closer to home: Nearly a decade ago, San Diego-based Wong Fu Productions premiered their first feature film at this very festival. An online video production company, Wong Fu has produced dozens of videos and even a couple of feature films through the partnership of three men: Wesley Chan, Ted Fu and Philip Wang. The studio started right here at UCSD when the trio met as undergraduates during a video production class. Years later, and with many successful projects under their belt, the trio came back to campus for the San Diego Asian Film Festival. We sat down with them and asked them a few questions. Guardian: You three have very much operated outside of the traditional, stereotypical norm of Hollywood and American filmmaking in general. Do you all feel that this was just a method of operating that worked for your situation, or is this the beginning of a new standard in filmmaking? Ted Fu: I think filmmaking is about pushing the envelope, finding new ways to describe something, finding different ways to tell a story. Filmmaking, for the most part, runs parallel with technology and innovation. YouTube, or online streaming, is one of those innovations that caught on; it works well and is accessible to millions of people and, for the most part, free. Philip Wang: I think at the beginning we really had no idea what online video was; we just knew that it was the only way we could get our work out there. Technically, we started making videos before YouTube was even around. We had our own website, and we bought bandwidth, and we uploaded our stuff to a server, and people had to download it. When YouTube came along we just thought: “Oh wow, free bandwidth.” And then it just so happened that community was forming, and people were finding us primarily through YouTube first. And now, it’s grown to be like the norm for consuming media throughout someone’s day, and I think that’s why it’s become this new direction of where filmmaking and creating content is going. We were just early adopters out of necessity; now we kind of see that, yes, this is the future. Wesley Chan: I think ... a new standard was developing, and that’s why streaming video was just beginning to get really big and popular. And also, the technology like smaller cameras, affordable cameras, equipment that was leveling the playing field for a lot of student filmmakers, amateur filmmakers ... was becoming available to everyone. G: In the past, you had some trouble with the idea that a film starring a male Asian lead wouldn’t be profitable. Have you run into this attitude elsewhere? How do you respond to people that hold that attitude? PW: I think an Asian male lead now can be much more accepted than it was even
Release Date Nov. 18
Groovy sophomore album highlights the everchanging musical persona of Dev Hynes.
ew York City-based singersongwriter-producer Devonté “Dev” Hynes is a chameleon. He started off in 2004 as a member of the noisy post-punk group Test Icicles but soon transformed into the adorably bespectacled troubadour of his melody-driven folk project, Lightspeed Champion. Shortly thereafter, Hynes decided to change direction once more, revealing the hipper
Blood Orange sound rooted in indie R&B with a lush pop sensibility. This constant metamorphosis has made Hynes one to keep an eye on. A follow-up to the 2011 Blood Orange LP “Coastal Grooves,” his sophomore release, “Cupid Deluxe,” bears many sonic similarities with the previous album. The avantgarde hooks, dreamy vocal layers, warped synthesizers and funky beats
three to four years ago. If you just look at media now and what’s on TV and the number of Asian roles and how Asians are portrayed, [it] is much more positive than it was. There’s a lot more opportunities — because we kind of say “being Asian is kind of cool now,” and that hasn’t been a concept that we haven’t heard in a while. WC: In terms of mainstream Hollywood, there’s still a long ways to go for any Asian — the work is tough out there in the mainstream. But technology has created niche markets, and it’s allowed people to find what they want to support, and it’s allowed the creators to find an audience. So now we have an audience that’s very open to us and wants us to have Asian leads, and so now we can say, “Yeah, we’re going to make a movie that has that, and we don’t have to abide by the rules of mainstream necessarily” like we did with “Sleep Shift,” when someone else was producing it. Now we’re going to produce it ourselves; we’re going to make those decisions — and I think this is the beginning of a future of that happening more often — as more filmmakers and more creative people are going into places of power, we can basically call the shots that we want. PW: We try to diversify the stories that we have, and […] we want to work with people that have a similar attitude as us [who] just want to tell a good story and be colorblind to the characters. G: You’ve returned to UCSD for a homecoming during this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival. Your first major, feature-length film debuted here seven years ago. That’s almost a decade. Would your younger selves at that festival have believed you if you told them where you’d be now? TF: My younger self would quickly move on to more important questions after he realized that I’m from the future: He’ll probably ask me what stocks to invest in and if I remember any lottery numbers. Come to think of it, I think I’m going to try to memorize at least one jackpot number in the event this happens one day. PW: It’s been a long time since our first submission to the SDAFF, and it played a huge part in our development, and it was a huge stepping-stone for us. I think if my younger self [was] to hear where we are now, it’d just be like, “Good job, you’ve kept it going, and you’ve grown.” WC: Yeah, we’ve never been comfortable with where we are. Even now, wherever we’re at, whatever “success” we’ve achieved, we’re still not comfortable, and we want to move forward. So hopefully there’s a seven-years-older version of us that’s asking, “Are you proud of where we took you guys in seven years?” and hopefully we can be proud of them, too. But I think it’s awesome that we get to come back to really the place where it all began, and I remember going to that first festival and sitting at that table and watching the awards being given out and thinking “wow” — it’s pretty crazy, for sure. PW: It’s been a very long and exciting journey, and we’re happy that we’ve had our supporters and our fans — to even say that we have fans is still weird to me now — but to say that we were on this journey with them is something that I’m really happy about.
recall the standout tracks “Sutphin Boulevard” and “Champagne Coast” from the first album. (In a tongue-in-cheek throwback, “Time Will Tell” even mimics the line “Come into My Bedroom” from “Champagne Coast.”) However, “Cupid Deluxe” showcases a higher level of precision and expertise from Hynes, making it feel more substantial. Perhaps out of all of his previous musical phases, this is the one he feels the most comfortable with. The excellent opening track “Chamakay” is a duet with Caroline Polachek of Chairlift. It bridges the gap between a subtly sexy, indie-funk sigh and a sweet pop lamentation of heartache. Complimenting the synthesizer echoes and soft drums is something that sounds like marimba (or “a giant kalimba,” as suggested by Rolling Stone). An unpredictable saxophone adorns the instrumental break, teasing the listener with its
smoky, retro sound. The melange of Hynes’ and Polachek’s harmonies is feather-light, complimenting each other beautifully. “You’re Not Good Enough,” featuring Samantha Urbani of Friends, puts forth the catchiest chorus on the album. The track features a smooth nouveau 80s production as an homage to an era of glistening pop songs, funky bass licks and groovy rhythms, bearing similarities to Hynes’ recent production work with Solange (“Losing You”) and Sky Ferreira (“Everything Is Embarrassing”). “No Right Thing,” a collaboration with Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors, is another standout track. Heavy on soulful vocals and stuttering guitar licks in the verses, the song propels itself forward in a lush arrangement in the chorus, demonstrating a skillful interplay between major and minor melodies. In a video biography posted on his YouTube page, Hynes states that
his primary position is to create music for others. Although he possesses impressive versatility, it is difficult to overlook the fact that he is strongest in collaboration with other artists on “Cupid Deluxe.” He is certainly successful with this album because he is able to evoke sounds of the past — traces of the soulful groove of Michael Jackson, the nervous energy of the Talking Heads and the colorful pop of Madonna — while still making them sound new and fresh. “Cupid Deluxe” can thus be regarded as a throwback that is both contemporary and forwardthinking. However, the solo tracks feel somewhat disjointed and lack the precision and refinement of his previous production work and collaborative efforts.
WEEKEND In Limbo: the Talk on Library Walk 4'$&)."A$#%B;2%$.0 >%?$.""6*1'@-..
ibrary Walk pisses me off on a whole other level, and I avoid it at all costs, with only two notable exceptions. One, I occasionally feel like taking surprise selfies with the crazed Christians; two, I am regularly in the mood to watch someone fall to their death from one of those tiny Penny skateboards. Like, if you’re going to live by a stupid trend, I may as well get to watch you die by it. At least the people who choose scooters as their mode of transportation know they aren’t cool. Anyway, Library Walk. Given how decentralized UCSD is, Library Walk is essential in providing it with some unity. I do love Library Walk in principle, yet the trek through it on a busy day is just too horrifying. My friends tell me that “The LW” is one of the best parts of our university. But if I’m here for one purpose, it’s to take a dump on everything you love. And that’s exactly why I am giving it the Triton Side-Eye. We are meant to be enriched by all the activities and groups making themselves known, but I feel like a character on “The Walking Dead” whose storyline is about to be cut short. The heartbeat of our campus is too busy pumping out cheap cupcakes and frat events to keep us alive. Every organization understands how the space works, and they all aim to use it in exactly the same way — white noise. Methinks there is little coincidence in this behavior happening next to the commercial entity of our campus. The treats may sell, but the ideas don’t. The environment of Library Walk is a concerted effort to erase uniqueness in the name of superficial togetherness, despite UCSD’s six-colleges inviting us to embrace individuality. If I can see that through my gin-slashlemon-slash-olive oil-slash-gin cleanse induced stupor, so can you. We are lucky we don’t study somewhere that defines school spirit with face paint — we aren’t six years old. The centerpiece of student traffic deserves to be a stage for specific groups and interest to shine instead of assimilating into a meaningless block of nothingness. Occasionally, Library Walk does us right. During one week each year, it converts into a positive display about the Israeli/Palestine conflict. Speaking of attempted cleanses, I’m now being told that while this gin is lifting my mood, I have apparently mistaken “jam” for “gin” and that it was meant for topical application (explains why I’m not getting the glow I was promised...whatever). When we are lucky to have something great, there is invariably going to be some other all-to-typical display distracting from the magic: groups that can only entice with free food, a hoard of homosexuals crying out for people to “Hug a Gay Person,” as if letting people know it’s safe to touch us is an effective form of activism. Quick side note that hugs are a real problem on Library Walk. I couldn’t even register to vote last week without being accosted with free hugs and biblical hymns. A bit much, to be honest. My point: Library Walk is generally an instrument to overbear us with strategic mass appeal. It all seems rather empty for what many consider the heart of our campus. It plays into what I see every day: thousands of people who seem hell bent on presenting themselves to the world by slipping into the anonymity of UGGs and a sweatshirt. If the place we traverse most can’t live us out of that, then the UGGs have won, god dammit.
41%""/)*.5%,)' McCarthy and Scott blatantly disregard plot, instead choosing to relish in self-indulgence. Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem Rated R Release Date Oct. 25
onsidering Cormac McCarthy’s fame following the success of 2007’s “No Country For Old Men,” comparisons will inevitably be drawn between it and “The Counselor,” McCarthy’s first proper screenplay. And why shouldn’t it? Both films focus on a mysterious cast of characters circling a drug deal gone wrong, somewhere along the Mexico-U.S. border. Unfortunately, any similarity in quality that might be expected stops short at the films’ general subject matter. Regular ranchers and drug dealers are abandoned in this film. Instead, the mystery and halfrevealed details center on a cast of characters seemingly drawn from a melodramatic action blockbuster, most of them rich and petty drug lords enjoying a lavish lifestyle that
includes Bentleys and pet cheetahs. Into this world steps the mysterious “counselor,” played with quiet confidence by the excellent Michael Fassbender. With his new wife (Penelope Cruz) in hand, he dips his feet deeper into the drug trade to give her a better life. Predictably, as he awaits his plans to come to fruition, he is betrayed by a mysterious acquaintance. The counselor’s position as middleman for an unseen — yet omnipresent — drug cartel puts him in a dangerous position as they come seeking retribution. The cartel is the overwhelmingly evil presence that lurks right around the corner, paralleling Anton Chigurgh in “No Country for Old Men.” But because the cartel is a mostly off-screen entity, viewers aren’t drawn into the dry
and dangerous landscape the film depicts. Instead, we wait patiently for the danger to arrive. Consequently, the plot can be summed up as one hour of talking and half-veiled threats, followed by another hour of slow degeneration into bloody chaos. It’s a thriller with no riveting drama or narrative, lacking a hook or a payoff. The only thrilling thing this film has going for it is an innovatively gruesome execution and a bizarre sex scene involving just Cameron Diaz and the windshield of a Ferrari. The main weakness of “The Counselor” is crystallized in a scene towards the end of the movie. With the death toll rising, a new character drops in to deliver a monologue about the medieval poet Antonio Machado, who was willing to sacrifice all his talent for just one more hour with his deceased lover. It’s a beautifully written scene, but with no proper plot and character development leading up to it, we simply aren’t invested enough to care. “The Counselor” is strewn with scenes like this one, which appear grandiose and deep on paper, but feel hopelessly out of place on film. Whereas McCarthy’s trademark has always been his bleak and post-modern view of the Western genre, here he has apparently abandoned any attempt to string a proper plot together, and instead spent many dialogue-heavy scenes waxing philosophical to an uncaring audience. As such, “The Counselor” feels more like a postmodern theatre than Western.
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magine being paid to live in a mansion and throw the most insane house parties imaginable. That’s how “Workaholics” star Adam Devine felt when Comedy Central gave him the opportunity to launch his new show, “Adam Devine’s House Party.” The show takes place inside the house, and each episode features a house party with an outdoor standup comedy act. The series shows college students that they haven’t truly partied until they’ve been to parties like these.
see them make appearances throughout the show? AD: A little bit. They make cameos in the show, but it’s really a separate project. I didn’t want it to be behindthe-scenes “Workaholics,” but rather highlight up-and-coming standup comedians.
Guardian: How do you feel to have your own show for the first time? Adam Devine: You know it’s a surreal experience, a show with my name on it!
G: So do you have any real house party stories of your own that perhaps inspired the plot? AD: Oh, yes. For the filming of “Workaholics,” Blake and I actually lived in the house that the show was filmed, which was a blast. One time, Blake jumped off the roof during a party and broke his back. That was pretty hilarious.
G: Congratulations! Do you miss having [“Workaholics” co-stars] Blake Anderson and Anders Holm on the set with you, and should we expect to
G: Tell us a little more about the format of your show, as it has a mix of party scenes and on- stage stand up performances.
FAQ BYRON Q A fter directing, producing and self-distributing his award-winning debut “BANG BANG,” UCSD alumnus Byron Q developed a close friendship with Tiny Raskal Gang member Vanna Fut. Fut’s life story became the focus of Byron’s latest effort, a documentary entitled “Raskal Love,” which was featured at the San Diego Film Festival. Guardian: What drew you to Vanna’s story? Byron Q: Just the struggles he had to go through at such an early age and still having, you know — if you meet him, he’s the most humble person you’ll ever meet and just very genuine and very loyal and very committed to what he’s doing. When I grew up, I also was raised by a single mom and shared that type of family environment of a broken family. So a lot of that also drew me towards the story. Something I could relate to. G: You introduce the film with the line, “Get ready for a true story.”
Why do you feel it’s important to tell true stories or stories rooted in reality? BQ: There’s a greater amount of illusion to truth with the coming of reality TV; most of it’s false and really fabricated, but it’s given to you in form of truth. And I think the media, too — you know, when you watch news and read articles, everything has a false spin to it. I’m not saying this documentary doesn’t have its own objective or point of view, but that’s kind of the whole exploration of this project — a search for truth and a search for something that’s authentic. G: What does the term “Raskal Love” mean to you? BQ: “Raskal Love” basically means just brotherly love and family. I think that’s something I got through making the documentary, and that’s something that’s actually a real term that the TRG [Tiny Raskal Gang] members use. It’s not something that I just came up with for this; it’s something that had already been there. They take that as when some-
AD: I thought that it would be a really cool idea for the audience to get to know and see a lot of these comedians on and off the stage. They get to know the comedians just outside of their performance at a giant house party. It provides a story for the standup within the context of giant house parties and shows they are more than just people who can stand in front of a microphone and tell jokes. G: Do you have any last words you want to leave us with? AD: I love to party — spread the gospel! Be sure to check out “Adam Devine’s House Party,” airing Thursdays at 12:30 a.m. on Comedy Central.
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body shows up at your doorstep, you take care of them. You do whatever it takes. You give them food, house, protect them — what it really comes down to is family. G: What do you want people to take away from “Raskal Love”? BQ: My idea for “Raskal Love” and what I want people to get out of it is a different perspective on the whole gang culture. I think we’ve seen the portrayal of gangs as something negative — all gangs are just bad and just violent. But our society is based on gangs. The gang is a family, so to destroy gangs is to destroy the concept of family. Our society, the government, the CIA, organizations: All of it is based around a gang essentially. The idea of a gang as a family — [Vanna] wanted to use that to empower [the members] in a positive way, like, “Why don’t we help each other, help members of the community, as a gang, as a group, as a family.”
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with me.” The sophomore computer science major has recorded some solid times this season — placing 20th at the conference championships and 22nd at the Annual Triton Classic — nothing that would indicate Alwafai would be the first Triton to run amongst the top in the nation in five seasons. To the casual observer, Alwafai’s qualifying time may have come as a bit of a shock but not to UCSD head coach Nate Garcia, who said Alwafai’s hard work is finally paying off. “Alwafai’s done a real nice job of adapting to the collegiate training regimen,” Garcia said. “He had a good year last year and continued to work over last summer. He’s just started to develop and mature as an athlete, and he’s put in a whole lot of hard work.” Come Nov. 23, Alwafai will be back on the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex course in Spokane, which Alwafai said should work in his favor. “I’m really comfortable at the course up in Washington,” Alwafai said. “It’s PHOTO COURTESY UCSD ATHLETICS
a pretty straight course — not a lot of hills or turns, just pretty much flat grass land. It’s solid and fast, which I like.” Running without teammates — in an individual sport where running alongside confederates can be a huge advantage — may set Alwafai back. But Garcia said one of Alwafai’s strengths is his ability to pick a pack. “He’s the type of guy who is able to put himself into a fast moving pack and manage that stressful environment well — to take anxiety and turn it into motivation,” Garcia said. Alwafai said he hasn’t considered tactics just yet, but that he plans to try and stay close with his CCAA conference opponents from Cal Poly Pomona — a squad that just edged the Tritons in the conference championships. Alwafai will be flying back up to Spokane, Wash. next Saturday. The course will be open for practice Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 before the Nov. 23 meet at 11:30 a.m.
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the All-CCAA first team honors, and Cohen also won the CCAA Best Defensive Player of the Year award. Senior Taylor Wirth, who sustained an ankle injury that may see him sidelined for the remainder of the postseason, was named to the AllCCAA second team. Pascale was awarded the CCAA Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. “It felt pretty special to win it,” Pascale said. “There are a lot of great
coaches in the league, and being recognized by them felt great.” This Thursday, if No. 3 Chico State wins, UCSD will face the Wildcats for the fourth time this season. The Tritons are 2–1 with Chico State, and Pascale said that the two teams match up against one another well. “We like that matchup,” Arsht said of a potential bout between the two CCAA powerhouses. “They definitely like to bang around the field a lot and have a lot of heavy hitters, but I think we can definitely hang with
them.” Of course, if Seattle Pacific bests Chico State Thursday, the Tritons will go up against a school they haven’t faced since their 2007 season. Given either scenario, Pascale is confident that the Tritons will perform. “I told all my guys to make sure they leave their mark on the program,” Pascale said. “I think they’ve done that, but I don’t think this team is done yet.”
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March. “The positives are that we have a little bit of succe ss to build off of in this long winter we have coming up,” Attaran said. “We can build on our fitness and get some of the new guys on board to
carry through to the race season in March.” While the Tritons will not row again until March 1, at their next event in Long Beach, they have little plans on slowing their roll. “Our team goal this year is to make the national championships
and to do better than we have done,” Johnson said. “We really need to focus on not just winning but making sure we’re fast enough to compete at the highest level.”
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t was announced last Monday, Nov. 11, that the UCSD men’s soccer team would live to play another game. After falling to Cal State Los Angeles in the California Collegiate Athletic Association championships last week, the Tritons earned their first bid to the NCAA Division II national tournament since 2003. UCSD will go into the regional with the No. 2 seed, behind No. 1 seed Cal State Los Angeles and in front of No. 3 Chico State. Beginning this Thursday, the Tritons will host the NCAA playoffs for the first time in program history, when No. 3 Chico State will face No. 6 Seattle Pacific. UCSD will play the winner between Chico State and Seattle Pacific this Saturday at 7 p.m. at RIMAC field. “We’re definitely excited to be going to the tournament and even more excited that we’re hosting,” senior defender Alec Arsht said. “I think there’s definitely a bit of a bitter taste in our mouths after losing to Cal State Los Angeles — we thought we definitely dominated the game, but hopefully, that’ll just motivate us more this weekend.” UCSD took on Chico State in the semifinal, beating the Wildcats 2–1 on an overtime golden goal by freshman Malek Bashti. The goal was Bashti’s first of the season and came just one week after he was sent to the hospital for a cardiac arrhythmia. “What a moment for Malek, to score his first goal on a game-winner in overtime,” head coach Jon Pascale said. “It was great to see that kind of swing for Malek; I couldn’t be prouder.” On Sunday, UCSD fell to No. 1 seed Cal State Los Angeles 1–0, in a game where Pascale said the Tritons dominated the opening half and Arsht said UCSD was the better team. “The first half of the final was probably the best we played all year. Unfortunately, we put one just wide,” Pascale said. “In the second half, the game was a bit more even, and they capitalized on an opportunity to late, but I still thought it was some of the best soccer I’ve seen all season.” Five Tritons earned All-CCAA honors this season. Seniors Andisheh Bagheri, Josh Cohen and Arsht earned See SOCCER, page 11
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Next week, sophomore Tareq Alwafai will return to Spokane, Wash. — the site of his 14th place finish at the West Regionals — to compete in the NCAA national meet. The first Triton to qualify for Nationals since 2008, Alwafai finished the 10,000-meter course last week in a program record time of 32:27. Placing 14th overall, the sophomore was one of just 40 individual runners to be selected from across the country to compete in the national meet next Saturday, Nov. 23. The UCSD men’s cross country team — placing sixth in a field of 18 teams — was just 18 points shy of qualifying for the NCAA meet as a team. “I was really excited to hear that
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I’d be going out to Spokane again,” Alwafai said. “But it is a real bummer that my teammates, who have helped me out all season and helped get me to Nationals, won’t be coming See CROSS COUNTRY, page 11
The UCSD men’s and women’s crew teams continued into their second and final event of preseason competition at the San Diego Fall Classic, held this past Sunday at Mission Bay. The Tritons competed against rowing squads from Arizona State University, San Diego State University, the University of San Diego, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. The Triton men dominated throughout the day, taking first place in both events they rowed in, while the UCSD women had a more difficult time in its home port. In the Men’s Open 8+ race, the Varsity 8 squad claimed victory with a time of 14:58. The Triton Junior Varsity 8 team placed a respectable fourth, clocking in at 15:57 and
ahead of UC Davis’s Varsity group (16:16). In the Men’s Open Novice 8+ race, the Triton men won handily with a time of 15:44, well ahead of fellow competing squads. “The idea for us is to win every time we go out, and we did that,” UCSD men’s head coach Zach Johnson said. “Especially considering we started a month later than the teams that we were competing against, it’s a good sign.” While the Triton men felt satisfied with their performances this Sunday, they know much work has to be done beyond these victories. “Results really weren’t that paramount,” senior Zack Attaran said. “Obviously we wanted to win and we did that. It was more like a good finish to the fall season, and we have things to look forward to and work on.” While UCSD’s men’s crew teams
found success at Sunday’s Fall Classic, the Triton women struggled more throughout the day. In the Women’s Open 8+ event, the Triton A team finished ninth with a time of 18:31. Behind them, the Triton B team placed 11th (18:55), while the Triton C team placed 14th (20:19). The Women’s Open 4+ race provided little consolation, as UCSD’s A team, led by senior captain Olivia Knizek, placed 10th (21:27), and the C team followed soon after in 13th. However, in the Women’s Open Novice 8+, the Tritons rowed well, finishing in third with a time of 19:20, behind USD (18:01) and SDSU (18:30). The Fall Classic marks the end of the fall preseason schedule. Neither team will return to the water until See CREW, page 11
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